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Washington Standard OLYMPIA. WASHINGTON im iii,i«nr.ii in THE EFFENBEE PUBLISHING COMPANY EAGLK FRESHWATER Editor H. I-. WORTMAN Advertising Manager SitliM'ripdon I'rloc, $1.50 n 1 «*nr. COUNTY OFFICIAL PAPER. PLAYING A LOSING GAME. Common talk around the Capitol has it that the suits now being argued against six of the "seven sisters" initiative hills, including those that were certified by the secretary of state as entitled to a vote as well as those he ruled out, are being "stalled along" by their oppon nts through the many means known to adept attorneys, with the «ole object of preventing their decision until it is too late for the preparation of the pamphlet the law says must be circulated to the vot rs early in September. In other words, if the opponents of the measures can "delay the game" long enough to make it impossible to carry out this essential feature of the law, so the story goes, they figure that none of the bills so attacked will go on the ballot for a vote. It is a reprehensible bit of dirty politics, dis gusting to those who like to see honesty and fair play prevail in all public matters and smattering too much of those days and those conditions the direct legislation plan was designed to prevent. Unquestionably, if carried out successfully this time, it will prove a boomerang, for the people •will countenance no such interference with their proper business. Granting that those now block ing it achieve that for which common talk says they are seeking—and the falk is most common among those directly involved in the proceedings and not from those who favor the bills in question —the people of this state most likely will sweep this gang before them two years from now in what may be too radical direct legislation and it is not without the bounds of reason to expect that the people of this state, incensed as they ought to l>e at the success of this game if it does win, will «lect a legislature that can be depended upon to do just what this gang is trying to prevent. The opponents of these measures are playing to lose —there can be no other outcome in the end. 'The people of this state will not stand for such tactics. Too much of them in the past prompted direct legislation and too much of them now is go ing to stimulate faith in the direct legislation method and a determination to profit by that faith to the fullest. To attempt to defeat the initiative "by such methods will cost the opponents of the legislation in particular more in the end than if, after rightly and properly making their objec tions, they would permit its plain purpose to be .carried out. CENSORSHIP ON WAR NEWS. Long have we of this modern age boasted •about the ease with which we obtain and transmit information, we have prided ourselves on our newspapers and our news agencies, we have claimed to be the most advanced people the world has known in collecting and disseminating infor mation quickly and widely and accurately, and yet here comes along the greatest war the world has ever known and in the line of news we get— almost nothing, and that so vague and so bound round with rumor we do not actually, really know ■what is happening in Europe. Our boasts, to put it another way, have been but hollow assertions, for we see here demonstrated better than in any other way we have known the fact that those who control the making of news can prevent its dis semination almost entirely, if they so desire. The people may rail against the newspapers, may blame them for this unexpected and unde sirable situation, but the newspapers cannot help themselves. The governments of Europe have siezed and placed under their sole control every means for the transmission of news, have made it impossible for the correspondent who does suc ceed in getting somewhere near where the events are happening—and there are but few who have been able to—have made it impossible for him to tell to the world what is going on, unless per chance they want it told. The censorship on the war news from Europe is the most effective ever known on operations ■carried out on so large a scale. Apparently we •can make up our minds to oue thing, that until the powers involved want the information given out, TSre will not get it. THE WASHINGTON STANDARD, ATOI'ST 21. 1014 THE WAR AND THE PRICE OF FOODS. All the preliminary reports of the govern ment's investigations of the reasons for the re markable advances made during the last two weeks in the priees of foodstuffs point to one faet: that the undue increases have been wholly un warranted. And to the outsider, to those of us who have heard for years that if the I'nited States itself were involved directly in some great con tliet which cut it off from the rest of the world it could feed its people properly, cheaply and without difficulty, this would seem to he a well founded statement. Assuredly, if those who can have conspired to raise food prices unduly, compelling the retailer to do so—for the retailer is helpless unquestion ably in the present instance—because they see a chance to make the huge profits possible through snch a conspiracy, no action the government could take would be too severe. On the face of it, it certainly would appear that the increases are the result of speculation rather than of an actual con dition and we personally hope and trust the gov ernment will push its investigation rapidly and deeply until those responsible for the apparent conspiracy are brought to task. AN EPOCH-MAKING EVENT, HARDLY NOTICED. Buried under the avalanche of war rumors that have been engrossing our attention for the last few weeks, was the "story" that told of an event toward which we of this New World have been looking for at least a quarter of a century, an event which undoubtedly will produce a re markable change in the world's commerce especial ly in this critical time, and one in which we of tins Pacific coast have hitherto been particularly interested—the opening of the Panama canal to commerce. This hardly noticed epoch-making event took place last Saturday. In some few places was it given proper significance, but generally it was overlooked in the preponderance of interest in the events that are transpiring in Europe, but as time goes on, and one ship after another passes through that great water-way and docks at our shores, we will doubtless come to give it great appreciation, to rank it at its true importance. LISTING LANDS FOR SALE. One of the commendable things that is being done in Eastern Washington, and one which we of this part of the state might well do, is the list ing of the now unoccupied agricultural lands as a sort of a clearing-house and in co-operation with the various railroads, is pushing sales of this prop erty in a remarkable way. The mere listing of the property is not so com mendable as the other fact that, according to the newspapers of that section, the owners have listed their property at very reasonable figures, prompt ed, as one newspaper believes, by the fact that the "land owners seem to have realized the necessity of some active effort being made to attract more people to make the land more productive." Peo ple come out here with the idea that land here is cheap, but after they get here they are more apt to be disappointed by the price asked than pleas ed. Consequently, if the movement now being carried on in Eastern Washington will tend to bring about a situation where the land is sold to actual settlers at its actual value and not some rosy speculative price, it will be one of the best things that ever happened to the state. There's a lively little fight on in the Third district for the Republican nomination for county commissioner and the friends of the five candi dates and the candidates themselves will very likely make party politics in that district as lively as they have been at any time in recent years. All of which goes to increase interest in county af fairs, which certainly is to be commended in any event. That Western Washington has so far escaped serious forest fires in sipte of nearly two months of no rain and a "dry" spring indicates that con siderable credit is due some one and that certain ly is E. W. Ferris, the state forest r and fire war den, who has had the management of the entire preventive campaign. The way the various county wardens have handled the situation under his direction speaks very well for them, too. Olympia's great paving project, the largest single inprovement in years, is now well under way and will do wonders toward beautifying tbat section of the city in which it is being done. In cidentally, it is a convincing argument to all out siders that "things are up and doing" in the Capital City. There are those who blow their own horn to cover up their own gross deficiencies, though the world recognizes those who do and not those who merely blow. And yet this would be a mighty monotonous place in which to live if we were all alike. Bettman's Special Sale or BOYS' SCHOOL sons $5, $6, $7, $8 and $lO Values at $2.95 These Suits are double breasted coats, with Knickerbocker trousers, guaranteed all wool Just the Suit for hard usage BETTMAN Everything to Wear for Men and Boys. I WHIT OUR FITHERS REM ABOUT | | IN THIS PIPER FIFTY YEARS MO | From The Washington Standard For August 20, 1804. Vol. IV. No. 41. Levi Shelton, Esq., has leased the Washington hotel and promises to keep, as he no doubt will, a first-class establishment. The building and the location are the best adapted for the purpose of any place and with proper attention we have no doubt it will hereafter be the leading hotel. We observe that a much greater improvement is made on the streets in the more business part of the town, than usual, this year. Wash ington street from Fourth to Fifth has been opened and put in excellent order, while many important im provements are being made else where. We have received the catalogue of the Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, for 1864. We judge, from a hasty examination of the same, that the institution is in a very flourish ing condition. Maj-Gen. McDowell, commanding department of the Pacific, is expect ed here in a few days. W. T. CAVANAUGH Postmaster of Olympla, vice t president of the Olympla Bank & Trust Co. After a conference last week be tween C. B. Kegley, master of the State Grange; J. T. Compton of We natchee, Fred Chamberlain, Puyal lup, C. E. Flint, Blaine and Miss Lucy Case of the Joint legislative committee, it was announced that if initiative bill No. 11, the "fish bill," is not permitted to go on the ballot this fall, steps will be taken to revive it by circulating petitions to present it to the next legislature. For Real Estate - V Loans, Rentals and Fire Insurance SEE FLINN & DURKEE 2151/ a EAST FOURTH STREET PHONE 510 N. H. Flinn W. A. Durkee If you have any money to loan on good real estate security, place it through this firm. We can place $4,200.00 on good security at onoe. Special Prices On Herrick Refrigerators The best refrigerator on the market is the Herrick and we are making special prices on them at this time of the year, the time you need a refrigerator most. You can put butter, crackers, salt, matches or anything else in the Herrick and none of them will get damp—the crackers will be crisp and the matches so dry you can light them on the inside of the refrigerator any time, while the butter will have no bad taste. We have tried it here at the store for a week and we know, and we don't know of any other refrigerator that will do that— there may be but we never heard of it. And the Herrick will do It because it has a perfect circulation of cold, dry air forced into every cubic inch of the Interior. This eliminates all mould or con tamination from one article to another—keeps everything per fectly dry—and the odors and gases arising from the different ar ticles are removed through its superior system, preserving perish able fruits ami delicate foods most satisfactorily. But that is not all. Every Herrick is thoroughly Insulated with mineral-wool, saving Ice. Its case is made of solid golden oak, Its doors are rabbeted, Its galvanised steel pans are seamless, Its trays are made of galvanized steel wire, and It is lined with either white enamel or opal glass. We have several of them In our big display windows—better come in and look them over. Don't forget to bring in your mail order catalogues—We are prepared to meet the prices of any cata logue house in existence and will duplicate anything you want. YOUR CREDIT IS GOOD, too. J. E. KELLEY THE OLYMPIA HOUSE-FURNISHER.