The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, June 19, 1910, SECTION FIVE, Page 2, Image 60

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Idaho's Capital Growing Fast in Population, in All
Classes of Building, in Business and in Railroads.
BOISE, Idaho, Juno 17. (Special.)
The hub of an irrigated empire and
geographically located to command a
territory in the lntermountain country
. as large aa that dominated by any other
city in the United States. Boise, situ
ated as it is EOO miles from Portland,
Spokane and Salt Lake, is a commer
cial center into which all roads from
Northern Idaho, Eastern and Central
j Oregon. Western and Southern Idaho,
(lead. It is the capital city of the Gem
i State, in which gigantic irrigation
'projects are promoted and the politics
'Of the state are mixed; a city of homes,
Sne business blocks, paved streets, pro
gressive business men, educational in
stitutions, an ideal climate for which
It is famous and boasting of from be
tween 25,000 and 30,000 population.
Wlthing the past six years this city
.Has experienced a phenomenal growth
land assured its position of importance
;ln the lntermountain country. During
ithat period the population Increased
from 6000 people to its present and is
still growing. The claim is made it
will be 50,000 within the next five years,
located as it is on a stub line of the
Oregon Short Line and without the
benefit of a main line of a railroad Its
present development is all the more
noticeable. The possibility that the G.11
more & Pittsburg may construct its new
transcontinental line into Boise and on
through Eastern and Central Oregon
has greatly stimulated the growth and
general business.
During the past year this city has
sone extensively into the erection of
modern business blocks and hundreds
of thousands " of dollars have been ' so
Invested. The construction era is still
in progress with indications that the
present year will be the banner one in
the history of the city, and the sky
scraper age will be erected with the
erection of a 10-story building by John
Broadbent in the heart of the. business
district. The monthly average in per
eent of building is 250, as high as any
city its size in the country. Last year
the building record was over Jl, 000. 000,
an increase over the preceding year of
225 per cent. An average of two resi
dences per day are being erected and
SO per cent of homes are owned by resi
dents. It is confidently believed that
the total building for this year will
strike close to (5.000,000.
A transformation has been made in
the business section through the erec
tion of so large a number of new edi
fices. Grouped about the Federal build
fang, a $100,000 structure, are the new
13.000,000 capital building now in prog
ress of construction, as well as the old
structure; the County Courthouse, new
JPInney Theater,, Public Library and St.
Michael's Cathedral. Arrangements
Jiave been made and actual construc
tion work is now in progress on the- W.
EE. Pierce & Company six-story building
on Bannock street at the corner of
Eighth directly south of the postoffice,
tmain depot of the Boise & Interurban
electric line, ajid the Alexander build
ling, making a solid front of business
'blocks on now vacant property facing
'on Bannock, between Seventh and
Eighth streets. The Allen-Wright Fur
jniture Company and Booth Furniture
company, four-story buildings, also
Stand erected on Bannock street.
Buildings erected in the past year
Include the following: Model depart
ment store, Anderson-Blomquist Com
pany, McCarty building. Boise " High
School, six-story, Owyhee Hotel at a
cost of $350,000, Odd Fellows' temple,
Bmith & Company wholesale house,
Btudebaker Company building. There
are now in the progress of construc
tion in many sections down town, the
Empire building, six stories high, gar
age for the Boise Automobile Company,
I. X. L. Furniture Company's edifice,
Pioneer Tent & Awning Company,
Stateman Printing Company, Yates
apartment-house, Spanish Hotel and
additional stories are being added to
the Overland block, Oxford building,
Alaska- & California Wine House
buildings. Numerous flats . and apart-xnent-houses
are going up in all resi
dential sections.
Within the next two years practical
ly $1,000,000 will be expended by the
War Department on Boise barracks pre
paring the post for permanent regi
mental headquarters, orders to which
effect having been received by the local
Constructing Quartermaster's Depart
ment. When the plans of the depart
ment are completed a total of 69 build
ings will be erected on the barrack
grounds and six troops of cavalry and
officers will be quartered here with
a monthly payroll of between $15,000
and $20,000. The plans for beautifying
the grounds which border on the city
are elaborate.
While Boise is recognized as the
headquarters for all large lntermoun
tain irrigation projects, the one prob
ably of more direct advantage when
completed will be that known as the
Boise project, comprising approximate
ly 800,000 acres when completed, located
at a distance of four miles from the
city and costing about $24,000,000. The
application for the segregation of this
land, located In Ada County, was made
several months ago and it has been
Withdrawn from entry.. It is believed
Americans in London Are Seeing Metropolis Under Changed Aspect, Because of King Edward's Death, but
Amusements Are Plenty, Although of Subdued Nature.
LONDON. June 18. (Special.) Ameri
cans who have come on to London
from Berlin, report that the Ger
man capital Is becoming the real "gay
city" of the Continent. The best sec
tions of the city are at present in th
temporary possession of American citi
zens, many of whom are determined to
see all the sights their dollars can com
mand. Berliners are making valiant efforts
to imitate the revelry of Paris after
dark. Berlin is trying to be naughty,
not without success. There's a veritable
Montmartre settlement in down-town
Berlin, where "bars," "cabarets" and
all-night restaurants do a roaring trade.
And five or six years ago there was
ihardly one of these gay nocturnal re
sorts. Natives of the city explain the
existence of those places by declaring
they are simply provided for the amuse
ment of their Transatlantic guests.
. The night resorts, however, are by
no mear; unknown to the Germans
themselvfs. The other day, an Ameri
can bent on seeing the gilded side of
Berlin, strolled into one of the most
famous haunts in the Unter den Linden
at 2 in the morning. "You're too early.
Come back-at three," said the attend
ant. As a matter of fact, several of
these so-called "high-life" resorts in
the Linden and .the Friedrichstfasse
don't get to business till the hour when
ordinary folk are enjoying their sound
est slumbers.
Americans in the world's metropolis
are seeing London under a changed as
. pect. Instead of a season in all the full
v dress of gaiety, they find a subdued but
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that the Kuhns and Huhls, Kastern
capitalists, who backed the famous
Twin Falls project, will have charge
of the Boise. The reclamation of this
vast area of land means homes for
thousands of settlers.
Railroad possibilities for this city
never looked better. Although 20 miles
off the main line of a railroad. Boise
has two interurban lines. One is the
Boise Valley, to Nampa, and the sec
ond, the Boise & Interurban, to Cald
well. It has three independent electric
lines In the city proper. The construc
tion of the Gllmore & Pittsburg to this
city is considered to be 'but a question
of time by posted railroad men. It is
generally believed here this new road
will be Hill's Eastern link for the
Boise & Western, to follow the Will
amette Valley & Cascade Mountain
Road 'grant to connect with the Oregon
Trunk and find a terminal at Portland.
Such a line would be a great boon to
this city, for under the traffic arrange
ments the Northwestern, Burlington,
Great Northern and Northern Pacific
will ' operate over this road, it is
Articles of Incorporation for a par
allel line, to be known as the Boise
Butte Railroad, have been filed with
the Secretary of State here, designat
ing the route of a steam line from Boise
to Butte. The Central Idaho, a Harrl
man subsidiary of the Oregon Short
Line, plans to build through Central
Idaho to Boise and to construct a line
from here to Winnemucca, Nev. Arti
cles of Incorporation for this road were
filed at Salt Lake by President Ban
croft, of the Oregon Short Line, a few
months ago. It is believed to be but a
question of time before the Short Line
will have to swing the main line of its
road into Boise in order to hold Its
In the adjacent valley hundreds and
thousands of fruit trees were set out
this year, adding wealth to the rich
horticultural section tributary to this
city, for the fruit industry is recog
nized as one of the biggest assets in
Southern Idaho. The interweaving of
this valley with electrio lines within
the past two years had brought the
predicted development. The large stock
ranches have passed Into history and
in their place have been Introduced the
smaller farm, of from five to 40 acres,
which, set in fruit, brings a handsome
income. Interurban property has taken
a genuine boost and in the valley sec
tion within a distance of from three
to five miles of Boise small farms are
occupied by hundreds of people. There
is a higher state of actual develop
ment and the land is being made to
produce abundantly in peaches, apples,
pears, prunes, apricots, grapes, etc, be
sides small fruits. Five years ago this
land was producing hay.
Values have gone up at a very rapid
rate and close-in property now brings
from $1000 to $1500 per acre, while no
fruit land can be purchased for less
than $300 an acre in any section of the
valley. -
The fruit crop this year will be a
bumper one probably the largest in
the history of the valley. Small fruit
Is just as abundant as the larger. The
valley bases its reputation on it steady
annual crop of apples and prunes, and
this year's growth will be far better
than ever before, both In quality and
' Within the next six months 90 blocks
of additional asphalt and concrete pav
ing will be installed In Boise. The con
tract for the laying of the pavement
was closed last week by the City Coun-
nevertheless an active social movement.
This stirring of the social waters is
largely due to the official intimation is
sued by the King and Queen that full
mourning was only to last till June 17,
instead of to the end of the Summer.
With the change to half mourning,
which remains in force till the end of
June, Anglo-American society feels that
the worst is over, in so far as general
stagnation is concerned.
Only a few people, including Lord
and Lady Hothfield. have left London
to pass the Summer at their country
houses. The greater number of fash
ionable folk are remaining at their
London residences, even though no big
functions can take place. Among legiti
mate diversions, houseboats on the
river Thames are to play a leading part.
Several prominent Americans now in
Britain are going in for this pleasant
form of having a good and quiet time.
In spite of the absence of large-scale
entertaining, the units of which society
is composed are more and more seeking
pleasure and .relaxation. Quietude is
necessarily the note of the season and
the Anglo-Japanese exhibition Is reap
ing the benefit of the general social
Fewer women than usual appeared at
Ascot, which in a peculiar sense felt the
absence of King Edward's inspiring
presence. Mrs. Stickney, who came over
from Paris, was among the prominent
Americans who were present at these
races. Richmond Horse Show, owing to
several entries from your side, drew
a crow of Transatlantic visitors.
At the principal London restaurants,
attached to the swell caravanserais, it
is the same tale every wiier-ea. record
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cil. Of this number 60 blocks of asphalt
will be installed by the Pacific Con
tracting Company of Portland, 14 blocks
of concrete paving by the Coast Con
tracting Company of Tacoma and 16
additional blocks of concrete paving by
J. Gustafson, a local contractor. The
actual cost of installation will be over
$500,000, but in letting -the contracts
the lowest bids were accepted and it
is believed by the city a saving of
$150,000 is made over former contract's.
Extensive plans have been made for
the creation of a park system in this
city, which will involve the expendi
ture of several thousand dollars and
will eventually, provide a chain of parks
for the city. The first step along this
line was made recently, when the city
took over the Booth park, located off
Warm Springs avenue, and labeling it
the McAuley Park, in honor of Coun
cilman McAuley, who has been Instru
mental in leading the fight for a park,
expended several thousand dollars in
improvements on it. The second park
was secured near the State Capitol
building, on property formerly occu
pied by the Columbia Theater and which
was sold several years ago to the Boise
Hotel Company for $100,000, to be used
as a site for a new hotel. An effort is
being made to secure part of the Boise
Barracks grounds through a special bill
passed by Congress, segregating it from
the post proper. Few cities have fewer
parks than Boise. The Issuance of park
bonds have been voted down time and
time again by the residents, who seem
to be opposed to the purchase of sites
or expenditure of funds for the crea
tion of a park system.
The first White City installed In the
lntermountain country for amusement
purposes, patterned in a general way
from the famous White City of Chi
cago, is now being erected here, on
the grounds of the Natatorium, and
will be formally opened within a few
weeks. Amusement devices of all kinds
number of American - guests. It makes
a London-bound compatriot quite home
sick to visit a representative hotel for
rich globe-tro-fcters like the Carlton.
In lounge and drawing-room, in hall
and restaurant, the energizing presence
of Americans now dispels that polite air
of ennui which for more than half the
year- characterizes the hotel. The opera,
by the bye, has recovered from the ill
effects of King Edward's death.
Among a fashionable American crowd
in the Carlton's lounging room re
cently were seen Mr. and Mrs. H.
Weatherbee and daughter, of New
York; Mr. and Mrs. John H. McFadden
and McFadden, Jr.. of New York; Mrs.
F. B. Smith, of Washington; Mr. and
Mrs. S. Clifford, of New York; Mr. and
Mrs. Sam Knight, of San Francisco, and
Mrs. Henry Mason Day, of New York.
More on business bent than pleasure,
Mrs. Champ Clark, wife of Representa
tive Clark, of Missouri, went to Edin
burgh. She visited Scotland's capital as
a delegate from the Presbyterian Church
of the United, States to the World's Mis
sionary Conference. Miss Genevieve
Clark accompanied her mother. After
the conclusion of the conference their In
tention was to travel about the British
Isles. William Jennings Bryan is, of
course, one of the lions of the confer
ence. .
Senator Timothy D. Sullivan spent a
few days in London on his way to see
the Oberammergau Passion Play. To the
string of reporters who gathered around
him, the Tammany man expressed some
appreciative comments on United States
prosperity. He also condemned the King's
accession oath as a - disgrace to the
British nation, because it gives offense to
Roman. Catholics cpUilon,. Morethaa th,r.
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and characters have been installed, .at
a cost of thousands of dollars. The
grounds are beautifully located and
the park will be operated independent
of the Natatorium, which is noted for
its famous natural hot water.
Sullivan would not give , way, save the
fact that he was bent on having a good
time. .
Two more notable Anglo-American mar
riages take place In London this week. In
the nature of things, they will be shorn
of much of the festivity that would have
characterized them under happier nation
al circumstances. Lord Acheson will
lead Miss Mildred Carter to the altar on
Tuesday, June 21, and a brilliant as
semblage of influential members of
American and British society will grace
the proceedings. The late King had
promised Lord Acheson to be present
at his marriage. It was also expected
that Queen Alexandra would attend it,
as both Lord and Lady Gosford, parents
of the bridegroom, belonged to the Queen
mother's household.
Three days later, the deferred marriage"
of Montagu Eliot to Miss Helen Post
will take place. All the social world
knows and likes the accomplished bride
elect, daughter of the late Arthur Post
and of Lady Barrymore. Miss Post en
tered society with her aunt, Mrs. Adair,
the largest landowner of her sex in the
world. This bright American girl Is
marrying into one of the most esteemed
families in Britain. Mr. Eliot was one
of the Equerries to the late King. He is
the younger of the two sons of the late
Colonel, the Hon. Charles Eliot, who was
Controller of the Household to Prince
and Princess Christian. His mother is a
sister of the first Lord Wimborne, the
Countess of Bessborough. and the Hon.
Lady Layard.
Somewhere In Virginia Is the heir to
the Peyton Baronetcy, of Isleham, Cam
bridgeshire. Although there is a Bar
onetcy of this name beld by Sir Alger
non Peyton, of Swift's House, Bicester,
England, his honor is comparatively re
cent, reckoning time by noble decades.
It dates only from 1776, whereas the title
belonging to someone on the American
side was that held by" Sir Edward Pey
ton, the Parliamentarian, who died in
He was a very poor man when he
passed away, having in conjunction with
Watson, afterwards ths hlxA baxtmeVsctld.,
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all his property, including Isleham. Like
men of humbler station who fall on evil
times, a younger son of the house de
cided to try his luck in America. He
settled in Virginia, shortly after the
restoration. His descendants are living
there today, and one of them is heir to
the baronetcy. But as a title Is no good
in England without dollars to support it,
and this title is an empty honor, Peyton
will probably lie low unless he is a mil
lionaire. .
In a smart dressmaker's salon are a
number; of dalntx wraps intended to bo
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used for billiards, which many women
think is to be the successor to bridge.
This dressmaker, who has a special ge
nius for meeting society's foibles, boasted
of the number of billiard wraps she was
making, and said :"Many of my clients
tell me of the formation of billiard clubs
in the most exclusive circles. The game
is likely to be very popular. Just as men
take off their coats to play billiards, so
will women substitute for the corsage a
little wrap that leaves-the arms free and
the movements of the frame unfettered.
It will be worn over a loose shirtwaist,
on .be. shirtwaist .and rwrap. Jrj. one. I am.
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now making as many billiard coats as
bridge frocks."
Partisan Exaggeration.
Indianapolis News.
Don't be misled by partisan exaggera
tions. The rivers and harbors bill does
not carry $52,000,000. The total of the ap
propriation is only $51,947,718.
The increase in the exports of the Dominion
to the mother country the second year after
im wcKaniey lann Became operative
eve 15,000, 000,
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