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VOLUME 2, NUMBER 100 COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO, TUESDAY, DECEMBER a, 1907 PRICE FIVE CENTS PETITION DAY FOR COUNCIL Grants Many Requests and Grinds Out Business At the council meeting last night 0. E. Barr was the only absentee. After the approval of the minutes a number of bills were allowed. One provoking considerable discussion was for $110.73 and was presented by an eastern company for repairs on the county rock crusher which had been worn and damaged while in the use of the city. McEuen held that since the city had used the crusher free of charge and had made it neces sary for these repairs, that both as a matter of justice and law the city should place the crusher in as good condition when returned as when borrowed. The mayor, Landt, Ran simer and Bedell held that the county should do the repairing. Wright, Hamilton, McEuen and Hedal voted to allow the bill. Earl Sanders, who was present, stated that the city had been loaned the rock crusher on con dition that it be repaired and kept in good working order. A motion, made by T. E. Hedal, prevailed that one tier of lots lying on the south side of Forest cemetery be cut upinto single lots. After considerable discussion it was moved and carried that the city engineer survey and plat the paup ers' field of the cemetery. An ordinance presented by Earl Sanders, on behalf of the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane electric railroad, was passed its final reading granting the company a franchise to lay tracks in Smiley avenue from the north line of Taylor's addition to and across Government Way. This is supposed to cover about 300 feet and is for the convenience of the brewery. A motion made by T. E. Hedal, prevailed that all the large trees found in the walks of the cemetery be cut out. Hamilton and Ransinier objected and voted against the mo tion. The police judge reported 24 cases which netted the city $240 as fines for November. The chief of police reported an aditional $31 for dog tax, totaling $277. There were numerous petitions presented, many of these being for street lights and in some cases were signed by many residents and proper ty owners. Lights were asked to be Placed at the corner of Thirteenth and Sherman streets, at Lakeside and Second, at Tenth and Wallace, and about six in Sherman park addition. These petitions were all referred to the committee on lights. A petition was presented asking for cross walks at Tenth and Elev enth streets on Sherman. This was granted. V. W. Sander requested the privil ege to place a sign hoard on a vacant lot near Sherman and Third streets. It was granted on sondition that it comply with the city ordinance bear ing <m structures erected within the fire limits. A petitions with numerous indors ffients was presented and granted calling for a sidewalk about 300 feet la length to connect the present w.uks on the Post grounds in order to make a continuous walk to the ,! R. Lewis mill. The clerk was or dered to notify the owners of abut ting property to comply with the re quest. A petition was presented asking 'hat the street running east and west, known as Government Way be given a new name. It was refused Another petition asked thftt the hole on Fourth street near the home of V. Chamberlin be filed" and a culvert constructed, which was grant ed. mayor to define his duties as sewer inspector inasmuch as the city had no sewer. R. G. Wearne presented a plat of Mary's addition which he desired to become a part of the city. After much discussion, in which McEuen held it did not conform to the streets in Simm's addition, it was received by the city fathers. Tdlewild, another addition was also made a part of the city, it lying above Kratzer and between Third and Fourth streets. SOME EARLY REC0LLECT0NS Of Life Sixty Years Ago by One of the Old Boys. Publisher Press: My earliest rec ollections are of the rugged hills and valleys of Washington county, Pa., where i attended my first term of school held in a hewed log school house. The first school house built in our district under what is now de veloped into our- great free school system. Our seats were made of heavy slabs with legs put in them and were without backs. The writing desks were made by boring holes in the wall and inserting pegs on which a board was laid. We mode our own ink by boiling black oak bark with copperas. Our pens were made of a goose quill and the teachers would make and mend them during the noon hour. My father was one of the well known men oPthe neighborhood and considered a good liver. Perhaps a comparison of our mode of living now might be interesting, especially to some of the younger generation, who may think they have hard times. Our supper, unless we had company, was mush and milk eaten out of a tin cup with an iron spoon. Every farmer had some sheep, and raised some flax, and our clothing was home made lin sey and linen. We had home made linen for sheets and tuble cloths, and men's pants for summer. The men had linsey clothing for winter. The wo men had very nice checkered linsey and frequently wore them to church for dresses. The boys would get one pair of heavy shoes after cold weath er set in. and when they were worn out we had to go barefoot until the next fall. My feet would often be chafed and cracked open before warm weather when my mother would ten derly wash and grease them. She spun all of her own sewing thread out of flax and would wax it with beeswax for use. We made all our own sugar from the sap of the hard or sugar maple. The local Methodist minister preach ed nearly every Sunday without com pensation. There were usually two preachers on a circuit, one married and the other single. The salary was fixed by the church law, I believe the married man got two hundred dollars a year for himself and wife and $15 for each child under the age of 15 years. Then I think the quar ! WILLIAM T. HORNAI)AY. Director of New York Zoologic al park, one of the ablest natural ist? in America, hunter of bic game and donor of 131 specimens to the national collection of heads and horns. j | ! terly conference made some additional allowance for table expenses. The single man had to carry his library and wardrobe with him as he had no home, going from place to place among the members and received $100 a year when paid in full. Then the men at church sat an one side of the house and the women on the other. A family were not permitted to sit together, and during prayer all would kneel. Sermons were seldom less than an hour long. The circuits were usually so arranged that it took four weeks to get arouud, the the preachers following each other two weeks apart, giving each place preaching every two weeks. My father's house was a regular stopping place and was called by some the Preachers' tavern. The first political campaign I have any distinct recollection of was in 1840. I was at that time living on the national pike In Ohio. Wm. H. Harrison was the Whig candidate for president and the war cry for the Whigs was "Hurrah for Tippe canoe and Tyler too." Tyler was candidate for vice president. The Whigs would have great strings of buckeyes hung on their horses and each party tried to exceed the other in having long processions at their meeting. Ohio was the chief battle ground. The Whigs would have log cabins built on wagons and have a barrel of cider On the wagon. Some would have a tree on a wagon with a raccoon In it. I believe it was In tended to show Harrison's nearness to the common people. The campaign was similar to that of 1860, when they would be splitting rails on a PUBLIC LIBRARY GROWS The report of Mrs. Milner, the li brarian, for the Coeur d'Alene Public library, for November, indicates a healthy growth. The circulation for the month is 1548 books; new readers registered, 60, and new hooks added, 17. These last are: Briefs on Public Questions by Reingwalt; the Use book and the National Forest and Park is sued by the U. S. agricultural depart ment; Princess Maritza, Sophy of Kravania, Where the Bridge Divides; Nature Library (11 vol.); Minkie; A Thanksgiving bulletin illustrat ing the spirit of the holiday in olden and modern times and bearing a list of the articles, stories and i*oetry in the library on the subject is hanging in the library. This has aided the pupils of the schools in preparing their essays ou the subject. The librarian is now at work on a Christmas bulletin which will shortly be hung up in the library for the same purpose. The reading room is always well patronized, especially in the ev enings. The reference library is growing also, the nature library just added being especially fine. All books pur chased for reference are authorities on their subjects. SHOOT FOR SCHOOLBOYS First National Rifle Association Meets. NEW YORK, Dec. 3.—The first na tional rifle competition for schoolboys began today in Grand Central pal ace, as the feature of the annual sportsmen's show. The National Rifle association is in charge of the event, and has secured the coopera tion of the Public Schools Athletic league of this city. Fourteen of the nineteen local high schools have en tered their riflemen, and will com pete against the crack shots of the schools of Washington, Baltimore and other cities The military acad emies will also hold a shoot during the sportmens' show, and many schools have entered. A great major ity of these competitions will be shot over the gallery range. WLL NOT CUT DIVIDEND American Smelting and Refining Company Meets. j NEW YORK. Dec. 3.—Directors of the American Smelting and Refining | company, who will hold their regular ! quarterly meeting tomorrow, deny the rumors that they will make a cut in the dividends of the concern. It has been wisely declared that the board would cut the common dividend rate in half at the meeting by declaring only 1 per cent instead of 2 per cent, the amount of the previous quarterly dividend. | wagon in the procession and called Lincoln a rail splitter. The large meetings of 1840 were repeated in 1844, but with different mottos. Then Polk being the Demo cratic candidate, the Democratic boys had their muslin bags painted with "poke'' berry juice. I heard the elo quent and comical Tom Corwin dur ing that campaign. He was called the Wagoner boy, because in his ear ly days he had been a teamster. He was a very dark complected man, so much so that he was frequently tak en for a colored man. Once, when he was a candidate for governor of Ohio, he was riding in a stage coach and Mrs. Wilson Shannon, wife of his op ponent, happened to be in the same coach, and taking him for a colored man, asked him to take care of her baby. He saw the Joke and tended to the baby. At another time several congressmen, Henry Clay being in the comapny, were traveling together and having stopped at a hotel, the landlord,hearing the others calling him Tom. thought he was a servant and called him that too, and when diuner was ready had a side table prepared for him, and sat him down by himself. Corwin enjoyed these mistakes as much as anybody and was always ready to help a joke along Henry Clay used to travel the nation al pike, sometimes on his horse and again in a coach, oil his way to Wash ington. This part of the west was practically an unknown wilderness In those days. Ohio was a frontier state and the young generation of today have little idea of the hard ships and privations endured by the people. DEFENDER AND COLFAX SAFE Vessel Rescued by Captain Griswold this Morning. Much excitement prevailed last night due to the re|>ort from Mica bay that the steamer Defender, in charge of Captain Perry, ran on a reef one mile from Mica bay, and probably sunk with all on board. Lat er it was learned that no one had been drowned and no damage done the boat other than it was compelled to remain on the reef all night. Fortun atly the reef, where the boat struck, was composed of sand, or the worst anticipation might have been realiz ed. The number aboard did not exceed ten oue of whom was a woman. Cap tain Griswold went to the rescue this morning and succeeded in pulling the stranded vessel from the reef. The steamer Colfax experienced much difficulty in landing during the night having struck a point at Tubb's hill, which had it varied u few hun dred feet would have meant great damage if not total loss to the vessel, for the water is exceedingly deep anil Tubb's hill is very dangerous, the shore being covered with rocks. The steamer Queen went to her assistance. Boatmen say the lake was very dan gerous last night as the fog was so heavy the search lights were almost useless. NEW CLUB QUARTERS Will be Opened Thursday Evening by a Smoker. The directors of the commercial club held their first meeting in the new club rooms last evening and transacted routine business in addi tion to approving the efforts of Sec retary Morgan in furnishing and fit ting up the new quarters. The club now has a home which would do credit to a much larger city and its members will spend many pleasant hours in the cozy quarters, which Includes three large rooms con nected by broad archways. These are neatly and comfortably furnished with leather upholstered easy chairs, rugs, stands and desks, 'most of the furniture being of the mission pat tern. The buffet, card room and li brary are off of the main rooms and these are neatly furnished. The walls and ceilings are handsomely decorat ed, the floors stained, and a large stove In the center room adds to the comfort of the place. The rooms are in charge of an experienced club por ter. A pool and billiard table will be added to the furnishings and it is the! in tention to make the place inviting and attractive. The new quarters are to be opened Thursday evening with a luncheon and smoker which all members are ex pected to attend and bring a friend. This is to be an informal affair. try McIntosh FOR FRAUD Preliminary Hearing of Timber Lo cator in Justice Court The caae of the state of Idaho ver-' sus Angus McIntosh In which L. J. Murphy charges that the defendant obtained money under falae pretenses, has occupied the court of Judge A. Bllxt a greater portion of the day. A little over two months ago sev eral men, among them J. L. Murphy, went in company with Angus McIn tosh for the purpose of being located on timber claims in Stevens county, Washington. Murphy claims he was shown some fine timber but later he discovered he had tiled on land by di rection of Mclntoeh, which was bar ren and which, he claims did not rep resent the choice timber he was shown. This is the second case brought be fore Judge Hlixt against Mclntoeh on a similar charge, the other one now being under advisement by th court, being the one filed by J. J, Robinson some days ago. It is reported that other cases will follow against Mc Intosh as soon as this one is conclud ed. Judge Bllxt Is expected to render his decision In the Robinson case this evening or tomorrow morning. These cases are Attracting much attention, specially among those who have been Interested In timber claims. RIVERS AND HARBORS CONGRESS Meets in Annual Session in Washing ton Tomorrow. WASHINGTON, Dec. 3.—For the purpose of demanding from congress an annual appropriation of not less than $50,000,000 for rivers and har laira improvements. Influential citi zens from all over the country are ar riving In Washington today to at tend the annual meeting or the Na tional Rivers and Harbors congress. The convention will meet In the as sembly hall of the new Willard hotel at 10 o clock tomorrow morning. The president of the congresas Is Hon. Joseph E. Bansdell, member of con gress from Louisiana and a member of the river and harbor committee of the houae of repreaentatlvea. The Hat of directors Includes the names of prom inent men from Hoaton and New Y'ork to San Francisco and Portland. Ore Among the speakers ou the pro gram of the coming congress are Bar on H. von Stornberg, ambassador from Germany; t'ongreaamuu John Dalzell of Pennsylvania. President W. H, Finley of the Southern railway. President James J. Hill of the Great Northern railway; John Barrett, di rector of the bureau of American re publics; Governor Albert Cummins of Iowa; Martin A. Knapp, member of the Interstate commerce commission, Governor Edwin W'arfleld of Mary land; Governor Charles Deneen of Il linois, Hon. Charles Euiry Smith of Philadelphia, Mayor Henry M Deard sley of Kansas City; Albert Hetting er of Cincinnati, representing the JOHN 1L BANKHEAD. Fanner congressman and suc cessor of John T. Morgan as United States senator front Ala bama. 1 Oh lo Valley Improvement association. ! and President John M. Stall of the National Farmers' congress. The membership of the congress extends lo thirty-three states and la composed of commercial manufactur ing and kindred associations, water way Improvement associations, cor porations and public spirited cltlsans who believe that the waterways of the nation should be Improved. PETTIBONE JURORS Defense Passes Eight Talesmen—Har row Examines. BOISE, Idaho. Dec. 3.—Surprising progress was made In the work of selecting a Jury to try George A. Pet tlbone for complicity In the Steun enberg murder. The state passed the Jury for cause before adjournment of the morning session and at the after noon and evening sessions eight were passed by the defense. There were contests In the canes of only three talesmen and two were de cided in favor of the defense and one against it. Witnesses were brought Into court by defense In efforts to disqualify Andrew Hoflliger. at present an In mate of Ihe Idaho State Soldiers' home. Hoflliger stated that he ex pressed no opinion as to the guilt or innocence of Pettibone. but the de fense endeavored to ahow that he had made the statement that the defend ant should be hanged. Judge Wood denied the challenge. It has been de cided to hold night sessions until a Jury la secured. ORANGEVILLE LOSES City Not Compelled to Honor Illegal Contracts. BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 3.—The su preme court decided the case of the city of Orangeville versus Woodward against the defendant, reversing the Judgment of the lower court. The ac tion was brought against the city and its officers to cancel a contract and restrain the issuing of bonds to make payment under said contract for the purpose of a water system for $82, 000. The findings by the court are as follows: "A contract signed by the mayor of a city is not a binding obligation of said city when the law does not au thorize such officers to make such con tract. and said contract has not been authorized by said city. Municipal bonds voted by the electors of a city to raise revenue to make payment un der a void contruct become void when said contract Is declared void. A city can not evade the provisions of the statute limiting the bonded Indebted ness to 16 per cent of the real estate valuation of the preceding year, by voting bonds for partial payment on a contract and making no legal pro vision for the balance due upon said contract." CITY IN BRIEF V. W. Brown, a piano man of Spok ane. U in the city today. George Kolbar sold to J. D. Deik a house and lot in Forest Heights addi tion. The sale was for $875 and was made by Muncey ft Busby. St. Luke's Guild will hold a meet ing Thursday at 2 p. ui. at the home of Mrs. Charles Griswold at the cor ner of 417 Garden street. The guild la doing hard work preparatory to the annual aule which comes in De cember. The club dance given last evening nt Sander a hall was a great success socially. While not as largely attend ed as heretofore, everyone enjoyed themselves very much. The grand masquerade will be given in two weeks. Tommy Wilkinson, who came to Coeur d'Alene In early times, perhaps 25 years ago. Is lying sick nt the hos pital with complications arising from old age. George F. Steele was called In this af:, moon to make his last will and Ucumeni.