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Vol. 5
Doings at Olympic* as Seen by the
Tribune Correspondent.
The people of the state general
ly. thOße who pay the taxes, will
commend Governor Lister for. his
action in vetoing large appropria
tion measures, and this is being
evidenced by the daily letters and
telegrams that are reaching the
chief executive. The governor
was elected on a pledge of econ
omy and he intends keeping that
regardless of how it niay affect
his future political career, because
he believes in keeping his promise
to the people. He knows he is
making himself unpopular with
the legislative but he
believeß that this is a little thing
compared with the ill will of the
people of the state. And another
thins he believes in practicing
busitAjs methods in the conduct of
state affairs. He thinks it unnec
essary to make an appropriation of
over a half million dollars to finish
the Temple of Justice, when this
can be just as well taken care of
in the bill which passed the sen
ate this week providing for a bond
issue of $4,000,000 covered by the
proceeds from the sale of state
public lands, for the erection of
state capitol buildings. And the
people will coincide with the gov
ernor in his action.
The governor lopped off nearly
a million dollors from the omnibus
appropriation bill, his vetoes being
as follows:
For completion of Temple
of Justice $551,750
Maintenance at Cheitey Nor
mal school 195,000
For check of land commis
sioner's office 30,000
New adminstraiion building,
state school for blind . . 75,000
Remodelling state school for
deaf 15,000
Road to marine station, Uni
versity of Washington . . 3,500
Purchase of • horses for
National Guard 4,000
Local Improvement taxes a
galnst state property . . 20,000
Custodian of commissary,
Orting 1,800
• * •
Just what the legislature will do:
with them is a guess for any one.
It is safe to venture that at least!
a portion of the veto will be sus-|
tamed. Up to this time the ma
chinery in the house hasn't revolv
ed sufficiently to make sure that
it is safe to again bring up the
vetoes on the Cheney normal and
the public road levy of I' 4 mills.
Senator White, Democrat, in thej
senate Friday, attempted to get |
the senate to request that the speak
er and clerk of the house be re-j
quested to transmit forthwith to
the senate the H. B. 164. together)
with the governor's action upon the;
same. This was a move to take|
the matter out of the house's hands j
thereby considering that the house j
had already acted upon the veto,
although the records of the house j
(through the expunging process);
show that no action has been tak
en upon the governor's veto. Sen
ator White lost in his fight by a
vote of 24 against to 14 for his
• • •
The first bill introduced by eltta-,
er of the women members of the
bouse to get through that body
this week was H. B. 21, by Mrs.
Axtell of Whatcom county, repeal
ing the section of the statute mak
ing it necessary to have corrobora
tive evidence in criminal assault
cases. Mrs. Axtell made a strong
address in support of her measure |
... ,
That the •intrrests' - have the
lower house of the legislature un
der their thumb is becoming; more
apparent every day and any move
made by the supporters and friends
of measures to regulate prices or
to investigate prices of commodi
ties is quickly squelched. Rowland
of Pierce made an effort Friday to
get the following resolution through
the house, but it was laid on the
table by a vote of the "unholy al
liance" members: 1
WHEREAS. The constitution of
this state, article 12, section 22.
provides that "monopolies ttnd
trusts shall never be allowed in
this state and the legislature shall
pass laws for the enforcement of
this section by adequate penalties, i
U "wHEREAS. The legislature has
hitherto Ignored this command and
an effective anti-trust law is de
manded if the rapildy HMrtMtaC
cost of living is to be checked and
WHEREAS, Substitute house bill
UO if enacted will prevent trusts
and monopolies and such legisla
?£„ is demanded by the
WHERE\S. Such bill has n*»eu
with "he.rule; committee since Feb
"rFSoWeD? That the commit-
Rbbuuv f bug iness
,cc on rules and order c
L* " Q Sm No HO on the calendar,
house bill - >0 *' , ,913 .
for Monday. March 3. l»tJ. j
ju6t wb g n oin'g «t»s i
state ™ 8 joing to states over the .
Pd with the |
passage of a W» r b othPr s |
alien ownenWP nd^ te put
than white ■ , J en t , he t Hughes bill. ,
ltß taboo upon the " v * and |
which had ?he ,
S3 with ȣ hm
-vidrnTforr section and a- ,
doption of an official state flag.
The house machinery did its part
when it passed these bills for Mr.'
Hughes in return for his wheeling
the Democrats into line on the "un
holy compact" and now that the
bills are killed in the senate the
house doesn't care.
• • z
The senate passed Troy's bill
creating a department of agricul
ture, and placing several of the
boards under this department in
stead of under separate heads. If
this bill becomes a law, as it should
it will mean a saving of several
thousand dollars every blennium.
• • •
By the action of the house this
week the governor is prohibited
from pardoning a convict on first
degree murder, charge until he shall
have served 20 years of sentence
except on grounds of innocence.
m • •
About the only thing of much
moment in the legislature this week
was the treatment by ihe house »f
the vetoes of Governor Lister of
the Cheney normal oapproprlation
of $300,000 and the road levy rais
ing $1,500,000 per year for the
next two years. The first veto
was sent to the house last week
but the road veto came in on Mon
day, and was sent to its commit
tee, where the Cheney normal veto
had been reposing for several days.
Tuesday they were made a special
order of business for 10:30 a. m.
it didn't take the house very long
to pass the Cheney normal meas
ure, brought up first, over the
governor's veto, the vote being 7 8
ayes, 16 nays, and 3 being absent.
The real surprise of the session
came when the vote was taken on
the road levy veto, the house ma
chine being unable to pass the
measure over the veto, although
lacking but three or four votes of
a necessary number to do so . The
vote as announced was 61 ayes, 33
nays, and 3 absent. Sims, floor
leader of the Republicans, was very
much astounded over the result,
haviug been given (?) 'to under
stand by members of the "unholy
alliance" that they would vote for
the measure over the governor's
veto provided the necessary sup
port was given to the Cheney nor
mal. However, he was able after
a few minutes' consideration to be
gin a fight that is still on,
Sims moved for a reconsidera
tion of the vote, but upon being
"called down" by Hill, Democrat
of Walla Wala. through the use of
rule 50, which does not permit of
a reconsideration of any vote under
24 hours, then moved that rule aO
be suspended. A vote was tak
en and the motion lost, whereup
on Sims gave notice that on me
following day he would move for a
reconsideration, and the house at
11:25 a. m. went into recess until
afternoon in order to allow Sims
and the other Republicans to get
their breath and line up their army
for the next day.
• » •
Wednesday dawned clear but
frosty, and it found Sims with bis
fighting clothes on and in full ar
ray for the fray. It was Sims
move and he lost no time in mak
ing it. He addressed the house
soon after 10 o'clock calling atten
tion to the action of that body of
the day before and said the gover
nor had felt insulted over what
the house did, and he therefore de
sired to offer an amendment, which
in effect was to expunge from the
journal all the record of the pre
vious day's proceedings relating to
H. B. 164 and H. B. 389. For a
time many of the members could
not get through their craniums
just what Sims' action meant, but
before the vote was taken it be
came quite evident that what the
Republican floor leader desired to
accomplish was to bring the vetoes
back before the house. And he
carried his point by a vote of 56
to 40. But this does not neces
jsarily mean that Sims and his clique
| will be able to carry their point
still further in the threat to sustain
the governor's veto on Cheney nor
mal unless the Eastern Washington
colons give their support to over
riding the governor's veto on the
road levy. It is a certainty that
Sims and his "gang" will not bring
Uip the vetoes until they are posi
tive they have enough votes in their
hands to do as they please. And
right here it might not be amiss
jto state that there are a number
iof solons who. having no mind of
1 their own and wishing to be in
■ with the majority, will more than
! likely change their votes to please
Mr. Sims, for to displease him
1 seems with them to be a worse ca
i lamlty than to displease their own
• • •
! The • Progressives almost solidly!
voted against the governor's veto
on the Cheney normal appropria
tion, because it was made very ap
parent that there was a necessity
for the continuance of the school
in Eastern Washington and that
the appropriation was absolutely
! necessary for the erection and furn
ishing of the new administration
building to take the place of the
one destroyed by fire last summer.
On the road levy the Progressives
almost to a man voted to sustain
the governor's veto, being strength
ened by a few Democrats, who cvi
fenuulttattM of Cbr fartfU ftut mi Obr tpnbrn a>itn
dently wished to keep on the solid
side "of the governor. But the
majority of the Democrats voted
as they have during the entire ses
sion with the Republicans in keep
ing up their "unholy alliance" com
• • *
Following the action of Wednes
day morniug in expunging the rec
ords, Governor Lister issued the
following statement to the press:
"The action taken by the leg
islature on the veto is really a re
consideration of the measure aud
when the vote was taken yesterday
the veto on one bill was not sustain
ed, and that bill, in so far as the
house is concerned, is a law. It
now awaits the action of the sen
ate On the other bill, providing
for a levy of $1,500,000 per year
lor the highway fund, the veto was
sustained aud the measure killed.
U by expunging from the records
any action that has been taken by
the legislature, they might go to
the extent of expunging from the
record action taken two or three
weeks ago, so that until the last
day of the session no one would
be able to figure out what they
have done or what they intend to
• • •
"This Is introducing Into the leg
islature of the state of Washington
a system that cannot but result in
confusion and dissatisfaction, and
is contrary to all lines heretofore
followed in this state."
• • •
It took a republican senate Mon
day to refuse to name the proposed
county to be split off Vakiuia. Mc
kinley but to adopt without a dis
senting vote the name Cleveland.
The bill was on the calendar dur
ing the afternoon session and was
passed, but otily later the new coun
ty was named Cleveland, after a
motion to name it McKiuley had
been defeated.
Fifty thousand dollars for the
construction of a state powder fac-
Uorv is provided in the Brown bill,
which passed the senate after a
! hard fight had been waged against
it. The bill carries an amend-
Iment, however, that provides a
| commission of three, to be named by
I the governor, to investigate the
feasibility of the scheme before the
board of coutrol undertakes the
construction of the factory and en-
I ters into competition with the pow-
I der trust.
• • •
The senate reconsidered the Carl
yon bill, passed last week, to pro
vide a bond issue for capitol pur
poses and made the amount $4,U00,-
--000 instead of $2,000,000 at which
figure the bill passed originally.
In order that the initiative and
referendum features of the state
constitution can be placed in oper
ation the sum of $300,000 is nec
essary, according to the estimates
of the secretary of state, and a bill
appropriating .this sum was Intro
duced under a suspension of the
rub-s in the house Monday.
• • •
By a vote of 76 to 16, the house
passed the senate bills providing
for the teachers' pension in the
state. There was considerable op
position to the bill but the fact
that it will go to a referendum vote
saved It. The measure as passed by
the house contains a number of a
mendments but these are of a mi
nor nature and do not affect the
bill as it came from the senate.
The measure will now go to the
governor for his signature after
which the secretary of state will
have copies printed and mailed to
the voters of the state. It will be
either ratified or defeated at a
general election in the state.
The meeting of the Lynden Fruit
Growers' Association held in Jam
ieson's hall last Saturday was one
of the largest gatherings held in
Lynden for many days. There were
80 of the 155 stockholders of the
association, as well as many other
interested growers, and 110 shares
of the capital stock was sold to
members, none acquiring over -0
shares, as the laws of the corpor
ation provide that number as the
limit that may be owned by one
Thomas H. Smith, vice president
of the association, and who has been
untiring in his efforts to build up
the organization to its present
splendid degree of success and ef
ficiency, made an address at Sat
urdays meeting that abounded witn
Interest and excellent suggestion,
and which was received with much
appreciation on the part of the au
• • •
Referring to the difficult leg and
obstacles that confront every new
enterprise, Mr. Smith called atten
tion to the fact that fifteen years
ago there was in Wisconsin a large
acreage of land that had been clear
ed and well improved, and on which
were erected good buildings, but
the land had been abandoned. The
owners or renters had moved a
way leaving their homes and their
all because the growing of corn ana
wheat—their only industries—did
not provide a living for them and
their families. They declared the
land was worthless—but that was
a mistake because today these ve
ry lands are counted among the mos
productive and most valuable in
The United States, for the reason
that lateV settlers found lust what
those lands were adapted to. And
today the farmers on those Wiscon
sin lands, discarded as worthless by
early settlers, are making big mon
ey raising potatoes and tomatoes.
The reason for the failure in the
first instance was because the far
mer was trying to raise something
for which the soil was not suited.
• • *
When in 1864 settlers moved to
lowa, the country was quite new.
The people settled on the river bot
tom and table lands having left
the flat lands and marshes, saying
they were worthless, and that they
would never be settled. Today, they
are among the most valuable of
lands, because the people have
discovered that they are superior
for certain kinds of crops and they
adapt the crop to the nature of the
Mr. Smith stated that today we
have the same conditions here. We
have quite an acreage, acquired and
partly improved by settlers who la
ter found that the land was not
profitable for the products they
were attempting to market. Not a
few were contemplating moving to
other sections. But the promoters
of the fruit industry said to them
selves: "This will not do; we must
not permit this migration. This Is
the best country on earth, and
there is no real reason why peo
ple should leave." Can the taxpay
ers afford to allow this trimming
down of assessable property? Shall
we sit idly by and permit it or shall
we arouse ourselves to the oppor
tunities that surround us, and there
by solve this problem which is of
such vital importance? These were
some of the questions discussed by
the promoters of the association
In an entertaining and interesting
manner Mr. Smith proceeded to re
late how the plans were laid to es
tablish an industry here that would
provide a market for the products
for which these lands were adapted
so that their cultivation might be
made remunerative and the people
who had settled them be influenced
to remain with us. The result was
the formation of the Lynden Fruit
Growe/s' Association.
Continuing Mr. Smith said:
"The association now asks your
aid in bringing this section to the
front as the foremost berry grow
ing district in the west. It can be
done, but only with your hearty
co-operation and support. If it
were a question of an enemy In
vading our country and a call from
the government were issued foi
volunteers, all would say:' Here, I an
ready." They would make any sac
rifice to save their homes from the
enemy's Invasion. Well, friends, that
U the point we have reached today.
All the difference is that the ene
my is not one in physical life, but
he is here just the same. Here in
our midst today in the form of
over production in certain "lines —
and no market; a non-production in
other lines; in other words, such
products as can be condensed in
such a manner that they may be
shipped to distant markets, such as
berries, rhubarb, cherries, and oth
er products for the cannery.
• • •
Friends, it is not that we have
not got a good country that some
of our settlers complain of so
called "hard times." In my opinion
the sun does not shine on a better
country or on better land than we
bave right here in Whatcom Coun
ty, where so great a variety of
products may be grown, but the
trouble lies at our own door. No*,
friends, this afternoon we call for
volunteers who will help to make
Lynden and the surrounding country
the most prosperous on Puget
Sound. It can be done, but as I
Lave said, we need help, the help
of every man and woman, and if
that is given, inside of three years
you will witness such a change In
our fair valley that you will hard
ly know the country. Will you do
Ut Co-operation is a wouderful pow
er when conducted along the right
lines, and the right lines for farm
j ers, in my opinion, is to guard a
! gainst over-production of any
kind, and to raise such products as
will stand shipment to distant mar
kets if necessary, rather than to
try to dispose of all products at
the home market. Now. friends,
let us get busy. Let us get into
the trait business in earnest; let
us operate a cannery here on the
lines that have made the Puyallup
cannery such a marked success.
In relating his expediences with
the people among whom he has
been canvassing, Mr. Smith said:
"There is one thing that I wish
to impress especially upon the
minds of my hearers. In making the
canvass, I find quite a number of
people who say: 'We need the can
nery; it will be the very best thing
for this country that we could pos
sibly get, and as soon as it gets
to running all right, in a year or
two, we will put out berries and
begin to help ourselves to a better
living.' Well, what do you think
of that? Suppose we all wait un
til the cannery is a success, when
will that time come? Not this year,
nor ever. No, friends, drop those
old. dead thoughts, and put out the
berries this spring, and help to
make the cannery pay NOW in the
beginning. Let each one put out
from two to ten acres and we can
guarantee that the cannery will, be
a great success from the very start.
"Now. remember, friends, we
have been a set of 'chumps' to allow
our neighbors to reap so rich a
harvest for years right at our door
j while we sat idly by with the same
i opportunities, and with every rea
: son to expect as great a success as
they have achieved. We have lost
at least five years of prosprlty al
ready; let us be back numbers no
longer. There is not a man, woman
01 child who will not be benefitted
by this industry. The farmers can
treble their income: the merchants
will double their trade; the work
ing classes will find plenty of la
bor; the real estate firms will be
kept busy; our school chldreni. who
under our present system are form
ing habits of idleness, will find plen
If of pleasant and profitable em
ployment, and will form habits of
industry which will be beyond price
in after years, to say nothing of
guarding them from the wiles of
the devil who finds plenty for idle
hands to do.
• • •
"Once again, friends, let us wake
up, one and all, and work for these
results; let us gather dollars where
we have been gathering dimes. We
can do it. We WILL do It, if we
work together."
• • •
At the meeting some comparisons
were made, in order to show the
land-owner what he can most prof
itably engage in. Oats, figured at
CO bushels to the acre, at present
prices, it will take 24 acres to give
a return of $600. The actual cost
of production deducted, leaves $115
to the good for the rancher from
these 24 acres of oats. An acre of
berries, after having been set out
three years, showed $225 profit for
the grower. This shows that had the
24 acres cultivated for oats been
bet to berries, a return of $5,400
instead of only $115 might have
been expected. Let anyone take pa
per and pencil and figure it out. Fi
gures do not lie.
Inaugural Address of the New
First Obligation of Law Is to Keep So
ciety Sound by Sanitary end Pure
Food Statutes and Measures Deter
mining Conditions of Labor—Task
Not Merely One of Polities.
Washington. March 4.—The inaugural
address of President Woodrow Wilson
Is as follows:
There has been a change of govern
ment. It began two years ago. when
tbe bouse of representatives became
Democratic by a decisive majority. It
has now been completed. Tbe senste
about to assemble will also be Demo
cratic. The offices of president and
vice president bave been put into tbe
hands of Democrats. What does tbe
change mean? That is tbe question
that is uppermost in our minds today.
That is tbe question I am going to try
to answer, in order, if I may, to inter
pret tbe occasion.
It means much more tban tbe mere
success of a party. The success of a
party means litUe except when tbe
nation is using that party for a large
and definite purpose. No one can mis
take tbe purpose for which the nation
now seeks to use tbe Democratic party.
It seeks to use it to Interpret a change
In its own plans and point of view.
Some old things with which we bad
grown familiar and which bad begun
to creep into the very habit of our
thought and of our lives bave altered
their aspect as we have latterly looked
critically upon them with fresh, awak
ened eyes; bave dropped their disguises
and shown themselves, alien and sin
ister. Some new things as we look
frankly upon them, willing to compre
hend their real character, bave come
to assume rbe aspect of things long be
lieved in and familiar, stuff of our own
convictions. We bave been refreshed
by a new Insight into our own life.
Our Medal Government.
We see that in many things life
is very great. It is incomparably great
in its material aspects, in its body of
wealth, in tbe diversity and sweep of
Its energy, in the industries which nave
been conceived and built up by the
genius of individual men and tbe lim
itless enterprise of groups of men. It
is great also, very great, In its moral
force. Nowhere else in tbe world have
noble men and women exhibited in
more striking forms tbe beauty and
the energy of sympathy and helpful
ness and counsel in their efforts to rec
tify wrong, alleviate suffering and set
tbe weak in the way of strength and
bope. We bave built up, moreover,
a great system of government, which
has stood through a long age as in
maay respects a model for those who
seek to set liberty upon foundations
that will eflfture against fortuitous
tfaange. against storm and accident
Our life contains every great thing and
contains it in rich abundance.
But tbe evil has come with tbe good,
and much fine gold has been corroded.
With riches bas come Inexcusable
waste. We bave squandered a great
part of what we might bave used and
bave not stopped to conserve the ex
feeding "bounty ct "BaTure - without
which our genius for enterprise would
have been worthless and Impotent,
scorning to be careful, shamefully
prodigal as well as admirably efficient.
We have been proud of our Industrial
achievements, but we have not hith
erto stopped thoughtfully enough to
count the human cost the cost of lives
snuffed out. of energies overtaxed and
broken, the fearful physical and spir
itual cost to the men and women and
children upon whom the dead weight
and burden of it all has fallen pitiless
ly the years through. The groans and
agony of it all had not yet reached
our ears, the solemn, moving under
tone of our life, coming up out of the
mines and factories and out of every
home where the struggle bad Its Inti
mate and familiar seat With the
great government went many deep se
cret things which we too long delayed
to look into and scrutinize with can
did, fearless eyes. The great govern
ment we loved has too often been
made use of for private and selfish
purposes, and those who used It bad
forgotten the people.
Duty of Americans Outlined.
At last a vision has been vouchsafed
us of our life as a whole. We see the
bad with the good, the debased and
decadent with the sound and vital.
With this vision we approach Dew af
fairs. Our duty is to cleanse, to re
consider, to restore, to correct the evil
without Impairing the good, to purify
and humanize every process of our
common life without weakening or
sentimentalizing it. There has been
something crude and heartless and un
feeling In our haste to succeed and be
great. Our thought has been, "Let ev
ery man look out for himself; let cv
«ry generation look out for Itself.'
while we reared giant machinery which
made it impossible that any but those
who stood at the levers of control
should have a chance to look out for
themselves. We had not forgotten our
morals. We remembered well enouch
that we had set up a policy which was
meant to serve tbe humblest as well as
the most powerful, with an eye single
to tbe standards of Justice and fair
play, and rememberad tt with prW«
nut we were very heedless and In a
burry to be great
We have come now to the sober sec
ond thought. Tbe scales of heedless
ness have fallen from our eyes. We
bave made up our minds to square ev
ery process of our national life again
with tbe standards we so proudly set
up at tbe beginning and bave always
carried st our hearts. Our work is s
work of restoration
Things to Bo Accomplished.
We hare Itemized with aome degree
of particularity tbe things that ought
to be altered, and here are some of the
chief items: A tariff which cuts us off
from our proper part in tbe commerce
of tbe world, violates the Just princi
ples of taxation and makes tbe govern
ment a facile instrument in tbe hands
of private interests; a banking and cur
rency system based upon tbe necessity
of tbe government to sell its bonds fifty
years ago and perfectly adapted to con
centrating cash and restricting credits;
an industrial system which, take it on
all its sides, financial as well as ad
ministrative, holds capital in leading
strings, restricts the liberties and lim
its the opportunities of labor and ex
ploits without renewing or conserving
the natural resources of tbe country; a
body of agricultural activities never
yet given tbe efficiency of great busi
ness undertakings or served as It
should be through tbe instrumentality
of science taken directly to the farm
or afforded the facilities of credit best
suited to its practical needs; water
courses undeveloped, waste places un
reclaimed, forests untended. fast dis
appearing without plan or prospect of
renewal, unregarded waste heaps at
every mine. We have studied as per
haps no otber nation has tbe most ef
fective means of production, but we
have not studied cost or economy as
we should either as organizers of in
dustry, as statesmen or as individuals.
Society's Duty to Itself.
Nor nave we studied aDd perfected
tbe means by whicb government may
be put at tbe service of humanity in
safeguarding tbe health of tbe nation,
tbe health of its men and its women
and its children, as well as their rights
in tbe struggle for existence. This Is
no sentimental duty. Tbe firm basis
of government is Justice, not pity.
These are matters of Justice. There can
be no equality or opportunity, the first
essential of Justice in tbe body politic,
if men and women and children be
not shielded in their lives, their very
vitality, from tbe consequences of great
Industrial and social processes which
they cannot alter, control or singly
cope with. Society must see to it that
it does not itself crush or weaken or
damage its own constituent parts. The
first duty of law is to keep sound the
society it serves. Sanitary laws, pure
food laws and laws determining con
ditions of labor which individuals are
powerless to determine for themselves
are Intimate parts of tbe very busi
ness of justice and legal efficiency.
These are some of tbe things we
ought to do and not leave tbe others
undone, tbe old fashioned, never to be
neglected, fundamental safeguarding
of property and of individual right.
Thla is tbe high enterprise of the new
day: To lift everything that concerns
our life as a nation to tbe Ugbt that
shines from the hearth fire of every
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