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0 P PRINCE© EVERY TUESDAY AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON PUBLISHED AT ST. MARIES, IDAHO TWICE-A-WEEK OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF BENEWAfl COUNTY J Number 91 st. Maries, Idaho, Tuesday, February 12, 1918 Volume V. End Of Long Battle In Sight TWENTY YEAR FIGHT TO PROTECT LAND First Efforts To Prevent Overflow Of Farm Lands Wcrc^Made In 1899 A. A. Darknell, P. T. Sweeney organi and C. \V. Craney, who were ap pointed by Judge U. A'. Dunn as commissioners of Drainage Dis trict 4 of Benewah county, will meet the latter part of Hie week to tane heir oah of office and file bonds. After taking the oath the commissioners will organize by the election of a chairman and secretary and will proceed im mediately with the preliminary steps necessary before the active of the district can he work started. With the appointment of the commissioners and the zotion of the district the settlers end of the of this section are beginning to look forward to the struggle to free their lands from overflow water, which has lasted In 1899 for nearly twenty years. Mr. Darknell, who is one of those member of the appointed a.s a hoard of commissioners, the secretary of made application to the clear the brush and logs interior for permission lo out of soul h t ho what was known as Spokane channel of the with the idea of permitting the unobstructed and river, water to flow prevent it from hacking up and a,long the n verllj jwing the lands ^TXip. and St. Maries rivers. T^his permit was granted by the secretary of the inferior on July 5, 1899. In the same year a called at Harrison to protest proposed raising ojf nceting WTIjS against the the old Post dam at Post Falls, which was owned n,t Ihat time by Campbell & Finch. W. W. Ferrell was appointed a co one to interview the the dam and succeeded in obtain ing a promise from them thaft it would not he raised. Later lliey disposed of their interests to the Washington Water Power Co., who constructed a new dam with limit tee of owners of ho Could which a bear-trap, raised to hold Ihe water back and form a reservoir. 1909 a bill was introduced In Congress hy Congressman in Burton L. French to sell to Washington Water Power Co, 0 4on acres of land on the reser vation. which they proposed to The settlers, in protest overflow. against this sale, took the matter up with Congressman French and he withdrew the bill. The sec of the interior then retary granted the power company an easement to overflow' over the protests of the settlers, In 1913 a mass meeting of the called at Harrison of forming to free the the lands, settlers was for the purpose drainage district lands from the water. Everything readiness for the was placed in formation of Ihe district when it found that the law permit ting such districts to be organ was i/ed had been irregularly passed hy the legislature and the work could not he carried on. Darknell and W. D. Holy, who had been appointed as a com mittee to organize the district, look the matter up wuth Gover .Tohn M. Haines in a,n at A. A. nor tempt to have a special session of the legislature called lo rem edy the defect in the law hut were unsuccessful. At llULiiexl session of the leg islateJ%ie law' was remedied and U 6 another meeting was onlled^j A a committee appointed in ciTFuTrHe petitions and form Ihe district. The petition, which called for only one district to embrace the lands in the two counties, was circulated and numerously signed bul early in 1917 it was discovered such a procedure was illegal and it would be necessary to organize two districts, one in each county. Another meeting was held at Harrison in the summer of 1917 and at l liât, time two committees were appointed matter, one petitions wore circulated calling for the organization of two dis tricts. After flic necessary signa tures were secured and the other preliminary steps taken the peti tion were presented in court and in January of this year an order was issued creating the districts. The pointed last Friday. affected by the formation of the handle the in each county, and to were ap The land commissioners district, comprises acres and includes finest farming land in the stale. about 15,000 some of the TIME OF REGISTRATION OF ALIENS EXTENDED Postmaster Clarence Sweeney lias received telegraphic instruc tions that I lie registration of alien enemies required by'law will he continued for three days, and will close on Wednesday, February compulsory for all alien enemies to register with the postmaster before that time. So fn,r six Ger mans have registered at the local office. The law makes it 13. WILL ASCERTAIN COST OF DIKING DISTRICT L. E. Purvis, J. B. Sargent and M. S. Parker are making a survey of the Riverdale dike ajid ground today to determine the kind of a dike and the amount and kind of material to he used in its con struction to properly protect the lands from overflow. The survey is being made to determine the approximate cost in order that the organization of the district can he taken up with the various tract owners with a, view of ar ranging for the construction of Ihe dike without further litiga tion. A meeting of Ihe land own ers affected will he held in the near fulure, at which time it will he possible to state definitely what the cost of the project will ho and the proportionate cost to each owner. SUES FOR DIVORCE; ALLEGES DESERTION suit in Ihe district court for this comity asking for a divorce from her husband, Herbert McDonald, aiThey w r ere married at Newport, Wash., Aug 29," 1912, and have Ellen E. McDonald has filed a one child, a girl five years of age, who is in the care of her mother at the present time. They have no sommunity properly. The plaintiff alleges desertion and failure to provide as the grounds for the action. She asks the cus tody of the child, $75 attorney's fees. $30 per month temporary and permanent alimony, and the costs of the action. William D. Keeton appea.rs as attorney for Mrs. McDonald. DECREE GRANTED FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE Saturday a decree wa*s awarded the plaintiff in the divorce action of Alta F. Maskell against J. Rol la Maskell. on the grounds of desertion and failure to provide. [The couple had no children and no community property. The de cree was obtained hy default, the defendant failing to put in a,n appearance. A. A. Holscl^w rep resented Mrs. Maskell in the pro icoedings. \ Trapping Season 3 .///, . m Mm >■ * ' -Û '■■j vT'v 3 « m .■> iilHiim • c \ e; *J*a?*iL Board Receives New Regulations EXAMINATIONS WILL TrART MONDAY Will Call All Registrants Qualified For Limited Service For Re-examination The new regulations providing for a change in Die physical re- j quirements have been received by the focal hoard and the physical examinalions will he resumed in this county starling Monday, February 18. The examinations will continue for four days, be ing completed Thursday, Febru ary 21. All registrants who were clas sified upon their previous exam ination as qualified fur limited service will he called for a, re examination under the new regu lations, which are not so strict)? as the former ones. Only those registrants who have been finally classified as qualified for general service or those who have been finally rejected will not he called for another examination. All registrants who, upon ex amination by the local board, are found qualified for special and limited military service will he referred to a Medical Advisory Board for examination. The stale has been divided into twelve dis tricts with a medical advisory hoard for each district. Benewah and Kootenai counties comprise the 3rd district and the head quarters of the board will be in this city. The members of the advisory board for this district are Dr. D. E. Cornwall, Dr. G. B. Smith, ajid Dr. J. M. Brady of this city and Dr. J. G. Dwyer and Dr. John Bushy of Coeur d'Alene. Dr. G. B. Smith has been chosen as secretary of the board. The preliminary statement by Provost Marshal General Crow der regarding the change in the regulations follows; "In view of the contemplation of a further . investigation and classification of registrants phy sically qualified for special and limited military service, who have not the physical qualifications for general military service, and in view of the decision to accept some registrants for general mil itary service with remediable de fects, who are otherwise physi cally and mentally qualified for military service, the new regula tions for the physical examina tion of registrants by the physi cian on the local board becomes trants for general military ser vice only w'hen the registrant comes within the standards of [unconditional rejection. ^ necessary. "Local boards can accept reg istrants for general military ser vice only when they come within the standards for unconditional acceptance with or without rem ediable defects. "Local boards can reject regis flier registrants must lie referred by the local hoard to the Medical Advisi I lier examination and classillca Don." "All ry Board for fur THREE LOCAL MEN ON TORPEDOED SHIP The published lists of names of the men on I lie torpedoed transport Tuscauia show at least I lu ce through the local forestry office for service in the Twentieth En gineers. The name of John G. Robinson of Potlatch is on the f those missing. Mr. Rob inson was listed by the locaj for estry office on October 1. At the time of his enlistment 1 he was listed who were non list employed by the Potlatch Lumber company at Potlatch as a grader a,nd he had worked for the same company in that capacity and as an edgerman for the past five years. He wa*i assigned to Co. I>, Gth Bat. of the Twentieth Fu gmeers. Oscar C. Munson, who is listed as a survivor, was listed on De cember 7 and assigned to Co. E, of the fith Battalion. Prior to his enlistment he was employed hy the Potlatch Timber Protective Association as fire warden and he had been assistant warden for the protective association for a number of years. Potlatch this city. He resided at but was well known in The name of Oscar Welo of Potlatch .also appears as one of the survivors. He enlisted at the local forestry office on December 3 and was assigned to the Clh Battalion of the lumbermen's regiment. He was employed by the Potlatch Lumber company as a sa»wmill hand. Early reports were that there was a possibility of several other St. Maries men being on board the sunken ship but their names do not appear in the lists of those mi board. MEETING OF COUNCIL IS AGAIN POSTPONED The meeting of the city council which was called for last evening was again postponed on account of the absence of Mayor J. C. Hont, who was out of town. At the last regular meeting of the council that body adjourned to la,sl Saturday evening, at which lime H was proposed to take up the question of the cancellation of the Washington Water Power company franchise for furnish ing electricity for the city. Sat-' unlay evening the mayor was out of town and the meeting was postponed until last evening. Slight Decrease In School Attendance BOARD APPROVES CONTRACT FOR WOOD Teachtrs for Coming Year Will 5k Engaged At Next Meeting The regular monthly meeting of the board of education was held yt the high school last eve ning with all members present with the exception of il. H. Davis, who is out of the city. Dills to the amount of $1)06.05 were al lowed and warrants ordered drawn in payment of the sa/no. Superintendent Lu kens re ported a slight falling ulï in the attendance for the month, the enrollment on the last of Janu ary being 404 as compared with 502 at the end of December. average daily attendance during the month was given as 494. Mr. Lukens reported the percentage of attendance was lower and the percentage of tar diness greater than for any pre vious month during the school year. The probable cause for the increase in Die tardiness was the opening of school at 8:30 in stead of 9:00 on account of the The lack of electricity for lights. There were 293 pupils who were ■neither absent nor tardy during On previous months number neither absent nor I he uioiilh. I he 100 lardy has averaged about more. Mr. Lukens also reported that Ihn war work asked of the schools is lining up well, both among the teachers and pupils. The Junior Red Cross is starting off with a membership which in cludes all but live or six students in the high school. The lower grades have not yet been asked to organize. Fifty-seven per cent of the students invested in war sav ings stamps in the month of the sales during the January, month totaling $709.00. The contract of H. Rowinsky furnish 250 cords of wood for the sum of $1025 was accepted hy the hoard and a. bond for the full amount of the contract was The board ordered the Jefferson street by o approved, sidewalk on Ihe Lincoln school repaired. The hoard made the hiring of teachers for the next school year a matter of business to be taken up next meeting. YOUNG PLUMMER COUPLE ARE MARRIED HERE Miss Myrtle Marie Sever and Harry Francis Gorman of Plum were united in marriage in mer this city Monday morning, Rev. Father Voi lehrest performing the At the present lime ceremony, they are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Butler. They will make their home in 1 Mu miner, where Mr. Gorman is interested in the lumber business. COMMISSIONERS WILL PURCHASE TRACTOR The board of county cominis at their regular monthly decided sinners, meeting held Monday, the purchase of a tractoi upon for use ou the county roads. The engine decided upon is one man ufactured hy Kinnard & Sons of Minneapolis and is what is known a 40-80 tractor. The contract for delivery on or about as calls March 15. The tractor will be used to furnish the motive power road graders and will haul two good-sized graders at one time. The county recently purchased a grader with a 12-foot which will be used on the road for blade wort this yerv and it was neces sary lo secure an engine to fur nisli the motive power for it, the errader being too large to be satisfactorily with The commissioners at handled horses. [first considered the purchase of a investigation luit truck found that it would not furnish upon sufficient pulling power to handle Die work satisfactorily, being constructed i aiuly for carrying purposes. The> then decided up on a, tractor and for some time past have been investigating various makes with a view of ascertaining which was the most suitable for their purpose. PERMIT NOT NECESSARY TO PURCHASE ALCOHOL Probate Judge Cromwell has been advised by the attorney general of the starte that it is no longer necessary for in dividuals to obtain from the court Charles <!. a permit to purchase alcohol. Under the law the only kind of alcohol which can be purchased from druggists is medicated, certain poisons being added to render it impossible to use as a beverage. It is impossible for in dividuals to now purchase pure alcohol. Druggists, however, must still obtain a permit from the probate court in order lo im port pure alcohol. ST. MARIES TEAMS LOSE AT COEUR D'ALENE lfil th the boys' and girls' askelhall teams of the St. Maries b high school went down lo defeat before the Coeur d'Alene high school teams Friday evening. ho score in the girls' g;pne was 10 lo 6 in favor of the lake city school. The following are the members of the local girls' team: Emily Goodwin, Elizabeth Street, Irene Ycnor, Clara Schultz, Alma Reima.n and Lottie Kicster. The St. Maries boys lost by a score of 50 to 7. The girls returned home Saturday hut I he hoys went on to *nsl Falls where they wore again defeated on Saturday evening by a score of 45 to 17. The follow T I ing boys made the trip: John Gal lagher, Milton Lane, Oscar Wey ermann, Frederick Johnston, »avid Nelson and Albert Keene. JUDGE J. F. AILSHIE IS OUT FOR SENATE Former Supreme Justice J. F. Ailshic, republican, Aleno, while in Lewiston week formally announced his candidacy for United Stales sen ator and made the following statement: "Yes, l will be a candidate for the nomination for the short term senatorship to succeed the lat« Senator Brady. 1 realize that the people arc now too greatly .concerned about matters of so much greater importance to take much interest in the ambitions of individuals, but I think it fair 1 . 1 every one interested in the selection of our public servants that I make my intention known at this lime." of Cuour d' last Judge Ailshic ran for the nom ination in 1914, when Senator Brady, now deceased, was chosen to make the rare on the republi can ticket. The judge resigned from the supreme bench at that lime. Mrs. Myrtle Smith of Baker, Ore., is visiting her father, Chas. Rector. She will remain in the city the remainder of the winter. Mrs. J. M. Lillig wdll leave to morrow' for Portland to join her husband, who is now employed by the Oregon Lumber Co. there. (They will make their future home at Portland.