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THE MORNING ASTORIAN, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1901.
LUMBER MILLS COMBINE
AND MULCT TAXPAYERS
Councilmen Aver Municipality Is Com
pelled to Pay More Than Individ
uals Are Charged by Them.
Matter to Be Investigated and Taken Up for Consideration at the
Next Meeting of the Council-Mayor's Veto of Franklin
Avenue Improvement, uramance uverna
aen ai usi wnjni wcciing.
The council last night di-
covered that local taw mill
have entered into a combination
whereby the city is required to
pay higher pricei for it lumber
than are charged individual
The city it the greatest buy
er of lumber in the city, but the
mill do not regard this at a
Member of the council will
consider the matter for a few
day and at the next meeting
take steps to protect .the city
perhaps by asking bids for lum
ber. The mayor veto of the
Franklin avenue improvement
ordinance was overridden last
night, Mr. Lebeck alone voting
against the ordinance. The
council i determined to give
the Third ward a chance to
prove it assertion that the cost
of the work will not fall heavi-
ly on the city.
Mr. Nordstrom ray he will
vote against an improvement
that will throw more than $1,-
500 of the cottt onto the city.
The fire and water committee
has convicted Louis Cordes and
asked the council to. ratify its
action. The matter will be'
brought up at the next meeting
Just before the council adjourned
last night Councilman Belland called
attention to the interesting fact that
the city was being charged an exorbi
tant price for lumber. He said It had
come to hia knowledge that, notwith
standing the city is by far the largest
buyer of lumber, the mills require it
to pay greater prices than are charged
Individual buyers and outside parties,
and he was of the opinion the council
should take some action to protect the
taxpayers who keep up the street. ,
Mr. Hansen (acting mayor) That
Is a matter which rests with the street
Mr. Bellamy I am of the opinion the
council should authorize the commit
tee to advertise for bids for lumber, or
take some action that would make it
impossible for the mills to mulct the
taxpayers. " v
President Hansen A resolution Is
necessary to carry out your idea in
this matter. I believe the suggestion
is a good one and that some action
should be taken.
Mr. Nordstrom It seems to me the
mills ought to give the city the pref
erence. We buy the greatest quanti'
ty of lumber, and warrants are above
par. This should be a consideration.
Mr. Leinenweber It appears to me
we could accomplish nothing by ad
vertising for Dlds, In view of the fact
that all of the saw mills are in a com
bination which has for its object the
regulation of prices. The mills have
agreed to make the city pay more for
Its lumber than individuals are re
quired to pay.
Mr. Burns (chairman of the street
committee) It occurs to me that the
mills are not going to bid against each
other in this matter, and it Is my opin
ion we would merely be out the cost
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of advertising if we adopted that plnn,
Mr. Robinson The mills me soiling
lumber for less money to outside con
cerns than the city is compelled to
pay. I deem it a great injustice.
Mr. NordHtrom That's true; the
city pays more than private parties.
' Mr. Wellund I called attention to
this matter so the members of the
council might give it some considera
tion and determine upon a plan of
action by the next meeting tilpht. I
believe It should x considered later.
This view of the matter was gener
ally shared and no definite action will
be taken until a week from Monday.
Mayor's Vato Overridden.
When the yeto of the mayor, who
liad disapproved the Franklin avenue
Improvement ordinance, was called up
Mr. Nordstrom rose to explain why the
veto should not be sustained. He said
the mayor had been opposed to the
city paying $3500 for the street for the
property owners and for that reason
had vetoed the bill. So far as he was
concerned, he, too, opposed any such
expenditure out of the, general fund,
and he declared he would be the flrst
to vote against 'the improvement If it
would cost the city more than 11500,
But, in order to ascertain Just what
portion of the expense would be thus
thrown upon the city, he demanded
passage of the bill. .
"None of us konws what the work
will cost until the lowest bid Is re
ceived," said Mr. Nordstrom, "and the
only way we can get bids is to pass
this ordinance. All I ask, gentlemen,
is fair play."
Mr. Burns expressed himself in a
similar vein, saying he regretted the
mayor had seen fit to veto the ordin
ance. He would oppose too great an
appropriation for the work, but he de
sired accurate information. .
Mr. Burns displayed a plat which
had been prepared, showing the pro
posed Increase in the valuations in the
district affected by the contemplated
improvement. He said Assessor Cor
nelius would Increase the total valua
tion from about 1 11,000 to 114,0,00, and.
as the work would cost only about
$9400, the property would stand all the
expense of the work.
The matter was then voted upon, and
the only negative vote cast was that of
Councilman Lebeck. The vote was on
the passage of the bill notwithstanding
I the veto of the mayor. The veto had
been overridden, and Third ward di
plomaoy had once again outwitted the
Stubborn Voting Contest.
The council jwas deadlocked for half
an hour last night over the matter of
appraisers. The council has deter
mined to condemn property for the
Duane street connection and Mr. Han
sen presented the necessary resolu
tion, without, however, giving the
names of the appraisers. The follow
ing gentlemen were nominated: Geo.
A. Nelson, Asmus Brlx, S. S. Gordon,
ex-Mayor Bergman, C. C. Utsslnger and
P. A. Trullinger.
Five votes were necessary to a choice
and on the flrst balot , Mr. Brlx re
celved six. Four other gentlemen re
ceived four and one received two. The
second ballot was without result so
far as the other two appraisers were
concerned, and on the third ballot the
count showed an even distribution be
tween Messrs. Nelson, Gordon, Berg
man and Utzlnger, each of whom re
ceived four votes. There were five bal
lots with the same result, but finally,
on the eighth ballot, Messrs. Nelson
and Bergman were chosen, each re
ceiving five votes, to the others' three.
The property to be condemned is
owned by P. 1 Cherry and Joseph
Mr. Cordes Found Guilty.
The committee on fire and water
submitted the transcript of the evi
dence in the Cordes case and a re
port In which the driver is aid to
have been guilty, in the opinion of the
committee, of the charges preferred
j against him by Fire Chief Stockton.
I The committee asks the council to
ratify its action in dismissing the driv
er from the aervice.
Mr. Burns could see no particular
reason for rushing matters and asked
that the report go over until the next
I meeting for consideration. This was
agreed to. The report is signed by all
the members of the committee Leln-
.enweber, Morton and Nordstrom.
An application was received from Dr.
Nellie Smith Vernon for appointment
as city physician. The position is at
present held by Dr. Pllklngton. Presi
dent Hansen ordered the matter laid on
the table until the return of the mayor.
The report of the experts was re
ferred to the ways and means commit
tee for examination. City Attorney
Smith suggested that he be authorized
to Institute ault for damages against
bond holders who fall to present bond
when the treasurer nmkea his call. The
matter Is to be attended to by the com
Councilman Burns offered an ordliv
am regulutlng the manner of lmprov
Ing streeu, The bill went over until the
A bill by Mr. Burn requiring the re
moval of obotructioiis from sidewalks
and fixing penalties tor violation of the
the law was likewise offered. It will
come up for final action at the next
Congressman Hermann, writing to
Auditor Anderson, stated that he had
presented the council's memorial for a
new customs house and postofflce to
The complaint of Dr. Earl was read,
with reference to the blocking of the
street at which the Quarantine tug is
landed, together with a communication
from the city attorney stating that
legislation would b necessary If the
complaint were again made. The mat'
ter was referred to the committee on
wharv-'s and watwfrontage.
Purposes Introducing Bill for
Their Regulation at Next
Nlckcl-ln-the-slot mat-nines are be
coming altogether too numerous. This,
at least, is the conclusion which has
been reached by a prominent member
of the Oregon legislature, who holds
down a seat In the upper house and
represents his constituency in one of
the large counties of the state.
If reports are to be relied upon, and
thero Is little reason, If any, to doubt
them, this gentleman Is to offer-a bill
at the next session of the legislature
which wlllmake matters extremely bad
for the slot machine owners. The bill
will be fashioned after the law now In
vogue In the state of Washington and
It will be quite as severe In meting out
punishment to those who violate its
' It will provide that all persons oper
atlng nlckel-ln-the-slot machines shall.
upon conviction, be defined guilty of
Recently an Astorian talked with the
senator who will prepare the bill for
presentation at the next session of the
legislature. The senator said he had
not the slightest idea the measure
would not pass; Indeed, he seems to be
lieve that there is popular demand for
the measure and that It will receive the
support necessary to Its enactment. He
Is stated to have been a member of
the legislature for a number of years.
but explains that he did not previously
introduce the bill because the machines
were operated only In small numbers.
Of late, according to his version of thr
matter, there have been altogether too
many machines. The legislature suf
fered the slot machine owners to do
business on a limited sra!. but so
numerous have become the devices that
the need of a law which will cure them
is deemed necessary.
Over in Washington they have a very
stringent law, and ever since Its enact
ment the slot machine business has
declined. Operators have kept dis
cretely out of the reach of the strong
arm of the law, for they do not relish
punishment for violation of the regula
tion, which is specifically provided.
The Washington law hn been a suc
ess and the senator with the anti-slot
machine Inclinations feels that Oregon
can do Just as much toward eradicat
ing the evil. It was suggested to him
that the state might not make any
mors progress with the nlckel-ln-the-
siot machine proposition than with the
anti-gambling measure, but the sena
tor said he did not share this belief;
that the bill would be so framed as to
leave no possible chance for violation
of lta terms. Indeed, he said It would
make it absolutely imperative upon the
state officials to' enforce its strict
A more definite announcement as to
the terms of the proposed bill Is ex
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