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St. Johns Is Calling You
1 second In number of Industries.
Is seventh In population.
Cars to Portland every 16 mln.
Has navigable water on 3 sides.
Has finest gas and electricity.
Has two strong banks.
Has five large school houses.
I las abundance of purest water.
Has hard surface streets.
Has extensive sewerage system.
Has fine, modern brick city hall.
Has payroll off 93.000 monthly.
Ships monthly 2,000 cars freight.
All railroads have access to it.
Is gateway to Portland harbor.
Climate ideal and healthful.
St. Johns is Calling You
Has seven churches.
Has a most promising future.
Distinctively a manufacturing city
Adjoins the city of Portland.
I las nearly 6,000 population.
Has n public library.
Tnxoble property, H500.000.
I las large dry docks, saw mills
Woolen mills, iron works,
Stove works, asbestos factory,
Ship building plant,
Veneer and excelsior plant,
Flour mill, planing mill,
Dox factory, and others.
More industries coming.
St. Johns is the place for YOU.
ST. JOHNS REVIEW
Devoted to the Interest! of the Penlmula, the Manufacturing Center of the Northwest
ST. JOHNS, OREGON, FRIDAY, DKCHMBKR 12. 1913.
Hold Sway at the Com
Tito "Live Wires" of the Com
mercial Club were responsible
for the moqt divertimr. pleasur
able and interesting gathering
that the Club has over exper
ienced. It took place in the
Club rooms Monday evening, and
was in the form of a "got to
gether" meeting. It was the
first time that "high jinks" had
held sway, and the largo com
pany present were immensely
pleased with the entertainment
The first event was a boxing
match between Ralph Murkwnrt
and Owen Martin, of three
rounds duration. The young
sters went at it hammer and
tongs from bell to bell. There
was no let up until the bout was
completed. The large gloves
used prevented the little fellows
from hurting one another, but
they furnished lots of amuse
ment for the spectators, who en
couraged them to do their best.
The bout ended with honors even
and with both opponents ready
for more of it, in spite of their
respiration being considerably
quickened by the healthful ex
ercise. F. W. Coffyn and Leon Peter
son rendered a couple of pleasing
musical selections that were
heartily encored. Mr. Coffyn
presided at the piano, and Mr.
Peterson played the violin. St.
Johns has few, if any, better
musicians than those two, and
their renditions were highly ap
preciated. A pie eating contest furnished
the most amusement of any
event of the evening. Ralph
Markwart, Dennio Nichols, Lloyd
and Owen Martin participated.
Four custard pies with frosting
about throe lingers high were
spread on tho lloor and the four
lads with their hands securely
tied behind their backs were told
to make way with them. The
gyrations, contortions and the
squirming around that was nec
essary to consume the pies were
most laughable. The Jnds emerg
ed from tho conflict with noses
and faces plastered all over with
custard and frosting, and enough
pie found its way to tho inner
man to allay pio hunger for a
week or more, or so it seemed to
tho interested observer. Ralph
Markwart proved to bo tho most
expert pio consumer, and won
first prize, with Dennio Nichols,
Lowell Anderson and Russell
Poff boxed four fast and furious
rounds, with Poff getting the
best of it in tho first half, and
Anderson evening things up in
the last two rounds. The lads
were well matched,, and showed
not a little skill in tho mnnly
art. P. G. Gilmoro acted as
referee in a most able and sat
Ralph Markwart and Owen
Martin indulged in a wrestling
bout, but they were so evenly
matched that it was diffiicult to
determine which was the better
Ralph Markwart also enter
tained the audience with an Irish
jig dance that was adeptly ex
ecuted. Lowell Anderson and Willis
Cowles put on a wrestling match
that was full of ginger and a
tug of war all the way through.
Cowles proved to be the better
wrestler, with two falls to his
. H. M. Fassett.- tho popular
local singer and bashful member
of the Bachelor club, sang two
solos that 'pleased the listeners
The most scientific event of
the evening was a two and one-
half round boxing match between
Druggist C. C. Currin and
Councilman S. G. Wright. All
the arts and wiles of the fistic
world were brought into full play
The famed skill of McCoy and
Corbett faded into oblivion in
comparison to the skill demon
strated by our two townsmen.
It is true that Currin was a trifle
" over weight, and was somewhat
handicapped by the surplus llesh.
yet he was as agile as a cat, and
soma of the blows he started
would have done credit to the
kick of a mule or a bolt of light
ning. He agitated the air to
such a considerable extent that
it became difficult for him to
get his breath fast enough, and
for want thereof, was compelled
to forego the pleasure of hnish
ng the third round, City Dad
A Splendid Attraction
The people of St. Johns will
be presented with a rare treat
on Friday evening, December
10th, at 8:15 o'clock, at the St.
Johns skating rink, by the Web
ber Juvenile Orchestra of Port
land. Some of the St. Johns
people have been after this bunch
of musical "kids" for some
time, and their dream has at
last came true. Did some one
say "a bunch of musical kids?"
Well, I guess yes. Each of these
youngsters tire masters on three
and four different instruments,
and are not only sight readers,
but transposers as well.
With a repertoire of over five
hundred pieces to select from,
they will keep you intrested
from the start of tho concert to
tho finish. The only thing that
will not please you is the fact
that the long evening's program
will prove to puss too quickly.
But waitl Best of all: For the
first time presented to the pub
lic tho largest and most complete
banjo chorus ever presented on
the American stage. From tho
first strains in the big march to.
those sweet strains of all those
dear old songs that never die,
such as Suwance River. Old
Kentucky Home and Old Blnck
Joe. unto the latest turkey trot
and tango, it will prove to be n
series of "I just can't make my
feet behave." And then comes
those pulls at your heart strings
from those dear old melodies.
and then the smiles and thrills
from the light, breezy strains
from tho turkey trot and the
Those youngsters will soon
start on an extended concert tour
through the United States, so
this is your chance to onjoy all
these good things they have to
oiler. The little soloist will
make you feel glad you arc alive
with her selections accompanied
by the entiro orchestra.
This splendid entertainment
will bo given under the auspices
of the St. Johns Commercial
Club. Prices to this attraction
have ranged as high as ono dol
lar, but tho Club has secured a
special rate of 2f cents for all.
Scat sale commences Monday at
Currin's for Drugs, and at box
office Friday evening. adv.
Wright was in tho pink of con
dition, and gyrated around the
ring like a two year old colt.
By his marvelous quickness he
kept out of harm's way, ami was
getting stronger every minute.
All tho blows and tactics known
to modern or ancient history in
tho fistic arena, and a few that
wore never known before, wero
introduced and brought in to
nlnv. Nothing as classy as this
event has ever previously hap
pened on the Pacific Coast. Had
Currin trained down a trifle be
fore enter nir tho ring, thoro is
not the slightest doubt in the
world but that they would still
be making passes at one another,
they enjoyed it so mucti.
Councilman Wright and At
torney P. C. Stroud afforded
much amusement and entertain
ment in u wrestling bout.
Wright claimed that Stroud held
his big toe so that he couldn't
do anything, but tho referee de
cided that lie would have to grin
and bear such inconvenienco in
the wrestling game.
Smock and McFarland gave a
spirited exhibition of the boxing
came, and Ross Walker and P.
G. Gilmore took a turn at
Sandwiches, pickles, coffee,
etc.. were at the disposal of the
all in abundant supply, while
each was given a corncob pipe
with a generous supply of smok
iner tobacco. The event was
hugely enjoyed, and a spirit of
good fellowship was manitesieci
to a considerable degree. The
"Live Wires" are certainly to
be comrratu ated upon the splen
did success attained, and it is
the fond hone of all that they
will duplicate their efforts in the
near future. We understand
that J. E. Hillerand P. H. Edlef-
sen are going into training for
a wrestling match in anticipa
tion of a like event occurring
The first spadeful of dirt on
.Tnoksnn County's new hichwav
over the Siskiyous was turned
last week by Samuel Hill, the
nnrwl trnnri-rnads exnerL The
work of grading the 13 miles
of mountain road has been under
taken by a Tacoma firm of con
tractors at a contract price of
$107,000 and will, as far as
possible, be completed during
this winter in order to have a
settled roadbed ready for sur
facing early in the spring.
Do Your Shopping Early
To the Editor: I want to beg
space in your valuable paper for
an appeal to the public on a mat
ter of much more importance
than many as yet think.
It is the matter of early holi
day shopping. There are very
few who have not heard this
appeal from many sources
before, but many, very many,
have not been moved by it as
As Labor Commissioner, charg
ed with the protection as far as
possible of the workers of Ore
gon, I add my voice to the ap
peal to everyone to shop early.
Do your shopping early in the
month, early in tho week, early
in tho day. Observe all three
of thest important points and
you will do justice and mercy
that will be appreciated by thou
sands of overworked saleswomen
nnd salesmen, and by thousands
more who realize the importance
of such action.
Shot) early and in broad day
light. Don't ullow yourself to
linger with the thoughtless
throng after the evening shadows
begin to fall. Do this and the
fervent "God bless you" will
spring from the hearts of tens
of thousands of shop-girls ready
(o collapse lrom the lntigue oi
the day of the hardest kind of
Have you any idea of the work
of both brain and body of the
average saleswoman, particuariy
in the city or larger town 1
daro say you have not -not one
in fifty of you. On their feet all
day, running hither nnd thither,
harassed by the whim and often
by the robuko of all classes of
men and women in all Btnges of
nervous tension. A more fatigu
ing occupation is unknown.
Think of it, please, and lend
your reasonable assistance, by
forming habits that will add
just as little as possible to the
It is at these rush seasons
when the incontivo is greatest
to break tho law governing hours
of employment. And this is
natural. Merchants strivo to
pleaso their patrons and to ac
commodate the public in every
way. burely the public, also,
has some responsibility. If tho
law is violated, those charged
with its enforcement must net
or be justly censured.
From every conceivable view
point the appeal for early shop
ping is of vital merit, and I
urge upon one and all the im
portance of co-operation both in
their personal nets, and in help
ing by verbal appeal, to secure
tho most general observance of
so worthy a principle
O. P. HOFF,
State Labor Commissioner.
To Aid Unemployed
To tho editor: Wo wish to
ask your kind co-operation in a
movement to connect our unem
ployed with a job. There are
undoubtedly many residents of
your county who could use the
services of a good hand this win
ter, and there are many idlo men
in Portland and other cities in
this state who would be glad to
have a place.
If you will bo kind enough to
run this letter and attached in
formation blank in a few issues
of your paper our plan will bo
called to the attention of those
needing a hand. Any requests
for labor made to our office will
at once bo taken up with those
who are hunting for employment.
Assuring you that your co
operation will be greatly ap
preciated, I am, yours very truly,
Oswald West, Governor.
Nearest railroad station or steamboat
Number of men or women needed
Character of work offered
Wages to be paid
With or without board or lodging
How long service, if they prove satis
factory, will likely be needed
This blank to be filled out and
mailed to the Governor's Office,
Salem. Oregon, that it may be
brought to the attention of those
A line of typewriter ribbons.
both narrow and wide, has just
been received at the Review
office: 50c each. Also carbon
paper at two sheets for five
Keep Them at Home
A child will get an education
in the street, and may learn
some useful things, but it de
pends very much on the child
what the lessons are. The use
less and vicious predominate,
and everything attracts the child
to ibis class of learning, because
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evil IS HU uiuxuii iinu aiaiunu
While we cannot keep tho child
from contact with evil at all
times, wo should do the best we
can to counteract the influence,
and to keen the plastic mind full
of better things. The good les
sons arc better learned at home
or in the school room. The night
school of tho street never yet
made good, pure men and women.
In every household there is
always enough to keep the child
healthfully busy tor a part of
the time at least. If pains are
taken to make the work at
tractive, nnd to impress on the
vountr mind the fact that re
sponsibilities for certain tasks
must lie assumed by each one,
they will be assumed witli less
friction as the child becomes
older. They can be taught to
make play of many little helps,
but should be made responsible
for the efficacy of the play.
Little hands can lift little loads
and make the big ones lighter
for the stronger shoulders, and
the children thus kept off the
street may be learning useful
Many times it is the parent.
rather than the child, who needs
correction and training. A wise
parent puts herself in the child's
place, now and then. The view
point is different. Try praiBing
tho little ones for what they want
to accomplish, whether it has
failed or not.
Nothing encourages more than
encouragement and praise. Lead
the baby rather than drive it,
and give tho child "more kisses
than cuffs. Everything is new
and strange to the dawning in
telligence, and many things are
mysteries to even our own minds.
Wo all mnko mistakes, and
when the litllo hands fail of
accomplishment, help them to
overcome their helplessness.
The Work of Woman
Oregon Agricultural College,
Corvullis. Oregon, Dec. 10.
The fact that so much more has
been done to ameliorate the labor
conditions of man than those of
woman, is clovorly shown by n
story in tho Oregon Countryman
entitled. "Eliminate tho Drud
gery of Housework." "Should
our great grandmothers return
they would bo perfectly familiar
with women's methods of doing
housework. They could wash
and iron by hand, just ns they
used to wash and iron. But if
our great grandfathers should
return with them they would bo
completely lost among tho thou
sands of mechanical devices now
used to savo man's time nnd
energy. Men have filled their
own world with machinery.
They realize that nothing is too
great or too small to be done
with machinery, from removing
mountains with electricity to
cleaning a straw hat.
In this day of electricity it
should be considered a misde
meanor to wash and iron by
hand, because washing and iron-
inir machines are made cheaply
enouch for tho housewife to own
them. Washing by hand is so
hard that no woman should be
allowed to do it, whether she be
housewife or servant. Always
it is drudgery, in the winter
it invites pneumonia.
If the following directions are
observed, boiling clothes is not
necessary when washed with the
machine : blice live bars of Nap
tha soap into a two gallon jar.
Cover with water and let stand
one day. Then use an egg beat
er to cut tho undissolved slices
to pieces. Let them stand for
another day, when the soap solu
tion will have become a jelly.
By using soap thus prepared
it is necessary to put the clothes
into the cylinder but once be
fore rinsing, whicli saves time
and diminishes the gas, water
or electricity bill."
Merchants, Take Notice
The St. Johns Volunteer Fire
Department hereby wishes to
serve notico that that the de
partment will not be responsible
for any bills unless a requisition
has first been secured. Leo Cor
An Interesting Paper
Paper read by Miss Nellie M.
Stevens at the recent Mothers'
meeting in the city hall :
Let us begin with the children.
Happy boys and girls mnko hap
py men and women. Wo are urg
ed to keep the children happy by
surrounding them with condi
tions that are conducive to hap
piness. Many mothers dread a
stormy day because the children
are so troublesome on these days.
Tho philosophy of it is simple
enough. All children are charged
with a superabundance of energy,
and they must have some way
to work it off. They can't help
it.. Exercise is a law of growth.
They must grow by turning and
twisting, tumbling and jump
ing. They are shut up tight on
a stormy day, nnd they will turn
the house upside down, or worse
if they have nothing else to do.
A little boy was given an air
gun on New Years. The next
day was stormy. Tho little fel
low wrote in his diary: "Snowed
all day couldn't shoot." "Jan.
3. Snowed all day, nothing do
ing with the air gun." "Jan. -1.
- Still snowing: shot grandma."
He just had to do something;
The playground we hear so
much of today is not merely a
spot where boys ami girls can be
dumped to keep them happy
and out of mischief. Nor is it
simply a breathing place in a
crowded district, giving children
by charity what every child
ought to receive by right. All
thcbc the playground is, but it
is something infinitely more,
and of greater significance.
Tho playground movement of
today is a strand in the broad
new conception of education
the education which involves not
only information, but preparation
for life. Wo are coming to re
gard the brain not as an en-
cyclopaadia but as a tool, 'I ho
test of its efficiency is whether
it meets the daily problems of
lifo keenly and Htmoly. To lie
clear headed and clean hearted
is to be educated. To think
straight and to act straight
through childhood is to build
noble manhood and womanhood.
There is no magic charm in
mathematics for its own sake,
but if it is so taught that a child
is trained to mental accuracy, if
ho learns that no slip shod work
can stand, that to mnko a single
mistake is to spoil it all then
he learns a lesson that every
one needs to know.
The new methods tiro all at-1
tempts to get tho child roady to
be efficient in his own individual
life. Play is meant to serve
him somewhat mentally, much
more physically, most of all
spiritually. Tho children under
the care of an efficient teacher go
Into tho forest to learn lessons
from naturo study. Theso linos
especially appeal to tho child.
"I once knew all the birds
that came and nestled in our or
chard trees. For every flowor I
had a name. My friends wero
woodchucks, toads and bees. I
know whero thoy thrived in
yonder glen, what leaves would
soothe a stone bruised toe. Oh,
I was very learned thon- but that
was long ago. I knew the spot
ui)on tho hill whero checker ber
ries could, bo found; I know tho
rushes near the mill where pick
erel lay that weighed a pound; 1
know tho woods, tho very tree,
whero led the saucy, poaching
crow; and all the woods and
crows knew me; but that was
very long ago."
Tho playground teaches with
joy some of the same lessons that
books teach less agreeably. The
carelessly batted ball does not
reach its goal any more than the
carelessly done sum reaches its
answer. There nre a hundred
games that repeat to the child,
"You've got to do it just right,
or you'll fail," and that is a big
lesson. There are a score of
games that teach observation
and deduction, just as scientific
books do. Then there are the
lessons learned by all team work,
the lessons of fair play, of co
operation, of downing little
whims for the sako of the com
mon aim. In good play cheating
is dealt with ruthlessly The
playground is democratic. Only
excellence excels, and tho ono
who plays best is the hero. Tho
better muscle responds to the
swiftly moving brain, the higher
tho honor. It has been truly
said that every triumph England
has gained in her great imperial
march was fought out and pre
pared for on the fields of Eton
and Rugby, so important is play
in training for self restraint,
application, accuracy. Team
work means law, order and self
government. Theso are good
An Ancient Arrow Head
Albany, Ore., Dec. 0. That
arrow heads wero used hundreds
of years ago, probably by races
earlier than the Indians, is in
dicated by the appearance of an
nrrow head found 150 feet below
the surface of the ground at St.
Johns, Oregon. The point was
found in June, 1908, by Alvin
W. Marks, then of Portland,
but now of Oakland, Cnl., and
recently was given to J. C.
Crawford, an archaeologist of
this city, who is conducting an
investigation with eminent geo
logical authorities to ascertain
Tho arrow head was found
while a well was being bored
for the Harris Ice Works, at St.
Johns. This well is 170 feet
deep. The soil in which the well
was bored is a sand formation
for 150 feet and then river gravel
for 20 feet. The arrow point
was brought up among tho first
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Kiuvl-i mullein, m uiu mil liiv;.-.
The nrrow head is much larger
than the average points found
in Oregon now tint which were
made by the fore-fathers of the
present day Indians. It is also
of much poorer workmanship.
These two lacts indicate its an
tiquity. In his large archaeo
logical collection, which is es
pecially rich in Indians relics,
Mr. Crawford has hundreds of
arrow points which were found
on gravel burs or in Indian
mounds and graves, but none
of them tire like this one, which
evidently is the product of tin
older race than the Indians.
Tho point shows no sign what
ever of erosion, which fact would
destroy any theory that it might
have been carried to the place it
was found in recent years by
water under ground. So far as
Mr. Crawford has been able to
ascertain tho land at the place
where it was found has not been
filled in by overflow from the
river in years at all recent, for
he has learned that tho place has
not been under water at all for
J17 yoasr at least, and possibly
longer than that. So it must
have lain boncnth tho surface of
the ground for many hundreds of
Mr. Crawford wrote to the
Smithsonian Institution at Wash
ington, D. C, regarding it. but
the institution could not give
positive information regarding
tho geological formation of that
particular locality. Ho is taking
tho matter up with tho in
structors in geology at tho Uni
versity of Urogon and Oregon
Agricultural College, in an en
deavor to ascertain how long this
nrrow point was under ground.
How to Succeed
Keep going, always doing.
Remember that wishing, dream
ing, intending, murmuring, talk
ing, sighing nnd repining are all
Idle and profitless employments.
Why follow thorn? Success is
only attained by a persistent
Try to bo something in tho
world bosidos a knocker or fault
finder, and you will bo some
thing. Aim at oxcollonce and
excellence will be attained. This
is tho groat secret of success
and eminence. "I cannot do it"
never accomplished anything.
"I will try"has wrought won
ders. Doos any wish to reach
the goal, iiavo ideals high and
reach upward, not downward.
No. 50 To Joseph Kline to
erect a dwelling on Mohawk
street, corner of Hendricks ave
nue; cost $75.
No. 51 - To M. Mackoy to erect
a dwelling on Burr street be
tween Hudson and Smith avenue;
No. 52 To M. J. Kelly to
erect a dwelling on Central ave
nue between Oswego and Mo
hawk streets; cost $800.
qualities in boy and girl, in man
and woman they are superb.
We can hardly over estimate tho
value of the lessons children
learn from each other without
knowing it, in a well directed
Do you get FULL WEIGHT
and QUALITY in your house
hold drugs? Better get them
here and be assured of tho best.
Currins for Drugs, udv.
Matters of Importance
With tho exception of Council
man Martin, all members were
present at tho regular meeting
of the city council Tuesday even
ing, with Mayor Bredoson pre
siding. A communication from the St.
Johns Water Company stated
that fire hydrants had been in
stalled at the intersection of Polk
and Seneca nnd Polk and Hudson
streets, as per order of Council.
A communication from At
torney Geo. J. Perkins stated
that an etl'ort had been made to
have the Willamette boulevard
case now pending in the Supreme
Court advanced on the docket;
that the consent of the Court
had been obtained, but tho de
fense finally demurred contend
ing that they wanted to argue
the case orally instead of by
brief; that taking its regular
place on the Supreme Court
docket, the case would in nil
probability not be hoard beforo
next June or July. Upon At
torney's Gatzmyor's suggestion
Hint moral suasion be brought to
hear upon the parties interosted
in defending the suit, Council
men Garlick and Wright wero
unpointed a committee In inter
view them nnd try nnd arrange
to have the case submitted by
brief, and consequently advanc
ed on the. docket.
T. A. Glover, M. F. Joyce,
Sherman Cochran and T. I).
Condon applied for renewal of
liquor license beginning January
1st, and was referred to the
liquor license committee.
M. J. Carson's application for
a liquor license on Altti street
by amendment of ordinances was
reported unfavorably upon l)y
tho liquor license committee.
Mr. Carson made a plea for fur
ther consideration, and tho mut
ter was finally laid on the table.
- G. L. Perrine and others com
plained of the unfiiirnoriM and
unjustnoss of the citizens in
general paying for removal of
garbage from the gnrhago cans
along the principal stroota, con
tending that tho proporly kept
clean by Virtue of tho cnni being
placed whero they are should
near the cost of removal. Tho
Health and Police and Street
Committeos wero instructed to
investigate the nature of tho
garbage that is being deposited
in the cans.
A resolution directing tho city
engineor to prepare tho nucos
sary plans and specifications for
the improvement of Willnmutto
boulovard between Burlington
street and St. Johns avonuu by
comout sidownlks, 18 foot curbs
and standard concrete paving
Attornoy Gatzmyor advisad
against adopting any of tho
proposed mothods of submitting
tho park question to tho votors
whicli ho had been requested to
pass his opinion upon, believing
it to bo tho safer plan for tho
City Council to select tho situs
and then put it up to tha votors
for thoir approval or rejection.
G. L. Perrino told of tho plan
of tho citizens of Ward No. 2 to
hold a mass mooting at tho city
hall Wednosday evening for tho
purposo of selecting a park situ
favorable to tho residents of
that portion of tho city, and acW
visod tho rosidonUt of tho First
Ward to do likewise.
Tho following bills wero allow
ed and ordored paid: O. J. Gatz
myor. paper, $1.25; Currins for
Drugs, library paste, 25c; Edgar
Auhaurie, threo hours' work on
streot, 95c; George Skaar, stroot
work and inspecting, 12 days,
$3!1.50; St. Johns Planing Mill,
lumber, 45c: Edmondson Co.,
supplies, $1.15; St. Johns Hard
ware Co., supplies, $2.30; W. S.
Jcans.one day's work withtoam,
$5; BertOlin, streot work and in
specting, $12.50; making a total
Piano and Violin Lessons
50c an Hour
Violin pupils will have advajia
tage of playing with Piano and
Mr. and Mrs. J. E, Stine,
711 W. Johns t.
Currin Says: 'Tho ona REST
gift is a Kodak. Kodaks, and
Brownies, $1.00 and up. adv.