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About The Maupin times. (Maupin, Or.) 1914-1930 | View Entire Issue (June 1, 1917)
OPPONENTS OF ROAD
BONDS JUGBIE FACTS
Counties Outside of Multnomah
Will Receive More Than
Id an effort to turn the voters of
Beotonaue, Linn aud Marlon Coun
ties against the road bond bill, C. E.
Bpence, Master of the Grange, la mak
ing the unfounded assertion that none
of the money raised from the bonds
will be exepnded on roads In the Wil
lamette Valley south of Multnomah
County; that all of the money contrib
uted by Willamette Valley counties in
automobile licenses and in tuxes from
the quarter mill state road tax will be
required fti will be expended in com
pleting tn'e Columbia Klver Highway.
The plain facts are:
1st. Reliable engineering estimates
secured by the Highway Commission
agree that $1,700,000 will complete the
Columbia River Highway from Astoria
to The Dalles.
2nd. Multnomah County pays 37'j
per cent of the state tax and 40 per
cent of the automobile lieemie fees but
under the highway plan embraced iu
the road bond bill not one. cent of the
money so paid will be expended iu
3rd. Multnomah County will pay in
automobile fees and state road tax ap
proximately $2,400,000 which is mure
than sufficient to complete the Colum
bia River Highway and leave a bal
ance of $650,000 to be applied on other
l)oads. These figures do not take into
account the amounts that will be paid
by Clatsop, Columbia, Hood River and
Wasco counties which will also be
available far completing the Columbia
River Highway. The amount3 paid
Into the fund by these counties will
further reduce the amount of Multno
mah County's contribution to the Co
lumbia River Highway and leave a
considerably larger sum than $650,000
to be applied on the Pacific Highway
and other roads contemplated iu the
road bond bill.
' 4th. Not one cent of the money
paid by counties of the state, other
than that contributed by Multnomah,
Clatsop, Columbia, Wasco and Hood
River ceunties, will be required to
complete the Columbia River Highway
and the other roads outside of the
5th. In other words, under the $6,
000,000 road bond plan, Multnomah
County automobile owners and tax
payers will not only pay sufficient
tunds to complete the Columbia River
Highway but will also contribute to
the fund that will be expended on the
Pacific Highway and other roads in
the Willamette Valley and in other sec
tions of the state.
SUPPORT ROAD BONDS
AND GET CONSTRUCTION
If the bond issue fails to carry ($6,
000,000 road bond bill), let us ask our
selves what is going to become of the
quarter-mill tax that we are going to
pay anyway? What is going to be
come of the auto licence tax that the
autolsts are going to pay anyway? We
talk about fearing the funds derived
from the bonds will be inequitably dis
tributed, what better off will we be
regarding equitable distribution of the
road money if we vote down the
bonds? Where will it go? Under the
hnndine bill we are assured that if
the county prepares its grade that
that' designated road will be hard-surfaced.
If the bonds lose, we aren't as
sured of anything but continued bad
roads, continued mud and continued
financial loss in consequence. Corval
i (jagettg. - .
Milwaukie Grange at its last meet
lag revoked its action of a month ago,
when resolutions were adopted oppos
ing the $6,000,000 road bond bill, and
adopted another set of resolutions ap
proving the bonds as "a step in the
lino of progress." Opposition to the
proposed bond issue is being rapidly
jjispeMed as the voters study the meas
ure and acquaint themkelvp? with its
r URGES GOOD ROADS
Oregonlan News BureSu,
Washington, April 24.-(Special)
Senator Chamberlain to
day expressed bis hearty ap
pr,oa fit tho proposal to build
hard-surfaced iuwdeift pnads in
Oregon paralleling the Faeitte
Coast' He declared that such
roads through' all the Pacific
Coast states would be of the
greatest military importance.
'While not familiar uu ui
, details of the Oregon road plan,'
ii Senator Ch&mberlain, "a
Fundertfw if, t!t plan wil
provide rends nicn, n w
'BV(j8ssary. But.- as a matter of
faCt e shouW have such roads
parallels t1 line tr,om
Canada to. Mexico. First la
htrHOirfeM reads would afford
.'Lis h.iiiiv. for transporting
dawn : rw "-" -eveM
tcmlliwr er f
that Coast and would feijr
auroent the railroad.
Koads such as these would
haTe the highest strategic , val
no and oujht to be built, but I
do not believe the Federal Gov
nmeht at this tlmehathe
i kniid them,
'" " " T
Plan That Will Insure Stato
Better Highways to Co
Voted Upon in June.
Everybody wants good roads. The
need for Improved highways Is admit
ted. Kvery citizen Is anxious and
willing to pay his share towards the
cost of building good roads. All the
hulividuul ever has Insisted upon and
(s asking today Is that the public re
ceive one dollar of value for every
dollar expended In road construction.
Frequently iu the past the public has
not received full value from these ex-
penditures. But this has been due
luvariubly to the lack of a systematic
plan of road building and an Intelli
gent supervision of the work by publlo
officials charged with disbursing tha
The last Legislature, however, pro
vided the necessary legislation for in
troducing in Oregon a systematic and
Intelligent campaign for the state-wide
construction of permanent hard sur
face highways. A complete road codo
was adopted and a Highway Commis
sion created for Its administration.
Another measuro provided for issu- ,
anee of bonds aggregating $1,800,000
with which to match an equal amount
provided by the Government, under
the fehacklel'ord Act, tor the construc
tion of post roads and forest roads.
Most important of tho Legislative
measures was that autho-'zing the is
sue of bonds to tho amount of $0,000,
OuO for the construction of main trunk
lines throughout the state. At the
same time, another bill was passed
doubling the annual license on all au
tomobiles and motor vehicles. The
revenue from this source, together
with the money derived from the ex
isting one-fourth mill road tax will
meet all interest charges of the pro
posed bond issue and retire the bonds
without adding a dollar to the direct
taxes of the individual.
Of these various measures, only one
the $6,000,000 Bond Bill will be
submitted to the voters for their ap
proval at the special election, Juno
4th. This measure asks nothing of
anybody except that which he must
pay under laws which go into effect
regardless of whether the bond Issue
be adopted. All manner of safeguards
have been provided outside the bond
ing act. The Highway Commission
has been reorganized, methods of road
construction have been reformed,
competition In contracts has been
made compulsory and an anti-conspiracy
bill has been passed. Amortiza-
tion tables show that the income now I
irrevocably provided will retire tne
$5,000,000 bond issue, meet tho re
quirements of the Fedoral Act, pro
vide maintenance of roads and leave
a surplus even if there be no increase
in assessed value or number of auto
mobiles. Approval of tha bond measure by
the voters is all that is needed to car
ry out the good roads campaign effec
tively. Indorsement of the bonds at
the June election would mean that
actual road construction could begin
this year. In passing on this measure,
voters are not asked to vote blindly.
The pending bond bill describes the
roads that are to bo constructed and
defines the general character of their
construction. All roads will be built
under the supervision of the Stato
Highway Commission which was cre
ated for that specific purpose.
The members of the Commission
are men of the strictest integrity.
They are among tho state's most- rep
resentative citizens who have achiev
ed enviable success in the business
world. As appointees of Governor
Withycombe,'' they may be depended
upon to conduct the business of Btato
road building wltti the same fidelity
tffey have shown in their personal af
fairs. The personnel of the Commis
sion is a guarantee that all road funds
coming into its hands will be dis
bursed wisely and economically,
: 1 -
WILL BE AIDED.
Good roads eoneetn and should iu
terest every citizen. : They reduce the
cost per ton to the producer in mar
keting his products. This la an im
portant factor in determining the ulti
mate cost to the consumer. Good
roads mean a substantial saving In
the operating cost of 36,000 motor ve
hicles in this Btate and will effect a
further saving of at least 10 per cent
In the depreciation of all vehicles.
These two items amount into almost
Jjjgfedlblp gunis annually. Al) tyQiCi
twined for good roads will be eipSiideq
In this state, contributing to the wel
fare of all. Good roads increase the
value of all land contiguous to the
highways that are improved. This
stimulates road construction in other
communities. Could more material
reasons be urged for supporting tha
good mads bond hill at the special
feectlo4 4u'u 4th "
FOR GOOD ROAD BONDS
One of the most forceful appeals
for good roads was that offered for
the Grange measures, which provided
for a bond Issue and was printed In
the lU tffieiaf-0o,U 'paAphfe't:' From
that ar janlcst-tlia following ii quoted :J
"Business, Met, aa fa-HHtu ISoduc
f &hd. Consume'! Vote for the
Grange Measures, for you one und al.
are interested in the development ot
the state, that can never be accom
plished without the construction of
good, permanent roads, built econom
ically and scientifically. Spenca.
Shaw, Leedy, Mwi Committee Ore
1 gofl gtete Grang.-?!! ' , ,
ROAD BOND BILL
Gains Support When It Is
Shown Taxes Will .Not
Ce Increased. y :
s soon as the general public undor.
stands that the extra tax on automo
biles will pay for the hard-surfacing
of the highways In tho proposed trunk
lints over tho state, friends for the
good roads movement increase. Tho
title of the bill gave it a black eye as
soon as it appeared. Tho word "bond"
scared them stiff. It is now being
understood that the road money that
has been availablo In the different
road districts is not interfered with
under the proposed jlan, 'but Is paid
cut of the Increaseu assessment on
automoblloB. The bond Issue then be
comes simply the state loaning Its
credit to get the good roads now, and
let the extra auto tax pay for them as
they are being used. The proposition
la growing iu favor as It- is under
stood. Hubbard Enterprise.
Are you aware that in the past ten
yarn approximately $40,000,000 has
been spent in the stato of Oregon on
roads, principally patch work, a load
of giv.vel here and one there? In view
of this expenditure what about a bond
Issue of 5li,0()0,000 for permanent
roads? Some people will not believe
these figures, but secure them for
yourselves. The figures can be se
cured 'from different Etate and county j
officials. L'rovuisville Times.
To bring about an expediency of the
good ruad condition for use in tho
time of the nation's need it seems best
to aectpt tho proposed bond issuo, be
cause of the conflicting- political in
terests that seem to have been able to
bo foisted upon the unwitting, yet
honest voters of Oregon through the
initiative. The six per cent tax limi
tation forbids Oregon ever getting ade
quate and passable roads In the next
two centuries, unless the issue is taken
up from another anglo. Burns News.
I'.w time has come for Oregon tc
make a ctart In the direction of per
manent state highway construction.
Washington, north of us, will spend
$6,500,000 in 'the next two yearsj it 1b
proposed that Oregon spend $6,000,000
In five years; California, south of us,
has authorized $15,000,000 to be spent
In the next two years and about as
much mors will be spent by the coun
ties of California. Indications are that
conservative people are awakening to
the need of getting away from tho
mud and dust and expense of poorly
built and maintained means of com-
munication. Moro Obsorver.
Under the tax limitation law there
can bo only 6 per cent Increase In
taxes annually. As that increase will
probably be made by the tax levying
bodies whether any extensive road
building is done or not, the voters
should certainly decide lu favor of
good roads. There need be no fear of
additional stato bond issues, either,
unless the people of the state want
them as such bonds can only be issued
after the matter has been approved by
popular vote. The present tax rate,
with tho annual 6 per cent increase,
will provide the state with an excel
lent system of roads In a few years.
Since the taxes must be paid anyway,
let's have good roads. Itoseburg Ite
"Considering the condition of tho
roads the pa3t few days," says the
Burns Tribune, "it is not likely that
tho people of Harney County will voto
against the $6,C00,000 bond issue er
any other measure that has for Its
purpose the building of permanent
highways which would be passable the
entire year. ' In this country where
the ground is practically level perman
jnt highways could be built at a nom
inal cost. Under the present laws of
Ihe stato there Is no reason why thi.
roaas should be in an impassable ee-
SU'.on. If this county i$ ts projrsas
and develop lt must have reads over
which teams and autos mny pas3 not
only ;rtaJn portions of the year but
at all times."
Farmers not residing on any of the
roads to be improved under tho road
bond bill should not for that reason
oppose tha bond measure. With the
approval by tho voters of the bond is
sue, every such farmor will derive a
two-fold benefit In 'the first place,
he will be brought that much clou'r
to a hard-surfaced road., geooni'.y, tiiy.
mouey now expended on th main
roads will be available for the im
provement of the conoectlng roads.
Surely, tho farmer, regardless of his
residence with respect to tho main
trunk roads, cannot help but recognize
that he will bo benefited by the ex
penditure of funds raised by the pro-,
posed bond Usui?,
"To our way of thinking," Bays the
Hilleboro Independent, "perhaps the
chief argument in favor of the road
bonds Is thit the cities and towns as
well as an additional proportion of the
total valuation will pay the largest
share, and tne burden will be shifted
from the farmer's 26 px cv.sA to
reuisliili.g Kot only that, but tha
touipiaint that the city antomubillnt
J.oa. worn out the roads he did not pay
for is mftt ana in tne future he will
travel tho road that cost him more
than was paid by the farm he pas:;s
and,ln addition the fat total of hia
automobile licenses, a proportion of
which was returned to his own county,
w!' now pay the interest on the loan
he made to build the roaili."
y a i; ' CASCIS-SSTIwmUm y
Farmers Everywhere Prefer
Case Threshing Ftigs
Three threshermcn buy Cace thresher rigs each year to one
who buys any other make. If eih:n prefer Case, there must be
a reason why you should.
Their chief reason liesjn the quality produced by Case
experience of three -quarters of a century. That experience
means satisfaction to them and to you.
We can suoply you with pny size tractor and thresher you
need, but the Case 12-25 n above ia one of the handiest
models. It will run a L'ux-lfi-inch or smaller Case Thresher and
will do almost any job on the farm. Ask for catalog or inquire
of us for full particulars.
Si Brkc: Back
Tbe SI en of
li' . !J
i sack cf White River Fkur atd we
Wl purchase price.
ints Ferry Warehouse
k l1mM' Lcc&l Disirikkrs
Tlie Oregon Tiniik Uuilrty have
maile I lie follow inj; changes in (lie
cl.edtiU: of llieir lot-al freight
i rains. No. o(8 from I'orthuiJ
will reaeh Manpi'.i nt 10:50 n, ni.
on Tuesdays, Tlmradays and fut-ti'd:i-!'
and No. ;'!!!) from tid
will reach Mnupin at, 11:10 a.m.
on Wednesdays, Fiidnyn and Sun
days, arriving at Fallbridpp 4 p.
in,, making clwso (Miintetion witli
tho North Uniik Limited fur I'ort-L-ind.
WAR CENSUS DAY FACTS.
' War Census )ay is
June 5th. Every Male
between tho nces of 2
I and 30
years, inidtisive, must rc;.u-tcr.
This ineliides Aliens, r.s well a.-
men whoare sick or cripolvU. Kx.
emptions from tilllaiy seiviet
will he I'lemiiDCM later.
Register in your home votiiif;
prei.i net. Booths at rrimhir vot
ing pluees will he openeil from ,
a. ni. to ') p. ni. Ah0f iMomi wi:);,t
repistfr hefore War, i'vunis .ay t
the oft'iee 'i theCoiinty Ch.ik of
the county in which they happ'j
he. ' Jlen . of. Military ugo who ar,.
H:k Til li: I r'tlld a'COinpf'ten jiftfFOI)
to the oiiiice of the (V;.inty V,rl
to ai raiie for tlu-ir recirtration.
The. pcnalt.y ff,r fail isif! to res;
iltcr, or, jjlving false, misleadiiir;
or ioc-vrttt answers, in inipris.
'Aiiufcnl witliout option of fine.
H. STAATS ,
- :3 fepA p'rf?-
"The Bcci is k Chespesl"
to iss anv wart of an
VOUR COVENTRY'S GALL.
FROM CHAS. LAKF, VAMIC.
Ilaik .voting man; Your country
Lo not tnrry do not Ian,
Up, to help your glorious count!
For the honor of yourf!a.
Able' bodiod men your duty : j
On your honor vou must co
To nuainl f hf n!li'd fnroaa '
Ovor power the Prussian -7(
You must, hob to n.ut thin
Sacrifices must he made
Half the world today js
A .1 i. . r
vnu i-jiireaunK Jor your
If each one will do his J
In the country, in Vbr
Pure democracy wilt r
Prussiaiusm : ha'.l
Our forefathers gr
ined our free-
Faupht mxr ation to a0Wi
is il. I iK"l 1-VrcJ
And looive '
. to he cravens?
hat freedom now.
ow our host of neonlp
i - r -
c are find brave,
know no foreign nation
'V'.'d freedom could enclave
n fJ'ach one should do bis duty,
''id should give a helping har.d
Trmoet this mih'y cr!?mt'.aijd
.- Fight to save 'oor land.'"
fihoiuld the Prussians 'over power
0r jjreat nation she would
WUh her cruel, ricftoslic methods
Barbarism here would reign.
Tha Rim of
willi refund the
Look at devastated Eelgium
How her helples country .fared
llowlier Koblesone and daugh"
In the truel death-trap snared.
Uow the captuvci' loyal French
I . , -hi
With eucn amnei'y an wv.
Knedrnd torLual fcy Ahe hund-
In the Prussians' crud net,.
(,;1! All depends upon our courage,
Where the civilized world wilt
xn our patriotsism, honor,
ove of freedom and our thrift
g0 j & time to do your fighting,
w America should step in,
An(J w ith concentrated forces,
H(,p the civilized world to win
Though l 1 a11 muy seem d'8heart
Gre'atthe sacrifice or lives
Wellwekno w that we must do it
If democrat surv,vea'
"The attitude of tl 8tat nighwey
Conimlflslon In refero. e t0 " dlstri. "
billion of the t6,l)00,00u V 8tte bond to.
smi win be to show no V "due prefer
tnAy'ta any p'artlcu'liir 'Moa of th ,
staievoveri inotlm,"'- c u monW th
Kbseourg flevlew. "It I; I tk elr Inten
tion to co-operate with all V the counties
throughout the state, not iwlUi a few,
as muny have been led " to believe
through opponents to the 'bond isms.
Douclas County should no t lag A loo-
' .. .
uifiii uinii aoiiie action le t. wuere-
ty our road '"terosts will b mater..
inu uiiuumvu oy ui pi or vara sona