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Feb. 1, 1914

Five Sailors Want Balm For Stomachs

There has been no decision as yet in the action brought in federal court by the five sailors of the schooner Edward B. West for $630 damages because of insufficient food on a voyage in 1910 from Callao to Aberdeen. Attorney W. H. Tucker, who returned yesterday from Spokane after arguing the case for the plaintiffs at Tacoma Tuesday, states admissions were made by the defendants that there was a shortage of food. The United States commissioner, the late Seth Warren, gave each of the men $90.

Attorney Tucker said the demand of the sailors for damages amounting to $126 each, was met by the master of the schooner, Capt. John Jansen, with an offer of 90 cents per man. This, Attorney Tucker declares, was the result of Capt. Jansen’s figuring of the value of the food which the vessel was short of.

Thinks Religion Grounds For Divorce

MONTESANO, Jan. 31 — Because his wife believes in spiritualism and considers herself a medium, Walter Wilbern is contesting the divorce action of his wife, Lillian J., in Judge Mason Irwin’s court this morning, even though there had been an agreement that he would allow her to have the divorce by default, give her the care of the children and pay her $30 a month alimony.

Attorney Bruener represents the woman and Attorney Phelps the husband.

The woman on the stand did not deny her religion or that she had consulted with a Seattle medium as to whether it was right or not for her to leave her husband. The Seattle medium was a man and though much was made of the consultation, it seems the letters had to do only with the religious side of whether or not she should leave and the real decision was left to the woman herself. She says her husband was cruel to her and that she can never live with him again, but she wants her children and believes she can care for them. The opposing attorney makes much of her being a medium and intimates that on that account she will not care for the little ones. She asked him what difference a religion would make in a mother’s love.

In fact Mrs. Wilbern made several sharp replies in answer to Phelps queries. He asked her if it wasn’t true that she had considerable temper. She did not deny it. He asked her if she didn’t answer back in a sassy manner when her husband complained:

“I presume I did. If anybody says something sassy to you don’t you say something sassy back?”

Phelps denied that he would do such a thing.

Feb. 4, 1914

Aberdeen No Longer Attractive To Bums

ABERDEEN — Chief of Police Seaman, in sumarily banishing two “bums” from this city today, made it known emphatically that all that shiftless element, too tired to labor, will be accorded similar treatment at his hands. R. F. Reilly and Alfred Allen were escorted to the city limits by an officer and when the county road was reached, were commanded to keep on going. They did.

“There is Your junk. Get it. Both of you fellows are going to be run out of town. Now you take my tip and don’t return. If you do you will find out you have done something.” So admonished the chief and the angry gleam in his eye conveyed to the tramps the significance of his remarks.

“I am sick,” said Reilly, “and not fit to walk out. And I have a trunk here.”

“You are not a quarter as sick as I am and I can walk off a good many miles. And I don’t care if you have a house and lot here, you beat it,” was the reply.

Reilly looked in the pink of health. He has been hanging around town for over a week, the chief declares, “living most of the time in the city prison.” “He has been stalling here on the city, pretending he was waiting for ‘money’,” said the chief. “I am through with this gang of bums. They will walk out of town from now on. Really I have more respect for a thief than the bum element.”

Feb. 6, 1914

Jones Studio Will Be Opened Feb. 10

The fine new Jones Studio in the Realty building will be opened Tuesday, Feb. 10, according to present plans. It will be one of the finest photograph galleries on Grays Harbor, being supplied with all of the latest equipment and facilities and conducted by artists.

The proprietors of the new studio are W. L. Jones and son, B. B. Jones. The former has been engaged in the photographic business for about 30 years, and the latter has grown up in it. The new studio occupies fine large quarters on the second floor of the Realty building and the proprietors have spent several weeks in the work of getting the establishment completed to suit them. The gas company has just installed special photographic arc lights, making it possible to take photos at night as well as in the day time.

The new studio will devote itself to portrait and commercial work and amateur finishing and enlarging and probably will also handle amateur supplies. Both father and son are experts in all branches of the work. They will make a specialty of fine artistic portrait work.

Feb. 7, 1914

New Samuel Benn School Well Appointed

ABERDEEN, Feb. 6 — (Special) — With befitting ceremony, the new Samuel Benn school in West Aberdeen was dedicated this afternoon. The dedicatory exercises were marked with speech making, music, and concluded with light refreshments and inspection of the handsome institution of learning. The high school glee club, directed by Miles Cavanaugh, rendered the opening song and also closed the program with a pleasing selection.

Architect Charles F. Trautman, in an address, explained the plans for the building when complete and showed those present a picture of the Samuel Benn school when finished. Supt. of Schools Wilson, in expressing his satisfaction over the new school, stated he never had seen a handsomer or finer school building. E. B. Crary, a member of the board of education declared the school met his every expectation. He advocated adding an additional wing in the near future, for he said the city institutions were in a badly congested condition, there being 70 new pupils with the opening of the term and 165 more pupils in the schools than last year. The high school as well as the grades, is crowded. A flashlight photograph was taken of the assemblage. Members of the Parent-Teacher association served tea.

The lot for the Samuel Benn school cost $4400, and the building as it stands, it being but the first unit, represents an expenditure of $25,000. There is to be a wing built on either side of four rooms each and an additional story of four rooms constructed. The present structure has four study rooms. When the building is finished it will consist of 16 rooms and will have cost about $50,000.

 

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