Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, January 25, 1905, Page 10, Image 10

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Railroad Officials and Jobbers
"to Harmonize-Rates.
Many Here tor Conference on
Lower Rates.
Fourth Vice-President of Northern
Paclfjc Tells of the Difficulty of
, Rearranging . Distributive
Rates Equitably.
Great Northern and Northern Pacific
Parties Already on Hand, With
Harrlman Party en Route
Banquets for Visitors.
Ben Campbell, formerly of this city, but
now of St. Paul, fourth vice-president of
the Great Northern, In charge of the traf
fic of that system and friend of Portland
and Portland's interests, returned Mon
day night from Seattle, -where he has
been inspecting the lines of the Hill prop
erty for the first time since his recent ap
pointment to his present position.
Those who know him say that Mr.
Campbell has not changed in the slight
est .since he left the service of the O. B,
& N., some years ago: that he is the same
man they knew in business and social life
In the days gone by. But he has changed
In that he now holds a greater power over
the destinies of Portland's inland trade
and commerce, and it is pleasing to those
Interested here to know that the city has
at least one in the councils of the hig
roads who is entirely familiar by resi
dence and study with the peculiar needs
and special demands of this section and
who will weigh, in the light of knowledge
and friendship, any and all of the compli
cated questions which are to come up at
the conference to be held here on either
Thursday or Friday between the repre
sentatives of the traffic departments of
the Northern Pacific, Great Northern and
the Hantaan interests on the one hand
and the North Pacific Jobbers' Associa
tion on the other.
Yesterday afternoon Mr. Campbell sat
in the billiard room of the Arlington Club
end talked of the relations existing be
tween the railroads and the Jobbers, of
the delicacy of the operation to be under
taken the latter part of the week.
Differences of Roads and Jobbers.
"The Teal purpose of the meeting to be
held here," he said, "is to confer on the
existing differences .between the roads
and the Jobbers, and to come to some
agreement which will satisfy and be fair
to all parties concerned. The meeting Is
the result, in part, of the conference held
here some time ago between the local
traffic representatives and the associa
tion, and it is too complicated and far
reaching In its effects and of too great
Importance to the different Interests and
sections Interested to have been settled by
correspondence. Nothing but a personal
conference could settle the question satis
factorily. "The question of distributive rates from
the coast and of the acquisition of trade
in the inland regions is of great interest
not only to Portland but to Chicago, San
Francisco and all of the large trade cen
ters. There has been recently formed In
Chicago a very strong association which
has for Its object the upbuilding of trade
with the coast and the interior points.
The Jobbers on all hands are looking for
'' A
trolman Circle. He was sent to Polico
Headquarters in a patrol wagon, where
he was charged with a serious offense.
The complainant against him is Miss Nel
lie Devennla. residing with her parent at
633 Guilds avenue.
For two months Mr. Conover and others
have been endeavoring to capture a man
who has been guilty of unseemly conduct
toward girls of the Chapman School. As
the little girl named was going home yes
terday afternoon she encountered Mellon,
who badly frightened her. He was caught
and will, have a hearing today in the Mu
nicipal Court.
Installation of Foresters.
The Catholic Order of Foresters held its
installation of officers at. SL Mary's
Church In Alblna last night. John Mc
Entee officiated. The following were in
stalled: H. C. Allehoff.. chief ranger: J. H.
Martert. vice-chief ranger; J. P. Meehan,
past chief ranger: J. A. Duff, treasurer;
D. W. Lane, recording secretary: Peter
Meyer, financial secretary; John Miller,
senior conductor; J. Don Broski, Junior
conductor; A. Bock, inside sentinel, and
Otto Wackrow, outside sentinel.
A sumptuous banquet completed the
evening. While the members of the
order were partaking of this Dr.
O'Leary. Robert O'Neill and Father
Ladeque delivered some very appropriate
Lecture at A. M. E. Church.
"How to Be a Great People" will be the
subject of a lecture by -Rev. F. Brown,
D.D., former paster of the A. ii. E.
Zlon Church, corner Main and Thirteenth
street, this evening. The speaker Is pre
siding elder of Oregon and California and
is well known as a lecturer. In addition
to the lecture there will be a concert,
which will be conducted by the young
people of the church.
The traffic representatives of the trans
continental lines are beginning to gather
in the city preparatory to the conference
over lower distributive rates toward the
Interior, which Is to be held here the
latter part of the week.
Bcn Campbell and bis party from the
Great Northern reached the city Monday
evening and Tuesday morning and will
remain the rest of the week.
Last night the Northern Pacific party,
consisting of J. M. Hannaford. second
vice-president; J. G. Woodworth. traffic
manager, and J. B. Balrd, general frelsht
agent, reached the city and will visit
with friends until Saturday.
J. C. Stubbs, traffic director of the
Harrlman lines will reach Portland
Thursday morning, accompanied by P. C
Stohr. assistant traffic manager; J. A.
Monroe, freight traffic manager of the
Union Pacific: T. M. Schumacher, traffic
manager of the Oregon Short Line, and
A. J. Dutcher, private secretary to Mr.
R. B. Miller, general freight agent of
the O. R. & N. Co., and A. L. Craig,
son era 1 passenger agent of the same line,
will leave today to meet the Harrlman
party at some point on the Oregon Short
Line, and accompany It to Portland.
While In the city the visitors will be
entertained In an Informal way by the
railroad men here. On Friday night
they will be the guests of honor at a
dinner given especially for them by the
Portland Chamber of Commerce. On
Saturday night they will be further ban
queted at the annual dinner of the Port
land Commercial Club. Most of them will
leave the city for their homes on Saturday.
Well-Known Freight Traffic Manager
Dead at Chicago.
Friends In Portland learned yesterday
afternoon of the death of Thomas Miller,
freight traffic manager of the Burlington
route at Chicago. Mr. Miller, -or
"Honest Tom," as he was familiarly
known to the railroad men throughout
the United States, had been in the serv
ice of the Burlington for the past 40
years. He has filled many offices of trust
with the company and was appointed
general freight agent at Chicago on
February 1. 1S90. After that time ho' was
promoted to the office held at the time of
his death.
Puts Stop to Profitable Trade.
HONOLULU, Jan. 17. via San Fran-
.Commencing tomorrow morning and .continuing for the rest
of"the week, we shall have a special sale of "Carpet-size' 1 Oriental
Rugs. "We cannot too highly commend these Rugs, as they are
all bur own importation, and each one carries our guarantee of
authenticity. Every one is a perfect example of its kind
your credit JSjl
IJLZ0! Sr terms)
Cisco, Jan. 21. (Correspondence of the
Associated Press.) United States Dis
trict Attorney Breckons has started a j
crusade against Japanese and other
clothes dealers who have made a prac
tice of buying army clothing from sol
diers passing through here on army
transports. Many of the men como
ashore without any money, and they
have been in the habit of selling blan
kets, overcoats or anything else for a
dollar or two for the purpose of a few
drinks. Yesterday, under Breckons'
instructions. United States Marshal
Hendry ordered 37 United States Army
overcoats seized in a Japanese store.
The Japanese explained that they were
coats he had imported from the Coast,
but the Importation of overcoats in
Hawaii Is not recognized. The coats
were confiscated.
Successful Operation on Edison.
ORANGE, N. J.. Jan. 24. Thomas A.
Edison, the Inventor, was recovering
rapidly today from a surgical operation
performed last night for a mastoid ab-
j ce3s behind his left ear. Owing to a
' similar trouble a few years ago, the
! operation was difficult, but the doctors
j- declared it was entirely successful. Mr.
I Edison recovered quickly and was In
good spirits today. The doctors say
they expect an uninterrupted recovery.
Postmaster Hahn Confirmed.
"WASHINGTON, Jan. 23. The Senate
has confirmed the nomination of John
Hahn as Postmaster at Astoria, Or.
the trade with the retailers, ami so. if
any rate weo to be made from Portland
Inland which would be considered dis
criminating by the Chicago jobbers the
road would be taken to task for the act
And It-is the same with the San Fran
cisco, the Salt Luke or the Spokane peo
ple. Great Difficulty of Settlement.
"The great difficulty of settlement lies,''
continued Mr. Campbell, "In the fact that
the Jobbers themselves do not got. to
gether and agree on some settlement
of the difficulty. If they would do
that it would be easy for the railroads,
but they don't. They leave tho whole set
tlement to the roads, and then. If all are
not satisfied the city which thinks it is
being discriminated against complains.
"It Is the desire of the roads to be as
fair and impartial to all points as is pos
sible. Absolute fairness and justice is
what they are seeking, and what they
wish, inasmuch as it is their business and
Interest to build up the traffic along all
of their lines in every district covered by
them. This is the spirit that all will
have when they go into conference, and
that Is the object which will be striven
Degenerate In the Tolls.
After a desperate struggle of ten min
utes with Special Policeman Dunn and
Principal Conover, of tho Chapman
School. Charles Mellon was overpowered
at S o'clock yesterday afternoon, tied up
wjth and given jato the care of Pa-