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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
WILL MEET IN OLYMPIA NEXT
WEEK TO PROPOSE CONSTI
Olympia, Jan. 10. —In accordance
with the 1911 law the assessors of
the state will meet with the members
of the state tax commission to con-
Bider the various taxation questions,
on January 16, in Olympia. Serious
consideration is now being given to
taxation problems and there may be
some constitutional amendments pro-
posed at this convention of the As
. sessors' Association, for submission
♦o the next legislature. The asses
*>r of Whitman county, Geo. W. Wal
ter has been urged to be present at
the meeting by a letter written by
the president of the association, A.
E. Parrish, assessor of iving county.
It is believed that every county as
sessor will be present at this conven
Broken Leg; $30.
The state industrial insurance com
mission has allowed the claim of S.
S. Nelson of Tekoa for fracture of
the left leg, awarding him the sum of
More Civil Service.
At a recent meeting of the state
industrial insurance commission Gov.
Hay addressed the members and em
ployes and said that the work of the
commission was on too high a plane
to be dragged into politics, and he
will no doubt advocate a bill being
introduced at the next session of the
legislature which will place the em
ployes of the state industrial insur
ance commission under civil service
as he says that the work of the com
mission is of such a nature that per
manency of position of the employes
is necessary for the highest efficiency
of the commission, and that those
who show a special talent for the
work should be advanced. It has
been proven that the law is of great
benefit as it enables the workman in
jured in his work to secure a settle
ment without recourse to the courts.
Over 5,000 firms have already paid in
State Gets Royalty.
From the holders of a mineral
lease at Entiat on the Columbia Riv
er, the state treasury has been en
riched by the first royalties ever paid
in on a mineral claim. F. B. Scheble
& Son paid in $500.00 as the state's
five per cent of the gold taken from
the lands. Altho there are a number
of similar mineral leases out, this is
the first time that any royalty has
ever been paid.
The collections of the state tax
commission from October, 1910, to
September 30, 1911, average $16,
--172.31 a month and the total amount
collected was $194,067.68. This
amount consists of $121,127 in inher
itance taxes, $69,013 was derived
from liquor license fees and $3,926
came from cash escheats to the state.
To Let Contract Soon.
It is probable that the work of ac
tual construction on the Temple of
Justice will not now be long delayed,
as the state capitol commission will
within a week call for bids which will
be opened J»n. 24 and after the con
tract for the construction of the
building is let it is thought that the
work can be begun at once. This
building is the first unit in the
capitol group to be erected in Olym
pia. The capitol commission has
agreed on the final draft of the plans
for this structure which were drawn
by Wilder & White. Suits to get
title to certain lands which the capitol
'commission want for the capitol site
have been begun in the Thurston
county superior court by the attorney
general, but it is not thought that
these suits will cause any delay.
Court Works Overtime.
A total of 161 cases are to be heard
by the supreme court at the January
term, while the number of cases as
signed for argument at the January
term of 191 i was 170. The supreme
court lir» taJfeQ no recess for the hol
idays, as J^JJctober calendar was so
heavy and the January calen
dar is disposed of, the supreme court
will have heard an average of six
cases a day from October until Feb
BRING FIRST PRINTING PRESS.
Taylor and Son Do the Trick With
J. S. Taylor, who has been down
from Greenacres for a visit with his
children in Whitman county for a
week or two, dropped in to the Ga
zette office to tell about assisting in
bringing the first printing press to
Colfax in the late 70s. The heavy
piece of machinery was hauled by
wagon from Dayton for Kellogg &
Hopkins, publishers of the Gazette.
The outfit was stalled at James War
mouth's place near -"-hat is now
Mockonema and Charles B. Hopkins
offered $10 to have the press brought
in. Mr. Taylor and son, Ed, took the
job and with six horses and a pair of
bobs hauled the press to Colfax.
FARMERS' UNION STORE.
Colfax to Have New Business House
Plans are being discussed and are
taking more definite shape at each
succeeding meeting of the Farmers'
Union for a general merchandise
house to be opened in this city by the
union. Attorney C. F. Voorhees has
been retained to furnish legal advice
In regard to the formation of a com
pany. It is possible that Colfax local
of the union will be incorporated and
Its executive committee will take
charge of the business.
The Albion local of the union also
wants a store. Recently a public de
bate was held at Albion on the ques
tion of opening the store and the
business men of that town put up a
strong argument why the store should
not be opened.
As yet the plans are very much in
the air but there seems to be a strong
sentiment in the -union favoring some
movement of the kind. In Moscow
the union conducts a store and one
of the leading men has been invited
to come to Colfax and address the
union at an early date The next
meeting of the Colfax local will be
held on Saturday of this week.
EIGHTH GRADE EXAMINATIONS.
Many Students to Take Test for Higli
Examinations for eighth grade stu
dents will be he'd at 36 central points
In Whitman county next Thursday
and Friday, January 18 and 19. The
examinations will also be held in
some isolated rural districts too far
from central points for children to
travel. The examinations in Colfax
will be conducted in the Department
al school building.
About 700 students in the county
will take the eighth grade examina
tions this year.
SMALL AMOUNT OF REAL
ESTATE TAXES UNPAID
TREASURER SHOWS GOOD REC
ORD FOR WHITMAN COUNTY
In his annual report to the county
auditor on the 1910 real estate taxes
which were collectable in 1911 Treas
urer Duncan shows that only $33,804
remains uncollected. The report of
the treasurer a year ago showed that
$154,858 of the 1909 tax remained
unpaid at that time.
The total amount of real estate
taxes charged to the treasurer at the
beginning of the year 1911 was
$882,052, the amount added to the
rolls by the treasurer was $945, mak
ing a tota' of $822,997 to be collect
ed. Of this sum $754,531 was col
lected, $34,661 was cancelled or re
funded leaving a balance of $33,804
Still unpaid. In the previous year
the amount charged to the treasurer
for collection was $819,662; added
by the treasurer, $1,067; total to be
collected $820,729; amount collected
$662,623; cancelled or refunded, $3,
--248; balance unpaid at end of year,
MOOSE INSTALL OFFICERS.
Good Time at Meeting of Young Fra
Coif ax Lodge Number 691, Loyal
Order of Moose, at their regular
meeting last Monday night installed
the following officers: Past Dictator,
Paul Pattison; Dictator, W. R. An
derson; Vice Dictator, Roy Smith;
Prelate, J. W. Jesse; Secretary, Geo.
L. Neil; Treasurer, James W. Robin
son; Sergeant-at-arms, A. H. Eld
ridge; Guard, Ed. Barnes; Trustees,
W. A. Denker, E. E. McCutcheon and
C. S. Ricker.
The installation was followed by a
Columbia Bridged Again.
Oregon and Washington were
bound together during the past week
with another link of steel, the new
Celilo bridge across the Columbia
liver at Celilo having been opened to
tvjiffic. The bridge steps across the
river daintily, its piers being fixed on
rocks reaching above the water. The
viaduct will give the North Bank
road direct connection with the new
Hill road up the Deschutes into Cen
Taken to Medical Lake.
Charles Enberg was brought in
from St. John Friday to be examined
in regard to his mental condition.
After an examination by physicians
he was taken before the superior
court and adjudged insane. He was
committed to the State hospital for
the insane at Medical Lake. Enberg
had been holding gospel meetings at
St. John and had become
deranged over religion.
Salvation Army Lassie to Wed.
Captain W. H. Lorenzen, officer in
charge of the Colfax branch of the
Salvation Army for the last year,
holds his farewell meeting Saturday
night and then goes to Portland
where on January 23 he will take a
bride in the person of Miss Johanna
Massinger, captain in charge of the
work at Aberdeen. They will have
a six weeks' furlough and then will
be assigned to a new field.
"The Men and Religion Forward
Movement" received a good impetus
at the union meeting in the Methodist
church Sunday morning. Troy An
derson Was appointed chairman of the
movement in Colfax. Plans are be
ing formulated for a big rally to be
held in Spokane in February.
North End Grocery Sold.
W. A. Eastep has purchased the
grocery store near the 0.-W. R. & N.
depot from Hickman Brothers and is
planning to enlarge the building and
carry an extensive stock.
Stir in County Politics.
It is reported from Oakesdale that
J. H. Simpson of that place is being
urged by his friends to become a
candidate at this year's primaries for
the nomination for county clerk.
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, JANUARY 12, 1912.
INSPECTOR TWITMYER PLEASED
WITH CONDITIONS PRAISES
WORK OF TEACHERS.
"I found the order and spirit of
the Colfax high school excellent.
Teachers as well as pupils are earn
est in their work and the teaching on
the whole is good. The equipment
is better than the average though
not as good as in a few of the schools
of the state." These are the words
of Professor Edwin Twitmyer, state
high school inspector, in reply to a
quo-rry by a Gazette representative
after the inspector had spent Mon
day in visiting the school.
High school inspector is an office
created by the last legislature and
Professor Twitmyer is the first man
to fill the office. He began his duties
last September and since then has
visited 68 high schools and plans to
visit about 100 more before June. A
Pennsylvanian by birth he came to
Washington in 1888 and has been
actively engaged in school work in
this state for 23 years. He became
principal of the Broadway high
school in Seattle when only 265
pupils were enrolled in the school
and he continued as principal until
the enrollment had reached 1500.
For the last seven years he has been
principal of the Bellingham high
school and resigned last June to ac
cept the position of inspector with
the state board of inspection.
For a number of years the schools
of the state have been inspected at
irregular intervals by men from the
state university, state college and
normal schools. These men were
regularly employed as teachers and
did the inspecting as a side line at
the request of the state board.
High school work is taught in 355
schools of the state and the inspector
will be able to visit only about half
of them this year. Whitman county
has the largest or nearly the largest
number of high schools of any coun
ty of the state and Professor Twit
myer will spend more than three
weeks here visiting in all 16 schools.
County Superintendent J. O. Mat
toon is accompanying the inspector
on his visit to most of the schools.
In this county there are 23 schools
doing more than two years of high
school work, but some of these
schools have only a half dozen pupils
and will not receive the benefit of a
visit from the inspector this year.
Professor Twitmyer remarked on
the youth of the teachers employed
in Colfax. He said the oldest teacher
in the high school has had previous
to this year, but five years teaching
experience to his credit, but for all
the lack of long experience excellent
work is being done.
The inspector goes to Pullman
early next week for a conference
with the state board of education
which will be in session there for
three days. When anything radical
ly wrong is found with the school
such as lack of proper equipment, in
sufficient number of teachers, or any
other defect that will materially re
tard the work of the school, it is the
duty of the inspector to lay his find
ings before the directors at once.
Fortunately no such conditions exist
in Colfax and the inspector's report
will be filed direct witu the state
board of education.
TAPS SOUND FOR ANOTHER
CIVIL WAR VETERAN
ANSWERS LAST ROLL CALL AF
TER LONG FIGHT WITH PA-
Ezekiel Davidson died at St. Ignat
ius hospital Wednesday morning af
ter a long illness with paralysis. He
is survived by a wife, two daughters,
Mrs. N. J. Hunt and Miss Mary David
son, and one son, John F., all of Col
fax. He lacked but a few days of be
ing 70 years of age.
Funeral services will be held at the
Baptist church this morning at 11
o'clock and burial will be in the Col
fax cemetery. Nathaitfel Lyon Post,
of which he was a member, will have
charge of the burial service.
Mr. Davidson was born in Tennes
see. In 1862 he enlisted in the Union
army and became a corporal in Com
pany L 14th Kentucky cavalry and
served with that regiment until he
was discharged in March, 1864. He
re-enlisted at once in the 4th Tennes
see cavalry and served until he was
honorably discharged in July, 1865.
He was a member of the Baptist
church. For many years he has been
a resident of Colfax and for several
years was janitor at the court house
where he formed an extensive ac
quaintance with Whitman county peo
No Sunday Show at Pastime.
R. G. Clendenin has decided to
hereafter run the Pastime Theatei
only 6 nights a week and not show on
Sunday night. There will be a iiew
change of pictures every other night,
Monday, Wednesday and Friday and
some special 2 and 3-real features
are being booked for the near future.
Students Return to College.
Thirty-nine students from South
ern Idaho were registered at Hotel
Colfax Monday night. They were on
their way back to the University of
Idaho at Moscow after spending the
holiday vacation at their homes.
POOL AND SALOON
MEN ARE WARNED
PROSECUTING ATTORNEY PAUL
PATTISON IN CAMPAIGN
TO HELP BOYS.
Pool room and saloon proprietors
in Colfax and Whitman county must
walk the chalk line. This ultimatum
has been issued by Prosecuting Attor
ney Paul Pattison. He has the back
ing of the superior court and the city
council and promises to wage a re
lentless war against law violators.
To open the crusade information
was filed in the superior court last
Friday charging J. B. Cram and W.
H. Wolfe, proprietors of the Mascot
pool and billard hall with admitting
persons under the age of 21 years.
Cram and Wolf paid a fine and costs
amounting to $59 and received warn
ing that for a second offense they
would get a much stiffer sentence.
The maximum penalty is $1000 and
one year's imprisonment in the coun
ty jail. An information charging the
same people with permitting a gamb
ling game, in the form of pea-pool,
was withdrawn as the proprietors had
received their warning and would be
given a chance to make good.
Minors have been frequenting pool
rooms in this city for some time and
one instance is reported where a high
school student entered a game at
8:30 o'clock in the evening and did
not leave until 8:20 the next morn
ing, when he ate a sandwich and went
to school. Parents, of late, have made
frequent complaints to Prosecutor
Pattison that their boys were hang
ing around pool rooms. When the
prosecuting attorney asks them to
sign a complaint or permit their
names to be endorsed as a witness,
the parents throw up their hands and
refuse to have anything to do with
the prosecution of the law violators.
The sheriff's office is now assisting in
gathering evidence against the law
The law governing the conduct of
pool rooms is not as good here as in
some places and the council may be
asked to pass a more rigid ordinance.
Saloon keepers will also come in
for a closer supervision. Prosecutor
Pattison says "We are going to watch
for those fellows who sell liquor to
drunken men as well as for all other
vio'ations of ihe law. We have an
excellent law governing saloons and
I have the assurance of the city coun
cil that they will revoke the license
of any saloon keeper who is convicted
of violating the law."
The campaign against the viola
tors of the law in regard to minors
will be waged not only in Colfax but
throughout Whitman county.
COLFAX BANKS ELECT
OFFICERS FOR COMING YEAR
FEW CHANGES IN LIST OF MEN
WHO MANAGE FINANCIAL IN
Tuesday was the day set by law
for the annual meeting of bank stock
holders and the election of officers.
Officers and directors in charge of
the Colfax banks for the ensuing year
are as follows:
President, A. Coolidge.
Vice President, A. F. McClaine.
Vice Pres. and Cashier, Charles
Assistant Cashier, A. G. Marion.
Directors, Alfred Coolidge, A. F.
McClaine, Levi Ankeny, Julius Lip
pitt, Edward Johnson, R. L. McCros
key, Charles Johnson, 11. L. Ettinger,
C. L. MacKenzie, J. W. Codd and
Whitman County Trust and Savings.
President, A. Coolidge.
Vice President, R. L. McCroskey.
Cashier, H. G. DeP'edge.
Asst. Cashier, Ellis Laird.
Directors, A. Coolidge, A. F. Mc-
Claine, Nicholas Codd, R. L. Mc-
Croskey, Julius Lippitt, Charles
Johnson, C. L. MacKenzie, H. G. De-
President, P.* B. Stravens.
Vice Pres., J. J. Miller.
Cashier, W. R. Anderson.
Asst. Cashier, S. A. Kimbrough.
Directors, P. B. Stravers, J. L.
Strevy, R. P. Hill, J. J. Miller, E. J.
Peschau, Marion Freeman and John
President, J. A. Perkins.
Vice Pres., E. KJ Hanna.
Cashier, E. C. Baird.
Trustees, E. K. Hanna, R. M. Han
na, E. C. Baird, J. A. Perkins, T. W.
Walters, J. M. Baker and E. J. Moore.
GIVES AWAY $5 WEEKLY.
New Feature Adds Attractiveness to
The Bungalow, which has long
been a popular amusement place, will
become more attractive in the future.
The new feature introduced by man
ager Alton Tredick is the giving away
of $5.00 in cash to some one in the
audience at 9 o'clock every Wednes
day evening. There are no strings
attached to the gift in any way and
one is as likely to get the prize as
The management is also planning
to make an addition to the musical
program for each evening.
Move Into New Depot.
The transfer from the Inland
shack, which has been in use for a
depot since the flood, to the new
depot was made Tuesday night. Work
of filling in around the yards and ex
tending the track has been delayed
on account of the severe weather.
While the new building is not as pre
tentious as the citizens of Colfax
would like, it is a model little depot.
A transformer has been installed so
there is ho possibility of the electro
cution of an employe as occurred at
another station on the line last sum
mer. The entire equipment is ideal
for comfort and good service.
STARS INSTALL OFFICERS.
Interesting Work in Washington
Chapter No. 16.
In their lodge rooms in the Fra
ternity building last night Washing
ton Chapter No. 16, O. E. S. installed
the following officers who have been
elected for the year 1912: "
Mrs. W. E. Troy, Worthy Matron.
Alan Andrews, Worthy Patron.
Mrs. J. N. Pocock, Asso. Matron.
J. O. Patterson, Secretary.
Mrs. Charles Erwin, Treasurer.
Mrs. Geo. Cornelius, Conductress.
Mrs. W. N. Thomas, Associate Con
. Officers appointed by the Worthy
Matron as follows were also installed-
Mrs. D. Millgard, Adah.
Mrs. Harry Plummer, Ruth.
Mrs. William Hess, Esther.
Mrs. J. O. Patterson, Martha
Mrs. Charles Hill, Electa.
Mrs. S. Privett, Chaplain.
Mrs. Roy Smith, Warder.
Mrs. W. S. McCall, Marshall.
Mrs. T. J. Welty, Organist.
Harry Plummer, Sentinel.
MEETS WITH SUCCESS
UNION REVIVAL MEETINGS AT
METHODIST CHURCH ARE
Mr. T. H. Osborn, who is better
known as the "drummer evangelist,"
has been conducting union revival
meetings in the Methodist church
during the past week and a half.
Large crowds come to hear him
nightly and many have already ex
pressed their determination to lead
This is undoubtedly one of the
most successful series of revival
meetings ever carried on by the
Christian people of Colfax.
Mr. Osborn has wonderful power
as a pulpit speaker and posses the
qualities that attract, interest, con
vinces and persuade. His hearern
cannot but give attention to his
words. He commands because he in
terests not only by the force of his
logic but also because of the abund
ant humor and the many entertain
ing incidents that he weaves into his
discourses for the purpose of impres
sing more forcibly on his hearers the
thoughts he seeks to elucidate.
Mr. Osborn is an actor of strong
dramatic power. Had he followed
the stage he would have few super
iors. Some call him a second "Billy"
Sunday. There are many points of
resemblance, but there are also strik
ing contrasts. Both are veritable
avalanches and sweep everything be
fore them. Mr. Osborne is familiar
with his Bible and uses it with mark
ed effect. He is an earnest, fearless
evangelist with a Gospel message.
He todies to none.
Mr. Osborn has been engaged in
evangelistic work for the last 22
years. He is not a minister and has
never been.in charge of a church as
pastor. He was formerly a commer
Meetings will be held every night
next week with the exception of Sat
urday night. Sunday afternoon Mr.
Osborne will speak to men only. His
subject will be, "Samson's Barber
FANS ARE WARMING UP.
Spokane People Want Colfax in Their
Baseball will soon be on tap. Pians
are underway for the formation of a
strong Inland Empire league and
Colfax has been invited to join. J.
Newton Colver, sporting editor of
the Spokesman-Review and presi
dent of the Inland league, has writ
ten to Charles R. Larue of local base
ball fame asking for a conference.
Manager Cohn of the Spokane In
dians and Waldo Paine, traffic man
ager of the Inland railway, are with
Colver in a plan to develop a strong
league. The details of their plan
have not been worked out. There is
talk of a league consisting of two
Spokane teams, Coeur d' Alene, Col
fax and two or three other of the
best teams in the old Inland league.
The plan is to have a better league
with a higher national rating than
Conn has signed up a long list of
promising young pitchers and will
no doubt be glad to farm out some
of these men as well as a few other
promising youngsters for work in the
new league. There is talK that prob
ably two salaried men will be allow
ed on each team, although this is
still undecided. A "get together"
conference will soon be neld.
Old Time Odd Fellow.
James Morrison, of this city, has
the distinction of being one of the
oldest Odd Fellows in point of service
in the state of Washington. Forty
one years ago on last Wednesday he
was initiated into the order at Man
kato, Minnesota. He has been a
member in good standing ever since
and now refers to this day as his
birthday. He is now a member of
the local lodge in Colfax. The spirit
of Odd Fellowship has gone through
his family, as two sons now living in
Morris, Minn., are both members, one
a Past Grand and the other a Past
PRICE FIVE CENTB.
WHITMAN CO. MAN
STATE TRACK INSPECTOR PERLEY
REMOVED FROM OFFICE
A. \V. Policy, a resident of Tekoa
and a well known O. R. & N. engineer
formerly running through Colfax but
more recently connected with the
public Service commission as state
track inspector, has been bumped
from office. "Lack of political activ
ity rather than because of it," is what
Mr. Perley believes to be the reason
for his removal. C. O. Barnhart, aß
sistant track inspector, has also been
asked to leave the service at the end
of the month.
The commission a few days ago
sent a brief note to Mr. Perley which
"At a formal meeting of the com
mission today it was ordered by the
commission that your services as in
spector of tracks and safety appli
ances be terminated on January 15,
1912, and the secretary was instruct
ed to advise you as of this date.
Signed—The Public Service Commis
sion of Washington."
Following is the statement of the
commission relative to the action
"That the commission has been as
sured from a great many reliable
sources that Mr. Perley has been
active in his political work in the
state, and that he has made state
ments from time to time criticising
the members of the present commis
sion in such a way as to constitute
gross insurbordination. This condi
tion, which has existed from some
time past, has become accentuated
during the past 60 days, and has, in
the judgment of the commission, en
tirely impaired Mr. Perley's contin
ued usefullness as an inspector for
the commission. The present com
mission feels that of all offices in
the state, the public service commis
sion ought to be entirely free from
political entanglements of any kind.
"Mr. Barnhart was released on ac
count of the necessity for strict re
trenchment of expenses in every de
partment. The commission finds that
the condition of the appropriation is
such as to require the strictest econ
omy during the remainder of the bi
ennial period, especially in view of
the number of public service corpora
tions that must be valued, requiring
every dollar of the appropriation pos
sible to be expended in that work,
on account of the numerous com
plaints in regard to service and rates
that are continually being received
by the commission. The commission
has been compelled recently to re
duce its engineering force from 12 to
four men and feels at this time, from
the recent reports that have been
submitted to the department that the
track, equipment, etc., of the differ
ent roads is in such a condition as to
render the services of an assistant
inspector unnecessary. It is perhaps
unfortunate that the commission is
compelled to curtail Its expenses
along these directions, but find 3it
imperatively necessary for the reason
that a deficiency cannot be creatod."
Mr. Perley stated on Monday that)
he had intended to wait until Janu
ary 15, the date his discharge be
comes effective, before making any
statement but comment has forced
him to make a statement. He said:
"The only statement that I care to
make is that my official life is an
open book, and I have never yet
found it necessary to deny any
charges pertaining thereto.
"I am not ashamed of my service
to the state, and I would have been
glad if in recognition of those ser
vices, the members of the commis
sion had seen fit to give me an op
portunity to meet the reliable sour
ces of their information. I believe I
should have been permitted to enter
a plea. I was not only denied this
right, but I was not aware of any dis
satisfaction on the part of the com
mission. If I was relieved because
of rumors of criticism of my superior
officers and political activity, com
mon fairness demanded that I be
called before the commission md giv
en a hearing. The inference there
fore is that I was relieved from of
fice for lack of political activity
rather than because of it.
"So far as using my position or
the acquaintances or friendships
made thereby to advance the candi
dacy of any man who may aspire to
office, I deny foe charge. I desire to
say that my American citizenship
gives me the right, when two men
are running for office, to express my
opinion as to the fitness of my choice.
This carries with it the fact, however,
that never yet have I been disloyal to
my superiors, either when employed
by railroad corporations or by the
"In the authorized statement sent
out by the commission the fart is
stated that the track and equipment
in this state is in splendid condition.
I am content, therefore, to let the
people decide whether my official du
ties have been neglected in order to
Mr. Perley has been mentioned in
many parts of the state as a possible
candidate for governor.
J. R. Walker of Spokane, eastern
Washington adjustor for the indus
trial insurance commission, is con
sidered for appointment as state
track Inspector to succeed A. W. Per
ley. The position of track inspector
carries a salary of $3000.