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i THE WEATIIEIJ .
Fair today and Friday,
frosts at nlc,ht; Max. tem
pera tare Wednesday CO,
Min. 30, rain .03 Inch, river
7 feet, southwest wind.
Salem, Oregon; Thursday Horning, March 26, 1931
JUfi'i iJI GET
Arguments, to Start Monday
,.: With Separate Ones i
-V 'For Defendants Z . -V
Surprise- Rebuttal . Witness
Says Jrma Returned to
f Scene of Tragedy
TTTT.TJ5BORO. Ore., March 25
f API A millionaire and bis
former secretary crossed the tiny
'bridge of sighs? to their cells-In
the- Washington county court
house hero today, with the reali
sation that possibly before anoth
er twilight a' jury will bare re
tired to determine whether either
-or both stabbed Mrs Leone
. Bowles through the heart. .
Nelson C- Bowles, the 34-year-old
millionaire, and Irm a Loucks.
28, his former secretaCtA today
; heard the fateful word, . f their
attorney "the defense rt
The two who hare admlUed In-
; tlmate association during- the past
three years, are charged with the
murder of Bowles wife, who was
stabbed to death In Miss Loucks
"""apartment after she had discuss
ed with the two plans for a di-
Mrs. Raudsep Is
Surprise Witness -" . - .
Bowles and Miss Loucks de
clare Mrs. Bowles thrust the long
Waded breadknlfe Into her Own
breast In a tit of despondency and
The crowded" courtroom was
. considerably surprised by the tes
timony of Mrs. . Alice Raudsep,
manager of the apartment In
which Miss Loucks lived, who was
(Turn to page 12, col. 1)
HARRISONVILLB, -M4- March
25 (AP). M a r t h a Kennedy,
middle-aged, unmarried farm
woman, admitted In Justice court
"here today she put poison In. a
jar of milk destined for the chil
dren of Elmer Yorks, tenant on
her farm. She was bound, orer to
circuit court. -
Wlnfred, 21 months old son of
York, a South Carolina moun
taineer, and his wife of 19, an ex
pectant mother, died In convul
sions Saturday after drinking
the milk while his poverty-strick-.
en parents tried in vain to get a
physician. Donald, an elder child,
who merely tasted the milk and
became III, Is expected to recover.
Sheriff Roy. W. Mosby reported
Miss Kennedy first confessed aft
er hours o questioning. Without
emotion, hut talking rapidly and
discontentedly, she said, "I just
wanted to make them sick so
they would not drink so much
milk." The sheriff said the wom
an, with her two brothers, hare
a reputation In 1 the Sugar Creek
bottom .country 20 miles from'
Kansas City where they live, for
extreme miserliness. . . C
Unwritten Law, .
; Prevails Again
BEAUMONT, Tex.. March 25
(AP) A. B. Johnson was con
victed of the murder of Otis Lee
Adams by a Jury in criminal dis
trica court here early tonight and
was given a five year suspended
sentence. Adams was the alleged
betrayer of Johnson's 17-year-old
daughter, Elisabeth, who
was found shot to death last De
cember In Port Arthur. Texas.
TO SAVE Oil MILK
Reports are Filed on
Aurora, Hubbard Banks
First data from the state bank
! lng department on conditions .of
; the'defunct banks at Aurora and
Hubbard was filed yesterday aft
? ernoon with ;the county court.
The reports were . compiled by
S. M. Laws of the state banking
offices, of which A. A. Schramm
The inventory of properties
and assets of the Hubbard bank
- at the close of business Febru
ary 10 shows resources of $172,
574.88, of whieh I78.8S2.87 was
loans and discounts, $18,794
bonds and warrants, $35,380.58
loans and discount savings, and
1 16.1 5 2.9 C bonds and warrants.
Indlyidual deposits of - $77,
912.90, timer certificates of de
posit totaling $29,835.12, clos
ing! account of $9,848.73, and
savings deposits of $49,462.43
are listed among the liabilities.
Loans and discounts on the
commercial side totaled $7 6.3 82.
97, represented by 264 persons
notes. Commercial resources were
The banking house was carried
on the books at $3,600 and the
fixtures at $3,500. Only a small
amount of real estate was ear-
" ried. -.
. The banking department's In
Cooperative With 4
5 Marketing as Aim
PORTLAND, Ore-; March
' 25 (AP) Representatives
of Oregon and Washington
cooperative ' canneries - met
. hero today and organized '
the North - Pacific Cannera
ad Packers, Inc:, n asso
ciation whirh will act as re
: gional i service ' and sales
agency for cooperatives af
filiating. ; :
J. J. Fisher, Gresham, was .
.elected president. M. C
Storruste of Bilvertoa is one
of the directors.
... The Spriagbrook Packing
coutpaay, Gresham " berry
growers, the Hilverton Food -Prod
acta company, and the ;
" Washington Ganners Coop
erative, Vancouver, are the
aits already signed up.
10 U DEC DED
BOUT USIlie VETO
May r: Submit - $2,500,000
Bond Issue, Acquisition.
Of Mountain Water
Mayor P." M. Gregory declared
yesterday that he was undecided
as yet whether he .would use his
veto power to block the council's
ordinance for submitting to the
voters of the city a proposal that
the Oregon-Washington - water
company s plant here at a price
of 11.100,000. The question will
not be brought before the coun
cil until the offer is accepted but
the thought prevails that Presi
dent E C "Elliott of the company
will accept the offer before the
time Is up Saturday afternoon.
If Gregory does not block the
nbmiaston of the aUDeal. he may
submit alongside the . purchase
offer,' a plan to embark me cuy
in acquiring water; from the
North aatiam at a cost estima
ted at 22.&OO.000.
Confident Citizens v r
Wont Ratify Deal - -
Gregory said yesterday he was
certain citlsens would not ratify
the council's offer at $1,100,000
and he also expressed grave
doubt if Salem wanted the com
pany's plant with an. intake from
the Willamette river. :
; The mayor . explained his appar
ent Inconsistency in having -pre
viously Limself offered the com
pany XI. 100, 000 tor the plant oy
saying - that he contemplated that
the pending litigation . before the
supreme court be continued
whereas under the resolution
passed by the council. Monday
night the litigation is to be drop
ped. - .
Ford Firm Uses
' WASHINGTON, March 25.
A memorandum , charging the
Ford Motor Co. with using for
eign vessels in competition with
American 'trans-Atlantic line was
filed today with the shipping
board.' . h - --
The entrees. Dresented by J.
Caldwell Jenkins, rice president
of, the merchant fleet corporation.
were considered by the board at
its regular : weekly meeting but
no action ; was announced. .
Plots (Against -
ROME, i March 25 (AP)
Two more arrests in connection
with plots against the life - of
Premier Benito Mussolini were
announced today i by, Italian
Secret Service "Ovra". Authori
ties said the men arrested were
members of a . bombing gang
headed by Michele Schirru. a
naturalized American citizen,
who was arrested Feb, 3' and Is
awaiting trial. .;.. .,
ventory for the Aurora institu
tion on February 5 shows resour
ces of $$50,579.03, loans and
discounts I showing $179,661.64;
bonds and warrants, $49,185.29;
overdrafts, $466.43; federal re
serre, $1,250; banking - house
$8,500;. furniture, ; $8,500; real
esUte, $3,842; due from? other
banks a total of $2,607.77; loans
and discounts, savings, $67,122.
72; bonds and warrants, savings,
Among i liabilities listed are:
subject to check, $144,791.15;
time certificates of deposit, $74,
24.2.95; cashier's check, $9,686.
51; closing account, $23,130.88;
inlnri nnnnta. 891.927.54:
and closing account, savings, $7,-
Onl v one note from : the Wil
lamette 1 Valley Mortgage v and
Loan company, alleged to be the
root of the failure of the bank.
hnwa on ithe InvehtorT. this Do
ing for $8,000 and date Decem
ber 23; 1930. and for a year s per
iod. It Is signed by B. F. Giesy.
Unpledged bonds ' in the com
mercial side are shown at $6,650,
many of which are of the Ochoco
irrigation project; bonds pledged
to the state treasurer are $10,-500;-
and I to the Marion county
treasurer, $28,735. Book value ot
$3,842.20 Is given the real estate.
Question - of - Violalion of
Geneva Protocol : now
Eyed by Nations ,'
Bruening . Replies it's Only
Economic Matter but
Welcomes Probe ;
, PARIS. March 25 (AP) The
entire- question of whether the
Austro-German - customs treaty
violates the Geneva nrotocol and
the St Germain treaty ' would be
put p to the council of the league
or nations in a suggestion maae
today by Great Britain;
BERLIN, March 25 (AP)
Chancellor Bruening today -told
Sir Horace Rumbilo. the British
ambassador, the.! projected i cus
toms union between Germany and
Austria was entirely within the
bounds of the Geneva 'protocol of
April, 1922, and that in his opin
ion there:, was no reason' for tak
ing the agreement, before ' the
league ot nations council. '
Non-Political ; -v -i
Bruening divers : -fti
If other governments ' want to
examine Its legal aspects, he said.
Germany and Austria will not ob
ject and there is no reason for
them to fear the outcome of such
examination. ' ' -i J,.,..,:
But the proposed! accord is
purely an economic matter, said
Bruening, and the German gov
ernment considers it Inadmissible
to submit the agreement to ex
amination from a political view
point, t ; w;. , - , ' : t ' :
Germany and Austria are going
ahead with .their negotiations,
Herr Bruening told the ambassa
dor, but it will probably be two
or three months before the agree
ment is concluded, la view of the
numerous technical details ; in
volved. , . -'. H ,;;
ROSEBURO, Ore.,' March 25.
(AP) -Captain M. W. -Spotwood,
about 60, of Port Townsend.
Wash., was injured fatally, and
an i.i identified woman, believed
to be Mrs. Spotwood, and. Isidor
D. Diaz, Filipino chauffeur, were
erit W!y Injured in an , automo
bile .i ident 40 miles south of
here ight. ' ; , -
Captain Spotwood died in , a
Rose burg hospital shortly after
he was received.' Diaz was not
expected to live : through ; the
night, while the woman, hospital
attendants' said, might recover.
Traffic patrolmen reported the
Spotwood car skidded on a sharp
turn of the Pacific highway and
plunged over a steep . embank
ment. The automobile was de
molished. , . ' ,
Named by Meier
On Parole Board
Charles F. Wright of Portland
Wednesday - was appointed by
Governor Meier a member of the
state parole board to succeed Jay
Lewis of Corvallis,: who has re-
t Mf. Wright Is a native of Kan
sas; but has been engaged in
business in .Portland r since 1901.
He Is a member ot the firm "of
Ballou and , Wright. Other mem
bers of the state parole board are
Father Keenaa of Salem, .and
Miss Beatrice ' Walton. private
secretary to Governor ' Meier.' .
ST. THOMAS, : Virgin f Islands.
March 25 (AP) TermlnaUng a
visit to Porto Rico and the Virgin
islands. President . Hoover sailed
for home today aboard the U. S.
S. Arisona. - . .
7 Rain was falling and - only, a
small crowd saw the president oft
at the wharf. Mr. Hoover and
Governor Pearson stood - bare
headed while the marine guard of
fered a salute. The Arisona weigh
ed anchor shortly after he board
ed her an set a course for Nor
folk. Va. ; . . '
Williams Held :
In Jail Here on
7 Serious Charge
William Ri Williams, arrested
in Stayton yesterday on ' a war
rant issued out of the Salem Jus-
last night, charged with contrib
uting to delinquency ot minors.
At. least eight girls, ; ranging
from seven to 11 years old; are
alleged to have been molested by
Williams. one ot tae gins uvea
in Salem, and most of the others
are said to live, around Ahbh
vllle. William .is 51 years old.
rr mv ha riven - srellmlnary
hearing In Justice court today..
AUTO CRASH VICTIM
Noted Writers Who
Unpleasantness?' at Banquet
. ' , -' "
Theodore Dreiser (left), noted American author, loomed np as the
' - heavyweight champion of American letters aa resale of n slapping
affair in the exclusive Metropolitan dub of New York, with Sinclair
Lewis right), the Nobel priso winner, whose remarks on plagar
; ism are said to have roused the author of "American Tragedy" to
action.. H i:" w'" w ' ; ? -
DISPUTE DfJ RIGHT ,
OF W ADJUSTED
Henderson - Hefner Cases
. Settled Just Before
Trial to Start
Whittling down . .'damages of
$2600 sought by both W. W. Hen
derson and W. C. Hefner to $275
and $125. respectively, the Mar
lon county court yesterday scored i
a decided victory by? Inducing
these property , owners to settle
claims on rights-of-way along the
North Santlam . highway out of
court. , .
The settlement came Just be
fore opening ot the case before
a Benton county circuit -court
Jury, Henderson and . Hefner
having-appealed their claims. tor
$2600 each to the circuit court
and then asked change ot venue.
(Turn to page 12, col.: 4), ;
Oil C1GIE0 GOODS
PORTLAND, Ore.. March 25
(AP) Efforts to prevent a pro
posed freight Irate increase from
31 cents a hundred to 34 cents
on canned goods shipped in coast
wise steamers - from Portland to
Los Angeles were launched today
by the Portland chamber of commerce.'-
.i, '.. .ir: .
LeUers sent out by the chamber
today; to coastwise steamship op
erators said the proposed Increase
would giro Atlantic shipper an
unfair advantage, some carriers,
chamber officials said, now carry
canned : goods from ' Maryland to
Los Angeles harbor for as low as
30 cents a hundred.
Passenger 'boats at present
charge "34 cents on canned goods
from Portland to Los Angeles and
the. proposal to Increase the rate
on freight boats to that figure has
been placed before the coast con
ference,' the chamber said. -
DEPUTY'S CAB? STOLEN .
EUGENE, Ore HUrch 25
(AP) Deputy . Sheriff John
CarlUe's antomobile, tolen this
afternoon while parked la front "-'
of 'the court house, . had not':'
been recovered tonight. iV f
The car was stolen . while
Carlile was tn the court house
transacting business. A search
for the automobile was not
started until late la the day be
cause Carlile thought the ma
chine had been, borrowed by
other deputies.- ; , ,;- - .r
ONE BODx RECOVERED -ASTORIA.
March 25. (AD
Alno Hendiickson,- 42, and Fred
Einnell, 25, Warrenton crab fish
ermen, were drowned on tne
month of the Columbia .river
some time last night.
Their small boat, disabled by
mountainous seas, was washed op
on the beach : near the wreck of
the Peter Iredale during , tne
njsht and today the sea gave up
Hendrickson's body. . It.-- was
round on the beach a mile and a
half south of the swamped, boat.
FlnneU'a body has not - been
recovered, y "
HIT BY AUTOMOBILE .
MED FORD, Ore., March 25.
(AP) J. R. Potter, 79, of Ash
Figured in ? "
Madrigal Club : and Men's
Civic Group Receive j
V -j-By OLIVE M. DOAK i .!
Applause, long and genuine,
from a large audience, and spen
didly 1 deserved, was given the
joint concert of the Salem Mad
rigal i club and;: the Salem ' Clvle
Men's chorus under the direction
of Prof. E. W. Hobson -Wednesday
night in Nelson hail. A meritor
ious choice of numbers and an ex
cellently, trained group of voices
achieved a . brilliant program to
be remembered in musical circles.
Two numbers. "The Springtime
of the Tear" and "We've Been a
While a Wandering," have been
heard given by. the "English Sing
ers,' who .have presented their
wonderful programs In Portland.
In place of the six voices of the
English : Singers however. Prof.
Hobson worked with nearly "40
voices and the results were amaz
ingly akin to : those achieved by
the small famous group. Miss Jo
sephine Albert sang the solo lead
in -We've Been a While a Wan
; (Turn to page 12, coL I) "
Condition of George P. Wil
liamson of Portland, . injured
Tuesday afternoon, to an automo
bile accident near Lake Labish
was reported last night as being
fairly - good, - despite the fact he
spent an uncomfortable day.. Wil
liamson sustained a -broken -left
leg. Attendants at the Salem, gen
eral hospital said last night it Is
not now believed he has any In
ternal injuries and that there Is
excellent prospect" of recovery.-'
The, machine K driven by .Wil
liamson collided , with one driven
byE. A. Peck of 801 E. Flanders,
Portland. " .
Minto has Partner In 'woe -Crab
"AsKlaiid nan Crash Victim
' Death in Fuma'ce Averted
land, was killed here- today when
he was struck by an automobile
allegedly driven by . Mrs. - Max
Crowson, also of Ashland.- ! -
Potter stepped - -f rom; behind
other cars into the path 'of the
Crowson ear, police investigators
said. He was dragged 30 feet by
Aj inquest' will be held," the
county coroner said, t j
TRANSD2NT LOSES AR3I
EUGENE, Ore March S3.
, (AP) Ten. freight cars passed
over John Carr, 10, of Basin,
Mont when he fell off a mov
' ing train near here today. . lie.
eacaped with, severea
BEND MAN SAVED V iv
BEND. Ore., March 25, (AP)
Unconscious under a mass ot
caved-la 'sAwdust." H. F. Cross-1
white. f 41, narrowly escaped
death In a flaming furnace here
Crosswhite had . gone Into the
fuel pit to break down shavings
and sawdust. The sawdust caved,
in and carried htm into the pit,
from whieh a conveyor chain
carried htm slowly toward the
furnace. Fellow workmen went
to the pit to see what had stopped
the flow of fuel and found him.
His condition tonight was still
critical. . . "
Turmoil Breaks out in India
Again'Over Executions r
Ts ' "Of Three Hindus" "
Thirty ;Kined: at Cawnpore
, ;and Many injured Vheh
: Strike is Opposed
siKARACHI, India. March 25
(AP) Turmoil broke out again
in India today as Mahatma' Gand
hi here for the nationalist con
gress meeting, was jeered by
Communists and British troops at
Cawnpore shot down at least "30
These disorders grew out of
the ' execution of three ' Indians
convicted of murder of a 21-year
old police official In 1928.
Gandhi was taken off a train
It miles outside of town, but the
thousands gathered here for the
congress meeting spotted him as
ha rode into town in, an automo
bile. . . '
A group of 30 or more known
to be of communist leaning, made
for him with jeers and one even
made as to attack the frail little
man with a flagstaff. Some car
ried a tray with a gruesome mess
of mud and blood. ' '
Here is the blood of our broth
ers who w&re murdered," they
cried, referring to the three ex
ecuted Indians, "take it back with
your truce to Delhi."!
Refusal to Close
Stores Riot Cause J.
Gandhi's men drove off the as
sailants, and there were cheers
for the Mahatma. Many thought
tonight the outbreak might rally
new supporters to Gandhi's non
violence campaign and the con
gress would line up even more
strongly behind him.
' The day at Cawnpore was even
more serious. Rioting began last
night : when Moslem shopkeepers
refused to close their stores un
der a general strike ordered by
the congressmen. Troops came
out when the fighting got serious
and before the worst was over 30
had been killed and at least 100
: This trouble, too, grew out of
the executions, the rioting contin
ued in so many places that for a
time the wounded , lay . in the
streets untended until military
police gathered them in. At dawn
there was a lull, but reinforce
ments were brought - to handle
new outbreaks feared tomorrow.
Edwin -Bud" Hoffnell, son ot
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hoffnell, has
received notice of appointment as
a cadet on the Dollar steamship
lines and will leave here Sunday,
to report in Seattle Monday morn
ing. He will .sail from that port
April 4 on the President Lincoln.
Bud is a junior In the. senior high
school here, eut has had his eye"
on the Dollar scholarship for the
past six months. ;
The Dollar line Is the only one
offering this training, which in
cludes a three-year training course
and cruise which tits cadets for
positions as ship's officers. Don
Moe, golfer, who was in Salem
during the legislative session, end
ed,, a short cadet 'course in De
cember. Gabriel Supply :
In Two Actions
Cases of Gabriel Powder . and
Supply company against Blanche
B. - Huffman and others : and
against Amy Melsarvey and oth
ers, tried : before Judge Hill yes
terday, were , decided for the
plaintiff, . ''v- ..':-':
Decree in the first trial . pro
vides judgment of $119.30 and
costs against J. Gray and calls
for foreclosure of lien on prop
erty Judgment against J. Gray in
sum of 8515.10 and costs was
also granted plaintiff In the oth
er suit. The judgment is declared
first Hen upon property Involved.
Forced Down by
; Heavy Snowfall
- POCATELLO. Ida.. March 25.
--(AP) Pilot Henry C. Hollen
beck, flying a . National Parks
Airways plane from Butte. Mont.,
to Pocatello, was forced down on
the lava fields five miles south
of Spencer, Idaho, during a se
vere . snowstorm this afternoon,
reports 'received here late ' to
night by the weather bureau said.
The reports said the plain was
not damaged. - Airport officials
said they bad not received infor
mation about the landing and
were continuing their Investiga
tion, r - - ' ' - - '
DENVER. March 15 (AP)
A blizzard gathered momentum
in the Rocky mountain west to
night as it blustered through Mon
tana and headed south'.
. v - Fc3 Cooperation
PORTLAND, Ore.,' March
25. (AP) Informed here
' tonight of -an Investigation
order Isnaod by C M. Thom
as,. pubUo -'utility commla
sloser, K. -D. .Wisey ' vice
president and general mana
ger from Oregon for the Pa
, cafle . Telephone aad Tele
graph company, aaidx c
Tbe . people f Oregon
and the pablic utilities com--mtssteuer
can he assured of
our desire to cooperate and
expedite- the investigation in '
"' "We are constantly watch
; lng -owr operations o that "'
we snay peas on to the tele
phone uaers any reduction '
in rates possible, Wise said. .
My company has reduced
rates on its own volition In
the past 18 months to an ex
tent which will mean d sav
ing to . Oregon customers
during 1031 of $150,000.
SCOnS MILLS GIRL
Hazel Crites Suffers Skull
:. Fracture in1 Accident
East of Silverton
i SILVERTON, March 25 (Spe
cial) Hazel Crites. 17, of Scotts
Mills, is in the Silverton hospital
in a critical condition as result of
injuries suffered in an automobile
accident this afternoon near the
Mrs. T. H. Brakke , home, two
miles east of Silverton. She has
a probable fractured skull and
other head injuries and has been
conscious but part of the time.,
1. Two other occupants of the car.
Miss Crites' married sister who Is
known here only as Alice Crites,
and 'Mrs. Russell Moberg were
taken . to the hospital where
bruises and cuts were attended.
They were released later in the af
l (Turn to page 12, coll 1)
FLED DEATH SCENE
f CHICAGO March 25. (AP)
The Leo Brothers murder trial
Jury was told by an eye witness
today three men scampered out
of the Randolph street pedestrian
Subway after Alfred "Jake" Llngle
was assassinated last Jane, that
Brothers was one of those men
and Frank1 Foster, Chicago gang
ster, was another.- e
Otto Swoboda. born In Bohemia
and for many years a chef, occu
pied the witness stand most of the
day. His testimony corroborated
that of Warren Williams who told
yesterday of seeing a man he
identified as Brothers ' flee the
scene of the murder.
The ' defense - brought out. In
erosB-examiqJng Coroner Herman
Bundesen, yesterday, the bullet
that'-killed Llngle was fired from
a pistol traced to ! Foster, and
Brothers attorneys hare consist
ently tried to Impress on the jury
that Foster has been indicted for
the murder of the Chicago Tri
bune police reporter.
Plans of Board
Will Depend on
: Wheat Acreage
HUTCHINSON. Kas., March 25
:(AP) Chairman : James C.
Stone of . the federal farm board
today met Kansas hrd wheat
farmers within the shadows of
their own . elevators and told
them It was np to them what the
board will do with its 200.000.000
bushels of stabilization wheat
purchases. ' . - " I
It depends, he said, upon what
is planted : this spring and next
fan. He Indicated the board,
might make some sales if plant
ings are smaller than usual.
Otherwise it may hold its wheat
for. an indefinite period.
Governor, Urges Economy
In all State Activate
' Strict economy In the conduct
of all state activities was urged
In a letter prepared by Governor
Meier here Wednesday. Copies of
the letter will be sent to the heads
ot all state departments, boards,
commissions and institutions.
"According to the state budget
commissioner," read Governor
Meier's letter, "Ihe state deficit
now approximates 13,000,000.
This amount represents a mater
ial increase over the preceding bi
ennlum and emphasises the abso
lute need of retrenchment in state
"It follows, of course, that this
retrenchment must be general,
and the purpose of this communi
cation "Is to urge yon to make a,
careful survey of your operating
expenses with a view of curtailing
wherever possible. Among the
more Important Items ot expense
deserving close scrutiny are pay
rolls, traveling expenses, tele
graph, . telephone, postage and
supplies in general. .
- "Figures prepared by the state
budget commissioner disclose that
the payroll for the state tor the
previous . blennlum totaled $18.
Investigation Will r- Cover .
Practices and. Rules
Weil as Charges '
Date not set; no Previous
Survey Since 1923, te ,
Shown on Records
I Investigation into the . rates,
charges, tolls and practices of the
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph.- ,
company,' was ordered here Wed-
nesday night by C M. Thomas,
public utility commissioner.
The last previous order in
volving the rates of the Pacifie
Telephone and . Telegraph com
pany was Issued by the publie
service commission in 1923, based
on the property .valuations of the
corporation - for 1118. Rates
prescribed by this order were
higher than those previously m
"Having considered the rates,
charges, and tolls imposed and
collected by the Pacific Telephone
and Telegraph company." ' read '
the order, "it appears that suf
ficient grounds exist to warrant
a formal Investigation to deter
mine whether such rates, charges j
and tolls are unjust, unreason
able, discriminatory, or In viola- j,
tion of law."
"It Is therefore ordered that ! !
the Pacific Telephone and "Tele
graph company appear before the !
public utilities commissioner
and give testimony concerning all j
Issues Involved in the : proposed
No date has yet been fixed for
the hearing, according to Com
; Although the scope ot the pro-.;
posed investigation has not yet '
been determined definitely, Com
missioner Thomas said it would "
go beyond the rates, charges and
tolls and would include the prao ;
tlces, rules, regulations and ser
vice of the corporation. Neither :
Commissioner Thomas : nor his
engineers would estimate the time
that would be required to com
plete the prpbe.
The records show that the
previous hearing in connection '
with the rates ot the Pacific Tel
ephone and Telegraph company
lasted approximately 40 days aad
was said to have cost the state ot i
poratlon more than 380,000. En-
glneers for the public service
commission spent more: than a
year preparing data used at the
hearing. ' .
Commissioner ' Thomas said :
that every effort would be made i
during the investigation to de
termine the , financial connection '
between the Pacific Telephone ;
and Telegraph company and the 1
American Telephone and Tele
Although informal complaiats
were filed recently against the ..
Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
company, the Investigation was j
ordered on motion of the utilities
WALLA WALLA, W a a h.,
March 25. (AP) After losing
the first fall in one minute and
thirty seconds to Freddie "Doc"
Meyers, New Tork, Ted Thye,
Portland heavyweight wrestler,
came back to take the next two
with his notorious shoulder butts
to win the bout here tonight.
ST. LOUIS, March 3.
(AP) John ' Schwake, .
Louis, heavywetght, outpointed
Johnny Risko, Cleveland veter- .,
an; la a ten round boxing bout
here tonight. Schwake weighed
224 H, Risko 193H.
MILWAUKEE, Wis., March 25;
(AP) Ernie Bcharpegge. Mil
waukee disqualified himself in
his wrestling match with Gus
Sonnenberg, former world cham
pion, tonight by throwing his op
ponent out of the ring.
863,039. In addition to an appar
ent lack ot uniformity in salaries
paid, there are departments wheru
the payroll has been padded aa3
employes are incompetent.
"The figures of the budget eona.
missloner further disclose that th
traveling and subsistence expenses
for the state during the previous
blennlum totaled 81.165,685. tele
phone . and telegraph expenM
8127.537, postage 8197,215, sta
tionery and printing $168,285 and
general office supplies $61,842.
"From investigations made of
outside travel requisitions sub
mitted to me since assuming the
office ot governor, I am convinced
that travel 'expenditures by va
rious state departments and etfeer
activities have been extravagant
and wasteful, not only outgi.i- tt
the state but within its borders.
"From Investigations made with
reference to such Items of err.
as telegraph, telephone, postage,
stationery and general office sap
plies, I am also satisfied Uat
there has been, considerable waste
of public fands.
"Sound business principles anl
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