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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (June 2, 1921)
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Events of Noted People, Governments
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
Reductions of freight rates on cer
tain commodities approximating 20 per
cent has been decided on by all trans
continental railways west of Chicago,
It was announced by G. W. Luce,
freight traffic manager of the South
ern Pacific railway.
There was a sharp decline to $3.93
In American exchange in London Tues
day. It was attributed to buying for
German account to satisfy some of the
reparation claims. It is believed the
dollars thus obtained are being held for
French account In New York.
A second huge mud slide occurred
Saturday on the southwest slope of
Mount Adams, according to Sidney
Carnlne, who, with a party of Hood
River folk, motored to Trout lake
Sunday and climbed the base of the
mountain as far as the snowline.
The nomination of Richard Wash
burn Child to be American ambassador
to Italy was approved Tuesday by the
senate foreign, relations committee,
but action was deferred on that of Dr.
Jacob Gould Shurman of New York
to be American minister to China.
Mrs. Anna Irene Hopkins was sen
tenced to from five to 14 years in
the Arizona state prison in the super
ior court Tuesday. She was convicted
of assult for having thrown acid into
the face of Miss Lucille Gallagher, a
Jerome, Ariz., school teacher, Mar. 31.
The executive and wage committee
of the Steamship Owners' association
at a meeting Monday declined to ac
cept the proposals of Secretary of
Labor Davis intended to bring about a
settlement of the marine strike.
The senate privileges and eleclons
committee decided unanimously Tues
day to press Its Investigation of the
charges of Henry Ford that Senator
Newberry of Michigan had obtained
his election In 1918 by Improper
The New York naval training ship
Granite State, once the pride of the
Amorlcan navy, Monday was burned
to the water's edge In a spectacular
fire in -which Sailors dived through
portholes, after flooding the magazine.
The old wooden frigate for years had
lain In the Hudson river.
Hoadquarters of the Great Northern
railway Tuesday announced that every
shop on Us Bystem, except two, will
be closed from May 27 to July 5. More
than 300? men will be affected. Light
traffic was tho reason, it was said.
The shops to be closed Include those
at Groat Falls, Mont.; Hlllyard, Wash.,
and Delta, Wash.
Investigation of disturbances In Min
go county, West Virginia, was propos
ed in a resolution introduced by Sen
ator Johnson, republican, of California.
The resolution said conditions in the
district along Tug river, the Keutucky
West Virginia bbrdor, daily were re
sulting in bloodshed and vlolouce and
were a menace to democratic govern
ment. General Rodriguez, commanding all
Mexican troops In the northern dis
trict of Lower CallfWrnia; announced
Tuesday that a detachment of cavalry
men seeking bandits who fired on the
jail and othor buildings in Tijuana
May 5 had been ambushed by a party
of bandits near Ensenada a night or
two ago and the lieutenant command
ing the cavalry was killed.
Hungry senators no longer need face
the toilsome trip, to the ground floor
of the senate wing of the capltol. As
sailed by hunger or thirst when on
duty in tho senate' chnmber, a few
steps will carry them to the famous
marble room; ind .'out Into an open
air luncheon, 'place on the terrace,
where tables, chairs, waiters and elec
trio stoves have been Installed for
The economy drive against the $495,
000,000 naval appropriation bill was
shattered In the feenata Tuesday when
many Increases, recommended by the
naval committee, were adopted. By a
vote of 45 to 23, the senate adopted
a committee amendment opposed by
the economy forces, providing for a
personnel of 120,000 men as against
100,000 authorized by the house. After
ward committee amendments calling
for Increases aggregating about $42,
600,000 were quickly approved.
STABLE DOLLAR IS SOUGHT
League Is Organized to Iustitute
Washington, D. C. Organization of
the stable money league, designed to
promote establishment of a system to
prevent fluctuations of the buying
power of the dollar, was completed
Saturday by financial men and econo
mists. J. W. Jenks, chairman of the board
of the Alexander Hamilton Institute,
was elected president, and L. S. Rowe,
director of the Pan-American insti
tute; H. A. Wallace Jr., Iowa, and
Robert D. Kent, Passaic, N. J., were
Professor Irving Fisher, of Yale uni
versity, Mr. Wallace and Mr. Kent
were among the speakers.
Mr. Wallace, who is the son of the
secretary of agriculture, warned that
"this country will witness a severe
crisis, with dangers of another rise
of populism on the farms" during the
next 18 months, unless "sound money
"Last year the average renter had
nothing left as a return for his labor,"
he declared, "the average return being
less than 5 cents an hour."
BIG DIKE BREAKS,
Woodland, Wash. The big nine-mile
dike of Woodland diking district No.
5 broke at 8:45 o'clock Monday night.
Through a 60-foot gap torn in the
retaining wall at the mouth of Bur
rows creek, two miles south of Mar
tin's bluff, the inrushlng waters of
the Columbia river began sweeping
forward, threatening before nprnlng to
inundate 5000 to 6000 acres of the
12,000 In the district.
Within 30 minutes the flood had
washed away the Burrows creek
pumping station and continued on its
course of devastation.
The operator at the telephone sta
tion here immediately began sending
out warnings to the 25 or 30 ranches
In the district, summoning all of the
residents to muke the utmost haste to
get what cattle and personal property
they could together and flee from
In the meantime, all available auto
mobiles here at 'Kalama had been
pressed into service to notify all of
the farmers who could not be reached
by telephone. It was thought that by
morning all of thom would be out of
the lowlands and that they would have
saved all of their property with the
exception of the crops, valued at about
Preparations were made at once for
the accommodation hero of the ref
ugees, who, it was said, would not ex
ceed 100, because the most of them
were tenant farmers.
EXPOSURE OF P0NZI
WINS PULITZER PRIZE
New York. The Boston Post's ex
posure of the Charles Ponzi scheme of
quick wealth is considered by Colum
bia university the most meritorious
public service rendored by any Amer
ican nowspaper during the last year.
As a result the Pulitzer prize in jour
nalism, a gold medal costing $500, has
been awarded to that newspaper.
Other Pulitzer prize awards an
nounced Sunday include $1000 to Louis
Solbold for his Interview with ex
I'restdont Wilson. Soibold la a writer
for the New York World and The Ore
gonlun. The requirements for win
ning this prize are strict accuracy,
tersenuss and accomplishment of some
One thousand dollars was awarded
Edith Wharton for hor novel, "The
Ago of Innocence," which the prize
committee considered the best Amer
ican novel published during the year.
"Tho Americanization of Edward
Bok," by Edward Bok, received a
prize of $1000 as the best American
Rifle Shoots 25 Rounds.
Toklo. Aftor 17 years of earnest ap
plication, Lieutenant-Colonel Kumazo
Illuo, a retired military aviator, has
Invented a perfected automatic rifle,
reports the Toklo Nicht Nichl. "One
of the peculiar merits of my invention
is the possibility of firing as many as
25 rounds In rapid succession and that
without the necessity of taking aim,
as In the case of the old type rifle
after each round is fired," said the
Inventor in an interview. He added
that he British and French, aroiles
have their own automatic rifles but
that they are far from perfect.
Two Slain at Ball Game.
Pittsburg. Two men were shot and
killed, and four others wounded in a
fight during a baseball game here Mon
day. According to the police, Jesse
Baron, a negro, started the shooting
when the team on which he had placed
a bet lost the game. The first shot
killed J. B. Conway, who had been In
an argument with Baron, the police
say. Other pistols appeared and four
spectators were wounded. A police
man killed Baron.
Two Civilians and Five Army
Men Lose Lives.
HIT BY WIND STORM
Accident Declared by Observers to Be
Worst in History of Aviation
in United States.
Washington, D. C Seven men, five
of the army and two civilians, were
killed In the wreck of an army Cur-tlss-Eagle
ambulance airplane near In
dian Head, Md., 40 miles southeast of
of Washington, Saturday night in a
terrific wind and electrical storm.
Lieutenant-Colonel Archie Miller, U.
S. A., M. H Washington, D. C.
Maurice Connolly of Dubuque, la.,
ex-representatlve in congress.
A. G. Batchelder of Washington, D.
C, chairman of the board of the Amer
ican Automobile association.
Lieutenant S. M. Ames of Washing
Lieutenant C. W. McDermott, Lang
ley field, Virginia.
Lieutenant J. M. Pennewlll, Langley
field, Virginia. '
Sergeant Mechanic Richard Blum
enkranz, Washington, D. C.
Army air service officers said the
accident was the worst in the history
of aviation In the United States, and
one of the few in which all passengers
in a plane had been killed almost in
stantly. 5 The ship struck nose first and the
force of the impact was so great that
the 400-horsepower Liberty motor was
thrown back into the cockpit on top
of the pilot and the passengers. All
bodies were badly mutilated.
The Curtiss-Eagle was returning
from Langley1 field near Newport
News, Va., and had just crossed the
Potomac when it ran into the storm.
The exact cause of the accident
probably never will be known, as those
In the machine were dead when wit
nesses from Morgantown, a village
near Indian Head, reached the scene.
An official investigation will be or
dered. Air service officers said that
when the plane left it was apparently
in perfect condition.
Captain De Lavergne, military at
tache of the French embassy, who
went in the Eagle from Washington,
said that In his opinion the Eagle was
"It had a small motor," he said, "of
only 400 horsepower. The weight was
too much; the pilot could not control
Brigadier-General Mitchell, assistant
chief of the army air service, who ac
companied the Eagle to Langley field,
and who had a battle with the Btorm
during his return, said Lieutenant
Ames, piloting the Eagle, was consid
ered a very good pilot.
Apparently the motor either failed
to respond or the high wind checked
the ship, for it was seen to turn over
and fall nose first when only a few
hundred feet up. Officers' at Indian
lead sent out a detachment, but word
of the accident did not reach Boiling
field here until 11 o'clock Sunday
Estate Is $10,000,000.
Butte, ! Mont. Marcus Murray has
filed a petition in the district court of
Silver Bow county' for letters of ad
ministration of the estate of the late
James A. Murray, Montana million
aire. In' asking that letters1 of admin
istration be given here the petition
alleged that James A. Murray, who
died May 11 at his home in Monterey,
Cal., was a citizen of Montana and
that the bulk of liis estate, valued at
between $10,000,000 and $15,000,000, is
Immigrant Influx Set.
Washington, D. C The number of
Immigrants who will be allowed to
enter this country under the new 3
per cent law during June was an
nounced for some countries Sunday
night by Commissioner-General Hus
band as follows: United Kingdom 5923,
Norway 930, Sweden 1531, Denmark
433, Netherlands 276, Belgium 119,
Luxemburg 7, France 437, Switzer
land 287, Germany 5219, Danzig 22,
Finland 298, Africa 9.
North Bend. L. J. Simpson Sunday
afternoon turned the first sod in the
ground breaking ceremonies attendant
upon stationing the new Mercy hospi
tal at Klttyvllle, between this city and
Copyright. All Bights ReseWed
CHAPTER IX Continued.
"Hiram, I told you you had no Im
agination. Walt a moment. Now,
luppose that some strange eccentric
chnp owns one of these coal limits.
He lives up In the mountains, a kind
3f hermit, but we fall in with him and
offer him $40,000 for his limit, worth,
say, $500,000, or more if you feel like
It. He says, 'All right, but mind I
want the money in bills, and you'll
tiave to bring it out to me here.' Now
:an you think of anything?"
"Hurrls don't know nothln' about
soal," protested Riles. "He wouldn't
Site at anythln' like that."
"Your faith has been neglected as
well as your imagination. You've got
to paint it to him so's to get him In
terested. That's all. Our business Is
to get Harris, with the money In his
wallet, started up into those moun
tains. It's mighty lonely up there,
with timber wolves, grizzly bears,
precipices, snow slides, and trails that
lead to nowhere, and if Harris is un
fortunate well, he's unfortunate."
The plan gradually penetrated Riles'
llow-working mind. At first it numbed
him a little, and his face was a strange
color as he turned to his companion,
and said,- in a low voice, "Ain't It
risky? What if the police catch on?"
"They won't. They're all right for
Cleaning up a rough house, but don't
cut any figure in tine art work like
we'll put over. I tell you, Riles, It's
absolutely safe. The main thing is to
see that he has the money in bills;
anything else would be1 risky and lead
to trouble. Then this fellow Hint's
supposed . to own the mine must be
kept in the background. We "
"But who does own the mine?'-
Gardiner made a gesture of exas
peration. "You don't get me, Hiram.
Nobody owns the mine. That part of
It's all a myth a fairy tale manufac
tured because we need It. But Harris
mustn't find that out not, at any
rate, until it's too late. Then If any
thing ever does leak out, suspicion will
be directed toward some mysterious
oilne owner, and the police will be
wearing out shoe leather hunting the
cracks in the foot hills while you and
I are taking in the sights of Honolulu
or South Amerlcn. We'll quietly make
an appointment for Harris to meet the
mine owner somewhere up In the hills.
We'll direct him where to go, and
leave it nt that. Of course, we won't
go with lilin ; we'll have other busi
ness about that time."
Riles looked at Gardiner with frank
admiration. It seemed so simple now,
and in his growing ent-luislnsm he felt
that he would have little difficulty in
persuading Harris to raise all the cash
possible and bring It with him. And
It seemed so safe. : As Gardiner said,
the mountains were full of danger,
and if something should happen to
Harris well, he would . be , unfortu
nate ; but lots of other. people had been
unfortunate, too. .
Gardiner turned his team down a
side road, forded the Hlveri, climbed a
steep, slippery bank, and drew up be
side a cluster of ranch buildings shel
tered with cotton woods andy spruces.
As the team,' In their long, steady trot,
Bwung up beside the stables, an alert
young fellow came quickly put and .
busied himself with the unhitching.
"Guess you ought to know our vis
itor, Jim, shouldn't you?" said Gardi
ner. "Another Munltoban chasing the
free land." , .
Travers at once recognized" Riles and1'
extended his hand. "Well, Mr. Riles,
we weren't looking for you here, nl-.
though I suppose I shouldn't. be sur-,
prised, for there was" some talk of
your coming west before I left Plaln
vllle. How's everybody?; Harrises
well, I hope?" ,
"Guess they're well enough,, but get
tin' kind o' scnttered for a family
group. Beulah lit out when you did
but I guess I can't give you no Infor
mation about that."
The smile did not depart from Trav
ers' face, but if Riles had known him
as well as he should lie would have
seen the sudden smoldering light in
the eye. But the young man answered
quietly, "I saw Beulah the day I left
Plalnvlllo, and I understood she was
going west on a visit. She' Isn't back
"Innocent, ain't chuh?" said Riles,
In a manner Intended to be playful.
"It's ftll right ; I don't blame you. Beu.
lnh's a good girt if a bit highfalutln,
an' a few years' Toughln' It on the
homestead'll take that 'out of her."
But Jim had dropped the harness"
and stood squarely facing Riles. The
smile still lingered on his lips, but
even the heavy-wltted fanner saw that
he had been playing with fire. Riles
was much the larger man of the two,
but he was no one to court combat
unless the odds were overwhelmingly
In his favor. He carried a scar across
his eye as a constant reminder of his
folly In having once before invited
trouble from a younger man.
"What do you mean?" demanded
Travers. "Put It In English."
But Gardiner interposed. "Don't be
too sensitive, Jim," he said. "Riles
has forgotten his parlor manners, but
he doesn't mean any harm. You
weren't Insliuatlng anything, were
.Allilior ' op
"Course not," said Riles, glud of an
opportunity to get out of the difficulty
without a direct apology. "No offense
Intended, Jim. Beulah's all right, an'
you're all right, an' that's what I al
Travers was not In the least de
ceived as to Riles' hlgh-mlndedness,
but he realized that the nian was the
guest of his employer, and he decided
not to press the point. Gardiner and
Riles went to the house, and .Jlra
presently saddled his own horse and
rode out on the prairie. He had al
ready lunched, and it was Gardiner's
custom to cook for himself when at
Inside, the two men were soon seat
ed at a meal which Gardiner hastily
but deftly prepared. They ate from
plates of white enameled ware, on a
board table covered with oil cloth, but
the food was appetizing, and the man
ner of serving it much more to Riles'
liking than that to which he had been
subjected for some days. The meat
was fresh and tusty; and the bread
and butter were all that could be de
sired, and the strong, hot tea, with
out milk but thick with sugar, com
pleted a meal that was In every way
Riles' eyes, when not on his plate,
were busy taking In the surroundings.
The log walls were hung with memen
toes, some of earlier days and some
of other lands, and throughout the big
room was a strange mixture of ele-,
gance and plainness. At one end were
rows of shelves, with more books than
Riles had ever seen, and above stood
a small piece of, statuary worth the
price of many bushels of wheat.
After the meal Gardiner drew a
couple of chairs up to the table, opened
a. drawer, and produced writing mate
rials. "We can't get a letter away to
Harris any too soon. So hitch your
self to that pen there and letms see
what kind of a hand you are at fic
Riles would rnther have done a
day's work in the field than write a
Riles Would Rather Have Done a
Day's Work In the Field Than
Write a Letter.
letter but Gardiner insisted it must
be done by him. Much of the after-1
noon was spent in the struggle, and
Gardiner's fertile imagination had to
be appealed to at several critical
points. But at last the letter was
completed. It ran as follows:
"John Harris esq
"sir i take up my pen to let you no that
1 am all well hoppln this will find you
the same well this is a grate contry
their is sure a big out ov doors well
mr Harris 1 think 1 see something here
a hole lot better than 3 years on a
homstead homsteads Is all rite for men
that Hasunt got any niony but a man
with sum mony can do better 1 wlsht i
Had sold my plase before I left i
could ov done well here their is lots
ov.chantez to .make big mony their Is
a man here owns a cole mine he Is
whrt"they-.cnt Xsenfrlk He is a Her
mitt and lives in the Hills His. mine Is .
wurth 500000$ but he dont no it He
will take 80000$ for it and we can sell
it rite away for perhaps 500000$ 1
think we should take this up it is a
grate chants If you will sell your plase
rite awny and bring all the mony you
can then i will sell mine for the bal
luns be sure and bring all the mony
you can if you dont like the cole mine
there is lots of other chantez they will
mak( you rich and bring the mony in
bills not chex because He wont take
chex becafs He ls-Xsentrik their Is a
man here sals Ills frend in new york
would pay 500000$ for the cole mine if
he was here and He Is sending Hlra
word so Hurry and let us get holt ov It
furst then we'll sell It to Him and
make a killing dont fale.
"your obedyunt servunt
Gardiner read the letter carefully,
suppressing his amusement over Riles'
wrestlings with the language, and
finally gave his approval.
"Now, you must make a copy of it,"
he said. "It's only business to have a
copy. That was a fine touch of yours
about going back to. sell your own
farm. I believe you have some Im
agination after all, if It only had a
chance to sprout."
Riles protested about the labor of
making a copy, but Gardiner insisted,
and at last the work was completed.
The sound of galloping hoofs was
heard outside, and a cowboy from a
neighboring ranch called at the door
to ask If there was anything wanted
from town. "Here's your chance to ,
mail your letter," Gardiner, called to I
Riles with unnecessary loudness. "Mr.
Riles dropped in here to write a let
ter," he explained to the rider.
Having with much difficulty folded
his epistle until it could be crumpled
into an envelope, Riles sealed, stamped,
and addressed It, and a moment later
the dust was rising 1down the trail as
the cowboy bore the fatal .missive to
town. 'The die was 'cast;' the match
had been set to the tinder; and the
fire must now burn through to a fin
ish, let it scorch whom It wpuld.
Gardiner took up the copy, folded it
carefully, and put "it in ! his pocket
book. "Now, Mr. Bles," he- said. I
"we're in for this thing, .and , ihere'9
no backing out. jAt least 'you're In
for it. You have sent a letter, "fn your
handwriting, .such as it bvto Harris,
and I have a copy of It In your hand
writing, In my pocket. If 'this thing
ever gets out these 101161 'wilt make
Harris found some dlfliculty Jn pro
viding that affairs of the ,farm would
proceed satisfactorily during his ab
sence, but at last they were arranged,
If not exactly to his liking, at least in a
manner that promised little loss, It
was most unfortunate that Mary, in a
moment of headstrong - passion quite
without precedent In his experience of
her, had determined upon' a visit just
at the time when she was particularly
needed at home. If Harris had been
quite fair he would have remembered
that there had been no time in the last
twenty-five years when- she had not
been needed nt home, nd the present
occasion was perhaps no less oppor
tune for her visit than many others.
The - hired man,' in -consideration of
having no field work to do, finally con
sented to milk the cows and deliver the
milk daily to Mrs. Riles, 'who would
convert it into butter for a consider
ation of so hiuch per pound. To his
good neighbors, the Grunts, Harris
turned for assurance that should he
and Allan be delayed on their trip, or
should the harvest come in earlier than
expected, ample steps would be taken
to garner It.
So, with these arrangements com
plete, the farmer and his son drove
into Plainville one fine bright morning ,
at the end of July, ready for their first
long trip Into the New West. Indeed,
It was Allan's first long journey any
where ; an excursion' to Winnipeg at
the time of the summer exhibition had
been the, limit of his experience of
travel, and the hard work of the farm
had not yet- extinguished the young
man's desire for novelty, and excite
ment. ' ' i
Harris got off at the railway station
to buy the tickets j Allan went to the
post office on the odd chance of any
letters awaiting delivery, and the
hired man turned the-. horses home
ward. The station agent -was thread
ing his way through his car report, and
remained provokingly. unconscious of
Harris' presence at ,th'e ticket window.
The.farmeij took no pains to conceal
his impatience, coughing and shuttling
obviously, but It was hot Until the last
box-car had been duly recorded that
the agent deigned' to recognize his ex
istence. : .''. -
VNothlng.for you. from ," he said,
mentioning the mail order house from
which Harris made most of his pur
' "Well, I didn't expect anythln'," re
torted the f armef,. "although you're
just as likely to have ItSvhen I don't
as when I do. How touch is a ticket
ITTou got the land fever, too?" the
agent asked,1 as he consulted his tar
iffs. ' "Riles w:ent up the other day.
You'll be making a cleanup on the
cheap land, I suppose. But I tell you,
Harris, if I'd a famn like yours you
couldn't pry me off it with a pinch-bar.
No more worries for'llttle Willie, and
I'd leave the free land to those that
haven't got any like myself." .
"Worry!" snorted Harris. "What
do you worry about?" "You get your
pay; whether It freezes or halls or
shrivels up with one. of these Dakota
The agent thought of the plies of re- "
ports on his table, but as he thumped
the stamp onlhe fickotsfje answered,
"Oh, I worry over tile Monroe doc
trine." He left the farmer counting
his change, and ,turned to his reports.
"Another " 'money-grubber ' gone crazy
with .the henC'-he muttered.. "If I'd
his wad wouldn't I burn this Wire with
one hot, short sentence !"
(TO BE CONTINUED.) '
The Horse of Thlrtj-Flve. ,
Study of the relation between the to
tal length of life and the time required
to reach maturity has brought out an
interesting comparison between men
and horses. A horse at five years old
Is said to be, comparatively, as old as a
man at twenty, and doubtless may be
expected to behave, according to
equine standards, after the manner of
the average college student following
human standards. A ten-year-old
horse resembles, so far as age and ex
perience go, a man of forty, while
horse that has attained the ripe age of
thirty-five Is comparable with u man of
ninety. New York Evening Post.