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THE IDAHO REPUBLICAN
SEMI-WEEKLY
Published every Tuesday and Friday
BYRD TREGO,Editor and Proprietor
Entered at the postofflce at Black
foot, Idaho, as second-class matter.
Bubscription price • $3.00 per Year
SHALL THE CITY PURCHASE
THE WATERWORKS?
in determining the question
whether or not the city shpll buy
the water works, the following mat
ters enter into the problem.
Under the present system, people
can buy water or supply it themselves
from wells. Those who use the
water from the system pay for what
they use ,and those living within the
city limits who do not use it, do not
pay.
If the city buys the system, all
taxpayers will help pay for it, and
all will help improve, enlarge and
maintain it. Those who live within
the city limits, but out of reach of
the mains will still have to pay their
share of the purchase price and pro
vide their own water as they do now,
or secure extensions of the system to
bring it near their property, and
then make their own extensions to
the private taps. It will bring up the
same problems that have been con
nected with the sewer system so far
as extensions are concerned,
ceptlng that those who are once con
nected with the sewer system do not
pay a monthly fee for the service.
Everybody within the city limits pays
for maintaining the sewer, but only
those who are fortunate enough to
be connected with the system re
ceive the service. In the case of the
water system being bought by the
city, the individual who is fortunate
enough to be on the system and have
his connections made, helps pay for
the purchase of the system, and
merely has the privilege of buying
water and paying for it monthly.
The price he pays to the city may not
be as much as he pays the private
owner, but still he will pay. Every
taxpayer will find his taxes higher
on account of the water system, but
those who Buy water may find their
water bills lowered. The man who
does not buy water will merely pay
more taxes. The • man who is just
beyond the reach of the system will
have the task of getting the line ex
tended so he can connect with it.
When it comes to deciding about
extensions, the question of size of
pipe comes into the problem. Take
Bridge street for example. A six
inch main reaches a few blocks and
then it drops to four-inch; then to
two-inch. People wishing extensions
to the western end of town will be
siege the council to extend the line.
If the two-inch pipe were laid and
all the houses along were connected,
nobody could fill a bucket within a
reasonable length of time because of
the lack of pressure. If fifty houses
were opening their taps at once those
farthest out toward the end would
get the least. If they wanted it for
fighting fire, it would be of slight
benefit. Therefore it might be ad
visable to dig up the two-inch pipe
and connect wtih four-inch, or it
might be better to take up all the
four-inch pipe and lay six-inch. If
so permanent and expensive a job
as that were done it might be better
to take up the six-inch pipe and lay
one large enough for futures. That
might ca-l for rebuilding the out
let of the tack or even the taut it
self, so it is difficult to decide just
where to draw the line between
spending money for temporary and
unsatisfactory service, and spending
more money that means a greater
degree of service for a while and
then a greater sacrifice when it has
to be discarded.
What has been said of Bridge
street might be said of various other
streetB, perhaps all of them. There
fore the problem resolves itself into
a question of how much money to
throw away and on what particular
parts of the system to sacrifice it.
The old system, while not very gord,
might be worth $100,000 in one
fire, of we might sacrifice that much
by not having a better system to fight
'one fire'.
It may be said that we should buy
the old system and not spend a cent
improving it, but immediately start
in drilling new and large wells on
the west side of the tracks and pro
ceed to lay a system large enough
for future needs ,and extend it first
in those parts of town that have no
service now or that have inadequate
service, and keep extending it until
it affords service for the whole city,
at which time the old worn-out and
rusted-out system would be aban
doned.
Apropose of that it will be asked
why the city should buy the old sys
tem at all. It could refuse to buy
it, and Atill go on and build the new
.system. While the old system is a
private enterprise, the owners have
reason to hesitltate about Improving
it, not knowing what the city will do
as to patronizing them or declining
ex
Cleggs New and Second Hand
STORE
WE HAVE
Three electric washers.
A number of good used ranges in various
makes.
Call and see us for anything new or used
in household articles.
Clegg's New and Second Hand Store
BLACKFOOT
MAIN STREET
to. They have a franchise, but not
an exclusive franchise. The utilit
ies commission can allow or deny an
other system, either by the city or
by others. The present investment
deservos protection, and the city de
serves the use of water and the por
tion it affords, so the day will come
sooner or later when the present sys
tem will be ordered improved and
extended or a franchise will be given
to another system.
Various councils and councilmen
have • committed themselves to the
policy of municipal ownership of a
water system, either by pumping or
gravity, but when it involves pump
ing it rather naturally goes into the
question of a municipal power and
lighting plant, and either one or both
of these questions have been too
large for Blackfoot's leading men
and too large for its citizens, lack
ing pluck and enterprise and con
structive ideas as they do. Black
foot has not accustomed itself to
thinking in large figures. It added a
t to can and had it read "can't." It
took off the t long enough to maca
damize some'streets and then put it
on again as if in fear of taking on an
undesirable burden. It could have
built a gravity water system before
the price of materials went up, and
before the streams were appropriated
for irrigation, but now it would have
to pay more money and take streams
by the right of eminent domain, and
that looks as big as a lion to some
people.
Blackfoot has raised enough
money for liberty bonds and other
war activities to pay for a water
system and IS STRONGER FOR THE
EFFORT.
If Blackfoot's men were manly
men in the sense of constructive
statesmanship, if they were plucky
and courageous in the sense of lov
ing their town and wishing to be
queath something worth while to
this generation and the next, they
would go out and survey the moun
tain streams, the canyons and basins,
where pure water might be im
pounded, consider the obstacles in
the way of piping it in its purity to
Blackfoot, and when their engineer
finally said "This is the biggest and
best .this will cost you the most
money, but it will make you the
proudest on the day of its comple
tion, it will take you the longest to
build, but wHl develop your city the
fastest and longest; I will help you
to build a smaller one if you prefer,
but I shall be the proudest to help
you build this one because of the
great obstacles it affords and be
cause of its great value when com
pleted," then tnese men of Black
foot .if they were made of the kind
o fstuff our army is made of would
take off their hats to the project and
join hands and hearts in saying.
"Count me in on it for life, and my
estate will back it when I am dead.''
Blackfoot has such men, but it
hasn't enough of them. It is rais
ing more men all the while, but it is
raising them in the atmosphere of
"can't." About the only boys of the
town who are turning into real men
by a swift process are those who have
donned the uniform ,and they will be
coming home next year if they live,
but they will not all stay. They will
have been in the whirl of real under
takings and real achievements, and
when they suggest doing things in
their home town, and the home folks
sit back and treat their offers and
suggestions with indifference, these
real men from the ranks of the finest
army on earth will go to other local
ities and build water systems and
auditorium ansd stadiums and power
Plants and factories and high lines
and good roads for them.
Blackfoot is now approaching the
parting of the ways, and whether it
rises to its greatest opportunities or
lets them pass, depends upon
whether or not it keeps the t on the
"can."
ONE GOOD MAN
IN SODOM
That was a queer old story about
Sodom being spared from the wrath
of the Lord upon ft being shown that
there was one good man there.
There is a voting precinct in Bing
ham county that has attracted atten
tion to itself by the record it made
at the recent election. It is named
Faris, and lies between Taber and
Moreland,
votes and in looking over the roster
of what they have elected they must
seem greatly out of harmony with
their quorum. They need consider
able money expended for good roads,
but when they approach the new
board of commissioners they will re
call that none of them voted for Mr.
Christensen, none of them voted for
Mr. Bills, and only one of the twenty
three voted for Mr. Fugate.
As one looks over the report and
inquires what they were thinking
about and preparing for, he is re
minded that the interpretation of
twenty-three is skiddo. In wondrous
unison with that idea Is the fact that
all of these twenty-three people
voted for the coroner elect so they
can at least go unabashed to arrange
for an Inquest or a post morten.
It cast twenty-three
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Red +ers
(By Mrs. Byrd Trego)
To the chairman of the chapter
and the Christmas parcel committee;
I am glad to be able to send you
even at this late date, information
that has just been released by the
government as. to the manner in
which Christmas parcels can be sent
1. Individuals serving in the Red
Cross, Y. M. C. A., Knights of Col
umbus, Salvation Army or similar
organizations operating in connec
tion with military forces of the
United States or allies in Europe or
elsewhere.
2. Individuals serving in armies of
allies in Europe or allied expedition
ary forces elsewhere.
The nearest relative of any in
dividual coming under the above
classifications may send one Christ
mas package conforming to Red
Cross regulations regarding weight,
packing and contents by signing at
he nearest Red Cross Christmas par
cel station the following request:
Note particularly parcel may be
sent only by nearest relative. Ques
tions of relationship have to be de
termined by chapters as they arise.
If there is any shortage of car
tons, give our soldiers the prefer
ence. An emergency supply of car
tons has been manufactured and tel
egraphic requests to the division of
fice will have prompt attention.
Senders of parcels to persons un
der above classifications will of
course, be required to affix postage
to ultimate destination; and all pro
cedure vrtth regard to furnishing in
specting, wrapping, sealing {ind mail
ing parcels will be exactly the same
as heretofore prescribed.
The same regulations aply to taa
rines in the A, E. F. as to soldiers.
Nurses in the Red Cross service
come under the above classifications,
but nurses in government service,
which of course includes all base
hospitals, are part of the A. E. F.
and supposedly will send labels ex
actly as will other enlisted personnel.
We are sending this letter by reg
istered mail and are enclosing in
the regular chapter mail enough
copies for all branches and parcel
stations and a supply of certificate
forms.
Yours for.the Christmas roll call,
EARL KITPATRICK.
Director of Development.
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GRANDVIEW
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This vicinity was visited by quite
a fall of snow on Tuesday afternoon
and night,
quickly and was all gone next day.
Seemingly just a touch of winter.
Two Grandview citizens , victims
of influenza, Mrs. Will Watts, daugh
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Satterfield
passed away at the hospital in Po
catello early Tuesday morning. She
had been called to Pocatello two
weeks bfefore to help care for the
sick in her brothe's family. A few
days later she contracted the dis
ease, followed by pneumonia, which
resulted in her death. She was very
sick from the first. Her mother had
been with her constantly for ten
days. Her husband, to whom she
was married just a year ago, was
called to the colors several months
ago, and she had been expecting to
visit him. They were unable to
reach him with a message, as word
reached them from Washington, D.
C. that he had sailed for France
three days before.
Besides her husband she leaves
her father and mother, four brothers
and four sisters to mourn her death.
The sympathy' of the entire commun
ity goes out to the bereaved ones in
their sorrow.
Ralph Quigley, a young man about
twenty years of age died November
5, after an attack of influenza
pneumonia. He had been working
in Blackfoot, but came home, after
contracting the influenza.
The funerai was held at Spring
field cemetery Wednesday afternoon.
. The Quigley family moved here
from the Blackfoot country last
spring. Mr. Quigley being foreman
for the sugar company.
The sympathy of the neighborhood
is extended to them at this sad hour.
Several other members of the
family are still sick.
Carl Straschein is working for
David Wiltamuth.
A. D. henderson is moving to the
Stacey place, where he will farm
next season.
Some of the farmers are putting
up their third crop of hay.
Everett Claunch took a load of
Grimm's seed to the Wiltamuth
ranch for recleaning and shipping
the first of the week.
Mrs. Patton is reported very ill
with Influenza.
JOe Maxwell was over from Spring
field Thursday.
However, It melted

TOPICH IN BRIEF
The Hun has been forced to drop
the goose-step lor the Foch's trot.—
London Opinion.
The German peasant asks for
bread and the kaiser gives him a
tombstone.—Kansas City Star.
The belief grows that the Crown
Prince has a face which only the
kaiser could love.—Pittsburg Post.
The Swiss hotel-keepers are in
favor of opening peace negotiations
at once in some neutral country.—
New York Evening Post.
Whether President Wilson means
there will be no peace without laws,
or with outlalws, It means the same
thing.—Newark News.
If you have money saved up, buy a
liberty bond. If you haven't, buy a
liberty bond and save some money.
—Arkansas Gazette.
"We do n"t understand Foch's
strategy," says a German military
critic. If a Hun understood it, it
wouldn't be strategy. — Pittsburg
Post.
The kaiser has juBt made a visit
to Lorraine. He had better visit it
while he can.—Arkansas Gazette.
Arm them with the morale that, wins battles ^
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L YM.CA.'YWCA.'National Catholic War
SjL Council- K.of C -Jewish Welfare
Board •''Wear Camp Community^
Service - American Library
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Salvation Army
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The United War Work Drive, scheduled
for
this week, has been thoroly organized and will be
put over according to plans.
Everyone wants to do his share and only wants
to be advised of the amount
As has been done in all other drives,
a sug
gested apportionment has been made by the com
mittee.
We have decided to make Tuesday and Wed
nesday volunteer days. Those who do not volun
teer will be seen Thursday and Friday.
The apportionment for this county is $30,000.
Bonds and thrift stamps do not represent
fice. They are a good investment and can not be
urged as an argument against the support of these
different funds. .
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In making the apportionment of the amount
each one should give, the committee has not been'
disposed to be arbitrary, at the same time no
amounts will be accepted that are obviously in
consistant with the ability to pay.
By giving the amount requested on volunteer
day you will proclaim to your friends and neigh
bors, and to yourself that you are doing your part
in this, our war. '
To the man who fails to take his place in this
and other commendable war activities, Bingham .
county will be "NO MAN'S LAND.
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You are answering the call of seven welfare
agencies all at one drive, whose activities,
told, do not over lap each other instead of one at a
time as formerly.
we are
JOHN G. BROWN.
County Chairman United War Work Campaign.
This space contributed by
D. W. STANDROD & CO. BANKERS.
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BLACKFOOT CITY BANK
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