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\e old year draws near to a close and
fop year approaches, we are reminded
F pleasant business relations which have
fits bear the stress and strain of a very
; pleasure we extend to the Butte public
|r out-of-town trade the season's greet
fad wish them continued happiness and
\rity during 1918.
chard P. Hoenck
Butte's Furrier
Main St. Formerly A. Rauh
from Page tine.)
in the 1
sses. These off
vy Germa*) fire
•rs, ('ambrai. Ypres D«
may he forerunners
theater there has
activity along the
lerman airplanes
|dcd Padua, much dam
monuments and
Incendiary bombs. Three
killed and three '
I <
along the Nablus
•usaient, has been
^British forces in Pales
stubborn Turkish re
ritish progressed three
iptured Birch, ancient
jhree other towns. Prog
nade between the
and the Mediterranean
the Bolsheviki.
Sunday the day was
o peace celebrations
trades of Bolsheviki fol
rs of the German and
delegations were spec
i rades The heads of
nd Austrian delegations
i-I.itovsk conference. Dr.
and Count Czernin,
j to their respective capl
dispatches from Brest -
that while the rep
of Russia and the cen- I
on most of the
is difficulty in the
(Settlement of the ques
jing German retirement
d Russian territory in
the inhabitants oppor
Bcide their future for
forts at Kronstadt, the
ear Petrograd, has been
.in explosion, acoorrtinc j
celved in London,
land Turkestan are re- |
declared their inde
fighting between the
'*d their opponents is
going on in Harbin and
•rla General Kalodimvs '
-elected hetman of th«' |
h by an overwhelming
31.-The British in
counter attacks on the
have regained the !
territory on Welah
by the Germans in yes
ck. the war office reports,
pneement follows:
? ambrai front, as a result
counter attacks in which
prisoners and machine
gained the in«»re important
positions on Welsh ridge
[the enemy penetrated yes
enemv retains a portion
i rench in the vicinity of
and south of Marcoing
Vpres front by a minor
night our line was ad
i'it distance on both sides
J-Staden railway."
'Sunday. Dec. 30.— Five Ger
were destroyed or put
esterrtav by the British.
of theirs.
stile machines were brought
on Saturday," says
Htetn«*nt given out here
third was brought down
■» lines. Two other hos
i were driven down out
Htrplanes ore
31. British casualties
btv t*mb**i reached a total
'bled as follows:
died of wounds Officers,
missing Officers, 3.842:
reported from Dec. 26 to
1 were 9,951, divided at
Killed or «lied of wo
5; men, 2,000.
Wounded or missing

British casuallie
a marked decrease from November, re
flecting the closing down of opera
tions with the coming of winter. The
total for last month was 120.099, the
highest in live months, owing to the
severe lighting on the Cambrai front.
The figures for the next six days of
mber are much lower than for the
sling six days The report for the
period of Dec. 19-21 gave the total "f
ondon. Dec. 15 « Uy mail)
isli prisoners held by the enei
< hiding those in Sw itzerland, total
40,712, according to an official an
nouncement. The
members of the r
torlal forces, roy;
division, divided a
In German
In Turkey
In Bulgaria
In Austria
»gular ar
11.83« I
aml at t) „. m j'dniRht hour pi
Congregations Will Hail New
Year With Pravers
for Peace.
In various churches of the city tra
ditional watch services will be held
this evening. Congregations will meet
for a musical program at «:■•« o'clock.
Following the program 'he watch night
services come. There will be ai.t lhcr
program of hymns and sp«* ial music
a ill
Im* offered that the new- year may bring j
peace to the world and prosperity fori
tho nation. |
Watch night services will be held
•dish Mission church tonight. !
The meeting will begin at 10 o'clock
aril j j U8 t until the New Year Special
niunir will he rendered in connection
with a song service meeting. The
pastor will preach an appropriate
To accommodate those who will at
I t '- nd W1 "' h tonight or
I will he down town atfer midnight, a
! special car will leave Park and Main
j « n every line at 12:30 o'clock. The
will leave the corn.
Park and Main at 12 o'clock as '
and one car will return to take
of the people on the various lin
12:30 o'clock.
! •«'tfular
Well-Known Butte Man
sûmes Important Post
j William E. Weber, formerly man
' ager of the phonograph department of
the Orton Bros.' music house, has
] been appointed sales manager «>f the
1 Howard Music company. He entered
on his n«*w duties today,
| Mr. Weber came here from Salt Lake
' 21 years ago and 10 years ago he be
I came associatM with Orton Bros. Mr
! Weber was one of the first
Butte to
; realtxe the meal extent In which the
phonograph business was destined ,0
he develo|>ed.
; He is keenly Interested in music It"
| brought the famous John McCormack
to Butte last winter and it
greatest sort of a disappointment to
Mr. Weber and in fact to everyone
that the master ten«ir could not ap
pear on account of a severe c«)ld and
throat trouble. Mr. Weber also
brought other great artists to Butte.
Mr. Weber iH a member of the Butte
Ad club and is president of the Butte
1 Tennia club. Mia many friends will
mtn|fl< , in thcir wish for a Happy New
i Tear a wish that Mr. Weher may he
aucceHHful as he deserves in hi.
« new and Important position.
Tiie War's Horrors Will Fail to
Dampen Butte Celebra
tion Tonight.
fn-arty wlnmu- to the infant 191s. j
With customary reiomonlal the dying j t
moments or the year that is passion n
will he made «lad with sonn and i s
music and revelr> and when the toil - j
im* hells proclaim the birth of nnotln r | r
twelve - month cheers will greet the j f
new born stranger, and hop
expressed that the year n
s terrors will not dampen
farewell to the old year or its I
1 ho j
bo !
the nation as well as to in- |,
di\ iduals.
It may be that the wine will n«»t
flow in such generous uwuntitv as in
former years when Hutte' s gaieties
vied with the extravagant celebrations
of New York ami San Francisco.
Motels report that stocks of wines
an* not as heavy as in former years.
This is due in large measure to the
high government tax and to the ditll
• cully in obtaining the imported wines,
except in small (quantities and at pro
hibitive prices.
Wishes of 'Happy New Year* will
drowned tonight." said one hotel
.fi. "in tin* milder form «>f domestic
beer and the simpler
ock tails
1.1 til
elaborate feasts of
missing. Scarcely
had a turkey for sale today. Th
New Year's dinner promises to h
hit-ken, duck or goose. Local store
were divested of their stock <if turke
meat on Saturday
'avored bv the excellent weathe
vil I b •
tonight thaï
vit li i vi
In fact réserva -
he city of Hutte,
at at tiie local
cd fo
1 Kol«.
Silver Bow club, th** Elks, the
and other clubs and societies
itertain in the usual fashion,
lances an* scheduled. The En
Uun< »■ at Pallmont hall and the
Emmet Literary association
I .
will make merry at Hibe
with the light fantastic. Private
dancing parties are being held in
I many homes.
The celebration may be somewhat
subdued but the outlook is that tho
mght will be is merry as ever.
Deputy County Attorney Botering
stated today that every proprietor of
a cabaret or roadhouse has been noti
fied that no violation of the closing
law will be tolerated and that every
person found in such places in viola
tion of th.* law will be arrested and
taken to the county Jail until bail is
(Continued from Page One
in Buite we will hold a mass
ing here The public will I
cited and w ill receive explanations re
garding the gravity of the food situ
ation in this country. The public will
lie asked to co-of K» rate in every way.
n means the w inning of tin* war and
|) U (te most do ils share. After the
mass meeting of citizens, a second
meeting will be called for dealers, who
w ill he made to understand that their
co-operation in also necessary.
The question <*f how often purchases
in the limited quantities specified may
be made was discussed by Mr. Lutey.
who said this question will for the
present be left to the discretion or the
merchants who are supposed to know
their customers.
"Other arrangements 'nay be made
at a later date." said Mr. Lutey. "Mer
chants who are reported as having
failed to comply with the regulations
will be the parties held responsible. It
should be generally understood that
the powers of the local fair price «dm
mittee are limited. Sum** people think
Hie . ommittee has the right to fix
prices. That is not true. We a ill]
simply keep the public informed as to
the wholesale rates and «s to what we
consider fair retail prices. The gov
ernment may, however, revoke the
license «if any dealer wh > flagrantly
violates regulations. In turn, th.* gov
ernment mw\ also threaten to revoke
license of the wholesaler who i-ells
j to such dealer."
Warning to Merchants.
A new bulletin received Mda> warns
merchants not to advertise the sale of
sugar and flour, the articles so much
needed in the war. Notices were sent
out this morning to merchants and
requests made not to advertise the
needed articles. Newspapers are
asked bv the national food administra
tion not to accept advertisements from
merchants who persist in displaying
I he stuff that is needed in Europe. ^
Montana got a black ey
] er '" "rè^n'i "iaaued recently regarding
1 j, r j ce of corn meal. Montana
! (ir | (( . s were the highest In the fretted
, stBWg during Ihe two weeks |.re
j ( >din|f 1HH , „ This ha* been reme
died. however,
■ording i«» Mr. Lutey.
and corn tneHl is now selling for 65
cents per nine-pound aa.-k, as eon
pared with prices ranging from »3
th«* government report
^ cent8 *hen
■ issued.
| ^ , ,„ nr ;iml M j Ry ,n brought
court today
Elhngwood for wages
j ,, " t!,: ! '"j'. district
j suits m th.
| for services ren
„76.25 each.
Closing Weather of Old Year
Never Been Equalled
in Montana.
December of 1917 closes tonight
with a record of the most remarkable
•ather that was ever experienced in
» state of Montana since the white
*n first set foot here. There is less
ow on the ground than ever known
the last day of any year. More
in fell in the past 30 days than is
corded for past vears, and the con
tinuit) of the good weather has never
Leen equaled so la;e in the last moi a*
lf lho year.
Today the thermometer reached 56
degrees above zero. Never in the his
tory of the state, for the entire month
•f December, has the maximum for
any day been as high. The minimum
fur the month was 10 above and not
since 1910 has the minimum been so
high. I'nofftclal records of the state
for 50 years . nfirin 'he statement
that the weather for tho month which
closes today has set a new record
following are figures showing the
fhaximum and minimum temperatures
it; December for several years back:
Max. Min.
I tin:.
'il 4 ...................... 42
î 1913 44
j 1912 ........ 43
1911 50
1910 40
J 1909 10
1901» . . Rl
11907 ..................... 52
1902 ..... ......... 51 s
While ranchers are plowing and
planting fur 1918 crops in the vicinity
of this city, a most unusual proceed
ing for the last day of the year was
taking place on a sand lot In Kast
Putte this afternoon. A hunch of
youngsters were playing baseball and
I a number of young men passing rea
lizing that it was a remarkable stunt
I to he playing baseball on Dec. 31 in
j Butte took a hand in the game, tn a
I few minutes a regular hasehall battle
was in progress and the men played
j half a dozen innings before the teams
WINTER OF 1 896-7
Rev. John Hoskins, Here Since
1884, Recalls the
"The winter of 1896-7 was something
like th«* weather this winter up to the
present." said Rev. John Hoskins, pio
neer minister of Motitana. who lias
been a resident of the state since 1884.
He was in Butte for the past few days
land preached at local churches yester
day. Ho was pastor of Grace M. E.
church for three years, of Trinity for
i'our years and Meaderville M. E. for
three \cars, and during his ton years
jin Butte officiated at G00 funerals.
"I was living in Billings at til«* lino*,"
said Mr. Hoskins. "Th<* weather was
j much like the present weather until
the middle of February. The streets
I were dry and dusty. But from the
j middle of February to ih«» middle of
; March we had 30 days >f tiie hardest
winter weather I can remember."
Street Car Dispatcher Draws
a Parallel With the
On Christmas day in 1890 \. K. Hear,
chief dispatcher of the street car sys
tem, without an overcoat, went for a
walk in the afternoon and the weather
was so warm that he was not uncom
I remember the winter weil," said
Mr. Kear today. "It was the first year
I spent in Butte. There had been some
snow in November, but until the first
; of February the streets were dry ard
j dusty. The days were warm and lho
nights pretty cool, but the weather in
«encrai was much like the present
| weather. There was snow «n the
; ground from the first of February to
the latter part of March,
Well-Known Citizen Has Dis
posed of Business
George D. Lounsberry has sold his
interest in the firm of Lounslierry,
Casey & Lanphier to Thomus F. Ce
and Thomas J. I*anphier, the other
two partners. He will leave on an
extended vacation trip about Feb.
with Mrs. IdOunsberry, and after a few
months will return to Butte and again
engage in business, lie has not de
cided what business he will take up
on his return.
Mr. Lounsberry and Mr. Casey or
ganized the firm of laounsberry d
Casey 10 years ago. I*ater Mr. Lan
phier was taken into the firm.
Mr. IiOun8berry received a postal
card this morning, announcing the
safe arrival of his son, lei well, in
France. I»owell enlisted last March
with the Second Montano, and is now
with the 161rd infantry, machine-gun
company. 4l«t division.
Air free if you put it in yourself.
Sign in Montclair, N. J., garage.
A 100 per cent. Fairbanks Funfest. It's li is latest
Artcraft release, and Doug' rips her wide open.
XL ' 11A.M. to lie- M -
(Continued From Tage One.)
sible was a prime factor. General
'rozier said, in the artillery loans
rom Franc**. Correspondence was
produced in which M. Tardieu of th«*
ich high commission asked the war
department to order French artillery
and that French deliveries exceeded
the number promised.
Promises From Abroad.
'«inferences between the heads of
. British, French and American
governments abroad regarding fur
nishing of artillery to America's forces t
were recited by General ('rozier. lie |
produced a letter from
ral Bliss, j
hief of staff, stating that British and j
'tench munition heads had formally
assured him that their artillery and
immunitioti production had so in
reased that they would be able to
onipletely equip all American forces
arriving abroad in 1918.
I am not attempting to excuse the
situation that requires us to depend
friends for heavy artillery."
said (»encrai Crozier, "but the re
sponsibility rests on the whole coun
How he had, during previous years,
ften asked congress for larger ap
propriations for artillery, and that he
and other army heads had many times
called the country's attention to the
need for more artillery, was related
by the general.
Inadequate Appropriations.
"This is a plain statement of the
se," said General Crosier, citing one
instance before the war in which a
modest program" of artillery ap
propriations calling for $1,200,000 was
ut in half under direction of th*»
secretary of war and then further re
duced by congress to $310,000. No
considerable appropriation, he said,
was made for heavy artillery until
1916. Appropriations in preceding
years, he said, were "absolutely in
Machine guns. General Crozier said.
were never expected to become such
an important weapon, but the Ger
mans, realizing better than anyone
else their great future, proceeded t«>
secure them in quantity.
Turning to the charges that preju
dice had kept the I»ewis gun out of
American equipment. General Crozier
detailed the official records of the de
Test of the Lewis Oun.
The first offer, to his knowledge,
was received May 2. 1912, when the
Automatic Amis company asked for a
special test. The correspondence
showed the ordnance board offered a
regular test with ammunition fur
nished by the government. No test
followed, but on MArch 5. 1913. an
other Lewis gun was offered for a
test, which was held at the Spring
field arsenal. The Vickers was
adopted, however, because the hoird's
t Mexican border. Letters from «if -
| ficers having charge of the guns.
r« port showed the Lewis gun jammed
206 times, had 35 broken parts and 15
parts re«tuirvd replacement, while the
Vickers gun jammed only 23 times
and had no parts broken. Th«» hoard
held the Lewis gun inferior to the
Vickers or Ben net -Mercier. In tiie
tests of April, 1916, General Crozier
said, the manufacturers withdrew the
guns because it was said they were not
ir. condition. The hoard in April.
1916, found the Lewis gun had many
desirable features and offered to
again test it when perfected.
Bought Some Lewis Guns.
In the summer of 1916, General
Crozier said, on his own initiative and
without funds having been appropri
ated, he bought 350 Lewis guns for
use with British ammunition on th«*
j criticising the Lewis guns adversely,
j were produced and General Crozier
raid that In the border service the
generally proven
Bennet -Mercier
Ijcwis gun
A report Inst January from the
army school of musketry stating that
the Lewis "ns at present developed is
not a satisfactory arm" also was pro
To Our Country
To Her Allies and
To You
A Happier
New Year
A. T. MORGAN, President.
J. D. SLEMONS, Vice-President.
A. P. BOWIE, Treasurer and Gen. Mgr.
January 1, 1918.
duced by General Crozier.
Congressional appropriations for
machine guns prior to 1916, when $12,
**00.000 was authorized, General t'ro
sier said, "had been very meagre." Be
cause of machine gun development
and the large 1916 appropriation.
General Crozier said. Secretary Baker
«iecided to appoint a special hoard
organized in Septemlier. 1916, and
which arranged for the tests of May,
In th«* meantime. General Crozier
said, the hoard ordered 4,600 Vickers
guns, suspended the order at the re
quest of th«* Lewis people, but later
took 4,000 Vickers guns in Septem -
lier, 1916. The Vickers gun at that
time. General Croizer said, had been
prove«! th«* best for Am«*rican ammu
nition. It was evident, he said, that
good Lewis guns were made In Eng
land for use with British ammunition
and poor L«*\vis guns were being made
in this country.
When war with Germany became
imminent. General Crozier said, he
asked f«»r 5,000 Lewis guns. On April
12. he said, 1,300 Lewis guns wen*
ordered. 4.400 more on June 12 and
000 mon» June 24.

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