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♦/ infoin aune t LU A Weekly Newspaper Devoted to the Interests of the Settlers of the North Side Tract. JEROME. IDAHO, FEBRUARY 19. 1914 Vol. 4. No. 2. $2.00 Per Year SCHOOL MATTERS UNTANGLED. The Supreme Court I'phohls Ac tions of Linrolu Co. ComiulNMiouerN. The history of the school muddle In Lincoln county caused by the di vision of the county Is too well known to our readers to call further attention to It here. Suffice It to say that the whole matter has been fin ally settled In a decision handed down by the supreme court of the state last week, upholding the acts of the county commissioners In dealing with this matter. The whole question arose from the acts of the county commissioners In reorganizing the school districts out of unorganized territory, and from the decision of the commission ers the Shoshone district took an ap peal to the district court, and Judg ment being rendered against them there the case was carried to the su preme court with the result that this tribunal affirmed the findings of the district court. Simmered down to the actual facts the whole controversy was occasion ed by a desire on the part of the Sho shone district to attach a strip of unoccupied territory containing con siderable railroad mlileage to their district, but in this contention they were overruled by the commissioners who sought to make an equitable distribution of this territory among the various school districts. Speaking of the work of the legis lature In creating the two new coun ties of Gooding and Minidoka, a lit tle criticism Is Indulged In by the court in the following language: "Each bill carried an emergency clause, making the bill operative at once. No provision whatever was made for taking care of the school children or carrying on the school. The wellfare of the school children and of the public schools was only a secondary matter to the paramount Issue of county division. The crea tion of new counties was of such overwhelming importance that the running of the public schools was lost sight of." "Section 16 of chapter 3 and sec tion 16 of chapter 4, of the 1913 ses sion laws, being the acts creating the counties of Minidoka and Good ing from territory formerly compris ing the county of Lincoln, authorized county commissioners of the county of Lincoln to attach these protlons of school district territory disorgan ized by the new county lines but re maining In their county, to 'such ad joining school districts.... In their county as they might determine best,' and gave them dlscression In the adjustment of such matters. The court holds that there was no abuse on the part of the Lincoln county commissioners In the disposition of the 'unorganized territory' or of the adjustment of the bonded Indebted ness among the respective school dis tricts Involved In the controversy— No. 12 and 33 and Independent school district No. 16." That the Importance of this case might be better understood, we pro duce a few figures furnished us by Commissioner Helss, showing the distribution of this territory by the county commissioners. Shoshone district was awarded a fraction over five miles of the Ore gon Short Line railroad, assumed $6,400 of the bonds of former dis trict No. 16. They were to receive In cash $624.28 and In warrants $7. 790.38, the assessed valuation of the property being $344,084. The Richfield district was award ed five miles of railroad, assumed $3,000 of bonds of district No. 23. receives in cash $3,644.76 and In warrants $1,239.40, the assessed val uation of the property being $340, 000 . Jerome district was awarded a lit tle over six miles of the railroad, as sumed no bonds, receives In cash $1. 212.7a and in warrants $606.92, for which the cash 1s now available. The assessed valuation of this property is $435,200. It will thus be seen that the railroad mileage acquired nearly equals the total assessed val uation of the Village of Jerome, in cluding all buildings, real estate, stocks and corporation tax. The final disposition of this rase makes something over $6,000 In cash available for the use of the school board, which has been held back pending this decision. The acquisi tion of this new territory will, under 'the present levy, yield a yearly rev enue of $4,352 in additional taxes from the Oregon Short Line. It will thus be seen that the matter was one of great importance to this school district, and the result warrants all the energy that has been exorcised In bringing the matter to a final de termination. THE ELECTRIC RATE WAR. Some time ago the people of Wen dell, through their village trustees, protested to the Public Utilities Com mission against the discrimination the Great Shoshone Light & Power Co. were making among the various consumers of their power. Although the power of regulating public serv ice corporations in the state was by the last legislature vested in a com mission, which is probably the most powerful of any commission ever cre ated In any state. It would seem that thus far the members of this com mission have not the moral courage to fulfill the duties that were sup posed to fall on their shoulders. This question has been before the commission for some time, but In stead of deciding It, they have al lowed It to drag Into a contest be tween the Shoshone Co. and the Hea ver River Co., the fbrmer company charging that the Beaver River Co. were furnishing electricity at a loss. It Is evident to almost anyone not a member of this commission that any great corporation Is not going to file a schedule of rates below the cost of service, but to delay matters as long as possible, the commission has con cluded to investigate the workings of the companies, but the fallacy of this investigation Is clearly shown In the appointment of men to carry It on. The Twin Falls Times gives an example of this as follows: "The action of the Public Utilities Commission In sending 11. II. Miller, a former employee of the Great Sho shone Power company to Investigate the conduct of the company for the commission, looks very raw. In the first place such employee cannot, by the fact of his association with that company help £ut be prejudiced In their favor, and be very apt to see things from their standpoint. As a question of the public welfare, the Times Is obliged to protest against the sending of Mr. Miller as the rep resentative of the Utilities Commis sion. As far as the expert services of an accountant are concerned the situ atlon here does not need such a man's services, but rather a man with com mon sense to get in touch with the people, see their bills and make a re port of the opinions expressed as to the company's fairness with its pa trons. The people are entitled to an Investigation from a man whose former connection with the power company will not cause prejudice to either side. The Times fully believes that the present Inevestlgallon cannot bo fair to the side of the consum ers." Twin Falls, Buhl and Shoshone have joined with Wendell in this fight for equal rales throughout this territory, but an appeal to the village trustees of Jerome was tabled, doubt if the trustees voiced the sen timent of the citizens of the town in this matter. At the present time the rates here for lighting are three cents per kilowatt higher than the people of Gooding and other points are paying the Beaver River Co. for the same service, and us the commis sion has the power to regulate these rates, sufficient pressure should be brought to bear upon them to cause them to decide the matter at the ear liest moment possible. We do not believe the people of Jerome are such philanthropists that they are willing to pay more for electric service than their neighbors, and from the general sentiment we hear expressed there is likely to bo a pe tition circulated here expressing the views of our citizens on this matter. We SHOULD HAVE COMPENSATION. The slaughter of animals afflicted with contageous diseases, by the state veterinarian, is calling forth a demand on the part of many that some law be enacted whereby tin owner of the animals so killed may receive some compensation. We note from some of our ex changes that a malady has broken out among the horses in the Payette country and the state veterinarian is now in that locality investigating the same. Those who have had an opportun ity to look closer into the disease say that it is what is known as dourine. and that it effects horses with great er fatality than the glanders and is much more contagious. It is an old country disease and heretofore has never attacked the horses of the United States to any great extent. It is very contageous and unless se verely dealt with generally sweeps over any country affected with disas trous results to horses. Mr. Hurd is now at Horseshoe Bend investigating the case to determine what action to take. Should it prove to be dourine strict quarantine apd drastic meas ures with all infected or exposed animals will be necessary. Recently at Buhl, a man named Umpheuer had six horses killed which TRAGEDY OF THE SEA AND ONE OF THE HEROES * 1 1 - —-—t m: NSSfe. - " sr* jy. wm* 9 ri, aase * s* «% / M / ; / V ' * ' tf :i \ m intHt i -^-4 • I ; 1*1w\ v > V m tm ■M , ■M When the steamer Nantucket of the Merchants and Miners line ran into the Monroe of the Old Dominion line In a dense fog off the Virginia coast about two score persons lost their lives. Our Illustration shows the Monroe above, the Nantucket below, and, Inset, Ferdinand Kuehn, chief wireless operator of the Monroe, who gave his life belt to a woman passenger and went to the bottom with the vessel. were suffering from glanders accord ing to the views of the state veteri narian, although local veterinarians disclaimed this to be the casue of the sickness of the horses. The ani mals, however, were killed, and as they were the man's only means of support, the loss falls very heavily on him. He resisted the action of the state officials and was arrested for this, but was found not guilty upon a trial of the case. This par ticular case leads the Rupert Pioneer Record to Suggest that some change be made in the law. While the state law requires that these animals be killed, "It makes no provision-for any remuneration to the owner. It seems that some change should be made In the law and that the man w ho is so unfortunate as to find him self up against such a misfortune should receive at least a part of the value of the animals It is no fault of the general public that a man's animals become infected with this disease, yet some worthy member of the community may be innocently responsible and at the same time be a sufferer. It Is a pretty serious thing to take away one's only means of obtaining a livlihood and give him nothing in return and there should certainly be a change in this law." Joy in the Ranks. There is joy In the ranks of the wool growers of Idaho over the un precedented high prices that are be ing offered for the year's clip. Isa dor Koshland, of Portland, repre senting Koshland Bros,, of Boston, one of the oldest wool buying con cerns in the country, is the first buy er in the field and reports that there is every indication for a prosperous year for the wool industry. A num ber of contracts have already been closed, the prevailing price being 16 cents, which is regarded as uunsually high for this early in the season. The Clinton Sheep company has con tracted for the sale of its clip at that figure. A number of the big Wyom ing growers are also making con tracts. Wool growers are very much sur prised at the early demand for wool and regard the appearance of the buyers as an excellent indication. The fact that predictions were made last year that the placing of wool on the free list would mean the ruina tion of the sheep business made them skeptical as to the outcome of the sheep business, but prospects are now taking on a more rosy hue and the belief is general that the predic tions of dire calamity will fail of ful fillment. It has been many years since buyers were in the field in Feb ruary offering what is considered a fair price for wool.—Capital News. Captured the Sweepstakes. Somewhat of a surprise to Idaho people is contained in a dispatch from Prof. Olln, who is attending the National Corn Show at Dallas, Texas, to the effect that Idaho had captured the sweepstakes prize for the beat ear of corn offered on ex hibit at the show. This will be an occasion for some of our Iowa and Illinois farmers to sit up and lake notice. is to The sale of the Big Lost River ir rtgtnion project which was to have been held on Monday, has been post poned until March J4th, for the rea son that there were no bids offered, the Corey Bros., who were supposed to bid in the project, not being reatly to submit their bid. Government Control. That all future Irrigatiion work in Oregon must be financed by bond Issues and carried out with the aid of the federal government was the dominating Idea expressed at the opening sessions of the Oregon state Irrigation congress Friday. Speakers varied in their views as to proper forms of security and redemp tion of bonds, but united on this basic Idea. John T. Lewis, state engineer for Oregon, put forth a plan to utilize the superior credit of the federal government to issue 3 per cent bonds one-half of which would be secured by state 4 per cent bonds and both Issues to run synchronously for 50 years. It is becoming more apparent ev ery day that a mistake was made in the Carey act law when It per mitted private individuals to con struct irrigation works. So many failures have resulted that they have tended to discredit the system, and as a consequence eastern farmers have become suspicious of irrigation. The construction and maintenance of these projects should have been left in the hands of the government or the states. That the government Is taking a deeper interest in irrigation matters is evidenced from the acts of the Secretary of the .Interior and as a sample of what his department pro poses to do during the present year, we may take the following from the Spokesman Review: "Secretary Franklin K. Lane of the Interior department, long a western man. and of the Pacific coast, shows a grasp of western needs and problems. Work on government irrigation projects has been lagging. Secretary Lane now directs the rec lamation service Jo go forward with vigor, and provision is made for a total expenditure in 1914 of $23, 460,555. Of this great sum, nearly half Is apportioned to Montana, Idaho Washington and Oregon: Montana . Idaho . Washington . . . Oregon . . . . $4,230,050 . . . 4,076,931 . . . 1.539,739 ... 1.220,135 $11,066.855 Total The fact should not be forgotten that the government is now expend ing on irrigation projects sums vast ly greater than its contemplated $40,000,000 railroad investment in Alaska. On projects in these four states of the Pacific northwest it had expended, on January 1, 1913. more than $30,000,000. It now provides for an additional expenditure this year of more than $11.000,000. Thus by the end of 1914 it will have In ir rigation projects in Montana, Idaho Washington and Oregon an invest ment exceeding the estimated cost of the Alaska undertaking. This is not uttered in any spirit of disparagement of Alaska and the im portance of its approaching develop ment. Spokane and the Inland Em pire will rejoice in the prosperity of that vast and isolated territory. But it is not necessary that, under the spell and glamour of disauce and mystery, we should overlook still greater government projects that lie immediately around us. Alaska will develop, but its greater ultimate development seems far in the future. It has agricultural pos sibilities, but they can never measure up to the assured potentialities of ir rigation in the Pacific northwest. In these four stalls wc have uow , approximately 5,0"0,000 acres under irrigation or in projects nearing com pletion. It is canserraative to say that ultimately these four state.* will have 20,000,000 acres or more under irrigation. This opens up a field of majestic opportunities ard a vision of bewildering changes. Upon these reclaimed acre ml'.iiors, we may con fidently look forward to a supporting population that will run into the millions." GETS CAMPAIGN MATERIAL M. Alexander made a personal vis it to several of the stale offices Thurs day. He also conferred with a num ber of the heads of departments. He 'explained that he found much dis content through the state over the high taxes and the -cost of running the various departments of the state government, asking many questions as to appropriations, the special work of the various offices and depart ments. He frankly admitted that he was collecting information for use in the coming campaign and wished to in form himself to enable him to dis cuss taxes and revenue matters in telligently. Those he visited got the impression that Mr. Alexander was a candidate for governor, and that he was preparing to take the stump.— Statesman. There Is such a strife on for the postmastership at Boise that Nation al Committeeman Elder has decided to let the democrats of that city set tle the matter among themselves and has accordingly notified all that the matter will be put to a vote of the democrats of the city. There are two principal candidates for the of fice, one of which is endorsed by Hawley and the other gentleman by Nugent. By the election method it is thought the whole matter may be settled satisfactory to all. Learning that the Merchants and Manufacturing Association of Mil waukee, Wls., are contemplating a trip to the coast in the spring, the Boise Commercial Club have sent that body an invitation to so plan their western trip that it may include visits to some of the scenic wonders of Idaho, namely the Great Sho shone Falls, the Thousand Springs, and some of the big irrigation works of the state. There will be several car loads of these excursionists and a visit to this section would be of much interest to them. State wide prohibition is likely to be the slogan of Idaho politics dur ing the coming campaign. If we are to judge by the expressions of the leading republicans of the state, this party will adopt a state wide prohi bition plank in their platform. We have always contended that the pro hibition question is one that should be divorced from politics entirely, and still believe the cause can be more successfully carried on inde pendent of any political party. But we are not making political platforms in Idaho. A new and somewhat startling plan of advertising the resouuxs of the states is being boosted from Chi cago. the home of the famous land shows, says the Twin Falls Times. The idea is to gather exhibits from every state into a gigantic tent show which will travel like anv ciicus by train, having its own equipment. In to 25 of the big cities of the east the seven mammoth tent exhibition will be sent and left t > d > its work under the attraction of a free admission. A SPLENDID MEETING. The meeting of the Lincoln Coun ty Woodrow Wilson Club at Jerome on Saturday evening last could not be termed otherwise than a grand success from every point of view. It is seldom, indeed, that a town the size of Jerome is honored by a visit from as many distinguished men as were present upon this occasion, and their presence was honored by a large assemblage of our citizens, regard less of party affiliations. A large number of ladies were in the audi ence and all showed their interest In public questions by close attention to the remarks of the speakers. The meeting was presided over by Mr. W. A. Peters of this place, Mr. Jas. A. Both well, of Shoshone, being the first speaker, who defined the ob jects of the Club. He was followed by R. H. Elder, the democratic na tional committeeman from Idaho, who briefly called attention to na tional affairs in general. An invita tion had been extended to Ex-Govern or Hawley, and he had expressed his intention of being present but was called away at the last moment, and sent as his representative Mr. Fred Flood, who was his secretary during his term as governor. He also ad dressed a letter to Mr. Thos Jaycox, which was read by Mr. Flood. The governor expressed his views on na tional and state matters In no un certain language. Mr. Flood also spoke briefly on matters of general interest to the people, and announc ed that Mr. Hawley would be a can didate for the nomination of United States Senator before the primaries. Mr. Moses Alexander, of Boise, who is aspiring for the nomination for governor, followed in a most Inter esting talk on state matters in par ticular, deploring the burdensome taxes that were being heaped upon our people and showing wherein these taxes could be very materially lowered through a practical business administration of the affairs of the state. Mr. Alexander's remarks were listened to with much Interest and he was frequently Interrupted by ap plause from his hearesrs. Hon._ John F. Nugent, of Boise, walTthe next speaker on the program, and he confined his remarks mostly to national Issues, depicting the good results that had already followed the enactment of the new tariff law, and explaining to some extent the bene fits that would be derived from the enactment of the new currency meas ure. Mr. Nugent also took occasion to announce himself as a candidate for the United States senatorship before the primaries, but like Ex Governor Hawley, he was ready to abide by the result of the primary and to pull off his coat and work for the man that was chosen to lead the party. Although it was 11 o'clock when the speaking ended, the audience had sat through the entire evening as if spellbound, which was sufficient evi dence that the people are deeply In terested In politics this year, and each and every one of the speakers were more than surprised large number present. At the close of Mr. Nugent's re marks, a light luncheon consisting of sandwiches and coffee was served. A special train had been run over the Idaho Southern from Gooding, bringing people from Richfield. Sho shone and Intermediate points, and the departure of the train left little time for the visitors to enjoy the lunch. The local democrats feel highly elated over the success of the meet ing. There was nothing said to of fend the sense of anyone present. The utterances of the two candidates for senator clearly Indicates that while the struggle between these two prominent men Is going to be spir ited, It will end when the result of the primaries is known and each will be ready to forget the past and labor for the election of the successful candidate. Another meeting of the club will be held at Richfield on the evening of March 4th, to celebrate the anni versary of the Inauguration of Pres ident Wilson, and a number of the local democrats from this place will attend. at the W. B. Slick appeared before the state land board on Wednesday and pleaded for protection for his vested interests in the King Hill district. He has property there, he said, valued at $126,000. The system is to be sold at receiver's sale March 10th and he felt that he and others who invested in good faith should have their Interests protected by the state. He was assured by the board mem bers that this would be done, that the rights of the settlers would be safe guarded in the contract of sale.— Statesman.