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About The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current | View Entire Issue (April 11, 1915)
THE SUNDAY OREGOSTAX. PORTLAND, APRIL 11, 191S.
Charles Berst, H Years Old,
of Ladd School, Carries
Off. First Honors.
to Decide Between
and Bad Roads and
or Busy Men.
ineals of transportation are provided.
Hard-surfaced roads will provide this
kind pf transportation.
People in the city are preparing to
vote for the bonds because they realize
that paved roads will aid in the devel
opment of a greater Portland. Paved
roads, they are convinced, not only
will open the territory of the county
itself, but will enable the farmers of
Clackamas, Washington, Hood River,
Columbia and adjoining counties to
reach Fortland with their products.
They are convinced that land in these
adjoining counties will be opened up
and developed and that hundreds of
additional homes will be provided Tor
farmers and their families and that the
yield of products from the Oregon soil
will be greatly increased.-
BELGIANS STILL NEED FOOD
Keports From Headquarters Declare
Clothing Supply Adequate.
Reports from the headquarters of
the Belgian relief committee In Rot
terdam announce that the supplies of
clothing are sufficient at present and
that the pressing- need is for food. It
is urged that those who have been con
tributing clothing, arrange if possible
for the contribution of food supplies
The local committee reports, since
STRONG FOR BONDS
WEDNESDAY ELECTION DAY
City and Country, Labor and Busi
ness Men Express Indorsement
of Issue for Permanent High-
ways in Multnomah County.
Shall Multnomah County continue In
its primitive methods of road building
and pay the maximum in annual re
pairs, or shall it proceed with con
struction of modern highways of per
the sailing of the steamer Cranley from
Portland, the following cash contribu
tions have been received by the Oregon
committee and sent to Josephine Bates,
chairman woman's section of the com-
AMY TURNER, 13, SECOND
Margaret Scott, of Fernwood, Wins
Third Prize and Especial Men
tion for Originality Goes to
Edna M. Dowling, of Eliot.
Judges in the good roads essay con
test which closed yesterday were sorry
for only -one circumstance that they
had not a thousand prizes to give.
So many boys and girls responded to
the invitation of S. Benson, the veteran
WINNERS OF CASH PRIZES IN ESSAY CONTEST ON GOOD ROADS CONDUCTED BY S. BENSON
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manent nature and reduce the cost of
maintenance to a minimum?
Voters of Multnomah County will
answer this question at the polls next
An affirmative answer means a bond
issue of $1,230,000 to pay for the im
mediate improvement of 70 miles of
main trunk roads and the employment
at the highest prevailing rates of la
bor of a small army of men.
A large element of voters seems to
favor the bond issue. As the merits of
the plan are presented, the sentiment
in favor of the issue appears to gain
V.trra Reason and Favor.
The leaders in the bond movement
who assert their desire to restore a
measure of prosperity to the city and
county have conducted a hard cam
paign of personal appeal and oratory
for the last three weeks. They have
encountered some opposition, but in
the last three or four days this oppo
sition has been vanishing before the
sound reasoning power of the average
"It is only a question of education
with the people," said John B. Yeon.
County Roadmaster. last night. "As
soon as they learn what good roads
mean they do not hesitate to indorse
For a greater part of the time the
present campaign has been conducted
by a committee of volunteer workers
whose sole interest in the movement
Is the improvement of the county
highways for the benefit that the
work will bring to the whole county
and everyone in it. This committee
consists of Mr. Teon. J. C. Ainsworth,
president of the United States National
Bank: Julius L. Meier, of the Meier A
Frank Company: Frank Branch Riley,
attorney, and one of the original good
roads disciples in the state; E. E.
Coovert, attorney: Whitney L. Boise,
attorney and real estate owner: Phil
Metschan. Jr., of the Imperial Hotel,
and George L. Baker, of the Baker
Laboring- Men Also Indorse.
These men have given much of their
time to the work. But within the last
week the demands upon their time be
came so pressing that they called for
aid. At an impromptu meeting in the
Teon building 45 other public spirited
citizens came to their relief. They of
fered to help in the campaign. The
new Chamber of Commerce then added
the weight of its membership and its
influence to the movement and since
then there has been a noticeable trend
of support toward the bond issue.
Unexpected support also has come
from members of the Grange and from
members of organized labor. A week
or so ago a group of labor men, dissat
isfied with the decision of the County
Commlssioners to pay a minimum of $3
per day to laborers employed on the
proposed work, voted to boycott the
bonds. They appealed to all members
of organized labor in the county to
vote against the improvement and
against the plan to give employment
to large numbers of unorganized work
ingmen. Efforts of Opponents Fail.
But their efforts have been unavail
ing. Organized labor has refused to fol
low the lead of the leaders. '
Thousands of union labor men have
come to good roads headquarters or to
members of the committee within the
last few days and declared their In
tention of voting for the bonds. Most
of these men resent the Idea of the
leaders trying to control their votes or
to dictate to them how they shall vote.
The County Commissioners and oth
er who are supporting the bond issue
propose that the highest prevailing
rates shall be paid to the workingmeh
on the road improvement projects. At
present this rate- varies from Ja.25 to
$2.7i per day. - Later in the season,
when labor is more in demand, it is
expected that the price will advance.
The farmers and members of the
Grange are supporting the bond Issue
because It has been pointed out to
them that Improved highways will give
them bettor means of reaching the
markets of the cities. It has been
shown also that more than 50 per cent
of the land served by the roads that
it Is proposed to improve Is idle and
Transportation Land's eed.
.All this land. It is declared, can be
made useful and productive if adequate
A 1 I 1
mission for relief in Belgium, No. 1
Madison avenue, New York City:
Mrs. U. W. L. MacGregor $ 4.00
Laura Brownvllle. Portland 3.00
Kobert L. Paddock, Biahop of Eastern
r r. r t ..' i- McMlnnvllle 1.30
Aulln Carv. Portland 25.00
Miss M. Lamotte, Portland 10.00
Office employes Portland Flouring
Mills Company 13.00
Coqutlie Valley Sentinel and Coquille
Oregon Boys- Club, T. M. C. A 6.00
J B. Rhodes. Portland 4.00
Citizens of Keedville, Or 14.25
Local piano school 10.00
J. J. Handsaker, Spokane. Wash 7.20
A. B. Moore 2S.00
Wesley Ranck '!'
Bettlna Goosens 2o.OO
Total ' .. J I2U9.43
Through Mrs. Frank Wilder $1 was
received, which was given to the fund
out of which needy women who made
garments for the Belgians, were paid.
The 25 cents was contributed by a
boy, his week's wages, and the last $25
was collected by a little girl of 12,
whose parents are Belgians. This money
will be used in buying food.
CHILD STUDENTS TO MEET
Society Prepares for Session in IVs
tival "Week and in South.
The Society for the Study and Educa
tion of Exceptional Children is plan
ning a meeting to be held during the
Rose Festival, at which a special pro
grammer will be given. Dr. R. G. Hall
has named the following committee to
prepare for this meeting: Alma R.
Thacker, chairman: Mrs. Estes Snal
decker and Mrs. L. T. Newton.
The society has been asked to make
arrangements, for tbe annual meeting
of the National association, which is
scheduled to be held at San Francisco
durine the week beginning August 23.
The next meeting of the local organiza
tion will be held in the offices or su
perintendent Alderman , Friday at 4
JITNEY DRIVER'S TRIAL SET
Louis Slicriuan, Vhoso Bus Over
turned, Has Case Set for Tuesday.
Louis Sherman, driver of the jitney
bus that overturned at Third and Jef
ferson streets Friday night, injuring
four, will be tried in Municipal Court
on a charge of reckless driving Tues
Speeders fined In Municipal court
yesterday were the following: Gus
Peppel. J10; A. J. Batt. $10: C M.
Sidwell. $15: G. H. Tilbury. $15: C. E.
Messenger. $10, and S. A. McMillan. s.
road enthusiast, to submit their argu
ments for the proposed . road Improve
ment bonds that the judges had a hard
time, indeed, to pick the winners. -
After much careful study first prize
was awarded to Charles . Berst, a 14-year-old
boy. who is a member of the
9-B class of the Ladd school. His argu
ment was -based ori efficiency. The
subject of his essay was "Efficiency
first, last and at all times." He com
plied .with all the other rules of the
contest and presented a lot of original
points. The lad is a son of Mr. and
Mrs. J. H. Berst, of 208 . Sixteenth
By a strange coincidence the second
prize of $25 was awarded to a girl who
is' a member of the same class in the
same school as the winner of the first
prize. Her name is Amy Turner. She
is only 13 years old and is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs, W. H. Turner, of 228
Tenth street. Her father is a machin
ist. This little girl was born in
Springfield. Ohio, September 1, 1901 and
moved to Portland with her parents, in
1910. The subject of her essay was
"What Oregon Needs."
Fernwood Pupil Third.
, The third prize of $10 went to Mar
garet Scott, 14 years old, a pupil at
Fernwood school. Her theme was "The
value of hard surface roads."
The first prize essay, by Charles
Berst. on "Efficiency. First, Last and
at All Times," follows:
'A vote for the road bonds is a
vote for prosperity. Why? Because
efficient equipment is the secret of
prosperity; and hard-surfaced roads
in this climate are the only efficient
ones for modern transportation.
"Dirt roads are useless seven or
eight months in the year and macadam
WINDERS IN S. BENSON'S
i prize: essay contest on
I "GOOD ROADS."
! First prize, $50, Charles Berst,
aged 14. class SB. Ladd School.
Second prize. $25, Amy Turner,
age 13, class 9B, Ladd School,
t Third prize, $10, Margaret Scott,
Sage 14, class SB, Fernwood
4 i Honorable Mention, Edna M.
Dowling, age 14, class 9A, Eliot
is not practical. It requires an ex
pensive foundation and will not stand
the wear. Might as well build an ex
pensive house and cover it ' with a
thatched roof. '
"The bond issue will benefit labor
because the greater part ot the cost
will be paid to labor.
"It will benefit the farmer, by giv
ing him easy and quick access to the
markets, by increasing the value of
his farm, by giving his children a bet
ter chance for education and making
them contented with farm life.
"It will benefit every one in the
city because an improved surrounding
country is necessary for the develop
ment of any city.
"Tourist Gold" AVanted.
- "It will give all a chance at tourist
gold, at a cost of "good eats." good
SCHEDULE OF GOOD ROADS MEETINGS PRELIMINARY TO
NEXT WEDNESDAY'S SPECIAL BOND ELECTION.
1! Noon Westminster Presbyterian Church, East Seventeenth and
Schuyler streets. John B. Teon, speaker.
S P. M. Latoiireil schoolhouse, George W. Joseph, speaker.
3:30 P. M. Vernon School. Twenty-sixth and Going streets. John B.
g p. M. At Commercial Club, ratification by new Chamber of Com
merce. 8 P. M. At Gresham. speakers to be assigned.
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(Employing 55,484 Men)
It Noon Oregon Civic League at Hazelwood Restaurant, John B.
- Teon and C C. Chapman, speakers.
3 p. M. Parent-Teacher meeting at Albina Homestead School, -E. E.
Coovert. speaker. . '
1P.M. Peninsula School, A. S. Benson, speaker.
3 P. M. Fernwood School, Frank B. Riley, speaker. ,
3 P. M. Sunnyside School, C. C. Chapman, speaker.
3 P. M. Chapman School, John B. Teon, speaker.
j p. m. American Institute of Banking at Multnomah Hotel, John
. B. Teon, speaker. ' .
Bull Run water, a fine climate and
the only thing we now lack, the good
roads to the finest natural scenery in
"What Oregon Needs," is the sub
ject of Amy Turner's essay which fol
lows: "How much will good roads mean to
Oregon? They will benefit the rich and
the poor alike; the merchant, the
farmer and the laborer.
"The farmer will be able to market
his produce much quicker, he will be
able to haul heavier loads, and his
land will become more valuable. Peo
ple will pass by his place the year
around when good roads are established.
If we do not have them, they will con
tent themselves riding around over our
beautiful streets. City people will be
come better acquanted with the coun
try, and there will be a larger aemana
for In n d
"Almost $1,000,000 will be spent for
labor, which will certainly De a Diessing
to the men who are out of employment.
The money they earn will create a
greater demand for the necessaries of
life therefore benefiting the merchant
and the farmer.
"Another thing to be considered is
the character of the men promoting
good roads. They are men who have
made a success in life, from a -business
standpoint. They pay large taxes,
and are willing to assume the burden
of taxes, that we, the coming genera
tion, mav profit by their good judg
ment towards progress ana prosperity.
The third prize essay by Margaret
Scott on "Value of Hard-Surfaced
"To many people 'roads' mean merely
public highways, while really they are
the arteries through which the blood
of nations flows. '
"Roads are used chiefly for com
merce. The farmer's ability to mar
ket his goods depends upon the condi
tion of the roads. If good, he can sell
when the prices are highest: otherwise
he can market his goods only when the
roads are passable. They also enable
him to use modern vehicles, as the au
tomobile and motorcycle.
"Good roads spread civilization and
neighborliness among people by bring
ing them in contact with one another.
There is a need of them in Oregon
especially, because of the climate. Only
through good roads can the different
parts of our state and county know
and help one. another.
Tax Feature Analysed.
"Bv building hard-surfaced roads the
value of adjoining lands is increased.
This will lessen Portland taxes by in
creasing the taxable property value of
the rest of the county.
"This year not only tourists, but per
manent settlers, will be attracted to
this country and we shall be judged
by the condition of our roads.
"Besides, if this bond issue is passed,
80 per cent of the money will be spent
for labor, thereby relieving the unem
ployed situation of Portland."
An essay that sure would have been
among the prize winners had it not ex
ceeded the limit of 200 words was that
of Kdna Dowling. of 641 Union avenue,
a pupil at the Eliot School. She wrote
on the general subject of "Good Roads"
but in a most original vein. Her essay
"The rain sad to the dust on the
road. "I am on to you and your name
The farmer said to his hired man.
"We can't take the produce to market
this week because of the condition of
the unpaved roads."
The storekeeper said to his cus
tomer. "No fresh vegetables this
morning, only such as we are able to
get from Washington and California."
"Whv can't you get fresh vegetables
and the like from the thousands of
fertile acres surrounding Portland?"
said the customer.
"Oh, the roads are so muddy the
farmer can't bring them in."
"But I can't understand why the j
farmers of Washington and California
can get theirs' to market."
"Why, my dear madam, they have
paved highways and up in King
County, Washington, ' for instance,
after a rain the farmer does not have
to wait for it to dry up so he can
work in the fields. He can take his,
produce to market."
"But I can't see why the people of
Multnomah County would not rather
spend a couple of dollars more on
taxes a year, have fresher and cheaper
vegetables, etc., etc., not to speak of
the many other conveniences derived
from good roads," she said, as she
stepped out again into the progressive
city of Portland, surrounded by beau
tiful roses and poor roads, with her
Washington berries. California yege-
tables and Chinese eggs in her half
filled market basket."
The Judges of the contest were L. R.
Alderman, Superintendent of Schools;
Mayor Albee and W. L. Lightner,
chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
MISSOURI CLUB MEETS-
Plan for Booth During Kose Festi
val Meets With Approval.
Former Missourians met in the Ma
sonic Temple Friday night for their
regular monthly meeting and pro
gramme. The bupineps transacted oon-
sisted of putting the official O. K. on
plans for a booth during the Rosa Fes
tival and formulating permanent plans
for a meeting place and the tlm. at
which to meet. Hereafter all meeting
of the society will be held on th. third
floor of the Masonic Tempi, on th.
fourth Wednesday of each month.
After the business meeting a short
programme, consisting of a reading by
Mrs. H. V. Hartzell. a vocal solo by K.
D. Gilhousen and an Instrumental num
ber by Elizabeth Boone was rendered.
Dancing and cards were enjoyed after
the programme. Refreshments were
served by the women of th. society.
Considering where it Is after some
centuries, the celebrated human rac.
boasts of too much progress.
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