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THE SUNDAY OREGON! AN, PORTLAND. JUNE 13, 1915.
OFFICIAL COUNT IS
ABOUT TO BEGIN
EXPERTS TELL FARMERS OF CENTRAL
OREGON HOW TO COMBAT PROBLEMS
Fourteen Meetings Held in District Which Is Being Reclaimed and Where Towns of Merit Are Springing Up.
Addison Bennett Says Homesteaders Still Face Many Trials, but Will Win in End.
Official Checking of Votes of
Recent City Election to
Take Two Days.
MAYOR TO SETTLE RUMORS
Meiij Be Sore!
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Iecision Concerning Assignments to
Commissioners to Be Eade This
Week, Says Executive Many
Reports Are Circulated.
Official count of the vote cast in the
city election last Monday will be started
tomorrow by clerks in the office of City
Auditor Barbur. All necessary blanks
have been prepared and the count will
go ahead without delay. It will take
about two days.
Uneasiness which prevails at the City
Hall because of the retirement of Com
missioner Brewster and the election of
George L. Baker to take Mr. Brewster's
place July 1, will be set to rest this
"week by Mayor Albee. He announced
yesterday that he will definitely decide
this week on what assignments will be
made to the Commissioners. He refused
to disclose any of his plans yesterday,
declaring that they are still indefinite.
Rumors Are Many.
There are many rumors at the City
Hall about what is likely to take place.
One rumor is that the Mayor intends
to take the water bureau from Com
missioner Daly and turn it and the park
bureau over to Commissioner-elect
Baker. The Mayor neither affirms nor
denies this rumor.
It is rumored also that there will be
no changes in assignments, the Mayor
purposing to place Commissioner-elect
Baker in the position now held by Com
missioner Brewster, with no change in
the bureaus under him. This also is
neither affirmed nor denied.
There is much uneasiness among offi
cials from the Commissioners on down
to some of the clerks and lesser em
ployes. String; Being Ynlled.
Strings are being pulled on every
side by the many individuals inter
ested in the rearrangement of the
municipal affairs which will be neces
sary with the change in officials. It
Is rumored that Commissioner Bigelow,
who was re-elected, is seeking to get
more of a department to handle than
that he now holds, and that Commis
sioner Daly is striving to cling to the
the Water Bureau, which is the largest
bureau in his charge.
Another rumor which is being cir
culated is that Commissioner Bigelow
Intends to try to oust City Treasurer
Adams, who was his principal oppo
nent in the election. J. O. Wilson, one
of Mr. Bigelow's supporters. Is men
tioned as a likely successor to Mr.
Adams. Commisioner Bigelow said
yesterday that he had given the sub
ject no serious thought.
Chance ot Certain, He Says.
"Neither the name of Mr. Wilson
nor any other person is being consid
ered for the position, and I do not
know that there will be any change
in the office." said Mr. Bigelow.
It is known that E. T. Mische, ex
Park Superintendent, is endeavoring to
set back into the position which he
gave up last Fall because of friction
between himself and Commissioner
Brewster. The position now is held
by J. O. Convill.
It is not considered likely that there
will be any extensive changes in the
heads of bureaus as a result of the
change in Commissioners, owing to the
fact that to make any changes will
require a- majority vote of the Coun
cil. It is said that the Council mem
bers generally are satisfied with the
bureau heads as they exist.
CEMENT PAVING URGED
1000 FARMERS PETITION BOARD TO
Another Petition, Signed by 1O0, Qn
tlona Motives of Cement Advo
cates In Their Part of County.
Signed by more than 1000 farmers
living in Eastern Multnomah County,
a petition was presented to the Board
of County Commissioners yesterday
morning strongly indorsing cement con
crete pavement for county roads. The
petition was presented by J. J. Johnson.
Simultaneously another petition from
more 100 residents of the southwestern
part of the county was presented ask
ing the Board not to be unduly in
fluenced by petitions of cement advo
cates from that section. This docu
ment declared many of the circulators
of previous petitions were engaged in
the business of selling cement. It ex
pressed the hope that the Board, "will
not be unduly influenced by a", peti
tion actuated by personal Interests."
The eastern Multnomah farmers gave
three reasons why they thought ce
ment concrete was best suited for
county roads. In this connection the
"That a larger per cent of the cost
is represented in material value in ce
ment concrete roads than any other;
"That they afford the safest sur
face for all sorts of vehicles, being less
slippery, and suitable for safe travel a
larger number of days through the
year than most of the other forms;
"That relative to the "wearing quali
ties they are the most economical, if
built under proper conditions."
The Board has under consideration
the bids of 12 paving companies for
contracts for the paving of 70 miles
of county roads. No indication was
given at yesterday's meeting as to
when these bids would be returned
from the engineers' hands.
The Olympic Paving Company wrote
the Commissioners asking to withdraw
its quotation of 87 cents for bitulithic
paving with a concrete base on sec
tions of the Powell Valley and Foster
roads. The company's agent declared
a mistake had been made in figuring
this estimate, and that the cost of the
concrete base had not been taken into
consideration. This letter was re
ferred to Roadmaster Yeon.
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ASTORIA HAS BAD BLAZE
I.os Amounts to $14,000, With In
surance One-Third That Sum.
ASTORIA, Or.. June 12. (Special.)
' Astoria was visited by the most serious
fire in several months at about
o'clock this morning, when the E.
Ilauke &. Co., grovery store and butch
er shop, at 14S9 Franklin avenue, were
destroyed with their contents.
There is every reason to believe the
fire was of incendiary origin and was
started by thieves who were robbing
the store. The loss amounts to as
proximately $14,000, with insurance of
about one-third of the sum.
BT ADDISON BENNETT.
BEND. Or.. June 12. (Staff Corre
spondence.) The agricultural
campaign organized and conduct
ed by the joint forces of the Northern
Pacific, Great Northern, Spokane, Port
land &. Seattle and the Oregon Trunk
Railways closed its week's operations
here last week. The great importance
of the work being done cannot well be
estimated by those not conversant with
the agricultural and social affairs in
the vast country tributary to the Ore
gon Trunk Railway. This vastness al
most staggers those who know the
most about it. and particularly those
who. like myself, were conversant with
every portion of it before the road was
put in operation some (our years ago.
Taking Bend as the base of supplies
and because I am writing from here,
it is found that from here the road is
in touch, through automobile service,
with points as far south as the state
line below Klamath Falls and Lake
view, and as far east as Burns, in
Harney County. It is 150 miles to the
latter place and nearly as far down to
the California line. Then there is the
large territory west of the railroad, in
the Sisters and Black Butte sections,
and all of the country around Prine-
ville and up the Crooked River and
other streams east and north of there.
Thousands Settle in Country.
To show the remoteness of even Bend
from Portland it is only necessary to
mention tnat tne trip from here to
Portland that can now be made in
about ten hours by rail usually took
five days by team and rail via Shaniko
or The Dalles. Just previous to the
ending of the railroad construction
and since then thousands of settlers
have come into this country and nine
tenths of them are making, or attempt
ing to make, homes on the lands. Most
of them are homesteaders, some of
them taking their claims on what the
Government calls the dry farming
lands, where the unit is 320 acres.
others on lands of a different charac
ter where the unit is 160 acres. Still
others, of course, have purchased ir
Right here I might stop and write
several columns about the troubles the
latter class have experienced, rather
the majority of them. But that would
entail the report of failure or partial
failure of such projects as that at
Laidlaw, La Pine and those of the
Deschutes Valley. Such a story would
bring forth heart-burns and would
have to deal with occurrences and con
ditlons that would make interesting
reading but would serve no good pur
pose to either side or to the public in
Practical Farminc Taneht.
The object of the present campaign
was, aiftT Is, to teach the so-called
farmers something more than they
know- about how to raise more crops
and better crops and what to do with
those crops after harvesting them; also
how to do such harvesting. Professor
Thomas Shaw, the chief agriculturist
of the railroads mentioned, was select
ed to head the campaign and surely no
better man could have been chosen.
He got his education on the farm, like
Governor Withycombe. he graduated
from the farm to the college. He is
not a theorist only so far as he has
tested his theories by actual farm op
erations. Moreover, he has had a vast
experience in both arid and humid sec
tions, he has rehabilitated farms that
were blowing away and becoming
valueless: he has likewise redeemed
farms that were becoming swamps
from the excessive rainfall or too much
The personnel of the party is as fol
lows: Professor Thomas Shaw; A. E.
Lovett. agriculturist for Crook County;
Fred W. Graham, Western Industrial
and Immigration Agent of the Great
Northern; C. E. Arney. holding the
same position with the Northern Pa
cific; D. C. Freeman, publicity agent,
and J. T. Hardy and W. C. Wilkes, as
sistant general freight and passenger
agents of the S. P; & S. and Oregon
Trunk roads. Also the correspondent
of The Oregonian.
Autos lined by Party.
The party has Kad usually three and
sometimes four automobiles and the
distance covered by machine from the
time Redmond was left last Monday
until our arrival here tonight is a trifle
under 400 miles. Meetings have been
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HOOD RIVER. Or., June 12. (Special.) The wedding of Lyman G. Rice,
of Pendleton, and Miss Florence Avery at the orchard home of the bride's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Avery, on the East Side, on Saturday, June
5, came as a great surprise to local friends as well as those in other cities,
where the principals are well known.
In the presence of members of the family only, the wedding ceremony was
performed by Rev. G. E. Heineck, pastor of the Pine Grove Methodist Epis
Mr. and Mrs. Rice left Immediately on a wedding trip to Victoria, B. C,
and points on Puget Sound. They returned to the University of Oregon, of
which they are both graduates, for the commencement exercises. Mr. Rice
is a member of Beta Theta Pi. while his bride is a member of Kappa Kappa
Gamma. Mrs. Ricd was prominent in musical circles in Eugene.
Mr. and Mrs. Rice will make their home in Pendleton, where Mr. Rice is In
held at Lower ' Bridge, Cloverdale, Sis
ters, Tumalo, Powell Butte, Bend
Grange Hall. Bend, Grimes Chapel.
Prineville, Hampton Valley, Imperial,
Millicans and La Pine.
Briefly it can be said that never
were 14 meetings held in any section
where the audiences were a people of
better average intelligence or where
they were more greatly interested.
With one single exception the most re
spectful attention has been given to
every word the professor has uttered.
He has been plied with questions of
vital interest to the questioners, their
families and their communities. He has
answered, so far as possible, every
question. Some of these questions and
some of the answers were almosf
tragic, for there Is no manner of use
in denying that a scant rainfall, a high
altitude, in some places frost every
month in the year, in many places well
water beyond the reach of a poor man
it is too true that many settlers who
have come in here are up against a
proposition that is near the tragical
In the one place mentioned where
the professor was treated with levity
should not count against that section
as a whole. It has just happened that
too many trouble makers have settled
in one section and having a surfeit of
Internal strifes they attempted to put
up a Job on Professor Shaw and be
come his teachers instead of his listen
ers and pupils. But the great versa
tility of knowledge shown by the pro
fessor and his great good nature even
there got the better of his audience
and many of them will no doubt profit
by his advice there given.
Oreat Cbanstea Shown.
We visited no place that I had not
visited before. I had been at most of
the places and in all of the localities
many times, both before and since the
road came in. And let me say that it
is only those thus conversant with the
facts who can appreciate the vast
changes that have taken place all over
this section during the last four years.
And let it be said, here and now, that
the advancement of the country as a
whole has been wonderful. I speak ad
visedly. ' I speak with the knowledge
gained by being at one time a pioneer
homesteader myself. I speak with the
knowledge gained by visiting and
writing about various pioneer settle
ments in several states. And again I
say that I wish to emphasize the re
mark that the pioneers who followed
the railroad into this great interior
country, and those who came In Just
in advance of the railroads, have made
a better record than I ever saw pio
Let it not be forgotten that these'
pioneers have in most cases a gigantic
task still before them. Let us not
close our eyes to the altitude or the
temperature or the rainfall of the
country. These homesteaders did not
settle upon garden spots: far from it.
But let me say that I never saw set
tlements made up of as good a class of
people as have come into this country.
I mean as to intelligence and industry.
Some of them have accomplished and
are accomplishing miracles, or what
look like miracles.
Toma Are Flourlfthins
As to the towns that have sprung up
(let it be remembered that the towns
will not build up the country; the
country must build up the towns if
they are there to thrive and grow)
there are some as sprightly and beau
tiful little towns as one can find any
where in old settled communities. I
do not mean that these places surpass
such old and wealthy places as Prine
ville, the-old metropolis of this entire
section; but even that staid and pros
perous city must look to her laurels
lest they be taken from her by a Bend,
a Redmond, a Culver, a Madras, a Me
tolius, a La Pine, a Tumalo or some as
yet unnamed place in this section.
Professor Shaw has been preaching
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the rosoel of livestock and rotation of
ops He has been telling the settlers
how to secure pasture for livestock
and whafsort of livestock to grow.
He has been teaching them how
to conserve moisture and how
to use that moisture. In many
localities (let ace the, r "fhe
this has been difficult. for the
conditions here differ almost as far as
differs the climate of Dakota and Ar
kansas. But Professor Shaw Is a man
of wisdom and he has met every argu
ment with that most cbnvincing of
all arguments "I have done It my
self." From such conclusions from
such a man you cannot get away.
So I say. in conclusion, that in send
ing to these troubled people a man
like Professor Shaw the railroad offi
cials have done something that places
them as heavy creditors to every sec
tion of this vast Interior country.
While I give first place to the
speeches of Professor Shaw I do not
wish to detract one iota from the
splendid talks given at nearly every
place by Messrs. Arney. Graham,
Hardy. Freeman and particularly to
the great assistance rendered by Pro
fessor A. E. Lovett. the County Agri
culturist of Crook County. He is not
only a fine talker but a clever and ac
complished gentleman and his services
were Invaluable to the party.
Wife, 16, Obtains Divorce.
Pvhoda May Dillon, 16 years old, won
a divorce yesterday morning from John
A. Dillon, to whom she was married
at The Dalles July 8, 1914. Judge Mc
Ginn awarded the decree. The couple
eloped from the girl"s home at Rowena,
Or. The girl alleged that Dillon de
serted her. Her mother, Mrs. M. Meyer,
brought the suit in her behalf.
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SUIT IS OFF
ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING HUS
BAND PETITION FOU DISMISSAL..
No IteasOD Given for Withdrawal of
Divorce Cane Brenght by Son
of Noted Actress.
The divorce suit of Ralph Modjeski
against Mrs. Felicie Modjeska was dis
missed yesterday morning by Circuit
Judge Morrow on motion of Mr. Mod
jeskl's attorneys. No reason was given
for the dismissal, nor was either Mr.
of Mrs. Modjeska present in the court
room. The suit has been pending in Circuit
Court here since January, 1914. Mr.
Modjeski, son of Mme. Modjeska, the
famous Polish tragedienne, complained
that his wife did not want to live in
the United States, where he had made
his home since 1890, and left him to
return to her native land. Disputes
over property rights and financial set
tlements delayed the case from time
to time. It was scheduled to be tried
before Judge Morrow in February, but
was twice postponed.
Harrison G. Piatt and B. B. Beek
man appeared in court yesterday on
behalf of Mr. Modjeski. Mrs. Modjeska
was represented by Harrison Allen.
Mr. Piatt said he could assign no rea
son for Mr. Modjeski's determination to
dismiss the divorce suit against his
wife. He said he had received a let
ter from Mr. Modjeski, who is now
traveling in California. He did not
know where Mrs. Modjeska. was, but
she is said to be in Chicago.
Mrs. Modjeska, accompanied by her
son and daughter, came to Portland
three months ago, when the suit was
scheduled to be tried. At that time Mr.
Modjeski's attorneys asked for a post
ponement. This was granted by Judge
Morrow only after Mrs. Modjeska's ex
penses had been provided for.
Mr. Modjeski was the engineer who
supervised the construction of the
Broadway and Harriman bridges in
THE DALLES IS TO ELECT
Ex-3Iajor, Defeated Last Year, Out
for Office In Vote Tomorrow.
THE DALLES, Or., June 12. (Spe
cial.) Dr. J. E. Anderson, representa
tive of Wasco and Hood River counties
in the State Legislature, who was
elected Mayor of The Dalles two years
ago and was defeated for re-election
one year ago, is again trying to come
back. Hid opponent is J. T. Rorick,
whom he defeated two years ago.
A Mayor, City Treasurer, three
Counciltnen and three Water Commis
sioners will be selected by the voters
of The Dalles at their annual municipal
election Monday, June 21. Mrs. Mabel
C. Ellis has no opposition for re-election
as City Treasurer, and Paul W.
Childers is unopposed as candidate for
Councilman in the First Ward. Joseph
Kirchhoff seeks re-election as Third
Ward Alderman, and is opposed by
Clyde T. Bonney. County School Super
intendent. A. E. Crosby and James
Rees are the aldermanic candidates in
the Second Ward. N. A. Bonn. Alfred
Dellinger and Fred Hansen are not op
posed as aspirants for the Water Commission.
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