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D PUfcEISHED AT ST. MARIES, IDAHO TWICE-A-WEEK PBINTEITEVßKf TUESDAY AND BTiXDAY AFTERNOON OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF RENEW AH COUNTY Number 1()4 St. Maries, Idaho, Friday, March 29, 1918 Vdrabie V. Start Trial Of Wm. M. Nelson JURY IS SECURED AT COEUR D'ALENE Attorney R. H. Elder Makes Opening Statement For State. No I. W. W. In City. % The case of the State against William M. Nelson, ex-secretary of the I. W. W. organization is this city, on trial in the district court for Kootenai county, opened at Coeur d'Alene Wednesday morning. The trial of the case was transferred from this county to Kootenai on a motion by the attorneys for the stale asking for a change of venue because of al leged methods of intimidation practiced by the I. W. W. upon prospective jurors and witnesses here. Judge R. N. Dunn, who has been holding court at Coeur d' Alene, gave way to Judge John M. Flynn, who is trying the case. The state is being represented by Attorney Robert II. Elder of Coeur d'Alene and Attorney Gen eral T. A. Walters, in addition to Prosecuting Attorney Allen A. Holsclaw of this county. W. J. Costello of Sandpoint is acting as attorney for Nelson. He was also a member of the counsel for the defense in the trial of Neil Guiney on a similar charge in the dis trict court for this county at the fall term of court. ^,'At^iio opening of court Wed h^&udny Attorney Costello wilh ^Wew Nelson's plea of "Nut Guil ty" and tiled a demurrer to the information which was overruled by the court. He then objected to the jurisdiction of the court at Coeur d'Alene on the ground that the court had no right to take the case from Benewah county to Kootenai county. His objec tion was overruled and the infor mation was read to Nelson, who entered a plea of "Not Guilty." The jury was then called. Both the state and the defense were very careful of their ex amination of the jurymen, the .defense especially examining them very closely as to whether they had read articles in the newspapers or had heard any talk of the I. W. W. or whether or not an opinion had been formed from what had been read or heard. The regular panel was ex hausted Wednesday afternoon and a special venire of 25 was placed in the hands of the sheriff for service, with orders to report at (1:30 Thursday morning. The examination of the jurors was again taken up at that time and a jury was obtained shortly after 3:00 o'clock Thursday. The following are the jurors who will try the case; J. M. El der, Coeur d'Alene; Caesar Masini, Coeur d'Alene; Alexander Peters, Post Falls; L. Haroldson, Coeur d'Alene; W. B. Thompson, Coeur d'Alene; S. A. Varnum, d'Alene; Jess Booher. J Coeur Coeur d'Alene; J. P. Healy, Coeur d'Alene; W. H. Houck, Coeur d' Oscar Nelson, Coeur d' Alene; Alone; and Sam Carnahan, Coeur d'Alene. The defense used all of the challenges allowed them and the stale used only one. Attorney R. H. Elder made the statement in the case, opening slating that the state is prepared > to prove that Nelson was secre tary and organizer for the I. W. W.,and had charge of the head that he i»rt> ters in this city; the building used as a head quar ters, which was used purpose of a meeting k assembling; displayed litoW^re * for sale; circulated literature and solicited members. He staled that the slate will prove that the I. W. W. society teaches the practice of sabotage and other unlawful means to obtain in T' I«. tas dustrial and political reform and that when the stale had estab lished thesè things a verdict of conviction would be expected from the jury. The first witness called for the state was Sheriff E. B. Noland, who was on the stand all yester day afternoon and up to the time we go to press. It is expected that the sheriff will not finish his testimony before this evening. At. the time Mr. Noland was placed on the stand the counsel for the defendant asked that all witnesses be excluded from the court room and (hey he ordered not to talk either among them selves or with others regarding the testimony they will give. This order entered by Judge was Flynn. Attorney Costello slated that for the purpose of expediting matters the defense would admit that Nelson was secretary of the also admit that he solicited mem bers and issued membership cards. The state then offered in evidence pictures which were hanging on the wall of the head quarters here at the time the place was raided by the sheriff. The defense objected strenuously to the introduction of these pic tures and after arguments by both sides Judge Flynn ordered them excluded. The stale also offered the charier of the local organization of the I. W. W. This also met with strenuous ob jections on ttio part of the coun sel for the defense hut was ad mitted by the court over his ob jections. again This evidence shows is Attorney Elder then began the identification of the documents and literature seized, with Sheriff Noland on the stand. Attorney Costello stated he would admit that the literature offered by the state was taken from the head quarter* and a recess of an hour was taken to,permit the state to list the literature which was of fered in evidenho. When the trial of the case was resumed after the recess Attorney Elder spent over an hour reading extracts from a book on sabotage written by Emil Pouchet, copies of which were displayed for sale in the headquarters. Attorney Costello also registered strenuous objec tions to the admission of this work in evidence but was over ruled. Sheriff Noland was placed on the stand when court opened this morning. He testi fied that last fall approximately eighty per cent of the men work ing in the woods in Benewah county were members of the I. W. W. The entire forenoon to day was spent in the introduction and identification of documents. letters and records of the organi zation, the defense battling every step of the way in an attempt to prevent the introduction of the evidence, largely the plans of the organi zation as to increasing member ship in this section and methods to be used in dealing with the The introduction of employers, these exhibits was again taken up when court convened this afler and will continue the re noon mainder of the day. While the courtroom crowded at (Toeur d'Alene, there members of the I. W. W. and it is believed are no in evidence there are very few in that cily, the prompt measures taken by the civil authorities and state troops in this city evidently hav ing changed the intentions of any who proposed to attend. The Easter Bonnet Arrives Uutllj 11 A fm / r L J'! .> â mmm ■ r /h 5 » / P lil » •it Loyal Legion Of Loggers Organized THREE HUNDRED MILL EMPLOYES JOIN Sign Pledge Giving Support To Government Dur ing The War. Lieutenant G. F. Dean, a mem-;at her of the spruce production di vision qf the aviation section of the signal corps, is in the city fur the purpose of securing mem bers of the Loyal Legion of Log gers and Lumbermen. It is the proposed plan of the war depart ment to establish a branch of the legion in every mill and logging camp of the northwest as a measure to.further the produc tion of logs and lumber needed by the government for war pur poses. Lieutenant Dean has so far visited the mills in this city, both of which produced a 100 per cent membership, securing the signa tures of approximately 300 men to the pledge of loyally and sup port required. The pledge which is signed by the men becoming members of the loyal legion is addressed to the secretary of war and is as follows: "I, the undersigned, in consid eration of my being made a mem ber of the Loyal Legion of Log gers and Lumbermen, do hereby solemnly pledge my efforts dur ing this war to the United States of America, and will support and defend this Country against ene mies, both foreign and domestic. "I further agree, by these pres ents, to faithfully do my duty toward this Country by directing my best efforts in every way pos sible to the production of Logs or Lumber to meet the needs of industries producing materials to be used for war purposes against onr common enemies. That I will stamp out any sedition or acts of hostility against the United States Government which may come within my knowledge, and I will do every act and thing which will aid in carrying this war to a suc cessful conclusion." The plan followed by the war department in regard to the or ganization of the loyal legion is to furnish each man signing the pledge with a card showing mem bership in the legion. Each man is also furnished with a button to be worn denoting membership. A local secretary will be ap pointed in each camp in which the legion is organized, which secretaries are to report semi weekly to a secretary. employes sign up in the legion, the pledge not affecting the signer in any way as far as his personal liberties are concerned. The member may work for any company or in any place he de sires, no attempt being made at conscription of labor, as is claimed by the I. W. W., who are opposing the legion. The legion sectional military Both employers and the present lime has over 170,000 members in the territory west of the Cascades and several otlicers of the spruce production division are now organizing le gions in the mills and camps of the Inland Empire. A part of the duties of the of ficers in charge of the organizing is to make a report on the food, sanitation and general living eon dilions in the ca m ip.s. Lieutenant Dean yesterday visited the camp of the St. Maries Lumber Co., a short distance below this city and explained the plan to the men there. Every man in the camp with the exception of four signed up. were members of I lie I. W. W. and the fourth is slated to be'a slacker. He was placed under ar rest by the lieutenant and brought to this city. The author ities are holding him and investi gating his case. The lieutenant will make his headquarters in this city and will visit all of the camps and mills in this section. He left today for St. Joe to organize a legion in the mill of the Milwaukee Laud Co. at that place. Of these four, three GOODWIN WILL LEAVE; ACCEPTS LARGE CONTRACT John P. Goodwin, superintend ent of the mill of the Milwaukee Lumber company, in this city, has resigned his position and will leave here about April 15. Mr. Goodwin has taken an in terest in the Clearwater Lumber company of Kamiah, Idaho, and will take active charge of the mill of that company. He has a con tract to manufacture 30,000,000 feet of lumber per year. Goodwin has been connected with the Milwaukee Lumber company in this city for the past seven years, coming here from Wiscon sin to superintend ttic construc tion and operation of the mill. The loss of Mr. and Mrs. Good win will be keenly felt in this city as both are prominent here. Mr. MONTANA SLACKER ARRESTED HERE Lester Herbert Lane, who was arrested yesterday by Lieutenant Dean as a slacker, has expressed a desire to fill out a question naire, waive all claims for ex emption, and be immediately in ducted into service. He w r as per mitted to do so and will be sent to Camp Lewis the last of the week. Lane was listed as a slacker by the local hoard at Plains, Mont., upon failure to re turn his questionnaire within the required time. Idaho Officials Will Curb t. W. W GOVERNOR ALEXANDER VISITS NORTH Says State Will Not Tolerate Any Interference With War Program. "The situation as regards la bor troubles and the 1. W. W. in north Idaho will ho cleared up at once," declared («overnor Alexan der in Spokane Wednesday. "The stale ofllcials and citizens have reached the conclusion that longer will any sei of men be al lowed Id interfere with the stale's desire to give the government every possible aid in its war program. no ''It is no longer any question of what I believe or what any other man believes. The govern ment expects certain tilings of us and it will get them, and without further delay. 1 have conferred with ofllcials here who have been in. This is fair warning, and if any man in Idaho isn't willing |o submit to the program ho should get across the gets hurt that is now their own fault." investigating the situate If some one The meet i been handling I he 1. W. W. situ Attorney General T. A. Wallers and Adjutant General G. S. Moody, who have been in this cily, went in Tuesday night to meet the governor. a brief conference with the ofllcials Governor Alexander said he was convinced that the situation as regards the I. W. \V. was well in hand, stale had governor came north officials to who have Hier at ion. A I ter He said the all preparations leal sternly with the I. W. W. Between 500 and G00 militia are available, at Moscow, Boise, : 100 at American Falls, men have been arms and will he ordered to the seat of any trouble. nade I (if these there arc 100 too at Sandpoint, 60 too at Pocatello and Those provided with m "Captain Herman H. Taylor of Sandpoint, in charge of the state guards now at St. Maries, will no left in control of the situation there," Governor Alex donbt be "Captain Taylor is ander said, working nut the problem there in id shape, according to reports, and is g< deserving of the highest and (tie thanks of the citi lle has acted wisely and praise zens. justly in a trying situation. "We shall proceed through two We shall utilize the agencies, military force to place any agi tators under control and they will then he brought to justice under the syndicalism law of the state. The attorney general here will, of course, he in charge of the legal part of the program. "Regarding an extra session the legislature, I can only say that will depend on what action the federal government lakes with regard to our stale militia. If they give us sufficient help an extra session will not be neces Otherwi.se a session will he called when I return from Wash ington. I am going to attend a conference April 3 with Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, and have today been notified of a conference on April 4 with the national council of defense and the secretary of the navy with the governors who will be in Washington." The governor said that be would confer with the command ant at Fort George Wright, in company with Lieutenant Gover nor Parker, to see what troops would he available if needed. Lieutenant Governor Parker, who will assume charge when the governor goes to Washington, said that he was in full accord with the program of the overnor and it would be carried out in the governor's absence. f sary. Attorney General Walters said that in the general plan of settle ment it would he expected of the lumbermen that they should meet the men half way. Ho said ho did not care to go further.into I he question at (his time, but in timated that he meant the lum bermen would bo urged to pro vide certain living conditions so that the men might not have grounds for objection on that score. Word has been circulated in the woods, it is said, that all I. organizers and leaders report to Spokane for a conference, but the Idaho ofllcials say they have no knowledge of it. It is said that many l. W. W. are coming in for the gathering. At the I. W. \V. headquarters yes terday il was said I hero was nothing to he said regarding the report. W. W. are ALLEGES CRUELTY; ASKS FOR DIVORCE A suit has been filed in the district court for this county by Mary A. Dan forth asking for a divorce from her husband, Frank Danforth. Cruel and inhuman treatment is alleged as the grounds for the complaint. The reside on a farm near Plummer, which is alleged to be community property. They have no children. Judgment is asked for a division of the property, $500 attorney's fees, $50 court costs and $10 per month alimony. W. D. Keeton appears as attor ney for the plaintiff. couple MONTHLY PLEDGES FOR RED CROSS SOLICITED A drive is being made in this cily today to place the local Red Cross chapter on a revenue basis for six months. A fixed income is necessary to utilize the full efficiency and facilities of the equipment of the chapter and cards are being presented pledg ing a certain amount 1o he con donor each month. Payments of these amounts may he made at either hank, 'flic campaign for pledges will be continued today and to morrow, the cily being divided into sections, cacti in charge of a captain. O. E. Hailey is captain of the section west of Sixth street; E. W. Trueman has charge of the section east of Sixth; .1. P. Goodwin is handling the work in Milwaukee; and Lee Carter is looking after the pledges in the Townslle and the St. Maries Lumber Co. Each cap tain has a number of co-workers to assist and a thorough canvass of the cily is being made. The committees report that so far they have met with liberal re sponses. trihnled by the TEN WAIVE EXEMPTIONS; START FOR CAMP Ten slackers who were arrested by the local authorities in the 1. W. W. roundup in this county w'ere sent to Camp Lewis Tues day evening. They had expressed a desire to flit nut their question naires and waive all claims for exemption. The authorities granted them this privilege and they were immediately inducted into service. The men w 7 ho were sent to the eamp Tuesday are: I. en Sworoski, Pete Rnselini, Ber nard Zieluski, Lanri Radhnla, Charles W. Stover, Peitro Moros en, Charles A. Osborn, Tony Mat aichyk, Barney Villa, and John Nowak.