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L'NOEft THE YOKE
A Bid owner of real estate bought
25 Iota In a food residence dia
- trict of Portland eight years ago.
He paid a little less than $1000 per
' lot. - ", . ,.,-".;- .-
Recently the ovrher of five lota
across the street lots that were as
desirable in every respect walkepl
into a real estate . office and an
, nounced that his property was tor
sale. A deal was consummated, with
. the bigi owner as the buyer.
For" the five lots the big owner
? paid $80 apiece, approximately $900
; less than he paid eight years ao for
lot' that were not more desirable.
The assessed valuation of the five
I lots is $1300. The sale price was
i $400. The Operatbf paid less thin
f one-third the assessed valuation for
i the prdperty. 4 :
N "Have you turned BoishevIXT" the
, operatos Questioned, after- the deal
? "No." the seller answered, 'but I
i have paid all the taxes and assess
ments t ant to pay. 1 am geting
i rid of ail tny property:"
t . Ferhaps the operator will sell one
; of those lots to a workingman for
;$100. Perhaps the workingman will
i afsire to Duua 0. home and will be
.forced to borrow on his property.
rWhat will a banker or money lender
I advance him on the lot? About $50.
And what will the taxes amount to
.on that nmnariv 9 TtTltfi an araaun4
'value of $260. it would not take long
4 for the taxes, levied at the present
I rata, to double the principal.
V It will be borne in mind that 83
per cent of the taxes fall Upon reat
; property and other visible holdings
. that cannot be hidden and after a
; certain limit of taxation is reached,
t exactions become destructive of such
; Another man walked Into thft
'same , feal estate office, and an
i nounced that he had sold , all his
property and was going to sell his
: .home. i
., , "Why are you selling your home?"
'.the operator queried.
' "Because t can rent cheaper than
I, can : live In the house and pay
T. taxes," was the answer.
. Of jcurse these are ; Unusual" tn
i stances. But they show the drift.
'They mean that while taxes are
luecessary, tod much ; taxes is : a
canker gnawing at the vitals " of
"property and our political structure.
Too much taxes Is a parasitical dis
.. ease sapping , the strength and
'undermining the whole structure of
business and industry.,
A Where- are Portland- and Oregon
it land with the home owners at
tempting to cell to. escape taxes?
With ownert endeavoring to sell
.their property when there are but
iew iuituacrs -1 110 purcnasers Will
be few because others do not care
15 assume the tAx burden what 13
to be the price of property in this
state a few years hence? New in
dustries and new businesses will
not J go , tinder tha tremendous, tax
yoke,, and,- therefore. ' the taxable
property win' not Increase. With &
decreased market Value and k con
sequent reduction in assessed value,
where will the city and county and
state revenues come from then? And
with a constantly lengthening list Of
delinquents, how much of the prop
,erty is to fall Into the lap of the city
and state? And with the movement
away f rom homes and Inta apart
ments what kind of . political and
social structure.: Is being reared ?
Up In Washington, public officials
have noted the trend. . They have
placed the wheels of ' economy in
motion. They 'have moved to cut
down the expenses that have been
with us through and since the war.
Oregon officials, state, city and
county, and the people themselves
who are voting taxes and: taxes and
bond Issues and bond Issues cannot
intelligently follow another ooirs.
There can be no buying power In a
state which collects through taxes
all. the profits of labor, there' cannot
be consumption when there IS no
buying power, there cannot be pro
duction when 'there Is no consurop
tldn. and when there is no product
Uon there is no employment and no
state, a ' 1 . .
THOSE STpLBN LANDS
THERE is available to the attorney
general of Oregon a consider
able sum of money appropriated by
the legislature to preaa suits for re-f
covery to the state of valuable-pub
lic lands fraudulently obtained, and
illegally held.,: " -1 . n :
uits by ar former attorney general
resurted4f the recovery of thousands
of dollars 'tqthe ' common T school
fund, . which -pow ' totals more than
seven : million " dollars.-.. ;
A large part jo the money for use
in. bringing further suits has-been
lying In the. : state treasury, subject
to the order of the attorney generaf,
for nearly two i years. . :
The ' appropriation was unani
mously requested of the 1619 legis
lature during the Withycombe . ad
ministration,--and that body, with
very few dissenting ; votes, approved
the plan of recovering .these stolen
lands by voting the entire amount of
money asked. : j' -;: :.'
Mindful of the obstacles lit as
sembling evidence and preparing
such suits, .The ; ."ournal has, ' for
more than two years, refrained from
urging the attorney general's office
to go forward withthe work. T
Two years Is a long time. Men
die. The most Important of all tno
witnesses for the state in the Pacific
Livestock case died, and the, case had
to be compromised. If time speeds
On without action, will something
similar happen in the Contemplated
suits? - . : i "V ' '
It seems to The Journal that , the
time .has arrived for the attorney
general's office to act.
"How much should I give to the
Cdmmunlty Chest?" This question
frequently; Is asked by Portlanders.
The. firsts-answer ' is, "As : much as
your heart dictates and your means
permit." Another way of arriving
at the proper amount is to "lump
amounts given In the past directly
to various relief agencies'. A third
suggestion la to ; give 1 per cent of
incomes of $1000 or less and so on
up to 8 per cent of incomes of $15,-
000- or more. One question which
should not be asked is. "How little
can I give and get "away with It?"
T WAS a well written letter. It
made personal appeal. The ad
dress and the body of the communi
cation had evidently been -written
on the same typewriter and the
same color of ribbon.
The business man who received
the letter In his morning mail read
It with interest, sentence by sentence
and paragraph by paragraph. He
had just about decided rto respond
favorably t6 its appeal when he
came to the signature.
Then he turned negative with a
jolt. No hand had written the name
of the sender there. A rubber stamp
so often used that its lines were
broken and dim had made the Im
But what ah impression! The
business man felt as If he had been
an auditor Of a play that contained
affecting lines well repeated but not
truly felt by the actor. The sense of
communication direct from person,
to person was lost. The letter be
came merely a sheet of paper, its
message Only an Impersonal circular.
How often time and' energy, afe
spent fn Composing a letter appeal
so that it will have all the force of
an Original communication' only to
waste' the money and effort because
the responsible person thought he
was too busy to Indite his signature
personally. It he was too busy to
write his name, the chances are that
either he should; not have under
taken the. project or that he. should
have better planned the Use of his
There Is a man in Portland who
holds high official position.. ; No one
has more to do I than he, but he
always aims his letters, circular or
otherwise, personally. By Interest
ing coincidence the causes he heads
are usually successful.
- It Might be said that the force of
the appeal, not the signature, should
be the controlling; element. But it
doesn't work that way. The personal
signature ; is the thing in a letter
that goes far to substitute or the
direct : appeal of a personal inter
view. . ( - i.: i , 5
How often Is a. civic cause hurt
or lost because of a rubber stamp!
The San Francisco Chamber of
Commerce says 'Hhat San Francisco
has the purest milk supply of any
worm center, and that more certified
milk is sold around San Francisco
bay than In any part of the United
States with the same population."
The statement is credited, to tesearcTi
which also produced other, boastful
claims. San - Francisco should be
congratulated upon, an achievement
as yet unknown to federal inspectors
or to the milk bureaus of other Pa
elf ic coast ; cities. A pure milk
supply is any city's best health guar-
antee, and here's hoping that, if San
Francisco hasn't the ; purity, I think
ing so will bring the same . result.
But at that 'there may be a reason
why so many of the people around
the bay demand the certification of
the milk supplied them. "
"TTHB proponents of a big navy
.AV in this country persist In over.
looking the possibilities of coopera
tion' through . international agree
ment. They all insist that the United
States must have the biggest navy
in the world", that we must outbuild
the . greatest builders, that we don't
dare disarm while other nations arm
And now Mr, Harding tells a delega
tion appealing for limitation of our
building program that we cannot
weir have 10 fewer ships than any
other country in the world.? Secre
tary Denby asks for a navy second
to-none. . I "-"
; If it is to be a race for naval
power, if we are going to blow our
way to destiny with 16-inch naval
guns, if we are to blast our way
to glory with a multi-pounded shell.
of course America must hold her
own. If , we are ; going to launch
two ships to one Ship for the other
nations, if we are to spend two bil
lions as against the one billion of
other powers,' if we are to pay two
dollars taxes J for every one dollar
paid by the taxpayers of other coun
tries, and if we are to transplant
our' wealth, our population, and our
country from this continent out onto
the sea, most assuredly the thing to
do is to build plenty of ships.
But why not try a little coopera
tion among the nations of the earth
to save one another from bankrupt
cy ? Has it ever occurred to the navy
builders that., if approached, the big
powers might agree to a disarma
ment plan acceptable to this coun
try?' Did it ever occur to them that
competitive building- might be ' dis
Continued by common consent and
agreement ? Did it ever occur to
them that the people who foot the
bills in Japan, in England, in France.
and in Italy might be Just as anxious
to rid themselves of the -burden of
armaments as are the people who
foot the bills In this country?
So far, the executive branch .of
this government has given little en
couragement to those who ! would
like to see an end to the mountain-.
ous taxes and war. Apparently the
people's only hope of action lies in
the influence j they may bring to
Dear on their representatives in
congress. j 1 ' i '
The federal ! reserve bank in San
Francisco reports that retail sales
in Oakland, Los Angeles, Spokane.
San Francisco, Seattle and Salt Lake
City were 10". per cent greater in
February than in the same month a
year ago. -'Does the federal reserve
banK in San Francisco or its branch
in Portland know .whether the same
increase was recorded here? If not,
does the Chamber of Commerce
know why the federal reserve bank
doesn't know ?
ilPRANK HAROLD LEEDS" was
the name by which James A.
Stillman, president of the National
City bank of New Tork. was known
to the servants and others at sundry
places occupied by Mrs. Leeds.
Three affidavits to this effect have
been made by servants. A statement
of the same teftor has been made by
the manager of an apartment house
where Mrs. Leeds lived for a time.
The name "Frank Harold Leeds"
was an alias. It was assumed to
cover up the banker's identity and
to hide the enterprise upon which he
was bent. "
"Shadow" had an alias. George
Billings, now in the Portland jail,
went under the name of Joe Brady.
The common crooks all use aliases.
And here was the president of
one of the largest financial houses In
the world, a man whose real name
was synonymous" with power and
wisdom in world finance, dodging
around the streets i of New York
under an alias.' He was posing sls
the husband of a woman who was
also passing, under 'an assumed
name. ' t
A chauffeur who knew Btillman
only as "Frank Harold Leeds" en
countered him Where he Was nasslne
as Stillman, the great banker, and
addressed him as "Mr. Leeds." i The
banker became embarrassed ! and
quickly gave him the high sign to
be silent.':"-' '-";:'- '-A .
We are wont to expect such thincrs
in civilization's backwash or the So
cial dregs. But it, is both difficult
and disquieting to discover one of
the country's most prominent i men
skulking around under an alias. ' "
3 CARDINAL GIBBONS
CROM grocer's clerk at 14, James
Gibbons rose to the most' dis
tinguished position among I the
Catholic clergy of America and one
of the most conspicuous prelates in
the world. ' :
From : poverty he emerged - and
came to be counsellor and friend of
many of the nation's most prominent
figures. -X-:' '..f- .
If there were nw other monuments
to his genius this unaided rise from
grocer's boy to cardinal is an ever
tasting testimonial to his worth, v'
YAP AND THE JAP
American Press United In Resentment
Mora or Lew Severe Against the
: i Handing Over of the Big Little la
i land Without American Consent
j Proper Settlement Demand
! ' ed, and Expected Without
Daily Editorial Difest
(Cooaolidated rna Aaneiataanl .
Lower, morally; than "a gathering of
card sharps" was the assembly of for
eign diplomats who, regardless of Amer
ican rights and protests, v turned the
Island of Tap over to the Japanese.
This emphatic statement from the Chi
cago Tribune (Ind. Rep.) represents the
extreme viaw of a question which la
widely discussed -by the newspapers of
the country. While practically no other
writers are moved to such1 - feeling as
that shown by the Tribune, - there la
universal support for- the 1 attitude . of
the state. department and general resent
ment, that the juet demands of the
United States have been disregarded. .
For the most part the action of the
league and later the supreme council,
in refusing' to discuss the Tap question,
meets with the disapproval of American
editors, but some feel that more can
be accomplished, now that direct nego
tiations between Japan and the United
States have begun. The Baltimore
News (Ind. represents the latter view,
remarking that since "the league baa
washed its hands of Tap, the way is
clear to a settlement between ourselves
and Japan without fear of the league
being used to encumber the eiwiussion.
It seems to the News that : "The dis
proportion between the two nations'
sacrifices and their respective gains
would not make a surrender- on Japan's
part as damaging to her prestige as
she; seems to think. On the other, hand,
when we consider that she is being
asked to back down on the basis Of a
verbal reservation never communicated
to her, we can see how the action would
be distasteful." :
The attitude of the league is resented
by thei New York Herald (Ind.), which
suggests that if their "letter - writers
gave, due attention to the papers from
ourj state department, they know that
what this government has advised them
is that . our interests and rights could
not : be disposed . of without our know!
edge, assent or authority." This was
pointed out to the league when it was
found that "no minute of the conces
sion", to -the United States, granted at
President Wilson's request in Paris, had
been kept on record. But that fact, the
Boston Herald (Ind. Kep.) points out.
does not justify the attitude of Japan.
The Detroit Free Presg tlnd.) reflects
a view generally held, when it em
phasises the - logic of America's posi
tion as presented in the state depart
ment's note ; "The point that the man
date actually conveyed rests upon the
proposition that it had been agreed to
cy the associated and allied powers,
and ! that, as Secretary Colby pointed
out. its not a. fact" The United States
is one of those powers and certainly
never agreed to anything of the kind.
Viewing the Tap question broadly as
matter of fair International dealing
this : line of argument is mere talk, but
if Japan wishes to decide the issue on
such lines it will find Mr. Hughes well
As to the complications Which might
enter into the situation because of our
relations with the league, most writers
feel that America's position is not Im
paired in -this ease 'by non-membership.
while the Bangor (Me.) Commercial
(Indi) represents those who feel "it
would have been wiser if we had
joined in the covenant, it feels that
"the fact that we did not, does not give
the league any proper authority to act
upon matters without consulting us in
which we have a vital stake and in
which we earned the right to participate
when we Joined the allies in the war.'
Our right Cannot be ignored, the Chi
cago Post (Ind.) feels, for it- "is
grounded too justly." Furthermore, "if
the League of Nations is to be a factor
for world peace it cannot be blind to
the rights of even those nations which.
for a time, remain outside its councils.
The I Philadelphia Record (Ind. Dem.)
adds: "If Japan is In possession of a
mandate under the league, we are abso
lutely free to object in any form which
we believe our Interests Justify. If ws
are out of the league, we are not com
mitted to anything the league does.
Not being a member- Of the league, the
MemphlSfNews Scimitar (Ind.) considers
an advantage, for "the United States is
in a ! position, unhampered by the limi
tations of the covenant, to stand for
fair play and justice regardless of Euro
pean politics or any olher considera
tion.' On the other hand, the Indian
anoHs News (Ind.) Considers that our
attitude makes it harder, for: "If this
country were a member of the league
and the mandate principle rightly ap
plied and honestly lived up to, a man
date over this island to Japan or any
other power would indeed be equivalent
to international control, since the man
date would act simply as the represert
tative and agent Of the League Of
Nations, and with full responsibility
As to the outcome of the discussion
there are few who see in it the danger
of serious eventualities. The Baltimore
Sun (Ind. Dem.) makes ,the Suggestion
that : possibly the powers, including
Japan, are "using Yap as a pawn to
secure- adjustments they desire in other
things for instance, our presence in
the league: but. It adds, the Colby note
has made it clear that we dd not intend
to be "deprived of our international
rights." since, "but for the United
States. Germany might How be issuing
mandates for French, British and
Italian territory." - Justice is On our
side. too. the Mobile Register (Dem.)
points out, "and world sentiment will
undoubtedly support us; Great Britain
must chance her attitude and Japan
can execute another of those diplomatic
retreats : for which she is becoming
famous.". ' : - " '- '- - '
The Portland Oregonian tlnd. Kep.) is
most pptimlslic and not only refuses to
believe that a serious quarrel" will
result but predicts that - perhaps the
affair may become - the peg on wmcn
the perfected league of nations at which
President Harding aims, will hang."
Curious Bits of Information
Gleaned From Curious Places
The I first real watches to be used In
England came from abroad. They were
not carried in the pocket, but. were worn
suspended from the belt. The .direction
in which the English watchmakers
seemed to exoel was in the devislne of
Curious and cunning shapes for the cases.
Some took the form of an eagle with a
child on its back. When not worn they
could be made to stand on a table by
means of th spreading claws. Watches
shaped Uke a cross were common at that
1 roe. .
Uncle Jeff Snow Says
Up on the Verdy river In Arisony,
about the time Giner't Hancock set out
to be president and was so big and fat
he didn't run worth a cent, a possy of
edge Lynch tuck up a feller fer boss
steal In' and hung him to a mesquite bean
tree and rode off and left him. : They
found out afterwards that H was a mis
take, the boss h was ridin' aot bein
the one that was stole, and they went
back to give the body decent burial,
anyhow, bein's it was the best they could
da Howsomever, the feller had kicked
until he broke the limb, and wasn't dead
entirely. When he come to he wouldn't
take no 'oology whatsoever, but raged
around .about reportin 'era to the gov
nor of the territory f er would-be mur
derers, j They ttad to threaten to hang
him over agin 'fore he ambled along
peaceable and full of gratitude for the
mercies of Providence. I ;
Letters From the People
(Cammonieatiotl eat to Th Journal for
publication ia thia department abould b writttni
on only one aid of th paper; abould not exceed
800 words ia leocth, and mnet be aisned by tit
writer, whose mail addreay ia full moat eecou
pany the contribution. I . .
THE r MIDDLE-CLASS MAN
And What His Function Is in . the Pres
ent Trouble of the World.
Portland, March 2$. To the Editor of
The Journal The Journal's leading edi
torial of even date entitled "Under the
Yoke" should be set up In 11-point and
run on the front page. It is the most
sensible' article I have read in many
moons. It ,ls what we used - to call
"good, plain reading." In Kentucky ws
called it "hoss sense." A series of such
talks would help many misled working
men to a better understanding of the
laws of economics. - They might even
drum some sense into the heads of many
statesmen (so-called because they slid
Into office by. accident). If compelled
n 1 .j 1 1 j j 1
even they might learn that a Coaloil
Johnny spending jag doesn't make 'for
prosperity, and that a bonded debt
must be paid twice if it is lever paid.
Most any observer will agree there
are many men in this country looking
for trouble.. There are extremists who
want trouble, and other extremists who
are going - to see that the radical is
provided with arguments in plenty.
refer to the lower ciass extremists who
are hoping 1 for internecine1 strife, and
the hlgherups whose greed t for gold is
One of the unwashed extremists came
into my office last week- and said, "I
have your number. You are a middle
class man. It is your class that defers
the clash that is bound to coma between
money and men. Your class Is being
stamped out A very few have climbed
Into the upper class. Most of you will
isna in the lower class. When you are
gone there will be no cushion to prevent
iricuon, ana tne zur will begin to ny.
Tliis man aoused me roundly for com
bating the encroachments of the tele
phone monopoly. He said : I "Tou fool,
we don't care how much tribute the
trust levies. The sooner they overstep
the bounds, the better for us. Let the
telephone company alone. At the rate
it and other trusts are concentrating
wealth all the money and all the debts
of all the nations will soon belong to
a few families, and when that happens
ue upneavai win come.
I said : "Tou are right about my being
a middle-class man. I am the only friend
that you and the higherups have. I am
trying to. save you from your folly.
am trying to give the laws of economy
a chance to protect you from the enemy
you dread, and I am trying to get your
enemy to see that it Is good business' to
leave something for the masses to hope
I went on to tell him something of the
horrors of revolution. I mentioned the
bloodshed In the French revolution and
warned him that anarchy I invariably
produces more .absolute masters than' it
He laid a dollar on my desk, saying.
"Maybe you are right. Here- is say
contribution to the recall fund. Keep
em rrom rignting as lone as you can.
Maybe a leader will arise who can har
monize the factions." 1
That man is all right t He needs
education in history, government and
economy. Editorials like your "Under
the Toke" will make him think along
right lines and ultimately convert him
from a dormant destructionist into an
active constructionist and patriot.
Robert- O, Duncan.
INSISTENT FOR THE RECALL
Utilities Rate Raise Victim iTella What
tne oas Raise Means.
North Portland, March 17, To the Ed
itor of The Journal I am in favor of
recalling the public service commission.
ers for the reason that I believe they
have not worked for the people who
elected tnem to the office. There is
limit as to what the public can pay,
This was clearly demonstrated by the
ireignt advances by the railroads, which
are at present staggering under their
own errors. The street railway, by ad
vancing rates to 8 cents, has caused
many people to seek other j means of
transportation. They will continue to do
so. and should, until the rates are re
duced to a reasonable basis. !
The Portland gas company has ad
Vanced rates to the extent that It makes
It prohibitive to use a gas furnace. Last
nil x purcnasea a comomation rurnace,
which burns coal, wood and eas. In
little less than two months I: consumed
56,700 cubic feet of gas, for which, after
deducting the discount and other un
known deductions which a small army
of men at the gas company offices la
bored to quite an extent to determine.
they finally decided I owed j the com
pany $28.85, which I paid. From Janu
ary 15 tot February 35, a period of 41
days. I consumed 49,300 cubic feet of
gas, for which the bill calls for $43.91.
Now under the old rate, "when I was
Using more gaS. It was cosUns me a
little more than $14 a month, and under
the new rate it. Is costing me a little
more than $30 a month to burn less craa
When talking with the gas people re
garding this bill, they remarked that
the more gas I burned the less it would
cost me, but I informed them that upon
receipt of this bill I discontinued burn
Ing gas altogether, so. taking them at
their word that the more gas I burned
the less it would cost me now that I am
not burning any gas at all- I wonder
what my bill will be next month. If
Other people's bills run in proportion
with mine, it would not take an overly
bright man to figure out what the new
rate means to the gaa company.
If I did not have a lot Of long dis
tance calls I would So away ! with the
telephone altogether.' but I believe that
if a lot of people who really bave tele
phones Just to talk to their neighbors
and not because they need them would
discontinue same for a short time, the
telephone .company Would realize Its
mistake, just aa the railroad companies
now realize about their prohibitive
freight rates. j- -
What -I can't understand about' the
public service commission Is why it has
come to the rescue of the three principal
public service corporations and forgot
ten entirely the producers, r The live
stock men and wheat farmers had no
say aa to what they were to receive
for their products,' and-the .majority of
them are ruined today.' If the public
service commission has authority to re
lieve the public service corporations.
why - isn't there some way it can help
the people who put the commissioners in
Office? . . ' . . - v
It seems there is but one thing to do.
and that is to recall the public service
commissioners, A rehearing does not
mean anything to the people. It might
be soothing for the time, but, as in tha
past, the result would be the same. Re
call them. ; v V f A Reader. -
' BRAiNS ALWAYS SCORE
From the Johnstown Democrat . '
Three Kentuckiana were killed in a
fight over a dog. The dog is alive be
cause he ran away and hid. All of
which proves that brains Willi triumph
in the end. - - - -
."Have a heart!" v
If it rains today this won't be a Good
Friday after all.
Some vaudeville stars may as well
stick to : the stage and keep out of
Of all the profiteers we can think of.
he who profiteers in milk is the most
Don't bite the hand that's feeding
you" Is about as good an admonition
now as it was In ar days,
" : ";.';- 'A- .'i
The merchant who ? advertises two
alarm clock for the price of one over
estimates man's capacity for grief.
"The pink of perfection.' in the mat
ter of complexions, often comes in little
tin boxes from the cosmetic shop.
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We're sorry for f those who'll be
wrecked by the elide, but we're glad
foodstuffs are seeking the down grade.
The thrift sronas-and a that nm, ,,.
Ing against a "rainy day" should be re
vised for the present season in anticipa
tion of a spell of sunshine.
Probably high school pupils will be
able to get their lessons just as well
even though they cannot be Greek letter
"men" when they're 16.
.When the world get tired of him. the
"middleman" will find himself crushed
to death between two vastly greater ele
menta the producer and the consumer.
r MORE OR LESS PERSONAL
Random Observations About Town
The annual banquet and election Of
officers of the Portland alumni of the
Sigma Chi fraternity will be held Friday
evening at 6 :J0 o'clock at the Multnomah
hotel. A feature of the fourth annual
banquet will be the initiation of new
members Into the fraternity by the Beta
iota cnapter 01 tne university of Oregon,
The initiaUon ceremonial will be held in
the Multnomah tea garden immediately
after the banquet In the ballroom, where
covers will be laid for ISO. Creston R.
Maddock Is Chairman of the banquet
committee. " The retiring officers of the
Portland alumni art: Roy- B. Early,
president; .Judge Martin Hawkins, vice
president; Alex Barry, 'secretary; Arthur
11. Lewis, treasurer.- -s
Albert Peterson, who recently bought
out the Lawrence Mercantile company
at Ukiah, Umatilla county, is registered
at the Imperial.
J. T. Boos, attorney; from Chicago, Is
at the Portland whUe attending to legal
business in the city.
N. R. Gibson of I Itoseburg Is a
guest at the Imperial.:
C: H. Packer of Salem is a Portland
P. L. Sinclair, banker, from tlwaco,
is at the Portland.
H. T. Holden of Eugene Is a Portland
Fred W. Wilson Is i down from The
H. C. Cooper of Salem Is registered
at the Imperial.
Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Minton of Albany
are registered at the Imperial.
Mr. and Mrs. F. Wilkinson of Fossil
are at the Imperial.
Q. Hale of Albany Is a Portland visitor.
OBSERVATIONS AND IMPRESSIONS
OF THE JOURNAL MAN
f Of Portland fri.n who have made rood In a
laree way In America's metropolis Air. Lockley
writes today. These are men who qualified in
the school at solid aerrice, and so ware ready
when apportunlty appeared.
John A, Goodell, formerly Of Portland,
is now and has been for the past year
or so In New York city. He is national
secretary of the all year round program
of economic activities along thrift lines.
The purpose of the organisation is to
stimulate Individuals to think straight
and act wisely along the lines of earn
ing, spending, saving. Investing and giv
ing. The Ten Commandments of their
financial creed 'are f" -"Work" and earn.
Make a budget Record all expenditures.
Start a bank account : Own your own
home. Make a wllL 1 Pay your bills
promptly. Invest In reliable securities.
Share what you have with others.
John Goodell. like many other Portland
boys who have gone East, has made
good In a big way. In a letter received
from Mr. Goodell a day or two ago he
says: . f. -
"Our mutual f rlehd. ; Charlie Wona-
cott. is weaving a life story that will be
fine 'material for you to handle' some
day. Charlie, as you know, was born
oft a Southern Oregon farm. Today,
though less than 40, he is one of the
prominent men In Wall street He is
assistant to the president of a parent
corporation which controls 15 large In
dustrial organizations. Just now he is
in Mexico InvestieaUng the affairs of
one of the companies which is spending
a million dollars a month in that coun
Charlie Wonacott was few years
ago executive secretary of the rbrttand
T. M. C'A. He was an associate di
rector of the War Savings Stamps when
C B. Jackson was state director, and no
small amount of the success of Oregon's'
unprecedented record in stamp sales Is
due to his ability. I received a letter
yesterday from Wonacott asking roe to
keep a friendly eye on his property on
Mount -Tabor. The letter was written
on the letterhead or tne nymoutn
Brokerage company, of! which Charles
N. Wonacott is president ; Several Port
land men have . recently run across
Wonacott In New Tork. Among them
Sam Eddy of the Ladd & Til ton bank,
W. 1L- St Clair of Olds, Wortman ft
King, Eat-I Clark of the King's Food
Products company, and various others,
lit. Wonacott was caned East to take
charge of the New Era work. So suc
cessful was he with this work that he
was urged to remain in the East The
war was over, and a new period of de
velopment was beginning in America.
He had a desire to be a real part in the
fundamental development of the com
mercial life of our i country. While in
the New Era movement he had met A.
R, Nlcol and at the close of his duties
with the New Era movement Mr. Nlcol
asked him to attend the executive meet
ing of the Atlantic Gulf West males
Steamship lines. At this meeting , he
was offered the position of assistant
to the resident. At the time this offer
Was made he was told it would lead to
better things. In " taking over his hew
duties he was allowed to continue to
direct the policy of the New Era move
ment as well as to give what time Was
needed toward his other activities, such
as college work, Y. M. C. A. Work and
The Atlantic Gulf At West Indies
Steamship company in 1909 took over1
the C. W. Morse-shipping Interests. ; It
gradually drifted out of steamship lines j
NEWS IN BRIEF
It will keep the average patron of
the telephone service busy trying to get
hie money's worth under prevailing
prices. -Roseburs News-Review.
Europe Is turning all Its paper Into
money. It sometimes seems to news
paper publishers that atl the money in
America is going into paper. La Grande
Observer. - . .
Both Hiram Johnson and Mexico are
exceptionally silent these days, due to
the first named runnlug out of wind, and
the second out of powder. Medford
Reading in i the Budget ot the film
drama, "The Truth About Husbands."
an Itwaco lady, speaking from experi
ence or mature observation, writes that
she doean't-belleve there Is such a thing
as truth - about husbands. Astoria
. - ;
Why so much abuse of th multi
millionaires? The newspapers would be
very dull and prosy without reports of
the divorce suits and varied escapades
that follow in the wake of too much
money and too little common sense.
. . a a
"Much has been written and said,"
leada off a correspondent in a letter to
th editor, "about the profiteering evil."
Then he goes on to write-and say a
whole lot more. Writing letters to the
editor, by the way, is like removing a
stale porous plaster. It may not do any
good, but there 1 some relief when one
gets It off one's, chest Klamath Falls
Dr. C. K. Linton, druggist Of Wald
port, is at the Imperial. Dr. Linton
was one of the stare peders that went up
to Nome City. Alaska, in 1IK0. He is the
author of various books, among them
being - "The Earth Motor" and "The
Storm's Gift" His .books show great
imagination and no little literary ability
me "Earth Motor" is illustrated hv
Murray Wade, a haUve son of Salem and
publisher of the Oregon Magaslne.
Eugene residents In Portland on busi
ness or pleasure Include the following s
P. A. Stivers, a realtor j F. M. Hath
away, auto dealers A. H. Smith, furni
ture man ; J. A. McLean, hotel man W,
H. Blower, collector ; Oren Davis, deputy
collector of Internal revenue.
. s. . . ....
Frank Davey, old Ume newspaper man
and long time resident of the Capital
City, is shaking hands with his fellow
newspaper men in Portland.
Mrs. L. Riggs of Salem, noted for her
grace and proficiency as a horseback
rider, is a guest at the Portland.
Dr. Herbert C. Eastland of-Gardiner
has come to Portland with the Intention
of locating here.
Mrs. F. E. Farrior and son of Heppner
ar visiting friends In Portland. -
a a - .
L. H. Russell of La Grande Is a Port
land visitor. -
: W. M. Pearl of La Grande is transact
ing business in Portland.
a a a
C. E. Crowell and W. R. McCormack
Of Corvallis are guests at the Imperial.
A. G. Boquet of ' the department of
botany at Corvallis is a Portland visitor.
- a a a ,
Mr. and Mrs. TL D. Pomerey of Hos-
kins are guests at the Imperial.
- a a
5 Mrs., W. J. Crane of Corvallis Is visit
ing relatives in Portland.
and became a holding -corporation. Its
several shipping corporations opeYate a
fleet of about 100 vessels. It operates
the Ward line, the" Porto Rico line, the
Clyde line, the Southern line., the Mai
lory line and a fleet of oil tankers. It
how has under construction 14 tankers,
costing $33,000,000. The company- is
also heavily Interested in oil, being its
own . producer, transporter and diS'
tributor. . Some of its most profitable
wells ars located In Mexico. It has also
leased 1,000,000 acres of' oil lands In Co
lombia, South America. It has approxi
mately 1000 workers In its Colombia
field. . It owns and operates pipe lines.
terminals, topping plants and all of he
other equipment used in the producing
end Of the oil business.
When the war closed this company
secured a concession from the govern
ment to erect a 10-inch steel pipe line
from Havre to Paris, 132 miles. This
line is now under construction. It Is also
building a refinery within the city limits
of Paris. France, by. the way, Is con
sidered today one of the best oil mar
kets in the world. The company, at the
close of the-war found 'taelf In posses
sion of a $46,000,000 surplus. This money
It decided to invest In Oil properties.
It is completing an extensive building
program, pipe lines, etc., at Southampton
for distributing oil In Kngland
The president of the company, like E.
H. Harriman, the railroad wizard, is
the son of a minister, who had a con
stant struggle to support his family
Recently Mr. Wonacott was elected sec
retary of the executive committees of
the parent company and all its principal
subsidiaries. He has also been made
treasurer . and vice president of - one
company, director in another, and is as
sistant treasurer in the New Era move
ment He has recently- organized a
brokerage company through which he
is securing for churches alt over the
United States more reasonable fire In
surance. He has already placed over
$5,000,000 worth of Insurance on the dif
' . . ...
In a recent letter to me he says: "So
far as my work is concerned, it is very
pleasant, but we often long for dear old
Portland. A number of former Port-
landers here are going to start a society
of "Get: Together Westerners.' . Chester
Horn, formerly of th Portland Ad club :
Chester Hogue, John A. Goodell. Dr.
William Hiram Foulkes, former pastor
of the First Presbyterian church ; Bar
clay Acheson, formerly . of the Portland
Y. M. G A., now general manager of
the International Film "corporation ; Dr.
Robert H. MHHgan, formerly pastor of
the Rose City Park Presbyterian church ;
Sam Bratton. formerly with the Port
land Gas company, and others, will be
members of the society, I hope you will
write" soon and (ell me bow Mr. Jackson
is. ; He has a, peculiar place in my life.
In all the days that were trying and
perplexing to Us in the War Savings
Stamp days, he never lost for a moment
his interest In the work nor bis kindly
attitude toward me personalty, and he
Stood ; true to all the " interests of the
cause. Henry Reed is . another unique
personality. He Is a man of rare qual
ity and wonderful executive ability. As
I coma Into touch in a large way with
men of many - nations it seems to me
that, of all nations, none is so good as
the United States and that, of all states,
none is more progressive, more demo
cratic nor : more likable than Oregon,
and I have -. not yet found a city so ;
homelike, so picturesque and so beauti
ful as Portland. I hope some say to
come back and build a home there," ,
The Oregon Country
Northwest Ilippenlnea In Brief Form fet Vim
. Plans have been completed for a new
$50,000 cannery for Kalis City.
Hubbard Btlyu. 72. a resident of
Oregon and Linn county for 69 years,
Is dead at Albany.- - ' ,
Improvements to cost $75,000 have been
started on -the naval radio station -on
Youngs bay, south of Astoria.
"W. T. Kutch. one of the oldest pioneers
of Oregon, celebrated his nlnetv-f if U
u muaj evi v--riion last weea. .
The city of Mord has sold to a Port
land firm $20,000 worth of street im
provement bonds bearing 8 per cent in
terest, , .
Johrt W. Calendar, for 30 years clerk
of the St Nicholas hotel at - Athena,
dropped dead In the lobby of the hotel
a few days ago. '
A. C. Hewlett, who celebrated Ms
eighty-ninth birthclny at Eagle Point on
March 16, is rounding out 63 years as
a newspaper correspondent
The Eugene rfice of the United States
employment service ent 49 people out
to jobs during the last week. Of this
number 11 were farm hands.
A draft for $2671.68 from the war de
partment has been received by the
Marshfield company,' coast artillery
corps, covering six months' armory drill
Sllverton will not get Its armory right
away. Judge Bunhey having announced
that the county will not raiwe 610,000 to
Ho 000 th otte'" 10'0l0 ni SHverton'e
. The Crater Lake Oil & Oas companf
has leased several thousand acres near
K, I. .1 . . - , . ..... .-
Merrill and will offer (hO.OOO worth of
slock to the public at the par value of II
a share. i
The Hood River Apple Vinegar com
pany, which has been engaged for sev
eral years in bottling soft drinfca. Is
planning to can soups, vegetables and
A geographical test designed'to cover
the geography of the world has Just
been. completed and standardized by Pro
fessor P. L. Stetson of the University of
Oregon high- school.
Clarke county has passed Its quota
Of $1000 in the campaign for the relief
of Ireland by $224.01.
George N. Barnes, 60,- a resident of
Spokane for 35 wars, fell wn flnnra
I to his death in the Eagle building.
Nearly $500,000 ' worth of road work
will be done near Wenatehee this year,
some of which is already under way.
The stale is advertising for bids for
grading 2000 feet at the lower end of
the Chelan grade in Okanogan county.
'. Valfl m d muni, farm aa Anl4An V.
unanimously indorsed the appointment
of Guy C. Fin ley as secretary of the
The West Coast forest products bu
reau Is taking preliminary steps to de
velop a domestic market that will con
sume annually 6,000,000,000 feet of lum-
George McDonald, aged 10, son of
Peter McDonald, was Instantly killed at
Tacoma when his bicycle nkidded.
General offices of the State Chamber
Of Commerce will be moved from Se
attle to Tacoma as a result of the eleo
tlon of E. T, Kemmer of Tacoma as
secretary. ; v . -t
After 2f years in the banking busi
ness. Edwin T. Cotnan has resigned as
president of the Exchange National
bank of Spokane and is succeeded -by
William Huntley. r
Wenatehee citizens have 'organized a
taxpayers' league to Investigate the eon
duct of city and county govmment
with a vlew to effecting greater econ
omy and efficiency.
Governor Hart has announced the
appointment of Ed A. Sims of Jeffer
son county, Captain Harry Ram v. ell of
Snohomish county and E. I. lilake of
King county to the state fish board.
Herbert T. Irvine, a veII-ktown
Spokane broker, who disappeared two
years ago, died at Mexico City, June
10, 1920. according to word reexlyed from
that city. He left considerable property
A deal has Just been closed and the
money paid for a site for a federal finh
hatchery at Salmon.
Eight trucks, three tractors and a crew
of 35 en have started work on the main
highways leading out of .N'amp.
During the year 1920 there were 7014
cars of potatoes. 2560 cars of apples and
1267 cars of prunes shipped' out of Idaho.
Alfalfa seed i growers of Bingham
county have marketed $00,000 pounds
of tfie 19-0 crop at 60 cents a pound.
Extermination of ground squirrels was
started this week on public lands in
seven counties in the northern part of
the stats. .
The Hercules and the Tamarack and
Cuslef, two of th biggest silver-lead
mines In the Coeur 6 Alenes. cloned
down last Saturday, letting out about
Nampa-Meridlan Irrigation officials
announce that on and after April 1
the wage seal will be 40 cents an hour
for- single hand labor and 67V cents
for man and team.
Deputy sheriffs raided the home of
Harrison C Murphy In Boise and con
fiscated an eight gallon still, three bar
rels of mash, two gallon Jugs and six
quart bottles of tha finished product.
To fill the vftcnry caused by th rests-nation
of J. V. Buck, superintendent of
fcthools, more than 80 applications from
widely scattered points have been re
ceived by the school directors at Coeiir
The Portland Rotary club was In
corporated May 25, 1310, It was the
fifteenth Rotary club to organise but
th first to Incorporate. There are
now l in the United Sfates. Cartada,
our Insular possessions, Europe, the
Orient and South America mote than
900 clubs, organised as the Inter
national Association of Rotary Clubs.
Estcs Snedecor, president " of the
International Association of Rotary
Clubs, is a Portland attorney and a
member of the Portland Rotary club.
.Service Not Self Is the fnotto of
Rotary. Its membership is composed
of a representative from each Una of
business or profession and he must
be in every Instance the head or
manager of th business.
The purpose of Rotary is to raise
.he standard of business ethics and
Its results in this direction have been
noteworthy. , 1
3. Wright, bead of the Portland
Printing House company, is president
Of the Portland Rotary club; Andrew
J. Bale, manager of the Pacific Bis
cuit company, is first vice president ;
Roy Ellison, manager of the Ellison
White Chautauqua company, is sec
ond vice president; John A. Henry,
manager of the People's Market, is
treasurer, and Robert A. Stewart,
head of Stewart Brothers, logging
supplies, is secretary, Walter L.
Whiting is executive secretary. Th
trustees are William J. Ball, of the
Ball Waist company ; Charles K.
Walters, broker ; Oeorge O. Mason,
president Hurley-Mason company ;
Robert Lincoln Sabln, secretary of
the , Merchants)' Protective associ
ation : John W. Vogan, president of
the Vogan Candy company; Otto H.
Becker, district claim agent of the
Canadian Pacific! Clarence De Fries,
manager of Davles Photo studio.
The Portland club has 315 mem
bers and is one of the most substan
tial and public spirited bodies of men
In Portland., .
The district governor of .Rotary.
Nelson tl. Pike, of Pike &. O'Neill, is
alao a Porilander and a former presi
dent of the Portland club. ...