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vol. xxxvi. NO. 6.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 11, 1917.
PRICE FIVE- CENTS.
TO PREVENT WAR
Steps Taken to Open
Discussion With U.S.
WASHINGTON IS NOT WILLING
Officials Disinclined to Negoti
ate While U-Boats Operate.
MOTIVES ARE SUSPECTED
Berlin Thought to Be Slaking Ef
Xort to Gain Time Teutons Said
to Be Willing to Guaran
tee Americans Safety.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. Germany
has taken steps to open a discussion
with the United States of means of
preventing war between them.
HOMEWARD AT LAST
OREGON AXD WASHINGTON MEN
Troop Train, In Two Sections, Ex
pected to Reach Vancouver
Tuesday or Wednesday.
WITH THE OREGON TROOPS. On
the Border. Calexlco, Cal., Feb. 10.
(Special.) The Oregon and Washing
ton troops left here tonight for "Van
couver Barracks, where they should ar
rive next Tuesday or Wednesday. The
troops went aboard at 7:30 o'clock,
after 10 days of waiting. The horses
were loaded Just before the troops went
The Oregon Cavalry was the first to
report ready, the men getting through
their loading in time to sit about camp
several hours. The troop train Is
traveling in two sections, about 80
minutes apart. Battery A is in the
first section, with the flat and stock
cars. . The Oregon Cavalry, Washing
ton Cavalry and Washington Signal
Corps are In the second section, fol
lowed by their stock.
Captain White was assigned before
departure to command of all the troops
on his train regardless of state dis
tinctions. All the men are In good health and
spirits, no one being left behind in
hospital. Not all of the A troopers
will return to Portland. Some have
been transferred and will bo mustered
out here. In Troop A they are: Ser
geant Tlbbals, the troop clerk, and a
In seeking an exchange of views on trmer emplo tn TrUn ,
U-BOATS ADD 1 TO
LIST OF VICTIMS
Total Tonnage of Day's
BRITAIN LOSES 4; NORWAY 3
25 Americans on Steamer Jap
anese Prince, Torpedoed.
HARDSHIPS ARE RECOUNTED
Germ-- Sul marines Increase Activ
ities and Day's Totals Show
Gains, Both In Number and
Tonnage of Victims.
the subject, however, it is not under
stood that the Berlin government has
proposed any modification of its ruth
less submarine campaign and officials
here say they cannot enter upon such
discussion while vessels continue to be
destroyed in violation of international
Safesroards May Be Promised.
The new move is understood to be
predicated upon a willingness on Ger
many's part to discuss especially the
safeguarding of American ehips and
American lives on the seas and backed
by a renewed expression of the desire
of the German government to prevent
the diplomatic breach from leading to
Just how American interests are to
be safeguarded if the German war zone
proclamation is to stand, however, and
whether any specific means of preserv
ing peace between the two nations is
included in the communication has not
Play for Time Suspected.
Because of the delicacy of the situa
tion, in fact, all officials refuse' to
discuss it in detail or even to indi
cate through what channels the com
munication was addressed. to the
What may be the ulterior motive
back of the step also is a matter of
speculation. In some quarters there
is evidently a feeling it is merely a
play for time, designed to postpone
any further action by the United
States until the starvation blockade
against England either has succeeded
or failed. Elsewhere there are sugges
tions mat mere may oe behind it a
sincere desire to make sacrifices to
preserve peace between the United
States and Germany and may come as a
response to the appeals understood to
have been sent abroad by pacifists in
Preparations Go Ahead,
In any event, there is no evidence
that President Wilson is contemplat
Ing "any other course than vigorous
preparation of the Nation for the
eventuality which he warned against
in his address to Congress if American
rights are violated.
Up to tonight no official evidence
had been received to show that the
feared overt act had been committed.
Aside from the new German commu
nication interest in official circles cen
tered chiefly in the course of Berlin
officials in placing obstacles in the way
of the departure of Ambassador Gerard.
Great resentment has been aroused
here over this incident, but officials
have indicated that as soon as the
Ambassador is safely out of Germany
they will be disposed to consider the
Although definite information re
garding the channel through which the
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who will Join his family at Los An
geles. Others had put in for a dis
charge on the border, but the War De
partment Issued an order refusing to
grant discharges that had not been re
quested prior to January 29.
JAPANESE AND WHITE WED
S. MurasakI and Miss Bessie Jjaugh-
lin Marry at Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, Wash.; Feb. 10 (Spe
cial.) S. Murasaki. 34, a Japanese, nd
Miss Bessie Laughlln, 23. a white wom
an, both of Bend, Or., were married here
today by Elder A. D. Skaggs. a retired
minister of the Christian Church, whose
residence is opposite the Courthouse.
The couple was accompanied by D.
Morlmoto, another Japanese, who acted
The bridegroom gave his occupation
as a real estate aeaier; tne dtiuo u a.
housekeeper. The groom was born in
Japan, the bride in Michigan.
GIRLS ARE FIFTH TWINS
Healthy youngsters Born at Home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Iiieble.
The fifth pair of twins born In Port
land this year are girls. They arrived
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry S.
Lieble, 709 East Eighth street North,
February 3 and both are "doing nicely."
The fourth pair were boys, born to
Arley O. Sweeney, 202 Jefferson
street, January 29. The Lieble twins
are both fine youngsters, according to
Dr. F. P. Fisch, who was the attending
physician. They have not been named
WAR REFERENDUM URGED
3 More Resolutions Appear Call
ing for Vote by People.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. Three more
war referendum resolutions similar to
one introduced yesterday by Represen
tative Calloway were presented in the
House today by Representatives Sher
wood of Ohio, Bailey of Pennsylvania
and Buchanan of Illinois.
They all provide that there shall be
no declaration of war except when the
people approve it by a. referendum
Warships at New Possesssion.
ST. THOMAS, D. W. I., Feb. 10..
The United States cruiser Olympia and
the gunboat Machlas arrived here to
day under special orders. It is ex
pected that the warships will remain
in these waters for a considerable time.
LONDON, Feb. 10. Seven vessels,
with a total tonnaee of 22.381 tons.
were added to the list of victims of
Germany's new submarine warfare, ac
coruiug to todays reports. Four of
these were British steamships and three
The total harvest for the U-boats
for the day was one greater than that
of yesterday, while the tonnage was
much increased over yesterday's re
Mantola la Largest.
Following were Included among the
vessels reported destroyed todav;
British steamship Mantola. 6826 tons
gross. All the passengers were re
ported as saved, but seven Lascars,
members of the crew, were listed as
British steamer Japanese Prince. 4986
tons. This vessel left Newport News
January 24 with a cargor of horses and
general cargo. There were aboard 25
white American muleteers.
Members of Crew Missing.
Norwegian steamer Ellavore, 2760
tons. The captain of this vessel was
landed, but the mates and 11 members
of the crew are missing.
Norwegian steamer Hs.vgar 1100
tens. ' "
Norwegian steamer SolbrVken, 261
British steamer Beechtree. .-77 tons
gross. The vessel was torpedoed and
the crew landed.
British steamer Lullmgton. 2816 tons.
The Lullington's crew was landed.
Mantola la New Ship.
The Mantola was a steamer of 6826
tons gross, built at Greenock in 1915,
The Solbakken was a cteamer
2616 tons gross. She sailed from
Buenos Aires on January 3 for Cher
bourg. She was built at Mlddlebor
ough in 1895.
j.ioyu s toaay announced the pre
vlously reported sinking of the Nor
wegian ship Storskog, two members
of the crew of which were landed, the
captain and the remainder of the crew
being kept prisoners on board the sub
Start Made Before New Order.
The British steamer Japanese Prince,
owned by the Prince line of Newcastle,
left Newport News on January 24 for
Southampton. Sho was 96 feet lor?
and built in Sunderland in 1911.
The Norwegian steamer Ellavore was
last reported as leaving Barcelona on
J -nuary 13 for Naples. She was owned
in Farsund and built in Newcastle in
1889. She was 322 feet long.
The Havgard, according to latest re
ports, arrived in Lisbon December 31
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Feb. 10. The
British steamer Japanese Prince, re
ported sunk, had on board 20 white
American muleteers, according to the
British Vice-Consul here. The steamer
carried a mixed cargo of horses and
INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY Maximum temperature, 46
degrees; minimum, 42 decrees.
TODAY'S Occasional . rain; southeasterly
Oreg-on and Washington troops are en route
noma. Becuon i. i'age J, t
Von Bernatorff to leave Tuesday. Section
1. Page 2.
Holland sends note of protest to Berlin.
Section 1, Page 8.
Submarines sink seven vessels in day. Sec
tion 1. page 1.
Brazil sends protest to Germany. Section 1,
America, near war, still striving for peace.
says Mr. Lansing. Section 1. page 3.
Germany moves to prevent war. Section 1,
Vienna hopes to avert break. Section 1,
Washington resents Berlin's discourtesies
to Ambassador Gerard, becuon l. page A.
Gerard has chat with German Chancellor.
Section 1, page 10.
Military training bill passes House. Sec
tion 1. Page 1.
Rogue River bill passes Senate. Eectloa 1.
Oregon Agricultural College tells legislators
experiment stations depend on own ap
propriation!. Section 1. Page 7.
Washington has 13 measures signed by Gov
ernor. Section 1. Page 11.
Three merger bills appear in Senate. Sec
tion 1, page 8.
President orders Inquiry Into food prices.
Section 1. Page o.
Capitol building and officials guarded closely.
Section 1, Page 4.
Old parties not to stand for holdup by in
dependents In House. Section 1. Page a.
Universal military training bill reported fav
orably to Senate. Section 1, Page ?.
$400,000 worth of liquor seized from Julius
Ie-rln Company, San rranclsco. section
1. Page 6.
Great Republican meeting Is held at Seattle.
Section 1. Page 6.
State division likely to lose in Idaho. Sec
tion 1. Page 11.
Consolidated Electric Company ordered to
cut Its rates. Section 1. Page 9.
Pacific Coast la pleased with results of
tennis meeting In Bust. Section 2. page 2.
Farmer reports he will not make Honolulu
trip. Section 2. page 2.
California dogs will enter trials In North
west. Section 2, page 1.
Much Interest In coming TVyard-Bronson
bout.' Section 2. page 8.
Vancouver defeats Spokan In hockey. Sec
tion l. fan iu.
Y. M. C. A. Ski Club baa outing on Mount
Hood. Section 2. page 4.
Portus Baxter discusses billiards and box
ing. Section 2, page 4.
Berkeley's Spring sport plans hum.. Sec
tion 2, page .4.
Commercial and Marine.
Orders for Northwestern wheat broaden out
and prices advance. Section 2. page 15.
Sharp rise in wheat at Chicago on prospects
of revival of exports. Section Z. page id.
Stock market Irregular and volume of deal
ings small. Section 2. page 15.
Portland and Vicinity.
Chinese fear more shooting la tong war.
Section 1. page 18.
Chris Kvans to be burled tomorrow. Bee-
tlon 1, page 18.
Portland man Invents airship. Section 1.
Boy shoots Deputy Probation Officer. Creed
Evans In thumo. section l. page in.
Recruiting brisk In Army. Navy and Ms
rlne offices. Section 1. page 16.
Boys eager to enlist seek aid of police. Sec
tion 1. page 10.
Cultivation of vacant lots to be urged. See
tlon 1. Page 14.
Retail Merchants to hold annual conven
tion. Section 1, .page 15.
Mr. Reames cautious against taunting new
citizen. Section 1, page 14.
Boy Scouts celebrate seventh anniversary.
Section 1. page 15.
Musicians consider plan to charge fees for
services in pudiic. section l. page 10.
Two Lincoln programmes to be given at
Chamber of Commerce, Section 1,
Council postpones deciding auditorium's case
pending receipt of Xlnancial statement.
Section 1. page 12.
Lincoln win be topic In many pulpits to
day. Section 1. page 12.
Carmen not all satisfied with Increase
granted by trolley company. Section 1,
Amy Mlttlng is gone again. Section 1,
Ceremony for opening of Interstate Bridge
planned. Section 1. page 1.
Weather report, data and forecast. Sec
tion 1, page 8.
Detainment at Berlin
INQUIRIES ARE DISREGARDED
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CHINA .THREATENS BREAK
United States to Be Followed
TJ-Boat Policy Continues.
PEKIN, Feb. 9. (Delayed) The Chi
nese Cabinet has indorsed the American
action against Germany on the sub
marine campaign. The Cabinet has as
sured the American Minister, Dr. Paul
S. Reinsch, that China associates itself
firmly with the United States.
The Chinese government has advised
the German government that China will
break off relations if the new sub
marine measures are pursued.
Nsws From Zurich Indicates
Homeward Trip Is' Begun..
ALL TO STAY ON PAYROLL
Party Said to Be En Route to Swiss
Frontier, Where Arrangements
Are Under Way to Trans
port All to Spain.
Yesterday in the Legislature.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. Germany's
delay in permitting Ambassador Gerard
and other American 'officials to leave
the country has aroused deepest re
sentment here, especially in view . of
the steps made to arrange all possible!
conveniences for the homeward trip of
German officials in the United States.
A dispatch today from American
Minister Stovall at Berne, Switzerland,
said he had been informed Mr. Gerard
would leave the German capital to
night, arriving at Zurich tomorrow.
The Minister said he had arranged to
meet the party at the frontier. When
the Etate Department closed for the
day, however. It was said no further
word had been received.
Subject May Be Dropped.
It was disclosed at the Department
that an Inquiry regarding the delay
had been addressed to Mr. Gerard
through the Spanish Ambassador at
Berlin, Officials have indicated, how
ever, that once Mr. Gerard and his
party are safely out of Germany, the
United States probably will consider
the incident closed.
Officials are confident Germany has
had in Its possession from the start the
fullest information as to the courtesies
granted former German officials and
the rights admitted to German prop
erty in this country. This Information
has been sent daily both through the
bwlss legation here, representing Ger
man interests, and the Spanish em
bassy in Berlin, representing Ameri
can interests. .flans lor Count von
Bernstorft's departure, the decision not
to seize German war-bound ships and
other developments have been detailed.
Bernatorff Gets Courtesies.
The Intimation that Mr. Gerard was
being detained because Count von Bern
storff was not allowed to communicate
with his government was indignantly
aeniea nere, secretary Lansing dcclar
ing "every facility and convenience'
had been placed at the German Am
The United States, officials declare
has gone out of Its way In this crisis
to respect International law and diplo
matic courtesy. The original message
of recall to Ambassador Gerard, on the
other hand, was sent him direct both
by cable and wireless, but no record
has ever been received as to whether he
received the wireless message and no
date given for his receipt of the cable
message. Subsequent messages to him
have gone through Ambassador Wll
lard at Madrid.
No Word Sent From Berlin.
No word has been received from the
Spanish Ambassador in Berlin since he
took over American interests there
after the break. A dispatch from Am
bassador Willard at Madrid, received
today, said the Spanish Foreign Office
up to yesterday had received no word
from the Ambassador as to whether he
had actually taken over American in
terests in Germany, though Ambassador
Rlano here has formally notified the
NLT one more week remains of
the present session of the Ore
gon Legislature. Both houses will ad
journ sine die next Saturday night.
February 17. the 40th day of the 40
day session provided, by the State Con
The two houses adjourned last night
until Monday, after disposing of many
bills. When the Senate cleaned up its
calendar early in the evening. It had
passed 30 bills and killed three others,
as its day's work.
The only really important measure
of the whole grist of 33 bills passed
and killed by the Senate was the Rogue
River fishing bill, which prohibits com
mercial fishing with seines and set
nets in the Rogue. GUI-net fishing Is
This bill, which had already passed
the House, passed the Senate with 24
favorable votes and only 5 against. It
affects especially the salmon industry
operated by the Macleay estate, which
has more than $250,000 invested.
A companion bill, lengthening the
commercial fishing season at Grants
Pass on the Rogue, also passed.
The House held three long sessions
today, winding up the week's business
with a meeting that continued until
late In the night. Every bill on the
day's calendar was disposed of and the
desk was cleaned before adjournment.
A special train left here at 11:30 to
take the late workers to Portland.
Among the Important bills passed by
the House were Senator Olson's boom
bill, making all logging streams in the
state common carriers and placing them
under Jurisdiction of the Public Serv
ice Commission; Representative Cran
dall's bill enabling schools to establish
military training; Laurgaard's to pro
vide a drainage district in Portland
and another measure by Laurgaard
straightening out the incongruities in
the county road code.
TRAINING BILL IS
PASSED III HOUSE
Military Science Is Op
tional in Schools.
ARMS ARE TO BE PROVIDED
The House recalled from the Senate
the two anti-cigarette bills, passed on
Thursday for the purpose of effecting
a compromise. It Is probable that the
radical Sweeney bill will be toned down
so that adults will not be prohibited
from buying or smoking cigarettes.
Strict inhibitions will be made against
the use by youths under 21 years of
age. Representative oweeney is as'c
able to the change:
The bill Increasing the license fee on
salmon packed in the Columbia River
from 4 cents a case to G cents a case
was passed by- the House.
LETTER CAUSES FIRE RUNS
Woman Trlea to Make Postbox of
A woman. Identity unknown, tried
to mall a letter at Twelfth and Mor
rison streets last night and she un
wittingly picked out a fire alarm box.
The resulting signal brought a mass
of equipment running to the scene of
the supposed fire.
The woman disappeared and the
crowd that gathered hopefully to see a
real blaze was doomed to disappoint
ment. The firemen trundled the appa
ratua back to the flrehouses mumbling
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SWISS REMAIN NEUTRAL
Protest Sent Germany, but Relations
Are Not Broken.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 10. Switzer
land's reply to President Wilson's sug
gestion that other neutral governments
take action against the ruthless Ger
man submarine campaign was received
at the State Department today.
It is understood to say that Swit
zerland has protested against Ger
many's action, but 'frill remain neutral
MINT NOMINATION MADE
Raymond . T. Baker, of Nevada,
Chosen for Director.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 10. Raymond T.
Baker, of Nevada, was nominated by
President Wilson today as Director of
Mr. Baker, whose home Is at Reno,
was private secretary to George T.
Marye when the latter was Ambassador
to Russia. Mr. Baker was at one time
warden of a penitentiary In Nevada.
Authority for Organization
Rests With Governor.
SMOKING BILLS HELD UP
Streams of State Made Common Car
riers and Fee Is Required for
the Transportation of Logs
From Mills to Market.
STATE CAPITOL. Salem. Or.. Feb. 10.
(Special.) Military training In the
high schools of the state is authorized
in Representative Crandall's bill which
was passed by the House today with a
big affirmative vote.
The military course is not to be com
pulsory, however, on part either of
schools or of students. It is to be sub
ject, though, of suitable credit on the
same basis as other studies and in an
amount to be determined by the Board
Governor Mast Grant Authority.
The Governor is made head of the
military training department. All
schools that establish it must apply .to
him for authority. No company of ca
dets can be organized with fewer than
0 members or without a suitable In-
structor. At least three hours a week
are to be set aside for the work.
The state is authorized, too, to fur
nish the several companies with rifles
and other equipment.
This bill was under lively discussion
for several minutes before it came to
vote. Representatives Tlchenor. Mae
kay and Mueller, all veterans of various
American wars, supported it. A num
ber of others inquired into its various
provisions but offered no strong opposition.
40 Bills Are Acted Oau
The debate on this measure enlivened
what otherwise might have been a dull
afternoon. The House worked hard on
its heavy calendar and disposed of an
aggregate of 40 bills. The boys felt
like more work when they adjourned '
at 6:30, so decided to come back to
night at 8 o'clock with the intention
of cleaning up the desks for tne bis
grind next week.
One of the most important piece of
constructive legislation proposed at
this session went through the House
this afternoon Senator Olson's boom
bill. It had only one negative vote.
Streams Made Common Carriers.
The measure. In brief, makes every
stream in the state a common carrier
and places it under jurisdiction of the
Public Service Commission, The Com
mission is authorized to fix the rates
at which logs shall be carried and
boom companies must operate under a
franchiae. Even the smallest concern '
or private individual can carry his loga
to tide water on precisely the same
basis as the big corporation.
Representative Bean, who opposed,
similar legislation at previous sessions,
spoke earnestly In support of this bill.
He declared that it had been honestly
and carefully drawn and that it would
serve the beet interests of the state. -He
wanted the members to give it a
fair trial. Representatives Forbes and
Rowe spoke for it.
Cigarette Bills Tabled.
After two days of reflection on its
conduct in passing the Sweeney bone
dry anti-cigarette bill on Thursday the
House today recalled the measure and
laid it on the table. The bill will be
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