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OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY Vol. XV. No. 25-A BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY/ IDAHO, TUESDAY JANUARY 7, 1919 $3 a Year BINGHAM COUNTY CIVIC LEAGUE URGES BUILDING ROADS THIS YEAR Past Two Years all Energies Were Directed To ward Winning the War. Energies May Ifow be Directed Toward Road Improvement BEGIN PRELIMINARIES NEXT WEEK Today is the beginning of one of the greatest years in man's history. In it the question of future peace and safety will be settled between the great powers of the human family and it will be the beginning of hu man freedom, freedom to speak, act and serve God and man in any way within the bounds of right. Thoughts of men are much like the large bodies of water with their tides, streams, currents and waves. Elements sometimes effect the great body so severly that it over-reaches its confines, floods surrounding lands and disturbs everything within its reach. Our great men will, during this year, direct a current of thought Which will counteract that caused by potentates and autocrats of the past years and which will have a balance wheel, so to say, or governor to con trol disturbing elements so that men's fears of each other will cease, and the little currents of thought flowing in from this and other di rections, troublesome or otherwise, will not distrub the whole nor sur rounding elements. War and peace are only matters of education or current thought and opinion. During the past two years, thru which we have directed all energies toward victory in the fields of battle, it has been necessary for us to con serve man pawer to such a degree that essential civil construction, even maintenance have suffered. Many great enterprises upon which thou sands in men and wealth depended, have suffered, have been discorded and allowed to deteriorate, while war and more war materials were manu factured, soldiers trained and equiped and transported from home to camp, from camp to the fronts, all in the interest of mars. We have learned many lessons, however. We have learned what great power - Uncle Sam has, how quickly he can direct his energies to some given purpose and the wonder ful things he can accomplish. We all learned to work and to direct our work and to direct such work to that great thing, war, waging it on such a scale that nations crumbled under the power. Peace is dawning and with it thou sands of men are returning to their usual haunts. These men must live, therefore, work is necessary and we are going to learn how powerful Uncle Sam is in returning home and getting back to normal without loss and suffering. We must think of the common good, the one big interest, and arrange to occupy the time of each and every man coming back to civil life so that he will not suf fer. He has done his part and was willing to do all, even to giving his life, and now we must do our part, employ him so that he will not suf fer. William B. Wilson, secretary of labor for the United States, in an ad dress delivered December 30, 1918, implores citizens to prepare for con struction, manent wealth," he says, "Increases the taxable property of the commun ity, and is a form of wealth subject to little depreciation." He further stated that, "Building makes for good citizenship, and is the only safe guard agginst. Bolshevism." "The main reason why civil con duction is held up," continues Mr. Wilrop. "is because the public has been iuotinctively educated against it. The neMk attitude of the govern ment toward building and the work thus started must- be given as much favorable publicity as the govern ment directed unfavorable toward construction during the war. A cam paign to encourage home owning and home construction has already been inaugurated by the department of labor." In other speeches made by Sec retary Wilson and other leading men of this and the other waring nations, "Building creates per Orpheum Theatre WED.—THUR., JAN. 8—9 OLD WIVES FOR NEW 99 « \ By David Graham Phillips Does it pay to exchange old wives for new ? When a married woman becomes fat, lazy and slovenly, is divorce justifi able? Also the Allied War Review Admission 15c—28c public work of every nature is urged. A nation-wide campaign is in pro gress to secure thousands of m les of good reals reaching from ocean to ocean with far reaching branches so to connect the entire country with the main trunk roads and thus make the country one great net work of highways from ocean to ocean and from Canada to the gulf, schools are receiving considerable at tention, and there should be more of Libraries, com munity buildings, rest rooms, sani tary systems and a thousand other such things are being introduced and acted upon by various cities, counties and states. Public them and better ones, reading rooms, public baths, The last official act of the directors of the Bingham County Civic league was to instruct the secretary to do all possible to secure some of the mentioned things, and particularly roads in and for Bingham county. During the early days of this month the comm.ssioners of the county are to meet and it is our de sire to have them act on petitions now before them asking for good roads. We have one of the most fertile parts of the west and there fore, the best of roads are none too good for us. Let's use our influence with our commissioners and in edu cating the public mind to get roads, good roads, many miles of them and get them now when labor is in need of the won: and Uncle Sam desires our aid in getting his men back to civil life. 'Automobilees, autotrucks and heavy machinery are bound to come to Bingham county so let's get roads ready for them which will hold them when they come. Heavy ma chinery is becoming so common that it is a matter of only a few years be fore we will require the best of roads; an yother sort will be out of date so quickly that we shall be sorry for each mile we build. With all this in mind let's get a bond issue of $750,000 or more votes and in the hands of the proper authorities so as to construct a hundred miles of the very best concrete roads as quickly as possible. I have noticed how the idea of a general road commissioner for the county took root. It is the very best method of getting results, but let's urge the commissioners to be careful in selecting the man. Get a man properly qualified in road work rather than in politics. We have had too much politics in Bingham county, too much party or bank, or private interest and it's tim6 now we were getting the interests of the people attended to. A man properly quali fied in road work will work out a system and get us just what is speci fied for far less money than the pre sent system of road overseers can hope to accomplish. Our roads will be built to grade and alike according to specifications furnished by compe tent engineers. If our commissioners will take action now to get this matter under way it will be but a few short months before road construction will be an actual fact in Bingham county. Lets get the red tape over with while frost and snow are here so that as soon as the weather permits we can get a few hundred soldiers busy, where they can do the most good. We will soon have roads upon which we can travel and the transportation expense will be cut in two several times. Respectfully yours, BINGHAM COUNTY CIVIC LEAGUE By F. N. Parkinson. GRAZING ASSOCIATION POSTPONE ANNUAL MEETING The ann-al meeting of the Eastern Idaho Grazing asoclation will be postponed indefinitely on account of influenza. M. M. FARMER, Secretary. adv. | ^SAME OLD SPIDER \ / » I / \ \ fora \i iice y< \ PA' FOR :/ x / X \ l?OSY ' pooMises *<CH£5 n \ \ \ m / ) k \ P^'lMOTePy / JMrtf W X V (. <3? wmiL mm / ^ts Writers are warning people against the danger of giving up their liberty bonds in exchange for stock certificates whose value is in ques tion, or taking stock in any enterprise they are not qualified to judge closely or to operate themselves in an intelligent manner. Beware of the smooth man who comes to you to sell you something that he says has the real value. Ask yourself the question, "If it has And again, "If it is such a good thing, why doesn't somebody who understands it thoroly, take all the stock and make the money?" We had a lesson in this kind of, thing when the cannery was es tablished. It was something thb Stockholders did not' understand, and could not operate, and it fell flat. It was promoted on the quiet, without any discussion of it in the public press as legitimate enterprises usually are, and the promoters went so far as to say they did not want any pub licity on it. The way it turned out leads thinking men to the conclusion that a thing that will not bear publicity is a good thing to leave alone. If it is something yo uwould hesitate to talk over with your banker, your newspaper people and your business associates, the chances are that you had better hold tight or your liberty bonds. In the accompnying picture, Mr. Thomas, the New York cartoonist has told a story you can afford to cut out and paste on your liberty bonds or in your check book. the real value, why does this man want to dispose of it? WILL SHOW AT BLACKFOOT FIRST Harry Waugh, one of the partners in the Wortham shows now winter ing at Blackfoot, returned last week from a trip to the south, and is now beginning the task of laying out the year's work. They will play their opening en gagement at Blackfoot about the last of April and will have a number of attractions they did not have last year. In Bingham county we'"'' have twenty-one road dis- - tricts and supervisors, a county surveyor, a county / board and a state high- / way commission, to tell / us how to make and Pair «h(/ r to &dg re Xu EDITOR SUGGESTS Chapter IV During the past year or so I have talked with a large number of men thruout the county, on the subject of roads and what to do with them, and I have concluded that people have gotten into about as much of a mud dle over roads as the people of the United States had concerning the op eration of railroads before the gov ernment took charge of them. I want to talk to you about our county roads, but first, I want to describe a situation that existed with railroads and how they have been overcome. Revising Vanderbilt's Motto In the old Vanderbilt days of rail roading, there was a favorite slogan, "The people be damned." Railroad managers acted on that slogan until the people reciprocated and pro ceeded to damn the railroads. A new generation of railroad men came Into power, men like Harriman and his associates, and they reversed the slogan so it read, "The people be pleased, served." change, and tney went on persecut ing the railroadB with all manner of damaging legislation. The strictest i and "The people be But the people are slow to IS LAID AT REST Mrs. Ellen Murphey died Thurs day of chronic heart trouble, at her home at the east end of the Kirk patrick lane. She is sixty-five years of age and Is survived by her hus band and six children, one of which is in some training camp. Interment was made Saturday at the Grove City cemetery. The fun eral services were conducted at the grave with Rev. Cullinson officiat ing. laws were made to prevent combina tions of roads, no matter what they wanted to combine for. If they wanted to combine so they could render better service for less money, there was the Sherman Anti-trust law to put them in the penitentiary for it. If they wanted to combine so they could standardize their equip ment and build union depots and cut out a lot of useless expense and trouble for the traveling public, there was the attorney general seeking to please a ravenous public by prosecut ing them. If th^y wanted to combine so they could formulate a set of train schedules that would eliminate use less trains and put on trains where they were needed, «o they could shorten the time that It took to de liver freight and passengers to des tinations, there was the Interstate Commerce commission to prevent them. There was the ever-present bug-a-boo of competition, both in rates and service and each strong company held the other in check and they all wasted their money and took it out of the laboring men to some extent, because when there was but little money they could pay but small wages. Whenever the men demanded better pay the companies acted in unison to oppose the demands and showed how impossible It was to C«attan«4 on pan* dffet RAILROAD PRESIDENTS MEET AND OPPOSE FEDERAL RAILWAY CONTROL Plans Will be Laid Before the Interstate Commerce Committee. Declares Government Owner ship Would Reduce Efficiency COMMITTEE TO PLEA FOR COMPANIES PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 5.—Opposi tion to a prolongation to five years' government control of railroads was reiterated today at a session of the association of railway executives. Ninety-two per cent of the milage of the county was represented at the meeting and practically every rail road had its president here. An elaborate presentation of the contention of the railroads has been prepared and this will be laid before the senate interstate commerce com mittee at its hearing next Wednes day. Name Committee to Represent Com panies A committee of the following six will then appear on behalf of the companies: T. Dewitt Cuyler, Pen nsylvania railroad, chairman of the association of railway executives; Alfred P. Thom, counsel for the as sociation; Howard Elliott, president of the Northern Pacific; Julius Kruttsfihnitt, president Southern Pacific; Samuel Rea, president of the Pennsylvania, and Daniel Willard, president of the Baltimore and Ohio. Mr. Cuyler made public tonight a letter from Otto H. Khan of New York, in which Mr. Kahn states his objections to a policy of permanent government ownership and operation of the railroads and to Director Gen eral McAdoo's proposal to continue the present government control for five years. "Mr. Kahn's letter," commented Mr. Cuyler, "clearly and concisely summarizes the views held by the association of railway executives." The letter, in part follows: "From the point of view of the monetary interest of the investor in DEATH OF HUGH FACkRELL CONFIRMED The following is a copy of the tele gram the local council of defense re ceived concerning Hugh Fackrell, about whose death there was some doubt: "Washington, D. C., Dec. 31, 1918. John G. Brown, Blackfoot, Idaho. I exceedingly regret to advise you I have just been informed by marine corps cablegram has been received from France confirming death of Hugh Fackrell bn June'24 it is to be regretted that the relatives of this young man had their hopes falsely raised up by the second report re ceived concerning him which has been proven to be incorrect. J. F. NUGENT." Idaho Newspapers 'Seem Failing Fast Papers Combining In Order to Cut Expenses; Some Crying for More Subscribers The American Falls press, pub lished semi-weekly for the past year or more, announces that it will here after be published on Thursday only, and that the Tuesday issue has been given up. Will Out Expenses The two papers that have been published at Halley, Idaho, have been consolidated and are now coming out as The Wood River Times Crews Miner, the name being long enough to provoke a fracture. A Cry for Mora The Twin Falls Chronicle has sent out the S. O. S. call for 500 sub scribers for its weekly publication at 50 cents a year to put with what they already have at $2.00 a year. Proposed Newspaper Falls The Nonpartisan league of Idaho has been working for several weeks to organize and finance a daily paper at Boise, with W. G. Sholz as editor. It is now announced that they were unable to raise the $100,000 neces sary to start it or to provide for the operating expense of $100 a day. An other effort to start such a paper at Caldwell seems also to have failed for the present. v Revival in Bingham News C. Dugdale of Caldwell, one of the Nonpartisan organizers who was sent into Bingham county to sell stoek or shares in the Bingham County News last October, at Blackfoot for the past conference with James Pendlebury and farmers of the county regarding the financing of the paper. t a been eek in FOR SALE Willy* - Knight seven - passenger car, re painted and overhauled. Will take good Ford as part payment. See E. M. Athay at Yellowstone Motor T railroad securities, the prospect ot government ownership and operation, which would relieve him of risk and make his income stable and secure, may be attractive. Incompetible With American System "From the national point of view, however, I consider government ownership and operation as gravely and far-reaching deterimental so cially, economically and politically. It is incompetible with our system and methods of government and wnn the genius of American institutions. "It would mean lessened efficiency and lead to stagnation and retrogres sion. It would mean the setting up of a huge bureaucratic machine, po litical wire-pulling and log-rolling, largely increased cost to the mer chant and farmer, indeed largely in creased cost all around, and many other evils. "We are in the fortunate situation of being able thru constructive leg islation providing, among other things, for strong, but not strangling government regulation and super vision to correct such short comings in the system and methods of private railroad management as experience has disclosed and to secure for the public practically all the tangible ad vantages which are claimed in favor of government operation without de priving the nation of the inestimable advantage of private initiative and enterpdise and competitive service. ♦ RED CROSS ROOMS NOW OPEN The Red Cross rooms are open for business each afternoon now and much work can be done with the re lief division, chairman of this division, urges all ladies who can and will come out any afternoon and help, to do so, as there is much work to be finished -up soon. Mrs. Jackman, the TRAINS CHANGE TIME The morning train No. 31, which has been scheduled at 8.15 will bo due at 7.55. The evening train No. 29 has also changed time from 7.30 and will hereafter arrive at 7.48. ANNUAL MEETING TONIGHT The annual stockholders' meeting of the Seeger-Bundlie company is slated to be held on Monday even ing, Jan. 6, at the store. The company's business is said to have increased in 1918 greatly over that of IS:7. Our Community Loses Once Again Rooming House Proprietor hu De parted and left With ns Numer ous Bad Accounts Mrs. F. Keys manager of the Key stone rooming house on North Main street for 1918, has departed, leav ing many business matters unsettled. Many firms In Blackfoot are testify ing to her unreliability in business, and it is said that the unpaid bills she left run into thousands of dollars. Just how she managed to get into so many people for whatever sums she left unpaid, forms an interesting chapter and an interesting lesson for easy-marks who go on extending credit to strangers until the end of the season or the end of the year without taking security or compar ing notes with other business peoplo to see who is In the line of non payments. A person seeking to verify the re ported total of $6000 would pro bably have to go out of town to find all the Items. It is said that some Salt Lake parties have been here looking after goods she had bought of them on time, and report has it that she was in debt to people scat tered from Blackfoot to Salt Lake and on some rather ingenious trans actions. Not long ago we reported the un expected departure of Boyd Mont gomery, who left debts amounting to nearly $2000, but if reports are true, Mrs. Keys out-boyded the boy. There are others in the community no more conscientious than the two mentioned and it is worth while for the busi ness people to be finding out which ones they are and anchoring some of their claims.