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It Cr?r Ccrns Advice l!ow to Vets on Prcpcssd Amend-
V. r v merits to ths City Ch trtir at the Com- , :
opposes AX!::a vv;icLE city fch gulch cr.iccss
Ajainst Annexation A.r.rndmtnta and for Ctreet Railway Franchise
, Change. Cittsr C:curity for the City's Money and Pen- -.
, Alizing Failure to Pay the Assessmehts Promptly.! "V ,
The. following address wes adopted by
ths members ' of ths Taxpsyera league
a expressing its - sentiment ''In tb
proposed amendments to tha city char
ter to be voted on at' the coming city
election: .. - . .:' ,.;,.':.-.. i
Portland. br..' April 17. To the cHU
! . sens of tha city of Portland: - The .legls
i latlve assembly of the state of Oregon,
j subject to the approval of the voters
j. v,'Of the city of Portland.-nave proposed
-. ... .certain amendments to Its. charter. .
h ' In order that the voters- of the city
may understand ' the purpose of said
r amendment, the Taxpayers letue has
, : 1 preparea ins louowing aigesi o( ana its
h views upon each proposed amendment;
5 ?.'. There are two amendments proposed
J .- under which. If approved, a very con
i slderable acreate will be added to 'the
. present territory of the city of Portland.
I .On the. ballot they will be proposed un
' - der the' two' following Questions:
.rsii Section .11 of, lhi charter of
' the city of Portland.be amended to In
eiude wltttln the city, territory between
5 i Portland and St. Johns" . i
, "Shall Section It of the charter'of the
y. city ef Portland be amended to include
-TT'wltWn ' elty. the territory between
4 .Portland and ML- Taborf. , . t -
. -"eta We the AsVetBa,'----'....
We advice voters to .vote "no" on
both 'questions for the- following reaa-
1 ona: . - tz-f.-.
?T" The -city " territory comprises" about
J It, Q04 'acres. We now have more ter-
'. ritory than we can properly" care' for.
. There are constant- demands which can
not be, Compiled -with for additional po
lice and fire protection.'' lights, car of
streets.-4 and we- believe' It la un
il wise to' constantly expand , the city's
limit V- No one at all tamlliar with tha
- present limits of , tne city but what
khowa there are hundreds of vacant
acres la every direction. . Until these
f - are populated it would" be- folly to add
" to the burdens of the municipality. ,
- ;; " Ptoyosed Taat. l'y;i ''.?
This is the most Important to. some
.respects of any amendment proposed
; and, as It Is so drawn as to appeal to
f tl)e personal -interests of many - voters,
' should be given .very careful conaldera
. . ' tlon. The oueatlon will appear upon the
:, ballot in the following form
?. ', ' -Shall Section 11 of the charter of
' the city of Portland be amended, taxing
vwii CRf iot Driagesr
) . we'edvlse) voter to vote "to .on this
f f I . JL . T J.
-- , iguvniiuu. . ..... t .. . x . - ...
I order that 7xhir ' reasons! mar b
: "fully understood, a brief review of the
' -aropoeea amendment aa. Veil as' retro-
; ; epviri covering onage improvements
covered by the proposed amendment
V- nraasary. ThefMs4to- astropoasd
. salslaartlng. -Th - tha. average .voter H
apparently presents a question covering
- something .tJ be done tn "Ihe future, tot
. establlsbi a principle -fof future ;i guld-
.jis, -nce. --f - -. -,r- a- A'
. ri Pmttlsjr ihe OmssUoav V
'- To have presented the qaectlon 'frank
T- IT It should have been put as- follows
. --Shalt-Section 1U of the Charter of
- the city of ' Portland be amended ae as
V to provide for a a annual" levy of two
mills to par: - - !
First, about the sum of .lla.eoa for
' bridges already, built : sJitt 'those In
-' course of construction, and
I Second, for bridges 'bereafter, ta be
:, ouut m tne city ot; arogtianar- -'
The airecvorausea leading u to the
each and .every section of tha city or
that every street across a gulch should
be bridged. . . : ; -'
'" Bo far as south Portland Is concerned.
If no bridges had ever been built suit
able -means of communication existed.
We do not claim 'that residents of some
portions could go in a direct line to
the center of Ihe city, but they could
' go to and fro and over-Improved streets,
and no duty, expressed er implied,' !
Imposed oa owners of property la other
sections to pay for conveniences, not
necessities. Bearing these fscts In mind
we will now show what was done.
Early in, the year 101 it waa deter
mined by the council to erect a bridge
on First street- across Marquam gulch,
and In pursuance of fhe proviatona ot
the charter, laid out a district contain
ing lota and parcels of land which the
council deemed specially benefited, said
low belnr m number ,HrOn October
1,. ltei, a contract waa let for the erec
tion of a ateel bridge at the point men
tioned for 4f.J and which waa built
and accepted by the city on September
t.-iW4- for B.J8I.l,-- Tho prelimi
nary assessment to pay for this im
provement was advertised November 4.
!. - Objections were made to said as
sessment and tha matter continued and
cost computed from time to time be
cause of various objections; but for the
purpose as -we have reason to believe of
putting oft the collection of the cost
until the legislature -would pasa 'the act
now being submitted. '
Not satisfied with one bridge. August
1. 1W4.. a contract for another steel
bridge oa Front street, crossing the
same, gulch. Just 20 feet east of the
Brat steel bridge, was let for theacon
tract prloe of SSMU and which wtU
actually cost no less than - MMOO.
The district created for this Improve
ment includes fl.ltt lots. Bat a few
hundred feet east Of this bridge will be
found Improved streets famishing 'am
ple communication between eouth Port
land and tha rest of the city. V
U t -.- . Thnrataa-- la eat Bridge. ( , .
un sirto w, H a contract for
the building of a bridge oa Thurmas
street wss let for SIMM and Wa av
cepted March JJ. ltei. for flt.Mt.la.
The district created for this Improve
itnt conUlned about- aSS lota.- It will
be -observed: -t -.-?.. i ,-5-- .'v, - a. . .
1. That each and "all ef -these- im
provements were instituted byfrepreaen
Utlvea from the wards In which tha im
provements are located. . '..
V .- That AO one outatde' of tha ra.
apeotlve districts had any voice as ts
whether the bridges were to be buHt "or
not, where located, thf number,- cost or
cnaracter. -. . . .. ,
.-- -That- wider no- possible, ulniunr
provements'tnaPKtif aieq lit" south rr-
sand on dec. tha ohartcr. ' ; :
-The principle ander which- tha pro
. posed amendment la presented is that
j as every part of tha city Is Interested la
maintaining -communication with every
', . other part, when great natural obstacles,
: V such aa rivers, gulches or ravines exist,
' .. :., 1t la unfair and Impracticable to cast tho
burden of uch an improvement on. ad-
the entire city should -be taxed sad pay
; far tt. mv,t v
As aa academic question there la an
- questioned merit Irr this position, but
under the existing' facts, as we sbsll
r.how, it baa but little application. Xvea
, those taking this position do not eon-
tend It is Incumbent upon tha city to
furnish the most convenient method to
l J - l il
lur pi.u r t. e t
br-1- s In t--ci;y o-.ner t
V. i..isette rivir, t .e
which st h'J ,b' t be Ue
a scix - the
J c t of
ear v and a a iur t purpc- raying
t ' any bri, or bn. es not a.woa the
. i..unette t.r wnku were construct,
ed In and .by said city dur g the year
1$4, or which are aoa- unaer course of
construction under contract with said
city, and which have not been paid for
prior to January 1, 10S. -'J.
Upon the com olet ion and accept
ance of any auch bridge warrants are to
be issued for the payment thereof out of
ihe-seecuU trlij'.fund. out no uajujuy
can be incurred In any one year for a
i greater t- jwnt -than-wouid na proaueep
by a I-mUl levy.
t. The street railway, companies are
not to be released from paying their pro
portion of tba coat of said bridges as
provided by the ordinances and fran
chises of the city. ' "
As the taxable property of the city
Is In round numbers about tS0.00v.009
and the cuat ef these bridges now con
structed and under course of construc
tion and the Interest . thereon ' can be
easily figured, each voUr can easily as
oaruin the amount of tax that will be
required to-be paid In order to -ray for
th. bridges now constructed od ""d
We also desire to, call the attention of
the taxpeytSS of this city to tne fact
that If this amendment bo' adopted It
will arbitrarily and Irrevocably Increase
the tax. rate each year by 1 mills and it
would seem as though taxes for special
purposes such as this, should be care
fully considered, otherwise, tba 'levy will
eventually become very oppressive. ;
. V Aaothar Preaosit J wsaaisat. -
This Is, an amendment to section 111,
nnder which, subject to the terms and
conditions of the charter, street railway
companies may, build connecting; lines
of railway to. shorten or make - more
convenient their operation upon streets
not already' occupied by railway tracks,
providing, that-such connecting lines
shall not , tn . any one Instance exceed
!,- feet or flya blocks in JenftK
This provision was originally framed
as a part of the present charter, but by
some meana waa mislaid ao that It waa
not printed therein. The question ' will
sppesr.upon- the ballot In the following
"Shan section 186 'of " the charter of,
the city orportiand bo amenaeaT (Street
Railway Franchises Y'T' " ' -
. We ad vis, voters to veta-res on
this question. Our reasona for It are
that aa time goes ' on. . and evert now.
certain portions of streets in' tba city
are and will become badly congested and
means of relief must be found, and fui
the more, anything that will ahoften or
make mora convenient tha- operation of
the street rati trays is beneficial, pro
viding It la dona under .proper safe
guards. ,,-.... '
v Providing tha character of securtttes
which can be given by banks ot deposit
for. city moneyaV';c..'V;-?-v .c.".' '
The proposed amendment . does away
with the giving of surety . companies'
bonds Tor city moneys and provides .in
lieu thereof that bends of the city 'of
Portland - to the - face -value . of the
amount of deposit, or bonds. of any city,
county,--municipality, or school district
within tha state Of Oreaon. or well ree-
ognTsed railroad or street railway bonds.
the interest upon which has wot been In
default for a period of alx years prior
to the offering of auch bonds as security
and -the market value of which is .such
that the net returns tfrom the wohd- Is
hot greater tnap-.S' per cent per an
num.- may be used as security, provided,
that if this claas of securities is Used
the market value of the same shall not
be less than - 1U -times , tha amount
of the city deposits. This question will
appear upon; the ballot hi tha -following
stances can It be claimed that as a gen
eral . means of communication . twe
bridges JO feet apart were required in
south Portland. ,- - ;
.-' That If the entire city waa to have
been . charged wHh the eoaL then tax
payers, of the entire -city should - have
bad the opportunity to have been heard.
So mneb'for the particular features of
the case. Two. however, aubmlt. aa
matter of fact that there law similar
ity of cnndltlona between tba bulldlna
or anagea or the city aa a whole cross
ing a river which absolutely divides It
into two parts, between which there caa
be no romm-jnlcption
various portions of. the city.
Furthermore, ir the proposed policy Is
adopted he would be bold. Indeed, to set
the limits of the extension, of the pre-
posed doctrine. - . MJ,-i
- We further submlt,-aa t was the in
tention Of the promoters of these bridges
to eaat the cost thereof on the elty. It
would have been but fair to, have al-
Jaeent or surrounding property, but that poweor thee Improvements. toawt the
adoption of this law, and to have- given
other portions ef the elty an opportunity
In tne immediate future to , have ob
tained bridges. - A -i - TT ,'.- s ; ' '..-
7 Taa Twe-atm BfSvT.
The aallent features ef the proposed
amendment bi as followlngs: . -
1. v Commencing next year to levy a
special tax annually, ef S mill a. to go
f ALL i k. j C , A. t A
ValL t2 CU23TS
Popular r.::zs Chepard to Entr
tain Co'umtiamr ori .Annlver
' sary of Eighteenth Cirthday
- A popular member of the Columbia
theatre atock company ' la Ml as Iva
Shepard,' who made her-ft rut appearanc-4
with that organlxatlon as Lucan, the
Miss Iva Sbeparct
poet. In "Quo VadU." 'She has since
played parta In "Old .Heidelberg. "Joan
rrArc." "Thelma," "A Contented Wom
an" and "Woman, Against Woman.'
Miss Sheparda name in private Ufa
la' Shafer, her fattier- being N. U. Shafer.
adverttaing - maaager of- the Chicago
Clothing company. She takes the name
Shepard from her grandfather, who was
member of .Joseph Jefferson s com
pany in; lt. . (.. -:.. tr W, . r.
M ma Shepard wUl celebrate her 'Uth
birthday htotxlay afternoon, - when the
Columbia company will be guests at her
home. Hi Third street. The young
woman baa every promise of a bright
career-...-.. ., - ... ., 'Wu-.. ... " . -
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: - it is BUMto from-the bast rbiood--,jr-i.ieaicine Hoiaiajj
4 vmrifvlne. atterativa and" tonia " Inrra'. ' ' ' - . ' -
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v .. nod nain ibe fall medicinal
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rnereiore, it ia toe mom powerful ;
blood parifleT known. ,.' The severer
csaal to It for tLw-
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forms t scrofula, ssit r$earsr eaUirli . Vr',l.':iV''J' .''"-'i, ' ' -,'
rlMtimgtigm, dyspepsis sad debility srs" -. ; tlV , IvCrVCSp C2A t-3T
cnredbyit every day in. the'year.'-' '
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REV. r.!!LSUYTIIE CAN'T
--"ShaU aectlon S of the eharter f
the city of Portland be amendrd? (8e-4
curtty for lty funds'.-'- - ,. '....
. ..w- v ij.
e aoviae voters , o vole , "yes" on
this question. Our reasona for doing
so areaa follows
In the first place It will have a tend
ency to strengthen the value of , the
bonds of the city.- , . ' v..
-In. the second place, we believe that
any character of security should
such aa can be eaaUy realised oa and
without having tb. commence law suits
e no romm-jnlcrtlon without the oseofi0 col lect the same. ' - -
ffJgsbferrieirandHdiesllVr respecting slnh-
tnC.-r'Jn(l .ofTltUou Jklndjv tha amoual.
of city , money on hand will Increase
aiwm we do not believe' that a suretv
company furnishes the proper kind of
security for such a deposit. This ws
state without any reflection ' upon the
Financial anuny or surety eomnenlee aa
such, but because eg the fact bonds of
that kind are generally . technical in
their character, , and tba simplest and
best form . or security and -that"most
easily liquidated should bertha charac
ter taken by the city for city moneys.
By. this amendment It Is proposed to
change, section til of the charter so as
te - provide . that- the . municipal - Judge
instead ef the executive board shall ap
point the eierk ef tne police department.
who shall be removed by the municipal
' t - i'.';i.:"-';:
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4 C: '.:''-'-vf'
ELKS' COUNTY FAIR, APRIL 2SyT0 29
Spring and Summer
THATWERBM ADE T0L.giYEltONO-
ERVICE, RETAIN THEIR SHAPE. AND :
THAT SHOW ALL THE ART-TOUCHES
OF HIGH-CLASS ; .' HAND-TAILORING,
ARE. HERS IN EVERY. FASHIONABLE
MODELWITH COATSSINGLE OR
Spring and Summer Suits
; Qjf nc: Suits $W to S20 ,
aajary from I7 to fide per jnonth.
. This' question 'will appear-' upon 'the
ballot in tha following form:" ' -"Shall
section 111 of the charter of
the city of Portland be amended? - (Ap
pointment - and salary ot the clerk' of
We advise voters te vote "NC on this
question. . We do this for the following
reasons: '. .- i.
-In -the-first place we believe a quali
fied man can be obtained for the anfbont
now fixed by the charter, and secondly.
we do not believe that It is wise to
amend the charter in any way excepting
this shsage H
amend section 4S7 so ss to-' provide a
penalty of 16 per cent If. aa assessment
for aa Improvement Is wot paid within
daya after the data of the entry of
the assessment in the . docket of elty
liens. '- ... .- . n.. . ,
We advise voters to . vote TES" on
now drawn a delinquency bears interest
enly at the legal rate of six per cent.
and aa this ia the only penalty provided
for non-payment,' tn many xases it op
erates as an Inducement for people to
contest assessments,' which they would
otherwise pay. and aa a consequence has
tendency to- Increase) tha cost of Im
provements by forcing contractors to
bid on a basis of a contest and their nor
receiving their money within 'the . time
theysahould. We are not advocating the
clatma of any contractor. . but where
they do their work properly they should
receive their money promptly, as it Is io
every . one s - benefit that-- such be
ef JvwrfttatsWa. z-J,
Br this amendment It Is nronesed la
change sections It. Its and & so aa to
do away with the advertising la the city
official newspaper, of the apportionment
of costs of- the assessments : therefor
made agamat . the property. - Aa - ample
provision Is made for postal card no
tices, there Is no more reason why, this
advertising should be continued than for
advertising e the - ordinary taxes. The
charter will provide, as amended.' for
the publishing or a notice of; the pro
posed .Improvement, describing it and
the territory covered, the- whole cost it
the Improvement, that the assessment
has been apportioned andls panein.
the office of ibe Auditor and eubject to
examination, and that objections to such
apportionment may be mad In writing
to-tbe cotnx-n and filed with the auditor
wlthia.ie days from the date- of the
first publication of the aotice. and? will
further provide that after the assess
ment has., been declared notice . shall
again be given by publishing for five
consecutive weeks a notice i specifying
the improvement for which the assess
ment is levied, the cost thereof, the
boundaries of the district, the number
and -title of the ordinance declaring the
assessment, and that the same la due
and payable; the time It shall bear la-
trresL. -and the time .when . the . same
shall be delinquent, and further provides
that a notice ot the assessment shall be
sent by mail to each property owner, or
to hM agent, whose property - ta as-
Wewould farther state that the legis
lature also ps ed an--ae supplemental
to -this one by which - the sheriff la
compelled to take the names snd ad
dreaea ef taxpayers and place the same
on the stabs retained m his office w1n
taxes are paid. C By so doing the ad
dress ef practically,. every taxpayer will
be .knows, .
We advise voters to vote TES"- m
By M0 FRIK'DE,
Preacher Who Wanted to Be a
y ' Railroad Man Fails, to , v
Pan - Eye Tettv-
, InabUlty ' to distinguish JmitiioTm Thai
caused the failure of Rev..C. M. Smythe
to become ' a", railroad . brakeman, ; He
failed to .pass the examinations.
Unta recently Mr. -Smythe was pas
tor, ef a Con gregatidnal - church on the
East., side, .a caused something of a
sensation by announcing that he would
resign la- order to secure employment
on the railroad. He did. not intend to
abandon the ministry permanently, . he
aald, but dealred to return to railroad
work for a few-years, --. - !
- He accepted a position as passenger
brakeman - with the. Oregon, Rallnoad aV
Navigation company rand was - one of
Conductor William Dunn's eraw running
Into Pendleton. He finally discovered
that ha was -nnabls'TO dUtlrigufah col
otav and failed to paaa. the eys. test.
.Daily Exclamations We Hear.t
How of ton do you hear tha remark.
olt how my eyes do ache: my eyes feel
awfully tired. -1 have a burning pain
right la my eye ball and similar excla
matlona. .If one stops to consider, in
nine casea out ef ten- this la perhaps
the beginning : ef . some serious eye
trouble. Ia It wise under such circum
stance to wait -and permit - troubl to
come along wbereaa tne same caa be
yrral Hi lnrfgri-r " " irf
terer siu consult a skuiuk optician.
iuieo. ne . wur anaowunij in a anort
period oeereome tha distressing ali
ment. 'TA Chambers - ef " Seventh
street ' is aa optician highly recom
mended by-the leading . oculists sad
physicians la Portland . and one who
stands high among bis profession, and
one who will reader at all times skil
ful service. : . r .: ., , .,-
ijiiachinerv and Fixtures, Sau-j
sage Casings Pure Spices, Dais;'
;; - Dry Air Coolers.
The Largest Butchers' Supply j
House on the coast,
304-303- Everett St. ; Portland. ;
VIM FIM IIIM
v). ; ; 1 IN iUN LUlii
Seceesl Street r;
Suey apd Noodle
and Cake '
ate t. Tin.
aa7Sruin work alrnaal sasa.
Ow 1 ytaie' eseerteaea ta slate week sa.
sblrs as ts fjtyeae aMetb eaautertaelr.
xtraet tveta. tadmul, UMt ealm. TW
T. P. vTawia aa assart at gold fllUag aad
efewa ssd srMre wars, tatraetlsg
wkea sattas er bridges are slnit .
WISE BROS., Dentists
Vaflhw BaAthw. ear. Third sad Wank SIS,
Osaa btssJsq tiUSs.sk aaadsys traas
t 12. Or. sbuaSOaS. - - I
j ssvjr.'.s. w t !
V '.; ? ." .'is".-' r-t ,
. MOLITH FLOV7G .
- rv '.. . ..)-. v-- i i. ' '.?'rt'.:t "V '
EACH LINE THE FOREMOST OF ITS KIND ; -
: - 'v.'""'.'','" VTm:pl'jfX J "v'..T""-"';" ' ' """" '
1 II iiilMii nOMa,- -! Ill i In' in ill I i i ii ri I..,. , II -iii.ii.nii , ill -
( W wsasjsT
-PRICES-otr-BuKitDriTinfr Stxxhcts, Caxrl:;!, :ZrrT,'
Spring end JDeliyery Wagons.,-Harness,. Farm Imp !c:entj'rJ Tzmi Vr ;cr.s.
The increase in our retail sales last year orer the sales tzr ths ycrr t:.'rt Trrs Cro'f'rr c
" Buy at the" store" that does the business.
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