Oregon emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1909-1920, May 28, 1915, Image 4

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Old Officers Are Re-Elected and Two
Commissions Are Appointed for
Municipal Aid
The second annual conference of
the Oregon Municipality League came
to a close last night with election of
officers and the appointment of two
commissions, one on the improvement
of municipal charters and the other
on city planning.
At the motion of President Camp
bell, the officers of last year were
re-elected to their positions in lieu
of their efficient administration. The
officers are: Thomas N. Strong, of
Portland, President; Albert C.
Schmidt, of Albany, Vice President;
Prof. P. G. Young, Secretry-Treas
The committee on improvement of
municipal charters was appointed last
night, with the following members:
Benj. C. Sheldon, of Medford, R. F.
Tischer, of Salem, F. J. Tooze, of Or
egon City, R. G. Dieck, of Portland,
Don C. Sowers, of Eugene.
This committee was appointed as
a result of a paper read by Benj. C.
Sheldon, in which he gave a bird’s
eye view of a modern city. Among
the recommendations that the speak
er emphasized for consideration in
the drawing up of a charter were
home rule, short ballot, city planning,
municipal efficiency of administration
through the instrumentality of effi
cient accounting, proper reports, pub
licity, responsibility and a municipal
purchasing agency.
A paper on “City Planning,” by E.
T. Mische, resulted In the appoint
ment of a committee to investigate
and report on the idea of a standard
ized system of city planning for Or
egon. The personnel of the committee
is E. T. Mische, of Portland, Marshall
N. Dana, of Portland, I. N. McArthur,
of Lebanon, and Ellis F. Lawrence,
of Eugene. A fifth member will be
appointed later.
This commission will probably act
on the recommendation of Mr. Mische
that the field be thoroughly inves
tigated with a purpose of submitting
to the next legislature a draft of a
bill to make proper cit|y planning
a legal necessity. The system pre
sented by the speaker is somewhat
similar to the law in force in Mas
sachusetts at the present time. The
proposition provided for local boards
of city planning appointed by the
Mayor for a period of five years,
whose duty it was to make plans and
suggestions, which, if approved by
the City Council, would be submitted
to the State Board, whoso sanction
makes the plan effective.
The University received an abun
dance of praise from the visitors yes
terday. According to Bert R. Greer,
of Ashland, the state institution is
one of the greatest agencies of prog
ress that the state has. In his con
nection with the development of the
springs near Ashland, ho received in
valuable help from H. B. Miller, Dean
of the School of Commerce. “Wo are
realizing from $225,000 to $250,000
on our big sanitorium, which wo are
constructing at a cost of $175,OOQ, and
this huge saving is directly respon
sible to the Commerce and Economics
Departments, who supplied us with
data from every corner of the world.
I feel more loyalty toward this in
stitution than any other institution
of learning that I ever knew of, and
it needs our support in every bit of
its work throughout the state. Many
expressed the opinion that the Com
monwealth Conference represented
the highest service of the University
to the state. 0 .
° o The principle of excess coilffemna
tion whs discussed from a legal stand
point by W. L. LaRoche, City Attor
ney of Portland. The principle, which
provides that a sovereign power may
condemn private property in excess
of direct needs for public use was an
alyzed as a principle which conserved
the welfare of the public and was a
necessity. Commissvmtn Check in
sisted on an application of the prin
ciple to the acquisition of land for
roads and excess condemning for the
purpose of beautifying such projects
with parks.
Professor of History Thinks Italy at
War Lessens Danger for the
United States
“America's chances of being drawn
into the European conflict have been
materially lessened by Italy’s dec
laration of war,” says Doctor Clark,
of the History Department. “Germa
ny will send a half million men to the
Austro-Italian line. Austria and Ger
many are completely surrounded by
enemies, except on the Dutch frontier.
These two powers have all they can
handle and it is my opinion that in
answering our Lusitania note, even
though they may be dilatory, will con
cede all the demands of our State De
“Should we become a belligerent,
our coast defenses form ample pro
tection against any attack. All the
large navies have been damaged and
an invasion of our country would be
“As to the length of time that the
European embroilment will last, no
one can definitely say. It seems that
Lord Kitchener has proved himself a
wise prophet when he predicted al
most a year ago that the war would
continue at least three years.
“Germany’s resources seem to be
inexhaustible. She has lost practic
ally no teritory. Beside the annexa
tion of Belgium, she has forced much
land from the allies. Russia has lost
a large slice of Western Poland and
the battle line is now dangerously
near Warsaw, the Polish Capital. The
Kaiser’s troops have made large in
roads into the Baltic provinces. Th<?
territorial losses suffered by Austria
Hungary comprise only a part of Ga
licia which was taken by the Russians
several months past.
“The German-Austrian alliance ha3
the advantage of unity and concen
tration of action. The German com
manders have absolute control over
the army and navy of the two states,
backed by the resources of a hundred
millions of people. Another advan
tage is the fact that Germany is
fighting on interior lines of defense.
The armies of the allies, on the other
hand, are fighting separately, not un
der a single command. If they had
been, a detachment would surely have
been sent to help Italy, whose raw
troops will make weak resistance
against the force of a half million of
German soldiers.
“England and France have concen
trated upon the bombardment of the
Dardanelles and the capture of Con
stantinople. They think a year's work
will have been accomplished when Tur
key is subjugated. No attempt will
be made for a while at least to beat
back the Kaiser’s men along the
French frontier.
“The losses of life since the open
ing of the world conflict last sum
mer have been appalling, having al
ready reached three or four million
in number. The German-Austrian
ranks have been depleted by approxi
mately two million. A million Rus
sians have been killed or imprisoned,
and England’s loss amounts to about
Bert R. Greer urged that the scenic
and climatic resources as well as the
more material resources be capital
ized as they are in California. “Los
Angeles,” he said, "is an artistic com
bination of sand dunes, good climate,
un open,beach and good advertising.”
The speaker maintained that Oregon
was blessed with a better all-around
climate and scenery than even Cali
fornia, but that the people lacked the
push that brings thousands of tour
ists to California each year.
A. L. Rarbur, City Auditor of Port
land, expounded the principle of doing
municipal business on a cash basis
if possible, and if an absolute neces
sity, not to issue long time bonds,
but serial bonds which are more sci
entific. “The issuing of long time
bonds,” he said, “is merely selling
the credit of the taxpayer at a dis
count. Moreover, it leaves to pos
terity debts that rightfully belong to
us. Posterity will have enough finan
cial troubles without having to be
burdened with our obligations. Offi
cials are always under the pressure
of lowering taxes, which they usually
do by cutting down the sinking fund.
Serial bonds would eliminate this
financial baw in our municipal fabric,
for it would necessitate the retire
Freshman Class Hour is Said to Hare
Pared the Way for Exit of
the Institution
(By Milton A. Stoddard)
“This Way Out,” meaning exit, fare
well, was a good name for the Fresh
man class-hour in Villard yesterday,
because, sorry to hear, they say this
is the last of the class performances.
The faculty says they are no funnier
than a broken arm and must therefore
be abolished.
On the program in two places a
little jester head was printed. I sup
pose this was warning to the in
swarming audience that they were
about to see something funny. I guess
they did—there was laughter.
The general idea was a trial with a
judge (Irwin Sutton), a district at
torney (Jawn Dolph(, a defendant
(James Sheehy), et cetera, and a jury
half men and half girls with panta
It seems that Defendant Sheehy was
an old man, the father of his daugh
ter, Gladys Colwell, and he had shot
his mother-in-law with a butcher
knife. The defendant sat in agony;
his daughter acted flip and also kissed
him; his wife, Alice Gram, hopped in
haughtily and sang vaudevillainously,
and the jury jumped out of the jury
box and musical-comedied around and
sang, accompanied by their own danc
ing and the Frosh orchestra led by
Professor Baton and his waltergrebe.
Judge Sutton with loosely attached
whiskers shouted, “Order!” and the
juryfolks frisked back into their box.
During the testimony the jurors slept
(that is, they pretended to).
John Dolph, district attorney, said
that his name was Honorable Alger
non Jones, and he made a sweet, slap
you-on-the-w’ist plea to convict the de
The counsel for the defense, Don
Newbury, forcefully advocated con
viction. Result: jury reached some
kind of decision and the judge shot
the defendant three times right in the
court room.
Each jurywoman danced into the
room with a juryman, each couple oc
cupying the stage for a spell of dainty
dancing. The girls were pretty and
the men jurors were good dancers,
so somebody in the audience tcld me.
The acting was adequately fitting
to the nature of the play and things
in general were so amusing that cack
ling cachination burst forth.
The group of Junior men right up
in front, almost on the stage, seemed
to enjoy the show.
The performance was short and
snappy—it lasted about thirty min
A Freshman quartette composed of
Albert Gillette, William Vawter, Wil
liam Snyder and Don Newbury, sang
harmoniously before judge and jury.
Bob Earl, court attendant, ejected
Crandell, candyman, who hollered his
wares up the aisle.
The trial was interrupted twice by
the phone, which called up to announce
the score in the German-Allies game.
Each time it was a tie—they were
holding back for the Pathe’s Weekly.
“This Way Out” got by very well.
nient of bonds progressively as the
utility for which the bonds were is
sued wears out. This is the scien
tific way of bonding a city’s improve
Mr. LaRoche advised the passage
of a law prohibiting the issue of war
rants except for roads and similar
improvements when the necessary
funds are not in the treasury.
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Four members of the University
faculty will deliver high school com
mencement addresses this week:
Dr. Joseph Schafer, at Grants Pass,
on “Education as a Social Adjust
ment,” Wednesday; Professor F. S.
Dunn, at Carlton, on “The Moral of an
Arabian Proverb,” Wednesday; Pro
fessor E. E. DeCou, at Molalla, on
“Choosing a Life Work,” Friday; Dr.
George Rebec, at Klamath Falls, on
“Education and the Higher Life Val
ues,” Friday.
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