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THE MORNING OREGONIAN. TUESDAY. JULY 31, 1917,
BRANDED AS FARCE
Verdict Set Aside by Judge
Gatens on Ground of Preju
dice by School Board.
MERITS OF CASE OMITTED
Dr. Alan "Welch Smith Declared to
Have Voted With Mr. Alderman
In Return for Favors Shown.
Mr. Plummer Also Scored.
In an opinion of more than three
typewritten pages. Circuit Judge Gatens
yesterday branded as a farce the trial
of Mrs. Alevla Alexander before the
School Board and held that her dis
missal from the public school system
was not rightfully or legally accom
plished. The opinion, which teems with
burning criticism of O. M. Plummer
and Ir. Alan Welch Smith, directors,
holds that the order of the School
Hoard In dismissing Sirs. Alexander
must be set aside and held for naught.
The decision yesterday came as the
result of a petition for a review of the
School Board's action which was argued
before Judge Gatens last week. Mrs.
Alexander first was transferred from
the princlpalship of the girls' depart
ment of the Benson Polytechnic School,
to another school, but this action was
set aside by the Supreme Court. The
School Board then preferred charges
against her and dismissed her from
the school service after a trial before
the Board. It was from this action
that Mrs. Alexander appealed to the
Circuit Court and won out In the deci
sion handed down yesterday by Judge
Dr. Smith Scored.
That Dr. Smith had, in effect, agreed
to support School Superintendent Alder
man In the latter's efforts to have Mrs.
Alexander dismissed from the public
school service "in return for the ap
pointment of his relatives and intimate
friends to high salaried positions In
the city schools," Is one of the con
clusions reached by Judge Gatens.
The opinion likewise concludes that
Mr. Plummer had shown his determina
tion to have Mrs. Alexander dismissed
from service even before she was given
a hearing before the School Board and
that he had publicly announced that
he would support Superintendent Alder
man In any action which the latter
might desire to take. He further holds
that the charges made against Mrs.
Alexander were investigated by Mr.
Plummer who was actuated by per
sonal hostility toward her.
"If a school teacher," he then adds,
"or any person to be tried before any
public body is to be tried by those
who have investigated charges against
the person, such trials become farcical."
Charges Not DUcmssed.
Judge Gatens does not attempt to say
that the charges preferred by the
School Board were not true, but simply
confines his opinion to the conclusion,
that true or false, Mrs. Alexander has
a right to be tried before a fair and
"It appears from the record before
me that directors Smith and Plummer
were so biased and prejudiced that
they could not give Mrs. Alexander a
fair and impartial trial," Judge Gatens
holds as his primal reason for setting
aside the verdict of the School Board.
The decision, which created a furore
In public school circles yesterday, reads
This matter come before the court to
review tho action of the School Board in
removing Mrs. Alevla Alexander as a teacher
In our public school. Charge were pre
ferred against Mrs. Alexander by Mr. Alder
man, City Superintendent, which the court
feels it cannot enter into for the reason
that, while they are not as definite in char
acter aa they might be. still they are suf
ficient to acquaint Mrs. Alexander of the
charges proposed and for that reason the
court cannot go into the question aa to
whether or not there was any evidence to
support the charges, that matter being en
tirely within the province of the School
Bias Is Not Denied.
Howerer, the record before the court
chows that prior to the taking of testimony
an affidavit was filed by Mrs. Alexander to
tho effect that LMrector Allen Welch Smith
was so prejudiced that he could not give
her a fair and Impartial trial, which was
dented by Dr. Smith. While the case was
In progress. S. P. Lockwood, one of the
directors, resigned aa a member of the
board, leaving four members " to hear and
determine the charges against Mrs. Alex
ander. Before the matter was decided Mrs. Alex
ander filed a case In the Circuit Court, pray
lng that the School Board be enjoined from
proceeding with the trial, and among the
reasons assigned were that Directors Allen
Welch Smith and O. M. Plummer were ao
prejudiced against her that they could not
give her a fair and Impartial trial. These
charges were sworn to by Mrs. Alexander,
and the record before me does not disclose
any denial of her charges In that regard,
The undisputed record shows that O. M.
Plummer had made up his mind with re
spect to the conclusion to be reached In
the matter before the charges were filed
or any evidence heard; that while the hear
ing was In progress he had talked freely
about the case to sundry persons; thac he
publicly and emphatically stated that ha
felt under obligation to Mr. Alderman to
support him In any step he wished to take
concerning the matter, and that he would
vote for anything that Mr. Alderman wished
or recommended with respect to the matter;
that during the progress of the hearing
rerore tbe board, ana while ne was sup
posed to bo sitting aa -an Impartial judge,
he conferred with and carried information
to Mr. Alderman and to Mr. Alderman's
counsel which he thought might be useful
to them in the prosecution of the charges,
and had talked with some of the witnesses
for Mrs. Alexander before they were called,
and had carried to Mr. Alderman and hli
counsel the substance of such conversa
tions, so they might use such Information
in connection with the examination of the
witnesses; that he had repeatedly stated
to sundry persons that so far as he was
concerned he knew where he stood In the
matter and that It was a waste of time
to be taking evidence, meaning, of course.
that he Intended to hold against Mra Alex
ander In any event; that he stated to sev
eral persons during the progress of the
hearing that there was nothing In the
charges filed nor In the evidence In sup
port or them, and that 11 that was all
there was to the matter against plaintiff
she would not be dismissed, but in connection
with such statements he would always add
In substance and effect, that she was being
tried as far as he was concerned on some
thing not appearing In the charges or in
the evidence, and that If the other mem
hers of the board should seem favorable
to her. or if the public knew what he knew,
everybody would agree the dismissal wa
proper; that Director Smith inspired Mr. Al
derman to bring charges against Mrs. Alex
ander. and that he would consider noth
lng other than the removal of her; that
Director Smith, as early as June, 1916. be
gan active work toward the removal of Mrs
Alexander, and was actuated purely by mo
tives of personal hostility to her; that upon
the recommendation ox Mr. Alderman
sister of Director Smith was given a lucra
tive position in the girls' department of th
Benson Polytechnic School, and upon a like
recommendation there was given another
position to an Intimate friend of the family
that neither of the persons were qualified
or experienced teachers, were never le
gaily certified to teach and were women far
Past middle age; that each received a sal
ary upwards of $175 per month, through
the recommendation of Mr. Alderman and
through the Influence of Dr. Smith; that.
acting for the best Interests of the school,
Mrs. Alexander recommended the abolish
ment of the position held by the friend
of Dr. Smith; that Mra Alexander reported
to Superintendent Alderman that the sister
of Dr. Smith was wholly Incapable of teach
ing the subjects which had been assigned
to her. and which reports were made by
Mrs. Alexander with no Intention of re
flection on the personal character of Dr.
Fair Trial Demanded.
It appears from the record before me
that Directors Smith and Plummer were so
biased and prejudiced that they could not
give Mra Alexander a fair and impartial
trial. It may be that the charges against
her were true, but she had a right as a
teacher to have her case tried before a
fair and impartial board. The record shows
that Director Drake voted for her reten
tion, and Directors Beach, Smith and
Plummer voted for her removal.. If
Directors Smith and Plummer had not
sat In her case and voted for her dismis
sal, the vote would have stood one to one.
and Mrs. Alexander would have held her
If a school teacher, or any person to be
tried before any public body, is to be tried
by those who have instigated charges
against the person, such trials become
farcical. It seems from the record that
some of the teachers were told that If
they did not keep out of the Alexander
trial they would be dismissed from the
service. Prom the record before me. If Mrs.
Alexander's dismissal can be upheld, then
the tenure of office law becomes a farce.
I am of the opinion that neither Directors
Plummer nor Smith, aa shown by the rec
ord, should have been permitted to sit in
judgment in this case, and for that reasom
the order dismissing Mrs. Alexander Irom
the position she held should be set aside
and held for naught.
WILLIAM A. STOREY DIES
LIFE IJf PORTLAND FOR MAPTT
YEARS WAS PROMINENT.
Official Positions ITeld Were) Mayor
of Portland and Sheriff of
"William A. Storey, who has been both
Mayor of Portland and Sheriff of Mult
nomah County, passed away late Sun
day night at the home of his daugh
ter, Mrs. Joseph C. "Woltrlng. of 105
East Twelfth street North. Mr. Storey
recently underwent an operation in a
local hospital, and was so weakened by
the shock that his death had been mo
mentarily expected for the past week.
Mr. Storey was born in Machias, Me.,
In 1854. He came to Oregon in 1877.
Here he was affiliated with many old
time business concerns. At one time
he was publisher of the Northwest
Sportsman. In 1898 he was elected
Councilman from the First Ward, and
was subsequently elected president of
the City Council. A few months later
Mayor W. S. Mason died while In office
and the Council elected Mr. Storey to
serve the unexpired portion of the term.
Mr. Storey subsequently ran for the of
fice of County Sheriff, and was elected
by a large majority.
Mr. Storey Is survived by hl widow,
Mrs. Dirkie Storey, four daughters and
one son: Mrs. Florence Woltrlng,
Dixie Storey, of Portland, and Han-let,
Neva and Robert Storey, of Banks, Or.,
and three grandchildren; also one
brother. George A. Storey, of Fremont,
Neb.; two sisters Mrs. Alice McFad
den, of San Diego, Cal., and Mrs. S. IL
Whitworth. of Seattle.
The funeral will be held tomorrow at
2 o'clock from the chapel of Skewes'
undertaking parlors. Third and Clay
PANTAGES BILL IS RIOT
EVERY NUMBER DECLARED GOOD
FOR SCORE OF LAUGHS.
Headline Act, "Miss Hamlet," Intro
duces Panllne Barrl Cat and
Rat Performance Approved.
A riot of merriment Is the bill at
Pantages this week. Every number Is
good for a score or more of laughs.
Some of the acts are all one big laugh.
xne neacmne act, "Miss Hamlet, Is a
dandy. Miss Pauline Barrl in the title
role has a sweet voice and Is a charm
ing little actress.
Leila Shaw and company In "A
Truthful Liar" give a playlet that has
happy ending and some startling
A novel performance Is given by
Swain's cats and rats. The cats play
in and out the windows" and do a
ot of clever stunts and the rats Jump
hurdles and walk the tightrope both
cats and rats playing together In
perfect safety and friendliness.
Paula, a good-looking, cheerful young
woman, is a popular favorite, with her
songs and accordion playing.
With many lively songs In which
their voices harmonize well, Klotz and
Nash get a storm of applause.
VV 1th patter and chatter and song and
lot of delightful nonsense, Howard
Kicel and Herbert give the audience
something new in the way of entertainment.
The serial film, "The Neglected
Wife," Is exciting and keeps up the
Uqaor Smuggling Is Punished.
ASTORIA. Or., July 30. (Special.)
Harry Gilmore, steward on the steamer
Northern Pacific, was fined $50 In the
police court today on a charge of hav
ing liquor In his possession. He was
caught last night stepping off a train
with a suitcase and handbag, each
well-filled with contraband liquor.
NATIVE OF OHIO, LONG RESI
DENT OF PORTLAND. WHO
All Charge Purchases Made Tuesday Will Go on Your August Account, Which Is Payable September 1 Tea Room on Fourth Floor
S.& H. Stamps Given With Purchases of 10c or Over Stamps Given on Charge Accounts if Paid in Full by the 10th of Each Month
at This Store
dependable merchandise from re
liable makers. We see to it that
you get full value for every dollar
you spend at this store. Shop here
for quality goods at low prices.
The Standard Store of the Northwest
Olds, Wortman & Kin
Reliable Merchandise Reliable Methods
Expert Kodak Finishing, Devel
oping:, Printing, Enlarging and
color work. Bring us your films
for best results. Quick service.
S. & H. Stamps with purchases.
Reduced Prices on Women's Street Dresses
Rag Rugs Underpriced
18 x 36 Inch Rugs at 38c
36 x 72 Inch Rugs $1.48.
Third Floor Rag Bugs make the ideal floor covering for porch,
bedroom or Summer cottage. A recent large shipment came to
us at a big reduction in price, enabling us to give our customers
exceptional bargains. Mail orders filled promptly and cheaply.
Rag Rugs, size 18x36 QQ i Rag Rugs, size 25x50
JJX Inchon. Tricr1 nrinl at
inches, priced special at '
Rag Rugs, 6ize 24x36 EKg
inches. rjriced enecial "Jv
inches, priced special at
R a g Rugs, size Q-f A Q
86x72 Inches, priced OXefitO
ODD LINES OF LINOLEUM ON SALE AT SPECIAL PRICES.
GRASS ROCKERS, CHAIES, TABLES, ETC., ETC. REDUCED
$2.50 Tabourettes $1.69
One Style as Illustrated
Third Floor Solid Oak Tabourettes in Jacobean
finish. Three attractive styles, one of which is
illustrated to the right. Good heavy construction
and well worth $2.50. Only a limited C- ?Q
number in this lot. Priced very special DX.O7
At Special Prices
Second Floor Beautiful Waists for
dress occasions. This season's best
styles. Made up in Georgette crepe,
crepe de chine, pongee, taffeta, etc
Styled with large collars, some trimmed
with hand embroidery and lace. - Many
In popular Russian blouse effects.
White and good assortment of colors.
LOT 1 Women's Silk Orj JfT
Waists on srtecial sale at ' a-'
LOT 2 Women's Silk
Waists on special sale at
Great Sale of Wash Goods
12Hc, 25c, 33c Yard
Center and Bargain Circles, First Floor With many weeks of warm weather
ahead hundreds of women are taking advantage of this opportunity to buy cool
Summer fabrics for dresses and waists at half and less than half regular selling
prices. Thousands of yards in this extraordinary offering. Scores of weaves, including
Silk-Mixed Pongees, Printed and Woven Voiles, Imported
Dimities, Silk-Finish Sport Stripes, Tussah Shirtings and
Many Other Weaves for Dresses, Waists and Skirts
Readjustment of stocks has brought to
light many broken lines of Women's
high-grade Dresses, which must be dis
posed of at once. In order to accomplish
this we have made deep cuts in prices. "
Dresses at $8.75
Second Floor Women's and Misses'
Dresses of pongee silk and crepe de chine
in many handsome styles for afternoon
wear. New large collars, fancy belts,
pockets, etc Black, white, green, tan,
purple and other good colors. QQ rrpr
Priced for this sale at only OO. I O
Dresses at $14.75
Second Floor Dresses ' of pongee, taf
feta, wool jersey, charmeuse, Georgette
crepe, crepe de chine Sport Dresses,
Garden Dresses, Coat Dresses many in
combinations of different materials.
Black and leading colors. Q- A fjfr
Priced special now at only &XTb. I O
There are all-white materials, novelty sport stripes and figured effects in all
the newest colorings, particularly the sport colors. If for any reason you could not
attend the sale Monday, come today and get your share of these great bargains.
LOT 1 Val--01 I LOT 2 Values OfT I LOT 3 Values
ues to 35c, for up to 75c, for only ! up to $1, for only
15c, 20c Embroideries 10c
Odd Laces at Half Price
Main Floor Odd pieces of fine
Laces, Venise Edges, 2 to 8 inches
wide: 36 and 18-inch Shadow
Main Floor Embroidery Edges,
Beading Edges, Beadings and In
sertions of cambric, nainsook and
Swiss. 15c, 18c and 20c - f
qualities. Special, yard J-vFLr
Lace Flouncings, Trimmings 1
and Medallions reduced 2
Special Demonstration Burnett's
Extracts and Colorings
Miss Crowley, domestic science expert from the Burnett Co., of
Boston, will be here for a short time and will give a series of dem
onstrations on how to use Burnett Extracts and Colorings in preparing
desserts and table delicacies also for table decorations. Grocery
Department, Fourth Floor, Tuesday 10:30 A. M. Bring your friends.
Glenwood Creamery Butter, Two Pounds 90c
Sale of Made-in-Oregon Brooms
Housewares Section, Third Floor
Third Floor The following prices are lower than regular factory cost
today. Housewives will do well to supply their needs now and save.
Good Quality House Brooms 50 I Choice Select House Brooms 75$
Extra Quality House Brooms Go Extra Heavy House Brooms 80
$1.75 PUNCH MOP OUTFIT ($1.25 Mop and 50c Bottle of Oil) .$1
See special demonstration of Economy and Kerr Fruit Jars, etc., etc.
TROOPS MOVE SOON
Various Units to Assemble at
EQUIPMENT NOT ALL HERE
Removal of Battery A and Troop A
First Recommended by Adjutant
General White, as They Have
More Seasoned Men.
If a recommendation mads to the
Western Department at San Francisco
yesterday by George A. White, Adju
tant-General of the Oregon National
Guard, Is adopted. Battery A, Oregon
Field Artillery, and Troop A, Oregon
Cavalry, will move to Camp Withy
combe at once. Other troops now as
sembled at the Armory will follow a:
soon aa full supplies and equipment
for them are assured.
Supplies now are arriving1 at Camp
Withycombe from San Francisco at the
rate of about two cars a day. It is
virtually certain that all the troops
now at the Portland Armory, as well
as Troop D, at Pendleton, and the
Field Hospital Company, at La Grande,
will be comfortably settled at Camp
Withycombe by the end of this week.
General White believes that the con
centration at the camp can be accom
plished with the best results If the
troops are moved out there gradually
Instead of being thrown Into the camp
all at one time. Most of them are
raw troops, and such a concentration
would probably cause much confusion.
His recommendation that Battery A
and Troop A move to the camp first
was made because these commands are
more nearly fully equipped than any
of the others, and because there Is a
larger percentage of trained men In
them than in other organizations. Con
sequently, they can be useful in getting
the camp ready for the other com
The organizations mff at the Armory
under command of Major Charles E.
McDonell are Troops A. B, and C. cav
alry; Batteries A and B, field artillery,
and Companies A. B and C, engineers.
Troop D. at Pendleton, and the Field
Hospital unit at La .Grande also will
move to Camp Withycombe.
One "War Cupboard" Will
Be Well Supplied.
Mm. J. C. Napier, of Oregron Cltr,
Has Already Killed Over SOO Jars
OREGON CITY. Or., July 30. (Spe
cial.) Among the women of this
city who are looking out for the future
In the way of filling their "war cup
board" Is Mrs. J. C. Napier, of 612
Main street. Mrs. Napier has over 500
fruit Jars already filled with fruit. In
cluding berries, rhubarb, salmon of the
Royal Chinook variety caught at this
place, peas and string beans.
Mrs. Napier started In with salmon
and rhubarb, and will continue her can
ning when pears, peaches and other
fruits as they come on. Besides this
she has a large supply of jellies.
Mrs. Napier keeps a record of the
amount obtained In canned fruit from
the fresh fruit. From 140 pounds of
Blng cherries, a variety most delicious
for pies, and from Royal Anne cherries
she obtained 96 quart Jars. Several
of these have been placed In the store
of the Brady Mercantile Company to
show what the steam process can ac
complish. The cherries are in perfect
condition, and even retain the rich
color. This works in the same manner
with rhubarb, also exhibited.
Mr. and Mrs. Napier came to this
city from Arkansas a year ago.
John Brttton Parker.
John Brltton - Parker passed
away Tuesday morning at his late
home, 2121 East Stark street. He
was born March 30, 1840, In Hock
ing .County, Ohio. He was the
on of Joseph- Parker, a Baptist
minister, and his mother was
Julia Holcomb. His youthful
days were spent In Ohio. He
came to Portland In 1871. In
1892 he was married to Rebecca
Long, who survives him. One
sister, Mrs. Carolina Yeoman, of
Bellingham, Wash., Is living.
Jl Has caused an advanceof from
300 to 600 in one item alone-Freidh t.
-T-l tit I.
I nis is wny an cea prices are mgner.,
J! ':-r 5
TREE TEA STILL the;
best for the least money.
60 A POUND
NEW JOBS ABE OPEN
FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE EXAM
Artillery Ammunition Inspectors Kln
cer Print Classifier and Pro
duction Expert Wanted
The United States Civil Service Com
mission announces open competitive
examinations, as follows:
Inspectors of artillery ammunition, for
men only, to Inspect the manufacture, as
sembling:, loading and packing of artillery
ammunition In various manufacturing plants
within the United States, at entrance sal
aries rangfnir from $1500 to $2400 a year,
depending upon the Importance of the plant
to which, the appointee may be assigned.
A good common school education, proven
diplomatic and executive ability and not
less than six months of actual experience In
munition manufacture or Inspection are
prerequisites for consideration for this po
sition. Finger print classifier, for men only. Fifty
vacancies In the War Department, for duty
In Washington, D. C, or elsewhere, and
vacancies in positions requiring similar
qualifications at $1000 a year, will be filled
from this examination. Applicants are re
quired to have a good common school edu
cation, good eyesight and not less than
six months experience in the classification
of finger print records according to the
Until further notice and on account of
the needs of the service, applications for
the above positions will be received at any
A u mint 21. 191 T. Production expert, for
both men and women, to fill a vacancy
in the office of the chief signal officer.
War Department, Washington, D. C, at
$1500 a year.
Applicants must have reached "their 23d
but not their 40th birthday on the date of
examination. The duties will be the re
ception of correspondence and connecting
with previous correspondence; making of
records, tabulations and estimates of pro
duction of airplanes and engines.
Further Information and application forms
may be obtained from M. K. Wlgton, local
secretary. Board of United States Civil
Service Examiners, Postofflce building, Port
PICNIC INVITATIONS SENT
Lewis Connty Merchants, Farmers
and Breeders Arrange Outing.
CHEHALIS, Wash., July 30. (Spe
cial.) Invitations to speak at the pic
nic at Claquato Grove August 9 given
by Lewis County Farmers', Merchants'
and Pure Breeders' Club, have been sent
to G. F. Benson, State Commissioner of
Agriculture; E. L. Brewer, of Satsop,
Jersey breeder: William Bishop, of
Chlmacum, Holstein breeder; Mrs. W. E.
Brown, of Vader; Mrs. Millie Wilson, of
Chehalls; Mrs. Kina Bower, of Centra
11a; E. A. Stuart, of Seattle, and F. Q.
Favorite, of Chehalls.
N. B. Coffman will be chairman of the
day. It Is planned to have the mer
chants of Chehalis and Centralla close
their stores at 11 A. M. the day of the
man. was found today near Ilwaco
Beach llfesavlng station. Watkins was
drowned with his son. John Watkins.
while trolling outside the mouth of the
river a few days ago. The body Is to
be sent to Albany.
Women of Woodcraft Gather.
ASTORIA, Or.. July 30. (Special.)
About 150 delegates arrived today to
attend the state convention of the
Women of Woodcraft. Tonight there
was a banquet and musical and th
regular business sessions will begin tomorrow.
Green Chile Cheese
puts the punch
In a sandwich!
Fisherman's Body Fonnd.
ASTORIA. Or.. July 30. (Special.)
The body of Thomas Watkins. a fisher-
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