The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, November 15, 1923, Image 2

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Brief Resurre Most, Important
Daily News Items.
Events of Noted People, Governments
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
Professor Mladejedwsky of Prague,
has announced discovery of a serum
which cures arteriosclerosis. It was
reported that it produces Immediate
results. .
President Coolidge has indorsed the
plan for observing December 2 as In
ternational Golden Rule Sunday, it
was announced Sunday by Charles
V. Vickrey, general secretary of the
near east relief. ,
John R. Quinn, national command
er of the American Legion arrived in
Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon to
take charge of the national head
quarters. He was welcomed by city
officials and legion officers.
The ashes of Andrew Bonar Law,
who was. for seven months prime min
ister of Great Britain, and perhaps the
most modest man upon whom that
honor ever was conferred, were en
tombed Tuesday in Westminster Ab
bey. With the election of Porter H. Dale
as a republican senator from Vermont
assured on the face of unofficial re
turns from Tuesday's election, the re
publicans will have a majority of six
in the senate. Mr. Dale succeeds the
late Senator Dillingham, also a repub
lican. The annual cost of owning and
operating the 14,000,000 motor vehicles
in the United States is approximately
15,600,000,000 and the investment in
these vehicles probably Is about $10,
000,000,000. A. R. Hirst, Wisconsin
state highway engineer, gave out these
figures Tuesday.
Both production and marketing
methods must be revised if there is
to be an adequate solution of the
wheat problem, in the opinion of the
war finance corporation investigators,
who recently toured the wheat-growing
areas at the request of President
Coolidge. ,
Governor Bryan is meeting opposi
tion in his 'sale of low-priced coal to
Nsbraskans, it became known Tues
day, when the governor declared that
one of his coal dealers at Auroua had
advised that all private scales there
were closed to the governor's coal,
making It impossible to weigh out the
fuel to buyers.
The Panama canal is now making
for the" United States government a
greater net profit than the postoffice,
according to Secretary of War Weeks.
The secretary stated that during the
period from May to October of this
year, ihcluBive, the canal earned $11,
937,023, while the tolls for October
just passed were $1,988,822.
The city of Melbourne was compar
atively quiet Tuesday, following recent
rioting during the strike of the Mel
bourne police. The special constables
organized by General Monash have
proved effective. The unions threaten
a general strike and railway men,
streetcar employes and wharf laborers
already have promised to support the
Sauer kraut that good old standby
of pig knuckles and corned beef no
longer is the exclusive dish of the hoi
polio! and the two-fisted guy. Sales
of the savory food have increased 100
per cent in the last 10 years. Investi
gators at markets in Chicago find it
going to the tables of the millionaires
as well as to the humble kitchens of
the "white collar" brigade and the
sower diggers.
Captain F,dward II. Watson, who
commanded squadron 11, destroyer
force, United States battle fleet, on
the night of September 8 last, when
23 lives were lost and nearly $14,000,
000 in government property destroyed
iu the stranding of seven vessels near
Honda, Cat., faced a court-martial at
San DIogo, Cal., Monday for trial on
charges of culpable inefficiency, neg
ligence and unskillful seamanship.
Purdue's Champion, lively White
Leghorn hen in the Purdue university
flock at Lafayette, Ind., Tuesday was
proclaimed the champion long dis
tance layer of the world, when her
egg production was found to total 1243
over a seven-year period, an average
of 177.5 a year. Several hens have
been reported as laying more than
1000 eggs, but none with a record
equal to the champion, university of
ficials said.
U. S. Supreme Court Ends Pacific Con
troversy States Upheld.
Washington, D. C. Aliens can be
prohibited by states from owning land,
provided there is no treaty stipulation
to the contary, the supreme court an
nounced Monday in an opinion ending
a legal controversy, which for years
had been an Issue on the Paclfc coast.
The question has shared in impor
tance with the controversy which was
waged over the right of Japanese to
citizenship until the court removed the
latter from the field of discussion by
a decision last term.
The issue reached the supreme court
in two cases, one from Washington,
brought by Frank Terrace and his
wife, and N. Nakatsuka, and the other
from California, brought by W. I.
Porterfield and Y. Mizuno.
While the cases presented only the
question of the proposed leasing of
land to ineligible aliens, the court
squarely met the issue and passed up
on the broad question of the consti
tutionality of the law. It held that
states could, as Washington had, pro
hibit from owning land aliens eligible
to citizenship but who had not declar
ed their intentions, as well as aliens
Ineligible for citizenship, or, as Cali
fornia had, restrict the prohibition to
aliens who had not, in good faith, de
clared intention to become citizens.
The states of California and Wash
ington sought to have the challenge
disposed of upon the technicality that
in neither case had there been an
actual violation of the law, there hav
ing been no leases made nor any
confiscation of land as provided by the
two states as penalty for the violation
of the law. They had been success
ful in having the attack decided in the
lower courts without going Into the
merits of the constitutionality of the
The supreme court found, however,
that there was presented certain equit
able rights which entitled both the
land owner and the proposed Japan
ese lessor to a decision on the valid
ity of the laws before they had incur
red liability to punishment. It, there
fore, assumed full jurisdiction to re
view the case from every point of
view. The main decision was hand
ed down in the Washington case, the
court explaining that the grounds upon
which the Washington alien land law
was attacked Included those on which
the California act was assailed.
It not only found the laws in har
mony with all rights guaranteed under
the constitution, but in their direct
application to the Japanese, It dis
cussed the treaty with Japan, conclud
ing that it guaranteed the subjects of
that empire no such right as that for
which they contended in the matter of
owning or leasing land.
Brussels. The ex-German emperor
is preparing to return to the father
land. He already has in his hands
passports for himself and his suite,
and the Brussels Gazette goes so far
as to say that It is expected the Hohen
zollern monarchy will be restored on
December 4, William, or his son, the
ex-crown prince, Frederick William,
ascending the throne.
Private advices from Doom, receiv
ed by the Agence Telegraphlque Beige,
said that a courier, Yon Hoechst, ar
rived at Doom at 4 o'clock Monday
with 12 German passports for the cx
kalser and his Immediate entourage.
A telegram in cipher was received
there in the morning and early in the
afternoon there was a long conference
between William and those close to
him. Later a high Dutch official, Dr.
Kan of the ministry of the interior,
called and was closoted with the ex
emperor tor 35 minutes.
A wiroless system has been install
ed at Doom house, which has been the
residence of the head of the Hohen
lollerns during the late years of his
Internment in Holland, and messages
are received from Nauen at noon dally.
Noted War Hero Dead.
Chicago, 111. The man who is reput
ed to have fired the gun that sank the
first German submarine during the
world war died here Monday. He was
Axle Johnson, formerly of the Swedish
navy, but of the United States mer
chant marine during the war.
Johnson's boat sank a German sub
marine in August, 1917, according to
his records, but Bhortly afterward his
bout was sunk by a U-boat in the
North sea
' Princess Maud Weds.
London. rrlncess Maud, niece nf
King George, was married to Lord
Carnegie Monday morning in the
guards' chapel of the Wellington bar
racks. The bridegroom is stationed at
the barracks as an officer of the king's
Corn Is Again Three Billion
Bushel Crop.
Potatoes Show Improvement Over
Forecast in October, and Qual
ity is Generally Good.
Washington, D. C Large crops of
corn, potatoes, apples and tobacco
have been grown this year, prelimin
ary estimates of production issued last
week by the department of agricul
ture showing each to be better than
its five-year average. Com is a 3,-000,000,000-bushel
crop for the fifth
time, and at November 1 farm prices
its value exceeds $2,500,000,000. Pro
duction is placed at 3,029,192,000
bushels, or about 140,000,000 bushels
more than last year's crop. A consid
erable amount of it is soft and chaffy,
however, and the quantity merchant
able Is estimated by the crop report
ing board as 79.4 per cent, as compar
ed with 85 per cent last year.
Potatoes showed much improve
ment, resulting in an increase of 15,
298,000 bushels over the forecast in
October. Production is estimated at
416,722,000 bushels, which is about 35,
000,000 bushels less than last year's
crop. The increase for the month was
found in New England, New Tork,
Pennsylvania and Michigan. The qual
ity of the crop Is good in the large
producing states, except Michigan,
where many are hollow, causing sev
ere grading.
The apple crop Is 193,856,000 bush
els, or about 8,000,000 bushels less
than last year. The commercial crop
Is placed at 33,522,000 barrels, with
Washington and Oregon producing
large crops. The size and quality are
reported to be generally good.
Tobacco production showed a de
crease from the crop forecast a month
ago, with a total of 1,436,738,000
pounds, or 112,000,000 pounds more
than was produced last year. It is the
fourth largest crop ever grown.
Other crops are estimated as fol
lows: Wheat, 781,737,000 bushels.
Oats, 1,302,435,000 bushels.
Barley, 199,251,000 bushels.
' Rye, 64,774,000 bushels. v
Buckwheat, 14,511,000 bushels.
Sweet Potatoes, 97,429,000 bushels.
Hay, 102,914,000 tons.
Flax seed, 19,343,000 bushels.
Rice, -32,737,000 bushels. '
Peaches, 45,555,000 bushels.
Pears, 15,335,000 bushels.
Sugar beets, 6,667,000 tons.
Grain sorghums, 103,505,000 bushels.
Cranberries, 619,000 barrels.
Beans, 14,936,000 bushels.
Onions, 16,964,000 bushels.
Cabbage, 821,000 tons.
Broom corn, 68,000 tons.
Sorghum syrup, "3,643,000 gallons.
Clover seed, 1,121,000 bushels.
Peanuts, 647,689,000 pounds.
Hops, 17,028,000 pounds.
Coolldges to Entertain.
Washington, D. C. President and
Mrs, Coolidge will continue the cus
tom of holding a new year's reception
to the general pubUo which was re
rived by President and Mrs. Harding
after a lapse of several years.
An announcement of the White
House social program for the winter,
made recently, Includes - the new
year's reception and eight other din
ners and receptions beginning Decem
ber 6 with the cabinet dinner and end
ing February 23 with the army and
navy reception. The other events In
clude the diplomatic reception, diplo
matic dinner, judicial reception, su
preme court dinner, congressional re
ception and speaker's dinner.
Women Thugs Operate.
Modesto, Cal. Two women, known
here as the "perfume bandits" because
of their use of handkerchiefs supposed
ly saturated with a powerful perfumed
drug, resumed 'heir attacks on Modes
to men when two men reported being
assaulted by the pair. T. Cantraeras
reported that he had been accosted
by the -women, one of whom threw
her arms about him, and placed a
scented handkerchief over his face.
Grain Rate Proba Near.
Washington, D. C All of the de
tails for the general investigation of
rates on grain and grain products to
begin at Kansas City Wednesday are
now being worked out by the inter
state commerce commission.
i Erskine Dale
CHAPTER XI Continued.
"Precisely," answered Ersklne, "and
"At the first opportunity."
"From this moment I shall be wait
ing for nothing else."
Barbara, reappearing, heard their
last words, and she came forward pale
and with piercing eyes :
"Cousin Ersklne, I want to apolo
gize to you for my little faith. I hope
you will forgive me. . Mr. Grey, your
horse will be at the door at once. I
wish you a safe journey to your com
mand." Grey bowed and turned furi
ous. Ersklne was on the porch when Grey
came out to mount his horse.
"You will want seconds?" asked
"They might try to stop us no I"
"I shall ride slowly," Grey said.
Ersklne bowed.
"I shall not."
Nor did he. Within half an hour
Barbara, passing through the hall, saw
that the rapiers were gone from the
wall and she stopped, with the color
fled from her face and her hand on her
heart. At that moment Ephraim
dashed from the kitchen.
"Miss Barbary, somebody gwine to
git killed. I was wukkln' in de ole
field an' Marse Grey rid by cussin' to
hisself. Jlst now Marse Ersklne went
tearin' by de landln' wid a couple o'
swords under his arm." His eyes too
went to the wall. "Yes, bless Gawd,
dey's goner Barbara flew out the
In a few moments she had found
Harry and Hugh. Even while their
horses were being saddled her father
rode up.
"It's murder," cried Harry, "and
Grey knows it. Ersklne knows noth
ing about a rapier."
Without a word Colonel Dale
wheeled his tired horse and soon
Harry and Hugh dashed after him.
Barbara walked back to the house,
wringing her hands, but on the porch
she sat quietly In the agony of wait
ing that was the role of women In
those days.
Meanwhile, at a swift gallop Firefly
was skimming along the river road.
Grey had kept his word and more : he
had not only ridden slowly but he had
stopped and was waiting at an oak
tree that was a cornerstone between
two plantations.
"That I may not kill you on your
own land." he said.
Ersklne started. "The consideration
Is deeper than you know."
They hitched their horses, and Ers
klne followed into a pleasant glade
a grassy glade through which mur
mured a little stream. Ersklne dropped
the rapiers on the sward.
"Take your choice," he said.
"There Is none," said Grey, picking
up the one nearer to him. "I know
them both." Grey took oft his coat
while Ersklne waited. Grey made the
usual moves of courtesy and still Ers
klne waited, wonderlngly," with the
point of the rapier on the ground.
"When you are ready," he said, "will
you please let me know?"
"Ready I" answered Grey, and he
lunged forward. Ersklne merely
whipped at his blade so that the clang
of it whined on the air to the breaking-point
and sprang backward. He
was as quick as an eyelash and lithe
as a panther, and yet Grey almost
laughed aloud. All Ersklne did was
to whip the thrusting blade aside and
leap out of danger like a flash of light.
It was like an Inexpert boxer flail
ing according to rules unknown
and Grey's face flamed and actually
turned anxious. Then, as a kindly
fate would have It, Ersklne's blade
caught in Grey's guard by accident,
and the powerful wrist behind It seek
ing merely to wrench the weapon
loose tore Grey's rapier from his grasp
and hurled it ten feet away. There
Is no greater humiliation for the ex
pert swordsman, and not for nothing
had Erskine suffered the shame of
that long-ago day when a primitive
instinct had led him to thrusting his
knife into this same enemy's breast.
Now, with his sword's point on the
earth, he waited courteously for Grey
to recover his weapon.
Again a kindly fate intervened.
Even as Grey rushed for his sword,
Ersklne heard the beat of horses'
hoofs. As he snatched It from the
ground and turned, with a wicked
smile over his grinding teeth, came
Harry's shout, and as he rushed for
Ersklne, Colonel Dale swung from his
horse. The sword-blades clashed,
Ersklne whipping back and forth In a
way to make a swordsman groan and
Colonel Dale had Ersklne by the wrist
and was between them.
- "How dare you, sir?" cried Grey
"Just a moment, young gentleman,"
said Colonel Dale calmly.
"Let us alone. Uncle Harry I H
"Just a moment," repeated the
colonel sieruly. "Mr. Grey, do you
think It quite fair that you with your
skill should fight a man who knows
nothing about foils?"
"There was no other way,"' Grey
said sullenly.
"And you could not wait, I pre
sume?" Grey did not answer.
"Now, hear what I have to say, and
If you both do not agree, the matter
will be arranged to your entire satis
faction, Mr. Grey. I have but one
question to ask. Your country is at
war. She needs every man for her
defense. Do you not think your lives
belong to your country and that it is
selfish and unpatriotic just now to
risk them in any other cause?" He
waited for his meaning to sink in, and
sink it did.
"Colonel Dale, your nephew grossly
Insulted me, and your daughter showed
me,tl)e door. I made no defense to
him nor to her, but I will to you. I
merely repeated what I had been told
and I believed It true. Now that I
hear It Is not true, I agree with you,
sir, and I am willing to express my
regrets and apologies."
"That Is better," said Colonel Dale
heartily, and he turned to Ersklne, but
Erskine was crying hotly : .
"And I express neither."
"Very well," sneered' Grey coldly.
"Perhaps we may meet when your rel
atives are not present to protect you."
"Uncle Harry" Erskine Implored,
but Grey was turning toward his horse,
"After all, Colonel Dale is right."
"Yes," assented Ersklne helplessly,
and then "It Is possible that we shall
not always be on the same side."
"So I thought," returned Grey wtih
lifted eyebrows, "when I heard what I
The Sword-Blades Clashed, Erskine
Whipping Back and Forth in a Way
to Make a Swordsman Groan.
did about you!" Both Harry and
Hugh had to catch Ersklne by an arm
then, and they led him struggling
away. Grey mounted his horse, lifted
his hat, and was gone. Colonel Dale
picked up the swords.
"Now," he said, "enough of all
this let It be forgotten."
And he laughed.
"You'll have to confess, Ersklne
he has a quick tongue and you must
think only of his temptation to use it."
Ersklne did not answer.
As they rode back Colonel Dale
spoke of the war. It was about to
move Into Virginia, he said, and when
It did Both Harry and Hugh Inter
rupted him with a glad shout :
"We can gol" Colonel Dale nodded
sadly. 1
Suddenly all pulled their horses In
simultaneously and raised their eyes,
for all heard the coming of a horse In
a dead run. Around a thlcketed curve
of the road came Barbara, with her
face white and her hair streaming be
hind her. She pulled her pony In but
a few feet In front of them, with her
burning eyes on Ersklne alone.
"Have you killed him have you
killed him? If you have" She
stopped helpless, and all were so
amazed that none could answer. Ers
klne shook his head. There was a
flash of relief In the girl's white face,
Its recklessness gave way to sudden
shame, and, without a word, she
wheeled and was away again Harry
flying after her. No. one spoke. Colonel
Dale looked aghast and Ersklne's
heart again turned sick.
The sun was close to the uneven
sweep of the wilderness. Through its
slanting rays the river poured like a
flood of gold. The negroes were on
the way singing from the fields. Cries,
'cha'fDhg, and the musical clanking of
trace-chains came frniu the barnyard.
Hungry cattle were mooing anil full
uddered mothers were mooing answers
to bawling calves. A peacock screamed
from a distant tree and sailed forth,
full-spread a great gleaming winged
jewel of the air. In crises the nerves
tighten like violin strings, the uiemory
plates turn abnormally sensitive and
Ersklne was not to forgot that hour.
The house was still and not a soul
was in sight as the three, still silent,
walked up the great path. When they
were near the portico Harry came out.
He looked worried and anxious.
"Where's Barbara?" asked her
"Locked in her room."
"Let her alone," said Colonel Dale
gently. Like brother and cousin, Har
ry and Hugh were merely Irritated by
the late revelation, but the father was
shocked that his child was no longer
a child. Ersklne remembered the girl
as she waited for Grey's coming at the
sundial, her face as she walked with
him up the path. For a moment the
two boys stood In moody silence.
Harry took the rapiers in and put
them In their place on the wall, Hugh
quietly disappeared. Erskine, with a
word of apology, went to his room,
and Colonel Dale sat down on the
porch alone.
As the dusk gathered, Ersklne, look
ing gloomily ' through his window,
saw the girl flutter like a white moth
past the box-hedge and down the
path. A moment later he saw the tall
form of Colonel Dale follow her and
both passed from sight. On the tlilck
turf the colonel's feet too were noise
less, and when Barbara stopped at
the sundial he too paused. She was
unhappy, and the colonel's heart ached
sorely, for any unhapplness of hers al
ways trebled his own.
"Little girl!" he culled, and no
lover's voice could have been more
gentle. "Come here!"
She turned and saw him, with arms
outstretched, the low moon lighting
all the tenderness In his fine old face,
and she flew to him and fell to weep
ing on. his breast. In wise silence
he stroked her hair until she grew a
little calmer.
"What's the matter, little daugh
ter?" "I I don't know."
"I understand. You were quite
right to send him away, but you did
not want him harmed."
"I I didn't want anybody harmed."
"I know. It's too bad, but none
of us seem quite to trust him."
'That's it," she sobbed; "I don't,
either, and yet"
"I know. I know. My little girl
must be wise and brave, and maybe
It will all pass and she will be glad.
But she must be brave. Mother Is not
well and she must not be made un
happy too. She must not know. Can't
my little girl come back to the house
now? She must be hostess and this Is
Ersklne's last night." She looked up,
brushing away her tears.
"His Inst night?" Ah, wise old
colonel I
"Yes he goes tomorrow to join Cap
tain Clark at Williamsburg on his
foolish campaign In the Northwest.
We might never see him again."
"Oh, father I"
"Well, it isn't that bad, but my lit
tle girl must be very nice to him. He
seems to be very unhappy, too."
Barbara looked thoughtful, but
there was no pretense of not under
standing. "I'm sorry," she said. She took
her father's, arm, and when they
reached the steps Erskine saw her
smiling. And Ismlllng, almost gay,
she was at supper, sitting with ex
quisite dignity In her mother's place.
Of Ersklne, who sat at her right, she
asked many questions about the com
ing campaign. Captain Clark had said
he would go with a hundred men If
he could get no more. The rallying
point would be the fort In Kentucky
where he had first come back to his
own people, and Dave Yandell would
be captain of a company. He himself
was going as guide, though he hoped
to act as soldier as well. Perhaps
they might bring back the Hnir
Buyer, General Hamilton, a prisoner
to Williamsburg, and then he would
Join Harry and Hugh In the militia
rf the war came south and Virginia
were Invaded, as some prophesied, by
Tarleton's White Rangers, who had
been ravaging the Carollnas. After
supper the little lady excused herself
with a smiling courtesy to go to her
mother, and Ersklne found himself
In the moonlight on the big portico
with Colonel Dale alone.
"Ersklne," he said, "you make it
very difficult for me to keep your
secret. Hugh alone seems to suspect
he must have got the Idea from
Grey, but I have warned him to say
nothing. The others seem not to have
thought of the matter at all. It was
a boyish Impulse of generosity which
you may regret"
"Never," Interrupted the boy. "I
have no use less than ever now."
"Nevertheless," the colonel went on,
"I regard myself as merely your
steward, and I must tell you one thing.
Mr. Jefferson, as you know, Is always
at open war with people like us. His
hand is against coach and four, silver
plate, and aristocrat. He Is fighting
now against the law that gives prop
erty to the eldest son, and lie will pass
the bill. His argument Is rather amus
ing. He says if you will show him that
the eldest son eats more, wears more,
and does more work than his brothers,
he will grant that that son Is en
titled to more. He wants to blot out
all distinctions of class. He can't
do that, but he will pass this bill."
"I hope he will." muttered Ersklne.
Probably Had.
He "Haven't I seen you somewhere
some timer She "Oh, very likely. 1
was there at the time in Mention."