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M. K. Mlllur, I'xlilor
KiitrU as second class nmtUtr, January 10th, J 91 2
,t ma I'ost Olllce a tHuInt llol-tni. Orison, unlnr Hie
Act of Murcli 8rd, 1871
One Voar $iuo
8U Mouths 76
AilviTltHliitf rates nmdo known on application
l.i'k'ul notices 26 cent pur lino.
'J lie tlctail of the murder of a young steno
grapher in Portland last Monday, furnish
plenty of material out of which the Legislat
ure of Oregon should construct some laws
which would prevent a recurrence of such a
A young lady, earning her living and assist
ing in the support of a mother and some'
smaller children, is shot down as she enters
lur home. The assassin escapes, but previous
circumstances of a would-be suitor following
ami threatening the young lady, leaves little
doubt as to his identity. A few months ago
this man, an elevator operator in the building
where the young lady was employed under
took to press his suit and was rejected, lie
became insistent and so determined was he
that lie pulled a pistol and ordered the young
lady to marry him or he would kill her. She
escaped from him at the time and he was ar-,
rested, charged with carrying concealed weap
ons. After a hearing in the Municipal Court
lie was discharged and told to leave town,
which he promised to do. The tragedy of
Monday evening was the result, lie secured
a pistol, lie followed the girl and murdered
lier. All this after the officers and the courts
knew what his intentions were. The officers
ami Courts' of Portland arc at least partially
responsible for the murder. Or if not the
courts and officers, the law of 'he state is re
sponsible. The recurrence of crimes of this
nature, year after year, in various localities
of i lie county all known to the officers and
courts, should of itself be sufficient to cause
exercise of the most severe remedies for
prevention. When a man so far forgets him
s lf or so wholly loses his sanity as to draw
a weapon on a woman in order to compel mar
ii:.ge, he is not a safe man to be at large in any
community at any time.. When a man is
brought before a Court charged with such
:m i lfense he is cither crazy or a murderer,
lie should be taken care of. Such an offense'
committed by a man should be punishable
with imprisonment of such duration that there
would be no danger of the commission of mur
i!er. The loss of the life of one worthy young
woman at the hands of one of these maniacs
means more to the state than the cost of
keeping all of that class for their natural lives.
The penalty for threatening to coerce a wom
an to marry or live with a man against her
wishes, when that threat is accompanied with
the flourish of a deadly weapon, should be
life imprisonment instead of an order to leave
the city. The Portland murder Is a disgrace
to Oregon. Hy.a proper enforcement of the
laws, or the enactment of severe laws to deal
wiih such cases and their strict enforcement
such tragedies would be prevented. The Leg
islature of the State of Oregon has a chance
to pass some laws that will stop them.
The prevention of one such murder is worth
more to society than the hanging of a hun
dred brutes' who commit them. An ounce of
prevention is worth .i pound of cure.
Somebody has blundered. Somebody in
authority has made some' awful mistakes.
These facts are evident from the facts set up
in the complaint of the S. P. & S. Ky. Co.
against the Consolidated Contract Co. and
Columbia County as filed in the federal Court
at Portland. An account of this suit as filed
is given on the first page of this issue of the
Mist and easily proves the assertion that a
great blunder has been made. The question
of who it was that made the blunder that will
cost Columbia County many thousands of dol
lars seems to be pretty well settled when the
facts as set forth in the complaint are compar
ed with the records. State Highway Engin
eer llowlby, and his corps of assistants pre
pared the specifications for the building of the
Columbia Highway. The Consolidated Con
tract Co. bid on the job according to those
specifications. The Contract Company claim
to have done the work on the road from Clats-k-mie
to Clatsop County line strictly in ac
cordance with the terms of their contract and
compliance with the specifications as fur
nished hy the State Highway Engineer. The
Ri'eat amount .of money put into the work of
huihiing retaining walls along the road, of
rock without mortar or cement, is apparently
all wasted and the loss to the county will not
only be the damages sustained by the railroad
company, if any, but the work will have to be
nunc over again and done right. This work,
which is conceded by people who have seen
it as well as by the railroad officials to be of
no practical value, proves what has been
said before, that the State Highway Engineer
has been a very expensive luxury to Columbia
County since the work of building State High
ways was started. Of course the charges
that the contract company caused damages
by blasting and throwing rocks on the tracks
and right of way of the railroad company, can
not be entirely blamed on Major Dowlby.
Hut there is no question but that considerable
of the blame lies with him, because he has
high salaried men along the line of work to
look out for the interests of the county, and
should it prove to be as is alleged in the com
plaint of the railroad company that negli
gence and carelessness caused a great damage
to them, it will show that the interests of the
county have not been properly looked after.
As has been often said of late, the work of
the State Highway Engineer in Columbia
County has been anything but satisfactory.
It has been excessively expensive. It has not
given results.
Physical exercise does much toward the development-
of the physique and strengthens
the mind and broadens the intellect. It is
conducive to health, and good health brings
peace of mind and an ambition to do things.
Many of the greatest men of the nation are
regular in their physical exercises. The strain
upon their mentality is so great that without
some diversion they would collapse.
The particular brand of physical exercise
displayed at the City Hall Wednesday
night is not so much the desired kind, al
though a good boxing bout, shorn of profes
sionalism and brute strength, is not so bad
after all. Just what the boxing contests at
the hall this week were, we are not in posi
tion to say as the representative of the Mist
was not present. But speaking generally a
system of physical exercise would do much
for a great many people. School children are
not the only ones who need physical exercises.
We all need it and should have it. Encour
agement should be given the fire boys in their
undertaking. All out door sports should be
encouraged and we old fellows should take
active part in them. Then again when there
arc no attractions in the way of physical
sports there is the wood pile and the garden
left. At all events good physical exercises is
needed by all and there is nothing so easy of
The contracts for the repair of the Uma
tilla light ship and the Santa Catalina, with
the contract for the construction of the Mon
ticello, are all accredited by the Portland
papers as having been secured by the-Willa-matte
Iron & Steel Co. So far as the actual
contracs entered into this is true, but it is also
true that' the St. Helens Shipbuilding Co.
figured in all of these contracts to a consider
able extent, in fact to such an extent that the
Monticello will be entirely constructed at St.
Helens while all the wood work on the light
ship and the Santa Catalina will be done by the
St. Helens Co. Of course the securing of the
work. is the principal thing to St. Helens peo
ple, but it would seem that we should also
be entitled to whatever advertising goes with
the fact that the local company is one of the
big ship contracting firms of Oregon. Espec
ially in wood work and wood ships. , ;
When buying goods "made in America" it
is advisable to go a little further, be a little
patriotic and Buy Goods at Home. It is good
to buy goods made in America but it is even
better to buy goods from home merchants. By
buying American goods you keep your money
in circulation in America. But by buying
goods from our local merchants you keep
money in circulation at home. Every man
and woman talks patriotism and likes to be
considered patriotic. Christmas is coming
on, the time of the year when there is lots of
buying. Everyone should practice that pa
triotism by buying from the home merchants.
It is money saved in the long run.
Much of the welfare of this country is in
the hands of the young men on the farms. If
they remain there and prosper the country
will prosper in like manner. But if they for
sake the fields and rush off to the overcrowded
cities it will be a sledgehammer blow, to the
weal of the nation.
D.ispatchcs tell us that Joe Knowles, the
primitive man who spent 30 days in the wilds
of the Oregon forests last summer, has been
married. It would not be surprising now to
see several of the young St. Helens fellows
try the primative stunt next summer. .
The Germans and the Allies appear to be on
the opposite sides of the same snag.
Muny an Oregon Municipal Debt
Grow Iterauxe of Lark of liud
get Hytitem.
Guessing at the amount of money
needed for the ensuing year has
,hoen a common practice among Ore
gon cities, towns, and villages, with
the result that the guess became the
tax levy for the year, says Don C.
Sowers, professor of municipalities
nt the University of Oregon, who's
putting out a series entitled "Short '
Talks for Busy Officials," for the
free use of city officials throughout
Oregon. Forty city officials have
already asked for the series.
The same guessing has peen true
of county courts, according to Pro
fessor Bowers, whose principal busi
ness It is to assist Oregon municipal
ities to get on a petter business
basis, and whose work is given by
the University without charge. '
"The two facts available as a basis
for determining tne levy for the
coming year have been the levies
-nade the previous year and the bal
ances remaining in .the various
funds," says Professor Sowers. The
council has not known:
"a Whether last year's appro
priation had been spent economical
ly and wisely;
"b How much of the supplies
purchased the previous year were
still on hand;
"c How much It cost to main
tain each of the various offices and
"d How much would be needed
to conduct each office or depart
ment for the following year;
"e How much equipment would
have to be purchased for eacli and
all departments; how much would
be needed for new buildings; how
much new activities would cost; ,
"f What was the total amount
needed to conduct the city's business
efficiently. -
"After the tax levy was guessed
at, the various council committees
and officials would authorize expenditures-
payable from the various
funds until the funds were exhaust
ed, and after that warrants were
issued that were stamped 'Not paid
for want of funds.' By this system
annual deficits occurred and the
city debt Increased year by year.
This system has bsen going on for
many years in Oregon and elsewhere,
until now many cities have out
standing warrants amounting to
from a few thousand dollars to more
than one hundred thousand dollars
In some cases."
A budget system is the remedy ad
vocated by Professor Sowers for
what he characterizes as a most un
businesslike procedure.
Determined Effort to Alleviate Suf
fering, Results in Death of
Hero of the Battlefield.
Those who have prophesized that
the European war will so brutalize
and harden men to the thought of
human distress and suffering that
the world's work of charity and re
form will be set back half a century,
should consider such a story as the
following, told by a British soldier
returned from the Aisne, through
the columns of the London Standard.
It is undoubtedly only representative
of a thousand tales that are never
"Near our trenches there were a
lot of wounded and their crtes for
water were pitiful. In the trenches
was a quiet chap of the Engineers,
who could stand It no longer. He
collected all the water-bottles he
could lay hold of, and said he was
going out. The air was thick with
shell and rifle fire, and to show
yourself at all was to sign your
death-warrant. That chap knew It
as well as we did, but that was not
going to stop him. He got to see the
first man all right and gave him a
swig from a bottle. No Booner did
he show himself than the Germans
opened fire. After attending to the
first man he crawled along the
ground to others until he was about
a quarter of a mile away from us.
Then he stood up and zizagged tow
ard another batch of wounded, but
that was the end of him. The Ger
man tire got hotter and hotter. He
was hit badly, and with just a slight
upward fling of his arms he dropt
to earth like the hero he was.
Later he was picked up with the
wounded, but he was as dead as they
make them out there. The wounded
men for whose sake he had risked
and lost his life thought a lot of him
and were greatly cut up at his death.
One of them who was hit so hard
that he could never see another Sun
day said tef me aB we passed the En
gineer chap, who lay with a smile on
his white face and had more bul
lets in him than would set a batll
lion sharpshooters up In business for
themselves, 'He was a rare good one,
he was. It's something worth liv
ing for to have seen a deed like that,
and now that I have seen It I don't
care what becomes of me.' That's
what we all felt about It."
Eastman Photographic Supplies
Developing and Printing j
Rexall and Nyal Goods
This advice at this particular
time is addressed to the
An important part of a merchant's
shopping is
The columns of the
St. Helens Mist
Offer to the wide awake merchants the
best methods of reaching the '
people of this community. Tell
them about your goods and
your prices.
Let the intending purchaser know what you have to
sell and that your prices are
Advertising pays when it reaches the people. That's
what the Mist does. Everybody reads the
Let us know what you want and we
will help you
i The New Perkins Hotel !
Extends you cordial invitation to make this
hotel your headquarters.
Rooms with Bath $1.50
Rooms without Bath' $1.00
A Restaurant with Food and Prices Right
. Location Central,' Best of Service.
C. H. SHAFER, Manager

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