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MONTPELIER EXAMINER :
1 be es. Published Brary Friday C. E. WRIGHT. Editor and Manager Montpelier, Friday. January 1919. d'e ■ I WIPH OUT IMPERIOUS PRBCE is . DENTS OP WAR. "I am • In favor," Senator Borah tal has notified the senate, "of wiping from the statute books every arbi trary measure and every imperious precedent of war. I not only want to see them off the statute books, but I want to see them forgotten as precedents and eliminated from our political system." An overwhelm Ing majority of the people are like wise In favor of doing that, and they will support every effort Senator Bor ah or any one else makes toward that end. Any law which keeps the people In the dark concerning what is being done, or operates to restrict the freedom of lawful discussion is, in peace time, at least an Inexcusable offense to a democratic people. What It may be wise and necessary to do to serve the Interests of war is not a precedent for peace time, but It will acquire the force of a precedent If it Is tolerated long after the war has ended. Particularly ought there to be an Immediate end to all forms and degrees of censorship. Against the principle of censorship an enlightened and a robust democracy must make an unrelenting and uncompromising war, and be Intolerant of all argu ments and excuses that are advanced in favor of its continuance in times of peace. A concrete Instance of the crea tions developed by the emergency that ought to be forthwith termina ted Is that of the National Security league, which Is being investigated by Congress. This league claims a semi-judicial status by reason of «working with the federal department of justice, although It Is of purely voluntary origin and has no power save such as it exerts by private pressure. The reason tt is being in vestigated is because of having used Its influence in the recent campaign for or against various candidacies, members of congress making com plaint of having been attacked be cause of their votes, which were cast as they say, conscientiously and In the public Interest, although perhaps not In accordance with the views of the directing head of the league. The league announces that It proposes to continue Its activities In the future and It probably has a right to do so, but if so some means should be found of divesting it, and other like war organizations, of its governmental connection and the prestige of its previous functions. The original purpose of the league was that of es pionage, to find something that might reflect on the loyalty of citi zens and to hold everyone, even members of congress, to its own con ceptions of right and wrong In the relations growing out of the war. The league did not and could not discriminate upon the various arfli trary, prodigal or futile measures presented by the Washington bure aucracy for enactment Into law, in order to enhance Its own departmen tal power and prerogative, but de manded Implicit support by congress men of all such measures, under pen alty of starting backfires at home against members who opposed or questioned any of such proposals. Some members wére strong enough . to resist, to tell the truth, to demand the truth and to hold the bueauc racy responsible for Its wicked wastes, negligences and subterfuges, *Mtd as a result the nation procured better service and better results and has been spared countless lives and some part of Its natural heritage and its opportunity. If this league, however, may have accomplished some trifle of good by discovering some latent, pro-Germanism and by repressing potential error, Infatua tion,-folly or Ignorance In that direc tion,.* such time has passed. There is no place left on this continent for the. perpetuation of such organiza tions, policies or purposes. It is time that citizens, their business and their character should be restored to the protection of the law and of the prop ertied and no longer be made the foot ball of various sorts of sentimental ists and crusaders, or worse, the war has brought to the front and to whom it has given leave and license. It Is time, as Senator Borah says, to wipe from the statute books every arbitrary measure and every imper ious precedent, and to see them for gotten as precedents and eliminated from our political system.—Lewiston Trijhune. FEWER AND BKT'ftCR LAWS. f * At last the American people are awakening to tbe fact that all of the evils of life cannot be cured by legis lative enactment, and this awakening should be accompanied by a dimin volume of new laws, many new laws does Idaho really need just now? Can anyone think of two dozen new atatutaa for which there is an urgent calif Idaho> législature assemble* next tab lng Hdw *■1,1?, Monday, and It la practically certain : that lltarally hundreds of bills will| be Introduced before the session clos- 1 es. Fortunately most of the bills wilt I d'e in committee, but nevertheless I much time and money, will, be ex pended, and there is certain to be much needless legislation enacted be fore the law-makers leave the cap! . have long been In the habit of estl- ! mating the value of the services of a ! member of the legislature by the j number of bills he introduces and j pushes through to enactment. Thlsi is a foolish and harmful system of i Spflngfleld, 111., Dec. 30.-Eleven . . ' ' ; . . has supplanted thirteen as a Jonah day for Germany. Here Is proof: The armistice took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, making an elev enth-hour surrender by the Germans. And the eleventh verse In the elev-' tal city, The people of thta and other states valuation, and it causes the framing and passage of many a foolish and mischievous measure, Legislative members should be judged hot at dll by the number of bills bearing their names, but almost solely upon questions of moment, and upon the official record of their votes on the laws and questions that come up for consideration.—States, man. f a ELEVEN WAS JONAH DAT FOB GERMANY enth chapter of the eleventh book is the Bible contributes further, to-wit: "Wherefore the Lord said unto Solo Forasmuch as this is dons mod. of thes, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which 1 have commanded thee, I will surely rend thy kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant." But that is not all! You lovers of mystery, please explain the confidence that figures showing the birth, tak _ , _ , France, England, Italy, Russia, Bel-| glum, Japan and 8erbla each total 3,836. Here are the figures: ' lng of office, length of time in office and age of the heads of America, President Wilson, U. 8. A. f Total...-. Age Total yog BENT, FOR SALE, BTTO, FOR ..1866 ! -1912 ! ® ! 8 63 Born —- Took office ..._ Been in office (years) Age 62 _3836 Total. King of England. _1866 _1910 Born _ Ascended throne. Has reigned (years) Age ..8886 Cur of Russia -1868 -.1894 .... 24 Born - Ascended throne.. Has reigned (years).. Age 60 .3836 Total. Emperor at Japan —1879 .....1912 Born _ Ascended throne_ Has reigned (years)_ Age -- 5 40 _8836 Total. President, of France Born -- Took office Been In office (years) Age . 1860 1913 68 ...3836 Total. King of Italy. Boi*n .... Ascended throne.. Has reigned (years) _1867 _1900 18 61 ...8886 Totgl- 2 King of Belgium. -1876 .1900 Born _—_ Ascended throne._ Haa reigned (years) 18 41 Age .8836 King o| Sebria. —1844 —1903 — 16 — 74 Born Ascended throne. Has reigned (years). Age. _3886 Total_... The members of the legislature have it In their power to give Idaho some wholesome legislation that will redound to their credit and also to the future of the republican party. The people no longer can be fooled, even a part of the time, and they will have another say two years hence. LOST.—Three weeks ago, a child's pink cameo ring; reward If return ed to Mrs. Frank Bourne. RENT.—Two housekeeping rooms, first door east of R. N. Sneddon's residence. FOR SALE.—Slathers of pigs, E. J. Phelps, phone 46-J-ll. FOR RENT.—The Poynter resi dence; enquire at this office or write t<rDr. J. H. Lynn at Pocatello FOR «SALE.—Four-room house with good barn and outbuildings, on Main street, between 3d and 4th streets. For price and terms seel W. D. Davis. I "Eight years ago when we first moved to Mattoon, 1 wasa great auf- j toyZn C LÄ'Ä; Mattoon, III. 'T had frequent head aches and dixay spells, and there Was a feeling like a heavy weight pressing 1 i n fTu mZreblê Bv"ù UAJSKt* at night and felt tired sad worn out all the time. One bottle of Cham berlaln's Tablets cured m* and I have. since felt like a different person. Cured at a Cost of 85 Cents. RECLAIM MANY SUNKEN SHIPS _ Hundreds of Vessels In British Water* Have Been Salvaged—Possibility of Raising the Lusitania. I Most welcome is the announcement from London that since January, 1915, 407 ships sunk by the German* In British waters have been salvaged; 147 of them, by Improved methods. In p v , months of the present year, R r ft„in's coast, like onr own, is p<]ged by a broad belt of shallow wa ter. For 200 miles of tbe channel's length no spot reaches a depth of 100 fathoms ; much of It Is quite shallow, which accounts for the chop that makes many who cross It briefly unhappy. From onr own Norfolk one gets well out of sight of land before reaching water too deep for salvage operations. Depth Increases more rapidly off the Irish coast, but even the Lusitania lies near the 50-fathom line, below the shatter of the storm, yet near enough the surface so that many practical wreckers have said that it would be possible, though exceedingly difficult, to bring her forth to a nautical resur rection.. That some things can be done as well as others onr engineers showed «7 "'"«J "* Ticdra along our const, the Herbert praM gnd bron(fh) her Mfe to shore. W hat the "Improved methods" used o'ff England may be we shall probably not know until after the war. That they are cheating the murderous subma rlnes of their prey In so many casea is 6«od news. :___ _ ... EXPLORER S WORK IN AFRICA Frenchman Sheds Light on Vaet Re gion Hitherto Comparatively Un known—Needs Railway. Commandajit Tllbo, the well-known French explorer o'* the Sudan, lins re cently published a report on the re suits of five years' work during 1912-17 In the hitherto unknown region lying thp ' ro " M " r betw een the French Sahara and the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. Tllho was entrusted with the task of pacifying and organizing this region un(Ipr the French government ; and his purveys embrace a stretch of previous ly unexplored country extending more than 1,100 miles from the center of Tlbestl southeast to the vicinity of El Fasher, in Darfur. His cartographic work fills up a large blank In the map of Africa. He urges the need of a railway through this region, for the benefit not only of the world at large, but also of the natives, who are sub ject to periodical famines. It is stated that from one-half to three-fourths of the inhabitants of northern Wadai died of famine In 1814. One especially interesting result of his investigations Is the disproof of the hypothesis, sup ported" by hts earlier explorations, that there is a connection between Luke Chad and the Nile river system. Tllho explored the volcanic Eml-Kussl, 11 100 feet in altitude, with an Immense crater over seven miles In diameter and 130 feet deep.—Scientific Amer ican. 8a!lorlng Is Different. Snilorlng on the briny deep Is en tirely different than doing tbe same stunt on land. This was admitted by* a landlubber from Pittsburgh, who has just returned from his first voy age with a brand new seasick story. "The first day I was out," said the amateur nnvigator, "the old tnb rolled like a barrel, anil before I knew tt l was In the throes of mal de mer. The bunch guyed me and told me my Job was driving a trolley ear Instead of sallorlng. I had to seek my bunk. I hnd only been in it a few minutes when the ship's surgeon visited me nml callously nsked: 'WhHt's the mat terï* 'O-o-oh, I'm so sick,' I told him, and I rolled over lu agony. 'Come, get up,'he said unfeelingly. 'The ship has been torpedoed and we're sinking.' I fell out of my bunk and scrambled to the deck. The bunch again derided me. Say, have you ever been seasick?" Admiral Saved Engineer. A striking feature of the naval aide of the war la the number of retired British admirals who have returned to the navy, bringing with them fnll vigor and tbe quick determination of tbe service. On June 10 of the present year, when an explosion took place on a motor launch, Admiral James Startln. who held the rank of admiral, retired. Immediately proceeded alongside and. learning that the engineer was below In the fiercely burning engine room, climbed down the hatch without the slightest hésitation, and unaided, re covered the engineer's body. For this brave deed King George has approved the sward of the Albert medal to Ad miral Startln. Aviators in Italy. # From the Italian front where many American aviators are now serving comes this note: "Sometimes at night, after dinner, ; a little music Is Indulged In as a re taxation. Of course the Italians «blue there. Many a pilot or chauffeur In overalls Is humming selections from grand opera. Some of the American boys also are good musicians. One especially was a splendid pianist, and woqW „tp«, awaT t or an hour at a »elections from Schubert or Men Ge^oHxz* in F to what seemed almost a "Sacrilege, that Is, It In ragtime for a change." i —-- ! CampaigningI Again« Bllndnean r .üsa!.i^2 ~ rs * r JSS : *T^~**** w year* from now very few bliud P«™"» *"tll he seen on the « » s I prosperous and Happy New Year go out to . \ all our patrons and friehes, with a hope for many pleasant assocai tions during the New Vear. Our best wishes for a # Davis. Brennan & s ACCIDENTALLY DISCOVER« GRAVE OF HIS COMRADE. George Gidney, a former Short Line fireman and well known In Montpelier, met death on the battle field In France some montbB ago. He was a Utah boy and his mother and sister reside at Brigham City, having removed there from Salt Lake. Ser geant Arthur Gidney, a cousin of the deceased, handed us the following clipping from a rçoent issue of a Salt Lake paper, in which is told the true friendship Private Gidney held to ward a comrade: When Pvt. George Gidney. a 8alt Lake boy, walked eleven miles thru the battle-torn countryside of France to hunt up Pvt. A. C. Hatch, also of | Salt Lake, so be could repay Hatch a | friendly loan of |4, made In the Unit ed States, he did not know it was to be their last meeting. It was some weeks later that Pvt. Hatch accidentally discovered the name of his chum upon a cross in a cemetery on one of the prettiest knolls In France. Private Gidney had paid the supreme sacrifice. Private Hatch has written a letter to Miss Alice Gidney of Brigham City, the sister of Private Gidney, In which ho describes his friendship with Gid liay. They were friends in Utah, but when they went to war they were not members of the same ogranizations. How chance brought them together on several occasions in this country and abroad, and at length led the one to the grave of the other, is one of the lesser dramas of the war. Private Hatch was a member of Company B, Three Hundred and Six ty-second Infantry, A. E. F. The last time Hatch met Gidney In this country was at Camp Merritt. Hatch told Gidney a visit to New York, before going abroad, would be worth his while. Gidney had no money and Hatch loaned him 84, all he had. It was to repay this small loan that Gidney trudged those weary seventeen kilometers behind the bat tle llqes. Three-fourths of the lies you tell are known to be just that by the persons to whom you tell them. You only think yo're fooling 'em. The Examiner, 32.00 a year. I've tried to write a poem i about a, I TTUtCY STEAK - AND ALLTHAT 1 CAN THINK Of IS 7 -Try one f< Goodness ; I A TEMPTING . is a poem m ltsell. Ihe only way to eet the real flavor out the subject is to eat it hve fy gteak or chop sold by US i Jj ves U p to the nrst-class rep' ! utation enjoyed by this mar ket All J our moats ure pos : «s «« tw p™,-« «Md v,i. nes. H. H. HOFF MEAT CO. « MONTPELIER COAL & Luiiiber Co. | | WE HAVE À FULL LINE OF Building Material FENCE POSTS SEWER PIPE DIAMOND GOAL cannon' coal I Phone 7W. Prompt Delivery ♦ ♦ « Edwin L. McClave W. H. Smith If You Want to Biiy a HOME I a farm or a lot to build on, we have some that are very cheap and some that can be had on vary easy terms. WHY PAY RENT. We sell Life, Health and Accident, Fire and Automobile Insurance, that is relia I ble. We have money to loan on irrigated part irrigated land at 8 per cent, no com mission charged. Invest in real estate and see it grow in vaine. Montpelier is the place to invest. Buy insurance and let the other fellow worry, pome in and talk it over and see if we can't save yon some money. or BEAR RIVER VALLEY UNO & ABSTRACT CO. - K8TRAY NOTICE. I have in my possession one 2-year old red steer with herns and white spot In forehead; crob off right ear and slit in lett; branded W on right ribs, and on left hip has brand re sembling two J's, on«| inverted with bar at top. If not sdbner claimed by the owner, the animal will be sold at auction at my place in Georgetown, Idaho, at 2 o'clock p. |m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 19X9. HYRUM NELSON, Marshal. RKXALl CALENDAR FREE. We will give you a Rexall Store Weather Chart Calendar free tbe uiainder of the year if you will call at our store. No heme in our com munity should be without this valua ble Calendar since it will allow yon 31.20 on purchases made during the year. Don't miss getting thia valua ble Calendar free. l|t is her* waiting for your call. RITER BROS. DRUG CO., Th* Rexall Store. - B8T RAY NOT IFlü. I have In my possession one grey mare weighing about 1200 pounds and about 12 years old, branded with lazy 8 'and W on left side of neck and combination HW on left thigh and O with circle over its right thigh; also white and red steer with fuU ears and with combi nation HK on right hip; also one red steer calf about 10 months old. some white on belly and flanks, branded with horizontal bar and IH on left ribs, half under crop in ear and wire In left. If not claimed by owners, these animals will be sold at suction at my place in George town, Idaho, on Saturday Jan. 4, 1919, at 2 o'clock p. m. HYRUM NELSON, Marshal. cb Why the father of a newly born baby Is proud of hlmaefl, la another mystery Agree with everybody and you may run for office, hut you're not likely to ran very tut.