■ ■■■■ Tonight ami Thur*riay,
I I I I I fair; gentlr wtntrrly
M H|l rampxrmUin- l*»t *4 lloora
II I P >Utlnuim. 57 Minimum «.
Twtay noon. SJ.
AS IT SEEMS
BCCASIONAMT. th »* •
wonderful morn ins*. I
shrike myself out of M
soon after nun-up and
npanil on the front
wth. Id conscious prkSe that I'm
the flrft man up In the neighbor
hood. ami about that time alone
t oiiim the paper boy. finishing hla
morning's work, and my pride sub
Wa get accustomto marvels,
to unnatural miracles to strange
' pectacles. So we get accustomed
to baring our paper on our front
i<orch by < each morning And yet.
what could be more unnatural
than for a boy to crawl out of bed
hours before dayllgh*. and start
>ut with a heavy bundle of paper*,
tramping thru the snow, and bail,
ind mud, every day In the year,
.ind always tearing each paper Just
»here the householder wants It?
When a healthy boy. with the
■oy's lore of sleep and of play, and
4 boy * hatred of routine and <le
tiul. clkkmmw such a Job and stick*
to It. that boy a wonder
N'DEKD. we do not fivs
I I the boys In general cr»-«V
pjj It for the aucceaa of the
Ml entire newspaper busi
Tba Street boy* are a lot more
important than even a presa fore
< man: and. of course, they are con
tiderably more useful than half a
Sp*T»r. while papers hare heeo pub
mi* bed without editors, and bar*
* A—ringed to get by far cocslderaljie
periods without foremen, there wu
nerer a city daily that survived
without newsboys and carrier
I wot not how clever your paper
la. mighty few folks win walk a
block out of the wiy to knock on
the editor's door and hanu In their
If we can get a pap r on any
street corner. If we iui get it
thrust under our front door, well
ami good; well read It, and fre
quently pay for it. nut without
that delivery ast-'lce. n.?w«pajwt!»
would not travel far.
HHK idmi Important per
sonage In a newspaper
office. aft*- tit# n»w«-
boy*, is tb* advertising
man. next rfloiM th«
cashier, who paya you your hon
orariuis. next the various mechan
ical genluara, neat th>)anitor. who
keeps the place clean; next the
competent and sailing "Oui>( la
dies who write out formulas for
making love ron smooth, and tak
in* Ink spol• o tof silk. And away
down, at the tag end of the pro
'reasion. yoi wl'l see a little runt
with horn glasso*. and a limp lo
his left leg. and an atmoaphars of
discontent; he'll be one of the vari
ous edit Tii and. should he vanish
for a week, nobody about the shop
would know It except the cashier.
The public haa a strange Idea of
newspaper* It imagines that the
editors write the editorials, that
the reporters are the mainatay of
Ui« establishment. and that every
4bdy stays awake nights, worrying
If there la going to be enough
"news'" to fill out the paper next
No newspaper «ver worries
about news, and If you want to g»t
a working Idea </f the relative vid
ua of "new*" and business, yno
take a spring poem up to the ed
itor *nd note his resi*>nae, and
then you take a want ad to the ad
man who happens to be running
the plant that day, and observe his
ebe- welcome, and you'll observe
n , really the boss, the right Im
portant Ud about the works.
• • •
IM I tain fellow* like mv-wlf.
who write thing*. Ju*t a*
a th»atr« maintain* Kilt
chain In the ever-vacant
boxe*. They af»' part of the *cen
ery: the public expects them; no
plant Is MBiMind complete with
out them, but no far a* being of
~»l vttal Importance. newspapers
require writer* about a* much an
a cat need* nine tail*
But the Idrd of 'em all, the cock
of tbe-walk, the cheery, all-wise
and philanthropic man of the din
play ad branch, ha* to bow the
humble knee to the yrchln who
«eli» on the utreet and the lad who
get* up before dawn to tote hi*
little bundle, for the boy* are the
court of la*t resort, they are the
final link In the chain, and the
prettlewt tran*lent dlaplay ad, tak
en -it double rate*, and running for
» week without chance of copy,
♦ven one of thoae Journalistic gem*
In of lean Importance tfcan the good
will and the chesrful endeavor of
this army of lad*, who. night after
night, and mornlnK after morning,
uphold on their young ahouldem
the w«lght ot on> tit the chief bu*l
ne«*es of the nation.
And. at that, I don't know of an
other Job where a boy tain al
ways make a dollar every day In
the year, and not have to mine an
; -hit's aobool or a meal at bo rue.
GENERAL REDUCTIONS of price* on merchandise, especially cloth
ing, were reported today Uiruout the country.
Merchants in many large cities hare cut prices from 20 to 50 per cent.
Xeicspapers in New York were filled with advertisements of "sales."
Reasons given for the reductions were:
.4 "slow" spring season-, with the public doing little jrurchaxing and leav
ing merchants unth stocked up shelves.
The "tight'* condition of the money market.
Banks were reported calling in Uxins, forcing .merchants who had bor
rowed money to purchase goods, to unload in order to meet their notes.
Congestion of freight shipments, due to lack of cars, fJtc "rump" rail
road strike, and preventing proper distribution of nu rchandisc.
The food marlut, according to today's reports, had not been generally
influenced by the downward movement. However, grocers in some sec
tions predicted a slight decline might be exjfected soon, due to the general
The congested freight situation was given as the reason for food priced
remaining up. *
The price-cutting movement has hit the Middle West, all large cities,
with the exception of Detroit and Cleveland, repeating slashing of prices.
ON IN CHICAGO
Merchants Say Price-Cut
ting Is Bound to Spread
I CHICAO«». May U lllgb prices
have readied their peak and present
price slashing, fast becoming general
throout the country, will spread, mer
chanta and bustneas men here pre.
One Chicago department store
Joined the price-cut ting movement
today, offering men's suttA formerly
1 selling from MS to s*«. for from ll#
| to US.
Food brokerage houses today pre-
I dieted food prices will fall soon.
•"They are surely on the downward
' trend." said T. O Wetaa. a commie
«itm merchant. Weiss says the cause
'of the tumbling of prices la due to
belief that the situation Is fast re
turning to normal.
Bxperts here saw possibilities of a
break In food prims In the decline In
i yeeterday's groin market Home
grains yesterday lost I and 7 cents.
Veal and lambs hare been lowered
two cents a pound wholesale within
the week, dealers declared. Importa
; tlon of Argentine and New Zealand
meats caused the fall, they Bald.
. Home dealers here today blamed
the fall In prl'-es on the uncertainty
■it the preeent situation
PORTLAND. Ore. May 19 D»-
partmcnt store managers. Vlothlera
and men's furnishing good* dealers
today exprcawed the unanimous oplrv
lons that prices hem will probably
drop sometime—but not this year. In
Stocks for the fall trade have been
and are being bought at Increases
over present prices, according to the
• • •
to Lower Prices?
WASHINGTON. May 19 Immedl
ate movement of pllert-up freight la
necessary to reduce price levels and
relieve the strain on the country's
credit system, bankers today In
formed Chairman Clark, of the Inter
state commerce commission.
Increased freight rates was the the
principal remedy propoacd to Clark.
• • •
• • •
Thinks Price Cut
Is Not Permanent
I,rNOOLN, Neb., May 19—Altho
practically all leading department
Ntarea here are offering Home line*
of good* at cut price*, merchant* de
clare permanent redaction* are not
yet In *lght.
J K. Miller, mayor of Lincoln and
head of a large department store,
declared the pmnent agitation If con
tinued, will xmaeh the nmaller retail
"Tliere can be no reduction <if re
tall price* until the primary market
fall*," he *ald. "It take* n brave
man to predict what will happen."
• • •
Walla Walla Stores
WAI.LA WALLA, May 19.—Price
reduction* of 20 to 50 per cent In
women'* ready-to-wear apparel have
teen announced by neveral large dry
good* «tnre*. heie. Special nale* are
Cut in Spokane
HPOKA.VK. May 19.—Silk "un
die*'' tumbled 20 per cent In price
In several lo«ral shops today, "rfpe
clal »ale*" were given us thv rrunon
tut llic cut.
On the Issue of Americanism There Can Re No Compromise
The Seattle Star
, Bat*r«l M lmt« Cim. Miliar >w I. it»», at lb. roatorfka ai iwuit, «uk, uu4« in* Act of Cow— Mw >• 1. 111*. r«r Tmi. > r Mall, It to ••
DIDN'T TAKE WELL
IN SAN FRANCISCO
HAN FRANCISCO, May It.—
Frnepect* for the "Ml bit" hair
cut on the Pacific coast hare re
reived a red* Jolt In the expert
ence of Ran Franclero barber*.
Following the announcement
that thla luxury would coat Ttc
hereafter, local maJe dtiaens S[>
parent ly determined to enter the
long haired ctaaa far tks barter
shore were practlcaDy deeerted
A few entered a "Val the bar
ber" min|>ufr and bad their
following two days of Mb aria
sors. many shops paused out the
wool that the "four bit" haircut
has «nne back tq stay.
Itut the boss barbers' aaaocia
tlon Is still trying to put oner the
SO per cent mine,
10-Year-Old Child Assaulted
at Ronald Station
I'o as as of armed deputy sheriffs
and Infuriated rltixens of Konald
station were eomt>lng the woods
north of the city Wednesday for an
unidentified dark skinned atranger.
.who selaed a Id year old girl, Uvlnfe
at the station, about 9 30 o'clock this
morning and viciously attacked her.
Bloodhounds from the county
stockade were taken to th« spot
where the stranger was last seen
and put on the track Wednesday
The girl la at her home In a seri
The man attacked the girl as she
was walking along a road near the
atation. Clapping his hand over her
mouth, he dragged her into the
Her screams foe aid aroused men
working near the station. They ar
rived Just as the man dodged Into
the woods. He Is of medium stature,
dark skinned, and wore blue overalls,
black hat and checkered socka, ac
cording to their description of him.
Khcrlff John Stringer was notified
and two carloads of deputies were
Residents of the atation. which la
located on the North Trunk road five
mll<4> north of the city limits, were
nroused to high pitch by th« stran
ger's vlciom asT'iilt
Deputies are under orders to bring
the man direct to the county Jail
should he be caught, for fear soni<>
of the exrlted Konaidites might at
tempt violence on him.
Deputies Matt Htarwlch and Wil
liam Keara carefully searrjied the
woods all the way to Korea!
park, while Deputies Campbell, Dec,
Merrill, damage and Hcoonca made
nn effort to locals the man on" the
opposite side of the station.
CHICAOO, May 1&. A war on
"coffin nalln** ha* Nmni declared by
th* Rev. Robert W. Gammon, who
nay* miniMi*rn an« brornlnic
There has not been
the ex|>ccted demand for
used cars this spring.
Therefore, many deal
ers in Seattle are way
overstocked and are now
quoting prices much
lower than ever before.
Many are listed on Clas
sified Page Today.
SEATTLE. WASH., WEDNESDAY. MAY 19. 1920,
PRICES NOW ON
THE WAT DOWN
Reductions by Many Stores
Indicate New Change
WASHINGTON. May t# —«M>
HMw *» "*> acatonl Mgh
prir+m ami ihrrrn la a MriH
■fc>wnww4 trrt»4 In mmmnilUn
ihrunol «hr mttmtay, xrortfoi to
arfrtom h<n Mk;
Tl»r pM|>lr ar» trlinc topthiv,
fivrmmrttit irowiTilr rapiTlt l»
P>npl» ka«f 4rlar*d iiuiilw
Inf lMr nut ft U utH In
ranwjufm* HinThanu ha » *
Hmvi Irft with largr on
• • •
Prices on Toboggan,
Say Merchants East
NEW YORK May !•.—Price* are
on the toboggan, leading mwrhuiui
and bualrieas men h»r* Wltvod to
Cutting prl«« from IS to JO per
eant on all lined of general merchoiv
dlae by many itoitt In lh» Indicat
or" of the fireak, they a«reed
N>w York niwuptprni today
rled many advertisements an noting
Ing drastlcc uta In prim.
The dmp wax due to the gradtkil
slackening of public buying and light
money conditions, In Ihe opinion of
financial Ixtdtni They pointed to
tli* huff sales of I Jlierty bonds nn the
New York exchange yeaterday a* an
Indication of the money market con
The total sales of aH Humi of
Übefty bond* were 1TT.t511.500
Because of difficulty In obtaining
loans from bank* war bonda were be
ing aold In order lo provide money
for conducting buslne**.
Member* of the National Aw»o<-t»
tlon of Manufacturer*. here for their
annual convention. expressed the be
lief that the peak of high prtoea waa
Th.. drop In prtrew wa* attributed
to "dull buying" by Joaeph Appal,
of Wanamaker's. the first at ore
here to announce a drastic price cut.
"When buying la dull, there la cw*
tain to be a surplus of mn terlaia, and
a aurplua of mnlTtala la certain to
make for a reduction In prices. * he
C.irment manufacturer* airreed
with this statement, saying that a
aiirvey of the garment market would
ahnw only minimum purchase*.
The cloth market in New Tork re
ported the trading exceptionally
The slump has not hit the food
market yet, according to atatemcnta
of gracer* today, but they Indicated
that they expected a alight decline.
• • •
Frisco Store# Cut
10 to 50 Per Cent
KAN FnANffIBOO. May It—Half
a dnssen large retail clothlnir and boot
dealer* today announced prlc® rwluff
tloriH ranging from 10 to 50 per cent
One department *tof»\ In announrtng
price Rlaahen In all article* of ap|>ar»»l,
advertl*ed for 100 extra clerk* In an
tldpatlon of a ru*h of bu*lnea*.
• • •
Men's Collars in
Price Cut Column
OES MOI6JKB, lowa. May 19.
M<-n'a collar* are tho only article*
that have wilted In price In On*
Molne* In the laat 10 day*. Stan
dard 'make* of *oft and Kturrhed col
lar* are now welling for* 21 cent*.
They formerly sold for 35 cent*.
Prices Slashed in
Four Ohio Cities
CLEVELAND, Ohio, May If.—
Clothing. *hoe and general *tore» In
four Ohio oltle* have Joined Uie
priec i-'ituujf prOMMton.
SEARING, CHIEF OF POLICE
"/ think my ideas coincuis with those of Mayor Caldwell,"
said Capt. W. H. Searing, Seattle's new chief of police, today.
"My policy icill be the same as il has been during the time I
Jterr been patrolman, sergeant and captain. I have no state
|**«t to mmke concerning at* plans for tkm future."
Searing was bom May 18, 1877. Ha celebrated his iSrd
birthday anniversary yesterday.
Entering the police department here on Marrh It, 1900,
he was made a sergeant June 16, eight years later. C>n April
18, 1911, he was ruisrd to the mnk of captain.
In 19U, while present Inspector F.annick was chief, Sear
ing was reduced again'to a scrgeancy, but was reinstated the
ran«• year. H'Jwn liannick resigned as chief on March 17,
19U, Searing was acting chief for half a day. The new chief
lives at 2112 Dearborn st
"Bluebeard's Here "
Says Prison Wireless
RAN QCT-NTIN. CaJL. May I».—
Janiia P. Watson. the modem "Rlua
beard." alayer of nine of hta many
wlvea. aat In a cell at the prlaon here
today secure In the belief that be waa
unknown to the hundreda of crlml
nala surrounding him.
He had !>*en Informed that lnmatea
of the prlaon are not allowed to read
Hla rmt fear of per an rial Injury
waa apparently assaulted Ite haa
bean In constant fear that fellow
prtaonera would molest him
Hut deaplte the atrlet precaution*,
many of the prlaoner* already know
of Bluebeard'a hlatory of crime It
In true that California newspaper*
are not allowed In the prlaon, hut
new*paper* from nti>er atatea have
free entry, and Bluebeard's cwreer haa
bean read and re read In the prlaon
by men he haa outdone In savagery.
Thro the nirange phenomenon fre
qaenUy noted In auch tnstanors. the
gray coated men within the prlaon
walla had m-hispe/ed the arrival of
Illuebenrd anon after he waa brought
In, altho how they obtained the
new* la a mystery.
Tomorrow rtluebeard will go thru
the ordeal of a very tboro •physical
If he la to eacape hard labor he
must demonstrate before the keen
eyas of I»r. Ix-o L. Stanley that he
la physically Incapociated He will
be stripped and no subterfuge will
be allowed. All reports have It that
Bluebeard la a physical wreck a« a
result of Ills attempt at suicide and
"Shinto," the way of the Gods! Do you know
anything al>out it? You should! It is the religion
of the Japanese, a religion that is the basic part of
Japanese government, life, habits, policies, and na
It explains the stole fatalism which pays scant
regard for the life of individuals. It explains the
"sacrifices" of individuals, sometimes mistakenly
described as evidences of Japanese "patriotism." It
explains the subjection of individualism to class
domination, which gives the Japanese the advantage
of competition against Americans.
In short, it explains why the Japanese will always
Im» Oriental in civilization no matter how he ad
vances commercially and industrially.
George N. Mills, of Olympia, has written an article
on "Shinto, the Way of the Gods," the first install
ment of which appears in The Star today on pa«e 7.
He presents a new angle—sheds new light on the
Japanese question. You will do well to read what
he has to say!
the fear that grip* him
Bluebeard's erumination tomorrow
will be more thoro-gotng than la
usual The groat public interest at
tached to the r*u>e will cause iJr
Stanley to overlook nothing In hia
attempt to give the raw correct
The mertal examination win he
mutual. The mentality of a prisoner
la not considered of prime Import
ance It la hta ability lo do hard
labor that counts In a life Imprls
No Pretty Clothes;
Girl Chooses Death
CHICAGO. May I».—Ruth Kelstv
1* year* old, had no pretty ciothea
to wear It waa always last year's
"made over*" for Kuth. Yesterday
aha choae death.
It's Cheaper to
Sit Up All Night
PARIS, May 19.—Some of the
leading dressmakera are making a
specialty of women's night attire
made of such costly stuffs and ma
terial that they are almost as ex
pensive as evening gowns.
OKMIWKKK TO CHARGE* of vlo
latlon of the safety appliance act
brought acainst them by United
States District Attorney Saunders
waa filed by the (treat Northern
Hallway company In the district
Says Term Expired March 15, and
Department Head Has Been
on Trial Since
Police Captain W. H. Searing was appointed chief of
police today by Mayor Caldwell, succeeding Joel F. Warren.
The appointment tpok effect immediately. ♦
The mayor explained that Warren's term of office termi
nated. under provisions of the city charter, on March lfi,
the day he, the mayor, took office. He,said he had allowed
Warren to remain since that time to try him out.
Because he felt Warren had not been co-operating with
him, and because he has implicit confidence in the ability
of Captain Searing to head
the police department, the
mayor said he has asked
Searing to take over the
n* mibjwt «m firwt brortwd
to Bearing. u>« mayor said. 4*
hour* us. The npUln h««luW
at riraA. but num to hla office
Uita morn In ic and accepted the po
"I am now thru helnir chief of
police m>«elf.** aald Mayor C*W
rvarlag thr rtme that ho haa boen
"trying Warren out." the mayor
aald. he had hired lnveatl
catorv to wrmiir a eurrey of rice con
HATH VICE FMH'BIRIIER.
BI T ruuwr \VARKKN
From reports of Uifw Invest
igators. ho said. he was a* arc that
a red light district e*lsts Id a terri
tory surrounding llth ave. and Jack
•on Hi.. where women openly aohrtt
men from window*, and where gam
bit nic and other vice* flourish.
Caldwell mid he was aatiafled that
money ia brine paid aa "protection"
for theee r- j-ort*. hut he did not Im
ply that Warren wa» profitmg by
anv surh trailsactlons. or even waa
aware tlutf money was being paid.
Warren's honeaty was apparently
The mayor said he would not at
tempt to dictate to Chief Rearing the
policy the latter ahould follow in hla
TO TVRN KKPOBTR
OVEB TO SHARING
"I have some mighty Interesting
information." he said. "In my special
Invest!cuton<" reports, which 1 fhall
turn over to the new chief. He can
make use of them a* he sees ft*"
lteg-ardtng a rece-nt mid on an al
leged gambling .resort at 411 Olive
St.. the mayor said he had been com
pelled to conduct the raid hlmaelf.
after Warren hail been aaked for a
report on condition* there, and had
given the Joint a "whitewash."
The new chief, the mayor said,
will be at liberty to make any
changes he dema necessary In the
personnel of any of the special
sq-lads. such as the dry squad. In
which Warren recently made sweep
ing changes, and for which action
Warren has been under fire for sev
Asked for a report explaining why
he nmovM the former dry squad.
Warren la said to have failetj to
tender a statement for the mayor's
consideration. A few hours before
his successor wu appointed. Warren
said his report on the dry squad
would he forthcoming today
Before uppointlnK Searing, the
mayor sent a communication to War
ren rescinding Warren's order sus
pending I.icut Collier, head of the
former dry squad. for 20 days in ad
dition to a 10-<lays' suspension pre
vlously orderi-d by Die retiring chief.
Tin- mayor ordered that Collier be
reinstated and that Tom McQiU, a
patrolman. be suspended 10 day* Cor
using bud language In addressing a
Mctllll, according to the tuityar,
told lieutenant Collier;
"Who in hell are you. to sign
for any cur In the police depart
This language, the mayor said,
seemed entirely unwarranted. iiui*-
■nuch as It had long been the cus
tom of I.leutenant Collier. In oddi
tion to his other dry squad duties,
to sign for automobiles used by hu
U\ I.KITH It
Two hours later Warren received
a second communication from the
mayor, officially Informing him that
his duties as chief were terminate*!.
The- letter said, in part;
1 have been endeavoring dur
ing my two months in office
to determine whether I should
appoint you or someone else
as chief of police, and I ha\e
concluded that It -is for Hie
beat interests of the city Uwi 1
TWO CENTS IN SEATTLE
Til Be Chief
SERVED with * letter frmm
Mayor Caldwell announcing
the appointment of Captain W. BL
Hoaxing Mi ciuaf of potto*. wOr
in* Chief Joel F. Wkma May
■an out the following (UUMMt
"If you if* ton* oonik in
will am ma back In the afHoa of
chief. Reat anaured of thai. I
will be chief of police In flaatTla
should appoint Piptih Bwtag
a* chM. Phaw amait to
turn over the |HO»«ll>, k«n
paper*, etc.. to (Captain liailni
aa won aa he flm hit oath Mi
L- -1 if
In a letter to City Comptroller
Carroll, the mayor notified him ot
the appointment of Searing an 4
added that when the new chief re-
Urea from office be win resume hla
farmer poaition In the claaatfM
civil aervlce. under the provisions
of the charter.
DID NOT SKKK JOB
Searing seemed much mil lil'l—d.
the mayor aaid. whm he waa aaked
to accept the chiefship.
"I d eel re to say," added OaJdwafl.
"that Captain Searing did not aeek
thin appointment, either personally
or thru friends. In fact, when X
tendered It. he «w reluctant to to
The new chief decltned. following
hia appointment, to make any state
ment as to what stepa he will tak«
toward* bettering the department or
condition)! generally thruout the city.
Ki-Chief of Police Joel V. Warren
was serenaded Wednesday morning
by the visiting Portland band of the
Dramatic Order of the Knights at
"That's a fine band." ofaamead the
chief, after he had Invtted the lodgw
men to visit the Jail.
91st Division Vets
Nlnty flrst division veterans. wtMk
fought in tlie Arpmno under th« slo
gan of "Powder Jtlver—Let "«r Buck"
will assemhle at Roosevelt hall.
IJISH Third ave. Wednesday night
to form a permanent orgamratlom.
Pay $21,236 to
Gravel Two Miles
Contract to grade and gravel two
miles of the Kent-Black diamond
roud has been awarded to K. J. Mac
quaid, 15# Howe at., by county coin*
missioners. The bid was 121.234 and
no competitors submitted offerm.
Ordered in Court
REKLJN, May 18.—(Night.)—'Th«
attorney general has summoned th«
accused German war "guilty" named
ui the recent allied note to appear
In court In Leipzig between June T
and June 80, the Tageblatt said to
Refutes Hun Gun
l-ONrH<N. Kng. May 19.—Man
agers at Eletchley Infants' school
liave refused the offer of a German
gun to be placed on the lawn.
Rush Is Now On
NEW YORK. May ll.—Thf aprlng
tourist rush to Europe it now
In one day 6,600 Vtft tgL
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