The Twin Falls Times'
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Entered »it the Twin Falls postofflee as second class matter as
a twiee-a-week publication, October 18, 1910.
TWO DOLLARS PER YEAR IN ADVANCE
The proposition to establish a municipal lighting system for Twin
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Falls, utilizing the power now going to waste in nock < reck, is one
that will eommaud immediate attention not only from the city conn
eil but from the people at large. In many ways it is the most ini
portant issue raised in Twin F'alls for a long time. Coming as it does
at a ..me when the city is about to embank on municipal waterworks
operation it will find many supporters who will eonlend that 1 ho eity
might as well go the whole distance and adopt municipal lighting as
well. On the other hand, the ... will perhaps say that
the city shouKl wait until the success of its experiment with municipal
waterworks has been demonstrated before launching further into llie
seas of public ownership. However, in one particular, the eity cannot
afford to wait. It is imperative that a new bridge he constructed
across Hock Creek, if, as the commercial club directors contend, a
cement bridge can he built as cheaply as a steel strueturF and if the
power now going to waste in the stream is sufficient to give the city
municipal lighting, it would seem to be the part of prudence to erect
the cement structure and save thc power, pending the determination
of the question of whether a eity municipal plant should he installed
or not. On the face of the thing, the directors make a good ease for
the municipal lighting plant, and ownership of municipal lighting is
so clearly within the functions of eity government, it would seem
that the burden of proof should he on those who oppose the plan.
To .he sure, a certificate of necessity would have to he obtained
from the public utilities commission. Pocatello, which recently voted
to adopt municipal lighting, finds its application for such certificate
formally opposed by the merged electrical interests and the question
has not yet been decided. On the face of it, it would look as if (he
commission could take hut one view in regard to Twin F'alls. Fligh
ted! months ago when the city was smaller than it is now and when
its prospects for immediate and very great expansion were far less
promising, the commission granted the Idaho Light & Power company
the required certificate which enabled it to come into this territory.
The commission afterwards, having discovered 1 ha 1 the rival, com
panies would not compete, allowed them to merge.
room for competing companies so short a time ago. surely there is room
for "a municipal plant in this city at present. Such a plant would not
necessarily conflict with the activities of the electrical company now
enjoying a monopoly and if it threatened to do so, would serve only
•ven more diligent in attending to the needs of its patrons.
But if there were
to make it
HONORING INDUSTRIAL HEROES
The people of the Twin F'alls tract will unanimously acquiesce in
the plan to erect a statue in honor of Frank II. Buhl, Jr., proposed by
the directors of the Twin F'alls Commercial club at their meeting Fri
day afternoon. It is a good sign when the heroes ot peace receive a
proper share of the honors bestowed by grateful people. Not less]
honor to those who distinguish themselves in war. hut more to those
who do great things in other lines. There are industrial despots as
well as military usurpers, hut there are, also those in industrial as well
as military life who deserve monuments. Milton, following Cicero. |
though perhaps not borrowing from him, declared that "peace hath
victories not less renewed than war," and surely a recognition of this
fact in bronze or marble, is fitting. And to none, according to all who
know the risk involved, is such honor due more than to the men who
laid ont the Twin Falls tract.
Another thought, perhaps an impertinent one. and not wholly re
levant : Those in war who lead a forlorn hope and lose are honored
scarcely less than those who win. Hannibal died on exile, Napoleon
died a prisoner, Lee fought for a lost cause, the Old Guard perished
on Waterloo, the Spartan 800 were annihilated at Thermopylae, and
the Alamo defenders had "no messenger of defeat." Yet all these
are honored, and their defeats are explained. But for the man who
fails in the industrial struggle, there is no excuse offered, except that
he was incompetent, he did not "make good," he was "not a suc
cess." It would be hard to erect monuments for all the financial
wrecks strewn along the shores of the business ocean, hut a recogni
tion of the successful, by calling attention to the merit of business
heroism, may eventually serve to call attention to thc fact that the
failures in the industrial no less than in the military world, may have
lost because of the overwhelming odds against them, or on account of
unavoidable circumstances, rather than ou account of any lack of
ability on their part,
Now that municipal waterworks is assured and a discussion on
the advisibility of municipal lighting is inevitable, different plans for
the working out of the details of either or both are in order. Tlie last
legislature enacted a law permitting the union of two or more munici
palities for the purpose of establishing and maintaining certain public,
utilities. Buhl, which already has a city water system, is now seri
ously considering thc feasibility of getting Clear Lakes water instead
of ditch water for its people. During a discussion of that question
some time ago, it was suggested in the west end city that an effort he
made to unite Twin Palls and Filer in the establishment of a muniei
pal water system for the three places. However, as the statue as en
acted provided specifically only for joint electrical lighting systems
it was thought that it would not cover waterworks and the plan was
not pursued. In view of the action of tin' Twin F'alls Commercial
club directors in recommending that Rock Creek power he used for a
city lighting system, it might he well to ascertain whether should the
plan go through, Buhl and Filer would he willing to co-operate in a
joint lighting system, all using power generated here. The friendly
spirit slmwn by many people in Buhl toward possible co-operation in
joint water works operation when that plan was thought feasible,
leads to the hope that, should joint electrical operation he found ad
visible from a business point of view, Twin Falls and the west end
city could co-operate for their mutual financial benefit.
THE D. W. DAVIS DENIAL.
Elsewhere in this issue Thc Times publishes a letter from 1). AY.
Davis, of American F'alls, one of the candidates for Republican guber
natorial nomination, in which he denies the statement that he has pur
chased the Aberdeen Times with others, made by the Blaekfoot Opti
mist and republished with credit to that paper in The Times. The
item was republished by this paper as a matter of legitimate news
and under the impression that the Optimist was correctly informed in
regard to the statement it made. The denial is published as a matter
of news and of fairness. While the denial from Editor Toner of the
Aberdeen Times, to which reference is made by Mr. Davis has nol
been received, we have no reason to doubt the truth of the statement
that he did not buy that paper, and gladly give his letter the same
publicity wc gave to thc Optimist article; more in fact, since this
statement is added to the news story.
The Times desires to he just to all concerned, whether freeing
with them politically or not.
MINUTES OF MEETING OF TWIN
FALLS CITY COUNCIL,
FEB. 2s. GUß,
, ' 1 ' "UN STATE OP
II \!U , i Ol XT'! OF l WIN FALLS,
Twin Falls, Idaho,
February 2Sth, A. D., 1916.
The City Council of the City of Twin
F'all.s mi t in regular session in pursu
ance to adjournment of the regular
meeting of Monday, F'cbruary 21st, at
the regular meeting place of said
Council, to-wit: Commercial Club
i, .n lll( , Boju buk . on Main
Av< nur m the said City of Twin i
. ,hc -, sth . '*' iy J? 1 . 1 , < ,! n ' a , r - v '. ,,
Thc nu . rl ing was called to order h
the Mayor, rpon roll call the foi
lowing members and officials wore
f 0110 ' 1 ,n be present;
Mayor E. M. Sweeley,
Councilman C. M. Smith,
Councilman U. E. Bobier,
Councilman F'. F. Bracken,
Councilman H. A. Parrott,
. f* 1 - Williams, City Clerk,
constituting the entire Council.
Algo pr ^ ent .
George Herriott, City Attorney,
W. F. Porter, Street Commission! r.
Die following proceedings were du!;.
Clty Attorney Geor ge Herriott ad
vised the Council that the form «.;
bond as adopted by Ordinance No. 174.
through stenographic oversight, did
retrainr Hip 'rteht* «u'the * .mV ' n'f
Twin.F'alls to redeem the bonds, as
provided for in said Ordinance, after
April 1, > 1926, and recommended that
o nl ,, a ?imtr°the form of bond °so °as to
make proper provision for the exercise
of such option by the City.
THERE! PON Councilman Parrott
an F followi ^ r *
WHEREAS the form of bond as
adopted and prescribed for the issu
ance of "CITY OF TWIN F'ALLS WA
TER WORKS PURCHASE BONDS.
1916 SERIES A," dated April 1, 1916,
in the aggregate amount of $80.000.00,
bearing 5 per celil. interest, did not
embody the requisite provisions so
that thc City of Twin Falls may re
deem said bonds at its pleasure, any
time after the first day of April, A.
D. 1926; although the substance of tic
aforesaid ordinance provides for the
right to exercise such option by said
WFIEREAS tlie exercise of such op
tion by the City of Twin F'alls was the
original intent and purpose and man
ner ot authorization for the incurring
of said bonded indebtedness.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RE
SOLVED AND ORDERED BY THE
MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL
OF THE (TTY OF TWIN FALLS. IN
TWIN FALLS COUNTY. STATE OF
i nut Section II of Ordinance No. 174,
of the City of Twin F'alls, be amended
and supplemented to read as follows:
SECTION II. Said bonds and cou
pons thereto attached shall be in suh
^""mted STATESOF AMERICA
state OF' IDAHO
COUNTY OP TWIN FALLS
(TTY OF TWIN FALLS
ÜGE A pril i 1936 .
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRBS
ENTS, That thc City of Twin Falls, in
the County of Twin F'alls, in the State
of Idaho, acknowledges itself indebted
and for value received hereby prom
ises to pay to the hearer or holder
hereof, the sum of
ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS
in lawful money of the United States
of America, on the first day of Aoril,
A. D. 1936, with interest thereon from
the date hereof, at the rate of five per
centum (5 per cent.) per annum, pay
able semi-annually on the first day of
January and the first day of July in
each year that said bond is to run,
upon tlie presentation and surrender
of the interest coupons hereto attach
ed, to evidence said interest; both
principal and interest payable at the
office of thc City Treasurer In the
City of Twin F'alls, County of Twin
F'alls, State of Idaho, or at the F'irst
National Bank, in the City and Slate
of New York, U. S. A., at the option
of the holder of this bond and the at
tached coupons respectively; and for
the prompt payment of said principal
and interest, the full faith, credit, re
sources and all taxable property of the
said City are hereby Irrevocably
The City of Twin Falls hereby re
serves the right, at its option, to re
deem this bond upon any interest date
after the 1st day of April, A. D. 1926,
and prior to the maturity thereof.
THIS BOND is one of a series of
like tenor and date, issued for the
purpose of raising funds for the ac
quisition. by purchase, of the existing
waterworks system within the City of
Twin Falls, to supply said City with
water for fire, domestic and commer
cial purposes; said system to be own
ed, maintained and operated by said
City, under, by virtue of and In full
and strict conformity with the provi
sions of the Idaho Constitution and
with Chapter 12 of Title 13 of Part
F'irst (Political Code) of the Revised
Codes of Idaho (1908), being Sections
2315 to 2322 thereof, inclusive, and any
and all other laws and authority
thereunto supplemental, amendatory
or enabling; and in pursuance of the
necessary ordinances and all requisite
legal action by the City Council of
said City, duly passed and published,
and any and all other officials legally
or otherwise connected with the issu
ance of this bond; and under author
ity of a favorable vote by more than a
two-thirds majority of the qualified
electors of said City who were taxpay
ers thereof and voting at an election
legally called and held within said
City on the 3rd day of F'ebruarv, A. D.
IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED AND
RECITED that all acts and things re
quired to be done and conditions and
things required to exist precedent to
and in the Issuance of this bond, in
order to render the same legal and
valid, have been duly and properly
done and did exist in due time, farm
and manner, as required by law, ami
that the total indebtedness of the said
of T'vtn Fells. State of Idaho, in
cluding that of this bond, exceeds
neither the constitutional nor statu
tory limitations of the Stete of Idaho:
and that provision has been made for
the levy and collection of a direct an
mini tax upon all the taxable property
within said City, sufficient to pay the
interest and principal of litis bond, as
t i le same shall become due.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF', the
City of Twin F'alls, State of Idaho, by
the City Council of said City, has
caused this bond to be signed by the
Mayor of said City, attested by the
City Clerk, countersigned by the City
Treasurer, and sealed with the corpor
ate seal of said City; and has caused
the attached coupons to be executed
with the facsimile signature of the
Treasurer of said City, this first day
of April, A. D. 1016.
Mayor, City of Twin Falls, Idaho.
n „ , hA . . w , Jan " ar y
,,, _ the ritv of Twin Psiis in the
' ', Id h * t n the holder
or, fearer CeoL
in la ' vful money of thc United States
"^ h » f T Twin
, T , state
Idah 0. or at the F'irst National Bank,!
in f -he City and State of New York, U.
j A^Lomh^teter phÎ 'îîn ^ite^'wstPr
Works Purchase Bond,' ai»I6. Series
,. A „ - dated the tlrst day of
April, A. D. 1916.
tF'orm of Coupon)
STATE OF IDAHO
COUNTY OF TWIN F'ALLS
CITY OP TWIN PALLS
WATER WORKS PURCHASE BOND,
1916, SERIES "A"
Treasurer, City of Twin F'alls, Idaho.
That the following certificate shall
endorsed upon the back of each of
said bonds, to-wit:
Slate of Idaho, do hereby certify that
<he within bond has been duly regis
tered in our respective offices In the
public record hooks kept for such pur
poses, in full compliance with the laws
of the State of Idaho, in such case
made and provided.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, we
have hereunto set our official hands
Wo, the undersigned, the duly elect
ed, qualified and acting City Clerk and
city Treasurer, respectively, within
and for the City of Twin F'alls, in the
and affixed the seals of our respective
offices, at Twin F'alls, Idaho, this.
dav of., A. D. 1916.
THEREUPON Councilman Bobier
seconded the motion of Councilman
Parrott for the passage and adoption
ot said resolution and order. The
question being upon the adoption of
said motion the roll was called with
the following results;
Councilman Smith, Aye.
Councilman Bracken, Aye.
Councilman Bobier, Aye.
Councilman Parrott, Aye.
The City Attorney advised the Coun
cil regarding the status of the pro
cedure for the sale of the bonds, as
authorized by Ordinance No. 174, and
upon his recommendation Councilman
Bracken introduced and read the fol
lowing form of advertisement for bids
upon said bonds as proscribed by Mr.
W. V. Hodges, of Denver, Colorado, the
attorney handling the legal procedure
relative to said bond issue:
CALL FOR BIDS $80,000.00 WATER
WORKS PURCHASE BONDS, CITY
OF TWIN F'ALLS. IDAHO.
The City Council of the City of Twin
Falls, In the State of Idaho, will re
ceive sealed bids, which may he ad
dressed to R. M. Williams, City Clerk,
City of Twin Falls, until nine o'clock
A. M. on Wednesday the 29th day of
March, A. D. 1916, for the uncondi
tional purchase of $80,000.00 of "WA
TER WORKS PURCHASE BONDS.
1916, SERIES A," of the City of Twin
Falls, bearing 5 per cent, interest,
dated April 1, 1916, optional for re
demption April 1, 1926, absolutely due
and payable April 1, 1936. Both prin
cipal and semi-annual interest pay
able at the F'irst National Bank in the
City and State of New York, U. S. A.
Said bids will be opened by the City
Council of the City of Twin Falls, In
session therefor, at the hour of ten
o'clock A. M. on the 29lh day of March,
A. D. 1916.
Said bonds will be lithographed and
executed, ready for delivery on the
first day of April, 1916, and bidders
therefor must satisfy themselves as
to legality of said bonds prior to the
submission of a bid therefor, and ac
company said bid with a certified
check in the amount of $4,000.00, and
satisfy me City Council that they will
take unconditional delivery of said
bonds and pay their bid price for same
In cash In the City of Twin Falls not
later than the hour of two o'clock P.
M. on the first day of April, A. D. 1916.
IN Witness WHEROF, I hereun
to affix my official hand and seal of
the City of Twin F'alls, Idaho, this
28th day of February, A. D. 1916.
KEESE M. WILLIAMS,
"That the form of advertisement
calling for bids, as hereinbefore set
forth, be adopted as prescribed."
jiiuiniuii Rarrott thereupon sec
onded said motion, which was put to
vote, and upon roll call the following
results were had:
Councilman Smith, Aye.
Councilman Bracken, Aye.
Councilman Bobier, Aye.
Councilman Parrott, Aye.
There being no further business to
come before said meeting, by prior
action the Council adjournd.
E. M. SWEELEY,
REESE M. WILLIAMS,
Word was received by W r . C. Wll
Items last week that his father, W'. C.
W'il) ms, Sr., had died <n Wales, Jan
uary 31, at the age of 88 years. He
had en an elder In the Congrega
tlonnl church there for more than 70
; : k:
Orpheum Theatre announces the special engagement of Mahatma,.
"The Mystery Girl," who Is to apoar here today (Tuesday) and Wed
nesday, in sensational and mystifying demonstrations of thauniaturgy
To witness the amazing tests of this wonderful woman's mys
terious hidden force is to he astonished and yot impressivt-ly convinc
ed of the absolute and positive genuineness of her marvelous and al
most awe-inspiring exhibitions.
TWO DATS ONLY—TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY—AT THE
At VARNEY'S THIS WEEK
Regular Price 25c
Each a Soloist
Each an Artist
The Last Word in
Singers, Instrumentalist, Dancers
Friday and Saturday
March 3-4 and Saturday Matinee
Prices: Night, Children 15c, Adults 25c;°Matinee,
Children 5c, Adults 15c.
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