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DALLAS, POLK COUNTY. OREGON. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1915.
! OF $3 298 IN COUN
ARE Cr STATE TAX.
If Million From
,e state government
utions next year will
., 00. according to es-
..e State Tax commission,
announced the amounts
of the 35;-punties in 'the
e required to contribute,
amount necessary for the
the commission has been
$562,000 from the total
itate p ses this year.
ate t u 1915 was $3,-
, a n "e basis, the av
svy t t iil6 expenses will
i, e compared with 31-3
-n has effected a re
nouatg to be contrib
a of every one of the
i i compared with the
U-ed for this year. The
I taxable valuation for
is used as a basis in Ag
ue's tax, is $934,495,032.
re of 'the amounts which
Bed for support of the
b.ooIs and the state road
moy necessary for gener
wses next year is $1,624,-
itutory provision four
nill must be levied in the
Oregon Agricultural col
nths mill for the Univer
on, one-twenty-fifth of a
Monmouth State Normal
one-fourth mill for the
ind. The amounts which
d by these levies follow:
icultural college, $37.
ersity of Oregon, $280,
nmonth State Normal
579.80, and state road
23.70. .. .'
: county contributed $50,-
rear as its share of the
r ti year 1916 it is call-
n iite a lesser sum by
..,,411.78. In its own
oik county court estimat-
.evy at $o6,500.
est among the people of that section
in tins fertile held. The Commercial
club has subscribed for 500 copies of
the paper of that date, and other
towns of the county will contribute
it heir mite to give the edition greater
circulation among a people they ate
endeavoring to induce 'to come to Ore
gon to locate permanently. Kight
pages, profusely illustrated, will be
devoted to Polk county.
EGG CIRCLE ORGANIZED.
' RICHARDS BURIED.
'., icnsin is Survived by
r 1 Three Children.
s ot Monmouth were
Thursday to pay their
to Matthew Hale Rich-
d away on Tuesday at
'pital after a lingering
mchards, though he had
g in Monmouth. had a
r of mends. He was
en, Wis., on December
lived in Wisconsin the
of his very useful life,
ivas graduated from the
I school at Plattsville,
ight in the public schools
iveral years. After he
March 30, 1881, he took
fhich he gave up after a
edit a Bounty newspaper
Iowa. As an editor lie
i for eight years, when
0 farm life in Wisconsin
Virginia. In 1910 Mr.
family came to Oregon
arm near Independence,
ljoyed prosperity for five
1 the farm the family
inraouth last September.
1 three children survive,
are Carl Richards, a son,
ynchburg, Va., a daugh
A. Cook, lives in Michi
gene Richards, the only
i. A faneral service was
Dallas and the body
imouth, where services
tm the family residence
'. M. Fisher of the Evan
l. Interment was in the
tery. . Many saddened
up a long funeral pro
the floral offerings were
xilia Last Week,
i four accidents in Polk
we- k, according to the
In: retrial Accident com
;y were: C. C. Holtnn,
in sawmill; J. R. Robin
fi -er while working in
ley, hand injured in
-t Earl, sliver in finger
i sawmill. All the ae
, in Dallas.
' Former Editor.
eached Dallas on Sat
. -ah of W. A. Wash,
e t.me editor and owner
"jir of this eity. Death
hrtaeada. About twen
r. Wash sold The Item-..-ke,
who is now poet-
' licit for Polk,
rst The Salem States--h
its annual edition,
ill further exploit the
ourees and possibilities
tie valley and approxl-v-r'ies
of the publiea
ri into eastern homes
' -"vating further inter-
J. M. Card Elected President of Co
operative Poultrymen'g Association
The organization of the Dallas egg
and poultry circle was perfected at
a meeting of poultrymen.pt 'the court
house on Thursday afternoon, and ,1
M. Card was elected president, pther
officers aro A. G.. Rempel, vice-president;
D. G. Rempel, secretary-treasurer
and manager, and P. P. Buliler
and W. J. Thompson trustees. The
egg circle was oiganized about two
weeks ago, with the assistance of ex
tension workers from the Oregon Ag
ricultural college, for the purpose of
getting fanciers and breeders of poul
try into closer harmony that by their
co-operation better eggs and better
prices could be obtained, The pro
duct can be sold more directly to tlie
consumer through the efforts of the
circle, and the eggs will be handled
more carefully to avoid waste and
loss of any kind. In addition to this
the circle will be able to co-operate
in the purchase of feed and supplies,
thus getting the advantage of the low
est possible prices. It is hoped by fie
members that 'through this harmoni
ous, co-operative movement new mar
kets can be opened up, and those mar
kets that are too extensive for tha in
dividual to handle will be taken over
by the circle.
WANTS PERMANENT EXHIBIT.
Falls City Names Committee to Inter-
View Dallas Business Men.
At a recent meeting of the Falls
City Business Men's league a commit
tee, comprising it. M. vvonaeny, u. u.
Treat and J. C. Talbott, was appoint
ed 'to wait upon the Dallas business
interests for the purpose of ascertain
ing whether or not they would guar
antee to make the county iair a per
manent institution. Just why 'tne
league should interview the Dallas
business men in the premises any
more than the business men of Inde
pendence, Monmouth, Falls City, or
any other community witnin tne coun
ty is not quite apparent. The fair is
a county institution, bought and paid
for by the taxpayers of the county
and it is within their power to make
it a success, or allow it to go by de-
fault. While it is true that Dallas has
taken the lead in promoting the an
nual exhibit, it is as much the duty
of Falls City, or any other community
in Polk county, to guarantee its per
manency as this city.
BOY GOES TO REFORM SCHOOL.
Fifteen-Year-Old Lad Addicted to Li
quor, Is Vicious and Incorrigible.
Charged with being turbulent, vic
ious and incorrigible, Martin Wilkin
son, son of Henry Wilkinson, was
taken to the state reform school on
'Saturday. The fifteen-year-old lad
has not enjoyed the proper surround
ings during his short turbulent and
vicious life and that more than the
fact of his being unruly resulted in
his commitment to the house of cor
rection. At frequent intervals Mar
tin was in the habit of getting most
viciously intoxicated and his depreda
tions at such times were a worry to
the neighbors and authorities, al
though those who should have cared
for him seemed to care much less for
his welfare. Night Marshal Shaw
took the boy in hand on Friday even-
in2 and detained him until County
Judge Teal could hear tie case on Sat
PRUNES POPULAR XMAS GIFT.
Special Offer for Saturday
December Seventeen Only
The Polk County Observer is making a special Christmas offer to
its subscribers for next Saturday Sales Day only. Briefly it is
this: For every year's subscription paid to The Observer, whether for
arrearages or advance, a coupon good for fifty cents in merchandise at
any store advertising in The Observer will be given. These coupons
are just as good as gold, and will be received as cash at any store
whose advertisement appears in The Observer today or next Friday.
By taking these coupons to the stores you will be able to pay for your
Christmas purchases without additional outlay for The Observer is
fully worth the regular subscription price, and any reduction is pure
velvet. Pay your subscription Saturday and take advantage of this
exceptional offer. -
large audience. The many recommen
dations that Mr. Gillette brings with
him to Dallas would seem to place him
among the first rank of baritones and
certainly one of the best that has
been in Dallas. As a member of the
university glee club Mr. Gillette has
appeared before many audiences, and
has been appearing alone throughout
the state. His repertoire is one from
which the most exacting music lover
may pick many gems. The proceeds
of the entertainment will be divided
equally between the high school funds
and the singer.
GLEN UNBURDENS HIMSELF.
UNCLE SAM IS LIBERAL
OFFERS TO SUPPLY SEED FOR
If Sudan Grass Seed or Montana-
Grown Alfalfa Seed Is Wanted
Write Willis Hawley.,
Local Plant Will Continue Pack for
Accommodation of Patrons.
Bv putting choice grade Polk coun
ty prunes on sale in the' local stores
and by selling them in neat, small
packages at the plant, the J. K. Arms
by company have accommodated a
large number of people who have tak
en the great Poik county erop as
means of remembering friends in oth
er parts of the country. The first
pack of these small boxes, weighing
ten pounds net, Has been exhausted
through sales to the Christmas trade
and this week the plant will start
packing another lot. Nearly ntty box
es have been sold.
Familiar With Brnnk.
Dean Collins, in speaking of the
Hon. Thos. Brnnk of this county in
the Monday Crawfish, says: "Tom
Brnnk, who is judging hoes at the
show (his week, is so familiar with
their habits and customs that most
of them call him by his first name."
In connection with the distribution
of new and rare field seed authorized
in the act making appropriations for
the United States department of ag
riculture, ithe department has placed
in the hands of Congressman Willis
C. Hawley a number of packages of
Sudan grass seed, some Montana
grown alfalfa seed and a few pack
ages of an improved variety of field
peas, so that he might distribute them
to the farmers of the first congression
al district of Oregon.
A considerable portion of this seed
is intended for spring . planting and
Mr. Hawley is requested to submit
the names of farmers to receive it at
an early date. The department de
sires that a farmer experiment with
but one variety at a time, as the sup
ply is limited, the seed expensive,
and a wide distribution may in this
way be secured.
Congressman Hawley will be glad
to have all those in Polk county who
desire to experiment with the seed
write him and he will endeavor to
secure for them without cost to them
one variety or the three varieties
placed at his disposal. Seed will be
sent by the department upon Mr.
Hawley 's suggestion to those with
whom suitable arrangements can be
TEACHERS HOLD MEET
LOCAL INSTITUTE AT INDEPEN
DENCE WELL ATTENDED.
An Interesting and Instructive Pro
gram Is Carried Out Special
Music Is Rendered.
AN EXTRA SUPPLY OF CIGARS.
John Miller Smokes on The Observer
By Finding Misspelled Word.
A combination of political ami or
thographic ability is at times profit
able ; ait least such a combination was
profitable to Councilman John E. Mil
ler, who was first among the many to
discover that in the spelling of the
word "bursts," on The Observer's
weekly bargain page, the "r" had
been omitted. The misspelled word
appeared in the attractive advertise
ment of H. H. Rich, and was a sub
ject for much study among Observer
readers on Tuesday. That "bust,"
is not proper, though it enjoys a much
wider usage than the proper form,
"burst," escaped many readers. The
word is so frequently used that in
some places it must be considered
proper, and thus many readers passed
it by with a glance. But Councilman
Miller found the mistake and while
many less cautious readers were still
carefully going over the page he was
buying his daily supply of cigars with
tne dollar, it stands to reason that
a page so carefully perused is pro
ductive of business to the merchants
who are represented on the special
page. One tanner came into the of
fice this week and bemoaned the fact
that he had found the misspelled word
every wftk, but as yet had failed to
get to town in tune to collect the
An Appeal Discussed.
At a recent session of the Inde
pendence paternal ancestors the ques
tion of appealing from the decision of
Judge Belt in the North Independence
injunction eaae was discussed, but no
definite action was taken. The Moni
tor, in speaking of the discus
sion, says: "Judge Belt's decision
was so plain against the erty m the
ease that it does not seem probable
that it would be reversed by a higher
Boy Scouts Defeated.
The Dallas Bov Scoots' basketball
team, after having journeyed to Oor
vallis last Saturday to try conclusions
with a like team there, was defeated
by a score of 23 to 8.
Commencing next Suodar, the Falls
City Methodist Episcopal church will
begin a series of revival meetings.
Extension Work Begun.
In order that it may not lose its
right through delinquency, Falls City
has commenced the construction of
an extension to its water pipe-line up
Teal creek. For some time past Falls
City has needed an additional water
supply, but the need will be more
greatly felt after the first of January,
and hence the haste.
Will Play New Year's Day. -
Coder the direction of Mrs. Frker,
Independence amateur talent will, on
New Years' afternoon and evening,
present for the edification of the pop
ulace in the second eity a dramatic
thriller entitled "Jimmy Valentine."
A teachers' institute was held at
Independence last Saturday, with a
good attendance. A splendid musical
program was presented by the people
of Independence. The following pro
gram was carried out:
Prof. H. C. Ostine of the Oregon
Normal school gave an excellent ad
dress on the subject of "Wasted Time
in Arithmetic' Tins address con
tained many points which the teachers
need. Miss Ina B. Graham, primary
supervisor of the Falls City school.
gave an address on the subject of
Plav Games tor Primary Teachers,"
which was very interesting and help
ful to the primary teachers. Miss
Katherine Arbuthnot, critic teacher
of the Oregon Normal school, gave a
(class exercise on dramatifation jin
fifth grade work, which was well re
ceived by all. Mr. Frank Welles,
assistant state superintendent, han
dled the subject of "School Manage
ment" in his pleasing way.
The teachers of the county organiz
ed a high school department with E.
L. Keezel as president. It will be
their plan to put on one period in
the program in each of the coming
The following teachers .were pres
ent: Zena, Miss Llsie Taylor; Dal
las, Superintendent W. I. Ford, H. H.
Dunkleberger, Oscar I. Chenoweth,
Miss Bessie Owens, Miss Gladys Cart-
wright. Miss nose M. Sheridan, Mrs,
Bonnie Smith, Miss Cora Rossiter,
Mrs. E. S. Erskine, Mrs. Chloe Woods,
Mrs. F. H. Morrison, Miss Edna Mor
rison. Miss Gertrude Pollow, Miss No-
la Coad, Miss Alice Grant, Miss Alta
Savage; Smithfield, Mr. Carl E. Mor
rison; Eola, Miss Bertha M. Clark;
Parker, Miss Uora Bortner; Mon
mouth, Mr. T. H. Gentle, Miss Kath
erine Arbuthnot, Mrs. Aultman, Miss
Lillian Dinius, Mr. H. C. Ostine, Miss
Vida Fatland; Orchards, Mr. Josiah
Wills; Airlie, Mr. J. W. Noblet, Miss
May Tapscott, Miss Lillian Jeffries,
(Continued on page five)
Da!las Host Attends Meeting.
Henry Serr of the Gail hotel is at
tending the annual meeting of the
Oregon Hotelmen's association, which
opened at Portland yesterday. The
many subjects to be considered and
discussed at the meeting are of great
value to the public hosts and to tbeir
patrons, and great good is expected
to result from this get-together spir
it, bv Mr. Serr. Last evening the
hosts were entertained at the Empress
with a theater party, and this morn
ing are taking an automobile trip over
the Columbia nver highway. lonight
thev wii! hold a banquet at the Port
Produces Political Jingle That Prom
ises to Extend His Fame.
Glen Holman, the distinguished au
thor of "Uncle Sam's Own Story"
or "Colum and Me," a work which
is known from one end of Polk county
to the other, has once more unburden
ed his poetic soul and carries about
in a secret pocket the product or nis
burning genius, and there it is to re
main until such time as he can pro
cure a brand new copyright, the only
safe protector of such a valuable ef
fusion. This "Political Jingle,"
which title the author has given it, is
destined, says he, to-make him famous
and rich, and to prove tnat he win
not forget his old friends when for
tune BmileS, he has promised to treat
The Observer force to a whole delic
ious sliced watermelon next summer,
served on a silver salver and will re
frain from eating one small bite him
self, which proves a lot to those who
are familiar with Mr. Holman 's wa
termelon appetite. The important
part of this story is that the author of
"Political Jingle" composed it while
asleep, also setting it to music and
woke up carolling it early in the
morning. But listen, as Rex Lamp-
man would say, we wonder if he has
really awakened yet.
MEETS HORRIBLE DEATH
HENRY BROPHY ACCIDENTALLY
SHOOTS SELF YESTERDAY.
ENTIRE FACE IS BLOWN AWAY.
While Endeavoring to Force Open a
Gate on Hop Ranch, Trigger
Catches, Discharging Gun.
Hunting Party Returns.
A party of five sportsmen left Dal
las on December 5 for the Salmon
river country, where they hoped to
bring down the limit of ducks, having
had reports from that section as to
the large numbers of birds that were
there. There is very little said about
ducks since Friday evening, when W.
U Soehren, N. L. Guy. "Bill" White,
Oscar Holmes and George Gaites re
turned, but that there are plenty of
fish to make up for the shortage in
the duck population about Devil's
lake seems very evident.
Speaks in Behalf of Project
Mrs. George T. Gerlinger attended
a luncheon of tne Portland ovie
league at Multnomah hotel last Satur
day and spoke in behalf of tne pro
posed women ' building at the univer
sity, urging the support of all of the
alumni in the campaign to raise the
necessary $100,000 for the budding.
The campaign was launched October
1 and has reached f-HHKI.
Gillette to Appear Hera.
Albert Gillette, foremost baritone
of tbe Glee club of the University of
Oregon, will appear at tbe high school
audi tori am on Friday evening with a
repertoire of popular and elaaoeal
songs that promees to brinf out a
NATIVE OF POLE PASSES.
Henry McDonald Succumbs to Con
sumption at Seaside.
Henry W. McDowell, whose sudden
death at Seaside on Sunday came as
a great shock to his many friends
and relatives throughout Oregon, will
be buried, with appropriate ceremo
nies, from the Chapman parlors here
at one o'clock this afternoon. Mr.
McDowell, aeed forty-eight years,
tiied at his home in Seaside of pul
monary tuberculosis. He was born
near Bridgeport, this county on June
26, 1866 and thirty years later mar
ried Miss Elizabeth Hoefs, and to
the union were born three children,
one of whom died in infancy. The
surviving children, who, with Mrs.
McDowell, are in Lianas to anteno
the funeral, are Frank, aged 18 and
Orabell, aged 15. In addition to the
widow and children and four sisters
and three brothers, Mrs. Liouisa N.
McDowell, his aged mother, lives to
mourn the untimely death of Mr. Mc
Dowell. The sisters are Mrs. Jane
Jones and Mrs. Etta Hoefs, both of
Summit, Benton county; Mrs. Eliza
beth Guthrie or JJailas ana Mrs. mary
E. Scott of Corvallis. The brothers
are John J. McDowell of Kings Val
ley; James B. McDowell of Pedee and
Charles O. MoDowell of Shedds, Linn
Will Order Gravestones.
Adjutant Lovelace of the local post,
Grand Army of the Republic, is pre
paring to send an order to the federal
government for headstones for the
graves' of departed members in the
Dallas cemetery. Mr. Lovelace has
requested that families of veterans
who desire these stones communicate
with him that their applications may
be included in the order which goes
Ito Washington next week. Thes
stones are furnished free by the government.
David Hawkins Dead.
David V. Hawkins, a Portland trav
eling man, who had "made" Dallas
semi-monthly Tor several years past,
was found dead in bed at tbe metrop
olis Sunday morning. He was 26
years old. Saturday aiternoon jar.
Hawkins was about with his friends
and appeared to be in excellent health.
An autopsy disclosed no cause for
Dallas Win From Monmouth.
A basketball team composed of Dal
las boys won an interesting and lively
game from tbe second team of the
Monmouth high school in tbe local
Armory on Saturday evening. The
playing of several of tbe boys on each
side was very good, but size, experi
ence and ability combined to give Dal-
as the game by a score or 33 to 8.
Gathering Elk Moss.
Walter Bowman and Arthur Bald
win, two Falls City young' men, are
gathering Elk moss, in the hills above
that place, for shipment to Portland
for Christmas decorations. This moss,
a generous supply of which may be
found in tbe hills of Polk county,
commands a good price at this season
of tbe year.
Suffers Loss Br Fir.
Fire originating presumably from
a defective flue in "The Toggery,"
a Salem clothing store, owned by
Hammond ft Bishop, Friday night,
caused (8000 damages to the stock.
The stock was insured. I
With his face entirely shot off Hen
rv Beniamin Brophy, well-known and
respected citizen of Polk county, was
found dead by a Dallas-Salem motor
crew yesterday morning lying within
seventy-five feet of the Southern Pa
cific tracks near West Salem. The
habit of carrying a shotgun with him
on his jaunts about his hop ranch is
blamed for his horrible and untimely
death. Mr. Brophy had been pastur
ing a cow, and, as was his daily cus
tom, he carried the gun with him.
When he had pastured the animal he
found that the woven-wire- gate giving
admittance to the hop-yard, which
was used in the winter months as a
pasture, was tight. In forcing the
gate to- slide on the rollers it is sup
posed that the wires caught a trigger
or a hammer on the double barreled
12-gauge gun and discharged one bar
rel. The load of number 7 shot struck
Mr. Brophy directly under the chin
and tore his face away from chin to
forehead, causing instant death.
The train crew of the early morn
ing motorcar running between Dal
las and Salem was first to discover
the tragedy. John Grant, former
sheriff of Polk county, was a passen
ger on the car, and at the first stop
he notified Coroner Chapman, ine
coroner, with Sheriff Orr and District
Attorney Sibley, hurried to the scene,
but under the circumstances decided
that an inquest was unnecessary. The
case was so apparently one of acci
dental shooting that a suggestion of
suicide was not entertained. Mrs.
Brophy was in Salem when the acci
Mr. Brophy was born on March 4,
1852, in California. He had long been
a prominent citizen of Polk county,
although he only recently purchased
the hop ranch on which his dead
body was found yesterday. The ranch
was formerly the property or rrans
Gibson, and is located about one mile
this side of the inter-county bridge,
at the western edge of West Salem.
J, E, Brophy, a son, who besides Mrs.
Brophy, is the only survivor, lived on
the ranch, and the father spent part
of the time there and part at Salem,
where he had a home. Mr, tfrophy
was at one time warden of the state
penitentiary at Salem, and had been 1
actively identified with political af
fairs in the county for many years.
He was leader of the delegation from
Eola under tbe old convention system
of nominating candidates, and was a
factor in the activities of the several
conventions in which he took part. He
had many friends in Polk and Marion
The son, J. E. Brophy, says that
there could have been no motive for
his father, committing suicide, and
this is sustained by all who knew the
man or his family intimately. The
peculiar angle at which the shot
struck is also said to be evidence
against self-destruction. That Mr.
Brophy had a gun with him in the '
pasture was not unusual because it
had beoome a habit with him to carry
the weapon, and that the trigger or
hammer caught in the fence is no
doubt the proper theory of the acci
dent, according to those who aecom- .
panied Coroner Chapman. The body
was sent to Salem yesterday by Cor
COURSES FOR CHILDREN.
Grade School Children Receive In
struction in Library Methods.
At the library the children in the
various grades of the public school
are being instructed in library prac
tice that they may be able to solve the
combination of finding the book they
want to take out. Miss Jennie Mus
cott, librarian, is receiving one class
at a time, and after showing the
youngsters over the building she in
structs them in the proper use of the
card eatalog system, and briefly in
the classification of books and peri
odicals. Library practice as college
work has long been in vogue, but its
necessity is perhaps just as great in
grade and high school courses. Mrs.
K. N. Woods took her fourth grade
pupils to the library yesterday and
through interested attention in the
work they benefited greatly and will
probably be much better able to find
their way about among the books.
' tngermanson Sells Farm.
M. Ingermanson, whose farm is
about two miles north of Indepen
dence, has sold that 102-aere proper
ty to Alfred Youneen of Portland and
the latter has taken possession. Mr.
Ingermanson takes as part payment
a store building in the Mount Tabor
district. He expects to move to Port
land with his family in a few days.
Walter Vamall returned late last
week from a brief visit at Pert land.