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k COAL- COMMISSION
BUSINESS-GETTER USES BANK
OFFICER AS SHOCK-ABSORBER
Human Side of Life at National Capital Develops Interesting Phases
That Get to Public in Chatty Stories.
TIIE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, JULY 3, 1921
Cuts in Wages and Prices
CONSUMERS TO BENEFIT
Conference Between Union and Op
erators Expected to Be Called
In Xear Future.
OLTMPIA, Wash.. July 2. (Spe
cial.) Members of the state coal
commission today submitted to the
director of labor and industry state
ments of facts regarding the coal
strike in the principal mines of the
state of Washington. They refused
to make a recommendation on the
situation, leaving that to the fifth
member of the commission. James II.
Allport of Barnesboro, Fa., who also
made a report.
The commission is composed of
Robert H. Harlin, Ernest Newsham,
miner members; X. W. Buckingham,
N. . Moore, operator members, and
James H. Allport, engineer member.
The report containing the statement
of facts was signed by all the above
five members of the commission,
while the report containing the rec
ommendations was signed only by
James H. Allport as the neutral mem
ber. Recommendations Are Made.
The real portent of the recommen
dations made by Allport was to the
effect that the retail selling price of
coal must be reduced In order to meet
the competition that is coming from
markets other than the Washington
mines, and the amount to which this
price must be reduced is from 50 cents
to $1 per ton on the steam grades,
and from $ 1 to $2.50 on domestic
western .Washington grades. This de
crease as shown in the wage scale
reduction does not need to come en
tirely out of reduced wages, but must
come also from a reduction of other
The wage reduction, the report said,
should reduce costs east of the moun
tains by abput 50 cents a ton and
west of the mountains by $1 a ton,
while the rest of the reduction should
come in the elimination of other ex
penses and profits. This portion of
the total cost, said Allport, has been
agseed upon by the miners, the opera
tors and himself.
W Cut Smtscitrd.
The present scale of miners is 8.25
a day, and the scale suggested by
Allport is $6 a dy. The scale In 1919
was $5.89 a day. As $8.25 per day
was the highest scale paid at the
present time and the lowest 4.82,
Allport recommends a return to a
scale but slightly above that paid in
1919. which ranged from $5.89 to
$3.20. His recommendations are
from $3.25 to $6 per day. This is for
inside mines, but the range of wages
is not much different from the out
Where contract rates run to the
extreme of $15 a day. the decrease
should be 37 per cent: if they are
not more than $7.49 a day there
should be no decrease, and if tbey
are around $11 a day the decrease
should be about 25 per cent, and in
like proportion, according to the con
tract, the report declared.
"The facts brought out in the In
vestigation show that the average
retail dealer makes but a small
profit, though the total charge to
the consumer is higher than it should
be," stated Allport in the report. "The
reason lies In the fact that the busi
ness is almost at a standstill during
the summer, though the organization
and overhead expenses go on. and
"that o many concerns are" engaged
In '.he business that none are able to
operate to a capacity."
Conclusion la Reached.
Allport reached the conclusion that
the retail charges should, however,
be reduced in some proportion to the
wholesale charges, even if it results
in few retail establishments. In this
direction ho suggested a decrease by
the retailers of about 50 cents a ton
and a further reduction of 10 per cent
for summer delivery. Allport ad
mitted that in the beginning such de
creases would mean a loss to the
dealer, but in the end believes that
they would be beneficial.
In the first two recommendations,
Allport stated that he is certain that
an intelligent and Impartial analysis
has been made as regards wages and
wholesale cost, but that in the last
'no man can tell."
In the report of the coal operators,
signed by X. F. Buckingham and N.
D. Moore of Seattle, the operators
stated that a far more substantial re
duction in wages than that recom
mended by Allport was expected, al
though they were willing to admit
that they did not expect all the re
duction to come from that souce.
Further Cut Advocated.
A materially greater reduction than
that recommended by Allport was
believed necessary before the lndusry
can resume, stated the report of the
operators. However, the operators
concurred completely in the report of
Allport. and will ask that his recom
mendations be accepted by the mine
operators whom they represent.
The only thing which now stands
In the way, according to the report
of the miners, signed by Robert H.
Harlin and Ernest Newsham, is the
adoption of the recommendations by
the Miners' International union and
the Washington Federation of Min
ers, whon they represent- The rep
' resentatives of the miners frankly
admitted their surprise at tho com
mercial handicaps surrounding the
mining of coal in Washington, and
stated that while they cannot make
recommendations affecting the wage
scale, they must subscribe to a re
port of confidence in Mr. Allport
and his suggestions, and that any
disappointment they may feel In his
recommendations for a reduced scale
are due to conditions over which they
are sure that he has no control, or
the operators either.
Commission la Thanked.
In a letter accompanying the re
port of the coal commission In which
the commission is dissolved. Director
Clifford thanked the commission for
its diligent work, and stated that he
will Immediately place the report of
the commission before a joint con
ference of the miners and operators
for their action, and will urge upon
them such action as he deems ad
visable for the industry and the wel
fare of the people of Washington.
The letter, which Director Clifford
will submit to the joint conference
of miners and operators, recommends
that the mines open upon the basis
suggested in the report of Engineer
Allport. and the conclusion of the
director la that, unless the mines are
opened up on the basis of the engi
neer's report, they cannot be re
opened. In the report on the general condi
tions of the mining Industry in the
state of Washington, signed by the
five members of the commission, the
fact was noted that the increase in
THE OREGONTAN NEWS BUREAU,
Washington, D. C, July 2. Cir
cumstances certainly do make a
lot of difference. Listen to what
Rlxey Smith, late of the American
expeditionary forces as ambulance
driver, then of the Stars and Stripes,
says about circumstances:
"The head of a large New Tork fi
nancial Institution found the world
exceedingly pleasant one morning and
feeling this way he decided to go out
among the employes of the bank and
shed a little happiness through his
"He wandered through department
after department. Heads of depart
ments were properly courteous and
pleased that the great man should
visit them. Employes showed due
deference. Everything' was lovely.
Then the president came to a little
office set off by itself. He peered in
the door. A man sitting In there with
a derby hat cocked on one side of his
head. His feet were on his desk.
"This struck the president as a ter
rible thing. He entered and faced the
wearer of the hat. He began to talk
to him. He told him what a great
institution the bank was; how it had
rules and how he was violating them
with his feet on the desk.
" 'Go to hell," said the figure at the
desk without removing either the
derby or the feet. The president was
shocked almost beyond words. He re
tired hastily to his own private office.
He called in the vice-president in
charge of personnel. He told him the
story in detail with horror in his
voice." The vice-president listened,
horrified also. The bank was not
given to discharging persons off
hand, so the vice-president agreed
that he would merely go and remon
strate with this person.
'The vice-president sought out the
office. He looked in and there, sure
enough, was this person, sitting with
his derby cocked on his head, his
feet on the desk. The vice-president
went In and remonstrated. The fig
ure listened until he was through.
"'Go and jump in the lake,' is said
when he was finished. He kept the
derby in Us place and his feet on the
"The astounded vice-president bare
ly succeeded In making his way back
to the office of the president. When
they had discussed the latest Incident
they agreed that the man must be dis
charged and that the vice-president
should do the job as soon as the presi
dent had looked up his record. A few
minutes later the president summoned
" Tve been Ioqking up So-and-So's
record,' said the president. 'I find
last year he brought $11,000,000 in
business to the bank.'
" 'Well,' asked the vice-president
'what are you going to do about it?'
" 'I'm going to hell,' said the presi
dent. What are you going to do?"
" "I'm going out to the lake right
When Senator Watson of Indiana
was out campaigning he reached a lit
tle Indiana town one day about lunch
time. He hunted up a restaurant and
since he wasn't very hungry he asked
the proprietor what kind of plea he
had in stock.
"I hae three kinds," was the reply,
"open, cross-barred and kivered."
John Consonpoulos of Ishpeming,
Mich.. Is absolutely convinced that
war is a bad thing and should be
And there probably isn't anyone iD
Greece, from which country John
hails, or hailed, who is better able
to discuss the subject of why war
should be abolished than he.
A long time ago John got mixed uf
in what is known in Ishpeming Gre
cian society, at least, as the first
Balkan war. This doesn't mean ex
actly what the words convey, it just
means the first recent trouble in the
Balkans in which Greece was a par
ticipant. But John went to war and
then he went back, and he then came
oer to the United States and started
out to make a few American dollars
through the lusty - voiced peanut
roaster or the industrious shoe-shining
About the time the old shop was
running nicely the second Balkan
war busted loose overseas. John's
feelings are not on record, but his
actions are. He went back home and
"fit" again for Greece. ...
When that war was over John
thought he was fed up on carnage for
the time being and that he preferred
good- old Georgia goobers, so he came
prst-haste to the United States again
and settled down for a long life by the
warm side of the peanut roaster and
th cool side of the ice cream freezer.
But steam had hardly got up high
enough in the roaster to make the
whistle work when the United States
got into the late small fracas over in
France. John had taken out his firs'
naturalization papers and he was
drafted under a law which knew no
exceptions on account of bereaved
peanirt roasters. John went to wa
for his about-to-be adopted country
and "fit" nobly as long as necessary.
When he got back to Michigan he
was through with war forever and
never expected to lift his eyes beyond
the edge of the town of Ispheming.
But not so long ago be happened to
the amount of coal mined In the state
In the last 20 years has been nil.
Coal Shipped In.
In 1907 there was mined 3,722.433
short tons: in 1910, 2,418.034 short
tons: in 1918, 4.128.424 short tons, and
in 1920 but 3,756.887 short tons. This
proportional decrease is due to the
fact that but 50 per cent of the coal
used in the state is mined here, the
remainder of the fuel coming from
Canada and other states, despite the
fact that Washington carries the
largest deposits of the best grades of
the Pacific coast. The report of the
five also showed that because of the
peculiar formation of the coal strata,
the cost of mining was higher in
Washington than elsewhere. There
was a high cost for hoisting, for tim
bering, ventilating and pumping, to
say nothing of the high maintenance
costs caused by the precautions n-ec-essary
to keep the mines In shape
when they were not being worked.
Closed Mines Topic.
The different reports covered only
the mines which had actually been
closed down in the state, of which
there were 24. this being 90 per cent
of the entire output. The principal
mines which have been closed and
which were the main ones covered In
the report are: The Carbonado Coal
& Coke company, at Carbonado: the
Pacific Coast Coal company, at Black
Diamond and Hyde. Wash-: the Cum
berland Coal Mining company, at
Cumberland. Wash., and the mines at
No date was set for the reply of
the joint conference of the miners
and operators to Director Clifford's
request, but It Is expected that a
decision will be made In a few days.
America's only woman railroad
pAsident Is Mrs. Meta J. Erickson of
Oakland. Cal., who for nearly ten
years has been the acive head of the
Amador Central Railway company,
which was founded by her husband,
remember a girl he left over In
Greece. War not having furnished
him with enough excitement he de
cided to go back to Greece and get
the girl and bring her back where
they could hear the little whistle at
work together and count the Amer
ican dollars pouring into the tilL
So he went to Representative James
of Michigan and got- himself fixed for
a passport, although he was warned
that despite his halfway status as
an American citizen that would not
be recognized in Greece and that he
would run danger of getting himself
mixed up in another war.
But John went, and tbe word has
come back that he has been drafted
to serve Greece again. The sub
marine grapevine message from him
says that absolutely he intends to
give up war forever when he gets
out, and that this is final.
Secretary Denby of the navy is not
a ermall man by any manner of means.
In fact, he said the other day he
thought he'd have to start another
war to train off a few pounds.
But here is something he didn't
say, but it's true just the same,
which shows there are other mem
bers of the cabinet who need not be
proud of their svelt figures. Take
Secretary Weeks of the war depart
ment, for Instance. The secretary
"hefte" a noble waistline and a pair
of broad should-ers that wouldn't dis
grace Jack Dempsey.
For a few days after he got In
office he occupied the chair that his
predecessor occupied. But then it
broke down. When you recall that
Mr. Weeks' predecessor was Newton
D. Baker of Cleveland, O., and that
Mr. Baker was about as big as a
minute and possibly as fat as a lean
match, you will realize that break
ing Ms chair was no real hard work
for Mr. Weeks.
But when he broke It the messen
gers around the office scoured and
scoured for a chair to fit the new
secretary. They had little success
and were in despair. . Finally, how
ever, one of them made a trip through
an almost forgotten storeroom and
there he found juet the chair he
wanted. It was wide and deep and
apparently Just built for Mr. Weeks.
He escorted it proudly to the secre
tary's office and put It there for him.
When the secretary came In the
next morning and sat in that chair
he felt it was just right. He called
in the messenger and asked where In
the world it had been discovered.
"Well, Mr. Secretary," said the mes
senger, "I found that chair way over
in the storeroom. It belonged to
President Taft when he was secretary
When Senator Sherman of Illinois
left the senate to retire to private
life he had a number of parts that
needed repairing and overhauling, but
his ears were in the worst shape of
all. The senator had enjoyed him
self bo violently and relentlessly in
Washington that he could hardly hear
a Ford in low right beside him, and
since his pet aversion was Edsell
Ford be was in a terrible fix.
But with characteristic determina
tion the senator set out to discover
what was the matter with him. He
went to doctor after doctor and
nobody could tell him how he could
restore his hearing. Finally he wound
up in Baltimore before some spe
cialist who tinkers ears and drums,
and this wise man told him to go
back home and forget his troubles
and devote his attention to something
entirely different from statesmanship;
say. something like carpentering.
So the ex-senator went back home,
got himself a saw and a chisel and
started out to enjoy life just like a
small boy with his box of Christmas
tools. He says now that his hearing
is almost as good as new and "his
appetite Is better than ever. Being
a carpenter beats being a senator,
anyhow, at least for hearing purposes,
for there i,s little competition for the
old saw in the carpenter shop and
when a senator gets up and starts
to use the hammer in the senate
chamber he has more competition in
a minute than he knows what to do
Representative Bland of Indiana
doesn't believe much in spirits or
ouija boards. But he went to a
seance with some friends at a Wash
ington hotel and the spirits that par
ticular night insisted on giving him
the "low-down" on something. The
spirit kept using the word "courier"
and Mr. Bland could not figure out
for a long time just what the spirit
meant. Finally he got an Inspiration
"I know what he means. He means
the 'Courier' newspaper out home. It
is attacking me. It's a democratic
Everybody seemed to "doubt this
explanation, but when the Courier in
question reached Washington a couple
of days . after the spirit took Mr.
Bland into its confidence-, there sure
enough was an attack on him.
Now the persons who heard and saw
the demonstration are thinking of
getting this spirit to map out what
congress will do in the present ses
sion. There are a lot of wise men
connected with business elsewhere
that can't figure it any other way
md may have to use the ouija board
or something like it before long.
SCHOOL FUND BOOSTED
MOKE THAX $90,000 TCRVED
OVER TO TREASURER.
Clerk of State Land Board Files
Report . of Transactions
Under X'ew Law.
SALEM, Or.. July 2. (Special.)
During the month of June the clerk
of the state land board, who, under a
law passed at the first session of the
legislature. Is custodian of Bchool
fund notes and mortgages, received
approximately $90,591.50 from various
sources. This money was turned over
to the state treasurer.
Included In the funds received by
the land board clerk and turned over
to the treasurer were the following:
Common school fund principal, pay
ments on certificates and cash sales,
$10,841.06; common school fund prin
cipal, payments on loans, $40,431;
common school fund interest, pay
ments on certificates, $408.85; com
mon school fund interest, payments
nn loans. $30,516.17; university fund
principal, payments on loans, $300;
university fund interest, payments on
loans, $645.40; agricultural college
fund Interest, payments on loans,
$844.50; rural credits principal fund,
$4312.98, and rural credits Interest
. Prlneville Girl Is Bride.
PRINETTLLE, Or., July 2. (Spe
cial.) Wendell E. Fuller and Miss
Edythe L. Wonderiy were married on
Monday at the Methodist parsonage
by Rev. M. R. Gallaher. The bride is
the daughter of Mrs. J. L. Wonderiy
and a graduate of Crook county high.
The young couple will reside- near
Girls Should Be Aftowed to
Roam Woods, Says Sharp.
IDEALS ARE CRITICISED
Fewer Thoughts of Wardrobe and
More of Nature's Playground
Advice to Female Sex.
BOSTON. July 2. (Special.) Jro
fessor Dallas Lore Sharp of Boston
university believes that training chil
dren as the Indians were trained
makes the children alert, resourceful
and fits them for the problems of life
better than any other training could
possibly do. Professor Sharp is the
man the late John Burroughs called
"the greatest nature writer in Amer
ica." Possibly the most noted of
Professor Sharp's works is "Where
Rolls the Oregon," which he wrote
after a visit to the state ia 1912 as
the guest of William I. Finley and
Herman T. Bohlman.
He Is working out an experiment In
nature education with his four boys
on his farm in the hills of Hingham.
He says: "All children, boys and
girls alike, should get a country
background to fit them for the full
est kind of self-expression." The boys
are Dallas Jr., 20 years old, and Walt
still, 18 years old, who have just com
pleted their sophomore year at Bos
ton university; Morrison, K, and
Huntington, 15, who will enter Bos
ton university this. fall.
Professor Sharp says he was con
vinced of the value, even necessity,
for this training when he tried out
his class on Whlttier's "Snowbound"
and the description of a kitchen by
Dickens. He found such words as
chores, littered, mows and stanchion,
as used by Whlttier, to be "Greek"
to the class, and when It came to
Dickens none of them seemed able
to picture the kitchen.
"These experiences with grown-up
boys and girls led me to reason thus:
I don't know what the possibilities
of my children are what Is In them
but it's my business as their father
to give them the best chance there is
to develop the largest, fullest kind
of self-expression, with the elemen
tal, primitive things of life as back
ground. "So we came to live here in Hing
ham. Two of my four boys were born
Hera, and the four of them have had
experience with everything that lives
and grows on the farm and in the
woods hereabouts. They have gone
barefoot, trapped and fished. Sum
mer and winter they have traveled
these hills, making acquaintance with
all forms of animal life. That's the
kind of background, it seems to me,
that every child has a right to, and
that's what is behind our educational
"If I had four girls Td put trousers
on them and let them roam these
woods and do tha things the boys do.
Most girls are being brought up in
a foolish,, futile way. They are
pampered and prinked and Ironed.
starched until all their Individuality
is gone, and they think only of their
"The dress of girls today Is demor
alizing and next to indecent. Eve
in her garden went nndraped with
out fear of shame, and in the name
of decency It's time 'someone ought
to pass the apples 'round again.'"
LICENSE RECORD IS SET
.VCTO REGISTRATIONS FOR
1920 EXCEEDED BY 138.
First Six 3Ionths of Present Year
Indicate Largest Fees
History of State.
SALEM, Or., July 2. (Special.)
Motor vehicle registrations during
the first six months of the year 1921
aggregated 103.928, or 138 In excess
of all registrations during the entire
year of 1920, according to a report
prepared here today by Sam A. Kozer,
secretary of state. Registrations for
the year 1920 totaled 103,790.
Based on the ratio of registrations,
received during the last six months
of 1920. Secretary of State Kozer said
today that the total registrations of
motor vehicles for the present year
probably would exceed 117,000. This
would mean a material increase in li
cense fees, which are turned over to
the state treasurer and used or the
consiruouon oi roaau.
CROP ESTIMATE REDUCED
Buyer Believes That Forecast Is
Too Large for Apples.
HOOD RIVER. Or., July 2. (Spe
cial.) It is the belief of J. P. Naumes.
purchasing agent of Dan Wuille &
Co, that the June drop of apples here
"It is remarkable how the drop I
thinned the fruit, ' said Mr. Naumes. I
"Nature thus eliminating the expense
to grower In cutting off the small I
fruit. While the earth was fairly)
covered, enough apples were left to I
Justify thinning crews in most tracts.'
A. E. Woolpert, manager of the ex.
porting concern, said, however, that
the tonnage of apples here this sea
son will not exceed, if it reaches, the
record crop of 1919.
NEW DRAWBRIDGE OPENS
Traffic Flows Over Young's Bay
To and From Astoria.
ASTORIA. Or., July 2. (Special.)
The new drawbridge across Toungs
bay was thrown open to traffic for
the first time at noon today. While
the temporary approach at the north
end of the structure is In use, traffic
officers will be stationed there to
prevent a congestion and also guard
against possible accident.
Since early morning a stream of
cars has been crossing the bay to or
from the beaches, and the Indications
were the number from the exterior
would exceed the number of the Me
morial day period.
Newport Woman Passes.
SALEM. Or., July 2. (Special.)
Mrs. James Rae, well known in Sa
lem, died in Newport yesterday, ac
cording to telegrams received here
today. She was 60 years of age. Mrs
Rae was an aunt of Elton and Roy
Rae of Salem. The funeral will be
held at Newport.
Lake Road Work Under Way. .
BAKER, Or.. July 2, (Special.)
Under the supervision of Gilmore &
Richie, local contractors, 12 teams and
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Made in Oregon, photographed by Sandys and
edited by Zach Moseby. It shows scenes of local
interest, such as the Golf Tournament, the Mult-nomah-New
York Athletic Meet, Graduate Nurses'
Convention, Karl Gunster's funeral, a "Battle
Royal" and other interesting subjects. "See
yourself as others see you" and do it today!
work will be completed within three
months. Numerous additions to the
crews will be made within a few days.
Aberdeen Building on Increase.
ABERDEEN', Wash.. July 2. (Spe
cial.) Fifty-two permits, covering
erection of dwellings, garages, sheds
and making of minor repairs were Is
sued by the building inspector during
June. The value of the building op
erations during the month totals
Lovers of Dogs Organize.
ABERDEEN. Wash., July 2. (Spe
cial.) A Grays Harbor county unit of
the American Sportsmen's Protective
league, an organization to promote in
terest in and protect dogs, is being
formed here. Jack nikstrand. Harbor
dog fancier, said yesterday. As soon'
as 50 members are signed an organ
ization meeting will be called.