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The Wallace Miner
Entered at the PostofBce in Wallace. Idaho, as second claea Mall Matter. rot to Published Every Thursday by WALLACE PRINTING COMPANY Elks Temple Building (01 Bank Street Wallace. Idaho. Editor A. J. DUNN it. Subscrlptlon price, per annum... .$1.00 foreign, Canada and all countries tn Postal Union, per annum. 1.(0 Thursday, January 2, 1919. THE NEW YEAR AND THE MIN ING INDUSTRY. While the statesmen of the allied in solving the nations are engaged momentous questions growing out of the world war and which will ultim tely find expression in the terms of peace, the New Year finds the people of the United States facing a period of business uncertainty due to condi tions growing out of the war and which may continue until the peace terms are finally ratified. influences at work which should and we believe will clarify the indus trial atmosphere to a great extent be fore the work of the peace council is completed and accepted by the nations of the world. It is inconceivable that the great Industrial enterprises of tills country will remain Inactive, that pro ductive labor will not be provided for the returning soldiers, or that capital will long hesitate In returning to The great war a But there are peaceful pursuits, from which' we have just emerged has not weakened our national strength, but rather has proved our unlimited material and financial re sources. 'Wbllc our foreign commerce may and probably will be restricted for a time due to the Inability of other nations to absorb our goods, the home demand is growing more pressing every day and calls for readjustment to a peace basis which will permit the resumption in all lines of business ac tivity. The situation is not one to be remedied by governmental action, ex cept to the extent of withdrawing governmental Interference in private business affairs. Left ulone the high prices which 'were the outgrowth of th6 war will gradually adjust them selves on a new level, probably not so low as before the war, but upon ft ba sis that will insure prosperity to all the people. Perhaps no industry has been more directly affected by the termination of the war than that of mining. For nearly four years the demands of war maintained prices for lead, zinc and copper at figures unknown before, and with the exception of zinc -there was The signing no surplus production, of the armistice changed this almost in the twinkling of an eye. Metal pro ducers suddenly found themselves not only without a war market, but with out a peace market. Successive cuts in the prices did not induce buying, for the industrial demands wait upon the Inevitable readjustment of prices of all eommodlties and wages, and until this is brought about little change can be expected in the metal situation. The people of the Coeur d'Alene dis trict are particularly concerned in the lead market, and the New Year finds them in a rather apprehensive mood. The situation is not essentially ferent from that which was predicted We looked forward dif during the war. to a period of depression following th% war, and now that we have realized our expectations, we should look for ward with confidence to the restora tion of normal conditions In which the mining industry will come in for a full share of prosperity. will probably bring In the meantime the Miner A few that months about. greets Its readers with the most cor dial good wishes on this New Y'ear day. Viewed from every standpoint believe the Coeur d'Alene is the best mining district on earth, and if we In the dawn of this momentous new cloud has obscured the sunlight year a at our prosperity, It is well to recall the time-honored adage regarding Its silver lining and look forward to a that looms up bigger and future brighter than ever before. QUARANTINE OOE8 NOT PRE VENT 8PREAD OF FLU. There Is great diversity of opinion among medical men in the matter of preventive measures to stop the spread In Wallace and of Spanish Influenza, other cities the mask was required by the health authorities and this was credited with Anally checking the dis In other places the mask was Whe ■AM tried and rejected as a farce, ther the mark was tried at Boise or w'e are not advised, but at any rate the spread of the disease has reached an alarming extent, a situa tion that caused the mayor to call a conference of physicians the other day consider ways and means to check exchange of As a result of un views on the subject the following conclusion was reached, according to a report of the meeting in a Boise pa per: "That quarantine is worthless so far as stamping out influenza is concerned; that closing of dances and theatres is of no consequence; that the influenza epidemic will continue until complete immuni of people is established; zatlon and that serum should be manu factured In the state bacteriologi cal laboratory and furnished gra tuitously to the "people, state." of the We are not prepared to wholly agree with this conclusion, and perhaps a layman should refrain from having or at least expressing an opinion at all. However, we are inclined to the opin ion that a strictly enforced quaran tine against assemblages of all kinds would prove effective in stopping the spread of the disease, but up to date we have heard of no place in which a quarantine has been enforced in that This lias probably been the ex way. perience of the Boise authorities, hence the conclusion that the complete im munization of the people by the use of is the only system influenza serum that will siicces.'rfully cope with the situation. That this would accomplish the purpose Is certain, but even great difficulty will be found in enforcing this measure than In maintaining strict quarantine. In spite of unani mous medical authority in support of It, a great many people are violently opposed to inoculation in any form for the prevention of disease. er a PHYSICAL TRAINING IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. There is hardly a line of human ac affected so tlvity that has not been far ns the future is concerned by the the disclosures and necessities of great war. No such mental and phy sical tests had ever been contemplat ed until this titanic struggle for world supremacy was forced upon the na tions, and now that peace is restored the attention of thoughtful men is turned to overcoming the deficiencies which proved a source of weakness in the hurried preparation for war. One of these has to do with the public school system, and specifically to the necessity for giving more attention be the physical training of pupils, Binning with the primary grades. This point was emphasized' by Superintend ent Rose, of the Boise public schools, at a conference of superintendents the other day. He said in the course Ids remarks on reconstruction in the public schools: "The one great fact which we must face and consider is the ap palling large number of young men who were found by the draft to be physically unfit for military service. "VVe may tolerate interscholastic games between picked teams, but we shall subordinate in Importance such games to the training which aims to develop all the children in the school. Along with this special attention to the physical development must necessarily go a systematic health inspection, with an insistence upon the cor rection of those gross defects which hinder physical and mental growth." Explaining his idea of physical training, Mr. Rose said that the brief period devoted to supervising play must be supplanted by a more elabor ate and exacting program of physical education which will have as a defin ite purpose turning out young people from the public schools strong in body This education as well as in mind, and training should begin In the pri mary grades and be regarded as Im portant ns any other phase of school work. NO WORK FOR ALIEN INGRATES IN IDAHO. When a man of foreign birth has expressed a desire to have his declraa tion of Intention to become an Ameri can citizen cancelled In order to es cape military service, he has by that act forfeited all rights and privileges In the country to which he professed loyal adherence and he should be de ported to the land from which he came. We hope the federal govern ment will take that action, and in the meantime it is gratifying to know that in this county the public prosecutor has taken aggressive steps to enforce the alien labor law that will prevent obtaining these base lngratea from employment in this district. Our ex perience with Germany shows that we have been too lenient in dealing with aliens and foreign-born citizens gen erally. It is no reflection upon those loyal citizens of German birth to say that there were thousands 'Who be trayed their adopted country and showed that their first allegiance was to the fatherland; that they were will ing tools of the kaiser in trying to handicap and obstruct the government in war preparations, and In spreading the poison of treason among the Am Whilc this experience erlcan people. Is fresh in our minds is the time to adopt measures so stringent that e\ ery newly made citizen must stand the acid test before being granted the rights and privileges of an American. Those now here who have proved false to their oaths of allegiance should be banished from our shores. — TRUSTED TO FORGETFULNESS OF THE FRENCH. The phrase "he kept us out of war" service in keeping Mr. Wilson in the White House, and in the did yeoman Just campaign was widely referred to by his opponents in demonstrating the Tern innate hypocrisy of the man. porarily it has been laid on the shelf until once more the voters of the country are called upon to pass judg ment upon their president, But Mr. Wilson's unctuous phrases in which he assures Parisians of his sentiments for the sufferings of their country and Belgium which impelled us into the war recall his campaign slogan of 1916 very vividly to mind. The other evening in Paris Mr. Wilson uttered the following words: "I beg that you will not suppose that because a wide ocean separ ated us in space, we were not in effect eye witnesses of the shame ful ruin that was wrought and the cruel and unnecessary sufferings that were brought upon you. These sufferings have filled our hearts with indignation. We know not only what they were, but we know what they signified, and our hearts were touched to the quick by them, our imaginations filled with the whole picture of what France and Belgium in particular had experi enced. "•When the United States enter ed ttie war, therefore, they enter ed it not only because they were movd by a conviction that the purposes of the central empires were wrong and must be resisted by men everywhere who loved lib erty and right, 'but also because the illicit ambitions which they were entertaining and attempting to realize had led to the practices which shocked our hearts as much as they offended our principles." Two long years after the "shameful ruin and cruel and unnecessary suf ferings" had "filled our hearts with indignation" Mr. Wilson allowed him self to go before the people on a plat form of "he kept us out of war." He is in the White House now, and owes his triumphal reception in Paris pri marily to that hypocritical phrase. What a mockery to stand before his French hosts and assure them of his sympathy for their sufferings. SOLDIERS NOT HANKERING FOR THE SOIL. News from Washington indicates that since hostilities ceased and every day ships are bringing the boys home from the war, congressmen are show ing a waning interest in the proposal to pass a special law to enable the veterans to acquire drained and log ged off land, of which it is said there are a good many million acres that can he reclaimed. The secretary of the interior estimated that approximately $■>00,000,000 would he required to make this land available, which sounds in significant in comparison with figures we have become accustomed to hear In recent years. However, congress men give this as a reason for oppos ing the legislation, that they will op pose any appropriation that is not ab solutely necessary. The Miner takes little stock in this ground of opposi tion to the proposed measure, both be cause It is unsound If the measure meritorious and because it believes the reason is not always given in good faith. the measure is desirable as far as the soldiers are concerned. To make home on logged off or reclaimed But it is questionable whether swamp land, even if it is free, 1? not layout that will appeal to many them, and the passage of the law congress would be a recognition As a substitute for doubtful value, this plan it is noted that some con gressman proposes to Introduce a bill to give each soldier government script good for. forty acres to be filed upon any public land open to entry. This a little worse than the first. There mighty little land now open to entry would be an ln of which forty acre* ducement for any sane soldier to un dertake to make his home and depend The result of upon it for a living, passing such a law would he that most of the script would be sold to land , the I who would consolidate sharks small tracts into large holdings. ■ To this the script would have to de- ' prevent be made nontransferrable, thus the soldier from getting a lit priving tie ready cash out of paper which in ■ would not be filed. It most cases would seem that about all that con- . gress is called upon to do is merely to ; extend the provisions of the homestead ; law to these soldiers just as it has to j all others, by which they will be allow- j ed credit for military service in prov- ! ing up on their land. W. Wilson, of Clarks Captain A. Fork, is scheduled to 'be adjutant gen 1, according to semi-official com was formerly era Captain Wilson ment. deputy sanitary inspector, in which well known became he capacity throughout the state and in which he made a creditable record. He is now Fort Snelling, Minn., stationed at where he has made an enviable record in (he purchasing department of the commissary and quartermaster branches of the army. Although there were several applicants for this posi Davis evidently decid tion, Governor ed, and we think wisely, that the ad jutant general of the state should be a man in active military service. Those who have disapproved the president's trip to Europe are some what mollified by the news that the services of George. Ureel dispensed with and 1 omeward bound. after his arrival in Paris a con have been that he is now that It appears soon filet of authority arose between Creel the sequel to House, and Colonel which was a complete victory for the of Creel will colonel. The passing cause no regrets. Governor Davis has announced that. will be tlie determining qualification factor in making state appointments, and also that he will seek the advice of the legislature in tilling major posi In both these respects his at tions. titude is in marked contrast to that of the retiring executive and will result in Improved public service in all de partments of the state government. If the law requiring annual assess ment work on mining claims is to be suspended for the year 1919, the reso lution should he passed early in the year in order that all claim may receive the benefit, sentatives in congress would no doubt be glad to hear from their constituents the subject in order to guide them when the matter comes up for consid eration. owners Idaho repre on The nonpartisan league of Idaho is to have a daily newspaper, which Is expected to make its appearance about It will .be published at Nampa and W. G. Scholz will be its directing head. It is said that the en-i ttrprise is being financed through pop ular subscription to the stock of the company by farmers of Idaho, num was right. February 1. Bar is The president says that the spokes France and Italy to the principles laid men for England, have agreed down in his fourteen points submit But there ted as a basis for peace, may be a wide divergence of opinion when it comes to applying those prin ciples around the peace table. The republican victory in Idaho should be celebrated by republicans in every county of the state on Lincoln's It should be a, celebration birthday. not only of a victory won, but also an occasion for getting together in pre paration for the victory to be won in 1920. METAL CONTROL. (Mining and Scientific Press) On Nvember 1, 1918, .the British Metals corporation was registered with an authorized capital of $25,000, 000, of which $10,000,000 has been sub scribed privately by "important metal and financial interests." So says the Financial Times. No public issue of shares Is to be made. The board of di rectors is powerful, It includes repre sentatives of the Hudson's Bay com pany, the Rio Tinto Copper company, the Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa, and Vivian Younger & Bond, the last named being an Important firm of metal dealers. The articles of association provide that the British treasury shall have the right at all times to be represented on the board by one director, not to be removable except by the treasury. a of Is Is An official Ring Out, Wild Bells (Alfred Tennyson) King out, wild bells, to the wild sky. The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night iting out, wild bells, and let him die. < King out the old, ring In the new Ring, happy bells, across the snow; The year is going, let him go; King out the false, ring in the true. ; ; j j ! King out the grief that saps the mind, For those that here we see no more; Ring out the feud of rich and poor, Iting in redress to all mankind. ' Ring out a slowly dying cause, And ancient forms of party strife; Ring in the nobler modes of life, With sweeter manners, purer laws. ! Ring out the want, the care, the sin, The faithless coldness of the times; Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes, But ring the fuller minstrel in. | Ring out false pride in place and blood, The civk: slander and the spite; Ring in the love of truth and right, .Ring in the common love of good. King out old shapes of foul disease, Ring 'out the narrowing lust of gold; Ring out the thousand wars of old, Ring In the thousand years of peace. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land— Ring in the Christ that is to be. other statement explains, among things, that the principal objects of the company are "to regain and retain for British interests the predominance in the non-ferrous metal trades of the empire usurped in recent years by German organizations. ... To sup port and sustain the general trade of tile United Kingdom in non-ferrous metals, and especially to maintain the position hitherto occupied by the mar ket in London. . . . To develop and extend mineral and metal production of the empire, and to promote the. well being of every interest concerned in the trade." Not much can be done to ward carrying out this program so long as the present restrictions on trading in metals remain in force, but an organization is being created, we are informed, to enable the corporation to assist at once in the rehabilitation of the metal markets. The Times, of London, states that the question of reorganizing the metal trade was broached at the Paris conference in 1916 and that French and Belgian in terests made a proposal for inter-al lied action, this proposal being receiv ed with such favor that It was decided to establish geographic units, with In ter-allied connections, for the purpose of supporting the metal interests of the allies as against German monop oly. All this should prove interesting to American producers and sellers of the non-ferrous metals because it Is bound to have Its effect, for instance, on the New York market. Such a combination as the British Metals cor poration may serve patriotic and oth erwise useful functions, not only as against German monopolists, but against any system of unfair dealing. There can be no objection to it if it fulfills its. avowed purpose "to pro mote the well being of every interest concerned in the trade." If it does that It will differentiate itself from the German cartels. In matters of this kind we have an eye always to the possible Jumping from the frying pan into the fire, because a trust or a mon opoly in the metal trade either at New lork or at London Is no better than one established at Frankfort or at Rotterdam. No patriotic veneer suf fices to mitigate the ugliness of a cinch. ZINC AND ITS USES. (Boise Statesman) War requirements created a govern ment demand for replacement metal of a non-ferrous class and discovery soon was made that zinc embodied the essential elements for good material used In such metal products. In re sponding to the market thus opened, the wide scope of zinc's usefulness was revealed and, as a result, more articles now are being made from it than ever before and the various industries, Into which It has entered, promise a de mand that will mean years of pros perity to zinc producers. Its uses have become manifold. Zinc oxide now forms a considerable por tion of the composition in automobile or truck tires, giving resllency and durability; it furnishes wearing quali ties to paint and provides toughness, luster and color constancy, which makes paints of such composition bet ter and tends to economy. Metallic zinc, commonly known as spelter, Is combined with copper and other ele ments in the manufacture of high grade, brass and is used in galvanizing telegraph and telephone wires. These are but a few of the uses to which It is put and its field is widen ing. NO MORE ARBITRARY POWER. (Lewiston Tribune) "1 am in favor," Senator Borah has notified the senate, "of wiping from the statute books every arbitrary measure and every imperious prece dent of war. I not only want to sec them off the statute books, but I want to see them forgotten as precedents and eliminated from our political sys tem." An overwhelming majority of the people are likewise in favor of do ing that, and they will support every effort Senator Borah or any one else makes toward that end. Any law that keeps the people In the dark concern ing what is being done, or operates to restrict the freedom of lawful discus sion or action is, in' peace time, at least, an inexcusable offense to a dem ocratic people. What it may be wise and necessary to do to serve the in terests of war is not a precedent for peace time, but it will acquire the force of a precedent if It is tolerated long after the war has ended. Partic ularly ought there to be an Immediate end to all forms and degrees of cen sorship. Against the principle of cen sorship an enlightened and a robust democracy must make an unrelenting and uncompromising war, and be intol erant of all arguments and exonse" that are advanced in favor of its con tinuance in times of peace. MINE TAXATION IN UTAH. (iSalt Lake Mining Review) College misfits and theorists in Jtali are up against the real thing row that an effort is being made t> enforce the mining occupation tax aw, and are discovering, to their > Tow, as well as surprise, that mining jnen are not mere babies or yielding pacifists when It comes to making a light against one of the most Iniquit ous measures ever passed surrepti tiously by short sighted, misinformed rnd easily led law makers. In the first place, several mining companies have obtained an order re straining the state treasurer from sell ing their properties for non-payment of the tax, on the grounds of une >n stitutionallty, and will fight the st>>° to the bitter end. On top of this set back two mining companies are suing the state treasurer for a return of the money paid the state, claiming that the payments were made unde. protest and that the demand for pay - ment was unlawful and illegal. The contest between the mine own and the statedwill be wafehed with great Interest by many and it Is be lieved that the mining companies will win out in the end. or no"' ers Few men understand the art of l° v 0 always ready opportunity making, but rwomen are to afford them an ■practise It. to Twice f° r Only a fool will pay same experience.