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THE OREGON STATESMAN THITWDAV. MARCH 28, 1918
FLIERS TELL OF
LEAPS FOR LIFE
Six Bags With Twelve Men
Shot Down by Germans
on Inactive Sector
SIGHT IN AIR IS GRIM
British Planes Ascend From
Aerdromes to Chase
BEHIND THE BRITISH LINES
IN FRANCE, Keb.15. (Correspond
ence of The Associated Press. )--Leaps
for life and burning -observation
balloons when attacked by Ger
man airplanes were described by ob
servers of the British Royal Flying
corps to an Associated Press . cor
respondent when he visited one of
camps behind the lines a few days
: ago. : - - : '
' The camps usually are located ju3t
out of range of the howitzer shells,
although still well within the range
of the "German high-velocity ,naval
guns which devote their time to shel
ing the back areas.
A balloon ascent at the front if
never a light undertaking, and on
one day recently when the corre
spondent laited a station In a fairly
Inactive part or the line, six banon
containing twelve men,, were shot
down by .XJerman airplanes, all withf
in sight of one another. One of the
German airplanes was downed by
anti-aircraft fire from the ground.
It was a day when the visibility
was put down on the chart as "good','
but there were many white clouds in
the sky which offered good cover for
the German airplanes. , '
Officer Tell Htdrr. '
One of the twelve officers who
were compelled to reach terra firma
by the parachute route told the story
of his trip. "We were perched at
3.500 feet," he said, "and had been
up only half an hour when a column
' of smoke two miles southward at
tracted, 'our notice. 'There goes
Number Sixteen, said my observer,
arid we brought our glasses to bear
on the' scene.
"Two white - flecks floating'
earthward told us that two passen
gers of the balloon had got clear In
time. Just .then two similar specks j
appeared suddenly from under an
other balloon, warning us that the
boche was out for a wholesale killing
. this time. , It seemed like a full min
ute before we saw a third black
streak curl up from this seco Ad bal
loon, and the volume of smoke in
creased as the ballon sank, with
ever-gathering momentum, down to
.earth. Six more white specks now
appeared, and,1 since It was evident
that the entire line was being at
tacked, I gave the order to hanl
down. - - : ' r .
Ascension In Jt.OOO Feet.
"At 1.000 feet. I ordered the
winch stopped. No more ballon s
had been attacked, and although
ours was now the only one up, I
could see British fighting plans as
cending from the aerodromes behlrd
us to chase away the enemy. So
I decided to venture up again. We
ascended to 3.000 feet this time, and
soon were at work again.
"Then suddenly something hap
pened. It hannened swiftely as in a
dream. We didn't even see the Ger
man Albatross approaching, but our
ground officer and his scouts gave
Us the alarm just: a second or two
before the hawk was on us. I heard
my observer, at the telephone, say
fu.ddenlyJWhat's that? Stand by!
Good Heavens." Then he turned
calmly to me and said with a smile,
'Sorry, Id man. we must get out at
once. He helped me over the side
first, and I had a confused notion
that somewhere or other, near at
hand, a machine-gun was banging
a war briskly.
fl dropped, and heard a 'wuranV
as . th, parachute left its case. This
was ' the last sensation I attempted
to analyze as I f el ike a stone for
300 feet. I saw the balloon shoot
violently upwards, and then my view
was blotted out by a large white um
brella which suddenly appeared
above my head, and I realized that
the parchute had opened. I didn't
look down as I felt my body sway
ing easily In the breeze. The roar
above told me that the Albatross had
done Its work and the baloon was
afire. You cannot,! of course, man
euver a parachute and - there Is al
ways the possibility of the burning
balloon overtaking you .and burning
your only meansof escape.,
Albatros Joe Down.
"But before I reached the ground.
JACKIE of the ARMY
BETTER THAN ' JACKIE OF THE NAVY"
nnnMATTC! T-OT TPC Am TtTCXT 'A TIT T'Tl'R A STTRES ARE"
Are yon one of those travelers
bom the world-war is keepini from
Europe J r Are yoo lamenting the de
struction of the age-old churches, in
which yoo have 'spent delightful
hours in years gone by? Are yon
ware that just across out northern
border in what was once New France
now termed French Canada there
re many churches whose beginnings
were eo-incident with white man's
sdvent in America, churches with in
teresting, histories T
The elty of Montreal la highly
favored. First and foremost standi
the great Notre Dame Cathedral.
edifice built on the site of
the original church that was founded
In Ift&A. It has high twin towers
famous chimes, rich. -interior deco
rations and treasured relics. St
James' CathedraL near the foot of
HljRovaL ie small edition of St
Peter's at Rome., It boasts the high
est : dome In th city and number
i its treasures some wonderful
'? the work of Jean Leber's
I saw; far in front, the Albatrors
crashing to earth, minus a wing.
She had been hite by a cluster of
anti-aircraft shells. "
"The next thing I knew was that
I was lying in the middle of a plough
ed 1 eld. while a short distance off '
I saw'my observer coming across
ward me. '
All twelve of the officers of the
wrecked baloons escaped safely on
this occasion. They vare not al
ways so fortunate. At this same sta
tion a few days before an officer was
shot and killed while dropping in hi?
parachute. His ballon had been s t
afire by a German airpane, and as
usual she and his companion took to
their parachuts. They had hardly
got clear of the balloon when the at
tacking airplane swooped down nc
them,' its machine-gun .in full pay.
One of the officers was killed, and
although the other escaped, his par
achute was torn by a bulet and sev
eral of its- cords were cut. Few men
have been nearer death and lived to
tell the tale. .
The baloon commander told the
story of an officer who had gone up
alone, and whose ballon was shell'd !
when flying at 4,000- feet. On there
occasions it is dangerous to haul
down, for the position of the winch
j Is thereby given away to the enemy
gunners. At last, however, after a
cloud of shrapnel smoke had ap-j
peared almost under the basket,
and no response came down the tele
phone wire to inquire as to whether
jeveiythfng was all right, the ground
officer gave the order to haul down.
Ten minutes later the car touched
the ground, and the obsever was
I till - V. .'T-iiiiwwii i 1
XJS 'rV-.V- I r'rf :;-; x, xsx CHURCH Of
! riii' iii.imiw m - ..
found lying at the bottom of the dianapolis speech." '
basket unconscious but unhurt. It j By: speeches and actions In na
was a bad case of shell-shock, from, tlnnal and local campaigns and by
which-the officer was several months ! refusal to accept proffered service
Observers Burned. To Death.
A few days ago, at a nearby sta
tion, a balloon Suddenly caught fir-,
for no apparent- reason.. The two
observers tried to escape in thrir
parachutes, but the blazing balloon
vertoo them, and they were illed.
Theories as to the 'cause of the di
.saster were"nutnerous, but the one
most generally accepted was that the
balloon had been fired by au elec-
ft MATINEES ft EVENINGS
,10c I 15c
THE HISTORICAL CIIUHCHES OF CANADA
A W . O
nineteen years of cloistered life.
Notre Dame de Bonseeoura embodies
fn its structure the foundations of
the first church of that name, built
in 1673. The Jesuit Church and that
of-our Lady of Loudres as well as
Montreal's many other churches are
well worth visiting, but we shall
hurry on to Quebec
We shall visit first the Church of
Notre Dame de la Paix, so named
for the Iroquois peace of 1644. This
church mav well be called the West
minster Abbey of French Canada,
for in It are interred many men and
women famous In the history of Can
ada. It has wonderfully carved
pulpit, beautiful chapels and many
precious painting. Under the floor
of the Church of the Ursulines.
founded in 1641. rest the bones of the
treat Montcalm. In little out-of-the-way
souare In Lower Town on
the site of Chamrlain's hcuse. stands
a plain little church one with a
name thai 'ells whole story Notre
Dame de Victoires. Up and down
trc spar from a tunder cloud. The
fact that the wire cable had parted
neat1 the balloon was said to give
support to this theory. It was tb-3
parting of this cable which was gen
erally responsible for the dcathy ot
the observers, because
it male Im
to-'possible the towing of
balloon clear of the parachutes.
One of the officers at thl.? station
was up in a balloon a few days ago
when it was shelled and the cable
severed. The balloon started at 25
miles an hour for the German lines.
The offier had not much time to
thin, but he threw all of his maps
and documents overboard and pulled
the rip cord. He and the balloon
fell about 1.000 yards from the Ger
SENATE IN DEBATE
(Continued, from page 1)
lied voted for them."
Senator Smoot declared that the
Republicans, had supported legisla-
t!on askd by the president al-
though some of it has been revolu
tionary and socialistic rnd In some
eases unjustifiable and unnecessary"
"No Republican." he asserted.
has sought to secure partisan ad-
vantage by caning attention of tno
country to admitted blunders of the!
administratlon." tiering the John ! Day can von for a
"No man while occupying the : distance of about seventv-flve mile..
whig house." the rtah senator pr-j Blank proposals may be had from
reeded, "has ever uttered stricture the project manager. United States
against his political opponents as i reclamation service, HermiOon, Ore
severe s President Wilson in his In-' gon. Bids will be received for the
of "a most capable man" of the op
position party, he said the president
has ; proven his partisanship.
president Wilson's recent letter to
Mr. Davies stating the McIemore
resolution was the "aci,1 test" of
patriotism and his letter to New Jer
sey Iemocrats were cited br Senator
Smott as proof of the president's par
tisan purposes. (
GERMAN EFFORT FAILS
(Continued from page 1)
courageouslv, hot such a continued
series of shocks from fresh troops
was bound to tell on tired men, and
eventun'ly the allies were forced to
tivfj wjy. But thev did so slill fieht
itgj It la known that one Bavarian
.division lost fifty per cent of it
strength. It was clearly apparent
that the German high command relv
rr this method of sacrifice to break
through. The , French staff derives
considerable satisfaction from the
fact that many) German divls'onf
were thus put oat of the battle line,
at least for theeriod required for
their reconstruction and in this way
a great part ofthe German reserve
was used up. while the 'allies merely
called upon their Immediate reserves
Further powerful Bttack'jire ex
pected but It is difficult to. forse
at the moment where these will take
iIace. : Tt may belaid, however, that
the fsitHaMon isunllv In band, an I
the heaviest kind of fighting may be
Virginia, now the only state pro
hibiting women from practicing law.'
has taken legislative action to lift
the b?.n. "
Sr. A CE
the quaint old streets we wander and
in and out of the many churches,
each with its own particular attrac
tions, all with. dimly lighted. Incense
Then we must take a run to
Tadousae to visit the Jeeuit cbspol
founded in 1616 ai.d the present
structure built tn 1746.
And last but not least. Is the visit
to the celebrated Ste, Anne de
Beaupre, whither sailors go to pray
for safe voyages. Historr tells as
that this miracle-working shrine was
founded by some ship-wrecked sail
ors in 1660. It was a fulfillment of
a vow of Ste. Anne, mother of the
Virgin, to build a chapel in the event
they wera saved. Their prayer were
answered and Ste. Anne's stand a
monument to their, faith. Miracles
have teen happening there for sev
eral eentoriee and streams of pil
grims have been tourneying thithet
all the intervening years. The week
of Jul? 26th to August 2nd is the
time of the great pilgrims g.
TO BE LEASED
United States Reclamation
Service to Develop Ore
WASHINGTON? March 27. (Fpe
cial to The Statesman.) The United
States reclamation service, depart
ment of the Interior, Is asking for
proposals for the lease of about 107,-
000 acres of public land in GMI!ani
Sherman, Wheeler, Jefferson. Wasco
and Crook counties, Oregon. Thl
land is now withdrawn from all form
of entry ,under the reclamation act
and is available for temporary lease
for agricultural, grazing and pastur
The land Involved was withdrawn
in connection with the Benham fall
Big Marsh and Crooked river reser
voir sites on Deschutes river, alo
a fringe of land bordering the De-
prhutes canpon for a distance of
about twenty mle; land withdrawn
In connection with the Dayvllle and
Clarno reservoir f sites on the John
Day river .also a fringe of land bor-
rental of all or part of the land, bu'
no bids will be received for the rent
al of any of the land for less than
$20 a section per annum. The bid
should be accompanied by cashier's
or certified check, or money orde
nayable to the special fiscal agent,
V. S. R. S., Hermiston. Oregon, fo
the amount of one year's rental. In
the event a satisfactory bid Is re
ceived, it vill be understood that th
bidder will enter into a lease with
the United States for the term -of
ten years. All annual rentals mui'
be paid In advance.
The lease may be terminated a
&nv time at the discretion of th
United States after six months" writ
ten notice, and the 'ease may J
terminated by the lessee at anv tini"
with the forfeiture of all money''
paid to the United State thereon.
All bids must be submitted In sea'
ed envelopes marked "Proposal for
lease of public land.'. not later than
2 p.m. on April 5, 1918.
Sophomores Are Champions
n Inter class Ball Games
The sophomores of the high school
defeated the seniors yesterday after
noon in an exciting game of basket
ball. The score was close. 14 to 12.
"tiimenberg . . . . .O Simms
Hicks .0. .. ... Van Osdel
Shepherd O. Mohney
"beffer ..... .V ...... . Springer
Thrapp F Berger
Rn1md substuted for Berger in
JJer. Gill; timekeepers, Elliott
This game rives the sophomores
the 191 S Interclas. basketball cham
pionship, the seniors having previ
ously defeated the Juniors.
Transportation System Keeps
Germany From Lifting
NEW YORK, March 26. Possi
bility of a "severe tension" in the
spring regarding certain phasss oi
the food question was indicated by
Privy Councillor Von Eynern, of the
German state food commission in a
discussion of th? general "food condi
tions in Germany at a meeting of
committees of workmen in the war
industries at Barmen. Rhine prov
ince, according to the Cologne Ga
zette of February 4, a copy of which
has been received "here.
Representatives of the military,
state and city authorities were
Von Eynern stated that the re
quest of labor that the potato ra
tions be increased to ten pounds
weekly could not be granted at that
time owing in part to transportation
difficulties. He characterized the
illegal secret trading in food arti
cles as dangerous and said a bill
was being drafted providing, as a
penalty for such trading,; not fines
but terms of imprisonment.
During the general . discussion
which followed Von Eynern's exposi
tion of the food conditions there
was some criticism of the govern
ment's food measures. It was espe
cially pointed out that it was I nr pos
sible to live on seven: pounds of po
tatoes a week. First Lieutenant
Meinicke. representing the general
command In Minster, asked the au
dience not to underestimate the dif
ficulties standing in the way of
granting the wishes expressed re
garding the distribution of potatoes
He said , there was no lack of good
will on the part of the central auth
orities to relieve the conditions.
Beginning with April, Von Eynern
said, the normal distribution of 1250
grammes, mbout 44 ounces, of bread
per capita per month would be or
dered in the principal , Industrial
cities, as the feeding problem was
especially dif:ult in the spring
months. The production of food ar
ticles from oats, he said, had been
hampered by the short crop of that
The unfavorable fodder crop, said
Von Eynern. had also not been with
out effect on the m-t and fat sup
oly. He described the decreases in
he stock of cattle as not yet alarm
ing but said It was not possible to
decrease It much further without
oermanent injury, especially as the
future supply of milk and butter
must be considered.
The fact that it was possible to
maintain the fat ration of TO
grammes for all parts of the country
was ascribed to the ereatly increas
ed production o'f margarine, which,
however, was made possible only by
decreasing the supply of fat formerly
used for industrial purposes. The
speaker called attention to the large
reductkfi in the number of pigs.
Total Earnings for 1915
f of $38,835,621
NEW YORK, March 27. Coincl
dent with an announcement of an
increase of 15 per cent in tb-3 wt;e
f its .employes, making a total ad
jcance of "65 per cent since 1915, tV
iTnited Stated Steel corporation to
day made public Its annual . repor
for 191T. This showed a tremen
dous increase in the volume of busi
ness, but a decrease in earnings.
The volume o? business for 1917,
as represented by combined rros
"ales and earnings, equaled $1,683.
962.552. an increase of $452,488,
77? over 1916.
After deduction of interest and
other charges total earnings, includ
ing ?n estimate of some $233,003.
000 for war and income taxes se
side for 1918. amounted to $304.
161.471. a decrease of $38,835,621.
Balance of earnings is further re
duced by other interest charge.!' t"
Net income In the year of $244.
738.908 shows a decrease of $43,
287.656 and final net Income of
$107,505,437 represents a decrease
of $94,330,147, resulting mainlv
from extra dividends of $47,017,981
paid on the common stock.
MONEY LENT TO
NEW YORK ROAD
From Half Billion Dollar Re
volving Fund McAdoo
WASHINGTON. March 27. As
'he first big expenditure from the
$500,000,000 railroad administra
tion revolving fund. Director General
McAdoo tonight agreed to loan the
Vew York. New Haven & Hartford
Railroad company $43,964,000 for
one year at 6 per cent Interest to
eet notes of that amount maturing
April 15. .
The company was granted the,
right of renewal for one year on the"
sameierms. The railroad admin
istration will take as collateral for
the advance a auantity of securities
now pledged on the maturing notes,
with the right to soli them at any
ime and annly the proceeds on re
tirement cf notes.
This, transaction has been nnder
discuson for several weeks between
Director General McAdoo, John Skel
ton Williams, director of finanre for
the railroad administration., and of-
. -.v 7 t i
y 4f r
Sc.? - 'ft
AN AMAZING STOEY OP THE DIVORCE TRAFFIC,
written hy an oltl eourt reporterAvlio knows every angle -of
the gajne from Keeuring faked -e'idence by private. tlelc
thes'to signing Vin upr for the dough. ' ?.
TELLS HOW THE GRAFTERS HAD A f SUCKER SAFE
LY HOOKED" AND HOW r A GOOD WOMAN UPSET
THEIR PLANS ; I
From the opening scene in wTiieh Mrs. lierniee Flint, discon
tented wife, tells her wealthy hushand that she married hitai
Sot his money, and , -; h
"THAT'S WHAT I'M GOING TO COURT FOR NOT TO
PLEAD FOR A FAVOR, BUT TO DEMAND MY RIGHT
to the sensational pistol battle in autos at the close, tnere
isn't a moment's time to think of the high cost of living.
In Alimony" the story centers about the love of two
women for one man One, losing him, seeks the strangest
revenge imaginable a revenge unique in its fiendishness.
Some revenge? but wait till you see. y
. "Ajimony" is a picture the whole family can see with
profit and remember with pleasure.
Prices Will Not Be Raised
' STABTS TODAY
ficials of the New Haven, whose fi
nancial predicament was represented
a serious considering the difficulty
f floating $43,000,000 worth of new
curitea to meet the maturing
ptes. These securities were Issued
I year ago at terms which made the
nterest cost to the New Haven ap
proximately 7 per cent.
War Aspects Hopeful;
Grain Prices Move Up
CHICAGO, .March 27. Hopeful
tspects of the war developments did
i good deal to bring about higher
prices today in grain. Corn closed
Irm. H He net higher, with May
$1.25i G . In provisions, the
finish varied from 5c decline to an
Advices from the armies in France
continued to dominate the corn pit.
and gave prices an 1 upward slant
from the outset. In addition, the
bull side of the market was favored
by knowledge that suspension of the
grain priority rule on the railroads
would tend to curtail the movement
of the corn crop. -
Signs of big sales to export in
teiests hoisted oats. Falling off in
receipts was looked for and word
that seeding was making rapid pro
gress failed to act as an offset.
Provisions averaged a little higher,
influenced by, the strength of hogs
and grain. Buying, however, was
only of a scattered , character.
COMPANY M WINS
Salem Soldiers Are Now
Ready to Take on Kaiser
A member of Campany M. writing
to his home folks from "somewhere"
in . France, tells of two victories o
the Salenrfboys in baseball and soc
cer. He says: "
M Company played a baseball ganie
the other day with another outfit
who had many more to choose from,
but with the usual happy outcome.
Result: M Company, 13; other out
fit. 5. '
Yesterday- the Scotch and Irisb,
contingent of another outfit came
over and "Invited" us to play them
a game of soccer. We had practiced
a trifle before, and we went oven
accepting the invitation, and mana
ed to trim tbtm. 1 to 0.
Any Invitations from the Germany
Jwe will accept If possible and trust
for similar results when the Mm
i The soccer team lined up as fo
Corporal "Speck Keene. Corporal
Rene Jackson. Fat Bailey. Sergeant
"Pete" Peterson, and Sergeant Jake
Fuhr were four wings and center.
Pat Gaynafd, Sergeant Collins and
Sergeant Maurer were the three half
backs. , .
Cook Plant and Corporal Pollock
- . "
were the two fullbacks.
Sergeant Hendricks was goal keep
er. Sergeant "Mike" Van Laanea
.and Corporal "Hub" Taylor also
The baseball team had several of
these men, the two GUI boys and
others who are not known in old Sa
If some kindly disposed, philan
thropic, patriotic, etc., organization
would lay off the ditty bags, etc, an 4
round up a few gits for a colplo
of baseballs and then procure them
and send them, and the subs don't,
pot them, they would sure be ud
here, as our last ball is now-knockel
just about square.
Well, for the love of Barnutn,
Colonel Hofer and Lydia Pfnkbam,
dont' get panicky about the village
gossip, and sit tight.
Questions Affecting Ship Con
struction Occupy Weekly
WASHINGTON. March 27. The
second of the weekly conferences be
tween President Wilson and heads of
the executive .departments, or special
war administrations was held today
with Secretary Daniel and Acting
Secretary of War Crowell added to
the list of officials who participated
In the conference last week.. The
heads vf the war making branches
were called In by the president to
discuss questions of industrial pro
duction directly affecting their de
partment The conference which occupied the
entire afternoon was taken p with
dIcwion of problems affecting ship
construction and operation, railroad
trans.norta.tlon and the harmonliin
of indu "trial production with ship
ping facilities. No definite decision
were reached, it was said.
Others participating In the con
ference were Edward N. Hurlft
chairman of th- shipping board;
Barney Barnch, chairman of the war
industries board; Secretary McAdoo.
Vance McCormick, 'chairman of the
war trade board: Food Administrat
or Hoover and Fuel Administrator
Relapse Is Suffered by
Son of Oregon Governor
" II ! '
Governor Witbycombe has receiv
ed n nistllira (hot ! hla mrt V.&t
uifvvium:, iruu ja ill u uusiki
Washington, D. C, has developed
oroncnial pneumonia, following
t t t 4 ... 1 - . 1 T - V
has been critically 111 in the hospital
lor neany iu weeks. Ills first uinees
was measles, and nlurisv developed
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