The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, August 17, 1921, Page 1, Image 1

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    The Statesraaa malrea tfc leased
wlr report of tha Aaaoclaua
Press, tie greatest and most re
liable press association la las
Oregon, Wednesday.
Probably rain; moderate
: southwesterly winds.
I- lil I I I r II - " 1-
Mrs. HoIIingsworth Says
. Operators Would Be Re
lieved j if Rural Users
Minded Own Business.
Shaw, Cousin and Williams
i Engage in Jhree-Cor-nered
Firmer ' natrons ot the tele
phone lives" who "listen: In" or
answer every ring Ubey bear on
thAir lines were elcorlated- trom
v the witness stand in the telephone
rate rehearing yesterday by Mrs
B. M. Holllngsworth,, chief oper
tor of the Salem exchange ot the
Pacific comoany. Mrs! Ilolllngs
worth declared that perfect tele-
nhnn service is dependent upon
co-operation between the public
and the telenhone company.''
The witness said there are five
f nrmer line oosltlons In the Salem
(xchanre and that more time and
work is required in taking care of
larmcr calls than cly cans. .
Best Operators Used
r "We hare to use our very best
' operators for that service," said
Mrs. Hffllngsworth. "The farmer
subscribers seem to have a habit
of answering all calls but their
own. ' When a call is rung a dozen
of them will take down their re
ceivers and say hello,' 'then In
form us that we have the wrong
number.: It Is necessary tor the
operators to stay ott the line until
the right j party answers. It the
subscribers would mind their own
business we wouldn't have to do
that." . 1- -.r-y , ' ;
, Mrs. Ilolllngsworth said the
men on the farmer lines do most
of their phone talking t at the
morning;- noon and evening hours,
while most of the conversations
between times are feminine voices
" The average length of a conver.
sation, she said, is from 13 to 18
minutes, f .- ' -, - . :- '
Speech Often Indtetinct
Other difficulties of the tele
phone service In general was at
trlbuted by the witness to care-
lessness on the part ot the sub
scribers In speaking . indistinctly
or In making their number calls
with scolding the babies.
. "It is impossible to give good
' service," the witness said, ''when
the subscriber gives part of the
number and then shouts 'Johnny
do thts, of 'Johnny don't do that.
Others speak very Indistinctly
with their mouths far from, the
receiver. Sometimes It is neces
: nary, after repeated attempts to
have them, speak more distinctly,
to refer the call to the supervisor,
and then the subscriber loses their
tempers. - j. ,
Abase; Wears On Nerves
"We have to be poifle. But
when, the subscriber swears at you
and says he doesn't believe you, i
ratner gets on your nerves,"
"You are inclined to be human
i yourselves at times, aren't you?
suggested Attorney Shaw.
Eagerness ot the telephone com
' pany to show visitors through the
exchanges and acquaint them
with all operations was brought
"out in Attorney Shaw's direct ex
amlnatlon of the witness. - Mrs
Hollingsworth told of Instances tn
Salem in which notorious kick
(Continued on page 6)
For travellers who intend to
go south by way ot Commercial
street, there j will be considerable
det oaring, as today at noon the
S street will be closed from the
monument works to Jefferson
.. wayj -- .-,; j - i
For those who do start south
on Commercial and find the bar
. ricade at the i monumental works.
It is suggested that the turn be
made to the left until . Twelfth
street is reached. Then south on
Twelfth street to the bottom of
Mornlngside Hill. , X y i
At this point turn right oh a
gravel and :, dirt road.' cross the
. planks on the cement pavement
,of Jefferson way and continue un
: til Liberty road la reach.
SEATTLE, Wash., Aug.
containing 73 pounds of T. N. T. to explode behind a
dam at Leavenworth, Wash., is believed to have pre
vented the possible less of hundreds of lives and destruc
tion of property worth millions, according to a report
published by the Seattle Post
Iff ad the dam broken, it was pointed out, a rich ag
ricultural district would have been flooded.
The report said the explosive was found in a heavy
stone jar with three sticks of dynamite arranged as a
detonator. Jt had been lowered into position behind the
stone masonry by means of
to its end, and the failure of
tributed to dohing of the
seal the opening.
Worhmen repairing the
according to the report.
Federal secret service
to Leavenworth tonight
afternoon that Dr. R. M. Brumfield may be held in jail in
Portland for several days before bemcr broucrht to Roseburer
This will enable the officers,
this city, without the knowledge
Attorney; Neuners statement to the effect that Brumfield
would not be brought here before the first of next week leads
to this conclusion. ,
- SPOKANE. Wash.. Aug.
M. Brumfield, dentist of Roseburer. Or., and held in r connec
tion with the death of Dennis Russell, arrived here tonight
at 8:35 p. m. over the Spokane International railway from
Calgary, Alta., and was placed
which left for Portland at 'ft:
bheriff Starmer of Roseburg
Sheriff Webb.
The. officers said tonight that
the prisoner relinquished his as
sertion that he was Dennis Rus
sell late ilila afternoon and ad
mitted that he was Dr. Brumfield
following receipt of a telegram
from his wife in Koseburg. At
firsjt he claimed to have no knowl
edge of the sender of the mes
sage, the authorities said, but in
the afternoon hs appeared more
normal and told them who he
(Continued on page 6)
v vssr sassr si
After once on the Liberty road
those traveling to Jefferson
should turn to the left a short
distance beyond Rosedale, pass -
ing me rrieuus cnurch and on
to the cement paving of Jefferson
way. Traveling on south will be
fine except a short distance
through Jefferson and also a halt
mile about four miles north of
Albany where preparations , are
under way for the construction of
an overhead bridge over the sou
thern pacific railroad. -
The better driving south for
those who wish to travel towards
Liberty road is to leave Salem on
Twelfth street, the street on
which , the Southern Pacific pas
ses through Salem. t
' SL
16.-FaUure of a bomb
- Intelligencer tonight.
a wire. A fuse had burned
the bomb to explode is at
lighted fuse by tar used to
dam discovered the bomb,
men were said to have gone
16. It is intimated here this
it is thought, to slip him into
of Russell s friends. District
16. Hacarard and dirty. Dr. R
aboard the 0. W.R & N. train
15. t He was accompanied by
and was handcuffed to Deputy
PORTLAND, Or., Aug. 16.
Reverend Henry E. Giles,
pastor of the Hope Presbyter
ian church and oy Scout mas
ter, was drowned today in
Sanry river here after he had
rescued vBarnes Napier, a
Scout who had gotten beyond
depth. The ministers
death is believed to nave Been
due to exhaustion following
his struggles with the boy,
who is ; declared to have
grasped his rescuer around
the neck.
; After the boy had been re
turned to; his companions it
was discovered that the min
ister had disappeared in the
water. ?. His body was ; found
Priest's Housekeeper Posit
ive That Prisoner Decoyed
Murdered Man from His
Home on Day of Crime.
"I Get The idea" Says Ac
cused Man When Con
fronted by Two Women
Positive identification of Wil
liam Hightower as th,e man last
seen with Reverend . Patrick E.
Heslin, murdered priest, was
made today by Miss Marie Wen
del, the priest's - housekeeper and
Mrs.' Irene Bianchi, a neighbour.
Alter it minutes given to close
scrutiny of the prisoner in the of.
flee of District Attorney Franklin
Swart In Redwood City ' they
stated emphatically and without
hesitation was .Hightower
who called for Heverend , Heslin
the night of August 2 to answer
sick call and who drove away
with the priest in an -automobile.
identification Positive
If you knew that the hanging
of this man depended un your
identification would you hesitate
in your statements?" District : At
torney Golden asked Miss Wedel
"I would not hesitate," s lie re
plied, ft
Hightower was taken from the
county Jail to confront the wo
men. He was freshly shaven and
had exchanged his prison clothing
ror the apparel he had on when
arrested. They regarded him
closely from every angle but said
no word to him, nor he to them.
Hightower s only comment to
the officers durine the scrutiny
was "i get the. idea."
Wlren Hightower was taken
away Miss Wendel and Mrs. Bian
chi told the officers there was no
question of his identity.
"Dolly" Is Mystery
The personality of the mysteri
ons "Dolly Mason" who High
tower -said had given him ithe
clue by which he located the grave
of Reverend Heslin near the ocean
shore, bobbed in and out of the
examination todays Mrs. Dorothy
nsner till ford or 'Oakland, a caba
ret entertainer, who had been
Identified as Dollv Mason through
descriptions ' given by Hightower
confronted him today and neither
recognized the other..
At the same time the police
were investigating the tale of J. J.
lJurry, formerly a detectivo of
Salt Lake City who said he knew
the true Dolly Mason affd had
seen her on the streets of San
Francisco on the day mentioned
by Hightower in the story ha told
me pouce.
Hearing Hot.
i ne preliminary hearine of
Hightower tentatively was set for
next 'inursday.
a throng gathered at times
around the Jail in Redwood City
toaay out there has beien no con
certed demonstration of popular
I reeling against Hightower the po
liice said, although there is an uu
dercurrent of tense feeling.
ITLwrnr tiuarHed.
Every possible precaution Is be
ing taken, -they said, to guard
Hightower from personal injury
jrom any source.
Willingness to stand trial be
fore a jury composed of Catholic
clergy was expressed by William
A. Hightower, held iere in con
nection with the death of Fathe
Patrick E. Heslin, murdered Col
ma Catholic priest. The prisoner
said as follows:
"I have such a high regard for
the Catholic religion and the Cath
olic priesthood that I would be
willing to be tried by a jury of
Catholic priests. I am assured tt
my own innocence but I cannot
expect a fair trial because of the
ignorant prejudices of the public
"It would do me no good to
make a public statement of the
case now because I would not be
believed. I presume I have al
ways been a little unsettled men
tally and my present predicament
has accentuated this condition.
"I understand that the authori
ties have a mighty strong - case
against me although they have not
told me so. That information has
come to me in a roundabout way.
"If I am freed ot this charge
I will make no effort to collect
the reward tor the recivery of
Father HesHn's body." They would
Continued on page S)
unions hope
Salem Central Council Holds
That Hospital Needs the
Friendship of Workers,
Drastic Action Opposed.
Organized Labor and Odd
Fellows are Friendly
Scale Recognized
Announcement that the new
Odd Fellows building would be
built by union labor "from cor
nise to foundation" was made at
the weekly session of the Salem
Central Labor, council last night.
Another Important development
was a general sentiment expressed
by all of the 20 members that the
building committee of the Salem
hospital would adopt a "reason
able" attitude toward organized
labor. The council refused to in
stitute a fight against the hospi
tal at this time.
'There is a general resentment
of Salem business men against the
arbitrary methods attempted by
the hospital committee against
organized labor," asserted W.
Darby, a delegate from the car
penter's union.
Van Patten Fair
"C. Van Patten, who is in
charge of construction work, has
always been fair to organized la
bor and we hesitate to take action
against him in this case as believe
that the hospital board has taken
the empTbyment question into
their own hands."
By unanimous vote, the coun
cil decided to postDone definite
action on the hospital question un
til next week's meeting. Mem
bers of the council asserted that
H trades unions of Salem were
determined to aid the carpenters
and that no union man would
work on the Job until the protest
ed $6 scale was done away with
and the union scale of $7.20 rec
ognized. Reports Are Denied
Rumors that the building com
mitter of the Odd Fellows lodge
had been making efforts to un
dermine the building trades scale
was emphatically aeniea dj u.
I. Simeral. president of the coun
cil, and also by several other
members who laDeled the report
a3 "propaganda" circulated by
(Continued on page 6.)
The, monthly Open Forum
meeting of the Salem Commercial
club are to" be held tonight a. the
club rooms at 8 o'clock promises
to be one of the moat interesting
meetings for many a
In addition to the report of
the ijembf-rship committee, which
has been working overtima tne
past four or five week3, there will
be brought up the report of the
committee appointed about one
vear ago to investigate the open
ing of Capitol street.
Fred Erixon is chairman of this
committee and it is understood he
will present the report of his com
mittee and this report will go
Acting upon a request of the
World war veterans state aid
commission ender date of August
13, Sam A. Koser, secretary ot
state, yesterday issued a call tor
the state "emergency board to
meet in the capitol building in
Salem Tuesday, August 23. to
consider a request for the appro
priation of additional funds tor
administration of the so-caned
soldiers bonus law.
"The matter for the considera
tion of the emergency board is
the pledging- of funds or authori
zation of additional expenditures
by the World "war veterans state
Team Representing 'Nation
al Guard Will Leave for
Camp Perry, Ohio
At a conference or a board-appointed
by - Colonel 5eorge A.
White, adjutant general, to select
marksmen of the rOegon national
guard- to attend tht national
matches to be held at Camp Perry
during the latter part of this
month and early September, ' the
following recommendations were
Major Fred M. West of Port;
land, team captain; Captain Eu
gene Libby of ' Portland, team
coach. Others In the team are:
Captain Clarence Collins of Al
bany; First Lieutenant A. A
Schwarz of Portland; Lieutenant
Lawrence Jensen of Eugene; Pri
vate Andrew J. McAlIen of Ash
land; Private Barnes Q.- Adams of
Ashland; Corporal Orvllle Cart of
Portland; Private Manley W. Bev
ins of Dallas Private Arthur G.
Robinson of Portland; Sergeant
Leonard McGee of Albany; Ser
geant Glenn Terrell of Eugene,
and SUff Sergeant Victor R.
Stratton of Eugene.
These marksmen who will rep.
resent the Oregon national guard
at the national matches will meet
at the armory in Portland August
22, to make final preparations to
leave for Camp Perry.
Six Carloads of Wheat
Purchased at Sheridan
SHERIDAN, Ore., Aug. 16.
( Special to The Statesman)
G. M. McKinney of Portland, who
has been purchasing grain here
for. the last fortnight, left the
field today, refusing to buy more
wneat. ne is said to nave pur
chased about six carloads at a
price ot 98 cents per bushel less
Mother Rescues Tots,
Suffers Severe Burns
In saving frum death her three
small children during a fire which
destroyed the upper story of an
apartment house here today, Mrs
Earl Purcell was badly burned.
Her 14 -months-old baby Harold,
whom she carried through the
flames, suffered Rerious birns
while her 2-year-old twins, Floyd
and Lloyd, were slightly burned.
right to the bottom of the mat
ter a3 to how and why the street
should be paved to meet the
paved road of Fairgrounds road
The report will be of special
interest to residenii of Summer
street, who are also attempting
to solve the problem of paving
to meet Fairgrounds road. The
Summer street residents prepared
a petition which was presented to
the city council, but before action
was taken a remonstrance was of
C. O. Rice, directo- of the so
cial devartment of the Commer
cial club, promises an entertain-
ment worth while.
aid commission in the administra
tion of the loan and bonua law,"
said Mr. Kozer in his call. "The
appropriation as included In the
law authorizing the payment of
a bonus or loan is grossly lnsul
ficient for the proper ana reason
able administration of suca law
"Inasmuch as the adminlstra
tion of this law imposes consfd
erable additional duties upon the
department of state, the taatter
of pledging funds or authorizing
additional expenditures by the
secretary of state will also be di
scontinued on page 6.)
"One of the subscribers who constant! v abuses th nnrr
ators at the Tabor exchange
a very prominent woman in; Portland. She is very prominer
as a church worker in fact she belorigs to the same churc!
i,ao. une fcunaay she wa$ asked to teach a Sunday schcx
class at the church. It happened that several of the telephcr.
operators were members of the class. Of course they didn'
show up. They felt that Ihey knew just a little bit mcr
about Christianity than she did. We did all we possib!
could to please her and inyited her tf come to the office t
we could demonstrate our fcvork to her. She replied that t
she wanted was service and that it made no difference to he
under what conditions thejgirls had to work.' ; v t ..
This incident was related at the telephone rate rehearir.
yesterday by Miss Florence grMh, supervisor at the Talc
exchange, and was one ofia number! of incidents related t
illustrate tha abuses to, which the telephone girls are sul
jected by the unscrupulous portion Of thte public
Many Who Faces Charge of
Slaying Aged Bride Must M
Pass Mental Tests
SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 16.
Before a jury passes on the
charge that James . Mahoney
murdered his wealthy,. J elderly
bride, Kate M. Mahoney, identi
fied with the recovery of a. body
in a trunk from Lake Union here
last week, a medical commission
first must decide whether he Is
sanev This was the"TTxltng of
juage utis w. Srinker In superior
court here today when: Mahoney
was called to plead to a first de
gree murder accusation.
Case Reviewed ,
Mrs. Mahoney disanDeared last
April, and since early in May Ma
honey has been held on several
charges, including forgery com.
p lain is ror procuring an alleged
fraudulent power of attorney to
gain possession ot his wife's prop
erty. It ws only after dragging
and diving operations of two
months yielded the body of a wo
man that the murder charge was
niea. uerore that, according to
police and pallers, Mahoney had
displayed no unusual Evmntoms.
but since he was arraigned on th
murder Information, they said, he
uas sciea strangely. r
Seek Insanity Trial '
Lee a Johnston, defense raun.
set. read to the court rriiavia
aeaiinr with the alleged neculiflH
- f n
ties of Mahoney's conduct in the
jast weea since x the , mnrder
charge was filed. While defense
counsel demanded an insanity
trial by Jury, Prosecuting Attor
ney maicoim Douglas protested,
con icnui n g . that it was d iscretlon.
ary with the court whether, such
proceedings were by Jury or by
medical commission. Judge Drin
ker upheld the state' argument,
but allowed the defense until to
morrow to submit additional au
thorities. Unless the ruling is re
versed, it is planned to hold the
mental examination sometime to
morrow. Progress Made from Dal
las Toward Salem By
State Highway Crew !
DALLAS, Or.. An, lfi. Sn.
ciai 10 ine statesman) One mils
. , ... .
of pavement out of thU city lead
ing towards Salem was completed
aaiuraay aiternoon and the pav
mg crew is now at work on tha
tretchoof road from the city llm-
iis lowarua Kicicreaii, four ; miles
aisiance. ine grading on this
road has been completed and as
tbe roadbed is In excellent shape
and ready for "the hot stuff the
contractors expect to do better
man complete one mile everr io
days. The Dimmlck hill on the
mile inside the city limits was not
paved this season as it was grad-
ea aown extensively and will be
graveiea ana traveled over this
winter. Next" spring It will be
nara suriacea. , , , ,
BELGRADE, Aug. 16,-Formr
King Peter of Serbia died today.
Ill" nr-
llIILt. Or flWb d
with very profane laniruaffe i
; Profanity t'sed
"WJiat the - do you thlr
I want?"
"You bonehead, I told you wt;
number I wanted."
- -Line's busy? You're a
liar- r; -r.
"Sneece and dust off yci
brains.!' ; ' .
These ar iamples of lanfuar
that are frequently addressed t
telephone operators by Portlar
ubscribers. Bo declared the c
era tors who cams to Salem yr
terday to testify for the Pacii
Telephone &' Telegraph comcan
Ths girls used the word ."blank
i aey didn't regale : the ears '
their hearers with the actu;
words used, but left them to tl
imagination. r
Stupid," the f Iris saU. Is
common, every-day term appiu
toj ihem. .
j ; Hnpervlsor Hears llmnt
'The testimony brought out
sertiona that the -:reat major'-
ot calls, coming into the Cfntr.
oincesi are completed l witho
trouble. The calls that lead t
trquble ordinarily are referred i
the supervisor and It is she w:
falls under njuch of the abu
that is hurled over the yrita Ic
the-exchanges. : ,,;, ' 'r .
i Mrs.' U Norton, a sen!:
supervisor, opined that the.gre.
majority of aubscrtbers rite
calls are, referred to the sup
visors 4o not know bow to u
telephones to obtain succc .'
service, .ghe related instances
profanity directed at the pir:
Much unreasonableness, said ::r
Norton, Is manifested by t ':
scribers in calling informal!
relative to numbers of other eu
Patrons Kasily Anser l
T'They may ask for Mr. Bmlth
nmber,M she said, Vand when v
ask for the initials they bocor.
art try.?
(Mrs.! Norton related one 1
stance of how an operator, at tl
deliberate risk of her ijob. dec!
e4 to get even, and the did U
and incidentally cured the c
tending subscriber, -
j'This. man." said the wltne?
Is;: prominent cltlien of Portlar
a igreat church worker, and."
added sarcastically, "claims to 1
a -great friend of the worklx
girl. " i . . . . .
r Cursing Morninje Habit
fit was his habit cverr mor:
ing to 'get tangled up in his te!
phone calls and curse the oper
tors.' One morning when one
the girls came to work she sale
Jqb or so Job, I'm going to r
evn with so-and-so this mornln;
Sufe enough, be began to ura pr
lane ntntuagc,
f war,' Mr. So-and-so th e:
eratorj said back at him, 'I a
(Continued on page 6.)
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