Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, March 17, 1916, Image 1

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Slaughter On Its Northern
Slopes has not been Equal-
ed During War
"each side disputes
all stories of cains
Germans Hurled Series of
Night Attacks Against
Fort De Vaux
By Charles P. Stewart.
(United Press Staff ( orrespondont.)
London, Mnr. 17. Head Man's hill
lias earned its sinister name. After
three days fighting thousands of Ger
mans an. I trench corpses strew itsi
slopes today. The slaughter on its
northern ridge, where the Silesiansj
trained n fiwitlinl.l lino Iwtun ........ ....11 ,,l I
sinee the battling around Douaumout
and Vaux.
Head Man's hill forms the bulwark
of the French lines west of the Meuse.
Official communiques are contradictory
regarding the situation around the em
inence. The llritish are accepting the
.French claim tlmt soldiers of the repub
lic recaptured the hill. Had they not
done so, the evacuation of Hetliiiieourt
would li.ive been inevitable, declare
Knglish experts.
Ilerlin did not ehiim Reiliincnnrt
was captured, anil the German state
ment WHS rntlli.t- v-nima i ,. . I ...... -I t . I .. I
J' rench attempts to reconquer loil
Man's hill. Artillery firing there con
vinced critic the kaiser's: SMesiana
have not given up their effort to take
it. Unless they drive French from
the hill they cannot hope to approach
the northwestern Verdun forts.
Germans Lose Heavily.
I'aris, Mnr. 17. Transferring their
nativities to the east bank of the Meuse
Germans during the night hurled n aer
ie. of attacks against Tort Be Vaux
mid the village of Vaux, it was official
ly announced today. Two assaults on
the town and two on the fortress were
shattered by French fire. Failing at
those points, the Germans, under cover
of darkness, tried to debauch from the
Minken road southeast of Vaux village.
A torrent of French shells swept nwnv
each German rank as it appeared, until
the effort was abandoned.
The Germans suffered heavily in al!
five attacks, the communique said. In
the region of Hethuicourt and the Cum
inercs woods, tha bombardment slacken
ed. There was no new attempt against
Dead Man's hill during the night.
"Jn the YVoevre region cannonading
occurred last night,'' said the an
nouncement. "West of Pont-a-Mous-mii
the Kriini-li n Hucl-orl n ....
trench in Morlmare wood, capturing aj
iiiminer or mniuers. r.isewnere t lie night
was calm. ' '
By Charles P. Stewart.
(Tinted I'ress Staff Correspondent.)
Lead London, Mar. 17. Milted by a
withering fire west of the Meuse, "the
Germans resumed their drive against
the northeastern Verdun forts "with
Mnashing attacks on the village of
Vaux and Fort He Vaux. Paris reported
Preceding their attacks the Germans
unloosed a TTrrific artillery fire upon
the French trenches. Then regiments
f llrnndeuhurgcrs. who won so much
glory in the fighting at Douamnont,
en:eiged--fi'oni Kavines in which they
had been concealed east of Vaux and
(Continued on oage two)
Ambrose Spry, orator, author, rhil
nsnphcr, an' o' late years a wellknown
-b;ar butt eollei tor, wu. taken t' th '
I.r farm t 'day. What's become o' th'
ide time frigidly ncqnnintuni-e that
used t' ask, ' Travelin' or goia' some
jilare "
Woman Swears She Was In
Slaughter's Home Until Mid
night Girl Not There
Oroville, Gal., March 17. What the
defense regarded as highly important
testimony was given today by Mrs.
Ivey Camper in the trial of l!ev.
Madison Slaughter on a charge of at
tacking Gertrude Iainson, aged 15.
Mrs. Camper declared she was in the
Slaughter home until after midnight on
November l.'l, the date of one of the al
leged offenses. She said the girl was
not seen. Furthermore, Mrs. Camper
asserted, Gertrude was not in the spare
room in the morning.
The girl had previously testified that
she was attacked while in the spare
room that night.
Tho session of court today was
marked by wrangling among lawyer.
Judge Gregory dismissed the jury while
he qdmonished. them to be less quarrel
some. An attempt to show that Mrs. Camper
was biased in favor of Slaughter on
account of being an intimate friend of
his familv was made bv the prosecu
tion. llev. K. M. Smith. Methodisfcaminister
of Chico, was present to give Slaughter
his moral support. Out of court Smith
declared he believed the newspapers
were trying to "railroad" Slaughter
to- the penitentiary.
William King and George Murphy,
sons of wealthy cattlemen, and admit
ted admirers of two of Slaughter's
daughters, swore that they were at the
Slaughter house on the evening of
November 13 during the period in which
Gertrude asserted an offense was com
mitted They declared she did not call
at the house while they were there, and
furthermore testified that they left
their hats and coats in the spare room
where the attack was alleged to have
been made. When they went to get
their things they found them undis
turbed. More Than 50 Per Cent of
Property Owners Sign
the Petitions
After half a century of agitation and
watchful and patient waiting, the im
provement of the fair grounds road is
practically assured. This was decided
at the meeting held last evening when
the property owners along the road and
city officials met to discuss the matter.
As fully SO per cent of the property
owiiers were present and others favor
able to the iniprivement hail so express
ed themselves, the petition already
signed includes enough names to make
the improvement a sure thing, and un
less soothing unforseen happens, work
will begin as soon as legal publication
is made, liesides the fair grounds road,
the Portland road, from the grounds to
the city limits north, about l.Ooo feet
will also be paved before the next state
As the matter now stands, the own-1
ers of property on the fairgrounds road
feel thev can stand n price of liu cents
a square yard, or about $1.30 cents a I
lineal foot. The city offers to do the!
grading anil excavating and the state
has also promised material aid. After
the amount of help from the state is
determined, ndditiiijnal donation will
be required from the citizens of the
city. I
The next step is to advertise the pe
tition for the improvement. After this
is done, it is up to the city council and
the civic department of the commercial
dub to make arrangements for addi
tional funds. No nssesseat will have1
to be paid this year, and the amount!
assessed against property may be paid
i 10 per cent yearly installments.
About ijO property owners were pres
ent at the meeting. Mayor Ilarley O. '
White and the sheet committee, W. H. '
Cook and .. A. Mills, spoke briefly in
favor of the improvement. With the'
exception of one man who was against!
improvements of any kind, the property!
owners of the fair grounds road were in
favor of doing the work tins spring.;
provided they were assured the cost to
them would not exceed liO cents a'
square yard. With this assurance, ev-j
erything at last looks like something
will be doing. I
M. L. Jones Reappointed j
to State Fair Board
Governor Withycombe today nn-i
nounced the reappointment of M. L. !
dunes, of Ilrooks, as a member of the!
board of state fair directors, for a four
year period ending March 14, lDHO.
Mr. Jones was first appointed to the
board in April, 1!1.. and after the re
ignation of President Hooth was elected
president of the board and is now serv
ing in that capacity.
This Was Held at Douglas
Until What Carranza
Would Do Was Known
Mexican Agent Familiar With
Country Says Chase Will
Be Long One
- sjt ,
San Francisco, Mar. 17.
Mexican Consul Devira received
a message from General Alvaro
Obregou today declaring Car-
rnnz.n troops had captured tho :
Villistas who kidnaped Mrs.
Hawk Wright. Her child, which .
s(c 'was taken fiom her by tho out- sje
laws, was 'found unharmed sn
among the Villistas, and will bo
returned to Mrs. Wright. She
! escaped from the bandits while
they were attacking Columbus.
Douglas, Ariz., Mar. 17 The 700,0(l(
rounds of ammunition for the de facto
troops at Cabullona, held up pending
a decision from Washington, were being
transported across the border into Agua
1'rieta today.
Reports that the Carranza troops at
Cabullona were threatening mutiny
were branded as preposterous by Car
ranza Consul Ives Lavcllicr.
"There is no truth in the report,"
declared I.uvellier. "Governor Calles'
most trusted troops are at Cabullona."
Despite this assurance some uneasi
ness is felt here over the fact that this
large amount of ammunition hns got
into tlirrhands of the Carranzistas.
The border here Is still being closely
patrolled by United States cavalry.
Rumors of a revolt of Carranza troops
south of Agua Prioia, presumably at
Cabullona, reached Douglas today. No
confirmation was obtainable.
Ranchers arriving here reported see
ing American troops encamped north of
Asceucion, Chihuahua. It is bcliced
a junction between the Columbus col
umn and Colonel Dona's divisic-i from
Culberson's ranch may take place there.
If this report is true, the Columbus
column has penetrated 55 miles into
Should Villa escape to the Sonora
side of the Sierra Madres an American
expedition against him, stc.rtirg fro'o
Douglas, was considered a possibility.
The forces at Camp Douglas could move
on an hour's notice.
l.( uglas has been plnjrj under the
most strict military censo.'s! ip the same
as that enforced ut Colufbus. Newspa
per correspondents were put on tho'r
honor net to send ou; .in ii red dis
p.vns even if th-y devised methods
ol ' tie. ting the cens ir."
Five hundred de facto government
cavalrymen have been sent to guard Oj
itns I'nss and prevent Villa from slip
ping through it.
This Governor Has Sense
Knsenada, Lower C'nl., Mar. 17. It is
dangerous to even "talk politics" iu
this city, the capital of Lower Califor
nia, today, Anti-American demonstra
tions wilt not be tolerated, Governor
Lsteban Cantu has decreed, and he has
issued orders to his soldiers to arrest
any Mexicans who so much as discuss
the United States-Mexican situation in
public. The situation is quiet hern rr.d
no trouble is anticipated.
Will Be Long Chase.
Pan Antonio, Texas, Mar. 17. Jest
before starting for Washington this nft
emoon Roberto Pesquiera, confidential
agent of Venustiano Carranza, predict
ed a long hunt for Francisco Villa and
his men.
"It took 11 years to eliminate Jess
James and his band," said Pesquiera.
"Villa is in a country vastly bettei
adapted to hiding than the tnrritory
roamed by James. Villa is suffering
from the worst swelled head in history,
because the American newspapers have
lauded him."
Paris, Mar. 17. War credits
for the flecoiht quarter were
voted today by the chamber of
deputies. Minister of Finance
liibot estimated that France
was spending US,00(),000 a day,
and had been doing so since
April , last. Great Britain is
now upending 2O,000.O)0 a day.
Next month it is estimated the
British will be spending $25,-
000,000 a dav.
Berlin, Mar. 17. Intrducing
a new war budget in the reich-
stag today, Dr. Ilclfferich of
the German treasury declared
enemy agents were spread-
ing rumors to hinder subscrip-
t ions to the kaiser's fourth war
loan. -
"The campaign of defama-
tion has extended into Ger-
many," he charged. "Let me
remind you of tiie great bat-
tling now at Verdun. The troops
have a right to expect we will
prove worthy of them, and that
every one at homo will contrib-
ute to the victory."
lie said that the German pub-
lie debt has doubled this year,
but that in spite of it Ger-
many was financially better off
than the allies.
Sheriff Threatens to Turn
Names and Pictures Over
to Newspapers
Seattle, Wash., Mar. 17. Sheriff
Hodge announced positively today that
he would wait uutil night for" word
from Los Angeles that Deputy M. K.
llalley had left there with Mrs. Isabel
Clayburg, alleged Seattle "badger"
queen, if no word conies, he says he
will open up on the wealthy alleged vic
tims in Seattle, who were reported to
be backing her fight against extradi
tion, and "give them all the publicity
they want and then some."
"They are hampering the ends of
justice," Hodge declared. "They must
be dealt with summarily."
Mrs. Clayburg was refused a writ of
iiabeas corpus in the superior court at
Los Angeles Thursday and given 21
hours in which to prepare for a trip to
Seattle for trial on a charge of j'on
spiracy to blackmail a wealthy mining
promoter and clubman, and other per
sons here.
Defense Attorney 'Darl lingers gave
notice of an appeal to the circuit court,
which action would delay the case here
for several weeks.
"One of victims has gone from here
to Los Angeles and is financing this le
gal fight," said Hodge.
"I announce right now that if this
man don't let the law take its course
I will turn over every bit of evidence I
have, including the names of every vic
tim the gang photographed during the
two years of their operations, together
with the pictures, to the newspapers.
"At the same time, using photo
graphs as evidence, 1 can charge a
number of our best citizens, so-called,
with crimes, the minimum penalty for
which is two years in the peniten
tiary." While Mrs. Ckivburg's fate is still
uncertain, Miss Lillian Peterson and
Miss Dottie Coots, the other alleged
"badger girls" brought here for trial,
from San Francisco, are languishing in
the county jail.
JUarket Rather Dull
Prices Are Unchanged
New York, March 17. The New
York Sun's financial review today
There was a marked contraction in
the volume of business compared to
the sessions immediately preceding.
Prices were irregular, and confined
within a narrow range. Professionals
described the maikct as awaiting defi
nite news of Mexi-nn developments and
the Verdun fighting, but nn explana
tion comporting licf.er with recent Wall
Street performances was that relative
dullness and hesitation were the natural
result of recent heavy realizing sales.
With the short interest reduced and
little public buying, the general list
nevertheless acted well.
The market opened uncertainly, re
sulting in a sharp break in Crucible
Steel upon failure of its directors to act
toward liquidation of' the dividends ac
cumulated by preferred stock, which
now amount to li.j per cent Steel was
active and higher upon the wonderful
showing in its annual report. Mercan
tile preferred, Baldwin Locomotive and
American Beet Sugar were strong
Name of Bartholomew
Caused His Arrest
I'pon information that George Bar
tholomew, the in. 'ii wanted for the mur
der of J oil ii Linnd in Portland, would
irrive in Salem yesterday ufternoon,
the police arrested Claire Bartholomew
of Fossil, but later released him. The
Salem police were informed that Bar
tholomew would leave Cnburg yester
day for this city and that he was the
man wanted and as l result he was ar
rested as he stepped from the train. He
was immediatcl v taken to the rooming
house where Linnd and Bartholomew
stopped in Salem before the murder
wiiere it was found out that Claire Bar
tholomew was not the m in who was
with Linnd in Salem.
Claire Bartholomew had been in Co
bnrg to visit relatives and told Chief
Welsh that he was held in Portland
last week, to be examined but was
later released.
IS OflLY dahcer
Ignorant of Expedition's Na
ture May See In It a
Gringo Invasion
100 Carranza Troops With
Pershing's Army Aiding
As Guides
San Antonio, Texas, Mar. 17. As yet
unexposed to an enemy's fire, the. Uni
ted States troops hunting Francisco Vil
la pushed further into Chihuahua des
ert today, it was indicated by official
announcements here.
Major General Frederick .Tunston is
sued a bulletin stating tint no casual
ties had been suffered bv the Ameri
cans, and that so far the' scouts had
failed to locate any Villistas.
line Hundred Carranza scouts and an
army aeroplane are being used in tho
effort to find Villa, it was stated.
Armv headquarters were still appre
hensive with regard to the attitude of
Mexican peons who, ignorant of the ex
pedition s real nature, may see in it a
"gringo" invasion of Mexico and
fight accordingly.
"I note certain dispatches state no
Carranzistas are co operating with Gen
eral Pershing's column," said General
Funston today.
"On the contrary, about 100 are with
him. They are not part of General
Ilertani's forces, lint were connected
with a subordinate body which mot
Pershing at Las Palomns "after his men
had crossed the border. Ilertani was
not there then, and did not personally
meet tho American column."
Mormon scouts whom Pershing is al
so using doubt that a contact with Vil
listas is likely before another day has
elapsed. Indications are that Viilistas
are hidden around Galeana. The ex
pedition will not arrive in that district
until Sunday.
The report that Colonel Herbert J.
Slocuni had offered $10,000 for Villa's
head was not confirmed, and was re
garded a erroneous. Slocuni, it was
stated, had no authority to make such
an offer.
Increasing excitement nmong Mexi
cans at Harlingcn, Texas, was noted.
Colonel Dullard, who is there with the
Twenty Sixth infantry, does nol re
gard the situation alarming.
Colonel Sage at Nogales reoprted ho
had boon informed Mexicans were quiet
I in iierinosino anil uunymas.
Aeroplane Is Scouting.
Snn Antonio, Texas, Mar. 17. Gen
eral John J. Pershing's columns inarch
ing through Mexico have not yet come
in touch with the Villistas, anil no cas
ualties have been suffered, it was of
ficially announced today.
Sweeping in a gigantic circle uillos In
extent, an army aeroplane is flvinir
ahead of the advancing column, seek-1
mg indications of the Villistas or ofj
Villa himself.
Major General FunstoR confirmed
the report tiint Brigadier General Per
shing was using the First aero squadron
and about 100 Carranza scouts in his
hunt for the bandit chief.
Washington. Mar. 17. President Wil
son appeared at his office today wear
ing a bright green necktie and a suit
with a greenish tinge In his lapel win
a real Irish shamrock, sent to him by
John Iiedinond, the Irish parliamentary
By Bond P. Gcddes.
(I'uited Press Stuff Correspondent.)
Washington, Mnr. 17. While Briga
dier General John .1. Peishing's double
header American expedition was slow
ly crossing Chihuahua desert to close
with Frnucisco Villa and his bandits,
congress and President Wilson united
'to reorganize the t'nited States army.
President Wilson signed the joint res
olution of house and senate, bringing
'the regular army up to its full strength,
i It provides for nn immediate increase
in the number of Fnclc Sam's fighting
i en.
Army preparedness bills are ready
for consideration by both the upper
and lower house, A cabinet meeting is
scheduled to consider whether addition-
lul border forces Knniihl be mustered and
whether congress should be asked for
immediate emergency npprnprintinns to
pav for the present expedition and pro
vide for the I'O.niiO annv recruits auth
orized to the joint resolution.
Germany Disputes This, But
If It Proves True Will
Disavow the Act
Amsterdam, Mar. 17. Affidavits by
tho first and fourth officers of the
Dutch liner Tubnutia, sunk bv an ex
plosion iu the North sea, declared that
the vessel was torpedoed, according to
the admiralty's official announcement
telegraphed here today.
Officers said they clearly saw the
torpedo. A major of the survivors as
serted the liner was torpedoed, but nono
saw any trace of a submarine. PnperB
favoring tho allies asserted positively
that the Tubantia was torpedoed. Ger
man sympathizers wore equally posi
tive that she struck a mine.
Think Fifteen Perished.
London, Mar. 17. Fifteen are feared
to have perished in the sinking of tho
Dutch liner Tubantia, the F.vcning
Standard declared today. A lifeboat
containing that number is missing, and
it is thought the craft may have been
Will Make Compensation.
Ttni-lin Atii IT if u ; nin..i..
........ ii in f ii-mijr
shown that the Dutch liner Tubantia
was torpeiloeit, Germany will promptly
d'lS.lVnW the net nil.l fillK unmnnnuafn
those who suffered by it , sentiment
here today indicated.
Dutch dispatches, however, practical
ly ngreed that the steamer sank after
hitting a floating mine in the North
sea. Admiralty officials refused to
comment on the probability of German
submarines cruising near w'here the Tu
bantia went down.
Congress Drops Everything
to Perfect Plans for
Larger Army
By Bond P. Ooddes
(1'nited Press Staff Correspondent.)
Washington, March 17. Congross,
dropping all other considerations, to
day began actual work on army reor
ganization. .Senator Chamberlain re
ported his army increase bill from com
mittee, and announced he was ready
to call it up for consideration Mon
day. Chairman Hay of the house military
committee opened with a speech bear
ing ou the proposition of making the
regular army 1 10,000 strong.
"On a question of this character,"
he declared, "all Americans should
stand together."
Tremendous applause greeted this.
Hay called the bill a "reasonable meas
ure" and said:
"It will meet opposition from those
who are opposed to any defensive legis
lation, and from those who think it
does not go far enough Wo hnvo a
volunteer system in this country, and
must deal with conditions as they arc,
not as elsewhere, in countries where
there is compulsory military service.
An army of L'0l),lHMl men would meati
compulsory service. 1 don't think the
country would iuce.pt such a proposi
tion." Great applause at this point demon
strated that there was a strong anti
conscription .-culiinrnt. Continuing,
I lav said:
"An army of L'"0.000 men would
cost tho nation $7.10,000,000 annually.
I don't believe congress is ready to fid
dle such an expense ns that on This
country iu times of peace."
llepresentative advocated an army of
at least IIOO.OOO men.
It was indicated that the making of
both these requests would be postponed
until the extent, of the campaign
against Villa and the length of time
; probably required to hunt him duwn
I could be accurately forecasted.
' Lenders admitted tiint the final army
I si heme would be drafted nt uilministra
j tion conferences immediately following
passage of the Hay and ( hamberlain
hills. Setting aside all other business,
the house today took up the Hay pro
Ipnreilness measure. While some hoped
to pass it tomorrow, leaders belies ed
the debate would force the time of
' voting over into next week.
! Senator Chamberlain was expected to
ask that the Myers water power bill be
sidetracked for consideration of his
1 armv law.
An increased demand for prepared
ness on account of the .Mexican situ
ation was indicated, and it was be-
! lieved the niitnoried army strength
would probably be raised over the 111,-
I 000 men nyproved by the house.
Civil Authorities Doubt Car
ina's Good Faith In Aid
in? Americans
That Americans Were Not Al
lowed to Use Juarez Rail
road Is Suspicious
Fd Paso, Texas, Mnr. 17. If Carran
zistas do not win the race to see wheth
er Mexicans or Americans shall capture
Francisco Villa, the United htate
forces must follow him to his favorite
haunts in mountainous western Chihua
hua. This was made evident today by re
ports from the advancing "front."
While Brigadier Jencral John J.
Pershing'B troops were laboring
through the dust and heat of Chihuahua
desert, Villa and lis followers were
said" to have arrived in the forbidding;
mountains of San Buena Ventura dis
trict. Familiar ns Villa is with the wi-d
Sierra Madres west of ccntrnl Chihua
hua, having roamed tho country as an
outlaw sinco his youth, observers fore
casted a long guerilla campaign, with
bloody night raids by tho bandits upon
American camps.
News of tho unopposed progress of
two American columns toward Villa "
retreat was sent to San Antonio by thu
government's wire, but Fd Paso's of
ficial reports wore restricted lo stories
of unofficial attempts to get 400 Amer
ican Mormon settler refugees out of
After arrangements; had been mnde
for a train to go in after the Mor
mons, while nnother train was scheduled
to start northward carrying part of the
Amoricnns to safety, bith plans were
upset by Mexicans cutting tho railway
and burning a bridge 30 miles north n'f
Casas (trnndes.
Tho Mormons wero greatly relieved
by reports that Villa aiid his men hmT
passed to the southward of them, and
were in flight tuwaru the hill country.
Armlos on thB Movb.
Kl Paso, Texas, Mar. 17. Swallowed
up in the hills and deserts of northern
Chihuahua, two American expeditions
nro seeking Francisco Villa todnv. while
their movements nre screened behind an
nlmnst impregnable censorship.
Driving ulong the enHtern slope of
tho Sierras, Colonel Dodd 's column is
expected to rench the American eolonv
at Bublan today. Finding all Mormon's
there snfo he will continue his forced
march toward Casus Grande-s in nn at
tempt to cut off Villa's retreat into
The little American army wliiili
started from Columbus Js marchinir
more slowly south of Palomas. It mar
nossiblv be joined today bv aviators
from Columbus, practice fights wer
indulged in yesterday by the military
airmen, preparatory to soaring south
ward and acting ns scouts for thn Am
ericans. For the present at least the bomb
dropping ability nt these neroplniie
nilots will not be tested, owing to the
fnot thnt there nre n lnrr" niimler of
Carranza troops in the Casus Grandest
country nlso trailing Villa, and it would
bo hard for the birdmen to tell friend
'from fon while flvintf high.
Reports from Presidio. Tutus, told of
renewed bandit raids bv ViPa sympath
izers on American soil, ft wn d
clared thousands of Mexican in tho
great stretch south of Presidio worn
ready to join Villn.
Carranza Soldiers Desert.
Desertions of Carranza soldiers
throughout Chihiinhua were reported,
although nn specific Cnrrnnza opposi
tion to tho American operations has vet
peon confirmed. The rumored revolt in
Oiinngn in which the commander wn
said to have been ns-snssinnted was of
ficially denied.
Hniners, presumably Villa sympathiz
ers, fired on a Texas and Pacific, train
nonr Alfalfa, but nunc of th bull"s
took effect. There was no confirmation
fContitined on Tnire ViniO
Oregon: Tonight
and Saturday fair
and frost tonight
interior nfirthwest
and east portions,
northerly winds.