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WILL PAY FOR ITSELF IN
PART BY TOLLS TAKEN
Entire, Structure as Planned;to
Cost $1,750,000; Consid
erable Direct Income,; '
Tl'hat will the inUrsUU brtds, cost?
Tbe totil, esUmU, Including the ap-
proan on .the Oregon lde, l 11,750,000.
Of tW amount, Clarke count h&a 1-
ready voted bond in the sum of $600,
00 to meet the ot of construetlng- the
Drug irora tn TVuhUurton aid to the
center of the channel, , The distance in
sreater on the Oregon side and tho cost
to Oregon of the bridge proper is esti
mated at 1200,000 more than to Clarke
. coutty. - , . v ' -
Ralph ModJeskI, bridge engineer, has
iibmutM the following estimate, ex
clusive of-the approach on the Oregon
me, at me instance or the bridge com.
. mktee: - , ,
Bubstroctre -.:..'..... $110,000
neat cnmio m ancouvcr. 15.000
EnKinesrlng and contingencies
uvue xv per cent
' This Is for a bridge ! feet wide' to
eerre traffic , for eeveraf years, v Pro-
--vision ror two additional roadways when
traffic demanded would Involve an ad
ditional cost of $200,000, to be author
ised when the roadways were needed. ' .
The cost of the Oregon aooroach la
estimated at $650,000, bringing the total
UJ M ,1,1011,11,11, . f.V;l" :.f..;v "'v, n, -t -J'ni.
The expense Of the bridge will include
maintenance, .; toll collection, operation.
It has been learned that the expense of
operation and maintenance of the rail,
road bridge which now spans the Colum
bia la about $(000 a year. Adding a
liberal margin for toll collection and
other expense, the total of expense for
the items mentioned Is placed at $10,000
I be the Income ot ; the
Indirect benefits in the stimulus of
trade and building and development are
considered Important sufficient to war
'rant' rirar mention. .vs.s tyw.fr'i " U
Toils will be chargeoiv'Tne; iama' toll
rates aa are charged on the ferry have
been tha basis of bonsideraUon. The
tolls on the ferry have Increased from
$30.S In 10I to $,7J In 1911. This
Is an Increase of more than 100 i per
cont in four years, or at the rate of over
26 percent a'Tear.'? . 't;j
The Interstate bridge committee be
lieves that traffic will be so sUmulated
by the bridge that the increase each
year will be greater than on the ferry.
But to be conservative it has 'estimated
an Increase of but 10 per cent a year.
It has estimated that the first year's
Income ''will be $100,000, and furnishes
the following, table;,:.;.- 'M;:;f .-W
391$ ",i .....,. Ii ... .1100.000
i J H20 , ... ..-.,. i . . 14,4 10
I J!'2i ,,..,...-y,;i,V,l.it!.i-' 11,061
l .f ......,.....,. 177,168
Vi J ' s. ;,! '.'( .,''.' H4,$67
. J Z , , j, . j , . . t4fa . 114,868
Blnce Oregon Is to pay 60 per cent
enproximately dX the cost of the main
Han. 0 per cent of the tolls would
lo $866,282. from which would have to
le , deducted the interest and mainte
runoa charges. . But this computation
eiiow how nearly , the bridge would
come tb paying , its own way, ,. ,
The interest on $1,260,000 for 10 years
at 6 per cent would be 26.00O. . ,A
inBintenance charge for the entire struc
ture of $12,000 a year, for years
would be $120,000. Blxty per cent of this
mm, representing Oregon's share, is
$"2, 000. The total of interest and main
fimnce would thus be $697,000, leaving
income excess of $268,232, These
j -urea can, .by -'necessity, -be but ap
1 roxliiiate, so long as life of the bonds,
interest rule, maintenance and operation
t i9 not exactly defined' -
PROPOSED I NTERSTATE BRIDGE
from point near the present ferry, slip
VILL LINK PORTLAND
Construction of Span:'; Urged
; for Other Than Commercial
:.Reasons,,'; v r - t ' ,
An International audience will watch
Multnomah's vote son the ', Interstate
bridge bonds, November 4.
From Canada to Mexico eyeswlll be
turnea xnis way. ' -j-.- 4r.:'-,.-?.::',
There is ' traf f lo current by land
that follows the Pacific ocean, Tear by
year the volume swells, , Its only aert
eus break is the great Columbia,, still
unbridged for vehicles."
But until the break is connected by
the bridge the permanent perfecting of
a great tourist highway ' will be In
doubt. The world's most varied scenic
wonders will remain inaccessible and
nnrevealed.: If the wires carry to the
tonrists of many states the news that
the bridge has been authorised there
will be preparation at once for a 1915
tourist travel that will be worth much
to Portland.. , ' .
The people of .Washington and . Ore'
gen will be Interested In the outcome
of tho election. , The bridge will ..link
two states.,.' .. -'i
Intense . interest Is r displayed f In
southwestern Washington, because the
building of the bridge will, open the Way
to tbe construction of radiating elec
trio lines -giving : easy access .- for the
product of their farms; and dairies to
the Portland markets.- and . enlarging
their opportunity for trade.
f'And over In Clarke county is a pooa
laWon of 80,000 people who . assumed a
$500,000 obligation on an assessed valu
ation of $14,000,000 where Multnomah
Is asked to Issue $1,150,000 in bonds for
bridge and approaches on a-, valuation
of $860,000,000, with the state "agreeing
to pay the Interest on the bonds... .
; Clarke County Assumes Its Bhare. -
Clarke county, people voted . to as
sume the bridge, burden because they
knew the investment would, benefit
them,' and because of their great desire
to cement . trade relations with Port
land. Clarke county would not have had
to bear the coat; alone, but after the
Washington "legislature had passed an
interstate bridge bill the governor of
the state, .whose borne 1 on Puget
Bound, vetoed It ! -iK-y'.' ,;i .. i.
And to Portland people the bridge is
sue Is of high importance aside from
the 'trade, "the agricultural products,
the Increased : business. The.; city ' is
reaching out. First there was a scat
tered hamlet on the Willamette needing
no bridges, i Ferries 1 succeeded canoes;
bridges succeeded ferries. ' The city has
progressed across the peninsula ami
waits near the banks Of the Columbia
for the bridge that will enable It to
continue,' so far as suburban residents
working in town are concerned,; across
the river barrier, embracing a com
munity that has Identical interests and
should by very necessity participate in
common development and prosperity.
- to resume: The Pacific coast's In
terest In the Interstate bridge Is that
the tourist route, the Pacific Hlkhwar.
WI te.; perfected. the 'sooner,,';. v-'ymi
Tho state's Interest in the bridie la
that connection ' with the common
wealth to the north la established and
this Is considered Important enotigh that
Oregon should pay, the Interest on the
bonds,, which at 6 per cent for 30 fears
would aggregate 169 per cent of the
face 'of the bonds.'.? ..r:.' :,tv.;.v.vi,
Multnomah's interest is identical with
that of Portland, and ClarkA
interest mingles with that of Vancou
ver In a community concern' for, the
facilities of trade, transportation and
Term Passea tot ltnsineas Agents.
The directors of the Panama-Pacifio
exposition -are Issuing term passes to
business agent of . trade unions and
eentrsl councils, admitting them to the
grounds In the pursuit of their duties
and to see that' only union men are em
ployed. , ' . -
WITH CLARKE C0UH1Y
vTHE OREGON SUNDAY JOURNAL. PORTLAND,' SUNDAY
oa the Oregon elde, showing drawing
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Development of Southwestern Washington Requires Bridging
; ; ' of Columbia
Improyed Transportation .Nec
essary in Clarke and Neigh-:
: ' s boring1 Countie.r-.. '
Br James p. 6tapleton ,
; Vancouver, Waah., "Oct 25.- Wo think
the Vancouver of today will within five
years after the bridge Is built lese 1U
identity in the larger, greater and better
eity that will develop as a natural con
sequence i of ,-, the construction , of the
orioge. ;'-V' i -t -
Transportation Is tho one influence in
business that quickly makes Itself felt,
and the effect of th, building of the
bridge will be to cut tbe . time be
tween Portland and .Vancouver In half
or to one-half pf what it la now. and
max u then a continuous Journey be
tween the two points not interrupted' b
thai halUngr actions of the wfaeesing
ferry;?'.i..;f .,.,..v,r: ; -f. t' :x.:'- ..:.
We believe when the brldaa Is built
that we will have more transportation. It
will bring ua more people; it will bring
us more- capital, it will bring us new
industries and a larger and greater pay
roll that is necessarily incident to such
development, and more homes will also
follow. ' Vancouver la the most beauti
fully located of any city on the coast,
ana; its present advantages in location,
pleasant environments and magnificent
harbor mako It an ideal place,-not only
to live but to be in business.' ' .
Olaxko County revorahle. ,"'.'
Here we have 11,000 people and S0.000
in Clarke county, with a taxable: value
tlon of $14,000,000 and a bonded debt
limit of $700,000, $500,000 of which we
have, voted to. put into the bridge, and
out of about 8000 votes cast in Vancou
ver alone on the bridge bond question
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HOW TO VOTE
. PROPOSER.' BX;JNITIATX VJRjPISTmON
JJIUDGE BONDS To authorize Multnomah : county :o issue : bonda
amounting to '$1,250,000.00 .'for the purposeT. of; constructing an
j: .'Interstate bridge across the Columbia -Tiver . between : Portland, '
;k Oregon, and, Vancouver, Washington,' and the. approaches thereto.
k - '" - '. '.Vote For , or Against
310. X For the bondav
"Against Hhe bondg.ll: v'
there were but.48 negative votes. " In the
country outside of Vancouver, the per
centage required was 60j or three-fifths.
to carry the bonds, and we were, -Indeed,
graUfied' to find on ; thai redeipt '6f the
returns, that 7T per cent of, the voted in
the rural districts were for the bridge.
' There has not been any quicK trans
portation work done in southwestern
Washington which radiates from Port
land. This U due to our having, no
bridge. In proof of this, witness the
fact that suburban carlines ; have ex
tended in every direction, east; west and
south, from Portland, but not north, yet
the trade possibilities north. from Fort
land are greater than they fare In any
other direction, and that there are no
trolley lines coming Into Portland from
tbe north Is due, in my opinion, entirely
to the fact that the bridging of the Co
lumbia Is too expensive for any public
service company, except. . those ,' which
make such bridges a part of a, great
railway ysteni.,'.-tr':.' ..';'(. ,
t The -development '. of ' southwestern
Washingtoh requires the bridge. I will
give you one instance of .what I mean.
in Vancouvor. , Itlght, top United
MORNING,. OCTOBER . 3,
Elf ton in this county is nine miles from
Vancouver, making it 1$ miles- froni the
heart of Portland; Estacada, in Clacka
mas county, "ia $5 or 80 . mlleg .:; from
Portiand.Sjro transport by fall a ord of
wood from Slfton to" : Portland costs
$1.66, and to transport a cord of wood
from. Estacada to Portland costs -- 7S
cents. Thus you see the difference to
the consumer made by the fact that the
8ifton wood bar in Its Journey to Port
land ia handled by two separate carriers
Instead of passing on a. continuous line
from . Sif ton to Portland, and thus you
will also observe you pay tribute to s
lack of transportation such as the bridge
would accommodate and to the tune of
double the amount of money for three
fifths th distance. . - , -Sovtbires
Washington Is Itloh. '-
In a .' part of southwest Washington
there are six counties having a popula
tion .of about 160,000 people. They era
Chohalls, Lewis, - Pacific, Wahkiakum.
Cowllts and Clarke,: and If . tho :- other
counties will 'average In taxable prop
erty an much as Clarke, then there7 is
about $180,000,000 of value which Is con
WELL-BUILT CITY OF ll,000 PEOPLE
States National Unnk building: St.
Benefits' Forthcoming Trom
This! Project. Mutual ' to .
ir Both" Sides of River. :
trolled by the people in these six count
ties. This vast territory and . vast
quantity of people and enormous amount
of property Is untouched by quick trans
portation, and as soon-.ss the cohstruo
tinn nr the brldse is an assured fact.
the quickening' influence of ;the read
justment of the people to do enecjea
by .It will bo felt. in. Portland and In
ml Or,ron. i,".,i.'V':C:..-.i' . y t ,
ACCESSIBILITY OF CLARKE
I'ViiiMiwZWiiltP net1! SS.--South.
western Washington is one of the gar
den spqts of the Pacific northwest de
clares J. W. Shaw, secretary ; Of : the
Vancouver Commercial club, v It. is as
near Portland as the Willamette valley
and as attractive. .Only oneitenth of
the farming land in this section is de
veloped, i, This territory made accessible
by i means ot-j the bridge and electric
lines means as much to Portland's trade
and growth as the building of the NortlJ
Bank road. ; i ;. - . ,
' Each' member of n the unitea Mine
Workers of America is to. bo assessed
SO cents a month for September and .Oc
tober. The proceeds will be added, to
the international fund v in aid of the
striking miners In Vancouver, West Vir
ginia, southern Colorado and elsewhere.
everyday crowd eattfiaf
;lft BE CH
niinniMr nr nninnr
. DUiLuiiiu ' ur umuuL
Structure' 'Will Afford Wider
Market for Clarke? County ;
If ', the Voters of Multnomah, eeiinfv "
authorise $1,260,000, ia. bonds for-their
share of tHe intersute bridge what wilt
they get in; return for-their , money T. '. '
i Firat," th authority, to issue bonds Is
not an investment so much as a, pledg-. H
ing of the county's credit Tha state bv .
act of th Isa-lalntiir nllt 1... .
on tno oonas for the bridge and ap
proaches. A elnklng.fund to retire the -v
bonds will noli liuuun'M in
by which time it la expected that tbe
state will have taken over the oblige- .
tlon and made the bridge free without
tnlllt . 1 . hlMntln.. ' ,.11. a . '
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charged on tbe basis of. collections for
ferry service ? Will ' meet the Interest t
chargo' and leaVe sufficient excess to J.
establish a sinking fund.- Multnomah
county, of course, pays one-third of the
sute'a taxes, and thus .indirectly will
pay one-third .of the interest on the
bonds.: This one-third will emount to
about $H cents on, eaish. , $1000 ot as
sess -valuation In' the county and Js
Just a little" more than ' the coat of a
street car ride, and . looks exceedingly
small- in comparison with .the annual
interest payment of $1.67 -on. each $1000 ,
of assessed valuation contracted' by
Clarke county to pay 'Interest on Iti
share of the bridge bonds. V '
; ; - tutulna o Xealty Valnes. .
it has been estimated that the bridge-
to operation, wilt Increase realtv values
of Multnomah county by $1.1,000,000. It.'
win stimulate the construoTioo of elec-"
trio ' lines ; connecting Portland with
southwestern Washington. ' It will con- ;
nect Portland .with two hard surfaced, '
state built roads In Clarke county, one -runninganorth,
the other east, across the
county. V; .'';. ".?., -
. The bridge will quicken trade. WP.
Connaway found that Vanoouver spent
$3,000,000 With Portland wholesalers In
1911. that flarka Mimtit anan, kt
than $5,000,000 with Portland whole
salers last year, tlnterurban lines would ;
bring from the remainder of southwest
em Washington much business of this
sort The volume of retail trade would
be swelled. . , .
Market will be furnished for CUrke '
county propduots. When land there Is :
.uuvr . vooa ia oumeo ana .
wasted. It costs $1.80 to bring a cord '
of wood from Sif ton, eight miles from
Vancouver, to Portland. It costs 76 oents
In TttMrtew n ftA a eMMa . in. . ji j;-:
Aft trr1) I Ast fmm 1ittlon4 . .
arated by a river: This is. the reason
w oiiv, wvuu le.uurneu, ,
viara woaaiy jreeas a atarxet.
Clarke county has no measure of Its '
vegetable and sfraln production because
luck of transportation' stagnates the
trade current - whereby J production Is
measured. A fifth of the agricultural -lands
is in cultivation and from this it
Is known hat the dairy products are
worth $1,000,000, . tbe prunes $o0.00ft,
But apples rot on the ground, potatoes'
are unmarketed. Prices "on the Multno. ,
mah aide are higher in proportion to the
difficulty and expense with which trans
portatlon.is furnished.' v. -': ' f . ,
nulldlng of the bridge will precede
building of eleotrio lines and other con-
struction associated inevitably with the -ain.
. ' '. i ,
It is counted that the Interstate brides
costing less than mlny bridges of
shorter span, will prove an investment
of .first rate value producing many -tlmeM
its .cost ' in returns capable of
' llrigand Chief Capturvd.
fit .' Petersburg. Oct. ''25. The enlir.
have arrested at Boukhoum Kaleh Prlnc
Dadtan. the chief of a band of brlcands
which for manyyears lias terrorised the '
Cauct8lnn region, 'j . : . 1
The prince is the descendant of an an
cient family of high rrpote. r '
Ho ! well educated, and has the man..
nors of, a gentleman,. .... , y - r.