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' i % SUCCEEDING THE SILVER BLADE. ym PRICE $1.00 PER YEAR RATHDRUM, KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER IS 1903. VOLUME IX. NUMBER 23. OFFICIAL DIRECTORY. STATE 07 IDAHO. Bonatorfi— Prod Dubois. W. B. lteyburn. Congressman—Burton L. French, Supreme Judge—J. F. AlsUie. Oovernor—John T. Morrison. Lieutenant Governor—J, M. Stevens. Secretary of State— W. H. Gibson. Auditor—Theodore Turner. Treasurer— H. II. Coffin. Kupt. I'ubllo Instruction—May L. Scott. State Attorney—J. T. Bagley. inspector of Mines— Hobt. Bell. KOOTENAI COUNTY. législature— Senator-Job n F. Yost. Representatives—Win. Ashley, Warren Flint. James Reid. District Judge—Ralph T. Morgan. Sheriff— E. I». Whitney. Auditor, Clerk and Recorder— T. L. Quarles Treasurer—Oeo. L. Fitzsimmons. Assessor— Hobt. C. Thompson. Supt. ot Schools— Hobt. C. Egbcrs. County Attorney—Thos. II. Wilson. Probate J udge—F. A, McCall. Surveyor— W. II. Edelblute. Coroner—T. A. Bishop. County Physician—Dr. F. Wenz. Commissioners: 1st district. Joseph Fisher. 2nd A. A. Merritt. Alex Quirle. 3rd General News. MAY REPEAL TIMBER aid STONE ACT. Congressman French, during bis recent visit in Boise, made some in teresting statements concerning the proposed repeal of the stone and Hui lier act in the course of an interview on Idaho's land and timber holdings, lie said: "Probably no measure that will come before the next session of con gress will be of more interest to the people of Idaho than this proposed repeal of the stone ami limber act. Of course one cannot tell now wheth er or not it mav pass, but from wbat I am able to learn of the members of congress In the east it seems more than possible. I cannot, however, believe that such action would mean the liest for our people and 1 am opposed to its repeal. "We are told that frauds are com mitted under it and for that reason It should be repealed, but I fully be lieve that while some irregularities may have occurred under every act by which the settler has been granted land, the irregularities under the stone and timber act have not beeu greater but even less than under the provisions of any other act, including the homestead laws. "If you repeal the stone and tim ber act, the only avenues open to the individual for the acquisition of this valuable land in question are under the homestead laws and by placing scrip upon it. The scrip the individ ual does oot own. It belongs, with rare exception, to companies and syndicates, and the homestead laws are here impracticable because much of the land is valuable alone for its timber, or at present is so inaccessi ble that the poor mao who desires the land, could hard'y support him self and family aud secure title by complying with the requirements of the homestead law. This being so* the scrip owners could place their scrip upon the most valuable unpat ented land within our state or the northwest, with practically no oppo sition or competition. Scrip would double in value and would mark the price of the timber of our forests. "Our laws should he for the public good and the disposition of the vast areas of our public domain should be with the same end in view and not in the interests of the holders of scrip. After all, what is the origin of scrip? It was intended to be simply a means for ready exchange of land by the government for the land of these to whom it had previously been granted, land not of different value but of the sa aie value. In some measure this is the working out of the inw, but in large measure it is not, and scrip that was issued for land practically worth less, has been placed upon the most valuable land in the possession of our government. A wrong was done in the first place when piovisiun was made for serin, and a greater wrong is pending in the proposed taking away of the right of the individual home seeker and the retention of the great advantage to the holder of scrip. "I xui thoroughly in favor of the ' retention of the stone and timber act. If it is imperfect, let us make it bet If mineral deposits are in dan ger of being passed over to private ownership to the Injury of the public, .let us reserve all such deposits to the greatest good. If the laws cannot be administered perfectly by our officers, let us provide for their better admin istration. "I am in favor of providing that no scrip shall be pluced upon land more valual le than that in lieu of which it was issued, and I am strong ly in favor of abolishing the scrip system absolutely. It is wrong in principle and dangerous in practice. The whole system may need modifi cation and readjustment, but let remember first of all the bomeseeker who is building \ip our country and who is supporting so nobly our insti tutions." ter. us CONVERSION. ui Aguinaldo seems to be thoroughly converted from the error of his in opposing American methods and administration in the Philippines. Originally the joy and later the hope of the "little Americans," he enjoyed himself after bis captivity better than he had ever done before in bis life, and bated the worst way to be released at tb* close of the In surrection, from the place he had nominally been in jail, and where he had been treated and waited upon like a prince. He was actually afraid to go at large, for fear some of the relatives of the men he had assassinated would kill him oo sight. But he survived all the imagined perils, and came to consider that he could reap more honor and gain more Consideration—and coin—by support ing the gouernmeot he had endeavor ed to throw off, than in pursutng any l»ther course; so for a good while he has been quietly supporting the American rule. He now, however, conies out openly Qn that side, advises his countrymen jo adopt'the customs and methods of jhe Americans, to forsake gambling, jo Improve agriculture, and to attend jhc public schools which the Ameri cans have established in the archipel ago.—Caldwell Tiibune. ways poj ban|i Many of the people in this section qf the country are planning to visit tjie Spokane Interstate Fair held this year from October 5 to 13. The rates vyhich the railroads have given are tjood each day of the fair and enables a person to remain until the day after t(ie fair, if he chooses. Heretofore tjiese tickets have been limited to five days. The railroads all granted a rate of a fare and onc-third, and tjio Spokane Falls & Northern and ajl its branches give a fare and one fljth. The railroads, this year, pro mise to provide more cars so that. tQere will not be experienced the crowded condition which prevailed la^t year. Venezuela is massing troops on the Colombian frontier and war Is looked folr between the two countries. Dur ing the Colombian rebellion, Pres. Ciistro assisted the rebels, thus arous ing the Colombian government which h4s since strengthened its army on thb frontier. Castro desires war with Colombia. Colombia is now in fear of a rebellion in Panama. The most revolting massacres con tinue to occur in Macedonia. Bul garia threatens to take action if the powers do not intervene. England protests, hut it is believed that the rers will soon take definite action. twing to growing unrest in the Orient, the American fleet under Admiral Evans, in Philippine waters is joun to be strengthened by five torpedo boat destroyers. Jt is estimated that the gold pro duction of the Klondike, this year, will amount to nearly eleven million dollars. The new United State* armored cruiser, Maryland, displacement, 15, 000 tons, was launched at Newport Neis, Sept. 12. If you want your property insured aga|nst loss by fire call on the Pan. lie Abstract Co. tf State News. Accredited List At University. The Faculty Committee of the State University on accredited schools have visited many of the high schools of the state in con nection with the accredited list. The following high schools of. the state are accredited in certain sub jects and their graduates entering the University will be exempt from entrance examinations in the sub jects disignated: Boise, Blackfoot, Bonners Ferry, Caldwell, Genesee Glcnn3 Ferry, Grangeville, Hailey Harrison, Idaho Falls, Juliaetta, Kendrick, Lewiston, Mountain Home, Nampa, Payette, Pocatel lo, Rathdrum, Shoshone, Wallace, Wardner, Weiser. NATIONAL GUARD SQUABBLE Some time prior to the election of the field officers of the Idaho Nation al Guard, Adjutant General Vickers suggested the names of officers, for candidates, whom he hed reason to believe, were qualified for the posi tions. This action aroused Capt. Kelly, of the Blackfoot company, who asserted that the adjutant general had no right to suggest candidates. He, himself, was ambitious for pro motion; hut the adjutant general accused him of iucompetency. Capt. Kelly, now fully aroused, made a most intemperate and virulent attack upon his superior officer. The elec tion came. All the candidates reco mmended by Adjutant General Vick ers, were elected. Capt. Kelly resigned and now proposes to contest the election on trumped up charges of irregularity in opening and count ing the ballots. Elections of capt ains take place In nine companies, Sept. 19, to fill the vacancies created by promotions and resignations. At Pullman, last week, a big bur ly fellow struck town and with dimes picked up from the generous hearted public, got on a full sjzed load, He refused all offers of work. He was taken in charge by the marshal on a charge of vagrancy and, decorated with a ball aud chain, was put upon the streets to work pounding rock. But work oot being to his liking he tossed the hammer aside. A farmer, overly anxious for help to assist in harvesting his crop, upon a faithful promise that lie would assist him, paid his fine and took him out into the country. The Herald says Mr. Ilobo did ample justice to an elegant supper, and was also on hand for breakfast., but when it came time to go to work he was conspicuous only by his absence and up to the present time he has not been heard from. Mr. Rancher says that the next man he hires from a marshal will not be paid in advance.—Genesee News. Congressman Burton L. French left on Sunday fur Ogden, Utah, where he attends the irrigation congrees as a delegate from Moscow. Mr. French, since bis election to congress, has been making a close study of the irri gation question. Following the irri gation congress he expects to attend the mining congress. The date of the meeting of the Idaho State Press Association, at Coeur d'Aiene, has been changed from September 15th to October 19th. This will bring the meeting of this body and the I. O. O. F. Grand Lodge, on the same dates. Boys are killing quite a Dumber of deer near Challis. They lie in am bush at night and wait till the deer come out from the woods into the bay fields and shoot them by the moon light. The grand lodge of Masons, of Ida ho. were In session at Boise last week. They elected and installed grand officers. Joshua M. Cowen, of Moun talobome, was chosen grand master. Congressman Burton L. French was in Harrison, Sunday, on bis way to Spokane. He was looking over the rese: vallon. << IDAHO'S RAILROADS ill 1 • Following is the new railroad as sessment schedule for Idaho, cently fixed by the state board of equalization, compared with that of last year. Name as re 1903 1902 Per Milo Per Milo $9000 $8500 8000 6250 8000 7000 6000 4000 3000 2500 2300 2250 2300 5000 9000 5000 7 ooo 9ooo 6ooo 6ooo 6650 4 ooo 6ooo 23uu 7ooo 625« 6255 0855 15oo 15oo Oregon Short Line Boise Branch Boise terminal St. Anthony branch Salmon river line Idaho Northern B., N. & O. Clearwater Short Line Great Northern Kootenai Valley O. R. & N. Northern Pacific Fort Sherman Genesee branch Palouse Sb Lewiston Lapwai branch v Cache Valley P. & I. N. ' Coeur d'Alene line Burke branch Sunset branch 2250 4000 8500 5000 6250 85 oo 6ooo 6ooo 615o 4ooo 6 ooo 3ooo The total valuation of railroads in the various counties is as follows, un der the equalization. 1903 1902 S 340,470,50 1,058,1)05.00 388.580.00 551.550.00 570.641.60 500.280.00 33.425.00 625.512.00 607.125.00 90.280.00 1,065,183.60 210.667.00 883.376.60 310.580.50 388.311.00 17.416.00 423.2W.00 413.616.00 Ada. .$ 403.340.00 Bannock .1.120,880.00 Bea t Lake. . 400.3203)0 . 818,890.00 . 810,360.0(1 . 669,875 00 .40,110.00 . 680.320.00 . 771.000.00 .... 121.360.00 .... 2,078,966.00 . 247,582.60 . 058,482.60 . 348.856.60 . 304,950.00 . 17,802.00 . 483,524.00 . 394,360.00 Ringham . Blaine. Canyon. Ouster. Elmore. Fremont. Idaho. Kootenai. Latah. Lincoln. Nez Perce_ Oneida. Owyhee. Shoshone. Washington.. Total Increase The merchandise assessment 1902 was $3,041,981.25, This year it is $3,613,796.19, an Increase of $561, 814.84. The total valuation of pat ented lands in the state is $17,856, 462.08, an Increase of $2,724,042.39 over Jast year. 210,188,644.50 29.406.821.6(1 . .2781,823.00 in The assessed valuation of Idaho, as equalized, aggregates $65,964,785.09, an increase of $4,673,909.73 over that of last year. Including railways, tel egraphs and telephones, the valuation by counties is as follows: Counties 1902 6.300.373.85 3.028.504.85 1,521.522.30 3,122.157.55 3 150.782.19 842.076.50 4.178.537.00 1.547.790.05 1.040.525.89 1.585,203.82 2.962.809.85 2.228.837.95 4.095,946.40 4.234.631.60 1 . 302 . 803.90 1.304.988.95 3.550.075.05 2,344,131.80 1,941,572 40 7.116.325.61 3,163,284.75 1903 2 8.148.721.80 4.159,377 70 1,642,172.22 3.480,154.39 2.910,168.12 1,162.484.20 4,320.988.35 1.574,058.30 1.031.305.56 1.541.091.90 3.304.328.05 2,554,993.64 5.081.306.66 4.324,666.16 1*411,432,50 1.483.804.48 6.109,377.76 2.315,38089 2,220.127.116.11 5.40(1,901.43 3,133,738.10 Ada. Bannock. Boar Lake. Bingham. Blaine. Boise. Canyon. Cassia. Custer. Elmore. Fremont. ., Idaho. Kootenai. Latah. Lemhi. Lincoln . Nez Perce. Oneida. Owyhee. Shoshone. Washington.... 2 Total».261.290.875.38 886.984,785X19 STATE TAX APPORTIONMENT The state board of equalization has determined the amount of Btate tax which each county must pay to the state by apportioning the aggregate tax among the several counties in the exact proportion that the tatal assess ed valuation of each county, as shown by the assessment roll and subsequent assessment roll thereof for the year next preceding, bears to the aggregate assessment valuation of all the coun ties of this state for such preceding year. The amounts apportioned are as fol lows: County. Ada. Bannock. Bear Lake_ Bingham . Blaine . Boise. Canyon . Cassia_.... Custer . Elmore . Fremont . Idaho . Kootenai _ Latah ...— Lemhi . Lincoln . Nez Perce .. Oneida ,. Owyhee . Shoshone _ Washington . Tolu! . Amount, ....2 27,887 20 -10,222.90 . 6.8*7.90 . 14,008.40 .14.138.80 . 3,782.60 . 18,747.30 . 0,916.85 .... 4.870 20 ..... 7,113.10 . 13.247.8(1 . 10,21» 10 .... 18.378.80 .18,9(0.95 . 6.280 50 . 6,280.25 .... 15,900.70 . 10.518.10 . 8,712.30 .31.998.26 . 14,148.00 ....... 2275,000.00 County News Deputy Game Warden Stover made a haul last Sunday evening. Hap pening to pass Barney Fox's meat market, he noticed a wagon standing in front of it from which something was being removed that aroused his suspicion. Tt looked as If someone were bending the game law. Subse quent investigations' in the course of which it Is said the service of a spot ter, was made use of, resulted in the arrest of both Fox and Jerry Gleason, who brought In the unlucky buck. They were arraigned before Justice Ilydorn and both fined $10. It is to be presumed that both arc duly pentant and will hereafter respect the majesty of that wonderful docu ment—the game law.—Priest River Enterprise. Samuel Flint, aged 20 years, son of Hon. and Mrs. Warren Flint, died at their home, in Harrison, last Tuesday night of last week, after a long and wasting illness, with consumption. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and the remains, escort ed by the ilarrison Labor Union, of which he was a-tuember, were taken to the city cemetery, where, after a brief service, they were interred. The many beautiful floral offerings indicate In a measure the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held.—Searchlight. Settlers and logging contractors in the St, Joe and St. Maries country, are not going to engage In the logging business this wlnier. River tolls etc., have made the business unprofit able at $4 or $4.50 per thousand feet and a raise In price, to $0.00 will be awaited. Small mills along the lake, which have no timber holdings of their own, and depend upon the set tiers to supply them with logs, will have to shut down or pay the desired raise. Chas. Durant, of Wardner, was fatally wounded, the other day, while out hunting in a boat with a com panion. Mr. Durant saw a bird and reached for his gun, pulling it to wards himself by the muzzle. The hammer caught on the boat, dis charging the weapon Into his body with deadly effect. When will people earn that it is dangerous to grab a loaded gun by the muzzle and haul it towards themselves?—St. Joe Budget. Surveyor Wm. Ashley has been surveying laud and running out lines for parlies in this vicinity the past two weeks. Among those who have required his services aro Malcolm Bruce, Chas. O Caiiagban, J. E. Dol an, A. O. Moore, W. L. Klnnear and W. J. McClure —Bonners Ferry Her ald. re A marriage license was issued in Spokane, Monday, to W. E. Hawkins of Hope, and Helen Ashley or Spo kane. Andrew E. Johnson, a native of Sweden, died at his home in Coeur d' Alene, Wednesday of last week, aged 37 years. The Shoshone county commission ers have fixed the tax levy of that county for 1903, at 3 1-2 mills. Commissioners Proceedings. SPECIAL SESSIONS Wednesday, Sept. 2nd, 1903:—The board met persuant to a call of spe cial meeting at 10 o'clock a in. Com missioners ail present. In the matter of the creation of grainage district No.l, the time here tofore set by the board for the final hearing of said petition for the crea tion of said drainage district having arrived, said petition came up for fin al hearing and determination; it ap pearing to the satisfaction of the board that the said petition has been duly published in a newspaper pub lished and printed in this county for at least two successive issues and that law has been duly complied with in all particulars, and It further appear ing to the satisfaction of the board that no person nor persons have made or filled any objections to the creation of said drainage district, and that the said proposed drainage system will be cotoducive to the public health', - weH 1 fare and convenience and will Increase the public revenue and be pf special benefit to the majority of the lands included within the boundaries of the said district, it Is therefore ordered that the said petition be granted with boundaries aS follows: Commencing on Hoodoo Creek at the juncture ot said creek with the north line of sec tion 7 Tp 55 N 3 W thence following the West and south bouodary line uf what is known as the Hoodoo meadow through sec 7 Tp 55 N 3 W and sec ii 11, 14, 23, 20, 35, 27, 34, 33 Tp 55 N4 W and sec 4, 3, 15, 14, 23, 26, Tp 54 N4\V; thence through sec 19 and 20 Tp 54 N3W to the sec line between sec 20 and 21 Tp 54 N3W, thence due north to the northern boundar^ of Hoodüb riicadovfs; thence in a general northern course fallowing the north and east boundaries of Hoodoo mead ows through see 20 and 19 Tp 54 N3vf and sec 25,24, 14, 11, 10, 3, Tp54 Nf W and sec 34, 27, 35, 26, 25, 24, 23, 14, 12, Tp 55 N4W and sec 7 Tp 5fl' N3W to the place of beginning, con taining approximately 1200 acres, and it is further ordered that the cleric of the board shall give notice of an elec tion to be held at the school house lii school district No. 26 in said drainage district on the 12th day of Sept. 190tf;' and for the purpose of determining whether the same shall be organized' under the provisions of this act as if drainage district of Idaho, and for thé further purpose of choosing at such election three commissioners who shall be known and designated as drainage commissioners, by publish ing the said notice in a weekly news paper published in the county; and the following persons were appointed as officers of election: Judges, John F. Schroeder, Jas. Nelson; Inspector,' Paul Clagst.ine; clerks, Chas. Gertumf and J. K. Merritt. Ed Marcott, Eugene Gay and Mrs. Jennie Miller were ordered to appear on Sept 14 and show cause why thej' should not accept the respective sumd tendered for damages sustained on St. Joe, Loff's baÿ and Larson roads. The advertisement of the Clarkrf Fork and Hope road, Shivelear nad, Deep Creek hrldge and West Twin Bridge No. 4, was ordered continued. Monday, Sept. 14, 1003:—Board met persuant to call of special meet ing at 10 a in. The contract for constructing the' Sawyer Creek bridge wAs awarded Ul C. W. Dyer, whose bid of $493 was the only bid submitted. The bid of $600 by A. J, Kent to' construct the SbiVelear road was the only bid submitted and was rejected as not reasonable. The bid of Samuel Owen to con struct the Clarks Fork and Hope road, for $1800 was the only bid submitted and was rejected as excessive and un reasonable. -Miller appeared and refused! to accept $50 damages for right of way of the Wicks road Eugene Gay appeared and accepted the sum of $90 in full settlement at damages for right of way of St. Joe road. Ed Marcott appeared and stated that he woifUl be damaged $100 by à right of way of the Larson road; this* was deemed excessive and use of the' present road was ordered continued.' The election returns for drainage' district No. 1 were found to be as fol lows: Drainage district, Yes—7 votes? Drainage district, No—None; drain age commissioners: C: T. Pr.ce, i votes; Louis Eilert, 7 votes; J. K/ Merritt, 7 votes. Drainage district No. 1 was declared established. Adjourned until Tuesday. Tuesday, Sept. 10; 1903:—The tat? levy for the year 1903 was fixed at the sum of $2.70 on the $100 valuation ad 1 follows: For state purposes State wagem road bond State defldféffcÿ bond Industrial school bond Current expense General school fund General road fund $ .40 .09 .01 .oofr .75 .05 .30 General bridge fund Bond and interest fund Warrant redemption fund Board adjourned sine die. .15 .30 .205' For a bilious attack take Chamber-' Iain's SlCfltnach and Liver Tablets and a quick cure Is certain. For sale bf / Dr. F Wenz: !