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SALEM, OREGON, THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1916
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THIRTY THOUSAND DIE IN
Germans Oak French Have Evaci' d Dead Man's Hill
For 72 Hours fighting Was Carried On Hand to Hand In
Dark Caverns of the Trenches-Seven Thousand Dead
On Seven Hundred Yard Front-Ground Covered With
Corpses and Neither Side Can Reach Wounded
Tragic Scenes In World's Greatest Battle
Every man in a French force penetrating Fort
Soldiers fighting in dark underground tunnels,
using hand searchlights, knives and bombs.
Hundreds of French and Germans buried alive in
the wrecking of subterranean works.
Scores of men driven insane by the lust of
Surgeons, amputating legs and arms without
anaesthetics, report the wounded continuing their
struggle with knives, although unable to stand.
A French captain reported seven thousand dead
heaped along a seven hundred yard front.
Berlin, May 25. With the bloodiest fighting in all his
tory the giant German nutcracker is closing in on Verdun
today. Its right jaw has advanced on a front of three
miles during the past seventy-two hours.
After sacrificing more than one entire army corps in
rn effort to retain the Dead Man's hill position, northwest
of Verdun, the French evacuated the whole stronghold.
Hill 304, cornerstone of the French defense west of the
Meuse, is held jointly by French and Germans.
Further slight advances b ythe Germans in ravines on
cither side will force its surrender to the right wing of
the German army. The left jaw of the Teuton machine
lias entirely reconquered positions temporarily surren
dered to French troops.
It is-estimated thirty thousand men died fighting in' the
dark, underground caverns about the ruins of Douaumont
for 72 hours, with no resultant change in the battle line.
Positive denial is made of French claims that General
ITiville's forces even temporarily occupied the ruins of
Fort Douaumont. The only French detachment that en
tered the fort was completely wiped out, declared the
Berlin war office. , "
On the southern and western approaches to the fort
(the earth is covered with countless corpses and many
wounded, crawling feebly about hunting shelter and aid.
Since the French attacked last Sunday there has been no
lull in the savage struggle and neither side has been able
to reach its wounded.
West of the Meuse, French troops are being steadily
driven back upon the Verdun forts. The German center,'
which took Dead Man's hill, has not yet occupied all
abandoned works because French artillery is still playing
on its southern ridges.
Paris, May 25. French, troops ad
vanced during the night nlong the
'Ueiie west bank east of Cumieres vil
lage, fighting with hand grenades, it
v,ns officially announced todav. The
A dandy- way t' punish Dentist
Waite, th' self confessed Xew Tork
fsisner, would be t' fill hij mouth
rubber shectin' an' thn quetion
riii As a nil" th' feller who's stuck
:i'i himself hardly ever wastes anv time
t. u ckin' others.
Germans are strongly attacking. They
took a French trench north of Haudro
mont quarry on the enst side of the riv
er. Violent artillery fighting con
tinued nil night, but there were no
important infantry struggles, either
around Douamount or the Dead Man's
The French gain was made in a small
wood between the river and Cumieres.
The positions won would be exposed
to a German flanking attack if French
forces attempted to push on southwnrd
to Cumieres. Southern exits to Cum
ieres are under French artillery fire,
so there is no fear of an assault from
General Nlvelle ha made no attempt
to seize Fort Douaumont during the
night. Through complete exhaustion of
the infantrymen, operations on both
sides have temporarily halted.
French military critics are agreed
that the weeks finhting has been blood
iest in history. The German lost more
than in my of the war's previous bat
tles. Exhaustion Causes Halt.
London, May 25. IHter exhaustion
of the human element in the great
fighting machines struggling for mas
tery at Verdun brought a lull today in
the savage buttle.
The frightful slaughter at Fort Dou
aumont came to a halt with the works
in German hands. During the night
French troops made no effort to wrest
it from the Bavarians.
Minor fighting proceeded today with
slight advantage to both sides.
While the men rest in their trenches,
however, the tremendous artillery en
gagement is still raging with appalling
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Shot the Woman and
Then Killed Himself
San Francisco, May 25. Jealous of
another man and disappointed because
she refused to marry him Gus I.e Gun-
nec, butcher, today fired two shots into
the head of Airs. Lou Reynolds, aged 35,
divorcee. Le Gunnec tnen shot himself
through the lrcnd.
Both were nislied to the Central em
ergency hospital from the -woman's
home. The man is dying and the woman-has
an even chance to recover.
Le Gunnec called at the Reynolds
home today and asked the woman to
marry him. Hhe refused.
An hour later he returned and asked
for a package which he claimed to have
left. Mrs. Nellie Forrest, friend of
Mrs. Reynolds, permitted him to enter
Le Gunnec repeated his proposal and
then shot tlio Reynolds woman as she
reiterated her rofusnr.
TEXAS MILITIAMEN TO
Secretary of War Baker
Changes Opinion After Ex
amining New Law
Washington, May 25. Reversing his
decision of yesterday, Secretary of
War Biker announced today he would
call a court-martial to try the cases of
110 Texas militiamen charged with
failing to present themselves for bor
Baker's reversal was due to the dis
covery of legnl points in the new army
bill which would not obviate the oath
required of the Texas militiamen that
they defend the constitution jnd obey
the orders of the Texns governor. No
mention was made of feal.y to the
Under these- circumstances Judge
Advocate General C'rowder bolives the
ne,v army bill does not render the mi
litia law void. The offense of fail
ure to present themselves at muster is
not wiped out. The validity of their
reasons for so doing will bo decided
at the court-martial.
BULL TACKLED AUTO
Pan Rafael, Cal., May 25. John
Geary's bull became incensed at the
sight, of John A. Saunders new, red au
tomobilo, and gored it. Wanted, four
tires, six cushions and a coat of paint.
Claim Made He Was Guest of
Chinese Smugglers 0a
Board Their Yacht
Seattle, Wash., May 25. Clay Allen
United States district attorney, and
Winter 8. Martin, one of his assist
ants, will be asked to explain to a fed
eral court why they went on cruises
about the Sound as guests of members
of the Yellow Owls gang of alleged
smugglers and wh it occurred on board.
They will be called, it became known
today, as witnesses in the defense of
Louis Ding, Louise Lung Oing and sev
en other Chinese alleged members of
Attorney Martin is prosecuting the
Chinese for tho government before
federal judge Jere ieterer.
It was also .stated by the defense,
yesterday shortly after the trial open
ed that inspector Thomas M. Fisher,
of the immigration service, who wis
responsible for the arrest of the gang,
will be a witness for the defense and
will be questioned closely concerning
his visits to the haunts oi the Chinese.
The Yellow Owls are said to have
operated between Seattle) and an
conver, B. ('., bringing Chinese nnd
eontrabrard opium nere. ma estimat
ed prorit of uieir business covering a
period' of two vears is well over $1,
000,000. Three white members of the Yellow
Okls Louis E. Lortie, James F. Wor
thington ind Melvin B. Miller, who
have confessed and pleaded Ruilty are
witnesses for the government.
Lortie, called to the stand as the
prosecution's first witness, explained
that he owned the launch Maud 1).,
one of the craft used by the smugglers
and told of his operations between the
two cities, implicating in his recital
Louis Ding nnd Louis Lung Gin.
Thomas B. MacMahon, lttoruey for
the defenso oegan Lortie ' cross-examination
EMMELlNE WAS DELATED
San Francisco, May 25. Owing to
train troubles, Mrs. Emmcline Punk
hurst, famous English suffragette,
failed to arrive here today for her
scheduled speech at the California civic
league luncheton. She was delayed by
i landslide on the Western Pacific.
M.-;. Tankhurst is spenkirg in the in
terest of Serbian war sufferers. Her
program has been rearranged, as Bhe
will visit Stockton this afternoon and
take an early train for San Francisco
Think England Tired Enough
To Quit, But France Will
WILSON AS PEACEMAKER
NOT PLEASING TO THEM
If President Proposes Peace
It Will Be For All Nations
isy Carl Y. Ackerman
(lnited Press staff cnriospucdriit)
Berlin, May 25. German officials
cherish no hopes of an early ond to the
war, despite peace talk in Washington,
Berlin and London. Great interest is
manifested here, however, in President
Wilson's speech at me Mecklenburg
declaration of independence celebn-
tion. It won wide notice in the Ger
I'incinls believe that, although they
think England is tired of ino war,
Franco will exert such pressure as to
prevent peace until aucr expected
Conservative German newspapers do
not relish the idei of Wilson as a
peacemaker. The Lokal Anzeiger said
todav: "'Wilson must prove a change
in his attitude b demanding and en
forcing respect for international law
by our foes before undertaking the
more difficult role.
Will Act for All, or None
By Carl D. Groat
("United Press Htuff cnrvrsnnnilenn
Washington. Mw when Presi-1
dent "iiscn moves toward peace, he
will act in behalf of all Europe and not
of a single group of nations. This was
told callers at the White House today,
and may cover his address next Satur
d ly before the League to Enforce
The president discussed his position
freely, indicating that ho was basing
his attuudc on a vast amount of infor
mation from various sources, lie did
not disclose anything forecasting an
immediate step in behalf of pence.
It is understood tint the president is
favorable to the proposition of having
congress pass a resolution providing for
tho calling of a conference of all na
tions subsequent to the war, to adopt
plans preventing a recurrence of hos
tilities. Of 626 Jurors Examined Only
Four Are Passed Fme
Waukegan, II., May 25. Only four
jurors for tho murder trial of William
H. Orpet have been obtained from a
total of G20 men examined, and the
trial dragged today. Judge Donnelly,
angered at comments on the proceed
ings, imposed Bilence on both the state
and the defense.
Tho parents of Marian Lambert, tho
dead girl, will be called as witnesses
for the defense, it was learned today.
This will be done in an attempt to
prove that Marian was afflicted with
heriditnry insanity, and that she had
a suicidal mania and suffered from
hallucinations. The defense will claim
that she poisoned herself while obsessed
with one of these hallucinations.
Taken unawares by this unexpected
attack, the state vainly tried to save a
number of jurors who had been tempo
rarily pajised ,but wa unable to do so
against the new fire of defense ques
tions and the box wag nearly emptied.
t TODAY'S BALL SCORES J
B. IL E.
St. Lnui 5 11 1
New York 7 8 4
Groom and Hartley; Cullop and Wal
ters. Fincher replaced Groom. Parks
E. H. E.
Detroit 2 2
Boston . S 11 2
Cunningham, Bolam and Stannge;
Shore and Cady. E rick ion replaced
' R. H. E.
Attorneys Ask Ruling
On thread Leyel"
Portland, Or., May 25. While Junes
U .bevel was held in jnil for a debt,
attorneys today asked circuit judge
.Morrow to declaro his cousin, John M
Level, legally dead.
John Level is serving a sentence of
lo years or life imprisonment in San
Queutin penitentiary. James Level
owes him $10-13. Friends of John Levol
had James arrested on an "execution
igainst the body" and -oy paying the
couuty his board, are holding James tn
Attorneys agree that John Level is
"civilly dead ' but there is some ques
tion whether he is legally dead. Judge
Morrow today demanded a transcript
of the proceedings in tho California
court where John Level was gent to
San Quentin. The attorneys are not
certain whether he is serving 15 ye.irs
GETS TEN DAYS IN JAIL
Must Also Put Up $486.75
Costs of Trial For Selling
Tacoma, Wash., May 85. Mayor Jo
seph McCaskey, of Wilkcson, is prepar
ing today to spend a vacation of 10
days in Tacoma, as a guest of the city.
His Btny will be somewhat expensive,
as he will leave $488.75 here. He will
be domiciled at the county jail.'
This was decided by Superior Judge
Easterday, who sentenced the Wilkeson
mayor to servo 10 days imprisonment
and to pay tho costs of the trial for
violation of tho state prohibition law.
He was convicted two weeks ago of
selling liquor at his drug store.
Made Too Many Sales.
Tacoma, Wash., May 25. Adam W.
Shelley, proprietor of a drug store, is
at liberty tnduy on $1,000 bond, follow
ing his arrest in tho suburb of Huston
on the charge of having too much in
toxicating liquor in his store. Accord
ing to the" records of Shelley's pharm
acy, almost everybody living in Rus
ton is a "mechanic." The books show
875 snles of alcohol for "mechanical
purposes" since January 1. A truck-
load of whiskey and other assorted bot
tle goods, was taken from the place by
ALL HOPE OF PEACE
England Banks On Suhmarine
Drawing America Into War
By Wilbur S. Forrest.
(United Press staff correspondent.)
London, May 25. in conseqiicnco of
Sir Edward (Irev's fli'clVirninn ihnt
there will be nn rienee until flnrmnnv
shifts its attitude, Lloyds war odds be
came more shitty. I.loyds has been of-
tenng even money tnnt tho conflict
will not end this year.
Today's odds were three to one that
the war will not end during 1916, seven
to three it will not end before April 1,
1017, 20 to one it will end before 1919,
foiir tn nun thflt Rwnrlnn luill nr. ii.In
Germany within six months, two to one
mm uermany and America will not be
at war this month.
The Oermau-Americnn otbln rnfWt
the English feeling that a submarine
niuic.K. on a passenger liner with loss
of life would upset President Wilson's
settlement and precipitate war.
Grev's speech was treuerallv nnrilaml-
ed by newspapers today. London opin
ion is mnt ne nas Kiiiea au liermnn
hope of making peace terms if the
kaiser desires an early end to tho war.
AN ERRATIC SUBMARINE
fnro Island, Cnl., Mny 25 Going out
of its course when its steering gear
broke, the submarine H-3, with Com
mander Bogurch in chnrge, crashed into
dyko No. 9 on the Valleio side of the
channel today. It was hauled away
irnm tno piles ry the Monitor 'ncyennc
and tho yard tirg Unadilla. The same
submarino has gone ashore at Monterey
and San Diego during the past year.
It will continue on its way to Bremer
ton, Wash., tonight, if leaks do not de
velop, The river fell .02 of an Inch yester
day, the rainfall was .0(1 of an inch and
the temperature last night was 50 above
as the lowest.
Covaleski and O'Neill; Wicko'ff,
Sheehan and Kchnng. Culled end of
fourth, wet grounds.
R. n. Z
Brooklyn 0 3. 1
Pittsburg 5 12 C
Dell and Meyers; Miller and Wilsoji,
A ppleton replaced Dell. Marquard re
NSANITY WILL BE
Waite's Lawyers Willj Under
take To Show He Is Utter
New. York, May 25. D. Arthur
Warren White's fight to escapo the
eloctric chair for tho murder of his
wife's parents started today. Insan
ity is the basis of the defense.
Dark hint concerning the "man
from Egypt" were thrown out by
Waite's attorneys when the court bat
tle was resumed. It was apparent the
defense would auck to prove that this
sinister shadow, figment of Waite's
disordered intellect, was the real slayer
An effort will be made to show that
Waite was helpless in the power of
this intangible power winch, he clnims.
uiu nun iv nut iur. anu ivirs. jonn
I.!... A- 1 -II r.. r
II. Pc.'k by the me of deadly noiso.is
and disease germs.
if Waito is convicted, it will bo be
cause r the ttstimonv of thr-c worn.
en, wife, sweetheart and friend, court
observers believe. All three gave
strong testimony against him.
Alter his wife nad r resented her
evidence, Mrs. Margirct Weaver Hor
ton, tho woman with whom Waite
rented a "studio suito" for the study
of music and Inngu.iacs, w is called.
Sho sai t vV'iite told her he v.ai doing
resenrcn worn lor Dr. Aluller. Also,
said Mrs. Horton, Waite manifested
peculiar traits, sometimes bursting into
tears when she pljyed or sang, and
often asserting that all men were chil
dren. She asserted that hor relation
ship with Waite was purely platonic.
Dr. Muller, a friend of Waite and a
new York physician, testified that
shortly before the death of Peck, Waite
obtained from him i quantity of ar
senic for the alleged purpose of "pois
oning a sick cat."
Waito s counsel announced ho would
tnke tho stand to tell his own story.
Defense counsel Deuel also briefly out
lined the insanity defense in opening
Clydo testified that the defendnnt,
as a boy, was. cruel to horses and took
delight in drowning kittens. Ho said
tho prisoner had no appreciation of tho
difference between right and wrong.
At sciiool, asserted lllvde, Dr. Waite
was a thief, and he suiif he was also a
th'of at college.
Dr. Waite s father testified. Bavins
that his two cousins were in an insane
asylum. As a boy, he declared, Arthur
was cross, a lnggurd, sullen and ran
awny from homo, lie onco stolo $200.
said the father.
Tho defense claimed that Waite iB
iVisane now, and through the testimony
of rela(vos will seek to show that he
is of a peculiar disposition. This will
lead up to Waite's Btory of the "man
Frank Waite, a brother, was the first
defense witness. He said: "Three
months after Arthur was born it wns
noticed that hiji head was unusually
large. In school days he was quarrel
some, and a laggard in hiB studies."
Cross examine), Frank Waite declared
he did not remember telling Bellevue
hospital physicians there was no indi
cation of mental deficiency, epilepsy or
criminality in the defendant's char
acter. Clvdo Waite, another brother was
Clash With Carranza's Troops
Feared This Would Put
Match to Powder
Columbus, X. M., May 25. Xew or
ders wore forwarded to General Persh
ing from General Funston today, gov
erning the courso to bo taken by
United States forces in tho event of a
clash with Carranza troops. Theso ord
or were necessitated by the strong re
inforcements just received by Mexienn
columns near tho American expedition.
Washington, May 25. Reports that
General Funston had requested addi
tional coast artillerymen for infantry
service along tho Mexican border were
confirmed today when it was an
nounced the swecstion had been re
fused. In explanation of it refusal,
the war department said it did not de
sire to strip tho coast defenses further.
The request came subsequently to the
summoning of militia. Funston has
not asked for more national guardsmen.
Funston Wants MillUa.
Ran Antonio, Texas, May 5. den
em! Frederick Funston this afternoon
flatly contradicted Washington reports
that ho had not asked for additional
national guardsmen. He declared he
liail renuestM that the militia of Iouls-
iana, Oklahoma and Arkansas be rushed
to the border. Ho asserted ne si in
hoped to get the Fourth Texas infantry
sent to Big Bend.
Is Discovered In Pile of Brush
One Mile From Scene of
HE HAD BEEN KILLED BY
HEAVY BLOW ON HEAD
Discovery Throws No Light
On the Identity of the
Fortland, Ore, May 25. The body of
Fred Ristman, missing jitnenr in the
Jennings murder mystery, was found
this morning in a thicket of brush a
mile from tho Gore homestead where-
Mrs. Helen C. Jennings was killed while
sho slopt Monday night, May 15.
Ristman evidently had been killed by
a heavy blow on the head The body
was louna by deputy sheriffs from
Portland near where Sheriff Hurlburt
yesterday found one of Ristman '
gloves. A farmer picked the glove up
in the rood the day after the murder
and hung it on a fence post.
The finding of Kistmnn's body is the
most important bit of evidence discov
ered, since the murder, but it throws
little light on tho identity of the mur
derer. Monday night, May 15, a stranger
hired Ristman to take him to Sherwood.
17 miles from Portland. Ristman did
not return tho next day and a search
ing party was organized. Lute Tues
day ins diooii BTiuneii auiomoinie wns;
found near the Gore homestead where
Mrs. Helen C. Jennings, a prominent
Portland-divofcee, livvd alone.
The bouse was entered and Mrs. Jen
nings' body was found in bod. Her
skull had been crushed by a terrifie
blow from a slcdgo hammer, which lay
Uesido the bed.
A qimrtor o'f a milo down the road
Ristman 's hnt, a lap robe, and torn
piocca of a shirt were found. All were
blood stained. Pieces of brain were
clinging to the lnp rone.
Possos scoured the woods and dragged:
and dynamited tho Tualatin river for
Kistmnn's body. They searched only
aiong tho main road, however. The
spot whero Ristman 's body wns found
today was near a by-road back of the
Bennett Thompson, nn ex-convict.
known to havo visited Mrs. Jennings
frequently, wns arrested the day after
the murder was discovered. Ho offered
no resistance nnd steadfastly denied
any knowlcdgo of the crime. His alster-
in-law asserts that Thompson was in
hor house during all of Monday night
when the murder wns committed.
Thompson hired a lawyer, nssertedl
that he can prove a complete alibi, anil
has maintained a discreet silence ever
sinco. No charges have been filed
The motive for the crime is nnde-
Ristman 's body was lying face down
ward in an open space in tho brush.
Tho coat was pulled over tho back of
his neck, leading officers to believe
that the body had been dragged by tho
The bnek o'f the bV.uII had been ernsh-
ed by a heavy blow. The condition of
the body confirmed the belief of of
ficers that the mysterious passenger in
the back seat of the tnxicab hilled the
driver as he snt at the wheel.
CARDS, DANCES, THEATRES
Saratogn, N, Y M iv 2.,.
By" a vote of 4:M to 350 the
Methodist general conference
this afternoon decided to re- ie
tain tho chun h rule providing
that Methodists must not play
cards, dance or attend thea-
tres. There was no debate
The D. A. White k Co'a brick build
ing on Front street Is under wsy tho ce
ment foundations being completed to
day. The addition will cost $1,000.
night and Fri