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Published every Tuesday and Friday
BYRD TREGO, Editor and Proprietor
Entered at the postofflee at Black
foot, Idaho, as second-class matter.
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• • The Idaho Republican never •
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■ ■ an election, never hides its pur- •
■ ■ pose to see how public opinion Is •
• ■ going to go—but says what It •
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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.

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

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.

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
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
The Last Week
of the
Great Victory
, Shoe Sale
continues the great offerings of last
week-but a number of additional
styles, lately sold down to scattering
sizes are included at final "Victory
Don't put off your buying until it is
too late.
Investigating Committee
Visits Blackfoot Asylum
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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."
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."
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
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 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
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
"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-.
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
"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
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."
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

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
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.
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

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