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Because of the overwhelming importance to this community of
the army post project, The Times Thursday will put out a special
edition setting forth all phases of the enterprise. That issue, three
times the usual size of the paper, will also review the other great de
1 The Rotary club wants more au- \\
1 tomobiles for carrying voters to the %
| polling places Saturday. Tele- I
f phone Main 230, and tell them 1
I yours is at their service. 1
Army Post Will
Cut Taxes, Not
Increase Them!
Now let us take a look at the assertion of
the calamity-hiiwler who is going about the
county with the wail that the coining of a
great army post to American lake will raise
Like most pessimists, he is dead wrong.
Taxes will not be raised.
The committees handling the project have
erred in their desire to be conservative hy un
derstating the facts.
They shouldn't have let the idea gain root
for a minute that taxes will be increased. As
a matter of fact, tho coming of the army post
will decrease taxes for every one of us,
whether we chance to.pay then directly to tlie
county treasurer, or indirectly through our
The addition of 20,000 residents to our coun
ty is going to make necessary a great deal of
growth in Tacoma. We are going to need a
great new hotel, more theaters, hundreds of
residences, more stores.
Our factories will have to increase their
equipment. Our merchants will have to dou
ble their stocks.
All of which means more taxable property.
This direct growth is certain to lead to the
investment at once outside of the post and in
side of the county of five to ten million dollars
in buildings, machinery and merchandise.
Suppose it is only five millions. Half of thrit
value (the assessor's figure) would put ,f2,
--500,000 more on the tax rolls, and that, at our
present rate, would bring in $100,000 in
taxes yearly, more than enough to take care of
the bond interest and the tax loss on the 70,000
acres. Above that, all the increase would be
"velvet," and would make possible a reduc
tion of the tax rate.
This worry about "It-will-raise-my-taxes"
is the plaint of the timid, unthinking man, the
civic standpatter. Don't heed it.
Charges against O. B. Dewey,
president of the Dewey Candy Co.,
that he had threatened to murder
Mrs. Dewey, were dismissed In
police court Wednesday morning,
on request of William B. Dewey,
tlie son who had caused his arrest
two weeks ago.
Deputy Prosecutor Roudebush
made the formal motion.
Neither of the Deweys were
It was reported that the eldor
Dewey had left the city last week.
"Iwas informed that a reconcil
iation had been effected and that
the domestic troubles had ended,"
■aid Deputy Roudebush.
"The Dewey family had asked
for a continuance of tho rase so
that the reconciliation could be
Mrs. Ella B. Dewey filed suit
for divorce in the superior court
Saturday against O. B. Dewey,
charging incompatibility, cruel
treatment and desertion.
She asked $100 attorney's fees
and $60 a month alimony.
Friends of the Dewey family as
sert that Dewey's present where
abouts are not known even to his
most Intimate acquaintances.
Clearings 9 441,637.93
Balances «... 47,064.20
Transactions 1,762,746.26
The government's long search
for an Ideal army post site, and
Its final determination that the
American lake prairies formed the
best location anywhere in Amer
ica, will be explained to Taco
nians Wednesday evening at the
mass meeting in the Armory.
Major General J. Franklin Bell,
commandant of the western de
partment of the U. S. army, will
be the man who will tell the
story. MaJ. Gen. Bell is one of
the biggest figures in the army
The mass meeting is open to
all, and will be entirely Informal.
Mayor Fawcett will preside.
There will be brief addresses pre
ceding that of MaJ. Oen. Bell.
Among those from outside
towns invited to serve on the In
formal reception committee are:
Joseph Lee, Wllkeson; William
Thompson, Orting; Frank Bisson,
South Prairie; Forest W. France,
Buckley; Frank Betchard, Roy;
C. A. Nettleton, Eatonville, and
Harry Henke, Sumner.
Al.lt FOR IT
Unanimous endorsement was
given the American lake army
post plans by a big crowd that at
tended a meeting In the Oakland
school Tuesday evening.
C. F. Mason and W. D. Askren
addressed the meeting.
The Tacoma Times
TACOMA, WASHINGTON. W-'UN^SPAY, JANUARY ■>- ■■■17, """""""'"'""'VOl."." XIV. NO .' uT
(tailed Press Leased Wire.)
man suspected of having clubbed
and then strangled to death pret
ty Mazle Colbert, model and man
icurist, Is today under guard In
a fashionable down-town hotel,
according to the police, while de
tectives complete the not of evi
dence they have been weaving
around him.
This man, It is said, is extreme
ly wealthy, control!*, large brew
ery interests and comes from an
Inland city. He holds member
shi|- in Philadelphia's most prom-
Incut clubs, it was declared.
Bon vivants and habitues of
cafes know the man now under
guard as "Champagne Charlie."
He is a ready spender and has a
following of friends who will stop
at no expense to free him, If the
police make good their threat of
arrest in a few hours.
May Nlmiv Blackmail.
For many years he ls said to
have assisted the girl financially.
Out of this grew details, accord
ing to detectives, that may dis
close blackmail—an amazing tale
that may involve not only the
girl, but others.
The guarded man was taken to
Detective headquarters several
days ago and severely grilled.
Miss Colbert's liberality to her
family and friends brought her
Into dire financial straits.
Mystery Case.
It Is said she wrote this man,
who was madly In love with her,
according to the police, and asked
him to see her lawyer. Instead
of going to the lawyer's office, he
ls said to have come to Philadel
phia and gone direct to her apart
From the moment he went to
the apartment In which the pretty
little model's battered body was
found late Saturday night, details
erlded. Mystery once more shrouds
the case and the detectives are
making every effort to cover loop
holes, fearing a leak that might
hamper their work.
The man met Miss Colbert only
recently and she ls said to have re
marked he might do her harm.
Coincident with this, It was
learned that Miss Colbert had ar-
ranged for a reconciliation New
Year's day with the man she real
ly loved. He ls a former Uni
versity of Pennsylvania athlete.
Finds Man's Hair.
The model had merely led the
others to believe she gave them
her affections.
A new element was brought
Into the case by the discovery of
several strands of a man's hair,
found clutched in the dead girl's
hand. She had ripped them out
in her fight for life.
Several letters attacking Miss
Colbert for her "unfaithfulness"
were found.
Frederick Steams, attorney, of
San Diego, left Tacoma Wednes
day for his home town after a
few days spent quietly in the city
surveying the army post project.
San Diego also ls after the army
post, and Steams was here for
He attended the women's meet
ing at the ctly hall Tuesday, vis
ited the army post headquarters
and otherwise gathered all the in
formation he could lay hands on.
In Italy the refuse gathered In
the streets ls sold at auction.
Russia has 10,000 lepers, taken
care of by 21 Institutions.
velopments Tacoma is about to enter upon, and will contain articles
on subjects of world interest which no well informed Tacoman should
miss. These will include a copyrighted New Year's message to Amer
ica by Q*. Bernard Shaw, a summing up of the war situation by J. W.
Armed Truce Prevailing Between
Mrs. Frazier and the T. R. & P.
An armed truce prevails Wed
nesday between the forces of Mrs.
A. Frazier, member of the Mon
day Civic club and newly appoint
ed sanitary inspector of street
cars, and her assistant, Mrs. W. S.
Kennedy, on the one hand, and
the T. R. & P. on the other.
Supt. Qeorge W. Rounds said
Wednesday morning do special
steps are being taken to comply
with Mrs. Frazler's demands,
which to date have Included
cleaning the straps, scrubbing car
floors with a brush "and a man
down on his knees," rubbing tho
walls with an oiled rag and put
ting in electric heaters.
Other suggestions made by her
were that the company should is
sue six tickets for a quarter and
have Its car barns in a quarter
where the rolling stock will not
be dirtied by coal smoke from the
No Extra Bt»t*ps.
"We are always trying to keep
our cars in good condition," said
"We scrub and sweep them out
at stated Intervals, and think they
are pretty clean. We have not,
however, taken any extra steps
Manager Bean corroborated
the statements as to scrubbing and
sweeping of cars.
"Mr. Rounds is conscientiously
trying to satisfy Mrs. Frazier," he
said, "but some of her requests
are really a little too much. I
think she may be acting without
entire authority."
Oversteps Authority.
"I am** afraid Mrs. Frazier has
misunderstood the scope of her
duties and authority," Bald Health
Commiasloner Rich Wednesday
morning. "Her function is sim
ply that of inspector. Any alter
ations or improvements In the car
system would have to be taken up
by the department. Her work is
to inspect the cars and report to
the health department.
"I appointed Mrs. Frazier be
cause the Monday Civic club seem-
? ? ?
9 • •
Ed to want some such work done.
She works, of course, without pay.
"I see she Is reported this
morning as having asked the com
pany to issue six tickets for a
quarter, and several other things
which are entirely out of her line.
I think we shall have to get to
gether and have a better under
Will tiive 'Km a Chance.
"I'm going to stay at home to
day," announced Mrs. Frazier,
"and see If the company obeys the
orders I have given. I told them
1 would give them two or three
days. I want to give them every
chance In the world.
"Mr. Bean said the cars were
taken off and fumigated every
time they had run 900 miles.
Well, I didn't see any fumigating
apparatus around the barn, and
I am going to ask where they
keep the speedometer that tells
how far the cars have gone.
"If Mr. Bean doesn't Intend to
obey the orders, I shall certainly
see that they are enforced, if I
Steamer May
Be Withdrawn
Because the municipal dock de
partment had sent a bill to the
Merchants' Transportation Co. for
wharfage of the Olympia steamer
Magnolia during the past, few
months, although a former admin
istration promised that no chargo
would be made, Fred H. Marvin
Wednesday notified the council
that he would immediately with
draw his steamer.
The Magnolia Is a freight boat,
handling a few passengers. She
Is not making any money at pres
ent, and the $30 a month dockage
charge demanded by Commission
er At Kins is considered exorbitant,
Marvin said.
No other dock on Pug-t Sound
chsrgos a wharfage fee for small
T. Mason, famous war expert, and a review of national business con
ditions by Arthur Selwyn Brown. The edition will be bristling with
facts and bubbling with optimism and good oheer. Be sure to read
it, and speak to your neighbor about it.
"I see he has questioned my au
thority, and, of course, 1 don't
know just how far the mayor and
Dr. Rich will back me up. I In
tend to see the city attorney and
we have already written the pub
lic service commission and are
waiting for an answer.''
Another kick.
It was learned Wednesday that
further trouble Is brewing for the
company among clubwomen.
The Woman's club, according
to Mrs. P. C. Smith, is framing a
campaign to get the company to
provide means by which patrons
of street cars can themselves sig
nal the motoi'iiiaii to stop.
"I have seen people carried
blocks past their destination be
cause they could not get the con
ductor's eye," said Mrs. Bnilth.
"We put the matter before the
company last October but they
said they never got these com
plaints from men, but only from
women, who crowd the cars at
the hour when men have to come
home from work. We are plan
ning to get action."
steamers," said the steamship
man. "None of the other boats
operating from the Municipal deck
are charged any fee, except the
Taeoma-Seattlc passenger boats."
The Magnolia will operate tem
porarily from the Commercial
dock, and may be taken off the
run entirely, Marvin said. She is
the only steamex operating direct
between Tacoma harbor ond
Olympia at present.
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Foley,
whose son, Robert Foley, was
drowned last October In the Lin
coln Park high school swimming
tank, filed suit Tuesday against
the school district.
Susan Weber, age 7, brought
suit through her gusrdian,
Charles H. Weber, Cgatnst the
Midland school district for $6,000
because of a fall from a ladder
on the playground last Mar.
ywnnnlllGHT EDmON*******
• Tacoma. Rain tonight and Thurs- I
f Washington: Same west portion, 1
r rain or snow east. *
Has n man outlived his
usefulness just because he
happens to have white hair,
grown grandchildren, a
golden wedding, nnd many
years of service behind him.
Is it up to lilin, when he
finds he's lived 70 or Wl
years to give up tlie ship,
consign blinsi-ll to the tttßß
heap, and watch his remain
ing hoiii-s |wss from the
depths of a grandfather's
County Clerk Mckenzie
s» cms to huve tlint ideii to
tiny, nil hough there me v
heap of |H'ople in Tncoma
who are disagreeing with
For he's giving "Untidy"
Walker, veteran clerk of
.fudge Curd's court. the
"iiutldy" Walker, grand
young in.hi nt 7(1. will lose
hls jolt .1.-iii. s.
AMD IN His I'l.At T*
Young Mckenzie now holds
4MM a steady job at $75 a
month in a local department
store. The job his father
will give him will pay sin, n
Therefore, Sum Walker,
conceded to he one of the
spry est. most efficient nnd
e\|M«rienced clerks In the
Pierce county courthouse,
will have to go.
"It's not worrying me,"
was what "lluddy" had to say
about it today, chopping out
his words In a broad Scotch
burr. There was a twinkle
in his eyes.
"The only thing is that
I'd rather die in the harness
than rust out.
"Tliey may say I'm getting
old lo do the work. Hut
mind you—" here he brought
down his sturdy Scotch fist
on the tabic—"when I get
too old to do my work right,
I'm going to quit! Xolmdy
will have to make me quit."
Hut everybody else around
the courthouse Isn't taking it
if Talk o* the Times I
(■reelings, have you con
verted the doubters in your
According to a headline In the
a. m. paper a "Hospital Patient
Dies in Bed."
Personally, we're boycot
ting those flve-cents-nplece
apples on the fruit stands.
The pig is an affair propped on
four legs with a head on one end,
to give It a general direction. The
pig's main Idea ls to try antl Mi
how big a hog It can make of It
But this species of pig is a has
been since the two-footed pigs
have romped Into the pasture.
The two-footed pigs have push
ed the four-footed ones clean out
of the limelight.
They have rooted Hie prices of
eggs, butter, meat, clothes, coal,
rent and everything so high that
the old-fashioned trough wallow-,
er seems as dainty, modest and
unselfish as a humming bird.
Suggestion to the writers
of popular songs: Why not
write a song about Honolulu
or the rest of Hawaii?
The lady next door says:
"A friend ls something th't
nands a lot more frum us th'n a
stranger would."
It's hard to figure It out.
Most of the talk in tin- work!
comes from long-haired men
and short-haired women.
with such guild humor.
".\ hriiw mon" In what
Judge I jislrrtlny calls him.
Tltey recall nt the court
htiiise Walker's _t> years'
service us clerk.
'I li<- \ recall the piles on
plies of records which "Dad
dy" hits written In Ills own
1111111 l Willi In HIM ll 111 IK-Illll.lll
shi|i —papers which, If they
wi-it- pasted together and
silling out in line, would
reach limn 'lit..ana to Mtiu
Ami ilit-y recall that the
gi'iiy-liaiii'tl man Is far from
being ili-nil yet.
"Ilittlily" Walker Is a
.young iniiii. He stands
straight as h i.iiiii od. Ill*
eyes ure keen. Ills work Is
painstaking and correct to
the litter.
INMM tif his rare Scotch
wit lie liun won the affection
of lawyers and judges.
He has won fame for the
manner in which he adminis
ters oaths—hk If an oath
im-aiil something more, than
a dribble of words.
His mind In acute. His
physiciil lii inn is perfect.
Only lasl fall he and his
wife ci'lehrated their golden
wi-tlding nt their home, I I'M
Stinth I street.
They boast of seven grantl
chiltlrt-ii. four in Tacoma und
three in Pittsburg.
Clerk McKt-n/lc says he's
not "firing" Walker. He's
just "falling to reappoint
him" when his term «-*.i»ir< •-.
Mckenzie says there Is no
reason for not it-appointing
him, mill that there has Ih-cii
no fault to find with Ida
.H»r. AMI HIS HAIi Will,
Off/I IT To HIM.
Judge Curd and the other
judge*! have tried every means of
persuasion to have Walker kept
mi tho job.
Hut McKcnr.le has the pow
er to appoint whomever ha
And "lluddy" is "too old."
(From the Sheridan, Wyo.,
ltejilete wllli the etherlally beau
tiful melody and graceful embel
lishments-, it represents Mozart at
his lust, exjiresslng in a form as
clear and finely finished as a dell
tale ivory carving that mood of
restful, sunny, imj.< rsonul optim
ism whiflr is the essence of most
of his musical creations.
It Is like some finely wrought
Clreek Idyl, the apotheoses of the
pastoral, perfect in detail, with
out a trace of passionate Intensity
or restless agitation, Innocent and
depending, as a mere babe.
It Is the mood of a bright,
cloudless day on the upland pas
tures, where happy shepherds
watch their peaceful flocks, un
troubled by the storm and stress
of our modern life, a mood so
foreign to the hearts and environ
ment of most present day human
belngß, that it Is rarely understood
by player or hearer, and still more
rarely enjoyed.
It seems flat and insipid as
tepid water to the fevered lips of
the young passlon-drlven, ambi
tion goaded soul in Its first stormy
period of struggle and achieve
ment; but later, It is welcomed
as the answer to that Inarticulate,
but ever increasingly frequent,
sign for peace and tranquil
We lamp In a haberdashery
ntlvcrtlscnient that collars
sell "1(1 cents each, 0 for SO
cents." Accor-Xtng to that
way of figuring seven proba
bly would cost 51.03.

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