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y \ The Blackfoot Optimist OFFICIAL PAPER OF BLACKFOOT CITY AND BINGHAM CO., IDA. VQL.X. NO. 5 BLACKFOOT, BMGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28, It 16 $2.00 PER YEAR KNIGHTS HAKE MERRY XMAS Last Sunday was a great day of ac tivity in and around the K. P. hall, the occasion being the assembling and distribution by the K. P. lodge of Christmas cheer among the unfortunate in our community, and all afternoon the jitq^ys of J. A. Martin and W. W. Davis could be seen running around de livering good things. Groceries, clothing and coal were dis tributed among 23 families, according to their immediate needs. The total value of the gifts being more thau $300, the committee of the lodge spending $215, the balance being contributed in merchandise by Pearson & Co., Biethau, Bowles ft Mack, Alexander, Blackfoot Milling Co and E. M. Hubbell. The items were as follows; Groc eries, $144; Clothing, $117; meat, $15; coal, $12; toys, $11; school books, $4. It is a source of surprise that there ftssli be so many families in this city in dire need, and something should be done at once towards putting some of these families in a better position. We appreciate deeply what the K. P. lodge has done, but such help is necessarily temporary, and after a short time the recipients of the Christmas gifts will be in the same condition again. Some thing should be done and done at once. Card of Thanks. Athenian Lodge No. 44, K. of P., desires to thank all those who so gen sf*. erously contributed to its Christmas fund, and assures them that every cent helped to gladden the hearts of those who, but for this timely aid, would have had a dreary, bitter, sad Christmas. BLACKFOOT BOY DIB* HEBE. Harold Anderson, the 12-year-old son of W. Anderson of Blackfoot, died in a local hospital yesterday. Ti body was shipped to Blackfoot rester day—Idaho Falls Post. SDN LOOK FOR THIS ST 153 MAIN LAKE TY SALT Dr. F. J. Alexander Manager of the above com pany, will be at the Cottage Hotel, Blackfoot, Wednes day, January 3, all day. Those having any trouble whatever with their eyes should not fail to call. SktCdXs^ll I I i® Ss ft a wie n ct % AFETY OH THE BANKER IS INTERESTED IN HIS DEPOSITEES. HE IS THE ONLY MAN IN TOWN WHO WILL GIVE YOU ADVICE FREE. THE BANKER LIKES TO SEE YOU AND EVERYONE IN HIS COMMUNITY GETTING RICH. SUCCESS BREEDS SUCCESS AND AND DO ASSIST EACH OTHER. SUCCESSFUL MEN CAN BE A SUCCESSFUL MAN. PUT SOME MONEY IN THE BANK OFTEN AND BECOME ONE OF THE EICH MEN IN OUR TOWN. BANK WITH US WE PAY FEB CENT INTEREST ON SAVINGS The First National Bank, Blackfoot, Idaho DoKAT ON THE JOB. Krank K. DeKay of Blackfoot, who is to be the new warden at the state penitentiary, entered the administra tion building at the prison Tuesday for the purpose of becoming familiar with the routine duties that will de volve upon him after the first of the year, Warden John W. Snook has promised to assist the Blackfoot man in getting acquainted with his work. T. J. Stroude of Lemhi county, new deputy marden, will arrive in the city this week. Guards at the penitentiary will probably be named before the first of the year, the governor said Tuesday, that they may take up their work when DeKay takes charge of the peni tentiary. The governor thinks several of the guards who turned in their resignations some weeks ago will change their minds and remain. There are several appointments to be made at the prison. E. M. Kennedy has an ad in this issue to buy horses. He will be here for a week when be will go to Challis where he is billed for next week. Any ! , , . i, i I, . one having horses to sell should B ! A HORSE BUYER YOU 'ALL KNOW. miss this opportunity to sell them as he can give as much and more for your stock as anyone and will do better by the seller han strange and often unre liable buyers who you do not know. Mr. Kennedy is the local horse buyer ami it behooves horsemen to patronize him in preference to strangers. Visit Big Exhibit. Miss Evelyn Boyd of Pocatello, was recent visitor at the big exhibit of Southern California products maintain ed free to the public, in the Los Angeles chamber of commerce. She also attend ed the lectures, moving pictures and eoncert that is a large part of the program. The exhibit is the larg est of any in the country maintained by a commercial organization. Miss Boyd expects to visit the Panama-Cali fornia International exposition at San Diego, which will remain open all year. ■Pocatello Tribune. Katerndahl's Father Dies. Attorney Katerndahl, who was called to his old home in Chicago last week by a message stating that his father was dying, writes that his father ex pired before be arrived at his bedside. Mr. Katerndahl will return to Idaho Falls uext Saturday, being accompanied by his mother. He expects to be in Dubois ready for business next Monday. —Dubois Enterprise. Wo make a specialty of printing Sanitary Butterwrappers. Bond Election for City Water Works luncheon with 123 members of his fam notl..... ill. inoliwlin» »4* LIo-Tfi JAIIJ... The city council held a regular ad journed meeting last Tuesday night for the purpose of considering the propo sition of calling a bond election to raise means to purchase the water plant of the Blackfoot water works. There were six councilmen present and they were unanimous in submitting the question ly is to to the people for their approval. The PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH President Joseph F. Smith of the Mor mon chureh celebrated his 78th birth day in Salt Lake City NovemberlS. He received felicitations from all sec tions of the United States and from all foreign countries, where his work is well known uni) where bis influence as a builder has been recognized. At the family gathering held in the afternoon President Smith enjoyed ilv, including 63 of hia'78 grandchildren. In the evening he received officials of the church and prominent citizens at his residence, the Beehive house. The followng appreciation of Presi dent Smith ws written by a personal friend : ''Born November 13, 1838, at Far West, Caldwell county, Mo., President Joseph F. Smith's cradle was adver sity and his tutor was poverty and re ligious persecution. His mother was one of the great pioneer heroines of the Mormon church. His inherited loyalty and courage taguht him the value of patieuee and endurance. He drove one of his mother's ox teams across the plains and entered with her into this valley September. 23, 1848. Plowing, harvesting and woodehopping hardened his muscles and taught him resourcefuf uess and initiative. ' ' He started out on a mission when but 15 years of age, assisting to repair the ship in which it was intended that he and fellow missionaries would be transported to the Sandwich Islands. He labored there for four years, fill ing several other missions there in later periods of life. He has filled missions in Europe also, presiding there for a long term in his early manhood. Not only did he serve his church assiduous ly', but he was an active member of the Salt Lake municipal council for several terms and urged the dedication of Liberty park to the city, and later Pioneer square was also purchased through bis efforts. ' ' He served in the legislative assem bly, and during one session he acted as the president of tliesenate—or ** coun cil." He also was president of the constitutional convention held in 1882. ' ' He served in every capacity in his own church from a deacon to the president of the church and was coun selor to the first presidency in the administration of Presidents Taylor, Woodruff and Snow. The 15 years of his own adminstration have been most fruitful in constructive measures. School buildings and churches, both at home and abroad, have been built under his policy. Land has been purchased, meet houses bought or built, not only in our intermountain states and Utah, but also in Chicago, the eastern states, southern states, California, Sandwich Islands, Europe and Mexico. ''He is a patron of the arts and sci ences and is devoted to the cause of education for the young. Home indus try claims his deep allegiance. He is a good Republican and rigidly' encour ages all forms of home industry and sustains home manufacture in every sense of the word. "Among other public utilities which he has fostered is our great heating and lighting systt-ius, the street car service und the splendid gymnaisum, built for both the church and schools in this city and for those in other parts of the church. His wise, conservative financial policy is demoustrated in the successful banks, stores and institu tions of which he is the head. He is a foe to debt and obligations of all kinds. Among the activities of his adminis tration the Hotel Utah will be mon unients to his liberal views; the beauti ful church office building now nearing completion, unsurpassed for design and construction in the west; the L. D. S. hospital and other public structures all testify to his constructive powers. ''President Smith is by nature a hat py mixture of progressivism and con to if water plant has been estimate to actual* ly cost $54,000, and the price asked by Mr. Dolph Johnson is $82,000, the dif ference asked is for the franchise, good Will and revenue of the business which is laid to be better than $5000 per year. The city attorney has been instructed to advertise for a bond election to raise about $125,000 for the takiug over and improvement of the plant. sei varient. His great reverence for au thority and precedent make hint an ideal leader and state builder."—The New West. ALLEGED GAMBLES« ARRESTED. Last Saturday night Sheriff Sim mons made a raid on room 47 of the Cottage hotel, where he found ten in mates, seven of whom were arrested, «barged with gambling. They were ali men of good family connections and next day each pleadod not guilty and put up $50 bail to appear for trial next week. One of the defendants hailing from Firth, promised to plead guilty tomorrow and get the clemency of the law. The county attorney was willing to give them the minimum fine of $100 if they would plead guilty last Tues day, but they refused. If they stand trial and are convicted, the fine can not be less than $200 with a jail sen tence- in connection. Mrs. Ashton is very indigant that they should um her house for such an illegal purpose and has appealed to the county attorney for protection. She says the room was hired from the night clerk by one of tfo; alleged gamblers, who wanted a room with two beds. The room has also a back door by which the arrested ones entered unseen. is a MEASLES ATTACK SOLDIEB8. The measles situation at the Boise barracks is more serious today. Five new cases in mild form are reported in the Second Idaho infantry which, with those of yesterday, make a total of seven cases that have developed far. A rigid quarantine has been put into effect. No member of the regiment is permitted to leave the post grounds except on official business and when leave of absence is given the absentee muBt have a permit from his com manding officer. The medical authorities in the regi ment are taking no chance. Officers and enlisted men are being examined to determine if there are symptoms of measles in any of them. All rases that develop are immediately sent to the quarters set off for them. They are being isolated from the balance of the troops to prevent spread of the dis ease. at Oold and Silver Weddings Celebrated. Yesterday afternoon the K. of P. hall was the scene of a gay and happy gath ering for the purpose of celebrating the golden wedding of James Thomas and wife. There was a large attendance present; some of whom came from Idaho Falls, Jerome and other distant cities. A light but palatible lunch was served, and the presents were numerous, beau tiful and valuable. HAY FOR SALE—Apply to Ed. Thoreson at the Palace Drug store. RASMUS HOFF DEAD. Word was received here Thursday cf the death at Long Beach, Califor nia, of Rasmus Hoff, well known citi zen of this place. Mr. Hoff lias been in ill health for the past two years and left here about a year ago for a lower altitude. He became extensive ly interested in mines in California. He held a sale of his personal prop erty hero last fall, disposing of a large part of his livestock. He is one of the most extensive land owners of the county. He came h ro in the early days and dug up the sagebrush and improved the lands. He has always been a progressive and active citizen, farming extensively and making fine improvements on his property. He was about 55 years of ego. He died of heart failure. His brother, Nils Hoff, left Thursday for Long Beach. D. H. H. Scarborough The Eye Sight Specialist, will lie at the Cottage Hotel, Blackfoot, Tuesday, Jan. 0 A WHITE CHRI8TMA8. Christmas was ushered in with a beautiful snow storm and all day long sleigh riders had ten inches of frozen enow to jingle their merry bells. All the churches had appropriate and well attended services, and all our citizens seemed to enjoy the day in their res pective and happy homes, eating Christ mas dinners, and making merry. The unfortunate few whose finances were insufficient for much Christmas cheer were not overlooked if they were dis covered by the Knights of Pity, who scoured the city thoroughly fior needy and worthy poor and made their Christ mas as cheerful and happy as money and the necessaries, and even the lux uries, of life could possibly do so. This must humane and Christianlike act of the Knights of Pythias is worthy of the highest praise as it is typical of the only true Christian spirit that man can possibly display. "So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, When just the art of being kind, la all this sad world needs." W. H. Bean of Pocatello was Blackfoot last week on business. Ho is the owner of the lesidence property on the corner of Taylor and Pacific streets and is seriously contemplating improving this valuable real estate by a one or a two story business block. The Methodist Ladies Aid will meet at the home of Mrs. Powers on Wed nesday, January 3. the ORPHEUM NEW TEAK'S DAT MONDAY, JANUARY 7 «ALTON POWELL,PRESENTS. ' A JOYOUS PLAY OF YOUTH UTT1F PECCY 0N00RE ORIGINAL CAST WITH JANE LOWE AS "PEG" THE SEQUEL TO "PEG *0 MY HEART" Prices 60c—76c—$1.00 Seats at Dustin's Now To All-Greetings With a full appreciation of the New Year's spirit which makes all humanity kin. To old friends— To new friends— To friends we hope to claim— the officers of this Institution of ser vice for all and to all extend friendly greetings for a happy and prosperous New Year. eft» D. W. Standred Sl Co. Bankers BLACKFOOT J FRANK DEKAY NOW WARDEN Last Saturday afternoon the members elect of the state board of prison di rectors named Frank E. DeKay of Black foot to be warden of the penitentiary for the next two years. There were a number of applicants for the position but Mr. DeKay haa the strongest pull and got the appointment. Saturday Mr. DeKay returned home and received the congratulations of many of his friends. Warden Snook, who has held the position since Jits. 11. Brady was governor, voluntarily resigned and his successor will resume the duties of ward ed about the first of the year and is now on the job familarizing himself with the duties of warden. MRS. DcKAY LEAVES TOMORROW. Mrs. Frank DeKay leaves tomorrow for Boise where she will prepare to commence her duties of matron of the state penitentiary over which her hus band has beeti appointed warden. As a matron Mrs. DeKay will no doubt be a success as she is an intelligent, philanthropic and conscientious woman who will conte as near being a mother to the unfortunate inmates of that in stitution as any woman we know of, and the state is fortunate in having secured her services. The salary of the warden and matron is $2400 per annum.