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VOLUME XVI. NO. 122*.
PUDG E mm OPENS JUNE fc STAMP DRIVE DAY IS JUNE 3 Minnesota is Called Upon to i Observe Special Sunday With Meetings. SPEAKERS WILL POJNT OUT SAVINGS FEATURE 3*. Governor Will Speak at Big -^Celebration in Detroit -^^.10,000 Expected. ifrpSS^ (Special to Pioneer) Minneapolis, May 25 Minnesota will observe Sunday, June 2, as "War Stamp 'Drive -Day'.V when monster i meetings will be held in nearly every county throughout the states as a forerunner of pledge week, which opens on Thursday, June 6 Plans for the coming loyalty meetings are 1 now being made by the Minnesota War Savings committee which, with the co-operation of county organiza tions, is standing sponsor for the occasion. Secretary McAdoo has endorsed the movement as has also State Director Donald S. Culver of the War Stamp work in Minnesota. Automobile owners will be asked to invite par i ents of men now serving in United States fighting forces to ride with them to one of the points where War Stamp Drive Day will be observed It is expected that every motor car driver in the state will drive to one of these points to aid in the pre lude to the great drive that will be carried on throughout Minnesota. Important Event. "Every automobile owner who will turn out for the occasion will be lending very definite aid to the treasury department in bringing Min nesota up to her quota," said Mr Culver last night. "The Importance i^~bt the event can only be imagined fvheHvilCfsTe<aed that-it will point out to thousands of citizens the ne cessity of securing pledges for War Savings Stamp purchases in excess of $47,000,000 in the- state. I "Speakers will point out the de sirable investment features of War Savings Stamps and will impress up on the minds of our people that this government war security is some thing that every loyal citizen is .ex- pected to take hold of to help finance the war By so doing at this time. Minnesota can do credit to itself and be among the very first states in the (-/Anion to have subscriptions for her ^allotment pledged Can Pav to Suit "In connection with the War Savings Stamp drive in this state, it should be known that such purchases as are pledged may be made through out the balance of this year It is not necessary for citizens to pur chase all their year's quota during the time the drive is on. Some may wish to purchase in equal weekly rmonthly installments, while others may prefer to buy later on in the summer or during the autumn months Either way is satisfactory as long as they pledge a definite amount of stamps "War Savings Stamps pay four per cent interest compound quarterly and are a demand paper backed by the unlimited'resources of the United States government. Although the practice should be discouraged, in cases of absolute necessity they may be redeem^ at post offices on ten days notice at par value plus the amount of accured interest. Every purchaser, therefore, is assured that he can at all times get his purchase price back with interest." Burnauist to Sneak Loyalty speakers are being enlist ed'for the meetings to be held on June 2. Governor Burnquist will be the principal speaker at Detroit, Minn where automobile tours from various towns in the western part of the state will concentrate This particular meeting will take place in a pavilion on the shores of Detroit Lake and it is expected that fully 10,000, persons will attend An exhibition Home Guard drill and baseball game and band-concerts will be among the features at the Detroit meeting A O Sletvold, chairman of the Becker county War Savings committee, who is in charge of arrangements, declares that every feature of this loyalty day program will be carried out with a view of stimulating the patriotism of Min nesota's citizens Help the Red Cross SENIORS WILL HEAR WHAT FUTURE HOLDS The Baccalaureate address to the Iigh school graduating class will be relivered tomorrow evening at 8 'clock in the Methodist church Rev Warford, pastor of the Presby terian church, will make the address A solo, "Jesus Lover of My Soul," will be sung by Miss Ida Virginia Brown, and Alys Hetland will sing "FIGP As a Eird." "JAY WALKERS" ASKED TO OBSERVE LAWS Chief of police Ripple is making an dttempt to stop the habit of "jay walking" in the business district of the city and says he will do all he can to check the dangerous nuisance. There is a law governing this and is along the same line as a pedestrian having the right fway, on astreet crossing, but a pedestrian has no more right to walk in the street pro vided for vehicle traffic, than an autoist has to knock a pedestrian off a cross walk, designated for pedest rians. By "jay walking" is meant cutting corners at crossings or going out in the street by the shortest way in stead of using the designated cross The Wrong Way The Right Way walk. There h'ave been many nar row^ escapes from serious injury in such carelessness, and also collisions between vehicles caused by pedest rians raming around promiscuously on pavements. The accompanying diagram gives one an idea as of what is meant by "jay walking." Help the Red Cross DEFINITE PLANS FOR NEW GUARD UP SOON St. Paul, May 25.Definite plans for the organization of a new Min nesota National guard to replace units called into Federal service will be adopted about June 20, Adjutant General Rhinow~ announced today. In the meantime, informal appli cations for recognition in the new National guard will be received from Home Guard Companies throughout the state, the general explained, and these may influence decisions as to the number of regiments and other details. Notices have been sent to Home Guard commanders advising them of the tentative plan and asking their consideration of the general proposal The new National guard will not disrupt the Home Guard organiza tion, it was officially announced, ex cept that it may be made up largely of Home Guard companies. Members of the new National guard will not gain exemption under draft regulations but it is not likely that the new organization will be called on for regular war service. Guard Subiect to Call. Secretary of War Baker has definitely announced that National Guard troops recognized since Au gust 5, 1917, cannot be used to ad vantage as any part of the forces of the United States in training for overseas service and will not be drafted for such service The National Guard, however, is subject to call into Federal service in its capacity as militia to sup press insurrection, repel invasion and execute the naws of the union Help the Red Cross ST. CLOUD IS NEXT MEETING PLACE OF WOMEN'S CLUBS The Sixth district federated wo men's clubs will meet next year in St Cloud, having made the selection before final adjournment at the an nual /meeting just domple|ted ip Bemidji. 1BERTS0N TO MAKE RACE FOR SHERIFF E Ibertson, well known fu neral director of Bemidji, has filed for the nomination of sheriff of Bel trami county. Mr Ibertson was for six years coroner of Beltrami and is well known throughout the county The Red Cress Is Taking Care ef Our Boys "Over There" Are You Helping Red Gross% NEGROTROOPS ARE HOLDING ANMPQRTANT BATTLE FONT In Conjunction With French Forces They Are Defending In the Argonne. HEADQUARTERS DECLARES THEM FINE SOLDIERS Official Confirmation That Two Enemy Planes Were "Bagged" May 21. (By United Press) With the Americans in France, May 25.Negro troops are holding a portion of the west line in con junction with the French forces, it is now permitted to announce. Head quarters declare that these Ameri cans are making an exceptionally good showing in trench activities. Editor's note: Previous unofficial dispatches mentioned Americans op erating in the Argonne region. This is important as it includes the huge Argonne forest and city of St. Men hold. Hate's Dpilv Report. London, May 25.General Haig today reported bombardment of Brit ish positions in the southern and northwest portions of the Flanders front yesterday. Americans "Ba^" rn-^o BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER*8N Planes. With the Americans in France, May 25 (Official) Confirmation has been received that American aviators brought down two enemy planes May 21. There is nothing new on any sector occupied by Am ericans. Today's Casualty last. Washington, May 25.Todays casualty list contains 23 names. ^-Help the Red Cross PAN MOTOR CO. STOCK SALE IS PERMITTED St Paul, May 25 The Pan Motor company of St Cloud is permitted to continue selling stock in Minne sota under an order issued by the State Securities commission after eight days' investigation of the finan cial condition of the company and its prospects for success The commission concluded the evi dence does not justify a finding that the business plan of the company as now modified is likely to work fraud on the stockholders. The principal modification provides that S. C. Pan dolfo, as president and general man ager of the company, shall receive a compensation of 5 per cent of the total stock sales and that the re maining 95 per cent shall be expend ed under the direct supervision and authority of the board of directors Under the old plan Mr. Pandolfo was allowed 25 per cent of the sales revenue for promotion expenses and an additional 25 per cent for other legitimate purposes in the upbuilding of the plant and assets of the com pany The change followed a sug gestion made by Mr. Pandolfo dur ing the hearings. Help the Red Cross BAUDETTE LANDMARK DESTROYED BY FIRE Baudette, Minn., May 25.The Cathoart hotel, Ihe first building erected at this place, was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning. It was a frame structure, two stories, and for the past year had not been used for hotel purposes. A soft drink place was run by William Cathcart in front of it Mr Cathoart was awakened by the intense smoke about 2 o'clock and jumped out of the second story win dow onto the porch to escape from the flames The wind was not stir ring or there would have been much danger of the fire spreading to the cedar yards and other buildings near by. Help the Red Cross MANUAL INSTRUCTOR LEAVING FOR CAMPj Two men left Bemidji today to an swer the colors, having been enlisted by Corporal Bass of the local recruit ing station One of the duo was Arthur D. Bailey, manual training instructor in the Bemidji schools, who went in to the aviation section of the sig nal corps Mr Bailey was taken into this section by special dispen sation, he being an expert wood worker and mechanic Robert Ray of Red Lake joined the coast artillery and accompanied Mr Bailey. BEMIDJI, MINN., SATURDAY EVENING, MAY 25, 1918. FORTY-FIVE CENTS PER MONTH SACRIFICE BRINGS DEATH TO LAURANT THIS FAMJY. BOUGHT WAR SAVmGS STAMPS The funeral of Anton Laurant, who died at St. Anthony's hospital yes terday, will be held tomorrow fore noon at 10: &0 o'clock from the Nor wegian church in the Fifth ward, interment in Greenwood The death of Mr Laurant was a tragedy of life. His wife was seri ously ill and a nurse was in attend ance. He had slept in the garage that his wife might have thorough quiet, and a few days ago, when he arose and started to light a small stove, he mistook gasoline for kero sene and in the explosion he suf fered fearfuj burns. Besides the wife there is a son 11 years old left. One sister is residing in St Paul. He was 38 years old For 10 or 12 years he was night foreman of l*Iant No 4 di the Crook ston Lumber company and was held in high esteem by all who knew lnm Help the lied Cross -v. THEORETICAL FARMERS' MUST ALSO SHOULDER RIFLE WITH REAL ONES Washington, May 25 While hun dreds of actual farmers have been forced to*abandon their crops to an swer the nation's recent call to arms under the selective service act, other young men of draft age2^500 in numberhave been permitted by the expressed wish of the Secretary of Agriculture, to remain behind and advise farmers how to farm This fact was developed in the House when the emergency agricul tural appropriation bill was under discussion It resulted in the adop tion of an amendment, offered by Representative McLaughlin of Mich igan, which forbids the use of anv of the funds appropriated in the measure for payment of salaries to men liable for military service Estimates as to the number of new employes authorized in the bill, which continues the agricultural sur vey work begun last fall and provides new methods of stimulating produc tion, varied from 6,000 to 11,000 The House's definite stand on the Mc Laughlin amendment makes certain that none of these jobs will furnish a hiding place for military slackers As a result of the discussion on the McLaughlin amendment against "slackers" in the agricultural depart ment, it is probable congress will take a peep into other departments Representative Sydney Anderson of Minnesota declared he is ag.nnst the plan of sending the real farmer to war and keeping the "theoretical farmer" on the job Help the Rod Cross VOICES NEEDED FOR CONVENTION CHORUS Music is to be a big feature of the Sunday school convention to be held here, June 13 to 16, and over a hundred voices are needed Profes sor Augustine Smith of Boston will have charge of the music dur ing the convention Until then. Miss Dorothv Torrance, who is chairman, will have charge of directing and getting voices together Professor Smith has had charge of large choruses and community sing ing, having directed two to three thousand voices at a time He wants at least a hundred voices to partici pate in this chorus for the con vention The first practice will take place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist churcli Miss Torrance wishes everyone to come Sunday afternoon 'HA. THAT* THE COMffeNY WE'RE 5T0CKHQUR IN I" ^VtomxrtfV** BRITISH TRANSPORT SUNK: AMERICANS THEN SINK U-BOAT (By United Press) Cork, Ireland, May 25 Thirty seven are missing from the British transport Inniscarra, torpedoed and sunk early yesterday. Submarine is Sunk. London, May 25 The German submarine which torpedoed the Brit ish steamer Inniscarra was sunk by an American destroyer shortly after ward Prisoners from the submar ine were landed. Help the Red Cross BOYS TRAINING FOR THE MERCHANT MARINE (By United Preee) New York, May 25 Many of Uncle Sam's new merchant ships will be partly manned by youngsters now undergoing training in the New Yoik training station of the Junior Naval Reserve The Reserve has issued- a call for 1,000 more recruits, from 12 to 18 years old, to fill the ranks that are being depleted by enlistment in the navy and in the merchant marine service The training station has trained over 9,000 boys in the last two years Twenty-five wealthy yacht owners, whose yachts are not available for actual warfare, have volunteered to take the boys on practice cruises this summer A training course also will be given at Camp Dewey near New London, Conn this summer A Barker of Barker's drug store, Bemidji, is the enlisting officer here for the merchant marine, such as is mentioned in the above dispatch from the United Press Help the Red Cross RED CROSS POSTER PLEA FOR CONDEMNED SLAYER Dallas, Tex May 25 A claim that the idea for the Redd Cross post er, "The greatest mother of the world," originated in the mind of Leonard Dqdd, who, with Walter Stevenson, is sentenced to hang here today for murder, was placed* before the state board of pardons as part of a commutation plea Dodd's coun sel informe4 the board that a draft of the poster had been sent to the Washington Red Cross and it was later drawn by an Eastern artist DID YOU FORGET! That you can make your donations to the Red Cross fund in four monthly install ments' That the first installment need not be paid until June 29' That Liberty bonds are as acceptable as cash? That the American Red Cross actually gets $1 02 out of every dollar it secures be cause of the interest accruing on money not yet put to use? That Uncle Sam has hun dreds of thousands of nephews in France, and that every one of these needs attention from the Red Cross' That the families of those boys, in many, many instances, have to have help, and that such help is forthcoming only through the Red Cross' That unless you give and give generously the mission of the Red Cross must fail? That it is up to you to give as much as you possibly can for the sake of the boys who are -giving everything' British Merchant Troop Ship Moldavia Struck With out Any Warning. MOST OF MEN WERE ASLEEP IN HAMMOCKS No Panic Shown Survivors Are Saved by Escort All Clothing Is Lost. The Moldavia was of 9,500 tons gross and owned bv the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co She was built at Greenock in 1903 and is 520 feet long The Moldavia is the third trans port carrying American troops to bo toipedoed and the fifteenth troop ship sunk by the Germans Of the vessels carrying Americans, the An tilles was the first to meet with de struction by a U-boat She was sunk October 17, last, when return ing to this country from Europe and seventy lives were lost The second was the Tuscania, which was sent to the bottom off the north coast of Ireland, February 5, with a loss of life totalling 101 No Panic Aboard. London, Mav 25The survivors showed no panic They fell calmly into line and awaited orders When it was seen that the Moldavia was settling down, all on iboard were taken off by the escorting ships The meri lost all their belongings, but were supplied with new clothing at the different naval ports where they were taken It is believed that the American soldiers missing from the Moldavia were sleeping on the bottom deck and were overtaken by the great inrush of water, after the explosion, when they were trying to reach the main deck It is also presumed that some of the ladders were destroyed The vessel was struck below the bridge She steamed ahead for some time after being struck and at first it was hoped that water tight com partments would enable her to reach port Help tlio Hod Cross SECOND PAYMENT ON LIBERTY BONDS MAY 28 Attention is called today to the fact that 20 per cent of the second payment on Third Liberty Loan sub scriptions will be due May 28 This is the second installment of the amount subscribed for and should be paid at the Bemidji banks. J,\g *$*BS& S & S! AMERICANS KILLED WHEN TRANSPORT IS SU1BYU-B0AT I i (By United Press) Washington, Ma 25 (OfficialFifty-three men, all members of Company B, Fifty eighth infantry, Fourth divi sion, are reported lost in the sinking of the British trans port Moldava. STORY OF SINKING. London, May 25.The Brit ish armed merchant troop ship Moldavia, with American troops on board, has been tor pedoed an dsunk, according to an official bulletin issued by the admiralty last evening. The text of the admiralty statement follows: "The armed mercantile cruiser Moldavia was torpe doed and sunk yesterday morning. "There were no casualties among the crew, but of the American troops on board 5 6 up to the present have not been accounted for. It is fear ed they were killed in one compartment by the explo- sion." The Moldavia was torpe doed without warning. It was a moonlight night and although a good lookout was kept the attacking submarine was not sighted before the torpedo struck. Most of the men aboard were in their hammocks when the explosion occured amid ships. Th sailors and sol diers alike showed no panic. ii lM 3? -1