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AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Published Every Afternoon and Bunday Morning at Boise, Idaho, a City of 30,000 People, by THE CAPITAL NEWS PUBLISHING COMPANY. LIMITED. Sintered at the Post Office at Boise, Idaho, as Second-class Mail Matter. Phonaa—Business Office, 134; Editorial Rooms, 234; Society Editor, 1269 BOISE, IDAHO, MONDAY, DECEMBER 25 181«. MERRY CHRISTMAS FOR LABOR. HE laborers of the United States have had a good year, and it has been topped off with a Christmas present estimated at half a billion dollars. Of this vast sum $300,000,000 has been publicly announced by a few large corporations—$300,000,000 stuffed into the stocking of labor in the form of bonuses, increases and profit sharing. The balance is made up of distributions by, smaller organizations, most of which, like their larger brothers, had not heretofore opened their purses with any thing like the 1916 Yuletide liberality. As great as is this distribution of cash, the material side is of far less significance than the moral side. These offerings, mostly voluntary, tell the story of a far more cordial relationship between employer and employe, of aj . , . „ " more general recognition or mutual dependency, ot a more hearty desire for co-operation. ' It has been a green Christmas for labor—a long green * o o Christmas—and what it means directly and indirectly to j r ji , il, • i I noth capital and labor is only a portion ot what it meansipicnic , j t<> the general public—always the innocent bystander who | j is hurt most when those two great agencies draw apart. ■ BLACK CANYON PROJECT. HE announcement that the reclamation commission would recommend that a large portion of what is known as the Black Canyon project be included in the Boisc-Payette project and watered, at least for the time being, from the excess supply of the Boise river, is good news to the public but it is a hand-painted and ma hoganv-framed Christmas gift for those who have land in that district. Jf the commission could have figured a bit closer on construction cost and fixed the price of water rights at less than $80 for the general project it would have been further lauded. Eighty dollars is high, even in Idaho, where the land is unusually productive. Moreover, the settlers had been given to understand on several oc casions from official sources that the price would be less. As reported, it was first suggested that the cost would be less than $115 an acre, which was regarded as too low after the scope of the construction became known. It then tipped suggestively to above $25, Then a hint at $40 was given out. To spring it to $80 will cause surprise, but if that is the cost it will have to be paid. The law should be amended, however, to give 40 or 50 years, instead of 20, to make the payments and without interest. was some AN OBJECT LESSON FOR IDAHOANS Ja and JL. OTHERS By J. 3. GILLILAN. Of course «very levei-mtnde par son who sat the troops sa mg up the city's streets Saturday was tickled to his depths th.it they were all upstand ing and able to direct their steps. Not a soul was lost on the border except the few that might have died had they remained at home; not a campaign casualty! One July day they marched away not Knowing how or In what con dition their bodies would again reach the happy borders of the Gei- state, or when, if ever. Today they are in ome respects as veteranized as if they T ere the survivors of a hundred stiff engagements and years of cam paigning and as heroic because they were willing to do and endure till their umpiring galleries should cry "Hait! Enough!" Of all ot then that looked on last Saturday at the dull tramping of that pageant who of the crowd did not lend his ear listening to the sound of an other sort of soldiery and fighting unit across the waters? Un the same July day there marched away from love filled homes in Europe tens and hun dreds of thousands of mon and boys loving life Just as well a« our men do, but they never came home in like man ner to ours. They who have returned at ail were carried >n stretchers from the hospitals, or if the mangled bodies have been recovered they were taken back to the threshhold feet first where ftgonixed' parents and friends cursed war and the makers of war; how could the. refrain? m Look on the broad shouldered brawn of the Idaho regiment as you saw it, and then upon this picture fresh from Europe. 1 draw the veil aside and show you the report of Dr. John R. Mott (now sitting member of the Mex ican commission), he was sent to Eu rope by the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church to see and report to the board of foreign mission what he could see. my presence. Listen: It was given in "I was oil many of the battlefields and In every ring country of Europe. T!.ere are to day 6,000,000 men and boys in the hospitals there. In the city of Mos cow alone are 1200 military hospitals. The cot« are setting In sheds, alleyways, anywhere almost. On one day I saw 29 trains with 20 cars each going to Moscow loaded with younded men and boys, for in some case boys over 13 are conscripted for the front. There are 43,000 students from the German uni versities in the trenches, and over 22 , 000 from the English universities of Cambridge and Oxford. I asked ths superintendent of cne of these hospit als to let me walk through its wards. The sights were heart-rending; there 1 saw the wounds mude by the shrapnel, the bomb, the saber, the bayonet, the liquid fire, the asphyxiating rtases; also the trench-foot, the gangrene, etc., ad nauseam." WftT This is only the hospita' side of the war picture that is be In* daily added to by the paint of human blood 'aid on by the bn ah of that old master, Mara. Mllllona yet In the freezing trenchea; hundred« of thouaanda maimed forever returned home and returning hand.esa, footing, armleaa, legless, eyeless, all but lifeless, but sometimes worse; there ia here not a word of report from the desolated homes, villages, towns, eitle ; and their business; not a glimpse of the un-Christmased homes whose firesides have lost nil their light. But, this is enough. We will not redraw the veil for we must see and know what is doing over there that our syr pa thien may help when the time comes. Look on the army of peace and the army of war! He who talks American war is a fool, a grafter or an Idiot. Thunk* be to God and all the other subsidiary agencies In Heaven or in America or elsewhere that kept us out of Durope's condition up to this gladdest of all Yuletides, and may the »»me continue now and forever! to city lots and sold next spring. This' is the miy site in an Boise now ready to be used as a park. Its acres of fhio trees and Its location in the northwest Part of the city makes it especially de ? lrable - Tbia section of the city alone has no park or recreation facilities, al -1 XSow most'rapidly. 0 * Boise which Every summer day, from one to three parties meet here, it win, m deed be a calamity If the city overlooks tins opportunity, for it win take 2 «; years more to grow trees on another |,lirk such atl this bas - hnve [ Letters From the People ABOUT PARKS Editor Capital News; The edltortp.l in your issue of Dec. 11, "Boise Needs More Parks," is most timely. As you say there is demand for more. Not only should we have the "rest parks" of which you speak but Boise should be looking ahead 20 years, when it will be a city of 100,000, perhaps far larger. 1 have just returned from Minneapolis with its hundred parks and its lakes. Certainly it is looking well tjward the future yet they are a source of health and recreation at the present. While considering these rest parks would it not be well for the city to pur chase Elm Grovo? As you said, pro perty iu this city will never be cheaper than it is today. Furthermore, I un derstand Elm Grove will be divided ln il. R. ALEXANDER. PROFITS IN MINING. Editor Capital News: Relative to your editorial a few days ago on mining be ing one of the great industries of our country and a legitimate business, it might be interesting to your readers to know something of this branch of en deavor from a viewpoint, of the profits this business is making in the United States and Idaho. re muneratlve in point of dividends paid of any single month in the history of the Industry, when disbursements to taled *29,651,869, but $2,799,58' less than was paid during tho first nine j j I quote from the statistical number of the Mining and Engineerin'; World of Chicago: "September proved the most months of 19 j8. "Of the 'eptember payments the coppers were responsible for *17,169, 994; the gold-süvex-lead-zinc proper-[ ties, *7,243,744; and the metallurgical!» companies, *5,138,131. "Also rightfully (he 34, 20», 000 deciar at ion in September of the Kennccott Copper corporation, and a large part of the *3,600,000 dividend of Phelps, Dodge & company, besides others which are holding gcompunle-, and not included in the list of operatin«; com panics should be added to the total of copper dividends. For a record of achievement by a single industry the nt-rformanee of American mines and works in the years past is little short of wonderful. - < < NOW, WHAT CAN I SEND HIM? > « f* V » -ass* 'A 2 py y ? c V Jh 'J Lj * % \ y ,!*V SÄ" 7 Æ 'S. .■Si r*m Y ; \ ■Û w o 'J :■ A m * 9 . » x/l ttACE VJ I hiring. r-' i4 for the companies paying di/ldends in 1416 have made disbursements since Incorporation totaling $1,236,373,691— this on an outstanding share capital of 1(25,423,697. Idaho's mines produce tonnage for the railroads second on the list of ton nage originating in the state, the lum ber Industry standing first. Look at this list of the principal pro ducing mines today in Idaho and see what record they have made; Capital Issued Dividends Bunker Hill & Sullivan Caledonia Empire .. Federal pre. & com.18,000,000 14,924,302 2.500.000 5,155,000 Hercules . 1,000,000 13,200,000 Interstate - Cal lahan . 4,649,900 Pittsburg - Idaho 1,000,000 1.238.000 Success . 1,500,000 Tamarack & Cus ter ... *8,270,000 »18,336,250 . 2,605,000 . 1 , 000,000 1,742,381 510,000 Helen 2,092,455 291,000 2,043,297 1,125,000 | \ 8vve ^ 8 u P° n th® buoyant winter breeze, I dry my tears and shed my years, when ! i hear happy Bound g llke these ' Stewurt . . 2.000,000 A total Issued capital of *38,782,900 on which has been disbursements of 366,480,739 and the life of many of these mines hus only Just begun. This year Caledonia lias paid 2859,650 In dividends, Hecia *1,400,000, Hercu les 22,450,000, Interstate-Callahan 12. 092,455, Empire 3100,000 and Bunker Hill & 'ulllvan *1,568,250. If all the farms In Idaho were put together und capitalized at *25,000 per acre could they show net profits of this magnitude? And this principal production is from one little district, while m ny other camps in Idaho havej mines in embryo that may do ns well. A SUBSCRIBER. 71,050 j Uncle Walt Has for You This Evening | ~1 J CHRISTMAS BELLS. Oh, Christnius bell» your music I'm gray and bent, an ancient gent, who may not see anoth or spring; my knees are sprung, but I feel young, when Christmas hells begin to ring. I'd give no hoot for that galoot, who doesn't sing when Joy bells ring, and turn some hand spri n g s in the snow. Oh Christ ; j mas bells, your music spells for getfulness „f workday cares; a little while we sing and smile, and dance around like cir cus bears. A little while the grief and guile, the grind of life forgotten are; our hearts are thawed, we walk abroad, and Bing ot Bethlehem afar. A little while we cease to pile more plunks up on our stack of brass; the roui fog lifts we hand out gifts, instead of trying to amass. Oh, Christmas bells, your mu sic dwells forever In the old man's mind, recalls the truth of honest youth j the days he's left so far behind. j (Copyright by George Matthew Adams. Walt MapOn • LINES WORTH REMEMBERING e • • • • Semaphores to be erected in city' streets to regulate traffic, but which i can be electric buttons, have been invented, 1 ■ •« » Optometry means Eye Service, • At Christmas play and make • good cheer • • For Christmas comes hut once • J perated from buildings by u year. —Thomas Tusser. —Adv. tf PEPS /. Observe that Oscar Egg won the six-day race. One that couldn't be cold-stor aged, anyway. In view of continued na tional financial strength, why not spell it money?" The salad soaks can hard ly view with equanimity the persistent rise in the price of crude oil. A Christmas present is something like a husband— simply must be accepted for better or worse. < ( Ger V= Clarence Darrow says women will fail as lawyers. Aren't there others? Munition maker sneers at the idea of early peace. Wish is undoubtedly father of his shot. —O— Hero's one Monday that should not be blue. TO BE TAKEN BE FORE OR AFTER HAPPY THOUGHT. Why fret about the costliness of meat and potatoes? There is always hash. THIS DAY IN HISTORY. Fifty years ago today there died who declared that his boss paid him all that he was worth and] In fact lie thought he was lucky to get away with it. the nu ici Crea-Hurei 'Bui ■wa.d Lll you he&r. STti? may be_. tUv Paaso n,ok re ally, rry dear. UerAtfts \nkcn. She marrtecL. •Ckec Baroru Le Keogr u/cre-a ■Wo Yackis; An Lstatfc ejnA. a. "Doxcru o<P Proud w M' HOW TRUE. On the journey to the grave There is every sort of care. And lie sort that never comes Is tile hardest sort to bear! TOUGH LUCK. "Your husband, Mrs. Hind, Will recover now, I find, Though I'd thought that he would die," said Dr. Rose. But it didn't seem to cheer Mrs. Hind, who sobbed, "Ob, dear! Think of that, and I have sold all of his clothes!" this yen r is j Idaho's potato crop $1,000,000.00 TO LOAN ON GOOD SECURITY The Pacific National Bank _ _ _ _ _ __ _ hf T Cl rf F' Ljl EU. iS CAPITAL AND SURPLUS $486,000.00 The i, BY MRS. EVA LEONARD A PREMONITION OF IMPENDING DISASTER BRINGS GLOOM JORY. TO MAR Marjory kept to her room for two days after the tragic loss of the dia monds. On the third morning she came down to berakfast and tried to act as If nothing had happened, but she was pale and listless. Mrs. Gerard's "The poor child is storing lasting trouble for herself through her false views of life," she thought with a sigh. "I am hoping to get an answer to my letter before going home," she re marked to Tom as he rose from the It surely must come motherly heart ached with pity for tho girl. breakfast table. In a day or two." "You mean the letter from the law yer about the fortune?" asked Tom, looking away. "Certainly. The man might answer even If he has nothing definite to port." Marjory's head assumed an alert attitude ns he listened for Tom's sw r er, but she listened in vain, said nothing. "1 can't see any necessity for your hurrying off," he finally remarked turning to his mother with a sudden movement as If he were shaking him self loose from some disagreeable thoughts. "Father is very lonely when I gone, and I have been here 10 days." "Dear Mumsey I cannot bear to thinlcj of your going." Tom kissed her as he started for the door. "But I do hope we shall get some word to relieve thoi suspense today." The mother follow cd him to the door. "This diamond, mixup has made the situation turnte." "I am afraid you are making a mis take in not telling the Jeweler, the real owner of the necklace about the loss. You are accountable to him and ho should have a chance to direct the search." The mother's face was troub re an Tom am worth many, many thousands of dol lars. When Alaska produced gold to a largo amount there was a rush of gold bugs to Alaska. But we all hope there won't be a rush of potato bugs to Idaho. Plano moving made easy. Call 73. Peasiey Transfer & Storage Co.—Adv. m 'Qtos! rav»: Mrs. Gâter Tends Her Eggs Fob many a day after Miss Cbame ieon moved under the ferns where elie could better watch Mrs. Gâter and her rubbish pile full of eggs, there was much of interest to see. Every day, and several times day, Mrs. Cater came to see that her eggs were safe. And always she came alone. Miss Chameleon really thought that if eggs were so Im- portant as Mrs. Gatcr seemed think they were, Mr. Gâter ought be curious about them, too. But Wise Mr. Owl said not so. Said that Mr. Gâter was not curious about tha eggs at all. That all Mr. Gâter cared about was to get plenty to eat and to lie in the sun. But, however that might be, it was quite evident that Mrs. Gâter was very well able to look after her own 4ggs. (Maybe Mr. Gâter knew this, and that was the reason be was not concerned! ) She must have lived very near, for If any danger threat ened, if any large creature ventured near enough to step on the rubbish pile or to endanger it, Mrs. Gâter was right there to frighten that creature away. "She ought to be rewarded with fine big family," said Miss Chame leon to herself, when Mrs. Gâter had had an unusually busy day. "I wonder what she does when she pokes the eggs around with her nose that way? It looks as though she was trying , . poke up to the top of the heap the eggs that have been on the bottom I believe 111 ask Wise Mr. Owl tnat s what she does. So up the tree trunk Miss Chame leon climbed to ask Mr. Owl her 1 u «\ tlon ' ... Dear me, how do I know?" ex claimed Mr. Owl testily, for, to tell the truth, he knew no more about alligator eggs than he had learned by observation. "Maybe she Is turn lng them around. Maybe she Is. What do I care? You're so very curious, Miss Chameleon I" And he scratched his head and snapped at his claws so crossly that Miss Chameleon was only too glad to DEPOSIT Your Money Now or Somebody Else Will Deposit It for You. Overland National Bank IP it s, «SS O r Courteous Ssrvic© Will Plooso You. led. "I intended to do so, but Marjory ob jected so strenuously that I The whole situation is gave It so impos f. ible i hat 1 cannot bear to think about It, 3 orn's brows up. were drawn into knots. "Marjory's wishes should not keep chance°to get "hi« 0 ** Mr . G eranf h "T ho detective I. a , possibîe " mumhîJ ^ B ® ver > rthln * aw ,| V w ' lth h d I ° m a ® h ® walkad ! mother ret™ tô Ä'ng\o?m where Marjory sat .Utles^y 'looking out of the window at her husband. man a fighting property," objected retreating I am afraid you did not sleep very j well my girl," she remarked, going ov ! er t0 her chair and laying her hand on her Shoulder. Marjory smiled little smile. "Sleep Is hard to find In this atmos phere of Impending disaster," she sniff iu a faint voice. "In the night ths tragedy part is always to ths front always warning, always threatening. I moan and toss and long for day. When daylight comes I try to assure myself that there is nothing to fear and with some degree of success. Anyway we are in up to our ears, drown." _ I rauscd sU thl^ trn m ?^ V? (Jerârd a!«lui 8 l , Rskei5 Mr ® jn _ .. !' P i* , ohalr and ,ak * , * never eXn t a " llers - " Tou m.,,, '' /«, '!, tried t° reach the goal J V a , ! ?r« n V • T* 1 * but she Lked ri UP î 1 !? 0 ' 1 " fkCO ' ^eblit that T" dld repl>b control vLr lifl and canno t be est- bn«h a i*v, 3 effort." * ** h thought ft wan. We must swim or It can, but this rule "You mean my getting the diamonds The voice before I could afford them?" was faint. "1 mean your attitude There is no success from it. toward life, or security apart T should have been saved a great deal of trouble if I had learned that lesson earlier in life." the low voice of Mrs. Gerard. (To bo continued.) continued scramble safely back down tu earth and the shelter of her ferns, "He needn't be so cross about it," she said, when she was well out ot sight; "I'll not ask him another question—that I know! I'll watch and learn for myself. But I must say i hope it won't be long till the eggs hatch. Mrs. Gâter does have to work E o hard." Y a 'Dear me, \ov> do J knowt n ex* claimed Ur. Owl testily And sure enough! Mrs. Gâter did not have to wait long. The very next da y. when Miss Charnel on looked ove r toward the rubbish pile, she saw a dozen—or was it a hundred?— little gators! So tiny and so hungry and so crawly that they seemed to 'be tumbling all over themselves. "Now I'll have some company my own sise," said Miss Chameleon, happily; but, dear me! little she knew about alligators! It wasn't long till she found that gaters—«von little baby gaters—have no use for their cousins, the chameleons. They wouldn't play with her a minute, and, moreover, she had to watch to keep from being eaten up.