The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, March 19, 1920, Image 2

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Counter-Revolution Now Going
On In Germany.
New Government Proclaimed and Na
tional Assembly Declared Dis
solved Strike Called.
Berlin. The government of Fried'
rich Ebert, the socialist president of
the German republic, was overthrown
Saturday by a military coup d'etat.
Dr. Wolfgang Kapp, one of the
founders of the fatherland party and
general director of the agricultural
societies, has ousted Oustav Bauer, the
chancellor, and in taking that office
himself has temporarily assumed su
preme direction of affairs.
There are now two contending gov
ernments in Germany, the new one
under Chancellor Kapp at Berlin, the
old one under President Ebert "at
Officials of the new government de
clare that it is not reactionary or
monarchist. The president of the old
government and his ministers have
Issued a proclamation calling upon
the people to rise in a general strike
as the only means of preventing the
return of Wllhelm II.
Berlin is occupied by the troops of
the counter revolution to what num
ber is not known and the movement
is spreading rapidly throughout the
provinces. Masses of troops and naval
brigades with artillery have been
brought into the capital to dominate
the situation. Thus far there has been
no outbreak and no bloodshed.
Berlin. The Independent socialist
party, with affiliated trades union and
other organizations, has proclaimed a
general strike throughout Germany.
There was looting in some districts
of Berlin Monday.
The old German government has re
moved from Dresden to Stuttgart.
The workmen in the electric-power
stations have struck and the surface
cars and underground railways have
been suspended. The water Bupply
has been cut off. The bread shortage
already Is causing concern.
Sanguinary encounters between
workmen and troops have occurred
In Frankfort.
During the fighting in Frankfort 15
persons were killed and 100 wounded,
The police were compelled to leave
the town In consequence of the mob
seizing an arm depot, .
A general strike has been called
for in Breslau, Magdeburg, Nuremburg
and Frankfort.
Bavaria, Wurttemburg and Saxony
have refused to acknowledge the new
Berlin government. The troops of
Bavaria and Wurttemburg have de
clared their allegiance to their respec
tive governments.
According to private reports Kons
tanln Fehrenbach, president of the na
tional assembly, has arrived in Statt-
gart and has called a meeting of the
national assembly.
The general strike is spreading all
over Germany. It Is effective In Ber
lln. All the cafes were closed.
The socialist cabinet at Munich has
retired and a bourgeoisie cabinet is
being formed.
A dispatch to the Exchange Tele
graph company from Hamburg, dated
Saturday, states It Is reported from
Kiel that the naval commander there
has handed over the German fleet to
the new Berlin government.
Exiles Held Not Implicated.
The Hague. Neither the formor em
peror nor the crown price is Implicated
in the overthrow of the German gov
ernment, so far as can be learned here.
The Associated Press was assured Sun
day by an entirely reliable authority
that both Amerongen castle, where the
former emperor lives, and the island
of Wleringen, where the former crown
prince makes his residence, are al
ready so closely guarded that it will
be absolutely unnecessary for the
Dutch government to take further
measures to prevent Intrigue or their
Sacred Sign Crazes Man.
Bandon, Or. George Johnson, a
bachelor about 40 living at Port Orford,
has been. taken to the asylum, a rav
ing maniac. Johnson, apparently
normal, was strolling along the beach
at Port Orford when he discovered
a beautiful agate. The stone con
tained almost a perfect figure of a
monument with a cross on top. He
declared It was a sign of the second
coming of Christ and from that mo
meut on his mind became unbalanced.
Berlin. The counter-revolution in
Germany Monday night appeared to
have reached the end of the road
There was a strong probability that
one government shortly would be in
control and that President Ebert would
come back to Berlin with his minis
A basis of agreement between the
government set up by Dr. Wolfgang
Kapp as chancellor and that of Presi
dent Ebert was enunciated in a declar
ation Issued by the present Berlin
government. The announcement was
made that negotiations toward a set
tlement had been opened between the
two governments at the instance of
President Ebert and his associates
There was, however, no direct con
firmation of this from Ebert, who is
understood to be at Stuttgart.
Chancellor Kapp is agreeable to con
tinuance of the "present imperial
president," who is Frederich Ebert
he renounces formation of a new min
istry and places direction of affairs in
the hands of the Under-Secretaries of
The agreement as set forth by Chan
cellor Kapp provided for a cabinet
which shall include professional mln
isters, or experts; elections within two
months for members of the reichstag
and the Prussian national assembly
and subsequently an election for "im
perial president" by the people until
which time Ebert shall hold office.
One significant clause In the pro
nouncement Baid: "The new and old
governments shall Issue a joint proc
lamation that under present conditions
a general strike is a crime against the
German people."
Herein lies the explanation of the
proposed settlement, for the general
strike has proved an effective weapon
Germany already has felt its sinister
effect, for the strike in Berlin and
many other principal cities cut off
supplies, transportation, light and heat.
Washington, D. C. The senate Mon
day, by a vote of more than two to
one, adopted the new article 10 reser
vation framed by the republican lead
ers, thereby reaffirming its disagree
ment with President Wilson on the
dominating issue of the peace treaty
Its action ended, at least for the
present, the efforts for a compromise
that would Insure ratification, and the
senate's decision was accepted gener
ally as hastening the treaty toward
another deadlock, from which it could
be released only by a verdict at the
polls next November.
It was conceded that others prob
ably would swing over on the ratifica
tion rollcall, but administration lead
ers, backed by a definite assurance
that the new reservation was unaccept
able to the president, evidenced no
apprehension that their forces would
dwindle beyond the danger point.
The vote, 56 to 26, showed on its
face a two-thirds majority for the re
servation, but it by no means indicated
that two-thirds would vote for ratifica
tion on that basis. Included in the
majority were irreconcilables, holding
about a score of votes which on the
ratification rollcall are expected to
be cast against the treaty.
"Big Five" Decree "Joke"
Washington, D. C Arguments as to
the validity and merits of the recent
dissolution decree agreed upon by Attorney-General
Palmer ' and the "big
five" packers occupied most of Mon
day's hearings before the house agri
culture committee on legislation for
regulating the packing Industry. Rep
resentative Tincher, republican, Kan
sas, said he regarded the decree as a
"joke" and, referring to other anti
trust proceedings against the packers,
said "they have been dissolved so
many times we'd like to see how they
get around this one."
Mandates Are Given Out
London Premier Lloyd George Mon
day in the house of commons an
nounced that the following mandates
had been allocated: German East
Africa to Great Britain and Belgium;
German Southwest Africa to the Union
of South Africa; German possessions
in the Paclflo ocean south of the equa
tor, other than Samoa, to Australia;
Samoa to New Zealand, and the Ger
man islands north of the equator to
Wife Proves Too Light.
Los Angeles. C. E. Grapewln want
ed to affix a clothesline to a building
across an alley, so he ran a ladder
out of a window, called his wife to
stand on the Inner end and walked
out to affix a hook. He walked a little
too far; his weight overbalanced that
of Mrs. Grapewin; her end of the
ladder described a parabola out of
the window and carried her with It
and both of them hit the alley pave-meut
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Brief Resume Most Important
Daily News Items.
Events of Noted People, Governments
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
For the purpose of boosting a nation
wide campaign to "see America first,"
20 hotel owners and managers from
all parts of the west have gathered in
Salt Lake City, Utah.
The house subcommittee completed
Its draft of the naval appropriation bill
carrying approximately 1400,000,000.
The bill was submitted to the full
committee Monday.
Return of 16 general officers to their
regular rank Monday was announced
by the war department. Secretary
Baker said they would not result in
any changes of command.
The Kennedy mine at Jackson, Cal.,
a great gold producer, is being flooded
In an effort to extinguish flames that
started in the workings neat the 3300-
foot level more than a week ago.
Governor Holcomb of Connecticut
has formally refused to call a special
session of the Connecticut general as
sembly. The session was sought to
act on the woman suffrage amend
ment. David Mayer, wealthy real estate
man of Chicago, who paid for. Mary
Garden's musical education, died Mon
day at St. Augustine, Fla. Mr. Mayer,
who was 69 years old, was born in
Food relief for Armenia was assured
Monday when the house passed over
whelmingly a bill permitting the Uni
ted States grain corporation to sell
5,000,000 barrels of soft wheat flour on
long-term credits to Poland, Austria
and Armenia.
The shortage of domestic servants
can be solved In part by importation
of hundreds of trained girls now out
of work in Denmark, Byron Uhl, act
ing immigration commissioner, was in
formed by C. E. Lexow, commissioner
of records at New York.
The Rocky mountain states were
swept Sunday by a 60-mile gale which
in places blew down telephone poles,
uprooted trees and destroyed build
ings. No deaths were reported. Tele
phone and telegraph service was badly
crippled, but restored before midnight.
Henry Anthony Marsh, 3-year-old
son of the late Henry Field and Miss
Peggy Marsh, a chorus girl, will re
ceive no share of the estate Marshall
Field. Superior Judge Sullivan of Chi
cago ruled that the boy is not entitled
to the $2,000,000 share in a trust fund
created by the merchant prince for his
grandchildren, of whom Henry Field
is one.
Collective bargaining, better trans
portation facilities and legislation af
fecting grain interests were discussed
in Chicago Monday at a conference of
the Farmers' Grain Dealers' National
association, purported to represent
4000 companies, with an investment
of more than $80,000,000 in grain ele
vators, coal houses, lumber yards and
A bill to abolish the office of post
master-general and to provide for
creation of a postal commission to di
rect the business of the postoffice de
partment is Introduced by Represen
tative Igoe, democrat, Missouri. "The
postoffice department should be ad
ministered as a great business insti
tution and removed from politics for
ever," Mr. Igoe declared.
Hundreds of dollars' worth of canned
tomatoes and peas, bought from the
army and offered for sale at a profit,
were confiscated in a raid on grocery
stores In New York by an armed squad
led by Captain J. Peterson, who is fn
charge of a retail store conducted by
the army. The goods were sold by
the army store, he said, on condition
that they were for consumers' use
only, and were seized because dealers
had been profiteering In them.
One of the most picturesque features
of the varied outfit of the London po
liceman, the old-fashioned oil dark
lantern, is to give place to the electric
flashlight. The London "bobby" has
been accustomed when darkness fell
to light his lamp and attach It to his
belt at the back Bllghtly on the right
side. It generated too much heat, was
cumbersome and When a policeman en
gaged in a scuffle with a criminal his
clothing was generously sprinkled with
I Miowmcner i
i Copyright by Harper A Brothers
Synopsis. David Elden, son of a
drunken, shiftless ranchman,' al
most a maverick of the foothills,
Is breaking- bottles with hts pistol
from bis running cayuse when the
first automobile he has ever seen
arrives and tips over, breaking the
leg of Doctor Hardy but not Injur
ing his beautiful daughter Irene.
Davs rescues the injured man and
brings a doctor from 40 miles
away. Irene takes charge of- the
housekeeping. Dave and Irene take
many rides together and during
her father's enforced stay they get
well acquainted. They part with a
kiss and an Implied promise. Dave's
father dies and Dave goes to town
to seek his fortune. A man named
Conward teaches him his first les
sons in city ways. Dave has a nar
row escape, Is disgusted and turns
over a new leaf. Fate brings him
into contact with Melvln Duncan,
who sees the Inherent good in the
boy and welcomes him to his home,
where he meet Edith, his host's
pretty daughter.
CHAPTER V Continued.
Dave's energy and enthusiasm in
the warehouse soon brought him pro
motion from truck hand to shipping
clerk, with an advance In wages to
sixty-five dollars a month. He was
prepared to remain In this position for
some time, as he knew that promotion
depends on many things besides abil
ity. Mr. Duncan had warned him
against the delusion that man is en
tirely master of his destiny.
But Dave was not to continue in
the grocery trade. A few evenings
later he was engaged In reading In
the public library. Mr. Duncan had
directed him Into the realm of fiction
and poetry, and he was now feeling
his way through "Hamlet." On the
tvenlng In question an elderly man
ingaged him in conversation.
"You are a Shakespearean student,
"Not exactly. I read a little In the
"I havs seen you here different
times. Are you well acquainted with
the town?'
"Pretty well," said Dave, scenting
that there might be a purpose in the
"Working now?"
Dave told him where he was em-'
I am the editor of the Call," said
the elderly man. "We need another
man on the street; a reporter, you
know. We pay twenty-five dollars a
week for such a position. If you are
Interested you might call at the office
Dave hurried with his problem to
Mr. Duncan. "I think I'd like the
work," he said, "but I am not sure
whether I can do It. My writing is
rather wonderful."
Mr. Duncan turned the matter over
in his mind. "Yes," he said at length,
"but I notice you are beginning to use
the typewriter. When you learn that
God gave you ten fingers, not two, you
may make a typist. And there is
nothing more worth while than being
able to express yourself In English.
They'll teach you that on a newspaper.
I think I'd take it.
"Not on account of the money," he
continued, after a little. "You would
probably soon be earning more in the
wholesale business. Newspaper men
are about the worst paid of all pro
fessions. But it's the best training in
the world, not for itself but as a step
to something else. The training Is
worth while, and it's the training you
want. Take it".
Dave explained his disadvantages to
the editor of the Call. "I didn't want
you to think," he said, with great
frankness, "that because I was read
ing Shakespeare I was a master of
English. And I guess If I were to
write up stuff In Hamlet's language
I'd get canned for It."
"We'd probably have a deputation
from the Moral Reform league," said
the editor with a dry smile. "Just the
same, If you know Shakespeare you
know English, and we'll soon break
you Into the newspaper style."
So almost before he knew it Dave
was on the staff of the Call. His beat
comprised the police court, fire depart
ment, hotels and general pick-ups.
Dave almost immediately found the
need of acquaintanceships. The Iso
lation of his boyhood had bred in him
qualities of aloofness which had now
to be overcome. He was not naturally
a good "mixer j" he preferred his own
company, but his own company would
not bring hliu much news. So he set
about deliberately to cultivate ac
quaintance with the members of the
police force and the lire brigade and
the clerks in the hotels. And he had
lu his character a quality of sincerity
which gave him almost Instant admis
sion Into their friendships. He had
not suspected the charm of his own
personality, and its discovery, feeding
upon his new born enthusiasm for
friendships, still further enriched the
As his acquaintance with the work
of the police force increased Dave
found his attitude toward moral prin
ciples In need of frequent readjust
ment By no means a Puritan, he had
nevertheless two sterling qualities
which so far had saved him from any ,
very serious misstep. He practiced
absolute honesty in all bis relation
ships. . His 'father, drunken although
he was in his later years, had never
quite lost his sense of commercial up
rightness, and Dave had Inherited the
quality in full degree. And Reenle
Hardy had come into his life just when
he needed a girl like Reenle Hardy
to come into his life. . . . He
often thought of Reenle Hardy, and
of her compact with him, and won
dered what the end would be. He was
glad he had met Reenle Hardy. She
was an anchor about his soul. . . ,
And Edith Duncan.
While the gradually deepening cur
rent of Dave's life flowed through the
channels of coal heaver, freight han
dler, shipping clerk and reporter its
waters were sweetened by the Inti
mate relationship which developed be
tween him and the members of the
Duncan household. He continued his
studies under Mr. Duncan's direc
tions ; two, three, and even four nights
In the week found him at work in the
comfortable den, or, during the warm
weather, on the screened porch that
overlooked the family garden. . Mrs.
Duncan, motherly, and yet not too
motherly she might almost have been
an older sister appealed to the young
man as an Ideal of womanhood. Her
soft, well-modulated voice seemed to
him to express the perfect harmony
of the perfect home, and underneath
its even tones he caught glimpses ot
a reserve of power and judgment not
easily unbalanced. And as Dave's eyes
would follow her the tragedy of his
own orphaned life bore down upon
him and he rebelled that he had been
denied the start which such a mother
could have given him.
"I am twenty years behind myself,"
he would reflect, with a grim smile.
"Never mind. I will do three men's
work for the next ten, and then we
will be even."
And there was Edith Edith who
had burst so unexpectedly upon his
life that first evening in her father's
home. He had not allowed himself
any foolishness about Edith. It was
"Well?" Queried the Girl, and There
Was a Note In Her Voice That
Sounded Strange to Him.
evident Edith was pre-empted, Just as
he was pre-empted, and the part of
honor in his friend's house was to rec
ognize the status quo. . . . Still,
Mr. Allan Forsyth was unnecessarily
self-assured. He might have made It
less evident that he was within the
enchanted circle while Dave remained
outside. His complacence irritated
Dave almost Into rivalry. But the
bon camaraderie of Edith herself
checked any adventure of that kind.
She was of about the same figure as
Reenle Hardy a little slighter per
haps; and about the same age; and
she had the same quick, frank eyes.
And she sang wonderfully. He had
never heard Reenle sing, but in some
strange way he had formed a deep
conviction that she would sing much
as Edith sang. In love, as In religion,
man Is forever setting up Idols to rep
resent his Ideals and forever finding
feet of clay.
Dave was not long lu discovering
that his engagement as coachman was
a device, born of Mr. Duncan's kind
ness, to enable him to accept instruc
tion without feeling under obligation
for It. When he made this discovery
he smiled quietly to himself and pre
tended not to have made it. To have
acted otherwise would have seemed
ungrateful to Mr. Duncan. And pres
ently the drives began to have a
strange attraction of themselves.
When they drove in the two-seated
buggy on Sunday afternoons the party
usually comprised Mrs. Duncan and
Edith, young Forsyth and Dav. Mr.
Duncan was Interested in certain Sun
day-afternoon meetings. It was Mrs.
Duncan's custom to sit In the rear seat
for Its better riding qualities, and It
had a knack of falling about that
Edith would ride in the front seat
with the driver. She caused Forsyth
to ride with her mother, ostensibly as
a courtesy to that young gentleman
a courtesy which, it may be conjec
tured, was not fully appreciated. At
first he accepted it with the good na
ture of one who feels his position se
cure, but gradually that good nature
gave way to a certain testlness of
spirit which he could not entirely con
ceal. . . .
The crisis was precipitated one fine
Sunday in September, in the first year
of Dave's newspaper experience. Dave
Author of
"Kitchener and
Qther Poena "
llhulroHons bt
called early and found Edith in a rid
ing habit.
, "Mother isindisposed,' as they say
In the society page," she explained.
"In other words, she doesn't wish to
be bothered. So I thought we would
ride today."
"But there are only two horses,"
said Dave.
"Well?" queried the girl, and there
wns a note In her voice that sounded
strange to hlra. "There are only two
of us."
"But Mr. Forsyth?" .
"He Is not here. He may not come.
Will you saddle the horses and let
us get away?"
It was evident to Dave that for some
reuson Edith wished to evade Forsyth
this afternoon. A lovers' quarrel, no
doubt. That she had a preference for
lil in and was reveullng it with the
utmost frankness never occurred to
his sturdy, honest mind. One of the
delights of his companionship with
Edith had been that it was a real com
panionship. None of the limitations
occasioned by any. sex consciousness
hod narrowed the sphere of the frank
friendship he felt for her. She was
to him almost ns another man, yet
In no sense masculine. Save for a
certain tender delicacy which her
womanhood inspired, he came and
went with her as he might have done
witli a man chum of his own age. And
when she preferred to ride without
Korsyth It did not occur to Elden that
she preferred to ride with him.
They were soon in the country, and
Edith, lending, swung from the road
to a bridle trail that followed the
winding of the river. As her graceful
figure drifted on ahead it seemed more
than ever reminiscent of Reenle
Hardy. What, rides they had had on
those foothill trails! What dippings
Into the great canyons! What adven
tures Into the spruce forests! And
how long ago it all seemed I This girl,
riding ahead, suggestive in every curve
and pose of Reenle Hardy. . . . His
eyes were burning with loneliness.
He knew he was dull that day, and
Edith was particularly charming and
vivacious. She coaxed him into con
versation a dozen times, but he an
swered hbsent-mindedly. At length
she li'iipi'ii Onm her horse and seated
herself, fiicins tin- river, on a fallen
log. Without louiiing Imck she In
dicated wlth her hand the space be
side her, and Dave followed and sat
"You aren't talking today," she said.
"You don't quite do yourself justice.
What's wrong?" ' -
"Oh, nothing!" he answered, with a
laugh, pulling himself together. "This
September weather always gets me.
I guess I have a streak of Indian ; It
comes of being brought up on the
ranges. And in September, after the
first frosts have touched the foliage "
He paused, as though it was not nec
essary to say more.
"Yes, I know," she said quietly.
Then, with a queer little note of con
fldence, "Don't apologize for it, Dave."
"Apologize?" and his form straight
ened. "Certainly not. . . . One
doesn't apologize for nature, does he?
. . . But it comes back in Septem
ber." He smiled, and she thought the sub
conscious in him was calling up the
smell of fire in dry grass, or perhaps
even the rumble of buffalo over the
hills. And he knew he smiled because
he had so completely misled her.
. . . It was dusk when they started
Forsyth was waiting for her. Dave
scented stormy weather and excused
himself early.
"What does this mean?'' demanded
Forsyth angrily as soon as Dave had
gone. "Do you think I will take sec
ond place to that that coal heaver?"
"That Is not to his discredit," she
"Straight from the corrals into good
society," Forsyth sneered.
Then she made no pretense of com
posure. "If you have nothing more to
urge against Mr. Elden perhaps you
will go."
Forsyth took his hat At the door
he paused and turned, but she was al
ready ostensibly Interested in a maga
zine. He went out into the night.
The week was a busy one with Dave
and he had no opportunity to visit the
Duncans. Friday Edith called him on
the telephone. She asked an Inconse
quential question about something
which had appeared In the paper, and
from that the talk drifted on until it
turned on the point of their expedition
of the previous Sunday. Dave never
could account quite clearly how it hap
pened, but when he hung up the re
ceiver he knew he had asked her to
ride with him again on Sunday, and
she had accepted. He had ridden with
her before, of course, but he had never
asked her before. He felt tlmi a subtle
change had come over their relation
ship. The way of a maid with a
Nature mean necessity. Ballsy.