The Oregon Daily Journal from Portland, Oregon on August 11, 1919 · Page 1
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CITY EDITION I? All Here and ie All True More Than $100,000 ' Worth of cars were ad vertised in the classified sec-tlon of lost Sunday's Journal. The offering Included practically every reliable make of automobile on the Portland market. x it n n a a i mi Hi rv j unisni proDauiy showers; coolerr; Tuesday fair. Maximum Temperaturea Sunday :V Chicago 74 New York ....... 78 Iam Angeles..;. . 76 . ( Portland SS New Orleans.... 83 SL Paul ....... 78 m ... . , a m w v tn . m . . . . If VOL. XVIII. NO133 Entered 0eond-elaaa Matter Potoffic, Portland, Orwn PORTLAND, OREGON, MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 11, -SIXTEEN PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS on train nd niwi STANDS FIVK CENTS ..: i ... DIES AT 83, ILL RICH Most Picturesque of World's Great Financiers Passes at His Country Home near Lenox. Wealth Piled Up So Fast He .Couldn't "Die Poor" as He Hoped Gave Millions Away. Lenox, Mass., Aug. 11. Andrew Carnegie, ,the world's greatest philanthropist, ia dead. The aged steel baron, whose benefactions-totaled more than $300,000,-000;' succumbed' to bronchial pneumonia, at his summer home, "Shadow Brook," here this morning. A statement , issued by attending physicians merely said: "Andrew Carnegie! died shortly after 7 o'clock this morning." -Had Mr, Carnegie lived until November 25 next he would have been 84 years old. At his bedside at the time of his death wer Mm. Carnegie S Ma private secretary, John : Boyhston ; the family physician and members of his home staff. Mrs. Roswell Miller, his daughter, was not., present. : Mr. Carnegie was one of the rioted "84 trio" summering here, the others being Chauncey M. Depew and Chandler Rob-bfns. Carnegie had been seriously ill only since last Friday. His condition became critical late yesterday, it is understood. Funeral - arrangements have not yet , been -announced, but it is believed the body wiH be sent! to Pittsburg for burial. Carnegie, early "In his career as a . financial leader, expressed the firm conviction that It was "a sin to die rich." fie sought' through his . countless gifts to avoid this self-designated "sin." His income was .so great, however, that ' It ts believed he , was able to make but , Jittle- impression upon his wealth.- "" Carnegie- had been Incapacitated for ( Concluded on Pie Two, Column Thre) LACED MR ACCUSES OFFICER Major Sligh, Formerly of Spruce ; Board, Tells of Alleged - Irregularities. Chicago, Aug. 11. (I. N. S.) One high government official was charged with irregularities in business today by ex?Major Charles R. ' Sligh of the spruce production board, before, a committee of congressmen headed by Representative A. J. Frear, which is en route to the Northwest spruce district on a tour of Investigation of the war time activities of the aircraft production board. F. W. Sligh charged Major F. W. 'Lead-better of the board with three separate attempts to Induce him to enter into a deal whereby the two could have controlled large lumber interests in the 'West and made hundreds of thousands of dollars from government contracts. Sligh also read into the record a characterization of Colonel Brice P. Bisque, which bristled with the words "intentional falsifier, and fakir ' of the first water." He repeatedly referred to Col- - onel E. A. Deeds as "incompetent." Major Slight also told how spruce brokers stepped in when the United States entered the conflict and, standing between the mill men of the West and the government, boosted spruce prices SIS to $20 per thousand feet. Sligh. who during the war was an assistant to Chairman Coff man of the spruce production board, declared that in one instance, the government was compelled, to pay 51 05 a thousand feet for spruce while the same producing company sold the same quality of lumber to individuals at $35 a thousand. : Sligh promised Representative J. A. jFrear, chairman of the sub-committee, a complete list of firms he said "gouged the government." .-The congressmen will conclude their investigation in Chicago tonight, leaving for the Northwest Immediately. Charles R.- Sligh was a wealthy furniture manufacturer from Michigan and was connected , with the spruce production headquarters at Washington. r. C, according to spruce corporation officials in Portland. The officials say that Sligh was never connected with the local staff of the spruce -division.' and was displaced from his army position before the - conclusion of the war. It is mainly on Ms charges that the spruce corporation investigation is being conducted. Officials of the. shipping board said they believed Major Leadbetter was Sligh" s official successor. , Major Leadbetter was not in the city today and could not be asked as to the facta In-the matter. Census Supervisors : , ; Eor Oregon Named Washington, Aug. II. (I. N. S.) The secretary of commerce today appointed "supervisors of censors as follows; Oregon Second district, William A. Terrall, - Wasco ; third, W. D. Bennett. Portland. RECENT- PICTURE OF IRONMASTER MOST recent picture of Andrew Carnegie, great philanthropist, who died this morning. After giving away $300,-000,000 Carnegie is believed to have left an estate of as much more. There is much interest in the disposition of his immense property. , ,V.f'f'l i - t'.vi..Air. --5: :-. " - "JSnL - 4. 4 4 r, Zfg'i L ife of New Tork. Aug. 11. (Xt. P.) Andrew Carnegie, philanthropist, who died today at his summer home in Massachusetts, was born at Dunfermline Fioeshire. Scotland, November 23. 1835. He came with his family to the United States in 1848, settling in Pittsburg. Carnegie married Louise Whitfield Of New Tork City in 1887. His first work in America was that of a weaver's assistant -in a cotton factory in Allegheny, Pa., after which, in 1851, he became telegraph messenger boy for he Ohio Telegraph company at Pittsburg. He learned telegraphy, and entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad company as an operator, advancing by promotolon to the management of the Pittsburg division of that system. He joined T. T. Woodruff, inventor of the sleeping car, in organizing the Woodruff Sleeping Car - company, gaining through this the nucleus of his fortune. Careful Investment of small earnings in oil lands increased Carnegie's means. During- the Civil war he served as superintendent of military railways and government telegraph, lines in the East. After the war Carnegie developed iron works of various, kinds and established at Pittsburg the Keystone Bridge Worksj Mia me union- xron worics. - - . '. He . introduced the " Bessemer process of making steel in this country "in 1868. . He was principal owner a . few years later of the Homestead and Edgar Thomson steel works and other- s large plants as head of the firms of Carnegie. Phi p pa & Co.,1 and Carnegie Bros.-& Co. Carnegie 'consolidated his interests in 1889 in the so-called billion dollar steel trust, the Carnegie Steel company. This in 1&01 was merged -with the United States Steel corporation. . ... vl. 5. , : V 11 If" A, X '"22? 1 V . v , r" 4,t - in the Gam eg ie Carnegie closed this part of his life by retiring from business. Dating from his retirement,-Carnegie began a chapter of speech making, globe trotting-and million dollar gift giving, w hich lasted till ; has death. He .flooded , America and England with libraries and other institutions. His benefactions extended to practically every civilized country in the world. His writings were translated into eight different languages. . His . benefactions included $24,000,000 to i the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburg ; $34.00,000 to New Tork city for establishment of branch libraries; $22,000,000 to i the Carnegie Institute of Washing- ( Concluded on Pfcga Two, Column Four) v. I . K -: J f s 4 f" ? X v ...... Seattle Police NaV 131 in ightiEaid s On Gambling House Seattle, Wash-. Aug. 11. (X. N. S.) One hundred . and thirty-one ; men, charged . with violation i of ' the anti-gambling laws, are scheduled to appear today in iPoIice Judge ' Gordon's : court. All were arrested, early Sunday morning during a raid at' the Service club. 1 The raid,';; according to : the police, is the biggest 'eve ..conducted here. ,Tte patrol . wagon : mad .10-; trips i to and from : the- 'police. station. ; All of -those arrested were able, to furnish" bail. As evidence the - police ? gathered in 5000 poke chips, 18vdoxn; packs .of cards and 12 card tables. . The . game, it is said, was "black 4ick. ( . . . j . . ,v T ' : .s ...,; .,. .. i - KEPT TREATIES FR01 II. S. Secretary Lansing Tells Senate Committee He Knew Nothing of Secret Agreements. First Learned of Them After Peace Negotiations Had Begun in Paris Last February. Washington, Aug. 1 1 . Viscount Ishii, former Japanese ambassador to the United States, kept from Secretary Lansing the fact that Japan had secret treaties with the allies for division of Chinese territory captured. from Germany, Lansing today told the senate foreign relations com mittee, in reVuming his testimony jon the treaty Arthur Balfour and Lord Reading also kept silent about Britain's secret treaty with Japan when they were in this country, Lansing said, end he never knew of the secret agreements until February. . 1919, after the peace negotiations began in Paris. When Lansing made these statements; Senator Borah read a speech by Baifour in the house of commons during the war to the effect that "President Wilson is being kept fully informed by the allies" regarding agreements among themselves; Lansing said he did not know whether Ishii had deliberately concealed from him the fact of the secret treaty. KNEW OF PACIFIC ISLAXDS , ! 'f "But he did either affirmativelyot' by silence conceal from you the fact that Japan had secret agreements with Grerf Britain and the" powers?' asked Senator Borah. i s "Tes,. said Lansing. f . Lansing - said, however, that, though he was totally ignorant until after j the war of the - general secret agreement under .which Shantung was claimed by Japan,' be did : know in 1918 that - Great Britain and Japan had agreed to divide the v Pacific Islands taken from ' Ger- 50TIFIED BY AMBASSADOR ' i . Sir Cecil Spring-Rtc gave him ; his first official notification of the secret Japanese treaties In February of this year, Lansing said. "Who' first' suggested Insertion in the (Concluded on Fate Nine, Column Three) NORTHERN LIGHTS ; STOP TELEGRAPH Aurora Causes Numerous Breaks and Wire Trouble for Hours All Over United States. Chicago, Aug. 11. (U. P.) The aurora borealis may inspire admiration in nature lovers, but it kills all the joy in a telegrapher's life. Wires all over the country today were laid out by "earth currents," attributed by . wire workers to the electricity responsible for aurora's appearance. This electricity creeping onto tele-grapb. wires neutralizes the legitimate current and plays queer pranks. Generally the trouble Is dissipated in an hour. Today the -condition hung on for hours, delaying press association and . commercial transcontinental wires which frequently were interrupted for many minutes at a time. The aurora is. as one operator expressed it, "static and erratic." It comes without warning and leaves as suddenly. What the explanation of it Is has never been thoroughly determined, but it apparently has something; to do with the passage of static electricity either about the earth longitudinally or radiating from the magnetic pole. It is generally strongest in colder and more northern sections of the. earth, for Illustration along the Canadian Pacific In Canada. It Is more evident in plains country than in that broken , by mountain ranges. It has never been, sucess-fully fought by the telegraph or telephone companies. The Canadian i Pacific overcame it somewhat by crossing and recrossing its parallel wires and by at intervals sending the wires for, miles at right angles to their general course. When it -first appears in a telegraph office,, it generally starts the sounder to rattling like a tin waehboiler filled with glass falling down stairs.- Very often it will come in and chatter' away, so far; as the novice can tell, just like an operator "writing." "I ! When the aurora comes the curators from .' chief 'on, down to the office boy who distributes the messages all take a layoff and patiently wait the departure of Che uninvited guest.: The aurora is not as complete a bog so far as monopolizing the wires is concerned. It will sometimes leave a circuit alone of anywhere from' several minutes to an hour or so, only to "butt" in with its chatter again. On a press wire this interval of cessation generally occurs during lunch hour, or when the wire is ordinarily "clear" and when it, would not be doing very ..much anyhow. It butts in again Just as soon as some story of universal Importance Is just about to reach Its climax. ' r,,' On the telephone it sets ip a' "sing., tag" that sounds like the telegraph, wires do on a cold frosty night, only it is louder. " - - . ISHII Points Between City Limits and Milwaukie Get Big Cut in Fares Points North of Milwaukie to Have 6-Cent Fare; Other Places Also Benefit. Salem, Aug. 11. Material reductions in rates on interurban lines of the Portland Railway, Light & Power company out of Portland are contained in a modification of the public service commission's original order of December 1, issued today and effective September 1, Today's order includes the reduction of all 7 cent interurban fares to 6 cents, the establishment of a new junior ticket providing a coupon fare for children under 12 years of age at practically one half of the cash fare, and the establishment of a joint through ticket for rides on interurban and city linea which virtually provided for a fare of 3 cents in addition to the regular cash fares. The joint through fare is provided in a book of 10 tickets and Is to be used only on rides from points within the city to points on interurban ,lines. These books contain coupons to be used in lieu of transfers from one line to another and provide for a. reduction in the joint rate now in effect amounting to practically 3 cents. OAKS BATE XI3TE CE5TS Under the new rate the fare to the Oaks will be 9 cents to those purchasing the 10 ticket books. Under present rates the fare Is 13 cents, (t cents on the city lines and an additional 6 cents on the interurban linev The joint through rate from points on Portland city line to Ardenwald or vice versa will be 10 cents as against a present rate of 13 cents. The new rate to Golf Junction will be 9 cents. MILWAUKIE FARE SIX CEXTS The new 52 commutation ticket book provides for a reduction from 7 to 6 cents on rides between First and Alder street. Portland, and all stations south and east ' of Golf Junction to and Including Milwaukie and Krrol. The rates effective under this book fare are greatly similar to those effective under the old 20-ride book issued by the company. A new 10-ride ticket established between Portland and Bell station, Luther, Kendall, Somerfeldt, Watson and Lents Junction provides a rate of 12.8 cents as against a present rate of 14.4 cents, . The rate to Arnaud under a. similar, Jook -will- be.. 13,7 - cents. ;, The junior terminal 10-ride book "for children under-IS years of age applies to all stations on' the Oregon City, Casa-dero and Bull Run lines, and provides a jrate of ' approximately , one half of the present cash fare. The order also 'requires that upon the application of any, patron of their interurban lines, the railway company must publish a tariff of rates as between stations providing a rate of 3 cents per mile with a minimum fare of 6 eents between any two points. Today's order was based upon data produced at a hearing in Portland March 12 called upon the application of L. R. Buzan, C. W. Degraf and others for a revision of the . rates and regulations on the line of the P. B, L. & P. Co. from Milwaukie to Oregon City. WAGE SCHEDULE TO BE DISCUSSED Representatives of Shipping Interests to Go to Seattle Tuesday to Consider Demands. Representatives of Portland's shipping, civic and commercial interests, and leaders of the Longshoremen's union will leave for Seattle Tuesday to attend a conference on the longshoremen's wage issue, which is of vital . importance to all Pacific Coast cities. The conference is expected to develop some definite and unanimous program in respect to the demands of the longshoremen for increases In wages and changes in working conditions affecting their craft. The new wage scale calls for $1 an hour straight time and $1.50 for overtime. Although the shipping board is indirectly affected by the longshoremen's demands because of the large number of ships now operated for the federal government, the board has thus far. taken no initiative action in the present controversy. That the new wage demands constitute a problem of rar-reaching significance is freely admitted by thoee in close touch with shipping affairs on the coast. The purpose of the joint conference Is to adopt a line of action which will hare the cooperation of the various rival ports in whatever action shall be taken. Preliminary discussion of the wage demands was had at a meeting of the various interests at the Chamber of Commerce this forenoon. The names of those who will attend the Seattle conference will be announced later. Advertising Expert Is a Stickler for : Truth in Publicity f 'Truth in . advertising" that is the gospel the Associated Advertising Clubs Of the World is trying to make an universal ' ideal. And William P. Green. Organization secretary of the national Vigilance committee - of .the Associated Advertising i clubs. is in Portland this week to . disseminate the ' gospel here. -1 - At noon today he addressed the' Chamber of Commerce luncheon on "Building Better Business. A - - - ATHERMp DiUGHTER DRONED Group Sees Washougal River Currejit Sweep Hiram VVin-chell Past Drowning Woman. Bodies Recovered Nearbyj Young Woman Was to Teach Bacter iology at Johns Hopkins. In a fruitless effort to save the life of his daughter, Miss Agnes Win- chell, Hiram R. Winchell of 354 life the Marguerite avenue lost his own Sunday in the north fork of Washougal river back of Cape Horn, Where he and his family had motored for a day's outing. 1 Miss Winchell had been swimming in the shallower portions of the river, and her father, watching nearby, had warned her against going too near a deep pool, through which sweeps a turbulent . current. She climbed upon a raft of ties near the Goodseli Logging company's place at the edge of the .water and fell from It into the pool. Leaping into the water, the father was caught by the current and ; was lost before he could seize the girl. The bodies were subsequently recovered with grappling hooks by farmers, who said they would never have thrown away , their own lives in attempting to swim the eddy. The bodies were taken to Camas. Winchell was a salesman for Lang '& Co. of Portland, and had been emplyed there for 12 years. - Miss Winchell was spending the isum-mer in Portland before going East to take a position as Instructor of bacteriology In Johns Hopkins university. She had specialized In this subject at Reed college as a member of the first class to be graduated from that Institution, and at Columbia university, where she took advanced study. During the war she had been working with the Rockefeller Institute and the government in her chosen profession. . ., . . .. ... Mr. and Mrs. Winchell and their two daughters Agnes, who was 26,: and Ruth had motored to the Washougal early In the day. The father was In the habit of taking, week-end trips, sometimes with his family and sometimes with friends. He was held In high regard by his employers and the trade. I ! Jobbers in Truck Steal Four Tons Of Sacked Wheat Lelsyvllle, Aug. 11. Motor truck robbers stole four tons of sacked wheat from a field of the Washington county ranch of Milne brothers. The grain had been piled about half 'a mile from the ranch house, where it was left when the threshers had completed work in the field. It is believed the robbers made two trips for the grain, as few trucks could handle a four-ton load on the rough dirt roads over which the wheat was hauled. Farmers are leaving dogs on guard about their grain piles. Farms in the vicinity are large, giving excellent opportunity for thefts. The wheat! taken was valued at more than $320. In days gone by a gang of thieves operated in this district, stealing, grain in bulk from bins and selling It in Portland. Tokio Compositors . Demand $35 Month Tokio, Aug, 10. (Delayed.) (U.: P.) AH the leading Tokio newspapers suspended publication yesterday as a result of a strike of compositors, who are demanding a minimum wage, scale of 70 yen ($35) monthly. At present they "are receiving 60 yen monthly. . , Chorus Girls Out; Row May Be . New Tork, Aug. 11. (I. Nt S.V The lovely chorus girls, when they get out of bed some time this afternoon, are going to form a branch union all their own and Join the actors' strike. ., This was the most Important bit of news to the average New Yorker that emanated from headquarters ofthe Actors' Equity association, the strikers' organization, today. ' The strike leaders said they did not know where the chorus girls were to have their headquarters, but the managers said they guessed it-would be right around the corner from the drugstore that had the biggest soda fountain, and they said other; things like:. . , -v, - .- !'-'.. - POOR LITTLE FOODLE! . "Who'se going to take care of Tessie's poodle dog while Tessle is on picket duty?" : -i-:: i ' " Just bow many of the chorus girls are going to Join the strikers- was ia deep, dark secret, but some of the .(striking actors said many of the girls swore they would stay out indefinitely, even if they had to "pawn their limousines I to buy chocolates .and ice cream." The Shuberts forestalled possible action by the Queens of Editors Off on 75 -Mile Journey By Automobile To Crater Breakfast Served In Medford and Everything Done to Provide Comfort and Safety. Medford. Aug. 11. The special train carrying the National Editorial association party, delegates and accompanying guests, 256 (n number, arrived from Portland at 8:30 o'clock this morning. The guests were taken to restaurants' and hotels for breakfast, which was awaiting them. While they were eating,' the 88 automobiles and drivers, furnished by the citizens of Medford. Ashland and Grants Pass, assembled on Main street The loading of the cars and start for Crater lake was begun as. soon as the first guests were through eating. , . So perfect was the system used that there was no confusion. Commercial club members were on hand everywhere as guides and by 8 o'clock the last car had departed for Crater lake. Each -guest and driver of each car was provided with a well filled lunch box. Auto trucks rushed the hand baggage of the visitors to the lake, to be there awaiting them on their arrival. Three extra cars followed to care for passengers in case any cars broke down on the .75 mile drive, and in addition three trouble cars, with all kinds of auto equipment,, were sandwiched in with the many-cars en route, r , The cars left Medford by three differ ent routes, to give the editorial visitors as much of a glimpse of the valley as possible. TROUT AND BEAR MEAT CAPTIVATE EASTERN 1ED1TORS Two hundred and fifty editors might return home but they'll never be the same. They said so Sunday after eating bear and trout, after motoring over the Columbia river highway; after sitting in the woods at the Eagle Creek camp ground long enough, to be inoculated with the western spirit. "You Oregon people have the privilege of living here j we have to return home only to . exist," was the way one editor phrased It. The picnic and motor ride for the National Editorial association delegates was the climax" of their Portland stay. Leaving the Imperial hotel at 7 130 e-m., 110 cars with the newspaper "workers went up the Columbia river highway.' Crown Point particularly stirred the visitors but Xagle" Creek ' Park - captured them body and souL ' Walt Jenkins of the T. M. C. A. and his tremuld trombone started the Eagle Creek festivities. ' Jenkins has been, with the navy so long he couldn't resist blowing mess call. But never In the navy did he blow the call to a breakfast such as the editors enjoyed Sunday. They ate.-trout from Oregon's streams and- said they'd only dreamed such delicacies existed. They ate Oregon bear and said they were going to return to hunt. Peaches, ; cantaloupes, patented breakfast fods, doughnuts, buns, potatoes, milk chocolate and coffee tasted as they never ' had efore. They were Oregon souvenirs. Even the menu was ' (Concluded oh Ff Nina, Column, Two) Shimmie Dance Is Branded as Vulgar j Tinder Ban in City Sound taps- for the "shimmie" dance in Portland. The new creation in the terpslchorean realm has been branded by the police as "vulgar," and Acting Mayor Bigelow this morning ordered notices sent to all dance hall proprietors that their licenses would be immediately revoked if indecent dances were allowed on the premises. The "shimmie" is included among those classed as indecent. "I want notice served that the dance hall men will - be held responsible for any indecent steps allowed," the acting mayor announced this morning. . "It has been called to my attention that several California cities have placed the ban on the 'shimmie,' and , it has been 'Classed among tne Indecent dances by the Portland police department. , I have ordered the police to serve notice on proprietors." An investigation of dance - halls has been in progress in Portland for some time, and couples have been removed for dancing the "shimmie. ; ; of the runway by announcing they Were combining two of their musical comedies, using the loyal girls in both shows in a combined chorus and staging vaudeville Acts in place of the regular showf All JOLS09T JOIKS The strike developed into a deadlock today, with the ' actors triumphantly announcing the addition of At Jolaon, "the.. world's highest priced comedian." John . Drew, Ethel Barryrnore, Lionel and Jack Barryrnore to their ranks and the managers bulletining the statement that Valll Valli, Janet Beecher, Olive Wyndham and other celebrities of the stage had declared their loyality to the producers. -i ; , The actors had arranged a conference this afternoon to discuss plans for calling out the union musicians and stage hands,- a move which they say, would close every theatre in New York except the niovies and vaudeville houses. Other late Incidents in the strike include the arrest of an actor picket who told a crowd .that the entertainment at the Winter Garden was a '"bum show," and the transfer of a burlesque show to Broadway- to take , advantage of the closing of other attractions : by the strike. . ; 4 , ' . Lake Bald heads Depopulated BE CALLED Conferences Will Be Held in ' Washington, Where Leaders May Talk Over the Situation. President Wilson Expecteij to Take Part in Sessions; Plum Pfan Advocates Also to Talk. Washington. Aug. 11. (U. P.) Industrial conferences, In which President Wilson will meet representatives of capital and labor for" open discussion of economic problems, will be held at tlft White House before the high cost of living problem is disposed of, according to plans being made here today. The men whom the president will meot will form some sort of unofficial cabinet. The object sought la a free exchange of ideas to clarify the atmosphere and eliminate misunderstandings between the workers and employers; and the development of constructive suggestions for betterment of relation between labor and capital. Advocates of the "Plumb plan" for nationalization of the railroads intend to "lay It before this industrial conference. . This probably will not take place, however, until next. October. Backers of the nationalization scheme have called a national conference to meet here October 8. to consider the Plumb plan and other programs - for ultimate disposition of the lines.' President Wilson's attitude toward the industrial conference idea was set fort It In his last speech to congress, wherein he said he was wilting to meet any groups of his fellow citizens who "know what they are talking about." to take steps for improving capital and labor relations,.' . ... ' JBenator ; Poindexter, Washington, is the author of a Joint resolution asking the president to call representatives of capital . end labor for a face to face (Concluded on Fxgm Two, Column Two) BLISS LETTER HOT TO GO TO SENATE President Says It Was Personal and Will Be Treated as Such. . ' Washington, Aug. 11. (I, N. S.) President Wilson, in a communication this afternoon to the senate, declined to submit to the foreign relations committee the text of the letter written to him by Ceneral Bliss' with reference to the Shantung settlement at the peace conference. " The letter "could not be properly described . as one of protest," the president declared, adding that be has received no written protest from any member of the peace commission with reference to the Shantung settlement. His reason for withholding the communication, he said, was because in It were references to other governments which, while proper In a personal letter to the president, he felt General Bliss would not care to have made public. The letter was written by General BUhs In behalf of himself. Secretary of State Lansing and Henry White, all American peace delerates. The communication, which was in response to a resolution adopted by the committee, also stated that the president had no knowledge of any secret treaty having been entered into between Japan and "Germany. NO ' REPORT TAKES In answer to the request of the senate for any memorandum or other information with reference to an attempt of Japan or her peace ' delegates to intimidate the Chinese delegates, th president said that he had no such memorandum or Information. In a separate letter to Senator Lodge. President Wilson explained that H wou.'T be Impossible for him to comply with the committee's request for stenographic reports of the debates over the League of Nations, and for a draft of the American plan for a league. No stenographic report had' been taken of the debate, the president stated, and the memoranda- which were taken. It was agreed, should be held confidential. BECORDS 12? PARIS , The president' explained that be did not have a complete file of the proceedings of the conference in his possession, the complete record still being in the hands of the American cornmleslon in, Paris. Many notes taken, he H, the conferees agreed it would be "unwise to make use of outside of the conference." Senators Borah. Lodge and other opponents of the treaty let it be known that they Intended continuing their figlit to get all of this data before final action is taken on the treaty Itself. It was certain this afternoon that th refusal of the president would delay final action on the treaty. Senators who have been suggesting mild explanatory reservations on the treaty,. with speedy ratification, admitted that the action of the president had seriously Interfere-! with.Hf not entirely killed their plan. There will be a final vote on the merit of the . league legislation " and on ttf Shantung provisions and opponents of the two plana were already claiming that they would be able to line up a majority in opposition to both sections. 1 -.

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