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NO 32.
Presents Weyeriiaeiis
m er $3.000.000
Idaho Should Profit bu Lesson and
Refuse to Elect Corporation
In our last issue we gave a portion of
an article from the Cosmopolitan Maga
zine for January, in which Chas. P. Nor
cross wrote of the methods of the Wey
erhaeuser syndicate in securing millions
of acres of timber land in exchange for
worthless lands in the forest reserves.
Although a large area of this land thus
"legally grafted" is located in Idaho the
daily press of Boise had no mention of
Mr Norcross' articles, notwithstanding
it is "mighty interesting reading," to
quote a favorite expression of Horace
K It may be that the daily papers of
Boise do not wish to call attention to
the fact that a Weyerhaeuser attorney
;s been selected by the Republican
sses for the next United States sena
tor from Idaho; but the interesting fact
was also brought out in the article that
the Weyerhauesers already have a friend
in the senate and, of course, another
would be greatly to their liking. Just
read the following account of a friendly
piece of legislation in the interest of
Weyerhaeuser and notice what a good
turn a senator can do the lumber syndi
pte and then ask yourself if Idaho
should be represented in the senate by
I Weyerhauser attorney, just because the
the Republican bosses at Pocatello treat
ed the convention delegates as a lot of
puppets and brazenly attempted to usurp
_B>e constitutional prerogative of the leg
islature to choose a United States sen
ator. Mr. Norcross concluded his article
' %s follows :
'Another of the methods used by the
Weyerhaeuser interests to secure land
is of so recent date that there is every
possibility that it may yet be officially
y vestigated ; in this instance, as in oth
ers. it brought about the turning over
by the government to the Weyerhaeuser
people of an enormous tract of rich and
valuable land. Somewhere back in the
fifties the state of Oregon granted to the
. California and Oregon Land Company
a large tract of land lying between Eu
gene. Oregon, and Silver City, Cal
ifornia. This grant was made for a turn
pike road. Much of the land is worth
less now, and the road is practically
unused : still there are parts of it heavily
timbered. The establishment of the
Klameth forest reservation bv the gov
Irnment took in eight hundred thousand
.... . i
the .TV" conn ^ non " ltb tlla t ot
| l A' C 'f. " °' COn_
y.cted of land frauds, d.ed suddenly),
o uce a feso ntion as an amen j
ment to the Ind.an appropr.at.on
pfr crcs of this land. It may seem strange,
|biit by some mysterious means these
l&ight hundred thousand acres drifted
3Sinto the hands of one man. He gave
fen option on the whole thing to O O
jSearle, of Minneapolis, at an upset price
^pf one million dollars, or one dollar and
quarter an acre. Searle, who is in
;Jbusiness with A. E. Johnson & Co., of
nn eap o lis, entered into negotiations
3J§*ith the Weyerhaeuser syndicate to buy
e band ' They held off, and never did
ct through Searle, but going behind his
ack tlley secure d it in another way. It
safe to assume that they did not pay
nore than Searle asked.
i "It may be merely a coincidence, but
soon after this tract of land had passed
Into the hands of the
Senator Fulton, of- Oregon
whose name has from time to time been
uthorizing the land company to ex
hange one hundred and eleven thou- '
; -iand acres of its land inside the Klamath
reservation for eighty-sever. thousand
-cres in one compact area. Aside from
j this, the company was given the right
I to construct mills, put up power plants.
I build railroads, dams, and reservoirs and
other necessary plants. It was a beauti
ful scheme. The land exchanged is
worthless sage or alkali land, scattered
and detached. For it the company gets
a compact area of eighty-seven thousand
acres, with the rights mentioned. The
land exchanged was probably not worth
a dollar an acre, while the eighty-seven
thousand acres secured are worth prob
ably $3,200,000, or a profit of over three
millions. Aside from this, the syndicate
has nearly seven hundred thousand
acres left in the tract, and there stand
upon it five billion feet of timber of the
finest quality. The land exchanged was
the worthless part.
"Anyone trying to write of the machi
nations of the lumbermen in the North
west stands appalled at their magnitude.
The facts cited are set forth only as
high-lights to illuminate what has been
going on. They may in a way tend to
prove how these gigantic combinations
have been effected, how the syndicate
converted to its own use the millions
of acres with the billions of value which
rightfully belong to the people, and how
the colossal Weyerhaeuser fortune was
built up. Behind it all stands the old
man in St. Paul, quaint in his moods,
somewhat broken in speech, kindly in
manner, who, fifty years ago, came here
from a foreign land to carve out his for
tune, an achievement in which he has
succeeded far beyond- the dreams of
Mingo Saunders at 50 is just a negro
out of a job, with a dishonorable dis
charge against his name on the mili
tary records of the United States.
Six weeks ago he was first sergeant
of Company B, Twenty-fifth infantry.
He has served 26 years, half of his life,
as a regular under the American flag.
His different discharges bore the offi
cial remarks : "Faithful service," "re
liable soldier," "good man," "character
excellent." Now his service stripes have
been taken from him. He cannot re
Mingo Saunders was on the firing
line all through the Santiago campaign
in Cuba as a non-commissioned officer.
On June 25, 1898, a volunteer officer
named Theodore Roosevelt came to
Mingo Saunders not far from Siboney
an d begged for some hard-tack for his
"ten. The Rough Riders were glad to
ff et tbe negroes' rations.
Mingo Saunders, as first sergeant, led
Company B, Twcnty-fith infantry, on
January 5, 1900, in the attack on Ca
ntansi, the Filipino stronghold on Arra
>' at hill > in north Luzon. In the re
P ort on this action Camansi is de
scribed as "a veritable Gibraltar in it
self - a sort of second Lookout Moun
tain " Mingo Saunders was in at the
finish > aft er scaling the mountain in
the face of a deadly fire. The Filipinos,
1000 stron S< % « ere routed and five
wounded American prisoners were res
cued -
Mingo Saunders, after fighting all
Boise cannot always be assured of
commercial supremacy in the southern
Idaho field. Five years more without
direct transcontinental railway connec-lof
tion and other places will be rivals to
be reckoned with. Hence the necessity
for carnest action in thjs mat:e - Ilpon the
par t of our people.
An honest ballot law should be passed
through the Cuban and Philippine cam
> ,ai 8 ns > never rose above a non-com
missioned officer, but he had nothing
but credit marks to his account. He
was at Brownsville, Texas, last August
at lhc time of the midnight riot.
in ] ° minutes after he first heard shots
fired he had his men lined up for roll
call. He accounted for all of them ex
cept four, who were known to be on
special detail. He did his full duty in
every way.
There are no charges against Mingo
Saunders as sergeant or private, yet
Theodore Roosevelt holds him
up as a
disgrace to the United States army.—
Ne A- York World.
at this session.
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Farcical Trial Held at
Judge Smith Directs That a Ver
dict of Acquittal Be Rendered
in Case
The trial and acquittal of Robert Lans
don on the charge of embezzling public
funds turned out to be a legal farce and
was one of those cases, now unfortu
nately very common, that bring law
yers and courts into disrepute. Mr.
Lansdon had no defense and made none.
The case was taken out of the hands of
the jury by the trial judge, who ordered
a verdict of acquitttal. The facts of the
case are well known but will bear re
peating. A sheep man named Brown
paid Lansdon $163.50 taxes on his sheep ;
Lansdon on the same day represented
to the county commissioners that Brown
had paid $40 taxes on the sheep, under
the grazing tax law-, in Idaho county and
was entitled to a rebate of that amount,
which he obtained but never paid to
Brown. Brown swore he never asked
for this rebate and was not entitled to
it and that his sheep never grazed in
Idaho county. This statement of facts
is undenied by Lansdon save by his plea
of not guilty and the statement at the
preliminary that there must have been
some mistake in the matter.
In the trial at Caldwell, according to
the press reports Judge Smith sustained
a motion to instruct the jury to bring
in a verdict of not guilty because it
was not shown that Lansdon had not re
the prosecution left this loop-hole they
can best answer themselves. There is
some hint in the daily press, also, that
Judge Smith and Lansdon's attorney, A.
A. Fraser, construed the proof offered
as tending to establish the crime of ob
taining money under false pretenses in
stead of embezzlement and, therefore,
that the latter charge must fail.
Mr. Lansdon is to be congratulated
upon the ability of his counsel, the lack
of perception by the prosecution and
the technicalities of the law. He will
come to Boise to serve as secretary
of state and as a -member of Governor
Gooding's land board, instead of tak
ing up his residence elsewhere in this
It is idle for Mr. Lansdon's defenders
in the Republican press to speak of his
'vindication." He was sufficiently popu
lar in Washington county to be'elected
assessor in 1902 and sheriff in 1904, al
though bitterly fought in his campaign
for the latter position his bondsmen
as assessor even asking to be relieved
because of his alleged gambling proclivi
ties. In 1906 his neighbors who had
twice elected him to office refused longer
to stand by him on account of this
charge upon which he has just escaped
and Washington county gavé his op
ponent approximately 1000 majority for
secretary of state and Mr. Lansdon se
cured a change of venue for his trial.
Surely his neighbors, who had been his
friends and supporters, did not desert
him because charges had been "trumped
up" against him which they would have
resented, but they expressed by their bal
lots their verdict as tp his guilt or inno
cence. Fortunately for him the Mor
tnon vote was sufficiently strong in the
state to pull him through lagging be
(hind with the governor at the tail end
the Republican ticket. !
d be Caldjvell News makes the foi
'owing comment regarding the farcical
trial :
When the prosecution was through!
its teetimony-the attorney for the
defense. moved that the court instruct ]
the jury to bring in a verdict of ac
quittai on the ground that the state had
.not proven that the crime of embez
zlement had been committed. He ar
gued tbat ** le ^ e ^ en<blnt obtained
thjs sunt under false pretenses and not
by embezzlement. The court took the
motion under advisement until the next
day. After sleeping over the night on
this motion the honorable court gave
the instruction to acquit—and the jury
did accordingly. A first class coat of
whitewash was administered and Lans
don goes back to Washington county
'not guilty.'
still in his jeans unless he spent it dur
ing the last campaign to aid in uphold
ing 'law and order' in Idaho.
"'Well, who is Lansdon anyway?' asks
one of the uninitiated. He was the Re
publican candidate ior secretary of state
arid was elected to that office during the
last campaign. True, he ran behind his
ticket in the country where he was best
known, but he got there all the same.
He is to be sworn into office on the
first Monday in January, 1907, and he
must go into office vindicated ! A Re
publican judge who was defeated in
November for re-election and who had
decided not to hold another session of
court again in Canyon county changed
his mind and heard this case in the
last hours of his expiring term. A Re
publican deputy sheriff summoned a spe
cial venire of 24 men from which the
jury was to be drawn, and out of this
number 21 were Republicans and three
Democrats. Of course this was a 'just
happened so.' When the jury was be
ing selected the three Democrats were
promptly excused by the defense and
12 good Republicans tried and true
were accepted. Another case of 'just
happened so.'
"When the court advised said 12
tried and true Republicans to return a
verdict of not guilty they very prompt
ly did it. And all of this was to up
hold 'law and order' in Idaho.
"In view of all this the News most
heartily congratulates the Seventh Ju
dicial district upon having retired his
honor, the present incumbent, and elect
ing as his successor the Honorable Ed
ward Bryan. The News also wishes to
congratulate Canyon county upon hav
ing elected William Thorp as sheriff of
But he has that $40.50
advise our office-holding friends not to
be guilty of such offenses as Lansdon's
during the term of office to which they
have been elected ; for if they do there
will be no whitewash administered with
their consent and approval. The white
wash bucket is now empty and will not,
be replenished."
The Prineville Review seems to suf
fer from confusion of thought upon one
or two points, says the Oregonian. It
does not seem to realize that the words
"American people" and "land thieves"
are not synonymous,
aggrieved because the Oregonian wishes
the govcrnment to retain the mineral
and forest Iands Wh,ch the naticm sti11
° wns ' ft ,hmks th,s wl11 be equivalent
t0 ',' taklng the land away from the pe °
p * e '
subst,tute '' Iand thieves," its remark will
^ much more accurate In this coun '
try the government 15 the peopIe - What
tbc government owns the people own, on
tbe other hand what goes into the pos
session of land thieves and grafters the
people have lost forever,
The Review truly says that the public
lands "all belong to the people," but it
qualifies this remark by adding that they
shoul d be given away to whoever comes
fi rst and grabs them, no matter whether
' s a trust or an individual. If the land
belongs to the people, then the people as
a whole are entitled to the use, value and
proceeds of them forever. Ownership by
tbe P e °pie does not mean the same as
ownership by the Standard Oil company
° r by a senatorial syndicate.
The Review thinks it will "be a sorry
day" when the government begins to
treat the public domain as a public trust
r " nr the benefit of the whole nation. So
it will ; sorry indeed for the gangs which
have thriven heretofore upon the- plun
der of the pub i ic doln:iin . But for every
honest citizen who desires to own and
possess what belongs to him and permit
others to do the same it will be a day of
The Review is
If for "people" the Review will
Facts Upon Widen Our
People Should flet
Senator Buller, of Blaine County,
Gives Interview on This Im
bortant Subject
The most important item of informa
tion printed relative to Boise and
Southern Idahois sandwiched in an in
terview with Senator R. F. Buller, of
Blaine County, published in Wednes
day's Statesman, as follows:
"Senator Buller says that there is an
unsurveyed route crossing the desert
from Idaho Falls to Boise, that would
admit of the building of a railroad on
practically a water grade until the
neighborhood of Dixie is
I There would not even be a hill to climb
in crossing either of the Wood rivers
and the senator thinks that the Boise in
terests should take the matter up and
appoint a strong committee to investi
gate this route and present it to rail
way iulerests that are headed this way."
To this Thursday morning is added
the following:
"Representative Thomas C. Stanford
of Blaine Codnty says that he desires to
emphasize what Senator Buller said in
yçsterda_\ 's Statesman in regard to the
feasibility of a railway route across the
desert fust below the foothills from
Idaho Falls to Boise. He says that
there size practically no grades on the
route and that after it has passed the
first 5J miles west from Idaho Falls
it will traverse nearly the entire distance
through a fertile section of
that is rapidly being settled and placed
under -nltivation.
He expects to use
his best efforts to get this route placed
before the| railway intersts that have
their eye on something good for Idaho." N
Here then is the work cut out for the
people of Boise and it is in direct line
with th* suggestions made by the Citizen.
Boise must have a direct trans-con
tiuental line. All other matters are triv
ial in comparison to this, and such a
line can be secured by at :ive, earnest
There was ne-er such activity before
in the railroad world and new exten
sions are being made in every direc
Let the business interests of Boise act
quickly along the lines suggested by
Senator Buller. Let a strong com
mittee be appointed and a company in
corporated to locate the proposed route
and make the preliminary work for the
construction of such a road,
is every assurance that one of the great
roads now operating in Wyoming and
looking coastward could be quickly in
duced to take hold of the matter.
A transcontinental railway for Boise
should be the watchword of every cit
izen for the year 1907.
The Boise Citizen does not
that this matter shall be allowed to
drag, but proposes to keep it constantly
before the people.
The senatorial candidate who spent *
the most money carried the direct pri
mary election in Oregon, less than 20 per
cent of the Republicans voting. If the
people will not vote at the primaries di
rect nominations «fill go to the
with the longest purse or to the best
Among the good resolutions for the
year a popular one is to lay in sufficient
coal next summer for the following win
United States Senator Dubois is
spending a day or two in Boise.

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