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VOL. XXXVI NO. 3.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 21, 1917.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
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LONDON IS RDCKED
8? MIGHTY BLAST
Death and Ruin Spread
All Over City.
HLN1T10NS PLANT WIPED OUT
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f flumes in ouuuiub L-eveicu iui
Blocks on All Sides of
C Great Explosion.
60 BODIES ARE RECOVERED
Belief Is Scene of Disaster Is
Woolwich Arsenal, Where
67,000 Are Employed.
AR5ENAI EMPLOYING 67.0OO
MAY BE OXE DESTROYED.
The most important munitions
factory in London is that of the
Woolwich Government Arsenal,
located about seven miles east
of the English- capital.
Even before the war it was
considered one of the most im
posing establishments in exist
ence" for the manufacture of
materials of war.
The arsenal proper covers an
area of about 1285 acres.
It is understood that 67,000
male and female workers are
employed in the arsenal 'proper,
while the factories in the neigh
borhood employ an additional
30,000 hands, mostly women.
LONDON, Jan. 20. A portion of
the area of London was shaken se
wptpIv last nicht when a chemical
plant in which munitions were manu
factured was the center of a series of
explosions, scattering death and de
Etruction over a considerable section
of the district in which the works
There is no evidence that the explo
sion was other than the result of a
fire, such as that to which any factory
is subject. Between 50 and 60 bodies
have been recovered.
In 10 hospitals on Saturday 21 per
sons died, and there were 112 patients
receiving treatment, Lloyd's Weekly
says. In addition, 265 persons suffer
ing from injuries were treated.
Works Becomes Great Furnace.
The central point of the volcano
like upheaval was in the heart of the
working district of a suburban town.
At 645 P. M. a series of explosions
suddenly transformed the works into
a fiery furnace and great masses of
burning liquid and timbers and red
Vint. iron were hurled hieh in the air.
Mingled vth the deafening crash of
k beams and eirders were cries from the
V working people. An adjoining flour
mill, in which a number of women and
girls were employed, was engulfed.
The explosions were only the cen-
fers of a succession of widespread se-
ries of fires, as the masses of fire
brands from the affected quarter
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HIGH SCHOOL DANCE
SUSPENDED STUDENT STRIKES
Tom Murphy Becomes Offended at
Professor Drill When He Is
Requested to Leave
PENDLETON'. Or., Jan. 20. (Specie!.)
The Pendleton High School gym
nasium was the scene of a near-riot
ast night while a dance was in prog
Tom Murphy, who was recently sus
pended from high school, struck Prin
cipal Drill after Mr. Drill had re
quested him to leave the dance. It
is said that young Murphy had been
asked by the faculty not to attend
the party. The young man says that
Mr. Drill spoke to him while he was
dancing with a young lady and that
the principal made no objection when
he saw him purchasing a ticket.
Hrd Mr. Drill returned tho blow. It
is said a free-for-all fight would have
ensued, as young Murphy had a num
ber of backers with him Instead Mr.
Drill called a policeman, but the sus
pended student was persuaded to leave
the building before the officer's ar
rival. No arrests were made.
MRS. J. DAVENPORT INJURED
Williams Avenue Car Strikes
Woman, Causing Severe Cut.
Mrs. Joseph Davenport, 1046 Cleve
land avenue, was struck by a Williams
avenue streetcar early last night at
Williams avenue and Albert street,
painful injury resulting.
She was cut on the back of the head.
across the eyes and the nose was se
verely bruised. Emergency relief was
given by Dr. C. E. Mason until Dr. C
D. BoDine, a nephew of Mrs. Daven
port, could be called. She later was
taken to her home.
TIPS TOTAL $300,000 DAY
Amount Is Cost to Salesmen Alone,
Says Advocate of Legal Cnrb.
DENVER, Jan. 20. Traveling sales
men throughout the country pay $300,
000 a day in tips, said Representative
Robert Harrison, of Denver, today in
introducing an anti-tipping bill in
The measure would make It a misde
meanor punishable by a fine of $100
or one year in jail, or both, either to
give or receive a tip.
FREIGHTER ELUDES U-BOAT
British Ship In Port Damaged by
Battle With Submarine.
NEW YORK, Jan. 20. A battle which
lasted an hour and 40 minutes between
the British freighter Lindenhall and a
Teutonic submarine in the Mediter
ranean, with nearly 300 shots ex
changed between the two craft, was
described by officers of the Linden
hall upon her arrival here today from
WOMEN WORKERS WANTED
British Government Asks for 8000
lor Munitions Factories.
LONDON, Jan. 20. The Ministry of
Munitions today issued an appeal fo
8000 more women to work in munition
The need of them is declared to be
urgent, "for the output of munitions
must not be delayed for a day by any
lack of labor."
ROBBERS LOOT CONSULATE
American Quarters at Algiers En
tered and papers Are Taken.
PARIS. Jan. 20. The American Con
suiate ai aigic ,
giars On lucsuojr uiuh .r.
The safe was broken open and all
papers in it were stolen.
CARTOONIST REYNOLDS SEES THINGS IN THE NEWS EVENTS OF
TO BE WITHDRAWN
15,000 or 20,000 to.Be
Sent Home at Once.
55,000 TO STAY AT BORDER
'ershing's Troops Likely to
Relieve State Militia.
GUARD TO BE KEPT INTACT
General Funston Will Designate
Units to Be Returned Washing
ton to Put Dealings With
Carranza on Formal Basis.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. Immediate
withdrawal of "a substantial number
of National Guardsmen from the border
has been ordered by the War Depart
ment and General Funston now is se
lecting the units to be sent home. In
announcing the order late today Sec
retary Baker said the number to b
withdrawn at this time probably would
be 15,000 or 20,000.
The Secretary refused to comment on
the order or say what relation it might
have to the withdrawal of General
Pershing's expedition from Mexico. He
said that the organizations to be with
drawn would be announced as soon as
General Funston reported those he had
designated. This withdrawal will re
duce the force of state troops on the
border to between 65,000 and 60,000
Regulars to Occupy Stations.
The announcement generally was ac-
cepted. however, as an indication that
the withdrawal of Pershing's force
would not be long delayed. It had been
understood that as quickly as border
stations are evacuated by state troops
regulars will move up to occupy them,
but tonight it was said authoritatively
that no order to bring the regulars
north has yet been issued. rv.
It is the policy of the department
not to permit disintegration of the
National Guard organizations and tha
intention is to hold every man in serv
ice, though not under arms, regardless
of the fact that his duty on the border
has ended. All applications for dis
charge except for cause will ba re
fused, and resignations of officers will
be carefully examined and accepted
only when the department is satisfied
with the reasons given. It was pointed
out that acceptance of many of the
resignations already offered was mo e
or less in the nature of a weedlng
Altruism to Be Discarded.
This policy of maintaining intact the
strength of the National Guard is taken
as further indication of what will be
'the Administration's future policy in
dealing with Mexico. This policy. It
has been Indicated, contemplates deal
ing with the de facto government on
a strictly formal basis rather than on
an altruistic one. Thus it is under
stood that the actvitles of Villa and
the question of who occupies the terri
tory Pershing is about to leave will be
regarded' here as problems for C
ranza, and the United States will look
to him for their solution.
Army officers here do not believe it
probable that withdrawal of General
Pershing's force can be accomplished
in much less than three weeks after
the order is issued. Previous troop
movements of the magnitude of that of
the Guardsmen ordered today have re
quired two weeks.
The Mexico Northwestern Railway
south from Juarez would facilitate the
withdrawal, but it has been indicated
that no request for its use will be made
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
TESTERDArs Maximum temperature. 41
degrees; minimum. 3 decrees.
TODAY'S Rain; southerly wind.
Pleas for state money thousands la excess
of limit sat by law. . Section 1, pace 1.
Senators' wives spurn tearoom. Section 1,
Oregon Agricultural Coller. inspected by
legislators. Section 1. pace lu.
Fight on state insurance proposals is Indi
cated. Section 1. page 10.
Two German raiders apparently In Atlantic
Section 1. page 2.
Great London munitions plant blows up ;
with great damage. Section 1. page 1.
Prom 15.000 to 20.000 tiuardsmen to be re
turned to homes from border. Section 1.
Wall street to be quizzed about leak. Sec
tion L page 7.
Land ' grabs under 640-acre homestead act
provisions suspected. Section 1. page 1.
Water-power bills face deadlock tn Con
gress. Section 1, page .
Peace note "leak' Inquiry regarded as farce.
Section, 1. Page 7.
Interstate Commerce Commission takes dras
tic steps to relieve car shortage. Section
2. page 8.
Admiral George Dewey Is buried. Section
1. page 6.
New York couple, dressed In black from
head to foot, break traditions at wed
ding. Section 1, page 3.
French woman who braved perils of trenches
vldts America. Section 1, page 4.
Rescued Army aviator still In desert un
able to walk. Section 1. page 4.
McCredles grab two strong players from St.
Louis Americans. Section 2, page L
Stanford athletics promising. Section 2.
Multnomah track team prospects blight.
Section 2, page 4.
Oregon track team not promising. Section
2. page 1.
Oregon quintet la uncertain quantity. Sec
tion 2, page 2.
Governing tennis organization proposed.
Section 2. page - 5.
Seattle hockey star gets praise. Section 2,
Municipal, golf links expected to be ready
Dy August. Section 2. page 0.
Oregon Aggie basketballers again defeat
uregon. section 2, page 2.
Private colleges want ban put on cigarettes.
Election a. rage ll.
Near-riot enlivens High School dance
Pendleton. Section 1. page 1.
One killed and eight Injured in S4S.000 fire
in oeatue. eecuon 1. Page 8.
lytmana plan Summer ceremonial In
Wizard Island crater. Section 1. page 8.
Six alleged wives denounce Tacoma pris
oner, oecuon x, page .
Commercial and Marine.
Oregon wool growers refuse to contract new
clip. Section 2. page 15.
Potato prices may now be at high point of
aou. oecuon 2, page li.
Fear of German raiders stops export wheat
Buying, (section 2, page 15.
Portland and Vicinity,
Lang Syne Society to dine Wednesday night.
section x, page aa.
Open-shop principle debated at Clvlo League
tuncneon. section A, page 12.
All women's clubs represented at Federa
tion luncheon Section 1. page 12.
Plea for war orphans to be heard. Section
A, page 14.
xnree die In Third-street hotel fire. Sec
tion l. page 14.
G. L. Baker and W. H. Daly foremost ai
prospective mayoralty candidates. Sec
tion i. page it.
Lumber orders in excess of output and ship
ments section a, page 10.
Thirty-seven members of Scottish Rite Ma
sonry taae tmrty-second degree. Sec
uon x. page 10.
Albany College-Paclflo University merger .
veeictt to neip coin, tsecuon A, page 16
Tourist act is thought certain of passage.
Dccuon x, page L o.
Frank E. Watklns heads State Motor As-
Dcmuuo. oocuon - x, page M.
Grocers to meet at Salem. Section 1, page
Chinese New Tear begins at midnight. Sec
tion x. page l.
Trio go to Jail on perjury charge ovet
vagrancy case, section A, page 17,
weatner report, data ana forecast. Sec
uuu . Liaae A.
Expert engineers to study cost of recon
struction of Tanner Creek sewer. See-
uon , page o.
Fulton to seek new Industries. Section 2.
3 SOLDIERS DIE IN 3 DAYS
Wife of Idaho Sergeant Becomes
Mother and Loses Husband.
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 20. (Special.)
Another soldier was stricken from the
ranks of the Second Idaho Infantry,
Idaho National Guard, this morning,
when W. T. Guptill, Sergeant of Com
pany C, of Coeur d'Alene, died of pneu
monia. The death is the third in as
many days among the troops at the
Mrs. Guptill at Coeur d'Alene yester
day became a mother and about th
same hour received word that her hus
band could not live.
FRIEND PLEADS. BUT
ARTIST KILLS SELF
Betty De Jong of San
POLICE QUESTION DOCTOR
hysician Asserts Love Was
Not Cause of Act.
AST LIFE BELIEVED SAD
Intimate Friends Say Artist Had
Bee Unhappily Married In
FranceRecognition of Ability
Won at Recent Exposition.
SAN FRANCISCO. Jan. 20. Miss
Betty De Jong, prominent member of
the San Francisco art colony and one
of the exhibitors at the Panama-Pacific
International Exposition, toyed
with a loaded revolver in her studio
here tonight for nearly three hours
while Dr. William S. Porter, prominent
physician of Oakland sat with her in
an attempt to persuade her that gut
cide was useless.
As he rose to leave for bis Oakland
home. Dr. Porter told the police. Miss
De Jong Jumped from her chair, placed
the revolver to her temple' and fired.
She was fatally wounded and died an
hour later in the emergency hospital.
Pollc Qaestloa Physician.
Dr. Porter was taken to the police
station and questioned regarding his
relations with the artist.
According to the police, who re
sponded when Dr. Porter summoned an
ambulance. Dr. Porter said Miss De
Jong had been talking of suicide for
several weeks. She had been painting
a portrait of him. Dr. Porter said, and
during the last few appointments he
has bad for sittings Miss De Jong en
deavored to postpone the engagements,
declaring, according to Dr. Porter, that
she was not in the mood for painting.
Dr. Porter was to have had a sit
ting today, he told the police, but
could not keep the appointment, lie
says he called at Miss De Jong's studio
early this afternoon when he came
here from Oakland and explained to
Miss De Jong be could not keep the ap
pointment. She asked him to call be
fore he returned to his home, he said,
which he did 10 minutes after 6 o'clock
Girl Talks Of Suicide.
"When I entered Miss De Jong's
studio this evening." Dr. Porter said,
"she was sitting in a corner toying
with a revolver. She talked of eui-
cide, and I tried to persuade her that
It was useless."
From 10 minutes after 6 until 18
minutes to 9. Dr. Porter told the po
lice, he talked with Miss De Jong. He
tried to cheer her up, he said. but
seemed to have little success. Finally,
according to his story, he decided he
must go to hte home. As he arose
and started for the door of the studio,
he said. Miss De Jong placed the re
volver to her temple and fired.
Just before the doctor arose, accord
ing to his story. Miss De Jong reached
for an envelope lying on the table in
the studio and wrote "Mother" upon
it. The envelope had contained a let
ter recently received from her mother,
Madame R. De Jong, 28 Avenue Carnot,
Dr. Porter was afraid to seize the
gun, he told the police, fearing thai
such action would cause the girl to
shoot herself, even if she did not real
ly intend to.
Miss De Jong is about 26 years old
and a native of Paris.
Dr. Porter told the police he Under-
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THE DAY THAT OFFER.
LAND GRAB BY RICH
FRAUDS IX 6 4 0-ACRE HOME
STEAD ACT SUSPECTED.
Secretary of Interior Decides to
Designate No Lands for Entry
Until Inquiry Is Made.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington. Jan. 20. Swamped with letters
and telegrams, charging that the 640-
acre homestead Uw, recently enacted,
is being utilised by the wealthy stock
men of the West to gobble up the large
areas of the public range In direct vio
lation of the terms of the law. Secre
tary of the Interior Lane has decided to
designate no land for entry under this
law until he can make a thorough in
vestigation and determine whether or
not fraud is being attempted.
The charges pouring in upon the Sec
retary say that in all the Western
states big stockmen have been sending
their herders and other employes to
make applications for land under this
law, thus obtaining a prior right to
entry. In this way, it is alleged, frauds
are being attempted siuilar to the
dummy entries made under the old tim
ber and stone act. No land can be ac
tually entered under the S40-acre law
until departmental regulations have
been issued, and then only such land
can be entered as is designated for
stockralslng homesteading by the Sec
retary of the Interior.
As yet. Secretary Lane has made no
designations, and the regulations are
held back. By refusing to make desig
nations, ttie Secretary can prevent the
perpetration of frauds, if upon investi
gation he becomes convinced that ex
tensive fraud in the Interest of big
stockmen is being attempted.
KISS REWARDS GOVERNOR
Wife Pays In Public When ExecU'
tlve Signs Dry Bill.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.. Jan. 20 A re
sounding kiss Implanted on the execu
tive lips In full view of a number of
Dersons assembled to witness the wit
eraor's' action was the reward Mrs-
John B. Kendrlck gave Governor Ken
drlok today for signing the bill sub
mlttlng prohibition to the people of
The bill provides for a vote to he
taken In 1918 on the adoption of pro
hibition amendments to the state con
DUKE OF ATHOLL IS DEAD
Marquis of Tulllbardine Succeeds to
Title and 2 00,000-Acre Estate.
I1NDON. Jan. 20. The Duke of
Atholl died this morning at Blair Cas
tie, Scotland. Born in 1840, he sue
ceeded.to the title in 1864. He was one
of the principal titled Scottish land
owners, owning; more than 200,000
The successor to the title is the
Marquis of Tulllbardine.
SPANISH PAPERS CURBED
Action Started Against Publications
Friendly to Germany.
MADRID, via Farls. Jan. 20. Th
Judicial authorities have begun pro
ceedings against Germanophlle papers
under instructions from the Ministry.
Actions have been begun against the
Espana Neuva, the Correo Espanol. the
Comxnentrios and El Dla.ro, of Madrid.
El Soclallsta was seised by the police
MUNITIONS BLAST KILLS 10
Laboratory at Spandau, Prussia,
Scene of Explosion.
LONDON. Jan. 20. Ten persons have
been killed and 20 injured by an ex
plosion In a munitions laboratory at
Spandau. Prussia, according to a Ber
lin dispatch forwarded to Reuter"s via
The material damage was slight, ac
cording to the dispatch.
IDEAS FOR PICTURES.
PLEAS FOR STATE
MONEY PILING UP
Excess Over 6 Per Cent
CUTS SO FAR ONLY $41,527
Requests for Grants Aggre
gating $881,430 Canvassed.
NECESSITIES CARED FOR
Appropriations Where Ileal Savings
Can Be- Effected Put Off Until
Last and Committee Expects
to Keep Within Bounds.
WHAT TUB OREGOX LEGISLA
TE RE HAS ACCOMPLISHED
TO DATE WITH EXACTLY
ONE-THIRD OK THE
Four measures have passed
both houses and been enacted
Into law, subject to approval by
Two of these measures already
have been signed by tjie Gov
ernor. Sixteen other bills, huve been
passed by the Senate and are
awaiting action by the House.
Twenty-two more bills have
V. . . . .
pRBsea oy me rtouse, ana a
are awaiting action by the Sen- 4
J Twelve bills In the two houses
have been killed by the parlla-
4 mentary procedure of indefinite
4 A total of 234 bills has been
Introduced so far in the two
t houses of the Legislature, Of
I these bills. 176 have been intro
4 duced in .the House and 119 in
4 This Is Just ten bills fewer
than had been Introduced In both
houses at the end of the second
I week of the lilt session.
In one Important respect, bow
I ever, the situation differs mate
4 rlaliy from that at the same
time In 1915. vlsr Only two or
three of the bills so far Intro
S duced in the present Legislature J
can be classed as important con- 4
t atructive measures.
SALEM, Or., Jan. 20. (Special.) The
State Legislature, which at its opening
day had J715.3S2.09 staring it in the
face to cut out of the budget if it keeps
within the 6 per cent limitation amend
ment, finds Itself at the close of the
second week facing the sum of $1,194.
S30.15 which it must lop off it it keeps
barely even with the requirements of
During the two weeks bills contain
ing appropriations aggregating 1424,
787.50 have been introduced. In addition
the budget of the State Fish and Game
Commission came in, asking 889,600
more, and miscellaneous claims amount
ing to 86588.06 have been filed, making -a
grand total of 8520.975.56 which has
been asked of the Legislature In various '
ways since it convened. , But In going
over the budget the Joint ways and .
means committee has lopped off $41
527.50 from the requests which so far
have been examined.
Ecc lorny Not Apparent.
This amount. $41,527.50. was cut from
a total estimate of $881,430.50. If that
percentage of reduction were to be
kept up by the ways and means com
mittee, with the additional appropria
tions that are coming in, the commit
tee wten it ended Its labors would be
$800,000 or $900,000 above the amount
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