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THE TROY NEWS
P. L. Orcctt, Editor and Publisher. Entered at the postoffice at Troy as Second-class matter. Subscription, ft.00 per year, in .advance. OFFICIAL VII,LACE PAPER. RAILROAD COMMISSION The Idaho legislature ought to pass that railroad commission bill. Let us profit by the experience of other states and do that which can now be done easily. It is said we ought to wait. Wait for what? Till such a time as the sailroads are strong enough to de feat such a measure? Wait until the people have suffered just as our sister state of Washington suffered? Wait till the railroads get ready to have a commission bill passed? As well might a fond mother, sitting by the bedside of a sick child, put off calling a doctor till perhaps the shadow of death has cast its spell over the home. No one should argue that a state railroad commission is not neces sary, for not a single state can be found that has abandoned the commission idea once one is appointed. Read the history of Texas, Iowa, or a score of other states and you will not oppose a commission. The commission is not to be created because of any desire on the part of the people to harass or in jure our railroads. It indicates no de sire to make their operation unprofit able. But it does mean that the people are determined to get a "square deal" and to get it without waiting for the railroads to give it to them, and being compelled to accept anything the railroads may see fit to dole out. Why should Idaho not say: "We do not propose to pass through all that other states have suffered, but, profiting by their experience, will begin now and thereby avoid their mistakes." Let there be some power by which public interest can be safeguarded and protected and to which an aggrieved shipper can go with assurance that he can get justice. Let there be some body powerful enough to prevent rail road discrimination and to determine whether or not car shortage and other matters affecting the people is real or but an excuse to impose hardships upon the people. WILL EXPERT BOOKS. True to its promise to the taxpayers of Latah county last fall the republican board of commissioners have engaged J. W. Moore, of Salt Lake City, an expert accountant, to go over the records of Latah county, back to the time when the books were last ex perted, some eight years ago. Mr. Moore is to get $900 for the job which will require about three months' time. That work has now begun is a source of real satisfaction to the News, for we desire to have the charges of graft, made by a gang of self-conceited, would-be reformers during the last campaign, either disproven cr con firmed. If Axel P. Ramstedt is a thief the people want to know it, and if A. B. Towne and W. D. Smitli and Col. Shaver and the rest of the bunch are liars the people want to know that. We want to know the whole truth re gardless of what it hits or how much it hurts. And now, w'hile we do not doubt the ability of Mr. Moore to do the work assigned him, we would sug gest that the Latah county "reform ers," who profesed to know so much three months ago about county official dishonesty and republican cuss edness, give the accountant their valuable assistance and "put him next" their alleged ante-election facts. If "Reformer" Towne's overcoat is "there just the same," now is the time to put it on exhibition. COUNTY PRINTING. A year ago the Moscow Journal out fit was howling about county printing and demanding that it be let to the highest bidder. At the same time Windy Doolittle Smith was on the other side and insisted that the com missioners give him the job work at his own price. Now the Journal gang have swung around and are condemn ing the board because they did not give the printing to them at a price satisfactory to their idea of the matter while Windy Smith is throwing a fit be cause the board did not allow him to bid. So far as Smith is concerned the board had no right to recognize him,, for his record in this county is not one that would make of him a responsible bidder. For work already done, and for which he has collected double, he has absolutely refused to reimburse the county, although demand has been made fer the $26.60 double charge. But the beard needs no defense, The work has been dene during the I Scores of Ranchers of the high praries have their homes in Clarkston-Vineland While still operating their hill ranches. They do this for the excellent schools and churches and to be near town. Also for the mild winter climate, greater com fort and easier living all around. New lands now on sale under most perfect pipe line system carrying pure mountain water to every tract. Seven churches. Free library. High school and full graded school system. No saloons. Apples and grapes on 5 or I<) acres, pay $200 to $1000 per acre, besides the family supply of fruits, Very healthful; vegetables, milk, eggs, pork, death rate only 7 in 1000; warmer in winter by 20 de etc. grees than surrounding hills; no deep snows. LEWISTON-CLARKSTON COMPANY, Clarkston, Washington. past year at a big saving, and will be done at the same rate during the year 1907. The board, in renewing the contract with the Troy News, making it the official paper, and in again giving the county job work to the Genesee News, did that which will meet the ap proval of those w'ho pay the bills. . man is struggling to get justice, and an other is flying from it. One man is sav ing to buy a house and another is try ing hard to sell his dwelling for less than it cost to get rid of it One man is spending all ihe money he can earn in taking a girl to a theatre or show or sending her valuable presents in hopes that he may eventually make her his wife, and his neighbor is spending all the gold he has saved in trying to get a divorce. One man keeps a pistol to prefect himself against burglars, while his neighbor dosen't for fear of shooting himself or some member of the family. One man pays for his pap er in advance because he can read it This is a sort of topsy turvy world. No one seems to be satisfied. One with a greater relish, while another takes it four or five years without pay ing one cent for it, and enjoys it huge ly all the while. After all a queer old world is this.—Exchange No power on earth, not even the threat of financial disaster, panics and national bankruptcy, can stop the demand for justice in the struggle now on between the people and the giant combinations of capital commonly termed trusts. As long as railroads discriminate and by this power hold in their hands the success or ruin of a single citizen; as long as injustice is imposed on one city while a rival grows rich and populous on favored rates; while corporates interests can and do hold the finished products of their fac tories up and at the same time force the price of raw materials down, the people, now awake to the facts, will not sit contentedly with not an effort to resist. Nor have the people gone mad. The feeling of the masses is one of fairness and the desired end is simple justice; and this the people are demanding and in the end will get. j thunder, Those who profess fear "because the new railroad building into the tim ber is going to hurt Troy" are ignor ant of the true conditions and have no conception of the resources of this sec tion nor the extent of the rich and fer 1 tile territory that lies tributary to Troy It is to be hoped some bill may pass the Idaho legislature during the pres ent session that will forever stop the in cessan; howl against the Mormon people- The public is tired of the whole subject and will welcome any thing looking for the removal of this issue from state politics. The Mor mon people ought certainly be the first to rush to the support of any bill within reason, and if reports are true this is exactly what the Mormon mem bers of the state legislature are doing. But it will certainly be a hard punch for Freddie Tommyrot Dubois, who will be deprived of his campaign that will be developed and enriched, but not taken from more than she loses by the develop ment of Eastern Latah county. Those who really understand the situation have no fear about Troy's future. Troy will gain us. A Kansas man has just succeeded in getting a patent on an electric moter fastened on a cow's back, the electricity being generated by a dyna mo attach ed to her tail. It strains the milk and hangs up the paü and the strainer . A small phonograph ac companies the outfit and yells "So!" when the cow moves . If she kicks a hinged arm catches the milk stool and i ams ker 0 ver the back.—Exchange The Poultry Show to be held in Moscow Feb. 5-9 is something worth encouraging. If there are any good birds in this section let them be sent up. With fresh eggs a luxury it is high time something be done to en courage the industry. Justice of the Peace Bernardini is having no better success in finding a couple willing to be married free of cost than did the Wallace minister who offered to tie nuptial knots at actual cost in his church last Sunday even ing. The fellow who holds on to his tim ber for a few years will reap a rich re ward for his good sense, for stumpage is certain to advance rapidly, power short of a Grover Cleveland panic can prevent it. No One thing certain unless Windy Doolittle Smith digs up $26.60 cents P. D. Q. the expert now looking for A. B. Towne's "overcoat" will find that Latah county taxpayers are out about that much. So far no effort has been made to re adjust the Idaho mine taxation law, and there is a chance here for some ambitious representative to do the people a real service. The present law is rank and rotten. It is said that the corporate interests do not desire a continuation of the Roosevelt policy. No, probably not, but the people all do. Moscow is really to have a payroll this year, but those who earn it will have to shovel dirt on that new elec tric railroad. With the number of statesmen ap plying for the place there should be no trouble in seevring a president in 1908. Now if you want the official county news you had better have your name on the subscription list of The Troy News. The Moscow Journal talks just like there was a law compelling people to take that old rag. When in Troy try a sack of Genesee flour. Sold by W. M. Duthie. r I I i I I sell the best ranges on earth for from $30 to $ 00 . and you will believe me if you will call at my store and give my stoves and ranges the most critical examina tion. J°bn ßotter). I L. J Curry's Pure Malt Whiskey. This celebrated Malt Whiskey is highly Recommended by the Leading Physicians of this country for family use as a Medi cine, Tonic and Stimulant. Sold only at drug stores. Purity Guaranteed. C. V. Johnson 5 Sole Distributor for Troy Try a sample bottle—If not satisfactory, MONEY REFUNDED, r xlxl XIIX Ifxl s X X Consider Carefully X X X X X X S) X X X X X X X X '1 he spending of every dollar. If 3' ou do you will leave some of your cash at our store. For the holidovs we are prepared to supply your wanns. \\ e have suitable presents for everybody. X X X X X X X X C. A. Broman. X X X X X) BEEBIZEIZitEBIEIZ X —You Can Get a— i éâÆ Square Meal U I ji When in Troy at the Enterprise Cafe SQUIRES & LEE. Proprietors. MEALS AT ALL HOURS.