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h i i i t l ii rr . i I OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PLUME XXXIV. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 1915 r.HW AY BUILDERS Wnt to arbitrate im:tition with ounty oilIT IIUVING FOR NET- ti.i:mi:nt iv Amnions. rki Attorney Preparing Answw, klilrli Will Itmily li I'll" nt Adjoin tied KcnnIoii Saturday. tlcilnliiii will l reached tumor hetweeu lh fount y uiul tlio Con Coiitnirt Compimy mi to I uctliiii will tin taken III arriving xi'Ml'iin'iit for service perform- i,y tint contract company on tlio iiiimn iiikiiwu). in Monday of till wi-k tlio con- riiinpiuiy filed with tho County ri a very voluminous petition In Ii various representations urn , miuvrnlng their performance ,t the contract with tlio county MkIi way work, tlio gist of which ri' pifxt to iirliltrutu tlio matter. hiTc In no iiui'Htliiii ni to the right ho state highway engineer to do- I a cessation of operations, which doini late hint full, owIiik to tlm that there wu no money avull wlth which to carry on tlio work, that lime there lilts been lioth ilune. In tlm final estimates on work completed, a prepared by lllKliway Engineer Ilowlby, time ago, there I a specific incut of iiinoiint duo t ho coii of. i iliu work progressed lust your nn'iit was hail with tlio contract lull It i i ii 1 1 1 mi the basis of 80 Mil of the iiuioiint earned for tlio ill. There In uh amount duo the Jiliirs, hut the question Is what nut. The contractors In tlielr pa n ilo nut make all)' sped lie claim. merely a k that a hourd of ar iiim lie appointed und lliolr fliul arvepled uh final. hat the altitude of tilt) court will t this tlinn conjectural. Ills Attorney Cooper Is preparing a to the petltlou, whicll will he ' fr pre itii Ion at tlio ndjourn- 'slou of court tomorrow. NEW HULL FOR RNAfl. BOATIS LAUNCHED llouwp mill Muiiilm-ry Ilclng Trans ferred I rout I'ormxr u. . ViKJ. lO t i ' M ssssssss DEPOT IMPROVEMENT IS TO BE DEMANDED Tho new hull for the (iovernnient hlliigboiit Multnomah hits heeu com plototl at tho plant of tho Ht. Helens Shipbuilding Company and tlm work of transferring tho Iioumo und mi chlnery from tho old hull la now In progress. It will take about thirty days to complete thli work. Con structlon on tho two law barges for ino lolumlila Contract Cninpuny win. began this week mill will be pushed forward as rupltlly as uostlhlo. Ii will probably require about two mon ilia 1 1 mo to complet) ihi-Ho. There Is ollmr work for th-t yards in prospect, anil it is vory pcibthlo tht.t thorn will ho Hteiuly iiperaioii ut ll,t shipyards throtiKhout the ummer und rail. The force of mechanics at tho yards will ho Increased by about zu men riKni nwuy. Mi:it HWTH Wll.l, 8T M KI'OX K4ll l (H TIIK KVKXT. I . , a .i . . . ... t oiuniitT ircnieii in Have t Iiiiikc of iN-tiiils uml Hut'cmx ANHiiretl. lERII-FS ARE AFTER BACK PERSONAL TAX1 nty lln.wn DiMlcuvoriiiK to 'ol- ' I lipillll .XlllOlltllM. in uliitrirV'u ..nt.... .. -itn iMinu in cilllipillllK at of ilellnqiiHitK who hnvo fulled' iy pi-rsniiul taxes for tho years f mid I 111 a. Deputy Sheriff Ml In KemlluK out notices to the 'lueuiH ns ii,,, information is as "nil from tho reenrds. Tlio total oJliiialea fi2, and with Interest I will be over $1000. The law the Hherlffs to levy li and iUlllth nt of tho nersoiuil nronnrtv flinty tlm county's claim. iN TALKS HIGHWAYS lint Kays "(J.nhI IteHiilU" Have eiiie Itj UiikIihstIiik Hclence. I'lirtls of Astorbi. nmlulilli. Icln.il. lawyer, councllmnn, etc.. "I Ht. Helens IiihI flnl until v .in ll I'llHlllKHS. Mr I'nrllM I..,. I,.l I'lio experiences In public life usually come to ono. spend Iiik lietter pan f iif,i, t nll "imilty. u,l i.i- i,.w.u.i...iu llc "ffulrs Is very great. In uddl 'o those Mr. CnrlU . Miliary which most people envy. " iiiscushIiir tho hlKhway sltua '' ClatHon count v utti. r. t.. 10 "I this city, lllllde nnnm vurv ri)llnK Htulements. "e vlHllor said that his county "pit iioo.noi. f,. i I .. ' iiiiv;iiiS uioi piiiur rond work ti, f ,r "unuiier tho eiutlneorH .. enKi,,o,.rf) nm, tl0p u,)g rnn 1111 I. & S. train. f.. A.-l '"'Hits iilonir the llltrliurnv nnrn I niwciai Toad crows nntl ex ""' Nrlles to Inspect the highway '"' "Hlinllttr" work; that c,ty at pro,!llt hM lltt)f K of Well built 1,1,1,... t.,...it.. l . KlUIIII i"o court house In Astoria to Ln ..'n,1'1 ",e Hux'irth bulltlliiK, ,,.,, " "en accompllHhod nt 'iy tVA ot only o.oo' nii.,,,1 "'winy siiouiti root en- Ii rely posslhlo that Curtis Is " acJ 1 '.I .lHll ovnr what 1ms nmu " llB.,,WI 1,1 111 Iivlih,,,, " "'K'lwoy bulKlliitt, but. c ' 'it Rlncerlty Is really, almoHt ii ii . 0 . '"ri,"'lo one to look kln luu"r llB I'" dooa. Curtis l, . u" eX-nowHlll,lw,r mini V til n ,, ' ItHUui """,nuro, account for IiIb "ouiVCHCOIlCO, St. Helens is to liavo a roiiHiiiK Tourth of July celebration If present plans do not iiihiearry. Tho hiislmss men of the city hope to enlist the sup port of ull Rood citizens In the under takliiK, und make the celebration this year a more glorious alTalr than was tho case lust year,. If that were pos sible. Last year's celebration was the blKKest and best ever htdd 111 the county seat. This opinion is univer sal. With this understanding the un dertaking for this year will be carried forward with the determination to iKjBttl If not encel the previous effort, which was so excellently maniiKcd b) the local fire company. ThorotiKhy imbued with the spirit of the undertukliiK the St. llelenr Merchants Credit Association, at Its meelliiK on Friday of lust week tie rlded to stand sponsor for this year's celebration, and passed a resolU'.ion asking the local volunteer firemen to take charge of the details and make of tho occasion one that will he a credit to the city nntl themselves. The merchants of the city will call upon the citizens for aid In the uudertak tn K. which, no doubt, will be freely grunted. With the assurance that the firemen will carry out tho details of the celebration the community nitty feel certain that a successful celebra tion will be the result. FINNY TRIBE IN MILTON CREEK DIMINISHED DrilKUixt, 4'oiiiirlliiiitli and Clerical Ktei't do mi lishliiK Trip. Throe prominent citizens of St. Helena milllcd forth at un early hour Tuesday morning In tiueat of moun Lain trout, spending a long day in the i!ds of the upper Milton creek coun try. Councllmnn lliilhigh, with his Kord cur, und Herorder Quick anil A. J. Demlng, ns guests, each bear ing an uiitllHputed reputation as the threo crnck fishermen of the city, waged an unrelenting warfare on the ilnny tribe as long as daylight favor jd them that day. Up to tho time of goliiB to press It has been Impossible to get a corrob orating statement from either of them us to how many llsh wero taken. Their friends have some pretty well defined notions that tho result of the duy's crtiHitdo was a "skunk," hut In dividually tho geiu-.omen claim to hnve iniulo a record catch. Their friendships nro pretty well cemented mil their secrets soem to ho eiiually as well sealed regarding tho result of their outing. BOY SCOUTS GO ON HIKE TO COUNTRY U.......I ii liny With Nature to Mental und Physical llenellt. I COI'NCIl, AIMH-IS ItKSOIil'TION' HIVING I'Olt ITH OIUMT IIKTTKIt I'.ACIMTIKH. Iliislinto, liilcreMs ami Commercial liitsitaiico of C(y Icmaiiilli,K linmi'iliate Action. Hirong enort is to ho made through tho medium of tlm city coun ell to have hotter depot nccoinmoilu lions provided. At tho meeting of tlm city council Monday evening this matter was discussed ut Borne length and a strong resolution presented and adopted. For a city of the com mercial importance of Ft. Helens the depot accommodations, building and ull, nro Inudeiiunte. Through the In strumentality of the business Inter ests of the community th,!ru will he a concerted effort, made to have con ditions improved. Tho following resolution was udopted: Whereas, the city of Houlton has tieen consoliiluted with St. Helens, and the present building now in use as a depot Is culled Houlton, and the city of Houlton no longer exists, and Whereas, the aforementioned building is not In keeping with the size anil importance of the city of B Helens, therefore be it Itesolvcd, that the mayor and city council use every means In their pow er to urge. tho S. I'. & S. Hallwny Co. to erect a more commodious and modern depot in our city, and that it he named St. Helens. I.. It. Rutherford was npponted a committee yf one, to act in conjunc tion with tho commercial club, and present the matter to tho railroad olllclalu. Tho council took up a number of other Important mutters at its meet ing Monday night, among them being tho authorization of a light being placed In Spring street, ns asked for ut the previous meeting. Tho members of the council and the Mayor decided to make a personal tour of inspection of the city by night In order to ascertain the situation re garding the condition of tho lights throughout tho city. A proposal to employ a street com missioner was mndo by Muyor Mor ton, such an ofllcer to have charge of all street and sower work. Tho mat ter was discussed at ItMigth, hut action was postponed. OUTDOOR. ENTERTAIN MENT IS APPRECIATED Dev. V. J. Mover and a bevy of his Hoy ScoutH woro on a long hike last Saturday, going as far as tho head works of tho city water system, on upper Milton crook. Mr. Meyer bus been doing a splendid work for the young hoys of the community slnco he has boon hero. Tho training tho boys have rncolvod has covered a broutl rnngo, Including physical culture, first aid to tho Injured, gymnasium work and other athletic features, whicll broaden them mentally and physically. Tho Interest the reverend gentleman bus manifested In tho boys has boon duly npprclutod by tho pur outs ln this community. Three Hundred People Kn joyed an i , i . . i ,,u 1 1 1 , I , , 1 1 , K i nigrum. The public entertainment given by tlm citizens of St. Helens lust Satur day evening was, Indeed, a Bticcess and a very much appreciated affair by tho public generally. Mayor Mor ton, in his opening announcement, di rected bis remarks particularly to the young people, reminding them of a debt they owed In consideration of what was being done In the way of better school training facilities, the young people were reminded forcibly thut all that was being dono was in their behnlf. An Interesting program consisting of readings, vocttl music, band selections, drills and other features made up the entertainment. There wero about 300 peo ple present, a fitting testimonial to their Interest In what the citizens were endoavorlng to accomplish in tlm way of additional facilities at the fair grounds, especially in securing funds for the installation of suitable quarters for bousing the display of school work of tho county. It being the close of the last day for the Bale of tags for that purpose the mayor took occasion to announce that those present would be given another op portunlty to contribute further to the building fund If they were so Inclln ed. Several young ludios offered tags for sale and disposed ot about lu worth. Everybody ln the community seemed Imbued with the Bplrit of the occasion and Joined In making It a success. EAGER FISHERMAN SERVING SENTENCE Clat.skanlo ltesltlent Caught at Il legally Tnkliitf I'lsh. John Jarvl of Clatskanle, was ar rested last Friday for fishing during tho closed setiHon. Judge llarnes of Cbttskanlo, sentenced tlio offontlor to 25 days In the county jail. He Is boarding with Sheriff Hurlbut of Multnomah county, haviiig been taken up tbero last Monday by Shorlff Stnnwood. WORK ON HIGHWAY IN CLATSOP COUNTY Itoatl Can lie Made Serviceable With the Amount of Funds on Ifund. SHOULD ADVOCATE NATIVE PAVING STONE Acting upon the recommendation! of the county advisory board the county court of Clatsop county has ordered the Immediate resumption of work on the Columbia highway be tween Westport and ABtorla. Peter Bon & Johnson, the contractors, how ever, refused to act unless the county guaranteed the payment of a claim they have before the state highway commission on the Uovniobn-Arnntii contract. With assurance of State Highway Engineer Cantine that the1 Columbia highway between Westport; anu Asioria can tie maue serviceable with the $69,495.28 available, the county advisory board recommended that the county court take steps to secure the completion of the work. coMMF.rwru., hodies should ADVANCE ITS CLAIM FOR IMVIXG PREFERMENT. Multnomah Authorities Might Be Induced to Favor Local Product In Their Paving Work. HOULTON-ST. HELENS ROAD IMPROVEMENT Work Cunnot lie Completed TlUs Year on Account of Lack of Funds. OHJKCT IS TO ADVANCE COM MERCIAL INTERESTS. Efforts Will Be Directed to General Upbuilding of Industrial Mutters The Merchants Credit Association, which was formed in this city some time ago, gives promise of being a vory useful organization ln the com munity ln many ways. Aside from tho prime object which prompted Its for mation, that of a mutual organization in an endeavor to protect Us members from loss through unscrupulous pur chasers, the association will also have as one of its cardinal objects the fur therance of commercial and ' Indus trial welfare ot the community. Some plan will be worked out by the merchants whereby their united support can be enlisted in the line of work usually handled by a commer cial club or chamber of commerce. In such jwork there is a broad field tor useful endeavor. Many 'matters . of great importance to the community are constantly coming up, requiring the attention of some local commer cial organization, and in this work the local merchants association can wield a great power. Their organiza tion is steadily taking in members, at the present time the membership being 24. The next meeting will be held Friday evening, April 30. AUTHORITIES LOCATE GATEWAY AT QUINCY Property Owner Petitions Court to Put Outlet Across Private Ijtnd. The Donrd of County Road View ers and County Surveyor L. J. Van Orshoven on April 12 were at Qulncy viewing out and locating a roadway through the property of Jnfet Llnd berg, as petitioned for by Joseph I.umljnrvi. I.umijarvl represented in his petition to the county court that bo had no outlet from his property to tlio main county road. The matter is yet unsettled, as it has been ascer tained by the surveyor that there is an outlet from tho northwest corner of Lumljarvl's property to an estab lished road intersecting the county road. RETAIN PRINCIPALS OF LOCAL SCHOOLS School Hoard Has Chosen Head In structors for Ensuing Year. . At a recent meeting ot the local school board, L. L. Baker, superin tendent of the St. . Helens public schools, and J. D. Brehaut, principal of the Houlton school, were re-elected, for another year's work In their pres ent positions. Superintendent Baker has rendered excellent service in the conduct of school matters, as has also been the case with Prof. Brehaut, in' charge of the Houlton department. At I the regular monthly meeting ot the board to be held early in May, the grade teachers will be chosen. St. Helens, the home of the Bel gian paving block, should forthwith' present Its claim ln a forcible manner! to the authorities having In charge the work of paving the seventy miles' of highway In Multnomah county asj a prospective, meritorious and de serving candidate as the supply source for a great deal of the ma terial to be consumed in that enor mous volume of public work. This claim would not have to be based upon any sentimental assumption, but upon the fact of genuine merit, backed by dollar for dollar value. There is no patent paving material that is tn any manner whatever a competitor of the Belgian block in point of durability. A pavement laid with the Idea of carrying heavy traf fic, certainly should be laid with no other material. This, of course, is the foremost reason for presenting the cause of the Belgian block to the consideration of the prospective cus tomer. However, Its claims for favor are many. In the first place, the Belgian block is strictly a home product. In this respect, also, it has no competi tor. And, further, too, being a strict ly home product, all the expenditures in its employment as a paving ma terial would immediately flow back into the channels of home commer cialism. Furthermore, Belgian blocks is the only paving material which has no cost for the raw material. Nature's lavish hand in placing this superior basaltic formation at our disposal has made it possible to utilize It at a comparatively low cost. A Belgian block pavement Is the only one that can be guaranteed to stand up under heavy traffic. It makes no difference what other class ot paving material is used or by whom it is placed, the consumer can not expect to have a guarantee of Its durability. No contractor will guar antee patent paving material at all. With the Belgian block no guaran tee would be necessary. Its durabil ity has for many years been an un disputed fact. The portion of the highway from the oil tanks, ln the vicinity of Linn- ton, to Portland, is, no doubt, carry ing the heaviest traffic of any seotion ot road in the state. Approximately 100 ten-ton auto trucks make the trip daily from the tanks to the city. No patent paving can long witnstand such a severe test. The distance from the oil tanks to the city is ap proximately two miles. It is pro posed to surface that section of the highway to a width of elghteeu feet. For that work It would require approximately 900,000 regulation size Belgian blocks, and even though the first cost of the improvement by the use of stone blocks were greater, the ultimate cost would be nominal. as future cost of repair would be en tirely eliminated. Portland has sent into the coffers of foreign institutious during the last decade hundreds of thousands of dollars for paving material. Vitrified or Seattle brick has been extensively used for paving the streets of the Oregon metropolis. Tho money so expended built up fore'gr. institutions at the cost of the home product. Hie test of time has demnstruted he fal lacy of such business methods. Ti e use ui lite wouuuu uioch, anomcr strictly local product, and excelled tor standing up under heavy traffic only by the Belgian block, has been Industriously avoided, greatly to the discredit of the authorities and to the financial loss of the community at large. The merit of the Belgian block should be presented to the Multnomah county authorities tn the most convincing manner possible by business interests ot this community. Certainly, it does seem that out ot the great volume of material to be consumed in paving the 70 miles of Multnomah county roads, such a meritorious local material as Belgian blocks should be given the consider ation which is due it. GOOD WORK DONE ON ROAD TO PORTLAND MINSTREL TALENTS BEING DEVELOPED Athletic Club Memlterg Start on Re hearsals for Minstrel Show. The members of the Sunset Athlet ic Club of St. Helens, and their friends, have begun rehearsing tor a minstrel entertainment which they will favor the public with ln the very near future. The young gentlemen will give a creditable exhibition of their talents. The athlotlc club Is composed almost entirely of members of the volunteer five company, and .,...!.. 1 ,, 1.. MnH I . mull kuuu nujn 111 mo cuilllliutlliy deserves a substantial recognition. Their entertainment should be liber-j ally patronized. County Roadmaster Is HotefuI of . Having Smooth Road for Summer, The St. Helens-Portland road from Erickson's. hill, ln the vicinity of Warren, south to Scappoose, has been widened, scarified and put In good condition for summer travel, accord ing to Roudmaster l'ltus' stuteu.ent, From Scappoose south to Johnson's crossing a crew Is now at work plac ing that section of the county road ln good condition. Mr. Titus eays that ln all probability that part of the road will be covered with fine rock and oiled. Near St. Helens there is some good work bolng done on the road, which will give a good thor oughfare all the wa,y to Portland. The Improvement of the highway connecting this city and Houlton is one of the much needed and substan tial pieces of road work now ln prog ress. It is unfortunate, however, that It will be impossible to complete the work this year, owing to lack of funds. There was but 12500 avail able for this work, and Roadmaster Titus Informs The Mist that the amount available will complete the work only to a point a little more than half the distance from Houlton toward St. Helens. If it is possible to effect a saving on some other work during the season it may be possible that the' St. Helens-Houlton improve ment can be completed. REST ROOM AND LIBRARY NOW THEIR AIM. Organization That .Is Undertaking Great Good for the Community. 0 The Women's Club of St. Helens is an organization entitled to the hearty support of every citizen and business Institution here. The ladles are undertaking to bring about many betterments in civic and educational conditions. One of the most com mendable undertakings ot the club is a plan to establish a rest room at some convenient location in the city, where visitors could find comforts and conveniences that would be an encouragement to visit the city oftener. Such an Institution, properly equipped and supplied with maga zines and other periodicals would provide quarters where ladies and children from the surrounding coun try would be glad to go. Their vis its to the city would be more fre quent and the business Institutions of the town would be greatly bene fited. While the establishment of a rest room Is JuBt now one of the principal objects of the club, there are other very important matters the ladies are endeavoring to work out. Among them is the establishment of a' read ing room and library, where young men could find it both profitable and convenient to spend their evenings. This might be brought about ln con junction with gymnasium work which the athletic club Is institut ing. The ladies are enthusiastic and sincere in their work and should be encouraged. Their club work, covers a wide range of useful endeavor. At their bimonthly meetings they take up child welfare, home economics, civ ics, literature and current events. The club has a membership of 25, and meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. CLEAN-UP DAY WITH LOCAL BALL FANS Next Sunday afternoon has been proclaimed clean-up day for St. Hel ens baseball fans. The Noah's Ark Midgets and the Live Wires will pro ceed to clean up the first and second teams of Houlton ln a double header Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:30. Baseball tans can get a chance for some real excitement at the St. Hel ens school grounds. CHICKEN THIEVES ARE SENT TO COUNTY JAIL Two Young Halfhreed Indians Visit Chicken Roosts Near Rainier. Last Monday morning two young halfbreed Indians, giving the names of Joe Rock and Frank Rock, aged 16 years and 18 years, were taken Into custody by the constable of Rai nier precinct, charged with stealing chickens. The youngsters were traveling on a tie pass, and seeing a flock ot well groomed chickens at the ranch ot Shared Rice, near Rainier, on Sunday evening, they proceeded to help them selves to five of the birds, taking them to the river bank, where they partook of hlyu muck-a-muck, after which they contented themselves by remaining all night in the vicinity of their acts of deprepation. They were arrested Monday morn ing, given a trial before Judge Doan ot Rainier, and sentenced to three months ln the county Jail. Sheriff Stanwodd took them to the Multno mah county jail Wednesday morning.