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by Gazette Writers.
The railroad commission held a hear
ing here Saturday and took testimony
iv the matter of moving the present de
pot, which is located over half a mile
from the town. A special train, bearing
the commission and the railroad officials,
arrived at 3:80 and the party immedi
ately made the three quarters of a mile
vilfc to a hall up town where the hear
ing was held. A number of witnesses
vere put on the stand. An amusing
feature of the bearing was a protest
against moving the depot introduced by
the railroad company, which contained
the names of 11 non-residents of the
town, seven Greek section men and a few
people who live near the present depot.
As the names were called off the citizens
present began to look at one another in
wonderment, and b? the time the list
was read the room shook with laughter.
One party who lives near the depot wus
put on the stand by the railroad to
Hentify the signers, but failed to identify
only about ball a dozen, the others be
ii.g ii;.known to him or any one present.
After viewing Hie proposed sites and
taking testimony of railroad employes
the commission left at 7 o'clock. The
t! cmi >n will be handed down later.
A unique party was given Thursday
night of lawr week by the ladies of Snow
ball Circle, Women of Woodcraft, when
they entertained the children of the mem
bers at a "lodge part?." The little folks
were duly initiated into the mysteries of
the order of "sunshine," all done accord
ing to ritual, which provided for a goat,
and the goat certainly played an im
portaut part in the ceremony. They all
liked the goat except one little fellow,
who at first was afraid of the tierce look
ing animal, but after he was once astride
he could hardly be dragged off It might
be added that before be became interest
ed in lodge matters this particular goat
was doing duty as a sawhorse, and the
transformation from a dull sawhorse to
a real, live, active lodge goat was ac
complished after much work, but the
transformation was complete and the
little folks had a good time with him.
After initiation good things to eat were
placed before the little folks and the
older ones had to wait for the "second
table." The only regrettable thing is
that the men had to stay at home and
c*re for the babies that were too little
to ride the goat—Ht least some-of them
Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Johnston are here
from Gateway, Montana, on a visit to
William Curry, formerly of Colfax, has
taken pusseFHiou of and moved into bin
new home recently purchased from
George Doddn. The latter gentleman
has moved his f.iiuily to the Cox house
Deputy School Superintendent Mackey
of Colfax puid an official visit to the
Elberton wchools Wednesday.
Veroon Hume came from Spokane
Wednesday to vinit his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. George V. Hume. He is in the em
ploy of the Spokane post office as substi
tute mai! carrier.
H. C. Eitel and A. R. Metz were elected
delegates to the W. O. W. district con
vention which meets at North Ytikima
on May 18.
W. B. Peoples has sold the meat market
here to L. R. Hibbs of Garfield. The
new proprietor took charge Monday.
The work in the public schools began
Monday, after a week's vacation on ac
count of the teachers' institute in Colfax.
J. Guy Wilson returned Monday from
Cheney, where he had been visiting his
brother, who is suffering from a severe
attack of inflammatory rheumatism.
Miss Paulina Huntley and Miss Mary
Houlden returned Sunday from Spokane,
where they had been visiting with rela
Miss Mabel Barger spent the week end
in Colfax as the guest of Miss Margaret
Miss Z-Mma Rowan, who is teaching at
Willada, viuited with the family of her
brother, Dr. H. A. Rowan, over Satur
Mrs. M. A. Sherman is convalescing
after a severe illness.
Mrs. J. L. Hadley and Mrs. 0. G. Pope
are spending a week with relatives before
going to their homes in Oregon.
Tue tamtfj of H. P. Hays have moved
to their country home for the summer.
ill. George McKay and Mrs. Rilla
Eubbard spent Friday at the county
Mrs. D. TV. Henry and children re
turned Saturday from a visit with the
famiiy of T. W. Person at St. John.
Miss Olivt Brownell, whose father is
agenL for the 0. R. & N. at Pullman, was
b?»nj Sunday, the guest of Miss Nina
Mrs. A. Crisp and Mrs. George Eveleth
ie:t Munlay 'or Great Falls, Montana,
s here they wiil join their husbands, who
left some time ago.
County Engineer John M. McCaw was
n?re 'or a while Monday of this week.
iire. J. P. Acoam passed through here
Monday en route to Chicago for a vit-it
to ber former home. The family are
now living at Wiuona.
C. E. Averi!l ha« moved his family to
Moscow, where they will reside in the
Herb Gilliam of Coeur d'Alene is here
thin week visiting friends and relatives.
Hi was formerly a resident here.
The annual stssion of the Walla Walla
Presbytery began its work here, at the
Presbyterian church. Tuesday evening
for a three days' meeting. The town is
tilled with delegates and visitors, includ
ing a delegation of 22 Indians from the
Nez Perce reservation. The Indians are
intelligent and leflned in appearance, ex
a nples of what Christianity and civiliza
tion can do for the red man.
Mr. Walker and family were visiting
his sister near Endicott the first of the
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Palmer were
visiting Mr. Torrance Monday and Tues
Mies Rachel Beaflley, who has been in
echool at Moscow, is visiting her parents
Mrs. Robert Yannice and family of
Eodicott were visiting Mrs. Harvey Van
nice last Sunday.
Kathryn Hargrave was the guest of
the Misses Ellis Saturday and Sunday.
The school attendance for March was
98 7 per cent. Sixteen received certifi
cates for being neither absent nor tardy.
The roll of honor has also eeveral new
names. The names are: Laura Davis,
Gladys Davis, Max Torrance, Eva Tor
rance, Rosa Judson, Leo Hunt, Rena
Beasley, Tennie lieasley and Merwin
School began again this week.
Since the Ist of May does not come on
Friday the May day dance at Wilcox
will be given on April 29.
The rain scored a home run in the first
inning of Sunday's baseball game and as
a result the game was called off. At a
meeting of the team this week Elmer No
lan was elected manager and Roy Car
Owing to sickness Kneale Carroll has
withdrawn from school.
ALL AROUND THE COUNTY.
Farmington has decided by popular
vote not to bond the town for $10,000
to put in a water system.
Garfield farmers have incorporated a
warehouse company with $15,000 cap
ital and will control five or six large
grain warehouses at Garfietd and neigh
boring points this year. The local farm
ers' union is back of the movement.
The city dads of Pullman have begun
a reform movement by prohibiting the
obstruction of the streets and sidewalks
by dii-p!ays of goods, farm implements,
building material, etc.
At Garfield new water mains have been
ordered to replace those out of repair,
amounting to 7300 feet of 4-inch and
1300 feet of 8 inch pipe. Bids will be
aeked tor doing the work.
At a meeting of the Rosalia Commer
cial Club last week C. A. Helnier was
elected president, L. A. Brockway vice
president and Hans Mumm secretary
The Broadview Dairy at Rosalia giveß
notice that heifer calves will be given
away if taken at once, or a Bmall charge
taken if left until a few days old. Those
who want them should register at once.
The Potlatch Lumber Co's sawmill at
Palouse began operations Monday for
the Rummer's run, giving employment to
more than 100 men. The mill has been
shut down since late last fall. The plant
has been overhauled.
The city council of Uaiontown has
subscribed f2OO towards a public park,
provided $200 more be raised by public
subscription. It seems to be a go.
The Pullman local of the Farmers'
Union ha<* awarded its sack contract to
Balfour Guthrie Company. About 200,
--000 sacks will be sold the Pullman local.
The price named was less than six cents.
Peter McGregor says that unless some
thing unlooked for happens the per cent
of lambs in his herd near Hooper will be
a record breaker. The weather has been
all that could be aeked for in that line.
While farmerg of the upper Palouse
country are waiting impatiently for their
fields to get dry enough to work some
of the early-sown spring wheat at Wino
na is up and growing rapidly.
The Palouse River Coal & Development
Co. has let a contract to run a 100-foot
tunnel on the company's land, held under
lease, beginning at the outcrop on the
Maleed ranch, adjoining the Bishop
ranch, where the coal discovery was
made last spring while a well was being
drilled. The find is on the Palouse river,
about pis miles north of the town of
At the annual meeting of the board of
regents of the Washington State College
held at Pullman Monday officers were
elected as follows: R. C. McCroskey of
Garfield, president; D. S. Troy of Chima
cum, vice president; J. G. Lewis, state
treasurer of Washington, was re-elected
treasurer of the board. President Bryan
of the college actg as secretary ex officio.
The city council of Palouse has passed
resolutions for the construction of cement
eidewalks along both sides of the prin
cipal business streets of the city. Work
will begin at once. The council has also
taken up many old city warrants out
standing, and it expects to pay off all
the remains floating indebtedness of the
city daring the present administration.
COr.FAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, APRIL 15, ?9io.
UNFAIR TO LAND OFFICE.
Frank C. Morse Criticises Legisla-
tive Committee Report.
Olyuipiu, April 12—"The portion of,
the report of the legislative committee i
which deais with the state land office is !
biased, prejudiced and vicious as pre- i
sented in the daily papers," said Frank I
C. Morse, formerly of Colfax and now as
sistant commissioner of public lauds,
when asked for an expression of opinion. >
Mr. Morse said :
"Commissioner E. W. Ross is now on
his way home from the national capital,
where, as a culmination of years of the
hardest kind of work, he bus finally in
duced changes in departmental methods
by which the slate of Washington will
secure thousands of acres of lands val
ued at millions of dollars, title to which
has been held up by red tape methods.
Mr. Ross, on his return, no doubt will
answer in his own way, thoroughly and
to the satisfaction of every fair-minded
person, such veiled charges as there may
be against him in this report.
"Speaking individually and personally,
lam moßt surprised at the report. Its
unfairness is evident to any one who has
knowledge of the facts. The report, by
inference, deceives the public into believ
ing that E. W. Robs, commissioner of
public lands, solely and individually had
the fixing of the value of state timber
and lands, the determining to whom it
should be sold, at what price and the ap
proving of the sale. Common decency
and justice should have prompted the
committee to point out the truth, which
is that Mr. Rohp is one of a board of
five, has one vote in five in approving
the cruisers' estimates and fixing the
value of all lands prior to sale; that all
state timber and land is advertised for
six weeks, notice of the sale is posted,
the sale takes place at public auction
and the property is sold to the highest
bidder; and, finally, this board of five—
not the commissioner of public lands
alone—must approve the sale before title
passes from the state.
"Any one familiar with the enormous
increase in real estate values cannot fail
to see the absurdity of the charges that
a sale, for instance, made in 1901 must,
forsooth, have been conceived in fraud
because today the property is of more
value. Thomas Cooper, while western
land agent of the Northern Pacific, made
sale of the timber lands owned by that
company to the Wayerhaeusersyndicate,
admittedly the best timber lands in the
Northwest; they were select. The pur
chasers paid a flat rate of $5 per acre
and the Northern Pacific officials, who
were considered the best business men,
were so pleased with the sale that they
promoted Mr. Cooper to a high position
in the company, which he still holds.
"The state laws provide that after sale
if any one offers a one-tenth advance
over the pale price, the sale shall not be
c mfirmed, but the property shall be re
offered. Does it not seem rather im
probable that if the timber discovered
by this committee's cruiser actually ex
isted no one should have taken advant
age of this law?
"The chairman of the committee gave
a public interview, in which he said that
University lands were better handled be
cause of the veto power of the regents
and that to date less than one per cent
of the University lands had been sold.
The facts are, as he should know himself,
that almost the entire University grant
was sold by the regents for the money to
build the old University at Seattle, re
cently dismantled. The Uaiversity to
day would have practically no granted
lands but for the fact that after
its own grant from congress had been
dissipated the legislature was induced to
provide by law that one-half (or 100,
--000 acres) of the lands granted by con
gress for charitable, educational, penal
and reformatory institutions should be
given to the Uaiversity.
"I believe that the people of this state
will not be misled by so manifestly an
unfair and incorrect report. The people
of Washington insist upon a square
deal from their public officials and 1 be
lieve they are at all times ready to give
an official an equally square deal when
they know the facts."
A free dance, tendered to the public in
recognition of the support given tbe
Bunchgrass literary society and tbe Star
grange it. tbe past, will be held at the
Star hall on Friday, April 29. A good
time is in store for all who attend.
Tekoa Wants to Know.
Baseball teams desiring dates with tbe
Tekoa team are requested to write at
once to Roy C. Irvine, manager, stating
One of the things the Whitehouee
Clothing Co. claims for their Hart Schaff
ner & Marx clotbee ie that Bueh clothes
improve the looks of the town by well
dree-ing the man.
a Modern Sweets
T gJ*yv^BMMI The Mc"lern Seal it the
m Vt\^^O99?yjfl Vuarante4 of Fur* and
■ Patronis* the "Modern Dealer"
I Modem Conlntion^ry Co., Mfrt., Portland, Orojoa
Public la^2 Sale
We will sell to the highest bidder the
John DeYoung place consisting of
of the finest land in the Palonse. This place is to be surveyed
into tracts of 20, 40, 80 and 160 acres. All is in cultivation
and each tract will be on county road and have running water.
There is 800 acres in crop, one-third goes to purchaser. The
place is one mile west of Thornton, level road to town, the
land lays fine; 200 acres is practically level. Each tract will
have a separate abstract showing good and perfect title.
Every tract will be sold, nothing will be reserved, no matter
what the price bid. The sale will be held on the land, there
will be teams and automobiles aplenty to take the crowd to
the farm and show them all over the'land. Free lunch will
be served to everybody. The date of the sale was set for
Thursday, April 28, but on account of the Horse Show and
the bad weather the date is changed to
Friday, May 13th
The terms of sale are 45 per cent cash, balance 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
years at 7 per cent interest. Remember the date and place,
1 mile from Thornton, Fri., May 13, commencing at 10:30 a. m.
G. W. LARUE & CO., Ag-ts.
L. STROBEL, Auctioneer JOHN DeYOUNG, Owner
For further information address G. W. Larue & Co., Colfax, Washington.
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and on your next trip East remem
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Tickets via the Soo-Spokane Rout»
sold by all O. R. <fc N. Co. agents in
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11 Wall St., Spokane
The Woman's Relief Corps meets the
first and third Saturdays of each month
at 2;30 p. m., in A. 0. U. W. hall.
Statement of Condition of
Oolfax National Bank
In response to call of Comptroller March 29,10
rThis bank has the largest capital and surplus of any bank in the Pa
louse country. r[t is conservatively managed by a board of directors
composed of men of ripe experience in the banking business, who meet
every week to discuss its affairs. Hits officers give careful and pains
taking attention to all bii6inesß entrusted to them. • Your attention
is respectfully called to the advantages of an account with this safe,
strong, up-to-date bank, and your business is solicited.
Loans and discounts and overdrafts $1,078,297 07
United States bonds 200 000 00
County and school warrants 14 869 86
Furniture and fixtures 4,700 00
Real estate None
Due from banks .$128,355 01
Due from United States treasurer. 10,000 00
Cash in vaults 88,120 42 226,775 43
Capital stock $ 200,000 00
Surplus and profits 43 909
National bank notes 197800 00
Deposits 1,082,932 85
U£ ed wC™ li <dge *"'•;,- President Chas. E. Bcriber Cashier
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Alfred Coolldw, A. F. McClaine, Senator Levi Ankeny. Julius Lippitt. Edward Johnson
K. L. McCroskey, Chas. Johnson, U. L. Ettlniter, C. L. Mackenzie Onnßon>
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