4 PLANE REACHES I NC-1, Alights in Sea Near Port, But Is Towed In. AUSTRALIAN STARTS Most Perilous Airplane Flight in His. tory Undertaken By Hawker To Beat Americans Aim. St. Johns, N. F May 18. Harry G. Hawker, Australian aviator, and his navigator, Commander MacKenzle Grieve, tonight are winging their way across the Atlantic on the most peril ous airplane flight In history, in an eleventh-hour effort to wrest from American navy pilots the honor of being the first to complete a trans oceanic flight. The Australian late today decided not to delay longer and Btarted for 'the Irish coast, despite weather con ditions, characterized as "not favor able, but possible." When Hawker's Sopwith plane dis appeared from view it left behind the shattered hopes of his English rival, Frederick P. Raynham, who in at tempting to follow the Australian with his. Martlnsyde plane, .broke a rear axle on his machine. He and his navi gator, Charles W. F. Morgan, were not injured, but the plane was wrecked, Both Hawker and Raynham have been here, for weeks awaiting favor able weather to start their flight for the $50,000 London Dally Mall prize, but day, after day the start was post poned because of unfavorable condl- . tlons. Today, however, With the news that the NC-4, the American navy Beaplane, had reached the Azores on the first leg of its trans-Atlantic at tempt. Hawker decided to wait no . longer and quietly slipped away. Washington, D. C, May II One of the three American naval seaplanes which set out last evening from New foundland in the first attempt at a flight across the Atlantic ocean still was missing late tonight; another was being towed to an Azores port by de Btroyers af terrier- crew had been put aboard the steamer Iona, and the third was safe at Horta, Fayal, after estab lishing a record flight for heavler-than-air machines. The missing plane is the NC-3, flag ship of Commander John Henry Tow ers, commander of the squadron, but the fact that the last report came from her at 5:15 o'clock this morning, " Washington time, did not cause naval -officials to entertain any apprehen sion for tho safety of Commander Towers and his crew of four. The last message from this ship showed her off her course in a fog some 350 miles from Fayal, and naval officials believe that it was only the mist bank which enveloped the sea around the Azores throughout the day that prevented all three of the planes from reaching port ' on or ahead of schedule time. Washington, D. C, May 18. Appre hension as to the safety of Command er John H. Towers and his crew of four men, who in the seaplane NC-3 have been lost at sea for more than 40 hours, had begun tonight to dis place the foellng of confidence among naval officials that the trans-Atlantic filers Boon would be found by search ing vessels. No word had been received from the NC-3 since 6:15 o'clock yesterday morning, when Commander Towers re ported that his plane, the flagship of the squadron, was off her course some 300 miles off the island of Fayal, Azores. Dispatches from Rear-Ad-mlral Jackson, aboard the IT. S. S. Mel ville at Ponta del Gada, Azores, to night said a gale was sweeping the seas northwest of the Azores and that high waves were running. Reds Forced to Retire. London. A report on military oper ations sent out by wireless from Mos cow by the bolshevik government says: "Along the gulf of Finland the ene my made a descent, under cover of warships in the region of Kaskptovo, 75 miles Bouthwest of Petrograd. The villages of Ropsha and Kusemklna were bombed by enemy ships. Odoff, on Lake Peipus, was abandoned by Red troops." U. 8. War Expenses Huge. Washington, D. C Total expenses of the United States government dur ing the war period, General March announced, were approximately $23, 363,000,000. Expenses due directly to the war were estimated at $21,294,000,000, of which the army spent $14,000,000,000. AZORES LAWMAKERS TAKE UP DUTIES Special Session of "Reconstruction" " Congress Has Much to Do. Washington, D. C The 66th, or "re construction" congress, called into ex traordinary session by President Wil son from Paris, convened at noon Monday and republican majorities in senate and house organized both bodies. Representative Gillett of Massachu setts was elected speaker of the house over Representative Champ Clark of Missouri, democratic candidate, and former speaker, by a vote of 227 to 172. ' ' , Senator Cummins of Iowa, the re publican candidate, was chosen presi dent pro tempore of the senate over Senator Pittman of Nevada; democrat, 47 to 42. Several democrats were ab sent but all republicans were in their seats, two withholding their votes. The republicans of both sides also elected full slates of other officers and thus, for the first time since 1911, returned to control of the American national legislature. Routine affairs of organization com prised the opening day's proceedings, both bodies adjourning until noon Tuesday, when President Wilson's cabled message was read separately in the senate and bouse. The senate concluded its session in 60 minutes and the house in two hours and 20 minutes. There was no outward evidence in the initial proceedings .of the enor mous amount of work ahead. The peace treaty with Germany, including the league of nations covenant, the Austrian treaty and, the proposed con vention for protection of France, are not expected before next month. All hold promise of dramatic debate. ' - Appropriation bills which failed in the filibuster last March will be rush ed immediately in the house. Legislation dealing with railroads, telegraphs and telephones, woman suf frage, prohibition, repeal of the lux ury taxes and other pressing subjects are promised in the van of important economic and reconstruction ques tions. This legislation Is expected by leaders to hold congress in session al most continuously until the presiden tial conventions of 1920, Investiga tions planned by the republicans of numerous administration acts also are expected to begin in the near future. The flood of bills which is expected to make the new congress momentous began in the house. House resolution No. 1 was the woman suffrage con stitutional amendment measure, in troduced by former Republican Leader Mann of Illinois. Despite the formality of Monday's proceedings and the absence of the president the first time congress, has opened with a president on foreign soil overflow crowds in both senate and house galleries witnessed the birth of the new congress. Many cab inet officers and other high officials were spectators in the house, where cheering and speechmaking lent an In formal tone of popular interest. When house members were sworn In, Representative Victor Berger of Wisconsin, the lone socialist member, who was convicted of violating the espionage law, was prevented from taking the oath upon objection of Rep resentative Dalllnger of Massachu setts, chairman of the elections com mittee. He was ordered by Speaker Gillett to stand aside and was not allowed to address the House, which adopted unanimously a resolution for a committee to investigate his right to membership. No objection was raised from the senate floor to the seating of Senator Truman H. Newberry of Michigan, re publican, whose election is being con tested by Henry Ford, democrat. For mal notice of renewal of the Ford con test, with a request for a committee Investigation, was filed. In addition to electing officers, the senate adopted the usual resolutions of procedure, with a departure in that for notifying the president, because of his absence In Paris, of the convening. The senate committee of notification sent a cable merely advising the presi dent of the senate's formal action, while the house committee sent a let ter of notification to the white house. Hum Mourn 5 Year Late. Paris. The week of mourning in Germany decreed because of the terms of the peace treaty appears to have met with little success. Reports say nearly all music halls remained open and that In some places the people danced all night One bit of pungent comment comes from the Volksblatt of Halle, which says: "It is not now but on August 1, 1914, that general mourning should have been ordered in Germany." Berlin. The declaration by Chan cellor Scheldemann in the national as sembly Tuesday that the peace terms were unacceptable brought the mem bers of the assembly, the spectators ami those In the press gallery to their feet In a hurricane of cheers and applause. NEWS IN BRIEF. Lane county will compete for the prize offered by the Portland Rose Festival management for the best automobile float showing what the county did to win the war. Fully 15,000 pounds of mohair was disposed of to seven buyers at Kddy vllle, Friday in the annual Eddyville mohair pool, which sold at 62 & cents, the highest price paid so far this year. The Eugene citizens who put up the money for the erection of the bar racks occupied by the reserve of ficers' training corps at the Univer sity of Oregon have all received their money back plus 8 per cent interest The Port of Astoria commission has authorized the state highway engineer to proceed with the plans for the new state bridge across Young's bay, as proposed by the commission. April fire losses, exclusive of Port land, amounted to $126,750, according to the monthly report of State Fire Marshal Wells. The report shows that at least two of the 32 were of Incendiary origin. One-half, or 16, of the total number of fires were in dwelling houses. Tuber moth, greatly dreaded by po tato growers of the Willamette valley, was found in a shipment of potatoes that arrived at Eugene recently from California for a local commission firm, and the potatoes were immediately ordered destroyed by C. E. Stewart, county fruit inspector. Eugene people are to vote June 3 upon a plan to appropriate from the funds of the city $5000 to go into the fund for the woman's building at the University of Oregon. A .charter amendment, authorizing the city to issue a warrant payable in 19,20 to the university board of regents, will be prepared. " Erroneous reports have been pub lished that the Three Rivers road from Willamlna to Tillamook was closed to travel. No part of this road has been closed at any time. Machines iave been going and coming over this road for the last three weeks almost dally, Travel will not be stopped at any time on account of road work. Beginning Tuesday, a tour of Douglas county .will be undertaken by leading spirits in the recently organ ized prune growers' association, 'with a view to securing co-operation of all the prune growers in the county in the enterprise. Articles of incorporation have been forwarded to Salem and the association Is preparing to handle the crop. Native oysters of Yaquina bay, usually sold as Olympia oysters else where,' have increased greatly in the past two years, according to George Lewis, leader of the Newport oyster- men. Mr. Lewis said that when work was scarce for several years many persons gathered oysters to eat and sell, but ceased gathering' them when work became plentiful. A survey of the hilly sections on both sides of the Willamette valley, beginning at Eugene and extending north, will be made this summer by D. W. Smith, head of the department of geology at the University of Ore gon, to investigate a possible supply of gas for the valley. This survey will be made under the direction of the state bureau of mines. Lieutenant B. B. Ostlind of Marsh- field announces the construction of a veneer plant on Coos bay that will employ 2.5 men. The site for the industry is being negotiated and the manufactory is expected to be operat ing before the year is ended. Ma chinery has been ordered for the plant, according to Mr. Ostlind. The floor area of the buildings will be 60x200 feet. Acting on information furnished by Portland police detectives, State Treas urer Hoff has removed all currency and negotiable securities from the vaults of the state treasury depart ment, and has placed them in a secret hiding place somewhere in Salem. This hiding place is known only to Joseph G. Richardson, chief deputy, who per sonally supervised the transfer of the money and bonds from the capltol safe and vaults. The' first alfalfa crops will soon be ready to cut at Umatilla and the yield will be above the average. "Some of the land requires little or no irriga tion," says Mr. Dobler, one of the farmers on the project. Altogether there are 6274 acres of alfalfa on the Umatilla project, which yielded 19,063 tons laBt year, or an average of 3.6 to the acre. During the past year, how ever, many sage brush hillsides have been cleared and placed in cultiva tion. It is reported that water for ir rigation purposes will be plentiful this season. Practically little or no alfalfa was left over this season and farmers are not anticipating low prices for the season. STATE Copyright by 'S-, Frank A. Munjcy Ce. THERE ENTERS THE STORY GIRL NAMED MERIEM, AND Synopsis. A scientific expedition off the African coast rescues a human derelict, Alexis Paulvitch. He brings aboard an npe, intelligent and friendly, and reaches Londoa. Jack, son of Lord Greystoke, the original Tarzan, has Inherited a love of wild life and steals from home to see the ape, now a drawing card in a music hall. The ope makes friends with him. The ape refuses to leave Jack despite his trainer. Tarzan appears and Is joyfully recognized by the ape, for Tarzan had been king of his tribe. Tarzan agrees to buy Akut, the ape, and send him back to Africa. Jack and Akut become great friends. Paulvitch Is killed when he attempts murder. A thief tries to kill Jack, but is killed by Akut CHAPTER IV. Continued. Leaping to bis feet, he hurled his shoulder against the door. Herr Skopf was a heavy man. The frail doofcol lapsed beneath his weight, and Herr Skopf stumbled precipitately into the room. Before him lay the greatest mystery of his life. Upon the floor at his feet was the dead body of a strange man. The neck was broken and the jugular severed as by the fangs of a wild beast. The old lady and her grand son were gone. The window was open. They must have disappeared through the window, for the door had been locked ffom the Inside. But how could the boy have carried his invalid grandmother from a sec ond story window to the ground? It was preposterous. Again Herr Skopf' searched the smull room. He noticed that the bed was pulled well away from the wall. Why? He looked be neath it again for the third or fourth time. The two were gone, and yet his judgment told him that the old lady could not have gone without porters to carry her down as they had carried her up the previous dayv Further search but deepened the mystery. All the clothing of the two was still in the room. If they had gone they they njust have gone naked or in their night clothes. No boat had left the harbor In the meantime. There was not a railroad within hundreds of miles. There was no other white settlement that the two could reach under several days of ar duous marching, accompanied by a well equipped safari. They hud sim ply vanished into thin air; for the na tive he had sent to Inspect the ground beneath the open window had just re turned to report that there was no sign of a footstep there, and what sort of creatures were they who could have dropped that distance to the soft turf without leaving spoor? , Herr Skopf shuddered. Yes, It was a great mystery. There was some thing uncanny about the whole thing. He hated to think about it, and he dreaded the coming of night. It was a great mystery to Herr Skopf and doubtless still is. CHAPTER V. The Sheik's Daughter. Two Swedes, Carl Jenssen and Sven Malblhn, after conducting several mys terious expeditions fur to the south of the Sahara, turned their attention to Before Him Lay the Greatest Mystery of Hi Life. the more profitable business of Ivory poaching. In a great district they wre already known for their relentless cruelty and their greed for Ivory. The natives feared and hated them. The European governments in whose possessions they worked bad long sought them; but, A PRETTY LITTLE ARABIAN SOME VERY WICKED MEN working their way slowly out of the north, they had learned many things In the no man's land south of the Sa hara, which gave them immunity from capture through easy avenues of es cape that were unknown to those who pursued them. Their raids were sudden and swift. They seized ivory and retreated into the trackless wastes of the north be fore the guardians of the territory they raped could be made aware of their presence. Relentlessly they slaughtered elephants themselves as well as stealing Ivory from the na tives. Their following consisted of a hundred renegade Arabs and negro slaves, a fierce band of cutthroats. Remember them, Cnrl Jenssen and Sven Malblhn, yellow bearded Swedish giants, for you shall meet them later. In the heart of the jungle, hidden away upon the banks of a small unex plored tributary of a liirge river that empties into the Atlantic not so far from the equator, lay a small heavily palisaded village. Twenty palm thatched, beehive huts sheltered its black population, while half a dozen goatskin tents in the center of the clearing housed the score of Arabs who found shelter here, while by trad ing and raiding they collected the car goes which their ships of the desett bore northward twice each year to the market at Timbuktu. Playing before one of the Arab tents was a little girl of ten, a black haired, black eyed little girl, who with her nut brown skin und graceful carriage looked every Inch n daughter of the desert. Her little fingers were busily engaged in fashioning a skirt of grass es for a much disheveled doll which a kindly disposed slave had made for her a year or two before. . The head of the doll was rudely chipped from ivory, while the body was a rat skin stuffed with grass. The arms and legs were bits of wood, per forated at one end and sewn to the rat skin torso. The doll was quite hideous and alto gether dlsreputuble and soiled, but Merlem thought it the most beautiful and adorable thing in the whole world, which Is not so strange in view of the fact that it was the only object within that world upon which she could be stow her confidences and her love. Every one else with whom Merlem came in contact was, almost without exception, either indifferent to her or cruel. There was the old black hag who looked after her, for example, Mabunu, toothless, filthy and 111 tem pered. - , She lost no opportunity to cuff the little girl or even Inflict minor tortures upon her. And there was the sheik, her father. She feared him more than she did Mabunu. He often scolded her for nothing, quite habitually terminat ing his tirades by cruelly beating her until her little body was black and blue. 1 j Little Merlem could scarce recall any other existence than that of the stern cruelty of the sheik and Mabunu. Dimly In the back of her childish memory there lurked a blurred recol lection of a gentle mother. But Me rlem was not sure but that even this was a dream picture induced by her own desire for the caresses she never received. Suddenly there arose sounds of al tercation beyond the village gates. Merlem listened. With the curiosity of childhood she would have liked to run down there and learn what it was that caused the men to tulk so loudly. Oth ers of the villagers were already troop ing in the direction of the noise. But Merlem did not dure. The sheik would be there, doubtless, and if he saw her It would be but another op portunity to abuse her, so Merlem lay still and listened. Presently she heard the crowd mov ing up the street toward the sheik's tent Cautiously she stuck her head around the edge of the tent. She could not resist the temptation, for the same ness of the' village life was monotonous and she craved diversion. What she saw was two strangers white men. They were alone, but as they approached she learned from the talk of the natives that surrounded them that they possessed consider- able following that was camped out side the village. They were coming to palaver with the sheik. The old Arab met them at the en trance to his tent His eyes narrowed wickedly when they had appraised the newcomers. They stopped before him, exchanging greetings. They had com to trade for ivory, they said. The sheik grunted. He had no Ivory. Merlem gasped. She knew that in ft nearby hut the great tusks were plied almost to the roof. She poked her head farther forward to get a better view of the strangers. How white their skins I How yellow their great beards I Suddenly one of "them turned his eyes In her direction. She tried to dodge back out at sight, for she feared all men, but he saw her. Merlem saw the look of almost shocked surprise that crossed his face. The sheik saw it too and guessed the cause of it "I have no Ivory," he repeated. "I do not wish to trade. Go away. Go now!" He stepped from his tent and almost pushed the strangers about in the direction of the gates. They demurred, and then the sheik threatened. It would have been suicide to have dis obeyed, so the two men turned and left the village, making their way im mediately to their own camp. The sheik returned to his tent, but he did not enter it Instead he walked to (lie side where little Merlem lay "It Will Not Harm to Try the Pow of Gold," Replied Jenssen. close to the goatskin wall, very fright ened. The sheik stooped and clutched her by the arm. Viciously he Jerked her to her feet, dragged her to the en trance of the tent and shoved her with in. Following her, he seized her again, beating her ruthlessly. "Stay within !" he growled. "Never let the strangers see your face. Next time you show yourself to strangers I shall kill you 1" In the camp of the strangers one was speaking rapidly to the other. "There is no doubt of it, Malblhn," he wns saying, "not the slightest, but why the old scoundrel hasn't claimed the reward long since is what puzzles me." "There are some things dearer to an Arab, Jenssen, than money," returned the first speaker. "Revenge is one of them." "Anyhow, It will not harm to try the power of .gold," replied Jenssen. Malblhn shrugged. "Not on the sheik," he said. "We might try It on one of his people, but the sheik will not part with bis re venge for gold. To offer It to him would only confirm his suspicions that we must have awakened when we were talking to him before his tent. If we got away with our lives then we should be fortunate." CHAPTER VI. In the Jungle. Ills first night in the jungle was one which the son of Tarzan held longest In his memory. No savage carnivora menaced him. There was never a sign of hideous barbarian, or if there were the boy's troubled mind took no cog nizance of them. His conscience was harassed by the thought of bis mother's suffering. Self blame plunged him Into the depths of misery. The killing of the American caused him little or no remorse. The fellow had earned his fate. Jack's regret on this score was due mainly to the effect which the death of Conlon had had upon his own plans. Now he-could not return Alrectly to his parents, as he had planned. Fear of the primitive borderland law, of which be had read highly colored, im aginary tales, had thrust him into the jungle a fugitive. He dared not re turn to the coast at this point not that he was so greatly influenced through personal fear as from a desire to shield his father and mother from further sorrow and from the shame of having their honored name dragged through the sordid degradation of a murder trial. x With returning day the boy's spirits rose. With the rising sun came new hope within his breast. He would re turn to civilization by another way. None would guess that he had been connected with the killing of the stran ger in the little out of the way trading post upon a remote shore. Jack spends hi first days In the Jungle. Remorse for the pain he hat caused his parents make Mm miserable. New ex periences startle the youth. ITO BE CONTINUED.)- Tlgere Abound In India. Tigers abound In India to this day. In some parts of that land the natives, especially the Hindoos, regard the tiger with such superstitious awe that they will not kill one. Some think It la ten anted by a spirit which makes It la mortal. . . .