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Vol. XV. No. 25-A
$3 a Year
Past Two Years all Energies Were Directed To
ward Winning the War. Energies May Ifow
be Directed Toward Road Improvement
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
William B. Wilson, secretary of
labor for the United States, in an ad
dress delivered December 30, 1918,
implores citizens to prepare for con
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Respectfully yours,
By F. N. Parkinson.
The ann-al meeting of the Eastern
Idaho Grazing asoclation will be
postponed indefinitely on account of
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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?
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
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
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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
change, and tney went on persecut
ing the railroadB with all manner of
damaging legislation. The strictest
and "The people be
But the people are slow to
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
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
Plans Will be Laid Before the Interstate Commerce
Committee. Declares Government Owner
ship Would Reduce Efficiency
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
Name Committee to Represent Com
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
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
"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.
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.
a been
eek in
Willy* - Knight seven - passenger car, re
painted and overhauled. Will take good
Ford as part payment. See
E. M. Athay at Yellowstone Motor
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.

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
Mrs. Jackman, the
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.
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
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
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.

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