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DALLAS, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, MAY 25, WIS.
WIDOWS, GODBLESS 'EM
THEY HAVE SOME TRYING EX
PERIENCES TO GO THROUGH.
To Them An Honest Business Man in
the Hand is Worth Ten in the
Bush, Says This One.
(By a Polk County Widow.)
Brave sisters of the widowed heart,
you and I know that there are widows
and widows. Some of us are old and
gray, and some are young and pretty;
some remarry again, and some like
you and Alice are widows of the
heart all their lives. To me, a widow
of the heart Is like some beautiful,
pathetic poem, not entirely without its
Inspiration and consolation. True, hers
is often a very lonely pathway through
life, but1 she is wonderfully sustain
ed by the ever present sweetly ten
der memories of the beloved and the
happy days that are no more. Then,
also, she finds a rich recompense and
serenity of soul in her rounds of mercy
among the poor and the suffering. All
honor and praise to the widows of the
heart, who by their high and noble
example have enriched history, litera
ture, poetry and art
Widows, by force of the laws of ex
perience, In the early years of their
Widowhood, generally go through some
very trying phases of life. Only the
good God knows how they endure and
come out of the moulding fires of
character with heart and soul and
mind, stronger and keener than ever
befiore. And wonder of wonders they
are not afraid. In a twinkling they
can pick out an honest, clean-souled
man, and tell to a certainty whether
his advice in perplexing business af
fairs is sound and thoroughly relia
ble. To a widow, an honest business
man in hand, is worth ten In the bush.
But there are some unfortunate wid
ows who do get fleeced by a beast in
the shape of a human Mephistopheles
often a common story in the hard
cruel world. But such widows should
not give way to despair, the clouds
will soon blow away and in time they
will learn to tell a rascal from a saint,
by the look of his face, the twist of
his lips, the way he holds his hands,
and even by his characteristic walk.
But thank Godf not all men are In
human brutes. There are good high-
souled men of honor, yes, there are
many such noblemen in this world.
Wise, indeed, is the widow, who when
honorably offered the love and pro
tection of such a man, accepts It as
a gift of the gods and marries him
For hearts were never made to be
played with and jilted. It is too dead-
y tfame, it is like playing with fire.
Much better for a pretty attractive
widow of youthful years, to keep away
fjrom subtle temptations laid in her
way, by holding her feet to the
straight and narrow path, or to join
the ranks of the honorable widows of
the heart, who remain steadfastly true
to their dead love.
... There are some jealous women In
this world who make it known in
unmistakable ways, that they cannot
bear a widow around, especially if she
be attractive, fair and not older than
themselves. O foolish women to os
tracize such a w'dowed sister! What
If tomorrow, you suddenly found your
selves widows, too. Ah, what then?
A widow cannot help being a widow.
Death robbed her of a beloved hus
band, and she is entitled to the love.
respect and protection of
her more fortunate brothers and sis
ters, and more so If she be a widowed
mother with children to bring up.
What is the difference between a
widow and a bachelor maid? What
but this the one has known wedded
love and paradise to the fullest sweet
ness and sorrow, she has been up In
the glorious heights, and down in the
valley of the shadow. She has known
what It Is to suckle her baby, and to
bathe it for its burial. In brief, she
has willingly paid the dear price of
love, and happiness and sorrow.
It rtever pays to be mean to a wid
ows be she a struggling widow who
earns her bread and butter over the
washboard, or a pretty young mother
who is so bravely trying, to bear up
and make botji ends meet Once there
was a married man, well-to-do and a
society climber. He was supposed to
be a man of honest character and
stood high in church circles. And yet
he smoothly and systematically rob
bed the widows. It was hard to catch
him at his thefts. The widows suffer
ed. Time went on, and one day this
man was hurt In a railway accident.
Both legs had to be amputated, and
It was feared he could not survive
the operation. Conscience stricken
and facing possible death, he confess
ed his thefts and made It right with
And there was an ambitious self
centered clever married woman, who
posed successfully as the friend and
confidant of a jwldowed mother. Re
sult, the widow was persuaded to sell
her home at a great sacrifice. The
clever lady boasted that she had
bought the widow's house at a great
bargain, but did she? The God of us
all Is a just God dealing out mercy and
justice unerringly. The widow lived
to see her children grow up successful
In the various professions, the clever
married woman's husband divorced
nee Jh home unaccountably burned
d 2' and the last we heard of her.
suffering from an Incurable
A poor man, no matter what faults
he may have, be he but kind to a
worthy widow, commends himself to
the gratitude oil all good people. One
knows of such men, who like fairies In
the night, will put a widow's load of
wood In her shed. And there was a
doctor who promptly got up from a
warm bed at three In the morning In
winter weather to attend a poor wid
ow's child, and he refused to accept a
cent of her money for his services.
God bless these good men everywhere!
But God curse those men, and women,
too, who fool the widows, rob them
and subject them to cruel hardships
and humiliations. They are but the
devil himself in glib tongue and false
friendship. Look out for these wolves,
BADLY STUNG BY AN UNKNOWN.
Champion Billiarrilst of Polk County
Gets His While Abroad.
Thinking that perhaps the news had
preceded him into his own bailiwick,
Mr. Frank Morrison, defeated champ
ion billfardist of Polk county, returned
from Salem early Monday morning
and found his way to his domicile
through labyrlnthlan passages in the
outskirts of town. For several years
past this cue artist has visited the
capital on sundry and divers occasions,
and came home with the bacon, and
hence his complete downfall Is keenly
felt. On one of his periodical excus-
sions last Saturday, he dropped into
Blessing's place as is his wont, and
after lingering for a time on the outer
edge he was ijivited by the proprietor
to manipulate the ivories for the edi
fication of the spectators, for which
interrogatory remark the Dallas man
fell. Glancing inquiringly about the
hall, Mr. Blessing beckoned a fellow
who had the appearance of having
never seen the game before, and after
having received an affirmative reply to
his question if he "played" Introduced
the chap to the Polk county champ
ion. The two quickly agreed upon terms,
and with a sly glance toward the
spectators and a merry twinkle In his
eye, Mr. Morrison started the balls
roiling, succeeding in getting a re
spectable run, and leaving the ivories
tough for his opponent. But nothing
seemed too hard for this chap, as was
quickly appreciated by the Dallas man.
He controlled the balls as If by magic,
sending them over the green cloth in
artistic fashion and stopping them
within the length of a gnat's hind
leg of where he wanted them for fu
ture reference. Masses, three and. four
cushions, draws, and even the cele
brated Cherringtons were negotiated
with remarkable accuracy, during
which time Mr. Morrison watched
agape and looked aghast. It was a
pretty exhibition, and as the would-be
champion of two counties afterwards
remarked, that guy would be playing
yet had the string not given out.
"Had a streak of good 'luck that
game; want to play another?" came
encouragingly from our champion's
newly-made acquaintance. But Mr.
Morrison suddenly realized that he had
an appointment In the next block, and
had only stopped for a moment to see
his friend Blessing.
ANOTHER MUTUAL ASSESSMENT.
Local Policy Holders Notified to Come
Across by June 25.
The Mutual Fire company of Port
land, which is locally represented and
which has a large amount of Insurance
In force in this city and county, has
levied an assessment on policies dated
prior to May 15, 1915, In an amount
sufficient to bring the- cost for thlB
year up to the regular rates. Assess
ments must be paid by June 25. In
giving notice to policy holders the
"Owing to conditions not In our con
trol, principal of which is the depress
ed condition of business, the loss ratio
has, during the last year, increased
from $2.60 which is normal to $6.50.
Old line companies are preparing an
increase In the rates. The necessity
for this was recently predicted by
the Insurance commissioner of the
state so after these adjustments we
expect to still be able to offer you in
surance for less than board rate."
Still Improving His Herd.
W. O. Morrow, owner of La Creole
Jersey farm near Rickreall, has closed
the deal whereby he becomes owner
of the famous Jersey bull, Golden
Cicero, which has been the property
of Taylor, Johnson A Llnderman of
Corvallls. for several years, they hav
ing bought the animal from Harry
West, the well-known Jersey cattle
Importer and breeder at Scappoose,
during one of his dispersal sales a
few years ago. Mr. Morrow thinks he
has the greatest bull of this breed on
the Pacific coast. His Jersey herd la
a large one and among the cows are
several with high-producing records
for milk and butterfat
Toosa to Speak at Hubbard.
On Saturday, June 5, the Knights
of Pythias of Marlon county will hold
a picnic at Hubbard, arrangements
for which are now making. Attorney
Toose of this city, a prominent K. P..
will deliver the address.
Makes lis Third Shipment.
The Monmouth Creamery Co. ship
ped Its third shipment of cheese this
week. The output is between 400 and
600 pounds of cheese per day. Her
NO RAGE COURSE NOW
PROJECT TO STIMULATE INTER
EST OUT OF THE RUNNING.
Nevertheless People of Polk Sliould
Exert Themselves to Make Com
ing Fair Success.
It is now practically certain that
those who enjoy witnessing horse rac
es will have to "scrimp along" as best
they can without that amusement in
connection with the county fair this
fall. Even were the fair board suc
cessful in inducing the council to ex
change the present site for one of
sufficient proportions to construct
half) mile course, from present indi
cations it would be a physical impos
sibility to raise the required amount
of money by popular subscription at
this time. The fair board Is without
means to perform the work, and con
sequently it is very evident that the
project will have to be abandoned
for this year at least, which is certain
ly a matter for regret, as the success
of the annual exhibit depends largely
upon entertainment of some character
other than agricultural and school dis
plays. For some unaccountable reason the
people of Polk county as a whole are
slow in appreciating the educational
advantages of the fair, otherwise it
would have better support from all
sections of the county. This Is par
ticularly and' peculiarly true of the
stockmen. Last year the exhibit in
this department was decidedly small,
whereas it might have been one of the
largest and most interesting displays
of the kind ever made In any Oregon
county. Polk county being noted fo
its pure breds of various kinds. What
ever the reason may be, it is a not
able fact that Polk county was better
represented at the state fair than at
the home institution, which is far
from being at it should. And then,
too, the agricultural exhibits should
be larger and more varied. It is not
because Polk county is lacking in
point of producing things worth show
ing, but because of lack of Interest in
the fair. If the parents would only
display as much enthusiasm in the
fair as do the children In the school
exhibit, Polk county would have some
thing to be proud of.
The project to build a race track
was for the purpose of stimulating
interest not only among horsemen of
the county, but among all other class
es, and it would undoubtedly have had
the desired effect. It Is therefore
unfortunate that the success of the
undertaking seems impracticable at
this time. But nevertheless every cit
izen who has the welfare of Polk
county at heart, who would see it de
velop and prosper and blossom as a
rose, should put a shoulder to the
wheel and do his or her part to make
the coming fair the success it deserves
Raln Interferes With Games.
Jupiter Pluvius. interfered with ball
games at Falls City and Independence.
At the latter place a Dallas team of
pick-ups were scheduled for battle on
the diamond and at Falls City the Sa
lem team was to have met the Falls
City regulars, assisted by DallaB semi
professionals. Reported Sale Premature.
The transfer of the Dallas Iron
works, reported recently through the
press, proved to be premature. The
former owners and proprietors, ac
cording to Mr. R. Y. Morrison, are still
in charge of the plant.
"SPEED FACES" AT
: ' ' Aim-
C. Latta (In lower picture), a mechanician, snapping speed faces of Eddie
Ricken backer and Bod Loonsbarr. Ha was strapped to the car at bis feet
and waist, bis aaods free to work tba camera. Tha upper picture shows the
picture be took.
PROGRAM IS COMPLETE
RACE MEET SCHEDULED FOR
FOUR DAYS, JUNE 23-26.
Splendid Purges Are Suspended to be
Pulled Down by Winners Auto
Parade to Open.
The program for the Independence
Driving club's June race meet has
been Issued, and carries about $1600
in purses and covers four days com
mencing June 23. On the opening day
at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, there
will be an automobile parade, for
which prizes are offered for the best
decorated cars. The complete pro
gram is as follows:
Wednesday Free for all trot, mile
heats, 2 in 3, $150; Five-eights mile
run, weight for age, $125; 2:20 pace,
mile heats, 2 in 3, $150.
Thursday Half-mile run, weight for
:e, 6 lb. penalty winners one race
this meet, maidens allowed 5 lbs.,
$125; 2:20 trot, mile heats, 2 in 3,
$160; three-eights mile run, two-year-
olds, weight for age, $100.
Friday 2:15 trot, mile heats, 2 in
3, $150; three fourths mile run, han
dicap, $160; 2:15 pace, mile heats, 2
in 3, $150; boys' pony race, 410-$15.
Saturday Four and one-half fur
longs run, 5 lb. penalty winners one
race, 7 lb. winners two races this
meet, maidens allowed 6 lbs, $125;
free for all pace, mile heats, 2 in 3,
$150; five-eights mile run, consolation,
for non-winners, $100.
IMPROVEMENTS UNDER WAY.-
Preparation of Subgradcs in Progress
by Street Commissioner,
The work of preparing the sub-
grades for street improvements is now
under way, and within a few days the
contractors will commence the con
struction of approximately 8000 lineal
feet of curbs, which will be followed
by the city macadamizing fourteen
blocks of streets. The first grading to
be done was on west Court street. The
municipal rock quarry is in readiness
to commence turning out material for
the macadamtzation of the streets.
Enough rock has been uncovered to
last throughout the season, says Su
perintendent George Stewart. About
three hundred cords have been blasted
and this rock Is ready for the crusher.
When hauling commences about fif
teen teams will be required to keep
the bunkers clear, while more than a
dozen workmen will be given employ- I
ment at the quarry. The road between
that point and the city will have some
minor repairs within the ensuing few
days, it having been quite badly cut
up by heavy traffic during the winter
months. Street Commissioner Peter
Greenwood will superintend the street
Improvements, the city having recelv
ed no bids for the work. The com
missioner is a practical road builder,
and the city could have done no better
had it awarded the Job by contract.
AIRLIE GETS SECOND PLACE.
Dallas Highs Easily Defeat Visitors on
Dallas high baseballists on Friday
afternoon treated the Airlie highs to a
taste of hit and run tactics that
amounted to but little more than
comic movie, the visitors reaching the
plate but once during the agony while
Dallas crossed It eleven times, ad
libitum, as It were. Bevens, who has
before officiated on the mound for
Dallas with good success, kept the hits
of the visitors well scattered and of
90 MILES AN HOUR.
little consequence. He was fairly well
supported. The Airlie visitors were of
the loyal kind and furnished the usu
al enthusiasm, lacking only in hits
and runs that are necessary in con
tests of this nature. A slight rainfall
contributed "to the llstlessness of the
game. Two batteries from the sister
town succumbed during the fray.
Preston of the home team received
with credit and there were some bat
ting and fielding stunts by both teams
that failed to elicit applause.
TO OBSERVE ANNIVERSARY.
Dallas Military Company Planning
Banquet at Inspection Time.
Steps are being taken by active
members of Company L, O. N. G., to
celebrate the seventh anniversary of
the organization of the company on
June 26 with a banquet. Definite ar
rangements have not as yet been per.
fected, but It is planned by the pro
moters to entertain the ex-members
of the company as well as those who
are now taking an active part in the
drills and work, the celebration to be
held In the armory. The company at
present numbers over fifty, and with
those who have in the past taken part
in the work of the Dallas guards will,
it is said, number more than 75. The
promoters had designs upon Major
Abrams, recently resigned, Intending
to invite his presence, but It will now
be necessary to fill his place with some
officer of the guards. The quarterly
inspection occurs at this time, so the
guards will bend every effort to make
the occasion one of moment.
FORCED TO STOP WORK.
Grading, Crushing Rock and Hauling
at a Standstill at Falls City.
The county rock crusher at Falls
City, after operating two days, was
forced to shut down on Saturday be
cause of the heavy rains. The bad
condition of the subgrade would not
permit the placing ofi the material
upon the roads. The Star Transfer
company, which has the hauling con
tract, delivered rock on Saturday, it
being placed upon the new grade be
tween the Tom Foster and James Lee
places, but the rains stopped the work,
which will probably not be resumed
for at least a week. The highway be
tween the points mentioned will be a
vast Improvement over the old road,
the curves having been taken out.
The grading crews on the Falls Gity
Slletz trunk line road have likewise
quit work, and the camps have been
broken temporarily. This road by
reason of the new grade and heavy
rains, is almost impassable at this
HAS POLK RADIUM MINE?
Pitchblende Thought to Have Been
What Is believed to be a large de
posit of pitchblende, from which radi
um Is derived, has been found on the
John Ritner farm south of Dallas.
While ditching on the place some
weeks ago J. W. Elliott, a neighbor
and a pioneer of Polk county, struck
a substance that resembled tar and
was so sticky that It was with dill
Acuity that he cleaned it from his
spade. Samples of the dirt were sent
to the state agricultural college at
Corvallls, to the government assay of
fices at Seattle and Denver and to the
bureau of mines at Washington, D. C.
In each case replies were received
that the samples were undoubtedly
pitchblende, but that there was not
enough of it to determine whether or
not It contained radium. Mr. Elliott
and Mr. Ritner have traced the vein
for more than a mile.
Change In Drills.
The captain and members of Com
pany L are anticipating a change of
drills at their regular Tuesday night
meetings as soon as the weather will
permit The work will be transferred
from the armory to out of doors, be
ginning this evening If the weather Is
favorable. Patrol work about the city
will be a feature and on next Tuesday
evening a sham battle has been sched
uled. Barham Sell. Prune Orchard.
A. J. Barham, through Van Orsdel
& Manston, yesterday sold to Wm.
Kura twenty-two acres of his young
prune orchard, northeast of Dallas,
the consideration being $2,400. Mr.
Barham took In Mr, Kurx' residence
property on Hayter street at $2,000.
Mr. Kurs expects to build a home on
the newly acquired place, which Is but
a half mile from the court house.
Mr, Snyder Elected Chaplain,
At the annual session of tha grand
lodge, I. O. O. F., held at Newport
last week, Mr. A. V. R. Snyder of thU
city was elected grand chaplain for
tha ensuing year. This gives Dallas
representation In the grand lodges of
both branches of the order, Mrs. Cos-
per having been re-elected secretary of
StUI Gathering Fame.
"The declaration of Independence
was adopted in 177 at Corvallls,"
Such was tha answer given In an
eighth grade examination paper cor
rected today In tha county superin
tendent's office to the question, "When
and Where was tha Declaration of
Independence adopted ?" Albany Her
SUFFICIENT MONEY SUBSCRIBED
TO MAINTAIN BAND.
Organization Perfected Last Night by
Election of Officers, August
The re-organized Dallas band wilt
have ' at least thirty-five pieces, and
the number may reach forty-flve. At
a meeting last night, there were twenty-three
musicians present, while a
number were detained from one cause
or another. A sufficient amount of
money has been subscribed to support
the band during the six summer
months without calling upon the Com
mercial club for financial assistance,
as had been contemplated. Two hun
dred and ninety-seven dollars have al
ready been subscribed, while the ex
pense of the season Is figured at some
thing like $360. The remaining $53
has been guaranteed by business men
who will sign up during the coming
day or two. The Commercial club
will, however, father the Institution, .
collecting the money and liquidating
all Indebtedness as it may be Incurred.
At last night's meeting August P.
Rlsser was elected president of the
Dallas band; F. Smith secretary; Will
Boydston treasurer; Carl Williams
manager; George Morton drum major
and assistant manager. The name of
John E. Miller was strongly presented
for the presidency by Mr. Rlsser after
the latter had been nominated, but
because of his connection with the
municipal government, and the band
having in prospect an appropriation
from that source, next year the alder
man declined to consider the nomina
tion, and supported the nomination of
Mr. Rlsser with some very complimen
tary remarks concerning that gentle
man. The band will hold Its first practice
tomorrow night, when a full attend
ance Is desired by Mr. Marsh, the new
director. All musicians who have not
already signed the constitution, and
desire to join the organization, are
especially requested by the manage- -ment
to be In attendance tomorrow
night. And all are urged to take ex
tra uniforms and any music they may
have in their possession to the armory
on that occasion. The new director,
Mr. Marsh, who comeB here from Mon
tana, appears to be an energetic work
er, and. will, not only give semi-weekly
rehearsals,, but will divide the band
into sections and divisions and work
on each at frequent Intervals.
BUELL PICNIC BIO SUCCESS.
Notwithstanding Showers Attendance
Is Large and Program Good.
Barring a few showers In the morn
ing which had a tendency to dampen
the ardor of the plcnckers and several
accidents during the horse racing In
the afternoon, the big school picnic
held at Buell Friday was a big suc
cess. The big feature of the day'a en
tertainment was the baseball game In
the afternoon between Sheridan and
Spring Valley, which resulted In a vic
tory for the latter team, they defeat
ing the Sheridan team by a score of 4
to 8. The program began at 10 o'
clock in the morning with muslo by
the Perrydale band and the opening
address was made by Attorney W. O.
Sims of Sheridan. Several voccl se
lections were rendered by the Dallas
high school girls' quartet and the Wil
lamina male quartet. Among the
prominent speakers of the day were C.
L. Hawley, C. N. McArthur of Port
land, and County School Superinten
dent H. C. Seymour. The afternoon
was devoted entirely to sports. D. H.
Evans was grand marshal of the day,
E. L. Knickerbocker was sports man
ager, and Miss Jessie B. Slmklns, the
teacher of the Buell school, general
manager. The Observer had Intended
to give a complete list of the prise
winners in this Issue, but for some un
accountable reason Its correspondent
at Buell failed to report It.
WILLIAMS BUYS 7 -CENT HOPS.
Murphy Lot at Independence Brings
There is a steady demand for new
crop hops, but the prices offered by
buyers, 10 to 11 cents, do not appeal
to Oregon growers. These prices are
close to the cost of production and
the growers figure that they can bet
ter afford to wait and see what the
future will bring forth. Furthermore,
many of them are signed up with the
association, and as a consequence no
business is passing the market for con
tracts. In spite of the lateness of the season,
there Is more or less inquiry for spot
hops. R. E. Williams purchased the
Murphy lot of 150 bales of 1913s at
Independence at 7 cents. McNeff Bros,
bought the Colquohoun lot of 350
bales of 1914 Sacramento.
Cow Gives High Test.
Cottage Grove Sentinel: A Jersey
cow that gives milk testing t per cent
butter fat Is claimed by W. J. Messen
ger, the owner, to be one of the richest
milk producers In the country. The
milk from this cow, Mr. Messenger
claims, never goes below per cent,
which Is a high teat. He says there Is
not over one cow In five thousand
that will test I per cent The animal
produces about 14 pounds of the lac
teal fluid a day.