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THE BLACKFOOT OPTIMIST
OFFICAL PAPER OF BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO. VOL. IV NO. 10 BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR ITS BONNEVILLE COUNTY SURE Bingham County is Divided--A Special Dispatch to the Optimist From Boise at 1:22 this Afternoon Conveys the Information that Bill Passed the House with Sanborn of Bon ner as Only Dissenting Vote. In relation to the oxperience of the bill in the senate, the Capital News of Jan. 28th, says: The first of the many county divisr. ion bills broke into the open in the senate yesterday afternoon when, as a special order, Snake River coun ty, to be created cut of Bingham was considered in committee of the whole. An amendment offered chang es the name of the county from Snalc River to Booneville. The bill was rec.ommeir.ided for passage when Cue committee arose. St. Clair Explains. This bill was introduced by Senator Cleney St. Clair of Idaho Flails. He delivered a lengthy address full of in formation in support of the bill stat ing in effect, that while there is op position to divison, the majority favor dividing Bingham. He said the entire county has an assessed valuation of $5,700.000 of Which the north half of the county which wishes to be known WANT MARRIAGE SIGN FOR MEN Let Them Wear A Thumb Ring, Say New Jersey Women. Cupid Wings Club Action. Bill Requiring Hus bands To Be Marked Proposed. Trenton, N. J., Jan. 1.—The Cupid Wing's club, the Trenton organization coimposed of women for the purpose of mending broken hearts and bring ing about domestic felicity, has writ ten to Governor-elect Wilson asking his support of a bill they have pre pared for the coming session of the legislature, providing that every married man be compelled to wear a ring on one thumb to show that he has wedded. This will be one of the first measures to be presented to the legislature this year, and the member of thee lub will lobby for its (passage. The bill provides that every man in the state of New Jersey who is married wear what will be known as a "thumb ring." Married men, if the law goes in effect will have to wear their rings at all times while out side of their own homes and a penal ty of two years in the state prison and a fine of $500 is provided for fail ure to live up to provisions of the law. Jewelers are aiding the Cupid Wings club in its endeavors to have the measure passed, and some of them have made models of what they believe will he" appropriate. Mrs. Charles Howell, the president of the club, drew the bill, with the assistance of an. attorney. She says that a married man should he as easily identified as a married woman. In speaking of the picvemont today Mrs. Howell sai d: "If we succeed in getting this bill passed, as we hope we will, there must necessarily be a sister Mil passed, compelling married women to ' ear rial's. A geat mai ay homes have teen made unhappy, we have found, by husbands posing as single men a)nd making love to oth ers than their wives. Several cases where young girls have suffered by falling in love with married men v/hom they believed to te single have bee a reported to us.'' He's A Farmer Now. Karl P. Brown, publisher of the Blackfoot Optimist, who laid aside the scissors and paste pot and lead pencil a few dhys ago to devote his time and talents to getting the land of himself, his wife and sister-in-law. Miss Grace Loughran, on the Fort tract north of town, to shape for an abundant crop this season, came to from the touch this morning to at tend to business matters. He reports much water on the flat. PioccateUo Tribune as Snake River bas an assessed valua tion of approximtely $3,150,000 and th south half a valuation of about $2,850 000. The population of Idaho Falls is 5,000 and Blackfoot 3000. The popula tion of the north half of county' or the population of the now couinty will be about 13000 and of the half left in the old county about 11,000. Thei are about 1,000 people who have their signatures attached to petitions of protest and the principal objection is that the taxes may be raised. The new county has the endorsement of two mass meetings attended by many prominent business men ai.;d which were held at Idaho Flails and Black foot. St. Clair asserted that he did not think that the taxation argument is serious enough to be considered as opposition, as no county could be created without the same cry going up. He also said that expenses would be saved in electiors and to the courts, as well as the people. NORMAL CLUB ELECTS OFFICERS New Officers Have Taken Charge Of The Debating Club Which is Proving Popular And of Benefit to The Normal Students. At the regular weekly meeting of the Lewiston State Normal debating club held Thursday evening, the semi-annual election of officers was held. The cew off icers will take charge of the club at the opening of the second semester, January 31st. Mr. Claude H. Lint, of Lewiston, Id aho, was rc-elected president: Mr. Albert Pauls, also of Lewiston., Idaho., was eleejed vice-president; and Mr Oscar R. Jordan, of Jullnetta, Idaho, was elected secretary and treasurer. The matter of asking President Black to incuurgate a class in argu mentation was brought before the club apd after a discussion on the subject, it was found that if a suit able time could be arranged enough members would join the class to warrant its formation. In this re gard the club and the class would co-operate with each other for the principles and theories learned to the class would be put into practice to the club. Some of the questions that have been discussed before the club, since its organization last October, have been: "The Mali-order House,'' "The Conservation of The FVwests," "Foot ball,'' "Women Suffrage," and "The Progressive Income Tax.'' Not only are the debates extremely beneficial from the peint of view of teaching the members to speak in public, but at the same time the club gains a wide knowledge of various subjects that are beir.g discussed by the peo ple of today. The faculty committee on debating, which not only criticis es the debates, hut also explains the presentation of material to the best advantage, is of inestimable value to the club. Bold Thieves Enter And Rob Steve Wallin's Pingree Home. Word was brought to Blackfoot yesterday that the home of Steve Wallin at Pingree, was broken into some time during Tuesday night and household goods to the value of over $150.00 taken therefrom. The thieves broke open several boxes of canned goods and took lib eral helpings of the same. They took e set of traps and furs belonging to a trapper, and valued at $50.00, and completed their raid by taking the blankets off a sheepman's team of horses. No clew ha6 been found. Subscribe for the Optimist. Bonneville County is now practically a reality. The senate bill creating same out of the north half of Bingham having passed the house today shortly after noon and there is now nothing but the signature of the governor required to make the law effective. An emergency clause being attached to the hill it will have to be signed by Governor Hawley within five days of its pass age, when it will immediately become effective. The new county should be a reality within a week from now. From the character of the queries advanced by senators it was evident that they were cautious in dcelaring themselves ns for or against county division. Senator St. Clair assured the senators that he had promised his constitutents that he would only favor a county division, on a fair ba sis and he had kept his word. He said that the initiative for county di vision came from the southern half of the county and n,ot from the north ern. So far as representation was concerned Snake Riverc did not wish to burden other counties of demand a senator unless the constitution of the state is amended. Jones Oppeoses Division. Senator Coates asked for and was granted permission to call upon N. P. Jones, of Shelley, to speak oin -the division matter. He spoke for and on behalf of the anti-divisionists, par ticularly for the people of Shelley, and called attention of the senate to a provision of the constitution for the submission of the question to a vote of the people, which he claim ed was the only fair way, as it left the issue to a secret ballot. Mr. Jones said that the meeting held in the Commercial club at Blackfoot a few days since 30 votes were cast ia gainst county division and five for. In answer to a query by Sen. Whit comb as to what particular part of City Delivery of Mail Is Authorized For Blackfoot The following telegram wa received this afternoon by Post master Curtie from Representative Thoe. R. Hamer:— Washington, D. C., Feb. 2, 1911. Harry B. Curtis, Blackfoot, Idaho Have secured departmental order establishing City delivery for Blackfoot, effective May 1st, 1911. THOS. R. HAMER. Representative Hamer has worked faithftilly to secure this big stride ahead for Blackfoot people and has accomplished it sooner than was exected. Less than a year ago Blackfoot began the Improvements nec essary to meet the postal regu lations for city delivery and no soon er met, than our most worthy representative has our request grant ted. GREAT INTEREST AT FARMERS INSTITUTE Large and interested gatherings of our people greeted the speakers at every meeting of the Farmers' insti tute held in Blackfoot 'Saturday mom ing and afternoon last, and the inter est never seemed to lag for one mo ment. The sessions were held in the Commercial Club rooms. The principal speaker to the morn ing session was J. H. Frandson, dairy man at the University of Idaho's Ex perimental station. Mr. F'randson said in part: "As the farmers of Idaho are realizing the importance and possibilités of systematic improvement of their dairy herds, there comes an increas ing demand for information to regard to operating the Babcock test. A great deal has been -»Titten about testing milk and a large number of Idaho farmers already use the Bab cock test; but enough inquiries have come to me to warrant the asser tion that the subject is not yet fully the north half of the county would be benefitted he replied that Idaho Falls would be the only section benefitted as it would be built up as a result. He added that if the question of county division was submitted to the people of Bingham county today from 60 to 70 per cent of -them would oppose it, although he admitted it would not seriously affect him, but it would divide the school and irri gation distret. Mr. Jones was asked why his people or district was so opposed to the new county end- if he could point out other lines that would be more fair. He replied he was not prepared to talk on new county lines, that he and his people ere opposed to any division of Bingham cuonty. The question of opposition seemed to center around taxation. Mr. Jones said the people are taxed to the limit now. He said, however, that had the people been properly notified and the matter given the proper publicity, fol lowed by a vote, the anti-divisionists would not be before the senate ob jecting. Representative P. G. Johnson ap peared before the senate and spoke in behalf of the new county. He said that during the campaign the division question was an issue and was dis cussed by several of the candidates. While the issue unquestionably had a. great deal to do with the elction of understood. Many seem to have the idea, that the Babcock test is a com plicated, and at best, unreliable af fair. This is an erroneous idea and should not be allowed to prevail. The test is simple, accurate and easily mastered by anyone who will give th« matter careful study and atten tion, " The speaker then entered Into a comprehensive treatise of the meth od of conducting the test, and we re gret exceedingly our Inability to re produce his address entire. However complete detailed Information, with illustrations, can be had to Bulletin No. 63, which will be mailed free up on application to the Experiment sta tion at Moscow, Idaho. The talks of Professors Eldrege and Elliott upon sheep, cattle and hog raising, were chock full of real, valuable information for our tamers and were ail eagerly and attentively (OoDtnued am page tour.) Measure Introduced by St. Clair In the Senate Passed That Body on Friday by * a Vote of Sixteen to Three. Idaho Falls for County Seat. Effective in Five Days From Today. the candidates, it was the contention that taxes would be lowered. While he said that thousands of petitions could be circulated, his faith in peti tions was badly shattered. His friend, Representative Burrows, he said, cir culated petitions and secured many signers, but since then many who signed the petitions said they wanted their names removed. "My friend, Mr. Dubois, who is suf fering from a deplorable and almost incurable disease, although lie has been treated by Drs. Hawley and Perky, and will probably not recover, has kicked up quite a considerable fuss against this divison," said Rep resentative Johnston, while the sen ate enjoyed a hearty laugh. Senator St. Clair moved the adopt ion of the amendment changing the name of the new county from Snake River to Bonneville. The suggestion for the new name came from Senator TO ENFORCE LOCAL OPTION Stringent Measure Is Introduced To Make Law Effective. Provides for A Fine Of From $15.00 To $500.00. It will Do The Work. By the terms of a bill Introduced in the senate, bearing the signatures of twelve members of that house, including St. Clair of Bing'h.am, all places .in a prohibition district where Intoxicating liquors are sold to be declared a. common nuisance. Those who maintain, or assist in the main tanance of such places will be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon convict ion shall be fined not less than $15.00 or more than $500. The find ing of intoxicating liquor in the pos sesson of one not lawfully authoriz ed to sell same, except in a. private dwelling house, is sufficient evidence that liquor is kept for sale. The bill also strikes at the owners of buildings in which totoxicatng 1 quors are sold. Unless he ousts the renters he will be considered an ac complice in the case. The .important features of the bill are as follows: Places where liquor is found in pro hibition districts to be public nus ances. Finding of liquor on premises in hibition dstrets prima facia, evi dence of violation o* law. Landlord who permits sale of liquo on his property in a prohibition dis trict is guilty of maintaining a «us ance. Officers given power to search prem ises suspected of containing liquors to be cited before a magistrate to give sworn testimony. No person to be excused from giv ing testimony on the plea that his testimony might incriminate himself. Makes it the duty of all sheriffs deputy sheriffs, constables, mayors, m arshalls and police officers to no tify prosecuting attorney of viola tions of the law. Any voter may employ an attorney In liquor cases. All offenses of a violator of the lav may be included to. one information to be filed against hm. Returns From England. Chase. Rich, son of Mr. Bind Mrs. F C. C. Rich, of Rich, returned to Blackfoot Friday morning, after an absence of twenty-seven months. Mr. Rich has been on a mission for the L. D. S. church during his absence. H. E. Ward, of Rexburg, and a brother-in-law of J. R. Jolley, was in Blackfoot Friday, on business at the land office. Day. Captain Bonneville, to the ear ly days, explored the territory now Bingham, county, and, owing to the rapids, etc., called the section Bou rneville. Senator Whitcomb opposed the coun ty division, declaring that the cart was before the horse; that if one county is granted the legislature will have to go down, the line and create them all ; that the same thing is true about bridge bills. He asserted there is now no assurance that the matter pending before the legisla ture giving representation for new counties will pass and that if it does not all the new counties erected, and all counties will face a serious situa tion!. Senator Mitchell of Nez Perce made a strong appeal for the bill and all county me. sures that come under the coi stitutional requirements IDAHO MEN HONORED AT OMAHA Former Governor Brady Is Elected President and Reilly Atkinson a Vice-President of the Western De velopment Association. Former Governor James H. Brady has been elected president of the Western Development association, re cently formed at Omaha, after a meeting called by the governor |of Nebraska for the purpose of forming a central body of the western states along development lines, and Reilly Atkinson of Boise, wee elected a member of the executive committee. The other officers elected were: Wilber Walker of Oakland, treasur er; Will A. Campbell of Omaha, sec retary; and Robert N. Lyinch of Cali fornia, E. W. Pettlbone of Montana, Reilley Atkinson of Idaho, C. C. Chap man of Oregon, W. R. Mellor of Ne braska, W. W. Strong of Utah amd Alfred Patek of Colorado, vice-presi dents. Upon the assembling of the conven tion In Omaha, Major Fred Reed of Idaho rseponded to the address of welcome delivered by Mayor Di.hl man. The following Idaho 'people were represented on the various com mittees, each being the first named! on their various committees: Organ ization, J. Wilkes Jones; resolutions, Major Fred Reed; credentials, Mrs. McDougal. Member State Board Horticulture. H. O. F. Smith and wife returned' from Boise Saturday morning, where they spent several days. Mr. Smith, who is the owner of the Blackfoot Nursery, received an appointment on the state board of horticulture. The board consists of five members and their duties are to appoint in spectors, and look after the horticul tural department of the state. Mr. Smith is appreciative of the fact that some necessary legsilation is the pro per move for that department in this state, amd will use his efforts toward securing such legislation.. He stat ed upon his return that he was quite positive that Bingham county would be divided. Halver H. Berg Quite III. Halver H. Berg, father of Henry and Hosea Berg, of Springfield, and Finn Berg, of Pocatello, is quite dangerously ill at the home of the latter. He is affHceted with chial pneumonia. Fred Keifer, of this oity, attended a dance given by a number of Idaho F'alls ladies Friday evening.