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THE SUNDAY OEEGONIAJT, PORTLAND, DECEMBER 10, 1933
Sanitation Develops Grave
Concern at Astoria.
CAMERA TELLS STORY OF RUIN WROUGHT IN ASTORIA BY FRIDAY MORNING'S CONFLAGRATION.
REFUGEES BEING FED
Strong Patrol on Lookout for
Looters and Relief Work As
sumes Definite Form.
ASTORIA. Or., Dee. 9. (Special.)
New difficulties are being met
hourly in the weli-nigh insurmount
able task of providine adequate
quarters for the proposed temporary
business district for the city, -which
the relief committee turned to this
morning. Sanitary .conditions soon
may prove to be serious, according
to W. S. Gilbert, chairman of the
housing and feeding committee.
,'Our sanitation in regard to pro
viding proper sewerage facilities
and the disposal of refuse may
prove a real problem," said Chair
man Giibert this morning. "Sewers
in the territory adjacent to the
burned-over area naturally have
been rendered useless, and we must
take immediate steps to remedy any
conditions which may arise."
Boy Scouts Are Active.
Members of the Boy Scout troops
of the city again will come to the
fore in this work, as they have in
relief measures which so far have
been necessary. All members of
scout organizations and those who
have served as members at any
time previous have been comman
deered by the scout masters and
have been acting as messenger boys,
as well as assisting in all sorts of
work. Colonel Gilbert said. In
speaking of the sanitary measures
necessary, that he knew he could
rely on the Boy Scouts to police the
city carefully for any laxity in strict
observance of sanitary measures.
Members of the housing and feed
ing committee were busily at work
throughout the night and provisions
were rapidly being moved to the
Lovall garage building, one of the
few remaining structures on the
outskirts of the central business
Mess Tables Constructed. '
A force of volunteer carpenters and
workmen started work immediately
after the 2 o'clock mass meeting of
the citizens yesterday and eight
'large mess tables, more than 50 feet
long, were soon constructed and
placed in the basement of the ga
rage building where the feeding of
the refugees has been carried on
throughout the day.
Complete co-operation on the part
of vounteer workmen has been ex
perienced by the housing and feed
ing committee, according to Colonel
Gilbert. Trucks for the hauling of
the provisions, staples and groceries,
which had been left untouched by
the flames In several of the large
wholesale warehouses were provided
by lumber firms, contractors and
rrivate individuals who possessed
them. Pew commercial trucks were
available for the work, the majority
of these being burned in the ga
rages from which they could not be
rescued, during the rapid spread of
rood and Shelter Given.
Throughout last night temporary
cooking facilities were provided in
the basement of the Y. M. C. A
building, wheTe relief headquarters
have been established, and the hun
gry and homeless refugees found
food as well as shelter available
through the efforts of women of
church organizations and Salvation
Many persons wandered listlessly
through the streets until late into
the night, and then remembered
that they had not partaken of any
food since Thursday night. Men
who had worked tirelessly through
out the day and well into the night
also could be found gratefully ac
cepting the offering of sandwiches
and hot coffee in the "Y" basement.
Guards Watch for Looters.
Soldiers, sailors and police, who
were patroiing the deserted and
rain-swept streets keeping c'.ose
vigilance for any possible prowler
who might attempt to loot any of
the damaged structures, were
brought to the Y. M. C. A. building
to be provided with hot cooffee.
Fire lines were kept intact last
night by these careful watchmen
and many weary men from Port
Stevens and from the federal cutters
in the harbor were drenched to the
skin in the performance of their
Between reliefs the watchmen
slept in the gymnasium of the Y. M.
C. A., where army cots were set up.
More than 150 men slept in the
building on the cots which had been
brought to the city yesterday after
noon from Fort Stevens. Hundreds
of new army blankets also were pro
vided for the sleepers through the
Quartermasters' corps at the fort
Household Effects Damaged.
Residents of the city awoke this
morning to the fact that household
goods which they had dragged to
safety from the flames had been
practically rendered useless through
exposure to the driving rain storm
during the night. In one street near
the outskirts of the smoking area
seven 'fine upright pianos were left
standing in the rain throughout the
day and well into the night. House
hold furniture was piled high in
many of the streets with no shelter
provided for it.
The few articles which were
raved from the store buildings prac
tically had all been stored away in
garages, barns or vacant outbuild
ings and on the porches of homes
on the hill at the rear of the de
molished business district. Heavier
pieces of furniture, such as pianos,
tables and similar articles which
required trucks to transport them
to shelter were left to the mercy of
the weather, for traffic was at a
standstill near the destroyed one
and trucks were not available even
though the streets had been clear.
"Wind Saves Dock Property.
Particularly fortunate has been
the saving of the water front ware
houses and docks, although the
credit for this can be laid to little
else than the strong sea breeze,
which kept the flames from jumping
the railroad tracks. Of course, the
efforts of the fire fighters were in
strumental in preventing the spread
to the very water's edge, but the
flames would have leaped across the
tracks and to the frame water-front
structures in spite of the efforts of
the firemen with their apparatus
had the breeae not been blowing.
The railroad tracks of the Seattle,
Portland & Spokane company, which
skirt the burned-over area on the
north and are from SO to 100 feet
back of the water's edge, along the
entire town, were practically un
damaged by the destructive fire.
At the foot of Eleventh street a
flaming warehouse side wall of the
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the tracks and smashed the rails,
but this damage soon was cleared
away after the flames had been con
trolled and through rail communi
cation to Seaside was maintained.
Until late last night, however, no
trains were sent through to Seaside
on account of the -hose lines from
the river which the pumps were us
ing to throw water on the flames
and burning embers.
During the day baggage, mail and
passengers were transported around
the burnod district by automobiles
and boaried stub trains which op
erated back and forth from Seaside
to the outskirts of Astoria. The road
to Seaside was thronged with auto
ists throughout the night who took
many of the refugees to the Seaside
hotel where they were provided with
Reconstruct ion Is Planned.
Under the direction of E. E. Grey,
ex-mayor of Astoria and general
chairman of the Astoria relief com
nJtee, a meeting was held at the
Y. M. C. A. last night to ascertain
immediate reconstruction plans. Rep
resentative business men present
pledged that they would rebuild
their structures at once. This com
mittee of business men will attempt
to ascertain definite buildings to be
constructed at once and have started
a movement for the securing, of im
mediate reconstruction work on
several large buildings in the area.
- "The suffering to the city will not'
be as terrible as it might have been
had our basic industries been de
stroyed," said Mr. Grey. "We still
have our waterfront, our docks in
tact, the port of Astoria buildings
and our canneries and lumber mills
are safe. These will form the basis;
as they have in the past and the
business district will quickly rise ;
Banks to Resume Business.
R. C. Higgins. president of the
Astoria National bank and chair
man of the banking committee, ex
plained to the business men that
temporary banking headquarters
would be provided in the Y. M. C. A.
building and that when the vaults
of the five banks destroyed in the
fire ould be opened, which he be
lieved would be within a week or
ten days at the most, all banks
would begin business in their tem
porary quarters simultaneously.
"This measure must be taken to
prevent any run on any individual
More than $7,000,000 was deposited
in the five financial institutions.
Committee Chairmen Named.
The following chairmen of com
mittees have been appointed and are
busily at work on their various
General chairman Astoria relief com
mittee E. E. Grey, attorney.
Housing and feeding Rev. W. S. Gil
bert. Food supplies requisitions Miss E. T.
Walker, county nurse.
Transportation William Gratke, execu
tive secretary Chamber of Commerce.
Clothing E. Grace Williams, general
secretary Toung Women's Christian as
sociation. Publicity C. T. Diamond, architect
General secretary -Mar Jorie Pease, ex
ecutive secretary American Red Cross.
Food supply E. B. Hughes.
Requisition committee E. T. Walker,
chairman; Marjorie Pease, Mrs. Herman
Prael, Miss V, Babcock, girls' work sec
retary. Toung Women's Christian asso
ciation; Mrs. I.. M, Cherry, Mrs. F. C.
Green, Mrs. W. H. Stevens, city school
nurse; pastors of all churches, Mrs. G.
W. Roberts, Captain Jorgenson, Salvation
Army ; G. C. Pauling.
Free lunch. Woman's Christian Tem
perance Union Mrs. C. Schmidt.
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KEL1EF MATERIAL IS ASSEM
BLED AT DOCK.
Steamer Lurllne Is Due to Sail
Tonight' With Freight for
One carload of restaurant ranges,
with consignments of cook'ng uten
sils, mattresses, bedding and all
manner of emergency gear was as
sembled at the Alder-street dock of
the Harkins Transportation com
pany yesterday to be sent to As
toria aboard the Nsteamer Lurline
last nigrht, while the dock will be
kept open all of today to receive
relief freight Cor the 6teamer Un
dine, due to leave tonight.
Aboard the Lurllne last night
were a number of passengers, bound
for the fire-swept district to assume
charge of relief -features and do
what Is possible for those requiring
assistance. As housing accommo
dations are not to be had arrange-
ments were made with the Harkins
line to have their meals served
aboard the Lurllne today. The ves
sel leaves Astoria tonight on the
return trip. The steamers "lay
over" Sunday, but in view of the
demand for facilities in forwarding
supplies the company decided to
keep vessels going. The relief
freight was given consideration over
i other ehipmenta
1 As a result of the fire the road-)
Lpper Ihe bottom fallu out of a
street. The fire, attacking tbe
pilings of the elevated streets,
quickly destroyed the roadways.
Ruins of Weinhard hotel -on rltht
and Covey Motor company on left.
Beloiv Sailor on patrol duty In
way leading from the company's As
toria dock was destroyed, so the
steamers are landing and freight is
being handled at the Elmore dock
temporarily. On the up trip Friday
night, arriving here yesterday
morning, the Lurline brought a
number of passengers and in her
freight list was shown new auto
mobiles that could not be taken
care of because of the fire.
OREDGE HELPS IT FIRE
FEDERAL DIGGER CLATSOP
FIGHTS ASTORIA FLAMES.
Pumps Throw Water on Burning
Buildings Practically All Day,
Saving Much Property.
To the government dredge Clatsop
and her crew no doubt is due much
credit for the part played in check
ing the Astoria fire in the vicinity
of Eighth street, which marked the
boundary of the devastating blaze
on that side. With the arrival here
yesterday of Chief Engineer Morgan
the participation of the Clatsop as a
fireboat was brought about.
The dredge was engaged in chan
nel work on Tongue point crossing,
which extends from Tongue point,
just above Astoria, in a diagonal di
rection toward the Washington side,
to Harrington point. When the fire
started those on the late night shift
had their attention drawn to it, but
it appeared as if it was in one
plant and at a point the dredge
could not reach for effective use of
her pumping facilities.
However, the spread of the fire
prompted a decision to "make a run
for it" and on nearing the city and
getting an idea of the extent of the
area the dredge was headed for
the foot of Eighth street. Showing
that no time was lost getting into
position, but six minutes marked the
time from when she began to turn
from mid-channel until she was fast
alongside and her big pumps ready.
Close to 1000 feet of hose was
laid from the vessel and her pumps
maintained a pressure of 110 pounds.
The crew found buildings on the op
posite side of the street scorching
when thay "turned to," and after
saving them attention was directed
toward putting out the fire on the
other side. The dredge's pumps were
kept going until late in the after
noon. Much trouble was met with in
trying to , keep automobiles from
crossing lines of hose and endanger
ing them, one driver even appearing
to defy the orders, but the deter
mination of two of the Clatsop's
company, who leaped on either run
ning board, quickly prompted the
driver to alter his attitude.
The tug Geo. H. Mendell, also of
the government engineer's fleet, was
at the fire but, lacking hose,could
not share in the work as did the
Credit Balances of Burned Insti
tutions Range From $500,000
'to $1,000,000 'Here.'
Astoria banks, despite their losses
by fire, will not require other than
temporary "financial assistance for
some time to come.. Credit balances
of the Astoria banks in local finan
cial institutions will reach a figure
somewhere between $500,000 and
$1,000,000 and this money can be
transfered to emergency use with
For the present, according to E. C.
Sammons; assistant cashier of the
United States National bank, who
returned , from the stricken city
early yesterday, the Astoria, banks
will act jointly and will issue cer
tificates of credit through one man
or a .committee, . representing ail.
These certificates will be issued for
such amounts as are absolutely nec
essary to meet the emergencies as
they may arise. - ' 1
"For the present, the Astoria
banks will make use of the banks
in Seaside," declared Mr. Sammons.
"Money will probably be kept in
the banks of that city and carried
back and forth as needed.
"While the Portland banks stand
ready to do everything possible to
aid the Astoria Institutions, help is
not seriously needed. The banks
are all financially strong and. have
big balances in the Portland banks.
Business, men and citizens of all
kinds need emergency money. Tha,t,
however, will not1)e difficult to ob
tain, for it is but a simple matter
to ship funds from the balances
Mr. Sammons said that tbe bank
ers held a meeting Friday, but that
they were unable to do much, due
to the fact that there was so much
turmoil in the city. They will hold
another meeting early in the week
and thereafter will doubtless come
here to- meet with the members of
the Portland Clearing House asso
ciation and discuss methods of re
organization. It would be dangerous, local
bankers contend, to make any at
tempt to open the vaults of the de
stroyed banks for a period of not
less than one week. They point to
the fact that after the San Fran
cisco fire bankers opened ' their
vaults too soon. The money and
books inside when exposed to the
air burst Into flames and were de
stroyed. A3 a result, the Astoria
bankers will exercise due care to
have thd vaults thoroughly cooled
before opening them. Representa
tives of safe and vault companies
from Portland were on the job in
Astoria yesterday and were giving
the bankers advice as to how to
As an example of how some of
Astoria's leading citizens are
pressed for money, Mr. Sammons
told the story of one man who stood
up in a meeting of friends Friday
night and displayed 32 cents, his
entire capital on hand. His credit
is good and despite his losses
through fire he is well fixed. What
he needed was emergency money to
tide him over until such a time as
is required to adjust his affairs arid
salvage what he can from the wreck
of a once substantial fortune.
The problem of meeting the needs
of this man and also those of
thousands of the citizens who have
their funds tied up In the ruinB of
the banks, is the task that now con
fronts the Astoria bankers. It will
be advice rather than loans that the
banks will need for some days to
come, Mr. Sammons said.
Portland members of the Invest
ment Bankers' association have
volunteered to aid Astoria in regain
ing its lost position. After a meet
ing yesterday, Willis K. Clark,
president of the association, tele
graphed the city officials that the
local bond houses will market bonds
issued by Astoria at' no cost to the
The city is now heavily bonded,
but in order to rebuild the destroyed
streets and make improvements
throughout the municipality the is
suance of new bonds will be neces
sary. It is the disposal of these
bonds that the Portland Investment
Bankers' association stands ready
to make without charges.
La Grande Ready to Help.
LA GRANDE, Or., Dec. 9. (Spe
cial.) The La Grande cpuncll of
the Knights of Columrjus has come
to the aid of Astoria with an initial
contributions that will be followed
with more contributions from other
organizations at a later date. The
Red Cross of this city stands ready
j Christmas Sale of Pianos andPlayer Pianos
Consisting mostly of Fine New Instruments out of our own stocks and
Reduced in Price.
Also Greatly Reduced Christmas Terms
$15 a Mo.
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This Lipman, Wolfe & Co. Christmas Sale is
unusually and particularly advantageous in
many respects. Other sales of pianos have
been principally for the purpose of clearing
away old instruments, while in this sale the
biggest advantage is found in the reductions
on new and demonstration pianos out of our
stocks with savings of from $100 to $750. And
while some used pianos are included in this
sale, much better values of course, are the new
pianos that are so greatly reduced in price.
Baldwin Reproducing Grand. . .$3600$285O
Hamilton Reproducing Grand.. 2500 1850
Howard Reproducing Grand... 2250 1650
Ivers & Pond parlor grand . 1450 1250
Ivers & Pond baby grand 1250 1050
Baldwin baby grand 1400 1150
. Ellington baby grand 1150 975
" Hamilton baby grand 1050 875
Howard baby Grand . 775 695
Terms $25 and more down, $15 and more a mo.
to answer whatever calls for aid
may come and other societies are
A Handsome Baby Grand
So small that any room is usually large
Reduced Upright Pianos
Behning, in mahogany $740 $545
Behning, in walnut 740 575
Behning, in mahogany 740 675
Hazelton Bros., in mahogany.... 725 435
Hazelton Bros, in mahogany.... 725 495
Hazelton Bros, in mahogany.... 725 575
Hazelton Bros, in mahogany.... 775 595
Haines Bros., in mahogany...... 625 435
Haines Bros, in mahogany ...... 625 495
Haines Bros, in mahogany 625 575
The Portland, in walnut 575 450
The Portland, in mahogany . 575 425
The Portland, in mahogany 575 395
Arion, circasian walnut... 475 395
Arion, in mahogany 475 ! 875
Kimball, in mahogany 550 345
Kimball, in ebony 475 265
Baus & Co, in mahogany 450 245
Monarch, in mahogany 47a 375
Hazelton Bros, in mahogany 450 265
Willard, walnut 375 195
Cable & Co, walnut 475 265
Singer Piano Co, oak 650 475
Singer Piano Co, mahogany 650 475
Singer Piano Co, walnut 650 475
Singer Piano Co, oak 650 435
Hazelton Bros, mahogany 775 575
Wheelock, mahogany 375 195
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You don't need much money to own a player
piano now when we sell you a splendid $800
Terms: $15 DOWN
, $12 A MONTH
Ellington Reproducing upright. $1500 $1150
Franklin Reproducing Ampico. 1250 875
The Portland Player Piano.... 800 595
Modello Player Piano 675 475
Gaylord Player Piano 800 -495
Winton Player Piano ......... 675 475
The Portland, mahogany 800 595
The Portland, walnut 800 595
The Portland, golden oak 800 595
The Portland, mahogany 800 475
Modello, mahogany 725 595
Modello, mahogany 675 545
Stuyvesant, mahogany 800 495
Gaylord, mahogany 800 575
Reduced Terms Pay as little as $10, $15 or more down and $6, $8 or more a month according
to selection. Free delivery now or at Christmas time within 100 miles.
On tlie .Seventa Floor Lipman, Wolfe & Co. "
c "Merchandise of cJ Merit Only
responding to the aid of the ruined
Silverton Raises $500.
SILVERTON, Or., Dec. 9. (Spe
cial.) Shortly after 9 o'clock this
morning Rev. George Henriksen,
chairman of the Silverton 'commun
ity club, and Mayor Eastman called
a meeting at the Coolldge & Mc
Claine bank of Silverton business
men to discuss relief for Astoria.
Within half an hour 5500 was
pledged. Mayor Eastman tele
graphed Mayor Baker of Portland
that the money was at the disposal
of the Portland Chamber of Com
merce and to telegraph Silverton if
more was needed.
Phone your want ad.s to The Ore
gonian. All its readers are inter
ested in the classified col'iimns.
House of "ualftp pi 3?
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MONDAY, DEC. 11, 1922, 10 A. M.
GEORGE BAKER, Auctioneer
The fourth annual sale to be given by THE PORTLAND
REMEDIAL LOAN ASSOCIATION offers the people of Portland
an opportunity to buy Diamonds, Watches, Jewelry, Oriental
Rugs, Men's Fur Coats, Ladies' Furs, Gurley Solo Compass,
Underwood Typewriters, Violins, Banjos, Guitars, Cornets, Alto
Horns, Melophones, Brunswicks, Victrolas, Graphonolas, Edison
Phonograph, Reginaphone, Indian Baskets, Kodaks at compara
tive low prices.
CARRIE MYERS HERRMAN, Manager
PORTLAND REMEDIAL LOAN ASSOCIATION
394 Stark St.
We Have 5000 Pairs of Shoes Too Many for Stock-taking January 1st, and We
Must Get Rid of Them During December We Know You Will Help Us.
PRICES LESS THAN COST
TTw5I T'l!c Ciirnliic- Tc? nnnA T HTaii Ciraii T noc in 11a liitf Tf'c Onlir
Way Out. No Odds and Ends, All Complete, New Lines of Fall and Winter g$
Shoes, livery Fair Guaranteed.
SALE NOW IN PROGRESS
' Wliite Kid, Colonial. Full French
heels, inlay tongue, medium Tamp,
light soles; all sizes, all widths.
Reg price $10.00. Unloading pijce
Patent and Black Kid Colonial Pumps, walk-
ins heels, tioodyear welt soles xan-snape
tonjerues. Most every woman and . ft ff
pro win p: girl can use a pair of these. S Z .95
All sizes, ail widths, ttesniar price V 1
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Pictured' here a Patent Kid Colonial Fnmp,
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heel, hand turn soles very dressy. $ Cf 8 5
aaa. to ju wiaxns, an sixes, jv mm-
valii. T nlnadine- iri'f
Black Sntin Colonial Pump with black anede
trim around tongue, full French . m .
heels, llchtwelisht sole.; nil Bine, Sr.45
all width.. Regular price $10.00. I z
Same style In Brown Satin,
brown Muede trim. -
THESE FEW ITEMS LISTED WILL GIVE YOU A1V IDEA OP THE SAVIXGS OTT FOOTWEAR
Remember Nothing Reserved Every Pair Reduced
WBOTFfE&R. CcHQE CO.
143 FOURTH ST, WHERE HONEYMAN'S LSED TO liB.