Mail Tribune 100

Jan. 5, 1918, Continued


W.N. Campbell, who was recently appointed federal explosives inspector for Oregon, has issued the following instructions to users and purchasers of explosives:

All persons must have license to use or have explosives in possession.

The purpose of the explosives law is to prevent lawless or unauthorized use of explosives during the war. It must be borne in mind that it is a war measure, and all war measures in some degree interfere with the ordinary course of business.

Section 10 of the law provides that every user of explosives must have a license, and the type of licenses designated as purchaser's, vendor's or foreman's license only touch the ordinary use of explosives among the people. A citizen cannot buy, sell, use or have in his possession any type of explosives until he has obtained a license. This is so comprehensive that should any citizen have had in his possession at the time of the enactment of the law any explosives, it will be necessary for him to obtain a license. The regulations contemplate such supervision of these materials as will keep them out of the hands of those who might use them illegally. Several having a surplus of explosives on hand at the time of the enactment of the law found it advisable to procure a vendor's license in order to sell the product, it being incumbent upon the owner to provide a safe place for keeping and storing explosives where they will not be a menace to the government or to individuals.

It appears that persons suffering the most inconvenience from the regulations to date are the miners and the land clearers, the climatic conditions of the far northwestern states making conditions right for clearing of land by blowing out stumps with blasting powder. In some counties many hundreds of men are engaged in this occupation during November, December and January. Those only who realize the stress of war times and the huge mass of accumulated business in the departments at Washington, as well as the overburdened government printing office, can understand the unavoidable delay which has prevented the duly authorized licensing officers from being supplied with the necessary lank applications, licences, etc.

The hearty co-operation of all citizens of Oregon, and especially of all public officials, state, county and municipal, is requested, to render this act effective in the sense in which it was exacted.

W.N. CAMPBELL, Explosives inspector for the state of Oregon

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