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The Height of a Boom.
Since the return of Mr. Taft from his swing around the mundane sphere his Presidential boom has been given all the stimulation that political or ganization could inject into a situation. Mr. Roose velt has expressed confidence in the success of his Presidential selection in the National convention on about the second ballot. State and county committees qf the party are re solving, under the magnetic inspiration of their chief, that Taft is the coming man. The Southern States, ever waiting by the roadside for the band wagon with its cargo of Federal offices, are affected by these demonstrations in behalf of Marse Taft and are likely to stampede for a place in the line-up. Beyond these demonstrations, all of a surface char acter, it cannot be said that the mass of the Repub lican party has any defined intention to place the Secretary of War in the running. His boom is thus far the artificial product of an administration ma chine that is necessarily powerful along its organized lines. In the States of the Middle West it is advanced by the anti-Roosevelt element, with the advocates of the policies of the administration standing by in sullen silence, wondering why they have been pushed aside and the work of nominating Taft given over to the enemies of the administration—the devotees of the old Hanna machine. There is nothing at all healthful in the inflated boom of the Presidential favorite, just now at the zenith of its notoriety, and after it has had its brief day, collapse is likely to destroy its symmetrical pro portions. Mr. Roosevelt places in his list of "certain for Taft" the States of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota—prairie States all of them, insistent on immediate tariff revision with several highly protected commodities on the free list, while Mr. Taft is conspicuously on a stand-pat plat form. Conclusions that are reached through the medium of party committees of counties and of States are deceptive, for few voters will follow the lead of committee in these times, unless they choose to go that way. The spirit of independence that actuates the custodian of the ballot is strongly defined and when the shouters open the Presidential year with the announcement that Mr. Taft is already as good as nominated they have not a very clear conception of what the sixth month of the year has in store for them and their favorite. Naval War At Home. No sooner had the great fighting fleet under com mand of Admiral Evans cleared for its far away Pacific destination than there arose a conflict within the naval establishment at Washington that prom ises to last through the Congressional session and perhaps longer. The question, can a doctor com mand a ship of the navy arose, and the President, with Rooseveltian promptitude, decided that he could and he proceeded to give practical effect to his judg ment. In compliance with the recommendation of Sur geon General Rixey, that officer was directed to place a naval surgeon in command of the hospital ship Relief, whereupon Admiral Brownson, chief of the bureau of navigation, tendered his resignation and it was accepted by the President. This opened a controversy between naval officers of the line and naval officers of the staff and their respective parti the surgeon placed in command of the Relief sans. being of the staff and Admiral Brownson of the line. The latter, finding himself overshadowed by the surgeon general, who is of the staff, concluded that his dignity was assailed, «. surrendered the position that he believes entitled him to more authority than that reposed in a mere doctor. Senator Hale, of Maine, chairman of the Senate committee on naval affairs, takes the side of Ad miral Brownson, holding that "it would be subver sive of order and discipline for a surgeon to be in command of a naval vessel, manned by a crew of naval seamen. 1 introduction in Congress through which he proposes to prevent by legislation any future transactions of the character that caused Admiral Brownson to re tire from his position. He will undertake to deprive the Navy Department of authority to advance staff officers to the command of ships. The staff officers are surgeons, paymasters, chaplains and engineers, none of whom are trained to fight ships or to command officers of the line. Surgeon General Rixey, whose recommendation was approved by the President, is the White House physician, occupying about the same position that enabled Dr. Wood, now Major General Wood, to jump from a low civilian position into a high mili tary position over the heads of veterans of long service, educated to military duties. Senator Hale is one of the managers of the Sen ate and if he pushes his proposed bill, the naval controversy will have an airing in the Senate dur ing the winter. Mr. Hale has prepared a bill for A Union Legislature. In calling the Legislature of Nevada together, Governor Sparks states that he will inform that body when organized, of the purpose for which it was convened. Through some process, not outlined, the Legislature will be asked "to adjust by legisla tion, if possible, the controversy existing between the miners and the mine owners." If, among other things, the Governor asks the Legislature to call upon the National authorities for the presence of troops at Goldfield, it is anticipated that his request will not be complied with. The Carson City Appeal, commenting on the situation, says that in the Legislature "one of the most bitter fights in the history of the State will be fought" be tween the friends of the mine owners and the friends of the mine workers. "Many, a great many, of the members of the Leg islature," says The Appeal, "are sympathizers and active members of the Western Federation, and it is claimed that some of them carry I. W. W. cards. For this reason it is clearly seen that the weight of power seems to be in the union members and the session will probably result in a failure to ask for the Federal troops." Such is the opinion of a newspaper at the capital of the State. The Governor consented to call the session only after great pressure had been brought to bear by citizens of the State. He does not believe that the session will result in a call for troops, and that is undoubtedly the reason why he made the appeal him self, in the first instance, when the Federal Consti tution required him to send in the call to the Na tional authorities through the Legislature. The people of Nevada are disposed to resent the lecture delivered to the Governor of the State by the President of the United States when he found that he had ordered troops to Goldfield contrary to the provisions of the Constitution. They feel that the National executive should not visit the verbal consequences of his own blunder upon the repre sentative of a turbulent commonwealth who was not the judge of the constitutionality of his act. The Carson City paper says further : In the calling of the session the Governor has taken the weight of the present controversy off his own shoulders and -the people of the State must ac knowledge that he has done the best thing possible considering all things equally. The action of the Legislature is necessary if the troops are to remain within the State, and the cry on all sides has been that they remain. It is now up to the Legislature whether the will of the people will be their decision or whether the lives and prop erty in the camp of Goldfield must be protected by a small force of deputies. Federal troops are to remain at Goldfield until the legislative experiment is made, the President seem ing to assume that he has done his duty to the Con stitution in Scolding the Governor. ACHIEVEMENT VS. UNCERTAINTY The Difference Between the Irrigation Project at MOUNTAIN HOME And a good many other Projects that you read about is this: We Now Have Water —FOR— 25,000 Acres of Land The cream of the Snake River Valley The system cost $750,000.00. It is entirely paid for. Not a bond has ever been issued. THE RESERVOIRS ) THE CANALS . . THE WATERS. . ) ARE HERE The capacity of this system will be increased to 75,000 acres within two years. This is the largest storage reservoir project in the State of Idaho. Perpetual Water Rights $30.00 per Acre. Mountain Home now has 2000 people. 4000 IN ONE YEAR WATCH US For Complete Information Address J. -3. SIFFERT, Secretary, Mountain Home Commercial Club, MOUNTAIN HOME, IDAHO.