Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, March 03, 1900, Page 7, Image 7

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Ammiementi Tonight.
lORDRAY'S THEATER (Washington St)
Matinee and evening, "Countess Gucki."
Matinee and evening, "Red, White and
Curious, Tajj. Smokestack. The ten-
its of the upper stories of the Cham-
ir 01 commerce uuiiuuit; iiuvc uu cv
inojtd by the smoke from the eteam-
temporarlly placed In front of the
?u!lding, while repairs to the bo-lers In
le basement are being made, that It has
een found necessary to put another sec-
Ition of 40 feet on top of the smokestack.
his -will carry It above the belvedere of
(the building and "vfIH make the smoke
stack over 100 feet In length, and prob-
ably the longest stack of the kind on tho
coast. The preparat.ons for placing the
additional 40 feet on top of the present
00-foot etack were in progress yesterday.
and attracted a crowd. A staging lias.
been run out from the roof of the build
ing over the cornice, to which a tackle
for hoisting the section is attached. The
section 3s slightly funnel-shaped at the
2ower end, so that It will slide down on
4he present stack, and when it is stayed
so that it will remain in place the job will
be completed. This will dispose or tne
smoke nuisance, but there Is a constant
roar of escaping steam in connection with
the boiler which must tend to drive to an
untimely end the occupants of offices in
the vicinity. Just why this is necessary
It is difficult to Imagine. The temporary
boiler will be In front of the building a
month, and perhaps two, and Its removal
will be a relief to many.
Salmon to Germany. The employes of
the Portland Artificial Ice & Cold Storage
Company were busy yesterday loading
three big refrigerator cars with frozen
eteelhead salmon for the Van Syssel Pack-
llng Company, to be sh'pped to Hamburg,
Germany. About 14 tons of salmon was
placed in each car, thus clearing out all
on hand, being the accumulation of the
past three months. The fish are frozen
solid and wrapped in a sort of parchment,
treated with parafllne, and impervious to
moisture. The cars were liberally iced,
and the fish will be kept frozen solid
until they reach Hamburg. Two or three
cars of such fish have been sent away
every month during the fishing season, but
for the last three months very few fish
have been caught, and now the whole
atock has been cleared out in preparation
fcr the coming season's business. Two
case cf chinook salmon, very fine ones,
each case containing about 300 pounds,
were received at the cold storage yester
day, and as the close season for salmon
of all kinds commenced on March 1, no
ire are likely to be received before
April 15.
Dentistry Board. After reporting
three successful applicants for certificates
to practice dentistry In this state, the
State Board of Dental Examiners ad
journed yesterday afternoon, to meet
again October S. There were 10 students
before tho board for examination. The
few who were successful IncLcates that
the board is determined to maintain a
high standard In the profession. Those
passing were Louis Bundy, of Eugene; J.
C. Snooks, of Michigan, and B. H. Fisher,
of Portland. There were slight changes
In the chairs to be occupied by the mem
bers of the board during the ensuing year.
President T. L. Nlcklln still holds the
chair of chemistry; Secretary G. S.
"Wright has the chair of operative dentis
try: Br. J. C. Revis has the chair of
pathology and therapeutics; Dr. William
Uogan the chair of anatomy and phil
ology, and Dr. J. C. Baty the chair of
prosthetic dentistry. The two dentists
charged with practicing their profession
without a license have indicated the pur
pose of pleading guilty, which was com
municated to the board before adjourn
ment. Plating the "Pioneer" Dodge. a
num'ber of old-time citizens have of late
been accosted by a man who excites their
Interest by inquiring for well-known build
ings, streets and old Inhabitants, often
S cr those who have been dead many years.
He excuses himself for making such In
quiries by saying that he used to live here,
tout for the past 30, and sometimes he
says 40, years, he has been living In Idaho
and Montana. To some he says he has
been on the X.apwai Indian reservation,
and to others that he has been In differ
ent places up north, as any one well
might have been in the course ot 30 or
40 years. This man has a name, but out
of the number he uses it is Impossible to
select the one given him ty his god
fathers and mothers in baptism, if he
ever was baptized. An odor of whisky or
any kind of liquor permeates the atmos
phere In his vicinity, and the object of
his endeavoring to Impose himself on
old residents as a returned prodigal, after
40 years In the wilderness, seems to be to
lead to his being treated. He is little, If
any, over 40 years of age.
Short Supply of Fish. The close sea
son for all kinds of salmon and for stur
geon commenced March 1. so fishdealer3
ea. They will be allowed to dispose of
what they have on hand and so have been
laying in as many salmon as they could
get hold of, which is not many. One
dealer secured 200 little sturgeon, the limit
fixed by law being three feet. As there
will be no more salmon allowed to come
to market until the 15th of-April, when
the fishing season begins, those who are
fond of this fish should secure a chunk
at once. No more sturgeon are allowed
to be sold till October. It Is rather tough
on dealers to cut off their supply of sal
mon and sturgeon just as Lent comes In,
-when the demand forsh Is greatest; but
such is life.
All British and Colonial residents of
Portland and vicinity are requested to be
present at a smoker to be held in the
Armory hall. Tenth and Couch streets,
this evening, at 8 o'clock, In celebration of
the recent English successes In South
British Benevolent Society,
By William Macmaster, President,
St. Andrews' Society,
By Alexander H. Kerr. President,
Caledonian Society,
By David Henderson, Chief,
Clan Macleay,
By Alexander Gavin, Chief,
Committee of British and Colonial Resi
dents. Will Return to Australia. Fred
Rock, who has been engaged In logging
on the Lower Columbia for several years,
19 preparing to leave for his former home
In the Bendigo district, Australia. He hss
accumulated a snug fortune here, and pro
poses to take life easy hereafter, though
he says he will not leave until the war
between the Britons and the Boers Is over,
as that fracas may accidentally Involve
Great Britain In trouble with other na
tions, and so the United States would
then be a safer place for a residence.
Brass Thief Sent Up. In the Munlc'pal
Court yesterday afternoon George Hub
bard was sentenced to six months In the
county jail for stealing 'brass castings. He
is the man who tried to break away from
Jailer Johnson and was shot at for his
temerity. He is said to be a morphine
The First Presbyterian Church,
Alder and Twelfth. Rev. Edgar P. Hill.
D. D., pastor. Sunday morning topic,
"The Great Assize"; evening, "A Good
Man." Bass solo. "The Lord's My Helper"
(Adams). M. L. Bowman.
Coke! Coke! Coke! The Portland Ga&
Company has commenced their usual out
put of coke. A supply un hand for every
body, fresh from their retorts, will be de
livered at ?5 per ton. Office, 172 Fifth
Revival services, commencing Monday,
March 5, at 2:30 and 7:30 P. M., at the
Friends Church, East Thirty-fourth and
Salmon streets, in charge of Rev. Levi
D. Barr, of Newberg, Or.
Violet3. Fragrant and fresh; 1 beral
bunches, special today, 10c Woodard,
Clarke & Co.
Saturpat, March 3, you are Invited to
Inspect the new spring shapes of Dun
laps' hats. Robinson &. Co., under the
Piles Replaced With Dirt. A train
of 17 flatcars, engaged In filling In the
coach yards at the Terminal grounds, will
have work enough to keep It busy until
April 1. The earth Is being taken from
the excavation of the Dorenbecher furni
ture factory. In Sullivan's gulch, and
thrown under the plank roadways of the
yards, where the supporting timbers have
begun to decay. The fills thus formed
will be allowed to settle for the space of
12 months, when the planking will be
torn away and a top dressing of gravel
and cinders applied. The space thus filled
In will aggregate several acres. The sup
porting timbers will therefore never need
to be removed, as the solid earth will
have taken their place. The wooden sub
etructure has been In position about eight
Jelly Case Postponed. A jelly case,
State vs. Portland Cash Grocery, which
came up In Justice Kraemer's court yester
day, was postponed until such time as
Food Commissioner Bailey and the de
fendants agree, as Important witnesses
failed to appear yesterday. This Is one of
five Jell suits recently Instituted by Mr.
Bailey, the other four defendants having
pleaded guilty and paid small fines. As the
Portland Cash Grocery Is a corporation,
some question is expected to "be raised as
to who sold tho jelly. T. F. Dunbar,
manager of the company, is named In the
Not a Pessimist. Edwin Sharpe, of the
West Coast Lumberman, at Tacoma, is
registered at the Perkins. Mr. Sharpe
says Tacoma is rapidly emerging from
her recent period of dullness, and that
there Is not a vacant house In the city
fit to live In. He places the population
of Tacoma at 50.000, and that of Seattle
at 5.000. thouch he says "Seattle's pros
perity doesn't bother us any." He thinks
Tacoma's payroll Is fully as large as that
of Seattle, and that ""a payroll is what
makes a town."
Oriental Assault. Two Japanese sail
ors of the steamship Lennox were lodged
In the City Jail last evening, charged with
assaulting a Chinese seaman of the same
vessel with a dangerous weapon. The two
subjects of the M.kado had. it appears,
gotten into a row with the Celestials
and attacked him with shovels. Dr. Wheel
er dressed the injured man's wounds, but
did not remove him from the steamer.
Teachers Should Be Interested. The
rooms of the Oregon Historical Society,
City Hall, top floor, will be open today
from 10 A. M. to 6 P. M., for the accommo
dation of all who care to visit the same.
Accessions of historic Interest are being
constantly received. Teachers, pupils and
strangers In the city are particularly in
vited. More than 1000 visitors registered
during the four weeks ending February 23.
Burmah Missions. Miss Katie W. Arm
strong, of Rangoon, Burmah, who Is on a
short visit to her uncle, T. J. Armstrong,
of this city, has consented to speak upon
tho subject of missions in British Burmah
at the First Baptist Church on Sunday
morning at 10:30. Miss Armstrong will
sing in the Telegu language. All interested
are cordially Invited to attend.
First United Presbyterian Church,
Sixth and Montgomery, Huber Ferguson,
pastor. Topic at 11, "The Pillar of tho
Truth"; at 7:30. "Final Success In Spite
of Early Failure."
Teachers' Association. Meeting of ex
ecutive board at 7 P. M. General bus'ness
meeting at S P. M., followed by parlia
mentary drill.
"Those Little Satin Pillows" a
dainty confection, 25c per pound, at Car
roll's, today only, 332 Washington.
Umbrellas Repairing and recovering.
Meredith's. Washington, bet. 5th and 6th.
Finest Turkish Baths In the North
west, third floor Orejronlan Building.
Next Weelc v.t Cordrny'H.
Tomorrow night Mr. Frawloy will pre
sent, at Cordray's, the most Important
play In his repertorie, "Mme. Suns Gene,"
by Victorian Sardou, the greatest living
dramatist. Those who have admired the
former works of this great French writer,
"Fedora," "'La Toecc and "Cleopatra,"
will hall with his last great play,
"Mme. Sans Gene." It deals with tho do
mestic life of the great Napoleon, and
while some of the Incidents in the drama
aro the creations of Sardou's vivid Imag
ination, the others are historical. The play
deals mainly with the career of Catherine
Hubocher, tho proprietress of a laundry,
who eventually became a duchess and the
wife of the Marshal of France. Mr. Fraw
ley will be seen aa Napoleon Bonaparte,
and Miss Van Buren as the washerwoman,
Catherine Hubocher, known as "Mme.
Sans Gene," which put into plain English
Is "Mme. Don't Care."
"Mme. Sans Gene" will run until Thurs
day night, when "An Unconventional
Honeymoon,1' by the late Augustln Daly,
will be presented for two nights. On
Saturday afternoon and night the only
performances of "Trilby" will be given.
"Rip Van WlnUle."
In the delightful comedy of "Rip Van
Winkle," whlv:h will be produced at tha
Metropolitan Theater next week, begin
ning Monday night. Miss Laura Adams,
who assumes the role of Gretchen in the
play, will sing the beautiful German song
"Die Wasscrfall." Miss Adams has a
lovely soprano voice, and her interpreta
tion of the higher class of German music
is very fine. She received her musical
training In Berlin, and her German accent
is excellent. Other specialties will be two
entirely new songs, by the bright and
versatile Georgie Cooper, who has mode
herself so popular during the two weeks
she has been In Portland. Eddie Hol
land, the Irish comedian, will also do
some clever specialty work.
Prize Fleht Pictures.
The Jeffrles-Sharkey biograph pictures
of tho contest, which took place at Coney
island November 3, comes to the Marquam
Theater for three nights, commencing
March 13. These pictures are under the
direction of William A. Brady. Jeffries'
manager, which insures the genuineness
of the enterprise. Billy Delaney. who
trained Corbett for all his fights and was
the trainer for Jeffries when he fought
Sharkey, accompanies the pictures as bus
iness manager.
The Case of Dragglst Smith.
Newberg Graphic.
The airing of the whisky business given
by this case (failure to convict Druggist
Smith of selling liquor) has been benefi
cial for several reasons, one of which is
that It has caused the people to line up
and show where they stand. Four classes
are represented in Newberg, viz:
First Those who are out and out for
whisky, open and above board.
Second Those who are for whisky on the
Third Those milk-and-water temperance
people who get mighty weak in the spinal
column when "he is a purty good citizen
and gives to churches and charities."
Fourth Those who are opposed to the
violation of the city ordinance on the
whiskj question and who openly insist on
the prosecution of vlolaters of it, be they
so-called saints or sinners.
The war against whisky selling is on
again in Newberg.
Sixty Thousand Strawberry Crates.
Hood River Glacier.
The box factory will be kept running for
tho next three months, making up straw
berry crates, and will cive PTiril-i
20 hands every working day during that
time. The price of strawberrv cra- tv
year will be 14 cents, 1 cent cheaper than
ever before. About 60,000 crates will be
required for this year's crop, which will
take considerable room for storage. If
growers will begin hauling home their
crates from now on, and not wait till thftir
berries beglng to ripen. It will relieve the
press of room that will be required to
store the crates.
Portland' X,eadlncr MukIc Store.
Knabe. Hardman. Fischer, Ludwlg- pianos.
Musical Instruments, talking machines.
Estey onrans. sheet music htirn-o-nhorfls.
1 "Wholesale & retail. The "Wiley B. Allen Co.
n 1 ri Il TUC Mil IT I K
LALi ill I UL MlLll lA
Men Who Fought for the Stars and j
Stripes Will Ajrnin AVear the
State Uniform.
Portland now has a fine company of the
National Guard organized from ex-mem-
bers of the forces constituting tho Eighth
Army Corps. Last evening at the Armory,
Company B was formally brought Into
existence, every member of which except
two was In the Second Oregon Volun
teers. Thomas N. Dunbar, formerly Lieu
tenant In the Second Oregon, was
elected Captain; F. B. Edwards, formerly
Sergeant in Company E, Second Oregon,
was elected First Lieutenant, and Harry
J. Hayes, Quartermaster-Sergeant for
Company E, Second Oregon, was chosen
Second Lieutenant. The company has
above the minimum required for a com
pany of the Guard at the time of muster
in, besides a number of names pledged
who were not able to attend. There
is no doubt that the maximum strength
will soon be reached, with perhaps men
to spare, as the company officers are pop
ular, and there was a veritable boom on
the natal night.
Company B la the first material result
of the movement that has been gradually
gaining strength for several months. Adjutant-General
Gantenbeln issued applica
tions that any ox-members of the volun
teer commands of this state might re-enter
the Guard, which have been distrib
uted among the veterans for the past two
or three weeks. At first they were not
received -with much favor, but latterly the
boys commenced to take an Interest, and
soon one company waa promised mostly
from Companies E and L, with a sprink
ling from some others. This was tho one
organized last night.
Colonel James Jackson acted as muster
ing ofilcer and inspector of elections. At
8 P. M. he called to order the applicants
who had assembled In officers' quarters,
of the Armory. A brief canvass showed
a sufficient number In attendance for the
business of the evening to be taUen up at
once. Those who had signed enlistment
papers were lined up and again "raised
tho hand" for a little swearing in be
half of the Constitution, state and nation
al, which, when finished, again placed
them on the list of their country's de
"fenders. This second 'taking on" was
mild compared with that one at Camp
McKinley last May a year ago, and the
event was jokingly remarked.
Election of officers was almost a formal
matter. Every one conceded Lieutenant
Dunbar the captaincy of the new company,
in fact in enrolling the members the boys
signed with that understanding. When his
name was submitted the vote was unan
imous and speedy. F. E. Edwards also
carried off the position of first lieuten
ant in the same hearty manner, as no
opposition was placed against him. For
the office of second lieutenant three can
didates were named, but Harry J. Hayes
won by a comfortable plurality. Dr. Jef
fords, an old member of the Guard, had
been detailed as examining officer, but
found his services largely perfunctory,
except in one Instance, and In this the
man who came through the trials of actual
service soon demonstrated his physical
capacity for service in the Guard.
After election. Captain Dunbar briefly
addressed the men, assuring them that
they were going in for highest honors.
Friday was fixed as the night for drill,
the first to take place next week. At that
time also uniforms and equipment will
likely bo Issued. There are a sufficient
number of uniforms on hand now tor th
company, but before they are finally dis
tributed they will be made to fit each
man. Equipment, of course, will all be
new, such as the Guard now possesses In
every detail. Within another week Com
pany B will be thoroughly organized,
equipped and ready for service. As to Its
drilling capacity, nothing needs be said.
When a man learns to drill as the Second
Oregon did, it does not slip from his mind
soon, and after the "rust" Is worn off
this company will be one of the best
drilled In the Guard service anywhere In
the country. Captain Dunbar has long
experience In military affairs, and Is a
fine drillmaster, so that even poor ma
terial under his guidance would soon be
come proficient. His two lieutenants are
men who have had much experience as
enlisted men, which Is one of the best
qualifications for an ofilcer.
Those mustered In last night were as
follows, with the company of the Second
Oregon to which they belonged: -
Guy Jennings. Company L; W. E. Car
ter, E; Jesse D. Bollam, E; C. P. Mer
cer, E; F. E. Edwards, L; George W.
Minnemyer, E; James Mead, E; Sumerel
Johns, E; T. R. Herring, I; James Ken
nedy, E; Harry J. Hayes, E; Edward O.
Delaphlaln. of the First Washington Vol
unteers; William F. Dougherty. L; Will
iam Allen. L; Charles C. Wamsley, E;
Robert W. Basey. E; W. W. Allen, G;
Thomas F. Canning, E: Adolph Werleln,
L; W. H. Wells, L; W. A. Platts, M;
A. H. Powell, E; G. H. Carr, L; A. B.
Galloway. L; Frank O. Collier, of the
First California Volunteers; A. J. Coun
tryman. E; Allen M. Brown. E; J. B.
Kibbard. E; Charles William Bennett. M;
Zeno Lucas, E: William Mackinstosh. E;
Joseph McConnell. E; Frederick R. Price.
M; Frank E. Wallace. B; V. L. Masten.
E; Charles W. Smith. L; Richard Deich,
A; Charles J. Rath. I; F. M. St. Clair,
E; Charles L. Newman. E; James Gustin.
E; Frederick Baldwin, L.
At the meeting to be held next Friday
evonlng the noncommissioned officers for
the company will be elected by the mem-
I bers. Captain Dunbar announced that he
would give the boys this privilege, which J
tbo' EIadl accepted, and Friday the po-
: slclans will be filled by ballot.
Great Entuunlasni at Sixth
"Ward Clnh.
Tho meeting of the Sixth Ward Repub
lican Club at Terwilliger's Hall last night
was the largest and most enthusiastic po
litical meeting that has been held in Port-
land for a long time. Everybody was
happy and jubilant, and the attendance
- ag immense. The hall's seating capacity
0f 500 waa s00n filled, and In a short time
there was no more standing room In. the
house and hundreds turned away, being
unable to gain admittance. The pro
gramme was varied and interesting, and
consisted of singing and music, as well as
speeches, grave and gay.
A short business session was held, which
was presided over by Dr. O. P. S. Plum
mer, who was also chairman of the pub
lic meeting. At this session, a committee
of four waa appointed from each precinct
to attend to the registration of qualified
Councilman J. C. Jameson, of the tenth
ward, made a brief speech, In which he
invited all sixth-ward Republicans to at
tend a public meeting of the Tenth Ward
Club, to be held March 14.
Then the music began. The Oregon
quartet sang several songs, which were
well received. J. M. Long, who was booked
for a speech, was detained at home by
sickness. Major J. P. Kennedy made a
ringing campaign address, in which he
gave a brief history of the Republican
party, from Its organization to the pres
ent day. He heartily Indorsed the policy
of expansion, and spoke of the other Is
sues of the day.
The next feature was the fine singing
of Judge Frank D. Hennessy, who de
lighted the audlenco with "Asleep In the
Deep" and"When McGonigle Winked His
Other Eye. Before the audience would
bo satisfied, ho was forced to sing his
old-time favorite, "Put Me Off at Buffalo."
Colonel S. C. Spencer followed In a short
but excellent speech. Ho spoke of the
great work of the Second Oregon Regi
ment In the Philippines, and warmly ad
vocated the doctrine of expansion. He
bitterly opposed the idea of giving up a
foot of conquered ground, that had been
made historic with the valor of American
soldiers. Colonel Spencer spoke of the
Puerto RIcan tariff bill, and favored ab
solute free trade between all territories
and colonies under the United States flag.
N. C. Alexander then sang "Rauss Mil
Ihm," with fine effect.
Captain Charles E. McDonell made an
Interesting speech, in which he related
some Philippine experiences and spoke In
favor of retaining the Islands. He said
he believed every Oregon soldier was in
favor of expansion. Captain McDonell's
speech was followed by several numbers
from the Oregon quartet, and then S. C.
Beach made a highly humorous speech,
which was greatly enjoyed. Mr. Thomp
son, of the club, sang "My Old Virginia
Home" In a splendid manner, and then
thero were more songs from the quartet.
The piano accompaniments wero played
by Ralph W. Hoyt.
We use only the choicest meats, game
and dairy products. The Portland Res
taurant, 305 Washington street, near Fifth.
Several for $3 50; two at ?4; and new
ones at $5 monthly.
107 First street.
"Good nature pays." Tou can be in good
humor and good health if you take Hood's
Special Attractions for Today
All late and nerw. New Kid Gloves. Corsets, Shirt "Waists, New Trim
mings, New lyaces. Embroideries. Jeweled and Beaded Veilings. New Col
lars and Cuffs and Shirt "Waist Sets.
Real French
Kid Gloves
76 doz. 2-clasp PIquo French Kid
Gloves, all sizes and latest tints, JL50
values. Special for today only
$1 pair
S7 dozen special lot of French Kid
Gloves. All standard shades. Ele
gant fitting Gloves, 51.25 value,
Today only 89c pair
Seven cases of now Shirt "Waists In
every shade and tint imaginable
latest of tho latest special for today
50c, 63c, 75c, 97c, $1,
$1.25, $1.43
Extraordinary . values. Children's
School Hose, extra value,
10c, 12cand 15c pair
mcallen & McDonnell
Exclusive Dry Goods Importers Cor. Third and Morrison Sta.
Sole agents for "Warner's Twentieth Century Rust-Proof Corsets.
Mail orders receive prompt attention.
PENDING $-10,000.
Large Meeting: of Interested Property
Owners ,to Dlscnss the Matter,
and 3Iajority Will Decide.
A meeting of property-owners of Central
Albina and Multnomah Addition took of public fund3 to those things that aro 1
place last night at the engine-house on j necessary for providing a good, common
Mississippi avenue for the purpose of j school education for all; fdr the admlnis
dlscussing the advisibllity of providing J tratlon of justice and the prevention and
a system of sewerage in that part of the 1 punishment of fraud and crime; for the
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city. Tho meeting was presided over oy ;
J. N. Turner, a resident of the district.
N. D. Beutgen, Councilman of the 11th
ward, explained the purpose of the meet
ing and then mentioned the district over
which tho proposed sewer would pass.
This district Is bounded on the south by
Fremont street, on the north by Alberta
street, on the east b7 Commercial street
and on the west by the river. After theso
remarks by Mr. Beutgen, the subject was
given over to general discussion by the
men attending the meeting.
During the intermission a chart showing
the distriot over which the sewer would
pass was circulated among the jnen for
At the close of the Intermission Engineer
Chase hung up a chart of the sewer and
proceeded to explain the whole system
that the sewer would be put in. He stated
that the sewer would extend over 4000 feet
of ground and would cost approximately
$40,000. The main sewer, he said, would
be laid from the river to Beach and
Michigan streets; then one branch would
continue .on Beach to Kerby. The other
branch would he laid from Michigan to
Shaver street, and thence on Shaver
street to Borthwick street. If the sewer
Is put In It is the intention to construct it
with a stone bottom so as to prevent
wearing out.
Mr. Chase was then questioned closely
about everything connected with the
system for the next hour.
T. A. Goffe and several others were op
posed to the Improvement on account of
the cost, but the prevailing sentiment
seemed to be in favor of it. M. E.
Thompson said that while he had no im
mediate need for it himself, yet he favored
It as a necessity of the community. The
district was getting crowded and In or
der to make It healthy and attractive
the Improvement was needed. Nothing
definite was decided upon, but a motion
was mado and carried to the effect that a
petition be circulated among the property
holders, tho majority of the property
holders to decide the question.
Suggestions hy An Alert
Lane County.
Citizen of
GOSHEN, Feb. 2C (To the Editor.)
Much Is being sold upon the subject of
assessment and taxation and the enor
mous amount of our state, county and
municipal expenses. The Oregoniar- has
said with truth that the realty of the
state could not In years be closed out at
Its assessed value. This is undoubtedly
true, were It all placed on the market In
one year, and the same, I Imagine, would
be true In any other state under Uko
Where Governor Geer, at a recent meet
ing of assessors and county judges, stated
that farms wero not assessed at more
than one-third of their cash value, viz.,
that farms assessed at $10 per acre were
held by their owners at $00 per acre, he no
doubt stated the fact as to the assessed
value or asking price of their owners, but
ho did not state that sales on such as
sumed values were only made to immi
grants and not to residents of the vicin
ity. I can cite him such Instances In my
own neighborhood, and I think he will
find them quite common, and I should
fear that loans made upon the basis that
ho speaks of. would result lni the state's
becoming a large owner of realty.
It Is the observation of the writer that
farms and residence property aro as
sessed fairly close up to their true and
selling value. Business property in the
cities and towns, stocks of merchandise,
bank stock and assets, railroads and other
corporato property are assessed all the
way from one-tenth to one-third as high
as other property. It is tha wealthy and
the educated who evade their just sharo
of the public burdens.
A writer from Salem In your paper has
Tecently said that If an assessor should
endeavor to value property according to
law at its true value he could not be re
elected. Such, perhaps, at the present
time would be the tendency, but when tne
matter was fully understood throughout
the community he would always be elect
ed. Put up two tickets and run them on
opposite sides of this question and see
where you would come out. Let the fact
(for fact I believe It) that the farmer, the
laborer, the mechanic, the clerk and all
whoso circumstances are moderate, pay
In proportion to their means from two to
three times as much towards the public
expenditures ns do the railroads, tho
banks, the light and water companies, the
merchants, the owners of business prop
erty, and then you would see a good,
wholesome sentiment created to do what
Is just and right In the matter.
With the honest and equal assessment
of all kinds of property, according tp
law, and confining expenditures to those
things that properly belong to them, the
cutting off of public expenditures for those
things that should be sustained solely by
private resources, the rate of taxation
need not exceed by one-half what it
now is.
Linn County Is certainly a well-managed
county, and see the amount levied this
year for county purposes less than two
mills. There is a class of hard-headed
farmers living there who will stand no
nonsense, and if an official does not cur
tall expenses to the lowest possible limit
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he understands that his public functions
will soon and permanently terminate.
There Is probably nothing more neces
sary to the welfare of the state than to
look well to the character (not public)
of those who will be sent to the next Leg- J
Islaturo. It behooves every county closely j
to scrutinize the reputation at home of 1
its candidates for legislative honors. Let !
them be men of mature years, who have
more at stake as taxpayers than as tax
eaters; men who in their everyday life
are known to have strict Integrity; men
who are not trying to engage In sharp
practices; men who have sense enough (
to know what Is equitable and right to 1
all men and dare to do It; men who will j
confine their votes for the disbursement 1
preservation of order and health and only
that judicious charity that should be ex
tended to helpless and unfortunate Indi
gents, and do away with everything else
that Is not essential to these ends; let no
special interest be a public burden; reg
ulate the charges allowed by law on all
things of public necessity, but do It equit
ably; see that all property Is taxed and
taxed equally, and, as Governor Geer hap
pily suggested, make the law so drastic
that those whose duty it Is to make the
assessments and Individuals who give In
their property will be afraid in any par
ticular to violate It; prohibit any county
or municipality to contract any indebt
edness of any kind; make county and mu
nicipal officers give bonds to obey this
law and make them criminally liable;
limit the amount of tax a county may levy
for current expenses say to 3 or 4 mills,
and provide for wiping out existing debts
where not secured by bonds In, say, five
years, and bonds to be paid when due;
conduct our public affairs as ono should
his private business "pay as you go."
The above propositions seem very nice
on paper, but It Is another thing to ac
complish the desired result. The question
then arises, Can this be done? Most em
phatically, yes! Should the different lo
cal papers agitate the matter, a sentiment
would be created that would carry It
through. If our Governor should Indorse
some such Ideas and urge them on the
attention of the community, it would do
much to make tho matter prominent. I
have watched with a good deal of Interest
the various utterances and doings of our
Governor. I do not know him personally,
but I admired his manliness when he re
fused to be a promiscuous candidate for
office, and I think he is making a good
and conscientious Governor. The Oregon
Ian can on these lines do more to awaken
public Interest than any other paper In
the state, and what Is suggested I con
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equitable and right. S.
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