Az-.4 jk'j -v INDEPENDENCE MONITOR "THE PAPER THAT EVERYBODY READS" VOL.5 INDEPENDENCE, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY 11, 1917 NO. 39 6 THE RHYMING SUMMARIST Papers are filled with economy talks And other warning clatter, We're told to save all we can And then to lick the platter; "Never spit out what you can chew," Experts are daily humming, Boiled angle worms And other squirms, We can taste them coming. Sadie's 11 roosters and one old hen Have commenced to lay, But Sadie wonders why it is, She gets but one a day; Bertie Kullander has no doubt learned, He's quite a chicken feller, If Sadie 's wise She'll make those eyes And Bertie sure will tell her. Engineer Bewley at any task Is bound to do his best, He'll even pull a Ford 'tis said If beauty is distrest; Girls of the high school glee Burst forth in gladsome song, Their voices scoured, In fact the flowered, And made old gloom go wrong. Sunday has been set aside As a day for Mother, She's the one that when you lose, You'll never get another; If she be near or far away Write her a good long letter, The time do take And it will make The both of you feel better. S7 BY VIRGINIA SOUTHERN CIVIC LEAGUE. With only two more meetings, one to be held the fourth Tues day in May, the last the second Tuesday in June, the Independ ence Civic League will close a most prosperous and profitable year's work. During the latter half of the season, Mrs. K. C. Eldridge has been the leader and as a president she is most capable, always working every detail out in an admirable and satisfactory manner to the entire club. Last Tuesday afternoon the club met and completed the somewhat delayed plans to send a box to Co. L. Thursday the box, containing miscellaneous substantial, was foi warded to the "Independence boys." To those who are ambitious to make gardens and are without the available ground, the Civic League will secure the necessary acreage if it is made known. S. S. CLUB. Mrs. Geo. Carbray entertained the members of the S. S. Club Wednesday afternoon. Sewing and conversation filled the hours with pleasure, the hostess con cluding the session with a splen did repast. WEDNESDAY CLUB. Mrs. K. C. Kldridge enter tained the members of this club in a most delightful manner last Wednesday afternoon. The re ception rooms and library of the handsome home were farther beautified by vases and jardineres of pretty spring blossoms, and j plants. A large cluster of choice I pink carnations centered the drawing-room table. Groups of jolly matrons gathered around the glowing hearth, tatting and ; chatting, passing the hours in a ! delightfully congenial way. The i hnaU-Ki sprvprl a mnst pinuiaite luncheon to the club members, and Mrs. Sherman Hays, Mrs. F'earl Hedges and Mrs. Percival. FLAG IS RAISED A large American flag, which once flew over the battleship Maryland, was raised over the Masonic Temple yesterday after noon with patriotic ceremony in the presence of a thousand people. A parade, headed by Dr. H. C. Dunsmore, master of ceremonies, marehed from the public school grounds to the temple. In the order named came the G. A. R. fife and drum corps, the girls of the Honor Guard carrying the flag and the pupils and teachers of the Inde pendence schools. J. W. Kirk land, the oldest Mason in Inde pendence, raised th flag. The school children repeated their patriotic pledge and the entire assemblage saluted. After the flag had been unfurled to the breze, C. W. Barrick delivered an address. As the finale, thi Star Spangled Banner was sung by all. . GARDEN TRAIN The gard( n train, conducted by the Southern Pacific under the direction of the extension service of the 9. A. C, is in Independ ence this afternoon. Commenc ing; at one o'clock and continu ing until 2:45 there were lectures at the high school on "Food Preparedness," "Home Can ning," "Vegetable Growing" and "Poultry Raising" by Miss Turley, Miss Cowgil), Prof. VV. S. Brown and Prof. C. C. Lamb. The lectures on "Vegetable Growing" and "Home Canning" were repeated later in the after noon at the preparedness car. All the lectures were interesting and instructive and will prove Of much benefit to those attending. Addison Bennett, with the Oregonian, writes: "If Polk and Yamhill counties ever looked better, nobody seems to rpmem ber the time. I heard more than one farmer say that he never saw vegetation make a finer growth in the same length of time than during the past week. It does not seem at all probable that there will be any frost. If this proves the case, and other conditions go along favorable, Polk and Yamhill will give a good account of themselves when the crops are harvested this fall." When the new revenue bill goes into effect, the people will realize that war costs money. A SPLENDID EFFORT Th Girls' Glee Club of the High School, fifteen in number, presented at the opera house last Friday evening a real musical treat and added to it as a dessert the best acted sketch ever staged in Independence, either by amateurs or professionals. The girls were directed by Miss Rawlings. assisted by Mrs. E. E. Paddock. Each musical num ber was clever, original and in perfect harmony. The sketch, "The Kleptomaniac", a difficult role, was handled with ease and grace. The seven girls, an sll star bevy, mixed the right ele ments of polish and finish and smoothly glided over the rough places with an easiness that was marvelous. There was no grasp ing for lines. It will be too bad if this entertainment is not re peated here. The Glee Club consisted of Margaret Burroughs, Norma Cal breath, Hazel Calbreath, Ulla Dickinson, Helen Gillespie, Ruth Girard, Opal Hewitt, Vera John son, fay Johnson, Erma Lyons, Inez Mix, Dorothy Paddock, Bessie StilJwell, Frances Towns erd and Velma Whiteaker. Those in the sketch were Norma Cal breath, Haxel Calbreath, Ulla Dickinson, Opal Hewitt, Do-othy Paddock, Frances Townsend and Velm Whiteaker. BOOSTED BOND BILL Saturday was booster day in Independence for the road bond bill. Commissioner E. J. Adams delivered a speech at the Isis to a crowded house. He insisted that the passage of the bond bill on June 4 would be the best thing Oregon has ever done, that the bill was drawn in the inter ests of all th people of the state and not especially to benefit Portland, that Oregon should build its trunk roads first and the branches would follow, that taxes would not be increased and that the present state levy and automobile tax would care for both the interest and principal of the bonds. Mr. Adams' address was a splendid argument for the affirmative side of the question. He is certainly familiar with the subject. At a banquet given by the busi ness men fnday night, Mr. Adams was the guest of honor and spoke briefly regarding the bond bill and answered ques tions concerning it. Others who spoke were Judge Kirkpatrick, Winnie Braden and I. L. Patter son. Commissioner S. Benson, who was scheduled to be present, did not come. Many would have liked to have heard him. COLLISION The S. P. gas car stuck a tractor, belonging; to J. B. Knowlesj Saturday evening near Gerlinger. The driver of the tractor made an attempt to cross the tracks but because of a grade got stalled and backed up. The engineer of the gas car thinking tint the tractor driver would wait for the gas car to pass did not stop. The tractor driver, apparently not noticing the ap proach of the car, started up and drove onto the tracks. In the collision that resulted, the trac tor, a new one just reently pur chased, was badly wrecked, but fortunately the driver escaped uninjured. The gas car was not damaged. Mr. Knowles was sitting in a buggy near by and witnessed the collision. SUNDAY IS MOTHER'S DAY Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day. It is set aside as an occasion for all men and women to show by some act or deed their love for their mother. This cannot be done in any particular manner for each individual's way of showing affection and admiration is different but the three common practices are to attend church services, wear a white flower and write a letter to mother if you are not with her. Some man has said that "all that I am, I owe to my mother." What he has said nearly every man and woman can say also. CHIEF JUSTICE McBRIDE'S DECISION IN THE NORTH INDEPENDENCE STREET LINE QUESTION There is not sufficient evidence here , fences upon the street lines as it is to justify us in changing the lines of ! now claimed by teem. If anybody on the streets of Independence as they earth knew the boundary lines of Main FOOD PREPAREDNESS J. E. Cooter, district agent for Polk county, delivered an ad dress in Independence last Satur day afternoon in whicn he strongly urged the farmers to utilize every available acre this year, that the country faced a food shortage and that the farmers must help win the war by greatly increasing their yields. MONMOUTH GRADUATES The commencement exercises of the Monmouth high school will be held June I. The follow ing fifteen will receive diplomas: Guy E. Sacre, Donald Portwood, Lou Uuggles, Clarence Walker, Earl McNeil, Alice Hamm, Silas Starr, Jay B. V. Butler, Jr., Thelma Marks, Gertrude Coote, Violet Deuny, Gaynelle Shore, Gladys Evans, Harold Olson and Birchard Van Loan. OFFICERS CALLED Three thousand on the officers' reserve list have been called to the eolors and ordered to report in San Francisco on May 15. Among them are If. W. Brune of the Dallas Otserver, J. S. Coop er, Jr., of Salem, Walter L. Tooze, Jr., of Dallas and Mark V. Weatherford of Albany. FIRST ROSE Lester BoJenhamer brought to the Monitor office last Saturday morning a rose in full bloom, evidently the first one in Inde pendence this spring. The flower was grown at the Bod en hamer home on C street. have been acquiesced in and recognized for forty years before the last survey. It is evident that no purvey wag made when the land was originally platted, but by referring to the plat it is plain that Thorp intended to plat the north east corner of his claim. The originM field notes are not here, and there is not a scrap of original evidence any where ia the record to identify the location of the northeast corner. In this dilemma the surveyor attempted to locate it by reference to a descrip tion in a deed fiom E. A. Thorp to A. Nelson, dated March 21, 1883, convey ing all his donation land claim not included in the town plat in which deed the beginning point is described as follows: "Beginning at the north east cerner of said land claim where a bottle with charcoal in It ia sank ia the ground," etc. Upon what data this description is based does not appear, Evidently if was riot a "government corner" because the government sur veys are not marked by beer bottles buried in the ground; and it is a matter of common knowledge that in the early fifties, when these donation claims were being surveyed, Oregon was ia a staO of priatine purity and sobriety and beer bottles were unknown. So this beer bottle which the surveyor found and dug up and identifies as such must belong to a more recent geological period than that extending from 18jOte 1854. There is no proof of the accur acy of the survey, if there was a sur" vey, when it was buried and no suffici ent proof that it was the same bottle referred to in Thorp's deed, though it probably was. It is not nearly so re liable as indicating the location of the streets as the acts of old settlers, in cluding Thorpe himself, who owned some lots now owned by one of the J climed b' P'intiff plaintiffs and who maintained his ; remain. street Thorp was that nan. He was the owner of the townsite and inter ested in the progress of the town, and it is not probable that he would In fringe upon the streets which he had laid out or allow his neighbors to do so without remonstrance. Upon the whole testimony we are inclined to the opinion that the boundaries of Main street are as a mstter of fsct where the plaintiff contend; but even if the northeast corner of the Thorp donstlon land claim is situated where defend ant's engineer placet it, the city ia estopped from claiming a right to shift the boundaries of the street which have been accepted and acquiesced in by everybody for nearly half a century, merely to attain mathematical exact nesa. This is not a case like Oliver v. Synhorst, B7 Or. 182, 109 Pae. 762, 111 t'ac. (94, or Cruson v. Labonon, 64 Or. 6U8, 131 Pac. 816, where there would have been no difficulty to ascertaining the exact boundaries ef the street if the parties had been reasonably dili gent Here the plaintiffs have adapted the theory ef the man who laid out the town and dedicated the plat and assum ing that he knew the llnea of the streets he had dedicated have purchased from him and in some Instances enly replaced the fences placed by him upen what he evidently believed was the street line. These lota are not in an outlying and unoccupied part of the city, but upon one of its earliest occu pied streets. With the acquiescence of the city and under the direction ef Its ofTicisIs permanent sidewslks have been erected and valuable Improvements made, for forty yeara tke street hss been actually used by the public upon the ground and within the boundaries There it will It is the patriotic duty of every citizen of Independ ence to subscribe in accordance with his or her means to The Liberty Loan of 1917 United States Government 3) per cent Bonds THE INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL BANK offers its services without charge to aiy individual or corporations wishing to subscribe) to the $2,000,000,000 United States 3i per cent Bonds now being offered by the United States Government.