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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. X. NO. f> kennewick wins in rate fiqht "At least an intimation on the pjjt of the state railroad commis , ;ion as to its attitude toward one of the cities intervening in theTacoma- Seattle rate case was gained yester day when the commission told B. 5. Grosscup. appearing for Kenne wick, that he need proceed no farther since on the strength of the showing he has made, the commis sion will, if it determines that Vorth Yakima and Walla Walla are entitled to distributive rates, see that Kennewick is treated the same as other Eastern Washington points. "This was the only development WHITE HOPES; BLACK EYES Barrels of Fun when Club Members Hammer Fach Other with Mitts at Smoker "Gentlemen, I am requested to announce that the first battle of the evening will be a four-round contest tetween Punk Larkin, the Kenne wick Sandstorm, and Willis Ham rick, the Oregon Mist." Thus did Announcer Ray Hover start the three hour? of fun at Tuesday night's Commercial Club smoker. The Mist and the Sandstorm put up a classy exhibition, but it could in no way compare with the blood thirsty encounter which next fol lowed the introduction of H. M. Ashbaugh, the Human Pile-Driver, and Sieg. Feuchtwanger, the Pride of the Ghetto. This l>out was an nounced to settle a grudge growing outof the meml>ership contest which had just been decided, Ashbaugh claiming that Seig. had caused the defeat of his team by offering cut price meml>erships at 84.98. At any . rate, they went three rounds of vicious milling and Referee Guy Haydon called it a draw, though in the opinion of ringsiders the execu tion wrought by Ashbaugh's over hand swings should have earned him the decision. . This bout was followed by one between S. /. Henderson and E. C. Tripp, which was by far the "long . est" fight of the evening. The <To\vd then adjourned from the ringside and attacked the luncheon which had been prepared. This job out of the way, the bloodthirsty sports once more gathered around the squared circle while a half-dozen niore impromptu bouts were pulled flie first of these was between Spider Sly and Mosquito Collins, under Gooseberry rules, and was fol lowed by rapid-fire engagements tatween E. L. Kolb and M. M. -Moulton, L. E. Johnson and Doctor Vrosby and R. F. Dent and John ' iooe - Open-River Scott, the Man who Broke the Homlee Rapids, and •'Uyfctory, the San Francisco Kid, Put up a swell exhibition which °sed the evening's excitement. As a wind-up for the membership contest which closed Tuesday night, | e was engineered jointly ".V the athletic and entertainment '■°mmittees of the Club. It is the lrn .! 8 * es^re those who thereby Sot beat up'' that the boys put on another affair of the same kind soon 0 t at those who did not get into | e ring, and who have since been > owing about their prowess with ® mitts, may be given a chance 1 get theirs," too. Wnm iecture given bv the an .Club for the benefit of the Ma' 3 at the Presbyterlau church tend WRB not as well at- The TBB UO( ' warranted. as prepared by the Auiert liv 4t ! tlo ° ,>f Art - delivered orne . v M. M. Moulon aud was Pro<]n!Pt? U ' e '' ''- v utereoptlcon re of anil ° ns of wpKwnratl ve works A "ierU*a n Artists. in the case so far showing the atti tude of the commission on any of the points in question. By the statement it was evidenced that the commission is to examine into the strategic positions of North Yakima, Walla Walla and Spokane to learn the causes which the rail roads in granting these cities dis tributive rates, and while not de finitely promising anything, it was the expressed opinion of those pre sent that Kennewick will be added to the distributive points. In mak ing such a change Spokane will have lost one of its points i n the present case." ELECTION TOMORROW Tomorrow (Saturday, May 13) will be held the special election to determine whether the cor porate limits of the city shall be enlarged by annexation of terri tory to the north and east and to the south and west. At the same time and from the same ballot will be settled the question of municipal support of the pub lic library by an additional tax levy of one and one-half mills. The polls will be open from S a. m. to 8 p. m. PUTTING DOWN DEEP WELLS Local Men Seeking Water for Wheat and Fruit Lands —Drilling Outfits at Work Irrigating from deep wells has never been carried on on a large scale in this part of the country but it is probable that in the future, this system of irrigation will prove the salvation of la\®e areas of land in Horse Heaven and lands adjoin ing, which are now at the mercy of the climate. - M. O. Klitten and C. L. Beaver, one of Seattle's prominent lawyers, will be numbered among the pioneers of this enterprise, should their ef forts prove successful. M. O. Klit ten had had men working on a well in Sec. 19 in Horse Heaven for months and last week in company with H. A. Bier, he made a trip to Ritzville and purchased a complete stamping outfit which will expediate the drilling very materially. He has gone down 186 feet so far and with the additional outfit, a good supply of water should be obtained in short order. Mr. Beaver has let contracts for the drilling of a well in Sec. 32, adjoining the Highlands on the east, and situated one mile from Vista. He has drillers with ma chinery on the ground, hard at work, who will keep on working until they get sufficient water supply for watering 160 acres. Mr. Beaver expects his plant to cost at least $20,000 and his place will be set to orchard. His brother-in-law who is an experienced fruit grower will come from the east to take charge of the place as soon as the buildings are erected. The residence and barns will be expensive and com plete in every respect, and will make the place one of the most desirable farms in Washington within a few years time. Mr. Beaver acquired the land by script from the government five years ago. At that time it was worth about four dollars per acre and the same land is now filed at $12.50. That the undertaking is likely to prove a success is proved by the N. P. company's well at Vista, which is 400 feet deep with water rising to within 200 feet of the surface. All the pumping which has been done since it was drilled has not lowered the water perceptibly. It is not river water as its source is 200 feet l>elow the level of the river bed. Its temperature is sixty degrees Far enheitand it is slightly impregna-j ted with sulphur. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1911 The above, taken from the Ta coma Ledger of yesterday, pretty well sums up the developments in Kennewick's fight for fair play at the hands of the railroads. The substance of it is that freight rates to and from the city will in any event be reduced 10 per cent, put ting us on an equal footing with North Yakima and Walla \Valla. If the commission decides that fair ness demands that those cities be accorded rates equal to Spokane's, Kennewiek will likewise be included and will be granted a further re duction of 10 per cent. It is expected that taking of testi HONOR STUOENTS REWARDED TORI6HT Class of 1911 Will Graduate with Fitting Exercises—President Bryan to Deliver Address This evening at the Methodist Church, the fourth annual com mencement exercises of the Kenne wick High School, will take place and ten of the most popular of the students will take their places upon the platform as the Senior Class of 1911. Among these are some who have been banner students since they entered the Freshman Class, four years ago and their presence in the High School will be greatly missed. The High School Chorus has been in training for some weeks for this occasion and the music will be among the best ever given in the city. Miss Wetmore, musical direc tor in the city schools, baa the arrangements in charge. President E. A. Bryan, of the Washington State College will be present to deliver the address to the graduates and Kennewick is looking forward to a rare treat in listening to his discourse as he is a speaker of some note and one of the most famous educators in the west. The program ;ts arranged for the evening is as follows: pilgrim's Chorus, from "Tannhauser" High School Chorus Invocation Salutatory, Margaret Hamilton Who Knows what the Bells Say? |*arker High .school Chorus The Panama Canal, An American Triumph, Ceo. F. Richardson The Beautiful Blue Danube, Strauss High school Chorus Validictory, Rosella Hamilton Sanctus, from Mozart's Twelfth Mass High School Chorus Address. President E. A. Bryan Soldier's Chorus, from "Faust" Presentation of Diplomas. 1911 Class Roll: Rosella Marion Hamilton George Frederick Richardson Ethel May Ely Ruby Agnes Slaughenhaupt Charles Emmanuel Garber Margaret Gavina Hamilton Floyd Harrison Bowers Ina Rue Wrigh* Margaret Luella Crossland George Albert Williams. WE'LL ALL BE THERE Pasco will try their durndest to take one out of three when they come to our fair city Sunday accompanied by rooters several hun dred strong. Maybe they will and then, again, maybe they won't. Anyhow it is expected to be some ball game. Manager Tulles reports being besieged by challenges from towns of real clasa, having lately promised games to Touchet, Walla Walla, Mabton and Yakima. With so many good contests on he is un decided whether another date can be arranged for the S. P. & S. boys from Portland. They have written that they want to come to Kenne wick again and if possible they will be accommodated with a game the first Sunday in June. All other game.s will be played at home ex cept the one with North Yakima. mony in the Tacoma hearing will be completed today, but if the hear ing is continued at Spokane it is probable that it will be be several weeks before an official decision is made public. Kennewick won out simply because she had the facts and an able attorney in Judge Grosscup to see that they were forc ibly presented. The city's star witnesses, E. M. Sly, Geo. F. Rich ardson and Scott Henderson put up testimony that was unshakable un der the severest cross-examination by attorneys for the railroads and for rival cities. Attorney Grosscup brought out, through his witnesses, BAD RAIL DITCHES OBSERVATION CAR Traffic Held Up on N. P. for Six Hours Yesterday Morning— Nobody Hurt While N. P. North Coast Limited No. 2 was comiDg down Vista hill yerterday morning, a defective rail parted and derailed the observation car attached to the rear of the train. No serious injuries are reported, but the passengers must have re ceived a severe shaking up, as the car was dragged several hundred feet with both front and rear trucks bumping the ties and plowing up the embankment. Fortunately the coupling held and the coach was thus prevented from topplihg into the ditcb. The Pasco wrecking train arrived on the scene about nine o'clock and after an hour's work succeeded in getting the car back on the rails. COOK SETS LON6 TERM Charles Cook, who shot and killed James Walker, a saloon keeper, at Kahlotus last January, entered a plea of guilty to murder in the second degree at Pasco Tuesday and was sentenced by Judge Holcomb to from 10 to ♦».» years in the pen itentiary. GETS STATE JOB K. C. Bowers left Monday morn ing for North Yakima to enter upon his duties as assistant engineer under the state superintendent of quarries. Mr. Bowers will oversee the work at the state quarries near North Yakima, Walla Walla and Marshall. EASY PICKING Kennewick took a one-sided game from Lind Sunday by a score of 11 to 1. The visitors never had a chance, being out-batted and out-fielded in every inning. Criderman was in good form and held Lind to three hits and struck out eleven. The score: Kennewick- 013 07000 x-11 Lind -000 100000-1 DISTRICT CONFERENCE The Dalles District Conference of the Methodist church have been in session during the week at the local church with about thirty five members present from all parts of the district, from Ellensburg on the west to Prineville, Oregon, on the south. Good congregations have attended the sessions both day and night and interesting papers and discussions have occupied the time of the body. Dr. Walton Skip worth, president of the district, is serving his sixth and last year in this official capacity. The work of the conference in cludes the licensing of many more preachers and exhorters to care for the largely developing work in this district. The special addresses in cluded a sermon Tuesday night by W. A. Selleck of North Yakima; lecture Wednesday evening by J. M. Huggins of Prineville, Oregon; and a sermon Thursday evening by J. D. Lewellen of The Dalles, Oregon. the facts that Kennewick was as stragetically situated as Spokane and that our wholesalers ship to nearly as many tributary points; that the city's location is geograph ically Jfar superior to either Yak ima or Walla Walla and that the only thing that Kennewick needs to make it a distributive center of more importance than either of these places is the removal of the unjust discrimination in rates which is now retarding its growth. The wisdom of the Commercial Club in retaining an attorney of Judge Grosscup's experience to con duct its case has been thoroughly KENNEWICK'S ASPARAGUS BEST According to advice from the central office of the Yakima Val ley Fruit Growers' Association, the asparagus that has been shipped by the Kennewick district has taken first placc in the mar kets of Seattle and Spokane, and been very favorably commented on. The asparagus was not only of better quality, but the excellent packing gave it a distinction that created a demand for it in the highest class of trade, and brot the very best prices obtained for any product in the northwest. OSTEHS PUN EXCURSION Commercial Club to Charter Boat for Get-together Visit With Up-River Towns With the idea of fostering stronger trade relationship with the business men of the cities in the upper Colum bia Valley, the Commercial Club is laying plans for an acquaintance making excursion up the river some time in June. One of tbe big steamers will lie chartered for the day and every business man in the city will be urged to come along and help load her down. Stops will be made at Richland and Hanford long enough for everyone to go ashore and make a handshaking round of those towns. Of course the band will be taken along to enliven the day. At White Bluffs the steamer will lay up for several hours in the evening while the excursionists are ashore "mixing" and wrapping themselves around a luncheon. Though the subject was brought up too late for action at Tuesday night's meeting, every one seems to be in hearty accord with the plan, and it is probable that President Henderson will appoint a committee to get busy and report at the June meeting, at which time a definite date will be set. IMPORTANT TRANSFER J. Sercombe, of Lewiston, pur chased of C. E. Lum, on Tuesday, 18 acres just out of town at $50 an acre. As the water will cost $20 an acre, it is very certain that Mr. Sercombe has not a little faith in Kennewick. He will commence at once the erection of a commodious house. As soon as it is completed his family will come, and he will then com mence preparing the land to put in strawberries as soon as the water reaches here. Mr. Sercombe is a Vinelander and knows what he is doing. He will be a progressive addition to Kennewick's prosperity.—From the issue of May Ist, 1902, of the Courier. The Presbyterian church was crowded last Sunday night at the baccalaureate services In honor of the class of 1911. The sermon was delivered by Rev. V. E. Marriott of the Congregational church and was a good, straightforward talk from a young man to young men and women. The music furnished during the ser vices furnished by the high school chorus was excellent. WHOLE NUMBER 473 shown; all the more so in the face of the hard "fall down" which Pasco had in trying to put their case before the commission. They were literally "thrown out of court" on account of the faulty complaint entered by their attorney at the be ginning of the hearing. Later they were given the opportunity of tak ing a copy of Kennewick's com plaint, together with the testimony, and from these to file an amended complaint showing wherein the evi dence entered .by Kennewick is al so applicable to Pasco —that is, in sofar as their position as a one-rail road town will allow them to go. CONTEST BRINGS FORTY MEMBERS Commercial Club Enrollment In creased One-Third by Month's Work Forty new names were added to the membership of the Commercial Club, by the month's member getting contest which came to an end last Tuesday night. The side captained by Dr. C. B. Alexander won over Capt. Ash baugh's forces by more than two to one, the final result being 25 iesi dent and 3 non-resident members for Alexander and 8 resident and 4 non-resident for Ashbaugh. The membership fees and first month's dues turned in amount to $233 which clears the Club of debt and and leaves a small balance in the treasury. ; Former secretary, R. C. Mounsey proved to be the champion member getter, bringing in 17 new names or nearly half the total. The following is a list of the new members. Resident members—F. F. Perham, Guy J. Jones, A. J. Copeland, Earl Ferrif, Fred A. Schmella, \V. L. Newman, E. G. Wilson, Fred C. Borchardt, J. M. Holmes, Walter Lodge, D. L. Tay lor, C. W. Miller, G. H. Oertel, E. McDonald, Frank H. Patten. A. de Regt, C. E. Gritfeth, A. V. Mae Reynolds, P. J. Murphy, C. A. Raddatz, J. A. Corder, Wm. Helm, H. Ray Hover, R. L. Alex ander, W. F. Blaisdell, F. P. Ma- Guire, L. H. Laymond, Geo. F. Richardson, Wm. Hoffman, H. H. Davis, Lloyd Perham, H, E. Mun day, Jas. W. Cleghorn. Non-Resi dent members —O. W. Phillips, F. G. Ridley, Nathan Taylor, Fred W. Tweedt, J. G. Robinson, D. J. Beinhartand J. W. Bailey. BUY PRINCESS THEATRE John Booe this week closed a deal with Frank Leverich and R. L. Banta for the sale of the Princess Theatre, possession to be given some time this month. Mr. Banta has been a rancher in the Garden Tracts for several years and Mr. Leverich came here from Spokane early this spring. Mr. Booe will remain in town for awhile, to see that the new showmen get things running to suit them, but will eventually return to Seattle and later take charge of another show house in some of the coast towns as soon as he and his partner, Mr. Clark, find a desirable location. We'll be sofry to lose John, for he's a live one of the right sort. NOTICE TO ALL At a regular meeting of the G. A. R. last Saturday it was resolved that we most cordially invite the Womans' Relief Corps, the min isters of the several churches and also the general public to come and help us at our meeting at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 13, in Reed's hall op posite the post office, to arrange a program for Memorial Day, May 30. Come one, come all. P»y request of Memorial Committee.