tor of the Chamber of Commerce-Aid in Upbuilding the County
OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY
PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY
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ST. HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1919
nOR LEADERS TELL
CAUSE OF STRIKE
. Lames m'cormick
1 0H- Alerting, IIm(P lfJtllT
' Tell Why Nirliie Wan Called
' The Mint nt-ranged with Mr.
Carl Kutulsen, tourt roporter, to
take the proceedings and the
speeches at tho meeting ver
tetlm. The Mist hoped to print
, U full and word for word, the
, rpeorlies, motions, etc., niado rt
the open mooting. Unfortunate
ly, Mr. Kn lid mi ii win called to
Portland to ho at the bedHlde
of IiIh wife who In seriously III,
and therefore, the Mint Is un
able to publish full and com
Tuesdry nlKht, purHuant to a pub
llahed call, there wui an open meet-I-
at tlm I.llirlv tliealm of Ilia
t ft men and union lender who
t why the strike had been called
ft a McCormlck (St. Helena tlhip
l ulng Company'! yard) and to tell
v at steps had been taken toward
I.. etlng a settlement' of the atrlke.
Chairman U. A. Rodger, after
thinking the management of the
t lira for the use of the bulldlnit,
I oducod It. A. Mclnnls, secretary
I .' the Columbia Itlver Murtlme DIs-
A Council. HIh appearance w
l a signal for much applause.
Mclnnls started out by roasting
t'.a Mint and the editor of the Mutt
for Dot quoting what he "had told
the editor In tho presence of twu
Witnesses," uh regarding the atrlke.
l a aald he hoped the editor wai
t Ye, and If he wait, that he hoped
l would get Hung" riglit.
.lie editor waa there and took
I ta on Mclniila' Hpench. When the
l lographer hand In copy It will
t I published, except that portion
cf it where Mclnnls Injected much
profanity, notwithstanding thi
f t that many ladles were In the an
t ce. "Mc" used much profanity,
t alngly forgetting that . ladles
r present, or possibly he hoped
to five special emphasis to hla re
marks. - Sulwtam-e of Mclnnln' Charge
- ! did not want to run the Mc
C "Blok company, but wanted union
and union conditions for the
' I existing troubles could bo set-.
J Ham McCormlck would mnei
. representatives of labor and dls-
' the grievances.
.at the stewards and shop com-
es at the McCormlck yard had
1 discharged when It wna found
1 they acted in audi capacity and
is hard to get men to oct In
' at three pluln clothea dotectlvei
constantly on duty at the Mc
t ilck yard and union men did not
I i working under lliolr aur
' l.at McCormlck had not kept the
I'a'jT'wage agreement, although he
1 1 algned It. That McCormlck. ad
I .ed to him (Mclnnlt:) that he had
.ed the agreement, but JUHt he
( ie the other nhlp yardmen had
i led It and he (McCormlck) really
v i not know what he wna signing.
' Itiat McCormlck had delayed pay
1 the retroactive puy and claimed
i i Wished to hold up the checks
1 'ih were already algned until the
i itor could check up the pay-roll.
A , according to Mclnnls. waa not
f ording to the Macy agreemont
r Nr Inatructlona from the emergency
1. ' corporation. " .
r Ihnt In order to obtain the beat
fault k, there should be a 100 per
e rt union organization at the vard.
At the present time there waa 80 per
oent union and 20 per cent non-union.?
lie atated at the yards where
ter waa 100 per cent union organi
f an "everything waa fine and
a aald Hint the trnnhlA fMnaii.
icould eaally be aettled by Mo
ick mooting with the labor re.
i claimed that McCormlck wab
wl. ag to pay retroactive pay, ac
cording to the Macy agreement, on
only government contracts and that
Y a would not pay it on private con
Ha claimed he waa fighting foi
' y union men and he
' aid stay with them, that when
y went Into the atreeta, their
f atopped, but hla went on just the
e, and he waa going to fight the
Iter to the end. That 826,00b
a, members of the union, would
ad behind the St. Helena men and
i that they did not Buffer,
iclnnls made aeveral other point
remarks which were nunrtimtnil
h profanity and a repetition of
' Htjick Mukca Gmm1 Hxerh
1. J. Stack, aecretnry of the Ore
t Federation of Labor, made k
aervattve and sensible talk. He
1 he waa not going to aay any
Bg about the local situation, but
rlaed the union men in ninn,l in.
;her and accomplish those things
f which labor fought. Hla Bpeech
a wen received and hla sensible
k waa In marked contraat to the
'sponsible utterances of Mclnnla.
B. H. Powers, president, of the
'itlme Council, also made a talk,
aald that the atrlke at the Me
Jalok yards would not end at the
CITY COUNCIL HAS
A SHORT SESSION
hiin t 7:iW wid Clows at H:(X
HuhIi HuNlnnw to Clowe
When it eonie to rushing buslnesb
along, the mayor Is right there. H
can open and close council and trans
act a vast amount of buslnnsa In the
short space of half an hour. Ru
quickly did he rush mutters along
Monday night, that Sherman Miles,
who had run all the way from the
bank to the city hall, and drew up
at the council room door at 8:03 o'
clock, found the mayor and council
gone and the'room In darkness. He
came to, the Mist office to ask 11
there would be a council meeting ana
waa Informed they hud met, adjourn
ed and (posalbly) gone home. Sher
man had some Important business so
he atated, to lay before the honor
able body, and next Monday he Is
coming to the council chamber at
6 o'clock and bring hla supper with
him so be will be sure to be there
when the council meets.
J. W. McDonald made a report aK
to his attendance at the reconstruc
tion convention. J. W. Allen re
ported on the aldewalk to he built
on the north aide of Mock IS ana
asked that work be started Im
mediately. No bldn having been re
ceived on .the work, Allen was au
thorized to look after the same.
The ordlnunce granting J. L. Zip
per? r a telephone franchise was pluc
ed on Its second rending.
A building permit was Issued to A.
M. Holt to erect an office building.
K 11. Scott, local manager of the
Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co.,
was present and statea that hla com
pany had made arrangements so that
additional phones could be installed
and better service given.
Several other matters of minor Im
portance were acted upon and a mo
tion made to adjourn. Tills was
promptly seconded, and carried and
the mayor declared the meeting ad
I'osslbly this waa not dill that trans
pired, for the Mist'a council reporter
was 4 ' minutes late In nrrivtng at
tho council clirmber and the mayor
might have allpped something over
during the period from 7:30 to
7:34. Hla Honor waa certainly
In a big harry and It was hard to ac
curately catch tho Items of business
as they were hurriedly read acted
upon and others taken up before the
first ones had hardly left the table.
It was a matter of catch as catch can,
and the Mist caught all it could. May
be there was more, and the Mist has
a suspicion that there was more, but
It must have been attendee to be
fore the council met.
ODD FELLOWS IN
St. Helens Lodge No. 117, I. O. O.
P., Installed their newly elected of-,
fleers on the evening of January 11.
On the same evening the presenta
tion of twenty-five year veteran
jewels, was made to I'ast Grands
Jiinies II. Sheldon and Capt. Charles
Spinner; the presentation apeoch
being made by Judge William J.
Kullerton, in an Impressive manner,
and was responded to by the recipi
ents, who expressed their gratifica
tion In thus being rewarded, and
honored for their faithfulness In be
ing associated with an order for one
fourth of the time of Its existence
(the Independent Order of Odd Fol
lows was Instituted April . 26th,
The officers Installed were:
Noble Grand, Ira Saurer.
Vice Grand Norman D. McCol
luiu. Secretory Chas. W. Hlakesley.
Treasurer Jouso Lansing.
Warden W. I1. Howell.
Conductor Grant C. Roboy.
Chaplain E. A. Rosa.
R. 8. N. G. Uther W. Clark. '
L. 8. N. G. Alfred C. Popeloy.
R. 8. V. G. George Tilberg.
L. 8. V. O. Samuel H. Ingham.
R. S. S. Hluford K. Cooper.
' L. S. S. John Pethman.
I. G. Frank Hill.
O. Q. Wm. A. Urown.
Installing Officer E. A. Ross, T).
D. O. M.
After the business of the lodge was
ovor light refreshments were serv
ed. BALLAGH RECEIVES
Edison I. Ballagh, although a Bur
dlck supporter, has landed doclrablo
assignments lu the Oregon legisla
ture. He Is chairman of the claims
committee, Is on the flshories and
public lands committeos. The com
mittee of which he la chairman Is a
very Important one and the other
two committees are regarded as
among the most Important commit
tees In the house. Hallagh'a friends
are highly pleased that he has re
ceived such favorable recognition.
yardB. That every boit the MoCor
ralck interests w ere operating,
would be affected. That the dry docks
In San Francisco and Seattle woulo
reruse to dock the boats, etc., etc.
The meeting waa ended by a speech
from Floyd Hyde, the substance of
which la given In another column of
Yankee Transport Arrives at
Thia photo shows a troop ship laden with Yankees nt the pier at Vladivostok and a Red Cross ambulance
being lowered over the side. The boys are on their way to hold back the Bolshevik tide from Siberia.
M INNIS NOT FAIR
IN PUBLIC STATEMENT
Htatemcuts Publicly Made arc Hhoirn
to ie r als
XI. A. Mclnnls, Decretory of the
Columbia River Maritime District
Council, evidently, is a reader of the
Mist, for at the open labor meeting
at the Liberty Theatre Tuesday
night, he produced a clipping from
the Mist and read It to the large au
dience. The article read, which ap
peared In the Issue of the Mist of
January 10th, Is as follows:
MUX HTKIKK AT THK
HT. HKI.K.NH HIIIPVAHDH
Approximately 125 men who
were employed at the yard of
the 8t. Helens Shipbuilding
Company are out on a atrlke
The strikers are men from
every union represented. The
Mist has endeavored to ascer
tain the cause of the strike, but
there are ao many conflicting
stories, that It is Impossible to
give an ACCURATE AND FAIR
The Mist Is informed that 167
men are still at work In the yard
and that while conditions In
every other yard were the same
na prevailed In the St. Helena
yard. It was the first one to
have a strike.
At the present time, there
does not seem to be any proba
bility of an Immediate settle
ment of the strike or griev
ances. This is the article to wbich Mr.
Mclnnls took exception and berated
the editor of the Mist na mls-repre-sontlng.
The editor is willing to
leave it to any fair-minded man or
woman, If the statement above Is not
fair and Just to both aides. Mr. Mc
lnnla, however, sitting as the wholu
iury, has declared the statement pub
lished as misleading and unfair, ana
thon, apparently to show hla author
ity. Jumped on the editor of the Mist
with both feet, and afterwards, know
ing that the editor was present, did
not have the manhood or fairness to
call for a statement from the editor,
and after the matter had been ex
plained to him, evon before the meet
ing adjourned, Mclnnls, while know
ing that he willfully lied as to the
Mist and Its editor, preferred to have
hia false statement go unchallenged
r.nd sink Into the minds of the people
present, as the truth.
Hays He Informed the Mist '
Mclnnls stated he had informed
the Mist as to the cause of the
strike. He told the truth, in this in
stance. The editor of the Mist asked
other union men as to the cause of
the strike He asked H. F. McCor
mlck for his side of the question,
and he asked G. A. Rogers, one of
the prominent union men, for a fair
and impartial statement. Mr. Rod
ners brought in n written statement
end stated that he and Smith were
the publicity committee of the union.
That if the Mist would publish his
remarks, then the editor could make
any comment he desired. He aald
that all publicity must come through
his committee and that Mclnnls, or
no one else, was authorized to make
n statement, except through the pub
licity committee. The -statement,
which follows, was too long to have
full apace in our laBt Issue, so we told
Mr. Rodeers and Mr. Smith that It
would be published In this week's
JMM) Quarts of Contraband Found on
Ht earner in I'ortland
The steamer Celllo, which is now
In port and loading a cargo of lum
ber for California, waa raiHeri tiv ih.
moral squad of the Portland police i
eaiuraay ana 3UU quarts of liquor
found. One of the waiters on the
vessel waa placed under arrest and
charged with being the owner of the
contraband. He denies any knowl
edge of It. The vessel is billed to
sail Tueaday night and all of her
passenger accommodations have
COUNTY COURT HAS j
Drawing Jury List and Appointments
Keeps Court liusy j
The county court adjourned Thurs !
day night after being In session for
a week. The routine business of the '
court was disposed of before Judge:
Fullerton took office, but right ofi
way mattera. drawing of the jurv!
usi, appointments, ana other matters
prolonged the session four days. The
court left some unfinished business
and will resume their session on
Tuesday, January 21st.
paper. We ask all fair-minded read
ers to see If the statement given in
the following article froix the pub
licity committee, jibes with Mclnnls'
statement as to stewards end shop
committees. Here's the statement
given the Mist by Rodjers:
UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CAR
PENTERS AND JOINERS
Instituted August 12, 1881
Unlcn No. 1838
City, St Helens: State, Oregon.
Date, Jan. 9, 1919.
Labor's thoughts and principals,
the result of years of study and prac
tice or why the St. Helens Shipbuild
ing Co., is now a member of that class
of unfair employers that are today
endeavoring to demonstrate to me
chanlca and laborers, to whom they
owe their fundamental foundation,
their present existence and their rea
son to believe that they are going to
be able to continue business in the
future; that their employes have no
rights or liberties while so employed,
that does not meet with the approval
of the employers censor board or in
some way add more to the profits ot
First, we should have a review of
the past for some way back.
About 16 months Ago the men em
ployed in the shipbuilding Industry
were compelled to go on strike lu
order that they rulgh"t obtain the
proper consideration that they were
entitled to; at that time the Mc
Cormlck yard waa blessed with some
men that needed no consideration
except that they would. like certain
people to consider -thera as martyrs
to the cause of patriotism.
These men were wnrkinir fnr lha
same wages that they h?d been secur
ing for sometime past, while every
thing was going aky high, besides the
extra burden ot financing the wav
waa falling heavily upon their shoul
ders; yet after all of their by-play
and pretensions they did not hestitate
to boldly atep up and hold out their
hand for the first fruits of the ef
forts of the men they were so bold
as to ridicule and blaspheme, and are
continuing to do ao to this day, wlth-
(Continual) o page elgkt)
DID NOT CALL YANKS
KeHrta in I'ortland Pajiers . Were
False, He Htatea
Floyd Hyde, who was a delegate
to the recent l.ibor conference in
Portland and who the Portland
papers credited with saying that the
"Yanks in Russia were International
Scabs" denies having made such
statement. He was one of the com
mittee on resolutions and a resolu
tion was adopted which 'was not to
the liking of Mr. Hyde. He confer
red with Dr. Chapman of the editor
ial staff of the Oregon Journal, and
Dr. Chapman advised htm to leave
the resolution In, but Hyde did not
agree with the Journal's editorial
The statement which Hyde made
to the Mist, and which was typewrit
ten and approved in his presence
was this: "I deny that I referred to
American soldiers as 'international
scabs.' What I did say, however,
was that as a member of the Ameri
can working class, I protested on be
half of other members of our class
who are fighting in the ranks of tho
army against them (the soldiers)
being compelled to play the roll ot
International scabs in the interests
of the capitalists of the world, to
whose interest it is to suppress the
working class revolution."
If the explanation of Mr. Hyde
as given above places him in a more
favorable position before the public,
the Mist is glad to give space to his
COLUMBIA COUNTY HAS
AN ENVIABLE RECORD
A statement compiled by Liberty
Loan headquarters in Portland
shows that Columbia county has
maintained its fine record in answer
ing the appeal of the government to
subscribe for Liberty bonds. The re
port, which has just been completed
and verified by headquarters, shows
that the county stands third in the
state ns to percentage of subscrip
tions as compared with the quota.
The quota was $208, SOS and the sub
scriptions totalled $406,700 or
194. 6S per cent. The number of sub
scribers in the county, for the Fourth
loan, was 4,097 or 38.72 per cent of
the estimated population.
Lincoln county carried off first
honors with a percentage of 640 per
cent. Its quota was $70,056 and
the amount subscribed was $448,
050. The number of subscribers wus
5.5S7 or 99.01 per cent of the popu
lation. Curry county came second
with a percentage of 249.75- per cent
and a total subscription of $6S,950 as
against a quota of $27,608. The
per cent of population subscribing
was 31.70 per cent.
Robert E. Smith, executive mt.na
ser for the state, In a letter te
County Chairman S. C. Morton, con
gratulates Columbia county on the
fine record established and thanks
each and every one who took part
In the work and made possible the
magnificent results obtained.
J. W. Allen, county school super
intendent, has issued a circular as to
the proper method of nursing "flu"
cases. Mr. Allen states that the in
formation was furnished by a well
known government physician and has
been adopted by several state boarda
VERDICT OF GUILTY
IN KAUTZMAN CASE
CASE HARD FOUGHT
Columbia Herald Editor Convicted of
fubitHlilng Indecent Matter
The jury which waa empaneled to
hear the evidence and render a true
verdict In the case of the State of
Oregon vs. Ham Kautzm'-.n, editor o
the Columbia Herald, who wa
charged with printing aad publish
ing obscene and Indecent matter In
the paper of which he is editor, af
ter 1 hours deliberation, returned
a verdict of guilt.
The case was given to the Jury at
5 o'clock and they retied to the
Jury room. It is atated thnt two bal
lets were taken before supoer time.
There were some ballots for "guilty"
and some were blank. The Jury then
went to supper and on the first bal- .
lot taken after returning from sup
per, the ballot was unanimous for
The case was called Thursday
morning. The regular panel was ex
hausted and U. S. DeSpaln appointed
elisor to summon a special venire.
After a number of the special ven
ire had been examined as to their
qualifications as jurymen, the court
adjourned until Friday. On that day,
the counsel tor the defense asked
that the entire special venire be dis
charged on account of the fact that '
the elisor, U. S. DeSpain, had not
been sworn before summoning the
Jury. They also produced an affida
vit from a man named Spencer, who
said that DeSpaln had told him that'
he "knew better than the lawyers,
how the jurymen " would stand."
Judge Eakin adjourned court for
several hours and then ordered
Bailiff Watts to summon a new
venire. He paid no, attention to the
affidavit of Spencer, but granted the
motion on account of the fact that
DeSpain was not sworn. Court was
adjourned until Monday morning.
Special Venire Appears
On Monday the special venlr"
summoned by Bailiff Watts appe :re.
in court. It took all of the da" t
empanel a Jury. The state, which hac"
three peremptory challenges, ' ex
ercised five of them. Both the cr un
eel for the state and the defense ac
cepted the jury Monday, even'ng.
The taking of testimony waa be tup
Tuesday morning. The state ca'led
several witnesses who swore ther
had received KautzmaL's paper
which contained the article upon
which the indictment was drawn,
and that they received the paper
through the mail.
Other Testimony Barred
An effort waa made to introduce
other numbers of Kantzman'a papei
which contained libelous and ob
scene articles. The Judge ruled
against this and advised the attor
neys to confine the evidence to the
one paper and the one article for
which Kautzman was indicted. This
cut short the testimony and the dis
trict attorney oe.ld the state'a case
was finished. The attorneys for the
defense. Roblson and U'ren, at
tempted to introduce evidence as to
Metsker'o conversation and dealing
with parties In the attempt to buy '
the mortgage on the Herald. Also,
other evidence as to the purpose Met
sker had In bringing the caae before
the court. This evidence waa ob- -jected
to and the court sustained the
objection, so the defense had no '
evidence to Introduce, having admit
ted that Kautzman published the
article in his p?per.
Personalities are Indulged In
U'ren made the recall proceeding '
against Metsker of more importance
than the evidence of his client's wit
nesses. In every way, he tried to be-
foggle and lead away from the main
issue the minds ot the jury. It was
apparent that he wished them to .
forget the Kautzman case and take
up the recall proceedings. On several
.occasions he was sharply reprimand-;
ed by Judge Eakin. In the trial,'
U'ren lived up to his reputation, '
however, he injected Into the argu- .
ment the recall proceeding wbich '
gave Metsker an opportunity to '
answer. When he objected Judge's
Eakin told him that Metsker was
only answering arguments and ;
statements which he had improperly .
brought before the Jury.
Judge's Charge Is Fair
The charge ot Judge Eakin wab
eminently fair. He Instructed the ;;
Jury that the import of the connect- :
ed words of Kautzman'a poem shoulu
be taken Instead of the meaning of 1
each word, or separate word. In
other words, the Jury would have ,
to rely upon their own ideas if the
poem published and dedicated to
Robert Stanfleld, was obscene and in- ''
decent in Its meaning. He said that
oftentimes a word, within itself, was ;
meaningless, but wlien coupled with ;
other words brought out a meaning ;.
and an idea. Mr. U'ren objected to i
practically each and every phase oi
Eaktn's instructions. He waa allow- .!
ed Uie exceptions.
The Mist has no comment to mako
on the trial except to state that i
Judge Eakin was fair and impartial
in. his rulings. He allowed the at-'
torneys to inject and fight out mat- '
ters which had no .atanding before s
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