Thursday, January S, 1918.
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
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
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
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,
blows. It is time we, were laying on lustily in France.
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
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
If Washington refuses or neglects to do the right
thing, it will hear from the West in no uncertain way.
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
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
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
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.
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
That the country wil laccept such a result—at this
time of all times—is utterly incredible.
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."
(Continued from page 2)
Marley were Buford shoppers Mon
Mr. and Mrs. Hanson attended the
Red Cross dance at Mondak last Fri
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
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
Mr. and Mrs. Blair entertained Mr.
and Mrs. Catey, Mr. and Mrs. Cline
to six o'clock dinner on Christmas
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
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.
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
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.
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
"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
it it ir
famous mutlin sack.
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
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.
Only rheumatic sufferers know
the agony of its darting pains,
aching joints or twisting cords.
But some few have not known that
has been correcting this trouble
when other treatments have
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,
& now lie, Illoomneld, N.J. 17-22
Have PERUNA in the
Those who object to liquid medi*
oinescan procure Peruna Tablets.
of a Nation
A. SuAjestion To
a little tfeiW*
*^Ve Sugar inVbur
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