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Former Adjutant General and
Representative From Bonner
Oounty Denies Them in Toto
—Backed by Examiners.
Charges Attempt to Make Such
Report Year Ago Would Have
Resulted in Those Behind It
Being Labeled Slackers.
Rising to his own defense following
submission of the special investigating
committee's report to the legislature
Monday afternoon Representative C. ,S.
Moody, former adjutant general, \
against whom charges of illegal and j
criminal use of public funds was made, !
answered his accusers and the issues I
raised against him. i
Moody alleged that tho investigation :
had been unfairly conducted in that he !
had not been permitted to pee the.doe-j
uments before the committee, had not j
been allowed counsel to represent him 1
nor opportunity to refresh his memory 1
about transactions happening as far
buck as two years ago in the depart
ment or during the rush period when
tho country was at war.
The counter charge was made by
Moody that had an attempt been made
a year ago when the nation was in
volved in a world struggle, tô file
such a report, those responsible would
have been labeled slackers and driven
from the borders of the state.
The Democratic minority attempted
to have Moody defer his defense until j
Thursday. Both houses turned down
the request. By party vote the report
of the special committee and its find- |
ings were adopted. The Democrats at-j
tempted to have the minority report,
adopted. As a substitute it was lost in
the house by a vote of 44 to 14. The ;
report was adopted by a vote of 43
to 16. Mrs. White of Twin Falls, Re-I
publican, voted against its adoption
Representative Moody secured rec-|
ognltlon from the floor and proceeded j
to answer his accusers. He said that!
ho had "tried to keep my head" dur- I
lng tho investigation, had welcomed |
lt in fact and was prepared to give j
the committee all of the facts. He
quoted Shakespeare to show that man :
could steal his purse but not his char- j
acter . j
"I have given the committee every
opportunity to examine into the affairs
of the adjutant general's department," !
he said. "I have concealed nothing. 1 !
wanted the committee to get at the j
facts. I consider its members to be j
composed of honorable gentlemen, act- i
uated by the best of motives."
Referring to the fact he is a physl- j
cian and layman, not a lawyer or versed
In law, he held the investigation had !
> not think it con- !
been unfair.
ducted tho examination fairly." he j
said. "I was required to give my tes- j
ttmony before a number of lawyers,
but allowed no lawyer myself. I was j
not permitted to familiarize myself j
with the documents before tho com- j
that fair, gentlemen ?" crlefl j
""Moody addressing tho majority "ing. *
"I say it was not. Deep down in your j
hearts you know it was not." j
Kegarding the charges made about!
draft expense, he declared the state of |
Idaho stood among tho foremost In
keeping the expense per man inducted j
into the service down to the minimum.
"That is my answer to the committee
eh; irge," said Moody. '
"We were at war, gentlemen," said
the former adjutant general. "Ger
many in July of last year was advanc
ing on Paris. The allies were hard
The proof' of*
is both in the
* eatind and the
good health .
that, follows.
Makes its own
requires no add
ed sugar.....
A delicious,. ..
economical food
There's a /Reason"
pressed. Do you realize what would
have happened had we not put our
men over there to stem the tide? Ger
many would have won.
"The cry was Insistant for men. Re
gardless of the cost we had to have
men to stop the Germans. Idaho had
to furnish Its share. Idaho did so.
The nation did so. The Germans were
stopped and were turned hack.
"You, gentlemen, would not have
dared to bring in such a report ns tills
when the country was at war and you
know it. If you had you would have
been labeled slackers and driven from
the borders of the state of Idaho, and
you know that, too.''
If the committee was so anxious to
find out about extra expenses for the
department he demanded to know why
it had failed to Investigate a Cost of
J276 for wiring the quarters at the
Boise barracks since he left office.
When lie lived there, ho said, he had to
use an oil lamp for light.
When the committee charged that his
trip to Washington was useless, he de
clared It did not know what it was
talking about. That trip, he said, had
been made at the order of the provost
marshal general in connection with tho
administration of the draft which he
considered a sufficient answer to the
"I had the sanction of the state board
of examiners for the expenses to which
my department was put in the war
emergency," said Moody. "I was sat
isfied with it. If they were wrong
cannot help it, but I do not think they
Regarding the return to the fund
of certain moneys in connection with
: the Washington trip, Moody declared
! that the order to leave for the national
capital came after he had purchased
j transportation to go north on draft
1 matters and he had borrowed money
1 from a Boise bank to purchase the
tickets to Washington. In due course
of time, the vouchers had been return
ed, and the money put back into the
fund. He said the state got back every
cent and $30 more which he had paid
out of his own pocket. He explained
it was well known to anyone traveling
on state business that it cost more for
tho officer to travel than he receives
back from the state.
With reference to the sale of a sec
ond hand typewriter for $111.50, he said
j it had been perfectly legitimate and
that tho money had been turned over
to one of the officers in his depart
| ment.
'why didn't you put tho blame where
; it belonged, if there was blame. Gen
tletnen, you did not. because you were
afraid to. Major Burns, he said, had
riling this item," said Moody,
; neglected to turn hack the check which
hls records after the
was kept
j He said that the Christmas cards
which the investigators had charged
I were wrongfully purchased, had been
| properly bought: that he was receiv
j ing, as adjutant general, many' cards of
the same nature from adjutant gener
: als of other states; that he had A. G.
j Kennard print them; that he never told
j Kennard to charge them to his person
al account,
"I sent the cards to Mrs. Moody who
! was in tho north with instructions to
! mail them to the various adjutant gen
j erals and draft boards," said Moody,
j "which she did, paying the postage her
i self."
Regarding the printing of a poem on
j the war, he said it had been considered
so inspiring at the time it was re
! cleved in the adjutant general's office
! that it was deemed advisable to have
j it reprinted and sent to the various
j draft officials in the state,
j Explaining the automobile expense
j the report referred to, he declared
j travel by train on draft business had
been so unsatisfactory that it vvas con
j side red. advisable to use an auto and
* ho had done so, charging the expense
j of upkeep to the state, which he con
j sidered was no more than fair and
I quite proper. He said he did not per
H onally do all of the traveling, but that
| others in his department had traveled
j n the machines. He was glad, he said,
j the committee had a geographer, ns he
<n<j not know until the report of the
committee was filed, how far he had
traveled. The committee figured it
73,361 miles In two years,
; Moody charged that in tho matter of
J the Edith Chaney trip north, his name
j was not signed to the authorized
Lone Democrat on Committee
Investigating Adjutant Gen
eral's Department Says Tac
tics Used Unfair.
The minority report on the Moody
investigation signed by Representative
Hoff, lone Democrat on the committee,
exonerates Representative C. S. Moody,
former adjutant general, and M. Alex
ander, former governor, 'n the man
agement of the affairs of the former's
office and charges that the Investiga
tion was unfairly conducted. This re
port was read to the t%vo houses Mon
day afternoon following the majority
report. It was declined by both hous
es. The report is as follows:
"The majority of your joint special
committee appointed to investigate the
affairs of the adjutant general's office
have prepared and submitted a re
port thereon with which report, as a
member of the committee, I find my
self unable to agree.
"I, therefore, have prepared and now
submit a minority report touching the
affairs of the adjutant general's office
and the Investigation thereof by the
committee, and move that this report
be substituted for the report of the
majority and he adopted by the re
spective houses of the state legisla
"So far as I have been able to gather
the facts from the investigation made,
there appears to be no evidence of
wrong doing upon the part of the
adjutant general in the conduct of his
office and no irregularities worthy of
"His administration of the office,
continued through the whole period of
tho war, and many duties were im
posed not necessary in time of peace.
"The whole war machinery of the
government for the state of Idaho was
conducted through the office of the
adjutant general, and many times
expenses were incurred in matters of
emergency when there was neither
time nor opportunity to inquire wheth
er, under ordinary conditions, it would
be wise to make the expenditure.
"I find that all expenditures made
by the adjutant general during his In
cumbency of office were made with
a view to an economical conduct of
the affairs of his office, with an hon
est and patriotic purpose and with the
exception of a few discrepancies nat
urally incident to the conduct of an
office during a period such as that
through which the nation has passed
within the last few months.
"The records of the adjutant gener
al's office present a condition not to
be criticized.
"l have not had an opportunity to
be as well Informed upon the facts
.disclosed by the testimony as I would
hike. Some of the testimony' was tak
en when I had no opportunity to be
present, because of not being advised
of the time of the meeting by the corn
mitlee. Neither have I had an oppor
tunity to inspect tho testimony re
ported because the same has not been
submitted to me, until today.
"I find myself likewise unable to
agree with the conduct of the inves
jtijçatlon of the adjutant preneral s offic®
a* told down by the majority. The
adjutant general, who was more inter
ested than any other person, wqs do
nied the right to have counsel during
his examination or at any time dur
ing his hearing. To my mind, this
Is not in accord with the spirit of our
voucher and he would bet the last dol
lar he had tho committee could not
prove that It was. Mrs. Chaney, he
explained, was an efficient clerk In the
department and had been sent north to
assist a draft board after one 'of Its
members had died. He charged that
In this connection, an effort was made
condemn him wrongfully and to
shield others.
T never secured any of the state's
money," said Moody In conludlng. -'You
can't prove I got one dollar I was not
entitled to. You can't prove and you
won't attempt to prove, that I got one
cent that was not approved by the state
board of examiners. I defy and chal
lenge you of the majority to do eo."
A number of members left the
chambers when the vote on adoption
of 1 he report was taken. Several of
them were Republicans. Mrs. Emma
Drake, representative from Payette
county, asked to bo excuaed from vot
ing. Objection was raised. She thsn
voted for adoption. Representative
Harrison of Shoshone advised the house
to go slow In adopting the report and
made the point that If It wae udopted
It did not place members on record as
accepting the majority committer s
findings as final.
Moody said during his statement that
the statement of the committee that
many of the Items of expense coult
have been charged to the federal gov
ernment was Incorrect, as the govern
ment had repeatedly Insisted that the
state bees as much of the expanse of
administering the draft law as it pos
sibly could and this forced the stato to
spend more than had been anticipated
Chicago, Feb. 25.—Chicagoan« who
like a nip wer® well supplied with the
"wet" goods today.
With the nearing extra tax of I3.i«
a gallon on hard "llcker" and |8 i
barrel on beer, consumers are carry
lng packages from the size of a bottle
to a barrel. Surface cars, suburban
and elevated trains were packed with
late homegoers carrying their package»
and baskets.
institutions and certainly not In accord
with the idea of fair play which oc
cupie« so Important a place In the
American mind.
'The adjutant general was not per
mitted to be present at any time dur
ing the examination of other witnesses
for the purpose of cross examination,
or permitted to be present at all.
"The adjutant general respectfully
requested that the committee submit to
him in writing the specific matters of
items concerning which they desired
him to turn his attention, that he might
inspect the records and refresh his
memory with reference to those mat
ters, and even were the written request
not agreeable to the committee that
they verbally state to him the matters
concerning which they desired him t<*
testify, and this was refused.
'With the varied and multiform du
ties which he was called upon to per
form during the war, it was only right
that he be permitted to direct iiis at
tention to the particular matters con
cerning which the committee might
think there was some question, and not
require upon the moment to recall ev
ery act of administration without a
moment's reflection. Such conduct, in
my Judgment, would not be tolerated
In a court of law where a man was
charged with a criminal offense and
being tried by a Jury. Certainly It
was not becoming a committee of that
body, the legislature, toward a member
of that body when the only authority
they had was the simple power of In
"The adjutant general requested that
a copy of the transcript of the testl
mony be furnished him so that even
though he were denied the right to be
present at the hearing, he might avail
himself of the testimony given through
reading the transcript, and this has mn
been furnished him by the committee
in time to be of any avnii.
"I conclude that there was not a fair
open and unbiased examination of the
affairs of the adjutant general's office.
"That he was given no opportunity
whatever to. present the matter in a
public, fair and open manner, consist
ent with the theory of our laws.
That the disclosures made even
though in the manner above mentioned,
do not discredit the adjutant general
or his office or his department.
That the adjutant general conduct
ed the affairs of his office honestly
and efficiently and manifested a loyal
and patriotic spirit: did his part in
keeping the state of Idaho up to the
high standard of patriotism and of ef
fective service generally maintained
throughout the period of the war."
Banquet at Commercial Club
This Evening to Discuss Fifth
Liberty Loan Plans — Ad
dresses and Music.
Members of the state legislature will
be guests this evening at a "victory
loan" banquet to be held at the Boise
Commercial club at 6 o'clock, under the
auspices of the liberty loan committee
having charge of the fifth drive of
Vhich Montie B. Gwinn is chairman.
The purpose of the banquet is to out
line the needs of the fifth loan in order
that members of legislature may take
back the message to the counties w hich
they represent and aid in putting the
loan across. A program of addresses
and music will be given.
Short addresses will be made by
Governor Davis, Monti® B. Gwinn,
Lieutenant Governor Moore, M. A. Ki
get*, speaker of the hou.se; Mrs. Frank
B. Kinyon, representative of the wo
mans liberty loan organization, and
H. R. Munson.
All but two members of the senate,
who have made previous engagements,
will be In attendance and over 40 mem
bers of the house.
I)led of wounds—Edward Doyle,
Wounded slightly, previously report
ed missing In action—William Pierce,
Hope: Henry T. Stevens, Burley:
Frederick H. Geltz, Genesseo.
Returned to duty, previously re
ported missing—Martin A, Peterson,
Killed In action—Gudmund Ro
genes, Astoria.
Died of disease—Lieutenant John A.
McCleverty, Portland; Sergeant, Rnn
don F. Anderson, Portland; Corporal
Walter PenCK, Salem.
Died of accident—Edward F. Parker
Grants Pass.
Died, previously reported missing— 1
Conrad C. Cockerline, Estaiada.
Wounded severely—Elmer A, Mills
Newberg; Irving Balderree, Dallas;
Albert D. Comp, Gresham.
Wounded slightly—Roy A. Wright,
Died pf .disease—Sergeant Thomas
Martin, Castle Rock; Lieutenant
LewlB N. Pinkham Jr., Spokane.
Died of accident—Earl M. Horton,
Selah, «
Died, previously reported missing 1 —
Artie M. Rtckard, Ouksdale.
Wounded severely — Lieutenant
Thomas G. Ware, Spokane; Ray H
Miller, Seattle; Raymond N. Shaw
Yakima; Frank Daniels, Tacoma;
»teven Maks, Black Diamond; Thomas
Thompson, Nespelem; Edgar R. Ha
lony, Seattle; 8amuel W. Swank, Port
Angeleaj Clellte Arthur Van Horn,
Crescent City.
Wounded degree undetermined, pre
viously reported missing—James M.
Baldwin, Elma.
Present for duty, previously reported
missing—Jesse Orbal Myers, Aber
deen; Philip p. Palmer, Seattle; Harry
W. Hamilton, Chewelah; Ronar Tu
bon, Seattle; Fred Nix, Aberdeen.
Action in Giving Honorable Dis
charge to Conscientious Ob
jectors Condemned—Favor
Eleventh District.
The action of Secretary of War
Baker in giving honorable discharges
to conscientious objectors was cen
sured by the house of representatives
Monday afternoon in the passage of a
memorial to congress. That body is
urged to condemn the action of the
nation's secretary of war. The house
also passed the Kent bill creating the
Eleventh judicial district out of Bon
ner and Boundary counties. The
Bourne railroad crossing warning bill
and the Thompson act to elect county !
commissioners by district instead of at
large were uinong the measures killed
Summarized, the action of the hous
The following measures were passed
House bill No. 157, by' committer
on roads—Providing sworn analysis o
metal used in the manufacture of cor
rugated culverts.
House bill No. 129, by Kent—Creat
ing the Eleventh judicial district out
of Boundary-and Bonner counties.
House bill No. 145, by Kent, Monson,
Hugo, Hunt and Thomas—Defining a
legal newspaper as one having had 78
consecutive weeks' publication.
Senate bill No. 63, by committee
on banks and banking—Providing
taxes of banks must be paid prior to
second Monday' tn December.
House joint memorial No. 17, by
committee on Indian and military af
fairs—Protesting to congress tho ac
tion taken by Secretary of War Baker
giving honorable discharge and full
pay to conscientious objectors.
The following measures were killed:
House bill No. 20. b.v Thompson ■—
Providing for the election of county
commissioners by districts Instead of
at large.
House till No. 93, by Robert.on—Re
lating to lettvrs of administration in
cases«of intestacy.
House bill No. 69, by Bourne—Re
quiring insinuation of warning signals
at railroad eus sings.
(Continued from Page One.)
first explanation of the league of na
tions constitution to his cabinet this
At the same time the president prob
ably will give his official family his
plans to obtain nation-wide approval
of the league. Because of the presi
dent's short stay* in this country', it Is
believed cabinet members will deliver
a series of addresses in support of it.
This probably will be done while the
president is again in France attending
the peace conference.
Today's cabinet meeting is the first
with the president in 13 weeks and
rich department head has a report
m domestic conditions ready for his
attention. Chief among these are the
financial and labor situations, which
president will be asked to disen
tangle, as well as future army and
navy plans, the railroads and recon
struction work in general.
Secretary of f>abor Wilson Is anxious
_________ _______________________
that the president reserve at least one 1
day of his short stny for a confer
ence with governors nnd city officials
the unemployment situation and
the general Industrial unrest.
The president found a mass of ex
ecutive business awaiting him.
About a dozen bills passed in con
gress were on his desk for approval.
There was a mass of personal mail
nnd other communications which had
been accumulating sinco he sailed
from France, but he planned to clean
this up rapidly.
Several Important positions must be
filled by him within the next few
days, chief among them being a suc
cessor to Attorney General Gregory.
In addition, ho will fill vacancies on
the Interstate commerce commission,
the federal trade commission nnd the
federal reserve board.
Conferences with party leaders have
been reserved for tomorrow, as the
Democratic national committee meets
here then, and probably will choose a
chairman. Wednesday evening also
has been set aside for the dinner with
the congressional foreign relations
committee« to explain "article by arti
cle," the constitution of the league of
Thursday the president will march
In and review from a stund In front
of the white house a parade for re
turning fighters.
Arrangements have been completed
for the president to keep In closest
touoh with the peace conference. Al
most Instantaneous communication with
the American delegation will be main
tained. The president's stay In this
country may be governed by the de
velopments at the conference ,as he
hss made his plans to return hurriedly
should any matter demand his per
sonal attention.
McBratney & Co. carry Jn stock the
very best of funeral furnishings and
sell them at reasonable prices. Oqly
undertakers In Boise who own an auto
hearse, therefore independent. Price
of hearse In city, *7.—Adv. tt
Plano moving mua» easy. Call 71.
Peasloy Transfer & Storage Co.—Adv
W. O. W.
Well, the war Is over and the flu
haB passed, but the big social of the
Woodmen of the World will be held
Wednesday evening. February 26, for
member* and families. Dancing and
refreshments.—Adv. F25
Mothers! Read the Signs!
If you will learn to give Cascarets, the candy
cathartic, to your children, instead of castor oil,
calomel and pills, you will save money, and avoid
lots of worry, coaxing and sickness. Truly 1
Çj'STpj? oil
0 \L
When one of the kiddies has a white tongue, a tainted breath, sour
stomach or a cold; when bilious, constipated, feverish, remember, a sweet
candy Cascaret to quickly "work" away the nasty bile, sour fermentations
and poisons should always be the first treatment given.
Children really love to take candy Cascarets and they never gripe the
tender bowels, never injure, and never disappoint the worried mother.
Give Cascarets to children one year old and upwards. Each 10 cent box
contains full directions for children and adult«.
STRAND—Today Only
Washington, Feb. i25.—Officials of
the internal revenue bureau are ready
to receive payment of federal taxes.
The new revenue law provides for
installment payments on all taxes if
the taxpayer so chooses. The first In
stallment must be forwarded with the
returns of the taxpayer and must be
In the hands of the revenue collectors
by March 15.
One-fourth is payable on that date,
one-fourth on June 15, one-fourth
Sept. 15 and the rest on Dec. 15. A
penalty of 6 per cent per month to
gether with a loss of the Installment
privilege begins accruing It 25 per cent
of the tax Is not paid on or before
March 15.
Chicago, Feb. 25.—The supreme
council of Knights of Columbus toda>
claimed sole right to dispose of the
Î25 OOU.OOO war work fund assigned to
The action came as a result of a de.
cislcn by the committee last week that
not mote than 10 per cent of the aCth
ollcs' fund should be used in providing
free comforts for soldiers In France.
A clogging mass of undigested food
that remains fermenting In the stom
ach or Intestines sends the poisons It
develops through the entire human
body. "Keep the bowels open." Is one
rule of health recognized by all 1 schools
of medicine. Foley cathartic Tablets
cleanse the bowels, sweeten the stom
ach and benefit the liver. For Indiges
tion, biliousness, bad breath, bloating,
gas or constipation, no remedy Is
mure highly recommended. No griping
or nausea. WhltehraJ s Drug store.—
Adv. t th s.
Madrid, Feb. 25.—The Spanish cabi
net has resigned, It was announced
The Spanish cabinet was formed
last November by Marquis De Alhuce
To say that she plays as well as a man would
be to flatter ell the men in the world.—Walter
Antho ny.
Pinney Theater
"The arm of a man; the head of n artlotf
the heart of a woman."
Under the Stare
and Stripes no vio
linist has attained as
high a goal as Maud.
Lower Floor, first li row:
Lower Floor, last 6 rows
Balcony, first I rows ..,.
Next 5 rows.......,....,
Next 4 rows
ery (n
A* Prices Plus » Peräüt Wär' WA'
IN and OUT of town mall ordere re—.,,
filled In order of receipt, if aoaompaal
check or money order made payable 7 ^
Mendenhall, Manager. Enclose self _
stamped envelope to Insure safe return
Chicago, Feb. 26.—Six thousand
persons were expected to attend to
day the annual meeting of the Na
tional educational association.
Organisation of the big meeting was
practically completed last night, when
group gatherings were announoed for
varloue hotels today.
Among mattere to be discussed and
probably adopted are questions of
higher salaries for teachers, war gar
den plans for schools, military train
ing In schools and teaching of foreign

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