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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (March 20, 1921)
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VOL. XL XO. 12
Entered at Portland (Oregon)
Pofnnfflre an Second-Claaa Matter
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, MARCH 20, 1921
PRICE FIVE CENTS
PAYS LENT NO HEED
NATION IN 30 MONTHS
KCNNING EXPENSES AND RE
FTNDING ARE ESTIMATED.
PRESIDENT IS ALIVE
TO FARMING CRISIS
GROWERS MUST AID
NOW, SAYS CANNERS
LOWER PIJICES FOR FRUIT
AJSD BERRIES FORECAST.
OFFICIAL ENTERTAINING IS
EMERGENCY TAJUFF BELIEVED
REMEDY FOR PROBLEMS.
BEGUN WHEN DESIRED.
.-.,, -.., . .:,
CHIC A G LI
FACED BY FRANCE
Viviani Off to America to
FRENCH GET ONLY HONOR
-Economic Advantages Won
by England at Confab.
HARDING IS TO BE MET
Ex-Prcmicr's Mission Is to Make
Clear Situation That May Ham
ET TTILLIAM BIRD.
(Copyright, 1021. by The Orcgonlan.)
, TARIS, March 19. (Special cable.)
A now Anglo-French rupture Is in
plain Bight, and Rene Vivlanl's de
parture today for Washington Is a
bid for American support at a time
when British help seems to be failing
Unless the dangers threatened by
break in relations between France
and Great Britain are frankly dis
cussed and understood, a serious set
back may be Riven to the processes
of European reconstruction.
Both Prime Minister Lloyd George
and I'reinler Briand have been before
their respective parliaments this
week, explaining- the decisions of the
London conference and It is clear from
their statements that the recent ap
parent harmony among the allies In
dealing with Germany had no really
solid foundation. t
Simons' Summary Concise ,
Foreign Minister Simons, head of
the German delegation to the London
meeting, gave a most concise sum
mary of the conference when he re
turned to Berlin. Upon being asked
what had been accomplished, he re
plied: "We saved the Briand min
istry." M. Briand appeared to have fallen
Into the same error that Ciemenceau
made when he was head of the French
government, namely, letting all of the
economic advantages at the confer
ence go to England, In return for the
Illusion of military power.
By this maneuver, the premier un
doubtedly has conquered the reaction
ary votes In the chamber, but already
It seems apparent that the economic
advantages to be derived by France
from the arrangements of the London
conference, are really trifling, com
pared to the enormous sums due this
Britain Seem Satlxfled.
On the other hand. Great Britain
seems well satisfied with the ex
tremely flexible tax arranged on im
ports from Germany. What this lat
ter really amounts to Is a customs
tariff, with blank schedules, an ar
rangement which permits Mr. Lloyd
George and his government to raise
or lower duties at will. It Is obvious
that this arrangement can be used
to great political advantage, aside
from affording & convenient weapon
against German dumping. Competent
economists say that the pretense that
this s not a tax and will not raise
the price of goods is childish.
The French newspapers and French
statesmen are beginning to perceive
that the great Briand victory at Lon
don was another Pyrrhic one in which
France carried off all the honors but
little else. It is extremely probable,
therefore, that if the premier cannot
repair some of the damage, he may be
forced to abandon "allied solidarity"
as the key to his policy, and to seek
Ex-Premier's Trip Timely.
In the circumstances, the departure
of ex-Premier Viviani for America to
day sterns very timely. While M.
Viviani goes to Washington with the
hope that America can be induced to
come into the league of nations, with
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President and Sirs. Harding Start
Receiving as Soon as Estab
. Iblicd in White House. -
BT BETTY BAXTER.
(Copyright, 1921. by Tlie Oregonlan.)
WASHINGTON. D. C, March 19
(Special.) Official society in Wash
ington refused to wait for Easter
or the convening of the extra, ses
sion of congress to Inaugurate its
official entertaining but started in
when it was "good and ready" and
entertained. Thursday was the open
ing day, so to speak, for on that day
th first official entertaining under
t'.io Harding administration was done.
The' president and Mrs. Harding
were hosts at a formal afternoon
reception in compliment to the mem
bers of the diplomatic corps and their
families and that r.ight a dinner party
was given in honor oj the secretary
of State and Mrs. Charles E. Hughes
by the dean of the diplomatic corps,
the French ambassador and Mire.
J. J. Jusserand, the first purely for
mal and official dinner given for a
member of the new cabinet.
Both President and Mrs. Harding
began receiving people Informally at
tho White House as soon as they took
up their residence there. Mrs. Har
ding has had a small group of women
to tea informally several limes. She
received, as Mrs. Wilson received. In
the red room, with 'the tea table pre
sided over by the social secretary,
Miss Laura Harlan, daughter of a late
supreme coijrt judge. They met their
hostess for the first timo.
Thursday's reception was very like
parties of that sort given at the ex
ecutive mansion in the past. It took
place in the blue room, the guests
assembling In the east room, with the
president's military aide presenting
them, with the Marine barfd playing
in the big entrance hall and tea
served In hte state dining room.
Such functions do much to smooth
the paths of diplomacy and states
manship. Many Important events are
the outcome frequently of social
events in the capital.
President and Mrs. Harding attend
ed a large benefit entertainment
Thursday night, which leads one :o
believe that they will be seen at most
of the charity balls, just as Presi
dent and Mrs. Wilson used to be.
The White House social plans
were rumored to Include regular Sat
urday morning receptions for official
YIELD WILL BE DOUBLED
Ochoco Turkey Grower to Increase
His Output Largely.
PRINEVILLE, Or., March 19. (Spe
vtal.) W. T. Smith, who last fall sold
$1600 worth of turkeys to the Port
land markets. Is planning on doubling
that amount this year.
Mr. Smith lives on one of the
tracts under the pchoco project and
asserts that the essential things in
raising turkeys are plenty of space
and food, also that great care must
be used in keeping young turks warm
during tne cold spring aays.
OCCASIONAL RAIN LIKELY
Week's Forecast Promises Variety
of Weather for Coast.
WASHINGTON, D. C. March 19.
Weather predictions for the week
beginning Monday are:
Northern Rocky mountain and pla
teau regions Generally fair, temper
ature considerably lower than during
the week J .'. passed.
Pacific states Generally fair ex
cept along the north coast, where
occasional rains are probable; normal
252,961 WHITES IN CITY
Portland Also Has 1846 Chinese,
and 1715 Japanese.
WASHINGTON. D. C., March 19.
T,he white population of Portland,
Or., in 1920 was 252,961, with 1S46
Chinese, 1715 Japanese, 1566 negroes
and 210 Indians, Filipinos and others,
the census bureau announced today.
The Chinese population had de
creased 3853, or 67.6 per cent.
Return to Normalcy Not
REPUBLICANS FACE DANGER
Present Conditions Said to Be
Like Those Preceding 1893.
1920 CROPS STILL UNSOLD
Possibility or Acute Economic Dis
tress in South and West This
1'ear Discussed by Sullivan.
Br MARK SULLIVAN.
(Copyright. 1921. by New York Evening
Post, Inc. Published by Arrangement.)
WASHINGTON, D. C. March 19.
(Special.) We are Just now -at the
season when the farmers throughout
the- country are making up their
minds how much they ehall plant and
raise the coming year.
The decision they make this month
largely fixes the size of crops we
shall have in the fall; that, in turn,
fixes to a large degree the amount
of food this country and the rest of
the world will have to eat, and the
amount of clothes and other goods
that will be available for all.
Furthermore, the amount of plant
ing the farmers determine to do, will
to a large degree fix the limitations
of our foreign trade at a period a
year ahead of us, which is just about
the period, according to everybody's
hope, when we ought to be getting
into our stride back toward "nor
malcy." Small Crops Are Advocated.
It must be said, that the farmers
have not much to induce them to
plant large crops, in fact, it has been
impressed upon the farmers, that it
will be a mistake to plant large
crops this year.
The day Senator Harding's party
left Florida on his way to assume the
presidency, a group of politicians
riding through North Carolina, picked
up Josephus Daniels' newspaper, the
Raleigh Observer, which is sold at
all the larger stations in that state.
The principal subject of the news in
Mr. Daniels' paper on that particular
day. was how little cotton should be
planted, and the prevailing burden of
argument, was that certain agree
ments, which the farmers had made
to reduce their acreage did not go far
enough and that the acreage ought
to be still further restricted.
1920 Cotton Still Unpicked.
Facetious remarks to the effect
that Josephus was working to under
mine the new republican adminis
tration, were met by the plain sight
of a better reason from the car win
dows, fields with last year's cotton
still unpicked, and the porches of the
farm houses stacked with unsold
bales. This determination to keep the
new crop small, is almost universal
throughout the cotton country. It
does not originate solely with the
farmers, nor with the newspapers
that represent the farmers. It is an
attitude of mind that is shared by the
entire business community in those
A leading banker in Florence, S. C,
for example, is said to have an
nounced a policy of willingness to
carry his patrons loans on last year's
cotton over for another year until
1922 but only with the proviso that
these borrowers shall not plant any
cotton at all this season. -
Banks Nnme Conditions.
As to new borrowers, this bank is
quoted as being willing to lend money
for the purpose of planting a new
crop only on the condition that the
borrower name a date by which he
promises to sell or let the bank sell
for him the holdings of old cotton
that the borrower still has on hand.
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LITTLE CARTOONS BY PERRY, APROPOS OF SOME RECENT
Secretary Weeks Declares Task Is I
Greater Than Any Ever Under- '
taken In Peace Times.
PITTSBURG, Pa.. March 19. Some
thing: like ?U. 000, 000, OUU must be pro
vided by v,th federal government
within 30 months to meet its running
expenses and refunding operations.
Secretary Weeks declared here to
night in, an address before the Pittsburg-
chamber of commerce.
"This," he said, "is a greater task
than was even undertaken by any na
tion in time of peace and there is no
one who does not view the prospect
with more or less alarm. It is the
height of folly to undertake hew
commitments if they can be avoided."
The secretary discussed economy in
government operations, recognition of
federal activities in Washington, tax
ation and the tariff. He urged repeal
of the excess profits tax, declaring
that with falling prices it was not an
effective tax. He said there were in
numerable instances where concerns
which made large profits in 1919, pay
ing a tax on these profits, lost so
much during 1920 that on January 1,
1521, their resources were less than
January 1, 1919.
He said that the countrv had
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
YESTERDAY'S Highest temperature, 49
degrees; lowest, 3c; clear.
TODAY'S Fair, westerly winds.
Churches. Section 0, page 8.
Schools. Section G, page 10.
Books. Section 5, page 0.
Automobiles. Section 6.
Gardens. Section 5, page 1.
Editorial. Section 3, page 8.
Dramatic. Section 4, page 2.
Moving picture news. Section, 4. page 4.
Real estate and building news. Section 4,
Music. Section 4, page 5.
Fashions. Section S, page 6.
Miss Tingle's column. Section 5, page 8.
Auction bridge. Section 5. page 12.
Madame Richet's column. Section 5, page 7.
Child welfare column. Section 5, page 12.
Society. Section 3, page 2.
Women's activities. Section 3, page 10.
Inventors' dreams that came true. Maga
zine section, page 1.
Uncle Sam's new cabinet hostesses. Maga
zine section, page i.
Adventures with other women's babies.
Magazine section, page 3.
News of world as seen by camera. Maga
Une section, page 4.
Intimate diary of Margot Asqulth. Maga
zine section, page 5.
Oregon once'at Equator. Magazine sec
tion, page 6.
The General'! automobile, fiction feature.
Magazine section, page 7.
Hill's cartoons "Among Us Mortals."
Magazine section, page 8.
Home planning and decorating. Section
5, page 11.
Darling's cartoons on topics of the day.
Section 5, page 12.
Matthew Paul Deady's name in Oregon
history. Section 3, page 12.
Dennis Stovall is writer of Oregon stories.
Section 3, page 12.
George Ade fable. Section 4, page 8
French war bride spins flax Into laces.
Section 4, page 3.
Some women in the limelight. Section 4,
Portland export flour discovered in Manta.
Section 4. page 0.
Leaves and weeds eaten to stave off
starvation In China. Section 4, page 7.
James J. Montague story. Section 4,
Poles threaten . to shoot British officers
who Interfere in Sllesian plebiscite.
Section 1, page 4.
State's ruin said to be Gel mad aim.
Section 1, page 7.
Rupture with Britain is faced by France.
Section 1, page 1.
Delay In disarming is puzzling world.
Section 1, page 8.
President tells Senator McN'erv of Oregon
emergency tariff would solve prooleina
of farmers. Section 1, page 1.
New postmaster-general says he intends
to humanize his department. Sectiou 1,
Possibility of acute economic distress and
revolt of farmers against .republicans
discussed by Mark Sullivan. Section 1,
Beer insufficient to supply all who all.
Section 1, page 2.
Official social precedence ' Is problem for
Harding. Section 1, page 6.
Washington's orflcial society pays no heed
to Lent. Section 1. page 1.
Terrific explosion destroys great Armour
grain elevator In south Chicago. Sec
tion 1, page 1.
Sergeant admits killing of major. Sec
tion 1, page 3.
Writer sees time when divorce cases will
pall and happy married life will be
tig news. Section 1. page ?.
Air. Harding Tells Senator JIcNarj
He Would Hesitate to Resort
to Drastic Import Embargo.
THE OKEGONIAN NEWS BUREAU.
Washington. D. C. March 19. Presi
dent Harding discussed the proposed
agricultural embargo at some length
with Senator McNary this afternoon
and said he hesitated to take such
a step. He said he realized the seri
ous predicament of the fanners. His
views appeared to be that the remedy
was In an emergency tariff rather
than in such a drastic measure as an
The president gave the impression
that in his opinion congress should
pass an emergency tariff bill imme
diately upon convening and then take
up general tariff and taxation revi
sion. He manifested the deepest
concern over the agricultural situa
tion, according to Senator McNary.
Senator McNary went to the White
House at the president's invitation,
and besides discussing the embargo
proposal urged the immedate ap
pointment of such shipping board
members as already were agreed
upon, one of these being George E.
Chamberlain, the former senator. The
president said action was being de
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F. P. Walsh, union labor counsel, raps
two rail executives in labor board
leariug. Section 1, page 3.
Patriotic fervor seizes New York. Sec
tion 1, page 4.
Secretary of Labor Davis wins confidence'
with fair and square policy. Section 1,
Nation In thirty months neecis J17.000,
000,000. Section 1, page 1.
Mayor of 'Walla Walla asks revivalist to
prove charges of crime in Walla Walla
or retract. Section 1, page 2.
Oregon's casualties in world war are six
per cent or men in service from state.
Section 2, page 5.
Five bills vetoed by Governor Hart. Sec
tion 1, page 8. '
Daughters of American Revolution plead
for old battleship Oregon; Section 1,
Annual run of mullet starts in Lost river.
Section 1, page 0.
Beavers hit hard and win, 8 to 2. Sec
tion 2, page 1.
Earl France of Los Angeles, who bjxes
here Thursday night, is only fighting
lawyer in ring. Section 2, page 1.
Pacific Northwest Golf association cham
pionships are bunched at June tourna
ment. Section 2, page 2.
Women life-savers ready for tournament
at Broadway natatorium. Section 2,
page 2. . ,
All-around swimming "championship con
tests agitated. Section 2, page 4.
Star players say Walter Johnson I most
formidable pitcher in American league.
Section 2, page 4.
Lure of gambling declared to oe dooming
sports. Section 2, page 3.
Commercial and Marine.
Heavy buying movement on in coast hop
markets. Section 1, page 21.
Stocks firmer at close on covering by
shorts. Section 1, page 21.
Manager of Pacific Steamship company
advises government go out of ahlp
operatlny business. Section 1. page 20.
Historic Westward Ho chartered for
carrying cargo of grain to Hamburg
Section 1, page 20.
High water halts raising of dredge
Willamette. Section 1, page 20.
Clash of Carpentier and Dempsey held
assured. Section 2, page 3.
Portland and Vicinity.
Group of financial companies purchases
Fenton building. Section 1. page IS.
Course in reorganization of Teachers'
Retirement Kund association is In
doubt. Section 1, page 13.
Dr. Van Fleet wins local rose prize. Sec
tion 1, page 17.
Teachers and others Interested in tenure
may have women candidates in field
for school board. Section 1, page 12.
County commissioners and state highway
commission meet tomorrow to find way
to finance Mount Hood loop road
Section 1, page 14.
Style show is opened by Meier St Frank
Section 1, page Ifi.
Llpman, Wolfe & Co. to give style show
at auditorium tomorrow night. Sec
tion 1, page 19.
Dr. J. D. Fenton Is missing: search
started. Section 1, pae 19.
Growers must help keep Industry mov'ii-.
say canners. Section 1, page 1.
Hotelmen protest telephone rates. Sec
tion 2. page 5.
J. B. Steinbach arrested on six charges of
violation of Mann act. Section 1,
Two murder trials to begin tomorrow.
Section 1, page 10.
Directors of 1B25 exposition must choose
site; eight locations offered. Section 1,
Federal patronage In Oregon develops Into
problem for Senators McNary and Stan
field. Section 1, page 4.
Imperial potentate of Shrlners visits In
Portland. Section 1, page 16.
I I fig fit Trr. 1
Let State Have -Historic
Warship, Prayer. ,
SOCIETY PLEDGES EFFORTS
Aged Fighter Priceless Relic,
BATTLESHIP MUSEUM AIM
Daughters of American Revolution
Conclude Conference With Plea
for Preservation oX Craft.
SAL-EM, Or., March 19. (Special.)
The Daughters of the American Rev
olution decided at the closing session
of their eighth annual state confer
ence today to do all in their power to
see that the battleship Oregon Is pre
served and brought to this state,
where it shall remain permanently
in Oregon waters.
The conference adopted a resolu
tion "that tho' society do all possible
by legislation and Influence to pre
serve the battleship for some useful
or historic purpose," afier a brilliant
presentation of the case by Mrs. F.
M. Wilkins of Eugene, honorary state
"If some other state should be al
lowed to keep our own battleship
Oregon, which means so much to us
on account of its splendid record, we
would lose an historical record that
is the greatest we have In this state,"
she said. "It is priceless. We must
co-operate with the business men of
Portland who also see the necessity
of bringing this spiip back to Oregon.
We have been trying for several
years to make this possible and we
hope at the 1925 fair to have the bat
tleship on display as the permanent
possession of the state."
Battleship Museum Aim.
The Daughters of the American
Revolution hope to. use .the ija,tUejshipJ
n a . ... LI., 1 1 1 I
value to the state and nation. The
society would place thero Its collection
of rare documents, pictures and other
records, according to the plan.
The 1922 conference will be held In
Portland, with Multnomah and Wil
lamette chapters, both of that city, as
hostesses. The Invitation was pre
presented by Mrs. Mrray Manville and
Mrs. John Pearson, who announced
that the president-general, Mrs.
George Maynard Minor of Connecticut,
will be in Portland for the meeting.
This will be the sixth time that the
conference has been held In Portland.
The society adopted resolutions as
"To try to have one day in the pub
lic schools of Oregon set aside for
teaching the flag law, history and
principles of the flag; to present to
the 1923 legislature a bill making it a
crime to desecrate monuments and
markers placed within the state by
the Daughters of the American Revo
lution; to present to the state a brass
railing which will be placed around
the state seal in the capltol with a
suitable inscription; to ask the legis
lature to authorize the state highway
commission to erect on the 'National
Old Trails road' which runs through
several Oregon counties an appropri
ate road sign submitted by the so
Citizens to Be Welcomed.
Each chapter was asked to appoint
a naturalization committee "whose
duty It Is to witness naturalization
ceremonies and to welcome natural
ized men and women Into citizenship."
Courtesy resolutions thanking Che
metka chapter of Salem and Sarah
Childress Polk chapter of Dallas,
hostesses, for their hospitality and
the patriotic women's associations of
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BEYOND fHE. SVVfVfcOW OF
Co-Opera tion Held 'eccssary il
Packing Industry Is to Keep
Moving FrospecU Dull.
Growers will have to co-operate
with the canners this year and be pre
pared to expect considerably lower
prices for their fruit and berries If
the packing industry is to keep mov
ing. This was tho opinion of the
North west Canners' association, which
held a conference at the Imperial
Prospects for the coming season
are not bright, from the viewpoint of
the canners. There has been a recent
drop in the price of canned goods and
there is also a large quantity of this
preserved fruit on hand. In the last
30 days there has beea a decided
slump in the market, which has ma
terially affected the condition of the
packers and they admit being hard
Heretofore all the grower had to
do was to back his wagon up, to the
cannery, unload and receive .cash for
his load on the spot. The question of
financing now is a difficult one, the
packers contend, and they are some
what in a quandary as to how it can
Canners are of the opinion that the
growers should assist the plants by
taking part payment when they weigh
! their produce and
eave it at the can
nery, and then wait until the finished
goods are sold before drawing the
rest of their compensation. If the
growers refuse some such arrange
ment, the canners say they do not
know how they can deal with the sit
uation. ELEVATOR CRUSHES MAN
Adolph Luciano Almost Instantly
Killed In Yeon Building.
Adolph Luciano, a janitor In the
Yeon building, 36 years old, was
crushed to death In the bottom of an
elevator shaft in that building short
ly after 5 o'clock last evening when
an elevator counter weight descended
upon him, killing hira almost In
stantly. Luciano was in the bottom of the
shaft cleaning It out as the elevator
was being operated by Oscar Lind.
As the elevator rose the weight at the
side of the shaft in some manner
caught and -crushed Luciano.
Luciano lived at 471 Patton road.
and Is survived by his widow and
smaH""childreri. He had been
employed as a Janitor at. the Yeon
building for two years.
Dr. Smith, coroner, said last night
that he would decide Monday whether
an inquest would be held.
NEW COMET IS REPORTED
Stranger ot Ainth Magnitude Is
Sighted March 14.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.. March 19.
Discovery of the comet of the ninth
magnitude was announced In a cable
gram to the Harvard observatory
from the central bureau of astronom
ical telegrams at Brussels today. '
It said that at Cape Town, March
14, Astronomer Reld had sighted the
stranger of the sky in the contella
tion of Capricornus.
RATS SCATTER FLAMES
Ablaze After Gasoline Explosion,
Rodents Ignite Baled Cotton.
ROCKDALE, Tex., March 19.
Ablaze from flames caused by an ex
ploded gasoline tank, rats ran from
the barn of H. C. Sanders, a farmer.
They dashed Into a cotton storage
warehouse containing ten bales of
cotton, setting It afire.
TRAITOR'S BROTHER DEAD
Monslgnor Bolo Passes Away
His Home In .Paris.
PARIS. March 19. The death
Monsignor Bol was
Ha was the brother of Bolo Pasha,
h.. was executed at Vincennes In
1913 for treason.
Explosion Razes Armour
FLAMES COMPLETE HAVOC
1 Watchman Dead, 4 Missing,
4 Make Escapes.
SHOCK FELT MILES AWAY
Structure, One of Largest of Kind
In World, Was Erected at
Cost of $10,000,000.
CHICAGO. March 19. An explosion
of grain dust rocked the southern
section of Chicago early tonight,
wrecked one of the world's largest
grain elevators and broke every win
dow within a mile.
Of the nine watchmen trapped in
the structure by the blast, one la
known to be dead and four are miss
ing. The elevator, which consisted of
steel and concrete towers, was located
in the southern outSKlrts of the city
on the banks of the Calumet river.
It was built at a cost of more than
$10,000,000 and was operated by the
Armour Grain company.
The explosion was due, It was said
by officials, to a fire that started in
a chute. The blaze set fire to the
dust-filled air and the resulting
blast rent asunder the big tower, re
leasing thousands ot bushels of grain.
Concrete Blocks Hurled Far.
So great was the force of the ex
plosion that it hurled great concrete
blocks hundreds of feet and derailed
a freight train standing on a near-by
The few men In the elevator are
thought to have been trapped by the
flood of blazing grain.
Up to a late hour tonight only one
body had been removed. Four others
are known to have escaped.
Heavy damage was caused in near
by towns by the explosion. Windows
ere shattered In Hammond. Whiting
and East Chicago. The . ropcrty ..33
at Whiting, according to merchants,
will reach $100,000.
Grain Stored in Elevator.
Normally about 2,000,000 bushels of
grain are stored In the elevator, but
at the time of the blast there was
only about. 500,000 bushels. This was
destroyed by the fire that followed
The explosion occurred just after
150 employes had quit for the day
According to one eye witness, there
were three separate explosions, the
last being the most severe. The ex
plosions tore the top off the elevator.
ITarly estimates put the property
loss at $6,000,000.
So great was the force of the explo
sion that first reports made It appear
a greater disaster than It was. Fire
alarms were repeated until a large
part of the city's apparatus was on
the way to the scene.
Debris Kails Into River.
A portion of the wrecked building
fell into the Calumet river, damming
it until it flooded a number of small
cottages on the opposite bank.
At one time a score of small fires
were burning in the dwellings, but
they were soon subdued.
The man who was killed was
hurled 300 feet by the explosion.
The Isolation of the large elevator
prevented greater destruction of life
and property. The force of the ex
plosion seemed to pass over the cot
tages nearby, taking effect on mors
distani buildings, largely at the ex
pense of windows. I
Glass Far Away Shattered.
It was some time after the detona-
(Concludeil on I'HKe 10, Column 2.)