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THE RATHDRUM TRIBUNE
VOL. XXIV, NO. 32 ItATHDRUM, KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 1919 $1.00 PER YEAR r But Idaho Governor-Elect Coes Light ou Promises. Boise, Idaho, Dec. 30-—The new state administration will be induced into office next Monday. The ceremony will be informal and brief. Governor-elect Davis has return ed from the east where he attend ed the conference of governors and has been at work on his message, which, it is promised, will depart from the stereotyped lines of promise. Mr. Davis has some ideas of his own and it may be judged from conversations with him that they are to be strictly business like. Not only talking economy, he will suggest ways to bring it about, but not to an extent to impair a growing public service. Mr. Davis has been in consulta tion with other officers-elect, on appointments, but as yet no an nouncements have been made. All agreed that the best men available should be gotten into the official family to serve the state. It is understood frequent con sultations between state officers and between heads of departments will be held—a sort of cabinet pro gram—to produce team work. It is also stated that a departmental budget system is to be installed as a check against unnecessary ex penses and in order to have a ready record of accountability. The following elective state officials take office at Boise, Jan. 6: Governor, D. W. Davis Lieut. Governor, C. C. Moore Secretary of State, R. O. Jones State Auditor, E. G. Gallet State Treasurer, J. W. Eagleson Attorney General, Roy L. Black State Supt. Schools, Ethel E. Redfield. Inspector of Mines, Robt.N.Bell The fifteenth session of the Idaho legislature convenes next week. Idaho State News Items. Governor-elect D. W. Davis has appointed Capt. A. H. Wilson of Lewiston adjutant general of Idaho. Four companies of the old 2nd Idaho regiment, which were merged Into the 116th engineers, is slated for eariy return from France. Nez Perce county, with a quota of $276,500, has gone over the top In ihe War Savings Stamps campaign, Is the announcement given out by state headquarters. The Uni versity of Idaho opens for tbe winter quarter Jan. 6. Short practical courses in mining, dairying and forestry will also begin on that date. Idaho furnished 13,060 volunteers for active service in Fraoce and in shipbuilding, and 11,842 drafted. The registrants not called numbered 107,555. Idaho hond purchases amount to $44,460,000, W. S.'S. $4,500,000, Red Cross $700,000, United Welfare drive $450,000. contributions to organiza lions later taken care of by tbe united welfare drive $1,347.978 O. O. Haga, director of commercial economy for Idaho bas disbanded his lore«' The war Industries board lifted tbe ban on practically all con structiou work aDd removed other restrictions. Moscow was placed under the tightest Influenza quarantine it has had, for one week beginning last Saturday. The ban includes lodges and churches and all gatherings ex cepting the high school. TLe Idaho statutes provide that no private corporation may employ a foreigner who has not first declared his intention to become a citizen of the United Slates. Foreign born slackers who sur rendered their citizenship papers rather than fight for the United States are to be prevented from securing work in Shoshone county. Idaho's public utilities commission wants back the power to fix intra state rates which it delegated to the western traffic committee of the United States railroad administration at the time railroad control was taker, over by the government as a war measure. In his biennial report. Secretary of State W. T. Dougherty estimates the expenses of the office for the next two years at $31,670, which is $1000 more than the closing biennium due to in creased cost of help and supplies. Fees earned by the office the past two years amount to $193,683, besides $988,251 received from licenses on motor vehicles. Wallace Dempsey, a 16 year old lad living at Priest River, has demon strated that popcorn can be grown successfully in that region. He planted a small tract as an experi ment. The corn turned out to be of such good quality that a local merchant has contracted to take all the corn the boy can raise next season, at a price of one cent a pouDd above prevailing market quotations. Outlines Progress In the War. In a letter written Nov. 23, Darwin Sage a corporal of the 146th F. A. band, gives an outline narrative of the part taken by his unit in the war Leaving Clermont-Ferrand, central Frauce, where training was completed, the regiment was taken by train through the suburbs of Paris and reached Meaux July 7, unloaded there ••-und convoyed to L'lvigny. whence it moved up to Chainigoy where its batteries opened fire for the first lime in action. "We were still there when the Germans started their last offensive on the'15th, and also when we counter attacked on the 18", says the letter. The regiment then moved up to Montreil, Le Tbiolet, Chateau Thierry, Mozuet, Beuvards, as the line advanced. Aug. 16 the 146th was relieved and sent back to Villers sur Marne for a rest. The first night here, three boche planes bombed Le Ferte, a fair sized town nearby. A few days later the regiment moved by convoy to the Verdun front, arriving there on tne 28tb. After a few nights another move was made to occupy a large dugout in an old quarry near Aucremont. The regiment, with its long range French 155's then participated in the St. Mihlel drive which started Sept 12 and lasted only a few days. The next move was up near Verdun where, on the night of the 25th, the big drive started, and the regiment gave artillery support to the assaulting infantry during the entire battle of the Argonne. and was still pounding the Huns until they were across the Meuse and the armistice was signed The regiment had stayed at Montfau coo for a few days and was to leave for I)un-sur-Meuse, the morning the armistice put a stop to hostilities. A few days later the entire regiment moved back tu Blercourt where it was in camp Nov. 23, awaiting further orders. Darwin says he was picking up wire in an old no man's land, when the armistice was announced. There upon all the meo quit work and went back to camp. in TO BAN ILLITERACY N. & Law Wanted to Educate Un lettered Idaho Citizens. Buise, Dec. 28 —A bill providing that all persons over J Ö years of âge who can not read and write the English language, sball attend night school for a certain number of hours each school year until such knowledge is attained and making financial pro vision for such schools in all districts was unanimously indorsed by the members in attendance upon the conference of superintendents and principals and of the executive board of the Idaho Stale Teachers' associa tiou at the closing sessions today. The bill was recommended by the Americanization committee of the state council of defense. The last official census of Idaho shows that the state has 5453 persons over the age of 10 years who are illiterate, or 2.2 per cent. Of illiter ate males of voting age there are 3415, or 3 1 per ceut. Ü. as FROM OVER THE CODNTY POST FALLS A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gaskill Dec. 26. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Kyle of Pleas ant View are the parents of a son born Dec. 21. Corporal Roy Webster while home from Camp Lewis on furiough, was married in Spokane to Miss Sibyl Bogar of Deary, Idaho. Glenn Libby came home from the army spruce division for the holidays. Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Berry were Christmas guests of their daughter, Mrs. H. B Barnes, at Rathdrum. Raymond Wetherell has been mus tered out of the S. A. T. C. at Cheney. it SPIRIT LAKE E. Hammacher, who died Christ mas day of influenza, aged 37, was buried Friday. He was in the laundry busiuess in Spirit Lake for seven years, and leaves a widow and six children. Mrs. IT. Oldenburg died Friday night of influenza-pneumonia. Sat urday morning her 3-year old daughter, Rutb, died of the same disease. All the commissioners of tbe Panhandle highway district favor the proposed bond issue to improve the roads out of Spirit Lake. The chair man of tbe committee is J. M. Nlckey of Twin Lakes. Hume Cleland of the 146lh Artil lery writes stating that he met Captain Boekel of Rathdrum in the Verdun district the latter part uf November Capt. Boekel is with tbe 347 field artillery. John G. Hughes was pleasantly surprised to get a letter from his son Robert, dated Blercourt, Nov. 24. France, The young man bad been reported killed in action. HARRISON Charles, the 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George Hull, fell through the ice wh>le skating on Anderson lake Christmas day and was drowned Tbe body was recovered. Frank Roscoe of Black Lake died Dec. 20 from influenza. He was born in Harrison in 1894. nis wife died of influenza Dec. 14. Flu cases are abating. W. B Russell, G. F. Rusäeli, J. J,. Pugh, Cbas. Russell and Lawrence Pugh, guided by Tony Drissen, hunted a week In Bear Gulcb, return ing with three deer aDd one bear. They found bruin in his wiuter Quarters audj shot him and draped him forth. CdfUR D'ALENE Mrs. Ezra]Post received a Qermao helmet fronj her husband in France. Cornelius Spain, of the naval aviation section, recently returned from oversells, died at Pelham Bay, N. Y., Dec. 27. His death was a shock to hii| parents to whom he had recently wifed saying he would be home In a few days. The electjion of R. L. Black to the office of attorney general caused the dissolution of the law tlrm of Black & Wernettj;, and Mr. Wernette has entered intlo partnership with C. H. Potts. at ly The supreme court convened last 11 Judge E. 0. Steele uf week wit Moscow sifting with Justices Morgan and Rice, In the absence of Chief Justice Budge, who could not be present. On Monday Judge R. N. Dunn was called to the supreme bench tuk|ug Judge Steele's place. Herbert Shearer, age 14, died at Charles Feeiy's farm on Rathdrutu prairie. fr[>m pneumonia. Ilowardl Laabs, age 15, son of A. Ü. Laabs of Dalton Gardens, died of tonsililis with complications. U. O. Sowder, auditor-elect, has appointed R. F. Kercbeval uf Coeur d'Alene and D. L. Hills of Harrison as deputies. / Last Sunday evening vandals stole Dr. J Ml Busby's Haynes car. School f reopen Jan. 0, but the law compelling attendance will be sus pended fjir a time. Countj- Treasurer Thomas reports $125,000 taxes received up to noon Dec. 31. Jan. 4 Is the la-t, day to pav taxes. After that da'e 6 p> r cent penalty [will be ad,tied on amounts unpaid. PRAISE FOR FOOD SAVERS Voluntary Basis of Food Saving Showed Heart of America B^at True for Freedom. To tjie voluntary service and sacri fice of the American people must be attributed the continued health, strength and morale of the Allied ar mies and the civil populace. Upon this spirit of service and sac rifice will depend Europe's fate In the months to come. In the past year we have «tarried out an export program, the magnitude of which Is almost be yond comprehension. But with the new demands that have come, with the liberation of nations freed from German oppression, our exports must be alihost doubled. Instead of 11,820,• 000 t<|ns, we must ship twenty million tons pf food to Europe in the coming much as can be pushed year—ns through our porta. If the Allies had not been fed by America, It. would have been Impos sible for them to maintain tlieir de fens^ against Germany. Meeting this world need on a purely voluntary basis, the American people have] conclusively proved that democ racy Is a success ana that In time of need It will rise to Its own defense. If there were no other accomplish ment to Its credit the very fact that It has shown the strength of democracy has in Itself more than Justified the existence of the Food Administration in the eyes of the world. I.^ss than four months after the United States declared war the United States Food Administrator expressed his determination to meet America's food problem on a basis of voluntary action and reiterated hla confl dene« that awakened democracy would prove Irrijsslstlble. "Many thinking Americana,** said and the whole world Mr. Hoover, hay« been watching anxiously the last four months In the fear that demo cratic America could not organize tc meet autocratic Germany. Germany has been confident that It co uld not be done. Contrary proof Is Immediately at «our door, and our people have at ready demonstrated their ability tr mobilize, organtze, endure and prepare voluntarily and efficiently in many di rections and upon the u lere word of Inspiration aside from Uie remarkable assemblage of our Army and finances.' The history of the F* od Administra tlön has clearly showy, that the trust of those who put their faith In democ racy has not been ml* placed. —Foot! .Administration. FOOD RULES STAND Especially as to Margins Al lowed to Dealers. Boise, Dec. 28.—That food ad ministration activities must con tinue in Idaho, and speculation in licensed foodstuffs be curbed and profiteering prevented, is made clear in the following wire received at the office of Administrator Bick nell from the United States food administration: "Partial demobilization of the food administration and the with drawal of many of its rules and regulations have given the impres sion in some quarters that all its activities have ceased or are short ly to cease. This is not the case. The act imposes upon the adminis tration certain obligations which continue until presidential procla mation releases us from the food control act, and particularly the obligation to curb profiteering and speculation in licensed food pro ducts. This function must continue to be performed, and there is no intention of relaxing in this direc tion. "It has been possible, now that peace is assured, to cancel many requirements for reports and many of the details of the regulations, but the profit margins and rules have been for the most part re tained, and will be enforced by re vocation of licenses and other appropriate penalties. It is expect ed that it will be possible from time to time to remove certain commodities from the license list, but this will he limited to com modities which do not seem likely to be subject to possibility of speculation and profiteering. t * WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF The peace congress at Versailles is to open between Jan. 9 and 14. It is estimated that 350,000 persons have died of influenza in the United States during the present epidemic. While In England President Wilson visited the birthplace of his mother at Carlisle. American womeu were ordered Dec. 28 to quit knitting for the Red Cross, an ample supply of kuitted articles having been accumulated. Up to Dec. 28, 320,000 French prisoners had been repatriated from Germany under the armistice. Washington state has 2000 factor ies manufacturing 1000 different commodities. General Perching has promulgated more drastic regulations for tile inhabitants of that part of Germany occupied by the American Third army. There were 180 deaths in Spokane from influenza during December and 425 since the outbreak of the epedern of It ic. The Lloyd George coalition won the recent election in Great Britain, captaring 5J9 out of 707 seats jn parliament. This means nu. endorse- ., ment of the party that conducted the war. tc be at tr di of Premier Llojd George of Great Britain announced Saturday that the conferences with President Wilson bad brought' out an agreement on general principles concerning terms of peace. While President Wilson advocates a league of all the Dations to keep tbe peace, Premier Clewcceau favors a balance of power for the same pur pose by an alliance composed of France, Great, Britain, Italy and tbe United States.