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THE CORPOIMTIOH CLUTCH OH RIVER
TRAHSPCRTATTflfJ MUST BE BROKE!
HOW FREE LOCKS AND CANAL
AT FALLS OF WILLAMETTE
ARE HELD IIP AIID DELAYED
Six Hundred Thousand Dollars Now Available But the Ef
fort to Have the Locks Located on the East Side Will
Hang the Matter Up Indefinitely Damage to' Property
Would Amount to Three or Four Times the Cost of Con
structing the Canal and Will Result in Endless Litigation.
The people of Western Oregon
should awaken to the Imminent
danger of losing the last chance to
secure free locks and canal at Ore
The battle for the right to navi
gate boats up and down the Willam
ette river without paying tolls to a
corporation at the falls has been on
for three years.
The legislature has twice passed
the bill appropriating $300, 000 for
the state's share of this enterprise,
and that money la available until
The appropriation by congress of
$300,000 for the purchase of the
locks and canal is in the river and
harborg bill, and Is also Immediately
Yet the enterprise drags along
year after year and there Is even
organized opposition and concerted
action to make free locks and canal
The present conditions, as nearly
as can be learned, without an ex
haustive investigation, are as fol
lows: Major Mclndoe, of the U. S. engin
eers, had one E. Burton Thompson,
V. S. engineer, make four surveys
and report on the proposed Improve
ment. Two surveys were made on the
west s'de and two on the east side,
for locks and canals. 38 to 45 feet
wide, and one survey uses the old
locks and canal.
No sooner were the appropriations
in. congress and by the state secured
than certain Interests at Oregon City
that had fought the state taking any
action, began to agitate for a canal
on the east side of the river.
Through their Influence a report
favorable to a canal and locks on
the east side has been secured a
report which, If acted upon, will In
volve the whole proposition In litiga
tion and enormous expense.
The right of way for the proposed
new locks and canal on the east side
Is estimated to cost from one to two
million dollars, and large Industries
will be destroyed.
The first plan 'starts at Fourth
streets, runs 1200 feet at an east
erly angle to the crest of the falls,
then a wall 11 teet high of con
crete, 1600 feet to the southeast
and 400 feet to the southwest.
The first plan cuts directly
through the Oregon City woolen
ullls, the Crown Pulp and Paper
mill, the Hawley Pulp and Paper
mill in all destroying physical prop
ertleg amounting to large sums.
There was naturally a big roar
lF the property owners Injured, and
the engineer changed his plans twice
and made a third and final location,
h'ch misses the buildings In the
The east plan, as It now Is pro
Posed to' build after, will flood the
upper streets along the river and
food industrial properties, and dam
age the water power as follows:
The Hawley water power. . $250,000
Oregon City Woolen mills. . 200,000
Crown Paper company .... 300.000
P. R., L. & P. Co. .'. 300,000
Property destroyed In build
Total damage estimat
ed to water powers. .$1,184,000
On top of this the construction of
the canal on the east side on this
Plan win destroy the high water
lower that has been developed at the
It Is evident that to attempt to
construct a canal and locks on the
ea3t side means a fight in the courts
between the government and the big
gest interests In the state, that will
be dragged out for years, employ
ment of half the big lawyers in the
state, and expense for litigation that
would almost build the canal.
Originally the P. R., L. & P. Co.
asked $600,000 for the old locks
and canal, and Is willing to take any
fair appraisement by the U. S. en
gineers. The engineer's estimates for re
construction and enlargement work
on the west side are as follows:
For 38 to 40-foot canal ... $300,000
For 45-foot canal ,580,000
The price of rebuilding the old
locks and canal must be added to
the purchase or condemnation price.
There is not much excuse for de
stroying valuable Industries on the
east side, and building a second sys
tem of locks and canal to waste an
other large portion of the water pow
er at the falls.
The west side canal can be built,
and there will be no interruption of
If the east side canal undertaking
Is pushed, there will be years' of lit
igation In the federal courts, and the
appropriations now made wilt be lost
to the people.
The Capital Journal does not claim
that the above figures and state
ments are absolutely correct, but
they are taken from a reliable source
The Capital Journal proposes to
verify its facts, probe the matter to
the bottom, disclose the Interests
fighting this enterprise, and expose
the individuals and powerful Influ
ences that are delaying and Involv
ing this Improvement, for the pur
pose of accomplishing Its defeat.
The construction of free locks and
canal at Oregon City means the re
lief of the shippers and producers
of Western Oregon, to the tune of
$200,000 a year, now collected in
additional tolls and freight charges.
On top of all this It means the
development of this valley and Its
industries as alone will be possible
with the benefits accruing from
water competition In transportation
of freight and passengers.
It is the battle for industrial free
RIGHT OF WAY
CAUSES PUT OFF
UNTIL OCT. 30
By consent of counsel, all the Ore
gon Electric right of way cases have
been postponed on the docket in
Judge Kelley's court until October
30. It is believed in the meantime,
all will reach an amicable settlement
and possibly none of them will ever
come to trial. Both sides are getting
Into a more friendly attitude.
It Dies Hard.
New York, Oct 9. The American
Tobacco company announced today
that Its plan of dissolution will not
be filed in the federal court here to
day as scheduled.
OF WAY WOULD COST
Will Defend Girl.
New Orleans, Oct. 9. Au
anonymous lawyer offering his
services gratis for the defense.
is adding an air of myst-iry to-
day to the case of Anna Craw-
ford, charged with murdering
her sister, Elsie, which the
grand jury Is considering.
A lawyer at Birmingham,
Ala-, who refoses to reveal his
name, appeared at the city prls-
on today and offered to defend
the girl free. His services will
be accepted, and he will be
assisted by two attorneys ap-
pointed bytthe court.
Besides the murder of her
sister, the Crawford girl is sus-
pected of having caused the
death of three other members of
l'KESIDEXT TELLS BELLIXGHAM
PEOPLE THAT THIS MOEMXG
AND ALSO THAT THE C VNADI.
ASS MADE A MISTAKE IS DE
UNITED PBES8 LEASED WlItB.
Bellingham, Wash., Oct- 9. De
claring that Canada made a mistake
in defeating reciprocity, President
Taft here today made his most vigor
ous comment on the reciprocity is
sue. "I think we know a little more on
this Bide," he said, "than the Cana
dians do on theirs, because we are
an older country, and after some
years of experience, it is possible
that they will come to take the right
view, but whether they do so or not,
if they don't grow as rapidly as we
do, and as rapidly as they might
have grown, they cannot say It Is our
fault. I think you will agree with
me that In defeating reciprocity they
made a mistake."
The president declared he would
let the people of Bellingham into "an
official secret" and said that the Pan
ama canal would be completed by
July, 1913. This prediction was
cheered by the 5,000 people who lis
tened to him.
DMTEr ?BEH8 LEASED WIBBl
Los Angeles, Oct. 9. Roy Hittwas
too much for the Portland Beavers
this morning and the champions lost
their third game to Vernon, 4 to 2.
Tommy Sheehan was the first Port
lander to arrive at first, getting
there on a Blngle in the fourth in
ning. Brashear scored for Vernon in
the second on a clean drive by Mc
Donnell. Portland gleaned two In
Hitt's only bad Inning, the fifth, but
In a sixth inning rally the Villagers
put three over the plate and sewed
up the game. Hard hitting was re
sponsible for all tb- runs. The Ver
nons were never in danger except in
the fifth. The score:
Portland 2; Vernon 4.
Batteries. Seaton and Lalosge;
Hitt and Brown.
SALEM. OREGON, MONDAY. OCTOBER 0, 1011.
Tuft in IWIlinnliam.
Bellingham, Wash.. Oct. 9.
Bellingham turned out a big
crowd to greet the president,
and despite a chill breeze that
carried a sprlnle of rain, the
streets were crowded as the
president rode along at the
head of the procession. Ha had
breakfast with the Commercial
Club, and addressed 5000 in
the open air before he left at
noon for Mt. Vernon and Ever-
Japanese Washington wel-
corned the president to the west
Just before he made his speech
a young woman and two little
girls, dressed in the complete
picturesque costunie of the
flowery kingdom presented him
with a huge bouquet of flowers.
The young woman, Sono Taki-
gaway, made a little speech,
welcoming the president to
IN PATH OF
Steamship City of Panama En
counters Terrific Storm off
Port Costa, Lower Califor
nia, at Midnight Wednes
day. SIDES SMASHED BY WAVES
Her Stem and Starboard Side lteat.
u by the Muuiituinouw Seux
Water Invades "Glory Hole" and
Washes IU'IoiikIiirn 0f Cooks and
Pantrymen Out of the .Ship
Storm Lasten 1(1 Hours,
fDNITBD PBBBfl LIABEB WIBI.l
San Francisco, Oct. 9. With her
stern and starboard side beaten in by
one of the most terrific hurricanes
ever experienced of this coast, which
was encountered off Port Costa,
Lower California at midnight last
Wednesday, the City of Panama
slipped Into the Pacific Mail dock
Captain Allman stated that the ves
sel ran into a hurrlcans, which last
sel ran Into a hurricane, which last
no one was Injured considerable
damage had been done to the vessel.
Aside from this, he refused to talk.
Other officers of the vessel stated
that the wind blew from 60 to 80
miles an hour at the height of the
storm. All of the 25 steerage and
seven first class passengers, were
brought to the upper saloon while
the gigantic waves were washing
over the vessel and they were hud
dled there at the time the woodwork
on the after deck was crushed In like
an egg shell by the water.
The stewards and pantrymen were
In their berths In the "glory hole"
and were awakened1 by the inrush of
the waves, which threw them strug
gling upon the floor and washed all
of their belongings out and over the
sides. Two of tl men were left
without a thread of clothing and the
remainder lost ever? thing except the
garments they had on. An assistant
cook came ashore today In a pair of
trousers made up of cooks aprons.
Several of the pantrymen wore un
derclothing made out of ships blan
kets. The quarters they occupied
were thoroughly demolished.
1I(M) Skirts Agulu.
San Francisco, Oct. 9. frs Klean
or Martin, San Francisco leader of
fashion, approves of the hoop skirt,
Just Introduced at Paris, and local
society Is agog over the expected In
novation here. The new skirt has a
hoop at, or about, the altitude of the
knees, and no steel construction
SELECTION OF JURY PANEL BEGINS
NO ONE WANTS TO SERVE ON JURY
Knines in Bad Shape.
Sacramento, Cal., Oct. 9.
According to the strikers here
the Southern Pacific is having
a hard time with its locomo-
tlves. The strike committee,
which claims to have a means
of keeping tab on what's going
on In the shops, asserts that It
has Information to the effect
that three locomotives have
gone dead at Rosevllle, one at
Truckee, two at Tracy and a
They claim that the force at
the shops is afraid to allow
the locomotives to cool down,
for fear they can't get up steam
again, owing to the leaky con-
ditlon of the boilers.
The local strikers will help
the women at the polls tomor-
IS FIRST IN
MADE 200 MILES IS THREE
HOURS, EIGHTEES MISUTES
ASD FORTY SECONDS HEAT.
ISG MILS A MISUTE.
UNITED rBESB LEASED WIBI.
Philadelphia, Oct. 9. The 200 mile
automobile race of the Quaker Motor
club which started here at noon to
day, was won by Bergdolt driving a
Benz car, in three hours, 18 minutes
and 41 seconds. Wishart, in a Mer
cedes was second, making the dis
tance in three hours, 20 minutes and
11 seconds. Mulford In a Lozierwas
Basle, driving a Cole, withdrew
from the race In the tenth lap on ac
count tire trouble.
THE S. P. ABE
(CMITBD PBBSI UABBO WIBI.
San Francisco, Oct, 9. Southern
Pacific trains were reported three
and four hours late today, owing to
the engines golr; "dead" at various
points along the line- Employes at
the stations say that the stale' of
the engines l a sure sign that the
company has few, If any, skilled men
In the shops.
Conductors are taking lists of
commuters. It is thought that lists
are for the purpose of cutting down
the schedule all that is possible.
nxiTEfi pbkb I.rnrr) wiiib.1
Tripoli, Oct. J. Provisional Ital
ian Governor Admiral Ilorea d'Olmo
today Issued a proclamation abolish
ing slavery In Tripoli. The town U
quiet, and Its Inhabltats are appar
ently little Interested In the change
The IUynliHtn Ki raiiy.
Vigo, Spain, Oct. 8. Poring'.
royalists entrenched In the wild
country north of Vlnhaes are await
ing the arrival of Captain f'onceiras
with reinforcements. He Is reported
to have eight field pieces and four
Max'mN. Prlent are helping the
royalists, and toim-a re acting person
ally as guerilla.
ALL BUT NINE OF VENIRE
. OF 150 ASK TO BE EXCUSED
BATTLE BEGINS WEDNESDAY-
Every Big City in the Country Will Have Spelial Correspond
ents at the Trial, and All Available Space Is Already Lo
cated by Press Representatives The Fight Will Begin
Wednesday on Selecting the Jury Defense Will Fight Any
Members of Merchants and Manufacturers' Association
Acting It Is Backing the Prosecution.
UNITED tbebb leabbd wihb.1
Court House, Los Angeles, Cal.,
Oct. 9.- It will be an almost Impos
sible task to get a jury In Los An
geles county to try the McNamara
brothers. This was demonstrated
today to the satisfaction of Presid
ing Judge Walter N. Bordwell and
attorneys for both prosecution and
The. Initial venire of 150 men re
sponded In court for examinnttou as
to their qualifications. From the
outset the demand to he excused was
Imperative und pressing, and at the
close of the morning session It had
been shown that unless the court
decides to compel prospective Jur
ors to disqualify themselves by show
ing real cause the entire county
venire of 1600 mniieR will have to be
drawn from the box, and even It
may not be sufficient to enable the
selection of 12 men satisfactory to
When Judge Bordwell ordered the
luncheon recess he had passed on 33
of the first venire of 125. Three
names remained on the list for ex
amination by the attorneys when
the trial begins next Wednesday.
The other 30 have been permanently
excused. , Of the three supposedly
qualified, one Is W. A. Spauldlng, a
stockholder In the Los Angeles
Times and certain to be objection
tlonable to the defense. Another is
a German rancher, who admitted
that he did not understand the
Among the veniremen excused was
J. A. Foshay, national president of
the Fraternal Brotherhood.
It became certain that within-the
first 15 minutes on Wednesday the
first great struggle between the coun
sel will be Inaugurated. In the
and you'll pay less clothes
money yearly and be much
Among our showing of suits
you will find many beauti
ful patterns in brown, gray
Prices $10.00 to $35.00
X Have a look at the Goldsmith Never Break Trunk
Salem Woolen Mill Store
venire which was qualified today are
numerous members of the Merchants'
and Manufacturers' Association,
which Is backing the prosecution.
When the first of thce are reached,
which will be early Wednesday, At
torney Darrow will demand that he
be excused "for cause." This mo
tion will bo strenuously objocted to
by District Attorney Fredericks, and
on Judge Bordwell's ruling will de
pond whether the work of getting a
Jury shall be materially shortened.
Attorneys for the prosecution In
sisted today that the court cannot
hold that members of the Merchants'
and Manufacturers' Association is a
legal disqualification, despite the
contention of the defense that per
mitting a member of the employing
association on the Jury would mean
placing the fate of the accused men
In the hands of their accusers.
After Judge Bordwell had the
roll of veniremen called, he said:
"AU of you gentlemen who believe
that you are not qualified for jury
duty please stand up."
With the exception of nine, the
total venire present arose and a gen
eral titter followed, The question of
individual excuses was thon taken up
by the court, and the first three
Negro Itoy Mut Hung.
I UNITED I'BBBS IXISED WIBI.
Little Rock, Ark., Oct. 9. For
murdering his little playmate last
June, Earl Gilchrist, a negro boy,
must hang, The state supreme court
today affirmed the death sentence
pronounced by the superior court.
This cuse caused a furor several
months ago throughout that Northern
and Eastern states, and thousand of
petitions were Bent to Governor Don
aghey, praying for thy boy's sen
tence to be commuted.