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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
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
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
Without tb. •lt«ht*»t warnln* that
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
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
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—
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*
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
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
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.

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