The iure of the Mask," a story of the most THE HOOD VOLUME 6, NUMBER 7 Commercial Club Has Active Meeting Enthusiastic Hembers Plan Campaign for Increased Membership, Furnishing Club Rooms, Etc. Will Banquet Next Month. An enthusiastic meeting of the Hood Iiiver Commercial Club wits held Monday evening. In which till present jt lix'il in (in effort to promote the Interests of the organization. The final report of the normal school committee was received. Chairman Ernest C. Smith Mated that It had decided, In face of the op position In other purtt of the state to obtain the school, to withdraw the active campaign coutem plated substituting an Invitation to the state at I a rue to locate the school here In cam the other districts failed. On the suggestion of .. L. Hender son It wait decided to (five the club's annual banquet in March Instead of waiting uutil the new club rooms were available. The price wan fixed at 50 per plate. u order to intercut tiewcotnein In the club a committee of five will I appointed by President flail, three of t hem residents of the valley and the other two business men, who will prepare a Hut of new resident a who will be Invited to Join. The matter of f u riiinhln the new clnb rooms wax taken up. Estimates of the cost of lifting them up proierly ran from $:i,Ooo to $.",(MH). The reHult of the discussion wan the creation of a separate fund for this pnrpoie, and the authorization of a minstrel show to raise a nucleus for the fund. It was also decided to revive the observance of Commercial Club Day, at a date to le made known later, and which It Is expected will make a substantial ad dition to the fund. A. T. Allen Introduced the idea of LIGHT COMPANY -MAYJiPPEAL CASE f n a suit, brought by X. C. Evans In the circuit court at The Dulles last week, against the Hood Hlver Elec tric Eight, Power Water Company, to recoer the amount of his attor ney's fees in his former suit against thecompany for an accounting, J udge llradshaw decided In favor of .the plaintiff, allowing the sum asked for. Owing to this decision and other features, It Is now stated by the ofllcers tif the Eight & Wutsr Com pany that unless a compromise Is effected that the case w ill lie upieilcd to the supreme court, In which event the final disposition of the suit will probably drag along for a couple of years more. An order lu the decree, which the attorneys for the compnny take ex ception to, Involves a transaction wbers Davidson received $2,000 par value of the stin k of the corporation for certain valuable proierty rights, and Is ordered by the court to pay over to the corporation $2,000 cash with Interest from the date of the transaction, making, It Is claimed, a gift to the company of these rights, pot withstanding the fact that It lias rpcidyed Increased revenue from the use of these rights amounting to several times the aiuout of the pur chase price. A uotlior instance, In which thecom pany takes exception to the decree, Is where Davidson Is: ordered to turn over to the company properties for .",000 on which he borrowed $."0,(MKI for the corporation, giving a Judg ment against Davidson iersonnlly for $20,000. It Is stated by the ofllcers of thecompany, In relation to the trans action, that In order to save the property of the corporation from Is. Ing sold undera mortgage foreclosure Davidson transferred some valuable pieces of property to the corporation under protest for the sum of $2.",000, thereby saving the credit of the com pany and enabling It to borrow $."0,000, which was used to enncel n heavy Indebtedness contracted by the plaintiff Evans, also enabling It to rebuild Its water system and con struct the present power plant. It Is claimed that this transaction saved the stock of the company from being a total loss. A compliance with the tlecree. It Is averred, Is not un equit able adjustment of the company's affairs, as It reduces the valuation of t.he company's property $22,000 on the two transactions noted and places an Improper Judgment ngaitist pavldson. adopting a badge and slogan for the club, which met with favor, and was referred to the board of directors. The announcement was made that the publlclty-fund cumpafgn would lie Inaugurated next month. An active campaign for new mem bers was started by Secretary Skin ner by the proposal that members of the club pledge themselves to report the application of a member of the organization at the next meeting. This met with a unanimous response, and was supplemented by Judge Hen derson, who proponed that each member secure a new niemlier by the next meeting or forfeit 2 JM), the amount of the Initiation fee. HOME PHONE CO IMPROVES SERVICE Commencing February 3rd, Charles Hall, president of the Home Tele phone Company, assumed Its active management. J. II. Hardlnger, who has been manager of the company since It commenced active ojierutlous, having resigned. The technical inanaitetncnt of the service has been placed In charge of J. Schluter, who has heretofore held the position of wire chief. Changes In conducting the service that have been made and that are contemplated are expected to Increase Its efficiency. The hours of the operators have been shortened and their salaries rained. A change In the working hours has also been Instituted, so that the operators are on continuous duty until they are released for the day, One force comes on duty nt fin the morning, remaining until :;jo n the afternoon with half an hour for rest. the other going on at l::i() and remain ing until U In the evening with half an hour off duty also. A rest room hus been fitted up for the ocrators with comfortable chairs, a couch and desk, nud overlooking the street in the front of the building. In this they will be expected to spend their leisure time. Another change that w ill be made Is to separate the long-distance de partment from the home service. A partition will Is? put In separating the two departments. It Is U'lleved the changes will be conducive to better service to patrons and much more satisfactory to the operators. Delightful Social Function A delightful social function was given last Tuesday evening In Odd Fellows hall by n numlier of Hood River's young ladies, In the form of a reception, dance and buffet lunch, commemorative of the valentine sea son. The decorative scheme consisted largely of red, red hearts which are supposed to lie particularly ten der at this season. They were used In many ways with handsome effect, the vivid coloring contrasting pret tily with the greens and other decor. ntions. The guests, some hundred or more, were received by their attractive hostesses, Misses Minn, Albright, Al len. Carter, Illythe, Cutler, Eaton, Woff, (ioodnough, Irwin, Mortimer, Phillips, Tate and Vannett. Eater the dance was opened with a grand march. The program contained a numlier of extras In which the fair dancers had the choice In making en gagements. Punch of virtuous In gredients allayed the thirst of the dancers and an appetizing lunch wns served throughout the evening. The affair was one of the most highly en joyed during the social season and the young ladles were the recipients of many congratulations on Its suc cess. Upper Valley Land Sale East week Ilruce Brothers anil Mr. Tuttle of Indianapolis bought, through V. H. Marshall, SO acres of E. If. Hartwlg. They will Improve all of It this spring. Mr. Marshall also sold for E. T. Folts 10 acres and for Haytnond (Irlbble 10 acres to p. W.Clark. J. C. Mclnues, the well known White Salmon real estate man, wns here Saturday looking the town over, Dr. Oearhart, also of that placo, was hero Monday, HOOD RIVER, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, High School Improvement Discussed There are a numtsT of question IMTtalning to high school education In Hood Klver valley that the observ ant home-seeker and the thinking resident might well ask. It Is the purpose In this article to usk severul such questions and offer a few facts and suggestions with the hope that they may create wholesome reflection which will lu the end result In con certed action. It is nu Important question, both from the standpoint of the student and that of the man who meets the expense. In the first place, are high schools necessary? All progressive communities have decided both by theory and by prac tice that high schools area necessity. All Institutions of learning above the high school demund that their stu dents lie graduates from accredited high schools or that they pass exami nations In all required high school subjects. More than MO per cent of the students of Hood Iiiver High School intend to enter college, uni versity, or technical school after graduation. The percentage is nearly as high In the other schools of the valley. The Hood Itlver University Club, with Its 117 niemliers, indicates very cleurly the sentiment that exists In this eutlre community toward higher educition. Thus, If Hood Itlver Is to keep pace with the best communities of the country and meet the Insistent demund made by Its young people It must maintain one of the best high schools in the entire West. If such an institution Is to lie developed it must be based upon broad principles and have thesupport of the entire community. What is the present status of high school work In Hood Itlver Valley? Hood Iiiver, Frankton, Pine Qroye, Udell, Barrett, Crupper, and Mount Hood school districts are each doing more or less high school work at the present time. Of these tlie Hood Iiiver High School only Is meeting the conditions Imposed by the col leges nud universities for entrance. At present Its graduates can enter without condition the universities of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon any college or university In Oregon and the universities of California and Stanford. But at the same time this school has not by any menus readied the state of efficiency that it Is Bible for It to attain. The other schools are doing as well as their re-! sources will permit. It Is not the purpose of the writer to criticise any school, but merely to point out exist ing conditions, In the luie that some thing better for all concerned can lie evolved. One point that should be carefully considered by any school board or school district Is the fact j that with a small teaching force the Republican Assemblies To Bo Held in July State Central Committee After Harmonious ReOrganizatlon, Adopts Plan That Will Re-Unite Party in Oregon on Broad Lines. The plan to hold county and state assemblies throughout the state. which has been maturing for some time was brought to a successful Is sue In Portland Saturday when the Republican State Central Committee met and re-orgnnlzed and endorsed It without a disseutlng voice. Some difference of opinion nrose as to ar ranging the details which were final ly completed nud a broadly repre sentative policy adopted. In Its account of the meeting the Oregonlan says: 'Without a single discordant note the Republican state central commit tee, at a meeting In Portland Satur day, authorized Judge M. C. (ieorge, the newly elected chairman, to call a state assembly to lie held In Port land Thursday, July 21. 'This assemby will consist of 121 delegates, apportioned by the com mittee among the :i counties of the state on a basis of one delegate to every 50 votes or major fraction that were cast for l. It. llutler for pre! dentliil elector In Novemlier, I'.mis. Twenty-seven counties were repre sented at the meeting, the proceed ing of which were marked with uninterrupted unanimity. "The Inrgcand representative state assembly was Indorsed by the com alluring character in fiction, is proving popular RIVER NEWS By Prof. Coad, addition of even one high school grade cripples the work of the gram mar grades by Just that much. What Is the present high school work costing? This is an Important question. Practical utility and cost of main tenance nre. In the order named, the chief factors to lie considered. In round figures It Is costing the tax payers of school district No. 3 $4,1 ier student in the Hood Itlver High School. This Includes Interest on the $.10,000 invested In the high school building, grounds, and equipment. Last year figures were presented at the annual school meeting at Pine Grove proving that the cost per stu dent nt both Pine (Jrove and Frank too was In excess of $100. At any rate It Is costing more for each of these school districts to maintain a high school than it would If one such Institution could do the work of all. I'ndcr any plan that allows con solidated work, after adding a course In manual training and a course In domestic science, the cost per student can be reduced to less than 40 per student. That means less expense for every taxpayer concerned. Is the consolidation of high school Interests practicable? Consolidation has proved a success In every case tried where transporta tion Is possible. There probably Is no other place In the state where there are sft many school districts within such easy reach of .some cen tral location. The permanent Im provement of the roads that Is to be hurried from now on will make trans portation an easy matter, Then another fact should. We taken Into consideration Is the certainty that an electric Hue will loop the valley In the not distant future. This will bring a" parts of the valley within easy to, any central pltce. If the experience of other localities that have tried the Central High School plan Is worth anything at all Hood Itlver should profit by their success, for conditions here are as nearly Ideal for such an undertaking as can be found anywhere. This Idea does not In any way con cern or touch the proposed location of a normal school at Hood Itlver. j The sentiment nil over the state is pos-lthnt Oregon's next normal school must be a purely technical school. That normal students must first graduate from some accredited high school In order to beellglble for train- Ing. Thus, from the standpoint of uni formity, efficiency, and economy any plan that can be evolved that will permit uulted action will redound to Hood Klver's credit In educational progress. Edward E. Coaii. mittee without a dissenting voice on the recommendation of a sub-committee (J five members which had lieen appointed to prepare and sub mit some method of procedure for calling and holding such an advisory gathering. The menitiers of this committee were: K. E. Williams of Polk; C. T. Early of Hood Itlver: II. T. Dotts of Tillamook; C. S. Moore of Klamath, and C. E. Cochran of I'nlon. "In counties outside of Multnomah It was recom mended that delegates to the state assembly be selected by county assemblies and that delegates to the county gatherings lie chosen by majority vote only nt mass meet ings of the voters In the different pre cincts, these meetings to lie called by the county central committee. Sat urday, July I), Is the date recom mended tor the precinct mass meet ings, with the date for the county assemblies fixed for the following Saturday, July Itl. "From this plan of organizing county assemblies and electing dele gates to the state nssenibl.v, Multno mah county was excepted. In this county the Committee found that It would be Impracticable, lurause of the large number of voters, to hold precinct mass meetings. It was 1910 Married Folks Society Honor St. Valentine Large Gathering at Odd Fellows Hall Make Merry Piercing Hearts, Writing Poetry and Feasting, flusic Enlivens the Occasion. The Married Peoples' Society add ed a very enjoyable affair to the list of social events of the city this win ter when It gave its Vuleutlne social at Odd Fellows' hall Monday even ing. The social was attended by about 100 members of the society and their guests. The beautiful decorations provided for the Valentine dance held last week were still In place, which were added to lu an artistic manner. Each one present was provided with a card on which was traced the design of a heart with their names written on the card and which was pinned on coat or dress front as the occa slon required. In this way formality was put aside. Introductions made unnecessary and sociability reigned supreme. A feature that provided a good deal of entertainment and amuse ment were slips of paper On which hearts had been drawn and lu the center of which was the name of an apple. These had been cut la five pieces and were distributed to the guests who were Instructed to hunt up those having the pieces thut fitted theirs and then compose a poem, each line to commence with the let ters that were an their slip. The at tempts at poetry were both lnsplr Ing and amusing, the prizes lielng won by Irwin Parkins, Mrs. W. L. Fpson and Mrs. It. E. Harbison. The remainder of the evening wns devoted to some excellent music pro vided by the Mandolin Club, George It. Wilbur J. C. Skinner, and the Asbury Church Quartet, consisting of Mrs. E. O. Hall, Miss Edith An drews, G. li. Datson and Alva Day. A short address that wns highly appreciated was made by Itev. T. B. Ford. Refreshments were served during the evening by n number of little girls charmingly attired lu white dresses besprinkled with red hearts. The committee which had charge of the affair was warmly congratulated for a most pleasant evening. The program and committees were as follows: OKXEUAL COMMITTER C. W. Edmund G. B. Datson F. H. Coolidge Harry H. Bailey John Walters INVITATION AND PRINTING G. B. Datnon Dr. T. B. Ford Jenkins Walters C P. Sonnichsen HELP AND REKKF.SHMENT8 F. H. Coolidge E.O.Hall A Ira Day F.W.Flint voted to leave the matter to the county centrnl committee with the understanding that It would exer cise Its Judgment lu adopting some plan calculated to produce the liest results. Dr. J. X. Smith, of Marion, and J. H. Worsley, of Wasco, asked that the same discretion is? left to the county centrnl committee of their counties with the result that, follow ing some discussion, the original re port of the committee was amended to tlie extent that lu other counties where It was deemed advisable the method of procedure in electing dele gates to the state assembly might lie determined by the county central committee. "Proxies will not lie allowed In the state assembly If the recommenda tlotis of the state committee are ad hered to. On this subject the com mitter took no compromise position. It voted to eliminate from the state gathering all proxies. The commit tee did recommend, however, that the vote of alisent ami duly elected delegates In the state gathering shall be cast according to the majority opinion of tin we present and acting from the same county. This method it wns contended, will Insure the pol ling of the full vote of every count In the assembly and nt the same time lie expressive of the wishes of the particular locality Interested. "As to congressional and district assemblies, the state committee rcc onimctided that assemblies for the recommendation of congrscslonul and district otlices be held during the recess of the state assembly; that the delegates to the congresHlonal and district assemblies lie the same dele gates as shall represent those dis tricts nt the state assembly; that all recommendations of the congression al and district assemblies Ik- reported back to the state assembly." SUBSCRIPTION, $1.50 A YEAR DECORATIONS' J'jfcn Walters Irwin Parkins Mrs. Cora Smith Airs Day FINANCE H. H. Bailey Prof. L. B. Gibson W. A. Isenberg MI'SIC AND ENTERTAINMENT C W. Edmunds A. P. Manning F. W. Ang-us E. L. Klemar The Mandolin Club Messrs. Robert B. Perigo. A. Loeffler. E. A. Kincaide. Irwin Parkins. Asbury Church Quartrtti- Mr. J. C. Skinner. Director. Mrs. E. O. Hall, Miss Andrews. Mr. 0. B. Dstaon. Mr. Alva Day. Baritonr Soloists Mr. George R. Wilbur. Mr. J. C. Skinner. Accompanists Miss Sadie Ford. Mrs. Geo. R. Wilbur. Ot'B Pabtor Dr. T. B. Ford. Little Ladies in Waiting Misses Calkins. Wright, Johnson. Johnson. Kaufman. Irvine. Nickelsen, Lynn. PROGRAM The Mandolin Club .. . Merry Widow Waltzes By Way of Introduction The Mandolin Club-Overture From the Prince of Pilsen By Wsy of Getting Acquainted Prises- B.A.P.-L.A.P.-N.A.P. The Mandolin Club-The Palms J. Faure Punch and ... Mors Punch By Everybody Mr. George R. Wilbur Three for Jack. .Squire Our Pastor How The Layman Lays ..Dr. T. B. Ford The Mandolin Club Le Miserere From El Trovstors Anbury Church Quartette The Story of An Apple Roeckel-Parks Mr. J. C Skinner (A) Kins Duncan's Daugh ter-Allitsen. (B) The Rose-Johnson. The Mandolin Club -College Life. CITY WATER BONDS SELL AT PREMIUM Interest In the proposed construc tion of the municipal water system centered Monday In the opening of the bids which was axed for 12 o'clock by the city council. Six bids were received one of which was thro wu out after being read on ac count of failure to accompany It with a certified check for f 1,000 as provided in the proposal for bids. The other Ave were S.A. Kean & Co., Chicago, who offered to take the bouds at par with a premium of ap proximately f00; The Central Sav ings Hank and Trust Co., of Denver, who bid for the bonds at their full value $!M),000 and $:tuO premium; Mor rlss Bros., of Portland who offered approximately $G,MX) and the John Xuveen Company, of rii lea go whote bid was $'.0.7l,0.(l0 On motiou of Councilman Broslus the bhl of the latter was accepted. In bidding for the bonds the bidders stipulated that their offers were sub ject to the validity of tlie Issue and the proceedings preceding It. With the exception of Morris brothers the bidders were unknown In banking circles at Hood River but reference Is said to show that the Xuveen Com pany Is a reliable house aud also sev eral of the others. In securing Information to bid tm the bonds Intelligently It Is stated by some of the attorneys for some of the larger bond houses who have examined the city charter In antici pation of litigation with the water company, that they are not satisfied that sonic of Its provisions are not faulty In connection with the bond issue. Attention is called to the fact that the council has already voted a "mill tax for geueral purposes and has also held a special election to authorize a levy of another tax of H mills for paying Interest on the bonds, making a total of 13 mills, while a provision In the charter that has never lieen amended states that "the council may levy taxes not to exceed one wr cent, or 10 mills." this amount living It mills less than the total amount necessary to provide for bot h purposes. Another procedure which the legal sharps of bond havers say may prove a leital obstacle to the Issuance of the bonds Is that Hood Itlver is divided Into two voting precincts ami that although the council or dained that lu general elections the polling may be done at one polling place it makes tin such provision for stevlal liftlnns. Thelaw.lt Is stated, says sMvllieall.v that no voter shall vote In any other precinct than the one In which he resides. As the vol ting In all spivl;il elections has Is-en done In one precinct It Is claimed that there Is n possibility of attack ing t he legality of the bond election on these grounds and of projecting the bond buyers Into a legal contro versy In whirh I hey would have con siderable ditlti iilty In recovering on their Investments.