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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. X. NO. 0 VOTE TO ANNEX; LIBRARY LOSES City's Area Increased and Special Levy Defeated at Saturday's Election The proposition to annex terri tory to tbe north and east and to the south and west of the city's boundaries, carried easily at the special election held last Saturday. The vote was favorable to annexa tion both inside the precinct and at the polling places in the outlying territory, the 12 voters in the'Olm sted territory voting solidly for an nexation. Inside the city the vote stood 14$ to 15 for annexation and t he territory to the east chose to come within the fold by a vote of 32 to 22. While no tax income from the added territory will be at the city's disposal before February, 1913, it is the intention of the council to keep their pre-election pleages and to rash street improvements in the new area as rapidly as possible. The special tax levy of one and one-half mills for the support of the public library was defeated, by a vote of 07 to til. This of course is a great disappointment to the li brary board who had hoped to be able to secure means to put the in stitution on a solid financial basis. No meeting of the trustees has been held since the election, so it is not known what course they will follow. It is likely that the reading room will be closed and that the books .will be moved to a location where they can be open to the public one or two days a week, and the ex penses thus cut to come within the small monthly appropriation now being received from the city. SMALL BLAZES, QUICKLY OUT The tire department and a large representation of the citizens of the city have rallied twice this week in response to the tire alarm. The; first fire was in the Story residence on Washington street, at present occupied by Mr. and Mrs, A. H. Wheaton, and was caused by trash in the wood box, back of the kitchen stove catching the sparks from the grate. The tire was • dscovered tirat by Mrs. Wheaton, who was lying down with a headache, in an up stairs room, and the alarm was turned in. The Story brothers were in the house at the time and Clifford Story, with the aid of a few buckets of water, beat the firemen ! to the job and averted further trouble. Monday aftern» >on the hook and ladder brigade had another merry ride and this time the residence of John Shinn was their destination. Miss Delia Shinn had been ironing with the electric iron upstairs when her brother came home and told her there would be no more current on daring the day, so she did not detach the iron or turn off the cur rent. hater she left the house and 110 one was at home when the neigh bors saw the smoke. They succeeri e'> in putting out the blaze without too aid of the department and no senous damage was done, other tuan burning up the ironing Itoard and a new dresser. fiUDKIN RE-ELECTED •'«»hn J. Rudkin was re-elected a JHemher of the council at Tuesday Il ight s meeting. His resignation two weeks ago had been accepted J the mayor and took effect just Previous to the granting of the TVater f ranchiee to the N. P. I. Co., M r W p Cl ' Kudkin is manager. " ' " a ykin s services to the city councilman have been very valu able and his re-election bv his as- unanimous, mJ 1 - ° r^'na,u ' e provided tor a <w»nazation of the health board The asse '' at the last meeting, nn* neW ai< ' will made up of '•thc"' en \ the council and two The? "1 !*' a l , P"' l| t , "l by the mayor, tli (iilir,-! vv jj] lieieafter als<i (•fe| P^' 1 ' ! ' t "'V >y tlu> ni, y°'" '"stead ieu a- heretofore. EARL ROSE SETTLES DOWN K. C. Bowers this week received a letter from his old chum, Karl B. Rose, whom he had not heard from since leaving him in Portland a couple of years ago. The letter is from Carlstadt, Alberta, and the writer says that he is married, lead ing the simple life and enjoying a surpassing state of domestic felicity upon 320 acres of the King's do main in that province. HOVER FRUIT IS EARLY THIS YEAR Quite Remarkable Showing of Well- Formed Orchard Products at Local Office The Hover company's office became the center of attraction Wednesday as soon as it was learned that a display of Hover grown fruit was on exhibition there, under the superintendence of C. Volivia, one of the prosperous farmers of the lower valley. Apricots, half grown, pears, peaches, apples, plums, wal nuts and almonds thickly clustered on branches freshly cut from the trees, were spread out for inspec tion. All of the fruit showed a wonderfully advanced stage of growth for this time of the season and ripe gooseberries and currants, which were well formed, completed the display. Thealmonds and wal nufs were of interest to the visitors. They were grown on five-year-old trees in the orchard of L. J. Dimick locatcd at the extreme south end of of the canal. Other growers who contributed were Wm. McGuire, Chas. Leibert, F. D. Parker, Jim Doyle, R. M.Cash, T. H. Dry, F. B. Doublaar and E. D. Spicer. With the exception of Mr. Leibert and Mr. Spicer who smudged twice, not one of these gentlemen have had their spring slumbers disturbed by nightmares of the smudge pot, which little instrument of torture is as destructive to a good night's sleep as the mosquito or insomnia. The ages of the trees average from two to three years. j Although it has beer, claimed for j some years that the climatic con-! ditions fourteen miles down the j valley are such that fruit in that' locality will ripen several days ahead of that which is Kennewick grown, it has never been satisfac torily demonstrated until this time that the temperature is actually several degrees warmer and the danger from frost consequently les sened' The situation of many of the orchards, under the brow of the Horse Heaven Hills, may perhaps account for this fact, as the winds are less keen. Two crates of straw berries were shipped from the patch of C. C. Oantwell, Sunday. This patch was a small one and the crates were not made up by outside contributions. The first Kenne wick grown tarries were shipped by the Kennewick District Fruit Growers Association, Saturday and the crates were made by gathering them tax by box from the various growers of the surrounding country. ! Gooseberries are being shipped daily jby F. B. Dobblaar. If fruit of i quality and quantity of the samples which were displayed can be grown in the lower valley without smudg ing and come safelv through a season which has been as unfavorable as this one, Hover bids fair to shake off her grave clothes and take her place in the limelight ( as one of the most prosperous little communities in the state. The residents of our little sister town are enthusiastic over the prospects of the biggest fruit crop ever known there. MARRIED Karl K. Montrose and Miss Ora Lee Crump were married at the home of the bride's parents, in Horse Heaven, Sunday, May 14. Rev. Burgess, of Sunnyside, per formed the ceremony. About 7-") invited guests were present. Many pretty and useful gift- were received hv the young married couple. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY. 19,1911 TEN GRADUATE WITH HONORS Class of 1911 Receive Diplomas—Educator Bryan Tells Trend of Modern Teaching —Hamilton Girls Win Scholarships The fourth annual commence ment exercises held at the Metho dist church, last Friday evening, mark the crowning event of the high school career of 1911. On the class roll are names of students who have been the pride of their teachers, parents, and the com munity as a wßole, throughout the four years of their course and the loss of George Fredrick Richardson, President; George Albert Williams, Vice-President; Margaret Luella Crossland, Secretary; Rosella Mar ion Hamilton, Valedictorian; Mar garet Gavina Hamilton, Salutatori an; Charles Emmanuel Garber; Ruby Agnes Slaughenhaupt; Ina Rue Wright; Ethel May Ely and Floyd Bowers from the student l»ody is deeply regretted by their teachers and schoolmates. At least four of the class will go to college with the intention of taking a four years' course, two of the girls will fit themselves for a teacher's career, and four members will continue their education in the business and home life of the city and community. The church was packed to the doors. Some excitement was oc casioned by the shaking and settling of the building, due to the excavat ing which has been done under neath for putting in a basement. As a precaution for safety, Rev. Brown had placed a support under the rafters, to make them more secure but when the weight of the crowd upon the floor made the strain on the two-by-four heavier than usual, it broke, giving the audience a decided jar. The platform was lavishly dec orated with asparagus, with roses, and other cut flowers entwined about two arches of greenery, inter sperced with flowers formed an attractive background for the "sweet girl graduates" in their white gowns. Across the south end of the church, against a background of solid green was the class motto in white letters, ''Not done, just Itegun." In the processional, the high school chorus, made up of thirty picked singers from the student body, led the way from the entrance to the platform, taking seats back of the arches. After them filed the Seniors, led by the valedictorian, Miss Rosella Hamilton. After the opening chorus, selected from '"Tannhauser" and the invoca tion by Reverend Fraser, the Saluta tory was delivered by Miss Mar garet Hamilton. In a few well chosen words, she told of of the past, present and future of the class, | the work which they had accom plished as a part of the student body, their prospects and ideals. She voiced tie appreciation of the [ class for the interest of the commu nity in the schools and the efficient work of the present board of trustees in planning for educational facilities. George Richardson's discussion of the Panama Canal was'charaeter ized by depth of thought and com prehensive treatment of his subject. He pointed out that the canal was a product of American brains and American enterprise as three French companies had tried to construct an isthmian water way, ioining the two oceans, and had failed utterly in the attempt. The triumph of the American engineers is largely due, according to the view of the speaker, to the vigilence of the American physicians in the conquest of disease in the canal zone. From l'.tOf to 1007, little else was done besides waging a battle against the unsanitary living conditions and I the consequent appalling mortality. Education, comfort, and sanitation for the workmen whose presence and efficiency are the most import ant factors in the successful con sumation of the gigantic enterprize, are considered of primary importance to the U. S. Government. For this reason, thousands of dollars have been spent in exterminating the death-dealing mosquito and improv ing drainage conditions. At the present time the canal is half completed, three years ahead of schedule time, and 1914 will see it complete and perfect in construc tion, for American engineers are thorough. Mr. Richardson, in taking up the advantages of the canal to America as compared with its benefits to other countries, spoke first of home com merce which would be built up to a large extent while the foreign com merce, only, of other nations would be benefitted. Another point taken up was the additional protection af forded by the ability of the navy to gain rapid transportation through the canal in passing from coast to coast. A third point was the pres tage to be gained by the Americans' feat of engineering and the inter national reputation thus established. The successful completion of the Panama canal means that there will be closer bonds of sympathy between the nations of the earth who will be mutually benefitted by its existence. The canal is no longer a prob lematical enterprise and its import ance as an American triumph over foreign engineering methods cannot be overestimated. Miss Rosella Hamilton, in her valedictory, earnestly impressed up on her hearers, the real meaning of high school education in its relation to the School of Life, and the ful ler years which follow graduation. What four years of contact with ( schoolmates and cooperation with ! teachers is to every earnest student, 1 was clearly portrayed in her exposi-! tion life in high school. The daily routine, the association with other students with similar ambitions and ideals, under the supervision of trained minds, Miss Hamilton believes, gives a clearer conception of life and education to the Senior, which was not theirs be fore. In addition to this, high school pupils, with their mathemat ical and scientific training, are taught to reason logically and they are better equipped for solving the daily problems which they meet with in business and home life. An appreciation of books which are a means to an end, becomes a part of their personality and four years communion with the world's best poets and authors, through the medium of literature is one of the unquestionable boons of a high school course. With a broader out look onj mankind upon commence ment day, a larger mental capacity having enjoyed the habits incidental to methodical training, no graduate can say that four years in high school have been spent in vain. In conclusion, Miss Hamilton addres sed a few words of farewell to the schoolmates and friends assembled, in behalf of the class of 1911, who stand upon the threshold of a greater life, blessed with greater, oportuni ties than they have ever known be fore. Supt. Lewis, in introducing the speaker of the evening, President E. A. Bryan, at* Washington State Col lege at Pullman, spoke warmly of his work in building up to its pre (Continned <>n i-hcc PROSSER COMPANY WINS PRIZE Captain J. Kelly DePriest's crack drill team carried off first prize in competitive drill at the Knights of Pythias grand lodge at Seattle on Tuesday. It took the judges two hours to decide that the Prosser company had the best of the Tacoma Knights, who took second place. Bellingham took third prize and Enumclaw fourth. The prizes were $400, 8300, $200, and $100. SENIORS AND ALUMNI HAVE FUN AT BANQUET Commencement Week Closes with a Jolly Spread at the Hotel Kennewick As a fitting finis to the festivities of commencement week, the Alumni Association celebrated the addition of the class of 1911 to their number, by a banquet at the Kennewick Hotel, Saturday evening. The din ing room was made most attractive by the artistic arrangement of ferns, potted plants and cut flowers. With covers laid for forty guests, the tables and their appointments pre sented a picture of good cheer and hospitable fellowship to the Seniors. The menu was of six courses and t he dinner served reflects great credit upon the hotel management and chef. Supt. M. S. Lewis, as toastmaster of the evening kept up a fire of witticism and the good cheer and fun which characterized the occasion were largely due to to his talents as humorist. Prolonged applause greeted the first toast of the evening which was a clever poem of twelve verses, written and delivered by Miss Velikanje, who devoted a stanza of rhyme to each member of the class. Miss Bernice Griffeth followed with a toast to the absent few and in a few words expressed the senti ments of all present toward the absent friends and schoolmates whose memories still live in their hearts. "Reminiscences" by Miss Nima Hoadley recalled many of the events of the past years and the ghosts of other days were summoned to the feast, bringing just the shadow of sadness with the thought that they could never live again. Miss Wetmore responded with "The Future for Some of IV'- which purported to be a letter writ ten by Miss James in the course of h«r travels over the Northwest in 1921. In this many of the prom inent personages, who at present are important figures in life in High, were ludicrously portrayed, engaged in their future occupations. Miss Wetmore herself was in an institu tion for hopeless lunitics.her insan ity caused by endeavoring to teach the Kennewick high school pupils, music. G. F. Richardson, accord ing to her prophesy will not be con tented with local fame but is des tined to become mayor of Seattle. Miss Paul an ornament to her posi tion as instructress in a dancing academy in the middle west. Geo. Williams had sought seclusion from the public eye by becoming a hermit and devoting his life to writing poetry. The rare talents of Supt. Lewis were centered upon the scien tific management of a chicken ranch in California. Mr. Groom addressed the guests on "The Greater Kennewick High School" and in his talk, the humor which characterizes him was tinged with the serious in painting a bril liant future for the schools and scholars of the city. After the many affectionate trib utes which were paid to the old school which has l>een the scene of sq many trials and tribulations, not to mention the joys and victories, the alumni extended their con gratulations and "God Speeds" to the class of 1911 and "the meeting was adjourned" until 1912 when the May sunshine will again draw them together to do the honors for I another Senior Class. WHOLE NUMBER 474 OUR BERRIES FIRST AS USUAL First Crate to Spokane Brings Fifteen Dollars— Season Very Backward The first crate of Northwestern grown strawberries to reach the big markets thisyear were shipped from Kennewick to Spokane last Satur day by the Yakima Valley Fruit Growers Association. The crate brought the shippers $15. By once more getting the first berries to market, Kennewick has maintained her reputation for easi ness, and, although the cold, back ward spring has made the initial shipment about two weeks later than previous years, it seems that these conditions are general through out the Northwest. Shipments during the past week have been much slower than they should have been. The cool, cloudy weather has prevented ripening, biit the generous showers of the past few days would indicate that the berries will be of unusual size when once the real summer weather comes to put the finishing touch of red upon them. From 50 to 100 crates per day have been brought to the warehouses during the week on which the price has ranged from 8(5.00 down to $4.00. The shippers expect to begin to take in about 1000 crates per day if warm weather continues over Sunday, and car-lot shipments will be in order before the close of next week. Manager de Regt of the Fruit Growers Association estimates the year's pick at 20,000 crates. The Fruit Growers Association have the addition to their ware house completed and are ready for the rush. Manager Collins of The Chas. H. Collins Co. reports that about 50 crates of gooseberries per day have been shipped by his firm during the past week. MEMORIAL OAY Memorial Day will be celebrated this year in Kennewick with the ministers of the city and the ladies of the Relief Corps in charge. A meeting was held Saturday after noon in the Reed Hall for the pur pose of making plans for the day and although there was not a large attendance, some preparations were made and Rev. Fraser was appoint ed chairman of the committee on arrangements. The old soldiers' graves in the cemetary will be dec- • orated in the forenoon by the G. A. R. and a delegation from the Woman's Relief Corps. At noon the old soldiers and their wives will be guests of honor at a banquet which will be held in the basement of the Presbyterian Church. At three in the afternoon, exerciser will take place at one of the churches. The official prugram of the day will be printed next week and it the earnest wish of the committee that the citizens will take hold of the matter and make the day the success it ought to lie. BENEFIT TONIGHT Follow the crowd thi9 evening, to the Princes? Theatre, where the best show of the year will l>e given un der the auspices of the Nile Club. Among the several films of unusual attraction is "The Twin Cinder alias," a little romance which will appeal to "all the world that loves a lover." The members of the Twin City Philharmonic Orchestra of steen pieces, have been devoting every spare minute for the past two weeks to practice for their perform ance tonight, which promises to be spectacular in the extreme. The city's famous singers will be there and it is confidently expected that Misses (Iriffeth, Gravenslund, and Cpoper, will make good their in tentions of favoring the audience with solos. The Nile girls ask you to come and have a smile or two. Slip them a quarter and an evening »>f first class entertainment is yours.