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Washington Standard j"** OLYMHA. WASHINGTON . i r 1 1»111 1 > n A THE EFEENBEE PUBLISHING COMPANY lit I "II U til II A TliOW \ BAG! i FHKSHW VTKU . . ' «\ \v >, i; -w\ H 1. V. 1. 'MAN •-■* \' «f» '• AtT v - ' -"V*-' -o-,... l—. ... t ' *tih*«»rlptlon rrlrr, 11 100 PER CENT VALUATION—I PER CENT TAX. When you say 1011 per cent valunliou to a man, in talking to him about the assessed value of his property for taxation purposes, lie's liable to faint, especially if the memory ot li is last tax statement still clings to him; hut if in the next breath you tell him the maximum tax on that valuation is 1 per cent, he will begin to breathe a sigh of relief and after he meditates over it a while he will think still better of it. To our mind, there is 110 question about the fact that it is a better, a more equitable and a more satisfactory method. We do not pretend to know anything about the intricate subject of tax ation, but we do know this: That if The Wash ington Standard plant were assessed at 100 per cent and the tax rate were limited to 1 per cent, our taxes would be just one-third what thoy are now. That is a sufficient argument for us. Ohio lias tried the system—it was inaugurated by former Governor Harmon, recently a Demo cratic presidential candidate —and it has worked fine. It has not only served to increase the tax able value of all the property in the state, but it has served to increase the revenue derived by taxation and in increasing it has distributed the burden of the cost of the government more equi tably upon its residents until probably 75 per cent of them—the people in moderate circum stances —pay less taxes than they did before, and the other 25 per cent pay very close to their pro portionate share. Contrast the 60 per cent valuation that is pre sumed to prevail in this county and the accom panying tax rate of practically 5 per cent with the 100 per cent valuation plan and the 1 per cent tax rate, and you will appreciate what we mean. We know of a small city in Western Washington where the valuation is on a 40 per cent basis and the rate is 7 per cent —make the contrast on that basis, too. Under the 100 per cent plan and the 1 per cent rate, you pay $1 on every SIOO your property is worth; under the 60 per cent plan and the 5 per cent rate you pay $3, and under the 40 per cent plan and 7 per cent rate you pay $3.50. See the difference? We may have more to say on this subject later. In the meantime we would like to have you think it over. NO LIMIT ON BONDS. As to the general proposition of the. city's buying the present water company's plant, we have no objection—we believe it should and will carry—but as to the particular provision which, it seems to us, gives the city council unlimited authority to issue bonds if the $90,000 issue to be voted on in the special election is not sufficient to buy the plant, we do see considerable objec tion. Some member of the city council will do the people of this city a great service if he will put through an amendment to that provision. Let him phrase that amendment to give the city coun cil authority to issue, say, SIOO,OOO, $125,000 or $150,000 in bonds, including the $90,000, with which to buy the plant—whatever maximum limit he thinks should be fixed—but let him fix a maxi mum limit, not that the city council shall issue bonds to that amount but that it cannot issue more than that maximum limit if the plant can not be bought tor $90,000. In other words, we like the $90,000 part of the present ordinance but we most heartily dislike the further provision which permits the council to issue additional bonds in any amount, for the people of this city should be given the opportunity to specify just how much in debt they want to go to buy that plant. Such an amendment should be passed. Is there a member of the council man enough to see that it is passed? Olympia might have had all of the Western "Washington laud offices consolidated into ouc, if Seattle had not "gotten wise" to the proposed move at the eleventh hour and pulled the ropes to prevent it. How Seattle "got wise" most of us know, and can act accordingly. : i I! .\ As' 11 \• ! 1 * \ s1 A \ A ! > !• hi > ICI \1 % A 1• •. '''l4. THE MARKET EOF BE I V JUICES V\ !,i * . :i :u t(• .11 fit i. » 1 . w lull 11< * t !t • t iff. if' -A rs it :t. i~. ' ' i»H . if' pi "per | >l < : ',i; it l'iMl l- I'll 1 ! In ',;ik' ai i\..11 *: f • iil it. Wiis nth Ml til' -•at. til '. ■ ill" li 11! 111 ' Wiisli- I- a; s• a i!■ i .!•-.i i.i-T '!•» 'I t ; ' - .1' part t i 111 '' 1 1 I • :•> •! ami il'ti r- a 1 is ere.itim: .1 <1- uniii'l i'i a- tih ; 'nit Mil ' s 111 ! 1 •.!>.•<! ii> !'; \of s ill st, ~ j (.•' t!. • " ' 111 1•■. 1 I |•I• ■|■ fatlOllS i'fl't 1 it'ofa lis .! mi I a fas m is,,; 11 h st rat ina t lit demand, ti i ■[ art n :•! r putted llm receipt of si'Vefa! hi 'in : s ,st . the opp. .ft ani' ies of put eliiisine .ail's :n • ;.. 1 ,1 iv.. -t and it was further >' at mi 1 nut f! I' 1 > all up and Sunnier Fruit Growers' ,\s N",Million laid lieetl l|!,ietiy (lisp.'siuo |,t' it, sur . plus product in tl.is way for the last several years. Many hemes nr. wasted in this county every year because the fresh fruit market is flooded, not so many, perhaps, as in other sections, hut tin loss is still sufficiently great to deter others from cut ring tie- field and also to induce sonic of those already growing berries to <|nit. The situation has been far from encouraging, due very largely to the haphazard selection of varieties hv differ ent growers until no standard berry is grown in any quantity and to the lack of any adequate means to dispose of that part of the crop the can nery, from the very nature of things, cannot handle. How much greater the loss would he if the cannery were not here is hard to tell—the berry growers of the county should congratulate themselves 011 the fact that it is here and do everything they can to co-operate with it. However, if they want to turn their wasted berries into "coin of the realm" this new field appears to offer them the opening they have been seeking and we cannot urge too strongly the necessity of organizing themselves to take ad vantage of it. The market is there for you if you will hut reach out and take it. Get busy! A STRING OF HOLIDAYS. Yesterday, tomorrow, and a week from next Sunday—all holidays—February is a short month, isn't it? Yesterday was the birthday of him who serv ed us so fait fully and so staunchly in that trying period of our history, the Civil war. Tomorrow is the anniversary of the little god of love—St. Valentine's day. February 22 we revere the mem ory of the Father of our Country. In the first and the last we see typified the qualities which all of us, in our more appreciative moods, at least, recognize must be embodied in the true Ameri can; in the second the greatest virtue of all is our ideal. Abraham Lincoln—St. Valentine— George Washington—these three—and the great est of these—? The fact that the board of directors of the Union Pacific Railway lias approved the plans for the Olympia extension of one of its subsi diary roads, the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation company, and the appropriation of $1,000,000 therefor, should dispel all misgivings the doubting ones around Olympia had in the local project. The further fact that actual con struction is to begin as soon as the weather per mits and the branch completed and in operation by the first of September next means that Olym pia is going to he quite a busy place this spring and summer. At the request of the committee interested, we take this opportunity to urge particularly each of you to attend the good roads' meeting at the cannery in this city at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon, when report says something in which every taxpayer in the county is highly interested will be considered. The committee wants every resident of the county to he there, if he possibly can, and urges all to give up whatever other plans they may have had for that afternoon so they can attend this meeting. The Washington Standard has a new "dress" of type—how do you like it? We added it in carrying out our policy of improving the paper and the plant which publishes it as rapidly as conditions warrant and we are frank in saying that in our opinion it adds a great deal to the appearance of the paper. Many people now ap preciate that the Standard is the only live, pro gressive paper in the county—and this is one of the ways we show our gratitude for that appre ciation. Uncle .Joe Cannon is writing the history of his experiences in Congress and, as our Wash ington correspondent put it. if he tells half he knows, it will he mighty interesting reading. I ncle Joe could, it he would, reveal many of the workings ot that mysterious "underground rail way" that has had something, at least, to do with much of our federal legislation in the past. If he only would ! The contest is on and the most energetic girl is going to win. These are the days that count work now and you will lead them all. ••If lt«ti mini l«* mi tin* I.iilm'l \uh \ r«' ££ GOOD NEWS «1\ iCiiit here is one of the host pieces of news for you that you'll find in this paper; you'll We're giving you part of our profit 011 all Fall and Winter fancy fabric clothes, because we're anxious to make room for our Spring These clothes are too good a bargain at any time to he overlooked; now, with this special I inducement-to-buy pricing you get even bigger You'd better hurry in while the buying's good. Every Men's and Hoys' Suit and Overcoat in FITFORM the Sto, ' C rrilu<r(L HE EE HE 30 3D 30 BETTMAN Everything to Wear for Men and Boys. !: WHAT OUR FATHERS READ ABOUT f | IN THIS PAPER FIFTY YEARS AGO ij: x"x«x^~x~x^"x~x-«~x^~x~x'v From The Washington Standard for Feb. 13, 1804; Vol. IV, No. 14.) We are informed that the Hon. Henry M. McGill has resigned the position of district attorney for this judicial district. The pay was only S2OO a year in territorial warrants, which will scarcely bring 25 cents on the dollar under the present ter ritorial indebtedness. This meager salary would not pay his traveling expenses. The constitution for the proposed state of Nevada has been rejected by the people. She will not, there fore, come in as a state for at least another year. By reference to their notice in our advertising columns it will be seen that Messrs. Hayes and Eggers pro pose to get up a Washington birth day ball on the 22d inst. Gen. Tom Thumb and lady, with Commodore Nutt and Miss Lavinia Warren, the four smallest grown people in the world, are holding "levees" in the Western states. The Seattle Gazette says one of the employes of the Port Ludlow mills was kiHed on the 22d ult., by being caught in a portion of the ma chinery while the same was in mo tion. WHAT HAPPENED IN OLYMPIA AND STATE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO (Prom The Washington Standard for February 15, 1881); Vol. XXVIII, No. 12.) Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway of Oregon addressed the senate com mittee on woman suffrage January 24, urging an amendment to the constitution granting women the right to vote. Over 1,300,000 acres of land have been entered or purchased in this territory during the last year. Our esteemed friend, Tom Cava naugh, leaves for Washington next week. He makes no secret of the matter that he is going on a "coon hunt." Mr. Horr will leave about the same time, ostensibly for Ohio, which indicates that he is on a still hunt for the same game. Work is soon to lie resumed on the new Episcopal church. Some half a dozen surveying par ties are engaged in locating land 011 the east and west sides of Olympia. Mr. Pattison of Eastside sold an 80-acre tract lying near the Head place for SB,OOO cash. It cost him SI,OOO about four years ago. P. H. SCOTT C. A. MARSHALL Scott's Grocery 329 Fourth St. Telephone Main 171 STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES, VEGETABLES, FLOUR, FEED, HAY AND GRAIN. BRING IN YOUR PRODUCE I STYLE AND COMFORT l ■ I You will find both of these qualities in our leather up ■ holstered chairs. ■ Stylish Furniture like we show isn't half as dear as it ■ looks to be. Come in and see it. You'll be sure to buy ■ because you can't help it when we quote our prices. ' B I C. NOMIIENSEW I 603-13 East Fourth St. . Olympia, Wash. The Olympia and Tumwater Kail-1 way, Light & Power compahy has , filed articles of incorporation and made application to the city council for right-of-way to construct, equip and operate a motor line 011 the j principal streets and to furnish light | and power for public and private l uses in the city. The capital stock is placed at $250,000 and the list of | incorporators embraces such well | known names as S. C. Woodruff, James R. Haydn, A. A. Phillips, H. T. Mayo, N. H. Qwings, Geo. D. Shannon, Geo. H. Barnes and T. M. j Reed, .backed by sin'li capitalists as !K. M. Wilson, A. M. Stewart and Be ltoy Pratt. It is thought that the work of this company will begin to materialize in about three months.