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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
ELEVEN BRIDGES ABE
Several Nearing Completion,
Others Hang in Balance.
The Flood Conditions of Last Spring
Placed Heavy Embargo on Tax
payers to Replace Structures Car
ried Away-- Engineer Sims Busy.
There are 11 bridges in the embryo
stage in Whitman county at this writing,
the use of which is greatly needed by the
public. Perhaps under the circumstances
we should be thankful that we have not
more on our hands in an uncompleted
condition, as it is considerably less than
a year since flood waters washed away
and destroyed over 50 county bridges,
trig and little, leaving much work and
heavy expense for the county to meet.
The main cause for delay in construction
of bridges has been the failure to receive
structural steel as per contract, one steel
plant in lowa, where a contract had
been placed for structural steel for two
of the unfinished bridges, having been
destroyed by fire and only recently re
built and ready to turn out the product.
The county engineer's office has been
the last nine months making plans for
new bridges and supervising the work
connected therewith. Minute plans for
each structure, even to the apparently
most trivial bolt and rivet, was first
worked out in the engineer's office, blue
prints made and furuished contractors.
This work wns rpvieed, marked and ex
plained in every particular before being
sent to the plants where the structural
steel was made, hence the work has been
well done and reflects credit on the
engineer's office. This work has been
largely in the hands of H. N. Sims,
deputy county engineer, and a civil
engineer of reputation before he came to
Colfax. It is pleasing to state that Mr.
Sims is a brother of Commander Sims of
the battleship Connecticut, which was
the flagship of the American flotilla
which enciicled the globe two years ago,
being in command at that time.
Bridges Under Construction.
Foundations for what is known as City
Hall bridge, Pullman, are finished except
the capping, which cannot be done until
the steel arrives. The steel has been
shipped from Canton, Ohio, and may be
expected here any day. O. H. Stratton
of Spokane has the contract for the con
struction of this bridge, which contract
called for its completion on October 15.
No penalty, however, is attached for
non-fulfillment of contract in this in
The American Bridge Co. of Portland
have contracts for five bridges namely,
the fair ground, Young, West Elberton,
Winona and Fisher.
The Young bridge, which is on Uuion
flat, and the fair ground bridge are prac
tically finished and in use, although
approaches have yet to receive the finish
West Elberton bridge is finished and
c in be put to use as soon as the county
Winona bridge is being rivited and will
be ready to turn over to the county 4in
Fisher bridge is in course of construc
tion and should be finished in three
weeks. It spans the Palouse river 4%
miles north of Endicott.
In this connection it should be stated
that the American Bridge Co. has a
supplemental contract to rebuild the
Hamilton bridge near Hamilton school
house on Union fiat. Material for its
-construction will be taken largely from
the fair ground and Winona bridges
washed away during the flood period of
last March, about 25 per cent new
material being necessary to complete the
J. W. Janney has contracts covering
the construction of Mat lock bridge (over
Palouae river, six miles northeast of
Endicott), and Pine City bridge over
Pine creek. These bridges are completed
and ready to turn over to the county.
A. Talk holds contracts for Rock Lake
and Cooper lake bridges. Both bridges
are badly needed. The structural ma
terial should be here from Ottumwa,
lowa, soon. This is the plant said to
have been destroyed by fire. Detailed
plans for these bridges have been in the
hands cf the builders for several weeks.
Foundations for Cooper lake bridge have
been completed as far as can be until
material is on the ground. A penalty of
$10 a day from the lnth of October is
attached for non fulfillment of contract
on each of these bridges. How far the
structural steel plant at Ottumwa is re
sponsible for delay remains to be seen.
A representative of The Gazette was
permitted the first of the week to ex
amine the plans connected with the
bridges of the county recently con
structed and in course of construction,
and can testify to the faithfulness and
completeness of the work done. It has
occupied much of the time of Mr. Sims,
and shows the painstaking care of the
true workman. He is in the field this
week looking after unfinished bridges.
POULTRY SHOW NEXT MONTH
Colfax Will House Scores of High
Bred Fowls Then.
The poultry chow by the Whitman
County Poultry &. Pet Stock Association,
January 9 to 14 inclusive, promises to
excel in every particular the one given
last January, which was the first annual
event. It is a lusty youth, having out
grown tha knee breeches and long stock
ings period, and has donned long-legged
pants, patent-leather shoes, immaculate
shirt front, bandana necktie and other
fixtures peculiar to a modern and up
to-date young man who is reaching the
period when bis moustache and the girls
call for considerable attention. From
the lusty-youth period the poultry show
expects to develop into the perfect man,
although, following the simile, it will
mature, broaden and develop, grow
more sweet and mellow aB the years come
While the premiums, prizes and trophy
cups to be awarded are a consideration,
still the main object of the association is
to create interest in the raising of poultry,
which is an asset to any community when
the business is carried on intelligently and
with a purpose in view. Besides, most
people are interested in looking at high
bred and beautiful-plutnaged birds, of
which Whitman county has scores within
its borders. Many of them will be seen
at the approaching poultry show.
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.
Tender Derailed on O. R. & N. This
The 0 R. & N. train from Spokane
due in Coitax tit 7:10 p. m. was four
hours late Wednesday, owing to a pe
culiar accident which happened two
miles this eide ol Gurfield. The train
left Tekoa behind tinae and was pushing
ahead at the rate of 60 mil-s an hour to
make up lost time. At the point named
above the tender left the track, and
bumped along on the croeeties fora dis
tance of 1200 feet, tearing and plowing
up things, before the train whs stopped.
Strange to say none of the passenger
cars, four iv number, left the track, the
passengers, although feeling the bumping
process, not knowing that the tender
was off the truck and the cars were in
imminent danger of being jerked cff,
until the train came to a standstill.
After working with jaekeerews and
other appliances known to railroad men
the tender was placed on the track again
and the train reached Colfax four hours
late. Considering the way the teuder
plowed up things along the track it is a
wonder the train was uot wrecked.
Laura Winston Company.
The attendance at the Ridgeway
Theater this week has not been what it
should have been. The Laura Winston
company was here a couple of months
ago and left an impression that should en
title it to packed houses on a return
date, but strange to say this has not
been the ca6e. The bad weather, how
ever, may have had something to do
with it. To-night the company will pro
duce "Swords of France," a romantic
drama of the time of Napoleon, one of
the big hits of the New York season of
1907. The company pays a heavy
royalty for the play and is sparing noth
ing in the way of costuming to give it
adequate production. Saturday after
noon a special performance of "The
Princess of Patches" will be given for
the benefit of school children, who wiil
be admitted for 15 cents and adults for
25 cents. The Gazette takes pleasure in
recommending thepe plays as well as the
Laura Winston company to the public.
The plays are elevating and the players
assume their roles, one and all, as true
artists. Don't fail to go.
Returned From the Chase.
Lou Irwin and Dr. Mitchell came in
from their hunt on the Sherman trail
leading from Kettle Falls to Republic
Friday evening, bringing two deer with
them, a buck and a doe, as trophy of the
chase. They were gone two weeks.
Along the Sherman trail used to be a
great deer preserve, and many of the
beautiful creatures still make that region
their habitat, but they have become
foxy with age and experience, although
their numbers have become greatly
thinned caused in part by over hunting
and in part by settlement of thecountrv.
Irwin said grouse and pheasants were
plentiful, of which they had their fill.
Archie Holden Once More.
Archie Holden, 19 years of age,
convicted of having committed perjury
in signing a certificate as to the mar
riageable age of two parties seeking a
license to marry, when the girl was only
16 years of age, wae brought before
Judge Neill Saturday and given a sus
pended sentence of nine months in the
county jail, to continue during good
behavior. This was done with the con
sent of the public prosecutor.
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECKMBE& 2, 19 0.
HEALTH EXHIBIT HERE
At Courl House Wednesday and
Thursday Next Week.
Subject Matter Illustrated by Ster
eopticon Views and Explanatory
Remarks--Speeches by Several
Citizens of Colfax.
The Washington State Board of
Health's Tuberculosis and Public Health
Exhibit will be open to the general public
of Colfaz and surrounding country next
Wednesday and Thursday, December 7
and 8. J. B. Combs of Seattle, chief
sanitary inspector state board of health,
was here Saturday evening, and at en
informal meeting held in the rooms of the
Commercial Club, attended by Mayor
Lippitt and several citizens prominent
in civic affairs, it was arranged with Mr.
Combs to bring the exhibit here and the
time mentioned above was fixed for the
interesting event to take place. The
matter was left in the bands of Mayor
Lippitt to name a committee to arrange
for and carry out a program of speech
making and entertainment, the mayor
subsequently naming Dr. Palamountain,
Dr. Mitchell, It. L. McCroskey aud R. A.
Payne as such committee.
The exhibit, it should be stated, will
be open from 10 a. m. uDtil 10 p. m. of
each day, and the court house has been
selected as the place for holding it. Mr.
Combe and an assistant will set up the
exhibit, and wiil explain everything in
connection with it. The subject matter
will be illustrated at stated periods by
stereoptieon views, with explanatory re
marks, making the entire time devoted
to the exhibit one of great interest as
well as invaluable from an educational
point of view.
The Speech Making.
It has bten arranged by the local com
mittee for speeches to be made on
Wednesday evening by Mies Lola Hinch
liff Jadge NeilJ, Father La Roux and
On Thursday evening Rev. N. M.
Jones, Mre. Jamee Caircs and Dr. Pala
mountttin wiil speak.
Mr. Combs is also expected to make
explanatory remarks, illustrated with
stereopticon views. Mayor Lippitt will
preside and introduce the speakers. It
will thus be seen that much is in store
for those who attend.
The school children will be shown the
exhibit in the afternoons of each day,
going in classes or equads in charge of
Farmers from the surrounding country
are urged to drop the "shovel and the
hoe" long enough to take in the instruct
ive event, as it is a matter of as much
importance to them as any one.
Purposes of Movement.
The exhibit consists of a series of
charts and fills a box car, the railways
transporting it free of charge.
The purpose of this movement is to
familiarize the general public with the
salient facts about preventable diseases
so that they may learn how to prevent
their further spread aDd to cure, if pos
sible, those already afflicted. Tubercu
losis will be the leading disease consid
ered, but the importance of active meas
ures against other infectious diseases of
fundamental sanitation will also be
This exhibit was first collected and
shown at the A.-V.-P. Exposition at
Seattle. Since then it has been shown
in many of the larger cities, it being a
work the state of Washington has taken
in band to prevent infectious diseases.
All who can should not fail to attend.
It costs nothing in dollars and cents.
Jumped a Board Bill.
Deputy Sheriff Corner spent Thanks
giving in Spokane. Whether he ate
turkey or not is not a question in point,
for be it known he went to the Falls
City to bring back one C. W. Mitchell
held by the police of that city for jump
ing a board bill at Tekoa. He (Mitchell,
we mean), will sojourn for 15 days at
the Hotel de Carter, where chances for
jumping a board bill before a stated
period is nil.
Williams Jubilee Singers.
The Ladies' Aid Society of the M. E.
church has arranged for the Williams
Jubilee Singers to appear in Colfax on
December 21 for the benefit of the so
ciety. This troupe of jubilee singers
have been here before and are probably
the best on the road.
Mrs. Margaret Shearer Dead.
Mrs. Margaret Shearer, formerly of
Coifax, died Sunday evening at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. H. W. Zimmer
man, at Garden Springs, near Spokane.
Mrs. Shearer was well known in this
city. She was buried Tuesday at Spo
OF GRAIN PRODUCTS
60,000 Bushels Wheat Sold Last
Three Days in Colfax.
Prices Unchanged From Last Week
--Wheat Moving to Coast in Vol
ume--Present Movement Should
Ease the Money Market.
Grain quotations this week show little
or no change from quotations of last
week. Grain, however, is moving to the
coast in quantity, which for several
weeks has been almost at a standstill.
One buyer is forwarding from 10 to 12
cars of wheat-a day to Portland, it
being bought earlier in the season.
There ie a greater tendency on the
part of farmers to sell their wheat, this
feeling not being local but pervading the
entire Palonse country. It can be re
liably stated that at least 60,000
bushels of wheat has changed hands in
Colfax the last three days. This, of
course, was held for higher prices.
Wheat from now on will probably move
with greater rapidity. Thin means more
money put into circulation, which will
surely ease the money market.
Red Russian § .gg
Ciub and hybrid 68
Forty fold. 70
Turkey Red 09
Feed barley, per hundred .90
Brewing barley .95
OatH, per Hundred 1 00
Planning for Opening Ceremonies.
The equipment of the new High school
building is now practically complete and
tbough the building has been occupied by
the High school for the past three months
comparatively few of the patrons of the
school have been through the building.
Patrons of the school are always wel
come as visitors. The plan is now to
give a special invitation to all patrons
to visit the new building oa the after
ternoon of Friday, December (J. The
usual Friday afternooo classes will be
held and one period will be devoted to
the usual literary program for Friday
afternoon. In this way visitors can see
the school work aa weil as look over the
new building. In the evening a short
program will be arranged, with talks
from some of the many citizens who
have shown interest in the school,
especially those active in the erecting of
the new High school building. After
this gymnasium clauses will be held and
acouplfiof basket ball games put on in
the gymnasium to show the work that is
being done. A full program of the
events will be ready for next week's issue
Marriage licenses have been issued by
the county auditor to the following:
Guy Verner Greaves and Alma Loretta
Bishop, both of Pullman.
Paul Rock and Barbara V. Stollenuerk,
both of Colton.
Fay Dickey and Olive L. Smith, both
Charles Brown of Winona and Myrtle
Town of St. John.
Harry Klaveno of Colfax and Leaty
Paffenroth of Calgary, Canada.
L. S. Huggins of Colfax and Elsie
Hawkins of Elberton.
Will Go to Philippines.
Earl W. Chamberlin, who has spent
the past year in Colfax and Spokane,
returned to Chicago bo visit his parents.
When he left he expected to return early
in the spring, as he was favorably im
pressed with she Northwest. Siuce he
left, however, a message was received
from Washington. D V, , offering him a
position as civil engine?r hi the Philip
pines. He is a nephew of Prosecuting
Killed Two Nule Deer.
Jess Neal returned Tuesday evening
from a three weeks' hunt in Ferry and
Okanogan counties. He brought back
with him the carcasses of two mule deer
of large size as trophies of the hunt. The
deer were killed near Wauconda, east of
Republic, just inaide the Okanogan
county boundary line. While many deer
were seen only two were killed. Birds,
howeqer, were plentiful.
An Official Inspection.
0. R. & N. officials were in Colfax Fri
day iuspecting trackage and overlooking |
the general condition of things here- j
abouts. They had a special train of j
cars, frequently getting ont and walking !
up and down the track, making a close j
inspection. On the Moscow branch they j
evidently found considerable trackage j
that needed mending.
Roberts Is a Lucky Man.
L. L. Roberts, late deputy sheriff, has ,
quit the sheriff's office and "gone back j
to the soil," being fortunate in securing !
a choice piece of land on the Coeur
d'Alene Indian reservation only six miles
from Farmington. It is naid to be a
choice quarter section and valuable.
Arthur L Carter, son of Sheriff Carter,
succeeds Mr. Roberts in the sheriffs
POTATOES OF LARGE SIZE.
Planted on Hill Land, and, Like
Topsy, "Just Grew."
As showing what dry farming, along
with rich Palouse Boil, can do, C. M.
Hitcbings, whose farm is at Hastings
gulch, near Sunset, brought to The
Gazette office Saturday eight potatoes of
the Banner variety, the average weight
of which ia from 50 to 55 ounces each.
Each potato would make a meal for a
large sized family. The tubers have
since been placed in the rooms of the
Colfax Commercial Club, alongside many
other remarkable things grown in Whit
man county, where those interested can
see for themselves.
These potatoes were planted laat May
on hill land, and have grown without
special care or receiving a drop of water.
Mr. Hitcbiogs harvested a big crop off
this up-land field of potatoes, most of
them being large and perfect specimens.
Like non-irrigated fruit, non-irrigated
potatoes are more mealy and toothsome
than the irrigated product, and usually
command the top-notch price in the city
Inland's Stone Wall.
The Inland's rock wall fronting the
site of the depot building soon to be
erected there is completed, the stone
masons being at work on the city's end
of the rock wall crossing Island street.
The wall completed is massive as well as
imposing, it being a good beginning
towards the improvement of lower Main
Odd Fellows' Anniversary.
The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of
Colfax Sunday forenoon marched in a
body from Fraternity block to the
Christian church, where Rev. W. A. Dig
gins delivered an address suitable to the
occasion. It was in commemoration of
the 91st anniversary of the introduction
of the order into the United States.
Returned From Alberta.
Albert Powell returned Monday from
Southern Alberta, where he went to look
at the Durham Collieries with the view
oi taking charge of the mines, as de
sired by stockholders here. He decided,
however, not to assume charge of the
properties, preferring to remain here.
Shy From Much Hunting.
W. F. Snodgrass, Frank T. Abbott,
Harry M. Love and Dr. J. Floyd Tifft
returned Monday from their wild goose
hunt near Arlington, Oregon. In the
four days' hunt they captured 21
honkers. The weather was hardly to
the liking of hunters for wild geese, it
being clear and the birds sailing high.
The Codd Brick.
The Codd brick on Main street, be
tween Upton and Island streets, is pro
gressing apace despite the variable con
dition of the weather for several weeks,
which has interferred but little with its
construction. I will b3 one story and
ueed by Mr. Codd as a furniture store.
New Blacksmith Shop.
W. A. Denker will occupy the brick
building next to the Good factory on
Main street, lately occupied as a garage,
as a blacksmith shop. This building
was formerly used for blacksmithing
purposes, for which it is well fitted, be
sides being centrally located.
Makes Good Showing.
The following pupils of district No.
40 were neither tardy nor absent from
school for the month ended November
25: Alice Lanky, E'sie Lanky, NplHp
Mcßride, George Baird, Elbert Jones,
Robert Lanky, Notie Huffman.
Commercial Club Meeting.
There will be a meeting of the Colfax
Commercial Club this (Friday) afternoon
at 3 o'clock. Business of importance will
come before the meeting. All members
A Beautiful Booklet.
"Success in Orpgon and Washington,"
is a booklet gotten out by the 0. R. &
N\ that cape the climax for beautj, com
pactness in detftil and attractiveness.
It is a typographical gem. A map of
Washington and Oregon fills the first
page. Beautiful cuts, as clear and
sprightly as steel engravings, represen
tative of diversified farming, displays of
apples, picking apples, hop-growing,
stock yards scene, an example of stand
ing timber, a combined harvester at
work, and a view of Mount Hood look
ing from a height into the fruitful Will
amette valley, are some of the scenes
depicted. The reading matter consists
of short paragraphs, backed up by facts
and figures, just the thing to attract at
tention as well as to command respect.
The railroads of the state are doing a
good work in exploiting the Northwest
and bringing people this way.
I'BU'E FIVE CENTS.
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
TAKE BULL BY HORNS
Tentatively Resolve to Lay Out
Work for Summer.
Civic Improvements Can Then Be
Rushed to Completion, Weather
Conditions Being Favorable --
Winter Weather Checking Work.
City council met Monday evening.
Mayor Lippitt in the chair and all coun
cilmen present bnt Johnson.
Ordinance establishing grade of Main
street at Cooper Lake bridge was referred
to street committee.
OKA N. franchise to build side track
from near turn table to Hour mill wan
read first and second times and referred
to judiciary committee.
Anent That V Bridge.
O. R. ii S. proposition for a bridge on
the Y-track leading from the passenger
to the freight depot was referred to street
committee. The bridge at this point
was badly wrecked by the flood of last
March. It was built across the South
Palouse on piles, and when the ourush
of waters came, bringing thousands of
tons of wreeknge from above, the piles
supporting the bridge were torn out,
leaving the track and framework sup
porting it suspended in midair in the
shape of a double bow. Later the rail
way company nought to repair this
bridge by agi»in driving pilcH in the river,
but wan stopped by the city, it being
considered a check to the even flow of
water during high stages. The (). K. &.
N. now propoMa to reconstruct this
bridge by building a three tout pier in
the middle of the river, faced with heavy
timbers so as to turn flotsam that may
come from above, wirb two '.V 2 loot spans
on either side, resting on (substantial
Election Officers Appointed.
Election officers for the city election
December G were appointed, as follows:
First Ward—Wiliiam H. Jams, in
spector; Jtimes Cairns and S. L. Strevy,
Second Ward—Eugene Brown, innpect
or; Ezekiel Davidson and .1. J. Miller,
Third Ward—George W. Perrine, in
spector; A. Burlingame and M. E.
The new constitution and bylaws of
the fire department was referred to fire
and water committee to report at next
May Lead to Results.
The mayor and council, after above
business was transacted, held an in
formal discussion of plans for street
work and other civic improvements, it
being the opinion that work for the
future, which cannot be done to advant
age during the winter months, should be
planned and brought to perfection now,
so that during the spring and bummer it
can be rushed to completion. The sug
gestion is a good one. Let us reverse
things. That is, plan ail winter and
work all summer. Plans for the future
can be made just as well now as later ou.
The 24th annual meeting of the Wash
ington Educational Association will meet
at the University of Washington, Seattle,
on December 27, 28 and 2'J. Many edu
cators from Whitman county will attend
this meeting of the association, several
of them being scheduled to make ad
dresses. Among those who will go are
County iSuperintendent Mattoon, Pro
fessor Lovelace and wife of Faruuington,
R. B. Spencer and City Superintendent
McCann of 0,-ikesdale, R. B. Payne ol
Colfax. President Bryan, A. A. Cleve
land and B. K. Beatty will attend from
Pullman, also being oa the program to
speak. Undoubtedly many others will
attend from Whitman county.
County Jail Nearly Empty.
There are only five prisoners in the
county jail at this writing. This is
quite in contrast with many times in the
past. The prisoners, when not working,
are fed two meals a day, which costs the
county 20 cent*? for each meal served.
When working they get three meals a
day. The meals are well cooked, and
bread, meat, vegetables and pastry are
served in quantity to supply all reason
able demands. No just complaint can
be made in this regard. The prisoners
last summer did considerable work at
Was Walt Received.
A public lecture on the Bubject of
Christian Science was given in the Ridge
way theater Friday evening by Professor
Hermann 8. Hering of Boston. He
handled the subject in a masterful way
and held the attention of his audience
throughout the discourse. He was in
troduced by Paul Pattieon.