Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 19??-1918, March 14, 1917, DAILY EDITION, Image 1

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VOI.. VII., No. 141.
Country I llctiig Laid Waal aa the
flfmnu Retire Before the
Ailvsm-lng Itrillnh
By Wllllim Philip 81 m nn
With the Ilrltlah Armies In Frame.
Ayrll 14, Rspauma seems doomed.
K th citadel which Hlndenburg ha
called "another Gibraltar -dooi not
fall before the end of the week, It
I because the British plan have
len laid otherwlae,
It would not surprising It the
Ylermsn retirement aitread over far
neater territory. Meanwhile the
country la being laid bare at It pro-
Grevlllera and Achlet le Petit are
now directly menaced. The ramoui
Lou part wood waa given up by the
tierman without a., struggle. . The
Brltlah are now before the Bspsnme
line. After thla there la an open un
dulating country bark to the German
defense line a country on which the
Qtraaai have long forced civilian to
The German' claim of 127 prison
rt In two raid aouth of Tprei, In the
region of Wytschaete recently la a
urtons exaggeration. Upon request
of the United Pre staff rorrespon
ilent the official report of these raid
-waa dug out. It allowed only 17 men
minting on the day In queatlon. It
-waa obvloualy Impottlble for the Ger
. man to have captured 117 on that
fllmms' article wa evidently writ
ten prior to iMiianre of the official
Hrltlnh itatement lait night, which
detail the occupation of Orevlllert.
61mm mention thla city a being
"menaced." The official report alao
mentioned the capture of Loupart
-wood. -
' Washington, Mar. 14. President
Wilson's mcsBsge to the Sixty-fifth
congress, called In extraordinary ses
sion April 10, will be sharply mili
tant. .Defense meHKitrra such as the coun
try h not been called upon to furn
ish since the Spanish-American war,
will be urged by the president for
Immediate consideration and prompt
' These are expected to Include:
legislation covering all matter
collateral with the defenie of the
American merchant marine,
' Suggestion for action on some
form of universal service or train
ing to prepare the American' youth
for service on land and sett, If called
npon. -
; Appropriation for the army,
Conservation measure which will
reloase for Immediate use the min
eral and (ill reserves now locked up
In public land.
Universal training promise to be
the biggest question facing oongres.
President WlUon nd 8eoretary
tinker, have sent out an appeal for
thoughtful publlo opjnlon upon th
Meed and wishes of the country" on
JCoatlnuea oajfag I)
-o Other Town in the World
ProfriMor Frank Tmum-Iu. of Marvnnl
College, In Appointed Head of
the Ortpmlaailwn
Washington Mar. 14. President
Wilton ba (elected member of tb
new tariff board aa follow:
'Professor Prank Taussig, who will
act a chairman; W. 8. Culberson,
Kaneai; William Kent, Independent.
California; David J. Lewis, 'Mary
land; K. P. Costlgsn, Denver, and
Daniel Roper, of ftouth Carolina,
formerly with the postofflce depart
ment. Roper I a democrat and prevlou
iff the tail election, when he did ac
tive work on tbe national campaign
committee, wa under Poitmaiter
General Burleson. Ciilbenon I a
republican:, Lewis a-democrat and
Coallgsn, a progreMlve.
Tasslg ha held the elialr of po
litical eoonomy at Harvard. '
Kent I a progressive-democrat,
who uipported the president at the
last election. Culberson has been In
the legal department of the federal
trade commission and la considered
expert In tariff matter.
Costlgan I recognised as the lead
er of the progresilve party In Colo
rado. He wa originally a republi
can, but In ,1113 and again In 1114
was the progressive candidate or
governor! .;-
President Wilson sent the nomina
tions to the senate today. The fact
that two are Independents, two dem
ocrats, one republican and one pro
gressive, gives the commission a com
plexion regarded a very elastic on
the tariff queatlon.
New York. Mar. 14. The railroad
manager' committee and th rail
way brotherhood chlefa held separate
meeting In New York this afternoon
preparatory to the Joint conference
I'l he held Thursday which may pre
cipitate the nation-wide railroad
strike to be started In the eaat Sat
In neither camp waa there anv In
dlcatlon of Intent to yield the
brotherhood standing pat on - de
mand for operation of the Adamson
tight-hour law and the employers re
.'using to act until the sttnromo court
rmu'er It decision on' thi law.
At railroad headquarters, where It
w"s reported the manager were.
formulating their program, It wa
said they might have a statement
later In the day.
The brotherhood chlefa met In a
hall on the lower east ilde with
chairman of their organisations on
eastern roads. The nineteen railroad
managers, representing 250 railroad,
met In the Grind Central terminal
building. N
.Rllsha Lee, chairman of the rail
road4 committee, said he was al
way "hopeful for a settlement," but
the railway head were understood to
be drawing a blunt refusal of the
trainmen' demand.
Circulated question of brother
hood leaden to the effect that tf
the publlo I opposed to a strike,
iPresldent Wilson should seise the
rotd and put the federal eight-hour
law Into operation, were the bail o
law Into operation, were theibasl of
charges by their opponent that the
strike leaden hope to force govern
ment ownership. ' .
Chicago, Mar. 14. Strike orders
received by brotherhood officials to
day, which are to go Into effect at
4 p. oi.) j Saturday In case supple
the Size of Grants Pass it as
No Warcisg cf Attack Was
Crew cf the Dossed Vessel Was Refesed,
Though All Members Were Saved
London, Mar. 14. The Ameri
can iteamer Algonquin fell victffa on
Monday to the German ruthless sub
marine warfare. All of ber crew of
27 were saved, according to official
advice received by the American
embassy from the American Consul
at the port where they were landed.
The Algonquin waa attacked
without warning by shell Are fromic,r.0 estimated at about 1700.000,
the Ujoat. After her crew had
en to trie ie noat. the German com-
mander sent
deiacnment or ma,
men aboard the Algonquin. They
set bombs which sank the ship.
Reports here Indicate that the sub
marine refused assistance to the Al
gonquin's erejv after they had taken
to the boata. -
New York. March 14. Th Amert-
can dot line, owd.ii oi uie uomar-
, , , . i
Ined American iteamer Algonquin.
today received the following cable
gram from Captain Nordberg:
"U boat submarined Algonquin,
March 12, all saved."
The Algonquin wa not armed, the
Anivncsn oiar una giaici. uinn oi-
Rclals said there were 23 men in the
crew, all Americana.
The Algonquin w formerly In
lake traffic and wa put In trans-Atlantic
service when the demand for
bottom became ao acute that many
lake ships were "bought for such ser
Lloyd's lists the Algonquin regis
tered at Port Arthur, Canada, as a.
ateel screw, three masted steamer of'
1.802' tons.. She waa built h 1888
at Glasgow and was formerly owned
by A. B. McKay.
When she was tranaferred to the
American Star Una she waa put un
der American registry and flew the
American flag. The Clyde line has
a steamer of the same name, but she
Is not engaged In the trans-Attanttc
The aubmarlned steamer was 246
feet long, with a beam of 40 feet.
The Algonquin wa placed under
Washington, Mar 14. The sink
ing of th American ship Algonquin,
unwarned, by a aubmarlne, confirm
ed today the expressed administra
tion belief that Germany would csrry
her rilthlessneu Into American ship
ping, but for the moment did not
alter the general situation.
Armed ships will venture forth,
and tor the time being, at least, will
constitute America's defense against
Germany'! sea methods.
Th sinking 'convinced authorities
that they have nothing to hope for
In the way of modified procedure on
Germany's part.
The Algonquin sailed from New
York unarmed when the American
ship Rochester started. Her arrival
abroad had never been reported.
The itat department had no of
ficial word of the torpedoing up to
mid-forenoon. '
While there wa general sgiee
mont that tha Algonquin case does
not mean war at present, state de
partment official regarded the case
in ..m-i i. w 1-in.wn i
a Newspaper With Full Leased Wire Telegraph Service
Cirea id Assistance to tie
American registry In December last
by the American Star line of which
John D. Stephanad, the actual owner.
Is a director. Tbe ship wa Insured
for her full rain.
Officers of the line said today that
the consignment from Swift lb Co..
alone wa valued at $800,000 and
I that In addition there wa general
tak-!nukng the toUl c,rg0 rajBe tbont
$1,500,000. The hlp was values at
tino.000. The chief ensrlneer of the
Algonquin was F. Schultxe, a native
of Germany, but a naturalised Amer
ican, Most of the members of the
crew. It wa Mid, -were naturalized
cltlsens. The line stated positively
i that there were only 2$ persons on
board, despite the fact that In forms-
(ion from London gave the number
Raved a 27.
The official of the line were con
gratulating themselves upon the safe
arrival of the Fordonla at Genoa
from Mobile at the moment, when
thftv received the. rahleiram from
r.Df,,- NonK,r. MMirl.. th. in.
vi vun niBjv!utHi
The Algonquin had In her cargo
I""""' m"9
liondon. In addition, she carried
large quantities of oil cake, corn
syrup, chemical, drug, machinery
and iheet brass. Miscellaneous car
go also was listed on her manifest
In considerable quantities.
Yesterday, according to -a brother
of Stephanad, a New York attorney,
Inquiry was made of a lawyer regard
ing the propriety of arming the Al
gonquin In a British port. Tbe ans
wer wa expected today.
The submarine opened tire from a
point three, mile distant from the
Alognquln and fired twenty ahell at
the first fusillade. When appealed
to, the aubmarlne' commander re
fused the request of the survivors to
tow the life boata and, departing,
left the Algonquin's crew to' Its fata
in the boata.
a extremely serious and tending
to show that Germany I making her
acta conform with her threat.
The general views, however, were
that despite the overt character of
the case this government, tor the
present, Is taking all the steps it
can through Its ship arming policy.
Affidavits from member of the
crew of the Norwegian iteamer Stor
stadi calbled to the state department
today, confirmed previous reports
thai Germany disregarded the Bel
gian relief flag when she lank the
vessel without warning.
Gorman submarines ire pursuing
new tactics, operating at night mote
than In the day, according i- g wn
ment Information hsvo todny.
Chicago, Mar. 14. Five hundred
lumber teamsters wen,t on strike here
today. Virtually every wrecking firm
In -he city is affected. The men ask
a witg Increase.
14, 1017
Two Pacific ttoawt Companies Sab
mlt PmpoNltton for Count ruction
of Warship
Washington,' ,Mar. 14. Bids rang
ing from $5,950,000 to $0,120,000
each for the alx newly authorized
scout cruisers, were opened at the
navy department today.' .
Cramps shipyards, Philadelphia, of
fered to construct two scout cruis
ers of 90,000 horsepower for $5,950,
000 each . for delivery, one in $0
months and the other la 32 months.
For one of the cruisers they de
manded $6,120,000 for delivery in
30 month.
Tbe Seattle Construction V Dry
Dock company offered to constrnct
a scout cruiser of 90,000 horsepower
in thirty months tor $(,976,000.
The Seattle company' offer : of
thirty months was predicated on abil
ity to obtain necessary- materials In
"reasonable tlmo." -"
The Fore Hirer Ship corporation
of Quincy, Maas., offered' to build
two scout cruisers of 90,000 horse
power In thirty and thirty-one months
for $5,996,000 each. They asked the
co-operation of the department : in
providing materials. -' ' .
The Union Iron Works of San Fran
cisco bid $6,000,000, the limit of cost,
each for two vessels for delivery 'in
30 and 31 months. ' '
" Higher wage and excessive freight
charges to the Pacific coast were ad'
vanced aa factors In the high bid. The
bidder also demanded the co-opera'
tion of the department in purchasing
of material.
This wa the third attempt of the
navy department' to place contracts
for tho new cruisers. -
At the failure of the tint two bid.
congress raised the limit of cost.
Washington, March 14. Ambassa
dor Gerard reached end of his sev
en thousand mile Journey from Ber
lin to Washington at 1:16 thia after
noon. Gerard and his party were
met at the station here by a large
crowd of spectators, friends and gov
ernment officials and newspaper men.
Gerard waa In happy spirits, as
was every member of hla party. He
and Mrs. Gerard gaily waved their
hands at the throngs, bowed at the
enfilading moving picture machine
men and Joined In the cheering.
Immediately upon arrival Gerard
was given a memorandum from the
White House, suggesting that he con
tinue to make no comment whatever
on the German situation until after
he had transmitted his full report to
the state department and President
Wilson. ..'.-.
Gerard was as closely guarded as
the president when he alighted from
the train at Union station, a large
number of secret service operatives
being on hand to accompany him
during his stay in Washington.
Counsellor Polk of the state de
partment and a number of friends
were in the crowd which met the
Gerard reiterated his million-time
repeated phrase: "I've kept talkless
for seven thousand miles, so I'll have
to keep It up for a little while lon
ger." He Went direct from the station
to the (fhoreham hotel.
Ambassador Gerard ald that he
might have, something to say later
this afternoon. He gate no Indica
tion what thla might be.
At 1 o'clock Oerard cam down
29 DS ill OSED
Oriental Nation Follows Led of V.
S. in Berertaf Mplonsatic Rebv
tkm with Central Power -,
Washington. Mar. 14. Diplomatic
relations beiween China , and Ger
many -were broken by China, today,
according to. an official message to
the nary department. ; . . '; f
The Chinese government has seis
ed all German ' merchant vessels, ,
about six la number, la shanghai har
bor' and tbe crew have been sent
ashore. Armed guards hare beea
placed aboard, the vesela. , . ,i :
The message came from the senior
naval commander in Chinese waters.
It follows: '
"China severed diplomatic rela
tions with .Germany today wad ha'
seised all German merchant vessels
which were lying la the port of
Shanghai, about all la number, and
has sent all crews ashore and placed
armed guards on board all reasels."
Chicago, Mar. 14. There will b
no reduction la the retail price' of
sugar until after the war is over,
according to Truman G. Palmer,
president of th United States Sugar
Manufacturers' association, at th an
nual 'conference her today. ,
The Chicago Industry Is now at tha
height of its prosperity, Palmer said.
'The supply la being taken np by th
entente allies as soea as it can b
produced.-' '
Manufacturers were urged to pre
pare themselves for the slump that
was bound to follow the war. More
than 824,000 tona of beet sugar was
produced In th United State laat
from his room la th Shoreham to
bar luncheon and issued th follow
ing statement: '
"Gentlemen, of course you reads
the delicacy of my position. What
ever Information I have In my pos
session with reference to th Inter
national situation will foe transmitted
to the government. It would be
most unwise for me publicly to dis
cuss any phase of It."
While talking with th Newspaper
men briefly, Gerard hung tightly to
his "sacred satchel." a little btack af
fair, which hung over hi shoulder.
When the Interview ended, he per
sonally put th satchel Into th hotel
vault, not letting It get out of hla
sight until the big ateel door had
What the aatchel contalna continu
ed a mystery which Oerard will aolv
for Secretary Laming thl afteraooa.
Gerard (pent part of th afteraooa
denying false reports. On of the
was that soma papers had been stolen
from him. , . . ,
"No papers were stolen," he Mid.
','Ther ws a German who followed
mt around until I got tired of It and
followed him down tbe street. Then