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Hiafyct Srmtbltrmt v i OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY £ Vol. XV. No. 33-A BLACKFQOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1919 $3 a Year UPROAR OVER WATERWORKS Much Excitement About Recent Development About Purchase ERROR CORRECTED i A good many Blackfoot people are incensed over the news that the ^ .price of the Blackfoot waterworks has made a substantial advance since they refused to buy it tor >70, 000. A Pocatello firm now offers to sell It to the town at >125,000, and they state that dt cannot be dupli cated at the present prices of ma terials for less than >175,000; if we take it promptly at >125,00 we shall be getting a bargain, so reads the letter. In our issue of last Friday we made the mistake of saying they now hold it at >170,000. This part of the report was misunderstood at the time we wrote It. Some Reputations at Stake There is now some disappointment on the part of citizens who say they did not know about the opportunity the town had of buying it in Decem ber'for >70,000. That only goes to show that people should read their home papers more. This paper was full of the subject for a couple of weeks, and gave all the information we could get bearing on both sides of the question, and said that people would make a mistake if tfley did not buy it. We said that if it was not worth the price it was worth so near it that we should not pass up the chance to get it while the getting Was possible. There are men who took a prominent part in the dis cussion who declared that it was not worth the price asked nor any thing approaching it. If they are right, they will probably be vindi cated by the failure of the owners to find a purchaser at any price in excess of what they asked for it then. But on the other hand, if they succeed in selling it at >70,00 or any price higher than that, it will be proof to the public that they listened to poor advisers when they accepted the statement that >70,000 was too much then. If those advisers are proven to be false prophets, the pub lic will know hereafter that it does not pay to take them and their judg ment as a guide. If the water works sell at any price, it means that the citizens of Blackfoot will foot the bill, for no body will buy the plant unless they have a perfectly sane plan for mak ing the people of Blackfoot reim burse them. ' The Blackfoot Waterworks com pany has been reorganized, with James Martin, president; E. A. John son, vice-president and Mrs. E. A. Johnson secretary. - + WAPEIiLO COUPLE WED Miss Vira Hone and Newel Scott, popular young people of Wapello, surprised their many friends and acquaintances Tuesday by going to Idaho Falls, where they were quietly married. The young couple will make their home with Mr. Scott's people for the present. ATTEND TO YOUR EYES When the first symptoms of weakness appear. Its cheapest, safest and best toi your eyes and health then. Dr. H. R Scarborough THE SPECIALIST Will be at the Ecdes Hotel Monady and Tuesday« (two days) MARCH 3-4 Let him stop your headaches and eye defects. Orpheum Theatre WEDNESDAY THURSDAY, MARCH 5—6 The highest salaried man star in films WILLIAM FARNUM in ROUGH AND READY yy a A vital, virile, vigorous story of the snow country of the north. \ Thursday Mftinee 2.30 * 4 IDAHO SOLONS STUDY BUDGETS House Passes Appro priation Measures To taling $2,000,000 FUNDS FOR ASYLUM BOISE, Ida., Feb. 28.—The leg islature today endeavored to move out of the way part of the >8,000, 000 In appropriations pending and which must be definitely disposed of before adjournment. The house was successful in disposing of measures carrying almost >2,000,000 and send ing them to the senate. There was also introduced in the lower assembly the general deficiency bill, carrying probably the largest total of any similar measure before an Idaho legislature, or >154,849.83. The senate fiance committee early in the session adopted a policy of holding all financial or appropriation measures, and has accumulated a large number of them. An effort was made in the upper house today to remove these measures from that committee and place them with the sifting committee, so that they could be advanced on the calendar, but it failed. The first appropriation bill to pass the house today was No. 236, by the committee on appropriations. Be cause it ignores the recommenda tions of the special investigating com mittee that inspected the state sani tarium and Blackfoot asylum, an effort was made to delay its progress by sending it to the committee of the whole, but it was blocked. The special committee recommended that no appropriation be allowed the state sanitarium at Nampa, and that in stead $50,000 allowed the Black foot asylum to care for the feeble minded at the sanitarium. The ap propriations committee reversed the recommendation and gave Nampa >50,000. It then asked for a new building to relieve the crowded con ditions at the asylum and permit the removal of the feeble-minded therein the sanitarium. It also reduced the soldiers' home appropriation about >19,000. The appropriations for the other institu tions as carried in the bill were left intact. Institutions are allowed the following amounts: Soldiers' home, >145,230; penitentiary, >157,080; Orofino adyium, >131,550; Blackfoot asylum, >193,105; sanitarium, >193, 105; children's homes at Boise and Lewiston, >15,000 to be divided be tween them. The >903,000 good roads bond issue bill was also passed. In addition, the house passed the following appropriation measures; >25,000 for the publication of the compiled laws; >10,000 for the pro- posed Shoshone Falls park, on which Twin Falls plans to spend >200,000; >10,000 for the University of Idaho, help Jefary traveling expenses of students attending from remote sec- tions of the state where the fare is greater than >5; appropriating >119,- 456 for the reclamation of state lands the Gem irtigation district. + AROUND THE COURT HOUSE District court is In session, and be gan Monday with the trial of Roy C. Graff on a charge of selling mort gaged property without authority. In the. probate court last Saturday began the trial of four Indians, Emerson Sandy, Isaac Sandy, Ben Fisher and Howard Teats, charged with killing cattle belonging to S. A. Busenbark The case was not fin ished and Judge Good was busy with other matters Monday and the at torneys were otherwise occupied, so was not taken up at the forenoon session of court as was expected. + AULD FAMILY RETURN J. C. Auld and family have ar rived in Blackfoot to make their home. Mr. Auld was with the Peo ple's Store, in Pocatello previously. He has now accpted a position with the Kinney Mercantile company. Before going to Pocatello about a year ago, Mr. Auld was employed at the Brown-Hart company store here. The many Blackfoot frlendB of the Auld family are glad to have them here once more. PROPOSED LOCATION FOR FEDERAL BUILD ING ON NORTH ASH STElT MEETS APPROVAL A Some Options Have Already Been Taken Matters Will be SettKpd by Agreement; Everybody Interested Asked to Sign BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHQS^N and The location of the federal build ing at No. 50 North Ash street, meets with so much favor everywhere, that a corporation is being formed for the purpose of acquirng the half block of ground to be held for that pur pose. Some options have been taken, and plenty of grbund is already tied up for it, but the preference is that the whole of the half block shaM be at the government's disposal to take as much of it as they wish. The pre ference of the commifte is that the building shall be placed in the mid way position between Pacific and Bridge streets, and have parking on each side. The mbdern city feels most keenly the need of such things, and it is very difficult to clear away building and make parks after it is once built up. On this account it' i^ desirable to perserve such places from the start while land is cheap. Getting a Site Accepted The line of procedure for locating a federal building and getting con struction work started after the ap propriation is made is to have V com mission of three to select and ap prove the site. The post office de partment appoints one man, the gov ernor of the state one, and the mayor of the city another. If there are dif ferent places in competition for ac ceptance, all parties are heard and the decision of the commission is final. Merely Buying for the Government The plan of 4he Blackfoot men is to offer just this one sitef, since its acceptance by the town itself seems assured, and then when the com mission comes to pass upon it, if the whole town is for it, and it meets with their approval, acceptance will follow. In this case the town is not asked to donate the site. The bill provides for the purchase of the site and erectiqp of the building. If the site is satisfactory and the price at which it is offered to the govern ment is satisfactory, the men who acquire it and hold It in trust for that money back, but without any profit or interest. They might be able to turn it in a few months or they might have to carry the investment a few \ UNIQUE NEWSPAPER PROGRESSING NICELY Special Road Edition Will Contain Many Surprises ENGAGE EXTRAS The people of-Bingham county are more interested in road bonds than we supposed until we began taking mail orders for advertising in the special read bond edition. The tenor of the letters we receive indicates that people all over the county are keen on the subject and are for the bond issue. The second section of the special edition will be on the press Friday and Saturday of this week, and sec tion 1 will follow soon after. The date of issue will be about the middle of March. Extra copies of the paper will sell at jten cents each if orderd by Friday morning. Orders for several hundred have already been turned in, and after the first press run is made, no lncreas of the num ber printed will be made. Owing to the high price of paper and the nec essity for economy of paper stock, the old practice of printing a lot of extras will not be followed. A very unique feature of the pres ent situation is that new kinds of advertising are being offered for this edition. It-is being said that the after-war trade will be a little dif ferent, and we believe it. Among our orders for advertising space we do not find any demand for aerial lanes for airships, but we have some other surprises. Peoplq,whose goods and service do not travel by roads or ships are buying space and extra copies liberally and Bingham county folks are going to find interesting an nouncements in the'illustrated edi tion when it appears. SOPHOMORE DANCE About fifty members of the Sopho more class enjoyed a very nice danc ing party at the high school Friday night. Delightful music was furnished by the Bush orchestra and a thoroly gay time was spent. yeirs. Federal buildings are slow, ev>n alter the appropriation is made, and the appropriation has not been mdde yet, tho it may be by the time this paper reaches its readers. If it fails of passage this session of congress, it will probably be intro duced again in June, and it will be pushed until it succeeds, whether sodn or in future years. In any event the site should be kept ready and men who build in the town will do so with considerable certainty as to which way the growth of the business Section will go. It brings about a desirable condition whether the building is erected soon or later. . Small Company of Many Men The new corporation will bear the simple name of "The Ash Street Site," and will be incorporated for >15,000, the intent being to have enough capital to buy the ground, and to do any paving or lay any walks that might be required while this company holds title. Ail per sons having the welfare of the town at heart are invited to talte some stock and help distribute the burden. A committee will make the circuit of the town soon and ask for signa tures of the amounts of stock to be taken by each person or firm, and in signing, they should understand that only a small part, perhaps 10 per cent of it will be collected soon, and the rest in six months. The commit tee will appreciate it if each one will decide quickly and sign up on sight. Th members of the committee do not ask anyone to sign as a favor to them. The favors are quite the other way. The committee are do nating their time for public good and the man who has only to sign, and then, pay when assessed, is getting off easier than those who have to look after the business and sign and pay their own shares too. The Temporary Officers The temporary officers of the com pany named to serve until the first meeting of stockholders are John W. Jones, E. M. Kennedy, A. B. Ste phens, Byrd Trego, Nofear Davis, Neil F. Boyle and D. H. Biethan. + ROAD BUILDER IN BLACKFOOT Taber Man Says Folks in His Country Are ' Strong for Roads HELP DRY FARMERS H. F. Wlllecke was in from Taber over Sunday and said the people in his country are strong for the road bonds. The dry farmers feel that their country is getting more in road improvement at the corresponding stage of its development than the older settlements received, and now that the folks by the river are boost ing the Dubois project to enable them to irrigate their lands, they feel doubly keen to do their part in the development of roads. Mr. Wlllecke mentioned twevle miles of new road made for them last year by the county at an expense of about >400, that it enabled dry farmers to haul about 7000 bushels of wheat, and it constituted a cut-off that saved upwards to twenty miles for the dry farmers who raised the wheat. A thoughtful board making such connecting links as that, makes friends everywhere. + TOM BUMGARNER HOME Tom Bumgarner, son of C. A. Bumgarner of this city, arrived hfime Saturday afternoon, after twenty months in the service of Uncle Sam, about a year of which time was spent in France. Tom was in the twenty sixth hospital division. He was sent to Camp Lewis for demobolization. ARTILLERYMAN RETURNS Victor Stone, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Stone; now of Ashton, arrived in Blackfoot Saturday morn ing, greeted some of his friends and went on home to see the folks. Victor is just back from overseas, and was discharged from Ft. Logan, Colo. * PROJECT TAKING I ON NEW INTEREST President Back of the Measure. Big Things for Idaho MANY RESERVOIRS A new expression has come into use concerning the Dubois project. People are no longer saying, "if the Dubois project goes thru," but -have substituted "When" the Dubois pro ject goes thru." Idaho's hope of a large appropriation for her several big irrigation enterprises on the Snake river plains, is based on the passage of the Myers bill setting aside a hunderd million dollars for preliminary work under direction of Secretary Lane and when President Wilson got back from Europe last week he urged the passage of .the bill, so it is only a matter of time when it will be enacted if it is not rushed thru in the closing hours of the session closing todaj^at noon. Making Department of Irrigation Another measure that is designed to go hand in hand with it is the act now pending adoption in the Idaho legislature to revise the laws gov erning the handling of water in Idaho, and so simplify it and increase its effectiveness that it will add to the range of its power and usefulness as it added to the power of the allied armies to be put under one head as when General Foch was made gen erallsimo. This measure is of such far-reaching effect that if it should fail of passage at this session, the friends it has made among the big, broad-minded men of the stata, the reclamation chiefs, the civil en gineers, the irrigation engineers and the men of vision who have given years of study to the situation, these men will go on with a campaign of education and enlightenments until such a code of irrigation laws is en acted and put into effect. Then all the water movement of the Snake river valley and all the reservoir sites, both great and small, all the conduits, both natural and artificial will be governed under one depart ment—the department .of irrigation, and great gains in the duty of water will appear and great losses from the handling and mis-management of waste water will be turned into new wealth. The essential features of the bill have been tested In Wyom ing, Calfornia and other states, and their gifaat valjlije has been proven, but it Is new to the Idaho solons and the measure has met with what we believe to be un deserved and unwarranted opposi tion and indifference. "Some Reservoir Hlteq Great lack of information is noted among the people of the Snake river valley as to what constitutes a reser voir site, and how many available sites the powers of creation made when the country was carved out. A good many people think that .be cause Jackson Lake and Henry Lake have been appropriated for use, that no more water can be stored, but storage is now only in its Infancy. Here are the names of some of the big reservoir sites available, not to mention those of secondary import ance not yet surveyed and listed. On the North Fork—Henry Lake, Flat Rock, Island Park. Robinson Fork of Warm river— Little Porcupine. Fall river—Fall river meadows, Mountain Ash, Upper Ford, Grassy Lake, the Forks, Be^ula Meadows, Becula-Herring lake. South Fork Snake — Shoshone Lake, Aster creek. Tributaries Fall river—Canyon creek, Crooked creek, Loon lake, Upper Loon lake, Squirrel creek, Teton creek. Main Snake rive—American Falls valley, reaching from American Falls up to the rapids at Ferry Butte about Seeger-Bundtie's Bad Road Message We are doing business in Blackfoot and we want to see the roads made good away down towards Aberdeen, and up towards Shelley and Goshen and out in the Taber country. We want the roads made so good that people can travel towards Blackfoot. If they come within a few miles of Blackfoot they will come the rest of the way, and if they come to Blackfoot at all that helps bur trade. Of course we want to see the very bad spots in the roads near Blackfoot made good, but we don't want the bulk of the road work done near the county seat. We want Blackfoot and vicinity to put up a lot of money and the whole county get the roads. We think we know enough about the officials to know that they will not give one locality so milch road improvements that it will be like choking a cat with butter, and leave some other locality with so little it couldn't even purr over it. We believe all the districts in the county will be purring over their road improvements in due^ time, and that the man who votes against bonds will be so ashamed of himself that he will lie wondering if anybody knows of his poor judgment. Nobody can stop the farmers from getting good roads, now that they have got the county commissioners to act on the matter and call a bond election. If anyone in the towns is opposed to the bonds they might as well get in line now and vote to make it unanimous so the bonds will sell for the highest price possible. Seeger-Bundlie Company "EVERYBODY'S SCORE" r BROADWAY BLACKFOOT SGT. KUTNEWSKY IS HOME FROM FRANCE Eighteen Months in the Service to the Day TO VISIT IN BOISE Sergeant Fremont C. Kutnewsky of the 145th artillery arrives home tomorrow (Tuesday) morning from overseas, eighteen months from the day of his enlistment. Mr. and Mrs. Trego will entertain the Republican Bunch that evening at Sagehurst in honor of his return, there being three young ladies and 'Jm .< 1 > SERGEANT F. C. KUTNEWSKY three men on the force who were connected with the Republican office before Mr. Kutnewsky left, and a family dinner at 7 o'clock, with music and chat up to midnight mark the reunion. Mr. Kutnewsky will go to Boise for a few days' visit, with his parents and sisters, and hopes also to meet his brother Donald, who is enroute home from France, brothers met once in Boise and once France and had a few hours to gether, the only times they have seen each other since Donald left with the Idaho troops for Mexico to quell Huerta, following the apology that Huerta declined to make. Sgt. Kutnewsky will return soon take his old position as assistant editor at the Republican office. The two -+ FISHER'S BUSINESS EXPANDING C. V. Fisher's feed store in the rear of the Hunter building is ex panding to occupy the large front room) with a department known as a seed store. This will be a-new department for Blackfoot, and one that is much needed. twelve miles below the town of Blackfoot. With all of these sites developed and run-off of Snake river being stored,'attention could then be given the multitudes of smaller sites with which the country abounds. New Wealth in the Making As the prospects brighten for the reclamation of the bulk of the Snake river plains, it dawns on the com prehension of men that great wealth will spring Into being, not only on those plains, but undeveloped re sources on adjacent belts will take higher values that are not now attractive.