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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 6, 1915)
Of CURRENT WEEK
Brief Resume of General News
From All Around the Earth.
UNIVERSAL HAPPENINGS IN A NUTSP
Live News Items of All Nations and
Pacific Northwest Condensed
for Our Busy Readers.
Use of shells In the European war
exceeds all records.
London has reports of a decided vic
tory over the Turks in Asia.
Two Federal inquiries have begun in
the steamer EaBtland case in Chicago.
A Belgian steamer and a Swedish
brig were torpedoed by submarines
The French chamber of deputies has
increased the limit of the French de
fense bonds to $1,400,000,000
American imports from Germany
have decreased within the past year
from $14,994,685 to $1,153,267-
A spot six times as large as the
earth has appeared on the sun, and
will be visible until August 10.
The majority of Spaniards are de
clared to favor the allies, but to be de
termined to keep out of the war.
British authorities have arrested a
German for landing in England with a
cleverly forged American passport.
English soldiers have uncovered an
tique Greek relics of great value while
digging trenches at the Dardanelles.
A Portland Chinese was arrested by
customs officials with 26 pounds of
crude opium concealed in a basket of
Another fine of $1,000,000 has been
imposed upon the city of Brussels by
the Germans, as a reprisal for the de
struction of a Zeppelin by allied air
men. One hundred deaf mutes saw the
scenic beauties of Portland while at
tendng their national convention, and
"heard" everything explained by deaf
A shortage of between $2500 and
$3000 in the treasurer's office in Spo
kane has been discovered, and two em
ployes have been suspended pending
Michael Damphoffer, Jr., aged, 70,
of Vancouver, Wash., is dead, and is
survived by his father, aged 100 last
January. Both were Grand Army
veterans and fought shoulder to shoul
der in the First Oregon Volunteers.
CharleB F. Becker, former police
lieutenant of Now York City, was
electrocuted Friday morning for the
murder of Herman Rosenthal, a gam
bler, on July 16, 1912. He protested
and declared his innocence to the last.
Vacating his own court order made
earlier in the day, Judge McAllister,
of the Superior court of Arizona,
granted an appeal to the State Su
preme court in the case of four Mexi
cans sentenced to be hanged at Flor
The evacuation of all of Poland by
the Russian forces is considered cer
tain, and the Kaiser with his queen
plans to enter Warsaw in state. The
empress is already in Russia on a visit
to the headquarters of Field Marshal
Von Hindenberg's army.
Eight miners are killed in a mine
explosion at Christopher, 111.
Reports say that the Russians have
materially checked the advance of the
Germans on Warsaw.
Fishing smacks are seriously hin
dered in the war tone because of the
German submarine warfare.
About a dozen bombs were dropped
In Verona, Italy, by an Austrian aero
plane. There were no victims of the
air attack and the damage done to
property was insignificant.
Evidence offered before the coroner's
jury in the case of the overturning of
the excursion steamer in Chicago river,
shows the boat was overloaded, and
the water ballast pumped out to keep
the vessel from scraping the bottom.
Officials of the Navy and Army de
partments have begun a series of con
ferences which will have to do with
the betterment of National defense.
Findings of the conferences will be
presented to President Wilson.
The temperature rose to 90 degrees
in the shade at Seward, Alaska, and it
was 103 at Kenai Lake. There have
been only four rainy days in two
months. Several fires are burning in
the Sugah forest east of Anchorage.
Japan wireless station succeeds In
' communicating with the station in
Hawaii, a distance of 8380 miles.
' French take Important position on
top of high mountain In the Alsace
district after fierce bombardment.
Charging that she had been de
frauded of (10,000 in a stock deal, and
that she had been beaten and injured
and falsely arrested when she tried to
get her money back, Mrs. Bertha M.
Leland, a former restaurant cashier,
files suit aggregating $100,000 against
Frank Rockefeller, brother of the "oil
J. PUTNAM STEVENS
J. Putnam Stevens of Portland, Me.,
elected to the office of Imperial poten
tate at the meeting of the Imperial
council, Ancient Arabic Order of No
bles of the Mystlo Shrine In Seattle.
This places Mr. Stevens at the head
of all 8hrlners In the United States,
Canada, Mexico and the Hawaiian
UNITED STATES INVOKES AID Of
LATIN AMERICA IN MEXICAN AEEAIR
Washington, D. C. The United
States has decided to ask the co-operation
of South and Central America in
the next step to restore peace to Mex
ico. The ambassadors from Argen
tina, Brazil and Chile and the minis
ters from Bolivia, Uruguay and Guate
mala, have been asked to confer with
This announcement was made at the
State department :
"On Thursday afternoon there will
be an informal conference at the State
department to consider the Mexican
situation. Those taking part in the
conference will be the ambassadors
from Brazil, Argentina and Chile, and
the three ranking ministers of the
American republics, namely, those of
Bolivia, Uruguay and Guatemala. As
to the details which will be considered,
nothing can be said at the present
time, as the conference will be en
While the State department charac
terized the coming conference as an
informal one, the sentiment has been
growing among American officials that
the next step in the Mexican situation
should be one which would meet the
approval of the world and should be
taken in concert with the nations of
Central and South America, even if in
the last event the trend should be to
ward military action.
The three ambassadors were media
tors in the Niagara conference in the
summer of 1914. The three ministers
are, in point of seniority, at the head
of the Central American legation
corps. Action in concert with the
Central and South Americas would be
in line with President Wilson's plan
for a closer relationship between the
United States and those countries, and
is planned to show that the United
States considers the Mexican question
the common cause of the Pan-American
group, and that this government
entertains no idea of territorial ag
gression but is acting solely as Mex
ico's nearest powerful friend and
Austro-Germans Take Russia's
- Largest Seaport On Baltic Coast
London The Germans have cap
tured Mitau, the capital of Courland,
and are now within striking distance
of Riga, the seat of the governor gen
eral of the Baltic provinces and Rus
sia's greatest port on the Baltic.
Wareaw is ready for the evacuation
which was intimated by the Russian
war minister in his address in the
Duma. For days there has been an
exodus of the population. Factories,
government institutions and hospitals
have been moved and the city has been
stripped of everything that might be
of military value to the Teutons.
That the German empress will not
accompany Emperor William should he
make entry into Warsaw, if the Po
lish capital is occupied by the Austro
Germans, is indicated by a report
from Berlin that the empress has re
turned to Berlin from East Prussia,
where she has been visiting the battle
Powerhouse Sinks; 3 Die.
Hudson, N. Y. Three laborers were
killed and eight Injured when the
power plant of the Knickerbocker Ce
ment company, at Greenport, half a
mile east of here, was submerged in
quicksand. The disaster occurred as
the night gang employed in the power
plant was about to be relieved. With
out warning the ph.nt, together with
land about it to the extent of three
acres, caved in to a depth of SO feet.
Officials of the company declared it
would be several months before the
plant could resume.
RUSSIA DECIDES TO
Minister of War Outlines Plans
of Retreat from Capital.
TEUTONS ARE DRIVING DOUBLE WEDGE
Abandonment of City Declared W
Insure Final Victory to Russian
Army, as in War of 1812.
London The Russian war minister,
speaking at the opening session of the
Duma at Petrograd Monday, made
what will probably be looked upon as
an official announcement that Warsaw
will be given up. He admitted that
the Austro-Germans were enveloping
the territory and military districts of
the Polish capital, and declared :
"We shall perhaps yield to the en
emy a portion of this regoin, falling
back on positions where our army will
prepare for a resumption of the offen
sive. We shall perhaps give up War
saw, as in 1812 we gave up Moscow,
in order to insure a final victory."
The Germans and Austrians continue
to make progress in their campaign
for the possession of Warsaw, but the
Russians are still offering strongTcoun-
MISS JANE ADDAMS
Latest photograph of Mlsa Jane
Addama of Hull Houae, Chicago, who
has Just returned from her peace ml
Ion to the various capital of Eu
rope. ter-offensive movements against i the
attacks from the Vistula,' near Ivan
gorod, between thej upperVistula and
the Bug, and in the Narew sector near
In the eastern sector of the Lublin
region, where for days the fighting has
been extremely violent, several addi
tional points have been evacuated by
the Russians, according to Berlin, and
they are declared to be in retreat on
both banks of the Bug and on the front
between the Bug and south of Leczna.
The Teutons have passed through
Chelm on the heels of the Russians.
The Russians have been ejected
from the heights near Podzamcze, on
east bank of the Vistula, in the region
of Ivangorod, and to the south, near
Kurow, which lies eastward of.Nowo
"Thus the Teutonic allies are driv
ing their wedges both eastward from
the Vistula and northward between the
Bug and the Vistula in their mighty
effort to capture the capital, and, if
possible, to envelop these forces of the
Russian Grand Duke who are endeav
oring by rear-guard actions to hold
them back in order that the main Rus
sian army may gain the positions as
signed to it on the new linealong the
eastern border of Poland."
New Warships Approved.
Washington, D. C. Plans for six
big cruiser destroyers authorized by
the last congress have been approved.
They will be the first vessels the de
sign of which will have been influenced
by the war in Europe. The vessels will
have a maximum sustained sea speed of
30 knots, displace 1125 tons, measure
310 feet over all, have a width of 80 i
feet and a mean draft of 8 feet. Each
destroyer will carry four triple torpedo
tubes, a main battery of four 4-inch
guns and two 1 -pounders and anti
aircraft guns. v
Movies to Tell Weather.
Washington, D. C Fifteen cities
now get daily weather forecasts
through moving picture shows.
Wherever desired the Weather bureau
will co-operate with moving picture
shows by furnishing; thejf orecaatsafor
ii'riMjrite' ' i i " i lii'.li i'm ladHMmi
Portland Wheat Bluestem, 93c
bushel; fortyfold, 90c; club, 88c; red
Fife, 83c; red Russian, 80c.
Oats No. 1 white feed, $24.
Barley No. 1 feed, $23.60; bran,
$23.50; shorts, $23.50.
Millfeed Spot prices: Bran, $27
ton; shorts, $28; rolled barley, $27.50
Corn Whole, $37 ton; cracked, $38.
Hay Eastern Oregon timothy, $16
17; valley timothy, $15; alfalfa,
Vegetables Cucumbers, Oregon, 30
50c dozen; artichokes, 90c; toma
toes, 75c$l box; cabbage, lljc
pound; head lettuce, $1 crate; beans,
2J4c pound; green corn, 20c dozen.
Green Fruits Cantaloupes, $1.50
2.50 crate; apricots, 90c$l box;
peaches, 5075c; watermelons, l2c
pound; plums, 6075c box; new ap
ples, $1.25 1.60; pears, $1.752;
grapes, $1.502.60 crate.
Potatoes New, lc pound.
Onions $11.25 sack.
Eggs Oregon ranch, buying prices:
No. 1, 2324c; No. 2, 20c; No. 3,
16c. Jobbing prices : No. 1, 26c.
Poultry Hens, 12j13Jc; springs,
1718c; turkeys, 1920c; ducks, 10
12c; geese, 810c.
Butter City creamery, cubes, ex
tras, 28c; firsts, 26c; seconds, 25c;
prints and cartons, extra; butter fat,
No. 1, 29c; second grade, 2c less;
country creamery cubes, 2024c.
Veal Fancy, 12c pound.
Pork Block, 9i10c pound.
Hops 1915 contracts, 13Jc; 1915
fuggles, 15c; 1914 crop, 121c
Wool Eastern Oregon, medium, 25
28Jc; Eastern Oregon, fine, 18
21Jc; valley, 2630c; mohair, new
Cascara bark Old and new, 4c per
Cattle Best steers, $6.507; good,
$6.256.50; medium, $66.25; choice
cows, $5.35 5.60; .heifers, $4.75
6.50; bulls, $3.505; stags, $56.25.
Hogs Light, $77.35; heavy, $6
Sheep Wethers, $4.75(5)5.60; ewes,
$34.50; lambs, $56.50.
Run of Salmon Is Best.
The market for Columbia River
canned salmon is quiet. When the
rate to Mississippi Valley and Ohio
Valley points was reduced from 70 to
60 cents it was expected that an active
buying movement would develop, but
it has not materialized yet. A few of
the packers have booked limited or
ders, but the others are waiting, and
in the meantime the canneries are
filling with packed fish.
Opening prices are being maintained
all along the line and no disposition is
shown to shade quotations. The opin
ion prevails that buyers will sooner or
later come in and that if the packers
keep their nerve they will get the
The pack of good salmon on the
Sound and in Alaska is short. This is
not the sockeye year on the Sound and
the output will probably not be over
100,000 cases, while Alaska reds are
10 to 20 per cent short. There will
be plenty of cheap fish, however.
Packers on the river think that by
holding on the later months of the year
will see a good demand for fancy
salmon. Should the war be brought to
an end, Germany, in their opinion,
would quickly take all the fish avail
able. Embargo on Burlap Shipments.
Confirmation of the cable advices
that an embargo had been placed on
shipment of burlap from Calcutta have
been received in the bag and burlap
trade. Although definite information
was lacking as to how sweeping the
order was, the concensus of opinion
was that exports would be restricted
in the same way as shipments from
Responsible shippers are not expect
ed to encounter any difficulty in obtain
ing licenses to export burlap to the
United States, although delays prob
ably will result on account of the time
required to procure the necessary per
mits. The Calcutta market was reported
weaker because of the restrictions that
have been placed on exports.
London Advices from Sydney state
that the exports of wool from Aus
tralia and New Zealand from July,
1914, to June, 30, 1915, totaled 2,317,
702 bales, or a decrease of 389,761
The total sales of wool in the colo
nial markets for the season amounted
to 1,544,799 bales, against 1,938,500
last year, the average weight per bale
being 329 pounds, against 327 pounds;
the average value 12 pounds 15s 7d, or
9 Jd per pound, compared with 13
pounds 4s lid, or 9Jd per pound last
At the end of December, 1914, the
number of sheep was 106,477,132,
against 109,692,264 in December,
1913, and the estimated number of
deaths since the former date is put at
The Australian wool production for
the coming season is expected to show
a decrease between 100,000 and 600,
Alaska 1914 Gold $15,764,269.
Alaska produced gold in 1914 to the
vafue of $16,764,259 an increase of
about $140,000 over the previous year.
In 1914 21,450,628 pounds of copper
were produced in Alaska, compared
with 21,659,958 pounds in 1913. The
value of Alaska's total mineral pro
dction for 1914 was $19,118,080; that
of 1913 was $19,476,356. This de
crease was due to the low price of cop
per in 1913. It is estimated that up
to the close of 1914- Alaska produced
minerals to a total value of $268,150,
000, of which $244,156,000 was gold.
FINAL STEP TOWARD
PEACE TO BE TAKEN
Army and Navy Is Prepared to
Aid in Mexican Move.
INTERVENTION REGARDED IMPROBABLE
Last Chance Will Be Given Warring
Factions to Adjust Differences
Within War-torn Republic.
Washington, D. C. Definite steps
toward restoration of peace in Mexico
will be taken immediately on President
Wilson's return to Washington. What
specific action the President may have
decided on has not been disclosed, but
it was authoritatively announced that
the executive departments of the gov
ernment were preparing to carry out
the program determined on.
Only an unexpected movement in
Mexico itself to end the strife, it is
SIMEON E. BALDWIN
Simeon C. Baldwin, former governor
of Connecticut, has been mentioned for
the place of counselor of the state de
partment, left vacant by the appoint
ment of Robert Lansing as secretary
of state. He is now seventy-six years
said, would further delay affirmative
action by the United States to restore
constitutional government in the war
Armed intervention is not believed
to be contemplated in the President's
program. Many officials believe no
forcible measures will be required.
Persistent reports have reached here
that the faction leaders are inclined to
yield to the demands of this govern
ment for a peace conference.
Reports are generally credited that
a message will be sent to the opposing
leaders giving them a final chance to
cease hostilities within a limited time
and assemble a conference to settle
their differences. Possibility of an
other failure to do so, in view of the
last refusal of General Carranza to join
in a conference with his adversaries,
is being Considered by the President,
it is declared, in formulating a plan of
Whether in that event a general em
bargo on arms exportations will be
imposed or American troops employed
to assure the transportation of food to
the starving people can not be predict
ed. It is known, however, that the
army and navy have been preparing
and now are ready for any eventuality.
Secretary Lansing said that the rep
resentations sent to Generals Car
ranza, Villa and Zapata urging that
routes to Mexico City be opened to
provision trains, were forceful. The
message to Carranza, who controls the
railroads from Vera Cruz, was partic
ularly emphatic. While not couched
as a "demand" that the railroad to
Mexico City be opened and kept open,
its purport was to that effect.
No answer from any of the Mexican
generals had been received. It was
believed, however, that provision
trains would be moving to Mexico City
within a few days under guard of Car
Officials were led to this belief by
reports that General Gonzales had
driven off a Villa column under Gen
eral Fierro and returned to Villa
Guadeloupe, just outside of Mexico
City, practically occupying the capital.
Roving bands of Zapata soldiers, which
have been harrassing the raliroad, are
being driven off, it was said, and gar
risons stationed along the railroad.
Recruit Standard Lower.
Ottawa, Ontario A new policy re
specting recruits has been adopted by
the Canadian military authorities.
Hereafter men with poor teeth and
other minor physical defects will not
be rejected, but will be accepted and
Bent to dental and surgical depots for
treatment, after which they will be
trained and sent to Europe. Two
inches have been taken off the size
standard, and men below size in chest
measurement will be taken if the sur
geons are of the opinion that training
will give them the proper chest size.
6 MEN BLAMED EOR
Strong Verdict Is Returned by
OWNERS AND LESSEES Of BOAT HELD
Captain, Engineer and Two Federal
Inspectors Also Taken to Task
for Overloading Steamer.
Chicago A coroner'B jury has re
turned a verdict placing the blame for
the loss of over a thousand lives by the
capsizing of the steamer Eastland in
the Chicago river Saturday on six men.
William H. Hull, general manager
of the Chicago-St. Joseph Steamship
company, owner of the Eastland.
Captain Harry Pedersen, of the
J. M. Erickson, engineer.
Robert Reed, Federal inspector of
steamships, who gave the Eastland li
cense to carry 2500 passengers July 2.
J. C. Eckliff, Federal inspector of
W. K. Greenbaum, general manager
of the Indiana Transportation com
pany, lessee of the Eastland.
The jury recommended that these
men be held to a grand jury for indict
ment on charges of manslaughter.
The jury found the passengers were
not in any way to blame for the cap
sizing of the ship. It recommends
further investigation by the coroner
and other officers to determine whether
the men named and others may be
guilty of negligence or of contributing
in any way to the cause of the disaster.
The six jurors selected by Coroner
Hoffman to hold the inquest on the
victims of the Eastland catastrophe
are: Dr. W. A. Evans, formerly health
commissioner; Colonel Henry A. Al
len, consulting engineer; Harry Moir,
hotel proprietor; J. S. Keough, coffee
merchant; Eugene B. Eifeld, hotel
manager; W. F. Bode, wholesale
"In the absence of evidence of undue
acts on the part of the passengers or
violent physical causes, such as ex
plosions, fire or collision, the fact that
this vessel overturned is proof either
that it was improperly constructed for
the service employed, or that it was
improperly loaded, operated, main
tained, or that all of these causes
operated to bring about the serious re
sult. "It is our judgment that the steam
boat Eastland was both improperly
constructed and improperly loaded,
operated and maintained, and that the
parties named are responsible."
Mob Assassinates liaytien President;
U. S. Warship Protects Foreigners
Washington, D. C. Following the
assassination of President Guillaume,
of Haiti, by a mob at Port-au-Prince,
American marines were landed to pro
tect lives and property of Americans
and other foreigners.
The mob broke into the French lega
tion, in which the Haitien President
had taken refuge, and shot him to
death. They then dragged his body
through the streets at the end of a
rope, finally dismembering it.
The mob was led by relatives of the
160 political prisoners who were exe
cuted the day before.
Rear Admiral Caperton advised the
Navy department that he had sent a
force ashore from the cruiser Wash
ington. Rear Admiral Benson, acting
secretary of the navy, declined to
make the message public, but Baid :
"Admiral Caperton now has the sit
uation in hand."
Chicago Girl Won at Fair.
San Francisco MiBS Virginia Rappe,
a beautiful Chicagoan, will become the
bride of Alberto M. d'Alkaine, a mem
ber of the Argentine commission. Miss
Rappe, who is known in social circles
of New York, Paris and Chicago for
her fashion creations, was recently in
troduced to d'Alkaine, who as commis
sioner secretary of Argentina was ar
ranging for the republic's building and
display at the exposition. Miss Rappe
was the first to introduce Roman ank
lets as part of the ballroom costume.
She is 20 years old.
Six Sunk "by Mistake."
Amsterdam, via London German
submarines, according to a telegram
received here from Berlin, had sunk in
the war zone up to April 25, 229 Eng
lish vessels, 30 other hostile ships and
six neutral craft. The latter, the mes
sage Bays, were sent to the bottom by
Twenty-seven additional neutral ves
sels, the dispatch adds, were examined
and sunk because they carried contra
band. Liquor Shipments Barred.
San Francisco All beverages con
taining alcohol, no matter in what pro
portion, will be refused for shipment
into Arizona by all railroads entering
the state, it is announced by the South
ern Pacific company. This decision, it
was Baid, was reached after a confer
ence between Wiley Jones, attorney
general of Arizona, and representa
tives of the railroads.