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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
FARMERS GfIHER 111
NUMBERS IN GOLFAX
Ask Commissioners to Reduce
Commissioners Decide to Keep It in
Class to Which It Was Assigned
Four Years Ago--Courts May Be
Compelled to Decide the Matter.
The Whitman county branch of the
Farmers' Educational & Co operative
Union of America and Pomona Grange
met in joint convention in Colfax last
Tuesday, Workmen hall in the Wait*
block being barely sufficient to hold
those in attendance. Every part of the
county was represented. Fully 200
delegates were here. The meeting Tues
day was notable more particularly for
the protest made by the Farmers' Union
and the Grange against the raise of sal
aries of county officers caused by the
classification of Whitman county four
years ago from the eighth to the seventh
class, thus increasing the salary list of
the county about $5000 a year. Since
the recent census shows that the county
has lens than $35,000 citizens, which, if
correct, does not allow the classification
to be raised, the farmers huve placed
themselves on record as being in favor
of reducing the county to the eighth
class, from which it wan taken four yearn
Thin matter wan to be decided by the
county commissioners Tuesday, hence
interest in the meeting of the comniis
Kioiiern and the assemblage of the farm
ers on thut day wan out of ibe ut-uttl,
being the subject of general comment.
Ttie convention met in the forenoon,
adopted ret-olutions asking for the
change of classification and appoiuted
the following committee to wait upon
the commissioners: ,1. M. Reid of Pull
t'Htn, EL C. McCroskey of Gartield, George
W. I asp, Jr., of St. John, J. C. Farr of
Albion, A. J. Chase of Tekoa. This com
niittee appeared before the commissioners
at 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon, pre
sented a net of resolutions adopted by
the farmers in convention, and asked
that the county by reduced from the
seventh to the eighth claw*. Shorn of
verbiage the commissioners decided, by
a vote of two to one, to stand by their
former decision and let the county re
main in the seventh class. Commis
sioners McCoy and Ellis vofed that way,
Mhile Commissioner Ruply voted to make
It is understood that the matter will
be brought op again before the new
board of county commissioners at its
first meeting. Mr. Ellis continues on the
new board, but McCoy and Ruply are
supplanted by Whitlow of Pullman and
Miller of Thornton. If the matter is
turned down by the incoming board of
commissioners it is understood that legal
steps will be taken to test the matter in
the courts. A lawyer has been employed,
bo it is said, and money raised for that
purpose. The outcome will be watched
Election of Officers.
The following officers of the county
union were elected Tuesday: E. H. Kirk
land of Colfax, president; George W.
Case, Jr., of St. John, vice-president)
George W. Perrine of Colfax, secretary;
E. J. Byrne of Gartield, doorkeeper; H.
I). Hughes of Thornton, conductor;
Robert Brumblay of Pullman, chaplain
Executive committee, R. C. MeCroskey
of Gartield, Ben Manchester of Colfax,
Philip W. Cox of Hay.
Orher buniness of importance engaged
the attention of the Union, resolutions
being adopted agaiust a tariff on grain
against gambling on the products
of the farm, etc., whuh were ordered
sent to heads of departments at Wash
ington, D. C.
It is also proposed to send C. W. Nel
son, state sales agent for the union, to
Europe to contract wheat direct with the
consumer, thus cutting out the profits of
middlemen, warehousemen and exporters.
The next meeting of the union will be
held in Colfax the first Monday of
NEW YEAR COMES WITH SNAP
Weather Near Zero Mark--Little
Snow on Ground.
The new year was ushered in with a
decided change in the weather. Follow
ing the humid days that characterized
the fall months the sudden fall in tem
perature to near the zero mark was
keenly relished, particularly by the small
boy with his skates. The last day of
the year was characterized by a light
fall of snow—not enough for sleighing,
just sufficient to spread a white mantle
over mother earth. It turned cold dur
ing the night, the government ther
mometer showing 12 above zero Sunday
morning, January 1. The atmosphere
was clear, the sun shone bright, but it
was frosty, Bnappy, cold. Sidewalks
creaked and groaned under the tread of
pedestrians, as much as to say, "get off
my toes." But it was enjoyed by old
and young, the only complaint heard
was to there being no snow for sleighing
Monday morning the government
thermometer showed five degrees above
zero, with solid ice formed at all still
places sufficient to ukate on. It is need
less to state that the small boy and the
big boy, including many lassies, were
out in force enjoying the unusual sport
Cooper lake, the big dam in the north
end, the long stretch on the South Pa
louse leading from the Ridgeway theater
to Island street, afforded favorite places
for skaters. It was greatly enjoyed by
Tuesday morning, however, the weath
er was much warmer, overcoats still be
ing a necessity, but they were not but
toned op close as in the two days pre
We have once more good old Palouse
weather, which means considerable mud,
with the shivers taken out.
OUR COUNTY'S PROSPERITY.
Savings Bank Statement Shows
Much Cash on Hand.
An index to the financial condition of
the Palouse conntry can be gained by a
reference to the statement published in
Tne Gazette this week by The First Sav
ings and Trust bank of Colfax. While
this is not a large institution from point
of capitalization, it is shown to have
cash on hand at this time in the sum of
$95,667.02, with stocks, bonds and
other securities bringing the total re
sources up to the magnificent sum of
$388,003 70. There in on deposit in
this bank $305,827.33, a good portion
of which is in the savings department,
such deposits ranging in turns from f 1
up, many of the depositors being school
chilnren. Since the organization of this
bank in 1905, there bus been paid to its
savings depositors $46,352 67 in in
This statement certainly shows a
thrifty condition of business affdire, and
what is true of this institution is al*o
found in the other banks throughout the
This bank has a large clientele through
out the eastern states hh well as the Pa
cific coast, and in recognized by the lead
ing bankers of the state an oue of the
most conservative institutions of the
Telegraph Service Improved.
Arrangements have been completed
whereby telegraph messages may be
forwarded from Colfax, or any other
point, over the telephone line, if the teh
graph office happens to be closed. The
plan is to give a telegraph service to
every one that is connected with the
telephone. The message in transmitted
to the local telephone office, and from
there cent to the nearest telegraph office
(hat has an all night service, where it is
received and forwarded to its destina
tion without any delay. This arrange
ment applies more particularly to night
messages. This will give the farmer who
hns a phone the privilege of night tele
The Poultry Show Next Week.
The second exhibit of the Whitman
County Poultry and Pet Stock Associa
tion begins in Colfax Monday and will
continue through the week. Secretary
Rosenkranz left for Spokane Wednesday
to take in the poultry exhibit there this
week, his main object being to induce
breeders of fine birds to bring them here
for next week's exhibit. In this he will
undoubtedly be successful, hence we may
expect to see many fine birds in addition
to those raised in Whitman county. It
will be a creditable exhibit and the ar
mory, where the show will be held, should
be visited by all our citizens.
Out After Cougars.
Word was received in Colfax the last
of last week that cougars were much in
evidence on the homestead of Clarence
Bruning, three miles east of De Smet, on
the Coeur d'Alene reservation. George
Horton, with three dogs, left Saturday
for the Bruning homestead, but at last
accounts had not captured the varmints,
although the dogs had struck the trail
several times, showing that the felims
were still there.
Bumper Wheat Crop Predicted.
Martin J. Maloney, who was in Spo
kane last week, the guest of the Hotel
Spokane, in talking with a Chronicle re
porter remarked that "Whitman county
this year has the largest acreage of fall
wheat ever known in that section. The
favorable conditions which are now in
dicated will make next year's crop a
Honors for Colfax Boy.
Sam Kimbrough of jthis city has the
place of honor on the Washington State
College debating team, which will meet
the Whitman College team at Wal'a
Walla on January 11.
Fair Exchange No Robbery.
Prosecuting Attorney Chamberlin has
exchanged 175 acres of land near Dia
mond for a two story, four part, brick
apartment house on Cannon bill, Spo
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 19lL
CITY COUNCIL HELD RED HOT
MEETING LAST TUESDAY NIGHT
The City Marshalship Bone of Contention
—New Mayor and Council Step
Into their Duties.
City council met Tuesday night, Mayor
Lippitt in the chair and all conncilmen
present but Stravens. The room wat
crowded to the doors, standing room
being at a premium. A ret-hot time was
looked for and the crowd was not dis
Schtffl-T & Cantril made application
for liquor license, stating that they
wished to open a saloon in the new Hill
brick, corner Main and Upton streets,
which was laid on the table for two
The petition for a footbridge on Main
street at Cooper lake (so-called), which
was begun by private subscription, the
petitioners wishing the city to complete
and pay for the same, amounting to
$300, was, after discussion, referred to
street committee with power to act.
The petition of P. R. Ducbemin and
others for a drainage way on Thorn
street was referred to street committee.
Bills were approved and ordered paid
as follows: Current expense fund, $1095
85; water fund, $1888.35.
Annual Reports Read.
The city clerk read his annual report,
showing the financial condition of the
city for the year 1910. A synopsis of
this report will be found elsewhere in
this iHsue of The Gazette.
Reports of the city health officer and
chief of the fire department were read
and placed on file. The health officer's
report also appears in brief elsewhere.
Ordinance allowing the Oregon-Wash
iugton Railroad ie Navigation Co. to
build side track from its main line to the
ti >ur mill was read third time and
This, in brief, completed the business
of the old council, it standing adjourned
sine die. Before adjournment, however,
Mayor Lippitt made a few remarks,
thanking the couucil and all connected
with the city govenment for the aid
given during the past year. He referred
to the disastrous flood of last spring
and the herculean task that everywhere
stared the administration and the citi
zenship in the face to bring order out of
chaos, and restore Colfax to its old-time
condition. The task was too much to
complete in one year, bnt a good be
ginning had been made and he hoped it
would be continued.
New Mayor and Council.
Mr. Lippitt vacated the chair and E.
W. Weinburg, mayor-elect, took the oath
and assumed the duties of bis office.
The only change in the council was that
of Mr. I'luminer, who vacated his seat
and E. H. Kirkland stepped into place.
Mayor Weinburg read a brief address,
which is given herewith in full:
Having been honored by election to
the important positions of couucilmen
and mayor we should have but oue ob
ject in view, that is, for the upbuilding
and betterment of our city. I would
make the following recommendations:
First—Owing to the financial condi
tion of the city needed improvements
only should be made and that with the
Second —That the city clerk keep an
itemized account of all moneys paid out,
who to and for what purpose, that the
taxpayer may know what is done with
the money; also to have it published the
first of every month in the paper which
does the city printing.
Third—That noticeo be printed and
posted in regard to spitting on sidewalks
nnd in public places, and after these
notices are up for 30 days that the
ordinance in reference thereto be strictly
enforced, not only against the farmer or
stranger who happens to be in our town,
but against the most prominent citizen
who violates it.
Fourth —Boys loafing in card and
Fifth —Jumping on and off of trains.
Sixth —Ueiug nigger shooters or slings,
by which window lights and electric light
globes are broken.
Seventh—Going in bathing in a nude
Eighth—Dumping rubbish in our streets
and alleys and into the lake.
Ninth—Fast driving with horse or
Tenth—Shooting inside the city limits.
Eleventh—Using profane or vulgar
language on our streets.
Twelfth—The ordinance regulating
The police who will hereafter be ap
pointed must acquaint themselves with
the above ordinances and Btrictly enforce
I would also urge upon our citizens
and merchants the necessity to clean up
around their homes and places of busi
ness. Let us all strive for a cleaner and
I realize that the above can only be
accomplished by the united action of the
city council, the mayor and our citizen
After the address he announced the
standing committees of the coubcH for
the ensuing year, as follows:
Sreets and Lights.—G. W. Perrine,
chairman, P. B. Stravens, E. H. Kirk
Fire and Water—E R. Barroll, chair
man, P. B. Stravens, G. W. Perrine.
Finance —Simon Dreifus, chairman, E.
R. Barroll, P. B. Stravens.
Judiciary.—P. B. Stravens, chairman,
Simon Dreifus, E. H. Kirkland.
Health and Police—E. H. Kirkland,
chairman, P. B. Stravens, Matt Jounson.
Ways and Means—J. Floyd Tifft,
chairman, E. R. Barroll, Matt Johnson.
Printing.—Mate Johnson, chairman,
J. Floyd Tifffc, Simon Dreifus.
The crucial moment had arrived. The
crowd bad waited patiently, several
aspirants were on the anxious teat, the
high tension mark had been reached. A
slight buzz filled the room, relieving the
pent-up feelings of the throDg, when
George W. Lirue stepped to the foreaud
presented a petition of 363 names ask
ing for the appointment of J. B. Mackay
for city marshal. He made a speech
urging the appointment. Another peti
tion was presented asking for the ap
pointment of T. A. Ireland. Mayor
Weinberg stated that petitions would
cut no figure with him in making ap
pointments. He understood toowelithe
way petitions were gotten up to place
much reliance on them, ending by nam
ing Mr. Ireland for city marshal.
The roll was culled, resulting in Coun
cilman Perrine, Barroll and Kirkland
voting for confirmation, and Tifft, John
son and Dreifus voting against confirm
ation. It lacked the vote of Couutiiman
Stravens to break the dead lock. Ac
the matter stands at this writing the city
is without a marshal, but the matter
will come up again at the council meet
ing Monday night.
The mayor named William Me A mis for
policeman, stating that he would only
name one at this time. The appoint
ment was unanimously confirmed.
Fred Dirr was named for superintend
ent of water works, confirmation being
Fred Juhnke for superintendent of
streets was confirmed without a dissent
W. R. Neil, for city justice, was nomi
nated and confirmed.
Board of Health.
Council then adjourned and the council
body met as the board of health. Mayor
Weinberg was elected president of the
board and Howard Bramwell secretary.
The nomination of Dr. A. E. Stuht as
health officer was unanimously con
firmed, when the board of health stood
Appointed Assistant Postmaster.
David H. Shaw received notice this
week of hia appointment of assistant
postmaster of Colfax, this honor coming
to him through the civil service regula
tions connected with the pustoffice de
partment. Mr. Shaw has been for sev
eral years the head of the registry de
partment of the local office and is famil
iar with every detail of the business. It
is pleasing to note that thin is a plum
in which merit, not polities, bpn decided
The public prosecutor has dropped the
cases against Charles Kunz and Frank
McGuire, the two Palouse saloon keep
ers charged with selling liqaor on Sun
day to Lester Blanc, who killed James
0. Silvey in Palouse, the liquor in ques
tion being the cause of the killing.
Blanc was convicted and is now in the
Business Change Announced.
Oliver Hall this week sold an interest i
in his undertaking establishment to L.
L. Bruning. The new firm will be kn>wn ;
as the L. L. Bruning Undertaking Com- !
pany. Mr. Bruning has been with Mr.
Hall for the last six years, and is well >
and favorably known. He is county
coroner and a member of the state em- j
balmers' examining board.
Home Made Quilts.
We haven't exactly heard of any old
fashioned quilting bees taking place,
1 such as characterized the lives of our
forefathers—mor^'a the pity—but we
have positive evidence that the art of
making quilts by hand is not a lost art
—at least in Colfax. The attention of a
representative of The Gazette was called
to the fact this week that the Misses
Shearer on Mill street have made 10
quilt* thin winter, the good work still
going on. These quilts are gem« of j
beauty, showing the artistic and sub- !
stantial work placed on them. Who
knows; tbes* quilts may prove to be
heirlooms handed down from generation
to generation, a forcible reminder of the
handicraft of other dayel Home made
quilts tell a story of spare moments put
to good use, not frittered away in
PALOUSE MARKSMEN GATHER
Enjoy Two Days at Fair Ground --
Over 200 Yards Range.
Marksmen of this part of the Palouse
gathered at the fair ground last Friday
and Saturday and enjoyed several hours
each day in plugging at the bullseye.
At Friday's shoot T. A. Ireland of
Colfax won first prize, T. B. Mcßride of
Moscow, Idaho, being a close second.
Considerable money changed hands.
At Saturday's shoot Mcßride won first
priz*. with a score of six points for the
day. Keene, Mosier, Cornelius and Ire
land tied for second prize with five points
each. Fitzpatrick was third with four
points. Rowan and Fritz got two
The shooting was done over the 200
Mrs. Paul Pattison Improving.
Mrs Paul Pattieon, who went to Spo
kane just before Christmas to spend the
holidays with relatives, and who watt
taken seriously sick the second day after
her arrival there, is reported much im
proved and on the highway to recovery
She was first attacked with peritonitis,
wbicu soon developed into typhoid fever,
friends being anxious over her condition.
Paul Pattison came down from Spokane
Sunday, feeling at liberty to leave the
sickbed of his wife
M. Boyer Co. Leaves Colfax.
The M. Buyer Co. store here is closed,
the stock is being packed and will be
shipped to Tekoa, where the buainees of
this company will be consolidated with
tbat of the Tekoa Dry Goods Co. Maur
ice Boyer, the manager of the local firm,
hat< a large intertHt iv the consolidated
store at Tekoa, and will leave for his
new field of labor the first of next week.
Fell On the ice--Severely Hurt.
City Councilman P. B. Stravene fell on
the ice Tuesday morning and has since
been laid up for repairs. It was thoutht
for a time that his skull was fractured,
bnt such was not the case. As a conse
quence he was unable to attend the
council meeting Tuesday night, but may
be on hand next Monday night.
Death of Baby Vedder.
Loraine L. Vedder, one of the twins
born to Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Vedder on
December 18, died yesterday morning
and will be buried today. Mrs. Vedder,
it will be remembered, died and was
buried last week. Funeral of baby
Vedder will take place from the residence
bufthere will be no public services.
One Day Jail Sentence.
Robert Phelps Lee, for striking and
breaking the jaw of Lester Nelson at the
10SC restaurant two months ago, re
ceived a sentence of one day in the county
jail Monday by Judge Neill, it being
shown that both parties were greatly to
Go to Hear Mme. Tetrazzinni.
Miss Helen James and Miss Emma
Kalisher leave today for Spokane to
hear Madame Tetrazzini siug at the
Auditorium theater ia thnt city this
evening. This will undoubtedly be a
rare treat for lovers of classical music
given by a great artist.
Mr. Lake Is Bailiff.
E D Lake has been appointed bailiff
of the superior court and has assumed
the duti-s of that office. Mr. Lake is
not only a pioneer citizen of Whitman
county but is a civil war veteran, beiog
a member of the G. A. R. Mr. Lake is
holding down the honors with becoming
Willis, Sr., Near Death's Door.
H. I. Willis, who left some time ago
for Battle Creek, Michigan, called by the
serious illness of his father, writes that
Willis, pere, who is 84 years of age, can
not survive long, and that he (H.I)
will remain until the end comes.
Palousers in San Diego.
S. D. Lommasßon writes from San
Diego that there are a number of Pa
lousers in that city and they are organ
ising a Palout-ers'club, which it is ex
pected will boost for the great Palouse
Schools in Full Blast Again.
Public schools opened Tuesday, teachers
and scholars having enjoyed the holiday
season to the limit. The schools are all
in full blast.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
REPORT OF FINANCIAL
CONDITION OF COLFAX
A Synopsis of Report Shows a
Ravages of the Flood Period of Last
March Called Forth Unusual Con
ditions- - Recipts and Disburse
ments Given in Detail.
The annual report of the financial con
dition of the city of Colfax for the year
ended December 31, 1910, was filed with
the council by the clerfe at the meeting
held last Tuesday night. This report
shows the liabilities of the city to be
$149,041.62. In this amount there is
represented bonds of $77,000 00, Spe
c al Water jFund warrants, $27,000 CO,
Current Expense Warrants, $19,711.18
and Water Fund warrants, $21,863 14.
At the beginning of the year there was
outstanding in the Current Expense fund
$18,717 49, and there was issued during
the year $22,343 56, and paid $21,349 -
75, leaving the amount shown above
outstanding at the present date. Of the
total amount issued there was $7273.25
spent for repairs on streets, bridges,
sewers, etc., a large part of this amount
being used in cleaning out the river
channel; $2343 88 was the amount
spent directly on account of the flood
damage of March lnt, and in f-ict this
amount does not represent the flood
cost by any mearm, hh many other items
of expense are directly attributable to
tbat catastrophe. The henlth, police
ami pound departments of the city cost
$4026 10, while there was paid for elec
tric lights the sura of $2724.25. The
street springling cost $L()22 20, and
many other smaller items make up the
total. There was received daring the
year in this fund $22,359.44, of which
amount $13.352 68 was from taxes,
$7800 from liquor licenses, and various
la the Water fund at the beginning of
the year there wan ootPtanding warrants
to the amount of $Uf>G:3 (i 7, and there
was issued during the period covered the
sum of fl7.Hi4.ay and paid during the
year $2514 91, leaving outstanding at
the present time There
was issued during the year for the ex
tension and completion of the Glenwood
plant $G7.'17.77, and for the Golgotha
street extension $48.3 02, while fuel and
oil took $1705 43, and the direct ex
pense caused by the fliod is $1659,94,
to say nothing of the many incidental
expenses connected therewith. The op
eration of the Colfax plant, installation
of meters and the purchase of supplies
cost $2060.15; $1007 40 was the cost of
the new electric pump, and a large num
ber of other smaller items of expense were
incurred. The receipts from water rents
during the year were $ 10,028 54. The
receipts from the sale of water were
12061.72 less than for the year 1909,
when they were f 12,090 26.
In the Special Water fund there was
paid during the year $7000 in warrants,
and |1920 in interest, leaving warrants
outstanding in this fund at the present
time of $27,000 The receipts to this
fund were $7020.65, being derived from
the Water fund, which sets out 70 per
cent of the receipts each month to this
In the General fund there was derived
from taxes the cum of $5069 97, and
there was paid interest on bonds the
earn of $4637.24 and an overdraft from
the previous year of $944.48, which
leaves this fund still in the red to the
amount of $511.75. The tax roll for
1910 shows that Colfax will receive from
that source during the current year the
sum of $29,127 39
The Sinking fuud which is made for
the purpose of a start to redeem the out
standing bonds, $77,000, which will ma
ture in 1912, has on hand in warrants
the sum of $6362.11.
The statement in detail will be pub
lished in The Gazette within a short
"Bologna" and His Assailants.
Wilford Roberts and Charles Modro
were fined $50 each and costs of suit in
the superior court Monday on the charge
of assaulting "Bologna," the Chinese
truck gardener of Pullman, a full ac
count of which appeared in last week's
Gazette. The men pleaded guilty to as
sault in second degree. They claimed
that they had gone to "Bologna's"
shack to trade a pistol with him, and in
a fight he had tried to put them out,
they firing through the roof.
B. F. Manring of Garfield is in the
auditor's office this week getting ac
| customed to the ways of the office. Mr.
Manring has resigned as major of Gar
field to accept the appointment of clerk
I o! the board of county commissioners,
: tendered him by Auditor-elect McCros-