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Who Will Pay Income Tax This
Year?What the List Shows Although West Virginia boasts of great wealth, and compares favorably with any other state in the Union with surface mileage .as a basis, it cannot be said its money and re sources are divided as evonly as in other states of the greatest nation of the Western Hemisphere. The per capita wealth according to figures "compiled, shows a very nice total, but most of the big chunks of money seems to be divided among about 200 men, who -can rightfully be named millionaires. In the last ten years great infpetus has been added to the efforts of the citizens with the result that many fortunes have sprung into prominence. West Virginia raises taxes for the support of the state, counties, county districts and school districts, on a basis of approximately $1,005.46 for every man, woman and child in the state, the population of which was 1,221,119 in 1910. The amount is the actual assessed per capita for all property in West Virginia, the total assessed valuation of which is $1, 240,000,000.00. Some might say this does not cover the total (resources; tlii X the billion dollars assessed valu ation does not cover more than half of the 'total resources, if all of the in tangible property could be brought on the books in Charleston. And yet the plea may be put up it does not cover the millions of dollars invested in bank stock, municipal bonds, and other corporations. Few know that West Virginia is one of the most strict on tax exemptions of any state in the country. Not even municipal bonds are exempt. Tax Exemptions. The only interests exempt are the properties used for educational, liter ary, scientific, religious or charitable purposes, and all cemeteries and pub lic property, besides the government bonds, which West Virginia boasts of but few, compared with other com monwealths of the Nation. This ex emption is due to the act of Congress making them such. If an owner does not pay a tax on his corporation bonds, then the corporation itself is called upon to pay a tax on its capi tal stock, which is said to total $425, 000 per annum. The true basis upon which the state tax of six cents on each $100 valu ation, license tax on whiskey, tobac co, etc., collateral inheritance, tax on charters or certificates of incorpora tion, tax on insurance premiums, 'au tomobile licenses, fees from state auditor's and secretary of state's of fices, interest on deposits, state fund, inmates in reform school, and West Virginia asylums. It can ..be seen th?at few interests escape the watch ful eye of the tax commissioner. Auto For Every 238 Persons. Taking into consideration the roads of the state, and the conditions prevailing in regard to auto traffic, it might be said, the mountain state stands in the lead in point of automo bles owned by citizens. It is admit ted that other states have more ma chines, but have better roads. The western states ?an boast of their large number of self-propelling vehi cles, but put one of the western own ers on a West Virginia (road and he would be helpless, his own road en vironment being superior to ours. One state alone in the West consist ing mostly of farmers boasts of one machine to every 48 people, far more tbuan West Virginia. According to the statistics furnished by state aud itor J. S. Darst, du-ring the first month of 1914, there were 5,120 li censes filed in the Capitol. This does not include all, because of many ma chines lying idle in the garage of the Btate for want of repair. The amount of money invested in ti e pleasure and business cars of this state will amount to a great fig ure if one will but try to figure it out. \ r A slight Inkling of its magnitude can' be ascertained from the fact that thc value of thc new cars, weaning those piirc.iused (hiring the past year, is es timated to be on an average of $2,000, while the old ones will average $500 each. West Virginia has li.ud an inheri tance tax law in effect for the past ? en year.: and many fortunes have been included in its stipulations. The largest one during its time of effect was that of the late Senator J N. Camden, of Parkersburg. But many are in dudnd of which tlie public hears nothing. For Instance, last year 350 estates \ver<> contributors to the fund. Only one million dollar es tates was affected last year, but many dollars rolled into the state coffers from this source besides this one mentioned. Why this is one can readily see when it is stated that the inheritance tax law -affects the following limitations: When the amount bequeathed to children, lin eal descendants, and lineal ancestors is $10,000; to a wife $15,000; and to a huxband is $10,000. Iho state of West Virginia has an established reputation in the IK'itcd State.-:, but its wealth is based not so mucn en per capita as on its re sources. Many are interested in its development, and many will continue to invest, but the good old money making schemes adoptod by other states have been forgotten here, be I cause the oportunities offered show that the money invested on three per cent propositions is scarce and those who are credited with millions invest it in greater risks, so far as the re turn is concerned. The resources of the state pay the greatest returns and the wealthier men of the state will continue to de velop this end of the commonwealth until it fails, and then with all look forward to the time when farming lands will ||e on a level with the wide spreading sections of the west. Many have said that West Vir ginia has the farming lands, but not until the time for the real necessity for such comes, will the people dis continue to invest wildly, some to profit, and some to lose all.?<Char leston Gazette. POLITICS AND POLITICIANS Thirty-one states are to elect gov ernors this year. Five candidates are contesting for the governorship in Alabama. Three hundred cities and towns of Illinois are to vote 011 the liquor question next month. The Republican state ticket in Maine will be selected a^ a conven tion to be held in Augusta on April 9. On April 7 the voters of New York will decide whether a convention shall be held to frame a new state constitution. Twentythree amendments, initia tive and referendum measures will be voted on at the California elec tion in November. Congressman J. Thomas Heflin is the only Alabama representative who has no opposition for re-election in the primaries next month. A special election will be held in the Seventh district of New Jersey on April 7 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Congressman Brem ner. Former Governor Myron T. Tler ?'ck, now ambassador at Paris, is mentioned as a possible candidate for governor on the Republican ticket this year. Lieutenant Go/ernor Barratt OVHara of Illinois is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Unit ed States senator to succeed Law rence Y. Sherman, Republican. Socialists of North Dakota met in Grand Forks recently and nominated a full state ticket to be submitted to the voters at the general primar ies to be held in June. A. Caminetti, United States Com missioner General of Immigration may decide to. enter the contest fo. the Democratic nomination for gov ernor of California. Representative C. O. Lobeck may be opposed for the Democratic nom ination in the Second congressional district of Nebraska by James C. V - ? Anecdotal Literature I "i U <? The Bitek Bitten. If there ih onf thin*; on earth of u tiic.h Sharp Willi rut* ih innocent. it ih h ? beiou w?|| (,ff tri t!iiM world's iroiuf*. f,.r the aoeumuIntion of filthy lucre in ? o? one v.f his talent*. But back in Ihe da\s when W.l ann WHS complairiilllf itL'.i iiiht ft p'plil'-t candida'n, tlit} i?pi os tii>i? r 11(? I to wink itff a gaj; regatdf d ;is :i Hire sho*. It tennis t Ii:it : lie To s had ;i pamph'et- in V\ h t)i Will in in v ;i q J. ?"ii| MS ii "4,)oI)1h li null ;i l?'i?n e<l arWi imh i&C. IIih pi<>pe< 1 \ w.s Miiji'' l? t th 5 leall t n juli* i' apn*<ar to In- m | lions, in te<?ad hi v? li'ch h ? -n () ?? ;iv ink' tl t p ifii i'li l?*' in ? * is hand ; ?'(jrHlit leilie.i I ha\'? c li i v h;i il s |)7lfn[>hlet", vtli'di iiccrS"* 111?? i? l.fii | worth a milliui.. Tt> s s ?f e i'mm* It to!<l about me i lui* I w:*h w,,s m-i? " o * k Titir, Other Fel/.ow. Commissioner Newman went up t< see Secretary Bryan a few days ayo.and the Secretmy asked: "Wl at are yon makiiitr al' th's fus about? referring to the -idt. to d?-?e<m ine Mr. Newman's eligib lity as com missioner " I'm not doing it,?it's the o her fal low. taid Newman. 'Yes," said Vr Biyui," it reminds meofthes?o'y I ns?d to tei when there would he how s from mv fellow democrat* over some piogiessive move I would make" There was a. little girl in a playroom and \elps of a cat. "Ate yon pulling the cat's tail," called the little cirl's mother. "No mamma." But the yowl* continued. Are you sure you are not pulling the cat's tail?" called the mother again. "No mamma." 4'But the eat is yelling." Well," said the girl, "all I'm doinv is to hold the cat's tail. The cat. is doing the pulling." O * * a Striking Story. F. Ivring Fletcher, at a dinner in New York, told a striking advertising story. "I once made a l)?t with a dry goods dealer that he couldn't spend in a year on advertising all he nrnle in that year. The man looked up and sailed in. But he lost his bet. Though his advertising bills not, bigger and bigge**. he lost, b or the more he advertised the more he sold, and in the end. after t-tarting eight branch stores, he gave in and paid my money" Mr4. FUlchwr p.uined. then added im passiTelj : "Any dealer, dry goods or otherwise, who doesn't beiieva this story, need only to trj- it himself and be convinced. " ? * Envy. Be'tic?'"it irt vulgar to dre.-s so as to attract alienlinn " Fannie?"Isn't it?" ' Bettie?"I saw Miss Knobby goiDg down the afreet jesterday in 4 gown which caused tvi-rv man she pap?,ed t<? turn and look at her." Lannie?"fsure enough, I wonder who is her diessmaker." Bettie?'J asked her, but she would not tell me." * * o Out Of View. Where is the summer jjirl of y oie? Of llulTs and frills we smg no more, bo startling is her tat<h on book That honesty we're afraid to look. o * * Two Kkal Truths. ?Some riieu ?ucc?eu in lilo by minding the r own buaines". Olheis manage to draw large salaries for neglecting oilier people's business Dahlman, the mayor of Omaha. Michigan Democrats will renomi nate Governor Woodbridge N. Ferris who is the first representative of their party to occupy the executive ollice in more than twenty years. it is reported tliat the purpose of Theodore Douglas Robinson in going to Europe is to meet Col. Roosevelt and consult with him concerning the political situation in New Yoj;k. Mr. Robinson is a nephew of the former president and chairman of the New York Progressive State committee. Two candidates are in the iield for the Republican nomination for gov ernor of Michigan this year. They are Alexander J. Grossbeck, chair i the State committee, and secretary of state and a defeated can didate for the gubernatorial nomina tion two years ago. Jeremiah D. Botkin, warden of the Kansas strife penitentiary, is a can didate for the United States senate on the Democratic ticket. Senator Bristow seeks re-election and Char les Curtis, former senator, is con test ing with liini for th? Republican noni 'nation. Congressman Victor Mur dock of tli e Eighth district is the choice of the Progressive party for the senatorship. s;s inn rw I S i M I f5 S I u N k J k 6 h n \ rl 2 E n n lUvLsivO 0 f siuliuL PI IARMTAIW.! r?i]ls Introduced by Member Who Leaves Have no Stand ing and Die \\7ASIUXV:TON, March -Ther is a new ruling hy the parliamon tar ian of the house of representatives lo the effect that when a member of congress resigns or leaves the house Tor any other reason, any bill he has introduced is subject to a point of order that it has no patron and there fore has no standing in the- house. Congressman .John W. Davis intro duced a nuiniber of bills for pensions and other matters before leaving the house tc become solicitor general and when he was succeeded by Congress nan M. M. Neely the latter b:?gan looking after them and using his ef forts to have them pass. Several of them were passed by the house arid are now in the senate, which is ex pected to pass them also. Major Neely was quite surprised when he was informed, a few days ago, that the bills introduced hy Mr. Davis no longer have any standing in the house and that to be on th^> safe side he would better introduce them himself, in order that they might not be defeated by the mere raising of a point of order against them. It is not believed the senate will raise a point of order in regard to the bills which have already pass ed the house, and an effort will be made to have the house pass them over, but Major Neely has introduc ed all the 'bills which Mr. Davis had introduced for first district persons and will endeavor to have them pass ed. THAT MAN FROM MARS. Would it not be interesting to show around our country that intel ligent. stranger from Mars? The Host is no"* on the pumpkin, but the corn is not in the shock. Imagine an inquisitive stranger from Mars at our side. He has been reading the morning paper and remarks: "Your people are famishing for beef, is it not true?" "They are not famish ing vet, but beef is dear because cat tle are scarce and command the high prices. We are about to begin importations of beef grown in other lands because we do not produce enough cattle at home." Silently the mian of Mars scans the landscape. Then he asks: "The stalks and leaves of the maize phint, are they poisonous to cattle?" "No; indeed they make the best im. at 1ML !BL aLitai m. SL You Need a Toms j There are times in every woman's life when she j needs a tonic to help her over the hard places. When that time comes to you, you know what tonic to take?Cardui, the woman's tonic. Cardui is com posed of purely vegetable ingredients, which act gently, yet surely, on the weakened womanly organs, and helps build them back to strength and health. It has benefited thousands and thousands of weak, ailing women in its past half century of wonderful success, and it will do the same for you. You can't make a mistake in taking The Woman's Tonic Miss Amelia Wilson, R. F. D. No. 4, Alma, Ark., says: "I think Cardui is the greatest medicine on earth, for women. Before I began to take Cardui, I was so weak and nervous, and had such awful dizzy spells and a poor appetite. Now I feel as well and as strong as I ever did, and can eat most anything." Begin taking Cardui today. Sold by all dealers. Has Helped Thousands. winter forage." S'lence again, then the man of Mars disturbs us once more. "j!ut I >: i(le past mile alter mile of corn uncut. I see few of those silos of which you tell me. It appears as though the waited forage of this land would feed enough cat tle to feed all of your hungry peo ple. Ann then ve sjt silor.t, wondering i'ow to explain to him our great na I;? i r?.l for know that he is ? gh. -- breeder's M.iguzine. :.hUV? nm AT'ftM ' s)i, 11 \ h fls 191 Isw jHhmu uUithillm en.sl i'.ncm, on His Death Bod, Appeals io Congressman Necly for Help pViA 3111XCJTON, March 3. ?Con ? ressman Neely is of the opinion that he Jias reached the climax in ;he matter of letters making person al requests of congressmen. A mem ber of the house is continually be for all kinds of personal as ace from the contribution of .?ash to the appointment of federal officials. Among Major Neeley's mail yes terday were several letters asking tor money on different grounds, but he one which seemed to be unique . :.s the request from a constituent who said he was on his death bed. nnd probably would not be living .vheii the letter was received by Mr. Neely, but would like a contribution ;f ten dollars to assist in buying the coffin. Mr. Neely has not heard of the loath of the man and is of the opin ion the coffin will not be needed for a while, as the sending of the cash is not an immediate necessity. ftp. Are Ye$ ? i!ii? 1 i 0 0 hM mm %l$r k -A W Vi iJ J i Tfcp WsWj*n*t? To?!?** ,3 B k-:'^ fji.iiii: J) J >?>i-<O PGR SALE AT AIL BS88RSTS 1-4 '.'dmfrr arai .:ri:-: ? ? SALESMAN WANTKT) to look af erour intcMcs? m 15?'i keley aid adjac ent counties. Hilary or Commission. Addrefs LINCOLN OIL CO., Cleve land, O.