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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. XII NO. 33 FOR LIVELIER, LARGER CLUR Entertainment and Membership Committees of Commercial Club to Work for Betterment The membership and entertain ment committees of the Commercial Club have commenced a campaign to increase the membership and liven up the meetings with special features of a different order every month. At Tuesday night's meeting plans to make the club's work broader and more interesting were vigorous ly discussed and a list of non-mem bers was compiled as a starter on the campaign for an enlarged mem bership roll. A special invitation will be extended to these men to be present at the next meeting which will be made unusually interesting. Lee M. Lampson, agricultural ad visor, will be invited to speak at the December meeting and tell of his work, and other features of en tertainment will be provided. It is probable, also, that Senator Jones will be the guest of the club at some date in December and that event will be in the nature of a smoker. At the regular December meeting will occur the annual election of of ficers. Messrs. Gardner, Pratt, Hoyt and Marks, Skirving and Mounsey have been appointed as nominating committees who will select the two tickets. The financial report of the car nival committee was submitted to the club by H. W. Desgranges. The report was accepted and a vote of thanks was given to the carnival committee and the queen commit tee for their excellent work. The club also recommended the com mittee be continued and that ihe surplus funds, amounting to nearly $250 be placed in a sinking fund for use next year. The club quartette was present and rendered several enjoyable se lections. SCHOOLS OF COUNTY FORM DEBATING LEAGUE Hill Use Old Rules of Elimination— Kennewiek Will Have Strong Team—Other School Notes Ariangements were perfected some ' time ago for the organization of a couijty league, by which the schools of Benton county may debate with each other. Such an organization has been in the minds of its promoters, Supt. M. S. Lewis and others, for the past year or more. Last fall at the Teachers' Institute, the constitution was drawn up, admitting to the league all schools of the county, maintaining eighth grades, which care to join. All high school and eighth grade students are eligible to debate. The system of eliminatian, which has been used in the interscholastic debate series until this year, is used —that is, the team losing a debate withdraws from the contest. The subject for debate is the same one that was used by the Whitman county league two years ago, viz., "Resolved: That the Exercise of Political Rights by Women Will Make for the Better ment of the Race." The first debate will be held some time before Christmas and the series will continue until the first of May. (he county board of education has direct charge of the debates. The students of the kennewick school who are competing for a position on the team are John Hamilton, Edwin Ofgood, \V illiam Sly. Dora Williams, Sheridan Delepine and Ralph Hargett. The I - reshmen show that they are alive to the opportunities open to them. The tr\-out will be held Tuesday, Novem ber Is, to determine those who will represent Kennewick. The public is invited to attend the Thanksgiving program which is to be gi\en bv the Seniors Wedneday, Nov. ' t>. A complete announcement of the program will be made next week. The entei tainment committee is planning a series of "At Homes" to which the townspeople will be invited. TO DEMONSTRATE MODERN IRRIGATION METHODS An Irrigation Convention will be held in Kennewick on Saturday, November 22nd, under the aus pices of Geo. H. Emery, represent ing the Kellar-Thomason Co., of Los Angeles, Cal. Every farmer and all others in terested in better irrigation methods should make it a point to attend this convention. Admission will be free. Full details will be announced next week. BIG PROJECT AT PRIEST RAPIDS WILL GO THROUGH So Says White Bluffs "Editor, Who Claims to Have Inside Informatation That the Milwaukee's $25,000,000 development project at Priest Rapids is far from being a dead one is the gist of a story in last week's White Bluffs Spokesman. Editor Hay claims to have learned from a re liable source that the deal has been made whereby the Milwaukee is to acquire the Priest Rapids power site and take over the interests of the Hanford I. Sr. P. Co., the Pacific Power & Light Co. and the Ameri can Light & Power Co, The Spokes man says, in part: "While no official statement has come from the Milwaukee railway officials regarding their purchase of a controlling interest in the Priest Rapids hydro-electric power plant, water rights and sites, owned by the Hanford Irrigation & Power company, the Pacific Power & Light company and the American Light & Power company, unofficially the company admits that the deal has been consummated. "When the E glish capitalists, who visited the valley a few days ago, were interviewing the scatter ing ranchers on the highlands be tween White Bluffs and the rapids, they informed at least one of the people visited that there would be extensive developments in this part of the country from this time on. "In the deal are included great bodies of irrigable land on both sides of the Columbia river between Priest Rapids and Han ford. "The Spokesman'B informant says that the plans of the Milwaukee, if carried into effect, will place thousands of acres of land on the market at practically half of the price which has been asked in this valley; that the water right will be a real water right and that all the influence of the Milwaukee will be given toward settling the valley.'' "QUO VADIS?" IN THE FILMS Manager Baker of the Princess Theatre, in response to demands for the bigger, standard plays, has se cured for the benefit of the local public a big production of "Quo Vadis?" and will put the show on next Tuesday night, November 18th. Those who have read the book real ize that the story to be told by the films is the story of the persecution of the Christian martyrs from the crucifixion of Christ to the death of Nero. In his .advertisement ap pearing in this issue, Mr. Baker states this big three-reel production is of terrifying vividness, faithfully portrayed with all historical, bibli cal, dramatic and spectacular values. The feature has cost considerable money and a good attendance at this performance will mean a con tinuance of the bigger features in the moving picture world. The boys of the high school have begun practicing basketball with Mr. Meikle as their coach. They have the gymnasium floor on Wednesday and Friday noons and Monday and Thurs day after school. The high school and grade girls practice Monday noon and Friday evening. The athletic committee is considering a track meet for next spring. LARGEST LOCAL CIRCULATION KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 1913 KENNEWICK WINS IN FIRST DEBATE Voung Orators Get Decision Over Rich land —Fair Sized Crowd Hears Arguments Last Friday night's debate be tween the Kennewick and Richland high schools was won by the Ken newick team, composed of Martin Garber, Raymond Rarey and Van Wbaley, who took the affirmative on the question: "Resolved, that all unskilled laborers from the coun tries of eastern and southern Europe should be excluded from the L T nited States." According to the new rules it was not announced whether the decision of the judges was un animous or two to one. The Richland debaters were John Seawell, Vernon Kloster and Eugene Mitchell. Geo. F. Richardson pre sided as chairman and the judges were Attorney Chas.W. Johnson* of Pasco; Prof. Chester Day, of Fin ley; and Mr. Gunther, of Seattle, who took the place of F. A. Bready, of Pasco. The team deserved much credit for the excellence of their work, con sidering the short time they have been working. Martin Garber's was the most finished debate, probably owing to his experience of several years in that kind of work. The rebuttal speeches showed the ability of the debaters to think rapidly and to express their points in a clear, concise manner. The debate was fairly well at tended, about one-half of the audi ence being made up of Kennewick students, teachers and townspeople and Richland f*iends composed the other half. The debating teams were enthusiastically supported by their friends and schoolmates. Ber nard Slaugenhaupt and Edmund Carpenter proved to be excellent yell-masters. Marilla Meikle and Geraldine Crosslandled the singing. Mi3s Spencer played a piano solo, while the judges were making their decision. The next debate will be with Prosser at that place, December 12, at which time Kennewick will argue on the negative side of the same question. Prosser, taking the neg ative, lost to Grand view last Friday. A LETTER OF THANKS The Kennewick Courier, Gentleman: Through the columns of your pa per I desire to publicly thank those who supported me during the recent primary election. When I consider the malicious and unscrupulous at tacks that were made upon me and the organized effort that was used to secure my defeat, it is more than gratifying to me to realize that so many stood by me and the majority against me was so small. It is reported to me that there will be an effort to elect me City Attorney by means of stickers. I desire to state that my action along that line is absolutely unsanctioned by me and that I am not a candi date for the office of City Attorney. Again thanking those who so staunchly,stood by me, and assuring all of my best wishes for the city of Kennewick, I am Respectfully, Ernest L. Kolb. FINLEY HOME BURGLARIZED The home of Rev. J. D. Bird of Finley was ransacked last Thursday while the family were spending the day at the Landis home. Mrs. Bird lost several pieces of jewelry, among them being her wedding ring and a diamond ring. Their larder also was relieved of pies, milk, potatoes and other eatables. HEALTH OFFICER ASKS PEOPLE'S AID By Systematic Work, Dirt and Disease May be Banished, Says Dr. Spaulding "With an efficient working organ ization of the health board and the co-operation of the citizens, we can make this town the cleanest in the state," said Dr. Spaulding, the new health officer, this week. ' I haven't been all around yet to see just how the conditions are generally, but we have already found one or two unsanitary places in the business district and have made arrangements to have them corrected at once. I have laid out the town in four districts and will make it a rule to cover one of these districts each week, thus giving the city a thorough inspection monthly. "I wish to ask the help of every one in making Kennewick clean and healthful. If anyone knows of an unsanitary spot in his block, they will be doing the city and the health board a great favor if they will re port it. "Without working a hardship up on any property owner, we will en deavor to see that in the future the Requirements of the sewer ordinance are lived up to. No new cess-pools, of course, will be allowed to be dug and as fast as those now in use fill up, connection with the sewer will have to be made. "By the time that hot weather comes again the city should be in such a sanitary condition that sick ness will be reduced to the very lowest minimum. Of, course, I may not be in office after January first, but until my term expires I expect to be on the job all the time." PLANNING FOR NEXT YEAR Lee M. Lampson left last evening for Spokane where he will attend a conference today of agricultural ex perts of the northwest who will m«et with Prof. P. G. Holden, whose party recently returned to that city at the close of their alfalfa cam paign. The conference is to devise follow-up plans to further the work started during the recent state-wide campaign and to arrange for another trip along similar lines in 1914. Mr. Lampson also hopes to ar range a date for the coming of the state college winter-school corps who are to hold a week's session for farmers at Kennewick and Richland this winter. PIG MEETING TOMORROW Tomorrow at the Commercial Club room, at 1:30, the Swine Breeders' Association is to hold the meeting which was postponed from last Saturday. President Pratt says that if there isn't a good attendance tomorrow the meeting will again be postponed, sine die, with accent on the "die." REBEKAHS ELECT OFFICERS Tuesday evening the Rebekah Lodge held one of the best meetings of the year. The following officers were elected to hoid the chairs for the com ing term: P. G., Adelaide Spauding; N. G.. Grace Brown; V. G., Sadie Con way; Rec. Sec., Mae Shanafelt; Fin. Sec., Angie Munday; Treas., Ellen Richardson; trustee, Ernest Kolb. Elsie Haas was initiated into the mysteries of the order. After the regular busi ness, a linen shower was given by the members for Mrs. C. J. Anderson. Cards and dancing furnished amuse ment for the remainder of the evening, which closed with a bounteous supper. RECEPTION FOR NEW RECTOR The reception for Rev. Mitchell at the parlors of the Commercial Hotel on Tuesday night was largely attended. The guests were entertained by a violin and piano duet by Miss Burlingame and Miss Spencer, a solo by Mrs. G. E. Hanson and a piano selection by Miss Hamilton. Mrs. E. W. Trenbath pre sided at the refreshment table where coffee and cake were served. CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSN. TO MEET SATURDAY. DEC. 6 The first annual meeting of the Benton County Crop Improvement Association will be held in Kenne wick, Saturday, December 6th, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon. It goes without saying that every farmer in the county should attend this meeting. The proceedings will be brimful of in teresting things, and the county advisor, L. M. Lampson, will de liver his report of the year's work. FARMERS FAVOR MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE IDEA Company to Operate in Yakima Valley May be Formed if Enough Policy Holders are Secured A meeting was held in the Com mercial Club rooms last Saturday to consider the desirability and advis ability of organizing a farmers' mu tual fire insurance company. The meeting was not largely attended but those present were enthusiastic ally in favor of the proposition. E. 0. Keene, on behalf of the committee from the Highlands Im provement Club, has given us the following information concerning the operation of mutual insurance companies in this state. The com mittee has made quite a thorough investigation and this report of their findings will be of interest to many I "Mutual insurance is no new and untried experiment but a successful enterprise that has been effective in many places for a score of years. In mercantile risks we have the various associations that have been carrying their own insurance mutually at a cost averaging but sixty per cent of the old line rates. "In this state there are several farmers' mutual companies doing a successful and money saving busi ness in the insurance line. "One at Enumclaw is the most successful. It has now over $7,000,- 000 of insurance in force and has been writing insurance for upward of fifteen years. Old line rates on this class of business run about $7.50 per thousand of insurance per year. The company at Enumclaw has carried its insurance at an average cost of but $2.00 per thousand of insurance per year. They figure a saving to policy holders of about $23,000 per year in premiums. "This rate and saving is about the same as is made by the other mutuals writing this class of busi ness. In ordinary insurance, officers' salaries and agents commissons eat up the greater part of the money paid as premium. In the mutuals the salaries paid are very small and the commissions just enough to re compense the solicitor for his work, there being no state agency and no general agency among whom the premium money is divided. Also there are no stockholders looking for dividends on money invested, so that the insurer gets his protection at actual cost. "A mutual insurance company in the Yakima valley should be able to accomplish as much as the one across the mountains used for com parison and no one will deny that the quarter of a million dollars that would be saved in premiums every ten years could be used to good ad vantage in making new improve ments or raising the standard of living. "The state laws require applica tions for a certain amount of insur ance before a company will be char tered to engage in business. In order to ascertain whether there is any general demand for fhe organ ization of a mutual insurance com pany looking to the saving to the farmer of all over the actual cost of his insurance, it is asked by the committee having this matter in charge that everyone interested re port either orally or by letter,stating his ideas relative to the matter, and the amount, if any, of insurance he would apply for." WHOLE NUMBER 605 STUBBORN FIRE AT COLLINS GO. Warehouse Endangered by Blaze in Basement—Loss Will be About $1,500 The building and the stock of the Chas. H. Collins Co. was damaged to the extent of about $1500 by a stubborn lire last Sunday evening. The blaze started, probably from defective wiring, in the cigar stock in the basement, and was first seen from the N. P. depot, from whence the alarm was telephoned. The fire department did good work in getting a stream into action, though by the time they arrived on the scene the flames had mounted through the basement stairway and thence to the roof. Though the fire men were hampered by the dense smoke and by the fact that the new hose would not couple to the hy drant, they confined the fire, with one line of old hose, to a compar atively small area. The city engineer advises us that the trouble encountered in coupling the new hose to the hydrant was not the fault of the hose. A section of the new hose was taken to the same hydrant the next morning and was coupled on without difficulty. Several hundred dollars worth of cigars and candies constituted the principal loss. The building ia not badly damaged and the business of fice was not touched by the fire, al though damaged somewhat by smoke. Manager Astholz says that he has already disposed of all of the damaged stock which was salable, has orders for new stock on the road and will be doing business as usual in a few days. COUNTY AGRICULTURIST AT CLUB HOUSE NOV. 21 Highlanders Plan to Continue Series of Monthly Conferences and Demonstra tions —Other Highland Items Lee M. Lampaon, County Agricultur ist will address the Highlands Improve ment Club on Friday evening Nov. 21. It is the purpose of the Club to continue so tar as possible the series of talks, conferences and demonstrations along the lines of agriculture and horticulture so successfully inaugurated during the past year. The meeting will be open to the general public and all are invited. Work was begun the first of the week on the lighting system for the Highlands. A force of men are busy digging holes and poles are now being set. Juice will be available for lights in the first unit of the system in about a week. Two cars of fertilizer were unloaded at Beaver's spur this week. Another car will be ready for unloading Satur day. E. H. Mann is busy this week clear ing and getting an additional portion of his homestead ready for cultivation. J. H, Berryhill, of Evansville, Ind., visited Friday and Saturday at the home of Dr. Hudson. Mr- Berryhill is a manufacturer of farm implements and is making a business trip through the west. The family Henratty are now comfor tably domiciled in their new home into which they moved the latter part of last week. Mrs. Wm. M. Kenyon left Wednes day for a visit with friends and rela tives at Tacoma. Jos. Hess was a business visitor at Grandview last Saturday. E. R. Keller and A. G. Zierdt are do ing jury duty at Prosser this week. J. R. and Mrs. Lott came over from Pasco and spent Sunday at the ranch. Fred Kadow has a force of men at work on the Alex. Miller tract prepar ing it for planting. Dr. Hudson visited friends at Finley, Tuesday. Little James Zierdt was quite ill last week with an attack of colonitis. He is much improved at this writing. Mrs. L. C. Jacobson, of Seattle, ar rived last evening for a visit with her parents, I. A. and Mrs. Boynton.