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THE BOISE CITIZEN
ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY. FRED FLOED. M. W. FLOED. . .. Editor. . Manager. _$1.50 '*ne Year, in Advance. Infamous Deal Now Onj As predicted by the Democratic speakers and papers no sooner is the smoke of the battle cleared than the Brady land hoard is up to its neck in another scandalous proceeding. It is now carrying out the scheme by which the Potlatch Lumlier Company is to obtain title to 24,000 acres of state tmilier land in Latah and Nez Perce counties, and thus to set at naught the contract made by that company with the state at the time the timber was sold to the company. According to that contract the Potlatch company had twenty years in which to re move the timber. This limit of time will expire in 1922, having twelve years in which to run. But the company cannot remove the fimber in that time without greatly increasing its plants and, perhaps, throwing so much lumlier upon the market as to cause a fall in price in the territory affected. This latter would certainly he the ease w ere it not for the fact that the lumlier trust would otherwise curtail the output. It has been the settled policy of all previous administrations in Idaho to limit the sale of state lands to 25 sections per year as pre scribed in the state constitution, and to sell only the timber o„ tim here, lands the land itself reverting after twenty years to the state Lut Judge Fremont Wood decided that the constitutional limit of the quantity ot land to he sold referred only to the original school lands segregated hv tlie national government and consisting of sections If; and 3« in each township. With this loophole to work through the I .1 », I , , , , . , . . ., h Potlatch company and the Brady land board got busy with the result I that the company is already feeling itself the owner of the 24,000 acres in question. The cause for speerLis that a new administration is coming into power and a session of the legislature is shortly to convene that will doubtless pass a law that will correct the technical point discovered by Jodge Wood, and firmly establish the precedent held sacred by all former administrations in safeguarding the sale of the state lands. , I It is plain to every citizen that there will be no other bona fide bidders for this land upon an equal footing with the Potlatch com pany, for who would purchase lands, upon which a lumlier company has a lease to run for twelve years, in which to remove the timber. 'Pile Potlatch company can, therefore, he the only bidder, and Mr Humiston, the manager, so considers the matter and regards it as a closed incident according to an interview published in the Statesman . f0 ,,. , l-i -, -r, o . c -.I of Sunday last and which we reprint. 1 he Statesman, as a faith - - ,i . , , • , fill ally of the Brady Ixiard endeavors to boost the transaction along , , ,, , - ■ ,i , ,i -tim ,,ii and makes the startling admission that the deal had been settled upon prior to the election, but was held up pending that "unpleasantness." 11ère is the Statesman's article in full : ' "W. I). Humiston, representing the Potlatch Lumber company, a visited Boise Saturday in connection with matters coming before the slate land Liard concerning the sale of 21,000 acres of timber land in Latah Countv. the proceeds of which are to go into the school fund. The land lniard closed the sale several months ago. but the matter I ! ias been held up pending final settlement. "Ben Bush, the state land agent .appraised the land at an aver age of $10 an acre, the minimum allowed by the law, but portions of the land are appraised as high as $15 an acre in some places. "'Phe company, in answer to resistance offered against the sale, contended that most of this land is without intrinsic value and that little of it could ever be used for agricultural purposes. "Not Ready to Cut. "The Potlatch Lumber company bought the timber about eight years ago under the usual contract giving 20 years in which the tim lier should be cut and removed. But the company does not want to cut all of this timber within the next 12 years, so was willing to pay a nominal price for the land in order to lie able to hold it for the limber until it was ready to cut the timber. "The state will receive at the very lowest $240,000 for this land and the school fund will profit thereby. It is probable that the state will get a lot more than that sum, on account of the fact that some of the land is appraised at between $10 and $15 per acre. It is said that lots of this land is just mountainous, could never be susceptible to cul tivation, and its intrinsic value is not even $10 an acre. "The board has turned the matter over to the charge of Land Commissioner George Day." It is unnecessary to state that while the deal may' have been made as stated by- the Statesman, still the land board is proceeding in ac cordance with the letter of the law ; the land has lieen appraised and will be advertised and sold in tracts of forty acres to the highest bid-1 der, but the fact remains that there can be no competitive bidding un der the circumstances, as no one would lie in a position to compete with the company holding the lease, thus tying up the land, with no opportunity for its improvement or being made productive within the period of twelve years. From another source it is stated that the company will allow the cut-over land to revert immediately to the state, but this would only be a minor detail of but little importance. It will be noticed that the Statesman asserts that much of the land is mountainous and comparatively worthless. This statement emanates from the Potlatch company, but The Citizen some weeks since published an article from a north Idaho exchange which claims a great deal of the land is similar to that in Latah county, which after the timber is cut off brings fifty dollars an acre. There are objections to the sale that are of grave importance. It is decidedly against public policy for any corporation, or individ ual for that matter to become a large land owner; such a condition gives rise to that of landlord and tenant, the most objectionable use to which land may be put ; it places the prospertiy of a large section of country absolutely in the hands of the lumlier company, and it vitiates the existing contract between the company and the state as regards the time limit in which the timber may lie removed and in doing this the settled policy- of the state is overthrown ; and the whole transaction is shady and opposed to public policy by reason of the fact j that the Potlatch company is such a favored bidder that it openly I and brazenly claims the land as practically already purchased. Surely there is some way of preventing this infamous deal from being consumated. The Citizen will shortly inauguarte a subscription campaign that we hope will give it a circulation in every county in Idaho and greatly increase its field of uselessness. The paving of Warm Springs avenue gives Boise a splendid thoroughfare for vehicles and will prove one of the most jxipular im provements ever made in the city. It is probable that some sort of a working agreement between the Democrats and Insurgent Republicans will f>e effected for trol of the next national Senate. con The Capital News breaks forth into a sweet warble as to the tremendous influence which it exerted as an "independent paper * n the recent election. It demonstrates to its own satisfaction that one James H. Brady was kept only from a defeat that would have been doubly astounding if it had not been for its untiring efforts. I ^ ie pitiful showing that he made at the polls is glossed over and the fact that he carried Ada County which he lost two years ago is dwelt upon at large. Brady will he found just as far behind French, who led the Republican ticket this year as he was behind I aft two years ago in Ada county. In that election there was general dissatis-: faction among Republicans with their entire ticket and Brady had for companions in misery as far as the vote of Ada county was c y n 'j cerned, Hastings, Lansdon, Miss Chamberlain, Kagleson and Sherier. This year the Republicans were meastireably well pleased with their nominees with the exception of Brady and with the most intelligent class McDougall also. And Brady is just as far behind his t.cket as he was two years ago, and McDougall also caught a touch of the popular wrath in a slighter degree. The Capital News is in error in asserting that this is the first time its peculiar brand of "indepen It is a matter of The Reason Why dence was ever exerted in an Idaho campaign, court record sworn to hv the ostensible owner of that dirty sheet that a former editor was on the Brady payroll in 1904, when the rag suppored Gooding for governor with the same joyous promulgation of its "independence" as it now claims. This allegation was mitted by Brady in open court upon the witness stand to he'true. In fact that is the method which Brady uses in obtaining the support of ''impendent" papers of the calibre of the Capital News, does B rady think of that sheet now boasting that the few votes he did t vvere obta j ne d hv its influence? . , . . . . . , ,. . !s a suni'e ma ei o t\p am t it (| \ti>\ K m ''U an ' ^pud.at.cjf of Brady by the people of Idaho 1 he people do not trust him. His personality is repulsive. A snake may ne harmless r \ j i And what , , , and a good snake in its way hut it can never overcome the popular dis trust in which reptiles are held by mankind ; and James II. Brady can not overcome the instinctive feeling of distrust which he arouses among his fellow men. He ran many thousands of votes behind his ticket two years ago, and as governor he has used ever artifice known | to the politician hacked by unlimited money to court the favor of the j people, hut he has only succeeded in increasing the feeling of distrust [ and imbedding more firmly the feeling- that he is a dangerous man bent solely upon his own aggrandizement. And the 1 course of the Capital News as the subservient tool of Brady is responsible in a large measure for the fixing of the estimate at which the people have arrived. That paper was opposed to the renomination of McDougall and Miss Chamberlain, not because of their record as public servants, as such affected the welfare of the state, but solely because such , T , , T , record would be a handicap to Bradv. It did not care a rap as far ,, , as the public was concerned as to these officials, but it did not want . ' , . , ^ . , . ,,, ■ ,• , „ , . . them on the ticket for fear it would bring chaster to Bradv. I his is , , ,, v • , , - , P™ ven to £ trae by the fact that although ,t endeavored to keep Mc Dou ^ a11 , off of tbe , t,cket * T ,t saul no t . one ' vord dunn e th Ç campaign a f n f, his candidacy. It was willing that this unfaithful public oftlc,a ' be ! cbose, 1 ' ,f , ,t " leant add,tl °" al ™ tes for ,ts niaster ', , J? c o Brad >' absol " te ,u f ce. he Citizen is constrained to assert tha " 'flieves his efforts to please have been successful .n one regard and w,th one class of P eo P Ie - Mr v Brad - V )S ^questionably popular | ompîete, Straight Line Keyboard ' A Key for Every' Character Removable and Interchange-, able Platens Reversible Tabulator Rack Ball Bearing Carriage Complete Control fromi Keyboard At - "A' mm rX m • t arsis. - Simple Stencil Cutting Device Drop Forged Type Bars Perfect Une Lock Bichrome Ribbcri Uniform Touch Ball Bearing Type Bar Column Finder and grapher A New Model 10 Visible m m i o tu 1 u ° n ' y fr 00 * stroke machine having a complete, straight-line keyboard, a removable platen, interchangeable carriages, a gear-driven ca. nage an- easy erasing facilities, every operation controlled from the keyboard, a decimal tabulator and column finder. w\ o vl Para-^s * 1 Decimal Tabulator Perfect Erasing Facilities , Interchangeable Carriages Right and Left Carriage Release Levers 1 hese features are so necessary that other typewriters will eventually come to them. Why not get the machine thal has them Swinging Marginal Rack Visible Writing Protected Ribbon Gear Driven Carnages Ribbon Controlled from Keyboard Variable and Universal Line Spacer Perfect Dust Guard Back Space Lever Carriage Retarder Improved Marginal Stops Escapement, Speediest Ever Devised now —the Smith Premier? Write for information. THE SMITH PREMIER TYPEWRITER COMPANY. Inc.. Syractue. N. Y. Branches Everywhere. 's' j&h JH i. Ais A .«■ n r'&ijiâJLLÏ S3 ü N W- : »T? X m Ip Seattle Office: UN I hird Avenue, Seattle, Washiugton ith what is known as "society." And he should he. A ma , . hen elected to the high office of governor would employ a d an U° i master and take lessons in that art in his mature years so as to : himself to make an impression at the inaugural hall deserves the i cs teem in which he is held by those who think the inaugural hall ^ ' jpjnk teas the chief purpose of existence. If Mr. Bradv had take nn|C ], pa j n g to he of service to the taxpaying animals of Idaho to'n set tler upon the Carey projects, to the menaced citizens of Ma'k ^ an( ] to those who look upon self-government as a model of simp'll n't' 1 ' rU gg e ,i j n its honesty of purpose and love of equality between j an( | nian> fle would not today find himself upon the scrap heap 111,111 j q'] ie (_q tlzen w ill welcome the time when it becomes unneces - f ()r p t() gj ve space to the consideration of Brady, hut the course*^' t j ig ß rac i v j ze d press of the state in endeavoring to continue | C " | j. - ni be f 0 ' re the people of Idaho for commendation after the a <|\ vo f e recorded by them makes it necessary that the truth he j, a j e< i from some source. w w ami as erse pn irnul Nebraska's New Senator One result of the election in which the country at large i ticularlv interested was the senatorial contest which has is [>ar • terminated the choice of Representative Gilliert M. Hitchcock, of Omaha Nebraska's law regarding primary elections for United States sena tor c j ose ] v follows that of Oregon, and is practically mandatin' j.-phe names of the present senator. Burkett, and Mr. Hitchcock were on t | ie ballot, and Hitchcock led his opponent by about A, 00o g inre the legislature is Democratic there seems to he no chance' that this result will he reversed by the legislature, and Mr. Hitchcock is "as good as" elected. This marks the summit of Mr. Hitchcock's ambition, father was United States senator from Nebraska hack in the earlv seventies, and was defeated for re-election through the energies of Mr. Edward Rosewater, editor of the Omaha Bee. His ... -M that time jy Gun g \| r Hitchcock determined ,it is said, that lie would have revenge on Mr. Rosewater and he elected himself some day. After gra( [ uat j n g f rom the Michigan University Law School, lie started t j ie Omaha Evening World, later bought the Morning Herald, and consolida ted the two under the nome of the Omaha World-Herald -p b j s newspaper he conducted with varying degrees of success until the j ast ten years, when its success has been pronounced, He had considerable difficulty in entering politics ,and naturally a politician, hut was at length elected to Congress and has • served for three terms. He showed a quick perception of the si°ns of the times by making a fight for the United States senatorship this year. He is a man of genuine ability, fairness, and his integ rity has never been impugned. On the whole if Nebraska had to lose Mr. Burkett no better man could he chosen than Mr. Hitchcock. was not A very commendable suggestion is made that the next session of the legislature get down to business on the very opening day. In the past the legislators have frittered away time unnecessarily thus bring ing inevitable rush and confusion in the closing days. For forty years the Letup brewery was an eyesore to the people of Boise and it seems the ruins are to remain an eyesore for forty years longer. Is there no remedy?