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What "Do It Now" Spirit Did
For Hamilton, 0.
MERCHANTS RAISE $220,000.
People Have About Lost Faith In
Their Town When Business Men
Form a Chamber of Commerce and
Carry Out Vast Improvements.
General Arthur St. Clair founded
Hamilton, 0., iu<» years ag<» because Le
was looking f<>r a j- r<ifi<l Bite for :i fort.
The old stockaded clearing <n th* 1
bank of the great Miami river grew
into a city df more than 35,000 pe< ; 'c
because the place that St. Clair picked
out for a fort proved to be ;i good Bite
for a town.
In all these years Hamilton grew in
ppite of herself and her people. All
manner of factions separated the pop
ulation, and one-half the community
spent a pood deal of its time "kn< k
Ing" the rest of it. Nobody thought
of co-operation. Nobody dreamed that
It was possible.
Things weren't moving as they
should, people thought. The average
Hamiltonian Lad set his standard by
the flush days of !itl. when the big
ishops were all working overtime and
money could be had almost for the
nskiiig. A spirit of depression got
Into the air. People lost faith in their
town and faith in themselves.
Not long ago a few business men
began to diagnose the trouble an.! t"
seek a remedy. They came to the ton
elusion that Hamilton had lost her
nerve. "Let us get together," they
Baid. "Let's see if this town can't
pull in one set of harness." So they
organized a chamber of commerce, and
fiGO business men joined. Then the
same crowd of fellows who wouldn't
Lave tried to raise $.".<i for some Fourth
of July firecrackers last year received
the secretary of the V. M. C. A.. who
told them that all he wanted was
$150,000 f<-r a new association build
ing. They said they'd try, and six
days later a hundred Hamilton busi
ness men turned over to the Y. M. c.
A. pledges f $152,000. Mercy hospi
tal needed (10.000 to finish an uncom
pleted door. So the hundred put in
an extra half day. and when they
counted up they had (14,000 instead
of $ 10,000.
"Let's jret some more pood facto
ries," they said. "We are growing
right along, but it is almost entirely
through the expansion of our own big
concerns. Let's have an industrial
fund." The retailers took it up first,
and the rest of the business commu
nity followed. Four days" work by
forty men netted another $50,000, t«
be expended by trustees in aid of in
The Associated Charities of the city
had conducted two tag days for tin
benefit of the poor. The first one
f ; ■'
HOME OF THr. CHAMBER OP COMMERCE.
yielded $2*oo, and the second fell off
to $£300. Some of the managers
thought the town had been milked dry
and that a third tag day would be a
fizzle. It wasn't. Hamilton had just
learned to give. More than 250 per
sons helped in the days work, and the
net proceeds boat all previous records
So It is that a town which sx
months ago feared to tackle the small
est enterprise raised by voluntary sub
scription of her people $220,000 in
less than three months, or more than
$«5.25 for every man, woman and child
that she contained. Now she's willing
to tackle anything, and she knows
that she can do it.
Now, how about our own town? Are
our business men doing anything?
Does this mean anything to you? Let
those most interested in the welfare
of this town answer these questions
nnd then try as much as possible to
imitate the "Do it now!" spirit of Ham
PLAYTIME AS WELL AS
SPRINGTIME IS HERE.
Many Towns Without Recreation Cen-
ter*-Have We One?
The warmer the weather pets the
more do the children want to play.
But where can they frolic and run
about as they like? Almost every
town in this country, including our
own, is confronted with this question.
Some have answered the question al
ready by either providing a public
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playground or accepting an offer from
some private citizen who has been
generous enough to offer one.
"Happy Hollow," a magnificent play
ground of Philadelphia, was present
ed to the Playgrounds association by
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Clark. Jr. The
playground, with its beautiful grounds,
its wading pools and playhouse, is
one of the finest in the United States,
if not in the world, and cost more than
(100,000. Mr. Clark presented the
grounds without any stipulations, and
the only restricting provision was in
troduced at the suggestion of the as
eociation, that the property shall he
used forever for play purposes and
(shall always be open to the public.
A MENACE TO RETAILERS.
Buying Exchange Threatens to Take
Business From Small Merchants.
It is a question whether or not the
buying exchanges can be made to sup
plant tlie jobbing houses and the
wholesale establishments, says the Ag
ricultural Southwest. In certain lines
it may be possible to make the ex
change a power, but in general lines
it appears that it will be a difficult
matter to improve upon the establish
ed system of distribution. In fact the
manufacturer cannot well maintain de
pots directly under his. own supervi
sion in the different distributing points.
Neither can the manager of an ex
change establish warehouses at all im
portant points and carry in stock goods
for distribution. This would be mere
ly a multitude of wholesale houses un
der one management and would not
be any improvement over the present
system, but rather a menace to the re
!t is possible for a do/en or more
stores to combine and do purchasing
collectively. In fact, this is now a plan
pursued by a number of western con
cerns. But we venture to say that as
an economical proposition the buy
ing exchange will not be found more
advantageous than the established sys
tem df from manufacturer to jobber
and from jobber to retailer, a system
that is the outgrowth of a few thou
sand years of commercialism.
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--v The early worm is easy picking y'
|, for the first bird. '.
THE VALUE OF A K!CK.
It Is Good For Your Business to Know
People's Opinion of it.
The best time to remedy a mistake
is before it happens. And the next
besi time is as soon after it has pens
No business house can know too
much of what the outside world thinks
of it. Tin- average man Is slow to
eonijrtain. That is why thousands of
concerns are habitually back on their
orders. The average man will let the
grievance pass, but next time be takes
his business somewhere else.
The big department stores in large
cities realize the importance of know
ing what possible grievances people
may have against them. They put the
complaint department in the most ac
cessible places, and they make sure
that the person with the kick may be
able to give it while it is hot.
"Please complain when anything
seems wrong,*' is the constant Invita-
Hon to the public. "We want to treat
pou right, but we can't watch every
thing at oii'-e."
Licenses For Washerwomen.
Licenses for washerwomen is the
latest plan of Mayor William S. .Jor
dan of Jacksonville. Fla.. who has an
nounced that he would urge upon the
city council the necessity of passing
an ordinance requiring persons who
take in washing to register with the
city recorder. The mayor believes
such an ordinance is necessary as a
Banltary measune. so that clothes may
not be taken into homes where con
tagious diesease« exist. The proposed
ordinance also contemplates the idea
of protecting the public against the
loss of clothing.
COLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, JULY 14, 1911.
Streets as Necessary as Arteries.
As the arteries are to the human
system, so are the streets to the phys
ical well being of a city, says A. T.
Erwin in the American City. A well
planned city is a highly developed or
ganism with one member or district
devoted to places of living, another
to manufacturing, another to mercan
tile pursuits, etc. A ready means of
communication between these various
members is a fundamental requisite.
The street provides the means of cir
culation, and any factor which checks
or impedes its flow is a serious menace
to the public good.
There are many who think that the
mapping out of streets is about all
there is to city planning and that the
laying of a sidewalk and paving repre
sents the sum total of a street prob
lem. That these are fundamental no
one Mill deny, but there are other im
portant considerations which should
enter in which affect both convenience
The city comes into possession of its
streets in one of three ways-through
public usage during a stated period
(adverse possession), by condemnation
and by dedication. Probably [<o per
cent of our streets in the middle west
have become public property through
the last method. A street so dedicat
ed involves two interests, the one
being public, the other proprietary.
In too many "additions" the later has
been the active party, and plans are
shaped too largely from the personal
and pecuniary point of view, it tie
comes the duty of the city ofrw-in!<».
acting as the trustees of tl.t people, fj
guide and mold these plans in the in
terest of the public.
*' While striving for the almost 4
S unattainable do not depreciate %
* that which you have already at- '?•
\> tamed. <t
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Biting Off One's Nose.
We once knew a farmer to refuse to
sell corn to his neighbor for I' 3 cents
at the crib and hauled several leads
of it to town and p>t only 21 cents,
and we know several alleged business
men who let their supply houses send
out advertising matter for them and
do not carry ads. in their local news
All ladies frpe when accompanied by
one with paid ticket at Ridgeway tonight.
Ripley'e Ice Cream Sodae are different.
Shirkey & Giaeer, graduate opticiaDß
FARMERS, ATTENTION !
We supply all kinds of
carefully investigated help.
Phone Main 1971
Box 262 Colfax, Wash.
When You Need
Call Main 21
STANDARD LUMBER CO.
"THE CANALS ARE CCM!NC"
On July 31st, Secretary of War Stimson,
will open bi<is for constructing the locks
iorthe Lake VVashineton Canal.
As soon as a bid is accepted work will be
gin on the locks Holt A Jeffrey now hsve
a large force at work digging the tirst mile
of the canal. Its completion
A Deep Sea Port
"45 Minutes" from Seattle's business center
The place to buy redl estate is where on
coming improvements will increase the
value of property. K;rkland Is that place.
Buy now before the rise in prices comes,
that the canal makes inevitable.
View lots overlooking Lake Washington
$75 and up—terms 15.00 per month.
Come and see us when you come to the
Potlatch—if you can't come, write for art
folder and other information.
BURKE ®» FAKRAR, Inc.
406-409 New York Block, Seattle, Wash.
Owners 2000 acres. Capital and Surplus,
"BUY IN' THE PATH OF PROGBKSS"
Do not waste your time in writing with a pen,
The chances are your writing can't be read again
Let ME write it for you, just as plain as print,
Call today and see me—can you take a hiDt?
38, 13. COTTERII.I.
207% Main St., over Ritz'e cigar Btore
Phone Main 191.
We have Just Received a Car Load of
Iron and Brass Beds
We are glad to announce that we have again re
ceived a shipment of the celebrated
These Cabinets are positively the finest Kitchen
Cabinet that money can buy, costs no more than
the inferior kind; handsomely white enameled on
the inside. We are the exclusive agents. Call
and see them, whether you buy or not you are wel
come to look around and see the many new things,
among others are some CIRCAUSIAN WALNUT
CHEFFONIERS and DRESSERS, which were
never shown in Colfax before, and at prices so low
you will be surprised.
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fore. More than ioo patterns to select
from, comprising all the latest designs, some
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prices are very low considering the quality.
See our line of
Roll Seat Rockers
. the all bolted kind, not simply screwed or
glued, but bolted. The strongest and best
rocker on the market.
Some entirely new designs, iron beds that look like
wood, with a two-inch continuous post; others made in
square tubing, both iron and brass. Having purchased an
entire car load we were able to get them at the very low
est price, and can consequently sell them at a much lower
price. Be sure and see them.
Beds from $2.50 up to
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buy a WAGNER Quick
We have in stock a full line of new
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The WAGNER often, or closes
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It is roomy and comfortable for the
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YraSzflGi S"ft' fcxihle spring, un
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CUI cocartlNC The WAGNER is
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I it can't tip backward. Safety brake
■ holds cart ar.y where when left alone.
The WAGNER v the handsom
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lines, beautifully __^
f.hished in nickel
it Hi curl 5i~JS^
We have a new one with a patent wheel,
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Will do more WORK and better WORK
with less WORK than any other machine
and is not heavy and cumbersome, so obiec
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