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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAX, PORTLAND, SEPTEMBER 23, 1017.
German Naval Works in Bel
gium Objects of Attack
BATTLE SURGES ALL DAY
Ypres-Mcnin Koad Center of Con
flict Airmen Fly Low and Break
Tp Reinforcements and Fire
SOXDON. Sept. I!. British -warships
this morning bombarded the Gfrman
naval works at Ostend with satisfac
tory results, it was announced today
by the British Admiralty. Three Ger
man seaplanes were shot down by Brit
The following: official statement,
dealing- with the activities of the Brit
ish aviation corps during: the British
offensive in Flanders, was Issued last
ninht by the War Office:
"Louring: the first two hours of our
attack on Thursday low clouds ana
t drizzling rain made flying: almost
Impossible. HQwever. our airplanes
flew out at low altitude and dropped
bombs on a hostile airdrome near
Opurtral. besides firing: at bodies oi
Oerman Infantry. Aa soon as the
weather improved our aerial activity
became great and contact was kepi,
with out advancing troops and both
airplanes and balloons save observa
tion for our artillery. On several oc
casions, the location of enemy troops
preparing: for a counter-attack was re
ported to our artillery, which success
fully dealt with the situation.
Airplanes Fly loir.
'"While the attack was In progress,
airplanes fired from their machine
guns over 28,000 rounds from heights
ranging between 100 and 1000 feet at
Oerman infantry in their trenches and
shell holes and at reinforcements com
ing up to the battle
By the Associated Press.)
WITH THE BRITISH ARMIES IN
FRANCE ANE BELGIUM. Sept. 22.
Hard fighting developed during the
night at various points along the front
of the new Britinh offensive east of
Ypres as a result of severel heavy
counter attacks by the Germans. But
while local battles are atiil continuing,
the enemy was thrown back in most
places with severe losses. Generally
speaking the situation remained un
changed. One of the heaviest counter attacks
made by the Germans was west .of
Gravenstafel ridge, about a mile and
a half north of the Tpres-Roulers Rail
way. The enemy surged forward from
an elevation in mass formation and
hurled themselves against the British
along a front of nearly a mile. It Is
reported that the Germans advanced
under a white flag and if they did they
were fully rewarded for their treach
ery, for they were repulsed with very
Assault Most Determined.
The assaut here was most deter
mined, and sanguinary fighting fol
lowed. At one point the on-rushing
enemy penetrated the British line for a
distance of a fifth of a mile, bllt was
quickly driven out at the point of the
bayonet, and the whole attacking force
was compelled to retreat, leaving the
ground strewn with dead and wounded.
Another small counter attack, which
was attempted in an adjoining sector,
was broken up by artillery fire before
the Germans even came in contact with
the British infantry.
Shortly after 8 o'clock last night the
Germans launched counter attacks on a
mile and half front astride the Ypres
Alaiines road east of Inverness copse
and Dumbarton lakes. The fighting
here was severe and at latest reports
Was still raging on the right In the
neighborhood of Tower Hamlets, which
have been the scene of almost contin
uous strife since the offensive began.
FERLIN'. via London. Sept. 22.-
Thirty-nine enemy airplanes were shot
down on the western frontby the Ger
mans on Thursday and Friday, army
headquarters announced today. Three
German machines -were lost.
The British delivered attacks yes
terday along the line from Langemarck
to Hollebeke. These, the official state
ment says, were repulsed.. This morn
ing, local infantry engagements de
veloped after an increase in the ar
tillery fire. All these, it is stated,
ended with success for the Germans.
Progress of the War.
IN the midst of Russia's Internal
troubles has come' another German
stroke on the Russian northern front,
resulting in the capture of the bridge
heat! and town of Jacobstadt. on the
Tvina, and the enforced retirement of
the Russians to the eastern bank of
- The Germans gained possession of
new territory on a front of approxi
mately 15 miles and six miles In depth,
enabling them to push their lines to
the wect bank of the vina in this
area. They took only 400 prisoners,
but gathered in 50 guns from the aban
Dramatic as this suddenly developed
operation was. it seems unlikely to
develop anything comparing in 1m
lortance In its effect upon the generaj
military situation with the desperate
battle on the Flanders Coast.
Loath to give up the valuable ridges
the British wrested from them Thurs
day, the Germans continue desperate
counter attacks. This fighting has
been very costly to the Germans, and
the London official statement lays
stress on their severe loaaes.
The Herman command seems particu
larly reluctant to surrender the alight
rlevation west of Oheiuvelt. close to
the Ypres-Mentn road. Fierce fighting
developed there Saturday, the engage
ments centering about the position
known as Tower Hamlets. Press dis
patches indicated that up to mid-afternoon
there had been no cessation of
the struggle, the tide of battle flowing
bt-k and forth wlthtn a narrow area.
Berlin's ofHcial statement makes no
claim of any ground recovered from
the British. It records the fighting
of Friday, tbe day following the initial
Hritish dash' a marked by continua
tion of British attacks along the
3 gemarck-Hollebeke front. which
were repultd, and describes Saturday's
engagements as ff Khting of a local
character which r suited In German
Regarding the air fighting Thursday
and Friday the customary comparison
is g-tven by Berlin of Oerman and
entente , losses In machines. Thirty
nine hostile machines were sent down
by the Germms, it Is declared, while
only three Oerman machines were lost.
This varies notably from the British
official account, which mentions 1 0
German airplanes destroyed and six
driven down out of control. The prob
able loss of 10 British machines, classed
aa missing, la admitted.
Meanwhile, as a complement to the
land fighting In Belgium. British war
ships of the. Belgian Coast patrol have
been bombarding. Ostend, where Ger
man naval works were Bhelled with
results pronounced satisfactory. Brit
ish aviators continued their extensive
bombing operations behind the German
lines, Ostend being ne of the points
successfully attacked by the aviators
as well aa the feet.
The complete text of the Oerman and
Austrian replies to the papal peace
note shows that neither lays down any
definite terms as a basis for peace.
There was no officially expressed com
ment in 'Washington, but it was un
officially Indicated that such examina
tion as had been made of the docu
ments revealed no reason for altera
tion of the position of the United
States, its aims or its intentions. - An
official expression from the British
Foreign Office pointed to the lack of
any mention of "reparation" or "-restoration"
In the German reply.
TEUTONS TAKE BIG AREA
RUSSIA ABANDONS WEST BAXK OF
More Tfcaa 400 Prisoner and 50 Gnu
Captured Petrosrad Cloaea Val-
t rait lea to Save Coal.
BERLIN, via London. Sept. 22. Ja
cobstadt, on the Dvintt, has been rap
tured by the German forces on the Rus
sian front, togrether with the positions
on a front of 25 miles and six miles
deep on the west bank of the rtver,
army headquarters announced today.
Too Russians, after jrivin&r up their
bridgehead and the terrain it protected,
fled to the opposite bank of the Dvlna,
leavlnir Jacobstadt in Oerman hands,
together with more than 400 prisoners
and more than 50 guns.
PETROGRAD. Sept. 22. Russian
troops on the Riga front have retired
to the riht bank of the Lvina River,
in the region of Jacobstadt. it was of
ficially announced today, by the Rus
sian War Office.
By a decree of the provisional gov
ernment, M. Nikitine, Minister of Posts
and Telegraphs In the Kerensky cabi
net, has been appointed Minister of the
Interior. He will also retain his pres
All the universities here except the
medical schools have been closed for a
year, commencing- today, in pursuance
of a plan to evacuate the unnecessary
proportion of the population In Petro
grad. Plans are being perfected for the re
moval of some government departments
to other points, but this entirely pre
cautionary measure does not necessar
ily mean an immediate removal.
JAPANESE OFFER CONTRACT
Portland Firm Asks Permission of
. Board to Accept Work.
OP.EGOXIAN NEWS BUREAU, -Washington.
Sept. 22. Senator McN'ary to
day laid before the Shipping Board a
telegram from Portland saying Mitsui
& Co., a large Japanese concern, will
award contracts for wooden vessels to
the Columbia Engineering AVorW. of
Portland, if the board will allow the
vessels to take out Japanese registry
when completed. This is contrary to
the board's policy.
Senator McN'ary Is-- urging (the re
quest to be granted, especially as the
Shipping Board is not now ready to
place its own. contracts with this yard.
KAMCHATKA MAY EE SOLD
Sale by . Russia to Americans Re
ported as Pending.
. PETROGRAD. Sept. 22. The Russ
kia Volia says that a strong rumor
was circulated yesterday that the Rus
sian government intends to sell the
peninsula of Kamchatka, on the north
eastern coast of Siberia, to Americans.
The -report said that Americans were
offering several billions of roubles for
The project is prompted by the
financial difficulties of the treasury
and the desire of the government not
to increase the national debt.
ULTIMATUM SENT BERLIN
(Continued From First Pas;e.)
terise as disloyal and impolite Count
von Luxburg's conduct and find justi
fication for .the attitude of the Senate.
In their view the Argentine Senate's
action indicates that solidarity ought
to exist among the American nations
for the defense of their dignity and
Yesterday the manager of The
Oregonian Want Ad Page al
most lost a customer for one of
the telephone companies. He
shouldhave known what would
happen, and he has been proper
ly castigated. It was like this:
The owner of trie property at
170 East Thirty-eighth street
wanted to rent the bungalow,
and placed a little three-line ad
in the want page of The Ore
gonian. It was a nice little ad,
and described the place in a few
Yesterday The Oregonian man
called up the owner and made
inquiry a to running the ad a
"Heavens, no! replied the
lady of the house. "It was
rented the first thing this morn
ing. I have done nothing but
answer this telephone all day."
Knowing the pulling power of
an Oregonian want ad .and that
it is read in more homes than
it would be if printed in any
other paper, the manager should
have known better than to make
such a break.
Already is the want ad sec
tion of The Oregonian doing its
bit for the country while the
war rages. Day after day it is
providing employes for the busy
men of this city who have not
the time to run about hunting
men and women to fill up their
The want ad gets 'em.
DIVERS POUriCE Oil
AND SINK 7 CRAFT
Fleet of 5 Steamers and 2 De
stroyers Victims Off the
Coast of Ireland.
2 U-BOATS REPORTED SUNK
Passengers From Europe Also Tell
of Destruction of Minnehaha,
Which "Went Down In. Foue
Minutes; 43 Lose Torres.
AX ATLANTIC PORT. Sept. 32. Pas
sengers who arrived from England to
day on an American steamship brought
circumstantial reports that five British
steamships and two destroyers out of a
convoy fleet of six which left Lough
Swilly, Ireland, September 3. were sunk
by a German submarine within a lew
hours of the port of departure.
The story was told among others by
shipwrecked seamen who were sur
vivors of other submarined vessels and
by the merchant ship officer who had
been in Lough Swilly.
The five vessels, it was said, con
voyed by the destroyers, put to sea
after midnight and they were attacked
by massed submarines the following
morning at daylight. News of the dis
aster was learned when the destroyers
which escaped put back to port bring
ing survivors of the torpedoed mer
chantmen and war vessels.
Secrecy la Maintained.
"The closest secrecy Immediately was
thrown about the Incident," the mer
chant ship officer said. 'The survivors
were given positive Instructions to say
nothing about it, and no details as to
the names of the ships or the extent of
loss of life could be learned. It was re
ported that one and possibly two of the
U-boats were sunk by the destroyers."
The big Atlantic transport liner Min
nehaha, sunk by a German submarine
September 7, went down in four mlnutea
after being torpedoed, according to
Harry Clark, a veterinary surgeon who
arrived here today. Mr. Clark said the
sinking occurred in Mantry Bay. He
learned the story from survivors.
Tales of heroism by Captain Frank
Claret, commander of the Minnehaha,
and other officers were related by
survivors, Mr. Clark said. Chief Offi
cer Albany died while aiding mem
bers of the crew struggling in the
water after he had given his life belt
to a disabled fireman. C. A. Wills,
purser, was crushed to death between
a lifeboat and the side of the ship.
Captain Claret, Mr. Clark said, res
cued several men by plunging over
board and swimming with them to
safety. He desisted only when over
come by exhaustion and was rescued.
Mr. Clark confirmed cable reports of
loss of life, saying the deaths num
Eight of Caracas Crew Die.
Several survivors of the crew of the
Norwegian motorschooner Caracas,
which left Philadelphia the latter part
of August for Spain, also arrived here
today. They told of their vessel being
destroyed by a Oerman submarine,
September 2, In the Bay of Biscay, with
the possible loss of eight of her crew.
The British steamship La Nagra, on
her way from Buenos Aires to Havre
with a cargo of Argentine beef, was
sunk by a German submarine. Septem
ber 3, 45 miles off Plymouth, according
to survivors "of the crew who arrived
here today on an American steamship.
La Nagra, 8312 tons gross, was owned
by the British & Argentine Steam
Navigation Company, of West Hartle
pool. She was torpedoed twice within
three hours, the survivors said, and
eight members of her crew of 88 lost
OFFICIALS ARE OPTIMISTIC
Submarine Situation Said to Be
Fairly Under Control.
WASHINGTON, Sept.' 22. Unless
some new outbreak of submarine ac
tivity develops, many officials are sat
isfied that the situation is fairly well
under control. Encouraging results
have been obtained through convoying
of fleets of merchant craft, the loss
having been reduced to less than one
half of 1 per cent
The employment of smoke screens,
kite balloons and other detection de
vices also has shown good results and
progress is being made with the re
duction of Bmpke from merchantmen
and by painting ships to make them
almost invisible at a distance through
In discussing submarine conditions
today Admiral Benson, chief of naval
operations and acting secretary In the
absence of Secretary Daniels, indicated
the Department's intentions to make
known more" of the accomplishments
hereafter. Admiral " Benson said the
Department had been unable to find
any support for reports that German
submarines either had begun opera
tions off the American coast or were
preparing to do so. The Department,
however, is ready- for any emergency.
RICH CARGO FIRE DAMAGED
Cotton, CUs and Whisky Worth Mil
lion Reported Ruined.
NEW TORK, pt. 22. The eargro of
the Swedish steamship Mas da, an
chored n the Hudson River here, was
badly damaged tonight by fire, said
to have been caused ,by spontaneous
combustion. The flames, which started
In the forward hold, spread to other
parts -'of the vessel - and were still
smouldering at a. late hour. Captain
Kisrrmtn expressed fear that the
whole cargro of cotton, oils, whisky
and merchandise mlpht be ruined. The
cargo in satd to have been insured
The vessel has been held up here
several weeks awaitinc clearance
papers for Gothenburg:.
MOLDERS UPHOLD GOMPERS
Referendum on Eight-Hour Day Or
dered by Convention.
BOTHrSTEIL N. T Sent. "" Th.
resolutions committee of the Interna
tional Molders" Union of North America
today favorably reported a resolution
calling for a referendum vote on the
Question of an eiarht-hour day for mold
era in the United States. Canada and
By a vote that lacked one of being
unanimous, the ' convention last night
voiced approval of the war policies of
Samuel tiompers. president of the
American Federation of Labor, and cen
sured 'charges that President Gomperi
bad misrepresented labor.
Ohio Society to Elect.
The Ohio Society will meet Tuesday
night at the Portland Hotel. There
will be an election of officers, dancing,
cards and refreshments.
There are only two kinds of
people who will not buy. these
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CEMETERY FIGHT Oil
Baker County to Try to Re
cover BacK Taxes.
VVELCfl COMPANY UPHELD
Owners of Only 3nrlal Grounds in
Baker Have Right to Refuse to
Sell Graves to Competitors,
Judge Anderson Holds.
BAKER, Or., Sept. 32. (Special.)
Sustaining; the demurrer filed by Welch
c Co., undertakers, to the alternative
writ of mandamus issued to West or
Co., competitors of the defendants. Cir
cuit Judse Anderson today ruled that
Welch & Co. cannot be compelled to
sell cemetery lots to patrons of West
This ended Baker's cemetery fight,
which arose over the refusal of Wrelch
& Co. to sell a lot to W. A. Funk, who
had ensaped West tc Co. to embalm and
bury his little girl. The baby still rests
in a temporary grav lent to the Funks
by a friend.
Judge Anderson held that as Ion? as
Welch & Co. is a private corporation,
not Invested with the power of emi
nent domain, and thereby not charged
with a public duty, it cannot be com
pelled to sell property, whether used
for cemetery purposes or not. and is
privileged to do what it pleases with
all property In its possession.
Right ef Onsen Upheld.
"Whenever a cemetery Is owned by a
municipality, corporation or by a cor
poration that has been granted the
power of eminent domain, the public
has an Interest in Its property, and such
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a corporation Is by law bound to serve
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"The fact that the business is of such
a character that it concerns the public
and that a cemetery is devoted to a
public purpose does not alter the status
of the defendant corporation or of the
"The right of property ownership and
freedom of contract Is unassailable,
even though It may at times be abused."
Victory May Be Costly.
Judge Anderson's ruling concluded n
the courts a controversy that has
aroused great interest In Baker. Since
refusal by Welch & Company to sell
Mr. Funk a grave, a host of people who
own lots In the cemetery and several
lodges have offered West & Company
the use of their plots. Thus, despite
the fact that the cemetery in question
is the only one in Baker, Mr. West will
have the use of enough lota to keep
him supplied for a long time.
Moreover, the tax collector said to
night that since the court holds Welch
c Company a private corporation,
taxes must be paid hereafter on all tin
sold lots, and the matter of collecting
back taxes that have accrued for more
than seven years Is now under discus
sion. If the county succeeds in as
sessing the property and getting the
back taxes. Welch or Company will
have paid dearly for their victory.
The case has given rise to sugges
tions here that a bill be introduced at
the next session of the Legislature to
place all cemetery owner under the
jurisdiction of the Public Service Com
mission. 24,000 CHINESE MAY GO
Financing Alone Prevents Sending
Troops to Battle Front.
PEKIN', Eept. 17. (Delayed.) The
President and the cabinet have agreed
to the plan of sending a trial division
of 14.000 Chinese soldiers to France If
money, equipment and shipping are
available. The entente allies have ap
proved the proposition and France is
eager to receive the contingent.
The Chinese probably could reach
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atrs. Lansing; Opposes Suffrage.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22. Mrs. Rob
ert Lansing, wife of the Secretary of
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to the National Association Opposed to
Woman Suffrage, which recently moved
its headquarters f pom New York to
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