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TITE SUNDAY OREGOXIAX, PORTLAND, DEfcE3IBER 4, 1921'
HEARING IS QUIET
Captain Edmonstone Takes
Stand in Defense.
ALL CHARGES ARE DENIED
Inquiry Launched by Director
Shull Expected to Be Con
cluded Monday Night.
A comparatively quiet session of the
property committee of school district
No. 1. continuing the inquiry launched
by Director Shull, was held last night,
when Captain Edmondstone, superin
tendent of properties, took the stand
In his own defense and was succeeded
by corroborative witnesses. The ses
sion adjourned at a late hour to meet
gain Monday night, when It is ex
pected that the hearing will be con
cluded. The atmosphere of court procedure
was heightened by the fact that the
hearing was held in a courtroom, with
George B. Thomas, director, presiding
In the Judicial chair, and with R. H.
Thomas, clerk, administering the
oaths. For the prosecution appeared
Director Bhull and Attorney Hart,
while Attorney Collier appeared for
Thomaa Often Made Target.
Though Director Thomas has fre
quently asserted that he himself is
not on trial, the unusual character of
the proceedings Is spiced by the fact
that lta presiding officer has fre
quently been the target of testimony.
Captain Edmondstone. called as the.
first defense witness, testified clearly
If emphatically, and in general denied
the charges which have been pre
ferred against him, and the support
ing testimony of witnesses previously
summoned by Director Shull.
All things considered, he made a
good witness In his own behalf,
though his statement serv.ed in no
way to afford a complete reply to
the several charges, as yet unchal
lenged, that employes of the proper
ties department neglected thlr duties
to campaign for George B. Thomas,
director, and subsequently to solicit
funds to defray his expenses for the
Reorganisation Is Explained.
He Is a civil engineer of 37 years'
experience, he testified,' and entered
the employment of the district on De
cember 28, 1920, as superintendent of
properties. He explained In detail
how he had reorganized his depart
ment into bureaus, holding the chief
of each responsible for the bureau
entrusted to him. He had appointed
Matthew Odell chief of the bureau of
maintenance and construction, and
bad made other similar appointments.
"You have heard the testimony of
witnesses," said Attorney Collier,
"that you have .discharged without
sufficient reason certain employes of
the district, among them B, J. Phil
Hps, an electrician?
"Yes," answered the witness, "and
the reason that he was discharged
was Insubordination. Also, he had
not been doing the proper work and
had not made proper estimates. They
were too low and would have subject
d me to criticism."
Typical Instance la Cited.
Captain Edmondstone asserted that
a typical Instance of faulty estimates
prepared by Phillips was one that,
having been returned to him for cor
rection, had eventually proved larger
than the bid received. He had been
rquired to check with the bidders,
the result being that his estimate
was shown to lack important and es
sential Items that totaled $300.
Questioned regarding the declara
tion of Phillips that he had, at Ed
mondstone's Instructions, passed
more than a day of the district's time
Installing a motion picture machine
at the Knights of Pythias hall, the
witness said that the matter had first
been brought to his attention by T. A.
Proctor of the bureau of records, who
had told him of such a request. Cap
tain Edmondstone had then sum
moned Phillips and asked him If he
knew of anyone who could do the
work, to which rhllllps bad answered
that he would.
"I then said," testified the witness.
"that there was no money In it, and
that It must be done outside of school
hours. He understood that."
"Did he .agree to do it that way?"
asked Attorney Collier.
Agreement la Reported.
"He said he would take pleasure
In doing It."
"When did you first know that he
had put in more than a day?"
"When he himself testified to It."
Phillips was subsequently dis
charged for refusing to reduce his
force, said the witness, though he had
later complied with the order, and be
cause he was not In harmony with
the department. The testimony
turned to an attack on Phillips' state
ment that an estimate submitted by
him had been arbitrarily raised by
Captain Edmondstone aald that in
this instance the ' estimate was
passed on to George Jones, drafts
man, and that Jones, unaware of the
fact that Phillips already had added
the 10 per cent charge for overhead,
added another 10 per cent.
Discharges Are Explained.
Concerning the discharge of men
from Phillips' department, the wit
ness said they were dismissed be
cai;se there was no work for them,
and that the saving thereafter had
been $20 daily to the district. He
added that Phillips always sought to
prepare low estimates, thus Insuring
the work to his own craftsmen rather
than to outside bidders In order to
keep the men employed.
As to James Stanyon, Janitor, who
was dismissed from Washington high
chool, Captain Edmondstone testified
that this employe won his discharge
through an. uncongenial and quarrel
some nature, which led him to trou
ble with district workmen; by ne
glect of certain duties, namely, the
tli'.ng of a furnace whici supplied the
cafeteria with hot water; and by
neglecting to concern himself with
the condition of the roof. Boys, It
appeared, had clambered to the top
cf the building, gained the roof and
smoked cigarettes thereon, wrecking
a skylight and tearing away orna
mental Iron. Then, too, there had
been danger of an explosion in the
donkey engine, when Stanyon ap
pointed a sub-Janitor, inexperienced,
to fire It.
. ' Teacher Protest Recalled.
"After conferring with the prop
erty committee," testified Captain
Edmondstone. "I determined to dis
charge him for the good of the serv
ice. I told him that no Investiga
tion was necessary."
At previous, sessions of the In
quiry witnesses had testified that
fitanyon was an excellent Janitor, and
m nrotest against his dismissal.
e.gned by every teacher at Washing-
ten high school, had been filed as
"Mrs. Dora Kimball," pursued the
witness, "was discharged from Lin
coln cafeteria for the sole reason
that she had a husband who was
capable of supporting 'her. He was
earning $5 a day. I had nothing to
do with filling the position after
ward." Previous testimony had been
to the effect that the displacement
of Mrs. Kimball was to "take care
of" the woman who succeeded her.
Concerning the solicitation of funds
by C. A. "McBain, prosecution witness
and discharged employe, for the cam
paign expenses of George B. Thomas,
the witness said that he had no pre
liminary conversation with McBain
regarding the matter.
Knowledge of Actions Denied.
"I did not know that he was work
ing on school time or collecting from
school employes." testified Captain
Edmondstone. "I knew that he col
lected money from men employed by
the district, not in their capacity as
employes, but as representatives of a
certain society. He had said that he
would raise the money from the boys
down at St. Johns.'
Interrogated further, the witness
repeated the story of the refusal of
the fund by George B. Thomas, direc
tor, and the entrusting of $58 to Mc
Bain to return to its original donors.
Delay in this return had aroused sus
picions of McBaln's honesty, and Cap
tain Edmondstone had charged him
"J asked him why he was not pay
ing back the money," testified the
witness. 'He declared that he had
paid It. Ed Stackhouse told him pos
itively 'No.' I told him tnat if he was
In need Stackhouse and myself would
have gone down in our pockets gladly.
But I knew that he was not, and I
charged him directly with stealing.
"It was also reported," said the wit
ness, "that he had been drinking at
James John high school and that he
had not done his work properly. He
was discharged by Mr. Stackhouse,
Witness Is Entangled.
Cross-examined by Attorney Hart
concerning the discharge of Phillips,
the witness was entangled in his own
statements that a severe and exacting
discipline prevailed In his department
and that, though Phillips had been In
the service of the district for 16 years,
he felt that his dismissal was justi
fied. "Do you think It was insubordina
tion for him to raise a protest against
the dismissal of those employes of
long standing?" asked Attorney Hart.
"I certainly do.".
Cross-examined further as to the
dismissal of Phillips, the witness
said that the electrician had persist
ently underestimated work, notably
that on the Marysvllle school. In
order to Insure employment to his
crew. The episode of the motion
picture installation brought a new
interpretation to the word "install,"
used in Captain Edmondstone's letter
to the fire marshal when he com
missioned Phillips to undertake the
outside task. Attorney Hart insisted
that the witness was In error In as
suming that Instructions to "Install"
could be Interpreted as merely to
"connect." The major portion of th"e
misused time was spent In conveying
the outfit to the hall.
Testimony Is Challenged.
"If he had told me," insisted Cap
tain Edmondstone, "that he was
working on school board time, and
that It was necessary, I would havb
paid it out of my own pocket with
pleasure rather than see hira swear
to a He."
Concerning the collection of cam
paign funds by McBain the witness
cast aside all previous corroborative
testimony and asserted that he st'll
believes McBain did not operate on
the district's time. He passed lightly
over the Incident of distributing cam
paign commissions for George B.
Thomas, the day before election, ad
mitting that he knew it but denying
that McBain and another workman
were taken from regular employment.
Captain Edmondstone was rather
Lehrewdly questioned by Director
Shull concerning the dismissal of
Leslie W. Murray, a draftsman, ex
service man and father of five, while
Tom Odell, son of' Matthew Odell, a
bureau chief, was retained. He is
"He went to the North sea plant
ing mines," said Captain Edmond
stone, "leaving a position which paid
him more than he is getting now.
His father did not put him on. 1
and I alone am responsible."
Much Testimony Corroborative.
Testimony of Matthew Odell was
largely corroborative of that of Cap
tain Edmondstone. . He admitted,
however, that he knew that some of
the departmental employes were en
gaged in political work during sejiool
hours in the interests of George B.
Thomaa Faced with a repetition of
previous testimony, wherein he was
quoted as having said that he hoped
the political debts would soon be paid
Land that George B. Thomas couldn't
oe elected aga'n, the witness became
confused and sought to evade the
"You must answer it," said Director
"I did not make the statement,"
said the embarrassed witness.
Attorney Collier requested an ad
journment because of the late hour
and the fact that several more de
fense witnesses were to appear. The
hearing will be resumed and con
cluded Monday night at 7 o'clock.
Following the hearing the school
board met In special session and
unanimously indorsed Director Wood
ward's proposed amendment to the
school laws, whereby property quali
fications would be dispensed with in
all school elections, and any citisen
would be entitled to vote on any
school matter. The legislature was
urged to present .the measure and Di
rector Woodward, as chairman of ths
business committee, was instructed
to further It.
WHITTLESEY WILL FOUND
Property and Most of War Relics
Are Left to Mother.
NEW YORK, Dec. 2 The will of
Colonel Charles WV Whittlesey, com
mander of the "lost battalion," whose
tragic death at sea was reported by
wireless from the steamship Toloa,
was found Friday among papers in his
desk at the office of his law firm in
He bequeathed his property and
most of his war relics to his mother.
Including his distinguished service
cross. The German order demanding
surrender of the "lost battalion" was
left to Captain George McMurtry. The
cross of the legion of honor was be
queathed to John B. Pruyn, his law
UNIFORM TERMS PROVIDED
Reform fn Railroad Export Bills of
Lading Is Decreed. .
WASHINGTON. D. C, Dec. 2.
Terms and conditions to be Included
in all export bills of lading issued by
railroads for through transportation
in connection with ocean .carriers
were prescribed In a formal decision
today of the Interstate commerce
The uniform bill of lading so cre
ated, the commission said, would be
put Into effect on all lines as soon as
proper arrangements can be made.
The commission previously had pre
scribed a uniform bill of lading for
Ifead The Oregonlaa classified ads.
35 HELD UP IH-IH
JO EX-COXVICTS ARRESTED IN
CONNECTION WITH CASES.
61 Burglaries Reported to Police
Bureau In Course of November.
One Murder Committed.
There were SS holdup robberies on
Portland streets during November, 21
of which have been "O. K.ed" by de
tectives that is, either explained or
arrests made and a gang of ten ex
coiivicts was held responsible for the
majority of the crimes. The gang
was broken up this week by Lieuten
ant Thatcher of detectives and nine
of them were said to be ex-convlcts
from the Monroe reformatory of the
state of Washington.
Those arrested were Carl Lind,
Frank Burns and 'William G. Lawler,
charged with robbery; Gordon Kirk
patrick and Elmer Johnson, wanted
for the robbery of Judge Henry Mc
Ginn's home, four other burglaries
and the robbery of a store at S60V4
Alder street; Max Hoaglln. charged
with vagrancy, who was arrested with
Lawler; Arthur- Holmes, the only one
of the ten who had not served time
at Monroe, charged with burglary:
Robert Weaver, Joseph Ford and Ed
ward Barnes, the latter three with
police records in Seattle, Butte, Spo
kane, ' Cheyenne, Portland, Tacoma,
Los Angeles and Stockton. None of
the gang was more than 24 years old.
Through lucky arrest of Frank
Burns as he was fleeing from the
scene of a holdup at Jake & Shy's
restaurant, detectives obtained a
wedge with which they pried into the
Weaver, Ford and Barnes were ar
rested on suspicion, charged with
vagrancy. They were said to be ex
convicts, and were held because they
were associating with, vagrants and
were toying with the drug traffic.
Other crimes of November were 1
burglaries, 12 of which ' have been
cleared up; one murder, with the al
leged murderer in jail; two safe rob
beries and 288 cases of larceny.
NOTORIOUS RESORT THALIA IS
SOLD UNDER- HAMMER.
Beacon Light of Notorious Haven
In San Francisco's Street of
Vice Snuffed Out.
SAN FRANCISCO. Dec. 2. (Special.)
The beacon light of another port of
call on the Barbary coast of San
Francisco is dimmed forever.
The Thalia Is no more.
The grand Jury yesterday in Its
final report pronounced the Barbary
coast "theoretically dead."
Today the racuous calls of an auc
tioneer sounded the funeral dirge of
the most notorious resort on San
Francisco's street of sin and the fall
of his hammer tolled the death of the
Like the advertisement of cleaning
establishments, the coast has been
"always dying" but never dead.
The coast soon will be dead. The
beginning of the end of the coast
that is known in the harbors of the
seven seas is seen in the demise of
the Thalia. Those who have watched
the long struggles of the patient at
tribute the end to an acute attack of
prohlbltlonitls and an overdose of
Captain Layne's "coppers," plain and
The funeral service of the Thalia
was written In the auctioneer's col
umns this morning and at 11 o'clock
today Terry Mustaln's "place" was
thronged by a different crowd than
might be seen any night at 11 o'clock.
Benches, carpets, glassware, pic
tures and everything else that has
glittered and glared in the old Thalia
since the first sailor visited the place
and the coast secured Its name of
"Barbary" went to the highesT bidder.
And the Thalia la dead.
FOOD COSTS INCREASING
Slight Drop in Family Bill Is Re
ported by Loggers.
Food cost averages In the north
west during the past month have in
creased slightly over preceding
months, according to figures issued
by the Loyal Legion of Loggers and
The figures show that the average
cost of purchasing food for a. family
of five advanced for November 1
cent a day over the cost for Septem
The legion's figures estimate the
cost of food for the family of five to
be 81.64 a day In the Pacific north
west. Oregon is the highest, with
an average daily cost of 81-66. Wash
ington Is second with $1.63 and Idaho
third with $1.52.
In contrast to the flgunes for the
entire state, the legion's table shows
that the cost of living in Portland
has dropped from $1.63 to $1.51 In
The figures are based on the
amount of food required by a family
of five as determined by the United
States bureau of labor statistlca
LIEUTENANT BLOOM HERE
Information to Be Supplied for
Lieutenant Adolph Bloom, U. S. N,
personnel officer from staff head
quarters, Thirteenth "naval district,
Seattle, arrived in Portland Friday
for a week's stay, during which he
will confer with reservists who de
sire Information concerning naval re
Lieutenant Bloom returned recently
from a visit, to Washington, D. C,
where he conferred with officers In
the navy department and the naval
reserve bureau. He announced yes
terday that members of disenrolled
reserve classes may transfer to class
6 upon request to the commandant of
ths 13th naval district prior to Janu
ary 1. 1922. Service in class S is
strictly voluntary and' requires no
compulsory training duty to maintain
status. The officer or enrolled man
who requests this transfer loses noth
ing and is in a positiov to realize
the advantages of future legislation.
Lieutenant Bloom said.
County Hospital las Fire.
Fire In the bathroom on the second
floor of the old county hospital at
Second and Hooker streets at 9
o'clock Friday night caused excite
ment at the institution. Only a few
rags behind the bathtub burned, and
the blaze was put out before the ar
rival of the fire department, which
had been summoned.
Postofflce to Be Remodeled.
SALEM, Or., Dec 1. (Special.)
The work of remodeling and enlarg
ing the Salem postofflce will start
within 60 days, according to a tele
gram received here tonight from Sen
ator McNary. The cost of the pro
posed Improvements has not yet been
emW?m I y ui& ssf As
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M BACK Fl
EXPOSITION TEMPLE OF PROG
Local Association Organized and
Incorporated With View to Par
ticipation In Exposition.
Optimistic over the outlook for the
1926 world's fair, local colored pro
fessional and business men formed a
corporation November 23 which will
be known as the Race Progress asso
ciation. The - organization has been
Incorporated under the state depart
ment of education.
The object of the association is to
finance and construct a building as
a part of the fair, to be known as
the Temple of Progress, in which ex
hibits of science, art. etc.. showing
the progress of the colored race of
the world and especially the progress
cf the colored race In America during
Its 66 years of freedom will be
housed. The organization will be ready
to begin activities as soon as the ex
position project is started.
National and International charac
ters of the colored race will be In
terested in the movement, which is
expected to surpass anything of the
kind ever attempted, it is said.
The incorporators are Fred D.
Thomas, John C. Logan, Beatrice Mor
row Cannady, Ralph P. Flowers, G
N. White, T. H. Williams, A. 3. Frank
lyn. Adolphus B. Clay, Henry Myles
and E. D. Cannady.
STILLMAN DATA GATHERED
Woman's Attorneys Leave Montreal
With Several Affidavits.
MONTREAL, Dec 2. Attorneys for
Mrs. Anne U. Stillman, defendant in
a suit for divorce brought by James
A. Stillman, wealthy New York
banker, left today for New York;
They carried a number of affidavits
and photographs gathered near the
Stillman summer home at Grand
Anse by Fred Beauvals, the Indian
guide named by Mr. Stillman as co
m m myvimmB.
m i w. - m i t
respondent and as the father of Baby
Guy Stillman, whose paternity is at
BURCH ALIAS REVEALED
Assumed Name Used In Renting
Auto, Says Witness.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2. Testimony
that Arthur C. Burch. charged with
the murder of J. Belton Kennedy,
rented an automobile under an as
sumed name the night Kennedy was
shot to death formed the climax of
this afternoon's session of Burch's
trial before Superior Judge Sidney N.
Richard Parsons, proprietor of an
automobile rental establishment, tes
tified Burch came to his place and
rented a tourinsr rr the evening of
The Coal of
is a grand old name. When used in
connection with coal ' fi 11
it means a grand old C3c&lL
Big Lump, S11.00 Ton
Egg, Nut Size, $10.00
Delivered in Your Bin
Low in ash.
No clinkers, bone
urrcrrD tvt tri tct rr
VV JOO 1 EjJTVI JT ULiLi Phone: East 2226.
Also for Sale by
Argonne Fuel Co.. 83d sad Bura-
slde. Phone Tabor Ml SI.
Colombia Furl Co nelaware aad
Colombia Blvd. . Wood. Slf.
Sllllard Ave. Fori Co, 6238 72d
St. S. E. 61:5-17.
Vancouver, Wa, Red
August S last and returned It about
S:30 o'clock the same night.
He produced a rental slip signed
"J. L. Jones" and declared Burch
placed that signature there.
Graves Robbed of Flowers.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 2. Mlchaelo
Davencensl is held today !n the Colma
Jail, near here, accused of having
stolen bouquets from graves in Green
lawn cemetery and then selling them
on bis flower stand. Constable Lan
dlnl kept lonely vigil in the shadow
of tombstones for several nights, he
said, before be was able to capture
Britain Investigates Outrage.
MIAMI. Fla., Dee. 2. Acting under
telegraphic instructions from the Brit
ish pirlwMV In Washington. A. H.
or other, impurities ALL COAL.
287 E. Morrison St.
the Following Dealers
North Itank Furl Co., 059 Ipshnr.
Sellwood Drayage A tornce Co
1H2H K. 17th S. Sirllwood 174..
Sanset Wood Co., Stf Inlun Ave.
N. Wood. 4.1 1 S.
Ask Coal Co, rhoae OS.
HE Patrick-Duluth Belmont is a gentle
It has such refinements of style as only
the foremost designers could conceive.
It is "bigger than weather." It is made
from cloth that cannot be duplicated any
where. Genuine pure virgin wool Patrick
Duluth cloth that is as distinctive to America
as friezes to Ireland, cheviots to Scotland and
tweeds to England.
It is economical, not because the price is
lower, but because the quality and style are
lasting. It is an overcoat that you will be
proud to wear this year, next year, the year
after, and even the year after that.
Sold through the best dealers only.
Send for Patrick-Duluth Wool Products Catalog
PATRICK-DULUTH WOOLEN MILLS
Duluth -F. A. Pmtrick V Co., Proprietor Minnesota
Sole manufacturers of both cloth and garments
Hubbard, British vice-consul here, to
day began an investigation into the
flogging and tarring and feather'ng
here Inst Aiieu.t of Rev. Philip S.
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DR. B. !. W RIGHT.
Pyorrhoea eaa be successfully treated In the earlier stages, S
5 bat do not be misled by aascrapuloas mm to believe that they
5 can enre your teeth of pyorrhoea after the aveolar process has
H been destroyed. S
Come In and I will take aome X-ray pictures of your teetu
and gums, which will show exactly the true condition that they
E are In. Then If It Is necessary to have them removed I ran
E extract them without causing pain.
The money you pay for extracting will apply on your new E
teeth, whether plate or bridge work. r:
X-Ray Examination Whea Necessary. ZZ
I DR. B. E. WRIGHT !
Ent. S27V Wash,
l'hone Main 211V.
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Episcopal church and a British sub
ject, who was engaged in work among
fh nfsrrrtrs of MinmT
By DR. B. E. WRIGHT
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