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T he C oquille H erald
Uncle Sam Will I’ ay Penalties
and Interest As Well as
There has been considerable discus
sion and uncertainity of late over the
question whether the U. S. govern
ment would or could be persuaded to
pay the penalties and interest on the
delinquent taxes on the 0. & C. land
grant prior to the date the bill pro
viding that the government should
take possession of the land and pay
those delinquent taxes. Recently the
question has been whether the coun
ties to which these tuxes are due could
recover the amount of the taxes from
the U. S. treasury without waiving
their claims to the penalties and inter
Ex-governor West wired the de
partment of the interior to learn the
position the government took on this
question and received the following an
swer from the attorney general, which
was forwarded to him by the general
“ This department sees no objection
to the course suggested, provided how
ever, that it be made plain that by en
tering into such a stipulation the gov
ernment in no way recognizes that the
counties have any further rights in
the premises. In other words, while
it is entirely satisfactory that the
counties may expressly reserve such
rights as they have, by agreeing to
that, the government does not concede
that any such rights exist.”
But scarcely had this answer been
received when interest in it ceased en
tirely. For on Monday of this week
it transpired that the government
came down off the perch and announc
ed that it had decided to pay penalties
and interest also along ” ith
of these taxes.
On Tueslay the Oregonian pi,
the following from its Wash igton
Washington, Aug. 27— Representa
tive Sinnot was advised by Land Com
missioner Tallman that the Govern
ment had decided after further con
sideration to pay to the land grant
counties of Oregon all accrued ta^es,
penalties and interest up to the date
of the passage of the land grant act
June 9, 1916.
No payments will be allowed be
yond that date, however, the theory
being that by the act the lands re
verted to the Government on June 9
last year, and government lands are
In the light of today’s announcement
the Chamberlain bill, which recently
passed the Senate, would give to the
counties only accrued penalties since
June 9, and as these would be penal
ties against the Government the
House public lands committee will
not favor the passage of the bill.
COQUILLE, COOS COUNTY, OREGON, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1917.
And as the
| Southern Oregon or Coos Bay Wagon
I Road land grant is in the same boat
with the Oregon & California grant,
this means the eventual payment of
the still larger indebtedness of the*
company for taxes, penalties and in
Moreover, if the United States is
not big enough to get out of paying
penalties and interest on the lands it
has taken, as well as the back taxes,
much less can such smaller Ash as the
owners of the Kinney tract and the
Boutin company expect to pull off any
Another thing to which attention
ought to be called in this direction is
the position our then district attor
ney L. A Liljeqvist took in regard to
these taxes before Congress had pass
ed the bill to pay them from the na
tional treasury. He said that what
ever disposition was made of these
lands they would still go charged with
And so well posted were Mr. Lil
jeqvist and Mr. Nuner, the district
attorney of Douglas county, on the
law in this case, that they were se
lected by the recent c-ivention of dis
trict attorneys for t..e eighteen land
grant counties at Salem to prepare
the briefs for the counties in support
of their contention that the govern
ment must pay penalties and interest
as well as taxes on the grant lanle.
The decision of the officials at Wash
ington to the same effect, of course,
renders unnecessary any further ef
forts along that line.
HERALD WILL CEASE TO BE
PER YEAR $1.50
Some Fine Yields.
J. L. Smith has on display at his
Front street office now a fine bunch
of the new “ Canary Grass,” about
which there has been so much talk,
from M. T. Clinton’s place at Arago
Where tested it proves wonderfully
well adapted to low, moist ground and
grows very tall and rank.
been tested for several years and
makes good pastures after the long
est drouth. Other ranchers who are
growing it are D. C. Kranz, Albert
weeks. For a considerable period J. Fish and S. L. Lafferty.
E. Norton, now president of the Com
mercial Club, was a printer in the o f
D. R. Lewis on the North Fork
fice where he rose to the position of near Gravel Ford brought in a sample
ioreman. During the years from 1890 of the oats and vetch from which he
to 1911 John S. McEwen was a half filled a 9x27 silo off of seven-eighths
owner of the paper and was associated of an acre. This is at the rate of
with Mr. Dean in its publicatic.
35 tons to the acre. They were sown
Six years ago in 1911, Mr. Dean in February. Mr. Lewis says that
sold the paper to Wm. Conner and where he had applied 2300 pounds of
severed his connection with it. Be lime on three-fourths of an acre the
fore that time the Herald had also crop of oats and vetch was three times
absorbed a competing paper, the Bul as good and that he harvested six tone
of hay from that amount of land.
About November 1911, Mr. Conner
sold the Herald to W. G. Ackerman,
The samples of Canadian field peas
who held it until February 1913, when and bald barley grown together that
he tiansferred it to Lew A. Cates. Mr. Smith has on exhibition are nine
The latter then made a deal to place feet talk and Mr. Ray says that he
the Herald and the Sentinel under one fed 19 cows for two weeks on less
ownership, selling J. C. Savage a half than an acre of this forage crop. U
interest in the Herald and buying of was run through a silage cutter and
Mr. Savage a half interest in the Sen fed green.
Judge Harlocker furnishes a splen
The partnership between Mr. Cates did bunch of oats five feet tall which
and Mr. Savage continued for less looks mighty good for the dry season
than a year, but a suit is still pend we have been having.
ing in the Circuit court here to settle
the accounts between them.
After Mr. Cates’ purchase of the
Herald, he employed the late P. C.
Levar to edit it and Mr. Levai later
leased the property and continued to
edit and publish the paper until May
On Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
of the present year, a month before
Dingman and daughter arrived here
from Glendale, Douglas county, in a
On the first of May J. C. Savage
prairie schooner loaded with their
was engaged to edit the paper and
household goods, and stopped for a
manage the business which he did
visit with Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Gard
until last week’s issue.
ner, of the garage, of whom they
The writer purchased the Herald of
are old acquaintances. The remark
Cates and Savage in January 1914
able thing about their outfit was their
and with this issue will consolidate it
team which harked back to older
with the Sentinel as stated above
times. It consisted of a couple of oxen
The Combined paper which will bear
fat enough for beef and weighing
the name of The Coquille Valley Sen
about 1506 pounds apiece. They were
tinel and Coquille Herald, will be
en route to Delmar on the Marshfield
sent to Herald subscribers who are
road where they will spend the winter.
paid in advance, for the time they
Mr. Dingman says he emigrated
have paid for. Where the subscriber
is also a subscriber to the Sentinel, from Phillips county, Kansas, and
his date will be extended to cover the came to Spokane, Wash., with an ox
entire time for which both papers team 30 years ago. The oxen he was
have been paid for. Prompt payment driving here are six years old, and
will, of course, be expected from those he says that they have done all his
work on the ranch where he lived in
who are in arrears.
Henceforth all matters in connec Glendale for the past three years. He
tion with the Herald business will be did not use the old-fashioned yoke
transacted at the Sentinel office two but had a complete outfit of harness
blocks north of the former Herald for them, even to the cruppers, with
brass knobs on their horns and each
of them carrying a small American
H. W. Young.
flag on his head to attest their own
The oxen bore the
Germany’s Railroads Scrapped. Hereford colors, but one of them
Those who do not realize fully the was a Durham and the other a
importance of railroads to the safety Jersey half breed, though the Jersey
of the nation should heed the signifi was scarcely inferior to the Durham
cant message brought from Germany in size.
by Raymond B. Swing, special corres
The pilgrims were enjoying the at
pondent of the Chicago Daily News. tention which their novel team at
“ The really acute danger for Ger tracted and said that during the first
many,” says Swing, “ is the German day of their journey, on the Pacific
Heretofore, it has highway, fifteen autos stopped to en
been Germany’s greatest strength, the able their occupants to kodak the
pulsating arteries of her National outfit.
Several pictures were taljen
Anatomy. The Railways have made here.
Although the oxen regularly
it possible for the Central powers to made three miles an hour in going to
utilize their advantage of the inner town, Mr. Dingman said they had al
lines. But the German railways are ready been thirteen days on the road,
giving way. The roadbeds are rock taking the trip very leisurely and
ing, the cars are wearing out and the stopping over for three days at one
locomotives cannot haul the loads nec time.
Germany cannot manufac
ture enough locomotives and cars to
See Here, Ladies.
I vouchsafe the state
Are you helping with the Red Cross
ment that the German government
would willingly pay more for 200 Am work? If you are not it’s time you
erican locomotives than for all the were! You do not have to be a mem
wheat raised west of the Mississippi ber of the organization to help with
The government is this work and right now there is cry
ing need for assistance in making
keenly aware of the danger.”
According to the same authority, warm clothing for our boys at the
the food problem in many German front. Don’t wait till they freeze to
cities is not so much a food problem death—it will be everlastingly too late
as a transportation problem. Freight then. Act now! Meet with the ladies
which is not needed for the national next week at the Laird rooms any or
defense is not carried.
Passenger every afternoon.
service is uncertain and uncomfort
Candy Sale Tomorrow.
With This Issue It Completes Its 35th
Volume.—Will Henceforth Be Merged
With the Coquille Valley Sentinel.
With this issue we have to annouce
that the Herald has been merged with
the Coquille Valley Sentinel and that
this will be its last issue as a separate
publication. When the present pro
prietor of both papers came here to
invest in the newspaper business three
and a half years ago he found that
his predecessor, Lew A. Cates, had
placed both papers under a common
ownership and that he could not buy
one of them without the buying both.
The fact that they have been owned
jointly for the past five years has been
no secret during that time, and in
fact the semi-annual statement of
ownership circulation etc., published
in accordance with the rulings of tha
postofbee department, have carirea
that statement in these columns time
It has been the opinion of many
business men in Coquille frequently
expressed to us during those years
that they would much prefer to have
their business announcements pub
lished in one paper rather than two,
and this seems to be the opportune
time to accede to their wishes and
consolidate the papers.
In the first place the current volume
of the Herald ends with this issue
In the next place the economies ef
fected by publishing one paper in
stead of two will enable us, we hope,
to make the combined paper a better
one than either of the two has beer,
in the past.
In the third place, with the Increas
ed prices of paper and everything that
enters into the manufacture of news
papers, fewer papers will have to be
published throughout the country.
In the fourth place, the demands of
the war for man power, not only for
soldiers but also for men at home !o
support the boys in the trenches and
furnish them with ammunition, food,
clothing and hundreds of other things,
is going to make it more and more
necessary to economize in labor at
home, and by this consolidation we
are doing our bit toward that result.
The Herald with this issue rounds
out 35 years of existence, or more
than a generation, during which it lias
chronicled the steady growth and de
velopment of this city and the Co-
The paper was established Septem
ber 9, 1882, by D. F. Dean, who
has been visiting here for the past two
C. I. Kime, who had been to Port
land with the 35 head of cattle which
had recently been condemned as tu
bercular on the river between here
and Myrtle Point, returned last
Thursday evening. His report of the
result of the inspection made by U. S.
officials at the Union Stockyards in
Portland of those animals has caused
among those who had cattle in the
Of the 35 cattle slaughtered under
the direct supervision of the federal
authorities, they declared that only
two had the slightest symptoms of tu
berculosis, and in each case the le
sion was slight.
Mr. Kime says that he staid with
the cattle continuously from the time
they landed in Portland until they
were skinned and dissected, only tak
ing time off to sleep and eat. When
he went up there he says he had no
idea of how a tubercularly affected
piece of meat would look, but the fed
eral inspectors insisted on his remain
ing until they came across a tuber
cular animal and now he says he
could tell it anywhere.
East Fork Items.
As to the talk being indulged in
Mrs. May, of Eugene, and two child
that tubercular animals are passed at ren have visited her sister, Mrs. Roily
the stockyards, he is emphatic in the Alford, of Brewster Valley, and are
opinion that such is not the case. The visiting at her brother’s, Earl Endi-
heart, liver, lungs, throat and mus cott, of Sumner.
cles are particularly examined and
Chas. Heller and Crew, his son, Will
he is confident that no infected ani and Lee Mast, are out thrashing the
mal can get by.
farmers; that is, those who have any
In connection with this, he stated thing to thrash and they come near
that the dairymen received a check doing it where there is nothing to
for their cattle from the Union Meat thrash, for they set the machine even
Co. Tuesday evening, but that, of if the stack is not much larger than
course, even in addition to the amount a good sized hay cock. J. D. Laird
paid by the state, does not anywhere had 52 bushels of oats, 14 of wheat.
near compensate for the loss of $100 Hasly Laird 37 bushels of oats; at
His greatest regret is Mountain Glade, 3 Vi of oats and 10
now that he did not have the federal 1 of emmer. Each of us have a little
authorities at Portland give the cattle | pile of straw.
Their next move was
a tubercular test before they were to Oscar Bunch’s.
Will report Os
car’s bumper crop later for it was
This means tens of thousands of
dollars more to the treasury of Coos
county when these taxes are paid, as
they probably ''ill be in the near fu
ture as all obstacles to a settlement
of this claim, for which Congress
over a year ago voted to pay, have
As to the amount of these taxes
now due Coos county on the 0. &. C.
lands the following approximations
are all we are now able to obtain from
the officials at the court house:
Principal Taxes of 1913
Penalty on same
Interest on same, 26 per cent
Principal Taxes of 1914
Penalty on same
hard to make him believe last spring
Our Water Supply Ample.
Interest on same
that we would have a harvest, since
Principal Taxes of 1915
There has been no trouble about harvest time follows seed time, and
Interest on same
1,000 Coquille's water supply this summer, we all have something that has not
and since the hou-s for sprinkling been thrashed.
$181,000 have been restricted there has been
Whoever set the fire last Thursday,
The penalty is 10 per cent and at no extraordinary amount of pumping August 30, on Section 6, T. 28, R. 10,
taches as soon as the taxes become required. Neither has the supply be must be either a smart Alex or a plain
delinquent. ’The interest runs at 12 come more abundant since irrigation blank fool.
The German barbarian is the hid
Of course, the
percent per annum on delinquent has largely ceased.
taxes. So we have computed interest supply from the head waters has eous monster of the world.
Earl Endicott says that crops at
at this rate from the time the taxes grown much lower during the three
of 1913 and 1914 became due until rainless months we have had, too, so Myrtle Creek fairly good; prune crop
June 9, 1916, when the government that that the pumps are now kept go good; some orchards big.
R. A. Easton.
took over these lands and the interest ing for nine hours a day. There is
ceased to run against them. On that no anticipation of a water famine
A number of the ladies of Coquille,
date the penalty had not yet attached now; still we shall all take a long
on the 1915 taxes and there was only breath of relief when the rains begin led by the local W. C. T. U., are pre
three months’ interest due on the first to fall as we have reason to expect paring to send a donation of canned
fruit to Portland for the Louise Home
they will early in September.
half o f those taxes.
and the Albertina Kerr Nursery
It will be seen that the amount
County Agent Smith is making a Home, in response to the appeal which
of penalties and interest on these O.
& C. taxes, about which the contro strong appeal to the farmers of Coos recently appeared in the newspapers.
versy has recently been in progress county to bring in the best things ( One quart jar from each housewife
Contributions may be
is more than $30,000.
The payment they have raised this summer for ex is requested.
of the entire $181,000 by the govern hibition at the state fair next month., left with Mrs. S. V. Epperson or Mrs.
ment will materially ease the financial Coos won the first prize in the coast H. L. Johnson.
situation in this county and result district last year, and we don't want
Calling cards 100 for $1.00.
in the call of most if not all of our to fall down this time.
TRAVEL W ITH
AN OX TEAM
Notice to High School Students.
The high school buildings will be
open Friday afternoon and Saturday
forenoon for registry of high schoil
students. As many as find it conven
ient are urged to enroll on those days;
others may register Monday. Septem
ber the 10th.
John C. Almack,
Supt. of Coquille schools.
Call on ua for Stationery.
The Girls of the Honor Guard are
going to have a big sale of home-made
candy on Saturday. In the morning
the girls will have it for sale in the
Busy Corner, The Racket, The Bazaar
and Robinson's store.
In the after
noon they will canvass the town with
it. The object of this candy sale is
to raise funds for the Honor Girls’
subscription to the Red Cross fund.
Buy some of their candy, it has been
made here this week and is absolutely
County Court Discontinues In
digent Allowances and Wid
At the August meeting of the
Counvy court the indigent allowance
of John Prombrillant was increased
The following allowances
from this fund were cancelled: Louisa
Jordan, $20 per month; Louisa J. Cor
bin, $15; Lillie Pervy, $16; O. C.
Ochiltree, $10; Leona B. Morehouse,
$20; Elizabeth Willie, $15; Julia
Allen, $10. The latter had just mar
The following widows’ pension al
lowances were cancelled and discon
tinued: Ida P. Patterson, $10; Alice
J. King with three children at
home over three years of age, $25;
Florence M. Ferrari, $25; Amanda
Volz, $25; Sarah E. Randleman, $10;
Mary omith, children being older,
$10; Helen Haquinerster, no living
children, $10; Magaret Black, $10;
Amanda Vowell, $25; Lola M. Stan
ford, $26; Pearl Ellis, $25.
An allowance of $25 a month was
asked for Irene Reece. An allowance
of $10 month was made to Emily
Wirth, of Cooston.
An appropriation of $250 was made
in aid of road improvement on the
road at the foot of Maple street at
the Myrtle Point depot.
An allowance of $10 per month was
made to Mrs. Thomas Rookland, of
The salary of Norman Wilson, fer
ryman at Bullards, was raised to $150
a month, on account of running until
An order was made refunding
$102.95 to the Coos Investment Co.,
on account of the erroneous asses-
ment of properly.
Hans L. Christensen took a redemp
tion of lots 14 anl 15, block 11, in
Edmoston’s second addition to Marsh
It. H. Coshun, of Seattle, was given
a tax refund of $23.12 on account of
A further appropriation of $300
was made for the road work at Upper
Two Mile south of Bandon on the rec
ommendation of Roadmaster Mur
Jensenus J. Freeze, of Powers, who
has been suffering from an overdose
of furniture polish, has been returned
to the Insane hospital at Salem. E.
J. Loney, of Powers, has been ap
pointed guardian of his estate.
August 23 an additional appropri
ation of $1000 was made for the rock
work job at the Cooper bridge.
The cases of J. D. Carl, of Arago,
and others for a hearing of theil
claims for indemnity for diseased cat
tle killed, were set for hearing by the
court on Sept. 5.
To Our Rural Friends.
The ladies of the Red Cross earnest
ly request your presence every after
noon next week to help in the work
of preparing warm clothing for our
soldiers in the trenches.
There is very great need for this,
so please come and meet with us. We
will be glad to have you, and you will
be glad you came. Bring your knit
ting needles and odd bits of yarn,
as we are giving our attention to knit
Kindly read Red Cross
Tell all your friends and urge them
to join you—and us— next week at
the Laird rooms.
Two Important Ordinances.
The city council will hold its reg
ular monthly meeting for the audit
ing of bills next Monday night. There
will be two new ordinances to act
upon. One of these provides for car
rying out the decree of the Circuit
court and the further agreement of
the council with the First street peo
ple in the paving case. The other is
a bootlegging ordinance. Under the
present ordinance in regard to the
bringing in and possession of intox
icating liquors, if there is less than
a gallon involved there will be no
thing doing; but under the state law
if there is even no more than a tea-
cupfil or even a good swig the mill
So the new ordinance has
been drawn to conform to the state
law, like those of most other cities.
John C. Almack, the new school
superintendent here, has arrived and
was a caller at this office yesterday
morning. He belongs to that innum
erable company who have at some
time in their lives also run a newspa