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AAAAAAAAA A. A A A A 1 1 W W W W W W W W W W W W W I If Yov'tc Think-1 LOT be sure to look over the NORTH SIDE and buy a lot there. Prices vary from $100.00 TO $160 00 ON MONTLY PAYMENT PLAN. telephone 315. ADDITION I For any one working in any of the mines these Lots should surely be interest ing as north of the NORTH SIDE ADDITION, one of the biggest mines will be opened. The Sauntry,Sliver, Enterprise and the Alpena mines are nearer to this ad dition than to any other part of the city. This fact should be looked into be fore you purchase Lots elsewhere. Come in and let us talk this over with you, as it surely should be worth that much to you. IF. B. ROSSOM Tower Hotel Bit, 231 Chestnut St., VIRGINIA GETTING SOAKED Is a wet proposition, and more than half the time both you and the plumber are to blame. You have no business hiring a blacksmith to do your plumbing. If you let us, you are sure it's ri^ht. GOOD PLUMB ING costs a shade more than worthless work. It is "Money in the End," and besides that, it saves a lot of words not fit for print MESABA PLUMBING CO. s|s 205 MESABA AVE. jpooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooboooooooooon He who enjoys a good cigar Invariably calls for the famed OR "THE ELK" The finest piece of goods for the money on the market Manufactured by OTTO M. SCHULZ TORNQUBT BLOCK VIRGINIA, MINN. bcOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOQOOn §R. A. Hold?idgei I Tlie New Painter I succmssor to w. t. miss Contractor In General Painting and Decorating ft Dealer in Paints, Oils, Varnishes and Wall Paper jjL ifr SIGN PAINTING DON Old Biss Shop 'Phone 305 Virginia, Minn. i£ Ai A. A. A A A W't—rprprrrpr*rpr#r~wiiAti#fitwwww»* ,i Patronise Enterprise Advertisers. 4 4* 4* 4* 4 AN INTERfSJMG CHAPTER ON TAXATION Comparing the Assessment Rolls and Tex Rate of Virqinia With Those off Other St. Louis Co. Communities. A copy of the annual report of the county auditor anent the tax prob lem caught the eye of the Enterprise scribe in the office of City Clerk Bickford on Monday, the tabulated form presenting an interesting Study of valuations, assessments and tax rate in the various com munities of St. Louis county, and at our request Mr. Bickford prepared the following paper thereon for the perusal of Enterprise readers, and for the gratification of Virginia tax payers at the pleasing showing of this city from a taxation and finan cial viewpoint: The. receiving, annually, of the tabulated report of the county aud itor of the assessed valuations, both real 'estate and personal, and in which is also set forth the various funds ior which assessments are levied, is one which is always look ed forward to as the main spring of the state, county and municipal ma chinery and is eagerly sought and perused by those who are familiar with a report which contains noth ing but a mass of figures. The an nual report of this character issued on January 4th, by the county audi tor is gotten up in the exact form as that official has produced them for several years back, with some minor changes, and, while it has the appearance of a page of Greek to those who do not understand it, speaks volumes for those who are partially acquainted with the works of the matter oi taxation, assess ments and valuations and the vari ous others matters coming under the general beading of "Taxation." Too little attention is paid by the tax-payers of all communities as to the terms of valuations and the an nual rate paid per $100.00, and all the other moves of those having in charge the placing of taxes or as sessments against both real and personal property, from start to fin ish, and while this has not been done in this city by only those di rectly interested or who have acted in an official capacity in seeing that it was done, it is deemed advisable hereafter for our tax-payers and those of all communities on the ranges to try and understand the various branches of one of the most important financial events in the interest of the future of all concern ed. The beginning of all this line ot the paying for public expenditure is May 1st, and the assessor is sup posed to assess according to the valuation of all property found assessable, subject to the reg ular exemption, found on that date. The auditor's sheet this year dis closes Virginia's history in the tax ation line, found on line No. 5 of the tabulated form, and is given as fol lows: Value of real property, $0,107, 065.00 value of personal property, $827,636.00 making a total valuation within the confines of the city lim its $9,354,711.00, and the making up of the total tax rate of 22.5 mills is as follows, and each line given be low is the making up of the total rate, by mills: State Taxes 2.1 State School Taxes 1.23 8tate Loan to School District 0-2 Local Mill l. Special School, general fund 3.2 Special School, building fund 0.7 Special School, sinking fund 0.3 County Revenue Fund LI County Poor Fund 0.13 County 8pecial, roads 0.67 County, road-bridge sinking fund. 0,16 County, railroad aid bond fund.... 0.07 County, courthouse sinking fund.. 0.29 County, courthouse bond int. fund 0.12 City, general fund 6.9 City, park fund 1.1 City, library fund 0.5 City, permanent improvement fund 2.7 22.5 The direct meaning of result of the compilation and the various charges for running expenses of the city, state and county portion, and given at 22.5 mills, is that the total tax rate is $2.25 per $100.00 for every $100.00 of valuation as assess ed, or placing it in larger figures means a tax of $22.fO per $1000.00 on the valuation as assessed. The year of 1907 the total tax rate for Virgin ia was $1.51 per $100.00 or $15.10 on an assessment for $1,000000 valuation, thus showing an increase of only 70 cents per $100.00, or $7.00 for $1,000, while the total valuation for this city for the year 1906 in $1,309,678.00 more than in 1907. An item in the 1908 tax levy of $25,000.00 to be placed in the perma nent improvement fund makea the total tax rate somewhat high, but was inaugurated so as to do away with the idea of bonding the city for $100,600 for permanent improve ments, it being considered better to levy this amount annually and draw interest on the sppropriations than to go through the trouble of placing the city in debt and paying an enormous amount of interest. Out of the money collected annu ally for the permanent improve ment lund all contract work, in the matter of street improvements es pecially, will be paid out of this fund, and it will not be necessary tofioat warrants at six per cent against the city treasury and then wait an indefinite time for parties benefitted to pay back toward the construction of any work and there by place the treasury in an embar rassing condition at the end ot each year. As fast as the taxes are col lected on these special assessments the money is placed back in this fund. Otherwise the levy is the aame as in 1907, with the exception of $1000000ior Park Fund and $4,- 000.00 for the Library Fund, and it is expected that in the future the levying of such large amounts will not be found necessary. The mat ter of the running expenses of this city, however, increase with the growth of the city, especially as to fire department and improvement purposes and as to the necessity of placing new officials on the payroll as the work in various departments increases. The general fund bond of 1895, amounting to $17,000, ia paid with the exception of $1,000.00, and this has been taken care of in the 1907 levy. The construction of the county court house, the maintenance of connty roads and bridges and the school taxes, as well as the railroad aid fund, figure very prominently in the raising of the taxes of all county property and seems to be in creasing each year. As an illustration of the low tax rate paid by our property owners, as compared with other communi ties on the ranges, the following statement speaks volumes for it self: Total Total Rate City Valuation Levied per $1000 Eveleth 1.37S.2B.00 81.844.81 73.10 Ely 1.878.992.00 33.448.06 47.10 Biwabik 1.200,468.00 20.050.81 31.70 chiaholm 12.0U8.43L00 150,012.89 22.00 Buhl 4,539,566.00 3*.964.57 16.20 Gilbert 980.730.00 10,003.45 25.30 Aurora 846.81L00 14,941.32 25.7u Stuntz T'p 33,714,775.00 10.335.67 9.30 Duluth 35,408,388.00 569.994.54 33.70 Hibbing 40.783.789,00 22&3S0.22 14.10 Virginia 94S4.7U.00 .104,772.77 22,50 If careful attention is given the above table it will be noted that Eveleth is paying an extremely high rate of taxation and that ac cording to its valuation its tax levy is also very high, while as a direct comparison and to show that valua tion is everything, glance at Hib bing's valuation of $40,000,000.00, lev ying about half what the city of Duluth has and still leaving prop erty owners in that village to pay only $14.10 per $1000.00 valuation. Again, note the $5,000,000.00 differ ence between the Duluth and the Hibbing total valuations, Hibbing's valuation being so much higher than Duluth that it would take the valuations of Ely, Eveleth, Biwabik, Tower and Aurora to strike a bal ance, which, of course, is saying wonders for Hibbing, and the resi dents of that village cannot be blamed for not wanting to incor porate as a city and lose almost the entire valuation. Here are sotue figures that will prove interesting to many of our property owners and those who have always taken an active inter est in the city's finances. They are taken from records in my office and offer more substantial proof than anything that can be saidabouMhe wonderful growth of Virginia dur ing the past five years: Year Valuation Levied Tax Rate 1905 509,763 5,097.61 27.7 1906 2.10*401 27.830 89 29. 1907 8,015,033 31,375.62 15,1 1908 9,354.711 101,772.77 22.5 And still taxes in this city are ex ceedingly low from a property standpoint, and my reason for say ing this is: The valuation in 1905 was a little better than a half million dollars since that year the valuation in creased $8,844,948, but the valuation of "the mines" this year is $8,592,701, leaving a difference in the valua tion, "locally," of but $252,247. Sup posing last fall we had levied $104, 000.00 against $252,247? Looks as though figures lied some but these are all facts taken from official figures, and it is no wonder Eyeleth citizens have had a mass meeting this week to find out how it is they have a valuation of only $1,373,235, and have levied $81,' 844.81 against this, subjecting prop erty owners to pay $73.10 per$1,000.00 and valuations a trifle higher all around than here. The taking in by annexation all tha property that was voted into the city limits in November, 1905, was the greatest "stunt" ever pulled off in this city, although but few tax payers realise what a fight there was by a handtal of citizens to ac complish it. It meant an increase in the real estate valuation of the city of eight and one half millions of dollars—that's all. Again, coming down to our own fair city let it be impressed on the minds of all tax payers that in the matter of improvements everything has been done that is actually need ed with the exception of paving the back streets and avenues and in comparison to other tange towns, while they are not good, we will not take aback seat. It will now rest with the present and succeeding administrations to take up this gi ant question and settle upon some course to pursue to give the outly ing districts some sort of a pave ment, and as the levy this year has been made for this permanent im provement fund a petition to pave any street or avenue is now in or der. No city on the range, or in the state for that matter, can show the improvements and the low rate of taxation that Virginia can and at the eame time show as clean a slate, with the anticipation that a year from date ihe city will not owe a dollar to anyone and still have a good sized "wad" in the city tress ury, with all funds nourishing. It can be seen, therefore, that special attention should be paid by all property owners to the annual levy that is made for various pur poses and to learn more about the actual running machinery of the city. When you want a smoke remember you can get the tlnest at Lusk*s Bil liard Hall. ORDINANCE TO EXTEND PATROL LIMITS Given First Readim at Council Meet ing Tuesday Evening. To Take in Blocks 22,33 and Parts ef 21 22 end 40. Responsive to petition signed by a number of property owners in the blocks named the council at its Tuesday evening session gave read ing to an ordinance for the 'exten sion of the patrol limits of the city, embracing the Chestnut street frontage of blocks 21 and 23, all of blocks 22 and 33 and that portion of block 40 included in the tract of land owned by the Virginia Brew* ing Company and occupied by their plant. This ordinancs has been under consideration for some three weeks past, but has met spirited oppositioni on technical grounds, but the city attorney considers the document is now faultless from a legal standpoint. The council also instructed Ar chitect add iffe, who was present at the meeting, to submit plans and specifications in accordance with a sketch submitted for the improve* mentof the city hall building, it being propoi-ed to build an addi tion to same to come to the alley line on the north and to re-arrange the office and jail compartments. Mr. Radcliffe says that when re modeled as planned the city build ing will present a fine structure, in addition to furnishing needed room. The resignation of several mem bers of the fire and police depart ments were read and accepted, the council at an adjourned regular meeting the following morning again placing these members on the city pay-roll at a deserved in crease in salary. The resignations were made necessary owing to legal technicalities which prevented the council from advancing the salaries otherwise. The milk ordinance was given its second reading and created con siderable discussion. This ordin ance will come before the body for its third and final reading and adoption or rejection Tuesday next. The city clerk was instructed by motion to notify all merchants not to sell any goods to the city with out written order from the pur chasing agent. The council also considered the advisability of the purchase of two lots in the Southside for a hose house, and authorized the calling of bids for 1000 feet of additional hose. Death off E. L. Smith. The following notice ot the illness and death of K. L. Smith, a brother of B. F. Smith of this city and a former resident of Virginia, is from the columns of the Cumberland Ad vocate of the 21st: "E. L. Smith died at his home at Hunkadory, Monday, January 18, 1909, aged sixty-two years. "Mr. Smith was born in Ohio, May 13,1846, but at an early age came west and lived at various places in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He was married March 12,1878, to Miss Han nah E. Abbott, at Luverne, Minn., and about twenty-five years ago came to Cumberland, where he re sided until two years ago when he removed to Virginia, Minn., staying there until last October when he took up bis residence at Hunkadory. He has been crippled and great sufferer for many years, although be worked until about three years ago, when blood poisoning occur red in his crippled limb, making further work impossible. He fought off the encroachment of disease with indominate will, but last Fri day was compelled to take to his bed and on Mondsy death came to his relief. Mr. Smith was a good citizen, a kind neighbor and friend, a manly man, respected and es teemed by all who knew him. Through his long years of suffer ing be was patientand uncomplain ing. He was a firm believer in the Lord Jesus, stating in his last con sciousness that he was ready and willing to go and himself selecting the text to be used and the hymns to be sung at his funeral. He leaves a widow, three brothers and three siBters and a host of friends to mourn his loss. "Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, in this city, yes terday forenoon, Sev. J. H. Chatter son officiating, and interment was at Lakeside." Dissolution of Partnership. To Whom It May Concern: The partnership heretofore exist ing between John Panton and Wil liam White, Trustees, and Alexan der Reid, doing business as Alex ander Reid. & Company, has this day been dissolved by mutual con sent. Mr. Alexander Reid will continue' the business under the same name, and assume the assets and liabili ties of the former psrtnership. Dated at Virginia, Minn., January 16,1909. ALEXANDER RSID & COMPANY, lw By Alexander Reid. M. E. Church. Regular services at the M. E. Chnrch on Sunday next, at 10:30 a m. and 7:30 p. m. The public is cordially invited to these services. F. G. CLARK, Pastor. S39.25 To New York and Return. Via the Sonth Shore, from Dnlnth account Merchant's JuKufstona. Tickets on sale Febraary 10th .. uti „4. February 24th to 28th, limit March 49th. Shr. C. OSBORN. Admitted to the Supreme Court of the D. K. Supreme Court of District of Columbia and Supreme Court of Minnesota. Just a grand old Beverage for people who appreciate a mild stimulant that is at the same time nutritious and healthful Always the Same Good Old Blatz Blatz Beer may be on sale from the keg, or bottled or both. You may be sure of the very cream of quality if you insist on BLATZ. In many places where Blatz signs are not displayed, their bottled brands are on sale. Whether in Club. Cafe or dining Car ASK FOR "BLATZ* OFFICE EVELETH EITHER PHONE O OR 106 FOR A FHJRE. DELICIOUS BOTTLED ESPECIALLY FOR THE FAMILY TRADE CALL 'PHONE 47 AND ASK TO HAVE A CASE OF "HIGH LIFE" BEER DELIVERED I E E W I N WEALTH AND HEALTH® Hefore I got the "Use-a-Telephone-Habit" 1 was a nervous wreck, and was continually troubled with sore »feet anl a flighty brain caused by trying to be in two places at the same time. I called to see the physici-phone and be said all I needed to regain my former happy dispoai tion and to cure the emptyness of tny cash register was a MESABA TELEPHONE. He told the truth. Residence Telephones 5 cents a (lay. Business telephones 10 cents. For further information call telephone 303. ffb Virginia Foundry & Machine Co., FOUNDERS and MACHINISTS. Smoke Stacks. Iron and Brass Castings. Heavy Forgings. New Dipper Teeth. Dipper Teeth Re-Steeled. Prompt attention to all repairs. Car Wheels and Axels in Pairs or Setts. TELEPHONE NO. 43. VIRGINIA, MINN. PHONE 34-L Dr. M. F. Guidinger VETERINARIAN Honorary Graduate Ontario Veterinary College Late let Asst. Surgeon Dr. KTagnesa1 Chicago Hospital Registered and Licensed in State of Minnesota Office with L. Hammel Company Virginia, Minn. JOHN M. MARTIN, Attorney and Counsellor at Law Practices In United States Land Office VIRGINIA, MINN OR. O. B. WOOD DENTIST Office in Sodergren Block. Waatod at Oace. JSnergetic lady with business tolability. Mth, limit March 11th, and again on «... vjimmtitii Mtk itanu *ABdi€SS COBS. F. Bcckroan, cart iMlHUirlt ottce. Short hours. Pleasant work CO. W. S. POLLOCK, LOUIS M. OSBORN ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Practices in all Courts, and United States Land Office. First National Bank Bldg., Telephone Yi. VIRGINIA, MINN. QTTO A. POIRIER ATTORN EY-AT-L A W Ahhistant Countt Attorney U. 8. Commissioner. Homestead and tlmbei and stone entries and proofs received. Admitted ro Practice in All Oou-i*. Telephone No. 12. VIRGINIA, MINN Wrst National Bank Building. M. ARNOLD R. C. PICKERING TF.LEPHONK NO. 322. ARNOLD A PICKERING Attorneys-at-La irst National Bank Bldg,, Virginia Rabinowltz Bldg., Eveleth PRACTICE IN ALL COTTRTS Special attention given to homestead applications, proofs, contests and other Blatters in the land office.