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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
P. T. 81. CO. DOING
GOOD JOB IN COLFAX
Expend $90,000 Here for Im
Magnificent Quarters in MacKenzie
Block, Where Is Being Installed
Wonderful Mechanical Devices
for the Telephone Service.
Citiiens of Colfax have been close as
well an interested observers of the work
going t>n by the Pacific Telephone Jc
Telegraph Co. in perfecting its service
hereabouts. New poles have been put in
place on both sides of Main and other
streets and old ones taken out. The new
poles will be painted green when the
work in completed. In addition cables
nave been and are being laid to connect
I with the switchboard in the main office,
' and overhead cables will do away with
trouble* that come after storms or elec
trical disturbances. The wires are in
closed in these cables and cannot be
affected by wind or storm.
The company is rushing the outside
work before the city begins the work of
paving Main street and macadamizing
Mill street, besides several cross streets,
bo that the streets will not have to be
pulled asunder and put together again
by reason of the improvements by the
telephone company. This work is in
charge of K. B. Artnstong, with 30 men
under his orders. To be precise 14,775
feet of cable will be in place when the
work is finished. The underground cable
is laid in cement. Nothing less than a
cataclysm in nature can disturb it.
Magnificent Office Quarters.
The company, when installed in their
new quarters, will occupy the entire west
half (if the first fi >or and basement of
the MhcKenzie block corner Mill and
Spriug streets. Here magnificent offices
are being prepared, and a world of ma
chinery, which, to the novice, is indenerib*
able aud more wonderful than Alad lin's
lamp, in encountered at every turn. The
inside work in in chargeof S. K. Hensley,
with four men under him twisting wires
and doing many things In installing the
wonderful pieces of ninchanism. No citi-
Zen of Colfax shuuld fail to drop in and
• ..«" the work going on.
The switching apparatus ie built op in
sections, 'M feet in length, the wood work
being of mahogany and rosewood, piano
tininh. It is pleasing uh well as wonder
ful to the eye. Thin tquipoient comes
from the Western Electric Co. of Haw
thorne, a suburb of Chicago. It is the
latest and most modern in use. Miles
and miles of copper wire are being- in
stalled, the wonder being how it can be
placed in the compact form in which it
A new moter for charging batteries is
seen in another part of the large room,
another mechanical wonder. The charg
ing will take place twice a we?k.
Wnat is called a ringing generator ie
pointed out. Hereafter, instead of turn
ing a crank one can press a button, the
generator doing the rest.
Three home batteries are in place.
The energy, therefore, is central, supply
ing all power from the central office.
Hence power will be constant and cannot
vary. This equipment, it is said, will be
good for 25 years.
Rest Room for Girls.
In the rear of the building a room has
been partitioned off, known as the rest
room. This will be carpeted and furn
ished complete, books being provided,
intended for the girl operatives, nine in
number, to occupy when not on duty.
This is an innovation worthy of note
j^ ..ind one to be commended.
ft The basement will be used as a repair
shop. It is ideal for the purpose.
Western Union Telegraph Co. will oc
cupy a section of the front office. Those
who wish can phone a message, which
will be at once placed in the hands of
the telegraph operator and sent over the
wires. This will be an added convenience
to business men, avoiding an extra trip
to the telegraph office, it being charged
to account and paid at the monthly
Spring Street Center of Business.
The American Express Co. will occupy
the present quarters of the telephone
company when vacated, so that we shall
have the telephone, telegraph, express
and postoffice all in a lump, so to speak,
making that part of Spring street a
busy and important section of Colfax.
"The work being done by the Pacific
T. A: T. Co. in Colfax when completed
will reach the sum of $'.'O,OOO. S. H.
Sauve is manager, a very obliging gen
tleman, with whom it is pleasant to have
Kick of Horse Fractures Skull.
Lee Bodine, son of 8. A. Bodine, 14
years of age, met with a frightful acci
dent Sunday evening while riding a horse
to water. This was near the brick yard
in the south end. The horse while drink
ing suddenly whirled, throwing the lad
to the ground, when the borne kicked
him on the head, fracturing the skull.
S.'\en pieces of bone were removed. The
brain was exposed for over an inch in
diameter. Lee was taken to St. Igna
tius hospital, where he lies in a critical
COMMENCEMENT WEEK. 1911
Exercises Attending the Graduating
Class Colfax High School.
Commencement week program of the
Colfax High school has been carried out
to the letter at this writing, leaving the
class play, "The Private .Secretary," to
be enjoyed by our citizens this evening
The baccalaureate service at the
Ridgeway theater Sunday evening was
attended to the full capacity of the thea
ter, the tcene being inspiring. The stage
setting was unique. Flowers and potted
plants followed the footlights from end
to end in artistic display, while behind
were banked the High school graduating
class, the faculty, ministers of the local
churches and ail those taking part in
the interesting ceremonies. The printed
program was carried out. The bacca
laureate sermon by Key. J. Herbert
Bainton was a scholarly address, con
taining food for thought, not only by
the class of graduates, but for all who
It was left for Wednesday evening,
however, for the High school pupils, in
the class day exercises in the High school
auditorium, to get in their deadly work
in hits and insinuations on teachers and
comrades alike, which was greatly en
joyed by the large audience present. This
included the experiences of some of the
teachers, aud contained many personal
thrusts. Names and dates were given
without reserve. Other amusing stunts
were given to the edification of all, and
the whole was accepted in the spirit in
tended. The program included the class
poem, class history, class prophecy, mv
sic and other features noted above.
The Gazette goes to press too early
(Thursday evening) to speak of com
meucejient day exercises at the Ridge
way theater lust evening.
"The Private Secretary"' at the Ridge
way tonight closes the exercises of com
mencement week, 1911.
AFTERMATH OF EXPLOSION
0.-W. R. & N. Railway Must Pay
In the federal court at Spokane last
Saturday, before Judge Kudkin, Mrs.
Lucy Buchanan, wife of a car repairer
killed by an explosion of dynamite dur
ing a fire in the 0.-W. R. &, X. railway
section house at Winona in July, 1007,
was awarded a verdict for $25,000 after
short deliberation. The suit was for
$50,000, the railroad admitting its lia
bility. Mrs. Buchanan is a sister of
Mrs. Frank Squibb of Colfax. She li^es
in Pullman. The explosion noted above
titled targe space in the papers at the
time, it being a mystery why explosives
should be stored next to a section bouse,
as was the case at Winona. There has
been a motion hied for a new trial and
the matter has been taken under advise
ment by the court.
Young Lady Passes Away.
Gladys E. Cornelius, daugher of Mr.
and Mrs. Green Cornelius, died in Colfax
Sunday, May 14, aged 15 years, 11
months and 9 days. The Cornelius' live
near Almota. The young lady was
brought to St. Ignatius hospital Thurs
day of last week, where she submitted
to an operation. Funeral services were
held from the Presbyterian church Tues
day afternoon, Revs. N. M. Jones and J.
Herbert Bainton officiating. Death was
the result of acute dilation of the
stomach, following an operation.
Colfax Brass Band.
The members of the Colfax Brass
Band meet every Monday evening of
each week in Emporium ball for prac
tice, and it ie easy to tell that the boys
are making progress. We will soon
have a band of our own, fully equipped,
to give us music on public occasions as
well as to entertain with out-of-door
concerts in the shades of evening during
the heated term. We have enjoyed
them in times past, and can look for
ward with feelings of the liveliest interest
when we can have them again. Colfax
will soon come into its own again.
It Was a Whopper.
Aunt Jane Hayes of Union flat
brought to The Gazette office Saturday
a hen's egg that measured Gxß'j inches.
It was a whopper. Mrs. Hayes is great
ly interested in poultry, having ac fine a
flock of birds as can be seen in Whitman
county, and she brings the eggs to mar
ket by the bucketful as proof of their
Will Preach in Court House.
Rev. X. M. Jones, pastor of the M. E
church, will preach in the court house
Sunday morning at the usual hour.
There will be no evenine services. The
torn up condition around the old church
necessitates this. There is sunshine
ahead, however, in the prospect of occu
pying the new church bnilding in the
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 19. 1911.
COLFAX COUNCIL NO.
1488, K. OF 0., MEET
Initiated Class of 26 ig K. of P.
Hall Sunday Night.
Lodge Has Increased From 36 to
Nearly 100 During Year--Plans
Maturing to Erect Temple in Col
fax in the Near Future.
Colfax Council No. 1488, Knights of
Columbus, initiated a class of 26 into
the mysteries of the order last Sunday
evening in K. of P. hall, attended with
the usual interesting ceremonies and fra
ternal good time always witnessed at
these gatherings. The first and second
degrees were conferred by the local team,
while the third degree was put on by
State Deputy F. J. Dorsey and team of
After the initiation a reception was
held in Barroll hall, which was attended
by about 150 Knights, luncheon being
served and several speeches delivered.
Speeches were made by Rev. Father
Leroux, F. J. Dorsey, E. J. O'Shea, J.
B. Lorch, W. J. Kommers, and Messrs.
Weber, Shiblin and others.
Knights of Columbus came from Spo
kane, Tekoa, Pullman, Moscow, La-
Crosße, Pomeroy, Walla Walla and
Colfax Council, K. of C., was granted
a charter May 22 of last year with a
membership of .'SO. Membership has in
creased in the interim until it now num
bers nearly lUO. This speaks volumes
for the success of the order. The class
initiated last Sunday evening is the
third one since the order was established
K. of C. Building.
In thin connection it is pleasing to
note that the Knights of Columbus, in
view of their rapid growth, are planning
to erect a K. of C. building in Colfax, on
a sightly location and modern and up
to-date in every particular. It will be
provided with gymnasium, reading room,
a banquet ball and all the accessories
that go with it, in addition to the lodge
and ante rooms that will occupy tbe
main space of the building. Plans are
not all complete yet, but they will soon
bs announced and we will ccc the build
ing in all its completeness before the close
of another year.
This, with other buildings of a religious
and fraternal nature in course of erection
or planned for the future, marks a new
era in the growth and development of
Road Roller Goes Over Bank.
The road roller belonging to the coun
ty, which has been in use for some time
in the south end on the Almota grade,
went over the bank last Friday while
being removed to another location. The
steering gear refused to respond in the
right manner, hence the cause of the ac
cident. No serious damage was done,
however, just the governor being put
out of commission. The road roller will
soon be taken up the Canyon street
grade for work in that neighborhood.
Any to^rn or community that gets a bulldog grip on prosperity is
fortunate. But the bulldog grip will not hold if some citizens pull one
way and some another. All must pull or push in the same direction.
For instance, if half the people want Main street macadamized and
the other half insist that Central avenue should have the macadam and
each half holds out for its side
there isn't going , to be any macad
amization in that ( $$& >'j town.
Once there / %^ #»► S waS a tOWD W^
a creek running hi^k jUS^^V' -X through it. Folks
living on one side $iLO iimM^ KiM ' wanted a bridge
built at a certain fBW jji WksM Point- Folks on
the other side W : W®* wanted the
bridge at another f| '2B&&&Bfc>* point. The two
;ections fought so !%. ¥ l^\ doggedly over
the issue that no *"&**" 1 bridge was built.
One side of the : creek seceded
from the other \ , fide, and now
there are two ! ilj^J 'na^ tovrns
there used to be a whole one.
Another way to make a half town out of a whole one
is for half the people to buy their goods through the Mail
Order Houses in the big cities while the other half buys
from the local stores and factories.
If your place has the bulldog grip on prosperity don?t pry it loose
by pulling against your own local interests.
CORNER SIONE OF |
NEW CHURCH LI
Interesting Ceremonies Took
Place Last Sunday.
Dr. E. C. Gibson of Spokane Deliv
ered Appropriate Address--Box,
Containing Various Articles, De
posited in Corner Stone.
The laying of the corner stone of the
new 11. E church Sunday afternoon was
attended by a large number of people,
many outside the regular attendants of
the church being in evidence among the
multitude. The day was perfect for such
an event, a not altogether cloudless sky
beating back the hot rays of the sun
which would probably have been mani
fest but for that, and not a drop of rain
falling to put a damper on the proceed
A temporary platform had been erected
inside tbe etone wall tilling the corner
facing Mill and Canyon streets, and on
this platform the exercises took place.
An organ was lifted onto the platform,
and the choir of the church, under the
leadership of Ellis Laird, sang several
pieces appropriate to the occasion.
The usual services of the Episcopal
church were observed throughout. Rev.
N. M. Jones opened the exercises by read
ing a prayer. I>r. E. C. Gibson of Spo
kane read a chapter from the Bible, and
after placing a metal box containing
articles of varioun kinds relative to the
church and tbe building thereof in the
corner stone, delivered a short but ap
propriate address, which was listened to
with interest. The metal box was made
and presented to the church by Simon
Dreifus & Co., and contained pictures of
the pastor of the church, the building
committee, the architect and other func
tionaries of the church, besides a copy
of tbe Colfax Commoner, and a copy of
Tbe Colfax Gazette containing the first
account published of the plans to erect
the proposed new building. This copy
of The Gazette is dated Fibruary 3,
1911. Numerous cardH were placed in
the corner stone alongside tbe metal
box by people in attendance, which just
about tilled it to capacity. The corner
stone was presented to the church by
Samuel Cassedaj of the Caseeday marble
The stonewall which 611b the basement
will require two or three days to com
plete it, when the laving of brick will
commence. From the plans submitted
the building will be complete for the
uses intended, besides being architectnr
Rev. W. A. Digginp, who was present,
was called to the platform and pro
nounced the benediction, when the large
The new building will cost about
$12,000. Architecture ie Gothic. A
gymnasium, kitchen, reading room,
boiler room, etc., will occupy the base
ment. Two or more memorial windows
will be put in.place before the building
is dedicated. It occupies aground space
of 50x60 feet, exclusive of th<* annex.
I Witn the annex it will have a seating
capacity of 600. Seats, of hard wood,
were ordered \net w^ek, and will be here
in due time. Oar Methodist brethren
are to be congratulated.
COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY
Pot Pourri of Business Disposed of
in Regular Way.
City council met in regular session
Monday evening. Mayor tteinberg in the
cheir, all couucilmen io attendance.
Petition of Oliver Hall and others
asking for improvement of Canyon
street, from east side of Mill street east
to city limits, whs presented and laid
over until next Monday night.
Bills were ordered paid as follows:
Current "xpense fund, f 396 65: water
M. Freeman asked permission to en
large and reconstruct the building at
east end of Spring street, to be convert
ed into a feed and livery stable. Granted
Street committee, anent Fairview street,
reported work as feasible but asked for
further time. Granted.
Dog ordinance was read first and
second times and referred to judiciary
Resolution declaring intent to im
prove Dean way was reported published,
and there being no protests on hie it
was moved that proposed improvement
be taken in hand and the city attorney
prepare ordinance, which was done, and
was read first and second times and re
ferred to judiciary committee.
Petition in the matter of Morton
street eewer was referred for further
Ordinance establishing grade on Island
and Ltke streets passed. It will be found
elsewhere in this paper.
The bid of J. W. Janney for iron beams
with plates, according to plans of H. N.
Sims, at $70 per ton was accepted.
Bond of Holliday k Hughes for build
ing rock wall was approved.
City Engineer Miller asked for help in
order to facilitate the work of his office
in getting the paving business started.
Mayor Weinberg was authorized to
act as purchasing agent for city.
Moved and carried that curbing be
established eight feet from property line
from Canyon street to Island street on
bath sides of Mill street.
Council rueetK Hgain next Monday
SENIOR CLASS PLAY.
" The Private Secretary " at the
Ridgeway Theater Tonight.
The seniors of the Colfax High school
will present their annuil play at the
Ridgeway tonight. They have chosen
"The Private Secretary" as the vehicle
for this year and it is a screaming comedy
from start to finish. The play has been
thoroughly rehearsed and no doubt will
be creditably given. There should be a
large attendance. Following is the cast
of characters :
Mr. Marsland, M. F. H Edgar Roberts
Harry Marsland, his nephew.. Landon King
Mr. Cattermole Leon Ettinger
Douglaa Cattermole, nephew, Fred Hsrgrave
Rev. Robert Spaulding Horace Kincaid
Mr. Sydney Gibson, a tailor Harold Howard
Edith Marsland, daughter to Mr. Marsland
Eva Webster, her friend and companion
Mrs. Stead, Douglaß' Landlady
Miss Aehford Selma Hunter
A Maid Margaret Crumbaker
Bone Protruded Through Clothing.
Roy Troub, the 17 year-old eon of
Henry F. Troub, who livea 10 miles
northwest of Winona, met with a serious
accident Thursday afternoon of latt
week while rounding up cattle on horse
back. The cinch of the saddle became
loose, causing the saddle to turn and
throwing the lad to the ground, the
horse stepping on him. The right arm
above the elbow was broken in two
places, the bone protruding through the
clothing. Roy was brought to Colfaz
Friday and placed in St. Ignatius hos
pital, where he is doing as well as could
be expected under the circumstances.
Pearl Guinea Fowls.
E. D. Eldredge, who is holding down
one of the fine farms four miles east of
Colfax on the road to Palouse, received
two pearl guinea fowls last Friday di
rect from Farmington, Minnesota, to
add to the other high bred birds to be
seen at bin place. Guinea fowle may be
somewhat talkative after their fashion,
but they are a beautiful bird, great lay
ers and when a chicken hawk puts in an
appearance can make an alarm clock
turn green with envy at the noise they
make. It pays poultry raisers to
keep a few guinea fowls.
Presto ! Change.
George W. Sutherland, an old timer o!
Colfax, where he was engaged in the drug
business, but who now lives at Newport,
county seat of the new county of Pend
d'Oreille created out of Stevens county
by the lnet legislature, has tendered bis
resignation as chairman of the board of
county commissioners for Stevens, to
take effect June 9, to assume the duties
as one of the commissioners for Pend
PRICE FIVK CENTB
Governor of Minnesota Likes
Our Public Institutions.
Auto Tax Money Must Coma--Big
incraasein Highway Fund--Con
stitutionality of Employes' Com
pensation Act to Be Tested.
Olytnpia, May 17 -On his visit to the
state training Hchool at Chehalis and to
the rook quarry at Meskill in Lewis
coußty Governor A. (). Eberhart of Min
nesota said be was much impressed with
Washington institutions, and he declares
that the West had made great strides in
that respect. He wuh accompanied on
the trip by Governor Hay, State Treas
urer Lewis, State Auditor riaunea and
State Highway Commissioner Will EL
Auto Tax Money Must Come.
There was collected by the office of the
secretary of state in the month of April,
1911, the Hum of $14 916 70, or an in
crease of nearly $1500 over the receipts
of the mouth of April, 1910, which were
110,479 10. The receipts in May, 1910,
were $8(.»:i4 35, but probably the receipts
in May, 1911, will break all records, as
the secretary anuounees that he is wag
ing an active campaign for the collection
of auto license money.
Big Increase in Highway Fund.
The sum of $121,945 38 was paid into
the state treasury by the various coun
ties of the state in the year 1907 for the
construction of state and state aid
highways, the levy in that year being
only ont-fourth mill. In 1908 the ag
gregate amount paid by the counties for
construction of highways was $204,957
--.74. and in 19u9 the sum of 1868J.77.97
was paid, the levy in both these years
being one half mill. In 1910 the levy
had been raised to one mill and the
amount paid in was $750,938 .'J2, or
almost ac much hh was paid in the three
years preceding, inakiug a total of $1,
--507,01 9.37, of which a mount Whitman
cuunty paid in 190T the sum of $0713 08,
in 1908 the sum of 9)3,633 78, in 1909
theeum'of $14,340.92 aud in 1910 the
sum of $20,548 49, or a total of $01,
--435,22 The smallest amount paid by
any county was $2584.75 paid in by
San Juan county, while the largest Hum
was 5425.635.31, paid by King county,
being nearly oni-fourth of the total sum
paid by all the counties.
Test Cases Started.
A test case ie to be started by the at
torney general in Tburston county in
order to determine the constitutionality
of the law creating the etate bureau of
inspection and supervision of public offi
cers. The auditor will refuse to issue
warrants to pay for the checking: being
done ii> the city of Olympia, and an ac
tion in mandamus will be brought by
the etate to force the county auditor to
recognize the claim of the bureau against
the city, and the determination of this
suit will settle the (juestion as to whether
the etate bureau has a right to make
examinations of county, municipal and
schoo! records and make the taxing dis
trict pay for the examination.
New Source of Revenue.
According to a ruling of the state tax
commission fieh trap locations are to be
assessed under the 1911 law as personal
property. These have been escaping
taxation for years,, and the commission
also holds that the burden of proving
that the assessment is unreasonable in
placed upon the owners of locations and
that they are to be assessed for road and
Employes' Compensation Act.
The constitutionality of the new em
ployes' compensation act is to be de
termined by a test unit which is to be
brought as soon as possible by the at*
torney general in order to have the law
passed upon by the courts before further
steps are taken in the organization of
the commission. The officials of Wash
ington desire to have the courts say
whether or not the law is good before
they proceed, as in New York the supreme
court knocked out a law along the same
lines. It ie imperative that such a test
case be made bo that there can be no
question as to the right of the commis
sion to proceed.
More Trouble in Sight.
Thirty-one out of the 33 candidates
who took the examination for admission
to practice before the supreme court of
Washington were successful, and among
these were Hugh C. Todd of Whitman
county, who was a member of the house
in the last legislature. One woman, Lulu
J. Shakespeare of Everett, took the ex
amination and passed. CM the success
ful candidates 14 were from Seattle, six
from Tacoma, four from Seattle, two
from Everett and one each from Wenat
chee, Pomeroy, Colville, Oakville and