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Vol. XV. No. 23-A
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
"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
"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
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
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
General Pershing's Cablegram to America, Christmas, 1917: "Germany
can be beaten; Germany mu§t be beaten; Germany, will be beaten
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?
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
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
Blackfoot Potato Growers' Association Speedily
of Idaho Potatoes by
Grading, splendid
Raising the Standar
Proper Sorting ai
Potato Warehouse in Operation
is Season
^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
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 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
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
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.

, 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,
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.
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
The rural carriers will serve on
their respective routes on Christmas
day as heretofore.

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

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

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.

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