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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 17, 1917)
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Events of Noted People, Government
and Pacific Northweit and Other
Thlngi Worth Knowing.
The Canadian casualtiy list issued
Tuesday night contains the following
names of Americans killed in action:
W. H. Bland, Black Bear, Idaho.
Nineteen Portuguese fishermen of
Provincetown were drowned when the
dories in which they were fishing off
Cape Cod were swamped by a gale that
came up suddenly Friday afternoon.
The first three bales of Georgia's
new cotton crop to arrive in New York
were auctioned from the steps of the
Cotton Exchange Wednesday for $700,
Nearly 50 cents a pound. The money
was given to the Red Cross war fund,
Liberty bonds for the first time
since the second or third day's trading
in them on the New York Stock Ex
change, sold at par Tuesday. Last
week they sold as low as 99.52, which
represented a depreciation of $4.80 per
The medical corps of the United
States Army in France announced Fri
day that the French had turned over to
it two large military hospitals and also
a large medical depot. American base
hospital units are manning these insti
Sinking of the American steamer
Campana, a Standad Oil tanker, with
the probable capture of her captain
and four members of the naval guard
by the attacking German submarine,
was announced Tuesday by the Navy
After visiting practically every sec-
tion of Oregon of any consequence
agriculturally, Governor Withycombe
made the statement that Oregon is
facing the nearest approach to a crop
failure of anything he has seen in his
46 years' experience in watching crop
Sunburned Western ranges, with the
price of Imported hay and feed almost
prohibitive, are likely to cause a de
cided drop in the price of beef before
December 1, in the opinion of St.
Paul live stock men. Shortage of feed
already has resulted in an Influx of
cattle from the West at the South St.
Nine hundred and thirty-three Scan
dinavian ships have been destroyed by
torpedoes or mines since the beginning
of the war, according to the Copen
hagen Aftenbladet. Of this number
Norway lost 600, Denmark 187 and
Sweden 146. The number of Scandi
navian seamen lost in these disasters
was about 500.
Placed so that it would have de
stroyed a 86-inch water supply main
to the Ogden city reservoir and the
embankment of the reservoir, thus al
lowing the impounded water to rush
down upon the city, a dynamite bomb
with two feet of its four-foot fuse
burned, was found early Tuesday night
by the police.
In a statement Tuesday, Secretary
McAdoo said prompt passage of the
Army and Navy insurance bill would
"immeasurably increase America's
chance of winning the war," and ex
pressed the hope that the bill would be
enacted "before the first soldier of the
new National Army begins active mil
itary duty," about September 1.
The Butte streetcar men's strike
was settled Friday afternoon, the com'
pany agreeing to pay the men a flat
scale. Operation of cars has been re
Seven Norwegian sailing vessels and
90 men were loBt in a heavy gale near
Greenland, according to a dispatch to
the London Central News from Chris
The first one-third of the quote of
687,000 men drafted for army service
under the selection bill will be called
to the colors September 1 and sent to
training camps between September 1
and September 5. TMb information
has been communicated to the govern
ors of all states by Provost Marshal
Wool contracts calling for more than
$18,000,000 worth of wool have been
let at Washington, according to an
nouncements. The Red Cross has pur
chased 1,000,000 pounds for knitting
purposes and the Navy has let con
tracts for 4,500,000 yards of uniform
cloth at an aggregate cost of more
That a special session of the Utah
legislature will be called to act on the
high prices of coal was Indicated Fri
day by Governor Bamberger, when he
declared that, if necessary, he would
urge the enactment of a measure to
make coal a public utility.
Damage which may mount into hun
dreds of thousands of dollars was
caused to property and crops by a se
vere hail and wind storm which swept
a path four to ten miles wide and more
than 100 miles long over nine counties
of Eastern Central Nebraska Thursday
OREGON IN FIRST CALL
Plans for Sending National Guard to
France Announced by War De
partment 26 States Share.
Washington, D. C Plans for send
ing the first National Guard troops to
France have been perfected by the
War department with the organization
of a division which will include troops
from 26 states and the District of Col
umbia. Word to this effect was sent
The states from which the National
Guard troops are to be assembled are:
Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,
New York, Ohio, Georgia, Alabama,
Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota,
Maryland, South Carolina, California,
Missouri, Virginia, North Carolina,
Kansas, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey,
Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colo
rado and Oregon.
The others come from the District
JAPANESE MISSION ARRIVES
"We Are With You, Heart and Soul,"
Says Ambassador Extraordinary.
A Pacific Port A Japanese mission
to the United States arrived here
Tuesday, and proclaimed, almost at
the moment of landing, that its mem
bers came officially "aB comrades in a
gigantic struggle, which involves the
liberties and the sacred rights of man
kind." "We are here," declared Viscount
K. Ishii, ambassador extraordinary,
and plenipotentiary, responding to an
address of welcome from the mayor,
"as the representatives of Japan on a
mission of friendship and good will.
"We come as allies in a common
cause. We are with you, heart and
He referred to the Nation's war
panoply, and its meaning to Japan.
" We are particularly glad to be here
just at this time," he said, "when all
America is showing courage, patriot
ism, energy and whole-hearted zeal.
"Naturally, Japan is interested in
your preparations. We are glad to
see them. Not a single sensible per
son in Japan sees anything in your
preparations but great benefit to both
countries in the future.
"We have always had confidence in
the fundamental justice, sound sense
and broad vision of Americans. We
are glad of your preparations on land
and sea, because we believe they
mean an earlier peace."
SUMPTER, OR., IS IN RUINS
Fire Completely Sweeps Town Oft the
Map Loss Said to be $200,000.
Baker, Ore. Sumpter, once the
Babylon of Eastern Oregon, is now a
smoking mass of ruins.
The flames Monday night were eat
ing their way to the woods at the edge
of the city and the hundreds of fire
fighters were trying desperately to
subdue them before the blaze could get
such a start in the dry timber that a
forest fire might result.
The Iobs is estimated as high as
$200,000 and it is known that the in
surance carried is comparatively small,
so that the once mighty metropolis, of
this part of the country never may be
rebuilt, at least it is certain that only
a small part ever will rise from the
Every business house and nearly
every residence, church and hall have
been leveled by the flames. More than
300 persons are without homes and
every effort to relieve the suffering is
National 8-Hour Bill Drafted.
Washington, D. C As a Bolution in
part of the labor trouble in Western
Oregon and Washington, Senator Poin
dexter has proposed the enactment by
congress of a law providing that eight
hours shall constitute a standard day's
work for all lumber mills, logging
camps or other wood-working estab
lishments whose products enter into
interstate or foreign trade. His bill
imposes a penalty of $1000 for each
Senator Poindexter drafted and in
troducted this bill at the suggestion
of mill men and mill laborers, both
sides to the controversy, according to
his advices, being favorable to the
legal eight-hour day in the lumber bus
iness if it can be made National.
Agitator is Deported.'
Reno, Nev. Fifty armed business
men of Lovelock went to Rochester
mining camp at midnight Tuesday.
seized C. W. McKinnon, brother-in-law
of W. D. Haywood and an I. W. W.
organizer, took him to Lovelock and
shipped him away to Ogden on an
early train. Residents of Lovelock
and Rochester are forming a Citizens'
League. John Gilbert, resident of
Rochester, also was deported.
McKinnon, ten days ago, was driven
out of the Yerington copper district by
Railroada Save Mileage.
Chicago Extensive reductions in
passenger train service in addition to
those already made are soon to go into
effect in the Middle West. Between
March 1 and July 15, the railroada in
this territory effected a saving at the
rate of almost seven million passenger
miles a year in passenger train serv
ice. The total reductions already
made and those soon to be put into
effect in this territory amount to over
12,000,000 passenger miles.
Pope Benedict Asks Nations to
Return to Status Quo.
ALLIES' REFUSAL SEEN
Diplomats Believe Move Has German
Origin, but Faith of Vatican is
Not Doubted To Consider.
Washintgon, D. C. Pope Benedict
made peace proposals Tuesday which
were not unexpected to the United
States, nor to any of the entente al
lies. The possibilities of a peace move
was discussed with British Foreign
Minister Balfour and Vice Premier
Viviani, when the British and French
official missions were in Washington,
and it was agreed that all the allies,
including the United States, should re
fuse to discuss peace terms while Ger
many occupied the territories she had
taken by force, and thereby avoid
what the allied statesment considered
a German trap.
Now the Pontiff's proposal presents
the question in a somewhat different
light, difficult to meet, perhaps, but it
offers a war-weary world a hope for
Germany and her allies are expected
to promptly accept the Pope's pro
posals. American officials acknowledge that
the Vatican's proffer is of a nature
calling for a reply. Diplomats of the
entente circle express nothing but
unanimous opinion that it would be re
jected. American officials realize that
a convincing reply is required for the
world's page of history. That the
proposals .cannot be accepted as they
stand is certain. That they will not
be accepted at all is probable.
The Pope Buggests restoration of
Belgium, Serbia and Roumania and
peaceful solution of the problems of
Alsace-Lorraine, Trent, Trietse and
Poland, according to reports received
from Vatican sources.
The Pope's peace appeal proposes
that there be no annexation and nqjn
demnities, except in special cases,
such as Belgium and Serbia, the re
turn of Germany of her colonies in ex
change for the occupied departments
of France, freedom of the seas, dis
armament and the formation of a su
preme court of arbitration for the set
tlement of future international dis
putes. An official outline of the Pope's com
munication was received here Tuesday
morning. Members of the President's
cabinet said it had not been discussed
at the afternoon meeting, but some of
the President's official family gave
signs of the difficulty which it has
The first appraisal of the proposal
by officials and diplomats was that it
was another attempt by Germany, this
time working through Austria, because
of the latter's close relation to the
Vatican, to accomplish what she failed
in her first offer of peace the assem
bling of peace delegates at a round
table conference, where the interests
of one ally could be played off against
the other with the disruption of the
grand alliance as the stake.
In no quarter is there any disposi
tion to question in any way the good
faith of the Vatican, although the
peace activities of the Roman Catholic
elements in Germany and Austria have
been prominent for several months.
RUSSIA CALLS BIG MEETING
1000 Persons Invited to Help Formu
late Plans for New Government.
Petrograd More than 1000 persons
have been invited by the government
to attend the conference which is to be
held at Moscow August 25 to 27 to
consider in their broadest aspects the
situation of the nation and the plans
for the new national t government.
Those who have been asked to attend
include all members of the four dumas,
other persons prominent in public life
and repesentatives of all important or
ganizations, whether political, eco
nomic, commercial or scientific.
Pope's Plan Hits Market.
New York The announcement of
the Pope's peace proposals, coming af
ter the strong opening Tuesday, gave
the stock market a severe setback.
Early gains of one to two points in
steels, equipments and other war is
sues and as much as one to five points
in motors, shippings, oils and miscel
laneous shares were largely surren
dered before midday. The only issues
to retain their gains in part were the
active stocks in tobacco. In the after
noon the market became dull with
small net reactions in the active shares.
Railway Clerks in Union.
Spokane, Wash. The railway clerks
of Spokane are organizing a union, and
are ready to apply to the Central La
bor Council for affiliation. Represent
atives of the new organization ap
peared before the council Tuesday
night and reported that a membership
of more than 100 had been enrolled.
The union will include employes of
the railroad companies engaged in
clerical work in both freight and pass
,IN BRIEF. I
R. B. Godin, secretary of the Board
of Control, is at the The Dalles to re
ceive bids on the equipment of the
Portage railway, owned by the state.
Cull apples have taken an advance
of $2 per ton over the former Beasons.
The Hood River Apple Vinegar com
pany, operating one of the largest
plants in the state, has announced that
it will pay $8 per ton for orchard-run
Wood procured from stumpage will
be used as fuel at the State Hospital
for the Insane at least for the next
two years, and at the State Peniten
tiary for the next three years. This
arrangement has been made by the
State Board of Control.
J. M. Johnson is to be the new su
perintendent of Klamath Indian reser
vation, with headquarters at Klamath
Agency. Mr. Johnson came from the
Colville Indian reservation, Washing
ton. C. H. Asbury, special agent in
charge, has left for Reno, Nev.
Bears are inflicting heavy losses on
the Bheep herds in the Eagle Moun
tains in Eastern Oregon, according to
Senator and Mrs. W. H. Strayer, of
Baker. George Jones, of Richland, is
said to have lost 23 head from his herd
and others have suffered severe dam
age. Advertising for bids on the first
three units of the Pacific Highway
improvement to be undertaken in
Douglas county began at Roseburg
Wednesday. The units are located in
the northern part of Douglas county
and will eliminate the Pass Creek
County Agent S. B. Hall has estab
lished the fact that many deaths among
cattle in the Gresham section is due to
a disease called hemorrhagic septice
mia, and measures are being taken to
put an end to its ravages. Farmers in
Multnomah and Clackamas counties
have lost more than 100 animals.
The Balderree logging camp near
Black Rock, in Polk county, belonging
to the Willamette Valley Lumber com
pany, is a total loss, and losses of the
company since the fires started Satur
day are estimated at more than $200,-
000. The fire is the worst since 1910,
when a million feet of timber burned
in the Siletz basin.
A peddler, said to be German, and
selling courtplaster and medicine and
saying he has the sanction of B. F.
Elgin, a Sherwood druggist, is going
through that community. Mr. Elgin
denies any knowledge of the man.
He is insistent on selling to everyone.
One of the plasters is now in the hands
of the chemists of the State board of
W. M. Round, president of the
Washington Cranberry Growers asso
ciation, with headquarters at Long
Beach, Wash., has issued an invitation
to all cranberry growers'of Oregon and
Washington to attend a meeting to be
held at Long Beach, Saturday, August
25. An invitation has been extended
Governor Lister, of Washington, to
attend the meeting.
The Marine Guard at the Englewood
radio station at Marshfield has been
increased by the arrival of 13 men from
Mare Island, under Sergeant W. S.
Hamilton. Within the past two
weeks another contingent of six men
who had served at Cape Blanco also
was sent there. The force, including
the original guard, now numbers 25
marines, besides the five operators.
The skin of a gray wolf was turned
in at the county clerk's office at Al
bany Monday for bounty. Charles E.
Clark, of Lacomb, related a story of
its capture showing that Clyde Rucker,
of Lacomb, had a narrow escape from
a deer which was pursued by the
The State Highway commission has
opened bids and awarded contracts for
road and bridge construction projects
and accepted the bid of the Lumber-
mens Trust company, of Portland, on
the $500,000 bond issue, the first sale
of bonds under the $6,000,000 bonding
enactment. The bid was $471,300
with accrued interest, the bonds dated
The Springfield Planing Mill com
pany has called for bids for a large
amount of hardwood lumber. The
company has accepted a contract for
the manufacture of 1,000,000 tent
stakes for the United States govern
ment, according to an announcement
made by H. E. Pitts, manager of the
company. The work of making the
stakes will begin August 16.
The body of Mrs. Katherine Osgood,
age 83 years, was found floating in
the Walluski river near Astoria Friday
night, bhe had been missing for sev
eral day and is supposed to have fal
len while crossing the bridge.
One hundred Curry county hogs, de
livered for J. E. Ford, at Bandon,
brought 13 cents a pound, live weight.
The consignment was bought for the
Ford market in Marshfield and it was
said the price was the hightest record
ed in the county for such a large herd.
As one of the direct results of the
United States becoming involved in
the world war. the Astoria board of
school directors haa vntpH tn kAi
French to the course of Btudy in the
Car shortage on the Southern Pacific
lines in Oregon Thursday was 751.
While the number is small compared
with the more than 8000 shortage some
months ago, the Public Service com
mission considers the shortage ex
tremely serious because of the early
season and the demand for cars due to
causes created by the war.
BIG HARVEST OF PEAS
Ten Thousand Acres Near Moscow,
Idaho, Expected to Give Average
Yield of 10 to 12 Bushels.
Moscow, Idaho Farmers in the vi
cinity of Moscow are busy harvesting
their peas. It is estimated that there
are 10,000 acres in peas in the imme
diate vicinity of Moscow this year,
and despite the abnormal season cold
and wet in the spring and a record
breaker for lack of rain and heat in
the summer it is felt that it is clearly
demonstrated that this is a field pea
country, that in ordinary years they
will do well.
The best estimates obtainable on the
present crop here this year is 10 to 12
bushels to the acre. Some fields will
double that. Elmer A. Nichols just
south of the city has 230 acres that is
expected to average 20 bushels. The
price expected is $3.50 as the mini
mum, bo that even at 10 bushels it
will mean $35 an acre for the crop.
Farmers who planted peas this year
are encouraged to go in for a much
larger acreage next year.
Strawberry Money is Divided.
Hood River The Apple Growers'
association has completed its most suc
cessful strawberry season in the mat
ter of dollars and cents.
Following is the list of the 14 pools,
showing the dates and the average
price realized from a crate of 24 boxes.
It is the actual net money received
which is being distributed to the grow
ers. The list: June 1 and 2, $4.80;
June 3 and 4, $3.33; June 6 to 11, in
clusive, $3,45"; June 12 to 15th, in
clusive, $3.61; June 16th, $3.64; June
17 to 19, inclusive, $3.30; June 20,
$3.18; June 21 to 24, inclusve, $2.80;
June 25 to 26, inclusive, $2.63; June
27 to 30, inclusive, $2.09; July 1 to 5,
inclusive, $1.81; July 6 to 11, inclu
sive, $1.87; July 12 to 18, inclusive,
$2; July 19 to 27, inclusive, $2.25.
Tiny New Spuds Sprout.
Pendleton, Or. Umatilla county war
garden growers are discovering that
their potatoes are not maturing, but
are already sprouting in the ground.
None here has been able to explain the
condition and apparently all locations
and all boub in the immediate vicinity
are affected in this manner. Some of
the early varieties have grown suffi
ciently to be served on the tables, but
the late planting will be hardly worth
digging so far as the war gardens are
concerned. The potatoes which are
sprouting are sometimes as Bmall as a
pea, frequently as small as a walnut,
The Beed potatoes remain in the
ground in much the same condition as
Butterfat Prices Soar.
Marshfield, Or. Butter fat is bring
ing an average of 66 cents in Coos
county and creamery butter is selling
at higher prices than ever before in
the summer season. Two-pound rolls
are bringing from $1.05 to $1.15 each.
The creamery operators report a
heavy falling off in milk receipts,
due to the drouth conditions. Many
pastures have dried up entirely and
some cattle are actually on short
feed. July milk deliveries were
much lighter than those for the month
NORTHWEST MARKET REPORT
Portland Wheat Bluestem, new,
$2.852.40; fortyfold, $2.34 2.36
club, $2.322.35; red Russian, $2.30
Millfeed Spot prices: Bran, $35
per ton; shorts, $38; middlings, $45;
rolled barley, $51; rolled oats, $55.
Hay Producers' prices: Timothy,
old crop, nominal; alfalfa, new, $18
19; wheat, new crop, $1516; oat and
vetch, new crop, $1617.
Vegetables Tomatoes, $1.252 per
crate; cabbage, 2jc per pound; let
tuce, $1.601.75 per crate; cucum
bers, 4060c per dozen; peppers, 8(S
10c per pound; beans, 68c per pound;
corn, 3035c per dozen.
Potatoes New, 2J3Jc per pound,
Green Fruits Apricots, $1.251.50;
cantaloupes, 95 $2.85 per crate;
peaches, 65c$1.25 per box; water
melons, $1.752 per hundred; apples,
$1.352.50; raspberries, $1.75 2;
pears, $2; grapes, $2; blackberries,
Butter Cubes, extras, 40J41c;
prirne; "firsts, 89 jc,,- Jobbnig. prices:
Prints, extras, 44c;' cartons, lc e'xtta;
butterfat, No. 1, best bid, 46c; No. 2,
Eggs Ranch, current receipts, 36c
per dozen; candled, 87$S8c per doz
en; selects, 39c.
Poultry Hens, 1516Jc per pound;
broilers, 18 20c; turkeys, 1821c;
ducks, old, 13(ffl5c; young, 1718Jc;
geese, old, 89c.
Hops 1916 crop, 1214c per pound;
1917 contracts, 1820c;917 fuggles,
Best beef steers $ 8.25 8.75
Good beef steers 7.25 8.25
Best beef cowb 6.00 7.00
Ordinary to good 4.00 6.00
Best heifers 6.25 7.25
Bulls 4.50 6.00
Calves 8.50 9.50
Stackers and feeders. . . . 4.50 6.75
Prime light hogs $16.15(3:16.25
Prime heavy hogs 16.0016.15
Western lambs $12.0012.75
Valley lambs 11.6012.00
Yearlings 8.75 9.60
Wethers 8.10 8.50
Ewes 8.50 7.00
President Signs Food Control
Bill at Same Time.
BIG STICK LOOMS UP
Food and Agriculture Departments
Long Ready for Work Federal
Trade Commission Busy.
" Washington, D. C. The American
government Saturday assumed control
of the country's food supply with the
signing by President Wilson of the ad
ministration's food survey and regula
Formal . announcement of Herbert
Hoover's appointment as' food admin
istrator was made at the White House
soon after the measures were ap
proved, and Mr. Hoover set forth the
aims of the food administration in a
statement, declaring its purpose will
be to stabilize and not to disturb con
ditions. Every effort will be made to correct
price abuses, made possible by abnor
mal times, Mr. Hoover said, but dras
tic measures will not be attempted
until it is seen the purposes of the ad
ministration cannot be accomplished
through constructive co-operation with
food producing and distributing indus
tries. The very existence of corrective
powers, Mr. Hoover declared, will tend
to check speculation and price infla
tion. "The business men of the country, I
am convinced," Bays Mr. Hoover's
statement, "as a result of many hun
dreds of conferences with representa
tives of the great sources of food sup
ply, realize their own patriotic obliga
tion, and the solemnity of the situa
tion, and will fairly and generously co
operate in meeting the national emer
gencies." The two measures as signed give to
the government sweeping war-time
powers. The regulatory bill is de
signed to put food distribution under
direct government supervision, and a
provision added as an amendment ex
tends an even more drastic government
control over coal and other fuels, in
cluding the power to fix prices, and au
thorizing government operation of .
The Burvey bill is intended to en
courage production, and gives the gov
ernment authority to keep up a contin
uous census of the amount of food
stuffs in the United States. It will be
administered by the department of
Both the Food Administration and
Agriculture departments have been
ready since long before the bills were
passed to go ahead with the work.
The Food Administration has as
sembled a Btaff and already is enlisting
the country's women in a household
Meanwhile the Federal Trade com
mission, authorized some time ago to
conduct an investigation into food
prices with special reference to anti
trust law violations, is gathering in
formation which it will turn over to
the two agences and to the department
The first move of the Food Adminis
tration will be to bring about changes
in the system of distributing wheat
and in the manufacture and sale of
flour and bread. It will take up next
the production of meat and dairy
foods. The Trade commission has in
vestigators now in the flour mills and
in the meat-packing houses.
In his statement Mr. Hoover em
phasizes the' obligation the United
States owes to its allies in supplying
an abundance of food and urges re
duced consumption by the American
"We have in our abundance and in
our waste," he says, "an ample supply
to carry them as well as ourselves over
this next winter without suffering. If
we fail, it is because in dividual
American citizens have failed to see
and do this loyal National duty.
We Bhall invite all classes and all
trades to sign a volunteer . pledge to
coronerate with us in the undertaking,
and so become" members of the food
administration aB we ourselves are."
Regular Army Filled.
Washington, D. C With the war
volunteers of Saturday the regular
army was raised to its full strength of
300,000. Since April 1 more than
183,898 volunteers have been enlisted.
Twenty-three states filled their quotas
and 25 did not. The states in the roll
of honor are: California, Colorado,
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho,
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kanass, Mas
sachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mon
tana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey,
New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania,
Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
National Holiday Likely.
Washington, D. C A National hol
iday may be declared September 3 in
celebration of the entrainment of the
draft levies for the training canton
ments. No step to this end has been
made as yet, but officials at the Pro
vost Marshal General's office regard it
as probable. Conferences were had
with rialway officials on mobilization
details. Transportation lines face the
problem of collecting the first 230,000
men from 4570 districts.