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U- , DALLAS, POLK COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917 (THE HOME PAPER) KO 99
BAYS BRIDGE IS
mi A Tells visitors
County Court Is
jp Their Bridge.
the cry of the West
Lntliat caine over to
Nge situation wim me
rt. Wednesday. But
L meeting came to ac
ta Judge KirlipatncK
r, (hat his court stood
contract for a eteel-
i- . . . . . ii..
i . ut bridge across me
J,.r the plans to be
.rd and Day, bridge-
J,et to contain a provis-
Lw of the state high-
i to be on the job as
ill times, if the Mar-
,nt so desired.
4m Deople siezed uip-
Lnt as the best chance
tie and one West ba
nd that West Salem
fire the Marion county
this same line, Judge
id: "If you can get
h't signature to this
so; we will be ready
county court had
showing the dire
nans of crossing the
rallied that they were
Aeould, that they want-
f:ip and conhdence ot
ipoeple, and they had
ike situation every day
.e was closed. J. K.
at Salem, said: "The
t is well informed;
ilt an exhaustive study
.; why don't you get
k the Marion county
not want the Polk
lit until after the leg
al Tag over, and that
ant the Polk county
frttf all if House Bill
!75 was introduced by
aunty delegation and
that in case two coun-
(Hrested. cannot aeree.
to and the two coun-
fa proportion to tbeii
Pro, The bill is aim-
it the inter-county
'wld give Salem the
so earnestly seeking
wing down Polk coun-
lilge Kirkpatrick went
Nwsday night to place
'e before the commit-
t the bUl.
. tfSllem dpWnt.inn were
'ih hid gone before the
Yon are Polk coun
Jour county court has
f -stive study of bridge
t you try to get
Iht Court In Inllf anmp.
jN. We are not build
's I" m our own brains,
lted the best engin
'i who unite in ad-
PWete bridm W An
"rule or ruin" at-
"uion court is right
"e the Salem papers
pit when they want a
"fawn three days af-
f as condemned. We
this matter nnd we
Virion county court's
J" written agree-
the greatest bridge
, W. M. Thomas.
''OS a enriffi-etA krit(w
P18 for approximately
wt of the agreement
"stigated the founda-
w?e and will aav that
in the state of
E Present time in the
Sfty bridges that
wttiomi of the same
tt that the bridee
"rer. north f Xl.rv.
K 125 feat nu.ar
state that the
that I have never
"male with any of
ther have aTTkinBinn
f tinges which takes
Hl settlement that
r u these strue-
? " price on this
5e. Th rn-ira is
t M it nay go fif
!5"nd dollar hieh-
v commission is seven and one-half
per ceiil. of the cost of the struc
ture." W M T1J0MAS
xoiuiera ot Host Salem are de-
peimeui upon access to the market
m Salem for their living. Their land
is valued ujwn this contention. J
K. Scare said that it had cost hira
$.- nn acre to lose access to Salem
markets. "We can't live with this
handicap," he said. "It costs $3 an
acre taxes for West Salem land and
yet most of the land cannot be rent
ed for $3 an acre, cash rent. The
only possible, way the small farmer
with his few acres of berries or the
like can live is to get into Salem two
or three times a day without toll."
This state of affairs and the Sa
lem papers have worked up the peo
ple to a point where their hurry has
overbalanced them. They figure that
they can get a steel bridge much
sooner than a concrete one, which is
not true. At best they are without
a 'bridge for this year's crop and a
concrete bridge could be built by Jan
uary 1, 1918, in plenty of time for
next year's berries and fruit.
West Salem is almost unanimous
for a low level bridge. They testified
that they could not haul their loads
up the grade to the high level bridge
on frosty mornings. The local court
replied that this was an unhappy
state of affairs but the court had de
cided a few frosty mornings' incon
venience was not worth the difference
in cost necessitated by operating a
draw every day the bridge was in use
for time to come.
(Continued on page five)
COMPANY L INSPECTED
ARMY OFFICER IN CHARGE FOR
Captain Stafrin Says Local Company
Can Be Mobilized Within 24
Honrs After Call Comes.
A regular officer of the United
States army conducted the annual in
spection over Company L Wednesday
night; this is the first year that Ore
gon National Guard companies have
been so inspected. The change taues
effect under the new coast detense
act; heretofor, army officers in Ore
gon have given Company L its annu
al once over.
SDeakine of the local company, E.
C. Davis, sergeant instructor or tne
Oregon National Guard, who is help
ing Captain W. B. Burtt of the Uni
ted States army in tne inspection
work, said: "We go by the regular
army standard and these national
kiikI nnmDanies are all about we
same; they do not measure up to the
standard. The local boys turneo um
well, 23 out of 33 total strength is
a good percentage, we And.
Captain Burtt also made a thor
ough inspection of the armory and
government property but stated that
his visit at this time had no relation
whatever to the present international
0;tHnn. Captain Burtt, who is an
officer of the 20th U. S. Infantry, is
at present acting as colonel i oi u.
fifth regiment cauiorn.a Haw-.
Guard. Only a few months ago he
returned from Mexico where he serv
ed on the staff of General Pershing
At the beginning of the European war
he spent six months with the Ger
man army as a military o-
Captain Conrad L. Stafrin has said
that Company L can be ij.ob.lwd
within 24 hours after the call to ser
vice The members of Company U
.ho' shared the Mexican border ser
vice campaign with Company M o
Salem, are somewhat scattered but
Captain Stafrin is in dose touch with
heabsent men; 23 out of the total
number, 33, reported to ; -soection
Wednesday night CaP''"
t. limes more senous than tne
Wan cril If the call doe, .m
ltly Ptro..ngK t
MOORE ESCAPES DEATH
HORSE FELL ON SLIPPERY ROAD
County Supervisor Was on Way to
School Meeting in Southeast
Part of County.
Star Would Clean Streets.
n,- Str Transfer company offer
The, .1. rfUeU of Dallas clean
ing. Monday night lney f
While performing his duty in the
seventh Polk county school zone last
fnday, County School Supervisor P.
D. Moore had a narrow escape from
death. Mr. Moore was on his way
to the Wildwood school, in that part
oi me county. The roads were very
slippery and the melting snow gath
ered in balls on the horse's fee
which made traveling quite hazard
ous. While descending a hill the
horse lost his footing and rolled com
pletely over an embankment, throwing
Mr. Moore beneath the rig. He suc
ceeded in getting out from the rol
ling mass, however, and suffered on
ly slight injuries and reached the
school by noon.
In speaking of the accident to an
Observer representative, Mr. Moore
stated that last week's work was full
of accidents. On Tuesday his cart
was disabled by a broken wheel near
Montgomery school. On Wednesday
and Thursday he was able to contin
ue his work despite the eight inches
of snow he had to drive through most
of the time. On Friday, the day of
his accident, the heavy rains melted
the snow and made footing extremely
difficult for his horse, and the trip
was almost a disastrous one.
"Saturday's zone meeting, which
was held at the Pedee school, was
one of the most successful of the
years, said Mr. Moore, "and was
attended by about 60 people, includ
ing teachers and children. The teach
ers in that section are taking a great
interest in the work, and all were
present except Miss La Verne Mick-
elson of McTimmonds Valley." '
At this meeting Mr. Moore gave
some work for primary grades at the
beginning of the session, followed by
Miss Alma Hoppe of Fir Grove and
Miss Marion Bliven of Montgomery
with reading classes. Their work won
favorable comment from the interest
ed audience. Following a dinner serv
ed by the ladies of the Pedee Mr.
Moore discussed busy work and the
English work he has prepared for thu
teachers. This was followed by ob
servation lessons in fourth grade
composition and eighth grade gram
mar. Prof. D. D. Cockran of Kings Val
ley high school spoke very favorably
of the mass meetings and gave some
helpful suggestions pertaining to
English work in the grades. John
Yost and A. L. Burbank. directors
of Cherry Grove school spoke favor
ably upon the work, saying teachers
ought to get much good from these
meetings. Fred Kitner and J. H.
Trueax, directors of the redee senoo.
discussed the work of the supervisor
and teachers, agreeing that these
meetings are helpful Mr. Trueax,
who has been opposed to supervision,
has come to the conclusion that it is
necessary in the rural schools.
The following school districts were
represented by teachers, directors, or
patrons: Montgomery, Kings Valley,
Ward, Bridgeport, McTimmonds Val
ley, Cherry Grove, Fir Grove and Pe-
The ladies of Pedee who served the
dinner were: Mrs. Eva Ritner, teach
er in Pedee school, Mrs. Lacy Tru
eax, and Mesdames f.ewton,
Bevens, Ostander, Womer, and the
Misses Ethel isewum ana
dron. , , , '
The meeting closed about four o -clock
marking the end of the second
circuit of the county by Supervisor
Moore. The next meeting w.ll be
held at Gold Creek school in the first
zone on February seventeenth.
Horry-op Call Tor Hops.
The ear shortage station hits the
hop man, too. Harry Wood, buyer
J W Seavery Hop company
of Portland has contracted with the
Star Transfer company to haul i
DRAINAGE ISi PROBLEM
ALFALFA WOULD MAKE POLK
BANNER DAIRY COUNTY.
irom the Outside Looking In" and
From the "Inside Out" Dus
cussed at Clnb Feed.
Polk county would be the banner
dairy county of Oregon if a system of
underground drainage was worked
out, which would overcome the handi
cap to the growing of alfalfa that
now exists here, aocordinar to D. M.
Lowe, of Ashland, who spoke on
"From the Outside Looking In" at
tne Commercial club banquet, Wed
The other side of the question was
treated by Fred D. Merritt, of the
Commerce and Extension departments
of the University of Oregon; whose
theme was "Get acquainted with your
neighbor you might like him." By
neighbor, Mr. Merritt meant mainly
the farmer. He said: "If the bus
iness men of Dallas as individuals
and as a Commercial club will take a
real interest in the farmers of the
surrounding districts, and make the
farmers' problems their problems.
they will go a long way toward
strengthening Polk county and doing
away with mail order catalogues."
"The knocker, the man who al
ways raises objections to new and
modern community ideas, is what
hurts the commercial club," contin
ued Mr. Merritt. "An ounce of loy
alty is worth a pound of cleverness
in developing a community." Mr.
Merritt praised Plutarch's sentiment
when he said: "I live in a small
town because if I left there would be
one less in that town." Mr. Mer
ritt urged ' the business men of Dal
las to really get acquainted with' the
farmer, to co-operate with him, make
prices fair, make him say: "I was
a stranger and he took me in. "
Mr. Lowe expressed the same ideas
from a different angle when he said:
"The farmer has been the goat 'but
he wont be when the men frru the
inside look out and get the right
kind of men on the farm and back
them up." One of the basic prob
lems confronting Polk county, ac
cording to Mr. Lowe, is to cut up the
large holdings, such as the hop
yards, that are becoming a detriment
to the soil get the man who will
raise dairy cattle and the "ben that
"It would pay Polk county to pay
an expert $2000 a year for five years
to investigate the drainage situation
and thus make way for an extensive
growing of alfalfa," said Mr. Lowe.
"Polk county needs silos, too. There
should be 100 silos between here and
Independence instead of one ; if there
was, there would be at least 10,000
people between here and Indepen
dence and each man would be worth
$600 to the business men of Dallas."
"Polk county should investigate
the sugar beet industry," continued
Mr. Lowe. If the farmer does not
feel able to try H, there is a splendid
chance for the business men to club
themselves together and try an acre
or two of sugar beets in different
parts of the county on different kinds
of soil. Sugar beets pay nd Pa"
big where there is enough moisture
in the soil, and there is plenty in
Mrs. Walter Tooze sang "Shoogy
Shoo" and responded to the vigorous
encore with "Mighty Like Rose"
in the intermission between Mr.
Lowe's and Mr. Merritt 'i talks. Her
pretty soprano voice made a decid
ed hit with the banqueters. Miss
Dorothy Bennett accompanied Mrs.
Tooze, , . . .
Vice-president K- V. Steelqoist of
the Commercial club presided over
the banquet table, aroood which were
seated about 70 people. The banquet
wrved at the Hotel uau.
VIVIAN MARTIN AT ORPHBUM.
The Right Direction" Has Unusual
Kin Workisx Seen.
A screen story with big punch.
filled with scenes or patneoe
bale, of bops trom wio w -- - . . ,rt inUlTti -a U. treat
dence, from wnere we, -"rjiv!. k, MW PtJlPara-
mount production, "The Bight Diree-
mediately available so the company
had to take this means fortheomin8 attraction at the
The bops are irom ;" " hOrDheum Sunday and Monday deal.
j hpn stored in , . , i . . who
streets once a n- f
of the council eJ tbeq
expense and r. " . T
with a beautiful ume wuoeiw i
rtarts for California on foot with
t - u.u. wh.r. "Billv Bov." be-
ur u ".' - . - -
. . TT: -1. 1 .M.
DaD- ."T - ""I-.r the charity doctor said .be mut
Mis, .h(xA-bu'tsyt hi- there. Tb. -any exeiting
freshman D" f ;pnCTt , thing, W happen o. the way the
the honor of reee ving ' , . h,ndtolM eollcg
.veraire of any student . -- - ... . io ..Tht
tv in th. recent eurht grsoc j--. t- wi0l
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natter Vfore y " ' jth. y" -en, th. hazard .
i T rVmnMa-
ter committee, eposea .
gold mine and the various surprises
ot the story are visualized with un
A very unusual feature of this pho
toplay is the remarkable photograph
effects secured in the scenes filmed
3,400 feet below the earth's surface.
These scenes were taken in one of
the greatest gold mines in the world
and various remarkable views were
obtained. In order to secure these
views an electrical generating plant
had to be transported on tiny ore
cars to the great depth where, in the
gold ribbed galleries that never had
been so illuminated before, important
scenes for this dramatio story con
cerning the trans-continental hike of
the beautiful little waif from the New
York slums were enacted.
Smith's Taxation Talk Instructive.
Ira S. Smith, legislator from Coos
and Curry counties, and former sher
iff of Polk county, spoke before a
iair sized crowa rnday night on
"Assessment and Taxation," in the
circuit court room, here. Mr. Smith
has made an exhaustive study of the
subject and his talk was very in
structive, according to local men, who
heard him. Ihe talk was given un
der the auspices of the Commercial
Second Semester Started.
The second semester of the Dallas
high and grade schools started Mon
day with a full attendance. School
officials state that parents wishing to
enroll their children in the first A
grade for the semester should enter
WEAR NATIONAL COLORS
MAYOR STONE WOULD HAVE
DALLAS SHOW PATRIOTISM
Issues Proclamation Asking That
Red, White and Bins Be Kept
Flying On All Buildings.
Mayor C. B. Stone has fallen in
line with the wave of patriotism that
is sweeping the country and has is
sued the following proclamation:
To the People of Dallas:
In this time of stress in our na
tional affairs, when our country is
threatened with war with a foreign
land, it behooves all good citizens to
refrain from words or deeds which
may result in unrest, anger or ha
tred. Many of our citizens are filled
with love for their fatherland, which
is right and proper; but above that
they should place loyalty to the land
of their adoption.
It also behooves us to show our
patriotism as earnestly as we are
able, and it seems to me that this
can fittingly be expressed by a lavish
display of the stars and stripes.
I am asking, therefore, that the
national flag be kept flying on all
buildings where same is possible, and
that the emblem be worn by all who
can do so.
Above all, let ns be cautious and
prudent in this national crisis, and
throw our united strength behind our
president in handling the difficult
situation that confronts ns.
C. B. STONE, Mayor.
Dallas, Ore., Feb. 8, 1917.
FEW SPUDS LEFT IN COUNTY.
Prices Jump; Fanne's Are Now Of
fered $2.80 Per Hundred.
Potato speculators, who have kept
in close touen wim buwuuu,
think that five cars would clean np
every potato in Polk county held by
the producers. Still the buyers scour
the county and still the pnee goes
up. Cnaries cuyeu ouerea iov
hundred for a carload yesterday.
Most of the spuds are being sent
to Texas, now. Mr. Bilyeu snipped
one ear to the Lone Star state Wed
nesday and has one ready today for
the same destination. Buyers have
been able to get ears without mnen
delay, recently. C. W. Mathews ot
Falls Citv seems to have mora pota
toes on hand than anyone else in the
eoonty at present. He is still bold
inr foot- carloads, which be bought
erlv in the falL The rest of the
eoonty ' output u in scattered ma.
Shipping Lomber for Can.
The Willamette Valley Lumber
eomDanr baa started to ship the fin
ears of a large onler of lumber for
car building for tie Southern Fa
cine and the Union Peific The or
A., .kirk wu reeeivH shortly af-
CHEESE PLANT, MAYBE
PROMOTERS NEGOTIATE WITH
CLUB FOR SITE.
If Industry Is Secured Auto Track
Will Pick Up Milk Each Morn
ing; Club's Action Doubtful
A new creamery and cheese factory
will be located in Dallas if the pro
moters, Peter Kurre, John Palmer
and J. L. Murdock, who have sold
their creamery interests in Mon
mouth, are able to agree on terms
with the Dallas Commercial club. The
club decided last night to put the
matter in the hands of the board of
directors with instructions to make
the creamerymen a proposition, which
thev may accept or pass up. In any
event the proposition will be final ; the
board expects to work out the propo
sition tonight. .
Members of the Commercial cluD
are not sure just what concessions the
new industry wants. Some think the
club must donate a site for the build-
ine while others understand that the
creamerymen want local business men
to take stock in the concern and to
use tho butter and cheese exclusive
of other brands that may be shipped
into the city.
The promoters expect to invest
$10,000 in a plant and want to get
started on the buildings as soon as
possible so as to have the plant in
operation by the first of May. The
plant would manufacture ice and ice
cream, besides cheese, butter ana
other dairy products. In the cheese
making department, H. M. Liberstien
of Portland, an expert recently op
erating in the Tillamook country, will
be in charge. Mr. Liberstein too
first prize last year at . the Interna
tional dairy show for the best cheese.
The promoters recently ownea a
creamery plant in Monmouth but bus
iness was made unprofitable by tne
advent of a co-operative concern and
they sold out, retaining, however,
their own brand of cheese ana nut
ter. If the plant is located in Dal
las an auto truck will pick up milk
and cream each morning along a reg
A committee of the Commercial
club has been investigating lota suit
able for a site and have secured pric
es on tbem for deliberation of the
creamery men. The elub'e proposition
will be placed before Messrs. Kurre,
Palmer and Murdock probably to
GOODBYE BOOZE; 4 SENT BACK.
No Eleventh Hour Stamped Hen;
Last Shipment Cam Son day.
The initial bow of the bone-dry
law eaused no flurry in Dallas. There
was no burning of telegraph wires to
get a last shipment from tbe sunny
south; in fsct, the last package of
booze for Dallas consumers arrived
Wells Fargo Agent Harrison sent
four shipments back to California
yesterday morning in accordance with
the provision of tbe new law, which
says all liquor not delivered by mid
night of Wednesday, February 7 shall
be sent bsck to the dealer, iwo ol
the unfortunate packages had been
here for months without a eall; they
had evidently (one astray. The oth
er two were for local thirsters, whose
time was not quite up at the latal
The express office is being cleaned
up and repainted. Mrs. B. E. Harri
son said: "les, we in cinuuit -k
sod getting ready to do an express
Qoea to Berkley to Preach.
Rt. and Mrs. Clarenee W. Rey
nolds are gnesU at the homes of rel
atives in Dallas for a few days en
route from their former borne is
lone, Oregon, to Berkeley California,
where Rev. Reynolds has accepted
eall to fill the pulpit of th Christian
church of that eUy. Bev. Beynoldr
a former Dallas boy being tb eio-
eat son of Mr. and Mrs. W. I Rey
nolds. Mrs. Reynolds s a daugnwi
of Hon. and Mrs. O. W. Meyer al
io of this city.
Poultry Meeting I Postponed.
Th annul meeting of th Polk
County Poultry association, which
was to hav been held SeUtrday af
t... fmtnoned an til C. C
Lamb, of th poultry department of
ter'tb firrt of this yesr. calls fortb. Oregon Agricultural college, e.
meet wilB ine mrmi
help them plan a modern poultry
.how. Th organization for the en
uring year will also be perfected at
3.000.000 fret from the loel mill, or
pproiimately 111 earloade It is
beine shij to Columbus, Oro and
Madison, I!!:nois, where th ear are
f contract is let
tion was taken.