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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (May 9, 1909)
THE STINDAX OREGONIAX, PORTLAND, MAY 9, 1909.
Seen from the Pacific, rising 40 to 100 feet above the ocean with the sea
on one side and beautiful Tillamook Bay on the other two perfect beaches,
it seems designed by Nature to be exactly what we are making it
THE GREATEST BEACH RESORT ON THE PACIFIC COAST
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Go where you will up and down the Pacific Coast, you will find no location equal to Bay ocean's. What we are doing there completes Nature's work and makes it ready for your pleasure.
Four miles of safe, smooth sea
beach. Four mile3 of equally smooth,
clean bay beach, ideal for swimming
A grove-covered peninsula with so
varied a surface that you will find
exactly the location you seek. Wheth
er you are automobilist, motorboat
enthusiast, yachtsman, fisherman,
hunter, mountain climber, swimmer
or scenery lover, Bayocean is the
Summer home for you.
SPENDING $1,000,000 TO
MAKE BAYOCEAN PERFECT
All streets paved, cement side
walks. Pure mountain water
and electric lights to every lot.
A $350,000 hotel; the largest
plunge bath in the world, 500 by
1000 feet; a four-mile boulevard;
a 20-acre amusement par k.'
These are a few of the .features
we absolutely guarantee to you
in your contract. This work is
now under way.
THIS APPLIES TO YOU PERSONALLY
Tbu already know the need of a Beach Resort of the right kind in the
Northwest, and you know why land values there will increase tremendously
when that resort becomes familiar to every one. The fact that values in
Venice, CaL, have increased in a few years from $750 up to $2000 and $9000
per 30-foot lot show how far these values will advance.
Now, knowing what Bayocean is and what it will become, are you going
to see the remainder of the lots sold without your securing a single foot for
your own pleasure or profit?
This property is selling rapidly. Every day reduces your chance , to ob
tain a lot. Here in our office are complete photographic views, contour maps
and eveiything to show you exactly all you want to know about any part of
Bayocean. All we ask is that you hear the FACTS and see the FACTS about
Bayocean. Come and see us.
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Main 7324 A 6291
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Kansas City, Mo. '
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San Francisco, CaL
Washington Cities and Coun
ties Lose Thousands of Dol
lars in Past Two Years.
EXPERT MAKES HIS REPORT
I.glslatlTe Committee Gathers Itta
! Revealing: Startling Waste of Tax
payers' Moneys by Careless Of
SEATTLE. WMli, May 8 (Special).
Closely following upon the heels of
the startling disclosures of the pec
ulations of Ortls Hamilton, until very
recently Adjutant-General of the Na
tional Guard of Washington, but who
today stands charged with the embez
zlement of state and national funds
aggregating between $30,000 and $50,
000. comes the even more astounding
declaration that out of 18 per cent of
the Washington cities and towns which
have been checked up by expert ac
countants 90 per cent of them have
been found short in their accounts.
This embarrassing state of affairs
bas Just been revealed through a re
port of Cassius M. Williams of this
city, employed by the state legislative
committee appointed following the ad
journment of the last legislature to
Investigate the public affairs of the
various state officials, and Is contained
In a partial report of Mr. Williams to
State Senator Fliny L. Allen, chairman
of that committee.
Although 82 . per cent of the cities of
the class In question never have been
checked up by an impartial expert, ac
cording to the statistics of the Seattle
accountant, and -the time covered by
the report is two years, the total em
bezzlements in this state in the towns
and cities audited aggregate $1 '.724!
The expert also Is combing the ac
counts of the county officials. In 75
per cent of only 24 per cent of the
counties whose books have been ex
perted he has found defalcations amount
ing to $33,644.
Here Washington taxpayers have
been robbed to the tune of $168,366
during the period under discussion by
office-holders In whom they have' mis
placed confidence; but that is not all.
Mr. Williams points out that in most
instances it was found that the books
to be audited were in sufh a tangled
and slovenly condition that the conse
quent difficulty in auditing them cost
an extra large sum of money. So he
adds to the embezzled funds In cities
and towns examined. for auditing.
$63,988; also the loss of interest he has
figured to total $12,000. which brings
the total loss to the municipalities
alone which have been investigated to
$209,712. all directly the result of em
bezzlements covering a period of only
. To the sum Rtolen from the county
funds the expert adds $22,870 for aud
iting costs, making a total loss to these
divisions of government $62,614.
Simmered down. In other words, the
people of the Stat of Washington have
been out during the 24 months cov
ered by the report and in the small
percentage of the public offices con
. stdered to date a sum of money aggre
gating more than a quarter of a mil
This city, tha metropolis of the state.
heads the list as the premier victim of
defaulters and officeholdlng thieves. Fol
lowing the sudden departure to Honduras
two years ago of -"Honest John" Rlp
llnger, former city comptroller, a shortage
in municipal funds of approximately $50,
000 was discovered and traced directly to
his door. A thorough subsequent ex
porting of the city's records brought to
light a total discrepancy in Seattle's ac
counts of $70,000. This auditing of the
books cost $6300 and $7000 had been lost
With total embezzlements of $35,000, Spo
kane enjoys second place in the category
of municipal sufferers. Her auditing bill
brings the city's total loss to $35,518.
Next comes Hoquiam, with embezzle
ments footing up to $14,500, and an audit
ing bill and loss of Interest amounting to
The other cities audited and recorded
in Mr. Williams' report are, with their
losses through this character of fraud:
Snohomish, amount embezzled, $300, cost
of auditing, $200; Anacortes, embezzle
ments, $20, cost of auditing, $750, due to
the entangled condition of the records;
Ballard, which is now a ward of Greater
Seattle, defalcations, $6060, auditing, $500
and $3000 accredited to the loss of interest
through incompetent officials. The books
of Tacoma and Bellingham, two of the
state's cities of the first class, have not
Chehalls has suffered by embezzlement
a loss of $100. Bremerton's loss through
the same means was found to be $200;
Bllensburg's, $1500. Everett's books show
embezzlements amounting to $300, with
an additional cost of $1000 for straight
ening out the records.
In Tacoma the city park board's ac
counts were found short $414. Vancouver's
records show a shortage of $173. Walla
Walla suffered embezzlements to the ex
tent of only $667, ' but the accountant's
bill amounted to an additional $1500. By
embezzlements Wenatohee lost $1000. and
it cost $600 to have the books audited.
Aberdeen, Georgetown. Kent," Kennewick
and South Bend show no embezzlements,
but their records were audited and
straightened out In each Instance at a
considerable cost to the towns. ,
Taking up the counties of the state,
those of Franklin, Pacific. Wahkiakum,
Skagit, Lewis, Walla Walla and Benton
only are treated by Mr. Williams in his
Franklin was robbed of a total of $4144,
and had to pay an additional $2200 to
have its books audited and put in In
telligible working order. During the two
years Pacific County suffered embezzle
ments amounting to $5000, with an item
of $3000 tacked on as expert accountant
hire. Wahkiakum County was found to
be shy $2000. Island is given credit with
a shortage of $1100.
Skagit County was found to have been
hard hit with embezzlements amounting
to $25,000, and It cost $13,000 to straighten
out the official county records. Cowlitz
County lost by embezzlement only $1800;
Benton, $600, with $200 for experting the
booka. Of all the counties In the list
given above Walla Walla and Lewis are
the only ones whose records read clear.
HELP TO RECOVER LAND
KECENT ' DECISION HELP TO
LOSERS BY DELINQUENCY.
Supreme Court Gives Recourse to
Persons loosing Land on w hich
Description Is Insufficient.
The Supreme Court of Oregon recently
rendered a decision which is of very far
reaching importance with regard to sale
of land for taxes. Richard Martin, Jr.,
was the owner of a quarter section of
timber land In Columbia County.
Through some oversight he failed to pay
the taxes for the year 1892 and some sub
sequent years and the 'result was that
the County of Columbia purchased , the
property at the tax sales. Later the
county sold It under the law of 1901 to
J. G. Watts, Martin White and others,
who then asked of Mr. Martin a large
bonus in addition to the amount of taxes
and costs which they had paid to Co
The result was that Mr. Martin em
ployed S. H. Gruber as his attorney to
bring a suit against Watts, White and
others who purchased the property from
Columbia County, to remove the cloud
which was cast on his title o the prop
erty by the Sheriff's deed, which the pur
chasers at the tax sale had acquired and
placed on record.
In the Circuit Court Judge Thomas A.
McBride decided in favor of Mr. Martin,
whereupon the - defendants appealed the
case to . the Supreme Court, and in the
decision of the Supreme Court recently
rendered, the Court says:
"Tne description or tne property was
insufficient to identify it. It falls to give
the township and range in which the
land Is situated. This might have been
rendered definite if described by the as
sessment to be situated In Columbia
County there being but one township 4,
range 4 in that county but that is not
stated. There are in Oregon four town
ships numbered 4 In range 4, and the de
scription is insufficient to Identify the
property involved here."
SPECIAL EXCURSION TO METZGER STATION, Wednesday, May 12,
at reduced rates. 25c round trip. Excursion trains leave Front and Jefferson
streets at 9:30 A. M. and 1:30 P. M. '
The public is cordially invited at all times to visit our NATURAL PARK,
situated close to Metzger Station.
ESE ACRES ARE S
.Where can you duplicate them for twice the money? Think it over. It
may prove a very profitable thought for you, provided you decide to buy.
METZGER ACRE TRACTS
Sell without the slightest urging on the part of the agent , if you once make a
trip to the tract. Then the richness of the soil, the beauty of the surrounding
country and the tract itself and its closeness to the city, only 29 minutes,
will appeal to your good judgment.
You Can Raise Everything
to perfection on this land. All kinds of .vegetables, fruits, berries or walnuts.
You can secure land cleared, partly cleared or covered with timber. A most
desirable location for a homesite, which' can be made to yield a handsome reve
nue if you so desire. ' . ,
$250 Per Acre and Up
TERMS 10 per cent cash and 3 per cent of the purchase price per month.
INTEREST 6 per cent per anTrnm on deferred payments.
ON CASH PAYMENTS a discount will be allowed.
On the Salem Electric line. Get off at Metzger Station and our agents will take
pleasure in showing you around.
For particulars and descriptive plat call at our Portland office, 226-228
Front street, or at Metzger Station. All cars stop at Metzger 's.
Office Phones, Main 474, A 1374. Phone at Station, M. 6409.
In view of the fact that the descriptions
of property made by assessors throughout
the state have very largely been made in -the
same manner as in Columbia County,
and of the further fact that there have
been possibly thousands of such tax sales
made, and the purchasers at such tax
sales, or their successors in interest claim
to own land so acquired, the decision of
the Supreme Court finally settling the
matter is of great importance. y
Do You Know
That a 460 acre tract 5 blocks from ELMHURST
was sold at the rate of $700 a lot for the bare
ground with no improvements? ,
Do You Know
That ELMHURST is higher than any point in
Do You Know . , -
That full-sized, sightly lots can be bought in
ELMHURST for $540 on easy terms if you wish?
Do You Know
That the price in ELMHURST includes graded
streets, Bull Run water, cement walks and curbs,
parking strip and elm trees? ,
Do You Know ' '
That ELMHURST is right in the finest part of
the largest restricted residence district in - -
Do You Know
That ELMHURST is only 22 minutes from down town
by street car?
Do You Know
That you will have to hurry, because ELMHURST .
is nearly gone, and no other tract with its situ
ation and advantages will ever again be put onto the
market at as" low a price?
Do You Know
That we will show you ELMHURST by automobile
from our office?
American Trust Co.
200-204 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BLDG., Phones: Main 3143 and A 1312