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Friday January 19 1917
WORK AS REVIEWED
Washington Scions Get Down
to Business With Little
Organization Work Consumes First
Week of Session—Lobby It Not in
Evidence—Stringent Dry Measure
It Introduced—Ten Educational Bills
Appear—Bill for Compulsory Mili
tary Training in High Schools it
Filed—Salary Bills First
Olympia.—Aside from organization
very little was accomplished during
the first week's session of the state
legislature. This is nothing unusual,
however, for It is the habit of legis
latures to do very little during the
first week of the session.
Th,ere was no bickering over organi
zation in either house. Guy E. Kelley
of Tacoma was elected to preside over
the house and Ralph Nichols, of Seat
tle, was selected as president pro tern
of .the without a fight.
The present session is remarkable
for the absence of a large lobby. Usu
ally sessions are infested with lobby
ists, but the state house corridors are
cqmj)a,ratively clear of the wbjs^ring
brethren so far this session. Another
feature of the present session is the
lack of desire to fight Governor Lister.
Although many members of the pres
ent legislature were members of the
1916 session, when there was a strong
desire to antagonize the democratic
governor, there seems to be little in
olination to make a fight on the state's
Bone Dry Bill Appears in House.
A bone-dry bill was introduced in
the Washington house and it brings
straight prohibition up as a legisla
tive Issue. The measure is fathered
by Representative E. E. Halsey, of
Asotin, and it has the indorsement of
the Anti-Saloon league. The measure
prohibits the shipping of any liquor
into the state except for .sacramental
purposes, and then only after a hear
ing before the county auditor. Alco
hol importations for druggists and
T ,m£n,ufacturers alone are permitted. ,
Penalties for the first offense are
fixed at from $99 to $250 or 30 to 90
days in jail; $200 to $500 for the sec
ond offense and 30 days to six months'
imprisonment, while the third offense
is made a prison penalty of from one
If the bill is passed with an emer
gency clause it will go into effect im
mediately and cannot be sent t to a
House Sentiment Against Restriction.
"_ Sentiment of the controlling organi
sation of the house is understood to
be opposed to passage at this session,
on the. argument that the present law
is sufficient for the present and op
portunity should be taken to note the
working of total prohibition in other
states that have adopted it. Represen
tative . Halsey said, however, that a
fair chance has been promised the bill
"by* the rules committee and he is con-
fldent that it will meet no fatal oppo
Interest in the dry prospect was
further increased when W. W. Connor,
speaker last session, and always here
tofore classed as a wet, addressed the
house under courtesy and mentioned
prohibition as one issue the people
had overwhelmingly expressed them
selves in favor of; a sentiment, he
»aid, the legislature could not do oth
erviae than follow.
Educational Fight On.
Preliminaries for one of the main
contests of this session of the legis
lature were arranged for when Victor
Zednick, member of the state educa
tional survey commission, introduced
a set of ten bills which Incorporate
the commission's recommendations
for . regulation of . higher ". educational
institutions of the state.
, The issue Is to be tried out before
the' legislature between the state col
lege at Pullman and the state univer
sity at Seattle. Both Institutions have
had active supporters on the ground
since the session convened preparing
for the. battle.
, AVhere "the real storm will center,
so fax as the legislature generally is
concerned, will be over one of the
bills which provides for an increase
of mlllage tax for education purposes
from 1.66 mills to 1.90 mills in order
to parry out the commission's recom
For Military Training in High School*
' Aside from, tie bone dry bill, the
most important bill filed was that
_providing for compulsory military
r training .in high schools. The law
would apply to all high schools with
(0 or more pupils and the course of
training, which must consist of at
least two hours a week, must be laid
down bj the state board of education
with the approval of the adjutant-gen
eral. For girls a course in trained
nur»in« and domestic hygiene is pro
vided for, to be established under the
stale board of health.
instructor i In mll'tary tactics must
have certificates showfng their fitness
from the adjutant general, while the
hygiene Instructors would be required
to get siraila^Hrtificates from the
state board of health.
Woman Heads Morals Committee.
One outstanding feature of the com
mittee appointments is the makeup of
the public morals committees in both
houses, which will handle prohibition
legislation. Last session the house
committee was headed by a Seattle
representative connected with brew
ery interests and regarded as their
personal spokesman. This year the
chairmanship goes to Mrs. Ina P. Wil
liams of North Yakima, the one wo
man member of the house, who lad
the fight two years ago to have the
progressive party adopt prohibition as
a state Issue. Every other member
of the committee is listed as a dry
and the committee as a whole is ex
pected to be favorable to the bone
dry bill. In the senate Walter S. Da
vis, professor at the College of Puget
Sound and a long time prohibition ad
vocate, heads the committee, and its
membership is likewise arid.
"Blue Sky" Bill is In.
A "blue sky" law, designed to pre
vent the sale of stocks and bonds in
manifestly unsafe corporations, was
introduced by Representative Christ
ianson of King.
It follows the California model, giv
ing the secretary of state supervision
over sales of promotion slocks and
bonds, and providing a registration
system for companies which Intend to
offer securities to the public.
Legislature Speeds Salary Bill.
Whatever may betide, there'll be a
pay day in the legislative halls each
Saturday until the 60 days of the legis
lature have passed. Senate bills Nos.
1 and 2 had their first, second and
third readings in both houses all in
one day aj)d were duly signed and
speeded on their way to the governor.
One appropriates $100,000 to cover the
expenses of the legislative session and
the other $15,000 to pay for the legis
Members of the legislature draw $6
a day and mileage. There were only
.two dissenting voices raised to the
appropriations. Senator Landon of
King county thought $75,000 was
enough for the legislative session. Sen
ator Palmer, also of King, concurred
with him, and on final passage of the
$100,000 bill they voted "no." The
$100,000 bills reads that that amount,
or "so much thereof as may be neces
sary." is appropriated.
Governor Makes Recommendations.
A preferential presidential primary
law, of a non-partisan election bill and
a law that would bring about absolute
prohibition In the state, were meas
ures recommended to the considera
tion of the Washington state legisla
ture by Governor Ernest Lister.
Governor Lister In his message re
fused to take a hand in the contro
versy over the higher educational in
stitutions, saying he would not pre
sume to take action in view of the
fact that the matter was now before
the legislature. He expressed his con
fidence In the boards of both institu
tions. He did say that he doubted the
advisability "of making progress so
rapid" as to make the cost of handling
the higher educational institutions al
most twice as much as it is now, as
the survey committee recommends.
Furthermore, he said he doubted the
wisdom of putting all five institutions
under one board.
Wants Four-Year Term*.
Four-year terms for county officers
are proposed in senate bill No. 16, by
Senator w. S. Davis of Tacoma, in
troduced in the senate. The measure
flies county election dates in Novem
ber, 1918, and would take all county
officers off the ballot in general elec
tion years. Officials would be limited
to two terms.
Three senators were born in Can
ada and one in Norway. All others
are natives of the United States.
Among the bills introduced in the
senate was one increasing the pay of
county sheriffs on a graduated scale
of from $1800 to $7500.
In spite of the fact that the bull
moose is almost as extinct as the
dodo, the senate still boasts one mem
ber in Senator Burton, of Snohomish
The committees that will consider
the rival claimß of the university and
state college both are headed by Seat
tle men —Wray in the senate and Gule
In the house.
The senate confirmed, without de
bate, the committee assignments of
Lieutenant Governor Hart, after Fair
child, a progressive republican, had
been added to thr industrial insurance
committee, and minor changes had
been made In the roads and bridges
and appropriations committees.
For the purpose of honoring General
I. I. Stevens. Washington's first terri
torial governor, a bill by Senator Da
vis of Pierce wa» introduced appro
priating $5,000 for the purpose of
erecting a statue to him in Memorial
Hall, Washington. D. C. It was refer
red to the appropriations committee.
The house committee on privileges
and elections decided by a unanimous
vote to recommend a recount of the
votes in Lincoln county. J. J. Camer
on, democrat, was declared elected
over W. Q. Duncan, republican, by
three rotee in the official count
Cbc Ilcavcnwortb ficbo*
Twelve Hundred Are Now Employ-
Ed In London.
THEIR WORK IS HEALTHFUL
Benefit In Physique and Complexion by
Open Air Life—All Under Car. of
Lady Doctor —Their Average Earn
ings Run to About $10 a Week, Every
London.—Twelve hundred girls are
employed as London bus conductors,
and more are wanted. All sorts of In
ducements are offered to them, Includ
ing the assurance that the work Is
healthy and even patriotic.
The manager of the London General
Omnibus company says:
"We have had to contradict several
reports that the gins on our busses are
unable to stand the strain of the work
and that in consequence they are leav
ing our employ.
"Every week we put on about eighty
new conductresses and would increase
GIBL DUB CONDUCTOR.
the number if we could. We can deal
with hundrds more at once.
"Each pupil receives not only free
tuition for a period of two or three
weeks, but is paid 50 cents a day for
her time. After they have qualified
the average earnings run to about $10
"There is no abnormal sickness
among the girls. They like the work
and benefit in physlgue and complexion
by the open air life. They are all un
der the care of a lady doctor.
"Since March we have interviewed
10.000 applicants and are very careful
in our selection. Among our ranks al
most every class is represented. Quite
10 per cent of the girls have never
worked before and take up the work
from purely patriotic motives. There
is not the slightest reason to suppose
that they will be unable to stand the
work during the winter, and 'stair
work' Is not so trying as the public
WANTS NOISELESS ENGINES.
Hitting Locomotivet Disturb R.st In
Pittsburgh.—Oakland, the acropolis
of Pittsburgh, v. itli Its great halls of
art and learning, lg marred by a nui
sance worse by far than the venders
whose presence desecrated the Coli
seum in Home or the Rlalto bridge In
Venice, according to members of the
Oakland board of trade. This nuisance
is declared tc* be the night long and
day long hissing and fuming of loco
motives. This, John Diniling, a mem
ber of the bourd. pointed out, is not
only detrimental to Oakland as a cen
ter of art but it robs mortals, both art
ists and business men, of their sleep.
Mr Diruliug iv an impassioned speech
told of locomotives, huge monsters,
which seemed to take a demoniacal de
light in standing for hours spouting In
fernal fumes and hissing fiendishly
through their pop valves. liepeated
protests to the railroad company, he
said, were of no avail. A committee
was directed to ask the courts to grant
an injunction against the railroad com
pany similar to the one granted some
years ago by the supreme court to a
Junction Hollow resident now dead.
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