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THSL COLFAX GAZETTE
SERVICE IS BAD
MALDIN MAKES COMPLAINT-PA
LOUSE BANKER MUST GO TO
Olympia, Oct. 18. —The public
service commission has received a
complaint from the town ©f Maiden
that it is not being treated fairly by
the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
company in regard to long distance
connection with Spokane. Maiden
is a town of some importance as it
is a division point on the Milwaukee
railroad, and it has to pay local
rates to Rosalia and then the full toll
rate into Spokane. The Bell Tele
phone company has leased the ex
change at Rosalia to a private com
pany and this company operates a
line to Maiden. The Pacific Tele
graph and Telephone company does
not want to build direct to Maiden
from Spokane, but the public service
commission will take the matter up
with the Bell company in order to
get them to put in a joint rate by
I way of Rosalia or to build a direct
line to Maiden.
Boone Loses in Supreme Court.
H. M. Boone, former senator from
Whitman county and identified with
the Palouse country for many years
will have to spend from one to ten
years in prison, as the supreme
court has affirmed his conviction in
the Whitman county superior court.
Boone was accused of the crime of
larceny by embezzlement, it being
claimed that he had juggled funds
and converted $22,000 of the bank's
money to his own use. Altho the
defendant had made many assign
ments in the original case he appeal
ed on but two points and he claimed
that the special prosecutor had made
an unfair and prejudicial statement
in his opening address to the jury
and that the state had failed to elect
upon which of the numerous counts
to stand. The supreme court brush
es both aside as mere technical
grounds and say that they did not
prejudice the jury, so the verdict is
sustained. Senator Boone has play
ed a prominent part in Eastern
Washington and in state politics and
was connected with the Palouse
State Bank of Palouse. He is the
Becond banker whose conviction has
been affirmed by the supreme court.
Recently H. J. Welty, convicted of
appropriating money belonging to
the Home Security Savings Bank of
Bellingham lost hie appeal. Mr.
Welty is now practicing law at Pull
man in Whitman county and is go
ing to argue his own appeal for a re- (
before the supreme court.
Two Tracts for Hale.
A total of 183 tracts of state land
are listed! for sale at public auction
in the various counties of the state
by the board of state land commis
sioners. Thia sale is to take place
at ten o'clock in the forenoon of
Nov. 4, 1911, and will be conducted
in the various counties by the coun
ty auditors under the direction of
the board. S. M. McCroskey, audi
tor of Whitman county, lill on the
date mentioned st-11 at public auc
tion two tracts of state lands in that
county, one being about 56 acres lo-
Cated <>n Snake river about 1 V_>
mil»'s irom Clarkston and about 1
mile from Le wist on, Idaho, and the
other being 106 acres located about
2 miles from Clarkston and about
Is£ miles from Lewiston.
Whitman Has Two Cases.
On ibe October bar docket of the
supreme court there are a total of
:_7_' cases and this is :he largest
docket in the history of the state.
To dispose of these cases the session
will have to be extended over into
January of next year and the ses
sion will close only in time for the
»ew term to be opened, so the court
will have an average of six cases a
day to bear from now until April,
1912. There is only two cases from (
Whitman county on the calendar, j
Kin^ county furnishes 114 of the i
272 cases to be argued, while Spo-,
kane county has 50 and Pierce coun
ty 2!<; Snohomish county has S cases
; but none of the other counties have j
>a large number of cases.
state School Money.
The school money for the period
ending Oct. 10, hap }ust been ap-1
portioned by H. B. Dewey. state sup- j
erintendent of public instruction, \
and the total amount divided among
the various counties is $831,451.55.
Of this amount King county is to re
s4^.74". 1~. Spokane county
gets $28,387.15 and Pierce county
123,571. Wahkiakum county gets
the smallest amount or $".34.00 and
Whitman county's share of the
school money is $8,617.05.
A Capable Official.
The sudden death of H. A. Fair
child, of the public service commis
sion at his home in Olympia, on Oct.
!s has cost the state one of its bright
est men, and one who has caused the
Washington commission to be placed
at the head of all other commissions
in the United States. He was one of
the hardest workers I ever knew,
gays J. C. Lawrence, of the public
service commission who was associ
ated with him on the commission
since its organization. He al6O says
that he never knew a man with a
greater capacity for solving difficult
problems or a man whose honesty
COLFAX GAZETTE, COLFAX, WASHINGTON, OCTOBER 20, 1911.
and integrity was so pronounced in
dealing with public questions. Gov.
Hay said that it will be a hard task
to fill his place on the commission,
as at the time that Mr. Fairchild was
mentioned as a possibility for a place
on the interstate commerce commis
sion that he considered many names
from all parts of the state, but could
not decide upon one that would be
To Adopt Washington System.
Assistant superintendent of public
instruction J. M. Layhue, who will go
to Topeka, Kansas, to represent the
state at the annual convention of
state superintendents which is to be
held in that city on Oct. 18-20 will
recommend that t£e Washington sys
tem of certificjjion be adopted
throughout the I'nited States as the
uniford system for certification. The
question of the adoption of a uniform
system for certification of teachers
is one of the questions which will be
discussed at the meeting, and Mr.
Layhue will urge the adoption of the
Washington plan, as he has made a
study of this subject and believes
that our system is highly equitable.
Accident Fond Grows.
There is now in the state treasury
more than $54,000 which has been
paid in by the industrial insurance
commission, and which is known as
the "accident fund." Since the new
law went into effect there have been
more than a score of minor accidents
HIGH SCHOOL TEAM IS
MAKKS VKRY STRONG SHOWING
AGAINST HEAVIER TEAM OF
SPOKANE HIGH SCHOOL.
The High School boys lost their
second game by a score of 23-0 to
Spokane in one of the best exhibi
tions ever seen on the local grounds.
The fact that they were out
weighed 20 pounds to the man
plainly tells the reason of the high
In the first quarter Colfax played
all around Spokane being in their
territory practically all the time. In
the first half Spokane was not at all
successful with the forward pass on
which they were supposed to be so
strong and many times the light line
of Colfax would hold the Spokane
team to downs.
Every man on the local team was
a star, not one showing to much
more advantage than another; their
work was splendid and the played
as one man.
In the last two quarters the team
weakened rapidly due to being out
weighed and the fact that two of
the strongest playere, Goff and Lom
masson, were taken from the game
on account of injuries. But not
wtihstanding these facts they fought
hard until the final whistle.
The Spokane boys did not score
until the last of the second quarter
when they succeeeded in getting the
ball over the goal line on a fake drop
kick formation. The fact is, the
Spokane team earned only 12 of the
23 points, the other 11 were gotten
The local team played muca better
ball than they did against Palouee
and if they had had a practice game
before the Palouse game the story
would have been altogether different.
But the defeat by Palouse does not
put Colfax out of the race for cham
pionship by a whole lot.
The return of De Pledge, one of
the best ends the game has ever seen
in this part of the country has
strengthened the "earn wonderfully.
Morrison, the star half-back will
soon be in condition again and a
championship team is looked for by
Coaches Pearse and Freer.
The team gees to Oakesdale this
coming Saturday, where they will
get their first victory for the sea
son of 1911. The lineup will be a
little different from the one in the
Palouse and Spokane games.
SCHOOL MONEY APPORTIONED.
More Than Nineteen Thousand Dis-
tributed in Whitman County.
This week County Superintendent
J. O. Mattoon has apportioned
school money to the amount of $1.,-!-!
246.1 it among the different districts!
of Whitman county. Under the new j
law the school money is apportioned !
six times a year. State funds for I
the month of October amounted to j
$8617.05 while the county funds;
were $10,62^.10. The money is I
divided according to the days at- j
tendance based on the figures of
last year, the larger districts getting j
most of the money. Colfax received j
$1x37; Pullman, $154.50; Tekoaj
$1137; Palouse, $1061.55; Garfiield, ';
$1046; Oakesdale, $806; Rosalia,)
$639.10; Farmington, $488.90. j
Some of the smallest country dist
ricts received as low as $30.
TO NOMINATE CITY OFFICERS.
Mass Conventions Will lie Held Be
fore December 5.
To save the expense of $100 or
$150 for a primary election the city
council has decided to dispense with
the primary as a luxury. Candi
dates for city offices will be nomi
nated in mass conventions held any
time before the date of the city
election, which is Tuesday, December
5. Conventions should be held at
least ten days before the election
in order to give the city clerk time
to have ballots printed.
Registration books will close 20
days before the electiom. or on No
DEPOT IN SIGHT
STREET TO BE OPENED FROM MILL
TO MORTON THROUGH POT
LATCH LUMBER YARDS.
A new 0.-W. R.- & X. depot and
extensive improvements in that end
of the city will follow as a result of
an action taken by the city council
Monday night. The proposed plan
is to extend Mill street from the
flouring mill straight north through
the Potlatch Lumber company yards
and across the 0.-W. R. & N. tracks
to Morton street. The old street
extending on an angle from the mill
to Main street will be given to the
Potlatch people in exchange for an
easement across their yard for the
new street. The matter for the
Potlatch people was left in the hands
of Manager McNeely and he has will
ingly gave his consent for the change.
The owners of the Colfax flouring
mill are anxious to have the change
made and at the same time will make
substantial improvements in the race
and flume where they cross the
street. A concrete flume will be
built under the street and a new
bridge constructed over the race.
When consulted a short time ago
concerning the matter General Su
perintendent O'Brien of the 0.-W. R.
& N. company stated that the pro
posed change when carried into exe
cution would necessitate a new depot
on the opposite side of the rack from
the present station. Division Su
perintendent Conley has been in
structed to secure plans for a new
depot. In a recent interview Super
intendent Conley stated that he pre
ferred to locate the depot on the
south side of the tracks directly in
line with the proposed street exten
sion but if the street should be put
through there they would be com
pelled to locate the depot still further
east. He further stated that he would
not stand in the way of any improve
ments which the city wished to make
but would be glad to see something
better for Colfax.
On motion of the council Mayor
Weinberg appointed Councilmen Bar
roii, Tifft and Perrine as a committee
to take charge of the proposed street
change. The county has given con
sent to vacate the old street between
the mill and Main street which was
formerly used as a county road
though no one was ever given a title
Considerable other business of im
portance came before the council at
the meeting Monday evening. It was
voted to procure iron railing for the
Island street and a portion of the
Main street bridges.
The city attorney was instructed
to prepare a resolution for the con
struction ot a short sewer which was
washed out by the flood between
Island street and the Codd bridge
along Main street.
Four nozzles were purchased for
the use of the fire department.
The marshal was instructed to
notify Mr. Hubbard that Mrs. Fergu
son's barn, which extends about two
fe< I out into Mill street, must be
moved back to the property line.
The matter of changing the loca
tion of several street lights was left
in the hands of the street committee
with full power to act.
WHITMAN COUNTY FAIR IN FULL BLAST
THRONGS OF PEOPLE WITNESS INTERESTING PROGRAMS--STGCK
ANB AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITS COMPLETE-VAUDEVILLE STUNTS
ARE GOOD AND THE RACES BFST SEEN HERE IN YEARS.
Never before in the history of the
sixteen annual fairs held by the
Whitman County Fair association
have conditions been so ideal as this
year. Beautiful weather Sunday
gave promise of a pleasant week, and
the weather man has made good.
Waiting until the other fairs were
over has resulted, as the management
expected, in bringing a long string, of
good race horses and the races have
already been declared the best ever
seen in Whitman county.
A dozen cowboys who participated
in the Pendleton ■•Round-up" add a
picturesqueness to the scene and
their riding and roping has made a
hit from the very first. Among the
riders are John Spain, champion
rider of the world who won the buck
ing contest at Pendleton, Smiley Cor
bett. Happy Jack, Buck Cannon, H.
G. Bennett, Ben Jory, Ned Cox and
several other celebrities.
Free special attractions before the
grandstand have entertained the
crowds so there has been no long
tedious waits between the races. Fair
visitors are more than pleased with
the entertainment which has been
provided for them. To have some
thing doing every evening the Parker
Carnival company has 2 5 different
concessions through the center of
Main street and in all the side streets
of the business district.
Back and forth between the town
and fair grounds all day teams and
automobile* were busy hauliag ex
"SOUR DOUGH" 18
VICTIM OF HOLD-UP
RELIEVED OF S2BO AND VALUABLE
PAPERS ON EVE OF RETURN
Ora Byrd, who has been vieiting
his brother, William Byrd, and moth
er in this city, was held up at the
point of a gun Tuesday night at 10
o'clock and relieved of a pocketbook
containing $280 in cash, a Seattle
draft for $300, a ticket from White
horse to Skagaway in Alaska, certifi
cates of mining stock and mine
leases besides receipts and other pa
pers. Byrd had been eating at a
restaurant on Main street a few min
utes before and started for the south
end of town when two unmasked
men poked a gun in his face and
took his pocketbook.
Byrd has traveled nearly all over
the world and has spent many years
in Alaska. What made him sore was
to think that after roughing it all
over the world he should be held up
in a quiet little town in an agricul
tural community. He was planning
to leave the next morning on his re
turn to Alaska but delayed his start
for a day in a vain search for the
Two men answering the descrip
tion of the desperados were arrested
Wednesday and searched but no
damaging evidence was found and as
Byrd could not positively indentify
them, they were released. The
Alaska ticket was found on the street
near the Whitman Implement com
pany store Wednesday morning by
W. E. Troy as he was coming down
A traveling man lost an overcoat
from one of the local hotels Tuesday
morning and no trace of it could be
BOYS G<> TO CHKHALIS.
Training School Gsard Is Known in
Traveling Guard J. D. Clint for
the state training school at Chebalis,
left here Monday morning with Wil
liam Park, the Winona youth claimed
by relatives to be a delinquent, and
Lee Moore, a boy who had been
around Colfax for several weeks with
no parental control. The boys are
13 and 14 years of age and will
probably be kept in the training
school until they are 18.
Mr. Cline, the traveling guard, at
tended the State college with San
Kimbrough and enjoyed a visit with
his former classmate while in this
city. Aside from his duties ks- a
traveling guard, Mr. Cline is director
of music at the training school.
Since the two boys arrived at the
State training school, Superintendent
C. C. Aspinwall has written a letter
to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
Stotler suggesting that it is a pity
that Lee Moore should be compelled
Ito remain at the training school
I when there was no complaint against
' him other than that his parents had
; failed to care for him. Mr. Stotler
| would be glad to communicate with
some farmer who needs a strong boy
and in case a home can be found the
| boy will be released from the train
hibits to their places. Stables j-ro
vided for premium stock were filled
early in the day and some o: the
horses were taken to private barns
outside and to livery stables up town.
Carpenters were busy all day erecting
more stables for premium horses,
cattle and race horses. Tents sprung
up as if by magic. Implements and
mechanical exhibits were wheeled
into place, concession men unpacked
their goods. The pavilion was
crowded with exhibits of fruit and
vegetables, fancy work and art, do
mestic products and culinary art.
Down in the paddocks the best string
of race horses ever brought together
in Whitman county were grooroed
and exercised. The wild horses for
the "round-up" were corralled near
the race track. Everywhere the
grounds hummed with life and in
dustry. There were few spectators:
it was a day of preparation.
Tekoa"s little band of 16 pieces
under the leadership of Professor
Scott, has furnished excellent musk
all through the fair. Morning and
evening the band ie heard on the
streets and each afternoon finde the
musicians in their places at the r?oe
Tuesday was Colfax day aac the
business places all over town were
closed in the afternoon. Business
men and their clerks joined the
crowds who flocked to the grounds by
electric trains, automobiles and on
foot. In the afternoon there were
over 1200 paid admissions.
Twice as many people as were
ever before seen on the Whitman
county fair grounds on a Tuesday
witnessed the opening day of the
races. Something was doing all the
while and it was a well satisfied
crowd which was loath to leave the
grounds until the shades of evening
John Spain, the world's champion
bronco buster and winner oi the
bucking contest at the Peudleton
"Roundup", was in the saddle and
won first money in the bucking con
test. He rode the famous outlaw
horse, Earl. Buck Cannon, on Little
White Wing, the pinto pony, won
second place. "Smiley" Corbett,
another cowboy famous for his rid
ing, mounted Whirlwind and was no
sooner in the saddle than Whirlwind
threw himself on his rider. Smiley
scrambled to his feet and was in the
saddle in a second and this time con
quered the fiery litle Whirlwind.
Little Hot Foot, the first horse sad
dled for the contest wass announced
a winner after giving H. G. Bennett
a hard fall. Ned Sams mounted
Carry Nation and circled the track
in record time but had little bucking
to contend with. Introduction gave
a fair exhibition of bucking and then
reared up and fell on his rider, Glen
Cox who received a wrenched knee
but was able to walk from the track.
Sunfish Molly was very inconsiderate
of the fair management and delib
erately bucked through the fence in
(Continued on page 12.)
CONTRACTS LET FOR
PAVING WORK WILL BE COM
PLKTED IN SPRING SAYS SU
Three contracts were let Monday
night by the city council for the con
struction of bitulithic paving totaling
more than $93,000. The Warren
Construction company was the suc
cessful bidder, making their price
$2.14 per yard, or one cent lower
than their contract for Main and Mill
Two other bidders were in the field.
The Pacific Bridge company of Port
land submitted a bid of $2.15 a yard
and Elwood Wiles of Portland bid
$2.18 a yard.
Following are the bids in detail:
outh end improvement district—
Warren Construction company, $2.14
a yard, a lump bid of $66,484.27; the
Pacific Bridge company, $2.1 H a yard,
a lump bid of $71,627.09; Elwood
Wiles, $2.18 a yard.
North Main street between Island
street and fhe 0.-W. k. & N. track,
Warren Construction company, $2.14
a yard, a total of $20,4 22.24; the Pa
cific Bridge company, $2.1 "> a yard,
a total of $21,243.12; Elwood Wiles,
The alley between Main and Mill
streets from Island to Canyon streets
Warren Construction company, $2.14
a yard, a total of $6,207.4 5; the Pa
cific Bridge compan3 r, $2.15 a yard,
totaling $7,053.15; Elwood Wiles,
$2.18 a yard.
Three bids of the Warren Con
struction company were accepted by
the council and the mayor authorized
ro sign the contracts, which he did
L. D. Sullivan, superintendent in
charge of the local work of the War
ren Const ruction company says five
more days of #ood weather will see
the completion of the first contract
which includes Main, Mill and the in
tersecting streets. The alley will be
taken next and will be completed in
four or five working days. Main
street between the Island street and
Codd bridges will next receive atten
tion. The fill will be made and
curbs constructed, but it is doubtf'il
is the paving is laid this fall. If the
weather will permit some work will
be done in the south end before
\K\Y DOCTOR LOCATES HERE.
Has Formed Partnership With Dr.
Dr. J. A. Balsiger announces that
he has formed a partnership with Dr.
Frank St. Sure of Chicago. The firm
will remain in the same offices for
merly occupied by Dr. Balsiger and
Dr. Balsiger will come down from
Spokane every Saturday.
Dr. St. Sure is of German descent
and is a graduate of the University
of Wisconsin and of Rush Medical
college. He was instructor of
anatomy at the University of Chicago
for three years, spent six months at
Augustana hospital, Chicago, under
_ real surgeon Ochsner and a year
and a half as resident physician at
the Cook county hospital, Chicago.
Dr. and Mrs. St. Sure are at pres
ent staying at the Hotel Colfax.
Meat Men in Runaway.
Dave Little is in the hospital with
a dislocated shoulder, Ira Larkins is
at home badly bruised as a result of
a runaway accident on Main street
Wednesday evening. The men had
left the City Market a few minutes
before going north on Main street
with a team and saddle horse hitch
ed beside the team when the horse
became frightened at some of the
concessions in the middle of the
street and ran away. The men were
thrown out and the wagon left at
the corner near the Bungalow thea
ter. Mr. Little was unconscious when
removed to the hospital. The team
was brought into town the next
morning by a farmer liTing two
miles out In the country.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
LACKING IN SPIRIT
PALOUSE COUNTRY LOOKS BEST TO
WASHINGTON DELEGATE AF
TER TRIP THRO' EAST.
With badges bearing a portrait of
Washington, a small American flag
and a reproduction of the state flow
er, the delegates from this state to
the National Funeral Directors' con
vention at Atlanta City were the
center of Interest L. L. Brnalng of
this city, was one of the delegates
and has many interesting things to
tell of the Trip. At the request of
the Gazette he gives the following
description of the east as it looks to
Having been askt-d for an account
of ray coast to roast trip to attend
th National Funeral Directors' con
vention and Conference of Embalm
ing Board Kxaminers of the t'nited
States which met at Atlantic City,
N. J., September 20-23, I would say
that the trip to me was grand. I
hrst visited my former home and
relatives at Belvidere, Nebr., also
relatives in Illinois, reaching Chicago
via St. Joseph and St. Louis, Mo.
From Chicago 200 delegates boarded
a special train making a short stop at
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Richmond, Va.
Arriving at Old Point Comfort we
went by ferry to Norfolk, Va. And
the trip from Norfolk over the Old
Dominion Steamship company line to
New York proved a revelation, (bar
ring sea sickness). Sailing just at
sundown from Norfolk the moon
light ride on the Atlantic is thrilling
and most pleasant. Entering the
harbor at New York at midday,
thousands of oceangoing craft of all
sizes and styles are seen and it is
From New York we went back by
rail down to Atlantic City which is
without doubt one of the grandest
summer resorts in the United States.
Very few of our delegates missed a
plunge in the ocean each day. Wash-'
ington State won honors for bringing
a full delegation and traveling the
greatest distance. The delegates wore
ejaborate badges with the picture
of Washington and often heard the
remark, "See the bunch from Wash
ington State." "Get one of their
( r.rds with a picture of Washington
State Red Apple."
J. W. Cookerly of Walla Walla was
elected National President. He met
with a serious reewtent enroute home
at Baker City, Ore., by tripping
against a se.'it an«i a broken rib punc
tured his left lung. He is in Baker
City hospital improving rapidly.
From Atlantic City many of our
number journeyed to Philadelphia,
Baltimore, and Wn>>)ington, D. C.
All were delighted vith our capital
city. Getting back to New York we
were next delighted with our good
old Broadway and n visit to Brook
lyn and Coney Island. Coney Island
is fast losing its popular name and a
big fire has given if a big backset.
One does not need to be in New York
long to see that it is the city of cities
in the United Stater.. We were dis
appionted in the looks of Wall street
and the adjoining business district,
also disappointed in the fine homes
on Fifth avenue, as we expected to
find large lawns and well kept homes.
Senator Clarke of Montana had the
horn- nearest our idea. Many of the
fine borne* hay*' only the Fifth ave
nue Btreet entrance and look more
like apartmeni house*.
A trip to New York is not fom
plf-'^ without a visit to the Hippo
drome where a series of new spec
tacles arf- presented this year under
itl^ of, "A Trip Around the
World." It has 1200 people, the
largest company, stage and theater
in the world, seating 11,000 people.
New York City is in a class by itself
a? a <ity. Smaller > iti^-s that appealed
to me were BacYalo, Detroit and
Washington, i». C, wWle for an in
land city Spokane ranks high.
Our next irip from New York up
the Hudson to Ponghkeepsie and
Albany by boat was the grand boat
trip and from Albany we visited Jiuf
falo and Niagaia Palls and cro
Lake Ontario to Toronto, one <>i 'l i"
fine cities of Canada. We * l j«• ii
■(] !h<- home •■!' automobiles,
Detroit. ■:>- to Chicago our
homeward trip took us through St.
Paul and Minneapolis back ■ sunny
Spokam* an'! th< good old Palouse
The West is niitrli talked of in the
Bast. Spokane, Seattle and Portland
are linked together in most advertis
ing. Most people you talk with ex
to visit the West and have great
confidence in its future. The Frisco
fair is much ratted of an«! many
conventions are planning at this
early date for Fristo in 191". Cana
dian cities are making rapid growth;
Vancouver and Toronto are two that
surely have bright futures.
The western cities have a more
enterprising spirit mixed with more
social spirit and are noted for it. The
paved streets in Oclfax and the Pa
3ouse hills look better to me than
the lights on Broadway in New York
and the board walk* at Atlantic City,
Fine Resident for Sale.
Dr. W. B. Palamountain ie adver
tising his residence at the corner of
Fairview and Main streets for aale.