Polk County observer. (Monmouth, Polk County, Or.) 1888-1927, February 19, 1904, Image 1

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The Power of the Bible.
"The Word of God is living and
.powerful, sharper than a two-edged
sword, and its a diseerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart."
This is the statement of God concern
ing his own Word in Hebrews 4 :12.
Men who know not the power of the
Bible will not be inclined to use it;
when they do use it honestly, the
power of its truths will be clearly
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in national life. As you study the
map of the world, you will perceive
that the Bible is known and studied
w here the people are prosierous and
progressive. Intelligence, thrift and
virtue are possessed by a people as
they know and love the Word. Presi
dent Grant said : "Hold fast to the
Bible; it is the sheet-anchor of our
liberties ; to it are we indebted for all
progress in true civilization." De
Tocqueville, the great French states
man, said: "Bible Christianity has
ever been the companion of liberty in
all its conflicts, the crade of its in
fancy, the source of all its claims."
Lord Laurence, England's commis
sioner to the Punjaub, was able to
rule the Hindoos because the prin
ciples of the Bible were his aim and
inspiration. Schliermaeher, the Ger
man philosopher, says : "Abolish the
Bible, and you pluck up by the root
the best in civilization."
Study its power educationally. It
has well been said that there has been
no great American statesman without
a thorough knowledge of the Bible.
Lincoln knew it, and Washington,
and Garfield. These men knew and
sold on a positive guarantee. Cures heart
burn, raising of the food, distress after
eating or any form of dyspepsia. 0
little tablet gives immediate relief. S
eta. and SB eta. Belt Cherringtoi
Dallas Oragon
THE "LACE where men and boys
find iuet what they want. See our
new Spring Shirts they ere dandies
Better come in now and make your selec
as many of the choice styles will
be picked -out.-
is the time to get Choice
Remember that we are Headquarters
for anything that men wear, and we keep
that which is right up-to-date. If you
need a Suit, Overcoat, pair of Pants,
Hat, Shirt, Tie, Trunk or Suit Case, or
anything in the men's line,beeure to see
us, as we will give you the best stock in
the county to select from, and guarantee
that our prices will be as low as the low
est,quality considered.
any papering or painting
on labor or material.
Dallas, Oregon
Money's Worth
loved it. Webster said : "I read the
Bible through every year." He pitied
the man who could not find in it the
rich supplies for thought and rules
for conduct. Thomas Jefferson, John
Quincy Adams, and other great men
men of our Nation have been great in
their knowledge of this Word,
But the Bible is powerful because it
is the most practical book ever known
It is for practice, for daily living
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3 true goal-gets its chiefest inspira-
tion. The Bible touches men at their
center. Sure it is that there is no true
home without it. Its power is this : It
aims not at surface reform ; it touches
the heart, whence are the springs of
life. Thought, motive, act, relation
are thus brought into harmony with
Many men are cowards at this point;
they don't want the Bible because it
discerns and rebukes the sinful life.
Think also of its power to comfort.
Men may get along without this book
in days of prosperity, when the sun
shines, but when the hurricane storm
of affliction is loosened, then we need
its stay and support.
But higher than all else, this book
shows its power to seek and save men.
It shows, teaches, exalts Jesus Christ.
In it you may read your own biogra
phy, character, life. Your funeral
sermon is in it, your final blessing or
award. Apart from God. this book is
j that from which no man can escape,
i which all may love, and in the bless-
ing of which all
may find life and
W. T. W.
A. B. Muir went to Portland on a
busfness visit, Saturday.
permanently cured by using Hokl Tea.
A pleasant herb drink. Cures constipation
and indigestion, makes you eat, sleep,
work and happy. Satisfaction guaranteed
or money back. 25 eta. and CO eta Bt
Cbarrington. Dallas. Oregon "
Penitentiary Officials Charged With
Using State Property for
Private Purposes.
A complaint was filed in department
No. 2 of the state circuit court for
Marion county Saturday in which
sensational charges are brought
against Superintendent C. W. James
and Warden Frank Curtiss of the
Oregon State Penitentiary. The suit
is entitled "J. AV. Jones, a resident
and tax payer of Oregon for himself.
and on behalf of himself and all other
tax payers of Oregon, plaintiff, vs.
C. W. James" in hia individual
capacity and the said C. W. James as
superintendent of the Oregon State
Penitentiary: and Frank Curtiss in
his individual capacity and the said
Frank Curtiss as warden of the Ore
gon State Penitentiary, defendants,"
and the plaintiff charges both with
"wrongfully, unlawfully and fraudu
lently conspiring to secure for their
private use and the use of their
families a large amount of household
furniture to be paid for out of the
public funds of the State of Oregon
In support of his charges Mr. Jones
alleges that during the year 1903 the
defendants purchased from divers
business firms a large amount of val
uable furniture for their own use and
had the price of the same charged
against the public funds set apart by
the laws of the state of Oregon for the
betterment of the penitentiary. That,
thereafter, the defendants with the in
tent to defraud the taxpayers of Ore
gon, caused more than $1,850 of the
betterment fund to be paid for such
furniture upon the representation that
the furniture was purchased for the
use and benefit of the penitentiary.
Mr. Jones further alleges that
neither the whole nor any part of the
furnitnre has been delivered to any of
the institutions of the state of Oregon
lor their benefit or use, but that the
same was wrongfully taken and used
by the defendants in their individual
unofficial capacity.
The plaintiff also charges Superin
tendent James and Warden Curtiss
with conspiring to sunnlv their
respective families with all necessary
groceries, meats, " provisions, fuel,
table luxuries, lauudry and servants
out nf the atnta'c rasaST and alleges
that they have already caused about
$G00 to be paid out of the funds for
such purposes.
He also claims that the defendants
have for more than eight months and
do now compel the convicts to do all
the laundry work and perform all the
menial labor in and about their
private residence ufider the orders
and directions of their families, and
that they have failed and neglected to
account to the state or for. the benefit
of its funds, for such convict labor,
which the plaintiff contends is a loss
of about $150 to the taxpayers of Ore
The plaintiff for himself and on be
half of the taxpayers of Oregon, asks
the court to decree for the
payment of the furniture, referred
to in the body of the complaint, out of
public funds, null and void; that an
accounting be taken of all the pay
raents caused to be made by the de
fendants for the same, out of such
funds, and that they be ordered to pay
the sum of money found to be due, to
the fund out of which the payments
were made. That they also be re
quired to refund the amounts which
they caused to be paid for groceries,
meats, provisions, etc., and that an
accounting be taken with the defend
ants with reference to the employment
of convicts as servants, and that they
be required to pay to the state the sum
found justly due for such convict
He asks the court to restrain Super
intendent James and Warden Curtiss
from supplying their families with
anything whatsoever at the expense
of the taxpayers, and also to restrain
them from employing prisoners for
their private benefit.
L. H. McMahon, of Salem, appears
in the suit as an attorney for the
plaintiff. Salem Statesman.
This same condition of affairs is
said to exist at the other state institu
tions, the asylum (main building and
farm) reform school and blind and
mute schools, and the question of
whether the officials of these institu
tions have the right- to live off the
state will probably be settled as a rc
suh of this action.
Holy Rollers at Wheatland.
The Holy Boilers are now reported
to be at the farm of. Bill Isham on a
little island near Wheatland, where
they are keeping up their insane
warblings almost all night. Residents
of Wheatland say the Rollers are
worse than a band of tomcats. They
have taken the right direction from
Corvallis to Salem, and it is too bad
that they have lodged in the
beautiful Willamette, when Doc Cal
breath has rooms for their accommo
dation. Yamhill Reporter.
Take Laxative Bromo Quinine Tablets.
All druggists refund the money If It
falls to cure. E. W. Grove's signature
t on nsiofa box. He.
May Be a Compromise.
J. P. Jones, representing the pass.
eager department of the Southern
Pacific, was in New berg the first of
the week making some investigation
regarding a petition that has been
presented asking for a change in time
for the morning and evening train
He said the Dallas people kicked very
vigorously against an earlier hour for
leaving there and he thought a com
promise would be made by holding
the evening train an hour later in the
evening, leaving Portland at five
o'clock. Newberg Graphic.
JohuS. Pinncy, 06 Seattle, was in
Dallas last Friday. Mr. Pinney is in
the employ of the -American Type
.rounders Company as" general mana
ger of the branch houses in Portland,
Seattle and Spokane This company
is the largest concern in the world
manufacturing and dealing in type,
machinery and printers' supplies, and
has supply depots in twenty-three
cities in the United States and Canada.
Mr. Pinney has had charge of branch
houses in all the large cities in the
Eastern States, andfour years ago
was sent to Portland tp look after the
company's interests fin the Pacific
Northwest. He is 4 whole-souled,
courteous gentleman, and has the con
fidence and respect of the printers and
publishers throughout Oregon and
Washington. '
State Organizer George K. Rogers
Will Visit Dallas Camp Next
Wednesday Night.
The Dallas Woodman Camp and
Circle will on next Wednesday evening
tender a reception to Hon. George K.
Rogers, state organizer for that order,
and whose face here appears. Some
CO guests have been invited, which
combined with the large membership
of both these popular orders, will in
sure the attendance of the major por
tion of our residents. A nice pro
gramme has been prepared, and
Neighbor Rogers will favor us with
one of his eloquent talks on Wood
craft. The ladies will conclude the
affair with one of their as yet un
excelled banquets.
Don't forget the old mar
with the fish on his back.
For nearly thirty years In
has been traveling around thr
world, and is still travel insr.
bringing health and comfort
wherever he goes.
lo the consumptive he
brings the strength and flesh
he so much needs.
To all weak and sicklv
children he gives rich and
strenp-theninp; food.
To thin and pale persons
he gives new firm flesh and
rich red blood.
Children who first saw the
old man with the fish are now
;rown up and have children
their own.
lie stands for Scott's Emul
sion of pure cod liver oil a
hghtful food and a natural
tonic for children, for old folks
.nd for all who need flesh and
SCOTT &. BOWNE. Chemist?.
09-415 Pearl Street. New York.
60c. and Sl.OO; all druggists.
Subscriber Believes Farmer Lines
Will Soon Be Allowed to Enter
the City of Portland.
DALLAS, Feb. 15.-(To the Editors
Seeing an article in your paper con
cerning telephones and telephone sys
tems, I desire to give somo of the
views of a subscriber to a mutual
system. It would appear that the fact
that a mutual telephone central sta
tion is to be established in Dallas has
called forth much comment on the
It must be remembered that the
mutual telephone venture is yet in its
infancy in Polk county ; but in the
lower valley and around McMinnville,
Amity, Newberg, and all surrounding
towns, the mutual central stations
have as good service, day or night, as
can be found anywhere, and give free
exchange with all mutual systems.
Ihe expense of building mutual
lines is about one-half of the total
cost. Here a few facts as to line con
struction might not be amiss. The
Salt creek-Mill creek line cost its
members $H per share. Its phones
(with six-bar magnet generators) cost
us $14 each. A three-bar generator
(the ringing device) is all right for
lines running to a contral station in a
series of one to five on a line, but are
not satisfactory on a mutual line con
taining from 15 to 20 phones. As to
paying $14 or $15 for instruments, it
is like buying a cook-stove or sewing
machine once bought, they last for a
long time, with an occasional replac
ing of batteries. I
As the Observer states, it is but a
matter of a few months until the
whole community will be a network of
wires. With the installation of a
mutual central station in Dallas, lines
from all parts of the county will term
inate there, and the business man who
would be in tho swim must have a
mutual phono, and will receive free
communication with all lower valley
points. What business man will not
avail himself of this chance for com
munication at cost, rather than pay
from $1 to $1.50 rent per month and,
besides, pay tariff rates every time he
talks out of town.
Now, as to tho difficulty about run
ning our lino into Portland. Such
small bstueieS" ..
small company of farmers might be
easily seared, but the entire common
wealth will soon bo concerned. The
mutual system had some difficulty
about coming into Dallas, but county
roads happened to bo established prior
to the incorporation of Dallas. We
presume the same weakness exists in
any town.
In conclusion, I would say that the
Observer's hope that the whole country
will soon be connected in one system
will take place, but by the mutual
The subject of telephones is one of
much interest among the farmers in
Polk county at tho present time, and
the Observer gladly gives space to the
above communication. Mr. Brown
sets forth the advantages of a mutual
line in a fair and impartial manner,
and it is evident that he has given
much thought to tho building and
operating of rural telephone lines. He
is mistaken, however, in his assertion
that the Salt Creek farmers had
trouble in getting into Dallas with
their mutual line. The fact -is that
the city council and fanners reached a
satisfactory agreement within five
minutes after they met to discuss the
matter of a franchise. The city has
certain rules regulating the size and
kind of poles, height of wire above the
streets, etc., and these rules apply to
all companies doing business inside
the corporate limits. One of these
rules is that none but square poles
can be used in tlie business part or
town. The farmers did not feel that
they could afford square polos, so it
was suggested to thein by the council
that they run their lino along the alley
in the rear of the business blocks in
stead of setting their poles on Main
street. This proposition was entirely
satisfactory to tho farmers, and was
accepted by them at once, The same
arrangement was made with the
farmers line leading into town from
the south, and no word of objection
has ever been heard from the stock
holders of either company concerning
tho course pursued by the city in
granting these rights-of-way.
Epworth League Convention.
The Epworth League Convention
for the Eugene district will bo held in
Dallas, March 25, 20 and 27. It is ex
pected that 150 delegates will be in
attendance. The members of the local
League are making preparations to
entertain the guests in a most enjoy
able manner during their three days'
stay in Dallas. Prof. Sweetsler, of
the University of Oregon faculty, is
president of the League, and Miss
Thecla Dove, of Eugene, is secretary.
John VanOrsdt'l was a business
visitor to Portland, Saturday.
Use Acker's English. Remedy in any
case of coughs, cold or croup. Should It
(ail to give immediate relief money re
funded. JS cts. and SO eta Belt A Cher
rington, Dallas. Oregon.
Mohair Growers Meet.
The Polk County Mohair Association
met in Brown's hall, in Dallas, last
Saturday and re-elected all the officers
to serve for another year, as follows
G. W. McBeo, president ; H. L. Fenton
secretary; N. Woodward, treasurer.
The next meeting will be he'd Sntur
day, March 5. The goat shearers met
in the same hall and adopted a rato of
8 cents for hand and 9 cents for
machine shearing. All shearers in
the county are requested to be present
at tho next meeting of tho mohair
association, as a business meeting
will be held after the goat men ad
Is Worth the Price.
The Observer has raised its price of
subscription to $1.50 a year, which it
ought to have been long ago. Dallas
iuiss jjuena i lske gave a very en
joyable Flinch party to a number of
her young lady schoolmates and
neighbors on last Friday evening,
After several hours spent in an excit
ing endeavor to get rid of their respec
tive Flinch piles, time was called and
a delectable lunch served.
Mrs. Ella J. Metzger, secretary of
the Board of Trustees of the Odd
Fellows' Home, attended a meeting of
tho board in Portland last Friday.
Comegys Died of Paralysis
His Home in Eastern
George Comegys, an Oregon pioneer
of 1850, died at his home eight miles
southwest of Oakesdale, Wash., Feb
ruary 7, 1904, of paralysis. He was at
one time a prominent citizen of Polk
county, and had a wide acquaintance
among the early settlers in the Wil
lamette Valley. The following brief
history of his life is taken from the
Spokane Spokesman-Review :
"Mr. Comegys was a native of
Missouri, and was born in 1838. When
12 years old ho set out across the
plains with ox teams, accompanying
his father and brother, his mother
having died in Missouri. They ar
rived in Oregon, and there he com-
ub'tf'il h' lid 11witi.nn. . cri:alnnHnr.?r.mia
Willamette university, with the de
gree of 13. 8. He engaged in the study
of law, eventually gaining admission
to tho bar. He practiced law until
1878, then moved to Whitman county,
locating a homestead eight miles
southwest of Oakesdale, and engaged
in farming, continuing in the same
until 1887, in which year he moved to
Oakesdale. He combined the practice
of law with the real estate business
until 18!1, when the Commercial State
bank of Oakesdalo was organized and
he becamo its president, continuing to
act us such until about three years
ago, when failing health compelled
him to retire. Politically he had long
been a forceful factor in tho county
and state. In 1881 he was elected to
the territorial legislature, and was a
member of the convention which
drafted the constitution for tho stato
"In the Willamette Valley, Oregon,
in 1803, Mr. Comegys married Miss E,
Stewart, who died in 18(55, leaving one
daughter, Hattie, wife of S. J. Daniels,
a resident or lUalio. in 1873 lie was
again married, his bride being Miss
Margaret A. Ball, a native of Oregon,
and they had three children, Ralph,
Horace and Claude.
"The funeral occurred Tuesday at 2
o'clock, under the auspices of the Odd
Fellows, at the opera house in Oakes
Of Insanity Despite
Doctor's Care.
Nervous Cramps in
Hands and Feet.
Dr. Miles' Nervine Was
My Salvation.
Sleeplessness is at once a symptom and a
disease. Just as soon as the nerves become
deranged the patient suffers from sleepless
ness. Deprived of their natural rest the
nerves soon lose all force and vitality and
while sleeplessness is a symptom in such
cases it frequently becomes chronic and
remains the chief effect of disordered nerves.
Dr. Miits' Nervine quiets the nerves and
strengthens them; soothes the tired brain
and permits sleep; restores lost energy and
vitality and brings sleep, health and strength.
"Previous to our coming to the territory
three years ago, we lived in Virginia, and it
was there that 1 got acquainted with the
wonderful powers of iJr. Miles' Nervine. I
had been under the doctor's care and taking
his medicine for over two years, butthe nerv
ous trouble that was gnawing my life away
grew steadily worse. 1 had nervous cramps
in my hands and legs, which would draw up
and pain me so that I could not sleep at
night Often I never closed my eyes for
days and nights together. The doctor finally
toldrr.ehe could do nothing more for me and
that I was on the verge of insanity. He told
me I might try your Nervine as a last resort,
and it proved to be my salvation. When I
had used four bottles of the remedy together
with the Nerve and Liver Pills I had re
gained my former good health." MRS.
Martha I. Sheffer, Giner, Oklahoma.
All druggists sell and guarantee first bot
tle Dr. Miles' Remedies. Send for free book
on Nervous and Heart Diseases. Address
Dr. Miles Medical Co, Elkhart, Ind.
Mr. Louis Uerlinger and Miss
Blanche Robinson Married in
Portland Last Week.
The wedding of Miss Blanche Maye
Robinson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Robinson, to Louis Gerlinger,
Jr., which was solemnized Wednesday
evening, February 10, at St. Mark's
Episcopal Church, in Portland, was
one of the prettiest marriages ever
witnessed in Portland. The ceremony
was lorformed at (1 o'clock by Rev.
A. A. Morrison, D. D., rector of Trini
ty, in the presence of hundreds of
friends of the bride and groom. The
edifice was lavishly decorated in
green, with vines, garlands and palms.
as tne bridal party entered the church
the organist played tho wedding hymn,
tne ushers advancing to the pulpit,
where they joined the groom, his best
man and clergyman. The beautiful
bride was radiant in her robe of
chiffon over satin with bertha of
duchesse lace. She carried a superb
shower bouquet of fragrant lillies of
the valley, and wore a veil which com
pletely covered the exquisite crown.
Her ornament was the groom's gift, a
necklace of pearls with diamond
pendant. The matron of honor, Mrs.
Belle Dalton, sister of the groom, was
exceedingly attractive in a lovely cre
ation of white point d'esprit over
green silk, elaborately embroidered in
white rosebuds, of moire ribbon, and
outlined in white fur. Mrs. Dalton
also wore a tiara of diamonds. The
bridesmaids, Miss Fanny Allen, of
Spokane; Miss Laura Dunne, Miss
Maud Hahn and Miss Ethel Shea,
were very winsome, being attired alike
in delicate pink crepe de chine. They
carried shower boquets of bridesmaid
roses and wore wreaths of tiny pink
roses, making a picture which the
guests witnessed with many exclama
tion of admiration. Mrs. Robinson,
the bride's mother, was elegantly
attired in a gown of black and silver,
and the mother of the groom, wore a
ich and becoming costume of black
chiffon and velvet handsomely trim
mod with jet. Edward Gerlinger,
brother of the groom, was best man,
and the ushers were Chester Murphy,
Harry Sladen, Otis G. White and
George Brown.
bridal party repaired to tho Hotel
Portland, whero a supper was served
at a round table, covers being laid for
22 persons. Tho floral embellishments
were roso-colored, cut glass candelabra
holding pink candles, rink silken
ribbons, strands of smilnx and Prin
cesse garlands of Parma violets were
in evidence, making- a miniature
bower, while over the board were
scattered clusters of single violets.
Miss Hahn caughtthe bride's bouquet.
The popular young couple received
an unusual array of costly gifts. Mr.
and Mrs. Gerlinger left the same eve
ning for a trip to California. They
will make their homo at Dallas, Ore
gon. Portland Telegram.
Books Will Soon Close.
The stock books of the Dallas and
Falls City mutual telephone company
will be closed Saturday, February 27,
at 10 o'clock a. m. All persons desir
ing to become members of the company
are requested to notify the secretary,
Frank Butler, before that time. The
meeting will be held in Falls City.
Mr. Butler's address is Dallas R. F. D.
No. 2.
Strong Flow of Salt Water.
Charles O'Brien, who owns a farm
near Monmouth, says the neighbor
hood whore ho now lives is excited
over the salt well which was recently
dug on the B. F. Whiteuker place.
This well is on the same farm as the
one dug by Banker Hirsehberg, of
Independence, and gives promise of
producing enough salt of flno quality
to supply the entire state. The water
in the well has been analyzed and
contains 75 percentof salt. Machinery
for un immense plant has been order
ed for some weeks and is expected to
arrive in the course of about two
weeks when tho work of purifying
salt will commence. The well is owned
by a stock company consisting prin
cipally of farmers and citizens of
Monmouth and Indeondence States
man. Prunes for Soldiers.
Remembering tho present surplus
of prunes and the recent discussions
of relative values of food products, it
would be interesting in euse of war to
have a regiment fed on an exclusive
prune diet and their lighting record
carefully watched, says the Albany
Herald. A bearded Slav, quite or
partly full of prunes, should be a
formidable fighter.
Played Out.
Dull Headache, Pains In various parts
of the body Sinking at the Pit of the
Stomach, Loss of Appetite, Feverlshnesa,
Pimples or Sores are al. positive evidences
of ltnpure blood. No matter how it be
came so, it must be purified in order to
obtain good health. Acker's Blood Elixir
has never failed to cure Scrofulous or
Syphilitic poisons or any other blood
diseases. It is certainly a wonderful
remedy and we sell every bottle on a posi
tive guarantee. Belt & Cherrington, Ual
las, Oregon.
Acker's Dyspepsia Tablets. One llttis
Tablet will give immediate relief or money
rerunaed. sold In handsome tin boxes
at 25 cents. Belt Cherrington. Dallas.