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ASHLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1912
MKT HO I) OF STKKKT ASSESSr
MKXTS OBJECTED TO.
BUTLER OFFERS SEVEN REASONS
Routine Matters Occupy Council in
Short Session Ordinances in
Preparation for Storing of Explo
sives Mayor Granted Vacation.
Routine matters occupied the at
tention of the city council In a short
ession last Tuesday evening. Sev
eral communications were read deal
ing with water rates and water usage
and referred t the proper commit
tee. The street committee reported
considerable work accomplished.
The matter of the storing of ex
plosives within the city limits was
brought up, the ordinance committee
being granted more time for the
drawing up of an ordinance govern
ing this matter. Chief Oien gave
considerable enlightenment on the
subject and suggested that a concrete
house be erected at some safe point
where dynamite might be stored. Jt
.was pointed out that a large quantity
of dynamite is at presenl stored with
in the city. Mayor Neil was granted
a two weeks' vacation.
The important thing of the meet
ing was the consideration of an ordi
nance to repeal the one now in ef
fect governing the 'assessment of
street improvement against abutting
property. Under the provisions of
the present ordinance, no street work
in excess of $50 can be undertaken
by the council, as all in excess of that
amount must be assessed against the
abutting property owner. The new
ordinance seeks to repeal the old and
make it possible for the council to
make needed improvements with the
money now in the treaasury for that
purpose. The ordinance was laid
over for the second reading at the
next regular meeting. - .
In speaking against the existing
ordinance Councilman Butler made
the following statement:
"There is only one thing that I
find in favor of this ordinance, 'and
that is, it would keep the council
from showing any personal favors,
and if that is the reason that this
ordinance should stand, then there
is not a councilman that should stay
on the council another day, for when
this council reaches the stage that
1t cannot trust itself with the ex
penditure of the taxpayers' money,
then, as I said before, it is time they
Points Against the Ordinance.
"1. The paving of some of the
streets cost the taxpayer at large
over 37 per cent of the total cost oi
such grading, paving, etc.
"2. It falls upon the taxpayer at
large to pay for the upkeep of an
the paved streets, such as sweeping,
cleaning, repairing, cutting for sew
ers and water mains, etc.
"3. The taxpayer at large paid
for the grading, upkeep and repair
of all the streets before they were
"4. Under thermovisions of this
ordinance the council cannot spend
one cent of street money on the
streets, unless it is to remedy an ac
cident that has happened to the
streets (with the exception of street
"5. Ninety-five cents on the dollar
of every dollar that you have spent
on the streets since the passage of
this ordinance has been a violation
of the ordinance.
"6. A levy of 2 mills on Ashland
property was made by the county
court of Jackson county .for the re
pair and upkeep of the streets of the
city of Ashland during the year 1912
and it is a violation of the state laws
to use this money for any other pur
pose, and it is a violation of the
ordinance to use it for the purpose
as indicated by the state law. What
are you going to do with the money:
"7". Under the provisions of Sec
tion 2 of this ordinance the council
is required to advertise for bids for
street improvements in excess of
$500, .and the letting of a. contract on
such bids, while Section 22 of Article
"VII of the charter of the city of Ash
land provides that the council shall
advertise for bids for all improve
ments in excess of $500, and if the
council fails to receive satisfactory
bids the council may, by a two-thirds
vote of the council, undertake and
j erform such improvement under the
direction of said, council. Now you
can readily see that this ordinance
is in direct conflict with the city
"Which should prevail, the city
charter or illegal ordinances?"
EXTENDING CITY LIGHTS.
Ixwer laurel Street Will Soon Have
; The city light zone is being ex
tended beyond the railroad track in
the north part of the city and that
portion of the city will within a' few
days be provided with electric lights.
The new line extends to Helman
Baths and in crossing the railroad
right or way the wires are put under
the tracks, this method being found
cheaper and better than the over
Screen doors, any description or
size. Carson-Smith Lumber Co.
ELECTRIC IS COMING.
Prophecy That Line Will Parallel
S. P. From North.
That the Oregon Electric Railway
is to be extended as far south as
Roseburg in the near future is at
tested in a suit filed in the circuit
court of Marion county at Salem on
Saturday, say the Umpqua Valley
News. The suit is in the form of a
condemnation proceeding and was
brought with a view of acquiring a
right of way across certain land said
to be situated between Albany and
Roseburg. Other than citing the ti
tle of the case, the complaint says
the Oregon Electric Company. desires
to extend its line to Roseburg and
thereby is compelled to resort to the
courts in order to acquire the right
of way under dispute. The Oregon
Electric line is said to be owned by
the Welch interests, which in reality
are known to be backed by James J.
Hill and bis associates. According
to the present surveys it is almost
certain that the Oregon Electric line
will parallel the Southern Pacific
road as far- south as Ashland.
In substantiation of the above it
might be well to state that the Welch
interests only recently purchased the
local water and light company, here
tofore owned and operated by Ken
dall Brothers of Pittsburg, Pa. With
the losal light and water plant in
their possession, the Welch interests
are now prepared to furnish electric
ity with which to operate the pro
posed . road upon its extension to
Buy your peach boxes of Carson
Smith Lumber Co.
MINING SESSION OPENS
Yreka Scene of Large Gathering
Delegation From Ashland Left
A larpe delegation of mining men
from this city left this morning for
Yreka, where the Southern Oregon
and Northern California Mining Con
gress opens its session tomorrow.
Some excellent samples of ore from
this district have been forwarded to
Yreka. Mining enthusiasts' are en-,
thusiastic over this meeting and
state that it will be the biggest event
of the kind ever held in the district.
Ashland men have a prominent place
on the convention program, Messrs.
Watson, Burns and Dozier being
slated for speeches.
The program has just. been com
pleted, and shows a choice of sub
jects covering the entire mining
field. The people of Yreka have
done themselves proud in the man
ner of the entertainment which they
have provided for the visiting dele
gates, and there will not be a dull
moment from the time the train
stops this afternoon at the Yreka de
pot till the conductor calls "all
aboard" when the time comes to
leave. Thursday .evening the dele
gates will be entertained at a free
ball given at the pavilion in Recrea
tion Park. Friday the regular pro
gram of the congress will be ushered
in by an address of welcome by
Mayor Barham on the part of the
people of Yreka. H. L. Herzinger,
president of the congress, will re
spond. Following this the program
for the two days will be as follows:
Opening address "Siskiyou Coun
ty," B. K. Collier, Yreka.
Address "Geology of Siskiyou
District," Hon. C. B. Watson, Ash
land. Address "Mining Generally," C.
W. Anderson. Medford.
Address "Leasing of the Public
Lands," R. H. Burns, Ashland.
Appointing of convention commit
tees. Afternoon Session 2 O'clock.
Address "Mining in Josephine
County." W. S. Bacon, E. M., Kerby.
Address "Mother Lode of North
ern California," Hon. John Daggett,
Address "Freaks in Ore Depos
its," C. J. Dozier, Ashland.
Address Subject to be chosen, O.
S. Blanchard. Grants Pass.
Address "How to Encourage Min
ing," Prof. H. M. Parks, state miner
alogist of Oregon. 1
Evening Session 8 O'clock.
Selection by Yreka brass band.
Address by Hon. W. H. Storms,
state mineralogist of California.
Selection by Yreka brass band.
Address "Copper Resources of
Shasta County and the Copper Mar
ket," M. E. Dittmar, Redding.
Saturday :30 O'clock.
Address "Leasing of the Public
Lands," L. D. Mahone, Portland.
Address "Prospecting for the Un
usual," S. F. French, Corvallis.
Address "The Merlin Distrlcti"
W. M. Richards, Merlin.
Business meeting. Reports of
Following adjournment, (he after
noon will be given to a social session,
and visiting delegates will have an
opportunity to see the sights around'
Yreka. At 1 o'clock autos will leave
the headquarters, taking all who
wish to go for a tour of Scott valley,
including receptions at Etna and
Fort Jones. In the evening there
will be a free entertainment and
farewell reception. For all who will
remain over Sunday, however, auto
trips to Shasta valley and a recep-
tion at Montague have been ar-"
Excursion to Colestln.
The Southern Pacific will run a
special train Sunday, July 21, leav
ing Ashland about 8:40 a. m., re
turning in the evening. Fare forthe
round trip, 60 cents.
ACTIVITY IN IRRIGATION MATTERS
FILINGS MADE ON WATER IN KEENE AND EMIGRANT CREEKS-WILL
BE SUBMITTED TO RANCHERS IN AUGUST
Irrigation activities, that have
been evident in various parts of the
valley this summer, are now assum
ing definite shape about Ashlanu
and it is hoped and expected that
within the next thirty days the own
ers of land across Bear creek will
be given an opportunity to sign up
A party of ' surveyors passed
through Ashland early in the week,
and, when asked where they were
bound for, stated they were going to
Hyatt Prairie to make a week's sur
vey. This is on Keene creek and Is
adjacent to the Keene 'creek reser
voir site recently surveyed by Ash
land engineers. The men were said
to be representing T. W. Osgood of
Medford in the interest of the Keene
creek irrigation project, it oeing ru
mored that Mr. Osgood had filed on
dam sites and water rights on Keene
and Emigrant creeks.
When called over the telephone
yesterday, Mr. Osgood confirmed the
report that he had filed on water in
the above named creeks and further
outlined his plans.
"I have made filings on the water
on Keene and Emigrant creeks," said
FINE WATER SYSTEM.
Jacksonville Now Boasts Superiority
Over Valley Cities.
According to the adjusters of the
Equitable Underwriters of Portland,
Jacksonville has the best water sys
tem outside of Portland.
The new reservoir completed last
Tuesday contains 40,000,000 gallons
and the entire business section is
covered with pipes and most of the
residence section. For domestic pur
poses the water has tested absolutely
The new reservoir is supplied by
mountain springs through Jackson
creek and the underwriters who vis
ited the- county seat were loud in
their praise of the same. It is
claimed in Jacksonville that the new
system is better than the systems in
Medford, Grants Pass or Ashland.
Looking for something to embroider,
don't fail to see the beautiful line of
art needlework at Lane's Art and
Novelty Shop. 47 North Main.
FIRE IN LABORATORY -NEARLY PROVES FATAL
F. A. Kormann, Chemist for Hygicnol Chemical Company, Overcome
by Fumes Water Damages Hardware and Drug Stocks
Fire which started in the labora
tory of the Hygienol Chemical Com
pany on the second floor of the Swe
denburg building last Monday after
noon came very near causing the
death of F. A. Kormann, chemist
in charge, and has been the means
of putting the company somewhat
behind with their work besides doing
considerable damage to apparatus
and supplies in the laboratory. The
origin of the fire is not known.
First signs of the conflagration
were seen about 4:30, when smoke
was noticed coming from an open
window. Immediately the odor or
gases permeated the air and the
alarm was turned in. Attempts
were made at first to get at the trou
ble with fire extinguishers, it being
thought water would not be neces
sary. This proved impossible, how
ever, because of the terrible effect
of the fumes, and the hose was
trained on the building. The fire
was extinguished without great dif
ficulty and when all was over it was
found that the greatest damage re
sulted from the water.
Mr. Kormann had a narrow es
cape. As soon as the fire was dis
covered he rushed into the building
in the hope of rescuing the books
and formulas of the company. He
made several trips with a sponge
over his (face, but was finally over
come by the fumes and was hurried
WILL SUPPORT STATION.
Coos County Court Appropriates
$;,(() for Experimental Work.
Marshfield, Ore. The sum of $3,
000 has been appropriated by the
Coos county court for the establish
ment of an experiment station. This
is given as a basic fund for the insti
tution and on condition that the state
appropriate an annual maintenance
fund. ' Since the visit of a number
of the fruit experts to this locality
recently the people have been enthu
siastic about having a station in this
The Fruit Growers' Association
has taken up the matter and decided
that the station should be located at
some point east of Myrtle Point away
from the ocean winds, as that part
of . the county is best adapted for
fruit growing and general farming.
The plan Is to establish a station for
the benefit of both horticulturists
and general farmers.
An Irrigation ditch has just been
completed in the Hood River section
that has taken six years to construct
at a cost of $150,000.
Mr. Osgood, "and have made surveys
of, four reservoir sites on these
creeks. I am now completing plans
and will take up at once the cost of
putting the water on the land. We
should have this ready to submit to
the ranchers by the middle of next
Whet, asked as to the extent of
the area to be covered, Mr. Osgood
said it was the intention to cover
land between the reservoir sites and
Talent. He said any land about
Ashland would be subject to irriga
tion from the canals but that in the
area named there is about four times
as mu h land as the water will cover
and the first to make application
will be provided.
"I have capital interested in the
project with ample means to swing
it if they can be shown that it is feas
ible," said Mr. Osgdod. "1 am con
vinced that It is entirely so up to
this point and the project will be put
through if sites and rights of way
can be secured without the payment
of exorbitant sums or without ex
pensive litigation, these matters be,
ing tne only things that will block
FIRST SHIPMENT OF PEACHES.
Few Boxes of Alexanders Went Out
The firBt shipment of peaches
from this district was sent out by
the Ashland Fruit and Produce Asso
ciation last Tuesday. The shipment
consisted of a few boxes of Alexan
ders and were sent to Portland. The
number of Alexanders raised about
Ashland is small and carload ship
ments will not be made until the
Early Crawfords come in, which will
be about the middle of next month.
Holdup at Newport.
Don't get held up on your way to
Newport. Keep your checks and
save money. Bains Transfer Com
pany meets all incoming boats. We
have no solicitor along the route or
on board the trains. We simply give
the public a square deal and solicit
a share of the patronage. 14-2t
The Hub's big clearance sale is
southern Oregon's great bargain
to the hospital, where after several
hours' work he was brought back to
consciousness. He was out again
yesterday and but for a feeling of
weakness is as well as ever. Walter
Hash, a member of the fire company,
was also overcome by the gases but
Considerable damage was done to
A. J. Biegle's(hardware stock and
the drug store of J. J. McNair on
the ground floor of the building.
Acids and water soaked through the
building in streams and Wherever It
struck a stove or other metallic ar
ticle it cut and marked it badly. Mr.
Biegle was unable to state the ex
tent of the damage but said it was
considerable, as much of the goods
can no longer be called new.
The Btock In the drug store Is
also badly damaged, the water hav
ing soaked everything soakable. Mr.
McNair is in Portland and the extent
of the damage could not be learned.
Dr. Endelman stated yesterday
that the company could not replace
its loss for $5,000, the apparatus
and supplies having suffered serious
ly, while in addition to this loss the
company is delayed in the filling of
orders by the necessity of repairs
and re-equipment. He stated, how
ever, that the company would repair
the damage immediately and con
tinue the busines on a larger scale
than ever. They have been in oper
ation about three weeks.
Rural Midi Koute South of Klamath
Falls Not Allowed.
The petition which was recently
drawn up and signed by the required
number of Bigners for a rural mail
route south of Klamath Falls has
been returned for the reason that
the proposed route is partially cov
ered by stage delivery, according to
Many of those now receiving their
mail by stage delivery travel some
distance to get It, but despite this
the route was not accepted.
About one-third of the proposed
route Is now covered by stage.
Another petition has been drawn
up which covers territory farther
west than the first one and it is pos
sible that this one may be accepted
If a sufficient number of signers Is
For two w,eeks, in millinery, all
lines, big bargains. Mrs. H. Simons.
Table board In private family. C4
Third (street, phone 309-J.
GRANTS PASS IN TROUBLE.
City Hall Ouestion Causes Tuimoil
That city hall question, like Ban
quo's ghost, refuses to down, and
even the awarding of the contraact
has not been sufficient to make the
issues that were supposed to be dead
lie quiet in their last resting place.
Mr. Clarke, the contractor, had
commenced work on the excavation
for the foundation, when a difference
of opinion regarding the position the
structure was to occupy on the site
developed, and the mayor called a
special session of the council to con
sider the matter before the contract
or had made too much headway. At
the called session adjournment was
taken to Friday night, at which time
only Counclmen Wolfersberger,
Caldwell and Strieker were present.
At this meeting the mayor explained
several features regarding the loca
tion that did not appear proper to
him, setting forth his objections In
a written communication. Another
feature that did not suit the mayor
was tne fact that a surety bond had
been first demanded, but that this
provision had been changed in the
signed contract to a personal bond,
and thatCouncilnian H. J. Clarke,
father of the contractor, was one
of the signers of the bond. This the
mayor pointed out was a violation of
the-city charter. Grants Pass Cour-!
This month only, men's suits
French dry cleaned and pressed for
$1.00. On es' Tailoring and Cleaning
Shop. Goods called for. Phone 141.
John E. Hart Becomes Tired of Life
mid Shoots Himself Through
Despondent over financial and do
mestic troubles, John E. Hart, a
pioneer rancher at Eagle Point, com
mitted suicide at his home at 210
Beatty street about noon Tuesday by
shooting himself with a .38 revolver.
A note written; with a pencil lay on a
table within three feet of where his
prostrate body was found in a pool
of blood with a bullet wound
through his head.
"Notify Elmer Smith at Yreka,
also Pete Stowell at Eagle Point,"
was the contents of the note, which
That Hart had planned the taking
of his life was evident by the well
arranged plan which he followed. It
is also believed that he intended that
the cause should not be known. For
several days past he had coinplaineu
to his friend, J. B. Reese, that he
was greatly troubled with a severe
pain in the back of his head. Tues
day he said that the pain had been
unbearable and he believed that it
would kill him within a few days if
relief was not found. Reese advised
him to consult a physician, but Hart
said that he believed that he would
go to his home and try to sleep for
a few hours.
"If i am not downtown this after
noon, come and see nie about 7
o'clock, as I will be pretty bad."
Those were the words that he told
Mr. Reese about 11 o'clock. Reese
and J. H. Fleener, another friend of
Hart's, found the body when they
went to visit with him in the even
ing. According to Dr. Clancy, Hart
must have taken his life as soon as
he arrived at his home, for the mus
cles were stiffened when he was
Hart but recently sold his ranch
near Eagle Point for $22,500. A
part of this money he had invested
in a patent washer, which caused
worry. He was also troubled over a
divorce action that was brought by
his wife and was to appear in the
next term of court.
Hart was about 68 years old and
well known in the county. A cousin
lives at Yreka and a (laughter by his
first wife Is In southern California.
Dear Friends: The Ideal Grocery
Company have resolved that on and
after August 1, 1912, all accounts
entered with us will be placed on a
30-day cash basis only, the 'same be
ing entitled to our 5 per cent cash
We also wish to announce that
hereafter credit will not be extended
on accounts now standing which have
run over 30 days time, and we ask
that all settlements be made at once.
Those desirous of continuing their
account with us will please take no
tice of the same and be governed ac
cordingly. Under present business conditions
it is impossible for us to maintain
our present low prices and 5 per cent
cash discount except on the above
MACKIE & NININGER.
Cotton Future Itanned.
Washington, D. C. Heavy penal
ties for .gambling jn cotton "futures"
are provided In the Beall bill passeu
Tuesday by the house by a vote of
9a to 25. The bill yet must go to
the senate. Effort? were made to
amend the bill to includa provisions
prohibiting gambling In grains, but
these failed. The bill would prohib
it all dealing In cotton futures and
fix heavy penalties for the purchase
or sale of cotton not actually in ex
istence. Heavy fines- would be im
posed for the use of the mails or tel
egraph for the dissemination of cot
ton speculation information.
Big clearance sale at the Hub now
in full blast.
WESTERN UNION MAKING UAIU.
WILL BE BEST OFFICE ON COAST
Increased Business Makes Additions
Necessary Ashland Was Uniia
Mtrtant Itelay Station Four Yeurs
Ago, Now the First.
The Western Union Telegraph
Company is making radical changes
in their office equipment, whicn,
when completed, will make Ashland
office the best equipped relay station
on the Pacific coast. The office is
being enlarged appreciably by the
moving back of the partition and the
old relay tables will be replaced with
new and larger ones, with increased
facilities for handling the dally in
creasing business of the company.
The amount of the improvement is
about $3,000, an expenditure that
will complete the equipment of tuis
office as a strictly modern relay sta
tion. Less than four years ago the West
ern Union spent over $10,000 in im
provements in the Ashland office. At
that time the company Installed a
storage battery plant which replaced
the now almost obsolete gravity bat
tery. The increase in business and
the importance of Ashland as a re
peater and test station again neces- ,
sitates the enlargement of the office
and the installing of additional
equipment. The office will be
equipped throughout with new and
larger tables, switchboard and in
struments of the latest types, which
will make Ashland not only the best
equipped and most up-to-date office
on the coast, but the equal of any
in the United States as well.
Changes are under the direction
of the plant superintendent. O. H.
Sneed is personally conducting the
work, assisted by Electricians H. P.
Hoffer and W. D. Quinn. Changes
will be complete In about two weeks.
In addition to the force now em
ployed, another repeater will be nec
essary with the new equipment,
which will make the total number
five repeaters and two rlel'ks. Four
years ago there were but two re
peaters and a messenger and the of
fice closed at 1 a. m. The public
now has an all-night service. The
office will continue to be operated
under the management of F. C.
location of State Highway in Cali
fornia Causes Alarm.
An Issue of great importance to
Ashland and the Rogue river valley
! towns is being pushed vigorously by
the board of supervisors of Siskiyou
j county citizens of Sisson, Dunsmuir.
lrena, jvioniague, iiornurooK ana
other towns. A strong delegation
backed with a heavy petition again
appeared before the state highway
commission of California last week
and made their arguments against
the proposed state highway going up
the McCloud river route, which
would take It to the ex'treme east
side of Siskiyou couuty, making it
come out in the neighborhood of
Klamath Falls. The original plan
contemplated sending the road up
the Sacramento canyon to the state,
line at Coles. The Yreka Journal
states the case as follows: '
"The Siskiyou county supervisors;
have established a record that will
go down in history, viz.: That they
passed an order that if the state
highway passed through Dunsmuir
up the canyon and then to Coles,
they would build all bridges and give
then an 8 0-foot right of way. The
state commission claims that by Sis
kiyou making this offer it has ratsea
the building fund $0,000,000. as
other counties have had to make the
same offer. It virtually means that
they will have $24,000,000 to work
on. It is understood that the reason
the engineers contemplate the build
ing of the road up the Pitt and Mc
Cloud rivers is on account of the
saving of about $50,000, but a little
saving like that is nothing compared
with the accommodation of thou
sands of people who visit the noted
Rummer resorts of Siskiyou, many
of whicli are located in the canyon,,
besides 1m ing the most direct route."'
WILL NOT CAMPAH.'N.
President Taft Not to Make Extend
Washington. II. C. PmsMunf-
I art nas made it known that he will
not personally canvass the country
for votes at the November election.
Such decision was announced in his
telegram to the Minnesota agricul
tural committee, declining an invita
tion to address the Minnesota state
fair on September 13 on political iv
sues. "In Rending his regrets," ttits
White House statement declared,
"the president says he does not ex
liect to make anv extemieil trliw nr-
do any campaigning."
Excursion to Colestin.
The Southern Pacific will run a
special train Sunday, July 21, leav
ing Ashland about 8:40 a. m., re
turning in the evening. Fare for the
round trip, 60 cents.