OlmiB PROFITABLE INVESTMENT Advertisers get good returns from announcements placed in Tho Daily limes. mmt KEEP WELL POSTED On tlto current events of the world's progress by reading Xlio Daily Times. MEMBER OF ASSOCIATED PRESS I ,'VM'm VOL II. THE COOS BAY TIMES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1908. No. 182 mnn WRITHES LIKE CUR UNDER TRE LASH OF Coos Bay Gas and Electric Co Replies Request For Better Service With A Villainous Personal Attack On The Editor Of The Times SOME PLAIN TRUTHS PLAINLY STATED Seeks to Divert the Attention of the People by Foolish Charges and Personal Abuse The or Its Editor Has Nothing to Retract and Secrets to Withhold From the People of Coos Bay. Tho editor of tho Times asks tho kind indulgence of the readers of this paper for engaging in a little per sonal talk. Tho editor of this pa per does not believe in personalities in a newspaper discussion nor is lie so egotistic as to think that the people of Coos Bay are interested in his private affairs. Seymour II. Bell, manager of the Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co., has thought it ad visable to divert tho just criticism of his corporation and its methods into personal channels by an unman ly and damnably false attack on the editor of this paper. Ho seeks to cloud tho Issue and throw dust Into tho people's eyes by this method In stead of meeting the issue fairly and in a manly manner. Tho per sonal character of tho editor has as little to do with the service that the Coos Bay Gas & Electric company render tho peoplo of Marshfleld and North Bend in return for their hon est dollars as tho steamer "Flyer" has to do with the Japaneso fleet. Tf la p.iav tn sun tlirnnirli Mr. Bell's wf little game. It is as transparent as glass. The very sun slimes tnrougu it. If ho can by duplicity, decoy the peoplo from tho single issue of an honest and efficient electric light and power service into considera tion of personal abuse ho will have gained his end. Ho builds his house of hope on tho flimsy foundation that because tho editor of the Times is a new comer, a stranger here, he is particularly susceptiblo to an at tack on Ins personal character and his integrity. Becauso he is a stran ger and because ho is perfectly agree able to a comparison of personal characters with Seymour H. Bell the editor of this paper will depart from a life long rule and talk about him self in the columns of his own paper. Because- also he is In earnest in his efforts to prevent the Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co. from bulldozing and browbeating this community Into ac cepting a fourth rate service for a first-class price ho is willing that tho peoplo should know who and what ho" is so that they will under stand when Seymour H, Boll seeks in a cheap and falso diatribe to fool and deceive them by diverting their thoushts from tho issue which is under discussion, namely tho defect ive and deficient service of tho Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co. First that tho public may have, a fair and full understanding of the controversy wo will briefly outline its inauguration and progress. Soon after assuming control of tho Times the writer was impressed with the inefficient power and light service of Coos Bay. Tho linotype machines are operated by electric motors and often as many as three or four times a day tho power would suddenly shut off leaving tho men and ma chines idle. Several times at night in tho business and editorial rooms candles wero brought into requisi tion to furnish light. Every busi ness establishment in this city and North pend has had tho sarao annoy ing, inconvenient and expensive ex perience, A mild protest against such service waB penned and pub lished. Mr. Bell says be does not object to "honest criticism." This criticism was both mild and honest. Now mark what happened. About soon tbt following day Geo. Blau- A WHIPPED HO CRITICISM To False Times No and chard stormed into tho Times office and wanted to know wnat the Times meant by attacking the electric light and power service He also wanted to know who was responsible for the attack. He desired further to say that tho Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co. was spending $300 or $400 per year with the Times and that fact should entitle them to consideration. Ho did not think they should be criticised when they wero willing to spend that much money in the col umns of this paper. Mr. Blanchard's whirlwind attack was met with the mild assurance that there was noth ing malicious in tho criticism pub lished and that It was tho honest opinion of tho editor who alone was responsible. He was also Hold that if he considered the criticism unfair that tho columns of the Times wero open to him free, without money and without price to answer the same. He was even invited to sit down and write.lt there and then and it would bo published without cost. That doesn't sound much like graft, does It? Thero wero witnesses present at tho time. Mr. Blanchard, who Is manager for Mr. Bell, met this with another storm of wrath to the effect that the money they wero spending with tho paper should entitle them to silenco or compliments. Ho was then told in plain English that when he bought advertising ho did not sub sidize the paper and that as long as it remained under Its present control all tho money Mr. Hewitt and Mr. Bell possessed could not buy its si lenco on matters of public concern. Ho went away to return two days later and announce that the longer It was thought of the more outrage ous It was considered by tho Coos Bay Gas & Electric company that they should spend their money for advertising and thon be criticised In tho editorial or news columns of the paper and they proposed under such conditions to withdraw all their ad vertising and other patronage. This was plainly almost coarsely stated. A short tlmo later Mr. Bell called a representative of tho paper and dis continued tho subscription of Mr. Hewitt. This withdrawal of patron age has been tho only answer made by tho Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co. to tho honest criticism of the Times until yesterday when under the head ing "The Coos Bay Gas & Electric Company Refuses to bo Grafted" they printed In the Coos Bay News nearly a quarter page of vile and contemptlblo Insinuations in a per sonal attack on tho editor of the Times. I am a firm believer in high think ing, right living and plain speaking. If Seymour H. Bell by insinuation and innuendo intimates what ho dare not openly assert, that in any man ner tho criticism of tho Times has been animated by other motives than that the people of Coos Bay should be given a good service, before all honest men in tho world I brand f SEYMOUR n. BELL A LIAR. That is a short and ugly word but It Is the only one in the English language with which to designate an assassin of character whoso ideals do not com prehend anything above the gutters of greed in which ho wallows. If Bell Intimates that thero was any effort to coerce the Coos Bay Gas Biectrla Co. iato advertising lie is lying and he knows ho is lying mid tho man who wroto it knew it was u lio when he penned it. It Is a barefaced, bold lio thnt bears its con demnation on its face, becauso the company was advertising rcgulnrly in tho columns of tho Times when this paper printed its criticism and it was only becauso it DARED TO PRINT THE TRUTH about tho company's service that the advertising was with drawn. ' It is true that I have taken an option on tho Times but it was an honest option, honestly and openly taken and Is in a fair way to bo hon estly closed. When It is I will buy tho Times with my own money hon estly earned. I camo to Coos Bay to honestly purchaso and pay for what I secured. I did not como to cajole and coax and with booze, bluff and buncom wheedle out of the peo plo franchises or anything else worth thousands of dollars for nothing and then give in return tho poorest pos slblo service. I may not have the ability to edit tho sort of newspaper that meets with the approval of Seymour H. Bell but I thank God I have sufficient ability to write my own statements. Tho published statement that the Coos Bay Gas & Electric Co. never issued one dollars worth of stock that was not paid for in cash I do not care to discuss at this time, for I do not know, but I do know that this statement is widely at variance with well circulated and commonly ac cepted reports to tho contrary. I am not rich by comparison with Mr. Hewitt, whose man Friday Bell is and who could possibly buy all of Marshfleld and have money lef. Mr. Boll's charge that I am poor by such comparison is true. If lack of great wealth is a crime I plead guilty. But I never made any pretense to tho contrary. That's one reason why I was careful in negotiating tho pur chase of the Times. I could not af ford to be as reckless with my money as Mr. Bell is with his money at times. And so Mr. Bell because he found that I was not so constituted that "I would crook the pregnant hinges of tho knee that thrift might follow fawning" would seek my de struction. Because I was poor as the people of Coos Bay are, Individually, he would crush me. If I had taken an option on the plant of the Times ho would discredit It and mako it a poor Investment by withdrawing "his patronage and seek to influence others. If negotiations had gone too -r ho would further embitter thj pill by other assaults on my char acter, credit and standing in the com munity. So bo it. Let tho lines be fairly drawn. Let the peoplo understand that Mr. Bell has not only capital, but seeks to mako capital out of an other's lack of It. Noble, manly trait in the good and gracious Mr. Bell. If he cannot control he will crush. Good? Why ho is angelic. In fact he sleeps at night with his face in tho pillow and crocked ice on his shoulder blades to keep the wings from sprouting. Ho is investing his money here for tho 'benefit of tho dear people. He does not expect to mako any money for years but just to help out Coos Bay ho will dump his money into the trade channels of this city with tho reckless ex travagance of a drunken sailor. His only desire is to help tho dear people.J How wrong It is that such a benefact or and such a corporation should bo criticised. Why wo should hold a weekly pralso service just to glvo thanks for tho kindly benefactions of this Pacific philanthropist. And the Times, why it should bo boy cotted and banished for daring to lift its volco in protest. Mr. Bell calls tho Timoi a cheap paper but thank God it is not as cheap as Mr. Bell and his corpora tion. It was not so cheap that he could buy its silenco with his dirty dollars. If tho editor of tho Times Is poor he is not so poor that all tho money of the Coos Bay Gas & Elec tric Co. could purchaso for one fleet ing second his right to do his own thinking and speaking his own mind. Mr. Bell says that his corporation is attacked by an "Itinerant knight of tho pen, who risks no capital and spends only his time." I am a strang er here. Tho people of Coos Bay do not know mo. They havo accept ed mo on trust. I would bo falso to every instinct of gratltudo if I did not seek to merit such confidence by establishing my right to their faith in my honesty and honor. When I came, however, I brought certain credentials from thoso who have known mo almost my wholo life long. I expected to use theuo in (Coatlnued ok page ) 08 CAMPAIGN IS Women of Wosdcraft Answers Challenge of Times in Form of Ball. LADIES $1.00 GENTS FREE North Bend Organization Deserves Unstinted Praise for Its Support of "Tho Cause." To tho ladies of tho Women of Woodcraft, Ottilia Circle No. 401, the Times respectfully begs permis sion to extend Its deepest felicita tions of appreciation and good will for' their cooperation in mak ing the initial movo of the "Grand Leap Year Campaign" of 1908, for which tho Times sounded tho advance in its issue of Saturday last. Mayhap the cooperation was unsconcious; if so tho Times would further Impose tho indulgence of the Women of Woodcraft by paying a tribute to those powers of originality and perspicuity which their action In getting up tho Leap Year ball de notes. That this most novel and unique affair will be one of tho long re membered events in Coos Bay so claldom is a foregone conclusion. February eighth, nineteen hundred and eight, is the announcement, which those so fortunate as to be honored, note on the front cover of the Invitations. Further down Is the place, Eckhoff hall, North Bend; but like all things feminine the gist and kernal is discovered in the most un- looked for spot. At the very bottom of the front insido page giving one an Involuntary Impression that it feels a trifle -shy -at being tho first harbinger of the new order of cus toms Is the notice, "Admission, Ladles $1.00 Gents, Free." Tho invitations caused much speculation among tho ranks of the Coos Bay bachelor brigade yester day afternoon. In ono particular in stance a bachelor was congratulat ing himself at being among the elect when a friend threw cold water on his happy feelings by asking him what young lady had selected his company. At the time of going to press thls question remained unan swered. The bachelor It is said is in a state of profound study trying to figure out If tho forms of feminine etiquette as applied to the males for 1908 render them liablo to social ostraclzation if they appear at a dance without a female escort. The Coos Bay orchestra will fur nish music for tho Leap Year ball. Thero are twenty-four dances sched uled on the program. Tho following ladles compose tho floor committee: Mesdames, J. J. Burns, C. S. Winsor, N. G. Hames, and Miss Ida Gamble. "BETTER ORCHARDS" COOS RIVER SLOGAN Fruit Growers Have Started a Cam paign of Plaining and General Cleaning Up. Tho agitation started by the Marshfleld Chamber of Commerco re cently for better fruit, is manifesting results In tho way of marked activ ity among tho fruit growers. Ono accustomed to tho negligent appear ance of Coos river orchards would not recognize them now. A general pruning and cleaning out campaign has been in progress, completely changing tho aspect of the orchards. It was stated this morning that somo of tho orchards could even now compare In appearance with thoso of tho famous Hood river. Tho new spirit among Coos river orchardlsts has called forth an urgent demand for the services of pruners. Today a fruit growers' meeting is in session in Myrtle Point and a number of growers from the Coos river district aro in attendance. MOVEMENTS Ol THE FLEET (By Associated Press.) PUNTA ARENAS, Feb. 5.-- Tho torpedo flotilla Joined tho battleship fleet at this port yes- terday afternoon. Yes, business is Qood If your ad vertising is "good." .. 0 (i U.S. SAYS iVW FULTON STAYS Will Not Come To Oregon to Answer Charges Made By Francis J. Heney. (By Associated Press.) PORTLAND, Feb. 5. A spe- cial .dispatch to the Evening Tel- egram from Washington says Fulton has changed his mind about returning to Oregon to answer the charges of Heney. Numerous telegrams from the business interests of Oregon asking him to remain In Wash- ington in the Interest of legisla- tion have caused tho change of plans. BRAVE GIRL AVERTS A BAD FIRE PANIC Choking With Smoko Sho Sings "Glory For Mo" Wlillo Audience Is Dlspcrced Safely. (By Associated Press.) DETROIT, Feb. 4. Choking with smoke from a fire that crackled In lite rafters and in front of her, In the Kercheval avenue Methodist Episcopal church last night Missr Eva Ludgate, a young woman evan gelist from Chicago sang" Glory for Me" while the audience got out safe ly. Ho calmness averted a bad fire panic. The flro was caused by defect ive wiring. Damage $500. OREGON TRUST TAKEN OVER. Gei'iiian-Ainericnii Bank of Portland Absorbes Defunct Institution. (By Associated Press.) PORTLAND, Feb. 5. Circuit Judge Gantenburg today approved tho absorption of the Oregon-Trust & Savings Bank, which failed August 20, by the German-American Bank of this city. Hereafter tho Oregon Trust will exist only as an open ac count in tho affairs of tho German American and for tho next two years Receiver Devlin will continue as cus todian of this account. THREE STEAMSHIP LINES FAIL. U. S. Circuit Judge Appoints Two Receivers and Two Masters. (By Associated Press.) PORTLAND, Me,, Feb. C. Receiv ers for the Eastern Steamship Com pany, the Metropolitan Steamship Company, and the Consolidated Steamship Lines of Maine, also two joint special masters were appointed by United States Circuit Judge Put nam today. COUNTESS YARMOUTH DIVORCED Dccreo Granted Nullifying Her Mnr riago to tho Earl. (By Associated Press.) LONDON, Feb. 5. Sir BIrrell Barnes, president of the divorce court today granted tho Countess Yar mouth (Miss Allco Thaw) a decree nullifying her marriage to tho Duke of Yarmouth. The case was practi cally undefended. Tho countess was present but the Earl was not In court. WHITE'S SLAYER IS NERVOUS. President of Lunacy Commission Vis its Him at Mnttcawan. (By Associated Press.) NEW YORK, Feb. .C Dr. Allan Ferris, president of tho Lunacy Cam mission visited Thaw yesterday at Matteawan. Ho said Thaw was vory nervous and excitable but that on such short notice It was Impossible to como to any conclusion as to his permanent mental condition. JAP DIPLOMAT IS ADVANCED. (By Associated Press.) TOKIO, Feb. 5. Tho appointment of Viscount Slnzo Aokl, ex-ambassador to Washington, as privy council lor will be officially announced tomorrow, N W FRANCIS J HENEY U. S. ATTORNEYS DOING POLITICS INSTEAD OF DUTY Says Former District Attorney Hall Conspired to Graft Land. Government Prosecutor .Makes Open ing Argument In Trial of Jolm 11. Hall. (By Associated Press.) PORTLAND, Or., Feb. 5. "United States Attorneys are doing politics In stead of their duty and are appointed by rotten United States senators," is the way Francis J. Heney character ized some of the government officials in his opening argument in the trial of Ex-United States District Attorney John H. Hall today. Heney declared Hall had ample evidence on which to proceed against the Butte Creek com pany but failed to do so and he ac cused Hall of conspiracy with W. "W. Steiwer, H. H. Hendricks, C. B. Zachary and others to maintain un law fence In Eastern Oregon. COLONIAL BALL FORLIBRflRY Progress Club Will Celebrate Birthday -of George Washington. For tho benefit of tho Marshfleld public library fund the Progress club, Coos Bay's literary organization, will on tho evening of Washington's birth day, February 22, give a Colonial ball. This step was decided on at the regular meeting of tho club yes terday afternoon at the homo of Mrs. Percy Levar. Though no details havo as yet been arranged it was decided yesterday that all who attend tho ball shall wear attire of the Colonial period. The same will apply In part of tho danco program, tho minuet and those other graceful steps of tho days when knighthood was in flower. The following ladies wero appointed to form a committee on arrangemnets and take complete charge of tho preparations for tho affair: Mesdames, E. G. Flanagan. H. S. Tower, M. C. Horton, D. Y. Stafford, G. W. Kaufman, J. W. In gram, I. Lando, J. M. Upton. Charles Lamb wns taken as tho subject for tho meeting of the pro gress club yesterday afternoon. Tho feature of tho meeting was the paper prepared by Mrs. G. W. Kaufman on the life and literary career of the noted English literature. The paper was a thorough and comprehensive review and denoted careful and deep thought In tho preparation. Follow ing this other selections from Lamb's essays and poems were read. In honor of George Merldith'S' tho celebrated English writer, 80th birthday tho Progress club yesterday voted to send him a letter extend ing congratulations from an organi zations, whoso literary Interest form for It a link of common fol lowship with tho English nuthor. The circumstances surrounding, the extending of congratulations will render them decidedly out of tho or dinary because of tho fact that tho Progress club of Marshfleld Is tho most westerly literary club extant, Coos Bay being about threo miles to tho eastward of Point Blanco tho most westerly point on tho Pacific coast. TEN THOUSAND ARE IDLE; (By Associated Press.) PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 5. Financial difficulties in all parts of tho world resulted in such a curtailment of orders for loco motives that ten thousand em ployes of tho Baldwin Locomo tive Works are laid off. Tho full working force now Is about 19,000 men.