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PALLAS, POLiK COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1915.
GOLD BLOODED MURDER
FORMER RESIDENT OF DALLAS
charged With killing two.
Lee Dale Held at Pendleton Pending
Meeting of Grand Jury Dying
Man Leave Statement.
Lee Dale, formerly a resident of
Dallas, is under arrest at Pendleton,
charged with having shot and killed
Charles Ogllvy, nd aged California
gulch rancher, and his wife, both ot
whom were shot down In cold blood.
Mrs. Ogllvy was instantly killed, but
- the husband lingered, dying In .Pen'
dleton, where he was taken from Pi'
lot Rock. An autopsy was performed
to secure the bullet. Before he ex
plred Ogllvy made a statement, charg
: ing Dale with the crime. These state
ments are confirmed by the fact that
the empty shells found in Dale's re
volver exactly fit the bullets extracted
from the bodies of the slain persons.
The murder was one of the most
cold-blooded In the history of the
state. According to the statements
made by Ogllvy, Dale rode up to the
ranch about dusk and engaged In
quarrel with Mrs. Ogllvy, who was on
the back porch. She admonished him
to go on home, whereupon he cursed
her and drew a revolver. He fired,
and the bullet entered her left breast.
Mr. Ogllvy was In the milk house,
about twenty feet away at the time,
and hastened to catch his wife as she
was falling. While he was still sup
porting her, Dale placed the revolver
against Ogllvy's abdomen and fired.
The old man crawled Into the house
and lost consciousness. During the
night he came to, and thinking he
would die before morning, wrote up
on a calendar the circumstances of
the shooting, stating that "Lee Dale
shot us both.1' He then crawled into
bed. James Stubblefield, the hired
man, returned home about midnight
and went to bed In a tent not thirty
feet from the spot where the body
of Mrs. Ogllvy was lying.
Not until morning, when he went to
the house to get breakfast, did he find
the body. Without Investigating
' further, he hastened to the nearest
- telephone, four miles away, and tele
phoned to Pilot Rock. When a posse
reached the house they found the old
man In bed and still conscious. He
made a statement to them before he
lost consciousness. The posse went to
the Dale homestead, a mile and a
half away, and surrounded It. Mrs.
Dale told them that her husband was
still In bed and drunk. They kept
their position for three hours, until
Sheriff Taylor arrived. The sheriff
entered the house at once and found
Dal' jr. bed, awake and with a 30-30
rlflffu'tVin reach. He made no ef-
fotVfli feslst- before the officer grab
bed thiViun. He was still Intoxicated
and had to be helped over the distance
to the sheriff's automobile.
Dale came under suspicion even be
fore the accusation of the victim was
known, because he was known to have
been in the neighborhood at the tim
of the crime, was said to have been
drunk and in a desperate mood. He
was a neighbor of the Ogllvys. The
motive for the crime has not been
established, but several theories are
advanced. Chief of these are Dale's
supposed need of money and possible
difficulty with Mrs. Ogllvy over alleg
ed attentions paid by Dale, a married
man, to the Ogllvy's youngest daugh
ter. The Dale family Is !well known
throughout Polk and Yamhill coun
ties, and the friends of Its members
will learn with regret the charge
made against Lee Dale. The father
of the accused was Henry Dale, at
one time sheriff of Yamhill county.
The mother, Mrs. Lizzie Dale, and a
brother, Homer, and a sister, Mrs.
Manford Sears, are residents of Dal
las, where they have a wide circle of
acquaintances, and where also they
have the sympathy of the community
in their family sorrow over the charge
preferred against son and brother.
Another brother is a resident of Sheri
dan, and still another brother lives In
-Kansas City. News of the shocking
affair was received here on Saturday,
and was the talk of the town, the al
leged murderer having been well
be held at the opera house on the
evening of Wednesday, June J6th, at
eigni o ciock. xne class mis year is
one of the largest in the history of
the school nineteen will receive their
final honors from the school. Those
to be graduated are as follows: Ethel
Newton, Bessie Swope, Hazel Irene
Collins, Louise Eileen Larson, Mary
Abigail Howard, Helen Eleanor Ea
ton, Laura Lallberta, Frances Marlon
Eaton, Oenevleve Mildred Gillespie,
Phyllis Armlnta Bush, Luclle La
Vonne Craven, Mary Elva Purvine,
Lois Elizabeth Hewitt, John Marvin
Richardson Herbert Charles Whitney,
Paul Alexander Scott, George Earl
Stephens, Orln Dale Dadman and Do
no McCandless Pomeroy. Enterprise.
NO HOPS IN BELGIUM THIS YEAR
GOWNS WILL BE CHEAP
NORMAL GIRLS GRADUATING
DRESSES COOT JUST A "V"
Exercises Will Begin Next Sunday
and Continue Goodly Portion off
the week. The Program.
Yield In England May Be Affected by
Labor Shortage. -The
English hop crop Is coming
along well, but there is some question
about Its cultivation and harvesting,
owing to labor conditions, according
to the Kentish Observer. The same
paper states that there win be no
crop in Belgium this year. The Ob
"Present crop prospects In Kent
and Sussex are favorable. Most grow
ers have been busy with pulling until
a few days ago, and tying is com
mencing In many grounds this week.
The shoots have been checked by
frosty nights, but weather conditions
are now Improving and the growth
of the vine is beginning to make an
appreciable show. There is an unpre
cedented shortage of labor, and more
work In the hop plantations will be
done by women and girls than has
ever been the case.
It is practically certain that no hops
will be grown In Belgium this year, j
for although the Poperinghe district
is outside the war zone, the military
authorities have taken all the poles
and wirework, while the oasts are oc
cupied by Belgian soldiers.
'The Borough market Is steadily
improving, the demand having in
creased, and prices being very firm.
Recent arrivals of Belgian hops have
sold rapidly at advancing prices, the
rise from the lowest point being 8s to
0s per hundredweight. Very little
business is passing In Californlans,
the prices being comparatively high.
DALLAS WINS ANOTHER VICTORY
Independence Baseballlsts Go Down to
Defeat Before County Sea ten.
The Dallas baseball score board on
Sunday spoke for the first time this
season and told a doleful story of the
downfall of a choice team claiming
their home as Independence, the sec
ond largest city of the county. Vic
tory for the county seatsrs came
through a succession of opportune
hits, in which Carl Fenton arid Boyd-
ston and Barham were voted as stars.
Jack Eakfn, a high school student, ac
cepted eight difficult chances at sec
ond for the home team and covered
himself with more or less glory. A
sensational catch in right field by
first baseman Fenton In the first in
ning robbed the Hop city of a hit and
held the audience agasp.
The score, 11 to 7, does not tell
the story, and Is no Indication of the
ability of the players. Floyd Meyers,
a farmer-pitcher from up Springfield
way, had the visitors at his mercy at
all times and was fairly supported be
hind the bat by Ned Shaw. With
needed practice Dallas home talent
can easily keep the laurels won from
Independence, it Is thought The sum
mer skirmishes on the diamond may
be of increasing Interest. Another
contest between the same learns will
draw a large crowd, and the college
campus may be the scene of other
MAKING LIARS OF MEN.
No Reason for Complaint.
Notwithstanding the fact that this
is characterized as an unusually dull
season throughout this section, there's
something doing In Dallas, though
probably not as much as would other
wise be the case If "times" were
better. Street Improvements are pro
viding employment to a considerable
number of workmen, twenty blocks
being curbed and macadimized, while
building operations are being carried
on to quite an extent, furnishing work
to mechanics. The sawmill, the plan
ing mills, the car shops and Institu
tions of minor Importance are run
ning, some of them on a curtailed
schedule, but nevertheless keeping
several hundred men in work. Added
to this the hop yarfls and prune or
chards have had more or less help
from an outside source. Taking it all
In all Dallas has no reason to complain.
Prohibition Law Has Cute
Clause Not Liked.
The new Oregon prohibition law
plainly says that any law abiding cit
izen may ship in two quarts of spir
ituous or vinous liquors and 24 quarts
of malt liquor every four weeks if he
wants to, but there Is a cute little
clause It Is Just a little thing in
the affidavit to which every person
must subscribe before a railroad or
any other common carrier may deliv
er a package of Intoxicants to the
consignee. This clause says: "That
said (whiskey, or beer or wine, ai
the case may be) is to be used for sac
remental purposes only." The Port-
land Journal sizes up the situation as
follows: "Attorneys who have been
running their eyes over the new dry
law say that such a clause must be
a part of every affidavit made by a
person receiving a shipment of li
quor after January 1, 191. They say
It looks to them like intoxicants can
not be shipped into the state for any
purposes except for sacramental use.
Ninety-six students, representing
thirty-four counties and fifty-two
towns of Oregon, will receive diplo
mas from the Oregon Normal school,
June 18. Fifty-five per cent of the
ninety-eix already hold appointments
as teachers for next year. Simplicity
and economy which have been the
rules throughout the year will be
emphasized at the graduation exer
cises, when the girls will be attired in
gowns costing not more than $5 each,
and the men also will wear suits re
duced in cost. In accordance with
the example set by the class the board
of regents at its meeting last month
reduced the tuition of the Normal
school from $6 to $4. The class is the
largest in the thirty-two years of the
institution's existence. Early efforts
by the class and students of the
school were made to secure a large
representation of the alumni at the
annual festivities and many letters are
pouring In to the residents of Hon
mouth and the student rooming hous
es from former students who will be
Commencement activities will begin
next Saturday, when President and
Mrs. J. H. Acker man will entertain
the class at a brealrCnst. The Juniors'
promenade will take place Saturday
evening. Rev. Luther B. Dyott, pas
tor of the First Congregational church
of Portland, will preach the baccal
aureate sermon Sunday morning in
the Normal school chapel. Students
will hoi (J their last chapel Monday
morning at which time members ot
the faculty will give a resume of the
year's work. Old "grads" will be as
sembled Tuesday morning at their an
nual meeting. At noon Tuesday the
members of the Alumni are to gather
on Cupid's Knoll, west of the city,
where a picnic will be held. Again
in the evening the old students will
assemble at a banquet.
Wednesday is commencement day,
At 10 o'clock William T. Foster, pres
ident of Reed college, will deliver the
address to the class.. Brief ceremo
nies will follow, In which President
Ackerman will make the presentation
of diplomas and a short talk to the
Portland leads in the number of
graduates In the class, Eugene is s
close second, and Corvallts runs third
Washington, Idaho, Montana, Cali
fornia, and Wisconsin are represented.
LITTLEBUSINESS ON TAP
COUNCIL MEETS IN REGULAR
Outside of Allowing the Usual Grist of
Bills and Reading Ordinances
Nothing Was Done. '
The City council convened last night
and was In session about half an hour
following the reading of the minutes
of previous meetings, this part of the
program occupying the greater part
of the time. The usual number of
bills were read by the auditor and al
lowed by vote of the aldermanlc body.
An ordinance regulating awnings was
read the first time. It provides that
hereafter no awnings supported by
posts shall be erected, but gives per
mission to those already having sun
shades of this character to leave them
intact. An ordinance relating to the
sanitation of barns, and making It
compulsory upon owners to build ma
nure pits, was also given a first read
The ordinance creating a new and
more extended cement sidewalk dis
trict was given its final reading, but
because of some minor changes be
ing deemed necessary, It was referred
back to the ordinance committee. The
mayor suggested that an ordinance,
prohibiting boys from "catching onto"
automobiles or other vehicles with bi
cycles, be drafted, and on motion the
ordinance committee was Instructed
to present such an ordinance to the
council at its next meeting. The ques
tion of whether or not the Southern
Pacific company intended to install
signal bells at the crossing at the top
ot tne mil was brought up, and a
representative of the company said he
thought the company would make the
installation as requested. After dis
cussing the manner of making pur
chases for the city, the council ad
Ing will be read by Dr. T. Homer
Coffen of Portland, who will take for
his subject, "The Treatment of the
Irregular Heart." The special busi
ness to come before the meeting will
be the election of delegates to repre
sent the society at the state society
meeting to be held In September. The
application of Dr. Chas. F. Copp of
Independence, will be considered.
A SCENIC AOTO ROUTE
THIS IS COMMENCEMENT WEEK.
EXHIBIT ONE OF MERIT
SCHOOL DISPLAY CAUSES CON
Manual Training and Domestic Set'
ence Department Attracts Atten
tion of Patrons and Others.
Good Prone Crop Assured.
W. P. Crawford, who resides In
Polk county, nine miles from Salem,
will have t tons of prunes from his
12 -acre ranch in spite of heavy frosts.
His ranch has averaged II tons for
the past five years, the heaviest yield
being 22 tons. Sucb excellent returns
are due to the fact that his land Is
protected from frosts, being In a di
rect line with Bethel gap, thus re
ceiving the warm winds from the
, Ntnrtrea Win Graduate.
TT -June commencement exercises
of the Independence high school will
Special Jury Venire Summoned.
When court convenes next Tuesday,
with Judge Morrow of Portland on
the bench, the following special Jury
venire, drawn for the adjourned ses
sion, will report for duty: John Jolly,
Perrydale; J. 8. Bohannon, Indepen
dence; W. J. White Dallas; R. J. Wil
liamson, Rlckreall; Frank Kersey.
Dallas; J. H. Mulkey. Monmouth; J.
C. Walker. Buell; Esra Hart, Dallas;
W. T. House. Independence; C. L.
Hubbard. Dallas; James M. Agee,
Ballston; C. N. Bilyeu, Dallas; T. B.
Sone, Buell; T. T. Notson, Dallas; T.
D. McClatn, Dallas.
Brewery Plans for Future.
Impending prohibition has put an
end to the old Salem Brewery asso
ciation, and In Its place has been
created the Northwest Fruit Products
company, which has Just been Incor
porated. The latter has taken over
the former's property. The principal
aim of the new concern Is to engage
In the loganberry Juice Industry on
an extensive scale, a line of endeavor
which Is practically new with an un
limited field for development. In ad
dition It will engage in a general
fruit preservation business.
The annual exhibit of manual
training, domestic science and art de
partments of the Dallas high school
was held on Friday, when many splen
did exhibits were shown, especially
In the manual training department,
which is under the supervision of
Prof. Otho Hart. It may truthfully
be said that manual training In the
high school Is a great benefit to the
boys. The furniture in the exhibit
fihowa skill and cleverness on the
part of the class and the teacher, Mr.
Hart, Is anxious to make the work
of his department still better next
year. The skilled workmanship of Her
bert Shepherd was greatly admired.
His exhibits were a Jeweler's desk, li
brary table and other smaller pieces
of furniture. Other exhibits were, li
brary table of oak, George Fuller;
porch swing, Clifford Helgerson;
library table, Ernest Holslngton;
desk, (grained), Herbert Shepherd.
A novel modern minature house
was built by Russell Shepherd and
Ernest Holslngton; piano bench by
Stuart Bennett; chairs, book racks,
bookkeeping tables and stands were
also made' by the boys. In the art
department the girls Bhowed remark
able cleverness with the needle. A
number of dainty dresses were on
display. Other hand-made articles
were also shown.
The domestic science girls had
grand display of cooking. The girls
are under the direction of Miss Rose
Sheridan, who has taught domestic
science In the high school for the
past two years. This year's work
shows sdvancement over the previous
year. On display were the following
dishes; Salads, cakes, bread, salmon
croquettes, cheese straws, puddings
and Jellos, made by first and second
year domestic science girls. Tea and
cake were served throughout the af
ternoon. Ice cream and sherbet were
also made by the class and was sold.
About tl was realised.
Walter Tooze, Senior, III.
That Mr. Walter L. Tooze. Sr.. of
Salem, formerly of Polk county, has a
poor chance to recover from his pres
ent serious Illness Is the opinion ex
pressed by Chas. T. Tooze, a brother
of Oregon City, In a communication
to Walter L. Tooze, Jr. Mr. Tooze,
Sr., has been ill for some weeks past,
but his ailment was not considored of
a serious nature.
Farm Residence Burns.
Late Sunday evening the farm home
of William Reel of Salt Creek, was
completely destroyed by fire, togethe
mm uiuni ui ilh contents. now tne
fire originated is not known, the fam
ily being absent at the time.
Opened With Baccalaureate Sermon
Sunday Evening Good Program.
The commencement exercises of the
Dallas high school began on Sunday
evening, when Rev. Curtis, pastor of
the Christian church of this city, de
livered the baccalaureate sermon to
the graduates at the high school audi
torium. The audience was an excep
tionally large one, the seating capaci
ty of the room being taxed to Its ut
most. The discourse, which was much
appreciated by those present, is pub
lished in full elsewhere In The Ob
A splendid program was rendered
which was as follows; Opening song,
double quartet, "Holy, Holy, Holy";
scripture reading; duet, by Misses Ir
win and Cartwrlght; prayer by Rev.
George Bennett; song by audience, "I
Want to Tell the Story"; address, Rev.
C. C. Curtis; benediction. -
Last night the Adelphlan society
gave an interesting program, its an
nouncement bringing out a large at
tendance. The participants rendered
the following program: Selection,
High School orchestra; vocal solo,
"The Changing Sea," Ray Orounds;
Adelphlan Prophecy, Russel Shep
herd; Adelphlan quartet, "My Child
hood's Home," Ray Grounds, Otho
Hart, ' Merril Barber, Jack Eakln;
reading, "Dark Town Philosophy,"
Fred West; flute solo, "Angel's Sere
nade," Ray Butler; Adelphlan "Stel
letto," Harris Ellsworth; selection,
High School orchestra. 1
This evening the Philoglan society
will entertain with a program, and
tomorrow night the junior-senior re
ception will be held, followed on
Thursday with senior class day exer
cises, and graduating exercises on Fri
day. On Saturday will occur the
alumni banquet - .
NEW SILETZ HIGHWAY BOUND TO
BECOME VERY POPULAR.
Numerous Attractions Along the
Mountain Way to Coast Reaort
Certain to Bring Visitors.
WATER COMPANY PLAYING SAFE
STOLEN PAPERS FOUND
POSTMASTER JOHNSON RECOV
ERS PRIVATE DOCUMENTS.
Boys Playing About Valley View
School House Discover Stolen
Goods Under Building.
Polk Shows Deficit.
On March il last. Polk county had
deficit of 114. J2. according to a
statement msde to the state accoun
tancy department by County Clerk
Robinson, but not published as pro
vided by law. There were nine other
counties with deficits. Thirteen coun
ties had surplusses and ten filed no
Away at McCoy.
Charles E. Llttlefield, for many
years a prominent resident of Eugene,
died suddenly at his farm near McCoy,
la this county, on Thursdsy night
The body was shipped to Eugene for
While playing about the Valley
View school house last Saturday a
number of boys found the private pa
pers stolen from C. V. Johnson's store
last September, when the store and
postofnee at Alrlle were robbed by un
known parties. The papers were In
large leather purse, and not one
Va misBlngt The targe purse In
which cash from money-orders was
kept was also found, but, of course,
the money Itself was missing. This
aggregated about $600. The school
Piouse Is located about four miles
south of Alrlle, and the purses were
evidently hidden under the building
while the criminals were making their
It will be remembered that last No
vember all but about $25 worth of the
stolen stamps were recovered, having
been found in a ditch not far from the
postofflce. The finding of Mr. John
son's private papers will save htm a
considerable amount of trouble, as In
the purse there were valuable docu
ments that it would be difficult to du
If Court Rules In Favor of Gates Con
sumers Must Come Across.
Until after the oourt has given a
decision on the water works case now
pending In the circuit court of Polk
county the monthly bills rendered and
receipted by the company are not to
be considered settlement in full for
the service rendered. If the order Is
sued by the railroad commission on
November 4, 1014, shall be reversed
or adjudged unlawful, the company
will charge to .consumers the differ
enoe between the amount paid since
that date and the rate which ob
tained prior to the commission's or
der, Which became effective December
1, 1014. According to the oompany's
notice to patrons, iff the payment ex
ceeds the former rate a rebate will
be made, but this Is quite improbable,
because the commission reduced the
rate and in so doing raised the ire
of Mr. Gates, who Is the company.
The case now pending Is, therefore,
of some little importance to water
consumers. If the court reverses the
Judgment of the commission these
patrons will be called upon to dig
down into their Jeans and make up
a difference of about twenty per cent
a whole. The case Involves the
ownership of the water plant, Mr.
Oates holding that the plant Is mu
nicipally owned while the railroad
commission Is of the opinion that Mr.
Gates is the owner.
ACCIDENT FUND 1198,741.
No More Middle West For John.
Mr. John Rlchter returned yester
day morning from an extended trip
to the middle west, thankful that he
is alive. He spent several weeks most
enjoyably in Indiana, and afterwards
went to viBlt friends in Kansas. While
in the latter state he experienced a
hurricane, and thought his earthly
career was about to be terminated.
On May 2S buildings were leveled to
the ground, trees were uprooted, and
personal property of various descrip
tions were blown into adjoining coun
tiea Quite a number of people were
hurt, but he escaped Injury. And then
to cap the climax on the homeward
trip his train was wrecked In North
Dakota by spreading of the rails, but
his guardian angel was still with him.
Mr. Rlchter is back In Oregon to
Mrs. Barham Operated On.
A. J. Barham returned yesterdsy
from Portland, where he went with
Mrs. Barham. who was successfully
operated on for a dislocation of the
shoulder. The operation lasted three
hours snd it will require several days
of careful nursing before she can re
turn to her home.
Medical Mr to Meet.
The Polk-Yamhill-Marlon Medical
society will hold Its regular monthly
meeting this evening at Dayton. A
banquet will be served at the hotel.
followed by the session at the Com
mercial club. The paper of the even-
Commission Has Balance on Hand on
May SI of $837,561.12.
According to a report Issued Sat
urday, the State Industrial Accident
commission at the class of business
May 31 had a balance of $337,661.12,
the balance In the accident fund be
ing $108,741.86 and In the segregated
fund $138,810.26.. The report shows
that the cost of administration of the
department since Its creation more
than a year and a half ago was $60,
668.06. v Compensation for time lost
totals $106,008.12, first aid to Injured
$61,807.18, and pensions paid $6051.
The department has received 800S re
ports of non-fatal accidents and 50
During the month of May ten cases
were reported from Polk county: Jesse
Russell was killed by a runaway log
ging train at Black Rock; O. 8chln
zln of Black Rock had a finger mash
ed while logging; Charles D. O'Brien
of Dallas, finger cut off while log
ging; Fred Duellgen of Falls Gity,
foot bruised In sawmill; H. W. Jack
son of Falls City, hand cut in saw
mill; Erik Oman of Dallas, knee cut
In sawmill; R. V. DeWitt of Falls
City, foot cut In sawmill; William
Rldenhour of Black Rock, finger cut
while logging; Cecil Ouderklrk of
Falls City, arm cut off In sawmill; C.
E. Larson of Black Rock, eye Injured
Death of John Lethcoe.
At the family home near Indepen
dence on Friday last, John H. Leth
coe, aged 66 years, passed away.
Besides his widow, Mr. Lethcoe
leaves six dsughters and one son to
mourn his loss. Mrs. Lena Fair,
Wenatchee, Wash., Mrs. Ada Fair.
Saskatchewan, Canada, Mrs. Belle
Sheard, Salem, Oregon, W. Fred
Lethcoe. Orr, North Dakota, Mrs. Bes
sie Foubert. Macleay, Oregon, Mrs
Emma Smout, Oakland, Cal., Miss
Maggie Lethcoe, Independence, Ore
gon, and thirty grandchildren.
One hundred and fifty bushels of
potatoes shipped to Eugene from Sac
ramento, Cel., were condemned by
County Fruit Inspector C. E. Stewart
because of the presence of tuber moth.
The potatoes will either be destroyed
or returned to the shipper.
Through the action of the Polk
County Court In appropriating a sub
stantial sum of money for the purpose
and that of the Falls City Road Dis
trict No. 21 In voting a special tax of
:$10,000, the much-heralded Dallas-
Newport highway through the famous
Siletz Basin will be completed this
summer. The Lincoln County Court
Is constructing its part of the road
from Newport to the Polk County line.
This vast territory to the west of Dal
las, lying In the Coast range of moun
tains, is known for Its beauty and the
magnificence of its standing timber.
Several years ago agitation was
started in this county looking to the
aubstantlal Improvement of the most
mountainous and rough trail that led
from Falls City to the Lincoln county
line. Various meetings were arranged
for and held between the - county
courts of Polk and Lincoln counties,
but nothing was done until last year,
when the present courts of both coun
ties decided to start the work.
In Polk county It became necessary
for Falls City, then a separate road
district and entitled to all road funds
collected within the city for expendi
ture upon Its city street and highway
system, to vote itself out of this separ
ate road district and again submit it
self to the Jurisdiction of the county.
The votes In Falls City were necessary
to carry a special election providing
for a special tax for the purpose of
rebuilding this road. The citizens of
Falls City arose to the occasion, voted
themselves out of the Bpeclal road dis
trict and then subsequently voted a
special tax of 6 mills for the purpose.
witn tne money on hand, the coun
ty Is now actively engaged in building
this road. All steep grades are being
cut down, the road is being widened
and much of It Is being macadamized.
The principal work this year will have
to do with the grading and widening
of the road, and relocation of certain
For a considerable distance the road
has a rock foundation, and here hut
little work will be necessary. The
long grade Just outside of Falls City
is being cut down and several of the
grades near the summit of the Coast
range are receiving attention. Upon
the Lincoln oounty end of the road the
work is practically completed.
- Scenio Trip Created. -The
opening of this road will afford
automobillsts, as well as other travel
ers, during the summer, one of the
most delightful side trips that can be
found anywhere in the state. They1
will travel by way of Dallas and Falls
City to Newport, 66 miles. The new
road will take them through the great
Siletz Basin. The Silets country, fa
mous for Its' timber resources, affords '
an opportunity to the tourist to wit
ness one of the most magnificent tim
ber belts In the state and at the same
time to enjoy the splendid fishing In
the streams en route. ' '
The Siletz is Indeed a wonderful
country, not only because of the mag
nificence of Its timber resources, but
on account of the agricultural advan
tages that will accrue following the
elimination of the gigantic monarchs
of the forest, some of the tops of
which penetrate the sky for 850 feet
and whose circumference Is 27 feet.
The scenery along this highway la
picturesque, almost beyond the power
of description, and for a greater part
of the way the tourist will follow wa
ter grade within view of the many
beautiful mountain streams. One may
perchance see a deer by the roadside,
or old bruin feeding upon the moun
tain berries, or perchance hear the
cry of the cougar or bobcat in the
distance, for this section, generally
speaking, is now as nature originally
From Dallas to Falls City, ten miles,
the highway will be oiled at the ex
pense of the county and by contribu
tion from the farmers living along the
way, thus doing away with the disa
greeable dust feature that spoils so
many trips. From Falls City through
the Siletz Basin, dust is a thing un
known. Reaching Falls City on the
trip, the tourist finds his first scenic
grandeur. Here the falls of the Little
Lucklamute river and from which this
Ittle city derives Its name, furnish
ing the power for the city's electric
light system, attract Instant attention.
Probably no stream of Its size in the
state is more scenic than this little
river that rises In the Coast range and
after winding through the canyons ot
tne mountains, finally finds its way
into the open valley, and thence Into
the Big Lucklamute river, a tributary
of the Willamette. Dallas and Falls
City both offer much In hotel accom
modations, and tourists are well enter
tained. Persons traveling this road
will miss much If they do not tarry
a while at Falls City, and take the trip
up the Lucklamute toward Black
Rock, the logging center for all the
large sawmills of Polk county; and
will miss mors If they fall to carry
with them their fishing tackle, for
this stream Is noted for Its speckled
Another aldetrip that could well be
taken out of Fails City, and which
would consume but an hour. Is a trip
to the Teal fish hatchery, one of the
largest trout hatcheries In the state,
privately owned. A few years ago
the state attempted to buy It but sat
isfactory terms could not be agreed
County Judge Owns Pond.
John B. Teal, county Judge, Is the
owner, and If fishing In the Luckla
mute Is poor, the Judge might be pre
vailed upon to permit the catch of a
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