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THE HAYS FREE PRESS, HAYS, KANSAS.
LEST WE FORGET THE DEMO CRATIC LEGACY . The war is over but the expendi tures of the Democratic administra tion during the war are not a closed incident. They cannot be, nor will they be, a closed incident during the lifetime of this generation because it has to pay off the debts which these expenditures saddled on the back of the American people. Wherever taxes and economy are issues this year, Democratis war expenditures necessitate the tax bills of this year. To win the war it was necessary to purchase immense quantities of all kinds of supplies and materials; to build ships and camps; to provide munitions, ordnance and other mili-! tary equipment.. But it was not nec essary, in order to win the war, to contract for ridiculous quantities of supplies far beyond all possible needs of the greatest army the United States could throw into Europe. Scandal In Supplies It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to contract for 41,000, O00 pairs of shoes for 3,500,000 men. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to buy 945,000 saddles for only 86,000 cavalry horses. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to buy 2,&50,853 halters,! or more than seven for each four footed animal owned by the govern ment. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to buy 1,637,000 horse brushes, or over four for each four- j footed animal owned by the govern ment. , It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to purchase 2,033,204 nose bags, or more than five for each four-footed animal owned by the gov ernment. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to purchase 1,148,364. horse covers, or three for each four footed animal owned by the govern ment. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to buy 712,510 complete sets of spur straps, or 36 sets apiece for each office rentitled-to use them. It was not necessary, in order to -win the war, to buy 149,456,611 bread cans for 3,500,000 men. It was not necessary, in order to win the war, to purchase $21,000,000 worth of ambulance harness when our ambulance service was all motorized. Yet the billions of dollars expend ed in the above enumerated waste go to make up the total war cost which the Democratic party says was justi fied and which the taxpayers of this country are now paying off and will continue to pay off during the life lime of this generation. "Lest we forget" This waste of hundreds of millions of dollars is included in the debt which the Democratic party left as a legacy to the Republican administra tion and to the taxpayers of this gen eration. To win the war it was necessary to J As a fitting climax to two years profligate waste and expenditure the public's money under "open con tracts" the Democratic Congress, two days before it passed out of exist ence, March 4, 1919, enacted the Dent law. This act, named after the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs, gave to the Secretary of War practically unlimited and arbitrary power to set tle all claims against the War depart ment, it did not .provide tor any. auditing or investigation of such claims. It was claimed this was done in order to facilitate the settlement of war contracts. To quote from re marks made by. Representative Gra ham, of Illinois, Chairman of the Special Committee to Investigate Ex penditures in War Department, on the floor of the House, May 18, 1922: "After the passage of the act it was found that thousands of claims existed for which there was not a scratch of a pen as evidence. Over 30,000 claims were filed before a board set up by the Secretary of War, and as a result" of the operatons of the board up to January 4, 1922, $484,425,566.11 have been paid out, much of it without the existence of a contract, most of it without an ac counting, and practically all of it without any legal justification at all, except in the language of the Dent act itself. During the Sixty-sixth Congress the protests of the Repub lican majority in this House against actions of the War department on these claims were frequent, but the protests were unavailing. To illus trate the loose and grossly inexcus able way in which these claims were allowed, in a recent summing up by Brigadier General Lord, Chief of Finance of the Army, he finds on an uadit of approximately one-tenth of these paid claims there has been over paid, in these few settlements to war contractors, $46,000,000." "Lest we forget" All of this waste of money, paid without presentation of contracts or without any evidence of the govern ment having received anything in re turn, is claimed by the Demcoratic party to have been necessary in order to win the war! This profligate waste of money is included in the debt which the Demo cratic party left as a legacy to the Republican administration and to this generation of taxpayers. Ex. i 4 " i in of ! x ' ' 1 " 1 1 1 8 1 1 1 contract for all sorts of material sup plies and labor, but it was not neces sary, in order to obtain such con tracts, or to win the war, to throw down legal safeguards against waste, WOULD KEEP CHILDREN IN SCHOOL A Compulsory Attendance Law is being urged by the Children's Code Commission which will be better cor related with the Child Labor Law. Children under sixteen years age are leaving school before they complete the eighth grade of school because of the requirement of only eight weeks attendance at school for children fourteen years of age orover if they are compelled to support themselves or others dependent upon them. The Child Labor Law requires com pletion of the eighth grade of school as a prerequisite for a work certifi- cate. The standard proposed for ' suhnnrnial and i-ofo trio J nW.lJ graft and fraud, leaving the govern- not hp Wv Qa fnr u:i,i v iwiiiiai tliuui Cilf ment unprotected. "Wide Open" Contracts - During all the years prior to the war the United States government, through legislation and. executive but it is considered hazardous to these children and to society to dump then: out of the school into our indus tries because they clog up the present " f i I"1" S?ndau gra" classes for subnormal and retarded orders, had been erecting barriers and children are therefore advocated. . vu.mecuon wun puoiic contracts The standard nf tho r.A t.w Law is now higher than that of our Compulsory Attendance Law. It is and the administration of public funds. At the time the United States entered the war the federal statutes required that all government con tracts must be let by open compet itive bidding and that all contracts must be made in writing. The pur pose of this was obvious. It is a fundamental practice in all private business. Six days after the declara tion of war with Germany an execu tive order was issued by the War de partment dispensing with the require ment of competitive bidding. By common consent, apparently, the re quirement of written contracts was dispensed with. With this safeguard -wiped out, thousands of contracts during'the war period were made verbally. There are numerous cases on record where they were made over the telephone or through third parties-without even so much as written evidence of their existence, much less their terms. Furthermore, it became a rule, rather than an exception, during the war, that no contract entered into by the government, either verbally or other wise, contained any provision for its cancellation in event the war ceased and the need of the materials or the Avork performed under the contracts no lnger existed. "Lest we forget" Throughout the war this "wide open" condition of letting contracts prevailed. By no stretch of the imag ination, by no distortion of the truth can It be argued that it was necessary to invite and permit such conditions 3n order to win the war. Scandalous Contracts Due to this procedure, thousands of contracts were awarded which could not stand the test hnnest scrutiny. the aim of the Commission to bring these two laws together so that all children will be either at school or at work, or both at school and work up until the age of eighteen years. Mexican families are now permit ting their children to ' work in the sugar beet fields. Sometimes the eight weeks' requirement is observed but more often this provision is allowed by local authorities to serve as a loop hole for escape from school. 30, 1922 Division, RED CROSS NOTES St. Louis, Mo., October 24. That the work done by the Red Cross in re lief of sufferers from the flood in the Rio Grande Valley was appreciated by all the citizens of that section, is evidenced by the following letter sent to .Manager Starr Cadwallader of the Southwestern Division by A.'L. Stan ford, Mayor of Lyford, Texas, and chairman of the Citizens' Relief Com mittee: Lyford, Texas, Sept Manager, Southwestern American Red Cross, St. Louis, Missouri. Dear Sir:. Your representatives, Mr. Baker and Mrs. Mitchell, were here today for the final "go over" of their work in relieving the unfortunate ones who were sufferers in the Rio Grande flood. I want to assure you that our people deeply appreciate the work they have done. The splendid per sonal work and encouragement given our people is worth as much or more than the money given. We especial ly commend the work of Miss Kelly among our Mexican citizens.- The American Red Cross will always be FREE GOLD WATCH KNIFE AND CHAIN FREE Men's Army Last Work Shoes $1.98 JrovU) Ji II lu)livll This special offer for a limited list of prefered buyers, who are anxious to buy their Shoes at the right price with prefered service assured. Positively not good after November 4th NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY Men's Genuine Calf Skin Dress Shoes Goodyear welt solid Leather $2.98 1000 Fairs at a Sacrifice - We aim to further increase our patronage yes our friendship, With a sweeping reduction in our entire stock of SHOES. This is the time of the year when merchants are getting better prof its on shoes. We shall reverse this method and give you REAL BAR GAINS. Not only regular bargain prices but REAL CUT PRICES on every pair of shoes, (rubber goods excepted.) To make it a real in teresting sale we are quoting prices on quality groceries which will COMMAND your attention. If following prices do not convince you, you certainly are a hard nut to crack. LADIES OXFORDS Black Patent leather $3.25 Tan Oxfords, Goodyear welt 4.00 Tan Oxfords, Goodyear welt, sport 4.00 Tan Oxfords, Goodyear welt, wing tip , 4.00 Tan Oxfords, French toe 3.95 Black Oxfords, FrencTi toe 5 3.95 Black vici 2.95 Black vici, small sizes 2" and 3Vr 2.25 Black 3-strap oxfords 3.25 LADIES STRAP SLIPPERS Black Patent Flapper, Goodyear welt 4.98 Black Patent Vampire, Baby French heels 4.98 Black Patent 1-strap, low heel i 2.25 Black Patent 1-strap, low heel perforated 3.98 Black Patent 2-strap, white moccasin trim 2.98 Black Patent 2-strap Vampire, military heel .'. 2.98 Black Patent 3-strap Latest Fad 2.98 LADIES' COMFORTS ' Black Kid, military heels 2.98 Black Kid, low heels ..2.89 Black Kd, low heels, (Special) 2.25 Black Kid, low heels, oxfords 2.25 LADIES SHOES Black Vici, walking heel .'. 2.98 Black Vici, hand turn ... 3.48 Black genuine kid turns 3.98 Tan calfskin, Goodyear welts 4.98 Tan vici,. walking heel '. 3.98 Tan calf, built to wear 3.50 Tan calf, perforated toe 3.48 BOYS' SHOES Black Bluchers for school wear, 11 to 2 1.78 Black Bluchers for school wear, 2 to 6 : 2.13 Brown dress, 11 to 2 i 2.48 Brown Dress, 2 to 6 . 2.98 Brown calf dress, Goodyear welt, 2 to 6 '. 3.75 Brown Elk Blucher, a bear cat for wr -. 2.98 CHILDREN'S SHOES Black, Brown, and Patent, extra flexible soles, solid leather, very best to be had, sizes 5 to 8, $2.49; 8 to 11, $2.69; 11 to 2, $2.89 Brown calf dress, solid all through 3.15 Brown ealf dress, solid all through 3.25 Black vici, 3 to 5, $1.15; 6 to 8, $1.25 Black white tops, 4 to 8 ." 2.25 Brown vici, 4 to 8" 2.25 South Main Street t4 iinnmiMMnmmn( i-n-M i a 1 1 1 1 1 a i n 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 i a 1 1 ii i j HAYS, KANSAS Opposite Depot 4 4 t ft 0 i"l 4' 'I' 0 0 ft A l i & I i H i thankfully remembered by citizens of Lyford and vicinity. Very truly ours, A. L. Stanford, Chairman, Relief Committee. MAYOR AN EGG JUDGE Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 24. One of the slogans in the last city election campaign in Kansas City was "Frank G. Cromwell knows his eggs." Evi dently he did and does, for he has been invited to judgs the egg con test at the American Royal Live Stock Show poultry show. This will be a contest for the most perfect eggs ex hibited and" will be graded according -to varieties. Mayor Cromwell has been in the butter and egg business for several yearsand has built up a real reputation as a jugde of eggs, both as to quality in appearance and candling out possibilities. The egg contest will be only one of many features Sot the American Royal Poultry Show. It wilT be the only recognized 1922 poultry show to be held in Kansas City and it will be given a prominent place in the. new American Royal building which has just been yards. completed at the stock Unwelcome. Small Invalid (as her mother closes the door" on-The doctor) Mummy, I don't think.IJike that gentleman. If he calls ajrnin, please tell him that I'm not well enough to see him, Lon don Punch. If people must have high interest j for the money they deposit in a bank, they must take the risks of loss. A State bank at Oswego, Kansas, closed last week, as they could not realize on their assets. There were over $67, 000 of certificates of deposit, payable on demand, drawing four per cent in terest. The State Banking Depart ment has ruled that the Certificates should specify a certain date of pay ment -and not draw over three per cent per annum, or they do not come under the State Guaranty Bank Law, and the holders must take pot luck with others on the assets. So if you have any such Certificates on any bank in Kansas, you better have them changed or the "Goblins 11 git you if you don't watch out." I LEO L'OOEOil a - :i S : - - Bread Knife " 1) 1CT Jj IE? TlT Return 100 Wrappers from our Blue Ribbon Bread and receive this excellent knife TC7TE? r i - n .1 n y I ilh' tS) Ffu n I