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Washington State journal. (Ritzville, Wash.) 1907-1911, December 04, 1907, Image 1

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Virtually Licenses Uuscrupulous Parties. Encourages Indifference and Incul
cates Ignorance in the Transaction of Business.
SPOKANE ,Wash.—That the inter
state ocmmerie law virtually licenses
unscrupulous practices, encourages
indifference ard inculcates ignorance in
the transaction of the business of
transportation companies and protects
them in the exercise of these evils is
charged by Frank H. McCune, expert
for the city of Spokane and associated
interests in the suit against the Hill
and Harriman transcontinental lines,
in which the interstate commerce com
mission is expected to make a ruling
before the end of the year.
This feature of the law, he says in
a signed statement, is disclosed in a
ruling by the commisison that rail
ways are exempt from the errors mad'e
either willfully or through ignorance
in misquotations of rates and that
they are not allowed to protect any
rate at variance with the published
tariffs, although shippers or consignees
sustain heavy losses by this practice.
The statement follows:
"The public is absolutely helpl iss
and without means of redress, and
thereby a premium is placed on willful
'misquotation to secure tonnage, in
difference of negligent clerks is stimu
lated and ignorance is legally pro
"The Hepburn act is a master-piece
in legislation for the railways. Osten
sibly it was an enactment aimed tc
protect the public from railwav
aggression and oppression, but in oper
ation it is a boomerang. The only
practice that has been checked is re
bating, of which the public was the
largest beneficiary and from . which
the railways are only too glad to be
free. The few fines actually collected
from the railways for rebating have
been amply provided for by advance
in rates, so there is no loss sustained
by them.
"With the elastic tariff system
originated and enforced by the com
mission it is almost impossible for
even the trained rate clerk to deter
mine positively what the lawful rat*
is. Even the compilers drift rudder
less in the storm-tossed sea of com
plev and conflicting rates and rulings
that advance and bewilder with eacl;
succeeding lariff or ruling of the com
"The public is warned by the com
We Feel Sure
of our ability to handle your
banking Business to your
entire satisfaction.
We shall be glad of an op
portunity to talk to you.
We can sell you Best and Cheapest Tickets to and from all Russian and
German points. Call and get our price before buying. Our customers are
always satisfied.
We can sell y.ou Money Orders on all parts of the world and at lowest
Our Stock is now complete, and we have it marked
at prices that bring trade. We have the
largest showing of Gold and Gold Filled
Watches ever shown in Ritzville.
Agents for White City and
—Pacific China Company—
S. S. Frantz Jewelry Co.
A $30 Tma Sot and a $25 Cat Cbw Tray to ba givon away.
mission that it must not rely on the
railways for their rates; that the people
must figure their own rates, although
they have no voice in the making of
them, but this does not matter as
the law automatically fixes the rates
voluntarily made by the railways,-and
ignorance of the law is inexcusable.
"There is no other branch of com
mercial life where such an anamolous
condition exists. Contracts between
individuals or firms are binding, and
damages are awarded for failure of
fulfillment. But the railways are
fortified in every direction and sit
serenely behind the law, and the
burdens of the people, similar to the
tasks imposed on the children of
Israel, become harder with each pass
ing day.
"The people are entitled to know
what the correct rates are before mak
ing shipments or signing contracts
contingent upon delivered prices, but
not being skilled in railway tariffs
and not protected by th-; law against
the act of the carriers' agents, they
face a desperate condition. If they
have to know what the rates 'are they
should make them. The question of
public ownership is being forcibly
pushed to the front.
"Recently, I was consulted about
misquotation of rates. One was a case
involving a wrong rate quoted by a
rate clerk on which a contract was
made that incurred a heavy loss to the
"Another was a case where attrac
tive tomiage was secured on a guaran
teed rate and collection was demanded
at a higher rate, entailing a loss to
the merchant, and another was where
contraband goods were allowed to be
loaded at the car load rate when such
mixtures was not provided for in the
tariff, resulting in an expense that
otherwise would not have been under
taken by the shipper had he known
beforehand what tne correct rate was.
These men were told that penalties
were imposed by the law for failure
of shippers or others topay the lawful
tariff rate.
"This laxity of the law is a menace
to business. It will force business
institutions either to employ rate
(Continued 011 Page Eight.)
(From the Leader.)
Mr. and Mrs C. E. Amsbaugh were
down from Ritvzille Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Bennington, of
Ritzville, spent Thanksgiving in Lind.
Mr. and Mrs.Everett Alburty spent
Thanksgiving in Lind as the guest of
Mr. Alburty's mother.
Miss Dorothy Strong, a very estim
able young lady from St.Paul, Minn.,
is here to spend a month with her
uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. H.
The warehouse men are buying
wheat in limited amounts this week.
Prices quoted in the local market:
67 cents for club and 70 cents for
Thanksgiving was a very quiet day
in Lind. It rained in the morning
and looked stormy the rest of the day.
j No wheat was hauled in and very few
farmers came to town. Nearly all
the stores were closed in the afternoon
and nearly everybody remained at
Last Wednesday evening every
employe at the mill carried a fine
turkey home. Every Thanksigving
since the mill was built the mill com
pany has presented its employes with
Thanksgiving turkeys.
O.C. Stein, bookkeeper at the Bank
of Lind, has rented J. E. Janosky's
■' cottage on Nob Hill and will move in
as soon as it is vacated by Mr. Janos
ky, who with his family, will leave
for Connell in a few days.
W.S. Anderson, of Walsh, Alberta,
who owns a good ranch a few miles
, north of Lind, is here for a few days
on a buisness trip. Mr. Aderson is
well pleased with his new home in
Seven of Jim Neilson's high-toned
chickens — they were Percherons,
Durhams,, Angoras or something—were
stolen last Saturday night and one
, i night the first of this week J. W.
: Elliott caught a hobo in the act of
trying to elope with one of his prize
,' hens. These reports of chicken steal
ing are becoming very common and it
is evident that the hoboes are not
going hungry.
Leone Valley Items.
Most of the farmers are hauling in
the loads of this years' crop, altho
a few are holding some to haul to the
t new towns when the road is done.
1 Mr. A. S. Richardson one of the
' first pioneers of this valley is at
present at Hatton suffering with what
' i the Doctors call a tumor, near the
j heart and they pronounce it a serious
< case. We deeply sympathesize with
i Mr. Richardson, and hope for the best
; and trust he will soon be well a
The town of Othello is still forging
!to the front. They are now grading
Main Street & Broadway and putting
in sewer pipe; the song of the hammer
and saw is heard every day. A new
store is in course of erection and one
is now complete with a stock of goods
ready for business. R. M. Chavis
is building a large lodging house to
accomodate the traveling public.
The debating society at the Billing
ton school house promises to be as
good as the best we have had in the
past. The leaders last Friday night,
Messrs. A. M. Reed and A. O. Lee
■ with their helpers talked on the sub
ject: "Resolved, that {he U. S.
should cease building battleships".
The decision was rendered in favor
r of the negative. The subject for
next Friday is: "Resolved, that the
' present jury system should be abolish-
I ed and decisions rendered by judges,''
' with A.O Lee and C. P. Blankenship
1 as chief speakers.
I Misses Merrill and Goodwin attended
the institute in Ritzville last week,
i thereby giving their pupils a short
l rest from study.
. A good rain fell here last night and
' the wheat fields generally are looking
| pretty well.
(From the Record.)
S. A. Stanfield is in the city today
from Spokane.
Max Zabel came down fromSpokane
Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving with
the home folks.
A. A. Lesile, Lee Schoonover and
Jas. Dillion left this morning for
Newport on a week's deer hunt.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wilburn and
daughter of Quincy are visiting in
the city, the guests of relatives.
Dr. Ganson reports the birth of a
daughter to Mr. -and Mrs. George
Steinmetz on Friday, Nov. "22.
O. L. Jarmon, formerly day operat
or at the G. N. Depot, has accepted
the position of bookkeeper at J. H.
Turner's warehouse.
A son was born to Mr. and Mrs.
John Svihil last Saturday. Dr. Gan
sen was in attendance. ♦
Herman Engelman is down from
Mohler, where he is employed on the
Harry Ochs' ranch, to spend a few
days visiting Odessa friendß.
Herbert Sieler came down from
Spokane to spend Thanksgiving with
the home folks.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Brooks of Irby
spent Thanksgiving in the city, guests
at the home of Mr. Brooks' mother.
Attorney Hoagland was at Water
ville on professional business this
week, having some cases before the
superior court, now in session there
P. P. Lilly and wife came down
from Spokane Monday evening and
are packing up their household goods
preparing to moving to that city to
E.J.Kriegler was a business visitor
at Spokane Wednesday.
Miss Olga Preusse spent Thanks
giving at her home in Spokane.
Mr. and Mrs. M. Serr of Krupp
were guests at the Sieler home Wed
Robt. Wright of Taroma was a
visitor in the city Sunday, a guest at
the home oi his nephew, J. A.
The streets were crowded with j
farmers last Saturday and all the hack i
streets and vacant lots were blocked .
with their teams. Business in all
lines flourished and it was the largest
crowd we have seen in town this fall.
Oscar Andrews and Julia liauk
slipped away to Spokane Monday and
were quitly married, returning to
Odessa Tuesday to receive the con
gratulations of their friends. Mr.
Andrews owns a house on Third street
Where they w'll make their home.
MissKittie Wilson returned Tuesday
evening from Seattle, where -the spent
two weeks visiting relatives. On the
return trip she stopped over for a
short visit with Dr. and Mrs. Connell
at Cashmere. She reports them well
pleased with their new home, and
prosperous and happy.
Joe Enos (Portugese Joe) one of
the pioneer stockmen of the southwest
ern portion of the county is here
attending a case before the superior
court. Joe is one of those who has
gotten rich on the fatness of the land
and is spending his days in leisure.
He has just returned from an extend
ed visit to his old Portugal home.—
Davenport Tribune.
Emma, the twelve year old daughter
of Rev. and Mrs. G. Graedel, who
live eleven miles southwest of Odessa,
died Monday of diphtheria. The re
mains were interred the following
day. The three other members of the
family, who have been suffering with
the disease, are now convalescent, and
their recovery is looked for.
A hold thief Btole fourteen turkeys
from a pen at the rear of the Odessa
Meat Market Tuesday night. Mr. Dob
son. the proprietor, had intended to
use them in fillingrhansgiving orders.
He has no clue to the identify of the
thief but would like to locate him.
It is thought probable they were taken
to some other town and sold.
Probably the Effect of the Pacific Cruise, the Opinion of European Politi
cal Circles to the Contrary notwithstanding.
Some newspapers are noting the
fact that, since the President has
definitely ordered the cruise of the
American battleship fleet in the Pa
cific, there is a restful silence in offi
cial circles in Tokyo, and are associat
ing the two facts as cause and effect.
Other pdpers are claiming that Jap
an's silence has not been brought
aboul by the definite knowledge that
the United States would make a peace
ful demonstration of power in the Pa
cific, but has merely come coincident
with it and from entirely different
causes. Be that as it may, the pro
je 'ted cruise has brought about two
specific conditions: One is that Japan
has become quieter, whether from gaz
' ing at the pictures of our warships ur
from hints from England making but
little differance in the fact. The sec
ond is that certain influential news
papers of the East are beginning to de
clare that the United States must have
a navy in the early future big enough
to patrol both the Atlantic and the
Pacific. In other words, that the
whole of the battleship fleet will nev
er be withdrawn from the Pacific
A certain distinguished naval com
mander has delared that "there hasn't
been a cross word from Tokyo since,"
meaning since the announcement was
made that the Atlantic battleship fleet
would parade up and down the Pacific
to show our preparedness to keep the
peace. Certain it is that Japan is no
longer treating the State Department
to a succession of polite jabs; but
whether this good behavior has fol
lowed on the cruising order alone or
comes from other causes is an inter
esting question.
The Philaclphia Record, which has
steadily opposed the visit of the fleet ,
to the Pacific, makes a strong case in
favor of its own contention, which is
that Japan will take this cruise as an
additional cause for ill feeling, but
will continue to conceal it behind a
smiling mask because of the sentiment
of the entire world that
keep peace and attend to her own af
fairs. Says the Record:
"The ground for the conciliatory!
spirit of Japan (if it be, indeed, due
to a sense of weakness) must be sought i
in another quarter. That President:
Roosevelt's decision to send the battle
ships had anything to do with the al
leged change of the tone of Japanese
diplomacy is scouted in the political
circle* of Europe as the veriest nor*
sense. The effect of the move, it is
said there, would have been just the
contrary but for the great change pro
duced in the f>olitical situation by the
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Anglo-Russian agreement.
"This understanding makes the
Japanese alliance not only worthless
but embarrassing to Great Britain.
The possibility of an Anglo-Russian
conflict in Aisa being removed, Eng
land has no further use for Japanese
aid in that quarter. While the alli
ance would probably not be repudiated,
it is practically certain that any bel
ligerent policy by Japan toward either
Russia or America would be vetoed
by every influence Great Britain could
bring to bear.
"With the sentiment of the entire
world against her, Japan would only
court humiliation by provoking a rup
ture. Her conciliatoriness is merely
coincident with, not caused by, the
mobilization of the fleet by President
Roosevelt. The irritation due to the
implication of racial inferiority re
In op|>osition to this opinion—which
sounds to a man on the Pacific Coast
very much like other highly colored
complainst that have arisen from the
real theatre of the world's action—id
the following demand made editorially
in The Boston Herald for a bigger
navy, and a recognition of the fact
that the proposed cruise of the battle
ship fleet is not only needed, but must
be followed by a permanent fleet in
those waters. Says The Herald:
44 If the American navy be not
doubled, or Nearly doubled, in size
during the next administration or the
next two, the stunting of its growth
will not be due to national policy
which is now 'high in favor, and
which, as some believe, is a matter
of necessity. The fleet is going to
the Pacific, and everybody knows
"Of course, the administration can
not frankly state the reason, for
frankness might hasten hostilities
which can otherwise be avoided if
good judgment accompany an exhibi
tion of national muscle. There has
been, so thev say at Washington, a
pleasing silence from the Far East
since it was definitely known that the
American navy will go to the Paicfic
for a practice cruise. The pin-pricks
have ceased, and the g of was
pish and remote officialdom no longer
exercises the patience of the State
Department or the White House.
"All this, no doubt, is true. But,
the conditions being what they are,
it is not easy for the common intelli
gence to suppose that, once the fleet
is in the Pacicfi, it will all come back
again to the Atlantic; nor is there any
reason why it should come back, since
(Con Page Four.)

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