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together by advertising in the Press.
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thing to Bell and says so.
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ATHESTA, UMATILLA COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1915.
HENRY CLAY FRICK'S $4,000,000 HOME
A palace such as any oriental potentate would envy Is the $4,000,000 house In New York which has Just bsea
completed by Henry Clay Frlck, the coke man of Pittsburgh, who Is to make his permanent home there. The palace,
which will be occupied by Mr. Frlck and his daughter, stands on the ground formerly occupied by the Lenox library.
MISUSE OF FLAG
Stir Caused in Washington by
Inquiry by Ambassador Page Is
Ordered and Protests Are
Likely to Follow.
Washington, D. C President Wil
son Monday sent for Counsellor Lans
ing, of the State department, and dis
cussed with him for half an hour steps
that this government will take to pro
tect the American flag from further
misuse by belligerent ships.
It is understood the President is
greatly chagrined at the action of Cap
tain Dow, of the Lusitania, in run
ning the Stars and Stripes up on his
vessel to protect her from German
As a result of the White House con
ference, Counsellor Lansing has in
structed Ambassador Page at London
to cable a full report of the Lusitania
incident and also to investigate thor
oughly reports that the American flag
is being used by British vessels when
ever their captains deem it expedient
to attempt to bide the identity of their
It is said that the President may
protest to the British government
against the practice. . . ,
There was considerable conflict of
opinion between authorities on inter
national law concerning the extent to
which the administration can go to en
force its demand that the flag shall not
be used by vessels of belligerents. The
fact that, all available precedents,
quoted from statements made by former
American Secretaries of State, admit
in effect that this government is vir
tually powerless to stop the use of the
flag by foreign-owned ships, put the
administration leaders in a quandary.
Although -it was admitted in official
circles that the government might be
powerless to stop the use of the flag in
isolated cases, it was generally con
ceded that a protest would be properly
lodged with Great Britain if Ambas
sador Page's report Indicated that
British captains are acting in concert
with the admiralty in making such use
of the flag.
Wheat Prices Are
Doubled by War
Chicago In the six months since
the war began the price of wheat has
about doubled on the Chicago Board of
Trade. The new point for cash grain '
last summer was around 87 cents. In
the last week the price has varied be
tween 11.65 and $1.70.
Not all the wheat has brought the
top price. Millions of bushels were
(hipped to Europe months ago.'more
millions were ground into flour, and
that process has gone steadily on while
the price of the grain has moved up
Still there are many millions of
bushels left and wheat in the bin today
is worth almost twice what it was six
Bill Restraint Smoker.
Boston An effort to revive an an
eient "blue law" abolishing smoking
in public will be made at the state
house before the committee on legal
affair. . The committee will consider
a bill which provides that it shall be
'unlawful to smoke tobacco or any other
substance in any form on streets or
sidewalks or in waiting rooms, parks,
playgrounds or any part of a hotel open
to the public or on the common pans of
public conveyance. A fine of not less
than f 25 and imprisonment for not less
than 10 days is mentioned.
Bread Advance Ordered.
Seattle, Wash. Bread will cost 6
and 12 cents a loaf In Seattle after
February 10, Decision to raise the
price was made unanimously by the
master baker here. With flour al
ready $8 barrel and threatening to
go to $9, no other action was possible,
according to the bakers, and they say
another rise when flour goes up again
is not unlikely. The wholesale price
of the bread is to be raised from S.57
cents loaf to 5 cents.
months ago. The rise from 87 cents
has enriched a great many.
Who has made all the money?
The best informed men at the board
of trade say the American farmer has
reaped the richest profit. Some of the
farmers assert that the "gamblers at
the board of trade" have benefitted
most and there are wild stories afloat
about fabulous winnings of a lot of
Wall-street speculators who have been
active in the Chicago market.
It is true that both Wall-street and
the board of trade have made money
out of the rise in the price of wheat.
In the aggregate the farmer's profits
are believed to have far outrun all that
the speculators have made. For the
farmers have lost nothing by the ad
vance and many speculators have.
Some of the biggest traders were
frightened from the market before the
wheat passed $1.50 a bushel and they
failed to get the real cream of the
James A. Patten says he has had no
wheat since the price left $1.40, but
he had a lot before it got there and his
profits have been estimated from
$260,000 to $1,000,000.
Suspected in Washington
Washington, D. C Official Wash
ington is still puzzled over the forma
tion here recently of a National German-American
league, which has let it
be known that its political influence
will be felt from now on, particularly
at the approaching Presidential contest
in the 1916 campaign.
The league was called together by
Representative Bartholdt, a St. Louis
member of the house, and it held an
all-day session behind closed doors.
After the meeting it was announced
that the league would hereafter work
to "re-establish a genuine American
neutrality and to uphold it free from
commercial, flnanlcal or political sub
servience to foreign powers."
The formation of the new league
took Washington somewhat by sur
prise. A few days before it was con
vened Mr. Barthodt sent word around
to all the papers that there would be
RETURNED TO THEIR RUINED HOME
I I H M II-"
Pathetic photograph of a French
only to find it a mass of ruins.
family that has returned to 1U hone
Bread Rules Tightened.
Berlin The Federal council has
adopted a regulation giving munici
palities power to require all residents
to make known the amount of flour in
their possession under 100 kilograms
(220 pounds),' and to expropriate all
amounts over 26 kilograms in the pos
session of individuals.
Uniform bread has been ordered for
the kingdom of Wuerttemberg, and or
ders have been issued that no pastry
may be baked in which rye or wheat
flour Is used.
Cards entitling the holder to bread
will be issued in Greater Berlin. Cards
will be sent to the heads of households
in a quantity corresponding to the
number of persons in the family.
Bread may be purchased anywhere in
the greater city on presentation of
Peace Plan Is Probable.
Washington, D. C. Plans which
President Wilson may have, looking to
the eventual termination of the Euro
pean war, were the subject of much
speculation among foreign diplomats,
as a result of the arrival in London of
Colonel E. M. House, intimate friend
of the President, on a tour of the cap
itals of Europe. It was said that Col
onel House was not authorized to carry
on any negotiations for peace while in
Europe, though the President naturally
expected to learn much of interest
about the dipolmatie situation there.
Turkish Forte Attacked.
London Four torpedo-boats of the
allies have bombarded the Turkish
forts in the Dardanelles, according to
an Athens dispatch to the Exchange
Telegraph company. One hundred and
seventy-four shells were discharged
and two ammunition depots were set
some slight news value attached to the
organization of the new German
American league. Later it was
learned that the news would be con
fined to a statement "in English" set
ting forth the tenents of the new German-American
These tenents when announced said
that the new American neutrality was
in favor of a "free and open sea for
American commerce and unrestricted
traffic in non-contraband goods; the
immediate enactment of legislation
prohibiting exportation of munitions
of war and the establishment of an
American merchant marine."
The real sting came in when the last
few paragraphs of the resolutions
adpoted by the league, which set forth
that the league and its members
"pledge themselves, individually and
collectively, to support only such can
didates for public office, irrespective
of party, who will place American in
terests above those of any other coun
try, and who will aid in eliminating
all undue foreign influences from offi
Wage Cut Is Accepted.
Pittsburg The two weeks' deadlock
between representatives of the Amal
gamated Association of Iron, Steel and
Tin Workers and the independent sheet
and tinplate manufacturers over the
acceptance of a reduction in wages by
the men was broken here Saturday.
The workmen agreed to accept a cut of
from 6 to 11.2 per cent, subject to its
approval by a referendum vote. The
employers promised to maintain the
standard of their employes and to in
crease wages as market prices of their
product goes higher.
Price of Bread Goes Up.
Venice An official decree Issued in
Trieste raises the price of a two-pound
loaf of bread from 14 to 16 cents. The
grain markets in Austria are said to
be in a desperate condition.
DOINGS OF OREGON'S LEGISLATURE
A Brief Resume of Proceedings of the People's Representatives
at the State Capital, Bills Introduced, Passed, Rejected, Etc
Home Passes Its
State Capitol, Salem By a vote of
56 to 2 the house passed house bill
222, providing a series of amendments
to the workmen's compensation act
that are expected to remedy defects in
the law that have been discovered in
the few months it has been in effect.
The principal change contemplated
is to reclassify the industries and
make their rates of insurance under
the act commensurate with the risk involved.
The measure requires the industrial
accident commission to investigate all
cases where it has reason to believe
that employers subject to the act have
failed to Install or maintain safety
appliances required by statute, and to
report cases of failure to a prosecuting
attorney and request criminal proceed
ings. It further offers inducements to em
ployers to remove the hazard from
their shops and factories by reducing
their rates in propotrion to the reduc
tion of the number of accidents.
It was openly charged on the floor of
the house that the casualty companies
were eager to . have the hill defeated
and that they would benefit by enact
ment of a law similar to the Michigan
A dozen members spoke in favor of
the bill, including Representative
Scbeubel, Its author, and Sam Brown,
Mr. Smith, of Multnomah, Home,
Hare, Lewis, Jeffries and Wentworth.
It was pointed out that the bill had the
indorsement of both employers and
employes, and Dr. Smith declared that
the best argument in favor of it was
the charge that the casualty companies
were against it.
Ardent Appeal Made tor
State'Capitol, Salem Leading" bust
ness men of Portland, Eastern Oregon
an other sections of the state at a
meeting here urged the joint ways
and means committee to report favor
ably upon the house bill providing an
appropriation of $450,000 lor irriga
tion work the next two years. All de
clared that the proposed work would
constitute an investment the state
could ill-afford to decline to make, la
asmuch as the Federal government had
guaranteed to give a similar amount in
the reclamation of the arid lands of
Joseph T. Hinkle, representative in
the legislature from Umatilla county.
and chairman of the house irrigation
committee, said the progressive bus!
ness men of the state wanted the ap
propriation as was evidenced by its ad
vocacy by the Portland Commercial
club, the Portland Chamber of Com
merce, the Progressive Business Men's
club, the lumber, railroad and other
J. N. Teal, of the conservation com
mission, said the legislature faced a
question of economy, not parsimony.
The day of large irrigation projects
being carried to a successful conclus
ion by private capital, he said, had
passed. It was purely a governmental
function, he declared, for individuals
would want profits, but the govern
ment, working in the interest of the
people, would not.- Reclamation would
have to be done, he declared, either
by the state or the National govern
ment or by them working in co-operation.
Declaring that a considerable
part of the eastern section of the state
was a desert and would remain so until
it was supplied with water, Mr. Teal
said, it is in the Interest of good busi
ness to improve the land as soon as
possible. He urged that a continuous
plan of work be adopted until all arid
land was reclaimed.
Interstate Bridge Bill In.
State Capitol, Salem All profits de
rived from the operation of the Inter
state bridge, between Portland and
Vancouver, Wash., are to be turned
over to the state to apply on the in
terest charges on the bridge bonds, if
the action taken by the house is car
ried to its ultimate conclusion. The bill
was up for adoption and referred back
to the committee on revision of laws
for the purpose of having the provis
ion to give the state the surplus tolls
inserted. The measure provides that
the county commissioners and the gov
ernor shall have charge of the bridge.
Trading.Stamp Tax Asked.
State Capitol, Salem A bill which,
it is believed, would end the trading-
stamp industry in this state if passed
was introduced by Senator La Follette.
It provides that all persons and cor
porations furnishing trading stamps
to patrons must pay to the state annu
ally 6 per cent of the gross receipts of
their businesses. It shall be the duty
of the State Tax commissioner to ob
tain the names of persons or corpora
tions using trading stamps and file
lists with the State Treasurer not later
than Feburary 1 every year.
Portland Confab Is Catted.
State Capitol Salem A meeting of
the joint committees from the bouse
and senate with a similar committee
from the Washington State legisla
ture will be held at the Benson Hotel
in Portland next Saturday morning to
consider proposed changes in the fish
ing laws on the Columbia river. It is
probable that both houses will ad
journ Saturday to give members of
the committees opportunity to at
tend this meeting without absent
ing themselves from the regular ses
House Votes Appropriations
State Capitol, Salem Four big ap
propriation bills, providing expendi
tures for as many big state depart
ments and aggregating $1,186,627,
were passed by the house.
The several departments and the
amount appropriated for each for the
next biennium are : Capitol and Su
preme Court buildings and grounds,
$58,560; state hospital for the. insane,
$676,166; institution for the feeble
minded, $144,961; Eastern Oregon
hospital for the insane, $305,860.
The bill providing $174,700 for the
state penitentiary and that appropriat
ing $28,216 for the blind school were
laid on the table temporarily to give
Governor Withycombe further oppor
tunity to study them.
None of the measures passed pro
vides for any permanent improve
ments, exceptingthe Eastern Oregon
asylum bill which carries $100,000 for
a new building.
In the 1913-1914 biennium, these
same four institutions and departments
had appropriations aggregating $1,
876,946.61, which included $133,000
for completing the Supreme Court
building, H 1,000 for new buildings at
the feeble-minded institution, $45,000
for new buildings at the Eastern Ore
gon hospital and approximately $45,
000 for work on the new receiving
ward at the Btate insane hospital at
The ways'and means committee has
not decreased the per capita allow
ances for any institution, but has kept
the proposed expenditures at a mini'
mum by eliminating from the budget
estimates all unnecessary improve'
ment work and by allowing no new
work except the building at the
Is Object of New Bill
State Capitol, Salem A bill to place
the state judiciary on a non-partisan
basis, similar to that proposed and de
feated at the November election, is
one of the measures pending before the
judiciary committee in the house.
The measure was introduced by
Representative Handley, of Tillamook,
and is indorsed by some of the leading
attorneys in the state. The commit
tee has taken no action, and may be
governed by the fact that the people
rejected a similar plan at the polls, al
though by a narrow margin.
Before the committee is a bill by
Hinkle providing a state system of an
nuities. It virtually empowers the
state to go into the life insurance busi
ness, the money to be invested in irri
gation projects and other public works.
Representative Lafferty a bill em
powering the state to develop idle
cement properties and build roads with
the cement also is before this com
Two measures by Representative
Hare aimed to relieve congestion in
the courts also are before the judi
ciary committee. One would prevent
appeals to the Supreme court on cases
involving less than $250, and the other
would prevent jury trial of cases in
volving less than $260.
Among the other judiciary bills is
one by Representative Blanchard regu
lating commission merchants, requir
ing them to file heavy bonds and pay
license, and another by Representative
Stott applying the hotel keepers' alien
law to apartment houses.
Fish Measures Continued.
State Capitol, Salem To give all
members opportunity to Inform them
selves regarding the measures the sen
ate has postponed action on the Gill
bill to close the Willamette river to
net fishing and bills relating to fishing
in the Rogue river next week.
Senator Dimick, who is leading the
fight for the Oregon City fishermen in
tbe senate, promised if the continu
ance were granted he would make no
effort to obtain another one with the
object of delaying action and imperil
ing the Gill measure the last days of
Hospital Fees Guarded. .
State Capitol, Salem Contracting
firms, industrial concerns, mercantile
institutions and other large employers
of labor that collect funds from their
employes for hospital service will be
required to give an accounting of the
money and to give the workmen a
voice in its expenditure, by the terms
of a bill that was passed by the house.
Representative Home, author of the
measure, declared that the system now
in vogue among some of the "fly-by-night"
railroad contractors constitutes
nothing butan "organized graft."
Jitney Query Propounded.
State Capitol, Salem Is a jitney
bus public conveyance? That is a
question that Harvey Wells, State In
surance commissioner, must answer
within the next few days. A man in
Portland was injured while riding in a
jitney. He carried an accident policy
which had the usual provision of
double indemnity in case of injury in
a public conveyance. The insurance
company doesn't want to pay the
double rate. The policyholder has ap
pealed the case to the commissioner.
Anti-Loan Shark Bill Filed.
"State Capitol, Salem A bill intro
duced by Senator Dimick prohibits the
assignment of wages by married men
unless the written consent of the wives
are obtained. The senator introduced
the bill by request.
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