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•&> THE RATHDRUM TRIBUNE VQlL. XXIV, NO. -to RATHDRUM, KOOTENAI COUNTY, IDAHO, FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1919 $1.00 PER YEAR COMMENDS Y AID Pershing Takes Back Post Exchanges Overseas. Asserting that the valuable aid dered by the war service of the Y. M. C. A. had been a large factor in the final great accomplishments of the American army, General Pershing, in a communication to E. C. Carter, in charge of association operations with the American Expeditionary Forces, paya a splendid tribute to the work which this agency accomplished under extreme difficulties and handicaps. "The Y. M. C. A. served the army bet ter than could have been expected," says General Pershing. At its own request the American Y. M. C. A. has been relieved from main taining post exchanges with the Ex peditionary forces overseas, the need for such service having been relieved with the signing of the armistice. Cor respondence exchanged between Gen eral Pershing and E. C. Carter, in charge of the Y. M. C. A. with the army, resulted in this decision. Car ter wrote to General Pershing January 21th as follows: Dear General Pershing: A year and a half ago you re quested the Y. M. C. A. to under take operations for post exchanges for the American Expeditionary Forces in order that "officers and enlisted men may not be taken »^oy for that purpose from their paramount military functions of training and fighting." As soon as hostilities cessed we raised with ren you the question whether time had not come for the Y. M. C. A. to be relieved of the operation of poat exchanges in view of the fact that there longer the same pressing demand on man power of the army for training and lighting. When we flret raised the question with you it did not appear to you that It was feasible in the best Interests of maximum service to the army that a change be made. Now the situ ation is materially altered. Recent general orders from main headquarters and requests from commanding officers have laid on the Y. M. C. A. increased responsl was no bllities In promoting educational, athletic and entertainment activi ties in the American Expeditionary Force. This Is placing a rapidly increasing burden upon our per sonnel. The array is also now pre paring for the delivery of all sup plias for post exchanges which heretofore have been imported, manufactured and delivered by the Y. M. C. A. In view- of the changed situation I wish to know whether you do not think it would be possible for the army at a very early date to as sume full responsibility for the maintenance of post exchanges throughout the American Expedi tionary Force? Very cordially yours, (Signed) E. C. CARTER. General Pershing immediately acted upon the suggestion made by Carter and relieved the Y. M. C. A. of its task of maintaining the post exchanges. He said : Mv Dear Mr. Carter: I have received your letter of January 29th asking whether, in view of present changed situation. It. would be possible for the army to assume full responsibility for maintenance of post exchanges throughout American Expedition ary Force. As you correctly state, the Y. M. C. A. undertook the management of post exchanges at my request at a time when it was of greatest im portance that no available aoldier should be taken away from vital military functions of training and fighting. As reasons which im pelled me at that time to request you to undertake this work no longer exiat, I am glad to approve your suggestion in reaching this conclusion. Consideration has been çlven to new burdens In tlon with entertainment, athletlr activities and education that have assumed. i®*ly given directions that Conner you I have accord - army units themselves take over and operate their own post exchanges. In making this change permit me 1 to thank you for the very valuable? services and assistance which the Y. M. C. A. has rendered to the American Expeditionary Fonee In handling these exchanges. Hnndi capped by shortage of tonnage and land transportation the Y. M. C. A. has, by extra exertion, served the army better than could have (been you Qfjr be jumjged t « — i that its aid has been a large fac tor in the final great accomplish ments of the American ariey. Very cordially yours, (Signed) JOHN J. PERSHING. Idaho State News Items. The miners' trade school now in progress at Wallace under the auspices of the University of Idaho is making good headway, according to F. A. Thomson, dean of the school of mines of the university. The state highway commission has decided to push to completion this Vear the north and south highway, especially that, portion of it between Orangeville and New Meadows. United States Senator John F. Nugent, who returned to Boise from Washington last week, will deliver addresses advocating the League of Nations doctrine in many of the more important cities of the state before he resumes his duties in the copgressional upper house. Foreclosure proceedings on more than 100 mortgages securing state farm loans totaling approximately $180,000, some of which have been delinquent nearly 10 years, will be started by May 1 if settlements are not made, the state land board decided Friday. Bills providing $1,850,000 for state highways during the current bienni um, and providing for a constitution al amendmet to permit issuance of $2,000,000 of bonds for the biennium begiuuing January 1, 1921, were signed by Governor D. W. Davis Fri day, with other measures of highway interest. No apprehension need be felt re garding persistent press reports from large population centers relating to the appearance of a disease reputed by some to be t a sequel of influenza aud by others to be a form of "sleep ing sickness." in the opinion of Dr. Edward T. Biwer, secretary of the state board of health. Vocational training of disabled soldiers already has commenced at the University of Idaho. Two maim ed veterans have just begun an in tensive course in animal husbandry and arrangements have been ruade to extend the work of rehabilitation to a variety of agricultural subjects, mining and forestry as soon as addi tional disabled lighting men are sent to the university campus. Governor Davis vetoed house bill No. 129, which sought tj create the Twelfth judicial district out of the counties of Butiner and Boundary; house bill proposing the Eleventh judicial district out of Washington and Adams counties: house bill No. 264 authorizing county commissioners to appropriate funds for the support of county councils of defense and a senate bill authorizing county coop erative associations to form for the transaction of business. Assessor Prichard of Bonner county is In receipt of a recent opinion hand ed down by Attorney General Black in response to a query from Assessor Kincaid of Ada county in which the attorney general states that motor vehicles which do not pav the auto mobile license may be proceeded against as a personal tax and remain ing uupaid may be charged up against the owner the same as unpaid personal tax and he subject to the treble tax penalty provided against uopaid personal property. Nine commissioners, who collect ively will exert directly authority in administration of state industrial regulations, which has heretofore been scattered, are to be appointed by Governor D. W. Davis, at salaries of $3600 per year, under the terms of senate bill No. 19, which swept out indefinite lines between 48 state departments and consolidated them under the niue divisions which the commissioners will head. (CONTINUED ON LAST I'AOK) HE'S WATCHING YOU ' l •Ik l\ M I i' t 1 IS É5 i \ </, 3 // / H'k mlr* h ■ Jt a»« ï ■ JL 1* VT/% v v\ <■ ~Ztx NEW IDAHO GUARD Adjutant General Wilson to Organize Regiment. Boise, Idaho.—Efforts will be made by Adjutant General A. II. Wilson to incorporate the existing militia com panies of the state into the future national guard organization of Idaho which will be federalized according to recent legislation and war riepait ment requirements. Tu that end, he left Boise for Moscow and Sanripoint to inspect the companies in existence there with the purpose, if possible, of taking them over intact into the state organization. At present these companies are purely home guard units without status so far as military service under state and federal direction is con cerned. These companies are com posed of business men and were organized when the former national guard companies were united into the Second Idaho for overseas service,and are largely comprised of men who would not he available under the draft law for federal military service. It is thought possible that the com panies, as they now exist, will have to be disbanded and a complete uew organization effected. Geoeral Wilson expects to be gone for about a week and upon his return will go to American Falls and Poca Lello to inspect and reorganize the companies there. There arc live companies at present in the state, the tilth being located at Boise. a of FROM OVER THE COUNTY POST FALLS The basket ball season is over. Manager II. R. Saunders of the Rathdrum Electric company has in stalled a power line to the threshing machine factory, which is to be opened soon. Mrs. Wm. Venters died at Mc Guires March 13, of pneumonia following influenza. Many Post Falls people attended the funeral of Mrs. Caroline Bump in Spokane. Mrs. Bump formerly re sided in Post Falls and was 85 years of age. A "hard times" dance was given at East Greenacres. SPIRIT LAKE The Four L's, which is reorganiz ing, met Wednesday to trausact business. • Ou March 21 the voters of Pan handle highway district which in eludes Spirit Lake, will vote on a bond issue of $20,000 to enable the district to improve and build and repair roads. The city hall is the polling place. J. P. Isaacs has relumed from Boise. A. L. Earin wgs a business visitor to Portland. HARRISON On account of the records having been destroyed by lire, it is necessary for all who are eligible to vote at the city election to register before April 19. John Pelow has sold his ranch near Springston to Mr. Gushurst of Mullan. E. E. Phillips bought the Baugh man homestead at the south end of town. Russell & Pugh's mill will begin the season's run in about a week. Woi. Lusa. better known as IJuele Billy, celebrated his lOOt.d birthday March 4, in his usual good health. Dr. Drennan says he thinks Mr. Losa's chances are good for living quite a few years yet. The Red Cross is starting a drive for second-hand clothing. CŒUR D'ALENE The total bonded indebtedness of the city of Coeur d'Alene is $191,500. Capt. F. A. Jeter has moved into the residence at 616 Lakeside. H. P. Glindeman has been nomi nated for mayor to succeed C. H Potts, who declined another term. All the preseut couuciltuen have indicated their willingness to ruu again. 't I red A. Woonacott Is assisting t.he J commissioners of Drainage District I \ No. 6 In'securing data showing the beoeflts to be derived from the proposed plau of lowering the Spokane river outlet of Coeur d'Alene lake. While splitting wood in the base ment of bis home Tuesday morning, deputy county) auditor, sustained a badly cut lip when the axe he was using struck the ceiling and rebounded, striking him on the face. John Moes, who was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment at McNeil's Island upon being couvicted in this city in the federal court for violation of the espionage act ou June 11, 1918, has been granted executive clemency by the president. Moes is oue of the 53 violators granted Robt. Kercbeval, OFFICE SEERS MEN Town Election Soon.—Pro i. ceedings of the Board. Theeom'ng biennial village élec tion to be held the fourth Tuesday in April Is becoming a topic of interest about town and the matter of select ing candidates for trustees Is being broached. There is some uncertainty as to what the recent legislature may have done concerning method and time of nominating tickets aod register! ug voters for village elections; also, as to the lime of bolding the election. However City Attorney Egbers is eudeavorlog to obtain information regarding the oew statutes and expects to have some thing definite sometime next week. In the meantime the town board has appointed the village clerk to register voters and to provide the necessary election supplies. A num ber of citizens are dutifully seeking lueu who can be persuaded to serve the village as trustees. If enough willing men can be found one or more tickets of live may be placed in nomi nation. At the adjourned meeting last Monday night the board did not complete the water ordinance as had been p anned, owing to the absence of one member, so the matter was allowed to go over* until the next regular meeting, Monday, March 24. The board granted W. J. Tucker a partial refund of water rent paid while he was absent from town last summer, amouut $5.55. E. S. Swift was given permission to connect a service water pipe at Win. Kampe's lot at his own expense. A request for a crosswalk at the south end of Coeur d'Alene street was denied for the reason that there was no side walk on one side of said street to connect with and that similar re quests would follow where sidewalks are lacking at other points. such clemency and he will he allowed to return to his home at Newport, Wash., on April 1st. County Assessor S. II. Smith bas appointed A. Bettes of Harfisou, former campaign secretary of the re publican central committee, deputy for the south éud of the county, including the east side of Lake Coeur d'Alene aud the Coeur d' Alene river district. Frank O. Hill of Rafbdrum has been appointed field deputy for that vicinity. Mr Hill was at oue time county treasurer. field Assessor S. II Smith has Issued milice to automobile owners warning them that unless they secure their licenses thov are liable to prosecution aud heavy peoalty.Sberiffs,constables, policemen, game wardens aud deputies are authorized to make arrests. The fee for the different sized cars is as follows: Fiftee« dollais for cars under 2000 pounds; $20 for weight between 2000 and 3000 pounds; $30 for weight between 3000 aud 4000 pounds. The applications for license must show the number of the motor, weight and 1918 license number, and they may bo mailed direct to the assessor at Coeur d' 't Alone provided duplicate applications J ure QUed out and accompanied fee. The sum of $1145 was collected by the assessor for auto licenses for the month of February. sworn to aud by the proper I are \ Explosives Regulations. Licenses are no longer required for ••purchase, possession arid use of explosives lor reclaiming of land, stump blasting, ditching, and other agricultural purposes," according to official notice received this week by J. R. M. Culp, Rathdrum explosives licencing officer, from Clarence Hall, chief explosives engineer of the bureau of mines. The notice does not lift the rules agaiust aliens. Licenses are still required of miuers and others using powder for other than agricultural purposes.