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PROVIDE ROAD ELECTIONS
Road and Tax Matter Occupy
Session of Board Last
RAISE SOME SALARIES
Road to Westport and Cohas
sett Arranged For-Want
MONTESANO, March 6.—The ses
sion of the county commissioners
Monday was largely devoted to road
matters, many of them becoming ur
gent, with the opening of spring. Prob
ably the most important was the ord
er to call for bids for a floating dock
at Bay City,, a pile trestle dock at
Laidlaw's Island and for 26u,550 feet
•of lumber for a roadway between
Laidlaw's Island and the main land,
to complete the road from Aberdeen
to Cohassett Beach. Bids will also
be called for the construction of S l-s
miles of the Copalis Crossing-Aloha
A petition was filed asking for a
road on the East branch of the Ho
•quiam river, and one for a bridge
across Black river, and the improve
ment of the road leading to it, was
referred to Commissioner Wilson.
The hearing of the report on the A.
.J. West road was continued to April
1, and the B. P. Briscoe road was ord
The Coast Bridge Co. was awarded
the contract for building the Williams
Creek bridge for $2,900.
Tenders for the sale of a block of
land between Aberdeen and Hoquiam
will be received until April 1, for a
site for a county hospital.
Schamehorn & Gumtn were granted
a saloon license at Westport.
All the city and town clerks in the
county were appointed registration
clerks, excepting Montesano, where J.
W. Pettijohn was appointed.
A franchise was granted for a tele
phone line on the upper Satsop road,
and to lay water pipe in alley in the
Distler addition to Aberdeen.
The third deputy in the treasurer's
office received an increase of salary,
from $75 to $85 a month, and the
typewriter from $50 to $65.
The auditor was directed to issue
warrants in lieu of Nos. 28678 and
29273, which have been lost.
Tax Matters Adjusted
The treasurer was directed to strike
the following taxes from the rolls of
1911: $200 improvements on lots 1
to 10, block 25, Cosmopolis; person
al property taxes of Chris Johnson,
H. O. Puhn, Mrs. E. Tompkins, Capt.
Robt. Peterson, W. R. McLaughlin,
Frye & Co., $10.72 from Dan McCrim
inon, and $43.0!) from J. T. Newbury.
The personal property of the Che
lialis county L. & T. Co. was ordered
transferred from School District No.
44, to School District No. 2S.
The improvements assessed as on
lot 10, block 8, Benn's Central Addi
river in Sections 15 and 16, and part
of Sec. 9.
The interest on tax receipt No
SBl7 was stricken as error.
Lot 7, block 32, W. & B. Addition
Aberdeen was stricken from the rolls
of 1903-04-05, as church property, and
lots 1 to 8, block 17, and lots 1 to 4.
block 16, Melbourne, from rolls of
1904 as a double assessment, and for
the same reason all tide and shore
lands on West Fork of the Hoquiam
river in Sections 15 and 1 6a,nd par'
All penalty and interest was strick
en from the SW/ 4 of N E Vi, the NW %
of Sec. 13, and the E% of Sec. 14-
The tax improvements on Lot 7,
block 39, Ontario addition to Ho
quiam, as error.
W. B. Mack was refunded 91 cents
and Roy Case $3.09 as double pay
The treasurer was directed to can
cel C. 1). No. 3680 and refund the
money, the same being on government
The sum of $113 was ordered receiv
ed in full, from A. D. Devonshire, as
taxes for 1908-09-10, on lots 1, 2 and
3, tract 31, Aberdeen Tide lands.
After allowing the February bills,
the board adjourned to March 18.
ROZECRANS PLEADS GUILTY
Guy Rozecrans. the census enumer
ator, who was charged with stuffing
the Aberdeen census, plead guilty in
the federal court this morning, and
was fined $50 and costs, amounting
in all to $IS2. G. M. Powell, who
was secretary of the Aberdeen Cham
ber of Commerce during the census
taking period, is collecting money
this afternoon to pay the fine.
The complaint against Rozecrans
alleged false enumeration, and. it ap
pears, consisted of accepting names
turned in by the enumerators engaged
by the committee of the Chamber of
Commerce, and in the belief that it
was legal and proper to list the sail
ors and loggers who made Aberdeen
their home, and It Is but Just that the
chamber should help him out. i
City Elections Tuesday Brings
Out Scarcely One-Half
SOCALIST VOTE IS LIGHT
Complications Predicted by
Herald Ensue, and Courts
The municipal elections Tuesday
were the quietest ever held in Aber
, lieen. It wax simply impossible lo
I arouse public interest, and a block
j away from the polls the only tiling
| to indicate election day was the clos
led thirst emporiums. But little over
half of the registered voters took the
j trouble to go to the polls, and the
i ladies were noticeably delinquent in
• the exercise of the right of citizen
' ship, for which their sisters in Lon
| dun are making such a vigorous fight.
Only 1,488 votes were cast, out of
a registration of 2.6.">*, anil aside from
the defeat of Elder in the sixth ward,
the results occasioned 110 surprise.
The socialist vote was not half so
large as expected, the highest being
304 tor Thomas for treasurer. As the
candidacy for treasurer and clerk was
admitedly hopeless, and there was no
opposition on the ward tickets, it is
believed that party made but small
effort to bring out their voters, re
serving their eltorts for the regular
Following is a list of the nominees:
City Clerk, Peter P. ('lark.
City Treasurer. Roy C. Sargent.
Councilmen, First Ward
John P. Myles (incumbent I.
11. C. Hillings.
Councilman, Second Ward
H. E. Bailey.
Councilman, Third Ward
John AV. Praser.
Councilmen, Bixth Ward
George Stalding (incumbent).
James M. Vnsbinder.
City Clerk, V. T. Evans.
City Treasurer, Joseph Thomas.
Councilmen, First Ward
Councilman Second Ward
E. E. Weiland.
Councilman, Third Ward
Councilmen, Sixth Ward
E. A. Millette.
Herman P. Rutschow.
Councilman Seuond Ward
L. A. Zumhaugh.
The Vote By Wards
Por Treasurer —
Sargent (111, Ist ward. 194; 2nd,
2tilt; 3rd, 126; 4th, 172; sth, 167; Oth,
263; Total. 1185.
Tomas (Si, Ist, 34; 2nd, 01; 3rd,
53; 4th, 25; 6th. In 3; Total, 304.
Por Clerk —
Clark, Ist, 191; 2nd. 203; 3rd, 12";
4th, 172; sth, 16$; Gth, 259; Total,
Evans (S) Ist 34; 2nd. 64; 3rd. 50;
Ith, 25; sth, 25; 6th, 96; total, 294.
Vote For Councilmen
Ward Caucuses Are Held
As predicted by the Herald, cau
cuses were held in the Fourth and
Pifth wards as a protest against the
action of the council in debarring
those wards of what Is believed to be
their right, to elect a coun
cilman each year. In the
Fourth ward Dan Pearsall, the
well known attorney was nominated,
and A. E. Alexander, who made a
good record on the council from the
Third, was named in the Fifth, where
(Continued to page eight).
ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON, I THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1912
METHOD OF \
Secretary of State Howell
Suggest a New as Well as
USE KEROSENE AND NITRE
Bore Hole, Fill It With Fluid,
Leave for Month and
OLYMPIA, March 6.—A novel and.
it in thought, unexplolted method of
clearing logged-ofl' lands has been
brought to light by Secretary of State
I. M. Howell, lie Hays when It is
perfected 1' will be both cheap and
practical. It consists simply of the
use of kerosene and nitre. As Mr.
Howell is also ex-ofllclo commission
er of the state bureau of statistics
and immigration he has spent con
siderable time in the study of prac
ticable methods of clearing land and
states that the new plan will un
doubtedly prove the best and most
efficient yet devised. It is not pa
tented and therefore can be used by
anyone desiring to do so. In a state
ment given out Secretary Howell out
lines the method as follows:
"To clear logged-off lands at the
lowest cost get a small engine and
an air compressor and two one-inch
augers of different lengths; bore
straight down in the center of the
stump till you come to the pith; till
the hole with kerosene and nitre,
plug it up and leave for an entire
month Then till up the hole again
with the same kind of material, pbu
It and leave for another month At
that time bore another hole, oblique
ly this time, and from a |>oint near
the surface of the ground upward
to join with the vertical bore. Then
take some line, dry cedar strips and
set fire to It.
Will Burn Out Roots.
"Within a few weeks the stump
will be gone to the very last root
and without burning a lot of good
wood, while the soil will not be hurt
in the least. There is no doubt aboil*
its practicability for It has been tried
many times and with repeated suc
cess, while the cost, as will be evi
dent to any person, will be about the
lowest possible. A great advantage
In the method Is that very little at
tention Is required for each stump,
thus saving the time of the clearer
In this way one person can clear a
great many stumps within a very
short period of time. The fart thai
It does not burn the soil should par
tlcularly recommend the method, as
the usual way of burning Is almost
certain to Injure the soil more or
less. Time and expense cnn also be
saved In the fact that very little wool
is burnt In the process This can be
saved for use In the stoves A fair
trial of this method Is urged."
CONTRACT FOR UNION
DEPOT 18 LET
The well known railroad firm of
Grant.Smlth & company was award
ed the contract for constructing the
new $55,000 union depot and express
warehouse in Aberdeen. The con
tract was awarded yesterday and the
firm has shipped its machinery to
this city, where work will begin at
once. It is said that the contractors
will sublet a number of contracts.
ANOTHER FOREIGN INVASION.
John Bull: "Now, of v lat use are my navy and boy scouts?"
—Taylor in New York Evening Sun.
OF THE CITY DADS
Teams Must Get Permit
to Use Sidewakes in
the Fill District
Passing an order making it neces
sary for teamsters who desire to use
the sidewalks in the fill district to
itrst get special permit from Street
Superlnten. .v or Chief of Police, the
permit to be issued at the risk of the
person securing it, was the most im
portant matter taken up by the city
council at its session last night.
The matter came before the body
when Street Superintendent C. E. Ar
thur called attention to the fact that
teams were using the sidewalks in the
till district without regard to 'the'
rights of pedestrians.
Councilman Elder called attention
to teams passing over private prop
erty at the corner of Tenth and Broad
way owing to the fact that Hie city
had blocked the street.
Chief of Police Templeman report
ed $121 collected in fines and forfei
tures and licenses, during the month
of February, and Police Judge Tucker
reported lllli.u.'i collected by the
S \V. Johnston was granted a per
mit to move tile scales from its old
location on F street to the new head
quarters on I street.
No protests were made against the
Improvement of Market street from it
to F sireets and the necessary reso
lutions and ordinances were ordered
An ordinance for the improvement,
of the alley in blocks 41. 42, 43 and I,
W \ It's addition was adopted.
Applications for the transfer and
granting of three liquor licenses was
referred to the license committee.
A resolution for the Improvement
of Heron, K and M streets, by pav
ing the same, was passed.
The council accepted the Custer
street sidewalk and the Hoard way fill
between Heron and River streets.
SKULL FOUND MAY BE
VICTIM OF GOHL
John Silvo Digs Up Skull Near
Former Haunt of Billy Gobi, No
The finding of a skull burled near
one of the cabins owned and used
by William Gobi, who is now ser
ving a life sentence in the peniten
tiary for murderous practices carri
ed on In this county for years, gives
rise to the belief that it may be an
other of (iohl's victims The skull
was found by Silvo. who was digging
a post hole and he placed It on the
I tost, w here It was found by others,
who brought It to this city. A care
ful examination of the ground failed
to reveal any more bones. The skull
is thought to be that of a young man
but the teeth are gone and means
of identification are lacking. It is pre
sumed that It might be one of the
victims of the sailor agent. It will be
remembered a skull was picked up
near the same spot on the
beach, which whs at the time thought
to have been the skull of "Red ' Mil
ler. who disappeared and is thought
to have been murdered by Gohl.
BEGIN DREDGING FOR BARGES
HOQCIAM. Mar «—The Grays Har
bor Construction company has begun
dredging at the government wharves
at the north Jetty to deepen the
bay so that loaded barges can land
The contract calls for removing 10.-
000 yards of sand.
HOTEL MEN COME
HERE AUGUST 16
Chamber of Commerce Selects
Three Days for Annual
WANT FUNDS FOR ROAD
Committee in Charge of South
Side Road to Raise
Selecting August 15, 16 and 17 as
the days for the annual convention of
the State Hotel Men's Association
and endorsing a resolution approving
the organization of a taxpayers lea
gue, were two of the important mat
ters before the Chamber of Commerce
at its weekly luncheon at the Hotel
Two committees of five members
each were appointed by the chairman
to solicit funds for the construction
of the Soutn side road.
The committees follow: A. C. Gail
lac, chairman; W. O. McCaw, H. B.
Elder, L. L. Maley, H. E. Phipps; J.
11. Benson, chairman; Dan Bowes, Al
len Dougherty, Roy C. Sargent, W.
Report of R. H. Keagy on the in
vestigation of said lime brick was
J. M. Bowes, chairman of the base
ball committee reported inability to
secure a meeting of representative
business men as per his call. He re
ported that H. B. Zimmerman of the
Grays Harbor Railway and Light com
pany had agreed to subscribe $500 to
ward the support of a team, but as
it would require at least $2,500 to put
a team in the field, he asked that
his committee be discharged and an
other committee appointed to take up
this work. On motion it was decid
ed that no team be put in the league
this year from Aberdeen.
The question of joining the Che
halis County Chamber of Commerce
and Industry brought forth consider
able argument, and on motion the
matter was left over to the execu
tive committee to meet with Presi
dent Brawer of the Hoquiam Com
mercial club, and other Hoquiam
members, and go into the merits of
the plan more fully.
The following resolution, presented
by J. J, Carney was adopted:
"Resolved: By the Aberdeen Cham
ber of Commerce, that we heartily ag
gee with the movement recently
started in Hoquiam looking to the
equitable assessment of property for
taxati' : purposes in Chehalis county,
and pled:re our assistance in the ef
fort to secure this much to be de
A committee of five, of which J.
J. «" was selected as chairman,
he to natne the remainder of the com
mlrt< • work with the Chehalis
Conn: ■ i ix Payers' League, was ap
pointed Ihe following now constitute
the committee: J. J. Carney, Phil S.
Locke, Jos. Jacob, P. R. Archer and
W W. Boner.
L. H Burnett spoke at length on
the benefits Aberdeen would derive
from wlv. rtising and financial stand
points by having the State Republl
can convention in this city. May 15.
The Assessor Makes Lengthy
Explanation at Commercial
HAS HEATED DISCUSSION
Will Assess on Fourty Per
Cent Basis-Declines to
Give Timber Plans
HOQUIAM, March C.—"l was elect
ed assessor of Cbehalis county by the
people, and as long as I am assessor,
I don't propose to take orders from
1 any one else." This was the state
ment made by Assessor F. E. Jones,
before the Hoquiam Commercial club,
here today, when asked whether he
proposed to be guided by the values
set on timber and lands, by the cruis
ers. who have about completed their
work in the county. Mr. Jones later
qualilied the statement saying that
he would be guided by the cruise to
a certain extent and that his remarks
were made under the heat of a dis
Mr. Jones had submitted his re
port on what he proposed to do in
raising the valuations, and stated
that he was willing to answer all
"You stated before the state tax
commission under oath that ttie ba
sis of valuations on property in Cbe
halis county in 1910, was 19.7 per
cent. Was some of this property as
sessed at that rate, and some higher
or lower, and what property was as
sessed lower?" was a question asked,
to which Mr. Jones replied: "Some
was assessed at that figure and some
A. C. Girard then launched into a
discussion of taxation and said in
"Gentlemen, you have heard that
Mr. Jones proposes to increase the
valuation on timber approximately
$3,000,000. The timber of the county
is now assessed at $8,377,895. The
cruise just completed shows 25,000,-
000,000 feet of timber, at a rate of
$1 per thousand, for example, brings
its value up to $25,000,000, but the
true value of this timber is more tha*
$50,000,000 and Mr. Jones proposes to
raise it to approximately $11,000,000
or about 25 per cent of its value,
while he will assess other classes
of property on a basis of 40 per cent.
"As assessor, he comes before you
and asks for information regarding
a raise of city property, out of all
proportion to his proposed raise on
timber. The assessed valuation of
the city of Hoquiam is $2,718,165, or
50 per cent of its value, because you
could purchase everything in the city
"What is needed more is a move
ment looking towards bringing the
assessed valuation up on timber, the
city property in most instances is
assessed high enough.
"Mr. Jones has told you that sec
tion 16-6 contains approximately 81,-
000,000 feet of timber, it Is assessed
at $4,80(1 and is worth $200,000 and
this is the kind of unequal taxation
we want to prevent."
Here President Brewer called the
speaker to order asking that the mat
ter be sent, to a committee, which the
speaker objected to, stating that the
matter" was of too great importance
to be buried in a committee, publicity
was what was needed in the matter
and the Commercial club was the
place to discuss the matter.
The matter was finally referred to
a committee of seven men engaged in
different lines of business to report
as soon as possible, on motion of Mr.
Assessor Jones read a paper, ex
plaining the assessment of the coun
ty and tax matters, in which he stated
he was making the assessment this
year on a forty per cent basis, that
is, he had so instructed the field dep
uties, but he was silent as to the
basis to be used in the office in valu
ing timber lands, for which he has
more complete data, in the cruiser's
reports, than it is possible to obtain
on any other class of property.
He expressed his pleasure at the
formation of a tax payers' league, and
promised his co-operation with it in
adjusting the assessment equitably,
although he doubted its effectiveness.
OSCAR OLSEN MISSING
HOQUIAM, March 7. —Oscar Olsen
for more than 20 years a resident
of Grays Harbor, during which time
he has acted as mate on the various
tug boats, is believed to have lost
his life by falling into the Hoquiam
river, early yesterday morning. He
was last seen about 2 o'clock, by the
night watchman at the Northwestern
Lumber company mill, who says he
was under the influence of liquor. It
is presumed that while endeavoring
to board the boat he fell to his
death, as did a former mate several
years ago. He was prominent in
lodge circles and a search is being
made to find his body.
Albert Pruce, J. A. Ingram and Er
nest Olsen, settlers of the Quinianlt
Lake country, were visitors n this
city yesterday, on business.