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No. 5 MONTPELIER, IDAHO, FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 1910 VOL. XVI COMMISSIONERS MAY CALL BOND ELECTION Proposition to Bond County for the Purpose of Building Good Roads is Growing in Favor Thoughout the Valley. The meeting of the road overseers with the county commissioners, which was held in fang Wednesday and Thursday of last week, will no doubt result in some good work be ing done on the public highways of the county during the coming sea. son. There was a fairly good attend ance of road overseers each day, but not many of the representative farmers were present to express the'r views on this question, which is of vital importance to every farmer who has produce to haul to market. During the discussions each day a number expressed themselves as being in favor of bonding the county for the purpose of securing ftiuds with which to put the main traveled roads of the county in first class condition. The sentiment for jssqing bonds for this purpose is in pressing throughout the county tp such an extent that the commission efs will ponsider the question of calj. ing a bond eleption'at their April BARNEY ANNOUNCES HIS PLATFORM Barney O'Neill state chairman of the Republican committee, has is. sued a revised announcement of his candidacy for governor, according to the evening Capital News of Boise, which prints the following: "My freinds throughout the stale have urgently requested me toentir the primaries as a candidate for nomination for the office of gev ernor, and after careful considera tion of the conditions confronting the state today, I have concluded that as a lifelong supporter of the republican party it is my duty to accept the responsibility. My views on the affairs of the state are well known. As chairman of the republican committee of Ida ho j have pad occasion to state those views, but in order that I may not bo misunderstood, or my opinions misrepresented, 1 will state in brief the prtooiples for whioh I stand. t 4 "I firmly ltelieve in conducting the affairs of the state in a business, like manner aud free from political manipulation. 1 beleive that ap pointive offices should be filled by the men best qualified to do the work and if I am elected I shall efficiency under the law. t'Tbe pew state central commit tee will have the respeosibility of Darning the party platform, but if I am nominated I shall insist on ray platform standing squarely for local option and giving the existing law a thorough test of rigid enforee ment conduct the affairs under my charge on the principles which make for sucoess in business economy and "I am in favor of the equlization of state taxation so that every county shall bear its full share of the burden. While I beleive in a liberal maintenance of state institu. tions, I shall insistt that the affairs of the state shall be so conducted that the rate of taxation shall be maintained at a minimum. "In regaad to the Cary act, I be.' lievein the rigid enforcement or the provisions which protect the in terest of the settlers. "I believe the anti-trust laws mecting. This is certainly the only sensibl method to pursue, and is the only way in which the roads of the county cau ever be re-constructed ou a scien tific basis. Just what sum it would take to put the principal roads of the county in first-class Bhape, has not been definitely determined, but Commissioner Hoff is of the opinion that enough could be accomplished with $507000 to demonstrate the wisd-*m of building up to-date roads and thus create a sentiment in favor increasing the liond issue two 01 three years later in a sufficient amount to put every mile of road in the county in such shape that they could be easily kept up iu the future. Whether the commissioners call the bond election or not, they art* determined to do everything within their power this season for the im proyement of oqr public highways, anfl will probably call another meet, ing soon to further consider the subject A. should be enforced and the corpor ations doing business sn the state of Idaho should be made to operate within the law. Encouragement should be giyen to all worthy enter prises, but the interests of the peo ple roust always be protected from monopolies. I am unalterably op posed to the exclusive control of water power by special interests as against the interests of the public. "1 am in hearty accord with the policies advocated by our former president Theodore Roosevelt, and now being recommended to the national congress by President Taft, looking to the conservation of nat. ural resources from wasteful ex. a a is ploitation "My best efforts will he directed to the ultimate end of building up in Idaho a great commonwealth id accordance with nhe principles of the constitution of the Unitecj States, in which there is equal op protunity for all citizens. I bplieye that the 'Gem State' will be one of the most prosperous of the states in the union, and if I am elected I shall epdeavor to so conduct the affairs under my charge as to aid in the development of the state and the welfare of all its citizens." HATTABAUGH IS •DEMOCRATIC POSSIBILITY Lewiston, Feb. 28.—A move ment is on foot says a special to the Stateman, among prominent politi mans to boom I. C. Hattabaugb of Grangeville for the gubernatorial nomination at the coming primaries, Both Dubois and anti-Dubois joining in an effort in the hope of securing a man wao will be able to heal the breach that has been the bane of the Democratic party in Idaho for the last ten years, and a I committee will lie appointed soon to ounfer with Mr. Hattabaugb Mr. Hattabaugb has been in busi ness in north Idaho for 25 years and served two terms as auditor of men Nez Perce county, when it included Latah and Idaho counties, besides a portion of Shoshone, lie has been prominent in the Democratic state organization and was the first man to advocate the passage of a state p^'SJn^ort'hrG^angrville 1 Com! meroial club and has been sei. cted ' to agitate needed railway legisla. j tion. SI l M ig ' :: V; V ■y Fag.;;» ss KING MANUEL OF PORTUGAL VISITS ENGLAND IN SEARCH OF A BRIDE. This snapshot was taken In London upon the arrival of King Manuel, the young rulei of Portugal, who went to King Edward's domain lu seureli ot a princess for a bride. No fewer than three royal misses aie mentioned as possible queens of Portugal. In the carriage with the youthful king la the Prince of Wales. INDIAN STATUE IN NEW YORK HARBOR A bill has been introduced in both houses of congress providing for n colossal statue of the North Ameri can Indian to be placed in New York Harbor. This measure was i introduced by Representative Joseph 0 A. Goulden and Senator Cbauncey I M. Depew, of New York, and pro- 1 vides that there shall be erected 0 without expense to the United States Government, by Rodman Wanainaker, of New York City, and others, on a United States reserva. ' i tion in the harbor of New York, a : a memorial to the memory of the j North American Indian. This bill is the result of a sug gestion made by Mr. Rodman Wan. I amaker, at a celebrated dinner given last May at Sherry's, New Y'oik, in j honor of Col. Cody, the famous Indian scout, The idea of erecting ! a statue of an Indian, with arms ' outstretched in welcome at the gate. ! way of the New World mpt with such instant enthusiasm, that there is little doubt, but that the measure will meet with unanimous support, I While the ways and means of providing money to finance the en terprisc have not yet been decided upon, it is expected that the statue will be a National Monument to perpetuate the memory of the First American, and an opportunity will be given every one wbo desires to contribute. The bill is lacked by the entire New York delegation both in the house and the senate, and is receiv ing the support of the President, the Vice President, and many prom inent men in political and financial circles. Very valuable aid is being given to secure the passage of the bill by Senator Owen, of Oklahoma and Curtis, of Kansas, and by Rep resentative Carter, of Oklahoma, all of whom trace their ancestry back to the noble Red Man of the Forest, WILL REPEAT "THE AVENGERS" MARCH II By request of a large number of people, who were unable to procure -eats at the first presentation, the Montpelier Dramatic company has consented to repeat the "The Aven- J g 0rB » at the new theatre on Friday ( n jght, March lltb. There will be 8 F' ecia,tieB ' nfeW rausic and ' other new feat " reB ' ■ j The price of reterved seats will be the same as before, 75 cents and SNOWSLIDES KILL MANY PEOPLE Spokane, Feb. 28.—In swift sue. cession two terrible disasters have carried death and dismay to mining towns iu the rich Coeur d'Alene dis. trict in northern Idaho. At 10:35 0 > cloek la8t nigbt 8 8nnw8lide HW ept down t |j e 0 ' mountain side, striking the little town of Mace and burying 25 bouses and their sleeping occu pants in a mass of snow, ice and wreckage at the bottom of the can. At 5:30 a. ni. another slide von. rushed down on the town of Burko, crushing a score of houses under tholl8ands of lon8 of earth and Fourteen bodies have been recovered ftom the ruins of Mace. snow. Sixteen dead have been found at Burke and how many are still buried can only be gussed at. It is feared that fifty or sixty lives have been lost. There is a fear that the number of dead at Burke may be even larger than at Mace Every man that, can he spared from rescue work at Mace bad been appealed to. Doctors are being rushed from Wal lace and another special trains leaves in an hour. From the foot of the Anchor mine plant to the Catholic church, a distance of half a mile, the slide is thirty feet deep. When the alarm spread through the mining camp that Mace had been almost wiped out by a snow slide, women and children of the miners at the llerclues, Anchor, Hecla and Tiger.Poorman inities began to seek places of saftey, The families of the men who bad re sponded to appeal from Mace were unable to move from their dwelling and these, it is feared, may have been buried in the snow. Superin tendent and Mrs. Pascoe, of the Standard mine, in which property a large majorty nf the men of Mace are emp oyed, were asleep when their home was crushed as an egg shell, two sons aud a daughter be. ing instantly killed. Snperinten. dent Pascoe, is missing, but his wife was rescued, slightly injured. Old timers have been sounding daily warning to the residents, but no precautions were taken against the danger. tickets will be on sale at the Mont. pelier Drug Co's, store, J second time and ( w ho witnessed the first presentation will attend again next Friday night, j The company always endeavors to | pi ase the people and are entitled to | liberal patronage as a reward for their efforts. The play is well worth seeing a no doubt many HOW PEOPLE'S CHOICE MAY BE DEFEATED Provisions of the Direct Primary Law Make It Possible for the Real Choice of a Party to be Defeated at Primary Election* ln a recent issue the Boise States man gives us this example of how a popular candidate, though the people's choice, may be defeated through the workings of the direct primary law: The direct primary law will no doubt be the subject of considerable dicussion for the next few months. Especially will it be a subject for exploitation in the public prints, as a matter of general information if for no other reason. At the pres, ent time there seems to be one ques tion in sight that bears promise of complications, and that is with re spect to the first and second choice voting. The law oontains a form of bal lot bearing instructions to the voter which says in part: "Vote for both first and second choice if there are more than twice as many candidates as there are positions." In other words if there are more than two candidates for any office, then the voter is instructed to "vote for first and second choice." The question arises, if a voter should vote only for his first choice, would his ballot be rejected ? The instruction to vote for both first and second choice was appar. ently incorporated in order to harm onize with another section of the iaw, which reads: Section 34.—The person reoeiv ing a majority of the first choice votes at a primary as the candidate of a party for an office shall be the choice of that party for such office, and bis name as such candidate shall be plaoed on the official bal. lot at the following election; pro. vided, that if no candidate shall re. ceivc a majority of the first choice votes, then in that event a canvass shall be made of the second choice votes received by candidates for said office, and said second choice votes shall be added to the first choice votes received by each candidate for such office, and the candidate re ceiving the highest number of first and second choice votes shall be the nominee for such office of the party nominating him. Under this section the following situation might be presented on the basis of 22,000 votes cast. 1st choice 2nd choice Candidate votes cast votes cast John Doe... Richard Roe William Coe.5,100 In such a case Doe receives a ma. joiity of all the first choice votes cast. But let it be presumed that five of those voting for him failed to indicate a second choioe, and their votes were thrown out. We would have this. .11,005 4,500 7,000 10,500 5,895 1st choice 2nd ohoioe Candidate as counted as counted John Doe.11,000 Richard Roe 4,500 7,000 10,496 The throwing out of the five votes would deprive Doe of the majority 6,895 William Coe , . ..5,100 COLORADO FARMER COMES TO BEAR LAKE Charles Blair and family arrived Wednesday from Colorado City, Colo, and will take up their resi. deuce on the John wells ranch in Ward boro, sold his ran.b which consists of 160 acres, to C. A. Reeder of Murna, Kan., who rented it for a year to Mr, Blair. The deal waa made Mr. Wells recently of all the votes cast, 11,001 being required, and would result in a second choice canvass. This would result as follows: Candidate John Doe.. Richard Roe. William Coe.15,59') Under the law Coe would become the candidate although he was the real, or first choice, of only 5100 out of 22,000 people voting. Doe received 11,005 first choice votes, but failed of a mnjority of all by virture of five votes being thrown out because indicating no second choice. Being the strongest first choice, he would naturally be the weakest second choice, whereas the weakest first choice man might tie the strongest second choice; and in the second choice canvass the law nominates the man receiving "high, est number of first and second choice votes." By throwing out thoes five votes, unmistakably expressing a preference for Doe for the position, the real choice of the party is de. feated. The situation gives cause fos all the more concern in the light of tha possibility of hundreds of first choice votes being thrown away. If it should be held that ballots not indicating a first and second choice should not be counted, it might become impossible for any man to secure a majority of all the first choice votes. Unfair as that would be, the courts would likely not consider the question from the candidate point of view. They would be more apt to look to the protection of the vot vote. -15,500 .12,895 er. In all such cases the intent of the voter has been the guiding factor. If a voter marked his ballot for John Doe and failed to indicate a second choioe, surely his vote on that particular office should not be lost to him. There is no intent here of attack, ing the first and second choice prin. ciple. Every voter should he given thf privilege of indicating a second choice after he has expressed a pre ference for the nomination, hut he should not be compelled to vote for a second choice, and if he should to do so he should not be deprived of his vote for the man of his choice. Such a condition, it seems would vitiate the fundamental doctrine of the direct primary, whioh u to furnish an untrampelcd opportunity to the people to nominate their choice. In any event, it seems the ques tion should be decided in advance. If possible, to the end that the vot er understand exactly where he is at If failure to indicate a second choice is to deprive him of his vote, and possibly defeat the real choice of the party advance information should so emphasize that fact 00 bis mind as to minimize the chance of such an outcome. through the Linnwood Land Co. Mr. Bbiir has l^een a resident of Colorado for a number of years, but like hundreds of others in Colo, rado and states east of the Rockies, he was auxious to cast his lot iu Idaho, where golden opportunities fcwait the tillers of the soil Mr. Vi ells, we are glad to state, will remain a citizen of Bear Lake and devote bis time to improving his dryland farm.