The Hood River news. (Hood River, Or.) 1909-current, October 02, 1912, Image 1

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Highest Grade
Job Vrinting
Get Rcsutts
Past Week Sees Much Interest Aroused in Big Issues
of Day--"BIue Sky Law" Fails of Endorsement at
People's Forum after Spirited Discussion --Taft-Sherman
Forces Organize for ActionExposition of
Democratic Platform Given at Church Woman's
Suffrage Rally Is Held.
During the pant week the political
pot bereahouta has taken to boiling
with a vengeance and eveute have
come fast and frequently.
Another spirited meeting of the
People' Forum, at which the meas
ures to be submitted to the voters
of Oregon next month were dis
cussed, was held Friday.
Saturday afternoon local support
ers of Taft and Sherman foregath
ered atthe courthouse and organized
a club with a view to enlisting all
Republicans In the county and to
arrange for some rousing Tnft meet
ings. Satuiday evening the Woodrow
Wilson Club was scheduled to meet,
but It whs decided to postpone this
meeting until a later date.
Sunday evening the iHMnocrath
Party, In the person of Attorney
George It. Wilbur, held the floor at
the Unitarian church aud au exposi
tion of the Democratic Party plat
form was given.
Monday evening the equal suffra
gist were edified by lectures given
at the Commercial Club auditorium
by Dr. Chapman of Washington aud
Mrs. Ehrgott of Portland.
Next Saturday evening the Pro
gressives will lie in evidence, when
Hon. Arthur E Clarke, Progressive
candidate for United States Senator,
will address a public meeting at the
Commercial Club, according to an
ofllelal announcement by the local
Progressive Party appeurlng In an
other column.
That the "Blue Sky Law" to I
submitted to the voters of Oregon
next month Is good In Its general
principles but that tt Is not being
submitted In the form calculated to
bring the U-st results, was the trend
of opinion In the debate held at the
People's Foium Friday evening. The
law providing for the creation of the
otllce of lieutenant governor was
unanimously endorsed.
There was a good" attendance at
the meeting and the discussion was
a spirited one throughout. The prin
cipal discussion of the eveulng was
ou the "Blue Sky Iw." Attorney
John Baker took the affltnatlve,
while Attorney George K. Wilbur
presented some arguments against
the bill as submitted this year. After
they had started the discussion opin
ions were freely expressed.
Attorney linker. In his argument,
showed the need of such a law to
protect Investors against wildcat
schemes. Me said that the desire to
get big returns on Investments was
a common human falling and that
many thousands of dollars are lost
in Oregon every year through the op
eration of companies which would
lie absolutely barred from the state
under the restrictions of the pro
posed "Blue Sky Law." He spoke
of swindles effected lu the oil region
of Ohio where he formerly lived, and
also referred to the Columbia Hlver
Orchards Company, whose ora
tions were recently bared In the
courts. He said the new law would
put a curb on such Irresponsible and
often criminal corporations. He
aid the present Oregon laws on this
subject are very Inadequate.
Attorney Wilbur granted that the
purpose of the law Is a good one,
but contended that when a close
study of the working of the law Is
made that It Is found to be distinctly
cumbersome and that It would place
a heavy burden upon the small cor
porations In this state. Mr. Wilbur
said that the law would tend to dis
courage the organisation of corpo
rations, even those which would fos
ter legitimate business enterprises,
for the reason that an enormous
amount of red tns Is required Itefore
the corporation can Ite organlxed,
before It can sell Its stock, and that
the frequeut reports and fees required
would also lie burdensome. No dis
tinction is made lietween small and
large corporation and none lstween
those which Intend to sell stock to
the public and those which are only
private enterprises and Intended to
lie closed corporations. Mr. Wilbur
referred to the working of a similar
law In Kansas, where he said that of
500 corporations which applied tor
licenses about 2"0 were refused, 2:11
were still under Investigation and
only 19 licenses were granted. He
further stated that the manner In
which the law should operate was
largely left to the discretion of the
commissioners and that the law was
therefore capable of abuse. He ad
vocated the defeat of this bill aud
the submission at a subsequent elec
tion of another simplified aud
nineuded measure.
Following Mr. Wilbur's arguments
there was a general discussion of this
bill, which Is one of 1 ho Important
submitted this yar. All agreed that
Oregon should ha ve such a law, but
several expressed doubt lis to wheth
er the bill as preseuted this year Is
the one to adopt
Lieutenant Governor Needed
The act to create the ofllce of lleu
teuaut governor, who should also
act as president of the Senate, was
brought up ami favorably discussed.
A. I. Mason said that under the pres
ent system of electing a president of
the Senate the position was secured
through log rolling, that the candi
dates for the position would every
year make sweeping promises of com
mit tee places which resulted In ap
propriations being made which an
nually Involved unnecessary expendi
ture of many thousands of dollars
He said that If the otllce were made
elective It would do away wtth all
this log rolling and greatly expedite
the business of the Senate.
There would lie a maximum addi
tional expense Involved of only f 400.
The necessity of such an ofllclal In
case of the governor's disability was
also brought up.
The measures to lie discussed next
Friday will Include the following:
The bill abolishing the State Senate
and those prohibiting picketing in
labor troubles, abolishing capital
punishment, prohibiting the employ
ment of convicts by private persons
or Arms and prohibiting public st reet
Explanation of the Democratic
platform this year, praise for Wood
row Wilson, the Democratic noml
nte. and an Interesting discussion of
some of the Issues raised were feat
urea of the evening meeting at the
Unitarian church Sunday, when At
torney (ieorge It. Wilbur was the
principal speaker.
This was the first of a series of Ave
meetings to lie held at the church for
the discussion of the political plat
forms presented this year. Next
Sunday evening Mrs. Minnie Brewen
King and J. D. McLucaa will talk
on tlw Socialist platform. On Octo
ber 13 the Prohibition platform will
l the topic and at subsequent meet
ings the Republican and Progressive
News Snapshots
Of the Week
W. Gibson. lawyer, was held without ball by Judge Herbert Royce at Msldletown, N T, tor the murder of Mra.
death while boating with him on Greenwood lake.
platforms will lie presented. Rev. J.
. Tate will be the speaker when the
Progressive platform is up for con
sideration. In openlug the meeting lie v. Mac
Donald said that It had been the pol
icy of the Unitarian Church to take
an active Interest In civic affairs and
that the discussion of politics from a
civic standpoint was within the
province of the church's activities.
In prefacing bis remarks Attorney
Wilbur said that politics have under
gone a change. Formerly the na
tional political platforms nave been
fruught with controversy and preju
dice. There has lieen In them no
morals, Inuch less religion. He said
that In the present campaign there
was a strong tendency towurds dis
cussing the Issues In an unprejudiced
and Independent mauuer.
The speaker referred to the organi
zation of u public forum In this city
for the discussion of the political Is
sues of the day, especially In Oregon,
and commended the movement.
Mr. Wilbur briefly trnced the his
tory of the Democratic Party anil
declared that although it had been
In the minority most of the time
since the Civil War It stauds tor the
principles of government which help
ed to establish the N'atliu upon a
(inn foundation. Turning to the
platform upon which Mr. Wilson
stands, the speaker discussed clearly
and concisely the stand which It
takes upon the live Issues of the day.
Special attention was puld to the
tariff, the trusts, states' rights, pub
licity of campaign contributions and
direct presidential primaries.
In conclusion Mr. Wilbur spoke of
Wilson as a candidate, declaring
that his practical as well as theoret
ical experience In the political world
fitted him preeminently to carry out
the policies enunciated In the plat
form. Following the address there was a
general discussion In which several
of the citizens present participated.
Mrs. J. II. Day died Saturday even
ing at her home In Pine Orove. She
had lMn In poor health for some
time, but was seriously 111 for only a
few days previous to her death. The
funeral was held yesterday morning
at 10:30 o'clock from Rartmcss' Un
dertaking Parlors and Interment
was made In Idlewllde Cemetery.
Mrs. Day was 54 years old. Shecame
to Hood River from Portland with
her h unbuild In 1910. Ilestdes her
husband she leaves one son, Everett
C , aud a brother, Oscar Vanderbllt.
The degree team of the local Rcbek
ahs made the trip to Mount Hood by
automobile the last of the week and
Initiated a class of six. The Initiates
were Lura Miller, Chira Miller, Ieah
Booth, Clarissa Welch, Josle Doggett
and E. C. Miller.
Tbe Vanderbllt cup race, the American automobile classic, was run at Milwaukee Itnlpb De I'nlmn drove one of th cars
"Qpy the Blood" Horowltx and "Leftle Louis" Rosenberg were arrested In New York for the murder of Herman Rosenthal, com
pleting the roundup of those accused. Dr. Vllhjalmar Stefanason returned from the Arctic nnd told of hU discovery of a tribe of
blond Eskimos. (Catherine Wallace iwim acroa tbe Delaware river at Philadelphia wltb her bnmla and feel tied. Burton
Studying the 40-odd laws submit
ted toOregon voters this year with
a view to Toting opon . them Intelli
gently is a pretty hard Job, even for
a Hood River orchardUt, so Roy D.
Smith .declared at the People's For
um Friday, and he looks with ap
prehension upon the rate at which
the Initiative measure are Increas
ing each year.
"I am certainly In favor of the Ini
tiative," said Mr. Smith, "but I do
believe that there ought to be a dead
line or a sky line somewhere. 1 tell
you what It's a big Job studying all
these measures this year. I still
have my last year's book aud It
wasn't half as big as the one this
year.- If they keep on growing
they'll be bigger than the family
Bible and then I don't know what
we poor farmers will do. I look
with apprehension upon what the
result may be. I don't believe that
one-tenth of one per cent of the vot
ers In the state will study these pro
posed laws enough to vote Intelli
gently upon them In Novemlier."
A. I. Mason took up the defense of
the Initiative In reply to Mr. Smith's
remarks. He said he was a member
of the "third house" at the legisla
ture during Its last session and that
If unyone had seen the manner In
which the laws were made there
they would be most emphatically lu
favor of the Initiative measure, bur
densome though It may sometimes
appear. He said that the 90 mem
bers of the legislature had to con
sider approximately 1200 proposed
measures In about 30 days actual
working time. Compared to this he
declared It was greatly to be pre
ferred to .submit 50 measures to the
entire voting population of the state
In time for serious consideration,
maintaining that although only a
relatively small proportion might
vote upou the measures, a much
more representative consideration
would be given them than could be
done by the legislature.
Alfred W. Boorman to Karl Heln
rlch, lots 8 and 9, Barrett Slpma Ad
dition, $2000.
Oregon Lumtier Company to Anton
Flint, lot 40, 1st Addition to River
side Park, nine anil one-half acres.
Beatrice W. Qramps to Henry II.
Gramps and wife, si) acres In Upper
E. L. Plummer to B. E. You mans,
20 acres west of Oak (J rove.
B. A. Itaml to K. S. Yokota and
(1. I. Tokagt, 10 acres at Oak Grove,
H. Morloka to Wesley F. Shannon,
lots 21 and 28. 1st Addition to River
side Park.
JohnC. HIbbard to Anna M. Wyl
He, 15 acres east of Dee, $1100.
J)ean L. Rowntree to W. II. Rown
tree, 100 acres south of Rlancher.
Sheriff to William II. Chipping,
2t!82 acres on Kant Side, $17,S0ti.
(Mineral Springs)
Francis M. Jackmm to Frances R.
Jackson, 10 acres on Knst Side.
Charles W. Holniau, a memlier of
the editorial staff of "Farm and
Ranch," a farmer's magazine pub
lished at Dallas, Texas, was In the
valley the last of the week studying
the cooperative Union here. Fruit
and truck growers In Texas nre
planning to establish a central sell
ing agency.
W. E. Mercer came within an ace
of killing a !ear In his dooryard a
few nights ago. However, as Mr.
Mercer did not bag Bruin, be has not
boasted much of the exploit. It has
been left for his friends to pass the
story along and It reached the News
about as follows:
Mr. Mercer was awakened In the
middle of the night by hearing some
large animal prowling about the
house apparently in an effort to gain
admittance. It occasionally growled
In a way which convinced Mr. Mer
cer that It was a tiear and a big one.
He hastily got out of tied, slid Into
his clothes and loaded the family
shotgun. Having armed himself
with this he ventured to take the
offensive. (Ju'ptly opening a door
on the opposite side ol the bouse
from that on which Bruin was
prowling, he crept forward with the
gun cocked and ready for Immediate
action. In the dim light he saw a
big animal close to the house. Rais
ing the gun to Ids shoulder he cov
ered the brute. As bis linger was
about to press the trigger, however,
the animal gave a grunt which was
unmistakable. It was a pig.
During the brief period In which
Mr. Mercer was readjusting his Ideas
to the altered situation, the pig de
cided to get out of the danger zone
and made good his escape. It was
later corralled by F. C. Sherrleb, who
Is now holding the animal uuttl the
owner turns up.
With a view to extending the serv
ice through to Pasco aud Lewlston
as soon as The Dalles-Celllo canal
has been completed, which will lie lu
about two years, a new company
Just orgutilzed Is contemplating the
establlxhment In the near future of a
steamboat line from Astoria to The
Dalles, having the steamers stop at
Portland on both the up uud down
trips. Within the next few days the
matter will lie settled definitely aud
the line started If the plnii Is looked
upon favorably.
The steamer Monarch, formerly
the Charles R. Spencer, aud one of
the speediest craft on the river, will
be operated by the new company on
the proposed route lu the event that
the plans should be carried out. It
Is claimed that she can make the run
from Astoria to The Dalles, stopping
at Porilaud, In a day without over
exerting herself. As now outlined
she will complete the run one day
and return the next. On the alter
nate days the steamer Taboma will
take care of the t rathe, although she
will not take In the Astoria part of
the route, plying at present lietween
Portland and The Dalles.
This will be the first time that
steamers ever have operated from
Astoria to The Dalles via Portland.
It Is said the matter has been receiv
ing favorable consideration liccause
of the big volume of truffle w hich has
lK"en moving lately lietweeu The
Dalles and Astoria.
A passeugerfrom Portland to Park
dale last week took a straw vote ou
the trains coming and going wtth
the following results: For single tax
1(1. against single tax 4 for woman
suffrage 42, against Is). A vote of
women only showed nine lu favor
and seven against woman suffrage.
Several women refused to express au
opinion for or against.
Rosa 8 in bo. a cllen; o.' bis, who met
Expert Approves Plan
for New Water System
Edwin A. Taylor Reports to Council That There Is
Flow of a flillion Gallons a Day from Tucker's
SpringAdditional Source Available Nearby-Elevation
of Headworks Advised Also Changes.
In order to insnre having the tew
water system ready for next euto
mer, Edwin A. Tuylor, consulting
engineer, employed by the city to go
over the 1910 plans and specifica
tions, submitted a partial report to
the city council at Its meeting Mon
day. In summing up his findings he
says In part:
"I approve the general plans for
the new system and consider It ade
quate to supply your city with one
million gallons of pure water dally,
and to give the city ample fire pro
tection. With a per capita consump
tion of 125 gallons per day, this will
supply a population of 8,000.
"As now planned, both the supply
and storage can be Increased when
necessary and the distribution can
be extended as the city grows with
out destroying any of the structures
covered by the present plans."
Regarding the Tucker Springs sup
ply Mr. Taylor says:
"I have measured the flow from
Tucker Spring, but have not bad the
water analyzed, as I understand that
the city has had several satisfactory
reports regarding the purity of the
water. There Is no danger of any
present pollution and the danger of
future pollution Is very remote and
and can lie guarded against If threat
ened. "A smaller spring on private land
about 1,000 feet south of Tucker
Spring may be piped to the bead
works If necessary some time In the
"To force the whole of the present
Rapid progress has been made dur
ing the pat couple of weeks on the
many improvements being made In
the city, as a result of which Hood
River will be one of the most up-to-date
and attractive cities on the
coast. With the favorable weather
conditions, contractors on the street
Improvements and new water system
have kept busy and under the direc
tion of City Surveyor Morse the work
has been carried on without a hitch.
Most conspicuous among the Im
provements Is the laying of sidewalks
and curbs on Oak street, lu addition
to which the parkings have been re
duced to grades. E. O. Hall had the
contrnct for sidewalks and curbs,
while John Zolls had the contract
for grading. These Improvements
lietween Fifth and Tenth streets will
tie completed this week The side
walks and curbs having been Install
ed, Mr, Zolls will complete the grad
ing In preparation for the paving of
the street with an asphalt macadam.
It Is too late for this to lie undertak
en this Fall, but It will be started
early In the Spring.
(trading of Prospect Avenue and
constructlou of sidewalks and curbs
has also lieen completed. John
.oils laid the sidewalks and curbs,
while Dobsou and Hatch did the
Mr. Zolls has also finished the side
walks on the north side of State
street from Ninth street to Tenth
street, or from W. J. Baker's place to
and Including Frank Cram's prop
erty. This was done on private con
tracts. Much of the pipe which will consti
tute the new distributing system has
lieen laid Including the following:
On Cascade avenue lietween L'lth and
ltlth streets. Wth street between Cas
cade aniljstate streets. State street
from Sth to 1:1th street, lS.Mli street
from State to May street. May from
11th to 12th. Eugene from th to 12th
and from 12th street to the reservoir.
Connections at the reservoir were
made Wednesday night and the
water was turned off from early In
the evening until about six o'clock
Thursday morning.
Superintendent Smith of the water
department )egnti making connec
tions with the houses Saturday.
The laying of the water pipes In
side the paving district, which In
cludes the business section of town,
will start this week.
Additional contracts for sidewalks
which have Just been let Include
walks on Eleventh street between
May and Pine streets and ou Ninth
street from the High School to the
flow of both springs through the
conduit as planned would require
the raising of the elevation of the
beadworka or the lowering of the
hydraulic grade line In the conduit.
Each added foot In head means con
siderable added capacity to the con
duit. "One Important Item la the eleva
tion of the water surface at the In
take. This should be high enough to
Insure the full capacity of the conduit.
but not so high as to lose any of the
flow from the spring."
Mr. Taylor recommends some min
or changes In the plans and specifi
cations, but on the whole he gives
them the stamp of bis approval.
Extensive Improvements that will
double the capacity of the power and
light plant of the Hood River Gas &
Electric Company are now under
way and will be'pusbed to an early
completion. The work which is be
ing carried on under the direction of
Albert S. Hall, general manager of
the Hood River Gas & Electric Com
pany and Geo. S. Lahey, construc
tion superintendent for the Pacific
Power and Light Company, Includes
the rebuilding and enlarging of the
company's dam on the Heod River,
overhauling the bridge and pipe line,
the installation of huge new trans
formers and setting up another 300
horsepower generator.
Work on the bridge la about com
pleted and the crew of men la now
engaged at work on the dam, which
will practically be a new structure
when finished. With the Installation
of larger beadgates the pipe line will
be Increased to Its maximum capacity
and enabled to furnish power for the
additional generator to be Installed.
A new Intake and screen for protect
ing the water wheel from debris and
floating tee will lie placed at the
beadgates and a more efficient fish
ladder constructed.
The mammoth transformers which
the company will place In the power
house will make It possible to more
than double the capacity of electrical
energy received over the high tension
line from White River, enabling that
plant to efficiently handle both the
business at The Dalles and Hood
River Independent of the local plant.
The company Is taking this step to
properly protect Its largely Increased
power and light business, more par
ticularly the power furnished for
cold storage purposes to the big
plants of the Davidson Fruit Com
pany, the National Apple Company
and the Hood River Apple & Storage
Company which must have uninter
rupted service. The Increase of the
use of electrical energy In these big
Institutions and many other smaller
ones about the city and valley has
caused an Increase of over 100 per
cent In the power business of the
Hood River Gas & Electric Company
alone. Added to this Is the light
consumption of many new consum
ers In all parts of the city and valley.
Roughly estimated the company has
bnllt over twenty miles of new Hue
lu the valley this summer.
Repairs were recently made to the
water wheel of the Hood River plant,
the Hood River district Inlug served
by the plant on the White River dur
ing the shutdown. The bKral com
pany's smaller plant farther up the
Hood River has also been placed In
comlltlon for use In an emergency.
With the Improvements completed It
Is expected that the Hood River dis
trict will be suppled with an electri
cal service that will take care of any
Increase in Its needs for power and
light for several years.
Methodist Church
Sunday School at 10 a. tn. Preach
ing services at 11 a. m. and 7..V) p. m.
Theme: morning, "The Question of
an Imprisoned Prophet." The Rev.
II. O. Perry, district superintendent,
will occupy the pulpit In the even
lug. Epworth league at :'M
p.m. Prajer meeting ou Thursday
evening at H o'clock. All are cordi
ally Invited to attend these services
W. II. Young, Pastor.
The stork brought Mr and Mrs
.1. F. Volstorff on the Heights n
daughter Monday morning