Corvallis Times. Official Paper of Benton County, CORVAIXI8, OREGON, MAR. 2S, 1903. MEETING CALLED. Of the Democratic Central Committee of Benton Occurs Friday. A meeting of the democratic county central committee has been called for Friday at n a. m. The hour was set at i i in order to give members of the committee who so desire to come in on the Yaquina train and return the same day. The matter to be considered is whether or not primaries and a county con vention shall be held for sending delegates to the congressional con vention, of whether delegates shall be named by the county central committee. The state com mittee met in- Portland last week, and named Albany as the place, and April nth. as the date for holding a convention to nominate a successor to the late congressman Toneue. The state committee also made the question of how delegates to the convention should be selec ted, optional with county central committees, - Yesterday County Chairman Davis mailed letters to each of the Benton County committeemen, giving notice of the meeting to be held next Friday. WORE TO BE RESUMED. CENTRAL COMMITTEE MET. Republicans Fixed Date for Primaries and Connty Convention. The republican county central committee for. Benton county met In this city Saturday. The fol lowing committeemen were present: H. H. Glassford, Corvallis number i; J. R. Smith, Corvallis number 2; W. E. Yates, Corvallis number 3; T. H. Cooper, Corvallis number 4: W. S. Tomlinson, by G. W. Denman, proxy. Wells; James Wilkinson, Willamette; James Pfouts. Monroe; Frank Plunket by T. T. Vincent, Kings Valley; J. A. Park, Philomath; G- H, Wamsley by W. S. L,inville, proxy, Blodgett: A. H. Buckingham, Bellfountain: Geo. Bayne Jr. by Homer Lilly, proxy, Wren. : and T. J. Risley. Fairmount. V . April 7th, at n a. m., 1903, was fixed as the day for holding the county convention for the' purpose of electing delegates to the con gressional convention and for such other business as may come before the convention. The following ap portionment of delegates for var ious precincts was made: Corvallis number 1,6; Corvallis number 2, 8; Corvallis number 3, 7; Corvallis numbers 5; Soap Creek, 3; Willamette, 4; Monroe, 4 Kings Valley, 5:. Alsea, 3; Summit 3; Philomath. 9; Blodgett, 3; Bell fountain, 8; Wren, 3: Fairmount, 5 The ratio for the above appor tionment was one delegate at large for each precinct, and one for 15 or nearest fraction of 15 votes cast for T. T. Tongue at the last general election, June, 1902. GETS ONE YEAR. Fawcett Pleaded Guilty and was Sen 1 tenced Yesterday Morning. R. H. Fawcett, the laundryman arrested recently for stealing a cook stove and various other :, articles from the house of J. W. Jory is to pay the penalty of his offense by a year's service in the state peniten tiary. ' At the opening of court Monday morning he was arraigned, and given his day to plead, He was repre sented by J. N. McFadden Yes- terday morning at nine, his case was called, and Fawcett at once pleaded guilty. When asked by the court if he desired sentence passed at once, the prisoner replied in the affirmative. In answer to the usual inquiry if he had any thing to say why sentence .should not be imposed, the prisoner's at torney made a brief add ress, setting forth that the aggregate value of the stolen articles was but trifling and that the prisoner, his wife and two children on account of an ac cident to the husband had been in destitute circumstances before he arrived in Corvallis, all suggesting a light sentence. , - The indictment charged - larceny from a dwelling, for which the -lightest punishment is one year . in the penitentiary, and the- latter was the sentence pronounced by the court. Sheriff Burnett started with the prisoner for Salem at one o'clock yesterday alter noon. , ;Our store will close at 7 p. m during January, February and March, Saturday evenings excepted J. H. Harris. Nat Butter Is a very popular substitute for fats 2&nd oils. At Zlerolf'a. ' - Mr. Swansen Says he Intends to Push - Improvements on Hotel Corvallis. There is an altogether; reason able prospect that Hotel Corvallis will in the near future be" ready for occupancy, at least so much may be said of the first ani second floors. Mr. Swansen, the owner, was in Corvallis the first of the week to receive the confirmation of his purchase of the property He has planned extensive addition al imDrovements which he . states are to be carried out immediately it, as he expects, his title is cleared during the presence ot Judge iam ilton. It is Mr. Swansen's purpose' to first fit up the first and second floors of the building in absolutely first-class shape, heated by some modern method not yet fully de termined noon, wired for electric lieht. and hard-finished through out except the south room designed for a store. This is to be papered. The northwest corner of the low er floor, as is generally known, js now occupied by the Willamette Vallev Banking Company?s bank This fact rendered it necessary for the olan of the lower floor to be changed to some extent for con venience as a hotel, Mr. Swansen's purpose first was to have the lobby or gentleman s waiting room open on Monroe street iust east of the bank, take up part of the dining room, and extend the dining room southward, but that : plan was changed some time ago, and al ready the front of one of the store rooms, which open on Main or Sec ond street, has been changed with the view of making this the gentle men's waiting room. The south wall of the main hallway back from the front to a distance of 21 feet is to be removed to enlarge the wait- ing room, making jts dimensions 21x31 feet. As heretolore the dininsr room will be along the north central portion of the build ing, while the kitchen will be m the northeast corner. t In the southeastern portion of the lower floor are two large sample rooms. In convenient localities on the low er floor are wash rooms, cloak room, baggage room,, and what now constitutes the' court will be transformed into a writing room At present thfs space " extends to a skylight in the roof, but another ceiling of glass is to be placed over this at the height ot the nrst floor. On the second floor is a parlor in the northwest corner. In addition there are 31 bedroomsbeside closets and bath rooms. It is generally understood that this is one of the most conveniently arranged hotel of its size in the country. The de sign of the third floor is similar to that of the second, but it is in a very incomplete state, the studding only being in place. Mr. Swansen states that he will .finish this im mediately after the first and second floors have been made ready for oc cupancy. . On the outside, a cement walk in front of the building a distance of 75 feet is one of the contemplated improvements. A board walk is to extend the length of the ; hotel on the north side. The owner has some plans for finishing 'the base ment, but as yet they are incom plete.''' - Mr. Swansen states that he has arranged with parties of ample means to open the house, as soon as his contemplated improvements are complete. "'' ' ' Last season, Mr. Swansen. spent several thousand dollars for im provements on the building, but legal complications respecting the title caused him to defer . further outlay until , those matters settled. PRICES NOW. And Then Also Here and There Facts From an Eastern Paper. Excerpts, below show prices, of land in Illinois, and also in Kansas. They are taken from the News, published at Brimfield, Illinois, the old home of Sain Moore, of Soap Creek. Mr. Moore, who knows well whereof he speaks, says the high priced land in Illinois is no bttter than Webfoot soil,' and. in many a case not so good. Subjoined, are the clippings: L Hasselbacher, who owns a fine farm out in the gas and oil belt, near Chanute, Kansas, is receiving' propositions from capitalists for the right to operate on his land The usual rate paid by the oil compan ies is a rental of one eight of the product, for the gas and oil right. Mr Hasselbacher purchased this land some nine, years ago for thir teen dollars per acre and since it has greatly enhanced in farm value to say nothing of the gas and oil prospect. There is no one we would like to see strike oil better than Mr. Hasselbacher and we only . hope they'll find a gusher wherever they stick the drill down and bore the place so full of holes that it will look like a wet spot on Kickapoo creek in craw fish time. John R. McCoy returned last week from a visit of several months with his son down at .Chanute, Kansas. Mr. McCoy says the country down there is just boom ing, and land values are way up, One quarter of farm land sold " a short time ago for $119 f.er acre. Iiy the gas and oil belt land sells for $400 to $ 1 000 per acre. Peoria Star: The first week in March is the farmers' new year and is the time of the year when the greater part of their estate transfers are affected, leases renewed, notes paid, etc. It is the general settling up time of the old year and the making of arangements for the new. In Peoria county comparatively little farm realestate changes owner ship, but in other counties a good deal of it is done. It also sets new values for farms nd one sale in McClean county last week is recor ded where the land sold for $200 an acre, the top notch price so far in the state. A number of trans fers are recorded in which the prices ranged' from $125 to $175 per acre. BID TOO HIGH. Coroner Wilkins Bought County War' ' ' rants and Lost Money on the ' t ,' Goods. . 'County Treasurer ; Buchanan's late call for warrants which can celed all county scrip outstanding, caught some of the speculators napping, Warrants have been going at a premium, usually of one per cent. They are considered a good investment at that figure, be cause safe. . , , Among, those wont to piclc up warrants after each session of the commissioner's ' court is Coroner Wilkins, and at the March term he gathered in several, whose aggre gate ran into the hundreds. He paid $1 01 for each dollar's worth of warrants. That all happened about the 6th or 7th of March. The in vestment would have been all right if the county had remained m debt, On March 1 6th, however, the treasurer's call canceled all out standing warrants, those bought by the coroner among them. The in terest the warrants had earned, meantime for Mr. Wilkins was only about one-sixth of one per cent. His loss was about five sixths of one cent on each dollar of his investment. His friends say that when he cashed his warrants he got back several dollar less than he. paid, for them. WENT TO THE CIRCUS. And What They Saw Literary cieties Had Lets of Fun. So- The Philadelphia!! literary so ciety at the college entertained the Feronians Friday evening. The function was given in Agricultural Hall, and the feature was a trip to the circus The latter involved an imitation of the various diversions incident to a circus. The . guests were shown into one room where they had opportunity to throw at negro babbies. In another room was exhibited the ' yellow boy" a freak represented by a red-haired young man. In another place was a lung tester, which consisted of a long rubber tube into which the guests were allowed tp blow. The coarse voiced horn at the other end did the rest. "The world's great est panorama'' to be seen for the small sum of 10 cents, and various other attractions were presented. The trip closed with a spread, where half ; a-- dozen interesting toasts preceded the turning out of the lights. MANY WERE THERE, '..' ".'.'-. " Toadstools and Mushrooms' are the Same but Some are Poisonous. . The lecture by Prof. Sweetser of the University of Oregon was given at the M. E. church last Friday night to a crowded house. This was the second of . a series being "given by the literary department of the Epworth League. The lectur er has made a specialty of this sub ject, and illustrated it with stereop ticon views, either photographed or painted from nature He said there is no the mush room but all are in reality toad stools. That most of them were edible, but that there is no in fallible rule to apply, by which to tell the poisonous ones from the edible ones. One must learn one kind to begin with and add others as you learn to certainly identify them. While not all . the toadstools having a crepe like formation at the root and a ring around the stem part way up, are "poisonous, yet, because these marks so frequently accompany the bad ones, it is a safe rule to let all such alone. ,--" Then to show that there is ex ception to any general rule, he ex hibited some that did not bear, these marks fully, but still were poison ous. . ' -The next lecture of the course will occur in April. In The Grave. Reduction in Water Rates. were THROUGH HIS FOOT. Big Wire Nail Penetrated it It's Re- moval was Difficult. It took the united strength of two men to remove a spike that pene trated the foot of Chester Huffman Friday. , Mr, Huffman was at work on the flume of the Benton County Lumber Company. He was standing four feet above the ground on a walk that runs along side the V-shaped trough in which the lumber is transported. He jumped to the ' ground failing to notice a board in which there was a gharp-pointed wire spike, its point turned upwards. The latter struck the ball of the foot. It pass ed through the sole of the shoe and penetrated the foot until its point pressed against the upper of the shoe above. The removal of it re quired two men, pulling with great force, v '., - ' For a little time, Mr. Huffman continued at his work, but . later was taken ill and had to be convey ed home. Care will be necessary in the treatment of the wound, or bad results may follow. Fortunately the nail was a new one and with out rust. - We are proposing to reduce tlie rates on water, and to arrange with all con- ! Burners so that all ' mar be treated the same. To do this we must insist on --all bills being paid in advance or by the 10 of the month as our rules end regulations call for, and as all other cities require. We have no desire to have any trouble with any consumer, but Jto treat all alike. Our rules must be enforced. If anything should happen that the water is not used after being paid for, the money will be refunded. Very Truly Yours, Corvallis Water Co. A scene on the stteet Sunday was a long line of carnages, en route to Crystal Lake cemetery, The procession bore to a last rest ing place the remains of little Jes sie, the 1 1 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Willbanks, who reside near Mountain View The child died as the result of severe attack of grippe. The father and mother were so ill with the malady that they were unable to attend the burial service. . The bereaved relatives havejthe sympa thy of many friends. Bridge Wanted. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by me up to ' 1 o'clock p m Wednesday, April i, 1903, for ., the construction of a bridge and grade at Stewarts' Hill 011 the Corvallis-Albany road, in accordance with the plans, specifications and instructions to bidders on file in my office. i : Each bidder shall be. required to de oosit with his bid 5 per . cent - of the amount of such bid as by law required, the court reserving the right to reject any or all bids. r THOMAS A. JONES, : - County Surveyor. .' Notice to Bidders. Notice is hereby given.that sealed bids will be reeeived by me up to one o'clock p m Wednesday April 1, 1903 for the construction of one mile of road between Philomath and Corvallis, in accordance with plans and specifications on fil e in my office at the court house. Each bid der is required to deposit with his bid five per cent of the amount thereof, as by law required, the County Court re serving the right to reject - any or all bids. .' , Thomas A. Jones, County Surveyor. Gorvallis Times For Job Printing. City Restaurant. Newly Furnished, First Class, Meals at all Hours, Oysters in Season. Located in Hemphill Building, Cor vallis, Oregon. - C. W. LEDERLE. ggutor . V - Y7 g 7. not To Land Buyers. I can sell you any kind or size of farm, stock or dairy ranch, with or without stock ; also city properties, acreage near town, business propo sitions, etc. Farms and ranches 10 to $40 per acre. . : ' If you are in search of such, see me before yu buy- F. P. MORGAN. newest lUasb goods. many Exclusive Designs, We have been selling wash dress goods for nearly a month, but our stock has not been complete. The shipments which have been received in the past week have filled in all the weak places and now the stock is complete in every detail. From low priced domestic fabrics to the high grade materi als of foreign makes. We have many fabrics of the finer sort .whieh-arieexclnsive with us, and if you like materials akd. patterns' that are out; of the ordinary, come and see us. Samples on Application. Elegant Ulbite Goods and Embroideries CHIPIJAH'S GROCERY STORE. mmm Bums Vegetables, Flour & Feed, telephone no. 338. Corvallis, - - - Orecon. We handle several brands of canned goods, but none which gives so good sat isfaction and represents s"o much value for youi money as When you buy a can of Monopole Coffee, Spices, Baking Powder, or other , Canned Goods of this brand, you have our guarantee that it will please you, ' or money back. . Yours Truly, ' - C. G. Cbipiflan. (i Diamond "W" Brand The Best Grade of Canned Goods on the Market Today. Look at Our Windows and see the Varieties. Matches TO BURN! 1500 PARLOR M ATCHES FOR 10 CENTS Something New. UtocccjOScsI Call in and get a Trial Package Kodes Grocery Watches, docks and Jewelry I have watches from one dollar up; gold, gold filled, silver, silyerine .and cheap ons for the boys. Kings of all kinds Wedding rings, set rings, bsed rings. If you are having trouble with ' y6w eyes or glasses and have tried all the so called travelling opticians without suc cess, come and see me, get a fit that's guaranteed and by one who will always be on hand to make good his guarantee. Notice-After Feb iat the stare will close at 6:30 p, m. except Saturdays. : v Pratt, The Jeweler and Optician.