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WEEKLY JOURNAL-MINER, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MARCH 6, 1918. . ...fr,... .. . i , ' ' Oldest Paper in Arizona. Established March 9, 1864 Published by THE JOURNAL-MINER PUBLISHING COMPANY. Members Associated Press Published Every Morning Except Monday. J. W. MILNES, Managtef EditoT P. R. MfLNES, Editor. TERMS: Daily, per year -. $8-00 Daily, per month -. -75 Weeldy, per year 2.50 Weeky, six month -. 1.50 Weekly, three months. 1-00 Payable in Advance. Entered at PoatoEce, Prescott, Ariz., as second-class mail Matter. Kjvnc In ordtr that the narr may b permitted to pass through the mall as second-class natter. Accorfilnsiy. sn&crlptloni -will be stopped at expiration All rauodC matter marHKJ mm one or more stars ij aigniaes iom uio uc- Uitaf natter, paid for. or acreed to be paid (or. MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Th Aivrirt Vrra in cdtaivtiv entitled to the use for republication ot all Mrs crtaittd to It not otherwise crefllted In thts paper and also the local news puiilsbea herein. All right ot repMlCTllon of special despatches herein are also rftrvw. HHHiintnitiitMmtiiiiiiniiiiMMtiiiiiiHM t NO OCCASION! FOR PESSIMISM! iinmii!iiitiiinii.iiiiiiiiiiiinmiiniiimmt The Germans continue to advertise their proposed offensive against the allies on tlic western front. Tliis is not the way the Germans usually go about a serious military operation, the tit most secrecy was maintained before the storm broke at Verdun The allies do not appear apprehensive of anything Hindcnburg can turn loose against them. On the other hand indications are that Haig and Fetain would weeome onslaughts such as the Ger mans launch when they really mean to break through. It means Germans forces coming on time and time again in close forma tion;to be cut down in swaths by the .machine gun and rifle fire of the allies. Here at home one may detect occasionally an undercurrent of pessimism as to the outcome, an apprchensiveness that springs from, ignorance of the true conditions. This may be one of the et fects- sought by the German advertising campaign. At any rate every American should at once cast any such feeling out of hi mind, for, it has no sound basis. After all it should be remembered that the Germans have not yet won a single military victory of importance, except by treach ery and intrigue. They began by violating Hclgian neutrality a characteristic piece . of treachcrv which enabled them to overrun Belgium', and advatjee into .France. .But they were stopped at the Iarne and at Ypres by forces far inferior numerically. If the unprepared English and the outnumbered French could stop, them then, how can the Germans hope to break through now. On the eastern front German victories have been won by wholesale corruption and intrigue. The German cabal at I'ctro 'grad, headed by the czar's German wife, early succeeded in paralyz ing the Russian arms by corrupting high officials", cutting off supplies of munitions and sending the common soldier into battle without weapons with which to fight. It was thus that I linden burg won his great victories in the Massurian lake region, and it w'as by buying the Russian minister of war that the Germans and Austrians were able to defeat the Grand Duke Nicholas in the Carpathians. Tjic case of Rumania is typical. Forced into war by a Rus sian ultimatum and promised abundance of Russian military sup port, he Rumanians were betrayed by the unspeakable Stunner, who not only prevented Russian support but sent the whole Ru manian campaign plan to Berlin, so that Mackcnseu knew every move planned by the Rumanians and how to take advantage of it. Serbia was left defenseless through the treachery of the Greek king, brother-in-law of the kaiser. The insidious undermining of the Italian morale by carefully planned, unscrupulous propaganda was the indispensable preface to advance into.Ycnctia last fall. But the Italian armies made the most wonderful recovery of morale ever recorded, and stopped the invasion before British and French reinforcements came to their aid. Germany has broken even tenet of international law. has in dulgcd in every known form of illegal warfare, has invented numerous new schemes of frightfulncss. Ilcr submarine campaign is without parallel for barbarity and we have to go back to the heathen world to find a parallel for the horrors perpetrated against the p.cbplc of occupied territory. But the Prussian bag of tricks is about exhausted. From now on it is a case of fight, and nothing but fight, to win. In every case where the 'western allies and the Huns have stood up against each other -in battle the Huns have been beaten. If their threatened offensive is launched, they will be beaten again, and it will be their last gasp. .j itliHtlHHMMIMMMMMMMMMtHMMMMHMt J TRAITORS, STRIKERS AND SOLDIERS J In recent months the country has been treated to the pectaclc of various so-called strikes in certain parts of the country wlier. government plants for war supplies have been located. In most cases these disturbances have been traced more or less directly to German spies and propagandists. They have not been genuine strikes. Ignorant workers, for the most part, were misled by those masquerading as laborers, into doing what upon second thought they- would not have done: this is proved conclusively by the fact that in nearly every case, the trouble was quickly adjusted by the federal authorities ami the men returned lo work. TI.e latest instance of this kind of thing is the strike of shipyard carpenter- in Baltimore and New York. The men. led by "Hutchcson. president of the carpenter's brotherhood, demand ed a cl6;ed shop and increased W4c. Lndcr thf pressure o' public opinion the men Ijae returned to work and will await a I settlement bv the federal board. The building of ships, in quantity and rapidly, is as every one knows, of the most vital necessity at the present moment. For a time England had the same trouble in the manu facture of munitions. The people did not appreciate the true con dition. The smallness and the petty spirit of the thing, the hag gling for an increase in pay. when each day thousands and tens of thousands of young Englishmen were giving their lives to stem the invasion of France by the Germans, at last grew clear in the public mind; strikes arc not popular in England any more; Ger man propaganda finds poor soil there, and the spy has had object lessons that make him wary and hesitating. Captain Gilbert Xobbs, a British soldier, had both eyes shot out in the battle of the Somme and was taken prisoner by the Germans. Before his misfortune and while he was in the trenches, workmen were striking in England. He thus gives the soldier's point of view in his book: "On the Right of the British Firing Line:" Ammunition workers in England, and those who should be munition workers, come right over here: creep with us along the edge of Trones wood, and watch this amazing sight. Look across to your left, those sticks showing on the sky line, across the valley. In those woods, churned up in the soil, lie the rotting bodies of your comrades, your brothers, your spns. Bring out those strikers and let them get a glimpse of this and realize their danger, and the horrors which will come upon them, their wives, their children, their homes, if those guns fail. What is. their quarrel to this? Shall we stop those guns for a penny an hour? Shall we leave unprotected those desperate men across the valley, who arc hanging on tooth and nail to those last trenches gained? Shall we do these things for a penny an hour? Shall we do these things so that we can stand up for these so-called rights in England? Those desperate fellows on the other side of the hill were to leave" their tasks they would be called traitors. Yet. when men in England, whom these fighters are dependent upon, and whose work is just as necessary for the success of the war, throw down their tools they arc called strikers. None of us has the imagination probably to picture clearly this hell on earth now taking place on the Western front: we can understand, however, the tremendous responsibility resting upon us all at home; if we arc to escape German thralldom there must be no haggling, no strikes, no profiteering. The time will come when treason will not dare to raise its voice or show its hand: when we begin to check off a casualty list of twenty, thirty, forty or fifty thousand young Americans per week, who have given their lives that we at home may escape the fate of Belgium, France and Russia, then the traitor, whatever his guise, will be taught his lesson wherever he may be in store or shop, in mine or factory, in his home or on the streets and highways. o - YOUNG FORGER SHEEPMEN SAYS HE WILL PLEAD GUILTY J CRITICISM FROM AN OLD FRIEND t 4H If there arc any men in America who should be listened to with respectful attention by the citizens of this nation, Henry Wattcrson is among that number. He has passed the age when political ambition could influence his judgment, lie is still in full possession of his rare intellectual powers, as demonstrated by recent utterances upon questions now under discussion. He brings to the consideration of any issue a wealth of learning, observation and experience. Even those who disagree with him, -must ac knowledge the presumption in favor of the soundness of his judg ment. He was among those who foresaw the inevitable participa tion of America in the war and urged preparedness even before the sinking of the Lusitania. He has been a loyal supporter of the government and an advocate of a vigorous war policy, though not one of those whose servilitv blinds them to facts. In a some what lengthy but extremely interesting and entertaining article written on the seventy-eight anniversary of his birth, Wattcrson pictures the danger unnecessarily invited by those who consent to look upon the constitution as a mere scrap of paper and who arc content to lie down to be trampled under the feet of officialdom Says he, in his concluding paragraphs: "That war involves autocracy I understand well enough, but in the field, not in the White House: over the international situa tion, not over our domestic affairs. The president, though technically the commander-in-chief of the army, is still the servant, not the master of. the people and should hold himself to the constitution and be held to it. and not above it. He should not get the new power he asks. He has power enough. His cue now is to give us results. On these, and these alone, his future rating will depend." o AMERICANS O. K. J M4 4 4 -4 44-M The Americans have sustained the first considerable attack from the Germans, and they acquitted themselves well. Subjected to an intense artillery fire and gas shells, they held their ruined trenches until the kaiser's shock troops rushed them. Then there were things doing. With bayonet and rifle butt, automatic pistol and knife, the Americans met the Huns and worsted them badly. But one of the best bits of enterprise was that of the Ameri can captain who took a machine gun and a detachment of soldiers and waited in No Man's Land for the retreating Germans on whom he opened a deadly fire as they were fleeing from the Ameri can trenches. That machine gun ambuscade is a favorite trick of the Ameri cans. It will' be recalled that when Villa attacked Columbus, an American lieutenant with about twentv soldiers rushed a machine gun to a strategic position and raked the bandits, as they were re treating before Major Tompkiii's men. The engagement in France was not a big affair, but it was the biggest fight in which the Americans have been called upon to participate. Our men showed what stuff they are made of. We are proud of them. NEW YORK LAD WHO RE CEIVED $5,000 ON BAD CHECK FROM BANK AR RIVES HERE AND IS WILLING TO EACE MUSIC "Yes, sir, I played the game, and had a good time hitting the high spots while the dough lasted, and now I am rcadv to face the court with a pica of guilty, get my pun ishment over and get back into the ranks of the United States army,' said youthful Joseph Burton to a Journal-Miner representative at the county jail last night. "What be came of the girl on whom I blew the coin? Oh, she quit mc as soon as she heard that I'd gotten in trouble, just like they, all do," remarked the cynical Mr. Burton when asked as to the whereabouts of the young Los Angeles woman upon whom he had lavished most of the $3,000 which lie obtained from the Prescott State Bank last November by means of a forged check. 'Burton was brought to Prescott yesterday afternoon by Undershcriff Robinson, who made a special trip lo the Presidio to claim the young law-breaker. The prisoner is a lad of apparently 21 or 22 years of age, seemingly well educated, and of pro nounccd Jewish features. Burton, or Blaichcr, as he was known during the time he remained in this city in No vember, came here from New York. He had worked for a manufacturing jeweler on Fifth Avenue, the head of the firm being Robert Chapin. Bur ton drew a check for $5,000 and signed Chanin's name to it. So clever was the imitation, that when the local bank sent the check to a Gotham clearing house, it passed the genuine and the local bank was di rected to pay the amount. Burton left: Prescott as soon as he had se cured the money,' and went to Phoc- .rri.w Here he purchased a $1,500 car and headed for the coast. The check shortly afterwards came into the hands of Chapin, and the fraud was discovered, and the Burns operators took up the trail of the young man Arriving in Los Angeles, Burton made the acquaintance of a .young uonian whom he says be met on Broadway. He went to a jewelry store in the coast town and pur chased a 3-carat diamond ring for the girl, giving in exchange for it a bo gus check. Hiring a driver, Burton and his sweetheart set out for San Francisco. It was there that the girl agreed to marry him, and just when the love affair was at white heat, the Los Angeles jewelers, hav ing found that the check was a bad one, traced the young woman to the Golden Gate city and seized the dia mond ring and the gold nicsli bag which her lover has fraudulently pro cured for her. The jewelers also took possession of the big auto owned by the boy, and arc still hold ing it. Apparently in an effort to escape punishment for his shortcom ings, Burton joined the army, his lady friend having quit him cold when she learned of the crooked operations which Burton had been engaged in. A few days later the Burns people located the lad in the Presidio, and caused his arrest and confinement in the military guard house there. When he readied Prescott yester day, Burton was clad in the military uniform, and seemed to be not at all disheartened at the plight into which he had gotten himself. He was not hesitant in discussing his case, and stated that right now the big idea was to plead guilty, get off as easily as possible and get back into the army and make an attempt to square up for his misdeeds of the past few months. HARD till BY LONG LAWYERS PREYING ON MISFORTUNE OF DEFENDERS LOSSES OF LAMBS ARE HEAVY, AND BIG OUT LAY OF MONEY BEING MADE TO PROVIDE FEED FOR THE RANGE. What is said to have been one of the most disastrous seasons sheep men have ever experienced on the desert in winter feeding, is reported by arrivals from different places along the S. F. P. & P. line, where an outlay, of over $3,000 per day is be ing made for hay and other food now being shipped in. One owner alone has expended to date $21,000 for alfalfa, and this prac tice is to be continued until new- grass is high enough to cat, which is anticipated next week. In the ag gregate those wintering have ex pended to date over $100,000 in food alone. At several points on the range may be seen thousands of lambs born this winter which have perished and they are stacked up like cordwood, such a spectacle never having been known for a "winter sea son. To offset this deplorable con dition is the high price for wool and mutton, which it is anticipated will reach to an astounding figure. The fortunate sheepman this winter has been the one who secured pasturing in Salt River valley, but they arc very few. NO SUFFERING IN THE HOMES OF INDUCTED MEN SERVICES OF A CLAIM AGENT UNNECESSARY IN PROCURING SUM DUE FOR DEATH OF SOLDIER OR SAILOR. Fashion grimly orders that the cuffs be taken from trousers. Little by little the privations of war arc overtaking us. Socialism acts as if it were autocracy's hunbacked bruthcr. (J. We shall 2iae official spring in just twenty -one days. SHERIFF HAS FULL HOUSE RIGHT NOW (From Sunday's Daily.) Sheriff Joe Young stated last night that there arc at the present time 82 prisoners confined in the county jail in this city, this being the largest number locked up in recent years, and with one exception, the most men ever held in the county bastile Four or fic years ago the number of unwilling guests of the county reached a total of 86. Of the 82 men and women now there 57 arc federal prisoners, this number including the Phoenix Molo- kana Russians, who arc doing time because they refused to register last June. This leaves but 25 count prisoners now in custody. In spite of the fact that the Rus sians arc confined in the new dctcu. tion cells in the court house, the old part of the jail is fearfully crowded, man' of the men being compelled to sleep on the floor, on tables or any other surface which offers them an opportunity to "bed down." Two women prisoners arc locked up on the second floor, and with the excep tion of the one small cell which ' LOS ANGELES, March l.-Suffer ing in homes, due to the induction of men in the families into the mili tary service, has been prevented, in many instances, by a check system handled through the public schools according to a report on war work in the schools just issued here. The report states that in order to get a list of homes where suffering or hardship might have followed the draft, teachers were asked to learn from the pupils in each room whether any members of their families had joined the service. If they had rela tives in the service, the teacher filled out a simple card, adding checks which indicated whether, from her acquaintance with the pupil and his circumstances, any possibility of hard ship existed. (The cards that indicated such a possibility were turned over to the relief division of the Red Cross, and the cases investigated, many families being thus saved from real hardship and suffering. The plan, it was said by the report had the advantage that the pupils did not know of its operation, and as the queries were made quietly, no one was wounded by any suspicion of misplaced charity, while others who needed help were found. A complete! survey of the city was nijide, it va reported, without any expense and within a few days of its initiation. One Big Mining Deal Stimulates Other Investors J. A. Forbes, aa arrival yester day from, Jersey Lily, reports an out look which is far more encouraging than known for many years for that old mining field. The recent sale of the Dos Oros1, Buzzard and Raven to an Eastern syndicate, of which J. B, Tomlinson is to be at the head of operations, is creating favorable com incut and also is bringing in other investors, several deals now being under consideration. The reviving of the Dos Oros is occasioning par ticular interest, and there remain some mine owners in that belt who arc confident of it proving as big a silver bonanza in the future as it was demonstrated in the long ago. The Elk, Perry, New State and Little Johnny arc also getting in line again, and this Spring should sec quite a large and well established mining community in action in a ra dius of five miles of the Hassayampa river. (From Saturdays Daily) 'Recently there have been many in quiries on account of failure to re ceive allotments and allowances from the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, due families or dependents of men in the national army. F. G. Brown, chairman of the local Civilian Relief Committee of the American Red Cross, has just been advised by the Pacific Division of the A. R. C, San Francisco, that on February 7th, the Bureau of War Risk Insurance re ported that checks for navy families had been mailed for November, De cember and January, that army checks for November and December had been mailed, that January checks would all be mailed by February 18th and that the work would be current by the end of the month. In 15,000 cases payment could not be made on account of incompleteness of the ap plications filed by the men and in 10, 000 cases checks had been returned by the postoffica because families had moved or the address given in the application was not intelligible. Claim Agents Unnecessary The Red Cross has been informed that certain lawyers are watching the reports of death and injury of Ameri can soldiers and sailors and arc send ing to the next of kin papers to 4c signed that authorize them, to act as claim agents in recovering insurance, compensation, back pay and other benefits due under thcWar Risk In surance Law. Some of these letters, being the first notice of death or in jury received Have caused great dis tress to the relatives. There is no need whatever of such agents, for the Bureau of Wr.Rtsk Insurance will safeguard the rights of the families free of cost. In man; cases, however, the preparation of claims can be facilitated and hastened by local assistance from volunteer at torneys. , J. E. Russell has offered his services to the local Civilian "Relief Committee ia this connection, and will be glad to be of assistance to any claimant. , BAGGAGE SOUNDS MOIST AND COP NABS TRAVELER INVASION RESUMED LONDON, .March 1. Dispatches received by the Exchange Telegraph Company tiled in Pctrograd at 6 p in. Thursday indicate that the Ger man advance into Russia has been resumed. BUYS NEW CAR E. J. Munroc, of Camp Verde, was .1 visitor Sunday, and returned home Monday with a new Maxwell auto. Imz. (From Wednesday's Daily.) 1L. McLanahan of Ash Fork on Monday made a special trip over to Needles to get a supply of wet goods to relieve his thirst. In order to guard against the long, thirsty days which might be ahead, he brought back with him a suit case containing two dozen pints of shark soup. Just as lie stepped off the train at Ask Fork yesterday morning, Officer Pat terson happened to notice that the baggage sounded moist. "What have you got in that suit case, my good man?" said the cop. "None of your business," responded Mr. McLanahan, "and besides I " don't know- what it is myself. I am only bringing it in for a stranger whom I met down the line.Hc heard that I was conting to Ash Fork, and paid mc to bring this suit case here for him." "Fair enough," spoke the cop, "but let's have a slant at it anyway.' Upon opening the suit case, the true nature of the contents was re vealed. Mr. McLanahan was really shocked as he stated that he had not had the faintest inkling as to what the contents of the bag had been. McLanahan is in the Prescott jail and the shark soup is locked up in the vaults in the sheriff's office. LAYING NEW STEEL (From Friday's Daily.) The Santa Fc put a large fore of men at work in the terminals at Ash Fork the first of the week, lay ing the new 85-pound steel rails which will used to rehabilitate the local division of the Santa Fe, Pres cott & Phoenix road. The new steel is displacing sonic of the old 65 pound rails, the latter having proven to be too light for the heavy traffic which is, being routed in this direc tion. While there is as yet some difficulty in getting as much of the new steel as is desired, the work wilt be pushed with all possible speed, and the improvement completed as soon as the rails can be procured from the main line. There is also a scarcity of labor at the present time, and the road could use many more men for this particular job if they could find them. -TOUGH ON PRINCE PARIS. March 2. Mrs. William B. Leeds, who now is in Montrcaux, Switzerland, has authorized an abso lute denial of reports of her marriage to Prince Christopher of Greece, youngest brother of Constantinc, the Leeds states uicd to cache the contraband boo;c. i ,. frnm ijirhfl.,,- w! depend king. Mr: tcry part of the buildiug is novistlltcs, farmers and rangemcu in thattll3t has no intention of being housing prisoners. country are in a prosperous state. married to Prince Christopher.