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About The Corvallis times. (Corvallis, Or.) 1888-1909 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 7, 1904)
Official Payer of Benton County.
-WBTAIAIS, OREGON, DEC 7, 1904.
THE NEW ELECTION J.A.W.
The indications are that the next
general election in Oregon will not
be held under the primary election
law, and that nominations for state
and county offices will be made as
formerly under the primary and
county convention system. , At
torney General Crawford has ren
dered an opinion to the effect that
the law will not be effective for
nominating purposes until after
there has been a registration under
it, giving electors opportunity to
declare political preferences. No
general registration occurs under
the new law in time for nomina
tions to be made lor the next elec
tion, the date for such registration
expiring the 15th of May, but two
weeks before the election actually
occurs. Under this view of-the
law, in order to make nominations
for the next general state election
there would have to be resort to
the usual primaries and county
conventions. As a matter of fact,
it would not ' be surprising if the
law never becomes operative. The
increased expense that its operation
would entail, doubling, in fact, the
already large cost of an election,
all without securing the benefits
urged for it, is a feature that will
always Btand in the way of its suc
members of the gang are at the endl
of their rope, that government
officials who could not be . bought
are prosecuting them, and that the
prosecution- is merciless.
MAKES ANOTHER OFFER.
TEE LAND THIEVES.
The spectacle presented in Judge
Bellinger's court at Portland for
the past two weeks has been humil-
iating to the people of Oregon,
The disclosures there in connection
with the land fraud cases have been
a revolving panorama of swind
ling, oeriurv and deceit. The
picture of shame' and rottenness,
revealed , by the testimony,
is the worst ' that has
been seen in an Oregon
court in many a year. The oper
ations of a gang of adventurers,
involving not only ordinary mounte
banks but even salaried servants
of the government, have smeared
shame all over the fair name of
Oregon. In'some cases, men whose
business it was to defend the pub
lic domain against the operations
of land-grabbers, have actually
joined the gang and become aiders
and abettors of the frauds. False
land entries, false certificates, false
statements and false representations
have been the assets of the swind
lers, and the despoiling of the pub
lic lands their achievements. In
the process, honest men have been
corrupted, perjury has been sub
orned and theft promoted.
Sometimes when a government
official became troublesome, a share
of the ill gotten profits was thrown
to him, and apparently ' he sur
rendered to the pirates,' to wink
thereafter at their corrupt machin
ations. As the disclosures multiply, and
the surprise of them wears off, the
wonder grows as to how far up in
official position the rottenness ex
tends, and what guilty ones more
or less remotely connected with
the steal will escape the punish
ment their perfidy calls for. , If
too, so much of rottenness appears
in this instance of Oregon frauds,
in which the operators are "tin
horns" in their class, what mon
strous steals of timber and other
lands have not been perpetrated on
the government by railroad cor
porations, syndicates and other full
Hedged pirates, whose opportunity
capacity and power for fraud made
them adepts in conspiracy and more
successful in its promotion?. The
condition illustrates the widely
prevalent notion that to plunder
the government or the people, by
fair means or foul, is not stealing,
but a legitimate means of profit.
It also suggests the query if there
be not all through the government
service, dishonest scrubs who draw
official salaries with one hand
while they plunder, peculate and
pilfer with the other.
The one refreshing thing in the
Of Mountain Water Council is Con
sidering it Old Company.
Another offer of mountain water
has reached the city council. It is
by Dr. Farra. president of the local
company, and it is v now . in the
hands of the special committee of
the council. It differs from the
former offer in that it contemplates
that the city shall be owner of the
system, but that for 30 years the
property shall be under the control
of the water company. The city
is to issue enough in bonds for se
curing oae half the funds, and
.additional bonds for raising the
balance of the money to be issued
the plant. To take care of these
bond issues, a sinking fund of
$2,000 per year is to be set aside
trom the receipts. In lieu of in
terest on the bonds, the city is to
receive all water for city purposes.
except for street sprinkling, with
out charge, The offer in full, is as
'I propose to construct a system
of water works in Corvallis, Ore
gon, which shall receive its supply
of water from Rock Creek near the
base of Mary's Peak.
"This system to be modern in
all its appointments and construct
ed under a contract with the city of
uorvams Dy which the city becomes
the owner of the plant as soon as
completed and assumes control of
the same at the end of thirty years.
"One half of the cost of the plant
to be' paid by the City at the time
ot the construction and the balance
at the end of thirty years. For
the remaining one half of the cost
price the City shall authorize the
issuance of "Water Plant Bonds"
whose payment shall be secured
by a mortgage on the plant, but
contain no further obligation1 of
payment on tne part of the City.
"During the thirty years while I
remain in control of said . plant, I
am to provide a sinking fund which
shall be increased at the . rate of
$2,000 annually; one half of said
sinking fund to pay off the "Wat
er Plant Bonds," and the remain
ing half of said sinking fund to se
cure the City against loss "on its
original payment. , ;
"At the end of 30 years when
the remaining half of said purchase
price becomes due, the City shall
receive credit on said balance of
purchase price, of the amount of
depreciation which said plant shall
have suffered, this depreciation to
be determined by a commission ap
pointed in some manner hereafter
to be agreed upon. Should said
depreciation exceed the amount of
the remaining half of said purchase
price, then such excess shall be
paid to the City out of the sinkine
tund provided lor security as above.
' During the30-yar period above
the City shall have, free of charge,
all water for municipal purposes,
G. R. Farra,
Pres.C. W. C."
The new offer is very similar to
that under which the Dallas moun
tain water system was put in. It
was substituted for the former offer
because of a provision in the state
constitution which prohibits
counties, cities or towns from
', raising money for or loaning its
credit to any company, corporation
or association. Article XI. snb
di vision 9 says: VNo county, city,
town or other municipal' corpora
tion by vote of its citizens or other
wise, shall become a stockholder in
any joint company, corporation, or
association whatever, or raise mon
ey for, or loan its credit to or in
aid of, any such company, corpor
ation or association." The former
offer contemplated that the city
should, in effect, issue bonds to the
amount of $25,000. and loan the
sum to the local water company for
a period of 25 or 30 years., which
fact brought it within the prohibi
tion ot the provision quoted above.
By assuming ownership from the
beginning, however, the "city can
issue the bonds as proposed, and as
was done in the case of Dallas, per
mitting the company to manage
the system for the 31B years, the
city then to take possession under
the terms of the contract.
Everything 'Needed -for-
AT THE BUSY BIG STORE
Our Holiday Stocks were never so beautitul and comprehensive as tHey are this II
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year, iou can make our nristmas purcnases now out oi mn assortments anu at
ybur leasure avoiding the great crowds that will come later on, and if goods are to
be shipped, insure their certain delivery on time.
We will hold purchases made now and deliver them
to you any day in December that you want them. m,
. - - Games -::'r
Crokinole and combination game
boards. A large assortment of these
novel and fasinating games with
plenty of excitement on land or sea.
From 25c to $3.50.
Dolls Xmas Fair 1904 1 Handkerchiefs
You'll find here a collection of
every nationality and description.
Some are dressed very stylish while
others are ready for dressing. Bring
the little folks and visit them. .
5c, 10c, 25c, 1.00 mp to 7.50.
For ladies and gentlemen, in
plain, silk, hemstitched, lace and
embroidered edges of all kinds. All
new. - v':'; .
5c, 10c, 15c, 20c, 25c, 50c, 75.
Pictures and Decorated Ware
I have a f all assortment in cups, saucers, dishes,
Ipl lamps. etc. . V f
pi) From 5 cents to $5.00
Ties, Mufflers, Gloves
And suspenders. The latest designs and colors in
values that can't be beat.
25 cents to $1.50
Inlaid Wood Novelties and Basketry
Somethingentirely different than has ever before shown in this city. Baes in all shapes and
sizes." Hand earved and inlaid with bark and fancy wood, 25c to $3. V Baskets for sewing, gloves,
handkerchiefs and many other uses. Some are made to be lined and drawn with ribbons while others
are ready for use 5c to 1.25.
Photo and autograph al
bums of every description.
25c to $5. " '
Purses and '
Auto Bags all new and
25 cents to $2.50
Collar 6c Cuff Boxes
Glove and Handkerchief, Jewel
and "Work Boxes. A more beautiful
assortment than ever of these goods
56c to $2.50
Kich furs at low prices
during holidays. $1.50, 2.50
3.00 up to 9.00
In all the latest novel
ties 50c, 75c, $1, $1.50 up
The finest and best line we have
ever had. All at a reduced price
during the month
$5.00 to $18.
For ladies and gentlemen. Ouf
line is large and very attractive, See
The Busy Big store is now at its best and I would like you to come and look at our Christmas display.
That's all I ask - v' -
Mail orders promptly filled.
Cornice, Roofing, Guttering'and all
kinds of sheet metal work
Let Santa Glaus put good things in the stocking, j
But we put good things in the stomach. , .
Everything Fresh. Satisfaction (iuaranteed
Before selecting Xmas presents
seethel,ibby cat glass at Zierolfs.
My! Its wonderful those bar
gains in toys at Moses Bros.
present instance, is that the rotten
Get it Free.
A $50 diamond ring at Pratt's,
Ticket with fach $1 worth of goods
purchased between Dec 5th and
Jan 5th. Lucky number takes the
Produce taken in exchange for
goods at Moses ro3 new store.
In connection with J. H. SIMPSON Hardware Store.
& u. omi'$ music Bouse
of Albany, Oregon removed to 350
Alder street Portland Oregon. Write
. ' for prices, save money. Special atten-
tion to mail orders .... .
Cecilian, the Perfect Piano Player.
Oranges, Wax Beans, Turkey,
Lemons, Asparagras, Macaroni
Bananas, Corn, Cider,
Apples, Tomatoes, . ' Mushrooms,
Grapes, Mincemeat, Catsups,
Figs, Honey, Capers,
Cranberries, Preserves, Worcester Sauce,
Celery, Cheese, Chow Chow,
Lettuce, Oysters, Salad Dressing,
Onions, . . Shrimps, Mustard,
Sweet Potatoes, Lobsters, Olires,
French Peas, Plum Pudding, Sour Krout, Etc.
We have a large stock of Candies, Nuts, Cookies Fancy
Crackers, Nabiscos, Raisins, Currants, Citron, Orange and
Lemon Peel, Glazed Cherries, Pineapple and Ginger, Pop
corn and Xmas Candies. See the nice things in our window.