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THE SUNDAY OKEGONIAN, PORTLAND, DECE3IBER 10, 1922
GETS BIT OF REST
HUGE TRAIST OF SUPPLIES IS RUSHED TO ASTORIA FOR RELIEF OF FIRE VICTIMS.
Citizens, After 18 Furious
RELIEF WORKERS GO ON
Woman Who From Homfe on Hill
Saw Start of Blaze Graph
ically Describes Fire.
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ASTORIA, Or., Dec. 9. (Special.)
Darkness last night brought the
first rest citizens of this ravaged
first rest citizens of this ravagea.-
(seaport had known in 18 furious
hours. Into that period a lifetime
.night have been conveniently !
Li auiiiieu. iicvci agaiit moj
hours between sun-up and sun-down
hold 'such labor for Astoria. Thurs
day and the old bustling town, the
familiar outlines, were erased en
tirely from the minds of the. harried
inhabitants when darkness came to
slow down the work of relief, to
send wearied folk to bed.
For hours after darkness had
brought the fear of the first night
in ruins, with uncertain lights,
"broken communication, rain beating
down in torrents, and the nameless
(tread from the previous hours of
fire horror, the committees labored.
A sole bright spot in all the deso
lation was the Y. M. C. A. building,
itself only saved when hoys carried
water from the swimming tank to
quench the blazes that started. In a
dozen rooms toil went on, sub-relief i
cumiiiiitees m oeasiuii, cuaii men 01 '
general reiiet Domes mapping piana .
for the morrow, Portland's emissar
ies meeting with grateful officials
of the burned city, girls at feverish
tasks pounding out on typewriters
room lists, supply lists, bedding lists
Hoy Seonts :n Service.
From a central desk Boy Scouts
dashed out and back on countless
errands, drenched to the skin. In
the gymnasium a hundred or more
worn fire-fighters, whose homes
had gone up in the conflagration,
tried to snatch a few hours of sleep.
Army cots were spread out for them
and for other workers, either home
less or far from their own abodes.
In the basement sandwiches and
that most priceless thing, hot, black
coffee, were available throughout
Quiet prevailed throughout the
night except for the occasional
crash, of falling masonry and the
rattle of trucks over -he ruined
For those whose homes were out
of the path of the fire on the hills
above the burned area sleep was
only fitful, despite the fatigue
from which all suffered. For in the
low-hanging clouds was reflected
an ominous cherry glow. It came
from the 24 great sunken squares
which had once been city blocks in
the heart of the town, but had been
raten away to their very founda
tions many feet below street levels.
Ruddy flames licked into the air
there throughout the night and that
reflected glow in the sky brought
too many memories of those never-to-be-forgotten
hours before dawn
Rained District Guarded.
Guards, sailors, soldiers, Portland
joiice, Astoria regulars and volun
teers patroled the blackened district
and no one without the red ribbon
indicating official business was al
lowed to pass. It was grim busi
ness. There were many reasons for
it. Valuables may yet come from
the ruins. Great mounds, covered
with bricks and mortar and twisted
steel, represent all that is left of
five Astoria bankg whose deposits j
totaled $7,000,000 Friday night.
Skulking forms seen during the
hours of the blaze warned authori
ties against possibility of the ghoul
ish operations. No one will ever
know what was stolen, but every
body in Astoria today knows that
li prowlers were arrested in yes
terday's early hours by watchful
For all the intermittent falling of
bricks, the snap of expanding steel,
the continual hissing of raindrops
on heated metal, a strange quiet was
over all that ruined area. Uncanny,
guards called it,
IVIght in' France Recalled.
"Ugh," one said, as he shook him
si'lf as a dog would shake off water.
"It gets on my nerves. I stood
jinard ir. France where things were
like this but there you had an
enemy. Here there's nothing you
can count on. Nothing. I wish
there were." And then he strode I
off to halt some late-goer who
nought the forbidden direct path
through the ruined streets.
Fallen wires, great holes in the
pavement, added to the peril of thr,
right for those who were abroad
and perforce there were many. Only
half of Astoria's telephones were in i
working order and there were many
calls to make. The telephone ex
change remained open through the
night to accommodate patrons de
siring to get word out to relatives.
Few failed to send detailed mes
wiges recounting what had been on
press wires and Bold on streets all
over the country for 12 hours or
more. The same situation prevailed
at the Western Union and Postal
Telegraph offices, where forces were
kept at work till daybreak. '
Ships Provide Shelter.
On two ships in the harbor, the
Keuce and the Saint Nicholas, owned
by the Columbia River Packers' as
sociation, a score of destitute per
sons found bed and shelter.
From a rear window in her home
above the town near the high school
Airs. C. A. Lundberg described the
"I saw that red blaze when it
started and it frightened me. We
in Astoria had not yet recovered
from the shock of the Hammond mill J
tire, you Know. Ana then I saw
it spring up in several places. They
tell me that the honeycomb founda
tions of the streets were the cause
"Alone in the house, I sat there
with my eyes glued to the window
I saw the fire run in four directions-1
-blazes here, a great blackness
there and then a blaze in another
place. It was not long until I knew
that it was out of control. I could
see crowds of men running about
in the streets, and when I opened
the window once I had to close it
right away because of the rain. I
could hear shoutings about the roar
of the fire.
Hed Inferno Develops.
"If you have read Dante's 'Inferno'
you will have some conception of
what that awful red thing seemed
to me. It was too terrible to de
scribe, At times I think the flames
went 200 feet in the air. The Co
lumbia almost to the other shore
shone red. Why, I could even see
the waves, it was so light. But oh.
it was weird! I never want to see
anything like it again.
"I dressed and then came back to
the window. Hours must have
parsed and Uiea ail pi, a fiudden X
knew it was day and was glad. But
't was a dirty gray, that dawn a
dirty gray all shot with crimson.
the foot of the hill and then I
thought of the wind. Mrs. Hanson
called me on the phone and asked me
if I wasn't afraid. The flames, she
said, would sweep right up the hill
side and take us all.
"And then I tried to get things
out nf th hnnso T niilrin't rln mimh.
Some men helped me. It was be1
tween leaving it all out in the rain
or letting it burn, as I thought it
would. Once I had my -best furni
ture in the street I realized that I
couldn't get it carted away. All the
men were at the fire and what did
my furniture count for when all the
town seemed doomed?
Next Hours Dreaded.
"Those next hours were dreadful,
dreadful, I tell you, and then some-
how it got around that it was all
..lt d : k t lk d
and see all that ruin as I did yes
terday afternoon. Some suffered
worse than I. Just think, all those
fine things all gone in smoke. And
Astoria, do you think it will ever be
a town again? I heard there was a
meeting and that the men ' were
eager to build again. It will be a
terrible task. One would almost
pray at a time like this."
In the midst of the horror came
an anti-climax. In Portland after
noon papers the death of W. H.
Fellman, owner of Astoria's largest
furniture store, was reported. News
of it was over the entire town.
Mr. Fellman's phone was out of
A reporter rang his doorbell
shortly after noon. To the healthy
looking person who met him he
inquired with a gravity fitting a
visit to a house of grief if he might
have Mr. Fellman's picture. -His
"I am Mr. Fellman. "Why should
you want my picture?"
"If you are Mr. Fellman, I do not
want your picture. Good day."
And that was all.
STEAMERS READY TO HELP
Offer Is Made to Handle Relief
Shipments Without Charge.
On learning of the disastrous fire
at Astoria and the possible need of
outside assistance, H. C. Cantelow,
vice-presiednt of the Luckenbach
Steamship company, yesterday tele
graphed an offer to handle relief
and emergency shipments from San
P'rancisco to Astoria via available
steamers without charge.
J. G. Euson, Portland manager for
the line, transmitted the message to
Fred Sanborn of George W. San
born & Co., Astoria agents, with the
request that he ascertain from au
thorities if there was any way in
which the line could assist. The
company's vessels are in the inter
coastal trade and as a rule do not
stop at San Francisco when bound
north, so it is reasoned there would
for relief cargo.
S1TUATI0H WELL HI HIND
RELIEF WORK IX ASTORIA IS
Judge Stevenson, Who Visited
City in Behalf of Red Cross,
"The situation at Astoria is well
in hand there is no suffering or
danger of immediate distress," said
John H. Stevenson, who went to As
toria Friday morning in behalf of
the local chapter of the- American
Red Cross and who returned to
Portland last night.
"The National Guard has estab
lished two soup kitchens in a ga
rage which escaped the fire," Judge
Stephenson said. "Citizens have
opened their homes and have taken
in those made homeless by the fire.
A committee of citizens headed by
Chaplain Gilbert has general charge
of the relief work.
Astoria is without restaurants,
hotels or lodging houses. The blaze
was confined to the business section
and the homeless ones for the most
part are workingmen, loggers and
transients who were staying in the
hotels and lodging houses. Of the
city's total population of 14,000-people,
it is estimated that between
1500 and 2500 have been rendered
"There are some families home
less, and when they" go back to set
up new homes the distress will be
felt. The workingmen, loggers and
fishermen are well able to care for
themselves. Those who do not de
cide to stay in Astoria and seek em
ployment in the rebuilding of the
city wil naturally go elsewhere.
,"I believe that collections of
clothing win come in nanay ior
those who did not have time to save
their personal effects.
"The greatest handicap in Astoria
today is the general lack of funds.
All the banks were burned out and
are unable to. make any payments
on deposits. ' A system of scrip,
backed by the banks, is being
worked out so that the people will
have a medium of exchange.
Silverton Raises Relief Fund.
SILVERTOX, Or., Dec. 9. (Spe
cial.) Shortly after 9 o'clock this
morning Rev. George Henriksen,
chairman of Silverton Community
club, and Mayor Eastman called a
meeting of Silverton business men
to discuss measures for relief for
Astoria. Within half an hour J500
had been pledged. Mayor Eastman
telegraphed Mayor Baker of Port
land that the money was at the dis
posal of the Portland Chamber of
Commerce and to telegraph Silverton
if more were needed.
- will be open and ready for regular
service Monday morning. John Tait,
Aatcria, Lauaury. Adv.
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Above Work of loading supplies n hoard special ju.st before its departure
"vemterday afternoon. Below Pile of supplies alongside track ready
to be put aboard train. Mayor Baker, who has taken leading part la
relief work on right.
SIGHTSEERS ARE BARRED
POLICE GUARD STATIONED AT
City Has Difficulty Caring for
Homeless and Getting Food
Supplies for Residents.
Sightseers and all others who are
not on urgent missions are being
barred from Astoria by a police
guard which has been stationed
across the main highway leading
into the fire-scarred city, Hal M.
White, private secretary to Mayor
Baker of Portland, reported last
night following his return from the-
maintained as long as the present
emergency lasts, he said.
"Astoria does not want visitors,"
Mr. White said. "It is difficult
enough to care for those made home
less by the fire and to keep suffi
cient food supplies on hand for the
residents of the city. It is abso
lutely impossible to feed or house
sightseers. Unless motorists can
give a good reason for entering the
city they will be turned back by the
police guard which has been estab
lished about ten miles this side of
Astoria.' Many have already been
turned back. Also, the road is dan
gerous, there being more than two
feet of snow in the higher places."
Present needs of the city have
been provided for and there is noth
ing that Portland or other cities can
do to aid the wrecked seaport, Mr.
White said. The most pressing
work faced by the pepole of As
toria is cleaning of the sewerage
system to prevent an epidemic of
disease, he believes. This work has
already been started.
"The people of Astoria did not
seem to realize the full extent of
the disaster until this morning.
Yesterday they seemed dazed by it
There is a general spirit of op
timism, however, and all the busi
ness men are determined that a
bigger and better city shall be built
on the ruins of the old, said Mr.
ASTORIA SPLIT ON RELIEF
(Continued From First Page.)
ident First National bank and As
toria Box company; G. C. Fulton,
prominent attorney; Mayor James
Bremmer, vice-president of Bank of
Commerce; Charles R. Higgins, pres
ident Astoria National bank; John.
Tait, president of Troy laundry;
Frank Parker, president Astoria
Hardware company; F. I. Dunbar,
president" Astoria Abstract company
and former secretary of state of
Oregon, and George W. Sanborn,
head of the Sanborn-Cutting can
nery. All present needa so far as relief
is concerned, are cared for, the
homeless have been provided with
beds and sufficient food is now on
hand to fill all needs for several
days to come.
Deckhand la Drowned.
The third casualty caused indi
rectly by the fire was that of Jack
That sharp, stabbing pain in the upper
arm, about the shoulder blade. In the
rape o the neck, along the forearm or
cijDwn the thigh and leg is often Neu
ritis not Rheumatism.
If you have severe frontal headache
with a feeling that something is twitch
ir.g or pulling at the eyeballs- a dull,
aching pain in the back, accompanied
by an occasional shooting pain in the
Fide numbness or tingling in the fin
gers or "stitches" of pain here and
there, the chances are that your trouble
No matter where your pain Is located,
jou can get prompt relief without taking
tromides, narcotics or other dope. Apply
Tysmol over the part that hurts and
you will be rid o the torture. Tysmol is
guaranteed harmless. It helps to soothe
and heal the weak, inflamed nerves.
Don't suffer any longer. Get a 1
package of Tysmol Absorbent from
Wootiard & Clarke nd Owl Drug Co. or
anv reliable druggist.
Tysmol Co., Mfg. Chemists, 400 Sutter
6U, ti&a JfraaciscQ. Adv.
Cornetlsen, deckhand of the Port of
Portland tug Oneonta, who fell over
board and was drowned. His body
was recovered late today.
Two revenue cutters, the Algon
quin and Snohomish, are in the har
bor, the destroyer Yarborough is on
its way, and Commander Church, in
charge of the construction work of
the naval base on Tongue point, has
sent a request to Bremerton for an
State Officials nt Scene,
Acting Governor Eitner arrived
here at noon today and conferred
with local bankers and members of
the executive committee, offering
whatever state aid that was needed.
Sam A. Kozer, secretary of state,
has been in the city all day. as was
George A. White, adjutant-general.
Earl Kirkpatrick, national di
rector for the ArnSrican Red Cross,
who was in charge of relief work
in the Pueblo flood wa expected to,
reach the city tonight to make
survey. Miss Katherlne Ewing,
northwest field representative of
the Red Cross, is on the ground
and will give Director Kirkpatrick
a complete outline of the situation
when he arrives.
Attention on all sides is now be
ing directed to rejuvenation of
Firms Will Rebuild.
Practically every large firm that
suffered losses is ready to be
gin anew in some mariner. The
great difficulty, of course, will be
lack of funds, for Astoria was with
out doubt the most under-insured
city in the west This was due to
extremely high insurance rates ef
fective because of the high risks.
A joint headquarters for insurance
adjusters and the Portland Asso
ciation of Credit Men has been
opened in the courthouse where
registration of losses will be made
The Portland Chamber of Com
merce has established headquarters
in Mayor Bremmer's office in the
city hall, with E. N. Weinbaum in
charge. This bureau Will be con
tinued for the express purpose of
aiding the merchants in reorganiza
tion. Banks to Open Monday.
Several local banks plan to open
headquarters Monday and arrange
ments have been made for the is
suance of script to residents with
out funds that can be exchanged for
food or clothing.
Total losses covered by insurance
ranging from 50 to 80 per cent was
estimated today at upward of $15,
000,000 by conservative bankers. The
repair to streets built over via
ducts cannot be replaced for less
than $1,500,000, new sewage sys
tem will cost at least several hun
dred thousand dollars while- the
property damage is higher than
Mr. O'Brien Sends Message.
Among the many messages sent
Lto Astoria yesterday with offers of
aid and sympathy was one from J.
P. O'Brien, general manager of the
O r i e ntal
Count r i es
If you suffer from Diabetes
(Cancer in time), Goitre, Fis
tula, Piles, Tumors, Scrofula,
Catarrh, Asthma, Lung, Throat,
Liver, Kidney, Rheumatism,
Blood, Stomach and all female
The C. Gee Wo Remedies are
harmless, as no drugs or poison
are used. Composed of the
choicest medicinal roots, herbs,
buds aid bark, imported by us
from far away -oriental coun
tries. If in trouble, don't wait.
The C. Gee Wo
Chinese Medicine Co.
162 First SU, Near Morrison.
O.-W. R. & In. company, who jn a
telegram to Mayor Brenner con
veyed the svmpathv of his organi
zation. "The loss sustained by your
city is deeply regretted." Mr.
O'Brien said, "and we extend our
sincere sympathies Please do not
hesitate to call upon us for any
assistance we can consistently render."
ASTORIA -.CITIZENS PRAISED
Effort's of Many to Relieve Suf
ferings of Others Lauded.
Astoria's leading citizens are prov
ing their worth by the manner hi
which they are rendering- aid and
helping- their stricken and suffer
ing neighbors, according- to Dr.
George Parrish, city health officer,
wro returned to Portland yesterday
after having represented. Mayor
Baker in the afflicted city.
"Such men as Chaplain Gilbert
cannot be praised too highly for the
service they are rendering the suf
ferers," declared Dr. Parrish. "They
have worked night and day since the
fire and seem unwilling to rect as
long as anyone needs assistance.
ITriday night those who were out
of places to sleep were ' sup
plied through applications at the
"S. M. C. A.
"In my opinion a large number,
perhaps 1000 of those who have been
rendered homeless, will move to
Portland. It is the best thing that
tney can do. Their homes are gone.
They have no money and all they
can do is start all over again.
"My advice to the citizens com
mittee before leaving was for lt to
accept all aid from all sources.
B'unds will be needed to relieve suf
fering before the city gets anywhere
near back on its feet again."
FIREBUG HUNTERS ARE SENT
Investigation of Astoria Disaster
Is to Be Thorough.
SALEM, Or.; Dec. 9. (Special.)
H. H. Pomeroy and Lester B. Davis,
arson investigators for the state fire
marshal's department, will make a
complete investigation of the As
toria fire In an effort to ascertain
how it started.
This was announced here today
by A. C. Barber, state fire marshal.
Mr. Pomeroy and Mr. Davis left for
Astoria yesterday with instructions
to remain there until the probe has
been completed. They will file a
report of their findings with the
state fire marshal.
Reports received at the fire mar
shal's offices today from Astoria in
dicated that the blaze was of an
flJ rf and probably wa3
OKEGOX CITY OFFERS AID
Business and Professional Men
- Seek to Help Astoria.
OREGON CITY, Or., Dec. 9. (Spe
cial.) Oregon City stands ready to
give whatever aid it can to the peo
ple of Astoria. An impromptu meet
ing of business and professional
men, representing the local com
mercial club and the Clackamas
County Business Men's association,
was held this afternoon. J. E.
Hedges president of the club, was
instructed to get into telegraphic
comriiurication with Rev. W. S. Gil
bert of Astoria and learn what as
sistance Oregon City could give.
M. D. Latourette was instructed
to communicate with Astoria direct
in order to learn what aid could be
Astoria Store to Be Keopened.
The Owl Drug store, operated by
the Hellberg Drug company, one of
Reader Takes Newer
Form of Iron Feels
"Six weeks ago I saw a special
offer in the paper telling how thou
sands of people grow old in looks
and energy long, before they are
really old in years, because, as ex
examinations by physicians have
shown, an enormous number of
people do not have enough iron in
their blood. I have been taking
this newer form of iron, called
Nuxated Iron for two weeks; the
results are simply astounding. The
roses have come back in my lips
and cheeks and I can conscientiously
say that I feel and look ten years
The above is a typical hypothetical
case showing the results that have
been achieved by people all over the
country since we started this great
trial offer. You can now try a full
sized bottle of Nuxated Iron contain
ing two weeks' treatment at our
expense. Cut out the trial coupon
and go to any druggist and get
your first package of Nuxated Iron.
Look at the mirror and note care
fully the color of your lips and
cheeks. See how long you can work
and how far Vou can walk -without
becoming tired. Next take two
five-grain tablets after meals,
three times daily for two weeks,
then see if you do not feel and look
Finn in this coupon wfth your name I
and addrem and take It to any dnig-
Igist in your city. Deposit with him I
the price of one regular full-size bot-
tie of Nuxated Iron. This is not a
(payment, but a deposit only. If yon
are not more than delighted with the I
results obtained by two weeks' use of
I Nuxated Iron, simply return the out- i
side wrapper to your own druggist I
who will promptly refund your money.
I We will repay the druggist the full
amount he refunds upon receipt of the I
coupon and wrapper. 1
I DAE HEALTH LABORATORIES .
New York City I
((Fill in your name and address above) i j
Sold by the Owl Drug Co., A. W. 1 '
Allen, Stont-J.yons Drug Co. and all
I other druggists. I.
1 $tfr '
the establishments destroyed by the
Astoria fire, will be reopened as
soon as a suitable location can be
found, it was announced by Peter
Paulsen and S. H. Reeves, two of the
members of the company, who were
in Portland yesterday.
Y. M. C. A. to Giv Aid;.
Support will be given the Astoria
Y. M. C. A. in Its relief work by the
interstate association of Oregon and
Idaho and the Portland association
until the emergency has passed, said
H. W.. Stone, general secretary for
this city, last night. Harry L. Mar
kell, who was dispatched to the
sceno of the disaster to aid in relief
DR. E. G. AUSPLUND, MGR.
My Practice Is Limited to High
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Everyone Can Afford.
This Handsome $25 Set of Teeth
40 Reduction During December
and Gold Crown Included Free
These are so skillfully made as to
be absolute rijals of Nature's Teeth.
Ever-stick suction feature. Practically
indestructible. Perform all require
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corn off the cob and masticate your
food with perfect ease. These teeth
will not fall when you laugh, sing or
FRFF Gold Cro-wn mounted on the Plate
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set of Teeth that perhaps not one of your
friends will guess is artificial.
THIS OFFER GOOD DURING
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A graceful new creation from Staiger's
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Gift Footwear f he Thoughtful Gift
Nothing is more appreciated than smart Buckles.
All the family will welcome Warm Slippers.
Stager's Gift Certificates the Better Was to Give
.288 MORRISON STREET
work, will remain there for some
The Y. M. C. A. building in Astoria,
which was saved after a heroic fight
of volunteers, has beeir made head
quarters for temporary banking and
for various gatherings to organize
Walla Walla Offers Assistance.
WALLA WALLA, Wash., Dec. 9.
A telegram offering any assistance
Walla Walla can give was sent to
day to Astoria by Mayor Hill.
The message read: "Fire disaster
at Astoria shock to Walla Walla.
Advise if we can be of assistance.
Trust cause will be thoroughly in-
Here's an Amazing Free Offer
That No Person Needing
Plate work Should Overlook
Just to convince the public mono forcibly than
ever of our Anti-Profiteering, Low Price Policy
on Dental Work of thoroughly high quality, we
have decided to make this very unusual and ex
tremely liberal offer for the month of December.
uui-ui-iunn neiiarnii iiasi iig'ire ine aaving on ibu one
Item alone, over what your Local Dentist would charge
yon. By eoming to urn yon can save enougk on your needed
Dental Work to pay your Railroad Fare and have the ad
vantage of doing your Christmas shopping in Portland.
The most beautiful dental work
Gold Seamless or Porcelain Crowns
appearing Dnugcwui, xj. jruu uavc .lvui i wvjc
teeth or solid roots left in either jaw you should
have the missing ones replaced by Bridgework. This
gives you new teeth that will be a source of joy to
you and that will
well as the ones
gave you. Our
prices for Crowns
Per Tooth, only
vestigated and if radicalism is guilty
hope that punishment will be equally
St. Helens Sends Food.
ST. HELENS, Or., Dec. 9. (Spe
cial.) St. Helens, under the auspices
of the chamber of commerce, has
sent 1800 loaves of bread and 75
sacks of potatoes to Astoria for the
relief of needy persons. More food
will be sent if needed.
3ft. Angel Will Send Food.
MOUNT ANGEL.'' Or., Dec. 9.
(Special.) The citizens of Mouvt
Angel are busy today collecting a
carload of potatoes and farm prc-
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in our 22-karat
and our natural S
looK ana serve as