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SERRGN OF VESSELS 10 RE ELIMINATED BRITISH AMBASSADOR MAKES A SUGGESTION THAT IS BEING CONSIDERED. Plan ia for Shipmasters to Confer With British Consuls at Porta of Departure and Satisfy Them as to the Cargoes. Washington.—Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, the British ambassador, advised the state department on Tuesday that his government was willing to forego the exercise of the right of search of ves sels carrying cargo from American ports if the shipmasters would confer with the British consuls at the ports of departure and satisfy them as to the neutral character of their cargoes. Unless this is done cargo ships will be subject to the ordinary rules of warfare, and may be searched on the high seas or taken to the nearest British port for that purpose if It is Impracticable to get at the whole car go otherwise. Owing to the large di mensions and variegated cargoes of modern ships, the ambassador point ed out, it had been found impractica ble in many cases to conduct searches at sea, consequently many merchant vessels were diverted far out of their course into British ports for examina tion. FARM CROPS WORTH BILLIONS. Estimate of $4,946,207,000 Made by Department of Agriculture. Washington.—This year's principal farm crops are worth $4,946,207,000, "the department of agriculture an nounced Tuesday. The value of each crop follows: Corn, $1,702,599,000; winter wheat, $675,623,000; spring wheat, $203,057, 000; all wheat, $878,680,000; oat, $499, 431,000; barley $105,903,000; rye $37, 018,000; buckwheat, $12,892,000; flax eeed, $19,540,000; rice, $21,849,000; po tatoes, $198,609,000; sweet potatoes, $41,294,000; hay. $799,068,000; tobacco, $101,411,000; cotton $619,612,000; su gar beets, $27,950,000. ARIZONA DRY LAW ATTACKED. (Injunction Sought to Prevent Amend ment Going Into Effect. Phoenix, Ariz.—'Suits to have the Arizona state prohibition law declared Invalid were filed late Tuesday in the United States district court, both here and in Tucson. Injunctions were ask ed by the Catholic church and by druggists, and wholesale and retail li quor dealers to prevent the dry amend ment going into effect January 1, un der the provisions of the measure, as approved by the people at the state election November 3. ARMY NEEDED AT CANAL. Soldier« as Wall as Sailors Needed to Guard Big Ditch. Washington.—Preparedness of the United States to defend the Panama canal in case of war was the subject of a series of questions put to Com mander Stirling, commanding the At lantic fleet's submarine flotilla, at Tuesday's hearing before the house naval affairs committee. The com mander expressed the opinion that in addition to the navy a large mobile army would be required to protect the canal and keep it open. MORE TROOPS FOR BORDER. Three Regiment« of Infantry Ordered to Naco. Washington.—Orders were issued by Secretary of War Garrison after a cabinet meeting Tuesday that three regiments of infantry and three bat 'teries of artillery, aggregating 3,500 ,men, be sent at once to reinforce Gen-, oral Bliss at Naco, When a high official was asked the purpose of sending these troops he replied:' "Well, they'are not going •fishing," l To Test Anti-Alien Labor Law. Tucson, Ariz.—A test of the Ari zona antt-allen labor law amendment enacted at the November election was Begun here Tuesday in a suit filed in the United States district court. The Jaw provides that at least 80 per cent of the employees of any concern em ploying more than five persons must be American citizens. Policy of Beard Approved. Washington.—The federal advisory council, the only body authorized by the fédeTal reserve bank law to give advice to the federal reserve board, held Its first meeting here Tuesday with the board. Members of the coun cil were said to be of the opinion that the policy of tha board so far had Letn correct Two Are Drowned. Tacoma, Wash.—Elmer Perry, 20, and DoriB Jordan, 17, met their death by drowning in Bonnie's lake when they attempted to place a lantern over an air hole In the ice to warn away Other skaters. Manila Hero Called. Hagerstown, Md.—i.ieutenant Com mander Samuel Melchor Strite, U. S. N. (retired), who was in command of U n> after eight-inch turret of the O.ym pia, Admiral Dewey'» flagship at the battle of Manila bay. Is dead here. Fire in Atlanta. Atlanta, Ga.—Fire in the heart of Atlanta's business district, Tuesday, caused damage estimated at $109 000 to the Elyea-Austell company, dealers in automobile accessories, and the Tri pod Plant company. Torpedo Boats Destroyed. Amsterdam.—A dispatch to the Tel egraph states that two Austrian tor pedo boats, on their way to the island Of Lissa, have struck mines and sunk off the Thaaana canal. The members »f both crews were drowned. FORMER DICTATOR'S IWSF SITUATION DECLARES HE COULD HAVE RE STORED ORDER BUT FOR THE UNITED STATES, General Huerta, Now Living In 8paln, Declares He Will Not Come Back to Mexico Except That He be Needed at a Soldier. Barcelona, Spain.—Far from the scenes of his former triumphs and de feats, General Victorlano Huerta, once dictator of Mexico, lives quietly in a litjle dwelling half an hour's drive from the center of Barcelona. His surroundings are not those of a man of wealth, and he explains that he has barely enough money to keep his family in comfort. He moves about quietly and without ostentation in any form. Every afternoon he may be found in a prominent cafe drink ing with some of his trusted lieuten ants and talking quietly, but he never is in the spotlight. 'What is your opinion of the Mexi can situation?" the former dictator was asked. "A letter Just received by one of my aides describes the situation," he re plied. "Houses are being sacked, highwaymen pillage everywhere, no one nor anything is safe. There is burning, robbing and murdering. No one respects Carranza. There is neither order nor authority. Such a situation ought to come to an end. 1 formed an army and would have re stored calm to the country had it not been for the intervention of the United States. Bandits have taken posses sion of my property; that is, of my wife's for I have nothing." ''Do you intend to return to Mex ico?" "No, I do not wish to return. I left the command In the hands of Carjaval in order that I might not be a hind rance to the pacification of my coun try and that it might be seen that I was not seeking personal advantage. I shall not return unless my country should need me as a soldier, not as a president. If my country were threat ened, then yes." ALIENS' RIGHTS SUSTAINED. "Non-residents May Recover Damage Under Employers' Liability Law. Washington.— Non-resident aliens may recover damages under the em ployer's liability law for the negligent killing of those supporting them, ac cording to a decision Monday by the supreme court in the case of Patrick and Bridget McGovern of Ireland. They had been awarded a judgment for $750 for the killing of their son, while working in the Reading termin al at Philadelphia, but the third cir cuit court of appeals set aside the ver dict on the ground that non-resident aliens could not recover under the law. The case has been the subject of diplomatic exchanges. CANADA +0 BE BORROWER. Wilt Require Loan of $100,000,000 a Year while War Continues. Montreal.—Canada probably will have to borrow $100,000,000 a year while the war lasts, In the opinion of W. T. White, Dominion minister of finance, Mr. White so asserted Mon day afternoon in an address before the Canadian club, in which he urged the business men of the dominion to do all within their power to increase the production of Canadian products to offset the adverse balance of trade. THREE KINGS ARE TO MEET. Rulers of Sweden, Norway and Den mark to Disouq> War Question. Copenhagen.—By Invitation of King GuBtav of Sweden, King Haakon oi Norway and King Frederick of Den mark will visit him at Malmo, Swe den, on Friday and Saturday. The three kings will be accompan ied by their ministers of foreign af fairs and secretaries and will discuss affairs of common Interest which have arisen as a result of the war. JOSEPH LEITER ABSOLVED. Jury Clears Wheat Speculator From Liability on Notes Given. Chicago.—Joseph Leiter need not pay the $380,832 in notes given the Interior and Monarch Elevator com panies in payment for grain during his attempt to corner the wheat market in 1898, according to the ver dict Monday of the jury which heard the elevator compiuies' suit to re cover. Carranza to Protest. Véra Cruz—General Carranaz preparing a protest, supplemental to his recent note to the American gov ernment, against any action by Amer lean troops at Naco. ts Noted Priest Die«. Philadelphia.—ftev. Christopher A. McEvoy, a former president of the Villanova college and provineal of the Order of St. Augustine, died at Villan ova Monday night. He had been ill for about a year. Fares Raised in East. Washington.— Increased passenger fares between St. Louis, Mo., Chica go, 111., and other similarly located cities, and points in the eastern ter ritory east of the Buffalo-Plttsburgh line, became effective Tuesday. Smith Chosen President. Independence, Mo.—Frederick M. Smith, first counsellor, on Monday was sustained as temporary president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and will assume the work of his father, Joseph Smith, president, who died last week. Turkish Warship Sunk. London.—A communication issued by the official bureau on Monday an nounced that the Turkish battleship Messudieh has been torpedoed by a British submarine. -, SANTA IS PROVOKED J M] ■ s H WEM. I LI Pf ' SWrttHEDU you woulp Think i was RUrtlilHö an ARM NAl 1N5TEAI Of h T0V5H0P iw>r / , - / ? O, h xPiA&lv l C.LAOÇ. V imp . t \rf>ii M\ % . j m V rex 1 4rt ,p I 0 1 (Copyrieht.l 1ST KEEP OUT SAY! OBJECT8 TO UNITED ST ACROSS INTERFERENCE OF ATES IN FIGHT THE BORDER. Says That If This Country Employs Force to Stop Firing Across Bor der, |t Will be Considered an Unfriendly Act. Vera Cruz.—"If the United States employs force to stop the firing by Mexicans across the international boundary line at Naco, it will be con sidered an unfriendly act, notwith standing the friendly motives cloak ins the act." In this manner General Carranza has made answer to the formal notlcj served by the United States on both Provisional President Gutierrez and General Carram.u that unless such fir ing ceased, force would be employed to protect American territory. "General Hill, who is commanding the constitutionalist forces at Naco, is on the defensive," said General Car ranza, "and since hiB back was to the line it is difficult to see how he could be responsible for the firing in ques tion. The fact forces have bee and, therefore, clear that they have been to blême. "As a matter that the rights have been violated. It Beems to me that it would be well for the state de partment to investigate this question in order to fix the responsibility. "1 remember similar instances at El Paso, when tile Maderista forces were attacking there, those dhot were imprudent and who flocked to witness the fighting as if it had beet staged for their benefit." . is that Maytorena's n the attacking forces it appears reasonably and only they could of fact, 1 do not know of American citizens In that case for the most part the curious individuals a spectacular show Injured !>[ Auto Accident. London.—A I Oporto says th Bogor, from A: Aires, is ashori the Portuguese .loyd'8 dispatch from at the Dutch steamer nsterdam for Buenos ■ north of Lelxoes, on coast. I* ■ ■ ■ ■ * L F' ? \ ■iK' "i j ! i; Its > k >*£2>> Basas VISCOUNJESS Madeline Cecilia, Viscountess Midle tor of .'eper l|-larow, Surrey, is vice president of ths British Red Cress and the dominant factor in that organiza tion's work on the battlefield. She is the second wile of William St. John Freemantle Broderick. MIDLET0N Churches tip Help Unemployed. New York,]— More than 1,000 churches in Ne|w York City, it was an nounced Friday, have combined forces to help meet the problems of the un employed in tips city during the win ter. Bryai is Honored. Washington.—Secretary of State and Mrs. Bryan we-e guests of honor Fri day night at the International recep tion and ball g: ven under the auspices of the Southern Society of Washing ton. Holland to Float Loan. London.—Reuter's correspondent at The Hague telegraphs that the Dutch government's proposal for an emer gency loan of $100,000,000 was adopted Friday by this second chamber of state's general War Risk Businei*. Washington.—War risk insurance amounting to [16,251,261 was written by the federal war risk bureau from September 2 to December 1, according to the bureau'^ first statement of Us werk made to congress. • ! ! I WILL STOP FIGHT AMERICANS TO SHELL MEXICAN POSITIONS UNLESS FIRING | CEASES ACROSS BORDER. I Demand Moat Imperative Since Correspondence With General Huerta Which Preceded the Occupation of Vera Cruz. Washington.—The United States has served formal notice on both pro visional President Gutierrez and Gen eral Carranza that unless they promptly prevent their troops from firing across the American boundary, am h force will be employed by this government as may be necessary to project American territory. The peremptory tone of the commu nications did not become generally known until Thursday night, althougn the sending of three batteries of ar tillery to Naco was explained pre viously by high officials as meaning that the Mexican forces would be shelled out of their positions ana driven several miles froth the line if the firing into the United States continued. If the chiefs in de facto control cannot put an end to the reckless Br ing by their subordinates the United States government pointed out un equivocally that its manifest duty, much to its regret, will be to take such steps as may be necessary to protect American lives through the employment of force. returns from income tax. Over Twenty-eight Million Collected During 1913. Washington.—The first complete compilation of returns under the in come tax law was made public Fridgy in the annual report of the commis sioner of internal revenue. It showed returns for the collection year of 1913 by 357,598 individuals paying taxes ag gregating $28,253.535. Returns were made by 278,835 mar ried persons, 55,212 single men and £3,551 single women. The normal tax of 1 per cent on all taxable Incomes produced $12,728,038. Incomes over $20,000 a year subject to surtax pro duced $15,525,497. Officer Shot by Prisoner, Pocatello, Idaho.—Deputy Sheriff Eugene Taylor was fatally shot in an attempted jail-break by a federal pris oner at the county Jail, Friday. The deputy had entered the jail corridor when Charles Moore fired at him twice with an automatic pistol. Another prisoner seized the weapon and pre vented further shots until the sheriff arrived and disarmed Moore. Gardner Refused Hearing. Washington.—Representative Gard ner's demand for a hearing on his res olution for an investigation into the military preparedness of the country was vo^ed down by the house rules committee by a straight party vote of five to three. Cost of Postal Service. Washington.—Further investigation of Postmaster General Burleson's rec ommendations for government acqui sition of the telegraph and telephone systems Is proposed in the postoffice appropriation bill. It is said to carry approximately $325,000,000. No. 63 was , Broken Rail Causes Wreck. Nortlitield, Minn.—One person was killed and more than twenty-five In jured, eight seriously, when Rock island passenger train wrecked eight miles south of here Sunday, a broken rail causing the wreck. Seizing Copper Utensils. London.—According to a telegram from Maastricht, Holland, says Daily Mail Rotterdam correspondent, the Germans are confiscating tele phone wire and all copper articles of domestic use in Belgium, the Butte Editor on Trial. Bozeman. Mont—The trial of Clar ence A. Smith, mayor of Butte, on a charge of criminal libel, is being held here before Judge Law. The Butte executive ts editor of the Socialist, a Butte weekly. Turk* Captured. Odessa.—A Turkish detachment of twenty-three men landed with horses at Bouras, a small port on the Black sea, near Odessa. The Turks struck inland and were captured four miles from Tarutino, Bessarabia. commodity which wouit) in the slight est degree serve to prolong the Euro pean war, as well as contraband, will be barred from export by a btU intro duced Thursday by Senator Works. Would Stop All Shipments. Washington.—Food, clothing, or any BIPS ORDERED TO THE CANAL ZONE PRESIDENT DECIDES TO USE FORCE IF NECESSARY TO PRE SERVE NEUTRALITY. Delay in Acting on Request of Colonel Goethals for Two Destroyers Wae Due to a Lack of Information. Washington.—President Wilson and his cabinet decided on Tuesday to send American warships to the canal zone to guard against violations of neutrality there by belligerent ships. Just how many ships and whether destroyers or cruisers or battleships shall be dispatched will be determined after a full report has been received from Colonel Goethals, military gov ernor of the canal zone, and Captain Rodman, naval officer at the canal. Both Secretary Garrison and Secre tary Daniels made it clear that the de • 'ay in acting on the request of Colonel ! Goethals for two destroyers was due ! to a lack of information. I It the canal zone is being used as a base of supplies, Colonel Goethals will be instructed to use his land forces to prevent such violations. Should It de velop that the wireless is being used within territorial waters, the navy de partment will ask for an explanation from its naval officers, as the ques tion of wireless regulation was placed by executive order of President Wil son on August 5 in the hands of the navy department 'for enforcement and Colonel Goethals. according to the wai department officials, has no authority over the radio situation whatsoever. "Whatever is necessary to be done," said Secretary Daniels Tuesday night, ' to carry out the executive order oi the president with reference to the radio communication will be done." | I To Care for Lepers. Washington.—A national leprosar ium under control of the public health service was recommended to the house commerce committee by Surgeon General Blue, who said a recent re port showed 146 cases of leprosy in the country. Gates Is Appointed. Washington.—David A. Gates oi Arkansas City, Ark., was on Tuesday appointed deputy commissioner of in ternal revenue by Secretary McAdoo. succeeding Robert Williams, Jr., who died severals days ago. i' HJ I I i » j-. ' ' •■■ ' "•' "•' GUNNER DERBYSHIRE When "L" battery. Royal Horse ar tillery, was surprised and practically annihilated by the Germans, the one gun not put out of action was manned by Gunner Derbyshire and two other men, and they stuck gallantly to their post until they had silenced every , gun in the German detachment and compelled the enemy tr fall back. It was one of the bravest feat" of the war so far. Warning is Given. j not to write anything about Turks or their government, according to author itative advices reaching here Tuesday Washington.—Americans writing to friends in Turkey should be careful from the Ottoman empire. May Avert Strike. a oral mediation in an effort to avert the impending strike of- conductors and engtnemfen of the St. Louis & Southwestern (Cotton Belt) railroad were begun here Tuesday. St. Louis. Mio. —Preparations for fed Skagway, Alaska—Fire Saturday night completely destroyed tht Moore's wharf, together with all tht warehouse building«, except the ort bunkers and chutes. The loss is estl Fire at Skagway. mated at $210,000. » General Brabant Dies. Cape Town.—The death is an? nounced of Major Oeneral Sir Edward Yew« Brabant, who gained fame at the commander of a division of col onists, known as Brabant's horse, is I the Boer war PROGRESS OF WM) OF GREAT POWERS a FORWARD MOVEMENT OF THE ALLIES CONTINUES, ACCORD ING TO FRENCH REPORTS. The German Rush to Warsaw Appears to Have Been Checked, Russians Claiming to Have Beaten Back invaders. The long expected attempt by ths allies to advance seems to be under way In Belgium, and if full credence is to be given the official reports, im portant gains have been made by the French, British and Belgians. (From Nleuport, says the French of ficial statement, the Franco-Belglan troops have debouched and occupied the line from the west of Lombaert zyde to the farm of St. Georges. Lom baertzyde lies about one and one-half miles to the northeast of Nieuport, and St. Georges is about one mile southeast of Nieuport. This opera tion, therefore, has given them a line running virtually a mile to the east of Nieuport and extending almost north and south for a distance of about two miles. * •Similarly the French report gains along a three-mile line from Harje beke to Wytschaete, to the south of Ypres, against which city German at tacks of a violent nature were being directed almost incessantly a few days ago. Further to the eaBt there has been a gain of nearly a third of a mile in the direction of Kleinzillebeke. The French war office admits the success of the German infantrymen in gaining a foothold at Steinbach in Al sace, although declaring that the French still hold the heights overlook ing that place. In Russian Poland the Russians claim continued success in Miawa re gion, but report large forces of Ger mans concentrating on the left bank of the Vistula, with the arrival of Ger man reinforcements along the front For two days there has been fierce fighting in the neighborhood of Lo wiez, each side alternating in taking the aggressive. Regarding these operations, Berlin announces that owing to the numeri cal superiority of the Russians, the German column which had advances! from Soldau, Fast Prussia, by way oi Miawa, in the direction of Ciechanow, has had to reoccupy its old positions. That Warsaw, which has been the German's objective for weeks past, is not particularly disturbed over the outlook is indicated by dispatches from the Polish capital which de scribe the city as gaily decorated, crowded with shoppers and pervaded with the Christmas holiday spirit. Though the Austrians have been forced to withdraw from Belgrade and now occupy only a very small section of Servia, they balance against this a strong offensive in western Galicia, which they declare has compelled the •Russians to retreat and resulted in the capture of 31,000 prisoners. Every casualty list carries the names of men of distinguished family who have fallen or who are in the hands of "the enemy." Word now comes that the son of thé former French premier, Louis Barthou, has died from wounds received at the front, and that a son of the imperial German chancellor, Dr. von Beth mann-Hollweg, has been wounded and is a' prisoner among the Russians. Coffey Shades Smith. New York.—"Jim" Coffey shaded "Gunboat" Smith in a flurry of wild swings at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. It was the usual brand of white hope fighting, and Referee Roche was the most prominent work er of the evening, tearing the massive giants apart from deatb-clutch clinches. Convicts to Support Familie« Chicago.—Convicts in the Joilet pen itentiary put into operation Monday a plant to raise a fund for the support of families of the men serving terms In the prison agreed to spend their spare time in the shops and turn their product over to an agent, through whom sales wilt be made. . Woman Charged With Murder. San Antonio, Tex.—Miss Hedda Burgemelster, a trained nurse, was in dicted on Tuesday, charged with the murder of Otto Koehler, millionaire president of the San Antonio Brew ing association, here cn November 21 last. Koehler was shot at Miss Burge ineister's home. The 1,336 inmates Dies at Age of 105. Middlebury, Vt.—Rev. Sedgwick W. Bldwell, said to be the oldest Metho dist minister in the country, died Sun day at the age of 105 years. He had lived in East Middlebury for many years. To Take Over Railways. Mexico City.—A committee repre senting the Aguas Calientes conven tion has called on officials of the Na tional railway lines of Mexico asking that the railways be turned over to the government immediately in order that traffic be re-established. Recruits for Carranza. Nogales. Ariz.—Two hundred cruits for Carranzas Sonora forces are reported to have been gathered at fiasabe. seventy-five miles west oi here on the Arizona side. Admit Evacuation of Lodz. Petrograd— The evacuation by the RussLns of Lodz, Russian Poland, is admitted in a semiofficial communica tion, though the statement adds that the Russians did not lose a soldier when the position was given Copper Exports Decrease. Washington.— Exporta of copper from the United States during P ^e first tv enty-eight. days of November ! amounted to $5,065,021. compared with I a total of $7,873,928 for the month of October, j re up. IHO SM »ERIS It Is «Ulme« there are fifty appli cants for the position of state game warden. Vincent P. Denrig, aged 26 yea«, died at Pocatello of heart failure after four week's illness. He is survived by a wife and two small children. After an Investigation of three weeks the Oregon Short Une has de cided that it will not electrify the Wil der branch running south fromCa'd well. Clyde Drake, the 13-year-old son of Dr. O. M. Drake of New Plymouth, died in Salt Lake from wounds from the accidental discharge of a 32 auto matic pistol. Brooding over the probable fate relatives la the war zone in Europe, Henry 1 Siems, a rancher of the Net Perce section, ended his life, hanging himself to a rafter in his oam. An investigation of the tragedy si the county jail at l ocateJ'/o, which re sulted In the death of Deputy Sheriff Jene Taylor, indicates that a whole sale Jail delivery bad teen planned. A grand Jury has been ordered to convene in Boise on January 4 to probe into the looting of the treasury of this state on the suspicion that others be sides A. V. Allen, former treasurer, are involved. A triangle Joining Boise, Wlnnemuc ca and Ogden as a part of the West ern Pacific railroad is the proposed plan for the development of rich southern Idaho territory to furnish tonnage for '.he road. Walter £1 Burrell, convicted of burglary at Oakley, has been released from the penitentiary, the prison physician believing he has not moie than three monthB to live, being af flicted with incurable diabetes. Sheriff Jeffries of Power county last week captured two young men and ten suitcases of different kinds of in toxicating liquors. He also arrested a man on the train who had 118 pint bottles of whisky in his possession. The new Short Une emergency hos pital, being erected on the grounds of the company at Pocatello, is nearing completion and will soon be ready for occupation. The building is of brick and stone and modem In every re spect. The recent seed show and conven tion at Twin Palls was the most suc cessful ever held in the state and the exhibits, according to Dr. Harris of Logan, Utah, who was one of the Judges, were the best he had ever judged. One day of army life was apparently too much for George Streit of Boise, who enlisted in the United States army November 3, 1914, and deserted the same day at Vancouver barracks, according to information received at Boise. Preliminary steps are being taken for the formation of a $100,000,000 power merger in southern Idaho, it is said, in which the Electric Bond & Share company of New York, which owns the Utah Power & Light com pany, will be the dominant factor. John Chamebarls, a Greek, Is dead and Mrs. Belle Yaml, a white woman married, to a Japanese, is serious!» wounded and in the hospital as the re. suit of a tragedy in a rooming house at Pocatello. The woman claims that the Greek shot ner and then himself. Governor-elect Moses Alexander has announced'the appointment of C. O. Broxon, managing editor of the Boise Capital News, as his secretary while he is governor of this state, the ap pointee to take office when the new governor is inaugurated, January 4. 1915. The secretary of the Idaho Poultry & Pet Stock association announced Saturday that there are twenty sil ver premium cups which have already been purchased for prizes in the dog department of the coming show to be held during the week of January 4 ta. 9 Inclusive, in Boise. Settlers on thirty-five thousand acres of land in the Pioneer Irrigation, district may benefit to the extent of nearly $5 per acre as a result of the reduced estimate of the cost of tha con-struction work on the Arrow Rock reservoir and the drainage canals now building in the district. More than eighteen thousand dol lars will be turned back to the state at the end of the year by the public utilities commission, according to the report of the expenses of the com mission up to December 1, 1914, and the estimate of the needs of the body from that time until the end of the year. A Van Wyck correspondent there is about eight inches of on the ground; farmers are feeding their stock. Hay is selling at $4.5b :n the stack; oats 90 cents at the bin; wheat $1.25; eggs, 40e; creamery but ter, 40c. All of the convicts who have been working on the lands owned by ill > state in the Homedale district have been returned to the penitentiary*, the winter months. H. W. Dorman, president of tin? Caldwell Catt'e says? snow company, pretufc.s great improvement in the flna&ial conditions of this interffiountain try in the near future. He bas judgment upon the fact of. again lining able to find a market for the notes of Caldwell stock buyers. r* is Walter Mattson, wanted in several towns in southern Idaho for robbery, was caught at Brigham City and re turned to Pocatello. Mattson cor fessea to the burglarizing of s ores ia McCammon. Alexander, Bancroft an I other places. The Idaho State Swina Breeders' association will hold its annual con vention in Boise cn January 14 and 15. Swine breeders from all sections of the state wili be present and a strong program is now nemg pared which will be announced in a short time. The usual appropriations for the In* dI< ? Idaho haTe been made !?* ° a*? 'x "„F appropriaUon l0IlT ! a at Fort I J* pawa * '* ^commended with tw nty " 1 ° u8and for operaUc 8 U» 8 Hall j system. pr.