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Vol. XV. No. 29-A
$3 a Year
Biggest Irrigated Valley, Biggest Canals, Biggest
Reservoir in the World; Biggest Government
Appropriations Call for the Best Roads
Bingham county is now receiving
the co-operation of its sister counties
and some strong commercial institu
tions in the effort to land some of
the biggest things in the world to
help our agricultural development.
Today, Monday, our legislature
will act upon a memorial to congress,
asking their consideration of our re
quests for federal appropriations for
preliminary work for the reclama
tion of our great plains.
The plans contemplates the de
velopment of eight natural reservoir
sites, the great mountain valleys on
the headwaters of Snake river, the
construction of a vast network of
canals to conduct the water out upon
the plains reaching from the Bitter
Root mountains on the north to the
v * plains of Mlhidoka on the southwest.
A sister project contemplates the
construction of the largest storage
reservoir in the world in the south
west corner of our county, but build
ing a concrete dam a hundred fe^t
high at American Falls, to make a
lake of Fort Hall bottoms, Portneuf
and Tllden flats, to store the spring
run-off for the declamation of the
north side lands from Minidoka west
ward to Wood river valley.
On the Dubois project, the upper
most canal will tap Snake river above
St. Anthony at on altitude of 5000
feet, and curve west and northwest
on grade till it puts water not only
on the Snake river plains, but on the
plains of Birch creek and Little Lost
river ten miles above Sweet Sage and
Howe. The plan presents no really
difficult engineering problems, the
bigness of the project and the task of
conquering the vast natural re
sources, challenging the comprehen
sion and the admiration of all.
The lower project calls for the ex
penditure of a million dollars to re
move the town of American Falls
from the low flat to the top of the
bluffs that will ultimately constitute
the lakeshore. It contemplates
making lake ports of Sterling and
Springfield and by filling the great
arms or dry-beds reaching westward
from the Bib Hole country, Aberdeen
will be a city by the lake. All the
land owners on the bottoms will be
asked to accept gold and move out.
Where the Aberdeen ferry now oper
ates across Snake river, for a thou
sand feet, a flat-bottom steamer will'
transport flocks of autos each way
s every two hours, fifteen miles from
shore to Bhore, landing them in the
western suburbs of Pocatello on the
east and Aberdeen on the west.
By irrigating the Snake river
plains of the upper counties, the see
page or return flow will greatly in
crease the summer flow of the river
above American Falls. Irrigating
the Minidoka plains, will increase the
return flow and the volume of water
in summer at the Milner dam, and
in turn fill the canals on the plians
of Owyhee. Thus does the vast sys
tem hold out rewards to the different
enterprises to consolidate and use the
life-giving stream over and over for
the development of a greater Idaho.

' STAGES annual show
Sundey, Feb. 2 was groundhog
day, which is known as the day that
determines whether we are to have
spring Immediately or six weeks
more winter. It is understood that
If the day be flpe and the groundhog
able to see its shadow, winter will
continue its sway the next six weeks.
If a cloudy, inclement day, too dark
for the groundhog to see its shadow
then the backbone of winter is
broken and spring's advent may be
expected any day.
February 2 in this locality, was a
bright sunny day and the ground
hog would have no difficulty in see
ing his shadow several hours, and
from all indications it seems that the
weather condition, has been foretold
correctly and the snows that are;
necessary to Idaho's prosperity and'
that have been withheld thus far,
are liable to come in the following t
six weeks.
Orphetim Theatre
Caesar's wife bad to be above suspicion,
but how about Caesar himself?
The woman always pays.
Admission 15c- 28c
Mrs. Allen Young of Groveland
received the news Tuesday that her
mother Mrs. Andrew Sandlin, form
erly of Blackfoot, but now living in
San Bernardino, Cal. is very seriously
The interest to be paid by liberty
bonds to be issued in April is not
known. And we don't care.
We know the next and last liberty
loan will Jie a whopper—probably
six billions—and that's enough
start us preparing to raise it. Ameri
cans with the reputation of being
dollar chasers won't pay a great deal
of attention to the interest of those
short term bonds because there is al
ways bobbing into the minds the
thought of the interest our partners
—the Yanks—received on their in
When our boys went into the
Argonne forest, St. Mihiel, Chateau
Thierry, Cantigny, and Beleau wood,
they didn't stop to ask the platoon
commander what bonus they would
get if they won the objective or ask
for a guaranty against loss. They
sacrificed when they joined the army
and they were willing to make the
supreme sacrifice.,
Regardless of financial drains for
the government or for charity, it has
been "pretty soft for us'' and if the
government chooses to start its last
liberty loan drive on the second an
niversary of our entry into the war
or before, you can bet your last dol
lar that the fellow^ who are wisely
shaking their heads an^ saying "It's
going to be a hard job" will buckle
in and have a part in the glory of
showing our fighters that the folks
at home are "bears" at big jobs
It is not a matter of interest.
Mrs. J. R. Williams, wife of Bishop
Williams of Thomas, departed this
life at her Thomas home Wednesday
afternoon, Jan. 29, after a short ill
ness of influenza.
Mrs. Williams was an active and
faithful worker in the church she
loved and was always found ready
and willing to help with work that
would benefit someone else.
She leaves to mourn her untimely
death her husband, a little daughter,
two step-daughters and two step
sons one of whom is with the Ameri
can army in France, her mother, four
sisters and three brothers and many
admiring friends,
Mrs. Sandlin's only son Arthur is
now in Camp Kearney, Cal., but is
expected to receive his discharge
soon, after which he will hasten to
his mother's bedside.
Tike Sandlins are well known in
Blackfoot and vicinity having lived
here and at Plngree for four or live

and A. Whitten attended a meeting
the Ashton ft St. Anthony Power
Co. at Shelley Monday,
The company has expended about
half a million dollars on their pro
ject, and are pushing to get more
power into the Dubois country to
meet the demands.
Mrs. J. Orville Davis spent last
week in Blackfoot attending to busi
ness matters here. She returned to
her home at Lava Hot Springs Sat
urday to resume her duties as
teacher there for the remainder of
the termr
During her absence Mr. Davis, who
has just recently been released from
n*vy duties, took charge of her

Alexander Younie, L. M. Capps
Farm Bureau Office Will
Conduct Campaign
, County Agent M. 0 .Monroe pur
chased 1000 'ounces of strychnine
last week for use in killing the ro
dents on the farms this year. It will
be used in connection with about 15,
000 pounds of oats, and the battle
against the rodents will be waged
more successfully than last year be
cause farmers know when and how
to use it. Just when spring breaks,
when the squirrels come out of the
long sleep of winter, when they are
hungry enough to eat anything that
is eatable, when a grab at some ker
nels of oats will kill a dozen litters
and several generations in a few
minutes, is a princely time to have
those few kernels of poisoned oats
in the right spot. The settlers are
preparing to feed them the oats this
spring not only when they are hun
gry, but when there is nothing else
to eat, and that will make for
'great shortage of squirrels in mid
Mr. Monroe estimates that the
poison used in this county last year
saved $110,000 worth of t;rain and
it was done at a cost of only a few
thousand. At a meeting of the
farm bureau of Bannock county last
week, It was stated that they had
used $4000 worth of poison last year
with thirty tons of grain, and saved
something like half a million dollars'
worth of crops. FoAtljis year they
are providing $8000 worth of poison
and are buying a concrete mixer to
mix the poison in, operated by an
engine. The folks down in Bannock
county have decided that they
haven't the yme to stir forty or fifty
tons of grain with a shovel in tubs
and barrels. They are going after the
squirrels like the governments are
going after the cooties in France.
Does someone ask where they all
come from? The soldiers say the
cooties don't come from anywhere,
they are there. So are the squirrels.

Do you know that the majority of
the men that joined the service this
year at Norfolk gave up positions
paying them around $150.00 per
month and some as much as $300.00
per month?
$30.00 per month.
Compare that * with
This is a moral issue. The men of
the service worked or fought night
and day for .whatever the govern
ment chose to pay them; they did not
strike, neither did they get 10 per
cent plus. They only obeyed orders.
The only record we have of a whole
company disobeying orders was that
one of our companies were charging
the Huns and the officer gave' orders
to halt, but they captured several
german dugouts before obeying him.
At a public mass meeting, held in
the Armory hall the Shafer plan was
discussed and voted on. Every one
present voted to request congress to
enact a law in accordance with the
Some people oppose, the plan be
cause it will cost the government
three (3) billion- dollars, saying that
we.are not able to stand it. Such
statements are an Insult to the flag
for our experts tell ns that it would
have cost us over twenty-five (25)
billion dollars per year to have car
ried the war on several years longer
and they further state that we could
have financed it for a number of
years under our same liberty bond
plan. Now, Taxes, don't faint, for
our generation could pay the three
(3) billion off by an average in
creased tax of just one dollar per
year for each person of the U. S.
Our great country Is not bankrupt;
no, far from it. A vast amount of
the money we have borrowed has
been investbd in permanent improve
ments and bonds of our allies and
should we be disposed to do so we
collect than any government or in
stitution in the world today.
Others appose, it, saying that it
would put too much money in the
hands of the Irresponsible. Well,
when you hear a man talking like
that, he either does not know what
class of men are in the service or he
is one of those kind of men that
asked every one of his friends to
sign his or his son's exemption card
while your boy or brother was go
ing to the front to defend humanity.
There is no charity lh this plan.
It will only give the men what they
have earned thrice and a very small
portion of what they deserve. How
much would we have had if it had
not been for the .men of the service?
Would it be giving our service men
fair deal to only give them a one
month bonus when their commercial
competitors have saved a few thou
sand dollars for a rainy day, while
the gates of our national treasury
were swung wide open from neces
National Manager.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hofer and three
little daughters left last week for
Salt Lake, where they will remain
indefinitely, visiting with relatives
and friends.
Eighteen Newspap e r
Now at Work
W. F. Dillon, C. P. Button and S.
K. Clark of Dubois, Idaho, conferred
with the committee on irrigation Fri
day and Saturday and arranged for
the introduction of a memorial in
both houses Monday, asking congress
to appropriate money for immediate
use on the Dubois project. The plan
received the enthusiastic support of
members of the committee and other
prominent idahoans to whom it was
J. H. Anderson wires that the work
of gathering data /at Washington
will be about finished this week, and
presenting the matter to the secre
tary of the interior and committees
on public lands and irrigatibn will
was due to arrive in Washington the
last of the week to aid the delega
tion working under the direction of
Mr .Andersen. The Rotary club of
Idaho Falls have given the matter
their endorsement and are placing
men and money at the disposal of
the organization working from
Idaho's congressional delegation
are heartily in sympathy with the
undertaking to water all the Snake
river plains that are irrigable, and
eighteen newspapers in the upper
valley of the Snake are conducting a
campaign of education to inform peo
ple of the main features of the work
and the great advantages to be de
rived for the lower projects by first
irrigating the plains of the upper
valley and then using the water over
and over on the lower projects as it
reaches them, weeks, months or even
years later.
The great value of what is called
the "return flow,'' is especially in
teresting in connection with this
work. It has been shown that in a
section of bnake river twenty-one
miles long, near St. Anthony, where
hsM' a dozen canals tap the river for
some 40,000 inches, there is more
water in the river aj the lower end
of the section than at the upper end.
As much water flows in Snake river
past the Oxbow tunnel on the west
ern side of the state, as was flowing
there before the 1,800,000 acres of
land were Irrigated from the upper
reaches of the fiver.
A measure is now pending the
action of the Idaho legilsature,
known as the water code, providing
for a water commission to act as a
general manager and traveling agent
of the courts to get quick action on
all water questions, the theory being
that by acting upon the most ad
vanced ideas for the management of
surface water and underground
rivers, that as great gains can be
made in the efficiency of irrigation
or duty of water, as were made by
the railroad service when it was
placed under one head to win the
war by eliminating the waste of dup
lication and compttition. Co-opera
tion is to be the great watchword
now in managing the floods thru a
central office.
F. A. Seeger of Blackfoot
Miss Ethel Thoippson and James
A. Martin, both of Blackfoot were
married at Pocatello Thursday even
ing, Jan. 30, at the home of the
bride'B sister Mrs. O. ,B Nunamaker,
Rev. Tummell of the Baptist church
Mrs. Martin is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. William Thompson of this
city and for the past year has been
managing the C. W. ft M. Co. at
Driggs. . For a number of years she
was one of Blackfoot's most compl*
tent business women. Mr. Martin is
a progressive business man of Black
foot at the present time managing
the C. W. ft M. Co. affairs.
After the wedding ceremony a very
sumptuous wedding banquet was
served at the YeHowstone Hotel.
An extension of time to February 10 has been granted
ments of the liberty bonds of the fourth liberty loan.
February 10 is final—no extensions after that.
on pay
Commercial Necessity Demands it; Public Senti
ment Favors it, and a Bond Issue Will Get it.
Federal Government Will go Fifty-Fifty
The close of the war and return
to peacful pursuits of over a mil
lion of the nation's young men,
makes absolutely necessary some
plan for relieving the labor* stagna
tion which will surely follow if work
is not immediately provided for the
tremenduous force of pent up energy
whic is daily arriving from "over
there." These boys are coming home
with the expectation of receiving,
not only verbal commendation for
their efforts abroad, but with a be
lief also, that places will be provided
for them, wherein they can again be -1
come a part of the great industrial
army so essential to the continued
greatness of the. "home land" whose
rights and principles they so ably
Appreciating this, our government
is exerting every effort to impress
upon the minds of the people at large
and especially those in charge of pub
lic affairs that all work which is now,
or may become necessary in the near
future, be commenced with expedi
tion and dispatch, and the necessity
of permanent and efficient roads are
most strongly emphasised.
Why Bingham County Should Act
Hundreds of millions of dollars
will soon be available from the gov
ernment for the purpose of helping
these communities desirous of im
proving their highways. Not one
cent of this amount, however, will
be expended where the community
is not prepared to meet the govern
ment on a strictly fifty-fifty basis,
will apply this fund only where it
will be met dollar for dollar by those
desiring federal aid. Procastinatlon
and delay upon our part in raising
our proportion of thq funds necessary
will result in Bingham county be
ing placed low on the list of appli
cants, with the possibility of having
to wait a year or two for her turn.
It is, first come first served with the
government in these matters, and
therefore if we desire in the near
future to provide ourselves with an
adlquate and efficient highway sys
tem it Behooves us greatly to get
busy at once. After careful thought
and attention, no sensible man or
woman who will review in their
minds the present conditlbn of our
roads, and the Immediate necessity
of the future, can come to any other
conclusion than that something
should be done, and done at once.
Why Bingham County Needs Per
manent Highways
Never before in the history of the
world have toads been called upon
to sustain the weight and volumn of
traffic as will be developed within
the next year or two. The war has
demonstrated the efficiency and
adaptability of the motor truck as
the means of quick and satisfactory
transportation, Huge affairs of this
kind, carrying tremenduous weight
will soon be traveling our main high
ways. Motor freight and express
linee are . already operating in
, number, of nearby states,
whose officials, quick to recog
nize the urgent need, have
lost no time in completing the pre
proximately 100 miles of concrete
roads will be built in Utah this sum
mer, which with that already con
structed will give a smooth, uninter
rupted eighteen foot ooncrete sur
face extending from the Idaho line
southward some seventy miles be
yond Salt Lake City. A tque worthy
and ambitious effort in anticipation
of that which is known to be impera
tive and necessary.
What Does This Moon to Bingham
It means that thousands of heavily
steps necessary to the con
of efficient highways. Ap
laden touring automobiles not only
from Utah, but those touring east
and west over the various national
highways will be diverted north
wards, thru our county towards
Yellowstone Park. It means also
that more machines than ever will be
traveling southward from Montana
and other northern points. But
above all, it means that the main
highway thru Bingham county will
be' utilized to an extent which will
make the cost of keeping it in repair
'positively prohibitive. Such being
the case, permanent construction will
become an absolute and positive
economic necessity. Therefore with
a condition of this kind staring us
in the face is it not the very essense
of common sense and good judg
ment that we herewith cease the
wasteful and useless expedition of
public funds in ever attempting
maintenance of roads and highways
which are fast proving themselves
obsolete and a source of extravagent
waste? The money those expended,
would within a few years pay for
the construction of a modern sys
tem of concrete roads fully capable
of withstanding the ravages of pres
ent day traffic. The cost of main
tenance of such a system would be
practically negliable and benefits un
limited. Such roads will eventually
have to be built; then "Why not now
while there is need for work for
every returning soldier, and while
the tread of the government Is to
ward assisting those communities
who are ready and willing to assist
Can We Afford it? Yes
Carefully compiled government
statistics prove beyond a shadow of
a doubt, that in those communities
wherein permanent roads are built
that property within miles of them
increase In value within a very few
years to an extent sufficient to pay
for the construction. The first cost
which is more or* less excessive, is
soon overcome by the decreased cost
of maintenance. Today nothing of
the Increased tonage which can ba
hauled ovec them, with a mluimum
of effort and the saving of time. The
advertising value of a permanent
highway thru Bingham county would
place us foremost in the eyes of
homes eekers and interests, and
would set such an example to the
rest of the state that it would not be
long before the whole Snake river
valley at least, would be noted as the
most prosperous section in this greet
western empire, all of which we can
bring about by iniating an era of
Continued on page eight
By a specialist
See Dr. Scarborough
At the Eccles Hotel
Tuesday, February 4

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