February 17, 1914

Investigation of alleged unscrupulous methods employed by the disappointed contractors in the Pacific highway bids to blacken the name of County Judge F.L. Tou Velle and State Highway Engineer H.L. Bowlby are being investigated by the grand jury. Subpoenas have been issued for Portland contractors and agents who are now on their way to testify in the probe. They will arrive today. It is alleged that Beall and company of Portland charged on their books auto tires against Judge Tou Velle, which he had never ordered or received, in order to convey the impression that he had received tires without pay from contractors or road machinery. Anonymous letters regarding the letting of Siskiyou highway contracts are also to be probed.

The grand jury this morning returned a true bill against A.A. Johnson and Charles Turner, charged with living in and about a house of ill fame.

A true bill was returned against Jack Miller, accused of larceny in a store in Ashland, and a not true bill against Joe Howard on the same charge.

Not true bills were returned against W.H. Odin and E.C. Welch, accused of mining claims fraud in an exchange of property on Evans Creek.


SALEM, Ore., Feb. 17 — Holding that firemen and policemen of Portland are not laborers, but officers, the supreme court today declared that the state eight-hour law does not apply to them. Mayor H.R. Albee, who is theoretically confined in jail on complaint by State Labor Commissioner O.P. Hoff, is ordered released from custody.

Justice Moore, who wrote the opinion, says that even if firemen and policemen were classed as laborers, the evidence in the case does not show that they have been employed in violation of the eight-hour law.

"Giving to the term 'laborer' as used in the enactment quoted," says Justice Moore, "the most extensive definition applicable, it is not believed that a fireman or a policeman employed by the city of Portland or the services which he is ordinarily required to perform for it makes either a laborer within the meaning of that word."

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