Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 10, 1903, Page 14, Image 14

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Eastern Capital to Build
in Portland.
Competition in Local Live
stock Market.
frlrat Step FoIlon-InK Examination
lr Tennoitt Jinn in December
, Prepared to Expand nn Pro
duction Increase
The first public step toward -Increasing
tlie packing-house business of Portland
was taken yesterday, when articles Incor
porating the Columbia Packing Company,
with a capital of JTSO.OflO. vrere filed with
the County Clerk. The objects announced
fire to engage in the slaughter of cattle,
cheep and hogs, and to manufacture
canned meats, oleomargarine, Jard, tallow
end fertilizers. Portland Is named as
the headquarters of the corporation. Tho
Incorporators are Edward B. Wilson, Da
vid S. Kamcrcr and'Channlng M. "Ward.
These men are not known locally. Mr.
"Ward Is assistant superintendent of the
"Wyoming division of the Union Pacific;
Sir. Kamerer Is believed to be a wealthy
etockroan of Wyoming, and Mr. Wilson an
Eastern packer. The design i to take
advantage of the favorable conditions at
Portland for building up a large meat
packing business, the export trade being
particularly In mind.
In the latter part of December C F.
Gauthlcr. who Is extensively engaged In
meatpacking at Bristol, Tenn.. and other
points along Mason and Dixon's line, came
to Portland with letters from Assistant
Superintendent Ward, opening to him sev
eral channels of information relating to
the conditions touching the meatpacking
Industry here. Mr. Ward's attention was
drawn to this field by .a number of articles
that appeared In The'Oregonlan last Fall,
presenting certain aspects of the livestock
and packing business of the Pacific North
west, air. Gauthler. who is a, personal
friend, and is believed to have business
connections with Mr. Ward, came out as
a practical packing-house man to examine
the situation. He spent 10 days or so In
the Northwest, going out Into the country
and investigating the sources of supply,
as well as looking Into the facilities for
reaching desirable markets and the extent
of the home consumption. He was very
favorably impressed and when lye went
away he had practically come to the con
clusion that the capital represented In his
Xastern packing-houses would establish
a plant In Portland. The Incorporation
of the Columbia Packing Company yester
day Is a step toward carrying that deter
mination into effect
These people have been In communica
tion with other cities that want such in
dustries, and from some of those localities
had received offers of free building sites,
exemption from taxation for a term of
years, and other Inducements. They
were told that Portland could do nothing
of this kind, but would welcome them to
all the advantages of this location for
their business. So, after thorough ex
amination of all the factors that enter
Into the matter, it has been decided to
come to Portland.
The new plant will bring competition
Into the Portland livestock market and
greatly Increase production in this field
fcy increasing the profit of the business.
An active packing dematKl will keep prices
up to the Eastern figures and encourage
the raising of cattle and hogs. It is un
derstood that the projected packing-house
will depend on the Pacific Northwest for
Its supply of animals, and that It will be
prepared to expand with the increasing
production of the country.
Destroys 812,000 1Vortli of Machinery
In a Fcvr Mlnnte.
A Are broke out in one corner of tho
tenglne room at the Portland "Flouring
Willis at 4:30 o'clock yesterday morning.
It was, fortunately, got under control
ta a short time by Night Engineer Peter
con and the night watchmin.
Prompt notice of the fire was given by
the whistling of the switch engine in thej
Aimna yards. An alarm was sent In from
box 3, and was promptly responded to by
the Are department, but the Ore was well
under control before their arrival. Just
liow the fire was started Is not known, as
tho mill was not in operation at the time,
tut, quickly as it was put out. It dam
aged the electric power plant to the
amount of probably $12,000 or jujoo.
Thero was a high wind blowing at the
time from the south, but as- the engine
room is fortunately in a shed or leanto
at the north end of the mill, the fire did
not communicate to the main building,
and a disastrous conflagration tfiis
It was very fortunate that the mill
was not In operation at the time and'
xnci no eiecmc current was entering it.
or the engineer and night watchman
might not have been able to get the fire
tinder control so speedily. Hid the fire
once attacked the main building it would
have been practically Impossible to have
prevented the whole establishment being
burned down.
Detectives Therefore Arrest Four
Men for Theft.
Four crooks were brought in yesterday
by Detectives Kerrigan and Snow. Sev
eral of the O. R., & N. cars were broken
into a few daje ago, and the four men
captured yesterday are thought to have
been Implicated In the crime. A large
amount of expensive silk was taken, and
these men have been trying the past few
days to sell silk in the city. They re
fuse to say where any of their goods are
cached, but the detectives say that they
are sure they have the right men. They
tried to make a large sale to one firm at a
reduced .rate, and this led to their arrest.
The members of the firm Informed the de
tectives and It was planned to catch the
thieves with the goods at the time they
'were delivered. The crooks, however got
wind that there was something doing,
and at the appointed time did not show-up
to close ' their bargain. Meanwhile the
detectives cot word that their men were
going to leave the city, and placed the'm
under arrest.
When questioned as to the sale they
were trying to make tho prisoners only
laughed It off as a Joke, and declared they
were only playing a Joke on the firm to
see how quick they would Jump at the
chance to buy cheap silk. Every effort
thus far to locate the stolen goods has
failed. The men arrested were Howard
Splcer. John E. Supplee. Claude Mills and
Charles Richards. .
Employers Will Probably Grant In
crease of WnRea.
The union painters seem to be on tho
point of getting the higher wages for
which they asked on January 1. The mas
ter painters at first refused to consider
the question, but it is understood that
they have thought better of the request,
and will probibly grant the scale as
asked with little opposition. The new
scale calls for a minimum of $3.50 a day,
a raise of SO cents over the lowest wages
now received. The scale was to go Into
effect April L .
The Master Painters' Assoditlon will
hold a meeting tomorrow evening and
the matter will In all probability be set
tled at this conference. In the .mean
time neither side will discuss the ques
tion except to state that in no case will
there be a strike. A few members of
both parties aver that their side will not
give in, but the majority agree that no
serious conflict will occur between the
union and the employers.
Reports differ as to whether or not a
refusal to grant the new scale was sent
to the Painters' Union by the Master
Builders' Association. Tho contnetors
ay that such a communication was sent
to the officers of the union eoon after the
wage scale was submitted to the associa
tion, but the union men aver that noth
ing hs occurred to show that the mas
ter painters were not willing to grant
the wages asked. It Is evident, however,
that it was the first determination of the
association not to allow the wages asked,
but that on reconsideration the element In
the orginlzatlon which wishes peace at
all cost thought that the question should
be more seriously considered.
A meeting was held Saturday evening
between a committee from the associa
tion and another composed of the leading
men of the Painters' Union thit Indicates
hirmony between contractor and work
man. It Is the rule of the union that no
member shall do contracting of any kind,
and as one of the painters has recently
violated this ruling, the regular contrac
tors wished to know if the union Intended
to abide by Its by-laws. The meeting
hid as Its object the settlement of this
small grievance, and the union men as
sured the committee of contractors that
the painter In question would not be al
lowed to do any contracting In the future.
The wage question was not brought up
and the meeting was conducted in per
fect hirmony.
"The majority of the contractors have
always been with us," declared one of the
officers of the Painters' Union yesterday.
"A few of the big men may be against
us. but we will get the scale of higher
wage3 all right enough."
Some members of the other pirty are
equally sure of gaining the day. "If we
think that the painters are going to walk
out we will get. ahead of them by locking
them out." asserted the proprletdr of a
Second-street paint shop most emphati
cally. This miy be regarded as an ex
tremely radical statement when the opin
ion of the majority of the contractors is
considered. Though the officers of the
Master Painters' Association will not
say positively that the scale submitted
by the union will be granted at the meet
ing tomorrow night, they admit that the
first stand taken by the association was
not satisfactory to some of the members
and that the liberal element will very
probably prevail.
The reason given by the master pitnters
for their refusal to allow the scale as
asked by the union is that a fixed mini
mum of JJ.I0 a day works an Injustice
to the better class of painters who are
now In many cases receiving as high as
H for their day's work. The mass of
painters now in Portland, they claim, are
so far below the grade of these men thit
they are not worth to their employer more
than $3 at the most. A contractor de
clared Saturday that a few days ago he
hired three union painters and that not
one of them knew how to arrange the
staging on a building.
The union painters say that the cost of
living has Increased out of proportion to
the advance In wages, and thit consider
ing the fact that they work only about
seven months In the .year the present
scale of pay Is not sufficient to maintain
a family. , The union represents almost all
of the painters of the city, f or practically
the only other men who wield a brush In
Portland are the small contractors who
employ only a few men and must Work
wth them. A movement was started
here some time ago by severil of the
larger contractors to Induce the union
to pass a by-law against an employer
working with his men. The union con
sidered that this was an effort to throw
out the small contractor and would not
agree to the proposal.
Mnltnomnh CInb Will Hold Annual
Meeting- Tonight.
The annual election of the trustees of
the Multnomah Club .will be held this
evening at the clubhouse at Chapman and
Morrison streets. The nominating com
mittee has arranged a list of 14 nominees,
and at the election tonight seven of the
Hirt. will be selected trustees for the com
ing two years.
The following nominating committee
was appointed by the directors: Lansing
Stout. J. C. Muehe, C. E. McDonell, H.
P. Goerlng, E. E. Mallory and M. H.
Whitehouse. The list of nominees as
selected by this committee has been posted
as follows: R. F. Prael, C. D. Brandon
Charles Stinger, C. F. Swlgert, Dan j'.
Moore, J. Harvey O'Brien. Dorsey B
Smith. J. C. Veazle, EL B. Miller, A. IL
Chance, B. IL Wlckereham, Irving Rom
and W. C Dunlway.
Retiring members of the board are as
follows: R. T. Prael. president;. C. H.
Buckcnmcyer. treasurer; H. L. Pittock.
W. a Dunlway, C. F. Swlgert, C. W. Stin
ger and B. D. Slgler. Hold-over members
are: IL IL Herdman, Jr.. vice-president;
E. L. Powell, secretary; H. W. Kerrigan
and George McMillan.
There will be work of much importance
for the new board of trustees In addition
to tne regular duties. The burlesque of
the "Wizard of the Nile," which will soon
be presented by the club, wUl be under
its supervision, ana uie carnival next
Fall will be dependent for its success In
large measure upon the activity and
ability of the board. The general member
ship, realizing the Importance of tonight's
election, will no doubt turn out In large
numbers to vote for their favorites.
Gymnasium night classes have been dis
continued at the club, except those on
Wednesday and Friday evenings. In order
that the rehearsal for the "Wirard of the
Nile" can be held In the gym. The hand
ball tournament has been postponed from
February 5 to February 31. so that more
time can be given to preparation for the
Seventy Honrs la the Time East Via
."Chicago-Portland Special."
The time between Portland and Chicago
via the "Chicago-Portland Special" now Is
70 hours, or two hours less than tare
days. Train leaves every mornlnjr at 9: JO
o'clock. Inquire O. R. & N. ticket office.
Third and Washington.
When you" suffer .from sick headache,
dizziness, constipation, etc. renumber
Carter's, Little Liver Pills will rellv you.
One. pill Is a dot.
If Vlsitlnsr Enclnecr Reports I'nvor
nbly Building: Will Ue Erected on
Seventh and Stnrk Streets.
The temporary Postofflce building will
bp situated on the northeast corner of
Seventh and Stark streets, if the recom
mendation of TL Bernard Talcott, the su
pervising engineer of the Treasury De
partment, is favorable. The property Is
owned by the Order of Elks, which sub
mitted a bid some time ago In competi
tion with several other locations. Their
proposal is to erect a building suitable for
postofflce purposes which, after the old
Postofflce building Is altered, may be used
as a lodge building. Mr. Talcott arrived
In Portland yesterday morning and vis
ited the different locations.
The Elks ask a rental of jaM a month
for the building, and If their bid is ac
cepted will at once begin the erection of
'the structure. A prominent Portland arch
itect has been at work on the design for
several months, and the Elks expect to
put up a building on their corner that
will outclass that of any other order In
the city.
Apparently the only difficulty in the way
of immediate acceptance of the Elks' pro
posal is the fact that a building which
would require only n. few weeks to alter
California Proposes Approprl-
atlon of -JO,MK for
1005 Fair.
cial.) A bill was introduced In the
today caxrylne n appropriation
of f to.wo for a California exhibition at
the Lewis and Clark Exposition at
Portland. It provides for the appoint
ment of a comml.iloner at $1500 for the
two years and a secretary at $1500 per
to meet the special needs of a postofflce
has been offered in competition. This is
the Snell-Heltshu-Woodard building, at
the corner of Sixth 'and Ankeny streets,
whose owners have agreed to transform
It into a convenient postofflce in a very
short time. Probably $10,000 would bo ex
pended in making the alterations In this
big stone structure. The advantage of
the Sixth and Ankeny building is that
more floor space would be at the disposal
of the Postofflce than In a building erected
on the quarter block of the Elks.
The site recommended by Postmaster
Croasman for the temporary postofflce
was the northeast corner of Seventh and
Park streets. Another bidder was Henry
Wemme, who owns property at the corner
of Seventh and Oak streets. Seventh
street. It seems, will get the Postofflce. no
matter upon whose ground it is built.
Several prominent Elks were asked as
to the Postofflce project, but were unwill
ing to give any particulars. Mr. Talcott
was also uncommunicative on the subject-Mr.
Talcott was a very busy man yes
terday, for. besides Inspecting the various
sites for the temporary postofflce, he Is
also preparing plans for the enlarged
Postofflce. The general plans for the al
terations were brought from Washington,
and Mr. Talcott and Postmaster Croas
man arc now arranging the' details. The
most prominent feature of the designs Is
the substitution of pillars for the numer
ous thick walls, the object being to sus
tain additional weight and at tbel same
time provide unobstructed passageways.
The extension, according to the plans
of Mr. Talcott. will be made on the west
side of the building, and will reach nearly
to Sixth street- The enlarged building
will, therefore, have two wings, each sep
arated by a court, and three' stories high,
with an elevator in each. The depart
ments of the Postofflce will occupy the
first floor. Ample space is to be provided
for the stamproom, the registry depart
ment and the money-order room, now one
of the most crowded sections of the build
ing. A wide vestibule In front of the
money-order windows will better provide
for the crowd which packs that depart
ment during the busy season. Two stamp
widows side by side will accommodate
the demand, .which has forced the instal
lation of nn Improvised stamp window In
the present building. Tho Postmaster will
have much more room than formerly, a
large private office as well as a public
room being reserved for his use. The As
sistant Postmaster will also have an offlee
of his own opposite the private room of
his superior.
One of the Improvements that will be
greatly appreciated will be the modern
heating plant which will take the placo
of the old fireplaces so long the sole
means of warming the building.
The rooms of the Federal Court will oc
cupy the second floor. Theso are high,
spacious 'rooms, according to the plans,
the walls reaching from the second-floor
level to tho glassjcovered roof. Four
smaller rooms will be used by tho Judges,
two of them being private offices.
On the third floor will be the offices of
the United States Mnrshal and the Dis
trict Attorney, besides two Jury-rooms,
one for witnesses and another for pris
oners. . The railway mall sen-ice will also
find quarters on the top noor.
Mr. Talcott will remain In Portland until
all the details are arranged, and will then
go to Salem to Inspect the new Postofflce
Cauncllmen Inspected Miles of Good
Pavement on Pnnet Sound.
"The" visit of the Councllmen to the
Puget Sound cities was very instructive,"
said Councllmin A. K- Benttcy yesterday.
"The members of the Council spent two
full days in examining the pavements in
Seattle and Tacoma. and what they did
not learn is really not worth learning.
"We found that Seittle had tho ad
vantage of Portland in the laying of the
vitrified brick pavement. The brick has
been laid on some of Seattle's principal
streets for 10 years, and It appears to be
of the first quillty.
"In Tacoma we Inspected tho bitumin
ous macadam pavement, which Is now
being laid in that city. This pavement
gives general satisfaction, and I believe
that It will be the solution of the pivlng
question in Portland. It may be built
at a cost between the price of macadam
and asphalt, and In wet climates It has
proved very,-dunble."
A Councilman vwho declined to permit
the use of his name said the cost of
bitumen-macadam would be 11 per yard
less than asphalt, and from E0 to 75 per
cent per yard more than the cost of
During the trip there were some funny
Incidents.. Howard' Whiting, superintend
ent of Fisher, Thorsen & Co.. was mis
taken for- City Auditor Devlin all the
way from Kalama to Tacoma, and he
acknowledged the salutes offered blm at
every station, bending his 210 pounds of
solid muscle until the flesh nearly
"Strange," he slid. Rafter the fourth or
fifth turn, "that people should mistake
kme for Mr. Devlin. I am a wee bit
heavier, and I do not wear a beard."
Just then the train dropped Into Seattle
and George Baker stepped to the front.
"Hello, Mr. Devlin." he said, and he
warmly clasped Whiting's hand.
"Say. George, chop off. Pm not Devlin,
but I have been deviling 'everybody along
the route."
"Thunderl I thought you were Devlin
with his beird shaved off and a couple of
tons of flesh added. Say, Howard, where
did you come from?"
"Portland." la a tone, that Implied that
all that was good came from the metropo
lis of the Pacific Northwest.
Whiting and Baker hid a little private
conference on the Venezuelan question,
and then they and all the Councllmen
went out to Queen Anne Hill, one of
Seattle's most beautiful suburbs, and
Inspected the residences which have been
bhllt during, the past 10 years. From
that point the Councllmen saw Seittle.
Mount Rainier and Puget Sound, and
they would have, heard the argument of
a real estate dealer If the' facetious Whit
ing had not Interrupted their train of
thought with an Inquiry as to whether
they had heard the Sound.
After the trip to Queen Anne Hill the
Councllmen wero royally entertained by
the Seattle Council. President Parry and
his fellow Councllmen took pains to make
the visitors feel at home, and they were
not allowed to go to any expense what
ever. "They would not let us put our hinds
In our pockets," raid one of the Coun
cllmen. "They would pay for every
thing buj. Just wait till we get them
down here on a pleasure trip, and we will
return their hospitality with amendments."
Rumor Thnt It Was Proves to Be
Without Foundation.
A report obtained currency In Portland
yesterday that the Surapter Valley Rail
road had been sold to the O. R. & N. Co.
Vice-President Nlbley. of tho Sumpter
Valley, had spent a few days In Portland,
leaving Sunday evening for Baker City,
and he was quoted for the statement that
t!fu road had been sold. President Mohler,
of the O. R. & X.. flatly denied that any
such transfer had taken place, or was
contemplated. Late last night the fol
lowing dispatch was received:
"Baker City, Or., Feb. 9. (Special.)
General Freight and Passenger Agent
Barton, of the Sumpter Valley Railway,
said this evening that the Sumpter Valley
Railroad had not been sold, nor was It
likely to be. Ho made this statement as a
positive fact of which he had knowledge."
Xevr Rule on Jersey Central.
PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 9.-In conse
quence of the wreck at Graceland, N. J.,
on the New Jersey Central Railroad re
cently, in which more than a score of
persons were killed, the adoption of an
entire set of new and revised rules to
govern the dispatching and operation of
passenger and freight trains on tho Joint
Reading and Jersey Central systems has
been decided upon at a meeting held at
the operating offices of both roads. The
rules will become effective March 1. They
are made. to conform in every respect and
detail with the latest operating rules
now recommended as the best and saf
est standard by the American Railway
Brnkemnn Injnred In Derailment.
William Hartigan, a brakeman, suffered
a compound fracture of bis left leg by an
accident on the Southern Pacific yesterday
forenoon. Four freight cars were de
railed on the Yamhill division at a point
about three miles south of Oswego..
Hartigan was taken to St. Vincent's Hos
pital, but he' would not give his name or
tell how the accident happened, saying
he meant to keep all that for evidence
when he should sue the company for dam
ages. Cnnndlnn Pacific's Finances.
MONTREAL. Feb. 9. At the meeting of
the board of directors of the Canadian
Pacific Railway today a dividend of 2
per cent on the preferred and lii per cent
was declared for the half year ended
December last. The report: says that af
ter the payment of working expenses,
fixed charges and dividends, there is a
surplus for the half year of J3,202,S07.
To Dduble-Trnck n Railroad.
CLEVELAND. O.. Feb. 9. Myron T.
Herrlck, chairman of the board of direc
tors of the Wheeling & Lake Erie Rail
road Company, utated today that the com
plete double-tracking of the road east
from Toledo and south from Cleveland
had been practically decided upon at the
recent meeting in New lork.
Lund Asrent for Union Pacific.
SALT LAKE. Feb. 9. C. B. 'Wantlandt.
local land agent tof the Union Pacific
Railroad for Utah and Western Wyom
ing, has been appointed general sales
agent for the land department of that
system, with headquarters at Denver.
W. L. Robb, who Is collector of customs
at Astoria, is a guest of the Imperial.
W. McGinn, a well-known 'business man
of Walla Walla, is staying nt the Perkns.
A. S. Shockley. a prominent merchant
of Baker City, Is registered at the Per
kins. A. Bernard Talcott, a supervising engi
neer In the Treasury Department. Is In
the city. He will remain several diys.
R. E. Nixon, a -Klondlker. "who recently
purchased a half Interest in the Hotel
Northern, of Seattle, la a guest of the
C. H. Green, who his come from Sagi
naw, Mich., to Investigate some -timber
lands with a view to purchasing them. Is
a guest of the Imperial.
I. N. Flelschner, who went to Europe
in October last, will leave New York on
his way home this morning md will prob
ably arrlvo here Saturday.
II. H. Dearborn, a Seattle man who Is
growing rich from the rapid Increase In
the value of tldelands In that vicinity.
Is visiting in the city for a few days.
W. D. Hoflus, of Seattle. Is at the Fort
land. Mr. HoflusMs returning from San
Francisco, where he went to sell a. large
quantity' of mirine machinery which he
recently purchased on Pugct Sound.
Captain John J. Bradley, of the Four
teenth United States Infantry, with his
family, is visiting Mrs. Bradley's father.
Captain A. J. Sladen. at 722 Flanders
street. Captain Bradley Is en route to
San Francisco, whence he will sail with his
regiment for Manila on February 2S.
B. Doyle, an American mining man
who is now operating In Manitoba, Is In
the city. Mr. Doyle says that while the
mineral resources of that part of the
continent are very rich, the Cinadlans
arc not developing them to any extent.
"The Americans are reaping the har
vest." said Mr. Doyle. "They are also
taking up all the good arable Und in
that district, and aside from the old
fashioned laws, the country seems much
like the Dakotas."
NEW YORK, Feb. 9.-Speclal.)-North-weslern
people were registered at New
York hotels today as follows:
From Portland H. Beck. Albert S. Sil
verflcld, at the Imperial: H. D. Kllham, at
the Grand.
From Spokane Miss M. Hennessy, at
the Kensington; M. Zetsch. at the Grand
From Seattle M. B. Dodge, at the Her
ald Square: K. W. H. Plelow, A. B. Ba
ker. J. H. Norton, R. Nordhoff, at the Na
varre: J. Goldberg, at the Imperial; Miss
Wlllon, J. SundwalL at the Glisey; E.
Maurer, at the Manhattan; A. Schloss
macher. at the Victoria.
Duke's Agency Moved.
The E. C. Dake Newspaper Advertising
Agency, of San Francisco, Calif ornli, has
moved from the Merchants' Exchange,
where It has been located for the last
twenty-three years, to the Eyre building,
124 Sarisome street, new and larger quar
ters. This Is the leading lgency of the
Coast, in fact it Is the only agency, for
It places advertisements almost anywhere
and by telegraph If necessary. This
agency Is now known as one of the solid
Institutions of the West and mtny who
wish to do business through a rellible
souroo hunt up Dake's Agency when wish
ing, to place advertising.
Meier Frank Company
Tj "Shopping Center of the Northwest."
Beautiful new White Wool Materials Hopsacking, Mistrals, Etamines, Serges, Etc. '
White wash India Silks in qualities fromSOc to $2.00 yard Very stylish for Summer waists.
The new Foulards are now ready Dots and figures Very large and pleasing variety.'
- 1 . .
Comic, Lace and Novelty Valentines Thousands-of
Silk Waist
Second-Floor Alteration Sale
Of men's and boys' Clothing, children's Jackets and
Dresses, Corsets, Undermuslins, Infants' Wear, Pic
tures. tr.- mntinifc thiwrrork thic uraolr ttamairirahla
I WWJ ".. j wasaaav mh VHji lim II VVl 1W111U1 11UVIV
values in all lines while the many improvements now
A mammoth showing of White Goods for Shirtwaists Cheviots, Madras, Oxfords,
Damasks and Vestings, 25c to $2.00 yard. Piques in splendid new variety.
Meier & Frank Company
Correiipondent UrfrcM Aflopilon of
Senator yiycr' 11111.
PORTLAXD. Feb. 9.-(To the Editor.)
There have been Introduced In the Legis
lature four bills for establishing a state
mlnlnc bureau In Oregon. Bill No. TS,
Introduced by Bobbins of Baker County,
Is the only one acted upon by the mining
committee so far, and it is the most ob
jectionable of all. The committees have
not fully agreed upon It; neither could it
pass If they had. It is copied after the
Colorado law. which was enacted when
lead mining was in vogue there. It Is not
applicable to Oregon, and It Is giving a
great deal of trouble in Colorado at the
present time, and, without doubt, will
soon be repealed. The bill Introduced by
Bobbins creates a department to be known
as the Bureau of Mines of - the State of
Oregon. This part of the bill is clearly
unconstitutional, as no such department
can be created. It provides for seven
governors, all to be appolnred by Governor
Chamberlain I think one Governor is
quite sufficient for Oregon and they, are
constituted a corporation, with powers to
Aue and be sued, to make by-laws and
regulations at their discretion. They are
not required to be bona-iide residents or
taxpayers, and in their make-up in the
committee the supporters of the bill con
descended that one of the governors might
be appointed from Portland, which Is an
Insult, and a fllnc at Portland, and It is
hoped that our Representatives will resent
IL These' may be composed of old miners,
who never paid a dollar tax In' their lives,
and who may boom their own mines at
the expense or detriment of others.
But -a greater objection to the- bill is in
Its provisions for deputies or Inspectors
in any number of mining camps, with full
powers to Inspect any mine and at any
time they see flt. whether the owner or
manager consents or not. Every one knows
tho value of an oath that "he will not dis
close to any one any Information relative
to ore bodies, chutes, or deposits of ore.
or the location, course or character of
underground work." He can be a spy for
any of these Irresponsible governors, who
put him in office for that very purpose.
The whole bill is loaded down with a great
deal of such objectionable matter, tfnd is
detrimental to the legitimate mining in
terests of the state, and the object of it
is not QDparent.
There Is no limit to the extent to which
the inspection or imposition may be car
ried. Better by all odds that we have no
mining bureau at all. Better to make no
collection of our mineral products for the
Lewis and Clark Exposition than have
such an incubus fastened on our state.
Better never to know he amount of gold
and silver our state produces, or the
amount of sulphurets produced or shlppell
out of the state for reducUon than have
such an imposition fastened upon the
Another bill. No. 3S. drawn by W.. II.
Hamten, Is of similar character. It pro
vides for Inspection of mines, but Is not
so obnoxious as bill 220.
The only bill' worth considering 4s Sen-
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Washington Building, Cor. Fourth and Washington Streets
ate bill No. 42, Introduced by Senator
Myers, of Multnomah County, which pro
vides for no such Inspection of mines. It
leaves the miners alone to manage their
mines as they see flt, and not to be dic
tated to by any cheap politician. This
bill was prepared by mlnlnc enslneers
I and worked over and over for six months
i before it was handed to Senator Myers
I for Introduction, and every part of it de
I vised for the best Interests of the stat.
I It provides for the collection of minerals
I for the Lewis and Clark Exposition, and
the furnishing of Information of Oregon's
I mineral resources to nonresidents, and Is
t no drawn that every mine In the state
I shall be'llsted with Its history and devel-
opment and production. The bill only
j needs to be read to be appreciated. I am
sorry to see a member of the Multnomah
' County delegation, on the committee of
mines working ngalnst it and in the In
terest of inspection of mines.
" The mining board of directors to man
age the bureau are named In the bill, and
are all bona-flde residents and taxpayers,
and is far removed from any political In
fluence. There Is no provision for mine
inspection. Miners aro left to manage
their own business In their own way, and
are responsible for their own management,
the same as Mr. Swlgert, In his streetcar
system. Miners want no Interference in
their business, such as the proposed in
spection threatens.
The only objection argued against Sen
ator' Myers" bill. No. 42, Is that all the
board of directors named therein are Port
land men. That can be no objection. It
Is for the Legislature to name additional
members, not residents of Portland. Port
land only asks for proper representation
.on the board.
Another objection Is that the mines are
not in Portlands They are not supposed
to be in any city; but there are as many
mining men In Portland as In all Eastern
Orecon. and they have put more monev
! Into mines than all the rest of Eastern
I or Southern Oregon. They keep men un
1 dcr a salary constantly prospecting In the
f state, and they have expended over JS.OOO,
j 000 In mines and get scarcely a dollar In
The state appropriated a large sum of
money to build a wagon road Into Cor
nucopia, but not a cent for any road In
Western Oregon. Our iron mines, coal,
.clay, stoneware and cement material, and
a hundred other products in the vicinity
them lc to $5.00 each.
of Portland are worth as much to
The mines of Western Oregon are
titled to equal consideration.
Jnnir Pounder Says It Is Not "H'o
lex Xor Expensive.
(To the Editor.) An article in
issue or t euruary 3. entitled "Want
Fred Smith and Thomas Evans
therein given as authority for the s
ments that "sand as line as that
for mixing mortar" is being, used In
district for rondbulldlntr: thnt Rvans
Road Supervisor, when in authority
It verv lin'Wttafflrtnrv " art trmnli en
ae "scrapen it partly otr'; "that the
tng of sand cedts $4.50 a load, and
Now, certainly,. Mr. Evans should
what the haulinr of sand cost durln
proved so "unsatisfactory," did he
1st In hauling it onto the roads
almost Ihe last day of his term at
ruinous Tate, while It appears be
other teams employed "scraping It
Now. to those here In possession o
facts. It Is clear that these two
ready witnesses are prompted by a
to "ever, up" matters with the pr
Supervisor here, the former becaus-
stum in uui ueiu urst piaceu Ol
polls last June. For the truth Is,
coane sand and gravel, which is
factory," is being placed on the
here at less than one-sixth the cost q
from Evans. JAMES POUND
Girl Accused of Anon.
OGDEN, Utah. Feb. 9. Minerva
and Eva CurtisMwo 17-year-old
Inmates of the Reform School, were
swer to a charge of arson for h
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