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VVashington Standard OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON ■AOLR FRESHWATER Editor H. L.. WORTMAN Advertising Manager SuliMorlptlon Price, $1.50 m Year. COUNTY OFFICIAL PAPER. CITY OFFICIAL PAPER. WHAT'S WRONG WITH LUMBER? We've heard our present depression in lumber, the depression that has existed since the break of 1910, blamed so often and so vigorously on the tariff the Democrats enacted a little more than a year and a half ago, that it is most remarkable when one of the leading lumbermen of the state, recognized so by all his colleagues and selected from all those available to address one of Seattle's biggest organizations, talks for one whole evening on the question of what is the matter with the lumber industry, and never even mentioned the tariff. We do not know the political affiliations or pref erences of J. H. Bloedel of the Bloedel-Donovan Lumber Mills of Bellingham, but we do know that lie is the one lumberman who so far in the public print has had the nerve to get up and tell the real trouble with the lumber industry. He gets down to real facts, cuts out all speculation, all ifs, ands or buts and everything else, and talks about lum ber and the lumber business straight from the shoulder. "What's wrong with lumber! Six things, Mr. Bloedel says, and they are: Overproduction, which he places at the head of . the list. •".Next," he continues, "come the results of the .' abnormal lumber prosperity of 1906-7, when banks • extended credit too freely and inexperienced men i got into the business, increased the production , beyond the safety line, made money rapidly for a ..time And then got into trouble. ? -"Thirdly, taxes have been increased to the point of actual confiscation, where owners of timber must liquidate. "Adverse legislation" —the same cry the rail roads are making. IPsor salesmanship. •Lnssber substitutes, concerning which we pointed out that "twenty years ago ninety-five per cent of the material entering into the construction of a building was lumber, now it is barely 65 per cent." There's the trouble with the lumber business. Note carefully the items he places first, the most important of all, in his estimation, being over production. "The total output of all mills in the Northwest," he points out, "when operating to capacity, is 13,000,000,000 feet and in the greatest year of demand, 1909, consumption only peached $,500,000,000 feet. This great capacity has never been absorbed by the markets that have as yet been developed." Not a word is there with refer ence to the tariff, unless his use of the general phrase "adverse legislation" might be taken to cover it—even then it is fourth in the list. It is encouraging to note that this same Mr. Bloedel is quite optimistic in his view of the lumber situation. "I have been in the lumber business twenty-five years," he says, "and have seen lumber sell at lower prices than those of today. The immdeiate prospects are bright. The year has opened up well, but we want permanent improvement in this industry, so vital to the pros perity of the Pacific Northwest, and this we will not have until the conduct of the business is ad justed to economic laws." Isn't he right! Lister's vetoes of the two tax board bills that reached him, and particularly of the emergency feature of that one concerning the land board, were not only assured from the outset but will, we think, meet with general approval throughout the state. The spirit that prompted the enact ment of those bills warranted exactly such action from the executive. Above all, the emergency clause, utterly uncalled for and wholly against both the letter and spirit of the state constitution, deserved the instant veto it got. Things aren't to be dull around Olympia this year, if all present prospects pan out. Here's the Olympia National bank practising what it is preaching by preparing to erect a $40,000 build ing; here's a new railroad and a new depot whose completion has been promised by the last of June; here's a hundred-thousand-dollar hotel projected and considerable more paving and similar im provements in view. Encouraging, isn't it? THE WASHINGTON STANDARD, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 1915. WE'RE ON OUR WAY Among the manufacturing industries of the nation the steel business is I'undoinental to all, and among the patrons of the steel industry the railroads stand tirst of all. When the railroads begin to buy engines and rails and supplies on an extended seale, other us- rs of steel begin to move into line and the demands of the steel industry in turn radiate out in all directions. A general in dustrial revival begins. The railroads have started their buying move ment. Chicago figures up thirty million dollars of contracts placed by them within thirty days. This news is accompanied by reports of iron fur-* naees being blown in and rail and steel plants re-opening or going from part to ftdl time. It is an old saying that when America takes to wearing its old clothes, it can place the whole world under tribute. It is equally true that when the railroads begin to buy new clothes the signal is set for the whole nation that the old clothes are played out altogether and that it is time to replen ish the wardrobe all around. That signal is now flying. THE LEGACY OF HIS OFFICE. Retrospection is often a good thing, especially political retrospection, and now when a few per sons here and there are walking around and wisely wobbling their heads and wagging their tongues over the mess they profess to believe Wilson has gotten himself and his party into over the ship purchase bill, said mess consisting of the seven insurgent Democratic senators who joined with the Republicans in their filibuster against the bill, a little touch of retrospection may ease a few minds. True, party insurgency v.ry likely does not add to the happiness of a president, the leader of his party, yet there is nothing out of the ordinary in the present congressional situation. Just step back, mentally, three or four years—insurgency reached such a point under Taft that bills were frequently killed simply because the president favored them. It was the same w>y a little earlier under Roosevelt, who was in continual warfare with congress during the latter years of his term. McKinley, Harrison and Cleveland met the same conditions. Before the Civil War the administrative and legislative branches of the government occasion ally agreed, but since then there has been more or less turmoil between the president and congress. Wilson has simply inherited a legacy of his office. LICKED WITH THE WHIP. Here we are in the sixth week of the session— two-thirds of the fourteenth legislature nearly gone—and not a member of the house has an official copy of the rules! The rules committee, and that means Sims and McArdle, have them and have had them for some time, but they have not thought it necessary to pass them out. What is the situation? Simply this: the Repub licans of the house are licked into line with the party whip and so of course rules aren't neces sary. Whatever rules Sims and McArdle need to use are used—the rest do not matter. It all de pends on what the occasion demands. And the speaker of the house had the temerity the other day to hold that the house rules are superior to the state constitution —and there are no house rules! Isn't that going it pretty strong? There is some talk of the Republicans nomi nating Sims for governor. We sincerely and ear nestly and eagerly hope they do. For there are some who will remember this legislature and the last, some who will remember the fish trust, the Stop-Look-Listen league, the wanton violation of the state constitution which he and his partner McArdle have already engineered in two sessions and boast they can do in the third, and not the least of all, his constitutional aversion to every thing that savors of modern legislation, to any thing but the old gag-rule, gang-controlled, boss ridden Republicanism of the past, when only he who had got anything more. What has this got to do with the lack of house rules? Sims can tell you—if he will. Remember all the talk we've been hearing about economy from the Republicans? It's rather strange, then, to note that notwithstanding all this propaganda the present legislature is costing the state over $1,250 a week more than the legisla ture of two years ago, and Heaven knows that was bad enough. The expenses of the first four weeks of this session were $45,337.09, that of two years ago for the same period $40,262.04. Once more actions appear to be putting it over on words. Every once in a while Speaker Conner facili tates the house on the record of the legislature. What is it? Only eight bills passed in the first five weeks. That means but one thing: the closing days of the session are going to be so rushed with a flood of bills that none can be given its proper consideration, and the organization can jam through anything it wants. Some record! Spring "has came" all right, all right—notice the kids playing marbles? WHAT HAPPENED IN OLYMPIA AND STATE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS ADO From The Washington Standard for February 21, 1890. Vol. XXXI. No. 18. Port Townsend will shortly be sup plied with clear mountain water from the Little Quilcene river. A company has been incorporated with a capital stock of $500,000, which proposes to push the work rapidly until Port Townsend will have a daily supply of 1,500,000 gallons of water. The Quilcene river will be tapped eight miles above the outlet on Hood's canal. The Louisiana State Lottery com pany offer to pay the debt of Louis iana if that state will renew their charter which expires in two years. The debt is about $15,000,000. A meeting of the National Woman's Suffrage association was held in Washington last Wednesday at which reports were received of the progress of the cause in various states. Several of our citizens left on Thursday for Puget City to buy lots and locate. Hugh Ross, an experienced drug gist, lately of Minneapolis, haß formed a partnership with Robert Marr and will hereafter aid in conducting that business here. The officers of the Young Men's Christian association lately organized in this place are: Allen Weir, presi dent; M. A. Root, vice president; Chas. D. Garfield, secretary, and J. R. Mitchell, treasurer. Two more banks pre 10 be estab lished in Olympia. Messrs. Thompson and Drum of Tacoma will open one of these in the building now occupied by Mr. Van Epps as a real estate office, and the other will be conducted by Messrs. E. and Wm. M. Seymour, late of St. Albans, Vermont, and will do business in the building now occu pied by the First National bank. The Bucoda mines are now turning out 100 tons of coal a day. This will soon be increased to 400. The land owned by this company covers 3,000 acres and the supply is practically unlimited. The state board of control bought Tuesday one hundred tons of sugar for use in the state institutions. Due to a desire of the board to beat the Using sugar market, the purchase was made a month sooner than the spring buying has been done hereto fore. It requires 225 tons of sugar per year to supply the state institu tions. • • • • Sixty-seven new members were added to the rolls of the Parent- Teacher Circle of the Lincoln school, making a total enrollment of more than 100, in the contest that just closed. » "If Bettman is on the label, you are safe." Real Savings On all Men's and Boys' Overcoats and Rain Coats e Regular $4.00 Garment 1-2 off $2.00 Regular $6.00 Garment 1-2 off s3*oo Regular SIO.OQ Garment 1-2 off ... . ss*oo Regular $15.00 Garment 1-2 off ... . $7.50 Regular $20.00 Garment 1-2 off . . . SIO.OO Regular $25.00 Garment 1-2 off . . . $13.50 No Goods Charged. No Alterations BETTMAN EVERYTHING TO WEAR FOR MEN AND BOYS We want the room That is being taken up on our sales floors by Mahogany Rocket** and during this week we will close out these Rockers at Half Price This means that for cash you can buy a $32 regular price Mahogany Rocker, with genuine Spanish leather, at $16.00. These rockers are strictly up-to-date and new goods; not shop-worn nor marred in the least. These prices are way below cost. Other Rockers and Easy Chairs are being priced at 15 per cent discount. J, E, Kelley THE OLYMPIA HOUSE-FURNISHER , 502-510 East Fourth Street Phone 247 \ We Recommend die Stilson-Kellogg Loggers —and — Work Shoes NOTHIMt BUT THE BEST OF WORKMANSHIP AND MA TERIAU. TOU CAN PAT MORE, BUT TOU CANNOT BUT MORE. GOTTFELD'S 211 EAST FOURTH STREET Yes Sir! Horn sells eggs from his best matings of White Wyandottea for $3.00 per fifteen. Cheap for the quality? Sure. You can't beat it anywhere. Did you notice what these birds did at the Olympia show? Took all tits prises worth having. Mating list now ready. Ask for it. Some extra good males for sale, $2 to $lO. You are Invited to visit my yards. Thomas P. Horn Yards: West Third between Grant and Farragut. Phone 334R OLYMPIA.