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Vol. XVII., No. 59 BLACKFOOT, IDAHO, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1921 $3 a Year COMPARE SCHOOLS; MANY SURPRISES j Need New Building anc School Wagons; Good Ears and Poor Eyes The July meeting of the school board was held on Tuesday evening at the high school building, members present. Nofear Davis, chairman; T. J. Johnson, clerk, E. M. Hubbell, Ernest Pearson, E. M. Gregg and S. W. Wilson. They opened bids for supplying 350 tons of coal to the schools and decided to buy lump coal. The bids ranged between $10 and $11 for that kind in that quantity, and the Black foot Elevator was the lowest bidder. The board has found that there is some coal in the back end of their coal bin at the high school building that has been there for six or seven years, just left over each year and nobody ever paid any attention to it. They decided to have the janitor wheel it out to the front so it will get used up the first thing this' fall. It is reduced to dust. The new shingles have been put on the Central school building and the bill was allowed for it amount ing to something over $500. Professor Bloom's report showed that a couple of additional rooms will be necessary for this year and it was left to the housing committee to determine what to do. The base ment of the Baptist church was used last year and it was not at all suit able and will not be used again. The board seemed to favor building two rooms close to the old gym on the Central school grounds and hooking it up with the heating plant in the gym. If they build it at the end of the old one it will be difficult to ex tend the beat to it, and if they build it by the side, it will cut into the playground too much. Professor Bloom says there is a lack of play ground as it is, there being less than a square yard per pupil. He recom mended that they arrange with the city to let them close that part of University street lying west of the school grounds during play time. They are doing it in this way in a good many cities, and have a traf fic committe to slip out and close the street just ahead of the dismissal of the pupils for play. Then the traffic committee opens the street when the bell rings, and the public travel other streets for those intervals and find it a good arrangement for the kid dies. At the high school grounds they propose turning the agricultural plot into a playground. The members differed about seeding it to grass or leaving it bare and no decision was reached. Professor Bloom has just returned from a trip to the National Educa tional assocfation .at Des Moines, and his annual report of the Blackfoot Continued on page five » * Boy Inflicts Very Serious Wound on Himself Last Week Elbert Russell, the three and a half year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wood D. Parker, miraculously escaped death from a pistol shot at about 5.30 Thursday evening. The little fellow was playing alone in the family automobile just in front of the door and in digging into the pocket of the car door found his father's automatic pistol, which had been forgotten in the pocket on the family's return from Big Springs the previous evening. The pistol is a double safety Browning .32 auto matic, but the little tot managed to release both, and pointing the muzzle toward himself pulled it off. Upon hearing the report of a gun the other children rushed from the house to investigate and found their little brother bleeding in the car. They called their father, the mother hav ing previously left the house, and the little boy was rushed to the hospital as quickly as possible for medical treatment. The bullet entered the lower part of the child's neck,'just on the center and came out at the left of the back of the neck, missing all the vital parts, but inflicting a nasty wound which is not considered fatal at this time by the attending physicians, who express hope for his early and complete recovery.—Teton Peak Chronicle. T Be Fair To your eyes. Have yonr glasses fit to give comfort mid benefit your health. See Dr. H.H. Scarborough AT ECOLES HOTEL Blackfoot TUESDAY, JULY 20 Let him stop your headaches. Cowboys Will Meet For a Big Time at Henry Next Month (jn August 13 and 14 the cowboys and cattlemen will meet at Henry and stage a real wild west celebra tion. There the cowboys will meet In their own country and compete for honors. Ther§ will be bucking horses, trick and fancy riding, bull dogging steers and exhibitions in all sports connected with life on the cattle range. Another feature that makes trip worth while is the opportunity presented in that section forvflshing and hunting, if a person wishes do so, rather than watch the sports, or there is even time for both. ENTRANCE FOUND TO MOON VALLEY Many Tourists Explore the Lava Beds While Passing Thru Tourists are now able to reach the mysterious "Valley of the Moon." party left Hailey recently and drove to the valley in two hours and forty five minutes. They spent the day there among the ice caves and craters. This is the first attempt made by an auto party to enter the lavas in the vicinity of the "Valley of the Moon," but the fact that the trip has been made will draw many tourists to that wonderland. The valley can be reached from Blackfoot by driving to Arco and then to Martin over the Arco-Carey highway. The best entrance found is about half way between Martin and Cottonwoods- At this point a large Signboard is set up which read "To the Vallqy of the Moon." From the signboard on the high way there is a well defined wagon trail leading into the lava beds, and with the exception of about 100 yards, the entire run of four or five miles is made over well packed cinders. This 100 yards is over roll ing lava and does not offer any sharp jagged edges which would injure tires. There are, however, a couple of rolls which would bother a car with a long wheel base. Those making the trip found what they thought to be the main camp of the Limbert party who recently in vestigated the valley. It was found in a cave or filled in crater. There was an ice cave about fifteen yards away with a rugged cottonwood lad ler leading down to a natural re frigerator, where a draft strong enough to blow out a match comes thru the crevices in the ice. Many wild flowers seem to flourish in the ashes on some of the cinder slopes and in places pine trees offer a good picnic shade. ; he growing interest in the "Val of the Moon" is evidenced by the number of tourists that are seen ex ploring in the lava beds oft that section. • BACK FROM EUROPE P. G. Johnston and wife got back from their trip to Europe Tuesday evening and report having had a fine trip. They attended the international convention of Rotary clubs in Scot land and made quite a tour of Europe. Mr. Johnston has not been very well for two or three years and his health is very much improved by his trip abroad. l •F SECRETARY RESIGNS Andrew Benson resigned his office as secretary of the fair board this week, but is still on the job until some one is appointed to replace him. Mr. Benson resigned because of private business which requires his atention at present. + FIRE AT JOHANNES FARM Barney Johannes, a farmer living in the Rich district suffered a heavy fire loss Tuesday afternoon when a gasoline engine back fired and ignited the roof of a granary. The fire extended to a second granary,* both being totally destroyed. The two buildings contained 2000 bushels of oats and wheat which were badly damaged. Farm machinery stored near the granaries was destroyed. The total loss will reach $2500. The grain and machinery were unipsured, but the buildings were fully covered by policies issued by J. H. Early. afiv. 1 •F ONE INSTITUTION SUPPORTING ANOTHER * Dr. C. A. Hoover reports having re ceived the first lot of men's shoes for the asylum, made by convicts at the Idaho penitentiary for use of patients the asylum. The state has installed some ma chinery to continue the work that has been conducted for many years Harry Orchard, the slayer of Gov ernor Frank Steunenberg. First Defenses Taken; Public Awaits Zero Hour For Concentrated Attacks k 4* i 5S fl As General Foch, the generalissimo of the allied armies whipped the invaders of liberty bet ween the sixteenth and the twenty-third of July three years ago, so Mr. Ree Duction whipped the high cost of liv ing at Blackfoot for the corresponding week this year and the 'sale closes satisfactorily to the public who made the onslaught the goods of the allied merchants. The special drives known as fifteen-minute sales were new and Interesting features of trade and lent spice to the steady drives of the public corresponding to the advance of the tank corps. Many people who have been unable to get in earlier are planning to buy on Friday or Saturday. People returning from early shopping trips and report ing their bargains furnish very convincing proof that moves their neighbors to gather up some cartridges and get the step. The buying public and the allied merchants of Blackfoot wish to extend their hearty tlpnks to Mr. Ree Duction for spending the week at Blackfoot. upon NEW UNDERTAKINGS AT FAIR GROUNDS; MORE PEOPLE GETTING INTERESTED Outside Interests Taking Notice of Work Being Done—Underestimated Contract But Keeps Working—Road Inside Grounds is Nearly Completed There is lable to be some new and rather unexpected help given to "Nut Seeger" in his task of improving the fair grounds. Seeger is putting in the summer there working without pay, and seemingly, just because he sees the possibilities of the undertak ing and is determined to create fine playground there even if he has to do a large part of it himself. There are some larger interests that are taking notice of what is being done there and the indications are that if the home people go right on help ing fix up the fair grounds and the city park to make something remark ably good, these bigger fellows out side of the county will throw some resources into the project. If they see that there is only a temporary and passing interest on the part of the home folks, then they will prob ably pass it up. If anything pretty good happens we will "wire you." A Good Helper There is another one of our home fellows who is showing a big, gener ous spirit in his work at the fair grounds. It is L. B. White, owner and operator of the White Transfer line. He took the contract to grade the infield for -$200, basing his cal culations on a plat made by an en gineer indicating how mjich earth had to be moved, and it seems that the estimate of the engineer was not correct or was not complete or that it was not practical to move the high spots into the low spots on the plan the engineer figured out, and White did $200 worth of work and still had a very incomplete job. While his men and • teams were getting the work done the plan of grading was changed somewhat, bringing the base ball diamond in close to the grand stand, and that called for moving an immense amount of dirt a long haul to fill in the race track in front of the grand stand, and it also left White without dirt to fill in some low ground that was included in the estimate, so he had to get that where he could. White didn't kick, but went on with the work like a good sport, and Seeger did not have the nerve to keep him working all sum mer on that kind of a deal so he al lowed him some pay by the day to help cover the loss.' White had be come interested in getting a fine job done and after he was paid off and released and the final watering was made there were still high spots and low spots and he sent the teams back to take them off, and said that if any more high places swelled up in the way he would send the teams back some more. White is reported to have said that he had not taken stock in the fair grounds like the moneyed sports had and he guessed he would count his loss on the contract and the^xtra work he did on the grounds as his stock donation to the play ground. Several Jobs Nearly Done The completion of the road inside the grounds and along the front and the rolling down of the new walk to Sugartown are delayed somewhat awaiting the completion of the south fence, the building of a little bridge connecting with tlie city park and se curing some choice material for sur facing with. When all these loose ends are ready the steam roller will go In and pack the job. Decorations by Nature The transplanting of perennial pea plants to the eighty pannels of the east front will probably be done next week, and now a new project has arisen. Fellows who have been looking over the situation say it is too bad that the southern slanting front between the two entrances is not to be adorned in some way witti natural beauty. There is no ditch to bring water across it, altho the ar rangements for watering the peas and the green strip just inside the east fence bring the water right down to the east gate and all it needs is a fine steel culvert and cement shoulders to deliver water on the slanting strip. There needs to be some grading of the strip and water ing and fertilizing to get it ready for planting and nobody has offered to plant it. County Clerk F. M. Fisher said it was too bad to let that choic est of all the frontage go without being beautified and he said he would see that the county warehouse yielded up the necessary steel and cement for the culvert if somebody would take care of the other parts of the job. 'A New Project in Front • It has been suggested that this strip. be planted to seven colors of hollyhocks because they grow big and bright and the blooin lasts a long time. They bloom during the tourist season, but are faded and fallen by fair time. Roses make two crops here and would be a good ornament, but they cost some money. They bloom in June and July and in August and September if well culti vated, but if not they had better be left put. Byrd Trego says he can furnish enough hollyhock plants for the strip if they are chosen, but that most people do not appreciate holly hocks and they might not Suit. He has a lot of extra plants stealing a march on him in the garden and he has not the heart to chop them out. Making Lovers' Retreats Seeger and a helper or two are building the south fence and are setting the iron posts two and a half feet deep in cement. The old ditch along the fence line is crooked and at many places holes have been dug to get dirt to fill in where puddles formed about the buildings, and it was the duty of the property owners along the line to straighten their ditch, but the duty of the fair to fill in the holes on their side <ot the line. Seeger concluded that it would be more trouble to get all the neighbors toegther on the job than to have the dump wagon haul in the dirt, apd he donates the work of rebuilding and filling in with his shovel and he keeps ahead of the fence builders and gets it done just the way he wants it. Mrs. Byrd Trego is plann ing to furnish some vines and shrubs be set along the new fence and make cozy retreats for mothers and babies on hot days and between races Continued on page four Idaho Falls Autos Will Park Parallel With the Sidewalk IDAHO FALLS, Idaho.—The park ing ordinance has been changed as to provide for the parking of auto mobiles parallel with and sixteen inches from the curb, within the business district, where they have formerly been parked obliquely. The idea of the new ordinance to see if some of the congestion the busy streets cannot be relieved and so do away with the probabilities of accident. All of the streets within the business district have been in cluded so as not to discriminate against the merchants of the nar rower streets. The new ordinance an experiment and it is expected some that further steps will have be taken to provide for one-way traffic. •F OUTLOOK BRIGHT FOR POTATO CROP More Attention is Paid to Selection and Care of Seed This Year C. C. Vincent, professor of horti culture of the University of Idaho, spent Monday and Tuesday in Bing ham county inspecting the potato fields. His work whs confined mainly to fields belonging to men who de sired their potatoes certified for seed. Mr. Vincent found on the average about 80 per cent stand of potatoes in the county with some fields run ning as high as 95 per cent. While it was a little early for many of the prevalent diseases to show up there were indications that some fields will have considerable disease. The fields which showed up the best in the county were those belong ing to Mark Shawver of Riverside, Everett Green of Groveland, Eric Sundquist of Lavaside and L. L. Christensen and Amos Kelsey of Shelley. All of these fields showed better than 95 per cent stand and were free from disease. The fields that showed up to the best advantage from the standpoint of percentage of stand and freeness.from disease were those belonging to men who have been careful in their selection of seed and who have been breeding up for the last two or three years thru the medium of a seed plot. The outlook for a potato crop in Bingham county Is very encouraging and more atention has been paid to the selection pt seed, treatment of the seed, and care of the crop, than any year before. Mr. Vincent was accompanied on his trip by County Agent Stephens, Walter F. Thomas of the agricul tural department of the Blackfoot high school and J. E. White, county agent of Fremont county. * BALL GAME MONDAY Boy Scout troops Nos. 1 and 4 will clash in a mighty battle of the dia mond Monday morning at 10 a. m. at the fair grounds. Both troops have told of their supremacy, but when these urchins of the sand lots meet in conflict the supremacy will be decided. All are Invited to come and see this game, which the boys say, will be better than the best exhibitions on the local field this season. + PUNCTURED POST OFFICE WINDOW The westerly plate glass in the post office building was found broken Saturday morning, it having been punctured during the night by either a bullet or stone. If by a stone it is thought the missle was tossed by a tire of a passing automobile. The plate measured 7x8 feet and was re placed Monday evening by the Pelkey brothers for the office of J. H. Early, carrying the accident insurance on adv. 1 the building. Stores Will Close Pioneer Day Monday July 25 Retail Merchants Association W. J. Beachy, Sec'y PAYING PETITION PASSES TUESDAY Will Pave New District and Another One is Proposed The city council held their regular meeting Tuesday evening and after roll call, Councilman Davis being absent, the minutes of the previous adjourned meeting were read. W. L. Young presented a petition signed by a majority of residents on Shilling Ave. requesting the council to grant that more pavement be laid. At the same time D. H. Biethan pre sented a petition signed by residents on Pacific street asking that Pacific street be paved to the intersection with' Bridge. Councilman Thoreson had notified the council that he would mdke a motion for the reconsideration of paving question as It had been left Thursday night. The vote authoriz ing the reconsideration of this ques tion was unanimous, that was made by Mr. Davis Thurs day evening requesting that no pave ment be laid at this time was read by the clerk and put to a vote by roll call. The vote resulted unanimously against the motion. Changes in Paving District The motion was then made to pave the district as published in the ordinance of intention, with the ex ception of South, Sonney, Bingham, Judicial, Pacific and Idaho streets from the intersection of these streets with Shilling east to the intersection with University. The paving of Son ney and Bingham streets one block west from Shilling was also elimin ated and the two alleys mentioned. This motion carried by a six to one vcfte. The motion New District Proposed The motion was then made to pave Pacific street west from the alley back of the Eccles Hotel to the inter section of Maple and Pacific. And to pave Ash street from Bridge north to Idaho, All members voted in favor of this motion and the city attorney was directed to draw up the neces sary papers. To Change City Hall A plan to rearrange some of the rooms of the city hall and to install an adequate heating system was pre sented. By the change the basement rooms may be used and the cost of heating the city hall will be greatly reduced. The improvement commit tee was directed to advertise for bids on the proposed changes. W. H. Montgomery was refused a permit it erect a one story frame building within the fire limit. + Idaho Falls Water is Below Standards Set by Government IDAHO FALLS, Ida.—The water supply of Idaho Falls was again up before the city council at a special session held Monday afternoon in the mayor's office. At that time R. E. McDonnell of the engineering firm of Burns & McDonnell of Kansas iCty discused the advisability of taking steps toward purifying the city's ■drinking water, a question which has agitated the citizens of this city for several years. Due to the wide experience of Mr. McDonnell in this kind of work he was able to give the members of the city council some valuable informa tion concerning the purification of the present water supply. According to Mr. McDonnell, the local water contains more impurities than the standard of water the government will allow the railroads to use. While not as bad as that of some cities, it is not considered of sufficient purity for domestic purposes. It is proposed to make a complete survey of the available sources of ob taining pure water and to determine the methods by which the present supply can be purified. The city council has yet to take final action on the matter.