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INDEPENDENCE, OREGON, FRIDAY OCTOBER 21, WO.
HOME RULE BILL 19 REDDY BILL j
IN DISGUISE. !
AN ATTEMPT BY LIQUOR INTER
E8TS TO OECEIVE THE VOTERS
AND PERMANENTLY CONTROL
CITIES OF OUR STATE.
The renewed attempt to folbt upon
the cliixeng of Oregon the Ready"
bill under the disguise of the high
Bounding name. "Greater Oregon
Home Hule Association," is a moat
deceptive and ulgWd'y scheme to
Uou-lve the people and put control
of the liquor traffic la the hand of
It a f Honda.
By making the city independent of
the Htattj or county, the liquor Inter
vals hope to bo confine their efforta
upon the city that It will alwaya be
wet. Colonization of undesirables wll)
be a very common fact. Portland lu
this way can never be' redeemed of
ita vice, Blnce the breweries and sa
loona can keep all their crowd un
der their power and It la becoming
more aud more certain that the very
leaders of the "Home Rule" people
are very clonely allied with the liq
uor interests. Some seem to bo stock
holders In breweries, others are brew-
cry bankers that Is. hold the'depos-j
Its of the brcwerleswhlle others are
very friendly with the1 glass itself,
and still othera are proprietors or
managers of newspapers that receive
great sums of money from the liquor
traffic for advertisements.
That the Greater Jlome Rule Asso
ciation Is simply the dignified title
to the organization first established
by the hotel keepers of Portland who
deHlred to keep the saloon In their
hotels Is clearly shown by a study of
the facts. It resolves Itself then to
this: The .Greater, Home ftulo' Asso
ciation has Its beginning in the sa
loon and liquor camp and Is an at
tempt to deceive the people into the
Idea that It Is a good thing.
Hut whut will home rule do? The
' problem of the city Is the problem
of the state and nation. As the cit
ies, so in a large measure the state
and nation. Our crime, social Impur
ity, moral degradation 'and political
chicanery. Issue largely .frpra the city;
the bulk of our taxes are due to the
crimes committed In the cities. But
four-fifths of the taxes necessary to
pay these expenses comes from the
country. The farmers pay it. That
being the case, the country people
shoujd have a very great part In deciding-
whether the crime shall be
checked or permitted to continue un
hindered. Without the farmer the
city is, impossible. He furnishes the
stores with his products, and the
stores of the city sell him their
wares. Shall the 'farmer be compelled
to bring In his family and trade
where the morals are far beneath his
level where saloons stare him In the
face constantly to allure away his
boy and indirectly entice his girl and
then not have something to say
whether that city shall be clean and
the temptations removed? Such "is
what the home rule bill wishes to
- do. It is unjust and the farmers
should be a unit against this bill.
Besides the home rule bill will
take away the protection from the
city. The liquor interests can colon
ize their people and carry at least
one precinct of a city and thereby
a minority can control the majority.
Under the local option law or state
wide prohibition, the majority of the
city can Join the voters of the coun
ty and, by making the county dry,
compel the corrupt precinct to ' go
dry. The liquor ' interests are aware
'of this, hence the proposed amend
ment. The Home Rule Bill has the
apparent object of giving the city
greater power, but be sure that great
er power falls entirely into the hands
Friends of Tmprnc
Will VoU t
Against Duma Rule, 3:u X
NO. , ,
Kor Prohibition Anio lOmt'iii
342 X YES.
Kor the Uw lutremtary to en- t
fou, prohibition 344 X YES. f
Kor a dry county 3'.0 X i i
of the liquor traffle.Even though they
may be in the majority, the better
clasa of people of the city will have
less power and lwsa protection by this
infamous bill than at present. For
self protection, the cllltens of our city
lea should vote against Home Rule
329 X NO, (
County Division Inortaiad Taxtt 61 4
That county division means In
creased taxation for the aecsslonlsts
U shown by the experience of E. A.
Bchlffler, the Well known local tailor,
who owns none property In the city ot
Hood River. To the East Oreguulan
Mr. Schiffler has exhibited his tax re
celpta and they show that during' the
flrat year of the existence of Hood
River county Mr. Schlffler's taxea In
creased 61.4 per cent His 1908 taxes
which were paid In Wasco county,
amounted to $55.50. His 1909 taxes,
the first levied after the creation ot
Hood River county and which he paid
on- February 14, 1910, amounted to
$138. Therefore the creation of the
new county cost Mr. Schiffler the sum
of $52.50 during the . tlrst. year ol
Hood River county'a existence.
"I have always said that It Is fool
ish to divide counties" declared Mr.
Schiffler. "It only means additional
expense and Increased .taxation."
The Idea of creating Nesmith coun
ty f-i commendable, but is the manner
of creating It commendable. It Is
hop-ad that In time a Nesmith county
will be formed, but It should be done
in a way tVat would be approved by
hira If he were with us today. Just as
well ask the people of Portland to
vote for tire county officers of Lane
county, or the city officers of Eugene,
t' to vote to create Nesmith county
' nd this applies as well to all the pro-
- new counties.
' CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
Preaching at the Baptist church
next Sunday morning aud evening. All
Invited. ' '
Calvary Presbyterian Church
Mr. W. G. MacLaren, superintend
ent of the Portland Commons, will
speak in. Calvary Presbyterian church
next Sunday, both morning and ev
erting. Mr. MacLaren Is the organiz
er of this work in Oregon And is do
ing a great work in the caring for
paroled and discharged prisoners, and
also in rescue work for women.
Mr. MacLaren's addresses will be
both interesting and profitable, and
all who can should hear hira next
Sunday, mornlrtg and evening. Morn
ing subject, "Glimpses from the Un
derworld"; evening subject, "Making
United Evangelical Church
There will be no preaching services
in this church on the sabbath. . ,
Regular services Sunday. The pas
tor will preach both morning and evening.-
At night he will speak upon
"The Real Issue. Is a Boy Worth
While?" Song service begins at 7
- Church of Christ
The morning subject next Lord's
day will be "How to Build up the
Church," and the evening subject will
be "The Church of Christ, Where Is
It, and How Can We Distinguish It?"
We invite the members in particu
lar to hear the morning sermon, and
everybody to hear the evening dis
course. . '
God's Word definitely settles all
these questions. We abide in it. H.
Campbell Clark, Minister.
TELLS lfllAT HE
PROPOSES TO DO
NOMINEE FOR GOVERNOR PLEDG
GIVES OUT INTERVIEW IN WHICr
HE DEFINES HIS POSITION ON
Wui. Macartney of Virginia, who
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS WHICH
AFFECT PEOPLE OF OREGON.
On the morning following his nou
fnatlon. Acting Governor Jay Bower
man, Republican nominee for Gov.
ernor, gave out an Interview In which
be defined his position with regard
to Important questions with hla custo
mary poKltiveness. Aside from declar
ing for an economical and business
like administration of state affairs,
Mr. Bowerman . promises the people
of the state other necessary reforms.
He agrees to use his best elfoits
towards securing to the people the
full and Immediate benefit of the
state's resources. His statement fol
lows: "I wish first to express my sincere
gratitude to the many friends who have
given me such loyal support through
out the state. I feel that this nomin
ation is an expression of confidence
In me a confidence which I shslt
earnestly endeavor fully to Justify
after my election In November.
The contest which has Just closed,
has been devoid of unpleasant res
turea and my rtlatlons with the oip'
candidates and t:.e!r supporters b.iV
been at al times entirely friendly
Each of my -opponents cenduc-ed an
honorable ond vigorous campa.gn. i
hope that I shall not on.y receive the
support of my opponents, but of a
united Republican party.
"In the primary campaign Just
closed, I publicly declared that if elect
ed, I would give to the people the
most efficient economical and business-like
administration within my
power. To be more specific, I refer
to the administration of the state in
stitutions in which tbout $800,000 ol
the taxpayers' money is expended an
nually; the management and control
of thme most valuable rights pertain-
Ing to the tide lands, shore lands- and
other state lands, the ' lending with
proper security of the irreducible edu
cational funds which now amount to
more than $6,000,000, and the use of
due care in the selection of the large
army of state employes. v
"Pull" Will, Win No Job.
"I wish to reiterate my previous
statements relative to the changes I
contemplate in the method of purchas
ing state supplies, the adoption of
which will result in the saving of a
large amount of money. While filling
the office of Governor of this state I
have indicated to many of the state's
appointees and officers, who hold by
appointment, that their time belongs
X w. I . Hie far Sheriff " f
t W. L. Ulee favors a dry state J
and county and will honestly
atrve to enforce every law of
the slat". Every Mend of tew
T peranrj. ahould support him. f
during the business hours, entirely to
the ft.i'e find t at they nave no rig"
to devote It to political activity In the
Inteiest of rnyone I sha 1 not, re
tain an Incompetent officer or 'em
ploye on account of any political
"pull" he may bav, nor dlsp nie w!t!i
efficient service for the lack of It
"As a member of the State Senate 1
used every effort to assist In draftlnj
and pasoaga of our present railroad
eommlBFlon statute. There ere In the
state other large concerns of a public
nature that are under no state regula
tlon. I refer to the electric light,
power, railway and gaa companies. 1
shall favor, and, If possible, secure the
dootlon of a statute that will give to
the public the-same redress and pro
tection now enjoyed under the rai.road
commission law, and I shall make It
my particular business to see that
these statutes are rigidly enforced. .
"I shall oppose the creation of any
unnecessary board or commission, but
I consider It highly important that
ftiese public utility corporations be
reeulated by a comprehensive statute
to be enforced, either by a special
commission created for that purpose
or by the railroad commission after
Its powers have beeu sufficiently en
',"1 shad favor, and, if possible, se
cure tne enactment of a statute that
will prevent the 'watering' of corpor
State Should Control Resources.
"I most emphatically rivo'rthe
regulation and the control of the
natural resources of the state In the
interest of the people of Oregon. It Is
not in the Interest of the people ot
the state to continue a policy which
has already resulted in the destruction
of millions of dollars worth of our
timber; which has prevented the set
tlement of large untimbered areas
within the forest reserve; which has"
driven large numbers of settlers from
our state; increased the burden o:
taxation and retarded development.
The actual regulation of these matters
should be vested in local authority un
der suitable restructions prescribed
by the Federal government.
"I am in favor of the direct primary
law and'will veto any bill which at
tempts to repeal or emasculate it.
Concerning other matters of public
Importance, I shall have more to say
during the progress of the campaign."
THE ONLY SOLUTION.
(East Oregonlan, July 9.)
Voters of Oregon will be compelled
to pass upon 32 legislative measures
when they vote this fall. The number
is entirely too large and many of the
measures are of such a nature that
voters simply cannot hope to judge
Intelligently as to their merits.
Conspicuous in this class are the
eight county division' bills that have
been filed. Each of these measures
pertains to an issue that is strictly lo
cal in character. The people of the
state at large are not interested in
county division disputes. The average
voter cannot hope to Judge of the
merits of these division bills. From
one side he will be showered with lit
erature favorable to division; from,
another quarter he will be implored
to vote against division. Often people
residing in the proposed new counties
do not want division iO carry.
Now what is the poor voter to,do?
In the view of the East Oregonlan
there is but one logical way to settle
county division problems. All those
problems should be held in abeyance
dntil a law has been enacted leaving
the settlement of such disputes to the
people who are directly interested in
them. It is pretty certain that such a
law will be passed by the next legisla
ture. Such a law was passed by the
last legislature, but for some unknown
reason was vetoed by Governor Cham
berlain following the close of the ses
sion. Get your dimes ready for tags.
LAWYER OF HOME TOWN EXPOS
ES PREACHER WASSON.
AS PREACHER HE IS A FAILURE,
AS RUM DRINKER, A SUCCESS
TELLS AS TRUTH ANY LIE HE
CAN HEAR IN THE RUM SHOP.
if thL-ie li a:iyth:u2 disgusting It
iu fr ruekade preacher?) to at
tempt to represent tne ministry on
the one hand and work for the lluuor
inter.su 6u the other. The fo.lowing
U a copy of tue an-ounccmeuts aeni.
h Oregon Home Ru.e people to
Eugene. Read it carefully, then note
-rpv nr. Wm. A. Wasson.rector oi
the Grace Episcopal church, Rlver
ha,i Lon lslaud. one of tne coun
try's ablest and most aggressive op
ponents of the prohibition, ironi tne
..n.iiai -runriiHiint. will speak In this
city in the pera house on Saturday
evening, October 29, on 'Prohibition
propaganda is anti-Christian and con
trary to scripture.
"Dr Wasson is an eloquent and
forceful orator. He is conservative
nH fouraeeous: has fiiven deep stuay
to, a;d is conversant with all phases
of! the liquor problem. , Don't miss it.
Adm ssion free."
Thia. Ananias has wr.tten a pam-
nMrt entitled "Prohibition an Obsta
cle to Reform", which the liquor in
terest have circuited very mucn
thmneh our state. While on the face
of It the article, to some men, seems
r careful perusal will convince
any one that the author misrepre
sents, lies and stoops to tae'wwwi.
tricks. ' -' '
n, w v. Commings of Eugene,
Oregon, has written to aa attdrney
in Riverhead, N; Y., who is a person- 1
al friend of Wasson. Read this:
"Riverhead. N. Y., Oct. 7, 191U-
Dr. F. W. Commings, Eugene, Oregon.
Dear Sir Your letter of inquiry
concerning Rev. Wm. A. Wasson, for
merly of this place, is received. Was
finn was the rector of a small Epis
copal church in this place for some
six years. He gave up preacumg ear
w in the present year and removed
to Mattimuck. His congregation dwin-a.
died to about half a dozen, as a,
preacher he is a failure.
"As a rum man and a rum annuel
I.- i onccess. While Jiot a drunk
ard he boasts that he is a moderate
drinker and keeps, intoxicating liq
uors in his house to drink. As a.
speaker,, in my opinion, In speaking
of the temperance question he has
no regard for truth and will tell as
truth nv lie that he can hear utterea
in a rum shop. He had very little
influence here for either good or evil.
Man of the rum sellers were
ashamed of him for the course he
took. He published inany articles
here and made many addresses.
"Nearly every thing that he said
was shown to be false and yet he
kept on repeating the same old lies. I
enclose you some literature tnat was
mihiishnd in renlv to some of his stat
published in reply to some of his.
statements. One of the best miugs
was a sermon preached by our minis
ter here and also preached in nearly
twentv nrher places in "the county pri
or to the last election. Personally I
have always been friendly with Was
son, but I am not friendly with the
course he' takes and the utter disre
earrt for truth and common decency
that he shows in his advocacy of rum
selling and rum drinking.
"This letter is not private and If"
you want to use it or show it to
Mr. Wasson or anyone else you are
at perfect liberty to do so. Wasson
is not a Dr. but only an ordinary
cheap clergyman. Yours truly, GEO.
This is a statement by a lawyer
(Continued on page eight.)