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Page Six THE MONROE MONITOR--Monroe, Washington Friday, July 31, 1925 STATE CAPITOL NEWS CURRENT Reports to the department indicate that all summer fMldwed wheat land will be seeded this year either by the owners or by some renter. Ar- rangements already have been made for handling most of the available grain lands. Dustless Summer Costly From country residents, owners of Many Interesting ParagTaphs Of Stte-Wide Interest Is-' sed Out Of The State Capi- tol For Public Information. Olympia. Wash., July 29--If the state tax c(mmission is called in to pass on ti] ":ax levie of some of the citie-c vf b.c 3tare--as irate -::payers alrea(.y are threatening--the new state board will lift the lid and as- certain deiiitely what is responsible for the risi g cost of municipal gov- ernmcnt:;. rhe commission will be oblige4 to do so for it cannot pay at- tention to a blanket charge that the levies "are too high" to suit some taxpayer. The charges :tha:; will bring the zax commission on an in- vestigation tour will be thoe which point out the specific items in the budgets wh_-h it is claimed are swol- len out of proportion and which in turn boost the tax levies. Local boards which have begun as- sembling data for their annual levies probably will fix their estimates with-] out any reference to the tax com- mission, for the state board only steps in when taxpayers demand a review. Some of the local boards have indicated that they realize the supervisory powers of the commis- I sion and are prepared to trim so as, to pass insp?ction. Intimations given to the tax cemmission from some big centers are that taxpayers have, threatened the local boards with a review if the costs of government are not pruned. I Reduce Mine Losses t The state department of labor and outing camps and summer resorts and many small towns have come ap- peals to the state highway depart- ment to lay the dust on the country roads. ne dust could be laid, engineers i admlL but it would cast about $500 a mile to do the job the first time it was attempted, and as the high- way department only'has $200 a mile to spend for maintenance throughout an entire year, so the aust problem is far beyond the power o tie state go cope with. Caiciam chloride, a salt-like chem- ical which attracts and hold's mois- ture, will keep down the dust, ex- periments by the highway depart- ment prove. It would cost $500 a mtle to do a good job of dust-laying. When the highway is dragged again the calcium chloride remains in the grouna, but more would have to be added next year to continue holding down the dust. Suburban commun- ities or summer res, ort owners can flay dust by this method themselves, and the department will approve such efforts. however, the highway ctepartment d'isapproves of the use of oil, as oil cakes and makes it expensive to fill up ruts or chuck-holes in the road- way. Motorists object tofihe oil be- cause of the damage it does to cars. High Cost of Staging What ttie soaring rubber market means to stage line operators is in- dicated in reports to the department of public works. With two big oper- ators' figures still missing the stage operators of this state last year spent 265,000 for tires. Already one 10% boost in price has occurred and an- other 15% increase is .scheduled. industries is preparing to launch an Rubber has gon up 60%. The stages intensive safety campaign in thewill have to carry a lot of new passen- mines of this state in an effort to cut: gers to make up for the increased the toll of lives the industry takes cost of tires. anr, ualiy. The accident prevention Director of Licenses C. R. Maybury, work in the mines probably will start about August 15. Department statistics indicate .about 60% of the mine fatalities are traceable to the falling cap rock. The spectacular mine explosion which startles the public when reported is only responsible for 25% of the losses miners suffer. Under VTashington laws the mine operators are responsible for furnish- in timbers for holding up the cap ock, but the mine workers must place the timbers in position. Care- lessness in putting in timbers as work progresses and even disregard of ad- vice by mine officials is said to let the rock down in a large number of cases. Thfi, the department believes, can be prevented by e. continuous safety campaign. The mine workers' co-operation is necessary for success. Present safety campaign conduct- ed in the sawmill and logging indus- tries are resulting in the adoption of precautions that eventually will vast- ly reduce losses of life or injuries. Still Pay Poll Tax Long overdue poll taxes are still finding their way into the state treas- ury. During the first six months of this year $328 was remitted to the treasury from counties which had collected overdue accounts. During the first six months of 1924, $420 was received from the same source. The poll tax law was repealed more than two years ago. However, those who did not pay up still owe the state the money. Fisheries State fisheries director C. R. May- bury went to the Columbia river to dispute Oregon's claim over Sand Is- land, but he had to borrow the Ore- gon fish commission's boat o go over the district and do his quarrel- ing. The rheumatic old state fisher- ies boat Gov. John 'it. McGraw is not standing up under the strain of too many years service. Motor vehicle drivers who are un- licensed August 1, are subject to ar- rest. Though, during the early rush, about twice as many drivers have been licensed as were qualified during the same period of 1923, it is believ- ed two-thirds of the state auto driv- ers will be delinquent August 1. Fortune in Peppermint The state of Washington is about to give the peppermint industry a boost; Land Commissioner C. V. Sav- idge is platting 400 acres of state land on Puget Island, in the Columbia river opposite Cathlamet, and will sell tracts to small farmers. Peppermint raising is making farmers on Puget Island independent. Puget Island', one of the richest spots on the Columbia river, was re- claimed by diking and a charge of :$90 an acre stands against the state lands. This improvement cost must be paid for in cash when the land is sold though buyers have ten years in which to pay the rest of the pur- chase price. The state land depart- ment found it impossible to sell its holdings on the island in big tracts, so is cutting it into tracts ranging from five acres up. In platting the land department engineers became acquainted with the peppermint industry, finding that far- mers are raising as high as 50 tons to the acre and marketing their pro- duct at from $9 to $14 a tom Dis- tilleries on the island are handling the crop for smaller operators as the peppermint must be shipped in liquid form. An unlimited demand is said to exist for the Washington peppex- mint. Little Old Wheat Left Reports from 505 of the 610 li- censed warehouses in this state made to the department of agriculture show that the state went into the new crop year with only 1,253,439 tons of wheat yield held in the interior warehouses. Many of the warehouses not report- ing had handled no wheat and only small lots were stored in the others. The amount of wheat on hand at present is about one-fourth the total held last year and even that was be- low the normal supply in July. A great deal of the wheat on hand will be held over for fall seeding.. enroute to the Columbia river on a business trip, checked 500 north- bound cars on the Pacific highway last week, finding 252 were from oth- er states. This indicates the size of the tourist rush. Old. Roads Not Finished Demand for the construction of two or three new state road's across the Cascade range is coming several years ahead of the completion of the three highways already under con- struction. Under the most favorable circumstances, several years' work will be needed to finish the North Bank, Sunset and Naches Pass high- ways. The North Bank highway is the oJy state road that will give an all- year route from eastern to western Washington, and it has the advantage over the Columbia highway in Ore- gon that the North Bank route, being exposed at all times to the winter sun, will never be closed by a "silver thaw" as was the Oregon road a few years ago. Though a recent highway carried construction work on the North Bank highway a short distance east of the Clark county line the improvement between Camas and WashougaI is yet to be ordered; another contract is necessary to carry the road over the new route into Prindle and then the highway will need extra work in sev- eral places between Prindle and Lyle. Temporary use of a county road lets travelers into Goldendale from Lyle, but ultimately 30 miles of construc- tion around Lyle mountain and on to Maryhill will be ordexed. Then 105 miles of road between the Colum- bia river and Buena remains before the present plans are carried out. On the Sunset highway extensive work around Lake Keechelus and be- tween Cle Elum and Ellensburg will be needed before a satisfactory crushed rock highway is finished. Afterward will come considerable paving. The Naches Pass highway, which crosses through Chinook Pass, will not be broken through from the west end until grading is completed from Yakima to the summit, as it would be extremely hazardous to allow traf- fic to use an unfinished road on the east side. This road, the most scenic of Washington's mountain routes gives access to Mt. Rainier National Park from the north. California Is Slow Reports of the United States bu- reau of roads on highway construction throughout the country up to the end of the fiscal year show California during the past two years has ac- cepted more federal aid funds than it did during seven preceding years. Washington, of all the coast states, has kept up with Congress Knd used its allotment of federal funds as rap- idly as they were mad'e available by the national government. For the fiscal years 1917-24, Cal- ifornia, improving 533.7 miles of highway at a cost of $12,999,075, used $5,647,148 of federal aid. Since June 30, 1924, the stae has completed $8,878,662 worth of work on 341.6 miles, using 4,795,835 of federal aid funds, and has under construction 243.9 miles to cost $9,499,195, of which $4,573,905 will be federal a i. Prior to 1924, Washington had ex- pended $11,384,615 on 457 miles, using $5,290,895 of federal aid; Oregor, during the same seven years spending $12,082,873, of which $5,819,093 was federal aid on 655.6 miles. Completed since June 30, 1924 were: Washing- ton, 66.2 miles, cost $1,842,601, fed- eral aid, $781,098; Oregon, $2,162,545, federal aid, $1,274,243. Under con- struction, 1925: Washington, $2,769,- 626, federal aid, $1,329,40Ct, miles, 120.5; Oregon: $2,773,422, federal aid $1,602,713, miles, 127.4. Oregon is entitled to more but has not spent as much of its federal aid as this state. Washington'# federal aid funds up to date are all allotted to new work. .. WashougalCity will build union high school to cost $30,000. ] Kelso--Addition to Wallace school-I house will cost $8813. PAHAMA CANAL ENGINEER HONO00D AS DISCOVERER OF MOUNTAIN PASS "'" FOR RAILWAY OVER CONTINENTAL DtYlDE WEEK-END SPECIAL-- Pineapple SERVE IT AND YOU PLEASE ALL r This monument recently was erecte beside the right of way of the Great Northern Railway at Summit, Montana, on the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains, in honor of John Frank Stevens, discoverer of Marias Pass through which the Great Northern Railway crosses the Rockies at one of the lowest altitudes of any transcontinental railroad in the United States. John Stevens, one of the best-known ,American engineers, achieved fame for his work in connection with the building of the Panama Canal. This monument was unveiled July 21st, Governor Erickson of Mort. tana participating. MONROE LAD HAS CLOSE CALL IN POOL Becoming panic stricken when he got out beyond his depth in the Knights of Columbus pool, Thursday, Claude Armbmust, 16, of Monroe, was dragged from the water by his corn- )anion, Orville Wagner. The are department lungmotor was called into service and the youth revived after several minutes of work on the part of the firemen. ++++++++++++++++++ + TUALCO NOTES + ++++++++++++++++++ Louis Frohning, from Seattle, spent the week end at the home of his par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Frohning. Frank Phelps is in Seattle this week, attending the Knight Templar conclave, now in. session in that city.! Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bennett and children spent Sunday with friends in Sprau's Delicious Ice Cream is served at-- LAIZURE'S CONFECTIONERY W. A. WEGLEY WATSON'S BAKERY CAMP-IILEY DRUG CO. 0'BRIEN & SMITH STAGE DEPOT JOHNSON'S STORE SAVOY CAFB SPRAU'S ICE CREAM & BOTTLING WORKS Arlington, and spent Tuesday of this week in Seattle. Ren Cowell attended the dance at Gold Bar, Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jensen spent Saturday in Seattle. Carl Jensen was the guest of his uncle, Chris Jensen, over the last weeke-end. Miscellaneous Walla Walla--Paving begun on College Place state highway. Spokane--Eldridge Buick Co. will build $120,000 building. Chelan--W.  K. Kingman of Wenat- chee buys "Chelan Leader." Wenatchee--Claude Felts sells 452 acres land at Palisades for $26,000. If.any cigarette can claim, clear superiorit00 of taste, that cigarette is C00esterfield. $ U C H * "P 0 P LT L-A g,.I T,Y" -",M U $ T:- B E! Lloorr'r & MI ToBacco CO. D:ESE I00.V E D i i Q