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1 The Opti OFFICIAL PAPER OF BLACKFOOT CITY AND BINGHAM CO., IDA. ▼OL. X. NO. 4 BLACKPOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 21,1916 $2.00 PER YEAR PLENTY OF COAL SOON The utilities commission held a meet ing in Pocatello last Monday to devise Some aeons whereby the presetn coal shortage might be remedied and an apparent famine Averted. C. C. Clarke of the Clarke Fuel ft lee company, who was present at the meeting by invita tion of the state commissioners, reports that the Oregon Short Line has promised to furnish the D. ft R. G. with SO to 40 ears for the transportation of eoal from the mines daily until the present shortage of coal is overcome and all demands satisfied. E. Forrest Taylor, the popular actor, his wife and daughter, were the guests last night of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Watson, who entertained the distin guished guests at a very palatable din ner at their home. ÜmL a^fun BANKING YOUR MONEY 18 ONLY GOOD ARITHMETIC. CARRY YOUR MONEY IN YOUR POCKET; YOU 8UBSTRACT FROM WHAT YOU HAVE. YOU SPEND IT; PUT YOUR MONEY IN OUR BANK; YOU SAVE IT; YOU ADD TO WHAT YOU HAVE. THE CAREFUL MAN ALWAYS "ADDS TO" WHAT HE HAS. BANK WITH VS WE PAY 4 PER CENT INTEREST ON SAYMVOS. The First National Bank, Blackfoot, Idaho ....ORPHEUM THEATRE.... Monday & Tuesday! Thomas H. Ince Presents BILLIE BURKE in "Peggy." Billie Burke In Overalls In the New Triangle-Fine Arts Play "Peggy." The most pleasing picture ever played in Blackfoot. Xmas Matinee 2:30 Matinee prices 10c-20c Evening prices 15c-25c CITY COUNCIL. Thé city council held a Regular meet ing Tuesday night with all members present but Thompson and DeKay. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. City Engineer Young made a detail ed report on the actual cost of the plant of the Blackfoot water works of Black foot. Considerable discussion as to its purchase took place and the voting to give the city a municipal water works was postponed until next Tuesday night. The mayor spoke in favor of the pro posed purchase stating many reasons why the city would never get a better opportunity to have its own plant. Mr. George Gagon, who was present, and upon request of the mayor, stated that while he could not speak for the peo ple of Blackfoot, personally he was in favor of a municipal plant if it was bought and managed in a proper maner. Subscribe for the Optimist. Wednesday, December 27 JUNE HALL OFFERS "Deaves Manikins," A Spectacular Mainkm Show Featuring "Twelve Thou sand Leagues Under the Sea." NOT A MOTION PICTURE A Distinct Novelty _ Oho long laugh from start to finish. Tlio only show of its kind in the world In addition the Metro Feature "THE SOLE MARKET," featuring Madam e Petrova PRICES 15c and 25c Bingham County's Good Roads Discussed. Bingham County Civie league met in regular session Thursday evening ia the V. I. 8. rooms at the city hall. The subject discussed at the meeting was "Good roads." There were preeent B. E. Salzman, representing the Bonne ville County Good Roads association, his stereoscopical views, and.his splen did lecture on general and detail good roads. Mr. Brimm, good roads worker, gave advice backed up by years of road building experience and log work. The experiences of these gentlemen were interesting in the extreme. In « general way they advise the coun ty of Bingham to bond and build good roads and get their henefit now, and to pay interest on the bonds, and main tain such roads on the automobile li cense, and put away a sinking fund with the usual amount assessed for road building. B. W. Adair, our county attorney, was the principal committe to report on work assigned to him by our chair man of the last meeting. JHis report was an exhaustive detail of the ways and means whereby the county can se cure unto itself the desired good roads. He said that it is lawful for the county to vote bonds for any amount it secs fit and advises that the county commissioners arrange with some good competent engineer and road expert to go over our county roads and to by *>y ent to to of estimate the cost of making them "good." Upon receiving his report, the commissioners then to call a bond election and upon receiving a favor- in able vote, sell sufficient amount of the bonds to commence the work. As the work on the roads progress, more bonds are sold, and so on until the entire roads of the county are made "good." DUCK SEASON. Last evening at sundown, closed the last day of the open season on ducks in Idaho for this year. It is hoped, ere another season passes, that the game laws will be revised and written in such a manner th^t peo ple at large will be able to understand them, and lawyers able to interpret what they mean, as the state law ean not be correctly interpreted at the present time by ' the courts. A num ber of sportsment will gather in this city and make the attempt at revision for presentation to the next session, and if that body does not choose to adopt the suggestions no harm will be done, and it won't be the first in stance of the kind.—Pocatello Tribune. One thing worthy of great attention by taxpayers is the plan afforded by state laws of doing away with the road supervisor and doing the work under the eyes of competent engineers *>y contractors. We all know of the waste of time and labor under the pres ent law and know further that con tractors getting the work by competi tive bidding would save such waste. Bingham county is- fortunate in hav ing so much good material for road building. All our county is more or less good road material and gravel 1 b to be found most everywhere. The only thing we lack is a topping or surfac ing material. Bannock county will have to supply this, and by the proper moth ods of hauling, it can be had reason ably. The best surface material to be had is a mixture of shale and lime rock crushed fine and well rolled the surface of a grave! grade. It is the purpose of this league to acquaint Bingham county residents of the facts as to our needs, the way to satisfy them, and advise and aid cur county officials as to the desires and requirements of the public. Our sec retary will be pleasod to give details of the plan to any resident upon re quest, This league is not a Blackfoct club, but just what its name implies: The Bingham County Civic league, and all residents of the county are invited to join the organization. We meet the second Thursday evening of each month in the V. I. S. rooms, Blackfoot city hall, at a dinner, the expense of which each member pays by paying dues, $4.50 each six months. ' > * , , BINGHAM COUNTY CIVIC LEAGUE - F. N, Parkinson,«ftep.-Trpas. BLACKFOOT'S HERD REST. E. M. Kennedy, the banker-farmer raucher of Blackfoot, is offering for sale a fine lot of pure-bred cattle. 1 Ub herd is recognized as one of -the best if not the best in the state. He has cows in the herd for which he paid $500, and his herd and the individuals of the herd have taken first prize wherever shown. Stock judges and state veterinarians pronounce the herd as good as can be bred. Mr. Kennedy says, "I am told by judges of livestock, state veterinarians and others that I have the best herd in the west. I have several cows that cost me $500 and more. My herd bull weighs 2400 pouuds. I have taken all prizes at all fairs and stock shows where my lierai has been shown. If there are any better Hereford cattle than are in my herd I do not know of it, and if l thought that there were any better 1 would have them. The best is none too good for Idaho, and in offering them for sale I am giving cattlemen a rare opportunity.—Idaho Falls Register. LOST HIS VOICE AGAIN. J. Wesley Holden is again attacked with throat trouble and has scarcely been able to speak for the past two weeks. About three years ago he had a similar attack and was for many weeks incapaciated. Throat trouble with Mr. Holden is usually followed by inflammatory rheumatism and on three or four occasion! this has all but cost him his lit e. His ; livsii ians advise a lower and nni •h warmer cli mate am 1 have urge i hi ii to lepai t at once. Owing to thf pi *ss of busi ness he will not leave for a few days but states tl at if a littl e in ire time shows no impn jvement he will take his l»hy sit-inns ' advise and lepa it for the win ter.—Idaho Falls P jst. Christmas Song Service. At First Ward L. I). S. church, Sun day, December 24, commencing at 2 o'clock. Christmas story ........ Mrs. A. F. Adams Duet ...... R. H. Clayton, Wm. Parkinson Special music by the choir. Ladies chorus. Mixeil double quartet. The little folks. The bishopric of the Ward extends a cordial invitation. Mrs. CampbeU's candies are strictly sanitary, pure and fresh. At Smith's Bakery Co. Try them. Ad ooooooooooooooooo OUR BEST WISHES FOR YOU O With the passing of the old year O O —with its joys and its sorrows, its O O good and its ill fortunes—we are O O moved to ' ' strike a balance, ' ' and O O we find that the good has pre O O dominated. For this we are large- O O ly indebted to the support and en- O O eouragement of, our patrons and O O friends. O O To all who have in any way O O contributed toward the material O O or moral support of our business O O we tender the assurance of grate- O O ful hearts. O O Trusting that the coming years O O may hold for you much that is O O good and as little as possible that O O is evil, we shall ever remain, O O Greatefully yours, O OPTIMIST PUB. CO. O o o ooooooooooooooooo SENATOR INVITES ADVICE. Senator Thomas leaves on the flth of next mouth far Boise where he goes to prepare his legislative duties when the legislature is convened January 8. Before going and during the session he is anxious to have all his constitu ents, regardless of tlicir politics, to call on him and furnish him with their views on important legislation sucli as the repeal of the utilities commission legislation that is of vital importance to every resident of Idaho. Should any of his constituents be in Boise during the session of the legislature, they are cordially and sincerely invited to call him in the legislature or at his private abode and consult or visit with him. , Another Ipterurban Evidence. t, The Ecclas interests of Ogden are making a number of investments in this section, lining recently com menced the erection of a big hotel build ing at Blackfoot, taken over the big new hotel at Rexburg, and negoiating for hotel buildings both here and at St. Anthony.—Idaho Falls Register, Popular Caterer Married. E. J. Nogues, the well-known chef, commonly known as "Frenchy,'' made very quick trip to Salt Lake City last Monday. He was accompanied by Miss F. E. Morgan, who returned with him as Mrs. Noguos. The bride and groom were the recipients of the best wishes of a host of friends. Free Dance. The First Ward Sunday school will give a free dance for the children on Christmas afternoon at 2 o'Vlock at Progress hall. Santa will be there and all the children are heartily invited to be present and have a« good time. Meeting Business Demands The trend of modern business necer sitate3 a banking connection which af fords safety, promptness, accuracy and individualized service. By reason of established responsibili ty, up-to-date equipment and modern methods, and a thoroughly experienced organization, this institution is able to guarantee the fullest measure of sat isfactory hanking service. We specialize in business accounts. D. W. Standrod & Co. Bankers BLACKFOOT IDAHO FRANK DeKAY JS SLATED Frank DeKay was called to Boise last Tuesday by Governor Alexander and as he is a very promising appli cant for the wardenship of the peni tentiary, it was surmised that ere this he has been presented with the much eoveted and valuable political appoint ment. Frank E. DeKay, former sheriff of Bingham county, and T. .1. Strcud, pree ent sheriff of Lemhi county, may be appointed warden and deputy warden respectively when the new state board of prison commissoners—the gov-, euor, attorney general and secretary of state—take office. While no an nouncement has been made as to what Democrats will draw these two*plumbs, it was said that these two men havo "a place in the sun" and stand an ex cellent chance securing the appoint ments. It is equally true that the ' ' dope ' ' may be all switched at the last moment. In view of the fact that Warden Snook's term expires with the ushering out of the new year it is said to be necessary that his successor be named prior to that time. The state hoard of parole is in session this afternoon and as the same board constitutes the pris on commission, Warden Snook may de cide to submit his resignation, effective on and after the close of his term, or the appointment and qualification of his successor.—Capital News. The high school chorus presented "The Pennant'' last Monday evening. More than <U) voices were heard in the chorus. Ora Rogers, Loraine Tavey, Loa Martin, Rea Drollinger, Port Ar thur, Clarence Marlowe, William Low rey and Merrill Boyle took the lend ing parts. Successful Blackfoot Brooder. Blackfoot is becoming famous in Idaho and other states for the breed ing of Hereford nnd Short Horn reg istered thoroughbred cattle. Last week Carl F. Lenz of Squirrel, Idaho, and Otto Sturm of Ashton, Idaho, visited Black foot in quest of the best bred stock obtainable. Both of these gentlemen are breeders of pure bred Hereford stock and have, visited several fares and herds to get just what they wanted but failed to do so until they visited Blackfoot and the famous Kennedy stock farm. After consulting with Mr. E. M. Kennedy and purchasing two choice Hereford bulls, they insisted that he had the best stock they had yet found. When such stock judges as these visit Blackfoot and are so well pleased it is a compliment not only to Mr. Kennedy's herd but to the city that is is hound to give advertising that will be very valuable in attract ing other stock breeders.