In the Cold Days of Winter
THE FAMILY WASH CALLS FOR
FOR INSTANCE: If you hire a washer woman, and they are hard to find, you
Furnish the fuel, soap, and all tools to work with, including electricity if you have an
electric washer, give her her dinner, have your house all steamed and damp, just right to
give all the family some colds, and you get by with washday. Some days she disappoints
you, and your plans are all interrupted.
SUPPOSE YOU DO IT YOURSELF: Then you still have the expense of ma
terials mentioned, your house all damp and you are tired and suffering from exposure,
with a good chance of a doctor's bill.
TRY ANOTHER PLAN: Ring the Gem State Laundry and we do all the rest.
You make Monday a day of rest, keep your house sweet and your physical condition
prime, stave off sideness, receive the washing back in fine condition—clothes not yellow
nor blue—and when you see them you will wear that smile that looks so good.
YOU HAVE YOUR DOUBTS? Just come to our laundry any day and watch the
clothes in process, see them go into the suds, see them come out in 15 minutes biy the clock,
see them rinsed, see them dried by centrifugal power followed by hot air draft, see them
ironed without friction, note how white and sweet they are, note that we have barred
out nothing in the process that damaged the clothes in any way, and then you will know
how your clothes will look when they go thru the process.
IF YOU LIVE AT A DISTANCE, send your bundle by mail. You can send a
large bundle now at a small cost.
Gem State Laundry
W. W. DAVIS, Manager
SOLDIER SETTLEMENTS IN
ENGLISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
The department of the interior has
prepared a brief, but comprehensive
summary of soldier settlement leg
islation of other English speaking
counties as a help to the people of
this nation to understand and deal
with one of the reconstruction pro
blems which confronts us. The laws
have special value because In most
countries they are the outgrowth of
several years' experience, prior to the
war, with a rural development under
which land was bought, subdivided,
Improved, and sold to settlers on
long-time payments. Provision for
soldier settlement required, there
fore, only the broadening of a sys
tem of laws and policies already in
One important feature of these
laws is the provision for co-operation
between the federal and state author
ities in Canada and Australia, and
generally speaking, between the
central government and the local
Australia, which has an area
about equal to the United States, has
a comprehensive scheme for co-opera
tion between the commonwealth gov
• ernment and the several state gov
ernments .under which the states
provide the land and the federal
government provides the money for
reclamation, where this is necessary,
and for financing the improvement
and equipment for farms. Such co
operation makes the movement truly
national because it enlists all sections
of the country and mobilizes in the
service of soldiers public agencies
which have the practical and techni
cal knowledge needed to secure the
desired results with the least effort,
mony and time.
Co-operation it is thought should
be the outstanding feature of our
legislation. If the movement is to
be national in the fullest sense, every
state should provide opportunities
for its sons and should contribute to
the expense and share in the direc
tion of the movement. If this plan
Is followed, state legislation is as
necessary as federal legislation and
both ought to be enacted this winter.
The Davis A. Johnson family were
the guests at the Mackie ho ne on
News Years day.
Mr. a..d Mrs. J. B. Davis and
family of Rigby, Idaho visited at the
Powell home on Thursday.
Hester Thompson is a victim of
the flu at the present time, but is
getting along nicely under the care of
Miss Jennie Sims was on the sick
list the last of the week and unable
to resume her duties as assistant at
the county abstract office.
The school board has decided not
to reopen school at Wicks until a
later date owing to the sickness in
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# THOMAS |
The people of Thomas have do
nated liberally toward a new Pipe
less furnace which Is being Installed
in the meeting house. All are hoping
that the epidemic will soon subside
so the people can mingle together
again in the church and enjoy the
It is reported that Joe Peterson is
ill with pneumonia at the pre
Leo Murdock and family are all
recovering from an attack of influ
The family of Alaf Larsen are all
suffering from influenza.
Mrs. Higgins will give a family
party in the near futuro for her son
Edward who is soon to return home
from the training camps. The en
tertainment will be given in the
large room In the basement in the
The last of the beets at the Rock
ford dump were loaded on the last
of December. The other dumps will
be finished up soon.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Evans enter
tained at a dinner party on Christ
mas day. The following were the
guests: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. War<J
and son of Idaho Falls, Mr. and Mrs.
W. E. Brown of Rockford and Mrs.
H. E. Brown. Mr. Ward returned
home the following day but his wife
and son remained to spend the
By C. C. Goodwin.
(The following is from an unpub
lished manuscript written by the late
Judge C. C. Goodwin short y e ore
is dea 1 .)
An humble and devout family of
this city had a child who was blessed
with a wonderfully sweet voice.
She, moreover, had a perfect
musical ear, and the gift lo write
touching little so-gs and hymns
wh'ch she was wont to sirg to the
ai's 'hat she had learned while yet
in her early teens. Her masterpiece
was a ( nristmas hymn she bad spent
m cl, time uuou ami had adapted to
e ipeidally * pleased "her mother. '
She had a sensitive mind, and
vivid Imagination; fairy stories were
real stories to her, and her mother
was the godmother of all the faries 1
that were beautiful and good.
She was sent to a school for young
ladies, and there her voice attracted
Immediate attention, and on numer
ous occasions she was called upon to
sing. Her schoolmates called her
the whip-poor-will, so shrill but
sweet and sad was her singing.
At a concert her voice had at
tracted a man whose business it was
to make records for a phonograph,
She sang for him, and he made many
r6 Wi?h ?he h mon 0 ey g 8 S he n rece™' S he
was able to purchase a phonograph,
and this with many records she sent
to a girl friends who had long been
her chum and who lived near her
mother in the old home.
Explaining that it was a gift to her
mother, and to keep it a secret until
Christmas eve, she told her to take
it to her home and to play one of the
records, which was a Christmas
The friend obeyed instructions,
and In the gloaming of Christmas
eve carried the phonograph and re
cords to the mother, saying: I
Then she sat the phonograph upon
the table, put upon it the record of
the Christmas hymn, wound the in
strument and upon that home came
back the full voice of the absent one,
perfect in cadence and intonations.
The effect was wonderful, the
family was almost crazed with ex
citement, and the poor mother thru
her tears cried out: "Is she dead, and
Is this her spirit singing?"
Friends were called In and the
evening was spent listening to the
songs and hymns, and in the wonde*
of the thing and the excitement lt
caused, no other such Christmas eve
had ever been spent in that home.
But half a year later the daughter
came home 111, and a few weeks later
died. Now each night the evening
service is closed by the phonograph
singing to the family one of the girl's
hymns In her own voice.
The poor girl Is falling hack to
dust, but every night In Its old tones
her voice rings out and fills that
home with music, and the mother
says: "She Is not dead, she Is still
singing to us. She has gone away,
but she has not forgotten. When
we go where she has gone, does any
one doubt that we shall hear her
voice again, only with added, Inef
fable sweetness and the higher
measure of music of Summer
Who knows? If the Intangible
voice can be caught and preserved,
and made to come 'at our bidding,
not one divine note lost, caught and
saved from the perishable ,what of
the mind behind lt which first awak
ened that voice Into sweetness? Is
Has not the mother a foundation
for her faith? Have not all the same
foundation who believe in the wisdom
and power and mercy of the Infinite?
Mrs. Murphey, who lives at the
east end of the Kirkpatrick lane west
of Blackfoot, Is very low with chronic
WHEN MAKING OUT A CHECK
Take Time Enough to Write Legibly
and Be Sure Amount Is Indicated
Clearly in Writing.
Do yon know how to write a check
so that it cannot be successfully tam
pered with? Experts declare that
carelessness in that small matter is
responsible for the loss of millions of
dollars annually, the loss failing sorae
times on the Individual and sometimes
on (j, e t )an i £- There are mechanical
devIces t0 preven t the raising of
checks, but their use is not general.
h „„„„„„ f th hllt
pnrtly „ f e , of ,.\., eXp l enSe '
m <\ re particularly - Probably, because it
" d . d » °" e h m ° re to the mult,tude of
thl " gs to b e done,
For those who are daily taking
chances William G. Pengelly, hand
writing expert In a recent paper, of
fers some valuable advice in the draw
| D g 0 f checks. His first suggestion Is
tf) take enm]gh t , me for the proceg8 t0
«* ®f doing a good job. In filling
8p "' e tb « a " 0UDt «"
m , erals ; wrlt e in legible figures, begln
nln e c *ose to the printed dollar mark;
don't leave space for the Insertion of
another figure. Then write the amount
in words, preferably beginning with a
capital, at the left-hand end of the
|lne; don . t wrIte lt so that th amounf
cfonHta . .. .. .
Stands , " the middle of the line; hav
in « written the amount properly, draw
» heavy line from the last letter to
the word "Dollars" at the right. As
he says, "block the words in" so that
additions cannot be easily made either
the beginning or at the end. When
^XaHTunTmH t T
aa a ^ unmistakable identity, the
check-raiser has little opportunity for
Another safeguard Mr. Pengellfj«ug
gests is the writing of the amount of
the check, either in figures or words, in
re(J lnk a j, ove or t jj e signature
t .. . ... T ..
at tbe bpt Ip h,s ex P er ' e " ce he
" ns ^ ound Gils to be a successful safe
guard against fraud. But the all-lm
portant things are legibility of hand
writing and proper location of the
written amounts. Don't be in a hurry
i n writing a check. It is a haste that
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LIKE OTHER ORIENTAL TOWNS
Joppa Since Earliest History Has
Been More or Less the Plaything
In the tribute lists of Thothmes III.
king of Egypt, who held hls court on
the banks of the Nile, some 1500 years
before the Christian era, there figured
the town of Joppa. Thothmes III was a
mighty warrior. He fought no fewer
than seventeen successful campaigns
In Syria, twice captured Kadesh and
was one of the greatest builders and
administrators Egypt had ever known.
So, although nothing Is certain about
the matter, he probably captured Jop
pa and laid tribute on the Inhabitants,
who then, as today, built their houses
over the "rounded hillock" which, from
the sea, forms a gracious landmark.
That was 3,400 years ago, and every
now and again during all those cen
turies, the old city, which looks out
over the Mediterranean toward the
coast of Africa, away beyond Egypt,
has stepped Into and out of the history
of the world.
8t. Mihlel Party.
One Infnntry company at the end
of several hours' advance found that
it had cut Off several score of Germans
in a wood. The Germans didn't show
any fight. Most of them didn't even
exhibit enough nerve to come out and
surrender. When lt came time for the
captain to make his periodical report
to his battalion P. C., this sentence
concluded the message he sent back:
"Have about a hundred friendly
troops in woods on my right"—Paris
■Stars and Stripe*.
Lewis Stevens was a Pocatello
visitor the week-end.
Swarm of Embryo Laws
Soon to be Released From
State Legislative Incubator
Resolutions in the usual multi
tude await the convening of the next
Whether because the next session
is to be controlled by Republicans
or not, a survey of these recomme
dations in the aggregate points to a
remarkable tendency toward the fav
orite Republican principle of central
Practically every reform or change
sponsored under the pressure of
public opinion tends towards closer
knitting of the state's administra
Some Insistent Demands.
This is indicated in the clamor
f-om all quarters for a change of the
direct primary law; to shorten its
processes and to put it on a plane
where each step of its operation can
be weighed in terms of responsibil
ity against party organizations; by
persistent declarations that the state
land board should be made a com
mission organization instead of be
ing continued in its present form
as an ex-officio body, made up of
elective officals whose every act
can be plainly counted in gain or
loss of votes; by the growing favor
of the budget system; which would
be to the state's finances a central
izer of expenditures—to mention on
ly a few.
Change Primary Law.
There seems to be every indica
tion that modification of the direct
primary law will be undertaken,
and that there will be but little op
position to its revision. Republican
solons, with few exceptions, have so
expressed themselves, and Democrats
do not mention the subject without
declaring for a change to prevent
capture of organizations by third
parties, having in their favor a prac
tical example of the present law's
defect in the capture of their own
organization last summer by the
It is believed the Nonpartisan lea
gue will insist on its seven represen
tatives and six senators standing out
against making any changes in the
law. The result would be only to ad
vertise the league's position, as in
the face of the overwhelming Repub
lican and Democratic sentiment the
Nonpartisans could do nothing.
Action at Last Session.
Two years ago a reform bill direct
ed at the primary law was passed
by the senate by a majority of four
and was lost in the house by only
one vote. This bill provided for
nomination of county officials under
the present plan but for election of
county delegations to a state conven
tion to nominate state candidates
Senator Borah expressed the wish
that the matter be referred to a ref
Organization of a new malitia -will
be one of the most important matters
to be considered by the new legis
lature. As a neclus for a new regi
ment companies have been organiz
ed at Boise, Moscow, Sandpoint and
Pocatello, and a company which
was recently mustered out at Am
erican Falls, would probably be av
ailable for a new organization.
Some Military Legislation.
State legislation may be affected
to a great extent by action on the
question of universal training in
congress, as a different system of
managing defense organizations
might be worked out to take the
place of the present national guard
With the federalization of the 2nd
Idaho for service overseas in the
great war, Idaho lost its national
guard as a state organization. It is
for this reason that another regiment
must be organized.
Batification of the national pro
hibition amendment will be one of
the duties of the new legislature. It
is believed that the amendment will
be ratified unanimously by the Ida
ho solons. A census of states by an
eastern newspaper indicates that the
necessary 36 states for passage of the
amendment will ratify it.
Should congress pass Ihc nation
al suffrage amendment, it also will
come up for ratification at this ses
sion. With Senator Rocab 'holding
out against the amendment because
of the attitude of the southern states
against it, and because he believes
it a state problem instead of a na
tional one, it is believed there will
probably be some opposition to the
amendment among Idaho Republi
cans, although a maiority of the leg
islators would probably give the
measure their support.
May Change Land Board.
Reorganization of the state land
department under a commission
form has been spoken of as a meas
ure which will have The backing of
the administration. Authority un
der the plans which are said to he
under consideration would be con
centrated in the commission, which
would consist of three members.
Each of the members would have
charge of a single branch, but all
would determine general policies.
Other theories will probably he pre
sented when the suhiect Is taken up.
as considerable interest Is being
shown, particularly in the south
east, where disputes over auctions
of public lands have left the citizens
bitted towards the present system
which may be controlled by politi
cal considerations in many cases.
Take Game Out of Politics.
With this wave of suggested re
form has come also a suggestion that
the game department be recognized
along similar lines. A bi-partisan
commission, which would select the
game warden is one of the sugges
tions which has been made, aiming
at the present tendency to make of
the position a political lieutenancy
for the benefit of the governor.
For the first time in many years
indications are that there will be
only one or two county division
fights, if any, to come before the
legislature. As many as five count
ies have been created at sessions
heretofore, and at present there are
May Divide Owyhee County.
Division of Owyhee County by
consolidation of part of the north
end with the south end of Canyon
County, to include Nampa, has been
suggested by some of the citizens of
Murphy, who were disappointed in
losing in a fight at the last election
to remove the county seat from Sil
ver City to Murphy.
As the result of a similar situa
tion in Valley County, citizens of
McCall may sponsor a plan to an
nex part of Idaho county, so that
McCall would have the support of
a majority of the voters in the coun
ty in a county seat fight five years
from now, according to surmises
made by visitors to the McCall sec
For Educational Changes.
Few recommendations will be
made as to educational legislation,
it has been learned, the policy of the
department of education being to
work along conservative lines. No
further effort will probably be
made for abolishment of the office
of state superintendent in view of
the loss of an amendment for this
purpose at the last election. As the
object of the amendment was to pre
vent duplication of authority as be
tween the office of superintendent
and the commissioner of education,
a law to more clearly define the du
ties of these officers may be pre
Appropriations for the education
al institutions, in view of the high
er costs of operation than in form
er years, will lively he higher than
heretofore, it is believed.
Extension of the farm market b"
reau's operations so that il will have
a more direct relation to the markc'
ing of farm products is said to l e
one of the new admi'-istraloion's
ideals in its pro'"—m for f'Hhe' -
legislation. CouplH wilh "'is Gov
ernor-elect, D. W. Davis has let i'
be known that he is in favor of bond
ed warehouses as a ?nenn«; of bet
ter protecting the farmers' interests
State Highway Tax.
Instead of bonds the administra
tion will he romnellprl to authorize
a state highway fax or some olher
means of providing highway funds
for the coming bi-ennium, as the
state has already reached the $2,000.
000 bonding limit, imposed by the
constitution. An amendment to ren
der more flexible the state's ability
to expand to meet increasing costs
was lost at the lost election. It pro
posed basing the state's indebted
TIRES FIXED AND TIRE
WE MEND YOUR TIRES.
WE MAKE A BUSINESS OF IT.
WE DO IT BY VULCANIZING.
WE MAKE THEM LIKE NEW.
When a casing gets a hole in ilt, no matter how
small, it makes a weak place there, and the
heavy strain, the natural squirming of the tube
and tire, throw more expansion on the weak spot
until it bursts out larger, ruining tire and tube both.
The thing to do is to have it vulcanized early
and prevent the heavier loss. Keep the strain
evenly distributed around the circle and preserve
its strength. Pvtting in boots is unsatisfactory and
expensive, for in the natural squirming it bursts
Bring in your tires now and have them fixed
to tide you over the period of high cost of new ones.
BARKER & STEVENSON
WEST BRIDEG ST.
OLD RED BARN SITE
>3 Bit of Franc
: and French
By Mrs. Byrd Trego.
Fremont Kutnewsky writes this
entertaining bit of his life at Saumerl
France, where he is attending J
school of artillery. Saumer is calleJ
Somer and a distance from any ol
the battle fronts. Free wrote thil
especially for our France and FrencB
column, which was good of him. g!
know you will enjoy it:
"I love to visit with the French
'en famille,' as a part of the family.
They are such a cozy and intimate
folk when you really break thru their
safety first lines of reserve. So
much, much, much more entertaining
than any of the Anglo Saxon or
Teutonic race. They are dramatists
in every day affairs. It is as good as
a theatre to see them amusing each
other, joking, relating incidents, say
ing sharp things about others and
each other, acting various roles.
Sometimes they will take turns sing
ing a song.
On entering a restaurant you are
supposed to say 'boujour' to every
body at a sweep and they give back
the same. When you leave it Is the
same, if afternoon, 'bon soir' (boh
I attend the restaurant du Lion
d Or. I am friends with the two
women in charge. Whenever I enter
or depart it means a hand-shaking
bee. Oh, I forgot to say, if yon
know any persons at the table as you
enter, you go to them and grasp
hands. They don't shake as we do.
It's a hand clasp. And they don't
try to show you what power they
have developed in the wrist either.
"Wlell, evenings there comes an
elder daughter of one proprietress.
She sharpens knives or just visits.
I usually have cigarettes. All smoke,
even younger sister aged about fif
teen. But they won't let little Ro
bert smoke. He's only seven or eight.
He probably confines his smoking to
some nook behind the garden wall.
Sometimes I play young Robert's
fiddle and all join in when I strike
a French popular tune. Of course,
I have my vin blanc. (Father says
not to drink too much of 'that French
wine.") Why, in America they
don't know what wine is. I think
when one makes himself drunk on
it he uses his imagination and
stretches his stomach. It will make
the head to spin slightly. No harm
in that. There is no such effect as
'grogginess' to be got from any or
dinaary consumption of French
wines. They think over here that
whisky is too strong for anything
" 'Vin blanc is hard to pronounce
and has two million American pro
nounciations besides the French,
which is the proper one. But all get
results in any cafe in the land, so
why worry? It goes something like
this: van (n), soft sound of a, blah,
last a sounded as in arm, quickly
spoken. Many soldiers habitually
order red wine for no other reason
than its greater ease of tipping off
the American tongue. They say it
like this; vin roozh or vin rouge.
"I am enclosing a letter from my
little girl at Gardiguan, because I
want to be sure to preserve it. When
1 come home I shall translate it for
you. It Is a fine expression of the
French good will for the Americans.
"A most Merry Christmas to
RETURNED TO SCHOOL
Lewis Stevens left Friday for Mos
cow, where he will resume his studies
at the university.
He has been spending the holi
days at the home of his parents
Mayor and Mrs. a.. B. Stevens.
ness on the assessed valuation, lim
iting obligations to IVj per cent ol
the valuation. Whether or y not an
other such an amendment will be
offered in solution of the problem ol
increasing the state's ability to bond
has not been indicated in any of the
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