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BLACKFOOT County Seat, Best County in the State. BINGHAM COUNTY NEWS OFFICIAL Paper of Bingham County. PRICE —$2.00 PER YEAR BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM, COUNTY, IDAHO. FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1922 VOL. XIV. NO. 29 FORT HALL PROJECT WILL START SOON BILL IS WAITING FOR PRESI DENT'S SIGNATURE, AFTER WHICH The following letter in regard to the -Fort Hall Project was received by E. M. Kennedy this week from I Congressman Addison T. Smith: j Washington, D. C., March 20, 1922. $300,000 WILL BE DEPOSITED AND $760,000 WILL BE AVAIL ABLE FOR THE COMPLE TION OF PROJECT. Mr. E. M. Kennedy, Blackfoot, Idaho. Dear Mr. Kennedy: I presume that you have been advised through the papers of our success in securing the appropria tion for the rehabilitation of the Fort Hall project, although I see no reference to the importance of this matter in the local paper. It means a great deal for your section. $760, 000 are to he available tor the com pletion olf the work, $300,000 of which will be placed to the credit of the project as soon as the presi dent signs the bill, w)hich means that active construction work will be commenced a® soon as tbe wea ther conditions will permit. In view of the policy of the administration not to permit any new appropria tions, we are certainly fortunate In having an exception made with re ference to the Fort Hall project. I feel very confident that In the next season, we will be able to se cure additional legislation which Will permit the reclamation of ad ditional lands, providing those in terested in the various projects are prepared to enter vnto contracts with the Secretary of the Interior to reimburse the Government over a period of years itor the amount to be expended. Cordially yours, (Signed) ADDISON T. SMITH. STATUS OF AMERICAN FALLS RESERVIOR PROJECT RECITED Pocatello, Idaho, April 7.—The regular meeting of the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce was given over to tihe American Falls project with the largest attendance in months Guy Flenner, Managing Director of the Idaho Reclamation Associa tion, which is putting on the cam paign to finance the great undertak ing, presented a review of the con ditions that had led the government to cease activities at American Falls, and that had determined it to aban don the mammoth storage enterprise unless the companies and districts that had contracted to pay their share on a participation basis made good, or substitute acre-footage were contracted and paid for. Everything Stalled. "These canal companies and dis tricts found they could not pay the amounts they had agreed to out of their pockets," said Mr. Flenner. "They found they could not sell ca nal securities and get the money that way. The whole thing was stalled until this plan for a super-district to finance the whole thing, was de vised. "If we can put this across the. American Falls project will be com ( pleted. If we cannot the project will be abandoned and it will not (be revived during the lives of men and women of the middle generation, of today. Easy for It to I*ave. ,r We have made it easy for the government to get out; other places such as the Colorado river project are .making it easy for it to come la." Mr. Flenner said objections to (bonding were rapidly vanishing as It became known that this was not a luxury bond but a -productive in vestment—something that would create new wealth and help take care o|f taxes and the old accumula tion of bills. He expressed confidence that the farmers of Snake River Valley would help themselves, the valley, and all south Idaho by organizing this dis trict and putting the great storage project over. "Anyway," he added, "It is up to them in the final analysis." Foundation Work. The speaker told of the satisfac tory progress of the campaign, which had beern necessarily slow and labor ious, involving field work, office work, publicity in 'most every form, engineering, etc. Everything had to he started from the grass roots, be stated. There was no founda tion previously laid as to tibia par ticular problem. He said it was expected the peti- j tion, containing a tie a cr.ption off ev ery individual piece o£ property in , the proposed district, would be ready for circulation this week. Law's Delays. After it hag been signed up and i filed the law's delays would inter- ; vene, and he did not expect the first I election, to decide whether or not the district would Ibe formed, would be held some time in June. If the district is formed, a subsequent elec tion would be held on the question of bonds- Meantime, if the people show an interest and good faith tlhe government would give us reason able time, but iff we show lack, of concern the project would be lost to us so soon as the government Bended our indifference. Independent Districts. The speaker explained that some of the contracting territory was re presented by irrigation districts al ready organized and in the cases of some companies the desire had been expressed to organize a ,3 such and finance themselves. "We have no choice," the speak er went on, "and our only hope fs that any organizing independently do so in harmony with the progress of the greater development so they will ,not be shut out by the limita tions the government must necessar ily impose. We also want such districts to he sure they can finance themselves. We want every section in that needs this water, and they can get in any old way that will satisfy the gov ernment as to payments. That pos itively must he done. "Some companies that have con templated organizing Independent districts have abandoned the plan and decided to join the big district in the interest of time, assurance as to financing, and economy. Separate organizations Is a dup lication of effort. Those joining in the big district are put to no ex pense for engineering, preparation of petitions, which contain separate descriptions of each piece pf prop erty to be included (10 pages of the ordinary newspaper in fine type, so far), preparation of maps, and legal services. Th% is taken care of out of funds provided Iby county appro priations. That expense will be paid first and the rest of the cam paign will await further assistance. "Moreover, the -big district is, and Of necessity must continue to be, purely a financing district, having nothing to do with the operation of systems. Would Brand a Libel. The speaker closed with an ear nest appeal for all classes to get be hind this undertaking. "It is of overwhelming import ance to Idaho," he said. "With an nouncement that It is to go forward to -completion there will he instant revival In the Snake River valley and all over south Idaho. With its collapse will come discouragement at home, with all -that Is associated (»herewith, and further lack of éon fidence on the outside. "We are already discredited throughout the East and Middle West a« being Impotent, and bank rupt. A libel, of course, although the ex parts case is adverse. 'Let us prove that we possess suf ficient business ability to make use of these wondertful resources of ours, these new frozen assets, to lift our selves out of the rut, and show them all that we are sanely fighting, constructive people, who are deter mined to (build here, on fihe foun dations laid hy our fathers, the su perstructure of real commonwealth greatness." LUTHERAN CHURCH (Firth) Sunday School at 10 a. m. We had a splendid attendance last Sun day, we hope for (better next Sunday. Services Sunday at 11 ». m. and 8 p. m. Easter Sunday the children», will tell us of the Risen Christ in a pro gram that will be givoni between 10:30 and 11:30 a. m. The Luther League will be enter tained Friday April 7 by Mr. and Mrs. Johnston. The Ladies Aid meets at the home of Mrs- Brewington when she and Mrs. Fidher entertain. LUTHERAN CHURCH (Blackfoot) Palm Sunday, Sunday School at 10 a. m., and sendees at 11 a. m. We are arranging for an easter pro gram so we want all the children to be present. Easter Sunday the program will he 2:30 In the after noon. . .___, The Ladies' Aid will he postponed one week, and will meet in the churclh parlors April 19th. 8T. PAUL'S EPISCOP AL CHURCH Friday, April 7th.—Lenten ser vices 7:30 p. m. Sunday, April 9th—Sunday School 10 a. m- Morning prayer and ser mon 11 it. m. &. a Btrlngfellow, re*or. DENNIS OPPOSES BIG DISTRICT; FAVORS SEPARATE Should we go into the large irri gation district for American Falls or should we organize our own irri gation (district for our protection and the development of our own lands for our posterity? Remember the Arab and the -camel The Arab allowed the camel to puf his head in the tent to get in out of t-he rain. Soon the camel was in and the Arab out—out in the rain. That's exactly where we will he if we continue to listen without in vestigating thoroughly the oily words of the gab-mongers of the in ner circle qf the power® that now be In the southern part of the State. A few years ago a certain hill was hatched up with the idea of having it passed by the legislature. This hill proposed to have all of the water rights and water regulations placed absolutely in the hands of three water engineers to be appoin ted by the Governor. If the bill had become a law the three commis sioners could have done just as they pleased with the water and our old water rights of the upper country would have 'been worth :n-o more than any other right. Under this proposed measure they could even have taken our water and applied it -elsewhere under the plea that it would do more good. Owing to stre nuous efforts the bill was defeated in- the legislature. This proposed bill wa® gotten up in and hy the lo wer or what is commonly called the Twin Falls country. Now this same territory comes to us with a proposition to throw our canals into one big district togeth er With their® for the purpose of is suing bonds and raising money to be spent, anld among other things Is included the American Falls dam. The sa'ne -thing'for us to do Is to look thoroughly before we leap. Why should be put our heads In a sack? and anyway, Why should we put our heads In helping to build a dam at American Falls unless we are absolutely sure at which end of the horn we are going to come out? They tell us from down there that by doing as they want us to we would have all the water we want and the water question would be forever settled. There Is little doubt that such a procedure would settle the water question tor all time and for -good. Because all of tlhe unused water in Snake River and its tributaries would be absorb ed in the transaction. But, a® there is more land than theire is water to go round, It nec essarily !foUow B that some part of the country is going to (be left high and dry. Now one question among others for -this upper country to consider in this grand deal Is, are we going to get water to irrigate our unde> veloped lands or are we going to let them figure us out of it and apply it on lands down there? As we understand it, the people of the lower country propose to give us of the upper country the water in Jackson Lake reservoir, provid ing we will go in with them and help pay the expense of building the dam down there. Let Us look into this a little iblt: Jackson lake capacity is about 850,000 acre feet. The Idaho Fails section In 1916 purchased 102,000 acre feet on th-ls storage. Later bn, after the shortage of 1919, the na tural water usera in the Idaho Falls section contracted for 287,170 acre feet more of Jackson Lake storage hy signing a contract to famish money as the American Falls dam wag built. This would indicate that approximately 400,000 acre feet or nearly (half the capacity of Jackson 'Lake would ultimately (be needed on lands In this valley which has been Irrigated rfor a long time. By this we see that about half the storage water In Jackson Lake wiU be taken (by lands already un der Irrigation. The other half would remain for the lands up here that have never been reclaimed. The lands In this end of tlhe valley that are susceptible of Irrigation from Snake River are the Dubois Tract, the Idaho Falls West Side, the Ida i I FIRST MORTGAGE FARM LOANS I Quick Service at Attractive I Rate, and Prepayment 1 Privileges. 1 If you are in the market see me at once. I The snow is now leaving and we can soon ap ! praise your land, without delay. J. A. STEWART I Hopkins Bldg. SlNIlHlllIHUmiNMimMHHIU Blackfoot, Idaho 2 ! E j E, E E S S E E. r E = MIIHIMIttllltUMItlltlllllimillllllllllllllllllllllltltlllllllllllilllllllllllllllllMil ho Falls East Side, the Blackfoot West Side and the Greater Fort Hall. These ail total up 435,000 acres. Which in turn would demand 1,305, 0(00 acre, feet of storage. This is counting three acre feet per acre, which is small. Thi s storage need ed ifor the new development, togeith- i or with storage for the old rights I in Idaho Falls section, make a grand total of 1,705,000 acre feet to de velop the above mentioned lands as times and finances would justify. This means that this upper coun< try needs 1.705.000 acre feet of stor age water, and the capacity of Jack son Lake when entirely filled is on ly S50.000 acre feet. In other words, they want to palm off a cay use pony on us when what we need i s a full sized draft horse. Are we so incapable off managing our own affairs flhat we need de pend on the American Falls enthu siasts to organize us into a large dis trict with the absolute prospect of giving the lower country the- voting majority? They indicate that this would not harm us as the U. S. Re clamation- Service would-control the above dam as they did the Jackson Lake dam. Anld may -the Lord de liver us from any more of that kind of control. However, it is Imperative that we do something and that we do it right away. It Is quite possible -that 400, 000 acre feet of storage could be made available as an -insurance of crop production in the near future. But why couldn't we organize our own large irrigation district and build our own storage reservoir at one of the many desirable locations afforded In the upper country? Are we going to wait until the Twin Falls North and South and the U. S. R. S. have succeeded In starting the American Falls dam? Without doubt they would be pleased to 'have us sit quietly by while they devel op their filings to the exclusion! of >qr further development. We all know that there is just so much wa ter and some section of the country must go without. It would be exceedingly danger ous for Ua to so Into the one big district. If we go Into the American Falls project at all we Should go in as a separate district Wlhere we could have our owin say In t)he voting of bonds and the! spending of money. Also, we should not go iç even on the above condition without first, having an ironl bound contract giv ing us ample water right for all of our undeveloped lands. For some time pas-t there has been 'apparent dissatisfaction with the manner in which the stored water from Jackson Lake has been (hand led. The Interests south of Ameri can Falls with their junior natural rights and with the aid of certain natural water rights here succeed at each meeting to elect the wa-ter master they want Irrespective of whether he i s the choice of a n»a jority of the old rights In Idaho Falls section or not. Then these inter lopers in the stream with their storage water put Idaho Falls sec tion at a loss to know why the re turn flow in Snake River Is so much less than it was before the stored water was put In. Then also the losses charged to evaporation, etc., of this storage -has gradually de creased since storage wa® first run in 1909 and 1910. It Is understood that in the 1919 season after the gate« at the outlet at Jackson had (been raised clear of the water for some time, which indicated that the storage water was very low, If in fact there was any left, tlhe Com missioner of Reclamation at Boise gave orders to have -the waters of the Snake River distributed a« na tural water. However, this order did not seem agreeaible to those In charge of the dam to the gates were closed, thus holding batik the water that should have gone through the lake as (natural flow. Another Item to rememiber: up to 1918 -the total expense for running the water in the river wag -not more than $6,000 a year. It la now coating $30,000 a year to run tlhe river water. If It were not so serioue It would -be amusing—the way we of the up i I a of of of per valley have gulped down tlie various doses of medicine that the lower country has handed us. The Liner circle sends out its oily wind jammers, who are augmented by a few selected from the variou® local ities up here. We attend the meet ings and listen to their honeyed words. We drink in their smooth sayings, and, like a baby holding out its hand for a stick of candy, we grab the stick and suck at it till they get ready to hit us with the potato masher. S. W. DENNIS. K. P. LODGE ENJOYS BOXING AND WRESTLING Last Tuesday evening about one hundred and fifty Knights and their friends enjoyed some fast boxing and wrestling. The first prelimin ary was four rounds of boxing be tween Furniss and Campbell, two local boys, who were very well matched and alhowed good work. Furniss gave up of his own accord about twenty seconds before the end of the fourth round. The next event was one of reul excitement, Beebe vs. McFarland. When the participants stepped into the ring and the crowd got a good look, it seemed like a championship bout. Some science and skill, back ed by quick short arm jabs, upper outs, side-steps and muscle -anld good eyes and Judgment. When Beeibe stepped into the ring and posed, no one would have -blamed "Doc" if he had run, but he didn't. No Sir-ee. He was there with bells on and the referee said both men won. They went through the four rounds with breath to spare (?) The next was a preliminary be tween two high school -boys. Moon vs. Bell, who iboxed four round® to a draw. Both these boys Show good form and skill and worked all the time with seemingly little effort. Then came the wrestling bout be tween Clyde Jolley and Jake Tay lor. ThiB match alone would have -been a good entertainment. They were evenly matched and lost no time i-n trying ffor their fall. Tay lor got the first fall. Jolley the sec ond and Taylor the third, winning the mat dh. At this time two well known wrestlers, who happened to he in the hall, gave a ten-minute wrest ling exhibition. Fred Smith, who claims the welter-weight champion ship of Idaho, and Al. Steffenson, the welter-weight champion of Mon tana, and the ohainpion welter weight wrestler of the M. W. A. Lodge, showed the -crowd some real fast wrestling, catching holds, crawl ing out and grabbing another com ing back. These men seem to the writer to he very evenly matched, and there Is prospects of a match between them lnt the near future. While Mr. Steffenson holds the title for the M. W. A., Mr Smith says he will defend the K. P. goal and be lieves he can keep »t. The entertainment ended with a ten-minute go- between Alton Rhea and Mr. Cedarberg of Firth,which was wel1 matched and appreciated. The High School Quartette, com posed qf Elmer France, Darwin Sim mons, Gerald Stewart and Harold Hickenlooper, sang during the inter missions, which broke up the sus pense of waiting. This quartette is doing some excellent singing and are thoroughly enjoyed and appre ciated at aniy gathering. BAPTIST CHURCH A number of outside attractions have broken Into tho regularity of the special meetings now in progrès» but in spite of all, the attendance ha® been reasonably good and the Inlterest has been maintained and the outlook is hopeful. Each even ing until after Easter there will be a song service beginning at 7:30 and a sermon at 8 o'clock. On Sunday morning the pastor will preach on "God's Redemptive Purpose and Pro. gram For Humanity In Christ." In the evening at 8 o'clock the sermon will he concerning the absent ones and will (be entitled. "Wlhere Are Tlhe Nine". The Juniors will meet at 3 p. m. and the B. Y. P. U devo tional meeting -begin» at 7 o'clock. Please note change of time of all ev ening meetings. The ladles' pageant was again, pronounced a great suc cess. The Sunday school institute on Tuesday wa» perhaps the great est thing of the sort ever held in the city. The ,new song books are proving to be quite popular. The Crusaders are training on some new songs. Be sure to hear them Sunday night. E. O. BUTLER, Pastor The member® of the Relief Socle tie* of the First and Second Wards Eiheld a Joint meeting at the Second Ward church Tuesday afternoon. with Mrs. Geo. T. Marshall presid ing. The lesson subject wag "Pray er," and Mrs. J. S- McClellan was the leader, assisted by Mrs. Elisa beth McKeller. Mrg. Williams anfl Mrs. Van Orden both stake officers addressed the meeting. There will be another joint meeting held next Tuesday when a demonstration of drM * torma 17111 b * glven - CALL MEETING PEOPLES' CANAL CALL HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A MEETING TO DISCUSS AMERICAN FALLS RESERVOIR AT MORELAND HALL. TUESDAY. APRIL 11TH. PLENTY OF SPEAKERS. The following call Is being; sent to the Stockholder® of the People's Canal Co., and is a call for a meet ing of the Stockholders to discuss the Big District Idea: March 28, 1922. To the Stockholders of The People's Canal Co. The undersigned has taken the liberty of calling an informal meet ing of t-lie stockholders Off the Peo ple's Canal Co., to be held In More land Hall, Moreland, Idaho, at 2 o'clock on the afternooin of Tues day, April 11, 1922. We are taking this occasion at the suggestion of some of your lead- ing men, and we do not want It un- derstood that we are encroaching upon the prerogatives of your dlreo- tors. On the other hand, we ara calling the meeting as we have In other districts and companies in or- der to relieve It of any official sta- tus. It Is to^ Ibe entirely Informal, and solely for the purpose off answer- ing any questions you stockholder# may desire to ask, and of getting your point of view. It Is necessary to do this in order tlhat we shall know how you stand. All we want to know Is whether you want In or out. We are not trying to force you In or anything of that kind. -If you need the water we suggest that you come In. If you don't, we do not want you in. We trust that all of you will find It possible to meet with us at More land on April 11, in order that all of these matters may he threshed out. It will then be solely up to you people to determine whether you want to join and secure this added water or not. IDAHO RECLAMATION ASSN. GUY FLENNER. Managing Director. The Current Club met Monday afternoon fo rbhelr general meeting with Mrs. Er, nest Pearson. Officers were elected for the en suing year as follows: President Mrs. W. W. Beck, secretary. Mrs David Wlltamuth; treasurer. Mrs. I. N. Noyer. The department leaders will be elected at each of their meet, lngs this month. The program for the afternoon In. eluded a vocal trio by Mrs. Edward Thoroson, Mrs. Ernest Jackson and Mrs. James Christensen. A piano trio by Doris Simons, Clarice O'Neal and Lorraine Seetger. A paper by Mrs. Neil Boyle on civic problems and Juvenile delinquency. An ani mated discusslo-ni followed. The subject will be given further time and consideration by the club women. NINA STEWART, Sec'y. ATTENTION. BEET GROWERS. Those desiring to contract -for beets can do so by calling at the Sugar Company's office any time be tween the hours of 8:00 a. m. and 5:00 p. m. 29-30 UTAH IDAHO SUGAR CO. SUNDAY SCHOOL INSTITUT! A very successful and Inspiration al Sunday school Institute was held in tlhe Baptist Church Tuesday af ternoon and evening under the diree. tton of tlhe pastor, Rsv. E. O. Butler. Methods and plans for the adult de partment was discussed by Dr. Owen C. Brown,- of Philadelphia, head of religious work of the Northern Bap tist Convention; and Miss Meme Brockway off Los Angeles, a special ist in elementary Sunday school work, gave a practical lesson In teaching aside from her lecture on the teen age pupils. Rev. Shank* of Boise, the state director of religious education, also spoke at both sess ions. Delegates from Pocatello, Ida. ho Falls. Arco were numbered among those present. METHODIST CHURCH Sunday morning next the new or chestra will care for our church mo. sic ag well as that for the Sunday school. In the evening the service will be exclusively for the young people with their seniors as visitors. FOR SALE—Rural Phons 407R2. Seed Potatoes. ft.