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VOL. 6
NO. t
Another Big Shipbuilding
Plant Probable
If such action is found within
the law, the Port of Portland Com
mission may lease the St. Johns
drydock, which cost $500,000, to
the Oregon Drydock Company,
placing both structures under the
management of the same concern.
Should the deal be consumated, a
modern shipbuilding plant will
eventually be established alongside
of the Port of Portland drydock.
A proposition for leasing the dry
dock at St. Johns has, been received
by the Port of Portland from the
officials of the Oregon Drydock
Company and was read nt a special
meeting of the organization held
last week. The proposal appeared
to meet with favor, inasmuch as an
attorney was instructed to look up
the matter and sec if such a proced
ure would be strictly legal. In the
proposal submitted it was stated
that if such a deal should be closed
the lessees would put in a plant at
the Port of Portland drydock
whereby it would be possible for all
ordinary work in the shipbuilding
line to be done at that point. In
time the members of the commis
sion were led to believe that a mod
ern shipbuilding plant at St. Johns
would result. Telegram
On the Editor
Following is a small boy's essay
on ..editor, which we clip from au
, "I don't know how newspapers
came to be iu the world. I don't
think God does, for he hasn't any
thing to say about them and editors
in the Bible. I think the editor is
one of them missing links you read
of. He stayed in the bushes until
after the flood, and then came out
and wrote the thing up, and has
been here ever, since. I don't
think he ever dies. I never saw a
dead one and never heard of one
getting licked. If the editor makes
a mistake, people say he ought to
be hung; but if a doctor makes
any mistakes he buries them and
folks don't say anything, be
cause doctors can read and write
Latin. When the editor makes a
mistake, there is a lawsuit and
swearing and a big fuss; but it a
doctor makes one, there is a funer
al, cut flowers and perfect silence.
A doctor can use a word a mile
long without anybody knowing
what it means; but if the editor
uses one he has to spell it. If the
doctor goes to see another man's
wife, he charges for the visit; but
If the editor goes he gets a charge
of buckshot. When the doctor gets
drunk, it is a case of being over
come by the heat, aud if he dies
it's from heart trouble; wheu an
editor get3 drunk it is a plain case
of too much booze and when he
dies it is from a cause too disgrace
ful to speak of. Any old college
can make a doctor; an editor has to
be born."
Clearing More Land
Chas. Foss, the energetic land
clearer, has secured a contract for
clearing ad plowing 20 acres of
land at Northern Hill for J. B.
Holbrook. He has a big crew of
men now busily engaged in clearing
off the timber and getting the
ground in shape for the plow. The
clearing of this large tract of laud
will make a decided improvement
to Northern Hill, as a dense forest
of trees and underbrush now ob
struct the view as seen from the
car windows. It U the intention
of Mr. Holbrook to plat the tract
out into lots and place them on the
market. The land lies admirable
for buiWiBg purposes and will like
ly be utilized to a great extent by
the employee of Packingtown as an
idcel residesce section. The clear
is of tWe property is another step
forward ia the progress of the Pe
aiawila. 3 per cent. 3 per cent. 3 per
cent. These are the signs of the
Savers Club's 500 members with
btadqHarters at the First National
Bask. Meetings held daily from 9
is the morning until 3 in the after
twee. Come any day and Join.
Councilman A. W. Davis
Proposes New Plan
Owing to the fact that the petit
ion for the vacation of Philadelphia
street was not presented to the
council in proper form, the city at
torncy declines to prosecute the
matter further unless the petition Is
gotten up, circulated and sieucd by
others than councilmcn and then
presented to council iu due form.
The pctitiou now before the body
is signed by councilmcn which the
attorney states is very bad form,
since it is practically councilmcn
petitioning themselves to vacate a
street. Therefore, unless some cit
izvti with the matter so much at
heart takes it upon himself to cir
eulate a pctitiou nothing further
will be done, the way it now ap-
tcars, Consequently the mass
meeting that was proposed to be
held in regard to disposition of the
city dock will be postponed indefi
uatcly. Iu regard to the dock Council
man A. W. Davis has advanced a
scheme that looks well on the face
of it, and would no doubt be sat
isfying to all our citizens. That is
to amend the charter so that the
dock may be leased for a period of
35 years, instead of live years, as
now obtains. Dy this plan it is be-
icved that the dock could be leased
for enough to cover the interest, in
surance and principal, thus relicv-
ug the city of the burden, and
giving it the benefit of the increased
valuation ot the property at the ter
mination of the lease. There
should be no trouble in securing a
essee willing to put in a spur and
assume the entire iudebtedness of
the dock on a 25-ycar lease.
Mr. Davis has also devised an ex
cellent plan for getting those streets
mproved wniclt tue 50 percent.
valuation of property as specified
by the charter prohibits, and that
3 to amend the charter so as to al
ow for improvement to the full val
uation of the property assessed by
the assessor. Wc understand the
Portland charter provides for full
valuation on street improvement.
It would scarcely work a hardship
upon any property owner since the
Bancroft bonding act allows of ten
years to make payments, and in no
case would the property not en
hance at least as much as the as
sessment comes to iu value. This
seems the only feasible plan where
by we may improve those streets
where a so per cent assessment
will not permit of so doing. Many
streets had to be given up the past
summer on account of the assessed
valuation not warranting the im
provement as the charter now
reads. The only other way would
be to have the property assessed
higher, and it is patent to all that
taxes are already high enough on
residence property.
Other amendments to the charter
could be made without coming
amiss, and it is more than probable
that a commission will be appointed
in the near future to recommend
such changes as appear necessary
and beneficial.
Difficult to Get Phones
It seems to be a difficult matter
for narties desirine ohones in St.
Johns to get them installed. At
least half a dozen parties have made
application for phones of the Pa
cific States Co., but for some rea
son they are not forthcoming. The
Review office has had an application
in for at least six weeks, but out
side of a promise to have it in
stalled in a week or so, no action
has been taken. Why this deplor
able state of affairs should exist is
beyond our ken. It is too bad
their franchise did not require in
stallation of phones within one
week from date of application.
The centenary of the first Ameri
can settlement on the Pacific Coast
will be celebrated by Astoria in
- re
191 1 and plans tor tne anair are al
ready heme discussed. Descen
dants of John Jacob Astor will be
asked to join in the commemoration
of the planting of the first American
city on the Pacific Coast by the
founder, of that famous family. The
story of the fouudiug of Astoria is
told in Washington Irving' s book
that same.
Portland Boulevard. Tacoma and Pittsburg Street Improve
ments Accepted. Resolution Adopted Opening
Up and Extending Polk Street to Lehigh
Council met in regular session
Tuesday evening with all members
present and Mayor Hendricks pre
siding. Minutes of previous meet
ing were read aud approved,
A communication was received
from the St. Johns Transportation
Co., asking for the privilege of
changing the ferry time from 40
minutes to au hour iu order to meet
the hourly service of the trolley line
on the west side of the river, and
also to give teams more time to
load with crushed rock at the
crusher aud catch the same boat on
the return trip. This concession
was granted on motion of Council
man Johnson, who deemed it quite
satisfactory to all concerned.
A communication from Sam
Cochran asking for a rebate of over
$600 on his liquor license, claiming
that this sunt was due him owing
to his closure by order of the- Court
for an extended period, was referred
to the finance committee on motion
of Councilman A. V. Davis.
Report of the St. Johns Trans
portation Co., for the months of
September and October were then
read. The former showed: Foot
passengers, 4002, single rigs, 350,
double rigs 139, commutation tick
ets 46. For the mouth of October:
Foot passengers 3910, single rigs
Local Freight
Local freight service went into
effect in St. Johns Wednesday at
the following rates between St.
Johns and Portland: First class,
roc, second class 9c, third class 8c
and fourth class 7c per cwt. Only
tri-weekly service has been secured
so far, car leaving Portland Wed
nesday, Friday aud Monday nights
for delivery at bt. Johns early the
following morning. A schedule
las been arranged for prompt re
turn of the car St. Johns to Port-
and. If the tonnage with the ser
vice justifies it will be extended
from time to time, and of course if
the tonnage does not justify main
tenance of the service it will in due
time be taken off. The Commerc-
al club was very instrumental in
securing local freight for St. Johns,
and it is hoped that daily service
will soon be inaugurated. Half a
oaf, however, is better than none,
and it is likely only a question of a
few weeks until the busiuess justi
fies daily service.
Boosting Oregon
Under the banner of the Oregon
Development League, the state has
never taken a more decided forword
movement in community publicity
than now. With the various cities
thoroughly aroused and actively at
work to advance their interests,
the outlook is very bright. Never
tas there been a stronger adver
tising pulse throughout the state.
There is a determination to set
forth to the world the manifold ad
vantages Oregon has to offer to the
home seeker. During the past
week, under the direction of the
Oregon Development League, re
markable meetings have been held
in various parts of the state. Tre
mendous interest has been shown
Secured First Stove
D. L. Page has the honor of pur
chasing the first heating stove
turned out by tne stove factory at
the foot of Richmond street. It
was delivered to Hendrick's Hard
ware store, and the mayor sold it
to Mr. Page Saturday evening. If
this stove is a criterion in price
and quality there is no doubt but
that the St. Johns plant will be
swamped with orders as soon as
tbeir output becomes known.
The Home Telephone Co. has
decided to erect a telephone station
here in the spring. The company
owns a lot at the corner of Jersey
and Chicago streets, and it is likely
that it will be located on that plot
of ground, The building, we un
derstand, will be a two-story brick.
IM PFf.lll
335, double rigs 137, commutation
tickets 58. A check for $16.48 as
the city's dividend for the two
mouths accompanied report- Both
were accepted by council.
Portland Itoulevard, Fcsscndcit
to Oswego street, was accepted by
council, after being accepted by the
City engineer and the street com
mittee, Pittsburg and Tacoma street Im
provements were also accepted by
council after being duly approved
by the engineer aud street commit
tee. Dills to the amount of $99.10
were allowed on motion of Council
man Dobic.
Two bids were received on the
improvement of Portland Doulc
vard, formerly known as Stewart
street. The first was that of M.
T. Sw'au and was as follows: Cut
35c, fill 15c, sidewalk and curb 48c
crosswalk 45c. Dy L. Scybold: Cut
35c, fill 15c, sidewalk ami curb 47c,
crosswalk 47c. Upon referring the
bids to the engineer it was found
that the bid of L. Scybold was the
lowest, aud he accordingly was
awarded the contract.
A remonstrance was received
from Mrs. Mary Delicti protesting
against the viewer's assessment of
her property on Fcssendcn street.
Kenton Building Up
Clearing of the land having been
completed, excavations will be com
menced immediately ou the two
story concrete block apartment
house owned by Judge Carey to be
located one square south of the
bank block in Kenton. The struc
ture wilt contain 8 apartments of 5
rooms each aud cost about $36,000.
The Kenton Duildiug & Contract
Co., has charge of the work.
Grade work was started Monday
morning on the site of the Davis
Safe & Lock Co's., plant. Contrac
tors Isou ft Durus were awarded the
job. Two or three weeks will be
required to finish the grading, after
which the concrete work will be
commenced. It is estimated that
35,000 cubic yards ol gravel will be
required for concrete buildings. The
contracts for concrete work have
not yet been let.
Excavating for the Dupuy dud
and the Diugham blocks to le com
pleted with a few days of fair weath
er. The former of these two build
ings will be constructed of red
brick, the latter of concrete blocks.
The Kenton Duildiug & Con
tract Co., will receive figures for
the erection of two cottages aud a two
story frame residence. Work will
be commenced immediately.
Plastering work will commence
this week ou the concrete block
residence being erected by Dyer &
Co., at a cost of $5000.
Carpenter work has just been
commenced on Mr. Krueger's bun
galow at the corner of Holland
street and Albiua Avenue. The
residence will contain five rooms,
be externally finished in California
rustic, rough side out. The cost
of erection will be $2500.
Ed. Countiss, a bridge builder, is
erecting a dwelling in block 19,
Fairport, at Farragant and Mason
streets to cost $2000.
Charles Rowley, a Troutdale bus
iness man, recently purchased lots
32 and 34, in block 2, Kenton, and
will commence the immediate con
struction of a two story and base
ment concrete building. The esti
mated size of the proposed structure
is 50x70 feet. The lower floor will
be devoted to stores, and the upper
to offices.
Will Help Spme
Establishment of a direct steam
ship line between Portland and
Antwerp was announced this week
and this new channel for commerce
is important to the whole North
west. Coast cousumers will be
able to take advantage of commod
ities brought directly here from the
old world and the vessels will have
large loading space available for
carrying Coast products back to
European markets. ,
Work fcr a areata St, Johns,
It was obvious to Council however,
that Mrs. Dclictt became confused
between assessments aud benefits,
and where she believed she was as
sessed costs in rculity she was al
lowed benefits.
Smith-Wagoner Co., also filed
objection to their assessed benefits
on the same street, stating that the
amount awarded is wholly in
sufilccut. Remonstrance ordered
placed on file ou motion of Council
man A. W. Davis, it appearing
that the remonstrance placed an
exorbitant price ou the property
aud also that the size of the lam!
was not given correctly.
The viewer's report on Fcssen
dcn street was held over until next
week iu order to condense the
original report and the amended
report into one.
An ordinance relating to resisting
an officer was passed by the Coun
cil. A resolution opening Polk street
to Lehigh was unanimously adopt
ed. A W. Davis made a motion that
the recorder write the North West
Warehouse Co., to ascertain if they
will entertain n proposition to take
the City dock off the City's hands
ou a lease for a term of years.
A New Method
Nine raw eggs and two quarts of
milk, shaken together, formed the
first real meal in eight days to find
its way into the stomach of William
Williams, the first Presbyterian
Church burglar, who was captured
at Ballard, near Seattle, Nov. 1.
The eggs and milk were forced Into
Williams' stomach with a rubber
bulb by way of the nasal passages.
liver since the morning of his ar
rest, when he began shamming in
sanity and carried it to the point of
bumping his head against the steel
door of his cell in the City Jail,
Williams has refused food as he
lies handcuffed 011 his bed iu the
City Hospital. At various times
the nurses aud surgeons have been
able to force small quantities of liq
uid food down his throat, but he
has bitten so many rubber tubes to
pieces that this method had dually
to be abandoned. The heroic treat
ment of administering food through
the nasal passages was decided on
and carried into effect Monday eve
ning. Williams fought against
taking his food iu the manner pre
scribed, but he had been securely
bound to his bed.
Another Industry
As soou as a few of the minor de
tails regarding transportation fa
cilities have been arranged for The
John S. Deall & Co., will purchase
two acres in the Swift Tract on the
Peninsula extending from Columbia
Boulevard and the O. R. & N.
tracks to Columbia Slough. It is
the intention of the company to
commence the immediate erection
of a plant to manufacture corru
gated iron gables, iron culverts,
water tanks of all kinds, water
troughs aud iron curbiugs. The
main building will be a two story
and basement affair, presumably
frame, 75x150 feet in dimension,
Capital to the amount of $50,000
will be invested. After the date of
completion of the plant, next spring,
about 50 men will be employed.
Metal of a special analysis that
will test 99.94 per cent, pure iron
will be used exclusively in all man
ufactured product. Mr. Deall says
that galvanized iron of that purity
is free from rusting and corroding
and is more durable and less heavy
thau inferior grades. Abstract.
A girl's basket ball team was or
ganized at the home of Miss Mad
eline Shirley last week and the fol
lowing officers elected: Madaline
Shirley, president; Pearl York,
vice president; Eva Edmondson,
secretary, and Ellen Dassey, treas
urer. After the team has had some
practice games will be arranged for.
Preach tho gospel of St. Joans.
Made a Mistake by Com
ing to St. Johns
A young fellow who gave his
name as I. R. Truman had the ex
treme pleasure under the supcrvis
ion of Officer McKiuucy of clearing
off a few of the muddy street cross
ings during the nasty weather of
the past few days for his board and
lodgings. He in a rather slick
young man with a sanctimonious
countenance and alow, sympathetic
voice. Iu an endeavor to get along
in this world without manual labor
he had hit upon the scheme of
working religious organizations for
money, clothing, lodging, etc.
For several mouths he hud tra
versed Portland with a nice little
talc he concocted. Ministers were
liis strong card, and if there is one
in Portland who was not approached
and iu most cases buncoed by this
young man he is yet to be heard
from. The most effective argument
he brought to bear was that he had
secured a job but that it would not
be ready for him for several days,
and iu the mean time he had no
money and no place to lodge.
Usually he worked upon the sym
pathies of the ministers to such an
extent that they usually rendered
him financial assistance, After fin
ishing up in Portland he came to
St. Johns aud called upon Rev. C.
L. Owen. After telling his well
worn talc iu n pathetic manner, the
reverend gentleman secured lodg
ings for him in a Jersey street lodg
ing house where he was to stay
until his job was ready for him.
Upon calling at the rooming house
the next day Key. Owen learned
that the bird had flown. During
the recent Daptist convention at
Salem, Rev. Owen happened to
mention the incident, and among
the ministers iu attendance from
Portland it was found that not one
escaied being made a victim of the
young scamps visitation. Last
Friday as Rev. Owen was walking
up the street he happened to spy
the individual loitering 011 the street
corner, and he was not long iu in
forming an olhcer and the young
man was haled before Judge Ksson
on a charge of vagrancy. A sen
tence of live days imprisonment
was imposed upon him, and the
young rascal put them iu doing
what was likely the manual
labor he ever done. The street
crossings were cleaner as a result
aud the young man is 110 doubt
wiser iu consequence.
Death of Mrs. Couch
We clip the following from the
Henry County, (Iowa) Signal, con
cerning the death of Mrs. Amanda
Couch, mother of our well known
townsman, Hon. K. C. Couch:
"Mrs. Amanda Couch was born
iu Herkimer County, New York,
June 9, 1828, and died Oct. 13,
1909, aged 81 years, 4 mouths and
4 days. When she was 22 years of
age she moved to Lorain, Unlo,
aud made that her home. Iu 1854,
when she was 26 years of age, she
was united in marriage to C. II.
Couch, and to their union were
born six children, five boys aud one
girl, all of whom survive the moth
er. Airs. Loncii has been a mem
ber of the M. E, church for many
years aud graced the church of
which she was a member by her
Godly life. She was patient; be
lieving that all things work togeth
er for good to them who love God.
Building Permits
No. 91 To G. W. Ford to erect
a dwelling on S. Hayes street be
tween Richmond and Mohawk
streets; estimated cost $1500.
No. 92 To II. S. Hewitt to
erect a dwelling ou Portland Jloul
evard betwecu Chicago and New
York streets, for M. Maplethrop;
estimated cost 1 1200.
T. I?. Williams loft Mondav eve
ning for Los Angeles, where he ex
pects to remain for the winter, f lis
health has not been of the best for
some time past, and the trip is made
in tue nope that it win prove ueue-
Held an Enjoyable Dance
Saturday Night
The biggest dance of the season
was given by the Firemen Athletic
Club in the skating rink last Sat
urday night. Over sixty couples
were on the floor at one time and
all seemed to enjoy themselves to
the highest possible degree. The
firemen know how to make a dance
a most successful and pleasing affair
aud the date of their dances arc al
ways looked forward to with a
great deal of pleasure. The next
dance is booked for November 20th
and nil lovers of good dancing
should make a special effort to at
tend. The skating rink makes an
excellent place for dancing, being
commodious, centrally located and
possessed of a very fine floor. The
laddies know how to make nil feci
at home, aud no effort is spared iu
making each event as enjoyable and
interesting as possible.
The Firemen's Athletic Club is a
recently formed organization. Its
purpose is to promote healthful aud
clean sports of various natures.
Dcsidcs the periodical dancing par
tics given, basket ball, boxing,
wrestling aud other indoor amuse
ments aud diversions will be in
dulged iu. They deserve all the
aid and assistance the public can
give, aud judging from the attend
ance at their initial dance, they are
going to receive it.
Well Attended
A large attendance was present
nt the first mass of the Catholic de
nomination at the French block last
Sunday morning, and the capacity
of the room was taxed to its utmost
capacity. A baptism took place
and an Altar Society wasorgaiiizcd.
Next Sunday two masses will be
held, the first at 8:30 and the last
nt 10:30 11. m, Sunday school will
be held between the first and last
mass, at about 10 o'clock, Father
F. J. Kctteuhofer, who has charge
of the parish here, is greatly pleased
with St. Johns. He is a booster of
no small degree, aud wilt use his
best efforts toward furthering the
cause of St. Johns.
Will Cut it Out
After this week Douville's mag
azine will cease to be given as u
premium to Review subscribers,
The shears, however, will be given
for a few days longer. Kvcryone
has been given a chance to secure
the premiums and we feci that it
will serve no particular purpose to
continue them. Quite a number of
new subscribers were enrolled as u
result, however.
Hard on Space
The "Who's Who" matter rather
hampers us for space this week,
and as a consequence news Is some
what curtailed. Wu trust it will
not be many weeks before we will
be enabled to enlarge the paper.
It's all up to the business men,
however. If they would all adver
tise, the Review would have been
larger long before this,
Married Saturday
Ralph W. Reynolds and Miss
Sophia J. Murphy, the former of
University Park and the latter of
Portland, were united iu marriage
at the Evangelical parsonage Sat
urday evening, Rev. C, P. Gates
performing the ceremouy.
Thousands of new settlers have
come to Oregon and Washington
during the period that the low one
way colonist rates were in effect
aud are now building permanent
homes here.
Dr. Rambo left Sunday morning
for Spokaue, Wash., and expects
to be abseut about two weeks.
Not th label on your paper.