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OFFICIAL PAPER OF CITY AND COUNTY Vol. XV. No. 21-A BLACKFOOT, BINGHAM COUNTY, IDAHO, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1918 $3 a Year MOTHER MADE GLAD AFTER TWENTY LONG YEARS OF WATCHING AND WAITING Black foot Boy at Last Located in British Hospital; Red Cross Helps Locate Parents. Mother Weakens When News is Received Blackfoot seems to be getting into the class of towns that furnish the long lost Charlie Ross, Enoch Arden and Robison Cruso according to the following incident which is rather unusual. A Blackfoot boy vanished twenty years ago and his whereabouts just recently became known to his rela tives. At present he is in a British hospital, of war-torn Europe recover ing from nervous ailment brought on by a long seige of war service. The boy ran away from home when he was but twelve years of age and for twenty long years he has not been heard of, except that during the Boer war his people heard rumor of him, indicating that he was in South Africa, but they wqre only able to get enough information about him to arouse a new interest that was followed by disappointment. The lad's mother, Mrs. A. M. Stewart lived at that time on the Valentine ranch below Riverside and since his departure has cherished the son, George would home. Mrs. present time is at Lava Hot Springs and a few days gao she received telephone message from Blackfoot saying that George was still alive and was in a British hospital. Stewart fainted when the some continually hope that her yet come Stewart at the a Mrs. message was delivered to her and somebody else took the rest of the glad tidings The message as received at Black foot stated -that George had served for four years in the British army and was discharged on the third of September of this year and since then has been in the hospital receiving treatment for the nervous disorded, as .staded above, resulting from the FIFTH PLACE IN HONOR LIST IS GIVEN TO IDAHO Oversubscriptions to Fourth Liberty Loan Reckoned up and Final Awards Announced by Federal Reserve Bank. Idaho is fifth in rank of all stated and territories in the twelfth federal reserve district in amount of over subscriptions to the fourth Liberty Loan, according to figures given out by the Federal Reserve bank of San Francisco. To gain this rank Idaho subscribed more to the fourth loan, in propor tion to her quota, than either Cali fornia, Oregon, Utah or Hawaii; the actual amount subscribed being $16,804,450. Total subscriptions to the fourth loan in the twelfth federal reserve cTstric' amounted to $459,00')>.'0, these figures being officially bounced by the treasury department at Washington, quota was $402,000,000, this amount is equivalent to 114.2 per cent of the sum asked for by the national government. Following are the figures released by the Twelfth Federal Reserve Bank as to the makeup of this total: an As , the district's Per Subscribed. $ 2,132,550 9,225,350 Washington .... 70,108,150 Nevada Idaho ..... California Oregoh ... Yltah . Hawaii ... cent. Alaska Arizona 156 148 120 5,996,150 . 16,804,450 . 289,804,650 . 38,244,350 . 19,603,700 7,080,650 119 115 113 113 106 106 Total The total given is expected to be increased to more than $461,000,000 by the settlement of unadjusted ac counts of subscriptions made by rail road and other such employes which were turned in by the companies in states outside of the twelfth reserve district, and which are to be allo cated by the treasury department. $459,000,000 Ju§l Arrived The New 1919 BUICK Sixes have just arrived. Come and see the new improvements. Call and see us before pur chasing your new car. Bills Auto Co Blackfoot Idaho heavy artillery fire with which he was constantly in contact during the four years of service. The story as we understand it is this: The Stewart family were living on the Valentine ranch which was the original homestead of I. A. Parsons on the west side of Snake river, about five miles below Blackfoot. The young than, Parley George Stewart, who attracts our attention at the present time, was a good boy, but a little wild and in 1898 he from home, newsboy on the ran away He secured a job passenger train operating from Pocatello to Butte, and when troops were passing thru from Montana to San Francisco en route to the Philippines some of the Soldiers took a fancy to George and proposed that they take him along as their mascot. as Like a careless, curious boy he was willing and anxious to go and Mrs. Stewart later received some sort of message from the company saying they wanted her son to go with them to the Philip pines and asking her permission. However they did not wait to receive her permission, but went on and on taking George with them. It seems. that he got separated from the , „ com pany before sailing for the Philip pines as he later sailed on the British steamer, the Narcissis, bound for London. Whether he enlisted and fought in the Boer war is not quite clear at this time; but he enlisted in the British army on the fourteenth day of August, 1914, under the as sumed name of John Charles Single ton. For more than four years he saw the upb and downs of the English army, fighting the Germans. Since he has been placed in the hospital the Red Cross society have undertaken the task of helping him to find his people and a letter ad dressed to the postofflee at Black foot, Ida., a good while ago, brought him no desirable information. It is a part of the rules of the postal department that a post master shall give no information to such inquires 'even tho he know just what the writer wants to 'find out. If the in quirer receives any reply at all it is a printed notice saying in effect, "If you have any mail for delivery to the person you ask for and will send it to this office it shall be de livered to him if we know where he is." When George Stewart, alias John Charles Singleton, could find nothing thru his home postoffice he assumed that the Stewart family had gone from here or that the postal de partment was not interested in ac commodating its people or the sol diery of the allies, but George did not give up the wrote other letters, one addressed to chief of police of Blackfoot. Chief William Drew and Fire Chief John Boice soon located Mrs. Stewart at Lava Hot Springs and lost no time in getting the message to her, with the result that Mrs. Stewart and her sister, Mrs. Wall have already cabled John Charles Singleton in care of the Red Cross society at London. He has a brother in the aviation corps in Europe, but of course he did not know it and probably does not know yet where he is . George received weekly pension from the British ernment of 15 Shilling and 16 Sterl ing, equal to about $3.75 in Ameri can money. — Ulrs. Stewart has lived out search, hut a gov — , , at Black foot and American Falls most of the time. She has a dry farm near Amer ican Falls and lived on that for several years before coming to Blackfoot, where she conducted the Stewart rooming house over the First National Bank. Sh© moved out only a few months ago to go to Lava Hot Springs. Her daughter Neomia, Mrs. C. G. Briggs, lived with her mother a part of the time after the San Francisco earthquake and Blackfoot people are familiar with the sad circumstances attend ing the loss of her mind due to the RED CROSS HAS ENOUGH FUNDS FOR WAR WORK H. P. Davison Tells Americans to Maintain Organization for Peace Time Relief; Asks all to Keep Membership. *vAbHINGTON.—Future plans of the American Red Cross to be de voted to peace-time relief work not only in United States but throughout the world were outlined in a state ment Wednesday night by Henry P. Davison, cnairman of the war coun cil. Mr. Davison, speaking to the 3854 chapters and 22,000,000 members of the mercy organization, said it is be lieved there is need for no further campaigns for funds. Instead the an nual Christmas roll call for members will constitute the foundation of the Red Cross. "Since the armistice was signed,'' said Mr. Davison's statement, "I have had an oppurtunity to confer in Paris with the heads of all American Red Cross commissions in Europe, and later in Washington with the presi dent of the United States, the council of the Red Cross, the man agers of the 14 Red Cross divisions of the United States, and with the heads of our departments- at national headquarters. I am, therefofe, able to speak now with knowledge and assurance in saying that the benefi cent work of the American Red Cross is to go forward on a great scale— not alone, as heretofore, for purposes of relief in war, but as an agency of peace and permanent human ser vice. war , . engaged at 2500 different places throughout the land. Healthy Financial Condition. For the completion of Its war work and for the institution of its peace program, the Red Cross is for tunately in a healthy financial condi tion. What the American Red Cross need now is not so much the contri devotion and loyalty of its members buttons of money, as the continued Annual membership involves the pay. ment of only $1. The money thus received not only defrays all the ad ministrative expenses of the organi zation, but leaves a substantial bal ance, which, together with all funds subscribed directly for relief, are de vo !^. so P ur P ose - The roll call of the nation is thus to be called at Christmas time,- that through enrollment In their Red Cross the American people may send a message to our soldiers still over seas and to the people of the world that we are not merely content with seeing our arms united with ottr al lies in victory, but that our abiding purpose is that the love, the sym pathy and the intelligence of all Am erica shall be rededlcated to the per manent service of mankind.'' Will Continue War Work. "Since America's entry into the war the purpose of our Red Cross has been primarily to aid our army and navy in the care of our own men under arms and, secondly, to extend relief to the soldiers, sailors and civilians of those nations which were fighting our battles along with their own. With the funds which have been so generously contributed by the American people thii war work of the Red Cross will continue and be completed with all possible sympathy and energy. "Wherever our soldiers and sailors may be, the Red Cress will stay with them until they are demobilizes. Nothing which we may do will left undone either for the men ip the war zone, for those returning, for those in the camps and hospitals, or for their families at home to whom will continue to be devoted the min, istrations of the Red Cross home ser vice. In this latter effort 50,000 trained Red Cross workers are now earthquake shock and will remember the circumstances of her suffering and death at the Blackfoot asylum last winter. During all the trying years since the earthquake when Mrs. Stewart was wishing and hoping for some clue of the long lost son and hoping that her daughter might be restored to her normal condition, Mrs. Ste wart put up a wonderfully brave fight in business matters. A friend sometimes wonders and marvels at her calm courage. They have reason to wonder also that she could com mand the sad smile at all, which is common to her. We shall try to keep track of the .son and inform our readers more about the matter. SOME OF IDAHO'S HEROES The following list includts some men from Idaho, In Saturday's casuhlty list, who 'have given their lives for the great cause. Some were killed in action and others died of wounds: Frank Schoeffler, Cameron, Idaho; Chester O. Waite, Fruitland, Idaho; Avard P. Wall, Montvlew, Idaho; Orville Crlppen, Salmon, Idaho; Alerxndro B. Moise, Jerome, Idaho; Camile L. Groesbeck, Boise, dlaho. ♦ LEFT FOR WASHINGTON Mrs. Gailager and daughter Pearl Elledge left the last of the week for Kennewick, Wash., where they were called on account of the illness of Mrs. Gallager's mother Mrs. R. H. Vannoshran. They expect to remain Indefinitely. ♦ RESUMED HER WORK MONDAY Miss Marie Burggraf resumed her work with the Kinney Mercantile company Monday, after being absent for several weeks. XMAS LETTERS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO FATHER November 24 was "Father's Day" for Boys in France. Christmas Vic tory Letters Will Reach Home in Time. of de P. November 24 was Christmas Vic tory Letter Day for the boys iu France, according to the Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the American Expeditionary Forces. On this day every American soldier in France possessing a father is sup posed to have written him, and those not so fortunate were urged to write to someone else's father. Company censors and the postal service were to speed the missives in the manner as they did those to make Mothers' day a success. It is expected that these letters will arrive at their destinations in time for Christmas, and to this end the auxiliary services of the A. E. F. the Red Cross, the Y. M. C. A., the K. of C., and the Salvation Army have all promised the same co-operation as made a success of Mothers' Day. According to the announcement in in the Stars and Stripes, the Christ mas victory letters 'will now be on their way to the homes and firesides of the folks at home. Just What It Means Following is the story, in part, printed in the Stars and Stripes: "A Christmas Victory Letter to of same Dad! 'A Christmas letter to let the old gent know that we survived the show and are getting along nicely, thank you, to give him our version of how it happened, to remind him that we will be back home some of these days to put our feet under the family table and our upper lip over the fatted pig—the letter to be brief and truthful, that we've been going to write (some day) ever since, for a scandalous majority of us, since we arrived in France. "November 24 has been nomin ated by the Stars and Stripes as Dad's Christmas victory letter day for the whole A. E. F., the day upon which every American soldier in France sits down a few minutes and concentrates the weak threads of good intentions into the composition of a letter to the best buddy he has in trousers. 'On this side of the water the ob servance of Dad's Christmas victory letter day will be somewhat similar to that of Mother's day, which is re membered by the weather-beaten old timers of one service stripe or more. Success of Mother's Day 'On Mother's day, May 12, just at the beginning of the fighting' season, with all the A. E. F. busy and on its 'toes, practically every American sol dier in France, who had a mother wrote to her, and a lot who had suf fered the greatest. bereavement of their lives wrote to their buddy's mother or somebody else! The sail ors in European water—and they're i n 0 n It this time—did likewise The result was that a ship landed at an American port late in May with 1,450,000 letters tbroad, the greatest shipment of first class mail ever re ceived In the United States from Americans abroad, "it will be about the same this time, with the added cheerihg factors that we have a lot more to tell now, and plenty of time to tell it. Sol diers who are fatherless are urged to write to somebody else's father, Particularly, if a buddy has fallen in battle, they are asked to write to his father. There are fathers in the United States for whom this Christ mas will not be as merry as it might, for whom even the cries of victory are reminders of grief How Scheme Will Work "It will be Do it Now Day for the writing of a letter to dad. Every body writes to the old man and (this Is the best part of it) gets a Christ mas letter from him in return. That Is the whole scheme. Your news paper is arranging the second part of it with the aid of the cables aud the American news services. "The news agencies have wired over that the father's victory Christ mas letters are coming with a lot of hot first-hand war dope and that it behooves all the fathers of European war veterans to stir the germ of or thography in their good right hand, grab a piece of paper and writing tool and do the best they can with the material at hand. It's a two-day re ciprocal action proposition. To Cheer the Old Man 'So.remember the date—November 24—remember, its been set aside by your newspaper in your behalf as the day on which' to write a Christmas victory letter to the old man, and no matter what else befalls that day, be sure to get off that letter to dad, even if its only a few lines to tell him your're well and to wish him the merriest, happiest Christmas he has ever had. "And that's just what It will be If the postman on Christmas morning rings the old home door bell and hands the old gentleman a letter bearing in its upper right hand cor ner the three magic words— Father's Christmas Letter." ARTHUR ANDERSON ILL Arthur Anderson a former Black foot boy and a brother of Mrs. Frank Whitten is very seriously ill at his home In Nevada, with influenza and pneumonia. Mr. Anderson is in the butcher business in Nevada. ASSISTING AT COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE Theron Carruth Is working at the county clerk s office at the court house until school begins. ARRANGING PLANS TO FURNISH EMPLOYMENT TO THE RETURNING SOLDIER BOYS OF THE GEM STATE Federal Department of Labor Thru District Organ izations Seeking Co-operation in Solution of Impending Vital Labor Problem The following telegram received from the department of labor, Wash ington, D. C., relative to securing work for returning soldiers, has been referred by State Director Kerr to the federal community labor board of the Pocatello district and the local U. S. employment office: Our plan of co-operation in con -1 nectlon with placing representative of labor department in every camp, under order of Adjutant General Lrowder, dated Nov. 23, provides for establishment by this service of a bureau for returning soldiers in every city and large town. Soldiers being discharged at camps and sent home will mostly seek em ployment at homes rather than from camps. Task of finding them occupa tions thus becomes "community re sponsibility." Function of employment service is to concentrate co-operative local efforts and all information as to po sitions at central points, furnish means of communication, as to labor supply and needs, between commun ities and.to inform soldiers in camps where and how to proceed on reach ing home. Start at once organizing such bureau thruout your state, using local offices,-community labor boards and public service reserve agents, and getting assistance from other organizations in places where service has no representatives . Co-operation Required ^-operation of mayors, local councils of defense, labor unions, chamber of commerce, draft board members, county farm agents and other organizations interested should be sought everywhere and every couragement given their efforts, giv ing tuem representatives in offices, if wanted, and share in local This service furnishing central clearing house and uniform system when existing. Employment service offices are not advantageously located, try to open offices in public buildings of other desirable places, securing if possible local contributions of rent and all volunteered assistance available. Telegrapn this office, and thru respective state directors, to repre sentatives of employment service, in camps where men from your state have been sent. The address of each such office in your state as opened and name of man in charge. Keep central control and direction of all work for purposes of clearance and record, but encourage each com munity to feel that the work is be ing done by the community and that facilities of this service are given tor purposes of centralization of in formation en man agement. inter-cojnmunity clearances, make every effort to get men baca on the farms. Many to Handle Extremely rapid demobilization of camp and unit basft, while changes pending and during winter months presents to the country the problem of readjustment in its most difficult form, and renders imperative, im mediate, and most energetic action and co-operation of beet organizing ability in every community thruout the state. and Under the plan designated and set forth in the above telegram, It ls evident that the details of this work must be taken up by the local organizations of the serveral count les and communities, that have al ready been handling and narticipat ing in the war activities of the dif ferent localities in this work as In all other work that has been accom plished. It is understood that the county councils of defense have the gen eral supervision of all work In their several counties, and upon these councUs will rest the responsibility of accomplishing the work as out lined above. Census should be taken of the personnel of all the soldiers that were taken into the army from the different localities, their occupation at the time of going into the army, and the possibility and opportunity of their returning to their original employment. This can be accom pushed very readily If taken up by each community and reported to the j county councils of defense or what + + + + + + + + + + + + 4 * 4 , 4 , 4 * 4 , 4 * 4 , 4 , 4 * 4 , 4 , 4 * 4 * 4 , 4 * 4 , 4 * + + + WE'LL BUY 'EM TODAY 4 * + 4 * + The Yankees are sailing, the transports are trailing, over the + feathery foam. Our laddies are coming, our laddiAs are coming, + our laddies are coming back home. They've licked that darned 4* kaiser, they've made him lots wiser, they've driven the brute out of 4* France; we sent them a gunning, they set him to running, they 4» kicked the blamed cuss in the pants. We knew they would do it, 4 of course we all knew it—we knew they would rampse to the Rhine; + 'twas their duty, 'they done it, 'and the war—oh, they've won it 4* and they're coming, they're coming to us o're the brine. We're 4 egar to meet them, we're hungry to greet them with shouting, with 4» music, with song; they're heroes returning to home fires still burn- 4* ing all lonely too long. We'll set th© flags waving for the lads 4* who'^e been saving the world from the lust of the Hun; in song + and in story we'll boast of their glory—of the wonderful deeds they + have done. We'll crown them with roses, we'll blow our old noses + to hide the emotions that stir us inside; we'll miss some dear lad- 4* dies who left mothers and daddies and for freedom in Flanders 4* — 0ur hearts W 1H be swelling, our tears will be telling 4* the thing our lips, ashamed, cannot say: "Oh, laddies don't scold 4* We forgot what you told us—We'll buy thein dinged war 4* stamps today!" 4* 4 - 4 4 4 4 4 * 4* * 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 * 4 - * 4 * * 4 us 4 - 4 - 4 - —EARL WAYLAND BOWMAN. 4 * 4 > 4 ' 4 * 4 * 4 ' 4 * 4 * 4 * 4 - 4 * 4 * 4 - 4 » 4 » + 4 ' 4 » 4 - 4 - 4 * 4 * 4 » 4 * 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 * 4 * 4 * 4 * 4 - + + 4 * * ever organizatoin may be designated as the executive head for this work in th e several c&unties. They in turn will furnish this information to the j U. S. employment office of the dis ! trict in which their county is located and from the district offices to the | federal director's office at St. An -1 thony, headquarters, where all such data will be compiled and the infor mation furnished to the director general of the U. S. employment ser vice, Washington, D. C., and the of fleers at the several camps, as may be required from which soldiers jo be released. Work for Organiztions The examiners in connection with the community labor boards of the several districts that have been or ganized under .the U. S. employment service will be expected to get in touch with all local organizations in their several districts and secure the co-operation of the organization for the accomplishment of this work, I am sure that Idaho will are „ , per form her part in this work as well and with the same spirit as in every call that has been made. I appeal to every county and community to give to this department that assist ance that is necessary to the end that the record of Idaho in this instance may speak for the loyalty of her people as it has done in the past. Chairman William Wallin of the community labor board for the Po catello district, together with Ex aminer P. E. Long of the U. S. ployment office, are at work carrying out the desire of the department. Local representatives have been em ap Continued on page five ♦ TWO INDICTED FOR TREASON AGAINST U. S. Federal Grand Jury Charges Ameri can and German with Communi cating Secrets to Berlin Imperial Government. NEW YORK.—Indictments charg ing treason were returned by a fed eral jury here Friday against Her mann Wessels, an officer of the Ger man navy, and Albert Paul Fricke, of Mount Vernon, N. Y., American representative of a German toy man ufacturing company. The men have been in the Tombs prison several months, having been denied bail after previous indictment on charges of conspiring with Jere miah A. O'Leary, Marie K. De Victor lea, Willard J. Robinson, John T. Ryan and other to forward secret messages through Holland to the German government. Concealed German Spy. Fricke is an American citizen. The treason charge against him is baaed on the alleged aid he extended to Wessels, in giving to agents of the federal government false information regarding Wessels to conceal the fact that he was a secret representative of the German government, Wessels, It is charged, came to the United States on November 12. 1916 with false passports Issued in Swlt zerland under the name of Carl Roedlger and in Holland under the name of Haro Schroeders. Fricke la accused of harboring him, and with the aid of the forged passports, conspiring with Hugo Schweitzer and Rudolph Binder, residents of the United States and with the repre sentatives In neutral countries that Wessel should communicate with the then imperial government, Sent Secret Mess|ages to Berlin, It is specifically charged that, as Part of this plan, Willard J. Robin son, on March 24, 1917, left this country for Holland with secret mes sages to the Hohenzollern govern ment and brought back instructions and funds for Wessels. Fricke also Is charged with having given funds to Wessels and having attempted to arrange meetings be tween him and Oscar Englehardt, Ernst Bischoff, Hugo Schweitzer and others, with an intent that they should assist the German government its war against the. United States.