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The Wallace Miner
Entered at the Postoffice In Wallace, Idaho, as second class Mall Matter. Published Every Thursday by WALLACE PRINTING COMPANY Elks Temple Building t 0 6 Bank Street Wallace. Idaho Editor a. J. DUNN Subscription price, per annum_12.00 Foreign, Canada and all countries in Postal Union, per annum, 2.50 Thursday, February 6, 1919. STATEMENT BY BRADLEY HAS A REASSURING EFFECT. In candidly discussing the affairs of his company for the information of the public, Fred W. Bradley, presi dent of tlie Bunker 11411 & Bu 111 van Mining & Concentrating company, rendered n real service to the people of the Coeur d'Alene district who are dependent upon the operation of the •mines. The sudden drop in the price of lead and the consequent curtail ment of mineral production necessar ily created a feeling of distrust and uncertainty throughout the district. Mr. Bradley evidently realized this situation, and as the executive head of the largest mining and smelting organization, he was Impelled to re lieve the anxiety of the people to the extent of letting them know author itatively the policy of the company during this difficult period of business readjustment. In doing this Mr. Brad ley displayed a splendid spirit of co operation with the community which is dependent upon the ojiertaions of his company. He pointed out that when labor was short during the war, and mining companies found it dlffl cult to maintain production, tlie em ployes of the Bunker Hill did not yield to the attraction of high wages In the shipyards, but remained loyal to the company. The company, therefore, said Mr. Bradley, can do no less than to remain loyal to them at this time when the future 1s uncertain and the question of pro\ Iding employment for labor is a most serious problem. This attitude explains the close relation ship that exists between the people of Kellogg and the (Bunker Hill com pany, for both act In the spirit of common Interest. Mr. Bradley states without qualifi cation that every one of the men who entered the military or naval service during the war who were employed by the Bunker Hill company will be given employment upon their return. In a broader sense the statement by Mr. Bradley regarding tlie i pe ration of the mine and smelter lias had a beneficial effect throughout tlie trlct in allaying apprehension re Raiding further suspension of mining operations. Jf the heads of large in dustrial enterprises would adopt tlie policy of taking the public into their confidence regarding their operations, it would accomplish much toward preventing serious friction between employer and employes and redound to the permanent benefit of both. CAN AMERICAN SOLDIERS SO SOON FORGET? It is impossible for the people at home to believe the reports that Am erican soldiers occupying German territory are mingling with the native population upon the most intimate terms of friendship and respect. v If the unspeakable crimes and outrages committed by German soldiers *on land and the cruel murders and in human conduct of German sailors on the sen, all of which were applauded and approved by the German people at home, are to be forgotten and con doned by our own soldiers before tlie war is formally ended, the great sac rifices of blood and treasure have been In vain. On this subject Tlie Weekly, published by Colonel George Harvey, has this to say: "Weeks ago there were disquiet ing reports of fraternization be tween American troops and Ger man civilians, in the occupied zone along the Rhine. That was at the Christmas season, however, and it was hoped that such im proprieties would be ephemeral. But now we are told that the mis chievous thing Is going on and is Increasing with the result that a certain degree of coolness If not antipathy and mutual distrust is being engendered between the American and French troops. That, if true, is simply mon strous; though, of course, it Is precisely what the Hunnlsh prop agandists have been working to accomplish. "We can not imagine tha^ Am erican soldiers would deliberate ly ly fraternize with the navishers of women and the murderers of Infants. Yet that 1* what they are doing when they enter into so cial relations with the civilian population of Coblenz and other German territory. Those civilians did not do the devil's deeds In France and Belgium, but their sons and brothers did, and they themselves not only condoned but approved and exulted In the in famy. The average German haus frau chuckled when she learned that her husband had bayonetted Belgian babies in their cradles, and gaily decked herself with the trinkets which he stripped from the bodies of the wopien whom he murdered. The Prussian madohen welcomed back to her arms the more eagerly the loyer who could Imnst of having ravished half a dozen maids of France or Flan ders. "It is to be wished that these facts could be kept constantly in the minds of all our soldiers in the army of occupation, to guide them in their conduct toward the whelps of the blond beast. We could wish that every one of them were required to commit to mem ory tile words of William Hohen zollern, then king of Prussia and German emperor, in the early days of the war. These were: " 'Everything must lie put to fire and blood. The throats of men and women, children and the aged, must be cut, and not a tree or a house left standing.' "That was the spirit, that was the purpose, that was the decree, of that sadistic degenerate: vicar ious, perhaps, but none the less personally culpable. And that was and is the spirit pervading the (people who have been taught to regard him as tile direct vice gerent, of God upon earth. "Let our officers see to it that there Is no more of this Indecent fraternization between clean and brave Americans and the foul beasts of Prussia." ADJUTANT GENERAL MOODY AS A DUCK HUNTER. With much heat and indignation the Hon. C S. Moody denied the charges implied in the governor's re quest that tlie legislature investigate certain Irregularities in the adjutant general's office during his incumbency, He had evidently cooled off consider ably two days later when he deposit ed $2R4.S0 with the state treasurer covering his expenses to Washington which he had wrongfully drawn, having filed a claim for the same against the federal government. On the same day a check was also eeived by the state treasurer from ex Governor Alexander, being a refund of the price of a flag generously pre sented to the governor by tlie adju tnnt general, paying for the same out been unearthed before the committee of funds belonging to the state In custody. Another has "irregular" expense lias even started the formal invest! dls-iSatlon, and it came to light in an un usual way. it seems that the Hon. C. IS. Moody is a lover of outdoor life and Is an occasional contributor to scribes in a somewhat facetious style a duck hunting trip to Roberts, u sta well known magazine bearing that name. The current issue of that mag azine contains an article by the late adjutant general in which he de-j tlon on the Short Line in Jefferson county, the chief feature of which ap pears to have l>een the concealment of a couple of bottles of boose in a palr of gum boots, literally "bootleg" bonze, and ids deep disappointment at finding the bottles broken when the restorative qualities of the liquor were required. The Statesman reproduces this imi't of the story as published in the magazine, and in a parallel col umn gives the items of expense charged against the state by Adjutant General Moody on the dates corres ponding to the duck hunting trip. His railroad fare to and from Roberts, his hotel bills. Pullman fare, meals, etc., are all duly charged and allowed, footing up a total expense to the state of $>53.76 for this little outing by the adjutant general. Let the investigation proceed. some system REGULATION OF PACKING BUSI NESS A NECESSITY. The experience -of the government in the control of railroads and other large enterprises built up by private enterprise is not encouraging to its embarkation into the meat packing business, although it is evident that of strict government regulation should be adopted. Through the lack of such government regula tion the packers have built gigantic organizations which not only virtual control the meat business, but are equally powerful in monopolizing the supply of other foodstuffs, some restraint is placed operations, the time will Unless upon their come when the price* of practically all foodstuffs will be arbitrarily fixed by them, competition will be a thing of the past and the independent butcher grocer will be forced out of business, or become merely the medium/or the distribution of the products of the big packers. It is not necessary for the government to take over the packing business to prevent this condition, Through the interstate commerce commission many abuses practiced by the railroads were effectually stopped. jand when the railroads are returned to private control there is no doubt that the government will exercise a much closer supervision over them than ever before. What has been done by the government in protecting the public from the oppression of the railroads can be done in dealing with The conspicuous part being taken by Senator Borah in dealing w ith the the packers. packers recalls that he is not the first Idaho senator to Incur the enmity of the powerful packing interests, late Senator Heybum, author of the pure food law, had to light the pack ers every step as the measure The pro gressed through congress, and he was repeatedly warned that he could never secure its jxissage, so powerful was the opposition working through the packing Interests. But opposition was the life blood of Senator Heybum. He fought the packers to a finish, and through his indomitable efforts the pure food bill finally passed both houses of congress. When President Roosevelt signed the measure he handed the pen he had used in affix ing his name to Senator Heybum, congratulated him on his splendid achievement and pronounced the pure food law the most beneficial law en acted by congress in twenty years. BILL TO MAKE PUBLIC OWNER SHIP EASY, Senate bill No. 2(5, by Nelson, won id simplify the method by which incor porated cities, towns and villages may take over privately owned water works and electric light plants, fact, the process Is made In so simple that its provisions suggest the handi work of the nonpartisan league. With out notice and without a showing of necessity to justify their action be yond the mere sttaement that "it Is necessary for the best interests of the city," the mayor and council may re-'proceed to acquire such property. Up [on the passage of a resolution setting forth this purpose, the legal represen tative of the city shall be authorized to apply to the district court of the [county in which the city is located r No appeal can be taken from this action by the ... . amount of the award bv the commits e comm is sioners is permissible, but this does an order condemning the property and the appointment of a commission to appraise the same. court, not prevent the city from proceeding to take possession of the property. erty, but for the purpose of voting [bonds to pay the amount awarded the WRhin ten days after these proceed Ings a special election must be called, not to ratify the action of the mayor and council in taking over the prop owners of the property condemned, which must require the vote of two thirds of the qualified taxpayers. electors, not Having taken over tlie plant, the mayor and council are au- j thorized to enlarge and improve the same as occasion requires, and for this i purpose they are to be provided with what might be termed "blanket bonds" to be issued in amounts fixed by ordinance, the same having been voted at the election mentioned or at j pec la 1 one railed for the j a purpose, made for ownership as a whole Numerous provisions are carrying out the public program, and the bill seems designed to appeal to all citi zens except that comparatively un important class which pays the taxes. GREAT NEWSPAPER MAN PASSES AWAY In the death of Henry L. Pittock, controlling owner of the Portland Oregonian, a remarkable career came to an end. Crossing the plains in 1S58 at the age of 16, he obtained em ployment in the primitive often of the Weekly Oregonian at a time when Portland could boast of no more than 700 people. In 1861 he became pro prietor of the paper through the in ablHty of the former owner to pay the Oregonian of today, for from that date it took on the character and high. aceumulated wages due him. That really marked the beginning of the v bosf , ideals of Henry L. Pittock guiding hand controlled It until the (lay of his death. Almost coincident with his ownership of the paper the threatening clouds of civil war brote into a conflict, and although far rc moved from the scene of the tremend struggle, the Oregonian at once' became a powerful factor in support of the government and in combatting the poison of secession on the Pacific coast. loyalty Its uncompromising land unwavering courage in combat-j j ting enemies oC the government in ever been the the of all , war and peace have conspicuous Oregonian, the embodiment characteristics of those sterling qualities of the man who shaped its destiny from a strug j gling weekly until it became the 1 greatest dally on the Pacific coast. He came to Oregon when the entire northwest was a vast wilderness and he lived to see the full realization of his dreams of future greatness, and it is perhaps not too much to say that I to Henry L. Plttock more than to any l other single factor is due the credit for bringing it about. NO NEED FOR PERMANENT COUNCILS OF DEFENSE. A bill has been introduced in the legislature providing for the estab lishment of a permanent state coun cil of defense together with subordin ate county councils, and appropriating $50,000 for the support of the same during the next two years. It is not believed that this measure will find sufficient support to secure its pass age, for it is difficult to see any ne cessity for such an organization that would justify such an expenditure. The councils of defense performed a useful service during the war, but thpir work pertained exclusively to ended with the war. The members ended wit hthe war. The members served without pay, although there was probably provision mode for maintaining an office at state head rise in which similar service is re quired, the patriotic spirit of the peo pie of Idaho can be relied upon to meet it promptly and effectively' The absence of any apparent necessity for maintaining the councils of defense gives this bill with its liberal appro priation the appearance of a scheme devised by some genius who has an aversion to real work, and who hopes to provide a place on the state pay roll. BOLSHEVIK MOTTO. (Engineering and Mining Journal) There Is nothing vague or incom prehensible about bolshevism as it is expl&lned in. I he New Europe by M. Rostovtzev, who says a group of agi tator8 ' allnost microscopically small in beginning, as compared with the whole population of that great raised themselves to Power by the promulgation of a watchword "f wonderful simplicity. It was as >»■'" - »■'»< '»« M. stolen"—-and to be oerfect for its nnr p r 11 118 pur poge8 R needed only tlle addition that was promptly made—"Kill those who ' * The result in Russia as M auBom, as -''. country, resist." Rostovtzev says, has been what might be expected. < iiil liberty, he writes |-has been trampled on; there is no trace of personal freedom; unrestrain and bureaucracy reign Russia produces nothing an(1 live® with difficulty on what P d tyranny supreme. was (accumulated formerly, on the remains of its material and spiritual capital The result Is famine, cold, and cruel death, hovering over every man and waiting him at every crossroad." TRADE BARRIERS AND LABOR. (Joplin Trade Unionist) American laboring men will oppose any plan that brings the conditions under which they labor to the level of the A'siatlc, the .Mexican the tollers of East India and Argen peon, and tltia, where workmen are compelled to work for 20, 30 and 40 cents per day. President Wilson's plan to "sweep away all trade barriers between all nations of the world" means that the products of these countries shall be admitted Into America free of all Im port duty. Congress will never ratify such an agreement and we don't be lieve that this third point outlined in Mr. Wilson's "14 points" will be nc jceptable or beneficial to America or lts working people. American working men must meet this problem within the next few years and should begin to investigate for themselves. WE WANT NO HELP. (The Weekly) Mr. Taft rightly thinks that some of the new European states will need the protection of the greater powers, just Cuba needed ours. But we alone protect Cuba. We have been doing both while Cuba was a Spanish province and since it became an au tonomous republic, for more than a 'hundred years. We have been doing alone. We have repeatedly nnd most emphatically refused to admit any European powers to partnership the protectorate. Now, on the same wise principle, if any new European stpte needs protection, let it be pro tected by some European powers, without dragooning ns Into j partnership In the Job. power or The Open Boat. (Cecelia F. Smith, in Punch) "When this here war is done," says Dan, "and all the tightin' through, There's some'!! l«al with Fritz again as they was used to do; But not me," says Dan, the sailor man, "not me," says he: "Lord knows, It's nii«py in an open boat on winter nights at sea." I 'When the last battle's lost an' won, an won or lost the game, There's sorneil think no 'arm to drink with squareheads just the same; But not me," says Daji, the sailor man, "an' if you ask me why— Lord knows It's thirsty in an open boat when the water-breaker's dry." "\Vlhen all the bloomin' mines Is swep' am' ships are sunk no more, There's 'soma'll set (them down to eat with Germans as before; But not me," says Dan, the sailor man, "not for me, for one— Lord knows It's hungry in an open boat when the last biscuit's done." , "When peace is signed and treaties made an' trade begins again. There's some'll shake a German hand an' never see the stain; But not me," says Dan, the sailor man, "not for me, as God's on high— Lord knows it's bitter in an open boat to see your shipmates die." Future is Bright for Mining and Oil * l . • HlQllSlI lCS (Denver Mining Record) Never in history has the future the mining and oil industries appeared The west so bright as H does today . has found itself so far as its ability to speed up production of metals and oil is concerned. In the face of great obstacles, mining men and oil devel opers of the Rocky mountain country have shown a waiting world that all that is necessary to produce increased amounts of oil and metals is to speed up development in the fields. The great war has wrought many and changes in our economic, social political outlook. This world has suf f ered from a vast destruction of ma terial we alth. From history we learn t)lat wars bave invariably been fol iowed by IH?riods 0 f intense activity. xhere is a vast reconstruction work to be done in those nations whlch eu fered the brunt ot the war Produc-i ti(in stimulated „ mm i v J H , » . lU4 . ,, ., t 4l , has been truthfully said that the al Ues floated to vtotorv on _ wav „ of oil ,■ f Conservation of oil during the war • . , period was necessary in order to pro vi de the fighting forces with this ne cessary power. Now that the war is at an end> the peace demands for 0 „ wil) probably be grea , ter than were th( , war demands . Europe's shelves are empty of the products of the mines. Vast' tonnages o1 <,01>|K>r ' lead ' zlnc and otll er metals T*" ** f ° r reconstruc < 1 ° n pur ' T" The mineS of North America wU1 be made t0 respond to their ut ' most just as soon as conditions are righted and the commenced. work of rebuilding The gold and silver mines seem slated for a long period of intense prosperity. The world demands more gold and silver to back up the great bonded indebtedness of the nations. Immense stocks of silver in the Unit-[and ad States are being rapidly depleted to satisfy the demands of Asia and the world at large. This spring will many old-time gold and silver proper ties again on the producing list, with the plentiful supply of labor and 1 of supplies, mining see, and RESULT OF HOOVERIZING. (Minneapolis Journal) Many Americans were not convinc ed that our food restrictions added much to the provisions sent abroad. But the official figures show that, while we had nominally available for export last year but 20,000,000 bushels of wheat, we actually shipped 211, 000,000 bushels, and would have ship ped more had the ships been avail able. The difference—190,000,000 bushels—is the measure of our tional self-denial on wheat bread. na UNFAIR TO BERGER. (Anaconda Standard) If the senate ran make a boon panion of Follette, Berger sees reason why anybody should cal! the police when he attempts to break into the house. eom no Glad I met you. change quarters.—Exchange. Dobbs—My landlord ordered me out because 1 can't pay my rent. Hobbs— Bo has mine. Let's companies producing precious metals of!" 111 "* ain be operating with pre-war | profits as their reward. I There is no field of investments that ' offers greater possibilities for tlie small investor than do shares of go ing mining and oil enterprises, buyer of stock in these companies can ■select the long-chance shares or he con select shares that The speculatlve combine the degree of safety required by the most conservative, stocks are speculative, but these ven tures afford wonderful chances for great profits. As a matter of fact, successful mine or an oil well can make money faster than any other en 1 terprise. Of course there is always ! chance of losing in speculative enter Prospect r , P . riSeS ' b f th ®. man wh ® la takin « Cha " Ce , f ° r blg ® peCUla * lve pT ° fltS f-1" 1 ' « ,urs ®- take a chance on ° SS ' Higher prlced share8 P»y lng dividends are not speculative as are * h « '» ventures. 1 here are seasoned mining stocks and I .. o . , on . 011 atocks th at pay 20 per cent and higher on the investment and have , , . been doing this year In and year out. Of course it requires mote money buy the higher class dividend-paying mining and oil share®, but there great satisfaction in having some of these dividend payers in one's strong box. There is also great satisfaction a prospect stock and I j n selecting in sticking with it until it pays regu ] ar dividends. We must never forget 'that every mine was once a prospect | and that all oil producing acreage was once wildcat territory. There has been a vast improvement j n s t oc g offers In mining and oil •tures during the past few years. Pub Ucity and education are big factors in this bettered condition and It is safe to say that tl\e . who fleeced the public through the ' sale ven old-time promoter of worthless so-called mining oil shares will find little or n<> j demand for his wares among rated mining and oil sotek buyers of ing and oil stocks to be had that it into the trap of the unscrupulous pro moter of worthless the edn today. There are so many good min seems strange that anyone should fall COLONEL ROOSEVELT. (Leonard G, Foster, Cleveland) A star has vanished, whose pure spirit light Shed o'er tlie earth a halo of delight, Imbued with wisdom, his progressive * mind Perceived the truth and gave it to mankind; The torch of reason burned within his heart For all the world to share a kindred part; A master mind in thought and word and deed— Truth, love and justice was his daily creed; He fought unceasingly with all his might Till all the world (in blood) upheld the right; He passed from earth with freedom's flag unfurled For love and joy and peace around the world! Charity consists of gifts. Probably that Is why a girl thinks it charitable to give her rival's nge away.