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NEIGHBORING CITIES W OH OF tlffllT turns OH THE PACIFIC SLOPE - t condensed Resume of Hie Week’s Happenings Covering Events of Interest from ttartv daces-wm Allow Rapid Scanning School Bond Vote Called SANTA ANA, April 4. —The city board of education has issued the for mal call for the election to be held April 18 to vote on the question of is suing bonds to the amount of $40,000 for a new grammar school in the west ern part of the city, and $60,000 for a high school auditorium. Rate on Rice Suspended SAN FRANCISCO, April 4—' That the protests of California rice grow ers against a proposed increase of 10 cents per 100 pounds on rice shipped to the Missouri river and points west was heeded by the interstate com merce commission is indicated in a dispatch from Washington to the effect that the rate has been suspend ed until July 29, pending investigation. Buy 21,000,000 Feet of Lumber EUGENE, Oregon, April 4. —A con tract to supply 15,000,000 feet of Doug las fir lumber to the Ralston Steel Car company, of Columbus, Ohio, has been signed. The lumber will be used in the construction of 2,000 cars for the Southern Pacific company. Orders for an additional 6,000,000 feet have been placed. This also will be used in the construction of cars for the Southern Pacific. World’s Largest Gold Dredger HAMMONDTON, Cal., April 4.—The largest gold dredger in the world slipped into a dredger pond near this town, after Miss Rita Morse, daughter of the contractor who built dredger No. 16 for the Yuba Consolidated Goldfields company, smashed a bottle of champagne on the bow of the huge boat. The dredger, which will cost about $500,000 when completed, has already been six months in the building. Two months more will be required before the machinery is installed. Portugal’s Aviators Barred SAN DIEGO, April 4. —Four Portu guese army officers, sent to San Diego from Lisbon by the Portuguese gov ernment two months ago to learn mili tary aviation under the instruction of United States army aviators at North Island, received word from Washing ton that they would have to discon tinue flying at the government aviation school. ' Declaration of war against Portugal by Germany was given as the reason, the war department taking the stand that it couid not train aviators of a belligerent country. Sixty New Home Sites Ready LOS ANGELES, April 4. —Sixty new summer home sites at the foot of Mount Baldy, north of Upland, have been platted and made ready for building by the government under the direction of Forest Supervisor Charl ton. Work of platting other sites in the Angelus forest will be taken ur at once. The campaign of the federal forest reserve office to place at the disposal of Southern Californians the summer home sites has been met with enthusi asm. Construction of several homes will be begun within a month. By May 15 the road now under con struction to the Mount Baldy sites in Ice House and San Antonio canyons will be completed, together with trails. Grapevine Drapery CARPINTERIA, April 4. —The his toric old grapevine, the largest in the world, which was placed in a concrete base on the Aliso school grounds a short tiifie ago for preservation, is soon to have a green covering. Ben Fislj, of Santa Barbara, has presented the chamber of commerce with put tings taken from a plant which was grown from a cutting of the original plant several years ago. These cut tings have been placed in a circle about ten feet from the trunk of the vine, and'.in time will effect the cover ing. When the old vine was removed to its base, the main branches were cut off about ten feet from the trunk, so that the new cuttings will rest theii' branches on these stumps. The main trunk has been covered with creosote. ' HIGH PRICES FOR APRICOTS EXPECTED POMONA, April 4. —High prices for apricots are expected by Pomona ranchers. A report that the apricot crop in the Pomona valley would be only about 25 per cent of normal this year, because of the heavy rains at the time the trees were in blossom, was made in Pomona by one of the - leading apricot growers. Two new canneries have been built in Pomona, in anticipation of a large crop, making four canneries in the district. With the four canneries bidding for the fruit, it was claimed that the price probably would be the highest in fif teen years. BAKERSFIELD WILL BUILD TWO SCHOOLS BAKERSFIELD, April 4. Plans prepared by Architect Orville L. Clark for the $20,000 school building to be erected at the corner of Union and Truxton streets have been accepted by the city board of education. Plans for the $23,000 school building to be erected in the Lowell addition, on the block between Tenth and Eleventh streets and N and O streets, prepared by Architect Wiseman, have been ac cepted by the city board of education. VALENCIA ORANGE CROP SHIPMENTS ARE HEAVY FULLERTON, April 4—The Valen cia orange shipments are going for > ward this year earlier in this district than they have for years, and indica tions are that the crop will be consid i erably larger this year than last, ac- I cording to William Benchley, manager of the Benchley Fruit company. Ordinarily the Valencia season opens some time in April, but this year it has broken practically all past ( records by a month. There is more >' first-class fruit in this year’s crop than last, and the crop this year ap pears to be generally better. The seasom this year will close some time in November. Mr. Benchley de clined to estimate the size of this year’s crop, other than the statement that it would be larger than that of 7 last year. I BEACH GETS $500,000 ORDER FOR POTASH ) LONG BEACH, April 4 One of the L largest individual contracts for the de livery of Long Beach products was signed in the office of the Sea Prod ucts company, when that concern - agreed to deliver to an eastern con cern, said to be acting as agents for European munition manufacturers, $500,000 worth of muriate of potash, made from sea kelp, and which is used largely in the manufacture of gunpow , der and other explosives. At present the local plant is em ploying fifty men in the extraction of potash and by-products from the sea kelp. This force will be largely aug mented at once. CALIFORNIA TREBLES SPAIN’S RAISIN YIELD WASHINGTON, April 4.—California now produces about three times as many raisins yearly as Spain, the home of the raisin industry. The growth of the American raisin industry has re duced raisin imports from 38,000,000 pounds in 1885 to less than 8,000,000 pounds last year, when* California pro duced 250,000,000 pounds. WAR CAUSES ENORMOUS RISE IN PRICES OEfDRUGS RAISE IN PRICES OF FROM 50 TO 3000 PER CENT Permanganate of Potash* Carbolic Acid, Castor Oil, Glycerine and Many Others Show Large Increase in Cost SACRAMENTO, April’ 4—War is 1 certainly living up to the reputation given it by General Sherman. , That is what the druggist thinks when he goes to buy his supplies from the wholesaler. The customer, when he buys in re tail quantities, thinks the same thing. Since the European war began, ordi nary drugs have gone up in price from 50 to 3000 per cent, depending on the ' article. Want a little castor oil for the baby? ’ Sure. Well, since the war started the price has increased something like 250 per cent. How about carbolic acid? The in ’ crease is only about 1300 per cent. Suppose you buy a little boric acid. * You pay just 100 per cent more for it now you did in 1914. ! Strychnine is only a little more than ■ twice as expensive now. t Benzoate of soda costs $5 a pound more now than it did two years ago, while permanganate of potash has • soared nearly 3000 per cent in cost. I Aspirin is double the price it used ’ to be. Calomel now costs about seven i times as much as in 1914, while prac tically all the potassium compounds are establishing a new altitude rec ord that an aviator might envy. Glycerine has trebled in price. Ep som sales are more than doubled, and chloroform has nearly quadrupled in price. Acetanilid in 1914 cost around 20 cents a pound. Now it is well above $2. Bromide of soda has jumped from , below 50 cents a pound to $4.75. i Quinine sulphate is about five times as high now as it was. [ Evidently witch hazel neither comes from abroad nor is used in making i war munitions, for it is only a few [ cents a gallon higher than formerly. . But through a long list of drugs a big » increase in price is seen, and, accord ; ing to druggists, indications are that . the top has not been reached yet. I i 20-FOOT PERISCOPE , BUILT BY RAILROAD < x SAN BERNARDINO, April 4. . “Safety first” was the doctMne of the Santa Fe railroad in San Bernardino when a twenty-foot periscope was in ) stalled for a watchman at the Third street crossing. r By means of the large periscope, i the watchman can see over a one-story t building standing close to the railroad » tracks, which obscured a clqar view of 3 the tracks from the' watchman’s to*ver. t The periscope gives a clear view of the , tracks for three blocks, and will allow 3 the watchman to lower the safety v Sates while the train is some distance from the crossing. r There have been several serious ac i cidents at the crossing because the e track was obscured by the building. 3 1 NEW YORK AVIATOR MAKES NEW RECORD NEW YORK, April 4. —Flying from 5 Newport News, Va., to Washington and return with passengers, Steve Mc -3 Gordon, an aviator, established a new i cross-country flight record today. ; McGordon left for Washington at I 10:35. He returned without landing I in Washington or elsewhere, arriving j at 3:20 in the afternoon. ; The previous cross-country record ; with passengers, held by Lieutenant i T- F. Dodd, U. S. A., was 244.18 miles [ made in 1914 at San Diego, Cal. The . MqGordon record was more than twice that distance. LATEST PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GERMAN KAISER In this, the latest photograph of the kaiser to come from the front, the German ruler, seen near the right, is about to enter the officers’ headquarters in the Champagne region. NAMED FOR EXECUTED BRITISH NURSE This English Blue Cross hospital at Moret les Sablons, France, where wounded horses are cared for, has been named the Edith Cavell hospital. LLOYD-GEORGE’S CHAUFFEUR VfißSwsim 1 ■ Mb M H David Lloyd-George believes that every able-bodied Englishman should *be working for his country, either at home in the making of war material or in the trenches fighting the enemy. For this reason the “Strong Man of England” will no longer employ men in his household. His present chauf< feur is a Miss Marsh, with whom he ia well satisfied. GUARDED THE WHITE HOUSE This is Davie —the one on top of the kennel —who guarded the White House during the honeymoon absence of President Wilson. He is an Aire dale and the property of Miss Helen Woodrow Bones, cousin of the presi dent, and is highly valued as a watch dog. Holding Davie’s chain is Willis Jackson, one of the White House mes sengers. FLEW FOR PAN-AMERICANS v w Juan Domenjos, aviator, recently made one of the most daring air voy ages ever seen in Washington. The flight was made over the White House and ‘‘Whits. Lot,” and was for the en tertainment of the hundreds of Pan- Americans in Washington for the Pan- American Scientific congress. The feats of domenjos were watched by his wife, a noted beauty in Brazil, where the couple now live. She is shown in the picture talking with him just before he took to the air. Domen jos, while now engaged in aeronautic work in Brazil, makes his home at Biarritz, France. U. S. PLEA TO DISARM SHIPS IS REJECTED \ WASHINGTON, April 4.—A1l of the entente powers, through their embas sies here, have handed to Secretary Lansing formal responses rejecting the proposal made by the state depart ment in its circular memorandum, that they enter into a modus vivendi, and disarm all of their merchant ships, with the understanding that the United States government would •'en deavor to secure from the central pow ers a pledge not to attack such un armed ship without warning and with out providing for the safety of the pas sengers and crew. GOVERNMENT OF ITALY WINS VICTORY IN VOTE ROME, April 3. —The government today won a sweeping victory when the chamber of deputies voted down resolutions expressing lack of confi dence in the government by a vote of 281 to 25. A bulletin issued by the ministry of war stated that Avlona had been rein forced to withstand an expected Aus trian attack. The bulletin also listed the appointment of Lieutenant-General Settimio Placentini as commander of . the expeditionary force in Albania. SHE FOUGHT FOR RUSSIA ,*"'■•'• There is a story connected with the' Russian prisoner who is shown here in the custody of Teutonic captors. Before the war the prisoner was known as Madame Marfo Malko, the wife of a Russian junior officer. When war was declared she changed her at tire, cut her hair and joined the army. All the rigors and hardships of the different campaigns and the trench life uJ d not bother her in the least and her sex identity was a secret to all but herself. Then she was cap tured and along with the rest of the prisoners turned over to the German sanitation corps. All the prisoners forced to go through the disinfecting station-, where they bathe and have their clothing disinfected. When Madame Malko’s turn came the truth leaked out. Swedish Parliament Passes Army Bill STOCKHOLM, April 3.—The Swed ish parliament passed the army bill appropriating 140,000,000 knon en, which is to be devoted., chiefly to in creasing the movable artillery and de veloping the flying corps. CONDENSATION OF • COM EVENTS CLEANED FROM HIS SECHMS 'of oonunsiws Dispatches Picturing Developments From the Oct side World Stripped of Unnecessary Details ad Presented In Brief Canal Opening April 15 PANAMA, April 3. —Shipping con cerns are receiving assurances that the Panama canal will be reopened April 15. Assurances by the war depart ment that the landslide into the canal will be cleared by that date are being made. $40,778 Bill Favored WASHINGTON, April 4.—A favor able report has been made by the treasury department on Representa tive Hayes’ bill appropriating $40,778 to reimburse the state of California for bonds issued for expenses of In dian wars prior to Jan. 1, 1854. Tax to Raise $100,000,000 , WASHINGTON, April 4—The in come tax will place in the United States treasury this year approximate ly $100,000,000, or $15,000,000 more than was estimated last fall, accord ing to preliminary estimates compiled by the internal revenue bureau. Re turns la-st year were about $80,000,000, and the new figure is a record. Yuan Charged With High Treason SHANGHAI, April 3. —Thirty-seven members of the national assembly, in a telegram sent to the diplomatic corps in Pekin, declare that Yuan Shi Kai, by proclaiming himself emperor, violated his oath of office and ren dered himself guilty of high treason. “His duplicity in seesawing between the roles of emperor and president,’' says the message, “is child’s play,'and we have solemnly pledged ourselves to deprive him of power, and not rest until we have attained our object.” Shows War Spirit by Big Loan BERLIN, April —Answer of the people of Germany to the cry in the reichstag that the people wanted peace was shown in celebration over the nation of the remarkable success of the fourth mighty war loan to the government. This amounted to 10,- 600,000,000 marks, or 600,000,000 marks more than was asked. Schools were closed, and every city joined in cele bration of the loan’s success. “This will show to the world that Germany is determined to fight to the end,” said Dr. Siegfried Heksches, of the committee on foreign relations. Last Single Squad Enlists LONDON, April 3. —The last class of unmarried men, those who have reached the age of nineteen since their attestation, appeared in large numbers at recruiting offices to join the colors. There is now only one proclamation out in connection with enlistments. It calls on the first eight groups of mar ried men to present themselves on April 7. This is the proclamation which has caused so much dissatisfac tion throughout the country, it being felt that all single men who are evad ing service in various ways should be called before the married men are compelled to serve. AUTO DIMMER TESTS ORDERED BY JOHNSON SACRAMENTO, April 4. —Governor Johnson requested the state motor ve hicle department to institute a series of practical tests of automobile head light dimmers that are now on the market. This action was taken be cause of confusion that exists relative to the dimming provisions of the mo tor vehicle act. The first tests will be made in Sacramento in about two weeks. After the tests have been com pleted, a report will be issued for the purpose of assisting local authorities in the enforcement of the dimming *law. The tests will deal fully with types of dimmers. CHICAGO THREATENED WITH MILK FAMINE CHICAGO, April 4. —Large milk dealers admit that, if the farmers' strike continues, Chicago may face a shortage of from 35 to 50 per cent of its milk supply by Wednesday. It is estimated that the city consumes from 1,500,000 to 1,750,000 quarts daily. It , is claimed the striking farmers are holding out more than 1,000,000 quarts a day, which ordinarily find their way to back porches and doorsteps. The producers kept all bottling plants closely picketed, but no vio lence was reported. SHACKLETON SHIP AT / NEW ZEALAND PORT LONDON, April 3.—The Antarctic ship Aurora, which was to have picked up Sir Ernest Shackleton when he reached the Ross sea, has arrived at Chalmers, New Zealand, according to a news agency dispatch from that port. The Aurora sent word by wireless a week ago that it was badly damaged and was trying to get to a New Zea land port. PULLMAN TAXES JUST, STATE CLAIM SAN FRANCISCO, April 4.—Denial of the Pullman company charges in four suits that it w’as overtaxed for four years to the amount of SIOO,OOO is made in an answer filed by Attor ney-General U. S. Webb. The com pany contended that it paid excess taxes for the years 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913. under protest, and the suits were brought in an effort to recover.