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The Idaho Republican
SEMI-WEEKLY Published every Tuesday and Friday BYRD TREGO, Editor and Proprietor Entered at the postoffice at Black toot, Idaho, as second-class matter. Subscription price - $3.00 per Year A SERIOUS MATTER According to a special dispatch to the Salt Lake Tribune from Pocat tello: . "Monday a small dog. running at large, in a mad condition, bit eight persons in different parts of the city." This is serious, and you shouldn't i laugh. v A YEAR AGO About a year ago, or thereabout, August 13, to be exact, the Idaho Re publican published across its face the startling caption: "The Huns are losing men, cannon, supplies and ter rain." That was great news in those days. .The allied offensive in Picardy it was reported, had netted 2G.000 prisoners. There was an urgent call for nurses. Bingham county was to fur nish six, and three had already en listed. It was rumored the water works might sell at $70,000. Politics held the boards for some attention. Some body proclaimed that war bread was a blessing. Yes, them were great days! PROHIBITION OTHER WAYS We hear some folks saying that the town ought to eliminate the traveling carnival because It takes away such a fortune in money and brings nothing in return. If the carnivals should shun this town there would be something the matter with us. For every attraction company that has come this sum mer the crowds have turned out, both high and low, the old and the young, the fat and slim, good-natured and sour. There must be something about them that the people like. If the people didn't like fun, if they weren't curious to know why the head of the beautiful girl in the mystery show seems to rest bodiless upon a shelf, if they wouldn't take a chance at a wheel for a kewpie, or have their fortunes told-—then hu man nature would be questionable In Blackfoot. But the people do like fun and all tht rest, so we don't have to worry about that. We haven't heard anybody com plaining about the morals of these carnival shows, which silence listens good, but some have complained about their taking so much money away from town. And yet this is not an amusing town. We have no dramatic com panies, performers, merr.v-go-rounds, fortune tellers here. If we want amusement to come in we must send money out If'we want anything to, come in we roust send something out. Perhaps there are satisfied neighbors here now who would as leave see the town sealed up and cut off from out side commerce, as it was before the railroads. That's not impossible, but highly improbable. Every fellow thinks the other fel low has all the luck. If the truth were known, these carnival com panies haven't 'made such great stakes in Blackfoot. If the town should set up to hire a carnival com pany to come here once a month and amuse us for the summer, the cost would knock the town council dead. It Is doubtful if many carnivals make as much profit as the Chautauqua, which pays no license. Carnivals have taken the place of circuses. Father, remember them days, and help the kids keep the car nivals coming.—F. C. K. IF HACKFOOT SHOULD NOT MAKE THE ROAD If a large remonstrance should be laid before the cit ycouncil this Tues day evening, agairist paving the street to the west limits of town and thus defeat the plans now under way by the county road administration for paving to Snake river bridge, Blackfoot would have a nice mess to straighten out with the public who travel that road, and nearly very body travels it. If the "conscientious objectors" to the paving should loom large at the meeting and the men who favor the paving should loom small or stay away and thus leave the impression that the objectors are the only ones who have any wishes or opinions on the subject, some of the councilmen might think the majority, the three or seven objectors, were the majority of the town, and cancel the paving job. Suppose that each objector should stand before the council and tell them that his department of the in terior had failed to function, and that tor the next ten years that he, his town, would n6t be able to digest anything and consequently would not be able to meet the assessor with any pavement tax money, but would have plenty of money for fighting the dust gas S REMEMBER This is the last week I of the 20 °/o discount on all Queen i Quality shoes; high tops, pumps and | oxfords, this week only, ending Sat., the 16th Kinney Mercantile Co. ' ! and for mending broken axles and oroken springs and for quieting the howls of the populace. Suppose that each of these object ors, owners of much property, should tell the council of the billows of agony it would give him to see men employed laying paving, and later, to see a stream of traffic pouring, thru and coming down streets where his buildings are, which members of the council are going to take stock in his disaster and swallow the stuff, hook, bait and sinker! All of them have the right to pro test. There is no law to keep any one from making a fool of himself and everybody will admit that some men in the town have the makings. We have always supposed that Mark Twaip was thinking of an optimist when he said, "I like the man who never Joses faith in his own plans nor loses sight of his original pur pose." But if he was thinking of the chronic objectors, it brings up again the question of what are the plans and what have been the original pur poses of the- objectors? Some lecturer at a recent Chautau qua-told about a workman who had n on a job nearly all his life and He took had never been promoted, such a gloomy view of things that one of his new acquaintances on the work told him it was not an endur ance contest, and it was not worth while to see how long he coUld endure his present sta tion, and we think that applies to all men who are in favor of keeping the city and town from laying a permanent hard surfaced road from the business district to Snake river bridge and 300 feet on the other side. When ripe apples are not picked they get over-ripe and fall to the ground, bruised and ready for decay. We hope Blackfoot will not stop its clock in an effort to save time. Not all of its men want to fool them selves. 'Most of us want to see busi ness growing over night, like whisk ers and interest. Most of us want to see the jitneys coming in loaded to the gills, and going out over fine roads on their own power. How many men are there in Black foot who will stand before the council tonight and admit that they endorse the old adage, "Him that is filthy, let him be filthy still." 4 AUGUST MAY BE TRYING MONTH Reports Show Over One Thousand Fires in Idaho, Washington , and Oregon in July SOME ARE STILL SMOULDERING PORTLAND, Ore.—Exereme dry ness in all but the immediate coast country, with fast drying out of the latter, emphasizes the need for great care if the fire situation is to be held in check during August. The large number of fires which have so far occured In northwestern states and have been successfully extinguished is a tribute to the alert ness of fire protection agencies, but also serves as a warning that August may prove an extremely trying month. Reports received from northwest ern states by the Western Forestry & Conservation association show that during July over 1000 fires occured in Idaho, Washington and Oregon. Some of these in the former state caused considerable loss of green timber. A force of over 1500 men is now at work to prevent the start ing or spreading of fires. Favorable weather cqnditions the last wqek of July caused great improvement in the general situation. Washington had 150 fires during July caused by sparks from engines and berry pickers. Not over one and a half million feet of green timber was killed, but loss of bucked logs and camp buildings and equipment will be a considerable item. A force of 100 wardens employed by the Washington Forest Fire association, is now on duty. Oregon reports 400 fires, mostly small ones originating from lightn ing, campers and logging camps. There has been practically no loss of green timber, but some damage to logs and logging equipment. The full force of patrolmen is now on duty composed of fifty-three states and weeks law wardens and 500 wardens employed by patrol associa tions and individual timber owners. Idaho had 470 fires during July caused by railroads, lightning, camp ers and loggers. Losses cannat be given at this time as many fires are burning. A force of over 1000 men were fighting fires In July. Protective agencies thruout the northwest took advantage of the cool weather the last week In July to put out as many fires as possible in an ticipation of unfavorable conditions later on. Smoke has rendered look outs useless in places and greatly reduced their efficiency thruout. This condition improved somewhat late in July. The accumulated shortage of pre cipitation in many sections together with the large number of fires still smouldering in old burns and slash ings, make it necessary that unusual precaution be taken to avoid dis astrous August and September fires, the contrary impression to the presi dent are either ignorant or deluded or vainly bluffing. We are telling him the truth. Sooner or later he will realize that fact. The sooner the better for the country and for him self. AMERICAN INDE PENDENCE SAVED Up to Administration to Accept Guarantees of Independence WHAT WILL WE DO "There must be effective reserva tions." Those are the words of Chairman Will H. Hayes of the Republican Na tional committee. They embody the unalterable determination of a ma jority of the United States senate, of the Republican party and of th> American people. There need be no further concern respecting the pres ervation of the independence of this Republic. The fight has been won. Those who are unwisely conveyin'; What precisely are those reser vations? Mr. Hays sets them forth succicitly and accurately in these words: "These reservations must safe guard the sovereignty of the United States in every particular; must guarantee the Monroe Doctrine be yond the shadow ot a doubt; must either eliminate Article X entirely or so modify it that our own congress shall be morally as well as legally free after a specified periodic I'• tide when and where and to what extent our soldiers shall be employed; must retain our full control of immigration tariff and all other purely aomestic policies ,and must provide the full rights to withdraw from the league at any time without hindrance or conditions of any kind, upon giving suitable notice." Mr. Hays does not say in so many words that he would advocate rati fication of the treaty if these reserva tions were incorporated, but the in ference is plain and unmistakable. He would. So would Senator Lodge. So would practically all of the Re publican senators. Consequently Mr. Hays is fully warranted in adding: "It is up to theh administration to decide whether it will or will not ac cept these essential guarantees of American independence, which would unquestionably be promptly accepted by the other nations." The correctness of the last state ment is beyond question. Both France and England have made it clear that they attach slight impor ance to the proposed league or what the covenant contains. They will accept readily whatever the United States may offer. Indubitably, then, it is "up to the administration to de cide" whether it will join in con serving the interests of the country, or get no ratification of the treaty which the president personally nego tiated. There is no other alternative. But let there be no misunderstand ing. When Mr. Hays says "effective" effective is what he means. Mere "interpretations" having no binding force will not go. The guarantees of American sovereignty must be rockribbed and copper-fastened. They must constitute a part of the treaty itself and be accepted as such by the other powers. When poor Senator Hitchcock truculently declares that the president will not permit an i to he dotted or a t to be crossed, he talks like an ass, but not a whit more childishly than the New York Times when it weakly admits that Mr. Wilson "might accept explanatory reservations, but none of' vital ef fect." Men are not mice. Neither are the winners of this fight for the Nation fools. They cannot be de ceived. The country has come to realize that. They cannot be coerced or cajoled. The president has dis covered that. His artful attempts at circumvention have failed. Twist and squirm as he may, he can only beat his head against a stone wall. More than a sufficient number of senators to prevent ratification have given mutual and absolute pledges never to accept the covenant as it stands, regardless of the effect upon their political fortunes, and a clear majority will vote for effective reser vations. That is all there is of it. Now what is the president going to do? Will he put his heel in the ground, as he has so many time threatened to do, and concede -nothing? Then the treaty will surely be rejected and the responsibility for its defeat will be his and his alone as a consequence of his unwarranted assumption of dictational authority. Will he appeal to the country as he promised? We doubt it. From the day of the first announcement to this effect ,as our readers are aware, we have regarded this absurd menace as a bluff. The reason is plain. Mr. Wilson cannot successfully defend his utterly un-American proposals be fore an American audience and he knows it. His only Hope from the beginning has been to prevail thru appeals to sentiment rather than to reason. Not oncp in his many dis sertations has he advanced a single concrete argument in support of his proposition. He has not even at tempted to do so. The simple tact, of which obviously none can be more nainfully cognizant than himself, is that he has none to offer. Such a tour as has been heralded would prove a ghastly failure. He would get nowhere with his emotional in vocations and he now apparently knows that also. Will he continue his secret "clari fying counsels" with Republican sen ators, in flagrant violation of his own vaunted maxim of "open covenants openly arrived at?" Perhaps. Thus fgr his efforts to wheedle even those reputed to be the weakest-kneed have availed nothing; and yet what better method could be devised of marking time? For that is what the president i§ now doing. He is groping vaguely for a way out and none appears to even his glorified vision. Sensible men presist, despite his trumpeted derision, in keeping their feet on the earth beneath them and their eyes on the ground ahead. Summing up: The only weapon in negotiation or diplomacy whose use Mr. Wilson understands or has ever wielded effectively is power and he has lost that. The war is over. The senate no longer fears him and the country is with the senate on the issue of American independence. These are the immutable facts. What the president is going (b do about it remains a question which we doubt if he himself could answer. Vs we have remarked, he obviously and rather hopelessly, we suspect, is seeking a solution of the perplexing problem with whic hhe has brought problem with which he has brought praying for inspiration. What ought he to do? is the more pertinent query; and the true answer we venture respectfully to suggest, may easily be derived from the frank, clear and concise statement of Mr. Hays. 1. There must be effective reser vations. Surely the president realizes that. 2. Guaranty of the Monroe Dio trine "beyond the shadow of a doubt." The president holds that such guaranty is afforded with full assent of the other powers by the covenant. If so, since ratification cannot be se cured otherwise, why should he not acquiesce in a mere change in phrasing? . 3. Either eliminate Article X en tirely or "so modify it that our own congress shall be morally as well as legally free, after a specified period to decide" whether upon occasion our troops shall be used abroad. All admit that congress cannot be deprived of its legal right to make or refuse to make war at any time. The doubt is as to its moral right to reject a call from the league after having subscribed to the convonant. Mr. Hays insists rightfully that this full prerogative shall be clearly pre served, but only if desired "after a specified period" of time. That is to say, he grants the propriety of re taining only the technical right, which cannot be relinquished any way under the constitution, during the progress of readjustment, as a part of the aftermath of the war it self. Why should not such a pro vision satisfy the president as serv ing all immediate purposes and leav ing to future generations determina tion of their own dpties and obliga tions under conditions which cannot now be forseen? 4. Control of immigration, tariffs, etc. Again the difference is one of phrasing only. The president urges that the covenant does guarantee such control, also with the under standing and consent of the other Then what can be the ob powers. jection to making that fact clear by substituting language of whose meaning there can be no doubt? 5. Right to withdraw without hindrance or conditions. Opinions of advocates of the league differ as to whether the covenant confers this unqualified privilege. Senator John Sharp Williams, as we note elsewhere, thinks not, but Sena tor Swanson, after consultation with the president, asserted positively that "no authority is given anywhere to compel the retention of a member after giving the required notice of withdrawal," It is not necessary to argue the question. The mere divergence in opinion of these two distinguished covenanters suffices to establish the doubt. Assuming, as doubtless we may assume correctly, that the view of the president coin cides with that of his designated spokesman, it is difficult to discern any good reason why he should re fuse to concede simple clarification of expression designe dto resolve all uncertainties. Now that Is all there Is of the whole matter. Mr. Hays naturally would not presume to pledge the Re publican senate, and could not, of course, commit the Republican party but as chairman of the Republican National committee he speaks with a certain authority, and in this in stance, undoubtedly depicts the at titude of not only the senate and th party but of the country. It so, It is Indeed "up to the president" to show whether he is wise enough to fyeed immutable facts and big enough to put aside personal pride and stand forth before his fellows, as in years gone by he did appear convincingly, as a true patriot devoted to Jhe in terests of his own country. But it his cloud-enveloped head still swinmB to the old Edna-May Salvation army refrain— WhenI ask you to "follow the light" I mean to follow me. he may as well throw away the horse chestnut which he has carried so long and so advantageously in his trousers pocket. The war Is over. The fight for American independence is won. 4 Rexburg Runs Idaho Falls Into Ground In one of the snappiest games seen in the Snake river valley this season, Rexbrug Friday mopped up on Idaho Falls to the score of 6 to 3. Fans were there from everywhere, up and down. A large crowd of Blacktoot ers went up. It was a battle of the south-paws. A fast, a good game, wherein the Rexburg south-paw got the better support. BEACHY'S MIDSUMMER SHOE SALE We will only run this sale for a few days as our new fall shoes are arriving daily and must be taken care of. In all of our announcements we have advised and urged you to buy. We know that leather will cost more this fall. It will mean a material saving for you to get your shoes now. BEACHY SHOE CO. Horse Show At Camp Lewis The British Military Tournament is the annual horse show of London; the Madison Square Horse Show of New York annually displays the equine champions of the Atlantic coast and eastern Canada; while our own West has the world-famed Rodeo and Stampede. At the recent horse show at Camp Lewis the cos mopohtan character of the riders was illustrated by twenty-six events. which covered the work of the bucka roo the school trainer and the mill Ary expert on hippology. Events rrom the three classes of horse shows were all accomplished with facile nonchalance. All the soldiers in camp attended and nearly 2000 visitors from nearby cities. * ILLEGAL TAPPING OF SPIRITS Thru our own bureau of supernor in ci 1 intelligence CHARONBURG, April 17,(Delayed in Transmission.)—At a meeting last night of the Stygian Central Committee for the Investigation of Human Phenomena (Incorporated) it was decided to protest firmly against the increasing earth-habit of tapping the subliminal conscious ness at illegal hours. Marco Polo, who presided, prophesied that if the present lawless methods of unli censed earth-mediums, were per mitted to continue, there would be a general strike of psychic operators, many of whom, he said, were becom ing infected by the growing Bolshe vik agitation among the extremists in Shade-Land. 1 The Secret of Building Low Cost Houses The secret is in the planning. In addition to making _ a home look attractive, every good architect puts forth his best endeavor in keeping down cost. In planning a home It is very essential to so proportion it that all material will work out to the best advantage. It is a sinful waste to use a 2x6 where a 2x.4 will answer every purpose. It is likewise not good economy to use a high grade board where a cheaper one will answer all purposes. The proper understanding of these facts often are the means of saving the home builder hundreds of dollars. A Really Good Architect Does Not Overlook Economy Why waste your building funds with hit and miss methods? In addition to saving your material, which Is yonr money, an architect will put that artistic, finished appearance to your home which Is so greatly desired. The beet architectural sendee in the state Is yours for the asking. It Is free. Ask ns about it. KM W. B. R0YCE E o f o X 1 a / x -o M > cOI SALES MANAGER o k <P 'Xjt Blackfoot /MHO. Manufacturers of Western Soft Pine Warrants Authorized* and Petitions Heard At the first session of the month, Tuesday evening ..the city council heard reports of officials and auth orized the payment of the month's hills. alley committee, g^nth Day Adventists were granted permi88lon t0 hold a C amp u at the clt k in AuguaU . , , " . «,**■ °!' dered the ® ou " c }. ^ !'" e irrigation ditch on East faciflc n * 1,s t be moved before next season, A petition to sprinkle South Stout avenue was referred to tile street and The July revenue reports show re ceipts as follows: By chief of po lice, licenses etc. $245; by sexton, $122.30; by police judge $55.00. NOT WHAT WE THOUGHTED In years gone by we had to hustle and gather news with toil and bustle. We could not dash on rubber tires or interview folks over wires, but every item that saw printing was something won by honest sprinting. We got our facts with grip presensile and wrote our copy with a pencil, and after all this toil laborious the sad dest job was still before us, for no machine with swift precision per formed our ancient compostiion. How often were our flowers of fancy transformed by type's strange necro mancy to flowers of speech that all distorted produced weird thoughts we had not thoughted!—From the Mergenthaler Lines O' Type News. Advertising is the business man's editorial.