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THE FAHMER: FEBRUARY 20, 1917
INDIANS LIKELY TO BE GIVEN MORE CIVIL POSITIONS f i i i -i i, , New Step Toward Self -Government Promised' for . - Eastern Country. i i. . liondon, Feb. 20 Another step to ward seir-government In India is promised by the British government in the report, Just issued," of the Roy al Indian. Commission, appointed ppme time before the war to consider gleans "to widen, -the avenues of In 3Kan participation in the adminietra- 'tlon of the country." The report, a voluminous document, has been ready for more than a year, but has been "purposely delayed With a view , to .avoidance of controversial . discussion during1 the war." It Is expected that the main recommendations will be put. Into effect without delay. The most Important change in In dian 'administration, will be an In creased recruiting of men direct from India for posts In .the higher Civil service. At present these posts are filled In England, although Indians k who, have resided,, certain time In England may compete on an egnal basis with Englishmen In the ex amination here. In the future, how ever, there will, be a bifurcated ' en rollment with definite proportions of the higher poets , reserved for -;. In dians educated in their 'own coun try- ' , " , .. In the police department the pre-' v ponderance of ' the appointees will still come from England, "having re gard to the nature of British repaon sibility for the good governance of India." In certain other services, such as agriculture and forestry, half, the appointees will come from India, , Moreover, the English; door, to :'. ad mission to the various services la to remain open as ' before ; to , !. Indian candidates, and those successful are not to be included. In" the propoiv rtion set at art for recruitment In 'In dia.; In the case , of . .the. police, in deed, ther English door 4a opened : for the first tfme, as hitherto ; only purer, born Europeans 'have been' eligible. Now Indians will be entitled com pete, provided they have Vbeen edu cated in' England Ave years prior to the examination. Much Is done also to modify the old srrievanea of 'nraf. erentlal pay between the London and .the Indian recruit , ,? v Fifth Conscription In Prance Declared . ( ;4 -Equal to all Others Paris, Feb. 20. The fifth contin- since August 1914 is now passing be fore ,the medical' examining boards; physically, the "class of 1918" is de clared to be the best of the five and Its morale equal,' if not superior, to that of afty of Its predecessors. : They have .witnessed" a two , and , a half years constant procession of bereave ments, none of the hardships of trench life In this war 'have been concealed from them,yet their4 ardor is no less than that of the recruits of 1915 mo bilized at the height of the enthusiasm over the victory of the Marne. . Ninety-five per cent, of the class of 1918, which numbers about 340,000 including something ." like . 30,000 re cruits of 1917 whose Incorporation1 was adjourned; are either declared good ' lor armda service or adjourned for lack of physical development too per cent, are placed , in the ' category j of the hopelessly unfit to bear arms ana aBsignea to - auxiliary services. ! This Is only half the. average percent ' age of exemptions before the. war. . - The nhvslmia of thn vAun mn mn billed sihce. August 21914,. has been attributed to. the growing practice of "n'DOrtR ifi FWne diirfwtsr tha nam . years, ?it , Is inot that,?' ; says a man who has attended the , examinations of five classes since war began. ,"It may be that sports have' greatly develop ed young? mett in the r cities, but it should not be forgotten that the French army ; is t largely an army of farmers' hoys, of boys who practice no other sport than that of handling the plow. the. axe and the pitchfork. It is the farmer boys that show up the best In the young, recruits; they gen erally ask: to be incorporated in the Zouaves the terrors of the army and the heroes of Verdun. Thecity boys -students particularly prefer avia """ a" uiai tLyvvixiB iu bkiii more than to muscle. AN INCIDENT OF BAYONETS.' (Montreal Express.) The first Montreal soldier to return wounded in. a hand-to-hand combat with the Germans, was Stretcher Bearer Nap; Bylvain, one of the origin. til Twenty-second French-Canadians of 60S St. Catherine street east. He had on his arm two gold stripes. In dicating two wounds. ' i left ... as a corporal with the Twenty-second Battalion, under Lieut Col ' Gaudet,'T' said Bylvain, "and put in seven months in the trenches, later transferred as stretcher-bearer wih 2. got my nrst wound during , a . chareo" at YiireH fifltlAnt Tt . .fjayoiiet affair, and we , had; a pretty .hot time of; it, l ran into a big Ger man,1 and he got me first, sticking tne through -the abdomen and thigh cut, oerore .1 had much chancer to ."drop ho. got his. ; Five "of our fellows tackled him and filled him full of . bayonets and J " guess there was not much left of him." Sytvain" spent several months In a hospital as a result of this encounter, after which he. went -back to the .front, only to receive & second wound which incapacitated . him and sent him . home; on convalescent leave. He was pretty lame, but his comrades spoke of him as one of the most competent and ; fearless streteher- k bearers in the Twenty-second - Bat " tallon; : - . Jiiet before; leaving for the front Sylvaln was married, at ' St., Johns Que., and when, he came back there was ar Wife and. 14-months-old ' babv. . he had never seen, ' waiting to meet him. He was met by several other relatives,'- but 'owing' to the severity of the weathsr, the wife and baby . stayed at home, and Sylvaln was in a fever1 of impatience to get away to see nut little one. It is not felt necessary to hasten military preparations, as the country has the Boy Scouts, the Kings Daugh .ters, vn "the Colonial Dames ta de pend on in ease of Invasion, TAKE WAR CENSUS IN CONNECTICUT Preparedness Move Closely Fol lows Break With Germany. TO CANVASS EVERY TOWN Enrollment of Man Power and Military Resources Suggested by Governor Holcomb Plan Cordially Received. Voluhteers Doing the Work. The state of Connecticut has begun making a complete census of the men and resources within its borders so as to be ready to respond promptly in time of war. This Is (he greatest practical pre- J paredness measure yet adopted by any state in the Union. The decision to take this census was madevby the Leg islature immediately after the break with Germany, when Governor Mar cus H. Holcomb, .appearing before a joint session, pointed out the need of such an enumeration After Governor Holcomb had read his special message; both- Houses unanimously passed 'an act vhlch calls upon the governor to obtain complete information as td the men and resources of the state. rf A complete organization for handling the .details of the census was perfect ed within a few hours, and headquar ters opened lii Hartford. Every one of the" 168 towns of the state will take its own census. In the cities the may ors will be appointed to handle the details, and census-takers, , who are volunteers, doing the work because of their willingness to, help in a great measuret of this kind, will assist in the canvass. ; It is Confidently expected by those ,Jn charge of the-census that, within four weeks the complete Information will be, filed and tabulated in the State Headquarters" In Hartford., ' ' , " Questions to Be Asked.. ' burlfig the canvass census-makers will approach every man in the state and ask him a; series of questions which has been carefully prepared by the state headquarters' after consulta tion 'with the Uhited States war de partment The questions to be asked will Include the following: s 1. What Is your present trade, occupa tion or profession? 2. Have you v experience In any other trade, occupation or profession? 8. What ia your age? Height? Weight? , 4. Are you married? i Single? or Wid ower? v ' . ' ' ; 5. How many persons are dependent on you forupport? ' ' , -- 6. Are you a citizen of tho United States? 7. If not a citizen of the United States, have you aken out your first papers? 8. If not a citizen of theiUnlted States, what is your nationality?, 8. Have you ever done any military ) or naval service in this or any other coun try? ' Where? How long? What branch? Rank?. 10. Have you any serious physical disa bility? If so, name it.- 11. Can you do any of the following: Hide a horse? Handle a team? Drive an automobile? Bide a motorcycle? Under stand telegraphy? Operate a wireless? Any experience with a steam engine? Any experience with electrical machinery? Handle a boat, power or sail? Any expe rience in simple coastwise navigation? Any experience with high speed marine gasoline engines? Are you a good swim mer? Enrollment Not an Enlistment. Men in all walks of life have entered enthusiastically into this preparedness proposition. - The clergymen in the churches have urged their congrega tion to answer the questions asked promptly and freely. ' Heads of large manufacturing concerns have co-operat-' ed with the local committees. In many cases - the ' census has been taken on the unit system, by which the workers in large plants and offices will first be questioned before the house-to-house canvass has been undertaken, and only those omitted, in taking the census in large units will be canvassed person ally at their homes ' It has bjfen pointed out in many cases and, by many persons' that it is a patriotic duty to answer, promptly the questions which are being asked in this census, Answering all of the questions on the blank in no way con stitutes an enlistment or promise to enlist. It. merely puts at the disposal of the state complete information as to every individual living' within its borders so that, in time of need, those best fitted for certain tasks may be given an opportunity to perform the work which they can do r beat. The census waa instituted because modern warfare demands the mobilization not only of the relatively small number of men required for arms, but of the whoie nation for munitions, for the medical services, for the food supplies, for the transport and other activities; and the first step for such mobilization is to find out exactly what there is to be mobilized. The feature or tne .work first at tempted Is that of finding out Just what the man power of "the state is The census of the material resources will come later. . . Ne Politics In Census. There is absolutely ho polities in the military- census. Concerning this f ea ture. Governor Holomb has said: "I am glad that there is this one thing which we can unite upon, rising above the question of whether, we are demo crats, republicans or socialists, or to what church we belong, meeting on a common plane of patriotism so that whether we have war or not, and 1 pray, God war may not come, Con necticut may be found ready, as al ways, to do her part Chairman Da vld B." Fitzgerald of the democratic feats central comMittee and Chairman S. Henry Itorabaclc of the republican state central committee both have en dorsed the work and put at the dis posal of the committees in charge the entire democratic and republican state organisations. Governor's Hefners In Work. , The committee of special assistants to the governor, in charge of the state headquarters and its work, consists of: Charles A. Goodwin, Hugh M. Alcorn, Joseph VW. Alsop, William A. Arnold, Frank. P, Cheney George B. Chandler, waiter ju. iiara, Samuel Ferguson, Dwight D. Holbroofc, Norman It.' Mo ray and Bishop White. All the information obtained by the census will be forwarded by the towns to the state headquarters in Hartford. There the Information will be taken rom the census blanks - and put on special cards. The whole thing will bo in code. Instead of writing on tho cards the information obtained, this will be told by holes punched In the cawjs under a certain system. Special machines, such as ara used in large in surance offices can handle theso cards at the rate of , 250 a minute.- When all a completed there will be but one key to the code uader which the holes have been punched, and that key will go to the governor's office and remain there. - Connecticut will then have available for instant use in time of need com plete information concerning the State's great resources. . . . 1 CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR WHO DIRECTS STATE'S PREPAREDNESS CENSUS Connecticut is taking a military cen sus, the greatest preparedness move yet made by any state in the Union. The Legislature passed an act calling for the census after Governor Hoi- GOVERNOR MARCUS H. HOLCOMB, Connecticut's Chief Exeeutlve. ' comb, following the break with Ger many, had appeared before a Joint ses sion. Returns from every town in the state ;will be forwarded to the head quarters in Hartford, where Governor Holeomb's assistants are working, and there will be tabulated, coded and made available for instant use. ' i NO MAN IS ASKED , IF HE WILL ENLIST Connecticut Military Census Blanks Omit Thai Question. , Many men who have seen the blanks being used by those who are taking the Connecticut military census throughout Connecticut have appeared surprised that there is no question on the census blank which asks the individual if he would enlist in case the United States should ever call for troops. An in spection of the blank shows that there 1 absolutely nothing asked In refer ence ,to possible enlistment. Informa tion is required concerning a man's name, "address, weight, height, age, trade, citizenship, special abilities and similar details, together with whether he has ever had military or naval ex perience. No. question concerning will ingness to enlist appears on the blank.; " It is explained that if war comes there will be a call for volunteers and enlistments will be made. The census is not an enlistment. ' ACT AUTHORIZING MILITARY - CENSUS IN CONNECTICUT The Connecticut military census, now in progress throughout the state, was authorized by. the Connecticut leg- islature, now in session" at Hartford, after Governor Marcus H. Holcoirib had laid before the members in joint session the need for immediate action The act passed unanimously wag as follows: v : ; ; ' Be it enacted, etc., . Section 1 That the governor is hereby to cause to be taken forthwith a census and inventory of resource of the state In men and materials, available for' Use in the event of war, and the information thereby secured shall be placed at the service of both the state ana the federal government. , . Section S In the preparation of said can sua and inventory it, shall be the duty of every public onici&i m tne state to rur nifth to the governor whatever Information and assistance he. may require. . ; Section ,3 Th comptroller Ib hereby di rected, upon. request of the governor, to draw hir orders n the treasurer for ail tecessary expenses incurred in carrying .vto effect the provisions of this act. . . Section 4 This act shall take effect from is passage. 1 ; Too Much Music. : Street singing is an especially Nea oolitan institution, and when for. the first time one hears beneath his win dows the more often than notVff key versions of the snappy, lilting, inex. pressibly Infectious Neapolitan songa he is enchanfed i'. and throws pennies freely. After a week or so of it as a steady diet, day and night, he inclines much more toward heavy crockery. National Geographic Magasine. : . ;. ' i ,!...- - i r His Idea. i "Would you say that marriage is a failure?" - -. "Not exactlyt if s more-like a busi ness venture." V, : ' In what way f' . "Well, you can't blame th business for the failures that get into it." De troit Free' Press. Saving Money. , Mrs. Muggins Don't you ever try to save any money 1 Mr. Muggins Sure. I save $4 today, Bftrrowell struck me for $3, and I only let Win have $1. Philadelphia Record. A I i' '' ' ' ' ST A GRIDIRON GL UB GUESTS SI BY PATRIOT Songs Replete with Nation al Fervor Humor Not Lacking at Banquet. Washington, Feb. 20 Patriotic fervor stirred participants at the clos ing dinner of the season given by the Gridiron Club of Washington Satur day night with President Wilson) members of the cabinet, and others prominent in government and busi ness life of the nation as guests. Songs that rang with, the spirit of Americanism and demonstrations df loyalty to the President were inter spersed with travesties on the peace note leak investigation, woman suf frage pickets at the White House gates, prohibition for the District of Columbia, California's part in the na tional election with Senator-elect Hiram Johnson impersonating him self an with other satirical allusions to various phases of national life. The leak inquiry was caricatured in in several sketches, one of them a musical melange and another 'a melo dramatic effusion entitled "The Waif," in which "Administration Leak" ap peared as the heroine and "Barney (T. W.) Lawson" as. the Irrepressible villain. Introducing the k musical sketch, one of the co-respondents with a tremulo tenor sang "Down the Leaky Way", which was followed by another sung by a club .member in the character of Representative Wood of Indiana, whose resolution led to the a Las a - congressional investigation mtu charges of a leak on the peace notd message. 1 The "Leaky" Way" chorus ran thus: Come where the information oozes .! Down on the Leaky Way. Come see the Lambs at play, Bears eager "for the fray ; Come hear the ticker gently ticking, Giving the leaks away. See the brokers gay, They are making hay, . - Down on the Leaky Way. The impersonator of Representative Wood was presented 1 as "William Wood, the Plumber, the Man Who Stops the Leaks, who sang: . I come from Indlanny; i , A statesman, great and true, ,Y And when I smell a scandal I don't care what I do; . , Oh, if I hear a rumor I follow it for weeks, For I'm William Wood,, the Plumber, I'm the guy who stops the leaks. ."Hazel Jones" as oae of the silent suffrage sentinels at the White House' was Introduced and made the target of several Jibes In a minstrel skit.' "Do you know- Hazel Jones?" queried one of the wandering minstrel-correspondents. "Why, yes," was the response. "She is one of the silent sentinels at the "White House gates." , i "Do you know Hazel had an awful accident?", '.'Is that so? What happened to Hazel?" Y y "Why, one of those big fat squirrels in the White House grounds bit off her ear." ! ;;i That's horrible. Did . they kill the squirrel?" "No indeed. The President, said It wasn't the saulrrel's fault, and the President was right."' "I must disagree with you. The President was wrong." ; "Well, suppose you were a squir rel and you were hungry- and yon couldn't get any pork-chops, or lamb chops, beef steak, or. fried onions, or anything like that, and you were just a plain, old-fashioned squirrel with an appetite for nuts, and for eight hours in the rain and the show and the sleet somebody stood in front of your house that they called Hazel -. I leave it to you. The Presi dent was right, he sure was right." "Camping To-night" , was a song to the Suffrage Sentinels, running thus: t Wee camping to-night on the White House grounds," Give us arouslng cheer: ' Our goiden flag we hold aloft, v ' 1 Of cops we have no fear. Many of the pickets are weary to night, . x Wishing for, the war to cease Many are the chilblains and . frost vbites, too, - - . .: It is no life of ease. i fTom ibawson, Bamfey Baruch, Charley Sabin and Otto Kahn" ap peared .asa quartet, 'singing: y . "They met Tom Lawson in the Street, Barney and Charles and Ot. . He said: -'You boys appeared to know More than the public ought; Now won't you come to Washington And tell about the leak?' They whispered: 'No, no, thank you, . Tom.' And didn't give a squeak. "But Tom came, willing, eager, too, And said they should be brought So Henry sent a Sergeant-at-arms for , . Barney and Charles and Ot. V 'Now boys,' said Bob, iome tell us all About ' this inside ring. They .whispered: 'No, no thank you, Bob ; N ... . Ahd didn't tell a hlng." Dr. Grayson, whose .nomination as medical director of the Navy with rank of Rar Admiral, was another target for musical shafts to the tuho of "Captain Jinks." "He's an Admiral great, in the new His name is Dr. Gary 0 And though he'll seldom go to sea,. . He's an Admiral in the Navy;. And if the Navy has a chill Take a pill, take a pill, ' No battleship will have the grip . While he's Admiral in the Navy. In Initiating a new member of the club, John Snure; . correspondent of the Des Moines Register-Leader, psuedo Ellis Island Tofflcials conduct ed an immigration- examination for admission. j . . Inspector to applicant sharply: "Born ?" v Applicant: "Yes." "Business?" ' , "Rotten." - ; ."Foreign country?" . "Ioway." "Who is ; President of the , United States?" , ! . - "Woodrow Wilson." "What does he do?" "Spends most of his time do-lglng women with yellow flags." "Who is the Vice-President?" "I don't know." , k "Never mind, neither do IRKED w I 111 ' 111 1 3-passcnger Roadster -. : 5 " TourinCar S I broad at John st. 'Vilnius, F' --"-"" - "Who makes the laws?" "Woodrow Wilson." ' "If Wilson ma-kes the laws what does Congress do?" : "Squanders money- on "creeks, lifets and bluffs, mostly bluffs." "What Ns the buildin called riv in which Congress meets?" "A school for scamlal." ' , "What are the ciualificatton for. a Rear-Admiril of the. Navy?" : , . "To cure a cold and play a good game of golf. ? 9 "Are yo-n anarchist?" N "No, I'm a member of the Press Gallery." ( Thereupon the applicant qualified for admission. . f . In the inauguration of Ira E. Ben nett, originally from California, as President of the Club, a groUp; of California "bad men" and Senator elect Hiram J. Johnson, appeared. "Ah Sin" described the recent elec tion, concluding thus: : - . "The voting wept on a way that I grieve,' And my feelings were shocked at the state of Hy's sleeve . Chuck full of double-cross ballots, the same with intent to deceive. The result, as we know, convulsed the whole land, And . here's" Hiram J who am no understand, - And hia-smlle it is child-like and bland." Johnson! See here you -Hongkong hatchetman, do you mean anything personal ? ' Ah Sin: Whassa mattah you no likee ? , . Johnson (in despair): You gee, gents, the reward we reformers' re ceive to be the chop suey of the. heathen. And yet the last hope of the nation comes , from California yes, from galorlous Calif orpia, the shining shorewhere o'er ad o'er and more and more- oh, sunset land, of poet's strand- where the Pacific rolls and rolls Ah, gents, I could go On -forever, ringing the glories of that golden land of flowers and Wonderful majorities . ' , Ah Sin You singee inSenate, exe cutive session, sabe? ' . The evening closed . with the club singing "Hello Gridiron, hello 'Frisco.' " Frank L. Joamimi, private secretary to Ambassador Naon of Argentina, is Still $1090. But the 5-passenger 6-30 Chalmers will be $1250 on March 1st. Why not save $160 by buying now? See it at the Automobile Show.' One visit to the Chalmers exhibit may save you $160, and provide you with' the most sensible car you ever owned. Neither over-heavy. Nor underweight Neither bulky. Nor small. It is built for sensible ; driving. Quick in acceleration. Nimble. Easy to swing around a corner. A "close upw view will surprise you with its luring lines, sound construction. And the 3-passenger roadster at $1070 now, for delivery latdr, will also be $1250 on March 1st. A saving of $180. Present Prices $1070 - T-poscsnjer Tourbj 1090 - 7 (All Lo.b. Detroit) tD AUTO PHONE Prohibitionists r Will Attempt to . Shut up Theatres - ' " The Prohibitionists' war; on indi vidual liberty began with a crusade against liquor; thenythey fought to bacco; next Sunday baseball and mov ing pictures; and now they intend-to try to close all -theaters. United States Senator Porter McCumber, of "dry" North Dakota, recenV said, iri Con gress: . ; "The best thing- that could ever hap pen, the American people would be the closing of every theater and place of amusement in the United States for ten years. , There should be a closed Beason that would allow the people to regain some of their ! old stability, some of their old. composure, trat would allow them time to. accustom their minds to the consideration of the real things in life rather, than the ar tificial things." , - It's Easy Money. Tho present mood Congress- la propitious, Senator. Wliy not put through a bill making it a felony to write, or present, or read a play? Congress is engaged in an effort.to regulate personal conduct by destroy ing personal liberty. If . there are Americans, co un regenerate, . to thoughtless, that they would rather see a play discussing some . general and immutable truth than to hear a McCumber in full cry, should not the law take them in charge? ; There are persons, ' not a few, who are shamelessly familiar with numer ous dramatists and who could not, right off the . bat as.it were, tell you who Porter McCumber la, and where he hails from, and what he does to get a living in these days of high ccst when potatoes retail at the price of big red apples and half pf the popula tion is buying shoes without leather soles because they can be had for $3.50. j ; . If Congress, moved to action by the not quite justly, celebrated eloquence or, Mr. McCumber, should shut up the theaters everyone would know who Mctumber is, at least, and as he is the real thing in the way of a .Woolly West United Statesman, everyone would be thinking of at least one real thing when dwelling upon the reform and the reformer. "Hamlet." you undertsand. la an ar 91 Car $1350 CO BAR. 3614 tificial thing. .Sixteen columns of flap- doodle "extended to the record"; by a United States senator rising to a POtt of. personal privilege, or rising to a, fly, is among the great and vital ac tualities of our day. As it is, obvi ously, only when there Is no possibility of amusement that the " masses will concern themselves as they should with meaty discourse, $uch as the sen- ' ator from North Dakota, Isn't. it? is prepared tp provide.'it Is high time to shut up every show shop in" . the land.' Such action would fit . with the , gsn eral ' program of Interference with the individual In which Congress has been intereste"d.--Louisville Courier-Journal. Trumbull Selectman Appoints Assistants For Canvassing Town The town of Trum'jull has begun taking the military census. .First Se lectman Howard Randall has ap pointed a number of aids to assist him. They are: Samuel Seeley, Ed ward 'Downs, v Clifford Cole, Stephen Burroughs, Jr., Joseph Williams, Burr S. Bach, Leroy Thornton, Horace Wellington, Edward Nothnagle; ID. S. Falrchild, David Hickey. TAX ON CATS FAILS. . Amsterdam, Feb. 20. The tax' on cats in certain, eectlnoa of Germany has proved a disappointment. In Striegftn, Silesia, according to the Hrr lin papers,'- the cat population dimin ished to severity-seven when the tax" gatherer made, his rounds. On' the other hand, there ha been an alarm ing increase in rats and mice, so alarming that several towns have de? elded to abolish the cat tax.' PIONEER DAYS. "Tell me of your early educational hardships." " ' i : f . "Well, I lived seven blocks from a Carnegie Library and we had no au tomobile." LouisvIJlo Cpuriei jour nal. ' :, " ' .' ' . ' . . Gov. E. Is dead. De Baca of New Mexico FUNERAL DESIGNS r A1TO BPX7QtTETS. ' , JOHN REdt A son.