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is the Time to Begin Preparing Your Exhibit For the CoontH OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY 1. .,mn VVVVT ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, JULY 27, 1917 NO. 32 I low I M II I I I I I I T F'JI I J v v T IV I f-Tl 111 II f I I I j u I II I r : I I t. I I? II s i i ., Vf ill II - ii ii I W. BECOMES ACTIYEJN COUNTY t nrriwr. r A r tl,UiJ- ... MMIKB Will. Bill! 1 Mlllll ... .k... M HimiB . iM ItllO. The I. W. W. vniiKUiiril haa reached iglumblo rouniy " vlu mulKstliiK tlio first prlnciplo of the order "1 Won't Work." and liavo nccreded In cloning down the leg. (Ing camp of thn Murphy Timber Company t I'""1" I"'"'"'- A 'ew no leverut new men wore hired ami the management o' l,lu compauy haa information that they were tlie men ho tarled the agltution. Tuesday ..innkv engineer told IiIh foreman Out he must quit, that the I'ortlnnd branch of tho order hod ordered a imerul strike In all of the Columbia riter camps and that lie muat obey Disorder. Several other made sinil Itr statements, and one by onn the men quit and received their time. No demand was made for an Increase In pty or shorter houra, and the men left lin camp quietly. Tho only men Ml In the camp Wednesday were the cooki and flunkeya, and they quit during tho day. Mr. Murphy, the imperlutendont of tho company la at a loaa to know why nanv of tho men who live In tho rlclnlty of Deer latum! Joined In with ih nrltalnra. 11 n Mime, of them told him they had no grievance and were alluded with the pay and working renditions. For the psat few dayj tlio company haa had a force of men fighting fires which In aonie manner started In thn logged off land, and while orTlrlala of the company are not ready to accusu the I. W. W. of darting the Urea, they atate Uiat no Ires were discovered until after the Ultatori arrived In camp. Another crew of loggers haa been miploy.M and It la the Intention to resume iiperutloii today or Saturday, and nmny of the old employe have ilKHlllrd their Intention of Joining the woods force after the agitators havn left the country. Sheriff Rtanwood haa been on tho Kpne making an Investigation of the matter mid lias promised the com puny that 110 Interfvrenco will bo ul lowed when the cnrup rcailinea work. About 100 men went employed ii tho timber opurr.tlona, and the clos ing of tho camp menna a largo daily loss and hIho place the company In an emliarraKalug position aa to the filling of timber ordera contractod for hluhnlldlng purposes and they nro ranking every effort to again reaumo oppratlon. Tho forco of cnmp No. 2 refused to gn out and have nimliited tho com pany officials nil poHHlblo In flKbtlng tho Urea which tlirentoned to de- troy vitluabli) timber and logging equipment. It In undoratood that nmny of the men who work In tlila camp hnvo their homea In tho neigh borhood and folt It tholr duty to land by tho company that waa giv ing them employment. LOGGING CAMP IS A BUSY PLACE One Hundred Men Employed and Kullriiud Being Kxtided. Tho camp of tho Milton Crook Log King Company Is a busy place and the 100 men now employed by the com pany make it posslblo for more than 100,000 feet of logs to be dally dumped IntQ the wutors of Willa mette slough. After soveral niontha of railroad construction work necea firy to reach their largo timber hold ings, tho . company bogan logging operation early in July. They now iave nine donkoy onglnos Installed nd nre building moro railroad track over the hills to tap a large body of timber. Ilefore reaching their camp, It was nocessury to build four miles of railroad, which Is constructed In Rood nhnpe and with oasy grades, Permitting the hauling of lieovy train Inads of logs. Many of the loggers fiirmnrly employed in the logging cump of the Si. Helens Lumber Com pany and who own homes In the Yankton district aro omployod In this new cnmp and will be employed for several years to como, as thtj com pany has more than 100,000,000 feet f standing timber and their logging operations will extend over a period of savoral years. A. M. Welst Is In charge of operations and, being an experienced loggor, la rapidly getting tho camp In ahapo. The men have comfortable bunkliouseg unci tho din ing room la clean, comfortable and attractlvo. Tho pruseut payroll of tho company lu more than 110,000 per month, and aa fast aa U19 nil road end equipment la Initialled more men will bo addod. MOTORISTS AGGRIEVED AT COLUMBIA COUNTY So many complaints are being mndu about Columbia county officials taking unJuHt llburtlua with motorists pusalng through that section that many deem It advlaable for parties motoring to Aatoria to tuke the In side route via Nehalem valley. liecently a number of complaint! have boon mado regarding the undue action in that county relating to handling alleged speed violators. The rrrestlng officer Is charged with sug gesting that motorlHts entrust hi in with bull money In lieu of appearance In court. C. L. Hobs tells the following story of bla experience. "While driving alorvg the road tills aide of 81. Helens lu my Hudson I waa overtaken by tho officer and accused of going 31 miles un hour, but my speedometer registered only 24 miles. The first thing the officer aald, was, 'You'll hnvo to put up $12.50 as ball money and forfeit It or else appear Monday. If you don't put up $12.50 now I'll take you to St. Helens.' "I went to St. Helena and at that place the officer isaued a sworn state ment that I was traveling at the rate of 32 miles an hour, making me go faster by one mile than hia first ac cusation. The Judge fined me $12.60 and Immediately I prepared to swear out a warrant against the officer." Tho upshot of the mutter was the remission of the fine. The Journal. RAIN NEEDED TO INSURE GOOD CROPS To luuure good crops in Columbia county a good rain Is needed, and if tho weather mr.n will arrungo with old Jupo I'luvlus for a real good downpour It will be a favor much appreciated by the farmers. The Mint newsgatherer has visited soveral farms and finds there Is a good pros pect of not more than 70 per cent of a potato production UBBUred. The ground Is hurd and dry, and, as a largo grower expressed it, the po tatoes will not grow unless thore Is mime moisture. Tho bay crop was good, but tho oat crop will fall abort of former estimates. If rain should fall within the next few days. It will Insure a good crop of farm products, but without It tho crops will full fur below the estimated production. ST. HELENS BOY SAILS FOR ENGLAND Hen Copeland, a member of the U. S. aviation corps, sailed for Liverpool, England, on July 18. Hla brother Hoy received a hastily written note that his company was to embark or sail at G o'clock on the liner St. Paul. Tho average time between Now York and Liverpool Is flvo days, and since thore has been no account of one or Itlll Kaiser's submarines blowing up the St. Paul, or any other passenger liner, It Is safe to say that Ben Is now in England. It la also safe to presume thnt after a few weeks of moro aviation training, that he will be In France fixing up the machines so American aviators can get a chance to have olr duols with the German machines, for Bonny has been as signed to the machinist corps. NEW COUNTY QUARRY IS NEAR RAINIER County Headmaster Abry was down to Rnluler Tuesday to survey the land recently bought by the coun ty court as a rock quarry. The sii selected by the court is a fraction. more than an acre and Is located on the Apiary road. Mr. Abry states thnt there is a fine supply of good ock, enough to liyt for several yea- the party from whom the land was bought has been charging quite a sum In royalty and the county court considered It the best plan to bujC the land outrlsht. The amount pa' I was only $130. ANOTHER MOTOR SHIP TO BE BUILT Will lie Duplicate of "City of fit. Helens." The St. Helens Shipbuilding Com pany has the plana and specifications for another motor vessel which will be almost a duplicate of the "City of St. Helens." The kosl has not yet been laid, but ordera have been placed for the timbers and work will begin soon. The new boat will be named the John W. Wells, In honor of one of the stockholders of the lumber com pany, who, It la understood, will be a heavy stockholder in the new boat. Mr. Wells lives in Menominee, Mich., and for years has been a big factor in the lumber Industry there. With the work started on the Wells, tho shipbuilding company will have four boats to work on, the schooner for the Balfour-Guthrie Company and the two government steamers. Sev eral other contracts have been ten dered the company but it prefers to complete the Jobs now on hand be fore undertaking other work. The building of tho Wells will require the services of more ship builders, and the yard will present a scene of unusual activity. Plans call for the conatructlon of a boat 285 feet long, 44 feet in beam and 22 feet depth of hold, with a lumber carrying capacity of 2,260,- 000 feet of lumber. It is expected that the vessel will be completed and ready for service early In 1918. FIRE WEATHER WARNING GIVEN Temperatures will slowly rise In Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and extreme northern California Thursday. Warm weather will con tinue Friday In all Pacific states Winds will be moderate and shift from northwest to northeast, which will enhance dungor from forest fires Extra care la necessary to prevent forest fires. Stop and think before you toss nwsy a match or leavo a camp fire Don't burn slashings between June 1 and October 1 without a permit from a Are warden. Forest (Ires destroy taxable prop erty, menace-human life and perma nontly remove a field for labor. If you dlocover a Are, put it out or call the nearest Are warden. Help teach others to be careful with fire in the woods. I. W. W. MUST BE CURBED When I. W. W. followers ,go from place to place shutting down mills, logging camps and Interfering with the farming work, It Is high time some dras tic action Is taken. Our boys are at the front, and more of them will go to uphold the honor of the flag. We who are left at home must support those at the front; our food supplies must bo adequate for the sol dier boys, for our allies and for ourselves. We muBt have ships to transport theso supplies and tho munitions of war. If wo aro to have ships, wo must have i lumber, and to have lumbor"we must have logs. The shutting down of tho Columbia river log ging campa is a serious affair, and the I. W. W. followers are responsible. This organization of trouble makers should not be confoundod with organized labor, for, as a general rule, organized labor Is standing squarely behind the govern ment; many of them are In the army and navy, and those left behind are doing their "bit," and we vonture the assertion that should the I. W. W. agitat ors come to St. Melons the real honest to goodness laboring man will be tho first one to help ex pel the trouble maker. St. Hel ens with Its. mills and ship yards has too much at stake to allow any Interference from tho trouble seeking vagabonds, and the peoplo of St. Helens will meot the emergoncy, for we all roallze that the I. W. W. Is a menace to the nation and government. CANNING SPECIALIST IS COMING HERE Will Give Iemonnt rations for Home Conning of Foodstuffs. In order to further Interest the ladles of Columbia county in the methods of drying and canning fruits, meats and vegetables for home use, County Agricultural Agent Howard has secured the co-opsratlon of the O. A. C. home economics department and they have agreed to send Miss Grace Johnson, one of their experts, who will demonstrate the latest methods of the preservation of food stuffs. A series of meetings will be held at several places In the county, and the following schedule will be followed: Scappoose, Aug. 6, 10 a. m. Warren, Aug. 6, 2 p. m. St. Helens, Aug. 7, 10 a. m. Deer island, Aug. 7, 2 p. m. Coble, Aug. 8, 10 a. m. Italnier, Aug. 8, 2 p. m. Mayger, Aug. 9, 10 a. m. Clatskanle, Aug. 9, 2 p. m. Mist, Aug. 10, 2 p. m. Vernonia, Aug. 11, 2 p. m. Mr. Howard Is very anxious that the ladles of the county attend the meetings, as he states the mission of Miss Johnson Is in furtherance of the "Greater Food Movement" and the motto of the workers Is "Store lots of food at home and our boys will eat the kaiser." It will be noticed that the meet ing for St. Helcus is on August 7, and It will probably be held In the city ball. If other arrangements are made, Mr. Howard will notify the public through the Mist. STRIKE SITUATION IS MUCH IMPROVED . So far as Cowlitz county is con cerned the strike situation seems considerably improved at the present writing. The McLano mill here is now operating both shifts with full crews, r.nd tho Gordon mill, which had closed down Inst week because of the eight-hour situation, resumed work yesterday, operating one ten- hour shift. We understand that tho Silver Lake mill la still down, and this mill is tho only ono In tho county now closed by the strike. The strike, to date, has hud but little' effect on the Columbia river mills and camps. The Grays Harbor section and tho Sound district were tho hardest hit. Reports from vari ous parts of the stats indicate that the sawmill operators and the log' gers are getting the situation in hand and a number of mills and camps which were down are resuming opera tlons. The Bhlngle mill Btrlke still has a large number of plants tied up. Kolsonlan. MACHINERY FOR VES SEL SOON TO ARRIVE Officials of the St. Helens Ship building Company have been advised that the seml-diesel engines for tho motor vessel City of St. Helens had arrived In New York and had been transferred to the railroad company for shipment to St. Helens. It expected that they will arrive during the coming ten days and the work of Installation will begin Immediately. It was at first thought it would be the better plan to rig the vessel as a sailing vessel, so as to avoid anv delay in the event that the machin ery did not arrive, but since the en gines are now on the way to St. Hel ens, the company has decided to in stall the machinery beforo the vessel leaves on her maiden trip, which will be to Port Plrte, Australia. The lum ber carrying capacity of the City of St. Helens Is 2,200,000 feet and she is expected to leave St. Helens for the antipodes port about August 31. CITY MARSHAL SUED FOR $350 An r.ctlon has been filed In the circuit court by George Chambers against George Pottor, city marshal. asking Judgment for the recovery of ono automobile, the value of which Is $360, and in case delivery cannot bo had, together with $100 damages r.nd the cost of the action. The case Is brought on account of the marshal taking possession of an automobile belonging to Chambers which was taken and ordered sold to satisfy a fine levied In the recorder's court against Chambers. The date of tho trial has not yet been tel. W. H. Brodic, a prominent lawyer of Portland and years ngo interested with Slaughter In the old wood flume, was a business visitor In St. Helens Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob George and E. A. Rotger motored to Portland this morning. CLATSKANIE-MIST ROAD NEARLY DONE H. E. Abry returned Saturday night from an Inspection trip of sev eral of the roads in the lower end of the county. Ho reports thp.t the work of building the two miles of road between Clatskanto and Mist is progressing satisfactorily and Con tractor Clark expects to have the road open for traffic nbout August 15. This new piece of work elimi nates the long hill which was very steep end provides a uniform grade which does not exceed 8 per cent. The crusher is now being set up and the work of rocking will begin with in two weeks, Recording to Mr. Abry. When the road is finished the last bad piece between Clatskanle and Mist will have been put In good shape. The cost of the work will be In the neighborhood of $23,500, of which amount $4,000 is for rocking. ONE HUNDRED THOU SAND GOING THIS YEAR All the American Trooiw That Can lie TransMrted. Six hundred thousand Sammies will be the largest number that the United States can send abroad by September, 1918. This assertion is made in semi-official circles. Not more than 100,000 can be in Europe by next January. The first national army can scarce ly be in their cantonments before October 1, and it requires practically a year to turn a civilian into a sol dier. The second of the new army will probably not be called before next summer. The lack of shipping facilities Is complicating the problem of transporting the troops. OFFICIAL DRAFT LIST WILL BE HERE SOON First Quota of Conscripted Men to lie Officially Notified Next Week. While tho press dispatches from Washington giving results of the selectlvo draft are practically correct, they are unofficial and therefore the local board will take no steps tow ards notifying the men who will bs cr.llod first until tho official list from Washington Is received. It is under stood the list has been mailed and Shoriff Stanwood states he expects to receive the copy within the next few days. The published list for Colum bia county has tho names of 98 men 49 being tho county's quota. ,As soon as the local board receives this copy of the master list, the men will be posted as shown by that list. Then the county board will summon for examination the men from the first numbers drawn and In the order they were drawn. The county's quota, as stated, being about 100 men, it ia probable that both the first and sec ond lists will be summoned as It Is probable the exemptions will run to at least 50 per cent. From an un official source we learn that one third of tho men called will be noti fied to appear on the fifth day, one- third must appear on tho sixth day and tho third lot on tho seventh day after tho notices are mailed. Any claim for exemption on the grounds of dependent relatives must be filed with the local boards within seven days after the date of your notice to appear tor examination After the claim 13 filed, ten days are allowed in which to mako proof of the exemption claim. No exemption" forms may be taken out until after tho local boards have applied the master lists to tho local lists and assigned final numbers. Registrants absent from their reg Istration districts can apply to their local boards for permission to under go examinations in the town in which thoy are located. The Mist has tried to set forth some reliable Information as to the draft, but most of it Is unofficial, as (Continued on Page 5) SOMARSTROM SECURES SHIPBUILDING CONTRACT GOVERNMENT VESSELS Contrac t to Build Four Hteamers is Awarded Xew Concern. The government has awarded Somarstrom Bros, a contract to build four government steamers of the Hopp type. The information was contained in a telegram received by M. F. Somarstrom Tuesday morning and means that the work of getting the Columbia City yard ready for operation will be rushed. The gov ernment contract calls for the deliv ery of the vessels within eight montln from the time of laying the keel, so the work of building all four of the vessels will be carried on at the same time and a large force of skilled men will be employed. The type of vessels to be built are double enders with steam power and capable of carrying 2,000 tons of cargo, the di mensions being 285 feet in length and 45 feet In beam. Specification of lumber necessary for the construction of the boats has been in the hands of the Somarstrom Brothers for some time and upon re ceipt of the telegram stating the con tract had been awarded them, Mr Somarstrom placed in the hands of millmen the specifications asking for ids and delivery. . As heretofore stated, the machin ery for the yard has been ordered and some of it will soon arrive. In the meantime, work Is being rushed on the dock and plant site so there will be no delay in the installation of the machinery when it does arrive. Under the personal supervision of Mr. Somarstrom, the work of build ing the largo hotel Is progressing satisfactorily and will soon be ready for occupancy. In addition to tho land which has been bought, the com pany has secured from the Northern Pacific Railroad Company a lease on that company's ground so they now have ample room to build four or fivo vessels at tho same time. The building of tho yard and boats calls for an expenditure of more N than $1,000,000, a large portion of which Is for labor and lumber, and will add greatly to the prosperity of this sec tion of the county. CANNERY TO START IN TEN DAYS Many Orders Have Been Booked and a Good Season is Promised. L. Rosasco, manager of the Colum bia River Canning & Produce Com pany, states that the cannery will start up in about ten days. Orders have been booked for many carloads of fruit and vegetables, and the plant will be operated to full capacity and prepared to take care of all the farm produce offered. In order to facili tate the delivery of the farm pro ducts, the company has purchased an auto truck and will call at the farm every day, thereby saving the farmer the time and trouble of hauling his produce to the cannery. Being early in tho season, a large force will not now be employed, but later on, when the bean crop Is ready for delivery, the cannery will give employment to a large number of operatives. SLANDER CASE IS HEARD IN COURT Verdict is iiiveit Plaintiff to the Amount of $1,500. Tho case of Mro. Antoinette Bralm vs. Mrs. Rose Adams was heard In the circuit court Wednesday ana Thursday. The plaintiff alleged that the dofondunt made remarks deroga tory to her character and injured her reputation and standing Jn the com munity. She sued for $2,000 puni tive and $8,000 compensory damages. After hearing tho evidence, tho Jury evidently thought the charges mado r.gainst tho plaintiff were unfounded and not proved, so thoy returned a verdict of $1,500 In her favor. Sev eral very disagreeable featuros and much racy testimony were injected into the case and the courtroom waa clearad during tho hearing of part of the testimony. The interested par ties live near Scappoose and much interest was manlfestod in -what seemed to be a neighborhood row.