THE SUNDAY OREGQNIA&, PORTLAND!, SEPTEMBER. 3, r 1905- 15 V "11 BABYSHOW THE MOST OF BABY GRANDS EVER SEEN ALL AT REDUCED PRICES AND ON EASY TERMS BABY SHOW OF .GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO MUSICIANS AMATEUFf AND PROFESSIONAL S, "'.-.." " Sri- t r CHANCE OF A LIFETIME TO SELECT AND COMPARE A hallful of the choicest of Grand Pianos WORLD'S FAIR EXHIBIT OF PIANOS, ORGANS, PIANOLAS, PIPE ORGANS 351 Washington Street EILERS PIANO HOU SE PASS OS Ml Ml City Engineer Taylor Will Have to Do So. WANZER WRITES LETTER Tells tlic Executive Board That He Was In No Position to Verify Account of Paving That Had Been Done. It Is expected that when Douglas W. Tayior, the newly appointed City Engi nr, ooles to consider claims for street improvements before the next session of the Executive Board, that he will be placed in the awkward position of having1 to pass upon the merits of some of his own make of bills against the city. On the last day of his official connection with the municipality. City Engineer Wanzer addressed the following letter to the Ex ucutlve Board: To the Honorable Executive Board of the City of Portland: The enclosed item ized bills In favor of the Trinidad Asphalt Paving Company for repairs to pavement on Third, Sixth and Alder streets, amounting to the total sum of 5782.86, I heroby refor to you for your considera tion. The fact Is that I, under permission granted me by the Executive Board, authorized the Asphalt Company to repair Third street to the extent of 150 yards, which, at the rate of 51.65. would amount to the sum of 5247.50. I never did author ize any more than th 150 yards allowed me by the Executlvo Board, which, you will see, la verified by communication from the Asphalt Company attached, but :hat company, presuming that necessary repairs would be duly authorized, made additional repairs on Third street, and also unauthorized repairs on Sixth and Alder streets, which repairs were made without my knowledge, and consequently 1 am In no condition to verify them. I have had the sketches furnished me by the Asphalt Company duly checked, and the areas agree with the Itemized state ment herein. Please .note attached correspondence, and especially communication from Super intendent of the Paving Company under date of the 14th of this month. It Is possible that the Jncomlng City Engineer may satisfactorily demonstrate to you the correctness of the bills ren dered by himself as superintendent of the Trinidad Asphalt Paving Company. fSigned.) CHARLES WANZER, City Engineer. In explanation. Captain "Wanzer gave out. at the time he sent the foregoing communication to the body, that it was done to clear himself of what might seem an attempt to exceed his authority. City Engineer Taylor stated last night that he did not care to make any expla nation concerning the bill until called upon by the Executive Board next Fri day, at which time he thought that, he would be able to give satisfactory rea sons for everything. He seemed to con sider it strange, however, that his prede cessor should wait until the last minute before bringing the matter up, and said that the claims were presented to Captain "Wanzer by the Asphalt Company early in June. He contended that there was nothing wrong about them, and thitt they ought to have been disposed of long ago. as the Executive Board had had several sessions since they were rendered, and wa even tiare aat eMwtuaJU: tec their consideration by the old Executive Board. Ex-City Engineer Wanzer, when his at tention was called to Mr. Taylor's con tentions, denied that he had any Idea of trying to create the Impression that there was anything wrong with the Paving Company's bills, only he said the work had been performed without any author ity from him, and he was consequently In no position to say whether It had been properly done, or even done at all in short, there was nothing for him to con sider In relation to the matter, he said, excepting what came before him In an official way. based upon proper authoriza tion from his office. FARMERS FIGHT' LICENSE ORDINANCE BITTERLY BY GRANGES. OPPOSED Committee Named aad Co-Operation A in our: the Org-nIrRtIo&s In Pro ra ined Agalaiit the Meanure. If the plan adopted yesterday after noon by Evening- Star Grange. Patrons of Husbandry, at the meeting- In the hall on the Section Line road. Is ap proved by other Granges in Multnomah County the question of the farmers' market and the pending license ordi nance will go to a conference commit tee appointed by the Granges and the managemunt of the Peoples' Market Association, which has leased the pub lic block. The propbsed farmers' license ordinance was the storm center of a discussion, which lasted over two hours. Inaugurated by a statement made by F. M. Gill, of the Russellville Grange. Mr. GUI said that there was a remonstrance against the passage of the ordinance signed by over 200 busi ness men of Portland, and that even Councilman Masters, who was sup posed to have fathered the ordinance, XaJ disowned it. Mayor Lane also said if It should pusa he would certainly veto it. Mrs. M. E. Shafford, who for several years ha3 worked for a market for Portland, mado some remarks favor able to a Portland market for sanitary and civic reasons, and requested a hear in? from E. C Xnoernschild, general manager, "which being- granted, he was escorted into the Grange and made an extended explanation, in which he ce't forth the advantage of a public mar ket. Among- other things he said the farmers could always know at the mar ket place what price was paid for everything he had for sale and in that way It would pay him well. Mr. Knoernschlld was subject to a ilre of questions relative to the, ordinance, some of the questions being- hard for him to answer. In answer to a ques tion from master of the Grange, J. J. Johnson, Manager Knoernschlld said he should be willing- to submit the question of management to a general committee of farmers. He favored that plan of reaching an understanding-. He said he wanted to stand with the farm ers, and would he glad if this commit tee, representing the farmers' Inter ests, should be named. After Mr. Knoernschlld, retired the Grange took up the matter. It indorsed the position taken by Russellville Grange, and de clared itself opposed to the farmers' ordinance that would compel farmers to go to the market block and pay 25 cents, or pay a license of 515 a quarter. After the discussion. In -which nearly all took part and generally agreed against the pending ordinance. It was moved anil carried -that J. J. Johnson, JL X. Xraery an L, D. 111 oil fee ap pointed a conference committee from Evening Star Grange. Master Robin son, of Woodlawn Grange, announced thnt that 'Grange would act with all Grangers In Multnomah County. The City Council will act to defer any fur ther action on the pending ordinance until these committees have held their conference with the managers of the Peoples Market Association. The Grangers are not fighting the market, but want to be free to act. There was a large attendance at the meeting during the day. Many Portland business men v were present and mado addresses. Including F. E. Beach. G. A. Brodle. and others. The chief objection to the farmers' license ordinance was thnt it would compel the farmers to cross the city to the market, before selling his load, and then he must return to the sub urbs, after having traveled several miles out of his way. Master Johnson wanted to know if the territory of the operation of the license could not be limited to the business center, and omit the. suburbs. There will be a full consideration of the subject by all the Grangers of tho county, and out of this oonference It is "hoped the clouds of opposition may bo dispelled, and har monious relations established between the farmers and the Market Associa tion. That Is what is aimed at. LAND GRANT DELAY? MILLS WILL SOON REBUILD Xcw Plants Will Employ More Men Than Those Burned. It is announced that the sawmill plants of the Oregon Fir Lumber Company and the St. Johns Lumber Company, destroyed by the fire Friday, will bo rebuilt at once. Already some preliminary work of clearing the debris Is being done. Next week the smoldering fire In the ruins will have died out so as to allow the prosecu tion of the clearing work. These mills are to bo rebuilt on much larger plans than heretofore, and more modern ma chinery will be Installed. Daniel Brecht's plant, of the St. Johns Lumber Company, recently purchased of A. S. Douglas, will have double Its former capacity. -The Oregon Fir Lumber 'Company also will rebuild on a greatly enlarged scale, which will . furnbih employment to many more men than were employed in the plants before the fire. While the destruction of the two sawmills throws out about 200 raen.v the enlarged mills will give more men employment. SECURES FAIR PIANO. Prominent among the numerous planus sold yesterday was a beautiful Schumann piano selected by Mrs. Olga Bartsch Lang. The piano Is one of the exhibition Instru ments displayed In the Eilers Piano House downtown exhibit, and was chosen by Mrs. Lang after careful comparison and trial of other makes, carried by the Eilers House, as possessing tone quality, volume and elasticity and ease of action best suited to the needs of a vocal teacher. Having commenced her studies with Mrs. E. J. Fink, a pupil ol Garcia Vlar dot, and later having studied some years with Mrs. Walter Reed, Mrs. Lang, en dowed with a voice of exceptional, purity and an artistic temperament, commences her season's worktomorrow. at 715 First street, under exceptionally favorable cir cumstances, and her success in her chosen work Is thoroughly assured. Mr. Wood Discusses the Mal heur Project. WHO SHALL LIST ACREAGE? ARE YOU GOING EAST? If S. Leant Aketit the Very Lw O. K. X. Xtec September 7. S, 9 and 1C. the O. R. Jfc N. places on sale vey low-rate long-time tickets East, account L O. O. F. Grand Lodge meeting. Philadelphia. Pa. Partic ulars by asking at City Ticket Office. Xhlc uA Wiarto atrtU. PertlaaA. Difficulty Is That Government In sists on Doing It, but the Wngon-Rond People Will Not Consent. PORTLAND. Sept. 2. (To the Edi torsReferring to the. Malheur Irrigation project, I wrote rather a lengthy state ment of what I believed to be the facts, which was printed In The Orogonlan July 2S. As there have been several editorial and other comments on tho matter, many of them not wholly accurate, and as the subject Is of .real public Importance. I will, and I hope for the last time, present my view of the' situation. The land grant- has not delayed this project one day, and the Reclamation Service must so tell you. If the Land Grant gave Its land outright to the Gov ernment tomorrow, or If there was no Land Grant In existence, the Reclama tion Service is not ready to begin its work, for the following reasons: A necessary right of way for Its canals Is through the Mainour Canyon. This is at present occupied by the light of way of what Is commonly known as the Ham mond Railroad, and no adjustment of the conflict has been made. Further, the bed of the reservoir Is now the Harper ranch and adjacent properties. No arrangement for purchase or con demnation of these properties has been made. Further, the lien of J12.CO per acre la based on an estimate of not less than one hundred thousand acres being contributed to the project. Of this the Land Grant is expected to contribute only twenty-five thousand. There is of Government land about 50.000 acres at tho outside, if I remember cor rectly, and of the remaining 23,000 acres In private bands no considerable portion has yet been subscribed' at J2 per acre. Of course, unless substantially the whole 100,000 acres Is subscribed, the Hen will have to bo raised above W2 per acre, and as I understand the Reclamation Service, this will cause abandonment of the enter prise. Further, there are existing private dltchet and water rights, none' of which has been definitely arranged with by the Reclamation Service to the satisfac tion of the Service. Therefore, you see. the Reclamation Service never has been, and Is not now, ready to proceed. And whoever informs you that the Land Grant has caused the delay, states what is not true. Now, as to the actual position of the Land Grant: ' The owners, as reasonable men, cer tainly ought to perceive the advantage -or having their desert lands reclaimed. They do. and are anxious to have It done. They ought to see the benefit to the state. In which they have large holdings. They do; and are anxious to. help the matter along. They ought to be selfishly interested to gel into this plan every available acre. They arc and in good faith will put In ever acre which will stand the lien. But and here Is the a Inference between tfcem aal Um JUcfcuM-tto ' Jkrvk-tfeey will not allow the Reclamation Service to arbitrarily list what land Is to be put 'In. They reserve the right to decide that for themselves, but will put In very acre they can. How they can benefit by holding out any land and leaving It dry. I do not sec; but we will put In every acre we can-and will hold out nothing which can stand the lien and a very small profit. If we can not be believed on this. I cannot help It. I. for one. fatv to see what we cculd gain by keeping out land from the benefits of water. As I view It, we would be the losers. "Why do we insist on deciding what land shall go Into the scheme? First, because the Reclamation Service has never yet shown roe either a map or a list or any thing else Indicating what 'of our lands the Service has Included. I do not know today what acres they . have Included. When I do know, and our experts have passed on the land, possibly we may agree. If we should not agree (and If the serv ice has included without discrimination the entire area physically under their -system, we shall not agree), then and In that event we shall follow our own experts and our own experience. Some of the offi cials of the Reclamation Service have said to me that all the land selected by them will be readily taken long before the works are completed. I bcllevo that the Reclamation Service has a hopeful and high estimate of quick sales and of land values. They have talked of 20 acres enough for a family, etc. I question If the conditions In the West 'and the char acter of our people are favorable to ex tremely small farms. However, our te9t Is going to be. can a settler hope to win out successfully on a $42-per-acre-first-on-the-rawrland Hen? If there Is no pros pect of his doing so, we do not intend to be the instrument of deluding him into wasted effort and disappointment and finally the foreclosure of a Hen on his home: and on this point I am Inflexible. I shall go as far as possible. I shall re solve every doubt In favor of reclama tion, but where It seems clear to me ac cording to all the light I can get on the subject that a man cannot win out on his (42-an-acre burden. I shall not be the means of putting that land in to delude him. no matter who recklessly asks ma to do It. Knave no doubt in due time wo could unload on some poor. Inexperienced settler every acre oT-worthlcss grease wood, hard-pan land, hut I do not intend to lay the ground for such a moral fraud, no matter what criticisms are made by Irresponsible people. But this whole ques tion Is premature. We may agree. I have never had a chance to see what the Government has claimed as available land. The Reclamation Service has never, so It seems, been ready to ask me to see if I could agree with It on this point. I never knew till I saw it In The Ore gonlan that my position to them was not satisfactory- I have nothing before me now from them saying it Is not satisfac tory; nothing charging us with being ob structionists. This all comes to me from the outside. The other question I have fully dis cussed In my former communication. Our land will have to meet the competition of thousands of acres of Government land, and of land vrlth lower water Hens; and It Is only right we should have a reason able time after water Is actually avail able In which td dispose of our land. We givo the Secretary a right to auction It off within one year after water Is avail able, and that Is no great delay. In conclusion. I wish to say the Recla mation Service continually disavows fur nishing the misinformation the, press Is so liberal with: therefore I do not know where It comes from. But I will say now. it is not true the land grant has delayed this matter one day. It is not true the land-grant owners destre to play any tricks or to hold out any land or In dulge in any speculation other than to sell their lands at a fair, reasonable profit. Is that the speculation objected to? How they can speculate, even If they wish to do so. I do not understand, and would like that made clear to me. There la no one in Oregon more truly anxious for the success of this enterpri8 tkaa I sjb for the benefit of my tUmid, of the state and of my friends In the Malheur Valley. It would, be better If the facts were discussed rather than Imaginary evils be used to inflame the prejudice of people who have not now and never expect to have a dollar's In terest In the matter. C. E. S. WOOD. Hood River Sawmill Bought. F. E. Stanley and Robert Smith, of Portland, have purchased the property of the Davenport Lumber Company, of Hood River, tosether with timber lands owned by B. F. Laughlln, of The Dalles, and others, containing about 200,000.000 feet of standing timber. Corporation papers will be filed for a new company with a capital of J3OO.O0O. A sawmill will be built at Hood River, which will have a capacltw of 150.000 feet dally. UNIQUE EXHIBIT OF ALBERS BROS. MILLING CO. CKXTER OF ATTRACTION IX AGRICULTURAL. HOLDING. While there are many creditable exhibits In the Agricultural and Hor ticultural building at the Lewis and Clark Exposition, there Is. perhaps, none that Is attracting more attention than that of the Albera Bros. Milling Company. For originality in design it occupies a position entirely by Itself. As may be seen from the Illustration here shown, the feature of this ex hibit Is an old Dutch gristmill, built of thl3 firm's famous "Violet Oats." The mill, being In operation. Is a source of much amusement to the little folks, while their elders' are Interested "by the demonstrations of the two lady demonstrators constantly employed In showing Fair visitors the man ner of preparing for the table the many dainty cereals produced by the Albers Milling Company. As Is known, the Albers Bros. Milling Company Is the largest manu facturer of cereals and breakfast foods In the Pacific Northwest. At the St. Louis Fair last year, this company, while In competition with cereal manufacturers from all parts of the world, received the gold medal, the highest award that the world can give, for the excellence of Its products. Among the many products of this company's plant, all of which find a wel come place at every breakfast table, may be mentioned Columbia oat flake?, Columbia wheat flakes. Volet rolled oats, Violet pearls of wheat, Violet flaked wheat. Cream rolled oats and self-raising buckwheat. All of these products have gained an enviable reputation with all discriminating house wives. Fair visitors not familiar with the. delicious cereals of the Albers Bros. Milling Company are cordially Invited to visit the exhibit of this firm In the Agricultural building, where courteous lady demonstrators will be pleased to show them every attention.