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TtfE COL FAX GAZETTE
CITY DADS OF COLFAX
TAKE BULL BY HORNS
Declare Intent to Pave and Otherwise Im
prove Mill and Main Streets—Three Dis
tricts Established for Bonding—Ask For
Bids for Various Improvements.
Considerable interest was centered in
the meeting of the city council Monday
evening. Mayor Weinberg presided and
all councilmen were "on deck." Stand
ing room in the council chamber was at
a premium, showing the interest taken
by citizens in the proceedings. Of course
the paving of Main and Mill streets was
the magnet that drew forth the multi
Mayor Weinberg started the ball roll-
I ing by naming John Miller for city en
gineer, at a salary of $125 a month,
starting from April 1. The nomination
was unanimously confirmed by the
Remonstrance to the paving of Main
street, presented at the last meeting and
referred to this meeting was, on motion,
laid on the table by unanimous vote.
Cleaning Day in Colfax.
The cuavor called attention to clean
ing day, asking that a time be set for
all citizens of Colfax to get out the
"shovel and the hoe" and make the city
luftk as sweet as a blunhiug bride, and,
on motion, Friday and Saturday, April
7 and 8, was named as the time to do
this work. Citizens are urged to at
tend to this. The city will furnish teams
to cart rubbish away.
Interesting Talk on Paving.
D. G. Monroe of the Hassam Paving
Co., Spokane, whs asked by the mayor
to address the council in regard to pav
ing iv general, more particularly rela
tive to the Uassam pavement, which
continued for some time and proved to
be interesting. A block of Hassam
paving material, weighing over 100
pounds, taken from a street in Portland
after seeing service for two years, was
brought in and laid on the aldermanic
table. It was eight inches in thickness
and as solid, apparently, as the "Rock
of Ages," without any historic "clefts"
Mo mar its solidity. Mr. Moore answered
all questions, the meeting being informal,
citizens and officials alike taking deep
interest, in the matter.
The New Codd Bridge.
Mr. Sims, of the county engineer's
office, submitted the grade plane for the
new Codd bridge in the north end. This
bridge will be constructed by the county,
but it was essential that the council
first establish the grade of that part of
Main street where the proposed bridge
spans the South Palouse river before
plans can mature. It was adopted to
raise the plans of Mr. Sims from 42 feet
datum plane to 43 feet datum plane,
thus making the new structure two feet
higher than the one swept away by high
water the Ist of March last year.
It was moved and carried that the
matter of new grades and changes in old
grades throughout the city be placed in
the hands of the mayor and the street
committee with full power to act.
Ground for City Park
A. J. Davis addressed the council in
behalf of certain ladiee in regard to
ground for a park to be purchased by
them and given to the city, p povided the
city improve and care for the sauie in
future. The ladies referred to above
propose to buy the Congregational
church property, consisting of two lote,
100x170 feet, bounded on the north by
North street, on the east by Railroad
avenue and on the west by West street.
If possible the lot adjoining on the
south, belonging to the Myrk-k heirs,
will be purchased, thus making the plat
150x170 feet, in the heart of the city
and directly opposite the Inland R. R.
depot. With a cement sidewalk thrown
around it on three sides, platted to
grass, shade trees set out and flowering
plants cultivated it will make a beauty
spot and a place to rest and breathe
ozone that Colfax has never had, one
that will surely be appreciated and may
lead to greater things in the line of
On motion the proposition of the
ladies was accepted, the vote being
Bids Called For.
It was decided to call for bids to re
move dirt and gravel out of river chan
nel opposite the court house.
It was likewise voted to ask for bide
to extend the rock wall from the Inland
U. R. wall west across Main street, a
distance of approximately 250 feet. For
this work bids will be received for reck,
concrete and grout, the council to decide
later which material will be used.
The matter of removing dirt from Mill
street was left in hands of the street
committee with power to act.
Three Improvement Districts.
Thecouncil, by unanimous vote, passed
three resolutions creating three improve
ment districts and declaring its iutent to
pave and improve the same on the
bonded plan, made possible by enact
ment of the last legislature. One is the
improvement of Mill street, another is
the pavement of Main street, from Island
street south to Cooper lake bridge, and
the third is the work from Island street
north to the U -W. R. & N. passenger
depot. The resolutions are printed in
full elsewhere in this issue of The Gazette,
to which attention is called.
It will thus be seen that the work of
Civic Improvement has taken form,
which, without the least doubt, will be
pushed to completion at the earliest time
possible. A majority of property hold
ers, business men and citizens generally
are enthusiastic in pushing the work
Council meets again on the 3d of
MR. ROOSEVELT AT MOSCOW
Preparations Under Way to Receive
Him April 9 and 10.
r?reat interest is felt hereabouts in the
approaching visit of ex President Roose
velt to this part of the Inland Empire.
It ia impossible, of course, for Mr. Roose
velt to stop at all the towns and cities
to address his fellow-citizens, but his
itinerary includes a two days' stop at
Moscow, Idaho, one of our near neigh
bors, where special trains will carry
thousands of Palousers to see and hear
the distinguished visitor. This will be
on the 9th and 10th of April,. Moscow
is putting forth every effort to entertain
the people of this part of Washington
and Idaho on that occasion.
Mr. Roosevelt will reach Moscow on
the afternoon of Sunday, the 9th. He
will stay over night and will make an
address at the University of Idaho on
the morning of Monday, the 10th. The
speaking at the University will take
place in a natural amphitheater, so that
every person who desires will have the
pleasure of listening to the speech.
The 0.-W. R. & N. will run a special
train on the morning of the 10th, leav
ing Colfax at 6:45 a. m., returning at
the clote of Mr. Roosevelt's speech, which
will be about 11 o'clock. This team will
pick up all who wish to go from Albion
and Pullman. Scores of others will go
by auto and carriage, as it is a foregone
conclusion that the people will be out on
April 10 almost en masse.
The citizens of Moscow are making
great preparations to entertain all who
go. As the natural amphitheater on the
University campus will easily permit
10,000 people to bear Mr. Roosevelt
speak it would seem this is all that is
necessary to say at this time.
Mrs. Miller's House Repaired.
Mrs. Rose Miller is putting the finish
ing touches on her house corner Rail
road avenue and Inland street, that has
remained for a year in the wrecked con
dition the flood left it the first of last
March. The house has been raised two
feet, a new kitchen built in the rear to
take the place of the one carried down
stream, it has been repainted and re
papered, and made to conform to the
comforts of home life. It is understood
that Mrs. Miller will reopen her boarding
house there. When the street work in
that part of the city is completed Mrs.
Miller's house will be finely situated.
Invitation to Big Event.
The Gazette received an invitation to
be present at the dinner of the Pullman
Chamber of Commerce in Ferry Hall on
March 28, the occasion being the 21st
anniversary of the founding of the
Washington State College at Pullman.
The celebration was a notable event, in
which The Gazette, a« a friend of the
college and interested in the work of
education, feels justly proud. The col
lege has long since stepped out of its
swaddling clothes, resembling a stalwart
young man, with erect form and a clear
eye, crying "EXCELSIOR ?"
A New Adding Machine.
The assessor's office has recently been
provided with a new adding, multiplying
and subtracting machine— the Dilton—
the only one of that make in Eastern
Washington at this writing. Its cost
was $300. It has several improvements
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FKTIMY, MARCH 31, 1911.
or innovations over that ot (('■her mi
chines. Oae is that the work of the
operator is presented to view as each
key is struck, something like the line of
a linotype typesetting machine, enabling
the operator to constantly see the re
sult of his work. If the right key is
struck it is impossible to make a mis
take, and if struck wrong the tell-tale
figure is plainly presented to view. The
keyboard is also simplified, consisting of
nine keys, the work being done by the
repeating process when necessary, saving
the intricacies of working several keys
by a more complicated process. The
adding machines, however, are all me
chanical wonders, in keeping with the
mechanical progress of the age.
TO REVIVE TROLLEY LEAGUE
Colfax Takes Initiative--Towns of
Palouse Asked to Join.
The baseball fans held a meeting last
Friday night and resolved to go ahead
and perfect an organization for the com
ing season. £. J. Peach au was elected
president, William A. Nelson vice presi
dent, Charles R. Larue secretary, James
Ryan treasurer. Directors: Charles R.
Hill, Charles E. Scriber and Jesse F.
Neil. Lynn Neil was selected as manager.
It is the purpose to revive the Trolley
League of three years ago, which was
composed of Colfax, Rosalia, Palouse
and Moscow, and to include Pullman,
Endicott and other towns if arrange
ments can be made. Money has been
raised in Colfax to push the thing along.
Colfax has several good players, but it
is expected to import the battery and
enough players to perfect the team.
The baseball grounds in the north end
will be fixed up and made as good as
new. If the plans work out the diamond
will be the center of attraction.
THE HOTEL WHITMAN.
L. E. Carter Buys Half Interest and
L. E. Carter, brother of G. B. Carter,
has bought a half interest in the Hotel
Whitman and will henceforth be mine
host of the hotel. It is understood that
Mr. Carter traded outside property for
his interest in the building. He is one
of the best known hotel men in the In
land Empire, having been in the business
at divers places, notably Garfield, Mai
den, etc. The Hotel Whitman is a
three-story brick, with stone trimming
and a substantial stone basement. It is
one of the best buildings in Whitman
county. J. E. Nessly of Pullman owns
a half interest in the property, which he
recently acquired. There is no reason
why the hotel should not be valuable
property, which it really is.
Whitman County's Share.
Owing to the dispute over changes in
the road laws there was question as to
what shape the road funds were in. The
Btate bureau of inspection has been
working for some time straightening out
the highway funds and at last it has
turned over to the state auditor the
exact figures. They show the amount
available for each county under the
permanent highway fund. According to
this statement Whitman county has
$8648 uncompleted contracts, and the
amount available for road building is
Cenvicted of Vagrancy.
Mike Sullivan and William Rooney, a
couple of floaters, were before City
Justice Neil Monday forenoon charged
with vagrancy. They were given 30
days each in the county jail. Sullivan
and Rooney, along with two other pris
oners, were set to work Monday moving
dirt and gravel around the court house,
which has occupied their attention all the
week. A little work will do them good,
besides helping to pay their board bill
at the Hotel de Carter.
"MADAM, I ALWAYS DID BELIEVE IN VOTES FOR WOMEN
10 PROVIDE COLFAX
WITH A CITY PARK
Ladies Have Taken Hold of the
Matter in Earnest.
Propose to Purchase Congregational
Church Property on R. R. Avenue
and Give It to City for a Park--
Plans Maturing to That End.
On Tuesday afternoon about 25 ladies
met at the home of Mrs. A. J. Davis
and organized a park association, the
location in view for the purpose being
the Congregational church property and
the Myrick lots adjoining.
The meeting was characterized by an
enthusiasm which promises good things
for the success of the undertaking.
Mrs. A. J. Davis was made temporary
chairman and Mrs. Ivan Chase secretary.
A motion was carried for the establish
ment of a permanent organization to
be known as the Colfax Park Associa
Mrs. A. J. Davis was unanimously
choßen as president, Mrs. Howard Brain
well hh Becretary and Mrs. R L. \lcCros
key tin treasurer.
It was reported that the city council,
having been awked to improve and main
tain the park in case the association
presented it to the city, had unanimously
agreed to do so.
A committee from the Athenaeum Club
reported that organization in sympathy
with the enterprise and ready with a
generous subscription from their civic
A representative from a committee of
ladies who gave an entertainment some
time ago for the benefit of a hoped-for
Y. M. C. A., reported that the money
raised at that time would be donated to
the park fund.
The president was made a committee
of one to ascertain the price of the de
sired property and report at next meet
After a general discussion of the mat
ter, in wbich many suggestions were
offered and much interest shown, the
meeting adjourned to meet at the home
of Mrs. William Goodyear on Wednesday,
April 5, at 2:30 p. m.
It is hoped that even a larger number
will be present at the meeting, as it will
be possible at that time to make more
definite plans for the development of this
excellent piece of civic werk.
The conspicuous location of the prop
erty, its nearness to the railroad station,
and convenience to the center of town
make it a most suitable location for a
park, and if the ladies meet with proper
encouragement they hope that, before
the summer is here, to have an attract
ive spot to offer the people for their use
JUDGMENTS ARE CONFIRMED
Charles E. Ray Faces Two Terms
Behind the Bars.
Charles E. Ray of Lewieton Junction
will have to serve CO days in the county
jail for selling liquor without a license,
aleo from six months to 15 years in the
state penitentiary for receiving stolen
property, the supreme court having
affirmed the judgment of the superior
court of Whitman county against him.
The proceedings against Ray took place
in April, 1910, before Judge Canfield.
After the jail penteuce hns been served
Ray will be taken to Walla Walla,Junle«s
the governor should interfere. A peti
tion has been in circulation for the gov—
—Trigg in New York Press.
I ernor to remit the jail M»t«ace, which
wi" probably be dropn-d niuce the peni
f^ntiiry sentence has beta confirmed ana
efforts made to head it off Bret. Ray is
out on honds, Charl n Coryelle and Wil
li«m Schluting heir* his bondsmen in the
sum oi $3750.
Ray was first arreated for selling liquor
without a license. He had previously
pleaded guilty to two charges of the
same kind and paid the fines imposed.
Afterwards n<? was arrested for receiv
ing wheat stolen from box cars tit Lewin
ton Junction, the wheat being stored in
Ray's barn. Three men were convicted
of stealing the wheat and are now in the
pen at Walla Walla. They swore that
R*y gave them $1 a sack for the wheat,
to be stored in bis barn.
Ray was tried by a jury, the case or
cases attracting wide attention at the
time. There are so many quirks in the
law, however, that it is hard to tell what
the next move will be.
SAFE CRACKERS AT WORK
Three Safes Tampered With Tues-
day and Wednesday Nights.
The burglar, that midnight assassin
who, wheu caught, should get the full
penalty of the law, is gettiug in his work
in Colfax, although up to this writing
his work has been crude, showing signs
of the beginner.
Tuesday night the safes of the Stand
ard Lumber Co. and the Colfax Ice &
Fuel Co. in the north end were opened
although nothing was taken. The com
bination was on the door of each safe,
there being no money inside, nothing
but books and papers. The papers,
however, were scattered arouud in pell
mell shape in the efforts to find money.
This was followed up Wednesday night
by some one entering the Colfax Imple
ment Co.'s establishment on Main street,
in the business section of town, and try
ing to crack the big safe in that estab
lishment. With hammer and cold chisel
the combination of the safe was battered
off, which is as far as the culprits got,
although they could have completed en
trance to safe if they had been experts
at the business. The safe is a large
one, weighing about 4000 pounds, with
heavy double doors.
A small safe, weighiDg about 300
pounds, in which Mr. Moffatt keeps his
personal papers, was placed on a truck
and wheeled from the office iato the main
salesroom, and then opened, the papers,
which was all it contained, being scat
tered over the floor. A nickel case watch
which hung on a nail ie the office was
found on the floor in the salesroom, it
not being considered of sufficient value
to cart away.
Mr. Moffatt thinks it is the work of
young men who aspire to be safe crack
ers, just starting out in the business.
The Horse Show April 8.
The horse show announced to take
place on Saturday, April 8. will be the
magnet to draw a large number of peo
ple to Colfax at that time. This ia the
fifth annual event. In honor of the man
who first suggested that we have a horse
show each year and who was the con
trolling spirit of the first three events—
the late I. B. Harris—the affair has be
come known as the I. B. Horse Show.
The lover of horse flesh will see the beet
there is in the Inland Empire on April 8,
all of it well worth seeing.
Municipal Cleaning Days.
The city council of Colfax has named
Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, as
municipal cleaning dayß, when back
yard*, lawns and alleys, all the nooks
and corners about each premise is sup
posed to be raked into piles and carted
aw«y to the garbage heap below town.
The city will furnish teams to haul the
stuff away, citizees being afked to oil up
with elbow grease and help the good
work along. There should be no drones
in Colfax on April 7 and 8 Put on your
overalls and get busy.
Minus a Gall Bladder.
C. C. McKenna, the well known grain
man, who underwent an operation at
the hospital two weeks ago, was able to
appear on the streets for the first time
yesterday afternoon. Strange as it
mny appear to the uninformed, Mr. Me-
Kenna's gall bladder was taken out, it
beine full of gall stone*—hundreds in
number —most of them no larger than
Difficult Surgical Operation.
John Vermillion, who lives at the
Walker place, eight miles east of town,
was operated on Wednesday for a long
Bttinding case of appendicitis. The in
testines were found to adhere or to be
glued to each other, making it a difficult
case to master. Mr. Vermillion, how
ever, is doing as well as could be ex
Honesty Is the Best Policy.
Elea Brannon, convicted of petit lar-t N«w Cement Sidewalks,
ceny by a jury in the superior court for ' Cement sidewalks in front of the new
stealing nine chickens, was sentenced by j Hill and Codd bricks, corner Main and
Judge Neili last Friday to pay a fine of j Upton Btreets, is the latest. It fills a
$50 and costs of suit, amounting in all . want that has been absent since the fire
to $147. Lloyd Gordon, charged with 'of the 4^h of July, which will probably
being Brannon's compatriot in the crime | be continued when the Reid block, for
of stealing the nine chickens, will be j which the foundation is already in place,
tried in June. . in erected.
PRICE FIVE (ENTB.
In Session Monday. Tuesday,
Wednesday Next Week.
Thirtieth Annual Session. - Fully 350
T.ach.rs Will Be Hers-.Many
Educators of Not* Will Address
th» Institute -Program In Full.
Couoty School Superintendent Mat
toon ban completed all arrangements
for the .'JOth annual session of the Whit
man County Teachers' Institute next
week, which will be in session Monday,
Tuesday and Wednesday. Several in
structors of note will be here. They in
clude State Superintendent H. B. Dewey,
Olympia; Dr. E O. Sisson, U. ol W ;
Dr. A. A. Cleveland, W. S. C; Dr. Paal
L. Vogt, W. S. CL; Professor R. Kent
Beattie, W. S. C; Professor Charles
Timblin, W. S. C; Miss Martha Sher
wood, Cheney Normal; Professor J. E.
Buchanan, Cheney Normal. Miss Louise
E Rieman of Colfnx will be director of
music, and Miss Ruby Sherfey of Colfax
It is anticipated that 350 teachers will
General Assembly: 9 am, enrollment;
10, music; 10:15, invocation, announce
ments; 10:45, The Educational Situa
tion, E. O Sisson.
Afternoon session, 1:80, music; 1:45,
The N. E. A. at Boston, Superintendent
Dewey; 2:55, The Story Telling Hour,
Evening session at 8 o'clock. Recep
tion by Colfttx teachers.
Primary Section: 0:80 am, Story Tell
ing, Minn Sherwood; 10:20, mimic, Miss
Rieman; 11:10, Story Telling, Miss Sher
Grammar Section: 9:80 a m, The Class
Exercise, Dr. E. O. Siseon; 10:20, Civics
in the Grammar Grades, Superintendent
Rural Section: 9:.'JO a m, T. aching
Children How to Study, Dr. Cleveland;
10:20, Some Country School Problems,
Dr. Vogt; 11:10, Organization of the
Rural Schools, Superintendent Dewey.
High School and Principals' Section:
9:30 a m, buciuenH meeting, election of
officers; 10:20, The Special Method of
High School Instruction, Dr. Sisson;
11:10, The Efficient Teacher, Professor
J. E. Buchanan.
Evening Session: Grammar School
Primary Section: 9:30 a m, Lan
gutge, Miss Sherwood; 10:20, Drawing,
Miss Riemao; 11:10, Language, Miss
Grammar Section: 9:30 a m, Tbe
"Why" in Geography, Professor Bn
chanan; 10:20, Some Aims of the Reci
tation, Professor Timblin; 11:10, Devel
opmental Laws and tbe Teacher, Pro
Rural Section: 9:30 a to, The Teacher
as a Member of the Community, Dr.
Vogt; 10:30 a m, Fixing Up the School
Grounds, Professor Beattie; 11:10, Tbe
Art of Questioning, Dr. Sisson.
High School and Principals' Section:
9 30 a m, Selected, Superintendent Dewey;
10:20, Educative Agencies, Dr. SinBOD;
11:10, Methods in High School Botany,
Evening Session: Tbe Polmatier Sie
tera, under the auapices of tbe Colfax
General Assembly Meetings.
Meetings of the general aeaembly Tues
day and Wednesday take place in the
afternoon of each day. Tuesday after
noon, at 1:30, music; 1:55, "A Storm at
Sea," Mies Eula MeKeehan; at 2, The
Twelfth Century Citizen, Dr. Vogt; at
at 3:05. The Social Ideal, Dr. SisHon-
F. E Millay will act as chairman.
Wednesday afternoon, at 1:30, music;
at 1:45, Democracy and Education, Dr.
Sisson; at 2:50, "Keeping a Seat at the
Benefit," Miss McKeeban; at 3:05, Edu
cation for Cititenebip, Professor Timbiin.
Salvation Army Meetings.
The officers in charge of the Salvation
Army corps located at Colfax, consisting
of Lieut. W. H. Lorenzen and Cadet
David Rowe, completed a successful trip
' last week through Whitman county.
j Salvation Army meetings were held in
10 townß. The attendance at all indoor
I and open 6ir meetings was said to be
satisfactory. The rwult of the trip wan
spiritually and financially a success.