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Thurston county's schools "put it
all over" those of Olympia when
their representatives won the first
three prizes in the county spelling
contest at the high school auditorium
last Saturday. First prize, |6, was
won by Ellen Backman of Rochester,
second, $3, by Donna Sarjent of the
Grand Mound school, third, $2, by
Olive Broyles of the Hayes district,
and fourth, sl, by Wilbur McGuire
of the Garfield school, Olympia.
Fifty-six* pupils, representing
most of the schools of the county,
entered the 100-word written con-
test which preceded the "spell
down." Fifty-one of them scored 90
or more, and entered the oral test.
County Superintendent GOSB' thou
sand-word list was exhausted, all of
the words in the sixth and seventh
grade spellers had been used up and
the contest was well on In the eighth
grade book when Donna Sarjent mis
spelled the word "bulletin" and Ellen
Backman was declared winner.
One of the peculiar features of the
contest is the fact that the winner of
the first prize, Miss Backman, and
the winner of the fourth, Wilbur Mc-
Ouire, scored only 98 in the written
teat, while those who took second
and third, Donna Sarjent and Olive
Broylea, had scored 100. The prizes
were presented by President P. M.
Troy of the Chamber of COBBWN*
while the contest was witnessed by a
Urge crowd of relatives and friends
of the participants.
Seventeen pupils scored 100 in the
written test: Fern Fowler Donna E.
Sargent, Eunice Hall, Olive Broyles,
Gladys Temple, Edna Wilson, Sofie
Jack, Thomas Baker, Irene Ooodno,
Merilea Barnhart, Edna Davies, Ida
HcOuire, Margaret Goodpasture,
Birdie Churchill, Emma Benedict and
Lena Miller.
Those who got 99 were: Nora
Washburn, Grand Mound; Maysie
Mooney, Garfield; Alice Clary, Lin
coln; Ailce Pathrusky and Mollice
Clark, Tono; Alice Hammond and
Mary Doyle, Little Rock; Golden
Spears, Tumwater; Lela Ray, Sum
mit Lake; Alice Leßlanc, Forest and
Vera Harris, Gate.
The following received 98: Clara
Miller, Oyster Bay; Caroline Van
Tine, Cat-Tail; Bllen Backman, Roch
ester; Irene Nelson, Alder Grove;
Mitchell Angell, Tenino; Ruth Cha
bert, Forest; Wilbur McGulre, Gar
field, and Addle Lyne, Hayes.
Grand Mound High Pupils to Present
"A Prairie Rose" Saturday.
The high school play "A Prairie
Rose" is planned for the Grand
Mound auditorium Saturday night.
The cast has been rehearsing for sev
eral weeks. Special scenery and cos
tumes have been obtained and the
production promises to be the best
ever attempted in Grand Mound. Fol
lowing the play refreshments will be
served by the Grand Mound Ladles'
club and the women of the Mound
Prairie Farmers' club.
Last Friday a big crowd witnessed
the staging of "The Crowning of the
May Queen" by the pupils of the pri
mary grades. Music and recitations
were also rendered by the pupils of
the intermediate grades.
The Grand Mound high school is
making a record In all branches of
school activities this year.
Martin Lets Contract for Building.
Contract was let to O. F. Larson
this week for the construction of the
two-story brick and concrete building
on the quarter block «t Fifth and
Washington streets owned by James
Martin, at a price of $38,000. The
main entrance is to be on Washing
ton street, and the entire lower floor
may be occupied by a Seattle mer
cantile firm which has been negotiat
ing for a lease for some time, while
on the second floor are to be 22 apart
ments. Work on the building will
be rushed, and it is expected it will
be ready for occupancy by October.
Washington ,Slanftar&
City to Submit Additional Arguments
in Support of Harbor.
Further information which it is
believed will convince the board of
engineers of the war department that
the Olympia harbor project is a
worthy one and should receive the
government aid asked, will be gath
ered by the trustees of the local
Chamber of Commerce.
The engineers informed the board
Monday that in their opinion addi
tional improvement of the harbor is
not warranted at this time, but gave
the city another opportunity to pre
sent its claims before June 12 and
also offered to conduct a public hear
ing upon the project this summer.
The trustees, at a special meeting
Monday evening, voted to take action
at once to gather additional informa
tibn upon the chief points involved in
the improvement, and also to arrange
for the public hearing.
$252.25 IIEMS
Advised by the attorney general's
department of a difference of $252.25
in his expense account vouchers, cov
ering sums spent by him while trav
eling on departmental business but
not itemized in the vouchers, Floyd
L. Daggett, retiring chairman of the
insurance commission, im
htediately gave the state a check for
this sum this week, as he had pre
viously announced he would do.
"I will give the state a check for
that amount," Mr. Daggett said when
apprised of the result of the check
by the attorney general's department,
"and I hope they will let me retire to
private life in peace now.
"I have been on the road for the
state for three years and in that time
I have traveled 35,000 miles. The
amount of difference in the record
and the vouchers is about fl a week
for the time 1 was out of the office
for the state. My expenses ran about
f25 a week more than I charged to
the state. I want to add, too, that
none of the $l6O alleged to have been
misappropriated was used for poker
or whisky. I have never taken a dol
lar from the state that I was not en
titled to."
Commissioners Issne Statement.
In a signed statement issued late
last week, the retiring commission
ers, Chairman Daggett, A. B. Ernst
and Clarence Parker, expressed re
gret that a defalcation bad occurred
in the department, cited the fact that
State Auditor Clausen had been re
elected after having paid $50,000 in
fraudulent claims for Ortls Hamilton,
said they had felt justified in trast
ing heads of departments, pointed
out that since January 1 the claim
department had been thoroughly re
organized BO that "a fraudulent
claim or transaction cannot now be
put through without the collusion of
several employes," and said that
plans for improving the methods in
the auditing department had been
worked out and submitted to the
governor two months ago for bis ap
"The present commissioners have
collected more than $4,600,000 and
paid out in claims and pensions $4,-
400,000," the statement went on to
say. "The fraudulent claims amount
to less than $20,000. In this same
period 48,747 claims have passed
through the department—lß of these
were fraudulent.
"We have from 50 to 60 employes
in the Olympia office, branch offices
and traveling over the state. In
comparison we have very few com
plaints. The amount of fraudulent
claims amount to less than one-half
of 1 per cent. We doubt whether
there is a bank in the state doing this
amount of business that does not lose
this much through fraud.
The Swan HOOK.
"We retire with the Arm convic
tion that we have given the depart
ment conscientious and efflicient serv
ice and a desire to do our full duty."
the statement said in conclusion.
"We leave our successors a well or-
"Hew to the Line, Let the Chips Fall Where they May."
Governor Thinks Violators of Dry
Law Should Be Summarily
Governor Lister this week declared
his belief that state licenses could
and should be taken from druggists
convicted of illegally selling liquor,
and in a formal letter to the secrer
tary of the state board of pharmacy
he urges that such action be taken
promptly if the necessary statutory
means are available.
The governor outlined his idea of
the situation in a letter to Secretary
Garrison of the state board of phar
macy, in which he stated: "If it is
found to be within your authority to
take away the license of any pharma
cist who. has been found guiity of
violating the law, I personally be
lieve it ought to be done."
One indication of what the fake
drug stores established under the dry
law are doing is an increase in sala
ries offered registered drug clerks, in
some instances amounting to S6O per
month. Where clerks formerly re
ceived from SIOO to $125 monthly,
new drug stores started since the
first of the year, and numerous old
ones, have bid salaries up to $176.
While not objecting at all to the
clerks receiving more pay, the gov
ernor wants assurance that the rea
sons for it are economic instead of
Second Meeting Friday Night to Act
on Plan of Organization
Details of the organization of the
Agricultural Bureau of the Chamber
of Commerce, such as the number
and nature of the standing commit
tees, and the particular lines of work
the Bureau is to follow, will be de
termined at the second meeting of
the members of the Bureau at the
Chamber of Commerce Friday night.
C. C. Aspinwall of Mud Bay is chair
man of the Bureau.
Twenty-five of the 38 members of
the Bureau attended the first meeting
last Friday night, made Frank 1(.
Kenney chairman of the good roads'
committee, which supervised the work
done Good Roads' Day last Tuesday;
authorized a special county fair com
mittee and another to co-operate with
the Cow-Testing association Just
formed. P. R. Klumb was named
chairman of the former and W. W.
Manier of the latter and, under the
rule of the Bureau, each selects his
associates. Mr. Klumb named C. A.
Rose and E. M. McClintic.
The Bureau voted to meet on the
first and third Friday nights of each
month, and tonight will hear the re
port of the special committee ap
pointed to recommend the committee
organization and plan of work, after
conferring with the secretary of the
Chamber on reports as to how simi
lar Bureaus in other cities are organ
ised. This committee consists of
Eagle Freshwater chairman, F. M.
Kenney, C. D. King, C. J. Van Eaton
and A. T. Rabeck.
N. C. Christensen, member of the
executive committe of the Pomona
Grange which Is supervising arrange
ments for the Second Annual Thurs
ton County Fair, sought the co-oper
ation of the Bureau on behalf of his
Committee and the special county
fair committee was then appointed.
ganized department and an efficient
force of employes, the equal of any
with private corporation or public
The attorney general's department
has not yet given an opinion on the
commissioners' query whether the
state could recover the amount of its
loss from the banks which cashed the
fraudulent warrants, but it is pointed
out that the precedent set in the
Ortis Hamilton case, when the legis
lature returned to the banks tbe
amount that had been recovered from
them, would indicate the legislature
would do the same in this instance,
and the attorney general's office sees
little to be gained in going to the ex
pense of suits to compel restitution.
Commissioners Liet Contractu for
Three Big Improvements
This Week.
The Coast Bridge company of
Portland will construct the new con
crete and steel bridge across the De»
Chntes river at the Collins place;
Albere & Sons, Chehalis contractors,
will lay the mile of concrete pave
ment on the Pacific highway east
from Olympia, while W. A. Weller
will build the new stretch of the
Little Rock road, contracts for these
improvements, totalling more than
133,000, having been let by the
county commissioners last Monday.
The Coast Bridge company was
the lowest of Ave bidders in its ofTer
to construct the Collins bridge for
(11,500. The structure is to con
sist of two 100-foot steel spans sup
ported by two concrete abutments
and one pier. There were only two
bidders on the Pacific highway con
tract, which went to Albers & Sons
fori |14,500, while Weller's bid on
the' Little Rock road was $7,309.
The commissioners will conduct a
hearing June 12 on the petition filed
by J. L. Peters for a county road
three miles long leading from the
Olympia-Yelm road to the Chambers'
Prairie station, upon which the engi
neer's report was submitted this
week. The commissioners referred
to the engineer the petition of John
Rignell and others for the construc
tion of 560 feet of roadway from the
Hunter's Point road to the beach at
Mud bay.
Heeldento of Neighborhood Will Hold
a Awl- of Celebrations
Saturday is to be a "big day" for
the Hunter's Point neighborhood, for
then its residents plan to gather to
gether for the celebration of the clos
ing of the school year, the last meet
ing* of the Parent-Teacher assocla
tion and the Literary Society and,
equally as important as all these, the
dedication of the new dock just com
pleted. near the mouth of Mud Bay,
the first time in 40 years that such a
landing has been available.
The celebration will start in the
afternoon with the school exercises
and will occupy the afternoon and
evening, various entertainment fea
tures being contemplated. The meet
ings of the Parent-Teacher associa
tion and the Literary society are to
be conducted jointly, while the dedi
cation of the new dock is to be a sep
arate affair, to be taken up after
these other exercises are ended.
The new landing was first used
last Saturday, and in honor of the
day the launches "Tarrynot" and
"Aeolus" brought Hunter's Point
residents to the city without charge.
The dock was built by the residents
of the neighborhood at a cost of ap
proximately SI,OOO, the farmers fur-'
nishing the piling and doing a large
part of the work, while John Rignell
paid the expense of driving the pil
ing. The work was done in about
two weeks.
The dock is similar to the city
dock in Olympia, having a floating
landing rising and falling with the
tide, reached by a chute. It is 340
feet long, the main dock is about 50
feet square and the main drive about
14 feet wide. It was presented to
the county and accepted by the com
Heretofore, persons desiring to go
to Hunter's Point by steamer or
launch had to alight fro mthe larger
boat into a rowboat, before landing.
The new dock makes this unnece
Thurston county will contribute
$lO4 toward the establishment and
maintenance of an experimental
game farm at the Walla Walla peni
tentiary, under the plan recently
proposed by State Game Warden L.
H. Darwin, under which each county
is to bear its proportionate share of
the cost. The attorney general's of
fice first gave an opinion that the
project was illegal, but recently re
versed that opinion.
Huston Grover of Yelin to Conduct
Cow-Testing Work Here.
Dr. H. T. Graves, acting commis
sioner of the state department of ag
riculture and state veterinarian, will
talk to the members of the Thurston
County Dairymen's association at
their regular meeting Saturday, on
the subject of the tuberculin test of
cattle. The meeting will start at
1:30 in the afternoon.
All dairymen are urged to attend
the meeting, because of the import
ance of the subject to be discussed.
Membere of the recently formed cow
testing association are also urged to
attend, as the official tester, Huston
Grover of Yeim, just recommended
by W. S. Thornber, director of the
Pullman experiment station, is sched
uled to attend the meeting. Mr.
Grover is a graduate of the Pullman
State College, in both animal hus
bandry and dairying.
The work of testing, it is expected,
will be started some time next week.
Congress finally agreed this week
on the plan for re-organizing the
army, after representatives of the
two houses had worked out a satis
factory measure in conference, and
it was formally enacted. The bill
carries out the president's recom
mendations and places the United
States army on a stronger footing.
The bill provides:
Total war strength of regular army
and federalized National Guard, 679,-
000 officers and men.
Total peace strength, 631,000.
Maximum war strength of regular
army, 264,000 officers and men.
Maximum peace strength, 206,669.
This includes 31,669 troops outside
the regular units, divided as follows:
Philippine scouts, 6,733; quarter
master crops, 6,409; medical corps,
7,290; signal corps, 3387; unas
signed 8760.
Minimum peace strength permit
ted, 160,000.
Double oath of allegiance to both
the federal and state governments
for officers and men of the National
Increase in the number of aviation
officers from 60 to 148. This Includes
one colonel, one lieutenant-colonel,
eight majors, twenty-four captains
and 114 first lieutenants.
Requirements that plants which
can produce war supplies shall dis
pose of their product to the govern
Authority for the government to
take over such plants if they do not
comply with requirements.
Authority for the president to ap
point a board on mobilization of in
dustries capable of producing muni-,
tions of war.
Authority for the appointment of a
board consisting of two civilians and
three army officers to investigate the
question of government manufacture
of war materials with instructions to
report by January 1 1917.
Authority for the government to
acquire standard gauges, dies and
other equipment for a munitions
Enlargement of scope of Platts
burg camp plan. Federal government
will provide transportation, subsist
ence, equipment arms, uniforms, am
munition and necessary military sup
plies for those attending camps.
Government nitrate producing
plant to cost $20,000,000. When not
needed for military purposes, the
product may be sold for fertilizer and
other commercial purposes.
Under the provisions of the bill the
maximum peace strength of the army
will be reached in five years. The
term of enlistment in the regular
army is fixed at seven years, of which
three will be with the colors and four
in the reserve. A soldier may be
transferred to the reserve after one
year on certification that he is prop
erly trained and his record is good.
The bill provides also for a reserve
Resolutions endorsing the publi-
cation of uniform text books by the
state for the use of all the counties,
and their sale to pupils at cost, fol
lowing the plan used In California,
Kansas, and Minnesota, and others,
authorizing the appointment of a
county purchasing agent to make
purchases for all Grangers In the
county, were adopted at the May
meeting of the Thurston County Po
mona Grange at the new hall af the
Skookumchuck Grange, four miles
southwest of Tenino, last Tuesday.
State Master C. B. Kegley was the
guest of honor.
Resolutions endorsing township
organization were postponed until
the June meeting for discussion and
decision. The executive committee
was empowered to appoint the Po
mona purchasing agent, who will be
authorized to buy on a co-operative
basis for all members of the Granges
of the county, and will probably do
so at a meeting Saturday. He Is to
be paid a commission on the business
100 Grangers Attend Meeting.
Tuesday's meeting was the first
the Pomona Grange had held at the
Skookumchuck hall, which was ded
icated the fore part of this month
and is reported by the visiting Grang
ers .to be the finest in the county.
Some 100 Grangers, representing the
Alert, Boulevard, Brighton Park,
Chambers' Prairie, McLane, Pleasant
Glade, South Bay, Spurgeon Creek
and Skookumchuck Granges, attend
ed the meeting. A bounteous dinner
was served and an excellent lectur
er's program given.
State Master Kegley, in various
talks, impressed upon the Grangers
the necessity of immediately regis
tering, so as to be able to sign the
Initiative petitions. Fred W. Lewis,
state Secretary, was authorised to
make arrangements for local dele
gates to connect with the special
train for Southwest Washington del
egates to the State Grange meeting
at Burlington next month.
Blgelow Sncceed* A yep.
Travis Ayer, already a delegate
from the Chambers' Prairie Grange,
resigned aa delegate from the
Pomona, and D. J. Blgelow was
named in his place. The Po
mona also voted, as a plan to en
courage outside Oranges to attend Its
monthly meetings, to confer the fifth
degree on a class of candidates each
month. Joe Forstell, representing
the Olympia Trades Council, spoke
on the co-operative work of a legis
lative character which is being car
ried on by the two organizations.
C. A. Rose of the Rose-Nepple Au
to company, was given a vote 6f
thanks for his offer to donate the nse
of an automobile to the executive
committee in which to make its trips
around the county.
The June meeting is to be held at
Governors Meet Next Month.
The Western Conference of Gov
ernors, of which Governor iffster la
president, will meet this year on
June 26 at Salt Lake City, to con
sider irrigation and other problems
of particular interest to the Western
states. On the following day in the
same city the General Conference of
Governors of the United States will
assemble for several days' session to
take up national problems. A trip
through Yellowstone national park
is a notable entertainment feature
provided for the visiting executives.
officers corps.
The following units are provided
for the regular army:
Infantry, 65 regiments, an increase
of 35 regiments; cavalry, 25 regi
ments, an increase of 10 regiments;
field artillery, 21 regiments, an in
crease of 15 regiments; 30,009 coast
artillery, an increase from 19,300
under existing law; engineer corps,
7 regiments, an increase of 5 regi
ments; engineers, mounted, two bat
talllong entirely new.
For 55 Years

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