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Three cheers for the red, white
and blue! Gome on, everybody.
America first—over all—all the
"She Left 600,000 Cadavers in the Yser, and Did Not Pass It," Says Premier Viviani
Maybe there Was oil in the
i iw fin well.
Maybe there ia oil in the Cres
cent well.
Mm j lie tlie promoters will bring'
it to Ihe surface.
Emery C. Williamson's hole ln
tlie ground near Tenlno ii today ,
Just as much of a mystery as
A visit to tlie well yeaterday
Aldn't reveal anything new Jo
those who own stock In the con
cern or to those trying to "get
the right dope" on the oil situa
tion in Washington slate.
The Inspection ot the Creßtei't
and Scatter ('reek wells occasion
ed both a disappointment and .1
mi r prise.
The Crescent was the dis
appointment. Visitors were per
mitted to parade single file
through a narrow opening In the
15-foot barbed wire eutangk'
mentß which surround the "hole
of mystery." Inside the enclos
ure little was to be learned.
The drill was not in operation.
It was not in the hole. The top
of the four-Inch casing was plug
ged. The men at the well were
busy "fixing teh derlck," which
had been jarred loose during re
cent work in straightening the
Scatter Creek a Surprise.
The Scatter Crek was the sur
prise to the visitors. An uj-to
date outfit is drilling away night
and day at that location. The
deep "thug! thug" of the two-toi
drill as it pounded through a blue
shale formation waa a cheering
sound to the inspection squad.
Mailers brought from a 200
--foot depth showed oil in the wat
er. While experts do not consid
er this startling Information they
say that it U an encouraging sign.
Heralded aa "Discovery."
The Crescent has been heralded
as the "discovery well." It was
the cause of wild excitement last
November, when thousands of
dollars went for stock, after Em
ery C. Williamson told the exult
ant crowd nt the "opening," "We
ihave oil and lots of it."
There are many points to the
Crescent mystery which Emery
Williamson failed to explain, chief
among these being the disappear
ance of Drillers M. J. McGowan
and Frank Home, who left the!
Crescent hastily some time after
the "oiienlng." They Were also
officers In the Crescent Drillers
company, which was sidetracked
after their departure. It was re
vived Sunday by Williamson, who
is again asking the small buyer to
come with him.
Ridicules Pikers.
During the excitement period
many stockholders could have
turned their certificates at a
profit. Williamson advised them
not to be pikers. He is strong on
fae two words "pikers" and
McGowan and Home left the
well nfter two or three sections of
rasing had been badly Jammed in
the hole. There ia no doubt
about the "Jamming." Visitors
yesterday saw one section of pipe
that was twisted its entire length.
Howard Sloeum, who with D. E.
Ailman is now taking care of the
drilling work on the Scatter
Creek, took over the task of sav
ing the hole. He did so, and ac
complished what oil men consider
next to impossible. He brought
out the crooked casing and had a
itrnlghl hole two weeks ago.
Should lie Down Now.
At that time It was reported
that the drill was within 133 feet
of the original bottom. Oil ex
perts said the well could be
brought ln within two days' tltne.
At that juncture Williamson or
dered Sloeum off the job, shut
down the works, went to Seattle
and sold control to a syndicate.
Since then an announcement
was made that drilling was going
on at the Crescent day and night.
Oil men say 50 feet a 21-hour
shift is not unusual. Wtlh only
1::;' feet to go, it would seem to
Ihe uninitiated that the bottom
should have been reached by this
Yet there was no official ex
planation of what's doing by any
of tho officials of the company.
Stockholders are growing reh
ire* under the strain. It is a
' lommon rumor that a movement
Is en foot to force the Crescent
men and Wllliantyon li give some
real Information top ''the "silent
well near Tenino."
The Tacoma Times
Abolish Division Avenue
While the renaming of Tacoma It needs hard, unified effort,
streets is a live subject, why not These are strange times. Momen
consider Division avenue? tous changes are taking place. But
A noted visitor once said that out of the matelstrom, once peace
Tacoma was the only city in the returns, there wiil come an era of
world that deliberately named one reconstruction and prosperity,
of its arteries Division, and placed Tacoma must be ready to seise
al the well-to-do on one side and then its g-^ opportunity.
mv •p-i0 on t ht otnerv It must stand single hearted and
Tnew »B Jttst e»oußh truth in unafraid to claim its manhood her
this distinguished traveler's re- itage
mark to make it carry a sting. " Q 0
What Tacoma needs right now TO DO so IT ■"■? ABOL
least of all is division. ISH, IN SPIRIT AT LEAST, ITS
It needs a strong pull together. DIVISION AVENUE.
A snapshot of lederal Judf;"
Alston G. Dayton taken during
the impeachment investigatio:i
now on at Wheeling, W. Va.
Frank A. Smalley, Tacoma at
torney recently pardoned from
the state prison al Walla Walla
by Gov. Lister, will appear be
fore Superior Judge Chapman to
morrow in defense of disbarment
proceedings instituted by ex-
Couuty Attorney Dow.
He was convicted several
months ago of having withh' 1:1
funds from a widow ln a probate
court matter.
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*> DETROIT, Feb. 2.'.. —4)
4 Park Commissioner William ••
3> T. Dust is facing the most 4
<?> serious problem of his long ♦
♦ career as a public official ♦
<?> here. It was presented by #
♦ receipt of the following 4
4 postal card: ■$
<§> Dear Stork, <£
3> "Belle Isle. 4
4- "Please bring me a five- ■$>
4 pound baby sister. Don't *
# forget, for I am lonesome. •
• *♦♦*<»♦*•♦♦*«»♦«
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VOL. Xir. NO. 58. TACOMA, WASH.. T1U TKSDAY, FKI.KUAKY 25, 1915.
Judge Dayton Is accused of being
a tool of the mine operators, and
it is even asserted that a B. & O.
railroad lobbyist secured him bis
place on the bench.
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$ •♦>
«> NORTH YAKIMA, Feb. 4\
<» IS.—We're all bet up over <$>
<£ here about a letter from ♦
4> Mrs. Alice Smythe Burton, £
■•• of Honolulu. She writes '•
<*•• that she was the original j
<$> composer of "Tlpperary"' ■*
<•- and that the words she used •
iS> were "I'm on my way to 4
■* North Yakima, the place #
$■ where apples grow." She |
»• was leader of a chorus here 4
<*• lv '08-09. •?>
<$> •*
4>4><t>i>4>4G'-s'Q4'S>4><* «►» •
Two barrels of "tlpo wine," a
considerable quantity of "squir
rel" whisky, not to mention
"oodles" of beer, confiscated by
County "Detective Shaw at Car
bonado recently, will be consign
ed to the waters of Comenc.ement
bay tomorrow by Sheriff Long
Is Held As
Harry J. Dahl, of Tacoma, a
conductor on the Croat Northern
railway, was one of two while
men arrested last night by feder
al agtiits as the men, ln an auto,
accompanied by four Chinese,
were crossing a bridge, six miles
from Sumas. They are held pend
ing a federal investigation into
charges of smuggling Chinese.
The other man gave his name
as William MrGee, a chauffeur of
Seattle. They denied Miey were
smuggling. United States Immi
gration Inspector Jenkins took
the men in charge.
According to Great Northern
railway officials, Dahl haa been
on a leave of absence from his du
ties as conductor on v train be
tween New Westminster and Su
mas. He is said to have a wife
and child here, hut his utldresa it
not listed with local railway of
McGee is a driver for a Seattle
auto concern. He told officials
lie had been drinking and did not
know how the Chinese happened
to be in his car.
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Three More 0I
J. Bull's Good
Steamers Sunk
LONDON, Feb. 28. — Three
more British steamers have been
sunk. The Deptford went down
off Scarborough. Whether she
struck a mine or was torpedoed
by a German submarine is unde
termined. One member of the
crew was drowned.
The British Western Coast was
sunk hy a German mine or tor
pedo off Bach Head yesterday.
The crew and passengers landed
safely at Portsmouth, it is re
The Harpalion, without cargo,
was torpedoed off Beachy Head.
Three Chinese crew men were
killed wntl two others scalded. The
crew landed at New Haven.
William Poulos, a Greek, must
serve 90 days in the county Jail
for his part in the recent affair
In which Leo Totten, a 15-yeai
old boy, was slashed-wlth a razor.
Poulos pleaded guilty to second
degree assault before Judge Clif
Mayor A. V. Fawcett re
celicd the biggest drubbing
Of hia official career tills.
in Ing,
The city commissioner*
lined ii| > unanimously agaltiat
Pnt\cctt, took the leaderNhtp
of the council away from him
While they passed a Milan -
Increase ineaaiire over his
heml, proceeded lo tell the
mayor what they thought of
hint and ended by ikunamllng
Hint he disi hurge liln secre
|U7. 11. It. Ilockhlll.
Salary Im cense.
Discussion of Clly Controller
Meads' ordinance, giving an In
crease in salaries to hia office
force, caused the Grade Bgaitr.it
The council explained that It
wanted to increase the salary of
Chief Accountant J. 11. lionyea.
who has threatened lo leuve the
city employ, and that of a steno
grapher, a total of >4 20 a year.
The mayor objected strenuously
and attempted to adjourn the
At kins In chai'ge.
Commissioner Atkins immedi
ately took charge, called n meet
ing oi the committee of the whole
and oiieneil up.
"You've been huiMiik a
pretty strong play on econ
omy, mayor," said Atkins,
'^ikl you've been talking
;i^hil cutting e\|venses all
over the city hall. You're
resisting a legitimate In
crease In salary for the most
2ni|:e(en clerk In the city's
■ ploy.
Fires Hot Shot.
Wou're been trying to get all
the glory and shine as a leading
economist before the eyes of til. 1
dear people. You've introduced
ordinances cutting salaries in the
departments of Mr. Woods, Mr.
Drake and myself. You wanted
to fire Ihe chief of police.
JBut, in face of that, you have
a force of I I employes in your
owi department, and two clerks
to manage them. If you wnnt to
be consistent, discharge your sec
rete r_ ."
The council voted, with Faw
eetl's exception, to Increase vSe
eotttroller's office saiar.rS.
An ordinane is being prepared,
It Is understood, cutting Secre
tary Kockhill off the payroll.
Woman's sympathetic nature
may he the cause.of a new trial
of the case In which John Matt
son, a teamster, got $3,1117 dam
ages against the (irlffin Transfer
Peter Amussen, a Juror, Is said
to have told A. F. iloska, a prom
inent harness maker, after the
trial that the iwrge verdict had
been give not in cause actual dam
age was proved, but because the
women on the jury,"were so sym
pathetic, nothing could be done
with iliem "
"Motor from Tacoma to the
Glariers" has been officially
ndopied the slogan for the sum
mer. The general publicity fund
committee, appointed recently. Is
making a determined effort tj
complete the $7,500 purse for
advertising purposes this aeaaou.
The "wnr map" of the latest Indian uprising In l'tah. Map
show* Muff where ■ bites and Indians were killed lv battlr. Kontli
of lilnii are two Indian reservations.
WASIIINC.TON, Feb. ll.—Aft
islstnnt Attorney General Warren
hits wired the district attorney In
l'tah to call for troops If it Is con
sidered they are necessary In
quelling the Indian uprlHinir,
wlilch is assuming more seilous
I'nited States Marshal Neheker
The county commission is to
day considering a compromise
) with the Oregon-Washington
i Railroad & Navigation company
' in the matter of dellnqueut tax
Whether the commission will
insist on payment of Interest at
the legal rate of 15 per cent or
will cut the interest to 6 per
cent, will be decided after a con
ference with Attorney 11. B. S.
I ..vie, employed hy an associa
tion formed In the Interest of re
ducing high tax assessments.
Attorney R. B. Hallock of
Portland, special tux agent for
the 0.-VV. R. ft N. Co., outlined
the railroad'! proposals to the
< use In P. 8. Court
The 0.-W. It. ft N. Co. has tak
en Its tax case into federal court.
If tho county officials decide to
accept the proposed compromise,
the railroad will withdraw suits.
However, the commission is
between two fires. If it concurs
It will have established a prece
dent, It Is feared, by which any
other public service corporation
could demand a reduction of de
linquent tax Interest.
Between Two Fires
If the commission turns down
Ihe proposal, the county will lose
two-thirds of the accrued inter
est on |4,900, the 1912 tax, and
take chances on the outcome of
the suit, which involves about
$K,OOO In taxes and accrued inter
Qounty Assessor Cameron ex
pressed himself as opposed to a
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 2.l.—ln
dianapolis motorcycle and bicycle
dealers began their first inde
pendent show today.
Fur Taroma: Orcaaloaal rain
tonight aad Friday.
For W-alilngtmif tk«a«|ona|
rain, ami |mmt<l4_{ iirntiahiy
— fair, eaat |»>rU»a, «fc-l*M aad
■ FES 23 XjC? ,
has telegraphed the attorney
general that Tse-Ne-Gat, the Pi
ute Intllnn charged with murder,
has escaped from the entrenched
camp west of Muff, l'tah. after
he had displayed a flHg of truce.
IteportM have ulso been recelv
ed that renegade I'tes have Join
ed Ihe Plutes and that serious re
sistance is feared.
OLYMPIA, Feb. iV.—As senate
hill 78 stands today, (he Tiieoin.'i
municipal ill" I. and the port or
Seattle properties are exempt
from ita provisions. In thai
form it received a vote yesterday
of 1 to 17. It requires 22 lv
The measure Is one giving the
slate public aervlce ecom mission
the regulation of warehouse
charges. Originally it convert..,)
the two municipal harbor prop r
tles. A bitter fight occurred over
Its amendment.
Tho measure la aimed chiefly
at the port of Seattle. That body
has cut wharfage rates from f>o
cents, charged by the private com
panies, to 20 cents v ton. This is
as against 5 cents a ton at Han
Tlie private companies are urg
ing the passage of the bill In ita
original form. Seattle civic bodies
are greatly stirred up about It.
They charge the bill Is an attempt
to restore the old high rates and
throttle the attempt to create a
comparatively free port.
26 Years Foreman
of St. Paul Mill,
Dead at Age of 69
Holding a" record of 26 years
work as foreman of the St. Paul
aY Tacoma Lumber company,
Moses Laffaw, 69 years of ago,
died suddenly from a ruptured
blood vessel vestertlav afternoon
Just a few minutes after he hud
returned home from his work.
He complained of a pain In his
chest while at the mill and re
turned to his residencee, 606
South Yakima avenue. He died
at 4:50 o'clock. He is survived
by his widow, six children, six sis
ters and three brothers.
Copyright, IBM. by i'nited Cress.
<<«P) right Ureal HrilMlii.
I'Mtls, Feb. -A.—lVrmler
Vlvlanl today pictured Ger
many to me nn a hopeleanly
li-nten nation. Thla waa In
Ihe first Interview Hie
French prime minister ever
granted a newapaper man,
either French or foreign.
"The German torrent Is check
ed," said he decisively.
"Germany ia militarily strick
en The implacable blockade Is
drawing tighter and tighter about
her. Deaplte all precautions,
Germany haa taken to conceal 'he
truth, I ran assure you that her
financial mid economic rout is
After contrasting the present
war with Ihe onp between Ger
many and Francs In 1870, whlrli
resulted disastrously for the lat
ter. Premier Vlvlanl ssld. To
day France's policy continues to
be what it was stated to be De
cember __, a 'wnr without mercy.*
We are unanimous on his point.
"We are iinanlmntia In declar
ing that we will not accept any
thing but a victorious peace for
all the allies.
"The united iiart of Sept.
I haa our aiiiiialiire aud for
■in tlie treaty ia not a scrap
of paper.
"Our armies are Intact.
We have cheeked tlie <Jc*>
"Where wan German)'a first
objective point. Paris.
"And she haa failed to win
It. Then she tried Dunkirk,
ami lhen Calais.
"HHF LP, FT (100,000 CA
The same thing happened at
Nancy and Verdun. Germany
was thrown aside. Her mllitar
power Is hard hit. economically
she Is ruined."
Donga).l McDonald, a con
tractor, 1100 North X street,
und William Keidy, section
foreman for the Milwaukee
railroad, \ieie killed last
■iialii when the automobile
of George P. McCann, an Old
Town saloon man, crashed
through a guard rail of the
Front street viaduct, at Carr
and Sloth, and fell so foet to
the ground.
McCann who drove the car,
was arrested and pla»ed under
*. r.,(i00 bonds. He appeared in po
lice court today. He Is charged
wlthi reckless driving.
Inquest Tomorrow
Coroner Stewart announced
this morning that an Inquest will
he held tomorrow. He conferred
with Deputy Prosecutor Cramer
today. McCann's attorney, Jas.
O'Brien, declared he could prove
I that the auto waa going slow
I when it skidded.
Patrick McGraw, age 65, of 0!d
Town, the fourth member of the
party, declared to the police that
1 the car was going at a danger
ously fast pace and that he had
hegged McCann to slow down.
McGraw's leg waa broken.
Allege Drinking
The police say McCann had
been drinking. He drove rapidly
south along the new Front street
viaduct, and his car waa speeding
so fast when it reached Old Tonn
that it could not make the sharp
turn of the viaduct at Carr street.
It skidded about, broke down the
guard rail, and tumbled end over
end to the street level below.
The machine was a total wreck.
McDonald was married. Reidy
had no family or relatives.
Iteidy was to have left today
for San Francisco, on his way
east, where he had prepared a
deal to sell to the Wabash rail
road some Chicago property that
would have netted him $65,000,
It is reported.

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