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Events of Noted People, Governments
tnd Pacific Northwest, and Other
Things Worth Knowing.
Adolph Hitler, the Bavarian fascist
leader, arrested after the failure of
the recent nationalistic "putsch" In
Munich, was reported to have gone on
a hunger strike In the Jail at Stadel
heim, near here, where he Is confined.
. Commander William S. Pye of the
navy, commanding destroyer division
No. 31, two vessels o which were lost
at Point Honda September 8, was ac
quitted by a navy court martial late
Tuesday on negligence charges grow
ing out of that disaster.
Three miners were killed Monday
. when two boxes of powder exploded
In the winze of the 700-foot level of
the United American mine at Oatman,
Ariz. The bodies of two men were
blown to pieces while' a third miner
was overcome by fumes and was' found
dead in the mine.
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The British government has re
quested of its charge d'affaires in
Washington a' full report on the cir
cumstances surrounding the seizure
of the British schooner Tomaka off
the New Jersey coast and the British
schooner Island Home off the Texas
coast by American officials.
Differences of opinion on methods
of regulating the anthracite coal . in
dustry were apparent Tuesday among
delegates of anthracite consuming
states who met in Harrisburg, Pa., at
the invitation of Governor Pinchot to
devise a programme of legislation in
tended to keep down prices.
The Chinese imperial household re
cently was sued in the civil court by
a Pekln banking house because ot
failure, tq meet certain financial obli
gations. A representative of the boy
emperor appeared and pleaded exten-
1 uating circumstances, but the court
ruled that the debt must be paid.
While continuing his Investigation
ot the contents ot King Tutankha
men's mortuary chamber, Howard
Carter, head ot the Britflh expedition,
Monday was said to have discovered
against the outer shrine another huge
.bouquet of flowers, faded to a drab
Icolor by their long preservation.
i Edwin P. Morrow, ;who will retire
as governor ot Kentucky next month,
Monday accepted appointment by
President Coolidge as a member of
the railroad labor board, succeeding
A. M. Bnrtoi who has resigned. Gov
ernor Morrow will enter upon his new
duties soon atter December 11 when
his term as governor expires.
The rum Bchooner Tomako, cap
tured by coast guards Monday after
an exciting chase six miles off Sea
bright, N. J., while flying the BritiBh
flag, was seized with the knowledge
that her roglstry papers were faulty
and that she positively had been iden
tified with the landing ot liquor on
American Bhqres, government agents
announced Tuesday.' .
The Northern Pacific railway has a
prospective improvement programme
for the next three years which calls
for an expenditure of $56,000,000,
Charlos Donnelly, presldont, told the
interstate commerce commission's rail
road rate investigating committee in
Minneapolis Tuesday. In the last
three years and ten months, he said,
the Northern Pacific spent 141,000,000.
: Sovon hoavlly armed bandits held
up two messengers of the Bank ot
California In a limousine at 6:50
o'clock Tuesday at the crowded Inter
section ot Second avenue and Jackson
street, Seattle,1 handcuffed a special
motorcycle policeman following the
machine as an escort on his motor
cycle, and escaped with a largo quan
tity of registered mail said to contain
$20,000 worth of negotiable bonds.
The German government, it is ex
pected in Paris, will bring the agree
ments between Franco-Belgians and
the Stlnnos group and other Ruhr in
dustrials to the notice ot the repara
tions commission with a view to com
batting any effort by the occupying
powers to hold out proceeds from de
liveries In kind or payments ot taxes
under the arrangements for the pur
pose ot meotlng tholr own expenses
$910,000 TO IMPROVE RIVERS
Funds Are for Improvements of West
ern Streams and Harbors.
Washington, D. C No additional
funds for improvement ot the mouth
of the Columbia river were asked by
the chief ot army engineers Monday
In his annual report to congress, car
rying estimates of all financial needs
for river and harbor work during the
fiscal year 1925.
For the Columbia and Willamette
rivers below Portland and Vancouver
to the mouth of the Columbia $910,000
is asked for operations during the
next fiscal year, $250,000 of which
would be used In new work, including
dike construction and the balance of
$660,000 for maintenance. The amount
required for maintenance is larger
than the average for the last five
years because ot the operation of the
dredge Clatsop In three shifts; the
probable ' operation of a borrowed
dredge and the construction of new
No money is asked for the mouth
of the Columbia because the unex
pended balance is deemed sufficient
to continue the present work to June
30, 1925. With reference to the im
provement accomplished at the mouth
the report says it "has made it pos
sible for the largest vessels operating
on the Pacific coast to enter and leave
at all normal stages of tide and in any
weather except the most severe
Regarding the work done below
Portland and Vancouver to the mouth
of the Columbia, a project which calls
for a 30-foot channel 300 feet wide
the full distance, the report says:
"The improvement has greatly in
creased the draft of vessels that can
ascend to Portland at all hours and
seldom have to wait for tides. There
is a large saving in freights on the
commerce handled in'ocean-going ves
sels on the lower Columbia and Wil
lamette rivers between Portland and
Astoria and vice versa. The saving
the last calendar year on a total of
4,163,554 tons is estimated to have
been $9,867.62. On receipts of oil and
gasoline alone (1,129,282 tons in 1922)
there was an estimated saving of $3.32
per ton, or a total of $3,749,216."
Navy Fliers Die in Air Collision.
San Diego, Cal. Three naval air
men were killed Monday when two
airplanes collided at an altitude of
about 1000 feet at a point almost di
rectly over the bridge between Coron
ado and North Island. The dead are:
Lieutenant P. M. Byers, 28, of Cor
Wlllard B. Jackson, 26, aviation
chief machinist mate, of San Diego.
Thomas B. Entwistle, aviation chief
machinist mate, 29, whose widow re
sides at Pensacola, Fla.
Jackson and Entwistle were flying
a J-N-4 ship, familiarly known in the
Bervice as a "Jennie," and, making
about 50 miles an hour, were Just
nosing down preparatory to landing
when Lieutenant Byers, who was in a
Vought plane, from which the pilot
does not have extra good vision,
swung along the same course. The
Vought hit the slowly moving J-N-4
between the right upper and lower
wing sections, the propeller ripping a
great gash in the fuselage and shear
ing oft the upper wing of the enlisted
men's plane. Both airplanes plunged
In a dizzy spin. Lieutenant Byers and
Entwistle were still breathing when
rescuers reached them, near the shore,
but Boon died. Jackson was killed
Naval Aviators to Dash to Pole.
Washington, D. C A dash by air
for the north pole will be launched
by the navy department during the
coming summer. Secretary Donby an
nounced Monday that President Cool
idge had given his specific approval
to the project as "of great practical
The route, date and method of pro
cedure for the trip, however, are still
to be decided, a special board ot naval
officers, headed by Rear Admiral Wil
liam A. Moffett, chief of naval aeron
autics, having been appointed by Sec
retary Denby to prepare a detailed
The project grew out of the desire
of Robert A. Bartlett, the explorer
who sailed with Roar Admiral Robert
E. Peary on the steamer Roosevelt on
the expedition of 1908-1909, which saw
the stars and Btripes raised over the
north pole, again to make that jour
ney. Mr. Bartlett proposed to Secre
tary Denby some months ago that the
Roosevelt, now in commercial service,
be repurchased and equipped for polar
Bank Bondsmen Win.
San Francisco. A lower court de
cision holding that the bondsmen ot
F. L. Stewart, missing cashier ot the
defunct Kelso State bank ot Kelso,
Wash., were liable to the extent of
$25,000 tor loans made by Stewart in
the name ot the bank, was reversed
Monday by the United States circuit
court of appeals. The court held that
there was nothing to show that the
security given the bank was not am
ple at the time the loans were made.
11,666 ARE KILLED
BY AUTOS 111 YEAR
Increase of 1498 Over 1921
LOST ANGELES WORST
City Reports 29.5 Deaths in Accidents
for Each 100,000 Population.
Oregon State Increases.
Washington, D. C Deaths from
automobile accidents numbered 11,666
last year in the census registration
area of the United States, which con
tains 85 per cent of the total popula
tion, an increase ot 1498 over the
The total number of killed as shown
in census bureau figures Sunday rep
resents a death rate of 12. 5 for each
100,000 population, an increase of one
for every 100,000 as compared with
1921. In 1917 the rate was 9.0 to 100,
000. California had the highest rate
ot the 37 states in the registration
area, its total representing 26.0 for
each 100,000 population.
New York had the second highest
rate with 16.7, New Jersey was third
with 16.4, and Colorado fourth with
16.3. No other state's rate exceeded
16.0 to a 100,000. Mississippi had the
lowest rate with S.4 for each 100,000.
The largest increase was shown in
Vermont with 11.1 to each 100,000, or
4.6 above 1921. Decreases occurred
in Montana, Connecticut, Massachu
setts and Virginia, with Washington
showing the largest reduction, from
14.5 to 12.3. '
Los Angeles had the highest rate
in the 67 cities reporting, showing 29.5
to each 100,000. Camden, N. J., was
second with 27.9, and Memphis was
third, with 25.0. Sixteen ot the 67
cities had rates of 20 or more for
each 100,000. Memphis had the larg
est Increase of the cities, with 9.9 over
1921 while New Bedford showed a
higher rate of 9.3. Twenty-three ci
ties showed a lowering ot the rate,
Lowell leading with a decrease of 13.3
for each 100,000 from 1921. Other
large decreases were Norfolk with a
drop of 9.3; Albany with 8.8 less than
1921, and Spokane with a rate 8.6
lower. " ' '
The death rate for each 100,000
population in states showing de
creases and the amount ot the de
Montana 8.1, decrease 0.2, and
Washington 12.3, decrease 2.3.
The rate in states showing increases
and the amount of increase include:
California 26.0, increase 1.6, and
Oregon 13.9, increase 1.0.
The rate in states for which no 1921
statistics are available included: Ida
ho 4.6, Wyoming 13.5.
The cities having decreases,1 with
the rate for each 100,000 and the
amount ot decrease include:
Portland, Or., 14, decrease 0.3; Seat
tle 13.9, decrease 0.1, and Spokane
9.6 and 8.6.
Cities showing Increases, with the
rate for each 100,000 and the amount
in the increase include: Denver 20.9,
Increase 4.0; Los Angeles, Cal., 29.5
and 2.4; Oakland 17.6 and 2.1, and
San Francisco 22.3 and 4.2.
Washington, D. C Tax collections
of the internal revenue bureau during
the year ending June 30 last, were
$2,621,745,227, or 18 per' cent less than
those ot the previous year, when they
amounted to $3,197,451,0,00. The re
ductions, Commissioner Blair said
Sunday in his annual report, were
due largely to the decreases of tax
rates made by law.
Income and profits taxation netted
the government $1,691,089,000, which
was $395,000,000 less than the total
collected from these sources the pre
vious year. From the various other
forms of internal taxes levied on
amusements, automobile sales, spirits
and the like, there was collected $930,
655,693 against $1,110,532,618 for the
The internal revenue taxes on to
bacco netted $38,256,108 more than in
the previous year, and the tax on
automotive products was greater by
$39,856,727, but these increases were
insufficient to offset the reductions
made by new laws in taxation on other
Cotton Grower Irate.
Washington, D. C Readjustment
ot the methods used by the govern
ment in estimating the cotton crop
was recommended at a meeting Sat
urday of the newly-organized cotton
bloc in congress. Representative Ran
kin, democrat, Mississippi, who intro
duced the resolution, declared cotton
growers had lost more this' year
through "misinformation upon ' the
crop prepared by the government than
from boll weevil and other ravages."
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CHAPTER XV Continued.
The boy had been two years In the
wilds. When he left the Shawnee
camp winter was setting in, that ter
rible winter of '79 of deep snow and
hunger and cold. When he reached
Kaskaskla, Captain Clark had gone to
Kentucky, and Ersklne found bad
news. Hamilton and Hay had taken
Vlncennes. There Captain Helm's Cre
oles, as soon as they saw the red
coats, slipped away from him to sur
render their arms to the British, and
thus deserted by all, he and the two
or three Americans with him had to
give up the fort. The French reswore
allegiance to Britain. Hamilton con
fiscated their liquor and broke up their
billiard tables. He let his Indians
scatter to their villages, and with his
regulars, volunteers, white Indian
leaders and red auxiliaries went Into
winter quarters. One band of Shaw
nees he sent to Ohio to scout and
take scalps in the settlements. In the
spring he would sweep Kentucky and
destroy all the settlements west of
the Alleghanles. So Ersklne and Dave
went for Clark; and that trip neither
ever forgot. Storms had followed each
other since late November and the
snow lay deep. Cattle and horses
perished, deer and elk were found dead
In the woods, and buffalo came at
nightfall to old Jerome Sanders' fort
for food and companionship with his
starving herd. . There was no salt or
vegetable food; nothing but the flesh
of lean wild game. Yet, while the
frontiersmen remained crowded In
the stockades and the men hunted and
the women made clothes of tanned
deer hides, buffalo-wool cloth, and nettle-bark
linen, and both hollowed "nog
gins" out of the knot of a tree, Clark
made his amazing march to Vln
cennes, recaptured it by the end of
February, and sent Hamilton to Wil
liamsburg a prisoner. Ersklne pleaded
to be allowed to take hlra there, but
Clark would not let him go. Perma
nent garrisons were placed at Vln
cennes and Cahokla, and at Kaskaskla.
Ersklne stayed to help make peace
with the Indians, punish marauders
and hunting bands, so that by the
end of the year Clark might sit at
the falls of the Ohio as a shield for
the West and a sure guarantee that
the whites would never be forced to
abandon wild Kentucky.
The two years In the wilderness
had left their mark on Ersklne. He
was tall, lean, swarthy, gaunt, and
yet he was not all woodsman, for
his born Inheritance as gentleman had
been more than emphasized by his as
sociation with Clark and certain Cre
ole officers in the Northwest, who had
Improved his French and gratified one
pet wish of his life since his last visit
to the James they had taught him to
fence. His mother he had not seen
again, but he had learned that she
was alive and not yet blind. Of Early
Morn he had heard nothing at all.
Once a traveler had brought word of
Dane Grey. Grey was In Philadelphia
and prominent in the gay doings of
that city. He had taken part In a
brilliant pageant called the "Mlschl
anza," which was staged by Andre,
mid was reported a close friend of
that ill-fated young gentleman.
After the fight at Piqua, with Clark
Ersklne put forth for old Jerome San
ders' fort. He found the hard days
of want over. There was not only
corn in plenty but wheat, potatoes,
pumpkins, turnips, melons. Game was
plentiful, and cattle, horses, and hogs
had multiplied on cane and buffalo
clover. Indeed, it was a comparative
ly peaceful fall, and though Clark
pleaded with him, Ersklne stubbornly
set his face for Virginia.
At Williamsburg Ersklne learned
many things. Colonel Dale, now a
general, was still with Washington and
Harry was with him. Hugh was with
the Virginia militia and Dave with
Tarleton's legion of rangers In their
white uniforms were scourging Vir
ginia as they had scourged the Car
olinas. Through the James River
country they bad gone with fire and
sword, burning houses, carrying off
horses, destroying crops, burning grain
In the mills, laying plantations to
waste. Barbara's mother was dead.
Her neighbors had moved to safety,
but Barbara, he heard, still lived with
old Mammy and Ephralm at Red Oaks,
unless that, too, had been recently
put to the torch. Where, then, would
he find her?
Down the river Ersklne rode with a
sad heart. At the place where he
hud fought with Grey lie pulled Fire
fly to a sudden halt. There was the
boundary of Red Oaks and there
stiirtetl a desolation that ran as fur
us his eye could reach. Red Oaks
had not been spared, and he put Fire
fly to 8 fast gallop, with eyes strained
far ahead and his heart beating with
agonized foreboding and savage rage.
Soon over a distant clump of trees
lie eniild see the chimneys of Bar
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bara's home his home, he thougl
helplessly and perhaps those chli
neys were all that was left. Aii
then he saw the roof and the uppi
windows and the cap of the big cc
umns unharmed, untouched, and 1
pulled Firefly in again, with ove
whelming relief, and wondered at tl
miracle. Again he started and aga
pulled in when he caught sight i
three horses hitched near the stile
Turning quickly from the road, 1
hid Firefly In the underbrush. Vei
quietly he slipped along the path 1
the river, and, pushing aside throuj
the rose bushes, lay down where u
seen he could peer through the close
matted hedge. He had not long
wait. A white uniform Issued fro
the great hall door and another ai
another and after them Barbara
smiling. The boy's blood ran hot
smiling at her enemies. Two office
bowed, Barbara courtesied, and thi
wheeled on their heels and descendi
the steps. The third stayed behind
moment, bowed over her hand ai
kissed it. The watcher's blood turm
then to liquid flre. Great God,
what price was that noble old hou
left standing? Grimly, swiftly E
skine turned, sliding through t
bushes like a snake to the edge
the road along which they must pai
He would fight the three, for his II
was worth nothing now. He hea
them laughing, talking at the stilt
He heard them speak Barban
name, and two seemed to be bantt
Ing the third, whose answering laui
seemed acquiescent and triumphal
They were coming now. The boy hi
his pistols out, primed and cocke
He was rising on his knees, Just abo
to leap to his feet and out into t
road, when he fell back Into
startled, paralyzed, Inactive hes
Glimpsed through an opening In t
"Ha Fought One Under Benedict i
nold Perhaps He Is Fighting W
bushes, the leading trooper In the u
form of Tarleton's legion was nc
other than Dane Grey, and Erskin
brain had worked quicker than
angry heart. This was a mystt
that must be solved before his pist
spoke. He rose crouching as 1
troopers rode away. If Tarleto
men were around he would bet
leave Firefly where he was In 1
woods for a while. A startle! gt
behind him made him wheel, pis
once more in hand, to find a neg
mouth wide open and staring at li
from the road.
"Marse Ersklne!" he gasped,
was Ephralm, the boy who bad
Barbara's white ponies out long, If
ago, now a tall, muscular lad w
an ebony face and dazzling tee
"Whut you doln' byeh, suh? Wh
yo' hoss? Gawd, I'se sutn'ly glad
see yuh." Ersklne pointed to an o
"Right by that tree. Put him
the stable and feed him."
The negro shook his head.
"No, Bull. I'll take de feed do
to him. Too many redcoats mes:
round heah. You bettah go In de bi
day dey might see yuh."
"Wasn't one of those soldiers v
Just rode away Mr. Dane Grey?"
The negro hesitated.
"What's he doing in a British uni
form?" The boy shifted his great shoulders
uneasily and looked aside.
"I don't know, suh I don't know
Ersklne knew he was lying, but re
spected his loyalty. -
"Go tell Miss Barbara I'm here and
then feed my horse."
Ephraira went swiftly and Ersklne
followed along the hedge and through
the rose bushes to the kitchen door.
Barbara, standing In the hall door
Way, heard his step.
"Ersklne I" she cried softly, and she
came to meet him, with both hands
outstretched, find raised her lovely
face to be kisaed. ' What are you do
"I am on my way to Join General
"But you will be captured. It Is dan
gerous. The country Is full of British
"So I know," Ersklne said dryly.
"When did you get here!"
"Twenty minutes ago. I would not
have been welcome Just then. I wait
ed In the hedge. I saw you had com
pany." "Did you see them?" she faltered.
"I even recognized one of them."
Barbara sank Into a chair, her elbow
on one arm, her chin In her hand, her
face turned, her eyes looking outdoors.
She said nothing, but the toe of her
slipper began to tap the floor gently.
There was no further use for Indirec
tion or concealment.
"Barbara," Ersklne said with some
sternness, and his tone quickened the
tapping of the slipper and made her
little mouth tighten, "what does all
"Did you see," she answered, with
out looking at him, "that the crops
were all destroyed and the cattle and
horses were all gone?"
"Why did tiiey spare the house?"
The girl's bosom rose with one quick,
defiant Intake of breath, and for a
moment she held It.
"Dane Grey saved our home."
"He had known Colonel Tarleton In
London and had done something for
him over there."
"How did he get In communication
with Colonel Tarleton when he was
an officer In the American army?"
The girl would not answer.
"Was he taken prisoner?" Still she
was silent, for the sarcasm, in Ers
kine's voice was angering her.
"He fought once under Benedict
Arnold perhaps he Is fighting with
"No!" she cried hotly.
"Then he must be a "
She did not allow him to utter the
"Why Mr. Grey Is in British uni
form Is his secret not mine."
"And why he is here is yours."
"Exactly 1" she flamed. "You are a
soldier. Learn what you want to
know from him. You are my cousin,
but you are going beyond the rights
of blood. I won't stand It I won't
stand it from anybody."
"I don't understand you, Barbara
I don't know you. That last time It
was Grey, you and now " He
paused and, In spite of herself, her
eyes flashed toward the door. Ers
klne saw It, drew himself erect,
bowed and strode straight out. Nor
did the irony of the situation so much
as cross his mind that he should be
'turned from his own home by the
woman he loved and to whom he had
given that home. Nor did he look
back lse he might have seen her
sink, sobbing, to the floor.
When he turned the corner of the
house Barbara's old mammy and
Ephralm were waiting for him at the
"Ephralm," he said as he swung
upon Firefly, "you and mammy keep
a close watch, and If I'm needed here,
come for me yourself and come fust."
"Yassuh. Marse Grey is sutn'ly up
to some devilmlnt no which side he
flghtln' fer. I got a gal oveh on the
alge o' de Grey plantation an' she tel'
me dat Marse Dane Grey don't wear
dat white uniform all de time." '
"What's that what's that?" asked
"No, suh. She say he got an udder
uniform, same as yose, an' he keeps
It at her uncle Sam's cabin an' she's
seed him go dar In white an' come out
In our uniform, an' al'ays at night,
Marse Ersklne al'ays at night"
The negro cocked his ear suddenly :
"Take to de woods quick, Marse
Ersklne. Horses comin' down the
But the sound of coming hoofbeats
had reached the woodsman's ears
some seconds before the black man
heard them, and already Ersklne had
wheeled away. And Ephralm saw
Firefly skim along the edge of a
blackened meadow behind Its hedge
of low trees.
"Gawd I" said the black boy, and
he stood watching the road. A band
of white-coated troopers was coming
in a cloud of dust, and at the head
of them rode Dane Grey.
"Has Capt. Ersklne Dale been
here?" he demanded.
Ephralm had his own reason for
being on the good side of the ques
tioner, and did not even hesitate.
"Yassuh he jes' lef 1 Dar he goes
now I" With a curse Grey wheeled
his troopers. At that moment Firefly,
with something like the waving flight
of a bluebird, was leaping the meadow
fence into the woods. The black boy
looked after the troopers' dust.
"Gawd !" he said again, with a grin
that showed every magnificent tooth
in his head. "Jest as well try to
ketch a streak o' lightning." And
quite undisturbed he turned to tell the
news to old mammy.
A Tip to the Wise.
It was the beginning of the second
semester, and we were to have a new
Instructor In the English department.
I rushed Into the classroom and, seeing
a supposed fellow student in one of
the seats, said: "Well, I guess we'll
have to give the old girl a good wel
come this morning, but be rather dumb
so she won't expect too much." In a
moment the young woman began call
ing the roll, proving to be the Instruc
tor herself. Chicago Tribune.