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T he C oquille H erald
COQUILLE, COOS COUNTY. OREGON, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1916.
m \ EVENTS
News of County Sîa'e and
National Interest Tuld in
Brief, Concise Form
OREGON HAS MOST UNDER
Suit is Filed in the Kentuck
Inlet School Case
munity has suffered but few disasters.
In the sound and safe development of
| the town Mr. Bennett has be» n a force
i on the right side. He stood behind
Mayor Straw and the council who first
forced through the beginning of street
paving against the opposition of a good
I part of the community, and without
his strong backing it ia certain that the
work that has made Marshfield a mod-
Prominent Banker and Attor j ern city would have been long delayed.
! In his dealings with the people as a
ney Bows to the Grim
banker, Mr. Bennett always wis
“safe” but to anyone who appeared to
' merit it he was always helpful. There
are many citizens of Coos county who
j have been carried through the financial
I breakers by the considerate treatment
given by the Flanagan & Bennett
A Man With Many Admira bank.
Personally, J. W. Benr.ett was a man
ble Traits of Character
whom it was a pleasure to meet. He
Beaver Hill Development
had a fund of Irish wit always on tap,
Will Be Resumed Soon J. W. Bennett died at his home in and he was as genial to the man in
Marshfield Friday evening, and the overalls as to him who worejthe finest
of raiment. He had one rare quality
funeral took place Sunday afternoon.
The following interview with Presi
The news of Mr. Bennett’s death seldom possessed in so marked a degree,
dent Sproule, of the Southern Pacific
was not unexpected, as he had been in in that opposition or abuse aroused so
regarding the development of the Bea
a ser ous state for several days, hjs little of personal animosity, and that
ver Hill coal mines appeared in the
complsint being Bright’s disease, an(] ! the power of his position was seldom if
Coos Bay Times. Beaver Hill is lo
people all over the county had been ' ever used for the coercion of those who
cated on Beaver Hill about four miles
keeping themselves informed as
down the river from this place:
to his condition.
"The I’eaver Hill mine development weeks he had been confined to
work will be resumed and carried out his home, following a trip to
to the fullest extent,” said Wm. San Francisco, where he sought
Sproule, president of the Southern Pa the best medical advice, only to
cific System, who spent several hours have the irrevocable sentence
in Marshfield Wednesday evening with passed upon him.
Vice-President and General Manager
As a banker and lawyer J. W.
W. R. Scott, Assistant General Mana Bennett was probuiily entitled
ger J. H. Dyer and Division Engineer to be called the most promi
Siefer. The party returned from Bea nent citizen of southwestern
ver Hill and Myrtle Point about 6 Oregon, and his long residence
o'clock and remained here until 10 here had made “ Joe Bennett” a
o’clock. They made the run to E i~ene household word throughout Coos
last night and were to leave there early and Curry counties, at least. He
this morning for a trip over the Ya- was born on April 21, 1855, at
Bandon, County Cork, Ireland,
"The Beaver Hill work was discon and was the son of George Ben
tinued a few years ago when money nett, a barrister. In May, 1873,
was scarce and hard to obtain,” con the elder Bennett, with his two
tinued Mr. Sproule. "Not only was sons, J. W. and G. A. came tr
money scarce but there was no imme Coos county. He bought the 60C
diate market for the coal even had we acre donation claim of Thompson
been able to produce it. Until the rail Lowe at the mouth of the Co
road was completed, there was no op quille river, and there the elder
portunity to handle the output. Now Bennett made his home during
we have the rail service and we are the balance of his life, being gen
going to develop the mine to the fullest erally known as “ Lord Bennett.”
J. W. Bennett soon went to Em
"The Coos Bay-Eureka line is a mat pire, then the county seat, and
ter of the rather dim and distant fu studied law in the office of J. M.
ture. You know the roads have never Siglin, with wnu(ii he l a t e r
fully recovered from that Roosevelt formed a partnership in the prae-
panic and money to build new lines and I tice of that profession. In 1874
extensions is hard to obtain. You j they went into the newspaper
don’t want to build too many hopes on ¡business, b u y i n g t h e Co o s
I Bay News, which had been started at stood in his way. As the Marshfield
the Eureka line.
They Record expresses it:
I am glad that the people here ap- Empire by Thos. B. Merry
predated the extension of the terminal moved the plant to Marshfield in 1874, Bennett was all man. He had his frail
rates on lumber shipments to Coos Bay. ;
later disposed of the paper to G. ties, but, oh, he had so many virtues.”
The funeral, which was held Sunday,
You know we have about $12,500,000 A- Bennett, who still conducts it.
the largest in attendance ever
invested in the Coos Bay Line and we [
are figuring hard now how to make it resident of Marshfield and had much to . held ' n Marshfield, iffd people were
pay. It takes lots of business just to do with shaping the development of Lhore from all over the county to pay a
pay interest on that investment. At that city. In 1889, in partnership with j tribute of respect to one who had stood
five per cent, it would take over $600,- j Patrick Flanagan, he established the | high >n their regard. Religious services
000 per year. We have the line ready j bank of Flanagan & Bennett, the firjit j were held in the Episcopal church, with
for operations now and the problem is I institution of the kind in this part of i the construction of which Mr. Bennett,
I aa a member of the Episcopal organiza-
to develop the business to make it a [ the state.
As the leading attorney and as presi-; tion, had much to do. The funeral pro-
paying investment. In this we will
cession was led by the Knights Templar
want and need the full cooperation of dent of the bank, Mr. Bennett occupied
a position of great influence in the and the hearse was followed by march
I don’t think that Coos Bay can community. That his influence was ex ing Masons of the Blue Lodge, Knights
of Pythias, Elks, Moose and members
hope for general terminal rates until j erted for the best interests of the place
of the Bar Association. At the ceme
you have vessels running inhere giving
you the same water rates from, eastern i *n
m' n^8 °f those who know best. tery the burial ceremony of the Ma
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sons was carried oOt.
points that the present terminal points Mr. Bennett was always conservative,
on the coast enjoy. Then, I think that and during the years of development
O rd e rs for A u to w riters
the Interstate Commerce Commission when booms and all kinds of schemes
would approve it.
A telegram was received from Astoria
“ No, you are mistaken. The estab quagmire, he exerted a strong hand in
lishment of terminal rates is hot in the holding them down to safe lines. In by the Autowriter Co. Saturday, from
hands of the railroad. Tne Interstate many instances this brought condemna W. W. Williams, the sales agent, with
Commerce Commission now tells us tion from the enthusiasts who wanted a rush order for 500 autowriters. An
order for 1000 had already been re
what we can do and what we cannot do to see everything “ go,” but one result
in that respect. If you will remember, isseeiiin the fact that the financial ceived from Gresham, Or., and the
prospects for a rushing business in the
the Interstate Commerce Commission conditions on Coos Bay have always manufacture of this simple device are
knocked out the through rates on our been good and that the business com- good.
Sunset line. We fought hard to keep
them on that line but the Interstate
Commerce Commission would not allow
them to stand.”
It was stated that Mr. Sproule and ,
Mr. Scott came up from San Francisco
to see what could be done about reliev
ing the car shortage which is crippling
many Oregon lumber mills. They took 1
advantage of the opportunity to see
the new Coos Bay line, neither having
been over it before. The line is to be 1
transferred to the Operating Depart-1
ment October 1.
of the Union, having fully twenty per
cent of the remaining ui eut timber in
the United Statts within its bound
aries. "The best available estimates
puts this stumpage at approximately
538 billion feet, board measure,” says
Dean George W. Peavy, of the Fores
try department, O. A. C. “ More than
11 million acres of timber land, carry
ing 404 billion board feet of timber are
privately owned and 13 million acres
carrying 134 billion board feet, are in
the National Forest'
This dual own
ership opens up the harvesting of the
immense crop of mature iimber and the
perpetuation of the production of tim
ber for all time. The new college
course, logging engineering, is designed
to fit young men for economical logging
The total number of feet of lumber
¿hipped from Coos Bay during the last
two weeks was 5,791,000.
shipped 922,000 feet.
Articles of incorporation of t h e
American Building & Loan association,
with a capital of $1,000,000, and witn
offices at Eugene, were filed there last
The North Bend city council has
awarded the contract for concreting the
waterfront road between that place and
Marshfield to contractors Dean and
Brown. The contract price is $28,054.-
Farming and business interests of
the United States are showing the
keenest interest in the new farm loan
system established under the Hollis
Hoss rural credit law, according to
Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo.
C. F. Greve, a well known North
Bend shoemaker, Saturday night shot
and killed himself to end three years of
suffering and anguish from cancer.
Hopelessly ill, he decided to end his
sufferings by a bullet.
United States District Attorney
Clarence L. Iteames, of Portland, says
that Bob Jones' plan of anchoring a
booze ship outside the three-mile limit
at the mouth of the Columbia will not
work as there is a federal statute cov
ering the case.
The Salem police Thursday night
seized 268 quarts of whiskey being car
ried by R. T. Turner in an automobile
and arrested Turner. The latter was
on his way to Stanwood, Wash., with
the liquor which he had secured at
That the five years following the
close of the European war will be the
best the Oregon lumber business has
ever known, was the prediction of M.
J. Scanlon, of the Brooks-Scanlon Lum
ber Company, upon leaving Bend, Ore
gon, for his home in Minneapolis after
a visit of several davs.
Franklin K. Lane, secretary of the
interior, says in a statement just issued
that everyone will have an equal chance
to enter upon lands of the Oregon &
California railroad grants when that
land is thrown open to the public.
There is no way that a preferment can
be obtained by prior filing or applica
The body of Dan Bennett, the ranch
er who lived on North Coos river, and
was drowned one night last week, while
returning home from across the river,
was discovered Sunday forenoon by
Andrew Kardell, in the river at his
ranch, which is above the place where
the unfortunate man lost his life.
Including the earnings of tolls for the
month of July, 1916, amounting to
$460,123, the tolls collected on traffic
passing through the Panama canal from
the beginning of the towing of laden
barges between the terminal ports in
May, 1916, have amounted to $7,217,-
956. The collections from vessels in
the coastwise trade of the United
States formed $1,923,122 of this total.
Before Mrs. Abe Anderson of Ken
tuck Inlet had left the chapel where
the funeral service over the remains of
her husband had been held, she was
Berved by Constable Cox with notice
that she was sued for $10,745 by Mrs.
Flora I. Foreman, socialist school
teacher in the district where Anderson
was clerk. After being served with
the paper, Mrs. Anderson proceeded
out of the chapel and went to the ceme
tery where the burial of her husband
People from the Powers district tell
of the construction of an extension of
Put to the Test
the Smith-Powers railroad towards
Eckley, following Salmon creek. The
A preacher, at the close of one of his
first work has been under way for sev sermons, said: "Let all in the house
eral months, and consists of a large who are paying their debts stand up.”
bridge spanning the Coquille at the Presently eyery man, woman, and child,
confluence of Salmon creek, which has with one exception, rose to their feet. ;
cost a big sum of money and is not yet
The preacher seated them and said:
finished. The grading is going on as “ Now, every man not paying his debts
well, but until the bridge is finished no stand up.” The exception, a careworn, ,
rails will be laid.—Record.
hungry-looking individual, clothed in his i
At least the railway companies in re last summer’s suit, slowly assumed a
fusing the eight-hour day were consist perpendicular position.
ent on one poiat. They said the cost
“ How is it, my friend,” asked the,
to them would be $100,000,000. This is minister, “you are the only man not
the same amount they estimated when able to meet his obligations?”
they opposed the air-brake law. the
“ I run a newspaper,” he answered,
patent safety coupler, and again, the j "and the brethren here who stood up
installation of electric headlights. In are my subscribers, and
short, any public demand for railway
“ Let us pray,” exclaimed the minis- I
reform always costs exactly $100,000,- ’ter.
000—until it is installed, when, of
If this question wss asked in your'
course, it becomes "a measure of effi congregation what would > ou do stand
ciency and economy.” —Coos Bay News. up or sit still? Look at your label now.
Oregon is the foremost timber state 1 —The Subscription Man.
J. W. BENNETT
LAID TO REST
WAS BAT’S LEADING CITIZEN
— Berrym an
BURNS AT SEA
PER YEAR $1.50
old state in calling especial attention to
the fact that Captain N. E. Cousins is
one of her sons.
The Congress was boarded Saturday
and it was discovered that the damage
was not as great as it was first thought.
Sund.iy the tugs which had been called
to take charge of her towed the big
ship inside the bar, where repairs will
MEN IS GREAT
More Help Needed on Var
Passengers and Crew Are All
ious Projects than Can
Taken OP by Boats from Second Corn Carnival to
Bandon and the Bay
be Held Nov. 10 and 11
ENTERS GOOS BAY FOR REPAIRS
Damage Is Not as Great as
at First Believed
Northbound from San Francisco to
Seattle with 280 passengers and a crew
of 165, the big coast liner Congress,
owned by the Pacific CoaBt Steamship
company of Seattle, caught fire off
Coos Bay Thursday afternoon, and was
totally destroyed, after being abandon
ed by passengers and crew.
By good fortune the Congress was
only seven miles off Coos Bay when the
blaze broke out in the after hold. She
made a run for shore and anchored just
outside the bar. The passengers and
crew were taken off by small boats,
which went to the vessel’s assistance
from Marshfield at the first intimation
of disaster, and were transferred to
the United States government dredge
Colonel P. S. Michie, which landed
them all safely at North Bend.
No one was injured with the excep
tion of Mrs. Margaret R. Rieg, of St.
Louis, Mo., a first class passenger, who
is suffering from shock, and Jack Ty
son, an under steward, 4Uio was over
come by smoke and whose condition
may prove to be serious, although he
is not expected to die.
The passengers, 250 cabin and 30
steerage, and the members of the crew
lost practically all their belongings, in
cluding money, tickets and baggage.
There was no panic on hoard and the
work of rescue proceeded rapidly and
With the gasoline schooners Tilla
mook and A. M. Simpson standing by
to pick them up when all was over,
Captain Cousins, of the Congress, and
about 25 members of his crew, re
mained off some distance from the
burning vessel in small boats, waiting
until the fire had utterly consumed her.
This is in deference to the unwritten
rule of the sea which deciees that a
captain shall not desert his ship. The
sea was unusually smooth.
The fire started about 3 p. m. in the
after hold among the general freight.
There was some hope of controlling it
until it finally spread to the oil tanks
which supplied the vessel with fuel.
The ship was turned about in such a
way as to prevent the wind blowing
the fire toward the fuel tanks but it
spread to them in spite of this pre
caution and then it was known that the
vessel was doomed. The cause of the
fire is so far unknown, although it is
believed that spontaneous combustion
is responsible for the disaster.
When news of the burning ship
spread around the Coos Bay shore-line
hundreds of automobiles headed for the
beach and thousands of people hurried
down to be of assistance if needed.
Lusty cheers went up when it was
finally established that all the 445 peo
ple had been rescued with only minor
injuries to the two persons already re
ferred to. At North Bend the people
from the Congress, who arrived there
shortly after 8:30 were met at the dock
by hundreds of people and treated with
the greatest hospitality, private homes
being thrown open to all those who
could not be taken care of in hotels.
A special O.-W. R. & N. train, char
tered by the Pacific Coast Steamship
company, left Seattle Thursday night
at 9 o’clock, en route for North Bend,
and Friday the passengers of the Con
gress boarded the special, which pro
ceeded to Seattle.
Both passengers and crew are loud in
their expressions of gratitude to the
crew of the Michie, Captain George
Seeley, and to the captains and crews
of the Tillamook, the A. M. Simpson
and the many other vessels which went
to the assistance of the doomed ship.
One of those rescued is a survivor of
the wreck of the Titanic. He is Chas.
Jouglim, chief baker on the Congress.
He had a similar position aboard the
The Congress was of 8145 gross ton
nage, 442 feet in length and 29 feet
draft. She was a steel twin screw
steamer. She carried 1100 tons of gen
eral cargo when she left San Francisco
for Seattle on Wednesday.
The Congress, built in 1913, at a cost
of $1,500,000 was now worth consider
ably more than that, exclusive of the
cargo which probably equalled t h e
value of the ship.
This Captain Cousins is the same
“ Nym” Cousins with whom the writer
played|around the Eureka shipyards
nearly half a century ago, and who
then won a strong liking and admira
tion that have not been dissipated by
the passage of time. The editor of the
Herald is not inclined to remind his
readers every week that he "came
, from Maine,” but he ia proud of the
The second annual Corn Carnival will
be held here on November 10 Bnd 11.
This is the date that was definitely de
cided upon by the Commercial Club at
its regular meeting Tuesday night.
Many suggestions were entertained as
to what the date ought to be and a
later date was considered. The desire
is to hold the carnival as early as pos
sible and yet have it late enough to
give the corn of the county time to be
come perfectly mature. County Agri
culturist Smith was present and gave
what information he could aa to when
the corn would be in proper condition.
He was of the opinion that the carnival
should be given as early as possible in
order that the exhibits of ensilage
would not be harmed by keeping them
The chairmen of the various commit
tees that were appointed last year
were read and it was suggested by
President Norton that these men ap
point their assistants and he in readi
ness for any work that might come up.
The chairmen of the committees
were as follows:
Amusements, F. E. McKenna; prizes
and exhibits, W. H. Lyons; transporta
tion, J. A. Lamb; music, S. M. Nosier;
publicity, 0. H. Knowlton; booths and
decorations, F. C. True; assistant to
county agriculturist, E. E. Johnson;
ways and means, J. E. Norton.
The matter of the best methods of
advertising for the corn show was dis
cussed nnd the special envelopes which
the Herald is getting out received fav
President Norton also appointed a
committee to lay before the city coun
cil the fact that Coquille needs a muni
cipal band and to solicit their coopera
tion in the matter. The committee
was: Judge James Watson, W. H.
Lyons, J. A. Lamb, L. H. Hazard, and
F. B. Phillips.
L. H. Hazard made his report as
chairman of the finance committee for
the Railroad Jubilee, stating that they
had collected $233.25, and that it was
his opinion that there was enough left
to cover the expenses of the corn show.
LONGSTON IS SHOKTDANDED
Perham May Discontinue one
Shift on Road Work
For the first time in several years,
the demand for labor in Coos county
and in Coquille is in excess of the sup
ply. Reports from the various large
employers of this section, such as
street and road contractors and logging
camps, disclose the fact that men are
scarce and hard to get.
It is reported that Contractor Per
ham, who is doing the work on the
Marshfield-Coquille road, and who has
advertised for men and ulso has had a
man scouring the county to secure ad
ditional help, recently made the state
ment that unless more men were avail
able soon it would become necessary
for him to close down one of his shifts.
The Longston Construction company
hi s also felt the lack of workmen. Mr.
Longston said that at present he could
use quite a number more than he has
and that as soon as he was able to get
lumber as fast as lie wished that he
would be decidedly short handed.
Farmers are also looking for men to
help in the harvesting of crops, ar.d
several cases have appeared where real
difficulty has been encountered in se
The report comes in that there are at
present more men employed in the log
ging camps of Coos county than ever
before in its history and that the wages
as a rule are high.
In the light of the foregoing facts it
becomes apparent that there is no rea
son why anyone in this section of the
country should be idle if they really
care to work. And not alone is this
the case in Coos county; r»_ports from
other parts of the state goto show that
over the entire Northwest the labor
conditions are better than they have
been for years.
Stock Show at Portland
The Sixth Annual Pacific Interna
tional Livestock Exposition will he held
at Union Stock Yards North Portland,
The case against F. B. Cameron, Oregon, December 4-9, 1916.
Owing to the splendid manner in
publisher of the Agitator, in which ho
was charged with criminal libel against which the Oregon Bankers Association;
Allen McLeod, manager of the county the Portland Chamber of Commerce;
poor farm, occupied four days of the the State of Oregon and the different
valuable time of the circuit court last Breed Associations, have made appro
week and resulted in a verdict of priations, the Show this year will take
“guilty” on Friday evening, the pen rank with the largest Livestock Expo
alty imposed by Judge Skipworth on sitions in the United States. Between
Monday morning being a fine of $500 $20,000 and $25,000 will be given in
and costs. The case was taken up on cash premiums for livestock.
Tuesday morning and that day was Shorthorn and Hereford Associations of
consumed in getting a jury, it being America have made total appropria
necessary to round up a special venire. tions of $5000, which being matched by
Wednesday and Thursday were occu the Exposition, makes premiums of
pied by the witnesses, and the attor $10,000, for those two breeds alone and
neys in the case, Prosecuting Attorney insures the strongest kind of competi
Liljeqvist for the State, and J. N. tion in this class.
Close to $5000 is being offered in the
Miller and H. G. Hoy for Cameron,
managed to consume the greater part dairy division, which covers Holsteins,
of Friday in voicing their arguments. Jerseys, Guernseys and Ayreshires.
The case went to the jury about half Practically $2500 is being given in the
past three and it took about five hours sheep classes, while hogs are recog
to reach a verdict. It is reported that nized to about the same extent. The
they stood eleven to one for conviction draft type of horses are given over
on the first ballot, and that the time $1200, divided between the Perchcron,
was consumed in brii.ging the doubter Belgian, Clydes and Shires. Cattle in
to the conclusion that Cameron was car lots are recognized to the extent of
$1500. The Student Judging Contest
The case aroused considerable inter to be participated in by all of the Ag
est among the people, as it involved ricultural colleges of the Northwest,
charges against the management of again receive $300.
We call the attention of the breeders
one of the county institutions and one
of which some of us may yet be in to the fact that the closing dates are as
mates, and many listened to the evi follows: Breeding classes—November
13, 1916. Fat classes—November 27,
All parties concerned seem to speak 1916. Positively no entries will receive
highly of Judge Skipworth for the fair consideration unless in the office of O.
and impartial manner in which he pre M. Plummer, general manager, at
sided and the business-like way in hia office at North Portland, on or be
which he has conducted the proceedings fore noon, of the above closing dates.
of the court. District Attorney Liljs- This rule enables the putting forth of a
qvist is highly complimented by the catalogue very valuable to both the
Sentinel for his masterly summing up; visitors and to the exhibitors. Entry
Harry Hoy's address is said by Camer blanks will he furnished upon applica
on to have been a fine one; J. N. Miller tion to Mr. Plummer and exhibitors
should note on their entry blanks num
Mr. Cameron is now rustling for the ber of stalls or pens required for their
money with which to pay his fine and showing.
Members of the granges of Oregon,
anticipates that he will be able to raise
Washington and Idaho have indicated
it in the 30 days allowed him.
^ their intention of attending in large
numbers, over 2500 being expected.
Judges of national reputation wi l l
handle the different classes.
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I Rosenberg, formerly a tailor at
this place, was convicted in the circuit
Mrs. Cowles Honored
court Saturday of obtaining money
Mrs. Josiah Evans Cowles of Los
under false pretenses. The sentence
was from one to ten years in the state i Angeles, president of the Federated
penitentiary; but upon the recommend Women’s Clubs of America, was com
ation of the jury Judge Skipworth pa plimented at the San Diego Exposition,
roled the prisoner and he will be re August 26, when the day was named in
quired to make monthly reports to her honor. The first lawn fete ever
Sheriff Johnson. The act upon which held on the Exposition grounds was
ven in the beautiful Court of I,eap
the charge was based was the cashing ear. Several thousand men and wo-
of a bogus draft upon the bank of men met the visitor in the reception
.held during the afternoon.
Cameron Fined $500