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THE BLACKFOOT OPTIMIST
OFFICAL PAPER OF BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO. VOL. IV NO. 9 BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR A REST BILL THAT IS A JOKE REPRESENTATIVE DAVIS, OF MA LAD, HAS LOTS OF FUN WITH THE GALLERIES. CLERK UN ABLE TO READ BILL BE CAUSE OF LAUGHTER IN ALL «. PARTS OF THE HOUSE. (Idaho Statesman.) What is considered to be the best purlesque bill ever presented in. the house on a question which is demiaœ-d ing the attention of the entire peo ple of the state was that of Represen tative Davis yesterday as a substi tute for house bill No. 4, by Ceaser, amending the Sunday rest law. When the discussion started Mr. Davis rose and asked unanimous coir.sent to in troduce a bill as a substitute for the one under consideration. He stated that there should be a real Sunday rest law' enacted, and that he had given the matter much attention. He asked that the clerk read it. This proved to be a hand task for the clerk had proceeded but a little way before the house was convulsed. It proved to be quite a diversion for the members, as w r ell as the visi tors, and was immensely enjoyed. Its provissions are drastic and are as follows: Be it enacted by the legislature of the State of Idaho: "Section 1. That section 6825 of the revised codes of Idaho be and the same is hereby amended to read as follows: "Sec. 6825. On the first day of each week, commonly known as Sun day, it shall be unlawful for any per son: to keép open for purposes of trade or for any other reason, lany place of business of any kind what ever, mot even excepting hotels, res taurants, livery stables drug stores:, railroad stations, telepraph or tele phone offices, or any other place or business heretofore considered as me» esscry to be operated on Sunday. Railroads, street cars, ferry ' oats, automobiles, stages or any other means of transportation shall not be operated. Must Go To Church. "On thrt day it shall be unlawful for any person between hours of 4 a. m. and 12 p. m. to be or appear on the streets for any purpose whatever except that of going to or returning from church. Every person must at tend church at least twice on each and every Sunday, unless excused for disability by a regularly licensed and practicing physican, 'and each and ev ery person must attend services at the church to which he belongs or at which he regularly attends, provided, that if any person is not a member of any church, or if he is not in the habit of attending church, said per son must attend the services of the church located nearest to his place of abode. "No physlcial work or play of any kind must be performed on Sunday, nor must any person be seen without his house between the hours hereto fore mentioned for this purpose. Must Feed Animals For Day. "Horses, cows, sheep, hogs, chick must be fed enough on Saturday r i"ht to last them until Monday morn, ing, nor shall any meal for uny per son either he prepared or servd, mor must anything be eaten in any cel lar or pantry within the homes, houses, rooms or other places of a bode; all convorsat'on conducted on Sundry must be in subdued tones, and must not pertain to irreligious, secular or profane matters. "If any reading is Indulged in, the -, must be limited to scriptural T-rks of approved character. News rs. periodicals and novels are s : riet' y prohibited. Iu the street in going to and returning from church , my party, if composed of more than one person, must walk in single file, with measured tread, end with eyee cast demurely down. On such occa sions no conversation whatever shall be permitted.'' _ Big Shoot In Idaho Falla. The next annual tournament of the Utah-Idaho Interstate Sportsmen's association, which was organized In Pocatello several years ago, will be held this year at Idaho Falls, the dates being May 9, 10 and 11. • STATE BRIDGES ARE IN DEMAND THE LOCAL MARKET IS MUCH STRONGER THAN OTHERS OF MANY SECTIONS. LOCAL DE MAND ACCOUNTABLE. KEN NEDY TRYING TO FIND OUT LET FOR SURPLUS STOCK. State bridges carrying with them liberal apprporiations from the state treasury, are in demand during the present session of the legislature for there are more bridge bills before both houses at the present time than there were introduced during the entire session two years ago. The following are some of the de mands : Canyon county—rBrigde across the Snake river to a point near Payette. Elmore county—Bridge across the Snake river at a point between Glenns Ferry end Mountain Home. • Lincoln county—Bridge across the Snake river between Lincoln and Twin Falls counties. Cassia county—Bridge across the Sncke river between Cassia and Lincoln counties. Custer county—Bridge across the Salmon river at a point where the state ro?.d crosses that stream. Fremont county—Bridge across the South fork of the Snake river be tween Idaho and Wyoming. Nez Perce county—Bridge across the Snake river between Idaho and Washington. TO INSPECT STATE INSTITUTIONS THE JUNKET COMMITTEES OF THE STATE LEGISLATIVE BODY ARE OFF THIS WEEK. ALL COMMITTEES ARE STRONG AND WILL DO GOOD WORK. Leaving Boise yesterday, these committees started on i& trip to in spect the University at Moscow, -the State Normal at Lewiston, and the insane asylum at Orofnio. Senator Pugmire, Bear Lake coun ty, Democrat. Representative Hammer, Lemhi county, Republican. Representative Jayne, Twin Falls county, Democrat. Committee to inspect the State nor mal at Albion, the academy lat Poca tello, the insane asylum at Blackfoot, the industrial school at St. Anthony and the ddtf, dumb and blind school at Gooding: Senator O. F. Page of Bonner coun ty, Republican. Representative Bert G. Nelson of Kootenia county, Democrat. Representative Henry G. Wilson of Ada county, Republican. These committees were agreed upon at a meeting between Lieutenant Governor Sweetser, president of the senate, and Speaker Storey, after consulting with a number of senators and representatives. It will be noted that the committee to visit the institutions in the north is made up wholly of men from the south, and that the committee to vis it the institutions in the south is made up wholly of men from the north. It is noted too, that no mem ber of either committee is from a county hiaving within its borders any state institutions to be investigated. In this the clearly expressed wishes of both senate and house were car ried out Politically the committees contain three Republicans and three Democrats, so that the investigations will be impartial so Dar as party poli tics might enter. Expressions heard about the capitcl after the appointments had been an nounced were to the effect that the committees were Strang ones and the Q the investigations would be along the right lines. W. O. W Special Meeting, January 31. We cordially imvlte all men In Blackfoot and vicinity to come to the I. O. O. F. hall and enjoy a good time and smoker. Deputy Head Consul Hoover, of Denver, Colo., will address the meeting. COCK-A-DOODLE DO NOW WHO ARE YOU? BLACKFOOT IS HOLDNG ITS FIRST ANNUAL POULTRY SHOW, AND EFFORTS OF PROMOTORS IS CROWNED WITH SUCCESS. TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY BIRDS ARE ENTERED UP TO DATE. Thus speaks the little brown hen to the long legged roaster, who is helping to make the initial show of Southeastern Idaho's Poultry associa tion, one of the finest. Up to 3 o'clock today, there were 244 birds entered, and the basement of the city hall, where the exhibit is being held, is filled with sight seers, who have been brought to Blackfoot because of the poultry ex hibit cow being held. Tue small number of men who some three months since, decided to organ ize a poultry association, little though that their efforts would be crowned with such marked success as is indi cated on every hand at the four-day exhibit now being held in Blackfoot. There are chickens from several towns iu- Utah as well as from Idaho, and they are a pretty sight to be hold. The Brahmas, Columbian \\ dottes, White Leghorns, Black Minor oas, in fact, every variety of fowl, known as domestic, is in. evidence. A coop that is attracting especial notice, is one of five White Crested Black Polish, belonging to A. M. Rey nolds of Ross Fork. It would be hard ARE PREPARING TO DEBATE The High school will gve an exhi bition on Friday night of this week at the Baptist church. A hotly con tested debate will be given: between Juniors and Seniors. The Juniors be ing represented by Kenneth Parken son, who claims that he could win out on a debate that was entirely a r gainst him, and Miss Rose Fuller and Shelomi Va-nBlaricon ; the Sen iors will have Ray Randall, Miss Ma bel Blackha-rt and Erbie Downing. All of these have great oratorical talent and It will be worth your time to go acd hear Websters and Clays of tomorrow. The winning team will contest a Sophomore team at the Methodist church in the near future, and from the best talent shown, a first and second team will be chosen. Professor Griffen extends an invi tation to all who care, to come. The admission will be your presence. So, come, brother, come. Rhetorical efforts are now the or der of the day. A program of a literary nature is due on Friday, pre paration for the debates with Idaho Falls and Rigby, are under way and the declamation contest is to be held in the immediate future. Eight of the high school young ladies assisted Shrieff Bucklin all day Saturday in making out affida vits we can find some one to do your work every time, if you will giv us a call. Many of the boys are interested in the poultry show mow being held in the city hall. Quite a inumber of school children have poultry on exhi bition, so are vitally interested. George Dane has been attending business while his father has acted the sick man, for the past few days. There are thirty pupils now work ing on the typewriter. A business course next year in a department fitted up for it will no doubt he one of the most popular divisions of the high schooL The grades are all working picture stulies so as to he in position to un indeed, for a writer to describe the many pleasant features of a poultry show, but chief among the things to appeal to all, is the fact that there is as much attention being paid to the raising of a line of thoroughbred stock, and the organization may be the first step toward the forming of a stock association-, which will hive for its object the culvtiaticn of a bet ter line of farm animals and fowls. Max Smith as superintendent is un tiring in his efforts to please, and assisted by Mrs. Shirley has every thing running in am orderly manne Elmer Gimlin, of Iowa, is scoring the birds today, and as a profession al judge, states that this show is fin er, with a greater amountof Interest being manifested, than any new one he has ever attended. Remember, the show lasts until Sat urday night, at 12 o'clock, and the ad mission is but a dime, ten cents, the tenth part of a dollar, and you owe it to the pro-motors of the assoei tion, to Bingham county residents -anc yourself, to go down to- the city hall and spend a piece of money at this first annual exhibit of the Southeast ern Idaho Poultry association. derstand the Art exhibit wheih coin' in April. It is planned to have each class study as many of the famous paintings as possible before April. The work comes- in so nicely us lan guage lessons. Supt. Vincent is now vice-president of the F'.terscholastic Athletic league of Idaho. He arranges- the schedules for Southeastern Idaho for all f-arma of high school athletics. Busket ball is now under consideration. A few mothers have shown their interest in the school cf late, by spending a half or quarter day in the various rooms. It is encouraging to pupils and teachers alike to have par ents cull. We should appreciate mor of this sort of thing. The Seniors are planning to revive a former custom this year, i. e.: to issue an annual. Plans are already under way or its production. Miss Cassie Wright, of the Irving Primary department, has been confin ed to her home for several days. Her sister, Mrs. Hays, of Idaho Palls, hias been doing the "idea shocting" this- week. The eighth grade pupils have taken the state examinations in geography and physiology. This will make it possible to devote more time to the remaining subjects for the rest of the year. Anxious pupils- will await the return of these papers. The library is doing yeoman serv ice these days. There are from fifty to two hundred, books out all of the time now. Many cf the town's peo ple are finding the reading offered to their liking. We are glad to accom odate them as frequently as they may come. Held A Successful Sale. Montgomery Bros., the members of the Blackfoot Auction company, held a most successful sale Tuesday, in Idaho Falls. Stock sold at a good figure and cash flowed freely. The Montgomery brothers are live auction eers who are building up a large bus iness in this country. HORSE MARKET IS ON DECLINE LEGSLAOITURE FLOODED WITH BILLS FOR STATE BRIDGES ALL ASKING FOR THE MONEY TO BE APPROPRIATED FOR TO BUILD THEM. SEVEN COUNTIES IN THE LISTS. E. M. Kennedy, who has bought and shipped horses from this locali ty for a number of years past, has been trying this fall, to find am out let for some of our surplus horses. Every market has replied to him that there was an unusual supply on hand and that prices were down from twenty-five to fifty per cent to what they have been tor the past two or three years. Local demand is the cause of the high prices locally and not the mar ket demand. But few horses have been shipped from here in the past two years on account of prohibitory prices. We like to see our people get good prices for everything, hut but we believe horses are one thing that are too high. We think that any farmer can afford to stay in the hors-e business if he enn realize $125.00 average for a 5-ycar-old, 1400 pound horse. Good quality draft horses r.-re still a fair price but the small kind is suffering a heavy decline of more than fifty per cent. What you must do is to grow fewer and a hotter quality arid then put them in market able condition. CITIZENS MEETING HELD ON MONDAY FIFTY MEN OF PROMINENCE IN VICINITY DISCUSS SUBJECTS OF INTEREST TO RESIDENTS OF BINGHAM COUNTY. ROSS FORK ROAD, COUNTY DIVIS ION AND OTHER SUBJECTS. A meeting of the citizens of this city was held last Monday afternoon for the purpose of discussing subjects of much importance to the people in general. Hon. Samuel J. Rich, Immigration commissioner, called the meeting to order, and explained the object of the gathering together of the buslnes: men of the community. Subjects for discussion- were the construction of the Ross Fork road, the division of Bingham county—both on the north and south ends, and the sale of the asylum lands between Murhhey's and the county road. P. W. Powers was chosen perma nent chairman of the organization, and W. G. Craig, secretary. The first subject discussed was the taking of- of Power county from the south end of the county, and It was quickly decided that such a move would not receive the sanction, of the residents of this community. Secondly, the diviison of Bingham county on the north was voted down, by ail present except five, excepting that the subject be submitted to the people and that the definite boundrj be -given. In the matter of the construction of the Ross Fork road, upon Hon. Fred T. Dubois declining to act as a delegate to the legislature, with the commission of representing the community before the state legisla ture, Hon. S. J. Rich was appointed and a fund of $150.00 was raised to defray Mr. Rich's expenses to Boise, in behalf of the road. The sale of the asylum lards was discussed, and it was decided that it would he most advantagous to the city, to have the lands thrown open to settlement. The meeting adjourned with a feel ing in everyone's mind that much good had been accomplished. Sheep Coming In From Desert. The Idaho Falls Post says that the first band of sheep to come off the desert passed through that city yesterday, bound for the feeding grounds. The recent cold snap has frozen the snow to such an extent that the sheep find it hard proposi tion to break through the crust in order to find feed. YOU SHOULD STUDY AT HOME PUPILS OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKE BETTER PROGRESS IF DOING THEIR STUDIES OUT SIDE OF SCHOOL HOURS. UP TO PARENTS TO RENDER ASSISTANCE. It is -now the time of year that students can- do their best work. The teachers are striving" to do better, mor e thorough and greater work now thi n at any other time during the year. It is necessary, u-bsolutely so,—that each child above the third grade, da some work at ho-me every day. Parents can do much toward the good- of the school and the pupils therein, if they will insist upon a reg luar study period at home every -night. The mere habit is of value foi the child who forms the habit of home study, or home reading, will b content to- stay at home evenings: he will mot desire to run. to town as soon as the supper s over each evening. This habit of contentment at home is worth -a vast amount to every one and it is in childhood that fixed hi fo ils are formed. Just now there is special necessity of every high school student doing several hours work each week at home. Parents depend upon it, if your son or daughter dees -not pre pare at least one lesson er eta evening after school hours, that he is not do ing work that is at all satisfactory to tlie teachers. It is not nec-essa-ry to send out special notices of your child's poor standing in classes for you may know from the amount of home study, the progress that pupil is making. Certainly it is better for your boy to be at home with a book than down town with a cue and- ciga rette and he is mow permitted to en joy both of the latter although there is u- city ordinance against at least one of the pastimes. There are no two- ways about this matter, your son, nor the som of your neighbor can do good school work while he loi-fs around the town every night. The school ask your co openatlci.ii in this matter and feels K is reasonable to expect a hearty re sponse from all Who have the interest of their children at heart. Teachers can insist upon the close attention to duties while the pupils are in school but without some insistence on the part of parents there is apt to- grow up an Idea among pupilB that the work concerns no one save the teach er a-nd as soon -as she is out of sight, school duties are forgotten. It is certainly one of a parent's functions to- give their unqualified support to all efforts that tend- tow ard their child's development. Then why let these things run slack any longer?. The teachers need your help and should by all means have iL G-ive it now. HIGH WATERS DELAY TRAFFIC ON SHORT LINE. With the recent heavy fall of snow and the change of atmospheric condi tions immediately following, the Sinak River valley is at present enjoying a time that should be in strict ac cordance with the idea of the local optionists. Streams everywhere are over run ning their hanks and- there is water enuugh coursing over all the country roads to do all the irrigating for the ensuing year. At Ross Fork over one hundred feet of Short Line track has been washed out, and traffic has been at a stand still for the past two days. The traia6fer of passengers by boat from the trains on the two ends of the break has been made and that is a bout all of the business being done. As though to make its last stand ere the white mam enters the land of the red men, Ross Fork creek has gone on a tear, and is havimg one grand, glorious and gloomy time The damage done will be repaired within the next day end traffic ~e sume-d. Old Folks Party February ThirdL There will be an old folks party at Thomas ward, on February 3rd. A program has been arranged acd gen eral good time is expected.