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THE HOME' PAPER
DALLAS, OREGON, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1914
MOVEMENT ON FOOT FOR
PART TO JOIN MARION
A Pipe Dream Io Doubt, Bnt Who
The following pipe dream in the
Salem Journal last week is so silly
that we apologize for reproducing it.
"According to Attorney Earnest
Blue, the well-known local booster,
who resides across the river in West
Salem, a move is now on foot to an
nex the prosperous little community
over the steel bridge with the capital
city proper. Attorney Bluue address
ed members of the commercial club at
the meeting held last night and placed
a proposition before them, which, if
carried out, will eventually result in
West Salem being made a part of
Attorney Blue said that all that
is needed now iH an up-to-date bridge
across tllie Willamette to connect West
Salem with Salem permanently. He
declared, that the people of West Sa
lem are desirous of joining hands
with the city and that in the event
a decent bridge is erected between
Uie two points that they will take
steps to annex themselves with their
big sister across the river. The speak
er condemned the wagon bridgo in
terms not at all uncertain. He said
that the bridge is nothing more than
a trembling, tottering mass of steel
and that unless the two counties get
busy within a comparatively short
time, the structure will be lying
the river and ferry boats will have
to be placed in commission in order
to keep the west side of the city in
communication with the east,"
Who is the Hon. Earnest Blue J The
poor old bridge has caused so much
worry, and still it is as good as ever,
regardless of the wise acres who so of
ten predicted its falling into the Wil
lamette river. No doubt those who
'want the Pacific highway to come
acros the river from Salem would like
to see amodern bridge not for use, as
much, as to add to the beauty of the
surroundings. We question if the Hon,
Earnest Blue will reach the age of
Methuselah, and he will have to be
fore his pipe dream comes to real
ization. ' - -
What kind of a base ball team will
Dallas have this season t This ques
tion was asked in a crowd of fans
4 hat were getting uneasy to hear the
command PLAY BALL. The Observ
er understands that steps have been
made to organize a winning team.
The following gentlemen have been
selected as a committee to start the
ball a-rolling. Tom Stockwell, Pres
ident, Clarence Shultz, Treasurer;
Walter A. Tooze Jr., Secretary; Ar
thur Serr, Manager. It will take
some money to put the grounds in
condition and also to- have the same
(fenced and then comes the suite.
There is no better advertisement for
a city than a good ball team and it
has always proved a good drawing
card to any town. The commercial
club can not spend money to better
advantage than to assist in securing
a good team and the merchants are
also interested in this matter. When
the committee starts out to see what
they can do to start the fund requir
ed, be a good booster, and subscribe
to the cause. When they find out
how much they can raise, they can
commence to arrange for the players,
And the more you subscribe the better
success will be bad in securing win
ning team, and that is what Dallas
wants a team that will bring the pen
ant to the home grounds.
Pupils Attend Court
The pupils in the 8th grade of the
Dallas Grammar School, Hiss Sadie
Lynn, teacher, visited the Court Fri
day afternoon and received practi
cal lessons on Court t proceedings.
This was the first time for many of
them to enter a Court Boom and al
though it wa a lesson, the pupils
proved ,to be interested in every de
tail. ' I
WE WANT THE NEWS
When you lave a little item,
SEND IT IN. ,
There is no time like the present to
"We'U appreciate it too
Just like we always do
If you'll promptly send your little
When you hear that something's hap-
; ' pened, ;." ' '
MAIL IT IN
It will only take two pennies worth of
You '11 feel better every day
All along life's nigged way,
If you'll think about the printer,
If you know of any news note
PHONE IT IN -It
will make uS smile from forehead
down to chin;
It will drive away the blues
When your neighbor reads the news
So phone your local paper
phone it in.
When you hear of some occurence
STEP RIGHT IN
We will greet you with a "howdy"
and a grin;
For we like to print the news
And 'twill save our only shoes
If we do not have to chase the items
Two verses of the above appeared
in the Albany Herald last week' as an
ode to that, paper as original! They
are off, pa it was published last No
vember in the Minco Oklahoma Min
strel. $600,000. THINK OF IT!
The following clipping is going the
rounds in a number of our exchanges
and it bears the ear mark of a Port
land booster circular. The Observer
does not believe that Polk County
will vote . $000,000.00 t build hard
sin-face roads. It does not believe
that the majority of its eitizens want
to annex this additional tax. It does
not believe itl is good policy to vote
these bonds, and we will bet dollars
to doughnuts that the bonds will not
carry if attempted. We have inter
viewed over one hundred tax payers
and have only found a few who were
in favor of this expenditure. The
Observer will oppose this tax,
and we honestly believe that the ma
jority of the tax payers will uphold
us in the effort. The office seeker
who advocates this $000,000.00 had
better put his ear to the ground, and
take a hint from -the rumblings.
Our taxes are high enough and it
looks like we had all we could take
care of, if the present state adminis
tration keep up their record in regard
to useless expenses. Below is the ar
ticle referred to. What do yon think
of it, Mr. tax payerf
.The good roads excitement has in
vaded Polk County. The Dallas Com
mercial Club is making an effort to
secure a bond issue of not less than
$000,000.00, with which, it is figured,
practically all the cities of the county
can be connected by a hard surface
A HIGH NOON WEDDING
In a pretty wedding at the home of
the bride's father at Perrydale, Miss
Elsie L. Keyt and Lewis V. Macken
were married at high noon last Sun-
dav bv Eldef I. N. Mmlke of the
Christian Church at Bethel.
The bridal party entered the beauti
fully decorated parlors, as Miss Wan
da Keyt, sister of the bride played
the Wedding March. The bride's
bouquet was of brides' roses and she
wore a dainty gown which was at
tractive and in keeping with Hie beau
The bride is a daughter of the Hon.
D. L. Keyt of Perrydale, and was' for
several years a proficient and popular
public school teacher in this county.
Mr. Macken ia a popular young
man, who has made good, he was a
public school teacher for several
years, and for two years, was super
visor of public schools in the Philli
pine Islands. He was elected last
June to the position of Rural School
Superintendent of this district, which
position be uow holds.
The wedding was ' not a complete
surprise to. the many friends of the
eonple, but was unexpected by some.
After a short wedding trip, Mr. and
Mrs. Macken have returned to Dallas
and are stopping at the New Scott
Hotel, receiving the congratulations of
their many friends.
MONMOUTH NOT SO BAD
Smallpox Situation Is Found to Have
. Been Exaggerated.
After a report that there were 12 to
15 cases of smallpox at Monmouth,
State Health Officer White, who re
turned to Portland yesterday, found
only four cases of the disease. - Dr.
White did some wholesale vaccinating
and says that Monmouth is now the
best protected community in the state
He vaccinated all the students in the
Normal school who had not been vac
cinated recently, as well as the pupils
of the High school. All the teachers
of the High school except one sub
mitted to having their arms inocu
lated, and the entire faculty of the
Normal school expressed themselves
as being glad to avail themselves of
the opportunity. The above appeared
in a Portland paper Saturday.
The following books which are on
the teacher's reading list for 1914
and 1015 have been added to the 11
brarv shelves and are available to
Teaching the common branches
Elementary School Standards Mc-
Everyday Problems in Teaching 0'.
History of Modern Elementary Edu
Vocational Guidance Puffer.
Education of Tomorrow Weeks.
There is always a large demand for
late fiction, so these books have been
put in free circulation, to give place
to the new fiction that has recently
The Fighting Doctor Martin.
Their Yesterdays Wright.
The While Shield Rud
The squirrel Cage Caufield.
Corporal Cameron Conner
Chronicles of Avonlea Montgomery.
The Recording Angel Harris.
The Promised Land Antin.
The honor of the big snows Curwood.
The Night Riders Cullum.
Passing of the Third Floor Back
Jerome. Man and Super Man Show.
The Autobiography of a Clowfl Mar-
My Little Sister Robins. "
Wild Oats Oppenheiin.
The Girl That Goes Wrong Kauff-
The House of Bondage Kaufman.
Mr. O. H. Benson, National leader
of the Boys' and Girls' Industrial
Club and Mr. L. J. Chapin, Govern
ment Agricultural Agent were inter
ested callers at the library Wednes
day. Mr. Robert Fisher returned Friday
night to again take up his residence
in Dallas after a ten months' stay
in Burke, Idaho.
Mrs. L. C. Muscott returned Fri
day night, from a two weeks' visit in
Miss Jennie Muscott was a Salem
visitor Thursday and Friday of last
Miss Pauline Snyder was an over
Sunday visitor in McMinnville.
LOOKING UP STATISTICS
C. D. Babcock, a member of the
State Industrial Accident Commis-
sion, was in Dallas last week looking
up statistical information regarding
Dallas industries that will be effected
by the Workmen's Compensation Act.
Discussing the law, Mr. Babcock
It is designed to do away with liti
gation between employers and em
ployees on account of personal in
juries to workmen, and to provide in
lieu thereof, a plan of compensation
that will be prompt, certain and prac
tically automatic The law U elect
ive, but certain industries will come
in automatically unless the act is
Industries are divided into two
classes, A and B. In class A the em
ployer pays into the state Industrial
Accident Fund, 3 of his payroll and
the workman of 1 per cent of his
wages. In class B these amounts are
1 and Vi f 1 Pr cent In either
class the employer who operates for
twelve months without an accident
will be eligible t exemption, and will
cease paying into the fund until an
accident occurs, the protection of the
law to continue throughout the period
Anyone interested in the law may
obtain a copy by writing the Commis
sion at Salem.
Colonel Coethals, Master Mind
Of Panama Canal, In Public Eye
Pboto copyright Dy American Press Association.
OFFICIAL Washington was surprised and the rest of the country out
side of New York was skeptical when It was announced that Colonel
George W. 3oethals, chief engineer of the Panama canal, had prac
tically accepted the police comnilssionerslilp of New York city under
certain provisos. It was felt that' if the colonel (you pronounce his name
Go-tbals) eventually did go to New York it would not be until after the formal
opening of the canal on Jan. 1, 1915. Later came the announcement that
President Wilson had appointed him first governor of the canal zone to
take effect about April 1. He was born In Brooklyn June 20, 185a He
was assistant of Lieutenant Colonel Merrill, In charge of Ohio river im
provement and promoted to captaincy In 1801 and put in charge of Tennessee
river improvement work. At the close of the Spanish war he was assigned
to West Point as an Instructor. In 1900 he was assigned to take charge ol
fortification and harbor improvements at Newport. II. I. On Feb. 27, 1907
be was appointed chief engineer In charge of the Panama canal work.
A VALENTINE PARTY
The junior class of Dallas High
school gave a Valentine party at the
home of Miss Muriel Grant last Fri
The rooms were tastefully decorat
ed in hearts and cupids and the din
ing room was decorated in purple and
gold, their class colors.
Games and a program furnished
amusement for the evening.
The program was as follows:
Vocal Solo. ... i ....... .Merle Myers
Violin Selections Jack Eakins
Vocal Solo Lucile B. Hamilton
Instrumental Shlo. .Muriel K.Grant
At a late hour a dainty luncheon
1 The following were the invited
Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Ford, Miss
Maude A. McDonald, Miss Rose M.
Sheridan, Misses Susie Rarmsey, Lo
la Ramsey, Birdie Odom, Elsie Friz
zell, Alfreda Garner, Georgia Ellis.
Louise Miles, Maud Barnes, Gladys
Longberry, Helen Laughary, Marie
Griffin, Hallie Smith, Lucile Hamil
ton, Marjorie Bennett, Murial Grant,
Dorothy Bennett, Helen Casey, Mo-
della Burh, Messers. Merle Myers, Jo
seph N. Helgerson, Herbert Shepard,
Forest Neal, Ed. Preston, Guy Staig-
er, Russel Shepard, Laid V. Woods,
Rary Boydston, Jack Eakin, Hershall
Pritchard, Harold Miller, George Ful
ler, Earnest Hoisington, Elmer Bal-
leree, Merrill Barber, Lynn Malheney,
Fred Gooche, Miss Hattie Teats, Mr.
Polk County Principals' Club
The Principals' Club, held a meet
ing at Falls City Saturday night,
which was attended by the f.illowiiia :
W. A. Johnson, Bethel; i. W.
Montgomery, Perrydale; R. E. Sil
via, Ballston; W. E. Buell, Sail Creek :
W. L Ford, Dallas; E. I- Keeel,
Monmouth; E. M. Haley, Airlie; H.
E. Barnhart, Falls City; Miss E. Lor-
ee O'ConneU, Black Rock; C. H. Ack-
rrman, President Normal School; and
H. C. Seymour of Dallas. "A sur
vey of the Portland' Schools" was
the subject of a discussion, which
was led by Mr. Arkerman. The same
subject will be discussed at tbe club's
next meeting, which will be held at
Monmouth, March 14th.
After the close of the meeting, the
domestic science class of Falls City
yi 'V. "
High School, served dinner to the
club members, who greatly enjoyed it,
and were eloquent in their praise of
the yomig ladies cooking and serving
A well attended school rally was
held at Lewisville Thursday, H. C.
Seymour was present and was accom
panied by IL M. Cross of the Oregon
Agricultural College, who delivered
an address on "Clover Raising"
which was both interesting and in
structive. The Ward school which is a
joint district with Benton County,
held an all day school rally Thurs
day. There were about 50 present,
including Mr. Cannon, Superintendent
Benton County schools, Mr. Seymour
and Mr. Cross of Polk County.
A half day school rally was held
at Oak Hmrst Friday, which was at
tended by about 30 from that district
and L. V. Macken and G. AV. Meyers.
The Oak Dale district, held a half
day school rally Friday with 25 peo
ple present, H. C. Seymour and G. W.
There was a good attendance at
the Falls City school rally held last
Saturday afternoon. It was a busi
ness and social success. G. W. Mcy
eis, L. V. Macken and Superintendent
Seymour were also present.
School rallies will be held this week
as follows :Friday, Goose Neck, and
Eola; Saturday, Perry'lale and Bucll.
A VALENTINE PARTY
Miss Bertha Serr and Arthur Serr
were hosts at a very 'pretty Valen
tine party last Friday evening, which
was given as the second annual affair
in honor of the young women who
work in the dining room of the Gail
Hotel. During the evening which was
full of entertainment and enjoyment,
a very pretty duet was rendered by
Miss Conkey and Miss Kennedy.
The dinner was served in courses
snd was followed by toasts, to which
there were several responses. The
table was attractively decorated in
pink satin ribbons and pink hearts,
being arranged in a shower effect, in,
such a manner that a ribbon extended
to each place.
The guests were as follows: Miss
Burhal Bradway, Lucile Kennedy.
Mrs. Laura Ellen. Violet Conkey, Mr.
Knox, Mr. Dunkle, Mr. Seholly, Mr.
Compton, Mr. Wells, Fred Wing and
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$ay$, "$end it, the family like$ it;
in fact, we all find it the thing that
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whene 'er it come$ to u$, how it make$
our eye$ dance. We outwardly thank
him, we inwardly ble$$ him, the
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vance. The Editor Poet.
A SENSIBLE PLAN
J. W. Finn of McCoy, one of the
Road Supervisors,' who has recently
been appointed General Road Super
visor of Polk County, has called a
meeting of all the supervisore in :Ms
county, to meet with him this coming
Thursday at the Court House, and
line up the work for the coming year.
This will be a very important meeting
and should result in a great deal of
:ood to all who are interested in
TEACHER BUYS FARM
Thomas H. Gentle, principal of
Monmouth Training School, Superin
tenden-t of City Schools and instruct
or in the Oregon Normal School, has
purchased the Parked farm -of over
100 acres, the consideration being
about $20,000. He is to take posses
sion in April.
Another large land deal was that of
the Thurston estate, in .the Suver dis
trict of the county. This farm of 390
acres sold for $20,000.
The case of F, M. Surer vs. County
of Polk, State of Oregon, action for
money, was decided in favor of the
plaintiff. The County will probably
appeal the case.
The case of the State of Oregon vs.
Lester E. Stone went to the jury at
3 o'clock Monday. They were out
all "nightl, and the result was a hung
Polk County Girl Winner.
Out of the thirty-two students that
were given honor marks for the ex
cellence of their attainment in schol
arship of the first semester just clos
ed at the Oregon Agricultural Col
lege, Miss June Seeley of Indepen
dence received the highest marks.
This young lady received nine A's,
you have to grade over 93 per cent
to receive one A.
0. P. 0. Officials Visit Dallas.
A. F. Douglas of Tacoma and At-
tilla Norman of Eugene, both of
ficials of the Oregon Power Company,
were here Friday looking after com
pany business. They were entertain
ed by Mr. J. L. White, manager of
the company and enjoyed a dainty
linner at the Gail, where the table
was tastefully decorated for the oc-
HIGH SCHOOL LECTURE
The third lecture in the university
course, will be given at the,. High
School, Thursday evening, February
19th, at 8.15 p. in. Dr. Conklin will
leliver the lecture on "Habit and
Happiness" and everyone is invited
Mrs. Hugh Black, Mrs. H. O. Camp
bell and Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Curtis,
who have been in Salem, studying
school methods, under the direction
of the American Christian Mission
ary Society, have returned to Dallas.
All were successful in receiving their
Tax Paying Tim.
The taxes are being paid at the rate
of nearlv two thousand dollars a day
for the first six days. The usiml
complaint is made that taxes are too
high and the new law is condemned.
All taxes not paid by April first will
have the penalty of one per eent a
Band Concert Tomorrow Night
The seats are selling fast for the
band concert tomorrow night at the
armory. If you have not reserved
your seat, do so at once. The band
boys will give a good performance and
you will be well repaid to attend.
Attention Chorus Members.
A meeting of the chorus is called to
meet at the assembly hall in the li
brary at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.
A full attendance is requested.
GOVERNOR GOETHALS' ANCES
TRY AND ORIGIN OP NAME
The New York Herald "Quotes Au
thority as to Correct Pronouncia
tion. Since G. W., Goethals has been ap
pointed governor of The Canal Zone
and having made such a good record
as engineer of the Panama Canal his
name is used daily in course of con
versation and a great) many are at a
loss how to pronounce the
name correctly. The New York Her
ald has the following information in
regard to the matter. It says:
The soldier and administrative mi
litary man have been bred in George
Washington Goethals for three gener
ations. He is claimed now by many
cities and states, but he is a "Brook
lyn boy," although his ancestry is
Swiss, and of the military Swiss at
that. His grandfather was a surgeon
in the French army and was with Na-
poleon at Austerlitz. His own father,
John Goethals, was born in Switzer
land and moved to Amsterdam in his
early boyhood. In 1848 he came to
this country, making his home in
Brooklyn, where in 1858 Colonel Goe
thals was born.
The origin of the family name is
interesting. In good Dutch it is the
equivalent of the English "stiff
necked," and was conferred on the
first of the present line, who was one
of the Crusaders, by an early King of
Flanders. This man was fighting side
by side with his king, when a foe
struck him a mighty blow. The sword
was turned aside by the armor and the
man kept on fighting. A second blow
was struck, but still the man kept on
fighting before the eyes of his king,
until the battle was won. After the
conflict the king called the warrior
to his side and commended him for
"Sire," said the soldier, "I break
before I bend."
"Henceforth," said the king, "thy
name is Goethals, the stiff necked."
The name "stuck," and for centuries
the family motto has been, "We
break before we bend."
The canal builder pronounces his
name, "Uo-tti'lls," witti tne accent
on the "go". This pronounciation is
vouched for by Peter C. Macfarlane,
the writer, and by others who know
the colonel personally. According to
Funk & Wagnall's Standard Diction
ary, the name should bo pronounced
Ger-tuls" with the vowel sound as
in "Goethe." The colonel, however,
appears to prefer the American way,
purists to the contrary notwithstand
ing. So "Go-th'lls" goes.
A Little Shy on Cash.
The state of Oregon owed the neat
sum of $704,701.85 on December 31st
last, according to the report of the
state auditing department. This will
probably be increased to nearly r
quite a million dollars by the time
the April tax money is available.
I WORTH KNOWING
The average male brain among civ
ilized races weighs about 49 ounces;
in the female about 5 ounces less. It
measures about 105 eubie inches. It
consists of 300,000,000 nerve cells, of
whirh 3,000 are disintegrated and de
stroyed everv minute, so that we have
a new brain every 60 days.' The
brains of public and famous men, as
well as criminals, weigh about 60
Candidate for Judge.
Mr. Glen O. Holman of Dallas will
be a candidate for nomination on the
republican ticket for Judge of this
district. Mr. Holman has exerienre
in court practice and is well read
in his profession.
The candidates who want office can
be supplied with their legal petitions
at the Observer office. A limited sup-.
ply on hand.