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About Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937 | View Entire Issue (June 8, 1915)
Water Meter Proposal Para
mount Issue Before Elec
tors, Garbage Second.
GREAT EXPENSE ENTAILED
Jitney Regulation Also or Wide
spread Interest, Wliile Major
ity of Other Questions Are
of Relative Insignificance'.
In but few previous city elections
have the voters been called upon to
settle such a number of Important is
sues involving large expenditures and
such a number of measures involving
important municipal policies, as were
decided by the election yesterday. The
measures dealt directly with large ex
penditures to be spread out over a long
priod of years and with policies to pre
vail in Portland for many years.
The paramount issue was the ques
tion of water meters, which measure
appeared on the ballot under the refer
endum. This involved the question of
metering every service in the City of
Portland at an expenditure of several
hundred thousand dollars. The ex
penditure and the question of the pro
priety of water meters for a city with
an overabundant water supply natur
ally attracted a large vote. Interest
in the measure was developed not only
by its apparent importance from the
standpoint of a municipal policy, but
also by reason of a vigorous campaign
waged both for and against the meas
ure. Garbage Measure Important.
The second measure in importance
was the question of establishing a gar
bage incinerator in Portland to be op
erated at the expense of the taxpayers
instead of on the fee basis as at pres
ent. This measure attracted attention
because of the fact that it involved
an expenditure of $75,000 for establish
ing the system and $200,000 for the
erection of an incinerator to take care
of the added garbage which naturally
would come from a free collection sys
tem. In addition to these expenditures
there would be -large annual amounts
necessary for operation of the incin
erator and the garbage collection sys.
tem and for the payment of interest
and sinking fund on the bonds so is
sued. This measure was opposed by many
clubs and other organizations because
of the expenditures involved. It was
generally contended that of all times
the present is the poorest for increas
ing the taxation to the extent of nearly
$200,000 a year to maintain the inciner
ator and the garbage collection system
and the payment of interest and sink
ing fund charges on the bond issues.
This measure was put up by Commis
Jitneys Attract Wide Interest.
Undoubtedly the third measure in im
portance was that involving the ques
tion of regulating Jitneys. A lively
campaign conducted for and against
the measure created considerable in
terest in it which naturally brought
out a strong vote.
At present the Jitney is unregulated
except for the regulation which applies
to all other vehicles. The measure as
it appeared on the ballot had as its
prime features the subjection of the
Jitneys to definite schedules, of service,
to inspection to determine their safety
and to license for the purpose of pay
ing a small part of the cost of street
maintenance. This measure as pre
sented was declared to be the mildest
jitney measure enacted in any city
where the jitney has had to be dealt
with in a rgulative way.
Of the other measures on the ballot,
all were of comparatively minor im
portance from the standpoint of the
voters, although they involved de
cidedly Important questions of policy.
These measures may be explained
briery as follows:
Decision Affects Employes.
Civil service amendment A charter
amendment submitted to the voters by
the City Council to change the system
of reappointing civil service employes
who are laid off. The measure as
it appeared on the ballot provided a
change in the wording of the charter
so that in case of two employes be
ing reinstated in the. service after
having been laid off. the first to go
back to work should be the one who
had been longest in the service, rather
than the one laid off first. The pur
pose of the measure was to correct a
technical defect in the charter.
Grade-crossing elimination measure
A charter amendment submitted to
the voters by the City Council to facil
itate the handling of grade-crossing
elimination projects by enabling the
Council to put through a series of
crossings as one project, thus doing
away with much engineering detail
work and other 'red tape necessary to
handle each crossing as a separate
Dog-pound measure A charter
amendment submitted to the voters by
the Council to give the Council power
to turn over to the Oregon Humane
Society upon terms to be fixed by the
Council, the operation of the dog
pound. More humane management of
the pound was the principal plea in
behalf of the measure.
Economy Aim of Change
Bancroft bonding act amendment A
charter amendment submitted to the
voters by the Council to change the
system of handling street and sewer
assessments. The principal change
called to the attention of the voters
was the collection by the city of in
stallments and interest on bonded as
sessments semi-annually instead of
annually. This was a measure in the
interest of economy.
Firemen's pension act amendment A
charter amendment submitted to the
voters by the Council to provide small
pensions to W. H. Whitcomb and C. D.
Shane, firemen who have ben deprived
of pensions from the firemen's relief
and pension fund by reason of techni
cal flaws in the pension fund law.
Fire-stops measure A charter
amendment submitted to the voters by
the Council to give the Council power
to construct on the assessment plan
such concrete walls or fire stops on
the waterfront as might be necessary
to prevent the spread of waterfront
FREEDMAN LEFT $200,000
Son Files Petition for letters of Ad
ministration. The estate of Samuel Freedman, who
died May 9. was worth $210,000, accord
ing to the petition for letters of ad
ministration, which was filed in County
Clerk Coffey s office yesterday. From
this amount Mr. Freedman received an
annual income of only $2000 a year, the
The estate consists of $10,000 worth
of personal property and $200,000 worth
of real estate in Multnomah, Grant,
THEATRICAL MAN, EX-COUNCILMAN, APPARENTLY ELECTED
TO CITY COMMISSION.
Harney and Malheur Counties and in
California. A- son, H. S. -Freedman,
asks to be appointed administrator. The
other heirs are Rachel Holcberg and
Anna Hairis. -daughters, in Chicago;
and Lena and Gertrude Brody, daugh
ters, in Die Moines, Iowa.
Suffragists to Be in Parade.
Great interest is being taken in the
Rose Festival entry "of the Congres
sional Union for Woman Suffrage. Six
EL4L.O, Hello! Say do you know
where I can bet $2500 that
Baker or Bigelow Will "be
elected?". said a decisive voice-over The
Oregonian telephone, about noon yes
Not being able to get . the desired
information or money from The Orego
nian. the decisive voice obligingly left
his telephone number : with .the re
quest: "If you find anyone who wants to
bet $2500 on it. have 'em call, me up
will you?" whereupon he hung up.
Less than ten minutes later another
telephone call interrupted the city
"Did someone just call you up and
try to place a $2500 bet on Baker or
"Yes." ' replied the city editor.
"Well, will you please disregard the
request. That call -came from "one of
our patients. This -is the sanitarium
on Mount Tabor."
If anyone tried to pull any "rough
stuff" at precinct 43, across from the
Cornelius Hotel yesterday, he would
have required more nerve than a crow.
The election judges and clerks of the
day and night boards contributed to a
pool, rented a dressmaker's model, face
and all, and fixed up a' dyed-in-the-
wool scarecrow. - Across the coat Mrs.
J. DeV. Johnson, chairman of the night
board hung a placard "Watcher." No
distress or disturbance was. reported
from the precinct.
Ed Jasper, clerk of the day board at
precinct 70, Twelfth and Market streets,
had a little fun yesterday when voting
was painfully light just before - noon.
Although there are 455 registered in
the precinct, only eight had voted when
an elderly workman came plodding into
the basement booth, which is a little
dark and a fine place for a little elec
tion shenanigan, if things were like
CITY COMMISSIONER, WHOSE
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automobiles have already been lent.
These automobiles, gaily - decorated in
the Congressional Union colors, will
carry groups of enthusiastic suffra
gists to the fields and woods to bring
back flowers. So hearty is the re
sponse of members that the entire
work will be done by volunteer help.
Mrs. ' Lee Davenport, who has been
noted in the East for her beautiful
entries, having taken the prize four
times in New York, will direct the
they were in the days of old when poli
ticians were bold, etc.
"How's the vote?" asked the elderly
"Pretty light, we're sellin" votes three
for a quarter today guess we' won't
use . up all these ballots at that."
The elderly workman surveyed the
400 and more unclaimed ballots on the
table, glanced furtively around the
basement,' saw it empty, and much to
the surprise of' the election - board,
sidled off with a beckening shrug to
Mr. Jasper. When Mr. Jasper recovered
he realized that the elderly man
actually had begun to dig down into his
pocket for apparently a piece of
money, when the joke manifested it
self. and he did a flip-flop.
"I guess I couldn't let them fellers
pull anything on me," chuckled the old
fellow as he left the booth.
; Arid now -Ed Jasper is trying to con
vince Phil Harris, and Mrs. Caroline
Raneld, and Charles Sawyer and Miss
Grace Roach and Miss A. S. Gibbs,
members of the election board, that the
joke was not on him at all, at all.
Inasmuch as election in Portland
might fall in June again, future pros
pective brides and bridegrooms might
profitably , bear in mind that every
election Judge is vested with all the
rights and prerogatives of a regular
Justice of the Peace. In fact, he is
vested with the same considerable au
thority. Paul Harris and Charles A.
Sawyer, of Precinct 70, delved into the
fact yesterday morning.
"The point is this: We can marry
couples without a question of a doubt,"
said Mr. Harris" as a work-worn and
worried-looking individual lugged his
way into the booth, with a fluffy, be-hoop-skirted
"thing of beauty and a Joy
forever" hanging on his arm.
"Yes. we can marry 'em and we won't
charge anything," winked Mr. Sawyer,
who is an ex-newspaper man.
The young fellow grinned and blushed
and finally executed his ballot. When
RE-ELECTION MAY RESULT
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Not an Announcement, But a Statement of Facts
What Thee Is the
Listen For years we have devoted our time, our
energies and our best thought to the manufacture
and refinement of "FOURS." We know "FOURS."
We believe in "FOURS." We are prepared to build
"FOURS" the safe, simple, cheap-to operate, thor
oughly tried and proven CHEVROLET (VALVE-IN-THE-HEAD)
In the interest of the consumer, we recognize the
fact that the retail dealer must work on a narrower
margin, the distributor must work on a much nar
rower margin, and the manufacturer must work on
he had finished, he picked up the book,
opened to the election laws and read in
section 3321 all about the authority of
"We have been hoping we might find
some young couple that wanted to get
married," said Mr. Sawyer later in the
day. "but no luck yet. Inasmuch as
some of the booths are in church base
ments, being married by an election
judge wouldn't . be so much off-color,
"I will be glad when this election is
over," said Frank, the' barber, yester
day. "'For a week now I have been read
ing nothing but water meters. I wake
up in the middle of the night and see
water meters spinning around. In my
dreams I see these fiendish meters and
the taxpayer struggling along with an
immense burden on his back.
"Believe me, it will be a relief when
election day passes. Relief is in sight
for the meter arguments will lose their
prominent place in the papers."
When Oliver Fatton, a judge in Pre
cinct 55, appeared at the polls yester
day morning in an alleged bibulous
condition. Mrs. Harry HoWen, who also
was a member of the board, refused to
work with him. Patton declined to 'go
home. City Auditor Barbur was called
by telephone and instructed the chair
man to appoint a substitute. Deputy
Sheriff Christofferson was summoned
and Patton was taken to his home.
It took all the speed and power of
the big red fire machine driven by
Battalion Chief Holden of the fire bu
reau, to get one of the precincts in the
outer Mount Scott district open on
time. At the last meeting it was discov
ered at the Auditor's office that the
ballot box and supplies had not been
sent to tills polling place. It was 15
minutes before time for the polls to
open. Battalion Chief Holden volun
teered to make the ride. He opened up
his siren and turned loose. And 15
minutes later the polling place opened
as though the ballot boxes had been
on hand for a week.
A new field for the jitney was seen
yesterday in connection with the elec
tion. City Auditor Barbur had planned
to send the ballot boxes to the polling
plaees with policemen, but at the last
minute it was found that there were
more boxes than policemen. Auditor
Barbur dashed into the street and com
mandeered a flock of jitneys and sent
them speeding out to deliver the boxes.
Over in precinct SO there was con
siderable of a fuss about how many
rirst choices could be cast for the two
Commissionerships. The board stood
JUNE 8 1915.
We have Doubled and Re-Doubled and are again Re-Doubling our
manufacturing facilities and our production.
This greatly increased production enables us to purchase mate
rials at very low prices.
Factory organization, special machinery, large capital and intelli
gent direction all contribute to low cost.
The above is not alone sufficient for radical price reduction for
H-4 "BABY GRAND" Touring
Complete With Electric Lights and Starter
F. O. B. Flint, Michigan.
H-2 "ROYAL MAIL"
Complete With Electric Lights
F. O. B. Flint, Michigan.
C. M. Menzies, Sales Manager
five to one in favor of allowing only
one first choice vote. The lone official
contended that inasmuch as there were
two Commissioners to be elected there
should be two- first choices allowed.
The question, after mucn fuss, was re
ferred to the Auditor and the ione man
won. This shows that at times even
the majority may be wrong.
JOHN T. LUND IS TO WED
Portland JlusinesMiiaii Takes Out
License at IOs Angeles.
John T. Lund, secretary-treasurer of
the Northwest Iead & Machinery
Company of Portland. took out a
license yesterday at Los Angeles to
marry Miss Anna W. K. Kies, also
W. F. Althoff. president of the con
cern, professed great surprise last
night, when asked about Mr. Lund's
matrimonial intentions. "It is all
news to me, he said. "Mr. Lund went
south on a business trip last week
and expected to go to Los Angeles. I
didn't even know he contemplated get
Mr. Lund has been connected with
the Portland concern for the past year.
TO PEOPLE WHO ARE
Any unnatural loss of flesh and weight,
even though gradual, should be regarded
with alarm. Unless the result of actual
illness it is a certain indication that
the flesh and strength giving elements
in your food are passing out of your
body as waste instead or going to the
blood where they belong. Vou can
quickly correct this condition and win
back from ten to thirty pounds of
healthy stay there fat by eating a little
Sargol with your meals.
sold by all leading druggists every
where on a positive guarantee of
weight increase or money back. Con
tains no alcohol or dangerous drugs.
a very much narrower margin, enabling the con
sumer to secure for himself an honest and service
able car at so near 100 per cent value (figured dollar
for dollar) that he may no longer be submitted to
the violent shrinkage in value of his car when the
"announcement period" arrives, which so unfortu
nately comes in the very middle of the natural driv
ing and riding season.
The above frank statement and the effort to meet
the conditions are the most real reasons for our
1916 prices and note, the cars have not been cut a
single hairline in quality.
and Starter ft
and has made his home at the Mallory
Creamery Law In Effect.
LA GRANDE, Or.. June 7. (Special.)
Beginning today and lasting through
tomorrow, every creamery or shipping
station that buys milk or cream on
a butterfat basis must hnve a rep
Drastic Pleasures to Save
Prominent Local Firm
I can take my choice between going
out of business to meet retiring stock
holders' demands or cutting and slash
ing prices to try and raise the money.
On the .one hand I will have noth
ing left. On the other, I will still
retain the good will and the friend
ship which I have built up through
years of honest dealing. This is an
actual asset which I cannot afford to
I can get more pianos to stock up
with after these are gone. And I
can sell them, too, at the regular
prices, because the people of Port
land and Oregon have found that here
is one piano house which is just as
strong and reliable as the best bank
Now then, to get right down to
brass tacks and pay off these stock
holders that want their money. I have
a fine but old Steinway that I will
sell for only $100, and a fine NEW
Knabe that you can have for only
$325. This piano would ordinarily
cost you'several hundred dollars more.
I am really selling pianos at unheard
of prices. This is not a sale of the
sensation order, with ' bombastic
claims which cannot be lived up to.
But if you want a brand-new, latest
and fully guaranteed player piano, let
me show you what I will sell you for
only $230. Or if you want to save
over $100 on a fine, new upright, let
me show you the regular $275 pianos
that you can have now for only $145.
If you know what a good piano is
and want one at an enormous bargain,
you are the man or woman to whom
I want to show . my . big assortment.
resentative in La Grande' at a test for
butterfat and must comply with the
new creamery law now in effect.
Claude C. Cate, county farm expert,
is conducting the tests. In Western
Oregon examinations are given at
Oregon Agricultural College, but in this
region all Eastern Oregon creameries
must take the test in La Grande.
If you are inexperienced in the selec
tion of pianos, bring a friend who un
derstands. All I ask is full investi
gation. If you ever intend to buy a
piano, you will buy one of these after
you have examined these and realize
the unusual opportunity.
Should you want something of
higher quality, I can save you $275
on fine new grands. I have several
regular $900 instruments that I will
be glad to get $625 for.
I must raise $40,000 and do it right
away. There is only one way to get
quick action and that is to make the
price so low" that you will buy. It is
money I need regardless of what I
put into these instruments. All I ask
is for you to come and inspect. The
stock is big and complete. There are
many fine Sohmers, both pianos and
players, many famous Behnings,
players and player grands, likewise
cut many hundreds of dollars. Here
is an unusual opportunity. What
must I say to get you to inspect? It
seems to me that the strongest thing
I can say is that I am "satisfied to
abide by your decision if you will visit
every place in Portland, judge most
carefully and then buy .where you see
you can get the best piano for the
least money. The many people who
have purchased during the past week
ana assurea me oi ine careiui se
lection they had made before buying
convinces me that all I need is your
unbiased examination and compari
son. E. H. HOLT, President
E. H. Holt Piano Co., wholesalers, 333
Morrison St., just below Broadway.
Northwestern Bank Bldg., Portland.