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THE OAKLEY EAGLE
t OAKLEY, CASSIA COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, VOLUME ». DEC. 21, 1905. NUMBER 43 A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL. Christmas. The Christmas chimes are peal ing. softly pealing; the joyous sounds are ringing ever louder and clearer, ever nearer and near er, like a sweet-toned benediction falling on the ear. Glad ringers are pullin r the ropes, and in one grand swell of melody, Christ . mas, with its old, yet even new marvelous mysteries, and bursts triumphantly upon the world once more. The cattle have turned their heads to the east and knelt down to worship the King cradled in the manger; the houses are deck ed with hollv; the yule log burns brightly; the gray shadows sweep away; the sun is up and the bright-eyed children who have lain awake all night listen ing for the patter of okl Saint Nick's tiny steeds on the roof, only to fall asleep at the event ful moment, wake hurriedly to find the stockings running over with toys and sweetmeats. Beautjful and bright it is that gifts and good wishes should fill the air like snowflakes at Christ mas-tide. And beautiful is the year in its coming and in its go ing—most beautiful and blessed because it is always the year of Our Lord. Of all the old festivals, that of Christmas awakens the strong est and most heartfelt associa tions. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the spirit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. The services of the clmreh about this are extremely tender and They dwell on the season mpiring. beautiful story of the origin of our faith, and the pastoral scenes that accompanied its announce - men t. It is beautiful arrangement, also, derived from the days of vore, that this festival which commemorates the announce ment of the religion of peace and love, has been made the season for gathering together of family connections, and drawing closer again those bands of'kindred hearts, which the cares and. pleasures and sorrows of the world are continually operating to cast loose; of calling back the children of a family, who have launched forth in life, and won dered widely asunder, once more to assemble about the paternal hearth, that rallying place of of the affections, there to grow young and loving again among the endearing mementos of child hood. Cassia's Growth in One Year. Located in the south cen tral part of the Gem State, Cas sia County is not a whit behind the chiefest of the twenty-one counties of the state. It is safe to assume that no county in the state has taken on a larger or more permanent growth during the year than Cassia. The assessed valuation of Cassia county property for 1905,amounts to$2,755,905. An increase of June million dollars during the year, not including railroad or telegraph lines; these were not assessed this j ear. Cassia county ranks thirteenth in valuation among the counties of the state. To say that this part of Idaho has gone forward with "leaps and bounds" during the past twelve months would hardly expressed the whole truth. The year 1905, has wit nessed the completion of the Twin Falls dam at Milner and the settlement ot thousand ot l( Washiogton Irving. By Wnu.T. Jack, people on the 270,000 acres of land brought under cultivation by this vast project. ; Of the towns which have had ; their birth, during this year ol grace, Twin Falls City is the ! Here public water ; mains, graded streets and ness activity all denote* wealth : and wisdom on the part cf the ] two thousand sturdy settlers, who have commuted the dreary desert into fruitful fields since May 1st. Next in population, and, perhaps first in importance, is the town of Burley with some thing over five hundred popula tion and a magnificent future be fore it. Kimberly, Hansen and Duel are also creations of this most prominent, and private buildings, generous year. The great Minidoka dam un der the able management of Hon. D. W. Ross, C. E,, will be nearly completed at the close of the close of the year, so that water will be given to the settlers un der the gravity system early in 1906. Over six hundred homes have been established under the Minidoka project in Cassia county. THE ADVENT OF A RAILROAD. The passing year has also seen the advent of that great modern adjunct to civilization, the rail road, entering Cassia county and traversing more than sixty miles of her territory. It may justly lie said of the Oregon Short Line people that they have done their part nobly and well, in the de velopment and upbuilding of Cassia county and as an ac knowledgement of this aid Cassia will transfer her Jcapitol to the town of Burley—named af|er the II on. JD . E. B u rley .Genera 1 Passen ger and Ticket Agent. While railroads, and canals, and dams were being constructed and lands reclaimed, mines have been developed, sheepmen have prospered, cattlemen have in creased their herds, farmers have found a ready market for every species of product, laboring men have been constantly employed at good wages, peace and good will have abounded in every part of the county, so [that new as the Angels chorus echoes down the corridors of Nineteen Hun dred years, every citizen of Cas sia can heartily join in the glad refrain:—"Peace on earth good will to men." Great is the Valley of the Snake. As I look out into the night and see the gleam of many lights my thoughts fly back a few months to the birthday of Burley. You could then look out into the night and possibly see two lights in the lonely cabins of the pioneers of this the Minidoka tract, had waved a magic wand over this "land of opportunity," and presto change! A wonderful trans formations had occurred. It only hand you activity. The first station out of Mini-; l( ] 0 ka is Scher rer then Rupert a It seems tonight as I sit here and run my mind over memory's key board, as if some good fairy) seems as yesterday; and yet an empire has been born and millions of dollars expended. A great, strong, masterful people have come, and, as if in a night, taken possession of the land, railroad has been built the A mighty bridged, depots Snake river erected, a commerce established, , and the rumble of heavy trains | is frequently heard as they pass to and fro. From Minidoka to Twin Falls a distance of fifty- j seven miles, everywhere on every behold bustle and bright active place with better days to come; then Heyburn with ; its own individualité and "get | ; there;" next Burley, the "city of destiny," with Milner ten miles j ! to the west. Milner had its days as a construction outfitting ; point and the dam site of the busi-|Twin Falls canal. Milner will : be prominently heard from again, ] Ten miles west of Milner is the new town of Hansen the outfit ting point for the splendid Rock Creek country. Hansen will al ways be on the map and has a future that one can tie too. Kim berly, a lew miles further west is a prosperous little town and growing. Five miles west of Kimberly is be magic city of Twin Falls with a population of two thousand people. A ride from Minidoka to Twin Falls is the greatest and most wonderful trip I have ever made. As a record-breaker this stretch much I CHRISTMAS GREETING. We extend to our many readers and friends the pliments of the season. We hope your Christmas will be merry and that the Glad New Year will bring you joy and great happiness. You that live in such goodly land, and at such a favored time when the manifold ble ings of prosperity are being poured into your very laps have every reason tobe happy and grateful. The past year has beenene of awakening in Cassia county—an awakening the like of which has never been known before, You have seen during the past year, cities rise as it were in a night. You have seen rich broad acres that have lain dormant for centuries, and which have yielded naught tc man's sustenance or comfort. Suddenly trans formed from sage brush desert into fruitful gardens and productive fields. You have seen hundreds and hundreds of cottages rise and with prophetic vision you have seen established thousands of comfortable homes in our Great Snake River Valley. If you had not actually înenced Hie welcome changes that have been ing on about you in the most eventful year that is now drawing to a close, you never coaldhave^believed that' since things were possible. History has never instanced such markable changes before. Rich mines have been discovered and mining towns have been established in a few weeks' time and remarkable changes have thus been wrought in Hines past, but there has always been the temporary feeling and aspect of it all. that has robbed the changes of their virtue and of their in trinsic value. With the changes that have been wrought in our county during the past year it is not permanent, permanent , permanent. The hundreds and thousands who have come into our county during the year have come to stay. They are making homes that stay throughout all time. Homes that will become beautiful and more comfortable as times goes on, and homes that are to produce, nourish and sustain a great a good and a virtous people; people devoted to the peaceful sustained art of agriculture. Rejoice, O ye people, rejoiöe, for unto you this year has been born anew country home, a happier, a more prosperous and a better era. com I seen, and Hoil y ex} go re It is all SO. are to more and God ■a new been printed on the page of the history of this or any other t ofcountryholdsthe championship I have been a traveler, but in all my experience 1 have never seen or known of any such transforma tion-just onejump from a desert to a grain field, from a dreary, desolate wilderness of sagebrush to miles .and miles of thrifty, busy farms and as yet all in its infancy. Lincoln and Cassia counties are bound to be rich, prosperous and densel,' populated. To write tiie complete details of the situation would make a book in itself. Idaho has good reason to feel proud of these two counties. The absolute newness of the whole situation cause one 'Wonderful!" , and all to exclaim | as they view the panorama from the car windows. All the new depots are too small to aecom j modate the business and extra trains are being run to haul the freight, No such conquering of primitive conditions has ever country. And still thev come I and the great work goes'.on, A | newcountry new people-every thing new except the lace of the | j earth and that is assuming a furrowed expression. The old -timers all get lost in their own country. 1 he old roads, trail and cut oils are disappearing and taavelers have to travel in roads with a fence on either side. The good old frontier is gone, and we old westeners land in some one's back yard every move we make. "Irrigation is now king," Our old world is a memory. The cattle are gone; the old freight outfits, the cowboy, the Indian, are obsolete. It's a new world —new condition, new everything. Soon all the old boys will cross the divide and be gone. Well, we had our day. To the new folks who come to live in our land, we welcome you and are glad to see to the front, giving a pertect t view from all parts of the hail. you; but your made the cow-puncher a stranger in his own land.—Burley Bulle tin Dec. 15, '05. irrigation has An Opera House for Oakley. The close of this week will per haps witness the completion .of the S. P. Worthington Dance Hall. The nature and condition of thi^ elegant Hall was describ ed in a recent issue, verdentlv said in that article that the floor is of cedar, should have said "maple." We are happy to announce this week that Mr. Worthington in tends to make this hali serve also as a large, comfortable Opera House. He will arrange it in this wise: On the north end of We inad We this building he will construct a commodious stage 36x52 It. giving a 27 ft. front opening. The stage will be 4Mî ft. high and and with a slight forward slope The state will be fully 16 below the arch. Underneath tin ! stage, there will be an 8 ft. base- 1 „ent, in which a heating plant nd comfortable dressing rooms will beinstalled. The main body ol the hall will be supplied with • comfortable, folding opera chairs , fortheatricalsand entertainments and the floor will be covered with S aw..l„ S t to prevent .cratch»* j or marring. 1 he new structure j wii; be built of brick and the! contract, we understand, is to be let in the very near future. Fassin Stake Academy. As has been noted in these col umns several times during the year, there is in Oakley an Acad emy conducted by the Latter Day Saints—known as the Cas sia Stake Academy. Although this school has been running some fourteen years, and has done some most excellent work, it has always been hampered for sustenance in the way of funds, teachers, and equipment, but the past year has witnessed here, too, an awakening that is com. mensurate with the general awakening and development of all material things in this part of the country. The faculty has been increased from three to six, -the sub-preparatory courses have been abolished, all department work has been greatly streng thened, and departments of Do mestic Science and Music have established. The reports from the school thus far been most flattering, and there is now every indications, that we shall soon have a school here which will rival any of the . sec ondary schools of the state. It is sincerely to be hoped that this will be the case. Having the best country on earth we must have everything that pertains to the country of the "very best." As the "public school houses are the republican line of fortifications of our country", so also the high schools, the academies, the uni versities arethe indices of the high est, noblest, purest, civilization of which any country or people can boast. Let us bead our en ergies to the establishment of schools and educational institu tions,that our intellectual,moral, spiritual development may keep pace with our material pros perity. A Brewer's Talk. A millonaire brewer J state senator, said to Mrs Hunt of tee Woman's Chirstian Temper ance Union: "I shall vote for vour bill providing for instruc tion in public schools of the phpsiological effects of alcohol. I have sold out ray brewery and t 1 i- ^7 i i 'u • 1 am clean from the whole busi ness. Let me tell you what oc curred at my table. A guest was taken seriously ill at dinner and there was a call for brandy to restore him. My little bov at once exclaimed,"No that is'just what he doesn't need! It will paralyze the nerves and blood vessels so they will not send back the blood to the heart!" When the liquor was poured out to give the man the lad insisted on pushing it back. You will kill him; he has to much blood is his head already.'How do vou know all that?' I asked. 'Why it is in mv physiology at, school." It seems that text books prepared by such men as Prof. Newell Martin, F. R. S. of John Hopkins University have succeeded in giving the lad some definite in formation which hasproved use ful. "Senator," said Mrs. Hunt, "are you sorry poor boy learned that at school? "Madam," the ft.IpL • • ,1 j ! '^DlTStmaS IS tile Only 1 holiday of the VPAr that . - V 1 1C > ^ 1 tDal DrmgS thewhole human [„'l * . • iamiI y | nl ° , COIÏimUIllOn. *'11 1 tlïïlC lfl tnG lOIlg CcU6n~ j fa Q f ^ when j ' men and women common The only seem, i by one consent, to open their shut freely. hearts up LCh arles Dickens. [Merry Christinas. Hark, throughout Christendom joy bells are ringing From mountain and valley, o'er land and o'er sea, Sweet choral melodics pealing and thrilling, Echoes of ages from fair Galilee. Christmas is here Merry old Christmas, Gift-bearing, heart-touching, jov-bringing Christmas, Day of grand memories, King of the year. man replied, raisin ■ Lis hand, "I would not takej$5,000 for the assurance it gives me that my boy will never be a diunkard." Burley—"The City of Destin/. '* The following taken from the town site advertisment in the Burley Bulletin gives some idea of the way towns grow in south ern Idaho these days: "Burley has two telephone?lint s a railroad, a new depot, three hotels, three restaurants, tele graph service, a $35,000,00 hotel-— the Reed lull —now being built, $10,000,00 opera house, eight stores, Odd Fellows, A. O. U, W., Woodmen. O. T. W., Masonic lodge is being organized, good school denominations own property and will build churches within a year; 3,000 feet of sidewalk has been constructed and 4-,000 feet more is contracted for. Burley has accomplished ail ol this since May 1, 1905. Burley has 100 buildings and 500 industrious people. Burley will have within one year from date, a complete water works system, a large two-store brick graded school,electric lights electric power, a branch of the lar « est and l,est bank ia the Northwest, 5,000 irrigated acres (including the towns,te), graded streets , spnnkled with oil, 200 ,K u bmU.mgs, ,o ) p^op e. " atc 1 * ur c \ ,r ' n ' ' A man who is alive ami hustles .... at some time in his career, has one S reat opportunity g™sps it and does good, faithful work, it will fortify him against poverty in his old age and bring to h,m the swt ' et comtort °j having done at least one good thing as he passed along life's trad ' , , . E 1 feel thut ,n endeavoring to ,ÜCate l >ct, P le so s P lendid and true a country that I am not mis directing my fellow men. I do, from hcart ' advlse P eo P ie to locate and inyest their money 1,1 Burlev lots and acres.-Fred R ccd ] mighty founder was a child I himself. a all the religous If he Charles Dicken on Christmas It is good, to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its ! I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.