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SECRETARY OF COMMERCE ISSUES REPORT
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 11.— Expansion of the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce to enable ^ it to give effective aid to American B manufacturers and merchants in taking full advantage of after-the war world trade opportunities is the chief recommendation of Secre tary Redfield in his annual report made public today. The secretary also reiterates his approval of the proposed develop ment of a government-owned intra coastal waterway to link up the great cities of the east, from the lakes tp the coast and down the At lantic seaboard. Dealing with post-war trade and the part the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce can play, the report emphasizes especially the need for additional commercial at taches and trade commissioners. The balance of trade in favor of the United States for the fiscal year 1918 was $2,982,226,238; the total of the merchandise export trade was $5,928,285,641 and of the import trade $2,946,059,408. “Measured by the economic needs of the country and by the grave responsibilities of post-war competition,” the report says, “the bureau should be expanded sub stantially in every branch of serv ice “New attaches should be assign ed to a number of important capi tals. especially Athens, Rome, Mad rid. Ottawa City and Santiago, Chile We should also establish at .he earliest possible moment res ident trade commissioners in Swed en. Norway, Great Britain, France, Greece, Switzerland, Russia, Mexi co. Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, » o lombia and Venezuela, Dutch East Indies, China, Philippine islands, British India, Japan, Malay penin sula, Egypt, South Africa, Austral ia and New Zealand. The value of resident representatives is too ob vious to require any argument for the extension of this feature of our service. “The field for European investi gations by special agents immedi ately upon the conclusion of the war will be so extensive that the bureau will require greatly increas ed funds. American concerns have a tremendous field for service to our allies in helping them rebuild and for future business. “Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the desirability of em ploying trained economists, statis ticians and experts in banking, shipping, etc., in excess of the bu reau’s present force. These types >f economic authority are constant ly needed to conduct work equal in importance to that performed by the great federal commissions in Washington. "Our country is looking to the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce to do its share in pre paring the country for economic security and prosperity after the war, when the chief industrial and commercial forces of each hemis phere will be ready to launch great organizations on the commercial seas in quest of trade. The in stinct of commercial self-preserva tion demands organized action. This is not the time for short sighted thrift. Other countries are looking ahead and spending money to organize for their com mercial security. “A wisely liberal preparation now will mean millions of income some day to this country, will mean industrial prosperity for our labor and will mean strength for our economic structure against conditions or sharper competition from any quarter. No country has excelled us in the type of commer cial service which we have for six years past rendered to the busi ness community, and this position should be maintained by us re gardless of our temporary absorp tion in military defense." EXAMINATION FOR NAVAL ACADEMY A competitive examination for three appointments to the United States naval academy will be held at the university of Nevada, com mencing Jan. 21. 1919. The government examination for entrance to the academy will be held either on Feb. 9 or April 16, as elected by the appointee, and appointees will enter the academy on June 19, 1919. This examination is open to all bona fide citizens of Nevada be tween the ages of 16 and 20 years. Candidates must be between the ages of 16 and 20 at the date of the government examination, Feb. 9 or April 16, 1919. Notification of intention to take the examination dtoulcf be address ed to the president, university of Nevada. All applicants will report to the president, university of Nevada, at 9 a. m., Jan. 21, 1919. Examinations will be held in the I. W. W. AND THEIR ALLY CAUSE TROUBLE IN CUBA WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 12.— Information reaching the state de partment today indicated that a general strike has been called in Cuba as a result of Industrial Workers of the World activity and enemy propaganda. Order is be ing maintained in the affected dis tricts. According to the report a strike call for railroad and elec tric company employes is still ef fectivce. No information was giv en regarding men actually out, further than to mention taxi driv ers and traction employes in Ha vana and Mantanzas. WEDDING LAST EVENING In the presence of several friends W. W. Clark of Los Angeles, a traveling salesman, and Ruby De war of Tonopah were united in marriage last evening by Rev. John Telfer at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Robinson. Mr. and Mrs. Clark have gone to Los An geles, where they will reside. following subjects: Grammar, ge ography, United States history, ar ithmetic, algebra and geometry. PERMANENT WAGE FOR RAILROAD MED URGED NEW YORK, Dec. 7. — The es tablishment of permanent wage rates for 2,000,000 railway work ers in the United States to continue after the cost of living has decreas ed is the aim of the United States railroad administration, according to W. S. Carter, director of the division of labor, who spoke on “The Effect of Federal Control of Railway Labor’’ before the academy of political science. Carter mentioned the fact that under the existing act the lines will revert to private control with in 21 months after the declaration of peace and expressed the hope that the “rights and aspirations of labor in the operation of the rail roads will receive due considera tion if congress decides to enact additional legislation affecting them.” HE HAS ANSWERED HIS ROLL CALL-WILL YOU? By courtesy of Fitzpatrick. 11 THE “DESERT PAL” By ARNOLD WAYNE. *Oopyrl*9t, 1918. Wtatera N*w«p«p»r Lstoa.) “Who is her “What’s he running?" A crowd gathered as there jangled, roared, clattered up to the edge of the pavement a nondescript mass of wheels and ragged and dust-deluged canvas. A form sprang out Covered with dirt, face and hands splotched and speckled with oil and grease, bright, glowing eyes only showing an Irresistible animation, there was added to the already startling presentment humanity in its strangest phase. The vehicle was what might havQ been an automobile. It had solid rub ber tires, it was uncouth of shape, odd and old of make, yet it had come rip ping down the street like a cyclone. Across the back was what had once been a black-lettered strip of white muslin. Barely traceable was the legend: “The Desert Pal—Home or Bust!” “The Desert Pal,” spoke Its owner, broad of smile and resonant of tone— “twehty-three days from the old alkali stretch. Home, that's here. You don’t any of you remember me? I’m Bart Morton; left here ten years ago, made a few thousands, got homesick, traded my camp togs and horse for that old 9uto and I’ve hit the end of the trail.” Only a few of the townsmen recalled <he homeless vagabond boy living her^ I . ler'', anywhere, over a decade since. It was a far home cry, for he had never had any. Somehow, however, his brusque bearing, his fearless ways, the tung of courage and venture to his words stirred up the crowd. The old est inhabitant warmed up to a friend ly chat, the youngest one admiringly regarded man and vehicle that had spun half way across the continent, homely, yet sturdy-looklng, arousing rare fancies of daring and variety in the juvenile Imagination. For three days man and machine were the current topics of interest. Then Burt Morton cleaned up the old rattle trap, donned a more modern attire and became a familiar figure around the one hotel of the place. “It got lonely out there and I’d about reached my ambition—five thou sand dollars,” reported Bart. “I’d like to buy into some respectable business and settle down among real humans.” Then one day Bart asked the hotel keeper what had become of Evan nughitt. “You know I worked for him for a year and he was like a father to me,” he said. Evan Hughltt was dead, came the Information. He had died five years previous. His wife and Juanltu, their daughter, lived at the old place, but for three years had been fighting day by day, Inch by inch, the claim of Wolfe Dysart. The blood rushed to the face of Bart Morton and he uttered what resem bled u ferocious snarl as he heard the name of the man who had nearly horsewhipped him to death, who had led Evan Hughltt into evil ways. “Dysart Is under indictment in this county and does not dare to appear here, but through a scheming lawyer he is keeping Mrs. Hughltt in litiga tion, hoping to finally force her to give up a part of the property,” ex plained the landlord. Two days later Bart Morton saw Juanita, the child of eight, now the girl of eighteen. Within the week it was known thut he had supplied to the Awyer of Mrs. Hughltt what was most needed—money to battle the un scrupulous Dysart. /-v fi __i.-21 — C 11 i mi ii 4-Via Ullcu 14 jnrunoui, duihv - Desert Pal as Bart would wfc** by, Juanita by his side. If Bart had not yet found a home he had found love, which eventually always leads to the happy hearth. One night Bart, returning from the Hughltt place, chanced to pass the of fice of the lawyer of Mrs. Hughltt. Glancing up at its lighted front he checked his machine and set his teeth hard. For the first time in ten years he saw his old soulless persecutor, Wolfe Dysart. The lights went out and a moment later Dysart came hur rying to the street, a package under his arm. A quick suspicion came to the ready mind of Bart. The plotter had ventured here to steal documents upon the production of which rested the widow’s chance of winning her case. Wolfe Dysart swung into the saddle of a mettled steed standing at the curb. In a flash he was plunging down the street. In an instant Bart had i urged the Desert Pal into action. The horse turned Into the highway leading out of town. Dysart glanced anxiously behind him and urged up his steed, Bart rea lized that his suspicions were aroused. Along the sides of the road for a mile ran deep ditches. Where they ceased the horseman could turn into the tim ber. where Bart could not follow. Everything depended on his overtaking the man within that mile. Kloppetty-klop! the horse. Whizz, whang! the Desert Pal, nearer, near er. Dysart was fully aroused now. Bart reached behind him with one hand. It was to seize a lariat, a faith ful memento of his old desert days. Whiz! Just where the road turned, the faultless lasso encircled the rider. Bart found, as he expected, the stolen papers. He bound and conveyed Dysart to town. Within a week the miscreant was on his way to the peni tentiary and the widow’s case was won. There was a wedding procession to town shortly after that. The Desert Pal led It, no longer covered with the alkall*of the barrens, but with roses. GASSED MEN LIKE CHEWING GUM PARIS, Dec. 9. — Fifty-three dollars, collected by a small group of engineers employed by a copper company at Valparaiso, Chile, for wounded American boys, came all the way to headquarters of the Y. M. C. A. In Paris the other day, and this is what happened to it: E. C. Carter, chief of the Y. M. C. A. overseas activities, gave the money to his secretary telling her to spend every cent of it on boys in a certain hospital who needed some extra comforts. The secretary and two other girls, all in the uniform of the Y. M. C. A., collected a lot of the lat est newspapers and magazines from home,4 bought up cigarettes, chew ing gum, chocolate, jam and a basket full of fresh white grapes, and then, laden way beyond the limit of their ancient hack, drove to the big base hospital on the world-famous race track at Ateull, just outside of Paris, once the home of sport and now the home of a thousand or more wounded American soldiers. Cigarettes were given to every man in four wards, also a box of matches. Then the three girls went into the gas ward, where boys are not allowed tobacco in any form until the gas is entirely out of their systems. Each of these boys was given chewing gum, and some of them were so glad to get it that they actually cried. Others were not so far down with the ravages of the attack and sang out glad “hurrahs,” but there wasn’t a man in that ward whose day was not made easier by that package of gum. The grapes were taken into the medical ward, where four patients with parched throats were relieved by the cooling fruit. The jam was given to various nurses, for there was none too much of it and not nearly enough for all the boys. The nurses take these little ex tras and hide them under lock and key in their medicine chests. And now and then it is given to bed ridden patients whose appetites, as well as their tired bodies, need nursing. TAJIRI GRADUATE OF YALE New Mayor of Tokyo, Japan, Finished His Education in Great Ameri can University. Viscount Inajlro TaJIrl, newly elect ed mayor of the city of Tokyo, Japan, is a graduate of the class of ’79 of Yale aniversity, where he specialized In economics, finance, politics and his tory, says Christian Science Monitor. Returning to Japan, he was appointed a secretary in the department of finance and also to a chntr In the im perial university at Tokyo. Subse quently he was director of the bureau of the national debt, banks and reve nue. In the course of time he was admit ted to the house of peers, and was vice minister of finance, first in 1892-1897, and again in 1898-1904. He was made a buron In 1895 and a viscount In 1907. More recently he has been chief of the hoard of audit. To knowledge of the technique of banking, nutional finance and international credit the viscount adds interest In and mastery of natural science, and In both fields he is an authority. His selection as mayor comes after a long and futile effort of the munici pal assembly to agree upon a candi date chosen from the ranks of poli ticians or ordinary civilians. It Didn't Work. A wee four-year-old was having Thrift stamps explained to her by her young uncle, an enthusiastic canvass er. To illustrate his talk he ended It by giving her two quarters. “Now these will buy you two Thrift stamps,” he said. “Two Thrift stamps,” she repeated, smiling. * A few minutes later her grandnwth er came into the room. The uncle, eager to display the effect of his ora tory, ordered: “Mary Ellen, show grandma what you have.” Obediently Mary Ellen displayed her two quarters. “Now, tell grandma what you’re going to buy with them,” he smiled In anticipation of the answer. t But his smile didn’t hold. In Mary Ellen’s sweetest tones came the in formation : “Tandy and tookles.” Beet-Sugar Industry. The United States and Spain nro the only countries which produce both cane and beet sugar in any consider able quantity. The development of the beet-sugar Industry in the United Stntes has been one of the great ag ricultural and manufacturing growths of this country. From 1898 the beet sugar production in the United States Increased from 50,000 tons to approxi mately 800,000 tons In 1915. Avoid Brooding. Tt Is a salutary thing *o regret past rrcrs a.id sincerely resolve not to fall tin them again, but it is a foolish and ■iosi dangerous tiling to brood over mstakes *ve nave made, sins we have omm.tted. Mrooding ctnmot possibly end to lio.'.lthy-minded action. Its vndeucy, rather is to develop a state if udnd that may pass over into in finity. Yet many people indulge in his dangerous luxury ol brooding. Far iculorly is this likely to be the case vilh people to whom life lias not been is kind as it might have been. Arteries of Commerce. The Romans were the great road builders of history. Roads were the girders which sustained the vast super structure of their empire. When a new province was conquered it was lnced to the empire wllh roads. Over these highways there poured into Rome the products of the four quar ters of the rhen known world—silks, laces, birds, animals, tropical fruits •ind slaves. And out from Rome pour rt the legionaries and the chariots. Taking No Chances. Two mothers, one with a flve-year oiu girl and the other with a seven year-old boy, set out for a walk. For convenience it was suggested that the children wn'k together and ahead. Said the boy “T •••»’' if they won’t call f marrv' “FLU” ORDINANCE WILL BE EUFOUCEO Exactly as other places have suf fered where protective measures against influenza have been relaxed, so Goldfield is suffering now as a result of carelessness in the past few days. There are eight cases here now. This morning the board of coun ty commissioners and Dr. J. D. Mc Carthy met to consult regarding the situation and the result is that the schools will not be permitted to reopen until at the earliest the commencement of the new year term. It was also decided to again enforce the mask-wearing ordinance strictly and the officers promised to enforce the ordinance rigidly and arrest all persons found with out masks. Dr. McCarthy also pointed to the fact that lodge meet ings have been held, which is against present health regulations. The commissioners and peace of ficers are evidently determined to go the limit with persons found without masks and from the tone of the meeting this morning arrests wifi surely be made if the ord nance is not obeyed to the letter. It was decided that the masks must not only be worn, but must be worn properly and the commis sioners migt have added to this that it would be well for some peo ple to wash their masks at least occasionally and replace them with new ones when they become so ragged that they are nothing short of a disgrace. Ciiiiurutuieui ui uif uiuiunuto will start tomorrow morning and it has been placed up to the peace officers to see that the law is obey ed. If arrests are made there is no doubt but that public opinion will be solidly behind the officers in the step and there is also no doubt that if tne ordinance is not strictly enforced public opinion will be solidly against the officers. After a period is which there were no new cases reported, it is evident that influenza has gained a second hold on the town and it is also evident that the malady will reach the epidemic stage this time if quick and drastic steps are not taken to prevent it from spreading. SOX OF GOLDFIELD MAX LS MISSING IX ACTION A. C. Hitchcock, a well-known mining man and prospector of Goldfield, has received word that his son, Craig W. Hitchcock, a member of the American expedi tionary forces, has been missing in action since Oct. 18. The soldier, who was 28 years of age, entered the army at Camp Dix, N. J., on April 1 and when reported missing was a member of Co. B, 310th in fantry, fighting with the 78th di vision. Previous to entering the army he was in charge of steam shovel work for the Erie railroad. The aged father in Goldfield is hoping against hope that his son is still alive, but realizes that this is improbable. He has two other sons in the service. 1 ~ -«r ■ GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL WOODEN SHIP CONTRACTS WASHINGTON, D. C„ Dec. 11 — The shipping board has decided to cancel outstanding wooden ship construction contracts where the builders have not spent more than $200,000 on a ship.