MONTPELIER EXAMINER :
Published Brary Friday
C. E. WRIGHT. Editor and Manager
Montpelier, Friday. January 1919. d'e
WIPH OUT IMPERIOUS PRBCE
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
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
FEWER AND BKT'ftCR LAWS.
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
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-'
The people of thta and other states
valuation, and it causes the framing
and passage of many a foolish and
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,
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
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.
yog BENT, FOR SALE, BTTO,
Took office ..._
Been in office (years)
King of England.
Has reigned (years)
Cur of Russia
Has reigned (years)..
Emperor at Japan
Has reigned (years)_
President, of France
Been In office (years)
King of Italy.
Has reigned (years)
King of Belgium.
Haa reigned (years)
King o| Sebria.
Has reigned (years).
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
LOST.—Three weeks ago, a child's
pink cameo ring; reward If return
ed to Mrs. Frank Bourne.
rooms, first door east of R. N.
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.
"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
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.
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
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
:___ _ ...
EXPLORER S WORK IN AFRICA
Frenchman Sheds Light on Vaet Re
gion Hitherto Comparatively Un
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
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
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 :
year* from now very few
bliud P«™"» *"tll he seen on the
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
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
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<
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.
H. H. HOFF MEAT CO.
MONTPELIER COAL &
WE HAVE À FULL LINE OF
Edwin L. McClave
W. H. Smith
If You Want to Biiy a
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
We sell Life, Health and Accident, Fire
and Automobile Insurance, that is relia
We have money to loan on irrigated
part irrigated land at 8 per cent, no com
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.
BEAR RIVER VALLEY UNO & ABSTRACT CO.
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.
Why the father of a newly born
baby Is proud of hlmaefl, la another
Agree with everybody and you may
run for office, hut you're not likely
to ran very tut.
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