by Richard van Pelt, WWI Correspondent
Front page headlines:
ROME FORGETS WAR ON DEATH OF POPE TURNS TO PRAYER
Announcement of Death Not Made Public Until 1:20 This Morning
Thousands Uncovered Pray In the Streets
Sacred college to choose the Successor Summoned; the Pope May Be American
GERMAN LOSSES IN BELGIAN BATTLES SOMETHING AWFUL
FIGHTING FIERCE IN ALSACE-LORRAINE FRENCH ADVANCING
AUSTRIAN SLAVS REFUSE TO FIGHT THEIR OWN RACE
Of interest to residents was the headline “Salem to Get cheaper Water Capital Journal’s Fight Wins.” The new water rates were listed as follows:
The New Water Rates
First faucet: $ .70
Each additional faucet $ .10
Bath $ .30
Toilet $ .40
Stationary tub $ .10
Hot and cold faucets count as one.
The average reduction of water rates in Salem under the ruling of the railroad commission made public this mooring is 22 per cent.
To the average family the old rates were $2 flat for household purposes per month, with a rebate of 10 per cent when paid before the 10th. The new rate for a family up to eight persons is, while not flat, from $1.40 to $1.50 per month, with rebate of 10 per cent if paid before the 10th.
“Death rode in a Ford automobile this morning about 2 o’clock,” read the article headlined “Auto Jumps Bridge But No One Killed.” “Six men in it as it somersaulted off bridge – one gets scalp wound and broken rib -others not badly hurt” read the headline. On their way back to McMinnville from attending a Moose lodge meeting in Silverton, the passengers survived and “the Grim Reaper was cheated of his prey.”