The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, October 20, 1921, Image 2

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Brief Resume Most Important
Daily News Items.
Events of Noted People, Governments
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
Emory Mapes, of Minneapolis, CS
years old, president of the Cream of
Wheat company, died Monday night of
hoart disease.
Archaeologists at work In the ruins
of ancient Ephesus have discovered a
crypt believed to be the tomb of St.
John the Evangelist, it was said n a
dispatch roceived In Paris.
Joel and James Cheatwood, twins,
colebrated their 90th birthday at the
homo of the former in Leavenworth,
Kan., Tuesday. Both have reared
large families and are active.
A reduction of 40 cents a barrel In
the wholesale price of flour was an
nounced Tuesday by a prominent Cali
fornia milling company. This Is the
first drop in the price of flour in the
last two months.
John A. Spencer, ex-clergyman, who
waB convicted in Lakoport, Cal., for
the murder of his wife, Mrs. Emma
Spencer, and sentenced to life impris
onment, arrived at the state prison
Tuesday to begin serving his sentence.
Herman Stout, 15 years old, West
vllle high school boy, yielded a six
Inch screwdriver when operated upon
at a Danville, ill., hospital Tuesday
morning. Stout had been at the hos
pital for a week suffering from a sup
posed attack of appendicitis.
Machinery of a national investi
gation, designed to cheapen the
marketing of dairy products to
give dairy farmers better prices for
their goods and to provide city con
sumers with better products at reason
able cost was sot in motion in St. Paul,
Minn., Tuesday.
A site for a naval aviation base at
Charleston Harbor, Wash., has been
offered to the government by the
Charleston chamber of commerce, it
was announced Tuesday at a hearing
before the house naval committee Ad
visability of establishing such a base
off Puget sound was discussed.
A. I!. Burgess, a negro employed by
the Atlantic Coast Line railway at
Savannah, Ca., probably has the larg
est family in Georgia. Ho is the fa
ther of :!2 children and had three
wives. Twenty-six of the children are
living. The negro has been blessed
with seven sots of twins and two sets
of triplets.
In a spectacular raid staged simul
taneously In five precincts of Wash
ington, D. C, Saturday, prohibition of
ficers gathered in 31 suspects, Includ
ing the alleged "king of Washington
bontlgegers," and a large quantity of
Honor, and smashed what is believed
to be one of the largest whisky rings
in the east.
A hope that the public press through
outout the world will do its part to
promote International understanding,
and particularly to make easier tho
tasks of the armament conference, was
expressed by President Harding in a
message to the press congress of the
world, which began its session Tues
day at Honolulu.
Several Russian provinces which up
to tho present have been considered
self-supporting, nro clamoring to be
listed for government aid because of
famine, M. Kalinin, head of the Rus
sian central committee, for famine re
lief, announced in a speech at Moscow
Saturday. The number classed as
starving, therefore, is raised to nearly
Liberty bonds, which recently touch
ed the highest prices of the year, were
heavily sold Tuesday and closed at a
decline of from 58 to 156 points for
tho second 4s and the various 4t; per
cent issues. Sales approximated $13,
500,000. Tho decline was largely at
tributed to realizing of profits by spec
ulative interests who had bought at
considerably lower levels.
A meeting in the Colorado state cap
Itol Saturday night called by women's
clubs to stir public sentiment against
prohibition violations was thrown into
commotion when Judge Ben It, l.ind
sey of tho juvenile court, denied the
privilege of the floor, leaped to the
top of a desk and shouted denuncia
tion of city officials In the enforce
ment of the prohibition statutes.
Proposal to Avert Strike Held Impos
sible by Kailroad Chiefs.
Chicago Presidents of the leading
middle western railroads in a state
ment Monday night turned down aB
"Impossible" the proposal of the rail
road labor board public group that
freight rates be reduced Immediately
as a possible means of averting a gen
eral railroad strike, and charged that
the proposed walkout "would be a
strike against tho government, called
by tho unions primarily for the pur
pose of nullifying tho transportation
act creating the labor board."
The statement followed a meeting
of the association of railroads enter
ing Chicago and was signed on behalf
of the organization by Samuel Felton,
president of the Chicago Great West
ern. The Chicago & Northwestern,
the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the
Santa Fe, the Chicago, Rock Island &
Pacific and the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul are some of the larger roads
represented at the meeting.
By coincidence, the statement, which
reviews the railroad situation and
causes of the strike, was Issued at
almost the same moment Warren S.
Stone, president of the Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers, was giving
out a statement in Cleveland telling
why the four big brotherhoods and
the Switchmen's Union of North Amer
ica had authorized a walkout on Oc
tober 30. The president's statement
said, in part:
"The thing it is proposed to strike
against is the decision of the railroad
labor board authorizing the reduction
of 12 per cent in wages which the
railways put into effect July 1. There
is at present no other possible ground
for a strike by the railway labor
"The labor board was created by
the transportation act passed by con
gress in 1920, which delegated to it
the duty, in case of disputes, of deter
mining reasonable wages and working
conditions. The wage reduction put
into effect July 1 was authorized by
the board under the provisions of this
act. Therefore, the strike which has
been ordered will be, if it occurs, a
strike against a decision made by a
government body acting in accordance
with a federal law."
Washington, D. C. The shipping
board issued a statement that no ac
tion was taken officially Monday, by
either tho shipping board or the emer
gency fleet corporation, to form or
discuss plana for using government
vessels in the event of a general rail
road strike, and "that no request had
been made for them to act or to fur
nish information."
A. J. Frey, vice-president of the
emergency fleet corporation, said that
tho fleet could turn over 25 oil-burning
ships a day for ten days in the event
that their use was desired immediate
ly, the statement continued. He added
that there would be no difficulty In
obtaining crews owing to the number
of seamen out of employment, and
further, that the men, employed on the
laid-up vessels, would form a potential
nucleus in manning any such boats.
Chief's Bank Account Big.
New York. Bank accounts of Police
Commissioner Enright showing depos
its aggregating $100,421 since he as
sumed office in 1918 were read into
the record of the Meyer legislative
committee Monday. Other bank ac
counts offered in evidence showed that
E. P. Hughes, ex-police inspector, who
retired & few months ago to operate a
private detective agency which guard
ed piers, had deposited $1,009,152
since 1918.
Postal Loot $200,000.
San Francisco. More than $200,000
was the total face value, as disclosed
by checking Sunday, of the registered
mail stolen by four unmasked robbers
from the Rialto postoffiee station at
New Montgomery and Mission BtreeU
The actual loss, however, was much
lower, because the bulk of the known
shipments involved was of a non-negotiable
Wheat Supply Cut Down.
Washington, D, ('.Wheat on farms,
excluding that required for use by the
farmers, was estimated by the depart
ment of agriculture in figures made
public Monday at 318,000,000 bushels
(his year, compared with 447,000,000
bushels last year.
Rltz Hotel Changes Hands.
Frank A. Clark, formerly proprietor
of the Clyde Hotel, has recently pur
chased the Rltz Hotel at Park and
Morrison. Portland,
Mr. Clark Is one of the best known
hotel men In the state and is spending
several thousand dollars in making
the Ritz Hotel a Class "A" property.
500,000 Men to Go Out First
Day; Million May Follow.
Mail Trains Are Specifically Included
In Instructions Issued on Walkout-
Paralysis of Lines Plan.
Chicago. More than half a million
American railroad men Sunday were
ordered to initiate a strike October 30,
while other unions whose membership
brings the total to about 2,000,000 an
nounced officially that they were pre
paring to follow suit and make the
walkout general on the same date.
Under this programme the tleup
would be complete, according to union
predictions, by November 2.
The hour was fixed for 6 A. M.
October 30, except for one Texas line,
whose trainmen were authorized to go
out October 22.
Railroads listed in the first group
on which the strike is to become ef
fective touch 42 of the 48 states, with
a trackage of 73,000 miles out of the
total of approximately 200,000 miles.
The New England states comprise
the group that is virtually untouched
in the first walkout.
The strike orders were issued to the
big five brotherhoods, oldest and most
powerful of the railway unions, and
they specifically included mail trains.
Their provisions instructed strikers to
keep away from railroad property with
a warning that "violence of any nature
will not be tolerated by the organiza
tions." The strike was announced following
an overwhelming vote, said to be up
wards of 90 per cent, favoring a strike
because of a 12 per cent wage reduc
tion authorized by the railroad labor
board of July 1, and after it was de
clared by the Association of Railway
Executives in session Saturday that a
further reduction would be sought by
the railroads. It was said that the
strike decision was made before the
announcement of this further intended
cut. Printed instructions as to con
duct of the strike, issued in Chicago,
were dated Saturday, October 14.
"I fear it will be one of the most
serious strikes In American transpor
tation history," said W. G. Lee, presi
dent of the railroad trainmen, who,
during recent weeks, has sent circu
lars to his men warning them of the
critical nature of the steps they con
templated. The country was divided into four
groups, in which the men were au
thorized to walk out progressively, one
group every 24 hours. Names of the
groups were not made public, but un
officially the identity of roads in the
first group to go was learned, subject
to changes, which union officials said
would be few. This first group in
cluded some of the country's greatest
rail systems, from coast to coast and
from Canada to the gulf.
Washington, D. C. The public
group of the railroad labor board and
the full membership of the interstate
commerce commission, by personal di
rection of President Harding, joined
Saturday in an effort to avert the
threatened serious railroad labor com
plications. Summoned here by the president,
the three members representing the
public on the railroad labor board
were escorted by Mr. Harding to a
conference with members of the inter
state commerce commission, which
was unfinished and left open to re
sumption Monday.
Silence was maintained even in the
face of the strike call Issued late Sat
urday at Chicago, but the purpose of
the meeting was said in an announce
ment to be consideration of "the pos
sibility of an early adjustment of rail
road rates and wages."
Puebla Governor Flees.
Mexico City. Jose Maria Sanchez,
governor of Puebla state, fled from
Puebla Sunday night on horseback,
accompanied by 30 followers, in the
course of a demonstration against
state authorities, who were charged
with being responsible for the new
tax law. which was alleged to provide
for excessive rates. Although martial
law has not been proclaimed, federal
troops under General Maycotte are
guarding the city.
The Voice of the Pack
SynopBls. Warned by his physl
clan that he has not more than six
months to live, Dan Fulling sits
despondently on a park bench, won
dering where ho should Bpend those
six months. Memories of his grand
father and a deep love for all
things of the wild help him in
reaching a decision. In a largo
southern Oregon city he meets
people who had known and loved
his grandfather, a famous fron
tiersman, lie makes hie home with
Bllas Lennox, u typical westerner,
The only other members of the
household are Lennox's son, "Bill,"
and daughter, "Snowbird." Their
abode Is in the Umpguu divide, and
there Falling plans to live out the
short span of life which he has
been told Is tils. From the first
Failing's health shows a marked
improvement, and In the compan
ionship of Lennox and hla son and
daughter ho fits Into the woods life
ob If he hud been born to It By
quick thinking and a remarkable
display of "nerve" he saves Len
nox's life and hla own when they
are attacked by a mad coyote.
Lennox declares tie Is a reincarna
tion of his grandfather, Dan Fall
ing I, whose fame as a woodsman
la a household word. Dan learns
that an organized band of outlaws,
of which Bert Cranston la the
leader, Is setting forest fires. Lan
dry HUdreth, a former member of
the gang, has been Induced to turn
atate'a evidence. Cranaton shoots
HUdreth and leaves him for dead.
Whlsperfoot, the mountain Hon,
springs on HUdreth and finishes
HUdreth and devours him, thus ac
quiring the taste for human flesh.
Dan discovers Cranston In the act
of setting a forest fire.
CHAPTER II Continued.
Dan felt himself straighten ; and the
color mounted somewhat higher In tils
brown cheeks. But he did not try to
avenge the insult yet. Cranston was
still fifteen feet distant, and that was
too far. A man may swing a rifle
within fifteen feet. The fact that they
were in no way physical equals did
not even occur to him. When the in
sult is great enough, such considera
tions cannot possibly matter. CrnnR
ton was hard as steel, one hundred
and seventy pounds in weight. Dan did
not touch one hundred nnd fifty, and
a deadly disease had not yet entirely
relinquished its hold upon him.
"I do very well, Cranston," Dan an
swered in the same tone. "Wouldn't
you like another match? I believe
your pipe has gone out."
Very little can bo said for the wis
dom of tills remark. It was simply
human that age-old creed to answer
blow for blow and Insult for Insult.
Of course the Inference was obvious
that Dan was accusing him, by Innu
endo, of his late attempt at arson.
Cranston glanced up quickly, and it
might lie true that his fingers itched
and tingled about the barrel of his
rifle. He knew what Dan meant. He
understood perfectly that Dan had
guessed his purpose on the mountain
side. And the curl at his lips became
more pronounced.
"What a smart little boy," he
scorned. "Going to be a Sherlock
Holmes when he grows up." Then he
half turned and the light in his eyes
blazed up. He was not leering now.
The mountain men are too Intense
to piny at insult very long. Their in
herent savagery comes to the surface,
nnd they want the warmth of blood
upon their fingers. His voice became
guttural. "Maybe you're a spy?" he
asked. "Maybe you're one of those city
rats to come and watch us, and then
run and tell the forest service. There's
two things, Failing, that I want you
to know."
Dan puffed at his pipe, and his eyes
looked curiously bright through the
film of smoke. "I'm not interested in
hearing them," he said.
"It might pay you," Cranston went
on. "One of 'em is that one man's
word is good as another's In a court
and It wouldn't do you any good to
run down and tell tales. A man can
light his pipe on the mountain side
without the courts being interested.
The second thing is just that I don't
think you'd find It a healthy thing to
"I suppose, then, that is a threat?"
"It ain't Just a threat." Cranston
laughed harshly a single, grim syl
lable that was the most terrible sound
he had yet uttered. "It's a fact. Just
try It, Failing. Just make one little
step In thnt direction. You-couldn't
hide behind a girl's skirts, then. Why,
you city sissy, I'd break you to pieces
In my hands!"
Few men can make a threat without
a muscular accompaniment. Its very
utterance releases pent-up emotions,
part of which can only pour forth In
muscular expression. And anger Is n
primitive thing, going down to the
most mysterious depths of a man's na
ture. As Cransion spoke, his Up curled,
his dark fingers clenched on his thick
palm, nnd he half leaned forward.
Dan knocked out his pipe on the
log. It was the only sound In that
whole mountain realm ; nil the lesser
sounds were stilled. The two men
stood face to face, Dan tranquil, Crans
ton shaken by passion.
"I lve you," said Dan with entire
coldness, "an opportunity to take that
back. Just about four seconds."
lie stood very straight us he spoke,
and his eyes did not waver In the
least. It would not be the truth to say
that his heart was not leaping like
a wild thing in his breast. A dark
mist was spreading like madness over
tils brain; but yet he was striving to
keep his thoughts clear. Stealthily,
without seeming to do so, he was set
ting his muscles for a spring.
The only answer to his words was
a laugh a roaring laugh of scorn
from Cranston's dark Hps. In his
laughter, his Intent, catlike vigilance
relaxed. Dan saw a chance; feeble
though It was, It was the only chance
he had. And his long body leaped ilk
a serpent through the air.
Physical superior though he was,
Cranston would have repelled the at
tack with tils rifle if he had had a
chance. Ills blood was already at
the murder heat a point always
quickly reached In Cranston and the
dark, hot fumes In his brain were
simply nothing more nor less than the
most poisonous, bitter hatred. No
other word exists. If his class of de
generate mountain men bad no other
accomplishment, they could hate. All
their lives they practiced the emotion :
hatred of their neighbors, hatred of
law, hatred of civilization In all its
forms. Besides, this kind of hlllman
habitually fought his duels with rifles.
Hands were not deadly enough.
But Dan was past his guard before
he had time to raise his gun. The
whole attack ws one of the most
astounding surprises of Cranston's life.
Don's body struck his, his fists flailed,
and to protect himself, Cranston was
obliged to drop the rifle. They stag
gered, as If in some weird dance, on
the trail; and their arms clasped In
a clinch.
For a long Instant they stood strain
ing, seemingly motionless. Cranston's
powerful body had stood up well under
the shock of Dan's leap. It was a
The Battles of the Mountains were
Battles to the Death.
hand-to-hand battle now. The rifle
had slid on down the hillside, to be
caught In a clump of brush twenty
feet below. Dan called on every ounce
of his strength, because he knew what
mercy he might expect if Cranston
mastered him. The battles of the
mountains were battles to the death.
They flung back nnd forth, wrench
ing shoulders, lashing fists, teeth and
feet nnd fingers. There were no Mar
quis of Queensherry rules In this bat
tle. Again and again Dan sent home
his blows; but they all seemed Inef
fective. By now, Cranston had com
pletely overcome the moment's advan
tage the other had obtained by the
power of his leap. He hurled Dan
from the clinch nnd lashed at him
with hard fists.
It Is a very common thing to hear
of a silent fight. But It is really a
more rare occurrence than most peo
ple believe. It is true that serpents
will often fight in the strangest, most
eerie silence ; but human beings are
not serpents. They partake more of
the qualities of the ment-eoters the
wolves nnd felines. After the first
instant, the noise of the fight aroused
the whole hillside. The sound of blows
was In Itself notable, nnd besides, both
jf the men were howling the prim
ordial battle cries of hatred and ven
geance. For two long minutes Dan fought
with the strength of desperation, sum
moning nt last all thnt mysterious re
serve force with which all men are
born. But he was playing n losing
game. The malady with which he had
suffered had taken too much of his
vigor. Even as he struggled, It seemed
to him thnt the vista nbout him, the
dark pines, the colored leaves of the
perennial shrubbery, the yellow oath
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were all obscured In a strange, white
mist. A grent wind roared In his ears
and his heart wns evidently about
to shiver to pieces.
But still he fought on, not during to
yield. He could no longer parry Crans
ton's blows. The Intter's onus went
around him In one of those deadly
holds thnt wrestlers know; and Dun
struggled In vain to free himself.
Cranston's face Itself seemed hideous
nnd unreal In the mist that was creep
ing over blm, He did not recognize
the curious thumping sound as Crans
ton's fists on his flesh. And now
Cranston had burled him off tils feet.
Nothing mattered further, He had
fought the best he could. This cruel
beast could pounce on blm at will
and hammer away his life. But still
he struggled. Except for the constant
play of his muscles, his almost un
conscious effort to free himself thnt
kept one of Cranston's arms busy
holding him down, that fight on the
mountain path might have come to n
sudden end. Human bodies can stand
a terrific punishment; hut Dan's was
weakened from the ravages of his
disease. Besides, Cranston would soon
have both hands and both feet free for
the work, and when these four ter
rible weapons are used nt once, the
Issue soon or late can never be In
But even now, consciousness still
lingered. Dan could hear his enemy's
curses and far up the trail, he heard
another, stranger sound. It sounded
like some one running.
And then he dimly knew thnt Cran
ston was climbing from his body.
Voices were speaking quick, com
manding voices Just over him. Above
Cranston's savage curses another voice
rang clear, and to Dan's ears, glorious
beyond all human utterance.
He opened his tortured eyes. The
mists lifted from In front of them, and
the whole drama was revealed. It had
not been sudden mercy that had driven
Cranston from his body, Just when his
victim's falling unconsciousness would
have put him completely In his power.
Rather It wns something black and
ominous that even now wns pointed
squarely at Cronston's breast.
None too soon, a ranger of the hill
had heard the sounds of the struggle,
and had left the trystlng place at the
spring to come to Dan's aid. It was
Snowbird, very pale but wholly self
sufficient and determined and Intent,
Her pistol was cocked and ready.
Dan Falling wns really not badly
hurt. The quick, lashing blows had
not done more than severely bruise
the flesh of his face ; and the mists of
unconsciousness thnt had been falling
over him were more nearly the result
of his own tremendous physical ex
ertion. Now these mists were rising.
"Go go away," the girl was com
manding. "I think you've killed him."
Dan opened his eyes to find her
kneeling close beside him, but still
covering Cranston with her pistol. Her
hand was resting on his bruised cheek.
He couldn't have believed thnt a hu
man faee could be as white, while life
still remained, ns hers was then. All
the lovely tints that had been such a
delight to him, the play of soft reds
nnd browns, had faded ns sn after
glow fades on the snow.
Dan's glance moved with hers to
Cranston. He was standing easily at
a distance of a dozen feet ; nnd except
for the faintest tremble nil over his
body, a muscular reaction from the
violence of his passion, he had entire
ly regained his self-composure. This
was quite characteristic of the moun
tain men. They share with the beasts
a passion of living that Is wholly un
known on the plains ; but yet they have
a certain quality of Imperturbability
known nowhere else. Nor Is It limited
to the native-born mountaineers. No
man who Intimately knows a member
of that curious, keen-eyed little army
of naturalists and big-game hunters
who go to the north woods every fall,
as regularly and seemingly as Inex
orably as the waterfowl go In spring,
can doubt this fact. They seem to
have acquired from the silence and
the snows an Impregnation of that
eternal calm and Imperturbability that
is the wilderness Itself. Cranston
wasn't In the least afraid. Fear Is
usually a matter of uncertainty, and
he knew exactly where he stood.
"Oh, I wish I could shoot
you, Bert."
Bull Baiting.
This wns a sport once popular In
England, but declared illegal in 1835.
A bull was attacked by dogs, and
sometimes the nostrils of the bull were
blown full of pepper to Increase his
fury. Another form of the sport was
to fasten the bull to a stake by a long
rope and then set bulldogs at him, one
at a time, which were trained to seize
the bull by the nose. The bulldog
seems to have been developed for this
sport from a short-eared mastiff Called