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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
EXPENSES WERE A SMALL AMOUNT
HIGHER IN 1910 THAN IN
Olympia, Dec 13.—1n Whitman
county the fees collected by the coun
ty 'lerk's office in 1910 amounecJ to
13,307.95 and the cost of conducting
the office amounted to $3,607.74,
showing that the office did not pay
expensefa and was run at a loss of
$299.79. The percentage of fees ex
pended for operating the office in
1910 was 109.03 per cent while in
1909 the percentage of fees expended
was only 107.30 per cent. Twenty
nine of the counties of the state how
ever made a better showing in 1910
than in the previous year and in four
instances where the clerk's office was
run at a loss in 1909 the reverse was
shown in 1910. In 1909 in Ferry
county the largest percentage of fees
was expended for conducting the
clerk's office of any county, or 452.30
per cent, while in 1910 Wahkiakum
county spent a larger percentage of
fees than any other county in the
state. The best showing was made
in 1909 in Adams county where only
52.90 per cent of the fees were ex
pended while Chehalis county made
the best record in 1910 as only 49.81
per cent was spent. The largest
profit in money was in King county
where in 1910 the fees collected ex
ceeded the expenses by $15,624.65,
while the smallest profit was in Ben
ton county or $89.90. Eighteen of
the counties of the state in 1910 ran
their county clerk's office at a profit.
Felony to Hribe Policeman.
Tn a Seattle case the supreme court
has ruled that the offering of a bribe
to a policeman is a felony, and that
a policeman is a public officer.
Cutting Freight Rate.
Prom the state quarry at Meskill
in Lewis county to Willapa Harbor
the public service commission has
authorized the Northern Pacific rail
road to cut the rate of crushed rock
from eight to three cents a hundred
in order to promote improvements in
Raymond and South Bend.
Must Sell at Par.
That municipal securities cannot be
sold for less than par is the holding
of the attorney general in a letter
written to the commissioner of Spo
kane, which city wishes to dispose of
a million dollars worth of water ex
tension warrants at 96. This the at
torney general after the matter was
brought to his attention by the state
bureau of inspecion, held could not
Cannot Set Aside Deed.
Evea though there Is more than
one million feet of timber on 160
acres of land sold by the state as
agricultural land the deed cannot be
set aside if the cruisers of the state
have failed to discover the discrep
ancy, is the ruling made by the su
preme court in the first of the suits
started as a result of the investigation
of the land office. This means that
before a deed can be set aside the
state must show fraud and not mis
takes of cruisers or discrepancies
which they did not discover.
Landscape Gardners at Olympia.
To have charge of the landscape
work for the new capitol, the state
capitol commission has engaged Olm
stead Bros, of Brookllne, Mass., and
they will have the work started im
Can Have Accident Fund.
In a letter to George Walter, the
asMissor of Whitman county the state
tax commission lays down the rule
that it is not necessary to change the
tax rolls by reason of the fact that an
incorporated town creates an acci
dent fund by ordinance and instructs
the assessor to make a levy after the
tax rolls have been finished.
K. P. Out for Office.
Announcement has just been made
by Clark V. Savidge of Olympia that
he is a candidate on the republican
ticket for the nomination to the of
fice of state land commissioner. This
is the office now held by E. W. Ross,
and the department has supervision
over all state lands, the estimated
value of which is about $90,000,000.
Mr. Savidge has lived in Olympia
since 1888, and was in the postal
service for nineteen years, advancing
from the position of letter carrier to
that of assistant postmaster. He de
clined the assistant postmastership,
however, owing to the confining na
ture of the dut'es, and took up the
work of the Knights of Pythias
lodge, the office of Grand Instructor
being created for his especial benefit
on account of his success as organizer
while serving as Grand Chancellor.
Woodmen Elect Officers.
Thursday night of last week at the
regular meeting of Royal Camp No.
3 16, Woodmen of the World, the fal
lowing officers were elected for the
ensuing term: S. E. Burgunder, Coun
6ul Commander, O. V. Bryson, Ad
vlset Lieutenant; Escort, F. Junke;
Watchman, Chas Aegerter; Sentry,
W. H. Forrest; Chrk, Thomas Ol'-.er;
Banker, O. L. Crawford; Manager,
Dave Beasley; Cp.mp Organizer, Paul
3 J£ttißon. The election was follox-M
by a smoker and general social time.
COLPAX IS "EASY PICKIN."
Organized Effort to Secure Xeeded
Several leading Colfax business
men have united in an effort to se
cure the passage of a law in Wash
ington to curtail the business of pro
moting wildcat schemes. It is true
that thousands end thousands of dol
lars are taken out of Colfax and
vicinity every year that never return
the investor one single cent. Some
men have been Known to put their
money in mining stock of question
able value before paying their debts
at the banks. The Palouse country
has long been known as "easy pick
To every share of good mining or
industrial stock sold in Colfax there
have been hundreds that are worth
Kansas has a law governing the
sale of securities that is said to be
bringing good results. The Colfax
men, who are acting in this move
ment to put a string on the gold
brick salesman, have written to Kan
sas for copies of their law. The pro
posed law for Washington will make
it necessary for the vender of securi
ties to procure a license from the
state before going into business, pay
ing a sufficient sum for the permit
that will enable an investigation of
the company to be made.
SISTER ARRIVES IX TIME.
Travels 3000 Miles to See Dying
All the way from New York city
to St. Ignatius hospital in this city
Miss Mary O'Neil hurried to see her
brother who was slowly dying of
pulmonary tuberculosis. She arrived
in time to be with him a few days be
fore the end came. Louis O'Neil, the
brother, died at the hospital Satur
day night. Miss O'Neil left for New
York Sunday with the body.
The sick man was brought here
several days ago from Maiden where
he had formerly been employed as a
cook until he was forced by ill health
to give up his work. He was 35
years of age. The sister is a steno
grapher employed by a large business
house in New York.
PLAN OF FIGHT
WILL OPPOSE COMBINATION OF
CORPORATIONS IN CAMPAIGN
"When I announced my candidacy
for governor I did not expect to re
ceive the support of tjie corporation
controlled newspapers of the state
and I will make my campaign by ap
pealing to the thoughtful voters of
the state who desire a clean business
administration of all state affairs de
void of machine politics."
In the above statement John C.
Lawrence, the Whitman county man,
who recently resigned from the pub
lic service commission to become a
republican candidate for governor,
outlined the manner in which he will
make his tight for the governorship.
"The newspapers that are control
led by the corporate interests will
fight me and fight me hard. They do
not want a state administration that
they cannot direct in the interests of
their corporation clients. I believe
the state government should be con
ducted as any other well regulated
business and the office of governor
should not be used to build a political
machine for any individual or inter
"Certain newspapers of the state
propose to lay out the politics and
then drive the voters into line to
support the candidates for public of
fice who win protect the big inter
ests. Having subscribed to the pol
icies of the Progressive Republican
League I am certain of the opposition
of these interests, but I shall continue
to advocate and work for the conduct
of all state affairs in a manner that
will bring the greatest good to the
greatest number of people.
"I do not believe the people will
stand for any combination of corpor
ations and newspapers. The honest
press of the state will mold public
opinion in the future and any agree
ment tending to name state officials
and national representatives to pro
tect those who are seeking special
privileges will not be tolerated. The
voters of the state of Washington are
not taking orders from any set of
men or a handful of newspapers and
in the selection of public officials will
be guided by what is best for the en
Building Toll Line South.
Foreman Armstrong and a crew of
eight men are working south from
this city on a new toll line which
they are stringing between Colfax
and Walla Wal'a. They have estab
lished a camp near the county poor
farm which is their headquarters at
the present time. They are string
ing a pair of new wires and transfer
ring a pair of wires.
Firemen Elect Officers.
All the old officers were reelected
at the annual meeting of the Colfax
fire department held Tuesday even
ing. The officers are: Chief, V. T.
Laird; assistant chief, E. E. Mc-
Cutcheon; secretary A. P. Mechling;
treasurer, J. L. Irwin.
Rink Will Be Closed.
The skating rink will be closed
Thursday and Friday of this week
and all next week on account of the
Poultry show. Saturday afternoon
and evening will be the only oppor
tunities to skate before Christr. as.
Ryan Harness Company Moves.
By the first of the year the Ryan
Harness company will dp installed in
their new quarters in the Lippitt
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 15, 1911.
TO BREAK JAIL
PRISONERS ALL IN SCHEME LOSE
PRIVILEGES THEY HAVE
Louis Bolon, held in the county
jail awaiting transportation to Mon
roe to begin a sentence in the reform
atory for having forged a check for
$25 and passing it at the Colfax Na
tional bank, was found crouching in
a large water tank on top of the steel
cells in the eoun<y jail Sunday night
when Deputies F.astep and Cole went
to lock-up at 8 o'clock. Bolon has
since confessed that he had planned
to remain in the tank until the other
prisoners had been locked in the
steel cage for the night and then dig
through the south wall of the jail and
drop to the ground under the window
to the commissioners room. He be
lieved that with the aid of the case
knives and forks he could dig
through the wall in one night. But
his attempt to remain outside the
steel cage at lock-up time was frus
trated by the vigliance of the offic
The tank in which Bolon was
found hiding was not in use and only
a few inches of water remained below
the faucet in the bottom of the tank.
As the lights in the jail are turned
out at 8 o'clock Bolon had provided
himself with an ingenious lamp
manufactured from a large tin tobac
co box, fitted it with wicks made
from underclothing and supplied it
with "Sidol," the oil used to kill
bugs and lice in the jail. Although
the lamp made considerable smoke
it gave as good light as a coal oil
lamp without chimney.
The next morning found all the
prisoners sullen and in a defiant
mood. They were not permitted the
freedom of the front room of the jail
which they usually enjoyed during
the daylight hours. In his cell Bolon
pounded on the steel with his iron
bed and made a terrific disturbance
in a prolonged fit of rage. To keep
him still the officers handcuffed the
noisy prisoner and chained his hands
above his head. After an hour he
was released and showed a meek dis
position. In the afternoon he con
fessed the plot to the officers and re
ceived the taunts of the other prison
ers. Pandemonium broke loose in
the steel corridor where the other
eight prisoners were confined.
Benches were broken and cat calls
resounded through the air. The out
break brought a strict enforcement
of the rules and for several days the
prisoners have been without chairs,
benches and many of the comforts of
jail life as well h? the freedom of the
A thorough search of the jail re
vealed another home-made lamp, a
pair of shears, v steel shank out of a
shoe and a razor drawn up by a
stiing in the ventilator in Fortune's
Fortune is serving a six months'
sentence for stabbing his boss with a
pocket knife while working with a
harvest crew near Lamont last Aug
ust. Until the recent outbreak he
has been considered a model prisoner
and has been treated as a trusty. He
has Gone many odd jobs around the
sheriff's oface and has been sent to
the postoffice on numerous occasions.
He has been invited out to meals
with different members of the sher
iff's force and had received many fa
vors and courtesies. In the face of
all this it has since been learned that
he took four bottles of "booze" into
the jail on Thanksgiving day and now
he is mixed up in the attempted jail
breaking. The "good time," which
without a question he would have re
ceived, has been forfeited and he has
lost his liberties and will have to
stay until April 10, the date of the
expiration of his sentence. Fortune
is an avowed I. W. W. and also
claims to be a socialist. According to
his story he was an organizer with
the I. W. W.s and while performing
his duties as a member of the organ
ization visited the Whitman county
jail something over a year ago in
company with another member of the
organization to vist two of their fel
lows who were confined in the jail at
Besides Fortune there are two or
three other long term men in the
county jail. R. E. i.lcKay, the insur
ance agent who was convicted of lar
ceny by embezzlement was given a
six months' term in the jail and his
time does not expire until June 11.
J. O'Neil, who was convicted of steal
ing a set of carpenter tools at Tekoa,
is booked to stay until March 3. In
all there were nine prisoners in the
jail when the disturbance was start
ed Sunday evening.
Traveling guard Rogers from the
Monroe Reformatory came yesterday
and took Louis Bolon to Monroe to
begin his term of sentence.
County Sends Family to Florida.
J. E. Smith, wife and seven chil
dren under 12 years of age left for
Florida yesterday. Mr. Smith is suf
fering with tuberculosis and is un
aute to work and the county is pay
ing the carfare of the family to
Florida where relatives will care for
them. One small child remains here.
The county commissioners directed
Auditor McCroskey to frovide trans
portation for the family. Three of
the children go for nothing, four go
for one-fourth fare and Mr. and Mrs.
Smith go for one-half fare, a special
rate which the railroads make for in
digents. The transportation for the
whole family costs $262.80.
SHOWS FEW ERRORS
TIFFT'S MAJORITY IS REDUCED
BY ONE VOTE; STILL HAS
LEAD OF FIVE.
A pin dropped on the floor would
have sounded like a clap of thunder
in the council chamber Monday night
when the tellers appointed to canvass
the election returns announced that
in the second ward E. W. Weinberg
had received 185 votes while the total
in the poll book read 17 5. A moment
later the suspense was relieved when
it was announced that J. F. Tifft had
received 165 votes instead of 155 as
the total showed. The election offic
ials in the second ward had made a
mistake of ten in footing the totals
for each candidate. The completion
of the canvass showed that J. F. Tifft
had been elected by a majority of
five instead of six as was announced
at the completion of the count fol
lowing the election last week. Only
one other difference from the first re
port was found. J. M. McCroskey was
elected by a majority of 184 instead
of 193 as at *irst announced. E. R.
Barroll and P. B. Stravens were the
tellers appointed by the mayor to
canvass the returns.
Under an opinion of City Attorney
Sherfey. election officers are entitled
to only one day's pay for what time
they may consume in conducting a
city election and counting the votes.
Claims were allowed at $3 a day for
the 15 officers who conducted the city
election last week.
Against the mayor's protest the
council allowed a claim of $2.50 for
a special policeman who served Hallo
ween night. The mayor protested on
the ground that the special officer
had never been regularly appointed.
The committee, appointed to in
vestigate the claims of David Little
and Ira Larkin for injuries received
in a runaway accident on Main street
during the Whitman county fair, re
ported they had talked with Mr. Lit
tle and he could recall nothing about
the accident except that he tied a
saddle horse to the back of the wagon
in front of the market and that he
found himself on the curb near the
Last Chance saloon. He said that all
he knew about what happened in the
meantime was what his partner, Mr.
Laikin, had told him.
An ordinance passed first and sec
ond reading authorizing the mayor to
sign a conveyance relinquishing and
conveying to the Spokane & Inland
Empire Railroad company the tract
of land conveyed to the city by the
railroad company last year for the
purpose of widening the river chan
nel. A provision requires that the
company shall pay the city $500 and
shall not hinder the flow of water in
any way. The new depot is erected
over the land in question.
No protest being made against the
assessment rolls for the three im
provement districts covering that
part of the city which has been paved,
the ordinances approving the assess
ment roll were passed.
The clerk was instructed to pro
cure blank bonds of appropriate de
sign and correct form to be issued for
the paving work. He was also in
structed to procure the necessary
books for the city treasurer for the
K. OF P. BANQUET NEXT WEEK.
Grand Lodge Officers Will Be Here
A good delegation of Pythian
Knights from Colfax went to Garfield
Wednesday evening to attend the
semi-annual district convention of
the Knights of Pythias. After the
convention the Uarfield Knights lived
up to their reputation and served one
of those famous banquets. About 20
visitors were present from Elberton
as well as a large delegation from
Pullman and other places. The next
convention will be held in Colfax
about June 1, 1912. Convention of
ficers elected were Thomas Neill,
president; H. M. Love, secretary;
Ellis Laird, treasurer.
Grand Chancellor Elwell was in at
tendance and came to this city Thurs
day as a guest of Grand Keeper of
Records and Seals H. M. Love. Both
grand lodge officers went to Rosalia
Thursday evening to attend a meet
The grand chancellor will visit the
Colfax lodge next Wednesday even
ing and a big banquet will be eerved
by the Pythian Sisters. Grand Chief
Mrs. Leon a C Hauser of North
Yakima will visit the Pythian Sisters
lodge Tuesday evening and will re
main over for the banquet Wednes
day evening. Mrs. Hauser was in
town yesterday and went to Albion
to attend a meeting last night.
McKAY GETS JAIL SENTENCE.
Court Says Larceny by Embezzle
ment is Misdemeanor.
R. E. McKay, the insurance agent
tried at the last jury term of court
and found guilty of appropriating to
his own use an insurance premium
belonging to the Reliance Life In
surance company, was sentenced
Monday to six months in the county
Judge Xeill overruled the motion
made by defendant for a new trial
and in arrest of judgment, but held
that the crime charged was under
the law of 1911, which made the of
fense a gross misdemeanor and which
is punishable by a fine or confine
ment in the county jail. I
WINS ASSOCIATION CUP.
I>«)seniotli Makes Sweep at Asotin
County Poultry Show.
Coifax birds, owned by O. F. J.
Deysenroth, won the association cup
at the Asotin County Poultry show at
Clarkston last week. The cup valued
at $25 was offered for the largest and
best display by any breeder. Aside
from this air. Deysenroth won a spec
ial prize for the largest and best dis
play outside Asotin con my as well
as seven first, nine second and six
third prizes on single birds and two
first and two seconds on pens.
Mr. Deysenroth had 35 birds en
tered at the show. He decided not
to show his birds at Spokane this
week, keepin rhem in good condition
for the Colfax show next week when
he wi'l have about 40 birds on exhi
bition. He has over 200 birds in his
yards in this city. .us varieties are
Blue Andalusians, Silver Laced YVy
,andottes and Silver Penciled Wyaii
WILLIAMS JUBILEE SINGERS.
Famous Colored Musicians Will Be
Here N>xt Week.
Under the auspices of the Epworth
League the worid-famous Williams
Jubilee Singers will appear at the
Methodist church Friday evening,
December 22. The troupe consists of
an octet of college colored artists
whose beautiful blending voices have
delighted millions of people in the
leading cities of the United States,
Canada and Europe.
The Williams Jubilee Singers have
appeared in Colfax three times and
they always drew a crowded house.
MILLION AND HALF DKPOSITS.
Quarterly Statements Show Much
Money in Coifu Hanks.
In response from calls from the
state bank examiner and comptroller
of the currency statements were issu
ed by the local banks a few days ago
showing their condition at the close
of business on December 5.
Total deposits in the four banks of
Colfax on the day the statements
were issued were $1,530,081.47. The
entire resources of the four banks
VOTING PRECINCTS TO
BE DOUBLED IN COLFAX
WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MAKES A
CHANGE NECESSARY IX BOIX
The first pronounced effect of
women's suffrage in Colfax wiP be
the reestablishment of voting pre
cinct boundaries and the doubling of
the number of voting precincts in the
city. The law says, "each precinct
saall contain 250 electors or less,
based on the number of votes cast at
the last general election; but no pre
cinct shall contain more than 30€
electors." Since women have been
given the ballot the number of elec
tors in every precinct in Colfax has
increased beyond the 300 mark. It
is now up to the city council to de
cide on the new boundaries and for
the county commissioners to estab
lish the precincts. The matter was
brought before the council Monday
night and it was decided that im
mediate action is necessary as the
new registration books will open the
first of the year and the precinct
boundaries should be established be
fore that time. Doubling the num
ber of precincts will double the ex
pense of every election held in the
city as a complete set of election
officers is required for every precinct
and a change made in the printing of
the ballots for each precinct.
R. A. M. KLKC T OFFICERS.
Important Business Meeting of Chap
ter Masons Monday Evening.
Election of officers in Colfax Chap
ter No. 8, R. A. M., was held Monday
evening and resulted as follows:
R. H. Lacey, H. P. '
J. O. Patterson, K.
V. T. McCroskey, S.
Wm. Sutherland, Secy.
H. G. DePledge, Treas.
The appointive officers are:
Alan Andrews, C. H.
Paul Pattison, P. S.
Edw. VonSoehnen, R. A. C.
D. Millgard, 2 V.
J. C. Wicks, 2 V.
Seth T. Freer, 1 V.
E. W. Weinberg, Sentinel.
Following the election and ap
pointments all officers were installed.
Mrs. Melgard Dead at Moscow.
Mrs. H. Melgard, aged 26 years,
died at the hospital in Moscow early
Tuesday morning. Mrs. Melgard was
a daughter of Thomas Kennedy, one
of the early treasurers of Whitman
county, and a niece of Mrs. B. F.
Manring of this city. She was born
in Garfield, attended school in Colfax
at one time and had lived in Whit
man county nearly all her life. Be
sides other relatives she is survived
by a husband and three little daugh
Receiver for Oakesdale Company.
Following the verdict for $25,000
for the plaintiff in the suit of Feh
renbacher vs. the Oakesdale Copper
company last Thursday afternoon
Fehrenbacher demanded that a re
ceiver be appointed for the company.
J. H. Travers of Spokane was ap
pointed temporary receiver and his
bond fixed at $500. A hearing on
the appointment of a permanent re
ceiver is set for January 18.
Examinations in Progress.
Teachers examinations are being
conducted by County Superintendent
J. O. Mattoon the last three days of
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TAX LEVIES COMPLETED BY THE
ASSESSOR SHOW $965,693
TO BE RAISED.
The total amount of taxeß to bo
raised in Whitman county in 1912
j to be available for state, county, city,
! school district and road district pur
poses is $965,693. This grand total
was reached Wednesday night when
County Assessor Geo. W. Walter
completed the extension of the tax
roll for the school districts. The
total amount of the lories for the dif
ferent funds is as follows:
County school fund $106,000
School districts .. .. 281,945
County current expense 78.000 1
county road and bridge 91,227
Indigent soldiers 800
Horticulture fund 2,516
Road districts 109,423
State tax 199,928
These figures show that $387,945
or more than one-third of the amount
to be raised will be available for the
education of the children of Whit
man county. The county school fund
of $106,000 will be distributee on
the basis of $10 per capita for each
of the 10,600 school children in the
county at tne time of the last school
census. The amount to be raised in
the different school districts is $281,
The figures show that $96,1 r>4 will
be raised to run the business of the
15 incorporated cities and towns in
The sum of $109,4 23 will be raised
in the eight road districts asid<> from
the county road and bridge fund.
WEITZ CASK DISMISSED.
Xo (Grounds for Charge of Wife De
Jacob Weitz, who was brought from
Los Angeles by Sheriff Carter a few
weeks ago to answer the charge of
wife desertion, will never be tried.
Toe ease was dismissed at the request
of the prosecution a few days ago.
The young wife who swore out the
complaint declared that she was left
destitute but it has since developed
that when Mr. Weitz went away he
left $200 for the support of the fam
ily of small children. With that
amount of money for the support of
the children the plea of destitution
would not hold.
The Weitz family live at Endicott
and it was from that place .vir. Weitz
went to California in the fall. Whit
man county is out the amount of the
expense of bringing Weitz back. He
has never been in jail, a bond having
been secured for his release the
moment he arrived in town from Cali
POULTRY SHOW NEXT.
Preparations Ileing Made for Large
Secretary E. H. Rosenkranz of the
Whitman County Poultry association
has been in Spokane this week ex
hibiting a string of birds and inter
esting fanciers in the Colfax show
for next week. During his absence
entries have been coming in rapidly
by mail and the exhibit promises to
be the largest and best ever held in
The cash premiums are $1.00 and
r»0 cents for single birds, $2.00 and
$1.00 for pens and several special
prizes. The ribbons alone cost the
association over $",o.
The remodeled armory is an ideal
place for the show and will be com
fortable for birds and visitors.
FIRK DAMAGES RESTAURANT.
Wooden Huilding Has Long lleen a
Fire which started in the kitchen
of the McClintock & Crockett restau
rant at 3 o'clock Monday morning
railed out the lire department and
about 50 spectators. Quick work by
tne fire department stopped the
spread of flames after a had
been burned through the roof and the
inside practically wrecked by fire and
water. The restaurant was formerly
owned by J. E. Minnis.
Livingston & Kuhn owned the
shack and carried no insurance on it.
There was an insurance of JSOO on
The fire spread rapidly and Mr.
McClintock, who was on night shift,
had barely time to grab the money
drawer from the cash register and
make his escape from the building.
DRKIFUS & CO., TO IHILI).
Hardware Firm Will Have New Home
at Early Date.
The John Bickner lot on the east
side of Main street has been purchas
ed by Simon Dreifus & Co., who are
planning to put up a two-story brick
building 50 by 90 feet. The lot is
nearly opposite T.inpitt Brothers
store and is an excellent business lo
Work on the structure will prob
ably begin at an early date.
Suicide Buried Here.
Harry L. Skinner, who committed
suicide by taking carbolic acid in
Spokane, will be buried in the Colfax
cemetery today beside his mother
and sister. He formerly lived in this