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Thursday, January 31, 1918.
Mm A. Corbett, Miter ud Publisher
Piblttbid tvtry Thursday at Willlaton, N. D.. and «nter
Mat th« WlUUton Poatofllee aa aecond claaa mall matter.
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
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
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.
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
The law also provides for the reeducation and re
habilitation of the totally disabled and monthly com
pensation to those disabled.
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
There are now four states that have ratified the
prohibition amendment passed by congress. These
states are Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
P»H Thw
Buller Bros., Dissolution Salt
aave you money—Clothing at
Buy now.
Peruna eases
the burden of the
mKBfc'i housekeeper by keep
the danger
Mhiess resulting
from colds, coughs,
I and indigestion due
IS 1 to catarrhal condi
tion. It speedily re
lieves and overcomes
Its tonic properties build up
tho strength of the physically
weak and run down, and its use
in convaleseense, especially after grip,
is remarkubly b-jnefleinl.
The wise housekeeper has Fteruna
on hand for instant use even if catarrhal
troubles do not cnli for its regular ad
ministration. A dose or two in Ume
often prevonts a loni! illness.
Liquid or tablet form.
Manalin Tubi-'ts are a spleadlt?
I&saiivu for homo uso
Ask the druggist
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