St. Johns review. (Saint Johns, Or.) 1904-current, April 02, 1915, Image 2

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Published Every l'rldar
At 117 West Uurllngton Streot.
Tint Rkvikw Is entered nt post office
In Saint Johns, Oregon, ne mall matter
of tltc second class under the Act of -on
grcss of March 3, 1879.
Subscription price $1.00 per year.
1 MM . I
W. J. Peddicord, a former
well known real estnte man of
St. Johns, but now located near
University I'ark.has an extended
article in this issue, wherein he
extends a most urgent invita
tion to come into Portland and
share their misery. St. Johns
and University Park started out
together upon pretty equal foot
ing some ten years ago. Uni
versity, however, cast its lot
with Portland, while St. Johns
decided to become independent
and go it alone. Could a better
object lesson be obtained any
where? St. Johna, loosened
from the yoke of Portland,
sprang ahead with remarkable
rapidity. Today it has miles of
hard surfaced streets: Univer
sity has little. St. Johns has
12G are lights: University isBaid
to have 25. St. Johns has four
policemen: University has one
or two. St. Johns has a free
public library; University has
none. St. Johns has a paid tire
department and untodate truck:
University has a hose cart and
volunteer firemen. St. Johns
has a high school building and
four others: University haa two
school buildings. St. Johns has
moat of its streets improved;
University has two or throe.
St. Johns has many industrial
plants; University has yet to get
hers. Such is the difference
between being In Portland and
being independent of its domi
nating and discriminating influ
ences, uutsuie oi a lew cicrKB
University furnishes no employ;
ment lor its inhabitant! and
many of thorn come to St. Johns
to earn n livelihood. University
is a nice quiet place in which to
live, where the sound of the
hammer and the saw will not
dsturb one's peaceful rest, and
where one can spend his declin
ing years with no activity to
disturb the serenity of his
rosy-hued dreams. And yet Mr.
Peddicord invites us to come in
and naturally receive a like
treatment. No, thanks. It
smacks too much of the atory
of the Spider am! the My; or
case of sour grapes. Mr. Pcdd
cord, makes canital of the old
adage, "In unity there is
strength." This is true in some
cases, but University has dis
covered that rortlanu proper
gets the strength and University
gets the unity. Tho peoplo thero
give all their strength in tho
way of taxes and got unity in
return. St. Johns would rathor
keep what wo have and get
both the strength and the unity,
Mr. Peddicord assures us that
Portland would welcome ua
with open arms. Thero is not
the slightest doubt in the world
of that. It wants ua, needs us
- worse than it needs any one
thing. It needs our taxes to
How into its coifers, it needs
our territory so that it can do
posit its sewerage at our back
door, it needs the licenses it can
extort from our citizens, it
needs our unrivalled location, it
needs us, yea every hour it
needs us. an J its rapidly depict
ing treasury is yawning for
our contributions. Mr. Peddi
cord urges that in union thero is
reduction of cost of administra
tion. Had he read last Friday's
Telegram ho would have noted
that it cost thu city of Portland
$7.30 per capita for salaries alone
to conduct its administration.
while in St. Johns a less cost per
capita paid for running thu whole
city government. His proposi
tion may be all right in theory,
but it certainly is not borne out
by facts. Mr. Peddicord in
glorified terms praises tho com
mission form of government.
Ho should read an account in
Sunday's Orcgonianof tho meet
ing held by 500 citizens in the
North Branch Library last Sat
tirday night, in which a commit
tee was appointed to investigate
ways and means of "securing
a more competent and efficient
administration of municipal
affairs." And yet ho wants us
to come m and uccopt as our
own this discredited administra-
tin of Portland. As to tho sen
timental reason, if he will look
up tho postoflice address of tho
peoplo of St. Johns ho will find
that it is now St.Johns.Portlnnd,
Oregon, tho same as University
is now University, Portland, Or
egon. Our postoflice address
would not in tho least be chang
ed by merging. Until this city
has a imputation of 10,000, when
independent free mail delivery
may bo secured, the postoflice
address is and shall remain, St.
Johns, Portland, Oregon. Hence
wo have the name, and also we
have the same advantages of
your churches, your libraries,
your museums and your parks
that tho peoplo of your city pos
sess. Wo have all this, and
yet we aro FREE. You of Uni
versity may boast of your city,
but does tho city boast of Uni
versity Park? Aro its visitors
directed to University Park to
view tho great advantages se
cured .through its union with
IFthat rainy vM
the BANK ?
"Some days must be dark and dreary; into each
life some rain must fall." Storms often come up sud
denly. "Alas, how easily things go wrong." But it is
a protection against most ills to have plenty of money
in the bank. To have a bank account you must START
one. WHO gets the money you earn?
Put it in our Bank and YOU will have it.
Make OUR bank YOUR bank
We pay 4 per cent interest on Savings Accounts
ortland? No. And the same
would be true of St. Johns after
it merged. Of course it would
be nice if our fire truck was tak
en to University where it might
serve the entire peninsula im
partially, but really, Mr. Peddi
cord, we cannot accept your kind
invitation. You may mean well.
but then tho proposition doesn't
est fllteror known to mankind.
It stands the highest test, and
is pure, sweet and pleasant, in
the summertime when the street
cars stop 'here there is always
grand rush from the car to git
to the hydrant at the Hank cor
ner and get a cool drink of water,
Not long ago a party selling
screens to place over taps to
look good to us. bo when our catch any sediment in the wa
nonu ation has gotten us large iter made the atatement that Port
as Brooklyn, we will consider land water contained four times
the advisability of allowing your the sediment contained in the
iltv in memo with St. Johns. St. Johns water. And it is mit
but while we arc too small to 'ural that this should be, because
protect our rights and keep from Bull Run water is only surface
being separated from our i water and tho rtir is full of sub
strength and left with the empty stances that drop into tho water
sack of unity, we will just re
main plain St. Johns, will fight
our own battles and claim our
own victories. We have learned
to look below the rosebud and
find tho thorn ever present.
Tho battle is almost over.
Ono or two more short days and
tho die shall be cast. What the
result will bo no man can fore
tell. Shall wo mergo or shall
wo not merge? Tho Review
has kept tho faith, and made a
good flght.and if tho result shall
show that tho battle haa been
lost, we shall always remember
that we did our best to avert
what we believe to be the most
disastrous step its people have
ever taken. We have kept as
near the facts ns wo could glean
them in our limited time. If
wo have made misstatements it
was only because our source of
information was at fault. Wo
have borne malice toward none.
and have tiad and do now have
the kindliest feeling toward all.
We have made tho fight becauso
we believed it to be right, it
wo havo wounded the feelings
of any wo deeply regret it, but
n a light such as we have nut
up, it was a most uitiicuit thing
to avert treading on some one's
toes. Wo havo tried to keep the
columns of the paper clean, and
uive rejected much that would
uivo caused hard feelings, and
it is probable that we havo pub-
ished things that wo should not
mvo nub shed, uur opinions
differ with others, but it is true
of all men. And it is well that
it is so. because if all were of
one mind, the world would grow
so monotonous that nono would
care to exist. Yet we havo one
common purpose in view to do
what we belfovo to be best for
tho grandest and most beautiful
ittlo city that has ever graced
God's footstool. Opinions differ
ing, each ono is guided by the
ight that is given him. There
fore, no bitterness should bo en-
endered. Wo shall bo neigh
bors and friends still, whatever
tho result. "Thero is so much
ill in tho best of us, and so much
rood in tho worst of us, that it
II becomes the best of us to
speak ill of any of us." So what
ever tiie result shall be. let us
all be good fellows still.
Much has been said during tho
past several weeks concerning
tho water question, and how
merging would at onco givo us
lull Hun water. Supposing that
would be possible to get Bui
lun water right after merging
which we claim is impossible)
ould we want it? You house
wives, would you want water
mt comes down through ten
miles of pipe through the hot
sands in tho summer time, so
mt only by tho use of ice could
made palatable I And then
with tho dead ends in St. Johns
would simply be almost un-
rinkable in tho summor time.
ho St. Johns water is pump
ed from the bowels of tho earth,
and is filtered through the sands
f the earth, which is the great-
almost constantly. Wo do not
desire to condemn the Bull Hun
water, for it is as good as sur
face water could be, and
healthful enough, but it is not
could not be, as free from for
eign substances as the St. Johns
water. It is true it is more soft
A lady told us last week of
washerwoman in Portland whoso
hands became so badly cracked
from using it constantly that
she had to come to St. Johns ant
work in harder water, and now
her hands have become cured
Surely we do not want Bull Hun
water even if wo could get it
Go to University Park in the
summer time and try that wa
tor, and you will readily decido
that you much profor St, Johna
An article by Attorney Perry
C. Stroud dealing with tho water
situation, appears in this issue,
in which ho touches on Severn
points. Tito legality part is
convincingly answered by Judge
Llelnml and 11. U. Hogcrs. Mr.
Stroud assumes that tho water
plant hero is "wholly inade
quate" and tli prices aro exor-
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uuuni. ii iiwh ib iruu wny mu
not tho Railroad Commission so
find, after being in full posses
sion of tho actual facts? Ho
says it is inconceivable to him
how Portland could allow ono
portion of its population to pay
more lor wator than another.
A bma wondored about that also.
but nevertheless were compe led
to pay a much higher rate for
moro than nino long years. In
comparing the business houses
with tho wator company in re
gard to competition ho fails to
consider one point, and that is.
there would bo no largo business
houses either in Portland or St.
Johns if it were known that tho
city could put in a competing
business house, sell below actual
cost and make up deficits by
bond issue, as is done in Port-
laud on wator. No business
house could expect to compete
with the city under such circum
stances, nor can the water com
pany That is why this city
gave exclusivo franchise that
tho company could bo guaranteed
of NO competition until it had
gotten firmly established and on
a paying basis at least, which
time was considered fifteen
years. The stock-holders have
received a share in the plant
and in tho business, tho same as
the stockholders do in any plant.
To say that the water plant
was built uu by the proceeds of
its patrons is true to a largo ox
tent. It is also true of any busi
ness. Tho Meier-Frank store
was built from the profits of the
business, and yet who shall say
that tho public should, there
fore, be given title to their busi
ness? And they had a practical
monopoly of the wholesale busi
ness of Portland for years. But
these stores would undoubtedly
never havo been built had it been
in tho power of tho city to es
tablish municipal stores, run at
a loss and make up tho deficit
from a tax on its citizens. -'.
HPHE present mili
tary styles of dress
require a special style
of corset and brassiere.
The military style
means, an erect form,
and a trim looking
You can get all of
this, combined with
comfort in our new
styles of military cor
sets and brassieres.
Kabo Corset Company
Couch & Co.
Pioneer Merchants
St. Johns, Oregon '
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VtmZtmdt Jacobs OCoTroyNY.
S. & H. Green Trading Stamps given
on all Cash Purchases, and on Charge Ac
counts when Paid in Full at least every
30 days. Premiums now on Display.
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The Water Question
Editor Review: During tho
past three years and especially
during the past few weeks,
have heard many arguments rel
ative to the exclusivo franchiso
held by the St. Johns Water
Company. Having tried the St,
Johna Water Company's case on
lieha f of the City of at. Johns
and having boon in this fight for
some three years. I believe that
I am competent to express an
I do not believe that the St.
Johns Water Company has now
or over did have, an exclusivo
franchise. Our Supreme Court
has missed directly upon this
question in the case of Parkhurst
v. capital Uity uaiiway i,ompa
hv. 23 Oregon 471. 32 Pac. 301
In this case the Supremo Court
holfl rhnr. nn nxrlnnivo franchise
could not be granted by a munic
pu corporation unless tho au
t hority of tho city to grant an
exclusivo franchiso is clear; that
no intendments would bo indulg
ed in to support an exclusive
franchise. At tho time of tho
granting of tho original fran
chiso to tho St, Johna Water
Company, tho City of St. Johns
was not given the authority to
irrant an excusive. or in fact.
1 m it
any franchise in nono oi tno
subsequent charters of tho City,
either legislative or initiative.
can there be found ono word
empowering tho City of St. Johns
to grant to anybody an exclusivo
franchiso for any purpose, l
know it is contended thnt the
1905 legislative charter ratifies
the exclusive franchise of tho
St. Johns Water Company, but
this ratification is, to my mind,
unconstitut onal for tho reason
that tho clause ratifying the
same is not expressed in the ti
tie to the act, and further I do
not believe that any Court would
construe this as empowering the
G tv to trrant an exclusive Iran-
chise where all of tho rest of the
body of the act and charter aro
drawn to prevent exclusivo fran
Much argument has been made
unon thoauestion of confiscation
of the company's property. The
mere fact that the St. Johns
Wtaor Company is open to com
petition, does not in fact mean
that its property is confiscated
any more than the property oi
any merchant or any other busi
ness man, is confiscated by his
business rivals. There are hun-
reds of businesses in Portland
and St. Johns that havte an in-
estmcnt many times that of the
St. Johns Water Company, and
we do not hear them crying that
their propqrty is being confiscat
ed for the mere reason that
there, are competitors fn their i
ine or business, i can see no
reason why a monopoly, such as
ic St. Johns Water Company is
t the present time, should be
nursed by the public funds and
especially since very little of
us properly was ever invesiea
by stockholders, but is in
fact tho accumulated profits of
le business derived from an ab
solute monopoly.
In my judgment, a city of six
thousand inhabitants is entitled
to the cheapest and the best wa
tor service possible, whether it
be public or private ownership.
Therefore the question of per
mitting some particular compa
ny, such us tho St. Johns Water have the field alone,
is an injustice to the citizens at
large, unless it is not only able
to. but in fact does give the best
service for the cheapest price. I
I do not believe that there can,
be any contention but what tho I
water supply of St. Johns isj
wholly inadequate to tho needs
of the City. I am firmly con
vinced that if the City were to
mergo with Portland, that the
Portland Water Board would buy
the St. John3 Water plant at
fair valuation and rebuild it to
suit the needs of our growing
community as fast as possible
and that the rates would be tho
samo as in other portions of tho
City of Portlnnd. Should tho
City of St. Johna merge wit
tho City of Portland, I cannot
conceive how the City Commia
sioners would for a moment, tol
crate a portion of its population
to pay several times the price
water that other citizens pay
or to havo service wholly made
quate to their demanda.Very
respectful y yours. Perry C,
Regarding Trade Schools
to the Editor: in your issue
of the 26th you deny the correct
ness ol my statements that
children from St. Johns wil
havo to pay $135.00 to attend the
Trades schools. My answer is
the letter hereto handed you
from the Secretary of tho achoo
board of rortland:
Portland, Oregon, March 16,
1915. Mr. D. C. Lewis. St.
Johns, Oregon. Replying to
yours of even date in reference
to the use by pupils of St.Johns.
or the school of Trades, wil
state the board has provided
that all pupils not resident with
in the city limits of Portland.
will be permitted to attend the
School of Trades upon payment
of tuition, which is $185.00
per year.
In case St. Johns becomes
merged into the city of Portland
pupils from St. Johns will be
permittted free admission to
the School of Trades, upon tho
same conditions as other pupils
at present resident within the
corporate limits of the city of
ortland. rupils in the School of
Trades, living within the coroo
rate limits or Portland, pay no
In reference to your question
as to the observance by the
school board of Portland, of con
ditions imposed upon property
accepted by school districts af
terwards merged into the city of
Portland.will state that in every
instance tho school board has
faithfully carried out all condi-
tions.and observed all contracts
made by tho boards of districts
afterwards merged into the
city of Portland, the same as if
made by themselves. Very truly,
R. H. Thomas. Clerk.
It seems to me that every per
son should be willing to aid in
granting free tuition to all chil
dren who wish to learn a trade
be the child a boy or girl and
the way to do so is to annex to
Portland. D. C. Lewis.
By a close reading of the above
it will be seen that pupils outside
of . Portland will be permitted
to attend upon payment of the
tuition. The clerk does not say
Whereas: the aforesaid por
tion of Kellogg street lies be
tween blocks seven and ten P.
T. Smith's addition to tho city
of St. Johns, Oregon which
blocks nro tho property of School
district Number two and "which
blocks together with that por
tion of Kellogg street between
Charleston street and John
street are used fpr public school
purposes and in order to provide
the children with suitable
grounds and apparatus for their
physical development while in
attendance in tho school it is
necessary that permanent struc
tures bo erected on the said
grounds and especially on that
portion Of Kellogg Street be
tween Charleston and John
Streets and thut the vacation of
the said street is of public nec
essity; now therefore,
It is ordnined by the City of
St. Johns:
Section 1. That Kellogg street
from the Northerly side line of
Charleston street to tho souther
ly side line of John street in tho
city of St. Johns be and tho
same is hereby vacated for the
use and benefit of School district
No. 2 and shall bo and remnin
the property of the said School , ino.z so long ns me same
shall be used and occupied for
public school purposes, but at
such time as the said street
shall be abandoned for school
purposes the same shall revert-
to the city of St. Johns and be
come a street.
Passed by the council
30th day of March, 1915.
Approved by the Mayor
30th day of March, 1915.
Attest: A. E. DUNSMORE,
( Recorder.
Published in the St Johns Re
view, April 2, 1915,
that none outside of the city
imits are permitted to attend
the trade schools unless thev
pay the tuition. As a matter of
fact there has never been any
charge for St. Johns nunils.
and while the tuition MAY be
charged, it never is. Norman
Nelson, Robert Carter, lrvin Gro-
machey and at least five others
that we have knowledge of have
been attending the schools with-
out even being Asked to pay
tuition of any amount. Mr.
Lewis is well aware of this, and I
we challenge him to produce one
person in bt.
. It is resolved by the City of
St. Johns:
That "it deems it expedient
and necessary to improve Chi
cago street from the Eaat
lino of Willamette Blvd. to the
West Line of Smith Avenue in
the City of St. Johns in the fol
lowing manner to wit:
By grading said portion of
street to grade or subgrade to
be established and by laying a 6
foot cement walk and 12 foot
curb on both sides of said street,
with necessary Cement Cross
walk and Iron Gutters.
According to the plans and
specifications of the city engi
neer on file in tho office of the
City Recorder relative thereto,
which said plans and specifica
tions and estimates are satis
factory and are hereby approv
ed. Said improvements to be
made in accordance with the
charter and ordinances of the
city of St. Joluis, and under the
supervision and direction of the
city engineer.
Thnt tho cost of said improve
ment to be ussessed as provided
by tho city charter upon the
property especially and particu
larly benefited thereby, and
which is hereby declnred to be
all of lots, parts of lots, blocks
and parcels of land between the'
termini of such improvements
abutting upon, adjacent or prox
imate to said street, from tho
marginal lines of said street
back to the center of the block
or blocks or tracts of land abut
ting thereon or proximate there
That all the property included
in said improvement district
aforesaid is hereby declared to
beMLocaI Improvement District
No. 125."
That the city engineer's as
sessment of the probable total
cost of said improvement of said
street is $-1284.10.
That the cost of said street' to
be assessed against the proper
ty in said local assessment dis-
trict as provided by the charter
! of the City of St. Johns.
Adopted by tho council this
1 30th day of March, 1915.
Published in the St. Johns Re-
view April 2, and April 9, 1915.
Proposed Assessment
Notice is hereby jjiveu that apportion
ment of the cost of improvement of
Macrum Ave, from the southerly line of
The City Limits to the O. W. R. 4c N.
fiii ?l Wa-' total COst of Uich is 3..
539.42 has been apportioned and U on file
in th ofuce of the undersigned, subject
to examination.
Assessment district extends back to
file rlltir nf . .
TnW PrUCG ne' -"Vns onsaid sum p ded
Johns Who Was re- i by the city charter and resolutions.
luaeu iJCiimtaiuu m enier me .cuiunrance anaiust saiii nnmrhnn.
trade schools of Portland unless ! Vi, may 00 watl,es'" anting and aied
the tuition was forthcoming, or
one single individual in St. John's
who has ever paid $135 tuition,
or any part of that sum. He
simply cannot do it, even though
he brings out an obsolete pro
vision of tho rules through the
clerk. Anyway if we want
trade schools in St. Johns we
can certainly secure them- with
out merging.- Ed.
until 5 o'clock
with the undersigned
P. M. Anril l!hh. ifliK
A. R. DUNSMohfi,
,,. . . . Recorder.
Published m the St. Johns Review
Mai eh 2C and April 2. 1915. '
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