The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930, February 07, 1924, Image 2

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Brief Resume Most Important
Daily News Items.
Events of Noted People, Governments
and Pacific Northwest, and Other
, Things Worth Knowing.
Approval of the McNary bill, desig
nating the Old Oregon Trail as a na
tional highway, was given Wednesday
by Secretary of Agriculture Wallace.
Bert E. Haney Is confirmed by the
senate as a member of the shipping
board, along with Frederick Thomp
son of Alabama and W. S. Hill of
South Dakota.
Edith Kelly Gould, ex-wife of Frank
J. Gould, has asked the French courts
to grant her the right to half of Mr.
Gould's property in France, or about
800,000,000 francs.
The mayor of Roxheim, Bavarian
palatinate, an adherent of the autono
mous movement In that province, was
assassinated Wednesday. He was
slain while entering the town from
the railway station.
Corliss H. Grlffis, the American
who attempted to kidnap Grover
Cleveland Bergdoll In Germany, has
been released from prison by the Ger
man government. The state depart
ment Is so advised.
. . ,, (.
Governor Pierce has the distinction
of being the first person in Oregon to
pay state income tax under the law
enacted at the 1923 session of the
legislature and later approved by the
voters of the state at special election.
Los Angeles, Cal has been selected
by the army air service as the start
ing point for the attempted around-the-world
flight. Original plans to be
gin the flight from Seattle, Wash., or
Washington, D. C, have been medtfled
accordingly. ''''
Positive assurance was given Repre
sentative Summers of Washington
Wednesday by Secretary of Agricul
ture Wallace that representatives of
the dopartment of agriculture will be
sent into Oregon, Washington and
Idaho to investigate wheat grading.
Fifteen persons were injured when
Canadian National railway passenger
train No. 9, en route to Calgary from
Saskatoon, was derailed near Arden
Odo, 30 miles northeast of Calgary,
Tuesday afternoon. A split rail was
said to be the cause of the accident.
White forces in Siberia have seized
upon the occasion of the death of
Nlcolul Lenlne to proclaim a free state
In Amur province and have Interrupt
ed railway service to Vladivostok and
eastward. Advices to this effect have
been received by the Japanese govern
ment from Mukden,
Jakey, a goose that took his whisky
straight and washed It down with a
swig of beer in pre-prohlbltion days,
la dead. lie was IS years old and was
owned by John Keller, former St.
Louis saloon proprietor. In the old
days a round of drinks was not com
plete unless Jakey was in on the
Full diplomatic recognition of soviet
Russia by the British government is
expected within ten days, according to
political observers conversant with
the labor government's intontlons.
These observers say Premier Mac-
donald Is eager to have recognition an
accomplished fact before parliament
meets on February 12.
Government efforts to restore agri-
culture to a sound economic footing
took more dofinite Bhape last week as
the administration pressed Its relief
plaps and legislation designed to aid
the industry received committee ap
proval In congress. President Cool
idgo fixed February 4 as the date for
a conference of representatives of
commercial lines interested in agri
cultural wolfare and issued 40-odd invi
tations to spokesmen for the several
interests to confer on the situation
with Secretaries Hoover and Wallace,
Income tax payors would receive a
reduction in their 1923 taxes payable
this year under a provision voted Wed
nesday by republican members of the
house ways and means committee.
The amount of reduction has not been
determined, but Chairman Green, au
thor of the proposal, said it might be
as high as 25 per cent. It would apply
to the taxes after they have been
computed and to all personal income
taxpayers. Treasury experts estim
ated that a 25 per cent cut would
mean a saving to taxpayers of 225,
000,000. ,
Albany, Ore., Family Wiped Out By
Eating Home-Canned Beans.
Albany, Or. Seven persons were
dead and three others were dying here
Monday night as the result of eating
home-canned beans, which were be
lieved to have spoiled and thus pro
duced the deadly poison known as
The dead: Mrs. Paul Gerbig, 34;
Hilda Cerblg, 10; Marie Gerbig, 7;
Gotfried Ruehling; Mrs Gotfried Rueh
ling; Werner Yunker, 10-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Yunker of
Thomas station, near Scio; Relnhold
The dying: Paul Gerbig; Esther
Gerbig, 13 months old; two-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruehling.
Two other persons were stricken ill
by the strange malady but were re
ported to have fully recovered. Mrs.
Reinhold Gorber, at whose home the
fatal dinner was served, apparently
was none the worse for her experience
and two-year-old Margaret Gerbig was
believed to have escaped the poison
ous food. The child Is still fed by
bottle and it was not known whether
or not she had any of the vegetable
dish at dinner.
The death of 13-months-old Esther
Gerbig was declared by attending phy
sicians to be only a matter of hours
and they held out no hope for the
recovery of any of the other three
The case of Gotfried Ruehling was
probably the Btrangest of all. He was
reported dead earlier In the day but
revived from the state of coma which
usually precedes death from the
strange malady and for a time was
believed to be on the road to recovery.
Suddenly, however, his condition be
came worse and he died.
None of the deaths occurred until
more than 24 hours after the fatal
Mrs. Gerber declared that she sus
pected that the beans were spoiled
when she opened them but did not
pay any attention to their, queer ap
pearance, Young Yunkers, a friend
of the families, spoke of the peculiar
odor and taste of the beans at the
time. As all of the people present
were similarly affected the poisoning
is regarded as an accident.
Botulinus, the poison which is pre
sumed to have caused the deaths,
thrives and propagates at a tempera
ture of 120 degrees above zero, at
which temperature other germs die.
The bacteria comes from a spore that
originates in the ground and Is de
stroyed only when the temperature
reaches 240 degrees or more, it Is
said. Commercial vegetables are cook
ed at a degree or so more than 240
degrees above zero and are said to
be free from the bacteria, although
all home-canned goods are subject to
Ex-Professor Wins $100,000 Bok Prize.
Philadelphia.--Charles Herbert Lev
ermore of New York, Btudent of inter
national relations, writer and ex-college
professor, Monday night was .an
nounced as the winner of the $100,000
prize offered by Edward W. Bok,
Philadelphia publisher, for the beBt
plan to preserve peace among the na
tions of the world.
Dr, Levermore was announced as
the winner by John W. Davis of the
policy committee of the American
peace award, at a meeting at the Acad
emy of Music. Mr. Davis also present
ed him with $50,000, half of Mr. Bok's
prize, and the remainder will be given
only if the plan is accepted by the
congress of the United States. Lever
more's plan was numbered 1469 in a
total of 22,165 received.
Oregon Trail Approved.
Montesnno, WashThe Montosano
chamber of commerce announced Mon
day that it was opposed to changing
the name of the Oregon Trail to
Pioneer Way, as suggested by United
States Senator Jones recently.
The reasons assigned were the an
tiquity of the present name. Its use
by pioneers and in history and liter
ature, and that a change would be
considered an unfriendly act to the
people of Oregon.
Alleged Outlaw Slain.
Cleveland. Charles Sanders was
shot and killed and Bryan Keenan was
shot twice and captured in a gun
battle late Monday at their rendez
vous in a suburb, where police located
them, tor alleged participation in sev
eral holdups and burglaries. They
had also been hunted for several
weeks as suspects In the recent mur
der of John. Rau, bakery wagon driver.
More than 75 shots were fired in the
gun battle.
Tacoma. Capacity of the Tacoma
smelter, recently Increased, soon may
be still further enlarged, according to
Frank H. Brownell, vice-president of
the American Smelting & Refining
company, the owner. Mr. Brownell is
making an inspection tour of the com
pany's western smulters.
Ex-President Succumbs at 11:15
A. M. Sunday.
Digestive Trouble of Past Week Proves
Fatal to Great War President
Physician Faithful to End.
Washington, D. C Ex-President
Woodrow Wilson died at 11:15 o'clock
Sunday morning.
The end was peaceful; life ebbed
away while he slept.
A tired man, he closed his eyes,
and, "sustained and soothed by an un
faltering trust," passed on to the great
hereafter, "like one who wraps the
drapery of his couch about him and
lies down to pleasant dreams."
Dr. Grayson, his friend and physi
cian, announced the end of the great
war president In this bulletin:
"Mr. Wilson died at 11:15 o'clock.
His heart's action became feebler and
feebler, and the hoart muscle1 was so
fatigued that It refused to act any
longer. The end came peacefully.
"The remote causes of death lie in
his 111 health, which began more than
four years ago, namely, general ar
teriosclerosis with haemopligia. The
immediate cause of death was exhaus
tion following a digestive disturbance
which began in the early part of last
week but did not reach an acute stage
until the early morning hours of Feb
ruary 1."
Last Friday the grim reaper had
forced his way into the house after
waiting on the doorstep more than
four years. Saturday he had advanced
to the landing on the staircase and
stood counting off the ticks on the
great clock. Saturday night he knock
ed on the chamber door. A faithful
physician and a loyal wife stood with
their backs againat iti At 9 o'clock
he rattled the knob and called to the
peaceful but prostrate figure on the
bed a great bed, long and wide, re
plica of the bed In which Abraham
Lincoln slept in the White House, with
a golden American eagle and a tiny
silk American flag just over the head
board. ,
The watchers knew the battle was
lost. At the portal of the door, now
open, the faithful negro servant hov
ered. On the, bed, sitting beside her
husband, sustained with all the forti
tude and composure of a woman
facing a crisis, was Mrs. Wilson, hold
ing between her hands the wan, with
ered, right hand that had proved the
pen mightier than the sword. Near
the foot of the bed was his eldest
daughter, Margaret, resigned to the
Inevitable. Close by, tears wellmg
from his eyes and coursing down his
cheeks, was Dr. Grayson, taking the
measure of the fluttering pulse, weak
er and fainter with each effort.
Death advanced and beckoned for
the last time. The tired, worn out
man drew a long breath, there was a
slight flutter of the eyelids, an almost
Imperceptible twitch of the nostrils.
Woodrow Wilson's soul had 'drifted
out on the great dark tide that runs
around the world.
Washington, D. C Woodrow Wil
son's speech-making trip for the league
of nations, which snapped his nerves
and culminated in his long illness,
was undertaken after his personal
physician had warned It might seri
ously and permanently impair his
"I do not like to disobey you," he
said to Dr. Grayson, "and I have never
done bo before. But I feel I must go
out and make this fight, even if it
costs my life."
As if the approach of illness had
fostered a premonition that the worst
fears of his medical adviser would be
fulfilled, he expressed to several aud
iences during the Bwing across the
country his willingness to make the
great sacrifice for the treaty.
"If I felt that I personally stood in
the way of this settlement," he said
at Omaha, "I would be glad to die
that it might be consummated."
Coolidga Is Indorsed.
Chicago. Announcement that the
republican Btate central committee of
New Mexico had Indorsed President
Coolidge for the party presidential
nomination was made here Saturday
from the national headquarters of the
Coolidge pre-conventlon campaign.
The resolution of endorsement read
"The president has given positive and
undeniable proof of the fact that he
is committed solely and exclusively to
serve the best interests of the nation.
"AND DIE1" .
SYNOPSIS. Under the name of
"Captain Saiarao," and disguised,
Jean Lafltte, former freebooter
of Baratarla, prosorlbed, returns
to the city of New Orleans. He
Is recognised by two of hie old
companions. Alderman Dominique
and Beluche. At the (amine
tables Saaarao ha wop much
money from Colonel Carr, Brit
ish offioer. John Jarvls, the city's
first bohemlan of the arts and
letters, an oldttme friend of La
fltte, tells of a woman's faoe and
smile. As his last wager. Carr
puts up a woman, presumably a
slave. Custom compels Baiarae
to acoept the stake. He wins.
His old associates and Count
Raoul de Almonaster accoet him
as Lafltte. A projeot of the
youthful adventurers of New Or
leans is the rescue of Napoleon
Bonaparte from SL Helena, and
a ship, the Seraphlne, has been
made ready. From De Almonas
ter Saiarao learns that the girl
he "won" at the card table la
white, of high estate, and that
the matter has been made a by
word In the city's resorts. Sas
arac finds Mademoiselle Lestron,
a fellow passenger on a river
steamer a few days before, and
with whom he had fallen In love.
Is the girl and In chivalry fore
goes his revenge against Carr.
Jarvls admires Mademoiselle Les
tron. He Is a witness of the
meeting and picks up a camellia
which the girl had thrown, un
noticed, to Saierac. Jarvls Is
dangerous: he talks too muoh In'
his cups. His old associates of
the Baratarla day urge Lafltte
to take oommand of the Sera
phlne, ostensibly to rescue Napo
leon but really to fly the blaok
flag and cruise the seas. He
hesitates. Jarvls Is a witness of
the kidnaping of Mademoiselle
Lestron, but his atory Is not
given credence. De Almonaster
entertains Saiarao, now admitted
ly Jean Lafltte, at his oountry
CHAPTER V Continued.
"And were he to order these young
scions of the city's blue blood to
holystone his decks, be would have
to land In every Isle of the Indies to
settle the challenges! No, no sir,
Bonaparte Is safe from these gentry I"
The two gentlemen smiled. But as
they were to part, down the banquette
of the rne Chartres cam two figures,
one supporting the other. A short,
dark, ragged man whose gold earrings
glistened under filthy locks, struggling
to save his basket of cooked crayfish
as he steered his companion on.
"Let be" growled Gorgio, the
Catalan. "Come, jarvls the Cafe de
Refugles for you, manl"
I "A ship !" bawled Jarvls. And being
much the larger of the two be almost
propelled the crayfish seller Into the
two elegant gentlemen, who stepped
aside In disgust to let them pass.
"A ship ! A rescue, old buccaneer I"
He lurched to the banquette, and
sat there blinking. Old Gorgio hauled
in vain at bis Sleeve. "Come, be up
with me!"
I But the town's first bohemlan con
tinued to fumble at his clothes.
I "It was this way they went, Gorgio.
I am even now on my way to the po
lice to report of the affair. I shall
! appeal to the mayor Roulfflgnac Is
1 not so dumb as to refuse rescue to a
lady 1"
"What does he babble ofr inquired
Langhome haughtily.
The painter got to his feet He eras
hleuding from a gash across his
brows. On bis sleeve he laid a crushed
and dirty camellia. Then, down the
ptreet came Mayor Roulfflgnae and
Councilor Dominique to see what
might be this public scandal And to
them Jarvls suddenly shouted his
' "I was fumbling along the rue St
Peter In the mud, sober as any honest
man, save that the moon kept diving
past me. And there came a carriage
that all but ran me down. The horses
stumbled and a lady screamed. She
thrust an arm from the curtains a
white arm, I reached to touch. And
it felow within struck me . . . I. got
up later I and my blossom. I swear
he had more camellias In her hair I
Kh, there I have told It again I Now
laugh, fools P
"Where did you come upon this man.
Monsieur Mudge?" said His Honor.
"Here, as you see dirty and bowi
ng!" returned the merchant
"Gorgio. take him home, and come
'o my clerk for a dollar," frowned
he mayor. "It's drunkard's talk."
"Home?" blustered Jarvls. "A lady
i'hed, spirited away In a galloping
rhnlse through New Orleans' streets
and yon say: 'Home I' Then romance
Is dead, sirs I I shall paint a fish-
woman's shawl on my lady's head,
and sorrow in her eyes. It was not
so when Jean Lafltte was here!"
"Ton have dreamed muttered
Dominique, watching him covertly.
"Come with me, Jarvls."
1 "My skinned nose and brow la that
i dream r
"He has stumbled nightlong about
1 V streets," said Gorgio sullenly. B
( '. 'vn the crayfish seller and the r
iid alderman there shot glances of
! i-rt understanding. The Catalan-etched
his hand to the painter and
, ent upon him a look of implacabU
. fury.
"Let "be!" P-ted Jarvla, "Ca
mellias? Let's see? Why, Jean last
"Silence fool 1" whispered Gorgio.
He seized upon the fellow; he bore
him along with his bull-necked
strength against his back.
"He Is utterly drunk," murmured
Dominique. "Come,- gentlemen let us
to our morning coffee at Maspero'sl"
Hs took the mayor's arm, turning him
hurriedly. A block distant the coun
cilor looked back, fiddling with his
velvet cuff nervously. The Catalan
vagabond was dragging bis comrade
But none save the alderman saw
that the hand of the one-time bucca
neer was under Jarvls" arm, that his
knife-point pressed there until the
coat was torn.
"A word more," hissed the crayfish
seller, "and die I" Then he whis
pered : "Sazarac .... and the Eng
lish woman? Jean and the wager be
won? Who, then, has a better right
to the woman? Home, now 1 get your
paint pots and paint a poultice on your
broken head I"
But Gorgio had to drag the un
conscious wastrel up the studio stairs,
and there lock 'him in ere he went to a
whispered conference behind a cab
bage stack In the French market
The Mask Is Dropped.
It was after the heat of that same
day that two horsemen rode out from
a courtyard of the Faubourg St Marie
upon the Tchoupltoulas road.
Count de Almonaster breathed re
lief when the river willows hid them
and the steeds broke into a gallop.
"My blacks are waiting at the ferry,"
he murmured ; "now, Captain Sazarac,
did the plainsmen teach you to ride?
Come, then I" And the guest led the
way In a cloud of dust A half-dozen
slaves uprose as the two dashed 'over
the levee, dismounted and flung rein
to the grooms. Then the scow-boat
swung off on the muddy Mississippi,
propelled by the naked-backed oars
men. Sazarac stood watching the wll
lowed shores. The city was Invisible,
but on the western bank arose the
stately facades of plantation homes
among great oaks. Beyond this,
That You of the Spanish Almonas
ter, of Wealth and Connections Be
yond the Proudest In the City
Have Chosen to Idle Unattached"
glimpses of the grim, gray forest wall,
the Impenetrable cypress swamp, with
Its watery aisles leading to Baratarla,
the legend-haunted, even at this early
D Almonaster stepped ashore as
the scow grounded, and led the way
across the broad lawns to the high
steps of the portlcoed gallery of the
white mansion. Black boys dashed
for the bridles. At the great glass
doors arose a grizzled major-domo..
"At your pleasure, sir," said Raoul.
"A drink shall be brought and the
"I have thought it strange" Saza
rac smi'pd absently "that you of
the Spanish Almonaster. of wealth
and connections beyond the proudest
In the city have chosen to Idle un
attached." '
"I have my dream" De Almonaster
said gravely. "A boy's dream . . .
but It does not pass. For six years
now, the loveliest face that could stir
youth has been with me. It was for
that I cruised last ' year about the
Caribbean ports aimlessly seeking,
slowly trying to forget Ah, well I I
am trying to be a practical, sober
man financing the new sugar proc
ess P
With a bow he left the guest . The
stranger looked from the great win
dows upon the gardens. Beyond the
narrow fields ran a rutted road, and
Jean Lafltte smiled. Up that same
road "had come the clnmsy carta of
the smugglers who met the gulf ad
venturers In the swamp rendezvous
and brought the loot of silks and
wines and jewels taken from luckless
merchantmen on the Spanish Main.
By pole-boat from the coast, by cartsj
Copyright br The Bobbo-Merrlll Company
to the river forest ; and then, at dead
of night, ferried by other agents
across to the warehouses of the city.
And to Pierre Lafltte's cloaking smithy '
on the rue Bourbon came the winking
merchants to watch the slaves work
the forges while they slyly murmured
to the proprietor : "I hear that a ship
from Bilboa strangely foundered in
Yucatan strait? . . . What, pray,
Is the price of brocade and silver
plate at Monsieur Lafltte's Red house
at Grand Terre?"
"Hypocritical dogs!" muttered the
master now. "I respect the roughest
scoundrel of my own band more than
the smug merchants who enriched
themselves on our traffic, covertly pro
tecting us while they profited; eager
to denounce us when our last ship was
driven from the Gulf!"
The liquor decanter was on a high
boy of heavy rosewood. The adven
turer's melancholy eyes lighted as he
examined It, the great four-post bed,
the table and the mirrors.
"Loot from the Isle o' Pines I I re
call Gambio's sweating blacks poling
It from the swamp to be sold to a city
factor I It turns up at De Almonas
ter's and I am entertained with it 1"
His laughter had hardly ceased
when he joined his host at dinner.
Never a more well-appointed guest
had Count Raoul greeted than the
last sea-rover who sat across the board
beyond the golden candelaBrura.
Monsieur Sazarac raised a hand. He
held a glass before him.
"As to the wine, young sir, I could
swear there had been mischief in the
Gulf again!" !
Raoul laughed ardently: "If ever,
sir, one of my uncle's ships, which
bring our wine from Bordeaux, had
fallen your way. all the wars of Bona
parte had been nothing to the uproar
he would have ralstd!"
"Come smiled the guest "I
would forget it all!"
"If we let you " he signaled the
serving men to withdraw. "Now, I
am delegated by your own worthy
companions for this the Napoleon
plot is not that adventure enough?"
"More." Sazarac smiled distantly.
"I. am done with adventuring. I
dream of a plantation In the Indies.
In Louisiana, even if again granted
amnesty, my presence would be a sore
spot Let any thieving brawl come In
the ports, and at once Lafltte's old
men are charged with it. They are
peaceful men now, scattered on the
coast hunters, raisers of truck, and
fishers. Let the dead past lie, my
friend. I am an evil legacy . . .
and I am forty-two!"
n "And yet the lady of the packet
boatl" mused Raoul. "Stranger !l
"To her, Sazarac, the gamester to
you, Lafltte, the outlaw. And yet"
the older man stopped, his gaze out
the glass doors to the starlight.
"And yet. Monsieur Sazarac; what
if you, of all men, brought Napoleon
triumphantly out of exile to the New
world? What proud lady of all Lou
isiana would not be thrilled by' the
name Lafltte I"
"Now, that is ridiculous," frowned
the other man. "She an English
Tory an Intrigue to aid Bonaparte
win her approval?' He laughed : "Ah,
well, a lovely lady for whom I would
have fought ; and I had to turn aside
In silence. I am Lafltte. That is the
Irony of it at forty-two, discredited,
a fugitive under a mask . . and
she smiled upon the man who Is the
knave in either role. I did not chal
lenge Colonel Carr," be concluded
"I saw that." Raoul repressed his
curious note. "We knew you went to
confront him." He shrugged. "Come,
my Captain Jeanl I, too, have greatly
loved and lost. Now, this affair Is
of the sea and men. Would you not
listen? You heard last night your old
wild fellows chuckling with It!" ,
The guest stared hard at him. "Na
poleon? The devil they would care .
for him I Tooth and nail ou the first
merchantman loot, scurry, spend fist
fuls of gold in the ports of South
America and then the yard-arm for
them all I Monsieur, the world has
shuffled off our gentlemen of for
tune!" "It Is the English woman holds you
from us," said Raoul, and then saw
the black line deepen on the other's
brow. The host bit his lip ; and then
upon the silence, there came rapid
footsteps. A doorman was expostulat
ing at the broad gallery. There was a
scuffle, an oath.
"But I shall enter, fellow I Out of
the door!"
De Almonaster had arisen by the
silver-laden board, with a hasty glance
at his guest's Impassive face under the
golden candelabrum, when the burly
grizzled Johanness charged from the
hallway. He turned without greeting,
staring at Sazarac.
"You, Captain Jean! See, I have
fought for you I A customs guard, I
think It was, went down by the cut
lass. Nez Coupe, Bohon and I stopped
them from the first crossing, but the
dragoons are beret"
"And that he It In reality Jean
Lafltte, turned up from the dead."
. (TO BKCONTlNUja3l .