THE BLACKFOOT OPTIMIST
OFFICAL PAPER OF BINGHAM COUNTY, ID> Rescan.
VOL. IV NO. 12
BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 1911
$2.00 PER YEAR
FORMER NURSE OF THIS CITY
IS ARRESTED IN MONTANA ON
CHARGE OF GRAND LARCENY.
MAY PLEAD GUILTY.
Bozeman, Mont, Tel). 10.—Con
fronted by an officer just 'when sh»
imagined herself to be free from the
clutches of the law. Mrs. Sarah
Hunt, a tels Marie Brown, was arrest
* d in the poetnffice here by Deputy
Sheriff Horace Bull last evening on
information furnished by .the author
ities at Blackfoot, Idaho. The wo
man is eharg d at that place with
grand larceny, the exact nature of
the charge not being known here.
The information which was furnish
ed gave a minute description of .the
woman and said tbatt she was last
seen in. Butte. Deputy Bull was on
the stre t last evening and' saw a
woman of that descripiton go into
the postoffice. After a few minutes
investigation the officer approached
at first met with a flat denial she
soon broke down and admitted, her
identity and that she was the person
wanted in the Idaho town.
Th authorities in. Idaho have been
notified of the arrest, an officer is
expected here today or tomorrow to
tiak her back for trial. The prison
er declared her perfect willingness to
go back without extradition proceed
ings. She had b ein. in Bozeman sev
eral days ßmd had secured a posi
tion as nurse in the Bozeman saini
Deputy Sheriff John T. Danilson.
went to Bozeman last week, and re
turned Sunday with Mrs. Huint, who
has since been confined in the court
house, occupying the privatte office
of the sheriff. She has expressed
her entire willingness to p! ad guil
ty to the charge of grand larceny,
the sentence for which is not less
than one year in the penitentiary.
Mrs. Hunt is charg d wth stealing
the clothes of Mrs. Wilbur Craig, of
tliis city, while employed as a nurse
during the recent illness of Mrs.
MEMBERS OF THE STATE LAND
BOARD ACT ON THE REPORT
OF STATE AND CONSULTING
Bodse, Tuesday, February 14, 1911.
—That the Mackay dam is so defect
i>. m its v dtruction that las a con
sequence the lives of its citizens and
tneir propc. ty are endangered is de
nied by the official report of the
d'ete engin er, D. G. Martin, and A.
J. Wiley, the consulting engineer,
vv..,eh wtu= received, and approved
a.,. a sp y ordered co.it... ucied
bj the s,ai3 engineer without delay
by the st to land board la.t its m et
„aid ion. The r i-ort re
its that the only dam
t. lam i
.resell orm v. cnuld be
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cut the core
wall cnannei a.-A-g cue
en side of
pr sent embankment, connecting with
ti". ri v »r chc ni el at the top of the
riam This channel should be heavily
riD-rapped on both bottom and sides
to prevent erosion by the escaping
tveter. using for this purpose the
mass of large rock lying on slopes
cf the canyon.This method of hand
ling waters that could not be pass
iv. through the tin nel we consider th
most feasible that could be devised
and it would prohab'v cause less dam
e ; to the sm<tir an w uld the
(Continued on page 8.)
OFFICIAL PLAT OF THE CITY TO
COVER PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE
AND ALL OF THE BUSINESS
PORTIONS OF THE CITY.
Postmastter Curtis received this
week tun official plat of the city free
delivery to be installed in Blackfoot
May 1st. Th» route as taken from the
map covers the greater portion of the
residence district and all of the
business district of the city and is as
follows: Starting at the asylum
gate, thence west to Fisher avenue,
south to Judicial street west to Stout
avenue, south to Court, w-st to Un
iversltty, south to Curtis, west to
Shilling avenue, south to Willis, a
cross Willis them, north on Shilling
to Sonney, west to Main., north to
Court, west to Taylor, south to Grant,
west to Ash, north to Sexton, west
tc Maple, north to Idaho, east to
Ash, north to Alice, cast to Taylor,
north to Francis, .north ,to Park, east
to University, south tx> Francis, -ast
to Fisher, then south to asylum gate
on section, line.
This rout- takes in all that portion
of the city that has good sidewalks
and street crossings. It does not in
clude all th- city but that will come
in time, and the present route, in
cluding this large territory is an in
dication htat Blackfoot is growing.
THE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT SO
CIETY HAS BEEN IMPORTANT
FACTOR IN RAPID GROWTH
The V. 1. S. was organized Feb
ruary 14, 1950, for the betterment of
the moral and sanitary conditions of
The V. I. S. has been instrument
al in the following improvements: in
having sixty garbage boxes made amd
placed in alleys, and they served a
good purpose until last summer when
they were turned over to the city
health officer, at his request; Beau
tifying the Irving school grounds;
having started the subscripton with
a donation of $200.00; Purchased the
cemetery from D. H. Biethan for $1,
600.00, for the City of Blackfoot, and
has taken an active part in. grading
and beautifying the same. Last sum
mer the society raised over $500.00
for the purpose of putting water in
the cemetery. Secured a fine flag
m r -„he public use.
The society made a draft of prin
ciples which were adopted by both
c> ndidates for mayor in the last city
vve have placed a cement floor in
the basement of the city hall, and,
have furnished our meeting room in
the city hall
The following named ladles have
ierved as presidents: Mrs. Barnhart,
Mrs. Boyle, Mrs. Gagon, Mrs. Wodim,
a.v.c. Mrs. Chapman. *
'the society is planning to hold a
lir.hday party on the evening of the
i7th. A number of the ladies have
ra sed a dollar each and will tell of
th -ir experience. The money is to
be used in paying for the range and
h. 'er im the city hall.
Mrs. A. Younie has presented the
VIS. with a fine hand-made quilt,
which will be disposed, of on the eve
ning of the 17. Teim cents admission
v li be charged.
Camp No. 693 Celebrates Again.
With each succeeding year the
\ *n ?n of the World, Camp 693,
zl' the people of Blackfoot an op
portunity to while awayp most happi
ly a few fleeting hours, and this was
the case Tuesday evening when their
great annual ball, the fourth, was
given, in Progress hall. There were
at least one hundred and fifty coup
les in the hall during the evening;
the music was excellent; the floor in
perfect condition, and the people feel
ing splendidly. Long will this festal
occasion be remembered by those in
attendance. Not the least attractive
feature of the dance was a grand
march in which eighty couples took
part. May the day soon come when
they will do it again.
ARE SW ORN IN
THE NEW COUNTY OFFICERS OF BINGHAM COUNTY TAKE UP
THEIR DUTIES AT HALF PAST THREE TODAY AND TH08E WHO
GO TO BONNEVILLE WILL NOW TAKE UP THEIR RESIDENCE IN
After two busy days—busy by wire
and telephone lines, to ascertain. If
tbe appointments of the resigning of
ficials to new positons n Bonneville
county had or would be made, the
changes in. the officers' of Bingham
county were made at twenty minutes
to four o'clock this afternoon, when
after considerable discussion as to
whether the old board of county com
missioners could resign and accept
their own resignations, they finally
concluded that they could and W. D.
Huffaker and John Empey resigned
and W. H. Stuffelbeam and T. J. Ben
nett were sworn in as county com
The board then organized by the
selection of W. H. Stufelbeam as
J. T. Carruth was then obligated, as
county clerk and recorder vice Frank
W. Jordan who goes to the new coun
ty of Bonneville to a similar office.
The other officers were sworn in
as follows: Frank DeKay, sheriff; H
C. Rich, assessor; E. T. Peek as cor
This was about all of the business
transacted by the board further than
to call a special meeting for Febru
ary 23rd, next Thursday, when the
matter of the selection of a county ah
torney will come up.
It has been claimed by some that
James E. Good did not get leave of
absence before going to Oregon, for
his health, but the commissioners,
state that this is a mistake, so that
there would be no ground to attack
him on, that score, and little chance
to vacate the ofice though Mr. Good
will be required to take up his resi
dence in this city. He is expected to
arrive home today to take the oath
The matter of the appointment of
deputies will be dealt with by the
FORMER GOVERNOR BRADY DECLARES HE TOLD MEMBERS OF
CONDITIONS AT MACKAY. A STARTLING STATEMENT. WIT
NESS AT LEGISLATIVE INQUIRY 8AYS TOWN WLL BE DEPOP
ULATED BEFORE SPRING.
Full admissions of the truth of the
statements attribut'd to him by wit
nesses in effect that the core wall of
the Mackay dam was no more use
than so much straw and the entire
structur. a failure In every respect.
were made by form r Gov. Brady ;
at Satur^y afternoon's session of
the knd board inquiry before th» |
legislative committee looking into
Governor Brady w-nt on to say
teal he had advised his fellow memb- ,
ers of tthe board of the conditions 1
which he had found in Mackay and
timt a perfect and harmonious under
standing existed among th members
Referring to the testimony of a
1 rrmer witness with regard to an ar
ticle appearing in a Pocatello news
paper in which the governor was
credited with having 6aid that con
ditions with respect to the dam had
be n greatly exaggerated. Governor
Fn ' dared that the article as it
appeared was not as he had given it
and that the interview which he had
given out was not intended to create
the impression, that ih- had in any
manner changed his vi-ws since leav
ing Mackay with regard to the un
stability of the structure.
Called Piling a Joke.
Dr. F. H. Poole, contract physician
on tbe works, sprung something of
a sensation' when h» declared that a
foreman in charge of the driving of
the sheet steel piling told him the
matter of piling was a "big Joke."
Ask-d by members of the land board
a by be did not cammunicatte this
board of county commissioners at
their special meeting next Thursday,
In tbe meantime all the deputies in
the various offices contnue in serv
Endorsed By The Committee.
As told in an Optimist bulletin post«
ed about town the fore part of this
week the Democratic Central Com
mittee met and endorsed the follow
ing for the offices:
Commissioners— W. H. Stuffelbeam,
T. J. Bennett.
Clerk—J. T. Carruth.
Assessor— H. C. Rich.
Coroner— E. T. Peck.
Attorney—W. A. Beakley.
In Bonneville County.
Governor Hawley in special mes
sage to the senate, Monday submitt
ed the list of officers to be appoint
ed for the new county of Bonneville,
the senate confirming the appoint
The new officers for that county
County Commissioners—W. Dt Huf
faker, John Empey, K. L. Bybee.
Clerk—Frank W. Jordan.
Treasurer— G. R. Hitt
Probate Judge—George Chapin.
Assessor—Moses J. Wright.
School Superintendent—Virginia Ad
Attorney—w. t*. mnsen.
The commissioners have been' con
firmed and received their credentials
from the governor. They will in. turn
confirm Clerk Jordan who will in his
turn swear in the other offices,
will be held on Friday at which time
temporary ofices will be secured to
be occupied until the completion) of
the mew county court house.
information to the kind board or tbe
stutj engineer. Dr. Poole took the
position that this r- mark was 1 a mere
incident in a long line of other sim
ilar happenings and was made to him*
confidently for his own ben fit. He
s , at ted that he WB8 so th hl
; «evinced of the Unrellabluty of the
th . dam that he traded hi8
| tv there and mOTed hlg faffiU out
of what he regarded „ the da
, . e ^ a 80 of a coher
1 f 3 on e a< * u ^ < " reorge Fell,
inspector for the land board on the
works, in which Fell read him a por
tion of on.- of his reports in which
he called attention to the improper
methods being employed in construc
tion and added thatt he did not ex
pect that tthe board would not pay
the slightest attention to his report.
Governor Brady asked Dr. Poole:
"You are w 11 aeqauinted with L. E.
Dilligham, are you not?" The wit
ness replied tnat he was.
"When Mr. Dtl 11 Ingham has been
in Pocatello he bas gen rally stayed
at your house?'' The witness replied
in the affirmative.
"Mr. Dillingham was active In se
curing your appointai nt at the hands
oi Governor Hawley to the position
of medical director of the Blackfoot
In sane asylum?'' The witness indi
cated that this was the cas .
Says People Will Leave.
S. K. Paxton of Mackay startled his
hearers with the statement that in
his opinion the town of Mackay
(Continued on page 8.)
TO ENTER WAR
MEXICAN GOVERNMENT ASKS
FOR HELP OF RESIDENT MOR
MONS AND THEN IT IS SAID TO
Salt Lake, February 11, 1911—Nett
led somewhat by its failure in its
attempts to subdue the insurrectos,
the Mexican government has request
ed the Mormon people in Mexico to
assist it in Its fight. Not only .has
it requested, but it has practically
threatened to coerce the Latter Day
Saints to take up arms, and tills des
pit- the fact that the cokmistts are
citizens of the United States and sub
ject to neutrality obligations This
rather ominous news is brought from
the cent- r of the beseiged district by
Elder A. Evans, who has Just arrived
in this city. Elder Evens said:
"We have been, most surprised) .to
r ceive invitations from the Mexican,
government to take sides with it in
the subjection of the i ns eu r rectors ;
and furth rmore, we even have been
threatened that unless we do th»
government will compell us to. We
have relied upon our citizenship pap
ers, which show that we are under
the protection of the United States
and. have steadily refused to enter
tthe quarrel at all. What may come
of it I do not know.'
TO MEET IN !
SPECIAL FARMER'S MEETING UN
DER THE AUSPICES OF THE DE
PARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE
AND DOMESTIC ECONOMY OF
THE ACADEMY OF IDAHO.
On February 18, at the Academy of
Idaho in Pocatello, will be held a
m eting for farmers, farmers' wives
and all those who are interest d in
agriculture. This meeting is plann
agriculture. This meeting is plann
ed and will be held under the aus
pices of the department of agricul
ture and domestic economy of the
Academy of Idaho. Subjects of gen
er .1 interest to both the farmer and
his wif as well as subjects of spec
ial interest to each will be discussed.
The meetings will be held in the
main building of .th- Academy. The
forenoon session will begin at 10 o'
clock and close at moon. The after
noon session will begin at 2 o'clock
and close at 4. This program is ar
ranged for a time when most farm- rs
are quite at liberty and is aimed to
deal with some of the problems that
ihe coming season will bring. In tbe
consideration of each subject oppor
tunity will be afforded, for questions
and discussions. It is aimed to
make the meeting both practical und
The sev ral subjects offered in this
program will be handled by persons
who have had not only special tech
nical training In. agriculture and
household' economy, but practical ex
peri mce with farm life as well. The
speakers include J. W. Slaughter, the
head of the department of agriculture
G. H. Manghn, instructor in agricul
tur ; Ella Bremer of tbe department
of domestic economy of the Acade
my of Idaho, and Asa L. Broker for
est assistant of th Poctello Nat
Opening Services—10 to 12.
Value of the Farm Wood Lot----
............Asa L. Brow r
A Talk on Food—Selection and
Irrigation and Measurement of Wa
Soil Moisture—Its Loss and Con
Afternoon—2 to 4.
Factors in Dairying..
Establishing the Apple Orchard
"The Home Beautiful''. .Ella Br mer
Labor Saving Devices for the
Country Home-- ..--Ella Bremer
Name Him Valentine, George.
At 4:30 o'clock on the morning of
St. Valentine's day a son was born
to Mr. and Mrs. George A. Robert,
at their home in this city. This is
the second son, and fifth child.
AFTER LONG DEBATE IN WHICH
CROW LEADS THE COMMISSION
FORCES AND TERRELL THE OP
The house of representative« on
1 ut-sday after a continuous session
from 9 o'clock In the morning until
1:30 in the afternoon passed the rail
road commission bill by a vote of
38 to 16, being more than two-thirds
of the house in favor of the bill, amI
with one member, Taylor of Cassia
stating that personally he favored
the hill, but in deference to hie coo
situents who do not favor it, vot
ing against it.
The debate was long and sometime»
tiresome, but it was good natured
throughout and was notable for the
absence of the usual charges and
counter charges so often handed a
fcout during the discussion of such
measures. Lead, dn favor of the meas
ure was taken by Crow, of Ada coun
ty, and the leader In opposition was
Terrell of Bannock county who made
the d.ly speech giving argum
ent against the measure. The repub
licans who refusde to stand with the
party on the bill were Friend and' Ar
thur of Blaine county, Edghigton of
Bingham county, Aired and Nelson
of Bear Lake county, and Taylor of
Cassia countty. The dmeocrats who
supported the bill were DunrJing of
Owyhee, Galloway of Washington, Mo
gan of Letah, Hutton and Strode of
Shoshone, Jayne of Twin Falls, Holm
berg of Nez Perce, Pincock, Fremont,
Kirby of Boise, Sorenson of NezPerco
and Wood of the same county. Hel
lekson., democrat of Lattah, was pair
ed for the bill with Parker, democrat
of Idaho county against it, and Leaf,
democrat of Kooten.ia. county was
paired for the bill with Glenmon, re
publican of Custer county against it.
McCabe of Shoshone county was ab
sent and not paired.
THEY OUT-TALK THE JUNIORS
BUT BOTH ARE TO DEBATE
THE SAME QUESTION WITH
"Resolved,; that, aside from all
constitutionality, th- federal govern
ment should establish an Income
This is th- subject to be debated
Friday night at the Methodist church
between- the Idaho in.is High
Shool's team and the Blackfoot High
Last Friday night the Juniors met
the Seniors on the same qui a lion 'for
th last of the class ser.eo The
Seniors carried away the glory by a
large margin. A vote was then tek
on by tbe -.tu dent body for ti two
Learn;, that will represent Blackfoot
in the future. They were: i-r tho
affirm tiv George Der , Le ' Grif
fing, Kenneth Parkinson. For the ne
gative, Ros oe Rich, Dorothy Cl pp,
Falls h re
amd the ne
of their wisd .u
:>» .£ JiiiUr-'h
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.Mi. lo GONE.
James J. Hill Dec ires r J r.'u, For
Productive Acrej.e Muet Go Jp.
James J. Hill v, jo '« ih 'Le Great
Northen Ru:i». am. prolr .1} con
tributed more i - - net of
' he N^rthwe - . n imy
other man, sa>b that the available
area of productive land in this coun
try is being taken up at a rapid rate.
The United States is growing at a
ration that sv\l swell her population
to 200,000,000 people in 1950. That
means that every acre of productive
land will be needed to support this
tremendous population. Lands will
never be as cheap again. They sim
ply must advance in value.
Mrs. Martha La roque, of Riv-r
side, left Sunday for Boise, where
she will be the guest of Mrs. F. E.
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