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Mail Tribune 100

June 28, 1917

$380,000 TO BE SPENT THIS YEAR ON PACIFIC HIGHWAY

Road work to the amount of $1,073,000 was authorized by the state highway commission at Portland Wednesday. This is the first session of the commission since the decision of the supreme court regarding the bonds and with the legal points settled the commission began today its big constructive road program for Oregon. The commission's policy is to take care first of the main trunk roads.

The commission has available for appropriation this year $1,866,000. Of this $1,000,000 is available from this $6,000,000 bond issue, $472,000 is government forest road money. $219,000 is from the one-fourth mill tax, and $175,000 from automobile licenses. During this morning's session word was received by the commission that the government approves of all the commission's applications for forest road money expenditures.

Appropriations made were:

Pacific highway, Douglas and Josephine counties, $380,000.

Columbia River highway, The Dalles to Astoria, grading, $500,000.

Fort Rock to Lakeview, $15,000.

Bend to Lapine, $17,000.

AWAIT INQUEST TO SOLVE MYSTERY OF MEADOWS TRAGEDY

Until Coroner Perl's inquest into the manner of death of David Cottrell is held, and it was expected to hold the inquest in this city late today, the details surrounding the tragic death of David Cottrell, who was shot and killed yesterday in the Meadows district, near Beagle, by Lane Wyland, a friend and neighbor, will be unknown. Wyland is about 50 years old.

Realives, friends and neighbors of both men are satisfied that the shooting was accidental, but ever since the tragic event Weyland has been so crazed with grief that he has been unable to give lucid explanation.

Nevertheless Coroner Perl telephoned to Weyland and to his friends Thursday forenoon that he must come into the city and attend the inquest this afternoon, or else he would have placed him under arrest and brought into the city.