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A COURT HOUSE CONSPIRACY WODLD ANCHOR COUNTY SEAT Election of Arland and Davis Means New Court House at Montesano. Republicans on Grays Harbor Are Aroused Over a Scheme to Perpetuate County Seat at Monte sano. Arland Insultingly Refuses to State His Position. Canard About A. J. Jackson Exploded. Have the republicans on Uraj'B Harbor been handed a lemon, or rather a couple of lemons, in their nominees for county commissioners? Have they been playing into the hands of a bunch of county seat con spirators? Those questions have agi tated the minds of our republican friends deeply during the past week and most of them are now wonder ing why they did not see it before. That there is a scheme to anchor the county seat at Montesano by the erec tion of a court house, costing between $200,000 and $300,000, is more than suspected by all who have cared to observe recent events in republican county politics. Chas. W. Arland and Geo. L. Da vis were county commissioners two years ago when the county seat re moval election was on. They both opposed its removal to Hoqulam on the ground of the expense of build ing a new court house, saying the present building was good for twen ty years, and while they were mak ing this plea, actually had a North Yakima architect pijepare plqns for a new building at Montesnno (o cost not less than $200,000. They paid for those plans with the county's money, and were only restrained from binding the county in a contract for the erection of the building by Mr. Davis getting cold feet. After the senatorial ambitions of Davis were slaughtered two years ago, it will be remembered that he sold his large land holdings in Che halis county and invested the pro ceeds in Oregon timber. This left liim in position to secure revenge, leave a costly court house as a mon ument to Geo. L. Davis at no expense to himself, and move to Oregon, where his interests were. There is no doubt that this was his frame of mind when those plans were order ed, as he made no secret of his in tention to leave the county. One can readily see what the vote on county seat removal would have been, had the people who were to pay for this new court house been advised—as they should have been —of the inten tion to build it. The circumstances surrounding the present candidacy of Davis has been called to the attention of the voters on Grays Harbor, and tend to streng then the suspicion of this court house conspiracy. The circumstan ces are .these: Mr. Davis early in the primary campaign said emphatically that he was not a candidate, and the contest apparently laid between Dr. Watklns and Mr. Thurber in the Third District. Then, suddenly, his ■candidacy is launched by W. H. Abel —whom Davis paid $r>,ooo of the county's money for thwarting the will of a large majority of its people. We have the undisputed statement •of Mr. Thurber for the fact that he •was offered $500 to get out of the way of Davis; that W. H. Abel fig ured in this attempt to purchase the nomination—just as he did in the offer to purchase B. E. Williams out •of the way of Arland in the First district. Mr. Thurber has also told •of the rascally methods adopted to force Dr. Watkins off the ticket, so that the people of Grays Harbor tind the following state of affairs to jus tify the suspicion of this conspiracy: That the project to build the court house two years ago was only postponed—not abandoned—; that the same old triumvirate, Abel, Ar land and Davis, fathers of the •scheme, only require to carry the elections tomorrow to be again in the saddle, and that the vote for Davis at Montesano at the primaries Indicate clearly the expectations from him in that quarter. When the project was dropped two years ago, it was carefully figured out that the result could be secured without caus ing the political death of Arland and Davis —which Its consumnation at that time would have rendered sure. The triumvirate figured that no steps for removal of the county seat could be taken for four years, and that a national election intervened, at which !t would be strange if Boss Abel could not so manipulate poli tics so as to Insure two friendlyi commissioners. It should be borne In mind that in Montesano this mat ABERDEEN HERALD ter contains no partyism. It Is a matter of business to secure by hook or crook a perpetual lease on the county seat, hence the readiness of the boss of that town to secure by purchase or bulldozing the nomina tion of proper tools to carry out the scheme, a scheme that will tie the hands of Grays Harbor when it. makes an attempt In 1910 to place the seat of government somewhere near the center of its business. When those conditions dawned up on the republicans of this locality, a number of them addressed a letter to Commissioner Arland, asking him to state his position on the subject, a subject so important to the whole Grays Harbor region. This letter J was couched in unambiguous terms, «nd it requested a similar reply. I Here is the letter: ; "To C. W. Arland, Montesnno, Wash. "Sir: In addressing this letter of ; inquiry to you. (he undersigned are | prompted by 110 wish to embarass I you in your canMdacy for County j Commissioner from the First district, ! but rather by a .lesire to gain from I you a definite statement that will set jat rest the many rumors now cir- I culated as respects your present po , sit.ion on the question of a new court i house at Montesano. "Two years ago, you expresed the 'opinion that (he present court house | answered all requirements and that lit would serve the County for an ! other twenty years. Your opponents j here, however, recall that later and | after the election, you lent your in -1 fluence and gave your vote as a <nem- I ber of the Board of County Commis i sioners to a project to build a new court house at Montesano, and that the sum of $1,000 was appropriated for the drafting of plans for such a building. "Now, we take it, conditions as re spects the present court house are no different at this time than they have been at any time since you gave your opinion two years ago. The building still meets all require ments and is still good for twenty years. Is that your attitude today? If elected, will you again vote for plans for a new structure? If elect ed) will you, as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, give your vote to a project that may be hereafter promoted to build a new court house at Montesano? "This matter arose but lately or it would have been called to your at tention earlier. Under the circum stances an Immediate reply to the questions propounded seems to us imperative. This is not a time for evasion. "Feeling certain that your an swer will silence all the rumors that have gained currency to the effect that plans for a new court house are in preparation and that the pro posal has your approval, we are, "Respectfully, "L. J. KOLT9, "L. H. FAULKNER, "JOHN PERRY "JAMES A. HOOD "EDWARD C. FINCH "E. R. BENN "N. G. KAUFMAN "W. B. CRAMMATTE "WILL LANNING "B. F. JOHNSON." Arland Dodges. There is a straightforward letter of inquiry, such as any voter or number of voters have a right to make a candidate for office, concern ing a matter that may entail an ex penditure of the money belonging to the people who will vote tomorrow, amounting to a quarter million dol lars. The meat of the inquiry is contained In the third paragraph: "If elected, will you as a member of the Board of County Comwissioners, give your vote to a project that may be hereafter promoted to build a new court house at Montesano?" If Mr. Arland was honest in his ex pressed opinion two years ago, this were a very easy question to an swer, a word of two letters, "N-O," would do it. But, Mr. Arland does just what the Inquiry requested him not to do. He resorts to evasion. He made the following reply. Head It: SEMI-WEEKLY ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1908. "In answer to the inquiry iiddress ed to me relative to my piesent po sition on the'question of .1 new court house at Montesano, I would say that the matte appear) t< me to bo entirely foreign to the cami'jtien. I can not conceive that. 11. is itn issue, at this time. Nor djos thi< inquiry appeal to mo as having li'vn inspir ed by that, friendliness wlii. h is pro fessed in it. But 1 wii! he more frank than my questioners and give their queries a candid rep.v. "I am not a party to anv scheme to build a new court hoiiro at Mon tesano. I do not even 1. <iO-* that there Is such a scheme If there is I have nothing to do wiin it. "Further, I am not pledged in any way in this matter. I am not pledged to build a court house at Monte sano, nor am I pledged not to build a court hous at Montesano. A man who would make either pledge would be a fool, from every standpoint, and especially from the standpoint of the public welfare, for who is to say what will be the best thing for the County during the next two years? "Who is a competent long-range prqphet among us? "It appears to me that this matterl has been dragged in on a wheelbar row, particularly since it comes at' so late a day in the campaign " The reply to a very proper inquiry not only evades the question, but is actually insulting to thn inquirers. Mr. Arland begins his letter by, doubting the friendliness expressed in the inquiry, and then hastens to deny something not yet charged, in fact, he "protests too much" that he j is not a party to a scheme that was not mentioned in the inquiry *'e was asked to state to those having every right to know how he would vote in a certain contingency that | they felt was apt to arise, and he re- S plies, in effect, "You must think me | a fool to say what will be required j in the matter of a court house in the ' next two years, although he did not, j bat an eye making at "long range j prophecies" two years ago, when he 1 ventured predictions on the same | subject covering twenty years. Any one acquainted with the poli | tical methods of Abel, Arland, Davis ! & Co., in the past who fails to rec : ognize a deliberate conspiracy to | anchor the county seat, at Montesano I within the next two years, would be j furnished with a guardian by the i courts if he exhibited a similar cred ! ulity in bis personal business af ! fairs. A vote for Arland or Davis to ! morrow will be a vote to accomplish i this very thing. GANG PLAYS LAST CARD. New Court House Conspirators Make Last Desperate Plav —An Eleventh Hour Canard. That letter from Aberdeen republi cans to Chas. W. Arland acted as a bomb in the camp of the new court house conspirators, and unexpectedly forced their hand. The last card up their sleeve was played Saturday when every republican paper in the county was furnished with a state ment from E. H. Story, of Montesa no—W. H. Abel's first lieutenant in the conspiracy—stating that A. J. Jackson, the democratic opponent of C. W. Arland, was ineligible to the office of commissioner for the first district, as he did not reside in the district. Listen to the statement of Mr. Story—which appeared slmil taneous with the dodging letter from Mr. Arland: "All of Mr. Jackson's property is in Section 18," says Mr. Storey, "and Section IS is in the second district. Mr. Jackson does not live within a mile of the boundary line of the first district. He is not properly a can didate from that district and could not qualify for the commissionership if elected —which, of course, he won't be. He votes in the Mel bourne precinct, and presumably his home is in that precinct, which is a precinct of the second district. It seems to me that a man ought to know where he lives before he be comes a candidate for office." Of course, there is not a word of truth in it. If there was the con spirators would be the last people on earth to give it out. Why, if it were true the retention of Arland would be assured, and they would have| smiled in silence at the fools voting for Jackson when he could not take the office, thus allowing Arland to hold for the next two years, he hold ing under the law "until his succes sor is elected and qualified." The Herald had a conversation over the phone with Mr. Jackson this morning who said the story was simply a lie manufactured at the eleventh hour in a desperate attempt to save Arland —and the new court house. Mr. Jackson has resided in the first commissioner district for many years, and votes in the Wy nooche precinct, not Melbourne, as Mr. Story says, the dlvding line be tween the commissioner districts be ing that between Wynooche and Mel bourne precincts. The promulgation of this story shows the desperation of the gang, and confirms the state ment of the Herald, that "A vote for Arland is a vote for the new court house." LABOR VOTE BRYAN'S TRADES BOD!ES PLEDGE THEM SELVES FOR BRYAN AND KERN. Chicago Headquarters ot the Amerl- Pederation of Labor is Hooded With Letters Daily from the Vari ous States Showing Sentiment for Bryan. Chicago, October 29.—M. Grant Hamilton, who is iu charge of the Chi cago headquarters of the American Federation of Labor at the Victoria Hotel, believes Bryan and Kern will be elected. No man in the country is in more complete touch with the labor situation and it is his opinion that Mr. Bryan will get at least 90 per cent of the labor vote. Speaking of the atti tude of labor in this campaign, he said: "During the last four weeks our Chicago headquarters have been flood ed with correspondence from all the doubtful states, New York, Ohio and Indiana predominating, while a rela tively large amount Of mail bearing upon the issues of the campaign has j been received from the remainder of 1 the status denominated as doubfful. \ in carefully going over the informa- i tion conveyed by these messages i which at high tide reached 300 letters i per day, it is found that the sentiment; among the men of labor has been rap-1 dly crystallizing during the time mentioned, until today, a conserva tive statement is that 90 per cent of our city central bodies and 99 per cent of our state bodies have endorsed in strong terms the program mapped out by the American Federation of Labor : and put into operation by its execn- 1 tive council. i To dale, 7,000 letters have been re | ceived and in casting up the sentiment j which prevails, in the localities from | which these communications originat | ed, it is discovered that the lirnt three | mentioned states become the center of activity. Viewing the situation from the standpoint as focalized in New York, Ohio and Indiana, indica tions of an almost positive character show that the votes of the organized workmen to the extent of between 80 and 85 per cent will be cast for Mr. Bryan. ' 'The trend of sentiment in the ranks of labor has been strongly marked by its rapid advance during the last week, so much so, that I have understated | the per cent which I believe to be the I actual fact. "From every point of view, taking into consideration; personal corre spondence, demands for labor litera ture, reports from men in the field, who are working in our interests, and from all the contributory sources in timately co-operative with the move ment instituted by labor, no other conclusion can be drawn than that so far as the men of labor are concerned, Mr. Bryan will receive a greater sup port than any presidential candidate in the history of this country has re ceived from that source. Indeed, the outlook is extremely rosy. A vote for Geo. L. Davis is a vote to reward treachery to Grays Harbor. RATHER EMBARASSING. Judge Loomis is Confused by an In nocent Dog Named "Bryan" at a Political Meeting. . KRUPP, Oct. 27. —Judge J. W. Loomis, of Aberdeen, last night ad dressed the voters of Krupp on the issues of the day from a Republican standpoint. A feature of the meeting, which paused the speaker some discomfort until he learned the cause of the I trouble, was the appearance of F. A. i Wingate's Scotch terrier, which i bears the name of "Bryan." Just as the chairman was ready to intro duce the speaker the terrier made his way into the hall and up to the ros trum. Cries of "Bryan!" "Bryan!" greeted the judge, who was wonder ing if he had run into a Tammany meeting Instead of a Republican gathering, until he was told that the small dog was the cause of the outburst of enthusiasm. SHERWOOD TO THE RESCUE Former County Commissioner Vouches for Old Comrade Geo. L. Davis. M. R. Sherwood, Former County Commissioner, and. Present Manager of a Concern Which Assess or Carter Swears Gets a Ten per Cent. Assessment, Commends Traitor to Grays Harbor of Two Years Ago. "Noticing the continued efforts of The Aberdeen Herald to injure Geo. |L. Davis, republican candidate for | county commissioner," M. R. Sher wood felt constrained to rush to the defense of his former conferee to the extent of a couple of column in sev aral of the Harbor papers, in the long course of which he openly vouches for the ability and integrity of Mr. Davis. The least Mr. Davis can now do is to return the compli ment by publicly endorsing Mr. Sherwood, and the trick will be com plete. From a sentimental point of view, the performance of Mr. Sher wood is notable, in view of the fact that the language used by him two years ago, in describing the treachery of Mr. Davis to Grays Harbor was scarcely fit for public print, albeit, nobody disputed its truth, so that this defense by Mr. Sherwood reveals a spirit of forgiveness hitherto totally unsuspected in that' gentleman's make-up. Although disliking to spoil the good story of Mr. Sherwood, we must say that he, in common with other defenders of this traitor to the in terests of Grays Harbor starts out with the false premise, that the at tack comes from The Herald. This paper has called down upon its de voted head the wrath of Geo. L. Da vis and every taxdodger in the coun ty by simply publishing what was siiid of Mr. Davis by his republican friend, Mr. Frank Thurber, and the sworn testimony of the county asses sor, one being reproduced from a re publican paper, and the other from the public records, and both public property before being printed in this paper. Hut, waiving this trifling error, what Is there to this defense of a man seeking to be replaced in a po sition where he so flagrantly violat ed the confidence of his district two short years ago? We are tempted to think that our reprinting the Thurber charges against Davis is not the goad that pricked Mr. Sherwood on to public utterance, but rather the exposure of the ten per cent, assess ments granted to concerns, one of which Mr. Sherwood is manager of i by the board of equalization—which was carred on when both Mr. Sher wood and Mr. Davis were members of that board—was the real burr un der the saddle. Mr. Sherwood fills most of his A vote for C. W. Arland is a vote to anchor the court house at Mon tesano. CAMPAIGN CLOSING. Final Efforts of All Parties on Grays Harbor Saturday Jftght—lt is Now Up to tho Voters. What little ginger there has been in the Chehalis county campaign was injected last week. Candidates and speakers of all parties found it difficult to arouse General Apathy, the old gentleman just declined to wake up. Politicians and candidates the country over are at sea as to just what the attitude of the people por tends, and while the heads of par ties are giving out estimates show ing their candidates sure winners, the fact is that one man's guess is as good as another in this instance, and nobody can foretell the result of tomorrow's election. Meetings were held Saturday night In Aberdeen by the republicans In the Grand theater, and the social ists, in the Finn hall. At the for mer the attendance was slim. Judge George D. Emery, of Belllngham, and Tax Commissioner J. C. Frost were the speakers, and their fervid elo quence was not able to arouse the old-time enthusiasm. The socialists had a fair sized crowd, who showed NUMBER 16 space with scraps of county statis tics, which have about the same re* latlon to the candidacy of Mr. Davis as would have the history of airship construction. Those statistics are quoted, not to relieve Mr. Davis of the onus of any of the Thurber char ges, but to attempt to belittle his opponent, Chas. McTntyre, and In this he is either ignorant of the real facts or he wilfully distorts them to further his argument. Had he known, or been willing to tell the facts in i regard to the Northern Pacific tax | rebate he would have informed his j readers that when the fusion admin-* . j istration assumed control of the af ! fairs of Chehalis county—after ! generation of unrestricted republi can rule—(hey found the county j practically bankrupt, and its war- I rants being hawked about for about !70 cents on the dollar. lie would ! have told that the N. P. Ry. Co. had! | refused to pay its taxes for several years, owing to the inflated values placed upon its property by republi can officials during the boom of tho . early '90's. Had he thus given aa idea of conditions, he might have con tinued, that the board of commission ers—harassed on all sides to pay out standing bills contracted by their, j predecessors—were confronted with j the two horns of a dilemma. They I could either settle this tax suit and j realize fifty odd thousand dollars, i with which to retire some interest i bearing warrants, or fight a suit ' which promised to last for years, and I thus preserve some bankable value to the county's paper, which the best legal advice obtainable said they stood a good chance to lose in th® end. Mad Mr. Sherwood been l'&tlly de sirious of airing the history t>f this county at that period, he might said that W. H. Abel—the present political godfather of Davis and Ar land—was county attorney at that | time, and that the county commis sioners settled the suit upon the ad vice of Mr. Abel. The attempt to claim credit for Mr. Davis for the payment of the county debt reminds one of the conceited fly on the wagon wheel. The county commissioners paid nothing, beyond their pro rata taxes—if they paid that Justly. They simply took advantage of the im proved times to levy taxes upon tha people, who paid the debt. their devotion to Debs and the "Cause" with their customary at tention. The democrats closed the campaign with a rally at the Hoqulam audi torium, the Aberdeen democrats go ing down In a special trolley car, About two hundred of the faithful were present, and, although the crowd looked small In that large building, proved the most enthusias tic political gathering on Grays Har bor this year. Whenever the name of William Jennings Bryan was mentioned, it met with vociferous applause. Browder D. Brown, democratic nominee for congress, was the first speaker, and he left a pleasing im pression up his audience. He was followed by Senator Geo. F. Cotter ill, democratic preference for United States senator. Mr. Cotterlll was taken 111 on the cars coming from Seattle, and was scarcely in condi tion to make a speech, and was com pelled to speak from a chair. Not withstanding his indisposition, Sen ator Cotterlll gave a masterly re sume of the political Issues, showing the illogical and Inconsistent posi tion of the republican party in this campaign. He was listened to with marked attention for an hour and a quarter, and was frequently inter rupted with applause.