Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 15, 1901, Page 8, Image 8

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Contest for Right of Way to
"Washing-ton fc Oregon, Portland &.
Pnset Sound and Columbia Valley
Fighting It Ont in the Court
"-feager to Build.
A triangular fight for possession of the
right of way of the Portland & Puget
Sound Railway, on the north side of
the Columbia River, between Vancouver
and Kalama, was begun In the Superior
Court of Clark County yesterday. A pe
tition for condemnation of the right of
way was filed by the "Washington &. Ore
gon Railroad Company, January 28. Ed
mund Rice, of Olympia, is president of
this company, and E. H. Guie, of Seattle,
represents it as counsel, and the concern
is supposed to be acting in the Interest
of the Northern Pacific Railway Com
pany. The Portland & Puget Sound
Company opposes the move of the Wash
ington & Oregon Company to condemn
and take its property. The Columbia Val
ley Railroad Company Intervenes, because
it claims rights superior to those of the
"Washington & Oregon Company In the
right of way sought to be taken by the
last-named corporation. The matter was
heard by Judge Miller, at Vancouver, yes
terday, and he took the question of prior
ity of claims under advisement for a few
days, calling -a jury for March 14 to fix
the value of the property. The same pro
ceedings will be taken before the same
Judge in Cowlitz County today, the cases
being the same In the two counties.
"Who Are in the Fight.
The Portland & Puget Sound Railroad
Company is a corporation that was or
ganized nearly 12 years ago, to build a
line between Portland and Puget Sound.
The Union Pacific and the Great Northern
were equal owners in the company. Sev
eral hundred thousand dollars were ex
pended In building a grade most of the
distance between Vancouver and Kelso,
and In work on a great bridge that was
to have spanned the Columbia at Van
couver. When the Union Pacific system
went to pieces in the hard times, its In
terest in the Portland & Puget Sound
Company was sold to the Northern Pa
cific, thus leaving the Great Northern
and the Northern Pacific equal owners
at present. It is said, however, that the
Great Northern, or James J. Hill, has a
larger or more influential Interest in the
property than the Northern Pacific has,
on account of having paid taxes on the
property, which the Portland & Puget
Sound Company had permitted to become
delinquent. O. C. McGilvery, of the law
firm of Burke, Shepard & McGilvery, the
legal representatives of the Great North
ern In Seattle, represents the Portland
& Puget Sound Company In the present
The Columbia Valley Railroad Company
was organized about two years ago to
build from a point opposite Wallula down
the north bank of thfe Columbia to II
waco, L. Gerllnger, of t"e Portland, Van
couver & Takima road, being at the
head of It. This company lias had sur
veying crews constantly in the field
since Its organization and has a line lo
cated from Wallula to Ilwaco. Presi
dent Gerllnger testified yesterday that
his. company bad expended $35,000 in this
These are the three companies that
are now struggling for the right of way
between Vancouver and Kalama, and it
Is said that the one that shall be suc
cessful will run trains over the route
this year.
Frocedings in Conrt.
When the matter came on for hearing
at Vancouver yesterday morning the
Portland & Puget Sound Company moved
for dismissal for lack of jurisdiction,
which was overruled. Permission to trans
fer to the United States Court was asked,
and that was denied. Then a demurrer
was filed touching the jurisdiction of the
court, the competency of the petitioner
and the sufficiency of the notice and pe
tition. This was duly argued and prompt
ly overruled. The chief point discussed
was as to the power of one railroad
corporation to take the right of way of
another railroad, and the question as to
whether the Portland & Puget Sound was
a live corporation with rights that would
enable it to protect Its right of way that
had never been used and had lain un
touched for 10 years, was considered by
the lawyers, though it was not in the
record. The court concluded that the no
tice and petition followed the statute
and was not demurrable.
The Portland & Puget Sound people
filed and served their formal answer,
and then the Columbia Valley Railroad
Company, through G. W. Stapleton, asked
for permission to Intervene, on the
ground that it was organized for the
same purpose as the Washington & Ore
gon Company and had a prior right to
take the right of way in question, by
reason of the fact that it had completed
its survey for the entire line, had filed
its definite maps, which had been duly
approved; that it had bought land for
right of way, had obtained authority to
cross Government land on its route, and
had opened negotiations for rights of
way across Indian lands. These acts,
it was contended, showed the good faith
of the company and gave it an interest
which should be considered in the pres
ent proceeding, and this could only be
done by means of the intervention or
cross-complaint. The Washington & Ore
gon Company opposed the intervention on
the ground that the intervenor was too
late In trying to establish its claim to
the right of way. Judge Miller admitted
the intervention and court adjourned till
"Which Has Prior Right T
Four hours of the afternoon were con
sumed in taking testimony to show the
right of the respective parties to con
demn. President Rice, Chief Engineer
O'Neill and County Surveyor Webster tes
tified for the Washington & Oregon Com
pany. The two railroad officials told or
the survey that had been made between
Vancouver and Kalama and of the in
tention to go forward with the construc
tion of a railroad on the route. This line
followed exactly the old grade of the
Portland & Puget Sound road. County
Surveyor Webster testified that the old
grade had apparently been abandoned by
the Portland & Puget Sound Company
before the Washington & Oregon Com
pany surveyed the line. President Ger
llnger, of the Columbia Valley Company,
testified that he had had surveyors In
the fioid on his line ever since the com
pany was organized, with the exception
of 16 days, and that progress was made
as fast as circumstances would permit.
A part of the Columbia Valley survey,
he said, was on the Portland & Puget
Sound grade, which steps had been taken
to obtain. As evidence that the Colum
bia Valley was not simply occupying the
ground for the purpose of keeping others
away, he cited the fact that where Its
purvey would come In conflict with that
of the Washington & Oregon, the Co
lumbia Valley surveyors had located the
line to one side. He said the company
had spent $35,000 in locating Its line and
buying state lands for right of way; that
it had filed with the proper officers maps
of definite location, and they had been
approved; that authority had been ob
tained to cross Government land, and
negotiations were In progress with the
Department of the Interior for right of
way across certain Indian lands. Chief
Engineer Watson also testified regarding
the work and plans of the Columbia Val
ley road.
The purpose of the testimony was (o
show which of the two companies seek
ing to get the old Portland & Puget
Sound -right of way should be entitled
to preference. The Columbia Valley" con
tention was that, though it had not be
gun the condemnation proceedings, It
really had a better right In the field
than the Washington & Oregon, because
it had proceeded further with Its work;
that while the Washington & Oregon had
only a partial survey on which to base
its claim, the Columbia Valley had com
pleted its survey and gone much further
in perfecting Its arrangements for build
ing; In fact, had gone so far that this
stretch between Vancouver and Kalama
was about the only unsecured portion of
the route, and that had been allowed
to rest because' another railroad com
pany was the owner of It. Judge Miller
took under advisement the question as to
which company had prior right to the
disputed grade. A jury was called for
March 14, to fix the value of the right of
way, for whichever company the Judge
shall decide to be entitled to take It.
Line Suggested by a Citlren of Glen
coe, "Washington County.
GLENCOE, Or., Feb. 12. (To the edi
tor.) I have noticed of late quite a lit
tle correspondence from people living
along the proposed railroad to Nehalem
I cannot see any reason why a road over
the Cornelius Pass from Ltnnton, and on
through the German settlement to Phil
lips and Glencoe and Mountain Dale;
thence following east to Dairy Creek to
the head of Pebble Creek; thence down
the Pebble Creek to the Nehalem; thence
down the Nehalem to Vernonla, and down
to the "Lower Nehalem Valley, and around
by the coast to Garibaldi and Tillamook.
This Is the most direct and most prac
tical of any of the proposed routes, as It
passes through a scope of country un
surpassed In dairy farming and grain
raising. This route not only passes into
the timber and coal regions of Wash
ington and Clatsop Counties, but it passes
through the best part of the farming land
of the state.
This section of Washington County
around Glencoe is so far from the South
ern Pacific at Hlllsboro and Cornelius that
the farmers and merchants are compelled
to freight direct to Portland. By coming
down along the Willamette to Linnton It
would give saw mills and factories a
chance, as well as making a dumping
ground for coal and lumber.
The advantages of this road are three
fold, over the other proposed roads to
Nehalem. First because it is the most
direct; second, because it does not inter
sect any other road or proposed road;
third, because It takes Its course over the
natural passes of the Coast Range.
O. R. & N. Carries Them Free to In
spect Pullman Institution.
When the course of Farmers' Institutes
was in progress in the Palouse country
last Winter, Industrial Agent Judson, of
the O. R. & N. Co., offered to give the
farmers a free excursion to Pullman, in
order that they might Inspect their agri
cultural college, and get In touch with
Its work, and perhaps get some new Ideas
to be put In practice by themselves on
their own farms. The first of these free
excursions started Tuesday morning,
when 5S farmers were taken from Walla
Walla, Dayton, Waitsburg, Prescott and
Tekoa to Pullman. They made a thor
ough Inspection of the college and re
turned home the next day. Yesterday 50
more farmers from Rockford, Garfield,
Farmlngton, Latah and other points took
advantage of the opportunity, and they
will be returned home today.
Number Handled in Portland "Was
1172 Gre-ter Than a Year Ago.
The siumber of loaded railway cars han
dled In Portland last month Is 11,710, or
1172 more than In January, 1900. The
number handled here in the past three
months, compared with, the record for
the same months a year previously, is
as follows:
1899-00. 1900-01. Gain.
November 13,303 13,804 501
December 10,283 13,909 3,626
January 10,538 11,710 1,172
The number of pieces of baggage han
dled at the Union passenger station in
the month of January is 24,064, as com
pared with 21,606 for January of last
year, a gain of 245S pieces.
These figures do not include trolley-line
business, nor do they take into account
traffic handled by water craft.
Railroad Yarn From Tncoma.
TACOMA, Feb. 14. It is stated positively
that President Mohler, of the O. R. & N.
Co., acting for. the Union Pacific, has
bought the Northern Pacific interest In
the old graded right of way between
Portland and Tacoma, which was owned
Jointly with the Great Northern. The
sale was made originally to L. Gerllnger,
of the Portland, Vancouver & Yakima line
and by Gerllnger was -transferred to
(It is stated positively by President
Mohler, who may be presumed to have
some knowledge of the matter, that there
is no truth In the Tacoma dispatch.)
Southern and Santa Fe Harmonious.
NEW YORK, Feb. 14. The Mail and
Express says:
"Since the arrival of President Hays,
of the Southern Pacific, and President
Ripley, of the Atchison, in this city, im
portant conferences have been held which
are resulting in the establishment of a
satisfactory traffic agreement between the
two companies. This has reference both
to the maintenance of rates and to the
division of territory, with a view to pre
venting all chances of friction between
the two companies."
Change of Great Northern Officials.
ST. PAUL. Minn., Feb. 14. The ap
pointment of C. E. Stone to be assistant
general passenger agent of the Great
Northern to succeed T. B. Lynch, re
signed. Is announced. Mr. Stone Is at
present assistant general passenger agent
of the Northern Pacific, having gone with
that road when the St. Paul & Duluth
was absorbed by it. He was general pas
senger agent of the St. Paul & Duluth
for a number of years. The appointment
was made by Vice-President Miller.
Pacific Traffic Agreement.
NEW YORK. Feb. 14. The statement
was made in Wall Street today, but con
fidentially confirmed, taht a pacific agree
ment has been entered Into by the Atchi
son, Topeka & Santa Fe and Southern
Pacific companies providing for the es
tablishment and maintenance of rates,
and an equal division of freight and pas
senger traffic. The agreement. It Is de
clared, becomes operative at once.
Burlington Carries Many Tourists.
The Burlington road yesterday brought
Into Montana 19 cars containing 767 pass
engers bound for Washington and Ore
gon points. These come from various
points in Burlington territory, as far
Bast as Chicago.
Railroad Notes.
The O. R. & N. has consolidated its of
fice in San Francisco with that of the
Union Pacific
General Passenger Agent Craig, of the
O. R. & N., is expected to arrive from
St. Paul and assume the duties of his
office about next Monday.
A gang Cjf surveyors is at work south
of Harrington, Wash., on the line- of the
Great Northern. The purpose of the sur
vey Is to eliminate curves between Har-
Irington and Mohler.
Few Lumps Formed, but There Is
Plenty of "Water-Near Them Ea
gle CHS Requires Attention.
No comment was made at the meeting
of the Port of -Portland Commission yes
terday on the changes which the Legisla
ture proposes to make In the personnel of
Its members. President Wilcox and Com
missioner Hughes pleasantly discussed the
Senatorial situation at Salem while a quo
rum was coming in, and then the little
business on the table was hurriedly dis
posed of. The session was over in 15 min
utes. Soundings recently made by the Com
mission as far as Knapp's, 18 miles below
Portland, showed" that the big freshet In
January caused little trouble. Indeed, the
"Willamette was benefited, as the mouth
of the river was scoured out. Lumps
formed In three or four places, but there
is good water alongside of them, and nav-
day, the 20ih instant. Rev. Dr. E. P.
Hill and Rev. Dr. Stephen S. Wise will
give the principal addresses, and there
will be informal talks from several
others. The league will be formally or
ganized, and officers elected. Work will
then begin on collating the evidence
which workers have collected, regarding
any gambling which has been going on
since the order was given to close, and
as to the suppression 'of lotteries and
regulation of the social evil. Data so
collected will be turned over to the police,
so that the District Attorney can co
operate with the league in tarting prose
cution against offenders.
Horr Homer Davenport Made His
First Failure as an Artist.
Homer Davenport began his career as
an artist on The Oregonian nearly 12
years ago. He now looks back with much
amusement on his experiences of those
days, and the story he tells of his first
engagement is probably- even more amus
ing to others than to himself. He was
well known in, the Sllverton section as a
boy who could draw uncommonly fine pic
tures, and his friends expected him to
make his mark in the world, so when he
got word to come to Portland and go to
If the bill now before the Oregon Legislature relative to the County Judge gets
through without changes, County Judge Cake will have greater powers than any
of his predecessors ever had. Under the ptoposed legislation he will be empow
ered to select the Road Supervisors, after removing those now in office. He will
also be empowered to increase the number of road districts, and thus make more
also be empowered to increase the Judges and Clerks of Elections will be in his
hands, as he will have the authority to appoint two persons, to serve with him
- self, as a Board of Election Commission. This commission will also make the of
ficial canvass of votes. Judge Cake will appoint the Public Administrator and
the Board of County Commissioners will meet only at his call. These are the
powers the Multnomah delegation are endeavoring to confer upon Judge Cake,
which have so far come to light.
igation has suffered no Interference. Just
below the Portland Flouring Mills the
channel has slightly narrowed. There Is
a short stretch at Eagle Cliff where the)
depth has fallen to 21 feet at low water.
This will require attention, as shipping
cannot profit by the tides here, having to
calculate on taking advantage of them at
Tongue Point.
The report of work done by the Com
mission in January follows:
"During January the dredge was em
ployed 466.2S hours, actual digging time.
The cost of fuel was $676 17, or about $1 45
per hour, burning cordwood and slab
wood. When sawdust was burned the fuel
cost was 62 cents an hour. The work of
the dredge in January was:
Cubic yards removed
Hunter's Point 34,905
Slaughter's 150,421
Total 235,326
Dredging expenses-Pay-roll
51,440 09
Fuel 676 17
Food 306 49
Betterments 33 45
Repairs 65 97
Maintenance 248 21
Sundries 6138
Total J2.83176
"The cost per cubic yard was about 1 1-R
"The dredge completed work at Hunt
er's on January 9, having made one long
cut of 160 feet in width, 25 feet deep, and
also another cut at the lower end, which
gives a 400-foot channel there and im
proves the turn at that point. The dredge
then moved to Slaughter's, where she is
working on a channel some 4000. feet in
length, the greater portion of which is
completed. At the upper end of this cut
the work was Impeded with numerous
sticks and several sunken snags. At the
lower end, the material dredged has
changed from sand to clay and stone,
which makes progress slow, and is quite
severe on the machinery. During the
greater part of the month the weather
was bad, and the high freshet carried
down Immense quantities of drift, which
necessitated considerable shutting-down
of the work.
"Owing to the lack of sawdust we have
been burning cordwood and slabwood. The
latter has been so green that the steam
has been maintained with difficulty, and
it is doubtful whether there is much saved
in the 90-cent slabwood. However, ar
rangements have been made for a suffi
cient supply of sawdust, and, although we
shall pay $1 a load. It Is expected that the
fuel bill will be less, and more satisfac
tory results will be obtained. A load of
sawdust Is calculated to be about 200 cubic
feet. The price formerly paid was 30 cents
per 100 cubic feet.
"On February 3, the cast-iron bushing
for cutter head wore completely through,
and it became necessary to lay up the
dredge for repairs. She is now alongside
the wharf at Slaughter's, with only a
small crew aboard making necessary re
pairs, and it is hoped that the iron works
will have their work completed and the
dredge again in operation by . Febru
ary IS."
Constitntlon and By-Laws of Lavr
Enforcement League.
Another step forward in the crusade
against gambling and,.kindred evils, was
taken at a committee meeting of the
Law-Enforcement League, held this
week, when by-laws and a constitution
were adopted. It was decided that in
addition to the president and vice-president
of the league, an executive council
of 15 wlllbe elected to take such steps
as are necessary to assist public officials
in enforcing the law. .
A public meeting of the league, -for
which a number of special Invitations
will be sent to reform-workers, will be
I .held at the Y. M. C, A. Hall, on Wednes-
work for The Oregonian, everybody in
Sllverton rejoiced. They got up quite a
celebration, and gave the boy a good
"When I showed up for work," says
Davenport. "I expected to draw horses
and dogs and pheasants, but I was turned
over to an advertising solicitor and told to
go with him. He took me away up the
street to sketch a stove. I must have ex
pressed my disapproval," for I remember
that the solicitor told me I ought- to turn
my talents In a more practical line; that
birds and animals -were all right, but
there was nothing in it for me to draw
them; that sto.ves and such things would
make me rich and famous.
"Now, when it comes to drawing ob
jects accurately, to making mechanical
drawings, I'm ijot in It for a minute. If
my bread and butter depended on my
making an accurate drawing of that
chair I'd throw up the sponge and quit
right now; I can't do it, that's all. Well,
that stove had to be reproduced with so
much fidelity that a little peculiarity In
Its damper, which constituted Its only
merit, would show in the picture. They
brought the stove out into the street
where It was light and where travel was
obstructed for an hour or two while I
was working on It. I found it very dif
ficult. I couldn't get the four feet of the
stove to touch the floor at the same time.
The thing appeared to be dancing a High
land fling. I brought the sketch to the
office and worked It up and gave It to
the solicitor to show his customer. The
man looked at it critically a moment and
then said:
" 'If you'll print that in The Oregonian
with the name of the stove and the state
ment that I am selling that kind, my for
tune will be made. I'll sue the paper for
$50,000 damages, and get every cent of it."
"After that effort I went back to Sll
verton for a rest. There was no pro
cession to welcome me, .but I noticed that
the town was yet gay with the decora
tions that had been erected in honor of
my departure."
Homer Davenport came back to The
Oregonian, and for nearly two years his
work graced the columns of the paper.
Death of an Old Soldier.
James Paul, a veteran of the Civil War
and a pensioner, died at his home, 403
East Twelfth street, near Grant, Wednes
day, after a brief illness of the grip. He
was 61 years and 9 months old. He first
enlisted in Company E, Second Kansas
Volunteers, May 14, 1861, He re-enlisted
in Company F, Eleventh Regiment, Kan
sas Cavalry, February 12, 1863, and served
till August 1, 1865. He has resided in Port
land for four years. A wife and seven
children survive him, the oldest being a
son 20 years old. The funeral will take
place today, under the auspices of George
Wright Post, G. A. R.
i i
The climate of Utah and Colorado Is
temperate the year round, and clear skies
and sunlit days are as proverbial In Win
ter as in Summer. The mean annual tem
perature in Salt Lake City or Denver is
about 55 degrees, and the average annual
precipitation- 14.77 Inches. With such In
consequential precipitation there can be
little or no trouble from snow in the dis
tricts traversed by the Rio Grande West
ern Railway, and its immediate connec
tions the Colorado Midland or Denver &
Rio Grande Railroads.
' In fact Winter adds but new grandeur
and charm to the travel scenes, and In
fuses an element of variety and beauty
to the unsurpassed wonders of nature
along the Great Salt Lake Route. Tickets
to. all-points East may be obtained at 253
Washington street.
If Baby Is Cutting Teeth,
B .sure and use that old and well-tried remedy,
Mrs. Wlnslow's Soothing Syrup, for children
.teething. It soothes the child, softens the-gums,
allays all pain, cure wind colic and diarrhoea.
The best that can be said about a medi
cine Is said about Hood's Sarsaparllla. It
It "Will Be of Great Benefit to Orego
nlans Living on or Near Star
Mail Routes.
The Postofflce Department Is preparing
new mail contracts on star routes, so as
to include a provision whereby persons
living along such routes may have their
mail deposited in boxes to be erected by
them. Postmaster Gore Summers, of
Prinevllle, Or., has sent The Oregonian
a copy of a circular recently received by
him n this subject. Here it is:
"A general advertisement inviting pro
posals for carrying the mall on all star
and steamboat mall routes In your state,
for a term of four years, beginning July 1,
1902, will-be issued September next. It
is the intention of the department to in
corporate In all contracts entered Into for
service under this advertisement a pro
vision whereby persons living along the
line of the route may, If they so desire,
have their mail deposited into boxes to
be erected by them for that purpose, ex
cept on routes where the requirement' of
such box-delivery service would be Im
practicable, of which due report should
be made, giving explicitly the reasons
why such service is considered imprac
ticable. "The general provisions of such box
delivery service will be as follows:
"Any person living on or near the route
who desires his mall deposited in a box
by the carrier on said route may provide
and erect a suitable box on the roadside,
located In such manner as to be reached
as conveniently as practicable by the car
rier, and such person shall file with the
Postmaster at the postofflce to which his
mall Is addressed (which shall be one of
the two postoffices on the route on either
side of and next to the box) a request
In writing for the delivery of his mail to
the carrier on the route for deposit into
said mailbox, at the risk of the addressee.
"It shall be the duty of the Postmaster
at every postofflce, upon a written order
from any person living on or near the
star route, to deliver to the proper mail
carrier for that route any mail matter,
except registered mall, with instructions
as to the proper mailbox into which said
mail matter shall be deposited; but no
mail matter so delivered to a carrier for
deposit shall be carried past another post
office on the route before being deposited
In a mailbox.
"The Postmaster at each Intermediate
postofflce, upon receiving from the way
pouch on any trip the packages of mail
addressed to his office, will immediately
sort out (before the carrier proceeds on
his trip) the mail Intended to be deposited
Into boxes along the Una between his office
and the next office at which the carrier
will arrive, and shall deliver the same
to the carrier to be deposited Into such
boxes on the same trip.
"The carrier will be required to receive
from any Postmaster on the route any
mail matter that may be entrusted to
him, outside of the usual mallbag, and
shall carry such mall matter to and de
posit it into the proper boxes placed on
the line of the route for this purpose;
such service by the carrier to be without
charge to the addressees.
"Themailcarriers must be of good moral
character, able to read and write the
English language, and be of sufficient In
telligence to properly handle and deposit
the mail for boxes along the routes.
"The law provides that every carrier
of the mall shall receive any mall matter
presented' to him, if properly prepaid by
stamps, and deliver the same for mailing
at the next postofflce at which he arrives,
but that no fee shall be allowed him
"The contract price covers all the serv
ice required of the carrier that Is indi
cated herein.
"In order that the department may act
intelligently in preparing this advertise
ment, you are requested to answer as
specifically as possible the following in
quiries relative to existing route:
No from to
"First How many people reside along
the line of the route who would probably
be served by It?
"Second How many boxes do you esti
mate would be erected along the line 'of
the route in event the box-delivery serv
ice were required by the contract?
"Third How much time should be al
lowed the carrier in which to make the
trip over the route each way, if the box
delivery service were required?
"You are also requested to submit such
other recommendations for the lmprove
ment of the supply of the offices now pro-
Will Be Closed Sunday
on OUR
In fact everything that cuts at cut prlcts, at
Laue-Davis Drug Co., 3d and Yamhill
vlded for by this route as" you may desire
to make. Any such recommendation for
a change from the present service should
set forth fully and explicitly the change
desired and the reasons therefor.
"It is particularly desired to know
whether the frequency of trips on the ex
isting route could be reduced, and whether
the route could be. In whole or in part,
dispensed with without detriment to the
service: and also whether the existing
schedule is the best, from a postal stand
point, that can be arranged. If a change
from existing days or hours of arrivals
and departures is desirable, you will sub
mit such schedule as will best serve the
public interest. If. in your opinion, the
present service is inadequate for the needs
of the offices supplied by the route, state
what additional facilltls are needed; and
if a change in the present mode of supply
of any office is desirable, state fully by
what means such office should In future
be suDolled.
"It la very important that you give this
matter your Immediate and careful con
sideration, and submit only such recom
mendations as represent your Judgment
of the necessities of the service.
"A failure to comply with these Instruc
tions will be considered a serious derelic
tion of duty on your part and will be
treated accordingly
"Second Assistant Postmaster-General."
Unusual Activity Among the Farmers
in Spring "Work.
GRESHAM, Feb. 14. During the past
few weeks of bright weather there has
been an unusual acreage turned under
for this season of the year. Farmers
have been Industrious and nearly every
orchard and berry field has been put In
excellent shape for Its expected crop.
Several hundred acres of new land will
be cultivated this year, and the extent
of new farming land Is steadily growing,
the most of which will be put Into po
tatoes the first year. More clover Is be
ing sowed this Spring than before, which
has been made necessary by the Increase
of cows, whose numbers have been dou
bled during the past two seasons.
They require more feed and the ensilage
system has solved the problem of how
to preserve it fresh. At least a dozen
new silos will be put up In time for the
clover and green corn crops, which
means more milk and more butter and
cheese. The factory at Falrview will be
gin Its milk route east of the Sandv
March 1, taking milk from about 30 new
patrons who have Just begun to be In
terested In selling milk, while the Gresh
am factory has arranged to be supplied
with from 100 more cows. It will b
necessary to enlarge the latter factory,
which will be done next month.
Grist Mill Improbable.
From one of the committee appointed
to raise the bonus of $2500 for a grist
mill at Falrview, It is learned that the
plan will probably fall through for lack
of enthusiasm among those who should
be the most Interested. It has been fig
ured out by some of them that a 30
horsepower mill, with a capacity of 75
barrels per day, will not cost $10,000, and
they are of the opinion that the required
bonus is too large. One man offered to
contribute $1000 if the money were paid
back in time, and others are Inclined to
be of the opinion that the mill com
pany should take all the risk. This the
company refuses to do, as it has offers
at several other points and 'Will prob
ably accept one of them. It Is almost
settled that Falrview will not get the
Buildings Going Up.
Smith's new addition to Gresham has
been platted and is being sold in acre
lots. Several have been bought and
three new houses are going up, with
more in contemplation. C. E. Hart and
George Sunday are building residences to
cost about $500 each, while Mrs. J. F.
Clarke will have one much finer. Other
improvements aro going on, among
which is a windmill tower being built
by F. Metzgar. which is 100 feet high
and overlooks everything else In Gresham.
The place is rapidly forging ahead and
gives evidence of being the most pros
perous town anywhere in this section.
Brief Notes.
Lumber for the Methodist parsonage at
Rockwood has been all delivered and tha
work of putting up the building will be
gin in a few days.
John Swift, a young man working In a
logging camp near the Sandy, was struck
by a falling limb and severely Injured on
Monday. He suffered a broken right arm
and a bad cut on the head, but Is pro
gressing favoi.bly.
"Work of improving the Section Una
road with crushed rock has been finished
and the crusher will be moved over to
the Base Line road In a few days. Tho
latter road has been scraped down in
readiness for the new surface dressing.
School elections and tax levies are tha
principal themes among the people hero
just now, and notices are being put up
for school meetings next month in all
the districts. Most of the schools are
run for nine months each year, and great
Interest is taken In their welfare.
Colonel Robert Pollock, of 233 Twelfth
street, has so far recovered from his re
cent illness that he was able to go to his
farm near Cornelius this week.
NEW YORK, Feb. 14. Northwestern,
people, registered at New York hotels to
day as follows:
From Portland S. Rosenfeld, at tho
From Spokane F. 3. Merrill, at tha
From Seattle J. E. Garsk and wife, at
the Hoffman; J. Redelshamer, at tho Her
ald Square; G. B. McCulloch and wife,
at the Victoria.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 14. General
Charles F. Beebe expects to leave foe
Portland tonight.
Russellville Lyceum.
The Russellville Lyceum has resumed
meetings in the Blue hall on the Basa
Line road. At the last meeting a literary
programme was rendered, after which
there was a spelling contest. The inter
esting feature of the lyceum is the paper
read at the meetings called "The Strych
nine." It Is edited by Miss "Wyoma
Lang and is made red hot The "fighting
editor" usually has his hands full for
several days after each meeting, owing
to personal references made In "Tha
Strychnine." He has nothing to do but
scrap. J. C. Gill was elected doorkeeper
and bouncer. He has to stand at the door
and prevent all from entering who can
not give assurances they will behave
themselves. Those who do not keep or
der he throws through the door and
tumbles down the stairway without any
ceremony. Order Is what Is wanted and
what the members will have.
Ordination at Baptist Church.
The ordination service of J. Howard
Everett will take place tonight at 7:30,
at the Second Baptist Church. Rev. Ray
Palmer will preach the ordination serv
ice, and the Rev. E. M. Bliss will de
liver the charge to the candidate. Tho
Rev. Lapham will give the ordination
prayer, and J. Howard Everett will pro
nounce the benediction. A cordial Invi
tation is extended to the general public.
From the beginning the Col
umbia has been the best known,
the widest Known, and the
most largely used of any. single
product of the American cycle
That the Chainies: Bicycle has
come to stay is an assured fact
to those who have had an op
portunity to study the mechan
ism and test its ease of opera
tion. The Columbia Chainless
is the pioneer, and the Colum
bia factory in which they are
built, is the most complete
plant for chainless construc
tion in the world.
It is written once a Hartford
rider always a Hartford, rider
unless you become a Col
umbia rider. Our 1901 Hart
ford Bicycles surpass anyof
our previous efforts. They
are without the shadow of a
doubt the most desirable bicy
cle ever offered for $35.
WE WANT good, live agent
in every city and town in
Oregon and Washington.
If Columbia! or Spaldings
are not properly represented
in your town, write us.
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Wheels sold on easy pay
ments. Second-hand bicycles
taken in trade for new ones.
Sundries at wholesale or re
tail. Wait for our sundry
catalogue, and we will make
you money.
American Bicycle Co.
Portland Branch
Columbia Sales Dept
132-134 Sixth Street
In designing our 1901 Spaldings
we were guided first, by our
intention to perpetuate every
distinctive Spalding feature,
every characteristic point of
excellence which in the past
had made bicycles bearing the
Spalding nameplate the mount
of a great many discriminating
We have paid the closest at
tention to every suggestion for
improvement made by our me
chanical engineers and test
We are well satisfied with the
results and do not think the
most fastidious rider can de
tect anything that is unpleas-Ing.
Our Vedette bicycles are built
of seamless tubing, are highly
finished, and stand out prom
inently as. the finest bicycle
ever offered at $25.