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THE QOLFAX GAZETTE
THIRTY-FIFTH YEAR. HAY TO WORK WITH PICK AND SHOVEL NAMES "GOOD ROADS DAY" AND PROMISES TO PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHES. Olympia, Feb. 14. —In order to de cide as to the best date for holding "Good Roads Day," Gov. M. E. Hay hes addressed a letter to Jno. M. Mc- Caw, engineer of Whitman county, and also to the engineers of all the other counties of the state asking their opinion on the matter, and whether April 12, would be too early for work on the roads, as all citizens are expected on this day not only to talk good roads but to actually get out and work on them witu a shovel, pick, spade, or behind a team haul ing dirt, gravel or road machinery. If possible, the governor would like to have April 12, set for Good Roads Day, as April 11 is Arbor Day and H. B. Dewey, state superintendent of public instruction is advocating the plan of having the two days come to gether, that is, Arbor Day on the 11th and Good Roads Day on the 12th. Gov. Hay expects to get out and labor on the public roads on that day, as he has promised to spend the day with Senator F. L. Stewart of Kelso, and will get out and labor with the rest of the citizens on the roads of Cowlitz county. If April 12 is not too early in the year for such work Good Roads Day will be set for that date. Agents Receive Commission. It is legal for the Board of Fire Underwriters of the Pacific Coast, with headquarters in San Francisco, to send out circulars announcing that insurance agents handling board business only would be paid a com mission of from 15 to 25 per cent, while those handling board and non board business would receive not to exceed 15 per cent, according to a recent opinion given by W. V. Tan ner, attorney general, who holds that the issuance of the circular would not be an effort to combine or to con trol rates, and there is nothing in the statutes of Washington to prevent a company paying a higher commission to one agent than to another. Big Inheritance Tax. Over $26,000 was collected by the stato tax commission Jn inheritance tax from the estate of Michael J. Heney, the Alaska promoter, whose estate was appraised at over $744, --000. This is the largest inheritance tax ever received by the state treas ury. Bogus Agent Goes To Jail. When a man passes himself off as an agent for a company with which he is not connected in any way and sells stock of that company, he is li able to be sent to jail, according to a ruling made by the supreme court in a Seattle case where a man repre sented himself as an agent for the Coos Bay Coal Company and sold stock for the company, altho he had no interest in the concern. The su preme -court affirmed the decision of the lower court which sentenced him to a term In prison. Rates in Legal Tangle. It is set up in the complaints in the suits filed by the Great Northern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound railroads asking for a review of the recent public service commis sion order putting into effect a joint rate to South Tacoma, that the pub lic service commission consisting of Commissioners Jones and Lee had no right to issue the order since the tes timony was taken before Commis sioner H. A. Fairchild, deceased, J. C. Lawrence, who has resigned and Jesse B. Jones. They claim that the majority of the commission was changed by the death of Fairchild and the resignation of Lawrence and therefore its orders are not effective where the present commissioners did not hear all the testimony. If this contention is right it may result in the knocking out of the distributive rate order recently put into effect by the commission, which has cost the commission more than a year's time and several thousands of dollars in obtaining evidence. Institutions Save Money. Several vexing problems were straightened out, and a set of rules and regulations adopted for handling the business matters along more sys tematic lines, at the meeting of the heads of eleven of the state Institu tions which was held in Olympla at the request of Gov. Hay. A discus sion of ways and means of running the state Institutions in a more eco nomical manner was had, and Gov. Hay insists that a better showing should be made this year than last, altho the records last year was the best in the history of the state. It was also arranged at the meeting to have 25 prisoners deemed worthy of consideration transferred from the state penitentiary to the state re formatory. KERR-GIFFORD MEN PROMOTED. B. F. Owsley Goes to Walla Walla to Become Traveling Agent. Several changes In the management of the eastern Washington district will be made by the Kerr-Gifford company in the next few days. B. F. Owsley, who has been district man ager for the territory north of the Snake river to Spokane, will go to Walla Walla to become traveling agent for the company In the Inland Empire. L. W. Lanning, formerly manager of the Colfax office, will suc ceed Mr. Owsley as district manager and Ira Camp will come here from LaCrosse to manage the Colfax office. Mr. Owsley succeeds M. A. Leach, former traveling agent, who has re signed. Mr. Owsley has already gone to Walla Walla and will move his family there after school closes. GIRLS GOOD AMATEUR ACTORS. College Students Get Warm Wel- come la Colfax. Days of Puritan simplicity shortly after the arrival of the first English settlers to America were portrayed in a realistic manner by State Col lege students in "A Rose O' Ply mouth Town" last Friday evening. Only one or two shows the present season have attracted a larger at tendance at the Ridgeway theater. Miss Melcina LaFollette, as the Rose* of the Plymouth colony, was remarkably strong in her part and Miss Winnifred Windus, as Resolute i Story, also did well. They were sup- I ported by a caste with abilities as amateur actors. Miss LaFollette is a daughter of Congressman LaFol lette and Miss Windus is a Colfax girl who has shown dramatic abil ity in high school plays. UTOPIA ROAD WILL OPEN FERTILE VALLEY ORCHARDS AND GARDENS WILL HAVE LIGHT AND POWER IN- STEAD OF RAGING FLOODS. The survey for the extension of the Utopia road has been completed and the right of way has been se cured. This extension opens a water grade route up the North Palouse river from Colfax to Glenwood, mak ing one of the most beautiful drive ways in the Palouse country. Pro tected by the sloping hills and the steep bluffs, it winds around the banks of the river for a distance of nearly six miles, connecting with the Lyons road at the bridge near Glen wood. This gives a direct outlet to Elberton, Garfleld and other points northeast from Colfax. Heretofore, there has been much inconvenience to settlers in the Pa louse Valley, as well as those on the adjacent table lands, for want of a direct outlet to Colfax, west, and especially to points east, north and southeast. To furnish this outlet was the original design of the Utopia road, but difficulty in securing the right-of-way has delayed this exten sion for several years. But the afore mentioned settlers will not be the only beneficiaries of this road, as the same will be used by the public generally and by the people of Colfax particularly, as a scenic driveway of unexcelled beauty, where picnic parties may have access to the shady groves and cooling springs which everywhere abound along the whole length of the road. In the course of time, no doubt, thig road will be macadamized, as abun dance of material may be found at the foot of the basaltic bluffs and in the river bed ready to be distributed as soon as the road is properly drain ed and graded. Only one bridge will be needed the entire length and that but a short one, whose cost will be inconsiderable. And it will not be difficult to un derstand the' further "possibilities of this favored locality when the. great irrigation project, now under con sideration, will have been carried to a successful issue. Power and light can be cheaply distributed throughout its length and the raging floods which occas ionally ravages the low, level tracta along the stream will be a thing of the past. Orchards and gardens and meadows will receive, at the proper season, the benefits of the life-giving waters that once poured through the valley in a turbid and wasteful flood on its way to the ocean. Thus the dream of some of the far-sighted citizens of Colfax and the settlers of the J^Jorth Palouse is in a fair way to be realized, and the not far distant future will see a contin uous line of beautiful homes from Colfax to Glenwood, that will be the pride of the country. Put on Special Stock Train. It has been definitely decided by the 0.-W. R. & N. company to put on a special stock train weekly from Tekoa to Portland. The train will leave Monday mornings at 9 a. m. and will run over the Pleasant Val ley branch. Stock on the main line between Seltice and Winona and the Moscow branch will be taken on train No. 57 to Winona where it will be connected with the special and will arrive in Portland several hours sooner and consequently in better condition, than when shipped by lo cal and through freight as formerly. The time for starting the first spec ial stock train has not been decided. Railroad Planks Crossing. W. Connelly, division superinten dent of the 0.-W. R. & N. company was in this city a few days ago and approved the request of the city council for a plank crossing at Cooper street. While here Mr. Con nelly also agreed to plank ibe cros sings on Last and Main streets. Deochmin to Ruild Garage. The contract for the new garage to be erected by Freeman aud McClin tock has been let to P. R. Deuchmin. COLFAX, WASHINGTON, FEBRUARY 16, 1912. INLAND PROPOSES UNUSUAL OFFER COMPANY WILLING TO PAY FOR PRIVILEGES-SUNDAY CLOSING UP TO COUNCIL. How anxious is the Spokane and Inland Empire Railway company to build up a warehouse district on the west side of Main street between their new depot and the Codd bridge? From the offers made by the officials of the company when in town Mon day it would seem they are very anxious. The plan suggested is this: If the city will permit the railway com pany to use the sidewalk around the freight depot for teams and drays while loading and unloading freight and will permit the company to build a sidewalk with curved depression for gutter instead of the regulation curb, and of the same material as the pav ing, on the west side of Main street between their depot and the Codd bridge, in return the company will place steel beams and decking to re move the ugly jog in the Main street bridge next the court house making that side of the bridge in a straight line with the rest of the street and will construct a concrete sidewalk all the way on the east side of the street between the two bridges. This sug gestion was made to the city officials Monday for their consideration and an official of the company, with pow er to act, will be here next Monday to meet with the council for the pur pose of closing some deal whereby the company can have unhampered use of the sidewalk abutting on the railroad property. Temporary permission has been given the railroad company for ten days to allow drays to drive over the sidewalk to the freight depot. Rev. J. H. Bainton appeared be fore the council Monday evening and asked that all show houses and pool rooms be closed on Sundays. The pe tition which he presented bore 374 names. He stated that he was not asking for favors for the churches but he was asking for a square deal for the 12 religious organizations of the city. The petition was referred to the police committee with instruc tions for a report at the next meeting. It has been found the ordinance intended to compel railroad com panies to maintain a' light at every railroad crossing in the city is un constitutional and cannot be en forced in its present form. How ever, it is believed the companies can be compelled to maintain lights dur ing the time of danger at a crossing and it is believed the ordinance will be amended. As a matter of inform ation it was stated that the Inland company had complied with the pro< visions of the original ordinance. An ordinance providing for the re funding of bonds to the amount of $47,000 against the city passed final reading and was ordered published. Payments amounting to $15,849 have been made on the assessments for the paving and this sum was ordered turned over to the Warren Construction company. The meeting next Monday night will be called at 7 o'clock on account of the K. of P. minstrel show that night. PNEUMONIA TAKES ANOTHER WHITMAN COUNTY PIONEER HAD LIVED NEAR COLFAX FOR 32 YEARS — SURVIVED BY FIVE CHILDREN. John Long, aged 65 years, died at his home south of this city Saturday from pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Bruning undertak ing parlors Monday morning, the ser vice being in charge of Rev. Mr. Rice, an old friend of Mr. Long. Burial was in the Colfax cemetery in charge of the Knights of Pythias. He leaves one brother, Allen Long, of Elgin, Oregon, and four sisters, Miss Rena Long and Mrs. Jane Hal garth of Elgin, Oregon, Mrs. Julett Tanbrook of Haines, Oregon, and Mrs. Mary Leabo, of Lebanon, Ore gon; also, five children, Mrs. Sam Wheeler, Mrs. Burt Gray, Chas. Long, Jacob Long and Lemuel Long to mourn their loss. He joined the Knights of Pythias April 27, 1889, becoming a member of Colfax lodge by initiation. The grand lodge rank was conferred on him in May, 1900. John Long was born in Noble coun ty, Indiana, in 1846. He came from there to the Willamette valley where he was married in 1868 to Frances Ham. In 1871 he moved to the Grande Ronde valley where he resid ed for nine years and then came to Whitman county where he has since resided on a farm five miles south west of Colfax. Building Prospects Are Good. Calling at the office of J. R. Good & Co. in this city a Gazette represen tative found them working on plans for several new buildings. Mr. Good said, "We are receiving many inquir ies and the prospect for work is bet ter this season than for many years. Many of the Inquiries are from farm ers who are planning to take advan tage of the low cost of material." CLUB STARTS WITH SNAP AND VIGOR COMMERCIAL BODY PLANS RE CEPTION FOR VISITING DELEGATES. Alton Tredick, manager of the Bungalow, base ball fan and all round booster, has been appointed secretary of the Colfax Commercial club at a salary of $20 a month. He began h.s duties Tuesday evening and from the way work is piling up he will earn his salary and then some. President Lippitt reports a "bushel" of mail every day. The secretary is authorized to collect dues and 115 members had been re ceived before the close of the meet ing at the court house Tuesday even ing. The membership committee has spent but three hours of active work, and that by only one man. It is ex pected the membership will be doubled or trebled before the next meeting. By-laws were adopted fixing the dues at $8 a year for business men and $3 a year for others. H. G. De- Pledge made a strong plea for high er dues as he declared the club would need much more money. To show his willingness to accompany his ideas with the cash Mr. DePledge had already signed for a membership in both classes, thereby fixing his own dues at $11. A board of managers consisting of 9 members will have charge of the active, everyday interests of the club. The board of managers will consist of the president, secretary, mayor, and six others to be elected by the club. On the recommendation of President Lippitt managers were elected as follows: C. L. MacKenzie, Charles R. Larue and John Bloom for a term of two years and J. A. Perkins, F. A. Russell and H. G. De- Pledge for a term of one year. Weekly meetings will be held by the managers and much of the routine business will be transacted in that way. Dolph Coolidge was elected treasurer of the club. A ladies auxiliary committee was appointed to work in connection with the membership committee. The ladies named were Mrs. G. \Y. Lame, Mrs. C. B. Morely and Mrs. E. D. E'dredge. Paul Pattison suggested the best advertising that can be done for a city is to welcome and entertain dele gates who come to the various con ventions. A meeting is to be held on the first two days of March for the purpose of interesting the govern ment in developing a conservation project for the North Palouse. This meeting will be attended by Governor Hay and Relegates from Franklin and Adams counties as well as by people living all along the Palouse river in Whitman county. A" county meeting of the Farmers' Union, which will probably be attended by several hundred farmers, will be held in Colfax early in March. It> was Mr. Pattison's suggestion that tnese visitors be given a cordial re ception. Acting on these lines the president appointed the newly elect ed board of managers of the club as a committee to devise ways and means for entertainment. Another event which will soon re ceive the attention of the club is the annual horse sTTow to be held about the middle of April. Suggestions of a business men's club in connection with the Commer cial club were given slight considera tion at this time owing to the fact that commercial work is appearing so rapidly that the entire energies of the club will be needed along those lines for the present.. Arrangements for permanent quarters for the club and perhaps a social club in connec tion will be taken up later. FORMER COLFAX BOY KILLED. Milton Harding's Motor Cycle Col lided With Meat Wagon. Milton Harding, born in Colfax and a resident of this city during his boyhood years, died in Portland February 3 as the result of a motor cycle accident in which his skull was fractured. He was a partner with his brother in the motor cycle busi ness and whMe returning to his work after going home to lunch on Febru ary 1, the motor cycle which he was ridin.g collided with a meat wagon and he was thrown to the pavement fracturing his skull at the base of the brain. He died at St. Vincent's hospital two days later. The young man, 29 years of age, was a son of Mrs. L. D. Harding. For some time he was a night operator with the 0.-VV. R. & N. and had been located at Riparia, LaCrosse and Winona. He was buried at Oregon City beside his father who died a number of years ago. Pay Car Restored. After being in the barn for several years the Inland pay car is again making its regular monthly trips over the system. Trainmaster J. F. Ganaway was in charge of the spec ial train which rolled Into Colfax last Friday night bringing the "where vnh-all" to the local employes of the company. The party remained in town over night. The monthly special train will also bring station supplies as well as the "dough." K. OF I\ MINSTREL PROGRAM. j Entertainment Monday Promises to Outshine Previous Performances. | Following is the program which ; has been prepared for the Knights of Pythias minstrel show which is to be given at the Ridgeway Monday even ing, February 19: Opening Overture Chorus "For All Kternity" Antonio Scotti "Lord Have Mercy On a Married Man" Geo. Primrose "Just Because I'm from Missouri" Len Spencer "Mammy's Shuffiin" Dance" Harry Lauder "Doan You Cry My Honey" K. P. Quartette "You'll Have to Take Me Home To night" Hi Henry "Three for Jack" Morcel Journet "What the Engine Done" Lew Dockstadter "I'm Alabamy Bound" Joe Green OLIO. Slack Wire Geo. S f. Leon Musical Specialty S»egel & Barton Drl" K. of P. Drill Team Monologue Cal Stewart Song and Dance Collins & Harlin Marconi's Wireless Message '. John Cort Company COLFAX RIFLE TEAM DEFEATS W.S.C. STARS GOOD SHOOTING RECORD MADE ON LOCAL INDOOR RANGE MONDAY NIGHT. Again Colfax riflemen have shown their superiority on the indoor range. A match with the Rifle Club of the State college at Pullman was held Monday evening, the College boys shooting on their own range with Rosco Phipps of the Colfax Rifle Club present and the Colfax club shooting at the Ireland gallery in the presence of a representative of the Pullman team. The College range is 50 feet and the Colfax range is 60 feet, but the Colfax club gave their opponents the handicap in distance and also al lowed them 10 shots standing and 10 shots prone, while the Colfax team shot off-hand. Colfax won the match, making a total of 1794 points while the W. S. C. team made a total of 1732 points. Following is the score of each man out of a possible 200: T. A. Ireland 195 R. W. Phippß (on Pullman range) 194 Ike Williams 189 Geo. L. Cornelius 184 J. L. Irwin JB3 Art Richardson iso Ora Slate 173 Dr. W. A. Mitchell ZZZZ.'.ZZ. 169 John Fitzpatrick 167 Herb Moller 160 Total 1794 W. S. C. Rifle Club. Woodward jg3 Kimm JBl Sparling 178 Stewart 177 Newman 175 Jones "ZZZZ 173 Melcher 179 Gwe "ZZZZZZ 167 Bonney jg4 Stone ZZZZZ 163 1 Total 1732 Last year the College team was third in a contest with 22 teams. A match was held on the fair grounds Wednesday between mem bers of the Colfax team Dr. Mcßride of Moscow was also present and took part. INTERESTING THE GOVERNMENT Delegates from Franklin County Urge Palouse Project. Several special representatives have been sent from Franklin county to Washington, D. C, to interest the government in tne proposed Palouse project. W. H. Miller, who went as' a delegate from Connell . urned the first of the week. Mr. I, .•• r says: "It is my opinion that he con struction and completion of the Pa louse irrigation project will be real ized within a very few years, if con tinued efforts are put forth in that di rection. "A great deal has been accom plished at Washington in the furth erance of the cause of irrigation for Franklin county lands by the dele gation sent to the capital for that purpose. We received more encour agement than expected." Pasco people are interested in the meeting called by Governor Hay to be held in Colfax, March 2, and the Commercial club of that pface prom ises to send a good delegation. C. T. Gietzentanner is the represen tative of Pasco in Washington, D. C, and reports encouraging news. Dr. E. W. White, who was delegated by the commissioners of Franklin county to go to Washington, returned last week with the Connell delega tion, and stated that they had met with encouragement. The promise had been made in several quarters that as soon as the funds were avail able the needs of central Washington would not be forgotten. Colfax Ships Fancy Eggs. Not long ago a trip to the express office would reveal many crates of fancy birds and eggs for hatching be ing shipped into Colfa*. This is now changed and now the reverse is ob served. Yesterday four crates of fancy birds and more than 100 eggs for hatching were at one of the ex press offices billed to outside points by Colfax fanciers. The Whitman County Poultry show has had much to do with changing the condition in the last two years. PRICE FIVE CENTB. UNION HAS MANY IRONS IN THE FIRE WOULD ESTABLISH BIG STORE AND CONTROL ALL FARMERS' TEL EPHONES IN COUNTY. There is nothing small about the number of schemes in the embryo state in the innermost circles of the Farmers' unions of Whitman county. This week a new one has piped in the incubator. It is the control of all the farmers' telephone lines of the coun ty.. Eggs were put to hatch in the different locals of the county. Tetts have been madt> in the last two weeks and in such places as tho germs were found fertile, delegates were sent to Colfax and an enthusias tic meeting was held Wednesday. Pacific Telegraph and Telephone company men were informed they were not wanted at the meeting; they, however, were persistent and succeeded in getting within ear shot of the proceedings. The proposed plan is to incorporate all of the farmers' lines of the county in one company with exchanges at Colfax and other points and the reg ular monthly charge to include ser vice to any point in the county with out any additional cost. The promo ters of the plan believe a rate can be maintained that will be no higher for county service than is paid at prs ent for local service in Colfax. Afc the present time all kinds of con tracts for different periods and dif ferent charges are in force and be cause of the different rates much dis sention has arisen. The proposed plan is to put every telephone in the county on the same basis. The meeting was a lively one and there was no lack of enthusiastic talkers. Many signed a document to show their good taith in the co-oper ative scheme and a meeting \vas called to be held at Garfleld Febru ary 27 at which time delegates from all the telephone districts of the county will be present for the pur pose of forming an organization. The 36 lines centering in Colfax have chosen John Bloom as their delegate to the meeting. Representatives of the Pacific Telephone company say they have the assurance of many farmers of Colfax and vicinity that they are with the old company. Store Gomes Next. The Union has advanced so far on the proposed organization of a com pany to conduct a union store under the Roachdale system that, an option has been taken on the whole main floor of the Pioneer building, owned by Livingstone & Kuhn. The option is good until April 1. The plan is to sell one membership for $100 to each of 500 men and it in understood the company will not begin operation unless T>oo men can be secured to go into the enterprise. Two weeks ago the proposed company received a good start and at the meeting last Saturday enough more went, in to se cure the taking of about $30,000 of the capital stock. Leaders in the movement in the union say the scheme will be on a sound basis or it will never be launched. The plan of operation includes a 30-days settle ment either by cash or note, there is to be no price-cutting and all profits will be distributed in the form of dividends. Another act of the union at the meeting last Saturday was to increase the order for sacks placed with Bal four-Guthrie company two weeks pre vious, from 300,000 to 348,000. The price was $7.50 per hundred. A committee consisting of F. B. Rogers, Sam Lyons and Claude Hol lingsworth was appointed to look up the twine business. Tuesday, March 5, at 10 o'clock a. m. is the time set for a meeting to be held at the A O. U. W. hall in Colfax for the purpose of organizing the mercantile company under the Roach dale system of co-operation. PIONEER'S FATHER DEAD. Jacob Dycheman Lived to Ripe Age of 83 Years. Old age was the cause of death of Jacob Dyoheman at the home of his son Martin Dycheman, seven miles southwest of this city Wednesday morning. He came to America from Germany 35 years ago and at the time of his death was 83 years of age. For a number of years he had divided his t*me between Kansas and the home of his son in this county. Martin Dycheman has been a resident of this county for 30 years. Funeral services were held at the Bruning undertaking parlors Thurs day afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. H. Bainton officiating. Burial was in the Colfax cemetery. Besides the son above mentioned another son and two daughters live in the east. Justice Doolittle Performs Oremonj. Ethel Stone of Spokane and Prank St. Clair of Wallace. Idaho, were married last Saturday by Justice Doo- Vltle. The ceremony took place at the Hotel Colfax. Saturday Business Was (iood. Some idea of the number of people who visited Colfax may be gained from the fact that the morning traia on the Inland brought 46 luirsengers to this city Saturday morning.