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THE COLFAX GAZETTE
THIRTY-FOURTH YEAR. P. T. 81. CO. DOING GOOD JOB IN COLFAX Expend $90,000 Here for Im proved Equipment. Magnificent Quarters in MacKenzie Block, Where Is Being Installed Wonderful Mechanical Devices for the Telephone Service. Citiiens of Colfax have been close as well an interested observers of the work going t>n by the Pacific Telephone Jc Telegraph Co. in perfecting its service hereabouts. New poles have been put in place on both sides of Main and other streets and old ones taken out. The new poles will be painted green when the work in completed. In addition cables nave been and are being laid to connect I with the switchboard in the main office, ' and overhead cables will do away with trouble* that come after storms or elec trical disturbances. The wires are in closed in these cables and cannot be affected by wind or storm. The company is rushing the outside work before the city begins the work of paving Main street and macadamizing Mill street, besides several cross streets, bo that the streets will not have to be pulled asunder and put together again by reason of the improvements by the telephone company. This work is in charge of K. B. Artnstong, with 30 men under his orders. To be precise 14,775 feet of cable will be in place when the work is finished. The underground cable is laid in cement. Nothing less than a cataclysm in nature can disturb it. Magnificent Office Quarters. The company, when installed in their new quarters, will occupy the entire west half (if the first fi >or and basement of the MhcKenzie block corner Mill and Spriug streets. Here magnificent offices are being prepared, and a world of ma chinery, which, to the novice, is indenerib* able aud more wonderful than Alad lin's lamp, in encountered at every turn. The inside work in in chargeof S. K. Hensley, with four men under him twisting wires and doing many things In installing the wonderful pieces of ninchanism. No citi- Zen of Colfax shuuld fail to drop in and • ..«" the work going on. The switching apparatus ie built op in sections, 'M feet in length, the wood work being of mahogany and rosewood, piano tininh. It is pleasing uh well as wonder ful to the eye. Thin tquipoient comes from the Western Electric Co. of Haw thorne, a suburb of Chicago. It is the latest and most modern in use. Miles and miles of copper wire are being- in stalled, the wonder being how it can be placed in the compact form in which it is found. A new moter for charging batteries is seen in another part of the large room, another mechanical wonder. The charg ing will take place twice a we?k. Wnat is called a ringing generator ie pointed out. Hereafter, instead of turn ing a crank one can press a button, the generator doing the rest. Three home batteries are in place. The energy, therefore, is central, supply ing all power from the central office. Hence power will be constant and cannot vary. This equipment, it is said, will be good for 25 years. Rest Room for Girls. In the rear of the building a room has been partitioned off, known as the rest room. This will be carpeted and furn ished complete, books being provided, intended for the girl operatives, nine in number, to occupy when not on duty. This is an innovation worthy of note j^ ..ind one to be commended. ft The basement will be used as a repair shop. It is ideal for the purpose. Western Union Telegraph Co. will oc cupy a section of the front office. Those who wish can phone a message, which will be at once placed in the hands of the telegraph operator and sent over the wires. This will be an added convenience to business men, avoiding an extra trip to the telegraph office, it being charged to account and paid at the monthly settlement. Spring Street Center of Business. The American Express Co. will occupy the present quarters of the telephone company when vacated, so that we shall have the telephone, telegraph, express and postoffice all in a lump, so to speak, making that part of Spring street a busy and important section of Colfax. "The work being done by the Pacific T. A: T. Co. in Colfax when completed will reach the sum of $'.'O,OOO. S. H. Sauve is manager, a very obliging gen tleman, with whom it is pleasant to have business relations. Kick of Horse Fractures Skull. Lee Bodine, son of 8. A. Bodine, 14 years of age, met with a frightful acci dent Sunday evening while riding a horse to water. This was near the brick yard in the south end. The horse while drink ing suddenly whirled, throwing the lad to the ground, when the borne kicked him on the head, fracturing the skull. S.'\en pieces of bone were removed. The brain was exposed for over an inch in diameter. Lee was taken to St. Igna tius hospital, where he lies in a critical condit on. COMMENCEMENT WEEK. 1911 Exercises Attending the Graduating Class Colfax High School. Commencement week program of the Colfax High school has been carried out to the letter at this writing, leaving the class play, "The Private .Secretary," to be enjoyed by our citizens this evening The baccalaureate service at the Ridgeway theater Sunday evening was attended to the full capacity of the thea ter, the tcene being inspiring. The stage setting was unique. Flowers and potted plants followed the footlights from end to end in artistic display, while behind were banked the High school graduating class, the faculty, ministers of the local churches and ail those taking part in the interesting ceremonies. The printed program was carried out. The bacca laureate sermon by Key. J. Herbert Bainton was a scholarly address, con taining food for thought, not only by the class of graduates, but for all who heard it. It was left for Wednesday evening, however, for the High school pupils, in the class day exercises in the High school auditorium, to get in their deadly work in hits and insinuations on teachers and comrades alike, which was greatly en joyed by the large audience present. This included the experiences of some of the teachers, aud contained many personal thrusts. Names and dates were given without reserve. Other amusing stunts were given to the edification of all, and the whole was accepted in the spirit in tended. The program included the class poem, class history, class prophecy, mv sic and other features noted above. The Gazette goes to press too early (Thursday evening) to speak of com meucejient day exercises at the Ridge way theater lust evening. "The Private Secretary"' at the Ridge way tonight closes the exercises of com mencement week, 1911. AFTERMATH OF EXPLOSION 0.-W. R. & N. Railway Must Pay Heavy Damages. In the federal court at Spokane last Saturday, before Judge Kudkin, Mrs. Lucy Buchanan, wife of a car repairer killed by an explosion of dynamite dur ing a fire in the 0.-W. R. &, X. railway section house at Winona in July, 1007, was awarded a verdict for $25,000 after short deliberation. The suit was for $50,000, the railroad admitting its lia bility. Mrs. Buchanan is a sister of Mrs. Frank Squibb of Colfax. She li^es in Pullman. The explosion noted above titled targe space in the papers at the time, it being a mystery why explosives should be stored next to a section bouse, as was the case at Winona. There has been a motion hied for a new trial and the matter has been taken under advise ment by the court. Young Lady Passes Away. Gladys E. Cornelius, daugher of Mr. and Mrs. Green Cornelius, died in Colfax Sunday, May 14, aged 15 years, 11 months and 9 days. The Cornelius' live near Almota. The young lady was brought to St. Ignatius hospital Thurs day of last week, where she submitted to an operation. Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church Tues day afternoon, Revs. N. M. Jones and J. Herbert Bainton officiating. Death was the result of acute dilation of the stomach, following an operation. Colfax Brass Band. The members of the Colfax Brass Band meet every Monday evening of each week in Emporium ball for prac tice, and it ie easy to tell that the boys are making progress. We will soon have a band of our own, fully equipped, to give us music on public occasions as well as to entertain with out-of-door concerts in the shades of evening during the heated term. We have enjoyed them in times past, and can look for ward with feelings of the liveliest interest when we can have them again. Colfax will soon come into its own again. It Was a Whopper. Aunt Jane Hayes of Union flat brought to The Gazette office Saturday a hen's egg that measured Gxß'j inches. It was a whopper. Mrs. Hayes is great ly interested in poultry, having ac fine a flock of birds as can be seen in Whitman county, and she brings the eggs to mar ket by the bucketful as proof of their laying qualities. Will Preach in Court House. Rev. X. M. Jones, pastor of the M. E church, will preach in the court house Sunday morning at the usual hour. There will be no evenine services. The torn up condition around the old church necessitates this. There is sunshine ahead, however, in the prospect of occu pying the new church bnilding in the near future. COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 19. 1911. COLFAX COUNCIL NO. 1488, K. OF 0., MEET Initiated Class of 26 ig K. of P. Hall Sunday Night. Lodge Has Increased From 36 to Nearly 100 During Year--Plans Maturing to Erect Temple in Col fax in the Near Future. Colfax Council No. 1488, Knights of Columbus, initiated a class of 26 into the mysteries of the order last Sunday evening in K. of P. hall, attended with the usual interesting ceremonies and fra ternal good time always witnessed at these gatherings. The first and second degrees were conferred by the local team, while the third degree was put on by State Deputy F. J. Dorsey and team of Spokane. After the initiation a reception was held in Barroll hall, which was attended by about 150 Knights, luncheon being served and several speeches delivered. Speeches were made by Rev. Father Leroux, F. J. Dorsey, E. J. O'Shea, J. B. Lorch, W. J. Kommers, and Messrs. Weber, Shiblin and others. Knights of Columbus came from Spo kane, Tekoa, Pullman, Moscow, La- Crosße, Pomeroy, Walla Walla and Colton. Colfax Council, K. of C., was granted a charter May 22 of last year with a membership of .'SO. Membership has in creased in the interim until it now num bers nearly lUO. This speaks volumes for the success of the order. The class initiated last Sunday evening is the third one since the order was established in Colfax. K. of C. Building. In thin connection it is pleasing to note that the Knights of Columbus, in view of their rapid growth, are planning to erect a K. of C. building in Colfax, on a sightly location and modern and up to-date in every particular. It will be provided with gymnasium, reading room, a banquet ball and all the accessories that go with it, in addition to the lodge and ante rooms that will occupy tbe main space of the building. Plans are not all complete yet, but they will soon bs announced and we will ccc the build ing in all its completeness before the close of another year. This, with other buildings of a religious and fraternal nature in course of erection or planned for the future, marks a new era in the growth and development of Colfax. Road Roller Goes Over Bank. The road roller belonging to the coun ty, which has been in use for some time in the south end on the Almota grade, went over the bank last Friday while being removed to another location. The steering gear refused to respond in the right manner, hence the cause of the ac cident. No serious damage was done, however, just the governor being put out of commission. The road roller will soon be taken up the Canyon street grade for work in that neighborhood. Bulldog Determination Builds Prosperity Any to^rn or community that gets a bulldog grip on prosperity is fortunate. But the bulldog grip will not hold if some citizens pull one way and some another. All must pull or push in the same direction. For instance, if half the people want Main street macadamized and the other half insist that Central avenue should have the macadam and each half holds out for its side there isn't going , to be any macad amization in that ( $$& >'j town. Once there / %^ #»► S waS a tOWD W^ a creek running hi^k jUS^^V' -X through it. Folks living on one side $iLO iimM^ KiM ' wanted a bridge built at a certain fBW jji WksM Point- Folks on the other side W : W®* wanted the bridge at another f| '2B&&&Bfc>* point. The two ;ections fought so !%. ¥ l^\ doggedly over the issue that no *"&**" 1 bridge was built. One side of the : creek seceded from the other \ , fide, and now there are two ! ilj^J 'na^ tovrns there used to be a whole one. Another way to make a half town out of a whole one is for half the people to buy their goods through the Mail Order Houses in the big cities while the other half buys from the local stores and factories. If your place has the bulldog grip on prosperity don?t pry it loose by pulling against your own local interests. CORNER SIONE OF | NEW CHURCH LI Interesting Ceremonies Took Place Last Sunday. Dr. E. C. Gibson of Spokane Deliv ered Appropriate Address--Box, Containing Various Articles, De posited in Corner Stone. The laying of the corner stone of the new 11. E church Sunday afternoon was attended by a large number of people, many outside the regular attendants of the church being in evidence among the multitude. The day was perfect for such an event, a not altogether cloudless sky beating back the hot rays of the sun which would probably have been mani fest but for that, and not a drop of rain falling to put a damper on the proceed ings. A temporary platform had been erected inside tbe etone wall tilling the corner facing Mill and Canyon streets, and on this platform the exercises took place. An organ was lifted onto the platform, and the choir of the church, under the leadership of Ellis Laird, sang several pieces appropriate to the occasion. The usual services of the Episcopal church were observed throughout. Rev. N. M. Jones opened the exercises by read ing a prayer. I>r. E. C. Gibson of Spo kane read a chapter from the Bible, and after placing a metal box containing articles of varioun kinds relative to the church and tbe building thereof in the corner stone, delivered a short but ap propriate address, which was listened to with interest. The metal box was made and presented to the church by Simon Dreifus & Co., and contained pictures of the pastor of the church, the building committee, the architect and other func tionaries of the church, besides a copy of tbe Colfax Commoner, and a copy of Tbe Colfax Gazette containing the first account published of the plans to erect the proposed new building. This copy of The Gazette is dated Fibruary 3, 1911. Numerous cardH were placed in the corner stone alongside tbe metal box by people in attendance, which just about tilled it to capacity. The corner stone was presented to the church by Samuel Cassedaj of the Caseeday marble works. The stonewall which 611b the basement will require two or three days to com plete it, when the laving of brick will commence. From the plans submitted the building will be complete for the uses intended, besides being architectnr ally beautiful. Rev. W. A. Digginp, who was present, was called to the platform and pro nounced the benediction, when the large gathering dispersed. The new building will cost about $12,000. Architecture ie Gothic. A gymnasium, kitchen, reading room, boiler room, etc., will occupy the base ment. Two or more memorial windows will be put in.place before the building is dedicated. It occupies aground space of 50x60 feet, exclusive of th<* annex. I Witn the annex it will have a seating capacity of 600. Seats, of hard wood, were ordered \net w^ek, and will be here in due time. Oar Methodist brethren are to be congratulated. COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY Pot Pourri of Business Disposed of in Regular Way. City council met in regular session Monday evening. Mayor tteinberg in the cheir, all couucilmen io attendance. Petition of Oliver Hall and others asking for improvement of Canyon street, from east side of Mill street east to city limits, whs presented and laid over until next Monday night. Bills were ordered paid as follows: Current "xpense fund, f 396 65: water fund, $200.50. M. Freeman asked permission to en large and reconstruct the building at east end of Spring street, to be convert ed into a feed and livery stable. Granted Street committee, anent Fairview street, reported work as feasible but asked for further time. Granted. Dog ordinance was read first and second times and referred to judiciary committee. Resolution declaring intent to im prove Dean way was reported published, and there being no protests on hie it was moved that proposed improvement be taken in hand and the city attorney prepare ordinance, which was done, and was read first and second times and re ferred to judiciary committee. Petition in the matter of Morton street eewer was referred for further action. Ordinance establishing grade on Island and Ltke streets passed. It will be found elsewhere in this paper. The bid of J. W. Janney for iron beams with plates, according to plans of H. N. Sims, at $70 per ton was accepted. Bond of Holliday k Hughes for build ing rock wall was approved. City Engineer Miller asked for help in order to facilitate the work of his office in getting the paving business started. So ordered. Mayor Weinberg was authorized to act as purchasing agent for city. Moved and carried that curbing be established eight feet from property line from Canyon street to Island street on bath sides of Mill street. Council rueetK Hgain next Monday night. SENIOR CLASS PLAY. " The Private Secretary " at the Ridgeway Theater Tonight. The seniors of the Colfax High school will present their annuil play at the Ridgeway tonight. They have chosen "The Private Secretary" as the vehicle for this year and it is a screaming comedy from start to finish. The play has been thoroughly rehearsed and no doubt will be creditably given. There should be a large attendance. Following is the cast of characters : Mr. Marsland, M. F. H Edgar Roberts Harry Marsland, his nephew.. Landon King Mr. Cattermole Leon Ettinger Douglaa Cattermole, nephew, Fred Hsrgrave Rev. Robert Spaulding Horace Kincaid Mr. Sydney Gibson, a tailor Harold Howard Edith Marsland, daughter to Mr. Marsland Aline Browder Eva Webster, her friend and companion Winnilred Windue Mrs. Stead, Douglaß' Landlady Lillian MeAmie Miss Aehford Selma Hunter A Maid Margaret Crumbaker Bone Protruded Through Clothing. Roy Troub, the 17 year-old eon of Henry F. Troub, who livea 10 miles northwest of Winona, met with a serious accident Thursday afternoon of latt week while rounding up cattle on horse back. The cinch of the saddle became loose, causing the saddle to turn and throwing the lad to the ground, the horse stepping on him. The right arm above the elbow was broken in two places, the bone protruding through the clothing. Roy was brought to Colfaz Friday and placed in St. Ignatius hos pital, where he is doing as well as could be expected under the circumstances. Pearl Guinea Fowls. E. D. Eldredge, who is holding down one of the fine farms four miles east of Colfax on the road to Palouse, received two pearl guinea fowls last Friday di rect from Farmington, Minnesota, to add to the other high bred birds to be seen at bin place. Guinea fowle may be somewhat talkative after their fashion, but they are a beautiful bird, great lay ers and when a chicken hawk puts in an appearance can make an alarm clock turn green with envy at the noise they make. It pays poultry raisers to keep a few guinea fowls. Presto ! Change. George W. Sutherland, an old timer o! Colfax, where he was engaged in the drug business, but who now lives at Newport, county seat of the new county of Pend d'Oreille created out of Stevens county by the lnet legislature, has tendered bis resignation as chairman of the board of county commissioners for Stevens, to take effect June 9, to assume the duties as one of the commissioners for Pend d'Oreille. PRICE FIVK CENTB WASHINGTON STATE IMPRESSES EBERHART Governor of Minnesota Likes Our Public Institutions. Auto Tax Money Must Coma--Big incraasein Highway Fund--Con stitutionality of Employes' Com pensation Act to Be Tested. Olytnpia, May 17 -On his visit to the state training Hchool at Chehalis and to the rook quarry at Meskill in Lewis coußty Governor A. (). Eberhart of Min nesota said be was much impressed with Washington institutions, and he declares that the West had made great strides in that respect. He wuh accompanied on the trip by Governor Hay, State Treas urer Lewis, State Auditor riaunea and State Highway Commissioner Will EL White. Auto Tax Money Must Come. There was collected by the office of the secretary of state in the month of April, 1911, the Hum of $14 916 70, or an in crease of nearly $1500 over the receipts of the mouth of April, 1910, which were 110,479 10. The receipts in May, 1910, were $8(.»:i4 35, but probably the receipts in May, 1911, will break all records, as the secretary anuounees that he is wag ing an active campaign for the collection of auto license money. Big Increase in Highway Fund. The sum of $121,945 38 was paid into the state treasury by the various coun ties of the state in the year 1907 for the construction of state and state aid highways, the levy in that year being only ont-fourth mill. In 1908 the ag gregate amount paid by the counties for construction of highways was $204,957 --.74. and in 19u9 the sum of 1868J.77.97 was paid, the levy in both these years being one half mill. In 1910 the levy had been raised to one mill and the amount paid in was $750,938 .'J2, or almost ac much hh was paid in the three years preceding, inakiug a total of $1, --507,01 9.37, of which a mount Whitman cuunty paid in 190T the sum of $0713 08, in 1908 the sum of 9)3,633 78, in 1909 theeum'of $14,340.92 aud in 1910 the sum of $20,548 49, or a total of $01, --435,22 The smallest amount paid by any county was $2584.75 paid in by San Juan county, while the largest Hum was 5425.635.31, paid by King county, being nearly oni-fourth of the total sum paid by all the counties. Test Cases Started. A test case ie to be started by the at torney general in Tburston county in order to determine the constitutionality of the law creating the etate bureau of inspection and supervision of public offi cers. The auditor will refuse to issue warrants to pay for the checking: being done ii> the city of Olympia, and an ac tion in mandamus will be brought by the etate to force the county auditor to recognize the claim of the bureau against the city, and the determination of this suit will settle the (juestion as to whether the etate bureau has a right to make examinations of county, municipal and schoo! records and make the taxing dis trict pay for the examination. New Source of Revenue. According to a ruling of the state tax commission fieh trap locations are to be assessed under the 1911 law as personal property. These have been escaping taxation for years,, and the commission also holds that the burden of proving that the assessment is unreasonable in placed upon the owners of locations and that they are to be assessed for road and school purpose?. Employes' Compensation Act. The constitutionality of the new em ployes' compensation act is to be de termined by a test unit which is to be brought as soon as possible by the at* torney general in order to have the law passed upon by the courts before further steps are taken in the organization of the commission. The officials of Wash ington desire to have the courts say whether or not the law is good before they proceed, as in New York the supreme court knocked out a law along the same lines. It ie imperative that such a test case be made bo that there can be no question as to the right of the commis sion to proceed. More Trouble in Sight. Thirty-one out of the 33 candidates who took the examination for admission to practice before the supreme court of Washington were successful, and among these were Hugh C. Todd of Whitman county, who was a member of the house in the last legislature. One woman, Lulu J. Shakespeare of Everett, took the ex amination and passed. CM the success ful candidates 14 were from Seattle, six from Tacoma, four from Seattle, two from Everett and one each from Wenat chee, Pomeroy, Colville, Oakville and Vancouver.