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The Lamar Register
VOLUME XXXUI. City Election Returns Office :'.nd Candidates. Wards— 12 3 Total Maj. For Mayor: S. I). Church, I* 119 204 137 400 132 Ray Strain, C. ..... . 115 141 72 328 -*r V\ For Clerk • VS. E. Cook, P. & C. 220 312 188 720 For Treasurer E, A. Lundgrcn, P. & C. 227 805 178 710 For Aldermen J. A. Downing, C. 115 C. B. Ray, P 122 7 W. O. Shelter, 0- ..... 112 E. J. Wagner, P. 125 10 k L. J. Boring, P. 223 92 R. L. Christy, C. 131 C. M. Dinius, 1». 203 72 Glen Kirkpatrick, C. 124 H. C. Davis, P. 135 61 J. Y. Brown. C 74 Bert Merwin, P 130 02 J. 1.. Wyeth, C. 55 Bond Election For 156 108 44 308 240 Against 30 21 11 02 TUESDAY’S ELECTION Bonds Win By Big Margin and Peo- ■ pit « Party Candidates Make Cleun Sweep. In this time of cataclysm ami tie lug'* when governments anti even na tions change over night, thrones tot ter and customs crumble, there is noth ing left fixed and dependable or even time-honored any longer. Even pro verbs respected by centuries of wisest men are found to be outgrown, and on Tuesday a political adage revered by the politicians aince the old days of Athens when they voted with sea dLells on the beach was wrecked by a sixteen--mb shell filled with votes. Since time was, it has always lieen in sisted that the “folks were just as numerous as the people.” However, they are not. We know! because it was demonstrated to us last Tuesday by some past masters in the art of handling municipal machines. The People are much more numerous than the folks and they don’t hesitate to steam roller them in most improved war tank style. The above tells the story of last Tuesday’s city election so far as 1.41- mar is concerned. The Peoples Party ticket headed by S. D. Church for WASHINGTON NOTES Truth Breaking Through the Clouds. Washington. April I.—(Special cor- ( rcspondence)—The political smoke- | screen which has hidden the sentiment ' of America regarding the league of j nutions seems at least to have been | penetrated by the eagle eye of the. press of both France and England. The concentrated effort to keep the real news of opposition from reaching the conferee's of Europe, which seems now to be a well founded fact, is crumbling before the searchlight of public de mand. Any attempt to stop the ears and blind the eyes of the greut mass of people who make up each and every country can lust only so long. In a republic like the United States the at tempt is short lived. In a republic like France it is of short duration and the cleansing power of the great war has opened the ears anti eyes of those encircled by such military dictator ship as ruled Germany. The effect of the combined senti- j ment of the opposition is reflected in 1 a statement from Premier Hughes, of Australia in which he says: “To delay this preliminary peace agreement— sufficiently difficult in any case—by including any subject not vital to it is \o invite disaster.” Paris seems to be worried, and is reported in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, as “re senting” the fact that the league ques tion has become a political issue. This can readily be understood and it is also interesting to note that a Paris dispatch to Ixmdon is quoted as say ing that, “Mr. Wilson may stilL be an idealist but he is now primarily a pol itician fighting for his 'plank’.” The French press is to be congratulated for not placing the blame for the so-call ed result of a political issue of the league question upon the opposition in the United States. If H U a political THE PIONEER NEWSPAPER OF PROWERS COUNTY AND THE OFFICIAL COUNTY PAPER. LAMAR, PROWERS COUNTY, COLORADO, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1919. mayor, simply ran away with every thing. In only one precinct was the i contest even close, in Ward One where Mayor Ray Strain ran within four votes of Mr. Church and J. A. Down ing was only 7 behind Alderman C. 11. Ray. The day was fine and in the three wards over eight hundred votes were cast, the largest vote here for several years. Earnest work was done all day long by both sides ami the enthusiasts backed their favorites with plenty of cash, betting on the re sult Iwing more free than it has h«*on here for years. The vote on the two electric light propositions showed that however 1 -»- mar people may be divided on other propositions they are united in their determination to secure better lights and reasonable rates for same. The bond returns from the three precincts showed a vote of almost 5 to I in each precinct, the total being 308 to 02. The figures for the other special elections were not taken down and will not be known until the official canvass is made by Mayor Strain and City Clerk Cook. However, the figures that were uk-n gave el most the same vote for the municipal light plant as for the bonds. The proposition to sell the lot to Mr. J. R. Stincon also carri ed by a large majority everywhere. issue, Mr. Wilson must answer the charge for not taking the people and j the congress of his own country into j his confidence or ut least giving them ia semblance of an idea of what he is I trying to do. If it had not been for j the deckled stand of certain members of the United States Senate against the leugue, a stand which brought out some of the best speeches ever made in the Senate, the people of America today would not have hud the slight est idea of what the leugue of nations means. If all voices had ceased to Ik* raised ugainst this pact and silence had waited toj** broken by explana tions from Mr. Wilson, the silence would have remained unbroken. Not once during his visit to America, did Mr. Wilson specifically explain any one of the many elusive articles of this so-called humanitarian document. So, if it has turned out to be a pol itical issue, the blame must rest with Mr. Wilson. ' 1 i ( 1 j i Where Do We Get Off? Secretary of Commerce Rcdfield has issued a report saying that "The Far East is rapidly coming into its own with relation to our foreign trade.” Just what the Department of Com merce means by “ its own” is doubtful, but the expression has little of en couragement for American industry in view of the recent declaration of the Secretary that we must be careful not to be hoggish in going after foreign trade. During the year 1918 we bought from the Far East goods of the value of $1,042,000,000, and sold to the Far East goods of the value of $603,- 000,000, leaving the balance against us to the amount of $439,000,000. which the Department of Commerce evident ly considers rightly belongs to that section of the world. That is “its own.” Others First—America Last. “Mayor Rolph, of San Francisco, wants to know why the Administra tion has turned its back on Pacific coast shipbuilders ami workmen while encouraging Japanese shipbuilders em ploying Japanese workmen to go ahead with the construction of ships for the government.. The reason is not far to seek. It is but another example of Wilsonian intemationalistic altruism. In this instance it is ‘Japan first’.” “It is the same idea which prompt ed Secretary Redficld, Chairman Hur ley, and the War Trade Board not long ago to suggest that the United States should be cureful not to com pete seriously with the Allies in fore ign trade, but should give them free way, lest we be charged with greedi ness ami bad faith in ‘grubbing' trude which was asserted to belong to them. There it was ‘Europe first.’ “This policy of truckling to foreign nations, to the disadvantage of the United States, began when Mr. Wil son, after a campaign in which he had approved the Republican meusure granting free tolls through the Pana ma Canal to American coastwise bouts, changed his mind, at the instance of Great Britian, and killed that measure. That time it was ‘England first.’ This was quickly followed by the Democrat ic tariff which opened the markets of the United States to the competition of the world und preciputed the do- j pression of 11)14. Again it was ‘fore igners first.’ “Then the Mexican government fill- , ed up on mescal and started in to massacre Americans residing in that country and to expropriate their prop- ’ erty. When protests were lodged with the Administration against such bar barities, the protestants were told that if Americans did not like the way Mex ico was errrying on they should get out of the country. It was ‘Mexico first.’ “For two years and a half Ameri can residents in Germany were sub jected to all the indignities the Huns could invent and American citizens j traveling on neutral vessels took their lives in their hands —und nothing but note-writing to the kaiser. It was •Germany first.’ When the war broke out our Secretary of Commerce enter ed into certain agreements with Cana da with respect to the fishing buHi- 1 ness, by which Canada received the Inmefits and the United States the bur dens. It was ‘Canada first.’ “At length, the chief executive, as- * -mining the role of American premier at the peace conference permitted cer tain British statesmen to draft a so called league of Nations which, if ratified would destroy the Federal Constitution and give us one vote in nine in determining such questions as the regulation of commerce with the foreign nntions, the definition ami punishment of offense against the law of nations, the raising and supporting • *f armies, providing and maintaining a navy, and what regulations we could , or could not enforce with respect to immigration. At length the President had come out openly in advocacy of America last.’ “In 1W0 this country is going to elect a President of the United States who believes that the chief function of his ; office is to give precedence to the in- , teresta of the people who placed him in the White House. This man will 1m* a Republican, and he will be for ‘America first.’ And that attitude | does not mean a chip on the shoulder nor a posture of slinking apology. It means we have faith in ourselves.” The Only Way to fight Organization Successfully is to Fight it With Organization. If America is to defeat the Wilson scheme for a league of nations it must ; defeat it through the organized forces of the Republican party. The Demo cratic forces are already lined up in its support as a party measure. No ' newly formed organization can have 'the force to ctand up against the great I Democratic party. 1 All the speeches of United States Senators against the Wilson scheme I will count for little if not hacked up jby organization—the organization of the Republican party . This is so clear a fact that it needs no butterewing [argument, and yet there are men in the Republican party still urging that this league scheme should not become a party issue. Indeed, within ten days Mr. Charles E. Hughes, no less a man than the Re publican presidential nominee in 1910, so argued in a speech before the New York County Bur Association. It may well be that utterances of this kind are at this puncture more dangerous to American independence than the open support of the Wilson league by Mr. Taft. The fact is, Mr. Hughes, that the Wilson league is already a poli tical issue and the biggest political is sue since the days of slavery. The fact is, Mr. Hughes, thut it is not only a political issue, but has been a poli tical issue since Mr. Wilson set foot in Boston, with this pernicious coven ant in his pocket for the denationaliz ing of America. Something like two or three weeks ago the Sun said editorially that the league of Nations compact, as it then ' stood and now stands, ought not to make for party cleavage. The thought of the Sun was that all Aemricans, ; irrespective of party, should be against it; the thought of the Sun was, there ■ was every reason why the countries ' of Europe and of the Far East should | Ik* for it as a grand good thing for them, but that there was every reason ‘■why all America should he against it. j Since the appearance of that edi torial article the League of Nations has made a century' of history. It has .stirred the people of this entire coun ’ try to a depth of discussion and feel ' ,ing that has not been approached since the close of the Civil War. It thrust 1 itself into the foreground over night as an overshadowing national issue. It couldn’t have done otherwise, in fact conceived by the greatest politician, of ■ all time and forced upon the peace * commission by this su.ne politician, Woodrow Wilson, pr .ud« ~t of the United States. If the scheme was to Ik* effr tively I opposed by America obviously the op- I I position hud to route from the Republi can party. There was no other way of meeting the organized forces of the Democratic party already luied up with the president, at his command, to back him up in America and to jliaclc him up with the other nations of i the world. Organization *.tust he met with or ganization. There is no other way. j There is no other force save the Re publican party capable of meeting the Democratic hordes on the field of com bat and scattering them to the four | winds. Disorganized opposition to the Wilson league will count for nothing 1 against the highly organized Demo -1 cratic party, answering to the party ‘ whip wielded by the strong right hand of the president. ' . To say at this stage of the proceed ings that the Wilson league scheme : should not become a party issue when : [ it is already a mammoth party issue with the Democratic party is to say * in effect that the league should have ‘ no opposition ut all. Such a conclusion may he good ••Hough for some of us, hut thank God 1 it is not good enough for all of us. ’ There are some Americans still among 1 j us, the men and women of the great Republican party as a whole, who ring 1 true to the ideals of the fathers who ' founded this free and independent na tion. “ I With the Republican party the die •is cast. It must go on and sustain its ■ great party leaders of the United States Senate, men of courage and pa triotism who have pledged themselves 1 j to overthrow this Wilson scheme. It I is, do this, or through inaction and indecision, commit political suicide, i “The league of Nations” is a grip ping phrase, meaning the elimination .'of war, hut the Republican men and women of America arc now awaken ing to the full meaning of this de , nationalizing covenant that Mr. Wil . son with his Democratic party at his back is determined to force through. The 1920 national campaign is al , ready on. The League of Nations is . the great issue. The Democratic par , ty, led by its Democratic president, has sounded the call to battle. If the . Sun knows the American people, if | the Sun knows the kind of stuff the NUMBER 43. Republican party is made of, it has no doubt us to the kind of answer it will hurl at its lifelong enemy, the Democratic party. It has no doubt is to the account it will give of itself in the great fight now on against yielding up our nutionul independence to gratify the vanity and to satisfy the ambition of a dangerously imprac tical autocrat—the greatest autocrat of all time, in temperament, in char acteristics and in his reach for world power, world dominion. — York Sun (Dem.). VISTA DEL RIO DRAINAGE DISTRICT Nearly 5,000 Acres of Fine Bottom l4indK North of lounar to he Included in New Drainage lMstrict. Attorney A. C. Gordon and Engin ••er I. C. Mcßride huve completed the necessary preliminary work for the organization of a new drainage dis trict to drain the fine bottom lands north and east of Lamar between the Amity Canal and the river, and the «ommittee, L. Wirt Markham, F. W. Sayler anil A. C. Mitchell, represent ing the land owners in the district will appear before the county commission • rs on April 22 und uftk for the hold ing of an election to establish the dis trict. The district will be known us the Vista del Rio Drainage District, and will include nearly five thousand acres of land, a considerable portion of which is needing drainage at this time. This district unlike most of the districts is so situated that both drainage and irrigation can be carried on within its boundaries and the water 'aken from seeped land immediately used on lands that need it. It includes . mne of the finest lands in the Ark ansas Valley, and when the project is • ompleted it will do much to increase the productiveness of that part of the loimar territory’. The boundaries of the district are defined in the notice published by the committee in another . ulumn of The Register. SK EE-WEE BIG SUCCESS High School (lasses Give Annual Show With a Record Crowd and ('orre-ipuiulint: Receipts. The classes of the high school and the girls’ and boys’ clubs all took part in the big Skee-Woe at the high school auditorium last Friday night, and put aver the biggest success in the history ■f the school. The building was . rowded all through the evening by young folks and old folks who were oung again for the evening. All were iugely delighted with the fun as well ..s the clever traps arranged to catch the loose change, going und coming. There was a bushel of fun in every de imrtment, some free und some that • oat more. A g.ssl set of pictures were shown ami a minstrel show giv • n, besides games und entertainments •if all kinds. When all the returns were in it was round that the athletic fund of the school had benefitted near ly $250 by the evening’s entertain ment, and every body went away feei ng that they’ got their money’s worth ut the same time. Mine Planters Service Wants Masters and Mates. The United States Army Mine Plant «-rs Service will hold open competitive • xaminations on May 5, 1919, for the warrant officer grades of master, first mate, and second mate aboard army mine planters. About 30 positions are to be filled. The War Department has asked th*- United States Civil Service Commis sion to use its machinery for dissem inating information relative to the pos itions and for distributing application blanks. The secretary of the local hoard of civil-service examiners at the post office or customhou.se in any city of the United States will supply to any person interested a printed an nouncement containing full informa tion as to requirements, salaries, al lowances in addition to salaries, etc., and wjth an application blank.