The Oregon daily journal. (Portland, Or.) 1902-1972, December 21, 1917, Page 13, Image 13

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I City Commissioner Kellaher Says
V P. R. L & P. Co. Investors
Y ' Not Entiled to Sympathy, -
Officials Plead That Patrols
Would Rather Pay More in
Order to Get Better Service;
tate la our city, and, on account et gen
eral; condition, hie noldincrs have been
ereatly depreciated. It the people of
the city are to guarantee, a reasonable
Income from the properties of the Port
land Rail way. Light Power company,
then the same people should hare the
same speculative Interest therein as is
now. neia ty - tne stockholders or tne
company. .;u--.v.---sist--;:-f -tf-.. .
' There Is a general depression In the
value of properties and the persons suf
fertnar1 thereby are not reimbursed, by
the public, nor is any Income guaran
teed to them bv the oeoole or otherwise.
from their properties. Then why should
uie , people guarantee ' an income xrom
the properties of the Portland Railway,
.LiSgrnt tc. fower company! - - '
n account of the troublesome times.
It seems to me that a hysteria - has
started to form the habit of increasing
the cost of service rendered by public
utilities. Clubs, associations and organi
zations, for some reason,' are taking
particular . interest ana seem so very
solicitous about the welfare of the Port
land Railway. Light II Power company.
Most of the activity -which is exhibited
by the "active minority" springs from a
source which might be classed with the
roruana Kauway, Ldgnt Power com
pany. . -
una or tne . most conspicuous propa
mdists is S. C. Bratton. an employe of
the- Gas company, which company
City Commissioner Xan Kellaher drove
; his "armored tanks' (through, public
utility barbed wire entanglements and
smashed his way up to the trenches of
the traction compan Thursday, while
t enemy sharpshooters' trained their guns
on the opponents of the six cent fare.
The return fire of verbal shrapnel
rattled off the steel dome of Kellaher' i
"fighting demon" like mustard seed of
. a battleship. Th commissioner, after
leading the attack single-handed and
- far in advance of -bis chief of -staff.
City Attorney W. P. LaRoche, and his
fellow commander. Commissioner John
1 -M. Mann, remained In the open field.
leaning on the-arm of a chair, while
the snipers continued to make him the
popular target for their guns.
Holds Contract Sacred
"A contract Is sacred to both sides,"
said Mr-Kellaher, addressing the public
service commission.. He contended that
the people of Portland had never in
tended to guarantee the investors of the
'traction company a .return.- on their
money, and declared that the investors
are not entitled to any sympathy.
Following the testimony of Preslden
- Franklin T. Griffith of the P. RL.
P. company, Engineer Moreland, Vice
, President Fuller, President R. Walker
of the streetcar men's union, and others.
the hearing was formally closed. De
cision by the public service commission
. Is expected soon.
Following is Commissioner Kellaher'a
written protest, which was filed with
the commission :
; ?.-! Written Protest Filed
As one of the commissioners of the
city of Portland, I deem it my duty to
protest before your -honorable- body
against the increase of rates charged for
passengers petitioned for by the Port
land Railway, Light. & Power company,
operating in the city of Portland..
It will b remembered-by all that at
the time the petitioner procured from
tne city the 26 year franchise under
wmcn if is stui operating it was be
lieved hy all that a valuable right, had
been riven that comnanv. -
There was exultation on the part of
the petitioner at its success ia. securing
- mviuio inwi xrom uie Clly.
and for-a long time it prospered there
under, ' . .. ' . . . i. . r.
The Portland Railway, Light Power
company n mil u srvind nmii.
public corporation : - that ia. ft ..
poratlon engaged In serving the public
ana sunject to certain regulations by
" muuKipw, sxryentmsDi granting - a
franchise to it. However, insofar ar its
practical operation is concerned, its
revenues are collected for the-benefit of
Individual stock or bond holders o the
It never was the intention of the
people of the city of Portland to guar
antee either the Stock or bend holders'
Investment in the Portland - Railway,
Light & Power company, but the invest
ors therein became Interested for the
purpose of making a profit to them
selves in the same : manner as they
would have made any other investment.
. Such investors are not entitled to our
sympathy or to our charity any more
than one who has invested in real es-
Body of Dead Man Refused to SlaIJead
son - and a daughter! ' Funeral services
will be bald at the Cathedral at Xavts
and Fifteenth streets Saturday morning
And Now Undertaker Is Out a Funeral j paiw emaury. j. p. runey
- ' - m , wf wen m9t
Ugly Rumors Say Act of Enemies)
Federal Agents Investigate?
-Captains Not Involved.; ,v ,
Crown Point.' XndU Deo. 1L (LK. 8.)
"What the exclaimed Charles
Gel sen. an undertaker, when the ' dead"
body of Herman , Brouaky started roll
ing around In an undertaker's basket
about the time Qelsea was going to
prepare It for buriaL - -'
through its president, Guy Webster Ts.1-
not, is now a suing ror an increase in
the price of gas furnished patrons.
unnermore,' tnere nas been no inde
pendent investigation of the business
and affairs T of the Portland Railwav.
Light tt Power company which will Jus
tify any action by your body, and many
people believe that the company has
taken advantage of the present confused
conditions to "camounage ' its true situ
ation for the purpose of securing an
unjust increase m its rates.
Seres Cents in Sight
To insure the company a return of
per cent on Its Investment, after meet
ing all expenses, it would be necessary
to charge 6.73 cents a passenger, ac
cording to Engineer Moreland. Figured
without the 8 per cent return and the
Interest charges, the cost for each pas
senger would be 4 cents, which would
mean "confiscation," said the Witness.
vice President Fuller told how the
company had attempted to , reduce the
expenses of the business In conformity
with the suggestions made by the pub.Ho
service commission at the time the rul
ing denying the fare Increase was made
in October. He said that "the cost of
running the Kings Heights and ML. Cal
vary lines hadebeen cut two thirds and
that a cut amounting to 80 per cent had
been made on the Westover Terrace
inductions had been made by the
one-man-to-a-car plan and Other means,
he said.
Mr. La Roche, on cross examination.
developed the fact that the company
was losing money on the Bt. Johns line
and that the good ravine- lines were
the Twenty-third- street, Sunnyside and
worth and : South Portland. . .
, The testimony turned to the - banner
year of 1912, when the'-company's earnings-gave
the investors, a return of 6
per cent. Mr. Puller .was asked: Mr.
. a i, . uin u
Wit, when the car hours were longer
man tney were last year, the company
carried 800,000 more passengers ; than
In '1M7. ..',;".. 1 "
itlt Was Baoner Tear
.."Why cannot the company return to
the same conditions that were observed
In ''ISIS. asked Mr. La Roche,' -.
'Mr. Fuller explained that there 'were
many .complaints at the nature of the
service In 1912,. that the ears were over
crowded and that the straphanger -were
numerous. He said that In that banner
year gravel, was heavy, business was
good and conventions brought an extra
number of people to the city. . Ia recent
years the competition; from automobiles
and later the jitneys, coupled - with a
falling off In : business 1 generally, had
caused a slump Jn the pasoeuesr -end. of
the business, ;he said. K :
Inability of . the company to make
needed repairs and, improvements was
emphasized , by .Mr. Filler.who. said ,ln
the last hfee years car equipment had
become run down and painting of ears
had been delayed. ; ,i ?
- He said cars could not. be operated In
safety by one man and that the loss
Seattle, Dec 21. (L K. R The most
rigid-Investigation ever undertaken by
the United ' Btatee : marine Inspection
beard of this district is' being conducted
in an effort to determine whether the
Alaska steamships Spokane and Mari
posa were wrecked y through acts and
agencies of Germane In ruthless loyalty
to the kaiser. : "i ,
Very -ugly rumors have been current
everV since the two vessels piled up on
the rocks In northern 'waters, where one
of them, the; Mariposa, is still hanging
across B trait Island reer. with her back
broken and with little or no chance of
ever saving either vessel or cargo.
Numerous federal ' agents have been
working almost Incessantly on the 'Marl-
posa and Spokane cases for several
With what success their efforts' have
been crowned la known only to their
superiors and representatives of the
marine underwriters holding Spokane
and Mariposa risks. The underwriters,
whose experts have not been idle, while
manuiff no cnarges, are insisting on a
thorough, federal authorities' probe of
both wrecks.
Officials, owners and underwriters say
not the slightest suspicion la attached
to either Captain C. J. O'Brien or Cap
tain Archie McKay, : masters of the
Mariposa and Spokane. .
. Neither - Captain McKay Or O'Brien
were on the bridge- at the time of the
mishap, both vessels being in charge of
puots.- -
. . i i .
Portland Trains
Arrive at S.'F.
San Francisco. Dec 21. (L N a.'
Four irarthern express trains, including
tne snasta limited, due yesterday, but
aeiayea dj a wasnout near Salem, Or.,
arrived today within a few minutes of
each other. The greatest delay was ex
perienoed by the Oregon's n. which
reached here at S :60 a. m., 22 hours late.
I hBiem ek A A V ffK4aaaa V -
. iasnw WU( Ul e. MIW eva
ar2ffittu;Blew, His Own Horn;
wL'S NowPoUceHaveHim
dead- by Jailer Tom Piatt He was I . ... .
put In an undertaker's basket and taken
to the morgue. -He
wouldn't stay dead.
of time under that system made it im
possible to get the necessary speed.
President Griffith told of a "courteous
note7he received from the city council
saying "the council had no control over
bridge rentals amounting to $68,000 a
year and paving coats amounting to
f 222.000 a year; that to gtye the com
pany relief by removing these burdens
would , make necessary an amendment
to the city charter."
He said the service of the company
la now 10 per cent better than It was
fn 1912. He said : "To reduce the pres
ent standard of service would mean to
meet the disapproval of the public who
would rather pay increased fares than
Suffer Inconveniences.'
President R. Walker of the Street Car
men's union said: "'The union employes
are satisfied with present wages and
hours and there is no talk' of a strike
and there, will be no complaints from
the men so long -as the present stand
ards are maintained.'
Hope of Rescue of
.Miners Is Given Up
Feet of One ef Ven Estestsel In "W Uka
ses, Wash., Viae Discovered Pretsdlsg
(From Debris Tear Others' Hlsslsg
Wllkeson, Wash, Dec 20. U. FO-
Hope of finding the five men entombed
tn" the Wllkeson 'mine early Wednesday,
alive, was destroyed Thursday by . dis
covery of the feet of one of the miners
sticking out from under tons of rocks
In the entry in which he and his com
panions ware working at the time of
the accident.
The rescue party Is working to ex
hume the bodies. Four, more men are
under the debris.' Those missing are :
William Scroup married, two children;
John Tomco. married, seven children;
Joseph Rusnak, married, six children;
Mike Zemk, married, four children, asd
Peter Marchettl, married, two children.
George ThuYston and 'Jacob Flless
got out through an airshaft late yester
day by wading In water up to their
Coroner Objects to
. U. of 0. Pathologist
i . f
In a letter to the City and County
Medical society, a copy of which was
sent to the board of county commission
ers. Dr. Earle Smith, county coroner,
does not agree with the petition of the
society that the pathologist from the
state university be regularly employed
to perform autopsies.
The coroner says his holding an elect
ive office makes him directly responsi
ble to the voters for anything carried
out and that he should have the right
to choose such assistants as are needed.
Contrary to reports, the coroner de
clares in the letter that autopsies have
only been assigned to 1 physicians con
sidered competent In their particular
branch of the profession and that the
physician performing the autopsy Is re
quired to file his findings with the coun
ty clerk for the Information of the pub
lic -Dr. Smith denies the assertion of the
petition that complaints have come from
the district attorney's and sheriffs of
fices of Incomplete and faulty reports
of autopsies and Informs the . county
commissioners and Medical society that
he will be glad, to cooperate ,wlth all in
conducting the coroner's office, reserv
ing the right to use hie own Judgment
irrespective of erltlclsm. in the perform
ance of duties demanded by the office.
Xhree Suspected of
Part in Bank Theft
Ckleaie Tollce Held AUeged Xeterloss
ExConvlctti Bankers Are Aroatsa
asd Wtll Aid Chief of Police.
Chicago. Dec 21. (L N. S.) Three
men,, said notorious ex -convicts,
were arrested here early today and al
though police maintain great secrecy,
they are said to be held in . connection
with the robbery of the Summit, IH,
state bank,' when close to 141.000 was
stolen. -
The 27 bank robberies In Cook county
since April have aroused the bankers of I
the county and a committee is to be
named to cooperate with Chief of Po
lice SchuetUer In an effort to devise
means of preventing robberlew
- F. M. Bayer, superintendent of the
Corn Products Refining company's Argo
plant, whose payroll was taken by the i
bandits, has been checking up on the
amounts taken and said the robbers ob
tained at least 141.000, and possibly
Andrew Kehrll blew bis own horn too
much Thursday night, and now he la tn
Jail, while federal authorities' are look
ing him up. . Kehril was driving a
creamery delivery wagon south on Grand
avenue, making the night hideous with
honks from his auto horn, when Sergeant
Sherwood overhauled and warned
him to be quiet. Kehrll la said to have
been disrespectful to the sergeant, who
thereupon-brought him In.
At the station Kehril admitted he was
a Swiss and that be bad no registration
card, so he was locked -up for the
Body Is Found Half :
: .Submerged inPoql
UaMeattned Xaa Is , Believed to Have
Fallen From Elevated Walk ITkDe la
toxica Ud, Died Frost Exsersre. ;'
An unidentified body, half submerged
In a pool of water, was found tn a
vacant lot near Second and East Madi
son about t o'clock this morning, la
veetlgatlon by members of the dry de
tective bureau and the finding ef halt a
bottle of bay rum near the body led to
the conclusion that the man. Intoxicated,
had fallen off the sidewalk, which to
elevated at this point, and died from
exposure. .
The body was taken In charge by
Deputy Coroner Smith.- - who reported
that a search of the clothing revealed
nothing that would establish his identi
ty. A key, a handkerchief with the laun
dry mark B-8R'
hat. black overcoat and blue sweat i
coat with red border. He was about
M years eld and has the appearand
of being" a laborer..
An "association of Swiss scientists has
petitioned- the government to officially
adopt 24 hovr time. , '
"Just in Uie . Nick ' of Tims,
Joe. I Wat ,Ploxnb Broke.
- Texas and sickness have Just about
laid out wry pocketbook silly. No money
for Christmas presents er even decent
clothes. Then I read Cherry's ad it
sounded too good to be .true. 1 hotfoot
ed It there and found that reliable fal
lows -with good references could select
anything tn stock without paying a
cent down. Ton dont have to make
your first payment until after Christ
mas. Believe me, I outfitted myself la e
hurry. Oo up there and look around
and ti-10 were found I for yourself. Open Saturday -evening
en the body. The man wore a dark! until o'clock
Sensible Christmas Gift
things for Men arid Women
Came Ilere 37 Years Ago
Peter Lusich died at his horns, 647
East Thirty-fourth street. Wednesday at
the ags of (&, He had resided In Port
land for 8T years, coming ''here from
Austria, He Is survived by a widow, a
Santlseptlo Boon to Mother.
soothes. and rsUeves ebsfea. irritated sklss et
isfsBta.. K
tor hhT' ia
era skle fresh and mrt, ..
aiUrkln. one. . All dracsUU.
Stop Look - Listen
5-$475 -$475-
My Studebaker Sedan In first class
condition. Repainted and good tires.
This is the best buy in the city to
day. Note the price, see the car and
(jam sir.
you will buy.
Main 6244. 21st and Washington Sta.
Pre-Holiday Sale of
vercoats $18.50
Because of a delay in shipment, we have just received 50 splendid over
coats for men which we will offer Saturday at this remarkably low
price for quick disposal. Fine quality overcoatings-cheviots and cas
simeres. There are great coats, single and double breasted; single
breasted box coats, pinch backs and conservative models. The col
ors are gray, brown and dark green, 42 to 46 inches long velvet and
self collars, patch and side pockets. All sizes. See display
in our Tenth Street windows. With the winter Reason hard
ly commenced, surely now is the time to getasplendid over
coat especially when so attractively priced.
Xmas Gift Suggestions I
Any article in men's "furnishings is
always acceptable. Let us show
you what .very attractive ties we, are
offering at 'Sac to $1.50; as weli as
the dress shirts handkerchiefs and
silk hose that make such, inexpensive
yet satisfactory gifts. Everything to
suit a man's taste will be found right
here in this store where your Credit
is good.
Washington Street at Tenth '
Our Store Is 100 i Red Cross
.'. ' Members '
Sr-Y . - ., ;f.. ...... . ,,.... ...... . . ..V
y Remember the Boys Who Are Fight-
i r ' mg for Xou. - ,
Violins of substan
tial worth from tS,
20 to ISO each.
If It be t Guitar, Man
dolin. Banjo, UkeleIe,
Metronome or other
instrument, you will
find what you want
Music Rolls, Leath
er Music Bats from ft
to . io aco.- "Muslc
Stands and fenulnt
Leather Cases - for
same. -
styles from
I n rn
120 to
rr -ss
f II
uress ii
Well. Cap.
Never' Z
In fact, moe
II Between
r .
. Store Open Every .
Evening till Chratxni
Your Credit Will Buy
Christmas Wearing
Apparel at GatelyV
We are ready -with a splendid stock of the
things men and women will Really like at
Christmas time things to wear. For
women, there are:
Dresses Skirts
Waists Furs
"A Spjendid Showing of Umbrellas -
All smart, vp-to-the-mlnute in style and price rery,
rery low, considering the quality.
We Hare Complete Displays of
Suits Glores
Orercoats Neckwear
Half Hose Underwear
Handkerchiefs Collars
t eTerytalnsT a man or koy needs in faanlenaole eppareL
Open a charge account now Year credit Is good with ns ' -A ssaaQ
1 am and the reel in small weekly or saontKly paras eats.
11th and
12th Sts.
"ntsnVennnnns ' '
423 Washington St,
A Ylctrola record is
an acceptable gift. . .
Packard, Mehlia,
Bond and Undeman
Pianos, Players
Piano Benches
Music Cabinets.
Let us help you
make your Christmas
joyous with food
Terms to Please Yew
Mail Orders Given Prompt Attention
G. F Jobson Piano Qo.
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