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THE COL FAX GAZETTE
LEGISLATIVE DOINGS AI
OLYMPIA THIS WINTER
Some Laws of Importance En
acted. Others Not Important.
Political Bee Buzzing in Most Leg
islative Ears--Solons Seem to Be
Willing to Sacrifice Themselves
forthe Dear People—Good Show
ing of Board of Control.
Olympia, March 15 —When the bill
providing for the appointment of a com
mission of three members to handle the
affaire of the state land department and
to abolish the office of commissioner of
public lands was indefinitely postponed
in the house Representatives Larue
and McCoy voted for the indefinite post
ponement of the bill, while Representa
tives Todd and McClure voted against
its indefinite postponement. The fight
over this bill waß one of the most inter
esting conflicts of the session. James
McNeely of Pierce county led the oppo
sition of the bill and made the bent
speech of the session in defense of Land
Commissioner Ross. This bill was one
recommended by the investigating com
mittee who probed the state land office
some monthH ago. The Ross faction
some time prior to the action on thie bill
claimed they had 55 votes "roped and
branded" to defeat the tnea«ure, and the
result of the vote showed they were
right, as the hill was killed 55 to 41.
How Our Senators Voted.
Senators Hall and Arnismith of Whit
man couutv voted together in favor of
the employes' compensation act which
went through the senate by a vote of 22
to 10. A series of pensious for injured
workmeu is provided by the bill and a
maximum amount of $40 JO in fixed in
case of death.
Counting Chickens, Etc.
Most of the members were taken by
surprise when, juet before the legislature
adjourned, .lames McNeely of Pierce,
chairman of the roads and bridges com
mittee of the house, announced that he
had something of importance to com
municate, and proceeded to say that
Howard D. Taylor of King, speaker of
the house, would be a candidate for the
office of governor, that W. M. Keach
- would be a candidate for congreeß from
the Second district and that George E.
Dickson would be a candidate for a state
office or for congress in the Third dis
trict. He also mentioned J. EL Davis as
a candidate for the office of mayor of
Tacoma and E. L. French was mentioned
for lieutenant governor.
Resume of Legislative Doings.
The 11)10 legislature closed its session
at midnight Thursday, and among the
new laws written on the statute books
are direct legislation; recall for state,
county and municipal officers; the old
state aid road law has been repealed and
a new one substituted; approximately
nine millions of dollars has been appro
priated for all purposes; a bill has been
put through requiring the land commis
sioner to deposit all moneys received of
the state treasurer so that the state
may draw interest on it; anew insurance
code has been passed; port districts
have been created; the commission form
of government made optional with all
cities over 2500 population; the coun
ties have been reclaeeified; the supreme
court is put back in the primaries; oue
new county has been created, Pend
d'Oreille, being formed out of the east
half of Stevens county; six new superior
court judges have been created, two for
King county, one for Snohomish, one for
Y>tkinia, one for Clarke and one for
Lewis: a new public utilities bill has
Deen passed, which brings all public
service corporations under the commis
sion; the eight hour law for women,
exempting those working in fish and
fruit canning establishments has been
passed; the township laws have been
amended; the new banking code provid
ing that the sta^ bank examiner shall
act as receiver for defunct banking insti
tutions; the mill tax for higher educa
tional institutions has been passed; the
naval militia organization has been pro
vided for and $20,000 appropriated for
its maintenance; a new capitol has been
ordered built ; commercial waturways
districts authorized, the Pinchot policy
of conservation has been denounced; a
new cigarette law which applies only to
minors has been passed; the teachers'
pension bill has been killed; the state
horticultural inspector's office has been
moved back to Tacoma from Kennewick
and a new irrigation code has been
Competent Man Reappointed.
John L. Riseland of Bellingham, state
fish commissioner, has been reappointed
for a four-year-term to succeed himself.
In reappointing him Governor Hay is
following out the policy he adopted
when be took office of reappoiotiog men
who have made good in their positions.
Anent Personal Property Taxes.
Unless personal property taxes are
paid immediately the sheriff will sell the
property fur taxes, as house bill 320,
signed by the governor, provides that
all personal taxes not paid on March 15
are delinquent and are to be transmitted
immediately by the treasurer to the
sheriff for destraint. This means that
unless the money is paid immediately
that the sheriff will sell the property for
taxes, as the bill carried an emergency
clause and is now in effect.
Chinese Consul Returns Thanks.
A letter of thanks written by Goon
Dip, the imperial Chinese consul, on be
half of the suffering Chinese of Northern,
China hag been received by Governor
Hay. He thanks the governor for his
efforts in their behalf and for the aid
Money Returned to Treasury.
The state board of control, as the re
sult of close figuring, will turn back
about $200,000 to the state treasury on
April 1. Governor Hay instructed the
members of the board of control to use
business methods in handling the affairs
of state institutions, and this money
represents the unexpended portions of
appropriations made two years ago by
the legislature, showing that the board
of control has followed his advice -and
saved neary a quarter of a million.
What Mr. Bell Thinks.
A county commissioner who does not
live at the county seat is entitled to
reasonable hotel bills although be does
receive a fl*t salary, according to an
opinion to the state bureau of inspection
by the attorney general, W. P. Bell. He
also holds that without calling for com
petitive bids county commissioners may
purchase road machinery which costs iv
excess of $250 The attorney general
says that inasmuch as machinery can
be purchased in open market it would be
easily ascertained if more than the re
quired amount should be paid.
CROSSES THE DARK RIVER
B. H. Huiin, a Pioneer Citizen and
Civil War Veteran.
B. H. Uuliu, a pioneer of the Palouee
country and a veteian of the civil war,
died at loeur d'Alene, Idaho, March 4,
and was buried there under the auspices
of the G. A. R., of which he was an
honored member. The Coeur t d'Alene
Press had thin to say about Mr. Hulin:
B. H. Hulin, 83 years of age, and a
pioneer of the west.died at the home of his
daughter, Mies Lulu Hulin, GOG Indiana
avenue, Saturday, March 4, at midnight.
The deceaseu has been in failing health
for some time. He came to Oregon in
1866 and to the Palouse country in
1870, and lived at Colfax many years
Since 1907 be has made his home in
He leaves four children to mourn his
demise. They are Henry Hulin of Ar
cadia, Wash ; William Hulin of Spokane,
Mrs. Frankie Nogler of Harrison and
Miss Lulu Hulin of this city. He was a
member of the Grand Army, and they
had charge of the funeral. A firing equad
from Company C, Second Infantry, N.
G. I , paid the veteran a final salute.
Rev. U. F. Hawk preached the funeral
Whitman County Institute.
The Gazette last week referred in brief
to the fact that the Whitman County
Institute this year will be held but three
daye—April 3, 4 and s—in order that
teachers may avail themselves of the
opportunity to attend the meeting of
the Inland Empire Association in Spo
kane which occurs April G, 7 and 8. To
state it more fully an excellent program
has been prepared for the Inland Em
pire meeting and it is hoped that every
one who can do so will attend, but those
who cannot will have the privilege of
spending two days in visiting an} time
before the close of the present school
The Whitman county grammar school
declamation contest will be held Tues
day evening, April 4.
Rates of one and one-third fare for
round trip will be given teachers by the
The Auto Is Here.
The first automobile to appear on the
streets of Colfax this season was seen
Tuesday. It probably means that, like
Abou Ben Adhem, his tribe will increase.
It also means that spring—gentle,
ethereal spring—is here, bidding good
bye to mud and slush, snow and ice,
greeting the warm sunshine, the butter
cups and daisies, the song of the bird.
We may expect more rainy, days, in
fact, should pray for their coming, but
the back of winter is broken without
doubt. We salute the auto and greet
the other blessings in life.
On February 27, at Pomeroy, Fred
Hungate, a well known Whitman county
young man, and Miss Margaret Bronson
of Pomeroy were united in marriage.
The marriage was a quiet affair. Mr.
and Mrs. Hungate will make their home
on Mr. Huogate's farm nine miles from
COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FKTDAY, MARCH 17, 1911.
BUSINESS MEN AND PROPERTY
OWNERS ALL WANT PAVIN6 DONE
At a Meeting of Interested Parties It Is
Decided to Uphold Action of the
City Council's Intention.
The cifey council last week declared its j
intent to improve Main street by creat- j
ing two improvement districts, one from !
Island|street north to the 0.-W. R & N. j
passenger depot, the other from Island ;
street south to Cooper lake bridge. The
last named district includes the principal
business houses of Colfax. Protests, if
any, to this improvement mast be tiled
not later than tbe next meeting of the
council, which is next Monday.
Apparently there will be no objection
to this improvement. An informal meet
ing of the principal property holders of
the district reaching from Island street
south to Cooper lake bridge was held
Tuesday, ex-Mayor Lippitt presiding and
Dick Reid acting as secretary. Four
teen or 15 of tbe largest property holders I
were in attendance, representing about
1700 feet of the thoroughfare proposed
to be improved.
The decision of the meeting was that
the improvement should be made,
although it was thought that the city
should pay for the improvement of cross
streets However, if the city does not
see its way clear to pay for paving the
cross streets the property owners will |
not make strenuous objection to making j
the payments. The cost of the proposed ]
improvement is to be assessed against
The meeting put itself on record as
being in favor of the work being done in
a thorough manner, something that will
be enduring, cheapness, in this particu
lar instance, not being a matter to con
sider in comparison with work well done
at higher cost. There was no disposi
tion sbown to dictate to the city author- j
ities as to the materials to be used, it !
being the concensus of opinion that the
mayor and council would use their best \
endeavors to have the work well done,
having an eye single to the best inter
ests of the community as a whole.
What General Livingstone Said.
Wednesday a repreeentanive of The
Gazette called opon General H W. Liv
ingstone, one of the largest property
holders on Main street in the district
affected, owning a frontage of 620 feet,
and he unhesitatingly said that he was
in favor of the proponed improvement
with a proviso, namely, that the work
should be well done, let the cost be what
it will. He severely criticised the work
previously done on Main street, the
effects of the flood waters of last spring
showing what poor macadamizing or
paving would do. With first class pav
ing the flood waters of last spring would
have passed oyer the street, not tearing
it to pieces as it did. The work, too, in
his opinion, should also be done with an
eye to appearance, to make the city
more attractive, and instead of cross
walks at the intersection of each by
street the entire street should be made
so that crosswalks would not be neces
sary. Everything connected with the
work should be modern and of the best
Ex-Mayor Lippitt Talks.
Ex-Mayor Lippitt said be was in favor
of the best mflterial being used, so that
JUST TO BACK IT UP.
the work would he enduring as well as
attractive. He was not in favor of
hampering the mayor and council in the
leas«\ believing they would carry out the
wishes of 'property holders in having the
work well done. They were thorough
going business men, having the welfare
of tbe city at heart, and he thought
they would ccc to it that the proposed
improvement carried with it the imprint
of being modern and up-to-date when
Fred A. Russell in Favor.
Fred A. Russell, manager of the Great
Eastern store, when seen expressed him
self unqualifiedly in favor of the pro
po^d improvement, but wanted the best.
He was a novice in such matters, but he
thought the mayor and council, with the
assistance of a competent engineer, could
evolve and give the best. It would be a
good thing for Colfax.
Virgil T. McCroskey Speaks.
\ irgil T. McCroskey, when seen by the
peueii-pusher, replied without the least
bes.rancy that he was in favor of pav
ing Main street; in fact, the work could
not be done any too soon to please him.
Nor only thut, he wanted it tiiiahed up
in tirst class shape. Asked if he favored
any particular material for the work, he
replied that he favored asphalt or
ceniput, provided the cost was not pro
hibitive aud he did not think it would
be. Monf-y expended in improving Main
street would come back in many ways
in a short time.
Death of Octogenarian.
Columbus C. Smith, aged 80 years,
died at the home of hie hod at Steptoe
Taeaday morning Pneumonia is given
an ihe cause of death. The remains were
buried in Steptoe cemetery Wednesday
afternoon, Rev. C. M. Hereford officiat
ing. Uc-ceiued leaves three eons, two
brothers and a pister, his wife being
dead. Mr. Smith had been a Mason for
50 years, and a member of Hiram Lodge
No. 21 of Coifax for the last 15 years,
Hiram Lodge having charge of the
funeral arrangements. Deceased was a
man highly respected. Bbout 20 at
tended the funeral at Steptoe from
Charles Schroeder died suddenly at his
home near Dusty Monday at the noon
hour. He and his son worked on the
farm Monday forenoon, but soon after
reaching the house for the noon meal he
complained of not feeling well and almost
immediately expired. Deceased was
buried at Dusty on Wednesday. Mr.
Schroeder was 60 years of age, was
a tiller of the soil and had lived in Whit
man county for several years. He is
survived by a son, William, and two
daughters, Mrs. Elsie Dierks and Miss
Undergoes Second Operation.
Ilarry Beck, the young man taken to
St. Ignatius hospital to have his leg re
set, the broken bones refusing to knit,
was operated on Monday and at this
wrinne is said to be doing well. Both
—Gale in Los Angeie6 Times.
bones of the right leg below the knee
were broken, he working at the time at
Avon, a logging camp in Idaho. This
was on the 12th of last December.
Monday the leg was cut open, one of
the broken pieces of bone cut off an
inch or co and the leg reset. It has
been in this disjointed condition ever
since the accident, although it was sup
posed to be reset. Harry was very sick
for two or three days after the second
operation, but his friends are hopeful
for the best.
Dog Poisoner Is Here.
The dog poisouer is getting in his
deadly work in Colfax. Tuesday several
dogs got hold of poison, Fred A. Rus
rell's dog being among the number to be
sacrificed. While dogs are sometimes a
nuisance and a cur is a cur, still throw
ing out poison to kill promiscuously is
wrong and sometimes does irreparable
mischief. There are valuable dogs that
owners hate to part with. Others are
pets, dear to the children and the house
hold, that do no harm and fill a uneful
place in the economy of nature. If a
creature belonging to the dumb animal
species becomes a nuisance the law pro
vides a remedy and the law should be
invoked. There are other nuisances be
M. L. CHURCH BUILDING.
Work in Full Swing to Make Ready
for New Edifice.
Excavation for the new Methodist
church is in full swing. The choir loft in
the rear of the old structure was torn
down Monday. The annex on the north
side was removed Wednesday, and the
main structure placed on Htilts to allow
excavaeion to be made for the new brick
building. Excavation will be four feet
in depth facing Mill street and eight feet
in depth in the rear. This means that
the new building when completed will
have a deep baeement. where the
gymnasium, kitchen, etc., will be located.
As previously stated in The Gazette,
the present building will be moved to
the rear of the lot, facing Canyon street,
veneered with brick and used as an annex
for the new brick structure to be erected.
At this writiug the city is carting
away the dirt excavated, filling in the
soutu approach to the Cooper lake
bridge The church authorities are do
ing the digging and loading, the city
hauling the dirt away. Later county
prisoners may be put to work to do the
digging, the county usiug the dirt to
fill in around the court house.
Next Sunday morning services will be
held in the court house. There will be
no evening eerf ices.
Tuesday a love fea6t was beld.it being
the last gathering in the old church an
such. Speeches were made, a big feed
was given, followed by an experience
meeting in which most of the members
Leon Kuhn in in receipt of a clipping
from a New York paper sent by his
daughter, Mrs Haliett O'Neill, giving a
long list of rare coins recently sold in
that city, the sum of $ 1450 being paid
for a $3 gold piece cast at the San
Francisco mint in 1870, there being only
one other specimen of the kind known
to be in existence. To read the long
list of rare coins and the prices brought
makes interesting reading.
Elks Go to Moscow.
Twenty-seven Elks went to Moscow
Saturday evening by special train to
participate in the election of officers and
attendant festivities in the Elks' temple
in Moscow. The local Elks were joined
at Pullman by 40 members from that
place. The special brought the jolly
crowd back, the Colfax contingent reach
ing home at 4 o'clock Sunday morning.
D. F. Stagey of Pullman was elected ex
alted ruler for the ensuing year.
An Old Timer Bobs Up.
A. M. Mecklem of Olympia was here
Wednesday, his visit being for the pur
pose of placing the valuation on the
right of way of the Inland Empire R R
system. This information is sought b.v
the railroad commission. Mr. Mecklem
lived in Colfax many years ago, at ODe
time being superintendent of ocr public
schools, as well as deputy county tea^ur
er when George W. Larue was treasurer.
Old-Fashioned Army Muskets.
J. L. Irwin has fallen heir to two old
fashioned army muskets belonging to the
l*te Diedlof Rabn, better known as
"Goosie" or the ''Goose Hunter," the re
cluse who died last week at St. Ignatius
hospital. Irwin has added the muskets
to his collection of curios in the Elk
barber shop, which is getting to be con
siderable of a museum. The old muskets
are complete except the bayonets.
Another Appendicitis Victim.
P. L. Sain, a well known and well-to
do farmer and fruit raiser whose place is
at the head of Cottonwood creek, north
of Steptoe bntte, brought hie wife to
St. Ignatius hospital the last of last
week preparatory for an operation for
appendicitis. She underwent the ordeal
Tuesday morning, and at this writing is
doing as well as could be expected.
PRICK FIVE CENTS
DESTROYED BY FIRE
Pavilion on Steptoe Butte Will
Be Seen No More.
Erected by "Cashup" Davis in July,
1889--Cost $10,000, and Was
Designed to Be Crowning Jewel
of Great Scenic Resort-*Novel
Features Connected With Place.
The building erected by James 8.
("Caebup") Davis in July, 18H9, on top
of Steptoe butte, an historic landmark,
went up in fire and smoke Wednesday
night between 9 and 10 o'clock. The
tire must have been o( incendiary origin,
as the building has not been occupied for
Steptoe butte is 3800 feet high, and
towers like a giant above anything in
this part of the Inland Empire. It in a
perfect butte, being.as round and almost
as perfect as an old-fashioned sugar
loaf. It was the dream ol "Cashup"
Davis to make the top of thie butte a
great summer resort, and with this end
in view he constructed the building at
the time mentioned which wus destroyed
by tire Wednesday night.
A road, costing $1200, wuh first made,
winding up on the south nide of the
mountain. The building whs next on-
Btrneted, costing $10,000. It was built
for entertainment and to accommodate
night seers. A large dancing hull, with
wide verandahs, were features. As there
was no way of getting water to this
elevated position a cistern n~> feet in
depth was dug, the intent being to let
the rains and snows of winter filter into
it, thus providing the necessary water
when the warm dttys of summer came.
A telet-cope four foot long, costing $450,
was one of the useful features counected
with the resort. Luther K^rns, one of
the old timers, now d.'ud, was the boss
carpenter who erected the historic struc
ture. It fl >ariabed for a time. Many
dancing parties and gay gatherings aa-
MoDbled there to erj.jy the novel enter
tainment, but the enterprise wua ahead
of the times, the patronage not being
sufficient to justify the outlay and to
keep it up. The dream of "Cashup"
Davis was only a dream. The building
and all connected with it was soon
abandoned, and for many years it stood
silent, alone, not unlike a sentinel look
ing over the broad expnnse. From a
distance the structure looked not unlike
a button resting on the apex of the peak.
Of course people by hundreds have
walked or drove to the top of the butte
every summer, lunching within the walls
or under the shade of the slow decaying
building, and enjoying the unequalled
panorama spread before them, and the
mountain itself will always be a resort,
but tourists will not see the wooden pile
that "Cashup" Davis placed there.
"Caehup" Davis was one of the pioneers
of Whitman county and was something
of a character. Ho kept a store near
the base of the butte, at that time own
ing this freak in nature. He got the
soubriquet of "Cashup" from the fact
that he established the cash principle ie
his store, it being "cash up" or no sale.
A new word, locally speaking, was thug
coined. Canhup station on the Inland
line thus got its name.
Steptoe butte i« now owned by the Iq
land Empire Electric R. R. people. When
the road wan constructed three years
ago between Colfax and Spokane the
plan was to build a ecenic ralwav to
the top of the mountain, leading from
the town of Bteptoe, about two milee
from the base of the burte. Ir, will un
doubtedly materialize in the not distant
future, making it a feature to come from
Spokane and other near by points, to
view the greater part of the Inland Em
pire, which can be done on a perfect day,
and return home in the shades of
People thus coming will see a rich and
beautiful country, the territory embraced
within three states, time notable ranges
of mountains, thousands of homes, a
land of peace and plenty.
St. Patrick's Day.
This is St. Patrick's day. St. Patrick
is an honored name. Albeit St. Patrick
is the patron saint of Ireland, to which
the Green Isle lays special claim, still the
same is honored in all civilized countries,
in America, probably, with greater en
thusiasm than anywhere else.
A Test of Friendship.
C. C. McKenna submitted to a surgical
operation Wednesday forenoon at St.
Ignatius hospital. At this writing he is
resting easily. R W. Hastings of Port
land, a bosom friend of Mr. McKenna,
came here to be with him during the