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\ OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY $3 a Year Vol. XV. No. 23-A BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY. IDAHO, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1918 EMBEZZLERS WRECK SEVERAL UTAH BANKS PROMINENT SALT LAKE MEN ARE INDICTED SALT LAKE, Utah. Dec. 19.— Criminal indictments ot John Pin-! gree, president; George E. Ford, I secretary-director and L. J. Hays, assistant cashier of the Merchants'! bank were returned yesterday by | the grand jury,.called to investigate; the failure of this institution. Mr. Hays was arrested late yester day afternoon and allowed to go on 1 his own recognizance until this morn ing, when it is expected that the three men will be before Judge P. C. Evans of the third district court for fixing bonds. The report of the finding of the jury in five weeks of investigation was completed within five minutes after the seven jurymen were con-! ducted to the courtroom of Judge, Evans at 2 o'clock yesterday after-1 noon by District Attorney Wilson Mc Carthy. The court promptly ordered issuance of warrants of arrest which were turned over to the sheriff. I Directors Scored Fourteen points and separate in -1 dictments wpre returned against I the three men. A report filed by the jury offered the xplanation that, while the evidence against the other director# was not sufficient to in dict, it was such as to justify the most severe censure for "gross neg ligence and inattention to their re sponsibilities as directors." H. P. Ciark, former president of the bank, came in for severe arraing ment in the report to the effect that he had 'grossly violated the bank ing laws of the state of Utah and recklessly disregarded conservative banking principles. C. E Glazier, former bank exam iner is severely critized for having permitted continued operation of the bank with a knowledge of its insol vent condition and methods of man agement, W. E. Evans, present bank examiner, is aloB critized for tardi ness of action in closing it. Fourteen Indictments The fourteen indictments returned are as follows: "Separate indictments of 'em bezzlement against Mr. Pingree, Mr. Ford and Mr. Hays. "Separate indictments of 'know ingly making a false entry in the books of a corporation' against Mr. Pingree and Ford. 1 "Two point indictments against Mr. Pingree and Mr. Ford of 'mak ing and declaring an unlawful divid end.' "A joint indictment against Mr. Pingree, Mr. Ford and Mr. Hays of 'knowingly making a false entry in a book or record or statement of a corporation.' "Six Indictments jointly against Mr Pingree and Mr. Ford of 're ceiving deposits in insolvent bank, knowing such bank is insolvent.' The indictment of Mr. Pingree for embezzlement charges that on July 1 ,1918 he appropriated to his own use $3380 intrusted to him as treas urer of the National Treasurer Mines company. Mr. Ford is charged, in the em bezzlement indictment against him with having converted to his own use 49000 instrusted to him as secretary director of the Merchants' bank by the Bingham State bank. Charge Misappropriation Appropriation to his own use of $iu,000 instrusted to him as assist ant cashier of the Merchants' bank is charged against Mr. Hays in his in dictment of embezzlement. The indictment against Mr. Pin gree of "knowingly making a false entry in the books of a corporation," alleges that ,on July 1, 1918 he charged the account of the Prince Consolidated Mining company with $14,000 without the knowledge or authority of the company and with intent to defraud. The indictment of like wording against Mr. Ford asserts he charged $9000 to the account of the Bing ham State bank as a depositor in the Merchants' bank, on July 1, 1918, without authorization from or know ledge of the Bingham State bank. * In the two joint Indictments SEEGER ■ BUNDLIE'S' Christmas Message We are full of gratitude for the successful year, for the pleasant business relations we have enjoyed with the public, for the privilege of serving, for the joy of making good when we have made mistakes and found it out, and above all, for the privilege of being alive to share in our humble way in the events of the year of making history. We are especially grateful to the men with the colors, "over there" and everywhere. We are grateful to the various committees that have managed the war activities at home, to the knitters who knit, to the workers who worked, to the collectors who collected, and to the speakers who spoke. We are proud of them all, and prJud of their work. We are filled with joy and gratitude at the Yuletide, and we look forward with hope and assurance to the coming year. The Seeger-Bundlie Company "EVERYBODY'S STORE" General Pershing's Cablegram to America, Christmas, 1917: "Germany can be beaten; Germany mu§t be beaten; Germany, will be beaten 99 I Otto Kahn's Address in BoSlon, November 12, 1918: These are soul-stirring days. To live thru them Is a glory and a solemn joy.. The words of the poet resound in our hearts: 'God's in heaven, all's well in the world.' ' Our soldiers made good over there—officers and men alike. They made good everywhere, from Cantigny to Sedan. They made gOod on land, on the seas and in the air; worthy comlrades of the war-seasoned heroes of France and Great Britain, worthy defenders of American honor, eager artisans of American glory. When,, for the first time the American army went into action as a separate unit under the direct command of its great chief, General Pershing, Marshal Foch allotted them ten days for the accomplishment of the task set for them, (that is, the ejection of the German army from the strongly fortified St. Mihiel salient, which the enemy had held for four years. They did it in thirty hours, and made a complete and perfect job of it. I have had the privilege of seeing these splendid boys of ours, in all situations and circumstances, from their camps in America to the front in France—the boys and their equally splendid leaders. The sacred inspiration of what I have thus seen will stay with me to my last day. "I confess I find it hard to speak of them without a catch in miy throat and moisture in my eyes. I see them before me now in the fair land pf France—brave, strong, ardent; keen and quick-witted; kindly and clean and modest and wholly free from boasting; good humored and good-natured; willingly submissive to unaccustomed dis cipline; uncomplainingly enduring all manner of hardships and discomforts; utterly contemptuous of danger, daring to a fault, holding life cheap for the honor and glory of America. v What true American can think of them or picture them without having his heart overflow with grateful -and affectionate pride? u ii i n against Mr. Pingree and Mr. Ford "of making and declaring an unlaw ful dividend," they are charged with having concurred os directors of the Merchants' bank in the declaration of a dividend of 1 % per cent on the capital stock of the bank, on July 12, 1917, "altho there was not at that time surplus profits or net profits arising from the busines of the said corporation out of which to pay the said dividend, or any part thereof." Paid Dividend Also as directors of the Utah Pack ing & Provision Co., with having concurred, on July 7, 1917 in the declaration of a dividend of 7 per cent on 137 shares of the preferred stock of that company under like cir cumstances. The joint indictment of Mr. Pin gree, Mr. Ford and Mr. Hays of. "knowingly making a false entry in s hook or record or statement of & corporation" charges that on March 29. 1918, the three made false en Menchants' bank to show that the,«| bank "was carrying as cash on hand" certain items "which in trust and in fact were Overdrafts of the follow ing: Utah Packing ft Provision Co., 124,667.12; John Pingree, $3161. 78; George B, Ford, $9000; L. J. Hayes, $13,800." The indictment charges that the entries were made to deceive W. E. Evans, state bank commissioner ,and A. F. Tolton, state bank examiner. The six joint indictments of Mr. Pingiee and i Ford of "receiving de posits in an insolvent bank knowing such bank in insolvent" charges the acceptance on deposits on July 8, 1918, as follows: From A. B. Miner, $1513.33; Deseret Fuel company, $1470; Tom Politz, $471; Frank Kylopoulos, $260.55; A. Hoskisson company, $2642.06; Dr. David An drew, $663.30. try in the paying teller's book of the Born in Ogden John Pingree, prominent in bank ing circles in Ogden before coming to Salt Lake to assume the presi dency of the Merchants' bank was a native of Ogden and a son of O .B. Pingree, a Weber county pioneer. Mr. Pingree was made cashier of the First National bank of Ogden early in his career and was identified with the growth of that institution to a position of recognized banking strength in the state. George E. Ford is a native of New York, where he was born fifty-three years ago. He came to Utah in 1889 and has been identified with the Salt Lake Pressed Brick company, R. G. Dun ft Co. and was at one time Continued on page four MARVELOUS POTATO SORTING MACHINE NOW IN OPERATION Blackfoot Potato Growers' Association Speedily of Idaho Potatoes by Grading, splendid Raising the Standar Proper Sorting ai Potato Warehouse in Operation Here is Season SYSTEM BEING PRACTICED ^he Blackfoot Potato Growers aociatlon is an organization of proa, P ero "» far „ mere who are doing Much * 01 \ , adv " TO "?L in this locality and especially along e 1Producing and »«*«ting the highest and most perfect grade of potato that is possible Their united ® fforts and broad-mindedness along the line^of grading potatoes has done a great deal toward raising the standard of potatoes. The as sociation has as its manager James Pendlebury of Blackfoot and he, to gether with a board of directors, consisting of local farmers, is con stantly on the look-out for improve ments and better methods that they can put into practice in their busi ness. The association is now operating their big, new warehouse to its full capacity and it is probably the best and most systematic plant for handling potatoes A the state. The warehouse is situated on a spur near the Mackay tracks, southwest of the Blackfoot business district on south Broadway and if is indeed worthy of the attention and study of all persons interested in growing or shipping potatoes. One warehouse is 43 by 148 feet, inside measurement, and another one adjoining it on the end is 40 by 125 feet. The larger section of it was built in 1917 and this is the first potato season they have had it in operation. The build ing consists of the ground floor which is about four feet above ground, and After you have finished your Christmas dinner and your visit, I want to talk to you a few minutes twice a week, about mat ters affecting the post of fice ma nage me nt, the way the to ASS*''!? SENSIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFTS ••• ••• The real value of a gift cannot be computed in terms of money, alone-—sentiment It conveys and the l asti n g beauty it contains are the determining factors. What gift could be more appropriate and acceptable than a watch or piece of Jewelry? Something that is always useful and very durable. The association of such a gift provides for the recipient a source of constant gratification few many years. No trouble to show our gifts. F. C. CHRIST, Jeweler a deep basement. The building Is of brick and tile, built with air space in the walls and all the doors are built with air spaces. The basement has cement floors excepting where potatoes are stacked, the rest is dirt floor but there are pannels of ad justable floors laid along where the potatoes are to be stacked up in sacks. This furnishes an air space under the potatoes and as the sacks are corded up an air space is left between them and the wall. There are openings or chutes in the walls every twenty-four feet and the wagons are unloaded at these open ings. As the potatoes pass down the chute men pick them up from a table about three feet high and place them at either side at not more than twelve feet distant. Two men can receive and stack the sacks of po tatoes as fast as three can put them in from the wagons. This method of handling them is very rapid and inexpensive . Potatoes can be stored here by the grower at a cost of five cents per sack for the season. If they require sorting, Mr. Pendle bury and his corps of workers will put them over the mechanical sorter which sorts and grades them per fectly at a cost of seven cents per 100 pounds to the grower. They have in operation three Price sorters, which is probably the best sorter extant. Pickers stand at either side of the grader and as the potatoes pass along at a convenient height they are watched carefully and all blemished ones taken out and the perfect quality ones pass to the end of the grader where cams receive them, weigh them Instantly and toss them into a sack along with other potatoes of the same size. The ma chine sorts the potatoes into eight different grades besides the discards or culls, and each sack is graded per fectly according to weight. If a cobble stone should find its way into the machine and pass the men doing tl^e grading, unnoticed, the grader would place it in a sack with potatoes of £he same weight, but, of course, a cobble stone would be put Into the discard the same as an imperfect potato. v The potato growers' association have been working for years to get potatoes perfectly sorted and graded so. that when a car ls shipped the purchaser will know exactly what he is getting. If he wants potatoes weighing a certain number of ounces for any particular purpose such baking, the whole car load will be of that size if he orders them so. Each man's potatoes received for storage are placed in a stack by themselves and labeled- There are falley-ways thru the warehouse so that the potatoes can be removed and sorted or shipped at any time. At this writing there are about eighty five car loads of potatoes in the ware house jnd they are loading and ship ping cars every day. The building is tempered by arti ficial heat, and themometers in every part of the building keep them no tified of the temperature. They keqp the heat at about 36 degrees which is four points above freezing. Ven tilators built in the walls at inter vals carry off the warm air and the moisture, and that regulates the in take of cold air from without. When the workers are ready to hoist potatoes out of the basement $o' the ground floor for sorting or to be loaded into a car, the potatoes are placed on trucks and wheeled to the elevator which operates some what like the old fashioned straw carrier on a threshing machine. The sacks are shifted from the truck onto the elevator and they pass up to the ground floor or into the car. In either case they are laid onto a table or bench about three feet high, Just the right height for a man to pick up without stooping . If they want to load a car from the basement, two men load a truck and push it to the elevator, then they load another truck while one man removes the sacks from the first truck onto the elevator. One man in the car re ceives them from the elevator and as i Continued on page four Holiday Gifts in Hardware of the useful, practical sort, are plentiful in our store. We have beautiful percolators, casseroles, serving trays and thermos bottles, carving sets and cutlery, safety razors, besides sleds, wagons, skates, and things that give joy and recreation for the children. They can't go to shows and parties these days, but they can have grand times in the open air, and they can't do much without something to do with. If none of these things meet your wishes, come in and let us help you select. Neil F. Boyle & Company Around the Court House i Court In Session The adjourned term of the No , vember district court was resumed Monday morning, December 23, tor the consideration ot a few cases which will be disposed of and court will adjourn for the term. Mexican Arrested Pete Maroseich was arrested Sun day night by the sheriff's force and is now in jail waiting his preliminary, charging him with the unlawful pos session of liquor. ♦ CALIFORNIA WOMAN, 100 YEARS OLD, DIES , SCAN FRANCISCO,.—Mrs. Elvira Pickering Rixford,. aunt of Major Loring Pickering, U. S. A., one of the owners of the San Francisco Bulletin, died here today at the age of 100 years. For thirty-five year* Mrs. Rlxford was a prominent fig ure in San Francisco's social, charit able and business life. She was born in Winchester, N. H., September 29, 1818. OPPOSE RAISING EXPRESS RATES OMAHA.—Representatives of the Iowa and South Dakota state rail way commissioners conferred with Chairman T. L. Hall of the Nebraska railroad commission in Omaha yes terday relatives to coneerted action to be taken by the three states to oppose the order of Director General McAdoo of the railway administra tion in increasing express rates. Counsel Henderson of the Iowa com mission and SWeet of the South Da kota commission went to Lincoln to day to continue the conference with Nebraska commissioners. CHRISTMAS MAIL SERVICE City mail carriers, one and two, will not make any deliveries on Christmas day as they have hereto fore done, but all windows at the post office will be open, from'10 o'clock to 12 o'clock noon and the public will be served from that source. The plbst office management finds they can give better service by arranging matters that way and all persons who are served by carriers are respectfully asked to call at the window for their mall if they so desire. The rural carriers will serve on their respective routes on Christmas day as heretofore. ♦ WILL ATTEND COLLEGE Miss Delpha Montgomery left Sat urday for'Linsburg, Kan., where she will attend Bshool at the Bethany College. She was accompanied by her mother Mrs. N. E. Montgomery who will spend the holidays with her. ♦ DELIGHTFULLY entertained Miss Kate Nelson delightfully en i tertalned a number of her friends at the Enlow home Thursday night Various games were played, after which dainty and delicious refresh ments were served. The following are the names of the young folks, who enjoyed the evening: The Misses Vera Robert son, Lexa Benzley, Thelma Haney, Melva Lindsay, Mary Carson, Merle Ridd, Anna Thompson, Estes Wal burn, Helen Stultz and Eva Taylor and the Messers. Sprangue Stevens, Clifford Royce, Howard Post, Carl Roberts, Cecil Robertosn and Jack Haney. ♦ FRED KENNEDY ON THE JOB AGAIN Fred Kennedy returned to Black foot Saturday from Gooding where he has been visiting with his folks since his return from France. Mr. Kennedy resumed his position as stenographer at the Standrod Bank Monday and is glad to be back again. ♦ A SKATING PARTY A skating party went out Sunday .from Blackfoot to Frits' farm and had a gay time. The party consisted of Fred Weber, Clarence Hurt, Iva Short, Neola Carlson and Mary Capps.