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h .a. . I . OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY VOL. XXXIII. ST. HELENS, OREGON. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1914. NO. 48. i - I I rrrryss-ST'r-Tiriri III I I Ij i r I I I iM B I A RIVER CLAIMS VII BABY ESCAPES FROM MOTHER AND IS bSOWNED IS Year Old Baby Opens Gate While Mother Rrstn, and Falls Into River Tim Columbia Illvor litis claimed amitlitir victim. This tlnio it wun llltla Clarence McConkey, 13 months did, tlio brlgflt butty boy of Mr. and MrH. Chironre McConklo, who tobIiI cil on a bout house on the point of Siuvles Inland just opppoaltp the mill. Mr. McConkle hnd been working hard during the day, mil! at 3 o'clock tilie put the baby In tho bed rcium on the bed and the wont to the front room to Uo down on the couch for a rout. About ten minutes lator ulio hourd a noise, and gett'r.t ut, f i miihI the baby had craw lei tt the bed und wan missing. "s-cli throughout the house tailed to re veal tho child. ' Going outside ihe found that tho bourd which was used to fuHtim tho gate had boeu moved aside, and Mrs. McConkey im mediately gave the alarm, Hofore nld could roach her the had jumped Into the wator, which wan not ovo. fmir or five foot doop around the Jinuxn, and was wading frantically n.'ound In au offort to recover hor huhy. Before many minute some men nrr'vcd In answer to her crlei and begun to drag the water. At & o'clock they wore rewarded by pull in:: up the body a considerable dis tance from the house. Mrs. McCon koy wun prostrated. Tho body of tho baby was taken In charge by Un dertaker T. S. White, and prepared fur shipment to tho old home at Mc Minnvllle. Punoral servlcos will be held tomorrow at McMtnnvlllo. STREETS LIGHTS ARE BADLY NEEDED Railroad Addition Clamoring For Street Lights . - There Is a portion ot St Holens whero nearly 100 families live that U not lighted at all on tho stroots Railroad Addition nnd the westorr portion ot Columbia Turk is in total durknoHH, and without side walks, It 1 1 most Inconvenient and dangerous for residents of that soctlon to get r.round uftor dark. Many of tho men living In that neighborhood work at tho mills nnd shipyards and never get homo theso winter evonlin until after dark. With so. many people living there It would sooin that at least a tow lights ohould be placed along the main thoioughfares. The tieoplo of that section are demanding lights and their demands should be granlnd. In order to bo'ter got the Ideas of how badly these lights nro needed It lias boon suggested thai next Monday night uftor Council meeting the Council retire In a body ko nn inspection of Ilallroad Addition. The result will no do:ibt bo the ordorlng of a few lights for thin thickly settlod portion ot the city. imiomisi: better sfrvich Ttiiiniitr rv . Nov. 18. Officials of tho B. P. & 8. Ilallroad met with the City Council Monday night, to nrrango for the right to eHtalilish a tiirntnblo at the wqat end of the city. Heretofore tlie engine of the llalnior looal backod Into Globe from here, there turning for the roBt of tho run Into Portland. This dif ficulty the company desires to ob vlnto. Land was purclmsod from tho Rainier Land Company for tho turntable site, and the City Council will draft an ordinance permitting the turntable to be put In. The rall way company will use gns engines on the local as soon as the newturn tnhle Is completed, nnd the train will then make much faster time. MURDERER OF GIRL CAPTURED Sheriff Close, of Kalama, Nabs Traunscn Yesterday Last Monday evening Fred Traun son, an elevator oporator, of Port land, shot and killed Miss Emma Ulrlch, a stenographer of that city. Tho slayer escaped and search has boon kept up for him since, until yesterday afternoon when Sheriff Ed Closo, of Cowlitz County, Washing ton, locuted the murdorer between Kalama and KoIho, making his way to Tucoma. He was arrested and taken back to Portland lust night. Traunsen admitted having killed the girl and seemed to have no rngrot. 'E What They All Spent Would Not Pay Many Printers Salaries SOME HAVE NOT FILED KurrcHsful and l efrulJ Tell tt'Imt it CiMt Them to Itun for Office. Some of tho candidates for .office -it the Into lection have filed with the clork their campaign expense .itatenients. Judson Woed spent 111.(0 In his campaign for com niludoner. E. C. Stanwood paid out $100 during the time he was run ilng for sheriff. N. O. Lurabee spent $20.10 running for county treasurer. Gus Lnnge parted -with $9. GO in his efforts to be elected commissioner. D. J. Keelan, con ducted his campaign for re-election to the office of commissioner as an Independent, without upending any thing. U. W. Clark paid out $9.60 'or the privilege of running for dierlff on the Democratic ticket. T. 3. White only paid $8.50 as his quota to bo elected coroner. A. F. Bar--.ott purled with $45.00 ot his last lonth's salary In convincing the peo plo that he was the proper man for ilerk, while Miss Mary Maclay for the samo office spent $29.50. O. Henry Oloen took $2.75 worth of campaign in his offort to be elected clork. Mr. Oloen was tho only So cialist on the county ticket who made any expenditures, the others being contont to have their names appear on the ballot. Soveral other candidates for office have failed to file tholr campaign expense state ment yot, nnd the time has lready expired. ASSESSORS WANT THE COUNTY ItATIOH MADK HIGHER. Salem, Ore., Nov. 17. Com til ii I ii In IP Hint thero has boen a slump In tho valuation of property general ly In the state, a number of assess ors appoarod before tho State Tax Commission yesterday ami urgeu 11, Q tantnttvn rnlllllV ratios BUg- llldfc V VJ v, - - gosted by the commission be made higher. Tho ratios suggested are practically the same as last yoar, and are used by tne commissi ,..,u.,i,,ir thn state tax. and in ap portioning among tho counties the ..n,,un,ni.t nn nubile service corpor ations. Blnco thon the valuation of .nnnrttf linn ilenroclated. declared here yesterday, nnu they desire a higher ratio for the next yoar. All of the week will like ly i.a .nn mimed by tne commission ,J " " - i ii.,iQnincr to assessors. Those who appeared bofore the commission yes terday wore Assessor n. ueu, Multnomah Couuty; Assessor J. J. wn. nf Morrow County: Assessor E. L. Fisher, of Linn County; Ass essor, C. W. Blakesloy, of Columbia County; Assessor Frank E. Moyer, of Polk County, and Assessor Frank I,, Calkins, of Douglas Louniy. VIEWING COUNTY ROADS County Surveyor Van Orshoven and Hood Viewers H. J. Southard and Wm. Prlnglo, were viewing rouds In the Nohalen country' this weok, COUNTY IS MADE PARTY IN DAMAGE SUIT S. P. 4 S. Railway Company Sues County and Con tracting Company Jointly. ACTION IS FOR ALLEGED DAMAGES EXCEEDING $21,000 Contention That Construction Is Faulty, and That Will Result In a suit filed In the United States District Court, at Portland, this week the d. P. & 3. Ily. Co., against Consolidated Contract Co. and Col umbia County, the Railroad Com pany asks for $21,303.30 damages done to Us property and right of way, amr prays that a permanent In junction issue to prevent any more work on the Columbia Highway that will Interfere with the property of he plaintiff. The complaint as firm filed was agulnst the Contract Company alone, but that company appeared In a motion before Judge Boon and asked that Columbia County be also made a party and the Judge so ordered and required the county to make an answer or appearance bofore December 4. Some of the allegations of the com plaint disclose some remarkable con ditions and, If true the Contract Co. or the County will' have to pay some damages. Among the allegations In the complaint there appears as fol lows: , Tho sii Id trespasses and depreda tions consist In shooting down oarth, stones and debris, with stumps and timbers, upon the tracks and right of way of the complain ant, placing debris upon the right of way and erecting retaining walls supporting large quantities of earth and stone and road material, so close to the complainants right of way nd so insecurely constructed as to endanger persons traveling upon complainant's railroad and so that the material will fall upon the right of way and block the operation of tho said railway line." "That on or about July 1st, 1914, between Clatskanto draw NEW BUSINESS CENTER Business Houses Springing up in the Center of Town Kriilt and Vegetable Cannery Vmlor ConNtrurtlon Now Keeu Store That portion of tho city near the Italian Importing Co. store Is fast becoming to be a business centeY. In addition to the building of the fruit and vegetable cannery which Is now well under way, there is now boing also built a large feed ware house where feed of all kinds, hay and grain, will be kept on sale and commission. Some machinery will sa bo Installed where grains can be chopped. We have not learned who the promoters of the enterprise are. but have boen assured that they have the moans, and have already secured the property, and that clearing has already started preparatory to the erection of the building. KIjKCTION AND DEBATE.. Friday, November 13, the hlghor grades and Intermediate depart ment at the Yankton school had an olectlon of state and county officers. The red sample ballots were used and as far as possible the election was conductod like a regular state and county election. Saturday evening, November 14, a debate, consisting of debates from the school and Grange, was given at tho Grange Hall. The subject waB: "Resolved that country llfo is pleas nter than city life." On the affirma tive wore A. B. Owen, Mr. Walker and Mr. Jeffries; on the negative were Miss Lillian Merrltt, Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Brown. There was a good attendance and all enjoyed the debate. Antner subject will be dobated in about a month. Work on Columbia Highway Serious Consequences to Roadbed. bridge and Mile Post 64, the defend ant In wasting material in the grad ing operations upon the said high-, way, placed such material on the right ot way of the complainant, filling up ditches, and made it nec essary to bulkhead in order to keep material from falling on the com plainant's rails. At this point the defendant constructed dry retaining walls, made without mortar or ce ment and built principally of stone, that readily disintegrate when ex posed to the weather In such man ner as to cause the walls to crumble by reason of the action ot the rains and exposure to frost, and to permit the said material, on the breaking and settling of said wall, to slide down upon the complainant's rail-, way tracks. Then follows a numbeF of allega tions citing instances of damages or damage done by blasting and throw ing trees and rocks on the tracks, I trains, depots and cars, some ot ! which caused broken windows, r knocked holes in the roofs, tore down telegraph wires and poles and many other things, causing damages to the railway company. 1 Altogether the damage claimed by ' the Railroad Co. amounts to $21, 303.03. The prayer of the Railway Co. is for an Injunction restraining and prohibiting the building of retaining walls of such character that there ' is danger of sliding down on the ! right of way, and prohibiting the placing ot debris on the right of way. Aloo that the Railway Company be awarded damages In the sum of 521,303.30 and costs. .MORE SHIPYARD WORK Local Company Will Do Wood Work on Santa Catalina Material All of Mahogany and Teak Will be Shipped In. In the securing of the contract for the repairs of the Santa Cat.a- Una, the Willamette Iron Works, of Portland, bid in conjunction with the St. Helens Shipbuilding Co. The St. Helens Company will furrlsh all the wood work on the big liner to be repaired at Portland. This wood will all have to be sent here from abroad, as it is principally niahog, any and teak. The work of repair ing has already commenced, the boat now being on the dry docks of the Willamette Iron & Steel Co. It will take soveral months to finish the boat so it will be seaworthy again. ' dimage was mostly done amid ships, both the ends escaping with little damage, although the wood work on the entire boat wai com pletely destroyed. FARMER'S WEEK POSTPONED Oregon who are planning to attend Fnrmer's Week at the Agricultural College are hereby notified that the date has been postponed to Febru ary 1 to 6, 1915. The changed and enlarged character ot the exercises have made this change necessary. Many conventions ot leaders of the various agricultural Interests ot the state will be held at that time in addition to the special technical in struction and demonstration com' monly given. Leaders of National reputation from various parts of the country and from the U. S". Depart ment of Agriculture will be present to address these conventions. WORK WILL START NEXT MONDAY St. Helens Amateur Athletic Club Fully Organized Material has all been purchased, carpenters have been employed and a lot has been secured by the St. Helens Amateur Athletic Club. Tne boys purchased the Southard lot on the corner of Willamette and Oak streets, and will start in next Mon day to erect their building which will be 48 by 98 feet. Stock is being subscribed and already enough money has been secured with which to put up the building, so that early completion of modern club rooms Is assured. This will be an addition to the city and the fire boys are to be commended for their enterprise. INTERESTING BOXING BOUTS HELD Well Known Sporting Men From Portland Mix Things ONE IS KNOCKED DOWN Special Train and 20 Autos Bring Crowd of Fans From Portland. About 300 fans assembeled at the City Hall last Wednesday, where Master of Ceremonies Jack Root had built a squared circle on a plat form upon which bo me exceedingly Interesting boxing bouts were staged. A special train from Portland brought a number of the followers of the boxing game from the city and perhaps 15 or 20 automobiles loaded with fans came also. In ad dition to the Portland people, there were quite a number of visitors from various parts of this country, who came to witness the exhibition. The first preliminary was a battle .oyal between four negro boys in a free for all match, hit and run game or soemthlng of the sort. Any way there were 4 coons entered the rlni with gloves on, and took after each other, fall over the other fellow and seemed to be having a Jolly good time, all to the delight ot the spec tators. The first exhibition of the even ing was a six round bout between Jack Tracey and Kid Brooks which went the full length, but the exhlbi tion lacked steam and seemed to be nulte tame. The honors were about even. Next came the real clever . boys of the evening, Yost Schmeer, ot Port land and Dick Wayne, of San Fran Cisco, who were Introduced, and started in on a six round go. Sen meer seemed to have some the better of the argument right from the start, apparently on account ot his perfect condition, but Wayne proved to be lightning fast for the greater part of three rounds, this was an ex htbltlon worth seeing. During the 3rd round Schmeer landed a right to the Jaw, which sent Wayne to the floor. He got up smiling, however, and was not hurt. It being one ot the rules of the evening that a knock down would end the-bout, this ended the classy exhibition of the evening. Dave Wheeles and Joe Hennesy then took the center of the stage to box six rounds, which they did. . The exhibition was fairly good, but too much clinching, after the brilliant work ot the preceding bout, made this last affair look rather tame, However it looked like Wheeles had the best of the argument all the way through. ' The exhibition or boxing was clean one all the way through, and the orowd very orderly. The fans present enjoyed the evening very much. NOVEMBER RASPBERRIES M. Saxon walked into the Mist of fice this week carrying a box ot nice ripe red raspberries which he had picked from the bushes in his garden that same day. The berries were of delicious flavor and nicely colored. Mr. Saxon says he has had berries ever since the season started and that there are still good berries on bis buBhea. PENDER GETS LIFE SENTENCE GOVERNOR WEST SAVES CONVICTED MURDER ER FROM GALLOWS Will NOT TEST THE NEW ULW Sentence is Commuted After Hearing Plea of the Attorney Governor West yesterday commut- ed the sentence of John Arthur Pen der, convicted of murder In the first degree for killing Mrs. Daisy Wehr man in this county, several years ago, to life imprisonment. The gov ernor made his decision for leniency after listening to the argument of Pender's attorney, JohnF. Logan; to Sheriff Tom Word, ot Multnomah County, and to members ot the Span ish-American War Veterans. Governor West commuted the sen tence with the understanding that Pender's attorneys were not to take advantage of any flaws which the bill abolishing capital punishment might have, should it be found to have passed. This measure contains no saving clause, and the governr desired that it be understood that his attorneys would not take advantage of this, in order to obtain absolute freedom for Pender, and they agreed that they would not, but would go before Governor Wlthycombe for a pardon, should the evidence later be . found, which would conclusively diow that Pender was innocent. Mr. Logan made some very inter esting charges to the governor when he said the conviction of Pender was secured through perjured testimony. and a made up case by the officers tor political effect. All of which reminds one that he put up the same kind of an argument to the jury which convicted Pender. The argu ment did not have much effect on the men who heard the evidence and brought In a verdict of guilty of mur- ' der in the first degree, but it evi dently had Bome weight with the governor, or what is more probable, the governor already had his mind made up to comute the entence anyway. Before commuting the sen tence to life imprisonment the gov ernor exacted a promise from Mr. Logan, for Pender, that no advant would be taken in case there was a flaw in the capital punishment law it such was abolished. Today the count on this question shows that capital punishment has been abol ished In Oregon, so that It was well that the governor took the precau tion to exact a promise of that kind. If Logan had waited another day he would not have been bound up on such a pledge. As to the people ot this commun ity having any Interest in the sen tence ot Pender, the sentement is evenly divided, with perhaps a gen eral feeling that no particular ob jection would be made If the sen tence was commuted, but it would seem that the governor, before doing so should have given the prosecuting attorney of this county a chance to be present and make a statement. However the case is now at an end. Pender will go to the peniten tiary tor his life, and unless some future governor pardons him there he will stay. It is to be hoped that no more will be heard of it in Col umbia County. RAILROAD STATION WANTED Salem, Ore., Nov. 17. Alleging that the Spokane, Portland & Seattle . Railroad Company has failed to pro vide Columbia City with adequate Btatlon facilities, that place has filed a complaint with the Stata Railroad Commission. The nearest station now is McBrlde, more than a mile distant, it 's alleged. J. H. Price returned this week from San Francisco where he has been for some time on business con nected with the St. Helens Ship building Co.