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The Kennewick Courier
CITY OFFICIAL PAPER VOL. XI NO. 32 PROSSER RETAINS COUNTY SEAT WRY SWEPT BY DEMOCRATS Wilson will Receive Largest Elec toral Vote in History—House will be Democratic New York. —The result of the most hotly contested presidential campaign since the Civil War shows a sweeping victory for the Democratic ticket. The verdict returned by a majority of the 16,000,000 voters of the country means that Woodrow Wilson, Democratic governor of New Jersey, will be the next president of the United States and Thomas R. Marshall, Democratic governor of Indiana, will be the next vice-president. • The three-cornered presidential con test brought to the polls an unprece dented number of voters. Reports from every section of the country shows a nation-wide recording-break ing vote. * The total number of electoral votes is 531, and the returns indicate that Wilson and Marshall have many more than the 266 votes necessary to win. Reports indicate that the electoral vote of the Democratic candidates will pase the 400 mark. South Still Solid. The so-called "solid South," Ala bama, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Vir ginia, which have uniformly cast their electoral votes for the Democratic presidential candidates in the past six elections, is still solidly Democrat ic, Wilson and Marshall polling the usual large majorities. Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri, which with few exceptions in the past 25 years have gone Democratic, have given substantial Democratic majorities. New York state's 45 electoral votes will be cast for Wilson and Marshall. The indications are that Wilson has carried New York state by a plurality of between 100,000 and 150,000. Re ports from all parts of the state show the vote was heavy, the efforts of the three gubernatorial candidates to bring out the voters being rewarded with success. Congressman Sulzer, the Democratic candidate for govern or was elected by a large plurality. Wilson Carries Many Doubtful States Wilson seems to have carried most of the doubtful states. Early returns in addition to giving Wilson and Mar shall the "solid South," indicated that the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, New Jer sey, Massachusetts, New York, West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri were Democratic. As returns from the west began to come in Montana, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon and California lined up in the Democratic column. Returns from San Francisco an<? Los Angeles made it probable that California might join the Wilson-Mar shall column. Rhode Island became a doubtful state on the early returns, and, based on the later votes reported, it seemed not wholly improbable that its five electoral votes would go to Wilson The early returns gave an apparent victory to Taft in New Hampshire, but the Taft plurality dwindled as the returns came in. The vote in Utah as reflected in the early dispatches gave indications that that state would be carried for Taft. vote _±u Pennsylvania was amaz lngly close, the returns from more than 1000 precincts embracing 185,000 giving each of the three leading Presidential candidates more than 60, 000 votes. President Taft's lead in Philadelphia districts was offset by the heavy vote Polled by Roosevelt and Wilson in other parts of the state. Many surprises were shown in tht returns. The New York state assem «ly seemed to be overwhelmingly Democratic. In Illinois, indications w *re that Judge Dunne, the Demo cratic candidate for governor, had w 'on notwithstanding the heavy Roose velt victory. Former Speaker Cannon seemed to have been defeated for re election to congress in Illinois. addition to Roosevelt's appar ently certain Victory in Illinois, tht confident claims of the Roosevelt managers that lowa, Michigan and Kansas would fall into the Roosevelt column seemed verified by the par tially complete returns. The return* from California, while meager, indi cated a Wilson victory. The»uncer (Continued on Page Eight) © 1912, by American Press Association. The Sterile That Won't Come Off. LISTER DEFEATS HAY FOR GOVERNORSHIP Result of See-saw Contest for First Honors on State Ticket In Doubt for Two Days The result of the race between Governor M. E. Hay and Ernest Lister for the governorship remained in doubt until this morning. First returns showed the democratic can didate to be in the lead, but the count from Hay territory which came in yesterday placed the gov ernor in the lead. This morning the returns so far as completed show Lister to be in the lead by over three thousand with several large precincts yet to hear from, which will undoubtedly in crease his lead. F. L. Watson, who was in telephonic communication with the governor this morning, re ports that Mr. Hay concedes his defeat by at least 2000. Other state officers elected are: Lieutenant Governor —Louis F. Hart. Secretary of State —Ryan Leading Howell by small margin. Treasurer —Edward Meath. Auditor —C. W. Clausen. Attorney General —W.V. Tanner. Superintendent of Instruction — Mrs. Josephine Preston. Land Commissioner —Clark V. Savidge. Insurance Commissioner —H. 0. Fishback. 3rd Dist. —Wm. L. LaFollette. State Senator 15th Dist. —Frank J. Allen. State Representative 58th Dist. — Herbert K. Rowland. Supreme Court Judges —Black, Ellis and Mount. Judge of Cuperior Court —0. R. Holcomb. THE CITY PRIMARY In the city primary last Tuesday T. J. Wright for clerk was renomi nated, defeating H.D. Nicewanger by 34 votes. J. L.Johnson for treasurer was renominated over R. C. Moun sey by 248 and H. W. Desgranges defeated A. V. Mcßeynolds for the nominotion for councilman in the second ward by 45. These were the only contested offices. The citizens party ticket, which will be voted upon December 9th will be made up as follows: Mayoi —S. M. Lockerby. Clerk —T. J. Wright. Treasurer —J. L. Johnson. Attorney —C. L. Holcomb. Councilman at Large — H. E. Huntington. Councilman Ist Ward R. H. Anderson. Councilman 2nd Ward —H. W. DesG ranges Councilman 3rd Ward J. W. Behrtnan. KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1912 Kennewick's Majority, Though Large, Lacks 193 Votes of 60% Necessary for Removal The county seat of Benton County will remain at Prosser—for another four years, at least. With the re turns all in, though unofficial, Kennewick is shown to lack 193 votes of the necessary 60 per cent to secure the re moval. There were 3846 votes on the proposition. Of these Kennewick polled 2114, or 55 per cent; Prosser polled 1547, or 40.2 per cent and Benton City 185, or 4.8 per cent. In the territory along the Columbia River, considered fav orable to Kennewick, Prosser received 97 votes; while Kennewick polled 67 votes in the territory conceded to be solid for Prosser. The precincts throughout the entire Columbia River territory gave Kennewick a splendid vote and they deserve and have the gratitude of the citizens of this city for the testimonial of friendship shown. Finley and Horse Heaven precincts turned out in an especially loyal manner, their vote exceeding the pre-election estimate which had been made of Kennewick's strength in those districts. Wellington and Richland were the only precincts out side of Kiona to give Benton City any support worth con sidering. Prosser had her challengers at most of the polls at this end of the county and Kennewick had men in some of the hostile camps to keep tab on the voting. In all cases the challengers were allowed every courtesy and no un pleasant occurences marred the peace of the day. Elec tion morning dawned in a drizzle of rain, but by noon the sun had chased the clouds beyond the horizon. In every precinct rigs and autos were worked as never before to get every voter to the polls, as a result of which the vote was nearly complete at six o'clock. Of course there was the inevitable next-day talk of a recount of some of the precincts, caused by the surprising ly heavy vote polled by Prosser, especially in Riverside precinct. The "dry" element at Prosser is also said to have threatened to throw out the second ward vote in that city on the charge of illegality on the part of the "wets." The question of whether or not Kennewick needed a 60 per cent majority to win has also been raised, but at this writing no action has been taken toward a contest of any sort. The general feeling seems to be in favor of taking the defeat good-naturedly, paying the bills and forgetting the whole thing as soon as possible. It was a good, two-fisted scrap while it lasted. Ken newick's campaign committee made the other fellows real ize that they had been in a race, before they got through, and it may be mentioned that the west-enders showed they could go some when they got under way. Now let's all forget it and turn our attention to collecting enough of the wherewith to get our Thanksgiving turkey. UNOFFICIAL RETURNS ON COUNTY SEAT ELECTION Ben. Ken. Prosser City Kennewick, Ist Ward 270 1 2 2nd " 212 1 3rd " 156 Valley 462 1 Prosser, Ist Ward 3 186 " 2nd " 3 314 " 3rd " 1 122 l North Prosser 370 1 East " 93 West " 75 Richland 324 3 10 Kiona . 22 17 146 White Bluffs 149 11 Hanford 122 28 . 2 Horse Heaven 48 Finley 186 1 Hover 58 1 Expansion 19 1 Patterson 25 13 Carley - 16 6 Glade V... 1 29 Wellington , 22 45 15 Rattlesnake 97 5 Columbia 13 16 Riverside 2 117 2 2114 1547 185 LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION "Gracious! What a bump we got!" NEW WAREHOUSE IS BEING FILLED RAPIDLY Completion of N. P. Spur Gives Access to all Rail Lines Out of Kennewick The Northern Pacific Ry. have now completed their spur track to the new community warehouse, known as the Kennewick Distribut ing Co., giving them direct rail connection with the N. P. and the S. P. & S. TheO-W-R-N. having had their spur in for some time, gives the warehouse direct rail connections with all lines out of Kennewick. This will be of special interest to the merchants and ranchers in and around Kennewick as it will enable them to store their potatoes, apples, merchandise, etc., and reship them over any line without a cartage charge. Some of them are taking advantage of this and are storing and holding their potatoes, etc., for higher prices. The warehouse is being rapidly filled up with various kinds of merchandise by several of the coast jobbers and eastern manufactnres, who are storing merchandise here for distribution to central Washing ton points. This will mean that the merchants here can get their goods on the day they order them instead of waiting for them to be shipped in from the coast. It will also mean that the Seattle jobbers can compete with the Portland jobbers in this territory, to better" advantage, which will be a benefit to the merchants here. This shows that our opinion that Kennewick is going to be a distrib uting center is not confined to Kennewick alone, but that it is rapidly coming to be realized by the coast jobbers and manufacturers. STARKS WILL RE-ENTER HOTEL BUSINESS Mrs. 0. C Stark and sons, former proprietors of the Hotel Kennewick, who have been developing their ranch near Finley during the past two years, have traded that proper ty, consisting of 53 acres, to C. H. M. Gronbold of Roseburg, Oregon, for a 103-room hotel in that city. Possession will be given and taken within two or three weeks. The deal involved $16,000, the Finley acreage being valued at 810,000. Mr. Gronbold will improve the ranch during the coming season, putting the major portion of it into alfalfa. The Starks retain their residence property in the Olmsted Addition. An impromptu Democratic jubilee was pulled off Wednesday night in which Hamilton's donkey, ridden by Harry Holloway, headed the proces sion, paying brief calls at several of the business places. The official Wil son-Marshall-Lister blowout is sched uled to occur tonight, we understand. WHOLE NUMBER 552 HOW THE COUNTY CANDIDATES RAN All Republicans but Two are Eleded—Kennewicks Can didates are Successful Although the county seat election robbed the race for county offices of much of its excitement, there was no little interest shown in the out come of some of the contests, par ticularly those for the honors of treasurer, sheriff and attorney. All republican county candidates were elected with the exception of Rundle for treasurer and Angus for commissioner. Kennewick's two candidates were elected, Cole for at torney, defeating Judge Hamilton of Prosser by a small margin and Dr. J. W. Hewetson winning out for coroner over A. deY Green, of Prosser. Auditor A. E. Verity rolled up the largest majority of the day, be ing re-elected over Gilpin by a mar gin which will exceed 1200. W. B. Mahan was elected sheriff over Alex McNeill by about 425, while John Severyns was re-elected assessor over Chas Rude, of Kiona, by 900 majority. Earl R. Harper, democrat, will be the next treasurer, defeating A. C. Rundle by about 400; while Ward, democrat defeated Angus, republican, for the second district commissionership by 490. E. D. Mineah, who ran independently, was beaten about three to one. H. M. Walthew, of Hanford, was re-elected commissioner from the first district, while C. D. Walter for engineer, Frank Snively for clerk and Wata J. Jones for superintend ent of schools, were re-elected with out opposition. Practically complete, though un official returns show the following totals: Auditor—Verity 2184, Gilpin 874. Sheriff —Mahan 1767, McNeill 1338. Treasurer —Rundle 1359, Harper 1755. Assessor —Severyns 1945, Rude 1045. Attorney—Cole 1558, Hamilton 1483. Commissioner 2nd Dist. —Angus 908, Ward 1385, Mineah 487. PROSSER WET; RICHLAND DRY The local option election at Prosser resulted in a victory for the "wets" by the small margin of six votes. As a result there are many very sore heads at the county seat, and cries of fraud are flying through the air. It is possible that a re count of Prosser's second ward may be forced by- the dry element who now realize that while they were be ing sent throughout the east end of the county to spread the "dry Pros ser" argument in the county seat fight, they were being beautifully double crossed at home. Richland voted to remain in dry column by a majority of 64 to 41. WHISTLE BIDS REJECTED All bids for the fire alarm system were rejected at the council meeting last night. The excessive cost for a meagre system prohibited the city's purchase. A. C. Wood, represen tative of the Gamewell Fire Alarm Co., was present and submitted a sketch for a bell system rather than * the compressed air siren. His plan includes two thousand-pound bells and sixteen alarm boxes, installed over the city. His proposition will be considered in detail next meet ing. W. A. Morain >-ecured the con tract for the sewer outlet extension which will put the outlet some 500 feet further into the river.