The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, December 16, 1932, Page 1, Image 1

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EIGHTY-SECOND YEAR
Ssfcm. Oregon, Friday Morning, December 16, 1932
No. 22
THOMAS AVERS
PARENT FIRMS
Portland Power Company is
Exploited, Despoiled,
Report Declares
Copy of Findings Sent to
Attorney General for
Appropriate Steps
PORTLAND, Ore.. Dec 15.
(AP) State Public Utilities
Commissioner Charlea M. Thomas,
announcing today his findings in
the recent hearing he conducted
Into the financial relations of the
Pacific Northwest Public Service
company and its Chcago parent,
the Central Public Service corpor
ation, declared the Portland com
pany And Its subsidiaries wi
"exploited and despoiled" through
what he described as a series of
fraudulent and unlawful transac
tions by the Chicago concern and
the Albert E. Pierce Holding com
pany system.
Thousands of Oregon residents,
the commissioner said, were de
prlTed of their life savir-gs
throdgh "a piratical, ruthless
campaign for the marketing of
questionable securities, shot
through with reprehensible prac
tices, misrepresentation and de
ceit." Debt is Increased,
Credit Impaired
Thomas said the indebtedness
of the- Portland utilities had been
Increased $26,000,000 and their?
credit impaired to benefit the1
parent company. He said that
$10,000,000 in stock of the Chi
cago company was sold or ex
changed for stock In the local
company and that the stock is
"practically worthless."
Transactions brought out at
the hearing were denounced by
tha commissioner as "the ine it
able working out of the Holding
company concept, uncontrolled by
effective public relations."
A copy of the findings was giv
en to the attorney general for
"such action as you may wish to
take." Thomas expressed the
opinion that the record- disclosed
"violations of various of the crim
inal statutes of the state of Ore
gon. Ths hearing on which the find
ings were based extended over a
period of four weeks starting Sep
tember 16.
Ths commissioner continued
his Interlocutory order preventing
payment by the Pacific Northwest
Public Service company of some
$248,483 in service fees to the
parent company.
Claims Transactions
Presumed Fran Anient
Declaring that through common
control and interlocking director
ates the deals forced through upon
the local companies had. In effect,
been made by the same men sit
ting on both sides of the table,
nd dealing with themselves,
Thomas quoted court decisions to
show that:
"Transactions resulting from
the agency of officers or directors
acting at the same time for both
must be deemed presumptively
fraudulent unless expressly au
thorized or ratified by the stock
holders." "Whether there Is applied to
the facts disclosed by the evidence
before the commissioner the rigid
rule that transactions between
two corporations controlled by a
third, or controlled by common di
rectors, are voidable without proof
of any disadvantage or detriment
to either corporation, or the less
rigid rule that such transactions
are deemed presumptively fraudu
lent and the burden Is cast upon
the directors to prove the fairness
of the transaction, the result ar
rived at would be the same," he
stated.
Stockholders May
Void These Deals
"The conclusion of the com
missioner li that the various
transactions referred to are void
able at the instance of ,any stock
holder who has not heretofore
(Turn to page 2, eol. 1)
Have You Unused
Clothes? Scouts Will
Make Use of Them
O. P. "West, scout execu
tive for Salem, tomorrow
morning will mobilize more
than 100 local boy scoots
to canvass the city for old,
nnnsed clothes as well as for
rags, shoes, food or other
offerings which can be ased
to aid the needy this win
ter. Foot tracks furnished by
local auto and transfer
companies will cooperate
with the scouts tu s city
wide search for clothing
for needy families this
winter. Any contribution
you make will be welcomed.
Please hare clothing
ready and placed on your
front porch Saturday morn
Ins; or be prepared to do
uate It when a scout calls.
All articles donated will be
thoroughly cleaned and If
repairs are needed they
will be made, preparatory
to distribution to worthy
families through the Bed
Cross and the Community
Service.
VIOLATED
5 Northwest States
May Agree on Sales
Tax; Idaho Proposal
Governor Ross Personally Opposed but Thinks
It may be Necessary; Mutual Protection
Sought; Oregon Support Indicated
BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 15 (AP) A five-state agreement to
enact uniform sales laws may evolve from negotiations
under way in the Pacific northwest, Governor C. Ben Ross
said today in announcing he was communicating with other
governors on the proposal.
The group includes Idaho. Utah, Montana, Oregon and
. . Washington.
nniiliri i linn I
liMtLL Ml Uh
II Hi IIIFS
Alexander Says Police to
Have More Facilities
For Investigation
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 15
(AP) Sheriff John W. Connell
of Washington county was elect
ed president of the Oregon State
association of sheriffs at the
closing session of the organiza
tion here today. He will succeed
Sheriff Martin T. Pratt of Mult
nomah county. "
The final session followed a
joint meeting with the Oregon
State association of district at
torneys beginning Its convention
here today.
Other officers of th-i sheriff's
asr-ociation were elected as fol
lows: Harold Sexton of Wasco coun
ty, vice president; Oscar Weed
of Columbia county, re-elected
se. rotary-treasurer; A. B. Miller
of Wallowa county, Lloyd L.
Low of Klamath county and
Sheriff Pratt, members of the
executive committee.
The 1933 meeting will be held
in Portland December 18 and
19.
George Alexander of Salem,
assistant superintendent of state
police, told the sheriffs in an ad
dress that "facilities of the state
police department and our met
are ever at the service of the
sheriffs of Oregon."
He said many sheriffs had
asked about special investigators
from the state office. He said
We hope to cut down on some
of our departments now in order
to make room for an investiga
tion or detective department.
from which which men will be
constantly available to help sher
iffs and police officers In the
counties. This will be a reor
ganization of our department and
will entail no additional ex
pense.
FN! SALES TUX
WHITE SALMON, Wash., Dec.
16 (AP) Delegates to the
mid-Columbia chamber of com
merce meeting here tonight
adopted a resolution favoring a
uniform sales tax for Oregon,
Washington and Idaho as the
best means of lifting the tax
burden from real property.
More than 200 delegates were
present to discuss problems of
the mid-Columbia district.
The organization went on re
cord as against diversion of
gasoline tax to purposes other
than highway construction and
maintenance, asked the next
Washington state legislature to
change the name of the North
Bank highway to the Evergreen
highway and favored early com
pletion of the Mount Adams high
way. MURDER CASE WAITS
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore., Dec.
15 (AP) The Illness of Frank
Bryant, a Juror, tonight caused
mistrial In the case of Joe Dan
iels, $4, negro, charged with first
degree murder In connection with
the death of T. C. Williams, ne
gro. Bryant, 111 with Influenza, was
taken to the hospital after the
Jury had received the case and
had deliberated three hours.
AUTO DRIVER HELD
GRANTS PASS, Ore.. Dec. IB
(AP) Kenneth Cobb, I, of
Grants Pass was killed 'today
when he was struck by an auto
mobile while he was on his way
home from school.
State police held Ralph Atter
bury. 25, of Grants Pass, driver
of the car. The lad was the son
of B. E. Cobb.
SPARK CAUSES FIRE
CORVALLIS, Ore.. Dec. 15.
(AP) The study den of the Sig
ma Chi fraternity house at Ore
gon Stat college was damaged to
ths extent of about $500 by fire
which firemen said they believed
MO
Sg3n
Ane aim r the cooperative
agreement is first to study the sit
uation, he said, then, in event of
an agreement, to eliminate the
possibility of one state enacting
such a law and thus drive com
merce Into neighboring states
without the sales tax.
Governor Ross made It plain ha
had not committed himself to a
sales tax in advance of the agree
ment. "As I told you before, he said,
referring to a previous Interview
commenting on the sales tax, I
disapprove of the sales tax on gen
eral principles, as It is a tax on
the poor man, but it may be ab
solutely necessary to have It un
der present circumstances."
He said he had received no di
rect word from Governor Julius L.
Meier of Oregon, but had been ad
vised unofficially of support of
the plan in Oregon.
E
Thomas Defied by Laing at
Hearing on Companies'
Inter-Relations
PORTLAND. Ore.. Dec. 15.
(AP) John A. Laing, chief coun
sel for four related local utilities
being investigated by State Public
Utilities Commissioner Charles M.
Thomas today defied the commis
sion's order to translate a code
message found In the files of the
Northwestern Electric company.
The attorney refused to trans
late the message or to bring be
fore the commissioner a code book
by which the message could be de
coded. Thomas has no contempt
authority. He could ask action in
circuit court to enforce the order,
but announced to decision tonight
as to what course he would take.
The message, beginning with
the apparent Jumble of words,
"referring transmission and Port
land that of substation river of
steps," was introduced as evidence
by Thomas at his hearing into the
inter-company relations of the
Northwestern Electric company,
Portland Gas ft Coke company.
Pacific Power & Light company,
Inland Power ft Light company
and their parent corporations, the
Electric Bond ft Share company
and the American Power ft Light
company.
It had been sent by Frank Silli
man, Jr., of New York, vice-president
of the Electric Bond ft Share
company, to Guy W. Talbot, presi
dent of the four local concerns.
Army Airplane
Dives Into Bay,
Two are Killed
8AN FRANCISCO, Dec. 15.
(AP) An army airplane plunged
into San Francisco bay today and
the bodies of two officers were
later recovered from the submerg
ed cockpit by coast guards.
The filers killed were: Lieu
tenant John J. "Laddie" Miller,
Oakland, reserve pilot, and Lieu
tenant Donald W. Armagost, regu
lar army pilot, who was giving
Miller instructions.
iron
REFUSES
TO TRANSLATE COD
Illness Causes Mistrial
Grants Pass Boy Killed
Sigma Chi House Damaged
Trapper's Body Is Found
was caused by a spark from the
fireplace falling on an overstuffed
chair.
Firemen expressed belief that
if the blaze had not been discov
ered as soon as it was, the en
tire frame structure, located near
the commerce building, probably
would hare been destroyed.
COMPANION IS HELD
ROSEBURO, Ore.. Dec. 15
(AP) The charred body of
Frank Dumont, 42, homesteader
and trapper in the Tiller district
southeast of here, was found in
the burned ruins of his cabin to
day by deputy sheriffs. The of
fleers said they identified the
man by the brldgework of his
teeth.
Fred Brown, it, was arrested
In tb district after an Investiga
tion by the deputies, who said
Joe Thomas, also of the Tiller
district, told them Brown and
Dumont had quarreled last night.
Thomas said he was with the
two at the cabin for a while last
night, and that the structure was
found to be on tire about two
hours after he Is ft
Dumont was unmarried.
DEED PER CENT
IS SET AT 3,2
EE
Will tax at $5 per Barrel
Revenue is Estimated
At 175 Millions
Will Come up for Vote Next
Tuesday; Wine Measure
Will be Separate
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (AP)
Modification of the Volstead
law to permit the manufacture
and sale of beer containing 3.2
per cent alcohol by weight was
approved today by the house ways
and means committee.
The provision to legalize wine
was eliminated fron the original
Collier bill, but the committee
agreed to consider a. separate
measure, probably tomorrow.
Chairman CoMer estimated t ie
beer bill. If enacted, would "pro
vide $175,000,000 a year at leant
In revenue, and win go far to
ward balancing the budget."
Vote hi House Next
Tuesday Forecast
He plans to call It up tor house
action Tuesday.
The Tote ordering the bill re
ported to the house was 17 to 7
with party lines split. It was un
officially reported that 11 demo-c-ts
and six republicans voted
for, and three democrats and
fo-ir republicans voted against.
Two so-called "lame ducks," Re
presentatives Hawley of Qregnn,
and TImberlake of Colorado, re
publicans, voted In opposition.
As revised for re-Introduction,
the bill calls for $5 tax on a bar
rel of beer of 31 gallons; in
creases the occupational tax or
license for brewers from $100 to
$1,000; imposes a $50 annual li
cense fee on wholesale distribu
tors and a $20 a year license fee
on retailers.
The committee directed Repre
sentative Lead (D., Calif.), lead
er of the wine bloc, to introduce
a wine bill. Immediately after
the committee adjourned the bill
was dropped into the hopper. No
additional hearings are to be held
on the wine legalization proposal.
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NEWARK, N. J., Dec. 15
(AP) Unable or unwilling to
pay for his $25,000 bail, Robert
Elliott Burns, escaped convict
and author of the book "I Am A
Fugitive From a Chain Gang,"
was being held here today await
ing action of the Georgia author
ities, from whose Jurisdiction he
fled In 1930.
In Trenton Gov. Moore, await
ing word from the Georgia auth
orities, repeated his denials that
he had guaranteed protection to
Burns should he b arrestee In
this state, but gave indications of
lenient views on the subject of
Burns' punishment.
I have made no promise not
to return Burns," the governor
said. "However, he has probably
served enough time for his of
fense, which I understand was
minor.
Georgia meanwhile issued an
official reoueet to New Jentav tn
return Burns to complete his
chain gang sentence for a $1.83
holdup at Atlanta in 1922.
ATTOB' DUTY
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 15
(AP) District attorney, John
Baker, himself district attorney
of Hood River county, told fel
low prosecutors at the opening
session of the District Attorneys
association of Oregon here today,
that they should bend their ef
forts toward salvaging youth
which takes a false step rather
than toward building up a "rec
ord" of numbers of convictions.
The question of possible diffi
culties in which a district attor
ney might involve hlmielf by In
formal probation was raised by
C. C. Proebstel, district attorney
of Umatilla county, who declared
that he favored a settled judicial
procedure that did not require
the district attorney to take the
entire responsibility for refusing
to bring criminal proceedings
against an offender.
Samuel B. Notson, district at
torney of Morrow county, de
clared: "Our penal system doesn't
work. We don't get results with
It. But this is due not so much
to the lack ot adequate cure as to
lack ot preventive measures."
SLASH 8UPPLY BILL
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (AP)
Carrying forward Its relentless
drive for decreased federal ex
penditures, the house today sent
one sharply reduced annual sup
ply bill to the senate, received an
other from Its appropriations
committee and agreed te extend
the t 1-$ per cent pay cut for an
other year.
Br C MITT
GEORGIA If NO
GET BURNS
AGAIN
SALVAGING YOUTH
Tries to Form
French Cabinet
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CAMILLE CHAUTEMPTS
FRIGE SEEKS TO
Chautempts,Seeking to Form
New Cabinet, -Sticks to
Herriot Principles
PARIS, Dec. 15 (AP) With
Edouard Herriot refusing to lead
a new government, and with her
December debt payment to the
United States in default, France
was struggling tonight to find
new leaders.
President Albert Lebrun ask
ed Camille Chautempts, radical
deputy, to try to get together a
ministry. M. Chautempts at first
declined, but on the insistence
of the president, untertook to
see his friends and report on
what he could do tomorrow.
He went straight to M. Her
riot and, despite Herrlot's cate
gorical announcement the pre
vious day he would not enter .a
new ministry, sought to make
him chance his mind. He offered
the retiring premier the foreign
portfolio. Tonight It was semi
officially announced M. Herriot
haa Haad. r---. . .
M. Chautempts then went to
other statesmen. Apparently he
had the intention of making an
other appeal to M. Herriot. The
latter took the position that his
Insistence before the chamber of
deputies upon the necessity of
paying the United States, and the
chamber's vote against him, left
him in no position to carry on
future negotiations with Ameri
ca.
The premier-designate said af
ter concluding his political con
sultations several- hours later
that in working to form a min
istry he sought above all to re
concile the chambers' rote
against the debt payment with
the acts and decisions of the
outgoing government, and what
ever might happen he would re
main in full agreement with M.
Herriot, He added that he ex
pected to give the president a
definite answer Friday as to
whether he could form a cab
inet. I
HAS COSTLY BLAZE
MONTESANO, Wash., Dec. 15
(AP) Fire destroyed the saw
mill of the Schafer Brothers'
lumber plant here today, causing
damage estimated by the owners
at $150,000.
The small planing and shlns'ip
mills and a lumber boat lying in
the river nearby were saved by
Monteeano and Aberdeen firemen
Discovered at 8:50 p. m. under
a trimmer in the mam sawmill ef
forts to fight It were handicapped
by frozen pipes In the mill's wa
ter system.
A eall was tent to Aberdeen
for help, and another pumper and
more men were rushed here.
The fire spread Into the yards,
destroying thousands of feet of
sawed lumber.
The entire plant was valued at
between $350,000 and $400,000
officials said later, and the loss
was placed In the vicinity of
$150,000. It was the only Urge
Industry In Montesaro.
Between 120 and ISO men
will be thrown out of work.
Walsh Dies of
Shots Fired by
Former Convict
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (AP)
Shot down last night In his RIt
erside drive office. Dr. William J.
Walsh died today. He was 41
years old, phy' ian to the New
York Giants ana an honorary po
lice surgeon.
Dr. Walsh's cssallant. Identified
as John Wilson, an ex-convict,
killed himself after being wound
ed la a futile attempt to eecap
At first It was believed Wilson
had been laln 1y police but an
autopsy showsd the fatal bullet
was fired from his own plstoL
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Finn
IMESANO PLAN
SIX COUNTRIES
PAY U. S. DEBT
Nearly Hundred Million in
Gold and Bonds Reaches
National Treasury .
Practical ban on Tourists'
Visits to Defaulting
Nations Proposed
(By the Associated Press) .
America's war debt accounts,
cast tfp at the treasury last night,
definitely classed five nations in
default, while six others, led by
Great Britain, were marked as
honoring the bond of their inter
national obligations.
Nearly one hundred million was
paid, virtually all of it In gold or
United States bonds, at the feder
al reserve bank of New York.
In London, a stack of gold bars
was rolled aside to await the re
serve bank's withdrawal and the
country turned toward winning a
revision of the present debt fund
ing agreement.
Paris, for more than 24 hours
with only a shadow government,
since the debt payment issue had
overthrown the Herriot ministry,
witnessed efforts of CamlUe
Chautemps, minister of the inter
ior under Herriot, tr form a new
government.
Defaulting" nations are France.
Belgium, Poland, Hungary and
Estonia. Paying are Great Bri
tain, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Fin
land, Latvia and Lithuania.
Certain to Receive
No Concessions Here
How the defaulters will fare
could not be foreseen last night.
No official had said a word as to
this country's future course, but
an Impression was current that
until some settlement of their
past due payments has been made,
these nations will receive no con
cessions from the United States.
The bitter feeling engendered
in congress by France's refusal to
pay manifested Itself afresh today
In legislative proposals to hamper
defaulting nations. Senator Mc
Kellar (D., Tenn.), offered a res
olution to slap a $5,000 visa fee
on American passports for de
faulting countries. Representative
Mansfield (D., Texas), offered a
sfmiiar plan, with the fee at 500
and the life of the passport only
60 days.
8ILVERTON, Dec. 15 (Spe
cial) Kathleen Dahl, 6, only
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hart
wich Dahl, was struck down and
possibly fatally injured by an au
tomobile driven by Ernest Bar
ker, this afternoon at the Over
lund crossroads on the Mt. Angei
Silverton highway. The little girl,
who celebrated her sixth birthday
last Sunday, is In the Silverton
hospital where fear was express
ed that she would not live
through the night.
Kathleen, with her cousins of
about the same age. Marshal Sa
ttrn and Marvin Dahl, were on
their way home from the Bethany
school and had ridden In the
truck of Nels Henjum to the Or
erland crossroads, where they
alighted.
Kathleen ran across the high
way, not noticing the approaching
Barker car. Her small companions
aw it and cried out a warning,
just too late. The little girl suf
fered a crushed skull and a brok
en hip. She was carried by Hen
jum to the Oscar Overlund home
and the E k m a n ambulance
brought her to the hospital here.
No blame has been attached to
the driver of the car.
i DEFAULT
GIRL, 6. MUCH HURT
WHEN CAB STRIKES
Prune Committee Fails
To Reach Any Agreement
The second meeting of the
statewide committee ot 15 seek
ing to stabilize dried and fresh
prune prices, broke up here yes
terday without any definite agree
ment being reached.
Members were agreed that lo
cal units should organize regard
less of whether they affiliated
with the North Pacific Prune as
sociation. Fred O. White, man
ager of the North Pacific associa
tion, declared that the problem of
handling green prunes was up to
the local units. He said It was
his opinion that the local aalt
eonld serve either In a selling ca
pacity, or could give assurance to
the grower that in case he did not
receive a satisfactory pre for
his prunes the unit would dry
them for him.
"This would place the grower
in a position where be would not
have to dispose of bis prunes at
any price," White declared.
C. A. Rttcliff, manager of the
Salem unit ot the association,
suggested the basis for a state
wide organisation ot prune grow
ers, te include both Independents
Snow and Rain Glaze
Streets, Coat Wires
As Cold Wave Abates
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Knapp, Portland
One of Western
Rhodes Scholars
SPOKANE, Dec. 15 (AP)
Montana, Washington, Idaho and
Oregon today supplied the north
west's 19 33 quartet of Rhodes
scholars to Oxford university.
The four young men were chos
en today from an even dozen con
testants coming from these four
states and Wyoming and North
Dakota. The winners are: J. B.
Knapp, Portland, Ore., attending
Stanford university; Rex B. Pon
tius, Lewlston, Idaho, attending
the University of Oregon, and En
gene Sunderlin, Missoula, Mont.,
attending the University of Mon
tana. The winners will enter Oxford
next atUumn, assured of a stipend
of 4 00 annually for three years
of advanced study.
PMLIMITEO
Consumption and Revenues
To Taxing Bodies Will
Be Small Says Lyle
PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 15.
(AP) The federal povernment's
privilege of medicinal liquor, Roy
C. Lyle of Seattle, supervisor of
permits of the United States bu
reau of industrial alcohol, said in
a statement issued here tonight to
the press, is Just that a medicin
al liquor privilege and nothing
else.
He said those who anticipate
large revenues to assist expenses
of local government are bound to
be disappointed because the
amount permitted to be used is
comparatively small and taxes,
prescription costs and such would,
in any event, make purchase pro
hibitive for other use $8 to 110
a quart.
"Tills is strictly a medicinal
liquor proposition," the super
visor, who was here to address the
association of Oregon sheriffs,
stated, "sold only upon prescrip
tions of accredited physicians and
dispensed through accredited
druggists, and nothing else. . . .
Every physician who prescribes,
and every druggist who dispenses,
must have a basic permit from
the federal government. . . . Con
tinuous inspection and supervision
is exercised by the government to
guard against misuse of this privi
lege." Lyle said over 90 per cent of
druggists dispensing liquor will
not dispose of more than 40 gal
lons each per year. The doctor, he
pointed out, can prescribe but one
pint to one patient every 10 days,
and Is limited to 100 prescriptions
in 90 days. The druggist can fill
prescriptions amounting only to
480 pints a year.
"Obviously," he observed, "the
volume of sales Is small, and ri
diculously so compared with the
exaggerated and distorted ideas
that some people have of the vol
ume of business."
Repeal of the Oregon state en
forcement act, be said, would not
necessarily mean wide exercise of
the privilege as 90 per cent of the
municipalities still have local en
forcing ordinances.
DEADLOCK REACHED
WASHINGTON. Dec. 15 (AP)
The senate reached a deadlock
over Philippine independence leg
islation today and some of the
more pessimistic members felt it
would not be disposed of before
late next week
and cooperatives. He recom
mended the establishment of a lo
cal agency which would fix prune
prices and growers would agree
not to sell under such a figure.
Other members ot the committee
branded the proposal as impracti
cal. George Neuner, chairman of
the committee, declared that be
cause of the small amount of
prunes produced in the north
west, the growers were at the
mercy of the California agencies.
Neuner said that Oregoft has on
ly 15 per cent of the: world's
prune production.
"What we should do is to en
courage the organization of local
units," Neuner said.
George O. Gatlin, cooperative
marketing expert of the state col
lege, said his department would
continue to cooperate in the de
velopment of cooperative market
ing agencies.
"Oregon has the finest prune
cooperative marketing agency In
the world," Oatlin declared. "The
existing association Is all that the
growers can ask."
MEDICINAL
LIQUOR
Mercury Flirts With
Freezing Point;
Wind Shifts
Motoring Hazards ear
Increased; Power
Trouhle Feared
Zigzagging temperatures near
the freezing point and a win
veering from south to northeast
early last night brought on a,
drizzle of rain which quickly
froze, glazing streets and trees
and wires with an increasingly
heavy coating ot ice. A light lay
er of snow which preceded the
sleet added to the hazards ef
motoring.
While the ground breeze was
blowing toward the south this
morning, the clouds through
which the moon shown, were
scudding northward.
By midnight, when the ther
mometer stood at 30 degrees,
three points above the 5 p.m.
reading, motor traffic was
slowing down to avert imminent
skidding and accidents, and pow
er and telephone wires were
sagging under the growing
weight of ice.
Toward 1 o'clock this mora
ing, however, the rain stopped
and the snow and ice began melt
ing slightly.
Unsettled Weather
Forecast for Today
Unsettled weather with raia
and sleet is forecast for both
today and Saturday, and a
change in wind toward the south
east. The minimum temperatere
yesterday was 10 degrees, at "
a.m., a degree under Wedne
day's low. The maximum, 3C,
came between 2 and 3 p.m.
Troubles at the Oregon-Washington
Water Service company's
pumping plant on Mlnto Island
dim'nished this morning, as em
ployes reported "everything
"peaceful." The floes on the
Willamette river were less num
erous yesterday.
On the mainland, however, the
water company was still barrass
ed with frozen-main and service
problems and ice In the mill
race.
Worker at Water
Plant Is Injured
While pulling ice from th
race at the mainland plant yes
terday, Chester Russell suffered
a fractured foot when he dropped
a largw piece of ice on it.
Joe Martin, working at the
island station, received severe
burns about the hands Wednes
day afternoon in fighting a fire
which started from an overheat
ed stove and destroyed the pump
shack and a 150 horsepower at
tor. Los4 from the fire, estimated
at $1500, brought the total dam
ages suffered by the water com
pany irom cold weather to be
tween 5 00 and $6000. Mana
ger J. T. Delaney said.
The company's extra crew yes
terday had been increased to If
and patrols were being maintain
ed over the city to detect broker
mains.
Burglars Visit
W. Leiske Home
Burglars broke into the resi
dence of Mrs. W. Leiske, 553
Statesman street, last night aad
stole a suit, overcoat, dress, two
kimonas, several shirts and a
traveling bag. Mrs. Leiske re
ported to the police. She said the
burglary occurred while she was
away, between 7:15 and
o'clock.
The Day in
Washington
(By the Associated Press)
Hoo.se win and means c
mittee approved measure call
ing for B-2 per cent beer by
weight.
United States received war
debt payments from six nations as
five defaulted.
House pamcd fl,0OO,0Ov
treasary-postof flee p p roprte
tlon bill, retaining equivalent
of 8 1-8 pet cent cuts for em
ployes, and took op $43,192.
OOO Interior department meas
ure. President and Mrs. Hoover held
reception for members of diplo
matic corps.
Representative B a e h m ana
(Rep., W. Va.) introduced btQ
to permit veterans to sell ad
Justed compensation certifi
cates with purchaser paying
off the government loans
against them.
Organized farm groups approv
ed abolition of farm board before
house agriculture committee.