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VOL. XXIII, No. 47.
IT. JEFFREY WRITES OF EXPERIENCES IK FRONT LINE Experiences of Co. E« Officer Told in Letter to His Williston Friends. Steel Helmet Dented by Shell. Saw Paris Shelled by Big Gun MY FIRST TRIP TO THE FRONT I can't say that I worked extra hard in order to be among the lucky ones who were allowed to go, but I did do my best to make my comrades think I was, so when I was told by a friend who has a friend that had talk ed with a man who worked in the Col. Hdq. who said he had seen my name on the list, I was not at all excited nor did it faze we when two days later I heard from an equally reliable source that it was not on the list, but I was somewhat startled when my name was read off of a list at 9:00 P. M. stating that I, with others, would leave at 5:00 A. M. the following morning. My boots were in the re pair shop, my extra pair of pants in the Tailor shop, and my laundry had not returned, but these minor details were quickly overcome, as my broth er who is an officer in the same Com pany unfortunately wears the same size clothes so when five bells rolled around, there was I waiting at the station with a piece of paper in my hand reading: "You will report to the Comd'g. Gen. Div. Army at :—for two weeks Duty." Duty it seemed to me was the wrong word or I had misunderstood the thing all along. I supposed it was just for observation to finish my training but it read "Duty" and rath er than make anyone feel badly over a simple mistake, I let it go. Now then a train is scheduled to leave a station in the U. S. at 5:00 A. M., barring accidents, etc., it gen erally leaves somewhere near that time but in France the scheduled time for leaving has absolutely nothing to do with the time it really leaves, so I COUNTY PUY DM SET FOR IUY ZD PARADE WILL FORM AT CEN TRAL SCHOOL-PROGRAM AT THE FAIR GROUNDS The first annual May Day last year was successful beyond expectations. Let us make the second still better. The keynote will be patriotism. The American Flag should have a prom inent place everywhere. The parade will be the big feature of the day therefore everyone should plan some thing for floats and decorations ^to represent Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, War Savings Stamps, Food Con servation and the Junior Red Cross. See the Red Cross Magazine for sug gestions. About an hour of the afternoon's program will be devoted to folk dances and other special features that any school may wish to put on. Where the schools are closed it is hoped the parents will take hold and assist the children. Every family should bring a picnic dinner to the State Experimental Farm. At 1 P. M. the parade will form from Central School led by the Wil liston Band. At 2 P. M. there will be community singing of the Star Spangled Banner and America at the Fair Grounds after which the pro gram and athletic events will take place. The executive committee consists of Supt. L. A. White, Wiliston. Roy Divers Prin. of Tioga Schools. Miss Annie McCradie, Prin. of the Epping Schools. R. P. Groves, Prin. of Brooklyn Conosolidated. Miss Maude S. DeSilva, Prin. of Stewart Consolidated. Anna M. Peterson County Supt. of Schools. Please notify any one of the mem bers of this committee as to what part you will take. Those who have automobiles are requested to kindly lend their services for the parade. This day is the children's opor tunity to show their love and loyalty for their country and for the great principles for which it stands. Let us all champion their cause and be come as little children for this one day in the year. Very sincerely yours, Anna M. Peterson, County Supt. of Schools. HAS BROTHER IN FRANCE Edgar McKnight of this city re ceived word a few days ago that his brother had landed in France. His brothers name is Morton McKnight and he enlisted in Texas where he was living. -r •-HWfr :-"V ^ll=!Mston was not surprised when we left the station at 10 A. M. for where we were to change for— catching a fast train for our destination. I have never seen one of these fast trains tho I believe they have them, of course, I have only been here a short period, some, three months, and you can't expect to see everything at once. So we arrived at in, time to hear that the fast train had depart ed. We made arrangements for din ner as we were to have one hour there, catch another train to then get another train oour destina tion. I began to see that this was go ing to be a long trip in spite of the fact that from our original starting place to our destination, was only eighty miles. We came back from dinner in ex actly 59 minutes and was told that the train for some reason or other had departed 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Right here, for a period of a few minutes, I really enjoyed the trip for there we were in a nice city, lots of wine, women and song and no train till the next day. Our baggage in the mean time had gone with the preceding train but this did not both er me in the least for if there is one thing that you can do in this war it is lose your baggage. I know a man who lost his bedding roll carrying it from- the depot to a truck and did not find it for two months, so we were quite happy until a man came run ning and told us that they were hold ing a freight train for us and to hur ry. I told him to never mind and let the train go and it would be perfectly all'right but he started to appeal to the Officer in charge so we loaded on, arriving at just 15 minutes behind the fast train where we were told that we would wait until the fol lowing afternoon for our train to our destination which we did arriving just 24 hours late of scheduled time on an 80 mile trip. We were escorted to the Commander's Office by a French Cap tain and was most cordially receiv ed. Had dinner with him and was given every attention. The following morning we were*taken to a major commanding a Bat. on the front line. The Major in turn sent each of us to a Captain on the front line and each captain was instructed to see that we received every attention and that we should be shown everything of inter est and all questions answered. I want to say right here that the offi cers I met from the Colonel down 'to the youngest Lieutenant impresed me very much. They were men whom you felt knew their business and were clear-eyed, intelligent men. I think the first thing that was told us was that we were unfortunate in having been sent to so quiet a sec tor, that there was positively noth ing doing in this sector, troops were sent here to rest. I thought to my self this Duty wasn't going to be so bad after all. A little later one of our fellows who could understand French caught th^t the village we were in had been shelled the evening before, (the evening we should have arrived) and that four men and one Officer had been killed or wounded. On being questioned the guide,, a Lieutenant who spoke English, in formed us that it was so but that it was nothing, that in this sector noth ing really happened. Before leaving the Major's office we were supplied with a gas mask and a helmet (tin hat). I considered this a useless precaution as nothing really happened, in this quiet sector but I didn't want to refuse so took them along. I. spent my first two days with the Major and was given (Continued on page 2) Plans For Baseball Are Started Pla'ns are on foot for the starting of several local base ball teams and a meeting of all base ball fans has been called to meet at the K. of P. Hall Friday night of this week at 8:30 p. m. to discuss the plans for the coming season. Most all of the towns surrounding Williston have teams this year and it is hoped that enough enthusiasm can be aroused to have a good number of games duriiur the season at our ball park. Several teams will be formed amongst, the various organizations in Williston and it is planned to have these teams play against each other for the benefit of the Red Cross. If a good local team is started games can be scheduled with the outside towns and a lot of money raised in this manner for the Red Cross which is greatly in need of such funds. Don't forget the time of this meeting and if you are in terested in base ball or the Red Cross show your interest by being present. Thieves Break In Foster's Store Sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning thieves broke into Foster's Grocery through the front basement window' and took several dollars in change out of the register. Nothing else was taken and it is believed that the thieves were frightened away before completing their job, as they left by the door leaving it open. Williston H. Guard At Grenora Sunday, Sixteen of the Home Guards from the Williston company autoed to Gre nora last Sunday to help the Grenore Guard with their drill. They drilled all the afternoon and the Grenora guard gained much from the instruc tions they received from the Willis ton boys while they were there. Gre nora has over thirty in their compeny which is a mighty good showing for a town of its size. *T Our Country! In Her intercourse with foreign nation* may She always be right. But our country, right or wrong.—Stephen Decatur. MEN OF AMERICA By F. B. Taylor of Jamestown, N. D. TO THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCES Men of America, steading to war, Through death-haunted waters to perils afar, Sons of a land never trod by a king, From hearts that are swelling, your valor we sing. I Fruit of a race that had dared the unknown, Their courage as well as their blood still your own Reapers of harvests their sturdy hands sowed, You now are repaying the debt we have owed. Reared upon freedom's expansive domains, By height of their mountains and reach of their plains Fashioned for greatness of soul and of deed, In fearless young manhood you meet the world's need. All that the Old World bestowed through your sires, And all that the New by its vigor inspires, Led by the spirit the Saxon gave birth, You pledge for democracy's spread round* the earth. Men of high source to great purpose decreed! On mission heroic we bid you God speed Loving you, trusting you, bravest and best, We send you forth proudly at honor's behest. SPRHHS BHOOKHAS LOYALTY PROGRAM SERVICE FLAG DEDICATED SAT URDAY NIGHT—ADDRESS BY REV. STINSON Spring Brook dedicated their service flag at a meeting Saturday evening and a very fine program was render ed. Rev. Stinson of the M. E. church of this city delivered the dedication address and pictured the war lord of Germany as the "King of the Jungle." In the jungle the beasts know noth ing but the right of might and this supposed to be forgotten law was what the Kaiser was using now. In concluding Rev. Stinson said we dedicate this service flag to those boys whose names are on the honor roll, to the cause of civilization and the right of freedom and honor. As these boys age themselves so may we do our part that the tomorrow may see a free, world. The Spring Brook dramatic club presented two patriotic plays which were very well rendered and met with hearty applause. After the program the ladies served a splendid lunch con sisting of sandwiches, cake, ice cream and coffee. Encampment Planned For Home Guard Plans are under way with the Wil liston Home Guard to hold an en campment here in Williston some time in July. It is planned to have about five hundred guardsmen from the sur runding towns here for at least four days. This will mean that there will be several thousand people and visi tors in Williston during the encamp ment as everybody is interested in the work being done by the Home Guards pi the state and will attend such a gathering if possible. Cap tain Jeffery reports that if such an encampment is held he will give the people and the guardsmen some real war time tactics. A trench will be dug if a location can be found and the soldiers will be given a little of the life that the boys are experiencing "Over There." Tugs of War, races and other sports are being arranged to be staged between the various vis iting companys. Everybody in Wil liston should get behind this move ment and make it possible to have the encampment here in July. the -Vs WILLISTON, WILLIAMS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, MAY 9, 1918. $1.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE. ANARCHY SPREADS THROUGH UKRAINE GERMANS KNOCK PRESIDENT DOWN AND MISTREAT OTHER MEMBERS OF RADA London, May 8—Anarchy is spread ing throughout the Ukraine as a re sult of the German action in replac ing the government, according to an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Copenhagen. There have been riots at several places and during a serious outbreak in Kiev a large number of pgr^ons were killed. An attempt was made to kill the Ukrainian premier who escaped with slight wounds. The Socialist Verwaertz, of Berlin, the dispatch adds, publishes an offi cial Ukrainian statement regarding events in Kiev on April 26. German Soldiers entered the rada at four o'clock in the afternoon, surrounded the members and shouted "hands up!" The president of the rada, who pro tested was thrown to the ground and other members were ill-treated. The German ambassador declares that the arrest of the members of the government had taken place without his ,knowledge. Orpheum Theatre Changes Hands A transaction took place last Sat urday between Miss Amey Scott of Williston and Walker McGuines by which Miss Scott purchased the Or pheum Theatre. Miss Scott will take over the theatre on May 22n& and Wm. Broderick will be employed as manager. Several changes are to be made for betterment of the theatre and it is hoped that the new management will enjoy the same high class patronage as Mr. McGuiness has had. Mr. McGuiness will remain with the new management for a Arrangements tween the short time to help them with their advertising and the booking of the best pictures possible. Alexander Guards Visit Williston Captain Aaen and the lieutenants of the Alexander Home Guards came over* and attended the .drill of the Williston Guards which was held on Tuesday evening on the Bruegger grounds near the Experimental Sta tion. The local fine Guards made a very appearance in their new suits and the masterly way in which they drill- are being made be Williston Home Guards and the Alexander cash Home Guards for a picnic to be held as soon weather permits on farm across the river. back as the the C^Apt. Bailey Meeting At Elks Saturday Night A Mother's Day program will be held at Williston Elks Saturday night and all Elks as well as their wives are urged to attend. Regular lodge will be held from eight till nine o'clock and from nine to ten o'clock several addresses will be given. The speakers of the evening being Major A. F. Brown of the Canadian Army, W. G. Owens and Thos. Murphy. From,ten to midnight a dancing party will be held after which a light lunch will be served. With the American Army in France Tuesday, May 7.—"Jimmy" Hall is gone, and the whole American air service is moiyning his loss. All are wondering whether he was killed or was able to bring his machine safely to earth after his battle in the air over Pagny-sur-Moselle. Captain Hall was popular through out the army and had won admira tion by his daring, coolness and skill in* handling his machine. The captain's flying companions are all certain he would have knock ed out his opponent had it not been for a maneuver unheard of so far as American and French pilots in this section of France are concerned. It has been considered dangerous to the last 'degree to bring up a ma chine sharply from a downward plunge because the strain is almost certain to cause the collapse' of some vital part. The German avi ator whom Captain Hall was pur suing, being hard pressed, adopted this desperate expedient to escape death and won. The captain's companion? waited for several hours after the fight for him to return before "giving hini up for lost. They felt certain unless some serious accident had occurred he would return, notwithstanding the fact that- he was seen to plunge toward the earth. The aviators all have the greatest confidence in him and express the conviction that if he landed safely and was captured he will escape eventually. After a thrilling battle with enemy airplanes ten miles north of Pont a-Mousson, Captain Hall made a spiral dive for the earth and was last seen close to the ground ap parently trying to land. His fate is unknown. Meet Four Germans Captain Hall, with two others, was patrolling between St. Mihiel and Pont-a-Mousson. When they were over Pagny-sur-Moselle, four enemy Albatross airplanes, painted with black and white stripes were seen. The American attacked, Captain Sales of W.S.S. ShowQ in Report Williston, May 9th. The work be ing done pn the sale of thrift Stamps is clearly shown in a partial report which was sent to us to-day from State Director Geo. H. Hollister of Fargo. It shows very clearly just where Williams county stands ac cording to the other counties of the state. This is a mighty good record but we must not let it stand at this we must do better. Put your shoulder to the wheel and lets put Williams county over the top. Williams County 58c per capita! Think of it! Are we paupers, or do we simply not understand? Let us quit tallying about our loyalty until our War Savings record is better! Below is the standing of the coun ties of the state from the beginning of the campaign till April 15th: McKenzi,' Dunn stark Sales reported Sales County to Apr. 15 per capita Bowman $ 7594.15 Richland Eddy Adams .... Griggs .... Stutsman Ward 26234.93 Grand Forks 26008.11 Steele 6254.93 Pembina 11059.28 Cass 30851.32 Foster 4619.02 Mcintosh 6133.14 Golden Valley 4327.62 McHenry 11958.30 Hettinger 5209 23 Barnes 12233.46 Burke 5843.o4 Walsh 12623.60 Wells 12623.60 Williams 10497.34 Towner .... 5168.99 Bottineau 0445.72 Burleigh 7456.18 Logan 3735.43 La Moure 6067.38 McLean 7613.66 Trial 5844.53 Cavalier 1.51 1.06 1.05 1.03 .93 1.03 .93 .91 .89 .77 ,76 .76 .76 .72 .71 .68 .65 .64 .62 .62 .58 .57 .54 .53 .53 .52 .47 .46 .45 .44 .42 .41 .41 .39 .36 .34 .34 •-»r .31 .22 .09 .06 22645.73 5996.15 4916.18 6082.57 24743.76 7142'ot s™7- Kidder ... 2878.41 Ransom Dickey ^,'1. Morton Mountrail 3771.79 Slope 1751.72 Renville 2667.11 Emmons 3200.29 Ramsey 3374.30 1306.12 Sheridan 520.00 ,il A "-'V^ mm*p riv'W"kX,:* AIR FORCE BUTTLE WITH HUNS-ONE MAN Captain Hall Last Seen Making Spiral Dive—Attempt to Wipe Out the American Flying: force Fails ,,f Hall singling out one of the enemy and driving him downward while firing with his machine gun. The pair made a spiral dive from 6,000 meters to 4,000 when the German started to raise. In a quick turn he poured a stream of machine gun bullets into the bottom of Hall's ma chine. Captain Hall promptly came out of the spiral and made a dtve for the earth. He was last seen at tempting to complete this maneuver. In the meanwhile the enemy ma chines that the other Americans had' engaged dropped toward the ground. It is unknown what happened to them, but two of them apparently were in distress. No credit for a vic tory is given the Americans, because official verification of the destruc tiort of the enemy was impossible. German machines were out in forcfe. Alarm after alarm was answered by the Americans. Lieutenant Cun ningham engaged one machine when five more of the enemy joined in. The lieutenant kept up the fight until his machine gun jammed, when he re turned to the American lines with ten bullet holes in his plane. The usual German game was to have a small number of planes appear near the American lines while a reserve of four or five machines remained out of sight until the Americans came into action. The reserves would then swoop down in an attempt to wipe out the Americans. The American aviators met this by answering alarms with twice the number of machine it reported the Germans had. American aviators used Nieuport pursuit machines. As a result of today's activity, it is believed the Germans sent some of their best flyers to this sector to attempt to annihilate the American flying force. muKKS OTBR/TFT IE fflfEK HEARING PRESIDENT ORDERS AN INVES TIGATION OF AIR SCHEDULE BY DEPT. OF JUSTICE Washington, May 7.—Talk of graft and mismanagement in the national airplane construction program heard for months in senate debate and capitol lobby gossip culminated to day in a presidential order for an investigation by the department of justice. Almost simultaneously it became known that Maj. Gen. Squier of the Signal corps and until re cently in direct charge of army avia tion, had demanded a military tour of inquiry. The White House in announcing President Wilson's action made pub lic a telegram received Saturday from Howard Coffin, former chairman of the aircraft board, urging an official inquiry "that reputations of innocent men may not be ruined," and a series of letters and telegrams exchanged between the President and Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor, to whom is at tributed responsibility for statements that corruption in the expenditure of funds and pro-German intrigues has hindered airplane production. The President today wrote to Sen ator Thomas of Colorado, a member of the senate military committee as suring him every instrumentality of the department of justice would be used to pursue charges of dishonesty or malversation of any kind if Mr. Borglum's allegations are found worthy of serious consideration. Sen ator Thomas laid before the Presi dent last week assertions made to members of the committee by the sculptor. 1 1 Banquet For Robert Tysfc A banquet was held this noqn at the Dakota Cafe by the trustees of the Congregational church for. Rob ert Tysk who leaves here Saturday for Camp Logan with the draft boys. Table was set for ten. After the banquet a military shaving set was presented to Robert by the trustee?. Robert has also been a member of the local Home Guards here since that organization was started and we feel sure that the instruction he re ceived with the local company will be of great help to him on reaching camp and hope it will land him a com mission. Roberts many Williston friends wish him good luck and eod sneed on his journey with the soldiers of freedom and democracy. ,Tf\ 'A 4 'hu 1 ,ifM tt/"v .. Ml 1