liter I VOL. XXIV. GRANTS PASS, JOSEPHINE COCNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 15. 19. NO. 42 f ; 1 1 MPORTANT LAW MUST BE PASSED Why We Should Have This Legislation. WYOMING IRRIGATION LAW Legislature is Called I'pon to Act Promptly and Give Needed Help. ; It is hoped that the legislature "Which met last Monday will not ad journ before it has passed an Irriga tion law that will at least be as practical as legislation on this subject is in any of the other states. Oregon has been tied hand and foot as it were by bad irrigation laws and the people of the whole state nave made a demand on the legisla ture for relief. It is true that the present outlook indicates that some- thing will be done, but let us not be content to sit idly down and make no effort to ensure the passage of a law that will make titles to water for Irrigation as clear and .perfect as ' titles to real property. The whole fnture of the farmer in Josephine county depends on a well defined and comprehensive irrigation law. Every citizen of this county is deeply inter ested ' in this matter and should communicate with our members of ' the legislature, urging them not to neglect this Important part of their ' duty. There are large corporate in terests in Western Oregon arrayed against an irrigation act. These cor porations are enemies of the people and .it is the duty of our farmers and business men generally to urge their representatives to work and vote to include our part of the state in the operations of the bill. It has been : decided that we need a law framed I after that of Wyoming. The con i stltution of that state asserts that the waters belong to the people and the law provides for its legal distri bution. J The Oregon Conservation Commis sion in Its report to the governor last month makes the following syn opsis of the Wyoming Irrigation law. , law. 1 The state engineer Is president of the state board of control, which is 'composed, with him, of the superin tendents of the four water divisions Jof 'he state and the duties of which fare to determine and adjudicate all rights to water and to grant per fmlts for Its use. As administrative " officer of the board of control, the f Btate engineer has supervision over I the division superinendents, who in 1 turn have supervision over the water ! commissioners of various water dis tricts and these officers together con trol the appropriation, distribution and division of all the water of the state. No water can be legally appro priated In the state until authorized hv the state engineer; and then only if there is water unappropriated and the state engineer's office is made ( i i 9 he New Year comes it's up to us to start it right; The leaf is turned and here's a page that's clean and bright, Let's blot out every old mis take and vaiii regret, And make our nineteen hun dred nine trie best year yet. i u 9 ........A.--"'HitilHttlltttlltttll the place of record for all appropri ations of water. Tht state engineer has also general .supervision over all reservoir construction within the state. The water commissioners have authority to prevent the waste of water and are vested with police powers to enforce priorities of right to water, as established by the state board of control or the courts. The state engineer, division superintend ents and water commissioners are appointed by the governor, the lat ter on recommendation of the divi sion superintendents." The law was drawn by one of the ablest Irrigation engineers, Elwood Mead, who was at the time the bill was passed (1891) state engineer of Wyoming. Other states have, to a large extent, adopted the provisions of the Mead law. It can be assert ed without fear of contradiction that the Wyoming law Is In all re spects practical, and has been of great service to the people of that state. The small, as well as the large farmers, and through its en actment hundreds of thousands of its acres have been irrigated and made highly productive. This law has stood the test of nearly 18 years service, and the wisdom of 1U provisions are clearly apparent. It Oregon had a law framed along these lines the commonwealth would put on a new growth, and prosperity would come to every county in the state where agriculture is a pos sibility. LOWNEY McCFANEY ACCIDENTALLY SHOT Discharge of His Own Gun Makes Serious Wound in Right Leg Lowney McCraney a farmer liv ing In the Dry Diggings district, vhlle out hunting last week Just after the first fall of snow, was in jured by the accidental discharge of his 25-30 rifle. At the time the accident occurred he was carrying two rifles and in descending a slight pitch his foot slipped and one of the guns dropped, striking a stone in such a manner as to discharge a cartridge, the ball entering McCra ney's right leg below the knee. Dr. DeVore was called and dressed the wound which seems to be In good condition. Should complications arise from the possibility of the fiber of his clothing being carried Into the wound, it is probable that am putation may be necessary. Itlue Ledge Suffers Loss. Last Saturday morning fire de stroyed the office building of the Blue Ledge Mining company near Eileen. The fire started from a de fective flew. Very few of the con tents of the building were saved, and for a time the adjoining build ings were threatened. The build ing was valued a $7000. The amount of the insurance is not known. Coming Events. Jan. 18, Monday Meeting of the Ladles Auxiliary to arrange for Rose Planting Day. Feb. 10, Wednesday Semi-Annual Teachers' Examinations. R, H, O'Neill The Houseiuraisher COMMERCIAL CLUB WILL RAISE 8,1111111 Enthusiastic Meeting Start of $2000 Made. ALL OFFICERS RE-ELECTED Handsome Illustrated Ilooklct Josephine County Will be Issued. of The regular meeting of the Grants Pass Commercial Club took place on Tuesday night. The old officers were all re-elected including the committee. The subject of ad vertising was taken up and discussed at some length. Mr. Wells of the Sunset Magazine was present and made a strong address on the neces sity of advertising. He urged thai the Club should raUe at leaBt $5000 for publicity purposes and said the Southern Pacific would help if the booklet printing and a certain amount of advertising was given to the Sunset Magazine. Subscrip tions and advertising were called for and those present contributed nearly $1100. It was acranged that a strong committee made up of those present should call on the county court the next day and ask for a con tribution to help pay for a booklet devoted to the exploitation of the whole country. The call was made and the court after considerable dis cussion made the order. This was done under the law which permits $1000 to be appropriated annually by the court for advertising pur poses. The appropriation will give great satisfaction to a majority of the largest tax payers in the county for this booklet will bring hundreds of large tax payers to the county and consequently Increase our tax able wealth many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The Commercial Club Is alive to the best interests of the whole county and Is determined to accom plish Important results during the year 1909. THE NEW CITY COUNCIL TAKES ITS SEAT Members Sworn In, Appointments Mude and Committees Are Named Last week Thursday night marked the close of the relgu of the 1908 city council and the opening session of the new city law makers. The meeting was one full of business which started off at the rap of the gavll and continued without pause until the close, when the members of the old and new council went to the Banks restaurant and dined. Following are the official acts of the meeting: The mluutes of the last meeting were read und approved. A communication was read from R. W. Clarke, manager of the Rogue River Water Co., In reference to the bill against said company for $100 for expenses of special election held October 27, 190S. At the time thai this election was asked for A. C Hough, attorney for the Water Com- iiany, said that the company would pay on said election the sum of $100 and his statement is a matter of rec ord in the minutes of the council The city attorney was instructed to render an itemized bill to the Wa ter Company and proceed to collect It. In the matter of opening up A street from Seventh to Eighth, it was ordered that Mr. Ament's offer to sell a 35-foot strip off the north end of his lot for $144.85 and the city to bear the expense of moving the fence be accepted. The city attorney was instructed to prepare an ordinance for a granite sidewalk on the north side of Eve lyn avenue extending from Sixth street to Second street. The Sreet committee reported that certain property owners on B street had turned the water from a small creek from its natural course into the street and that it was doing con siderable damage thereto and city attorney was instructed to notify the parties to turn the water back to its original channel and if they did not do it to take action compelling them to. The building committee reported on the ordlnanc e relative to the licensing of theaters. v It was thought that the ordinance was not properly prepared and was therefore referred back to the committee to report at the next meeting. The cause of the ordinance was the Bijou picture show asking for permission to put on vaudeville acts, which would make it a regular theater, increasing their license from $100 to $125 per year. The finance committee reported favorably on a large batch of bills, which were ordered paid. Bids for the laying of lateral sewers were opened and the con tract let to the Grants Pass Hard ware Co., for $335. An ordinance asking for a fran chise for a telephone and telegraph line in the streets and alleys of Grants Pass by Arthur Conklin and Marcus Robbins was read and refer red to the Street committee. At this time the new councllmen and officers were sworn in by the city recorder. H. C. Kinney, may or; J. O. Riggs, councilman first ward; J. L. Myers, second ward; W. M. Cheshire, third ward and Geo. Cronk fourth ward. The mayor then announced the following committees for the ensu ing year. Judiciary committee W . M . Cheshire, T. P. Cramer and J. L. Myers. Street committee J. G. Rlggs, J. T. Tuffs and Geo Cronk. Light committee Geo. Cronk, Chas. Burkhalter and J. L. Myers. Sewer committee Frank Fetsch, J. T. Tuffs and J. G Riggs. Health committee J. L. Myers, W. M. Cheshire and Chas. Burkhal ter. Fire and water committee Chas. Burkhalter, Frank Fetsch and W. M. Cheshire. City property committee T. P. Cramer, Geo. Cronk and F. Fetsch. The mayor then submitted the following appointments which were ratified by the council: City attorney, Geo H. Durham; City engineer, F. E. Hobson; mar- shall, C. E. McLean; night marshall, F. W. Capp, street commissioner R. H. Gllfillan; teamster, W. W. Wil cox; park commissioner, N. C. Boyn- ton; city engineer, F. E. Hobson. J. T. Tuffs was then elected presi dent of the counrl! f:r the enuing year. There being no further business, the council adjourned. A Model New Store lliilldlng. Sixth Street north of the railroad la to have another fine business block two-story and basement, which will be erected by Arthur Conklin. The lot upon which the building Is to be placed Is the one now occupied by Joseph Moss and H. B. Hendricks. The new structure will be of re inforce concrete, 32x95, two story and Its construction will be com menced as soon as the weUther will permit. As a business house it will be one of the very finest In the city. The front will not only be of plate glass but up-to-date in every par tlcular. The Bhow windows will be In three parts and will run back from the front. There will be two entrances and the outer court will be tiled and the whole structure will be of the twentieth century order. Mr. Conklin has leased the new building to C. P. BlBhop of the Woolen Mills Stoie of Salem, who will open a large branch store here as soon as It Is finished. Mr. Bishop will eauiD his store with all the modern appliances and he will car rj a full line of clothing and gen tlemen's furnlsiilng goods. Notice to Stockholder. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Grants Pass Canning Company Is hereby called for Tues day afternoon, January 26 at 3 o'clock at the Commercial Club rooms. A full attendance Is desired. H. C. KINNEY, Pres. O. 8. BLANCHARD, Sec'y Calling ca.ds at tha Coortsr. IRRIGATION CO. . MET WEDNESDAY President Gilkey Presides and Makes Report. WYOMING LAW ADVISED Committee of Three Selected to Ile- ceive and Act Vpon Expert CumiiiliigM Report. The Josephine County Irrigation and Power Company held a success ful stockholders' meeting at the opera house ou Wednesday last. President Gilkey occupied the chair and called the meeting to order. The first business was the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting by the society, followed by the sec retary's report end the financial statement. Next came the report of the spec ial committee on legislation. A bill containing the essential features of the Wyoming law was recommended and the Josephine county members of the legislature were urged to pre sent the resolutions and strive for the passage of the bill. President Gilkey read his first re port, to the stockholders and detailed the operation of the company, in cluding the employment of Expert Cummlngs to Investigate the source of water supply and make recom mendations to the company. He further said that the directors had appointed a special committee of three to handle the expert's report and to take such action as in their Judgment was best for the company. This action he thought was wise, as the object of the company would be defeated if the report was made pub lic property. He thought prompt action by this committee was neces sary and trusted the stockholders would approve this action. A mo tion to adopt the president's report and approve the appointment of the special committee was unanimously passed. Learning that Mr. Cummlngs, the expert, was in the house he was called for by a number of stock' holders and he came to the platform n a neat little speech he told-of the conditions that prevailed in regard to land around Grants Pass. "The grcr.ter area of land, he said, ' was Idle and unimproved though at from $25 to $40 per acre. Assuming It to be worth this with water available as soon as secured It would advance to from $100 to $250 an acre and as orchards are matured there Is no doubt that these lands would become as valuable as in other districts and readily sell from $500 to $1000 or even more per acre. conditions are similar to those In Willamette Valley. While there was abundant rain during the winter months; If this rain had been distributed evenly throughout the year there would be plenty for crops, yet It gets so dry In the summer that water Is absolutely necessary. In the valley abovo named demon strations have been made showing the value of water to crops, increas ing the growth with one watering to 77 per cent and with two water ings to 89 per cent." Mr. Cum mlngs closed by saying that from what knew of conditions he would say that the present effort to secure irrigation would succeed. FRUIT INSPECTOR BATE- HAN MAKES REPORT Next Season Will See All the Old Orchards Thoroughly Cleaned I'p. Fruit Inspector Bateham made his report to the county court last week, covering a period of three and one half months since he has been In office. "The outlook for the coming season," said Mr. Bateham,, "Is bet ter than ever and am sure that next rear will see more good orchards than ever, and the quality and puan ttty or the fruit will be much Improved." Following is a summary of his re port to the county court: Since being appointed fruit in spector, September 15, 1908, I have personally Inspected 450 orchards and lots containing fruit trees ag gregating thus far about 1600 acres, only about three-fourths of the coun ty being covered as yet. Of these 450 orchards 125 have been badly neglected and will have to have thorough work done In them within 60 days or they must, be pulled out. ( ontiary to the prediction of .mme men I have found 90 orchards with no serious pests or fungus diseases. There are 50 cases of pear blight so far discovered which must be clean ed out at once and the trees watched carefully next spring when growth starts. Three nurseries have been in spected and some few trees con demned In each. Five lots of nur sery trees shipped in from out of thfa slate have passe Inspect 'ou wLli the loss of about 100 trees from Missouri. Careful watch has boon kept at all stores and warehouses as well as on the streets and all will agree that the quality of the fruit offered for sale is better than for merly. A complete record of all this work has been kept with name and ad dress of each grower, and condition of his orchard. The expense of this inspection to the county is: Fifty days' work at $3, $150; necessary expenses of same, $78.70. Total $228.70. Respectfully submitted. H. C. BATEHAM. Greet The Walla Walla Special. A special train, bearing the mem bers of the Walla Walla Commercial Club and officials of the S. P. enroute to Los Angeles, will arrive in Grants Pass Sunday morning at 10:60 and remain 15 or 20 minutes. , It Is the desire of the Executive Committee that every member and those not' members be at the train and give -our friends from the north the "glad hand," and a welcome to our city. Please be a committee of one to in vite yourself and your friend to be there. All ladles should be at the Com mercial Club rooms next Monday afternoon to plan for a Rose Plant ing Day. i COUNTERFEITER ARRESTED BY SHERIFF RUSSELL Frank Jennings Visit Urants Pass and Attempts to do Ilusiness and Is Caught Grants Pass has had a real green goods man and alleged counterfeiter and the ever vigilant Sheriff Russell on complaint of one of our citizens arrested the offender who goes by the name of Frank Jennings and has a reputation far and wide as a duale. In dies for making counterfeit money. Jennings travels over the country looking for men who would like to get Into the counterfeiting business, and when he finds his man he shows him one of his so-called counterfeit coins, made as he claims from his own dies, which he also shows. In the course of the Inter-. view the claim Is made by Jennings that no man can detect the counter feit, claiming that It will be taken at any store or bank. ,. He gives his victim the coin and urges him to got it changed and this greeny does and being pleased with the transaction, a place of meeting Is named. Later lter they meet, the victim with his money to exchange for the counter felt stuff, while they are in confer ence, a man comes in wearing a badge of the U. 8. secret service. The so-called officer Is sorry to arrest the gentlemen but it Is a very serious offense and Jennings then proposes that they pay the detective a round sum to let them go. The victim of the sharp gladly gives all he has to get out of the scrape. Jennings visited Medford and Ashland before coming here and did some business In those towns. He is a noted criminal and has served time. Sheriff Russell, after making the ar rest, wired the Federal authorities at Portland and in tesponse an officer was sent hers to convey the prisoner to that city.