Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, October 19, 1916, Image 4

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    itorial Page of ''The Capital Journal"
Editor and Manager.
October 1!, 1910.
Capital Journal Ptg. Co., Inc.
Sec. und Treas.
Daily by carrier, per year
Daily by mail. per year
$5.00 1'er month
3.00 Per month
New York, Ward Lewis -Williams fcpeeinl Agency, Tribu
Chicago, W. H. Stockwell, People's Oas Buildin
Triliuuo Building
The Capital Journal carrier boys nro instructed to put the papers on the
norch If the carrier does not do this, misses you, or neglects getting the
oaner'to you on time, kindlv phone the circulation manager, as this is the oiilj
waV we can determine whether or not the carriers are lulluwing instructions.
Phone Main SI before 7:30 o'clock and u paper will bo sent you by special
messenger if the carrier has missed you.
The prevailing high prices for all food stuffs are un
answerable proof that supply and demand alone regulate
prices. The demand from Europe for American food
stuffs has drawn on the supply to such an extent that
while it is not exhausted, its scarcity forces prices up.
With this, is the willingness of the foreign markets to
pay the prices charged by American dealers. The price
the foreigner is willing to pay fixes that which the local
consumer must also pay. .
It is estimated the cost of living in America has ad
vanced forty per cent, some estimates say fifty, or even
more, since the European war began. This brings home
to us the fact that we as a nation must bear our portion
of the cost of the. war. At the same time it is pointed out
that England's debt due to the war is some fifteen billion
dollars. This seems a staggering sum, yet we on this
side of the ocean, and taking no part in the war, are pay
ing on account of it not less than three billion dollars a
year in the increased cost of living. If the actual cost of
food consumed by Americans averaged $G0 a year, then
the advance of fifty per cent would amount to three bil
lions yearly. If the food cost was as some estimates
irive it $100 a year, the increased cost is five billions.
Of course England and the other warring nations, be
sides the war debt they are creating, have had an addi
tional burden of living expenses to meet just as we have,
only much heavier; but it is evident that we are paying
our share. We point to the vast sums of gold we have
Accumulated and the credits we have acquired besides the
wSed out, yet all these combined would not begin
U equaUhe amount taken from the pockets of American
consumers bv increased living cost. ,
There is another side to the matter too That is that
the money spent, for this increased cost of living has not
lone out of the country to any great extent, it growing
most of ts own foodstuffs, so that this extra expenditure
has been after all but a redistribution of the money of
the countiy, part of it going to the farmer and producer
and another and perhaps larger part to speculators and
Sdfflme " It has undoubtedly done much to better the
SSSn of the farmer, and this part of it is far from
rentable, but the extra rake off hat has gone to the
speculator is another matter. For instance when wheat
went up two cents in Chicago, Wednesday, Cleveland
hakers at once added one cent to the price of a loaf of
pakeis at i - , , . .,. . 100 five.cent
loaves of bread. So that an increase of two cents in; the
Drice of flour was passed on to me consume ujie
increased fifty times. Two cents worth of flour was
u rned into one dollar's worth of bread. It is the same
though not to so great an extent as in the case cited, with
all other products. The addition of a cent to the price of
canned stuff at the cannery, grows as the goods pass
through several hands on their way to the consumer. The
Jobber adds a cent, and the wholesaler another and by
the time it leaves the retailers hands the one cent jjas
pro'wn to five and a ten cent can is sold f . or fifteen cents
The producer and canner get one cent and the middlemen
get four.
The fact that Mount Ranier has so long retained that
name instead of being given the title of Tacoma is due
entirely to the Northern Pacific railroad, which when it
started the town of Tacoma as a rival to Seattle and
undertook to kill the latter place, gave it the name of
the mountain. That was a red rag to Seattle and most
of the balance of the state, which so soon as it had seemed
the railroad began abusing it. It was their road and they
had a right to do this and they did it. Tacoma was not
acceptable because the railroad suggested it.
It would be interesting to watch the angle of "Uncle
Joe" Cannon's cigar as he reads what Candidate Hughes
Wtv-ninfi reuubhean con-
gressmen who voted for "that cowardly surrender -to
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first Oregon district was another member who voted
for the bill.
The Oregonian is fighting the election of George Taz
well for county judge and supporting George M. McBride.
In answering a criticism of its course it says: "It does
not bow to the verdict of a primary of 40,000 or any other
number of voters in its selection of a nominee for an
important office who is not fit." This stand shows admir
able backbone but the question still remains: "Is the Ore
gonian correct in its estimate of the nominee or are the
voters who named him the better judges?" If it has the
facts to justify its stand then it is correct, for a news
paper has a duty to perform for the public and this some
times when the public objects to the duty being per
formed. No paper is worthy of the name that will in
dorse a candidate whom it knows to be unfit just because
the party it is affiliated with sees fit to nominate him.
There are times when blind loyalty to party is treachery
to the community.
County Clerk Gehlher noting an editorial in the Capital
Journal anent the nuisance of registering and hoping
sometime a law would be enacted that would stick and
permit a voter to avoid registering every time he had a
few minutes to spare; called the Journal's attention to
the fact that the present law provides for the registration
standing until the voter changed his place of residence.
We of course understand what the present law says, and
only wished to note the fact that some wise legislator
at the coming session would probably discover the law
needed fixing and would proceed to amend it so the whole
registration business will have to be gone over again. If
this is done it will be about the last tinkering with the
matter for the disgusted voter will do away with the
whole system. Might as' well have a- law that permits
fraudulent voting as to have one that prevents the honest
voter getting to the polls.
A queer politicial situation exists in Wisconsin. Sen
ator La Follette is running for re-election on the republi
can ticket. As is well known, La Follette voted for the
Underwood tariff as well as the Adamson, ejght hour bill,
both of which measures are roundly denounced by the
republicans in general and Justice Hughes in particular.
The old-time republican organ at Madison, called The
?tate Journal, carries at the head of its editorial column
this ticket: For President, Woodrow Wilson; for U. S.
Senator, Robert M. La Follette; for Governor, Burt Wil
liams, who happens to be the democratic nominee for that
office. The chief editorial writer on The State Journal,
W. T. Evjue by name, is a republican npminee for the
legislature and refuses to support Governor Philipp for
It is hoped Portland may see its way clear to protect
the Portland Railway, Light & Power company in its
franchise rights in that city and keep the jitneys from
making a bankrupt of it. Salem is interested in the mat
ter because she does not want, to have to make up the
company's, income shortages when she pays her electric
light bills. You see a railway, or even a railroad com
pany always passes the buck along to someone, and in this
case Salem does not want the next deal.
LADD & BUSH, Bankers
Established 1S68
Transact a General Banking Business
Safety Deposit Boxes
The Oregonian is so hard driven to find an argument
in defense of its varied positions politically that it actu
ally has a good word for Cleveland who at one time was
its favorite target, and who like President Wilson did
nothing right in the eyes of the Oregonian so long as he
was in the White House, but whom it now quotes as its
authority. In a few years it will probably awaken to the
fact that Wilson was a mighty good president.
Those Denver housewives who are suggesting the sub
stitution of potato bread for the. regular wheaten kind
have not studied the market quotations. Potatoes are
almost as dear as wheat now and the indications are they
will soon be fully as expensive. Substituting $2 a bushel
potatoes for $2 a bushel wheat, when the latter "goes
further" is about like substituting cake for bread.
When the colonel started for the south to make
Hughes speeches yesterday, good old Dame Nature un
dertook to balance things up with a cyclone and "earth
quake. At the same tune on Wall street the gamblers
changed their bets from two to one on Hughes, to ten to
It is less than three weeks until the election and yet
Candidate Hughes has not vouchsafed a word of enlight
enment on the Oregon-California land grant puzzle which
he helped make. If the does not enlighten the state on
the matter it will probably never know what Justice
Hughes and the balance of the court did to it. "
The Underwood tariff is blamed for the vacant houses
in Pm-tlnnd. This is about as sensible as the railroads
telling how they are suffering from the eight-hour day
which is not in eiiect yet. -
r.nvpvnnr Withvcomhe vesterdav turned loose 8 per
cent of the prison population. Will the Oregonian not
give us a dissertation on prison management as it used to
when Uswaia west was governor:
In addition to the price the war has added to the cost
of all food stuffs Mr. Hughes and Mr. Fairbanks would
add a tariff to make them still higher. '
Congressman Hawley is to speak here sometime be
fore the election. It is a safe bet he has nothing to say
about the Adamson bill, or why he voted for it.
Editor Salem Journal: Some time ago
I saw in your paper an article which re
fered to the laws o'f Oregon us touch
ing the titlo to real est .',, which I
think ia of much and of great import
nonce, especially to nil who are owners
cf real estate (or think themselves own
ern) for it seems that about all that is
needed for to get any one (though it bo
a poor and aged widow) in serious trou
ble over the title to their home, is for
some witty lawyer on some rainy day
when he is at leisure, to get hold of the
abstract to your Ininl and pick out the
mistakes and blunders Inade bv the card
lessness and ignorance of the people
who in some way are (under the pres
ent laws) connected with your title, and
thouuh you have had your warranty
deed to your home for It) years, and
that there be none at any time, or none
at the present time, who have claimed
any right to nuy part of your property,
if this lawyer can make it appear t lint
any irregularities appear, by the ab
stract, then you will be compelled to en
gage a lawyer or two and go to court
with your case, you will be compelled to
mako diligent search for all of the per
sons who in any way appeur to be con
nected with your title (as appears from
the abstract of title) to correct these ir
regularities or mistakes which other peo
ple have from time to time made, you
will huve to put up money (liberally)
for to pay the sheriff for serving no
tices ant for nil sorts of affidavits, for
recordings and publications and the
Lord only knows what all more trouble
and expense will be yours to meet after
the lawyer gets hold of your abstract of
title, and too Mr- Editor, the abstract
itself is un imposition when a poor wid
ow must pay $.'!" for a 90-pnge abstract
of her title, why compel this poor wo
man to purchase the history of nil the
ups und downs of a fumily whom she
knows nor cares a fig ubout ? n friend of
mine told me some time ago while I was
attundiug our oon'feience that bis sou
had made as high ns $1,500 per month
in the abstract business in Oregon. The
abstract man and the lawyer is about
all there is who enjoy any real boaefity
from the laws of Oregon as touching
the records of the title to your home ana
land. I have a case, Mr. Editor, in
hand, that of an nged widow, which I
may give you in detail, a case which is
about equal to leaving her nothing but
the paper.
World's Greatest Water
Reservoir Opened To-
... '.: ,J day in New Mexico
Elephant Butte, X. M., Oct. 19. :
When the gulden key which stitrted the
waters of the Rio Grande river flowing
through the spillways of the great new i
Eli'phuut Butte dam was turned today
2(ill,u00 acres of fertile.land in the, chain,
of valleys in New Mexico, , Texas und
Old .Mexico were added to our acreage. i
The dodicatorv exercises were held heie
at the dam, about 125 miles up the riv-i
er from El l'aso and about 175 miles be
low Albuquerque and marked tho com-i
nlction. of the reclamation service's
greatest project, one of the most pre-
tentionus of its kiud in the history of
tho world- I
The Elephant Butte dam is n mass of
concreto and steel thrown across the
Rio Grande river on the desert of New
Mexico at tho point where n great rock,
shaped like a mastodonic elephant,
seems to drink from the Bio Grande.
This giant impounding dam lias form
ed the largest irrigation reservoir in the
world. More than 45 miles in length
and eight miles across, the lake stores
tho melted snows of the Colorado nud
New Mexican mountain ranges and
these waters are allowed to flow
through the spillways o fthe dam when
the hind needs moisture. At the con
clusion of the elaborate dedicatory ex
ercises, the first session of the Twenty-third
International Irrigation con
gress was held at the daai.
"The dedication of Elephant Butto
dam today is an event of wold-wide im
portance, said James G. McXnry, chair
man of the board of control of the irri-
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Exact Copy of Wrapper.
I often think that old Bill Wax should oc
cupy a padded cell; his intellect is full of
cracks, like some outworn, discordant bell.
All lunatics should be in charge of keepers,
at the booby place; that old Bill Wax re
mains at large you will admit, is a disgrace.
I talk with him from day to day, no word
of mine to him appeals; disputing every
thing I say, he makes me hot, from head to
heels. When I explain that Charley Hughes
is, as a statesman, truly great, old Bill
hands out his moldy views, indorsing
t'other candidate. When I rebuke the" kaiser's course, and
say his conduct is a shame, old Wax will argue, till he's
hoarse, that Nicholas must bear the blame. Whatever
argument I make, whatever words of truth I say, old Bill
the other side will take, and chew the rag for half a day.
And I have heard that he explains to those who'll listen
for a spell, that I have weevil in my brains, and should be
in a padded cell !
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gation congress. "It will justify the
faith of the people of the southwest,
who have staked their all on the fertil
ity of the sdil tihd the ubility of the
project to carry waters to the lands
when most needed. It will reward the
pioneer men and women of the lower
Rio Grande valleys from Albuquerque
to Old Mexico. ' 4
Recent borings in Texas brought to
light rich deposits of potash salts. The
borings were made to a depth of nine
hundred feet. There is every indication
that n large basin of potash lies in thtt
Journal Want Ads Get Besultt To
Want Try one and lee.
"Clifford, I want you to meet Mr.
Frnnklyn. I am dining with him and his
wife," I said in a steady voice, entire
ly ignoring the seiintion I very evid
ently had made. "Please present us to
your friends."
That Clifford wag angry was obvious.
He turned white, and the veins In his
forehead stood out ltko great cords.
But in a coldly polite toue. he replied:
"It was kind of Mr. Frauklyn to in
vite you- Ladies, allow me to introduce
Mrs. Hammond, and her host for the ev
ening, Mr- Frankly n."
Not a name had he mentioned. In a
wav my little ruse had failed.
"Am I not to meet your wife, Ham
mond f What have I done that I should
be denied uch a privilege!"
"It is Mr. Lockwood, isn't it? ' I
asked with nil the aplomb I could must
er before Clifford could answer. As Mr.
I.ockwood bowed, I extended my hand
and he bent gallantly over it. A look
of something very like admiration pass
ed over Cut ford's face; but was follow
ed -almost Immediately by one of the
scowling kiud I had learned to dread.
Without liugering long enough to give
him a chance to say anything I took
Burton's arm, and bowed to them, say
"I have promised the next dance, to
you will excuse me," and we walked
"By gad, but you ARE a brick!"
Burton declared with emphasis when wc
were out of henring.
"Am I not!" I laughed, this time
glad to reply.
I felt a certain exhilaration, as
though I had gone through some great
battle and come off victor. Vet in my
heart I knew I should have to suffer
for what ,1 had donej that Clifford
would make me pay-
The Dance With Leonard.
The next dance I danced with Leon
ard Brooke, and as we passed Clifford,
this time dancing with the woman in
blue, I nodded gaily at him, and threw
some little laughing remark over my
shoulder. Leonard looked very hand
some in his evening clothes, and danced
almost as well as Clifford. I heard my
husband's companion say as we passed
"Who is that good-looking youug
fellow dancing with your wifef "
I strained my ears but couldn't catch
his answer; then smiled to myself as I
imagined it.
"Oh, some young cub! " he had prob
ably told her. Cub being his favorite
name Tor very young men.
An Invitation.
We all sat out the next dance. Bur
ton had ordered a pitcher of delicious
fruit cup, and we chatted and watched
the dnncers while we sipped it.
I resolutely avoided looking in the
direction of Clifford's party, and as
resolutely tried to put him and the con.
sequences of my action from my mind.
'!Y,0,1! are Pely stunning to
night! Leonard Brooke told me. "Isn't
she Muriel t"
"Indeed she 'is! I never saw her
looking better." Then to me, "Yo
should wear a great deal of that shade
of yellow, Mildred, it is wonderfully be- -coming."
There was nothing small or menn
nhnitt Afl.nnl t 1.1 ...
. ...,.r, irnumyn. tne was al
ways rendy with her appreciation of an
other woman, to eompliment or praise
her. Now when T , i.i... t -Ii;
that it is a rhr.-t..,iu,; ... .
i .v..n,.v urn iiu9rsse
by many r.omen.
i w Tntt"' " k for tho next
dance. Mrs. Hammond !"
I turned at the voice, and looV.ed on
into the blnsi. face of Hal Lockwood,
the millionaire who had been so anxious
to meet me.
"Certainly," I replied. Purely there
could be no harm in dancing with mr
husband's friend. I introduced him to
Leonard and Muriel and then we left
(Tomorrow A Bequest to Call.)