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VQlL. XXIV, NO. -to
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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
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
I have accord -
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

that its aid has been a large fac
tor in the final great accomplish
ments of the American ariey.
Very cordially yours,
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
A. L. Earin wgs a business visitor
to Portland.
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
John Pelow has sold his ranch near
Springston to Mr. Gushurst of
E. E. Phillips bought the Baugh
man homestead at the south end of
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.
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
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
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,
Town Election Soon.—Pro
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
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.
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
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

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