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THE IDAHO REPUBLICAN
SEMI-WEEKLY Published every Tuesday and Friday BYRD TREGO, Editor and Proprietor Entered at the postefflce at Black, foot, Idaho, as second-lass matter. Subscription price - $3.00 per Year S • I The Idaho Republican never • • sells, never leases, never dodges • ■ an election, never hides Its pur- • • pose to see how public opinion is • • going to go—but says what It «• thinks, takes the public Into Its • • confidence and goes on serving, tf. •• FRENCH PEOPLE HONOR US ALL The French people have been very generous in marks of appreciation of the aid given by America'during the war ,and have taken every opportun ity to express their feelings. When President Wilson arrived in France, as the official and personal represen tative of the whole people of the United States they ^ive him such a reception and ovation as could not possibly be outdone and yet be in good Btate and in keeping with the times and conditions. It was the greatest possible manifestation of friendship, of gratitude, of fratern ity and confidence that could be poured out. It was expressed in formal and popular, friendly greet ings, by the voice of cannons from land and sea, by men ,by women, by pretty girls, by crippled soldiers and able veterans, but the display of thousands of captured cannon, air craft and other enemy implements of war telling the mute story of victory, and by gay Paris decorated in our national colors. Long ago, France erected a piece of statuary, "Liberty enlightening the world," in New York harbor, and now in the greatest fruition of that work ,she welcomes our president and thereby pays a tribute and ex presses the outpourings of her na tional heart to all America and all Americans. Every person In America who has put forth an effort or furnished service or material for winning the war is entitled to appropriate person ally some of the expression that France poured out for the presi dent, and each should be proud to have our representative there to re ceive such acknowledgement. Only those who did not help win the war are barred by their own conscience from appropriating France's great national thank you. * • Old Crusty's Christmas u < I * ► << < ► l > Br < ► OLIVE HARPER o • ■ (Copyright, 1918, Weetoru Newipaper Union.) ISTER, Mister! Please hold me up so I can see." u / These words came from the lips of a baby St of four, blue with cold and quivering with a //6 |\'Jh/ great desire to see the wonderful display of moving toys In the show window of a large store. This strange request In the childish treble caused an old man' whose face was lined and seamed with hard and unlove ly wrinkles to stop and lbok down. He was about to push the child away, but the little hands were raised with such utter confidence that in spite of himself he actually did lift her In his arms and gradually edge his way nearer the window through the dense crowd. The child looked and looked with staring eyes, las if she could not take In enough of the wonderful procession as it went around Its allotted space. The cold hands clutched tightly at the old man's collar, and the blue lips were parted In an ec static smile which showed the tiny white teeth. The golden hair blew across the old man's face, and somehow he did not resent It, but when he had held her until the pro cession had gone twice around he began to feel tired, for he was not young. As he turned to make his way back through the crowd the little chest heaved with a great sigh, but she did not cry. The old man smiled cracked and grudging smile as the child said: .6 - rW\ y n Ai A %Y\I wj m mm * „-r a "Fank you—you Is good." "I—good? Oh, I don't know. He started along thinking It time that the child should be put in charge of her parents, but her tiny fingers clung to bis hand. "Where is your mother?" he asked. See?" And she n "Muvver's dead, picked up a fold of her black dress to show. "Ah!" said he, suddenly choking. And yet he had gained the name of Old Crusty in the neighborhood where he lived alone, and he was also con sldered to be a stony-heurted miser. "And my fawer, too," continued the child, still clinging to his hand. '"Curious how surroundings Influ ence one," thought he, "and how the enthusiasm of a crowd communt cates itself. I wonder what kind of a Christmas this child will have. Everybody will have some thing. I wonder where she lives, and If she would like a puppet" He asked: "Little one, would you like a puppet?" "Fat's dat?" "Why, a—one of those babies?" pointing to the dolls in the window. "I dunno. I never touched one." "Let's go Inside," suddenly said the old man, some of the unlovely wrin kles disappearing. They went Into the crowded store. "Let this little girl have anything she wants, miss," said Old Crusty. The blue eyes shone like stars, and a delicate pink bloomed In the lit I Nj • ■ • • • \ U 3 a be or at in tie cheeks. The young lady at the counter was tired —dead tired, but the Christmas spirit was in her heart and she handed two dolls, one dark haired, the other blonde, and each with white teeth show ing between the lips. rtf chose the dark le haired one. "Looks _J like muvver," she said. Her happi ness was as complete as that of the young mother who clasps her first born to her heart. The old man lost some more wrinkles as he watched her ineffable delight The young lady said gently: "Perhaps you would like to get your little girl some—ah—shoes and —warmer things?" "Thank you, miss, she shall have them, for as you say she evidently needs them. But she is not mine." shoes had been A WM o Oi The child on to In be in be When a big bundle of nice warm garments and a wonderful pair of red If made up the man thought she might possibly be hun gry. So they made a queer little group at one of the cozy tables. The baby, for she was scarcely more, said: H li rs 'Til ; ni ' & "I likes you. Will you take me home, and my dol ■ ly?' m-'r* 'JX e s; If you will tell me where kis face ed of in an of son for to It Is,' softening In spite of himself. But he soon found that the child had no idea of where she lived, but by degrees he learned that "Muver was tooked away in a big box," and she had remained with Mrs. Vilklns. This lady appeared to have several children of her own, and she had "told Mlsser Vilkins that she couldn't be bovvered wiv' Mary, so she tooked me out and I got losted." As the Innocent little lips formed these words Old Crusty said to him self: •"Heartless creature—name Mary— deliberately lost this lovely child. Tender little thing 1 I must take her home for tonight anyhow, and look for her people tomorrow." By the time he had made this reso lution the warmth, the good bread and milk and excitement had been too much for llttlb Mary and she lay asleep in the cab which the "miser" had called. No one claimed a lost girl, and Old Crusty said dally: "I really must seek her relatives," but he never found them, and it was not long before the little girl called him grandpa, but before that she had kissed away all his ugly wrinkles. And they are very happy, an at Si a m V is *5 Mat I I He WILL REINSURE MEN IN SERVICE Plan Protection for Those Soon to Return Home. % UNCLE SAM TO PAY OVERHEAD Soldiers and Sailors Now Holding Government Insurance to Be Permit ted Within Five Years After Peace Is Declared to Convert It Into Or dinary Life, Twenty-Payment, Life, Endowment, or Other Forma of In surance. Preparations by the government for reinsuring the lives of soldiers and sailors on their return have been has tened by the signing of the armistice. Although regulations have not yet been fully drafted, It Is certain that each of the 4,250,000 men In the mili tary or naval service now holding voluntary government insurance wllj be permitted within five years after peace Is declared to convert it without further medical examination Into ordi nary life, twenty-payment life, endow ment maturing at the age of sirty-two, or other prescribed forms of Insur ance. This insurance will be arranged by the government, not by private com panies, and the cost Is expected to be at least one-fourth less than similar forms offered by private agencies. The low cost will result from the fact that the government will pay all overhead administration expenses, which for pri vate companies amounts to about 17 per cent of premium receipts; will save the usual solicitation fees, and, in addition, bear the risk resulting from the wounding or weakening of men while In the service. Private companies would not write insurance on many wounded men, or their rates would be unusually high. Pay Premiums Monthly. The government will arrange to col lect premiums monthly, 'if men wish to pay this way, or for longer periods In advance. This may be done through post offices. The minimum amlunt of insurance to be Issued probably will be $1,000 and the maximum $10,000, with any amount between these sums in multiples of $500. There will be provision for payments In case of dis ability as well as death, according to the tentative plan. The Insurance may be purchased by any soldier, sailor or marine—officer or enlisted—and by women members of the army or navy nurse corps, providing they already hold government voluntary life Insur ance. About 95 per cent of the 4,500, 000 men In the service are covered by this Insurance, which expires after they go back to civilian life and cease paying premiums. This Is the system devised to replace the old pension plan of providing for ex-soldiers and sailors. * a it Greatest In the World. This will be created out of the gov ernment's emergency war insurance bureau, the greatest life Insurance in stitution In the world for peacetimes, with more policy holders and greater aggregate risks than a half dozen of the world's greatest private companies combined. Out of the experience gain ed may eventually develop expansion of government insurance to old age, In dustrial and other forms of Insurance, in the opinion of officials who have studied the subject. Regulations for reinsuring sol diers and sailors are being framed by an advisory board to the military and naval section of the war-risk bureau, consisting of Arthur Hunter, actuary of the New York Life Insurance com pany; J. A. Fraser, Omaha, of the Woodmen of the World, and F. Robert son Jones of the Workmen's Compensa tion Publicity bureau. New York. Plans also are under consideration for allowing beneficiaries of men who have died or been killed In the service to choose between taking monthly pay ments over a period of 20 years or to commute these payments in a lump sum. NO SPITTING IN CORNERS Big Factory Puts Ban on Old Custom of Men. It Is a known fault of men that they like to spit Into dark corners. Said spitting Is known to spread disease, and the Nela Park works of the Gen eral Electric company at Cleveland, in promoting an antispitting campaign in an effort to check Influenza, has hit upon a scheme that Is said to be work ing extremely well in checking spit ting in corners. Every corner In the great plant has had a white strip painted on the baseboard and a white quarter circle on the floor. The work ers, seeing the reminder, hesitate to spit, and the result has been the vir tual elimination of spitting in corners at the factory. EAR OF CORN HIS GOD Russian Salaams and Prays In Sup plication to It. I It was In the court of domestic rela tions. Louis Kurzawskl, there at the order of his wife, pulled out an ear of corn from his pocket, salaamed, and began to pray In supplication to It. He had brought the ear all the way from Russia, and it was sacred to him. "He calls It his god," explained Mrs. Kurzawskl. him now from the court. "One year In the bridewell," said the judge. 'Without the ear of corn." ta He thinks It will save A Rare Opportunity We are offering the people of Blackfoot a rare op portunity to buy LADIES' READY-TO-WEAR at a great saving. All that we offer were great values at the regular retail price. Now we have reduced these prices until you can not afford to pass them by. Should you need a SUIT, COAT, DRESS or any other item of Ready-to-Wear or want to give a gift that will long be appreciated be sure to come in and see the excellent values we have. I 33 Ready-to-Wear marked from 10 per cent to 33 1-3 per cent off. / t Kinney Mercantile Co Phone 37 We Appreciate Your Business 4 4 • t Blackfoot = Be sure to see our hosiery, handkerchiefs, silk underwear and many other useful gifts for Christmas. WHOLE BATTALION ROCHE ENCIRCLED RELIEVED AT LAST Continued from page one the doughboys who tried to crawl tout and get it were killed by watch vjng snipers from across the ravine. Several planes were brought down, one pilot killed and two observers were wounded In the effort to carry aid thru the air to the surrounded battalion. Obedience to Orders Not once did that battalion try to fight its way back. It had been or dered to take the position and hold it. The battalion obeyed orders. Afterwards, when the men had been relieved and had come out white, emaciated, unrecognized in their black growths of beard, the talk among them was all of Major Whittlesey. Sixty-nine officers and men had been left dead on the hill side, and of the 394 soldiers to leave the ravine alive 156 were wounded. Those too badly hurt or too weak •were carried eventually to a sorting station on the edge of the forest, a beautiful abbey reared by pious hands 900 years ago. There, huddled in blankets under a candle-lit statue of Jesus of the Sacred Heart, they looked like fig ures in some immemorial pageant of suffering. But their proud talk was all of their major. How he had kept up their spirits by his hourly mes sage of "Keep cool ,men," and still more by his own unfailing serenity. How the very sight of him shaving himself regularly each day was a claiming specticale. How, tho it was perilous to more along the ravine,' he managed somehow to see each man each day. That was the story the wounded told. One doughboy, cradling a bandaged arm, put it this way: "We held out because he did. We was all right if we could see him once a day." Somebody to See the Major There was more food at 10 o'clock Monday night, and corned willy never tasted so wonderful. The next morning the major's orderly—he was in the dressmaking buslnes on Fifth avenue before the war—was trying with his wounded hand to comb the mud out of a newly acquired beard when he heard a gruff voice demanding, "Major'" "Everybody wants him; who is it now?" he answered wearily, and then scrambled to his feet when he saw that the inquirer wore two stare on his shoulders. v "Oh, sir, he's down the line hand ing out food with his own hands. I'll bring him to you." "Bring him nothing," said the general. "I'll go to him.". ♦ CORPORAL DALY HOME Corporal Walter Daly returned home Wednesday morning from Moscow by way of Butte, where he has been training at the S. A. T. C. Corporal Daly has been at Moscow about three months and received his promotion to corporal shortly after he began his training. CITY COUNCIL MET The city council held a meeting Tuesday night, Dec. 17. They went thru the regular routine of allowing current bills. As no further business was brought up for consideration the meeting adjourned at an early hour. ♦ RAYMOND LACOUR HOME "Raymond LaCour returned to his home in Blackfoot Monday evening after spending the past four months ta Camp Fremont, Cal. After spending a few days with his parentB here, he will resume his work with the O. S. L. NOTICE Notice is hereby given that I will make application to the board of county commissioners of Bingham county, at a regular meeting of said board in January, 1919, to appoint the following deputies to serve in the office of the clerk of the board of county commissioners, clerk of the 'disctrict court and ex-officio auditor and recorder: T One senior deputy, one recording deputy, one deputy clerk of the dis trict court, and stenographer and clerical help as the work of these of fices requires. a F. M FISHER, Clerk of the District Court and Ex officio Auditor and Recorder. Dated at Blackfoot, Ida., Dec. 18, 1918. 23-7mf NOTICE Notice Is hereby given that the undersigned duly elected assessor of Bingham county, Idaho, will at the regular meeting of the board of county commissioners, January 13, 1919 make application for the ap pointment of one chief deputy and such other clerical assistance as the requirements of the office may de mand at different times together with such field deputies as may be necessary during the period of as sessment. E. T. MALCOM. Assessor. 23-6f NOTICE Notice Is hereby given that the undersigned duly elected treasurer and tax collector of Bingham county will at the regular meeting of the bogrd of county commissioners, Jan uary 13, 1919, make application for the appointment of such deput ies and clerical assistance as the re quirement of the office will war rant from time to time. H. A. BENSON, County Treasurer. ;23-6f XMAS i * 5/ 0*1 v-ra JOB O/V THL IVA V ***** ■.. ! m MS ft is m The holidays are approaching rapidly. It's a good idea to buy your gifts early. We make this suggestion because the next few days will be busy ones for you. One trip thru our store will give you good ideas for Xmas thah you will get in a month at home. more yiJMlm IPHRMIBV, r /l 12 ft\ [-9 3■ 3100 . / £CCL£S MOTEL I Blackfoot, Idaho. SOLDIERS'LETTERS American Expeditionary Forces A. Grimaud, Pingree, Idaho. Dear father: I am dropping you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope you are the same. I am still behind the lines and have not as yet had a chance to see the front, and it does not seem as tho I will get the chance now as the war will end soon. It takes the Americans to show them whats-what. I haven't been able to get down to my uncle's home yet. I am going down if I can get a furlough. I have already been over quite a bit of France, but those parts I wanted to see are still left. Have been doing all kinds of work since I arrived in France. Some interpreting. I was in the company supply office for a while and then I was sent out to a French saw-mill to act as interpreter. They then decided to run the mill at night and they gave me a crew of nineteen men to do the night work. T run it about three weeks. The lum ber that we cut was used to build bunks, benches and tables for the cantonments. The night shift was taken off and now I am back with the day crew, helping Corporal Camp bell. Corporal Campbell came with me from Fort Douglas. He enlisted about the same time I did. He was a steam shovel engineer at the Mackay dam previous to his enlist ment. How are the sheep doing? Did you have a good range for them? I can't think of much to say so will close. Hoping this finds you well. Your sincere son, CORP. A. P. GRIMAUD, Co. B. 601st Engineers, A. E. F. ♦ Mr. and Mrs. B. H Alexander re turned to Blackfoot Wednesday, after spending a few days in Poca tello visiting with friends.