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TREASURER ORDERED TO SKT
PLAINTIFFS' POSITION STATED
Attorney Briggs Outlines Claims
Iade By His Clients Contends
That Road and Bridge Fund is Al
ready Exceeded Ily $ 12,000.
Judge F. M. Calkins has Issued an
order restraining James Cronemiller,
county treasurer, from using any of
the money collected for road pur
poses, in redeeming general county
warrants. The order is to remain In
effect until the court has had time
to arrive at a decision on the in
junction suit brought by Benton
Bowers and S. A. Carleton to check
the erection of a new bridge over
Bear creek in Medford.
Over one-half or the money de
rived from the four-mill tax levy for
road and bridge purposes by the
county of Jackson has been collected
and turned over to the county tieas
urer, but instead of being placed in
a road and bridge fund as specified
by the state law, it has been placed
in the general county fund and has
been paid out for the redemption of
county warrants. To be exacty: On
June 10, the latest figures available,
$48,075.84 out of approximately
$76,000 which should be placed in
a bridge and road fund has been
collected and nearly all of it expend
ed. Tiie order of Judge Calkins
forces the county treasurer to dis
continue this practice.
Attorneys for the county in argu
ing the injunction suit against the
bridge called attention to the state
law which provides that money
raised by the road and bridge levy
should be placed in a distinct fund
and be used for road and bridge
purposes only. Continuing their ar
gument, they declared that this
money should be available for such
purposes as the erection of the Med
ford bridge and would not place the
county further in debt.
Attorney Brlggs of this city, who
is representing the plaintiffs in the
nuit, when asked as to the position of
the plaintiffs, said:
"The plaintiffs claim, first, that
lue unuge is in. me cny. wnicn. 18
platted on both sides, and that por
tion of the county road within the
limits has changed its character as
a county road and is now a city
street, and, if a city street, the coun
ty is not liable for the building of
the bridge; second, if it were a coun
ty road, the county having already
paid out and issued 1,912 road war
rants in excess of the amount of the
road and bridge tax of 1912 under
the supervision of the county court,
no funds are now available to pay
the contract for the Medford bridge
and would necessitate an increase in
the indebtedness of the county be
yond the constitutional limits; third,
that even should the money be avail
able to the full extent of the 1912
road tax, nevertheless it is an abuse
of discretion on the part of the coun
ty court to pay out practically half
of the current road and bridge tax
to build a new bridge where now ex
ists a good one, when hundreds of
miles of road in the county need re
pair in order to be passable and
many streams need bridges where
fords are now used, especially in
view of the fact that the county court
has turned down all of these outside
roads and bridges on the ground of
lack of funds; fourth, that even
though all of the foregoing might be
construed as favorable to the build
ing of the bridge, nevertheless it is
apparent that the present bridge is
adequate to carry all the water of the
creek at its present height and width,
and that the county should not be
put to the expense of raising the
.grade of the bridge 'four feet and
putting another bent on the east side
of the bridge entirely outside the wa
ter course for the express purpose of
permitting the Butte Falls railroad
to pass entirely under the street
crossing, and in building a bridge of
a grade and capacity not needed for
ordinary bridge purposes, t,he court
has gone too far and beyond its
Mr. Briggs further stated that al
though but $48,980.74 of the road
and bridge fund had been collected,
the county treasurer has paid out al
ready this year $37,978.20 for road
warrants, and that in addition to this
the court has expended or issued
warrants on the road and bridge
fund to the amount of $30,041.62.1
making a total claim upon the fund'
of about $88,000, or $12,000 in ex
cess of the half of the road tax which
comes under the direct supervision
of the. court. Mr. Brigga contends
for the plaintiffs that the county
"court has no right, to build a bridge
in-Medford, on the, ground that it
.would be just as consistent to claim
"every bridge In the valley towns
should be built by the court.
In speaking of the effect of the
suit upon the present indebtedness
of the county, Mr. Briggs said:
"It is not the intention of the
plaintiffs in any manner, by infer
ence or otherwise, to repudiate or in
validate any pre-existing county war
rants, but the defendant Perham,
who has the contract for the bridge,
asks for an ' injunction restraining
the paying out by the county treas
urer of any money until he has been
HAIL STORM AT TALENT.
Garden Truck Destroyed and Fruit
The storm of yesterday afternoon
assumed the form of a hail storm in
and near Talent, where about two
inches of hail fell, completely crush
ing garden truck under the weight.
Early reports were to the effect that
fruit crops were also badly damaged,
but this is denied today. In some
places-the foliage on trees was badly
damaged and a few ranches report
the peach crop bruised. The storm,
however, as near as can be learned,
did nbt result disastrously in uie
majority of instances.
Wellborn Beeson of Talent stated
last night that the fruit crop was
"The ice that fell." said Mr. Bee
son, "was of a soft nature, and even
the foliage was not cut by the fall.
The only damage that I noticed was
that the vegetables and grains were
flattened beneath the weight of the
ice. However, these will resume
their original position within, a few
days. I don't believe the fruit is In
jured to any extent, and I examined
several orchards. Had the hail
stones been hard and well fromed
the loss would have been heavy, but
as It Is there is really no great dam
ONE COUNTY RESPONSIBLE.
Washington Might Have Had Major
ity for Roosevelt.
Seattle. Little Sunshine precinct
in Pacific county may be held re
sponsible for the failure of Theodore
Roosevelt to have a majority in the
republican convention at Chicago.
Little Sunshine is a remote corner
on the shores of the Pacific ocean.
It is sparsely settled by hard-working
farmers. They forgot to elect
delegates to the county convention
recently and hence were unrepresent
ed at the South Bend gathering. Had
they expressed a preference for the
former president, the Taft forces
would not have controlled Pacific
county and thereby Roosevelt might
have had a majority at Aberdeen.
But Little Sunshine lies all uncon
cerned 'where the waves of the Pa
cific wash the evergreen forest, un
mindful of the great influence it
might have exerted at such troublous
times as these.
The meeting next Sunday night
will be the last meeting before the
summer vacation. A business ses
sion in which officers will be elected
will be held after the class meeting.
All members' are requested to be
.Special shoe sale at the Hub this
Best Session Ever Offered in Ashland
Opens Xext Week Season'
Tickets Going Rapidly.
Chautauqua is upon us. The in
itial , entertainment will be given in
the tabernacle next Tuesday after
noon, when the Chicago Operatic
Company will give a musical pro
gram. The course this year is rich
in music and this excellent company
will be heard for two days. The
company is composed of a full mixed
quartet of talented musicians, well
known all over the country. They
produce scenes from Faust, Martha
and other operas in a manner that
does credit to the great .opera com
panies, and all of it in costume.
Other numbers of the program are
just as strong and the public is prom
ised, altogether, the best session ever
Xext Monday is the last day for
securing season tickets at the re
duced price. Tickets are on sale at
Gillette's real estate office and you
will save a quarter by buying now.
Aiso you will assist the 'management
by avoiding the rush of the last day
or two if you buy this week.
The demand for tenting space from
outside parties is larger than usual
this year and the prospect is that the
grove will be filled to its utmost ca
pacity. Everything points to a rec
ord attendance, and with the pro
gram afforded the 1912 assembly Is
sure to -go down in history as t!ie
mot successful to date.
Just a Scare.
The calm serenity of Ashland was
disturbed about 7 o'clock last even
ing by the sound of the fire alarm.
The cause was the burning out of a
chimney on Church street and all
danger was over before the crowd
was half there. No damage reported.
One Dollar a Pair.
We have on sale for this wpek on
hundred pairs misses' and children's
oxfords and pumps in black and tan
at $1.00 a pair at the Hub.
paid the contract price, $34,000, for
tne Bridge. He sets up in his plead
ing that the outstanding county war
rants to the amount of over half a
million dollars, issued without au
thority, are illegal and constitute no
liability against the county for that
reason, if, during the course of
these proceedings, the court should
find, as claimed by the contractor,
that all debts were illegal, and the
injunction Is granted against the pay
ment of any debts, it will not he be
cause of action of the plaintiffs, but
solely because the contractor asks
ASHLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 1912
AUTO AND MOTOR RACES ATTRACT
LOCAL GARAGES PREPARING CARS MEDFORD MAN TRIES OUT
SPEEDWAY-SEVERAL ENTRIES IN MOTORCYCLE EVENT
The work of fencing the ball park
at the high school grounds is well
under way and will be completed be
fore the big celebration next Thurs
day. The fence will be seven feet
in height, with knot-holes few and
far between and above the reach of
the small boy. Temporary bleachers
will be constructed with a seating ca
pacity of 1,000, the highest seat be
ing on a level with the top of the
fence, affording an excellent view of
the game, and seats will be far
enough apart to be comfortable. The
combination of the ball game and
the bucking contest within this en
closure will make a strong feature.
For the latter event, much Interest
has been aroused. Ashland is prom
ised a genuine attraction in this fea
ture. Two full-blood Indians and
two daring white riders from Klam
ath Falls have signified their inten
tion of entering the contest, all of
whom participated in the recent
rodeo in Klamath Falls. Others
from the country east of the moun
tains are planning to enter the event.
The automobile races are attract
ing racers from all over the valley.
j.Mr. Kees, of the Valley Auto Coni
j pany of Medford, was in Ashland
Tuesday with his 30 horse power
Chalmers and tried out the speed
jway, attaining a speed of 60 miles.
Harry Pellet is stripping a Ford for
the contest and will have an expert
from Portland to drive it for him,
the same man who won the race in
Medford last year. W. J. Saviers is
preparing a 30 horse power Rambler,
Senator Bourne Sees No Justification
This dispatch from Washington
has been given out from Senator
Bourne's local office:
"My attitude toward the re-election
of President Taft was publicly
announced many months ago, in an
open letter to the voters of Oregon."
said Senator Jonathan Bourne, Jr.
"I then declared that if Taft should
be renominated In a fair and lawful
manner, in accordance with the ex
pressed wish of the republicans of
the country, I wuld support him,
but if he should be nominatel by the
steam roller methods that have too
often prevailed in the past,. I would
oppose his election.
"There were In the recent conven
tion 1,078 delegates, of which oil)
were required for a majority. Taft
received 561 votes, but in these were
251 votes cast by delegates chosen
by steam roller methods from states,
territories and island possessions
that never cast an electoral vote for
a republican candidate. The repre
sentation from those southern states
is out of all proportion to the re-
i publican vote in the general election.
"By no manipulation of figures
can Mr. Taft demonstrate that he is
the choice of a majority of the repub
licans of hte United States. He has
chosen to force his renomination by
using the southern delegates. Let
him look to them for his election."
Money to loan on Improved ranch -
es, first mortgages: mixed farms pre -
ferred. W. D. Hodgson, Ashland.
' GODDESS OK
The' ladies are preparing a beautiful float for the Fourth of
July parade and the Goddess of Liberty will stand supreme on it.
WHO WILL BE THE GODDESS? That is thequestion.
The friends of Dorris Bagley, Gertrude Hicks and Kathryn
Shook have suggested their names, and the ladies have entered
them. Voting 'boxes have been placed at the following places:
Lane's, Nelson's, Grieve's. Pracht's, McNair's, Hosier's and Sayles'
pool hall, and you can vote for your choice by depositing 5 cents
with your vote. The money will be used to defray the expenses of
the float. A worthy cause. If your choice is not on the list, vote
for her anyhow. You have the right to enter anyone you like for
Goddess of Liberty.
Oregon to A'isit Oregon.
For the first time In its history the
famous battleship Oregon is to visit
its own Btate. During the Elks re
union, in July, the historic old fight
ing ship will be brought to Portland
harbor, where it will be much ad
mired by all loyal Oregonlans. Nav
al officials have at last given their
consent to the request that the Ore
gon be brought here.
' All old soldiers meet at the G. A.
R. hall not later than 9 o'clock a.
m., July 4, to participate in the pa
rade. By order of the commander. .
?$$?$$ 3 $$$ S
Wanted Thirty-three boys
between the ages of 14 and 20,
to appear in the Polytechnic
float July 4. Report to Prof.
Van Scoy or Jack Peebler at
which he will drive in the races here
on the 4th and In Medford on the
5th and 6th. Only two autos will
run at a time, each one taking one
sid.- of the Boulevard-, and the best
two out of three heats will decide
the contest. Races will start at the
opera house and the rmiruti will ha
i exactly a mile long, entirely on the
To date, about a dozen entries are
recorded in the motorcycle races, W.
T. Smith and Ralph King, each with
seven horse power Indians, Floyd
Dickey with a five horse power In
dian and Elwood with a Flying Mer
kile being among the number. Sev
eral from down the valley are in cor
respondence with friends here re
garding the races.
The sports are slated to begin at
10:15 and will continue in some form
or other throughout the day. The
time of the parade has not been def
initely decided upon. In point of
brilliance and number of entries it
promises to be the biggest feature
of the kind ever pulled off in south
ern Oregon. Two bands will be in
evidence all day and will be so con
doled that there will be music at
both ends of the race ccurse and at
every place where amusement is be
lli; carried on. In short, the public
may rest assured that nothing of the
details of the giant celebration is be
ins neglected, the committee having
everything in hand to the minutest
detail. All promises heretofore made
will be carried out and visitors will
be treated to a grand holiday.
Portland Business Men Will Visit
Eastern Oregon Ily Auto.
Portland, Ore., June 27. The
most extensive "seeing Oregon" trip
ever undertaken from Portland will
be the big excursion to Lakeview
next August. Business men of the
metropolis will go by automobiles,
covering about 2,000 miles. Alter
nate routes will be taken going and
coining, so that an immense area of
the state will be covered.
j At Lakeview me central Oregon
ieeicpnieni league win De in se.
Bion August 20, 21 and 22. and the
journey will cover ten days. Some
I.: n i . j . .
in ho uy uain to eno, orners uy
uto, and all will leave Bend and
motor southward to Lakeview, fol
lowing different routes. Returning,
the Klamath country and Crnter
Lake will be visited and delegates
from Portland will take the train at
Bend for home.
Secretary C. C. Chanman of the
Oregon Develpoment League is mak
ing plans for the trip and those who
go will have a better knowledge of
interior Oregon than ever before.
Al persons who will ride horse
back on July 4, please report to Mrs.
C, H. Gillette at the East Side school
S ounds Saturday evening, June
29, to make plans, or phone 296-L.
I Please report promptly at 7:30 p. m.
1 Cooked Food Sale,
1 The Pythian Sisters will hold a
home cooked food sale at Cameron &
j Patty's, July 3, beginning at 2 p. m.
The Human Flag.
All girls between the fourth and
seventh grades are requested to meet
at the home of Mrs. C. H. Van pel on
the Boulevard at 7 o'clock this even
ing. It Is the intention of the ladies
to put on a beautiful drill in the
form of the American flag. A hun
dred girls are desired and more if
possible. The exercises will be well
worth the effort.
Delia liong Gowland.
Mrs. Delia Long Gowland died at'
the home of her father, N. M. Long,
on upper Granite street, at 1 o'clock
this morning. Arrangements for the
funeral have not been made.
COMMERCIAL (TA R.
The July meeting of the Com
mercial Club will be held in the
club rooms next Monday even
ing. Important matters will be
presented to the club. A full
attendance Is desired.
ROY A LLY EXTERTA I X ED,
G. A. R. Encampment at Salem Was
Most Enjoyable Affair,
Comrade James Mattingley and
wife, Mesdames Dlvet. Thomas,
Crocker and Miss Rose Thomas re
turned Sunday evening from Salem,
where they have been In attendance
at the recent (i. A. R. encampment.
They report an enjoyable as well as
profitable time. Mr. Mattingley took
occasion to meet with several celeb
rities in the capital city, especially
Governor West and State Architect
Knighton. He pronounces the for
mer Hu excellent gentleman to meet
and says he spent considerable time
with the latter, going over the plans
for the armory that isto be con
structed here. Mr. Mattingley states
that the plans for the armory are
nearly complete and will be ready tor
bids within a few days. The build
ing, he says, will be complete in
every detail, showing many advan
tages over other buildings of the
kind in the state. In company with
several other old soldiers, he went
through the state prison, asylum and
other state buildings, the old soldiers
being shown every courtesy possible
by the sttae officials. '
Poison Bran Is Rest Dosei for
Corvallls, Ore. That poison bran
mash is the best thing to kill cut
worms is the belief of A. L. Lovett,
crop pest expert of the Oregon Agri
"The cutworms pass the winter In
the soil as partly grown larvae," he
says. "They are in the soil in the
spring when the ground is prepared
for planting. The poison mash
should be sown over the ground a
few days before the crop appears. If
there is no green vegetation, the
worms eat the mash greedily, and
the field is freed of them before the
plants appear. For later treatment
the only way is to put a small heap
of the mash around the base of the
planis to be protected. To make the
mash, mix 16 pounds of coarse bran,
a pound of Paris green, half a pound
of salt, a gallon of any cheap syrup,
and enough warm water to make a
"Poultry should not, of course,
have free range where the poison is."
A meeting of the alumni of the
Southern Oregon State Normal
School will be held at the home of
Roy Walker on the Boulevard tomor
row (Friday) evening. All alumni
are urged to be present.
Can they jam the crown of thorns
on the houn' dawg?
BRYAN IS DEFEATED
Baltimore Convention Taking Course
Similar to Republican Strug
gle in Chicago.
The opening scenes of the demo
cratic convention in Baltimore last
Tuesday bear a striking similarity to
those in the convention just closed
in Chicago. As in the latter, the
fight was over temporary chairman,
the conservative and progressive
wings being nearly equal in strength.
The hand of Bryan was in evidence
throughout the fight, the Commoner
having used all his influence to har
monize the factions before the mat
ter was put to fi vote. A last des
perate effort to avert a blue fac
tional fight was made by the Bryan
forces when the convention took up
the problem of selecting a temporary
chairman. So sharp did the lines
divide that W. J. Bryan himself be
came a candidate for the temporary
chairmanship. He was defeated.
Alton B. Parker was elected.
Standing before u yelling mob of
delegates, ilr. Bryan, who thrice lias
led democratic presidential cam
paigns, made an impassioned plea
for progrpssiveisin, the progressives,
his progressive candidate for tempo
rary chairman, Mr. Kern.
. Ho denounced Parker, slated for
the temporary chairmanship by the
national committee, and said that
.hough he had once supported Par
ker, he was not In sympathy with
him or with what he represented.
And while he stood there "Boy
Orator of the Platte" in ISilC, later
the "Peerless Leader," the "Com
moner," democracy's best-known fig
ure jeers were mingled with ap
plause. Yells for "Parker!" were
echoes of his denunciation. When
he struck a note that was not fac
tional he was applauded.
After Bryan had made a speech
nominating Senator Kern of Indiana,
Kern went on the Btand. He made
a plea for harmony, asked Parker
to join him in withdrawing from the
contest for temporary chairman and
substituting any one of a list of sev
eral men. After waiting in vain for
a reply from Parker, Kern himself
withdrew and nominated Bryan.
Again Bryan took the platform.
He accepted the nomination and the
lineup for the final struggle was
'The official vote on temporary
chnirman was: Parker 579, Bryan
506, O'Gorman 4.
On this, the first ballot of the con
vention, Oregon gave Bryan nine
votes and Parker one.
July -Ith Dinner.
The Woman's Relief Corps will
Berve dinner In the G. A. R. hall from
11:00 to 2:00 p. m. Price 25c.
Cllf Payne makes dish cupboards.
JAMES MAY SUPPLANT PARKEIJ
BRYAN WARS ON CONSERVATIVES
WiNon Boom (Jains Great Headway
Today Late Dispatch Indicates
He is Probable Choice of Couveu.
tion at Session Tonight.
Special to the Tidings.
BALTIMORE, MD., JULY 27.
"THE WILSON BOOM IS GAIX'NG
GREAT HEADWAY. WITH TUB
PROGRESSIVES IN CONTROL OF
THE CONVENTION IT SEEMS
LIKELY THAT WILSON WILL BE
NOMINATED AT THE SESSION
Baltimore, June 26. Refusing to
subside even after yesterday's defeat,
the progressives in the democratic
convention today engaged in a des
perate effort to reverse yesterday's
setback and succeeded in regaining
much of their lost ground.
The first victory was in reversing
the program of the conservative
steering committee which intended to
continue the temporary organization
and make Judge Parker the perma
nent chairman. Instead, the progres
sives forced the selection of Onie
James of Kentucky by the committee
on permanent organization to be per
manent chairman. Although Instruct
ed for Champ Clark in the presiden
tial fight. James is a progressive and
one of Bryan's closest friends. His
keynote speech is expected to be
Bryan today repudiated the Mur-phy-Taggart-Sullivan
attempt to mol
lify him, and refused election as
chairman or the resolutions commit
tee. He also made It plain that un
less an out and out progressive plat
form is adopted, he will return a
minority report and carry the fight,
back to the floor, even to the voters
of the country if forced to do so.
Not only did Bryan refuse the
chairmanship, but he made it plain
in retiming that he feared that the
committee had been packed against
By a vote of 41 to 11 a motion by
Bryan to adopt a platform after, and
not before, the candidates are named,
was adopted by the resolutions com
mittee today shortly before the con
vention assembled. The new pro
gram will have to be ratified by the
convention before it becomes effect
ive. Bryan was strongly supported
by Senator Rayner, but the schemo
was opposed by Committeeman Clark
"This plan will insure a progres
sive platform and campaign, regard
less of the nominee," explained Sen
ator Rayner. "It is a good move to
make even a conservative candidate
stand for a progressive platform and
issues. Of course, such a plan must
have the consent of the convention,
as it will hnve tn lie iHuniivt.il hv Mm
j .... II " '
I rules committee. "
WILD BIRDS Tl'RN ACTORS.
Films to Reproduce Habitues of
Game Warden Finley, accompanied
by Professor Dallas Lore Sharp of
Boston, has gone to Three-Arch
Rock, -near Tillamook, to observe the
birds inhabiting that game preserve.
Mr. Finley was instrumental in
having this rock on the Tillumook
coast selected as a game refuge in
1903. Sea fowl of all species con
gregate there and at all times ltd
rocky sides are covered with mother
birds and their young.
The place is Inaccessible in rough
weather and boats can be landed
with difficulty even at the most fa
A moving picture machine consti
tuted part of the equipment taken by
WILL EXHIBIT PRODUCTS.
Oregon Development league to En
ter Eastern Laud Shows.
Oregon will pay more attention
this year than ever before to eastern
land shows, and Secretary C. C. Chap
man or the Oregon Development
League is determined that this state
Bhall be well represented at the vari
ous expositions to be held next win
ter. He has taken steps to collect a
good showing or grains, grasses,
fruits and vegetables from various
parts of Oregon for exhibit later In
the east, lie asks the co-operation
of the various districts in order to
do this, and emphasizes the value
this sort of advertising will do every
section that falls in with the plan.
Hop contracts for the 1912 crop
are being made at 25 cents, at which
figure there Is a net profit to the
grower of about 16 cents. The Ore
gon crop for this year is estimated
by hop-growers at 110,000 bales.
The annual convention of the
Christian churches of this state t.i
now in seccion at Turner.