The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, January 24, 1918, Page 1, Image 1

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Food, Fuel and Munitions
Exempted land 'Zone Sjrs-
. tern Contemplated by Of
ficials to Relieve Congestion
Little New Snow Falls and
. Wanner Weather in Few'
Days Forecast
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. -An of
"flcial embargo on all freight except
food, fuel and munitions practically
was in effect tonight east of the Mis
sissippi and north of the Ohio and
Potomac river', as a result of Di
rector General McAdoo's authorized
embargo today on three eastern
trunk lines. Although the restric
tion was applied formally only to
tho. Fennftylvanla and the Baltimore
and Ohio, east of Pittsburg, and the
Philadelphia and Heading, other rail
roads eccepted Httle freight today,
particularly If It was destined east
ward. The situation probably will con
tinue until milder weather 'permits
railroads to begin to more the great
quantity of general freight accu rou
tes ed during the .past few weeks
winter's storms, ,
Dan on Coal Lifted.
Factors contributing to the em
bargo were the priority of movement
for coal and foodstuffs and the con
tinued preference in coal deliveriej
rfvea to domestic consumers, ships,-
ana certain war industries, . which
were exempted from the fuel admin
istration's general closing order. Tn
las' on coal conservation was offi
cially lifted at midnight last night,
but scores of manufacturing plant
enable- to divert coal f ru:ri the stream
flowing to the more essential Indus
. trials remained closed or prepared t
tu ;cnd operations In a day or two
when their available coal stocks are
cone. This fact and knowledge of
many shippers that ordinary freight
turod nttle chance of prompt deliv
ery, tended to curtail the shipments
el offerings today.
To reduce railroad mileage in haul
lag coal, some sort of a tone system
of eoal distribution probably win be
pat into operation by the railroad
and fuel administrations within a
week; -,
, . .Normal Conditions Not Ilcaclied.
Although weather remained cold
over most of the east today, the lack
of new snowfall enabled the rail
roads to make a slight improvement
.in the traffic situation. The flow or
coal eastward' Was somewhat great
er, and the supply of empty cars to
nrinlag regions was larger. Nowhere
was there any near approach to nor
Hal conditions, however. .
The number of ship awaiting bun
ker coal at? Atlantic ports was small
cr, but freezing of coal in the cars
tilt hampered. dumping and' ice la
harbors- interfered with lighterage
Temperatures ranged not far from
the tero - mark over much of thf
cotrntrr tonight, but warmer weath
er was in'prospeet later in the week,
nd when' it comes railroad officials
look for much Improvement in trans
portation. The embargo put into effect today
win not apply to ahlimients of muni
tions or other war 'supplies special
ly approved-by the war or navy de
partment and the shipping board.
The traffic directors of these de
Partments will furnish' to railroad
onnite information on shlpmenta
whtch they wish to move promptly.
Telegrams of Inquiry from the
- Middle : west concerning reports ut
jmbargo'were answered with the In
formation that although embargoes
nre have not been officially sanc
tioned by (government admlnlstr
Hon authorities, local railroad offi
cials have power to decline to B'
cept Ut'jeiU destined for embargo
Points or" line!, flcore 0f these win
or embargoes may be declared with
out the specific approval of the rafl
Jjoaa administration and Indications
were that many would be put lnt7
iiect tomorrow.
Zone MyMrm I'bmned.
The contemplated xona system of
foal dlatrlbntlon is fused on a plan
Jfelr''i wme month ago by Fran-
Iahody. chairman of the eoa!
committee of the council of natloji
?"7.- The plan is to have tn
fl!!,c,n Htrict sirve a prescribed
Iikt ry n,r to the mines as port
1F1 administration official
Climate thatai1 least twenty percent
rihr"int ha'lnic can be dispense
Property n th Wherne Is worklnj
JnJr contracts will not expire n
Prl1 n,t If ninR is etablished
P1"?1810" will have to bo mad
l0?r tor them.
ih Tof'the ,M Mwntlal Indun
finV'n i wa indicated todav, wll'
in.J haFd fo coal Btippllea for
nrlll 1 hnrn fHcl ,by ave an1
a.tTn.l'ty: but . continued en-
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Controversy Over War Cabi
net Measure Promises
to Be Spirited
-if ' ' " - r
Request Is Made to Senator
Not tb Make Speech But
' He Refuses
contrpversy between tlie administra
tion and. members of the senate mili
tary committee over proposals for a
war j cabinet and director br muni
tions will be brought before tho sen
ate, I iJith prospects of spirited dis
cussion. "
Senator Chamberlain plans to
rise to a question of, personal priv
ilege and reply at length to President
Wilson's denunciation of the sena
tor's recent statement that every de
partment of the government had
broken down in the war, as a distor
tion; of truth. Several speeches on
behalf of the administration also ire
Among senate leaders, plans of
procedure In the forthcoming con
test over the legislation which Hhe
president opposes were crystallized J
Administration ' spokesmen express
confidence that the military commit
tee's bills : never even would be
brought to a vote. It was agreed
not to oppose Senator Chamberlain's
motion for reference to his commit
tee of the war cabinet bill. After
ward, .however, it is proposed to re
fer the bill also to the naval affairs
committee for study regarding it
effect on the navy.
Democratic . Leader Martin con
ferred with leaders of both factions
and also with several prominent Re
publican senators. A futile - effort
was! made to dissuade Senator
Chamberlain from making a speech.
Hefore formal reference of the war
cabinet bill to the 'committee, no ac
tion! Is expected tomorrow to check
discussion, It is planned to adjourn
the senate at the close of the day un
til Monday.
The White House' gave out this
telegram received by the president
from former Representative John .T.
Klttgerald..who was chalrrnan of the
bouse appropriations committee:
"Investigation during entire ses
sion ending October 9 demonstrated
wonderful results accomplished br
war department under' great diffi
culty. Opening paragraph North
cliff e's book on the war graphically
pictures accomplishments. Officials
deslre and should have -encouragement
and sympathy rather than He
hampered by constant nagging and
Eight Vessel j Sunk in Past
Week; Six Unsuccess-
fully Attacked
LONDON, Jan. 23.- Again the
sinkings of British merchantmen by
mine or submarine have been held at
a low point. Only six vessels of
1600 ton or over and two under
that; tonnage were destroyed in the
past week, according to the admiral
ty report tonight. .
The sinkings of British merchant
men for. the past week duplicate he
sinkings for the previous week ex
cept' that In tho previous week two
fishing vessels also were sunk. In
the past week the flnshlng craft es-
caoed entirely.
The admiralty reports or January
2 gave tho sinkings as 21 rqerrhani
men' of whieh IS were over 1600
tons In each case.
. Tile summary:
Arrivals, "2255; sailings, 2242.
British merchantmen, 1600 tons
or over, sunk by mine or submarine,
sit; 'tinder 1600 tons, two; fishing
vessels, none,
finish merchantmen unsuccess
fully attacked, six.
MeciUti Day Bring 25
Per Cent Decrease, RepBrt
mtir.kcm 'Jan. 23 MeaMcss days
havo resulted ' In 25 per cent dw
crease in consumption, aceorain
the report, of Armour and company
tnriav ThA business of the company
in the United States In 1917 amount-
ed-to $ on which a not
proflt'of $21,000,000 was earned.
Thr firm's business In product
originating In this country sold
both here and abroadr-was $50000
000 treated than the world business
of the firm in 1$16. . .
The net Income was equivalent i on invested capital or ,2t per
cent' on capital stock. nL 1016 Ar-
k. . i j A a M 4 A A d 4
roar's net pront were .
or'H.7 per cent on Investment and
20 per cent on capital stock.
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Destruction of Two Steamers'
in Mediterranean Sea Three
Weeks Ago Causes Drown
ing of 718 Persons
Thomas McNamara's Report
Brings First News of Heavy
Loss of Life
LONDON', Jan. 23. Iy tbe sink
ing of tFo steamers by the enemy in
the Mediterranean about three weeks
ago 718 lives were lost, it was an
nounced here; officially today. '
: The announcement was made In
the house of commons by Thomas
"STcNamara, financial secretary of the
Mr. McNamara's announcement!
gave the first news received here
of any heavy loss of life in recent
sinkings in the Mediterranean. A
dispatch from TOkio on January i
showed that , an attempt had been
made by hostile submarines -to at
tack British transports convoyed sby
Japanese warshins In the 'Mediter
ranean on December 30. The Japan
ese admiralty announcement stated
that the submarines were repulsed
and that the .warships were not dam-
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Albert Van Valkenburg Vic
tim of Accident at Stolz
& McNary Farm
After suffering the manglibg of
both lees tinder the wheels of a
tractor at the Stolz k McNary farm
yesterday afternoon, Albert Van Val
kenburg underwent a surgical, opera
tion at the Halem hospital in which
the right leg was amputated below
the knee. The left limb is badly
crushed, but tho physicians believe
it can be saved.
Van Valkenburg and hi brother
were operating a' tractor and were
untisd to the machine. By accident
th heavy engine was started while
Albert Van Valkenburg was beneath
It and both limbs were ground under
the wheels. The accident happtned
about 4 o'clock.
The. in lured man is about 30 years
old and has a family.
Secretary of Branch of Peo
ples' Council Is Forcibly
Rempfer Crowded Into Auto
by Six Unknown Men and
Sent From City
MITCHELL, 8. I)., Jan. 23. Win.
C. llemofer of Farkston, 8. P., execu
tive secretary of tie South Dakota
Uranch of the People's Council of
America, ana a delegate to the state
convention of - the Socialist party
here, was forcibly ejected from Mit
chell today and the convention which
he was attending broken up. This
action, it is saM, was based upon
reports that Hempfer Instituted se
ditious activities at the meeting. The
convention of the Socialists was
broken up bv local police on orders
of Mayor J. ij. Wells.
Kempfer's ejection from the city
cam late today. He 'was "captured"
on the street by sir unknown men
and hiietled Into an automobile in
which be was driven four miles from
town; There he was set out .upon
the prairie, and according to reports
was told to proceed afoot to his home
(n Psrkston. abont thirty miles from
Mitchell, and warned not to return
here. No violence was done to
Conference If Held in House
and Vote of 75 to' 19 Is
Only Constructive friticism
of Government Urged by
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. -Itepub-licans
in the house in conference to
night voted 7i-to 19 in favor of the
creation of a department or bureau
of munitions and ordnance with a
director appointed by the president.
There was some discussion of the
war council proposal but no attempt
was made to pat 'the conference on
record in regard to It.
When tbe vote was annonnced the
point of no cuorum was made and
the conference Adjourned, leaving
the way open for another discussion
of the subject. The resolution
voted on was introduced by Repre
sentative Cillett of Massachusetts,
acting floor leader, as substitute
for the McCormlck-Lenroot resolu
tion considered last week. The reso
lution follows:
"Whereas, in the conduct of ithe
existing war, the Republican mem
bers of the .house of representatives
have taken the position that therel
should be no partisanship but that
all Americans, should be united In
support of the government in press
ing the war to a successful conclu
sion, and in voting ungrudgingly the
administration all the resources and
powers to that end and will continue
to do so; and.
"Whereas, the need of a united
country demands that where condi
tions causing unnecessary de
lay' or waste' due to the overelapipng
Jurisdiction of the bureaus and de
partments or for other causes re
vealed by congressional investfga
tions. It Is their patriotic dnty to
suggest remedies for such condi
tions: '
"Therefore, be ft resolve!!, that it
Is the sso of this conference tint
there should be created a department
of bureau of munitions and erd
nance, and director of which shaft be
appofnfed by, the president, confirm
ed by the senate, and be Immediately
responsible to the president tor sys
tematize the manufacture and pur
chase of ordnance and munitions by
means of which the success nf our
armed forces may be speedily at
tained." -
Representative Gillett told th
conference the time "had came for
the Republicans to take some art I on,
but that it should be constructive
and not In the nature of a criticism
of the aovernment's conduct of the
war. Representative Fess.' of Ohio
declared President Wilson had been
playing politics. " Representative
Cramton of Michigan said conditions
found abroad by members of. con
gress who had been there made it
essential that a change he made tn
the war department's mXJod.
Reprcsentaltvo Kelley.ta member
of the naval committee, protested
against any change In; the navy's
purchasing system and; urged that
any reorganization should apply to
Iho arniy only.
Many Are Entombed by Coal
Mine Explosion; Eight
Bodies Recovered
HALIFAX. Jan. 23 Soventy-nlne
men are believed to have perished in
on explosion tonight In the Allan
shaft of tbe Acadia Coal company's
collieries at Stellarton, N. 8.
Kleven on a hiaher level at the
time of the Vxplosloi escaped, but
the others .on the loer level-were
entombed. Eight b4les havo been
The explosion occufred Just after
the nlgbt shift had jtone to work. The
Allan shaft, one of the most product
ive In Canada, is alio one of .the
most dangerous. Kites caused by
spontaneous combustUn, are of fre
quent occurrence.-
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Minnesota Governor
to Visit Camp Lewis
ernor J. A. A. Uurnmlst of Minne
sota, heading a pariy of officials
from that stata whs are visiting
army training camps thronahont the
country, left tonight for the north
where he and his companions will
inspect Camp Lewis, at American
Lake, near Tacoma. Fsh. ' .
Among the camps Halted by Gov
ernor Rurnqulst wat Camp Codr,
near Peming. N, M.. where, he said,
approximately 12, 00 MInncsotans
are quartered.
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Fish and Game Commission
Asked to Acquire Hatchecy
Ground by Condemnation
If Necessary
Registered Shoot Is Arranged
for May 6 and 7 as Part
of Program
At the annual meeting of the Cap
ital City Rod and Gun Club held last
night in the auditorium of tbe Salem
Commercial club,, several Important
actions were taken, aside from the
election of officers for the ensuing
The first Important step taken by
the clulv by unanimous vote of the
members present, was to request the
state (ish and game commission to
take all necessary legal steps to ac
quire by condemnation proceedings
if necessary the proposed site for
tbe new fish hatchery on the Santtam
river, oae mile above Gates, as the
owners of the land refuse to sell the
site at a reasonable price. The Pand
is owned by the Hawley Pulp & Pa
per company. .
The sum of $25 was appropriated
for the purchase of tobacco and ciga
rettes for soldiers.
The club passed a resolution In
faver of closing winter game fishing
in the Willamette river and its trib
utaries above Oregon City.
A registered shoot was arranged
for next May 0 and 7, as ,a part of
the "club's interstate association
The officers elected last night are
A. G. Magers, president; (re-elected)
; Mark Slddall, secretary and
treasurer (re-elected) J and Ralph
Cooley, field captain.
The next meeting of the club will
be held February 27. .
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Insignia Wreath of Fourteenth Infantry Among Floral
Tributes College Days and Marriage to Schoolmate
) Are Recalled
A Military funeral was held over
the liito Lieutenant Ivan E. Bellin
ger, who died at K6rt Riley, Kansas
yesterday afternoon at the First
Methodist church. Lieutenant Bell
inger, who, as a private citizen was
a physician, was a, member of an
old Oregon family and bis little son.
Ivan Ellsworth Bellinger Jr. not
quite 2 years old, remains ns a Bell
taiger of the sixth generation In tbe
state of Oregon.
The, services yesterday afternoon
followed those which were accorded
to the aoldler as his body was bom
from Fort Riley homeward. The
fourteenth Infantry of the medJri
officers reserve corps, of which hi
was a member, formed a body escort
from the Kansas camp. . .Floral of.
ferings were also sent from2 the east,
among which was a carnation -wreath
with the Insignia of the fourteenth
Infantry. Y y J
Afckeri for Oregon Cedar.
Among th other beautiful flol
orrerlngs which blended wrth lim
flag which covered the casket, was
a wreath of Oregon cedar with tc!
roses, blue violets and whft.s narcis
sus. In touching memory of the sol
dier, qutintltles of Oregon greenery
were used as rii background for th-?
flowers. Bafk In the ncmtment.
ns he was dylnrg he asked or Oregon
cedar. Magnolias and orrtldr made
up soother t'auflful floral piece.
The service were distinctly mili
tary, Rev. R. N. Avlson officiated
and Prof. J. TV Mathews t Willam
ette university. Assisted. A uniform
ed soldier wm stationed at tbe head
and foot of the casket. A quarter
sang'.fnd a solo. "Captain of My
Rol.';?r was rendered by Alfred
Bfhram. Accompanied by Dr. Orov
er Br'Hlnar. a coulsln, and Bruce
and Allen Bellinger, brotheri of I.'eu
tenant Bellinger, and Paul Mauser,
the body wilt be taken to Portland
this morning on the 0:4. o'clock
train. Cremation will follow in Port
land, Ivan Ellsworth Bellinger was born
In Portland March 21. 1M7. He was
the great-great-grandson of John
Henry Bellinger, who settled In Ore
gon, south of Salem, n IS 47. The
family came to Salem froiv. Portland
in 1907. Prior to that Ivan Bellin
ger had graduated from a Portland
high school. Hta father, Oscar 'If.
Bellinger, died six years ago.
Upon his arrival In Salem, he at
tended Willamette university, taking
a two year's pr-medlc course. He
was graduated in 1913 after a foirr
year's regular medical course. Lat
er he served a year as an intern at
tbe Salem hospital. " While 1a college
Despite Saving America to Be
Called on for 75,000,000
9 Bushels
British Food Controller De
pends on Hoover to In
create Imports
LONDON, Jan. 23. Gnat Dritaln
calls upon the United States for 75,
000,000 bushels more wheat.
This was one of the most import'
ant statements which Lord Rhondda,
the British food controller, made tn
an interview with the- Associated
Press todajr. The controller describ
ed the food shortage In Great Brit
ain as most serious but not such as
would be detrimental to the health
of the population with proper man
agement of auppliesf He drew a
sharp distinction Latween tbe condi
tions In Germany, where the public
health, particularly . that of women
end children, had been dbngemusly
undermined by lack of nutrltlod and
semi-starvation, and in Great Britain
where the working effectiveness of
the men bad been decreased thirty
per Cent. In Britain he said, tbe
self denial thus far practiced had
actually improved tbe physical cqn
dltlon of the nation.
"With the help of the United
States we shall ,pull through." he
said. "I would feel very despondent
over the situation if the United
States bad not come into the war,
but I have unbounded faith in youi
ability and good will to help us work
out the problem.
Fighting Line Not Feared.
The war will be won by England.
It is a test of endurance between
Kngland and Germany. Wo are toda
where Germany was two years ago.
I have no fear of failure on tbe
fighting line."
Lord RhoOdda spoke on the most
important factors of the food yucs-
Continued dnpage".')"""
he played with the first famous foot
ball team under Dr. Saretland. .
t Married College Mate.
His marriage to Lola Pelle Cook,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. 'II.
Cook of Salem, was a romantic af
fair in 1912. 3Ila bride was a pop
ular. Salem high school g'rf and at
tbe time of her marriage wan a
sophomore student at WlllametU
university. Both of the young peo
ple continued college after their max
rlage. and remained in Salem until
Mrs. Bellinger's graduation from
Willamette university In 1914.
It was then that the couple mov
to Sweet Home. It was there too,
that the young doctor started hlr
practice. They had' purchased prop
erty hi Salem and' had ' intended to
move back here as his business per
mitted, j, Their two children, Ivan
K. Bellinger Jr. and baby Jane Eliza
beth, 7 months . old, were born a'
Sweet Home. -
Wife Jtea hetl Iledlde '
. In October, the little family came
to Salem with Mrst Cook's parents,
while the young lieutenant wa
awaiting his call for training and
France. The soldier father and hus
band left 8ilem esrly In December
and arrived at Fort RMey December
12. He took sick with pneumonia
th .second day nf the new year and
was considered in a critical conJ'
tlon from the start. His wife and
brother Allan arrived at Fort HI Icy
January 9, After tne first ten days
of his Illness he was considered be t
ter, but a relapse followed. Ills wife
was with him to the end. He was tn
exceptionally fine physical condition
at the time of his leaving for train
ing and bls'antfmely death comes as
a shock,
Besides his wife and babies, Lieu
tenant Bellinger leaves his mother.
Mrs. Oscar Bellinger of Hf-otti Mills'
two brothers, Allan Bcllingwr of
Kcotts Mills and Bruce Bellinger orj
La fa yet t,. and a sister, Mrs. Foyd
Shepherd of Scotts Mills. Hs Is
survived bv two aunts and an nncie
in Portland. i
Chicago Now World's
Greatest Lumber iMarket
CHICAGO. Jan. 2. Lumber re
ceipts of 3,254,117,000 feet during
1917, as announced by the board -if
trade today, mad secure Chicago's
title, of-tb" world's greatest lumber
market. The receipts were 11 per
cen( greater than In 1916.
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Rigors of Winter Lessen Frcrn
North Sea to Swiss Fron
tier and Resumption of Vcr
on Large Scale Apparent
Italians Victorious in Opera
tibns St Quentin Fight
ing Growing r
(Dy Th AitocUited Pre a) '
With the reported amelioration in
tbe political unrest in Austria-Hungary
and a continuation of sllenco
as regards the Internal situation la
Germany, the notable icature In tho
world war is the apparent resump
tion on a somewhat large scale of tho
military operations on the western
front in France and Belgium.
Although for the moment thoao
operations, viewed from the cold
facts as announced by the "various of
ficers, do not transcend In impor
tance the usual small operations by
raiding and reconnoiterlng partk,
reading between the lines of the com
munications It Is not difficult to sco
that the maneuvers now in progre
on various sectors are In the nature
of trying out processes of a mark el
character. . . .
From the North sea tor the Swls
frontierthe lessening in the rigors
of winter has permitted tbe belliger
ents again to send forth their men i
enterprises which seemingly forecast
the intention . shortly tor resumo
fighting activity more estensively.
IMjr tinns Hoar,
For weeks the big guns along tho
entire battle front have been roaring
in Intensive duels on numerous sec
tors, but tbe infantry has lain id lo
owing to the deep snows and later
to the morasses which formed as a
result of tbe thaw.
On their extreme right In northern
Belgium the Germans have carried
out an "Important raid." They gain
ed a footing. In French- advanced
French trenches esst of Nleuport, but
later were ejected. Along nearly all
of the front in .Flanders the artil
leries have Increased the volume of
their fire.
To tbe south, around Lens; Arras
and St. Quentin, the fighting dally is
growing in strength, while eastward
along the Chemin-des-Dames, past
Verdtin and thence to the Swiss bor
der, the French and Germans art
continuously engaged on various ac
tors In artillery fighting and infantry
activities considerably above normal,
as compared with the early days of
the war. ,: , :
Italians Are Victorious.
On the front in Italy the change in
the high command evidently has not
resulted as yet In any betterment of
the strategic tos!tlons of the Austro
German armies. From the Asiago
plateau eastward to the J'lave river
and thence southward to the Adri
atic sea, the Italians again have' been
victorious in numerous J Inor op-
The'greater portion of the striking
workmen In Austria are said to have
returned to work,' but the situation
both In Austria and Hungary Is de
clared still to be acute owing to tho
desire of the people for peace, lit
Germany some- trepidation Is being
evinced by newspapers of pan-Gorman
leanings over the" situation la
The Socialist newspaper Vorwaerts
of Berlin grain has been suppressed,
(his time for announcing the solid
arity of the German proletariat with
Austrian labor In the peace utruprcl".
British labor In conference has
sgaln , upheld the war alms set forin
by President Wilson and ; Premier
Lloyd George of Great Britain and
reasserted that if Germany wilt nnt
accept them British labor "must
fight on'
Closing cf Saloons at
San Francisco Ashed
SAN FltANCISCO. Jan. 23.-Thl
Shipowners' association of the IM
clf!ecoat, in conjunction with tho
sailors' union today filed a rcquept
with the federal authorities asking,
that 169 saloons on San Francisco's
waterfront b closed by thf govern
ment because they' were "a inenaci
to the -country, and obstruct, thr han
dling of cargoes and Iho mannVfj "f
Naval anthorltles who received the
request were quoted as bavin naid
that the matter would be referred
Immediately to the offiHals at Wash
ington. The saloons, according to
the petitioners, are located In a
three-mile stretch of waterfront ter
ritory. : m