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VOL XXI. MONTPELIER, IDAHO, 'FRIDAY DECE/ 1 BER a 4 . 1915 NO. 44 aiHU ROOT LEADS AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE * Canvass Conducted by the Literary Digest Shows That Root Has Largest Following-Hughes is Second and Borah Third* i \ The resalt of the straw vote ducted by the Literary Digest of New York and published in the last issue of that journal shows that out of nearly 700 votes cast by republi can editors, senators and representa tives, EUhu Root of New York, has the lead as a presidential candidate. In sending out requests the Digest also asked for opinions regarding the issue in the coming campaign and the part the progressives will probably play in the contest. On the question of candidate, Root would appear to have the widest as well as the strongest following. The 249 indorsements which he received came from the country over and in matter of geographical distribution he would appear to stand first in favor with the editors. The unques tioned mental endowment of Root for foreign affairs is accented by those who pick him for the party leader. The fact that the foreign relations of the government will pro * bably be the predominant demand made by the office upon the next president seems to have been upper most in the minds of those who voted for him. Whether the part Root played in the last Chicago convention will prejudice the Progressives against Urn as to make another party split certain is weighed by many who sug gest his name. The consensus of opinion seems to be that this point would need to be settled before Root could be chosen. Alexander H. Revell, who championed the Bull Moose movement from its inception, is particularly firm on this point, al tho inclined to consider the Root can didacy providing lie can show clean hands in this respect. Medill McCormick, once vice presi dent of the Progressive national com mittee, on the other hand, is so con vinced of the guilt of Mr. Root that he declares that as between the present incumbent and the New Yorker there woûld be no choice for, those who left the Republican party in 1912, and that they would have to vote for Wilson. McCormick, on his part, champions the nomination of Senator Lawrence Y. Sherman, the favorite son o f Illinois, who comes into the Literary Digest poll with 149 votes. Iowa reports that the progressives will go back to the party. Utah says that they have fused with the demo crats. In New England the party is reported again as one and small danger of another deflection, though a liberal republican and a liberal platform seems to be the demand. New York wants Root first and last, and william Barnes says there will be no Progressive party in the state. con so HARRIMAN CASE IS . TO BE RESUBMITTED Boise, Dec. 1 8.—The supreme eoort, in an order handed down to night, directs that the ca« of the state of Idaho ex rel J. H. Peter son, attorney general, vs. R. H. Dunlap, probate judge of Ada county; Mary W. Harriman, execu trix of the estate of the late E. H. Harriman, and the Oregon Short Une Railroad company be resubmit ted for furtber argument. The ap plication of the attorney general for a writ of mandate to compel Probate Judge Dunlap to issue an order ap pointing appraisers of the property of tbe Oregon Short Line in Idaho, so that a transfer tax can be eofiect ~ ed from Mrs. Harriman, and submitted some time ago. Since then tbe court of last resort in this state has had the ment. It sends it back in order that sagrgument can be beard on argued under advteo „ , some pointa not new dear to the court. • Tbe action is considered one of the most important that has come before tbe courts of Idaho for some time •ad to in the nature of « test Others are not so confident, though the general opinion seems to be that with proper tact on the part of the republican convention the breach will be permanently healed and Roosevelt practically eliminated. Westerners see small danger from a serious bolt or the inroads of the progressives, even though an effort is made to keep the faction alive, but want protection and a strong for eign policy along with a straighten ing out of the financial entangle ments of the government. Senator William Ë. Borah of Idaho has a strong western support for the leadership, receiving 108 votes, pass ing Senator Cummins of Iowa, with his 77, ex-President Taft with his 47, and ex-Vice President Fairbanks, whose Indiana supporters roll him up a total of 58, Senator John W. Weeks of Massachusetts, who is said to be counting on the support of Rooepvelt, draws 53. while the gov ernor of California, Johnson, a one time Roosevelt protege, receives on ly 16. Roosevelt himself is practic ally eliminated from consideration by the republican editors, receiving only 13 votes and but one of those from his own state, Burton of Ohio runs strong, receiv ing 35 votes from the Ohio valley states. Justice Hughes stands next to Root in favor, taking the country as a whole, though he fails to receive the concentrated vote of his state. He also comes next to Root in the total, receiving 152, and the calm, cool mind of party leaders seems to be counting upon him should the Root candidacy fail either on the grounds of age or because of the old wound left by the Chicago con vention. That Hughes would present no grounds for defection; that he is progressive enough for the progres sives and conservative enough for the old liners, appears to be the gen eral opinion. Yet there is a disposi tion to drop Hughes from considera tion as a presidential candidate, due probably to his position upon the su preme bench. That he is one who can and will accomplish the reforms he sets out upon is realized, but he has failed to inspire the workers, and in that respect would probably suffer as against Root. The platform suggestions simmer down to the protective tariff, pre paredness, the administration's for eign policy, the abolition of the war tax, the Panama canal tolls, a square deal for big business, economy in the national government, the merchant marine, progressveism, the Monroe doctrine, the socialization of indus trial activities, America's attitude in the war and real neutrality. Ex-Senator own involving, as it does, the new legal question in this stete— the right of the state to collect a transfer tax estates which have been passed to heirs. In the Harriman case it is v contended by the state that on the death of the late railroad king Mrs. Harriman succeeded to his interests in the Oregon Short Une, part of the Union Pacific system. On the other hand, she claims to have ceeded to stocks only in the Union Pacific, which is not within the juris diction of the state of Idaho. on over sue MONTPELIER BOY WEDS A C0EEVHLE MAIDEN Mr. Alfred J. Horton of this city and Mis* Mae Stersiek of Cokevtlie, were united to marriagq at Pocatello yesterday. They will go to Salt Lake on a short honey trip, and upon their return to Montpelier they will make their home for the preeent with Mr Horton'* mother, "Ginger," he is fatnlliary called, is a Montpelier hoy, and for a number of, year* bps held various positions with the 8hort Une. For some Lime peat he has been night yard master In this city. Tbe Examiner joins with "Ginger's" friends In extending hearty eongratu JUST WHAT I WANTED" A* £^ rrv>ï ans it i m * % & U 7 .1 «55 G ftp I ! (Copyright.) / CHRISTMAS BELLS BY JUDGE C. C. GOODWIN When the Christmas bells ring this year It will not be as ever before in all the years of all the now on the earth. Even in our own most blessed land as those bells ring out, their peals, erst so joyous, to thoughtful people, there will seem to be a refrain of sorrow in their ring, even as when marriage bells change to tolling for the dead. Forthink of it! For nineteen hundred years those bells have been rung, those carols sung and the blessed refrain has been, borrowed from the angel choir, "On earth Peace, and to man Good Will." As the centuries have come and gone, with more and louder acclaim each year, the anthem has rung men out upon the world, with ever increasing assurance have the words of promise been spoken; with more and more ostentation has the day been celebrated; • with more and more eloquence have devout men pointed out how civilization has advanced moat in those lands where the cross has been most revered, until now on the wings of the lightnings the mes sages are being carried and the perfecting press as It toils, with every deep respiration, emphasizes the truth that the highest grade is that which has grown out of that same message of "Peace on earth and to only one of violence, but it brings an Impression that there where most crosses have been upreared. where most monuments to Christianity have been raised, where oftenest the message of "Peace on earth, and to man Good Will" has been repeated, there with most fury men and nations are stamping all the re cords of good into the ground, and from their hearts have cast out every generous sentiment of good will, A year ago, the outside world, looking on, said: It is but a frenzy and will soon pass." But during the past year that frenzy has seemed to crystalize in to a settled hate among those who are guiding affairs and executing the bloody work, while those at home strain their eyes up through the' darkened sky abov e man Good Will." But now every echo from the old world is not CERTIFICATE REFUSED SWAN CREEK CO. The Boise Statesman says the tion taken by tne commission Satur day was the result of long and delib erate consideration, exhaustive in veetigation, and a misapprehension regarding the grounds upon which the certificate was issued to the Swan Creek company, which was on September 25, 1916. The applica tion for the certificate was made on January 18 1915 The company aaked for permission to construct an electric traiwmtorion line in certain portions of Bear Lake county, the territory at tbe time be ing covered by the Utah Power A Light company. Immediately after the application was filed, the Utah The Swan Creek Electric company has been deprived of its certificate of public convenience and necessity insofar as its operations are conceal ed in certain portions of Bear Lake county. Tbe certificate was cancelled by the public utilities commission Saturday, and a hearing has been set for December 27, at 10 o'clock, in Boise, when representatives of the above company and from the Utah Power & Light company will be pre sent. v Power & Light company was permit-, ted to intervene, alleging / that there was not suffeient evidence that the commission wad warranted in granting to the Swan Creek com pany the certificate asked for. The certificate was not granted on the ground that tne Utah Power & Light company was not rendering good service, but the point at issue was that the Swan Creek company had secured its franchise and invested its money in good faith prior to the enactment of the public utilities law, and-for that reason the commission felt that the investors should be pro tected in their investment. The commission now finds, how ac-!«™* * at evidence *' adduced waa Buffic i ient 10 prove Mt ' f** 0 "'* **» commission that the franch »* wa » ** ur * d '-veriment made prior to the enact ^ 7' ttat 8uffin f ,t * round8 ex,8t or tbe ofa rehearing to enable the ******* to produce additional proof ° n , that ***** a,one " _ In accordance w,th above ' »he TSÏ" ° f ** Swan Creek company, and set V*""« toT Ul * date befor * tlo V® the first Monday in January. to prove ed to Have yon paid your tax«? Re member, they become del'oquent'on them and mournfully whisper to their own souls: "There are no answers to our prayers." And there all the Christmas bells will be tolling bells and in lieu of Christmas carols, only dirges will be chanted. The wisest, straining their eyes, cannot see why the preeent scourge was permitted, why the stage was set, why the terrible acts are being called. They onfjr kpow that it is nature's way when the air be com«#fatted and a pestilence is threatened, to call up the cyclone to clear the air, and they remember that while in the wake of the storm are swept fields, shat tered homes and dead animals and men, the atmosphere is cleared. Is there any parallel between that and the cataclysm that is now changing the face of Europe and a part of Asia; where death comes from the clouds and destruction up from the depths of the sea. until It almost seems as though another geologl cal period was about to be completed? We cannot tell, but there are signs that the old claim that a man is everything and the people noth Ing, Is about to pass; that the decree is already to be issued that all men must have equal opportunities; that there are no divine rights to mortals save those that come of heart and brain; that the men who fight the wars shall be consulted before any wars shall be proclaimed and the humblest man shall be free to do any legitimate thing for himself and for those he usher it in the present great war was necessary, then the war will have its compensations and it will not. be so long until the old anthem can be reawakened with a sweeter solemnity than ever, "Peace on earth, to man Good Will." joy in their ringing and their acclaim will carry a loves; that when the earth was given to men to sub due and occupy and enjoy, it was given to all men aiike and all are to take part in its government. If this is in store for the children of men and to And the Christmas bells will take on all the old deeper, truer ho[>e to mankind. LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY ESTABLISHES AGENCY HERE The Continental Life Immranc* company of Halt Lake, has estebltoh ed a district agency in Montpelier, with M. I. Chappell aa manager. Hr will have office room with B. L. McClave. Hie territory will Include Houtheaatern Idaho, Western Wyo mlng and Northern Utah, and he is desirous of securing several live men to repreeent the company in this ter ritory. The Continental is strictly a western institution, and tbe money paid in premiums la invested in the inter-mountain country. That the company pff^s Its death losses pjomptly is evidenced In the case of Mrs. Mila Booth, who died at Wardboro on Nov. 27. Proof of her death was forwarded to the Balt Lake office on Dec. 8, and teat Bat or day her beneficiaries received a cheek for $1,000, the amount of In surance deceased carried. Mr. Chappell would be glad to meet any young men or even ladles who wonld liko to take op insurance work He hae very good propositions to of fer them. DON'T BE AFRAID OF HURTING OUR FEELINGS If those of our readers who are 'in arrears on subscription have any money left after Christmas shopping to over and their taxes are paid, we won't feel the least bit offended If they should drop a few slmoteens la to our wallet. You know it «quire# money te keep a newspeper going through January an d February, lust the same as It does darlag the other year. 1MOSE SAYS STATE OFFICIAIS ARE EFFICIENT AND HONEST Also Declares That Officials are Really Under Paid—Tells a Different Story now Than He Did Fourteen Months Ago* Boise, Dec. 22.—The inconsisten cies of Governor Alexander are so notorious that they hardly excite comment, but he has made some pub lic utterances of late that even excel any of his past performances. His latest imitation of the crawfish was at Lewiston, where he delivered an address on the opening day of the Livestock show. Governor Alexander is credited with having made the statement that he believed in "giving the people what they want," and so in keeping with that policy he felt that in speak ing to the stockmen assembled at the live stock show he must give them "what they wanted," or, in other words, say the things that would be pleasing to them, regardless of how it harmonised with his official ac tions. He wisely surmised that his veto of a modest little appropriation for the promotion of the Northwest Livestock associa tion, or the Lewis ton Livestock show as it is common ly termed, was not popular with the people whom he was to address, and so he must say something to over come that act or his political for tunes would suffer, and what had he come all the way Lewiston for? He gave them what they wanted all right. He told them that the Live 8took Show was the greatest thing ever and that it ought to have state and county aid. Just think of the unblushing au dacity of a governor making such a statement when less than ten months before he had vetoed that very prop osition—Senate bill No. 23, Intro duced by Senators Kicks, Day. Elliott, Hart and Sweet, appropriating SU). 000 to aid this association, which bill passed the senate by a vote of 27 to 6. and the house by a vote of 43 to 16! The governor evidently believe* that Barnum was the greatest states man of them all—that "the people liked to be fooled," but possibly he presumes too much upon their gulli bility, for while he put It over In the last campaign by such methods, it is unlikely that he can fool 'em again. Much like the governor's perform ance at Lewiston waa his recent ad dress before the University club at Boise. His declarations of a year ago are familiar—how he was going to dean the rascals out and how he waa going to start in at the base ment with no let up until he had EX-GOVERNOR MOR RISON DIES SUDOELY John T. Morrison, former govern or of Idaho, and one of the highly esteemed citizens of the Mate, died at his home in Boise last Monday morning, after an UIim« of but a few hours. His death was due to apoplexy, believed t o have been brought on by stomach trouble, urith which he had suffered a great deal. Mr. Morrison would have been 66 years of age had be lived until Dec. 26, be having been born in Penneyi vanta, on Christmas day. in 1860. His boyhood days were spent on the farm, where he engaged in tbe dif ferent routines of term work. When old enough, in winter, be taught dis trict school or worked oat « such employment a* afforded an opportun tty. At 22 year* of age be held the position of superintendent of schoote and at 27 be graduated from Woost er university and was immediately afterward* elected and served « which position he resigned to take up post-graduate work ia Cornell university, from which he graduated and then took the degree of A. M at Wooster uni vanity. In 1890 Mr. Morrison and located at Caldwell, where he rapidly gained « a law reached the dome, but with all hia bluster there is no record to data of anyone having been thrown out of the window. Whatever changes have taken place have been brought about by the republican end of the admin istration, except in case of patronage that by law belongs to the governor. Those who took the governor at hia word had a right to expect that he wonld be able to show that all repub lican office holder* were grafters and dishonest ,men. Listen to the testi mony of Moeaa before the Universi ty dub: "1 used to think with others, be fore I was governor, that all those guys up at the state house had to do waa to sit with their feet upon the mahogany furniture and smoke fine cigar* given them by those anxious to hold the small-fry jobs, but I want to tell you that the state officials work often over their eight hours and are at work all day and doing work which in other walks of life are paid for much better than the state paya for them." be is quoted as saying. The governor further said that he could state with all honesty that the elective public offidala at the state house were sincere, honest men who were giving their beet endeavor to their various duties. The question naturally arises, has Moses lost faith (n efficacy of bun combe or does he consider that he has played the game to the limit? The tax situation must give Gov ernor Alexander the nightmare. Taxes are higher than ever before. at least in moat of the counties of the state, and particularly In Ada county, the largest county la the state and the governor's home coun ty. The records disclose the fort that the governor's own taxes for his clothing store In Boise are much higher than they were last year un der Governor Haines. This to mighty bad and makes the governor's al leged million dollar saving took like thirty cents. With tax« going ap and harder than ever to raise, it la an up-hill proposition to try to jug gle the figuras to attempt to vine« anyone that there has been any kind of a wring. There to a promising and Alexander delivering. It looks « though there wee s rocky rood ahead for Moece In the year 1916. yer and busine« man and daring hie entire residence there the highwt esteem. He took tive pari in civic affairs and financially interested in the city in In 1902 Mr. Montana was called upon to bead the republican ticket, and vu elected governor by a good majority. He was defeated for re nominatioo in 1904 by Frank Good ing. After hi* retirement from the gov ernor's office. Mr. Morrtooa made his borne in Botes where he wes fully engaged In the practice of law. Mr. Morrison to survived by his wife and two children -John, who to attending college in Maine, and Mr*. Louise Wilcox of Meridian, this R0B8ERS PLEAD GUILTY AND ARE SINT TO PRISON The first of the week Leo Giltett end Ed Anderson, the two men who erem implicated with Jim Hardy la robbing Burrell A Thtet's Mo« two weeks ago, signified their to plead guilty. Accordingly, Uf A they took them to PocateUo Wednesday, where they before Judge G ob s« and te It in the penitentiary atBohe, ting will «t t ertetmM dinner at Ward« liwirinn of IIm a bill.