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DALLAS, POLE COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1917
CITY MILL STAETS TO-
jlv OB TOMORROW.
, idle For Year and a Half.
to Run Continuously
, nlmost continuous shut
,, war and a half, the large
I, Falls City will resume op
idav or tomorrow. W. T.
lied to an Observer leprcsen-
tcrfay that 11 wus exFBU1'KU
jill would be operated con
and a large number of men
been idle for a long time
,jven work again.
it tiwetbcr with the thous-
Leg oi standing umuei wi
itv, was formerly ownea oy
ntv Lumber company. The
1y has ceased to exist, all
. linvinor been turned ovei
Xf organization the Falls
Iber and bogging company.
ill Dond at Falls City mou
rn have been piled up for
L of insuring a continuous
lh ism commences opera
nd. There is a consider-
o? Ibe time each winter
ling in the mountains to the
full Wty is lmponsiiMo uiug
If. and it is for the purpose
Ijglogs during inese penous
ipply has been stacKea in
Mil this time.
-ML shortage existing has been
Me for the failure of the com
pea up suuuer. J.' mio
M business men are eiaiea
Irospects of a resumption of
k the mill company, oince
Ini nearly two years ago
Save Deen duq in vue imu-
L of Polk county. A large
of the population depends
in the mill and the log-
for their labor.
i few sawmill plants in the
valley of larger capacity
todern than the institution
:ty. It has a capacity of
ihr 75,000 feet a dayr and
invested in the equipment.
lay has 10 or zu mnes oi
itersecting its timber hold-
maintains two logging
IMPROVEMENTS MENTIONED AS
MONMOUTH SCHOOL'S NEEDS
Malaga Tax This Year Will Brine
Less Money Whereas Students
and Expenses Increase.
bTY TO RAISE RATES.
Cat Does Not Pay System's
kiraal meeting of the Falls
pi tonight the new city
will find it necessary to
water rates immediately.
Ltructed a water system
kuing bonds for $30,00(1.
fixed by ordinance, but
that the income failed to
Ihe interest on the bonds,
fund and the expenses of
Bon. Direct taxation was
This made a levy of 22
City imperative for tho
There has been so much
making up this deficit by
ion that the city council
treed into the position of
lor Father and Child.
s Burk, who charges that
Earl Burk, has kidnap-
liild, is being cared for
lie home of Earl Burk's
and Mrs. Samuel L.
Samuel L. Burk is search-
on and grandchild. Mrs.
unacquainted with her
i arrived at the Samuel
Thursday morning and
Voted to find her husband
ere. Neither were at the
a Airlie and the father
of Earl did not know
on was. They knew that
a married several years
county but had not met
they did not know that
ple were having trouble.
uvea in Dallas several
FEES PASSES AWAY.
urns Came to Oregon in
inter of '66.
Burns, well-known and
led pioneer of Polk eoun-
f'y at ber home near
Sunday morning at 2
had bevji in failing
ff time. The immediate
was leakage of the
eral services were eon
Bnms home this morn-
interment was made in
petery, near Lewisville.
W by her husband, and
Mrs. Ivrrne Dodge
and Eugene and Mag
reside at the old borne
place. One son, Victor, preceded her
in neam. A slster, Mrs. Chas. Potter
of New-berg and two brothers, Joiin
James ol I astlc Rock, Wash, and
Jesse James of Mihvaukie, arrived
yesterday morning to attend the fu
neral. Phosa James was born in Lindley,
Missouri, on January 17, 1857. in
18(10 she crossed the plains with her
parents, and arrived in Oregon in
the winter of that year, settling on
the homestead near Bridgeport. Her
father, Eev. John James, was well
known to Dallas people, ho having
been engaged in the jewelry business
here for many years. His widow,
Mrs. Margaret James, though of verv
advanced age, still survives the
daughter, making her home on the old
homestead near Bridgeport.
On November 30, 1876, deceased was
married to James H. Bums and to
this union four children were bora.
three of whom survive. Had she liv
ed until the 17th of this month she
would have been 60 years of age. She
was well-known throughout all of
Polk county and many friends, aside
Irom the immediate family, mourn her
BODY FOUND IN RIVER
ED PROM SALE!
Foul Play Now Suspected by Relat
ivesStrange Man Steen When
Distress Cries Were Heard.
Jack Eakin Is Basketballer.
Jack Eakin, a member of the O. A
C. cadet band which is touring east
ern Oregon during the Christmas va
cation, is also a star basketballer, ac
cording to the La Grande Observer.
The item taken from The Observer is
as follows : The basketball game play
ed last evening between the Y.. M. C.
first team and a team picked from the
O. A. C. band, was won by the Y. M.
C. A. by the score of 46 to 12. While
the game was quite one-sided it was
just rough enough to be interesting,
the large crowd enjoyed the whole
game, there were few dull moments in
the contest. Eakin was the star for
the O. A. C. boys and he was one of
the best players on the floor.
NORMAL ASKS $87,520
In a report submitted to the secre
tary of state last week the Oregon
Normal school at Monmouth asks the
legislature which convenes next Mon
day for $87,520 for the next two
years. It is estimated, says the re
port, that the one-twenty-fifth of a
mill tax allowed the school will fall
$1000 short of the estimated running
expenses, salaries of officers, and em
ployes, etc. ,in the coming two years.
The millage tax it is tnougni win
bring the institution $70,300 and the
estimated receipts total $16,400.
The bulk of the $86,820 which the
legislature is asked to appropriate is
desired for permanent improvements.
For enlarging the main building to
give sufficient space for assembly pur
poses, and also lor locuer space ii
the gymnasium, $25,000 is asked. A
iinl nf sViO.OOO is desired for enlarg
ing the women's dormitory to give the
minimum space required tor dormi
tory purposes and equipping the ad
dition. For paving the streets about
the normal grounds and tor general
improvements about, the grounns
The body of Lillian Hrbkeek, who
disappeared from the home of former
Senator Hlal. D. Patton in silem ear
ly on the morning of Decemiber 15th,
was discovered in shoal water of" the
Willamette river on Sundayjby Wal
ter Suckau and A. B. Kirpy, duck
hunters. The body was foup.d on the
rim of an island in the river about a
mile above Lincoln and six rniles from
Salem. t ,
The girl wore a house ( dress and
shoes and stockings. The- fact that
she wore shoes came as k surprise,
as it was thought at her disappear
ance that she left home barefooted.
In the minds of some members of
her family has entered th? glint of
suspicion that the girl may have been
the victim of foul play. This suspic
ion is based largely on statements
made by E. F. Ainsworth, night su
perintendent at the Salem street rail
way car-barns, a short distance from
The morning that the drowning girl
floated down the stream and the
bridge-tender made an ineffectual at
tempt to save her by throwing a rope,
Ainsworth said he heard someone
shout near the side of a house back
from the river bank. He said these
calls sounded like the call of a person
in distress or fright. . 1
He says he ran in the direction of
the river at the third oi fourth shout.
When he reached the scene from
where the shouting first seemed to
emanate he heard similarycalls from
the river's shelving edge, about 20
feet below. Then he heard wails and
moans apparently from the river itself.
He followed the sound along the
river bank. In the dense fog and dark
ness he was unablejto see the person.
He said tie saw no one else along the
bank save a strange man, who ap
peared after Ainsworth had followed
the calls down the river more than
two blocks. He could not describe the
Officials and members of the Patton
family are inclined to scout the theory
of foul play. The girl was sent to
the Girls' Industrial school about two
years ago, but since her release she
had led an exemplary life, all who
knew her say. She entered actively
into church work and her whole char
acter seemed to be changed.
Miss Hrbacek is survived by her
father, John Hrbacek, of Shaniko; her
mother, who resides at Rosedale, a
few miles south of Salem, and three
sisters, Pose and Anna, of Salem, and
Anfrie. of Portland. The father ar
rived at Salem a few days after the
dniisrhter's disappearance, and has
been making every effort since to dis
cover the body or some trace or tne
The funeral was held in Salem yes
POLK TAXPAYERS COUNSEL
WITH COURT FRIDAY.
Resolution To Abolish Office of Road
Supervisor Defeated; Confidence
In Court Evident
REPORT MADE OP 1915 TAX
Sheriff's Office Has Partially Com
pleted 1915 Collection.
Tliere is less preceding year's delin-
,,em ' r . .I... c-
$5000 is requested, and !fmi is asKci quent tax mis j. . --.
securing a school or scnoois in me corning m
initv of Monmouth to be operated made Friday v the shenff to the
iniiy vi dolinnnent personal
COW.l.V cuuifc. iw 1"-
lomnttT OT 1'
i.., ii,. otnB for practice scnoois.
One other of the old normal schools
in the state asks for an appropriation.
This is the Southern Ureson normal
. l-.i. j :-no an unnrnnriation
SChOOl, wnn-u uoi.t. -,-r--r--
of $420 for a new rooi on we u
Adeline Bidders Funeral Held.
The funeral of Miss Adeline nid
rfer. who died at the sje f 37 at the
Good Samaritan hospital m Port and
on Thursday, December 21st, was held
on Sunday, the 24th at 1 p. m .t the
m. r.lce and the bodv was .. ."
rest in the family cemetery near . li
ver Eev. Ft. Lane eondueiea
.' ' .tten.led bv a l.-rst
vires, wun.il ., .
i e t--A, The family wih
to thank the many friends for the
many beautiful floral offerings and
svmpathv in their sad bereavement in
the death of their loyin? sister.
Polk taxpayers at the budget meet
ing Friday morning in the court house
approved the 1917 budget as submit
ted by the county court. Confidence
in the present court was manifest.
Not to tie the court's hands but to
leave all questions to it, without sug
gestions, seemed to be the attitude of
a majority of the people present. A
resolution calling for the abolition of
the office of county roadmastcr and
ihe placing of the roadmaster's duties
in the hands of the county surveyor
was defeated, 30 to 22. The resolu
tion was introduced by A. H. Dennett
oi Crowley. I. L. Patterson and Leon
ard Starr spoke in opposition to the
The budget calls for a levy of 22.6
nulls which will raise $300,877.38.
Not a murmur of disapproval was
uttered when County Judge Kirkpat-
nck told the taxpayers that it was
the court's opinion that the inter-
county bridge at Salem should be
built in 1917 whether any other work
in the county was done or not. Rep
resentatives listened to the judge's
words that spelled no roads, no bridg
es, no new culverts for 1917 -unless,
the $40,000 or more back taxes from
the disputed O. and C. grant land as
sessments were received and said
nothing. All seemed agreed with the
court that the bridge came first and
must be built. Judge Kirkpatrick ex
plained that it would be necessary to
use all tho money in the Salem bridge
portion of the general fund, the bridge
and ferry fund and the allowable 30
per cent of the fund raised by roads
and highways levy. Even then, the
judge explained, Polk county would
not have its one-third of the propos
ed cost of the Salem bridge, $250,000.
At the opening of the meeting
Judge Kirkpatrick explained that "the
$5,500 in the widows' pension fund
and the $9,000 in the "care of the
poor" fund probably would not be
enough to provide for the calls upon
these funds, but the judge promised to
endeavor to make the amounts go the
H. E. HARRISON SPECULATES.
Wells, Fargo Agent Takes a Flyer In
That there is no royal road to learn'
ing H. E. Harrison, Wells Fargo
agent, has discovered.
Dale Hill bought a dozen thorough
bred chickens from a man by the name
bf Kiley who lives near Monmouth, and
expressed them to Dallas. When the
crate arrived in Dallas Harrison read
the consignee as "Gail Hotel" and de
livered it to Ping in the Gail kitchen.
Now Ping isn't a chicken fancier and
declares the blood of these fowls was
no bluer than any other chicken that
has come to his attention. And Ping
knows about these particular chick
ens for he it was who acted as special
But Mr. Hill wanted the chickens
for other purposes than "fries" and
traced his property to the hotel. Char
ley Bilyeu paid Harrison at the mar
ket rate and Harrison added $1.07 for
his share and has the amount "charg
ed to experience."
night the first tax levy for Marion
comity for the comma- vear. which
will be 10.5 mills. State tax will be
ft mills, school tax B.6 mSils and
county tax 4.9 mills. This will make
the total levy for the city of Salem
The total expense to the countv out
ot the general fund will be $3
867.65, but it is estimated there will
be $186,646.32 iu receipts from var
Among extraordinary items includ
ed are $264,000 for roads, bridges and
ferries, and $46,000 for the care of
the poor. The latter item is $21,000
higher than last year. Included in
the amount is a sum of $20,000 for
widows' pensions. A recent decision
of the Circuit court overthrowing
precedent established here of deduct
ing the income value of all property
held by those coming under the pen
sion law from the amount of the pen
sion paid is understood to be one of
the reasons for this substantial in
crease. Among other levies, .8 of a
mill is included for the high school
and real estate tax is $8,971.12. The
delinquent O. and C. land grant tax
for 1915 is $15,041.17. or the laio
tax $1,085.57 has been collected.
Teach Typing In Schools!
Typewriters instead of pens for
public school children were advocated
bv Professor Franklin Bobbitt of the
School of Education of the university
of Chicago, in addressing the Illinois
Women's Legislative congress. He
said that publie schools were only 50
. .ffi;.nt. "We have passed
the quill pen stage in education. We
thA tvrtAwnier bihkc
attended bv a l.-r?e our schools were properly 1-PP
they eould oo in bh j
they now do in a whole day.
Many Employes Get S. P. Bonn
tl.: i. of the 40 men m
the Dnl'las repair shops of the South
ern Pacifie have qualified for the bo
nus to be distributed by tne eompeoT-,
Fortv-two men in uaiiaa " " '
. ill receive the extra money. To get
the bonus employes most have been
in the service of the company for two
consecutive years preceding December
1P1B and must not have gone out on
strike from the company's ranks.
Bert Sells rs Hotel
Henrv Scrr. who conducted the Ho
tel GaO in this city for a nomber of
years, going from D.H 'HoodR.v
er about a vear asro. has disposed of
hi, hotel JhtP'r
tag possession yesterday TbeOb
erisVot advised as to Mr. Serr s
plans for the future.
DALLAS WINS OVER CORVALLIS
Thirty to Four Is Score of Sigma
It took the Dallas basketball quin
tet the entire first half to get warm
ed up in the game against the Sigma
Chi team of O. A. C. Friday night
on the Dallas armory floor, but when
the team did get going the scorer
was kept busy. Two of the Sigma
Chi players, Hi Blagg and Ira Mix,
were the only basketballers on the
visiting team that made things inter
esting for the local shooters, though
Morris and Tyrell guarded elosely.
Blagg was able to break np the Dal
las team work during the first half
hy jumping faster than Fenton.
"Kat" Woods replaced Ballantyne at
the end of the first half and was one
of Dallas' p-iHoal scorers. AH the
Dallas player- showed good flashes
irave promise that the team would
v.. . www! one when rounded i 'o
MARION LEVY TO BE 10.5.
Salem Property Owners Will Pay 30.9
HiQs Toil xtar.
fhm ennntv mirmissioueri turned
over to County J tsessor West last
Gives Christian Science Lecture,
Paul Stark Seeley, C. S., member
of the board of lectureship of the
First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bos
ton, Massachusetts, delivered a lec
ture on Christian Science to a well-
filled house at the Orpheum theater
last Sunday afternoon. The full text
of the lecture is published on other
pages of this issue.
S. P. Laying 80-Pound Rails.
The Southern Pacific company ib
laying 20 miles of 80-pound steel
rails, replacing 50-pound rails, on the
J. Wiebe Buys Automobile.
J. Wiebe has .purchased a Dort au
tomobile from K. N. Wood, local
agent, for spring delivery.
XMAS CANTATA PLEASES
'MESSIAH'S ADVENT" GIVEN
IN ARMORY SUNDAY NIGHT
Local Men and Women Made up
Chorus and Took Solo Parts D.
V. Poling Conducted.
"The Messiah's Advent," a Christ
mas cantata, was sung Sunday night
in the Dallas armory to an audience
of about 500 people. The members of
the chorus and the soloists were local
men and women, coached the past two
weeks by D. V. Poling. Mr. Poling
conducted without a score.
One of the pretty features or the
evening was the singing of "The An
gels' Serenade." A double quartet
of men in the balcony answered the
serenade of a women's quartet rrom
the platform with a "Gloria In Ex-
celsis." The soloists, John w. urr,
R. U. Steelquist, Mrs. D. V. Poling,
Miss Edna Morrison, Mrs. D. A. Mc-
Kenzie and Mrs. Georgia Byers sang
Members of the chorus were: Mes
damcs MacKenzie, Miller, Poling and
Byers; Misses Morrison, iwings,
Fiske, Coad and Grant; and Messrs.
Orr. Snyder, Miller, Steelquist, Din-
necn, Cerny, Uhome ana mucn.....
Much of the credit for the success
of the cantata is due to D. V. Poling,
the conductor. Mr. Poliag whipped
the music into shape with five re
hearsals and his knowledge of .the
score and his splendid directing that
made the cantata what it was.
The chorus entered the room sinir-
"Onward. Christian Soldiers."
Misses Dorothy Bennett and Helen
Poling accompanied on two pianos.
Miss Bennett accompaniea we mui
CARD BUYS HTBBARD FARM.
Will Subdivide 120 Acre Gilliam Sta
Joe Card yesterday closed a deal
for the 120-aere tlibbara P" "
Gillism station through W. M. r.uis.
subdivide the prop
erty and sell it Competition for the
farm was keen as may p
fact that a second Dover c.-
BRIDGE NOT SAFE NOW
STATE ENGINEER MAKES RE
PORT ON COURT'S REQUEST
Recommendations Include Suspension
of General Traffic But Would Per
mit Greatly Restricted Loads.
The inter-county bridge at Salem
is no longer safe to general truflle; for '
a time the bridge is comparatively
safe for "greatly restricted" traffic,
yet, "while this bridge has outlived
the penod of its usefulness, it is dif
ficult to predict the exact time, or
under just what circumstances it will
ultimately fail. No one can guaran
tee its safety even with the repairs
which have been made, or under the
restricted use above recommended"
such are the conflicting and puzzling
findings of the state highway commis
sion made upon the request of the
county courts of Marion and Polk
counties for a physical examination
of the bridge. The report was sub
mitted December 28.
The report is signed by State En
gineer John H, Lewis and is based up
on a physical examination of the
bridge and a study of the stresses
made by Joseph Weare, assistant en
gineer in charge of the bridge depart
ment, assisted by L. W. Metzger, de
signing engineer. The report recom
mends, that Marion and Polk counties
"take steps in the near future look
ing toward the securing of a ferry to
handle the traffic at this point, and
that as soon as it becomes practicable
and safe to operate such ferry after
the 19171 spring floods, that the pres
ent inter-county bridge be closed to
all traffic." No mention is made why
the bridge can be made to last through
the stresses caused by high waters of
the spring and heavy winds of the
winter, yet should be abandoned as
soon as the heavy stresses are over.
The report further recommends that
the maximum total concentrated live
load should not exceed three tons and
then only when alone on a span. No
loads should be allowed to pass during
heavy winds." Long intervals between?
any but the lightest vehicles should De
maintained. Droves of animal
should be broken up, No consider-,
able number of people should be al
lowed to assemble on the span nor un
der any oircumstances be permitted
to cross more than a few at a time.
Thouirh the two requests of the two
county courts, made Deoember 9, ask
ed for, first, a physical examination
of the bridge with recommendations
as to whether the bridge could be rec
ommended for use by restricted traf
fic, and second, to recommend a eite
and type of a proposed new bridge,
the report roes further and recom
mends that the bridge should be used
until suitable accommodations can be
made to secure a ferry.
When interviewed Saturday Judge
Kirkpatrick would make no statement
for publication concerning the report,
saying that he and the commissioner
preferred to wait until a joint meet
ing of the county court of Marion
nnd Polk mieht be held. The two
courts can not poss'b'y get together
until the end of this week or the be
ginning of next.
"While the closing of the inter-
county bridge would prove a great in
convenience to the residents of the
West Salem district, inasmuch as the
capital is the logical market place for
that territory, I am firmly convinced
that in its present physical condition
; in a constant menace to life and
that traffic across the structure should
cease without unnecessary delay."
These are the words of Mr. Chas. A.
Parks, a prominent resident of West
Salem, who was a Dallas visitor on
Saturday last Mr. Psrks told a rep
resentative of The Observer that he
hsd occasion to cross the inter-eoonty
bridge many time each week, and
that be always felt a sense of relief
.h.. h tonched terra Anna. He coin
cided with the reeoromendation made
by State Engineer Lewis that the
structure be eioseo v ir"',
standing the signifiesnt faet that h
own interest, as well a those of b
neighbors, would be temporarily
erdized. It would be quite impossible
for the counties to estaDlisB a irrry
. ... .rm miti offered
ed at me cuu.h-uj - - .. r " .... .a .- ..;i;ti
to take the place a card w that would eno
ut his cheek. G. O. Butler aasisvea foT the he4T, triTei, ididm . -
Mr. Ellis in the sale.
C. Stewart Is Transferred.
r 9t.rL apprentice boilermaker,
haa been transferred from Dills to
n,Hvn With this transfer the
ehange of men in the Dallaa shops
to other points are ended.
ck.nw Kiim Turnover.
ci..w Orr made a turnover of
DUCl ' " ' "
$1,003.69 V''-v to County Treasure!
but even such an ineenveninnw
be tolerated rather than to m vm
risk of losing lives witb W P7
of the bridge, whieh seems prooaow
at almost any time.
Rev. J. K. McCoan HL
J. K. McConnen, pastor of the
MeMinnvill Christian ehnreh. w sen
onsly ill at bia bom MeMinnvilla,
u 1..r,4 UeCogaell was with ki
father over the week-end.