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THE PARCELS POST.
Remarks of S. R. Miles of lowa on
Below nre the remirkn of B. H. Miles
of Manon City, lowa, ex president of the
Nfttinrml Retail Hardware asaoriattOO, I
on the panels p«>e»t Much (ihh been said ;
for and against the panels pout. Ah
there (ire two side* of the shield it in
perhaps well to tnke a glance at both in '
order to see filing* arinht. Thin week
we take s glimpse at the side prer^uted
by Mr. Milt h. Be saj - :
They teil uh we should have parcels
post because Bogland, Germany »»nd j
other countries have it. but they do not !
tell us the average haul for all mail mat ;
ter in these j.hree!« post countries i* '
Hhout 40 mile*. Hghirist ;"»40 miles in the
I Failed 8( ab ■.
They tell ub we should li'ive parcels
post because the express companies are
opposiat it, but they do not furnish a
single line of evidence to prove this as
They tell uh mail order houses are op
posed to parcels post, as it would put
them out of business, but they do not
tell us that under parcels post the big
catalogues could be sent through the
mails for about 7c, as against the pres
ent rate of 22c to 25c, and that one
item alone would save thousands and
thousands of dollars annually to the
large mail order concerns. Does any
sane man believe they are opposed to
Our newspaper friends, who are so
active in defending parcels post, do not
tell us that the English rate on news
papers aud periodical* is 5c for one
pound or two pounds for 7c as against
our rate of lc per pound. If we are go
ing to adopt Englifth postal methods,
why not adopt them as a whole? Would
our friend*, the publishers, ttand for the
Engliish ratt? If not, why not?
They do not tell us that Germany
owns her own railroads Hhd maken no
charge to the punt office department for
carrying the mails.
They do not tell us that Germany in
estimating a profit of twenty millions of
dollars from their post office department,
do not make nnv charge for railway
service, which, if they did, would show
an enormous deficit.
They do not tell us that there is no
such thing as rural free delivery in these
parcels pout countries, but that farmers
live in villages.
They do not tell ub that the towns
aud villager in tin* country under 4000
population, do not have any free delivery
service at all, but pay about four millions
of dollars to the post office department
annually for the privilege of having a
box at the post office, the only possible
relief from a very poor service.
They do not tell us the farmers' pres
ent rural free package delivery service
, would bte cut off under any or all of the
f proposed rural parcels post measures
»"*and carrier would be permitted to carry
only packages to which postage was
affixed. In other words, if this law
should go into effect and prove to be as
profitable as it is claimed, it would mean
that the farmer would pay annually ten
to twenty millions of dollars postal
They do not tell the farmer that under
any bill charging 5c for the first pound
and 2c for each additional pound, with a
weight limit of 11 pounds, that it would
cost 7c to market a dozen eggs, or 4c
per pound to market a 5-pound jar of
butter, or 11 pounds of salt costing lie
at the country store would cost 25c in
postage to deliver, or 10 pounds of nails
costing 40c to 50c would cost 23c post
age, or 11 pounds of sugar costing 55c
to 60c would cost 25c postage.
They do not tell us that under parcels
post mail order houaes would flood the
country with glowing descriptions of all
wool suits of clothes that do not con
tain 50 per cent of wool, and pure silk
dress goods, the silk for which was
grown in Texas or Mississippi and
picked by colored men, and a thousand
and one other items on which the con
sumer is easily deceived, bjth as to
quality aud price and on which the
profits are enormous, and all of which
could be delivered from Chicago or Bos-
Ton to the end of ar.y rural free delivery
-jf oute in the United States for 25e or less.
to They do not undertake to enumerate
tens of thousands of items that could
be delivered direct to the consumer by
They do not tell us the day the parcels
post law goes into effect that all mail
order concerns would eliminate staple
and unprofitable goods and sell only the
profitable lines on which they could well
afford to pay the postage.
They do not tell us this would mean a
centralization of mauufacturing. What
iri the use of locating factories in the
Middle West or West when the postoffice
department brings the markets to the
doors of the Eastern manufacturer and
The do not tell us that, notwithutand
ing a 12c per pound foreign rate as
against a local rate of 16c per pound the
home rate costs the average user less
than the foreign. To illustrate: The
foreign rate recogDizen only eveu pounds,
an 8 ounce package sent abroad would
i'i>nr 12c, locally Sc; 17-ounce sent abroad
would coast 24c, locally 17c.
They do not tell us that England only
kept books on parcels poet one year and
the cost was so appalling that they dis
continued their bookkeeping, and that
not a single parcels post country can tell
* ■ *hat this service costs them.
GOLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, MARCH 3, mi.
They dn not tell that which i* trun,
thfit England hiH two I»iry;e concent!
doing a mail ordtT businenH to one if
They do not tfll us that in a parcels
poHt country the Htnall or inland retail !
merchant in jnht a shop keeper, who
livm h mere hand-to mouth existence.
Th>y do not tell uh that for a service j
which it in proposed to charge about 2c ;
p^r pound the government pays the rail i
ronds alone 5e per pound.
They do not veil u« that CODgreae con
eedei that under the raral parcelH posts i
it will be uecfHHHrv to i'.ireaKe the car
rii-r'h pay at lt*a*t .*3OO per year.
They do not tell uh that with this in
ereace in paj each one of the 40,000
cirrit-rs have to carry tivr> 10-pound ■
packages daily to make up for this ir- i
creneft in pay before the pout office de
part meut gets any returriH.
They do not tell uh that rural free de
livery already costs the people about I
twenty eight millions of dollars more !
than the revenue received, and this de- !
tint is growing each year.
They do not tell uh about the active
railroad lobby in Washington working
for parcels poet.
They do not tell uh that the railroad
companies receive lens than lc per pound
from the express companies for service
rendered, while they receive from the
government for hauling the mails more
than 5c per pound.
They do not tell us that if all pack
ages weighing up to 11 pounds now go
ing by express could be moved into the
mail cars, it would add millions of dol
lars to the railroad company's revenues.
They do not tell ua the real power be
hind the tnrona and the people that are,
without question, paying for all of this j
newspaper and periodical publicity, are i
the railroad companies.
They do not need to tell us that when
the railroad companies net busy on any i
proposition the people's interests are not
apt to be considered. In other words,
there in a colored gentleman ia the wood
pile Home place.
They do not tell us that 'vhiie England
has parcels post, her greatest colony,
"Canada," has it only in a limited way ;
aud that all the mercantile intercuts of i
Canada are opposing any extension and
fchifl with a full knowledge of what it has
done for the mother country.
They do not tell us that none of the
foreign parcels poet countries have our
eplei'did express service and that if we
can regula*e railroad raten, we can also
regulate express rate* without going
into competition with them.
Finally, they do not tell us there is
absolutely no demand for parcels poet in
The seeming demand for parcels post
can be traced to three sources, the rail
road companies, the mail order combine,
newspapers, both city and farm, and
magttziues whose existence depends on
mail order advertising.
Is it not better to investigate first
than to be sorry afterwards?
MINES OF COEUR D'ALENES.
Mineral Output for Past Year Shows
We are told that the mineral output
of the Coeur d'Alenes for the year 1910
shows a marked increase over the year
previous, the state mining inspector giv
ing the figures, which are colossal in
proportions. The Wardner News of
last week had this to say concerning the
mineral output of this remarkable re
"Maintaining its great record of many
years past, and pouring out of its treas
ure vaults the huge total of $15,275,
--024.15, Shoshone county, in the year
1910, again proved itself the banner
camp of the Northwest in the matter of
ore production, and ended the year with
more development work in progress and
with the big mines sending out more ore
than ever in the past. In gold, 3110
fine ounces were shipped, with a vaiue of
#64.283 70; silver, 7,262,271 fine ounces
were mined, with a value of #3,813,579 -
62. Lead to the amount of 229,950.
--506 pounds, valued at #10,348,177 80,
was extracted; 5.003,639 pounds of
copper, with a value of #645,469 43;
5,995,600 pounds of zinc, with a value
of #333,513 60, were produced, making
a total of all minerals mined in the
county for the year of $15,275,024.15."
The mines located in the region known
as the Coeur d'Alenes (Shoshone county,
Idaho, are the greatest of their kind on
the continent, of immense depth and
apparently a never ending source of
wealth. This rich mineral region is in
such close touch with the Palouse couc
try, and take:? so much of our flour,
meat, butter, eggs and other products
of the farm that the relationship bf
tween the two sections i«» something more
than that of first cousins. In fact, the
Inland Empire as a whole owes much of!
its growth and development to the
mines of the Coeur d'Alenes. These
mines have been and still are thp main
stay of Spokane, many of the monu
mental buildings of that city coming
direct from the coffers of the mine.
Kills a Murderer.
A merciless murderer is Appendicitis
with many victims, but Dr. KiagV New
Life Pills kill it by prevention. They
gently stimulate stomach, liver and
bowels, preventing that clogging that
invitee app"ndicitis, curing Constipa
tion. Headache, Biliousness, Chills. 25j,
at all druggists.
For Spirella Corsets call up Mrs. S. E.
Ratlin", Phone Red 1212, Colfax.
WHAT THE CENSUS SHOWS
Corrected Totals Lessens Popula-
tion of Many Cities.
Those cities nn<i towns registering
complaint* fh".t ail their people were cot
c-suuted by the enumrraforn at the re
cent cennus taken will probably have
li^hs to nay utinut it fn in now on. A
great deal of the talk in that direction in
hot air, pure acd pimple. Any com
munity car) get a recount if it it* shown
that a fuli count wnn not obtained in the
A Wanhiug*ou, D. C, dispatch of
February 21 nays that the population
of Seattle, Spokane, Portlaud and Shu
Francisco were considerably reduced over
first estimates when the final eonnts were
giv^n out by Chief Durand of the census
bureau on that date.
The corrected totuls of the following
cities were given ou': Seattle, 237,194,
previously announced as 258,382; Port
land, 207,214, previously announced as
222.953; Spokane, 104,402. given as
109,695; San Francisco, 416,912, given
as 420,234; Beliinguam reduced from
27,194 to 24.298; Aberdeen from 15,
--598 to 13,660.
The population of Minneapolis was
reduced from 306,078 to 301,408. and
Boiie, Idaho, from 19,782 to 17,358.
The bureau thinks that the popula
tion of the country as a whole has been
slightly over estimated, "but whether
the margin of error is a fraction of 1
per cant or amounts to as much as 2
per cent no one can positively know."
These facts and figures are worth con
sidering as showing several things, the
main one being the tendency to pad and
to overestimate, which has affected
almost every community in the Middle
Went and Faj- Wept.
FEW BILLS BECOME LAWS.
The Rush of Laws, However, May
Be Expected Later.
Out of 684 bills introduced in the> leg
islature but few have passed both booses
and received the ni^nature of the gov
ernor. Aud they are of small con»e
quence, appropriation bilis being yet to
come. Following bills, to date, have
been signed by the governor and become
S B I—Appropriating $75,000 for
S B 4 —Validating Seattle waterway
S B s—Adoptings—Adopting Ballinger-Remington
S B 22—Appropriating $3500, state
reward for criminals
S B 30—Validating nominations for
recall in commission cities.
S B 123—Allowing challengers for can
didates at recall election.
H B 27—Appropriating $10,000 for
S B 19—Validating forti n-made willp.
S B 52 —Validating King county
S B 114—Monday following legal holi
day also a holiday.
S B 77—Validating King county
S B 115—Validating debts of road
districts in counties adopting town or
H B 158—Annual convention of county
Every Mother Should Read and
In any home where a child has a ten
dency to croup, a bottle of HYOMEI
(pronounce it High-o-me) should be
kept constantly on hand.
A sudden attack of croup with diffi
cult breathing and extreme distress is
apt to come on at any time.
The course to be pursued is plain
Send for your doctor at once, and in the
meantime drop 30 drops of HYOMEI
into a bowl of boiling water, and hold
the child's head over it, cover with a
towel or cloth, so that only the air filled
with Hyomei vapor is breathed.
This method of treatment has saved
: many a child's life, and mothers of
! emuDY children should pee to it that
1 HYOVIEI is always on hand. Full in
! strucfionH for prompt relief of croup in
in each package
A 50c bottle of HYOMEI is all you
need in trea«ing croup. This is known
in all druir stores hs Extra Bottle Hyo
mei Inhalent. V T. McCroskey and
i druggist* everywhere seU it. Breathe
HYOMEI. It is guaranteed to cure
catarrh, croup, sore throat, bronchitis,
coughs and colds, or money back.
For plumbing, material and supplies,
call on J. B. Brown. Phone Red 152 x
We want a few good farm loans. If
you want a loan call on ns nr write us.
Colfax Iks & Realty Co
Lippitt Building, Colfax, Wash.
Safe for Sale.
I offer for sale a wmal! safe, which is in
good condition. Iver Moan, at Model
"1 have been somewhat costive, but
Doan's Regulete gave just the results
desired. They act mildly and regulate
i the bowels perfectly.'"—George B. Krause,
3<>6 Walnut Are, Altoona, Pa.
tfhirkey & Glaeer, graduate opticians
Live Stock Wanted.
I am in the market to buy hogs and
cattle and will pay the highest market
price. Will be in Colfax Friday and
Saturday of each week at the Hotel
Colfax. Either write or phone.
A. J. Logsdon.
Dyspepsia is our national ailment.
Burdock Blood Bitters is the national
cure for it. It strengthens stomach
membranes, promotes flow of digestive
juices, purifies the blood, builde you op.
Hj I B H if •^ *
A HORSE'S NEED
Roe* beyond being Rhod, led and wear
EVERY HORSE WflilTS A CURRY
COMB AND BRUSH
while his barncra n«*>de barnwe oil. Buy i
all them here as well an oth< r
HARNESS SUNDRIES FOR HORSE AND
Stock is complete. jjii'xJs l'i*e«t and '
prieen not hien.
COLFAX HAKN£SS CO.
J B LORCH. Mantffer.
CHASE & SANBORN
in several different blends is car
W. H. Lacey
The L^a'iing Grocer
Tell us your wants —we'll
GEO. L,. CORNELIUS
AUTOMOBILE AND BICYCLE HOSPITAL
Opp. Main S'reet School *V»LFAX
DAY AND NIGHT SERVICE
Next door to
Parr's Jewelry Store.
Quality that's dependable.
Quality that's always of the highest.
Quality that's backed with real fresh
nees of stock.
Quality that while of the best in still
In patronizing this establishment you
are certain not alone of a full stock of
good* to buy from bnt you're crtain
alpo of A-l excellence, hnnest, good ser
vice and treatment and the lowest prices
Phone <Y~t Erwin & Son
Main • *- Proprietors
to notice the pffeet of school work on
your child's evee Inflnmed eyelids,
headaches, inability to *cc wurk plainly
on blackboard, etc.. are indications that
they need glasses Medicine will not cure
defective eye sight—GLASSES WILL and
we have the espf-r^nce «nd knowledge
to properly correct it. We are at your
SHIRKEY & GLASER
"At the Sign of the Street Clock."
We Haul Everything
Reed, Ripley & Co.
EXPRKSS AND DKAYMKN
Office nt Bipley Pharmacy
Ph.mf Main 11
IE, JER. COTTBRII«I«
207)4 Main St., over Ritz's cigar store
Phone Main 191.
MAY BE HAD OF
Whiteliouse Clothing Co.
Do you love good music? Listen to the
"Victor Talking Machines
Now for sale at the ELK DRUG STORE. Th« famoiiH itnmd opera h'w%
ers, Caruso, Joornet, Dalmores, Tctrazzini, (ladnki, ( xalve, Eamcn, N»i!
sen, \fflhn, Schuiuan Heink and all the reet, make records exclunively for
I>u"*o Powell Geo. Ebert Oalen IIor»iI»et5l*
Coif ax Plumbing Co.
In rear of Barroll's Hardware Store.
GOOD WORK, PROMPT SERVICE, REASONABLE
I'lunibiuj, Heat ing, Sheet Metal Work
PHONES-Sbop, Main 741. Resides, Red 841.
PERFECT BAKING RESULTS can be obtained only
when the best materials are used, including flour of
these popular and well known brands—
which are manufactured in Whitman county by the WINONA
MILLING CO., from Blue Stem Wheat, the very best for the
Spokane aid Colfax Feed & Poultry Co.
DISTRIBUTORS, Colfax, Wash.
Headquarters for the Citizens of Whitman County and the
M. J. MALONEY, Proprietor
Our Prices may not be th<3 lowest, but we guarantee every article
TtlO Bar connected with the hotel carries a fine line of imported and
domestic Wines, Liquors and Oigars. When you get it at the Hotel
Colfax you get the best produced in the markets of the world.
Whfn tou want to find your friends, go to the Hot?! Colfax, tbfl rerognized
bearJq'mrffrM for nvpryhody.
Hutchison's Art Studio
Picture Frames, Art Supplies
R. R. Hutchison, Commercial Photographer Endicott
BRAMWELL BROS, haying acquired The
Gazette, the same prompt attention will
be given to Job Printing as has always
been the rule. S^nd in your orders.