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1917 ! Boob we are to enter another year. Everyone desires the coming year to be more profitable to them than the past one. The eost of supplying the table is one of the largest items of expense in the eost of living. To reduce this cost without denying one's self the good things desired, is the ambition of most houskeepers. 8KAOOS' CASH STORES offer you this opportunity through economical methods of food supply. Resolve New Years that you will go on a cash basis the coming year, that you will live within your means, and know at all times just where you stand financially. At the close of the year you will be a happy individual, you will be proud of yourself for having adopted the right method of living.' 12 lbs. Sugar for....................... . ..... $1.00 100 lbs. Sugar for..............................$7.96 7 bars Crystal White Soap .............26c 11 bars A. B. Naptha .........................50c 6 boxes Borax Washing Powder .....Re 10 lb. pail Home Rendered Lard $1.85 10 lb. pail Eastern Lard..................$2.16 lSe packages Golden Egg or Queen's Taste Maearoni, 3 pkgs...................26c 60c 1 lb. can Cocoa ............................38e 3 lbs Dry Sweet Corn .......................50c 9 lbs. bulk Oat Heal ........................46c APPLES $1.00 A BOX About 200 boxes of Oregon Apples to sell Friday and Saturday for $1.00 par boot These apples are worth $1.60 on the present market, but wé need the room for other merchandise. CRACKER8 AMD COOKIES All 10c package Craekera and Cookies 3 for ................................................ 26c 7 lb. boxes Faney Crackers ..............86c 10 lb. boxes Plain Crackers...........$L10 30 lb. boxes plain crackers ..........'.$2.00 24 lb. sack Com Meal...................$1.00 City Delivery For IS Cents We have made arrangements to have orders delivered for 15 cents each order. Our prices are too low to allow free delivery, but many find it very profitable buying goods at cash prices and paying the dray themselves. Visit our store and select the items needed, you will find the saving on many aingle items to be more than the delivery cost. SKAGGS' CASH STÖRES FRANKLY, HOW SO YOV TACKLE YOUR WORX7 How do you tackle your work each day? 1 Àré you searèd of the job you find? Do you grapple the task that comes your way With a confident, easy mind? Do you stand right up to the work ahead, . Or fearfully pause to view it? Do your start to toil with a sense of dread Or feel that you're going to do it? You can do as mueh as you think you can, But you'll never accomplish more; If you're afraid of yourself, young man, There's little for you in store. For failure comes from the in aide first. It's there if we only knew it, And you can win, though you face the worst, If you feel that yo'u're going to do it. Success! It's found in the soul of you, I And not in the realm of luck! The world will furnish the work to do, But you must provide the pluck. Yon can do whatever you think you can, Jit's all in the way you view it; It's all in the start that you make, young man, You must feel that you're going to do it. How do you tackle your work each day? With confidence clear, or dread? What to yourself do you stop and say When a new task lies ahead? What is the thought that is in your mind? Is fear ever running through it? If so, taekle the next you find By thinking you're going to do it. —Edgar A. Guest in the Detroit Free Press. LOST SHEEP ■ I have in my possession seventeen sheep of different brands which I found in the lava cracks and the owners can ■have same by calling at my place and paying for this ad, identifying brands and paving all expenses. J. I. WIXOM, Blackfoot, R. F. D. No. 1. Temporary Suspension of Business. Having sent my popcorn roaster to the factory to be, remodeled, I will not lie at my accustomed stand for the next ALFRED H. SIMONS. A ------ ^ I Mew Year's amdl Jewelry T hey Harmoni ze Yen naturally when you think of Christmas presents you asso ciate them with a Jewelry house. And in this line there is no more appropriate gift than, A HANDSOME WATCH, A BRILLIANT DIAMOND, A BIRTH8TONE RING, A SET OF CUFF LINKS, A SIGNET BING, OB A CUT GLASS SET. This store is prepared at any season to furnish anything need ed in this line, and we are especially so as the holidays approach. We have a most superior aud high class selection in all jeweler's lines, and can furnish you anything you need. — COME TO US FIRST Christ, The^ Jewçlex Congress is likely to have a more etrenaons time this session than is usual for the short term. The Adam son law will probably demand a good deal of attention, the* many issues arising out of the European war will also provoke considerable discussion and possibly some drastic legislation. Of course the ever present Mexican question cannot be ignored. Alto gether' the short term will likely be one of the most important in many years. NOTICE At the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners of Bingham 'County, on January 8th. 1917, I will make application to the Board for' aut hority to appoint One Senior Deputy, One Recording Deputy and One Sten ographer, as assistants in the offices of the Clerk of the Court and Auditer and Recorder. E. M. FISHER, Clerk. No town is any better than its cit izens make it. If they are progressive, ever on the watch to promote its wel fare, the town will reflect that spirit in its steadily improving appearance, its increasing prosperity and its high intellectual and moral character. But if its citizens vegetate, oppose im provements and are afraid to spend any thing to help the town, that town is bound to decay, no matter what may be its natural advantages. To which class of citizens do you belong? In these days of electric lights and other evidences of up-to-datism there are in some towns city fathers so back number in their views that they would have streets uulighted and let every one out at night pick his way by the aid of some horn lantern that has come down from remote generations. But let us be thankful that the num ber of such men is getting less and that a love of beauty, comfort and progrese is rapidly extending. Stray Notice. There was brought to me November 30 two red hogs; one sow, weight about 150 pounds; one boar, weight about 176 pounds. If same are not claimed on or before January 10, 1917, they will be sold at public auction to pay costs of advertising and other ex penses, at mv place at. Riverside. * WILARD HOMER, 12-14 1-4 Constable. Now that President Wilson has been congratulated by Mr. Hughes, and Mr. Hughes lias been felicir.ted by Presi dent Wilson, the late election may be considered a closed incident. Notice that beautiful smile on the editorial face? There's a reason. Our wife laughed at one of our jokes the other day. Get your job printing at the Opti mist. MffiNtimimn The announcements is authorised that Frank E. DeKay of Blackfoot has been definitely decided upon aa the new warden for the state penitentiary, to succeed John Snook, whose resigna tion was presented to the board of prison commissioners this week. The appointments was decided Saturday when a conference of the members elect to the board of prison commis sion — the governor, attorney gen eral and secretary of state—was held. Mr. DeKay has -been in Boise for sev eral days in the interests of his can didacy. He returned to Blackfoot to spend Christmas and went back to Boise early this week to familiarize himself with the work of the warden at the penitentiary. It was predieted several days ago in the Capital News that Mr. DeKay would likely be appointed warden. His appointment will be confirmed on Jan uary 1, 1917. Confirm Other Appointments. The selection of a deputy warden of the penitentiary was not definitely determined. The position will prob ably go to Sheriff Stroud of Lemhi county. It was expected he would be in Boise this week, but he was unavoid ably detained. He will arrive next week and hold a conference with the members-elect of the prison board. All doubt as to the new land com mission and register of the laud de partment was removed. The Capital News stated two weeks ago that I. A. Smoot of St. Anthony would be named commissioner and that M. C. Scott would be thé new register of the land department. Such and agree ment was reached thon. At the meet ing of the members-elect of the land board, held Saturday, of the Demo crats, who constitute a majority of the board, it was definitely determined they should take these respective po sitions. Mr. Smoot has moved to Boise and is becoming familiar with the duties of commissioner. Mr. Scott will spend most of the balance of the month in the register's office. Parker For Appraiser. For land appraiser for northern Ida ho the members-elect of the land board decided on A. F. Parker of Grange ville. Mr. Parker is well known in Democratic circles. He is a prominent resident of the north and a pioneer Democrat as well. He was a member of the constitutional convention of this state and was appointed by Governor Alexander as a member of the north and south railway commission. Only two of the employes of the land department have been decided upon. They are Mrs. Fred Floed and Mrs. S. F| Scbrieber, both of South Boise, who take positions of clerks. Mrs. Floed was former probation officer in this eity. She is the wife ol Fred Floed, the well known Democratic newspaperman of Boise. Redfield Files Bond. The Democratic executive officals will hold another conference this week at which time a number of other ap pointments will be decided upon. W. T. Dougherty, secretary of state-elect, has not as yet decided upon his office force. He is in the city and will prac tically take charge of the secretary of state 's office sometime this week, Secretary of State George R. Barker leaving for northern Idaho Saturday tc remain. Mr. Dougherty has a chief duty and a number of clerks to name. Howard Day of Jerome appointed by State Auditor-elect Van Duseu as clerk in the auditor's office, is in the city and will spend some time in that department, becoming familiar with the work. Mv. Day has been in. the Employment of the Twin Fails North Side Land & Water company at Jerome. Miss Ethel Redfield ,superintendent of public instruction-elect, was in at tendance at the land board meeting yesterday. She was invited by Gov ernor Alexander to attend all board Let the "Giant" Assume Responsibility (0$k 44 Th •'jCxfô'e" Starting 6 Lighting Battery is the famous *'Giant that lives in a box.'* It*« the original Unit-seal Battery, the extra powerful bat tery, the battery that is easy to care for and repair. We are battery specialists. We will inspect your battery at any time, free of charge—regardless of its - make. Every automobile battery should be carefully tested before the winter season. The service required from a battery In the winter is much more severe than in summer. If your car will be stored during the winter, send your battery to us and let us care for it. Our small charge for this service may save you the cost of a new battery in the spring. Blackfbbt EDWIN TAYLOR Distributor *-- *4âSîo r ' > au meeting*. Her bond #■# (lied with the governor. The chief executive ap prove it.— Capita) News. CHRISTMAS CHEER Frms Last Week. 'Tis Christmas Eve, and the children all hark to the merry Christmas call; and deep in the eity in a cheerless home, there is some one sobbing, ail alone, no one to care. No one near to give a gift or a word of cheer. Only to receive one of the gifts she was giv en with such love in her youth, alone would be heaven. But now, a woman bent and old, lying half crippled with hunger and cold, she listens, and waits the eoming of morn, while faintly through the window comes the first grey of dawn. 'Tis morning. Hark to the Christmas cheer, and the eall of the children's voices dear. In her dreams she enjoys the happy past. If only it was true, if it only would last. She awakens with a start, a knock at the door, and all is as silent as the night before. And as she faintly calls ' ' come in, " a child ish, baby face is seen that runs up quickly to her side and with arms out stretched she softly cried, 4 4 1 know you don't remember me, but I've come to take you away, you see. Mamma said you lived here all alone, and so we'7c come to take you home." Then through her tears the old wo man smiled as she gently took the hand of the child, and now by a fire burn ing brightly, this dear old wurnan sits tonight. And the Christmas bells ring loud and clear, and in her soul there's a Christmas cheer. . . —Venessa Poison. t- r— —- g O RICH O • O o---o Paul Trouner was in Blackfoot Fri day on his way to Colorado to visit his children. Miss Leona Graham and W. G. David son came out from Blackfoot Saturday evening to visit home .folks during the holidays. Miss Hanna Clough has gone to Po catello to spend a five weeks' visit 'with friends and relatives. Jess Marrow, 8. P. Graham and Mae Graham were shopping in Blackfoot Saturday. Carl Anderson of Plngree was doing business in Blackfoot Friday. W. H. Scott of Pingreo was shaking hands with friends Friday. Christmas passed off quietly, with a large slaughter of turkeys, geese and other birds. Everybody seemed to have some silver in their poekets. The Christmas tree at Pingree and Log Meeting house were well loaded down with good things for the little ones—a sure sign of good times. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Baker went to Blackfoot Tuesday in their Saxon car. Rich was represented at the Thomas dance Christmas night by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brown, Miss Leona and Mae Graham, William Burdell, Jess Marrow, Charley Baker, Miss Leverva and Lara Eleriee, Liro Burniston and Miss Leona Burriston. Miss Leona Graham is visiting dur ing the weeks' vacation from thé Blackfoot high school. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Thompson has gone to Downey to spend the holdiays with their children. The measles end mumps are scatter ed all over the country. Unde Sam's new warships are to have the most powerful guns in existence. The trouble, however, is in getting enough men to man them. A fellow broke into print the other day with a good word for Mexico, and how he manages to keep out of the asy lum we can't imagine. People who rush through life in their youth invariably pull back with all of their might at the end of the trail. to all as up so g O O Po and and to car. dur thé has and asy all TMS »v< $♦$ FALL CLEANUP. Too many farmers, progressive In most respects, wbo raise or chard fruits do not practice hav ing a thorough and general clean ing up of ( he orchard before win ter doses In. Brash piles, heaps of leaves, rubbish along the fence rows and unsalable fruit are allowed to remain In the orchard until spring before being burned or ofberwiae disposed of. Nearly all the insect paste that make trouble for the orchard owner take advantage of everything in the uaturé of, rubbish. In which to spend the winter.' Time spent late in tlie fall clearing every thing that will harbor Insecte is a profitable fight when the enw at a disadvantage.— Fireside. my is taki Farm a: ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ WHIT ER STO RAGE. Fruité and Vegetables Shewld Re Stared Fer I tassé Cmwm$Umi. Be prepared to moat the high cost of living by storing fruits and vegetables now, is the advice of M. F. Abeam, professor of landscape gardening in the Kansas State Agricultural college. "Do not pay winter prices for fruits and vegetable.,'' said Professor Ahearn, "when hy a simple reorganization of the cellar or some digging in the gar storage room can be provided for the preservation of largo quantities of this class of food. "It the fruit shrivels or becomes spongy and decays the fault la most can lie traced to the storage room and nay be corrected wholly or in part The cellar must be weU .Ven tilated if fruit It to be kept soccsap* fully for any length of time. Tempera ture and humidity are factors quite as Important i.s ventilation. The best temperature for fruit is S3 degrees er a little above. It is not well to allow much fluctua tion in the temperature. In the farm cellar unlfcrmlty of temperature is maintained hy meant of ventilation, which, should be watched closely. "Apples may be packed either In bar rels or lu lioxes. The preference is usually given to the boxes. In the case of apples tint are to be kept for a con siderable time it is a good plan to wrap each one separately in a piece of pa per." Favorable conditions of moisture and temperature are obtained by burying the fruit in pita, pointa out Professor To prevent apples tasting of should be placed in or other containers which keep them from direct contact or tlie pit may be lined "• »» F** terlb they I, barrels » I'AAik Dint Abeam, the earth boxes, with the sofl. with boards. Storage req differ widely. iuiremento for vegetables The sweet potato and the squash are kept successfully only when the temperature is high and con stant and the humidity is low. Root crops and cabbage can beet be stored In pits. Fér storing cabbage In this manner the beads are pulled with the roots and leaves attached and placed upside down. Earth is placed on the pile until the planta, including the roots, are entirely covered. The l|np as a Jar Opener. Unscrewing the tops of Jars is u.slm ple operation with the aid of a shawl or belt strap. The strap cannot slip, because thé harder it is pulled the harder it grips the Jar. If the mein part of the jar can be held to with stand tho pull of the strap the most obstinate ca ver will have to capitulate. Where the ordinary types of jar open ers do not lit, the strap is an effective substitute.- Popular Science Monthly. Improving Potato Seed. The Wisconsin experiment station, among others, has been giving special attention to potuto seed Improvement and of late years Is showing that prop er storage of seed stock Is just as Im portant as the improvement of seed. For several years the main effort was tc standardize the leading commercial |etles grown in the state, of the most approved va potato The numbi va riet niber rietles has been reduced to six, some of which different vi give iryin best results under the ng conditions of climate and soli li| different sections of the state. When holding the seed stock for sup plying growers in the Bpring with im proved seed it was found by the station experts thgt the seed lost much of Its value throggb the effect of Improper storage conditions. To make sure of ife storage a cellar was ell drained hillside. The walls and rbof of this cellar are of con crete construction. Both walls and roof were then lined with lumber, which provided an air space of one and oue This cel lar, with a storage .■'..into liiisIii'fsVTUiV 'now for three years aud ha*-' good and built In half im-looi. ca pacify of been !ii us* given excel ear satisfaction. Making the Little Farm Pay By C. C. B0WSFIELD ■ H - H - l lllllllll l ll H - H - "Wter ( ion'of I U mumm * •ä ■ee oft all la said and done this ques tion' of agricultural success depends, first of all, on the farmer end his fam ily. If they have the right spirit are possessed of enough capital to , started they will turn inferior into choice farms and win a degree success that indifferent people never would hope for." Such is a summing up of tho farm ownership question made by a prac tical man who is in deep sympathy with the present movement of city peo ple toward rural life. What la true of town residente 1» connection with land ownership applies also to persons of limited means who are trained ferm ere. Fame are selling In unusual num bers at present, and close observers am able to point out the rising tide of sentiment among dty people la favor of country bombs and practical farm lag. It la easily seen that the high on m iimi vaut. prices for all kinds of commodities, so pecially poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits, canned goods and many edibles that amateurs are able to produce without long experience, are encourag ing to beginners. There is no doubt about the fact that many crops which are easiest to raise and which lend themselves to little farm programs pay the highest rate of profit. Those tak ing particular skill, long experience and heavy 1 Investments for horses and machinery pay mnch less than track and fruit crops, poultry, etc., which amateurs are able to handle without great loss of time. There are other considerations which afford encouragement to the average farm owner. One is that land is stead ily advancing in value and generally can be sold within a few years for much more thau was paid for it. This matter of Investment alone Is worth the careful consideration of all pru dent people who have a taste for coun try life and who would like to be 1» touch with agriculture. Then there la the question of inde pendence and security for the small farmer and bis family. Workingmea who have families to maintain are mnch better off 1n the country than in the city, whether they work for oth ers or own a bit of land. Every year sees an increase in the number of large farmers who appreciate the wisdom of having steady hired men ted who arrange to provide comfortable bouse* for married employees. When a man of family gets a good place In the country he should never leave it except to work a farm of his own. A farm hand usually saves money. It be does not do so it Is hia own fault and 'he would not save anything in town. The advantages of locating in the agricultural districts must therefore include the safety and security which families will soon feel. In connection with a general advance in wages it is well for a town person to acquire farm experience and be In a position to buy land when he sees the rich opportu nity, but if able to luvest at once it Is a pretty safe conclusion that prop erty will never be cheaper. The poor man taking a farm now and working it to the best of his ability for a few years wifi not only make money as he goes along, but will gain a substantial fortune by the advance In real estate. The better the farming the more the profit and the quicker the owner will be able to sell to somebody who is in spired by a demonstrated success. Many a farmer bas struggled for years to pay bis debts, and perhaps as old age comes he does not seem to have accomplished mueh, but all at once he wakes tip to find that a well equipped little farm, anywhere from twenty to fifty acres, clear of incumbrance, is a tidy fortune for theaverage family. Usually such a farm# hus a good line of trade for his products and earns a large cash income every year, so that he bas both bis laud and a bank ac count All through the United States we see progressive farmers who are able td give their sons and daughters a college education as a result of adopt ing modern methods and putting their hearts into the agricultural vocation. It Is the part of wisdom for any family taking a small farm to make the home a place of beauty mid couteutment. When this has been accomplished it will no! lie so very difficult to lay out interesting programs for working the land in such u way as to uttain the best possible results.