OreflO" THE HOOD RIVER NEWS Highest Grade Job "Printing Ad-Verttsers Get 'Results VOLUME 9, NUMBER 4 HOOD RIVER, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1913 SUBSCRIPTION, $1.50 A YEAR Shepard Gives Opinion of the Apple Market Presents Figures to Show That Low Prices This Year Were Due, Not to Overproduction, but to Fact That Buyers Were Scared Early in the Season Revised Marketing Hethods Advised. Speaking before the Washington State Horticultural Association at North Yakima the last of the week, E. H. Shepard of this place, editor of Better Fruit, gave his views concern lng the apple market and prices of the past, present and future. "Between 1900 and 1910 apple prices took an upward tendency; consequent ly an Immense acreage was set dur ing this ten years, which in 1912 came into bearing. " said Mr. Shepard. "In 1912 we had, according to estimates, an approximate yield of 40,000,000 bar rels, which means 120,000,000 bushels. I do not believe, however, as do a great many others, that low prices In 1912 were entirely due to the quantity of apples produced, nor do I believe at present the supply is in excess of the demand. I do believe the supply at present exceeds our system of dis tribution and marketing methods. "Present prices are not entirely due to the size of the 1912 crop. In 1902 the crop was 46,000,000 ba: rels. In 1903 It was 42,626,000 barrels and in 1904 it was 45,360,000 barrels, whereas in 1912 the estimate was 40,000,000 barrels, which probably will not be exceeded and possibly may not be reached. In 1902, '03 and '04 good prices prevailed compared with the prices of 1912. Buyers Were Scared "In 1912 the system of collecting sta tistics was. so thorough and the meth ods so reliable that the estimate In dlcated In advance the actual quantity that was harvested. This estimate early in the season was so great com pared with previous years that the trade being unaccustomed to big fig ures was fearful of the results. Deal ers refused to buy at almost any price. The trade, now being accustomed to definite figures In advance, will not be overwhelmed and pessimistic in the future. "The prices on Northwestern apples In 1912 have Buffered from our pursu lng the same methods of distribution as In the past. In previous years our crop was light and we shipped practl cally all of it to a few large cities, like Chicago, New York, Boston and Phlla delphla, which eagerly took our output at satisfactory prices. In 1912 our crop was much larger but we pursued the same methods. "We depressed these markets with our quantity. You know that wh?n apples are selling at $1.50 a box In Chicago It is Impossible to sell other towns at a better price. "We have done nothing in tlm lavt 10 years to create a wider distribu tion or greater consumption of apples. "The estimated apple crop In the United States Is 40,000,000 barrels. Figure 400 apples to the barrel. It means 16 billion apples; consequently ABOUT 20 INCHES OF SNOW FALLS A little more than 20 inches of snow has fallen during the pant week and at the time of this writing there has not been sufTlcient'y high temperature to melt It. Sleighing has continued excellent and sleighrides have been popular among the young peoplo dur ing the past few days. The heaviest snowfall of the season so far was Friday night, when nine Inches fell between sunset and dawn. On Thursday the fall was 6.775 Inches. On Wednesday it was 1.75 inches and snow also fell on the preceding days, but In lesser amounts. The temperature during this period has not been low, ranging between 20 and 30 degrees above, thus main taining pleasant winter weather. The fall of snow is looked upon as favorable to soil condition during the coming season on account of the moist ure thus conserved. The amount of water in snow varies, but Is usually about one inch of water to 10 of snow. This is about the ratio in the present fall. As the snow has como intermittent ly and at no time been excessively heavy there has been no danger re ported In the orchards as was the case last year when a total of 42 Inches of snow fell during one storm and many young orchards were strip ped of their limbs. This was the case where ranchers did not knock off the accumulating now or where they had not propped their young trees. the United States per capita consumed last year only four times as many ap ples as bananas. Advertising Is Useful "The results obtained by Intelligent advertising In building business are be yond the comprehension of the aver age individual. We can stimulate the demand for our apples by using the right kind of a brand. "Apples are retailing today at the same prices as they have in the past A few days ago I received a letter from a friend in Boston who said that our apples were retailing there at 60 centB a dozen and some as high as $1 a dozen. We growers were lucky this year to get $1.50; the freight is 50 cents a box; the dealer's profit Is 20 cents; making a total cost to the re taller of $2.20 a box, yet the retailer is selling these same apples at $6 a box or more, a profit of 300 per cent. "The remedy is public sentiment, We can create a sentiment that will be so strong that it will bring about reasonable retail prices on our ap ples. "The high cost of living is a popular topic. Let the fruit growers start the ball rolling and it will gather force and volume as It goes. The result will be inevitable. Lower retail prices mean greater consumption. Marketing Is Wasteful "Consolidation and concentration are necessary to our future success. We have created self competition at home and self competition abroad and conse quently we are getting less for our apples than we are entitled to. We are wasting money in marketing our crop and we are marketing it in such a way that our marketing agents are cutting prices. - We must work to gether. We must eliminate unneces sary expense and unnecessary compe tition. "There is a movement on foot for a greater selling organization. The foundation of a greater institution will depend on the success of the organ! zation In each one of the districts. If you want to do something greater, we must begin the preparatory work at home and concentrate our organiza tion. A board of trustees has been se lected for the North Pacific Fruit Dis tributors. This board is composed of our ablest, broadest and most exper ienced fruit men and I believe they will evolve a plan and perfect an or ganization that will be of value to the fruit growers of the Northwest. Too Many Grades "We are putting up an unnecessary number of grades. I believe two grades of commercial apples are all that are necessary. If market conditions justi fy another grade, let It be put up as cooking apples, to be sold locally in stead of being shipped Fast. "We must put up a grade which Is absolutely perfect In accordance with the specifications for that grade, and we must guarantee the grade. If we will do It we will again restore confi dence In our quality. 'There are two kinds of consumers to whom we must cater In selling our apples. One is the family which buys by the box and the other Is the indi vidual living in apartments boarding houses, and hotels, who buys by the dozen. To reach the second class, we must put up our apples In email quan tities, in attractive pasteboard boxes holding a half a dozen or dozen in a box. It must be fitted with a handle so that the purchaser can conveniently carry the package. The average man or woman will not buy a dozen apples put up In a paper sack when he has to hang on a strap going home on a street car. "I do not believe it is possible to eliminate the middle men, fruit Job bers and commission men, but I do believe In placing our fruits in such a manner, so far as we can, as to main tain prices in accordance with the con ditions as they exist each year." Butler Praised As Orator Hood Hlver and Wasco counties seem to have a faculty of sending ora tors to the senate. Not only the home of luscious apples and all kinds of crops that lead, but the counties also produce "sjlver tongues." Two years ago they sent Slnnott, now In Con gress, and at this sen ion have Judge Butler, acknowledged to be one of the best platform orators In the state. Sleighing In the valley hns rarely been better. POWDER' HOUSE IS ORDERED REMOVED A settlement was reached last week in the case of Vincent Saml against K. J. Mclsaac of the Upper Valley. The case was one of Importance on ac count of the fact that it related to the storage of powder, considerable quantities of which are now kept in the valley for land clearing. Mr. Saml brought suit to compel the removal of Mr. Mclsaac's powder house from the vicinity of Mr. Sami's home. An injunction was recently se cured compelling Mr. Mclsaac to re move the powder at once pending trial of the suit and since that time several tons of the explosive have been re moved to a point about a mile and a half from the store. An agreement was reached before Judge Bradshaw last week. The court ruled that the powder must be kept at least 1500 feet frm Mr. Sami's house, or not less than 890 feet under certain restrictions. Commenting on the case, Mr. Mc lsaac said: "In a sparsely settled country such as that about Parkdale where stumping powder is such a necessity for the development of the land I believe this distance Is alto gether too great because It is well known that In other places powder houses are kept in close proximity to dwellings. Inasmuch, however, as it will hereafter be necessary to store the powder at such a distance from the store it is not likely that I will continue to carry It. Heretofore I have been able to secure it in carload lots and at a reasonable rate for trans portation, but this cost would be much greater if it had to be shipped in by local freight and handled in small quantities." Trolley Line to Heights Is Now Being Propose a fleeting of Heights Citizens Streetcar Line or Tramway--Commitfee Is Ap pointed to Investigate pany Hay be Organized At a meeting of Heights citizens held at the home of Dr. E. L. Scobee last week and attended by over a score of boosters a movement was lanuched which it is hoped may result in the construction of either a street car line or tramway from the business portion of town to the Heights. Several propositions were made. It was at first suggested that a tramway be constructed from the Congregation al church to a point on the Heights near Dr. Scobee's house. It was also proposed that such a tramway or life might be operated from the head of Second street to the Heights. Other suggestions were made. One was that a trolley line be constructed running from the Depot up State and Eugene streets to Twelfth and out to the ball park. Another proposal was that such line be operated up the Serpentine Hood, running through the residence section of the Heights and thence west to Twelfth street and out to the ball park. After considerable discussion a com mittee of three was appointed to thor oughly investigate the propositions and report on w hich would be the most feasible, also what the approximate cost would be. It is stated that a company may be organized and the Npiv SnAnthntt threat alarm 11CWS OI14lllUI9 ,ne Atuullc Of (he Week Us Frank M Johnston of Houston wns named with a New York sbow girl and was I WmmWW!e fe ii ip W ORIGIN OF APPLE HOUSEIFIRE UNKNOWN Origin of the unutfual fire which oc curred In the Sears & Porter apple storage house laBt week still remains a myBtery, although A. W. Onthank, who represents the companies carry ing the Insurance, has been investigat ing the loss this week. The strange part of the fire is that it broke out in the midst of the stor ed fruit and generated sufficient heat to cook a considerable number of the apples almost to sauce. Many of the other apples were scorched and taint ed by the smoke, so that the exact ex tent of the damage has not yet been determined. There were 4500 boxes of fruit in the storehouse at the time and the fire had probably been smouldering for a long time. It broke into flame when the air was admitted, but the flames were extinguished by the farm hands and neighbors. . It has been determined that apples absorb and are noticeably tainted by the smoke, many of those in the storehouse but not in close proximity to the flames having been noticeably damaged in this way. GRACE U. B. CHURCH Sunday School at 10 a. m., G. A. Par tis, superintendent; sermon and morn ing worship at 11; Juniors at 3, Mrs. Brehterton in charge; C. E. at 6:30. Last Sunday evening Ieon Noble gave many practical suggestions on Endeav or prayer meetings. Let us observe them. 7:30 special music. By re quest the pastor will preach on "Child Labor." J. B. Parsons, minister. The Commercial much alive. Club is still very Discuss Need of Either Probable Cost and Com to Build Road. necessary stock sold. In that case a franchise would be asked for from the council for the use of the necessary streets. The committee is composed of W. L. Smith, A. L. Day and A. F. Howes. They are to report at a sub sequent meeting. It is stated that not more than three men would be needed to operate such a line and as there is now abundant electrical energy to be had at reason able rates it is the belief that such a line might be operated on an econom ical basis. COLD DEVILKINS BUSY As an exchange remarks, it has been a lucky person who had not some kind of cold the past ten days. The little germ devllkins which put the tickle into your nose, chase the chills up and own your spinal column, put the croak in your throat and make you feel raw and mean and don't care whether Wilson will make a good pres ident or not, have been exceedingly troublesome. Doctor You'll have to cut out some of this wine, woman and song busi ness; It's killing you. Patient All right, doc; I'll never sing again. was caused by the report that the United States repair ship Panther was lost, CoasL It arrived safely at Guantansmo, however George F. Baker, head York, testified before the "money trust" Inquiry at Chance signed to nmnnce the New York as succeesor to Joseph V. Bailey as senator not allowed to return to college. PORTLAND CLUB TO CLIMB MOUNT HOOD Members of the Portland Snowshoe Club, lead by J. Wesley Ladd, are expected here this evening and tomor row morning will go to Parkdale, leav ing there for the ascent of Mt. Hood to their clubhouse. They will leave on their return trip next Monday. Automobiles, street cars, railway trains, bob sleighs, snowshoes and skis will all play a particular part in the 90 mile jaunt from Portland to Hood River, then to Parkdale.McRush Home stead and finally the Snowshoe club bouse, which nestles deep in the for est in close proximity to Cloud Cap Inn at the 5682 foot level. "We have a beautiful clubhouse," said Mr. Ladd. "This mountain pal ace is built of white fir logs. Is 40 feet long, and 24 feet wide with gabled roof and a six-foot fireplace. We have stocked the place with all sorts of provisions, and, as the boys will pack fresh meat up with them, nobody should starve to death. "The slopes of Mount Hood are beautiful at this time of year," added President Ladd. "The snowfall aver ages anywhere from five to 20 feet in depth. Two years ago we had to tun nel our way into the clubhouse owing to the immense drifts." In all likelihood the entire member ship, which comprises some of the most prominent business men in Port land, will make the trip. The roster shows: J. Wesley Ladd, president; Elliott R. Corbett, Henry L. Corbett, Walter B. Honeyman, David T. Honey man, Roderick L. Glisan, Dr. H. S. Nichols, Horace Mecklen, Brandt Wick ersham and Jordan B. Zan. In addi tion Guy W. Talbot and Victor John son will probably go along as guests. After disembarking from the train at Hood River on the night of January 22, the Portland adventure seekers will board the Mount Hood Railroad for a twenty-seven mile run to Parkdale, where they will spend the night. Early Thursday morning a four-horse bob sleigh will convey the enow shoers six miles to McRush Home stead, where they will bid adieu to civ ilization and begin the six-mile upward climb via the webbed-footwear over the immense fields of crystal to the club house on the east slope of Mt. Hood. Once at the clubhouse the snow slioes will generally be discarded for the long pointed skis, which will also be utilized for the downward return trip to McRush Homestead. Two guides, Mark Weygandt and William H. Edick, will meet the party at Park dale. A special cook will also be tak en along for the week. UNITARIAN CHURCH The services next Sunday are as follows: Sunday School at 10 a. m.; service of worship at 11; Young Peo ple's Religious Union at 6:30 p. m. The lesson in the Sunday School is "Thoughtfulness" and poems and stor ies will be given to supplement the teaching of the lesson. At the morning service Mr. MacDonald announces the first of a series of two sermons. Next Sunday the subject will be "The Re ligion of Capitalism," and the follow ing Sunday "The Religion of Social ism." At the young people's meeting the subject will be "Some of the Es sentials of Success." The basis will be a reporter's Interview with Dr. T. L. Eliot of Portland. Several young peo ple will make contributions to the ser vice. All are invited. Bachelors are out after Representa tive Nolta's scalp. Washington The Duchess of Cotmaught American league bntieball team at a from Terns. "Lefty" Flynn, Tale's Recommendations Are Made by Grand Jury Twelve Indictments Are Returned by Inquisitorial Body and in Final Report Several Phases of County's Affairs Are Discussed Civil Cases Are Still Being Tried This Week. On Friday afternoon the grand jury completed its labors after being in session most of the week and brought in the following report. "We, the grand jury of the above entitled court, respectfully report and show that we have been in session five days, that we have returned to this court twelve true bills and one not true bill, that we have thoroughly in vestigated and examined into at least 15 other matters coming before the jury in the first instance, and upon thorough examination thereof we have deemed it unnecessary to make any further report thereupon to this court "In the case of the State of Oregon vs. Jacob Horn, bound over to this grand jury on the charge of perjury in making false affidavit for marriage license will say that no witness hav ing been secured and none having ap peared before us and as we are in formed that the complaining witness has departed from Hood River county and the sheriff of said county has been unable to locate such witness and se cure the evidence of this witness be fore this grand jury we are unable to act thereon. County Books Experted "That concerning the officers' books of the county, such as the sheriff, clerk and county treasurer, the same are now being passed upon by experts and as such experts report is not yet com pleted we have not yet personally In vestigated such books but leave it to the final report of the experts, which report we are advised will be in detail to the county court within a few days, and we would recommend that the re port of the experts so made be publish ed so that the citizens of the county will know the true condition of affairs existing as found by such experts. Jail Is Inadequate "That we have examined the city jail of the city of Hood River, which is also used by the county for county prisoners, and on examination of said jail find that said jail is unsafe, in ade quate and needs repair, and needs more cells for the accommodation of pris oners instead of sending them to other counties for safe keeping, and we re spectfully ask the county court to look into this matter without delay and recommend that they place at least Appointments Made by Mayor Blanchar At the meeting of the city council Monday evening Mayor Blanchar made his appointments for the coming year follows: City Attorney A. J. Derby. City Marshal Robert Lewis. City Physician Dr. Jesse Edgington. City Surveyor P. M. Morse. Clerk of the City Water Department- Miss Luclle Johnson. Water Superintendent Hugh J.Smith. Finance Committee James Strana- nan, chairman, J. M. Schmeltzer and A. C. Staten. Fire and Water Committee J. .E Rob ertson, chairman, E. S. Mayes and W. II. Taft. with 120 men. In the ga'e that swept of the First National bank of New became seriously ill with perttonl reput.yl salary of t'.OOO a season. II star fullback of the last seaaoo, eloped two additional cells therein for the use of the county. Think Salary Too Large "We also find from the inspection of the county court records that the fruit inspector for Hood River county Is paid by said county more than Is authorized by law and we hereby re commend to the said county court of Hood River county that It pay said fruit inspector the salary as provided by law and no more, and discontinue the payment of the excess of the sal ary now paid over and above the legal fees provided for by the statute. "We also find that the county poor are being properly taken care of and having finished our labor and no other business appearing before us we ask to be discharged." The personnel of the jury was as follows: W. H. Taft, foreman, U R. Gano, W. A. Isenberg, Chas. L. Trout, Oscar Vanderbilt, William Auhagen, Albert Monosmith. Civil Cases Are Tried The civil cases kept the court busy all week. In the case of E. O. Hall, contractor, against Captain C. P. Mc Can for $1250 and interest, being the amount due on buildings constructed for Captain McCan, the Jury found In favor of Mr. Hall, bringing In a ver dict of $1329.28 in his favor. Captain McCan objected to paying the full amount on the ground that the garage collapsed under the weight of snow a year ago. He maintained that It was not properly constructed. The jury that tried this case included A. W. Isbell, W. F. Andrews, H. A. Messing er, H. M. Vannier, Jesse Davidson, J. M. Chitty, D. Sandman, John West, Sara Freeman, A. S. Keir, W. M. Stauffer and J. H. Ferguson. R. W. Wilbur of this city and W. H. Wilson of The Dalles represented Captain Mc Can and Ernest C. Smith of this city and H. S. Wilson of Portland appear ed for Mr. Hall. As a result of the investigations of Deputy State Game Wadren L. S. Fritz two local anglers, T. B. Kent and A. W. Bishop, arrested while fishing un der the dam of the Hood River Gas & Electric Company, at the entrance of the fish ladder, were fined $50 each by Judge Bradshaw, By law one cannot fish nearer than 600 feet of the fish ladder. for Year Streets and Public Property E. S. Mayes, chairman, J. E. Robertson and J. M. Schmeltzer. Committee on Judiciary A. C. Staten, chairman, W. H. Taft and E. S. Mayes. Committee on Health J. M. Schmelt zer, chairman, James Stranahan and J. E. Robertson. Police and Public Printing W. II. Taft, chairman, A. C. Staten and James Stranahan. After the appointments were made a petition was read asking for the ap pointment of John Castner as city marshal at $80 per month and A. E. Van Anda as street commissioner at $60 a month. Close to 200 signatures were affixed to this petition. Inas much as the appointment of Marshal Lewis had been made, no action was taken on this petition. The council decided to grant O. L. and W. L. Kirkpatrick a license to con duct a skating rink in the old Armory building, the license to be Issued as soon as the fire and water committee is satisfied that proper fire escapes have been provided. A two-month leave of absence was granted Councilman Taft, who left yes terday on a trip to the Panama Canal. Local Men Instructors Walla Walla With nearly 100 fruit growers of this section entered, the second annual packing school under the auspices of tho local commercial club opened today in one of tho down town store buildings and will contlnu through the week. S. O. Campbell ami Marsh Isenberg of Hood River are lhn instructors and are delivering dally lectures iu connection with the demon stration. Tho subjects treated ar picking, sorting and packing. Jam Is now cheaper than butter aa a spread for bread.