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THE PALOUSE REPUBLIC VOLUME XXV, NO. 5. BACKS LOCAL SCHOOLS NINE-MILL SPECIAL AS NECESSARY TO MF.~T COMMISSION- SANBORN TALKS ROADS. Palouse chamber of commerce. the luncheon Saturday noon. at HOtel Palouse. at which some 30 were present, endorsed by vote. an sl~ecial nine-mill school district No. 9, to meet *enses of the next school year. Murray, cashier of the Farmers bank; M. D. McPherson. of the Security State bank, I. C. Peterson. chairman of tlle commi(tee of tlle chain- , and Superintendent H. A. Ellis. called into conference last week the members of the school board the~ matter of finances for the year gone into thoroughly, the result that Mr. Peterson rec- to the chamber an en- of the nine-mill levy, had been decided upon as ncc- t(~ cover the necessary expert- expenses of the district up to 1 this year were $22.963.72, an estimated outlay for the bal- er the school year of $7,000, a total of practically $30,000. expenses for the next year, the of the school hoard esti- Will not be less and should be as it will be necessary to in- s new furnace in the South Side bl:ilding and to replaster at a portion of the high school It is estimated that the will cost $500 and the plus- .000 or more. according to the fig- "compiled for the chamber of will be as follows: From state approximately $11,000, the county $6.400, making of $17,400. The ten-mill levy does not require a vote. will $7,360. This amount the apportionments, gives or $5,203 less than the needed to meet the actual expenses of the school. To this a~ount and to provide the money to install the and to do the plastering nec- a nine-mill levy on an esti- of $736,000. la und~erstood that the furnace necessity, and Super- Ellis stated that the condi- of some of the rooms in high :~chool building is such they are unfit for occn- by the children without being tie also urged, for the of the school, that in so far as the same teachers should Many of those present meetin~ Saturday are heavy ayer~ nud all were in hearty ac- ~ith the move to raise sufficient to keep the schools up to their standard. The endorsement voted on motion of R. L. Smith. Sanborn Present. -_t]. Sanborn of Pullman, county for this district, was and on request of President was introduced by R, L. chairman of the highway corn- , Mr. Sanborn stated that it be a physical impossibMtty to Ml the roads desired during the year and did not commit him- any road proposition. He ex- deep interest in the Inland highway and stated tha~ i~ necessary for the county to the road from here to Pull- He refused to give any en- regarding the four and miles of road south from the Idaho line, petitioned for Donahue act, although Mr. called attention to the fact per cent of the own- property had signed 1~. Murray, representing the VolJ department, brought up of the proposed siren for The proposition but no definite action . some lyelieving that, 'because !.high ,price quoted for the Out- )pportune time to OPERETTA WAS REAL SUCCESS Palouse People Pleased With Work of Girls' Glee Club. The .Japanese operetta. "The Feast of/the Little Lanterns," given in the Auditorium last Friday and Satur- day evenings by the Girls' Glee club of the Palouse high school, directed by Miss Ruth Teeple instructor in music, was pronounced by many to be the most elaborate affair ever at- tempted by the Palouse schools, re- flecting credit not only upon the di- rector, but upon the 30 high school girls who participated. The cos- tumes and scenery were'both made by the girls and were elaborate, the stage presenting a most attractive picture. The sale of tickets made it necessary to repeat the operetta Saturday night, the Auditorium be- ing practically filled the second night, as well as the first. Many were present from out-of-town points. The receipts from the ticket sales, above the expenses, amounted to a consider- able sum. and will be donated to the school for some specific purpose.. Many Hear Lecture. A large audience greeted Dr. G M. tiammond. Kentucky orator and na- tional representative of the Ameri- can Anti-Saloon league, at the Bap- tist church Sunday morning. Dr. Hammond discussed civil government in its relationship to christian work and explained in detail the present status of the liquor question in Amer- ica. pointing out that the eighteenth amendment is inoperative unless backed up by adequate enforcement laws. the making of which laws is entirely in the hands of congress. Dr. Hammond is a most interesting speaker. Cut Price of Flour. JFor the first time in several years, Palouse people are given the oppor- tunity of buying flour at almost pre- war prices, and buying a home pro- duct at that. The Palouse Milling company is putting a carload of mar- quis and.forty-fold blend on the mar- ket in sack or barrel lots, at $6 per barrel, of $1.50 Per sack, which ~s putting the price down in keeping with the present price of wheat. g, l, SCOTT DIES AFTER YEARS OF SUFFERING Body Found in His Home Sunday ]~vening~Had Lived Life of Re. cluse for Years. ~After some five years of suffering, greater than it is given most men to bear, three years of which were spent alone in his home in the east part of town, C. T. (Tony) Scott, passed away ~ometime Sunday afternoon or eve- ningY While kind neighbors had giv- en him all the attention possible dur- ing his years of helplessness, there was no one with him when the end came.~ He was found about eight o'clock by ~V. D. Martin, who had been employed for the pest few weeks to see that his needs were supplied each day. About four o'clock Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Huns- perg~r, who live near. and who have 0sen untiring in their ministrations to the helpless man, called to see him. but found him apparently asleep and did not disturb him. It is thought now that he may have passed away before their visit. Earlier in the day ~r. j. Fagan, an old-time friend, who had also been untiring in his ~tten* tion. had called. The condition of the man had been such for several weeks that death was expected any time. C. T. Scott was born in Kansas 64 years ago, coming west when a young man and spending many years here in the early days of the tov~n. Some 10 years ago he went to Montana where he took up farming, but his health failed him and he returned to Palouse about five years ago. The na- ture of his disease was such that his suffering was continuous and intense. He preferred to bear it alone, how- ever. He is survived by a daughter, who lives in Portland. his aged mother and two brothers in the east and a brother, David Scott, in Spo- kane. The latter attended the fune- ral, which was held Tuesday after- noon, interment being in GreenWood cemetery. A number of friends and neighbors accompanied the body to] the cemetery, where a short talk was made by G. D. Kineaid, in keep- iflg with a request made by the de-' eased. PAZOUSE. WHITMAN COUNTY. WASHINGTON. FARM REALTY DEMAND GROWS PREVAILING PRICE BELOW THAT OF LAST SEASON--B. J. JONES INCREASES HOLDINGS---NOW OWNS 1040 ACRES. For several months following the ~tart of the slump in the wheat mar- ket. the farm real estate market in tt~e Palouse country was at a stand- still, farmers and investors refusing, on a falling market for grain, to pay the prices which had been reached when wheat was selling above two dellars a bushel. With the opening of spring, however, there has been a demand for Palouse land. but not at the war-time prices. The prevail- ing price now is about $100 an acre. based on the present price for wheat, and other farm products, and it is1 believed that the price will not go much, if any, below this figure for good land, while some well improved farms will demand considerably more, $100 being considered a low price for Palouse soil. The most extensive deal made in this vicinity this spring was made this week when B. J. Jones, one of the big land holdeits of the district eai~t of Palouse, bought the half .~ec- tion belonging to the estate of the late William Erich. This is choic~ wheat land, but is not highly im- proved. The consideration was $32.- 000, or $100 an acre. The land is situated four miles northeast of Pa- louse, near Mr. Jones' other holdings. Mr. Jones now owns 1040 acres of RECENT WHEAT SALES HEAVY SMALL PERCENTAGE REMAINING IN HANDS OF GROWF.~RS--AVF~R- AGE PRICE FOR CROP BELIEV- ED ABOUT $1.50 PER BUSHEL. //Much of the wheat held through the winter by Palouse farmers has been sold durin~ the first half of April, [e~ving in the hands of the growers not to exceed 20 per cent of last year's crop. In the immediate vicinity of Palouse there is perhaps not more than 15 per cent held, while in the district east of Palouse the per- centage is greater. The movement the past two weeks has been general throughout Whitman county and it is doubtful if more than 15 per cent of the crop in the county is still owned by the growers. The Farmers Union company at this place bought 50,000 bushels be- tween April 1 and the evening" of April 13, at prices ranging from $1.12 a bushel to 80 cents. Considerable was bought during the same period by the A. J. Webster company. There 1as been more or less selling all through the winter and it i:s the opinion of It R. Hechtner, manager for the Farmers Union company, that the average price received for the 1920 crop by farmers in the Palouse district is about $1.50 a bushel. Con- siderable was sold immediately after harvest at from $2 to $2.35 a bushel and there was some selling about th~ first of the year at about $1.80. The price quoted on the local-mar. the finest of Palouse 'land, his home]ket W/ednesday and Thursday was 87 f / arm being especially well improved icent,~' for forty*fold, 84 for club and The Gage Whitney farm of 80 acres181 )for Red Russian. southeast of Palouse, was bought this[ / Cr0n Prosnect$ Go(gl week by Fred Schlonneger of Wilcox, I ~/~ "- "- ' . . . ' t Farmers ot many years' experzence for $8000 The purchaser vought the that the ' n the Palouse country say land for a home and will take posses- 'all wheat has never before come siou at once. Both the above deals were made through the H. A. Malsed agency, at this place. Cantata by Potlatch School. ' Potlatch, Idaho, April 13. The chorus club of the Potlatch high school will give the Indian cantata, "The Mound Builders." Friday night, vfter which the public will be given an opportunity to view the high school building, which has recently been remodeled, also the balopticon room and the manual training de- partment.at the grade building. BANKS TO RECEIVE POLL TAX Palouse Institutions Receive Instruc- tions From County Treasurer. Local banks are in receipt of a cvmmunicatton~ from County Treas- urer E'. B. Thompson asking them to allow the payment of poll tax through the banks. The tax payer simply der- posits $5 in his local bank to the credit of the county treasurer and will receive a duplicate deposit slip for the amount. The poll tax is due May 1 Mrs Luther Baxnes, deputy assessor in this district, is now going over the territory for the second time this spring, listing those who must .pay poll tax. The following instructions have been sent out'regarding the poll tax: Deduct out of your first payroll, subsequent to the first day of May, 1921. $5 for every employs between the ages of 21 and 50 years who does not furnish you satisfactory proof that he (or she) has paid the tax. You should obtain from those who do not furnish such proof their poll tax number and place same opposite the employe's name on the payroll. You must continue to deduct and remit to this office $5 for every new employe who enters your employ af- ter your,first payroll remittance and continue to do so up to May 1, 1922. If the new employs satisfies you that he has paid the poll tax, obtain the number and place the same upon your payroll opposite his or her name. Proof of payment of poll tax is ob- tained from the individual's receipt and not by telephone conversation. Poll tax is a prior l~n and comes before wages advanced or supplies furnished. The law places the. responsibility upon the employer. Every name upon payroll that does not show t~neJ your Poll tax number will be open to qu~-]~ tion and investigation, and will only result in loss of time in your book- keeping department and added ex- l~use to,the eountF. hrough the winter in better condi- ion than this year and predict a bumper crop. Ther~m a ~urptu~ of moisture in the ground and early spring conditions are favorable for the spring sown grain. The farmers have made consl derable headway with their seeding and the acreage well be well up to average. Dr. Errett at Christian Church. Dr. Davis Errett of Spokane Uni- versity, president of the Inland Em- "pire Missionary society of the Chris- tian church, will occupy the pulpit at the local church Sunday morning, and possibly in the evening also. Dr. Errett Is one of the big men in church work in the west and an able p,ulpit orator. BERNICE WEST QUITS BANK Expects to Spend Summer on Farm, , ,~ To Recuperate Health. , UBernice West, who has been in the Security State bank for the past seven years, with the exception of the time spent in the service during the war, will leave the bank in a few days to spend the summer on his father's farm, northwest of town. The close confinement has be~n affecting his health for some time and his resig- nation was tendered several weeks ago, but he remained until his suc- cessor had familiarized himself some- what with the work. Mr. West has shown himself to be a capable man and has made m~ny friends during his association with the bank. M.D. McPherson, cashier of the bank, when seen by a Repub- lic representative this week said: Mr. West has been a loyal and' ef- ficient employee of the Security State bank, and it ts with regret that we have accepted his resignation. We wish him the greatest success in whatever line of work he may take up in the future." Mr. West is succeeded by Jack Dasch. a Palouse boy, who Is well qualified for the position. He re- signed a lucrative position in Pull- man to enter the bank. @@@@@'ql,@,4b@@@464,4,4,4*4, + CLEAN-UP DAYS NEXT * FRIDAY AND SATURDAY @ Because of the snow and rain, 4 @ which has made outside work 45 @ impractical, it has beeff decided @ 4, to postpone the thorough clean- 4, ing which Palouse Is to receive 4, until next Friday and Satur- 45 day, April 22 and 23. A~ an- 4~ o APRIL 16, 1921. PEEKS SWING Palouse Couple Return From South- ern and Eastern Trip, l"/'Mr'(ft and Mrs. W. T. Peek. who last fall for a winter's trip through the south and east, arrived at home Thursday noon, after having taken in a large scope of territory. They report a delightful trip and re- turn more certain than ever that the "Palouse country is the best country on earth. In fact Mr. Peek, who is a close observer, informed The Re- public that in his opinion there is no place in the country where condi- tions are any better just now than in old Whitm an. Mr. and Mrs. Peek first visited Oregon and California, going from there to Arkansas, where they spent a month at Hot Springs. From there they swung north, taking in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri and coming home by a northern route. Mr. Peekstates that the cotton and corn producers and the producers of cit- rus fruits in California, are hard hit and that the wheat grower is in bet- ter condition than the grower of any other agricultural product, He says he.will continue to confine bis invest- meats to Whitman county land. Convenient Farm-Home Contest. The State College of Washington is conducting a "Convenient Farm Home" contest, in which only coun- try women of the state may partici- pate. The idea is to have plans for houses submitted by the women on the farms. The competition is di- vided into three groups: 1. Three or four-room bungalows, with bath and men's wash room additional. 2. Five, six and seven-room bungalows, with bath and men's wash room ad- ditional. 3. Two-story house of six, seven or eight rooms, with bath and men's wash room additional. Through the courtesy of a number of firms, of Which the Potlatch Lumber com- pany is one, prizes of $25 each will be offered for the two or three best plans in each group. Persons inter- ested should adress Prof. L. J. Smith, College of Agriculture, Pullman. / Poison Kilh Six Horses. J~Itall Brothers, living west of Step- ~oe. lost six horses from poisoning last Saturday. The horses broke into a shed where squii'rel poison was stored and six out of seven died as a result of eating the poison.~ Gazette. PALOUSE ROD AND GUN CLUB WILL BE ACTIVE Local Organization Plans to Protect Fish and Game--Would In. crease Membership. A meeting of the Palouse Rod and Gun club will be held next Tuesday evening, April 19, at the office of the secretary, G. D. Kincald. It is re- cluested that not only the present members of the club. but all who are nterested in fishing and hunting, be yresent: The principal object of the meeting is to .further the interest in such sport by organizing to properly protect gameaa~, fish and to consider the ad- visab~lity'0f affiliating with similar organizations throughout the county, Tbe meeting is called at the request of J. Floyd Tlfft, chairman of the Whitman County Game commission, and H. W. Terhune and Chas. M. Mecklem, the other members of the county commission, all of whom will be present to.assist in the organiza- .tlon. It Is the desire of the local club to increase its membership to include all those in the community,who are interested In hunting and fishing. ii Tips on Game Laws. ": The state game wardeu has written to ~tta~. M. Mecklen of the Whitman county game commission, that a per- son who has only declared his inten- tion to become a citizen is not eligi- ble to receive a county or.state hunt- ing and fishing license. The only license he is entitled to receive under the new law is the alien state hunt- |ng and fishing license, and it is nec- ~sar for him re present his eonsul~r certificate permitting him to possess firearms in this state to the county auditor at the time of making appli- Cation for a license. The state war- ~len" also calls attention to the fact that the law prohibits ta~ing of tryout and ba~ le~$ th~n six inehe~ in length. -~ T~~ county ga~e commis- "= ITHE CAUSE OF BONGS DELAYS CAPACITY OF AUDITOR'S OFFICE FOR HANDLING WORK IS TAX- ED TO LIMIT--FIFTY THOUSAND CLAIMS ON FILE. Olympia, April 14.~An average of 250 warrants are issued daily for the payment of equalized compensation to the veterans from this state who served in the World War. These war- rants represent an aggregate pay- ment. daily, of from $60,000 to $66,- 000. Bids have been called for to be re- ceived April 30, on $6,000,000 worth of bonus fund bonds, bringing the to- tal issue up to the $11,000,000 speci- fied in the bill approved by the tmople last November. It is planned to al- low the new bond issue to bear the dates of June 1 and September 1, one half being issued on each of the dates proposed. It Is probable the money will be needed in the install- ments suggested and the plan will result in saving considerable interest. The daily average of 250 bonus fund warrants ts very close to the ca- pacity of the auditor's office to han- dle the payments. Work of handling the bonus claims finds a parallel in handling traffic on a railroad, which might be double or triple~-tracked for a part of its distance, but which passes through one or more single-tracked tunnels. The capacity of the single-tracked tunnels is the actual maximum ca- pacity of the railroad to handle through traffic. There are four "single-track tun- ~els" on the road a bonus fund war- rant has to travel. They are: The capacity of the warrant fund regis- tering machine to register the war- rants; the time which. Auditor C. W. Clausen and the assistant and deputy audltors can give to 'signing war- rants: the capacity of the Olympia postoffice to handle Outgoing rogil~ tered mail and the speed {me man can show in making the final comparison of warrants to see that they are reg- ular in all details. The capacity of one or more Of these "tunnels" might be lncream~ temporarily, but it would be Impassi- ble to increase all four for all time. The work of handling the bonus claims was added to. the state audit- or's duties, but he was not relieved of any of the other office routine or his burdens as a member of several state boards. The law only permits the auditor, assistant auditor and deputy auditor, to sign state warrants and no one of them can give all his time to that work. The auditor's office only has one warrant registel'ing ma- chine on which two clerks work in relays. The Olympia postoffice Is rela- tively a small one, but it is doing the best it can to handle the extra ~ork of sending out the registered letters containing bonus fund warrants The letters must be registered to insure proper delivery. Between 50,000 and 60,000 claims are on file and from 20 to SO more "are being received daily. Fifteen thousand came In the first week, 30,- 000 the second and then the big rush ceased. While minor errors have been found in about 25 per cent of the ap- plications for payment, only one el~ case of fraud and one stmpected case have been discovered. ~v.~ODIOAN ~ff~$ 01~I~E~ Mrs. Elmer Ball is Pre~ent for Ea. suing Year. At the regular meeting of the Xenodican club, held last Frid~ af~ ternoon at the home of Mrs. Them, Luesing, on Alder street, officers ~ere elected for the ensuing,year as fellows: Mrs.'Elmer Ball, president; Mrs. Lesson Fugate, first vice presi- dent; Mrs. E. E. Boone, second vic~ president; Mrs. H. R. Hechtner, sec- retary; Mrs.Frank Bettis, treasurer, Some time was spent in discussing matters iu connection with the pub- lic library, which is sponsored by the club. and which is being patronized; freely by the public. Recently a number of new books have been re~ ceived. Tbe library, which cated in the city hall, is