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TKF COLFAX GAZETTE
LAST SATURDAY NIGHT
Col. John I. Martin of Missouri
Spall Binder of "National Reputa
tion" Suddenly Called Home at
Suggestion of Local Committee
-•Relic of Ante-Bellum Dayc.
The democrats of Collax announced a
big rally to take place at the court house
Saturday night. About 130—that is a
fair estimate, not over half the seats in
the court room being occupied—were
present, many republicans being noted
in the audience. William Goodyear pre
sided. Henry I). Merritt of Spokane,
democratic candidate for congress from
this district, was first introduced, but
spoke briefly, not attempting to make a
set speech. He was followed by Charles
G. Heifner of Seattle, chairman of the
democratic state central committee, who
also spoke briefly, evidently leaving the
oratory for Colonel John I. Martin of
Washington, 1). C, and St. Louis, Mis
souri, which big posters announced was
a spell binder of "national reputation"
went out to tell the benighted denizens of
the Pacific Northwest how to vote.
Colonel MarttD'ri official position is
eergeant-at- inns of the democratic na
tional committee, it not being made
clear what need the committee, presum
ably composed of law abiding citizens,
needs of <-<ucb an officer. From the
colonel's combative appearance and bel
ligerent talk it is apparent that the
democratic committee stands more in
fear of its eergeant-at-arms than it
does of disturbance from among its
membership. The colonel was intro
duced ad an orator of "national reputa
tion," albeit the people of this part of
the Paloune nevtr heard of him before
and probably will never ccc him again.
Everybody was anxious to hear the dis
tinguished citizen from the land of hog
and hominy, but his talk soon revealed
the fact that he was more of a vote
getter for the republicans than for the
democrats. The fact ie, Colonel Martin
is 40 years behind the times. The re
construction period following the civil
war was dilated on at length, and Union
generals and the statesmen of that period
were touched up in a way familiar to
those who lived at that period of our
history, but which have nothing to do
with present day conditions. He ham
mered Roosevelt and other republican
leaders, including several raps at William
L La Follette, republican candidate for
congress, but the audience was good
natured, republicans and democrats
alike laughing heartily at the eccentrici
ties of the eccentric gentleman from
Missouri. Candidate Merritt buried his
face in his hands, while State Committee
man Heifner and Chairman Goodyear
squirmed in their seats, but each smole a
smile that was pleasing to behold.
Colfax was selected as the place for the
opening speech of Colonel Martin, he to
follow Monday night at Spokane and
continue hi* speech-making until the
states of Washington, Oregon, and Cali
fornia had been covered. Au innocent
looking item appeared in the Spokane
Chronicle Tuesday evening announcing
ttmt Colonel Martin could not appear at
the rally in Spokane Monday night owing
to the fact that he had suddenly been
called east to attend to important busi
The next time the democrats have an
orator of ''national reputation" to offer
the t'aloueers they will be sure of their
man before they advertise him.
A. N. Snyder, a well-to-do orchardist
and farmer living six miles northwest of
Colfax, brought to The Gazette office
last Friday a box of Early Crawford
peaches raised on his place that were
certainly ne plus ultra. This may not be
a peach country in the sense known in
some of the favored localities on the
Pacific slope, but for the non-irrigated
product they would be hard to excel
anywhere. For eiz?. lusciousnees and
beanty they were par excellence. Mr.
Suyder's apple trees, so he reported, are j
loaded to the gunwales, much of the pro
duct being fed to the hogs. Winter
apples, however, will be gathered and
shipped. Mr. Snyder voices the senti
ment of many others, that a drying
plant here would care for much fruit now
going to waste, thus being a good in
Shipped Carload Hogs.
Nick Carroll shipped a carload of hogs
to Wallace, Idaho, Monday. The aver
age weight of the rooters was 200
pounds each. Mr. Carroll paid nine
cents a pound tor this lot, which is a
record price. Farmers are feeding wheat
to hogs now, the price of wheat being
low to what it has been. There is de
mand for pork from outside points.
ROSALIA WAS EASY VICTIM
Football Game Saturday Stood 39
to 0 in Favor of Colfax.
The Colfax boys defeated the Rosalia
eleven last Saturday by a score of 39 to
0. It was rather a one sided game owing
to the fact that R snlia was new to the
game, although they outweighed Colfax
a few pounds to the man.
Rosalia was unable to make yardage
at all, pfaying a defensive game. There
was a great deal of fumbling all through
the game, especially by the Colfax backs,
which lost several points by doing so.
Rosalia used the old style of formation,
while Colfax used the new. Both used
the close football for making yardage.
But little open football was used, Rosa
lia getting one forward pass off and Col
fax three or four. Dale Cox made a
spectacular play of the game by return
ing a punt for the sixty yard line for a
Stuart Stapleton also made a fine run
through a broken field for a touchdown,
but it was aot counted as the referee had
blowu his whistle. Touchdowns, Goff 3,
Morrison 2, Cox and Chapman 1. Goals,
The boys play Lpwiston Saturday and
a hard game is expected, as the score was
6 to 0 last year in favor of Lewiston and
the boys hope to make the game a vic
tory this year. Every one is expected to
turn out and help support the Gold and
"THE GIPSY QUEEN."
Presented to Large Audience at
Ridgeway Theater Friday Night.
The "Gipsj Queen" operetta, presented
by Miss Spach at the Ridgeway theater
Friday evening was a success in every
way, the children acquitting themselves
in a creditable manner. Special men
tion should be made of the way Mine
Winifred Windus supported the title role
of Gipny Q leen. Her solo work and
acting would do credit to an actress of
more tb*n ordinary experience. Miss
Gladys Brown, as Tyrolese (,>'ieen> had
perhaps the most difficult part, her part
extending through both acts, her ex
pressive face and solo work meriting re
peated applause from the audience. Mi«a
Spach took the part of the Fairy Queen
in the second act. Her work with the
little fairies was heartily applauded, the
solo work being especially well rendered.
Mibs Dorothy Chamberlain:s eot?g in the
first act was heartily applauded. The
piano solos rendered before and between
acts by Vera Palmer, Gladys Brown and
May Klncaid were highly appreciated by
the audience. Miss Satie Brown played
the accompaniment of the operetta in a
creditable manner. The play afforded a
most enjoyable evening, and the way it
was presented reflected great credit on
Miss Spach as a musician and teacher.
Fire Department Reorganized.
The fire laddies, as per previous an
nouncement, met in the engine house
Tuesday evening, adopted a new consti
tution and by-laws and perfected a re
organization. About 30 were present.
A. Mechling was elected secretary and J.
L. Irwin treasurer. The above pro
ceeding, of course, will have to be con
firmed by the city council, when the new
rules and regulations will go into effect
and the reorganization will be complete.
L. Schmuck is tire chief of the depart
ment, Virgil Laird being npsistHDt. The
department consists of four teams—three
hose and one hook and ladder.
James Roberts Acquitted.
The jury in the Roberts ca6e returned
a verdict last Friday of not guilty.
Roberts was charged with murder in
killing Dell MrConnell in the Newcastle
saloon in Colfax on the 4th of July. The
verdict of acquittal was anticipated by
many. While young Roberts was not
entirely blameless, still it appeared from
the evidence that he was not the aggres
sor, the quarrelsome proclivities of Me-
Connell evidently swaying the jury to
bring in the verdict of acquittal. There
is a lesson in this case that can be stud
ied with profit by many.
Asked Permission to Shoot Rabbits.
W. M. Lee, who owns one of the fine
homes on Mill street, asked permission
of Mayor Lippitt yesterday to shoot
rabbits back of his house, which was
granted. Rabbits are so plentiful in
that neighborhood they are a pest. They
belong to the Belgian variety, which
were formerly raised with great care and
highly prized, but have been roaming at
will of late years and breeding promiscu
ously, destroying garden truck and men
acing green lawns, until patience has
ceased to be a virtue.
Putting Down Concrete Sidewalks.
W. M. Lee and Martin J. Maloney are
putting down concrete sidewalks in front
of their premises on Mill street, another
added improvement in that section of
the city. The new sidewalks are the reg
ular width established for that street
six feet. Mill street is gradually coming
into its own, many improvements hav
ing been made during the last few
months. Much remains to be done, how
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1910.
MAIN STREET TO BE REBUILT
CAUSED BY RAVAGES OF FLOOD
Inland Empire R. R. Co. Files Easement
to Land Facing Depot—Stone Walls
and Bridges to Follow.
City council met Monday night, Mayor
Lippitt in the chair and all councilmen
present but Perrine.
Petition of J. 0. Mattoon for light on
Meadow street was referred to street
E W. Mocre was granted a liquor li
The application of William Schluting
for renewal of liquor license was rejected.
T. J. Hughes was allowed $126 for re
pairing stone wall at and near Island
Contract With W. W. P. Co.
Tbp contract with the Washington
Water Power Co., to furnish light and
power for the city of Colfax, was signed,
and the contract is now in force and
The power company agrees to furoißb
and maintain 30 250-watt series incan
descent tungsten lamps at $5 per month
each, and 34 100 watt series incandes
cent lamps at $2.50 per month each for
the period of five years, payable at the
end of ench month. Said lights shall be
furnished on what is known as the all
night schedule, unless the same shall be
prevented by act of God. a public enemy
or strikes. Lights shall be installed and
located at places designated by the
eounci!. Power company agrees to re
move location of any and all lights whcu
directed by the city, city to pay for labor
and extra material employed in surh re
moval. It is also provided for addition
al lamps to be installed when desired by
the city. The city agrees to pay $23. r >
per month for the 30 250-watt and 34
100-watt series heretofore described,
and $2 50 for each 100-watt lamp addi
tional installed hereunder. There are
other and minor particulars connected
with the aareement, but the above are
the main features.
Inland Empire R. R. Easement.
The proposed easement of the Inland
Empire R. R. Co. to the city of Colfax
came up for consideration. The pro
posed easement commences at the south
east corner of block 23 of the original
plat of the town (now city) of Colfax.
E. D. Lake returned to Colfax Tues
day, having been delayed, and was un
able to be in attendance at the funeral
of his wife.
Mre. Ed Floydjwas operated,on Satur
day at the hospital for appendicitis.
The lady at thie writing is doing as well
as could be expected.
Sister Hermon, who was transferred
to Walla Walla from here some time
ago, has been returned to St. Ignatius
hospital in Colfax, arriving one day
Bert Phillips has sold the two moving
picture show? in Colfax to H. Hather
and E. D. Tracy, the new proprietors
taking possession Monday.
A fine rain fell over Whitman county,
starting in early Monday morning. It
seems to have been general and gind
dent'i the bearcn of farmers. More
would be acceptable.
Murie A. Sawyer has been appointed
postmaster at Hooper, thie county, vice
F. H. Hadley, resigned.
Mrs. George Lcmmaseon was elected
president of the Whitman county Re
bekah convention in session at Palouae
John Shields was operated on for ap
pendicitis ia«t Sunday and remains in a
The trial of Lester Blame, charged
with murder in killing J. O. Sylvia at
Palouse July 3, is on as The Gazette
goes to press, Blame testified in his
own behalf, being the last witness in the
Registration in Colfax Totals 703.
Registration books closed for the No
vember election Tuesday evening, the
total being 703 for the three wards of
Colfax. That is one more than register
ed last year, when the registration was
702. By wards the registration is as
below given: First ward, 232; Second
ward, 286; Third ward, 185. This is
said to be the heaviest registration in
the history o! the city, showing th^ in
terest taken in the political situation.
New Drug Clerk.
Frank E. Wilson has resigned hie po
sition in the Eik drug store and will
make his home in Walla Walla hereafter.
Charles Mochel, a recent graduate in the
pharmacy school of the Washington
State College, succeeded Mr. Wilson in
the Elk drug store, beginning work
running thence north along the east line
of said block 23 for a distance of 128
feet; running thence south 17 degrees
and 46 minutes west for a distance of
135 feet, to the intersection with the
south line of said block; running thence
east along said south line 41 feet to
place of beginning. The city shall es
tablish and maintain a bridge of the
same grade ac the present bridge. This
ground is given to the city in fee simple
without charge, thus widening the chan
nel of the South Paloune river 30 feet,
or 75 feet altogether. The Inland peo
ple will aleo build a stone wall facing
their terminal grounds and the territory
effected by the easement, the city to con
tinue the stone wall and build and main
tain the bridge as above stated. This
improvement will bpgin at once and be
pushed to early completion. It ie alno
expected that the county will assist in
this work, or part of it, as the bridge or
bridges to be built hff cts the county as
much as the city.
Firemen Ask for Supplies.
Fire Chief Schmuek, far the tire depart
ment, asked for new supplies and a
change of arrangement in engine houee
Referred to fire and water committee
It was ordered that street superin
tendent remove the wine; dam ia the
river in the rear of J. R. Good & Co.'s
It was moved and carried that the
mayor appoint a .-peci'il coneniitfee to
interview property holders abutting the
river along block 72 to ascertain what
can be done in securing such property
for the city's use ia widening the river
channel. Tifft, Stravens and PJummer
were appointed puch committee
Officers for Primary Election.
Election officer* for the primary elec
tion to be held November 8 were ap
pointed as follows:
First ward, W. H, James, inspector;
James Cairns, Benjamin Baker, judges
Second ward, B. F. Sberfey, inspector;
R. K. Fq'iibb, D. B. Crawford, judges.
Third ward, George Palmer, inspector;
I) Leintjach, A. B'lrUncrump, judges
Deputy Clerk Swegle Resigns.
Claude Swegle has tendered his reeig
nation as deputy county clerk, and will
take the position of assistant cashier of
the First National Bank of Palouse He
has been in the clerk's office for the labt
3^j years, becoming proficient in the dis
charge of its duties. « Aside' from that
Colfax will be sorry to lose Mr. and Mm
Swegle, who have a host of friends
However, the distance between the two
towns is not great and we shall prob
ably see them often. Mr. Swegle's new po
eition is probably in the nature of a
promotion beei l^e being permanent,
something at a'! times preferable to a
political position, however alluring that
A Double Wedding.
The Spokane Chronicle of Monday
says that a double wedding of much in
terest occurred Saturday when Miss
Bessie Hastings became the bride of Al
bert Kile and Miefl Bessie Kile became
the bride of Frank Gordon. The cere
mony was performed at home of Mr. and
Mrs. Alvin C. McEivain, uncle and aunt
of Mies Hastings. Both young couples
will make their homes near Rosalia.
Left for Southern Oregon.
J. B. Johnson left Wednesday morn
ing for a stay of at ieaet two months.
He goes direct to the Sound, taking in
Seattle, Taeoma and Oiympia. From
there he goes to Portland and Salem,
Oregon, later pushing on to Klemath
Falls, in Southern Oregon, where his son
lives. Mr. Johnson will visit the public
schools at all these places, that being
the great joy of life for him.
Saw the Big Ditch.
E. D. Giezentanner returned Tuesday
evening from Pasco, where he went to
see his brother and to witness the in
augeration of the big ditch for irrigation
uses, which wiii make the desert a garden
spot. The old slogan of early days
when the railway first crossed the conti
nent, thought at the time to be a huge
joke, bow causes the smile to turn the
Mrs. Charles E. Hill of Tacocna was
the guest of Mre. Henry Liddle last Fri
day and Saturday.^Mrs. Hill was a
delegate to the convention of federated
clubs held in Walla Walla last week and
came on to Colfax to renew old acquaint
ance, having visited here several times
while her sister, Mrs. W. H. Smith, was a
resident of Colfaz.
COUNTY SCHOOL FINANCES.
Last Y«ar Average Tax Rat» 6.6
Mills-.This Ysar 3.1 Mills.
It it< with considerable pleasure that
we turn to the statistics of the school
fiuancea of our county to study what
has been accomplished during the past
year, These figures are now on tile in
the auditor's office and can he seen by
anj one interested. Of the 172 schools
of the couaty 109 were, on Aucust 1,
1910, reported on a cash basis; 63
schools had a warrant indebtedness; of
these 63 we can give the following facts:
Four had a debt of less than $100. 29
between $100 and $500, eight between
$500 and $1000, 10 between $1000 and
$2000 and 12 over $2000.
Again, last year, 19 schools were in
such condition as not to require a district
special tax. This year there are 52 such
schools. Forty of the 63 schools having
a warrant indebtedness are plauuiog
this year to pay off their entire indpbted
ness, 14 will pay one half of it, two will
pay one-third of it and the remaining
«even will reduce it.
Last year the average tax rate for the
county was 6 6 mills ior the special dis
trict tax, this year the average rate of
tax will be 3.1 mills. This dues not
mean that the tax is cut in two, for the
valuation of the county han been in
creased about one-third. But taking
the increased valuation over last year's
there will be a reduction of over $59,000
to be raised by the district tax, an aver
age reduction of over 1 5 mills in the
tax levy. The valuation of the county
fjr school purposes has been raised
from $24,859,604 to $37,881,556.
TWO IMPORTANT MEETINGS.
Principals' Meeting at Garfield and
Directors' Meeting in Colfax.
The principals of the public nchools of
Whitman county will meet in Marfield
tomorrow. Business of importance will
come before the meeting.
On Friday, October 29, the regular
directors' meeting will be held ia Colfux
State Superintendent of Public Instruc
tion Dewey or the head deputy in the
oitice, J. M. Lay hue, will be in attpnd
ance and address the directors. Other
prominent educators will be present to
discuss matters of importance to all
concerned. Directors should L«eed thi*>
notice aud try and be present.
State Land Near Palouse.
A dispatch from Palouse of the loth
says that surveyors from the state land
department are at work on a quarter
section of school land which adjoins Pa
louee on the north, platting the land
into five-acre tracts. O. A. Bystrom,
field engineer from the state land com
missioner's office, arrived in Palouse
last night to look after the survey. The
land is along the Spokane & Inland,
within half a mile of the Spokane & In
land, the Washington, Iduho & Montana
and the Northern Pucific depots. Ir, i«
probable that the tract will be Hold about
the first of the year, the terms being 10
per cent down and 10 per cent aunually
thereafter. There will probably be a big
demand for these tracts, as they are
well situated and no better land can be
found in the Inland Empire.
Building Concrete Abattoir.
Albert Gerber is building an abattoir
about two miles above town on the
North Palouse river that will be modern
and up-to-date in every particular when
completed. It is intended to comply
with all sanitary conditions required by
law, which are more strict than informer
times. Concrete is being employed in
the construction of the main part of the
abattoir, where the killiDg is done, a
sloping concrete floor and concrete walls
being buiit several feet above the founda
tion. It can be thorough!; flushed and
the refuse made to run off, keepicgevery
thing in sanitary condition.
Quick Sale, Fair Returns.
The first of the month Charles Benner
bought 80 acres of land on Tmaeseee
flat from Mrs. Morgan, paying $75 an
acre for it. Yesterday he sold the same
piece of land to Minciek Bros, for $80
an acre, an advance of $5 per acre. That
might be termed a neat sale with a quick
return. This laud, considering the rich
ness of soil and favorable location, is
cheap at $80 per acre.
Catholic Supper and Sale.
The ladies of the Catholic church will
give a aa!e and supper at the armory on
Thursday, November 3 The sale will
be in the afternoon and thd sapper in
the evening, which will be followed by a
Married in New York.
George Bebb and Miss Josephine Chase,
formerly of Colfax, were married October
11 at Jamestown, New York. They will
be at home after November 1 at Water
loo, New York.
John H. Bloom and family, Mr. and
Mrs. H. I. Willis, Dr. R. J. Skaife and
family and J. R. Lee of Colfax and
George Draper of Elberton were part of
the Palouse contingent that visited the
Lewiston Clarkston fair last week. Mr.
Draper took bis fine herd of red polled
cattle to the fair.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
LEADS IN TRACKAGE
Hay Will Soon Have a Station
Commission Form of Government
May Be Adopted by the Smaller
Counties of the State--Lessen
Number of Officials.
Olympia. Oct. If).—Kinfj county, which
haH 618 oiiitß and i* the only county in
the atate which h«H mor? miles of nteam
railroad than Waitaaso county, the
latter goinj< ahead of both Spokane and
Pierce. Whitman h»w a total of 4.M» 761
miles, of which 221 422 miles i« of main
line main truck, while 208.811 uiileH ix
branch line ravin There in also
71.028 miles ul Hiding iv Whitman
county. These timire« were compiled by
the state tax eouminioß, and show
that in Washington there in r>72fi miles
of steam railroad track.
Hay Will Have Agent.
Hay, a town on the (). R. & N. in
Whitman county, id to have a station
agent. The formal order dirrcting the
0. R &. N. railway company to put in
an agent has been signed by the state
railroad commispioa. Hay get* an
agent after a considerable wait and an
investigation «s to whether or not the
buniuewH there would warrant the ex
pense of having % man on duty. The
commission decided in favor ol tlit-peop'e
and before long the agent will be assigned
Although rbe eaab on hand and money
due from other banks of the state hanks
in Whitman couuty ffII from 9672,598
to |G0(),174 from June 80 to September
1, the deposits wf-nt up from |2,962.000
to $3,014,000 in the same period. These
figures are duly set forth in the printed
report of the stuff hank examiner.
Question of State Bonding.
For the state of Washington to go
iq.to the bonding business is a recom
mendation likely to b<» made by Attor
ney General W. P. Bell, because of the
difficult? encountered in collecting cer
tain official b >nds. The ttate would
create a sinking fund out of the revenue,
and to counties and municipalities
might be extended the privilege of state
Figures from Spnkanp county have
been received by .1. C. Liwrence, presi
dent of the State Good R.j&ds Associa
tion, for use at the Walla Walla con
vention. The construction of three
short 20 foot roads in Cheney township
in covered by these figures, which show
that on two of the roads engineering
nnd superintendence'conHtituted 15 per
ceDt of the total cost, while on the third
these items made up 20 per cent of the
Commission Form of Government.
The commission Form of government
may be adopted by the smaller counties
of the state, if the state bureau of in
spection makes the recommendation
which it is considering. It is helieved
that the commission form of govern
ment *vill effect a material saving in ex
pense to the taxpayers if the present
system of several heads and the em
ployes of some of the departments, idle
part of the time, is abolished, and a new
system adopted under which work can
be interchanged and ail kept busy.
Attorney General W. I. Bell holds
that where the primary and general
elections occur oa the same day in third
class cities, two sets of election officer*
should be appointed, and that by usinc
the same voting place lor both election
boards one set of registration books
will be sufficient.
Marriage licenses have b'-en issued by
the county auditor to the following:
George H. Wood of Steptoe and Mary
C. Goddard of Rosalia.
James L. Davidson and Glenna Pear!
Hill, both of Steptoe.
Lee R. McGuire of Thornton and Mac
Monta Smith of Bteptoe.
Fred Skiuner and Mattie C Cbilders,
both of Pullman.
Clarence R. Htemm and Bessie V. Hill T
both of Farmington.
George W. Goode of Colfai and Inez
Mac Curtis of Thornton.
Lawrence Mix and Mabel Kaiser, both
John J. Ropgen of Colton and Liziie
M. Primus of Melroee, Minn.
Celebrated Independence Day.
Colfax Council No. 1488, Kaightß of
Coiumbue, celebrated independence day
on the 12th, the lodge room being taste
fully arranged for the occasion. Beveral
visiting brethren were present and en
joyed the hospitality of the local lodge.
A large attendance was noted. Speeches,,
informal talks, good cheer were special
features of the evening's entertainment.