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The Lewiston Teller
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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
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
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
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
»survey the line
a fr: "i' hi»e which it
lose, hi
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.
Butte Man Says he is Going to
Build a North and South
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.
heaviest rain
Pnflati h p .ai
Friday night.
Rainfall Has Had an Excellent Effect
on C od Conditions
engaged ..
past two. n
in M
j Mr and
wny-Giffo 1 are
: ' .drew
March 22 .—The]
i;is f.-illen on the
over a year fell 1
little stream was
'atnrrlay morning.*
full to ov
work her. 1
this time
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
has been
tives here
. iston ta
o). Friday, and left
for his home in
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
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
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
There is practically no
M n
rates through the residen
ce por
1 tif>u
r the city.
reduction has been t
hy the substantial churn
«ter of
! busness building
ed to supplant
I city ha?
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
H. Gibson of Ban Francisco, spe
cial agent for the American Fire In
surance company, who is in the city,
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
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
on nee t- 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
Idaho's Attorney General Arrived
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.
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
th;it the
who sen
'»n<1er thi
the work that
In speaking
states that inn
sent in asking
ing the interpr
not had time
into the s ibjei
of the peddlar law h<
nv inquiries have beet
for an opinion concern
dation hut that he ha
to thorough! v ex-min
?s, h
-ts interpret»
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.
Production Stagod
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
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
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.
Big Creek District Fast Cor
F root
ing to the
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 ■
-he,, Kd
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
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.
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—
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
,his deficiency
special assessrre
more than #400
*b p count!
'h** state. It Is
has paid more i
In Bnnru
iitv the
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.

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