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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 15, 1916)
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Of General Interest
Oregon Victims Alleged to Have
Lost $30,000 to Promoter
Eugene Officers of the United
States government are Investigating
the record of F. G. Mathison, San
Francisco real estate dealer, arrested
in Oakland, Cal., Monday, according to
a statement made here by District At
torney J. M. Devers. Attorney Devers
also stated that the authorities believe
that Mathison, who is charged with
having obtained title to real estate in
Lane and Linn counties worth from
$30,000 to $40,000 in exchange for
bogus abstracts of title to Texas land,
did not operate alone and that other
arrests revealing a conspiracy to de
fraud on an extensive scale are prob
able. District Attorney Devers prepared
reqiustlon papers for Mathison, to be
signed by the governor. In the event
a Federal charge is perferred the Btate
will likely turn the prisoner over to
the Federal authorities for trial, he
In one of the letters in the posses
sion of the officers Mathison is said to
have written that he had "unloaded
the Oregon stuff" and had done very
well. The "Oregon Btuff" referred to
is alleged to have been land to wihch
he had obtained title in exchange for
alleged worthless abstracts of title to
Attorney Devers stated that in the
cases he had investigated, the ab
stracts of title which on their face
were genuine and set up a clear chain
of title purported to have been made
by an abstract company which did not
exist. The records in the county in
which the Texas land is located con
tain no record of such abstracts.
The land Mathison purported to con
vey to the Lane county farmers alleged
to have been swindled of their farms,
belongs to Mrs. H. M. King, reputed
to be a multi-millionaire, of Corpus
Chrieti, Tex. It is part of her ranch,
which consists of a Mexican grant that
has never been subdivided. Her agent,
Attorney Robert Kleberg, in a letter
to District Attorney J. M. Devers
stated that Mathison was unknown to
From Andrew Bossen, who Bwore to
the complaint against Mathison, title
to Lane county land worth $10,000 and
$600 in personal property was obtained
in exchange for an abstract of title
calling for 320 acres of the Texas land.
Bossen announced some time ago that
he had sold his farm and that he was
going to Texas to develop his newly
From Pierce & Dehel, of Pleasant
Hill, titile to a 320-acre tract of Lane
county land was obtained by Mathison.
Marvin Martin, of Brownsville, Linn
county, gave a deed for 378 acres of
Oregon land and a note for $2800 for
an abstract of title to 480 acres of
S. J. Johns, of Myrtle Creek, Doug
las county, was about to complete an
exchange of his property for Texas
land offered by Mathison. He took
Mathison's abstract of title to an at
torney. There waB some question as
to Texas law and letters of inquiry
written to attorneys in Texas revealed
that the abstracts of title were not
genuine, it is stated.
Baker Mill is Burned.
Baker Fire destroyed the sawmill
of the Oregon Lumber company at
South Baker Monday afternoon, caus
ing a loss of $40,000, with no insurance,
The blaze is believed to have started
by Powder-like sawdust in the engine
room, igniting from the fire under the
boilers. In an instant the entire mill
was ablaze and burned rapidly. For a
while the entire $100,000 plant and
many other buildings were threatened,
but the Baker fire department and 150
men worked heroically and kept the
flames from spreading. Several cars
of lumber were pulled to safety just
Klamath Realty 1 raded.
Klamath Falls Several important
real estate deals were made in this
city last week. The Rocky Point
Summer Resort, conducted for the past
few years by Mr. and Mrs. Charles D.
Wilson was sold to W. W. Smith, of
this city. The property is on govern
ment land and Mr. Wilson held a 25
year lease on it. Mr. Smith said that
he would build a large hotel at Rocky
Point, which is at the extreme north
ern end of Unner Klamath lake, and
will have the hotel ready for use when
the tourist season opens next summer.
Man IOO Years Old Dies.
Salem George W. Bennett,- aged
100 years and 6 months, died Monday
at the State Insane hospital. He had
been a patient of the hospital since
1910 and previous to that time was an
inmate of the Soldier's Home at Rose
burg. Mr. Bennett was born in New
Ynrk and served throueh the Civil war
He had no known relativies and the
body is being held pending instructions
from Bennett's guardian, Captain J.
A. Duchanan, of Roseburg.
Heavy Rain Causes Loss to Growers.
Sheridan The showers of Saturday
settled down into a steady drizzle,
threatening wholesale damage to grain
and hops. Hoppicking commenced
with the trrowers anxious to get the
crops in. They estimate a 20 per cent
loss already 100 bales of the 500 that
was estimated as the season output
from this section.
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The entrance of Rournania into the
war means that fifteen nations are
now in conflict. The iron ring of
which the Germans have complained is
tightening. It now extends around
the central powers in this order: Rus
sia and Rournania on the East; Serbia
on the South; Montenegro and Albania
on the Southwest; Italy on the South
and West, and France on the East.
The open Bpace at Belgrade through
Serbia shows the road the Austrians
have kept open to Constantinople.
The only other points where terri
tory of the central powers is not
touched by war is Switzerland on the
Southwest, Holland on the Northwest
and Denmark on the North.
Declarations of war by various na
tons have been as follows:
July 28 Austria on Serbia.
Aug. 1 Germany on Russia.
Aug. 3 Germany on Belgium and
Aug. 4 France on Germany.
Aug. 4 Great Britain on Germany.
Aug. 5 Austria on Russia.
Aug. 6 Belgium on Germany.
Aug. 6 Serbia on Germany.
Aug. 8 Montenegro on Austria.
Aug. 12 Great Britain on Austria.
Aug. 12 Montenegro on Germany.
Aug. 23 Japan on Germany.
Aug. 25 Austria on Japan.
Aug. 28 Austria on Belgium.
Nov. 2 Russia on Turkey.
Nov. 5 Great Britain and France
Nov. 7 Belgium and Serbia on
May 23 Italy on AuBtria.
June 3 San Marino on Austria.
Aug. 22 Italy on Turkey.
Oct 14 Bulgaria on Serbia. '
Oct. 15 Great Britain on Bulgaria.
Oct. 16 Franc on Bulgaria.
' Oct. 18 Russia on Bulgaria.
Oct. 19 Italy on Bulgaria.
March 8 Germny on Portugal.
March 10 Portugal on Germany.
March 15 Austria on Portugal.
Aug. 28 Italy on Germany.
Aug. 28 Rournania on Central Pow
ers. Aug. 28 Germany on Rournania.
Roumania's entrance into the war
places a thoroughly drilled and equip
ped army of nearly 600,000 men along
side the allies.
The organization and equipment of
the Roumanian army have been praised
by many experts. Roumania's mili
tary service is obligatory on all able
bodied men between 21 and 46 years of
age. This gives the country 50,000
new soldiers a year and enables Ruou
mania, out of a population of 7,000,
000, to muster an army of over half a
Streetcar Strike in New York.
New York A strike was declared
early Thursday night by unionized em
ployes of the subway and elevated rail
way lines operated by the Interborough
Rapid Transit company. Union offi
cials assert that New York's electric
transportation facilities would be com
pletely paralyzed. They are confident
that the motormen and conductors on
the Burface lines would strike through
symathy. Theodore P. Shonts, presi
dent of the company, declared that the
company could cope successfully with
Another Section to the
This is the first of a special design
car building company. The car is built
well at the top center. There are also
JAPAN WOULD PUT ADVISERS
IN CHINESE MILITARY ACADEMIES
Pekin In addition to demanding
police power in South Manchuria and
inner Mongolia as one of the terms of
the settlement of the incident at Cheng
Chiatun, in Eastern Mongolia, Japan,
it was learned in government circles
here, has also secretly suggested to
China that the employment of Japan
ese miltary advisers at the large Chi
nese centers and of Japanese instruc
tors in the Chinese military schools
would be highly desirable. '
The Chinese press says the granting
of the Japanese demands would mean
the abandonment of Chinese sover
eignty in inner Mongolia and in South
China's dependency upon Japan for
money, it is maintained in semi-official
quarters, renders her unable to ignore
either the Japanese demands or sug
gestions unless financial assistance is
Wang Hung-Nien, the Chinese com
missioner who investigated the inci
dent at Cheng Chiatun, in which six
Japanese and four Chinese soldiers were
killed in a clash between troops of the
two garrisons, reports that the trouble
began with a street fight between a
Japanese civilian and a Chinese sol
dier. Japanese soldiers attempted to
force their way into the Chinese bar
racks to arrest the soldier. A Jap
anese soldier, the commissioner says,
slashed the Chinese sentry with a
sword, where upon firing began.
80 Warships to "Battle."
Old Point Comfort, Va. Eighty-odd
battleships, destroyers and Bupply
ships of the Atlantic fleet, stripped
down to battle trim, steamed from
Hampton Roads Monday for the South
ern drill grounds, off the Virginia
capes, to engage in what naval officers
Bay will be the most important battie
maneuvers and target practice ever
held by the fleet With the fleet now
are more big ships than ever before
were assembled under the American
flag, including the super-dreadnoughts
Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and Nevada.
Iron Ring Around the
Uncle Sam Buys an Armored Car
of armored carB just delivered to the
of light steel plates, and will carry one
ports for twenty machine guns on the
Publisher for Defense.
JOSbPH H. COIT
Joseph H. Coit, president of the
publishing house of Moffat, Yard &
Co., has been elected chairman of the
board of trustees of the American De
Czar's Officer Punished.
Stockholm The commanding officer
of the Russian submarine which seized
the German steamer Desterro in Swed
ish terrtorial waterB, has been removed
from his command and severely pun
ished, especially for his abuse of the
Swedish flag, says the reply of the
Russian government to the Swedish
protest concerning the capture. The
Desterro will be released immediately.
The German steamers Lissabon and
Worms, the Russians maintain, were
captured outside Swedish territorial
War department by a Hammond, Ind.,
high-powered gun, mounted in a gun
sides, which may ateo be used by sharp
Revenue Bill in Effect Now;
Stamp Tax Is Abolished
Washington, D. C. When the new
general revenue bill became effective
Saturday business men throughout the
country were relieved of the stamp
taxes which they have been paying
since December 1, 1914, and which
were to have continued until December
31 of this year.
The stamp taxes repealed include
those paid on telegraph and telephone
messages, parlor-car seats and berth
tickets, bonds, debentures, certificates
of indebtedness, certificates of stock,
transfer bills of sale, promissory notes,
express and freight manifests and bills
of lading, bonding instruments, con
veyances, insurance policies, entry of
goods, passage tickets, protests, per
fumery, cosmetics and chewing gum.
Greece Awaiting Allies' Decision.
London Great importance is at
tached in dispatches of Saturday to
Reuter and the Exchange Telegraph to
the conference at Athens between the
entente ministers andPremier Zaimis.
The Greek premier seemingly made
no definite statement regarding the
Greek government's intentions, but
sounded the diplomatu representatives
regrading the feeling of their govern
ments in the event of Greece's depar
ture from neutrality. The ministers
replied that they welcomed proposals
from the Greek government, which
they would submit to their own gov
ernments. 23 I. W. W. Herded in Jail.
Everett, Wash. Twenty-three per?
sons, believed to be members of the
I. W. W., who approached Everett
Sunday night in a launch, were inter
cepted by Sheriff McRae in the harbor,
taken to the city dock and herded en
masso in the county jail. The party
had gone from Seattle to Mukilteo by
train and the remainder of the dis
tance by launch.
Among those taken was a Mrs. Fre
nette, wanted here on warrants charg
ing her with having incited a riot Fri
NORTHWEST MARKET REPORTS;
GENERAL CROP CONDITIONS
Portland Wheat- Bluestem, $1.80:
forty-fold, $1.28; club, $1.27; red fife,
$1.28; red Russian, $1.26.
Flour Patents, $6.20; straights.
$5.60 6; exports, $5.60; valley,
$5.80; whole wheat, $6.40; graham,
Mlllfeed Spot prices: Bran, $23.50
per ton; shorts, $25.60; rolled barley,
Corn Whole, $42 per ton; cracked.
Hay Producers' prices: Timothy,
Eastern Oregon $16.6018 per ton;
timothy, valley, $15 (ti) 16; alfalfa,
$14.60; wheat hay, $12.5013.60; oat
and vetch, $12 12.50; cheat, $11;
Butter Exchange prices : Cubes,
extras, no bid, 30c asked. Jobbing
prices: Prints, extras, 8234c; but
terfat, No. 1, 81c; No. 2, 29c, Port
Eggs Oregon ranch, exchange
prices, current receipts, 27c dozen.
Jobbing prices: Oregon ranch, candled,
2830c; selects, 32c.
Poultry Hens, 13J14Jc per pound;
broilers, 1617c; turkeys, live, 18((j
22c; ducks, ll14Jc; geese, 9llc.
Veal Fancy, 12J13c per pound.
Pork Fancy, 12J13c per pound.
Vegetables Artichokes, 75c(g,$l per
dozen; tomatoes, 3050c per crate;
cabbage, $1.75 per hundred; peppers,
46c per pound; eggplant, 67c; let
tuce, 2025o per dozen; cucumbers,
2650c per box; beans, 3c per pound;
celery, 7585c per dozen; corn, 10
Potatoes New, 90c$1.15 per hun
dred; Bweets, 3J((i4c.
Onions California, $1.50 per sack;
Walla Walla, $1.50 per sack.
Green Fruits Apples, new, 76c (Sj
$1.85 per box; cantaloupes, 60c$1.60
per crate; peaches, 4075c per box;
watermelons, lie per pound; plums,
75c$l per box; pears, $1.251.60;
grapes, $1.101.75; casabas, lie per
Sack Vegetables Turips, $1.25;
carrots, $1.25 1.35; beeta, $1.25
Hops 1916 crop, nominal; 1916
contracts, 9c, nominal.
Wool Eastern Oregon, fine, 2326c
per pound; coarse, 3032c; valley, 30
Casara Bark Old and new, 4c per
Cattle Steers, prime, $6.606.75;
good, $66.50; common to fair, $6
5.60; cows, choice, $5(5)5.60; medium
to good, $4.505; ordinary to fair,
$44.50; heifers, $45.75; bulls, $3
4.25; calves, $36.
Hogs Prime, $9.559.65; good to
prime mixed, $9.60 9.60; rough
heavy, $8.759.25; pigs and skips,
Sheep Lambs, $5.50 8.25; year
ling wethers, $5.766.50; old wethers,
$5.506; ewes, $3.605.60.
No Slump in Produce Market.
Tacoma There was no slump in the
produce market as a result of jobbers
loading up with the expectation of a
railroad strike and high prices when it
opened Tuesday after being closed two
days. None of the Tacoma jobbers
overloaded, although all had good stocks
on hand when they opened. The ar
rivals were heavy, especially in canta
loupes and peaches, including several
cars of Elbertas. Ebertas are now 75
cents a box and dealers are advising
housewives to make their preserving
peace purchases now, as the price will
likely not drop any lower. The short
age of the crop and heavy Eastern de
mand is responsible for the high price
Although beef prices dropped half a
cent a pound on the opening of the
market, pork and mutton advanced
from half a cent to 2 cents a pound.
Dressed hogs advanced from 12 J to 14
cents a pound, and Diamond T. C.
lambs from 14 to 16 cents a pound.
Hog products in the East have ad
vanced heavily during the past month
and the result is being felt here.
Heavy export trade is thought to be
responsible, as there is no shortage in
the hog crop in the Middle West. Mut
ton, because of high prices last spring,
caused heavy selling of the parent
stock, with the result that there were
fewer 1916 lambs than there other
wise would have been.
Egg and butter prices opened un
changed. Cheese shows a strong ten
dency to advance and the price may be
a cent higher all around by the end of
No Bids for Creamery Butter.
Portland There was not a single
bid for creamery butter or cheese at
the session of the produce exchange
Tuesday. Creamery extras were offer
ed at 30 cents, prime firsts at 29 cents
and firsts at 271 cents. A lot of dairy
butter was sold at 22i cents.
Eggs were sold at 27 cents case
count. Hens were offered at 15 cents
with 13 cents bid, and springs were
offered at 17 cents, with 16i cents bid.
There was a firm market on the
street for country dressed meats, pork
and veal selling at 12J13 cents.
Cheap Peaches Are Not Expected.
Portland The peach market holds
firm, and, in the opinion of Front
street dealers, will continue so
throughout the season, as there is not
likely to be any over-supply. The best
yellow peaches are held at 65 and 75
cents a box. The market is about 20
cents over the level customary at this
time of the year. Cantaloupes were in
large supply and weak. Prices had a
wide range of $1 to $1.60 a crate, ac
cording to quality. Buyers gave the
preferance to California cantaloupes at
the higher prices over Toppenish stock.