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MELLOW ftbHlll GEORGE WASHINGTON
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BONUS ISSUE I
Treasury Secretary Reiter
ates His Opposition, But
If it Must Be, Favors Tax
COMMITTEE GETS DOWN
TO BRASS TACKS TODAY
' Frearof Wisconsin Declares
House Will Go Against
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. The
- seven Republicans of the house
way aad mean committee are
h charged with ftolTlng the problem
of financing the soldiers' bonus
are expected to get down to brass
j tacks tomorrow. Chairman Ford-
ney said late today after the com-
mitteemen had bad another gen
! eral discussion of the whole ques
! Hop Srlth Secretary Mellon.
v . The treasury secretary was
beard behind closed doors but he
as understood to have taken suo
stantially the same position that
he did at the open hearings' two
- week! ago when he reiterated W
r opposition to a bonus at this time
v, - bat declared that If such fia1"
V " tlon Is to be passed, It should be
Irnanced by a sales, or some otn
er form of taxation,
; Way Out Been
- Asked what the treasury would
do II congress passed a bonus bin
as . a general 'charge against the
treasury, Mr., Mellon was to
.hate replied that the amount
, ould be paid by Issuing short
' .term certificates. He opposed
this form of financing, however,
on the ground that lt mlght alfect
'the Interest rates on the refund
ing certificates due In 1923.
Some members of the commit
tee quoted the secretary as say
las In substance that as between
a sales tax or bond Issue for the
bonus, he would recommend the
former. Members of the suo
eommlttee would not anticipate
committee action but the general
belief at the capitol continued to
be that some form of sales or
manufacturer's tax would be rec-
"ommended. It was' pointed out
, In some quarters that with Pres
i fdent Harding opposed to both
the original tax program suggest
i d and to the Issue of bonds, the
4 field i had been narrowed to a
1 sales tax or the "drafting of a
measure that would be a general
i charge on the treasury.
Freer Speaks Out
This last plan Is supported by
some of the Republican leaders
of the bouse and also by those
" who are leading the opposition to
a aalea tax.
' - Repreeentathre Frear. Wlscon-
t fXn, declared in a lormai bibip-
tnent tonight that he believed he
nnVo thA aentlment of a "hun-
' dred Republican members of the
''house to the effect that a sales
tax would be opposed or any rule
seeking to impose it on tne mem
'i :iers." He explained that his an
nouncement was based on the
, fact that 70 Republicans had
' enAd la'-oetltlon .'against any
sales tax and that many others
"Nearly all of these 100 mem-
Itora ara in favor nt a bonus bill."
satd Mr. Frear, "and in favor of
having It passed the same as the
bill was reported to the senate,
leaving the treasury to finance
any immediate demands, estimat
ed at annroTtmntAlv 1300.000. 000
during the coming year, by the
issuance 01 certifications wmcu
v will be covered by the foreign
ThlsJdoes not take into con
, alderatloir 'any economies that
- may be put into force."
7 fj ' Urging adoption of a sales tax
similar to that In rorce in canaaa.
Renresentative Volk of New York
A-sent an open letter today to
unairman oraney asxmg tnai
the sub-committee hear him on
. the question. He said that If op-
- ponunujr were given tor any ex-
nlanatlnn nt inw tVia Carta Alan
law wnnld work In thfa rnnntrr ft
as his iudrement that the snb.
'committee would favorably en-
'Jl. aLi- m - a. a
j- aorse mis piau oi raasing- oonus
"It seems unfortunate," he
i tniiM. "that an tnnnv rnnslpn-
v tious and well-meaning members
tt tha hnnaa. thAtirh liMnv nn.
v derstanding of the most beneft
clal legislation will rush to put
U a a Jt a A . a
j .naii-DaKea laeas mio print ana
-! circularize members of the house
-with misinformation and mislead
;lng statements. -
, THE WEATHER
Rain west, cloudy east portion,
moderate nortneriy win as.
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sij, v -
W. T. Jenks, manager of the
Willamette Valley Prune associa
tion, is very optimistic as to
prune prices for the coming sea
son, and also of the opinion that
the- coming crop will be a big one.
based on observations of many
years in the valley.
lie says that following heavy
snowfall, the crop has always beea
a good one and that at present
prune tracts are In Rood condi
tion, due to the continued cold
weather. Loganberries should al
bo bear heavily, Mr. Jenks says,
as there has been no zero weather
this winter, the minimum being
15 degrees above.
While the prune maiket has
been sluggish, Mr. Jenks said, yet
there are indications of a strong
market. With Improved foreign
exchange conditions, he looks for
a big export business.
"We are now doing some busi
ness with our customers In Eu
rope, many of whom were bis;
buyers before the war, and thev
are now getting interested in Ore
The public will continue to pay
increased telephone rates.
The public service commission,
in an order handed down yester
day, so decided in affirming the
rate increase ordered on March 1.
1921, which thejublic has been
paying since that date.
"Provisions of the original or
der providing for an Increase
shal) be confirmed in an tnings
and every part thereof." is the
gist of the commission's findings.
Increases in Portland over the
old rates are reflected in practi
cally like amounts in cities and
towns all over Oregon.
In some town the increased
rates which the public has been
paying ever since the order of
March 1, 1921, are lighter than in
Portland, according to tables giv
en out by the telephone company.
The order minces no words in
Its excoiiaUon of the petitioner
relative to the showing they made
in the rehearing.
' , Petitioners Scored
. "Petitioners have presented
nothing worthy of serious consid
PRUNE PRICE OUTLOOK 0000
SAYS MANAGER WALTER JE1S
PHONE RATES UNCHANGED IN '
SERVICE COM MISSION ORDER
c Mrs 4 i i
gon prunes, after being out of the
market for several years," Mr.
Jenks said. "We are receiving
letters quite complimentary-of our
pack the past season, and espe
cially from our English buyers.
One Xew York buyer writes the
Willamette Valley Prune associa
tion as follows:
"You will be pleased to know
that we are very Well satisfied
with the quality of your pack of
prunes us they arvj the finest we
have ever received."
. Market I Nfroug t
Regarding dried fruit .condi
tions, the Fruit JJew8 of California
under dat of February 18, has
"There has probably never been
at this time of year a stronger
market for spot dried fruits, eo
far as coast conditions are con
cerned, than at present. It is
generally felt that all dried fruits,
excepting raisins, will be entirely
gone within a few weeks. Export
trade has ben a bis factor in
dried fruit lately as all markets
are buying, even Germany.
eration or justifying the suspicion
and agitation which they have
aroused," says the order. "Their
failure to' support their conten
tions was so obvious, even to
themselves, that they repeatedly
fell back on the excuse that the
commission ought to investigate
the subject and, by inference.
ought to supply the evidence
which they had promised to pro
duce. The descent from the su
blime to the ridiculous is pot oft
en better illustrated than by the
transition from the grandiloquent
announcements at the opening of
the case to the feeble excuse that
the commission "ought to look In
Here follows some Latin
phraseology, which being Inter
preted, says: "The mountain lai
bored and brought forth a
"Expanse and waste of time."
the order contltnues, "are not the
only losses -suffered through the
needless agitation. .The immense
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m party is
Harmony of Action in Chi-1
cago Meeting of Dissatis
fied Element is Surprise
lb MEET DECEMBER 11
Home Rule in Local and.
State Organization is
Favored by Attendants j
CHICAGO, Feb. 21. Harmoni
our, action, far beyond tho expe-
tation of the most hopeful dele
gates, developed in today's con
ference of representatives from
farmer and labor blocs, railroad
and miners' unions. Socialists,
Farmer-Labor party leaders and
others dissatisfied with America's
present political leadership from
which came appointment of a na
tional committee which will meet
in New York December 11 to or
ganize what is expected to be a
new political party.
Refraining from drafting a na
tional platform, the conference
declared for home rule In the or
ganization of state and local com
mittees. These will function in
the 11922 elections to elect repre
sentatives who will administer
government "for the common
good and for the protection, pros
perity and happiness of the peo
ple." 1'ulted Action IcniandtHl
The conference declared "that
Us present usurptiop. by the lftvi
ible government of plutocracy and
privilege must be broken and this
can best be accomplished by unit
ed political action suited to the
peculiar conditions and needs of
each section and state."
Nationally known Socialists, in
cluding Morris Hillqult and Wil
liam Z. Foster of New York and
Victor Berger of Milwaukee, min
gled with representatives of con
servative farmers' organizations
and labor unions, speaking in the
same meeting with Benjamin C.
Marsh of the Farmers' National
Council: A. C. Townley of the
Non-Partisan league. John H.
Walker, president of the Illinois
Federation of Labor, and Dr. C.
Howe, former commissioner of Im
migration at New York.
Difference Are Merged
Small differences were merged
and an agreement reached by rep
resentatives of organizations
which have heretofore been look
ed upon as widely divergent. WIl
wial IT. Johnson, president of the
International Association of Ma
chinists and chairman of the con
ference, declared it was the most
surprisingly harmonious experi
ence of his life.
The plan of action, as adopted
from a report of the committee
headed by Dr. Howe, provided for
the selection of a committee of K
with none named as yet. which
would cooperate, with the local
committees In the 'coming fall
elections. On December 11, it will
ntet to "consider and act on the
propoistion of further unifying
and mobilizing the forces of agri
cultural and Industrial workers
and other bodies and movements
for political action."
Invitation Ltt Issued
Tho organizations to be invited
are progressive organizations,
farmers, and labor, cooperative so
cieties, the Socialist and Farmer
Labor parties, single taxers and
other liberal political groups.
Other bodies of other persons
friendly, may also be invited.
The expenses of the general
committee, it was decided, will be
met by the supporting organlza-
Another Delightful Presentation
Given Salem Audience in Concert
of Apollo Musicians Last Night
BY CHARLES J. LISLE
There are grandfathers and
grandmothers in the Apollo club,
whose little folks would have
been scandalized had they seen
Gramp patting his feet when the
piano struck up those catchy lit
tle jtgs those soul-stirring dit
ties that levitate the body like
the humming birds and the leaves
and the thistledown. They just
naturally couldn't help It. seen or
not seen. Musicians from top
piece to toes they ought to sing.
And they did! They did!
The second concert of the 1922
series was a delightful presen
tation of a lot ot things. It was
a varied program with almost ev
erything from assassination and
Amount Given Back Ranges
From 1 Cent to $100 and
Totals About $14,000
The rebate now ready for the
lft2' exro.-s tax is being paid
rrom the c;nty clerk's office. In
order to secure this rebate, the
original person who paid the tax
must appear at th" cierk's oXfice
with the 1920 tax receipt. This
is the taxes paid one year ago.
There can he no assignment ot
this tax receipt. 'The original
must be presented and from 'he
number on the original, there is
found on the records the amount
of the excess tax due. A total of
about $14. MOO will be refunded.
Amounts vary from 1 cent re
fund to more than flOOannd all
the taxpayer has to do Is to ap
pear at the clerk's office with the
Among those who have 1 cent
due them on the refund are tne
Anton Zuber, Louis Croner,
Stella Burson, McCleary Orange.
J. IL Mark. Robert Mulkey. Q. K.
Mulkey. Silverton Lumber com
pany, E. M. Hrown, F. H. Madi
son, S. C. Yoder. J. M. Horn, K.
M. Pero, F. W. Waters, J. R.
Shields. H. E. Brown. S. P. Bach,
Sarah E. Rowland, Andrew Nel
son, Inez M. Mushier, J. G. Helt
zel. Maggie Sanders and John
Those who are more fortunate
and have two "cents coming to
them from the refund, which may
be claimed any time within sev
en years, are the following:
C. Al Nesheim, W. E. Hazel.
Earl B. Newton. Milan Bell, Mrs.
Rebecca Ong. A. Stute. Sr.. J.
Curtis, Erma Northup, B. Clark,
E. C. Weisner. Robert Bolten. L.
O. Hunter, E. Peters, Esther Sar
gent. J. Bt Cook. G. L. Brown, R
D. Aames, W. M. Snyder. J. A.
Jefferson, N. Hansen. Laurltz
Iverson. Jake Peters. W. E. Ful
ler. Carrie Volz and N. B. Sher
OF OREGON FLAX
Significant Display of Manu
factured Articles Shown
For those who really wonder
whether flax grown In this part of
the Willamette valley is the right
kind, and whether all the stories
about the fine grade of flax from
the Willamette valley is really
finer than that grown in parts of
Ireland and Belgium, there will
be an object lesson in the windows
of the Kafoury dry goods store,
Napkins and table cloths made
from Willamette valley flax will
be on display.in Kafoury windows.
They wfere manufactured by a
Belfast firm from flax gathered
In the vicinity of Salem, and sent
by Robert Crawford to show In a
practical way the really fine
quality of flax grown here, and
how it would manufacture into
the finest linen.
In addition to the napkins and
table cloths, there will be shown
Oregon flax In all its forms,
from the time it is pulled, to the
various stages until It is ready
There will also be shown In the
window display, a genlne old time
spinning wheel. It is the proper
ty of Mrs. J. H. Lauaterman, and
was sent her a few years ago from
an aunt living at Blandford. Mass.
The spinning wheel belonged to
Mrs. Lauterman's grandparents,
of the Boise family. The wheel is
thought to be more than 100 years
old and is a fine specimen of the
spinning wheels used a century
ago by the New England house
wives. crematories to love sonnets and
laughing songs that would make
a man 10 years younger to hear
them. Just as the Statesman
writer was preparing to say that
the club would best stick to the
heavies, and eschew the frolic
some love pieces that didn't seem
to fit, they broke up every pre
diction by springing that "laugh
ing song" that was a genuine
shock, it was so spontaneously
youthful and gay. Why, those
Apollos could go right out and
make love to a sixteen-year-old
and make an ordinary youth feel
like a ringer or a year-old bird's
nest with its hat on crooked and
no powder on Us nose. They have
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Jury at City Hall Breaks Long
Record in Fixing Guilt
Ed Barry, who war. recently ar
I'osied on a i'iiarj;. of po.-sessioM
and manufacture of Intoxicating
liquor wa- yestenkn tri tl in city
recorder's court and found guilt
of possessing intoxicatin:! liquor.
He will he sentenced l t ity ?e
coider Karl Race. Ttuiisday a
lo a. m.
Harry's conviction by a city
jury almost breaks a precedent,
as Salem city juries have a repu
tation for clearing prisoners. City
Attorney Ray Smith received con
gratulations for his handling of
the Barry case.
When Barry wan arrested j
only a small quantity of liquor
was seized on the premises which
had been rented to Barry. How
ever, Chief ot Police Moffitt seized
a huge still and liquoi manufac
turing equipment which Barry
yesterday claimed had been
"knocking about with him" for
over a year.
City Prosecutor Smith yester
day established that Barry had
iented a house at North Eigh
t?enth ptreet, using the name of
Al Worden. Barry Is held in the
county jail under bonds of $1000.
On February 23 and 24 ho will
be tried In justice court under two
charges which have been filed by
Prosecutor John Carson. One
charge involves possession of li
quor while the second entails
manufacturing. Donald Miles rep
resented Barry In city court yes
terday. SCHOOL PUPILS
South Salem Parent Teacher
Association Will Afford
At the .regular monthly meet
ing at the Leslie Methodist church
last night, the South Salem Par
ent-Teacher association took steps
toward providing milk to each
child in attendance at the Lincoln
A committee will be appointed
by President E. A. Rhoten, this
committee to make an Investiga
tion as to plans for providing a
large glass of milk to each child
at the school. It is understood
that creamery firms will be asked
to cooperate in the proposed task.
Officers of the South Salem
Parent-Tfeacher association were
last night named as follows:
president, E. A. Rhoten; first vice
president, T. M. Hicks; second
vice-president, LaMoine R. Clark;
treasurer, Mrs. Julia Iverson;
chairwoman of publicity, Mrs.
Uniform Plan Adopted at
Meeting in Roseburg
ROSEBURG, Ore., Feb. 21. A
uniform plan for the control of
municipal automobile camp
grounds was drawn today by a
committee representing eight of
the leading cities of the state.
Delegates were present from Port
land, Salem. Oregon City, Albany
Grants Pass, Ashland and Med-
ford. S. C. Pier, park commis
sioner of Portland, was elected
permanent chairman. All the
delegates but one favored a small
charge for the use of the camp
grounds and advocated a revised
and uniform system of control.
Legion Commanders .Vote
to Make Soldier Census
At the meeting ot American
Legion commanders held recently
at Albany at which 17 posts was
represented, it was voted to carry
out the wishes of the national
American Legion headquarters
and take a census of all ex-soldiers
in Marion, Polk, Linn, Lane
and Benton counties.
This will be dene first by taking
a record of members of the Ameii
can Legion, and then, through
them, other ex-service men, by
means of .the qnestionairre. Ef
forts will be made to secure a
complete record of every man who
was in the service. The national
campaign is expected to secure the
record of 6,000,000 ex-service
Oil CAMP PAIS
COLLAPSE OF RO
CAUSES DEATH OF
34, AT NORFOLK, VA.
NORFOLK, Vn.. Feb. -Thirty-four men were killed,
eight wtt e injured seriously- and three were uninjured or
only slightly bruised when the giant army airship Roma with
her crew and a number of civilians, totalling 45 in all plunged
today from a thousand feet or more in the air to the ground
at the Hampton Roads naval base.
The accident presumably was caused by a broken rudder
and as the huge dirigible plunged to earth it capsized across
a high tension electric line, bursting into a roaring furnace
of blazing hydrogen gas. . . '
Ixmg after, dark tonight, many hours after her fall, the
ship was still in flames from end to end of, her 410-foot mass.
The fire fed on the million cubic feet of gas which had disv
tended the great bag for the flight and made all attempts at
rescue work futile. Barely a dozen of those aboard were
picked up alive and one of these died on the' way to the
hospital. All who survived the fire escaped by jumping as
the ship struck. The others penned in the hull of the fallen
bag, were burned to death.
The flames were finally brought into submission by three
fire departments who fought them with chemicals. Der
ricks then began picking up the wreckage which consisted
of scarcely more than the aluminum framework and the six
Liberty motors of the once proud Bhip of the air. Within the
wreckage lay the bodies, practically all charred beyond rec
ognition. But before the night had past 33 bodies had been
removed, accounting for last of those who were known to
have taken flight on the fatal voyage..
I CASUALTY LIST OF
i THE ROMA WRECK I
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. An
official list of the survivors, dead
and missing In the Roma disaster,
was received from Langley - field
by the army air service tonight.
The addresses, however, in most
cases, were unavailable.
The list follows:
First Lieutenant William E.
Riley, 256 East 86th street, New
Captain Walter J. Reed, Scars
dale. N. Y. . '
Major John D. Reardon, Wash
ington, D. C.
First Lieutenant Clarence H.
Welch, Papplllon, Neb.
Lieutenant B. G. Burt, Pilot,
Sergeant Harry A. Chapman.
Sergeant Vlrden E. Peek, Terre
Haute, Ind. (uninjured.)
Sergeant Joseph M. Biedenbach.
Charles Dworack, McCook field,
Ray Hurley, of the national ad
visory committee on aeronoutlcs
. Walter A. McNalr, of the bu
reau of standards, Washington.
Major John G. Thornell.
Major Walter W. Vautsmelr.
Captain Dale Mabry.
Captain George D. Watts.
Captain Allen P. McFarland.
Captain D: Durschmldt.
J-'irst Lieutenant J. R. HalL
First Lieutenant C. Burns.
First Lieutenant Clifford E.
First Lieutenant Wallace C.
First Lieutenant Ambrose V.
First Lieutenant Harold HSne.
Master Sergeant McNally.
Master Sergeant Murray.
Master Sergeant Gardy
Civilians (all said to be from
McCook field. Dayton. Ohio):
A. C. Libby Dies As
Result of Injuries
Word was received la;t night of
the death of A. C. Libby at Jef
ferson Tuesday even log at 8
o'clock. Death is said to have
been due to Injuries received
about a month' ago when he was
run into by a train near the mill
on the Scio road. He itf survived
by a wife end three children. As
yet no funeral arrangements have
been made. Mr. Libby' was .well
known throughout Marion county,
having served several terms in the
legislature as representative. ,
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Radder In Loosened '
Accounts of survivors and eye
witnesses, as to what had happen
ed appeared to agree tonight that
the huge kite-like structure ot the
stern rudder, itself as large as a
bombing plan, had slipped . to one
side as the Roma drove along a
thousand feet above tha army
She was making a trial flight
with a new battery ot Liberty
motors. They were Installed to
replace Italian engines brought
with her from Italy. , .
It was just before two o'clock
when those below at the army
base at Hampton Roads,' had
their attention caught by the ap
proaching thunder of the six mo
tors and looked up to see the
Roma dip from her straight flight
They agreed that the " rnddei
seemed to have slipped bodilj
down and to one side.
Makes Some Dive
The ship nosed steeply down as
she ciiT'i closer and It waa seen
that he crew were hurling out
sand bail ait from the ports In
the fragile fabric that formed the
covering of the space between
her keel and back, the living and
operating quarters of the - ship.
The dipping blunt nose of the
bag did not respond. On the sbip
came, unchecked in bef glide
earthward, head first Her com
mander could not force her the
few hundred feet that would have
dropped her into the waters of the
bay and comparative safety for
Below ran the high doable
wires of the high power electric
line. It carried a 2,300 volt Cur
rent. The Roma's nose, showed
with its aluminum guard, sank
into the wires, broke them aa the
ship flattened to earth and rolled
over, and the next moment came
the noise of an explosion. Flames
burst out along the hull space.
There was r rush of men to ' the
rescue from the army post and
the navy base beyond.
Many Make Leap
Just as the Roma neared the
wires two men were seen to leap
from high up in her slanting haU.
As the stricken, flaming monster
writhed in her first death agony,
ten more dropped from doors or
ports through holes they tore In
the fabric sides that enclosed
them. Some leaped from the
platform where the engines stood
far out from the hull. t
So fierce was the flare of the
gas flame that rescuers were driv
en back before Its terrific beat
They watched helplessly, as the
great eighty-foot bag shriveled in
the blaxe of the liberated gas. The
Roma was a wall ot flame a city
block long and until the thousands
of gallons of ehemicals and water
had checked the blaxe. It was Im
possible to check the , men .man
gled and dead In the fiery furnace.
No Lists Carried
The ship left no passenger Hit
behind her when she set ont for
a brief trial run from Laagley.
She is known to have carried
many officers and men as passen
gers, however, in addition to her
operating crew. As she rose from
the field, her commander leaned
out to signal that he had 44 per
sons aboard. It is believed he did
not include one civilian on the
ship and that she actually carried
H-ir i '
Officers who knew personally
many of the officers and enlisted
men, were unable to identify a
single one of the victims, so badly
charred was each and virtually
cooked to death in the mass ot
wreckage when the explosion and
flames encompassed them.
, " Three Are Uninjured
Only those In the forward com-
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