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The Lamar Register
voLum zzvm. LOOKS LIKE DENVER WINS Judge Allen of Denver District Court Hands Down Opinion Denver, Nov. I(X—Judge Allen of the district court today rendered a decided defeat to the state tax commission. He held that the state; tax commission has no authority to arbitrarily increase tho assessment as made on local ( property by the county assessor. He also held that the only duty of the commission is to equalize and that after it has equalized its work must still be passed by tho state board of equal!, zatton He issued a permanent in junction restraining the city of Denver from extending the assess ment roll as increased by the tax commission and be Issued an in junction against the stats tax com mission and the staje board of eq ualization restraining them from at tempting to compel the authorities of the city of Denver to extend the assessment as made by the state tax commission. judge Allen's findings and in junctions are so sweeping that they practically render tho state tax commission a nonenity save in an advisory cupaoity. He delivered a stinging rebuke to the commission for attempting to raise values In counties where «ot a single member of the commission had ever visited and where they knew nothing °t local values. He explained that no tas law ever enacted had for lta object the giving of such powor to anybody. Last Friday the supreme court or. dered the assessor of Denver to ap pear Mws If <i«' n original gem. osedlng and show cause why the as sessor should not extend the tax roll as made up by the tax commis sion. On Wednesday City Attorney Stevens will appear and will cite the fact that all questions have been decided by Judge Allen and will ask the supreme court to va cate Its original Jurisdiction order and permit the case decided by Judge Allen today to stand on its merits. This position Is sustained will compel the state tax commis sion to carry the case up. The above decision of the c°urt is Just what the taxpayers outside of Denver feared all along after the democrats fixed up their as assessment scheme. Denver wins and tho outside counties are the goat. The outside counties will have to pay on the increased valuation while the Denver people get the benefit In reduced taxation, if the supreme court upholds the de cision of the Denver Judge and it generally does we notice. Lamar Boys Under Fire Trinidad, Nov. 10—Fighting be came serious in the Seguudo dis trict early this morning when a pitched battle between the militia and a larges dotachment of miners occured between Segundo and the Primero mines. The strikers car ried out the plan which was sus pected earlier In the evening when a force from Weston combined with the force which had been seen to leave Trinidad at daybreak Sun day. About thirty strikers gather ed in the hills and after committing depredations Including the blow ing up of the water line between the Segundo and Primero ;mi nee, crippling the latter, lay in the hills all might and waited for the mili tia. A detachment of the militia, which General Chase had dispatch ed to tho Segundo district was pa roling the pip® Hue tax the vicinity of where the explosion had occur, red. The strikers had evidently lain tor honrs w»ltln« for their opportunity. Without tb. •lt«ht*»t warnln* that LAMAR. PROWKK8 COUNTY. COLOR AIM' WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 1918. there were men waiting and watch ing from ambush there was a volley fired from the hills. The strikers* .iim was bad in the darkness and u>t one of the detachment, which was under command of Captain Householder of Lamar, was struck, ’hi? order was given to fire and the cavalry discharged a volley in to the bushes skirting the road and jthe bills and then charged on the ! eof strikers. • Intermittent volleys were fired • from the hills but the strikers evi dently had no relish for this kind of fighting and fled. None of the combatants on eitheT side was in jured.' The strikers scuttled like rabbits through the underbrush and none were c&ptured. This iH the second direct attack upon the militia and the strikers, going in large detachments are ev. idently becoming more bold. It is estimated that the force which ittacked tho militia and which is believed to be responsible for the blowing up of the water pipes num erod between thirty and forty. pon receipt of the news General linse at once ordered the whole Segundo district under martial law here is a laTge force of militia patroli«ig the entire district. No ■ne is allowed to enter or leave tho district. While the militia has the situation w«11 In hand during today a night attack Is feared to night. Exit, Wind Jammer No greater act of cowardice was ever displayed In the state than State Auditor Kenwhan’s leaving this thus. He bides* himself in the list of officials who run away. The bond Jumper; the chap Who has misrepresented the facts and purposely falls to attend the oonnference to straighten out the tangle; the tale bearer that starts the trouble and is conven tontly around Che corner when the nose smashing begins axe all gen tlemen and honorable oomipared to Mr. Kenehan in this, his last epi sode ho gain cheap notoriety in the state. From the time he assumed office he has played to the galler. lee. The spectacular has been his substitute for brains. In this case the criminal instinct has as serted itself to the extent of fear of facing tthe situation when it comos to choosing between doing what he promised others he would do. For once he got caught where he was up against the proposition ol being shown up as a promiser to both sides, and he did what so many do who have an appearatioff o bravery on the outside but a streak of yollow as dirty as mud on the inside, he ducked. This state has troops in the field. It takes money to keep the troops there. Governor Ammons had a scheme whereby the banks of the state would caie for the expenses through deficiency warrants at fouT per cent. Kenehan has promised the leaders of the strike he would help impair the credit of the state in a roundabout way by refusing to sign the certificates or any! other paper issued to pay the strike ex penses. He had promised Governor Ammons he would do whatever was legal In the matter of paying tho bills. No one blames him for want ing the matter done in a legal way, but he didn’t want that , or he would have stayed here and ascer tained what was the legal way to meet those bills, and then met them hat way. By leaving the state he prevents their immediate payment at all for no matter which way they are paid he must sign them. That Is exact ly what he is desirous of doing, placing the state In a place where It can not get credit. His act has caused the credit men of Denver to I refuse the state credit on supplies. Had he stayed her* and gone into THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF I’ItOWERS COUNTY conference and helped thresh out a plan to finance the military cam paign, the non-ored:t order would uuver have been given, A nice spec tacle v*e present of our uational guard boyß down in Trinidad suffer ing the hardships or that campaign, and being denied the neceesaitlee of (heir camp life, while the man re pousible for it la taking a four aeeks’ tour with his family on tiie Pacific coast. We are not saving the certifi ates of indebtedness was the onlj ..nper that could be issued to pay ne bill, but we gr<- saying some .Hid of paper must be issued, aud Aenebau should stayed hexe and as auditor h*l|p d u> determine 1 no kind and then dssued it. Thank God for otic tiling, his feu» u> face the music] and choose be . vvoen which of Cat- two promises ne had made he would keep, will rid this stats of |he greatest wind jammer, except Ben Lindsey, w« even- had Pueblo Chieftain. Aring the Insurgents The suggestion 'to President Wil son that the United States lift the I embargo upon and munitions of war and thus permit the con tending forces Mexico to fight it out is one which is quite likely to meet with th mj approval of the majority of the American people. To the respomp that will be made that this nfll merely open the way to further fight ing and slaugh ter, the answer must be made that if the United glat«i. should go in to Mexico to gfaUy that country it could only be 40 through a lona —« frill -tiiftk ana, of hundreds of lives and a cost of many millions. Apparently the only way to set tle the Mexican question. If Huerta persists in his position, is to per mit the contending parties to set. tto it according to the rules of war. That is the only way In which the United States could set tle it, if our nation went into Mex ico, and, moreover, we should have our trouble for our pains. Every Mexican would bate us. Just as the people of Cuba after all the spill ing of blood and treasure secretly and openly sneer at and q-uarrei with Americans. Unless there is a unanimity of th« powers to bring the right pres sure to bear upon Mr. Huerta and -ause him to abdicate, tho only thing to do is to permit some other Mexican leader to overcome him by force of arms and compel him to I abdicate. Surely the United States cannot undertake to maintain a standing army of 100,000 men in Mexico for 10 years to come when not a Mexican wants It and the only reason is to protect a few business enterprises which knew the hazards when they went tax— jax. State Capital Notes Governor Ammons is still hand ling the strike alone so far as hie party is concerned. Not a leader has offered him a word of council and the democratic press is strange ly silent on the subject. Certain ly very different from the time that Governor Peabody was handling the strike. State Auditor Kenehan is trying to make a political question out of tho payment of the bills for con ducting the strike. He threatens to refuse to sign the cash vouch ers, thus forcing the governor to issue deficiency warrants to pay the bills. Such warrants draw six per cent interest while cash vouch ers only draw four per cent. The financial situation remains tho same. Only salaries In the first class are being paid. President Wilson continues to be the sole dictator, arbiter and court of final reeort in the national affairs. He is the greatest repre sentative of one man power since the nation has been ruled by presi dents Yet he was elected as a ref ••esentative of pure democracy. However, we believe he is a true representative of what a true demo, rat wants to bo—a boss. Already the papers are beginning to talk about the forthcoming Lin coln day banquet. We hope such I a banquet will be arranged and all I who believe in anti-democratic so cialistic principles will be allowed to attend. Also that there will be u fool-killer present to inptajnrtly kill anyone who tries to use the oc. caslon as an opportuuity to get a little personal newspaper notoriety by burping on the mistakes of th* past. A high protective tariff may raise the cost of goods but it isn’t in it with a democratic administration in raising the cost of governmont. With Keating, Kenehan, Farrar and Pearce giving out interviws hoping thereby to gain some per sonal political advantage from the strike and not one of them nor any otlieT democrat offering to aid the governor In bis attempts to settle the same, the chances for high ••oot of coal the rest of the winter are very good. Sam Blythe says Wilson knows more than all the members of his cabinet and knows that he knows more than they do, and they know he knows more than they do. No wonder Mr. Bryan wants to get away and fill circus dates. Like the National baseball leaguer who Is sliding back, he wants *0 sign up with the Pacific coast political lea ■xu e by degress. Will it be ImperiaPam If Mr. Bry. an has to order some ambassador to raise the American flag over Mex ico? School Notes Chancellor Bradford, Dec. 9th at high school auditorium. Night school begins Dec. 1. Physical Examination—Every pu pil in the public schools is being examinod this week, with respect to eyesight, hearing and other special senses, general health, etc. This examination Is required by law. If the examination shows pupils to be seriously defective in any way. that might respond to treatment, teachers are required to report the same to the parents with re com men. datlona that proper treatment (be provided. If the parents are un able to provide this treatment the law requires that it be provided at the expense of the county. All the Lamar teachers will at tend the sessions of the State Teachers’ association at Pueblo dur- I ing Thanksgiving week. Lamar has | a progressive corps of teachers who 1 are always willing to go to any reasonable expense, and expenditure of time and effort to better fit themselves for the work of teach, ing. The Inspiration and the sug. gestlons received from this great convention will benefit not only them but every pupil in the school* they teach. Art Exhibit—The Bison art ex hibit will be shown In the Central school Dec. Ist to 6th. This ex hibit Is now at Central City, OoL orado, where It has been success fully shown. L. W. Markham has made him. self solid with the Central school boys by putting an edge on theta* soccer field, and at the same time providing a bank for their skating pond, with the dirt from the ex cavation of his new building. The city officials have shown commendable public spirit the past week In plowing and grading streets surrounding the high school. This will make a great improvement In the appearanoe of the high school NUMBER 98. block, which has already been con siderably improved with hard work by the students in putting in three tine tennis courts and a new lawn. The Pioneer school boys on com. ing out for recess the other morn, ing found a plowman in the mid dle of their soccer field turning the ground as faat as he could. It ap pears that the owner of the land had leased it, and the lessee is plowing for tree planting. The boys were certainly disappointed but not •ut all daunted. It was conclusive evidonce of the interest they are taking in the new soccer game, to see seventy-five boys with shovels, hoes, rakes, pitchforks, etc., within un hour’s time clearing up an en tirely new field, marking It off and setting their goals. The soccer games on Saturday re sulted in a victory for the Pioneer school against the Lincoln school and Granada &< hooi against team No. 5 of the high school. The Pioneer-LincoJn game was a good one, but the high school game was too one sided to be interesting. The Granada boys played rings around club No. 6, gosling almost at will. Tho lust club game of the season will occur next Saturday on the Granada grounds, between club No. 1 of Lamar and Granada. Lamar high has had five teams with 11 men, and four substitutes playing off a schedule of games and team No. 1 won the championship of these club games. It is believed the club will bo able to run up & big score on Granada Saturday. Coach Lewis began this week to select the first team. So many fel lows are out for the team that the coach has a hard time working them all on one field. The team will be composed of the best play ers of the clubs and the boys are showing up In good form. Suits have been ordered and In about a week It Is is expected that the regular team will be fully organiz ed, and will be putting up a game of soccer that will be worth see ing. Pueblo is working hard and Is confident o winning. Lamar is taking no chances. Coach Lewis has over fifty men signed up to live up to strict training rules. This includes no tobacco, no late hours, no rich food and faithful, consistent practice. Out of this bunch of feL lows he will be able to pick a team that will bo able to 4 give Pueblo all she wants to do. Manager Dave Moffat of the high school athletic association wishes to thank the business men of La mar for the hearty financial sup port they are giving tho high school athletics, and other activities this year. In spite of the close times and the changing from rugby to soccer the business men are giv ing even bettor support than in previous years. These funds ere necessary in or der that the high school may be successful in soccer, tennis, basket ball, baseball, track, debate, decla mation, oration and spelling con tests, as these have no other ade quate means of support. With four times as many students participat ing the various sports than par. tidated in previous years, the In crease of financial support was needed, and Is grealty appreciated. Wouldn't It Jar You? Funny things are going on in this old state, but about the funniest right now is the long winded argu. ments between the Pueblo Chief tains, edited by one of Congresss* man Keating’s democratic editorial importations posing as a republican, and the Lamar Daily Grouch, edit ed by a former democrat now pos ing as a progressive, as to wheth er the republicans should get to gether or not. Go to It boys, as Artemus.Ward.says you are “axnoos in’ cusses," anyway.