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About The daily gazette-times. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1909-1921 | View Entire Issue (Aug. 21, 1909)
.VOL -I. -NO. 95
J. F. RALSTON HAS
INSURANCE MAN LEAVES CORVAL
LIS PEOPLE IN THE LURCH
FORGES" NOTE ON BICKNELL
Man Representing Oregon Life Insur
ance Co. Concludes That Making
Money Honestly is Too SIow Rigs
Scheme to Beat People.
Signing Spencer Bicknell's
name to a note for $80.40 and
leaving hotel, livery and print
ing bills in the city unpaid has
T)laced one W. P. Ralston, aeent
lor the Oregon Life Insurance
cloud is a very dark one. In
fact the interested parties are
anciinea to ieei tnat -Kaiston is
an all round crook who ought to
be in the penitentiary.. Unfor
tunately, this peron failed to re
main about Corvallis until his
crookedness was discovered, so
the prison doors will hardly open
for him at any early date.
Old, Old Story v
As the story goes, Ralston
came here a coutleof weeks ago,
ntnnnmor of tins TTnt-nt " 7nroli;o
xie snowed -credentials and pro--ceeded
to- solicit for the, Oregon
TT 1 . ' 1 . ' . .
life. Spencer Bicknell was ap
pealed to for aid but, desiring
assurance, Mrl Bicknell inquired
into the situation Mr. Ralston
had a letter of introduction from
Mr. Samuels, head of the Oregon
Life, to S. L. Kline, and when
the two went to Mr. Kline , that
gentleman endorsed the com
pany warmly. He' knew Mr.
Samuels as does every older per
son in Oregon,,; and had confi
dence in his foresight and the
Mr. Spencer took out a $2,000
policy, giving a check for first
payment, and then he went with
Mr. Ralston to introduce him
ahrmfr. fifv anrl ennnhr Sou.
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erai days . ago, Mr. isicicneii re
ceived notice from the company
at Portland to the effect that it
was in receipt: of his note for
$80.40 due Sept. 12, and that
his policy would be mailed
shortly. He called the Portland
office by 'phone and told them he
bad not given a note, that he
receipt.- He then started to in
vestigate and found Ralston' had
"vacated, leaving bills . unpaid.
The Bicknell note was sent to the
First National Bank, and on
looking at it, Mr. Bicknell pro
nounced it a forgery. A letter
from the company advised Mr.
Bicknell to have Ralston arrested
but of course that was impossi
ble. Left Here on 18th.
It developes that Ralston left
Corvallis "Wednesday, going . to
Portland in company with Archie
Van Cleve, for whom he was go-
4 4- M. iii IjA. 4-Ua
jug tu gvb a pusiuuii - witii me
company. Incidentally he had
insured Mr. Van Cleve and taken
lis note for : first nayment. - He
paid Arch's fare to Portland and
the. two went? to a hotel together
and that- night separated with
the agreement that thev were to
juiwwt-.au a . wwi taiu-- piace next
morning and go to the Oregon
Life offices. This was the last
THE BEST WATER
AND BUTTER, SAYS J. A. BEXELL,
JUST HOME FROM SEATTLE
ANOTHER ESTIMATE OF FAIR
0. A. C. Man Thinks Big Fair is De
voted to . Commercialism Rather
Than Education What He , Thinks
of Various Exhibits.
"A feature that impressed me
greatly on my trip to Seattle and
northwest points," said Dean "J.
A. Bexell last night, "was. the
absence of water . even half as
good as the Corvallis article, and
the lack of butter comparing fa
vorably with that which Corval
lfc is used to' Perhan-? thi? isn't
brilliant as a leader in an inter-
view, uub iucov aic xcvwVw wicvu
continuously confront every trav
eler from this fair burg. Corval
lis has great reason to crow over
its mountain water, in particular.
A Beautiful Fair.
so iar as tne A.-i.-jr.-Hi. is
concerned, it is more beautiful,
but;, not . greater in any sense.
tnan tne Jbewis uiark exposi
tion. I agree that the natural
so perfect as that of the . fair at
Portland, but the landscape and
floral, effects are incomparable.
Of the state buildings, ' Califor
nia's is unquestionably the best
But for a' comprehensive" educa-
tional display, Canada's showing
is the best of all. This display is
compact, but not crowded, and it
is so placarded and carefully ar-
j . - .,,
ranged that one quickly grasps
the fact that Canada is really a
great section of America doing
and producing great things. ,
Too Much Commercialism
In one sense the A.-Y.-P.-E.
unsatisfactory. it impresses
one as oeing almost wnony com
mercial. Evprvthincr is for snip
oA the ronrc. . n CQn,-r,
make their business prominent.
as a matter of course. The edu-
cational value of- the fair seems
to sink . into the background.
Hiven in tne government build-
.,. , .
nig, wiLii ils line uiayiay, liicic
is more or less for sale. x)ne
bumps into hawkers at every
turn. . This commercialism may
V . .....h'.I .1. .11 t i. 14.
ue -ah woaciiueu ai, ui iaus, uut it
strikes- one as monotonous - and
with those having concessions
a i,4- uv, Ara
not care much to buv at the fair,
Several made" the statement that
the concessionaires 1 are losing
money. While the people are at
they are looking a great deal and I
k.-itt! tv, n?Qr,toi
ing, with its statuary and rugs,
is doing a real business, but the
Japanese building is the great at-
traction commercially. "
ti o. . ,: '
me ray airea -
In the lgorrote and the Eskimo
Monitor and Merrimac. : the
Pay Streak offers : three" very
hierh . class r attractions. ' 'The
latter is a scenic attraction so
wonderful that words give the
iamtesc mea oi us wortn. it is
difficult to understand how it
could be bettered. ' ' One actually
sees these great leviathans"" en-
CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY. OREGOjC SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1909
resiient of the Oregon Agricultural JJollege, elected yesterday to
the Presidency of the National Association of American Agricul
tural Colleges and Experiment Statioris,
Great Honor for
Kerr and O. A. C.
Before closing its week's . ses
National Association of College
Presidents and Directors of Ex
periments Stations . conferred
upon Wm. Jasper Kerr,
president of O. A. C.
the highest honor within its
gift, that of the ' presidency of
the Association. This Associa-
;-w- -v.- - .-
tion in session at Washington
, , , t
ouy iasL year maae r. jverr
vice-president and accepted his
urgent invitation to hold its 1909
session at Portland. One hun-
dred and sixty of the
greatest -' 'agriculturists"
eause of the illness of President
Scoville, of Kentucky, Dr.- Ken-
presided at the sessions. His ex-
ecutive ability so impressed ' the
members of the Association "that
, - ,i i j
he was unanimously elected to
iae nonor ians not alone on
Dr. Kerr. All Oregon shares in
.i . . .
tnis, ana is pleased at tne rec-
oenition. While ; Dr. VKm-'s
- ... ... -
Wetic personality, his impres-
sive dignity, splendid work lor
the association during several
years, and his unquestioned abil-
ity as a presiding officer, had most
to do his Sftiftf,t;on it is
woum nave ueen comerrea as it
was lie UreSn Agncul
tural College occupied a less
prominent' place " among the
aWter schools nf th pnimtr
go Oregon rightly takes a share
lius iiuiiur assuuira even larg-
er proportions when it is under-
I stood that the presidency of the
National Association has not' be-
fore fallen to the lot ' of any
western mam -: That the honor
should come from a body of men
representing every state : in the
Union with the exception of five,
wix-ie in wnicn rres. i.err is ; a
and gives Oregon people a better
line-up on the 1 size of the man
now directing the affairs of the
Oregon Agricultural College.
Harrisville will have a new school
house, built this year. Supt. Mack
has plans for a one roomstucture there.
Look for "Owners'
gains City Homes"
GOOD GOODS AND PROMPT SERVICE
We carry the largest and best line of Staple and Fancy Groceries in the city.
TEAS AND COFFEES OUR SPECIALTY
Agents for BARERIZED BARRINGTON HALL COFFEE
VAN DUZER'S FLAVORING EXTRACT (None Better)
MONOPOLE CANNED GOODS (Strictly High Grade.)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Always In Stock
PEOPLE OF CONSOLIDATED DIS
TRICTS FILLED WITH PRIDE.
EVERY MODERN CONVENIENCE
Plans on File With Supt. Mack Indicate
that New Structure Will be One of
the Best in the County Will Be
Equipped With Best to Be Secured.
. " ' ' : - s
Alsea's new $8, 000 school build
ing is to be a thoroughly modern
and very attractive structure. It
will have very up-to-date ar
with hot and cold water in each
room, first-class toilets, a first-
class clock in the tower, and will
be provided with very fine
equipment. Architect John L.
Stratton, of Alsea, has filed plans
with Supt. Mack, and these show
the proposed building to be all
that is desirable. ,
Specifically, the new building
will be a four-room, two-story
structure, with wide hallways,
ample light, a high tower and an
outside appearance that looks
good. The Alseans in their pride
have determined to make their
will buy and are now prepared to
spend $10,000, if necessary,
though $8,000 is figured on at the
present time. $700 worth of
school furniture has already been
bought, and when the structure
is finally ready for occupancy ab
solutely nothing will be lacking.
All rooms in the building are very
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LOOK AT OUR LIST
Green Beans, Corn, Onions
Potatoes and Onions
Phone Your Orders Direct
PRICE FIVE CENTS
PEOPLE WHO COME NEXT MONDAY
TO BE ENTERTAINED THERE
L RECEPTION AT 8
Seventy-five Distinguished Easterners
to Be Provided for by City Ladies
Who Will Furnish Thirty-six Rooms
at the Big Dormitory.
The final arrangements for
entertainment of the . distin
guished visitors due next Mon
day on as follows:
Dinner, bed and breakfast,
Informal reception Waldo Hall
8 p. m to which all members
of the Commercial Club and
Auxiliory are invited.
Thirty-six rooms at Waldo
Hall will be furnished by
college and city ladies
covers, sheets, pillows, dress
er scarfs and rugs being re
quired. At a meeting of the
Auxiliary yesterday, Miss Bertha
Davis and Mrs, C. M. McKellips
were named as a committee tb
look after - this. Those who
agree to furnish a room will .
have their equipment called for
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it to the college. Ladies may go
and arrange the rooms assigned
to mem, u tney oesire. jp iorai
decorations will be accepted and
doubtless enjoyed by the occu- .
pants of the rooms.
The train will arrive about 4:30
Thursday, evening, leaving at 9
If you desire to help, call either
member of the commit tee. .
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and these the very ablest of the