The Blackfoot Optimist
Entered as second class matter De
cember 3, 1907, at the postoffice at
Blackfoot, Idaho, under the Act of Con
gress of March 3, 1879.
Published Every Thursday
One year In advance ..............I2-0J
Six months ........................ 1-00
Three months .......................6"
Member of the Eastern Idaho Pres*
Optimist Publishing Company, Ltd.
KARL P. BROWN. Manager.
DAINTIES FOR PARTY
CONFECTIONS SURE TO PLEASE
May Be Known as Washington Cakes
or by Any Other Name, but Will
Always Be Found Most
Possess yourself of a forcing tube
such as is used for icing, various harm
less colorings, and plenty of confec
tioners' sugar, and you can evolve all
sorts of patriotic designs at little
Make a simple cup cake batter, bake
In shallow tins about two inches deep,
when cold cut the cake in oblong
pieces. Ice some of these with red
Icing, others in white, and with a tube
make a curled fancy border of white
on red, and vice versa.
Ice In one corner crossed flags, using
red and blue Icing. Some of the cakes
can have three candied cherries, dot
ting the top with leaves and stems
made of angelica; below can be a tree
trunk iced in chocolate, with a red ice
hatchet in it.
For a big cake, bake in a deep star
shaped pan, ice with a white Icing, dec
orate with scrolls and fancy border,
and in each point put a cluster of can
died cherries with angelica foliage.
Sorve on a round platter, covered with
red, white and blue frills, or surround
with a wreath of artificial cherry
leaves and fruit.
For a child's party make a number of
small cakes, but in blocks as described
above. Ice In red, white and blue. In
even divisions. Heap these on a round
platter, log cabin fashion, to resemble
a fort. Through some of the openings
stick toy cannon and tin soldiers on
top of the fort for sentinels, and in the
center have a small silk flag.
For another coloring Ice the cakes
In the colonial huff and blue, have the
soldiers in colonial uniforms, while sev
eral of the tings used in the early days
of the Revolutionary war can be stuck
iu a standard in the cmitcr.
An effective border for a round, big
cake iced in wiiite can be small flags
crossed on sides and top. If one fears
to eat a cake so decorated, the icing
can he put on a round box that slips
over the real cake.
Have die shield-shaped cutter made
by a tinner. Mix simple sugar bis
cuit dough, roll rather thin and cut Into
different sized shields. From a dic
tionary study the coloring of various
state and national shields and copy
them closely in colored icing.
40 LADIES TRIMMED HATS
There were forty ladies' trim
med hats sent to Blackfoot
by mistake and were purchas
ed at fifty cents on the dollar.
They will be sold at fifty cents
on the dollar Friday, Satur
day and Monday, at
Exercise for Fowls.
Rather than pamper your fowls
■with too much rich food, see that they
get plenty of exercise In procuring
what they do eat.
Select a bluefish weighing six
pounds, have It split, cleaned and the
head left on, rinse thoroughly so that
no scales or blood remain upon it,
dust It lightly with pepper and salt.
Make a savory dressing with plenty of
butter and have It highly seasoned;
stuff the body and the head as well,
and tie with kitchen tape, do not sew
It as It makes it difficult to serve and
It is also apt to burst. Lay thin slices
of bacon on the top and baste with a
wineglass of white wine and take
some of the melted butter. Garnish
with cold boiled egg rings and fried
parsley, serve with butter and parsley
sauce. Remember to grease the rack
well before laying the fish on it to
bake, so that it does not stick.
Idiosyncrasy often takes the form
of a special craving for, instead of
an objection to, certain foods. Many
people possess an extraordinary
relish for common salt, and will eat
It by the teaspoonful when oppor
tunity admits. This sometimes leads
to obesity and dropsy, but it has also
the peculiar effect of increasing the
weight. One young lady who devoured
Immense quantities of salt on every
possible occasion, and emptied all the
salt-cellars on the table at each meal
would increase as much as 10-lb. in
weight in twenty-four hours, and was
frequently unable to wear a dre"^
which was quite loose for her on the
Jgy WILBUR D NOTIT
fum de bl
"How y o' Ink
l.aiiBldn' in de sont
ez plain kin be,
Somepin* come en ehuckl
deni wuds to me.
Ingin'— en deen somepin'
sample o' de spring yo'
nut li wind dess ez plain
whilst tilt say
Somepin' come en rustle tlioo de crtckly
Lak hit look fo' somepin' dat lilt gwine
stay till hit flu's;
Somepin' went a-dancin' in de sunlight
down de way
Dess ez If ul' wlnteh Is decided not ter
'Co'se I knows lilt's foolin', hut ez plain
Somepin' shake de winder en displaln dat
it am spring.
Somopin* in flo medder
A linos' pit do erreen out in de brown en
wit he'd prass;
Somepin' go on foolin' out ermong do ap
Till dey look 'roun*. sloepy, fo* de blos
soms en de bees;
Somepin' break de ice up in de crick— en,
bless mail soul!
Ef I ain' a-lookin' fo* mail fisliln' line en
Somepin* wuz n -langhin 'in de south win',
i gilt y low,
vint oh is decide ter up
en, mistoh, I kin see de
En d* niawiiin' glory drippin' sweet wid
Whilst <!*• south win' loafin' rulin' de cor
-laughin' till hit up
"Pardon me," he said, bending for
ward and speaking to the young wom
an in the seat, facing him. "Pardon
me if I seem to be staring at you in
an impolite manner. My physicians
tell me I have an affection of the
sclerotic nerve that may give others
the impression that I am looking at
The train rolled on. He continued
to gaze steadfastly at her. Sometimes
his eyelid would droop knowingly.
Sometimes a flicker of a smile crept
about his lips. At last she asked:
Is It your sclerotic nerve that la
Yes," he answered readily, "only
Ah." she said, with a sigh of re
lief, "I had formed the impression
that the rest of your nerve was un
Knew Him ef Old.
"Here is an article In the paper,"
observed Mrs. Fijjit, "on the 'Greatest
Robber in Modern Times.' "
"Ah," commented Mr. Fijjit. "Is
the iceman making his spring an
"1 have given up eating bananas
during Lent," said Miss Soulful).
"Excellent," murmured the pastor.
"You are to be commended for such a
sacrifice to your conscience."
"Well," she said, as her conscience
put on a few extra twinges, "to he
honest about it, I never did like ban
Smith (in the background)—Your
sister always shows good taste in lier
Brown-(also in the background) —
Yes, she makes father select them.
They are on a shopping trip no ,v.
"Your father must have good judg
"I don't know. You see, sis always
chooses the hats he is to select from."
"He was the smartest dog you ever
saw!" said the host from the head of
the table, enthusiastically. "There
he'd sit just as contemptuous as a
human being If you threw down eight
rlngB, or nine—but the m'aute all ten
of those rubber rings were down he'd
bark and gather them up one by one
and bring them back to you! Why,
he could count, that dog could, just
as well as you! There wasn't any
fooling him, either! Why, one time—"
"My French poodle w*>- juBt as
bright," interrupted the woman on his
right. "Really, Toto was abnormal!
He wasn't Just a bundle of fluff with
no brains, as most people judged from
his looks. He knew every single word
you said to him and he knew how to
get his own way. Why, I've known
that dog when there was a roomful of
company and nobody was paying any
particular attention to him to select a
prominent place and sit up on his hind
legs, looking about proudly when peo
ple exclaimed over how clever he was.
"But thgt wasn't what I started to
tell you. Toto was frightfully stub
born and always wanted hi3 own way.
Once he sat down In front of the
swing door into the kitchen and
harked to he let out there, hut lor
some reason 1 didn't want hint to go,
so I said: 'No.' He kept right on
whining and teasing and drooped his
eai-s'and his tail and looked the pic
ture of deserted despair, but I didn't
gtve in and finally he sat down all
put his head on one side and thought.
Then, like a flash he got up, raced up
the front stairs, through the second
floor and down the back stairs into
the kitchen, where he wanted to go.
You needn't tell me that dog didn't
figure that all out."
"He certainly was bright," said the
host, politely. "Now, my dog—"
"My terrier was terribly jealous,"
Interrupted the man with the mus
tache. "Jealousy in an animal is very
pathetic, I think. Bob had always
been the whole thing and when the
baby came he simply couldn't under
stand it. He'd try to push her out of
our laps and sit and weep and look
agonized when we talked to her. Final
ly, I telephoned a friend that 1 had
to dispose of either the baby or the
terrier, and lie could come over and
take his choice. He was dreadfully
afraid of hurting our feelings and ex
plained that of course the baby was
lots nicer, but that he chose the ter
rier, as he could lock it up and leave
It at home when he wanted to go ort
anywhere and he couldn't the baby."
"Hu! Ha!" said the host. "Most;
amusing! Now, my dog—"
"Poor little Fido" broke In the wom
an at his left. "It's all I can do to
keep from crying when 1 tlilnk of him!
1 think dogs must have souls, don't
you? He was a cocker spaniel and so
affectionate. He loved me devotedly
and couldn't bear to have me out of
his sight, and it always made him
furious If we went riding and didn't
furious If we went riding and didn't J
take him along. Whenever 1 left him
behind he went straight upstairs to a
low shoe closet where I kept my shoes,
and if the door wasn't locked he'd
nose It open. Then he'd carry every
one of those shoes and slippers down
stairs and put them on the window
seat and Bit guard over them till he
saw me come home. I tell you, no
body could touch those shoes—he'd
growl and show his teeth and raise a
dreadful row! I thought it so cun
"Very pretty, Indeed," said the host.
"It reminds me that my dog—"
"Henry!" Interrupted his wife from
the foot of the table, "don't you re
member Sport? Sport was the bull
dog my brother owned and when Hen
ry was coming to see me Sport took
the greatest fancy to him. One night
when he was calling and another man
came Sport sat on the front steps and
wouldn't let the other man come up
to ring the bell! Wasn't that perfect
ly killing? The other man declared
that Henry had subsidized Sport with
soupbone8, but he really was quite
nice about it, because he sent us a
lovely silver dish when we were mar
"Good old dog. Sport," agreed the
host. "As I was saying—"
Fido really must have been part
human," said the woman on his left.
"He would sulk and pout, you know.
Once, when we had been riding and
he had stayed at home, he evidently
thought It over and got terribly mad,
for he acted Just like a child who was
In a rage and wanted to show how
bad he could be. He jumped into my
lap and climbed up on my shoulder
and pawed my hair down Just as
viciously as though he were saying:
•I'll show you.' I laughed till I al
"Hogs certainly are intelligent,"
said the host In a strained hut de
termined voice. "Now, the dog 1 am
telling you about—"
He was interrupted by his wife aud
the rest of the women rising and de
parting for the library. "We'll have
our coffee there," Ills wife remarked.
The deserted men edged closer to
gether and the host cleared his throat.
"Now," he said firmly, "I shall tell
you about that dog I—"
"Sa>," spoke up the only man who
nad contributed nothing to the sym
posium, "I don't care about dogs. Let's
talk about horses. I've got a horse
that's a wonder!"
"Well, of course, it's in my own
house, so I can't do anything violent,"
said the host. "So babble on, con
PROTECT THE YOUNG CHICKS
Loss Through Depredations by Crows,
Hawks, Cats and Other Enemies
May Be Avoided.
A covered coop or yard is advisable
on most farms for raising young
chicks. The loss through depreda
tions by crows, hawks, cats and other
enemies is very large, and most of
this can he avoided by raising the
chicks in well protected coops or
yards, says Farm and Home.
A yard that will give sufficient pro
tection should be inclosed on sides
and top. The first three feet of net
ting should be of one-inch mesh, the
balance of two-inch. Either this net
ting or a board should be buried sev
eral inches in the ground, so that
skunks cannot dig under. In a yard
20x10 200 chicks may he raised until
large enough to take care of them
Where brooders and individual
houses are used a small covered yard
should he attached to each house and
Individual Coop and Covered Yard.
the same device should be adopted
for individual coops. Make the frame
work of furring strips 1x2 inches and
6 to 8 feet long.
Cover the sides with inch mesh net
ting 18 inches high. Put a ridge pole
in the center, so that jou can set
board shutters against them. These
may be made of half-inch hoards and
will give needed shade, as well as
protection from storms.
This yard should be permanently
attached to the coops. After the
chicks are old enough to care lor
themselves, let them out during the
day bv raising up one end, and after
they go In at night they are easily
shut up. It is only ten seconds' work
to move the coop daily two feet onto
POLLUTION CAUSE OF DISEASE
Too Many Fowls Kept on One Enclo
sure for Year Without Change of
Ground—Should Be Divided.
Nearly every poultry raiser keeps
too many fowls in a limited area of
ground. It is a common circumstance
to hear of some person having good
success with poultry for a few years,
when all at once things begin to go
wrong and the person loses faith in
the industry. Chickens die by the
dozens, and those that remain alive
fail to yield a profit. The cause of
all the trouble seems to be hidden, yet
it is not far to find, right in the
ground of the poultry yard.
Fifty or a hundred or more chicks
or any other domestic animals, kept
in one enclosure for a year without
change, will pollute their surround
ings. This Is true even with healthy
fowls, and where disease breaks out
it is much more true. The pollution
extends, as a rule, not only to the
grounds, but to the poultry house as
well. It Is often Impossible or dif
ficult to purify the house. The result
Is that poison or disease become deep
seated in the surroundings and strin
gent methods must be resorted to In
order to eradicate them.
It is easy, or at least possible, to
clean and purify almost any poultry
house and make it fit for continued
habitation of fowls without hav
ing to change them to other
quarters. It is not so easy with
yards and grounds. The poison is so
deeply absorbed by them that it re
quires months to remove it.
The immediate grounds around a
poultry house receive the most pollu
tion. The grounds further away re
ceive less. For this reason, the
grounds immediately adjacent to the
poultry house should be divided by
fence Into at least two parts and each
part cultivated in some crop every
alternate year, with all poultry kept
from it during the season of cultiva
tion. This will allow much of dis
ease and other pests to die out for
want of anything to feed on, and much
of pollution and poison will be con
sumed through physical and chemical
action in the soil. If the ground is
plowed deeply some of them will be
buried so deeply that they will never
come to light. Cultivation, aeration
and the growth of plants in the soli
all have a general tendency to soil
purification from the point of view of
Poultry grounds on the average
farm where there is an abundance of
free range can be kept comparatively
fresh by always feeding the fowls
away from the poultry house. They
will feed and range in other places if
no inducements are placed at or near
the house. Then they will use the
house only for roosting and laying
purposes and the natural daily pollu
tion will be carried far away.
One lady say's: The best I ever
used. Another lady says: I tried the
sample, it beats all. I want two bot
tles. You try it. For sale at Bie
Parkinson Realty and Investment Co. has
Plenty of Money to Loan |
on improved Farms |
The P. & O. Une of
We have just received our immense stock
of this kind of goods
A Bigger and Better Stock than Ever
C. F. HENDRIE
Bond Bros. Bldg. Corner of Ash and Judicial Streets
HEALTHIEST FOOD FOR HOGS
Should Be Fed Wheat Bran and
Crushed Cats, Mixed Into Thick
Slop—To Fatten Shoats.
The most economical as well as
the healthiest food for brood sows Is
wheat bran and crushed oats made
into a thick slop—they should have
all they will eat with a relish. Give
a dry, roomy yard to exercise in. An
animal, especially a brood sow, can
not be kept in health when shut in a
dirty pen and a small yard filled with
slush and mud. Give once a week to
each one shovelful of a mixture of one
bushel of dry wood ashes mixed with
one pint of salt and one pint of sul
phur. Mix these well together, keep
in covered box where it can tie kept
dry. This is an excellent tonic for
keeping the blood pure and the ani
mal in health. Burnt wood may take
the place of the ashes. If roots and
cabbage cannot be had, and grass
pasture cannot be given, cut up a few
grass sods and throw into the yard.
The grass roots will take the place of
roots. Fattening shoats for the early
spring market should be given all the
corn they will eat and plenty of clean,
fresh well water twice a day. Keep
the troughs clean. Pigs do best on
warm millfeed and ground oat slop.
Have the pens clean and dry. The
pen may be kept comfortable by bank
ing up the outside with long fodder.
Do not put too many pigs in one pen.
The younger and weaker ones should
be placed in a pen by themselves and
fed a little extra millfeed slop. Bed
with cut straw or leaves. The feeding
and care of the stock should be done
by the farmer and not left to boys or
Pour one cup of boiling water into
one cup of milk; when cool stir In one
cake of compressed yeast (dissolved
into two tablespoonfuls of cold wa
ter), one teaspoonful of salt. Add
flour to make a soft dough; turn on
kneading board and knead 20 minutes,
or until It will not cling to board. Set
to rise for three hours, knead thor
oughly, put In pans, and let rise one
hour. Bake forty-five minutes. This
will make three medium sized loaves.
The bread Is splendid and far less
trouble than to bother with bread at
• • • The • • •
Holds Sales eveiy Sat
urday on their Sale
Grounds in Blackfoot
and Idaho Falls. Three
See us for any kind of
Instruction in Cartoons.
I have found that one of the easiest
and most interesting ways of teaching
my growing boys current ev?nts is by
having them make a scrapbook of the
cartoons that appear in the dally pa
pers and magazines. As soon as the
papers have been read/ the cartoons
and pictures that bear ou the leading
questions of the day are carefully cut
out and put in a special place till the
end of the month. Then we look over
them together and save for the scrap
book only the best and cleverest.
It is really surprising what a de
lightful little recreation this makes
for the ev< nings. It encourages a dis
cussic n of current history, in which
the father usually joins, and at the
same time promises a feeling of good
comradeship between parents and chil
It took ten years to
make the first pair
of them. The man
ufacturers would not
guarantee them until
ten years of experi
ment and testing
proved them to be
They grow their own cotton,
spin their own yarn, finish and
dye every pair themselves—
"From Field to Feet"
there is no waste. You profit
by this economy.
D. H. Biethan
No delays when we handle the Job
The skillful, expert kind of work
done in a workmainlike "on time''
way that'll suit you in every respect.
Get our rates before you hire any
W. P. Sewell
Office Phone 23
Residence 219 Red -
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