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VOL. XXIII, NO. 39.
With The American Army in France, Monday, March 11.—The sec tor occupied by American troops east of Luneville, which was designated formerly merely as being in Lor raine, has developed suddenly into one of the most active on the front, from the standpoint of artillery fight ing. American artillerymen are hurling thousands of shells daily against the German positions, mak ing it virtually impossible for the enemy to occupy them. Investiga tion shows that they have been vir tually abandoned. This is especially true in the neighborhood of certain places northwest and northeast* of Badonviller where it is now permis sible to say, the two raids mentioned as having been carried out simultan eously took place. Certain information obtained in the American sector northwest of Toul leads to the conclusion that the American raid there this morn ing came at such a time as to caust the Germans to abandon plans of their own for a raid. Normal artil lery fighting continues in this sec tor ,shells falling on towns on both sides of the line. At the place the Germans used mustard shells. A smalf number of Americans walked through the gas later. Last night an American patrol brought in an en emy sniper's^ camouflage suit, made of woven brownish colored grass, the same shade as the landscape. There was the usual work by patrols in No Man's Land during the night, but no encounters have been reported. Conditions were excellent today for 'flying, and many hostile and friendly planes were in the air. In virtually every allied plane there was an American observer. Once or twice the Americans went close enough to the Germans to try their machine guns, but without result. Onp plane in which there was an Amer ican went1 far back of the enemy lines. It was the target for hundreds of enemy shells, which seemed to burst PfOF. BLUME HEADS WILUSTM SCHOOLS CHOICE OF SUPERINTENDENT MADE THE FORE PART OF THE WEEK Clarence E. Blume, for five years principal of the Oakes, North Dakota public schools, has been engaged for the coming year as superintendent of the Williston Public Schools, at a sal ary of $2400. Professor Blume is a graduate of the Ohioan Wesleyan University, has experience as a high school teacher for several years and was an in structor in the high school of Cloquet,, Minn., during 1912-13, and the follow ing year was elected to the superin tendency of the Oakes schools which position he has held since. He is thirty-one years of age, married and has one child. The school board in making the selection had over fifty applicants from which to choose and after care ful consideration of the applications and recommendations the choice fell upon Prof. Blume who not only had the recommendation of his own school board which wished to hire him for another period of years, but he had the recommendations of Rev. Mr. Hollett, Prof. R. D. Black, President George A. McFarland of Valley City Normal, W. L. Stockwell and others including B. H. Kroeze, president of Jamestown College and one of the most prominent educators in the whole United States.. Prof. Kroeze in his letter says: "I have known Mr. Blume for some years, and I have had the pleasure to observe him in various capacities. He impresses me as a very exceptional man, a thorough scholar, a perfect gentleman, a care ful, just and efficient executive, a good mixer, exacting yet sympathetic with his teachers, a splendid organ izer, a trained natural leader, and thoroughly conversant with all the problems and opportunities in our public school system. He has dignity, p4ise, good judgment, fine presence and without realizing it commands attention. He is interested in all .good things in community life." In concluding his letter, President Kroeze says: "I shall hope that I have rendered your community and schools a positive service in writing you this letter. It is rare that I can (Continued on page 12) THE AMEIl*!!!* TAKE OVER E UHElfffiH TERRITORY Zeppelins Raid East Coast of England But Reports Indicate Lit tle Damage to Property. One Woman Died of«Shock. American Planed Back of German Lines. Our Couatry! In H*r Irtwwtn with all around it. On returning, the American admitted that they seemed pretty thick, but he was unharmed. London, March 13.—Three Zeppe lins took part in last night's air raid on England. One of them dropped four bombs on Hull. The other airships flew about aim lessly over country districts dropping bombs, and then proceeded back to sea. One woman died of shock in consequence of the raid. The Germans have sustained such heavy losses in Zeppelins that they have employed them only at infre quent intervals in the last year for raids on England, substituting air planes. The last previous Zeppelin raid on England was on October 19, 1917, when 34 persons were killed and 56 wounded. On returning the Zep pelin fleet was put to rout by the French, five of the dirigibles being brought down. ADDRESSED SYRIAN SOCIETY Assad Elias of Duluth, Minnesota,, who has been visiting Kalil brothers for several days, returned to his home, Monday. While here he ad dressed, Sunday night, the Syrian so ciety on "Unity of the Society for Progress and Good Purposes espec ially in this Critical Time when Unity is Needed." He spoke eloquently of the need of doing all that was pos sible by the members of the society to show that they are good citizens and good Americans. He also touch "ed upon the needs of the Syrians in the homeland who have suffered so much thru the German and Turkish soldiers and suggested plans where by aid might be extended to them as so many of the brothers in Amferica have been eextending aid. RESIGNED FROM BANK Charles G. Vikan, First assistant cashier of the Williams County State Bank has tendered his resignation to that institution and will so soon as relieved enter the military services at Washington, D. C. Mr. Vikan before coming to Williston was for three years private secretary to Serfator A. J. Gronna and before that time for five years connected with the Bot tineau National Bank and Bottineau Land and Loan company. Last June after coming to this place he was elected treasurer of the Williston Spe cial school district. While here he has made many friends and while wishing him success in his future work, regret to see him leave the "City of Opportunity." FALLNESS GOT 4 MONTHS Fargo, March 13.—Pleading guilty late Monday to the charge of vio lating the bone-dry law, D. M. Fall ness, indicted at the last sesison of the federal grand jury, was sentenced to serve four months in the Williams county* jail at Williston. Fallness was brought to Fargo /Sunday afternoon by C. D. Scott, dep uty United States marshal. WORK FOR RED CROSS ENTERTAINMENT COURSE, AND PROFITS WILL BE DEVOTED TO WORK, VISITOR SAYS Teachers and students of the Wil liston public schools are doing their "bit" for the American Red Cross, according to Edwin A. Palmer, of Palmer, Craven & Converse, attor neys, who was a Fargo visitor on Wednesday. They have taken on a three-num ber entertainment course, the prof its of which will be devoted to Red Cross work. The first five tickets for the course were auctioned, bring ing $13, $16, $35, $42 and $50, respec tively, enough to pay for the course, and in addition, the students have sold more than 600 tickets at 75 cents each, with every prospect of the number reaching 1,000. Teachers and students have given liberally for Y. M. C. A. war work, and are heavy holders in Liberty loan bonds and Savinars and Thrift stamps, according to Mr. Palmer.— Fargo Forum. Tom Zien, his mother and daughter Eva of St. Paul, Minn., are here vis itine friends. They are on their way to their farm in Montana. ,#»•/ r'i. -T foreign Mliaai MJT He who wastes a crust of bread prolongs the war RACHMERY BUSHESS CAME FROM MINOT AND TOOK OVER JOHN BRUEGGER LINE OF MACHINERY W. 11. Bangs for 15 years in the machinery business at Minot, recent ly acquired the Bruegger stock of implements and has established of fices here and will conduct the ma chinery business as the Williston Im plement company. Mr. Bangs has in terested other prominent machine men with him in the business and thothey will not be located here, they will be as vitally interested in the work as he. In the business here, Mr. Bangs will make a specialty of pushing the McCormick line of farm machinery as he has in the past. He is married and on April first his family will join him in this city where they will make their home. don't waste it! BANGS OPENS mm Pimonc AT MMORY SATURDAY SPEECHES AND MUSIC WILL FEATURE THE EVENINGS ENTERTAINMENT The Home Guard of WiUiston is sponsoring a patriotic meeting to be held in the armory Saturday evening at eight o'clock, when it is desired that every person of full red, patriotic blood of Williston, be present to hear messages of vital importance to the people of this city and to every man who is in the army. The speeches will bear a message, when heard and thoroly digested by the young and the old, that will present the relations of the army and the civilian army in a light far more favorable than many at the present time see them. And as the recent order for the draft has come at this time those who have been drawn into the army may secure much information which will largely determine their future positions in, and relations to the great national army. As an added feature of the enter tainment music will be furnished by band and soloist. Women are espec ially invited to be present at the meeting which is entirely free and held for the promotion of greater co operation between those at home and those over there. NEW METER SYSTEM At the last meeting of the city commissioners it was decided to fur nish the water meters for use in this city at the actual cost of the meter laid down at Williston, and the peo ple are urged to attend to the put ting in of meters at a very early date in order to meet the required taxes of the department, and to prevent inconvenience to themselves as the water will be shut off until the mete is installed. May first has been set as the last da yof grace to be allow ed the people and if no meters are in at that time there is to be no moie water for those not having complied with the city ordinances. HAD GREAT SALE C. fi. Hanna had a great sale last Tuesday. It is reported the largest of the season. Mr. Hanna advertised his sale through the Granhic and we are sure he is convinced that it pays to advertise when the proper medium is used. WEEKLY DIGEST OF WAIWCTIVITIES RESUME OF THE ACTIONS AND ENGAGEMENTS ON VARIOUS SECTORS In the Woevre and in Lorraine, the American troops are giving the Ger mans little rest and raids into the enertiy positions are being carried out successfully. The artillery, especially in tlje Toul sector, also has been ac tive. South of Richecourt, on the Toul sector, General Pershing's men" pene trated to the second German line in a raid Tuesday. Casualties were in flicted on the enemy by shell and rifle fire. The raids in this sector began Sunday and probably are in answer to German activities which had indi cated the enemy was preparing for a .r~"ement Against the American liftet The artillery activity on this sec tor has been most intense, the Ameri can gunners causing fires and ex plosions behind the enemy lines. The American troops east of Lune ville, in Lorraine, which places them very near the Franco-German border, went into the German positions Mon day and found that the enemy had not yet returned to the trenches he evacuated the day before. Despite German artillery fire against them, the raiders came back to their own lines without a casualty. On the line between Armentieres and La Bassee, which has not chang ed in eighteen months, the Germans continue their powerful raids. Their latest effort was made against Portu guese positions near Laventie. The Germans were checked by machine gun fire which caused heavy casual ties and left prisoners in the hands of the Portuguese. British troops re pulsed small raids in the Ypres area, where the enemy artillery fire is in tense. On the French front the bom bardment has been most violent in Champagne, especially ffast of Rheims. In aerial fighting French and Brit ish machines have accounted for twenty-one enemy airplanes, while French gunners have destroyed three others. In addition to attacking mil itary targets close behind the Ger man lines, British airmen have bomb ed the city of Coblenz, on the Rhine, in daylight. A ton of bombs was dropped, causing two fires and a violent explosion. The Bolshevik government has re moved to Moscow, where the All-Rus sian congress of soviets will meet Thursday to take action on the Ger man peace treaty. In Petrogriad two committees are preparing to take over the government. One is headed by Trotzky, dismissed bv Premier Lenine as foreign minister and the other by Zinovieff,^. chairman of the delegation which assented to the Ger man peace terms. In eastern Siberia, General Semin off, the anti-Bolshevik leader, has been driven across the border into Manchuria by Bolshevik troops aided by released German prisoners. China has wmrned the Bolsheviki against infractions of her neutrality i.i Man churia. German airships have raided the coast of Yorkshire, in eastern Eng land, and have dropped bombs. WELL TRAINED HENS W. O. Hollar has thirty three of the best trained and most patriotic chicVr, in the country. They include four teen hens and nineteen pullets. Dur ing February they furnished Mr. Hollar with 28 dozen eggs, an aver age of one dozen a day. I guess W. O. has been lecturing them as they sure are doing their bit. 1 nn Graphic She always be right. But oar caaatrg, right ar wrong.—Stephen Decatur. WILLIS TON, WILLIAMS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 1918. $1.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE An order has been received by the adjutant general and trasmitted to the various counties of the state, that 2,647 North Dakota registrants would be called into service March 29 and that the equipment was already to be distributed to the various conton ments in April or so soon as the men from Class one should be mobilized. A report has gained credence but its authority is in question, stating that the full quota will have to go as enlistments will not in anyway de crease the number in the call. The local war board when queried ^nthis matter stated they had not been offi cially notified of this particular work ing of the call. If it stood however, 80 Class 1, men would have to be sent March 29, but if voluntary enlist ments counted against the quota, there would be about to go. The names of those who will be called this has not as yet bsen made up so cannot be priven this week. Tho work will immediately be done hand those who will be called wil! be made public as soon as compiled. Eight hundred thousand men are to be called to the colors gradually dur ing the present year, under tho sec ond army draft, which begins on March 29. An announcement yesterday by Provo'st Marshal General Crowderof the number to be called was followed closely by an order for the mobiliza tion of 95,000 men during the five days' period beginning March 29, some 15,000 of them to be assembled under the second draft. Eighty thou sarid will be men of the first draft of 687,000 not yet summoned into ser vice. Details Given Later Details of how the second draft is to be applied will be made public lat ter, after congress has acted upon pro posed legislation providing for the registration of youths attaining the age of 21 years, and for basing state and district quotas on the number of registrants in Class 1. In his first official statement on the subject, how ever, General Crowder assures the country that no sweeping withdrawal of large numbers of men at onetime is contemplated, and that care will be taken to avoid interfering with har vesting. Men in deferred classifications, the provost marshal general announced would be called in small numbers as well as men in class one for the pur pose of utilizing special technical qualifications or sending them to schools to acquire such qualifications. The provost marshal general makes the definite statement, however, that there will be no sudden withdrawal of great numbers of men from in dustry and agriculture during the coming summer, but that they will be drawn in relatively small groups, spread throughout the year. To give exact numbers, he says would be to1 give the enemy military information. FIRST DRAFT Will BE MARCH 29 WHEN 2,647 N. D. BOYS LEAVE War Department Has Sent Out Call That The Army Will As similiate From The Various States 800,000 Regis trants During The Next Few Months Equipment Ready In April While Gen. Crowder sets no time ASSOCIATION MEN WANTED IN FRANCE I S I A N E N O O O HEALTH AND ABILITY NEED ED TO FILL THE RANKS Attorney E. A. Palmer who return ed the latter part of last week from attending the meeting of the "Y" workers of North t)akota held in Far go, is enthusiastic over the fine show ing the state has made and also over the possibilities that await the men engaged in the movement. Sunday evening in the Congregational church he gave a brief outline of what is needed and if there are any young men in the counties of Williams, Mountrail, Divide and McKenzie who iwsh to enter the work, by communi cating with Mr.. Palmer, they can se c-re the needed information. In speaking of the work Mr. Palm er, the district committee man, he said, "Men are wanted for secretaries and chaflfeurs. But these men want ed must be above draft age, able, in telligent, moral men and enjoying good health. They must be able to withstand the rigors of the outdoor life and meet the conditions that exist 'n the various fields where they will be nlascr! to work. There great need for men and 1000 are needed a month to SUDDIV the Hemand.'" W. t. S o?Vwsll. Fargo, is chair (Continued on page *2) m- in his statement, it has been stated previously that supplies and equip ment for the men of the second draft would become available in April and action on the desired legislation is ex pected before that time, the first calls are expected soon afterward. "The next national quoti will be announced and opportioned among the several states as son as pending leg islation authorizing a change in the basis of computation is enacted by congress, the provost marshal gen eral's statement. "The number that will be assured as a basis for com putation will be 800,000, which is well within the authorization of clause 4 of section one of the selective service act of a second increment of 500,000 men, increased by the recruit train ing units authorized by clause five of said section one, and by the special, and technical tr&ops authorized by section two of said act. It cannot now be announced what the total number to be called to the colors each month will be but it may be stated that no more men will be call ed than can be properly accommo dated and properly assimilated. ATTORNEY SCHAFER SPOKE ON "INCOME TAX LAW" "The Income Tax" was the theme of the Four Minute speech delivered at the Lyric theatre last evening by Attorney George S. Schafer of Mc Kenzie county, and his elucidation of the workings of the tax law were highly approved" by the people pres ent. Following his speech the film "The Squaw Man's Son" with as hearty approval as did the Squaw Man when it was shown. Anita King as the heroine of the play ably sup ported Wallace Reid, the Squaw Man's Son, and from first to last there was not a dull moment. The Knights of Modern Syria met Sunday afternoon and organized a War Saving Stamps Society. At that meeting Mr. Kirk joined the lodge. NON-PARTISANS HOLD DISTRICT CONVENTION ENDORSED LEGISLATIVE TICKET BUT FAILED OF AGREEING ON COUNTY TICKET Saturday afternoon at the court house the delegates from the various parts of this legislative district met in closed session and after some de bate settled down to the work of en dorsing the Non-Partisan legislative ticket. This was done and only one change from that which was placed before the polls in 1916 was made, and the name of this man some of the leading members of the organiza tion were disinclined to give out at the time of the meeting. Prior to the meeting, there was considerable talk about the court house and other places, that a move ment was on foot to endorse county candidates for the primary campaign. This matter was threshed out in con vention and the original program of endorsing only the legislative ticket was put through. WATER USERS ELECTION Friday, March 15, will be an im portant day in the affairs of the lo cal irrigation project, when the elec tion will be held to decide for or against an irrigation district and to elect officers who shall constitute the Board if the decision is to form a District. Speaking from the Government's viewpoint Mr. Arthur, the Project Manager, says that the Reclamation Service would like above all else to see a full vote so that the result may be the expression of the qualified electors from among the land-owners whether for or against. This elec tion, he says, wiil not by any means decide whether the project will be operated and water available this year. That will depend upon prompt action and the execution of a contract with the United States. As the process will involve the dis- .} solution of the old Water Users' As sociation and the assumption of the obligations by the Irrigation District, it is inyiortant that the best possible timber be selected from the electors to form the new board. Five officers are to be elected,—a Dirctor from the electors of each division, and a Treasurer and Assessor from the electors as a whole. «Vi.