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People should guard against appendicitis, is an
admonision. They do and do so well that it never
catches anyone but those who are able to pay a thous
and bucks for the honor.
Separation and divorce proceedings between the
Bournes, of Oregon, are reported. Evidently Miss
Wyatt's marriage has not Bourne as good results as
she had hoped.
In defeating the "pistol toting" bill of the senate,
the house must have suspected that it would end up
in a row with the governor and that pistols might
come in handy.
"No chance of a money trust," declares J. Pier
pont Morgan. Of course there is no chance for another
money trust in this country for the one, of which Mor
gan is at the head, has all the money in the country
already in trust and the government seems power
less to burst the trust.
Oregon and Washington Democratic governors
are having a monkey and a parrot time with the res
pective legislatures of the two states, which will re
sult in no legislation worth a tinker's dam being
enacted in either state. It almost makes me feel like
advocating that the legislature elect the governor.
Indolent fathers who hoped the state would pens
ion mothers and thereby relieve them of the respon
sibility of taking care of the mother and child, can now
see their fond hopes go glimmering as the house failed
to pass the senate bill.
The daughter of a car cleaner, unaware of its
real value, was seen wearing a pearl necklace worth
$15,000, which her father found in a garbage heap.
It, perhftps, will be the only time in the child's life
that her neck was the most valuable part about her.
From the number of pithy paragraphs appearing
in the Sun concerning the Negroes of the Northwest,
its brilliancy has even made the black man look bright
er, and that is sure going some.
It is refreshing to learn that all of the proposed
class legislation in the thirteenth legislature of Wash
ington have gone where the woodbine twineth. "He
works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform."
it is reported that the Tacoma police are baffled
over a murder case. Tacoina's police are rapidly
becoming metropolitanized, which means they get the
money and at once loose their thinking faculties and
even go blind.
Getting on a jury in Portland, Oregon must mean
something to the lucky one, if one of the trial judges
is to be believed, as he charged from the bench that a
certain pannel was packed with friends of the street
car company in order to estop all damage cases.
Two men on trial for their lives in Tacoma jail
are both pleading insanity and to make out a case,
one crazy is called to testify in behalf of the other. It
may take a thief to catch a thief, but we can not see
how one crazy can verify to the craziness of another.
A more cowardly and perhaps dastardly crime
was never committeed than the mnrder of Madero,
but what right has the United States to interfere with
the Mexicans killing each other? Mexico never inter
feres with the United States when black men are
burned at the stake for stealing chickens.
SEATTLE, WASH., FRIDAY, MARGH 7, 1913
BRITISH COLUMBIA'S GOOD ROADS
The Scenic Triumph at Revelstoke.
British Columbia has, approximately half a million
inhabitantte and during 1912 it expended $5,500,000 on
its roads an average per capita of eleven dollars. No
Province in Confederation begins to approach such an
outlay. But, big as the figure is. 1913 will be bigger,
for this year the road estimate will be about $8,000,000,
or sixteen dollars per head of population.
To understand this remarkable expenditure one
should understand the geographical size and configura
tion and variety and wealth of resources of this great
Province. First, then—its area is, roughly, seven times
thai of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Ed
ward Island pui together, but the population of the At
lantic Provinces per square mile is 18.17; that of the
Pacific Province per square mile but 1.30, and of its
half a million people about one-half, or 250,000, are
hived within a radius of, say, sixty miles, with Van
couver City as center. The rest are scattered, pioneers
of progress, in numerous small cities and settlements
through the greater Interior. That great hinterland
is rich in mineral, timber, agricultural and horticulture
resources, fruitful of opportunity to their expansion
and to the development of thei consequent industries.
With the mountain ranges and parallel valleys running
north and south, and transcontinental railroads running
east and west, the natural feeders of such railways, the
arteries of commerce, are Good Roads. Thus, with the
(soon to be) double tracked C. P. R. in the middle, the
G. T. P. and C. N. R. a hundred or more miles to the
north, and the Weyburn-Hope C. P. R. division equally
distant to the south, the connecting system, pending
railroad branches and river navigation, must be good
roads. They are imperative to the settlement and de
velopment of the natural and commercial resources of
There is one great feature in the policy of road con
struction in B. C. which is not, however, provincial, or
even national. Wider than that, than either, 'tis inter
national. That in, the op«nil i: to travellers, to tourists,
to the world, of the glorious and sublime scenery to be
found within its boundaries. The automobile eliminates
artificial and often natural boundaries; and by the sys
tem of good loads and national highways being con
structed in B. C. the automobilists abroad may now
travel almost its length and breadth in safety and com
fort, and with enthusiasm for the scenes by the way.
The culminating effort of the scenic road in B. C. —in-
deed, on the American continent, for there is no other
like it —is the mountain motor road at Revelstoke, B. C,
"Capital of Canada's Alps." Here the Provincial Gov
ernment sought and found the opportunity to give the
world visitor of their provinces the most delightful,
unique and soul-stirring enlivenment to be anywhere
experienced, one that will live long in the memory, or
bring one again to the scene of enchantment.
Mount Revelstoke, at the city of that name, mid
way, and a daylight rail journey, between Calgary
and Vancouver, is about 7,000 feet high. Starting at
its foot, in the Columbia River Valley, by the river
side, with the altitude about 1,400 feet, the new moun
tain road runs northward for a short distance, and,
turning to the right, begins at once the wonderful
and fascinating ascent. It doubles and re-doubles,
and turns and tacks (to get grade), presenting at each
turn a newer and still more interesting and varied view
of the great river valleys, with their mountain ridged
ribs, giant peaks, silvery streams, and green forested
slopes. Thus, although the ascent in air-line is about
one mile, the distance traversed is, or will be, about
seventeen. The average grade is but 6.6 per cent.,
and the maximum but 7.6 per cent. It is surveyed out
for 13.8 miles, and last year three miles of it were
completed. It will be carried to the summit (city side),
or 13 miles post, by fall of 1913. and later additional
mileage in the Alpine Park at the top will be added.
It isn't, however, for the mere joy-ride, interest
ing as it will be, that the road is being built, but as a
means to reach and enjoy the glories of the Alpine
Park at the top. This is what old-timers call "God's
country," and not called so irreverently. From the
13 mile post of the road back to the rocky ridges and
peaks of Clach-na-Coodin, lies a beautiful parklike
plateau of about 70,000 acres in extent, with but a
gentle slope northwards and eastwards. Here you
may wander through groves of balsams, fields of flow
ers, lakelets rock-buttes, and shallow coulees back to
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the Glacier lakes and mouths, rock cliffs and snow
peaks, and find it all sublime. And what a view—
waves of mountains, with here and there a giant white
crested one topping his fellows in majestic pride. They
arc indeed "the everlasting hills."
The proposal has been made, with assurance of
success, to make of this lovely Alpine Park a national
reserve, with Dominion Government upkeep, care and
development by trails and shelters. In the Park at
the top there is room and to spare for the most beauti
ful and, in the circumstances, sensational golf links on
the continent; and in winter the opportunity for suit
able outdoor sports is unsurpassed. Arrangements are
being made for an auto service to the present or this
season's end of the road this summer.—Hudson Bay
THAT REMINDS ME.
Mark Twain was censuring the extravagance of
the American multi-millionaire. "Just consider," he
said, "these new travelling bath tubs. I understand
they're getting as common on Fifth Avenue as electric
elevators. A reporter was telling me about them.
He called on a cotton millionaire on Sunday morning.
The millionaire received him in his dressing room,
and after their business talk was over the wonders of
the house were taken up. The millionaire boasted
about his Raphaels and hardwood floors, his light plant
and French furniture, his gold-plated plumbing and
Gobelins, but he boasted above all of his travelling
bath tub. 'It's onyx,' he said, 'a lovely golden shade.
It runs, by electricity, on tiny pneumatic tires,
smooth and silent. Whenever I don't feel disposed
to leave this room it comes in here to me, filled, just
as I like it, wit genuine Atlantic Ocean, brought up
from Coney and warmed to 80 degrees. It comes in
any time I push this button.' 'Push it now,' said the
reporter curiously. The button was pushed, the doors
slid magically open, and the great onyx bath glided
in stately silence into the room. But in it sat the mil
lionaire's horrified wife."
FAILURE OF STATE FIRE INSURANCE IN NEW
In these days, when much is heard of nationalizing
great public institutions and conserving national
wealth for the benefit of the community, and of the
Socialistic doctrine of everything for the public good,
with its consequent discoragement of competition, it is
of advantage to analyse whatever steps have been
taken along this line and to draw whatever conclusions
are shown to have resulted.
New Zealand some years ago undertook the task
of providing State Fire Insurance. What have been
the results thus far? For the first six years during
which the scheme was operated no profit whatever was
shown and the premium income received was only
about one-fifteenth of the total premiums paid by the
community. Of themselves these facts prove conclus
ively that the rates charged by the insurance compa
nies doing business there were not excessive, and that
the scheme did not commend itself to the public.
Further, as pointed out by an Australian writer, the
first act of those in charge was to arrange re-insurance
treaties with the underwrites at Lloyds, a confession
that even with the revenue and credit of New Zealand
behind them, they were conscious that they could not
transgress the economic laws upon which insurance is
based. No doubt it was wise, from an underwriting
standpoint, to make arrangements for re-insurance, but
it also furnished a contradict ion of the whole theory
of state insurance.
Another result has followed the introduction or
state fire insurance in New Zealand—the fire waste
has increased to about $3.00 per head, which it is
claimed, is somewhere around the highest of any com
munity in the world. Instead of saving New Zealand
$750,000 a year through lower premium rates, the state
insurance scheme has penalized the community to the
extent of $500,000 per annum through increased fire
waste. —Hudson Bay Clan.
"Will your wife finish her Christmas shopping
"Yes, unless it finishes her sooners." —Baltimore