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WEATHER FORECAST.
^U"tly cloudy tonight and Sundfjf_
warmer tonight. Moderate to Crews
southerly winds
ESTABLISHED
IN
It is learned that the general staflf^,
since the beginning of the Toro inci
dent. has had the matter of mobiliza
tion under consideration and that
war plans have been completed and
campaign commanders appointed.
If there is a declaration of war. it is
declared, Argentine will send two
divisions to Europe and will not be
content with a passive attitude. The
men and equipment are ready for
almost immediate embarkation if the
necessity arises, and the allies in
that event would bo asked to tarnish
artillery.
HOUSE PASSES
TRADING ACT
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Sept 25.—The con
ference report on the trading with
the enemy bill, adopted by the sen
ate yesterday, was adopted today by
the house without a roll call. It now
goes to the President for his signa
ture.
NO PEACE
Ispf-
E
ARGENTINE VOTE
ON BREAK WITH
GERMANY FORCED
BY THE MAJORITY
Will Ballot Tonight on the
Proposed Rupture Of
Diplomatic Relations'
(By Associated Press.)
Buenos Aires, Sept. 25.—The con
servatives, who control the chamber
of deputies, have agreed to vote to
night on a rupture with Germany
From all indications they will have
a majority of 30 votes, virtually
forcing the government to cease
relations with Germany.
The government desires to post
pone the formation of its policy un
til it receives from Ambassador
Naon, at Washington, translations
of the 415 telegrams received or sent
by the Swedish legation here.
The government is considering the
imposition of a rigid censorship of
*11 messages in the republic to pre
vent misuse of the cables such as
that practiced by Count Von Lux
burg, the dismissed German minis
Mr.
Strikers hav© cut telegraph lines
|o Valparaiso, Chile, paralyzing di
rect cable service to the United
States.
The authorities have been advised
officially that strike agitators in the
city of Santa Fe have been con
ferring with the German consul
there, and that the serious strike
among all classes of workmen during
the last month in that city was
fomented and supported by Ger-
Orctor I«vy Mobilization.
Buenos Aires, Sept. 25.—Mobil
isation of the Argentine navy has
boon ordered at a rendezvous 37 kilo
meters from Buenos Aires. There is
also unusual military activity in the,
republic. Although this is ostensibly
due to the general strike, a high off!
cial said yesterday that the general
staff has its eyes open to "other
necessities."
ffhe question of a rupture with
Gefmanv is stiff being widely dis
cussed by members of the Argentine
congress and the public generally,
notwithstanding Germany's recent
note. Many of the deputies say that
they no longer have confidence in
Berlin, because if the government
disapproved of Von Luxburg's dis
patches it should have taken action
against the minister and not waited
until after Secretary Lansing's
revelations to express its disap
proval.
The cabinet and deputies do not
yet consider the question closed, and
there is widespread disapproval by
the newspapers and deputies of the
personal guarantee sent by Dr. Luis
Molinea, the Argentine minister at
Berlin, that Germany would keep its
promise.
DETRIMENTAL
RUSSIA ACCEPTED
TO
Associated Press
Fetrograd, Sept. 25.—Addressing
th© soldiers' and workmen's dele
gates today General Verkovsky,
minister of war, said Russia yester
day received formal assurances from
France and Great Britain that they
would not conclude a separate ~eace
to the detriment of Russia.
The assurances sent by France
j.nd Great Britain were in response
to reports which had been current in
Russia thar efforts were under way
to conclude peace at the e*»ea#o of
that country.
30 Ghent Folk
Put to Death
For Espionage
(By Associated Press.)
Amsterdam, Sept. 25.—
Advices have been received
from the frontier by the
Telegraapl^ to the effect
that about thirty residents
of Ghent, Belgium, have
been put to death in the last
three weeks on charges of
"i
OUST LA FOLLEVTE, 18
CHICAGO DEMAND.
Chicago. Sept. 25. The
executive committee of the Chi
cago branch of the National
Security league appointed a sub
committee today to draft resolu
tions calling upon congress to
oust Senator La Follette. The
draft was made and will be
submitted to the wholo commit
tee later in the day.
2~
St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 25.—No less
an authority than the chief executive
of the country—President Wilson
was vitally interested in the address
of Senator R. M. La Follette deliver
ed Thursday night b*for«» the Non
partisan league convention in the
auditorium.
t'nknown to local secret service
men, the President sent a personal
representative to the meeting to hear
the speech of the man who aroused
a strong feeling of antipathy by his
remarks here.
The messenger of the President,
whose name is not disclosed, left lm
mediately after the meeting to make
confidential report to his chief.
District Attorney Waits.
It was learned from other sources
that the office of the United States
district attorney here knew of the
visit of President Wilson's represen
tative. The office, in view of this
fact, it is said, has not taken action
Eleven Billion
Credit Bill Is
Signed by Wilson
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Sept. 25.
The $11,000,000,000 war
credits bill authorizing the
second Liberty bond issue,
details of which will be an
nounced today by Secretary
McAdoo, was signed late
yesterday by Pres. Wilson.
ABOLISH LONG
TIME CREDITS
Washington, Sept. 25.—The Fed
eral Reserve board has taken
preliminary steps to abolisj^ long
time credits in this country during
the war, to keep the financial re/-,
sources of the oouqjxy in a more
liquid condition.
Governor Harding, of Iowa, has
asked each, of the 12 federal reserve
banks to encourage in every way
possible the substitution of 90 days,
for six month's notes.
Hereafter the federal reserve banks
will not re-discount commercial pa
per that has more than 90 days t2
run except in the case of agricul-.
tural paper.
MTANSlSWUND
TO GRAND
(By Associated Press!)
Concord, N. D., Sept. 25.—The de
fense in the case of Gaston B. Means,
charged with the murder of Mrs.
Maude A. King, consented this after
noon to have Means bound over to
the grand jury
$5,000 FINEIMPOSED
ON DULUTH BROKER
Alleged Briber Must Pay JJenslty or
8pend Thj-ee Years in Jail.
Brainesd, Minn., Sept. 25. After
denying defendant's motion for a
new trial on the ground of newly
discovered evidence, Judge W. S. Mc
Clenahan yesterday imposed a fine
of $5,000 on George A. Elder, Duluth
bond broker, charged with attempted
bribery of Patrick Fogerty, treasurer
of Koochiching county. The case
was bought to Crow Wing county
for trial on a charge of venue writ.
In default of payment of the fine,
the court gave the alternative o»
three years in the Koochiching coun
ty Jail until it is paid, but not to
exceed three years.
A stay of thirty days was granted
In order that the defendant may
make a transcript of the evidence.
Buenos Aires, Sept. 25.—The chamber of deputies! will force the government to take such step. Citizen
voted late today in favor of an Argentine rupture of I sympathy is against Germany, and ultimate up
diplomatic relations with Germany. This action likely of Argentine against Germany seems likely.
WilsonRepresentativeHeard
La Follette Tirade in St. Paul
Private Agent, Unknown to
Secret Service, Reports the
Nonpartisan League Meeting
Hoover Declares TowiHey Stands Convicted of "Reck
less Lie" Unless He Retr acts—Patriotic orthwest
Citizens Continue To Protest—McLean
.promises Complaint Against Solon
in the La Follette ease and may await
action by President Wilson.
Protests Flood Capitol.
Many protests against utterances
of Senator La Follette and appeals
for drastic measures to prevent
further meetings of that character
in Minnesota poured in on Governor
Burnquist and the State Public Safe
ty commission. Attorneys for the
commission are studying stenogra
phlc reports of Senator La Follette's
speech and are expected to report
whether the statements are in viola
tion of the Minnesota law against
sedition.
Col. Bfc. A. Wilkinson of Stillwater,
director of the safety commission in
Washington county, made a vigorous
protest against the failure to sup
press the meeting at which Senator
La Follette spoke. He intimated that
iha failure might well r^&uit in (he
resignation of the commission mem
bers if no action is taken.
Disgrace to Self and Stata,
G. E. Ingalls of Druluth sent a brief
letter declaring that in his opinion
Senator La Follette is a disgrace to
himself and to the state he repre
sents. D. A. Mudge, treasurer of the
Patriotic league of St. Paul, wrote
an exhaustive discussion of the clos
ing Nonpartisan session and ar
raigned Senator La Follette 'for his
"violent and bitter attacks on the
domestic' politics of the government".
Mk M. Kerr of Kh»tr# urged Gov-1
ernor Burnquist to leave nothing un
(Continued on Pag*j 6.)
ANADA
Arrangements had been completed
between the food administrations of
Canada and the United States it was
said. The Canadian government re
cently placed an embargo on wheat
with the provisions that such ship
ments could be made if permission
was granted by Canadian food
trolers.
'We need the wheat right now and
Canada has a surplus on hand," said
Mr. Carey, "500 cars will bo on the
way this week and more will be
obtainable if necessary."
The Canadian shipments will save
many of the Minneapolis mills which
have been facing a shutdown be
cause farmers of the northwest have
been slow in sending in their wheat,
grainmen said today.
ALLEGE OXMAN LETTERS
DICTATED BY FJCKERT
Defense In Perjury Case Makes Ef
forts to Throw Responsibility
On Prosecutor.
(By Associated Press.)
Flranclsco, Sept. 25.—Tho de­
fense in the case of Frank C. Oxman
on trial here for attempted suborna
tion of perjury, will make efforts to
show that the letters written by Qx
rnan to F. E. Rigall in which the
prosecution alleged he attempted to
induce the latter to give false testi
mony in the trial which resulted n
the conviction of Thomas J. Mooney
on a murder charge growing out of
bomb explosion here laat summer,
were dictated by District Attorney
Charles M. Fickert.
This was brought out yesterday in
the opening statement of Samuel M.
Shortridge, chief of the counsel for
the defense, who said Oxman will
take the stand today in his own be
half. District Attorney Fickert and
his assistant, Edward Cunha, will »e
among the defense witnesses, Attor
ney Shortridge said.
It was announced that tho defense
will conclude within fotrf or live
day£
KR8SING WIFE 8QUGHT.
G. it. Peterson of Brainard Asks
Police to Assist in SearoH.
(by associated *'ress
Brainerd, Minn., Sept. 25.—Two
women, one married and the mother
of a daughter, not 3 years old, em
ployed at the Northern Pacific rail
road shops have disappeared. They
are Mrs. G. N. Peterson and Miss
Hazel Shepard, her chum.
Peterson has made a wide search
for his wife and he has asked tha»
police to aid him. When last seen,
Mrs. Peterson wore a blue serge
suit, tarn o'shanter of blue velvet,
pink silk waist and new paterft.
leather shoes. She has dark brown
eyes and ha if. She is 24 years old,
weighs 120 pounds and is five feet,,
t*Ur
THE FARGO
SHIPS
GRAIN TO MILLS
(By Associated Press.)
Minneapolis, Sept. 25.—To relievo
the shortage of wheat for the Minne
apolis mills, Canada is going to sencL
00 cars of wheat to Minneapolis thij
week, according to an announcement
today by Frank L. Carey, govern
ment buyer in Minneapolis.
AND DAILY REPUBLICAN
NATIONALS OF
GERMANY BAN
PEACE THEORY
Adopt Resolutions Con
demning Proposal by the
Reichstag Majority
1
(By Associated Press.)
Berlin, Sept. 25.—The
Bavarian government has
made an individual reply
to the peace proposals of
Pope Benedict, according
to a special message from
Munich.
"It is taken ior granted
that the German imperial
government is fully conver
sant with the contents of
the reply made by King
Ludwig," it is said.
The procedure which has resulted
in the seiftiing of two repliej to the
Pope from Germany is explained on
the ground that as the German papal
delegate is accredited to Bavaria the
Pope's note was delivered to King
Ludwig whose reply Is said to have
reached the Pope. It Is stated that
the two notes concur in material
aspects but that it is understood the
Bavarian answer goes into details on
certain ponts.
London, Sept. 3S.—-A #spatch from
Copenhagen says the main, comiftjt
toe of the National Li&feral party' Ct
Germany has adopted a resolution
opposing the reichstag peace resolu
tion's disarmament, establishment of
a parliamentary government in Ger
many and the restoration of Belgium
and advocating annexations of con
quered territory. TTie socialist news
paper Vorwaertz, of Berlin, charac
terises the resolution as a challenge
to the reichstag majority.
Harden Wants Armistice.
Berlin, Sept. 25.—In response to a
request for his opinion of the Ger
man reply to the Pope's peace note,
Maximilian Harden, editor of Die
Zukunft, in a statement to The Asso
ciated Press yesterday prefaced his
remarks with the reminder that
every nation and every government
is more or jess tradition-bound, none
probably with tighter cords than
Germany. This tradition, he said,
heavily impedes any effort to break
through the terrifying charged circlfe
with which the war's afflictions en
compass them.
"The German reply", said Hen
Harden, "is the first visible attempt
to escape from this charged circle,
whose final obliteration la a pre
liminary condition to an enduring
peace".
Herr Harden proceeded to declare
that the note reflects the honest and
sincere will of the majority of the
people as unequivocally expressed in
the reichstag resolution, adding:
New Spirit Seen.
"So far as lies in our power, we
want to stop the war and prevent
the possibility of new wars by the
cultivation of a new spirit, which
will so completely impregnate in
ternational intercourse with ethical
feeling, that never again shall hu
manity behold the when force will
strangle right".
Denying that the German people
ever seriously intended to apply open
or covert forces to the people or gov
ernment of Belgium, he said:
"The words that were so construed
were intended only to serve the pur
pose of war tactics, or said necessity.
Most eagerly do we desire to co
operate with the work of converting
the misery and disgrace of this war
into the turning point for a new
epoch in which the sun will rise for
the soul of mankind. That Is the
spirit and import of the German
answer.
The German empire will now be
told that its answer is Hot sincerely
meant and that it is, in addition, a
plain indication of the beginning of
exhaustion. If in this most tragic
hour of all human experience we are I
unable to rise above the unclean
vapors of such machinations, then
Continued on Page Two.
Kanaaa Ity, Sept. 25.—"If I
were U minute member of tfce
United State* aeaate I would fee
•bnaird to sit in that bod) until
I foimd ittome of rfr-prlrins
|cn*l«r 1,m K«llr»te of bin »r«t ia
tUttt Wr IsU-b he
MOW
dl*—
graces by hi* presence there,"
Cyl. Tbe»d®rc Hoo«eve)t declared
In n talk yesterday at luorkeM
aven for Maj. Gea. Lc«aard Weed
and himself mm part of tfce
die western patriotic eelebrattsa
thin «lty,
**1/ we takf beed of iif neaee
ttrraiirr t.rrmany prepare*, we
ill abovi thar
HI
are mot pre­
pared yet to no out la to the world
niihout a yuHrdlttB." the -oloael
dded. "Amfrlf* must make good
the word* of Wllaea,
v,
187& FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 25, 1917. VOLUME XXXIX, NO. 265.
Til iTS^TNV ira REPLIES
ill ULiViiitrti
T0 CR[I1C1SH BY
WILBUR CLAIMS
GOVERNOR LOYAL
Attorney General, In Let
ter To The Forum, Takes
Up Patriotism Issue
CLAIMS
POLITICS
BACK OF ATTACK
Insfet^ State Officials Have
Patriotically Supported
The Government
William Langer, attorney general
of North Dakota, whose charges
against "attorneys who in the past
have prostituted their honor are go
ing about under the cloak of patriot
ism and deliberately seeking to mis
lead the public about this man (Gov
ernor Frazier)", and that "it is those
men arid that press, under the guise
of patriotism and the pretence of be
ing the only simon-pure patriots
whom you carefully need to watcn",
the charge being made in the couis
of an address at LaMoure, N. D, to
men of the draft army, makes reply,
in a letter to The Forum, to the
challenge ma£e by Harry Curran
Wilbur, executive secretary of the
North Dakota Red Cross, to become
specific, and abandon generalities.
It was in his LaMoure address tho
Mr. Langer made an attack upon
newspapers which had the temerity
to publish the resolutions recently
adopted by the United Commercial
Travelers of Minot, which were con
demned hv the Nonpartisan meetiner
in Fargo, and which have since beeii
endorsed by three organizations of
railroad men—the B. of R. T., the B.
of L. E., and the O. R. C., of Grand
Forks.
Mr. Langer comes forward with a
statement mentioning the names of
Atty. Tracy R. Bangs, Grand Forks,
who. at a recent mass meeting of the
Red Cross in Jamestown, took to
task certain officials of North Dakota
who he charged had failed to give
the nation their patriotic support
In conclusion, Mr. Langer devotes
himself to a discussion of "bloodyt
unpatriotic profits of concerns like
these that I appear to have incurred
the displeasure of the kept press and
the kept politicians of this state",
and he takes up the cry of the
demagogues, which had full sway in
the now thoroughly discredited Non
partisanNconference of last week at
St. Paul.
Mr. Langer's letter follows:
Bismarck, N. D., Sept. 22, 1911^
The Editor of The Fargo Forum,
Fargo. N. D.
Dear Sir: My attention haa been
called to a statement published in
the issue of The Fargo Forum, Fri
day evening, Sept 21, 1917, in which
you report one Harry Curran Wil
bur, executive secretary of the North
Dakota Red Cross society, as chal
lenging me to name the attorney or
attorneys whom in a speech at La
Moure, I charged with making a great
cry of patriotism for political profits.
This man is also reported to have
placed 1,000 in the First National
bank of Fargo but if he has done so
have had no official notification of
it and even if I had had I frankly
confess than I have in the past not
been representing "Big Business"
and I therefore am rather hard up
for money.
However, without the forfeiture
of his $1,000 I am perfectly willing
and delighted to name to the people
of this state and to Mr. Wilbur one
man of the legal profession who I
am convinced has been going up and
down the state making a display of
patriotism as a cloak tor political
purposes.
I name Tracy R. Bangs of Grand
Forks, who has been lecturing under
the auspices of the state Red Cross
society of which Judge N. C. Toung
of Fargo is state leader, and of which
Mr. Wilbur is executive secretary,
with using the eiaak of patriotism
and the Red Cross to attack the pres
ent state administration.
In a speech at Jamestown, under
the auspices of the Red Cross so
ciety, as reported in the issue of The
Fargo Forum of Sept. 4, Mr. Bangs
affirmed in the course of his speech
that It was up to all persons to be
right In this war." and his statement
that "certain state officers will have
to get in line with the rest of us"
brought forth enthusiastic applause.
In a report of this same speech
in The Jamestown Alert of Sept. 4,
Mr. Bangs made a bitter attack on
state officials in the following Ian
guage: "The state has been adversely
advertised because of those in au
thority who have raised their voices
defense of the Peace Council and
the pacifists, and have not raised
their voices in behalf of such great
works at the Red Cross society."
Continued on Page Eight.
LaFollette Disgrace toSenate,
(Wy Associated Press.)
raey". Kor thla reason we akowld
dcrlare war against Austria and
Terkejr."
the t'oiM'Iuslon of Vf talk.
Colonel Ko»»e* elt %\a» presented
with a gold iuil( with the remind-*
OP that (hf pea Is mightier |bta
tfce sword.
After praising Major General
Wood, Colonel Roosevelt said:
"\ow that I have spoleen to ros
Of Americans who stand for aad
are representatives of Amertea, I
wish for a minute to speak to rOS
of an Ameriran who represents
the vt orst of merlcitn .'hara^ter
lotlrs—.Senator I.a F'«Uettf. Sen
ator l,a f- oUeste Is ar this in«meat
loyally and eBlelently serving oae
country—i.rrwiiiy. He Is a'tloff
to sueh fashion mm to make htat
RED CROSS
Campaigners Anxious To
Reach All Persons Able
to Aid the Society
PRESENT TOTAL
$43,714 A
The goal of the campaign as set
by the district chairmen and work
ers was I&.000 a month and $60,000
a year.
Reports Small Todsy.
With one exception, the reports
were comparatively small today.
Seven of 2« districts reported 75
pledges for $72.16 a month, and *2
service pledges.
District No. 23, A. M. Cornwall,
chairman, was /'rh today, reporting
35 pledges for $25.91 a month, and
22 service pledges?
Workers Scanning Directory
District chairmcn and workers are
todr.y scanning the city directory,
and checking their lists of pledges
in an effffort to discover if anyone
in their respective districts was miss
ed. The "missed ones™ will be
visit-d, and be gtven a chance to
subscribe.
Fierce Storm
Hits Jamaica
With Big Loss
(By Associated Press.)
Washington, Sept. 25.—Ja
msica suffered heavy property
damage in a hurricane which)
swept the island last Sunday,
and is now sweeping across the
Gulf of Mexico.
Dispatches from the Americsn
consul at Port Antonio, received
todsy, ssid the hurricsne was
the most terrific since that o
i&B bimae
Trainmen and 0. R. C.
Endorse U. C. T. Stand
For Untarnished Loyalty
Grand Forks, N. D., Sept. 25.—At a joint mooting of the
Brotherhood of Railway trainmen and Order of Railway con
ductors here Sunday, resolutions were adopted endorsing the
stand of the Minot U. C. T. council in calling upon Senator A.
J. Gronna to resign and demanding of Governor Lynn J.
Frazier that he stand squarely behind the government in the
^rosccution of the war.
Senator R. M. La Follett* also was scored in resolutions.
The resolutions adopted by the two bodies, in part, follow:
"At a joint meeting of the Order of Railway Conductors,
division 178, and Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen No. 463,
held at Grand Forks, Sept. 23, 1917, the following resolution
was nnanimously adopted:
"That we, in joint session, heartily endorse the resolution
of Minot Council, U. C. T. No. 277 of Sept. 15, 1917, upholding
our government and censuring Senators Gronna, La Follette
and others of their ilk and that these two local orders, O. R. C.
and B.*R. T., jointly assembled, are unalterably opposed to the
utterances and actions of the Nonpartisan league, and that we
stand first, last and all the time with oar United States govern
ment".
COAL
IS STILL $16,300
AWAY WILL PLAN
TO HIT SLACKERS
YEAR
Monthly Pledges Aggre
gate $3,642 As Result of
Work By R. C. Agents
Details for the proposed drive on
the "slackers" and the Indifferent,
and tor the increase of pjedges in
Fargo's monthly budget campaign
for the American Red Cross will not
be formulated until the return from
Chicago of J. P. Hardy, chairman of
Fargo branch, who is attending the
annual meeting of National Associa
tion of Commercial Club executives,
it was authoritatively stated to
day.
Mr. Hardy, who is also secretary
of the Fargo Commercial club. i?'
expected to return Thursday.
Nearly all of the 25 districts, into
which the city had been divided, had
been covered today, and as a result
the campaign is virtually at a stand
still.
Twenty-seven hundred eighty
seven pledges for $3,642.91 a month,
or $*3,714.92 a year, and 784 service
pledges had been reported at noon
today. 4.
1
1903, and that the fruit crop off
the Port Antonio district was
destroyed.
No mention was made off any
loss of life.
of this eonntry and a most at*la
ter enemy of demoeraey. Ho
elalma, nnd It Is the emptiest of'
all claims, to stand for d-mM*-»
racy. He la doing everything in
bis power to enthrone nitorra)'.*
under the *erman flagr throughout
the »»orld by the attitude be la
now taking toward the war. He
la ako
11 tk« worat (te­
ar that democracy now kas
alive.
"I read a couple of days ago of
Senator I,a Follette** utter*n*'«-4
before an or* an tea Hon In Nfrnir
apolls, and herf*»fre* any oricau-.
Isatloa that asks Senator l.» Fol
lette to speak ou*fci to be made
to show ooootufcl veljr why It
akonld be considered a patriotic
SHOULD EXEMPT
FIRM WORKERS
National Farmers Claim
Agricultural Industry Is'
Unmanned by Draft
Washington, Sept. £S. -Spokesmen
for the nation's organized farmers
asked Prepident Wilson yesterday to
order a more liberal application of
the army draft law to farm labor in
order that agriculture may do its
part in the war. They urged that thr*
government not only should exempt
men who apply but should make it
Us business to keep skilled farmers
out of the military service and re
quire them to remain at their
posts as producers.
The delegation that railed at the
White House was headed by a com
mittee of the. federal board of farm
organizations and included the lenis
lative fommittee of the national
grange and members of the hous
and senate from the great agricul
tural states. The federal board's com
mittee presented a memorial setting
forth the farmers' situation and
formally asking relief.
Men Leave Farms.
"Agriculture Ik the only great In
dustry now undermanned as compar
ed with the standards ^xiBtint? be
fore the war," the memorial paid.
"The shortage of farm labor Is cut
ting down the productive power of
American farms. Transportation
companies, contractors, and indus
trial plants offer for labor prices
higher by far than any farmer can
pay and still produce food for the
consumer at reasonable rates.
"If the selective service act is
based upon the desire of the govern
ment to put each man where he may
serve his country best, then the ad
ministration of the act should not
limit exemption to those who apply
for it. As if does now, many farm
era who had been exempt refuse to
apply. Many young men voluntarily
enlist in the army who can serve
most usefully elsewhere. We our
selves know of many young farmers
who have left the farm for the army,
to the loss of the nation as a whole.
"Because the world is short of
food, the government has asked
farmers, as a patriotic service, to in
crease their product. In aswer to the
call, the farmers have done, and will
do, their best. But already a large
proportion of the farms are under
manned and the proce-s of depletion
proceeds unchecked. America is
making the same mistake that Eng
land made. Instead of learning from
her experience.
What we seek Is a more perfect
administration of the purpose of the
act to protect the essential occupa
tions. We ask you to see to it, that
farm laborers and farm owners may
be kept or placed where they may
serve the nation best.
"The situation demands prompt
and effective action on the part of
the government. There is a growing
unrest and dissatisfaction on the
farms, based in great part upon the
well founded belief that the pur
pose of the government is not car
ried out. The organized farmers of
America look to you to set this mat
ter ri«rht."
GERMAN OFFICER
PREDICTED WAR
Naval Captain Told Dewey
of World Conflict To Be
Waged By Germany
Washington, 8ept» 25.—Prediction
that Germany would wage a war for
world conquest In about 15 years,
was made to the late Admiral Dewey
at Manila In 1898 by Captain Von
Goetz of the German imperial navy,
Senator Lewis yesterday told the
senate.
Quoting a report from Admiral
Dewey to the navy department the
Illinois senator said that Von Goetz
told the American naval officer that
ermany would capture Paris as the
first step to subjugate England. The
taking of New York and Washington
was to follow in order that Germany
might secure an enormous cash In
demnity. The wiping out of the
Monroe doctrine and the control of
South America by Germany also wad
predicted by the German officer, de«
clfcred Senator I^ewin, who was dis
cussing peace negotiations.
For some reason the government
had not given the report wide circu
lation, Senator Lewis continued, but
in the face of it now "any senator
who speaks here or elsewhere
against any measure of his country,
lends himself to the enemy".
Characterizing the German reply
to Pope Benedict's peace note as
'Prussian peace hypocrisy", and an
affront both to the pope and Presi
dent Wilson, Senator Lewis scored
what he termed "laggards in patriot
ism" and those who argue against
the
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TWO AEROPLANES
DRIVE THROUGH
LONDONDEFENSES
ZEPPS ARE WEAK
Official Announcement Say
Ships A ccounted For
Only Few of Dead
MOST OF FLEET
IS DRIVEN BACK
Such Report Made By Lord
French, Commander of
The Home Defenses
tBy Associated Press
The double sir raid on England by
Gsrman Zeppelins snd sirplsnes fast
night resulted in the death of fifteen
pMfeona and ths injury of mors than
seventy.
Nesrly all the casualties were
esussd by the airplane division, two
of the msehines of which reached
London. The bombs of the sirplans
fleet accounted for sll the killed, snd
sll but three of ths injured, according
to ths officisl reports todsy.
Three women were injured by
bombs from the Zeppelins which
crossed the Yorkshire and Lincoln
shire coast, but did not penetrste in
land.
On the French front in Northern
France the Germans are keeping tip
their activities north of Verdun.
Their guns are still bombardinq Gen
eral Petain's Chaume wood positions,
where the German infantry attack
ed yesterday, but fsilsd to drive the
French from any portion of their
lino.
A now attack was delivered last
night in the Beaumont region south
esst of Chsume wood snd in this
liquid fire was employed by tho
crown prince's troops. Hero sgsin
they fsiled to gain ground, and suf
fered heavy losses.
London, Sept. 25.—Tl»" fcHowtnt
official report was given out by Lord
French, commander of the home de
fenses:
"Airplane raid: The latest re
ports concerning last night's air
plane raid show that the group o!
raiders which approached London
wfre driven off by the fire of anti
aircraft guns. Only one or at the most
two machines penetrated the de
fenses. The casualties in all the
raided districts reported by the po
lice up to the present are Killed, IS
injured, 70. The material damage
wax not great.
"Airship raids: Enemy airships
crossed the Yorkshire and Lincoln
shire coasts between midnight and
3 a, m. There is no evidence of their
having penetrated to any distance
inland. They were driven off by
gun-flre by various defended locali
ties which they attempted to ap
proach. Bombs were dropped at one
coast town, three women being
slightly injured. LilUe damage w«a
caused."
Only Those Bombs Dropped.
London, Sept. 25.—Reports from a
Kentish town say that about eight
bombs were dropped tn last night s
air raid. According to a telegram
from an Essex coast town, the rtrpt
intimation of the raid fame when
anti-aircraft guns opened fire and
the droning of the airplane motors
oould be heard. The bombing over
this town continued for about two
hours at intervals but so far as
could be learned only three bombs
were droppe4 and apparently there
was no great property damage.
Viewed by daylight this morning
the damages resulting from the visit
of the German raiders to London
last night appear to be surprising
ly light. The number of bombs drop
ped in the London district was small
and the practical results were almo&t
negligible.
The chief damage visible this
morning was broken glass. One
heavy bomb brok^ glass in hotels In
which were manv Americans. Cana
dians and Australians.
Only three persons were killed by
this explosion.
PAPERS TO GET
(f?y Associated Press.1!
Washington, Sept. 25.—The federal
trade commission decided today tt
would turn over to newspaper pub
lishers all records and correspond
ence in the agreement of last March
made with news prim manufacturers
by which paper prices were to have
been cut.
Some manufacturers declined to
carry out the agreement when ths
government refused to halt grand
Jury proceedings against .them,
charging violation of the anti-trust
laws. Publishers who signed the
agreement have made frequent in
uiries of the commission as to what
are their rights in the circumstances.
The commission giving no definite
nswer will turn over the records ani
let the publishers themselves judge
what they best can do.
f}
STEAMER DAMAGED.
Two Workmen Killed in Explosion
Which Partially Destroyed Tanker.
(By Aucociated Press.)
Richmond, CaJ., Sept. 26.—Two
men were killed here early today in
an explosion which tore out the for
ward works and superstructures Of
the Standard Oil tanker A. Moffett
as she lay at her pier here.
The explosion awoke resident of
San Francisco seven miles awgv.
Officials said 'he pier had been
closely guarded before and since tfce
Moffett s arrival and discounted any
possibility of explosives having boon
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