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Two Cliques of Land Thieves, !
Lincoln Steffens, who has been , j contributing a series of articles to the American Magazine on i " The Taming of the West," says that when E. A. Hitchcock appointed Secretary of the In terior he discovered that state officials, legislators, congressmen and senators were involved in land frauds, pected to find only small officials corrupt. how the frauds were exposed by two cliques working separately. If they had combined, on the trust principle, they might never have been found out. Mr. Stef fens thus gives an account of the working of the machinery of the two cliques, published in the Sep tember number of the American Magazine: " The Secretary's ear was for the men about him, and, stiff necked and obstinate, those who know him have long wondered how it happened that he, of all the Secretaries of the Interior, came to be the discoverer of the ancient graft of the General Land Office. was governors, He ex Mr. Steffens explains "The explanation issimple. In the land office there were two cliques. Binger Hermann, the commissioner, was the head of one, theso-called 'Oregon bunch.' W. A. Richards, the assistant commissioner, was the head of ■* the other, the 'Wyoming push.' Richards wanted Hermann's place and his side was the stron He had with him his clerk, ger. James T. Macey; the Assistant • Attorney General assigned to the Interior Department, Willis Van Devanter; and, best of all, the Secretary's private Secretary, W. Scott Smith. Back of the Wyo ming clique were Senators War ren and Clark; hack of Oregon were Senators Mitchell and Ful ton. Not all the men on a side were after the same thing, but all were united against Binger Hermann, the sly. "Richards and Macey watched the commissioner. They knew what he was doing. They did not expose him publicly. They meant only to expose Hermann to the Secretary. So they work ed upon Mr. Hitchcock quietly. They poisoned his mind with doubts concerning his unctuous Land Commissioner till in 1902, when opportunity offered for a bold play. Mr. Hitchcock was ripe with suspicion. "Richards' opportunity came when a letter was received from J. It. Schneider, a former confi dential clerk of Benson and Hyde, well known millionaire California timber-grabbers, the former just * having been convicted and sen tenced to the penitentiary for fraud. Schneider for revenge, as he stated, told of glaring frauds by these operators. Macey was shown the letter and copied it and he and Richards watched ' Hermann pigeon-hole it. Schnei- j der and his attorney, J. A. Za briskie, wrote again and their letters were also pigeon-holed by Hermann. Finally a lettercame when Hermann was absent and ! Richards ' ' Acting Commis as , 8louer ' ordered S - J - Holsinger.a special agent in Arizona, where j Schneider was, to investigate, Hermann, on his return, and be fore the agent could receive Rich ard's letter, wired Holsinger to go to Montanaon other business, which detained him several i months, but he later followed out Richards' instructions. Hoi-Tee singer's report deals with Schnei der's story of how Benson and Hyde located state school lands by means of dummy locators and forgeries and then had these lands included in forest reserves, thus getting lieu land script, with which to locate the most valu able compact bodies of lands be longing to the government. "As to the extent of these oper ations in the good cause of pre serving the forests, the report says: 'Schneider alleges that about three-fourths of the school entries in the Cascade forest re serve in Oregon were bogus. All the school entries in the Lake Tahoe forest reserve were bogus, as were most of those in Zaca Lake, Pine Mountain and the ad dition to the San Jacinto forest reserve.' "This report Richardsand Ma cey also saw Hermann pigeon hole and reported to Van Le vanter, who reported to Hitch cock, and this led to Hermann's dismissal and the elevation of Richards, who promoted Macey. The Secretary called his altered cabinet about him and deciding that he must turn Holsiuger's report into evidence, he proceed ed to act." One Aid To Prosperity. The immense acreage of arid land in the west may be a large factor in supporting the prosperity of the country for years to come, accord ing to some economists. Much of the prosperity of the last few years is said to be directly at tributable to the development of the west, to the reclamation of arid lands. There are still about 74, 000,000 acres of unreclaimed land, capable of supporting at least 50, 000,000 people. Hundreds of thou sands of people will come west for these lands and will become pros perous. To supply the wants of the set tlers and growing communities many of the industrial establish ments will have to run full blast, for the steady increase in the popu lation of the west means an increase in the demands to be made upon eastern manufacturers. a Congressional Boomlcts. Boomlcts have oeen launched for Maj. Fred Reed, Col. Avery Moore, and Col. Thomas Hamer for con it ' her if the Republicans of Idaho j were casting about for a candidate, But such is not the case. From every part of the state come well gress, to succeed Congressman French. No doubt they are all worthy gentlemen. They might make excellent congressional tim timed suggestions that Mr. French , be kept right where he is. Grant that these men equal Mr. French in ability and the fact remains that it would take the ablest of them years to attain his present position upon the various committees. This is a potent argument that these men will have to overcome. Taw ney, as chairman of the appropria tiuns committee, is worth ten times as much to the State of Minnesota as any new man without a commit assignment would be. Mondell wields a larger influence on the question of the irrigation of arid lands than any ten men in congress who are not holding important committee assignments. The voice of the man who has set in council with his colleagues for years is heard above that of the stranger in the committee room. The people of Idaho realize that Mr French has been able to accomplish things which no new man could have ac complished. They know well that each year makes his position strun ger among his colleagues, The fact that Mr. French was elected to the 58th congress by a majority of more than 24,000 votes, the largest given to the representa tive of any district in the United States save one (Bingham of Penn.) will furnish food for reflection as to how ihe people of ihe state feel aboutit. —Idaho Poet. How a. Flea. Jumps. It is Baid that a flea leaps 200 times its height, and while it usual ly does land ou its feet, it often fails, especially when it falls on a perfectly smooth surface, where the claws can get only a slight hold. A flea has six legs, whose great length and hulk make them 60 heavy that they must be a great help in keeping their owner right side up when it makes one of those gigantic jumps, and when it lands upside down or in some other way its ability to kick is so great that one wriggle is needed to set things right. A flea's wings are mere scales and of no use. But small and worthless as they are, they tell the ontomologist something about the proper classidcation of the in sect. To the flea itself they have no value.—St. Nicholas. 10 Big Ba.rga.ins. The house I represent has instructed me to sell 10 $25 Melton or Kersey suits for $15 each for the uex' 10 days. It is their way of advertising. Now is the time to get a big bargain order before the number is sold out. GEO. K. SWEENEY, The Tailor, Silver City, Idaho. Come in and M ;SSS SP ,rT ■flag ««V» W- The DEWEY DAIRY Î3F" Pure Milk and Cream delivered every morning to Silver City and other camps. A. W. Mc CLVNG, Prop DEWEY. IDAHO. Dr. Drake, the "Eye Man,' Silver City, Saturday, Sept. 14th. will be in r PROFESSIONAL CARDS w DAVIS & TETERS REAL ESTATE, LOANS, INSURANCE Rooms ô and G B. B. Building. Bell Rhone 181 \ NAMPA, IDAHO. ROBERT II. LEONARD, Jit. 1 Notary Public and Conveyancer Agent for Title Guaranty and Surety Company of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 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