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GRANTS PASS, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1997.
TWO YEARS IN THE
YOU MUST KILL
THE FRUIT PESTS
NOW IN PROGRESS
lrr, Captured In Grants Pm
I GRANTS PASS HIGH SCHOOL NEWS f
Last October, Now Serving
&t Herd Labor.
f E. FrederickBen, alias F. E.
Fr. who was taken in'0 custody
bere the middle ol October last on the
strength of aD old "reward ciroolar"
i, now sorving a two-year term at hard
labor in the Iowa state penetentiary
,t Ananiosa, he having plead guilty
to the charge of forgery which had
been standing against him for several
Ftirr bad been taken in and given a
home by an old couple with whom he
Hved for several years. At the last
be forged his benefactor's name to a
check, secured the money at a local
bank aud then left for the west where
be has been a wandeier for two years
or more. While here he was in the
employ of a savings and loan associa
tion. 13 i dealings in the west so far
u oould be learned have been perfect
ly square, bis only offense being the
forgery, of which Sheriff Hackley, of
Haniboldt County, la., after hearing
both sides of the matter, feels that
there was some shadow of an excuse.
Farr eipreseedhis relief at having the
matter finally settled and prefers to
serve sentence instead of being a fugi
tive. i i .
Le'ters remaining uncalled for in the
Grants Pans, Oregon, Post Office, for
the week ending February 12, 1907.
Persons call'ng for the tame will please
give the date advertised. A charge of
one cent will be made upon de
livery. Apple, John.
Bogart, Mrs J V.
Bevens, K L.
Clark, J H.
Cook, Mrs A E.
Davies, C H.
fliyef, Cecil. .
Hall, Mrs Geo.
Hill. K W.
Little, W J, 2. '
Morse, Mrs Lintiie.
Moore, Miss Ella.
Murry, Charles, 2.
Mathews, Grant V. v
Psrk. r, J W.
Sirs, Miss Nora.
Sanders, Miss Ethel.
Sehtimp, Mrs Ueorgo, 2.
Woods, Miss Vera.
Woodswitb, Walter A.
THe Missouri Girl.
One of lust season's most emphatic
accesses in the theatrical line was
Fred Rnyuioud's famous comedy, The
Missouri Girl. It lias been secured
'or the date of Saturday, February IB,
t the opera house. This season's
compauy Is said to be the best that
has ever produced the piece and In
cludes siime of the leading lights in
the theatrical profession. A very
elaborate set of new scenery which
W'H positively be used here is also
carried this season, and a complete
"wropelitan production is assured, i
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W. .L IRELAND
THE REAL ESTATE MAN
Several good HOUSES FOR RENT.
GOOD ROADS FOR
A Model HeJf-mile to Be Built
As a. Beginning for Perma
The good road movement that has
been gaining strength in Josehpiue
comity for several years past and
which was a power strong enough la
the electiou last year to bring about
the election of a Democrat in a strong
Republican county for county judge
on hia known good road stand, is to
have the first practical demonstration
in the building cf a half mile turn
pike on one of the maiu highways of
the county. This section of road to
be improved is from the Rogue river
bridge at the foot of Sixth street to the
forks of the road where it divides one
line to Kerby aud Crescent City, the
other to Applegate Valley and the other
up Kogue river to Jackson county.
inis road has more travel over it than
any other four roads in the county.yet
is one of the worst of the main high
ways. J! or years past this section of
road has been a glaring and damaging
object lesson on the bad road system of
Josephine, for all strangers visiting
urants Fass with a view of locating
in the county would see this stretch of
road leading out from the principal
street of the city and they would con
clude that if that was a sample of Jo
sephine county roads that the outlook
was bad for the city ever to get much
country trade or for the farmers to get
their prrduce to market. There is no
donbt that a view of this section of
road has caused many propective in
vestors to leave for counties where a
more progressive spirit was mauifested.
County Judge Stephen Jewell and
Commissioners J. T. Logan and M. A.
Wertz as the beginning for the road
work for 1907, which they annonnce
shall bring more permanent improve
ment to the highways of Joseihine
county than has heretofore been bad
from the road expenditures for each
year, will have begun this week the
work of making the sectiou of road
above mentioned into a modem ma
A dozen men and teams will be em
ployed and Road Supervisor George
Gebers, who is one of the most com
petent road builders in the county,
will be in charge of the crew. The
approach to the Rogue river bridge,
which is mo steep as to be one of the
worst pulls to teams on the Kerby
stage road, will have the outer end
raised to reduoe the grade to an easy
cne. Two extensive fills will be made,
one on the low places beyond the
bridge and another at the loot of trie
Smith hill. This hill is'to be reduced
from a UK per cent grade to four per
cent. The brook that crossts the road
will no longer be forded but will be
spanned by a concrete arch, the first
on a road in the county, though Grunts
Pass has put in several over creeks in
the city. It is the p'au of the coun
ty to hereafter put in concrete instead
of wooden bridges over small streams
where permanent road building is
done. When the grading is completed
the surface will be well covered with
gravel and that section of the fill
near the bridee will have the upper
side of the embankment riprapped
with large rock to protect it from the
flood water of the river.
The iinnroveuicut of this section of
road is to be the beginning on the
work of making the three roads mat
branch from it into modern highways
that will be free from hevy grades,
and as passable to teams in January as
in July and not a canal of mua in me
Winter and a stiffling dust bank in the
Summer. It is the plan of the property
o writ rs aloug this road to put in a
sidewalk along each side. With this
done South Grants Pass will be a very
attractive residence section and tre
value of property will tie consiaersmy
w hi i n A l l n. ' r
miles from city limits. 5 acres in straw
berries, vetch, oats and garden, balance in
timber and pasture. Black loam and red soil
Fine location for poultry or fruit raising.
5 room house, new barn, fruit house, two
Investigate this at once.
GRANTS PASS. ORE. W
Grants Pas Wins the Debute.
On Friday evening of last week the
debating contest between our High
School aud the High School of Rose
burg was held at that city. The ques
tion for debate was, Reolvvd:
"That the Fifteeuth Amendment to
the Constitution should be repealed. "
The Roseburg team upeid the affirma
tive while our team supported the
negative. The contist proved to be
one of great interest and the audience
listened with the best of attentiou
and courtesy to our team as well as to
the home team. The Roseburg team
consisted of two girls, Bessie Clough,
Graoe Seber, and one boy, Will
Thornton. Our team was composed
of three boys, Herbart Gilkey, Harold
O'Neill aud Randall Hood.
Each speaker was allowed 12
minutes for argument and one from
each team was given eight minutes
for rebuttal, Grace Seber was given
rebuttal for Rosebarg and Herbert
Gilkey for Grants Pass .
The first speaker on the affirmative
outlined the question and presented a
few arguments in support of the re
pealing of the Ameudtuent . Herbert
Gilkey spoke first on the negative
and refuted tne arguments of his
apponent so conclusively that he
left no obstruction in his way to go
ahead with arguments Z on his own
side of the question. He proved that
the principles involved in the amend
ment are sound. The second speaker
for Rosebarg dealt on the crime
and illiteracy of the Negro and pres
ented many strong points in favor of
the affirmative. Harold O'Neill
followed, showing that the amend
ment has been of practical benefit to
both races in which he dealt with
the reduction of crime and the educa
tional advancement of the Negro
The third speaker on the affirmative
showed that a repeal of ths amend
ment would bring good results. This
was a strong speech in, favor of the
affirmative. 'The third speaker on
the negative, Randall Hood, showed
in a forcible and convincing way
that a repeal of the amendment would
bring bad results He also showed
that a repeal of the ameudment wonld
not even be a step toward the solution
ofthe Negro problem, but would u ake
maters worse than they are at present.
Next came the two rebuttal speeches
when iuterest aud excitement were
at their highest pitch. As the order of
rebuttal was negative, Affirmative
Herbert Gilkey made the negative
rebuttal first. He took up con
secutively the important points brongt
out by the other sid and gave defti-
nite reasons why they were not sound.
Miss Seber of Roseburg closed the de
bate. She spent a few minutes in
answering a few important points and
closed by summing up the arguments
advueed by the affirmative aud appeal
ing to the judges for the decsion.
Immediately after the debate wa9
over the judges A. L BriggB, piesi
dout of Drain Normal school, Prof.
A. R.Swetser, of the State University,
and C. L. Strange, snpeintendent of the
Cot'aga Grove schools gave their
unnimous decision in favor of the
Urants Pass team. Roseborg's team
put np a good debate but they at
tempted too much. The tram work
was also bad as each speaker con
tinually overlapped tho arguments of
his colleagues. As for our team, the
boys did good team work aud were
also strong in rebuttal.
After the contest a recepton, in
honor of the debaters was given by
the Rossborg students in the high
school building. They certainly did
their best to entertain us and make us
enjoy ourselves. We slmll not fail to
return the courtesy when they visit
off next year.
This is the first debate we have had
with any other high school and we
hope that our success will continue as
it has so well began.
By the winning of this debate means
that we mast compete for the cham
pionship of the Western Oregon Dehat
ing League with Salem High School,
the winner of the Albany -Salem de
bate as these two chools are also in
the league. The debate with Salem
will be held in Grauts Pais March 22.
The question is, Resolved : That
the railways of the United States
should be owned and operted-by the
government." Oar team will support
"As Salem is our Capital city and has
one of the largest and best High
Schools in the state it would mean
much for as if we could win that
contest. Even if we lose it will be
good thing for us to have the privilege
of debating with them. We know oar
boys will do their best and it they
do not win, they will nevertheless do
credit to themselves and to our High
The following verse is taken from
a college book and may well be ap
plied to the average freshman of our
G. P. H. S. Now Fresh ies, read this
carefully and let it make a deep ini
presion. Oh if you were ouly sopho
mores yon would escape such a fate.
Now listen :
"A Freshman once to Hades went
For something he might learn.
They sent him back to earth again
He was too green to burn."
Wasn't that perfectly terrible!
By a Soph.
Wanted A remedy that will positive
ly stop giggling.
A. M. T. aud L. W.
On Monday evening after school a
meeting of the sophomores was held
for the purpose of electing a repre
sentative for the H. S. yell com
mlttee and also to elect some new
officers. Anna May Thomas was
elected for the yell committee;
Alfred Letcher was elected palria
mentarian. As oar vice-president
and sarguant at arms has left school
Dessie Cole was chosen vice-president
and Dan McFarland sargeant at arms.
Dessie Cole was also chosen olass
Ask Prin. Harrison and the debtors
about the "swell" girls of Roseburg
Mi. H. What would yon do if yon
Miss W. Be just as near one as you
About the middle of the foreuoon on
Saturday, groups of High School stu
dents, supplied with colors and horns,
began to assemble at the depot.. By
tlie time the" first train from the north
palled in, a good representation of the
H. 8. were preterit; but those whom
they awaited were uot on that train.
While waiting for the next train
which did not arrive until after
noon they s ent the time in practio
ing class yells, which performance it
is hoped the public lolly appreciated.
When the' train- finally arrived and
Prof. Harrison with the victorious
team, Herbert Gilkey, Randall Hood
aud Harold O'Neill, alighted 'bear
ing the banners and trophies of their
Roseburg conquest, they were trteted
with II. S. yells and a tooting of
horns aud heutry congratulations. As
the train pulled out the uebatuis were
suddely lifted to the shoulders ot
their school-mates aud born at the
head of a noisy but triumphant pro
cession of H. S. students aud teachers
up Sixth street. On Sturday evening
a reception wa' giveu at Hall's hall
in honor of our victory over Rose
brug. The High School teachers and
nearly all the studeuts were present.
The evening was pleasantly passed
with music aud games aud dainty re
trcHbrnents were served by the II. S.
Wauted Robber binds for the heads
of the members of the debating team.
Many people last Friday evening
had the pleasure of seeing a basket
ball game played by the II. S. arirls.
As they played they looked very grace
ful in their little blue sails and they
shewed their excellent training in
their playing. The teams were so
evenly matched that when the first
half was up, the score was even. The
blacks made the first goal during the
second half, this was the goal which
also won the victory. Miss Undue
may certainly be proud of the results
i of her labor.
After the girls' game, the G. P. H.
S. boys' team played against the Grants
Pass local team. It was a more stren
uous game than thegirls'rbut the
spectatcrs greatly enjoyed it
spite of the fact that they
linger of being hit, at any
by the ball.
This game ended by the Grauts Paw
local team defeating the H. S. team
in a close s'ore of 13 to 11. Everyone
went away vowing that he would
never miss another basket ball game.
Anyone who liapened to look toward
the east entrance of the central school
last Tuesday after soon about 1 :4fi"p
m. could hardly be blamed for staring
a little, at least at the boys who maJe
op part of the party who seemed to In-
CeJhoun nnd Doxsee Will Vse
Their New Spr&v Machine
in City or County.
There will be no excuse or cause
hereafter that the yards of Grauts
Pass should be a breeding place for
myriads of pests to swarm forth to the
orchards about this city to bring ruin
to the fruit crop aud financial lots to
the farmer for I have induced J. C
Calhoun and H. V. Doxsee to purchase
a spraying machine and spray by
contract. Both men are strictly re'i
able aud honest aud Mr. Calhoun has
had several years experience in all
kinds of orchard work aud thoroughly
understands spray iug. They will use
Sampson's guaranteed spray aud
make reasonable prices on both yard
and orchard spraying.
In addition to fruit trees the scale
and other diseases are fouod on rose
bushes and other shrubbery aud to
conform to the new pest law, whioh
is very stringent it will be necessary
that these be sprayed. Those who
neglect to have their diseased trees and
shrubs sprayed this Spring will get
into serlooa trouble for the Fruit
Growers Union is determined that
Grants Pass and the neglected orchards
in this vicinity shall not be continued
as breeding place for ' myriads of
pests to swarm all over the Valley to
ruin the froit crop for the orohard-
ists who endeavor to keep their trees
free of pests.
tent on some most important business.
At least, one would think it was a
very important occasion, to judge by
the bioyoles, guns, surveyors chains,
thermometers, 100-yard line and all
the other paraphernelia tbey carried.
The explanation however is very sim
ple. The Physics class led by their
instructor, Mr. Turner, were starting
out on another field expedition, this
time to find the velocity of sound.
Ihey arrived at their destination,
which proved to be a level stretch of
track just east of the Pine Needle Fao
tory, in short time, It would be
impossible to tell everything they did,
for they did so many things, but what
is more important, after about two
hoars of brain racking, heart rer tjej-
log experience, (which included run
ning, walking, shooting, looking,
hearing And everything else, they
were supposed to find the velocity of
Bouud irom the list of proceedings
which had just oocdired. Some mxr
velniis feats of walking were perform
ed by some of the girls, this helping
to break the monotony of the railroad
track. But nevertheless, all agreed
that the afternoon wa spent much
more pleasantly and ttiat more was
learned than if it had beeu given up
to recitations as usual. All returned
safely aud with no visible damage to
the boys' "liBts. "
The GrautH Pas High School has a
good supply of school spirit. Indeed
we have heard that in case of the
pupils it bus gone to their Ix-hiIh.
Some of the glib really look topheavy,
and all teem to be struggling Jo get
II their hair on top of their heads;
nor are the boys behind. Every boy,
we are told, is the proud possessor of
a "Derby" of tho very latest style.
Pouring Down Bargains
A spot cash oflerin in eutpriceo on Carp
ets that moans many a dollar to tho pros
pective house furnisher. Nolo these prices
then Act, for theso 'figures are only for
Prompt Purchase How
If you aro going to furnish a house or
rooms this summer, it will pay you big to
anticipate your purchase ancHake advan
tage of this sale.
Cottage Iirussells regular O.'c for 40c
Cotton. and Hemp Ingrain regular 40 for 35c
Ingrain, 7310 regular 80c for 50c
Ingrain, 4G815 regular 1.2.j for 90c
8-4 Table covers, heavy Tapestry reg. 4.00 for.. 2.75
Couch covers heavy Tapestry reg. 7.50 for 4.95
1 lot of Lace Curtains at Cost
Headquarters for things for the House
Rebate of 3 on Taxes PeUd Be
fore March 15, 10 .' Added
if Not Paid by April I.
Tax paying time for Josephine coun
ty commenced Monday, February tl
and property owners have began to
llqndiate their indebtedness to the
county. All who pay their taxes be
fore March 15 will get a rebate of 3
per cent. If one half of the amount
of the tax is paid before April 1, the
other half can stand nntil October 7,
the first Monday, bnt no rebate is
given on either payment. If no
amouut of the tax is paid by the first
Monday in April then a penalty of 10
per cent is added to the amouut of
the tax aud a further peualty of 1 per
cent per mouth is charged to the prop
erty until the taxes are paid. The
delinquent tax roll is made np after
the first Monday in October, and after
having been advertisd the property is
sold, the owuer being permitted to re
deem it by paying the taxes, interest
The tax roll for 190ft, on which
taxes are now being collected amounts
to abont 11,711,030 aud the amount
of taxes to be collected about 198,000.
The various levies to be collected
on this roll are are follows:
County tax, gen purposes.. 6. 6J
State tax 3 3
County School '. 4 4
Publio high School X
Road tax 3
City tax 9
And to be added to this amount is
the special school tax, which was voted
by the various districts as follows:
DistNo. Mills DistNo. Mills
1 8 33 1
3 '. l.ltf 24 10
8 Stf 8S 1
5 1 37 8
6 3 38 1
7 80. 1
10 5 81 S
11 3 83 6
13 5 35 3
14-1 1 1 M i , , , I ifl, ,"7... H
15 ...4 47 8
The levies for the past 10 years are
1M7 3TV 1!03 83
1W8 37,', 1908 84V
1S0....;...37J" IW04 ,,80
1UO0. ...'....37 HM5 19
I'JOl 83 llKsl 14
The valuation of property op to and
including 1U04 was from 35 to 50 per
cent, while in UMl'i and ISHhI the valua
tion was raised to about 100 per cent
of the true value of the property,
whioh although it dots not materially
affect the amount of tax paid does re
duce the levy and makes a much better
showing lor the county.
A. E. Voorhies is once more attend
ing to bosiuess at the Courier olllce
after nearly a month with the grip,
etc. The Courier, however, is still
published under difficulties as Miss
Baber, the type retting machine opera
tor, has bneu confined to her home for
the past week by illness.