THE N e w 1! h tunda for a greater and better Kalla City ull the time FALLS CITY NEWS VOL. XI FALLS C ITY, OREGON, SA TU R D A Y, SEPTEMBER FALLS CITY SUSTAINS LOSS BY FIRE SIEGE PREPARATIONS ARE MADE IN PARIS J. C. Talbott & Co., Hardwaro and Furniture Store Destroyed by Fire Monday Morning. View of Forts. About 7:00 o ’clock Monday morninR a tire was discovered in the back part o f J. 0. Talbott & Co., hardware and furniture store. An alarm was turned in and the city volunteer fire depart ment responded quickly and the water turned on. Unfortunately the hose on the cart was too short for effective fire fiRhtinR and some time was lost thereby be fore another cart arrived. In the meantime the fire had spread rapidly throuRh the back rooms where the mattressess and other liRht und infiamable material was kept and into the Rarret. The root was covered with rubberoid and it was difficult to Ret water on the fire. A hole was finally cut throuRh the front and water turned on and the fire checked. \ The stoves and heavy hardware I did not suffer Rreatly, but the > furniture, carpets, ruRS and mat- i tressess were damaRed badly by Jfire and water. The stock is j estimated to have been worth ■ $9,000 and the buildinR $3,000. l The insurance is said to have ( been very small. The cause o f ¡the fire is unexplained. There wtas no one in the buildinR at the tim e the fire was discovered. ^This is not only a loss to the owners, but also to the town and ccAnmunity. It beinR the only hitfdware and furniture store in town, the loss will be felt. The fact that there was no wind accounts for the depart ment being able to control the fire and prevent its spreading to M INERS T H R E A T EN TO SET B U TTE A F IR E “ Troops Will Find Ashos, (or Wo Hove Dynamite and Oil,” Says Loador. adjacent buildings. Everything was dry as tinder and but a puff o f wind would have sent the flames leaping skyward and in all probabilities the block would have been a mass o f smoking ruins. The telephone office was located just east o f the Talbott building, over the Persey Jewel ry store, with only a narrow Btairway between. Miss Ivy DeWitte and Miss Pearl Titus, telephone girls bravely remained at their posts until the flames were lapping across the stairway. They then climbed out at a win dow and down a ladder. The confectionery o f R. B. Harring ton was on the west. The roof caught fire in several places but watchers put it out. The goods and fixtures were removed to a safe distance. We can also be very thankful that the water supply held out, and but for the timely action o f the water board some weeks ago in limiting the time for irrigation it might have so happened that the water would hpve run short. The fire was a heavy drain up on the water supply and it behooves everyone to conserve the water *is best they may for emergencies. The company will open for business as soon as the loss can be adjusted by the insurance company. Some o f the furniture and stoves were moved across the street into another building where they could be better cared for. ing tonight. The electric light plant and all the larger stores are guarded by many armed men, as are the mines. On the attic floor o f the Courthouse there are 50 guards armed with rifles. County Attorney MacCaffery issued a warrant for the arrest o f the Helena editor on a charge o f inciting a disturbance, but the editor was said to have left the city early and the officers could not find him. All ammunition in the hard ware stores has been removecl, and firing-pins have been taken from the rifles. Butte, Mont., Aug. 31.- Miners openly threatened tonight to lay the town in ashes if either state or Federal troops attempted to enter Butte. One o f the leaders o f the miners declared that they do not intend to fight, but would wreak vengeance upon the busi TROOPS ARE NOW MOBILIZING ness men for having been instru mental in bringing soldiers to T i m a N o t S a t f o r A c t i o n at B u t t e . Butte. Says Q ovarnor. “ We have quantities o f dyna Helena, Mont., Aug. 31.— No mite and oil,” said one leader, time has been specified for the “ and the troops will find ashes.” sending o f the National Guard to S o ld ie r s C o m i n g S t a r t l e s . Butte, said Governor Stewart Until today the majority o f the today. miners did not credit the reports The Second Regiment, 600 that the mijitia was being mobil strong, will be mobilized here by ized, as the Butte newspapers night. Four companies, one withheld the news on request o f each from Miles City, Bozeman, business men, who feared that Billings and Roundup, detrained the news would excite the miners. this morning, and the remaining A Helena newspaper editor, six companies, one each from however, this morning brought Libby, Shelby, Choteau, Valier an auto load o f newspapers to and two from Kalispell, will ar Butte for sale, and the newsboys rive on a special train this arter- soon began crying the news o f noon. the mobilization o f the militia. Camp has been pitched at the Calls immediately went forth State Armory. The troops are from President “ Muckie” Mc equipped for field service. Donald and "the other leaders for a meeting o f the miners, which LafTerty Is Docked Five Days in Pay was held in secret to discuss the Washingtou, Sept. 2.— Repre coming o f the soldiers. Later a sentative A. W alter Lafferty has committee o f miners was hur suffered the loss of five days’ pay riedly sent to the railroad depots on account of absence, but says he to determine whether the troops w ill return to Oregon October 1, had arrived. whether congress adjourns or not P la n ts Unde r G uard. “ I f they want me then, they can The miners have called a meet- arrest me,” he said. Four Days' Notice Given to Re move Buildings Obstructing Paris.—It 1s officially announced that the military governor baa order ed all residents of the zone within ac tion of the clty'a defending forte to evacuate and destroy tbelr bouses within four daya. The order for the clearing of the zone for the guns of the three lines of forts comprising the defenses of the French capital, Is regarded by mil itary observers as decidedly ominous coming as It does on the heels of re ports of unexpected gains by the Ger man Invaders in the north and rumor ed advance of another German col umn through Alsace In the direction of Belfort. The unexpected strength displayed by the Germans, the wonderful celeri ty of their movements, the unaccount able abandonment of Lille, the Intima tions of evacuation of Boulogne, to gether with many other developments have led military men to believe that unless fresh forces are brought Into the field in the north by the allies the Germans will make further rapid prog ress in the direction of the capital. Paris defenses cover a zone of 400 square miles. They Include some of the most beautiful suburbs in the world. 5, Buy all Roods o f home merchants and help to make Falls City Rreater 1814 mutilated and doctors and nurses shot at.” * No. 1 G E R M A N CROW N P R IN C E Austrians Defeated In Russian Poland. Home.—The Measagero publishes a telegram from Bofla. Bulgaria, which says the Austrians have suffered an Irreparable defeat at Xamoste. in R um slan Poland, 60 miles southeast of Lublin. Germans Reported Defeated in Somme London An Antwerp dispatch to the Reuter company says: "It is reported here that General Pan has won a brilliant victory over 60,000 Germans nedr Peronnes, in the department of Somme." GERMANS ANNOUNCE CAPTURE OF RUSSIANS Washington.—A German victory at Altensteln, In which three Russian corps were defeated and 70,000 pris oners, Including two Russian com manding generals, were taken, was re ported to the German embassy from Berlin by wireless via Sayville, L. I. The dispatch says: "Official report of the victory at Al- tenstein shows that It was even great er than known before. Three Russian army corps were annihilated. Seven ty thousand prisoners were taken, In cluding two commanding generals, 300 officers and the complete artillery of the Russian army.” The statement of the big German Victory against the Russians attracted wide attention. Military observers pointed out that If the number of Rus sians taken prisoner had been esti G E R M A N C R U E L T Y IS D E N I E D mated at 70,000 there must have been Diplomat Calls Accusations of Cruelty great losses, no mention of which is of German Army Shameful. made. The statement conflicts to New York,—Count von Bernstorff, some extent with one issued by the the German nmbassador. while here French embassy, which speaks of the from Washington, Issued the follow progress of the Russian offensive ing statement in reference- to the al Army. leged atrocities of the German army: London.—The Rqsslan general staff “ The campaign of our enemies frankly acknowledges a disastrous charging the Oerman army with cruel conflict with the Germans in which ty Is Absolutely shameful. The tradi tions of the German army are above they lost two army corps and three all attacks fn this respect. Nobody generals. can regret more than I do If women First Canadian Troops Sail. and children have been Killed during Montreal.—The Princess Patricia the fighting. ThlB Is, however, un Canadian light Infantry, first troops avoidable if the civilian population of from North America to leave for the a country join In the fighting, as is European war, sailed, 1000 strong, the case In Belgium, where German aboard the White Star liner Megantic, soldiers have been shot tn the back, amid gala scenes, for a secret destin where German «funded have been ation. Crown Prince Frederick Wilhelm, the kaieer'e eldeet eon, who commands one of the German armlea Invading France. B R I E F WAR N E W S During the past week the whole force of the German array was thrown against the allied troops and a des perate effort made to break through the Franco-Britiah lines. The offen sive movements of the allies were aban doned and defensive strategy adopted in an effort to delay as much as pos sible what now seems to be an In evitable advance on Paris. It is already realized that the ter rible struggle on land Is only at Its beginning and that the German plan of campaign to strike the swiftest and strongest blow at France, regard less of Belgian- neutrality or any other hindrance, and then, when France Is at Germany's feet, for Germany to turn her attention to the Russian at tack, is being carried through ruth lessly. Little can be gathered from either British or French official accounts of the great battles of the last week. In fact, more is learned from what Is omitted than from what is told. The only thing that is clear is that the allies are fighting on the defensive on Try a Sack of ever receding lines. Both French and British are calling upon all their men to Join In the defense of the French lines, which apparently are dropping back gradually. Most slgniricent Is the official an nouncement by the French war office that the military governor of Paris has ordered all residents within the zone of action of the forts around Paris to evacuate and rare their houses within four days. The Russian army In east Prussia and Galicia continues Its march through east Prussia and confirms the statement It has Invested Koenigsberg and taken Allensteln. Russian troops on the Austrian frontier are engaged in a general battle on a front of 16« miles between the Vistula and Lem berg, the capital of Galicia. The steady advance of the vast Rus sian armies through eastern Prussia Is giving concern to the German gen eral staff. That the kaiser s empire Is really menaced by the hordes pour ing Into Prussia and Galicia Is prac tically admitted by the military com manders If reports received from Am sterdem are true. These reports declare that troops In great numbers are being withdrawn from the lines along the French fron tier and are being rushed northward through Belgium. Messages declare that 160 train loads of Germans passed through Belgium. It Is presumed that they are being hurried toward Prussia to meet the Russian advance. News of a British victory in a sea battle off Heligoland, the German naval stronghold in the North sea, la confirmed. The Germans are report ed to have lost two cruisers and two torpedo-boats sunk, while another of their cruisers and many of their de stroyers were badly battered in a fight with British warships. This an nouncement comes from British offi cial sources and the assertion Is add ed that the British navy did not lose a vessel and that fatalities were two officers and 27 men killed. 19 men seriously injured and 19 others slight ly wounded. In oriental waters, the Japanese be gan the bombardment of the conces sion* of Klau-Chau, by firing on an unoccupied Island. It is said the Jap anese are experiencing difficulty in their land operations, owing to muddy roads following recent rains, and that the investment of the German posses sion may require some time. Louvain, a Belgian town of* 45.000 Inhabitants and with many historic buildings. Is reported to have been burned by the Germans as an act of reprisal, alleging Belgian citizens fired on German soldiers. The Belgians contended, however, that the people of Louvain did not commit'the hostile act charged, but that it was the Ger mans themselves who fired on their fellow countrymen. KAISER M AK ES PROTEST HIGH FLIGHT FLOUR and watch results All Goods and Prices Are Right AT Falls City Lumber Co. STORE J a p a n C h a r g e d W i t h V io la t in g C h in e s e Ne utrality. Pekin, Sept. 2.— The German legation hay protested to the for eign office against an infringement of China's neutrality by Japan. The protest followed the landing of a Japanese division at the new ly opened Chinese port of Lung- Kow, 100 miles north o f Tsing- Tau. News of the Japanese lauding caused no surprise here, as the Japanese legation several days ago requested the foreign office to re move the lim it i f the£0 kilometers (about 80 miles) radius prescribed by the Chinese as the fighting area around Tsing-Tau. The foreign office did not com ply with the request, hut it was understood that the Chinese troops would be instructed not to oppose the Japauese. The Chinese offic ials are described as inceneed, but afraid of doing anything that might afford the Japanese a cause for territorial or other exactions. Whether British forces will cross Shan-Tung with the Japanese is not divulged, but the point is much discussed here. Washington, 8ept. 2.— Chinese officials have called the attention of American Consular officers at Chne Koo to the landiug of several thousand troops by Japau on Chinese terr;*ory Lung-Kow, near Huar. j-Ila ie u . nis, Chinese officials assert, is a distinct viola tion of neutrality. r'