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Q /YI_ONROE INDEPEND T ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR VOL. 6 MONROE, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY. NOVEMBER 22, 1917 WASHINGTON WEEKLY INUUSTRIAL REVIEW McCormick Mill Gettin~j Out a Laroe Quantity of Bio Timbers--Pays Top Prices to [mployes Seattle --: Patterson-McDonald shipbuilding corporation has se- cured contract for sixteen 8,800,- ton cargo carriers of the Robert Dollar type. Construction to be- gin,within 60 days. Underwood has completed a fine mission style school house. Sl~okane -- Contract let for Sperry flour mill on East Sprague street. Grays Harbor Association formed to promote riving spruce timber for airplane manufac- turer. Seattle has 42 ways down for building ships, 24 of the wooden type. Vancouver to build an under- ground railroad crossing at the interseciiidn of Eleventh street. Spokane--New $16,000 resi- dence nearing.completion here. Tekoa--The farmers and mill men of Tekoa have formulated plans for one of the largest grain elevators in the country. Darrington--Development pro- gresses toward establishment of great nitrogen plant on Sauk. Three crews working. Grand Mound--Bids called for construction of cottage and power plant at State School for Girls; cost $100,000. Walla Walla--100xl20-foot ga- rage to be erected here; cost $25,- 000. Ephrata Contract let for con- struction of a permanent high- way from Warden, two miles, for $5,871. Valley--Expenditures reaching $I00,000 will be made by the Val- ley Magnesite Co. in opening its quarry, installation of kilns and establishment of aerial tramway to connect with the railroad. Increased sugar beet acreage in the irrigation land states means increased meat production in these states, as well as more dairying. Northport--Big chief Mining Co.; with a capital of $1,000,000, organized here. Gra~s Harbor county will pay a million a year war tax. Aberdeen--Collier Harvesting Co., capitalized at $200,000, to establish factory here for manu- facture of a late type of harvest- ing machine. Kelso--Timber work on a jetty across upper end of Wiley slough, near mouth of Cowlitz river, has been completed, and dredge is ,~ placing 2,000 yards of rock be- hind piling. Aberdeen 27,000,000 feet of fir sold here to Aberdeen Logging Co. for $75,000. Tacoma--Contract for amuse- ment buildings at American Lake awarded. Oakville-Cheese factory here prosperous. Monthly payroll is $3,000. North Yakima--$20,000 ware- e house to be built here in spring. Toppenish-- New high school building may be erected here. J. D. Farrell, president of the O.-W. R. & N. Co., says: "The railroacl~ are no@ moving what promises to be the biggest potato cr0pin history of country. To- i ta!: approximately 453,000,000 bushels, or half again as much as last year. With intensive loading more than 75,000 cars will be needed." McCormick -- McCormick mill getting out large quantity of big timbers on war order. Mill run- ning steadily, although it is han- dicapped by a scarcity of labor- ers. ~The company is paying top prices for men and employs every I man it can get. Seattle--Work of constructing shipways at the new wooden shipbuilding plant of Martolich Co. commenced at Quartermaster Harbor, Port Angeles--S45,000 "being spent on I street improvements Congress meets the first Mon- day in December and is under- stood to have slated bills for re- lief along lines of increased oil production and for leasing on more favorable terms the unused w~terpowers and power sites, to include development of power. Oakville--One-mile stretch of Pacific Highway through Oak- ville completed. Toledo 5,000,000 feetof timber purchased near here. Camp to be e ~tablished soon. North Yakima--Third sugar factory for the Yakima valley is certainty. OLD HICKORY CHIPS The suffragist left is still fight- ing against the war. They have their platform and they stamp on it. Santa Claus is going to have a lot of home knit socks to fill this year. When the price of gasoline is cut in two and fixed by the gov- ernment the loyalty of every automible fan will reach the boil- ing point. The suffragists captured the first trench of the opposition when they secured the appoint- ment of a suffrage committee by the House. Do your bit and don't stop bit- ing. Poor 01d Count Zeppelin was spared something. He is dead. We wonder who inhabits room No. 13 of Mr. Nicholas Roman- off's fourteen room fiat. The kaiser's: aunt married her doctor and lived to be 84. That oughtto make our young medicos more popular than ever. Some of those old war-time recipes for substitute coffee and imitation stews had better be hunted up in time for the next flight of prices. II; will be time enough to re- gard the kaiser as a peacemaker when he offers to surrender. And even then he should be handled with care. Lord Northcliffe refers with pride to the Englishwomen who have taken up men's work to as- sist in the war, And London was once the world's headquar- ters for militant picketers. Public sentiment in Turkey is against Prussian influence. The same line of thought no doubt is making headway in Austria, and even Germany itself. l~ouisiana is no longer troubled about the sugar quotations. Future wars ought to be passed by the censor before being ex- hibited. , eat some turkey on Thanksgiv- ing day that has traveled all the way from his home state. Certainly the administration and congress make mistakes, but their average performance is high and we all have to back up the fight for liberty. Pan-Germanists are fiercely opposed to the policy of "no an- nexations and no indemnities," not yet realizing whose: ox is be- ing gored. Russia is in trouble not beeanse it had a revolution but because it was not prepared to make the revolution count to the best ad- vantage. We believe that even the im- perial favor shown to falsehood and plain lying will be unable to make that sort of thing respect- able the world over. What a coincidence that the stores of coal catch fire spontan- eously during the coal mine strikes! It is just as well to rec- ognize that there are ag~gressive enemies right here at home. The United States has no more dependable and faithful ally than the republic of Cuba. When the mails shall be car- ried by airplanes perhaps the size of Sunday newspapers will be reduced. Professor Irving Fisher wants to stabilize the dollar. We heart- ily agree on any treatment that will make it less flighty. Perhaps Mr. Romanoff feels anyhow that the job he lost would have been banned by any union as entailing unhealthy conditions on the operative. When Mr. Wilson dictates the peace terms, do you realize that he will have more power than any man in this world has ever lfad? And do yourealize why? Because the world is willing. Professor Hyman Powell's story of the conditions accom- panying the distribution of pris- oners among the German army makes us understand rather bet- ter the sympathy bet~veen Berlin and Constantinople. French soil .is magnetized for German Zeppliris. Colonel Roosevelt has an eye on the white house. He used to have two. The allies seem to be having quite a pleasant drive every day. , They didn't'do much in Ger- many for the love of Michaelis. Traffic regulations .in F~ance are drastic, as the Zepps found out. If trousers could be. abolished the hip pocket menace would dis- appear. Our government has just pur- chased six million silver pesos from Mexico for minting pur- poses. If we had been like Villa we would have taken the money away and not even said "Thank you." A shortage of tobacco is re- ported in Germany. How shock- ing that the Sultan doesn't look after the comfort of his dear al- lies. It'~ easy enough to see why the west came up so handsomely in its liberty loan subscriptions, considering the prices for wheat, corn, beef, pork, etc., that the rest of the country has been pay- ing. Boys in the German army ate Hindenburg's military genius young enough to be listening to speaks Russian, but no French fairy tales; and they have been or English. doing so. Governor Beeckman of Rhode Moscow is the Cradle of mod- [sland is going to France to spend ern Russia and Russia manifests a month on the western front,/a disposition to go back for a lit- but the chances are that he will[tie much needed rocking tosleep. HOW TO R[LIEVE [HI: FUEL SHORTAI;E Two Bills Are Before Conoress Which Would Remove Obstacles to Devel- opment of Waterpower The chickens of Pinchotism~ have come home to roost. The demand for fuel to generate power has outrun the supply, al- though the latter this year is ex- pected to exceed that of 1916, by 10 per cent and that of 1915 by 25 per cent. A coal shortage ex- ists in Ohio, one of the greatest coal-producing states, and may: ors of towns are seizing coal in transit to the great lakes and ap- portioning it among the inhabit- ants. An. embargo on coal ex- ports to Canada is in force. The reserve supply of petroleum de- creases at an alarming pace. Yet, according to Senator Jones, only 5,500, 000 water horse: power in the United States has been developed. Of the total, 40,000,000 is in the west, and of this only 2,500,000, or 6 per cent, has been developed. When aton of coal or a barrel of oil is burn- ed, it cannot be replaced, our stock of those fuels is perma- nently diminished. When a stream is harnessed, it continues to produce power as long as rain and snow feed it. It perennially renews itself. Unlike coal, which requires the labor of per- haps a million men to mine and transport it, waterpower requires the labor of comparatively few men--an important point when the nation needs to make the best use of every p~tir of hands. ' I Congress is responsible for'this I absurd waste. While it hasI passed drastic laws to impose on the people conservation of foodi it has obstinately refused to per- mit conservation of fuel, for that is the effect of its neglect to pass laws under which waterpower can be developed. In blind obe- dience to the dictation of Gifford Pinchot, it has, to use a familial: saying, saved at the tap but wasted at the bunghole. .... Two bills are before congress which would remove obstacles to development of waterpower-- the Shields bill relating to navi- gable streams and the Walsh bill relating to power on public land. The public is carefully protected by both bills, and the rights of the states are safe- guarded. Rates and terms of service are to be regulated by state commissions within the states; by the Interstate Com- merce Commission between the: states. These bills should receive the united support of all /'easonable men in and out of congress. Mr. Jones says that eastern and southern congressmen: have as- sured him thal they' are readYtO Vote for any reasonable bilisupon which the western members unite, and that western mem- b~ts, particularly those from the middle west, are chiefly respon- sible for the failure of congress to act. Some members, like those from Wisconsin, Nvbraska and Oklahoma, which ha;re rela- tively little waterpower, been badly infected With ism, and raise the anti-capitalist howl whene~er it is proposed to grant any rights to corporations. no matter how well the public interest be guarded. It is time that members from the:far west, which has two-thirds Of the waterpower, got together and made the will of the majority ef- fective against the few obstruc- tionists.--Portland Oregoniam :, i: ~,~,4 '. ' ' ' " - ' , ~ , i ', ' " .... , ... " ' ' irst In