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Thursday, January S, 1918.
WILLISTON GRAPHIC John A. Corbett, Editor and Publisher OFFICIAL PAPER OF WILLIAMS COUNTY Published every Thursday at Williston, N. D., and enter ad at the Willtaton Postofflce as aecond das* mall matter. THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 1918 ONLY PLAYING AT WAR Some of the American gunmakers, it appears, had greater foresight and business sagacity than the mili tary bureau officials at Washington who were entrust ed with the guardianship of American interests. These manufacturers, knowing that Germany was bent on forcing us into the war an dthat we were de plorably unprepared in the matter of munitions, and failing to arouse any practical interest in the situation on the part of the bureau chiefs, made costly prepara tions on their own initiative for the manufacturing that would certainly have to be undertaken. It was a species of patriotic speculation that sug gests how much these roll-top desk generals could have accomplished, in spite of the inaction of Congress, if they had been so minded. It is little less than astounding, how little fore sight Washington had in those days of last winter when the very air was electric with portents of the coming storm. Officialdom had been steeped so long in pacifism that it could be stirred from its drowsiness only by the positive action of Congress under the President's spur, and even then it moved with a slug gishness that passes understanding. One of the potent factors in maintaining this state of mind was, no doubt, the retention of a political Cob inet, when every consideration of prudence called for a ministry of the best talents, regardless of party. It is unthinkable that a man of executive ability, energy and military understanding could have been1 entrusted with the direction of the War Department, without discovering at an early date and remedying the semi paralysis of the Ordnance and Quartermaster Depart "Tifgttts: AS it was, Washington delayed and workmen played checkers, until the imperative demands of Pershing started things. These are now bygones—at least so it is to be hoped. But the political soil from which they grew is still un changed, and unless it is changed there will be other bad crops. Congressmen Miller, of Minnesota, comes back from a close study of the situation in France with disheart ening testimony as to the results of ineptitude in Washington. So does Congressman McCormick of Il linois. Our men over there are born fighters, are taking their training with zest, and are eager to go over the top. But Washington is not squarely behind them, for. Washington has only been playing at war, it seems. It needs the fighting spirit, and it needs to make a busi ness of war—a deadly serious business. One of the first steps to bring this about should be the formation of a nonpolitical War Cabinet, which would ruthless ly cast out the deadwood, and get down to brass tacks without another instant of delay. The administrators drawing "a dollar a year" are doing good work for the most part. Some of them have made the blunder of letting contracts to their own interests, and these should be cashiered without hesitation, unless 'it can be shown that such contracts were necessary and not unduly profitable. But the unsalaried volunteers are handicapped and impeded by the salaried ministers who came up from politics and naturally cannot rise much above their source. The Administration needs to make itself over. We have been nine months in the war and are not yet ready to take our place in the ranks. We have con tributed fine words, noble words—and these have per formed a great mission. But they cannot win the war. That takes blows, hard, straight-from-the-shoulder blows. It is time we, were laying on lustily in France. —Minneapolis Journal. G—R—A—P—H—I—c FOLLY IN WASHINGTON The concentration of war industry and war con tracts in the East is one of the chief factors in pro ducing railroad congestion. The Government seems to have used remarkably had judgment in failing to dis tribute its pressing war work over the Country as much as possible says the Minneapolis Journal. It has apparently taken little account of where the supplies of labor and material can be most easily brought to gether, and where the facilities for manufacturing are ready at hand. The East, is of course, full af factories and mills, and it is wisdom to utilize these to the fullest extent. But when new contracts are to be let for making war material, they should be placed where they will involve as little extra railroad transportation as possible, and where men and raw materials are handy. The Mississippi Valley is beginning to resent this blind policy at Washington. It has done its share promptly and cheerfully in every patriotic enterprise, from Liberty Loans down. It demands to be treated fairly now in war contracts. A fresh illustration of Washington's predilection for the East is now furnished by the refusal to give the wood-working establishment of the Valley from Minneapolis to New Orleans even a hearing. They have the shops and the machines, the wood and the men, to turn out everything the Government may need in their litie, from airplane wings down. Because of the war most of them are operating at half capacity or less. Yet Washington actually proposes to pass them by on the war contracts, and to set about the erection of new plants in the East. After these plants are ready lumber must be shipped from the West and men to work it must be taken from the West. All this means unnecessary railroad transportation, congestion and delay. And here are the mills in the Mississippi Val ley ready and eager to do the Government's work! Was there ever such blundering shortsightedness in official places If Washington refuses or neglects to do the right thing, it will hear from the West in no uncertain way. G—R—A—P—H—I—C THE AMERICAN SUPERMAN There are no supermen in war—or in peace—only fallible men and women that run good, average and poor. The supermen with his titles, his orders, his "shining armor" and al the rest of his cheap camou flage is made after the event—about a hundred years after—by snobbish historians and descendants who find the superman stuff exceedingly useful to them in the king business. All good supermen are dead—the deader the better, though we had self-made supermen like the Kaiser— for this king busines is just a business like the movies or the circus—until the war forced them to prove up in the open, Then al the "Me und Gott" firms went out of business. The so-called superman is and always has been plural. He is a small, tight collection of able men, headed by an abler man, who is the boss. And he is the boss because he is shrewd enough to understand that, no matter how much there is to a man, he spreads out too thin over large affairs. So he lets out his strength at usury by joining strong men to his for tunes. They in turn make sure that their subordinates and the rank and file are the best men available. So we get a Steel Trust, or a Napoleon, or a Sante Fe Railroad. These men make mistakes—plenty of them —but they don't repeat. They do not travel the vicious circle of their old blunders. They understand that no man can win with Old General Fuddy Duddy to ex ecute his orders, and that no enthusiasm or ability can produce results in an office where red tape, politics and favoritism have desks. These are the subordinates of failure. The first principles of winning in war and in busi ness are the same. They call for a small, tight or ganization at the top, with every man selected because he can lick his weight in wildcats. They call for just one question about everyone who is to be placed, either in Congress or out of it, and that is not Is he a good Democrat? or Is he a staunch Republican? but Is he the best man for the job? That is the only test that will ruthlessly eliminate Old General Duddy and Par tisan Politics. There can be no real teamwork where they are on the job. They are the true alien enemies that work ceaselessly, if unwittingly, for Germany, even though they protest their patriotism and sincerely mean it. But there is no known cure for a damn fool. Throw them out. We have an able President, and the strongest men in America have unselfishly put themselves at his call. Much has been done by them more will be done in proportion as the weak men sink to their proper level and strong men rise to the top. Once wet get a Steel Trust organization, with our business methods raised to the nth power by unselfish patriotism, nothing can stop us. Im a republic the true superman is a united and devoted people, with determined and consecrated leadership. G—R—A—P—H—I—C THE ZONE POSTAL SCHEME The country would not tolerate a sectional tariff. It would not dream of letting the Searboard States levy a duty on trans-Mississippi wheat and bacon, while the trans-Mississippi States set up an import abrrier against Seaboard boots and calico—with Min nesota erecting a customs wall against Louisiana sugar and Louisiana putting one up against Minnesota flour. To such a proposal—if anyone were crazy enough to make it—the unanimous answer would be: "We don't want this country cut up into sections. We want the freest possible interchange of goods, for that tends to make the nation one. We remember that when Bis marck wanted to get the separate German states into an empire he began by establishing free trade among them, knowing how that would unify them." And at thi stime, of all others, when the nation is required to put forth all its united strength against a formidable foe any proposal to cut it into sections economically would be considered monstrous. The second-class postal provisions of the new rev enue bill—adopted hugger-mugger, at the last mo ment in secret conference—propose to cut the country into sections intellectually and to set up sectional tariff barriers against the interchange of ideas. The basis of the country's thinking is found in what it reads, for almost all its information, outside of neighborhood affairs, comes to it on the printed page. Probably nine-tenths of what it reads is found in the newspapers and periodicals subject to second-clas. postal rates. The new revenue law, establishing a zone system, with increasing rates, lays a practically prohibitive charge upon long hauls for the average newspaper or magazine. Its sure effect will be to stop national cir culation of printed matter and establish sectional cir culation. The Pacific States will have one set of pub lications, the Mississippi States another, the South another, the East another. That this law will put a great many useful publi cations out of business is another question. When the publishing business is finally adjusted to it the coun try will be marked across with virtually prohibitive tariff barriers against the circulation of printed mat ter. That the country wil laccept such a result—at this time of all times—is utterly incredible. G—R—A—P—H—I—C RESPONSIBILITY STRENGTHENS THE WILL Have you made your New Year resolutions yet? Whether you have or not, the article by Dr. James J. Walsh in the January American Magazine will help you to form and keep them. He says: "Responsibility strengthens the will. Many a weak man when put into a position of responsibility has made good and astonished his associates by the exhibition of qualities that they never imagined he possessed, and that probably would have lain dormant had.not respon sibility brought them to the surface. There is no great mystery about this. A position of responsibility forces a man to make quick decisions, and this training nat urally strengthens the will. "There is still another reason why responsibility develops a man's will. If an individual is holding down a position of trust, he is naturally looked up to by his subordinates. This puts him on his mettle, and he uses all his resources in the determination to prove worthv of that trust. Responsibility has also been known to cure men of the drink habit for the same reason." WILLISTON GRAPHIC (Continued from page 2) Marley were Buford shoppers Mon day. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson attended the Red Cross dance at Mondak last Fri day night. Mr. Harry Randall of Lakeside spent Christmas with her sister Mrs. G. P. Jones. Mr. Edd Darr of the Sioux Cross ing was a Buford and Mondak shop per Monday. Mrs. Williamson of Williston spent Christmas day at the homo of Mr. and Mrs. Kline. Ralph Miller and Elmer Grestley attended the Red Cross dance at Mon dak Friday night. Mrs. Nellie Bradley, Buford's pri mary teacher has resigned her posi tion as teacher here. Ralph Miller is spending the Christmas holidays in Williston with his sister Mrs. Bergman. About seventy five dollars was taken in at the Red Cross dance in Mondak last Friday night. Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Morken took Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Dr. MacManus at Williston. The Odd Fellows of Buford arc giving a masquerade dance at the 1. 0. O. F. hall next New Years eve. Mr. and Mrs. Hanson and family took Christmas dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Southard at Hardscrabble. Mrs. Jene Millers Brother Mr. Mer cer of Springbrook is spending Christ mas at the Miller home in the coun try. Mr. and Mrs. Blair entertained Mr. and Mrs. Catey, Mr. and Mrs. Cline to six o'clock dinner on Christmas day. Plumbers are again at work on the school furnace. They expect to have it in good running shape by the .first of the year. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Ellmore spent Christmas day with Mrs. Elmore's sister, Mrs. Lundy Holloway at Hardscrabble. Miss Myrtle Catey and Walter Tice spent Christmas at Froid, Mont., at the home of Mr. Tice's sister, Mr. and Mrs. Compton. Miss Ila Jones, Miss Myrtle Catey, Russell McNary and Clifford McNary attended the Red Cross dance at Mon dak Friday night. The Smoke yO Guaranteed by Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Welch and Ag nes and Kenneth took Christmas din ner with Mr. and Mrs. Edd Darr at the Sioux Crossing. Mr. ^and Mrs. F. M. Shatswell en tertained Mr. and Mrs. Johnson and family and Mr. Lester of Mondak to Christmas dinner Tuesday. Mrs. A. E. Twichel of Snowden was shopping in Buford Saturday. She was intending to return to Snowden Saturday on No. 3 but on account of the delay stayed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Morken until Sunday morn ing. Mr. and Mrs. D. Kerr of eight Mile was in town Saturday to meet their (laughter Miss Margaret Kerr who is teaching at Omeme, N. Dak., the train being late they spent the evening and took supper with Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Welsh. There being no Christmas tree in Buford Christmas eve, Mr. and Mrs. Welsh entertained some of the chil dren of Buford to a Christmas tree. Old Santa was present with his usual pack of toys and candies and every body present had a good time. The Red Cross Christmas drive was a general success for Buford and vicinity. Following is the list of members at present: Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Blair, Mrs. Catey, Mrs. Welsh, Mrs. Corbett, Mrs. Wil kenson, Mrs. Raastad, Miss Satterlee, Mrs. Dishon, Mrs. Morken, Mrs. Grote, Mrs. Shatswell, Miss Le Roy, Mrs. Joe Beisel, Mrs. Atterberry, Mrs. Diehl, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Carlisle, Mrs. Kerr, Mrs. Twichell, Mrs. Hut chenson, Mr. Jones, Mr. Raastad, Jer ry Randall, Mr. Morken, Harry Ran dall, Will O'Mally, Mr. Blair, Mr. Chas. Akers, Mr. John Akers, Mr. Atterberry, Mr. Kerr, Mr. Strand, Mr. Tice, Robert Price, Mr. Bramen, Mr. Southard, Mr. Festa, Mr. Miller, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Kline, First State Bank, Buford Merc. Co., Mr. Mc Henry, Mr. Maurer, Harry Shatswell, Mr. Scott, Mr. Catey. The following Catarrh of Throat Miss Amalie Ruzicka, 1449 South 16th St., Omaha, Nebraska, writes: "I have suffered with catarrh of the throat. I caught cold and It settled in my throat, and I coughed badly and was very weak. I could not sleep and had no appetite. I had two doc tors, and had taken so many different medicines and found no help. I thought I will have to give up but nt last my mother read about Peruna, so I thought of trying that great medicine Peruna. pot a bottle of It and In about four day3 I almost stopped coughing, and after a while I surely found relief, and from that time we are not without Peruna In our home." A Sergeant In ihe U. S. Aoiation Service Smoking "Bull" Dwham Somewhere in America. Look for the "Bull" Durham will cheer up Yankee Prisoners (FROM THE CHICAGO EXAMINER, SEPTEMBER 20, 1917) A /ASHINGTON, Sept. 19th If Germany takes any Yankee boys prisoners they will not have to exist on German prison rations. The Red Cross has arranged to forward to each prisoner a package containing from nine to ten pounds of food three times each fortnight. The package will contain a scientifically prepared ration sufficient to sustain inactive men in good health, including rice, sugar, dried beef, pork and beans, evaporated milk, coffee, chocolate, jam, soap and two packages of tobacco. And the tobacco specified for the Red Cross Food Kit is GENUINE "BULL DURHAM INCOB PORATCD it it ir No famous mutlin sack. Page Three were in the Christmas drive but too late to send in with the list: Mrs. Bramen, Earnest Scott, Mr. Corbett, John McNary, Mr. Allen, Mrs. James Beisel, Mr. Owings, Mack Jones, Mrs Baker. The first completed garment was. handed in by Mrs. Catey. Mrs. Blair has talso turned in a completed gar ment. All are knitting that have supplies but on account of shortage of supplies some are not working, however a new supply is expected soon when everyone will get busy. Mr. 0. J. Modken has completed the first pair of knitted sox for the Buford Red Cross. When in Minneapolis don't fail to visit Hotel Dyckman's new Hawaiian Cafe. Unsurpassed musical features und entertainment. 13-tf. Rheumatism Yields Only rheumatic sufferers know the agony of its darting pains, aching joints or twisting cords. But some few have not known that scoirs EMULSION has been correcting this trouble when other treatments have utterly failed. Scott's is essentially blood-food in such rich, concentrated form, that its oil gets into the blood to alleviate this stubborn malady. Get a bottle of Scott's Emul•• aion or advise an ailing friend. No alcohol. The Norwegian cod liver oil in Scott'* Fnilriw is now refined in our own Americnn laboratories winch niukes it pure and palatable, s.-oi & now lie, Illoomneld, N.J. 17-22 Could Not Sleep Appetite Now Well. We Always Have PERUNA in the Home. Those who object to liquid medi* oinescan procure Peruna Tablets. of a Nation A. SuAjestion To ^ipeDmokers a little tfeiW* with your C?NG*\tepipe tobacco *^Ve Sugar inVbur A ik