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•a A □ Opti 1ST OFFICIAL PAPER OF BLACKFOOT CITY AND BINGHAM CO., IDA. VOL. IX. NO. 17 BLACKFOOT. BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY. MARCH 23,1916 $2.00 PER YEAR REQUESTED TO RESIGN OFFICE George H. Holbrook, county auditor, yesterday resigned his office and the county commissioners will meet next Monday to hear applications before ap pointing his successor. Fred Fisher, who has been a faithful, competent deputy under Mr. Holbrook, seems to be the logical appointee, as he under stands the requirements of the office ( better than anyone else and is capable of conducting it with satisfaction to its patrons and the 'taxpayers. Aside from his clerical ability he is a trust worthy and reliable man, and the coun ty commissioners will make no mistake in appointing him to fill the vacancy in the auditor's office. Mr. Holbrook left for California last night and will join his wife and family in San Diego. The many friends of Fred Fisher are circulating a petition to have the coun ty commissioners appoint him county auditor, and it is being very readily and liberally signed by all who know Mr. Fisher as a competent and honor able applicant for the appointment. We are told that Wm. Danielson started a petition; but later withdrew it. BLACKFOOT AGAIN DUPED Sperry, the drunken sheet metal worker has skipped out and left a large number of creditors who mourn Iub de parture and their confidence in human nature. Although a comparative strang er he secured sufficient credit to start a promising business and had more work given him than he could handle. But he codldn't keep sober even in a "dry" town where the "temper ance" concoctions not only produce intoxication, but permanently incapaci tate a man who gets a few of them un der his belt. Sperry got hold of a brand df these temperance beverages that not only made him neglect his business and friends, but with the aid of a cigarette almost transformed his drunken couch into a crematory, and if it had not been for the interference of the night police he would have had less creditors to regret his departure. He claims to be a railroad engineer and was last heard from at Armsted, where he is traveling about the state on an engineer's pass. He assigned the few traps he left in his shop to Attor ney Beaklev, who had them removed last Monday. Mr. Beakley states he not only fur nished him with legal advice, but ad vanced him cash to carry on his work. Blackfoot of late has been cursed with this character of deadbeats, and as long as they are allowed to come and go without any police interference thev will continue to make this city the mecea for their deceitful and fraudu lent practices. Good Auto Business Mr. Bills informs us that the auto business for the past two weeks has been very lively, being the best two weeks for business he ever knew in Blackfoot. This week 's sales have been very good, and the following sales have beeil made: To J. Obron, a Ford; to H. Hanson of Shelley, a Ford; to P. Monson, of Shelley, a Ford; to the C. W. & M. Co., and H. H. Morris, Fords; to Dr. Simmons, Wm. Varley, N. B. Bever, N. Morgan, and H. A. Wagner, Overlands. The V. I. S. request that the ladies of Blackfoot will please save their rummage for the V. 1. S. If you have any, either send it to or please notify Mrs. Woodin, the chairman of the com mittee». Mrs. F. E, DeKay, Secretary, Hats Hats Hats FOR ONE WEEK WE WILL OFFER SPECIAL IN DUCEMENTS IN OUR LINE OF MEN'S HATS CONSISTING OF STETSON, TIGER AND CHAM PION HATS. $4.00 Stetson Hats - - $3.00 3.00 Tiger Hats - - 2.25 2.50 Champion Hats » - 1.85 1.75 Values ... 1.40 1.50 Values - 1.25 COME IN AND LOOK THESE VALUES OVER. YOU WILL BE SURE TO BE PLEASED WITH THE ASSORTMENT WHICH WE OFFER. Kinney & Company DEPENDABLE MERCHANDISE. We five S. & H. trading stamps GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HERE D. W. Davis, the American Falls banker-farmer and a very promising candidate for the Republican nomina tion for governor at the approaching election, was in Blackfoot between trains last Monday meeting old and making new acquaintances. He Btates that he is meeting with more encourage ment than he expeeted, and appears to be very optimistic in his gubernatorial aspirations. George K. Crum of Lewis ton, Idaho, seems to be Mr. Davis' only opponent, but as he is practically un known in Blackfoot and vicinity, and Mr. Davis being very popular here, the Lewiston candidate is not much heard of. However, a few Republican lead ers of Blackfoot while admitting Mr. Davis' many qualifications for the gubernatorial toga, favor the northern man on account of the division of party recognition, claiming that the office of governor should go to a northern man. Just w T hy the northern part of the state is entitled to that honor the average voter does not know and can not understand why the state should be divided by an imaginary line for political purposes that have no bear ings on an honest, economical govern ment. Every governor of Idaho for the past twenty years has been a resident of Boise or vicinity, regardless of politics, and why a governor from any other part of the state would be a benefit to the state or its tax-ridden citizens we do not know. It matters little wh.ere the candidate comes from if he is an honorable, capable and truthful citizen from whom the voters can expect an honest, businesslike ad ministration of state affairs, and it matters less what part of the state is fortunate enough to possess such guber natorial timber. The candidate for governor should be the choice of the whole state as well ns the servant of the whole state, which should not be divided by party lines for political or personal motives. Let the people choose theiisgovernor and if they make a mis take in that choice they cannot fare worse than they have in the past, where the governors have been selected by political machines that have been a curse to the state. If the Republican candidate for governor is defeated nt the next election it will be because the Republican voters who voted for Alexander two years ago have not for gotten the criminal condition of their party machine when they beat Haines for his appointees' dishonesty, which he exposed too soon for his own politi cal benefit. 00000009000000000000000009 o o O SAVE THIS COUPON O o - o O This Coupon good for 50 Pony O O Votes when cut out and delivered O O to The Optimist office. O O o O Name.................................,.................... O o o o................................................................o o - o O Names of Firms: O O Powers Pharmacy. O O Central Meat Market. O O Blackfoot Milling Co. O O Brown-Hart Company. O O D. W. Standrod & Co. O O Hendrie Implement Co. O O Neil Boyle & Co. O O E. & G. Bills Auto Co. O O Isis Theatre. O O Pearson & Company. O O Hoffman Tailoring Co. O O F. C, Christ. O O The Blackfoot Optimist. O O o OOOOOOOQOQOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO The First Ward sewing class of the L. D. S. Church held their meeting Monday nigllt at the church. Nearly all of the members weer present. City Solons Make 11 Levy for Coming Year. The city council held a regular meet ing Tuesday night when a quorum was present and Mayor Peck presided. All members answered call but Hesse, Thompson and DeKay. Hesse and Thompson reported tardy. Minutes of the previous regular and two regular adjourned meetings were read and approved with several minor corrections. Mr. Duckworth appeared before the council in behalf of the city getting a Carnegie library and said that if it was necessary to take up a subscrip tion he would circulate such petition and head it with $100. Mr. Duck worth 's suggestion was heartily approv ed by the mayor and councilmen and the matter was referred to the Law and Order Committee. Mr. Short appeared before the coun cil in regard to the maintainance of a hog yard in the Fair grounds by Jas. Martin. Moved and seconded that the keeping of hogs in the city limits was a nuisance according to ordinance, and the chief of police was instructed to have said ordinance abated. Nine bids for street sprinkling by the hour were received as ffrllows: W. E. MeKihley .......................14 cents Owen J. Jones ..........................39% cents T. T. Jones ...............................19 cents Joseph Svedik ..........................50 cents P. E. Deeter ............................34 cents Wm. F. Lowe .............................15 cents Ira Wilde ...................................18% cents W. L. Hawley ..........................39 cents P. B. Van Blaricom ................40 cents Messrs. McKinley and Deeter being the lowest bidders for day sprinkling were given the contracts. It was order ed that the clerk re-advertise for a bid for night sprinkling, as none of the above bidders wanted night work. Pony Boys Must Hustle These are the harvest days for pony votes. Are .you working! You will never have a better chance to win. Do not let a day slip by. Do not wait until tomorrow or next day, but keep light on hustling. Get right after your friends and line them up to save pony votes for you. Explain to them how pony votes are to be had and how to get them. You will be surprised how many votes you can roll up by persistant effort. Your friends and neighbors will have to trade somewhere and it will cost them no more to trade at the Pony Stores and save votes for you. It is not hard to gather up Pony Votes. Just take a "ginger pill and matte a special effort during the remainder of the campaign. People will admire your earnest work and help you when they see you are determined to win. Bear in mind that the only way you can secure a gold watch or the pony' outfit is to go out among your friends and get them to trade where they can secure the vote tiekets and then call and get the votes of them. Every child is going to have a square deal and an equal chance to secure a prize. There will be no special vote day's, no deviation from the regular schedule and no favors shown. If you have not already won a watch it is no indication that you will not have enough votes to win the pony outfit nt the end of the campaign. No one can tell who the winner will be until the end and you might be right near tin top of the list, so keep right in the game until the finish, and if you should not win—go down with your flag flying. THERMO-THERAPY INSTITUTE All case* of rheumatism, no matter of how long standing, and all chronic diseases yield speedily to our treatment Special attention to diseases of women and children. Graduate nurse in attendance. Consultation at all hours. Rooms 7-8-9 Blenkle Bldg. (Over Pearson's.) Phone No. 398. adv. EASTER BAZAAR The Woman's Union of the Baptist church will hold an Easter Bazaar and cafeteria eupper the afternoon and ev ening of Saturday, ApV 22. Further announcement later.—adv. Subscribe for The Optimiet. PARKINSON Unlimited Amts, of Money To loan on good farm securities. Interest 8 per cent. No waiting is necessary if title is right. Land inspected by F. C. Parkinson. Office No. 11 Pacific Street Blackfoot, Idaho. _ It was moved and carried that Coun cilman Hesse's offer to donate certain ground to the city for a new road to the -eemetery be accepted. Thé sewer extensions asked for in Ward No. 2 were granted ou condition al payments. Moved and seconded that the school board be notified again to have Irving school connected with the sewer. The rouncilinen of the various wards recommended certain grading und im provements in their respective wards, and on motion of Councilman Thomp son, éeconded by Boling, the necessary grading and improvement was referred to the Street and Alley Committee with powef to act. It was moved and seconded that legal action be taken against property owner* who have refused to comply with the council 's order to build cement sidewalks. Thérc being but one bid for furnish ing the city a car of pipe, it was order ed that the purchase of pipe be post poned for another bid, when the Street and Alley Committee were empowered to buy the necessary pipe. Councilman Pelkey, chairman of the finance committee, stated that the city's valuation was $1,826,000, and that the amount necessary to carry on the city 's affairs for the fiscal year 1916-17, beginning the first Monday in May, will be $20,086, which he recom mended be raised by a 11 mill levy. His recommendations were approved and the city attorney was instructed to draft an ordinance to be published which will give the public the details of the new appropriation and the dif ferent funds to be created by the ap propriation. The council adjourned to the 2Sth inst. for the purpose of hearing pro tests, if any, against the street paving. "THE BIRTH OF A NATION.' "The Birth of A Nation." which, with its superb and inspiring musical setting, rendered complete by a sym phony orchestra, its bewildering sound and light and color effects, will be presented in Blackfoot two days, start ing Monday, March 27th. Hietraric scenes are depicted with realistic effect, ranging from battle engagements, such as the battle of Gettysburg, the seige of Petersburg, Sherman's march to the sea and the fall of Atlanta, to events in Washing ton. In the pictures Gen. Robert E. Lee strides forth to clasp the hand of Gen. U. 8. Grant, his conqueror at Appoma tox. Another historical event of last ing impressiveness is the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, present ed as accurately as the details are remembered by eye witnesses and as exact reproduction of the playhouse in which the martvred president lost his life. Peace is exemplified in a brilliantly impressive pageant and the pictorial story continues with the fortunes of the re-united lovers and the troubles experienced in the south over the abuse of political power vested in the imunei pated negros. Mob violence and out lawry are depicted, followed by- spectac ular view of the Ku Klux Klansmen who organized secretly to control the negros through their superstitious fears. The Klansmen were fearless night rid ers and they wore white sliroudN. Acts of vengeance were perpetrated under the cover of darkness and the pictures show clearly why such extreme meas ures were necessary for the continuance of law and order. In point of interest the Klansmen spectacles rival the war aspects of the graphic photoplay.—adv. Case Affirmed Attorney Good has been notified by the Supreme Court that the ease of the State vs. Swan Berg has been af firmed. In this case th. defendant was convicted iu the probate and district courts of obstructing the public high way and fined $100, from which con victions he appealed to the Supreme Court. Big Free Show At the Isis Saturday afternoon at 1:30 sharp, when every child is invited to attend, enjoy the show and hear something that will be of interest to them. There will be good, clean comie reels and bushels of fun. The pony man wants to see you, and he will be present and explain all about how to earn a real guaranteed Shetland Pony outfit, an Elgin Gold Watch or a season ticket to the Isis theatre. Bad Check Artist Captured Wm. Morgan, a young man about 20 years of age, is in durance vile for making purchases with bad checks. He operated in Blackfoot to the tune of $65 which he distributed quite evenly between three merchants who, when they found they had been duped, round ed him up and delivered him to the sheriff for safe keeping. He hails from Sterling where he is credited with pas sing^ a bad check or trço. He is said to b'e a farm hand, and his crookedness was discovered by the attempted pur chase of a horse from Jas. Martin. The Golden Rule, the Kinney Mercantile, and Rowles & McCosham are the firms lie fleeced. He acknowledged being a forgerer and was bound over to the dis triet court. BOYLE WAREHOBE WORK IS STARTED The contract for the new Neil F. Boyle Wholesale Hardware companv's new warehouse that is to be erected at the corner of First avenue and Terry street, was awarded yesterday to Alex Mathes, a prominent local contractor. Work started Tuesday morning on the building and it is expeeted it should be reudy for occupancy this summer. The bids for the building were open ed publicly yesterday afternoon at Blackfoot and the one offered by Mathes for $.15,365, was accepted. The bid next to this was the one made by the North Pacific Construction com pany of Pocatello for $.17,905. The I). F. Murphy company, another Pocatello concern, bid $38,420; Oscar Ritsman, of Pocatello, bid $40,196; the Lynch Cannon Engineering company of' Salt Lake bid $41,900; Geo. Brough of Poca tello, $44,475, and the highest bid of fered was that of H. A. Roemisch company of Blackfoot, for $48,698. SHELLEY VS. BLACKFOOT DEBATE An interesting debate took place at the High School last Friday evening when the Blackfoot High School met the Shelley High Schoool in a debate. "Resolved, That the Federal Govern ment Should Own the Telegraph Sys tem." Miss Afton Palmer, MisB Leanorn White, and Albert Jones of Blackfoot, where the affirmative side, land Owen MeGarry, Arnold Jensen, and [Willis Dial, of Shelley, the negative side. The judges were J. T. Curruth, R. N. AVest and Ralph Adair, who de cided in favor of Blackfoot. The same night a team went to Shelley from here debating on the same subject and also winning a victory. POLITICAL DECAPITATION >Corruption in public places was made known this week when the gubernatorial axe fell on the heads of two State institutions. The two de capitated officials are J. T. Humphries of the Industrial Training School nt St. Anthony, and Dr. Givens of the Orolino Insane Asylum. What the doctor's sins of ommission or commis sion are has not yet been made public, but a criminal familiarity with th■■ girls of the St. Anthony school that has been prolific of native born inmates, has caused thy vacancy there. DON'T FORGET The free show for children 16 years and under at the Isis Theatre Satur day, March 25th at 1:30 sharp. Come and see the fun and hear all about how to get the Pony and other prizes. The Local Viewpoint W E HAVE always considered the best foundation on which to establish banking service for a community. The wisdom of operating under a State or Local charter is attested by our steady growth—the reflex of pro gress on the part of our patrons. Our officers are ready to render every possible assistance to Depositors in their financial development. STABILITY AND SERVICE D. W. Standrod & Co. Bankers Hour*: 9 a. m. to 4 p. m. We pay 4 per tent, internet, compounded quarterly iu our Saving* Department or (Certificates of Deposit.) BLACKFOOT IDAHO J) FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY ASSURED Definite plans are at last made for a public library for Blackfoot. Many other towns in the state, some much smaller than Blnckfoot, have had their libraries for years, and we are terribly behind in many matters of civic im provement. When we say public library, we mean a library, not for the town people on ly, but for the people living in the country ns well. The ladies Club, The Current Event Club and V. I. 8. have long considered this matter, and have finally got it under way. Considerable help has been pledged this good work. The King's Daughters, under the lead ership of Mrs. William A. Lee, have voted to give $75.00 and their help. The Boy Scouts and tneir leader, Mr. Beaver, were kind enough to put iu the shelves. The P. K. O. have offered help, and private individuals have given books. The ladies will be glad of help from any other organization, church or lodge. The proposition is in the hands of the library board, who have completed plans for securing books both by soli citing and buying. Supplies have been sent for. A book social will be given at the club rooms on April 15th, nt which re freshments will be served. The price of admission will be a book or a silver offering to nid in buying a book. A sensorship committee has been appointed to pass on the books before they are indexed. If you have any books you do not want to keep, which you will give, phone or give them to Mrs. Powers or Mrs. Neil Boyle. The ladies hope to place the small library in good condition, and will be ready to turn all books and supplies over, when the proposed Carnngie lib rary shall be a certainty. Surprise Forty A number of the friends of Joseph Scofield gave him a surprise party at his home Tuesday evening. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. O. Buchanan, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Clayton, Miss Ida Chapman, Miss Leorna Jor den, Miss Hazel Wright and Clifford Robertson. The evening was spent in lancing nml playing games, after which dainty refreshments were served. Mr. Scofield will leave on a mission next week. Death of 0. E. Carson C. K. Curson, a resident of Blnckfoot for the past several years, died at his home Thursday morning at 6 o 'clock, of dropsy anil leakage of tho heart. Ho was 40 years of age, and born iu 8alt Lake City, Utah, in 1876. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his leath. Card Party Miss Katie DeKay entertained twelve of her girl friends last Saturday after noon at her home on Ash street. Cards were the chief amusement of the after noon, the prizes being won by Miss Phyllis Hoover and Miss Marian C'hub buck. Dainty refreshments were serv il, ami a very pleasnnt afternoon spent. Viewing Our City Hall The mayor and city council of Mont pelier were in Blackfoot Inst Sunday making an official visit for the purpose of viewing our city improvements, not ably our city hall. They were also in terested in getting some information re lative to a municipal power plant for their city.