The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, May 23, 1919, Image 2

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NC-1, Alights in Sea Near Port,
But Is Towed In.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Copyright by 'S-,
Frank A. Munjcy Ce.
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
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.
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
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,
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
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
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
"There are some things dearer to an
Arab, Jenssen, than money," returned
the first speaker. "Revenge is one of
"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."
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.
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. . .