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Vol. 1. No. 4. Town and County Charles Freitag ;md son left Sunday night for Seattle on butlueil. William Briskey, of Mission,was here ■on Friday last on a visit to his daughter Mrs. George Beam. V •> ..Mrs. F. Wettstein and Miss Bertha Pnelaii graced the Eoho sanctum by their presence this week. Anthony Si* ridan. who was taken down with diphtheria about ten days ago, lias entirely recovered. W. W. Walker has commenced a f^'anf building on the lot where his sa &3n was located before the fire. It will be completed in about a week. Frank Shofcwell from Mission, passed through town on his way home Saturday He had been up. to his ranch »t, the head of Mud creek. A portion of the way he made on snow shoes. The west lx»und trains have been lute .almost i-very Hay the past ivy. ek. The delays have been caused by extremely cold weather and heavy snows in thc t Dakotas. and Montana. "Miss- Graig", who has been absent from 'the sixth grade school room the past week on account of sickness, was back in her old place Monday morning, .much to the satisfaction of herscholars. Building will commence in earnest as soon as the weather is settled. Several business houses arc talked of, somowill 1)6 brick and others of wood, but there is .sure to be considerable activity in this line. The frame building formerly occu ** mI by the Mercantile Company has JMun moved onto the vacant lot adjoin in it the Leaveuworlh Morcanilie Co.'s brick and will be repaired 'for Mr. Dwight Darling's drug store. A. ,T. Unyiile and son l»hiH,D. o'We nntchee, spent several days in<our town last week and made a trip Ifll to lake Wenatchee before returning. Mr. Lin ville said the timber around the lake impressed him as remarkably fine. L. W. Bloom will commence building operations just as soon as the weather will permit of his quarrying and hauling it»ck for the foundation He' Will build .a brick on the lot adjoininp'ihe one on I which the Adams & Burke hall stood. F. A. Losekamp, Leaveaworth's gen oral storekeeper, lias bsen suffering from a severe attack of toothache for several days and on Monday went down to Wenatchee to have »he offending member extracted or at 1< ast rendered harmless. Mrs. J. M. Beamish left on tho west bound train last Monday night for two weeks absence trom home. She will visit In Everett, Seattle, Tacoma and Portland, before returning. On Tues day she was joined by her daughter, Mrs. Wettstein. While in Portland, fiiis. Beamish will buy her spring- s.toak *imllinery. 'Mrs. Nancy Johnston, mother otl.tl. Johnston, came in on the belated Great, Northern train last Monday evening Ti'im QenMee, Idaho, where she has I-iyl for the last twenty years. Mrs. * is HO years old. She will ■JMthe remainder of her days with ncr son on his ranch about four miles down the river. A brother of Mr. I. N. Johnston accompanied her and may also conclude to stay here. Mr. Waldenberg. the local artist to whom the Echo made the suggestion a few wekl ago that he try his hand on some of our mountain scenery adopted the suggestion and showed the writer a picture "f lake Weuaichee. The pic ture was, however, made from a photo graph. Had the scene, which is a very pretty one, been sketched from nature it, would no doubt have been much bet ter. A special with four coaches came in last Monday evening from the east and romained in the yard over night. The following Great Northern oilicials were on the train and on Tuesday morning .resumed their journey to the coast for the purpose of Inspecting a lotof termi ni work whbh the road is having done in connection with the new «tfpot which is to be built this summer: <;. T. Slade, General Superintendent; ■V K. Ward, General Manager; H. A. Kennedy, Assistant General Superin tendent. George Emerson, Superinten dent of Mottfe Power ant' T. J. Claifr. jDivision Master Mechanic. Leavenworth, Wash., Friday, February 12, 1904. DOCTOR SMITH WANTS TO BE GOVERNOR The Enumclaw Sage Thinks His Chances Are Good The following authorized statement from Mr, Smith appeared in lust Sun day morning"*; "I 1 1": Dr. J. J. Smith, of Enuinelaw. presi dent of the Washington stale senate, formally announced yesterday that lie would bo a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor.The announce ment was made after a conference with his friends, during which Smith was assured of activo support in his cam paign. Dr. Smith's friends were Rppmhen sive that the candidacy of Judge Bat linger for mayor of Seattle might have some bearing or influence upon county, state or national politics in the fall. Some of them went 10 far as to assert that Mr. Balliug'er's candidacy would be adver-si; to any one nf several inter ests, and Dr. Smith's friends paid par ticular attention to investigating the al leged state of affairs. Their conferences and investigations sssured them, in addition to the assur ances they received that there was and is no reason to assume or believe that Judge Ballinger's candidacy has Hny purpose oi" bearing on anything except securing a competent business head for the city's business, and that no attempt would 1)0 made, as a result of his elec tion, to influence the result of the coun ty or state convention. There has been talk of Dr. Smith's candidacy for governor for several months. lit- was practically committed to the campiign before he left on his tour of Europe last fall, but when dis tance had been put betweeniliimself and state political issues the gubernatorial campaign did not look as g«jod as it did before he started. While abroad Dr. Smith forgot nil about his canvass, and he returned in an undecided frame of mind. Since he came back from Europe Dr. Smith has held a number of conferences with friends and has visited several parts of the state. Yesterday he for mally decided he would make the race and declared he would stay in tlie light to the end. Coming from the Thirtieth senatorial district, Dr. Smith is counting upon that support as a nucleus for his contest. His friends claimed yesterday that he had been assured by district leaders of their friendship. In announcing his his candidacy Dr. Smith said: "I will be a candidate for the Repub lican nomination for governor. I have canvassed the situation in this state with my friends, and we are convinced that, with tho support of the King county delegation, the nomination can be secured. ''Prior to the time I left for Europe last fall there had been some talk of my candidacy, and I was seriously consid ering the question. While absent I gave it little thought, but when I re turned I found my friends had been active and new pledges of support were tendered me. I have had time since to go over thewituation and satisfy my self that there is a good prospect for success. I shall make an active campaign for the nomination and will ask King coun ty to support me. lam in the light I.) stay." We believe two state .conventions would be more satir factory than to nom inate the state ticket in May, Dearly six months before the state election is.held. That seems to be the prevailing opinion among republicans with whom .we have converted on the subject in this part of Bouglas county. —Ilartline Standard. It is frequently remarked icy a jealous advocate of a railroad commission that if the railroads would just keep out of politics and let otl\er people alone they would not be molested, but a careful inquiry in many of these cases reveals the fact that tho UoAvler for re form is looking industriously for some one to influence him.—Walla Walla Union. The latest addition to our exchange list is the Leavenworth Echo, publish at Leavenworth, by Messrs. J£ayar & Laden. It Is a five column folio, all home print and is a newsy shqet. We wish it auccesß. —Big Bend Cui£,f. Iliailiiblc. II not True The following item from Le sueur, Minn., was published in the St. Pan! papers as a special recently. "iThe sender probably only intended to convey a vivid idea of .the intensity of the cold up in that part of the state. Leavenworth is in almost the same latitude that Lesueur is in, yet the thermometer here does not dropM low by twenty de greet. This winter, which has been unusually mild, it has not touched J>esueur cold by forty degrees, The editor of the Echo was compelled to use hia palm leaf to keep cool when he thought about how much warmer it was bere. 0.-c.ir Wilte, of Sebly, met with a mo*t remarkable accident kb.li morning that nearly cost him his life. With his i-ille in hand he Was attempting to get within range of a cat lie desired to •boot, when the animal ran up into tho framework supporting tba water tank. Standing directly beneath the eat, Wilte Hhot straight up at it, carelessly forgetting the fact that the tanU was in range. The bullet killed the eat and pierced tho bottom of the tank and in an instant the water, gushing out, sur rounded Mr. Wilts with a complete shower bath in a temperature of tlurty live degrees below zero. Instantly his overshoe* froze t<-> the stono foundation on which he was stand ing and stooping to unhuckle them, he was changed by a spray, freezing in the terrible cold as fast as it fell, into a helpless statue of ice, stiff and immov able as stone. Only by his stooping posture, which kept his face free from ice, was he saved from suttocation. Soon the flow of the water was stop ped by the sediment in the tank flowing into tho bullet lr.)le and the little son of Mr. Wiite, who had seen the whole af fair, ran for .assistance. It was neces sary to loosetfi the unfortunate man's feet with chisels and when he had been carried into the house by three strong men the ice had to be broken from him with clubs. He was badly frightened by the ex perience, but otherwise unharmed. The body of the cat was found frozen to his back. An Old Ludy's Mtraiiifp Adiiiiliiii'. On Friday of last week an old lady by the name of Koche, of Walla Walla, G5 years old, was out driving. The horse she was driving had been raised in Day ton and was headsirong and the old lady was too feeble to control him. He decided lie would visit his old home in Dayton, about twenty-live miles away. He kept the road and arrived there some time during the night, passing through a snow storm in the meantime, and the next morning was found standing in front of the barn where ho had been kept. The old lady, almost frozen, and thinking she was still in Walla Walla, had gotten out and was wandering around looking for her friends. It seems that the building of the 8.8. &, E. railroad has reached a point where to doubt is ■ sacrilege. Every fresh piece of news on that tubjeOt appears more business like and reliable, and the early spring Will usher in active pro ceedings. This i« the line that will be built down the McUiow valley, giving new lifeto that garden spot of tho state. While wo rejoice in the knowledge tihat the Methow valley is to be supplied with a means of communication with the world at large, there is another good a,ad sufficient reason to awaken feel ings satisfaction among the people of this i-olated region. The Great North crn will not quietly brook this infringe ment upon territory from which it has derived a large revenue without com petition for so long a To contiuue to hold at Mr.Hill wid de forced to get directly In touch with northern Okanog an, and we firmly believe the building of the B .U. & E. will have a stronger influence upon tho extension ot the Great Northern than any luianiicr of prayer or appeal thae could be made to that corporation.-Palmer Mountain Prospector. ASSESSORS RAISE TAX ON RAILROADS On Trackag-e $!.4O per Foot, On Rolling Stock Forty cents The convention of county assessors which met in Spokane last week adjour ned on the 6th inst after a stormy ses sion of three days, a largo part of the tine being devoted to a discussion of the properasiesment for railroad track age and rolling stock. The lirst day a rate of $1.40 a foot was adopted for lirst class trackage.The Hti'-'ond day nineteen assessors voted ,to reconsider and raise the assessment mill more and fourteen voted against reconsideration. The motion was de feated for a lack of a two-thirds vole. Today the nineteen assessors have re pudiated the action of tho convention and signed an agreement to place the assessment on all flrst .class railway line, at $1.50, regardless of the action of the convention declaring for a lower rale. The rate prior to the present year has been $1.35. The convention unanimously agreed to raise the rate on rolling slock from :!. r) cents to 40 cents. Tho assessors who signed the agreement for the higher as sessment for their counties are: W. M. Kenny, Kittiias; Pet&r Summersett, Lewis; S. P. V. Messenger, Oar Held; S. (J. Noble, Lincoln; E. E. Watson, Is land;.lames Downing, .Cowlitz; C. E. Buttles, Chelan; S. E. McClurken, Franklin; Harry Coonse. Yukima; A. F. Davis, Clarke;L'iuis Waltou,Adams: U. A. Wilson, Asotin; Charles P. Will, Douglas: F. M. Willmarth, Oki.nogan; P. J. X. Miller, Thurston; Wilbur Hop kius, Columbia: C. A. Olson, Jefferson; B. A. Maxtield, Clallam and F. G. Wil ley, Mason. <■«>» TlieuiMolvoN ill a Hole The Democratic senators in the at tempt to dig a pit for the president, have dug one for themselves. They earnestly pressed a resolution demand ing that the president forward to the senate all the papers in connection with the Panama canal and the formation of the Panama republic. The Republi cans in the senate did not seriously re sist this application, but insisted that it be couched in courteous language. The Democrat* professed to believe that something to the discredit of the administration would be found in the papers, and that they had not been made public in full on account of that fact. In response to this Democratic reso lution, the papers are now before the senate nnd they disclose that there was a foreign intrigue to prevent the rati lication of the Panama canal by Colom bia. It is shown that Germany also tried to secure an island that would af ford a strategic point of attack against the canal: that it was largely due to for eign Intrigue! that the canal treaty was rejected by Colombia; that there was secret interference by European nations in every stage of tho negotiations at Colombia. Further than this, it is dis closed that the Colombian government was secretly trying to sell out the Pan ama canal to Gtrmany. It appears still further that the pres ence of the large Heel, ol American war ships at Colon was due to the discovery that France was about to send warships to Colon to protect tho canal in tho event of the threatened revolution. There was also a showing that there mil founded aipprehension that some European powers had in contemplation tho seizure ot Colombian territory, probably along tho line of the canal, on account of Colombia's unpaid debts. The correspondence clearly discloses that some European poVefl were in active readinrss to take advantage of any evidences of weakness or vacilla tion which our government might have shown; that they were extremely dealr ous to defeat, if they could, the cod struetion of the isthmian canal and its control by the government of th'" United States. Had our government acted with less promptness and decision; had it pennil ted the European intrigues to bt carried out to their logical ends; had it, in iborl followed the programme which the Democrats insist it should have follow ed, there would have been a nice paafj $1 00 per Year at Panama, ami wo would have found ourselvei with no canal treaty, no rights on the isthmus, and with the Monroe doctrine annulled by European action and possibly with war ahead of us. The courage anil promptness with which the administration acted secured every American interest, defeated every Eu ropean intrigue, and has left the Euro pean intriguers against our interest our very good friends on the surface. These facts would all have remained state secreta. The administration re fused to use them in defense of its ae tloni in Panama, but was content to rest upon tho open record. Tlu-' Democrat ic senators have persisted ,in dragging them to light, to their u\vn discomfi ture. As seems to be the uniform Dem ocratic rule, tho Democrats find that in their entire course they have Veen en deavoring to aid and »fc>et open and se cret enemies of our country, and have done their petty best to injure the large interests of the. United States lor tho benefit of European intriguers against our interests and our safety.—Post In telligencer. ItciHil'liiiiii ('ommltU'C fall Ellis Marrlmon, chairman of the Re publican i-.tate Committee has issued a call for the Committee to meet in Se attle on f? aturday, the 27th of this month .Mr. Mori ison explains the annonnce ment he made som« time ago that the Committee wou,ld be called together about Feby. 15th by saying "I want ed to give tls<> Commltteemen more time to sound their constituents in re gard to tho question oS holding one or two cc nvenVsons. ''I was told by prominent republicans that they de&iretl more time to canvas; the situation with their counties. Ii have given them more than a month* from the time the cull will be received: until the committee will meet, ami I think this will be satisfactory. 'Lite question of one or two conventions is the one that It was urged must ba thor oughly lESeausseil by members of the committal ith the republicans they represent. The question, I have been informed, lj^ay come up, and the com mitteemeg, i-hould be in a position to vote the- aentiments of their constitu ents.*' A I'nullar I), liil-i . A dispatch in Sunday's "P-I" from North Yakima, dated Feb. 6th says: Harry Witllpms, who. is charged with robbing tho safe of tine Northwestern Improvement Company at Kcnnewick, was found guilty by the jury after being out nine hours. Prominent witnesses testified th,a,t ho had taken four grains, of cocaine avxl that when he went to the office that was robbed he thought ho was going to tlio station to take the train, the office being in the old rail road station. It all depends on the evidence whether tho conviction will stand. The dispatch does not state whether the evidence re sponded to the charge or not. But of course a man could not be charged with looting a safe and be convicted of taking a train. The evidence showed that he took the cocaine just before ho started to take the train and tho cocaine is evidently responsible for his change of mind, for when he got to the depot instead of taking the train he took the con tents of a safe. When a certain bachelor was mar rled the members of the Bachelors Club broke him all up by sending him a copy ot "Paradise Lost." Colorado poetry: 'The evening few her bath of dew is partially undressed; Tho sun behind a bobtail Hush is sot tinjj in the west; The planets light tho heavens with the flash of their cigars; The sky has put its night shirt on and buttoned it with stars." An old lady who had no relish for modern church music was expressing her dislike of the singing of an anthem la a certain church, when a neighbor said, "Why, that is a very old anthem, David sang it to Saul.' 1 To this thq Old Udy replied, "Weel, Weel, I nog for the first time understan' why Sau} threw his javelin at Davjd when the l#d sang for him."