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FRENCH ARMY ATTACKS GREEKS
THREATEN TO DETHRONE KING CONSTANTINE One of the rubber companies of Stockholm is renting automobile tires by the day to owners of cars. Pending Suit May Make a Taxpayer of You, Mr. Man- Who's - Exempted By E. A. Peters There is soon to go to trial In the Pierce county courts a lawsuit of iiii|i<>i-«aii<i< to YOl' and to me and to every other owner of property iv the ni.mc. It's entitled "The KtHto Tax Commission of Washing ton vs. James .1. Oimeron, **s< -,i>r of Pierce county, M ill." It'.s a suit to determine i lu-iiii-i we little fellows will Jig ill* alwut twice as nun h taxes m-. we now pay, for tiio benefit of tike big taxpayer. If our assessor loses, there ivill he thousands of n- not now |Mi)ii>}( taxes—heiaiisn of the $;»<><> exemption—o.i .icrvoiial possessions, who ivill I ><-iiin |«.i> ii>ii more than t cents on e\ery dollar' 4 north of pijinos and furni ture and bicycles and • nipiis mid clothing and everything else tliat we own except real estate. Something that affecM every one of us vitally. Yet, ten to one, you never heard of It before, » • • For 1 ."> years the assesso's of counties in Washington have only taxed us on part of our wealth In Taconin, we have paid IMM on half of what we own. And the commonwealth has kindly al lowed us an exemption of It 1)9 on personal property. That is, married men and heads of families have been al lowed this exemption. Bachelors and other independent persons have paid on everything they own. Which Is as It should be. But that's another question. Our assesors have for years followed the custom of subtract ing the $300 exemption from the hair valuation of our person;.] property, and taxing us on wb.it remained. For Instance, V. F. Adams, 1709 South Bth street (we pick3.l his name at random from th■■ as sessor's hooks) figured his per sonal property this year at $?' I >. Assessor Cameron took out the 60 per cent valuation, as has al ways been done, and put Adapts down on his books as owning $350 worth. Then he took away the exemption, and found that Adams should be taxed for J r>o worth of personal property. Alia tax on it is $2. • • • nut a few weeks ago tho stale tax commission hail an outburst of originality and decided that Assessor Cam eron and all the other as sessors of \\ .ishiuton wera going at it wrong. The commission declare) that the exemption should be taken from the actual valua* tion and not the assessed val uation. And It sent orders around demanding that every assessor change his methods. It overruled all precedent in taxation systems. Assessor Cameron refused point blank to obey. And the commission immediately jumped on him with a man il.imiis suit. It in that suit which is to come frp for trial in a few days. • • • Now let's see what happens un der this apparently trivial change of method. Take Adams' case, for instance. At present Adams pays $2 taxes on $K0 taxable valuation. Under the proposed system, the $300 exemption would be taken iroin Its $700 actual value, leaving $400. Then the 00 per cent val uation would be cut off, leaving $200 on which taxes would have to be paid. Adams' taxes next year on the same amount of per sonai property would be $8. • • • Mere's another example, Hiioiv inK how some of us who don't pay any taxes now because of the exemption, will be caught un der the new ruling. Charlie Epp, a waiter at the Majestic cafe, has personal prop erty worth $400, or $200 on a 60 per cent valuation. He doesn't pay any personal taxea, being married, because the $300 ex emption covers him. But the state wants to deduct the exemp tion from Epps' $400 worth, di vide the $100 by two, and tax him for $50 worth of stuff. We said a while ago tint the new scheme would be to the ilia advantage of us little fellows, aial the benefit of the big taxpayers. We'll prove it. Under the proposed new system there would be $r>o,ooo taxes pai:l by persons in Pierce county who do not pay a cent on personal property. The taxes of those al ready paying small sums would be increased by fully $2.'),000. These are conservative figures by Assessor Cameron. This mean) $7ri,000 added to taxation rev enue. The total taxation amounts to $3,600,000 at present. ¥7'>,o'iO is one-forty-eighth of $3,(!UU,OO*', meaning that we would reduce the total amount of taxation from other sources by 1-48 th. It would mean that the Stone- Webster syndicate, for example, now paying $200,000 taxes a year in Pierce county, would get a $:■, --000 reduction, because tho littlo taxpayers would be digging i.p the money that the street car cor poration had heretofore paid. Get it? '^^^^ \ WE fIRE! m /k—B^ ■BTIT ALL, ■s\J*_*_*^ Guess LEAGUE BEGINS INQUIRY The Tacoma Central lmorove meiit league today began an active investigation of pending action by the city council, in which pow er franchises, street car fran chises and an auxiliary power con tract are Involved. At a meeting called this after noon in the offices of Dr. It. V. Hoyt, Provident building, presi dent of the league, a large com mlttee of citizens will discuss Hie council's action. It Is probable that the mrtter will come up In definite for v !>e fore the league, when it is to meet next Tuesday night in tne count.l chambers. "We have none of us received expert advice regarding the tech nical Bide of the proposition, therefore we do not care to ex press an opinion," said James A. Lytle, one of the leaaers of the committee, this noon. I "But there ia no doubt th*t members of the league are arous ed, and want action taken. We are meeting today for the purpose of determining what action to take. It is a aelf-appolnted in vestigating committee, and we will most certainly make a re port to the improvement league on the result of our investiga tions." linFissafe BORDEAUX, France, Nov. 16. —The liner Rochambeau, afire at sea a few days ago, arrived safety today. Captain Juham expressed himself as undecided over the cause of the blate. The Tacoma Times i r THE ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN TACOMA. I wm/r -. 30c a _—______——_____________________^________— I HUME | MONTH I VOL. XII. NO. 281. TACOMA, W ASll.._Tr KSDAY, XOYKMBKU 18, 1915. [ EDITION And It doesn't work pro portionately for all tuxuiM' ers, either. While Mr. Adams of South Bth street would be paying lour times as mm h personal taxes, Mr. Chester I'lhh-iu-, whose residence at Thoruewood In the most pa latial in the Northwest, would pay just 90 more taxes on personal property worth tf.tt.4MO. Mr. Thorn pays $657 taxes a year now on his personal prop erty at Thornewood, and unuer the new system he would pay ex actly $663. Figure it out for yourself. Edward Forserg, a cabinet maker, Ittl North 7th street, would pay $2.4 0 taxes on $':!0 worth of property, while he pays nothing today. A. A. Hinz, a florist, 618 South X street, would pay $19 taxea on $1,290 property, where he pays |1| today. The law says that a county as sessor must obey all mandates of the state tax commission, but. As sessor Cameron says that the commission is wrong, and h»* Is making au effort to prove it. LABOR UNIONS ALERT Labor unions of Tacoma will protest the city council's acilo'i last week of handing over fran chises and vuluale contracts to the T. K. & P. Co. At a meeting tomorrow night of the Central Laor Council the city council's action will comj up. Secretary Hea Last today de :'.ir ed that the unions are exceeding ly interested in the franchise business, and that probably won 11 adopt resolutions condemni>i£ the council. Last today attempted to obtain copies at the city hall of the aux iliary power contract and the franchises, but was given ehuive directions at each office, an I fail ed to obtain any documents that might throw light on the scho.no. 1 FLASHES! DETROlT—Prctically all of the northern states covered with two inches of snow today. NEW YORK—Cunard liner Saxonla docked from EngVuid with 123 Irishmen aboard, but no Englishmen, all being disal lowed passage. A large shipment of English gold was aboard. CALUMET, Mich. — Steamer Alfred P. Wright, laden with wheat for Duluth, burned to the water today. AMSTERDAM—NearIy 40 Ger mans were killed and wounded today In an allied air raid o.' I Llchtervelde near Ypres. POHTLAND— Marconi wlraless station at Astoria .learly d9»*.ro/ ed by lightning during terrific storm which raged all last night. PETROGRAD — Vigorously pressing their advantage, Rus sians on Riga front swept (ier mans back three or four miles north of Kanger. VIENNA—That Goritz has suf fered heavily from bombardment. Is officially admitted today. Fifty soldiers wounded, 58 civilians killed so far. Three hundred buildings, churches and convent* badly damaged. ENLIST MILLION WOMEN IN U. S. WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 16. —The promise to enlist a mil'ion women in the campaign for na tional preparedness was made at the first annual meeting of tiie women's section of the Na.y league here yesterday. A per manent organisation was effect ed. MAYOR DENOUNCES FRAUD ON PEOPLE POINTS TO BAD JOKER! BY A. V. FAW<i:TT .Mayor of Tacoma. Again the Stone-Webster 1 owerj trust is seeking a strangle-hold On Tacoma. And as usual the subsidi -.«\l press is busy with half truths aii'l I niisstatements trying to trick tlioi people for the company's benefit. I When the subject of restoring j the cancelled franchise to Stone-1 Webster was broaclied I waa told it was a neighborly deal by which) they would furnish current at a; satisfactory price to the city in case of break down. 1 was fuvoruhle to that, but I was amazed when the proposition was brought into the council and Commissioner Mills said he and Atkins had been working wiih the company on it six months, to find that there was nothing neignbor ly about it. II wan a cleverly concocttxl (leul to gi'xb a franchise worth |n-i'liiil>l> limli a mil lion to lln- < <iiii|>'iiii, an<l then hog-tie the municipality for IS yearn for Stone-Web ster benefit. This noise about "protecting the city power plant" is dust to j blind the people so they will not j see the dark gent in the woodpile, i The Tacoma plant ran about three yeßrs with one break of 40 min utes and we had but one trahs inlgsion line then. We have two, now. There is hardly onechance in ft; thousand of our plant's breaking, | and to guard this slim chance the four councilmen would nlve Stont- I Webßter a franchise worth half! a million, grant other valuable concessions besides, and then I make an agreement that wuiuld' put this city at the mercy of tli.i! corporation and enable ii to! gouge $150,000 a year from the city. The proposition is to furn ish current to the city in <i-o of reakdown at :t-l cent a kilowatt, if tlie break is re paired in 2 1-2 hours, if it taken more than 2 1-2 hours to fix the I.i.iii.. then the city must |wy the company $2.50 v kiliAviitt for the en tire month. With 10,000 j" kilowatts needed this means 925.000 the firM month. This Is the joker in the scheme. I do not say it would happen, but it presents a fine chance und tremendous incentive for corpora tion tampering with city power plant employes to see that sonm thing does go wrong with tlu city plant. And the people should recoguize that Stone-Webster nre determine to control and domin ate the power situation in the Northwest, and the Tacoma mu nicipal plant Is In their way. The sinister motive is ahoy/a in this joker when It is reatit.-vi that it is Improbable that any serious break 20 miles from town could be fixed in 2 1-2 hours. If the company can furnish the city juice for 2 1-2 hours for 3-4 MM a kilowatt why should it ask $2.50 a kilowatt If the city takea the juice for two hours and thir ty-one infinites? Any legitimate proposition would incline 'o re duce the price witli the increase of the business. The whole deal is simply an en tering wedge of Stone-Webster tp get a grip on the Tacoma pant The company by control of th,«j legislature last winter prevei.tei| any- expansion of the city porrfer business. It is preparing n+w to marshal an army pf lobSyUtg and attorneys at Washington this winter to control congress anil get concessions that will enable it to grab all power sites. When this Is accomplished the city will be hedged in. Then it will know how to use this agreement to put the city plant out of commission and finally grab it if possible. Titroma rejected the nd vice and refused to be trk-k --ed and deceived by the mil» -•tldlsed organa when they P BELIEVE THESE OR NOT— KAPOWUN, Nov. 16.—Bud Hatchette, a ranc I.er near here, has succeeded in utilizing the in telligence of his pet piK. Roscoe. Hoscoe brings in tlio MWIUHr, helps round up the cattle and fol lows Hatchotle to the TUOBI BMlfl station when UM Irnin Qtim in. LONDON, Nov. 16. — A Red Cross physician at Nisb, Serbia, writes that Nelit (iroulct, a widow of a Serbian infantryman and mother of nine children, lias received periiiiMxion fronr the Serbian Btaff to shoot with her own hands all German spies caught within Serbian lines. Thus will she takt- lier revenge. CKNTRALIA, Nov. 16. —Blondo, a trained vaudeville monkey, got away from the baggage car of a Union I'acific train here and finding himself in the rear of a saloon, proceeded to empty a bot tle, as he does water on the stage. iHut this one contained whisky!) Then be proceeded to paint Ceutralia red. . . . Imili the |M>\ver plant. Tlu-v should not be bunkoed out of Ks advuntuKeti now by Hi ■ sunn- K"»K Hint tried to pre vent its runs!ruction. The proposition agreed to by Mil); . Atkins, Woode and Drake Is » fraud on the people ani not an honest move to protect the;!. It Is putting tills city at the ineroy of a soulless corporation thft we know by dear experience will stop at nothing to destroy il c city's light and power business. It is time for the people to t-rt busy if they do not want to l>e robbed. HEAX WON'T MSCUSB IT t,"uis Bean, manager for the T. K. & P. Co., wu invited yes terday to prepare a statement i;iv ingv lils side of the power mattor, for publication today, but th's morning lie declined to have any thing further to say.—Editor. RATTLiT AGAINST BANDITS &HN JOSE, Cal.. Nov. 16. — Two unidentified men, who early today held up the bar of the Swiss- American hotel here, robbing four persons and the till, were over taken by a sheriff's posse at Mountainview. In the ensuing battle. In which many shots were exchanged, one bandit was killed and another wounded. None of the officials was In jured. '"The bandits entrenched them selves in machinery on the flatcar of a freight train, on which they escaped from San Jose. Talk o' the Times W li.ii an auto looks like com ing, and what It smells like going, are two different things. Hobson Is swinging nround the circle for peace, prepared in--*, and prohibition. You can't hobble Hobson's hob bles. It mußt nearly have choked cer tain Tacoma editors to write those editorials "congratulating" the city on making "a wise contract" with the T. R. ft p. Co., etc. They didn't believe a word of it, and the fortunate part of it is their remarks aren't fooling anvUody.. CONGRESSTO INVESTIGATE P.O. SITE BUY WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 16. —Congress, at its coming session, Is going to look Into the purchase by the government of an under water sub-postoffice site In Seat tle for $169,5U0, which it bought on the recommendation of Con grrßKLimn Will Humphrey. When the matter of appropria tion comes up, and it is expected this will be early In the session, the natter of the "duck pond" purchase will be given a thorough airing. It was declared today by a member of the house. Assistant Secretary Newton of the treasury today explained addi tional objections which had been found in the Bite bought by the government from one of Hum phrey's Seattle friends, after the congresman had given his ap- WEATHER Tacoma: Occasional rain. Washington: Occasional rain west, rain or snow east, colder east portion tonight. It In said the vtorlrt'ti sup ply of coal will ta»t SOO years. That lx-ms ours. Let's give the T. R. A P. Co. all the <;ity aiiios to be used on tlie Pacific aye. Jitney line Bean is promising. A Dallas l>. D. mij-v "A man ran love more than one woman but only one at a time." What you meant was "should not," wasn't it, doc tor? The heat face beautifier is a pleasant smile. proval of the deal. It 1b too hi null, 30 feet below street grads and entirely too far from the railway stations, he said. ,The statement adds that the Immediate purchase of the site was recommended by Congress man Humphrey, who, in Seattle a few days ago, declared, "I never had anything to do with the pur chase of the site." The Merchants Who Advertise No one can afford to advert im in tliesa day* unlem they can hack as In tholr offerings the kind of goods that tatinfy The merchants who advertise are the ..new who give the has* iilbm ♦♦♦♦•* Turn to the Times' Happy Wednesday Page 1m (bfa Una * ♦ * ♦ ♦ # Leather (toods, Glove*. Hata, Jewelry an* a Aomtm «ther good Heats will repay you for yonr trouble. ♦♦♦♦♦♦ It pays to read advertising cnrefnUy— ♦♦♦♦♦• The Department Stores at* aUv* with mi wttmktg* aaate todar ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ + • Read their Ads, too. RULER FACES CRISIS UKRMN, Wot. u\ -<;,,-k anil IYen. h force* liny i . Imsluml al Salonika, the uolnt <*f (lelxirkation for the illi< I 11-lin|is .11 rollti. tO Nellli.l, H.<or«liiiK tv Vlmm mimes ttxlay. The Fro n.li tried t.i oc«u|if n <in-€>k jt iii it ton loner, Itilt WAN forillily pn-ieiil.-.1. lj>i<-i- the French authorl (i«H h,|M)liikl/(mI, shy I tig I lie if fnli «»-. ii "mistake." MAY I'NVROWN KINO PARIS, Nov. 16.- Ortteee has refused demands which the ulllaa liiHUt are essential to their viiely, diplomats today admitted. Moreover, the allies are pre pnrcd to force com pi lance, while the central power* will help king Constantlne resist. mi*.in ni:\i> i'M:i:r If ne. i.. .n the allies' fleet* will be tent to Ureece to In «'i-o non-interfcrenue with Balkan liliuin, and, It is hinted, Greece's klux may l>e uncrowned if that Blei> in taken. The allies' fleet In likely to meet strong resistance from Au» tro-Uorman undemea boats known to be heading for the vi cinity of Greece. WILL BRINU I'HKHNriu: The allied diplomats insist tliat inasmuch as Venlielos r >\in tenanced and invltnd tbn landing of allied troops at Salonika, Greece has not the right to threaten thut the allies, if forcej to flee to Greece for safety after the Halkan reverses, b« Internal. In the nieuntlme the allies will bring presume to bear on the king to force him to alter his at titude. He Ib being strongly re minded of his ties to the entente powers and It Is the hope of tne allies' capitals that he will not dare to defy their warning*. BOY JUDGE WON'T "SQUEAL;" PINED URNVER. Nov. 16—Judge Ben Llndsey, of Denver's juvenile court, refused to disclose Infor mation given him confidentially through the confession of Nenl Wright, a 12-year-old boy. Yes terday he was fined $600 by Judge Perry in the district conrt. Llndgoy refused to gl»e the in formation in the trial of Mrj. Herta Wright for murder. f What's Doing Today Sacred concert; Church of the Holy Communion; direction Mrs. H. R. Maybin; evening. St. Leo's bazaar; St. Leo's hall; evening. "Huskln' Bee;" Commercial club; 7:30 p. in. National Council of Women Voters, headquarters, 2 p. m. Ladles' Musical club concert; Commercial club; 2:30 p. in. Cake and candy sale; benefit Vocational home; 945 Broad way. "Twin Beds," Tacoma theitur, evening. Tomorrow Lecture; "World Bibles;" O. P. S. chapel; by Prof. Georgia Re neau; 8 p. in. Annual inspection of troop B, by Adjt. Gen. Maurice Thompson; for two days, begins; armory; evening. St. Leo's bazaar; afternoon and evening; St. Leo's ball.