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LEWISTON INTER-STATE NEWS
Successor to The Lewiston Teller—Twice-a-Week Lewi «ton Teller, Established 1876 LEWISTON, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 1905. Inter-State News, Vel. 1, No. 58. COST OF ANNEXATION Nei Perce' Lost Money in Appeal ing the Controversy to the Courts Leslie Thompson returned to the city Wednesday and his report as account ant m the Shoshone annexation matter was filed with the board of county commissioners that afternoon. The net result of the report Is that Nez Perce county will have to pay to Shoshone county $60,555.98 and will receive from that county in return a warrant for $10,137.29. This report was compiled in accordance with the decision of the supreme court and cuts Nez Perce county out of $20,000 alowed by the ac countants in the first Instance but dis allowed under the rulings of the su preme court decision. In the decision this county lost all the delinquent taxes accruing since Nov. 19, 1904, and all delinquent taxes paid in since that date. The decision also cost the schools of south Shoshone county $10,-! 000 for the court ruled against the re- 1 port allowing them all moneys accru- ! ing to their credit since the date of annexation. The report filed by the accountants! is a most voluminous document, em bracing a copy of the south Shoshone assessment roll, with detail state ments relative to the general deduc tions reached in the summary. The latter gives the follow ing figures, show - ing the method of calculation reached in determining the amount of money to be paid to Shoshone county. The assessed valuation of Shoshone county on November 19, 1904, was $5,556,539; the assessed valuation of the south i Shoshone section, $1,068,039; the lia- j bllity of Nez Perce county thus being' 19 and a fraction per cent of the total ! valuation of Shoshone. The gross in debtedness of Sljoshone county on No- ' vember 19, 1904, was $366,373, and the | resources other than cash in the i treasury and the delinquent tax rolls,! was $53,382, leaving a net indebtedness ! of $312,990. Nineteen per cent of that, j or Nez Perce's proportion of the in debtedness, was therefore shown to be $60,160. To this is added $495, repre senting Shoshone's interest in the Pierce City Jail and in a road machine, tools, etc., in the south Shoshone part of the county, thus making the total $60,555. There was on hand in the Sho shone county treasury on November 19, 1904, in funds affected by the annexa tion, the sum of $17,763. Of this amount Nez Perce Is given 19 per cent, or $3,414. The amount that will be re ceived by the school districts in south Shoshone county is $6,723. It is stated that the Shoshone officials admit that they do not see the equity of the su preme court's decision which does not give Nez Perce credit for delinquent taxes on south Shoshone property nor give credit to the schools of south Sho shone the amount due them under the assessment, whether or not the assess ment had been collected at the time of the annexation or later. Metcalf House Burnt. At about 6;30 yesterday morning tire broke out at 785 East Main street and almost destroyed the building. The property was owned by Mr. Metcalf and was occupied by himself and wife and Mrs. Comstock and Miss Edith Bruns, who are daughters of Mrs. Met calf and conduct the Burns Bros, gal lery In this city. Mr. Stewart and fam ily also had rooms on the lower floor. The erlgln of the fire is not known, but It Is supposed to have started from a lamp In the sleeping apartments qf Miss Burns and her sister, Mrs. Com stock. The two ladles had an upstairs room and had been using the lamp shortly before going down to breakfast, but thought they had extinguished the light before they left the room. Shortly afterward the fire was d ! «covered and had spread to all the adjoining apart ments upstairs. An effort was made to reach the rooms overhead and save some of the household articles, but the flames had gained such headway that the heat and smoke In the stairway prevented any adv&nc ; In that direc tion and the attempt was abandoned. Nothing was saved In the rooms up stairs. The lower rooms were occu pied by Mr. Stewart's family and Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf. Nearly all of their belongings were saved. The fire com pany did excellent work and soon had the flames under control. Mrs. Met calf carried $600 insurance on the household goods. Miss Burns and her sister, Mrs. Comstock both lost their trunks, which contained most all their clothing and other valuable belongings. Henry Ege, of Pomeroy, was to the dty today on business ABSTRACT SHEET. Reported by the Commercial Tru»t I Company, July 18, 1906. Deed«. Charles G. Hall to Benjamin C. Kingsbury, N 1-2 of 8E 1-4, SE 1-4 of SW 1 * 4 - SW 1-4 of SW 1-4 Sec. 34-40-3 E.; consideration $500. \ellie E. Fordney et mar to L. D. Peutzer, lot 20, block 11, Town of Mel len; consideration $90. Haus J. Rice, Treasurer of Shoshone County, to J. W. Tyler, 10 acres In Sec. 15-35-4 E.; consideration $18.(5. August Braun to Trustee« of School District No. 35, SE corner of SE 1-4 Sec. 24-35-1 E. Henry J. Rogers et ux to Trustees of Melrose Camp No. 6216, Modern Wood men of Amylca, part of SW 1-4 of SW 1-4 Sec. 4-35-1 W.; consideration $1. Hulden M. Gibson to James L. Gibson, S 1-2 of SW 1-4 Sec. 28. and N 1-2 of NW 1-4 Sec. 33-35-3 W.; considera tion $1000. Thomas Fitch et ux to E. S. Brown, iston; consideration $8250. Henderson H. Crites to Mary L. Sulll van, lot 6, Thompson's Field; conside ration $5.000. Patents. U. S. to Samuel R. Stanton, N 1-2 of of ^W 1-4 Sec 13: and w 1-2 of NE 1-4 Sec - 1_35 "T E. lT ' S ' to Nicholas Triesch, SW 1-4 s4ec - 21-35-1 E. U. S. to John A. Wittman, E 1-2 of ?„ W . and K X * 2 ° f NW 1-4 Sec 15.—Henderson H. Crites to Mary J. Sullivan, SE 1-4 of Sec. 12; Ne 1-4 of Sec. 13. all in Tp. 35-5 W.; also an undivided one-half interest in lot 6, Thompson's Field, City of Lewiston;; consideration, $5,000. John C. Baker et ux to D. A. Gibb, undivided one-half interest in NE 1-4 of Sec. 31-38-6 E; consideration $10. John B. Simmons et ux to F. W. Webster, undivided one-half interest 55 feet in lot 24, block 29, City of Lew- I ; of ; 35-1 E. Idaho to J. A. Wittman, NE 1 NW 1-4 Sec. 36-35-1 E; $400. U. 8. to Aaron Bradbury, S\y 1 See. 19-33-1 E. July 19, 1906. To correct deeds 14 and 15 reported on April 18 abstract sheet; 14.—Thomas Fitch et ux to E. S. | Brown. 55 feet in lot 23, block 29, City of Lew iston ; consideration $8,250. In lot 7. block 4. Town of Chicago; consideration $100. John Nickols et ux to F. W. Webster, undivided one-half interest in lot 7, block 4, Town of Chicago; considera tion, $ 1 W. Frank Vincent et ux to O. W. Leg gett. lots 1, 2, 3, 10. 11 and 12, block 1, Vincent's First Subdv. to Chicago; consideration $500. Wm. Helkenberg to A. A. Space, W 1-2 of lot 6, block 3. Town of Pierce; consideration $300. July 20. 1905. Arthur J. Morrison et ux to D. O. Maynard, S 1-2 of N1\ 1-4. SW 1-4 of NE 1-4 and NW 1-4 of SE 1-4 Sec. 35-32-3 W.; consideration $725. Idaho investment Banking Co., Ltd., to Grace Maurice Briggs, lot 2. block 11, Yantis Add. to City of Lewiston. Consideration $100. Patents. U. S. to William E. Moses, assignee, E 1-2 of SE 1-4 Sec. 11-41-2 E. TT. S. to same. E 1-2 of NE 1-4 Sec. 9-41-2 E, U. S. to same. E 1-2 of NW 1-4 Sec. 9-41-2 E. LARGEST EXPLOSION EVER. Dynamite Will B« Used to Move 70, 000 Tons of Rock for a Navy Yard. Portsmouth, N. H., July 21.—The last section of Henderson's Point, contain ing about 70,000 tons of rock, will be blown up with fifty tons of dynamite at high tide tomorrow. It will mark the conclusion of one of the most diffi cult engineering feats ever accomplish ed r nd will open the way for large warships to the Portsmouth navy yard. The work was begun three years ago and 50.000 tons of rock has been taken away. There is Just one big section left, which the contractors have ar ranged to remove by the use of dyna mite, one of the largest explosions ever attempted. There have been drilled In the last remaining section of rock about 300 holes anywhere from fifty to eighty feet deep. These have been filled with the explosive and will be exploded by three circuits with a powerful electric battery many yards away. All of the buildings In the Immediate ^clnlty have been removed. The nearest build ing left standing is the big naval hos pital. from which the Inmates were re moved today. w B coble will leave tomorrow morning to work on the wagon road now being built from Culdesac to Chesley. ARRESTS MADE TODAY IN LAND FRAUD CASES Indicted Men Taken Before U. S. Commissioner E. 0. Nelli and Placed Under Bonds of $2000 Each George H. Rester, cashier of the Lewiston National bank and Clarence Robnett, its bookkeeper, were placed under arrest by Captain Schattnsr, deputy United States marshal, this morning and were taken before Com missioner O'Neill to give bonds for their appearance at the federal court to be held in Moscow next October to answer to the charges preferred against them by the federal grand Jury that was called in special session at Boise July 10 to investigate land frauds originating in the Lewiston land office. Mr. Rester is Indicted for conspiracy to defraud the government on several separate counts and Mr. Robnett is indicted for suborning per jury. The bonds were fixed by Commis sioner O'Neill at $2.000 each, this be ing the amount fixed by Judge Beatty when the court was recently in session at Boise. Bonds were readily furnished with two sureties each. Joseph Alex ander and C. F. Osmers were the sure ties on Mr. Kester"s bond and C. F. Osmers and John Dill the sureties on Mr - Robnett ' s bond. These are the first arrests made .on the indictments re cently made and constitute the first of the Idaho land fraud cases. Bench warrants are said in be out for W. F. Rettenbach, president of the Lewiston National bank and for Jack O'Keefe of Asotin and William Dwyer of Clarks ton. The arrest of Dwyer and O'Keefe will be made by the Washington office and Deputy George Davenpeck. from Spokane, is said to be en route to serve the papers. W. F. Kettenbach is not in the city but is in Portland at tending the Bankers Association meet ing. Papers for his arrest will not be served until be returns to the state. Bench warrants for these arrests were issued and Sent out from Boise sev eral days ago and definite official an nouncement of the matter was sent out in the press dispatches of this morn ing's papers. The warrants did not reach Lewiston till this morning's mail and the arrests were promptly made and the defendants and their bonds men appealed before the commissioner. This opens up officially the land fraud cases for Idaho and extended and more interesting developments are promised when thp ^rjmrl Jury meets In October __________ ______ Following are the indictments and comment in the Associated Press re port sent out yesterday from Boise: Boise. Idaho. July 20—For conspiracy to defraud the United States, Geo. H. Rester, cashier of the Lewiston Na tional hank; W. F. Rettenbach, presi dent of the Lewiston National hank; Jackson O'Keefe, of Asotin, Wash.; William Dwyer, of Clarkston. Wash., four counts each; for conspiracy to de fraud the United States. Geo. H. Res ter. William F. Rettenbach and Jack son O'Keefe, three counts each; for subornation of perjury: Geo. H. Res ter and Clarence W. Robnett, book keeper for the Lewiston National bank: for perjury. Ivan Cornell and three other names not yet made public. Bench warrants have been Issued for the foregoing who were Indicted by the special United States grand Jury that held a session recently in Boise In con nection with alleged wholesale timber land frauds in north Idaho. The war rants for O'Keefe and Dwyer were sent to the Un'ted States marshal for the Sees Bright Future for Lewiston. W. S. Thompson and wife, who have been visiting In the city with Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Thompson left via boat Wed nesday morning for their home in east ern Oregon. Mr. Thompson thinks this is a great country. "You have every thing that goes to make a prosperous community,'' he said. "The vast re sources of timber, grain and fruit, to gether with the rreat mining industry of the Lewiston section are evidences of Inexhaustible wealth. Lewiston is situated at the only natural outlet for these products, and with the comple tion of the electric and steam railway systems now In contemplation, this city should within a few years be the leading town of the Pacific states. Such extensive and valuable resources pro vided with adequate transportation fa cilities are sure to^ttract eastern capi tal In their development. When this stage Is reached, a great Industrial era _____________ _ wllf spread throughout this section.** district of Washington. The others were served under the direction of the Idaho marshal. They were sent from Boise the first of the week, and the accused men have all, no doubt, been served by this time. The warrants for the three Indicted with Cornell for per jury will be issued soon. The informa tion here given is official but the news will not come as a surprise as the an nouncement was made several days ago that Messrs. Rester and Retten bach and others had been Indicted. The news then published was based on semi-official utterances, taken in con nection with statements made on the outside by witnesses before the grand jury. Among those witnesses were: O'Keefe, Cornell, ChaR. W r . Taylor, Edwqrd Dammarelt, Edgar J. Taylor and Joseph H. Prentice. All of these excepting O'Keefe figure as entrymen in the Kester-Kettenbach timber deals and some of them may be in the list of those indicted for perjury. Others who made entries In pursuance of the al leged conspiracy are Fred W. Shaeffer and Royland A. Lambdin. The con spiracy indictments are divided into two classes, the first embracing four counts. The first count charges that In Lewiston on April 25, 1904, Rester, Rettenbach, O'Keefe and Dwyer "did falsely, unlawfully and wickedly con spire, combine, confederate and agree together to defraud the United States of the possession of large tracts of land situated in the county of Sho shone and state and district of Idaho and of great value, of which the fol lowing described land Is a part," fa description of land, about 160 acres, following.) This count then alleges that the four men mentioned in the indictment per suaded the entryman to swear that he | applied for the purchase of the land for his own use and In good faith and not for speculative purposes and thaï he had not directly or Indirectly en tered Into any agreement with any per son whatsoever by which title should pass to them. The indictment charges, however, that the entry was made on behalf of the four men mentioned and that in pursuance of the conspiracy they paid or caused to be paid the money re quired tp enable the entrymen to ac quire title to the land. The other counts in this Indictment are about the same, the name of the I entrymen and the description of the land and dates being the only changes. The jfcint indictment of Rester, Ret tenbach and O'Keefe for conspiracy, on three counts, follows the same lines as the other. The indictment charging Rester with subornation of perjury alleges that on June 19. 1903, he did unlawfully, feloni ously, wilfully and corruptly suborn, instigate and procure Ivan R. Oorneell to locate certain timber lands under an agreement with Cornell whereby title should pass to Rester. The charge against Robnett refers to the transac tion of August 28. 1902, In which Joel H. Benton was entryman, the charge being in line with the Cornell case. All the Indictments refer to the official transactions having occurred in the Lewiston land office, the oaths being administered by Register West. The most of the land is In Shoshone county, although some Is In Latah. In Justice Coburn's Court. James Gibson, of Lapwal, who was arrested a few days ago on a charge of shooting at William Moore with In tent to kill, was given a preliminary hearing yesterday before Judge Co burn and bound over in the sum of $500. A fine of $5 and costs was imposed upon Mrs. Aille Holstein, of Basalt, who pleaded guilty to the charge of simple assault on the person of Lucin da Tlllson of the same place. In the case of H. A. Bush, arrested on a warrant sworn out by Louis Du Bray, charging the defendant with ob taining money under false pretenses, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty. Bert Tounkman is having the lnte rl#r of the O. K. barker shop painted J.and grained and otherwise Improved. GROWTH OF THE HOSPITAL Demand Already for Mors Room at St. Jossph's and Talk of Enlarging tha Institution. The number of patients at the St. Joseph's hospital is daily increasing and there is already some talk of en larging the Institution. Six new cases were reported yesterday for admittance' and the rooms are now all filled, some of them containing as high as four pa tients. Drs. Nourse and Costello have treated and operated upon a number of the most serious and complicated cases with such marked success that the institution Is being looked upon as one of the best of the kind In the Pa cific northwest. Only a few days ago Drs. Nourse and Costello assisted by Dr. Morris, successfully performed most difficult operation upon Miss Georgia Carter and she Is now on the road to recovery. For the past few months an average of two operations per day of various kinds have been performed at the hospital and not single death has resulted. This Is the strongest kind of evidence of the su perior ability of the physicians in charge and the splendid equipment of the Institution for caring for the pa tients. Only last evening a successful operation was performed by Drs. Nourse and Costello, assisted by Dr. Squler, upon Richard Chambers, the 14-year-old son of Joseph Chambers of this city. The case was a very serious one. being an advanced stage of appen dicitis, In which a large nbcess had formed. The boy this morning Is rest ing well and is suffering no pain what ever, and every Indication points to a speedy recovery. Among other patients In the hospital Is Mr. DeRchamps, who was placed in the institution a short time ago suffering from a gunshot wound In the right thigh. Although the bone wqis badly shattered by the rifle ball Mr. Deschamps is getting along nicely and is Improving every day. The nine-year-old son of Mrs. Church of Oroflno was taken to the hospital yesterday suffering with ap pendicitis, and will be operated upon this morning. The lad was brought to the elty a few days ago In charge of Dr. Perkins, who will assist Drs. Nourse and Costello In the operation. LIFE NOT WORTH WHILE. Boss Piatt's Version of Life, But He Wants Fivs Mors Years. Noiv York. July 19.—Seventy-two years old. A great many days and months and years—some of them un fruitful, some barren, but none of them worth the while— "No, it has not been worth while. It could have been so much better—or, at least, so different from what It is." Senator Thomas C. Platt, victor In countless hard-fought political battles, head of a great and successful corpor ation, reputed wealthy, surrounded by loyal friends, avowedly in better health than he has been for years, made this remarkable statement today, and In the next breath Raid: ' in "I never felt better In my life." The senator stood on the piazza of! his home. Tioga Ixjdge. back In the! Skunnemunk Mountains, near High land Mills. N. Y., and looked out over the twenty miles of blue sky and green woods. Platt had been up early In the morn ing with a dozen guests who had spent Saturday, the senator's birthday, nt his home. "No," he repeated, "I don't think it has been worth while. If I had It to do over again I should model my politi cal life along other lines." "Would you have tne years come back for another chance?" he was asked. "No," was the reply. "I would not; but I would do much differently." "Why? How differently?" "I would rather not say," replied the senator. "It would lead to develop ments. I do not wish anythlng.to de velop from the statement that the years have not been worth the battle, or that I would may out a different po litical policy from the one I have so long pursued." Two years ago, when Mr. Platt was seventy, he said he would not Join a "hundred year club." "Five years more will satisfy me," he said on that occasion. "That Is enough." "Do you still stand on that declara tion." he was asked today. "I do." he replied. "Then you only wish for three more years?" "No. five," said the senator. "I was not very well two years ago. My health was run down. But I have re gained It all up here In the hills. I feel like a new man. I still stand on the original 'five-year' proposition—I still want five years more." Judge Miller passed through the city this morning en route to Orangeville. BOUTE ACROSS THEPRMRIE N. P. Surveyor» Now Thoo^ht to be Makiiif Permaneot Loca tions fro« Graafeville Grangevllle, July 18.—Th* S tan d a rd says: A large party of Northern FA cific surveyors, more than twenty I» all, will be in or near Orangeville to night, to survey ttao N. P. from hero back to the mountain beyond Cotton wood. It Is expected that they will make - their camp at or near the C. B. Knorr place, northwest of the city, ao oo to be near plenty of water. The party was at Cottonwood tatet - night, where some news of their ac tions was given out. They will oo —o here and begin with the terminal grounds bought some time ago by the right of way agenL From there they are to run their surveys back to Wood side, above Cottonwood, to meet the Une that has already been brought up to that point. It is now understood that the route across the prairie will be practically the same, whether they come up from Culdesac or by way of Waha. It la said that they have secured a grade by way of Waha that at no point ex ceeds 2.2 per cent—a better grade than the one secured for the electric road. This Is believed to be good enough to be acceptable. General Manager O'Brien, of the O. R. & N.. In an Interview the other day, announced that his road would not be able to complete the Rlparia branch In time to handle this year's crop, but that the road would certainly be com puted by the first of April, 1906. To* this was added the more Important In formation for this section, that the N. P. connection with this country would be completed by the same time. Thie Is good enough news to be spread broadcast all over the prairie. TRY WILLIAMSON AGAIN. Jury Disagreed, Two for Aequittal and Ten for Conviction.—Will Ba Tried Again at Once. j Portland, Ore., July 20.—After being closeted together for 46 hours and tak ing 42 ballots, in which the vote was 10 for conviction and two for acquit tal, the Jury In the Williamson-Gesner Biggs case reported to Judge DeHaven in the United States circuit court at 1 o'clock this afternoon that it could not agree and was discharged. District Attorney Heney stated ho would like to try the Williamson case over at once. Judge DeHaven set the Williamson case for tomorrow. Judge Bennett was much averse to going to trial tomorrow and pleaded for time in which to "get ourselves to gether." but Judge DeHaven said the case would be set for tomorrow, when the work of enipanneling a jury would begin and by the time this w'as done I the witnesses would be on hand. Congressman J. N. Williamson, his partner In the sheep business. Dr. Van > Gesner, and former United States Com missioner Marion R. Biggs, were In dicted on a charge of suborning per jury. by inducing fraudulent land en tries in order that additional sheep range might he see red by them. FLEET TO MEET JONES' BODY - Flower of the American Navy Will As- - semble to Honor Revolution- 4 ary Hero. Washington, D. C.. July 21.— The navy department expects that th# squadron escorting the remains of Ad miral Paul Jones will arrive tomorrow unless th»re Is a mischance. The squadron under Admiral Sigsbee will be met at the Capes by a battleship squadron under Admiral Evans, a cruiser squadron under Admiral Brownson, and the French cruiser Ju rlen de la Graviere. These vessels will form the. escort up the bay to Annapo lis where the remains of Admiral Jonas will tomorrow be deposited in tha tem porary vault, with full military honors. They will be placed In the new chapaL their final resting place, as soon as It Is completed. The new chapel, a central feature of the reconstructed naval academy group of buildings recently ordered by cons gress at a cost of many millions, rises on the water front with a massive dome for Its inspiration, the architec ture of the whole being not unlike the Hotel d'invalides of Purls, in which rest the remains of the great Napoleon. The crypt of the chapel Is Intended for a last resting place of the bones of tho nation's naval heroes.