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! c . nil ii i i iiiiiiiiini 111 i r u u si 1 1 1 iu if u uu u ui 1 1 v i i ii i 1 111 1 mi u mi linn 111 vw w v v v. .a a m iiiiii a u w ,i ,vw w J 1 1 U I J 11 V UlUUt U V VU1 KSliUl U OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PLUME XXXVI. ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 1917 NO. 15 J I . I I II iTY ELECTION IS ON FOR MONDAY lltS OPEN AT 8 A. M. iwllmro, Wlr CommUnloner and tadmrol" l ! VoUnI On. Tl yrly city election 'Will be i Monday. April 2. The poll will open from 8 . m. to 8 p. m. I no ml elacx r in Uie cuy nan in Helena aud tlio building formerly tj by the old lloullon adinlnlBtra i u city hall. Two couuellmei: 10 b elected. J. W. Allen In th ilnwof the nius convention, and ufount of one of tho nomlueo of bum convention declining thr alnatlon, J W. McDonald ' nnjnr i ippvar s n Independent candl- . or water commissioner, N. O ilie ha bwn placed on the tick' J. L William, nominee of the ... i .....ii t i: . it niiwuiig, naving uuiiuicti. re Meuia to liu no opposition or 'wo charter amendment are to be mltted to the voter. The flrt It relntlvo to a reduction tit w- rulcH. The proposed amendment, carried, will reduce tho rate on Mllnicii from 11.25 to 11 and a)o ke the sprinkling rate 12 Instead M, ii Ii uow charged. The voter lilni tlili measure to carry should 100 X yea, or If opposed should m 101 X no. 'lie other umendmout proponed 1 a tli city Ihkuo twenty-year bonds i turn not exceeding $28,000 to . up the outstanding sewer war- hit. The city official! think that taking up thexo warrant and lel- il trio city hold tho warrant, long lore the time tho bond become o, that practically all of tho nae nti will b paid. The bond will iw the name rate of interest a the tt warrunt do, so It I argued U tho city can loan nothing by tin rhange. The Mlal ho Interviewed my heavy taxpayer of the town, "I hail found only a few who are It In favor of the bonds, believing 'ill go fur toward reestablishing n erf illt of the city and ut the Hume glvo to the contractor who did work the money to which they are lutly entitled. The votor wishing to ilres ht opinion In favor of uch "aure should vote 102 X yea, and on the othnr ido of the fence lould voto 103 X no. PENDER WILL STAY WITH TRUSTY GANG (overnor Haya Columbia Count lr. ' wilier I Faithful Ut Truat. Salem, Uru., March 27. Governor Wlthyconihe ald today he had re ceived no proteat from Columbia county citizen agaliiit Warden Mur phy' action In putting John A. ren der at work a a trusty with a gang of convict In the quarry of Clatnop county. 1 'miilor I nerving life term for a homicide In Columbia county and, according to nowapuper dls palchoa, Columbia county citizen ob jected to fender belug given the llburtlo of a truty. further the governor mid that ai long u render behavior continues good he will remain a trunty. For Lome time, It develop, he ha been truaty at the prlion and wii one of a number of prlnoner who early In tho year cupturcd two prlnoner ho attempted to eacape from the "Honor dang." Evontng Telegram. Tho next paragraph which follow the doclnrattoujof the governor I: Taking advantage of the privilege granted them, Thoma Wllaon and Thoiiia O'llrlen, both truitlei, es caped from the penitentiary lat eve ning and were itlll at large today. Both were from Multnomah county and both were lervlng term for rob bery. If Governor Wlthycombe doen't think there I any proteat upon hi lotion, ho might Interview any fifty cltlxen of the loutheru end of the county. They could and would tel him very quickly how much they ap prove of Ma action. While no format proteat ha been sent the governor It la lmply becauae the citizen tee reluctant to upbraid the date' chlej executive, especially at tlii tini when tho tal' attention should b directed toward aeturlng soldier fo the dofenae of the national honor. Ii all probability the governor will hoa from Columbia county In the nea futuro. If he doean't. rind ever run for office aguin, he will certain! hear from tho county nt that time. PREPARATIONS PUT Calla f reparl the a HIGH SCHOOL NOTES Ut Friday night tho Olrl' Liter y Society enjoyed a taffy pull aftoi lr program. A play, "The llur f Alarm," wun ureaented bv foui Ihe girl. The studont body Ima elected an hletlc council to conduct tho alb- o niTuir of the hlah school. It ilm of the athlotlc manager, the "sldmit of the student body, one Prtmeiitutlvo of each claa. tho ath- He coach and tho uuperlntendont of " it. Helen ichools. recruiting officer from Pnrthinil IdrenKcd tho boy of the high school uenuuy night. Nono of the boy enlte,l yot. although wnio of 'em are thinking sorlouily about It. "he students In the hlah scnonl arj win becoming norvoua. Why? Well ' morning thoy rocolvod tholr re "ft Carda and a elinmrn nt aunta u ua.Krlday. An (a line dle'n to 4 5 uer cent, llm Inmimi thli oar. On next Friday evenlna- tho debnt- " le'u of the high school will pre "l meir flrt dobato. The negatlvs 1m' c,,"'POHod of Edrle Lallaro and anny Conner, will i-ni t u.i..i r' ""Kfttlvo team of Itnlntnr will hme to St. nolo,,, and debate John ,ul'iurd nnd Lawrence E. Davles - "inrmiitivo team. Tho.subjocl uunaio Is; "HotiolVBd, That tho '"to of Oroaon j'ulory health Insuranco law ombody- tl'o enaontlal features of the durd bill 0f Uie American Aso ,. , "n for I-ttbor Leglulntlon'S' The 'e"te will he given In the city hall. no admlaaion will bo only 15 conts, " wo Invite nil to come out and PPort our donating team with en- " " eiuallng that with which COUNTY SCHOOL NOTES Wo aro dlatrlbuting govern men garden seed to tho boys and girl who ark for them and will use them Tho Warron teachers havo all beei reelected for tho enaulng year am have accepted. Ml Luclle Clark will teach tin Tronholm school for the next yeai The St. Helen ichool board la In stalling a good steam hentlng plan In tho Koutton school. Much (merest Is being takon In the anelllng contest. Each school should bo represented. Tho county superintendent's off 1c Is receiving many business letter from the seventh and eighth grade from all over the county for correc tlon. Those letters are showing mucl Improvement and we are glud to cov rect thorn. Samples of falmer writ Ing aro coming In from ovcrywhor and It Is plainly ovldont that ou schools are doing splendid work alotp this line. Tests In grammar and arithmetic were sent out March 23 as a romln dor to the eighth grade. Reports on the February arithmetic tost on thf averago were low, and we shall look for somo Improvomont In tho Marcl test. The Goble school recently gavo bSHkel social, realizing a nent sum Honor grado spellers from th Yankton school are: Esther Hrlgg third grado; Olive Hyde, second grade; Shirley Rrlggs, first grad Clatskanle school; Anna Walranon fourth grade; Vlvlna Miller, Blxth grado. Oak Ilunch and Natal schools vote on consolidation Juno 18. Lost Creek and Delana schools will also vote on consolidation on the above mentioned date. JOR DEFENSE f . T ON WAR FOOTINfi ( r?-', '- .1 All Troe IWloU to Arm-Ore- 1 t9 rjrrsSf'A ' , f , ly. g ng for war with Germany. Mhl A life " - rmy and navy are maklna-suDer l tv I rTtrPtil .... lrr i BATTLESHIP VIRGINIA The battleship Virginia Is one of Uncle Sam's best fighting machines. She is 435 feet long, 76 foot beam, and her officers and crew number 1000. The Virginia cost $7,000,000. Her main battery consists of four 12-inch, eight 8-inch and twelve 6 Inch guns. The secondary battery is made up of light guns and torpedo tubes. Humid efforts to be In readiness. BALLAGH WILL OFFER Actlug upon advices from Washing-j cpciTCES TO COUNTRY I on, Governor Wlthycombe has called j out the Third regiment of tho Ore-! City Councilman is Heady to hnlist , gon National Guard, and the orders in Naval Keserve. ire to recruit tho regiment to full , WELLINGTON JOINS NAVAL RESERVE Flrat I'Tum Columbia County to Offer . Kervli-ea to Government. var Btrungtn. la an pans oi me country the national guard has been Councilman E. I. Ballagh lias of fered his services to tho recruiting jailed to arms, awaiting the call of j officer of tho United States navy as it, i.ruuiilani in rinfund tho country's a member of the naval reserve. In John H. Wellington, better known as the "Duke," Is now a member of Undo Sam's naval reserve. He made application, was examined and ac honor in the present national crisis. I all likelihood ho will bo accepted and copied and received the appointment Many of the reglmeuts are short the ; appointed to a position where he will necessary amount of men to place i be of benefit to the naval force of them on war footlug, and, as a high J Uncle Sam In the event of war. Mr. officer In tho army said, "Men must , Ballagh' knowlcdgo of machinery bo found for tho regular army and and boats would make htm a very navy and for the natloual guurd, 11 valuable acquisition to that branch we are to Insure the defense of this of the "government's service. He has nation. No mnttor if a million men i master's papers for small boats oud wear flaits on their coat lapels or engineer's papers for tonnage up to havo the national emblem on incirj doors, those exhibitions of patriotism will avail nothing If these men are tot trained to do their share In the latlonal defense." On the streets of Portland hun dreds of soldiers aro seen, and at the X N. G. armory hundreds more are Delng drilled nnd fitted for army llfo. Die naval militia Is busy securing re cruits and the members are being drilled so they will bo more efficient ;n time of action. The army life seems to appeal more strongly to the avo- raira man than does the navy, but Llout. Connnandor Blackburn, an of leer In the nnvy for twenty-four .ears, together with his corps of as sistants, aro busy securing as many rocrulta as possible. Tho president Saturday night signed an executive ordor directing that tho authorized ou listed strength of tho nnvy be In jreasod to 87.000 men. So the navy Is short about 30,000 men. Koallz Ing the seriousness of the situation and the necessity for Immediately se curing thousands of recruits, Llout. Commander Blackburn sent the Mist the following telegram: "Portland, Ore., March 29, 1917.'"' "St. Helen Mist, St. Helens, Ore. "To the Editor: Our navy, the first line of defense of the nation, Is on station, decks cleared, turrets cast loose, steam up and crows at guns ready for tho word.t Many Bplendld ships lie at navy yards Inactive for lack of men to man them 1500 tons. Should the government build a fleet of submarine chasers or patrol boats It is possible that our councilman might be assigned as chief engineer on one of these. RAINIER AND ST. HEL ENS TO HAVE DEBATE Teams of Reectlve His'' Schools Will Decide Inixrtant Question. It seems that Rainier and St. Hel ens will never get together. We had hoped that the hatchet wag buried, but here it comes Into action again. Tonight, in the-city hall, the debat ing teams of the Rainier High School and the St. Helens High will meet In debate and decide once for all time to come a very important ques tion, which is: "Resolved, that ths state of Oregon should adopt a com pulsory health Insurance law embody ing the essential features of the American Association for Labor Leg islation." , The afliramtive side of the ques tion will bo bandied by Lawrence Ouvies and John Southard for the St. Melons school, while the negative side will I e taken by Miss Evodna Jones .nil Miss Elizabeth Long, who will .bly represent the Rainier school. The High School Quartet and or chestra will give selections during ho evening. A small admission charge of 10 and 15 cents has been fixed, and this is for the purpose of covering the oxpenses Incidental to the debate hall rent, lights, etc. The student body wants everyone to come out and boost for St. Helens High. 3CAPPOOSE CHURCH IS DEDICATED New Congregational Churrh is Dedi cated With Appropriate Ceremonies. they football upported our bnskotball and toanio. Benson Timber Co., of Clntukanlo, Oregon, will construct five raft this season for their San Diego mill. Two raft are completed and the third cradle Is half filled. The rafts con tain about 3,400,000 feet each. Man ager O. J. Evensen says he expect ot carry four deck loads of cedar poles ,.n dm rafts. The camp are now operating after a cossatlon, due heavy snow falls.- "Portland, Ore., March 28, 1917. "St. Helens Mist, St. Helens, Ore. "Will you and city officials assist us In recrultmont? I nm advised by Colonel May, commanding the Third Oregon Infantry, that he Is 700 men short ot the prescribed war strength. These men are urgently neoded to fill that command up to war strength In order that It may be available for uny service called for by the war de partment. It does not appear that our citlzons are thoroughly awake to j the necessity of a prompt response to a call for troops issued by the federal authorities, for I am still unwilling tr believe that the young men of mili tary age of this country are unwill ing to bear arms in defense of the nation. In an emergency such as ex lots at this hour the response for all branches of the service should be overwhelming nnd yet the young mou apparently are holding back and the response to dato Is anything but satis factory. I hope that St. Helens will be able to assist In recruitment. "GEORGE A. WHITE, "Adjutant Genornl State of Oregon." Patriotic meetings are being held in almost every town in Oregon, and city officials and civic bodies are aid- Situation j Ing In the recruiting work. In As- Imperatlvely calls for red blood jtorla a "Patriotic Loague" has been . Americans, ages. 16 to 30, to i formed with the slogan "An Undlvld- m inactive oh I o and fill the gaps ed America.". The omployers In the In the first line of dofenae In the U. 1 City by the Soa havo promised to hold jb chief boatswain's mate. Duke has seen service before, for he was in tho English navy five years and when the United States and Spain had their little tilt he hurried from Tillamook, where he had a good posi tion, to San Francisco and enlisted He was assigned to the cruiser Phila delphia as au able bodied seaman but in a few weeks was appointed .is one ot the petty officers and served his country until peace was declared between the warring nations. He was then honorably discharged with papers showing a good record. His recent appointment was partly due to iho excellent record he had made In previous service. While In Samoa a party of bluejackets from the Phila delphia was landed to put down an Insurrection. In the tight two offi cers and several men were killed and Wellington, himself, was severely wounded. Tho naval reserve consists of ex naval men who have seen active ser vice, and if the country needs them they will be called on to take care ot tho smaller war vessels, colliers, transports and vessels of this charac ter, allowing the regular naval men io man the vessels which will go into active war service. Mr. Wellington left Wednesday .light for his home in Seaside, to ar range his affairs so that he can re port at the Bremerton nnvy yard immediately on the call of the gov ernment. The term he enlisted for is one year, but In the event that war comes and continues' for more than one year, his' term of enlistment will be four years. Tho example of pa trlotism Wellington has set Is worthy of emulation by others in St. Helens and tho county The dedication of the new Congre gational church at Scappoose took place last Sunday. An exceptionally fine day brought many visitors from Portland, Rainier, St. Helens and nearby towns. The ministers who took part in the dedicatory services were Rev. L. R. Dyott, D. D., Rev. A. C. Moses, Rev. F. J. Meyers, Rev. Warron Morse, Rev. D. J. Taylor, and the pastor In charge, Rev C. H. John ston. , After a brilliant sermon by Dr. Dyott, his text being "This is none other than the house of God," Rev. Johnston made a financial statement which showed a deficit of $72, and he asked that $250 be raised so that some needed outside work could be completed. Everyone present con tributed liberally and $150 was raised. The program rendered was vory much appreciated by the large number of people present, and the musical portion of it was highly praised by the visitors. S. navy. The noarost navy recruiting station is at Third and Washington streets. In the Dekum building, Port land. Will St. Helens and Columbia county do tholr share In this hour of tho national crisis? "BLACKBURN, ' "Lieut. Commander U. S. Nnvy." The Mist is also In rocolpt of the following telegram from Adjutant tQ General White of the Oregon National Ouard: open theo Jobs for tho men who aro called and will also provide provi sions for tho wives and children and dependents. In other towns the samt net ton is bolng taken. Oregon Is awake ya the situation and proposes to do her share toward defending the natlonnl honor. The Mist, having con fid once In tho patriotism ot tho citizens of St. Helens and Columbia county, believes that the nation's call will not go unheeded. - SHIPPING Councilman Ed. Ballagh enter tained the members of the city coun cil, the mayor, recorder and city at torney at an elaborate dinner at his homo Thursday evening. Short speeches were made by several ot the j guosts commending Mr. Ballagh for his faithful services during the past two years as a "city dad" and ex pressing regret that ho would no longer bo a member of the city's of ficial family. Mr. Ballagh, In re sponding, stated that he had done his duty to the best of his ability, but thought after two years of faith ful sorvlce tho city should not ex pect more ot him. The City of Portland, which is now out from Honolulu sixteen days, ac cording to H. F. McCormick, Is ex pected any day. Before taking on sargo the vessol will undergo minor repairs. The steamer Willamette Is due here Saturday to load a cargo of lumber for California. , The steamer Klamath, which ar rived In Saturday afternoon.' sailed Monday night with a fair passenger list and more than 1,000,000 feet of lumber as cargo. It took ouly 26 hours to load the Klamath. During the coming week the new McCormick steamer Waukeena la ex pected to arrive in St. Helens for her first lood of lumber. Advices from San Francisco Btate that the steamer is almost complete and due to sail any day. Captain Reiner, for merly of tUe Wlllametto, will bo mas tor of the vessel on her maiden trip. The recent heavy rains have caused a high stage of wator in the Cowlitz, nnd river boats now reach Kelso and Toledo without difficulty. A NEW DANCING CLUB The Terpslchorean Club, a recent organization ot St. Helens, Is growing very fast in popularity. This Is a dancing club formed mostly of high school students. Last Saturday the club gave Its first dance. It was well attended and first class music was provided. A novelty In dance rib bons was originated, which consisted of a pretty bow of black and red. The officers, elected March 7, are Lester Lake, president; John Demlng, vice president; Luclle Lymburner, secre tary; Ethel Smith, treasurer.