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> OFFICIAL PAPER OF 9B^^^^^'^^^^^^^^ SAN JUAN COUNTY ■ ■ ,— ,^__ i ____ . f\ V OL. XVIII. BUGGE TRADING CO. 1 Agents for IVI IKADQ Steel Range : - " ONLY '■ . . j $40 i a ■•_•■'•■ ."■■■-,■ ■ . Headquarters for ! General i Merchandise I OF ALL KINDS ! Foot of Spring Street, Friday Harbor i TTTH f Til IT TT TI T lift tmin lIT I 11 111 1f iw pF* Buy Your Groceries, Dry Goods and Shoes —from — G. B. Driggs During NOVEMBER and he will pay you 10 in Cash On any and every purchase. Better than banking your money. TRY IT I Flour and Sugar excepted Full value for your money always / l c G. B. DRIGGS flB& \*****l t t»WW« 'I "1 IJ t ■»»♦»♦•»« "t '1 IW II 11111 I 111 »»»» Best Goods at Low ! est Prices ! Dry Goods, Groceries, Shoes, Furnisnings, \ Hardware, Paints, Oils, Etc v ► '"'*■''■ «-':■•"-- ' '"•■'' - '"■'• "' -" ''■ " " •'"' ' ___!_ '"'■"•, i N. E. Churchill >W*»l IUH, W WIIII lll♦♦♦*»>'«'' **'''''*''f f'**** ■ ■'' ' •-" ■' ' ■''■ ''■■'- -';^' : '-•" •'•'•- ' '-■ ' ——— '——^—m »—————^— —*"l*^" I Fruit Boxes I ALL. KINDS AT LOWEST. PRICES WRITE US I ROUGH AND DRESSED LUMBER I MOULDINGS, LATHE WORK AND INTERIOR FINISH 1 Only Dry Kiln and Largest and Best Equ.pped i Mill in -San Joan County. I Western Mills and Lumber Co. i FRIDAY HABBOB, WASH. FRIDAY HABBOB, WASHINGTON, SATURDAY, NOVEMBEB 28, 1908 The Legal Aspects Of Incorporation Practically all of the legal points involved in the question of incorpor ation are clearly covered by a well known firm of Seattle attorneys in a letter to Gene G. Gould in resDonse to a number of inquiries submitted by bim. Nearly every point touched upon in the attorneys' letter has been brought out in the Islander before, when tha question of incorporation has been under discussion, but as the legal aspects of the matter are not now fresh in the public mind it may be well to le lew them briefly again. Section 3387 of Pierces Code says: "Not more than one square mile shall be included within the corporate limits of a municipal corporation of the fourth class, nor shall more than twenty acres of unplatted land belonging to any one person be taken within the corporate limits without the consent of the owner." Section 3371 provides that the Board of County Commissioners may strike property out of the limits proposed by the petition but shall not include any not included in the petition. The governing power in an incor porated town of the fouith class is vested in a mayor and five oounoil men. Such towns are not divided into wards, all councilman being elected "at larue." They must serve without pay and are prohibited from bidding upon or becoming financially interested in any town contract or from furnishing any supplies to the town. The compensation of the clerk, treasurer, marshal, attorney and police justice, or other employees of the town, is fixed by the council, there being no minimum or maximum limit. The tax levy for all purposes can not exceed ten mills on the dollar for any one year. The council may or may not grant liquor licenses. If such licenses are granted the annual fee shall not be leaa than $300 nor more than 91,000. and whatever the amount ten per cent, goes to the state and ninety per cent, to the general fund of the town. Road taxes collected upon property within the corporate limits would be paid into the town treasury for street improvements and repairs. Towns of the fourth class are expressly exempted from the provis ions of the direct primary law in the matter of the nomination of candi dates for elective offices. They are chosen by political party or mass conventions called for the purpose. A majority vote only is required to decide the question of incorpora tion when submitted and any quali fied elector may vote. There is no property qualification for voting at any election in this state. Country Life Meetings Editor Islander: 1 am iv receipt of a letter from the Spokesman-Review, of Spokane, relative to the public meetings to be held December sth in the school houses in rural districts over the entire United States. Editor Smith asked my opinion of this simultane ous meeting and submitted to me twenty five questions for my choice of five and asked me to give this communication as wide publicity aa possible. I heartily endorse this idea and have selected the following as my choice of topics: Pricea of farm producta—Mutual buying and selling. Farming as a business —Banking. Credit, Insurance. Organizations for mutual improve ment and social pleasure. Legislation in behalf of the farmer. Thought as farm capital. If the farmers of the country will rise to the occasion thin country life commission will result in the greatest and most far reaching good, perhaps not directly, but certainly it is ! suggestive and a move in the right direction. Please publish this and call the attention of the public as far as possible to the same and urge that interest be taken by school officers. |teachers, ministers, tec. and oblige, Ben E. Harrison. East Sound. Nov. 24, 1908. White Salmon. Washington, the I apple center of the "North Bank 1' ' road, holds the record for liberality in raisins an advertising fond. The entire population of the village and valley of White Salmon doea not ez oeed 600 people, and at a recent meeting they raised $2200. A Unique Hotel and A. Y. P. Advertisement Among tbe original advertisements gotten out in Seattle, advertising the A laska- Yukon -Pacific Exposition, there is none better or more appropri ate than that being sent out by the Antlers Hotel, Corner of Fourth Aye- nue and Union Street.a oat of whioh aopears in this issue of the Islander. It shows tbe oentral porton of exposi tion grounds, machinery hall,aKricul tural building and fountain. In tbe background is shown beautiful Lake Washington, on the shores of which the exposition will be held, and snow- County Teachers' Meeting The teachers of the couuty are to meet at the court house next Friday afternoon and evening, Deo. 4. for the discussion of professional topics and for social intercourse. Follow ing will be the program: Benefits of teachers' meetings, Miss Anna Trafton How may we secure better attendance. Miss Ruth Johnson Ideas for busy work. Miss Mary Kennedy How may we have fewer classes and longer periods in the rural schools, Miss Ericka Nordberg School libraries, W. R. Nichols School yards, C. W. Guibor Spelling: Results to be kept in mind. How to teach it, Misß Lizzie Hicks Writing: Objects and method. Miss Julia Frits Short intermission. Value of dictionaries. In what grade should use of dictionaries begin? Miss Sarah Armstrong Drawing in rural schools, Miss Juanita Barry Should much time be spent upon stocks and bonds in the eighth grade and why? Mrs. J. C. Myers History: devices and methods. Miss Ora Strowgerand Miss Orel Handy Reading: aims and methods. Miss Charlotte Andrews Analysis as applied to giammar and arithmetic. Miss Margaret Warren Parent, pupil and teacher. Mias Hildred Davles Athletics, Miss Cora Scribner Ventilation, Mr. Charles Sudweeks Muscott-Rushton Dr. Brayton Muscott and Mias Nellie Rusbton were married at the Friday Harbor hospital Wednesday afternoon at 5 o'clock. Rev. Herbert Jones officiating. The wedding was a complete sur prise even to the doctor's most inti mate friends. His bride, who is a trained nurae, has been here only a short time. She came here from Denver, where she graduated from a training school for nurses. Her former home was in Oloud ■ county. Kansas. Her hospital duties since her arrival have kept her so closely confined that she haa made but few acquaintances here, but she is most highly esteemed by those who know her. The doctor's numerous friends here and throughout the county extend to him and to his bride their most cordial congratulations and best wishes. The local teachers are spending their Thanksgiving vacation at their homes. Mr. Nichols left Wednesday afternoon to go to the borne of his parents at Van Buren. Whatcom county, and Miss Barry and Miss Kennedy went to Seattle. capped Mount Rainier in the distance. In the upper corners is a represen tation showing that commerce by land and sea meet at Seattle. An Alaska miner mushing in over tbe snow with his dog team and a miner washing gold from a creek with his gold pan are typical scenes in Alaska and on the Yukon, while in the cen ter is h cut of the Antlers Hotel and street scenes in Seattle. The catchy phrase ,"I say. Hello. Bill, meet me at the Antlers Hotel, "will be a by word with many who visit Seatle and tbe exposition. A Hospital Suggestion Editor Islander: In my work among the people of the islands I have been told that there is an effort being made to establish a hospital at Friday Harbor and believing this is something we need I should like to assist in the establishment of a hos pital where any of our physicians may wait upon their patieuts or perform an operation without the neessity of taking theaa to Seattle or Bellingbam. If those having the matter in hand will give assurane that the hospital will be open to all patients and physicians on the same terms, and some of our papers will print the tags free, I believe we can have a tag day throughout the county that would materially help. By sending the tags to several postoffiues and schools throughout the county, I believe the people will all help. The steamer Islander will carry any donations of fruit or anything that is for the hos pital free. I think the people of Friday Har bor will see the need and will respond. I will be glad to hear from other ministers of the Gospel who are interested in caring for the dick. Rev. James D. Hudson. Beach. Wash. In connection with the above excellent suggestion of Mr. Hudson's, it may be well to say that the Friday Harbor hospital, established by Dr. Muscott, is open to all physicians and their patients. All hospitals have a "house physician" in general charge, who attends to patients unless a preference is expressed for other attendance, but all reputable doctors and their patients are welcome. Mrs. Muscott is a skilled nurse, a graduate of a Denver training school for nurses, and all patieuts have her watchful care and attention. What Whatcom Hunters Wantl Sportsmen over in Whatcom county have declared themselves in favor of changes in the game law as follows: "Opening the season for ducks, Chinese pheasants, native pheasants, quail and grouse at the same time- October 1; limiting the bag to five birds of each kind or ten all told; letting the law permitting the hound ing of deer stand; forbidding the killing of deer in water; protecting Golden. Hungarian and Reeves pheasants for live years; changing the trout fishing season in lakes from April to November to .from May to December and the placing of the protection of game under state instead of county jurisdiction and the placing of the hunting license to be good in all parts of the state at $2." The Whatcom sports can count npon active and earnest opposition in tbia county to the hunting of deer with dogs and to a state license fee of 12.U0. Mr. aud Mrs. C. M. Tucker, Mrs. Martin and Miss Nella Jensen were Thanksgiving guests of the ladies' pa , rents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Jensen. HU. 44 Origin of Name Of Friday Harbor The Bellingbara American-Re- Teille, of last Sunday, declares in lame type that "Friday Harbor Wants 1 3 Ofaant* Its Name.*' The bead aed is not justified by tbe tale tbat is told beneath it Ab a matter of fact Friday Harbor does not want to ohange its name. There is practically no aentimeut here in favor of ■nob a proposition and if the question of • change to 4 'Corbel 1." or any other name, were to be submitted to a vote it is doubtful if it would have a doz«tn supporters at tbe polls. The Islander has interviewed a consider able number of people on the ques tion during tbe week and finds thai publio opinion is practically unani mous against any ohange. In Its ar ticle touebing upon the question of incorporation, as well as name, oar esteemed Bellingham contemporary says: "A pioneer of San Juaa County says tie Dame Friday Harbor wag given by the Hudson Bay Company. Aooord inn to his version, one of the com pany's Teasels landed in the bay at that point and found one of the com panys' sheep herders, a Kanaka, who was imported from the Sandwich Is lands, as oaretakw of the sheep. One of the officers on the boa t asked the Kanaka to tell his name. His reply was a word that sounded like "Fri day", and thereupon the ship's crew designated the landing place as Fri day Harbor, the name that it haa borne more than fifty yearn." While the above story is substan tially true it is incorrect in some de tails. The vessel referred to as bavins visited the harbor some fifty years ago was a British gunboat and not a vessel belonging to the Hudson Bay Company. The officer in command asked a Kanaka known as John Fri day, who was the only man here, the name of the harbor. John did'nt understand English very well and thinking that tbe officer inquired his name he told him. Many soundings along the various island channels and in tbe harbors were taken by tbe British naval officers and upon tbe first ohart of the archipelago, issued by the British admiralty, the name of Friday Harbor appeared. When the boundary controversy was settled and county government established, Friday Harbor was chosen by the pio - neers, at the instance of Captain War bass , as the county seat, by reason of its central and oonveninent location and fine harbor. Captain Warbaae, aa the hrst auditor of the county, took advantage of a Federal law which per mitted counties to locate and obtain title to 160 acres of government land for county seat purposes and filed, in the name of tbe county, upon the quarter section upon whioh the great er part of the town is built. A few years later bis successor as auditor. Judge Bowman, purchased from the county commissioners for SIOO for ty acres of tbe best land including what is now the Nichols addition and the property along Argyle Avenue, paying for it in installments out of bis fees as auditor. Capt. Warbass was incensed at tbe commissioners for making tbe sale and once told the* writer that was tbe reason be never acquired so much as a single lot in the townsite. although he filed upon 160 acres of land adjoining it on the east, the greater part of which he re tained up to a short time before his death, when he sold it to Andrew Newball, whose elegant house now stands upon tbe site occupied for a third of a century by tbe historio home of the old pioneer. State Lands Under Contract October 1. 1908, which is tbe date of the biennial report now being prepared by Commissioner Roes. there were 214,355 acres of state lands held under contracts of sale. These lands were sold during past years at public auction for gross considerations of •4,776.108. Most of tbe land was sold under the ten year payment plan. So that now there is doe $3,733,217 on the par chase price, on which deferred pay ments tbe state is drawing 6 per cent. per annum interest. October 1, 1906, the aggregate of state lands under contract of sale was but 90.466 acres. In 1904 it was 68.368 acres; in 1902 it was but 45.353 acres. These figures are exclusive of the large area sold under contracts where final payments have been made and deeds have been issued.