The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, October 19, 1917, Image 2

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Brief Resume Most Important
Daily News Items.
Events of Noted People, Government!
and Pacific Northwest snd Other
Thine Worth Knowing.
Several Minneapolis flour mills will
decline further orders until those on
hand have been filled. The action is
in accordance with a request from the
food administration.
Mata-Hari, the Dutch dancer and ad
venturess, who two months ago was
found guilty by a Paris courtmartial on
the charge of espionage, was shot at
dawn Monday morning.
The London taxicab drivers at a
meeting recently decided upon a strike
next Monday, owing to the refusal of
the Home secretary to sanction a 60
per cent increase in fares.
Four banner carriers of the woman's
party were arrested Tuesday in front
of the White House. All four were
in the group arrested 10 days ago and
dismissed without sentence.
According to a Copenhagen dispatch,
Germany has offered to supply a cer
tain quantity of potatoes to Denmark.
In exchange, however, Germany will
expect Denmark to supply her with ar
ticles of which she is in need.
Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, presi
dent of the National Woman Suffrage
party, will lead the woman'B parade in
New York City, planned for October
27, under the auspices of the New
York state organization of the party.
An explosion in the nitro-starch dry
house at the Du Pont Powder Works
at GibbBtown, N. J., resulted in the
instant death of two workmen. A
third man is missing and probably
dead. Another man was seriously in
jured. Germany and Turkey have made an
agreement whereby Turkey is to issue
, paper money of the equivalent value
of 50,000,000, against which the
same amount of German exchequer
bonds is to be deposited in Turkish
banks, according to the Frankfurter
President Wilson saw American sol
diers go through all the thrilling work
of trench warfare, including "going
over the top," cutting through wire
entanglements and using the bayonet
in the "enemy trench Monday. The
drill was carried out at the Washing
ton barracks by American engineers in
training there.
Two hundred and fifty lives were
lost when the steamer Media was tor
pedoed September 23 in the Western
Mediterranean, says a Reuter dispatch
from Pans. The explosion of the tor
pedo detonated the munitions in the
ship s cargo. There were more than
600 passengers on board the steamer
including soldiers and prisoners of war,
Shipment of 5000 bags of flour for
Serbians in Austrian prison camps, the
first of a series of food purchases
which the American Red Cross, in co
operation with the Serbian govern
ment, is making in this country for
relief of prisoners was announced in
Washington Tuesday. The Serbian
minister has deposited $500,000 to the
credit of the Red Cross for the pur
pose. Returns late Monday night from the
Iowa special election to decide the
question of prohibition by constitu-
tional amendment in Iowa indicated a
"dry" victory of 10,000 to 15,000.
These figures, generally from districts
favorable to the drys, began to shrink
as late reports came in from cities in
the eastern portion of the state and at
midnight prohibition leaders claimed
victory by 15,000. Des Moines went
dry by 1410.
The Paris army medical service has
awarded 11 Bilver-gilt, 60 silver and
76 bronze medals to workers in the
American hospital in Neuilly. The
recipients of the medals are 87 men
and 99 women.
Ban Johnson, president of the Amer
ican League and a member of the Na
tional Baseball commission, admits
that he has volunteered for military
service in France.
The London Daily Telegraph says it
learned the Sultan of Egypt died at
noon Tuesday. Hussein Kemal was
chosen by Great Britain in 1914 to
succeed his uncle, Khedive Abbas Mil
mi. as ruler of Egypt simultaneously
with the proclamation of a British
By a vote of 73 to 21, the Seattle
Municipal League voted to expel Rev.
Sydney Strong, pastor of Queen Anne
Congregational Church, because of al
leged disloyal statements made by him
recently in Los Angeles at a meeting
of the Christian Pacifists.
Pork dropped in Chicago again Fri-
day, making a total break of $2.17 a
barrel in 24 hours. Assertions that
the food administration would attempt
to force hog prices down to $10
hundred pounds, as against recent quo
tations of nearly $20, were believed
Plans for Placing Policies Into Effect
for Fighting Men Will be Out
, lined Ages Range 15 to 65.
Washington, D. C. Samples of the
insurance policy which the government
will write for its soldiers and sailors
were made pubic Monday night by the
war risk insurance bureau of the
Treasury department. Plans for plac
ing the policies into effect will be out
lined here soon at a conference of
Treasury officials with representatives
of the Navy and officers and enlisted
men at the 32 cantonments.
. DetailB of the policy disclose that
risks will be written upon the lives of
men and women between the age of 15
and 65 in all branches of the army,
navy, marine corps, coast guard, naval
reserve, national naval volunteers,
nurses and "any other branches of the
United States forces serving with the
army and navy." Announcement was
made also that "rates at ages higher
or lower will be given upon request."
Premiums, computed on a monthly
basis, vary between 63 cents per $1000
at age 15 to $3.35 per $100 at age 65.
Between 21 and 31 years the following
premiums will be charged per $1000
of insurance (the limit being $10,000) :
Twenty-one to 23, inclusive, 65
cents; 24 to 25, 66 cents; 26 to 27, 67
cents; 28, 68 cents; 29 and 30, 69
cents; 81, 70 cents.
During periods of total disability
the insurance will be paid, not in one
lump sum, but monthly for 20 years,
should the disability continue for that
period. Should death occur before 20
years, the remainder of the policy will
be paid at once to the beneficary. At
the age of 25 the monthly installment
for the 20-year period would be $5.75
per $1000 of insurance.
Provision is made for family allow
ances, for wounded and cripples, for
compensation in case of death or in
jury without cost and for insurance at
very little cost.
In cases of partial disability, the
amount of compensation is determined
by a schedule to be based upon the ex
tent of the impairment of earning ca
pacity. Total disability payments are
to be Increased above the figures
named in the policy where the insured
has dependents.
"Where the injury or disease is
caused by the wilful misconduct of
the man, ' the policy reads," compen
sation will not be paid."
The policies will be issued in multi
ples of $500, no policy, however, to be
less than $1000.
Germans Menace! by Holding Vati of
Oesel Isle in Russia.
Petrograd The German forces
which landed on Oesel Island in the
Gulf of Riga, under the cover of 90
war vessels, had occupied up to 10
o'clock Saturday morning the whole
northern and eastern part of the is
land, were within 12 versts of Arens
burg, on the southern shore, according
to an announcement made by the Rus
sian naval general staff. The Rus
sians still occupy Serel Point and the
Svorb Peninsula, on the southwestern
It now develops that the Germans
did not occupy the Dago Island, north
of Oesel and at the head of the Gulf of
Premier Kerensky, in an urgent ap
peal to the Baltic fleet to defend the
fatherland in this hour of trail, di
vulged the fact that the garrison of
Kronstadt, the chief fortress and mili
tary port of Russia and the station of
the Baltic fleet, 20 miles west of Pet
rograd, by its attitude already has
weakened the defensive resources of
the fortress.
Eight dreadnoughts, a dozen light
cruisers, 40 torpedo boat and 30 mine
sweepers participated in the German
landing in Oesel Island. The people
of Petrograd received the news of the
occupation calmly.
The newspapers publish interviews
with some of the cabinet ministers and
others who agree that while the oper
ation seriously affects Russia's strate
gic position, it does not constitute an
immediate menace to. the Russian cap
Premier Kerensky sent a telegram
to the commander-in-chief of the na
tional armies in which he said:
"Tell the redoubtable Baltic fleet
that the hour of trial has arrived.
Russia expects for her safety a valiant
effort by the navy and I, as generalis
simo, demand that the sailors make
Germany Takes Steel.
Copenhagen The growing difficulty
of obtaining iron and steel for war
purposes in Germany is indicated by
an imperial regulation just promul
gated in Berlin, confiscating stocks of
structural iron and steel, common tub
ing, sheeting, cast iron and cast steel.
The order prohibits the use of any
of these kinds of steel or iron except
by special permission.
The order goes far beyond the orig-
inal regulation issued last July, which
applied only tocertam kinds of struc
tural iron.
Russians Plan to Fight.
Petrograd A military conference
was held at mam headquarters Sunday,
at which Premier Kerensky pre
sided. A program was adopted providing
for the systematic training of Bold i era
and the application on the whole Rus
sian front of the technical military
processes developed in the present war
and the strict regulation of the sol
diers' daily life so as to produce niaxi
mum efficiency.
Discovery of a rich ledge of silver
ore in Granite Boulder canyon in the
Greenhorn district, is reported by Otto
Simons, of Baker.
The probabilities are that the mill
of the Brown Lumber company at Cot
tage Grove, which was destroyed by
fire a month ago, will be rebuilt.
The Linn County chapter of the Red
Cross at Albany has earned $2161.95
in serving meals to dratfed men en
route from California to American
An unusual growth of corn has been
recorded in the field of C . H. Knicker
bocker, of Sheridan, where the stalks
measured from 10 to 12 feet. The
corn was sowed May 19.
Vice President Thomas R. Marshall
will speak in La Grande on November
5, under the auspices of the M. E.
Church. Commercial bodies of that
city are preparing to give Mr. Mar-
hall a municipal reception.
The largest forest fires of this year
are burning in the region about Tiller.
One hundred men are wanted to fight
the fires, which are spreading over
Elk Creek, Coffee creek and the Dead-
man country, says a Riddle dispatch.
Theo. H. Schefler, assistant in the
biological survey in Western Oregon,
advocates the use of moleskins, and is
soon to launch a campaign against
moles and for the saving of the skins,
as there is a great demand for them.
During the first Bix months of the year
there were 6,000,000 moleskins
imported from Europe.
Five fatal accidents were reported
to the Industrial Accident Commission
for the week from October 5 to 11, in
clusive, there being E. F. Freden
berg, Powers; Dane Oragich, Bend;
Clay Taylor, Portland, passenger, and
Ora D. Taylor, Portland, railroad oper
ator. The total number of accidents
reported was 388, of which 335 were
subject to the act.
Lumber shipments from Bend in the
past six months have averaged 25 cars
a day, according to figures at the local
freight office. The total shipment has
amounted to more than 100,000,000
feet of lumber. Little difficulty has
been experienced in obtaining a suffi
cient number of cars for all orders,
and enough to avoid trouble in the
future are reported to be on hand.
With every indication that the car
shortage situation is becoming more
acute in the Pacific Northwest, Public
Service Commissioner Buchtel has
telegraphed Chairman Miller of the
commission, who will be in Washing
ton soon, to take the matter up with
the Interstate Commerce commission
directly, and ascertain if steps cannot
be taken to remedy conditions.
What is believed to have been the
wind-up of the necessary legal prep
aration for the reclamation of the
marsh lands of Lower Klamath Lake
has just been completed. The lumber
is now on the ground for the closing of
the gates at the railway embankment
over Klamath Straits, which will ulti
mately reclaim a tract of over 54,000
acres of the richest soil in that part of
the state.
According to the report of Chief
Deputy Sealer of Weights and Meas
ures Wortman for the quarter ending
with the end of September, 2963 scales
and 6941 weights were inspected dur
ing the three months. Of the total
number of scales inspected 840 were
adjusted, 2380 were sealed, 151 were
condemned for repairs, 73 were con
demned permanently and 19 were
passed for further inspection. Of the
total number of weights inspected 6930
were found accurate and 11 were con
demned. News has been received at Klamath
Falls that R. M. Hales has fallen heir
to a large fortune left him by an uncle
in Franklin, Pa., and has gone to make
his claim.
After paying $435 for a band of 29
sheep, F. M. Crow, a Halfway ranch
er, lost the whole herd the day he re
ceived them when he turned them into
an alfalfa field to pasture. The sheep
became bloated and died.
Sheridan's cannery is now running
night and day with two shifts of 48
men and women each. Evergreen
blackberries are comng in at the rate
of two tons daily from that section and
Tillamook and Lincoln counties.
Troops of drafted men passing
through Roseburg recently have taken
the city government into their own
hands, literally speaking, Vacant au
tomobiles have been appropriated by
them, and on one occasion a large car
was "mobilized" by the men, who at
tempted to operate the machine and
twisted a rear axle off. All movable
articles were "confiscated" and street
signs removed. Inspection of the train
carrying the troops showed that other
cities suffered fully as badly as Rose
burg, everything from a wheelbarrow
to a mule, including a milch cow, be
ing among their storage of "army
Rosco Taylor, of Portland, and Percy
Brooks, of Bend, have been matched
for a boxing bout to be held in that
city October 19. Ted Hoke and Harry
Christenson also will be on the card.
The Tualatin Valley Electric com
pany was granted approximately a 10
per cent increase in its electric rates
by the Public Service commission Fri
day. The commission says: "It is
the opinion of the commission that no
rate which it might fix at this time
would produce a reasonable return in
addition to the necessary expenses and
War Department Prepares Plans
to Enforce the Most
Rigid Economy.
Effect of New Plan Is to Turn Into
Large Profit What Hitherto Has
Been Very Considerable
Washington. The war department
has taken elaborate and comprehen
sive precautions to prevent waste In
the army cantonments, which will soon
contain more than 2,000,000 men, and
in the embarkation camps. In the
feeding of the men waste will be mini
mized through the fact that the food
will be prepared under the direction
of mess cooks, who will be trained by
special courses In army cooking
The officers' training camps have not
been under the control of the war de
partment so far as the food supplies
are concerned, and the waste In those
camps has been due to the lack of
skilled management In the handling
of food. A committee representing the
war department and the United States
food administration will also assist in
dealing with problems of eliminating
The food administration has re
ceived from the secretary of war an
announcement of a thorough-going
plan for conserving all the waste ma
terial of the National army camps,
which will result In salvaging miiny
thousands of dollars.
Collecting the Waste.
The army's first consideration in
planning this work has been the sani
tary and hygienic problem. At each
cantonment the wastes will be collect
ed and transported to a single "trans
fer station" under the direction of the
sanitary inspector. Through the use
of the two-can system, wastes will be
tightly enclosed throughout their col
lection. Sterilized cans will be sub
stituted for the filled cans at the
kitchens, the nuisance of disagreeable
odors and danger from flies being re
duced to a minimum. Every step In
the process of reclamation and utiliza
tion is carefully safeguarded and Is
under the absolute direction of a san
itary force, each contractor being
placed under heavy bonds.
At the transfer station, the wastes
are turned over to a contractor, who
will remove them to a point at least
three miles distant from the reserva
tion. There the wastes will be com
pletely sorted. Bottles will be ster
ilized and sold for commercial use. Tin
cans will be baled and the solder, tin
and iron reclaimed. Paper, which Is
estlmnted ubout five tons per day, will
be baled. Bones will be kept separate
and ground for fertilizer. The hides
of dead animals will be removed and
the carcasses "reduced" for grease and
The chief Items of waste will be the
garbage and the manure. It Is esti
mated that there are 1,200 animals at
each cantonment, producing 120 tons
of manure per day. At the date of
the report the manure from 11 can
tonments had been sold for $240,900
Big Saving Through Garbage.
The greatest element of saving Is
through the garbage. This has been
sold for an annual price of $440,
394.57. The garbage from 13 of the
cantonments will be used for feeding
swine. It Is estimated on the basis of
experiments conducted at the Chilli
cothe cantonment, that the garbage
waste from 10 to 15 men will feed one
hog and enable It to add to its weight
one pound per doy. At this rate, the
garbage from these 18 cantonments
will produce 18,9SO,000 pounds of pork
per year.
When not used for feeding, the gar
bage will be "reduced," that Is, cooked
at high temperature, the grease ex-
All that was left of (he residences
of the bombardments to which that
Germans and the allies who fought for
i 9
A striking example of the value oi
women In helping America In the great
fight is Miss Antoinette Funk, a mem
ber of the woman's committee of th
council of national defense.
The photograph shows her hard nl
work In her office in the treasury build
Ing where she Is doing wonderful wort
In the Interests of the Liberty loan
She Is executive vice-chairman of th
women's Liberty loan committee, ol
which Mrs. McAdoo Is the chairman
She was asked to take the post by Sec
retary McAdoo because of her powerf
of logical appeal, her ability as a
speaker and her untiring activity In
any work connected with the greal
cause for which America Is fighting.
tracted, and the remainder ground and
used for fertilizer or feeds.
By the method of Incineration for
merly In use, not only would all these
valuable waste materials have been
destroyed, but it would have cost ap
proximately $700,000 for the Installa
tion of Incinerator plants and an an
nual charge of approximately $595,000
for their operation. When we add to
this saving the amount annually re
ceived by the government from these
wastes, the net saving the first year
amounts to $1,707,840.
The effect of this new plan, there
fore, Is not only to conserve large
quantities of valuable food wastes, fer
tilizers, etc., but to turn Into a large
profit what has hitherto been a very
considerable expense.
Prominent Official of the Republic Dis
appears With the Presidential
Peking. Peking is much agitated
over the disappearance of official seals
When President LI Yuan-hung wat
forced to give up the presidency, Gen-Tlng-Kwan,
the keeper of the presl.
dentlal seals, took them to Shanghai
Another prominent official has now dis
appeared with the seals of the house
of representatives. When the at
tempt at monurchlal restoration had
been defeated and Premier Tuan Chi
Jul declared the republic had been re
stored, there was much consternation
because of the disappearance of the
seals of the republic. Gen. Ting Kwac
was arrested In Shanghai, and after a
hard legal struggle was brought back
to Peking, together with the missing
presidential seals, and Is to have a
hearing before a Chinese court
of Craonne after the latest and severest
French town has been subjected by the
Its possession.
Weekly War
Brief Stories Prepared Under the
Direction of the Committee on
Public Information and the State
Council of Defense.
General Pershing Praises Work of Red
Cross in France.
The Red Cross commission to France
has received the following letter from
Adjutant General Benjamin Alvord, of
General Pershing's staff:
"Our army is keeping a war diary
which is to be the official record of the
war here. I have received an official
communication from the commander-in-chief
of the American Expedition
ary Forces reading as follows :
" 'It is well to place on record the
attitude of the management of the
American Red Cross in France. From
the beginning they have simply wanted
to know what they could do to assist in
the great work before the army. The
gentlemen at the head of the American
Red Cross in France are men of great
experience in handling large affairs in
the United States and they have ex
hibited wonderful resources in accom
plishing everything they have been
asked to do. '
"A copy of this letter has been for
warded to the War department for
transmission to the headquarters of
the American Red Cross, by command
of Major General Pershing."
Subscriptions to Liberty Bonds Close
on October 27.
Subscriptions for the liberty bonds
must reach the Treasury department,
Washington, D. C, a Federal reserve
bank or some incorporated bank or
trust company in the United States
(not including outlying territories and
possessions) on or before the close of
business October 27, 1917. The appli
cations must be accompanied by a pay
ment of 2 per cent of the amount ap
plied for, and subsequent installments
upon bonds allotted will be due as fol
lows: 18 per cent on November 15, 1917.
40 per cent on December 15, 1917.
40 per cent on January 15, 1918.
On the latter date, accrued interest
in the deferred installments will also
be payable.
To Clear Vp Misunderstanding in Re
gard to Pay in the Navy.
Starting at the very beginning it is
possible for a young man by work and
study to have continuous and frequent
advancement with increase of pay. To
his base pay there is always extra
pay for special duties and with each
enlistment his pay also increases. As
an instance of this, a young man en
listing in the navy now receives the
following pay: Apprentice seaman,
$32.60 a month; seaman second class,
$35.90 a month; and seaman $38.40 a
month. From this post he may be
come a petty officer, receiving a pres
ent war pay of $41.70 for third class,
$46.50 for second class, and $52.00
for first class. Rising to a chief petty
officer, his present war pay is from
$61.00 to $83.00, depending on his
class of skilled work.
There are other and higher grades
of pay, also several avenues open for
promotion to commission.
Secretary Baker Speaks for American
Boy on Field in France.
'If you want to sell bonds," said
Secretary Baker, addressing the wo
man's Liberty Loan committee, "get
into your mind the face of some plain
homely country boy an ordinary
American boy standing on a field in
France, with the noise of battle going
on about him like a perfect hell.
Think of him there as the boy to whom
you are bringing support and succor by
co-ordinating back of him the financial
strength of his country; and as he ad
vances toward the front with his face
high in the air representing our na
tion, we feel way down in our hearts:
Yes, son; that is your part. The
success will be largely yours, but the
responsibility is common, and you will
not find that the men and women of
the country at home are leaving you
unaided in that distant land."
Will Keep Card Index Record of Ev-
ery Soldier.
The most comprehensive card-index
system will be inaugurated by the War
department following passage of the
general deficiency appropriation bill
supplying the necessary funds. Plans
have practically been completed for
the creation in the department of a
"statistical division'' with a foreign
branch in Paris.
This division will keep a card-index
record of every soldier of the United
States, whether on duty in this coun
try or on the battlefields of Europe.
Every man in the army, whether officer
or private, will be indexed by name
and the records filed in alphabetical or
der for immediate reference should the
names appear either in army orders or
casualty lists. With the descprition
of each soldier will be given the name
of his next of kin with emergency ad
dress. ,
L W. W. Members on Job.
North Yakima, Wash. When a num
ber of orchard employes at the E. D.
Clark ranch, near Harrah, struck Sat
urday for $4 a day for field men and
seven cents a box for- packers, three I.
W. W. members of the gang refused
to go out with them. " "We are satis
fied; why should we quit?" they asked.
We are getting what we hired out
Sixteen packers at the warehouse of
the Yakima County Agricultural Union
in'this city ntruckx Tuesday for an in
crease from five to six cents a box.