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The Colfax gazette. (Colfax, Wash.) 1893-1932, February 09, 1912, Image 1

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Olympia, Feb. 7. —As Gov. M. E.
Hay believes in having the advant
ages of Washington advertised in the
Eastern states, he has issued a proc
lamation naming Monday, February
26, as "Booster Day" in accordance
with the custom he established a year
ago. The proclamation is as follows:
"Whereas, The advertisement of
the resources of the state is a most
important factor in securing develop
ment and progress; and *
Whereas, All citizens by united ef
fort can most effectively make known
the extent and nature of the state's
Now, Therefore, I, M. E. Hay,
Governor of the State of Washing
ton do hereby r jine Monday, Febru
ary 26, 1912, 'Booster Day,' and 1
recommend that on that day every
citizen purchase some made-in Wash
ington article and send to friends in
the Eastern states —a postal card, a
newspaper depicting or pamphlet set
ting forth something of the oppor
tunities here for settlers and inves
Rock Lake Ranchers Want Station.
The public service commission has
received a complaint from the resi
dents of Palisade on the Milwaukee
railroad in Whitman county along
Rock Lake, that they are forced to
go seven miles one way or five miles
the other to get a train. They ask
that the train stop on a flag at their
station. The commission will con
sider the matter in a short time.
Whitman Doctors Appointed.
R. J. Skaife of Colfax, Paul E.
Weisel of Garfleld and Earl J. Else
of Pullman are among the 12 newly
appointed examining physicians of
the state industrial insurance com
mission. The commission has also
appointed fli?e eye and ear special
ists in various parts of the state.
Snow Still Has Money.
On the trial of Joseph M. Snow,
former state highway commissioner,
who was charged with grand larceny j
by embezzlement for failing to ac-1
count for $2,145 of the state's money,
which was paid to him in trust by the
Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound
railroad for the right-of-way owned
by the state through Snoqualmie
Pass, he was acquitted by the jury
after it had been out 18 hours. The
case was tried in the superior court
of Thursto* county, and the first time
the case was brought to trial the
lower court sustained a demurrer on
the ground that it was not state
money. The supreme court however
ordered the case to trial saying that
the money did not belong to Snow.
How Snow will dispose of the money
now is not known.
Express Rates in Question.
For the first time the public ser
vice commission will proceed against
the express companies of the state, as
it is soon to take up the question of
the reasonableness of the rates
charged by such companies. A series
of questions inquiring among other
things how the rates on various arti
cles compare with each other and
what branches of the business are
most profitable are being prepared
to be sent to the various companies,
and following these letters citations
will be issued and the express com
panies called in for a hearing and
the commission will then determine
whether or not the rates charged are
too high.
Help for Hungry Chinese.
In accordance with the request of
President Taft, Gov. M. E. Hay has
issued a proclamation asking that
the people of the state aid the Red
Cross in its efforts to raise funds for
the relief of the Chinese who are
Rates Can Be Raised.
If the public service commission
has the right to lower rates, it also
has the right to raise them, holds the
supreme court in a recent decision in
the case of the Independent Tele
phone Company of Seattle. The su
preme court has issued an injunction
restraining the King county superior
court from doing anything to prevent
the putting into effect of the in
creased rates of the Independent
Company, ordered by the public ser
vice commission, which found that
the company was not making money
and that it could not make money on
the rates charged. The supreme court
holds that the state has the para
mount right to regulate public ser-
Tic^ corporations and that the new
rates are effective. Municipalities
have the power by franchise or ordi
nance to regulate all public service
corporations until such time as the
state acts, but that the authority of
the state supersedes that of the mu
State Gets Inheritance Tax.
As the result of the protest of the
state tax commission against the val
uation placed on the property of a
Chicago woman owning property in
Chehalis county, the state has col
lected an inheritance tax of $4,400.
The estate was appraised at 1112,000
but on the protest of the tax commis
sion it was reappraised at $440,000.
Examiners Under Civil Service.
C. W. Clausen, state auditor, re
quires that his employes be able to
pass an examination before being
qualified to serve, and he recently
conducted an examination for the ex
aminers working under the state bu
reau of inspection, of which he is the
head. The work of the examiners is
to check up the counties and munici
Examiners Take Up Work Where
They Left Off liast Fall.
W. W. Payne and c. F. Voight, ex
aminers working under the state
board of accountancy, returned to
Colfax Monday and have resumed the
work of checKing the county books
which they began last fall but drop
ped after a month's work because
they were refused pay by the county.
The law has since been declared con
stitutional and the examiners received
pay a few weeks ago for their work
last fall. It will probably take two
months to complete tne work in Whit
man county.
OLYMPIA, Feb. 8. —On Saturday
morning, March 2, at 10 o'clock, a
public meeting will be held in the
court house at Colfax, at the request
of prominent citizens of both Whit
man and Franklin counties, for the
purpose of considering the advisa
bility of making a survey and inter
esting the federal government and
capitalists in the proposition of er
recting storage reservoirs along the
upper portions of the Palouse river
in Washington and Idaho. This res
ervoir is desired to provide a steady
flow of water for power purposes in
Whitman county and for irrigation
purposes in Franklin county at all
seasons of the year.
The following is the call issued:
"Upon request of many of the lead
ing citizens of Whitman and Frank
lin counties, a public meeting is here
by called to convene at 10 o'clock,
Saturday morning, March 2, at the
court house in Colfax, to discuss the
advisability of having a surrey made
and interesting the federal govern
ment or capitalists in the building of
storage reservoirs along the upper
portions of the Palouse river in
Washington and Idaho to the end
that a steady flow of water may be
maintained the year around, for
power purposes in Whitman county
and for irrigating the land in Frank
lin county.
"All citizens interested are invited
to be present and take part in the
P. L. Sain, who has lived at the
foot of Steptoe butte since 1878, was
a visitor in Colfax for a few hours
Saturday while returning to his home
after visiting his children who are in
school at Pul'man. Mr. Sain's father
came up from the Touchet valley in
the spring of 1878 looking for land.
He was directed by "Cashup" Davis
to the head of the Cottonwood where
he located a homestead directly uil
der the north slope of Steptoe butte.
After deciding on the location he
started back to Colfax but missed the
territorial road and after riding his
mule nearly all day arrived at Farm
ington where he learned he was
farther from his destination than in
the morning. He had travelled all
the way from "Cashup" Davis' place
to Farmington without passing a
yhe nearest flour mill in the early
days was Chase's mill about four
miles above Elberton. One season
there was not much work to be done
around the homestead and P. L.
Sain, then a boy in his teens was
started out by his father to take a
load of flour to Spokane with an ox
team. The Northern Pacific was
building into Spokane that season and
as there was no mill at that place the
contractors paid good prices for flour.
The never-to-be-forgotten trip occu
pied eight days and since then Mr.
Sain has never liked oxen.
In looking over B. F. Manring's
new book, the scene of which is laid
around Steptoe, Mr. Sain came to the
picture of Chief Seltice of the Coeur
d' Alenes, and remarked, "I have
seen that old fellow many times. He
often came to our place hunting
Brotherhood Opens Reading Room.
Members of the Brotherhood of
the Methodist church now have the
use of reading room in the basement
of the church equipped with books
and magazines. The room is open
every evening and Sunday afternoons.
A social meeting of the Brotherhood
was held last evening.
Ont of Politics; Gets More Money.
A. W. Perley, who was recently
ousted as track inspector for the pub
lic service commission, is now me
chanical instructor with the 0.-W. R.
& N. company at a better salary than
he was receiving from the state.
Again the curfew law is to be en
forced in Colfax. The police are
working under instructions from the
city council to prevent any loitering
on the streets by boys or girls under
16 years of age, after the court house
clock strikes nine. From 9 o'clock at
night until 4 o'clock in the morning
are the forbidden hours for the
youngsters to be at large.
Several new street lights are to be
added and many changes made in the
locations of lights as a result of a re
port made by the street committee at
the meeting of the council Monday
evening. Two new lights are to be
given to the North End and one new
one on Main sfreet in the South End.
Several changes were recommended.
Chairman Plummer stated the report
was made after the committee has
spent the first half of one night in in
specting the lighting system of the
city to get their information first
The request of the Inland company
to make the sidewalk along their
property on Main street of the same
material as the paving and without
curb, was rejected. There was not
objection to the material but the
councilmen want a sidewalk with a
Pairview street may be opened to
the west connecting with the Almota
road near the city limits. The mat
ter was left in tne hands of the street
committee with instructions to confer
with the county commissioners. The
Almota road is to be improved by the
county and by opening Fairview
street a better grade can be secured
into the city from the south. The
council was unanimously in favor of
opening the street if satisfactory ar
rangements can be made with the
I. B. Doolittle has been appointed
registration clerk at a salary of $100
a year.
Permits were granted for the erec
tion of two new business places in
Colfax. One is a frame building, con
crete veneer, size 50 by 90 feet on
Main street opposite the Whitman
hotel. Marion - Freeman and J. W.
McClintock are to put up the build
ing for use as an automobile garage
by Dave White and Robert Morrell.
The other building is to be erected on
Mill street for August Siler by Vedder
& Eisinger. This building is to be of
corrugated iron, 28 by 90 feet, and
will be used for a blacksmith shop.
Benjamin Baker was also given per
mission to repair the residence at the
southwest corner of Mill and Canyon
streets. Arnold Gerber will be allow
ed to build reinforced rock wall at
the rear of his premises at the corner
of Mill and Fairview streets.
Health Officer Mitchell reported no
contagious diseases in the city with
the exception of two or three cases
of measles. He read a list of names
where complaints had been made to
him about barns in different parts of
the city that are not kept in a sani
tary condition. The list was placed
in the hands of the chief of police
with instructions to have the nuisance
The city attorney was instructed to
look up the law in regard to.railroad
companies placing lights at every
street crossing in the city*. It was
stated that the 0.-W. R. & N. com
pany had announced their intention
to fight the order of the council.
Teams will probably not be permit
ted to stand on the paved streets this
summer for any great length of time.
The street committees will report on
this matter at the next meeting.
Repairs are to be made to the fire
bell tower according to instructions
given to the fire and water commit
Current expense bills amounting to
$1100.57 and water fund bills to the
amount of $381.39, were ordered
City Attorney J. M. McCroskey re
ported on the proceedure necessary
for the issuance of bonds to take up
those outstanding at the present time
and which will fall due April 1. An
adjourned meeting of the council was
held Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock
for the purpose of taking the neces
sary legal steps for the bond issue.
After conferring with the county
commissioners the street committee
at the adjourned meeting of the
council Tuesday afternoon, reported
favorably on the proposed extension
of Fairview street west to the city
limits. The committee was author
ized to negotiate for right of way.
The commissioners have agreed to
open a road connecting the end of
the proposed street extension at the
city limits with the county road. The
proposed change in street and county
road will make a better grade into
town than the present Almota grade.
Grief for Child Causes Insanity.
Mrs. Carl Wilhelmson, a Finn
woman from Albion, was committed
to the state hospital for the insane
at Medical Lake Monday. Grief over
the death of her baby a few months
ago is thought to have unbalanced
her mind.
Whitman is still a county of the
seventh class. Following a hearing
in the court room Tuesday afternoon
as to why the county shoulu not be
lowered to the eighth class, an order
was. made by the board of commis
sioners fixing the county in the
seventh class.
The order, in part, as issued by the
commissioners, is as follows: "Evi
dence was introduced showing that
the federal census of Whitman county
taken in 1910 was deficient, inaccu
rat and totally unreliable, and also to
the effect that the population on No
vember 8, 1910, was over 35,000,
and, it appearing to the commission-
ers from the testimony introduced,
both oral and documentary, that the
classification of Whitman county
should not be changed from the
seventh to the eighth class, and that
officials elected at that time are en
titled to compensation under the
seventh class, it is ordered that Whit
man county be, and now is, a county
of the seventh class."
Judge E. K. Hanna appeared for
the Farmers' Union and Grange and
Judge J. N. Pickrell for the county
officers. The expense of securing evi
dence and presenting the case for the
officers was borne by all the county
officers, notwithstanding the state
ment of a correspondent for a Spo
kane daily who misquoted Sheriff
Carter in saying that two of the offi
cers did not participate.
After the order of the commission
ers had been issued Auditor McCros
key was still in doubt as to whether,
he should pay the county officers the
difference between salaries of the
seventh and eighth classes, which he
has been holding back for the past
three months. Before deciding he
submitted the following questions to
the prosecuting attorney:
"Is it your opinion that the com
missioners could sit in judgment and
pass upon evidence submitted and
determine the classification of the
"Since they have found this to be a
county of the seventh class, in your
opinion is it now a county of the
seventh class until changed by court
of competent jurisdiction?
"If you answer these in the affir
mative, I shall have no hesitency in
paying salaries of the seventh class
In reply to the first question Prose
cuting Attorney fattison said: "In
my opinion the commissioners have
that power," and to the second ques
tion, "In my opinion it is." Mr. Patti
son added in his reply to Auditor Mc-
Croskey: "I would advise further
that in drawing warrants referred to
in your letter that you hold same the
statutory period of 10 days before
Auditor McCroskey says: "With my
present light I shall issue warrants
for back salaries in 10 days." The
difference in salaries between the
seventh and eighth classes amounts
to about $300 a month.
Ben Manchester, a member of the
committee from the Farmers' union
appointed to look after the classifica
tion business, says: "I do not believe
the auditor will be enjoined from pay
ing the back salaries. When the
c'assification of the county is estab
lished the matter of salaries will ad
just itself. ihe classification busi
ness will most certainly be carried
into the superior ccurt."
Judge Hanna of the firm of Hanna
& Hanna, says: "We have been re
tained to determine the classification
of Whitman county, and we are not
going to quit now. Our method of
procedure will depend on what ac
tion is taken by the other side."
Judge and County Attorney Say Claim
Is Reasonable.
A claim for $3000 against the
county presented by Hanna & Hanna
and U. L. Ettinger for services as as
sistant prosecuting attorneys in the
cafee of the State against H. M. Boone
caused the county commissioners to
hold their breaths for a second on
The bill was, in their opinion, a
little higher than a reasonable fee.
For information the bill was present
ed to Judge Neill and to Prosecuting
Attorney Paul Pattison. Both these
officials said the claim was no( un
reasonable for the services performed.
Action on the bill was postponed
until the next meeting of the board.
Messrs. Hanna, Hanna and Ettinger
were discharged as special attorneys
in the case about two months ago by
the commissioners.
Each Thinks Other Is Imposing On
War of a mild and bloodless nature
was declared between the Inland
Railway company and the City of Col
fax Wednesday morning, when the
first car load of freight was unloaded
into the new depot and the draymen
wanted to back their drays and wag
ona into the sidewalk for loading. A
timber has been spiked down around
the new depot on the Island street
bridge to designate the curb line. The
railway company objects to this as it
Interferes with loading their freight
on wagons for city delivery.
Councilmen say the company built
the depot up to the property line and
now want to use the sidewalk as a
stand for drays and freight wagons,
while It is intended for the use of
Company employees say the coun
cilmen are trying to show their autho
rity; that the company would never
have built the depot in its present lo
cation if they had expected such an
action from the council, and that the
city seems to be trying to work hard
ships on the railway company, not
only in this matter, but in refusing to
allow a sidewalk without curb to be
built along the company property be
tween the Island street and Codcl
bridges, a threat alleged to havo
j been made by an official of the rail
| road as to what would and would not
j be done if the city persisted in leav
! ing the timber in front of the freight
door of the depot, has caused a re
sentful feeling in the city against the
Superintendent E. E. Lillie and
Secretary W. G. Davidson, of the In
land, were in town yesterday after
noon trying to patch up the difficul
Returning from investigating the
death of Tom Pappas, a Greek sec
tion man who was run down and
killed while attempting to remove a
hand car from the track in front of
a fast train, Coroner L. L. Bruning,
two O. W. R. & N. officials and an
investigation committee consisting of
three prominent LaCrosse men, were
run down and narrowly escaped
death by another fast passenger train
which smashed their hand car into
kindling wood a moment after they
Pappas W5.8 killed Monday after
noon while out with Foreman W. J.
Ryan and two other Greek helpers to
work on the track two miles west of
LaCrosse. The hand car crew knew
train No. 8 was due from the west
and were watching out for it when
the train came around a curve in a
cut only a few yards from the place
where they intended to life their car
from the track and proceed with their
work. Under similar circumstances
a section crew is supposed to drop off
and lift their hand car from the rails.
This time the train was so close that
the two men on the rear of the car
jumped and ran, while the foreman
and Pappas dropped off in front of
the car and lifted that end from the
rails. The car stuck and Pappas
dodged across the track to take the
other end. At that moment he was
struck by* the engine and instantly
That night Coroner Bruning went
to LaCrosse to investigate the death
and a committee of inquiry ws*t>
agreed upon between the railroad of
ficials and Coroner Bruning. The
committee consisted of Dr. C. J. Si
monson, D. E. Pickard, a merchant;
and Thomas Brown, editor of the
LaCrosse Clipper. On Tuesday
morning the committee of inquiry,
the coroner, O. W. R. & N. assistant
superintendents, J. H. Robb and M.
'.V. Gleason, Road Master Larkin of
Colfax, and Gus Pappas, a Greek in
terpreter, went out on two hand cars
to the scene of the accident the prev
ious d.y. Train No I 9 from fe
west was running .;•!,! i r.d Coroner
Brunin? expected to n-ake the in
-(stigation and retuir to Colfax on
that train.
In returning to LaCrosse the en
tire party boarded the first hand car,
■with th^ exception cf Larkin and
several Greek laborers who took the
second car and were to act as re:;r
guard. As they neared LaCrosse
train No. 3 2 loomei np out of the f©R
and Larkin and his ttivm had just
time to jump and drag their car
from the rails and the train sped on
towards the first car with its loa<? of
officials and citizens. Bruning and
his party saw the approaching en
gine just in time to jump and
scramble out of the way of flying
pieces of the wrecked hand car.
The body of the dead Greek was
brought to Colfax where funeral ser
vices were held by Rev. Father La
roux, Wednesday afternoon. Several
Greeks from LaCrosse attended the
funeral. Burial was at Colfax. Pap
pas, who was 35 years of age, leaves
a wife and two children in the old
New Device Saves Time on Rural
Route No. 3.
Eleven rural boxes and one govern
ment collection box, all on one hack
wheel, which is arranged to turn so
I the carrier delivers mail to all the 11
boxes without getting out of his rig,
is a new device reported by Rural
Carrier E. J. Hale on rural route No.
3. Two of these wheels are in use at
the present time on Mr. Hale's route.
One is located at the Saint's Home
and the other at the Dowling place.
Winter Wheat Looking Well.
William Baird was in from Four
Mile this week and reported winter
wheat looking the best that he has
ever seen it at this season.
Twelve ladies and 75 men, all
boosters for a bigger and better Col
fax, attended the reorganization meet
ing of the Colfax Commercial clul>
at the court house Tuesday evening.
William Llppitt was unanimously
elected president and took the chair
succeeding Mayor Tifft, who called
the meeting to order. J. L. Neil,
secretary of the old club was asked
to serve as secretary pro tern.
In accepting the office of vice
president, to which he was elected,
Martin J. Maloney, stated that he
would serve as vice-president or Jani
tor with equal good grace and what
ever his office he would be found
ready to work.
It was conceded without argument}
that the office of secretary is an im
portant one in any commercial body,
and it was decided to make the office
a salaried one, although it was sug
gested the salary should not be high
enough for the incumbent tfi retire
in two years and live without work.
Because the filling of the office re
quired careful consideration the ap
pointment was left to the president
and will be announced at the next
On the recommendation of Charles
R. Hill, an executive committee con
sisting of seven live members will *ie
P. A. Russell, W. A. Nelson and,
Geo. W. Larue were appointed as a
membership committee, and a ladies
auxiliary committee of three will be
appointed later to assist in bringing
the membership of the club up toj
several hundred.
The question of fixing dues in tho
new club was left over to the meet
ing next Tuesday evening, when it is
expected a larger number will be
present and the members will have
an opportunity to decide for them
selves what the tlues shall be. A
suggestion was made that it niigbc
be a good plan to have two or three)
classes of dues, one for business men,
another for men who are not engageti.
in business for themselves and per
haps a third for the ladies. Thiß will
all be decided next Tuesday evening.
A committee consisting of Mayor
Tiftt. E. M. Woodin and J. Hugh
Sherfey was appointed to draw up
by-laws for the club. Before the next
meeting President Lippitt will pre
1-are a list for the executive and
ether committees which he may deem
necessary and will present the names
to the club for ratification.
Tuesday evening, February 13, at
7.30 o'clock, is the time for the next
meeting when the organization of
the* club will be completed. The meet
ing will be held in the court house
and several expressed a desire to see
the room filled.
A club room with a place for
amusement as well as the commer
cial work of the club was discussed
by M. J. Maloney, but no action was
taken. Many questions of importante
will be up at the next and succeeding
meetings of the club and a large at
tendance is desired.
Served With Army in the rtiilippims
Several Years Ago.
Just as his mother was leaving Col
fax to go to his bedside, Otto Dunn
died at the home of his uncle, Win.
J. Dunn at Bouse, Arizona, on Thurs
day of last week. The telegram an
nouncing his death came a few hours
before she intended to start.
The young man who was 35 years,
of age, went to Arizona three weeks,
ago for his health but contracted a
severe cold on the trip and death re
sulted from consumption shortly af
ter his arrival there. He served in
the United States army in the Philip
pines and was sick in that country
but improved In health after return
ing to tYe states until last summer
when he was taken worse. Burial
was at Bouse last Friday.
Instructive Lecture at Hij»h School
Next Friday tfvfninj?.
A stereopticon lecture will be given
at the High school Friday evening,
February 16, on the Yellowstone
National park. The slides have been
secured from the Northern Pacific-
Railway company, and are said to be
excellent views of this great region..
A small admission of 10 cents will be
charged to cover the expressage of
the films. Everyone is cordially in
Officers for New Company.
Eugene Brown, manager of the
company recently incorporated with
a capita] stock of $10,000 for the
purpose of manufacturing his patent
ed sack hoisting device, is in Spo
kane purchasing machinery and ma
terial. His shop has Veen remodeled
and active manufacturing will begin
within a few days. The officers
elected at a meeting of the stock
holders Tuesday are: P. B. Stravens,
president; Seymour Manning, treas
urer; J. C. Monahan, secretary; Eu
gene Brown, manager.

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