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THE MORXIXG OREGOXIAN. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1915.
Mr. Barbur Says Published
Cost of City Government Is
From Official Records.
CRITICISM IS REFUTED
Statistics Prove CoramlSMlon Kale
Has Been Increasingly Expen
sive Several Municipal
Failures Are Cited.
In an attempt to bolster up the
economical Bide of commission govern
ment in Portland, an afternoon news
paper yesterday refuted comparisons as
made in last Sunday's Oregonian be
tween the cost of conducting the last
full year of Councilmanic government
in 1912 and the cost of the first full
year of commission government in 1914.
The figures in the table as published
by The Oregonian were furnished upon
request by City Auditor Barbur and
were compiled from official records by
expert accountants in his department.
They showed a total of $441,000 increase
in 1914 over 1912. The afternoon paper
tried to discredit the figures but its
ownt totals showed the increase to
have been J314.000. City Auditor Barbur
said yesterday that the figures in the
table supplied by him were from official
records and were correct.
Objection Is made to an item of J 126.
000 listed as "rotary accounts." This
was Involved In the establishment of a
new system of accounts for various
supplies. This necessitated the appro
priation of $126,000 to a. fund which, is
replenished each year from depart
In 1912 the tax levy for municipal
purposes was 6.8 mills, which raised
2. 014. 154. 76. There was left as a sur
plus at the end of the year a total of
J949.2S3.44. In 1914 the tax levy was
7.7 ' mills, which raised $2,272,555.30.
There was a surplus at the end of that
year of $844,060.04. This shows a tre
mendous increase in the amount of tax
ation imposed in 1914 over 1912, while
in spite of this additional . amount
raised there was a far less amount left
as a balance at the end of 1914 than in
1912. The difference in this particular
comparison of councilmanic and com
mission government in these two years
alone shows about $364,000 against the
Commission Failures Cited.
Following are facts which are not
There were 136 more employes in 1314
1014 1,1 and 39 more this year thaa In
The Commission established a municipal
shop at larjce expense to do city repairing,
and after getting the shop fitted, sent the
work out to private shops and caused the
municipal shop to become a complete finan
The Commission established a garbage
dumping place in Marquani gulch at con
siderable expense and found In a week's ex
periment that the plan was a failure.
The Commission still maintains an effi
ciency system at considerable monthly ex
pense, although the majority of departments
ignore it as a failure.
The Commission still keeps a jitney in
spector at work at a good salary, although
there is no Jitney regulatio nand very little
prospect of any.
The Commission, or the majority of the
Commission at least, tried to get the tax
levy within reason for this year and as a
result has placed the city so that it will be
In financial distress after the end of the
The Commission government expense has
Increased by hundreds of thousands of dol
lars a year, although street and sewer work
in the city decreased in 1914 to about half
of what it was In 11)1 2 and has decreased
still more this year.
The Commission has undertaken nothing
In the way of large public improvements ex
cept the building of a barn costing $4S,UU0
The Commission has voted to increase the
eity's water investment and thereby the an
nual expense by installing meters in spite of
the people's recent vote against meters.
The Commission perpetuates the useless
extravagansce of sending out bills to flat
rale water users who formerly received no
hills and needed none, because of knowing
the amount of the bill and the date it was
The Commission had 10.000 cords of wood
cut by the unemployed near Llnnton, and In
stead of delivering direct to purchasers are
hauling it to the city and storing it to be
reloaded and delivered later at an additional
cost of 75 cents a cord, or a total or
$7300 for the 10.000 cords In addition to a
like loss in the cost of production.
The Commission established a purchasing
bureal and a purchasing system and then
continued to buy largely at retail instead ot
at wholesale, as originally proposed.
The Commission cut weeds on thousands
of lots, planning to get this back from as
sessments against the lots, only to give up
a large part of the assessments through
faulty records, and paid the amounts from
the general fund.
The Commission paid out $-'63,950 63 more
In salaries In 1914 than was paid In 191:!.
Of interest in the Commission's pres
ent financial workings is a statement
of what has been done this year. The
Council started out with $257,000 fig
ured in its 1915 budget as a surplus
for the end of the year. Instead of
maintaining this surplus there was ap
propriated up to July 1 the entire
$257,000 and $30,069 in addition. In
other words, up to July 1 it appro
priated over $30,000 more than the
total estimated receipts for the year.
The only way of getting around this
deficit Is to cancel some of the appro
priations. This means that Improve
ments and other work planned for this
year will have to be dropped.
SWEDISH BAPTISTS ELECT
Smith Bend, Wash., Minister Is Sec
retary of Conference.
OAKLAND. Cal.. Sept. 1. Assembled
here from every section of the United
States and Canada, r.00 delegates and
visitors are in attendance at the Swed
ish Faptist General Conference of
At the meeting of the ministers' con
ference. Rev. A. K. I-indberg. of San
Francisco, was elected president and
Rev. Byiand, of South Bend, Wash.,
NUSHAGAK PACK IS SHORT
First Milp Krom Alaskan It Ivor
Klsbery at Astoria.
ASTORIA. Or.. Sevt. 1. (Special.
Bringing, the first definite news of the
salmon pack of Xushapak River.
Alaska, the Alaska-Portland Packers'
Association steamer Akutan arrived to
day. i?he reports a.n exceptionally
roup trip, with heavy rains nearly ail
The ships Berlin and Levi G. Burse ess
railed from Nushagak Aupust 2, brinir
iojr the company's salmon pack, and
came through Unimak rnss 40 hours
The Alaska Packers Association ship
Star of Iceland tailed on the same day
and was the last cannery vessel to
leave the river.
Superintendent Daly, who returned
on the Akutan, says the pa-'k on Nush
asak River is about 10 per cent short
of last season. On Ujrashak River a
fU pack was put up. hut on the G05
Ciung and Naknek rivers the output 1
approximately 50 per cent short. The
weather during the entire season was
exceptionally pleasant, with westerly
winds blowing- the greater portion of
the time, and the schools of fish stayed
in Bristol Bay instead of entering the
river and the fishermen were compelled
to do a goodly portion of the fishing
Five fishermen belonging to the dif
ferent canneries were drowned by be
ing caught in squalls. One of them
was JSdward Walden, of Portland, who
was employed by the Alaska-Portland
Packers Association. The number of
full cases put up by the individual
companies on "Nuahagak River is esti
mated as follows:
Alaska-Portland Packers Associa
tion, yti.OJO; Columbia River Packers'
Association, 55,000; North Alaska Sal
mon Company, 34,000; Libby, McNeil &
Libby. 65,000; Northwestern Fisheries
Company. 67.000; Alaska Salmon Com
pany, 31,000; Alaska Packers' Associa
tion, two canneries, 180,000. Total, 520,-000.
PEACH COOKS WILL VIE
CONTESTS OK HOUSEWIVES FOR
PRIZES OPES SATURDAY.
Aim of O.-W. R, A IV. Ia to Increase
Home Demand for Xorthwestern
Km its and Extend Market.
To create a domestic demand for
Northwestern peaches Is the object of
officials of the O.-W. R. & N. Company
who have inaugurated a series of
peach-cooking contests, the first of
which will be held in Portland next
Substantial cash prizes will be
awarded to the housewives exceling
in the various departments of prepar
ing peaches for preservation and con
sumption. Separate prizes will be offered for
peach pie, peach cobbler, peach pud
ding, peach cake, pickled peaches,
peach preserves, peach jam, canned
peaches, candled peaches and each of
the numerous other forms of prepar
ing peaches for the table.
A committee of competent Judges has
been selected to pass on the exhibits.
This contest will be similar to the
apple-cooking Contest conducted by
the company last year and which re
sulted in an increased demand and
consumption ot Northwestern apples.
Supplemental to this activity, the
company ha,s had, for the last sev
eral months, Mrs. E. M. Kins, an ex
pert in domestic science, on a tour of
the territory served by the company,
instructing women in the manner and
method of canning and cooking various
fruits and vegetables produced In the
"Our aim," said R. B. Miller, traffic
manager for the company, yesterday,
"is to increase the home demand for
Northwestern fruits and thereby ex
tend the market for the growers."
FLAG RAGES NEAR END
MAJOR CONTESTS MAY BE DECIDED
Contenders in National Leicue Keep
Respective Standing American
Chances Narrow Donn.
The pennant races in both the Na
tional and American Leagues entered
the last stage yesterday. By the mid
dle of next week the contests in both
leagues virtually will have been de
cided, and baseball enthusiasts may be
able to make their plans to follow the
The three remaining contenders for
the flag- in the National League re
tained their respective standings yes
terday, although Philadelphia s lead
was reduced by losing the first game
of a series with New York. Boston,
which lost to Cincinnati, failed to take
advantage of an opportunity to dis
place Brooklyn from second place. Only
eight points now separate the two
teams. Moran's men, .with a lead of
two and a half games over Brooklyn,
will have an opportunity to strengthen
their position in the series with the
Giants, while the Brook lyns are play
ing a three-game series at Boston.
The fight in the American League
became more of a contest between Bos
ton and Detroit, when theTigers vic
tory over Chicago more firmly estab
lished the White Sox in third place.
The Red Sox continued their consistent
winning by defeating Philadelphia and
now seem to have a firm grasp on the
VERDICT SAVES OFFICERS
Hotel Where Policemen Iteside De
clared Xot Disorderly.
Police Sergeant and Patrolman Cul
lins were grateful yesterday to the
Jury that rendered a verdict of not
guilty in the case of Libby Kelly,
charged with conducting the Antlers
Hotel as a disorderly house. It Is in
this house that the two officers have
their rooms, and Chief of Police Clark
was reported yesterday as declaring
that if the proprietor was found
guilty of the charges made against
him. Sergeant West and Patrolman
Cullins would be released from fur
ther duty on the force.
The officers were present at the
trial and their names were mentioned
several times during the cross-examinations.
MARQUIS INOUYE IS DEAD
Aged Leader One of Most Progres
sive of Japan's Statesmen.
TOKIO. Sept. 1. Marquis Inouye,
one of the elder statesmen of Japan,
died today of nephritis, aged 80.
The death of Marquis Kaoru Inouye
leaves only three surviving members
of the powerful group of "genro," or
elder statesmen, whose work and in
fluence have had so much to do with
the upbuilding of modern Japan. At
first possessed of" anti-foreign ideas,
he soon became a convert to the doc
trine that Western civilization should
be welcomed to Japan and was active
in the establishment of cordial rela
tions with foreign powers.
SECOND POISON SUCCEEDS
Handsome Collie Is Victim of Two
Attempts 011 His Life.
But a. few hours after Fhts life had
been saved from an attempted poison
ing, a handsome collie dog owned by
K. G. Harris. 432 East Thirty-fourth
street, succumbed yesterday to a sec
ond piece of arsenically treated meat
that had been thrown in the yard of
his matser'a home. The perpetrator
of the poisoning has not been ascer
tained. At 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon the
first attempt was made. The dog was
saved by a veterinarian. Yesterday a
second piece of meat in the yard was
eaten and the dog died at 10:30.
The disbursements on account of the Civil
War totaled M. 457,974, 436 at the last fisur-tn.
WONDER STORE OPEN
Old Millinery Concern in
Handsome New Home.
ARTISTIC QUARTERS ROOMY
Two Lower Stories Used for Dis
play of Goods and Comfort of
Patrons, While Third Floor
Is for Employes' Benefit.
the formal opening- of the Wonder
Millinery, at Sixth and Alder, today,
marks a new advance in the develop
ment of the oldest established millin
ery institution in Portland, and gives
Portland the distinction of having; now
the largest millinery establishment
among all the cities of the Pacific
For two months tha preparations for
the opening in the new quarters have
been under way, and last night the
show windows were lighted long
enough to give an idea of the store, in
readiness for the reception of the pub
There is a window frontage of 120
feet, giving admirable facilities for
Within the windows of the arcaded
corner of the building blazed the mag
nificent "cathedral purple" display, and
the windows leading off on either hand
were dre.ssed in the" colors that are to
prevail this season Russian green,
nigger brown, corbeau blue, taupe gray
F. Solomon is proprietor of the Won
der Millinery, and has watched over its
growth from the small establishment
of years ago to the luxurious institu
tion of today.
Roominess is the characteristic fea
ture of the new establishment a
roominess that gives a broad tone of
luxuriousness. The broadness of the
aisles is supplemented to bring out this
effect by the delicate cream and tan
tones of the woodwork finish and the
careful arrangement of tables and mir
rors. On the second floor is a rest room
furnished in ivory, with telephone,
writing desk and all accommodations.
The third floor is devoted to an addi
tional lunch, rest and cloak room for
the women employed in the establish
ment. The first and second floors, offering
in all 18.000 feet ot space, are devoted
to the display of stock. Besides the
great exclusive lines of women's and
children's millinery, a fur department is
conducted carrying the most exclusive
novelties and admirably equipped to
furnish sets suitable to correspond with
the millinery. The lighting system is
devised to give a pure white light, to
facilitate the judging of colors even for
The interest of Portland's femininity
in the move to the new building has
been manifested by the persistence
with which women have gathered
around its windows of late, like bees to
a clover blossom, and every prepara
tion is being made by Mr. Solomon to
inane ineir reception on mis. me open
ing day, one that will fulfill all of
PRINTERS ARE IN PLAY
MEMBERS OK BEN FRAKL1 CUB
APPEAR AT BAKER TOMGHT.
Correction of Modern Bun In ess Fal
lacies In Moral Conveyed In
Twenty-seven printers on the stage
will be the rather unique spectacle at
the Baker Theater tonight.
-The 27 printers are members of the
Ben Franklin Club, who will present
"The Tapping at the Door," the busi
ness play, written by Walter A. Wil
kins, of Seattle. Every night for more
than two weeks the printers have ben
rehearsing their parts.
The play is supposed to bring out
clearly the many ills to which modern
"business"' Is supposed to be heir. It
Is intended to correct all the fallacies
under which business men labor and to
sow success where failure grew before.
In Mr. Wilklns' play a man by the
name of Watson delivers himself of
epigrams, which pqint oat the moral
the whole story is intended to convey.
"The man that destroys and never
creates that man is the knocker,' tie
At another juncture he tells Mrs.
"Your husband has a common fall
ing; he is a mechanical genius, not a
Also, he says: "To form a success
ful organization among business men
you must first instill confidence among
And: "I consider conservatlveness
the most essential qualification for tne
success of a salesman."
One night only the play will be
staged. Before putting it on the stage
in Portland Mr. Wilklns showed it
.under the auspices of the Seattle Press
Club, before the Printers Congress in
Victoria, B. C. and in numerous other
Western cities. After the debut of "The
"Tapping at the Door" in Portland,
the author will take it to the Eastern
seaboard, where he intends to present
it in the largest cities.
SIGN-FREE ROADS LAUDED
Oregon Architects Send Letter of
Congratulation to Commissioners.
"Visitors from everywhere already
have begun to noice our comparative
freedom from the bill poster nuisance,
and some are inquiring into our ability
to prevent this despoiling of the land
scape and are congratulating us." de
clares the American Institute of Archi
tects in a letter to the County Com
missioners. The letter was written by Folger
Johnson, head of the Oregon chapter of
the American Institute of Architects,
and congratulates the commissioners
on their firm stand against glaring
signs along the county roads.
COURT'S POWERS IN DOUBT
Military Inquiry in Colorado Is Re
stricted Pending Opinion.
DENVER, Colo.. Sept. 1. In the
absence of an expected opinion from
the Attorney-General defining its power
to deal with reluctant witnesses, the
Colorado military court of inquiry to
day confined its investigations to
charges of financial irregularities
against Major-George Lee and Captain
A. H. Dahlene. These are among the
charges presented to Governor George
A. Carlson by a committee of officers
and former officers of the National
Guard, headed by ex-Captain Phillip JS.
The hearings consisted mainly of the
examination of documentary evidence.
J l J
To Be Held by the
& NAVIGATION CO.
Will take place in the store on the northeast
corner of Broadway and Oak Sts., Portland,
diagonally opposite the Hotel Benson
Will Be Awarded the Winners
in the Following Classes:
STAPLES 1st 2nd 3rd
Peach Pie $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Peach Cobbler $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Peach Dumplings $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Dutch Peach Cake $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Sweet Pickled Peaches $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Preserved Peaches $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Peach Jam $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
Canned Peaches $5.00 $3.00 $2.00
GROUPS Five to ten dishes
Rules and Instructions
Governing the Contest:
All exhibits are to be installed between the hours of 8 :30
and10:30 A. M. on Saturday, September 4. The exhibitors
may remove their exhibits after 10 :30 P. M. same day.
Application blanks may be obtained at the City Ticket
Office of the Company, Third and Washington streets, or will
be mailed upon request. Application blanks must be filed
with the Contest Secretary on or before 10 A. M., Saturday,
September 4, and must be accompanied by written recipe for
each dish entered by the applicant.
Contestants must declare at the time of entry the class
in which they wish to compete, that is, whether for Staples,
Novelties or Groups. If for Staples or Novelties a separate
blank should be prepared for each dish.
When filing application a contest number will be given
the contestant. If more than one dish is entered, each will
bear a letter in addition to contestant's number, as for instance, 15-A, 15-B, 15-C, etc.
name will not appear on the exhibit until alter the judging has been done.
The exhibit tables will be divided into spaces three feet square, each contestant having a three-foot
square space, numbered to correspond with her contest number. Contestants may arrange and deco
rate their respective spaces in any manner desired, and arrangement of exhibit in an attractive man
ner, and clearness of recipes will be taken into 'consideration when awarding prizes.
Groups entered are to consist of not less than five dishes and not more than ten dishes, and individ-.
ual dishes of a group will be considered when awarding the Staple and Novelty Prizes.
The Company will provide labels for marking dishes with contestant's number, and- blank cards on
which the contestants may write the title of their entries.
The judging, which will be by a committee of ladies representing different commercial organiza
tions, will be done immediately after the installation of exhibits. Cards indicating the prize winners will
be placed, and a list of the winners .posted in a prominent place. ' '
For more complete particulars inquire of William McMurray, General Passenger Agent. Phone
Broadway 4500 or A 6121.
One witness, Captain Bert M. Lake,
commanding Battery B was questioned
at the afternoon session.
BUREAU CHANGE URGED
MR. BAKER SAYS CITY EMPLOYMENT
OFFICE IS I'SEI.ESS.
C'ommtAMloaer Introdarea Ordinance to
Reorganise leartmnt by
First of Octokri.
Following- out a plan announced some
time ago. Commissioner Baker yester
day introduced an ordinance before the
City Council aoolishing the municipal
free employment bureau on October 1.
The purpose is to replace the bureau
with a municipal agency of a broader
scope, taking in the seasonal unem
ployment problem ajong with the busi
ness of furnishing employment on the
Th ordinance went over until the
Council has time to look it over. It
will be considered either tomorrow or
Commissioner Baker says he expects
by October 1 to have the new bureau
organized with a new head, so that
the work for the Winter can be taken
up and formulated. He says he does
not know yet who will get the position,
that question being under consideration
at present. He expects to get "a man
with a punch who will be able to con
duct the bureau on a thoroughly effi
"I am convinced." said Mr. Baker yes
erday, "that the present bureau is of no
use. It is accomplishing nothing. I ex
pect to get busy right away In lining
up the new organization and getting it
into working order. 1 do not think the
Council will have any hesitancy in
backing me up on a proposition of
abolishing something that is of no
Woman Attempts Suicide.
Mrs. Effie Thomas, aged 26. of 489H
Washington street, swallowed five tab
lets of bi-chlorlde of mercury yester
day in an attempt to kill herself. She
is at the Good Samaritan Hospital and
haa but a small chance of living. "1
was just tired of living." was all the
young woman would say, when ques
tioned at the hospital. ,
'CRAP SHOOTING' CHARGED
Two 3Icn Arrested for Alleged Gam
bling in Sightseeing Bus.
Charles Drake and Arthur Hitsman
were arrested by Fatroltrtan Vessey,
who charged that hecaught them play
ing dice in a sightseeing bus at the
Union Station yesterday.
This practice of "shooting craps" in
the big buses .has been common, re
ported the officer. Several times he
interrupted a group in suspicious cir
cumstances but nothing could bo
proved. In the instance yesterday thv
two men did not notice the officer
peering over the side of the car until
It was too late.