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VOI VI., No. 12. GIUXTO PASS, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON, THUWDAY, FKWlUARY 17, lOlfl. WHOLE NUMBER 1072.
No Other Town in the World the Size of Grants Pass Has a Paper With Full Leased Wi re Telegraph Service.
From 30,000 to 100,000
Prisoners, With Many Guns,
Fall Into the Hands of the
Grand Duke at Erzerura
London, Feb. 17. Between 80,.
OOO and 100,000 Turks, together with
many guns, foil Into Russian hands
when Grand Duke Nicholas' tones
t'iiurtHl the Important Turkish Ar
menian city of Krzerum, said uuoltl
tilttl Petrograd messages today,
The garrison that withstood thel
onslaughts of Nicholas men for dot.
ral days It estimated to havo been
100, OOu, while the modem fort
flanking the city mounted more than
There U nothing, however, to In
dicate how many escaped.
The fart that the city fell within
five day after storming operations
started makes it possible thnl the
captures were large. Moreover, the
ordinary exits from the city were few.
Then, too, the city was surrounded
and heavy snows made the highways
Impassable, so that it is believed that
thousands failed to escape.
. Inasmuch as many ot the captured
gun were modern Krupps, they may
prove to 'b of great value In further
The city Is believed to have been
aflame when the Russians entered,
but whether ony of the jnoaques or
government buildings were saved Is
Petrograd, Feb. II. Petrograd
nave Itself over to rejoicing today
and crowds In the streots made holi
day over tho fall of Erzerum before
Grand Duke Nicholas' forces. Flags
decorated houses and public, build
ings. In the dimly llghtod Kazan cathe
dral throngs chanted the To Deura,
while others massed outside in the
anow, prayed for the grand duke and
hailed him as the national hero.
Tho capture ot Erzorum, the first
Important Muscovite victory since the
Tetreat from the Carpathians, nearly
a year ago, stirred the city to new
patriotism, while the newspapers de
clared it the prelude to Russian clear
ing of. Russian Poland and Oaltcla
Details of the capture are lacking,
though It Is reported that the Turks
are moving westward, abandoning
part of their artillery. This may
mean that most of the garrlBon es
caped front the beleaguered city dur
ing or after the Ave days' attack of
the grand duke's men.
Experts now believe that the Turks
must abandon their proposed cam-
palgn against Egypt, Inasmuch as the
British forces, soon to be heavily
reinforced, we only HO mllos from
Bagdad, whllo the Slavs are heading
westward through Armenia. With
these two forces thus near to form
ing a formidable alliance, It Is
thought the Turks will scarcely risk
a drive against the Sues canal.
FALL OF ERZERUM
CA18E8 BUTMP LV MARKS
London, Fob. 17. The Russian
capture of Erzerum caused a record
slump In the rates on German marks,
naid an . Amsterdam dispatch today.
NO MORE HAMULI NO AT
Santa Monica, Cal., Feb. 17. A
sudden rush of piety overwhelmed
Santa Monica, Ocenn Park and Venlco
today. The piety wns personified In
a sqund of sleuths from the district
Attorney's offleo. All gambling games
wcro cloned up, and even rolling tho
Ivories for cigars banned. '
IT CAH TAKE TITLE
TO 0.4 C.
Washington, Feb. 17. The house
public lands committee today took up
the Oregon and California land grant
bills, involving disposition of 2.800,
000 acres of land In western Oregon,
with a view to framing legislation
under the supreme court decision giv
ing congress sis months within which
to provide a method for such disposi
tion. Representatives of the Interior,
agriculture and justlre departments
II. W. Williams, of the Justice de
partment, telling of his Oregon In
vestigations, said that he found few
actual settlors on the property, and
that the land was highly valuable for
timber only, lie considered that con
gress Is empowered to take tbo title
to the lands again and to dispose of
them as It sees fit, allowing the Ore
gon and California railroad $2.50 an
acre. Me advised that the govern
ment sell the land for what It can
got, but in a manner to insure its de
velopment. No further hearings have been
FLOODS MANY TOWNS
Notches, Miss., Feb. 17. With the
federal steamer La Fourche standing
by, rescuers In small boats sought
today to take to safety several hun
dred persons locked In by flood waters
at Newellton, La.
The situation there, Increasingly
dangerous for the past three days,
became so serious last night that tele
phone calls were sent here for aid.
The report was that around 1,000
persons were marooned and that
there had been three deaths, while
the city had virtually no facilities for
taking off the atranded.
Thousands ot acres ot farm land
are under water, while a now town,
Ostrla, Ijl., has been added to the
list of submerged places.
Houses have (been swept away at
many places, livestock has perished,
and there are fears that there may
be a number ot casualties unless the
situation la relieved at an early mo
ASTORIA HOT AFTER
NEW NAVAL BASE
Astoria,, Feb. 17. The sentiment
favoring a strong naval fbase for As
toria was at fever heat today after
a monster mass meeting In the As
toria theater last night. Able speak
ers harangued the crowd and urged
that every possible means he used to
Induce the government to make the
entrance of the Columbia as Impreg
nable as Gibraltar.
SHOE HiniNO PLACE OF
DIAMOND IS MISSINO
Santa Monica, Cal., Feb. 17.
Somewhore in the sunny southland
there roams a tramp today with a
diamond ring worth $160,
Mrs. A. D. Brown hid the gem In
an old shoe. Then came the wander
er, and the maid gave him the old
shoe. , Diamond adieu.
Amsterdam, Fob. 17. Five thous
and Russians were killed, and several
thousand wounded, In the last three
days of battling before Erzorum,
Turkish Armenia, said Constantinople
The Constantinople ofTlclat state
ment, did not mention the Russian
capture of the city, though It told of
Russian frontal attacks which took
no Bdcoitnt of loss of llfo.
President Sends Data on Con
ditions in Southern Re
public in Response to Res
olution by Senator Fall
Washington, Feb. 17. Replying to
the Fall resolution asking tacts sur
rounding the recognition of General
Carranza's de facto Mexican govern
ment. President. Wilson today sent to
the senate tho desired report In it
he answered attacks upon his policy,
admitted the present Mexican govern
ment Is military rather than con
stitutional, but counseled continuance
ot the present course as the best tor
the time being.
At the same time,' he prophecied
the establishment of a constitutional
government will supplant the present
Between 1913 and 1915, Inclusive.
76 Americans were killed in Mexico,
the report said, as compared with 47
In the previous three years, during
which time there was "less domestic
strife" In Mexico. .
Twenty American civilians and 16
soldiers were killed by Mexicans on
American soil during the 1)13 ;to
1915 elusive period.
The president explained he had
recognized Carranza In preference to
Villa because the regime ot the latter
seemed toibe disintegrating, while the
Carranzlstas had undisputed posses
sion of three-quarters of Mexico. ,,
Carranza, the report added, now
controls all but a very tew sections
of the alwaya-bandit-lnfested coun
try. He is doing extremely well un
dor the circumstances In protecting
Americans, the president held.
' The chief executive admitted that
there are many bandits who can not
be suppressed immediately, and that
sporadle outrages may be expected
tor some time.
"Reasonably adequate protection Is
being afforded, however.' said the
The senate ordered the report print;
ed as a publlo document In form it
Is simply the president's letter trans
mitting the report ot Secretary ot
State Lansing, answering Senator
Fall's questions and also giving vari
ous documents and reports already
made public. The president said he
approved Lansing's findings.
Washington, Feb. 17. Great Bri
tain must pledge that her liners will
not fire upon German submarines he
fore Germany will Instruct her un
dersea commanders not to attack
armed merchant ships without warn
ing. This is Germany's counter
proposal In answer to America's ob
jection to the Teuton decree propos
ing such unwarned attacks, It be
came known after an informal con
ference today between Ambassador
von Bernstorft and Secretary ot State
Germany and America, It was
learned, are agreed upon the Lusl
tanla settlement, except that the
United Statoa considers future sub
marine questions, as well as those of
the past, must be cared for. i
, Lansing is understood to have In
slBtod upon adherence to the previous
ly proclaimed 'American stand for the
right of merchant vessels to arm for,
defensive purposes. ' !
Bernstorft Indicated that he must
ask his home government for In
GERMMIY MAKES COUNTER PROPOSAL
HI SUBL1AR1KE WARFARE PROTEST
USE 200 IU1E
K - '
E D. Gilman, in Charge of
Work of Construction, Says
About 6 Months Will Be
Required to Complete Plant
M. D. Gilman, E. G. Breeze and
wife, Stanford Darger and W. O.
Sharpe arrived in the city this morn
ing from Salt Lake city, Utah, and
are stopping at the Josephine while
becoming permanently located as re
sidents J Grants Pass. The gentle
men are to he connected with the
building of the new sugar factory,
being employes of the Dyer company,
the contractors. Mr. Gilman states
that this will ibe the 15th sugar fac
tory upon which he has worked for
the Dyer company. ' He says that he
expects Messrs. Nlbley and Austin
will arrive within a day or two, and
that aa soon as the corners for the
factory are marked out that the work
of construction can commence.
Mr. Gilman is field superintendent
for the contractors, and will have
charge of the Grants Pass building
construction. He says that It sow
requires about six months in.' which
to complete a sugar factory, and that
he can have the one here ready in
ample time for the first beets to ar
rive September 1. He etatee that
the steel and machinery, all of spe
cial design, will arrive from the fac
tory ready to put in place, but that
the other materials, brick, lime, ce
ment, gTavel, lumber, etc, will he
obtained locally. For a factory ot
the capacity of the one here, he es
timated that about a million brick
would1 he required. About two hun
dred men will be given employment
during the construction period, all
of whom must be obtained locally
except thet tew brought from other
work to have charge here. Stanford
Darger, who arrived: with Mr. Oil
man, will be assistant to the latter
gentleman; Mr. Breeze has the title
of commercial agent, and will be In
charge of the office work during con
struction; Mr. Shope is field man
ager, and will have charge of the
heavy derrjek work In the erection
ot the hulldlng and machinery. Chas.
Staack, timekeeper, also arrived with
the party from Utah.
structions (before meeting American
terms .and he does not expect to see
the secretary before next week.
The Austrian decree tor attacks,
given out by the department today,
was similar to Germany's orders.
MYSTERIOUS JOnX DOE
GETS YEAR IN PEN
Portland, Feb. 17. Percy Camp
bell, the "mysterious John Doe,'
whose real Identity was not known
for a month after he tried to hold
up Agent J. D. Stewart at Multnomah
station December 21, was taken to
Salem today to begin serving one
year In the penitentiary,
Campbell was allowed to plead
guilty to a charge ot attempted .bur
glary and take the light sentence.
"lu the language of the street,"
said Judge McGinn, "it's time you
were taking a tumble to yourself;
yon will probably be killed the next
time you attempt such a thing. I'll
take off my hat to the man who shot
you." ' . ;. ,
Chicago, Feb. 17. An anarchist
plot, extending from San Francisco
to New York, and aimed against the
government, is under federal investi
gation, authorities admitted today.
Only word from Attorney General
Gregory is awaited, it Is understood.
before government officials make
raids on anarchist groups In San
Francisco, Chicago, New York and
Pittsburg, where plotters are report
ed to have arranged to terrorize offi
cials and damage federal buildings.
Evidence of this alleged plan ot
terrorism is said to have been pro
duced today In a conference between
United States District Attorney Clyne
and Justice' Department Agent
Cl&baugh from facts gleaned In con
nection with the alleged "poison ban
quet" plot of Jean Crones.
The national scope of the plot Is
admitted. Hatched in New York, the
conspiracy was financed by blackmail,
levied against financiers In many
parts of the country. Authorities be
lieve they can get further documen
tary evidence from the hands of at
least a dozen well known anarchist
"With one swoop we can break up
the conspiracy," an official said, "and
we are now merely awaiting word
from Washington before going ahead.
Plans of government buildings in the
possession ot some ot Crones' asso
ciates gave us the first clue to the
situation and onr later discoveries
have borne out the original clue."
It is stated that the conspiracy
statute Invoked against the late Gen
eral Huerta would he used, along
with the Blackmail laws to punish the
The presumably incendiary fire at
the city hall yesterday is regarded as
one phase of the situation.
IMS LOST IH
Mexia, Texas, Feb. 17. Nine
bodies had been taken today from the
ruins -of the collapsed opera house
here, three' persons were Injured and
3100,000 damage had been wrought
as the result ot a fire that followed
The building caved In last night
during an art show. A gas explosion
followed, spreading flames to several
other buildings. Superintendent ot
Schools Welsner and his wife were
among the dead. .,
OLIVA TO RE TRIED
ON CHARGE OF DIGAMY
San Jose, Cal., Feb. 17. August
R. Oliva must stand trial on Febru
ary 23 on a charge of bigamy. This
date waa set for his examination to
day when he was arraigned in supe
rior court. His ball of 35,000, which
was furnished when he was released
yesterday, will stand. Neither of
Ollva's wives appeared in court. Mrs.
Camilla Ollva, wife No. 1, who has
divorce proceedings pending against
him, is the complaining witness.
L0R1MER Oil TRIAL
Chicago, Feb. 17. Former United
State Senator William Lorlmer, ac
cused of hank wrecking, won the first
fight In his trial hero today when
three Indictments charging embezzle
ment and conspiracy to loot a halt a
dozen Illinois banks were construct
ed as his counsel asked.
"I am not saying anything about
the probabilities of acquittal," said
Lorhner. "Let the verdict dectde
that." , .
. Friends of Lorlmor say that he
seeks only vindication In the trial.
Delegates From Over the
State Will Meet fa Grants
Pass Friday for Serica to
CoYerPericd cf Three Days
This evening the vanguard of dele
gates from various parts of the state
will begin to arrive for the twenty-
fifth annual convention of the Ore
gon Christian Endeavor union, which
for three days will have possession
of the Presbyterian church, the con
vention headquarters. The dele-'
gates will find the church beautifully
decorated with pennants and festoons
of the state and national colors, the
C. E. insignia in the store windows
and a hearty welcome In the hearts
of the people.
The program Is now practically
complete, and omitting business and
routine work, the high lights of the
sessions will be as follows:
' Friday Afternoon
Devotional services, led by Dr.
W. P. White.
Vocal duet. Miss Genevieve
Pattillo , and Mrs. Louise
County, and district confer-
ence.'v-'"-"'!,'i ''Vi'''; ' '
; V Friday Evening
Song service, led by Jas Mc
Vocal solo, Mrs. Bert Barnes.
Addresses of welcome by
Chairman W. M. Trimble and
Response by State President
E. E. Felke.
Opening address, "Efficiency,"
Rev. C. T. Hurd.
9:45. Campfire meeting, in charge
of State Secretary H. H. Rott
mann. Saturday Morning
8:30. Devotional services, led by Dr.
Conferences, led by H. H.
Rottman", E. E. Felke, Paul'
Brown, and I. R. Carrlck.
Street meeting at noon.
Devotional services, led by Dr.
Vocal solo, Mrs. Francis
Fauvre. - :
Discussion ot problems before
the city and country societies,
led by Paul Brown and H. H.
Adjourn for recreation and
Banquet at Hotel Oxford tor
delegates and members of the
young people's union, with
Rev. C. T. Hurd toastmaater.
Song service at the churoh.
Vocal selection by High School
Address, "Efficient Soul
Winners," Paul Brown. '
Campfire meeting, led by H.
Sunrise prayer meeting.
Regular Sunday school and
3:45. Song service.
Anthem by double quartette.
Address, "The Call tor Lead
ers," Paul Brown.
Union young people's meeting.
Union church services, with
Paul Drown and Rev. O. T.
Hurd in the pulpit.
Vocal solo by Mrs. A. N. Par
sons. In the absence of Harold Humbert,
who at a late hour found it Impos
sible to keep the engagement, the
young people have secured Jas. Mc
Callttm, ot Eugene, who will direct
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