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OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY / \ $3 a Year BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1919 Vol. XV. No. 27 MAUqOUS SPIRIT 0FJX-KA1SER SHOWN IN HIS EARLY CHILDHOOD Several Incidents are Recoiled Showing His Hatred of Everything English, Even When He was a Small Boy , / RULED FOR THIRTY YEARS v y ■ . LONDON.—"The kaiser, who Is fifty-nine years of age, is the eldest son of the emperor, Frederick III, and the Empress Victoria, Princess Royal of England," writes an inti mate acquaintance of William Ho henzollern in the London Herald. "He has reigned thirty years, suc ceeding to the throne on June 15, 1888. "The malicious spirit revealed in the boy developed Into the most fiendish character that ever possessed the being of a man. That spirit as serted itself at the age of five when, at the wedding of his uncle, after wards King Edward VII, he becam^ restive and was handed over to the Dukes of Connaught and Eding brugh. After a little trouble he relapsed Into a suspicious quiet, which was followed by smothered exclamations of pain. He had crept under a chair and bitten both his uncles severely In the calves of their legs. "That was when he first came to England. The next time he came was shortly after he had finished his university career and had gone Into the army, on his return to his regi ment from that visit he declared him self a pronounced Anglophobe, and continually invleghed, in season and out, against England, Englishmen and English ways. No Redeeming Feature ''One day, on return to barracks, his nose began to bleed. 'What's the matter?' an officer asked him. " 'That, thank God,' said William, Ms the last drop bf English blood draining out of my system.' "He hadn't even the redeeming feature of anything approaching filial conduct. While his dead father's body was lying in the palace at Frted richskron he surrounded the building with a large body of soldiers, headed by a German officer whose reputa tion for brutality and recklessness was byword even in Germany, and started to ransack the building. "The alleged cbiect of this out rage was the search for the memoirs of his father, whicir were said to co*er a period of 11,1 r* y years. "It was given out that it was the Intention of the Empress Frederick to publish these mpmolrs, to the pre judice of Germany and its new kaiser. With this explanation the people of Germany were content. "The kaiser's aggressive mustache, the pride of its vain owner and the Joy of every caricaturist, was the in vention of a superior valet, Herr Haby. It was 'fixed' by the inven tion of a toilet water, to which Haby gave the name, 'Es 1st erreicht,' which corresponds to our English word eureka. Personal Vanity Great "His personal vanity proclaimed Itself in a thousand ways; in the fashion of his mustache, in his love for uniforms, and in the improtnace he attached to them and to titles. He was entitled to wear 150 different kinds of foreign uniforms alone, while the variety of German uni forms he could assume brought the total well ever 600. He once con fessed to the ownership of 18,000 neckties. I "The dramatic break between the kaiser and Bismarck—so strikingly protrayed by Sir John Tenniel in his Continued on page three ANOTHER SOLDIER HOME Ray Eskleson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eskleson of this city, received his discharge from Camp Fremont, Cal. and returned home Wednesday. Mr. Eskleson was among those soldier boys sent from here to Camp Lewis last August. ♦r FARM BUREAU MEETING POSTPONED The annual meeting of the Bing ham County Farm Bureau has been postponed Indefinitely. When a definite date is set we shall announce it thru our columns. __ GET YOUR EYES RIGHT And your glasses right. It will your health and eyes and future trouble. See Dr. H. H. Scarborough At the Eccles Hotel Wednesday, Jan. 22. Let him stop your headaches. save Governor Simplifies State Government Introduce a Measure for Reduc ^ lng Forty-eight Depart ments to Yiine EXECUTIVE LOSES NO TIME BOISE, Jan. 14.—Striking right at the heart of his big business problem as chief executive of the State of Idaho, D. W. Davis the new governor of the stae, literally roiled up his sleeves and waded in today to make good his promise for a business ad ministration and to put indelibly the stamp of action on his forcast of leg islation contained in his message to the legislature. In one of the most strikingly com prehensive and most progressive bills evei introduced by a governor of a western state and paralled by only one other case in the history of state legislation, Governor Davis to day introduced a bill Into the legis lature which takes over forty?elght separate departments of the state government and places them under heads thereby saving the state thou sands of dollars and much nee Hess waste of time and energy. But the same legislative act will create five advisory boards for the same number of departments which will constitute expert •opinion and thru its members reflect the opinions of and represent the public in a way which has not before been accom plished. . With characteristic business sense Governor Davis has approached this business problem just as he would reorganize a bank or other business Institution should he be responsible for its success as such," said Speaker M. A. Kiger of the house today. No piece of legislation presented to an Idaho legislature tn the history of the state has before caused the com ment heard today. In this comment there was no adverse criticism. All legislators seem to agree that its principle more than Btood the test. Many of them knew that political scientists held no disagreement about tbe efficiency of such a plan. Were the bill to be voted on to day in both houses it would pass by acclamation. But that there will be some opposition to its enactment into a law seems certain to observers here. This will come, however, from the officer-holder who sees his cynosure slipping away, say the po litical wiseacres. These men who now hold office and would be dis placed under the governor's business efficiency plan are for the most part rather strong politically in their homes. One legislator from northern Idaho put It this way today, fellow from home who holds a job is going to ask his legislator to pro tect his place at the plubllc trough. Ninety per cent of the members— yes 95 per cent, would not run their own business the way the state's business is run and the public agrees with them. The way I sum It up is that there will be on the opposition side the professional, mercenary po litician and opposed to him will be the public and Its good. In view of the supreme importance of the meas ure and the personal pressure of the self-Beeking office holdA on the leg islators, I strongly advise that those interested in the business good of the state urge their representatives to stand fast on the bill. What the Bill Provides The supercedance of forty-eight departments by nine. The saving of thousands of dollars expense. Making the governor directly an swerable to the people for the busi ness efficiency of his administration. Provision of a cabinet to advise with the governor on all important matters, composed of heads of de partments. Placing of state finances on a sound business basis. Direct representation of the people thru advisory boards composed of nine members to serve without pay for five departments. To receive expert advise and real public, opinion thru the personnel of the advisory boards, all the members of which serve for patriotic reasons. No addition of functions bat a far more ranid attention to nubile m&t The tfrs. An elimination of red tape and con gestion of public affairs. +++++* + + + + + + +++♦♦ + + 4* 4* WE WILL TELL YOU A WEEK FROM NOW 4* 4* 4* 4* The state council of defense. + 4- st Boise hss been trying in vain: 4* 4* to outline something suitably 4* 4* for Idaho to do or build in com- ♦ 4* mention of the deeds of our 4* 4* victorious army and navy and ♦ 4- our returning , soldiers, but up dr 4* to date t^ey. have only been feel- ♦ 4* lng around for an objective. 4* ,4> If they will study long-* 4* enough about the matter, and 4* v if they are sincere, they will 4* 4* probably reach conclus ions f 4* from wuich there will be no re- * 4* action and no deflection, ihe 4* 4* editor of this paper is not Bug- 4; 4* gesting anything for the state 4* 4* of Idaho. Bingham county is 4> aaout our size. We think we 4* 4* understand Bingham county 4 T and its people, their needB and 4 4- their capabilities. 4- On Friday the twenty-fourth 4 4* of Januray, we will tell, the peo- 4* 4* pie of this county what we think 4* 4* they ought to do as a memorial 4* 4* to all those who helped to win 4 + the war. We will tell what the 4* 4* editor thinks will be a suitable 4* 4* expression of their conception 4 4* of victory and progress. Some- 4* 4* thing that will be written more 4 4* clearly in the hearts of the 4> 4* cn..aren of men, with each sue- 4 4* ceeding year. 4 4* + 4* •j* 4* 4* •|**i* a f**l* a !**!* a $**i**S**S a *!* 4* 4* 4* K. P. ELECTS OFFICERS Members of the K. P. lodge con ducted a business and social njeet iqp at the lodge rooms Tuesday even ing. The following were elected to serve as officers for the coming year: vV. R. Robbins, re-elected chancellor, Howard Snodgrass, vice-chancellor, Everett Sanders, prelate, Hamilton Wright, master of work, Blanchard Steward, master at arms, Don Geyer inner guard, Charles S. Pelkey, outer guard, Charles Simons, keeper of re cords and seals, W. F. Berryman, master of oxchecquer, Wilford Chap man, paige. After the business was disposed of an enjoyable social time was enjoyed and at mid-night a delicious supper was served. ♦ YOUNG MAN DIES Kleth Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson of Sterling, died at the home of his parents, Monday, Jan. 13, after suffering with influenza. Mr. Nelson grew to young man hood at Sterling and the friends and companions who will miss him are numerous. His parents were among the first Sterling settlers. At the present time the father and a younger brother Park, are danger ously ill with the disease. In order that all parts of the county might be -'V getting good roads at once, I would have this kind of an outfit working in each commissioners' district, and the gravel to t 'Nklatasegr EDITOR SUGGESTS Chapter VII Tbe General Plan There is a mountain of fine gravel and commit within one-third „of a mile of the beet railroad at Goshen, and railroad tracks would be ex tended up to the foot 1 of the gravel deposits on a light grade. One track would be built up the gulch by the side of the deposits on a heavy grade. It would be bo arranged that a train of gravel cars, dump cars, could be pushed up Into position and loaded with a steam shovel. As each car was filled, lessening the brakes would allow it to move down and let the next car come to the shovel to be loaded. When the whole train was loaded It would be allowed to run down apposite the switch or on the switch tnd the next train of «.» oty cits would be brought up. Part Done by Rail The crew that brought up the emp ties would take the loaded cars down the valley and distribute them whore pfer work was being done. The means of unloading cars would ne to push them up on a trestle called a, high fine and dump all gravel Into bins under the trsek. These bii.s would be high enough to allow wag ons to drive under and be loaded by dumping gravel from the bins. It *oiiUl take only a few moments to load each wagon and no hand work would be needed aside from pulling the lever to open rnd close the bin Part Done by Power A tractor or caterpillar is built, suitable for hauling four dump wag ons, and each dump wagon carries about two yards, about three tons of gravel. Hie string carries abo it twelve tons and two men operate a string. Arriving at the place, where the gravel Is to be dumped, levers + ♦ + ♦+♦+++*++++ + + + + + + IDAHO LAND PROJECT + + GIVEN INDORSEMENT + 4* __ 4. + WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.— + + Representative Smith of Idaho, + 4* in conference with the commis- 4* 4* pioner of the 'general land of- + 4* lice, finds that the interior da- + 4* partment is disposed to favor 4* 4* fhe incorporation of 2.4,000 4* 4* acres of land in the Twin Falls + .4* Oakley irrigation project in 4 4* Idaho against' 20,500 acres for + 4* which the old state land board 4* 4* asked a patent. Land office investigations 4* 4* shpwn that 3500 acres can be 4* 4* added to the irrigable area of 4* 4* this project and the matter is 4* 4* to be submitted to the new land 4 4* board, in the expectation that 4* 4* it will favor Increase in the pro- 4 4* ject, as recommended by the 4* 4* land commissioner. 4* The senate on Sunday next 4 4* will hold a special session, 4 4* devoted to eulogies on the late 4* 4* Senator James H. Brady of'4* 4* Idaho. Senator Borah will de- 4* 4* liver the opening address, to 4* 4* be followed by Senator Smoot 4* 4* of Utah' Pomerene of Ohio, 4* 4- Chamberlain of Oregon Thomas 4* 4* of Colorado and Page of Ver- 4* 4* mont, with Senator Nugent of 4* 4* Idalio closing. 4 4 4 4 4 4 r* SAD NEWS Monday morning E. N. Bingham of Groveland received a telegram ad vising him of the death of his brother Jesse Bingham. Mr. Bingham, who has been in the army service since fast August, died Monday morning in a hospital at Portland, Ore. Not long ago an Injury In a gov ernment logging camp, necessitated his, removal to the hospital. While there he contracted influenza which caused his death. Mr. Bingham leaves a wife, several brothers and sisters, besides many friends to mourn his early demise. Funeral services will be held at his uome in Moore and interment, will be made in the Moore cemetery. ENTERTAINED AT DINNER Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Rob bins of this -city entertained the H. M. Gray family of McDonaldville at a delicious dinner. Covers were laid for Mr. and Mrs. Gray, Misses Sarah Gray, Esther Bel gum, May Harden, v Gladys Robbins and the host and hostess. Mr. and Mrs. Gray and daughter expect to leave the first of next week for their new home near Arco. are drawn and as the wagons move slowly, the gravel is scattered out on the road. The wagons have a device that enables the tractorman to turn around in the road, or if he prefers he can unhitch and run his engine to the opposite end of the string and hitch on so he pulls the wagons back wards to the place of loading. The wagons ore reversible, and the opera tor needs only to move a bolt to make either end pliable and the opposite end firm like any other vehicle. It Is not profitable to haul materials more than four or five miles with such an outfit, so the high lines should be built within eight or ten miles of each other.* With the be ginning of this undertaking of mak ing roads in Bingham county, twelve high lines would be built, aqd they would be made permanent with a view of having them last a genera tion. No Hand Work Here The means of making the road would be to have* a set of machines prepare the surface before the gravel arrived. If the roadbed was not graded the way It ought to be It would first be put in proper form. Then it would be put into condition as to softening to receive and mlg with the gravel. There is a machine called a scarifier, to scar the surface of a road when it is hard and dry. It is like a large, strong harrow, and each spike tears absolutely to the depth it is set at. The ground would be lossened six Inches deep and gravel poured on four inches deep as nearly as could be gauged. Then the barrow or scarifier would pass over to pack them down together. Then another coat of fine gravel six inches deep would be poured on and 'dragged and rolled down. During the part of the season when the ground was too dry to pack well, some kind of pumping outfit would be operating to pour water on the Continued on page eight FERTILE PLAINS OF SNAKE RIVER - VALLEY TO BE PUT UNDER IRRIGATION Local Men Spreading Plan* and Gathering Data for Big Project. Thoughtful Men Taking Hold Without Delay SENDING DELEGATES TO WASHINGTON New Famine In News Print Foreign Countries Taking American Product. Influenza Taking Print ers and Publishers NEWSPAPERS SUSPENDING The coming of peace and the open ing of world markets for print paper are bringing about conditions of famine in American paper mar kets, exactly the reverse, of what was expected a few weeks ago when the war indust ries board released publishers from the drastic rules covering print con sumption. Before the war, America Imported a great deal of print paper, and dur ing the war, we had to depend on American mills for the supply.' There have been no new mills built, and only two have increased their capacity in ten years, and now the paper supply in America is only suf ficient to last the American publish ers six weeks, and England, France, Belgium, Italy and South American countries are bidding up in a* desper ate scramble to get paper, and ships to carry it to those countries. If it were not for the scarcity of ships, the paper supply In America would pro bably be wiped out before spring, and publishers who have no supply 1 be shipping it in by express frofi the mills to make connections quick enough to save them from sus pension. woi A Hazardous Enterprise The conditions brought about in newspaperdom by the war and influ enza, make the newspaper business one of the very hazardous enter prises. The casualty lists have cut down heavily upon the supply of skilled man power in the printing in dustries, and the epidemic is taking publishers in a way that is a source of continual surprise and alarm. The lists of deaths printed from week to week in such reports as the Publish ers' Auxiliary and other special com pilations, and the growing lists of newspapers advertised for sale, show almost panicky condition in that Printers and publishers are an line. not trained and qualified In a day nor a year, and the available supply Is going lower, while the price of their services is mounting higher. With a long paper famine in prospect, and a shortage of skilled workers to pro duce newspapers, men of national re putation writing on the subject pre dict sharp advances In the price of subscriptions and advertising and a decided thinning out of newspapers. * Raising the Rates Already the little newspapers all over the country are announcing an advance of 25 per cent in price, and some that raised the price within the past .few months due to general rises In expenses, are embarrassed now by the fact that they did not raise enough to cover the present prospects, and yet they are bound to deliver on all paid subscriptions at the price and according to the time fixed in the receipts given to the cus raised its price last fall will have a tomers. The country newspaper that lot of ttouble raising it again this winter or spring. Announcement has Just been made of the Milwaukee dailies doubling the sale price of their papers sold on the streets and at news stands, giving as their rea son the Increased price of everything that enters into the making of a newspaper. Dubois Idaho Has Experience The two newspapers at Dubois, Idaho, the Banner and the Enter prise, were rather hard hit by the recent influenza outbreak. Editor Button of the Enterprise and his family were laid up for about five weeks, and as help is scarce in that section Editor N. E. Reynolds of the Banner drafted a printer from the farm and got out both papers until the Enterprise man was able to get back to the office. As Editor Rey nolds is also city clerk and police judge of Dubois, and had to attend to bis official duties as well as look after the two newspapers, It is a safe bet he was a very busy man. The printer employed on the Banner was tbe only man to die in Dubois from the epidemic. Mr. Reynolds had only the assistance of the farmer-printer and his twelve year old daughter dur ing the trying time, but weathered (Oontinned on Pag* Eight.) The task of gathering data to lay before congress on which to secure an appropriation for one of the big irrigation projects of the west is pro gressing, with new interest and new help being added every day. Clerks at Work At a meeting of the board of con trol held on Wednesday afternoon, it was found that the work of compiling information at the Blackfoot land of. flee might be sufficiently completed so that the next lap of the work could be taken up in Washington, and ar rangements were made to have Judge J. H. Andersen leave for the national capital Wednesday, January 22. There will be a great deal of work to be done there searching the rec ords of several departments, to secure the data needed to makp a showing on which to base the request for an appropriation for preliminary sur veys. Bingham county will be asked to appropriate $1000 for preliminary work, the state $10,000, and the fed eral government $100,000. About $1000 dollars has already been con tributed by individuals, and a mem bership drive by mail is being con ducted to secure funds to keep the work going. The men who are push ing the matter are giving of their own time and money, and only those doing clerical work are receiving any compensation. J. H. Andersen's ex penses will be paid on this Washing ton trip, but he gives his time. Treasurer Gives a Bond Treasurer M. O. Monroe arranged to give a security bond in the sum of $10,000 for the safe keeping of the funds, and the board of control con sisting of F. A. Seeger, R. E. Hughes and Norman Geyer; tn connection with the president and secretary, will audit alh accounts for expenditures. The purpose of all present effolrts la to secure Information on which to base appropriations to b*e used in get ting more information thru prelim inary surveys for extensions of the Dubois project, and storage facilities for storing the flood waters of Snake river during the spring and early summer for use In watering the semi arid lands in the Snake river plains between Snake river on the east, and Big Lost river, Little Lost river and birch creek on the west, comprising about 300,000 acres in Bingham county, and about a million acres in all. Millions of New Wealth These lands have no particular value in their wild state, but are held at about $10 an acre when patented and plowed. They will be worth $100 an acre when irrigated. On this line of reasoning, a million acres re claimed means an increased wealth of ninety million dollars added to the country, at an exenditure of per haps one-third of that amount, and the money so expended will largely find Its way into the possession of the people of this valley. The creation of the new farms will increase the commercial activities for all time to come. Three Meetings Today A committee made arrangements to leave BlaXskfoot at 9 o'clock this Friday morning, to hold conferences with business men at Firth, Shelley and Idaho Falls today, to Interest them in the project, and secure their co-operation. Idaho Falls is inter ested, and President Pike of tha Rotary club has arranged to enter tain the Blackfoot men at a dinner at the Eleanor hotel today, at which time matters will be outlined and further plans laid. Local Men Laying Hold On Wednesday evening there was a meeting of local men at a dinner at the Eccles hotel, for the purpose of visiting and discussing anything they chose. At the close of the meal they spent about five minutes talk ing about the revision of the rural mail routes of Bingham county, and two hours talking of the new irriga tion project. A keen interest was manifested by all present, and all agreed that conditions are especially favorable for getting a hearing and securing results if prompt action is taken. There were present at tha meeting, District Judge F. J. Cowen, Col. M. A. Fugate, James Christen sen and R. G. Bills, of the board of county commissioners, L. C. Collins cashier of the v irst National bank W. H. Stufflebeam of the Bingham Ab stratc company, George M. Jorgensen of the Jorgensen Grocery company, J. R. Jones of the Bingham County News ,Byrd Trego of the Idaho Re publican, J. H. Anderson of the firm of Thomas & Anderson, lawyers, Ro bert Peterson of Bybee's Grocey, Ira Taylor cf the firm of Taylor brothers, contractors, I' A Seeger of ..he Seeger-Bundlie company, G. J. Rucker salesman of the Bills Auto company, Walter Hagen, president and J. A. Stewart, executive secre tary of the Snake River Development association, Norman Geyer and R. B. Hughes of the board of control and Wesley Lands, foreman at the Re publican office.