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ASHLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 1913
NUMBER 95 -
BOUXD TO PASS AXTI-J APAXESE
JOHNSON REPLIES TO PRESIDENT
Ieclares States Has Right to Pass
Legislation and Asserts That It
Does Xot Violate Any Treaty
Rights Held by Japan.
Sacramento, Cal., April 23.
Through exchanges of telegrams this
morning between President Wilson
and Governor Johnson the settled
policy of the California administra
tion on the question of the alien
ownership of land was officially
Governor Johnson and his party
leaders of the senate favor the land
bill excluding from ownership all
aliens ineligible to citizenship under
the laws of the United States and
such a law probably will be passed
in spite of objections from Washing
ton. The assertion Is made by the gov
ernor that the state has full author
ity to make such a law and it would
r.ot be contravention of any existing
treaty. He is upheld in this view by
a majority of the leaders in the sen
ate. . Opposition to the administra
tion program will come from the
democrats aided by a few republicans
who are opposed to anti-alien legis
lation of any kind.
The president' s message today
called forth little comment and that
of an indifferent nature. The demo
crats had already formulated their
plpns in accordance to Bryan's re-
quest of Saturday and the progres
sive majority declined to consider
Wilson's telegram as a demand upon
the legislature to enact any particu
lar kind of law.
Washington, April 22. An .ex
change of telegrams between Presi
dent Wilson and Governor Johnson
of California, "expressing-Ton one
hand the hope that no anti-alien leg
islation discriminatory against the
.Japanese will be passed, and on the
other the assurance that no violation
of treaty obligations was contemplat
ed, lett the White House and official
circles tonight uncertain as to the
Governor Johnson In response to
the president's message of appeal
was taken at the White House to be
friendly and of a reassuring nature,
when it was pointed out to the offi
cials that notwithstanding the assur
ances the treaty obligations will not
be violated, Governor Johnson had
used in his telegram language relat
ing to "aliens ineligible to citizen
In forecasting the kind of bill that
will be passed, there is no disposi
tion to regard the utterance as fore
casting the passage of the assembly
bill- containing the phraseology
against which Bryan, protested
"Later, the news from Sacramento in
dicated that Governor Johnson and
the legislature ( were bent on passing
a out excluding from land ownership
all aliens ineligible to citizenship,
s resulted in a general air of uncer
tainty with respect to developments
As a last resort, however, a test
ease in the courts is confidently ex
pected by legal advisors of the gov
ernment here to clear up satisfac
torily the entire situation.
Washington, April 22. President
JiVilson's final word concerning the
anti-alien land laws now pending in
WILL GETA PENSION
Mrs. August D. Singler and Children
Will Benefit by Recent
The widow and children of the late
Sheriff Singler will not be left en
tirely destitute, as was feared by
many when news of his death first
reached Ashland. They will draw a
pension from the state, or rather
from the county, under the widow's
pension act passed by the last legis
lature, of $62.50 per month. In ad
dition to this Mr. Singler has $1,000
insurance in the Woodmen of ' the
World and also a home valued at
$2,500, which is clear. There are
said to be practically no debts. This
with the aid promised by the brother,
William Singler, will relieve the fam
ily of danger of, destitution. ''
Massachusetts Educator Delivers In
William R. Lord of Massachusetts
delivered an "illustrated lecture on
birds, at the Commercial Club rooms
last night. Aside from the humane
and sentimental aspects of the ques
tion, the speaker called epecial at
tention to the economic view of the
matter, whereby the destruction of
myriads of the feathered tribe left
us each year more and more at the
mercy of the ravages of insect pests.
His interesting talk was vividly illus
trated by many fine vievs, which
were skillfully manipulated, on the
stereopticon by H. D. Gumaer of the
local high school.
Mr. Lord is a resident of Dover,
the most exclusive residential suburb
of Boston. He was in Ash!and about
eleven years ago, speaking to stu
dents on the same theme as yester
day, a subject concerning which he
is very familiar and much in love
with. His address last evening con
cluded three of a series for the day.
He is also very favorably impressed
with Oregon, and his tour of the
state this season is under the aus
pices of the department of public in
struction. THERE WILLBE NO WAR
Japan Has Xot Threatened United
States, Says Their Ambassa
dor at Washington.
Washington, D. C, April 23.
Even though California passes an
anti-alien land law aimed directly
at the Japanese, Japan will not at
tempt any warlike retaliation.
This declaration was voiced here
today by Baron Chinda, the Japan
ese ambassador to the United States.
Baron Chinda declared the better
classes in Japan were trying to quiet
jingo talk by the lower classes, and
that war between the two nations
was out of the question. The am
bassador asserted he had not seen
President Wilson for a week, but ex
pected to pay tomorrow his custom
ary courtesy call on Secretary of
State Bryan. '
It also was emphatically denied at
the White House today that Japan
had voiced any war threat. Secre
tary Tumulty characterized as "base
less" reports that Baron Chinda had
informed the president that Japan
was unable to control- the people,
who would force the nation into war
if the California land bill were
passed. It was denied that the
Japanese ambassador had seen the
the California legislature was sent
to Governor Johnson and the presid
ing officers in both houses of the
state legislature today in the follow
ing telegram: v .
"I speak on the assumption, which
I am sure is well founded, that the
people of California do not desire
their representatives and that the
representatives neither wish nor in
tend in any circumstance to em
barrass the government of the United
States in its dealings with a nation
with which it has most earnestly and
cordially sought to maintain rela
tions of genuine friendship and good
will, and that least of al! do they
desire to do anything which might
impair treaty obligations or cast
doubt on the honor and good faith
ol the nation and government.
"Therefore I appeal in the utmost
confidence to the people, the gover
nor and the legislature of California
to act in the matter now under con
sideration in a manner that cannot,
from any point of view, be fairly
challenged or called in question. If
they deem it necessary to exclude all
aliens who have not declared their
Intention tc become citizens from the
privileges o land ownership, they
can do so along lines already fol
lowed in the laws of many other
states and foreign countries, includ
ing Japan herself. Invidious dis
crimination will inevitably draw in'
question the treaty obligations of the
government of the United States.
"I register my very earnest and
respectful protest against any dis
crimination in this case, not only be
cause I deem it my duty as chief ex
ecutive of the nation, but; also, and
more readily, because I believe the
people and the legislative authorities
of California will generously respond
in a moment to a matter frankly pre
sented to them as a question of na
tional policy and a question of na
tional honor. If they have ignored
this point of view it is, I am sure,
because they did not realize what
and how much was involved."
SHOT AND KILLED
LESTER JONES KILLED BY
WAS READING WARRANT TO JONES
SINGLER WAS TAKEN TO MEDFORD HOSPITAL WHERE HE DIED WED
NESDAY MORNING WITH HISVAMILY AT HIS SIDE
JONES FOUND DEAD IN CABIN
Sheriff A. D. Singler Is dead, shot
while in the performance of duty, by
a youthful desperado whom he
sought to arrest. On Tuesday after
noon Sheriff Singler went out to a
cabin west of Jacksonville to arrest
j Lester Jones, a youthful desperado
who last year ambushed the marshal
of Jacksonville when he sought to
arrest him and took away his gun.
The exact details of the shooting will
never be known as Sheriff Singler
could only give a disconnected re
port and Jones was found dead with
two of Singler's bullets in his head.
Singler was taken to Medford, where
he died at 8:30 Wednesday morning.
The Medford Sun of Wednesday has
the following report of the shooting:
Sheriff August D. Singler lies at
Sacred Heart hospital, Me.lford, in a
critical condition, and Lester Jones,
aged 17 years, a youthful desperado,
is dead, as a result of a shooting af
fray Tuesday evening about dusk on !
the John Launspach place, one mile I
west of Jacksonville on the upper!
road. Singler at midnight was rest
ing easy with an even chance for life.
Sheriff Singler was shot on the
right side, the bullet taking a course
across the chest, penetrating one
lung and lodging against the ribs on
the left side. Jones wbs Flint twin
in the heaa, alter ne uad wounded
the officer, death occurring almost
instantaneously. Two bullets .also
entered his body. One leaden mis
sile tore the scalp from his head,
the other struck his arm.
The remains of the dead bandit
were brought from the scene of the
THK LATE SHERIFF,
conflict late last night, to Medford,
where an inquest will be held today.
The pistol duel took place at the
cabin home of the dead outlaw, who
has been a fugitive from justice
since last April, and there were no
eye witnesses to the tragedy. John
Launspach,' living a half mile away,
heard the shooting and rushed to
the aid of Singler. He found him ly
ing beneath a tree, made him com
fortable and telephoned to Jackson
ville for aid.
Jones, regarded as ' a desperate
character, paid with his life for a
cowardly attackv According to the
sheriff, he was reading a warrant for
his arrest, when the ' young thug
whipped out his revolver and shot
as he stood on the steps of the cabin.
Singler sank to the ground. Jones
fled to his cabin. The wounded of
ficer, lying on his lde, fired four
times, two bullets taking effect in
the head, and Jones crawled behind a
cook stove In his quarters and died.
Ten or twelve shots "were exchanged,
lie J .
BULLETS FROM AUGUST
one bullet splitting the third
knuckle on the left hand of the sher
As soon as Launspach reached his
telephone and notified the sheriff's
office at Jacksonville a posse was
organized, and Dr. R. E. Golden
rushed in an automobile to the
scene. After placing Singler in the
machine, with William Barnum at
the wheel, the race began for the
Sacred Heart hospital. Drs. Pickel,
Stearns and Golden operated upon
the sheriff, and last night was given
an even chance for his life.
In the meantime the posse took
up the trail of Jones and found him
cuddled behind his stovo, lifeless,
with a gun lying by his side. -
After the news of tho shooting
became general the police of every
city , and town in southern Oregon
were notified to keep an eye out for
Jones, it not being known that he
was killed. The first care was for
the wounded man, difficulty being
experienced in carrying him across
a plowed field to the road.
Mrs. Singler and the children of
the wounded man were brought to
the hospital at 10 o'clock last night,
and k sight of his loved ones acted
as a tonic on the spirit sof the cour
ageous .office He.was conscious
h-;'Shi)ut, and though in'great pain
exchanged greetings' with acquaint
ances who came to the hospital to
see him. He was at once put upon
the operating table, the bullet re
moved, and given other treatment.
The attending physicians reporu
that he passed the operation suc
cessfully. AI GUST I. SIXGLER.
Jones, the dead outlaw, has been
sought by Jackson county officials
for over a year. He was a half Mex
ican, with all the, mongrel traits of
a halfbreed, vicious, lawbreaklng,
and defiant of all restraint, though
an undersized boy.
About a year ago he was wanted
for the theft of articles in Jackson
ville, and when Marshal Jones went
to arrest him that officai was held
up, his gun taken away, and forced
to watch his man walk awav. The
desperado fled to the hills of north-
ern California and remained in hid
ing for over a year. This escapade
with the Jacksonville marshal added
new vim to the criminal activity of
Jones, and he sent back law-defying
Last week he was seen on the
streets of- Medford by local police,
and Sheriff Singler notified. It was
learned that Jones was staying In
the cabin where he met his death,
(Continued on paee Eight.)
Meetings at Christian Church Show,
ing Great Power.
Evangelist Crlm is preaching some
great sermons at the Christian
church. He preaches the truth elor
qnently and without fear or favor.
The indifferent church member is
stirred by his message. The one who
is not a Christian recelve3 a chal
lenge that he cannot answer without
coming to Christ. The people of
Ashland have never heard better ser
mons. The lectures on Hebrews
which are delivered at the church at
4 o'clock are pronounced by many
to be wonderful. One business man
said he gladly closed his office every
day from 4 to 5 In order to sit at
the feet of this great teacher-evangelist.
Professor Isaac, the musical di
rector, is leading the sinking. He
will conduct the monthly song ser
vice Sunday evening before the short
sermon. This means we will all have
to go early.
At a bargain and on easy terms if
sold soon, a 5-room cottage with
bath. Address J. E. G., care the Tid
ings office. 94-tf
Bureau of Mines and Geology is
Xow Ready for Bust,
Portland, April 23. Members of
the state bureau of mines and geol
ogy, created by the recent legisla
ture, have effected permanent organ
ization. The commission Is composed
of seven members, whose appoint
ment was recently announced by
Governor West as follows: H. N.
Lawrie, W. C. Fellows, J. F. Reddy,
T. S. Mann, C. T. Prall, W. J. Kerr
and P. L. Campbell.
H. N. Lawrie was elected chair
man of the board. The chairman
Immediately announced the following
Metals and Hydraulic Mining W.
C. Fellows, J. Fi Reddy and 11. N.
Ceramic Materials T. 3. Mann, J.
F. Reddy and H. N. Lawrie.
Road Materials C. T. Prall, J. F.
Reldy and T. S. Mann.
Fules, Saline sand Fertilizers J.
F. Reddy, T. S. Mann and W. C. Fel
lows. Transportation Dr. W. J. Kerr,
W. C. Fellows and J. F. Reddy.
Conservation P. L. Campbell C.
T. Prall and W. C. Fellows.
Forestry Relations C. T. Prall,
J. F. Reddy and T. S. Mann.
Finance II. N. Lawrie und C. T.
The entire commission loft for Eu
gene and Corvallis for tho purpose
of inspecting the equipment of the
university and agricultural college
to ascertain the qualifications of
each for work connected with that
of the state bureau of mines and ge
ology. SCHOOL RALLY TOMORROW.
Number of Schools to Hold Picnic at
There will be a rally at the Wil
low Springs school tomorrow. There
will be a program at 10:30 a. m.
by the various schools participating.
Prof. G. A. Briscoe of this city and
Hon. B. F. Mulkey of Medford will
deliver addresses. A basket dinner
will follow and the Central Point
band will furnish music throughout
the day. The following schools will
participate: Table Rock, Tolo, Dar
danelles, Agate, North Jacksonville
and Willow Springs. Everybody is
Invited to attend and "bring heaped
baskets of provisions and bushels of
M. E. Missionary Meeting.
The Women's Foreign Missionary
Society and the Young Women's For
eign Missionary Society will take
their annual thank offering next
Sunday morning at the M. E. church.
Dr. W. N. Brewster, missionary from
China, who was one of the fine
speakers at the M, E. parliament
held a few weeks ago at Grants' Pass,
will give the address. Dr. Brewster
will interest you. Come and hear
him and remember our offering. '
Big Cut In Prices!
Lace curtains at less than you can
buy the goods and make them. Late
and pretty designs, every pair cut in
price. See our windows. J. P.
Dodge & Sons. 95-2t
Buggies at Piel's for $39.90.
IN m STRIKE
SIFFRAGH LAWS TO BE MODI.
DUPLICATE VOTING ABOLISHED
First Political Strike Ever Won Stic,
iccded Because r Excellent Con.
trol Over Strikers by Leaders
Half Million Ialx.rei-N Involved.
Brussels, April 22. Tho political
strike in Belgium, after keeping In
dustry and commerce at a standstill
ten days, was brought today to a
conclusion favorable to the workmen,
nearly half a million of whom laid
dowji their tools to senforce their
denmnd for equal suffrage,
t- 'Tlie chamber or deputies this af
ternoon adopted a resolution offered
by Mr. Masson, the liberal leader,
with an amendment moved by Pre
mier Charles de Broqueville, con
demning the principle of the general
Masson's resolution provides that
the equalization of the parliamentary
franchise shall be immediately taken
up for consideration in the event
that a parliamentary committee now
dealing with the provincial and com
munal franchise shall evolve a plan
improving on the present method.
King Albert conferred for a long
time with Premier Broqueville today
and It was agreed to settle the strike
by making concessions to the work
ers, who complain of the pystem by
which persons enjoying higher in
comes or having a superior educa
tion are given supplementary votes.
The workers assert that these extra
votes have swamped them at the par
liamentary ballots and have permit
ted the clerical party to lemain in
power without Interruption for over
At the last returns 993,070 men
possessed one vote, 393,866 two
votes, and 308,683 three votes, so
that the single votes were always
overwhelmed. This is the first occa
sion on record In which a political
strike has resulted In victory for the
strikers, and the whole movement
has been notable for the energy and
determination displayed and for the
excellent control shown by the men.
They have not yet obtained their
full demand, but the socialist leaders
express confidence that tho consider
ation of their claims will result in
the franchise being mado equal to
Figures Issued by the government
show that the number of strikers In
about 375,000. Leaders of the so
cialist trade unions which organized
the strike declare 500,000 Is nearer
the correct figure. In Brussels the
number of strikers was increased by
Among the strike contributions to
day there were subscriptions from
the Young Turks of Constantinople
and from the-Austrian socialists.
Popular Jap Returns From Honey
moon. Medford Sun: Charlie Mori, a
well-known Medford Japanese, who
left for Japan the first of the year
to he married to a Japanese girl of
his father's choice, returned Tuesday,
and Wednesday was around distrib
uting presents and greetings with hia
Medford countrymen. Charlie's wife
will not reach Medford until July;
she being detained in the old country
by the illness of her mother. Charlie
had a fine visit with his folks and
looks as fat and sassy as ever, but
says he Is glad to be back In the
WM. SINGLER, SHERIFF
Brother, of Deceased Officer Slated!
by Comity Court to be His ,(
At a special session of the count v
court held Wednesday afternoon
William Singler, a brother of the late
sheriff, August D. Singler, was ap
pointed to fill the vacancy caused by
his death. It was agreed by Mr.
Singler that he should also assume
responsibility for the care of Mrs.
Singler and the children of the late
sheriff. Col. George P. Mims of
Seven Oaks offered to Berve the. bal
ance of the term as Bherlff and turn
over the salary to Mrs. Singler, but
this was not found to be necessary,
because of the widow's pension and
of the agreement of William Singler
to assume charge of the widow and