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Tuésday Evening at THE TIMES Office. National Returns by Private
Leased Wire. Special Arrangements for Reporting the County. Returns announced as Fast as They Come In. Later in the Evening
the Crowd Will be Accommodated at a Local Theatre Where Returns Will Continue to be Reported Until The County Is Complete.
Join The Crowd
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Steady Reduction Shown in Amount of Taxes Paid on Specific
Real Estate in Twin Falls Under Present State Admin
Twin Palls, Oct. 31st, 1916.
Twin Falls Times,
Twin Falls, Idaho.
Gentlemen ; In compliance with your request X have computed the
state tax on the following property for the years 1914, 1915 and 1916,
as follows;
1914 1915 1916
$ .16 $ .14 $ .12
C. M. Booth—E. 60 ft. lot 1 Surtees Add
Alice J. Sweeley— W%NW%, 12-10-14 .
D. M, Denton—Lot 22, block 1, Highland View. 1.03
W. P. Guthrie—Lot 14, block 131, Twin Falls
J. A. Crom—Lot 17, block 118, Twin Falls.,
Very truly yours,
The above figures show the actual
savings on definite specific tracts of
real estate owned by leading Republi
cans of this county through the eco
nomical administration of Governor
Let it be recalled that
every taxpayer in the county saved a
proportionate amount on all the state
taxes paid. The Alice J. Sweeley men
tioned in the above list is the wife of
M. J. Sweeley, Republican candidate
for attorney general of the state of
Idaho. Of course most of those men
tioned have other property, both real
and personal, but the comparison was
made on tracts which they owned un
der the Haines administration and
still own.
Under the Haines administration of
1913-14 the state of Idaho demanded
of Twin Falls county, $84,971.03, while
under the present administration of
Governor Alexander, 1916-16, the
amount demanded of the county was
$60,505.21, a direct saving of $24,465.82
to the people.
The levy demanded of Twin Falls
county for 1913 was $41,744; for 1914
It was $43,227.03, and tor 1916, $27,
k $140.16. The reduction was steady on
\all property assessed in the county
'^Turing the Alexander administration.
A well-known Democrat Is a street
conversation with a prominent Re
publican this weeke said: "You cannot
deny that Alexander vetoed or defeated
measures aerrying appropriations ag
gregating more than $800,000," to
which the Republican leader respond
ed, "No, but some of the bills which he
vetoed should have been signed and
in such cases the defeat of the appro
priation did not constitute a real sav
ing." To this the Democrat answered:
"That 1 e not the point. He did defeat
the appropriations and thus reduced
taxes to that amount, and' this what
we claim." Democrats replying to
the attacks on Alexander's economy
program say:
Critics of the governor in their ob
lique way try to show that the reduc
tion in taxes is largely due to a sav
ing of $250,000 on the Panama-Pacific
exposition appropriation, the use of
$200,000 bond money, the running in
f debt to the extent of $83,000 to coun
f ties in the matter of the state highway,
and the failure to pay certain charges
amounting to several thousand dollars
In northern Idaho. Assuming that
this Is all true and that the delinquent
charges bulked, amount to $10,000,
we have a total of $533,000, which, ac
cording to Republican figures, should
he deducted from the $805,000 saved by
the vetoes and economy of the gover
nor. Even if this statement should be
taken as correct, they fail to note that
the quarter of a million saved at San
Francisco was mostly savéd under the
present administration and that the
governor deserves credit for it, and,
k what is more to the point, they delib
erately ignore the payment of a war
rant indebtedness of $200,000 against
the state and a reduction of bonded
indebtedness In the amount of $363,
600 at the same time that the reduc
tion In taxes is made under Governor
Alexander. In other words they put
In an offset of $633,000 at least part of
which Is unfair, and at the same time
fail to give credit for $553,600 paid out
<o clear up debts. Let us hope that
this is not a sample of the up-to-date
system of accounting that D. W. Davis
promises to install if elected. The
honesty of their arguments and the
truth of their statements may be gath
ered from this omission. That Gov
ernor Alexander vetoed some meas
ures which might have been signed
may be assumed. They could not
have amounted to very much, however,
* or the Statesman and the Republlacn
spellbinders would not have been driv
en to deliberate falsification in re
gird to the alfalfa weevil matter In
order to make a case. The same men
who denounce Alexander becau^ he
failed to sign the entomologist bill,
which would have had no effect on
the weevil, and thereby saved $4000
for the people, will in the same breath
denounce, by implication, President
Wilson because he did sign the prepar
edness bills which they themselves de
manded, and thereby failed to make a
record for economy. The ingenuous
ness of their attitude is on par with
its consistency.
Drove From There to Sugar Fac
tory—Dr. Ray Speaks on His
KIMBERLY'.—Thursday morning D.
W. Davis of American Palls, Repub
lican candidate for governor of Ida
ho spoke to the peole of Kimberly.
His talk of course dealt with the
political questions of the state but
as his time was so limited he could
not give many details. He stated
his policy and that of his rival, the
present governor Alexander and he
pointed out the good points of his
platform and the bad ones of his op
ponent. When his time was up he
left in a car for the sugar factory,
where he was due at 2:16.
On the night of Wednesday, the
18th of this month, Dr. Ray, a mem
ber of the world's geographical so
ciety and a traveler of South Ameri
ca, lectured on the South America
countries. His talk was exceeding
ly interesting and instructive. With
him he had brought many relics,
which he had collected from the dif
ferent republics and with these he
helped us to form a clearer idea of
that country. He told a great deal
about one Indian tribe whose home
was far in the interior of Brazil. The
story of their ways and customs be
fore and after their conversion to
Christianity was especially interest
The High school dramatic club
has been organized and work on
their first play is soon to begin.
A birthday surprise party was giv
en for Flora Eubanks at her sis
ter's, Mrs. Bremer, last Tuesday
evening. A number of young peo
ple were present and the evening
was happily spent in playing games.
Mrs. Harry Massie and children,
Helen and James left Tuesday morn
ing for Tenneesee where they ex
pect to make their home, as Mr.
Massie has a position as signal main
tamer on the railroad.
On Saturday, October 28th, occur
red the opening of Swearingen &
Wilson's New Hardware store. Dur
ing the day the band played and
crowds of people from the surround
ing country came to inspect the new
stock. Candy, wafers and cocoa
were served to the crowd and alUthe
women were
line reels.
presented with clothes
A crowd of young people spent
delightful evening, at the home of
Edith Montooth, Hallowe'en. Light
refreshments were served.
Albert Allen who has been ill for
some time In the Twin Palls hospi
tal has returned to his home in Kim
Mrs. James Nygard has just re
turned from a brief visit among her
friends and relatives at her former
home at Blackfoot.
• Rock Creek—Friday night.
• Hollister—Friday night.
• Twin Falls—Saturday night.
Coming Alexander Meeting Wor
ries Managers
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On the eve of the big closing
Democratic rally, at the havering,
Saturday night, the Republicans are
hustling to offset the swing back
toward Alexander which set in when
,, . _ _ . . , . ...
their attempted big drive of last
week began to recede. The latest
grapevine bulletin put out by the
county headquarters is said to con -1
tain "confidential" information that
instructions have been received from
headquarters at Boise that Davis is
safe by a big margin and that all
work should be devoted to other
candidates, especially to Hughes.
Wise Democrats take the position
that this method is as fatuous as the
plans of the little boy who went out
to catch a bird by putting salt on
his tail. The object is so obviously
to create the impression that Alex
ander is really beaten and to dis
courage the Democrats, that nobody
is accommodatingly putting a foot
Irto the trap set in the presence of
the whole flock. The truth is that
local Republicans are scared to death
over thé gains that Alexander is
making land over the reaction caus
Democrats Declare That This Is Cam
paign Dodge to Hide State of De
Mayor Sweeley Said This Was His "Personal"—Not Merely "Political Promise to
Make Good or Quit—Did Neither.
Tn Tne Event that I an elected Mayor on next Tuesday I make you my -
personal—not my political—promiee that I will produce for your
Inspection the true facts concerning every practical source of pur©
-.-not purified-—water for your consideration; that from those facts
found by P men we know are trustworthy we—and that means all of us-—
will choose the best;and when that is determined,if Y 0 « will stand
behind me,within eighteen months from this nlnute,we will have our
own olty water works under driving construction,if n0 J ^J^** 1 * -
déllverlng to our homes an abundant supply of pure water long before
that time?and,if you will stand by me and I don't make good on my
promise to you,you wonot have to ask for my resignation
URING the mayoralty campaign a
year ago last spring, a great
many promises were made by
Everett M. Sweeley with regard to
what he would do, if elected, about
securing for the city of Twin Falls, a
source of pure water. The pure water
proposition was, in fact, the platform
upon which Mr. Sweeley and his asso
ciates made their campaign, and were,
with the exception of one councilman,
elected to office. The former admin
istration was rejected because it mov
ed too slowly, and without apparent
results. All it had done was to dis
cuss the subject and to cause a cou
ple of investigations to be made. The
peoplh wanted action. So did Mr.
Sweeley, so he claimed.
One of the most interesting cam
paigns in the history of the city en
sued. Mr. Sweeley addressed large
audiences in this city and most bitter
ly denounced the inactivity of the
former administration; he Illustrated
his talks on the pure water proposi
tion with lantern slides showing pic
tures of the contamination of
| channels through which the city water
was secured,
It was, In popular vernacular, quite
some campaign.
And what is more. It worked.
Mr. Sweeley landed the office.
But some of Mr. Sweeley's staunch
est supporters were after pure water,
and not at all interested in the out
come of his political ambitions. They
had had experience with platforms
which were merely stepping-stones to
office and then forgotten about.
Hence the request of Mr. Sweeley
that he be specific In his promises,
and that they be reduced to writing.
The candidate for the office of
, mayor complied readily, as is seen by
) the above photograph of Mr. Swee
I ley's signed statement.
j In it he promises:
J That he will produce the true facts

Severn! Novel and Entertaining Fea
tures Represented in Tuesday's Fro.
gram at Parish Hall.
The Twentieth Century club pro
gram Tuesday afternoon at the Par
ish hall was in charge of Mrs. Wil
fred MacKay-Olsen and an interest-1
ing dramatic entertainment was giv
en. Several novel and entertaining
features wore included by Mrs. Ol
sen in the program which were en
joyed by all present. After the pro
gram, coffee was served by a color
ed attendant, and an old witch rep
resenting the hallowe'en idea read
the palms of »the different members
present. Besides the Twin Falls
people who took part in the enter
tainment, Margaret Showers, Doro
thy McGinnis and little Virginia
Snyder came from Filer to aid. The
Program follows:
Sketch, "A Fair Encounter," Mar
*f ret powers and Dorothy McGin
ms; Recitation, "When Melinda
singR » by a 80Uthern dar key, Mrs. C.
F. Parsons; monologue, "Playing
.Grown-up", Patricia Wilson; Edith's
Burglar," Dr. Leigh, Henry Howe,
Virginia Snyder; monologue, "Her
Reflections After the Ball," Ger
trude Smith; sketch. A Happy Pair,
Mrs. Wilfred McKay-Olsen, Charles
On November 7th there will be a
business meeting and Kensington in
chargo of Mrs. M. G. Ripley.
ed by the misrepresentation of the
governor's prohibition
Davis, and are whistling to keep up
Governor Alexander will have a
bumper crowd at the Layering Sat
in day night at the Wilson and Mar
shall meeting, and at present indica
tions will carry the county by a big
concerning every practical source of
P ure — not purefied—water;
That from these facts the citizens of
they n wlsh- 8 Can ^ 80
That within eighteen months from
the time the pledge was given the city
would have its own water works sys
tem under "driving construction, If not
actually delivering to our homes an
abundant supply of pure water long
before that time. (Pure water, mind:
not "purified.")
That in the event he fails to make
good this promise, which he-says is
"personal" and not "political." he
proraised to "tender my resignation
from the office of mayor;" adding that
it wouldn't have to be asked for, but
would be forthcoming without request,
The Promise wa8 given the 22nd day
of AprU, 1915.
Eighteen months expired October
22nd Usb
It is hardly necessary to point out
that our municipality it not yet "de
liverlng to our homes an abundant
supply of pure waller."
It is hardly necessary to point out
that our pure water works system Is
at present not under "driving con
About the time the eighteen months
expired a Portland engineer was re
tained by the council to commence an
investigation of the proposed sources,
He is to report to the administration
not later than February first of next
year, and the next city administration
will commence in exactly the same
boots. in so far as pure water la con
cerned, that this one did, only that
still another investigation will have
been added to the records.
Undue haste, In this Important mat
ter, is, of course, not at all to be de
sired. Rut early laat spring the time
element was urged by the administra
tion as the reason for buying out the
old water works company at an exces
Admission of Candidate Does
Damage to His Cause
Effort of Brady Machine to Control
Financial and Political Situation
Arouses Borah's Friends.
BOISE.—At Republican state head
quarters hope for Hughes has been
abandoned and the leaders quietly ad
mit among themselves and among
their friends that the state will go for
Wilson. They have, however, renew
ed their efofrts to save Davis and to
defeat Alexander and in the accom
plishment of this purpose no store is
being left unturned, no dollar of ex
pense is being saved, and no false
hood is too preposterous to be told.
With all of its strenuous campaigns,
Boise has never seen such a campaign
for disregard of truth as that now be
ing conducted in order to accomplish
the defeat of Governor Alexander ami
the election of D. W. Davis. Head
quarters realize the weakness of their
candidate because of his alliance with
Brady, the Brady interests and the
Brady machine and because of the
weakness, dishonesty and impracti
cability of his "taxless state" scheme
and because of the evidence which lias
been produced to convict him of falsi
(Continued on Page 12. Y
sive figure. And that was all right,
b ad the time saved at so great a cost,
been uti j ized The trohule was that
the administration which had so re
centiy come into possession of a new
toy had to enjoy the sensation for sey
eral months before they could settle
themselves down to any further effort
along the lines of pure water. This
was too bad in several respects. First,
because of the time lost; and second
lr, because amateur efforts in ad
ministering the newly acquired water
works system, resulted in draining all
the fish m the reservoir into the city
mains to the inconvenience, annoyance
and disgust of the water users last
summer; a condition that was recti-!
fied only after a strenuous campaign
of publilcty
The people of this city are willing
and anxious to vote bonds for a water
works system that Is in keeping with
the progressiveness of Twin Falls:
they want to vote bonds for a water
works system which they can tell their
friends about with pride; Instead of
apologizing and explaining that the
city has been contemplating a pure
water works system for several years
hut is accomplishing little or nothing
towards securing it.
The pure water people have Utt}e to
hope for under the present administra
tion. If the administration refuses to
keep its pledge and resign, the people
will have to patiently wait until next
spring's election; and try to avoid be
ing fooled the next time.
Incidentally, we have In this matter,
another example of the recklessness
with which promises are made by as
pirants to public office, and how light
ly they are regarded after the vote
are counted. Stay by those who keep
faith with you, and do not be attract
ed by glittering promises which are
given only for the purpose of getting
your vote.
Captain H. W. Wilson fells Of
Border Experiences
Most Boys Want to Get Home Bnt
Some Will Join the Regular United
Stales Army.
"The health of the boys on the bor
der is and has been excellent. They
are all strong, husky, ruddy faced and
well disciplined, and constitute the
best regiment on the border. They are
splendidly disciplined and that Is what
counts. I would put the regiment up
against the regulars any day. I be
lieve that their health is better than it
would have been had they remained at
home. Personally, at the time that I
started for home, I felt like a boy of
sixteen, and I believe that my splendid
physical condition at the time that I
was wounded was the cause for my
rapid recuperation. I believe that the
experience on the border has been
worth while for the boys. They are
not worked as hard now as at first.
The first two or three months, they
were worked hard. They get off after
6 o'clock and can go down town where
they attend moving picture shows, of
which there are several fine ones in
Nogales. The Y. M. C. A. maintains
a moving picture establishment In
camp_ and many boys do not go down
town at all, but attend that. Checkers
and like games are played regularly.
We are shy a chaplain now, as the
chaplain left on a leave of abseneç
I some time ago and the Y. M. C. A. is
1 looking after his work since. Many of
I the boys, a majority I am sure, are
; very anxious to get home, while others
■ want to stay. They are not united on
j that matter. The government Is spend
ing a lot of money on semi-substan
tial buildings. Including a fine hospi
tal and am convinced that Nogales will
be made a permanent camp. There are
approximately 10,000 troops in the
camp. I do not believe that any force
that Mexico could send would be able
to storm the camp, as I am convinced
that no Mexican regular force could
stand against any of the least perfect
ly drilled of our regiments.
"I do not know why the Second Ida
ho has been kept at the front. I am
unable to say whether or not there are
other regiments of troops, at the front,
at other camps, who have been there
as long or longer, but there Is none at
Nogales. Personally, I do not believe
that the trouble at the border can be
settled without the intervention of a
stronger power, unless that some
strong man like Diaz shall arise,
which at this time seems unlikely.
The above statements, among others,
were substantially made yesterday af
ternoon at the Parish hall by Captain
H. W. Wilson, who spent an hour and
a half discussing the conditions at the
front and telling about conditions to
the parents of the boys and others in
He made no regular speech and ans
wered questions as asked him. The
answers marsha ned above were not
made in the order given, but were
brought out during the talk.
Dr - Wilson substantially repeated
in Tuesday's TlMES^adding some dl
^ that y he "" ^gtotcTthS re
porter w hen interviewed
those nearby at the time of the ghoot .
, be8 i d es thoge mentioned jn the in .
terview were Major Conant and Rollo
Crater He said that on the day fol
| lowing the 8hoo ting a coat was dig .
played wb j cb the Mexicans claimed
waK worn b the man whom they al
leged was trying to escape when ac
CO rding to their story Dr Wilson was
j gbot by He'said that so far
ag be kne ^, no thlng had been done
j about tbe ma tter except to talk to the
1 Mexican consul about it and take his
word whlch he 8afd he 8upp0ged wa8
as good as word of any other Mex
lcan it was reported that the man
wag turned loose, also that he was
j 8bpt Personally, he did not know
j-] e ga j d that he had never seen an
arraed Mexican come across, although
he had 8een 80me who wore cartridge
be its do so. At this point, Mrs M B
ii. rvpv mother nf qori>onni tni,r. r
, Harvey,' sTld that her son had report^
; turning seven armed Mexicans back
and Captain Wilson replied that he
supposed that there were orders to
pr event their coming over carrying
arms. He said that there was nothing
to prevent their seeing the American
camp and forms of fortifications The
Mexican common soldier wore no re
gu j ar uniform, but the officers dress
ed gorgeously. He could see them
change clothes across^the line on a
b m where they had quarters At a
fight In Nogales a year ago 122 Mexi
C ans had been killed as a result of
the murder of an American boy
ga i d that It was not allowed for an
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