Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, November 29, 1915, Image 4

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

    itorial Page of "The Capital Journal"'
November 2l, 191.".
Editor and Manager
Capital Journal Ptg. Co., Inc.
See. and Trcas.
rtoilT he carrier, ner Tear 5.00 Per month 45c
Daily by mail, per year
3.00 Per month 35c
New York Chicago
Ward-Lewis-Williams Special Agency Harry R. Fisher Co.
Tribune Building 30 N. Dearborn St.
The Capitnl Journal carrier boys are instructed to put the papers on the
porch. If the carrier docs not do this, misses you, or neglects getting the
paper to you on time, kindly phone tho circulation manager, as this is the only
way we can determine whether or not tho carriers aro following instructions.
Phone Main 81.
The Panama Exposition, closes at midnight Saturday.
In every way it is the greatest affair of the kind the world
has ever seen, l ne total attendance win oe arounu uie
18,000,000 mark, probably somewhat in excess of that
number. What the attendance would have been had the
European war not interfered is of course problematical,
but it would undoubtedly have been much greater than
it was.
It is too early yet to even do any guessing as to the re
sult that will accrue to the coast, but that it will be
beneficial cannot be doubted.
It is perhaps fortunate that it took place while the
war was in progress, for it served to make thousands of
Americans acquainted with the coast and to stir up a de
sire to see some of the beauties of our own country
among those who heretofore did not realize there was
any scenery worth looking at outside of Europe.
It has demonstrated to these globe trotters that they
had seen little until they had seen America. Europe has
nothing to con-mare with .the Yosemite for grandeur;
nothing that is even in the same class 'with the grand
canyon of the Colorado; nothing approaching tne mignty
chasm of the Columbia: nothing even suggesting the awe-
inspiring vision of Crater Lake; nothing more beautiful
than Ranier, Hood, Adams, Whitney and the other ma
jestic peaks that lift their snow crowned summits to skies
as blue as ever Italy boasted; nothing in the same cate
gory with the Yellowstone and the bad lands where a
small section 'of hell seems to have broke through the
earth's crust. Then besides .their ideas of the vastness of
the country have been changed. They no longer think
Chicatro is the western boundary of the Unitted btates
and that the Pacific coast is a remote section of the great
American desert thev read about in their school histories
While the number has been in a sense small that came
from the east, they are all good advertisers of the west,
and will do much to educate their benighted brethren and
send them in ever increasing numbers to see America first
and get acquainted with their own country.
This feature alone is worth all the worry and trouble
and cost of the great fair, and this even had there not
been a cent of revenue from it. It is gratifying, though to
know that those who backed the exposition have had their
judgment indorsed and that the fair has not been a loser
financially. The whole coast owes San Francisco a debt
of gratitude for her energy and faith backed by works
that has laid the foundation for a closer acquaintance be
tween all sections of the country. It might be added that
the balance of the country owes her as great a debt as do
we, for she has not only delighted them with her great
display but has added largely to their fund of knowledge
about their own country.
Dun's Commercial Review has the following to say of
business conditions throughout the United States: "Not
only does business continue highly favorable in actual
performance, but there is every promise, especially in
industrial lines, of a degree of expansion limited only by
facilities. These are being increased as rapidly as possi
ble in iron and steel, yet, though more wheels are turning,
there is not sufficient machinery running to keep pace
with the rush of new orders, many of which extend far
into 1916. Nothing in history parallels existing condi
tions in the great basic industry, while all of the minor
metals, particularly copper, are more active, at advanc
ing prices. Generally, manufacturing operations are on a
steadily broadening scale though the dyestuffs scarcity
continues a handicap in textile production and the ef
fect of the additions to the working force is now more
clearly apparent in strictly mercantile branches. One re
flection of the greater ability and disposition of the peo
ple to purchase is seen in' the enlarged sales of holiday
goods, while it is also significant of the improved financial
position of consumers that there is a growing, demand for
the more costly grades of merchandise. There would be
less warrant for optimism if the business development
were confined, as was formerly the case, to a few special
lines in a restricted area of the country. But all of the
statistical barometers tell the story of general progress.
It is now not unusual to hear of railroads reporting the
largest traffic movements in their history, and gross earn
ings of systems making returns for the first week of Nov
ember were at the maximum for the period. Bank clear
ings continue to reflect the growth of trade volumes,
there being a gain at outside centers this week of 29.8
per cent over last year and of 17.8 per cent over 1913:
oversea commerce is still of remarkable proportions
while 89 advances and 21 declines occurred this week in
the 322 wholesale commodity quotations regularly com
piled by Dun's Review."
Governor Withycombe and State Treasurer Kay think
the management of the flax experiment is all right but
Secretary Olcott believes just the other way, and .that the
gentleman in charge is not the right man for the place.
We sincerely hope the secretary is wrong, for it would be
little less than a calamity to have the experiment turn out
unsuccessful on account of bad management. The valley,
and in fact the whole state is interested in having the
growing of flax tried out in a practical way, for if it
proves a success it will open a new field of industry and
provide a crop for which there is an abundant and eager
Splendid Meeting Here Ends
Banquet Big Feature of
Bigger Occasion
Corvnllis was ehosen as the next
meeting place of the Older Boys' con
ference, by an unanimous vote. The
IDlti onference will bo held about this
time next yeur, although the exact date
has not been decided.
Eugene Vincent, head of "the Portland
division of tho conference, was elect
ed president of the stato conference for
the coming year. Other officers elect
ed are: Vice-president, Lloyd Holdi
man, Salem; secretary, C. E. Ostrand
er, St. Helens; treasurer, Zenith Olson,
Forest Grove.
One of the big events of the session
was the Fathers' and Sons' banquet
Saturday evening at the Y. M. C. A.,
when 450 bohs and fathers gathered to
gether to hear about the work being
accomplished bv the members of the
conference, and what each thought
about tho other.
Judge Charles T,. McNary, as toast
master, paid a tribute to the great work
being done in tho state by the Y. M. C.
A. and of its influence on the younger
mong those responding to toasts were
Governor Withvcombe, speaking on
"The State of Oregon and Its Boys,"
and President V. I.. Campbell, of the
University of Oregon, whose subject
was, " Why I Am Interested in Boys."
The boys were welcr.ned in a short talk
by Mayor Harley O. White.
Those responding toonsts, and their
subjects were:
" Word of Welcome," Mayor H. 0.
White, of Salem; "The Kind of a Boy
I Like," Supt. O. M. Elliott, Salem;
"The Kind of a Dad I Like," Eriel
Tetty, Mcllinnville; "Tho Prodigal
Son," Lloyd O. Dawson, Eugene; "De
veloping a Boy," lr. Carl G. Doney
TO those who wish to conduct
their personal finances on a
sound, businesslike basis, en'
large their acquaintance and estab
lish a standing among business peo
ple, we extend an invitation to open
a checking account in this bank.
We will be glad to have you call
and talk to us about it.
Member Federal Reserve Bank
It is stated that the first shot fired by the big German
gun killed or wounded some 1700 men and that another
shot put 2200 out of commission, and yet complaint is
made against the use of dum-dum bullets. This is swal
lowing a camel and gagging at a gnat.
Already the political pot is beginning to show the first
evidences of making steam. Saturday H. H. Corey an
nounced his candidacy for the, position of Public Service
Commissioner from Eastern Oregon.
The advancing prices of lumber and steadily increas
ing demand for the product is the best news the North
west has heard in a long time.
The latest development of our highly civilized warfare
is the placing of deadly disease germs in bombs thrown
into the enemy's trenches. ,
Greece is very slippery, even in a diplomatic sense, if
we may believe the every varying news reports from
James J. Hill had the imagination to build up a country
around his railroads. To Dakota he made a present, at
the outset of his career, of a hundred head of cattle and
many blooded swine.
The rest is history and Webster Herrifield president
of the University of North Dakota, has called Mr. Hill's
foresight "A finer exemplification of imagination than is
ISyron's Prisoner of Chillon."
"There are two men of real genius in the country",
said Mark Twain. "They began life on the decks of Mis
sissippi steamboats. One of them is James J. Hill. Let
some future historian of the highest capacity name the
The last of our great railroaders is James J. Hill.
Cornelius Vanderbilt, Leland Stanford, Collis P. Hunting
ton and a score of others are dead, and in their places are
Ktock promoters,' the high financers, the buccaneers, and
the lesser fry of manipulators.
But Hill is a railroad man the man who uttered the
epigram, "Railroading is not like politics; in railroading
the competent men win."
LADD & BUSH, Bankers
Established 1868
CAPITAL - $300,000.00
Transact a General Banking Business
" Safety Deposit Boxes
I had a stately pony, the smoothest nag alive, no fea
ture of him phony, and safe for girls to drive. His skill
at fancy pacing was known both wide and well, and folks
were always chasing, and asking me to sell. They offered
fancy prices, and dogged me every place,
and often brandished slices of money in my
face. "I'll keep my nifty charger," I said.
"He's not for sale, though larger still and
larger you make your roll of kale. I'll put
no price upon rum, nor value him in bones:
I treasure him, doggone him, far more than
precious stones." At last I was persuaded
to buy a motor cart, in which I have parad
ed around the busy mart. I said, "HI sell
my pony, for steeds are out of date, and
what he brings in money will help to pay
the freight." I thought that many a buyer would hustle
to my door, and bid the price up higher than e'er it was
before. But not an eager duffer came round to put up
ice, and no one seemed to suffer for nags at any price.
No person wished to cop him at bargain counter rates,
and so I had to swap him for rusty roller skates. And in
my mind has jaunted this thought, until it's stale: A thing
is seldom wanted, unless it's not for sale. ,
W.,l.,.. i XI ; 1, Hl,.l Tn,. " Ml,,. ii
ton, Salem; "Boys Will Be Boys," Sec
retary Charles Fhipps, Portland;
"Tho Boy Factory in Salem," Oscar B.
Gingrich, physical director, L. II.
Compton, secretary Y. 1L C. A.; "A
Word From Northwest Canadian
Boys," Fred Witham, general secre
tary Victoria, B. C, Y. 11. C. A.;
"Why I Am Interested in Boys,"
President Campbell, pregon university,
Eugene; "The State-of Oregon and Its
Boys," Governor .limes Withycombe.
The Saturday afternoon sessions of
the conference wero held in senate
chninber and house, of representatives.
After a discussion of the several ,
branches of tho boys' work. Tracy j
Strong, who has charge of tho boys
work in Seattle, .spoke on, "The High
School Club." V.'i
II r. Strong, who. is regarded ns one
of the most active nnd also one of the
most successful wotkers with boys, ad
dressed tho session held Sunday after
noon at the Baptist church. Tho final
meeting of the conference was held lust
night, when all business of the tenth
annual conference was disposed of.
There is a general feeling among
those who were on tho various commit
tees and those who wero actively en
gaged in the work of the conference,
that this tenth unuual session of older
boys was in many respects one of the
most interesting ever held. The boy 1b
wero all well taken enro of, the sessions
were all full of intorest and the
speakers were all men prominent in the
affairs of tho state and in the work
for which the Older Boys' conference
was organized.
live in a city with paved streets find
walks, but there is both a right way
and a wrong to get them, let ns try the
right way.
We hear that some lit our more pros
perous citizens get their pavement done
out cost by helping some contract-1
more than two thousand a month, said
to me, "I hear there will be some very
cheap property to buy in Salom, some
that can bo bought at little., ovor tho
cost of paving. 1 wish yon would look
around and let me know. I would like
to buy some if I can get it at a bar-
or to get a job or paving at a largo gain.",! have had similar requests
figure, have boasted of it to their i quite a number of times,
friends in confidence. I think there should be a law that
Tbout two years ago, while visiting no person should voto on this question
in a neighboring town, a childless t but those who pnv tuxes,
wiilnw, whoe income I was told was " A TAXPAYER.
Philadelphia, Nov. 20. Main line
traffic on the Pennsylvania, was de
moralised today by a rear end collis
ion between two 'freight trains near
Comwells Statioa, Pa,
Thirty freight ears were wrecked,
and debris piled up five feet high,
blocking In some point five entire
Proposed Amendment.
To the Editor: I hnve been waiting
in hopes some of our Salem papers
would say something in regard to t'.ie
proposed charter amendment to bo vot
ed on the 6th of December.
If this amendment becomes a law, it.
will be the cause o.f quite a number of
poor people losing their homes.
Some years ago the cry was, every
person should try to own their own
homes, stop faying so much for rent,
etc. Since then some persona hnve
succeeded in paying for a home, by
denying themselves many needed com
forts. Then comes tho cry for paved
streets, side walks, sewers, etc., which
if done, at expense of property owners,
also the additional expenses of fore
closing liens, etc., which must come out
of their property when they are not
able to pay, should this amendment be
come a law their home is lust to them
Why should all these needed Im
provements come at the expense of
property owners, when the- are needed
for tii o public good, fully as much as
propertv owners Would it not be muctl
better to meet all these expenses by a
tax on all property, the same as other
expenses are met for ...e public good
1 know the thought is, our taxes are
now too high. Is that making it any
better I Why spend so much money in
voting on just such measures as the
proposed charter amendments and a
great many other unnecessary things?
Why pay so much money on a bridge
that can never he made safe! Why
pay seven men two nnd one-half dollars
per day to catch and kill dogst I could
call atteutiou to a great many other
things too numerous to mention.
All these things seem quite unjust
to those who have worked hard to be
able to own their own home, Then
when we have tried not to have the
streets paved .till we could pay for it,
we unci a law that we nave to get a
remonstrance of twotlalrds of the prop
erty owners, bol'ore It can be stopped.
Having failed in this our street is pav
ed, wo have plenty of offers to pur
chase our homes at less than one-fourth
their value. Somo could not get
enougn ior it io pay street improve-
Vie nil love our homes and like to
Special Pflice
Prompt Delivery
Spaulding Logging
and the world
must Bay
to the
For this Great Fair must close its gates on
Saturday, December 4
TIIERE is but a short time left. If you miss
seeing this exposition, you will lose a wonder
ful opportunity to study the advances la
science, art, manufacture or farming being
made at the present time. Low rouud trip
fares on the ,
with liberal stopovers.
VTrlto for our illustrated booklet "Wavside
Notes". It it an lnvaluablo guide book.
John IS. Scott, General passenger '
Portland, Oregon
Nov. 15th, Oregon-Washington Apple Day