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NO. 33
Ex-Governor Oswald West Addresses
Meeting Communities Make
Initial Subscriptions to Fund
Is Crucial Problem is
Leaders Opiiiiiion
At Burns last Saturday the com
munities represented nt the meeting
called at thelnstance of the Ontar
io Commercial club formed the Cen
tral Oregon Development League.
J. W. McCulloch and W. H. Doo
llttle, both of this city, were elected
president and secrotary, respective
ly. The purpose of the league Is to
make a unitod fight for transporta
tion facilities for Central and
Southeastern Oregon.
At the Burns meeting Malheur
county was represented by Mr. Mc
Culloch, Mr. Doolittle, E. A. Fraser
P. J. Gallagher, Ivan E. Oakes,
Judge Dalton Blgga and George K.
Alkon of Ontario, and Lloyd Riches
of .Vale.
Burns, Crane and other Harney
county communities were represent
ed by a large number of men, while
Ex-Governor Oswald West and J. G.
Potter were present from Deschutes
county. '
I. S. Geer of Burns, was the tem
porary chairman of the meeting and
appointed the following committees;
permanent organizatien: P. J. Gal
lagher, A. R. Olson, Sam Mothers
head, W. H. Doolittle and M. R.
Brown. Resolutiens: R. M, Dun
can, William Hanley, J. W. McCul
loch, Senator W. Ellis and Lloyd
A. detailed discussion of the sit
uation and-the possible effects on
Central and Southeastern Oregon oc
cupied the morning session and lri
the afternoon folldwing a further
discussion and an address "by 'Mr?
West, the following resolutions
were adepted:
To the Cities and Towns in Oregon
enjoying rail transportatien:
We appeal toou for assistance
and co-operation to obtain railroad
development in Eastern, Central and
Southeastern Oregon. From you
and your Intervening and related
. communities, who are more fortu
natoly situated than the scattered
settlements in Central and South
eastern Oregon, wo obtain our In
spiration and our confidence. You
will not benefit as directly nor to
tho extent, that our ls61ated sections
will benefit, but as Oregon benefits
so will all of us benefit.
If Western Oregon, is so fortunate
as to obtain the entry of the Union
Pacific, with resulting joint oper
ation between Portland and San
Francisco, and at the same time se
cures a direct route thru Central
.and Eastern Oregon, it will profit
more than we can estimate, and at
the same time wo will be afforded a
commercial, social and political re
lationship with her.
Let us show the state that while
Eastern, Central and Southeastern
Oregon has a vast domain, for settle
ment, It has no room for strife or
sectional dissension; that real spirit
of unity and comradeship abides
with us and that in this union lies a
strength that deserves and must re
celvo recognition.
Wo place our fortunes and our
future in your hands and pledge our
Vt efforts to work with you In an
honorable and. determined effort to
obtain recognition and support of
Western Oregon In our endeavors
for a state development that will re
cognize and consider Eastern, Cen
tral and Southeastern Oregon.
Whereas; the recent decision of
the Supreme Court divorcing cer
tain lines from the Southern Paci
fic is resulting in many differences
of opinion as to the ultimate hold
ing of the divorced lines;
And, Whereas; the-ownershlp of
tho divorced lines is of vital impor
tance to the entire Pacific Coast and
the Northwest, and especially to the
State of Oregon;
Therefore; we as representatives
of the people of Central, and Eastern
Oregon, set forth our views In the
premises In the following points of
The Union Pacific should control
the Central Paclflo from. Ogdeir to
San Francisco and have trackage
rights over lines between Portland
and San Frariclsco, because of the
following effects which such an ar
rangement wHl bring abeut:
The mere building of the Natron
cut-oft from Ntaron to Klamath
Falls will bring no relief to Central
Oregon; such a construction merely
meaning that traffic from Willam
ette Valley to California could bo
carried over easier grades; and tho
Southern Pacific railroad would not
have the Incentive to make the rail
road Investment in Central Oregon
that the Union Pacific would, and
even though It did the betterment of
transportation In Oregon depends
upon reasonable competition.
That It would be unreasonable to
expect the Southern Pacific to build
feeders Into Central and Eastern
Oregon, or to connect with some
competing Una, while on the otber
That tho game wardens of Idaho
overlook no technicalities was prov
en to a' party of Ontario folk Sunday
afternoon on Mann's creek as the
result of which they contributed $35
to swell the coffers of tho Gem
state. It happened thus: Larue
Blackaby who properly equipped
with a license, was found to have
six trout which measured only flvo
and three-quarters Inches after they
were out or the water awhile and
had shrunken, so ho was told to ap
pear at Weisor Monday and con
tribute for the- missing quarter of
an Inch on tho tails of the fish. He
did, and tho Judge named $32 as the
proper value of the missing portions
Then little Miss Katherine Kohout
yho was in the party, was holding
a pole, but caught no fish. She is
13 years old, and in Idaho girls over
12 must have a license. She had
none, so was Informed to appear al
so. The" Judge took tho matter up
and In Ills wisdom Just had her pro
cure the necessary permit. The
other members of the party man
aged to be within the law and were
not subjected to Its technical inter
pretations. '
Organization Completed nt Meeting
Alonuay -Sub Committee Ap
pointed and All Activities
Now Under Way Diver
sified Program
Planned '
At a meeting of the -Commercial
club's Fair committee Monday night
the committee organized ax electing
H. L. Peterson chairman,
and the appointment of some of the
sub committees. The other com
mittees were taken undorvadvise
ment and will be named later.
A major portion of the time of the
meotlngwasdovoted -to the consid
eration of various plans for enter
tainment on the grounds, up town,
on "The Sage Brush Trail."
The Trail Is to be the big up-town
feature, and efforts are to be di
rected to make It a most unique at
traction with something decidedly
different in tho way of feature
For tho program before the grand
stand each day is to have special
attractions that will be unlike those
of past years, with some racing and
other western events to supply tho
appetite of those who enjoy that
variety of sport. In other words,
the directors want something to
please everyone and make the Fair
a joyful occasion for all who como.
University of Oregon, Eugene,
July 19. Carlton Lathrop, prin
cipal of tho High school at Ontario,
Ore., for the second year In succes
sion won the tennis championship
of the University of Oregon summer
session, when he defeated Dr. Ben
H. Williams, professor of economics
at the University of Pennsylvania,
and a former University of Oregon
athlete, In straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
Dr. Williams was the sole survivor
of the field of twenty-nine. Lath
rop, who Is a graduate of LInflefd
College at McMInnville, was college
champion there during his Under
graduate days.
hand the Union Pacific has every
incentive to develop these sections
as part of its trans-continental line.
-The Union Pacific has agreed, If
It is allowed to purchase of secure
pperating -control of tho Central
pacific, to complete the Natron cut
off, thus making Inevitable the con
structionist the Trans-state lino
tnrougu central uregon connecting
with, Its present Ontario-Crane line.
Such a program of railroad develop
ment would be of Immense value to
the State of Oregon and to the en.-
tire Pacific Coast states.
This promised system would open
for development 40,000 square miles
of agricultural, mineral and timber
territory now without adequato rail
road facilities, and most of it with
out rail transportation of any kind,
It would shorten the haul from
Wllamette Valley points to Eastern
markets by 46 miles, minimize
grades and put the vast porlshable
products of Western Oregon Into
Eastern markets-at a great saving
of time and- money.
It will make tributary to Oregon
ports the products of Central-, and
Southeastern Oregon and Southern
Idaho by direct routes and easy
It will connect the entire Inland
Empire, consisting of Eastern Wash
ington and Oregon and Idaho, with
California by the shortest route. ,
This system when constructed and
operated under a common users
clause will provide -the entire West
with the railroad service long need
ed for Us fullest development.
We respocttoUy Invite the atten
tion of the Interstate Commerce
Commission and of the People of
Oregon to the necessity for the con
struction of this promised railroad
system. ,
Arthur. C. Spencer Outlines Peril to
Central Oregon Should, South
ern 'Pacific's Views Pre
vail in Controversy
It the Southern Pacific should
gain control of the Central Pacific
lines, the Natron cut-off will not be
built to a connection with the Union
Pacific lines at Crane; there will be
no sustaining lino In Central Ore
gon and railroad development In
that section will be stifled for many
years In the future, according to
Arthur C. Spencer, general attorney
for the Union Pacific system in Ore
gon, In a talk on the recent decision
of the United States supreme court
in the railroad controversy today bo-
fore tho members forum of the
Chamber of Commerce, says the
Portland Telegram.
"This railroad question is the
most vital question which has con
fronted Oregon In many years," he
said. S
He reviewed the history of tho
Union Pacific, Central Pacific and
Southern Pacific since 1862, when
congress passed the grant permit
ting the Union Pacific and the Cen
tral Pacific to build a line "to the
Pacific Coast. He contended that
the Southern Pacific, in gaining
control of the Central Pacific, had
diverted traffic for the benefit of
its southern line and that it would
cohtinuo to do the same thing in
the future.
He further said that all develop
ment of Southern Pacific lines in
Oregon had taken place during
Union Pacific control of the former
and that the Union Pacific had in
mind the construction of the Natron
cut-off to a connection with the
Union Pacific line at Crane when In
1914. the supreme court decision
stopped such work and took away
control from the company.
He accused the San Francisco
chamber of commerce of attempting
to align Oregon in support of the
Southern Pacific, for no other rea
son than that all Southern Pacific
lines lead to San Francisco.
Joint ownership and operation of
the Union Pacific lino from Oregon
to Tehama is entirely practicable,
he said.
Such a plan would reduce capi
talization and operating costs and
overhead and at the same time make
for evldenee, he said.
He said that Instead of reducing
shops in Oregon towns, reducing
purchase of lumber and other pro
ducts by the railroads, joint owner
ship and operation would mean
more shops, more purchases of lum
ber and wpuld release many mil
lions In money In new construction
work In Oregon, as It would result
In construction of tho Natron cut
off to Crane with branch lines to
Klamath Falls, Bend and Lakovlew.
"Construction ot the Natron cut
off will mean that Eugene will be
come a big commercial city and
that the entire central part ot the
state will be greatly developed.
"It will mean that the products
of Oregon will be shipped through
Oregon, on a sustaining line, Instead
ot having these products diverted
south over the lines of the .Southern
Pacific and be of no great benefit to
the stato," he added.
Ben C. Dey, attorney for the
Southern Pacific, will answer Spen
cer from the standpoint of his com
pany two weeks hence.
When Mrs. Herschel Browne ap
peared at the banquet tendered to
Governor Olcott. and tho Highway
commission Tuesday evening, the
state's executive -naked to he. intro
duced to the performers. When ho
greeted them In a conventional way.
rsomeone nearby remarked, "Why,
Governor, that is not the way you
greeted Mary Garden. His Honor
could not be bluffed, so Ontario has
one pianist who received the Mary
Garden salutation on the cheek from
his Honor Governor Bon W. Olcott
ot Oregon.
W. P. Martin, president of the
Eastern Oregon Land company, ar
rived In Ontario yesterday to look
after his many Interests here. Mr.
Martin says that "business In Cali
fornia is showing a wonderful re
turn to normalcy.
M, Alexander of Boise, ex-gover
nor of Idaho, was an Ontario visitor
between trains Monday. He went
to Vale too while In Oregon. Ad.
Simon, formerly manager of tho
local Alexander storo, was here at
tho same time, .accompanied by his
son, George Simon ot Emraott. Mr,
Simon is considering making On
tario his homo.
Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Howard re
turned Mondag from a trip to Eagle
Valley, While they were absent
Herschel Browne bad charge of the
J. W. Mculloch and P. J. Gal-
lagber returned Tuesday from Burns
where they attended both the ses
sions ot the Central Oregon Devel
opment League, and the special
term ot tho District court.
R. W. Swagler was a
tor on Tuesday,
Boise vial-
Highway Engineers Figuro Car
Speed and Show Possibilities of
Danger Through Diversion
of Drivers Attention
For the purpose of erasing the
glaring signs which now mar the
beauty Oregon scenery in many
places, the Stato Highway commis
sion has inaugurated a campaign
for their removal. The commission
has absolute power to remove these,
signs from the right-of-way, but can'
only secure their removal from pri
vate property by the co-operation of
tho laud owner.
Tho business firms which erect
these signs havo never taken Into
account the added menace to life
which they thus 'creato, or they
would- not erect them, nor would
many property owners permit their
construction on their property.
The nature of this danger is fully
set forth In the following communi
cation from tho Highway depart
ment which discusses the ontlre
question as follews:
As you are probably awnro, the
Stato Highway commission has au
thority to remove all signs within
the highway right-of-way. How
over, we find In many Instances the
signs have been erected within a
short distance of the right-of-way
fences on private property.
In addition to marring' the scenic
beautv of the highways the signs
create a hazard which is ordinarily
overlooked, but investigation has
disclosed the fact that they have
been tho cause of many serious ac:
cldents. Most of the signs are
erected In a manner to attract tho
eve: tho driver's attention Is dl-
rected to the sign, and during the
Interval he is reading the sign he Is
not watching the road, and there Is
danger of an accident, especially If
traffic Is at all congested.
For your Information will state
that a car traveling at. the legal
speed' of thirty miles an hour Is
traveling at the rate of 44 feet per
second or 2640 feet per minute.
Tho average roader reads only
about 180 words per minute, or
three words per second. It will
readily be seon that a sign contain
ing nine words will noia tne anv
er's attention while he travels a dls
tancd of 132 feet, or more than eight
times tho width of tho driveway.
There is most assuredly a chance
tor an accident to happen during
tho Interval ot time the driver's at
tention is directed to tho sign.
There is no question but these slgn3
are a menace to the traveling pub
lic. We have authority to remove
signs which have been orected on
property adjacent to tho right-of-way
without tho' owner's consent,
and we Intend to take advantage ot
tho law in this respect, but In those
cases where the property owner has
glvfln his consent It will be neces
sary for him to reclud this permis
sion, and I would appreciate your
efforts towards advising the public
of the danger attendant upon signs
placed within sight of the high
ways, with special reference to those
property owners who havo given
their consent for the erection of
itfrH. V. V; Beler. formerly ot this
Mtv Imt irtnrn rnnnntlv a resident
of Wonsocket, Wash., arrived In On
tario Monday for an oxtenaea siay
to look after her property hero.
f.n DnloK wna n fpnmnfl nlPfl llV llGT
sister, Mrs. A. E. Scholtz of Oroo
vllle, Wash.
Miss Esther Claypool ot Vale, Is
the guest of her aunt and uncle.TMr.
and Mrs. Fred uiemo, iniB woo.
Mr. and Mrs. H. u. urane anu
r.miiv loft Wnlnnsflnv evenlnc for
a trip throug California.
Dr. Tyler, U. w. J ones anu duiu
Taylor will leave this week for a
,nnTr'a lmntlni- nml flshlne expedi
tion In tho Steins Mountain country.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gallaghor
and Mrs. Gallagher's sister Miss
irniiniiiiHRRn of Juntura. came to
Ontario last Thursday for a short
visit. Mr. Gallagner reiurneu Sat
urday morning while Mrs. Gal
laclier and her sister remained over
the week end.
The W. C. T. U. will meet noxi
Tuesday afternoon at tho homo of
Miss Lillian Doty.
H. C. Boyer, W. H. Doolittle nnd
D. W. Powers -wont to Boise Wed
nesday to get a lino on attractions
for tho coming county Fair.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W, Swaglor will
leavo Sunday on an automobllo trip
through Oregon and uaiiiornia
Amna ir JnlinHnn was called to
Medford, Oregon Sunday on account
of the serious Illness ot his son,
Frank Johnson, who was operated
upon for appendicitis. H. C. Smith
formerly ot this city, for whom the
young man workod, wired Mr. John
son that Frank's condition was sar-
Frank Rader roturned Monday
from Payette Lakes where he spent
the two weeks previous with his
John Oakes spent mo wees ena
the guest of Charles Burrow at
Miss Margaret Blackaby and Miss
Katherine Kohout left Wednesday
for Jordan Valley to Join T. T. Ko-
l.nnt nml n nnrfv'nf frlondB On a
fishing trip to tho Steins Mountains
T V Tnvra rntnrnnil Rlindav from
Jordan Valley where he spout tho
last week combining business and
fishing as the means ot occupying
hli time.
Walter Hamby of Payette, a fruit
buyer for Denny & Co. Is at tho hos
pital hero sufforlng from wounds
received when he was shot by an
Adams county, Idaho deputy sheriff
who was trying to arrest him Sun
day. The bullets from tho officers
shotgun toro away n portion of the
victim's face. He lost ono eye nnd
was terribly disfigured. Fears are
yet held for his recovery, though htf
was reported resting easily today.
Hamby, with a companion, was
alleged to have shot grouse out of
season and Forest .Ranger Wolker
attempted to -arrest them, but they
fled In their car. Other officers
wore notified and severnl attompts
wore made to catch tho men. Ac
counts which reached hero differ ns
to the details of the final meeting
which rosultcd in the shooting.
Following the shooting Hamby was
brought here and was operated un
on. His wife who was visiting i
Council Sunday, was brought to his
bedside. Hamby came to tho val
ley last spring from Chicago.
Secretary of State Issues nn Appeal
For Greater Cnro on tho Port
Of Motorists Thought on
Driver's Part Needed
To make travel In Oregon safe, Is
the motto adopted by tho traffic de
partment of the secretary of state's
office, as well as that ot the High
way department. Whllo Herbert
tfunn, chief engineer Is directing
attention to tho danger caused by
glaring road signs, Sam Kozer,
socretary of stato Is appoallng for
greater care on the part of drivors.
In n letter to the Argus this week,
Mr. Kozer says:
"In view ot tho fact thnt during
tho months of July and August,
travel on tho highways ot Oregon
is the heaviest, and as a conscquonce
liability of accident from tho opera
tion of motor vehicles is greatly. In
creased, I deem it an opportune- tlmo
to direct attention to this condition
and earnestly urge upon car drivors
In your locality greater care In tho
operation ot their cars. Caution on
their part In this rospoct will Lalp
in a large measure In making tho
highways reasonably safe for travol,
and continued attention to a few
simple rules of the road will ulti
mately make travel comparatively
safe at all tlme3 ot the year.
"Thero Is no time in the year
when careful driving Is not Imper
ative. During the summer months
congestion of traffic, which Is great
ly augumonted by thousands of tour
1st cars from other states, necessi
tates closest 'attention to the oborv
ance of road laws, whllo winter
months demand In addition, extromo
caution on tho part of drivers on
account of slippery pavomonts, ob
scured vision, otc. A Httlo thought
on tho part ot oporatofs will mini
mize tho danger and roduco tho
number of accidonts, of which it Is
said tho greator per centage Is duo
to carelessness,"
Judge and Mrs. Robert L. Mason
and son, Konnoth, of Groonflold,
Ind., and Dr. and Mrs, A. II. Sears
of Anderson, Ind., who havo been
touring tho wost since Juno ICth,
spent a week wltl tho J. A. Walter
and John Lolnhardt famllios who
reside on the Boulevard.
Dr. Sears Is one of a company
owning 1800 acres of orchard at Tho
Dalles'. Both gentlemon wore ingn
In their, praise of tho Snako Rlvor
Valley, Us cool nights and good
Mrs. Soars Is a sistor of Mrs. wai
ter, and left tyoro thirty years ago.
Judge Mason Is a cousin and bad
never been horo bofor, and had not
soon Mr, Walter for 42 years. Tlioy
left Tuesday for homo via Salt i-ako
and Denvor.
In a bullotln Issued to all tho
newspapers and posted In all the
Short Lino offices, Presidont Carl
Gray of tho Union Pacific Bystom
notifies tho mon who went on strlku
that all seniority rights havo been
lost to them, and that tho, only way
in which tnoy can ro-ontor mo ser
vice is by being employed ns now
mon. He also announces that tho
now mon employod will ha've per
manent positions. Tho officials take
tho position that tho strlko Is not
one against the railroad company,
but against the fedoral labor board.
Intorstato Bridge is Viewed uud Need
for New Construction Noted
Orcgouiun? do Not Realize
Wonders of Magnitude of
Commonwealth ' .
Ontario had the honor of enter
taining on Tuesday evening, Gover
nor Olcott and Highway Commission
era R. A. Booth, John B. Yeon and
William B. Barratt, and from them
learned tho administration's view of
the road problem of Oregon as now
Tho visiting party mado the trip
from Mt. Voriion to Ontario in ono
day over tho John Day Highway. It
was a hard trip and ns tho result
they did not reach tho city until 9
o'clock. In tho meantime tho mem
bers of tho Commercial club had
eaten their dinner and discussed
Fair and other mattors whllo await
ing the visitors, who after erasing the
ovidonces of travol sat down to a
chicken dinner provldod by tho club,
following which short talks wero
Governor Olcott was tho first
speaker introduced by Vlco Presi
dent W. F. Homun, mid tho gover
nor did two things in his speech.
Ho told ot tho long trip of the com
mission and of tho many wonderful
natural beauties of Oregon they had
soon, and second ho lauded tho work
of tho commission. "Oregon could
not afford, nor could It receive such
service as wo havo socurod " from
thoso commissioners at any salary
we might name, yet thoy did
this groat work aud have given their
timo without remuneration," ho
Tho Govornor also took occasion
to lay tho ghost furnished by tho ru
mor that Commissioners Booth and
Barratt were "to 'fiJslgn, saying: "I
havo no resignations for them, nor
hopo I will novor recolvo them."
Chairman Booth of tho commis
sion, tho next spoaker, said: "Wo
havorenchod a place In tho road
building program which requires
tho serious consideration ot the peo
ple The program Is not coinplofo,
but it can bo completed In the next
flvo years. This will roqulro soino
constitutional changes, hut not an
additional dlroct tax, nor additional
bond lssjos. If wo can continue to
match with the fedoral aid for the
timo mentioned tlio work can bo
dono. Wo urge you all, ovory ono
of you to glvo this mnttor your best
judgmont and consideration.
"Wo aro gratlflod at flio recop
tion you havo tendered us. You
have voiced your appreciation of our
efforts. Wo feel that you hero aro
most fortunate. No othor com
munity In Oregon is so placed at tho
apex of throe highways. Many
other sections havo not had their
sharo. Somo counties have not
bondod one cent. Something must
bo dono to oven up tho burdon. To
close the gaps, and to make the sys
tem truly stato-wldo and continuous
further work Is uocossury.
"This road system moans mora
than most pooplo realize, aud Is
now tho means which Is taking pro.
spectlvo sottlers Into thoso sections
which beforo they did not soo aud
could not reach."
Commissioner Yeon said: "Asldo
from tho direct benofit ot tho Her-
vlco now furulshod by tho roads tho
capital lnvostmout hns been justi
fied by tho very fact that ot tho
vast number of tourists coming hero
In search of homos. Tho records
show that 40 per cout ot tho peoplo
from their states who call at tho
tourist bureau offices aro scoklug
now locations. With our highways
comploto, I havo uch faith In Ore
gon's resources and Its possibilities
that I am willing to tako a chanco
on securing our sharo after thoy
havo viewed our stato and traveled
our roads," v
Commissioner Barratt said: "If
tho wonders of Orogon wero locatod
In other states thousands would bo
visiting thorn ovory day, and the
stato would be reaping Its hnrvest
from, tho tourist crop. Wo pooplo
in Oregon do no know our state.
It has been Inaccessible, hut now the
highway system Is reaching out und
giving a direct bonofit to nil soc
soctlons. It Is true that somo ot the
counties whoso roads havo boon
built aro'now trying to lie back and
stop tho program boforo tho remote
soctlons, tho rim ot mo Btato is
cared for. Over horo I know from
your expressions that you havo not
that spirit aud It is encouraging to
us to know that you mon will con
tinue as you have In tho past, to
stay by the good roads program un
til Oregon's systom Is comploto.
Short talks wero also mado by P.
J, Oallnghor, whom Governor Olcott
described as ono of the most active
and efficient mombors ot tho legis
lature In the nast two sessions, made
u short talk and urgod tho comple
tion of tho road to Vale and tho con
struction of a new brldgo ovor hore,
Gcorgo K. Alkeu also addressed the
commission jcyexpress tho npprccl-
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