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Washington Standard OLYMPIA. WASHINGTON EAGLE PKISSHWATKR Editor H. 1-. WOHTMAN Vdvertislng Manager Member of the WASHINGTON* STATU PRESS ASSOCIATION. SiitiacTlptioo Price, 91.50 a Year. CITY OFFICIAL PAPER THE MEXICAN WARNING When the president of the United States, no matter who lie is. speaks from his high office and warns the people of America against "the sinister and unscrupulous influences that are afoot" and officially says. "It is my duty to warn the people of the United States that there are persons all along the border who are actively engaged in originating and giving as wide currency as they can to rumors of the most sensational and disturbing sort which are wholly unjustified by the facts." as President Wilson has done with reference to the relations between the United States and Mexico and the in fluence which "yellow" reports would have on those relations, there is only one assumption that is proper and logical, and that is the assumption that conditions far beyond the ordinary prevail, sufficient to make such a warning imperative. To assume, as does the Seattle Post-Intelli gencer, that the president proposes to shut off: the real truth as to the Mexican situation, is the height of absurdity, as well as a gross misrepresentation, spoken by a newspaper politically opposed to the president. In the first place the president 's warn ing was directed at "sinister and unscrupulous in fluences," and "unverified rumors," not at the truth; in the second place, no president would dare to do what the Post-Intelligencer assumes Mr. Wilson wants to do. There are many other rea sons that could he enumerated—we all know them—but these are sufficient to show that par tisan hostility, partisan dislike for everything Mr. Wilson does, prompt such an interpretation of his warning. So we can rightly return, then, to what we started out with, that the conditions leading up to that warning must be far beyond the ordinary. It is a most unusual thing for a president to do; it is a most dangerous thing for him to do, from the political, governmental or any other standpoint, without more than sufficient provocation. If the conditions were ordinary, the kind that usually accompany situations of the kind, the usual irre sponsible, unmalicious, undesigned rumors that gain currency in such a situation, the president would not be warranted in formally and officially issuing a warning against them. They must not ■only be extraordinary, but very extraordinary, before he could properly take the course that was taken in this instance. But nearly everybody who has paid any atten tion at all to the Mexican developments since the latter part of Preisdent Taft's term has realized at least one thing quite clearly: that through it all have run the finger-marks of a determined, con certed, consistent effort upon the part of certain interests, to compel intervention by the United States. Many different methods have been used, many a scheme has been planned, to no other pur pose, and these form the basis for the president's official warning: "The object< of this traffic in falsehood is ob • vious. It is to create intolerable friction between the government of the United States and the de facto government of Mexico for the purpose of bringing about intervention in the interest of cer tain American owners of Mexican properties." That is a very* strong statement for a president to make, unless he knows absolutely what he is talking about. The only right assumption, there fore, is that he does know what he is talking about —and we all should feel great satisfaction in the fact that the president sees the game that is being played and is courageous enough to expose it. THE INITIATIVE DECISION. The merits of the suit brought against the ini tiative measures for a first aid bill and a new fish code, that is, whether the titles of these bills are faulty, as alleged, or whether they do contain arguments as a subterfuge to avoid the payment of the fee the initiative law requires, were not passed upon in the decision Superior Judge Wright handed down the other day—he simply ruled that the questions raised were political and that therefore the court had no jurisdiction. So it seems to us a rather empty victory for the pro ponents of the measures. If the titles of the bills are faulty, they should be amended now so that if adopted, the law enact ed by the people at considerable expense would not encounter the risk of later being thrown out for a reason such as that; if arguments have wrongfully been incorporated in their preambles in violation of the very law which the proponents TIIK -WASHINGTON STANDARD, KIiiDAY. MARCH -il. lOlti i'i' tin - nn'iis ir< s ln'l|>1 to i met, that fact should ;iUi« h<- determined -111<I tin- law |n'«»i i<■ ply drawn '.i ;'HIV it i> rri<t'• 11*d. !' is not sufficient in itself' to s.iy t !n*p. i- n ' ha>is ill all for Mich «*lifj pjr«-s against tlic measures —ii is pi rhaps more apt to lie tru-* than untrue that tie charges were merely t rum ped up hut the point is this: 1 hey ha\e lieeii math' and they have not I refuted. The.recent deci sion is based on as clear a technicality as could he offered in criticism of court decisions, though it is undoubtedly right and proper. In other words we dislike to see those who have been the ehiefest critics of technical court deci sions rest content with this one: we dislike co see those- who have so loudly preached legislative righteousness resort to a technicality to clear their skirts of the charge that they have violated their own preachments, even though the charge be ab solutely baseless. We hope they will not rest con tent with that—we hope they will pursue a vigor ous course to demonstrate the charge unfounded. That is the only course that will place them right before the public. OLYMPIA S SLOGAN POPULAR. "The slogan is an excellent one and good enough to adopt in any town, little or l>ig," savs the Asotin County Sentinel concerning the new home-trade phrase, "Thy Olympia merchants First," upon which this paper recently comment ed. "Let's try it in Asotin," it adds, indicating that again Olympia has "started something," for the Mason County Journal, too, highly approves the slogan, while South Bend lias formally adapt ed it to itself. "Imitation is the best of praise" we are told —and there's no denying the fact that if that slogan is practiced as well a% preached, many of us will discover what wo do not properly realize now that there are many things we can buy from Olympia merchants to as good and fre quently better advantage as from the distant mail order house. THERE'S REAL MONEY IN IT. The farmers of this county—some of them, any how—we are told do not realize the value, the real dollars and cents value, of a cow-testing associa tion as do those of other districts —Lewis county, for example, or the Wynooclie valley; they are slow to take hold of it and apt to refer to it scorn fully or sarcastically, as if it it didn't amount to anything. And we are also told that the organiza tion of the association is proceeding satisfactorily, even though it is taking longer than expected. There is only one way to look at a cow-tedting association: will it pay ? That is the acid test, and it would seem that it can be simply applied. One of the greatest farming problems in this section arises from the high cost of stock feed. There is neither reason nor good business in feed ing a cow, if she does not produce more than the cost of her feed. But unless her production is reg ularly and accurately tested there is no way of telling whether she is costing her owner money or making him money. So the federal department of agriculture evolved the plan of forming co-opera tive cow-testing associations which would put the cost to the individual farmer to so low a point that it would be only twelve and a half cents per cow per month. There you have it in simple terms —how long does it take a cow to eat twelve and a half cents' worth of feed t There's one thing that appeals to us in this plan of reorganization of the local Chamber of Com merce and the membership campaign that goes with it—Olympia's business men are not importing some outsider to make them do all the work and then leave town with eight hundred or a thousand dollars of their good money in his pocket. They are going right ahead with it on their own hook and they'll probably make a bigger success out of it. There seems to be about as much cussing going on among farmers now over the rural credit bill pending in congress as there was among bankers when the federal reserve act was undergoing the legislative process. Is there a common explana tion, or is it no more than just a coincidence! Colonel Roosevelt's latest statement in regard to his political future, to the effect that he will not be the leader of any factional fight, was prepared in Trinidad —and Trinidad is famous the world over for the quality of its cement. Remembering how certain of the gentlemen at the national capital have been insisting that Amer icans keep off the high seas, there is certainly some excuse for the sarcastic recommendation that they should now propose legislation intended to prevent Americans getting closer than fifty miles to the Mexican border. It would not, indeed, be departing so very far from the line of argument followed by some senators and representatives in the recent controversy with the president if a joint resolution should be offered in congress advising all residents of Texas. New Mexico and Arizona to get under their beds until the present trouble is over. Why Buy Early? WHAT HAPPENED IN OLYMPIA AND STATE TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO From The Washington Standard for April 3, 1891. Vol. XXXI. No. 19. Rumors concerning the formation of a great tobacco trust, to embrace all-the manufacturers of cut and plug tobacco in the United States, have created much interest among tobacco men. Shelton claims 1,000 population. The absorbing topic of the week has been the rumors of anticipated trouble between Italy and the United States on account of the New Or leans tragedy. It was supposed for a time war was imminent. Long bridge is now completely skirted on either side with business improvements. Tumwater has received a large in flux of new settlers in the past two weeks and they are still coming. St. John's church is having the finishing touches put on the main auditorium of their beautiful little edifice. The pipe organ will soon ar rive from the East and an orna mental stained glass window from London. The body of a man was found in the woods about three miles west of town, Monday, by a party of hunters. The features were of a man 55 years of age. After awaiting identification at Harned's undertaking establish ment, the remains were interred without the slightest clu£ as to his individuality. Wheat was 6? cents a bushel in Waitsburg Saturday, the highest price paid in years. The Western Union line is now completed to Montesano and the lower wharf. Within 25 miles of Olympia is a tin mine that promises to develop into a valuable property. It is in Mason county, near Shelton. The ore has been tested In a crude way and found to be rich in that metal. Viora is a new town just projected, located 12 miles southwest of Olym pia where the railroad crosses the Black river valley, in section 2, town ship 16, range 3 west. Whiskers are bad enough when you take care of them. But some men give you the impression that if they ever combed the underbrush hanging from their chins they would discover almost anything from a ci gar butt to an ancient hunk of free lunch cheese. The reason why a man gets penu monia on a cold day when he is bun dled up in warm clothes Is because his wife Is perspiring because she is wearing a new pair of silk stockings and an imitation pearl necklace. "If Bettman is on the label, you're safe." Maybe you think a retailer is selfish in ad vising you to buy early in the season. But the truth of the matter is that you gain as much or more than he does. First of all, vou have a wider selection of stock to choose from —you get what you want when you want it. Then you make a better investment by buying at the beginning of the season, be cause you get a full season's wear out of the clothes. And furthermore, you create the impres sion among your friends that you are right up-to-date in your dress. That helps both in business and socially. Think it over. Then come in and see our Spring stock of Clotlicraft Clothes and men's furnishings. B ettman EVERYTHING TO WEAR FOR MEN AND BOYS Better Quality Lower Our merchandise satisfies the "money-wise." This is the ideal plaee to buy your furniture and furnish ings. We save you money on your our prices; we save you trouble, because we have the largest stocks of the season's latest and most dependable merchandise, so arranged as to make it easy and pleasant for you to make your selections. We save you worry, because we guarantee that everything you buy here must please you—absolutely. If you are going into housekeeping or are needing some extra furnishings for your home, pay us a visit and look through the large stock we are showing. You will not be urged to buy, except, perhaps, by the wonderfully low prices and exceptionally high quality. BRING IN YOUR MAIL ORDER CATALOGUES— WE'LL DUPLICATE ANYTHING YOU WANT. J. E. K THE OLYMPIA HOUSE-FURNISHER 502-510 East Fourth Street Phone 247 •Mnnouneing The Famous Dr. Reed's Cu IN A NEW HOME We are pleased to advise the many friends of this most cele brated of all comfort shoes that we have now in stock and will henceforth carry Dr. Reed's Cushion Shoes in all the latest as well as all the staple lasts. €}ottfetd 9 8 ail EAST FOURTH STREET. Procrastination is the thief of' time and money, too. You've been promising yourself that you would weed out the small, unprofitable fowls from your flock and add some real good blood. Now is the time to do It—this season, this week. If you want to grade up your flock buy a good, vigorous pure bred cockerel, not an expensive one but one free from disqualifica tions and with good blood in his veins. Or, make a start with a trio or pen of pure breds. The White Wyandotte is the "business bird of America." I breed the best. Cockerels, $2 up. Trios, $6 up. Ask for circular. Thomas P. Horn Specialty Breeder of White Wyandot es. Olympia, Waah.