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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 28, 1922)
OF CURRENT WEEK
Brief Resume Most Important
Daily News Items.
COMPILED FOR YOU
Events of Noted People, Government
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
While Vancouver, B. C, police
searched a house In Chinatown for
hidden drugs, a carrier pigeon flew
In bearing a tube of narcotics. Two
men were arrested.
Four masked outlaws held, up a
jewelry store at Independence, Kan.,
early Tuesday night and escaped In
a motor car with diamonds valued at
$15,000, according to a report made
by Wichita police.
President Harding was re-elected a
director o the Pendergast Lumber
company at the annual mooting of
' stockholders In Muriou, 0., Monday.
He has been a director of the com
pany for a number of years.
Reports received by the treasury
Indicate that out of the $700,000,000
of victory notes called for redemption
last Friday, which were outstanding
at the beginning of the month, less
than $300,000,000 has been presented
for redemption to date.
If the Christmas rum fleet reported
to be bound for New York from the
Bahamas succeeds In running the
blockade of the dry navy, it should
find New Yorkers amply supplied
with receptacles for toting the for
bidden liquor, says a dispatch.
A memorial from the board of super
visors of San Francisco petitioning
tor light wines and beer was present
ed to the senate Tuesday. It stated
that at the last eloction the people,
by referendum, voted two to one for
such an amendment to the present
Madam Bernhardt passed a comfort
able night and her physician said
Tuesday no serious consequences
were expected to follow her fainting
spell. She will be obliged to rest sev
eral duys, but It Is considered certain
that she will be able to resume her
work on the Paris stage soon.
While the first floor of a frame
building on Spruce street in PRtsburg
was being swept by fire Tuesday, a
child was born to Mrs. Peter Kraterln
Hkt on the Becond floor. Mrs. Krator
lnskl and her baby were carried out
by the firemen. The physician fol
lowed. None suffered any serious
Declaring that United States prohi
bition agents violated the fourth
amondment of the constitution In
making raids without proper search
warrants, Judge Thompson In the Uni
ted States district court of Phllndel
phla Tuesday dismissed two liquor
cuses Involving several hundred thou
Twenty officers and'stock salesmon
of the Waterloo Creamery company In
Omaha, Nob., were indicted Monday
by a federal grand jury for alleged use
of the malls to defraud In connection
with the promotion and financing of
that company, now In receivership,
llonds wore fixed at $5000 for each
of the defendants.
Announcement was made that the
Pulestlne government has arranged
for a loan of 2,500,000 to be floated
in Loudon. Ponding conclusion of ar
rangements for the loan, the crown
agents In England advanced consider
able sums at various times; thus 1
250,000, or half of the loan, already
has been expended.
May Walker OUio Homestead
Ilulstoln cow, owned by the Minnesota
Ilolsteln company at Austin, Minn.,
has brokeu the world's record for a
year's production of butter. Hor fig'
live for 305 days ending at midnight
Monday night was 1217.27 pounds of
butter fat, the equivalent of 1521.6
pounds of butter, according to L. E.
Kberhardt, president of the company
and munuger of an Omaha packing
Twenty men who were aboard tho
tug ltellunee, wrecked on tho rocks of
tho Lizard islands In Lake Superior
lust Wednesday and who spent five
days on the Islands with scant shelter
from the sub-sere temperature and
with scarcely any food, arrived In
Sault Ste. Marie Tuesday night. Three
others are aboard the tug Gray, now
engaged In taking off Lake Superior
light keepers, and will ho brought In
later this week.
INDUSTRY DRILLS FOR WAR
Secretary Weeks Gives Out Plan for
Organization of All Labor.
Washington, D. C How the war
department Is working toward a plan
of industrial preparedness, capable of
marshalling American material re
sources In orderly support of Ameri
can man power should a national
emergency demand It, was revealed by
Secretary Weeks In an article pre
pared for the January Issue of the
Nation's Business, official organ of
the chamber of commerce of the Uni
ted States. Already, the secretary
wrote, 13 ordnance districts have been
marked out as a part of the industrial
mobilization plan, in each "a civilian
leader, a man high in the business life
of his community?' has volunteered
to serve as a point of intimate contact
between the government and business
interests which could be of service in
war time production. Progress also
has been made toward establishing a
similar contact with airplane produ
cers and a uniform fixed price con
tract has been drawn In tentative form
for use In future war purchases.
The logical development of this
project, Mr. Weeks added, would be
the creation of a civilian general staff
to control war-time industrial mobiliza
tion. He suggests that in furtherance
of the plan it may be advisable to
place from year to year "small educa
tional orders" to fill peace-time needs
and' to maintain a skeleton organiza
tion readily convertible to war ar
rangements. "There are being established be
tween tho war department and Amer
ican industrial life everywhere," said
the article, "points of contact that
shpuld bring the American people Into
this business of making ready in
peace for the task that the American
people alone can accomplish in war.
It Is in our ordnance problem we
have been able to make the most head
way thus far. The ordnance districts
marked out in relation to the peace
time industrial establishment avail
able in each district for ordnance pro
duction are 13 in number and are
known, respectively, as the Baltimore,
Boston, Bridgeport, Chicago, Cincin
nati, Cleveland, Detroit, New York,
Philadelphia, Pittsburg, Rochester,
San Francisco and 3t. Louis districts.
'The chief of the districts so far
appointed are as follows (The military
titles, where used, indicating reserve
commission) : Colonel C. H. Tenney,
at Boston; Colonel B. A. Franklin, at
Bridgeport; E. A. Russell, Chicago; C.
L. Harrison, at Cincinnati; Colonel
BaBcom Little, at Cleveland; F. J.
Robinson, at Detroit; Colonel John R.
Delafield, at New York; J. C. Jones,
at Philadelphia; R. M. Dravo, at Pitts
burg, and M. E. Singleton, at St. Louis.
'These men will have the war-time
Job of procuring 90 per cent of ord
nance material, as government arsen
als can produce at most but 10 per
cent. It Is to bo noted that this entire
project rests upon the patriotic will
ingness of civilians, be they reserve
officers or not, who have volunteered
to undertake this work."
Fall to Go, Says Rumor.
Washington, D. C The dull days
Immediately preceding the holidays in
Watthiugjou ure always fruitful of ru
mors of expected resignations of cab
inet members. This time, according
to a report broadcast Friday, Albort
Bacon Fall, secretary of the interior,
is to resign soon and is to be succeed
ed by Canul Thompson of Cleveland,
Mr. Thompson was assistant secre
tary of the interior during a part of
the Tuft administration and luter sec
retnry to President Taft. He also
was tho unsuccessful candidate for
governor ot Ohio la the November
Soviet Claims Victory.
Moscow. After six months of
watchful waiting tho United States
suddenly has urrlved at the conclusion
that soviet Russia was a real factor
in world economics and must be reck
oned with, according to an assertion
made by M. Kameneff, president of
the Moscow soviet, at the opening of
tho all-Russian congress Saturday.
M. Kameneff spoke in the place ot
M. Lenlne, the premier who, he an
uounced, had prepared an extensive
report, but deferring to the advice of
his doctor would not leave his home
for several days, owing to the fact
that he was ill from overwork.
Many Offenders Freed.
Rome. The amnesty decree Just
signed by King Victor Emmanuel
covers-all civil and military crimes
committed In connection with national
movements or alms and also crimes
caused by disturbances due to eco
nomic or social causes, with tho ex
ceptlon ot those for which Imprison
ment for more than three years hud
been imposed. It does not apply to
offenses committed for exclusively
personal motives. ,
10 FIX INDEMNITY
Plan Emerges From Effort to
Find Solution.- .
Negotiations Kept Out of Government
Channels; Action Carried on
Washington, D. C. A plan under
which an American commission would
determine how much Germany should
be required to pay the allies in repara
tions has emerged from the effort to
find a way for extending American
aid toward solution of the economic
troubles of Europe. .
Although discussions of the proposal
have been kept thus far outside the
formal channels of diplomacy, the ex
change of views has developed a thor
ough understanding in authoritative
circles that the United States, Great
Britain and Germany are willing to
consent to the creation of such a com
The plan now is . before Premier
Poincare ot France and he is expected
to make a decision after conferences
with industrial heads of his own coun
try and ot Germany. It is assumed
that it will be communicated later to
all the nations interested in repara
Officials of the Washington govern
ment Thursday refused to discuss the
plan for an American commission
Secretary Hughes, however, issued a
statement saying that the "govern
ment had presented no "proposal" on
The procedure by which all of those
directly interested are sounded out
before any definite "proposal" Is sub
mitted with government authority be
hind it is the usual method employed
In negotiations of great delicacy! The
secretary's statement recalled an as
sertion made a few days ago by a
White House spokesman, who said, in
discussing the American attitude to
ward Europe, that it would not be
proper to display on the stage all that
was taking place behind the scenes
The plan for an American commis
sion first was disclosed early Friday
In a dispatch from London, where the
proposal has been actively under dis
cussion. The dispatch credited the
chamber of commerce of the United
States with having first laid the sug
gestion before Secretary Hughes and
it was learned here that much of the
actual discussion which has taken
place since that time has been con
ducted on behalf of the American In
dustry by officials of the chamber,
At the state department there was
a disposition to draw a sharp line ot
distinction between the activities of
American and other business men in
regard to the problem and the moves
made by government officials them
selves. It became clear, however, that
the two groups had kept in close touch
and that not only Secretary Hughes,
but Secretary Hoover and others high
In the administration were fully ad
vised of efforts made by President
Julius II. Barnes of the chamber of
commerce and men In England,
France and Germany who hold similar
posts in the industrial world, to find
a formula for solution of the repara
Klan Garb Prohibited.
Harrison, N. J. Instructions to ar
rest any one appearing in the city
wearing the regalia of the Ku Klux
Klan and orders to have the sanity
ot all such persons determined by
physicians, were posted Friday by
Chief ot Police Walsh.
The orders, adopted by the com
mon council, also Include the unmask
ing of hooded individuals and ten
days' imprisonment. '
Ford Buys Big Tract.
Chicago. The Ford Motor company
has closed a deal for a 70-acre tract
of land at Hegewlsch on the Calumet
river and Nickel Plate railroad, where
the company expects to build an auto
mobile manufacturing and assembling
plant employing 16,000 men and cost
lug $C,000,000 when completed.
Georgia Hit By Winter.
Atlanta, Co. With one section cov
ered with sleet and ice and forecasts
for snow, and another section slush
ing through rain with temperatures
slightly above freezing, the south
Friday was in the grip of its first
blast ot winter. Miami and points
on the Florida peninsula, however,
stilt were bathed In sunshine, with
average temperatures ot 70 degrees.
The Mardi Gras Mystery
DOUBLSDAY, PACE AND COMPANY
FELL AND LUCIE
SYNOPSIS.-Durlng the height of
the New Orleans carnival season
Jachin Fell, wealthy though some
what mysterious citizen, and Dr.
Ansley, are discussing a series of
robberies by an Individual known
as the Midnight MaBquer, who, In
variably attired as an aviator, has
long defied the police. Joseph Mall
lard, wealthy banker, Is giving a
ball that night, at which the Mas
quer has- threatened to appear and
rob the guests. Fell and Ansley,
on their way to the afTalr, meet a
girl dressed as Columbine, seeming
ly known to Fell, but masked, who
accompanies them to the ball.
Lucie Ledanols, recently the ward
of her uncle, Joseph Maillard. is
the Columbine. At the ball, Bob
Maillard, son of the banker, again
proposes to her and is refused. He
offers to buy some of her property.
A Franciscan monk interests her.
He turns out to be Prince Gramont.
In his library Joseph Maillard and
a group of his friends are held up
and robbed by the Midnight Mas
quer. Lucie Ledanols, the last of
an old family, Is In straitened cir
cumstances. Joseph Malllard's han
dling lof her funds has been unfor
tunate. Fell is an old friend of her
parents and deeply Interested In
the girl. Henry Gramont, really
the Prince de Qramont, Is enamored
You saw him?" repeated the girl,
quickly. "What was he like? Do you
know who he is?"
"Certainly I know," replied Fell,
still smiling at her.
"Oh 1 Then who is he?"
"Softly, softly, young lady ! I know
him, but even to you I dare not
breathe his name until I obtain some
direct evidence. Let us call him Mr.
X., after the approved methods of ro
mance, and I shall expound what I
"The bandit did not enter the house
during the evening, nor did he leave,
nor was he found In the house after
ward," he went on, tonelessly. "So,
Incredible as It may appear, be was
one of the guests. This Mr. X. came
to the dance wearing the aviator's cos
tume, or most of It, underneath his
masquerade costume. When he was
ready to act, he doffed his outer cos
tume, appeared as the Midnight
Masquer, effected his purpose, then
calmly donned his outer costume
again and resumed his place among
the guests. You understand?
"Well, then 1 Maillard yesterday re
ceived a note from the Masquer, bra
zenly' stating that he Intended to call
during the evening. I have that note,
It was written with an extremely
hard pencil, such as few men carry,
because It does not easily make very
legible writing. Last night I asked
Mr. X. for a pencil, and he produced
one with an extra hard lead men
tioning that he had borrowed It from
Bob Maillard, as Indeed he had."
"What I Surely you don't mean '
"Of course I don't. Mr. X. Is very
clever, that's all. Here Is what took
place last night. Mr. X. brought us
another note from the Masquer, say
Ing that he had found It pinned to the
library door. As a matter of fact,
he had written It on a leaf torn from
Ills notebook. I took the note from
him, observing at the time thnt the
pnper had no pin holes. Probsbly
Mr. X. saw that there was something
amiss; lie presently went back down
stairs, took the remainder of the torn
lent from his notebook, and pinned It
to the door. A little later I met him
and mentioned the lack of pin holes;
he calmly referred me to the piece on
the door, saying that he had merely
torn oft the note without removing
the pins. You follow me?"
"Of course," murmured the girl, her
eyes wide In fascinated Interest. "And
he knew that you guessed him to be
"He suspected me, I think," said
Fell, mildly. "It is understood that
you will not go about tracing these
"Don't be silly, Uncle Jachin !" she
broke in. "Yon know I'll do nothing
of the sort. Go on, please' Did you
Dnd the airplane?"
"Yes." Jachin Fell smiled dryly.
was thinking of that as I left the
house and came to the line of waiting
automobiles. A word with one of the
outside detectives showed me that one
of the cars In the street had been test
Ing lis engine about midnight. I found
that the car belonged to Mr. X.
"How simple, Lucie, and how very
clever I The chauffeur worked a pow
erful motor with a muffler cutout at
about the time Mr. X., Inside the
house, was making his appearance. It
scarcely sounded like sn airplane mo
tor, yet frightened and startled, people
would Imagine that it did. Thus arose
the legend that the Midnight Masquer
came and departed by means of air
plane a theory aided Ingeniously by
his costume. Well, that Is all I know
or suspect, my dear Lucie I And
"New, I suppose," said the girl,
thoughtfully, "you'll put thnt awful
Creole of yours on the track of Mr. X.?
Beu Chacherre Is good chauffeur,
and he's smuslng enough but he's a
bloritntud ! I don't wonder that he
used to be criminal. Even If you have
rescued Mm from a Xltfi of crime, you
havie't Improved his looks."
"Exactly Ben is at work," asserted I
Jachin Fell. "The gentleman under
suspicion Is very prominent. To ac
cuse him without proof would be
utter folly. To catch him In flagrante
delicto will be difficult. So I am in
no haste. Besides, I can as yet dis
cover no motive for his crimes, since
he is quite well off flnanclully. Well,
no matter! Now that I have fully
unbosomed myself, my dear, it is your
All right, Uncle Jachin." Lucie
took a large morocco case from the
chair beside her, and extended it.
You lent me these things to wear last
night, and I"
No, no," Intervened Fell. "I gave
them to you, my dear in fact, I
gave them to you two years ago, and
kept them until now I You have worn
them; they are yours, and you be
come them better than even did poor
Queen Hortensel So say no more."
Lucie leaned forward and Imprint!
kiss upon the cheek of the little
gray man. "There! that Is all the
thanks I can give you, dear uncle ; the
gift makes me very happy, and I'll
not pretend otherwise. Only, I feel as
though I had no right to wear them
they're so wonderful I"
"Nonsense! But all this Isn't why
you summoned me here, you bundle
of mystery! What bothered you last
night, or, rather, who?"
Lucie laughed. "There was a Fran
ciscan who tried to be very mysteri
ous, and to read my mind. He talked
about oil, about a grasping, hard man,
and mentioned you as my friend.
Then he warned me against a pro.
posal that Bob might make; and sure
enough, Bob did propose to buy what
land Is left to me on Bayou Terre
bonne, saying he'd persuade his oil
company that there was oil on It, and
that they'd buy or lease It. I told him no.
The Franciscan, afterward, proved to
be Henry Gramont ; I wondered if you
had mentioned "
"Heaven forbid!" exclaimed Mr.
Fell, piously. "I never even met Gra
mont until last night 1 Do you like
"Very much." The girl's eyes met
his frankly. "Do you?"
"Very much," said Jachin Fell.,
Lucie's gray eyes narrowed, searched
his face. "I'm almost able to tell
when you're lying," she observed
"Poor Taste, Mademoiselle, to Grow
Weary of Such Beauty!"
calmly. "You said that a trifle too
hastily. Uncle Jachin. Why don't you
Fell laughed, amused. "Perhaps I
have a prejudice against foreign
nobles, Lucie. Our own aristocracy
Is bad enough, but"
"He's discarded all that. He was
never French except In name."
"You speak as though you'd known
him for some time. Have you had
secrets from me?"
"I have!" laughter dimpled in the
girl's face. "For years and years I
When I was tn New York with father,
before the war, we met him ; he was
visiting in Newport with college
friends. Then, you know that father
and I were in France when the war
broke out father was 111 and almost
helpless at the time, you remember.
Gramont came to Paris to serve with
ids regiment, and met us there. He
helped os get away, procured real
money for us, got us passage to New
York. He knows lots of our friends,
and I've always been deeply grateful
to him for his assistance then,
"We've corresponded quite frequent
ly during the war," she pursued. "I
mentioned blm several times after we
got home from France, but you prob
ably failed to notice the name. It's
only since he came to New Orleans
that I renlly kept any secrets from
you; this time I wanted to find out
it you liked him."
Jachin nodded slowly. Ills face was
quite innocent of expression.
"Yes, yes," he said. "Yes of course
He' geologist or engineer, I think?"
"Both, and good one. Well, About
last night he probably guessed at
tome of my private affairs ; I've writ
ten or spoken rather frankly, perhaps.
Also, Bob may have blabbed to him.
Bob still drinks prohibition has not
hit him very hard !"
No," agreed Fell, gravely. "Unfor
tunately, no. Lucie, I've discovered a
most Important fact. Joseph Maillard
did not own any stock in the Bayou
Oil company at the time your land
was sold them by him, and he had no
Interest at all In the real estate con-
that bought your St. Landry
swamp lands and made a fortune off
them. We have really blamed him
most unjustly. I do not believe that
he has profited In the least from you.
His investments In the compunles con
cerned were made afterward, and I
am certain he sold the lands inno
Lucie drew a deep breath.
"I am glad you have said this," she
returned simply. "It's been hard for
me to think that Uncle Joseph had
taken advantage of me; I think that
he honestly likes me, as far as he
permits himself to like anyone."
"He'd not loan you money on It,"
said Fell. "Friendship isn't a tangible
security with him."
"Well, who really did profit by my
Fell's pale gray eyes twinkled, then
cleared in their usually wide inno
cence. "My dear Lucie, Is there one person
in this world to whose faults Joseph
Maillard Is deliberately blind one
person to whom he would refuse noth
ing, In whom he would pardon every
thing, of whom he would never believe
any evil report?"
"You mean " Lucie drew a quick
breath "Bob?" ' -
"Yes, I mean Bob., That he hag
profited by your loss I am not yet In
a position to say; but I suspect It.
When I have finished with the
Masquer, I shall take up his trail."
Jachin Fell rose. "Now I must be
off, my dear. "Will you dine with us
tomorrow evening, Lucie? My mother
commanded me to bring you as soon
as possible "
"Oh, your mother!" exclaimed the
girl, contritely. "I was so absorbed
in the Masquer thet I forgot to ask
after her. How Is she?"
"Quite as usual, thank you."
"I'll come tomorrow night gladly,
"And we'll take a look at the Pro
teus ball afterward, if you like. I'll
send Ben Chacherre for you with the
car, If you're not afraid of him."
"I'm not exactly afraid of him,"
Lucie responded, soberly, "but there
Is something about him thnt I can't
like. I'm sorry that you're trying to
regenerate him, in a way."
Fell shrugged lightly. "All life is
an effort, little one ! Well, goodby."
Jachin Fell left ihe house at three
forty. Twenty minutes later the bell
rang again. Lucie sent one of the
servnnts to admit Henry Gramont;
she kept him waiting a full fifteen
minutes before she appeared, and then
she made no apologies whatever for
Not that Gramont minded waiting;
he deemed it a privilege to linger In
this house 1 He loved to study the
place, so reflective of its owner. He
loved the white Colonial mantel that
surrounded the fireplace, perpetually
alight, with its gleaming sheen of old
brasses, and the glittering fire-set to
one side. The very air of the place,
the atmosphere that It breathed, was
sweet to him.
The Napoleon bed that filled the
bow window, with Its pillows and soft
coverings; the Inlaid walnut cabinet
made by Sheraton, with its quaintly
curved glasses that reflected the old-,
time curios within; the tilt tables, the
rosewood chairs, the rugs, bought be
fore the oriental rug market, was
flooded with machlne-mnde Senna
knots about everything here had an
air of comfort, of long use, of restful
ness. . It was not the sort of place
built up, raw item by raw item, by
the color-frenzied hands of decorators.
It was the sort of place that decora
tors strive desperately to imitate, and
When she made her appearance,
Gramont bent over her band and ad
dressed her In French.
"You are charming as ever, Shining
One! And in years to come you will
be still more charming. That is the
beauty of having a name taken direct
from the classics and bestowed as a
good fairy's gift"
"Thank you, monsieur but you
have translated my name at least
twenty times, and I am weary of hear
ing it," responded Lucie, laughingly.
"Poor taste, mademoiselle, to grow
weary of such beauty I"
"Not of the name, but of your exe
gesis upon it. Why should I not be
displeased? Last night you were pos
itively rude, and now you decry my
taste I Did you leave all your man
ners In France, M. le prince?"
"You ilk anybody en the In
side If they ever heard of
Memphis luy GumberttI"
CTO UK CONTINUED.)
Virtue Is bold and goodness never