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OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY PIONEER PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY iLUME XXXVIII. ST. HELENS, OREGON. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1919 NO. 10 UMBER OF COMMERCE ,.0LDS A BIG MEETING AVE A GOOD PROGRAM nilanrti la Irg" and Manjl Mat ln Arted I'poa Vhe mooting of the St. Helens mbor of Commerce wm a big ire In every tenia. There were nit 70 representative men of Bt. lion In attendance ana ail mem- kid their Interact in matters ,lch would be lor tne benefit or community ana Columbia coun- kfter the reading of the minute ilia previous montlng, rremdent riun called for reports of commit More Now Member Dr. J. H. riynn or the member- hp committee, presented the name 11 men who naa mine eppucaiiou r nieniherhlp and they were fa rablr acted upon. Sherman Mile ported on the progre of getting le paring done on ti e strand and Columbia el rent, eouth from the Helen hotel, lie elo mentioned duplorable condition of the fnt and nifTeitea '.hat a com. .tee be appointed to wait on the ynr mid council and ee If ome- n K could not be uone towara Unlnc the treet. Councilman J. Allen poke nlcng the ame line pledged h'. aid. both at a clt hclal and a private citizen. I. Dopplmnlar brought up the Vttor of the had condition of tht ihway near Illrkenfeld, In the tor Nehalem. He elated that II almost Impossible for a machlm get tnrougn. judge raiierton Ited that the matter had been ught to the attention of the nty court and he thought atep kild be promptly taken to have highway filed so that It woulu niauahle. Mrtkrr Make HuggeaUon n line with the auggeatlon of the kt Improvement. Olen Metaker K-Med that a committee be ap kited to wait on the county court see If they would not move the n cruiher down to the lnter-.ee- i of Columbia and St. Helen uie the rock there Instead of Hhlng the rock at the pennant ktloo of the quarry. Mr. Met ' pointed out that till would be h to the advantage of the town the county. Following hla tug' tlon a committee of ton were p Untad to wait upon the county rt at their next aaaalon and pre t the matter to that body. Other Matter Prenruted Peroral other matter were pra ted before the chamber. One of 'tii wa that a charter committee appointed and that they confer pi the city authorities relative to tiling a new chater to submit to voter of the city at the next election. The leglltlve corn- ten reported on the progress of tin bill which the chamber had imd and on several bill which V had opposed. The report of rutlve secretary Storla gave an me of what had been sccom- Jieil since the last meeting. Sever kither matter were acted upon the meeting waa then turned to Charle Wheeler, chairman he evening. Orulieu Club Ring the firm number. Mr. Wheal railed for a song by the Orpheu f. They made a big hit and were tired. Mark woodruff, oromlnen Itlnnd publicity man wao then pd on. He spoke 10 minute and It with the posnlble exception of (k i were sorrv when he atoDDed t Woodruff said the life of any e was a commercial club or cham or commerce and the Ufa of such mniznuons wns dependent upon spirit of co-operation. He told of It the tourlHt travel had done for knn and said that when rood lis were bunt throughout the o, the annual tniirlut travel bid be enormous. California, he , reaped an Knnual harvest of hundred million dollars from tourist, while Oregon did not re- e more than seven million. He that the main thorouthfarea fll have to be the first Improved, uiiu tourist couia get in and get Afterward, the ids lines Md come In for their part of at- iion. Mount Hood Imn ptr. Woodruff wns much in favor tho proposed highway around Hood. He thouaht thM such a !iwny would attract thousands of nnt and alio furnish pleasure to nutans or Oregon. He cited fi'or, Colorado, as an example of At could he ncrnmnllihnd bv the fldlng of necessary seen to high- y and sr.ld that ' if the loop mi Mt. Hood waa built, that Pnsands of tourists who now to Colorado and California, would ke a ban Una fni Ornaron. Pn clostnc Mr. Woodruff paid a fiipllment to the St. Helens Cham- ot Commerce on their earnest- r In the work hefore them. He Id that there wculd bo always V"u the m.-.n with the hammer, il ho thought tho man. with the (Continued on last page) How the Great Seattle Strike Was Broken i uuptiM.ii.u,, jwmm 'J mm --C' T. J.Y Our photo allows machine gun crew were used by Mayor Hanson In the SENATOR BANKS SAYS HE IS FOR COLUMBIA Claim He bt Working for Intrrral of Columbia (Vunty Senator W. W. Hanks of Mult nomah county, who represents Col umbia county in the state senatorial hall, tin written the Mint a letter In which he claims that he ha onl the best Interest of Columbia at heart. Tho Mlat, wishing to give Senator Hank all the credit due. take the liberty of publishing his letter, which is as follows: S. C. Morton, St. Helens, Oregon. Dear Sir: 1 have your favor of the 13th Instant enclosing a petition of remonstrance against the county of Columbia being dotachod from the 20th Judicial district unless the same can be placed In a Judicial district by tuelf. It is Impossible to crer.te a separate Judicial district for Columbia county with the present views entertained by the members of the legislature. I have understood from Ilepre- eentatlve Iloilagh that this changa was desired by the people o' Colum bla county. 1 have also understood that they have not been getting gooo service with the present arrange ment, and that an Improved condi tion would result, in joining with Washington county. The bill has passed the senate and 1 would advise you to take thin mat ter up with Representative tlnllagh. I desire to assure you that It is my earnest desire to serve the people of Columbia county, as well a those ot the county In which I live, and I do not think that your statement that 1 have not paid the (lightest attention to matters of concern to Columbia county is correct. I have hnd man conferences with Representative Bal lngh a to the wishes and desires ot the people of Columbia county. I will ay, however, that I wa somewha surprised to receive some of the pro tests which I did, concerning the raise of salaries In that county. Uy the terms of the bill which hr.s passeo both houses, the largest salary paid to a county .official in Columbia county is $1,800. Thio Is not more than many clerks in department seores and cigar stores receive, and 1 1 rin not feel that obloctlons to the salary bill wore well taken. Yours very truly, W. W. BANKS. The Mist believes that the people of Columbia county are fully capable of passing impartial judgment. BOYS CONFERENCE IS BIG SUCCESS I 1 It, T iTk . irVirfn. Sird.T .nd:rtshineiit. of the 1.2nd were also was held here Friday Saturday and , of Portlftnd , Sunday, was well attended and a eomm,n(, of tne reglment. ... . .i. 1 i. Tpro7gr.mwaren. Pcihlv the outstanding features . V. .;.i.nM wa. th. Fellow- ship supper and the addresses by among which oniM ..I .',, Doctors Elliott and Pence. This was action and only 14 were rlously n.f.IpuT evenln ' woundod. The rest of the troops are Th Jwnn 1 for Sunday opened scattered all over France." with a song and devotional service. I - - The churches did not have their The Women's club mot February usual services, but united in a service 8th, at the city library, which was tor the boys. Marshal Dana gave an looking fresh in a new coat of kal tnterestlng talk Sunday fterncpni somlne, the gtft of friends. The nn and Lieut. Petrad of the French nual Washington tea will be given army spoke at the evening session. February 25th at Mrs. Joint Stens. ThM who attended the confer- An entertainment will be given St. nna are loud in their, praise ot th. scored and give much .,tit tn Secretary George Mc- rinrA for the admirable manner in whtch he arranged the program. ' ; - i- t it VL" ready to fire upon the striker. Police, soldier recent strike In the Bound City. COUNCIL MEETING IS A BIG SHOW SAXON VS. WELLINGTON Srwrr and Htiwt Asscnmpnte Canne (Vunril Marh Worry The main and outstanding feature of the council meeting Monday night wns the verbal duel between His Honor, Mayor Magnus Saxon, and J. H. (Duke) Weill i;ton. The latter, Who hnd sewer and street assess ments agr.inst his prope-ty, stated he was willing to pay the assess ments, but thought that the interest chargo should be cancelled. He claimed that while be was in the service of the U. S., the city dads should have protected his interests. Mayor Saxon did not agree with Mr. Wellington, and quite an argument enHued. Charges and counter charges were hurled and then re hurled and those in attendance, were much amused and entertained. The matter ended by a decision of the mayor and council that Mr. Wel lington should pay the Interest charge on the sewer asMcssment. ; Morn l,lhts Are Ankml j C. L. Wheeler asked that the council proceed with the installation ot lights along IWntnr street. He set forth that there were numerous residents along this street In the locality described as ''Bungalow l'nrk." and that they were entitled to street lights. The council agreed with Mr. Wheelor and ordered the lights Installed. Fire Department Needed In the matter of the organization of a fire department: all the city officials were of the opinion, that in asmuch as the city now had a fire truck, that a fire department should be organized. The matter was dis cussed pro and con, but no definite action was taken. A building permtt was granted to R. W. Booth to erect a dwelling ou Lot 14, Ulock SO in the City of St. Helens. Many other matters were taken up nnd discussed by the council and ih. kn.lnM. hafnra thnt hnnnrlhlA body WM not fmBHed until a late hour. THIRD OREGON BOYS ARRIVE IN NLW YOKK.J """" , . . I The liner Canoplc arrived in New, York February 19. with Companies A, li, y ana u 01 mo niuu unau try. This was originally the thlra Oregon regiment. Field and staff headquarters, ma chine cun companies and medical . J. I am bringing back 1ZZ3, said toio- nel May. "We naa euu casualties. , Patrick's night for the scholarship loan fund; a fund from which young women may borrow tor tneir eauca- ! tlon. Mrs. Flora Owen has been re- elected librarian for the coming year, n and armed civilian TELEPHONE HEARING FOR FEBRUARY 24 Public Service Commisnlon to Re sume Hearing on Raise in Bate The Oregon nubile service com mission baa sent oat notice slating that on Monday, February 14th, at room 262 in the courthouse in Por. lr.nd, tho hearing to the proposed In crease in telephone ra:es will be resumed. City Attorney Day will be la attendance .0 lock after the in terests of St. Helens and A. L. Mor ris of Warren, will be there to fight f)r the Interest ot the farmer and ondeavor to secure for him a tele phone rate and service which Is reasonable and JusL The Sprlng'leld Republican, in a recent issue, states that Michigan and Pennsylvania are both fighting the arbitrary ruling of Postmnster Hurloson, and it was their opinion that other state would tate up the fight against the unjust Increase. There- are many In St. Helens and Columbia county, who hope that the ruling of Burleson will be set aside nnd that the public servico commis sion who are elected to look after such matters, will not bo handicap ped by the ruling ot someone who has never been to Oregon nor has the Interests of Oregon at heart. THE OREGON STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Membership Drive la Now Under Way ' launched by State Chairman A membership drive for the Ore eon State Chamber ot Commerce has been launched by John L. Etherldge of Portland, state chairman ot the membership committee. During the past month an office force, working overtime, ha been perfecting the committees organlsa tlon for seruing members for the I new chamber. A large room has been set aside specially for thl pur pose by Mr. Etheridge, manager and vlce-perlsdent, Mqjrrls Bros., Inc., bond house, in the Morris building, 309 Stark street, Portland. The aim is to secure Individual memberships from the representative citizens of every town, . community and rural district ot Oregon and or ganization memberships from every lncal . commercial or development en8 has been appointed ehairnan of the membership committee for Col- bl countr. Also the following , of Columbia county have been ap- pointed chairmen of the membership county, and It the law business of committee for their respective cities: Clatsop Is "potential, as .the sena Mrs. Grant Watts, Scappoose; H. S. tor expresses It. there Is no reason Mason, St. Helens; F. B. Holbrook. , why this same 'potential clause rKi. t w uxun.n utinior- p. does not apply to Columbia and St. Calvin. Clatskanie: J. B. Wllkerson.l Vernonla. ,..-, , , trno 101a WTTPTT. T APfiP - Financial reports just issued show that the net operating Income of the Union Pacific system tor the 11 months ending November 80, .... .-A AMM A. AHA nil tmniinoHi in .u.uau.uau. increase of 17,707,393, compared ' - with the 11 months ending Novem ber 30, 1917. For the same period the net operating Income of the Southern Pacific totaled 132,091, 462, a decrease of 18,707,812, com pared with 1917, and the net operat ing income of the Northern Pacific amounted to $22,137,274, & decrease of $4,914,163 compared with the previous year. NORBLAD IS WRATHY AT ST. HELENS CITIZENS ObJecU to Objection to Hi Bill for Judicial llatrtct Senator A. W. Norblad. who many think was the father or instigator of Senate Bill 190, the purpose of which was to take Columbia county from Clatsop In the 20th Judicial district and place It with Washington in the 19th district, has written a volumln ous letter to the St. Helens Chamber of Commerce, setting forth SOME of his reasons for the proposed change. 1 ne MiBt, wishing to be fair to ttu. senator, is glad to give space to the most important portions ot his let ter. The senator said he was much surprised at a recent article which appeared In the Mist relative to the bill and the inference is that he was considerably surprised at the opposition which developed against the bill. Political Clique Blamed Senator Norblad tries to convey the impression that the opposition to the bill is for political purposes only, for ne states, 'Evidently Mr. Morton ha. the Interests of a certain clique of politicians and the desire to vent hit personal spleen, more at heart, than the welfare of the county." The senator stepped off on the wronit foot in this instance, as it appears that be tries to befoggle the issue by Indulging in personalities. The facts of the matter are that the Chamber of Commerce received a copy of the bin and Immediately wired a protest, The matter was brought up In opeu meeting and every one of the 36 members present, went on record ai. oppoaing It (the Norblad) bill. petition was circulated In St Helens, and signed by every one to whom It waa presented (with the exception of two people) and the petition waa for warded to Senator Banks with the request that he use his Influence against the bllll. Petition Is Ignored From the fact that Banks aided in putting the bill through, not withstanding the request ot the peo pie here and elsewhere In Columbia county, Is indicative of the deep In terest that both he and Norblad have taken in Columbia county, and bears out the contention that some motive other than that of serving Columbia, prompted both senators to act as champions of the bill, even In the face of the strong opposition to it. Norblad is frank in discussing the merits of the bill for he states "Now then, as to the merits of the bill of the judicial division; they ar all with Columbia county to anyone who l open to conviction. Of course if a person is willing to accept Mor ton's statement for it and nothing else, the bill Is a bad one tor you .county. Forgetting that he had spoken 01 accepting Morton s statement, Mr. Norblad in his wild and disconnected letter makes another statement which shows conclusively that HE WAS NOT CONSIDERING COLUM BIA COUNTY, but using his office to r.tsul some of his Astoria opponents for he says, "the opposition to the bill has developed In Clatsop county among just a few persons. Clyd Fulton Is the principal opponent to it Fulton has written a number ot let ters to members of the leglslatur urging Its defeat. WHY?" The Mist believes that Fulton wrote to mem hers of the legislature asking them to defeat Norblad's bill because he Is friendly to Columbia county and did not -see the wisdom' of making the change Norblad suggested In further argument (?) for his btil, Norblad says "the population has nothing to do with the expedi ency of the cases. It Is the record ot law trials and law business that eountrn" This statement Is taken by friends of Judge Eakin as a slur at the judge, for It la a well known fact that Norblad has been bitter in his criticism of Eakin on account ofl Eak'n handling the court buslnes as he saw fit instead of taking the plans of others. "Astoria," continues Mr. Norblad, "Is a seaport town ana naturally has tar more pbtentlal law business than Washington county." Every one is willing to admit this fact, but at the same, time, it is de sired to call to Mr. Norblad's atteu tlon that St. Helens Is virtually a sea port town and that Columbia county is a lumbering and shipping Helens, whose interests are Identical with Clatsop and Astoria. Interjects Crude Politics Senator Norblad, warming up in his condemnation of all who oppose his political scheme, delivers what, ap- parently, he considered a body blow, tor he states, "from the standpoint of the politicians. It would perhaps be better to have Columbia tied to Clatsop. Why?" BeeauBe the Fulton 1 M.Bll 9 Pl.taAll MHIlN fttlfl til I. i w v. .... v wwu- - . . J Pnliin. Morton crowd of Columbia county work together." The so-called Ful ton crowd and their aid w-s enlisted when It waa explained to them that the Impression In Clatsop county (possibly originating with the Norb lad crowd) as to uoiumnia oeing ae strous of being detached from Clat sop, was a false Impression, and when this became known, Astoria friends of Columbia county, came to rescue BALLAGH TO KILL SENATE BILL 190 AT CITIZENS REQUEST Rnprettentative Promises to ls Hla Influence Against Bill The St. Helens Chamber of Com merce is in receipt of a letter from Kepresentatlve Edison I Ball.ieh. In which he states, that acting upon the petition of taxpayers of St. Hel ens and other Columbia county sec tions, ne win 00 his utmost to pre vent the passage of Senate Bill No. 190, the purpose of which was to divorce Columbia county from Clat- sop county in the twentieth judicial district ana place this county with Washington. The Mist is also in recetDt of a lat ter from the representative statin r substantially what be told the Chamber of Commerce, and addi mat tne bill, which was passed by the senate, had been referred to the House committee, and that he thought the committee would neglect ' xo report on it. in the event that they did report, he thought thera would be an unfavorable renort. This statement Is taken to Indicate that Mr. Ballagh has heeded the re quest of his constituents and that he will be guided by their wishes r rom nis letters it is inferred that he has already taken up with tho House committee, who had the bill In charge, the advisability of making an unfavorable report and that he must have had assurance that tho committee would abide by his wish es. Frlends of Mr. Ballagh are much gratified that be has taken such action relative to the bill, and the Chamber of Commerce, thronrh a vote of its members, have sent Mr. Ballagh a telegram thanking hln. for the action he has taken. Representatives Agree It is understood that Mr. Ballach has had this matter up with the re presentatives from the several coun ties concerned in the change of judi cial a ist nets, ana that they have agreed to abide by his wishes. In this event. It is almost sure that Senate Bill No. 190 will never become a law and that Columbia ana Clatsop will remain in the Twentieth Judicial district, a fact that to very gratifying to the many In Columbia county who prefer being with Clat sop county rather than changing to Washington. The Mist congratulates the repre sentative on his stand In this mat ter and hopes he will be able to swat the bill hard enough to oromntly kill it. INCOME TAX MAN COMING TO ST. HELENS Out Their Report Will Assist All Concerned la Making In order to aslst the citizens ot St. Helens and surrounding country In making out their income tax re ports, Milton A. Miller, collector of Internal revenue, has assigned to the St. Helens district Income Tax Of ficer H. Barber, who will be in St. Helens at the courthouse on Febru ary 24 and 25. The treasury department has Just gotten out the Income tax blanks and while the government is dispos ed to give some leeway in the time of making the report, it Is the best policy to call on the income tax man while he Is here and have the blanks properly made out. Columbia county from the clutches of scheming politicians. No wonder Norblad is mad. Spitework is Shown. Just what the following has to do with the change in judicial districts, the Mist is unable to Bay, but it muBt have something to do with it, or else Norblad would not have Bald "it is true I ran against Eakin for judge a few years ago, and It is also true that ' I defeated him In Astoria for the of fice. It is also true In this connec tion that Clyde Fulton helped him (Eakin) all he could. The people of Clatsop county are for. the division,,' but a certain bunch ot politicians ar. not." This statement is taken as evidence i that Norblad has a spite against ! Eakin and Is trying to rub It in. fot ' I the mere fact that he carried Astoria ', when running against Eakin should , not be taken r.s an Indication that! the people of Columbia want to go to . Washington county. In legal phrase- ; ology, the matter is irrelevant and Im material, .i In closing his ' epistle, Norblad j says, "this is rather a rambling let-. ter," and the Mist has no reason to i dispute the assertion of the senator In this regard. The Mist has fought' against Norblad's measure because it thinks the bill is against the best interest of Columbia county, and the Mist knows that It has the support, of a majority ot the taxpayers rela tive to the matte?, notwithstanding. Norblsd'e wrath. It believes, also, that the opinions of representative citisens of the county, who lived here even before Norblad set foot' on America's Bho-es, should have more weight than the opinion of one whose purpose appears to be for political gain. - ' . .