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THE COL FAX GAZETTE
WE BY NEW PLAN
School Districts Get Money
Every Two Months.
Neat Sum for Whitman County
Schools--Holdover Senators to
Investigate Fish Industry and Con
ceal Nothing in Their Report.
Olympia, July 26 —By the provisions
of the new Ihw the apportionment of the
Htate cchool fund is to be cuade six tim« c
a year instead <>f four aud H. B. Dewey
ban just completed the apportionment
of |470,108 10 for the two months
period among the varioun counties of
the utate. Of thin amount the sum of
$17 961.54 goes to Whitman county as
itß share of the apportionment. The
rate wan .01 f> mills for each pupil. King
county nceivi'H the putn of $ 102,4.30 05,
while Skamiana county gets the smallest
amount or $1,01)8 12.
To Conceal Nothing.
Five holdover senators have bcpn ap
pointed by Governor Hay on the com
mittee which is to investigate the affairs
of the state 6sb department and tisbiDg
conditions in Washington. These are
.Senators H. \V. White of V\ batcom,
Emerson Hammer of tfkagit, D. 8. Troy
of Ji ffereon, Ralph Nichols of King and
Frank J. Allen of Yitkimn. A«» the re
suit of the charges made on the floor of
the legislature at the last tension John
1. Riseland, state fish commissioner,
rt<[>inti(l that an investigation be
made Governor Hay says that he
wants the committee to make a full and
frank report on the conditions of the
fishing industry as they tiud them, con
cealing nothing, and to also if necessary
make recommendations to the legisla
ture for changes in the law.
Boat Owners Object.
Complaint haß been Hltd with the pub
lic service commission to the t nVct that
the McDowell Steamboat Company op
erating between Tacoma and Seattle re
fuses to stop its boats at Dash Point,
and on July 31st the commission will
bold a hearing on this question. It
brings before the commission fairly and
squarely the question as to whether or
not the new law authorizes the coin mis
sion to compel the owners of boats to
stop at ports when the boat company
doe* not want the business of that par
Easement is Cloud.
It has been held by the supreme court
in a recent decision in which the Walla
Walla county superior court was af
firmed that when a man gives an ease
ment for a pipe line or an irrigation
Hume across his property that he can
not convey a fee simple title to a pros
pective purchaser. The court holds that
this easement is a cloud upon the title.
No Bachelors Left.
On July 19ih in Portland was con
eumated the marriage of I. M. Howell,
secretary of state, to Miss Helen Baber.
There are now no bachelors among the
officials of the state.
Lawyers Meet in Spokane.
At a meeting of the stare bar asso
ciation which will be held on July 27,
28 and 2(.» in Spokane it is predicted
that every county will be represented.
The list of subjects to be discussed at
that meeting includes the recall of
judges, conservation and the readjust
ment of legal procedure. C. Will Shaffer,
secretary of the state bar association,
has just announced the program.
MANY GO TO CHATCOLET.
Sunday Excursion Takes 300 to
The first Sunday excursion of the
season to Chatcolet was well patronized
last Sunday and Traveling Passenger
Agent W. EL Skey of the 0.-W. R. & N.,
who the party, was well
pleased. Only 17 tickets were sold at
Moscow, the starting point. At Pull
man 50 boarded the train and when
Colfax was reached 70 people were on
the platform ready for the trip to the
lake. Increasing numbers joined the
party as the train proceeded until the
crowd was swelled to 300.
About half the party remained at
Chatcolet to enjoy the dancing and boat
ins: while the other half took the
"Idaho" and went up the river to St.
Joe, Many Colfax people who remained
at Chatcolet for the day were visitors at
the iioosier camp. The bout returned
from the river trip at 7:30 o'clock and
the return train pulled out at once. The
day was a pleasant one and the excur
siofiists thoroughly enjoyed their outing.
Many Irregular Tracts.
In bis new work Deputy Assessor H.
M. Sims is finding many irregular tracts
of land not definitely described. Io the
city of Colfax aloce there are 80 such
tracts. Tr>e*e tracts are bein* properly
located and each is tiven a letter or
number for designation doing away with
long and indefiui'e descriptions on the
tnx rolls. I'rints of the new map will
be filed as a permanent record in the
assessor's office. Similar trouble exists
in all of the large towns of the county
to a considerable extent and in some
degree through the country.
YEAiYS SCHOOLING FOR $38 60
Small Sum Expended for Education
of Whitman County Children.
It cost juet |38.G0 on an average last
year for the education of each pupil
registered in the schools of Whitman
county. The total sum expended for
the maintenance of all the schools in
the county during the year ending June
30 was 1336,934 <J5. These figures are
gleaned from the annual school report
prepared in the office of the county su
During the year the school warrant in
debtedness has been reduced (21,781, as
compared with a reduction of $260 46
during the previous year.
There were 10,600 children of school
age in the county and of this number
8728 are enrolled in the public schools
The school census f.hows an increase of
253 over the previous year. Of the
whole number of pupils in attendance
4503 were boys and 4225 were girls.
Three new districts were formed dur
ing the year giving Whitman county
173 districts, the largest number in any
county of the state. New and modern
buildfngs have been erected in 12 dis
tricts of the county during the year.
It required 341 teachers to instruct
the 8728 pupils enrolled. Of the total
number of teachers employed 'J"» were
men and 246 were women. The average
salary of men teachers was $92 74 a
month and that of the lady teachers
was $70 92.
WORKED THE GROCERYMEN.
Smooth Youth Gets Large Amount
of Provisions for Nothing.
Nearly every grocery store in this city
was touched this week by a youth who
worked a cltver scheme to get a few
provisions, presumably for a hobo camp.
The youth would enter a store at a
quiet time when there was only one or
two clerks present and order a sack or
two of flour delivered at a certain num
ber on Lake street giving a fictitious
name. He would also include butter,
eggs and other things in his list. He
requested the goods to be sent C. 0. D.
Being in a hurry he would ask to take
the email stuff with him and have the
flour delivered later. When the delivery
was made the place was found to be a
Tne tcheme worked in several places
before a warning was circulated. It
was reported that the youth was Ruiolpb
Koenig. Thursday morning a lad an
swering the description was nrrested but
gave his name as Jackson. As he was
not positively identified as the swindler
he was released.
Gentleman from South America
Inspects Northwestern Methods.
Handling of grain in the Pacific north
west baa reached each a state of perfec
tion that the people of other grain dis
tricts of the world are looking to us for
Wednesday afternoon R. de Condolle,
president of a large railway system in
Argentine Republic, waa a gueet of
William Sutherland of the Balfoar Gut ti
ne company. Mr. de Condolle ie spend
ing three months in the northwest mak
ing a study of the warehouse systems
and methods of handling grain to the
best advantage. He is also investi
gating harvesting methods in the United
States and Canada.
The gentleman from South America ia
at the head of a system of 3500 miles of
railroads through one of the great grain
districts of the world. Mr. de Candolle
went to Walla Walla from Colfax.
Lost Suit Case.
R. Harris, a Walla Walla business
man, reported to the sheriff Thursday
morning that he had lost a suit case
containing clothes and papers valued at
$300 or $400. Harris left his suit case
at the New Castle saloon and while he
was gone a young man who had been
with Harris appeared at the saloon and
asked for the suit case saying that he
had been sent for it. He waß given the
suit case and took the first train out of
After warning the jungle inhabitants
that it was time to move, Sheriff Carter
made a second trip through the hobo
camps last Friday. On this trip only
one man was found who had tailed to
heed the warning to vacate. He was
promptly "vagged" and given a ticket
for 30 days behind the bars.
Cotton Burglar Gets 60 Days.
Charles Johnson, who was arrested at
Cotton last week for breaking into the
home of J. H. Cook, was given a trial in
the superior court and sentenced to 60
days in the eoootj jail.
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FKIDAY, JULY 28 1911
THREE SID LEGAL
FIGHT FOR PROPERTY
Frank Rider Estate in Bad
Two Contests Started to Break Will
of Wealthy Whitman County Man
--Masonic Home Hangs in the
The contest of the will of Frank Rider,
deceased, a former resident of Whitman
county, bids fair to develop into one of
the most important probate contests in
the history of the statp.
Mr. Rider died in Portland on June
12, 1910, leaving a will and twocodicile,
whereby he left the residue of bis estate
to H. M. Roberts, John J. Stephens and
Ralph Comegys, 8s executors, for the
purpose of founding a home for aged
and indigent members of lodgps of Free
nnd Accepted Masons and the order of
Eastern Star of the counties of Whit
man, Lincoln, Adams, Franklin and
Grant in the state of Washington. Af
ter executing this will and one codicil he
executed a will whereby he gave certain
lands in Oregon in trust to Fredrick H
McKay for the Orphanage known as the
Children's Home and for the Deaconess
Old Peoples' Home in Spokane, and his
Whitman county property absolutely to
Mr. McKay, after some bf quests to be
paid out of the same to relatives.
After executing the McKay will Mr
Rider executed a second codicil to the
will giving bis property to the trustees
of the Masonic home.
Something over a year ago Mr. Me
Kay's will was presented to the superior
court of this county for probate and the
Masonic Home will and codicils were also
presented for probate, and the court,
after hearing proof of both wills, denied
probate to the McKay will and admitted
the other will to probate.
About a month ago John Rider of
of Walla Walla, a brother of the de
ceased, through his attorneys, Messrs.
Sbarpstein & Sharpstein of Walla Walla,
commenced a contest of the will which
had been admitted to probate, the hear
ing of which was set for July 21st, but
on that date was continued until Sep
A short time ago Mr. McKay and the
ladies of the Orphanage and the Deacon
ess Home of Spokane aleo commenced a
contest, the hearing of which was set for
The contest of John Rider attacks the
will in favor of the Masonic home, prin
cipally upon the ground that the gift is
void because it creates a perpetuity in
favor of a trust which ia not a charity
as defined by law, while Mr. McKay and
his associate beneficiaries attack it on
the ground, as set forth in their petition,
that it was made under duress, was not
executed in accordance with law and
that Rider was not mentally competent
at the time of the execution of the last
The question raised by John Rider has
not been directly passed upon, we are
informed, by the supreme court of Wash
Each of the three claimants or groups
of claimants is trying to obtain the
property, and the three cornered con
test will doubtless result in a long liti
Better Market for Livestock.
Portland will be a bigger packing
center than ever, now that theSchwarzs
child & Sulzberger interests have defin
itely decided to erect a big plant in the
peninsula district. Definite announce
meDt was made during the past week of
the determination of the S. & S. people
to make their coast headquarters here.
Portland will now have one of the best
livestock markets in the country and the
stockmen of the Pacific Northwest states
will have a better market than ever be
fore because of the increased demand
here for cattle, sheep and hogs.
Farmers Bank U. S. Depository.
The Farmers State Bank has been ap
pointed by the United States govern
ment as a depository for the postal sav
ings department of the Colfax postoffice.
The bank number is 1000. Up to this
week nine accounts have been opened in
the postal savings bank and the de
posits totaled over $400.
Produce Exchange Prospers.
G. W. Perrine, one of the directors of
the Farmers' Union Exchange & Produce
company of Spokane, was in that city
for several days last week going over the
books and accounts of the company.
He found the company doing a good
business in spite of the fact that it has
been operating only since May 16.
Lew iston Defeats Pullman.
Stapleton, Cushman, V. Canutt and
Wynn joined the Pullman aggregation
in a game at Lewiston Sunday. Lewis
ton came off victor by a score of 5 to 1.
Will Have Electric Lights in a
New Bank Building is Complete and
Streets Wifl Be Graded Soon..
Grain Crop Increases 25 per cent
Fully recovered from the big fire of
last September the little city of Thorn
ton on the Spokane & Inland and 0.-W.
R. & N. railroads in rapidly taking on
improvements and bt coming a business
center of importance in the rich farming
community of which it is the center.
Among the important improvement**
noted by a Gazette representative, who
visited the town a few days ego, is the
change^ in the location of Taylor street,
the principal husicess street of the town
Before the fire the business houses all
faced the eouthweet giving the dust from
the street aDd the hot sun the chance to
make life miserable for the occupants
Now it is all diff-rent. The street has
been chaDged to ruu through the lots on
whirh the buildicgH formerly stood The
new town is built faciiig the northeast,
away from the dust and heat. The
tired clerk after a busy day, can stpp to
the front and enjoy the cool and refresh
ing outdoor air in the shade.
The new street has not yet been
graded but that work will be taken up
soon. Cement sidewalks are contem
plated and in fact the contract has al
ready been let for 140 feet across the
bank property. Otto Felt of Rosalia
will do the job. The postofflee and con
fectionery store, run by G. W. Young,
will be the next plice to be provided
with cement sidewalk. Other business
men along the street are planning to
follow suit. Before the muddy days of
fall arrive the town people will have a
comfortable and convenient place to
Electricity will be switched into the
town within two or three weeks from the
Inland. All the leading bueiLess houses
have been wired ready for connection.
Early this month Comegys, Hanford
& Miller, bankers, moved into their new
brick building after occupying: a lean-to
since the fire. Th" building is 27 by 37
I* et with a front of white repressed brick
making a very attractive appearance.
The interior is finished in slash grain fir
and the fixtures are of oak. A com
modious and well built vault takes the
place of the old one which stood through
the fire and wan need until the new one
was completP, Arteeian wpll water sop
plies the lavatory and to let in the rear
of the building and a large coal bin
built inside completes the comfortable
appointments of the place. Manager
Ralph Comegys ie ably assisted by his
brother, Claude Comegys, in handling
the business of the institution.
Three artesian wells, each less than
100 feet in depth, supply a large part of
the town with pure cold drinking water.
Farmers for miles around make the
store of Wilmer, Dwyer & Helmer their
headquarters for hardware and imple
ments. Under the management of H. S,
Howey the store has built up a large
business. The sales for the month of
July alone have run up to more than
117,000. A large part of the harvest
ing will be done with push bindejs.
Only one header was sold by the com
pany this year and that went over into
the Rock Lake country. A few poll
binders were put out but over thirty
farmers in this immediate vicinity have
invested in new Dueh binders.
L. L. Holt, whose large general store
went up in smoke along with the other
business places, has decided to leave this
fall and he and Seymour Manning of
Colfax will enter the wholesale and retail
feed and grain business in Pasco. This
removal will leave an opening for
another large general store.
Harvest is id full blast and plenty of
good laborers are available. In fact
more laborers are comiug in than before
in several years. The ruling wage for
shockers iB $2.5' J. More than half the
acreage thip year is fall wheat with
forty fold taking the lead. With ordin
ary weather the iate spring wheat will be
ready for harvest about August 10.
With increased acreage and a larger
yield it is conservatively estimated that
fully 25 per cent more grain will be
shipped from Thornton this year than
was cold last year. More spring wheat
and less oats were cowed this year than
formerly. About 190,000 bushels of
wheat and 80,000 bushels of oats were
raised in the country tributary to
Thornton last year. The Farmers
Union Warehouse company leaded three
warehouses and are planning to do a
Potato acreage in the vicinity of
Thornton is about on an average with
other years, There will be enough po
tatoes for local cse and some for ship-
ping The peach crop is very good bit
for some reason the apple crop will be
All things considered the Thornton
people are prosperous end optimistic ,
over the prospect of an increasing
WANT FRUIT INSPECTOR.
Garfiald People Bring Matter to At-
tention of Commissioners.
W. B. Harris, president of theOardeld
Fruit Growers' association, appeared
before the Whitman county commission
ers a few days ago urging that provia
ion be made for paying a deputy fruit
inspector for the county. While the
new law plainly gives the board this
riuht it was deemed best not to take
any action at this time as the state has
provided funds for carrying on similar
work Mr. Harris is very anxious for
the county to have a man with author
ity to compel compliance with the state
law regarding the care of orchards and
the prevention of the spread of orchard
Whitman county has an inspector un
der the state horticulturist at the pres
ent time. This person is O. A. Smith of
Garfield. A part of bis work is the in
spection of nursery stock brought into
the etate or into the county from diffe -
eat parts of this state. Inspector Smith
draws a salary of $4 a day which is
supposed to be paid by the state. His
bill for last month's salary amounting
to $92 was sent to the state auditor
and by him was sent to the board of
commissioners of Whitman county. As
the board interprets the law this is a
proper state charge and the bill was re
turned to Mr Smith with the informa
tion that he must get bis pay from the
Fruit growing in coming to be of im
portance in this county and the organ
izod growers will continue their ifforts
to have the commissioners recognize the
fact and make some appropriation for
carrying on the work to better advan
t*KP. Last year Girfield alone shipped
149 carloads of fruit.
SHOOTING AT GARFIELD.
Well Known Young Man Has Nar-
row Escape from Assassin.
\ddison Williams of Garfield was shot
in the fleshy part of the left arm while
walking dc wq the street in that town
about 9 o'clock Tuesday night. The
bullet was fired i.y some unknown per
son standing in the fhadow of a shed
near the sidewalk. The revolver was
held so close that the powder burned the
clothes of the young man and it is evi
dent that deliberate murder was con
"Towser" had been standing on the
bank corner talking with Mr. McCarthy,
an employee of the bank. As they sep
arated McCarthy went towards the drug
(store and young Williams went whistling
along the street towards home. He had
gone but a few rods when a shot rang
out. The bullet stunned Williams and
be fell to the ground. When be regained
his feet the assassin was gone, leaving
no clue except the ragged hole in the
The wounded young man fled from
the scene of the attempted murder and
hunted up Dr. J. A. Dix who was pre
siding over a session of the city council.
The wound was dressed and Williams
was around the streets the following
The sheriff's office is working on two
or three theories. It is believed that the
crime will be traced to some local per
son. There was no attempt at robbery
Addition Williams is the son of Mrs.
E. W. Williams and is a well known and
well liked young blacksmith of Garfield-
His friends have dubbed him "Towser ■
and it is by that name that he is known
on the baseball diamond.
STATE GETS PROPERTY.
Aged Swiss Without Relatives Dies
Peter Potter, aged 81 years', died at
St. Ignatius hospital Tuesday night
after a two weeks' illness. Old age and
a general breaking down was the cause
of death. Hi was born in Bwitz?rlacd
but for the last 20 years has lived at
Oakesdule in this county and had aecun.
ulated a small amount of property. Fe
recently sold his farm to W. H. Hughs.
Mr. Hu b 'La was in towa Wednesday
making arrangmente for the fnneral.
Burial was at Oakesdale.
The aged son of Switzerland never
married and leaves no relatives, as far
as known in this country. No will has
been found and his property will prob
ably go to the state.
Change Plea to "Guilty".
John Brannon and George Wilkinp,
the two men who were arrested for giv
ing intoxicating liquor to minors,
changed their plea of "not guilty" to
"guilty" and were sentenced to ten daya
in the county jail.
Service at Diamond.
Rev. C. H. Moore, pastor of the
Baptist church, will preach at Diamond
Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
PRICE FIVE ( ENTB.
NO MORE GRAIN SACKS
IK SIGHT AT PRESENT
Price Is Climbing Towards
High Record Mark.
Wheat Market Will Op«n Inside 60
Cant Rang*. Coifax Buyers Ex
pact to Handle Thraa Million
Bushels This Yaar.
Sacke have jumped to $10 per hun
dred in the loetil market. There i« little
chance for the price to go higher as
there are no tack* in eight. The differ
ent cooipanieH are carefully distributing
the preaent supply over their own sya
tenje so that everyone will be supplied
as far a* pofwible and no HmU will be
A few samples ol wheat from the
Kahlotus country came in early in the
week. The quality was not extra Rood
though the yield in that country is
heavier than before in many year*. One
sample from VViUuda showed conaider
Combines are running in the l'euawawa
couDtry and an average yield of 40
bushels is reported. Threshing has be
gun in the Dusty country but reports
Fall wheat will nearly all be bound
this year in the vicinity of Colfax.
Headers will be used in much of the
No real price has been established at
this time for new grain though buyers
are cautiously watching every move.
Fortj-fold and club will probably start
off in the neighborhood of GO to 63
cent*. Some bluestem has been sold for
70 cents at Eodicott and a little more
has been contracted at the same price
though buyers seem to think this is too
high and that the market will probably
open around 66 to 68 cents.
From two and a half to three million
bushels of wheat will probably be sold in
Colfax this year though but a small pro
portion of this amount will be received
at the local warehouses on account of
the numerous warehouses at the uroall
shipping points in Colfax territory.
Local warehouses are maintained by
the Farmers Union Warehouse company,
M. B. Houeer, Pacific Coast Elevator
company, Kerr-GiHord company, In
terior Warehouse company and Lippitt
Brothers. P. H. Hundin is an independ
ent grain buyer and other independent
buyers will probably be here occasionally.
While the hot weather has nipped
about five bushels to the acre from the
yield of ppring wheat in some parts of
the county the damage in the immediate
vicinity of Colfax ban been very small.
People well posted on the crop situation
say that this year's crop will be an ex
ceedingly good one in this county though
it will not be what is termed a bumper
FAIR DATES HOLD GOOD.
Annual Whitman County EvOnt Will
Bo Hold October 16-21.
Representatives ol several fair associ
ations met in Spokane recently and set
the date for several coonty fairs in
Eastern Washington. Colfax was not
represented at the meeting but the dele
gates took it upon themselves to set
dates for the Whitman county fair. Tl c
self appointed delegates gave us dates in
September. The management of the
Whitman county fair has selected its
own dates and the fair at Colfax this
year will be held from October 16 to 21
as previously announced.
Refuse Grade Crossing,
Some time ago the board of cummii
sionere of Whitman county petitioned
the state highway board for permission
to cross the tfack of the Pleasant Valley
branch of the 0.-W. R. & N\ railroad
with the W. D. Muir road near Winona
at grade. A reply has just been received
through the public service eomminsion
refusing the rtqueot and suggesting an
overhead bridge near by. The bridge
suggested will cost from $1000 to
School Funds Apportioned.
State and count; hchool funds for the
past two months have been apportioned
and Whitman county's share io $20,.
951, of which $17,961.54 is from the
state and $11,989.48 from the county.
The funds are divided according to the
days attendance of the pupils in each
district. The funds in the larger dis
tricts are apportioned as follows: Co!
--fax, $2792 02; Pullman. $2412 82 ; Pa
louse, $1932 94.; Garfidd, $ 1765.45 ;
Tekoa, $1972.61; Oakeedale, $1260 35.
Insurance., Commissioner in Colfax.
Commissioner Pratt of the industrial
insurance commission wan over from
Olympia last week aesiating Traveling
Auditor T. J. Welty of the commission
in getting properly started with bis