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COKVALLIS, BEATON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, JULY 24, 1891.
OF THE FINANCES OF BENTON COUNTY, OR,
TOR THE TEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 1891.
Paid state taxes
On band from last year
On hand from trial fees
On hand frm taxes
On hand from all other sources. . .
.8 16,407 01
. 16,407 01
I 8 39,469 37
Oranty orders redeemed 8 31.231 10
Interest 2,309 17
Cash on hand , 6,929 10
institute fees 8 12 25
Paid institute orders 12 25
Cash on hand from last year 8 2,972 17
Cash on band from taxes 15,988 59
Cash on hand from fines 305 30
State school fund 4,954 65
8 24,220 71
School orders redeemed 8 21,480 G5
Cash on hand 2.740 06
8 24,220 71
Roads and bridges. 8 6,756 03
faupers 2,088 77
Court house lights, water, fixtures, etc. . . 596 14
Bounty on wild animals 2ts2 50
Wood 221 50
State cases 2,236 17
Jurors 1,608 2i
Sheriff 2,482 12
Clerk 1,828 25
Printing 332 60
Insane 127 76
Bailiffs 276 00
Janitor. 395 00
Coroners inquest. 152 90
Books and stationery 5ri3 19
Commissioners 445 50
Jail 37 60
Common schools 209 05
County treasurer 600 U0
County assessor 1 .005 no 1
.maxing present owner book 700 00
Per centage making descriptions 6,519 87
District attorney 317 15
Bcnool superintendent 806 14
County judge 800 00
Interest 2.309 17
County orders outstanding last year 44,246 43
8 76,822 98
County orders redeemed $ 31,231 10
Interest paid 2,309 17
Cash ou hand 5,929 10
County orders outstanding 37,353 61
8 76,822 98
Cash on hand from last year 8 12,626 68
iasn on nana irom taxes 6u,4Dl 11
From all other sources 2,037 OS
Money received from state treasurer state
school fund 4,954 65
8 80,109 34
County orders redeemo J 8 31,231 10
Interest 2,309 17
School Supt. order a paid - 21,4aU 65
State taxes paid .
Cash on baud county lun.i . . .
Cah on hand school fund.. .
Institute fund paid
3 80, 109
B. V,'. Wilson. Clerk.
By U. Y. Wilson, Deputy.
une au, isvi
NOTICE TO ARCHITECTS.
Plans and estimates are invited for a city
hall to be built on the corner of Madison
and Fourth streets iu the city of Curvallis,
The butJdiog is to be built of hriuk about
0x75 feet, two stories hih, with stone
basement. The committee reserve the right
to pay only for the plans adopted. Plans
and estimates to be submitted by the first
of next month. All communications shoult
be addressed to Z. II. Davis,
' Chairman Com,
Dated July 23, 1891.
NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION.
Land Office at Oregon City. Or.,
June 11, 1891.
Notice is hereby given that the following
named settler has hied notice of (us niton
tion to make final proof in support of his
claim, and that said proof will be made be
ore the county clerk of Benton county, at
cjorvauis, Uregon, on August 4, 1891, viz
James L Taylor, homestead entry No. 6660.
lor the nwjofawi bee. 0, Twp. 12 S, K,
He names the following witnesses to prove
His continuous residence upon and cultiva
tion of, said land, viz: George Green, Wm.
H. Green, Chas. Herron, Leonard Herron,
all of Philomath, Benton Co., Oregon.
J. T. Apperson,
ADMINISTRATOR'S SALE OF REAL
In the matter of the partnership estate of
.Belknap tiros., Belknap Bros. & Kennedy,
Belknap Bros. & Kennedy Bros.
Notice is hereby given that in pursuance
ot an order of the county court for Benton
.county, state of Oregon, made on the 11th
day of July, 1891, in the matter of said
estate of Belknap Bros., consisting of E
M. Belknap and S. E. Belknap (deceased) as
partners, ana Belknap Bros. & Kennedy,
consisting of EL Al. Belknap and S. K Bel
knap (deceased) and G. W. Kennedy as
partners, and Belknap Bros. & Kennedy
.Bros., consisting ol Hi. M. .Belknap and S.
E. Belknap (deceased) and G. W. Kennedy
ana rv. K. Kennedy as partners, the under
signed,' the administrator of said partner
ship estate will sell at public auction to the
highest bidder, for cash, gold coin of the
united states (and suject to confirmation
of said court) on
ScUurday the 5lh day of August, 1891,
at 11 o'ekek a. M. of said day at the court
House door in the city of Corvallis, in Ben
ton connty, state of Oregon, all the riL'ht.
title, interest and estate of said partnership
estate Deing tne iee simple in and to all
the following described property to-wit:
The N. W. i of Sec. 6, in Township 4, S.
R. 5 E. Will. Mer., situate in Clackamas
Co. Or.; also lots 7 8, 9, in block 1 of ori
ginal town of Marysville (now city of Cor
vall's) in Benton county, Oregon. Together
with the foundry and machine shops situat
ed thereon including all detached property,
appurtenances and fixtures in and about
aid foundry and machine shops, such as
blacksmith tools, grindstones, moulding
tools, safe and office fixtures and all move
able tools and appurtenances thereto be
longing. E. M. BELKNAP,
Adm'r of said partnership Estate afore
Said. Dated July 16, 1891.
THE OREGON STATE FAIR.
The prospects for a good State Fair were
never so nattering as they are this year.
The premium list has been revised, and in
many important points the prizes have been
increased. j.he entries in the speed depart
ment are the largest and best in the history
ot the fair, lhe state lair is under the
management of the State Board of Agricul
ture, and over $15,000 in cash is offered in
premiums for exhibits of stock, poulty, ag
ricultural products, fruit, etc., works of art
and fancy work, and for trials of speed
The board is making every preparation for
a great meeting. Many valuable improve
ments have been made, and the grounds
nave been cleared op and greatly beantihed.
Electric and horse-car lines now run from
Salem to the grounds. All persons wishing
a premium list for the fair of 1891, can ob
tain it by addressing J. T. Gregg, the sec
retary, at Portland, Oregon, or Geo. W,
Watt, assistant secretary, at Salem. The
fair begins on the 14th of September, and
will last one week. Send for a premium
list ana prepare something for exhibition
TO THE PUBLIC.
We wish to announce that we have finish
ed all our cheap work and are now prepared
to do strictly first-class work. Enlarging a
specialty. 1-onn & Underwood.
Report of the condition of the First Na
tional Bank of Corvatlis, at Corvallis. iu the
State ot Oregon, at the close of business,
July 9, 1891:
Loans and discounts 8 70,020 80
overdrafts, secured and unsecured 135 7a j
U. S. Bonus to secure circulation 12.500
Stocks, securities, claims, etc ,. 4,830 57
Due from approved reserve agents 1,09 42
Due from otlier National Banks' 1,058 11
liue from SUte Banks and bankers 1.114 (17
Furniture and fixtures 2,8t9 89
Current expenses and taxes paid
Premiums on U. S. Bonds
Bills of other banks
Fractional paper currency, nickels, cents
Redemption fund with U. 8. Treasurer
(6 per cent of circulation)
Total $103,236 11
Capital stock paid in 2 50.000
Surplus fund 1,00J
viiuivinou proat JH4
National Bank notes outstanding 10.250
Individual aeposits subject to check 81,530 09
Demand certificates of deposit 12,562 07
Time certificates of Deposit 2,528 97
State of Oregon, County ov Benton, ss:
I, M. S. Woodcock, president of the above
named bank, do swear that the above state
ment is true to the bust of mv knowledge
and belief. JVL. S. WOODCOCK,
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
23d day ol July, 1891
Notarial Seal. E. Holoate,
' Notary Public.
W. T. Wiles,
Z. H. Davis.
A. F. HeitsuxER
Remember Henkle & Ki ieliel goods at
J. Win. Wills are umng very cheap.
When Baby was sick, we gave her Castorla.
When she was a Child, she cried for Castoria.
When she became Hiss, she clung to Castoria.
When she bad Children, she gave them Castoria.
NOTICE OF FINAL SETTLEMENT.
In the County Court of Benton countv
J5taie oi uregou.
In the matter of the Estate
B. S. Ward, deceased l
Notice is hereby ni ?ea that the nnder-
signed has filed her final accouut of said
estate us administrator of said estate in said
court for a (iual settlement of said estate
and that said court has hxed Saturday the
8th day of August, 1891 (it being a day of
the rugular August term of said court) at
the court house in the city of Corvallis in
said county at the hour of 10 o'clock in the
forenoon of said day as the time and place
for hearing objections to said final account
and a final settlement of the same.
Dated July 9, 1891.
S. J. Ward,
Administrator of the Estate of B. S.
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS.
Notice is hereby civen that the Countv
lourt ot Benton county, Uregon, will up to
the 5th day of August, 1891. receive sealed
bids to furnish all materials, build and con
struct, erect and complete, a bridge across
Hilarys river known as the "Hartless
bridge near Philomath, Oregon. Plans,
pecihuations and strain diagrams, to ac
company each bid. kach bidder shall de
posit with his bid ten per cent, of the
amount thereof which shall be forfeited to
the county in case the award is made to
him, it he fails, neglects or refuses to enter
into contract and file his bonds (in an
amount to be determined by the court)
within two days after such award is made.
The said bridge to be completed by the 10th I
day oi September, isfl. The court re
serves the right to reject any and all bids.
Dated at Corvallis, Or., July 13, 1891.
B. w. W ilson,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS.
In the matter of the estate ) T'"
of ? -
Marion Cooper, deceased. )
.Notice is hereby given, to all persons con
cerned, that the undersigned haye' been
duly appointed executors of the last will and
testameut of Marion Cooper, deceased, by
the County Court of Benton county, Ore
gon, and all persons having claims against
Aid estate are hereby required to present
the same to us, duly verified, at the resi
dence ot Thomas H. Cooper near Corvallis.
in Benton county, Oregon, within 6 months
frdm the date hereof.
Dated July 17th, 1891.
Thomas H. Cooper, '
.Gbor9b Cooper, -
IN MEMORY OF T. E. CAUTHORJT.
sr a. w.
Farewell dear friend and au revoir,
1 Cannot. Will not urn la. a.liaur
For death in time but not eternity, '
Frb us irom ine good and true.
For standing by thy weary couch
Before the last dread
A voice prophetic whispered in my ear.
"Siv- Tit i V 1 1. . . , ! .
J .ftwuujomiuu miau meet again."
Though after death in God's high providence
The vile no more shall be.
The good and true are but parts of his divinity.
uu Duau live tjiruuu an eternity.
Your friend has honored every trust.
At home, abroad and in the council of his state.
His unstained soul has like a mirrpr thrown
aenections only of the good and great.
Envy, malace or reveng-e he never knew,
His mind was fashiuned on a broader nlun
Across the chasm of eighteen hundred years he drew,
ujj,uMcftuu mapiratiuii sum ii v c u iorman.
Then au revoir dear friend a brief farewell and
some goon iuut wait the true and bravs;
With hope and faith 1 see you livo again
Aim waia in iinb oeyonu tne grave.
We offer One Hundred Dollars rp.ward
for any case of catarrh that cannot be cured
by taking Hall's Catarrh Cure.
F. J. CHENEY & CO.. Proos.. Tol.d O
We," the undersigned, have known F .T
Cheney for the last 15 years, and believe him
periectly honorable in all business transac.
tion, and financially able to carry out any
obligations made by their firm.
West & Truax. Whole ale Druirtrists Tol.
do, O., Welding, Kinnan & Marvin. Wholn.
sale DruL'irists. Toledo. O.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken internallv.
acting directly upon the blood and mucous
surfaces of the system. Testimonial pni
free. Price 75o. per bottle. Sold bvgall
One hundred and twenty thousand dol
lars have passed over the counter of the
bank of Vaeaville, according to the state
ment of Edward Fisher, cashier, inpayment
for fruit shipped to Eastern points, as
against 90.000 the same time last year.
One hundred and sixty-one cars of green
fruit and four cars of dried fruit have been
auippeu xast mis year, .ninety-three wan
the record for the same time lanfc vn.
Across the Deep, to the Far West,
Uu steamboats, cars and stage coaches, H09
I rA,,QVi L. 1 J . . . - 1 . .
vbv.a a ubuiimuii fitters is carried as tne
most important item in the materia medica
ol the traveling public. It rlennven i-ii.i:,i-.
eil, brackish water of its hurtful
1 1.1. J3 ---
cecrnuie n.ivor. counteracts th nr-
nicious eliects upou the stomach of bad or
indigestible tood, remedies cramps, heart
burn and wind udoo the stomach. Tt in n.
nne detense agaiust malarial disorders, nul
lities the effects of excessive heat, cold i.rl
damp, relieves sick -headache, and is an in
comparable cure for costiveness and bilious
lies. The fatigue of travel often tell mmt
aisastrously upon invalids and convales
cents, occasionally to such an extent as to
Jeopardize life. Persons in feeble health.
apprehensive of bad effects from travel, will,
if provided with the Bitters, be far less
likely to have their fears realized.
R. M. Wade & Co., informs us that they
have sold every harvester they had in stock
and their stock was large to commence with.
They even wonder themselves why they
have enjoyed such a lively trade. The
cause is easily explained advertise in a live
paper and do a live business they have
been patronizing the columns of the Ga
zette since their opening. The mystery is
The following frank statement fiom J. E.
Hare, of Trenton, Texas, will be of interest
to many of our citezens. "My little boy
w.is very bad off for two months with diar
rhoea. We used various medicines, also call
ed in two Doctors, but nothing done him any
good until we used Chamberlain's Onlio.
Cholera and Diarrhoea Reniedv, which gave
immediate relief and soou cured him. I con
sider it the best medicine made and can con
scientiously recconimend it to all who ned
a diarrhoea or colic medicine." For sale by
T. Graham, druttaist.
M. Wilkins is now busily engaged pre
paring samples of grasses grown in Oregon.
The collection will be exhibited at the state
fair this year, and will serve as a nucleus
for his grand exhibit at the world's fair in
1893. He will prepare about 900 samples
this year, of which there will be 86 varie
Bucklen's rnica Sal ve.
The best salve in the world fnr Cat
Bruises. Sores. Ulcers. Salt Rl
Soreo, Tetter, Chapped Hands, Chilblains,
Corns, and all Skin Eruptions, and posi
tively cures Piles, or no oav reouirerf. It
is guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction, or
money rernnoed. frice 25 cents per box.
For sale by Thos. Graham.
Pleuro Pneumonia in Cattle. County
Stock Inspector Simeral reports several
cases of pleuro pneumonia among the cattle
of this county. In the Waldo hills he has
two cows under quarantine, afflicted with
this disease, which is contagious but works
its deadly way slowly. But few horses are
suffering from the glanders. One was kill
ed by his orders, near Brooks, the other
This is what yon ought to have, iri fact
you must have it to fully enjoy life. Thous
ands are searching for it daily, and mourn
ing because they find it not. Thousands up
on thousands of dollars are spent annually
by our people in the hope that they may at
tain this boon. Awl vet it mav be had bv
all. , We guarantee that Electric Bitters, if
used according to directions and the use
persisted in, will bring you Good Digestion
and oust the domou Dyspepsia and install
instead Eupepsy. We recommend Electric
Bitters for Dyspepsia and all diseases of
Liver. Stomach and jKidneys. Sold at 60o
and $1.0Q per bottle , by T. Graham, drug
gist. Children Cry for" Pitcher's Castoria,
Buy your hunting outfits at Nolan's.
Bargains in summer shoes and hats at
Lebanon was visited by a $10,000 fire last
Oak and ash wanted in exchange for guns
mit w. tv iu. ill.
Bargains in summer nnderwear and over-
shirts at Nolan's.
Mi. and Mrs. John Foster returned yes
terday from their wedding tour.
Ho for the seaside and the cool shades of
the mountains this kind of weather.
The Salem's have played nineteen games
this year and only lost two, and those only
by a scratch.
J. W. Will is prepared to furnish bicycles
of all kinds at the lowest prices. Also
W. A. Wells and family, Misses Lizzie
Clark, Mattie Avery and Helen Holgate are
among those who went to the bay this
There will be an ice cieam social at the
W. C. T. U. reading rooms this (Fridav)
evening, given by the ladies of the M. E.
Miss Lizzie Keesee entertained a few of
her friends by giving'a social party, last
Wednesday evening, at her home four miles
north of Corvallis.
Prof. Grimm returned from his farm near
Aurora last Wednesday. He says the hop
louse and fruit pe.ts are getting in their
work in an alarmidg manner in that section
of the valley just now.
A. M. Reeves, for the past twa years
principal of the public schools of Philomath.
has been elected principal of the Halsey
public schools. Philomath looses a good
man in Mr. Reeves and Halsey is to be con
gratulated on her success.
Last week Huston Shipley, of Monroe,
bought a new buggy at that place, and had
taken his seat iu it for his first ride when
the horse became frightened and ran three
miles down the road before it could be
stopped. Fortunately no one was hurt and
but little damage was done.
We are reliably informed that John Zeis
will build an ice factory in Corvallis either
this summer or next spring. His trade in
ioe is large enough to justify this move, and
as it is cheaper to manufacture than to ship
it from other points, he must build.
' The new city hall is to be built and with
out delay. It will be a brick and stone
structure 50x75 feet, to cost $3,000 or less.
As will be seen elsewhere the committee
appointed at the last meeting of the council
have advertised for plans and specifications.
and it is their intention to let the contract
and get to work on the building just as soon
A Serious BrN away. Last Wednesday
evening while Dick Abbey, accompanied by
his wife and Mrs. T. Whitehorn and child.
was driving past the Stewart farm about
one mile north of Corvallis, his horse be
came frightened and ran away, The sud
den start threw Mrs. Abbey out on the
buKgy. She struck the ground on her
bead, receiving a cut on the forehead and a
severe shock. In attempting to regain the
lines Dick was pitched over the dash board,
and was either trampled on or kicked until
he became insensible. Mrs. 'Whitehorn iu
her fright attempted to jump from the bug
gy with the child in her arms and was badly
stunned from the fall, but fortunately the
child escaped without injury. Word was
immediately sent to the city for Mr. Eglins
carriage and medical assistance. Dr. Chas.
Lee was soon at .the scene of the accident
and assisted in making the injured persons
as comfortable as possible while being trans
ferred to their home. Although the ladies
received quite a severe shock and were
badly frightened they were not dangerously
injured. But Dick did not get off so easy.
The corner of his right eye was severely cut,
his nose was broken and he received an
ugly wound extending from his upper lip
over his right cheek, also a bad cut three
inches long on his left leg. However, none
of the wounds need prove fatal. At last
accounts all of the injured parties were get
ting along as well as could be expected
under the circumstances.'
The Willamette. In an interview with
the Statesman, Senator J. H. Mitchell says
concerning an appropriation for the upper
Willamette, much depends on the report of
the engineers. The appropriation that will
be asked for this year to be used on the
Willamette above the locks will be of suf
ficient size to accomplish much good. A
considerable of it no doubt, will have to be
expended on the revetment at Corvallis,
where in 1888 an appropriation of $14,000
was spent in an endeavor to keep the river
from leaving the city. The same work will
have to be done again, only in a more sub
stantial manner. . .
A Mother's Gratitudes My son was In
an almost heirless condition with Jinx when
I commenced using Chamberlain's . Oojic,
Cholera and. piarrhoea Remedy. It gave
him immediate relief and I am sure it saved
his life. I take great pleasure in 'recom
mending it to alL Mrs. M. L. Jobnbon,
Everett, Simpson Co. , Miss. 25 and 50
cent bottles for sale by Thos. Graham,
druggist. ,, , .
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A TRIP TO THE COAST.
The editor of the Gazette recently took
a aay on and went to the sea shore.
Arriving at Yaquina we took the steamer
Richardson and after a pleasant ride of four
miles down the bay arrived at Newport.
as usual the wharf was crowded with sum
mer visitors who had lined np on both sides
of the passage way anxious to meet their
expected friends, or who sized up the new
comers as they passed by with an air of:
-wonder what is coming next I" Foroiir
part, as soon as we landed we caught a
glimpse of Pete Abbey's smiling face
on the porch of the Bay View house, just
across the street, and we made a straight
snoot tor him. We run the gauntlet with
out difficulty, stopping a moment to shake
bands with this or that friend, and arrived
safely at the hotel, and the obliging land
lord lost no time in finding accommodations
for us although the house was crowded
Mr. Abbey always has room for one more.
Among the first friends we met the next
day was Wesley L. Davis, of the Times,
and we were at home in a newspaper office,
Mr. Davis has recently taken charge of the
Times and is giving the people of Newport
and vicinity a paper worthy of their support
He has made several improvements in his
office, having just added a new job press
and new type for turning out job work,
After showing ns his office, Mr. Davis took
us out to the end of the government jetty
where we watched Capt. Winant's steamer
Mischief go out over the bar with a fishing
party on board. The bar was quite smooth
and it was a fine day but we did not care to
change places with any one on board as we
hadjbeen there before, and our ardor for deep
sea fishing is not so great now as it once war;
On our return, after a stroll down the
beach we met our old time friend. Wm,
Grant, of "Far Far" and he insisted that we
should fulfill our promise made some time
ago to spend a day at his new summer re
sort situated Ota south beach, just halt way
between Newport and Seal Rocks. ' Bright
and early the next morning in company
with Mr. Grant we crossed the ferry and
were met by his team, kept for the special
accommodutioa of his guests. The drive
down the hard beach in the pure morning air
was delightful. As we passed aloug by the
high cliffs our conception of the country
lying back from the beach was that it was
rough and rugged, full of deep canyons and
mountains. Arriving at "Far Far" we
found that ' at least in one place we were
mistaken. It would be difficult to find a
more pretty spot on any coast for a quiet
summer resort than that Mr. Grant has.
From almost any point on his land one can
get a fine view of the beach up and down
the coast as far as the eye can see, includ
ing seal Kock, the entrance of xaqnina
harbor, - Newport, and Cape Foul weather.
Still it is well protected from the high
winds. Mr. Grant has expended $8000 or
more during the past year in improving this
resort. He has just completed a large and
substantial house and has furnished it
throughout in elegant style for the accomo
dation of guests who may be fortunate
enough to stop with him, and the sur
rounding grounds are being laid off in
beautiful parks and walks. Mr. Grant has
laid out all of his laud in lots excepting
about 20 which he has reserved for his
house and park, and is now selling them at
from $25 to $100 per lot. Many people
from Portland, Salem, Albany, and Cor
vallis have already purchased lots here
and are building or will build cottaces so
that their families will have a quiet place
in which to spend a month, or two at the
the sea-side during the summer time. At
noon we sat down to a delicious spread pre
pared by Mrs. Combs who has charge of
the household affairs, after which the team
was brought out and we started for Seal
Rocks. - Of course we could not return to
Corvallis without paying a visit to Mr.
Brassfield and his famous watering place.
Mr. B. greeted us in his usual pleasant
manner and invited us to remain a day or
more, but our time was limited and we
could only make a short stay, so after a
glimpse of the marvelous wonders of nature,
the great rocks continually lashed
by the angry waters of the sea,
it was time to take our departure. For
pleasure seekers Seal Rocks is a drawing
card, and Mr. Brassfield is receiving his
share ot the patronage. Returning to
Newport we took the train the next morn
ing for Corvallis, only regreting that we
did not have more time to spend among the
genial people at the sea-side.
Hunting at The BAY.They have been
having a great time at the Bay hunting
deer. The country across the Bay from
Yaquina is alive with them. On Tuesday
of last week seven were seen on the beach
at one time, and Friday morning five. One
day the hounds drove one of them into the
Bay, George Walker and one or two com
panions took a boat and tried to capture it;
but not knowing the trick of taking it by
the tail and drowning it tried to hit it over
the head with the ores and ride over it but
this did not work and the deer escaped.
Thursday the hounds drove up what was
thought to be a dee) bat on being followed
proved to be black bear. He was treed;
but escaped to the thick bushes as usual
with a bullet that will probably prove fataj.
WHAT IS TO DONE.
C6rvallis, Oreoon, July IS, 1891.
EdWoe Gazette: Will you" allow me
space in the Gazette for a wof d or tivb jef
specting a subject of public interest; 9oe
time last spring, if j mistake not I tfoticeoV
something in the local papers relative- to the"
municipal ownership of public works; or
works in their nature public, su'ch as' elW
trie light, water Works',- etc.
' Beiug somewhat inTprsssed witK the ideet
of the city owning its own water and eleo-.
trie plants I took occasion to mention' H ttf
several of the Council and afso to some of
the leading citizens of Corvallis.
I was at that time, like some otlftf citi-i
zens, inclined to trge infmediate actio oh
part of the Cdrfneil and have the question
of city ownership, or not, submitted! id a
vote of the people at ondej but the sugge
tion was made, and I confess that its wis-
dom weighed so heavilyon me as to cause
me to iqiroediateiy yield my own inclination
to it; the suggestion was made the owing
to the approaching election and the prob
able changes in the conncil which would rtrt
suit, that the whole qdestrotr 6f the munici
pal ownership of public works should be
postponed until after the election. And
the suggestion was quitn generally adopted
and We have heard very little on th ub
Now we have a new council, a new char
ter, and. I think, a procnessive spirifon tha'
part of the citizens of Corvallis, notwith
standing the fact that this is the 15th of
July and nothing done yet in the way
puouc improvements, and what is the city
going to do about it?
If I am correct the city pays Something
over eight hundred dollars pef" annum fof
electric light. That is interest at teri pef
cent on more than half the cost of the
whole plant. I am authoratatively inform
ed that the commercial foil, 6f the private"
lighting, now yields a revenue of about ten
percent, on the whole cost of the plant:
The hieter rate for inside light is one anil
one-half cents per hour per lamp oT sixteen4
Now supposing the city owned the etec
trie light plant at at cost of $15,000 I tMofc
it .could be bought for some less, but say
$13,000. The purchase ifiou'ey would be"
raised by issuing city bonds for the amount
which would probably sell at par and drtvt
6 per cent, interest which would amount to
$900 interest annually. That is lesftnaaf"
$100 more than what the city U now paying'
for electrict light each" year. And the nam-'
berof street lights seems to be gradual! -
increasing. The cost of maintaining the"
electric' light plant and operating it. tnf
informed id considerably lest thitt he '
amount derived frem the commercial foil 4
private lighting. Now if I be correct in ill .
thi, would it not be to the interest of the1 ,
city to own its own electric lighi plsntf
That is buy nut the preseftf owners. 'The 7
franchise is becoming more valuable each
year and the business is increasing and .whir
proper management it ought to pay fox' it- .
self before the bonds, which would-be issu
ed to buy it, would mature.
If the city owned its own electric- plant.
it could reduce the price of light 6ne-tbirf
and according to data within the reach, of
all, still derive sufficieut profit to' pay the'
bonds at maturity. I khrJw of qiifte a good '
many persons who have signified a readiness4
to use electric Hgbs, who' now nse otia
booh as the price is reduced. Probabl the
increased number of consumers would more'
than counter-balance the difference in rive
nue caused by the redaction in the price.
Another thing which might be mentioned
iu this connection is suggested by the pres
ence of an arc- light bu Main street. The
present street lights cost $3 per light per
month. The arc light wottld cost $12 or"
n.ore. But the incandescent light which
we now have is of 23 candle .power"
whilst the arc is 200 candle power. Obvi-r
ously it would require a lesser niimber of
arc than incandescent lights. . Which would- 4
be the more economical for the city? I will
confess I don't know. But if the city'
were the owner of its own plant it cou-lf
exercise its own discretion perhaps titt
easily than now as the' cost of producing I
arc light is said not to be relatively fi'
excess ot the cost of producing the irit&D
The general impression which t
gathered frefrfi the unwritten histcf y
recent city election, seem to be
citizens of Corvallis selected tbfei
men with a view of getting progff
into the city government who
their wisdom, give proper atier;
improvements; etc., which so
property owners are demgnd
was the dominent idea on the '
electors Would it not be'
conncil to act. The surtfro " '
It seems to me that the ,
vallis may be ready ta bh .'
exercising their perogafir .
of these contemplate p-.,
of bonded indebtedftesr '
works, etc. But in tl,"
I know that some tir
wiser to put the ir "' . ',-'-there
seems to be x
Reasons which I ar
There are urgi
should have beV
drainage and gv '
other things tfe ' y
do need thenf-i'
at it in abend
thin have tjf ' -