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and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Thing Worth. Knowing.
The New York board of aldermen
Wednesday adopted an ordlnace pro
hibiting the scaling of Bkyscraper walls
by "human flies." The vote was 63
The Golden Cate, an engraving
taken from Coult'or's oil painting of
the entrance to San Francisco bay, will
adorn the new 20-cent stamp to be put
In use by the postofflce department.
At the annual stockholders' meeting
of the Union Pacific Railroad company
in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Heber
J. Grant of Salt Lake City, president
of the Mormon church, was elected
to the board of directors.
Secretary Weeks and members of
the senate and house committees on
military appropriations and territories,
will sail April 17 on the transport
Grant from New York for Porto Rico,
Panama and the west coast.
Howard Carter, co-discover with the
late Earl of Carnarvon of the tomb of
Tutankhaman, has been taken 111. Lady
Carnarvon is delaying her return to
England in consequence, says an Ex
change Telegraph dispatch from Cairo.
Santa Fe northbound freight train
No. 48 was held up by a band of
heavily armed men two miles north of
Morton, 111., Tuesday night and alcohol
and whisky valued at between $25,000
and $30,000 hauled away In automobile
Literary and trade journals in New
York have announced formation of
the Publishers' Cooperative associa
tion, the first of its kind in the United
States, to combat "the almost prohibi
tive cost of manufacture of periodicals
in New York city."
"Our way of worshiping our God Is
by dancing and Blnglng, praying and
faBtlng," say representatives of 12
of the 20 Pueblo Indian villages of
New Mexico, in a memorial to Indian
Commissioner Burke, protesting
against his recent ordor to the In
dians against tribal dancing.
A II. Penfleld, former cashier of
tho Springfield (O.) National bank,
who pleaded guilty to seven of 12
counts In an Indictment charging em
bezzlomont of the bank's funds, was
sentenced to serve 21 years In the
federal prison at Atlanta by Federal
Judge Hlckenloopor Tuesday. .
There are 95,592 Illiterates in Cali
fornia who cannot write their names
in any language, Mrs, Anna M. God
frey, educational representative In
California, Nevada and Arizona of the
United States department of labor, told
a convention of southern and central
California club women Tuesday.
A drugstore and bakery in South
San Antonio, Texas, were wrecked and
several persons had a narrow escape
from death Wednesday when seven
12-incb bombs accidentally jarred loose
from airplanes flying overhead, fell
over the business district. The bombs
were "duds," and did not explode.
For the first time In its 258 years
of existence the London Gazette, the
government's official paper, was pre
vented Tuesday from making one of
its two weokly appearances. The In
terruption was caused by trouble
among the trade union men in the of
fice whore the journal is printed.
Railroad traffic volume, which has
got new records in successive weeks
this year, touched a stiir higher mark,
on the basis of returns compiled by the
car service division of the American
Railway association, during the week
ending March 31, when 938,725 cars
were loaded with revenue freight.
Stuyvesant Fish, 72, veteran finan
cier and railroad man of New York,
dropped dead Tuesday of heart dis
ease as he entered the National Park
bank to attend a directors' meeting.
He was chatting with Richard Dcla
fleld, chairman of the board, when he
was stricken. He collapsed In the
The readiness of the Americans en
aged In the recalled Chester concession
to invest large sums of money In the
development of Turkey by building
railroads, ports and cities, is arousing
widespread comment In the French
newspapers, with the suggestion that
French investment and concession in
terests bo protected at the resumed
Lausanne conference. J
! STATE NEWS
Salem. The state building program
for the year 1923 was launched at a
meeting of the state board of control
to be held here Monday. Approximate
ly 1300,000 Is Involved in the program.
Albany. After a trip of appraise
ments in the vicinity of Albany, Lebaii'
on and Brownsville, Governor Pierce
stuted that the state stands to lose
heavily on some of the securities of
fered for state loans.
Pendleton, Contracts for the 1923
crop of wheat In Umatilla county have
been signed between some companies
and local growers, the stipulated price
for August 91 delivery being $1 a bush
el, the same figure as that of last sea
son. Sulem. The death of Judge Webster
Holmes of Tillamook came as a se
vere shock to his many friends in
Sulem and vicinity, where he lived for
a number of years prior to locating
on the coast. Burial will be In the
City View cemetery.
Tillamook. Sheriff Aschlm has col
lected J341.490.47 on the 1922 tax rolls.
The entire amount of taxes to be col
lected this year amounts to $830,
169.3G. In addition to the above dur
ing the collection of taxes $1097.50 was
paid in on the 1921 tax rolls and
$6473.07 on previous tax rolls.
Salem. Because more than 5000 In
vitations have been issued for the
Shrine ceremonial to be held in Salem,
May 5, and the fact that most of the
prune blossoms will have disappeared
before May 6, observance of Blossom
day probably will be abandoned this
year. This was announced here Satur
day. Gaston. The continued good
weather is allowing the farmers to
finish their spring seeding, except on
the low bottom lands, Many of them
have finished their grain and are busy
with their soiling crops, such as corn,
kale and roots. The fall grain is look
ing fine and propects are for a good
Albany Bids on seven miles of
road work between Mill City and
Lyons will be opened by the county
court of this county April 30. The
work will be to grade, surface and
drain the seven-mile section connect
ing those towns. Later the road may
be extendod through Jordan, and Scio
Salem. Unless owners of dogs in
Marlon county take out licenses with
in the next few days there will be 100
or more prosecutions, according to
Sheriff Bower. During the first three
months of 1922 more than 2500 dog
licenses were issued to Marion county,
while thus far this year only 500 li
censes have been sent out.
Sulem. The Dalles-California high
way, between Bend and the California
line, which had been obstructed by
snow for Beveral months, has been
opened for traffic, according to in
formation received at the offices of
the highway commission here Satur
day. The highway was reported as not
good, but passable.
Hood River. Householders of Hood
River were busy throughout the week,
co-operating with the Hood River Wo
men's club in a home beautiful week.
At the instigation of the women,
lawns were refurbished, vacant lots
turned into' gardens, litter cleaned up
and houses painted. Boy Scouts aided
the women in the work.
Corvallls. The summer session of
the college will open June' 18, and a
record enrollment is expected. Courses
will be offered for students wishing to
make up collegiate work missed or to
shorten the time of residence by carry
ing required subjects during the vaca
tion period. Many outside activities
are listed for the summer school per
iod. Hood River. A crew of 20 men has
started work on the Lost Lake high
way between the national forest bound
ary and the bridge over the west fork
of Hood river at its confluence with
the lake branch. Spring in the high
land forests, according to W. A. Lang
Hie, who is in charge of the highway
work, is a month in advance of last
St. Helens. Up to last Friday night
the tax collections made by the
sheriff's office and turned over to the
county treasurer amounted to $305,
232.94, and there were numerous re
mittances not yet checked up which
Burrell Graves, deputy sheriff In
charge of tax collections, estimated
would bring the total collections up to
at least $375,000.
Salem. Approximately 124,000
motor vehicles had been provided with
1923 license plates when the offices
of the secretary of state closed here
Saturday night. During 1922 the total
registration was 137,000. Based on the
average applications for the first three
months of this year, the 1923 registra
tion probably will aggregate 145,000,
the secretary of state said.
Dealings Throughout Entire
Period Under Fire.
SEEK BUYERS' NAMES
Brokers Lending Every Assistance to
Agents, Although Their Pur
pose Is Not Wholly Ch?ar.
New York. The government's In
vestigation of the high price of sugar,
which had been centered upon the
transaction of the New York coffee
and sugar exchange during February,
was widened Saturday to Include all
transactions in sugar in the period be
tween January 1-and April 1, 1923.
For the past two weeks, It was learn
ed on good authority, agents of the
department of justice have been ex
amining the February transactions of
several of the largest brokers and deal
ers in sugar, paying particular atten
tion to the names and addresses of
buyers of large sugar contracts. The
nqulry has been carried on quietly and
was known only to the firms concern
ed and their customers, whose permis
sion was asked, in most cases, before
their names were disclosed to the gov
ernment agents. The greatest secrecy
has been observed by the government
and no clew to the nature or scope
of the investigation had been obtain
ed until today.
Saturay the inquiry was broadened
to include all transactions In sugar in
the first quarter of 1923 and the en
tire list of brokers of the New York
coffee and sugar exchange received
letters from David A. L'Esperance,
special assistant to Attorney General
Daugherty, requesting detailed in
formation of all transactions during
that period as promptly as possible.
The letters also expressed the de
sire of the government's Investigators
to have the names and addresses of
the customers of the firms addressed.
There was no hint of compulsion In the
While the sugar brokers were dis
cussing the business ethics involved
In a disclosure of their customers'
names without their permission, an
agent of the department of justice
visited the floor of the exchange and
Invited Beveral brokers to present
themselves at the office of United
States District Attorney Hayward
Monday morning. One of the brok
ers, M. R. Mayer, said that he would
accept the invitation and would be
glad to assist the government In any
way that he could. The brokers were
not asked to bring any of their rec
ords. ' Traffic Is Enormous.
New York. The total passenger
traffic in and out of New York city
during 1922 was figured at 315,724,803
by the transit commission. The trunk
line railroads entering the city or ap
proaching it from the New Jersey side
of the river carried a both-way traf
fic of 227,301,338.
The McAdoo tubes, connecting Man
hattan an,d Jersey, transported 37,291,
763, and the passengers on ferries, ex
clusive of those between the boroughs
and also excluding railroad passengers
delivered to destination In this man
ner, reached 51,131,702.
Geneva. Mr. and Mrs. Max Oser
have bought a large farm near Yver
don, at the southwest end of Lake
Neuchapel in the Canton of Vaud,
Switzerland. They will spend six
mouths of the year on the farm and
the remainder of their time in the
Oser, who was formerly a Swiss rid
ing master, married Mathilde McCor
mick of Chicago last week and In
tends to become a naturalized Amer
Pay Rises Announced.
Baltimore. Pay increases of 124
per cent for all employes on a wage
basis, were announced Sunday by the
Baltimore Copper Smelting & Rolling
company, Canton. The increase is
coincident with an expansion of pro
ductive facilities expected to provide
work for between 400 and 500 men.
About 1400 men are affected by the
Increase, which becomes effective
London. According to the News of
the World, ex-Premier Lloyd George
will visit the United States and Can
ada next September and deliver
speeches In New York, Chicago, Wash
ington, Montreal and Toronto. With
the exception of Lord Balfour, Lloyd
George will be the first of England's
premiers to cross the Atlantic.
The Mardi Gras Mystery
By H. BEDFORD-JONES
Copyright by DoubUday, Pas A Co,
When th Heavens Fall.
The chief of police entered the of
fice of Jachln Fell, high in the Malson
Blanche building, ut eight o'clock on
Friday evening. Mr. Fell glanced up
at him In surprise.
"Hello, chief I What's up?"
The officer gazed at him in astonish
ment. "What's up? Why, I cume around to
see you, of course I"
Jushln Fell smiled whimsically. "To
Bee me? Well, chief, tliut's good of
you; sit down and have a cigar, eh?
What's the matter? You look rather
"I am," said the other, bluntly.
"Didn't you expect me?"
"No," said Jachln Fell, halting sud
denly in the act of reuchlng for a
cigar, and turning his keen guze upon
the chief. "Expect you? No!"
"It's darned queer, then ! That chap
Oramont called me up about ten min
utes ago and Bald to get around here
as quick as 1 could muke It, thut you
wanted to see me."
"Gramontl" Jachln Fell frowned.
"Where's Ben Chacherre? Haven't you
found him yet?"
"Nary a sign of lilm, chief."
The door opened, and Henry Gra
mont appeared, his right hand band
aged and in a sling.
"Good evening, gentlemen 1" he said,
"Here's Gramont, now!" exclaimed
Fell. "Did you call the chief over
"I sure did," and Gramont came for
ward. "I wanted to see you two gen
tlemen together, and so arranged It.
Miss Ledanols is to be here at nine,
The little man nodded, his eyes In
tent upon Gramont. He noticed the
"Yes. Have you been hurt?"
"Slightly." Gramont brought up a
chair across the desk from Fell, and
sat down. He put his left hnnd In his
pocket and brought forth a document
which he handed to the chief of police.
"Cast your eye over that, chief, and
say nothing. You're here to listen for
the present. Here's something to cover
your case. Mr. Fell."
Gramont produced his uutomatlc
from the pocket of his coat, and laid
It on the desk before him. There was
a moment of startled silence. The of
ficer, looking over the paper, which
Gramont had handed him, seemed ,to
find it of sudden, Intense Interest.
"What means all this mystery and
melodramatic action, Gramont?" de
manded Jachln Fell, a slight sneer In
his eyes, his voice quite toneless.
"It means," said Gramont, regarding
him steadily, "that you're under arrest.
I went out to the Gumberts place on
Bayou Terrebonne this morning, ar
rested Memphis Izzy Gumberts and
four other men engaged In operating
a lottery, and also arrested two
mechanicians who were engaged In
working on stolen cars. We took In,
further, a gentleman by the name of
Dick Uearue; a lesser member of the
gang, who Is now engaged in dictating
a confession. Just u moment, chief!
I prefer to do the talking at present.",
Gramont smiled into the steady, un
faltering eyes of Fell.
"You are next on the program," he
said, evenly.. "We know that you are
at the head of an organized gang,
which is not only operating a lottery
through this and adjacent states, but
also Is conducting an immense busi
ness In stolen automobiles. There
"Just one minute, please," said
Jachln Fell. "Do you forget, Mr. Gra
mont, the affair of the Midnight
Masquer? You are a very zealous citi
zen, I have no doubt, but"
"I was about to add," struck In Gra
mont, "that your pleasant friend Ben
Chacherre Is charged with the murder
of the sheriff of Terrebonna parish, In
which I have clear evidence against
him, having been present at the scene
of the crime. He is also charged with
the murder of Joseph Mnlllnrd "
"My heavens!" said Fell, staring. "I
never dreamed thut Chacherre "
"Perhaps you didn't." Gramont
shrugged his shoulders. "Neither did
anyone else. I Imagine that Ben
learned of this room and drinking
party, and rightly decided that he
could make a rich haul off a small
crowd of drunken young sports. He
had the costume stolen from my car,
as you know; also the automatic
which went with It. Two shots were
missing from the automatic when we
found it In Ben's possession; and you
remember the Masquer fired twice at
the time Malllard was killed."
Fell's keen eyes sparkled angrily.
"You're a very zealous citizen, young
man," he said, softly. "I see that you've
been hurt. I trust your little game
did not result in casualties?"
Gramont nodded. "Churlle the Coog
went west. He was desperate, I
fancy; at all events he got me in the
arm, and I had to shoot him. Memphis
Izzy hardly Justified his tremendous
reputation, for he yielded like a lamb."
"So you killed the Goog, eh?" said
Fell. "Very jealous, Mr. Grnmontl And
I suppose that the exigencies of the
case justified you, a private citizen, In
carrying arms and using them? Who
aided you in this marvelous affair?"
"A number of friends from my post
of the American Legion," Bald Gra
"Ah! This organization is going In
for politics, then?"
"Not for politics. Fell; for Justice.
I deputized them to assist me."
"Deputized I" repeated Fell, slowly.
"Certulnly." Gramont smiled. "You
see, this lottery business has been
going on for a year or more. ' Some
time ngo, before I came to New Or
leans, the governor of this stale up
pointed me a special olilcer to Investi
gate the matter. There Is my commis
sion, which the chief bus been reading.
It gives me a good deal of power, Fell ;
quite enough power to gather In you
and your bunch."
The chief of police looked very un
easily from Gramont to Jachln Fell,
and back again. Fell sat erect in his
chair, sturlng at Gramont.
"You were the original Midnight
Masquer," said Fell In his toneless
voice. At this direct charge, and at
Gramont's assent, the chief started In
"Yes. One reason was that I suspect
ed some one In society, some one high
up In New Orleans, to be connected
with the gang; but I never dreamed
that you were the man, Fell. I ruther
suspected young Malllard. I am now
glad to say that I was entirely wrong.
You were the big boss, Fell, and you're
going to serve time for It."
Fell glanced at the chief, who
cleared his throat as If about to speak.
At this moment, however, a sharp
knock sounded at the door.
"Come!" called Gramont.
A man entered. It was one of Gra
mont's deputies, who happened nlso to
be a reporter from one of the morning
papers of the city. He carried several
sheets of paper which he laid before
Gramont. He glanced at Fell, who
recognized him and exchanged a nod
of greeting, then returned his attention
"Ah I" suid the latter with satisfac
tion, as he examined the papers. "So
Ilenrne has given up everything, has
he? Does this confession Implicate
Mr. Fell, here?"
"Well, rather," drawled the other,
cheerfully. "And see here, cap ! There
are two more of us In the crowd and
we've arranged to split the story. We'd
like to rush the stuff to our papers the
minute you give the word, because "
"I know." Gramont returned the
papers that bore the confession of
Hearue. "You've made copies of this,
of course? All right. Shoot the stuff
In to your papers right away, if you
Fell raised a hand to check the
"One moment, please!" he suid, his
eyes boring Into the newspaper man.
"Will you also take a message from me
to the editor of your newspaper and
see that it goes to the others as well?"
"If Mr. Gramont permits, yes."
"Go ahead," said Gramont, wonder
ing what Fell would try now. He
soon learned, v
"Then," pursued Fell, evenly, "you
will kindly Inform the editors of your
papers that, in case my name appears
in connection with this matter, I shall
Immediately institute suit for libel.
No matter what Mr. Gramont may say
or do, I assure you fully that no pub
licity Is going to attach to me in this
matter. Neither, I may add, am I going
to be urrested. That Is all, sir."
Gramont smiled. "Take the message
If you see fit, by nil means," he said,
carelessly. "You may also take my
fullest assurance that within twenty
minutes you will observe Mr. Fell
safely in Jail. That's all."
The newspaper man saluted and de
Grnmont leaned forward, the harsh
lines of his face spelling determination
as he looked at Jachln Fell.
"So you won't be arrested, eh? Let's
see. I know that this gang of yours
has Influence running up Into high
places, and that this influence has
power. That is why I was appointed
to investigate this lottery game secret
ly, and in my own way. That is why,
also, I brought the chief of police here
He turned to the perturbed officer,
and spoke coldly.
"Now, chief, you've seen my author
ity, you've heard my charges, and you
know they will be proved up to the
hilt. Are you willing to arrest Jachln
Fell, or not?"
The chief cleared his throat.
"Why, Mr. Gramont," he observed,
nervously, "about the rest of the gang,
we'll take care of 'em, sure! But It's
different with Mr. Fell, here. He's a
friend of the senator "
"Different, h II!" snapped Gra
mont, angrily. "He's a criminal, no
mutter who his friends may be, and I
have the proof of It 1"
"Well, that may be so," admitted
tlie chief of police. "But this thing Is
goin' to raise a h 1 of a scandal, atl
up and down the state I You know
that as well as I do. Now, If I was
you, I'd act kind of slow"
Gramont smiled bitterly.
"Perhaps you would, chief.- In fact,
I don't doubt that you would. But you
are not me. Now, as a duly-appointed
officer acting under authority of the
governor of the state, I call upon you
to arrest this criminal, and 1 make you
duly responsible for his safe-keeping.
Do you dare refuse?"
The chief hesitated. He looked at
Fell for help, but none came. Fell
seemed to be rather amused by the
Gramont leaned back Jn his chair.
The purpling features of the chief
were streaming with perspiration ; the
man was In a frightful dilemma, and
his plight was pitiable. At this In
stant Jachln Fell Interposed.
"Let m speak, please," he said,
gently. "My dear Mr. Gramont, It has
Just occurred to me that there may be
a compromise "
"I'm not compromising," snapped
"Certainly not; I Kpeak of our mutu
al friend here," and Fell Indicated the
chief with a bland gesture. "I believe
that Judge Forester of this city Is at
present consulting with the governor
ut Baton Rouge on political matters,
With them, also, is Senator Flaxman,
who has come from Washington on the
same errand. Now, It would be a very
simple matter to end all this anxiety.
Suppose that you cull up the governor
on long distance, from this telephone,
and get his assurance thnt I am not to '
be arrested. Then you'll be convinced."
Grtmiont laughed with deep anger.
"You gangsters are all alike 1" he
said, turning to the desk telephone,
"You think that because you have
planted your slimy tentacles In high
places you can do anything with abso
lute Impunity. But the governor of
this state Is not in your clutches.
"He's a man, by heaven 1 I have his
asurance thnt he'll prosecute to the
limit whoever Is behind this criminal'
gang and he keeps his wordl Don't
think thnt If your friend the senator Is
with li I in , you will be saved. I'll call
him, If only to show the chief, here,
that Influence Is not going to count In
Grumont took down the receiver,
called long distance, and put In a hur
ried call for the executive mansion,
asking for the governor in person.
"So you think thut he's Immune from
Influence, do you?" Jachln Fell smiled
patronizingly and lighted a fresh clgur.
The chief of police was mopping his
"My dear Gramont, you exhibit a
youthful confidence In human nature 1
Let me topple -your clay-footed Idol
from Its pedestal In a hurry. Mention
to the governor that you have me un
der arrest, and thnt I have asked him
to speak with Judge Forester and Sen
ator Flaxman before confirming the ar
rest. I'll wager you five hundred dol
The telephone rang sharply. Taunt
ed almost beyond endurance, Gramont
seized the instrument and made an
swer. In a moment he hud the gover
nor on the wire. His guze went ex
ultantly to Fell.
'"Governor, this is Henry Grnmont
speaking," lie said. I've just succeed
ed In my work, as I wired you this af
ternoonno, hold on a minute I This
"The head of the entire gang Is a
man here In New Orleans by the name
of Jachln Fell. Yes, Fell. I find it
very hard to get him arrested. Fell
boasts that his influence Is superior to
any that I can bring to bear. He asks
that you speak with Judge Forester
and Senator Flaxman before confirm
ing the arrest, and boasts that you will
order me to keep my hands off.
"Speak with them, governor 1 If
they're In the gang, too, don't you
worry. You confirm this arrest, and
I'll put Fell behind the bars If I have
to turn all New Orleans Inside out.
Go ahead! I know you can't be
reached by any of these crooks I'm
merely calling Fell's bluff. We have
the chief of police here, and he's
sweating. Eh? Sure. Take as long
as you like, governor."
He smiled grimly at Jachln Fell as
he waited. Two minutes passed
three four. Then he heard the voJce
of the governor again.
"Don't arrest him, Grnmont."
"What?" Gramont gasped.
"Don't touch him, I said ! Get In all
the others, no matter who they are,
but leave Fell alone "
"You d d coward!" shouted Gra
mont, in a heat of fury. "So tills is
the way you keep your promises, is It?
And I thought you were above all In
fluences real American! You're a
h 1 of a governor oh, I don't want
to hear any more from you."
He jerked up the receiver.
There was a moment of dead silence
In the room. The chief mopped his
brow, in evident relief. Jachln Fell
sat back In his chair and scrutinized
Gramont with his thin-lipped smile.
Gramor.t sat helpless, wrung by cha
grin, rage and impotency. There was
nothing he could sny, nothing he could
do. The man behind him had failed
him. The entire power of the state,
which had been behind him, had failed
him. There was no higher power to
which he could appeal, except the
power of thj federal government. His
head jericed up sharply.
"Fell, I've got evidence on you, and
I've got the evidence to put this lot
tery business lnto-federal hands. Boys !
come In here!"
At his shout the door opened and
two of his men entered. Gramont
looked at the chief.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
The bobby of collecting wall paper
had a distinguished pioneer in Sir
Walter Scott, who In one of his let
ters narrates his delight In a gift
which came to him when he was
adorning Abbotsford. He was in a
quandary as to an appropriate wall
decoration for ids "wlth-drawlng
room," which, with the library, was
to be the most distinguished chamber
in the mansion. Tapestry lan to
too great a Thrice, and as for crdinary
designed wall-papers, they were lack
ing In distinction. But a friend who
hud sojourned for long In the East,
and had brought h'-me a collection
of oriental objects, found among them
a number of rolls of gilt Chinese pa
per, adorned with dragons anj other
reptiles of the Imagination. He of
fered the rolls to . Sir Walter, who
saw In the design the very thing that
suited. The paper stands today al
most as fresh as when It was put up
In the "Wizard's" baronial hall.
Faith That Sticks.
Many people seem to have lost
faith in everybody except the fellow
who promises to make them rich
aulck. Toledo Blade.