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DALLAS; POLK COUNTY. OREGON. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1915.
ETTE VALLEY LUMBER
TILL BUILDING ROAD.
'ridges, One 114 Feet High
, 660 Feet in Length,
Spans Deep Gorge.
Willamette Valley Lumber
' logging road in the dense
Kve Black Rock in this coun
t of a passenger trip it-would
'amous for its scenic grand-
trains do not travel through
id on mountain tops any
a is absolutely necessary,
i who would see Oregon's
onderlands in the primeval
t walk the ties or get on ithe
of the management to ee-
ission to ride on the logging
ears. The extention of the
ad from Black Rock into
i" was started about three
under the direction of San-
ivlor, the company's engin-
is still in charge of the
e tracks reach five miles in-
ft of the woods, where giant
nes cast their somber shad
thousands of acres of moss
i'' covered lands, lands of
le parts have for countless
denied the warming rays oi
lat shines bravely down on
ine of timber during the
tenths, and yet does not pen-
; heavy growth.
16 plan of the lumber com
ixtend the logging operations
coods to a distance of htteen
nd Black Rock, or ten miles
ran tracks have yet been
Ihree years five miles of
a been laid, although the
distance is not nearly five
it from this tune on lb will
if necessary, to build
a ' a mile each year. The
of construction that con
ineer Taylor are perplexing
x ithe engineering skill se
: surmount the difficulties
encountered. In the five
road that have been built
12 bridges and construction
xt one will be started in
, The maximum grade
i the length of the road is
I, very low considering the
y of ithe country, where
Us, mountain peaks, deep
nd many other conditions
are encountered. The lnrg
12 bridges now in use is
?h and 650 feet long, built
jm the first giants cut on
ng site. The bridge on
traction will start soon is
mp Creek canyon and will
t high and 480 teet long,
the 12 bridges in use are
-e, but there is none that
present a great deal of
tallstrom, foreman of con
pork, has assembled a
of woikmen and is doing
ition work on the day-la-The
crew uses 1 stenm
Irag scroer and 1 pile
t in its mechanical equip
traeks laid by this crew
50 pound sleei, and from
ftimated that very nearly
ds of steel have been laid
the road has been built,
vestment in the work as it
y is estimated at $80,000,
jvious that if construction
on over fifteen miles the
t will reach above $250,000.
wny operates 1 logging en
iy 55-ton locomotive, over
t it is in use, and makes use
8 Pacific company rolling
t in the case of dump cars,
tvhich the lumber company
dians, having been brought to the
Siletz reservation from the lower
Rogue river. Louie was prominent
in all Indian affairs, was a good In
dian and an up-bolder of the law. It
is said that in his younger days Louie
was a "Big Chief" and was the
proud possessor of six wives.
GRANGE PLANS BIG DINNER.
Monmouth Farmers Will Join in
Feast, Says the Master.
P. 0. Powell, master of the Mon
mouth Grange, announces that a New
Year's dinner will be held by that or
ganization, with invitations to a lim
ited number of families. At) a recent
session the grange made plans for an
industrial fair to be held for one day
just betore the county tair and ex
pect to take the entire exhibit to the
oounty fair. Invitations are extend
ed the children of all the schools in
the vicinity to participate and a spec
ial line of prizes will be offered. The
aim of the Orange is to stimulate tlf
growers of the community to make
unusual efforts to raise and show the
products of the farms of this part of
Polk county. Special emphasis will
be placed on corn and potatoes with
the intention of increasing the quality
and quantity of twese products on ac
count of their value in diversification
and crop rotation. At the next regu
lar meeting, January 8, State Master
C. E. bpencer will be present and will
conduct a public installation of offic
ers with a talk on the work of the
CANAL SLIDES DELAY BOOKS.
PLANS ARE SUBMITTED
VIEWERS INSPECT DRAWINGS
FOR PROPOSED BRIDGE.
Cost of Structure, According to Esti
mates, Ranges From $126,130 to
County Superintendent is Distribut
ing District Libraries.
A consignment of books to file
state library was held up becauseW
the recent slides at the ranamaca
nal and thereby were the school li
braries of Polk county , directly af
fected. The county annually appor
tions a certain amount of money for
the school in each district, and the
districts select from a list sent out
from the state library the books that
it wants. Several hundreds of these
books were ordered this year and .en
route were delayed at the canail. As
a result .,the shipment just arrived
this week and is being distributed by
the county superintendent The coun
ty library fund apportionment! is
made according to the populatioir'of
the school and in this way some very
good small library collection are gath
ered together within the course of a
very few years. The superintendent's
office provides markers and library
cards tor all books sent out.
Nineteen tentative plans for the inter-county
bridge between Polk and
Marion counties were submitted to
the board of viewers when it conven
ed at Salem last Friday afternoon,
the plans being for a variety of
bridges ranging in estimated cost
from $126,430 to $294,510. Following
the meeting of the board, consisting
of N. J. Culver, E. P. McCormack and
J. A. Baker, the courts held a joint
conference behind closed doors to con
sider the question of type of con
struction, but no definite action was
Of the plans submitted the estimat
ed cost of a concrete bridge built on
a street level, with a draw is tiie
most expensive and the high teyel
DEALERS ARE PLEASED
MERCHANTS GRATIFIED OVER
EXTENT OF XMAS TRADE.
Exceeded Expectations and Articles
Selected Were Chiefly of the .
"Christmas business was very sat
isfactory this year." This sentiment
appears to be subscribed to by prac
tically all Dallas business men. Some
of them go even further and declare
the buying this year was above the
average. Others, a little more con
servative, say it was better than it
was last year. Many declare they ex
ceeded last year's total sales in the
last four days before Christmas.
"Conditions this year show a mark
ed improvement," was the assertion
of one merchant whose further state
ments were 'agreed to in a general
way by each of the business men
called upon. "This winter's business
on the whole has been better than it
was a year ago and that condition
to the circuit court of appeals at San
Francisco. From this tribunal the
matter would go to the supreme court.
If this coui-se be taken, it would take
from six to nine months to get the de
termination of that body.
Second, the Southern Pacific may
apply to the supreme court for a writ
ot mandamus, claiming that Judge
Wolverton, in fixing the terms of the
decree, had misinterpreted the su
preme court 's opinion, and asking
kirn to issue the writ to him, requir
ing that a certain kind of decree be
entered. If this were done, it would
take at least 00 days.
GUARD OFFICERS TO MET.
BODY OF MR. HOWES CREMATED
the heaviest timlier in the
e found in the hills abow
and the Willamette Yal
y's road goes through ths
it. The permanent camp
Rock, but logging centers
as new timber is opened
take a great many years
the supply of wood that
se hills, and the company
iat its investment will be
fetime. The extension to
i fifteen-mila limit will be
8 demanded of condition?,
e to say trill at Kn?t one
s add.d to the length
A year until the li-uit is
Heart and Kidney Trouble Cause of
Very Sudden Death.
Ensign E. Howes of Dallas, who
died suddenly at a Portland hotel on
Friday morning, was cremated at the
metropolis on Sunday and the ashes
were left at the crematory lodge. Mr.
Howes djled of a complication of
heart and kidney troubles, said to
have resulted from a fall he received
while at Los Angeles on his wedding
trip recently. He had returned only
a short' time ago with his bride, the
former Mrs. C. E. Fellows, to make
his home in Dallas, and he and his
wife were at Portland on business,
expecting to return to Dallas on the
eve of Christmas. They had planned
a gay Christmas day at their home
here, when Mr. Howes was itaken ill
suddenly and within a few hours had
SCHOOL AUTHORITIES MEET.
Polk County Educators Attend Con
vention at Medford,
H. C, Seymour, county school su
perintendent, W. 1. ford, city super
intendent, H. L. Keezel of Monmoath
high school and H. G. Elliott left On
Sunday for Medford, where they
will attend the annual meeting of
the Oregon State Educational associa
tion, bupenntendent beymour is a
member of a committee to revise jtbe
constitution and by laws of the as
sociation and the presentation of this
revision will be one ot the important
'transactions at the nieening. Thp
meeting began at Medford this morn
USE CREEK BED.
Considers New Pip Line
lipal authorities of Falls
isidering the advisability
ing the proposed water
leal creek on the bed
-am. They consider the
Judee Teal for right of
S exorbitant. The judge
iing to The New, exeuip-
ayment of street assess--ating
tonal gam of $50, for the
! through which it was
build the Hue.
i Indian Fam
illness of several month
of Siletz died at aa ape
d 100 years. Ha was a
e Joshua tribe of la-,
wilful desertion and the evidence
presented showed that Mrs. McLean
had lived apart from tier hnsband
and in California for more than a
year. The family resided at West
Salem, and the plaintiff in the action
here was !ne presented by Attorney
Carey f . Martin of aalem.
types of steel similar to the IenjfcUrent right. 'On through the Christmas
the lowest in cost. All of theiplans,
unless otherwise stated, are for a
bridge having a 30-foot roadway and
a, six-foot sidewalk,, 6n either side.
Following are those submitting plans
and -the testiinated costs of bridses
built according to various 'plannZ
Chas. Jivan Fowler, 'Seattle, 1A,
concrete, concrete approach, estimat
ed cost $&tt,Z0U; 113, concrete, wood
approach, estimated cost, 4203,20G;
1(, concrete, concrete nppjbach es
timated cost, $192,107, 25ft. road,
way; D, concrete, wood approach, es
timated cost, $173,107, jit ft. road
way; E. concrete, coaotete approach,
estimated cost, $AC9g6; F, concrete,
wood approach, Intimated cost $200,
986; 0, steel, wflod approach, esti
mated cost, $148,180, high level, plank
Slierzer Rofier Lift Co., Chicago,
111., 2. steel.J$191,153.
Portland Bridge & Building Co.,
Portland, 3, steel, estimated cost,
W. JH.Cullers, Portland, 4, steel,
Chas. G-. Nubers, Seattle, 5A. con
crete, concrete approach, $294,510;
5B, steel, $246,700.
Bnrr & Cunningham, Portland, 6A,
steel, concrete approach, $158,112;
(IB, concrete, concrete approach, $218,
2G9, high level ; 6C, steel, concrete
approach, $126,430. high leevl.
Bowerman & McCoy, Seattle, 7,
concrete, concrete approach, $232,000.
A. H. Lamm, Portland, 8. concrete,
concrete approach, $171,390, plus
price of draw span.
Marsh Engineering Co., Des Moines
9, concrete, concrete approach.
Robert Wakefield, Portland,
buying season, t Trade for the holi-
days"tnited very early, commencing
immediately after Thanksgiving. It
kept right on in steady flow up to
the very last. During Friday there
was something of the old time crush
and rush characteristic of the Christ-
mai'Vhopning season, but that period
was short this year. People respond
ed toli&rgeueral; sentiment of im
proving conditions. The sales ran
quite largely to the better grade of
goods. EarlyJ in the season people
with moderate means had high-priced
articles laid aside, upon which they
made installment payments un
til the entire bill was taken care of.
"We have no fault with Christmas
business. It reflects the spirit of op
timism. If conditions continue to
show an improvement, next year
ought to bring to Dallas the heaviest
Christmas shopping season the city
(has ever experienced. Pieoipile a.re
learning to shop early and to buy
good things. Christmas is getting ro
be a season of giving others what
they need and want rather than a
haphazard buying of gewgaws as it
used to be.
Captain Stafrin Leave Tomorrow To
It is expected that when Adjutant
General White calls the officers of the
Oregon National Guard do order at
1:30 tomorrow afternoon in the arm
ory at Portland, there will be between
80 and 90 present from the several
commands ot the state. , Captain
Stafrin will leave in the morning for
Portland to attend the meeting, at
winch will be discussed the. national
guard pay bill now before congress,
This is one of the very important
measures for the consideration of the
national body this year, as far -as the
guard is concerned, for it provides
regular pay tor tne men and officers
ot the national guard. If it is passed
it will mean the great development of
that organization, as well in Dallas as
throughout the United States. The
effect and scope of other measures
proposed in regard to national pre
paredness and detense will come in
tor explanation and consideration at
the meeting tomorrow. When the
conference is over a buffet luncheon
will be "served at the armory, ; The
out-of-town officers will be guests in
the evening at the Jtleilig theater,
where the motion picture production,
"The War Cry of Peace," will be
exhibited. . . i
POLK'S BIG BOOZE FEST
RETIRING WET YEAR WILL BE
Independence and Falls City Mecca
For Thirsty Populace on New
BANGS RETURNED TO ILLINOIS.
CHRISTMAS CALM AND QUIET.
Monmouth Yonng Woman United To
Celestial at Vancouver.
On Friday Miss Anna Hendricksen
of Monmouth was united in marriage
to Rio Yamans, Japanese, of Pando,
Cal. The license was secured and
the ceremony performed at Vancou
ver, Washington. The Japanese hus
band is 25 years of age and has work
ed about Monmouth at different
times. The bride is 21 years old and
is well-known to Monmouth people.
PIONEER OF 1847 GONE
MRS. MARTHA A. HILL, 81, DIES
Intoxicants Did Not Flow Freely
With Lower Element.
The Christmas celebration did not
unusually profit the oity of Dallas,
although its watchers of peace and
dignity were constantly on duty.
There were any number of times when
the services ot the city marshal or the
night marshal were required to calm
some turbulent spirit whose trips to
Independence or Falls City had been
disastrous, but only one of the revel
ers was sent to jail for intoxication.
This person spent eaturday evening
in the city jail and contributed $5 to
the city police court, this was the
only case that was brought to the at
tention of Police Judge Gregory dur
ing the days immediately preceeding
or following Christmas.
CorvaUis Defeats Monmouth.
The basketball quintet of the Mon
mouth Athletic club lost to tne 1 nl
Delta Sigma," of Corvallis in the
high school gymnasium Thursday
evening by a score of 20 to 22. A
return game will be played.
EXECUTION IS STAYED
Governor Withycombe Honors Requi
sition For Embezzler.
Yesterday Governor James Withy-
jombe honored a requisition fsom
Governor Dunne of Illinois tor the
extradition of L. S. or G. E. Bangs,
held at Roseburg by Sheriff Quine.
Bangs was arrested in Dallas, where
he was employed as manager of the
Guthrie dairy, and will be returned
to Alexander county, Illinois, to tace
a charge of embezzling $10,000 while
acting as manager for the S. S. Mc-
Clure eompany, organized under Hue
laws of Michigan. Bangs had been
at Roseburg and left to come to Polk
county. When Sheriff Quine of Doug
las county learned that the man was
wanted he found, through his corres
pondence, that he had come to Dallas.
In company with shena Urr or tins
county. Sheriff Bangs went to the
Guthrie dairy and arrested the man.
He said at that time that he would
not fight extradition, although he did
not openly confess to the crime which
was charged against' him.
AGED RESIDENT PASSES.
Portland will have nothing on In
dependence and Falls City when Fri
day night comes, as the funeral march
of the demon rum is played over the
state. Portland is preparing for a
gigantic celebration and liquored or
gy, with grill tables selling for ex
orbitant prices, but the big city is in
no way ouitdoing those of Polk coun
ty, where king booze has remained en
throned until the last note was sung.
At Independence the liquor stocks
have been on sale for more than a
month and are by this time sadly de
pleted. Yet, enough remains for the
great "blow-out" on New Year's eva.
At Falls City the sale has also been
going on, and great quantities of beer
and whisky have been sold within the
past six weeks.
But the big night comes on New
Year's eve. Those who eniov the ex
citement of such sights and those who
participate will flock to Independence
and Falls City in great numbers to
get in on the merriment, and there are
none to deny that the old year will
pass out with the greatest celebra
tion and "booze fest" that old Polk
county has ever known. To start the
new year right cellar stocks have been
created or replenished in Dallas, the
source being Portland, Independence,
Fails City and California, and with
in the past two weeks more beer and
liquor have been shipped into Dallas
than was received here, in all prob
ability, during any two weeks in tlhe .
history of saloons in the city.
WOMAN SENT TO HER HOME.
Entire Married Life, Commencing in
1851, Passed on Donation Claim
on Banks of RickreaU.
McLean Granted Divorce.
Judge Belt granted a decree of di
vorce to Joseph A. McLean late last
week in the default ase of McLean
McLean. Mr. McLean charged mous Rickreall, where she lived with
Mrs. Martha A. Hill, mother of In
dependence, passed awav at her resi
dence tibere early Sunday morning,
after an illness of several weeks. She
was a pioneer of 1847.
Airs. Hill was born in Wreenup
county, Kentucky, in 1834, and when
13 made the trip to Oregon. The
party landed on the banks of the fa
Cuts Light Bill.
Beoaase of the inadequacy of the
street illumination the rails City
council shaved Claud Ellison's bill
for a recent month from $85 to $41,
which called forth a vigorous objec
tion from the management of the
plant The aldermanie body, however,
refused to reconsider tne natter.
Coanty Budget Hearing.
That the bearinr on the rountv
budget for 1916. to be faeld oa Thurs
day, will be large v attended br in-1 in the old pioneers' cemetery at Rick.
tereated taxpayers seema quite eer-1 nralL Dr. Donsmore will eonduet the
I funeral aerrieea.
the Birch family for many years. She
was the dauehter of Reason Virgin,
and married Henry Hill in July, 1851.
They settled on a donation claim,
where the city of Independence now
stands, and Mra. Hill bad made many
donations of land for city enterprises,
ptablie buildings, churches, railroads
Mrs. Hill was the) mother of nine
children, four of whom survive ber.
U R. Hill. Homer Hill, VeM Hill
and Mrs. Garland Hill Cohrs. all of
whom were with ber at her death. Hr
husband died in 1904, and since that
time she bad been 4 he bead of nei
own household, living on the original
etaun, the bouse being contiguous to
the city of Independence, just outside
the limits. The funeral will be held
from the family residence at 1 JS0 o'
clock Tuesday, and interment win be
ESPEE GIVEN FURTHER TIME IN
LAND GRANT ACTION.
Judge Wolverton Makes Time Short
So That Congress May Deal
Judge Wolverton, in federal court
at Portland yesterday morning,
granted a stay of execution of the
decree in the Oregon & California
railroad land grant ease until Febru
ary 7. William D. Fenton, attorney
for the Southern Pacific whom the
decree gives an equity of $2.50 an
acre in the more than 2,000,000 grant
land acres, asked for a stay of 60
days, to permit an appeal, but United
States Attorney Keames objected.
Mr. Reames said that the railroad
bad threatened to appeal or apply for
a wnt of mandamus to the United
States supreme court He urged
srainst farther extension - of time,
saying that the matter of the execu
tion of the decree is of the Highest
and moet pressing importance, so that
congress may have a basis on which to
proceed with legislation lor the dis
posal of the grant lands.
"A certified copy of the decree has
been forwarded to Washington," be
said, "and is now being made the
basis for legislation by eongresa. This
matter should be settled, so that eon
gresa may have something on which
The Southern Pacific, dissatisfied
with the decree of the court may take
either of two courses :
First it may make application for
a writ of error, virtually an appeal,
Samuel B. Baldwin Dies at Indepen
dence After Long Illness.
Samuel B. Baldwiji of 'Indepen
dence passed away at his home in that
city on Friday morning after a long
illness, at the age ot Hi years. Mr.
Baldwin came to Independence with
his family trom Kansas nearly a
quarter century ago. He had been ac
tively identified with Baptist church
work for 57 years. He has made a
host of friends during his life in Polk
county, who will mourn his death.
The funeral was conducted at Salem
on Sunday and Mr. Baldwin was laid
away in the mausoleum at that city.
He left a widow at Independence, a
son, M. P. Baldwin, of Georgia, and
a daughter, Mrs. R. H. Wilcox of
OREGON GOES TO MILITIA.
"Bulldog of Navy" Will Be Station
ed at San Francisco.
The battleship Oregon, "the bull
dog of the navy," will be turned over
to the California navel militia at San
Francisco on February 15, according
to orders received by Commander
Reeves from Secretary of the Navy
Daniels. Tbe militia will not have
an opportunity to handle and fire the
13-inch guns of the Oregon, in Com
mander Reeves opinion, because of
the heavy cost of operating these big
pieces and of the long course of train
Pastor Recipient of Watch.
Rev. McConnell, pastor of the
Christian church, was made extremely
happy on Christmas day when bis
congregation presented bim with, a
beautiful gold watch in appreciation
of bis efforts as foreman in the Mas
ter's vineyard. The timepiece is of
pretty design, carries an Elgin move
ment and tbe wearer is protected front
its loss by a handsome gold chain.
Another Contract Awarded.
The Falls City Lumber eompany
has awarded another contract for
grading a further extension, of its
logging railroad, Mr. Gilo,' who re
cently completed a similar entitraet
for this eompany, receiving the job.
It is for 3000 feet, whir hi distance
will take the line into much valuable
Josie Thompson Instead of Being
Prosecuted Is Given Fund.
Portland Journal: Josie Thomp
son, a young woman of DiI!as, is
spending a' much more happy Christ
mas than she expected this "morning,
for instead of facing prosecntiou on
o charge of shoplifting, she in noir '
speeding to her Dallas home. She was
firrested on a charge of stealing ties
and hocks from a depa 'ment store.
When the case cwme up for trial I 'ep
uty District Attorney Ryan announc
ed that he had been requested to have
the charge dismissed and Judge Day
ton at once wiped the slate clean.
Judge Dayton, Ryan and Deputy
Sheriff Beckman then donated enough
knoney to send the young woman
M'COY RESIDENT DIES.
Conrad Faist, Weil-Known German,
Passes Away at Farm Home.
Conrad Faist, a well-known resi
dent of McCoy, where he had lived for
nearly ten years, passed away on Sat
urday at his McCoy home. Mr. Faist
was 58 years at the time of his death.
and had been in the United State
since 1872. He came to this country
from his birthplace in Baden. Ger
many, and settled in Nebraska, where
he was married on March 10. 1884.
to Mary Aberly. The family moved
to McCoy in 1906. Mr. Faist' leaves a
brother in Dallas. Jacob Faist. and a
half brother living in Nebraska. Fu
neral senices were conducted by the
Hev. D. A. MacKenzie at Chapman's
chapel yesterday morning. Interment
was in the Salt Creek cemetery.
NAME MERELY SUGGESTED.
Reported Resignation of Mr. Seymonf
The report that H. C. Seymour may
tender his resignation as superinten
dent or county schools to accept a
position as field worker in the exten- "
sion department at O. A. C. is some
what premature. A successbr to Mr.
Griffin, who recently resiimed as field
worker to go east, must be selected
in the near future, and Mr. Seymour's
friends in the state have suggested his
appointment, but further than this
there is nothing to the report. There
are a number of applicants for tbe
place made vacant by Mr. Griffin's
Surreyi New Road.
County Surveyor Canfield returned
from near the Lincoln county line,
where he surveyed in old road up
Steer creek, and laid out a branch
road one and a half miles. The latter
road, if approved by tbe county court,
will serve five families who now go to
and f rom their homes by means of
Independence Appeal Case.
At a recent session of tbe Indepen
dence eouneiimea the North Indepen
dence ease was appealed from the de
cision of Judge Belt, and unless the
incoming administration takes a dif
ferent view of the matter the ques
tion will go before the Supreme
Tbe Liberty one-room school was
standardised last week according to
the rules prescribed. J. L Reasoner
is teacher at Liberty.