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ANENT THE SECOND
Is Stricken From the Direct
Initiative and Referendum- -Pension
Law Is Unconstitutional, Accord-
ing to Attorney General- - New
Grain Inspection Bill Passed by
Senate, Likewise Banking Bill.
Olympia, March B.—One half of the
highway levy in Whitman county for t c
years 1907, 1908, 1909 and 1910, which
went to the state aid road fund, amountt d
to $47,558, while in all the counties the
levy for the period aggregated $1,178,
--750. In the various counties there was
expended or is due on uncompleted con
tracts for state aid road work $011,780
from the fund. In Whitman county
there has been expended or id due $21,
--707, leaving $25,851 due this county
from the aggregate levy for the benefit
of the state aid road fund, whi.e to all
the counties there is due $550,186. Two
counties, however, Cowlitz and Kiickitat,
have overdrawn and owe the fund a
total of £IM,IGt» These figures were
compiled by the utate bureau of inspec
tion, at the rt quest of the chairman of
the roads committee in the senate.
The senate, by a vote of 30 to 2, has
passed the bill by Senator Arranmith of
Whitman count} providing for special
Anent Second Choice Provision.
By a vote of 51 to 44, the bouse
passed the Conner bill striking the second
choice provision from the direct pri
mary law. All of the four mem
bers from Whitman county voted
against the bill. Before pausing the
measure the house amended it by replac
ing the supreme court judges in the
direct primary law and by providing
that election judges shall return to
county auditors in numerical order all
Initiative and Referendum.
The bill applying the initiative and
referendum to state affairs as it now
applies to municipal bffaira has beea
passed by both the bouse aud senate.
In the senate there were neven voten
against the measure and 32 for it. Ar
rasmith and Hall voted with the major
ity. The senate increased the percent
age for initiative from eight to ten and
for invoking the referendum from tive to
New Banking Bill.
The new banking bill has gone tbroagh
the senate. This was introduced by
Stephens of Snohomish. It provides
that with the attorney general for coun
sel the state bank examiner shall act as
receiver for defunct banks. It also pro
video that all state and local banks
shall be subject to strict examination
Supreme Court Judge.
O. G. Ellis, democrat, of Tacoma, has
been named by Governor Hay as the
successor of Frank 11. Rudkin who re
signed from the supreme bench to accept
a place on the federal bench in Eastern
Washington. O. G. Ellis was endorsed
by the Fierce County Bar Association
and the Pierce county delegation in the
legislature. It was at their request that
the appointment was made.
Released From Life Sentence.
William Stewart, an Englishman, who
was sentenced at Everett six years ago
to serve a life term for murder has been
pardoned at the request of the British
government. The British government
investigated the case and convinced the
board of control and the attorney gen
jral that the prisoner was innocent, and
upon their recommendation he was par
doned. Stewart and two companions
were near Index, Stewart being drunk at
the time and later one of them was
found dead. Stewart was convicted of
killing him on circumstantial evidence.
Now that he has secured his release he
will make his home in Canada.
Pension Law Unconstitutional.
The attorney general has given an
opinion holding that if any of the com
mon school fund is diverted and placed
in the teachers' pension fund that the
teachers' pension law will be unconstitu
tional. He holds that the pensions will
not benefit the common schools, and the
constitution specifically provides that
no money out of the common school
fund shall be used except for the bent fit
of the common schools.
State Is Broke—but
Although the state is to all intents
and purposes "broke" at the present
time John G. Lewis, state treasurer, says
that there is no danger of having to
issue bonds. The general fund has
dropped to the $100,000 mark, but
nevertheless there will be no need of
issuing bonds as money will soon be
gotten in from the insurance depart*
meat, the land department and taxes to
take care of all warrants.
Grain Inspection Bill.
The senate has passed the grain in
spectiou bill desired by the farmers of
Eastern WaHbington and refused to ei
empt outgoing or export grain from in
apt ction. This was unrticulurly dtsired
by the Sound cities, but the senate rt
fused to insert an amendment exempting
export grain from inspection and the
bill went through.
COLFAX TAKES THE LEAD.
Raises Mora Money for Famine
Fund Than Any Town in County.
The committee appointed to raise
funds for the starving people of China
reported at noon Wednesday that the
Bum of $295 had been paid in. And
this is not the end. Three of the
churches of Colfax last Sunday did not
take up collections for the famine fnnd,
but will do bo next Sunday.
It should be stated that all the banks
of the city will receive money for famine
sufferers and receipt for the same.
The $295 is the larcei-t sum yet raised
by any town in Whitman county. It is
expected to increase the amount by col
lections yet to come to $500 or more.
It has been a question whether to send
the money to headquarters, or load a
car with flour and send it. As it is
food that is wanted, and the railways
are making no charge for transporta
tion, the flour problem looks good.
This is a good work in which Colfax is
proud to take the lead.
Later.—Since the above wae in type
the committee decided to send the cash,
the latest appeal coming to send money
for immediate use.
HARRY BECK TO HOSPITAL.
Must Undergo a Second Operation
for a Broken Leg.
Harry Beck, a young man whose home
is in Palouse, wjas taken to St. Ignatius
hospital Wednesday tvening to undergo
a second operation for a broken leg. He
was brought to Colfux lust Sunday by
his sister, Mr*. Roy Preston. His mother,
Mrs. O!e Andereon, is also here to be
Yountr Beck had hie right leg broken
below the knee while working in a logging
camp at Avon, Idaho, the 12th of last
December. Both bones of the leg were
broken. The leg was set at the time,
but the bones refused to knit. The oper
ation will be performed tomorrow or
next day. The leg will probably be cut
open and it will then be determined what
Harry Beck is 21 years of age, a
young man of fine address and pleasing
appearance, who has suffered for a long
time and undoubtedly has a long siege
ahead of him.
K. of P. Lodge at Elberton.
About 25 members of the Colfax K. of
P. lodge went to Elberton Tuesday to
assist in organizing the new K. of P.
lodge at that place. Members of the
order were also present in force from
Garfield and Farmington. The Elberton
lodge starts in with 30 charter members
23 candidates being inducted into the
mysteries of the order Tuesday. The
work was put on at 2 o'clock in the
afternoon, two of the degrees being die
posed of. After an elaborate repast the
work was finished in the evening, the
Colfax K. of P.'s returning on the mid
night train, Harry M. Love, instituting
officer, had charge of the work. H. C.
Eitel was installed as C. C. and |A. R
Metz K. of R. & S.
Esteemed Lady Passes Away.
Mrs. Caroline May Kennedy.sisterof Mrs
B F. Manring, who died at Coeur d'.^leae
Monday was buried at Garfield Tuesday.
B. F. Manrinc, clerk of the board of
county commissioners, went to Garfield
to attend the services. Mrs. Kennedy's
husband, Thotnse Kennedy, is one of
the pioneers of Whitman county, being
the second man to be elected treasurer
of this county. Mrs. Kennedy was a
jady of substantial worth, counting her
friends by the score.
Deputies Receive Supplies.
Last Monday the field deputy as
sessors, 22 in number, appointed to take
the assessment of Whitman county, re
ceived their supplies from the assessor's
office and the work will soon be in full
swing. The county commissioners Mon
day rescinded their act calling for an
enumeration of the county by the
deputy assessor*. This action will
simplify the work of the deputies.
Whitman County Institute.
The Whitman County Institute will
be held in Colfax on April 3, 4 and 5 to
permit the teachers of the county to
either visit the Inland Empire Associa
tion meeting in Spokane for the balance
of the week or to visit schools in some
other county as they may elect. This is
the way County School Superintendent
Mattoon has it mapped out.
In Colfax, March 8, by Rev. George H.
Newman, John Nauert and Regina Bal
kow, both of Colfax, were united in mar
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 19U.
STREETS IN COLFAX TO BE PAVED
AND MACADAMIZED THIS SUMMER
City Council Passes Resolution of Intent
to Do Much Street Work—North
Main to Again Be Opened.
City council met Monday night, Mayor
Weinberg presiding and all councilmen
present but Tifft and Johnson.
Ben Peterson asked permission to con
struct a frame residence, 26x54 feet, on
lot 10 and south half of lot 11, block
56, on Main street, which was granted.
It is understood that Peterson intends
to put up a fine bungalow at the point
Bills were ordered paid as follows:
Current expense fund, $771.10; water
The Myrick house on Railroad street
was declared to be unsanitary, several
I cases of tuberculosis having been housed
j there, including one death, and the city
i clerk was directed to notify the admin
| itstrator, through the attorney, John
Pattison, to destroy the same.
The council adopted a resolution de
claring its intention to improve Main
street, beginning on the north side of
Island strf'tt bridge, thence north to the
THE COOPER LAKE BRIDGE.
Beautiful and Substantial Structure
--Contract Price $7960.
The south cud bridge (Cooper iake) is
in place and riveted, presenting a fine as ;
well as a substantial appearance. The
flooring and approaches are yet to I
come, as well aw the sidewalk features on
each side of the driveway. When com :
! pleted it will be one of the finest bridges
in the county. The traffic at this point,
however, is the heaviest of any in j
the county, it being essential that a sub I
stantial structure be placed there. The
j new bridge will be warmly welcomed. Its
cost, complete io all particulars, is
$7960. The sum of $3500 was paid
when the structural steel and other ma- j
terial was delivered. The further sum of!
|2000 was ordered paid when the steel
was in place and riveted, which is the I
stage it has reached at this writing.
That leaven $2460 to be paid. In re
gard to penalty for non-fulfillment of
contract within stipulated time is a
matter for future consideration. As the
factory was destroyed by tire where the
structural steel came from, preventing
Contractor Talk from getting the steel
at the time expected, it may act as a fen
der against damages.
A Pioneer of Pioneers.
Jack McElroy, one of the pioneers of
Whitman county, was in Colfax the first
of the week mingling with most of the
old timers. Mr. McElroy came to Whit
man county 38 years ago, engaging in
stock raising in the northwest corner of
the county, becoming one of our wealthy
men. The McElroys, however, make
their headquarters at this writing at
Sprague, school advantages there being
Another Appendicitis Victim.
Charles Claybon, who lives 14 miles
east of Colfax, was operated on Tues
day at St. Ignatius hospital for appendi
citis. Mr. Claybon was resting well at
last accounts, doing as well as could be
Jw AND I WHEN ■>.'
main track of the 0.-W. R. & N. where
said track crosses Main Btreet, between
Harrison and Tyler streets, by grading,
filling, curbing, guttering and macadam
izitig said street. The estimated cost for
this improvement is $20,000. Notice
for protest*, if any, is published elee
where in this paper.
The council also adopted a resolution
to improve Main street, beginning on
the south side of Inland street bridge,
thence south to the north end of Cooper
lake bridge, by cleaning, leveling and
paving said street between the points
named. The improvement will be as
sessed against abutting property. Notice
for protests, if any, is also published
els"where in this issue of The Gazette.
It is pleasing to announce that there
were no protests to the improvement of
Miil street, and work to rehabilitate that
street by regraditig, paving, putting in
cem»nt sidewHlks, etc , will begin an
BOnn a« ponpible.
HE LIKES WASHINGTON, D. C.
J. G. Patrick Encounters New Scenes '
--Visits the Senate.
J. 0. Patrick, who left Colfaz Febru
j ary 20 for Washington, D. C, to accept
, a position in the engineer's office of the
| war department, was heard from last
j Saturday, being located at 1908 H street.
: Of hie trip across the continent and life
at the national capital Mr. Patrick has
this to 8«y.
"My trip across the continent wan an
I interesting one, and I find myself located
in a beautiful country.
"The weather here in warm and pleas
ant, contrHPting sharply with the foot of
! snow which I left at Colfax, and the 20°
j weather which we experienced when go
ing through Saskatchewan, Canada.
"The bulk of manual labor in this
j country is performed by negroes, every
family having one or more negro eer
"I attended one afternoon session of
the senate, and heard part of the debate
lin the celebrated Lorimer case. Had
no trouble in identifying Vice President
Sherman and prominent members of the
senate from portraits and cartoons
which have appeared in the magazines."
Poultry Men Elect Officers.
The directors of the Whitman County
Poultry & Pet Stock Association met
last Saturday and elected Arthur Howe
of Colfax president, Frank Day of Dia
mond vice-president, Samuel M. Strick
ler of Colfax treasurer, E. H. Roeen
kranz of Colfax secretary. The trustees
decided that the next poultry show
should be held the first week in January,
Contract for Culvert Pipe.
The county commissioners this wef k
let a contract to Beall & Co. of Portland
to furnish 2200 feet of culvert pipe, dif
ferent sizes and lengths, for f 3444. This
will be used in all parts of the county.
A Frightful Accident.
Newp reacbed ('olfax Wednesday that
THE FIRST STEP.
—Van Leshout in St. Paul Pioneer Press.
1». M. DoMrtt wan run down and killed
near Juno, a warehouse station north
east of St. John, by a south-bound <).•
W. B. & N. gapnlire motor car. The
body was dragged along the track and
horribly mutilated. Doasett was walk
ing up the track to St. John. Dossett
was luteljr from Tennessee and was 60
years of age. The accident whs wit
nessed by hirt two sunn, Alfred and Har
SCHOOL ELECTION SATURDAY
Old Board of Directors Chosen for
The school election in Colfax last
Saturday turned out to be quite a lively
affair. A friendly contest developed, in
which the women voters took a lively
interest. Professor H. E. Bioyd, Mrs.
Winnifred Wyman and Mrs. Theresa
Colvin were the officers of election. The
present directors were re-elected. A
total of 317 votes were cast. The vote
in full is given below:
For threeyear term—Robert L. Mr-
Croskey, IG6 vote?; Mrs. Alice Kelch,
Two year term-FI. G. DePledge, 164;
W. R Anderson, 122.
One year term—L. D. Woodward, 185;
H. F. Schreiber, 54; H. L Plummer, 44;
scattering, 17 votec.
Messrs. McCroskey, De Pledge and
Woodward will continue to act for
another year, the two former continuing
to hold over for even a longer service.
There was no election held last year for
directors, Colfax being in the throes of a
terrible flood at that time, the county
superintendent filliug the vacancies by
appointment until this time.
The gentlemen elected are well known
business men of Colfax, having the wel
fare of the schools at heart, a fact well
known to all our citizens. The coutent
was a friendly one, without acrimony,
rt-fleeting more the interest taken in our
schools than anything el*e.
Water in River Channels.
The ruins and balmy weather of the
last few days has had a tendency to
cause the Noith and S<>uth PaloHse
rivers to rise several feet, presenting
quite a respectable flow of water. It is
not on the rampage, by any means,
giving no evidence of repeating the
capers performed last spring. Besides,
we are better prepared for it in many
ways. A big lot of ice in both streams
came down Tuesday, passing out, how
ever, without clogging or doing the least
harm. When improvements contem
plated are completed it will be hardly
possible for clogging of ice or rubbish
to occur, which is the real menace during
the high water period.
The Fair Association.
The county commissioners Monday
decided to give the county fair associa
tion $1000 to rehabilitate itself from the
effects of last year's high water, as well
as to make many new and needed im
provement*. It must not be understood
that this is the sum total needed to do
this. It is but a small part of it. The
rest will be raised by private subscrip
tion, citizens and farmers always sub
scribing liberally for the county fair. By
increasing the value of premiums it will
also increase patronage during fair
Burns Pleaded Guilty.
John W. Burns pleaded guilty to first
degree assault in the superior court Wed
nesday and was sentenced to the peni
tentiary to from five to ten years. Burns
is the man who shot D. J. Reeder, the
dining car conductor, at Lewiston Junc
tion, afterwards digging his way out of
the county jail here, but was soon re
captured. Burns is an all-round crook,
hie proper place being in the peniten
Canyon Street Grade.
The county commissioners, in session
this week, among other things voted to
give $1000 for improvement of the Can
yon street road connecting with the
road leading to Palouse. It is proposed
to change the road leading down into
Canyon street in sevpral places, bpsiden
improving it in a thorough manner to
the top of the grade. The Colfttx Im
provement Association agrees to con -
plete the work on fbis roud.
Colfax Girl Heard From.
The friends of Mien Heieu Walters,
who is attending school at Whitman
College, Walla Walla, at the tryoat de
bate held at the college Monday ever
ing for place on the debating team,
among eeven contestants won first place.
This is a distinction for which none is
more worthy to hold it than Mies
Die Deutsche Ecke.
Die Dfuteche Ecke met Tuesday night
at the home of Miss Pearl Nelson. An
enjoyable evening was epent and after
light refreshments were served the club
disbanded for another two weeks.
Released From Hospital.
Mrs. D. J. Wiicox, who underwent an
operation at St. Ignatius hospital two
weeks ago, was released Tuesday of this
week and is at her home. She is in a
greatly improved condition.
PRICE FIVE CENTS,
NEW STATE HIGHWAY
Deep Laid Scheme to Give Col
fax the Go-By.
Peopleof ColfaxUpin Arm«- - Meas
ures Taken to Inform Legislators
of True Status of Affairs--New
Measure Presented in Senate Will
Likely Become Law.
The people of Colfax and vicinity were
worked up to white metal heat the first
of the week when news reached here that
the bill creating the great trunk highway
from Spokane to Vancouver, via Walla
Walla, had passed the lower house of the
legislature by elimination Colfax, the
largest town and most important com
mercial center of Whitman county.
Although Representatives Larue and
Todd fought the bill, the opposition was
well in hand and it passed by a sub
This seemed the more strange because
Colfax is on the old territorial road, a
route that wan followed by the Indian*
in early days when they pawed back aud
forth through this country, aud whs fol
lowed by the pioneer settle™ by wagon
and pack train Mora the advent vi the
iron horse. Ah all know who have
knowledge of «uch thing* the Indians,
as well mh the pioneers, in nekiag routeH
of travtl, alwa.vH HclertMi the Huortest
and bent, b«>nce it wbh hard to under
stand why Colfax should be cast aside
for a longer route and a no less even
No time was lost in sending ,1. It.
Good and County Engineer McCaw to
Olympia to strengthen the arms of Sen
ator Hall and explain the status of
things in regard to the proponed high
way so far as Colfax was concerned.
The source of the untruthful state
ments told to leginlators and heralded
over the country in regard to the steep
grades and deep canyons centering
around Colfax ih well known, and i!
needs be the duplicity and crookedness
of it all can and will be exposed. Col
fax asks no ■pedal favorp. The route
through here must, and Hhould, rest en
tirely on its merifH. The truth, not
falsehood, should be told.
It is pleasing to note that the senate
has taken a d fferent view of the matter
from that held by the house, and an
amended bill was introduced in the sen
ate Wednesday night providing for two
t unk roads.one from Olympia to Vancou
ver and the other from Seattle, through
the Snoqualmie pass and down to Ellena
burg, thence through North Yakima and
Walla Walla and, if practicable, through
Colfax to Spokane.
The bill carries a provision for spend
ing $75,000 on the projected trunk road
at the Spokane end, $50,000 in the
vicinity of Walla Walla and a like
amount in the vicinity of North Vakirna.
It passed the senate 27 to 11.
The Gazette goes to press too early
(Thursday evening) to tell the final re
sult (toe legislative session closed last
night), but a private dispatch from
Olympia yesterday morning stated that
the senate amendments to the bill would
be concurred in by the house. We hope
so and that the measure hae been settled
on its merits.
Death of Mrs. Humphrey.
Mrs. David Humphrey, Pinter of Mrs
Fred Chapman of Colfax. died at Ta
coma last Saturday, aged 77 years. Her
son, John Humphrey, now deceased, was
at one time cashier of the Colfax National
Bank. Mrs. Humphrey wan known to
many of our citizenn, having been here
several times to see relatives. Mr*.
Humphrey wbb born in Devonshire,
England, and came with her parents to
Illinois when she wan a young lady. She
was married in Sprintrfie'd, and lived in
Illinois until she and her husband moved
to Tacoma. Two daughters, Mrs. Shaver
and Mrs. Armstrong both, of Tacoma,
Arthur Stapleton and Miss Grace
Ellis, young people well known in Col
fax, were married last Saturday in the
parsonage of the Christian church at
Moscow, Idaho, after the ceremony tak
ing the train for Weiser, Idaho, which
place will be their home. As told in
The Gazette three weeks ago Stapleton
has bought an interest in a mercantile
establishment at Weiser.
Initiated Five Candidates.
Bristow Encampment No. 14, I. O. O.
P., held an important as well as an in
teresting session Wednesday night, when
five candidates were initiated into the
mysteries of the order. After the close
of the business session the members re
paired to the dining room, where every
thing to tickle the palate was in sight
and was soon disposed of.