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ffIC STILl PUZZLES
HAY NOT ALLOW PLANK-
H0; FERRY POSSIBLE.
Lr Thinks Center Street is Best
Courts Will Consider Pro-
Lai Tor Ferry Operation.
definite action was reached re-
to a means ot trafHc across the
Ute river, pending the con
L of a bridge to replace the
laemned structure, by the joint
4; of itho Polk, and' Marion
courts last week.
Jroval of the Southern Pacific
1 a J
fiy oi i" .piupuseu pian 10
the company's steel bridge' is
Voted, but there is no certain-
1 the plan will be approved by
trials in San Francisco. It
necessary to resort to the e
bent of a ferry across the riv-
it is said that a man is now
Im attempting negotiations for
aDIisnmeni; ot a ierry. Anotner
iieeting of the courts will be
kit Thursday, beginning at 11
at which the ferry proposal
ttsfrom the office of the state
fir were submitted at the meet-
illerday and will receive fur-
Irasal at the meeting next week.
report of the engineer's office,
lion for a new bridge has been
red above Court street and no
below Center street, and
is held to be the "only prnc-
ite. The plans submitted
ily Court and Center streets.
irt street plans are drawn for
level concrete bridge of dif-
ilypes and for Center street
'ere submitted for low level
high level concrete,
submitted and estimated
it of each follow :
For Court Street.
Level Concrete Concrete
west aproach A-l wood
ition, east approach concrete
wall and fill; estimate,
plus cost of right of way.
as above except west ap
ilieap pile trestle plus right
as No. 1, except west ap-
be of concrete; estimate,
plus right of way.
is on Court street would
the east approach a grade
ip cent and on the west a
For Center Street.
vel Steel With class A
cir (laminated floor on
A wood approach; es-
vel Steel Cheap trestle
approach; estimate $164,-
level Steel Concrete floor,
proaeh, east approach no
(st approach, .78 per cent;
ievel Steel East approach
wall with fill, concrete via-
leet, main bridge laminated
wood trestle; estimate,
above except main span
pete floor; estimate, $175,-
i above with concrete floor.
"aeh concrete ; estimate,
kvel Concrete West ap-
1 wood trestle; estimate,
above with east approach
Mil and fill, viaduct 102
approach concrete; esti-
I to locations the report
tion above Court street
msidered for the reason
and obstruction to navi
s a wide detour were
bove the island above the
iMunicany tne same limitations and
drawbacks as both Court and Center
streets without the good points of
"The alignment of the street with
respect to the lira of the river is such
that it would he necessary to intro
duce a curved approach at the east
end. The layout is such that the
grade of tho east approach would not
be appreciably lower than that at
Center street and the length would
be about the same, when proper
alignment with the current is secur
ed. The crossing over the river
proper would be wider Shan at Cen
ter streets and the grade is not as
low as at Court street. There is the
further circumstance of right of way
to be acquired. There are thus left
for consideration the Court street
and the Center street sites."
Reference is made to the shifting
of the river channel as indicated for
a period of sixty years, being shown
than the channel is gradually en
croaching on the Polk county shore.
"It seems to this department,"
says the report, "that the farther
down stream it is practicable to put
a bridge, the longer will such a
structure be removed frotn the in
fluence of the changes. It
was on1 this same basis that twenty-
six years ago before the erection of
the existing structure, the United
States engineers recommended a
R. R. CO. TO BUILD CARS
below, Center street has
red. The Marion street
ssrbt out in other inves-
o elose to the present
se, that there might be
four to its piers and the
terests would obiect un
lees were opened on the
at the same time. Thi'
' additional lost time at
her of the two bridges,
treet site is further not
hieh level bridse for the
the distance from the
f Front street to the
SOUTHERN PACIFIC WILL EN
COURAGE HOME INDUSTRY.
Plans to Use Lumber Crown Along
Its Lines: Movement May Prove
Car Shortage Panacea.
Announcement that the Southern
Pacific company had adopted the plan
of building all its wooden freight
cars, such as box and flat cars, at its
own shops and will make them from
lumber produced along its lines, was
made this week by President William
Sproule, who has returned trom JNew
York and other Eastern cities.
"The plan," said Agent Woods, "is
in furtherance of our policy to favor
home industry and will provide a
good market for a great deal of West
ern timber. The construction will
be done principally at our Sacramen
to shops. We plan to build as soon
us possible. 2O00 box, 450 stock and
500 flat cars, these, added to the 2700
new refrigerator cars just ordered Dy
the Pacific Fruit Express company,
of which about 1,000 will be built in
California, will give us 5,boU new
freight cars for the coming season,
enough to ward off the hardships
n,mrh ahortaees of railroad equip
ment experienced this season, provid"
ed we can get our cars returnen 10 us
after they are unloaded at destina
tions The Southern Pacific as you
know is half owner of the Pacific
Mr. Sproule said that the pros
perity of the East and Middle West
is not merely coming here, but is al
ready here. ,
"The prosperity we nave nere, u
said, "is different in nature from the
East but is just as positive.
"The earnines of the Southern rM
.nmnnnv. which have improved
along with other business, are giving
us an opportunity to sim.
money for betterments needed upon
our property. White there are no
new extensions contemplated, the
shoo forces are working Ml force Bt
full time, and the maintenance of way
crews are also busy.
t look forward to conhnnanc
0f the country's Parity for -me
time to come, peace or no peace.
GARAGEATWEST SALEM FAIR GROUNDS PLANNEO
TEMPORARY TRAFFIC SUSPEN
SION CAUSES DIFFICULTY.
Local Young People Wishing to Slip
Over For a Dance Mast Stay
All Night, Now.
BILL" HTMES GETS MARRIED.
Surprise. TrlenlTa Wjte to
Addie Whiteaker Is Bride.
William A. (Bill) Himes and Mr
Addie K. Whiteaker were married at
fiVe o'clock Saturday .ftarm. by
nn-nit J'l 1w ffif
An elephant, some Shetland ponies
and a gaudy-hued gown or two and
people would instinctively begin to
get out their loose change and as
sume the care-free air that goes hand
in nana witn the "one and only mam
moth three-ring circus," as they ap
proach the condemned inter-county
An enormous tent, nearly a block
long and about 100 feet wide, with
three large center poles, has been
erected some 100 yards from the jit
ney station. It isn't a circus tent,
however, but a legitimate business
concern catering to the automobiles
that are unable to cross the river
until some means is provided. Busi
ness is reported to be booming. This
is a new wrinkle in the garage world.
The condemning of the old bridge
has worked hardships, too. The West
Salem dairy is reported to be put
to an additional expense of $100 a
month, since they have to transport
their milk and other products by way
of the (railroad jitney. And this
does not mean that the railroad com
pany is getting rich, either. The
jitney is not operated with any hope
of profit, but merely as a conveni
ence to people.
Business isn't the only thing that
has suffered. Local young people who
have been in the habit of periodical
iaunts to Salem to attend a dance
or theatre are placed at a serious
disadvantage. The last jitney leaves
Salem at ten o'clock and that is
rather too early for a successful ev-
. . n i! 3
ening; hence tne aioremennonea
amusement seekers are lett the al
ternative of staying all night, which
is sometimes very inconvenient, or
trusting to the mood of the night
watchman. Rumor has it that the
receipts of Salem dance pavilions
ImvA diminished appreciably, as a
TAX EXTENSION WORK DELAYED
Ambiguous Statement From Falls
City Causes Week's Setback.
The county assessor's office is now
one week behind scheduled time in
extending the county tax roll. The
office received a somewhat ambiguous
record from Falls City and the depu
ties used 10 mills as the levy in ex
tending the taxes for residents ol
that city. When they congratulated
a few Falls City people on having
such a low figure, it was found that
Urn levy should have been 11 mills.
This is towards the top of the list;
Independence is said to have tne Sign-
est taxes, so far.
The assessor usually tries to have
the work done and turned over to
the sheriff for collection by Febru
ary 1, but this will be impossible
this year. There is only one com
puting machine in tne coun, uuusc.
FIREMAN BANQUET TONIGHT.
Annual Event Will Be Held at The
The annual fireman banquet will be
given at the Imperial hotel tonight.
Mayor Stone, Captain Conrad Staf-
rin .Turf E. C. KirkpatricK and an
the members of the city council have
been invited to attend.
nmoer at the Dallas Fire depart-
will make speeches. They are
Lou Muscott, chief; Clyde Gibbs, as
sistant chief; Walter Ballantyne.
president; Clifford Smith, secretary;
and Dick Webster, treasurer. The
invited guests will probably respond
The banquet will be a five-eourse
affair and the tables will be decor
ated with cut flowers. This is the
first banquet for the Imperial since
Mr. Murray assumed the management
short time ago.
PECK WOULD MAKE ASH
STREET MAIN ENTRANCE
O. A. C. Professor Would Have Fu
ture Development Paramount in
.mt -'-"-. Jonn
.f hnnse. wr-
VT Orr were the only people PL GiTCf Talk at Hi School,
ent at the ceremony. p 8(irtressd the students
Tt was what "JJZtl ot he Dallas high school yesterday
,,,, , "wfJS, nt- morning at assembly. Mr. Poh
Me ni rwora eijwj theme on Henry Van
their nurneron, ? , M." .
p,e who live at the Hotel Ha . em fo do.
,.w. been the Tf be would make his ,rd tme-
-M r,.. I liL .JS without onfusion, clearly,
nnr f;r; -v .
much shorter than that .rriaw fttrrdav erm Ws f(,oW
. -i .i .t. : : .- t. tlirve it. 1"" '"Ju" . kn
' above that the reqm
Heht of roadway over
(Mnnot be reached with
mdient of the east
remaining streets re
p!!f. i' (""ems.
K7 e " .
, m fa, - trt i.Uod ana
hcHv Tor OIH - the Imftt OI " vi
Ash street will become the main en"
trance to the Dallas fair grounds if
the temporary plans of Prof. Arthur.
u Peck and his class in landscape
garaening materialize. This conclu
sion was reached at a conference be
tween Professor Peck and County
ourveyor Kobb at torvallis Friday.
Mr. Kobb presented a countour
map of the grounds as thev now
stand. The ideas of the affricultural
college people and the surveyor will
be put into operation if the local
tair board sees fit to look far enough
into the future to have a comprehen
sive plan drawn up.
Directly facing the proposed Ash
street entrance would stand the main
pavilion. The approach would be
flanked on either side by space for
concessions. To the right, where the
pavilion now Btands would be erected
accommodations for live stock. The
now vacant space to the south of the
proposed main pavilion would be
traversed with a drive, winding
through the southern part of the 16-
acre tract and coming in between
the live stock quarters and the pa
The plans include the planting of
many native trees, probably maples,
and shrubs, along the driveway, thus
making a park-line background for
the grounds. Shrubs and ornamental
clusters of flowers and the like could
be planted from time to time as the
buildings and improvements took def
Mr. Robb's suggestion that the
first step would be to fence the tract
in order to prevent live stock from
running rough shod over ' improve
ments, was agreed to by Professor
Peck and if the board accepts the
recommendations, that will be the
first work done.
ASSOCIATION WANTS CHANGE.
Polk Poultry Raisers Favor Breed
ing of Utility Stock.
The annual meeting of the Polk
County Poultry association will be
held at the county court room in Dal
las on Saturday, February 3rd. At
this time the annual election of of
ficers is to be held.
The local association, also realis
ing the fact that the demand for
fancy poultry is on the wane, has
asked Prof. Lamb of O. A. C. to at
tend the meeting and outline a mod
ern poultry show. Polk breeders arc
anxious to keep up with the chang
ing times, and for that reason the
matter of breeding utility instead of
fancy stock will be thoroughly dis
cussed at the forthcoming meeting.
New Homes for Rickreall.
A. R. Cadle, the Rickreall mer
chant, has started to haul material
for a new home he will commence
work on shortly. The house will he
located near the Burch place and will
be of bungalow style. Mr. Cadle ex
pects to have it completed this spring
weather permitting. Another home
contemplated in that section is one
to be built by John Monson of this
city on his farm just west of Rick
reall. The farm was part of the old
McDaniel homestead and was pur
chased by Mr. Monson about two
Buys Hartley Home.
Rov Holloway, who recently ac
quired an interest here in the Davis
Furniture store, has closed a aeai
dus of fishermen from this city 'ere
another sabbath has passed. !
Herman Hawkins landed the larg
est hsh ot the day, a ld-iuch beauty
weighing nearly two pounds, dressed
The other six on display averaged a
little over a pound and a quarter
each. All were over 14 inches long
and were picked at random, several
ot the largest not getting on display,
at all. -Those who confined their ef
forts to Rickreall creek, however,
were not so successful, but several
fair catches were made. Good fish
ing seems to be coming on for fair
and there promises to be a much
larger number of anglers out from
SCHOOLS ASK SOLONS
MACGREGOR FUNERAL SUNDAY
Many Attend Services Body Taken
to Portland for Cremation.
The funeral services of the late
Gilbert P. MacGregor were held Sun
day afternoon at one o'clock at the
Presbyterian church, conducted by
Kev. D, A. MacKenzie. The attend
ance of friends at the service was so
large that the church would' not hold
Following the services the body,
accompanied by Mrs. MacGregor, Mr.
and Mrs. George Gerlinger, Mrs.
Louis Gerlinger and Rev. D. A. Mac
Kenzie, was taken to Portland, where
it was cremated.
POTATO PRICES SOAR
MANY BUYERS . COMPETE FOR
POLK COUNTY SPUDS.
Growers Get The Idea and Hold For
Higher Prices; Movement Slack
ens As a Result.
Unprecedented - competition for
Polk county potatoes has arisen in
the past fortnight. As a Tesult prices
mounted little by little until the
farmers got the "bee in their bon
net" and put the lid on the supply,
Prices have gone up nearly to 2c
a pound as a result of the activity.
Eldridge and Aspenwall were first in
the field and shipped several cars to
Portland and Sacramento. There were
six buyers in the field by the fore
part of the week. They report that
most of the large lots have been plac
ed and that there will be little mov
ing until the farmers decide that
further advances are not forthcoming.
Central states people are the ulti
mate consumers of most of the ex
ports. The weather is such there that
they are unable to handle What they
'ave. There are fair erops in Cali
fornia and other states but the warm
weather west of the Cascades makes
handling safe in this section.
One of the buyers cites scarcity as
the cause for the demand; others
think the weather conditions are responsible.
One Sacramento firm, which has an
agent in Polk county, has 80,000
sacks stored in their warehouse in
California. They ship on the average
10 carloads to central states each
There was an exceptionally good
crop of potatoes here this year and
the comparative famine in other sec
tions is causing the farmers, who
specialize on this staple crop, to real
ize a greater income than usual.
Tncoma and other northwest cities
are facing the problem of paying a
substantially increased price for the
same potatoes they shipped east last
fall at from $30 to $35 a ton. Potar
toes are now quoted around Taeoma
at from $37 to $42 per ton. The Ya
kima crop has been nearly exhausted.
Some people in touch with the ait
nation are of the opinion that a eor-
NORMAL AND UNIVERSITY PRE
PARE FOR LEGISLATORS.
Normal School Students and Mon
mouth Residents Go to Salem
To See Institutions.
Three hundred fifty students of the
state normal school and other resi
dents of Monmouth will go ttf Salem
tomorrow morning at 8:30 to make a
tour of the state institutions and
visit the legislature.
The normal school has invited the
joint ways and means committee of
the house and senate to visit Mon
mouth and the school. The invita
tion will probably be accepted as the
solons visited the Oregon Agricul
tural college Saturday and will jour
ney to Eugene this week for a "once
over" at the University of Oregon:
The present legislature is taking a
great deal of interest in schools this
session and the several visits are
made with the ultimate purpose of
making the most expedient and equit
able expenditures possible.
The university will furnish a spec
ial train for their guests and the Ew-
gene Chamber of Commeroe will fur
nish automobiles for a tour of the
city. The legislators will later be
taken in hand by a faculty commit
tee and shown through the universi
ty campus, where the students will
be engaged in their regular pursuits,
so that an everyday working view
may be head of the institution. Out
side of a banquet and a general good
time there will be no big demonstrar
tion, as it is simply the desire of
the administration to show the actual
needs of the university as they ex
ist, so that the legislators may fully
(realise what actual appropriations
Members of the legislature found
out Saturday what becomes of the
money they appropriate every two
years to the Oregon Agricultural col
lege. To those who had never been
on the campus the visit proved a rev
elation. They learned that the insti
tution really consists of an imposing
group of buildings, finely equipped,
and several hundred acres of produc
tive land, over which the activities
of nearly 2000 students and a big
staff of teachers are intelligently directed.
T. ,l .ha C C Hart eylner of the northwest potato crop is
for the purchase of the C C Hartley tfc- rf.
place, corner of Washington ann : '. unnj.v Thi ia
F.irview streets. The property eon-in jump mprice, Monday Th.s -
sists of a large, ten-room house - " "
I I VI (' (a " " -
Van Orsdel Asks For Manuals.
John P. Van Orsdel, professor of
Wrinv engineering at the Oregon
Agricultural college, has requested
nf the state hichway department cop
ies of the two manuals on eost aeep-
- i T-..a was ine iw
Bill, and or eour. ; 7 lrV,. wh;en Mr. Policg h-. seven of the fish.
three lots. Mr. Holloway takes pos
session about the 15th of February.
Mr. Hartley has not announced his
FISHING GETTING GOOD.
Trio of Anglers Got 41 Cnt-throate
in Rait Crack Sunday.
rjridtres. rewmtly iuned hy
XSsaC )T 1UIUU Ul UUVU Uft v j .r - ,
local fishermen. Herman Hawkins, that department, vu -.
Ray Thiers and R, U. Steelquist ! senior class in logtnng enrneennr
caught 41 cut-throat trout Sunday j These manuaL, known as Bulletins
. r. x. ..j ,u -li 9 .nH 3 of the State Highway eom-
ln oau "u ""v " . .t .
over ten inches. "i-tan. V"? Ztt? Z.
This was the biegest eatch of the'.rertion of John H. Lewu, state n
, r xi i f .nir i .rinr and re intended to stana-
vear ana iroin me " ....- . , - . , .
. -j-:.: i i .t . umnle ardiz the practice in road wort oi
mat BUIUinupi.f -
-fvinr at the high school thi-! f-1 trio placed m 4. o. Ii.yier . wm-bee-
nving " .- iw. will be a considerable exo-
tott keeping and aeeoonting, also the
construction and maintenance of
PRUNE LAND CHANGES HANDS.
Ward Place Sold to Messrs. White,
Stockwell and Grant.
Two real estate deals were put
through Saturday and both involved
prune land. Mrs. Frank ward sold
the tract known as the Dallas Fruit
farm, situated about one mile south
west of Dallas, to ' Messrs. W. J.
White, T. C. Stockwell and J. M.
The new owners will clear the land
and plant to prunes. The tract con
tains 25 acres, two of which are
planted to prunes, now. The deal
was handled by L. D. Brown.
N. L. Guy and W. L. Soehren fin
ished up negotiations Saturday which
transferred their ten acre prune or
chard just south of town to J. N.
Conn. The orchard contains four-year-old
MRS. EDWIN McDOUGALL DDES.
Funeral Services Will Be Held a
Mrs. Edwin McDougall died Satur
day night at midnight from the shock
following an abdominal operation.
The funeral services will be held at
Ballston, where the deceased was bora
and raised, tomorrow.
The Ladies of the O. A. K. in Dal
las had expected to attend the funer
al in a body but had to give np their
plans when it was decided to taM
the body to Ballston. Mrs. Donga)!
had been active in G. A. R. affairs be
fore her untimely death.
Mrs. McDougall is nrvived by
husband, mother, brother and two
sisters. Death eame in her 43rd year.
A complete obituary- will follow
Gavt Talk to K. P.'t.
C. A. Lawton, of Astoria, -who ia
connected with "The Senator," the
official publication of the Oregoa
grand lodge, was a visitor la UeJisa
yesterday and last evening give an
interesting talk to member ot the
local lodge. Mr. Lawton 'a talk are
alway of interest to K. P. lodge men,
and hi appearance her last night
drew out an nnnsnally law erown,
moeh of the nsnal detail work heinf
dispensed with in order that h might
be give foil tin for hi talk.
.tretL I winter. ' '
'weket street, it has
raiding at ls
and Center. With