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THE WASHINGTON STANDARD AMERICAN LEGION PAGE Published Every Friday Address all communications to "The American Legion, Olympia. Wash." ALFRED WILLIAM LEACH POST NO. 3 Virgil Baker, Commander. John Dunbar, Vice-Commander. Nelson N. Vaughan, Adjutant. R. R. Dalton, Finance Officer. Chas. Leach, Chaplain. Hal. E. Wiggins, Historian. Win. Strock, Sergeant-at-Arms. C. H. Bowen, Trustee. Pete Yellich, Trustee. M. L. McCully, Trustee. F. A. Longaker, Trustee. Bert Miller, Trustee. The Leglpn meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, Veterans' Hall, 7:30 sharp. PEP IT LEGIONNAIRES In answer to the call of Chairman Edward C. Dohm of the American Legion Auditorium Building Com mittee for volunteers to assist in the tearing down of the Elks Arena, last Saturday, but fifteen responded. With a poet of nearly two hundred mem bers there must be something sadly lacking when only 15 are sufficiently Interested in the success of the new building to give their assistance. There should have been at least 50 men if not more on hand tor the wrecking process. Chairman Dohm thanks those men who did show up and states that another demolishing fiesta will be staged shortly and he expects a better turnout. So snap into it. "Rise and Shine," in the words of the hardboiled topkick try ing to get his company Out for rev eille. ARMISTICE DAY A SUCCESS The Armistice Day celebration,. as staged by the American Legion, has been pnmoanoed a decided success. It has been freely spoken of as the most delightful and successful patri otic oelebratlon ever staged in the City of Olympia. The (act that tkfe Legion celebra tion was a success simply shows what the eK-eervloe men can do if they get together, work with one accord and with one aim. It shows further that tka Legion, as aa organisation, is a powerful machine once •» motion and a Machine that works smoothly, with out friction or Mutas noise and clat tar. It is a powerful factor for good la any community. Jhe members of the Olympia Post tke Legion, as indlvtttwis, are rewonslblo for the suooea* of the Anaisttee Day celebration. The com mittee might have worked Its hardest kit tke results of tkose efforts would, been neglgeat kad aot the Indi vtiaal members of the post assisted la their every way. It was a legion's —*■*■- - There Is only one lesson to be learned from the recent successful celebration and that is the undisputed fMt that the American Legioa, the Alfred W. Leach Post of the American L«Sion. can do whatever It makes aa attempt to do-provided, the mem* ken get behind the movement and work aa a unit, lend their assistance to tke committees that may be appointed to handle the management of any affairs attempted, provided they take an Interest In the affairs their own organisation and show that interest by actually doing things, saggeeting ways of doing things and then sticking until the bitter end seeing the thing, no matter what It may be, through to the finish. DISABLED MEN ABKKD TO FURNISH INFORMATION Because of the length of time elapwd since discharge. It, is more and more difficult to connect present disabilities with service. This can be overcome by supplying evidence covering the entire period from date of discharge to the present, time, by supplying as much of the following as possible: 1. A statement from his physician or physicians (or by any physician who knows the facts in the case) showing clearly what disecsts or dis abilities he has bad since uVtcharge from the service, and the specific dates when such disabilities or The American Legio's diseases began and ended; if continu ous, so state. 2. An affidavit exet uted by some person (preferably some one who was in service) stating the circumstances under which bis injuries or diseases were incurred or aggravated while in service. 3. If he has endeavored to work and has been compelled by his physi cal condition to discontinue the same, it will be of additional assistance if he can send affidavits giving the reasons why the employment was terminated. Such affidavits should be made by his employer, or the fore man or superintendent of the firms, who had knowledge of the facts. 4. Also, please give the names and addresses of all physicians who have treated him since discharge, with the dates of such treatment, together with the dates of entrance and dis charge from each. COUNTY CANVASSING BOARDS ARE SLOW Legion Posts Can Expedite Payments By Urging Canvassers to Hurry Abstracts. Up to Tuesday evening of this week only thirteen out of thirty nine coun ties of the state had transmitted their canvass of votes in the last general election to the Secretary of State, and Charles A. Foster of the election division of that office declares that unless the county canvassing boards expedite matters it is practical cer tainty that the secretary of state will be unable to complete his official can vass of-the vote on the bonus bill within the thirty days prescribed in the Initiative and referendum amend ment to the constitution for the pre formance of that act. The counties whose returns had reached Mr. Foster Tuesday evening were as follows: Asotin, Benton, Clallam, Clarke, Franklin, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific Skagit, Skamania, and Wahkiakum. It will be noted that this I'.st takes in only the smaller counties, with the exception of Skagit. The large coun ties of the st.-.te Including King, Spo kane, P'.erce, Whatcom, Yakima, and Grays Harbor are still on the delin quent list. The general election laws and the provision of the initiative and referen dum amendment to the state constltu , tion present a peculiar anomaly rela tive to the canvass of votes. The gen eral laws prescribe the county audi tors shall within ten days after the election assemble the members of the county canvassing board who besides himself are the prosecuting attorney and chairman at the county commis sioners and then proceed to canvass the votes, and transmit an abstract of the official vote to the secretary of state as soon as possible, and there is no limitation on the secretary of state as to the time in which he must canvass the state rote as a whole. The initiative and referendum amendment says however the secretary of state shall have the vote canvassed on Initiatives and referendum! and pro mulgate the measures to the-gover nor within thirty days after the elec tion, the governor then being called oh by law to proclaim the measures to be the law of the state. The initiative and referendum pro vision must be given effect, according to the Opinion of the attorneys versed In tfce matter, but if the secretary of state faces the physical impossibility of completing the state canvass with in the thirty days because the state canvassing boards have not yet fur nished him with the county figures, no. blame can be placed on the secre tary of state. Hence the bonus adher ents are being urged throughout the state to get busy with their county canvassing boards. American Legion posts are bringing pressure to bear where the county posts are apt to be laggard In the matter or where the duty of canvassing the vote is being pat off from day to day by virtue of pressure of other county business. Secretary of State Hinkle assures the Legion that he will do alt he can to expedite the canvass on his part and thereby facilitate the proclama tion on the part of Governor Hart, in order thrt the supreme court action to* test the constitutionality of the $11,000,000 bond issue might be instituted without delay. Everything is in readiness for the litigation and no time will be lost on that score, in fact, if the canvass is speeded up r, determination of the validity of the bonds may be had be fore Christmas. The state board of finance will bid on the bonds with the purpose in view of investing state permanent funds. In doing this the state board will be acting in dual capactty for it is also the board which will arrange for the bonus bond issue and sale. State Auditor Clausen will thereupon refuse to issue a state warrant in payment of the bonds and a mandamus action will be instituted. '■*- THE WASHINGTON STANDARD, OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1!». 1020 Flock of Inquiries Pouring i State Auditor and Attorney General Deluged With Questions — "When do we get it?" Is Cry—Bona-Fide Residence Is Now that the soldiers' bonus meas ure has passed by a vote of the people and steps are being taken to give the veterans their adjusted compensation within a short period of time as the machinery of the new law will permit, numerous questions are arising every day as to various interpretations of the measure. State Auditor C. W. Clausen is the recipient of a batch of inquiries every day from ex-service men asking about their chances of getting their money right away. The Attorney General. L. L. Thompson, likewise, is be'.ng made the target of an avalanche of queries relative to the bonus act, that bids fair to rival the avalanche of votes by which the said bonus passed in the recent election. The main burden of the inquiries '.s (1) when can they expect their com pensation? and (2) who comes under the head of bona fide resident of the State of Washington? In answer to the first query the state auditor last week wrote Captain Henry A. Wise, state adjutant of the American Legion, explaining the de tails that must be taken care of in getting the machinery of the bonus act into actual operation, including the canvassing of votes, the proclama tion by the governor, the sale of the bonds to keep up the Veterans Com pensation fund, and the probability of the supreme court test of the validity of the bonds proposed to be issued and sold. Clausen sent this letter to Adjutant Wise with the explanation that he can relieve the m'.nds of the service men and ease up the flood of inquiries now coming in by Informing the heads of all legion posts as to the purport of the letter. Take the case of one service man who sat himself down and with a blithesome ignorance of the technical details that have to be cared for before such a big proposition can be put into operation, and wrote to this effect: "Dear Sir: I see the bonus bill has passed. I would like for you to send my money to the above address at once, as I intend leaving soon for California." The writer was no doubt sincere in the belief that the state auditor was going to pay the bonuses to soldiers Immediately after the bill was passed without formal applica tion properly verified, or any other compliance with usual business meth ods or proceedure, and furthermore, he must have envisioned a state auditor with powers of the alchemists of old to transmute thin atmosphere into gold. With reference to the second ques tion, as to who is a bona fide resident of the state, and as such entitled to the bonus, the attorney general has been called on by several scores already for an Interpretation. As a matter of fact the question is one of mixed law and fact, and has to be determined in every instance that comes up. The law sayß "Any bona fide resi dent of the state of Washington, who was regularly called, enlisted, drafted, inducted or commissioned and who served on active duty in the army, navy or marine corps of the United States between the 6th day of April, 1917 and the 11th day of November, 1918 shall be entitled to compensa tion of |ls a month for service between April 6th, 1917 and Novem ber 11, 1919, or one year after the Armistice was signed. Also a bona fide resident of the state, a citizen of the U. S. at the time of his entry therein served on active duty in the naval, military or air forces of the governments associated with the Uni ted States in the war. In tbe ultimate analysis the ques tion of residence Is a matter of indi vidual Intent, which can be deter mined only by inquiry into specific cases. If a man left the state and lived away from the state for say five years, never took up his residence officially any other place, and intended to return to this state, and his acts conformed to this intent, he would probably be entitled to compensation. Bona fide means good faltb. The whole question simmers down to good faith therefore. .The proviso was designated to prevent a citizen not a resident of the state in action or in tent prior to the war from coming in ( Question of Interest in Each Instance. now and claiming the benefits of the state pa'd compensation. State Auditor's letter to Adjutant Wise follows: "Dear Sir "Since the passage of the Referen dum Measure No. 2 by the people at the election on November 2nd there has been considearble discussion throughout the state as to the steps which are being taken by the various state officers to carry into immediate effect the provisions of this act. "The Act provides for the issuance of some eleven million dollars worth of bonds. Various legal objections have been suggested as to the power of the people to authorize this great indebtedness. While it is my own personal view that the act is valid, and I have been so advised by the Attorney General, nevertheless, in order to market these bonds, it will be necessary to obtain a decision of the supreme court of this state upon this question. "The act becomes effective upon proclamation of the Governor. This proclamation can not be made until the returns have been canvassed by the Secretary of State. As soon as that canvass is had and the proclama tion made, suit will be immediately instituted in the Supreme Court to test the legality of the act. If the decision of the Supreme Court is favorable to the validity of the Act, the State Board of Finance will pro ceed to issue and sell the bonds. Immediately thereafter every possible step will be taken to facilitate the early payment of compensation to veterans In the manner prescribed by the Act. In the meantime all possible preliminary action will be taken and arrangements made. "This communication is addressed to you for the reason it is thought that you might deem it desirable to transmit this information to the various Posts of the American Legion throughout the State of Washington. "Yours very truly, "C. W. Clausen, State Auditor. NEW YORK STATE VOTES FOR BONUS Measure Carries By 500,000 With Sinking Fund for Disabled Veterans. The proposition to issue $45,000,- 000 in bonds by the state of New York to provide a bonus for every New Yorker who served in the World War In the Army, Navy, or the Marine corps, up to and including the rank of captain in the Army or lieutenant commander in the Navy, or as a<nurse, which was submitted to the voters of the state oh November 2, it is reported, was adopted by a majority of about 500,000. Official announce ment of the result of the vote will not be mode until after November!), the secretary of state having to sur vey the ballots before that time. All war veterans specified are to receive $lO per month for each month of service, no person, however, to re ceive more than $250. One of the unusual features of the bill providing for the bonus stipulates that out of the amount raised by the bond issue is to be created a fund to take care of the permanently disabled veterans and of the dependents of those who were killed. The bulk of this fund will be composed of the bonuses re fused by men not disabled, and who surrender their rights to the financial grants in favor of their less fortunate comrades. LEGION COOPERATION INVITED BV GUARD With a realization of the assistance that is being and may be rendered by the American Legion in the build ing up of the National Guard, Major Paul Edwards, assistant to the Adjut ant General, and Captain Ralph A. Horr are planning to visit Legion Posts throughout the state and arrange for the larger cooperation of the World War veterans in the reorganization of the Washington Guard. Major Edwards and Captain Horr will visit Wenatchee Legion Post November 18. They will also seek to enlist a larger support of the business men of Wenatchee in the building up of Company "L". PLANS UNDER WAY TO ItKBl'ILI) GI'AKI) Adjutant (icncral Thompson Moots General liiggclt in San Francisco. Adjutant General Maurice Thomp ' son has ieft for San Francisco to I attend a conference of the Adjutant Generals of all states within the Ninth Corps Area which has been called by Major General Hunter I 'ggett, the Commanding General of the Ninth Corps Area for November 18, to make a definite allocation of troops so that the various states can proceed with the reorganization of the national guard to conform to the present re quirements of the War Department. The general basic plan of reorgani sation requires the allocation to the Ninth Corps Area, including the states of Washington. Oregon, California. Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Utah, of the following National Guard troops: Two Infantry divisions, consisting of the 40th Division being reorgan ized in California, Nevada and Utah, and the 41st Division being reorgan ized in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In addition to the above, but not to be organized until after the infantry divisions are completely organized, there will be allocated to the Ninth Corps Area one Cavalry Brigade, con sisting of two regiments and brigade machine gun Bquadron; thirty com panies of coast artillery which will Another Reduction in Neat Prices FRESH STEER BEEF WE CAN SAVE TOU MONET ON LARD. BRING YOUR PAIL. 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Under the National Defense act as amended the prescribed strength of the National Guard would be reached by June 30, 1924. Washington Na tional Guard will, under the present plans, reach its maximum strength of 5,600 men by that time. To reach the goal set by the National Defense Act, the Washington National Guard should have 300 men for each repre sentative in congress and each senator by June 30, 1921, which means that the present strength must be in creased by about 600 men In the next seven months. Upon his return from San Fran cisco General Thompson will d* ter mine the new units to be organized, and accelerate the work of bringing the Washington Guard to its full strength. "Under the general scheme of re organization of the army, the Na tional Guard is given a degree of prominence, owing to Its record in th," World War, that it never had attained bpfore, 'said General Thompson' and it should be a matter of pride to the citizens of Washington to co-operate fully with the federal government in recruiting a state guard to the re quired strength and maintaining it to the highest degree of efficiency." Major C. R. Christie, United States Property and Distributing Officer of the Washington National Guard, will accompany General Thompson to San Francisco to attend the conference to get a line on the material that will be required.