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THE COL FAX GAZETTE
THIRTY-FOURTH YEAR. 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 passed. 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 extended. 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 Coeur d'Alene. 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 sermon. 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 year. 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 railroads. 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. Hungate-- Bronson. 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 Pomeroy. 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 übutting property. 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 material. 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 finished. 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 Coifax. Sudden Death. 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 Bertha Schroeder. 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 sides dogs. 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 took part. Rare Coins. 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 HISTORIC LANDMARK 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 years. 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. Historic Landmark. 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. "Cashup" Davis. "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 evening. 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 trying momenta.