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Thursday, January 31, 1918.
WILLISTON GRAPHIC Mm A. Corbett, Miter ud Publisher OFFICIAL PAPER OF WILLIAMS COUNTY Piblttbid tvtry Thursday at Willlaton, N. D.. and «nter Mat th« WlUUton Poatofllee aa aecond claaa mall matter. THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 1918. The time has arrived when we Americans must stop esting' in disregard of the inhabitants of the rest of the world. President Wilson has issued a proclamation stat ing the case. We are to save 100,000,000 bushels of wheat before next harvest. Of this saving 75,000,000 bushels are to go to the Allies, 15,000,000 additional to Belgium and 10,000,000 to Cuba. In view of the hunger-suffering of the peoples of other lands today, the sacrifices asked of the American people should be regarded not as a burden, but a privi lege. One writer has said that if all of the proposed plans for conservation were put into force here and then the restrictions were to be doubled the people of the United States would be much better off than those of any other of the countries at war. Nearly all the civilized world today, except Amer ica, is standing in a bread line waiting to be fed, if, in deed, it is fed at all. In England the amount of meat, bread, sugar and butter each person may consume is rigidly regulated and the severest penalties for hoard ing, profiteering or violating the regulations are ex acted. In France pastry and confections have been abolish ed. In the Scandinavian countries, Holland and Switz erland the consumption of all staples is held to meager individual portions. In Austria and the territories in vaded by the Central Power armies hundreds of thou sands are actually dying of starvation. The whole world is drawing in its belt. In this hour of humanity's passion what is to be the part of America? A veteran of the war in Europe has said that one of its memorable experiences on entering his first bat tle was a feeling of extreme pity for the game fel lows up ahead, who were dying or being carried bleed ing to the rear, and a frantic eagerness to be by their side helping to bear the brunt of the engagement. Is not that a good way for America to feel in this crisis with regard to the conservation of food? Others are starving, bleeding, dying and worse. It should be a privilege, not an adversity, to share their anguish. We should be glad to comply with the declaration of the President and the regulations of the food ad ministration and hate ourselves for not being able to do more.—St. Paul Pioneer Press. G—R—A—P—H—I—C INSURANCE FOR EVERY FIGHTER The Treasury Department is making every effort to have every member of America's fighting forces "take advantage of the Government-insurance plan, which Secretary McAdoo asserts to be "the most just and humane provision ever made by any nation for its soldiers and sailors." The purpose is rapidly being achieved, the insur ance having passed the third billion mark in the total of policies written, and there are many military units in which every member has taken insurance. The automatic insurance provided by the law is only partial and limited protection, payable only to wife, child, or widowed mother and ceases after Feb Tuary 12, 1918. It is important, therefore, not only to the soldiers and sailors of the country but to their families and dependents, that before that date they avail themselves of the full Government protection, which can go as high as $10,000 and is payable to a •wife, husband, child, grandchild, parent, brother, or sister. The law also provides for the reeducation and re habilitation of the totally disabled and monthly com pensation to those disabled. G_R—A—P—H—I—C THE PEOPLE ARE SAVING The small The English have not been considered a saving na tion, and one of the most notable examples of the ef fect of patriotism on a whole people was the fact that during the year 1916, although purchasing billions of dollars of war bonds, the small savings banks deposi tors in England increased their deposits over $60,000,000. The patriotic appeal to the American people for war savings has met with a similar response. Statistics for the year 1917 are not yet available, but reports from various sections of the United States indicate that membership and assets in cooperative buildings, or savings and load associations, increased at least 10 per cent, the same rate of increase for the year 1910 and about the average rate of increase for the last 10 years. savings-bank accounts show a similar in crease in numbers of depositors and amounts of de posits. Sales of War Savings Stamps also show a great growth of the habit of saving. The American people have responded to the call of duty to economize and save. They have not only pur chased nearly ?6,000,000,000 of Liberty Loan Bonds and War Savings Stamps but in addition they have in creased their savings as above shown. Patriotism and saving are synonymous now, and economy is a duty, and many millions of American citizens are doing their duty in this particular, AN OMINOU8 TEUTON UNREST Hie so-called speeches of Chancellor von Hertling for Germany and Count Czernin for Austria-Hungary are secondary in interest to the background of popu lar unrest that prevails in the Central empires says the Minneapolis Tribune. There is an ominous rumbling in both countries. In Austria-Hungary it appears as if the rumbling had a lot to do with the turn of Czerin's address. In Germany it seems to be a case of the other way around. In both instances, however, there are signs that im perial circles are reckoning nervously, if not fearfully, with a newly articulated public sentiment. When Scheidemann, leader of the Socialist majority, can get up in the German Reichstag and tell the kaiser that his throne is in danger and that he ought to do toward Russia and Belgium the very things the junker bund is not disposed to do—when he can do this and get away with it, there would seem to be something astir in the provinces. Herr Liebknecht went to jail for less, and so have others. Instead of that a junker organ which promptly called Scheidemann a traitor and demanded that he be shot, was suppressed. Why Apparently because the more cautious of the war clan realized it would be playing with fire to deal harshly with an insurgent who drew his inspiration from those who are desperately tired of war. The war party in Germany is still highly defiant of world opinion, as Hertling's speech indicates. It wants to grab some 2,000,000 square miles of Russian territory. It makes not the shadow of an offer to let loose of Belgium or of the occupied parts of France. It insists on keeping Alsace-Lorraine, and it stands stanchly by its ally, the Turk butcher. It would take all and give nothing. The Hertling "peace speech" is a misnomer. Czernin is conciliatory, presumably because he has heard a more vibrant voice from the Austro-Hungarian people, who, war-weary, hungry and more and more convinced they are fighting the kaiser's battles, are ex pressing themselves in strikes and' riots. In all likelihood, it will come to this: The Prus sian military machine, aided by Austria, will make a gigantic supreme effort to crash through the enemy's lines on the west front with a double view of bringing the Allies to their knees and placating popular discon tent at home. Reasonable success will bring the home insurgents into line. Failure—and we believe it will be that—will signify the beginning of the end, with the German and Austrian masses issuing the mandate and the war lords trying to save what they can from the wreck of their hopes and dreams. G—R—A—P—H—I—C CONSERVATION OF FOODSTUFFS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE President Wilson has issued a new conservation proclamation and it should impress upon the people of this nation the vital importance of conserving food stuffs. New home cards, carrying an explanation of the plan will soon be distributed throughout the country for the purpose of aiding housekeepers in observing the schedule for this year. The new order asks us to make Mondays and Wed nesdays of each week wheatless and to have one wheat less mea^on every other day of the week. We are fur ther .asked to have a meatless Tuesday, no pork on Saturdays and one meatless meal on every other day. President Wilson calls upon the patriotic spirit of every citizen. He asks us to be volunteers at meals while our soldiers and those of the allies are serving in the trenches abroad. While these "Boys" are heroically fighting for democracy the least we who re main at home can do is respond cheerfully to this con servation call. Think of the boys at the front and every time you save a pound of meat or a leaf of bread —get the idea that it is going direct to a soldier—that will help you to deny yourself. In fact with that thought always in mind the saving of the meat and bread will be a pleasure. Check yourself up every Saturday night and see how much you have saved. Then rejoice in the thought that you have saved that much food for some hungry soldier or citizen of the countries in War ridden Europe. We are confident that the people of Liberty Loving America will do their part in this fight for democracy. Thousands of our citizens have been observing for months, many of them more than this proclamation calls for, but when the entire nation gets busy saving we are confident that the food shortage will be elimin ated. If we save now as asked we may not have to go up against a greater shortage later in the war. G_R—A—P—H—I—C FOUR STATES FOR PROHIBITION AMENDMENT There are now four states that have ratified the prohibition amendment passed by congress. These states are Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Dakota. The first northern state to fall in line was North Dakota and it is hoped several others will be on the honor roll this winter. There are in all, seven states holding sessions of their legislature and there will pos sibly be several others before spring. Out of the states having sessions this winter it is estimated that half of them or more will endorse the amendment. Every state that endorses it gives prohibition one step nearer the coveted goal, that of national prohibition. Judging from the sentiment over the country National prohibi tion is bound to come and come soon. The sooner the better. G—R—A—P—H—I—C WAR SAVINGS Thrift Stamps and War Savings Stamps are the most democratic of investments and America expects every American to show love of republican 'nstil utions by investing in this democratic security. The aggre gate amount of the investments and the number of investors in these War Savings securities are in a way the answer of the people of this grea't Democracy to the call of the cause of democracy throughout the world and the vindication of civilization and humanity. They afford every person, however humble and however small his means, the opportunity to contribute his part, to do his bit, in this great struggle against the military masters of Germany who seek to domin ate the world in contempt of justice and right and freedom and without conscience and without mercy. Surely every American desires to have a part in the defeat of autocracy and the success of liberty and right. WILLISTON GRAPHIC come what may, Something of the same sort is afoot in Germany. Indirect advices are that it wears a very ugly aspect. It may account for the immunity bath given to Scheide mann after he had spoken his mind bluntly about the wrath that is being stored up against a possible day of reckoning, with imperialism. ME IBM ill Ull FOR FOOD mOUl ENGLAND USING NEW METHODS IN FARMING—EVERY FOOT OF LAND IN CROP Every available square foot of land in England is being utilized for the growing of foodstuffs fine, old hedges are being removed if they interfere with the cultivation of the soil and American tractors are furnishing much of the motive power for the work, according to George Churchill, Casselton, who was a Fargo visitor Wednesday evening. Mr. Churchill returned this month from England where he spent six months selling tractors for a large American concern, and during his stay garnered considerable information re garding English agricultural meth ods, now bein gcarried out on a large, modern scale. "Every available square foot of till able soil in England is being con scripted for the growing of food stuffs, and even fine, old hedges, the pride of some old Englishman's eye, are being sacrificed if they interfere with the cultivation of the soil," said Mr. Churchill. "England is using American-made (Donated to the Cause by the WILLISTON GRAPHIC) tractors for the work, which make possible a maximum production. Government Rays Machines "These tractors are being purchas ed by the English government, and are being rented to farmers under the supervision of a farm production bureau, which was organized after the first year of the war. "The bureau has been responsible for the introduction of modern farm ing methods by tearing down prec edent in the manner of tilling the soil." Cannot Feed Herself England, however, even with a mox imum production, is not able to raise enough food to feed herself, Mr. Churchill said. "The fertility of England's soil is not great, and her population is too large in proportion to her area. "As a result, even with both max imum acreage and production, Eng land will not be able to feed herself without outside food, though she is nearer to doing it at the present time than at any time within the last half cenury." Corps of Army Nurses Must Be In creased Nearly 1,000 Per Cent in Year According to estimates based on an Army of 1,500,000 men, 37,500 nurses will be needed. The present strength of the Army Nurse Corps of the Medical Department is about 3,800. To increase this number by nearly 1,000 per cent in a year is the task faced by the corps. YOUR COUNTRY IS AT WAR Citizens of the United States! Your Country is at War. The principles of Freedom for which the found ers of this Republic fought and died are attached by the most merciless and inhuman nation in the world. The Principles of Democratic Government the right of a people to govern themselves pass from the earth if Ger many wins the war in which we are now engaged. Citizens of the United States! We must realize that this war is war to the bitter end. We must face the sit uation. We must know that every resource of this great country will be called upon to bear burdens that will be new in our experience. We must be loyal citizens. We must be a United People, if we are to win this war and save to our selves and those who follow us the blessings of freedom. Citizens of the United States! Though "with malice toward none, and with charity for all" yet we must realize that not only the future of our nation, but the saving of hundreds of thousands of human lives depends upon "Loyalty." As near universal Loyalty as possible. The Loyalty League of Williams County is organized to help to bring about universal loyalty in this commun ity. Your help in this vital cause is needed by this league. 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