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At the head of the famous Wenatchee Valley, "The home of the Big Red Apple." The higher up the valley you go, the Bigger and Redder the apples grow
Vol. 10. No. 4
Italian Forman Crushed to Death, While
Engineer Andrews is Badly Scalded
When the Slide Hits Engine
Joe Teneralli, an Italian section
foreman was killed and Engineer An
drews severely scalded by escaping
steam when a snow slide struck a ro
tary and work train two miles up the
canyon last Saturday morning. The
rotary which arrived here the same
day from Spokane left here about 10
o'clock ahead of two engines, but got
as far as the Great Northern power
house when an avalanche came down
the mountain side and completely cov
ered the snow plow and one of * the
engines. The Italian foreman who
was standing on the running board of
the engine was caught by the slide
and jammed up against the boiler,
death resulting instantly.
Engineer Andrews, who was in the
cab was badly burned by escaping
steam, but was not seriously injured.
That the loss of life was not greater
was a miracle, as at the place where
the slide occurred the river runs very
close to the track, and the whole
train might have easily been swept
into the stream. The fact that there
was a bluff 10 or 12 feet high on the
upper side of the track probably saved
the train from going into the river,
the major part of the big slide passing
over the train and banking in around
the cars.
A large force of men were set to
work to free the train, but it was
unable to move for about twelve
hours. The rotary was badly dam
aged »nd was brought to this city for
Why it Pays the Fanner to Build
Good Roads
"A good road should be regarded
as an asset to every person living
within the community through which
it passes, and especially to farmers
whose property is saved by such road.
A farm may be ever so efficient from
the standpoint of buildings, cultivators,
etc., but if difficult of access, to and
from the outside world, its value is
very greatly impaired.
Among reasons may be mentioned,
first, the reduction in the cost of haul
ing products and necessities to and
from the farm. The cost of transpor
tation with the farmer, as with the
railway companies, depends upon the
scale upon which it is conducted.
Thus it costs it costs but little more for
one man and two horses to draw two
or three tons than for the same equip
ment to draw one ton, providing the
state of the road is such as to permit,
and this in the aggregate provides an
economy scarcely to be estimated to
the country at large, especially where
distances from town are frequently
great. The cost of delivering a car
load of wheat from the farmers granary
to the railway station often exceeds
the freight charges to the terminal
elevator, although the latter distance
may be incomparably greater, and this
is determined by the state of the road
over which it must pass.
Then, too, the marketable value of
a property is much increased if reached
by a good road. First impressions of
a prospective purchaser are usually the
most lasting, and these are not likely
to be favorable if the farm must be
reached over ruts, stones and slough
holes, and he will probably go else
These may be called apparent rea
sons for the building of good roads,
but there are others, which, though
less apparent, are none the less real.
"For example, a farmer fills his wagon
box with wheat and starts for town.
He soon passes over a stone or through
a hole, and the jar shakes off a quan
tity of wheat. This is repeated sev
eral times. Other farmers do the
same, until the wheat scattered along
the trails would form the output of a
ZTbe Ueavenwortb iScbo
moderate farm. Such shaking is also
very trying on wagons, and after a few
years of such treatment they show un
mistable signs of wear, and they do
not last more than half the time they
should. The farmer may attribute
the loss of his grain, and the wearing
of his wagons, to the roughness of the
road, but nevertheless, they are
chargeable, in no small degree, to the
poor road.
A horse may also be sweeneyed, or
otherwise injured by the jolt of a
heavy load over a rough place, and
the owner not know how or when it
was done.
For the above reasons it is a safe
statement that under ordinary condi
tions any administration having the
oversight of roadmaking would be jus
tified in creating a bonded indebted
ness for the purpose, leaving posterity
to pay, and the benefits arising would
repay the interest many times over in
the social, and moral uplift which it
would provide.
Jury Last Saturday Awarded S. P.
Beecher $850 Damages for Right
of-way Thru His Peshastin Land
S. P. Beecher and the Peshastin
Orchards Ditch Co., were awarded
$850 damages by the jury in the Su
perior court last Saturday in the con
demnation suit by the Icicle Canal
Co., for right of way for their ditch
thru his land at Peshastin.
Mr. Becheer placed his damage at
$5,000 maintaining that a canal op
erated thru his place would absolutely
ruin his orchard tract and would also
make it impossible for him to build a
diuh which he had contemplated.
Last summer he refused a tender of
$1,500 for damages.
The ditch for which the rights were
secured take 33 feet in width and
about a mile in length, 4.88 acres in
all. The ditch zigzags thru the
tract and by the decree entered gives
the owner of the land right to widen
the ditch if necessary in order to ac
commodate water for any other ditch
Reeves Crollard & Reeves repre
sented the Icicle Canal Co. and L. J.
Nelson the defendant. The Icicle
Canal Cos. ditch will be used to wa
ter a large tract of land in the vicinity
of Monitor.
Man who Gave Reporter News of 50
Men Killed in Slide is Ordered to
Leave City
Fred Hill left Wenatchee last Thurs
day afternoon on train No. 4, says the
Wenatchee World. He went by in
vitation of Officer Frank Stannard. Hill
is the fellow who brought down the
report from Leavenworth that the slide
killed 50 to 60 men including Fore
man O. F. Johnson of this city. Last
evening he was at the depot when the
train pulled in. Johnson saw him and
proceeded to tell him what he thought
of liars in general and of his kind in
particular. He expressed a desire to
give his former carpenter a thrashing,
but Hill defended himself by pleading
While the conversation was getting
warm, Agent Piper appeared. John
son appealed to the railway official
and said that he could prove that Hill
is an agitator, a thief and an all around
crook. Whereupon Piper turned to
the policeman and reported Johnson's
accusation. Stannard then gave Hill
the above advice and the fellow de
cided to act upon it. He did not even
wait to go after his baggage, if he had
It pays to tell the truth and above
all things never give a reporter a fake
story. See what happened to this
Leavenworth, Wash., Friday, January 31, 1913
freight Trains Will be Moved first-
Passenger Trains Will Arrive To
The blockade in the Cascade moun
tains was lifted Wednesday and bar
ring further trouble the trains will
commence running on time to-day.
Since the opening of the track Wed
nesday noon three freight trains have
come in from the west and three have
been sent to the coast. On account
of so much freight being tied up at
different points along the line it was
decided to move it before passenger
traffic was resumed. Just how long
the line will be open depends upon
the condition of the weather. As long
as the freeze continues there is no
danger of slides, but as soon as the
weather gets warmer the snow will
again commence sliding. It is the
prediction of railroad men that there
will be much more trouble before the
winter is over.
Indians on the Warpath Against Tree
The black hills beetle which,
through neglect to apply the proper
methods of control at the proper time,
killed, during the period from 1897 to
to 1907, more than a billion feet board
measure of the merchantable sized
timber in the Black Hills of South
Dakota, was found in 1911 to be
threatening similar devastations in the
valuable timber of the Tongue River
Indian Reservations of the Cheyene
Indians in southeastern Montana.
A co-operative beetle control pro
ject was organized in which the Branch
of forest insects of the bureau of en
tomology, U. S. Department of Agri
culture, gave advice and instructions,
the Indian service of the Department
of the interior furnished the funds,
and the Cheyenne Indians did the
Eleven thousand and seventeen
trees were cut and barked between
July 1, 1911, and July 1, 1912 in or
der to destroy the beetles. The fact
that a large percentage of the trees
which harbored the beetles was sawed
into lumber by mills installed for that
purpose resulted in a total net cost of
but $903.53 against a probable saving
for the next ten years, in the stumpage
value of the trees, estimated at sev
enty-five thousand to one hundred and
twenty-five thousand dollars.
An ad in the Echo brings results.
The fruit crop of the state of Washington in the year 1912 was worth
$10,791,018, according to the annual report of Horticultural Commissioner
F. A. Huntley. He declares that $2,000,000 more would have been re
ceived if proper provision had been made for saving the culls, or low grade
fruit. The commissioner's figures follow:
Fruit Amount Price ToUl
Apples 8,489,300 boxes $.75 $6,366,975
Pears 469,120 boxes .95 445,664
Peaches.. - 2,514,580 boxes .35 880,103
Plums and prunes 542,050 crates .80 433,640
Cherries... 543,070 boxes .80 434,456
Apricots and quinces .142,800 crates 1.00 142,800
Berries 1,640,000 crates 1.25 2,050,000
Grapes.. 108.900 baskets .20 21,780
Cranberries 1,300 barrels 12.00 15,600
Total $10,791,000
"At the close of the year 1911 our reports showed that there was 14,
--987,082 fruit trees in the orchards of the state," says the commissioner.
"During the year 1912 this acreage was increased by 2,288,190 trees, thereby
adding 36,971 acres and bringing the present orchard acreage of the state up
to 266,857 acres.
"In addition to this there is the small fruit acreage, including strawber
ries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, dewberries, gooseberries and cur
rants which is placed at 8,200 acres; then there are 300 acres of bearing vine
yards and 200 acres of cranberries in blaring, making a grand total of 275,557
acres devoted to fruit culture in the state of Washington at the present time.
An estimated valuation of $600 per acre shows a total valuation of the orchard
acreage of the state of $165,334,200. ,
"The acreage devoted to the different kinds of tree fruits is as follows:
Apples, 217,840 acres; pears, 13,279 acres; peaches, 17,072 acres; plums and
prunes, 10,927 acres; cherries, 6,104 acres; apricots, nectarines and quinces,
with the apricot largely predominating 1635 acres."
The Public Library Has More Books
The women who are in charge of
the public library feel very much en
couraged over the increasing interest
taken in their work and hope to add
many more books to the library during
the coming year. There are now two
hundred patrons of the library and
about seventy-five books are given out
each week. Twenty more books were
added this week. Among those for
juveniles are eight yolumes of Louisa
M. Alcott's works; Tanglewood Tales,
Hawthcrne; Robinson Crusoe, Mrs.
Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Gulliver's
Travels and the Scout Master of Troop
A few of the late books were: Cor
poral Cameron, Ralph Connor; Tempt
ing of Tavernake, Oppenheim; The
Inner Flame, Burnham; Master of The
Oakes, Stanley; Captain of His Soul,
Mitchell; and two volumes of short
classics by famous American authors.
L H. Hart Shipped A Car of Extra
Fancy Peshastin Fruit to the Na
tional Capitol this Week
L. H. Hart, one of theVaunch and
progressive fruit growers of that won
derful fruit section three miles down
the Wenatchee valley was here last
Saturday and said he would ship a car
of extra fancy apples to Washington
City the first of this week. He shipped
one car to that market some time ago
the returns on which were satisfactory.
Mr. Hart accompanied the car, or
rather preceded it. He has a brother
who is one of the prominent architects
of the capital city, and will combine
the pleasure of visiting him and mar
keting his apples.
He still has two or three cars of ap
ples in his storage cellar which he will
try and place before returning.
Wenatchee Switch Engine Runs Away
A jap watchman at the Great North
ern roundhouse in Wenatchee per
mitted the switch engine at that place
to get away from him last Saturday
night and after running a short dis
tance plowed its way into a bank of
ashes at the end of the side track.
Another engine was used to pull the
locomotfve back on the track and it
was brought to this city for repairs. It
is the duty of the Jap watchman to
move the engine to different points in
the yard during the night, but when
questioned he was unable to say how
he lost control.
Lighting Contract with Tumwater Light
& Water Co. Signed for Five Years
—Mr. Peters Accepts $250
After the minutes of the previous
meeting were read the following bills
were allowed:
Anchor Livery and Feed Stable $7;
A. J. Cook, 127; Gabe Rawlins, $44;
Sam Wilhelm, f5; J. E. Grant,
$102.50; J. A. Whalley & Co., $34;
Yakima Bindery, $98.50; Leavenworth
Echo, $22.90.
A bill from the Industrial Insurance
Commission for $87.50 against the
city, .being the amount assessed
against the city under the industrial
insurance law based on the number of
men employed in digging the ditches
and laying the pipes was read and
the clerk instructed to take the matter
up with Contractors Seaman & Quigg.
It was the opinion of the council that
the contractors should stand this ex
For the right of way thru the Peters
tract in Cascade Orchard, a letter from
Mr. Peters was on hand saying that he
would accept the $250 offer, and the
clerk and engineer were instructed to
fix up the papers. F. E. Van Brock
lin made application for the position as
water commissioner, which application
was placed on file.
The bonds of J. E. Grant, police
judge, for $500; John Koerner, treas
urer, $3500 and J. H. Bohnsack, mar
shal, $500, were accepted and placed
on file.
The lighting contract between the
city and the Tumwater Light & Water
Company, which expired on December
31, 1912, was renewed (or a period of
five years.
The bids on a city printing job were
opened and the contract let to the
Leavenworth Echo, which submitted
the lowest price.
To divide the city up into wards
Mayor Carlquist appointed Councilman
Featherstone and Engineer Cook as a
committee to make the division and
report next Tuesday evening. There
are to be three wards and one council
man will be elected from each ward,
every year, and one at large.
Effort is Being Made to Have the Peo
ple of the State Vote on the Irri
gation Scheme
Within the next two weeks a bill
will be submitted to the legislature
authorizing the submission to the vo
ters of the state at the next general
election a plan to provide money for
the Quincy irrigation project. Most
of the members of the legislature and
the government are said to look with
favor on the projected reclamation of
this large body of arid land and it is
believed that if the matter is put be
fore the people of the state, they will
give it their hearty endorsement.
There is over 400,000 acres of land
in Grant, Adams, Chelan and Douglas
counries which will be watered under
the big irrigation project and it is the
plan of the promoters to issue $40,
--000,000 in bonds backed by the state
which will mature in 20 years. The
bonds are to be in denominations of
$1000 each and are not to bear inter
est to exceeds per cent. The bonds
shall be sold by the state treasurer at
public auction to the highest bidder
in such parcels and numbers as the
governor may designate. The interest
will be paid out of a sinking fund pro
vided for in the act.
The act ii adopted by the voters of
the state will take effect on the 31st
day of December, 1914. It is antici
pated that after ths opening of the
Panama canal, there will be a big im
migration to the coast, and Washington
should have a large acreage ready for
settlement with the coming of the new
$1.50 Per Year
population. The Quincy project of
fers the biggest body of at present un
used land and the act really is an au
thorization for the state to foster this
big project.
Sumner and Flummerfdt on Good Com
Senator Charles Flummerfelt, of Che
lan and Kittitas counties, has been
named as chairman of the Committee
on Irrigation and Arid Lands, also to
serve on the following committees:
Educational Institutions, Mines and
Mining; State Library; Roads and
Bridges and Insurance.
In the house representative Sam R.
Sutnner has been named as a member
of the committees on Appropriations;
Constitutional Revision, Judiciary,
Railroads, Rules and as chairman of
the committee on Municipal Corpora
tions other than first class.
Receipts Increase 14 per cent in One
Year—sl799.Bß Worth Stamps
Sold Last Quarter 1912
If the receipts of the postoffice are
any criterion to the advancement and
increase of business and general pros
perity of a community, Leavenworth
has made a substantial increase within
the last year. The receipts of the
postoffice for the last quarter in 1911,
October, November and December
were $1,557.74, as compared to $1,
--799.80 for a like period in 1912, an
increase of a little over 14 per cent.
Since the parcel post went into ef
fect Postmaster Davis says he is han
dling six or seven times as many par
cels as he did in the past. He esti
mates that in the course of a rn«,nth he
and the employees handle close to a
hundred thousand pieces of mail mat
ter. Last year he made a count and
says that at that time it figured up
85,000 pieces in thirty days. From
the above it can easily be seen that
the post office man has no easy iob.
The money order business is steadily
increasing and at the present time be
tween eight and ten thousand dollars
worth of orders are sold every month.
The Biting Dog Will Bite No More
A vicious dog, the property of L. C.
Brender, has terrorized the women and
children in the eastern part of town for
several days. The past week he has
bitten no less than eight persons, men,
women and children, in several instan
ces drawing blood. Marshall Bohnsack
has been looking for the vicious canine
since the first of the week and yester
day ran onto him, and promptly, with
out ceremony, dispatched him. The
dog was of the airedaile breed, and
around home, says Mr. Brender, be
haved like a good dog should.
Dice Shaking is Stopped
The shaking of dice in Leavenworth
came to an end Monday morning
when Marshall Bohnsack served notice
on all the poolrooms, saloons and other
places where the game of chance has
been operated that it was gambling
and must cease. Most of the places
where a dice box has been kept in the
past are well pleased with the new
order and say they are glad that an
end has been put to this habit.
Inventory made by the state board
of accountancy shows that the Uni
versity of Washington's real and per
sonal property holdings aggregate $11,
445,877. Of this amount the real
property is appraised at 110,859,194
and the equipment, fixtures and fur
niture at $586,683. The buildings
on the present site are placed at
The National Forestry Service at
Olympia has received a letter from a
man living in Denmark, who asks
about the fir trees of Washington as to
whether he can obtain some seed and
at to the success being made in this
state in the matter of reforestation.
He says that the Washington fir ap
pears to be superior to those grown in
his land.

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