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The Lewiston Teller
vol- » LEWISTON, IDAHO, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1906 INSSODLA TO LEWISTON plans of the Northern Pacific Believed tt fee Made Atang These Lines. PORTI-AND, March 23.—The Ore gonian «ays: W1U the Northern Pa cific straighten out its line between Portland and Missoula, Mont., estab lish an easy grade and cut off hun dreds of miles from the present line? This is the question * that is being -asked by the railroad men in view of the recent railroad developments in the j northwest, and the majority of those, who ask the question expect an affirm-; alive answer. __ j A short time ago the Columbia River A Northern railway, running from Lyle to GoldendaJe, was bought by Henry P. Scott and the assumption Is that Northern Pacific money was be hind the deal. The Northern Pacific people say they know nothing of the purchase, but so do those who repre sent the (Treat Northern, the other al leged purchaser, and for that reason the matter Is in doubt. But on top of the purchase by Mr. Scott, President Elliott, of the Northern Pacific, made a special visit to the northwest, stop ping at Tacoma, Seattle and Spokane, and traveling over the branch lines farther to the east On the heels of Mr. Elliott's visit a surveying party, under Engineer Pollard, of the North ern Pacific, is sent to Culdesac and out over the territory between that place and Missoula, where It still Is. All these things have made people ask for the reason of the concurrent visits and sales and for the general activity. In explanation the^ hold that it is un doubtedly the Intention of the manag ers to build a shorter road at an early date. Wants Lin« on North Bank The dream of the Northern Pacific for a route down the north bank of the Columbia is not a thing of the past and I is not dead. The men at the head of j the company yet look to the day whenjttce. there will he a bridge across the Co- j I lumbia either at Vancouver or Kalama.| or perhaps farther up the stream. Thai j such would be the case ultimately has) been admitted time and time again by j officials high in the councils of the road, though it rested in the future in definitely. Only a few days ago a party of en gineers left St. Johns after having »pent days In sounding the river above and below that place, presumably for bridge foundations and piers. The men were non-committal but they were In the employ of the Northern Pacific and made extensive examinations of the bottom of the Willamette. It has been stated in Portland during the past three weeks by a man promi nent in financial and business life that the Northern Pacific intended to com mence the construction of its north bank line inside of IS months from this date. This man is connected closely with the plans of that company and has foundation for what he says. Road May be Constructed All these circumstances jead to hut one conclusion, and that is to the con struction of the long-promised road along the Washington side of the river and to the east. The Northern Pacific has in the past few years secured pos session of the short line from Vancou ver to Kalama: it has purchased the old Portage road right of way opposite The Dalles: it has had men at work quietly buying up rights along thej river until it now controls, either by' promise, practically thej Vancouver and) purchase ot entire .bank between ie. and now it is rumored, and not contradicted, that it has bought the '•oldendale line reaching out toward he main line at Prosser through the Yakima valley. Surveyors Invade Country These things are significant and so is the pies en t invnsion of the Lewiston j country bv the Northern Pacific sur veyors, under Mr. Pollard. The North-[home ern Pacific officials explain this visit hy tile Story that the right of through that country has now lapsed 0r is ahout to do so. and it is necessary to »survey the line a fr: "i' hi»e which it lose, hi sme«. ild. n order s not desired - o tory is good as far it undoubtedly tr le that tJi*■ 'em pan y doe* not wish to lose the right vvav, and it may he true jti it if ir is ,n k "Pt 't. ! ■ to he used. Thp reft»rc. all indications point to °.hstrtiction in a short time. Ir is said n he the intention of the i -.'p i 'v to "iii'1 from Vancouver to J-yle. from ^iii' li place the tracks of the Columbia orthern will he used to the terminal Goldendale. Then it is to he expect 'he line will he built through the northeast, and on Yakima valley along a ltn Snit * e to Junction with the main p -it Prosser or n»,y that place. New Tracks Will be Built j ' * 1 yton again, or at Pleasant View ° ,errn inals to branch lines in ea-st "*• that R irkleton throiiaph the ern Washington, new tracks will be built across country through to Lo Lo Pass in the Bitter Hoot mountains to Missoula. Mont., thus straightening out the line, giving an easier grade for the greater part of the distance aiul cut* ting off miles of unnecessary travel. The present road from Portland to Missoula is like a letter "S" on the map. running from this city to Ta coma, then down again to Pasco, to the northeast again to Spokane and southeast to Missoula. The projected route will cut out all of the big bend« and make practically a straightaway j line between the two points. This is the story circulating in rail road circles, and it seems to have foun- j dation upon which to rest. If it is so,' and the rumored plans of construction are carried out as intended, two years from now will see Northern Pacific trains and terminal grounds in Port land handling a great business which, will be tributary- to the line from the rich country al(>nK , he Columbia, ! through eastern Washington and the state of Idaho. lea les: ANOTHER RAIL ROAD PROJECT Butte Man Says he is Going to Build a North and South Road. Charles A. Knodle of Butte, Mont,, writing to Matt Lundin of the Imperial 1 Corona O. M. Co. of this camp, says the Elk City Mining News, says: I "I am looking for a good lease and bond on a gold property, free milling, ore. One that has a good surface showing, and values that would war-i rant development work to make a mine out of the property. "What I want is a lease and bond; | lea.se to run eighteen months or even one year, at 2f> per cent royalty on all ores produced and shipped or milled; bond to he taken up at expiration of or before then, at the option of . This is the customary prae If 1 took a bond without a lease I should expect to make a cash pay nient down. I trust you can give me some information in this regard, "I am engaged In promrfting a rail road company from Lewiston lo Sal mon City, to run through the Salmon valley and tapping the Buffalo Hump and Thunder Mountain districts. Would like to have a list of the mining com p.anies and the monied people In the Elk City district, with a statement of, the -toilage of ore the mines there could give a railroad company, and I' will endeavor to include a brunch to: Elk City from Orangeville from thej main line. * , ■'Pome of the Lewiston business men are already taking an interest in this: project for the purpose of securing in-j corporation papers and franchise from I the state, and I have the prospectus nearly ready for the printer (with map' of route), and am at work on the mat ter of selling the stock and bonds to build the road. If any of the Elk City people wish to come in on the incor punition, they may do so by commun b ating with Eugene A.. Cox. secretary of the Lewistqji Commercial club shares will he $100 par value. Yours truly. CITAS. A. KNODLE." The t'AMERii.N, heaviest rain Pnflati h p .ai Friday night. CAMERON NEWS NOTES Rainfall Has Had an Excellent Effect on C od Conditions engaged .. past two. n in M j Mr and wny-Giffo 1 are we.'?. : ' .drew F.vt March 22 .—The] i;is f.-illen on the over a year fell 1 little stream was 'atnrrlay morning.* full to ov Farmers work her. 1 this time fine. Miss Alma Hammond school work here for the nths left last week for her re farther along with their ! this year than ever before at! of the season. Crops look I has been Hem" Brimmer, tives here of . iston ta ints o). Friday, and left for his home in M Wlckliffe R. Hmitli. principal of the school at this place, received a letter last week from the president of Rards town college announcing that that col « lege would confer on him the degree of "Master of Arts" at the commence ment in June. Cards are out announcing the mar riage of Miss Emma Schultz to Mr. Leo. H. Weber on next Thursday at 2 o'clock. RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION PERIOD NOW M Umr D RAWING NEAR More Engineers Arrive to Survey Down Snake River—Chief Engineer Pearson is Here Personally Directing the Work. The railroad construction problem is "<* w < usi.iK much anxiety to the peo pie of this section and from recent de velopments the rival roads in this vi clnlty are also on the alert. As each day passes some new feature «rises to indicate more plainly that the balance ha, '* s favorably for construclon. E. J. Pearson, chief engineer of the JSwth em Pacific was an arrival In ths city last evening on his private car Which was attached to the Spokane Incofning i train. He Immediately engaged a team ■ and together with Agent \V. J. Jordan a trip was made to Clarkstofi and after j reurnlng to Lewiston a detour was made of Normal Hill. Mr. Pearson was j seen last evening In his private car but when asked concerning construction laughed the subject off and closed as tight as a clam. He talked of the won derful growth of this section and ex plained the work that was being done one the main line near Spokane In straightenlng grades and when aeked If the company would straighten out grades or make Improvement» on Pa-|tlon louse and Clearwater branches replied He stated that-the 1 that it would not. company would this year Increase its I rolling stock to 3.000 box cars and 62 engines.. He said that there would be i no dearth of cars to handle the crops In this section this year. j Mr. Pearson Is a very pleasant talker and Imparted much Information con cernlng railroad grades and trackage, | When, pressed again for information relative to the object of engineers be log In this field he refused to ijiscuss the subject, dosing the interview. Mr. Pearson stated last night that he had not planned what he would do during the next few days but intimated that he would spend the time In this section. This morning he left with his and thirteen men car for Culdesac where he is now In consultutlon with Engineer Pollard who is in charge of the forty men now working on the reservation. ' A new party of engineers are now camped on the south hank of the Rnake near Clarkston. Engineer Estep oninrlse the party iijirii __ FIRE RATES ARE COT Insurance Company Lower Rates in Business Section of the City, The tire insurance companies have announced a reduction in the rates for this city, to take effect September 1 last, and return premiums will he given on all policies written since that time. The new rate hook is revised throughout, and while the reduction is not entirely uniform, it will average 5 per cent in the business portion of the city, even the old frame business buildings being included in the reduc tlons. There is practically no change M n rates through the residen ce por 1 tif>u r the city. The reduction has been t mutght about hy the substantial churn «ter of Lewiston ! busness building ed to supplant I city ha? »apply. that are being erect the many old frame structures, and also to the fact that the reeentlv increased the water \nether thing that has aided in securing a reduct'on in rates, when all other towns in the state remain as of old. is that the moral haz ard of the city i above the aver \V. st.lt H. Gibson of Ban Francisco, spe cial agent for the American Fire In surance company, who is in the city, said: The moral hazard of th whole is low, and this is that the insurance com] have tlie two thirds clause lion, hut the moral hazard Lewiston is far above the : this has had a great <1 bringing about a reduction. "< if course the general improvement ill the class of buildings has aided as has also the better water supply. A paid fire department would tend to •!.;Tr-S imiSf is a protec u' Boise and yerage and • ii*to do in __ . . . . bring better rates, but I am not 2 pared to say whether it would bring a reduction in rates sufficient to offset the extra taxes required to maintain the department." W. S. Gill, resident special agent of Spokane, is also here. and they came direct from Tacoma, Supplies were purchased here and yes terday morning tents were pitched at the camp. It is believed that the ob Jeot of this party Is to survey the line down the south bank of the Snake to Alpowa . reek where the river will left and a line run to Dayton ing with the Hunt line. i the vicinity of Little .Canyon and are 1 ■ proceeding In this direction. It Is be- 1 lleved that this party will eonnevt thej j reservation line with the Rlparia branch which will traverse the north 1 j bank of the Snake. j The Portland Oregonian treats with the railroad situation at some length bp on nee t- I I Engineer Klippel and party of the R. ft N. company are still working | n i In Its editorial columns and in part says : "The Northern Pacific ahd the Great Northern, which divide with the b. R. & N. Co. the traffic of Oregon, Wash ington and Idaho, have always been more aggressive In territorial acqulsl Pa-|tlon than the Harrlman roads. Both the O. R. A N. and the Northern Pa elflc started for the Clearwater coun over an easy and natural route, and the Northern Pacific over a difficult i and unnatural route. » The O. R. ft N. was quickly bluffed out of the race by j the Northern Pacific over a shrdlu u the Northern Pacific, and the latter road Is today hauling out of a territory that Nature herself Intended should come out over the O. R. ft N., an Im mense traffic. One O. R. ft N. ndmln istratlon after another has been prom Ising to build Into the Wallowa coun try. to lay the rails on the practically completed grade up Snake river from Lew iston, to go Into the Central Ore gon country, and even to enter the marvelous forests of the Nehalem: but nothing has ever come of theRe prom ises. This,Indifference, cowardice, lnek of judgment, or whatever may he the ' cause of these dilatory tactics, has re suited in large diversion to other ports of a volume of truffle which would nat orally have sought an outlet at Port land. Idaho's Attorney General Arrived MR. 6UHEEN IS HERE last Nif ht from Boise to At tend Supreme Court. Attorney General J. J. Ouheen ar rived in the city last evening from Boise on business before the supreme court which Is now in session. Mr. Guheen will represent the state in the Harness rape case which originated in this county. He will also before leav ing for home make an argument in the Payne Sly case which comes from Latah county. This is Mr. Gnheen's first tr*p to Lewiston and he is perfectly delighted with the appearance of the city. He states that he has hcen deluged with nci urnulated work in his office at Boise and has hardly had time to get down to the routine work of the office. a There is considerable work to be accomplished In the reorganization of »he land department." said Mr Gu 1"« evnlng. "and the matter has ***" »»'«'ed In the hands of Mr. E. L. Marvtn who is well equipped to handle the details of perfecting a system." Mr. Guheen is a member- of the state land board and is much interested in that ther Mantling th;it the who sen '»n<1er thi the work that notice. In speaking states that inn sent in asking ing the interpr not had time into the s ibjei -ill hefor hi? of the peddlar law h< nv inquiries have beet for an opinion concern dation hut that he ha to thorough! v ex-min He ?s, h j ; j ! j ; -ts interpret» Ihr matters head. county attorney - onsulted on the ir» doubt. Mr. Guheen will probably remain in the city until Sunday morning. Fire at Whitebird GRANGEVILLE, March 24.—-Fire la«t night destroyed a portion of the business section of Whitebird. The loss was about $26.00(1 with about one third covered by insurance. THE SENATOR'S DAUGHTER Stock Production Stagod Company by Kaith ia Good l ,la,,pp - s P etlHlt .v line was the Hebrew char The Keith company last night put on the Senator's Daughter which is a strong four-act society drama with scenes showing life of the upper set at the nation's capital. The leading role was portrayed by Mias Leo ta Howard who acquitted her self in her usual charming manner. Del. Lawrence as Lord Terry Bersford was splendid and Mr. Lawrence's delinea tion of the English character was com plete. The balance of the cast were fully up to the standard and altogether the large audience present showed Itself to be appreciative by frequent ap The hit of the evening In the ;acter sketch by Mr. Phillips, The Production will be kept on the boards at the Qlnnard until Sunday 0.j"'« ht wh » n « w,n Five way to "Old Kentucky. OPEN EON SETTLEMENT Plats for Ninety Thousand Acres in Salmon River Country will be Filed Tomorrow. > Over 92,000 acres of land situated in the vicinity of Whlteblrd will be open for filing after tomorrow. All the land is located In townships 30, four west; 81, one west; 30, one east and 27, two east. The land Is principally range and pasture land with a small percent age of timber lands. It Is In the heart of the choicest belt of land In the Sal mon river country and many settlers arrived here this morning to make fil ings. The stnte has sixty days prior right In which to make filings on all this land with the except'on of the lands actually occupied by settlerR be fore the plats were published. Last Tuesday the officials of the local In ml office received a telegram from Commissioner W. A. Richards tem porarily withdrawing from all disposal about 700,000 acres of valuable white pine lands located In the district j northeast of pierce. The Information came without warning and is a com- ' piete surprise to local parties. But a ! very short time ago the Weyerhmiser j people laid 3.800 acres of scrip in this ! district and the Bchofield syndicate and! Northern Pacific have holdings In the: district. The land temporarily with- I drhwn Includes five townships which' would have been open to entry April 14. The withdrawal takes from entry practically every stick of white pine not already located and will leave the numerous timber I waters without a calling in this section. The following Is a copy of tlie telegram received at the local land office; "letter to you dated today, teni(x>r arily withdraws from all disposal ex cept under the mineral laws, all vacant unappropriated public lands In town ships 39 and 46 east of range six, in township 41 east of range three east, In township 42 east of range two east, townships 37 range seven, eight and nine east and townships 38 range eight and nine east." Special Agent H. C. Oullom of the t'nited States land office returned home this morning from a week's trip to the Salmon river country. Mr. Cullom re ports having had a hard trip owing to the rains of the past few days. In to as by its to of , j ; I ! j STRIKE IN WERDENHOFF Big Creek District Fast Cor F root ing to the j ; , A report i district that amount of w that all the in from the there is a c irk being dont claims that worked are showing up fine, says thej Thunder Mountain News. The Wordenhoff people have struck ore in the lower tunnel that looks good, i j The company is preparing to put more ; men to work as soon as it ran make' j room for them In the mine. Goldman. Lyden and others connect ! '-it with them have stria k ore at a j depth of 106 feet that pans frely. Hotfoot Davis rs said to have a won ; derf-'l showing. He has 60 feet of solid "re tria» assavs from *8 to #25. He has Big Creek! mshl rable; there and are being ! ■. says the ■ ' irk I—achcri -he,, Kd H. ird' th led* in couple or three weeks. Other proper ties In the district are showing up equally as well, hut it was impossible !.. get all the facts concerning the dis trict bur everything seems to look well. There is another factor to he reck oned with in the Rig Creek district. A fac t too. which probably accounts for the fine weather that we have been i having this winter They- have a Sun j shine society at Logan. Mrs. Anna j Napier Ed wards is president. STATE WANTSJEMi County Treasure Mwt Ott to. Reports on License, to Land Money*. BOISE, March 23.—The force In tttor state auditor's office fis eitssiUnK #AAh» the subject how to make the MUM county treasurers settle xHth -the lUM for money received for BAh Mi (MM licenses, and for mohey iwefvM ••» the sale of state lands and Interest «h-, »täte funds. The fish and gqme law, wHteh www; enacted two y«/s ago, fcfovldêt» tf!*T: county treasurers should settle wdffir< the state auditor every ninety day» In some Instances no report has been received since the law went Into ef fect. State Auditor BragnNr to deter mined that the county tretonirerr aMMKl comply with the provision« of the Uwr and make their report and remit* tlto amount received for licensee or He- wfflt? know the reason why. When the blâadfc licenses are sent out they are cfiarigMff to the county to which they it» tontx and the amount remains on the boeto - as so much against the county until ttte llcenses have been accounted for, either by a return of the unused licenser M its equivalent In money. When the *?-■ censes are sent to the counties they- are then distributed to the Justices of the peace, who are authorised to issue them . to the people. The Justices are re quired to make a report every ninety days to the county audltOi, who 1»» turn Is required to make a report to tho state auditor. Many of the county treasurers have failed to comply wltSs this provision of the law and they arr now being called upon to make theft report. Some of them made their re ports in due form and lime and some have since the state auditor got busy but it seems that n few of them ax c waiting for the state to exercise Its atr— thorlty. Wants Report on Btiii Lands A similar state of affairs exist re garding money received by the several-! counties on the sale of state lands. The law requires that the county treasur ers shall make n report to the state treasurer of the a mount of money re ceived for the sale of state lands, pay ments on contracts, interest received^ Interest accruing to the state, etc. Rom» of the county treasurers have bee» very derelict In their duty and the »tat» auditor Is at a Iocs to know Just hoe* matters stand. Si r. e of the eouirty trensurers have r :>i!e full reports unit remitted the amount due the »tatet Others have re|K>rted the amount bug. have not remitted. Pom? have remit ted the amount due the state without making a. report, while a few have pnldt vio attention -to the matter In any re spect. Mr. Braga \v 1= determined that: the treasurers shall make a full un& complete report of the matter and re mit the amount due nr else he will sew what can he done to force them to » proper observance of the law. County Settlements Are Stow The county treas ir rs of the states are slow In making ttif'r annual settle ments with th» stufe, although they have plenty of time in which to dit I'nder the laws of Idaho all taxes be come delinquent in the counties ini rhe .first of January, and the rnuntfhu he— come delinquent to *■* ;te on the tirs* of July If not settled before that Bine.* So far only three eo iitfes. Fremont. Bannock and Idaho, have settled in f U!f Bannock county in tu king settlement, overpaid by $190 which hf!« beep crerT— ited to next ycir's f >v A number nt' counties ha\e been i arrears p> tie state for a number of years. Ji.rnxgr Audltor Turnei' ud; r istratlon art ef fort was made to c r ' rhose t out it s to* levy a special e ent to v ne fmt i ,his deficiency special assessrre more than #400 *b p count! 'h** state. It Is has paid more i due. In Bnnru iitv the con nt vas levied when surplus was raise»* ■ treasurer has sent te» the nr.lv county w-hiefv into the state than is Gr»n-te Company Reorganized " At a meeting of the Idaho Granite company. Tuesday night the following President, V. G. A. NV h r torson: treas trustees: V. n. T \ Huse officers w ere <...... I.andquist: vie- pre-d.l• hood:.secretary. M. M. c. ui-er. C. H. Llngenfeltor I.andquist. H. M. Deter -, bye. G. 11, Nehrhnod. Mi*. Landq-iisf will ; e a, .'ve man agement. Cf th-- prone it-, ard place- a force of men at work a: once. He oil: leave shortly for Portland and ottier points to look up the Granite marks» Beet Sugar Company Organized BILLINGS 8 . Mont.. March 22.—Ttu Billings Bug-- company has filed ar- tides of incorporation with a capital stock of #750.000, divided into Trito* shares. The purpose of the company to to operate one or m»vre plants for the manufacture and refining of sugar f ro m sugar beets, and to acquire the lnntos* necessary for such business. V,'