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    DAILY EDITION
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'VOL. VII., No, las.
(.HANTS PASS, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1917
WHOLE OTMBEB 1977.
Other Town in the World the Size 'of . Grants, Pass Has a Paper With Full Leased Wire Telegraph Service.' "
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BERNSTORFF
SAILED TODAY
FOR GERMANY
LINER FREDERICK VIII LEAVES
NEW VOIUC WITH PAKTV KENT
HOME II Y THK I. H.
A BRITISH STEJLMER FOLLOWS
Seem Kervloe Officials and ISO lep
lies Guard Teutons TUI They
An mi Ship Board
Now York. Feb. 14. The liner
Frederick VIII, eouDt von Bsrnstorff
and hi party lied for Berlin at
4:15 p. m..
The Frederick VIII passed the bat
tery shortly After 5 o'clock and SO
minutes later the Urlttah ateamer
Upland, loaded with munitions and
understood o carry aereral Amerl
vane among her paaaeniieri, ft earned
out almoat In the Frederick's wake.
The Upland left her pier , unan
nounced and slipped down the bay
clone after the departing Germane.
New York. Feb. 14. Under henry
guard of United SUtea secret servles
men, 160 deputlee of the cuatonu
house neutrality equad, and Hoboken
police, Count von Bernslorlf, depart
log Oermea ambassador, and hla aulte
, arrived la.lioboken early today from
Washington. "
The party waa Immediately escort
ed to the pier of. the liner Frederick
VIM and went aboard the ahlp. At 1
o'clock thla afternoon the liner will
head down the bay and the last, for
mal atep In the break of diplomatic
relations between thla country and
Germany will be complete.
The German envoy and the German
conaula from various parts of the
country, together with other Teutonic
diplomatic representatives, will be en
route back to Berlin.
' Von Bernetorff waa accompanied by
176 members of the German diplo
matic oorpa In the United States. Oc
cupying the Pullman coach "Man
hattan," were the count, Madam von
Bornstorff and Prince and Prinoess
van Hatsfeldt. Their train pulled In
to the station at Newark at 7 a. m.
Switched from the Pennsylvania
tracks to the Jersey Central, the train
, of three cm and a baagsge car, waa
tukoii to Weehawken. There , the
train was switched to a freight track
n lid taken down the shore of the Hud
eon river to Hoboken, where It slop
ped at 7:80, at Thirteenth and Hud
son streets, three blocks from the
Dior. ,
Swarming up to the train reporters
and photographers waited while
Prlnoe llatxfoldt emorged from the
car and waa closely followed by Count
von Bornstorff. The cameras began
to click. : . ..
"Take off your hat," a photograph
er requested. ,
Bornstorff removed the soft fedora,
But It still was not satisfactory.
"Put It back on,", yelled another.
The count did.
An the photographora rinldiert, a
moving picture operator dashed, up
breathlessly. i
"Count," he said, "I did not get
you. Would you take off your hat
agalnf"
Bornstorff smiled and obligingly re
moved the hat again. . He. posed In
pit of objections from his wife,
while the movie film made Us his
torical record.
"You'll take cold," Madam Bern
storff an American woman object
ed and she turned up the collar of
his coat.
Reporters clamored for'n Inter
view, but Bnrnstorff, still smiling,
waved them away,
"I have nothing to say; I am a
private cltfken," he said, i
Prince Hatnfeldt was the Aral mem
bar of the party to start (or the liner.
(Continued on Page I)
Hffi n diver sinks GETS ;
FIMOPEIO iM AMCDIPAM OPUflflMCD lsPP 2 flfflORAL.
IW Mile looj; HtriMlure OotuMct
lng the Hut of Washington and
Oregua Ready fur Traffic
Vancouver, Wash., Feb. 14.
While a aunon boomed from the
Washington shore and a band played
"The Star Spangled Banner." two
little girls today opened the $1,760,'
000 four-mils Inter-state bridge,
spanning the Columbia river between
Vancouver and Multnomah county,
Oregon.. s
The children, Eleanor Holmen. 10.
aod Mary K. Hlggens, 8, pulled rib
bons attached to a rope across the
central span. Aa they tugged, the
rope parted and the bridge was ooen
Street oars and automobiles cros
sed immediately after the rope cere
monies. Twenty-flve deputies con
trolled the crowds. Following a pro
cession to Vsncouver park, wlch a
company of regulars In line, there
were speeches by Oovernor Withy
combe of Oregon, Governor Lister of
Washington, the mayors of Portland
and Vancouver, and about twenty
others.
AM8KMBUC BIO GUNS
AT NEW YORK NAVY YARD
Washington. Feb. 14. Naval nuns
of various siaes sow toelni assembled
at the New York navy yard, are to
ne used on auxiliary and scout cruis
ers, and on any vessels of that type
which may be converted to war's ai
la the event of necessity, It was aay
oeuurod at the navy department to
day.
The department explained the as
sembling of the naval guns Is "purely
a precautionary measure." i
it waa insisted the guns are not
for use on American merchant ahlps
as defensive armament
CONFIRM REPORT OP
FIGHT WITH ItAIDER
Ruenoa Aires, Fefl. 14. Wireless
messages received today from Fer
nando de Nbrnnha, confirm reuorta
of an engagement between a German
raider and British cruisers, but shed
no light on the outcome.
T
IS
New York, Feb. 14 The critical
freight situation caused by the tie-
up of shipping on the Atlantic aea
Iboard waa emphasised today when the
Delaware ft Lackawanna railroad an
nounced an embargo on all shipments
west of Buffalo.
At the railroad offices It waa aald
the Uckawanna waa believed to the
practically the only line open to the
west before the embargo was Issued
It becomes effective st mldnlaht to
night.
Stoppage of shipments routed west
was necessary, owing to embarn-oea
ithat have been declared by connecting
lines in that territory, It was said.
There are 1,100 Uckawanna
freight oars held up In Buffalo today
It waa statod at the offices,
OREGON AND WASHINGTON .
GUARDSMEN IN PORTLAND
Portland, Feb. 14. "Johnny Came
Marching Home," again today to
Portland. Troop trains brlntip,j Ore
gon and Washington guardimoa from
the border arrived at the union sta
tion before I a, m. Mayor Albeo,
a police band, and doiena nf nmllv
girls with Ibaskets of sandwiches were
on hand to welcome "the boys."
Ths trains carried' 800 men. In
cluding troop A. and battery A. of
Oregon. They have, been snoamnea
near Caleklco for elaht months. After
an hour's stay here, the cars moved
on to Vancouver barracks, where the
men are . to mustered out tv nn.
tsln Coburn'bf Seattle.
SITUATION
CRITICAL
uiii iiiiiii ii iiiii li1 ii in ii i
mi nifiLiiiunn uuiiuuMLii
Lcsber Laden Craft Is Destroyed fa jit Mediterraseaa
aea, est the Crew cf Tea Perssss Is Reported
to Hate Beta Safely Laded
Washington,, Feb. 14. The Am-
erlcan sailing schooner Ionian St,
Uw. lumber laden, from Stockton,
Mains, has been sunk by a. Aus-
...
Irian submarine in the Medlterran-
ean, out ner crew nas neen landed.
This information waa conveyed to
the state department this afternoon
In messages from Consul Thesdwsy
at Rome. A part of the department's
Information waa suppressed here.
In the light of Austria's endorse-
utent of Germany's submarine cam-
Palm, the incident serves to sccen -
tuate the belief that a break In re-
lationa-wit Austria may be lnv- masted American sailing-vessel Ly
table, though full facts are not In, ! man M. Uw. owned bv the Maritime
and' the department indicated thla
afternoon for the first time thai Aus -
trie's endorsement of Oermnny's post -
tioa does not necessarily make her
ease and Germany's the same. ' - ,
Aa Austrian submarine without a
flag sank the boat.' according to the
stats department's Information. The
ill
i c wii razKiiiiii
FLAX Ifl THE GRANTS PASS DISTRICT
A new Industry , may spring up In
the Grants Pass district through the
Instrumentality of the sugar company
Ths growing of New Zealand flax is
to be experimented wttn In Oregon,
and Qrsnts Pass has been selected
aa the seat of the experimept The
following, which waa contained In
the Evening Telegram of Tuesday,
written by U B. Uasketel. telle the
story of more development and of
another recognition of the superior
ity of the Rogue river valley:
"Unless all plans fall, Oregon Is to
have a new Irdustry, which, In the
course of time should bs one of im
portance. It la nothing more nor less
tfhan the growing of what Is known
aa New Zealand Pax. This Is entirely
different, from the linseed flsx grown.
In Marlon county and which Is backed
by the stste. That flax la used tor
making thread while the New Zea
land flax Is used In the manufacture
of twine and rope.
"Already an order for a sufficient
quantity of seed hss been sent to
New Zealand by John Hall, of this
city, for the planting of at least two
acres. The Oregon-Utah Guxar com
pany of Grants Pass, Is Interested in
the echeme, and the seed will be
planted on acreage at Grants Pass.
"The particular beauty of this New
Zealand flax m that Us fiber is tough.
It Is hard to break even one of the
small stranda and It grows to a con
siderable length. Swamp land la said
to be especially adapted to growing It
and In five years the plant attains a
height of 10 to II feet. It Is then cut
and a new crop springs up from the
old roots, requiring three years to
mature. '
'In New Zealand It grows both wild
and on cultivated land, There It Is
not only used for maklna- twine and
rope, but la being experimented with
at the present time for making sacks.
to replace jute. It Is believed It will
ne round a complete success In thls'h
respect. It Is worth $250 a ton In'
England and yield, approximately 10
"'H, Alius ,b lliunu
to bring the grower 15,000 an aore, j
anytning but a measly return. Ust
year England Imoorted J8.08i tons
of this flax and . the United . States
. uo ions.
"The Idea of experimenting with
vessel was set on fire by a bomb.
The official message shows that Am-
, M 6or r were landed safe-
i luivruMuivu iruiu Ktonu sources.
CoMnl Treldw p.-.. b. A u
, follows:
I "Miniatrr nf Uirin rn.ii m
' afternoon following from Malta:
i Ut. 38 north. II mlns. lonxitude.
east Oreenwlch seven degrees, 68
I mlns., American four-masted sailing
vessel i.rmin m iw in nm- m
trace of crew.'
j "Annihar ma mm r..ii.i
on the thirteenth, said the four-
Transportation company, 1,100 tons,
1 at 9 o'clock the 1 tth at fir. i
' bombs 70 miles west-soathwest Cape
Shartlmento by Austrian submarine
with no flag. ; Coming from Stock-
ton. Maine, directed Paiormn
to lumber. Crew to Mium mvi
In two boats."
the New Zealand flax originated with
Harry O. Beckwtth. ' rtce-Breaideat
and treasurer of the Fred A. Jacobs
company. Mr. Beck with Is Interested
among other things, in shipping sad
whlls searching about for a return
cargo for bottoms, bit upon the plan
of Importing flax. A careful investi
gation followed and it was 'found by
Mr. Beckwlth that the flax was trow
ing wild in New Zealand, in swamp
land, totally without cultivation.
Further search elicited the informa
tion that the flax would be excellent
for making sacks and then Mr. Beck
wlth hit upon a plan of experiment
ing In Oregon.
" The climate In the valley around
Grants Pass Is very similar to that in
New Zealand.' said Me. Becawlth
and because of the value of the flax
for making aacka, It struck me aa a
good thing to experiment with. The
Oregon-Utah Sugar company has a
plant In operation at Grants Pass
and It needs sacks. 8ome seed was
sent for and this will be planted.
Part of It will go Into Irrigated soil
and ths part In non-irrigated. Some
or it will be given care and the re
mainder will be allowed to grow
wild, In New Zealand it has teen
given no attention, but I believe
where it is MmTvated It will be found
to thrive and give larger returns then
other wise would be the case. It is
said the flax will grow beat on land
that will raise corn. We exuect the
seed any day and It will be planted
as soon as it arrives, The results will
be awaited With Interest.' "
TO
1 UNITED STATES
Dallas, Texas, Feb. 14. "In case
irniari at.-, .n n.n,.-
. . . ,
to War' Japan wou,d UM U.nM
naval and military nower to heln the
- -
United 8tatee."
Thla was the declaration today or
Y. Nanhima Wri nf mii ill A Onm.
panr, known as the "House of Morgan
of Japan " end the fc arrest financial
Institution In the orient.
Revolexkmlsts Am Said to Nauafcer
From 1,000 to 4,000 and Amy
EnltstmeBts Are Bought
Havana. Feb. 14. Seriousness of
ths uprising brought about through
ths bi-electioa in Santa Clara prov
ince, was apparent today when var
ious well authenticated reports plac
ed the number of rebels at from ons
to four thousand. President Meno-
cal Issned. formal call for : three
months enlistment in the army, seek
ing forces with wbioh to subdue the
rebels.' , .
Havana Itself Is practically under
martial tew, a house to house search
being in progress to seise arms and
arrest . mutineers. Telephone and
telegraph lines have been taken over.
President Menocal's yacht. nastUr re
fitted with guns, left the harbor to
day. ... . x. -
It was announced that the United
States government had agreed to
comply with Cuba's request for the
purchase in America of 10,000 rifles
and five million rounds of ammuni
tion..:
The bl-electlons la 8anta Clara
irovlDce will practically decide the
presidential choice, the previous bal
loting In November baring been In
conclusive. They are scheduled for
today the government officials in-
sistM they would be held as planned,
despite oil efforts of the mutineers
to postpone them.
Government tmntM K. . vj nm.
eroT'1as4es Vth'the rebels in tat
ions provinces. The most Important
of these wss In Santa Clara province,
where two of 150 or more rebels were
shot down, the mutineers put to flight
and a quantity of supplies: munitions
and horses captured.
A sovernment atatemitnt nnulitMt
a "peaceful election in Santa Cflara."
The general situation continues
practically the same," the statement
. "No mill has eeased work and
In no case hare the officials been
sdvlsed that the malcontents have
done damage to property. Whenever
the opposing bands have made a stand
they have oeen put to flight and scat
tered by the rurales. There is com
plete quiet in Pinar del Rio. Havana
land Matansaa." ..
SEND GEM DIVERS
10 PMMJ
Berne, via Paris. Feb. 14. Ger
many is prepared to send submarines
into American waters, especially to
the region of the Panama canal. ,
The possibility of America enter
ing the war has been carefully con
sidered by German, officials but
nevertheless they expect to have the
entente at their mercy within six
months, regardless of American de
velopments. Meanwhile, the Germans are pre
pared to launch gtgantlo offensives
on land, In the air, and with torpedo
boat fleets in addition to the sab
marine campaign. , -
They are confident the submar
ines will paralyse the war industries
of the allies. . ' , .
Germany is stronger today in a
military sense than at any time
since the war began.
Because of the isolation of Am
erica, Germany does not believe that
American participation In the war
would have any real effect.
NO WAR FOR UNITED STATES
BAYS CHILEAN MINISTER
Seattle, Feb. 14. Francisco VIs-
cuna, Chilean minister to Japan, stop
ping in Seattle en route to his post
In the orient, says the United States
will not he drawn Into the war.
"I am frank to admit," he said,
"that we of the south approve Pres
ident Wilson's stand. We dont want
war."
COLLEGE VOTES
SENATB AND SUPREME ' OOCBT
WITNESS OFFICIAL COUNT OF
STATE BALLOTS
Ccastlf ttustal ProvUosi la Followed
Is Declared
B-Elected
Washington, Feb. " 14. Wood row
Wilson was today officially pronoun
ced re-el eoted president of the United
States by a majority of II votes la
the eiectorial college. The official
vote was: Wilson 177; Hughes. 264.
It wss counted In the presence of
the assembled senate and house of.
representatives and the robed jnsW
Uees of the supreme court. The final
count was made aa provided by the
constitution. ' r
Vice-President Marshal. Installed
in Speaker Clark's chair, as presid
ing officer, witnessed the cer-tmonf
which carries him into a se-onj term.
It was the fifth time In his ton a.
vice-president has been re-e!med.
Senators Kent and Clapp and Rep
resentatives Maoes aad Rueker were
the: offlefcL tellers.".
1 IBM EM
GET III F.1ESTS
Copenhagen, Feb. 14. The Dan-
lah, Norwegian and Swedish govern
ments have forwarded tk central
powers Identic ; notes protesting
against "ths barrage of certain sea
sones," according to official Informa
tion today.
The note recalls on previous occa
sions there have been formal under
standings by the signatory govern
ments stating violations of the rights
of neutrals.
The Scandinavian note, in conclu
sion, declares the central . powers'
measure "all the more contrary to in
ternational law. if. as indicated, they
are to he applied indiscriminately.
even against ships voyaging between
neutral ports."
The Scandinavian note emphasltea
that on the present occasion the sig
natory governments are all the more
compelled to adhere to their previous
position, "inasmuch as the obstacles
to neatral navieatlnn am ui m
considerably larger scale of gravity.
this government's anxiety." the
note continued, "has been Increased
because the danger sones are to be
guarded exclusively by submarines.
subjects aa already demonstrated."
Denial Is registered of the rixht of
belligerents to obstruct peaceful nav-
nlln. IH - .1. ..1 .
" w w.uw.vu M .UVil m
distance from the enemy coasts. These
coasts, it is held, are subject only
to a legitimate blockade. " V.
Relying on the considerations set
forth above," the note closes: '
"The governments formally nro-
ivsi agaiimi arrangements aaoptea By
tin MHImI hn..M mm A 4L. 1 u .
" " K " v, .uu tuv ,uvo ui uim
and material damage which will en
sue." , .
CUBAN GOVERNMENT GETS
MTNrriONS FROM V. S.
Washington. Feb. 14. Sale of twn
million rounds of ammunition and
ten thousand rifles to the Cuban gov
ernment was authorised this after
noon by the war department. '
N. F. Maoduff Is spending a few
days at West fork looking . after
some work being done en the trails
in that rldnlty. .