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The Seattle Republican
SINGLE COPIES 10 GENTS THE SEATTLE REPUBLICAN Is published every Friday by Cayton Publish ing Company. Subscriptions, $2 per year; six months, $1.00, postage prepaid. Entered as second-class matter at the post office at Seattle. CAY TON PUBLISHING CO., Inc. Main 305 422 Epler Block Seattle, Washington HORACE ROSCOE CAYTON - Publisher SUSIE REVELS CAYTON - - Associate People should guard against appendicitis, is an admonision. They do and do so well that it never catches anyone but those who are able to pay a thous and bucks for the honor. Separation and divorce proceedings between the Bournes, of Oregon, are reported. Evidently Miss Wyatt's marriage has not Bourne as good results as she had hoped. In defeating the "pistol toting" bill of the senate, the house must have suspected that it would end up in a row with the governor and that pistols might come in handy. "No chance of a money trust," declares J. Pier pont Morgan. Of course there is no chance for another money trust in this country for the one, of which Mor gan is at the head, has all the money in the country already in trust and the government seems power less to burst the trust. Oregon and Washington Democratic governors are having a monkey and a parrot time with the res pective legislatures of the two states, which will re sult in no legislation worth a tinker's dam being enacted in either state. It almost makes me feel like advocating that the legislature elect the governor. Indolent fathers who hoped the state would pens ion mothers and thereby relieve them of the respon sibility of taking care of the mother and child, can now see their fond hopes go glimmering as the house failed to pass the senate bill. The daughter of a car cleaner, unaware of its real value, was seen wearing a pearl necklace worth $15,000, which her father found in a garbage heap. It, perhftps, will be the only time in the child's life that her neck was the most valuable part about her. From the number of pithy paragraphs appearing in the Sun concerning the Negroes of the Northwest, its brilliancy has even made the black man look bright er, and that is sure going some. It is refreshing to learn that all of the proposed class legislation in the thirteenth legislature of Wash ington have gone where the woodbine twineth. "He works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform." it is reported that the Tacoma police are baffled over a murder case. Tacoina's police are rapidly becoming metropolitanized, which means they get the money and at once loose their thinking faculties and even go blind. Getting on a jury in Portland, Oregon must mean something to the lucky one, if one of the trial judges is to be believed, as he charged from the bench that a certain pannel was packed with friends of the street car company in order to estop all damage cases. Two men on trial for their lives in Tacoma jail are both pleading insanity and to make out a case, one crazy is called to testify in behalf of the other. It may take a thief to catch a thief, but we can not see how one crazy can verify to the craziness of another. A more cowardly and perhaps dastardly crime was never committeed than the mnrder of Madero, but what right has the United States to interfere with the Mexicans killing each other? Mexico never inter feres with the United States when black men are burned at the stake for stealing chickens. SEATTLE, WASH., FRIDAY, MARGH 7, 1913 BRITISH COLUMBIA'S GOOD ROADS The Scenic Triumph at Revelstoke. British Columbia has, approximately half a million inhabitantte and during 1912 it expended $5,500,000 on its roads an average per capita of eleven dollars. No Province in Confederation begins to approach such an outlay. But, big as the figure is. 1913 will be bigger, for this year the road estimate will be about $8,000,000, or sixteen dollars per head of population. To understand this remarkable expenditure one should understand the geographical size and configura tion and variety and wealth of resources of this great Province. First, then—its area is, roughly, seven times thai of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Ed ward Island pui together, but the population of the At lantic Provinces per square mile is 18.17; that of the Pacific Province per square mile but 1.30, and of its half a million people about one-half, or 250,000, are hived within a radius of, say, sixty miles, with Van couver City as center. The rest are scattered, pioneers of progress, in numerous small cities and settlements through the greater Interior. That great hinterland is rich in mineral, timber, agricultural and horticulture resources, fruitful of opportunity to their expansion and to the development of thei consequent industries. With the mountain ranges and parallel valleys running north and south, and transcontinental railroads running east and west, the natural feeders of such railways, the arteries of commerce, are Good Roads. Thus, with the (soon to be) double tracked C. P. R. in the middle, the G. T. P. and C. N. R. a hundred or more miles to the north, and the Weyburn-Hope C. P. R. division equally distant to the south, the connecting system, pending railroad branches and river navigation, must be good roads. They are imperative to the settlement and de velopment of the natural and commercial resources of the country. There is one great feature in the policy of road con struction in B. C. which is not, however, provincial, or even national. Wider than that, than either, 'tis inter national. That in, the op«nil i: to travellers, to tourists, to the world, of the glorious and sublime scenery to be found within its boundaries. The automobile eliminates artificial and often natural boundaries; and by the sys tem of good loads and national highways being con structed in B. C. the automobilists abroad may now travel almost its length and breadth in safety and com fort, and with enthusiasm for the scenes by the way. The culminating effort of the scenic road in B. C. —in- deed, on the American continent, for there is no other like it —is the mountain motor road at Revelstoke, B. C, "Capital of Canada's Alps." Here the Provincial Gov ernment sought and found the opportunity to give the world visitor of their provinces the most delightful, unique and soul-stirring enlivenment to be anywhere experienced, one that will live long in the memory, or bring one again to the scene of enchantment. Mount Revelstoke, at the city of that name, mid way, and a daylight rail journey, between Calgary and Vancouver, is about 7,000 feet high. Starting at its foot, in the Columbia River Valley, by the river side, with the altitude about 1,400 feet, the new moun tain road runs northward for a short distance, and, turning to the right, begins at once the wonderful and fascinating ascent. It doubles and re-doubles, and turns and tacks (to get grade), presenting at each turn a newer and still more interesting and varied view of the great river valleys, with their mountain ridged ribs, giant peaks, silvery streams, and green forested slopes. Thus, although the ascent in air-line is about one mile, the distance traversed is, or will be, about seventeen. The average grade is but 6.6 per cent., and the maximum but 7.6 per cent. It is surveyed out for 13.8 miles, and last year three miles of it were completed. It will be carried to the summit (city side), or 13 miles post, by fall of 1913. and later additional mileage in the Alpine Park at the top will be added. It isn't, however, for the mere joy-ride, interest ing as it will be, that the road is being built, but as a means to reach and enjoy the glories of the Alpine Park at the top. This is what old-timers call "God's country," and not called so irreverently. From the 13 mile post of the road back to the rocky ridges and peaks of Clach-na-Coodin, lies a beautiful parklike plateau of about 70,000 acres in extent, with but a gentle slope northwards and eastwards. Here you may wander through groves of balsams, fields of flow ers, lakelets rock-buttes, and shallow coulees back to VOLUME XIV. NUMBER 49 the Glacier lakes and mouths, rock cliffs and snow peaks, and find it all sublime. And what a view— waves of mountains, with here and there a giant white crested one topping his fellows in majestic pride. They arc indeed "the everlasting hills." The proposal has been made, with assurance of success, to make of this lovely Alpine Park a national reserve, with Dominion Government upkeep, care and development by trails and shelters. In the Park at the top there is room and to spare for the most beauti ful and, in the circumstances, sensational golf links on the continent; and in winter the opportunity for suit able outdoor sports is unsurpassed. Arrangements are being made for an auto service to the present or this season's end of the road this summer.—Hudson Bay Clan. THAT REMINDS ME. Mark Twain was censuring the extravagance of the American multi-millionaire. "Just consider," he said, "these new travelling bath tubs. I understand they're getting as common on Fifth Avenue as electric elevators. A reporter was telling me about them. He called on a cotton millionaire on Sunday morning. The millionaire received him in his dressing room, and after their business talk was over the wonders of the house were taken up. The millionaire boasted about his Raphaels and hardwood floors, his light plant and French furniture, his gold-plated plumbing and Gobelins, but he boasted above all of his travelling bath tub. 'It's onyx,' he said, 'a lovely golden shade. It runs, by electricity, on tiny pneumatic tires, smooth and silent. Whenever I don't feel disposed to leave this room it comes in here to me, filled, just as I like it, wit genuine Atlantic Ocean, brought up from Coney and warmed to 80 degrees. It comes in any time I push this button.' 'Push it now,' said the reporter curiously. The button was pushed, the doors slid magically open, and the great onyx bath glided in stately silence into the room. But in it sat the mil lionaire's horrified wife." FAILURE OF STATE FIRE INSURANCE IN NEW ZEALAND. In these days, when much is heard of nationalizing great public institutions and conserving national wealth for the benefit of the community, and of the Socialistic doctrine of everything for the public good, with its consequent discoragement of competition, it is of advantage to analyse whatever steps have been taken along this line and to draw whatever conclusions are shown to have resulted. New Zealand some years ago undertook the task of providing State Fire Insurance. What have been the results thus far? For the first six years during which the scheme was operated no profit whatever was shown and the premium income received was only about one-fifteenth of the total premiums paid by the community. Of themselves these facts prove conclus ively that the rates charged by the insurance compa nies doing business there were not excessive, and that the scheme did not commend itself to the public. Further, as pointed out by an Australian writer, the first act of those in charge was to arrange re-insurance treaties with the underwrites at Lloyds, a confession that even with the revenue and credit of New Zealand behind them, they were conscious that they could not transgress the economic laws upon which insurance is based. No doubt it was wise, from an underwriting standpoint, to make arrangements for re-insurance, but it also furnished a contradict ion of the whole theory of state insurance. Another result has followed the introduction or state fire insurance in New Zealand—the fire waste has increased to about $3.00 per head, which it is claimed, is somewhere around the highest of any com munity in the world. Instead of saving New Zealand $750,000 a year through lower premium rates, the state insurance scheme has penalized the community to the extent of $500,000 per annum through increased fire waste. —Hudson Bay Clan. "Will your wife finish her Christmas shopping soon?" "Yes, unless it finishes her sooners." —Baltimore American.