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FIND THE HERALD INDISPENSABLE VOL. XXII. OUR NEXT GOVERNOR A BRIEF REVIEW OF OCCUPANTS OF GUBERNATORIAL CHAIR. William (ioodyc'iir, Editor ol Ihr Col fax Commoner, Writes Interest. IV on the subject. A Depleted Treasury and School Revenues Sacrificed Calls for a Change. Our next governor must not be a spineless specimen of mediocrity. He must have a higher ambition in life than to play politics or to win the reputation of being a good fellow. He must have a truer conception of the responsibilities of the office than to use it as a medium through which to reward his friends and henchmen or to build up a personal machine. He must be a man of convictions, en dowed with sufficient back-bone to adhere to those convictions through thick and thin. He must be patriotic enough to place the welfare of the state above the interests of his party. He must have the courage to say "No" to the requests of his closest friends should their petitions run counter to his judgment. In making appointments to office he must be broad enough to place efficiency above politics. Since Washington was admitted to statehood there has been but one man elected to the office of governor who could measure up to the stand ard above set forth. Governor Ferry was in poor health when elected and surrendered his authority to Lieut.- Gov. Laughton so soon that it is im possible to form a fair estimate of what his administration might have been. Laughton is dead and the least said about his record in the guber natorial chair the better. Gov. McGraw was a well meaning man, but he had been educated in the school of practical politics, was am bitious for future preferment, and his policies were, to a large measure, dic tated by a partisian machine, with unfortunate results. While not a brilliant man, John R. Rogers had the interests of the people at heart and possessed an unlimited amount of courage. His administration was honest, economical and efficient and justly entitled him to the reputation of being the best governor the state has ever had. His re-election, de spite the republican landslide of 1900 proved conclusively that he had won the confidence of the people and they approved his second term, and Henry Mcßride was promoted to the office. He endeavored to carry out the pol icies inaugurated by Rogers and thereby incurred the enmity of the machine politicians of his party and was refused the nomination for gov ernor by the republican state conven tion of 1904. That convention was dominated by railroad influences which dictated the nomination of Albert I£. Mead. His administration has been weak and valillating. In stead of guarding the treasury of the commonwealth against the raids of politicians and extravagant legis lators, he has aided and abetted them in recklessly appropriating the money of the taxpayers. As a result, the state, instead of reducing its obliga tions during three years of "unpre cedented prosperity" when high taxes have been promptly paid, has been plunging deeper into debt. In addi tion 10 this deplorable condition, the schools are being deprived of their legal revenue in order to keep down the tax levy for political purposes. This assertion is based upon a dis patch which was sent out from Olym pia under date of February Ist, and was published in the leading repub lican newspapers of the state. It contained the following startling as sertions: "Property owners in this state will begin paying taxes next Monday at a higher rate for the general state purposes than in any year since 1890. "At the same time they will pay state schul taxes based on a rate lower than any levied since the amended "Barefoot Schoolboy Act" of 1901 went into effect. Figures obtainable from the state treasurer's office show that the state tax levying board either greatly over estimated the school revenues to be derived from sources other than tax ation or else intentionally disre garded the provisions of the "Bare foot Schoolboy Act" and sacrificed the school revenues in order to keep the total state levy within reason ABERDEEN HERALD able bounds during an election year. In any event the figures tend to show that the schools are being de-® prived of their legal revenue in or der to make up for the extravagances! of the legislature. The school act provides that the ! state revenues for schools shall be equivalent to $10 for each pupil in the state according to the school census for the year the levy is made. The law authorizes the state I hoard of equalization to estimate the! revenues to the school fund from J other sources and requires it to de-! Clare a levy sufficient to raise the balance, provided that it shall not! exceed 5 mills. Every year since the passage of the ! act until 1906 it was found neces-! sary, in order to comply with the law' to place the school levy at the max imum of 5 mills. In 1906 the state board of equal ization reduced the school levy to 3 3-4 mills and failed to raise the required $10 per capita by more than $50,000, computing from Feb. 1, 1907, to Feb. 1, 1908. In 1907 the board further decreas ed the school levy to 3 mills, and if revenues from other sources do not take an unheard-of jump the total school revenues will fall short ap proximately $200,000. Under date of February 9th, a sec ond dispatch from Olympia appeared in the same newspapers which assert ed that "The exact increase in in debtedness, bonds and general fund warrants, on February 1, 1907, was $251,925.02. In addition the mili tary fund is overdrawn $1,100, the highway fund $25,000, and the expo sition fund a few hundred." Among all the wonderful word pic tures embraced in Holy Writ none is more vivid and powerful than "The Heart of Belshazzar." The king was banqueting in Oriental luxury, sur rounded by his fawning princess and vassals, when suddenly a man's hand appeared and wrote certain myste rious words on the wall of the palace. At once the wild revelry was hushed and Belshazzar became greatly troubled in spirit and called upon his astrologers and soothsayers to in terpret the meaning of the inscrip tion. They failed, but it was trans lated by Daniel, a Jewish captive, as meaning that Belshazzar had been weighed in the balances and found wanting and that his power should be taken from him. A parallel inci dent has recently occurred in this state. Drunk with power, and sur rounded by his flattering appointees, Gov. Mead has suddenly been con fronted by the handwriting on the wall and has become greatly troubled in spirit. It does not require an as trologer nor a wise man to translate the inscription which haunts him. The words are in plain English and have been stamped on the back of general fund warrants and read, "Not paid for want of funds," but the interpretation is: "Thou hast been weighed in the balances and found wanting and thy power shall be taken from thee." The people are praying for another John R. Rogers in the governor's chair and they are looking to the democratic party to furnish such a man. They do not care whether he be a lawyer, a business man or a farmer, or from what part of the state he may happen to luiil. All that they require is that he be a man on whose integrity, judgment and courage they can absolutely re ly. The exigencies of the situation demand a man of unusual bravery and firmness. He will have a thorny path to tread. In order to re-estab lish the finances of the state upon a sound basis he will have to reform many abuses, will have to abolish many useless offices, will have to prune down or veto many appropria tions, will have to refuse many peti tions and disappoint many individ uals and communities. He will have to institute a policy of such rigid economy that it is bound to be un popular. His motives are likely to be misunderstood and sure to be mis represented. The people realize that conditions require a man cast in he roic mould at the head of the state administration for the next four years. If the democratic party pre sents such a candidate, he will be our next governor. WM. GOODYEAR, In the Washington Democrat. A piano at a bargain. A Hamilton piano, used very little, for sale cheap. Inquire at the Herald office. Piano for Sale. SEMI-WEEKLY ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON. MONDAY, APRIL 13, 190 S. THE EASTER FESTIVAL. The Schubert Club Will Bender Two Cantatas Easter Tuesday, in Congregational Church. The Schubert club has completed all arrangements for its Easter Festi val, which will be sung in both Ab erdeen and Hoquiam. The perfor mance in this city will be on Easter Tuesday evening, April 21, at the Congregational Church. The programme will consist of two of Dudley Buck's cantatas, "The Story of the Cross" and "Christ, the Victor," both of which will be sung in each city. The music is very tune ful and effective, and the cantatas form a fitting sequel to "The Coming of the King," which was given at Christmas tide. The soloists will be Miss Ethel Leonard, soprano; Miss Lora Leon ard, alto; Messrs. W. O. Caw and Emil Pfund, tenors, and M. A. Gar lock and P. J. Perry, basses. Prof. Scott will officiate at the organ, with Miss Jeanette Scott at the piano. Mr. J. F. Richards will direct the cho rus, which is in better condition than ever, and now sings with a verve and swing that is inspiring. The past year's training has advanced the Schubert club to the front rank of choral societies on the coast, and it is to be hoped that their patronage on this occasion will be such as to spur them on to greater achievement. Al ready plans are being laid for a big outdoor production of "The Creation" later in the spring, to be followed by "The Messiah" next Christmas time. Tickets are on sale at Paine's drug store, at 75c and 50c each. Some of the advertising matter emanating from the club is very beautiful and unique, and their post-card, for in stance, will be cherished by many people for its dignified and striking appearance. JURY PANEL DRAWN. Jury Commissioners Draw Panel of Jurymen to Serve at May Term of of Superior Court. The following jurors were drawn by the jury commissioners Saturday to serve during the month of May, commencing on Che Oth of the months: D. Atwood, A. H. Baldwin, Geo. A. Bale, H. W. Bale, F. C. Benjamin, J. L. Bockover, C. W. Brown, J. R. Co zine, D. C. Crivyea, T. E. Going, L. H. Harlow, Chas. F. Hill, Theodore L. Homan, F. D. Hutton, G. L. Ir- Win, R. H. Jeffries, Cyrus A. John son, Chris. Kleist, R. F. Lytle, P. S. Locke, C. P. Cook, Geo. R. Maris, Chris Muller, Norman McDonald, Nels Nelson, H. A. Newell, C. Ney, C. Olson, Geo. Pearson, Robert Poison, W. H. Ray, J. H. Rowland, Roy C. Sargent, M. B. Shambley, N. A. Springer, E. T. Sminabarger, Frank Thibault, K. K. Thompson, Jr., C. E. Wagner, Frank C. Wheeler. Tie Herald twice a weak teUa It aU, Tafti "Stop shoveling. You're blocking the highway." —Demar in Philadelphia Record. A MISSED OPPORTUNITY. Michigan Iron Works That Wanted to Come to Aberdeen Ships Big En gine to Seattle. The Montague Iron Works, Mon tague, Mich., whose owners desired to move their plant to Aberdeen last year, has just shipped a large triple expansion marine engine to Seattle for use in the King county ferry boat on Lake Washington. The engine complete weighs over 100,00 pounds without the boilers, and has cylin ders 14x22 and 38x20 stroke, a pho tograph of which has been received by P. E. Jones. The company has turned out two other marine engiens somewhat larger during the past winter. This concern asked that stock to the amount of $00,000 be subscribed in Aberdeen, for the purpose of se curing a site and moving the plant, and there is no doubt that it would have been much better for Aberdeen —and the investors- —had the money that has gone into steamship fizzles, Willipa harbor mills and Seattle real estate companies since this offer been placed in this concern. Besides be ing a large employer of labor, the industry is a most profitable one. WIRELESS TELEGRAPH. Work on Westport Station Being Pushed by Aberdeen Contractors —In Operation Next Month. Contractor Strand, of this city, wont to Westport yesterday to com mence work on the wireless telegraph building at that place, for which he has the contract. Chas. P. Staggar, also of this city, has the contract to erect the two masts, which will be 190 feet in height. They will be in three sections, tapering from two feet to six inches in diameter and will be set in a concrete foundation seven feet deep. Over 10,000 feet of wire cables will be required as guys for their support. The cost of this station is estimated at $15,000. DECLAMATORY CONTEST. lance Hart Wins Contest, and Will Represent Aberdeen High School in County Contest. The declamatory contest at the Methodist church Friday evening drew a large audience, as was evi denced in the fact that $24.70 was taken in on 15-cent tickets. And they were all pleased with the efforts of the high school declaimers. There were nine entries for the honor of representing our high school in the county contest next Friday evening, and the recitals of all were pro nounced excellent. Lance Hart delivered "Cataline's Defiance," and was declared winner. The judges were Principal Wilson, Mr. Miller and the Misses Fogle. The music, under direction of Miss Cog ger and Miss Gail Cook, was splendid. TO VISIT GRAYS HARBOR. Two Cruisers and Torpedo Boat Flo tilla May Be Sent to the Waters of Grays Harbor. When the Atlantic squadron reaches the North Pacific on its tour of the world, Aberdeen and Grays Harbor will be included in the ports to be visited, at least by some cruis ers and torpedo boats. At the last meeting of the Cham ber of Commerce, a committee was appointed to take this matter up with our congressman, but without waiting for that action, lion. E. B. Benn wired Senators Ankeny and Piles on the subject, and they imme diately took it up with the navy de partment, so that we are assured of a visit from a couple of cruisers and some torpedo boats. Friday evening, Mr. Benn received the following tele gram from Senator Ankeny: "Saw the president, Secretary Met calf and Admiral Phillips this morn ing, and urged a visit of light draft ships to Aberdeen. Possibly may se cure Albany or New York, or both. Will follow the matter up." Later Mr. Benn received the fol lowing joint wire: "Washington, D. C., April 10.— Mr. E. 13. Benn, Aberdeen, Wash.— Secretary Metcalf said today that, if lie could arrange to send the York town or Albany to Aberdeen that, in the event that the torpedo flotilla goes north, he will arrange that it stop in your harbor. LEVI ANKENY. s. H. PILES." PROPERTY LOOKING UP. Many Inquiries and Talk of Buildings in All Portions of Aberdeen. With the coming of warmer wea ther, inquiries for real estate and in terest in building is growing daily. Heal estate men report an awakening in all lines of real estate endeavor. There is promise of considerable building in the way of dwellings above last year on account of the big difference in the price of lumber. Quite a number of small real estate deals are reported. I. C. Crowthers is the first one in the field for build ing, and has awarded contracts for the erection of three cottages on E. First street. They will cost alto gether a total of $3500. Last year the same buildings would have cost at prices of lumber and labor about $1000 more than the present con tract price. The difference in the cost of all material and labor this year is shown in the public library. Builders say it would have been im possible to erect the building last year for anywhere near the terms of the present contract. Wanted. Fir and Spruce stave bolts. For in formation apply or address Wkstehn Cooperage Co., 43*tf Aberdeen, Wash. THE RECEIPT OP A SAMPLE COPY IS AN INVITATION TO SUBSCEIEn JOHNSON CANDIDACY WILLIAM J. BRYAN ANDTOE MINNE SOTA SITUATION. The Old Influences That Nominated Parker in I »)04 Are VC'oil.iiig Ihe "Favorite Son" Idea in Minnesota and Elsewhere to Confuse the Denver Convention. The following editorial is taken i from the Omaha World-Herald: "Complaint is made by tin* ii.emies of Mr. Bryan, including those alleged democrats who mean to oppose him when he is nominated, because ho does not 'permit' Gov. Johnson to have the unanimous and unquestion ed support of his home state in the Denver convention. It is plausibly asserted that it would be only ordi nary fairness and courtesy on Mr. Bryan's part to concede Minnesota to Minnesota's distinguished demo cratic governor. It is to be hoped that none of Mr. Bryan's friends will be deceived by this sophistry. "In the first place, neither Mr. Bryan nor any other man is in posi tion to dictate to the democrats of any state whom they must support. All that Mr. Bryan or anybody else is entitled to ask is that if democrats are for him they instruct for him; if they are for somebody else, let them instruct for somebody else. In either case, the rank and file must say for themselves what candidate they want. Mr. Bryan has said that if the democrats of this country want him for their candidate he is ready to serve them. He has made no demands in his own behalf; it would be just as improper for him to issue commands to his friends—and that is what it would amount to —in behalf of somebody else. "In the second place, the Johnson candidacy in Minnesota is only a part of the plan of Mr. Bryan's enemies. If Mr. Bryan should bring pressure on his friends to concede Minnesota to Gov. Johnson because Minnesota is Gov. Johnson's state, there would soon be a "favorite son" candidate in most, if not all the states. And the same argument used in Minnesota would be used to bring it about that every state instructed for its own 'favorite son' candidate. This would result in cliaos at the Denver con vention, out of which the enemies of true and popular democracy might hope to bring their sinister designs into shape and being. "Mr. Bryan is too well acquainted with the enemy to he caught by any such trap. It the democrats of Min nesota want Johnson let them in struct for him. If they want Bryan let them instruct for Bryan. The question to be considered not alone in Minnesota but in every state is not where a candidate hails from but what he stands for. A candidate's ideals, associations, interests sincer ity, are of far greater moment than his geographical location. It is un doubtedly a realization of this fact that leads many democrats in Min nesota to desire Mr. Bryan's nomina tion rather than that of Gov. John son. Under the circumstances it would be an act of poor democracy to seek to induce them to desist from the contest. Opening of Spring Slow and Their Work Is Far Behind This Time Last Year. The present spring has beon ex tremely backward, and ranchers coming to Aberdeen report their work far behind what it was this time a year ago. The fruit trees have hardly begun to bud yet; in April a year ago the blossoms were all out on early fruit trees and vines. On account of the backwardness of the spring it is predicted that Grays Har bor people will enjoy a lino summer and fall. THE LUMBERMEN WIN BIG VICTORY SEATTLE, April 11.—The Pacific Coast Lumber Manufacturers secured a signal victory today over the rail roads In obtaining an order from the United States court allowing them to substitute group bonds instead of one for $200,000 to protect the railroads for the rate difference pending the decision of the interstate commerce commission. NO. 62 FARMERS DELAYED.