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Room 3. Pioneer State Bank Building
Oas Vapor Administered.
Sriduateof lUdii-Chlrrurglcal college. Phila
delphia P». Crown and brldfe work, h'lll
tag, extrectlDf end plete work conforming to
the prtctk't of liiftdern dentistry.
• Walter Staser,
Insurance. Abstracting
Money to Loan on Real Estate.
Attorney at Law.
(iaMral practitioners in all courts Stat* and
Federal. Collections and insurance. Examin
ation of titlei.
OSes, rooms 6 an<l 7 (iritman Building.
M W.Zent. U. K. Lovell.
liiHiirauce. Notary Public, Money to
on real estate. Office up
stairs. First Nat'l. Bank.
Kitzville. Wash.
Physician and
Office: Second 81., between D and B,
Attorney and
Counsellor at Law.
Will practice in all the U.S. Courts
and Department** ami all Washington
Courts. Oftiee_Rit«ville, Wash.
C. W. BICE, M. D.,
Physician and Surgeon.
OKKICK: Second II or<*iitinan block
Phone 3*3. Night calls promptly attended to
frum otlice.
J. C. Mogan,
Attorney at Law
Koom 1, Tlnnel Block.
Dr. David A. Hewit,
All calls answered —day or night.
Office: In rear of First Nat'l Bank block
Adams County Abstract Co.
t Incorporated.)
The only abstract books in /danrs
Abstracts promptly made
Accuracy guaranteed
Office in <-»ritman Block.
J. J. Joyce.
Practical Plumber.
Jobbing promptly attended to. Hecond
Street, two doors east of I'ioneer
Staie bank.
Dealers in Fine Wines,
Liquors and Cigars
('or. Railroad and C ntre« t. south tide.
Meat Market
Fresh meats, poultry, fish.
l»utt« r and 1 ar< 1, always for
•ale at lowest p ices.
Your patronage very kindly
and Pool
Beat tablet in Eastern Washing
ton, out- id of Spokane.
Cigars, Confectionery
and Soft Drink*.
On Freilrickson, I'rop.
Tiaual block, RiUviUe. Wa*ii'u
Washington State Journal
Republican Nominee For Sheriff
Of Adams County.
The subject of this sketch, who is now
serving his first term as County Sheriff,
was born in Middleville, Barry county,
Michigan, June »>, 18.W, and is now 48
years of age. He has resided in Ritz
ville, Adams county, Washington con
tinuously for the past twenty-two years.
The promise made to the people two
years ago that he would forsake all his
other business and devote his entire
time and undivided attention to an
active, intelligent and economic admin
istration of the vheritns office has been
most faithfully kept. 1 ou. fold lias
been the work in the criminal depart
ment. A little money has been spent,
but the citizen is asked to look at the
results. The sheriff's office of Adams
county has today a standing in the
state of which the people of the county
may not be ashamed. While the
statement was made in convention and
is a matter of common report that the
county has now the best sheriff it has
ever had the incumbent challenges and
denies this injustice to the honorable
and efficient men who have served be
fore him, yet, he feels conscious, of
having endeavored to do his duty when
occasion demanded. He wishes sup
port if he is right, hut has no desire
to hold another term save by the free
will and unquestionable choice of the
voters. And when his labor is ended
in the present capacity, whether it be
now or two years hence, his ambition
will have been realized if by choice the
sentiment of the people of Adams
county should appear to be, "Well
done, thou good and faithful servant.
sheriff's expense.
Year ending June 80, 190.') $512.98
Year ending June .'JO, 1901 72H.70
Year ending June 30, 1905 579.60
Year ending June 30, 19(H) 1466.60
Total. $3285.88
Since January 10, 1905, when Sheriff
Gilson took office 22 men have been
sent to the penitentiary, and of that
number twenty have been sent up
since June 1, 1905. During five years
previous to January 10, 1905, a total of
11 criminals were sent to the peniten
tiary. The present sheriff is not
furnished a pass as was the case with
his predecessor, which, in itself is
quite an item where so much traveling
is done by. sheriff and having to pay
fare when former sheriff rode free. It
will he noticed if basing the expense
on number of prisoners taken to Walla
Walla that Mr. Oilson's administration
is the least expensive the county has
yet had. Take for example the ex
pense of Mr. Shorno from June .10, 1903
I to June 30, 1904, which is a fair com
parison, $720.70, and of Gilson from
June 30, 1905, to June 30, 1900, $1466.60.
, Say that the average was three men
for that year, the cost would be $242
: per criminal, while twenty men in the
same length of time for Mr. Gilson
would make the average cost $73 per
! criminal. In addition to this, the number
of men confined in jail during the past
year and a half has been much greater
than ever before. Handling criminal
work is and always will be expensive
and it is impossible to foretell what the
I volume may be. It might be more and
it may be less next year. That impor
[ tant branch of the county government
must be taken care of and the legiti
' mate expense is not the fault of the
sheriff. The present policy is to con
duct the office in a vigorous, energetic
and business like manner, standing in
readiness for call at any time of day or
night under which system expense is
necessarily incurred. There has simply
been double the criminal work done in
the last 21 months than in five years
five years prior to that time.
Candidate for County Assessor, was
born in Portland, Oregon, Nov. 24,1883.
When a small boy his parents moved
to the vicinity of Salem, in Marion
county, where he grew to manhood.
After finishing the public schools he
attended the Willamette University
where he graduated with the class of
1885. He began, as a great many
young men often do, teaching school in
his home district, where many of his
old school-mates at tended Jiis school.
In 1888 he came to this state, it
being a territory then, and took charge
of the public school at Goldendale,
Kiickitat county, where he taught for
about ten years. Seeing an opportun
ity in Adams county he came here in
1900, settling on a homestead in the
southwestern part of the county, where
he has been a successful farmer for
the past six years.
Mr. Hodson has had two years' tx
perience in the office of Assessor of
Klickitat county and the people of
Adams county will make no mistake in
electing him assessor of this county.
He has always been a republican and
is a man of sterling character, '»eing
public spirited, he is al\w.\s a leader
where ever he is known.
fuel Famine Imminent.
With hardly a ton of domestic coal
in the city markets and only enough
wood on the average in the hands of
the dealers to supply the needs for one
day, a cold spell would inevitably cause
suffering. The coal bunkers are empty,
and the dealers are not able to provide
fuel for immediate delivery at any
price. In the face of these conditions
few of the dealers hold out any hope of
immediate relief, and some do not see
relief at all.
Most of the* fuel men had exhausted
their stock of coal two and three,weeks
ago, and but little has been received
since, The supply of wood, which was
short for the time of year, has since
been heavily'drawn upon.tuntil none*of
the'dealers have any on hand. A'great
many stored "wood forjthe
winter, and are for the
dependent of the dealers.
During the cool days last week hun
dreds of persons who had not taken
thought of providing winter fuel dur
ing the summer sent in orders to the
coal dealers for from one to five tons,
and these persons were almost terror
stricken to find that no coal was to be
had. Such coal as could be furnished
is being sold at about . r >o cents a ton
over the price of last spring, and the
local dealers say that this advance is
due to the increase in price at the
mines, all of which have advanced the
pl'ice per ton from 50 cents to $1. Soft
coal for domestic purposes when it can
be had, is selling for from $7 to $10.50,
depending upon the quality. Cord wood
four foot length, is bringing $K. 50 to
Car shortage, the fuel dealers assert,
is the cause of the famine in coal, and
labor shortage is responsible for the
scarcity of wood and the advance in
price. Usually at this season of the
year the coal bunkers are filled to
their capacity, and the woodsheds are
piled full to the roof in preparation
for the winter demand. But, efforts on
the part of the dealers to put in an
advance supply last summer failed be
cause cars were not available. Some
of them declare that they have been
writing and wiring every day since
the middle of June, but that th«> mine
operators reply that the railroad
panies will not furnish cars. Further
more such cars as are furnished are
confiscated by the railroad companies,
who appropriate the coal for their own
use after it has been loaded at the
mines and started on its way to the
dealer. Many dealers have waited pa
tiently for days for the arrival of a
shipment from the mines only to find
on investigation that cars loaded to
fill his order had been confiscated by
the railroad company, which gave as
an excuse that unless it had coal to
supply its engines cars could not be
hauled anywhere. All of the railroads
were so short of cars during the sum- -
mer with current business that no
extras could be furnished to haul ad
vance stocks of winter coal.
That there will be a big advance in
the price of both coal and wood is pre
dicted by the dealers. The min*-opera
tors have already announced the in
tention of making an advance above
that of 50 cents on the ton that has
already gone into effect. Dealers say
they are unable to make a contract for
wood at any price. Owners of timber
tracts say they will sell in an open
market, and the dealers must pay
whatever price prevails.
To Create New Counties.
Tacoma has launched a proposition to
have the cities of the first class ask the
next legislature to pass a law allowing
them to incorporate as counties.
Seattle. Spokane, Everett and Bellini
ham will lie asked to join in the move
Such a law would mean the cutting
off of the cities from the counties of
which they are now a part, and by the
extension of the city limits making new
counties of their own.
Those in favor of the plan believe
that the cities would grow and advance
much more rapidly and substantially if
the taxes their citizens pay each year
. were to be devoted to the improvement
and maintenance of the city alone, or
I rather the new county, which would
practically mean the city.
Should the plan lie adopted it might
mean the formation of two more coun
■ ties; the city's district retaining the
. name "Spokane"; a new county being
. formed from the northern districts
and the southern part of Stevens; and
' still another from the southern districts
i with part of Whitman.
In Iht* Perkins Case Where Me fvades Answering
Questions Asked.
On October 19th, 1906, J. H. Perkins
filed with the County Auditor a copy of
his teachers certificate together with
an affidavit stating that he has taught
in the schools of the state one school
year of nine months, but said documents
were not filed 20 days before the day
on which the election is to be held,
lowit twenty days before November
6th. 1906.
The Democratic party relying on
Ballinger's Code, section 1359, filed on
October 20th, 19<M>, a certificate signed
by the Chairman and Secretary of
Democratic County Central Committee;
stating: (1) That a vacancy exists on
the Democratic County Ticket and that
said vacancy was caused by the inop
erative and insufficient character of
the certificate of nomination heretofore
filed as far as the same affects the
candidate for the office of Superin
tendent of Schools for the reason that
J. H. Perkins did not file twenty days
before the election proof of having
taught one school year of nine months
in the state of Washington together
with a copy of the teachers certificate
as required by law. (2) That the Cen
tral Committee has power to fill
vacancies. (3) That the Committee
named J. H. Perkins as a substitute
for the same J. H. Perkins who had
been nominated in the Democratic con
On October 20th, 1906, in the Super
ior Court Judge W. T. Warren signed
an Alternative Writ of Mandate com
manding the County Auditor to place
upon the official ballot immediately the
name of J. H. Perkins as the demo
cratic nominee for School Superin
tendent, or appear in court on Novem
ber 2nd, 1906, and show cause why he
should not be required so to do.
The County Auditor submitted the
following questions to the Attorney
(1) Was the Auditor justified under
the circumstances when he relied on
section 2303 of Ballenger's Code and
refused to place on the official ballot
the name of J. H. Perkins as a candid
ate for the office of Superintendent of
Schools, the said J. H. Perkins having
failed to file with the County Auditor
twenty days before on which the election
is held a copy of his teachers certificate
together with proof of having taught
in the schools of the .sLite one school
year of nine mouMht?
(2) If ~the County Auditor should
order the name of J. H. Perkins to be
printed on the official ballot and thus
wholly disregard section 2303 of Bal
linger's Code, would it invalidate the
election in any way or furnish sufficient
ground for contest?
(3) Does the fact that J. H. Per
kins did on the 19th day of October,
1906, file a copy of his teachers cer
tificate together with proof of having
taught in the schools of the county one
school year of nine months have any
tearing on the matter whatever?
(4) Under the circumstances can
he rely upon section 1369 of Ballinger's
Code and maintain that the original
certificate of nomination has become
inoperative and insufficient from any
(5) Did a vacancy exist on the
Democratic ticket for the office of
Superintendent of Schools twenty days
before election when the said J. H.
Perkins failed to file with the County
Auditor a copy of his teachers certifi
cate together with proof of having
taught in the schools of the state one
school year of nine months?
(6) If a vacancy did exist twenty
days before election is it the intent of
section 1359 of Ballinger's Code that
the County Central Committee shall
be allowed to certify over again the
name of the same candidate?
(7) The writ of mandate compels
the Auditor to place the name of J. H.
Perkins on the ballot to show cause
why he should not do so while section
2303 of Ballinger's Code expressly for
bids him placing the name thereon,
under the circumstances what should
the Auditor do?
Hon. C. E. Amsbaugh,
County Auditor,
Dear Sir: —Yours of October 19,
1906, inclosing statement of facts, re
ceived. The facts as we understand
them, are as follows:
That on October 20th, 1906, the Dem
ocratic party filed a certificate signed
by the Chairman and Secretary of
Democratic County Central Committee
stating: (1) That a vacancy exists on
the Democratic County Ticket and that
said vacancy was caused by the inop
erative and insufficient character of
nomination heretofore filed as far as
the same affects the candidate for the
off f Superintendent of Schools for
the reason that J. H. Perkins did not
file twenty days before the election
proof of having taught one school year
of nine months in the state of Wash
ington together with a copy of the
teacher's certificate as required by law.
(2) That the Central Committee has
power to fill vacancies. (3) That the
Committee named J. H. Perkins as a
substitute for the same J. H. Perkins
who had been nominated in the Dem
ocratic convention.
You have presented seven questions
for our consideration, but since we
deem the fourth question presented to
be decisive of the matter in question,
we shall not consider the other six.
Section 1359, Ballinger's Code, pro
vides: "Should any person so nom
inated die before the printing of the
tickets * * * or should any certificate
of nomination be or become insufficient
or inoperative from any cause, the
vacancy or vacancies, thus occasioned
may be filled in the manner required
for original nominations. It' the or d
inal nomination was made by a p; riy
convention which had delegated to a
committee the power to till vacancies,
or by primary election, the committee
of the political partv lie represents
may, upon the occurring of such va
cancy, proceed to fill the same. The
chairman and secretary of such com
mittee shall thereupon make and file
with the proper officer a certificate
setting forth the cause of the vacancy,
the name of the person nominated, the
office for which he w; < nominated, the
name of thv' person IVi whom if «• new
nominee is to be substituted, the fact
that the committee w«ts aulbo'izid to
j fill vacancies, and uiil.er infor
mation as is required to be gucu i.i
original certificate of nomination. The
certificate so made shall be executed
in the manner prescribed for the
| original certificate of nomination, and
shall have the same force and effect as
an original certificate of nomination.
When such certificate shall be filed
with the secretary of state, he shall,
in certifying the nominations the var
ious county clerks insert the name of
the person who has thus been nomina
ted to fill a vacancy in place of that of
: the original nominee * * *."
We are of the opinion that the refus
al by the county clerk to have the
names of the candidates nominated by
the county convention held on August
27 printed on the official ballot was, in
effect, to hold that the certificate of
nomination was inoperative under the
statute. If the first certificate became
inoperative, it follows, under the pro
visions of the statute, that there were
vacancies to be filled. These vacancies
were filled in the manner prescribed in
section 9, and no reason is perceived
why they might not be legally filled by
the proper political committee by the
nomination of the same candidates.
As the convention which nominated
the candidates in the first place had
made no provision for the filling of
vacancies, and there was not, under
the statute, sufficient time to fill such
vacancies by the original political au
thorities who made the nominations
in the first instance, the vacancies
could be filled only 'by a regularly
elected general or executive committee
representing the political party or per
sons holding such convention, meeting
or caucus.'
"The petition shows sufficient grounds
for the allowance of the writ To hold
otherwise would place it within the
power of the officials charged with the
duty of printing the ballots, to dis
franchise, for all practical purposes, a
great number -perhaps a majority of
the legal voters in their counties, for j
while the voters might write upon the
ballot the names of those for whom
they desired to vote, still a large body
of electors could not be expected to do
this, or even to know with certainty
the names of all the candidates."
We therefore hold in accordance with !
the authorities above set forth, that
the certificate of nomination filed Octo
ber 20, 1900, by the Democratic Cen- !
tral Committee, nominating J. 11.
Perkins to fill the vacancy on the
original certificate of nomination of
the Democratic party caused by said
Perkins failing to file his proof of
qualifications on time, was a valid nom
ination of said Perkins, and that his
name should accordingly be placed
upon the official ballot as the regular
Democratic nominee for county super
Very truly yours,
John D. Atkinson,
Attorney General.
Election Day Will See Large Vote, i
The people in Ititzville are taking un i
interest in politics and the vote to he ]
{Killed this fall will he the largest in
the history of this place, provided all
the voters who registered cant th-ir
ballots on election day. According tc»
the count made by the city clerk there
are 401 men in this city who are entit-.
led to vote, and this is the largest in
the history of the city so far as is
During the last four days the books
were open, City Clerk Lovell's office
was full of citizens who were anxious
to get their names on the eligible list
and it kept the clerk busy attending to
them. While the registration does not
show the strength of Ritzville it gives
an indication of what it is. This is an
off year and the registration was not
expected to be so large as it would be
providing there was a president to be
chosen, but it shows that this place is
not only growing in population but the
people are taking an interest in the
county election.
To Withdraw Coal Lands.
Secretary Hitchcock has laid before
the president a memorandum containing
data to be used by him in his forthcom
ing proclamation withdrawing from pub
lic entry all lands supposed to contain
coal. This will be done to prevent such
lands from falling into the hands of
speculators. Meantime, an investigation
is under way by the geological survey
to determine the real character of the
lands to be withdrawn and such as are
found not to contain coal dejMmits will
be promptly restored to public entry.
Secretary Hitchcock said the with
drawals will cover lands in a numl>er of
western states.
1 ins is a fine improved ranch, all good
land and all under cultivation. 320 acres
ready for fall wheat: good well and wind
mill: a tine new hous.'wrh modern improve
ments: good bi; 'oath fine orchard. There
are over $4000 in buildings on the place.
1 his is a very good buy for any one who
wants a good home close in. The price is
such that any one with little means can
handle it. This place is on the market for
only a short time and must be sold. Come
in to my office, which is in the old Times
Building, or write to
Will end in a few days.
We are saving good money to
of/»ers._ Why can't we do the
same for you on winter goods
If you can't see, don't
buy here, but you will
not know unless you
come now and find out
§i* not looking for a
political oflico, but i«
rustling t () bring in mom
-tillers which will make
more votes and morn
pmspcrtv for all con-
II you have land for
-•ale or arc looking for a
bargain, dont fail to call
on, or vvrilo to
llitzvillo, Wash.
To Handle Your
Banking Business
* *
la/ E shall be t(lad of an
opportunity to talk to you
State ®anh,
mtypUle. Wllasbinflton.

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