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The Tables Turned.
Because an attorney representing the Government of the United States delivered an address to a grand jury, a number of persons charged with conspiring to fraudulently despoil the public domain have been released from those charges. It is considered im proper for a prosecuting attorney to attempt to in fluence a grand jury in the performance of its func tions. According to the light thrown on this case, the prosecuting attorney felt that it was necessary for him to do something extraordinary, for it appears that his failure to secure indictments against the accused parties was likely to result in the disfavor of his official superiors, if not in his removal from office. He has stated that he was directed by the Departments of Justice to bring indictments against the parties charged, that he did not move in the mat ter upon his own initiative, but obeyed instructions as nearly as possible. Upon charges made by several of the grand jurors, the prosecuting attorney was placed on trial for mak ing an effort to influence the grand jury and was acquitted. The complaining grand jurors were then indicted for jeopardizing the prosecuting attorney and their cases are pending. Out of this mix-up of side issues and main issues, the real defendants emerge untainted and the visible malefactors are the prosecuting attorney (according to the court of last opinion) and the grand jurors who charged him with being a malefactor. Primarily, the cases were instituted to wrest sev eral quarter sections of land from the possession of parties who were charged with having secured them in an irregular way. Up to date the persons origin ally accused are in full possession of untarnished rep utations, while several of the instruments of justices are under the cloud of judicial and grand jury cen sure. These are the net results of an attempt to protect the public domain from despoilment, as far as this remarkable prosecution has progressed. The cases were brought in the Federal Court for the District of Idaho and are known to the record as the United States against John I. Wells, Patrick Downs, Louis M. Pritchard, John Kinkaid, William Sweet, Albert E. Palmer, Horace S. Rand, Frank Martin, James T. Barber and Sumner G. Moon. All of these defendants have been rendered spotless. Senator Borah was indicted along with the others, accepted trial and was acquitted. United States Attorney Ruick was the prosecuting officer and the Government sent him a couple of assistants from the Department of Justice, decision was rendered by Federal Judge Whitson, of the District of Washington, sitting for Federal Judge Deitrich, of Idaho District. The In its war upon the land grabbers of the west, the administration has not yet reached a place where it can throw up its hat, unless it is satisfied with the escape of defendants, the arraignment of accusing grand jurors, and the embarassment of one of its prosecuting officers through the criticisms of a court. In the northern portion of Idaho there is a notable aggregation of so-called offenders against the law that says, "thou shall not commit larceny upon the public domain." They were apprehended about the time that the hand of justice fell upon the southern bunch of presumed land grabbers. They were indicted, tried and convicted. It is supposed that the Federal attorney neglected to deliver a speech to the northern grand jury, or, if he did make a speech, the fact has remained one of the secrets of the grand jury room. At any rate, the parties arraigned were found guilty. Their good has been tarnished, although it is presumed name that on the face of the evidence representatives of both the north and the south were about equally involved. In these cases is again demonstrated the ease with which men may escape penalties through some tech nical misadventure on the side of the prosecution. Immunity is the result, probably, of sequence strictly judicial, but the layman will continue to be non plussed in the presence of the majesty of the law, which frowns on one side of its face and smiles on the other, though those that enjoy its favors and those that suffer from its displeasure may have sinned or have been sinned against in identical im partiality. Administration and Corporations. William E. Chandler, former Senator, once a cabi net officer and once secretary of the national Repub lican committee, is explaining how the administra tion men operate in New Hampshire in the interest of the presidential nomination of Secretary Taft, as though their methods were not right. He says that Winston Chuchill is doing it, assisted by the Postmaster-General and such inquitous cor porations as the Electric Boat company, the Fore River Shipbuilding company and the Amoskeag Man ufacturing company, all corporations that may be bidders for government contracts. One of the cor porations, the Electric Boat company is under in vestigation by a committee of the house, charged with indirectly bribing members of the house. Mr. Chandler does not belive that Mr. Taft, nom inated through such methods, can be elected, express ing himself in these words : I do not believe a candidate forced upon the par ty by the existing Federal officeholders, big or little, as the controlling influence, will be elected. Mr. Taft's majority in the convention must be carried far higher than even his most sanguine supporters pre dict, to dispel the popular conclusion that the power of patronage alone has done the work. To be elected he (Mr. Taft) ought to be nom inated by methods pure, more reasonable, and less practical that the most of those now in pernicious operation. While it is explicitly understood that the New Hampshire delegation to the Republican conven tion is not to be instructed, Mr. Chandler says it is the intention to elect delegates so certain that instructions would be superfluous. With the ad ministration and the corporations working together, Mr. Taft will be well sustained in New Hampshire and Mr. Chandler says the same methods are be ing employed in Massachusetts. The information he gives is voluntary, having been promulgated through a letter to a New Hampshire paper. He understand the ways of the corporations, for they terminated his career in the Senate, because he was too conscientious for their uses. Water Line Protection. Many of the well seasoned officers of the navy have testified before the Senate committee on naval affairs that there are times when the armor belt on our most costly battleships is almost submerged. The armor sinks to nearly below the water line when the ship is most heavily laden and the ship is most likely to be heavily laden when it is out on the high seas looking for trouble. So it would appear that the miscalculation com plained of amounts to an almost fatal defect. The witnesses generally agree that the armor is in about the right place when the sea fighter carries so scant a supply of coal as to render an attack or a defense a hazard not to be encountered if it could possibly be avoided, tection against puncture belongs at the water line and several feet above the water line and perhaps a foot below the water line. But as the ship sinks and rises nearly the width of its armor belt, it is clear that when the belt is adjusted to a light load there will not be much armor above water under a heavy The experts will tell the novice that the strong pro load. If a man of common intelligence out in the woods far from salt water and the naval academy should be asked how to solve this intricate problem, he would conclude that wider armor belts would be a sane suggestion. But such a solution has not dawned upon the naval intelligence of the country and the man in the woods might be wrong. 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) inr Ilpn _ THE CANALS . . [ ARfc Mb THE WATERS. . ) === 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. A. SIFFERT, Secretary, Mountain Home Commercial Club, MOUNTAIN HOME, IDAHO.