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VOLXLIV. NÔ. 285.
MISSOULA, MONTANA, SATURDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 9, 1918. PRICE mi I il I ' * MEMORML U8GES TO UMCIILTIHIE Farmers in Communication to President Emphasize i Farm Importance. SUGGEST ADVISORY CÖMMITTEE OF NINE Want Skilled I."nd Workers Kept at Home to Assure Ample Production. Washington, Feb.. 8.—Spokesmen of If. natiornH farm organizations anti many smaller ones who are holding n ^ar time conference here at the call of the Federal Hoard ot Farm organiza tions, presented a memorial to Presi dent Wilson today urging more definite measures by the government in speed ing up agricultural production. Want Advisory Committse. The delegation asked for the ap pointment of a* special commission of nine farmers to advise in agricultural problems and represent the farming view point; the furloughing of trained farm workers now in the army so long as their services may bo considered by the government more useful in produc tive agriculture than in the military service; that the draft regulations be Interpreted so as to stop the placing m skilled farm workers, foremen and bona fide farmers in «lass one; that provision be made for furnishing farm ers seed, feed, fertilizers and machin ery; that steps be taken to promote aggressively short time loans to fi nance the production of crop«, and thnt if the policy of price control is to pre vail, it is npplled to what a farmer buys as well as what he sells. After listening to the memorial, President Wilson made this reply: Promis«« B««t Attention, ;T cannot, of course, offhand, answer so important a memorial as this and 1 peed not tell you that it will receive my most careful and respectful atten tion. Many of the questions that are raised here' have been matters of very deep and constant concern with us for months past, and I believe that many of them are approaching as success lul a solution as we ran work out for them, hut just what those steps are I cannot detail to you. You are probably familiar with some of them. "1 want to say that I fully recog nize that you gentlemen do not mean that your utmost effort will depend upon the acceptance of these sugges tions. 1 know you are going to do your level best in any circumstances and I etuint on you with the utmost confi dence in that. There, never has been a time, gentlemen, which tested the real quality of folks as this time Is going to test it; because, we are fight ing for something bigger than any man's imagination can grant. Tha Pinal Cont««t. "This is a final tackle between the things that America always has been < pposed to anil was organized to fight and the thing* that she stands for. It Is the final contest, and to lose it would »et the world back not a hun dred—perhaps several hundred—years in the development of human life. The thing cannot he exaggerated in its Importance, and I know that you men 'are ready, as I am. to spend every ounce of energy we have got In solv ing this thing. If we cannot solve it in the best way, we will solve It in the next best way and if the next best way is not available, we will solve it In the way next best to that, but we will tackle it in some way and do it ne well as we can. "I am complimented by a visit of so large a representation, and I thank you for the candid presentation of this in teresting memorial." In recommending the creation of a farmers' commission to sit permanently in Washington, with provision by the government for quarters and expenses the memorial said: ''Much a commission is needed first *>f all to give the farmers of America a. pense of partnership in the conduct of the war. to which they have right. The occasional consultation with farmer« called to Washington or the occasional appointment of a farmer to a subordinate place does not amount to fitting participation in the conduct of the war on the part of one-third of the population of the United States end all the more when that third produces the one form of supplies which is the most essential. "This* plan would be In narmony with the procedure already adopted by the government in other essential indus tries. The creation of such a com mission would convince all tanners that their viewpoint was fully repre sented in Washington and always ac ------— --------- - --------- _ C'ssible to the president and would insnire and encourt« them as noth inspire and encourage them as noth teg else could." Missoula Girls and Women to Provide Valentines for Homesick Soldier Boys i ami &lai vtinefc Remember what fun you had ns a kid in school with à Valentine box? Well, Sammee is only a large-sized ki<1, xome ways, and he's often very lonesome, and very much In need of fun, and wonting to know that the folks back home nre appreciating the sacrifice he is mnklng for them.| Sammee remembers that old Valen tine box, too. And so—will you help to make one for him now? The Misspulian and the Red Cross have set up a Valentine box for Sam mees at Red Cross headquarters, where you can drop one, two, or any number of valentines for homesick soldier boys. The Red Cross will see that the Sammees at Camp l.ewis get your val entines by February 14. Do not address your valentines. GIVE BINGHAM 56-50 CHANCE Physicians Think Victim of Poison Mpy Yet Win in Fight for Life. W. H, Bingham has better than an ; even chanee for recovery. Such was the verdict of his physl- , rians last night after the eastern his torian, who swallowed an overdose of bichloride of mercury Sunday, in his ! room at the Florence hotel, had passed i without toss of strength through an- [ other of the critical days of the strug- ■ gle between deadly poison and scien tific skill. Upon Bingham's decision that life, after all. Is worth living, and the fact that much of the poison was removed from the man's body before it could do much hurt, the physicians pin thefr hope. These factors, they say, may defeat the subtle action of a drug which leaves Its victims unmarked for days, only to kill them suddenly after a period of seeming recovery. Patiently Await Criait. The skilled physicians and nurse* provided for Bingham by friends A,ere are watching the man's every breath almost while they await the crisis of the duel between medicine and poison. That crisis, tha physicians say. I» du* in two or throo day». If sci one* win», Bingham may yet walk forth from tho hoapital, cured of ! tha diataato for lifo ho toomod to show whon ho told a bollboy at tha ! Florence hotel: j "Never mind the doctor; I'm go - I ing to craao tho Great Divide." I If science loses, thon tho subtlo ! poison will roach tha kidnoys and I tha man. outwardly wall and strong and hopeful, will dio suddenly and painlessly of acuta Bright'» dis es sa. After careful examination of their ' patient, Bingham's physicians believe that much of the poison was removed from the Stomach before it could af fPct the body. In this belief they .... (Continued on Page Five.) Do not seal them. l>o not send candy, cake, or any thing to eat or drink, or anything made of metal or anything inflam mable. , Of course you are probably sending some personal epistles of a sentimen tul character through the mail In the regular way to a sweetheart or a brother or a friend. Now, for every one you buy nnd mail to a lover, relative or friend, buy another for some 'stranger and drop it Into the valentine box to cheer up some lonesome soldier boy. He's your friend, too. He's doing an endless amount of terribly hard work for you. He is giving up many precious things for you. . Kaiser Dead No Mourners at Funeral of German Emperor. Columbus, Onto, Feb. 8.—Follow ing a procession that blocked traf fic, an elaborate fuqeral for the Herman emperor, von Hindenburg and the crown prince was con ducted on the state house lawn here today. The last rites were participated in by wounded Cana dien soldiers, one of whom drove^ the hearse. The end came afier several days' persecution of the three, at whom Columbus Citizens have been burling baseballs, three for 25 cents, to help fill the Col umbus war ehest. There were no mourners or flowers. j The Weather FOrseast—Generally fair Satur day an* Sunday, warmer Satur day; coldar Sunday. LOCAL OBSERVATIONS. Maximum 37 Minimum ...23 6 a. m.......25 6 p. m.......30 More springlike weather added to the pleasure of Ilf** yesterday. While tho warmth to reduce more cumulated ice into water. «>f the Thank ac FROM OTHER POINTS. City— % Min. rtinmArrlf 24 Max. 28 Moorhead .............. ............ ...... 20 24 Will is ton.......................— _____ 20 28 Denver ,...... ............ ...... 20 40 Havre ... .......... 40 44 Helena ____....___.... .................. ____ 38 *8 Halt f*ake .................. ...... 34 26 Portland _________________________ §2 _ 54 fipokane .............— __________ 44 48 j j j i j j j j j ! TALK TO LUMBERMEN. Great Fall*. Feb. 8.—Ben R. Varda - ' man of Très Moines. Iowa, C. L. Smith Portland, Ore.. R- W. Franklin of : Seattle ami Frederick D. Becker, af-c- retar >' of the Montana Lumber Manu .facturer*' association were the «peak Urs before the Western Retail Lumber 1 men's annual convention. I ; I j I | i j I vor seen him, and you you can't do too much aw that you appreciate You have i never will, In lo let him k his sacrifice. The Red Cross will »end the soldiers all the valentines that the girls, aunts, wives, mothers, I daughters, grand mothers, sisters, acquaintances and I friends will contribute. ! Tin- time is short. If you cannot i bring your valeTitlne to Hie soldiers' j valentine box, mall It to this office or I the Red Cross in two envelopes, the I inner one uii.nlilressed and unsealed. Will you send Sammee a valentine? Altogether, now, girls and women of Missoula : "Yea, will! BEST LAID PLANS UF MICE AND MEN Spy Bearing New Hun Code for System Here Nabbed on Dutch Ship. An Atlantic Port, Feb. 8 A Herman spy was repotted tonight to have been found among 40 first and second cabin passengers of the Dutch liner Xleuw Amsterdam, who earlier In the day were detained by federal agents for examination. After 12 thin sheet* of paper, cov «•red with letters and figures of a rode hot! been found upon him, the man Is said to have confessed that he. was In the pay of the Herman government, and had eome here in order to furnish spies operating In this country with th" new code. He is also sni<1 to have stated that he received a large sum of money for undertaking the mission, but re - fused to give the names of the persons to whom the rode was to be delivered. The man was Hald to be a naturalized American citizen of Dutch or Herman origin. The purpose of the spy in coming to this country was to re-establish com munlcatlon between the Herman spy system here and the Herman govern ability of American Intelligence offl read « xlKtlng codes. It was re port'd. Steamship With American Grain Sent Down hjr Sub ;ing to HandelsMbd. Twenty-nine s:F jvlvors were landed at Terschelling this Amsterdam. Feb 8.—The steamship Frieian (Fridland?) loaded with grain from an American port and presum ably bound tor Rotterdam, was tor pedoed yesterday' after being bom barded. Six men were killed, accord I morning. ÜEVISED FIGURES TUSCAN!« OEATH j LIST PUT «T 166 Bod it 1 -, of 126 American Troops Recovered Follow In? U-Boat Attack. MOUNTING TOLL PUTS («LOOM IN CAPITAL IVess Dispatches Continue to Urui.-e Conduct of Men When Blow Falls. BULLETIN. An Irish Port, Feb. Associated Press. There is little hope that additional survivors of the Tumi, nia will be found. Traw lets which cruised about the sreue and along the coast, reported today that they hud discovered no addi tional bodies. Figures compiled b> the Tusca nias survivors' bureau here still place Hie number of miss ing at IU1. London Says 166 Dead. Roudou, Felt. 8. i ue ilntiah admir alty Tonight informed the Associated Press that the latest figures available on the Tuscuniu disaster showed that 2.23i persons laid been saved nnd til it about Hit) wen' dead. The saved, it was added, Included .13 American officers and 1,817 American men. It! officers nnd 183 men of 'he crew and six passengers. The bodies of 12« American troops have been recovered. Washington Estimates Unchanged. Ot the 148 survivor» landed on the Scottish const, 134 helonsed to the I'nited States army, Including seven iffleers. Of these one officer and 1 « igcii are remaining where they landed end to the funeral at rangements for the American dead. The war depart ment has hud no of ficial report on losses to change toe es timate of yesterday Hint 21« pertO'is •re missing, 113 of them being »mot ion a soldiers. 166 Man Ar* Lost.' British admiralty figures given lo the Associated Press at London tonlglu show 160 »lead, 147 of them American soldiers, four officers and 143 enlisted men. There were 117 American iff. vers und 2,060 men on hoard th» Tuscuniu anti the admiralty reports among the survivors 113 officers and 1,917 men. In spite of Hie realization thut the loss was remarkably small considering (he number curried by the liner, the revised admiralty report was received here with bitter disappointment Press dispatches Iasi night Indicating that the dead all told might not exceed i«0, hail led to the hope that possibly not more Hum Ml of the soldiers hud per ished. Coma Land in Scotland. A cablegram received by Hie navy department during the day announced that 76 officers and 1,274 enlisted men of the army had been landed at Mim era nu, Iretuud; that 91 soldiers «re in hospitals in Londonderry, while 570 of fleets and men ur* at Isluy. This gives a total of 2 . 01 1, but doe« not Include the »«-uttering survivors reported in un official dispatches as having landed at ports In Hcotland. Additional détails of the splendid conduct of the untried soldiers us de scribed in press dispatches today were received with iiridl«gulse«l pleasure by army officials. Afraid ef Small Beat. An Fish Fort, Feb, 8.—By the Ammo «-iate<l l'r«'s*. A Kmall fishing trawler returned to tills |>ort this morning without the 142 Americans It set out from lure to take off from tho barren northerly »Imre, whleh the Americans had reached In three life boats 14 hours after the Tusr-nniii was sunk by a Her man submarine. The skipper of the trawler told the Hritinli commodore here thut the Atner iean «-aptaln In charge of the party re fused to embark bis men on the traw ler because the little ve»*«l di«i not carry life bnais sufficient to bold the troop* In case the trawler wa* torpedoed. On the arrival of the trawler the British authorities sent a larger sieumcr to bring the Americans OluKgow. Thl* vessel has sufficient life Imats to take care of the men case It runs afoul an underwater bout Spain Protests Against Loss of Steamer Giralda Madrid. Feb. 8.—The Spanish ambas sador at Berlin telegraphs that he sent to the German government Thursday evening a note ot tho Spanish gov. ernment protesting against the recent sinking ot the Hponlah steamer Oiraldu. The Giralda wan sunk by a German sobmarlQc January 26, after the crew of the U-boat had looted the vomcI. The crew of the steamer was saved. FEDERALAGENTS GET 55 LEADERS Systematic Plan Along Pacific Coast to Cripple National Industry Uncovered as Result of At tempted * Blowing Up of California Executive Mansion. GREAT STRIKES PLANNED Wubhimjton, Feb. 8.—industrial Workers of tho World on tho Paoifio coast have planned wholet.il r destruotion of induatriaa and «hipping, And other interferancas with the pmtacu tion of tha war, it waa said today, at tho department ot justics. The indiotmont of 55 at Saeramanka -tiy, a federal grand jury ia the result of rooont invostigations by government agent, wl o discovered that leaders were plotting eystomatio sabotage. Tho investigation was i direct result of the rooont attempt to blew op the governor's residence at Sacramento. Agents discovered a number of plotters, whose activities axtandad t hreughout tha Paeifli ooaat territory. In addition to blowing up faotoriai, plotter« in that section • ef .Mia country had planned to foment strikes among workmen engaged in war industries, destruction of truit trees and crops, and ta a leaser extant the destruction of ships being built in yards along tho ooaat. _ . INTENT OF CONSPIRACY Sucramento, Feb. 8,—Three Indict ment», one of which charged 55 per NOiiH with coiiHpirlng with William D. Haywood »ml other industrial Worker» of th« World louder« to hamper the government In II« prosecution of the war, were returned bore today by the United Hinten grand Jury. Th<' report of th«* Jury terminated It» tnvestlgu tIon of the iiotlvHle» of allegeil I. W. W. lalt.ii Into custody here in con nection with the Inquiry by federal authorities und the Sacramento police Into the attempted dynamiting of Hu home of Hovernor William H. Stephen* here the night of Dt*«'«qnber 17 Innl. Block War Work. Th* conspiracy Indictment specll'1 ally charged the defendant« with at tempting "to (Interfere with the opera tion of the Mile««'** of the military and nuviil force* of Hie United Stal*'« and to promote the «ucccm» ot il* enemies by obstructing recruiting and enllst mi'iit in the military and naval force* and by cutislng or uttempting to causi act* of disloyalty, mutiny or refusal of duty." To Overthrow Government. II wa* further alleged that the de fendant* had entered into a conspiracy with other« of the thr«*«' hundred thou sand members of the I. W. W. organi zation to overthrow the government" Sammees Show Themselves as True Soldiers United States Major Declares There Now Can Be No Question as to Outcome of Flfcht on Germany. An Irish Port, Feb, 8. A major from Washington. D. C\, who was In com- I mand of American aoldleis on the Ttts "anlu spent the last few lioui* of Ills Way ln I hi* port today In «ending messages of thank* and farewell to the townspeople, lut-liullng the mayor, town council, local department «lore* end firm* of tobacco «balers who do nated large consignments of cigarettes nml pip*- tobacco to the eoldlers. Th«» major wa* downcast by the catastrophe but was proud of hi* t t loop*, No Doubt of Remit. ■ If they behave «» well in France ! a* they did on the Tusounla," he said, "there I* no doubt about tfie outcome of lid* war." i T«,o much praise cannot be heaped ; « it them Tor their calmne** in the face of disaster at sea. which two.thirds of them had never seen before. One 1 marked raault ot the di*u»ter which was noticed by tin- officers was the Improved discipline ot tile men. Curat Pnaumonia. A remarkable experience In the ; disaster wus had by a Georgia private ; who was confined to bed with pneu inonia when the torpedo struck the 1 I Tuscanla. The Georgian rushed on ; deck clad only In a union suit. An- ! other soldier gave up his coat to cover : the sick man, who was lowered into lifeboat and soon found himself on a trawler, where he sut on a wind- j swept deck for hours. Whon he landed here he felt so fully recovered from ; hi* illness that he could not be in- ' duced to go to the hoapltai. Sedition Law for Montana Helena, Feb. 8.— It is to deal with Hie 1. W. W, situation in Montana that the legislature, which la to moat here on February 14, In apodal aoa slon, has been asked by Oovernor Hnpiuel Stewart, in h>a call for the extra session, to pass a sedition and sabotage act, Tha governojr In recent utterances has dealt ' In a spirit of apprehension with tho' pos Htbliity of trouble from I. W. W. sources In the stats this sprint. Montana home guards, it Is thought, will be organized Into a new regi ment of militia, by the coming ses slon of the u*»emhly, to handle this problem. taK '' and to carry on n "widespread cam paign of sabotage.' P. II. Johnson, assistant United mates district attorney, who conducted the ln«|tilry, said that evidence col lected in connection with the investi gallon "has revealed acts of sabotage In many sections of the United Htatcs." Illegal Transportation Dynamite. .He said the campaign was aimed at the destruction of Industries and crops. A second Indictment churged William Hood and George F. Voetter, who were arri'sted here December 22, carrying u box containing nine slicks of dyna mite, with having the explosive In their possession unlawfully, a third true bill charged Hood with Illegally trans porting dynamite on a passenger trait* engaged in Interstate commerce. It was Hie arrest of Hood and Voetter thnt l«»«l to a rolii on the I. W. W. head quarters here In which a number of men were taken Into custody and u large amount of documentary evidence was »elzeii. Much of this evidence was presented to the grand Jury und some of It wan quoted In the conspiracy Indictment, which wus returned today. General Conspiracy. The indictment charged the défen dent* with a general conspiracy "by threats, nnsaults and intimidation" an«] the «IlHtrlbution of alleged I. W. W, literature to obstruct the activities of the government In the prosecution of the war. It Is alleged that they were members of branches of the organiza tion known as "militants" and ''rebela,*' Violation of various si'ctlons of Jrtio I <-nal oo<1p and war regulations and I mclamatlons. including the %nemv alien and selective draft acts, were alfco alleged. The defendants also were accused cf an organized conspiracy to "Injure and "PI reus certain citizens of the United state», by threats and intimidation." Latter* From Chicago Prisoners. Ia»tt< rs mailed to some of tho de fendants were reproduced in the in dictment Some of theB« were from Iiftlustrlal Workers of the World pris oner* in the Cook county jail at Chi They urged the men on "tho' outside to greater effort in their work" ns "the best means of helping; their fellows in jail in Chicago." Two of these letters were signed by G. A. Roberts and James Hawaii, among those awaiting trl*I on Indlct ni« nt* returned in Chicago. Want Documents Boole, Chicago. Feb. 8.—Counsel ter »3 of tho 166 alleged members of W., who are to be tried espionage act, today asking for tha return seised at their hesdqi raids of September 5. IW7. The petition oontendo tkat lure was uuconoUtu tl o n p L |^iHC