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THE POLK COUNTY OBSERVER. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1915.
USTS TO BE SENT OUT
OLCOTT APPRISES CLERKS OF
INTERPRETATION OF LAW.
Amendment at Session of 1915 Is Ex
plained by Attorney General.
Blanks Sent Out.
The secretary of state is still au
thorised by law to furnish voters'
list, constituting poll books, to the
county clerks, according to an opin
ion that has been handed down by
Attorney General Brown. Both Sec
retary of State Olcott and many of
the county clerks of the state were
in doubt whether this w.as necessary
because of amendments to the law at
the last legislature.
Secretary Olcott on November 6
met in conference, Miss 1. Ju. rtar-
frington, clerk of Clackamas county;
Ktacv M. Kussell. clerk or lane coun
ty; Max Gehlhar, clerk of Marion
county, and J. N. Bush, deputy clerk
of Multnomah county, at which all
phases of the law were considered,
and blank forms for writing up the
alphabetical lists in duplicate of the
voters in the several voting precincts
in the state were prepared, and when
printed a sufficient number will be
furnished each county clerk for the
requirement of his county. These will
be forwarded before January 1.
Secretary Olcott has given this in
formation in a letter sent out to all
county clerks in the state and adds
, "It might be added for your infor
mation that while apparently the pro
visions of chapters 209, 225 and 326,
laws of 1915, conflict as to the forms
of poll books and voters lists which
are to be used, the attorney general
has advised that:
" 'A eeneral review of all three
statutes under consideration shows'
that the intention ot the. legislature
in passing chapter 209 was to amend
the manner of making and keeping
poll books, hereafter to be known as
voters' lists, and the method of re
cording the ballots. The intention in
passing chapter 225 was as stated in
the title of said chapters 'To provide
for the mristration of voters,' and
that is the entire ground covered by
said chapter, including the making
of the voters' lists for use by the
judges and clerks of election. Chap
ter 320 as already stated, lias refer
ence only to the change in the num
ber of ludses and clerks at election
" 'It is apparent, therefore, that
there is no conflict between any of
these statutes, and that the provisions
of chapter 209 are to control with
resnecrt to the subject covered by said
chapter, and the provisions of chapter
225 control with respect to the regis
tration of voters covered by said
chapter, and chapter 325 controls
with reference to the numner ami nu
ties of judges and clerks of election,
and does not re-enact or amend any
of the provisions of either of the
"On account of the apparently con
flicting provisions of the several laws
pertaining to voters' lists and poll
books (chapter 209, laws 1915), ttie
registration of voters (chapter 225,
laws 1915), and duties of judges and
clerks of election (chapter 328, laws
1915),- this otlice advised with some
of the county clerks as stated, so that
a form of voters' list and poll book
best adapted to the requirements of
all might be furnished. The printing
of these forms will be taken up at an
early date and a few complete copies
furnished you in advance of the reg
ular supply in order that you may
familiarize yourself with the same
prior to the time of their actual use."
MAYBE MILLIONS FOR POLK.
Hop Vine Fiber Makes Fine Paper
There may be great wealth in store
for l'olk county hop growers who
have almost given up hoe of future
prosperity in the face of inci-easing
prohibition. Announcement has been
made of the results of experiments
undertaken by the Institute of t hem
ii'nl Technology at Brunswick look
ing toward the discovery of new and
cheaper methods of manufacturing
nnner from vegetable fibers. Willow-
tree bark ami broom fiber did not give
satisfactory results. hx pertinents
were then made with the fiber of hop
vines, of which there is a plentiful
supply in Germany.
It was found that when the fibers
are t tented with lye separation is
difficult. They are more easily sep
arated by soaking in a 0.5 per cent
solution of an inorganic acid. The
same results can be obtained by a
steam pressure of half an atmosphere.
Separation of the fiber is easier when
working with old hop vines that have
been stored for a long time in the
open air. It follows that storage in
the oen air or, better still, artificial
storage in a warm, moist storehouse,
is the best method of furthering sep
aration. In this way a return of 20
per rent of good fibers was obtained.
The remaining wood, when treated
with soda lye under a pressure of
three ntmosplieres. produced an excel
lent paper pulp, and the roots of the
vines yield an especially long fiber.
Plan to Establish Market
With a view to establishing a mar
ket ing place in Portland for the sale
of produce l'olk eoun4y members of
the Orange, Farmers' union and So
ciety of Equity have been invited to
meet representatives from the coun
ties of Washington, Clackamas, Mar
ion, l.inn and Kenton, in McMinnville
next Saturday for the purpose of com
pleting an organization. This plan
of marketing the products of the soil
has been under discussion for some
time past and there is a strong prob
ability that a permanent organization
will be effected at this gathering, al
though it is not known whether Polk
county will participate in the project
Portland Committee Reports on Mon
ey Spent at Monmouth.
To ascertain where city, county
and state funds are being expended
and how, the Portland Chamber .of
Commerce, through the Industries and
Manufactures' bureau, has made a
report covering the new training
school building at the Monmouth Nor
mal. The committee reports that, act
ing on a resolution of the Board of
Regents, this building is constructed
and furnished with Oregon and Pa
cific coast materials, except for that
used in the concrete foundations and
the water tables of white cement.
An example of economy is noted in
the contract for 25 desks for the art
department. Factories at Detroit,
Mich., quoted a price of $206 f. o. b.
The contract was let for the same
desks to a Portland factory for $103.
75. The conclusion is drawn from the
foregoing instance that careful search
of the Pacific coast for the materials
used in the building has resulted in
a large saving of money. The com
mittee which made the investigation
found that purchasing agents are not
aware in many instances of the wide
range of articles that may be secured
of Pacific coast manufacture. The
consumers of the Pacific coast, like
all other consumers, purchase largely
through habit. Purchasing habits are
encouraged 'through systematic adver
tising. The selling of a product may
be called a personal matter with its
manufacturer. The duties of the com
mittee which is at work can be only
along the lines of encouragement. It
consists of Colonel E. Hofer, O. C.
Hughson and P. W. Skiff.
WON'T STOP SUNDAY CLOSING.
Portland Federal and State Jurists
Differ Over Law.
Federal Judge C. E. Wolverton has
declined to issue a temporary re
straining order to prevent the enforce
ment of the Sunday closing law in
twenty-five counties of Oregon pend
ing healing upon injunction proceed
ings brought against otiiceis of those
counties. At the same time Judge
Wolverton declined to dismiss the
main proceeding in the application
for an injunction.
Judge Gantenbein already has tem
porarily enjoined enforcement of the
law in Multnomah county and has an
nounced his intention ot making the
injunction permanent. The law is an
ancient one which long had been dis
regarded until a few weeks ago, when
the Oregon attorney general rendered
nn oninion that it was still in force.
The law requires that all places of
amusement and nearly nil places ot
business shall be kept closed Sundays;
RECLAIMING LARGE TRACT.
Drainage Ditch Two Miles in Length
Constructed Near Independence.
In order to reclaim a considerable
area of valuable land, County Com
missioner Wells, William Addison
and Sam McMurray, who have fai-ms
in the Independence district, are
draining the swamp lands on their
places and also a lake ot several acies.
A t itch nearlv two miles long, coin
mencing at Mr. Wells' place and run-
nine: toward Independence, has been
dug to carry off the water, the cost of
the improvement being in the neign
borhood of $1,000, to which the own
ers of the land contribute according
to benefit received. A portion of the
land to be thus drained is covered
with willows and ash, and it is the
puipose of the owners to clear this,
believing that when under cultivation
the tract will be valuable for onion
(raising, the character of the soil so
STILL AWAITING BETTEA TIMES
Western Lumber Company Will Hot
Resume For Another Year.
The Western Lumber company.
which has a sawmill at Black IJock.
and which last summer, after having
been closed down for mine than a
years, sawed the last of the logs in the
pond in order to save them trom wa
terlogging, will not resume oMrations
for at least another year, unless tlieie
is unforseen improvement in the mar
ket. It was thought last fell that Hie
plant might be started again in the
spring, but Mr. Hamilton of Portlind
gives assurance that this cannot he
imiler present, or even slightly im
proved market conditions. The com
pany has sufficient timber to last it
for at least two years, and with, this
exhausted has an option on addition
al land easy of access to its railway,
which extends some five miles into the
Elks Receive Invitations.
Mr. Piasecki has been requested by
the Salem lodge of Elks to tender to
each and every member of that order
whose residence is in or, around lah
las, an invitation to attend a ball to
be given by that lodgs on November
thirty, and he is complying with thai
miuest. This is the first of a series
of dancing parties to be given by the
Salem Klks dnnng the winter, anu
will be followed on December 2 by a
"high iinx." to which all Klks of the
surrounding diggings are also invited.
The public schools of this country
are doing a good deal to erase the cit
EDIFICE ERECTED 1856
MONMOUTH CHRISTIAN CHURCH
REVIEWS ITS PAST HISTORY
Early Settlers Gathered From Conn
try Surrounding School Town and
Builded'a Place of Worship.
One of the oldest church organiza
tions of . the state is the Christian
chnitth of Monmouth, which will soon
enter upon its sixtieth year under a
very prosperous condition, financial
ly and otherwise. This anniversary,
says a correspondent, has prompted
recollections from its oldest members
of its early pioneer activities. Only
a few suilvive to tell the early exper
iences, the last charter member, Mrs.
Elizabeth F. Lucas, having died one
year ago. In 1856 members of the
scattering country settlement, met in
the territory now occupied by Mon
mouth and organized the Christian
church. John E. Murphy was chosen
minister and services wene held in a
little square schoolhouse. Later on,
when the Christian university - was
built, meetings were held in this au
ditorium. A regular edifice of wor
ship was erected nearby, where the
normal dormitory now stands. As
recorded in the books from the early
days, 1209 persons have been mem
bers of the Monmouth congregation
during the period of 60 years. The
35 charter members were:
Elijah Davidson, Margaret, David
son, John E. Murphy, Frances w.
Murphy, James T. Murphy, Nancy A.
Muruhv. Thomas H. Lucas, James L.
Cooper,, John C. Harris, Cinderilla
Harris, John A. Kramer, Mary a.
Kramer, Sr., Mary A. Kramer, Jr.,
Amanda S. Doughty, George M. Kra
mer. Lewis P. Kramer, E. Allen Shin-
ley, Mary T. Shirley, William Mur
phy, Elizabeth Murphy, Melissa J.
Smith, Rachel Butler, Mary E. Haley,
Albert W. Lucas, Elizabeth F. Lu
cas, Squire S. Whitman, Elizabeth
Whitman, William Mason, Margaret
Mason, Calvin S. Murphy, Margaret
E. Murphy, John B. Munphy, Mary A.
Murphy, Martha Haley.
Just 20 ministers have served dur
ing the 60-year periixl. They served
successively as follows:
John E. Murphy, A. R. Elder,
Charles Bradshaw, G. O. Burnetii, T.
F. Campbell, H. M. Waller, A. Bu
chanan, J. F. Floyd, R. P. Moss, R. M.
Messick, H. W. Lave, P. R. Burnett,
B. F. Bunnell, J. N. Smith, William
Sumpter, Aleyn Esson, E. C. Wig
moie, J. A. Brown, W. A. Wood, J.
M. Orrick and H. F. Jones. The
present pastor is George C. Ritchey.
YOUNG MEN FILL PRISON.
Oregon Governor Appalled at In
crease in Convicts.
Governor Withycombe has said that
indications are that the Oregon state
penitentiary will be confronted with
a deficit at the end of this year. The
prison now has 532 inmates, the larg
est number in its history, last year
257 prisoners were received and up to
November 1 this year J-t) hod been
received, showing a slightly increased
ratio over last year.
"A rather striking feature," said
the governor, "is that 20 per cent of
the prisoners were committed for
torgery or obtaining money by false
pretenses, and, most unfortunately,
the larger portion of this class of
criminals is composed of young men
jus1! entering maturity. This is really
appalling and shows a serious moral
obtuseness among some of our young
men. Whatever influence is respon
sible for contributing to this deplor
able condition should be remedied if
possible, whether it is due to social
conditions or to general carelessness
of bankers and business men in cash
INTERCLAS3 GAMES FEATURED
Monmouth Normal Students Like New
System of Athletics.
Students of the Oregon Noumal
school are enthusiastic concerning the
new system ot athletics used this
veur. -Most ot these athletics are
onlined to the campus. Two large
silver cups have been offered as priz
es; one for the champions in a scries
of basketball games to be played be
tween the boys of the senior and ju
nior classes, and one for the gills of
the same classes.
The first of the series of five games
was played recently, tlie seniors lie
ing victors over the juniors in the
boys' series and lire juniors over the
seniors ill the girls' series. Because
of the death of Miss Stronherg. a
foiiner Normal student, all game
planned for Saturday were postHn-ed.
first time I have ever carried on a
conversation over the telephone. Try
ing to talk 3400 miles on my ftra't) at
tempt at a telephone conversation
may seem a pretty big undertaking,
but engineering skill has made it eas
ier to talk 3400 miles than it used lb
be to talk 34 miles." Mr. Edison
heard an address by one of his admir
ers transmitted over the phone after
it hod been reproduced on a phono
graph record, and he also listened to
a rendition of Anna Case's bird song
as it had been reproduced on tlhe Edi
Oak Point Association Plans Active
Year of Effort.
About thirty of the patrons of the
Oak Point school, district 27, assem
bled at the school house on Friday
evening and organized the Oak Point
Paren't-Teachers association. The
meeting was lively and the discussion
interesting throughout. Edward Rex
was elected president of the associa
tion and Miss Carrie Dahm, teacher
at Oak Point, is secretary. Plans were
laid at the fin meeting for the gath
ering of the association on, December
3, when, with a fine lunch and pro
gram prepared it is hoped to attract
all patrons of the district who did
not attend the first meeting. At the
meeting in December plans will be
laid for the year's work. The work
of the year will center about the con
struction of a playshed which is the
only apparent requirement about the
school, which is modern and well
equipped. This matter will be dis
cussed at the next meeting. H. H.
Parsons, supervisor of rural schools,
attended the meeting.
DALLAS BAND IS IMPROVING.
Prof. Downey Injects New Enthus
iasm Into Local Organization.
Under the efficient directorship of
Professor Downey, the Dallas band is
showing marked improvement at the
frequent rehearsals that are now be
ing held in the city hall building. On
Friday night last the attendance was
unusually enthusiastic, and the notes
that boomed forth from the varirn
instruments was convincing evidence
there was something doing, as in days
of yore when Mr. Downey was in com
mand. The city council has incorpor
ated $600 per year in the 1916 tax
budget for the support of this or
ganization, and in return for the mon
ey thus expended the community will
be favored with weekly concerns next
summer without the usual popular
subscription. In addition, the bund
will fuinish music on such occasions
as the council, or a committee there
from, may direct.
GRANGE HEARS SPEAKERS.
Rural Credits and Cost of Living Axe
The Monmouth Grange is attract
ing wide attention among the farm
ers as well as the business men of
that' city because of its discussion of
practical problems. At a recent meet
ing the subject, "The High Cost of
Living and How it May Be, Reduc
ed," was presented by E. K. Ostroin
and E. C. Cole, followed by a p-en-eral
discussion. Ira C. Powell gave
a talk on "Rural Credits," from the
standpoint of the country merchant
and also from the standoint of the
MAKES APPEAL FOR CHILDREN.
as a Christmas gift, stands
It is always appreciated;
always cared for, and best
of all, carries no obligation.
ORDER CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPHS AT ONCE
The more time, the better work
C. B. STONE
The Photographer in your town
m SATURDAY H
gSj SAILS DAT flj
On All Ladies' Suits and
Coats and Ready to
. Wear Goods
THE BEE HIVE STORE
EDISON'S FIRST PHONE CALL.
Mr. Uglow Tells Surprising Story on
John C. Vglow, who sells some of
the Wizard Edison's wonderful in
ventions in Dallas, made a statement1
yesterday that almost made one look
"for proof. Recently, when Mr. Kdi
son visited the exposition at San
Francisco, he talked over tlie trans
continental telephone. Although he
is very hard of hearing Mr. Kdisnn
ran hear his phonographs and with
the telephonic eonversation it as
found that be had no trouble in hear
ing a voice 3400 miles away. The
surprising part of the incident is best
told in the words Mr. Edison used
over the phone.
"It may seem strange to those who
know of my woik on the telephone
earbn transmitter that this is the
Dependents of State Need Contribu
tions of Money and Clothing.
The Boys' and Girls' Aid society is
making its annual appeal to the
schools and the public for Thanksgiv
ing contributions of money, food sup
plies and clothing. For thirty years
the society has been caring for the
dependent and neglected children of
Oregon, and it should have the gener
ous support of all citizens interested
in child welfare. During the pastj
year the society lias cared tor 4i
children in its receiving home, and su
pervised over j00 children, whom it
has placed in private homes. I'ntil
they are placeahle, the children must
live in the receiving home, where ev
erything is done to give them the ad
vantages of normal children. It is in
furtherance of this work that the co
Oxration of the public spirited peo
ple of Oregon is sought. All contri
butions should be addressed to The
Boys' and Girls' Aid society, Port
Club Becomes Active.
The Airlie Commeicial club, which
had been dormant during the summer
months, held its second meeting on;
Tuesday evening, and started some-'
thing that, if carried to successful
consummation, will result in much
good to tlie entire community. C. V.
Johnson, president of the organiza
tion, is enthusiastically, and persist
ently, boosting for better conditions,
and bis projects are receiving the:
support of the members of the club.
The latest undertaking is an effort to
secure a road improvement to the;
Benton county line in order that a
fence may be built around the home
Star Transfer Co.
WE MOVE ANYTHING
THAT IS MOVEABLE
i G. A. & L. C. MUSCOTT & A. P. STARR, Props.
Phone Stands: Webster's Confectionery 611
g a aa it
Ellis' Confectionery 1062
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Will Exhibit at Portland.
Mrs. Winnie Braden has tarted to:
condition her excellent (lock of chick-j
ens f.M exhibit at the big poultry
show at Portland early next month.!
Mrs. Braden has a prir-e-winnine
flock and if she is as fortunate with
her own poultry as with the county "s
pmdneta. there ill be another set
of blue ribbons in Dallas soon.
W. T. Sherman post, P. A. R.. add
ed the name of Mrs. Martha Cmner
t its roll at a meeting on Saturday.
"Everything is Done
''Yes, boy, in my day we had long lines of overhead shafting
with flapping belts right at our elbows. We had to watch close
or get hurt. There were lots of accidents. Then too, every
time we wanted to change speed we had to throw a running
belt. There were only three or four speeds at that."
"You can't realize how easy we have it here with these
G-E motors that will give you any speed you want by simply
turning a crank that can't go wrong."
G-E motors will help you avoid accidents and in
crease production. Ask
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