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II x, WEEKLY NEWS LETTER Washington, D. C., Feb. 21.— Charges that the railroad mana gers are trying to discredit opera tion of the railroads during the war by making needless expense, were made by W. 6. Lee, presi dent of the Brotherhood of Rail way Trainmen, when he appeared before the Railroad Wage Com mission asking for a wage adjust ment for the 128,000 men in his •rganization. "Every practical railroad man in the country knows that the rail road managers—at least some of them—have laid down on the gov ernment because they do not want to make operation by the govern ment a success." That was the startling statement with which he threw down the gage of battle to the railroad men who were to op pose his demands. "I am frank to say," he con tinued, 1'1 am conceited enough to think I can pick out a few switchmen, engineers and conduc tors that could have handled some were handled in this congested territory." "I am making this statement 1 a iu.j nviv nui the entire crew for 16 hours lay ing on a side track. "Why, I put in a good many years myself in the service, and I don't know of anything that would have caused a man to be discharged quicker than for such time and a half for overtime they can say, as this report says, that it cost $68,000,000 to put the Ad axnson law into effect as it has been put into effect. "Yes, if I were operating the roads I could make it cost double that, or I could cut it in two." Secretary of the Interior Lane, who is chairman of the Railroad Wage Commission, thought that Lee -was -unduly suspicious of the railroad managements. "Do you think that the men up above the operating trainmen con spired to bring about this result? he asked. "No, I don't think all of them,'* Lee answered, "but I think a suf ficient number interested are do ing all they can to keep the Gov vaoJZe are.ta,kinsf w^"enwU?dTer tlSt vo? mitted to railroad as'they know: ''''unient to take over railroading. Why? There is a 'them." lie arj reason. managers had everything in their "If the Government makes i'ftWI1 hands—the entire handling success of operating these rail- *hc property. They can make roads, do you think the public will let them go back? No. And that is why. "I want to see railroads make a success off it, and that is why I pledged the loyalty of my men. That is why men, many of them who are here and thousands of them over the country, are ready to do everything they can to make a success of it. But you cannot expect to be made a success of, if handled and absolutely con trolled by gentlemen who do not want to make a success, and who have all of these things in their own hands." "I think I can prove conclu sively," Mr. Lee continued, in an swer to a question, "that the ope rating officials increased their cos\s unnecessarily. On a certain di vision of a railroad not. far from this city, freight crews have been called to leave a terminal at a certain time, and the sixteen-hour law overtook them before they left and the dispatcher, at least, ail in line in order to bring this pol icy about." "All of those men work under orders," replied Lee. "Who is the man that gives the order?" Lane asked. "I. would trace it back," Leo answered, "to New York City, to about four banks, if I was going to hunt for the real cause." This last statement has raise) an angry buzz from Wall Street, but Lee sticks to his opinion. He may name those four banks later, if railroad congestion is not cleared up. Lane asked liim to explain how a railroad president could secretly pass the word down 1o the dis patchers, from New York City, to delay trains. "Do you mean to tell me,'' came back Lee. "that a system like the Pennsylvania, which for years and years lias been recog nized as the up-to-date system—. a system such that it has been said that yon could sot vour wate!) 0l" public, and I can back it up by P"sscd—should all of a sudden fall the sworn statements of experi- down eneed men. They were not per-1 '°ck by the time its trains f':ov ^'1 *t places follow: Cash Grocery the terminal. Not in one instancy. Store. 96: Dietz & Murray 96 5 but many such instances. Paying Leach & Gamble, 96.5 J. J. Lo rotten railroading as that, and the 88 A. Math'ias, 88. most humble brakeman knows it. At Christine, O. J. Dahl scored "The purpose is to show the 92 A. Johnsgaard, 92 Oscar O. greatest possible costs and delay iRnud, 90 *id overtime to the commission At Fairmount the Big Store that is investigating so that when scored 95 J. Leathead, 90 Cash these men come back and ask for Supply Store. 83 E. W. Weather- tliM aim Jft. hflJr mi* avaHihia inav vAn. no vr ermnent from making a success of EFFICIENCY MEETING thwrailroad operation.^ I think The county workers of the Sun- the E ye7 br°ad SLiJ rpm?2 "5- STot o-ven't tice asSuch be°aUse not w.mt the Gov the roads rgued. "tin property. a success or failure as they please. "Do they want the Government to take them, or do thoy not? If they do not, then might not that be consistently considered in con nection with the congestion, with the delayed condition of trains, with the lack of employes to keep the motive power in condition?" HOI MHfflM IMSSTIM We are in receipt of the special bulletin of the food department •from Commissioner E. F. Ladd of the North Dakota experiment sta tion, giving the standing otf gro cery stores, bakeries and confec tionery stores in North Dakota at the fall inspection, which includes Richland .county. The scoring made by the Wahpeton business berg. 88 Paul, Oliver & Purdon, 92 M. Pesehel, 95.5 S. J. Silver nail, 90 Vovcs Bros., 97: J. J. Wolfe. 94. R. C. Anderson at Abercrombie scored 93 J. H. Loff, 86. At Barney, E. C. Best scored bee. 93 F. N. McConn 93. At Galchutt, Eimer Wold, 87 Co-operative Mercantile Co., 85. Great Bend: A. C. Lubenow, 89 Geo. Worner, 90. Hankinson: Cash Grocety, 90 Cash Supply Store, 92 Lindeke, Kjelstrup Co., 84 Fuller ft Slot rud Co., 88 J. Bostrum, 95 I. Kulburg & Co., 93 H. Machaal, 92. LidgerwoodThe- Home Store,} 96 P. Wirtemberger, 98.5 Cash] Supply Store, 92 L. S. Baker, 89 B. Fischer, 83 H. M. Maach & Co., 96. Mooreton: Michael C. Chernick' 95 P. McDougal, 95. Wyndmere: R. M. Johnson, I 90 Geo. C. Ottis, 93 da.V school association of Barnes, about last Cass. Ransom, Richland, Steele f'iht-|and Trail counties will meet with persisted Lane. You the state superintendent of the «tatemen.t North Dakota Sunday school as- lt UmrD p™°- new ?ppear t0 me alsoi 1 "°ci»tion for an efficiency confer- °aturence in Fargo on March 1. The that jou have certainly got to of organized Sundav school work imve tne president of the road and during the war and the best de the general manager of the road, velomnent of the new nlnno and the division superintendent form the basis of the discussion. pians before the Sunday Ve- ^hool forces of North America as t° how to mobilize the great forces State Agricultural College calls particular intention to taken in making the awards and points out Hiat every feature was taken into consideration. II states that while the exhibits were not as numerous as last year th. quality was of the highest. There were not as many entries this year as in past contests but the quality was exceptionally good. It, must be remembered that in this contest the samples are not scored or the prises placed by a single judge working but a' few minutes. All the samples in the contest were first submitted to the workers in the Pure Seed laboratory. Each entry number, then a number of MfEim MNIK INK FMKO HKH Better teamwork, and the abili ty to shoot baskets from almost any angle gave the Wahpeton In dian school a 27 to 16 victory over the Fargo high school in basket ball in a slow game last Friday evening in that city. The Indians had Fargo out classed in all departments of the game. The lineups" and summary: Indians: Whitefeather, f., n,s"'llim" 1 eriPPi*'«l d*rtn* dewta* WAHPETON, RICHLAND COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1918. The si)o\vi' tll in France lists been unupii.'ill rigors of the weather, which in many casesh'lnier to'l!e!!r' the Bodies, despite the snow and the cold TliM -ul tfink ni ,', «!, in submitjaig his report of the, .North Dakota Seed Growers' an-1''"''1'1 nual contest, Prof. II. L. Motley •.,/ the FRENCH MAKING A TRENCH RAID IN THE SNOW ease .-ilVects and upon their weight uniformity of form, color. etc. Ti the care vuvu Or uuiuucr UI slate winner and the score-. i'ui- Richland county are as follows: .M.iiijuis wheat/Lot 1: Joseph StehnHe. Coopcrstown, 99.6H A. J. TImIc. Wahpeton, 98.79 E. 0. Johnson, Christine, 96.31. Wheat—Fife, v"v,,» analysis and experts working sep-1 ttranlow, Oakes, 98.47 John arately upon a systematic meth-1 'I'"- J*"-. Hankinson, 97.55. od of analysis, inspection and judging, made out the separate score sheets. These comparative separate figures were then tabu lated by the clerk. These sam ples, judged for germination, free dom from weed seed content, pur- Hntte. 93 John Ilorgen, Christina ity as to variety, freedom from dis- Lot 2: Ed. Lat- endtfsse, Uphain, 97.62. Wheat, Velvet Chaff, Lot 4: P. Rlome, Enloe, 99.90 John Bor gen, Christine, 95.82 E. O. John son, Christine, 94.80. Wheat, Prelude, No class: W. A. Andrews, WalhalU., 99.35. Oats, Swedish Select Type, Lot 8: T. O. Dokken, Reynolds, 99.40 Oscar Feustal, Walcott, 98.70. Outs, White Russian, Lot 9: O. "HC liumiau, UUl 57 U. John Rye. Winter, Lot 18 Mnnren. Ohistine, 97.80. White, Winter, Lot 19: V. Mor ni. Waleott, 96.46. Corn. Northwestern' Dent, Lot lit] Jos. A. Kitchen, Sentinel S'l N'mlham, f._ King, c. Kingbird, Roy, g. Fargo: Bartell, f. Gardner, f. Yoffey, c. Anderson, g. Bell, g. Substitutions: Eddy for Gard ner. Matson for Eddy. Field baskets: Whitefeather, 4 Needhani, 4 Kingbird, 4 Bar tell, 5 Yoffey, 3. Free throws: Kingbird 1. Referee: Peter Tierney, Fargo. The Congregational church is drawing good crowds under the preaching of Rev. F. E. Stilwell, the pastol*, who is a pleasing and forcible speaker. STUNT QF AMFPIOAM AVIATOR iMUUg lar out tiix miiiutr. s»cii iv«i is .sometimes necessm-y in tiijiiiiuK to keep a a^Piane level, ani (lie American airmen practice tbis «nd all otber awmiiM WJiMilllBl'liUlQIy ,|',llc',u illv 'X|eriencing, t,u' besides, the ,N,,,IW are not 1('uin? »U ou Corn, Minn. No. 13, Lot 27: K. M. Granland, |)e Lameiv, 92.5. At (he annual meeting held in Fargo it was decided to continie' the contest during l!)18. Plans Were laid to make the work of the association of as much value as possible under the emergency con ditions. Every effort is to be made to increase the membership aud the number of competing growers. Special prizes will probably tr given for samples exhibited from seed plots of pure variety. The only way to keep up the standard tf the grain crops is to hold the seed to pure variety" and vigorous quality. The way to do that is to have a number of growers in each community, men who always plant a seed plot and purify it to the one kind and then lise this seed on clean ground in order to increase the quantity. These men who raise crops to sell to neighbors and others for seed purposes improve their own crops and are real pub lic benefactors. It is expected that there will be as high as 2.500 men in the contest this year. StHMin IS IHBDED ssso«m A verdict of $550 for comjiensa tiou and $316.50 for expenses with interest at 6 per cent from De cember 1, 1915, was awarded Frank J. Schmidt of this city, ad ministrator of the estate of Ajiii,i Schmidt, deceased, by a jury in the federal court at Fargo last week. Schmidt sued the Great North ern Railway company for $12,000 for the death of the girl, killed at Wahpeton on November 15, 1915. The girl, one of a party of six, was going by auto to attend a wed ding. The machine stopped at the Second St. crossing. When the girl saw the train approaching she jumped from the car, and accord ing to the counsel of the plain tiff, her left foot became wedged be tween a plank and the rail., ghg was struck and killed. The other members of the party were ear ned about a distance of a block in the car and only slightlv in jured. Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Moore spent Friday at Pitcairn with friends. Mr. Moore -is traveling inspector for the St. Anthony and Dakota Elevator Company and has a large territory to cover which keeps him away from home a good deal of the time. The Thomas Implement Com pany has an expert here for todav and tomorrow to repair and ad just all De Laval cream separa tors. And Mr. Vaughn, the inven tor of the Perfection Wild Oats Separator and Gravity grain grad er is also holding forth there giv ing demonstrations. Circulation 2,680 MOR ISSUES II Bismarck, Feb. 21.—Special Governor Lynn J. Frazier by proclamation issued today has or-* tiered closed all schools of the state, both rural and city, on March 8 for the taking of a state wide crop and labor survey ou March 8 and 9. The chief execu tive calls upon the superinten dents, teachers and school chil dren to assist in every way pos sible in obtaining the necessary data to insure a large acreage be ing seeded this spring. The proc lamation follows: "The superintendents, teachers, and the boys and girls of our pub lic schools have loyally responded to every call to aid their country in the present National crisis, and I have every confidence that they v.'ill welcome an opportunity to unite their efforts in the accom plishment of an important pur pose at this time. We are all de termined that our state shall do its share in producing large quanti ties of food products. How well we succeed will depend upon the individual effort, that is put inU this work. A survey must bo made ijor the purpose of determin ing just, what and how extensive our available resources are. This will be known as the Farm La bor ami Crop Survey, and will bo under the jurisdiction of the State Deiiartiiient: of Agriculture and Labor, acting in conjunction with the Federal Department of Agri culture. the State Department of Education and the State Council of Defense. "These departments are calling upon superintendents and teach ers of our public schools to assist in obtaining the necessary data to insure a large acreage being seed ed the coming season. It is im portant that a house to house can vass be made in every community and we are looking to the school children to perform this task. It is expected that two days will ample to complete the survey and March 8 and 9 have been desig nated fro the performance Of this, duty. To facilitate the work, Fri day, March 8 is hereby declared a legal holiday in the public schools throughout North Dakota and there may be sufficient time and opportunity given to secure the desired information. Super intendents and teachers are asked to assist in apportioning the ter ritory to be covered by each pupil,, and to help in everv \v i_v possible to make the work thoro and com plete. Questional res will be fur nished the country pupils to take an inventory of the supply of feed and seed, live stock and machin ery, and such other items as may be designated. Cily punils will' be supplied with another form up on which to note Ihe amount of labor that will be available for service in the different capacities, on the farms. "This work will be valuable ex perience to our young peop\e and will afford thorn an uuusual op portunity to render patriotic ser vice of great importance alike to our State and Nation. These boys and girls will need the fullest co operation of their parents and those whom they will call upon to supply the required data. It is desired that all assistance pos sible be given them that thev may be encouraged to put forth their best efforts in the accomplish-. ment of this worthy object. "Done at the Capitol at Bis marck this 15th day of February, 1918. By the Governor: Lynn J. Frazier, Governor. Thomas Hall, Secretary ofState. RICHLAND COUNTY FARMER IS II NEWCORPOIMTIOIf Articles of incorporation for the new Richland Count}' Far mer, which will launched in Wah peton were issued last week. The capital stock of the new company is $11,400. The stockholders on the corporation certificate are, N. C. Jensen. Wyndmere Ole G. Eckre, Abercrombie Henry F. Chizek, Wahpeton A. J. Theede, Fairmount: Joseph A. R. Rienko, Hankinson.