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Evening capital news. (Boise, Idaho) 1901-1927, January 26, 1919, Image 2

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Commercial Club Member Urges
Awakening From Apparent
Lethargy; Wants City to
"Carry on'' to Larger Things
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Says Merchants Enjoy Record
Business, Yet Town Seems
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Without Spirit; Projects Fail
Through Lack of Needed Vim
Declaring the beautiful city of Dois,
Is merely marking time, and a victim
of imaginary "dumps" since the saloons
made their exit from town, a commer
cial club member, in a vigorous plea
for an awakening, urges a regenera
tion, civlely speaking.
The writer points out that many a
worthy project has been lost to Boise
because of failure to "carry on" once
the proposition was launched. He cites
the many conferences of the comm er
rial club, and the plans emanating
therefrom, but that seldom are proj
ects pushed through to any definite ;
result. The merchants, he claims, are ;
setting new records both in volume of
businoss and in collections, but he in
Fists a state of lethargy exists, from I
which the community must aw be u
Boise would blossom into a better and
a larger city,
The communication, a message of
real thought ar.d worth, follows; :jf
"flow much longer er we going t
of Boise to •
permit the beautiful
stand still?
"Ever since the state, of Idaho went
dry, Boise has imagined that she is
in the dumps. Arc we ready to admit
that the growth and prosperity of
Boise depended upon the liquor traf
fic? Docs the sight of a few* old
j Wmm
Inside Facts About
Peace Conference
Veil of Mystery Raised.
Censor's Hand Halted.
William Allen White
Tells Uni story for Capital Nows reu«!« r-. f irst,
article will appear on
Mr. W hite's articles promise to reflect liU . haract
teristically rupycl imlepemlence ..f analysis ami
presentation. We have eonlraetc l for his service*
with the understamliiig the actual fads will in*
pi veil. The author of "A Certain Rich Mau'' an I
the editor of a fearless middle we-t journal ought
to make good on this new. big job. \\ <* feel con
fident he will do so and lhat our readers will he
pleased with the service.
shacks, formerly occupi« ' by saloons
discourage this community ?
"is it not a fact that th«> merchants
aro doing more business than ever be
fore, and are not collections better
than they were before we I" came a dry
community? Then what is the matter
with this old town? Have we lost
any of our resources? Have we lost
any of our really beneficial institu
Itlons? Not a single thing has been
'lost, except the saloons; and we would
I not have them bark. On the contrary
! we have simply lost our spirit of en
jterprise. In other words we have laid
"When the war began whole
country awoke and rallied to the sup-
port of the nation with men, money
and food. Boise caught the lev« r and
! went over the top with the best of
! them. Now shall we be less loyal to
thé community and the Male in time
*f P«a<- ? Khali we settle bad* in.*» a
; state of lethargy that permeated us be
i fore the great conflict, or shall we • >
11 aml do things to buna up < r city,
1 and tilt 1 groat, slate of ldalm?
"The Boise Commercial club directors
seem to have meetings everv w< «'k, and
1S s ° 0li Il,Ki 10,3 ,,f •'km« .->ie m.i.i.. imt
there doesn't seem to be much actually
Lbrought to a final conclusion. \\Y
fought to find out what is the matter,
for it probably isn't their fault. Any
|how they d, -ervo the help ail of : s
"I recall that not long ago a high
cavalry officer came to Bois© in a trip
over the west to recommend a suitable
placo for the establishment of a re
mount station. This officer was shown
around by a committee from the Com
mercial club, who pointed out to him
the many advantages that Boise pos
sesses for csta.blishittg this remount
station. This oiiicer advised tie * « «tu -
mittee to get up all the data relut ive
to the climate, available Iooms and
mules, cost of grain and forage, and
send it to the war .d*-*p:irtm*'nt, and to
follow it up with personal re •nsenbi
lion at Washington and that he \v....i.i
make a strong report in favor of Boise,
After a long tim the report went in.
. n «l it was a good one, but there the
matter rested, and bas never l»<vn
thought of since. I firmly believe tn.a
:jf wo had gone after this remount sia
tion in
lt> rj.jj
nest, wo would have secured
port is probably pigeonholed
in some dusty hiding place in the war
department, just as Colonel McDonald
said it would b" if we did not follow
it up.
"Secretary Lane is looking out for
us bcttt'r than we arc looking out for
ourselves. Ho recently recommended
an appropriation of $100,000,000 for the
reclamation of arid lands in the west.
Idaho has more fertile land, and more
water than any other three of the
arid states.
"What is Idaho doing to assist Sec
retary Lane in this great work? What
over is done Boise should take the
lead as the capital and the principal
city of the state.
"What, are we going to do with the
boys that come back from the war, if
we don't start something to give them
employment? Already there are many
of these brave lads looking for work.
I This state needs all of these boys, and
thon some to carry on the work of de
veloping her dormant resources. There
! are plenty of rich concerns that would I
'gladly take our bonds at a low rate of
(Interest and we need the money, why
not secure it while the going is good.
We could use millions of five per cent
money in Idaho at a profit.
"We nee-i a new city and county
building. The old courthouse is not
duly a disgrace to the county but is j
I unsanitary and the records of the j
• miniy are unsafe. Well, why not j
build it now while it is necessary to 1
lurnish labor for our unemployed, es-!
peeially our soldier boys that must bo !
;iv- :i work. There seems to be a fear |
m the hearts of some Boise people j
bihat any attempt to vote a bond issue !
*< r the construction of a city and j
county building would be turned down :
b; the farmers, in fact, this was done
a few years ago.
' i he conditions of the fanners to
day compared with a few years ago
entirely different. I believe that
the enterprise and loyalty of the farm
■n; of Ada. county and the citizens
>f the towns of Meridian, Star, Eagle,
I Kuna and other places, is just ps
a rent as that of the citizens of Boise;
mb in my opinion, they will not turn
■ ' it any fair and reasonable propo
I sillon.
"Let us get behind the proposition
I !o build a dec« tit road to Arrowrock
! dam. We have been talking about it
h-ng enough. This is the greatest
piorc of engineering of its kind in
h«* world. Now that the war is over, j
there will be thousands of tourists !
; passing through Idaho, ninety per
1 ' M of whom would visit the Arrow-I
; ch •; dam if we had a decent road. !
K\ory one o fthem would go back '
I h-'-mo and talk about that wonderful !
si nietu r.•, which the government has |
built lur the storage of water for the
irrigation of tens of thousands of!
j ;M ' ; " : of toe finest land in the world.!
"Thi • would cause some of the poo- !
pie tb • talk to, to come out here and
' ■■■•me oi lhat land. In other words,
it would be a wonderful advertisement
for Idaho.
"\\ hip w ar<* doing this, what is the
; tier with building about a. hundred
mil- k more of good road in Ada coun
ty for the benefit of the farmers. They -
' bav<* had time to appreciate the. ad
vantages of tlo- roads already built, ,
and 1 will gamble right now that they
are n ady to vote bonds to build more.
"tou , a depen don it that the rest
ol tile < i.untry is going to get in mo
' >• We in Boise and Ada county
■ • <•• lead off rather than lag
' be left at the post.
Women prominent in tile slate will
speak at the Lincoln banquet to be held :
in the orange room at the Owyhee hotel
"n the evening: of Deb. it', and women
for the first time, will ho generally In,
-attendance. Among the speakers will
be Mrs. M. .1. Dweeb y. president of the,
Idaho Federation of Women's Clubs;'
Mrs. Kmmi Drake and Mrs. Carrie!
Harper White, members of the leglsln- ;
lure, other speakers will Include M. !
A. Kifis r. speaker of the house of rep
resent.at...; Senators J& \V. Whit-mini) ;
and M. It. Ycaraan; Krank It. Hooding,
Will It. Gibson. .1. R Kldridge, Will It.!
i Hays, chairman of the Hepubiiean na- ;
t lonnl committee, has been asked to at- !
The question of^ whether Dinner
Gertrud© Lewis, who bus sworn she
D the illegitim 'to daughter of It. C.
Goodwin, tit© wealthy shopman, killed
in Oregon in September, 1017, is en
titled to the os' it© left by her fattier,
! s been appealed from probate court
*'■' the district court ,tho appeal being
j per; ©ted Saturday.
! > ■ : iTo at Judge Dunlap, who
; heard t.e <.s* in the low cnurt, up
I held the claim of the young Woman
cd rendered a decision that she was
a tit led to the estate, valued at $"1,
j ISti.OU.
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of The Capital News. tf
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(Continued from Pago One)
torn countryside and the graves of
the dead.
"These were tho results of the only
method nations had contrived to set
tle disputes," he said, "and I thought:
•Surely It is time to find another
way.' ''
Premier Orlando next spoke in sup
port. of the resolution saying; "We are
only doing our duty and carrying out
our sabred promises. on this great
historical day the t ights of the people
are born."
Senator Bourgeois, speaking for
France, urged adoption of tho reso
lution. It was passed at 4 ; 3 L o'clock.
\\ hen the Chinos© delegate was
recognized to discuss the league,
Premier Hughes of Australia arose
nnd shat ply asked if he could "as
sume there will he an opportunity to
discuss the scheme when It is com
Premier Clemenceau, speaking In
English for tin' first time during the
conference, said;
"Certainly there will he ample op
"An extended debate relative to
representation of the smaller nations
on lit«' various committees was open
ed by Belgium and Brazil. During the
debate, Serbia, Portugal, Greece, Ru
mania and Czecho-Slovakla claimed
the right to representation, especially
wanting delegates on the reparation
The resolution presented for estab
lishment of the league nf nations said
it is "essential to maintenance of the
world settlement which the associated
nations are now mot to establish that
tlie league of nations bn created to
promote international obligations and
to provide safeguards against war."
It declared that the "league should
he created as an integral part rf a
general peace treaty," and that it
"should he open to every civilized na
tion to promote its objects."
The committee provided for In the
resolution regarding responsibility
and punishment for tHo war makers
was instructed to inquire into facts
as to breaches of laws and customs
of war (committed by the German
empire and its allies.
And to fix the "degree of responsi
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to particular members of the enemy
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latter phrase was accepted as re
ferring directly to the former kaiser.
The committee on indemnities will
determine "the amount of reparation
which the enemy countries ought to
pay what they are capable of paying,"
and the "method, the form and tim"
within which payment should be
The action of the congress showed
that the various questions will be
whipped into shape by committees of
international specialists, leaving the !
supreme war council »free to handle
d nly the biggest problems and make ]
f inal decisions—as exclusively lore- j
cast by the United Dress.
Additional committ* « s will be ap
pointed as fast as new questions arise.
As all these bodies will be function
ing simultaneously, it is evident that,
the work of the pear«- conference will
be greatly expedited.
(Continued from page one.)
together after the war and make such
j another sm-rifice unnecessary.
I "II is a solemn obligation on our
part., then Lire, to make permanent ar
rangements that justice shall he ren
jdered and peace maintained. That Is
flic central object of our meeting. Set
tlements may be temporary but the
j action of the nations in the interest
! of peace and justice must be porma
j nent. We can set up permanent pro
j cesses. Wc may be able to set up
permanent decision. Therefore, it
seems to me that wo must take, so far
as we can, a picture of the world into
'our minds. Is it a startling circum
stance for one thing that the great
: disc m»y- cries of science; that the quiet
! studies of men in laboratories; that
i thoughtful developments, which have
I taken place in quiet lecture rooms,
have now been turned to the destruc
tion of civilization? The powers of
'destruction have not so much multi- |
I plied as gained facilities. The enemy
whom we have just overcome, had at
its seats of learning some of Hie prin
j cl pal centers < f scientific study and
: discovery, and he used them in order
|to make destruction sudden and com
plete; and only tH< watchful, contin
uous co-operation of men can see to
it that science as well as armed men
are kept within the harness of civili
Tha Capital News telephone numbers
re 24 and 25. tf
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