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OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY Jlume XXXIV. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 1915. RCHANTS FORM AN ASSOCIATION AN IS TO COMBAT THE BAD BILL EVIL. 1ith ore Cariylnji Heavy Iliads nml HUNlnln never Annual I l.flMMI',1 Itv frdeltM. . nr t lio very popular reason and rely natural purpose of ulf pro Ion the retail merchant of fit Ii'iiM and Hon Hon have organized h Unit purpose In view a largely iiuied mottling if the retailer i hi'lil In the recorder office at City Hull. In St. Melons Wodno lilKllt. vcrul reasons may ho assigned M U1,II HII DIIIIUII1I wii MW ui I. 1 1 1 ii .1 i. n 1 1, n .f Y retull doalem, but preeminent jvo nil la Unit doalro and dotorml Hon to fight tho professional .ilheal. Tho retail morchant U ay the flrat victim of thla gen lie aoems to be tho common ty of every crook, profoaalonal and icrwlue, who happen to got him located In the community. Hun his or uiousuiim oi uonar arc I annually by the retailor of the ii try throuKh the operation of 1 class of people, and the lionorn upright and conscloutlou cltl In niiule to uffer. irKatil.ut Ion U a perfectly natural llllon. Tho dealer must have a fit on lila ware. The coat of In It business I nuturally high iikIi those days, but to Increase k oust are tho account of people Jo never had any Idea of paying in dealer la compelled, by force of uiiiH'unrea, to plnco a price on T.iirea sufficient to glvo hlni bfit, even after liming then bud omits, and the honorable citizen victimized: he pay tho penalty mason of Uioho who practico the ik'i profession. vpedally In thrae piping llmo of IhIiiohh piiralyala and financial un- tin I my, the atttiuilo of the mer Suits la entirely propor. The load fm men aro carrying la staggor- t. The wholesaler, a a rule, ex Ida little sympathy. Ho I natur y removed from tho scone of these 'al ilruiuua. Ho ship tho goodi tho dealer, and at tho end of rty day demnnds hU pay. Ver ity natural, perfectly right. The till dealer, out of tho gooduos of heart, parcel out lit ware to 1m, Dick and Harry. Tho flral e pays promptly, tho other one Ir jllroly honeat and auro, but Ir Sw, and tho ether follow doe not y at all. In the courso of tlmr pra Is Juat one thing left for the rclmnt to do. That' to close the r of his OBtnhllahment and tell f creditor to take what remain. It too often happens that the pub look not only with disfavor, but uplclon, upon nny ort of a com- 'ml Ion, and In a greut many lit- iimk the public Is right, but an :aiil.atlon of retail morchants. niiioKod of men engaged In hand- is ull linen of goods, whero thore uM nt poMnlhly lie ftny communltj imrpoBo further thun the protec n of the dealer agalnat tho dead l right and prooort With Just la undertitandlng of condition and Uh tho one object to combat the noli tho local nttranlenllnn hna n created .-. ;, There are hundred of worthy and ""est pnoplo In every community "o. by force of circumstances. Ir Pmbln to pay promptly. We bo I'vo Hiich peoplo have no difficulty "hig taken caro of by the local wilnra. Tho fly-by-nlght, tho bore "'terdiiy and aome other place to '"rrow, who makos no pretonso of paying for anything, la tho ele- 1 it of pooplo who havo to be com ited. ' U In Juat" for thla purooBO that the llOIll OrKanlzatlnn liua l.nn.i tnrmnA fifouRi, which an exchange of In- "nmtlon a to the rollnblllty of "I18 can be had. Organisation this character are very common id through tho arato nrsnnlzatlon fffl"tlvo work and valuable Infor- ptlon la exchanged. 1 110 meotlng Wednosdny evening a attondod by L. n. Morrlck, oc 'tary Oregon Uotall Merchant A ' "Million. A. M. nrnirir utntn nrirnn. "ri Arnold Roller, city organiser, 'J Portland, and Thomas C. Watts, ' Rubon, troasuror of the state a- 'Wllltlo,,, f'1" name' llinunn la HI TTnlnim !ftnll Credit AaHoclatlon, and the ASSESSORS BEGIN ANNUAL CRUSADE Begin tlin Quest for I'rniiortjr Value ami Ownership. Willi tho beginning of this week nbm lonnn tho buay aim son of tho field force of tho county BHsoaaor's office. Deputy Harry Wood bof?an the tmnrch for property vnluos on Monday In tho vicinity of ClutHknnlo, and Deputy White took tho extremo southern end of tho county for his field of research, beginning on Bau vle' Inland. Aaseasor lllukealoy Joined Mr. Wood lator In the week, mil together theao official will hunt out ownership and valuation as far south a Ilulnlor. To systematize tho work the county bus been dlvld od Into two Hones, with Coble as the dividing lino. Deputy White will asaeas all property south of Coblo Tho work of aaaeiialng In this county Is annually Involving more labor Tho many smaller BUb-dlvllonB tlmunattng from tho parceling of the logged-over areas, In many Instances, in tract as small n rlvo acres, ren dor the search for ownership more tedious and exacting. GOOD WORDS SPOKEN BY A STOCKMAN Telia of Popularity or Our Ill-coders ami Dairymen. Wo want to acknowledge a cull on Tuesday of thla week from Mr. John W. Cook, secretary of the 'lover Hill Farms, at Deor Island. Ir. Cook I a thorough stockman and lulrymiin, In Addition to being a very nffable gentleman. Ho Iibb made tor 'lover Hill KurniB a reputation vhlch ha spread not nlone all over Iregon, but I well kr.owu In eautcrn itntoa. Mr. Cook Informs us that -to other county In oregou received uch wldoaprend ndvortiuing at the went farmer's week meetings at the 3late Agricultural Collego as Co umhla county did. This was duo to ho fact thut such breeder as Harry tVout, of Scuppoono, IMilllp Frnkes, of the same place, and other stock men and dairymen, not excepting lilnuialf, were prcsont, and took Im portant pr.rls In tho proceedings nnd llr.cusulons. Mr. West represented ho Jersey cattle poople, Mr. Krakeo, tho Holnteln breeder, being preitl- lent of tho stato ansociittlon of recders of that stock, and hlmnclf having been elected secretary and treasuier of the stato association of luernsny breeders, three of tho heat iroed In tho nation. Mr. Cook told i a good many other things, which vo aro holding In abeyance. Wo arc olng to talk mora about him and Is farm somo of these days. UEW COUNTY ROAD 'HAS BEEN SURVEYED "hit .kunlo IMkMh Itolite Will rrol). nl.ly lrf Autlmrled. ; County Rurvojor Van Ornhovon 'list week surveyed a route for a road tailing to tho Neulniousen' Aero rrncta, popularly known as Clatska i to Height. Tho now route la an lxtonalon of tho a. A.vKolty road, 'nailing toward the Nehalen Valley rom ClutHknnlo, aud will be about wo and one-half miles In length. latsknnie Height Is located four mil one-half miles In a southerly llroctlon from Clatskanlo. Tho low road will Berve about twenty iimllle. The preoont term of bounty Court will take tho final wtlon on tho matter. OPERATION SUCCESS FUL, PATIENT IVipuliir Court IIouho Janitor 8ur- vlveH Hurgeon's Knife. Pnrev W. Harrlnon. tho long-tlmo fulthful janitor at tho county court house, was oporatod upon at St. Vln cont hospital, Tortland, last Monday, overcome Intestine complications. Mr, Harrlnon's host of friends will bo plonsod to learn that he is recover ing rapidly, although the oporatlon vn consldorod ouito a serious one. The patlont Is oxpoctod to be suffi- ileutly recovered to be auio to re turn to his homo In bout ton days. RraMONO Sawmill to neimmo. I. Q. Wikatrom, of Scappoose, was In tho county soat Thursday. Mr. Wlkstrom Is contemplating Btnrtlng his sawmill In oporatlon very soon, porhapB by the mlddlo of this month. This sounds good from an Industrial and commercial standpoint. CHANGES MADE IN JUDICIAL DISTRICT COLUMBIA AND CLATSOP TO BE A DISTRICT. WaaliliiKtoii nml Tillamook aro Com Miied, nml ( liu kiiniui County Now Ono DlHtrlit. The recent Leglxluture created a now order of things regarding Ju dicial matters, or tho territory In cluded within the Judicial districts In Northwotttorn Oregon. The fifth dlHtrict, which for so many years hna boon composed of Cluckamas, Wash Ington, Columbia and C.-lataop coun ties, has been divided Into three dis tricts. Clackamas county will bo a dlKtrlct within ItBe'f, Washington county, with Tillamook annexed, will constitute another district, and Co lumbia unit Clatsop will remain as ludlclul district No. 5, with Judg Kakln, presiding. Judge J. U. Cam boll will proalde over the Clackamas jounty district and Judge George liagloy has been appointed to pre- Ido over the Washington-Tillamook district. Tho fifth district was one of the early-created districts of the state, and until within very recent years the business was hand', d by ne Judge. Since 1880 there have boon but four presiding Judges In this district, being In order with A. 3. Honnott, now of Tho Dnllos, who was succeeded by Judge Frank J. Taylor, of Astoria, now deceased, ludgo Taylor was succeeded by Judge Thomas A. McIIrido, who pre sided continuously until his appoint ment to tho supremo bench. Jiidgo Eukln nnd Judge Campbell have 'olntly handled the work since that llmo. Tho law creating the now dis tricts becomes effective May 20tli, of this year. POPULAR MAYOR OF RAINIER RE-ELECTED Fellow Townsmen f'Hiiff to Their Tried mid True. Somo people's popularity never .'cciin to wnno. This is particularly so with "our old collego chum," Thomas J. I-llppin, of Rainier, Mr. Tllppln has Just been re-elected mayor of "lie city of Halnlor for the third time. Ho has sorved tho city faithfully in that capacity for three consecntlvo years, nnd hla fellow citizens Beem determined to hang onto a good thing while they have It. Mayor Flippln Is a sawmill man, nnd i good one, too, as he Is nl.so a good mayor. Ho has rosldcd In Columbia county for a great many years, locat ing first at Clatskanlo, where he was - successful business man and an In fluential cltlzon. If Mayor Flippln ivlll Junt pass the word to his chief of police we'll venture down to his city some day to extend further con- ratulntldn. Othor officials chosen at Italnlor's election Tuesday were: VV. Rytnoiu, recorder; James Jesse, marshal; A. h. Fullor, treasurer; Follx Ddhont, 0. A. Evans, 0. W. ItiiB- sell nnd J. W. ltlce, aldormcn; W. (!. Lee, water commissioner REPAIRS ON BURNED LINER ARE COMPLETE Sinitii Cntaliim Will bo Heady to Itecelvo Carifo Next Week. Itopalrs on tho steanior Santa Cata- llnn have been completed at the plant if the Wlllnmotte Iron & Stool Works at rorllund, and tho big llnor will bo ready to begin rocolvlnc cargo for her outwerd trip to New York next weok. Tho Iron nnd steel work was done by the above firm and the wood work was done by tho St. Holons Shipbuilding Co., undor the super vision of J. H. Trlco. In colobrn Uon of tho completion of repairs the contractors aro giving n big luncheon aboard the Bteamor tomorrow, to which a great matiy pooplo havo re ceived Invitations, several from St. Ilolonn Included. On her Journey from tho bea to Portland In October of last yoar, the Catallna was discovered to bo on firo, and sho was boachod at Colum bia City. Her repairs have requir ed n groat deal of tlmo, but she Is sr.ld to be' In as thorough condition now as when first launched. Her In terior finish Is of toak wood, and the character of tho work la a credit to tho local shipbuilding company. Sho will load lumber and general frplght tor her Atlantic destination. CITY ELECTION TIME IS NEARLY AT HAND The city recorder lias a notlco in this issuo of The Mist calling for a mass meeting of the citizens for th0 purpose of nominating a city ticket to bo voted for at a general .:it.y elec tion to bo held on Moudn. the first day of April, at the City Hall. The polls will remain open from S 5":lock In tho morning until 8 o'clock In the evening. A matter of pubUc concern In regard to tho city election U tho fact that uono but duly registered and otherwise legally qualified vol ors will he permitted to cant their ballot, so do not overlook this veiy Important matter. There should be no hesitation on t:,o pa.t of any citizen to present to the mooting the nnmo of anyone, whom, la their Judgment, would be a suitable person to fill any of tho various positions. As a rule city officials occupy n mighty thankless place. Mayor Mucl lorVios askod us to say that ucdor no c'rcurtistances would ho bo a car.dl dato for re-election. PUBLIC RECORDS SHOW COUNTY'S BUSINESS Clr.-ult Court Will lie In Sosxlon Next Week. . Israel Spencer, of Vernonla, on Murch 3, had a notorial commission srauted and recorded. John Farr, of Warren, has been appointed by Judge Clark as admin istrator of the estate of W. D. Case, deceased. Cdunty Commissioners' Court has been In session since Wednesday, with all the members of the body nronont. fu all probability an ad journment will be possible this even ing. Judgo Eakin will convene an ad lourned session of Circuit Court next Monday morning. There are sev eral important matters to come on for hearing. Treasurer Hattan reports tax col lections coming In at the rate of about $G0O per day. Up to the first of March there had been a little over $1C,000 collected. The total col lections up to Thursday were slight ly in excess of $18,000. This Is not i very good showing In considera tion of the fact that the total amount duo on tho roll Is over $390,000. Mr. Hattan reports that a great many half payments are being made. The treasuer's office force will prob- ihly he swamped with remittances during tho last few days of the month. CUCUMBER CROP ON DELTA GARDEN TRACTS Twelve Acres Will lie Vtillzed Tills ! Reason for Their Culture. Cucumbers are to be extensively grown on tho Delta garden tract at Clalskante this season. A Portland firm is encouraging the enterprise, nnd no doubt the undertaking will !0 eminently successful. The culture of cucumbers, especially the field ?rop, has proven vo.y profitable as V general rule, whero knowledge of tho buslnosB has entered Into the work. Troperly cared for and under otherwise proper conditions this rop will yield from $300 to $500 pei acre. For pickling purposes the cukes are soloctcd in three grades. Dellvored at the plant these grades command approximately $40 per ton for the No. Is, $30, for the No. 2s, and $20 for the No. 3s. It Is said that the Portland firm encouraging tho industry at Clatskanlo finds use for tho product of about 125 acres of cucumbers annually. COLUMBIA COUNTY' BOY IS HONORED Appointed to Place on tho MetroMli- tan Police Forco i Another Columbia county young man has appeared In tho effulgent rays of the spotlight recently. Mart S. Hazon, who lias resided in Port land for several years, was, on Wed nesday of this week, appointed to a position on the Portland police force. The new preserver of the peace and dignity of tho metropolis was raised In this county, spending his child hood, days with his parents on the farm, nenr Warren. His parents nro Mr. and Mrs. M. V. Hazen, of St. Ilelons.. Mr. Hazen was one of throo to head the eligible list for pa trolmen as cortiflod by the civil ser vice bo&rd, of Portland. COUNCIL ATTENDS TO MUCH BUSINESS PROPERTY OWNERS ASK FOR IMPROVEMENTS. Drainage System Itelng Installed at Public Kxpcnse. mils are Ordered Paid. , The city council met In regular session Monday evening and tran sacted the following business: A petition was presented by tho property owners along California street praying for the Improvement of the street beginning at a point In tho center of that street, opposite block 129, where the present county road leading to West St. Helena. crosses said street, thence in a south erly direction along California street to its Intersection with the present traveled county road leading to warren. The petitioners pray that the said street be Improved bv clearing and grading a strip about l feet wide. The Dlans and sneei flcations on file provide for surfac jng said Improved street with crushed rock to depth of eight Inches In the center. The council ordered that the petition be printed in accordance with the provisions of the charter. The potltion is signed by a majority of the property owners. The esti mated cost will be $1145, which must be borne by the property owners. A resolution was adopted to re juest the County Court to repair the walk over the approaches to Milton creek bridge In West St. Helens. The Recorder was Instructed to Interview the Court on the subject. The work of draining the lakes on :Jie hill, under the supervision of M. Saxon, was begun last week. Mr. Saxon reported that he was employ ing a force of eleven men. The work will require about three weeks to complete. The pip-) line Is being laid practically the entire distance through private property, for which rights-ofway have been secured. The following claims against the dty were presented and allowed: W. C. Morley, drayage, $3.00; Frank VVllkins, supplies for crosswalk, $5.00; II. McCoy, hauling fire hose, etc., to fire.SO; Pacific Telephone Company, phone rental, $2.50; Chas. Olsen, Installing block crossing at 9t. Helens and Columbia Streets, $41.40; Columbia Contract Com pany, crushed rock, $9.35. A num ber of claims for labor on the drain age ditch, totalling $29, were order ed pnld. j GENTLEMEN OF LAW PROFESSION COMBINE Kditor and Judge Join Forces in the Legul Field. The latest now local combination to launch ltsolf here is that of Judge V. A. Harris and M. E. Miller, the latter Just having retired from the editorship of this paper In order to devote his entire time and attention to his business. These gentlemen have associated themselves together for the practice of law. Both are widely and popularly known and will make a strong team in their chosen profession. Judge Harris has an intimate knowledge of people and conditions in the county, while Mr. Miller's work here, Doth as an editor and lawyer, has brought him into touch with a vast' number of poople, who recognize his uDlllty in both professions. Offices have .been open ed In the Harris building, on Strand street, where they will be pleased td meet and wait upon tholr many friends. PASSING OF A WELL j KNOWN CITIZEN Former Mcrchnnt of Nolialem Valley j Dies at Cornelius. ( R. W. McNutt, a veteran of the civil war, and aged 79 years, died ati his home In Cornelius, Tuesday. There are many residents of this county who knew Mr. McNutt intim ately. In 1888 he established the firm of R. W. McNutt & Co., general merchandise dealers, at Vernonla, whero his sons conducted the busi ness for a good many years. The Vernonla store was a branch of their big mercantile establishment at Cor nelius. Ho is survlvod by a widow and tv.'o sons, R. U. McNutt, of Grants Tass, and C. S. McNutt, of Forest Grove. LOGGER IS KILLED ' AT CLATSKANIE Young Man' Skull Crushed and Hi Neck Itroken. i County Coroner T. S. White wa called to Clatskanlo Tuesday even- , Ing to take charge of the remains of : a workman who had been killed at the Benson Timber Company' camp late in the afternoon. The unfor tunate young man. wa H. B; Lyder, and was employed as rigging rustler. He had Just placed the choker cn a : long log and given the signal to pull. In starting the log a small tree wa caught in thp rigging and : pulled downward with such force that In striking the young man it ; both crushed his skull and broke; his neck.. :The coroner, states 'that it' was one of those unfortunate acci- i dents for which no blame could be attached to anyone. Mr. Lyder had come here Just recently from South ' Carolina, and his first employment -was In the. Benson camp, where he . had been employed for about nine months. He is a brother of Thomas ' Lyder, who formerly resided at Houlton, and who ia present: hook tender in the Benson camp. PYTHIANS WILL ' -HOLD CONVENTION District Convention to be Held In St. Helens Soon. ,; ; ;- ' The district - convention of the lodges at Rainier, Seaside, Ham i mond and St. Helens will be held in the castle hall of the Knights of Pythias at St Helens on Tuesday, . March 16. These conventions are . held for the purpose of bringing to gether the members of the frater nity in a business and social way, to promote fraternity and an exchange : of Ideas for general good of the or- -der. They are usually attended by the grand lodge officers and a goodly number from the several subordinate lodges. The forthcoming . meeting ' will be one of unusual interest, and "' it is desired that all member of the local lodge attend. The business session will be held in the afternoon md the social and fraternal part of Uie convention will be held in the evening, when the rank work will be " exemplified and a banquet enjoyed. GRADING ON COUNTY ROAD IS RUSHED Work on Rt. Hclens-Pittsburg High ' way Is Progressing- Rapidly. I E. J. Mills, who h is the contract to construct four and one-half miles of roadbed cn tho highway leading from SC Helens to Pittsburg, was In St. Helans lust Saturday. The sec-' lion of road Mr. Mills is constructing; begins in Milton Creek bottom, about seven miles west of St. Helens, and. extends westward four rind one-half miles. According to the statement of the contractor the work will ba complete in about thirty days. When this section is surfaced thore will be over twelve miles of good read on the Pittsburg lateral LOCAL PEOPLE IN PORTLAND HOSPITALS All are , Victims of Accidents or , - - . Surgery ' ., It is by no means any discredit to the locality that so many people from . St. Helens are In Portland hospitals,.,,: there being five patients from this , town there at the present time, hav- . ing beon operated upon or treated for injuries. The physicians here re port that the health of the commun ity is "distressingly good," a natural enough statement for any reputable physician to make when there are no -epidemics laying hold of the popu lace. The list Includes St Tucker P. W. Harrison, Hiram Kinney, Jra ., Barton and John Cooper, and all are , reported doing well under the eir (, cumstances. ... . - .,,, TOINT SCHOOL MEET- ' ING AT WESTPORT Kuiicrlntendents of Two Counties . . Meet In Clatsop. City. . A Joint meeting of the school sup erintendents of Columbia and Clat sop counties was held at Westport Wednesday by W. J. Allen, of this . county, and O. H. Bylnnd, of Clat sop county. The Westport district Is a joint district, and tho superin tendents aid each other In the con duct of school matters thore. (Continued on page 8 J - -