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THE IDAHO REPUBLICAN
* SEMI-WEEKLY Published every Tuesday and Friday BYRD TREGO, Editor and Proprietor Entered at the postofflee at Black foot, Idaho, as second-class matter. Subscription price . $3.00 per Year V • • The Idaho Republican never • • • sella, never leases, never dodges • ■ ■ an election, never hides its pur- • ■ ■ pose to see how public opinion Is • • ■ going to go—but says what It • • > thinks, takes the public Into its • ■ ■ confidence and goes on serving, tt. • ♦ WHAT BECOMES OF THE COW? A great deal of muck-raking/has been done among the meat packers and while much that has been said and published was probably over drawn and unjust, yet there is no doubt that a great deal of good has been done by telling the public just how they conducted their work of dressing carcasses. A matter is just now receiving at tention, that one would think is so notlcable that the whole public should have thought of it and de manding an accounting for long ago. All buyers of beeFrefuse to pay as much for cows for slaughter as for steers, assigning the reason that there is more loss in the dressing and the further and more common reason that cow meat is not so good as the other. But when the consumer goes into to store to buy tinned beef, he never knows whether he is getting the one kind or the other. Certain it is that he never gets a can at a reduced price because it is cow meat. It all sells at the same price, and now it is proposed that the government shell make them pay the right price fdr cows or pack the meat separately and sell it at the lower price. Of course our local butchers are not to blame for any such practices. They pay all a cow is worth, and sell cow meat—well, we rather guess they sell it right. ♦ FIRE IN YOUNIE ADDITION The Blackfoot fire fighting crew and engine were called to the Eskle son home in the Younie addition Fri day morning to extinguish what might have been a serious fire. The flue was defective and the fire originated from that source, but was quenched before any damage was done. ♦ TO L. D. g. HOSPITAL Mrs. J. C. Hone left for Salt Lake City Monday morning with Mr. Hone, who has been suffering very severely for some time with rheumatism, He will be taken to the L. D. S. hospital for treatment and it is hoped that the change will benefit him and that he will soon be able to return to Blackfoot a well man. The little son, Renn, accompanied his parents. ♦ « TO VISIT EASTERN RELATIVES Mrs. A. F. Colver and little daugh ter Marjory Elizabeth, left Monday morning for Des Moines, where they will spend several weeks visiting Mrs. Colver's relatives. They will also visit at Denver and other middle-west points before returning home. Rev. Colver accompanied them to Pocatello. TO ERECT COURT HOUSE The commissioners of Bonneville county have passed a resolution call ing for a special bond election of the court for the purpose of erecting a court house ,at a cost not to exceed $225,000. The Last Week of the Great Victory , Shoe Sale m continues the great offerings of last week-but a number of additional styles, lately sold down to scattering sizes are included at final "Victory prices. Don't put off your buying until it is too late. 7? BEACHY SHOE COMPANY J Investigating Committee Visits Blackfoot Asylum MAKE REPORT TO STATE BOARD Committee of Three Prominent 'Gentlemen Oomg When Least Expected A legislative committee from Boise visited Blackfoot last Thursday and Friday looking into matters at the Idaho asylum. The committee con sisted of Senator Kendrick of Can yon county, Senator N. B. Pettibone of Idaho County and A. H. Morgan, representative from Washington county. The committee came unannounced, and spent a few hours in town and dropped in at the asylum before their presence was konwn at the institu They spent a great deal of tion. time examining everything about the place, and talking with patients and employees. They interviewed a good many people, about town and went away without giving much expres sion regarding their observations. They came in the interest and under direction of the state affairs com mittee, qnd will report to the body that sent them. Visited Reform School Too The same committee went to St. Anthony and arrived unannounced at the reform school. While on con ference with the writer at the Re publican office they gave some ex pression as to what they found at that institution, but it was not for publication until #fter their report has been made to their chief and published by that body. * SCREWS TO TIGHTEN ON ARMISTICE LAWS Continued from page one it should be, it will be necessary for each nation to willingly renounce its traditional aloofness and be willing to employ the national strength out side of its own country, both in war and peace. Premier Clemenceau warmly praised the help the American troops had given in winning the war for de mocracy and spoke very highly of the part the American people as a whole had taken in the conflict. This week will be President Wil son's busiest and perhaps most im portant week since his arrival in Europe. It is the last week before he sets sail for home with league draft. President Wilson is extremely interested in the League of Nations, and perhaps that undertaking is his particular favorite among several things he has sought to accomplish during his presence in Paris. His interest, however, and that of most of the American officials is very deep in the arrangements for a renewal of the armistice terms. _ The French take the view that Germany should be shown little if any consideration until her delegates appear at Versailles to sign the peace pact. America and England consider the first thing necessary is the modification, of blockade so as to permit the importation into Ger many of commodities from Holland, including supplies imported into Hol land from other countries. Soviet Ready to Accept PARIS, Feb. 9.—The Ukrainian soviet government has announced hat it Is willing to accept the invita tion of the allies to the proposed .normora conference of Russian fac tions, according to the Temps, but it considers the date fixed—February 15—too near at hand. The govern ment also expresses a preference for holding the conference at Paris in stead of on the Princes' islands. INLAND NORTHWEST As the result of an automobile acci dent near Boulder, Mont., Mrs. Mary Conway of Butte was killed. * The stage line from Thorne to Bodie, Nev., has been abandoned, as mail con tracts will now go via Bridgeport. A legislative investigation of the high cost of living by a committee of three members has been proposed in the Nevada legislature. Butte physicians who recently raised their rates are to be called before a committee of the legislature, at the request of the local labor unions, to explain their action. A bill is before the Wyoming legis lature providing for the semi-annual payment of taxes, there i being consid erable difference of opinion regarding the merits of the measure. The money to build the new spur of the Strahorn railroad from Dairy to Bonanza, Ore., is reported to be more than half raised, and It is thought jhe balance will be secured In a few days. Opals weighing six ounces and of a flawless texture are being mined in the' Thousand Creek opal field in Nevada. Expert lapldaristp have pronounced the Nevada product to be of the finest grade. If a bill introduced In the Montana legislature becomes a law, the educa tional Institutions of the state will derive an annual income of 134.000 from the interest on uninvested school funds. The North Pacific district, compris ing Oregon, Washington and Alaska, will receive $272,422 of the million dollar federal fund for the building of roads and trails within the national forests. The deficiency bill before the, Ne vada state legislature calls for an ap propriation of $52,000 to care for the deficiencies In state institutions, the state prison leading, with $21,716, and the asylum $14,148. The town of Winnemucca, Nev., Is having trouble securing a dog catcher who will round up the numerous dogs which Infest that town, and up to the present time no one has been found who will agree to accept the position. Metropolis, Nev., ranchers are doing remarkably well raising poultry, one farmer who has 200 hens spending $1 each day for feed for them and selling $6 worth of eggs. Turkeys are also being raised with profit In that com munity. Charged with padding pay rolls, In dictments have been returned by the federal grand jury at Carson, Nev., against P. F. Connelly, former road master of Winnemucca district, and twelve former section foremen of the Western Pacific. After five previous unsuccessful' at tempts to end her life, Mrs. Mable Johnson, wife of a Fallon, Nev., ranch er, jumped from the roof of the hos pital at the state asylum, a distance of forty feet, her skull being fractured, death resulting. The officials of Ormsby county, Nev., are contemplating making the women of the county pay poll tax. It is ar gued there that since the women are engaged in all the businesses in which the men ate engaged, that they should bear an equal burden. The Oregon state board of health, giving a record of the influenza cases reported to that office, including those who had used vaccine treatment and those who did not, makes a good showing for the use of the vaccine, but advises that the effects do not last long. A member of the state brand com mission of Wyoming reports that his board has paid $406,000 to Wyoming cattlemen since April 1 last, and still has $30,000 on hand to be disbursed. This immense fund was derived from the sale of stray stock at the single market df Omaha. Hancock and Taylor, the prospectors whose mysterious disappearance from their camp In the Colorado river coun try below St, Thomas, Nevada, caused sensation In that state, were foully murdered, It is believed, the bodies be ing found in a badly mutilated condi tion and partly eaten by wild animals. The death is announced at Los An geles of Charles Forman, Nevada pio neer and Indian fighter, at the age of 84. Forman took part in a battle with Indians near Virginia City In the early days, when ninety-two white men op posed several hundred Indians, and only twenty of the white men vlved. ✓ In full appreciation of the fact that the finest livestock in the world, grown the Intermountain country, will be exhibition at the fat stock show next April, to be sold on the second day of the exhibition, order buyers from the east and packing buyers from the east and west will be In Salt Lake large numbers during the first week In April. With a mean temperature of 32.5 degrees above zero, the month of Jan uary was the warmest January Helena has experienced since the local weath er bureau station opened there In 1881. There will be no harness races this year on the tracks of the Intermoun tain Fair & Racing circuit, but In stead there will be running races and relay races for men and women, ac cordlpg to a decision reached at the meeting of the association at Spokane. Boy C. Hill, a brakeman running be tween Oreen River and Evanston, was killed by a fall from the concrete bridge two miles east of Granger, Wyo. He stepped from the caboose to set some colored torpedoes, not knowing be was on the bridge. He fell down feet into a. ditch. of of if a sur in on ln A Blackfoot Lady Said to Her Lady Friend How nice your laundry work looks. If your clothes come back from the laundry look ing like that one more week I am going to send mine there." u ANOTHER LADY SAID TO HER NEIGHBOR If I thought I could get such results as that with my clothes I would patronize the laun dry. I am going to watch them." u THEY ARE COMING OUR WAY and we know it, 'because we can get the same results every time now. We have the help and they know how. Every woman in the community has some friends, and we are domg the washing for somebody's friend in every block. So long as the housekeepers run in to see their friends and take notice of the returned laundry, our business is bound to increase. ASK YOUR NEIGHBOR where she gets her washing done, and if she says ''At the Gem State Laundry" see what she has to say about our work now. If you will just do that, we shall be satisfied. / / GemJState Laundry. Phone 123 W. W. DAVIS, Manager \ Matter of Trenches Against the Church Underlying Negative Attitude of American Churches Condemned by nev. Dr. Fosdick THE LITERARY DIGEST FOR FEB. The Literary Digest for February Tried in the trenches and found wanting is the judgment which a thoughtful New York preacher, whose words have carried far, de clares against religion as commonly practiced today in America, and he considers it a "glorious, ominous fact" that some millions of our sol diers are returning with no great love for that conventional religion in their hearts. Selfishness, pettinesB, and false social distinctions are some of the specific counts on which rests this judgment as delivered by the Rev. Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick, a Baptist clergyman recently chosen preacher of the "Old First" Presby terian church, of New York City. The reaction of fighting men to con ventional religion furnishes him with a vantage-point from which he maps out and condemns the underlying negative" attitude of American churches, out of which proceed the specific evils which he denounces. "The church may well desire to know what the soldiers are think ing," he writes In The Atlantic Monthy, and justifies the reliance which he places on their judgment: "Of all the men of our generation I would choose to know what they think about God, and the institutions that are supposed to represent him, and the people who are accustomed to proclaim him. I would choose' them, not simply because they are the epitome of our American man hood at its best, but because this experience of war, in spite of the self-limitation which it imposes, has been an apocalyse to every sensitive man who has gone into it. Non essentials inevitably fall away; the conventional trappings and drapery of life are torn asunder; men, freed from traditional bias, look first hand at the grim, elemental facts of life. They are not going thru this mingled hell of agony and heaven of devotion without growing wise." But with all this appreciation of the soldier as a religious critic, the writes adopts anything but a "plas ter-saint" view of those men whom, as he says, necessity forces to "toughen their spirits against the impact of life, and be as thoughtless as they can." They leave a part of their souls behind when they go into the trenches, true, and the part of their souls, probably, that is most interested in religion; but this very spiritual stripping for action makes them more "impatient of sham, in tolerant of ineffective words, sick of narrowness and bigotry and of pre tensions that are full of wind." Al ready one chaplain is quoted* as re porting: "Our boys look upon the folk at home aB children in exper ience by comparison with them. They went out boys. They will come back like the Judgment Day." So it is not the fact that "war is brutalizing," Dr. Fosdick decides, that has "widened the gulf between man and the church." He flinds a better answer iq some things in the church's life on whlfeh the hostility of the soldier falls, and is excusable for falling: "For one thing, how intolerable to those who have caught the devotion of the army is a certain habitual sel fishness in the churches' appeal to men! If in France today, iu speak ing to the soldiers, any one suggests that perhaps they soon will die, that if they do they may go to hell unless they are 'prepared,' and that there fore they had better believe some thing religious to avoid the sad con tingency, that man incontinently shuts up, or else he leaves France, or more probably he does both. The soldiers will not listen to him; the army will not tolerate him. The reason is not simply that playing on morblb fears is an assault on the army's morale: a deeper reason makes this all-to-familiar appeal the chruches unendurable. There a fundamental antipathy between such talk and the spirit in which whole army is living. The former thoroly self-centered. The latter gloriously selfforgetfull. 'Come to God that you may be safe —will that do? Come to God, there is in his hands solance for lievers—will that do? 'Far more portant than your work in France is the preparation of your souls meet the Lord, who speedily will turn'—words used by a preacher troops on an American transport. Will that do? Will any mean, self centered motive do? "Let no one suppose that soldiers are blind to the contrast between selfish religion and the spirit of army. One of the British chaplains quotes from an English officer opinion the full import of which modern chruchman can afford miss: 'The reason I don't like reli gion, padre, is that it's such a selfish thing. It simply threatens sinners with hell and promises comforts the good.' "Now, religion can afford to called many names; but in this gen eration of splendid self-sacrifice, for religion to be called ' a selfish thing' is to condemn It to irretrievable per dition." Ther6 will be many who will ob ject to this military criticism as un just, Dr. Fosdick admits, but as recalls "a long and intimate associa tion with the churches," he is in clined to agree with it. He charges that "the churches for generations have been urging upon us an in dividualistic and self-centered gos pel." "We have been continuously sup plied, In hymns ,in liturgies, in ser mons, with Jonathan Edward's dom inant ideal, 'I make seeking my sal vation the main business of my life.' Even when this self-regarding mo tive has not been centered on a post mortem heaven, it has been centered quite as selfishly on this present life. God, a gigantic policeman, forever clubbing those who break his traffic regulations ,and feeding with goodies from his ample pockets those who mind his word, so that one had better keep upon his kindly side—H. G. Wells Is not the only one who was brought up In the churches on that kind of deity. It was a senior chap lain who, returnipg from the front, wrote of our religious thinking: 'It has descended thru a steady grada tion of selfish prayers and antisocial hymns, till it reaches its final de gradation in that deflnitly and shamelessly unchristian chorus, which was recently so popular in re vivalist meetings—That will be glory —glory for me. "Against the background of the millions of self-forgetful men who fought in France, how dark this record looks!" To gather up the noblest spirits that humanity has to offer, "to be the co-operative unit where those who fight for the highest against the low est may take their stand—this is the only use of the church!" cries Dr. Fosdick, and confesses that the fail ure of the church among our soldiers, the very sale of the earth," is the "point of the sting" which has driven him, "a lover of the churches, out of his silence into this agonized com plaint." Unworthy in the selfishness of its appeal, the pettiness of sec tarian emphasis, the negativeness of its ethics, the undemocratic quality of its fellowship the only hope for most modern churches is the adop tion of "a type of chrlstlanty that it is worth the real man's while to ac-. cept." In his brief summing up of what this "type of Christianity" must stand for, Dr. Fosdick agrees on broad lines with recommendations set forth by an investigating com mittee of the Anglican church, and summarized in these pages last vyeek. He offers these suggestions for a church-ideal fit for our present needs: "Let the church proclaim social aims worth fighting for, not a mere^ selfish gospel of safety; let them life up the central faiths of the Christian life, with the fringes hang ing how they will; let them make ethical negations only the shadows cast by the great light of positive Ideals; let them practise as well as preach fraternity; and, doing these things, let them draw together in Blackfoot Boy Boosting in France Donald Good Convinces Folks That Blackfoot is the Richest Place In World TAKES EXPERIENCES GOOD SPORT The soldiers have started another newspaper in France, published at the central office over near the Hun country, and they call it the Cro. The Cro is all pep and ginger, and in the one the writer saw, was an item kidding one feilow about hav ing come from Utica, N. Y., and com paring it to hades. It was an awful slam on Utica, or an undeserved compliment to hades. Another item was a boost for Blackfoot, Idaho, running thus: "We all thought New York county was the richest part of the United States. All wrong. Blackfoot county, Idaho, poral Good. He knows." It's Ask Cor It refers to Donald Good, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Good, who is con nected with the intelligence depart ment reaching into Hunland. Donald has had quite a train of experiences and takes them all in the spirit of sport and adventure. Last spring he got knocked out with gas, but he assures the folks at home that it "never touched him. Just kept him in the hospital a while; nothing seri ous." Not long ago he was sent out on a hurry call in a big Paige car, and rounding a corner at some plaoe it turned twice over and threw him over into somebody's field. He wired for another Paige car and went on. ♦ SEND IT TO YOUR FRIENDS This paper is publishing some articles on the subject of irrigation in the upper Snake river valley, sites to store the waters that are it is proposed to conduct it by devel oping the great natural reservoir now running to waste. It is proposed to secure a number of great govern ment loans to finance the project of putting the wasting floods on the rich arid lands and bring the landless man to the manless land. Twenty-one newspapers in the up per Snake river valley are co-operat ing in a campaign of education to show congress and the public the possibilities thru development of the Snake river plains and if each reader of all these newspapers will remail their papers to their friends after reading and otherwise try as hard as the editors do to spread the light and the truth and to unfold the mysteries of the great natural resources and how to combine them it will do more good than all the other publicity the valley has had. as ever tf. PARTY AT KEYSTONE The Misses Mary Carson and Cora Covington were charming little host esses at a party Wednesday ing, given at the Keystone Hotel lore, the home of Miss Carson. • Twenty guests including happy boys and girls enjoyed a most de lightful evening of games and music after which delicious refreshments were served. even par VISITED CHILDREN Mrs. Helen M. Clark, who has been the guest of her sons here for several weeks, left Saturday morn ing for Dayton, Idaho, where she will spend some time visiting with another son and his family. She will return to her Logan home much refreshed, after the pleasant weeks spent with her children one common cause, because they ,have learned how much they all agree and how Inslgnflcantly they differ! They need not fear the re turn of the army if they will do that.