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C. E. WRIGHT, Local Editor and Manager.
JESSE R. S. BUDGE. Editor.
Six Months, $1.00
Une Year, $1.50 in advance.
Entered at the postoffice at Montpelier, Idaho, as second class matter
Montpelier, Bear Lake Co., Idaho, Sept. 30, 1904.
The republican county convention will be held in this
city, tomorrow, and the party should bear in mind that with
exceptionally favorable prospects for success in November
comes an increased responsibility to provide the proper kind
of public servants. Usually the weaker party selects its
strongest men as an evidence that it has the interests of the
people at heart, and it thus appeals to the people through
the personnel of its ticket and very often with success. The
stronger party, on the other hand, sometimes makes the
mistake of supposing that no matter who are selected, their
affiliation with the party guarantees their election. This
idea is many times fatal to party interests and of course
with good reason.
It is of paramount importance in making selections that
the public interests shall not be jeopardized in order to grat
ify personal ambition. A man may be a good republican but!
be must be competent to fill the office to which he aspires I
before he is entitled to recognition by the party, and any !
good citizen will agree that he ought not to ask the party to
place him before the people for any office, the duties of
which require qualifications which he does nob possess. "A
public office is a public trust," and the duties should be dis
charged with care and precision and no one should be called
upon to discharge them who cannot or will not fulfill them
with the same exactness exercised by a prudent man in the
management of his own affairs.
The idea that a public office is created simply that a sal
ary may be provided for some faithful party adherent, is
utterly false, and destructive in its tendencies. It often
continues rogues in office because they are party workers,
and substitutes for the people's will the wiles and tricking of
unscrupulous politicians as the controling force in the selec
tion of public servants.
Selection for office should not be based upon charitable
consideration. It is not to benefit the man that he is chosen,
but the people, by reason of his adaption for the service re
quired. If a man needs assistance, take up a subscription
and provide for his wants but do not give him quarterly ac
cess to the people's money unless he is able to do something
for the people in return. If a man be worthy and competent,
and in need as well, it is proper to select him, but his worth
iness and competency should control in the selection and bis
financial embarrassment should haye very, very little consid
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Never select a man who has "been weighed in the bal
If be has disregarded his obliga
ance and found wanting,
tions to the public once, be will do so again and he will a
second time bring the party into disrepute. Better select
who is unknown, than to select one known to be bad.
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The one offers the possibility of successful service; the
other, never.
Think over our suggestions and bear them in mind, for
the party should not be sacrificed at a time when good judg
ment assures success.
helps housekeepers more than
any other article in the
household. Its use protects
the health of the children.
place a ticket in the field,
er every day.
Bro. Harris, former editor of the Examiner, is entitled
to considerable credit as a prophet. In the issue of his paper
of BYb. 5th, 1904, he said: "The democrats, the coming fall,
are going to be placed in a peculiar predicament in this state.
Senator Dubois and his followers, it seems, intend
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to place the democrats in the position of running an anti
Mormon campaign, thus hoping to win with the aid of the
bolting republicans. Some of the democrats will oppose this
procedure with all their might and those of the Mormon
faith will bolt the ticket if the Dubois program is carried
In the above Bro. Harris prophesied the situation
just as it is today, except that there are no "bolting republi
The enthusiasm that prevails within the democratic
ty of Idaho this year is not the kind that is calculated to in
sure victory at the polls in November.
In Ada county the
nominee for school superintendent and one of the nominees
for the legislature have withdrawn from the ticket,
over in Cassia
county the) democrats have decided not to
In spite of discouraging instances
like these. Chairman Jackson keeps right on claiming that
prospects for democratic success in Idaho
are growing bright
Senator Dubois, only eighteen months ago, declared that
polygamy was so dead that nothing could make it
Rev. Mr.
any dead
Clay declares thrt polygamy is rampant and
that these valleys around Nampa are threatened with an in
vasion of polygamists. These two gentlemen should
range a joint debate.—Nampa Herald.
If some one else has more friends at the convention th in
you, don't get "sore." Resolve to have more friends next
time and if you carry out your resolution vou will probably
live a better life in the future. Thus there will be some eain
to off set the loss. ®
B. F. Clay, the democratic; nominee for conoress will
speak at the opera house next Tuesday night. "\Ve re-,11,'
hope that the reverend gentleman will have a good audience
for being a minister of the gospel lie will be able to tell th,'
people more explicitly than anv other speaker „„ - I, .
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pol.tics. if only a few turn out to hear him we trust thit
Mr. Clay will not be so unkind as to accuse the \t 1 dt
bulldozing" the Gentiles into staying away ° f
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