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'A i OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY IVOL. XXXIV. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1915. NO. 3 rs: mi I i : . i I mm it COMMISSIONER WEED, PLEASE nrw r17I?TrTAT. TAVTT5 I OATH OF OFFICE AND j ASSUMES DUTIES. SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS MADE County Roadmaster Titus Re 5 named, Also Seven Road I Supervisors. County Court met Wednesday morning at which time Judson Weed, : tho new commissioner, wu sworn In f to succeed 1). J. Koolun, wliooo torni luiJ expired. At the opening meet ing qulto a number of citizens of var ious pnrta of the county were prevent ,ti proamit petitions and application! for rond supervisors, etc. After work ing for two days with endowment, petltlunH and applications, the fol lowing appointments wero made: County HoadniaHter, Imo G. Tllus, salary (1800 a year. ? County ltond Viewer, John Tllco and U. 8. Mulllnger. County Ilonlth Offlcor. Or. h. 0. I Soalor of Wolghta and Measures. jW. 0. l'omoroy, salary fixed at $20 per month. Fruit Inspector, V. C. Greaves, of uuincoy. District Itoad SuporvlHors: District No. 1, Jns. D. McKay. DlHtrlct No. 2. J. W. Alkon. DlHtrlct No. 3, P. J. Keelaa. DlHtrlct No. 4, J. C. Johnson. Dlntrlct No. 6, Juntos Van. DlHtrlct No. , John Foste DlHtrlct No. 7, K. A. GohroI. , LOCAL INSTITUTE AT CLATSKANIE School Superintendent Allen Iiai addressed the following letter to the teachers of Columbia County: A local IiiHtltuto will bo held In Clutnkanlo on Saturday, January 16, 1915, at 11 o'clock a. in., In the High School Building. Every toachor In the county Is earnestly Invited to bo pronent and take an active part In the mooting. You are wanted there. Your em ployers and your profession say go. Your colleagues say come. Your profOHHlonal duty demands your at tendance. Your small sacrifice shall not ho made In vain. Youi attend ance Is vital. Wo want to got together. Ultl- mntoly wo want a solidly united body of Columbia County toachors conse crated to the common cause of hu manity, loyal to our fellow creatures mid to oursolvos. Special methods In reading and geography will be a loading feature of the program. Mako definite prep arations for the discussion. Other matters of Importance will also como before the mooting. Como let us create a living fountain whore all who will may sip, Sincerely yours, J. W. ALLEN, County Suporlntendont of Schools. NEW SHERIFF IS ALREADY BUSY MAN Monday night Sheriff Stanwood received a tolophono call from Door luland that there were safe crackers In that city and that he should get tliore In time to head off a burglary. Accordingly ho and Doputy Sheriff (Urown went down In an auto and UDOn hnl A ),. u. '" H1IIIHI IU UIIU . .1 U CTW. oral strangers had been seen there during the afternoon around an Rmpty box car. A hobo bad hap pened along and going Into the car found several plocos of fuse with dynamite caps all fixed ready for do ing the work, all of which he took up town to one of the stores and told bout the discovery, when the sheriff was callod. The strangers had dls ipponred before the sheriff arrived thore, but be recovered a coll of fuse ttd a number of taps in addition to Hie four or five pieces already fixed ready for use. Watch was kopt some time but the strangers had evi dently gotten out of the community. VOLUNTEER FIREMEN ENJOY BANQUET The second annual banquet given by tho St. Helens Fire Department was an enjoyable evont at tho M. E. Church parlors liuit Saturday night. Tho members of the company and a few Invited guoHts assembled In the church parlors and enjoyed the even ing with a rouHt chicken banquet. It was a most onjoyablo occasion and has become an annual evont with the boys to liuvo a food and good time about tho beginning of the new year and not only they, but .heir friends always make of It a most merry oc casion. The St. Helens Flro Company Is an organization that Is a credit to the city. It Is purely a volunteer or ganization, but novor was thero a more efficient .and loyal bunch of firefighters gathered togothor, either volunteer or paid. Their work in the past In saving property from de struction has often been commented upon and has been recognized as noble and efficient work. The peo ple of this city appreciate the ser vices rendered by them and are al ways roudy to show that apprecia tion when It comes to helping out In any way. The latest enterprise un dertaken by the firemen la tho erec tion of the big athletic building on the corner of Willamette and Oak streets, which Is now nearly com pleted. The building will bo Inform ally dedicated tomorrow, Saturday, night with a banket ball game be tween tho St. Johns Firemen and the local boys. It will be a game worth whilo and It will give the people of the city an opportunity to Inspoct tho fine new building. The public Is Invited to attend the game. REBEKAHS INSTALL AND HAVE BANQUET Queen Esther Kebekah Lodge No. 153, I. O. O. F., hold installation on Wednesday evening Jnuary 6, 1915. The following officers were Installed by Doru Clark, D. D. Preddont and V. W. Clark, Grand Marshal: Minnie White, N. G.; Christine Grant, V. O.; Edna Mollinger, Soc'y.; Cora Weeks, Trees.; Hello Cham bers, Warden; I.lnnlo Morris, Cond.; Surah Hendricks, Chaplain; Emma Bolford, It. S. N. G.; Dora Clark. L. 3. N. a.; Allco 1'opejoy, R. S. V. G.; Cynthia Ushor, L. 8. V. O.; A P. Usher, I. 0.; U. W. Clark. O. G.; Mrs. M. J. Thomson, P. N. G. Visiting mombera proscnt were: Mrs. McCall'.slor, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Corwln. A largo crowd was present and a good time enjoyed by nil. After lodge cloned a fino ban quet wns cerved. HORSE BUYERS ARE SLOW TO CLOSE Wilbur Muckle returned home last wock nfter having boon In Eastern Washington for sovoral months buy ing horses for tho Europenn wor countries. He hod collected his horses at a point on Snake River and thoy wore to be received by the agents of the shippers but on account of not being ablo to nettle definitely when a boat could be socured, he was compelled to keep his horses until later. He loft again this week for Connell, Wash., where he Is feodlng hla horses. HOME AT BACHELOR FLAT IS BURNED Tho rosldonce of J. O. Miller, on Bacholor Flat, formerly known as the Ous Skuzte house, was completely dostroyed by flro yesterday after noon. Some of the furniture and supplies on the ground floor were saved, but everything In tho second story was a total loss. A defective flue Is thought to have caused the fire. ANNUAL NUMBER ' OF DAILY ASTORIAN The Morning Astorlan Is another publication that may well bo proud of Its annual number. This papor gave a descriptive write-up of As toria and Clatsop County that Is worthy of special notice by the peo ple who are looking for a location. The many possibilities of that rich soctlon of Oregon aro sot out In well written articles accompanied with Il lustrations which are interesting. "CONFESSION" IS AN Siercks Tells Coldblooded He Murdered Daisy Wehrman. AFTERWARDS BRANDS STATEMENT A BIG FALSEHOOD Says He Was "Coached," His Simple Mind Yielding to the Undue Influences Surrounding HimStory Given No Credence at Any Time. John G. II. Siercks, an Inmate of the Stato Insane Asylum, last Sun day made a confession that he was tho murder of Daisy Wnlirman, for which crime John Arthur Pender Is serving a llfo sentence In the Ore gon penitentiary. The confe-wion was made by young Siercks to He v. McLaren, the prison chaplain, and afterwards to several other officials and was taken down by a stenograph er. The case was worked up by a man named Thatcher, who claims to be a criminologist, whatever that means, and the whole state was thrown Into excitement over the con fession. The moans taken by the Rev. Mr. McLaren were to pray with the young Insano man, and then he cut a lock of hair from the head of tho Idiot and held It up to him as being the hair found In the hands of Mrs. Wehrman when her body was found. Statements wero also made to Siercks that he would save Pen der by his confession, while he would not suffer any serious consequences. Tho confesHlon follows: "I, John G. H. Siercks, say that on Labor Day, September 4, 1911, I Uad been drinking with some men on the farm o J. L. Smith, about fivo ml'ca from IDllsboro, and went to bed about 7 o'clock; then got up about 7:30 and walked over to Vallo Vista, i station on the United Rallw ys, and took the eloctrlc car to Burlington. Thore I got a speeder from the Burlington carshop section bosB and vent down to Scajpoose on the Northern Pacific line, then crossed over and went to the eloctrlc tram which crossed over to this woman'B ,)luce crossed ot Parsons station. . "Thore I ditched It, and went and stolo a revolver out of a trunk in Hanson ar.d Rlloy's cabin, broko It open with a clawhammer that had only ono claw. I took the clawham mer and threw It In Pender's tent, thon went ud to this woman's cabin. I found Mrs. Wehrman coming from tho cabin with a lantern. This was about 10 o'clock. I saw her go in tho house she objected and Rpoke to mo harshly. ' , Murders Woman and Bon. "She wont Into the house and got gun and shot at me. The bullet PORTLAND WOMEN SEEK TO HELP School Superintendent J. W. Allon has received an appeal from tho Oregon State Federation of Women's Clubs, aokltig him to tell tholr hospital committee b ut any crippl d children In this county who could be aided by a statewide or ganization to furnish freo medical troatment of the most modern scien tific kind in all cases whore the fam ily Income Is not sufficient for ex pensive consultation with special ists. Tho Federation, which Includes a hund rod women's clubs In all parts of tho state, asks anyone who knows ot a little victim of an accident, of spinal monlngltls, of lnfatstllo par alysis, of tuborculools In tho bonos or Joints, or any other crippling cause, to write the details of tho ct.se to Mrs. Mllllo R. Trumbull, secretary Child Wolfaro Commission, 250 Third Streot, Portland, Orocon. The club womon maintain that those little cripples, besldos' being the most pitiful of all cases of fcolp lossness, and besides being entirely without organized assistance in con trast with the great state Institutions which care for tho deaf, tho blind, tho fooblo-mlndod and even the de linquent, ara also the moBt curablo If troatod In time, and the most ablo whon so treated to mako good, useful cttlzons Instead of chargos on publlo charity all their Uvea. APPARENT FRAME-UP Story of Manner in Which went Into the cabin at tho right. As I went In I pulled my revolver from my hip pocket and fired three shots r.t lior. I fired one shot at her at a distance and she fell, and then I placed the gun close to lior forehead and fired; I then placed It on her host, and fired again. Tho boy V7as lying In bed with his clothes on. I thought he would wake up and 'squoir on me, so I fired at him. I placed the gun close to his head and fired two shots. "I found a hatchet In the wood box and chopped and split lior skull. 1 was afraid someone would catch mo. I camo out and washed my hands In a basin on the porch. The towel was hanging by the door and I wiped my hands on it. I tooK the key and threw It away. "Then I took the gun back to Riley and Hanson's and put it in the trunk. The gun I took from Mrs. Wehrman I buried in the edge ot the garden. Then I went down where my car was, put It on the track and rode to Bur lington. Then I took the midnight car from Burlington to Vallo Vista station. I got home about 4 o'clock In the moraine, and I went to bed. I got up about G o'clock that morning and went to work shocking grain. My niotlior and I talked this over, but I refused to say anything. She helloved that I did It." Immediately after this confession was made, the work of verifying It was taken up by Interested parties and it was found that the statements of the young man regarding his ac tions and travels on the night of the murder were so Impossible that It was at once found to be that the con fession was lacking in all important dotails. However the authorities at Salem and the Portland papers gave oredlt to the confession and no doubt would have turned Pender loose on the strength of the same had not Siercks, on Thursday repudiated the whole story. After a visit by the father of the boy be broko down and made another confession that his first confession was false, and this confosslon was apparently much nearer the truth than was the first one. Much excitement was caused by the affair but it will probably never be heard of again. BUDGET FIGURES ARE COMPARED A comparison of the figures con tained In the budget for roads and bridges and general improvement with that of the levy as finally made shows as follows: The budget Item of bridges and maintenance, Imple ments, etc., $30,000. The levy for these itoms was .001133, which will raise $20,000. The l'em In the bud get of permanent improvements was $104,000 while the levy for perman ent improvement was placed at .00264, which will raise $46,628 In the district road funds the budgot gave to District No. 1 the sum of $4,133.63 while the actual levy as finally made will raise for this dis trict $9,348.28. In District No. 2 the budget figures were $7061, while the amount to be raised under the levy will reach $13,839.67. In dls trlct No. 3, the budget carried the figures $5,116, while the levy will produce $9438.18. District No. 4, was alloted $6355.47 In the budget and the levy as made will raise $11,' 459.30. District No. 5 the budget figures were $4,473.79 while the levy figures are $3,616.87. District No. 6, the budget figures were $3,' 062.47 and tho levy figures show $5,620.64. In district No. 7, the budget figures are $4,428.99 whilo tho levy will put at the disposal of thlB district $3,406.06. SHERIFF STANWOOD IS AT HIS POST Sheriff Stanwood took office last Monday, and before noon a man walked Into tho office and. demanded that he be locked up. After talking to the stranger a few minutes, Sher iff Stanwood was ready to accomo date him, and accordingly he was taken down to the cells and given a berth. The fellow was suffering with the idea that somebody was after htm and was going to kill him, but after a stay ot several days In the jail, Mthero he had an opportun ity to get rid of some of the bad booze he had been drinking, he seems to be getting ail right and will probably be turned loose within a few days. He gave his name as Al bert Johnson. ROSS FAMILY'S NEW YEAR CELEBRATION On New Tear's day, Mr. and Mrs. Adln Ross, ot St Helens, following a custom which has been thelis for sev eral years, entertained the members of the Ross family and Intimate friends, at their home. The celebra tion of the day began at 1 o'clock with a sumptous dinner, the after noon being spent In a social way until 7 o'clock, when luncheon was served. The color scheme carried out by the hostess was yellow and whlta. T oio who enjoyed the liospialll ot Mr. and Mis. Ross were: Dr. and Mrs Edwin Ross and family, Mr. and Mrs. William Ross, Mr and Mrs. A. L. Stone, Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Ross, Har old Rosa, Mrs. Hannah Partridge, Cecil Ross, Mr. E. Shaffer, Mrs. Flora Owen, Miss Dora Shaffer, Mrs. Myr tle Ricketson, Mrs. Minnie Doloshal and Mrs. E. F. Keller. COLUMBIA CITY PEOPLE CELEBRATE Columbia City got a surprise the last days of the year that will no doubt carry over a portion of 1915, when Capt. Chas. Spinner and Mrs. Hanson, of Portland, wen quietly married, but his neighbors and friends did not Intend to let it go so quietly, so on New Year's eve about quietly, they called on him enmasse and voiced their congratulations with cow bells and horns, guns and all manner of instruments to make a loud noise. Mr. Spinning respond ed but he had not contemplated this kind of a demonstration. He was not prepared. The boys all had the pleasure ot shaking hands with the bilde and wishing that theis shadows would never grow less. Christmas with all good cheer and layalty to true friends, was brought out in originality when Pasero Brothers gave an old-time Christmas celebration. Two days and a night ot feasting, with abundance of all tho good things to eat, made merry, enjoying every moment. ' Everyone knew tho extent of their capacity and a jolly good time was the result. Mr. D. Pasero as host, and a wife that thoroughly understands what Is dear to the hearts of her guests, made the occasion a memorable one In the minds ot those who were lucky enough to get an invitation Music In abundance, but the singing was the main feature of the occasion Boprano, alto, bass, tenor by voises that had trained together many, many Blmtlar occasions, and few Grand Operas could excell. This sure was a genuine dyed-ln-the wool Christmas. LOCAL DEMOCRATS ACCIDENTLY CONFER When Jim McKay, of Scappoose, J. B. Duncan, from the same city, Jlmmle McDonald and Bill Fuller ton, of St. Helens, together with J. W. Day of this city, all as sembled on a street corner it begun to look like something was surely doing in the democratic party. But just such a gathering really was held on one of the St. Helens streets last Wednesday, but as yet nothing of a publlo nature has resulted from the conference. The St. Helens Mist and the Rainier Review wore appointed by the County Court yesterday as the County official papers for Columbia County for 1916. LUMBER ninnirn UAnnltK IN THE BONEYARD VESSELS TAKEN FROM TRADE OWING TO DEPRESSION. But No Tonnage Can be Had lor Ultshore Trade. On account of slight demand for lumber and other mill products In California, the St. Helens Lumber Company has tied up two of its boats this week, the John B. Stetson, under charter to the Charles R. McCor mlck Company, and the Celllo, the beautiful new boat of the same com pany, which has been running for more than a year. The Stetson is tied up at St. Helens, near the St. Helens Shipbuilding Company's plant, and the Celilo is at the docks In San Francisco. The tie-up is for an indefinite time, or until business improves. During this time of busl nes depression it has been also an nounced that the big ship now ready for launching will be held on the ways until business looks more promising. Mr. McCormick, the manager of the concern, In St. Hel ens, says that the company has been able to secure a number of foreign orders for shipment, but that there Is no foreign tonnage to handle-the trade. Business on the Coast is in very bad condition. There is no de mand for mill products. He also says that the business In 1914 was much more unsatisfactory than during 1913, both as to quantity and prices While nearly as much lumber was shipped during the past year as dur ing 1913, the business was unsatis factory and the prices obtained were from $3.60 to $4.00 per thousand feet less.. However, enough business Is being secured right along to keep the mills running here, unless con ditions continue to get worse. PYTHIAN SISTERS INSTALL AND FEAST Last night the Pythian Sisters Lodge, of this city. Installed officers for the ensuing term as follows: M. E. C , Agnes Dixon ; E. S. Bessie Popejoy; E. J., Stella Miller; Man., Ella George; M. of R. and C, S. M. Quick; M. of F., Anna Richardson; P. Lena Demlng; G., Florence Laws. After the installation the. members of the lodge were treated to a real banquet of clam chowder prepared by the eminent chef, Billy Fullerton, with pumpkin pie for desert. A very enjoyable evening was spent. The Pythian Sisters lodge in St. Helens is taking In members now quite rapidly and is one of the leading so cieties M the city. FRED WATKINS WILL BE THE ICE MAN Fred Watklns will be the Ice man this summer, he having purchased the business from Mr. Wllkins. Fred also bought the old auto delivery wagon to use in delivering Ice, and was trying It out yesterday, when it became unmanageable and he steer ed it into the side ot the garage where It still reposes, and Fred Bays It will stay there tor some time. With Fred at the helm the ice busi ness in St. Helens will be taken care ot the coming summer and people will be given entire satisfaction. . DISTRICT ATTORNEY INTERVIEWS SIERCKS District Attorney Dlllard returned yesterday from Salem where he went to make some investigation In re gard to the Siercks confession. Mr. Dlllard did not at any time take any stock In the confession and since . having had a talk with the young man and making other Investigations he has not found any reasons tor changing that opinion.