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VOL. XXIII, NO. 50.
Armory hall was packed to the doors Friday evening when the An nual High school Commencement Ex ercises were held. The class of twenty eight, the second largest ever graduating from the Williston schools marched in and took their places on the stage to the music of the Class March, written by E. E. Hanyen of this city. The high school chorus gave a num ber of selections under the leader ship of Miss Cooper which were very well rendered and gave evidence of careful training. Other musical selections were ren dered by the Glee Club, made up of INK! PURS FOR FUG DAY, JHK14 ELKS HAVING FLAG DAY PRO GRAM JUNE 14—WILL HAVE PARADE—SPEAKER HERE Flag Day comes on the 14th of June this year and the Elks lodge is planning on celebrating in a fitting manner. Plans are being made for a parade and invitations are being sent out to various organizations throughout the district, asking them to join us. There is no better time for a large patriotic gathering than on flag day and June fourteenth will be one of the days to be remembered. GOMMENCEttENl EXERCISES HELD IN ARMORY Hill FRIDAY EVENING Large Class of Twenty Eight Graduate—Fine Orations by Lna Moorhead and Clara Bennett— School Honors Were Awarded—Hall Was Crowded All business houses will be asked to close from one to five in the afternoon. After the parade an appropriate program will be given in the Armory. J. F. T. O'Connor of Grand Forks has been secured for the speaker of the day and he is second to none in the northwest. Mr. O'Connor won the championship for Yale in the oratorical contest against all con testing colleges and has been getting better ever since. You are therefore sure of a treat if you hear Mr. O'Con nor. Full particulars and the program for the day will be printed in next weeks paper. A. H. VOHS SELLS MEAT MARKET A transaction took place this week by which Thos. Wright of Marmon became owner of the City Meat Mar ket of this city. Mr. Vohs former owner and proprietor has not as yet decided just what he will do but ex pects to devote most of his time to the looking after his farms and stock raising. Mr. Wright will move here to Williston and will take over the shop the first of the month. His in tentions are to run the business in the same high class manner in which Mr. Vohs has in the past and will en deavor to give the patrons as good service and quality as formerly. THE CLASS OF 1918 Ruth Asbury William Byron Borsheim Hazel Lutitia Brant Clara Rose Bennett Gladys lone Brown Ada Claire Brownson Wava L. Amsbaugh Paul Lewis Carpenter John Patrick Craven Lois Irene Fuller Jessie Mabel Field Dorothy Elizabeth Fagan Clifford M. Gordon Sylvia Trilby Hartman David Greengard James Glenn Houston Ceceiia Kleppe V. Russell Levitt Una Vivian Moorhead Lillie Martha Munyer Harold Bruce McDonald Eileen McGibbon McKinley A. Nelson Catherine Louise Pasonault Leonard Allen Poe Doris Elvya Rickard David A. Veitch Robert Eugene Walker a number of our leading lady musi cians and these number were hearti'y applauded. The orations by Miss Moorhead and Miss Bennett were exceptionally good and were among the best num bers of the program. Each of the young ladies have a good voico and delivered their orations in a manner equal to that of an old hand at speak ing. The address of the evening was de livered by President Thos F. Kane of the State University. We under stand that President Kane said many good things but owing to the fact (Continued on page 11) il MMi FW WIUSIN CHUKOT CREAMERY HAS OUTGROWN OLD BUILDING—PROPOSITION TO GO TO STOCKHOLDERS The Farmers Creamery and Pro duce Co., has plans under foot at pres ent for the erection and the selection of a new site for the creamery. The proposition will be put before the stockholders at a meeting to be held here at Williston in July. Mr. John Bruegger who is at the head of the creamery is due much credit for the wonderful stride that has been made by the company in the past year. On account of the increased business the concern is in need of more space and it is proposed to build a much larger and modern building that will handle the business for some time to come. Just to show what is being done at the creamery, they have turned out more than 5000 pounds of butter in the last week besides a large amount of ice cream. The creamery Co., re cently installed one of the most mod ern ice cream machines on the mar ket and with this equipment and a new building the concern will be one that Williston will be proud of. E. B. LINK BUYS FOSTER GROCERY A transaction took place last week between Roy Foster and E. B. Link both of Williston by which Mr. Link became owner of the Foster Cash Grocery. Mr. Foster has not yet de cided just what he will do but ex pects to enter other business here in Williston shortly. Mr. Link will continue the running of the Cash Grocery and hopes to have the pleasure of as large a trade as Mr. Foster had and furthermore will endeavor to serve the trade in the same high class manner as be fore. MARTIN JACOBSON IN CITY Martin Jacobson of Minot was in the city the latter part of last week. Mr. Jacobson has a son, Chester, who is in the Airplane service. From all reports he is proving one of the best and is anxious to get across to try his hand on the Hun. Mr. Jacobson says he hopes his boy will get there before the war ends as he wants him to get some of the baby killers. LATE WAR NEWS (Special to Graphic 3 P. M.) Paris reports situation more reas suring, with the enemy making no progress except in center of attack. Momentum is apparently slackening. The enemy is using about five divi sions with tanks, machine guns and poisonous gas. W as ngton reports American troops in Picardy attacked on front of over one mile inflicting severe losses on the enemy and have taken two hundred German prisoners. Williston Graphic -tur Country! In Her InterconrM with foreign nations may She always be right. But our country, right or wrang.—Stephen Decatur. WILLISTON, WILLIAMS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY, MAY 30, 1918. PRAY AND FAST, MAY 30, PRESIDENT EXHORTS NATION Minnesota Boys Pass Through Here Several special trains over the Great Northern R. R. passed through here Tuesday carrying boys from Minnesota to Camp Lewis, Wash. The trains all stopped here while en gines were changed and the boys were given a chance to visit the busi ness section of the town. The strength of Camp Lewis is now set at abotyt 40,430 men and more are arriving daily. The process of making United Stat es citizens of 5,199 Camp Lewis sol diers, now subjects of other countries, will begin tomorrow at 9:30 a. m., when the first of the alien enlisted men of the cantonment, including enemy aliens, will appear at the li brary of the 166th depot brigade for the preliminary process of naturaliza tion. This represents a front of nearly twenty miles along which the armies of the crown prince have crossed the Aisne. In addition they have pushed south of the river and are striking for the river Vesle, which parallels the Aisne along the greater part of this front at an average of about five miles. The battlei is continuing fiercely along the whole Aisne front today, the brunt of it being borne by the French. French communications are excellent in this sector however, and the probability is that reserves are speedily being sent up to the threat ened points. The British when the battle start ed apparently were holding a line ap proximately twelve miles long, be tween Bermicourt, seven miles north west of Rheims, and Craonelle, across the Aaisne to the northwest, the line straddling the Aaisne at about mid way this distance, near Berry-Au $ac. There is no indication that the Brit ish right flank was materially affect ed by the shock. The left flank, how ever, felt the effect of the impact up on the French front further west, where a crossing of the Aisne was forced, and the British left was oblig ed to fall back in conformity. The British line to the west of Ber ry* Au- Bac is now apparently wholly south of the Aisne. The German attack in Flanders was evidently a subsidiary affair, although NATIONAL Memorial Day, Thursday, May 30, is proclaimed by President Wilson as a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting. The proclamation follows "Whereas, The Congress of the United States, on the second day of April last, passed the folio wine: resolution: 'Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives con curring), That, it being a duty peculiarly incumbent in a time of war humbly and devoutly to acknowledge our dependence on Al mighty God and to implore His aid and protection, the President of the United States be, and is hereby, respectfully requested to recommend a day of public humiliation, prayer and fascting, to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of our cause, His blessings on our arms, and a speedy restoration of an honorable and lasting peace to the nations of the earth "And Whereas, it has always been the reverent habit of the people of the United States to turn in humble appeal to Almighty God for His guidance in the affairs of their common life "Now, therefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Thursday, the thirtieth day of May, a day already freighted with sacred and stimulating mem ories, a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting, and do exhort my fellow citizens of all faiths and creeds to assemble on that day in their several places of worship and there, as well as in their homes, to pray Almighty God that He may forgive our sins and shortcomings as a people and purify our hearts to see and love the truth, to accept and defend all things that are just and right and to purpose only those rightenous acts and judgment which are in con formity with His will beseeching Him that He will give victory to our armies as they fight for freedom, wisdom to those who take counsel on our behalf in these days of dark struggle and perplexity, and steadfastness to our people to make sacrifice to the utmost in support of what is just and true, bringing us at last the peace in which men's hearts can be at rfcst because it is founded upon mercy, justice and good will." GERMANS RESUME ATTACK AND GET ACROSS THE RIVER AISNE Armies of Crown Prince Advance But Allies Confident Re pulsed in Northern Section Americans Successful in Repulsing Huns Paris, May 28.— The Germans, striking south from the Chemin Des Dames after carrying that important ridge yesterday, have pushed on rap idly and effected a crossing of the Aisne river between Vailly and Ber ry-Au-Bac. Fordson Tractors For Farmers at Cost L. V. Coulter made a trip to Far go last week to attend a meeting of the representatives of the Ford Co., and announced on his return that Mr. Ford has made arrangements to sup ply the farmers of N. Dak., with Tractors at factory cost plus the freight. Mr. Ford has for some time past been supplying other countries with these tractors under this plar.. It is Fords plan to do all that he can to make the crop production as large as possible in order to help win the war. Mr. Coulter announces that the or ders are coming in very fast for these tractors and that any of the farm ers who wish these machines should take the matter up with him at once. there was an extremely heavy con centration of troops for the limited front attacked. The French bore.the brunt of this blow and repulsed it. The Germans succeeded only in pushing in some thing like a half mile south of Dicke busch lake. This morning the British and French made a counter attack in this sector which was progressing well at latest advices and promised to turn the whole German effort on the northern front into a complete failure which had cost the enemy heavily. Military opinion seems to be sway ing between the view that the attack between Soissons and Rheims is the main enemy effort, or whether he is planning to deal an even greater blow at the Amiens front. In view of the persistence with which the Germans are following up their early success in forcing the Aisne crossings it seems probable that a determined following up of the enemy efforts, in the shape of a drive for Paris will be looked for. Section B. In Picardy before day light this morning the enemy after a violent bombardment with high ex plosives and gas, attacked our ad vance positions in three detachments. In two places he penetrated small portions of our front lines. Shortly afterward our troops counter attack ed, expelled the Germans at all points and occupied part of the German trenches. Heavy losses were inflicted on the enemy and some prisoners were taken. Our casualties are light. In one case an American was taken prisoner but was rescued by counter attacks, and all of his caplors were killed. Our troops displayed a fine offensive spirit at all times and have achieved a notable success. We give below the text of two telegrams received from Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo, expressing his appreciation of the markedly success ful efforts of all those who have taken part in the Third Liberty Loan Campaign of the Ninth District. "Please accept my warmest con gratulations on the magnificient suc cess of the Third Liberty Loan, tl is a triumph of sound war financing and is highly creditable to the intelli gence and patriotism of the Amer ican people. I hope that every pur chaser of bonds will keep them for his own good and for his country's sake. "I am proud of the great work the officers and employees of the Fed eral Reserve Bank of Minneapolis have done. "To the patriotic men and women of the Liberty Loan Committee and organizations throughout the coun try who have served with such ex traordinary unselfishness and enthu siasm, too much praise cannot be given. I wish I could express to each of them personally my grateful ap preciation, but as this is impossible, will you kindly send this message from me to all Liberty Loan organi zations in your district. "Great are the resources of Amer ica, but greater are the unconquer able soul and spirit of her people." PROGRAM FOR DECORATION DAY, MAY 30 Tomorroy at 1:30 P. M., the ser vices for Decoration Day will be held in the Armory. The program is under the direction of the Home Guard and is as follows: Opening song by the audience, "America' led by the Williston band. Prayer—Rev. Natwick. Address—Rev. John J. Carroll of Helena, Mont. Solo—Miss M. Patterson. Remarks—Hon. A. B. Saxtou. Solo—Janette Wolbert. Prayer and Benediction—Rev. Hitch cock. Following the program a parade will be formed headed by the Willis ton Band and the Home Guard and will march to the cemetery where fit ting services will be held. All of the stores and business houses of the city will be closed from 10:30 for the re mainder of the day. Decoration Day should mean more this year than it ever has before and it is hoped that everyone will attend the community service and join in the march to the cemetary to make this day what it should be. J. W. Sinclair of Kenmare and one of the Nonpartisan noted speakers was a visitor in Williston on Satyr day leaving here Monday morning. CAPTAIN EVANS OF COMPANY E WRITES INTERESTING LETTER Has Nothing But Praise For Treatment Shown Boys in France —Hurt When Number of Boys Were Given to the Regulars Just a word to let you know that everything is going along well. We have been having changeable weath er, cold rains, etc., but the most of it has been fine. The place where we are located is very beautiful and if it were not for the fact that I was so far away from you and the children it would not be half bad. As if is though, they can call it off any time as I would like to return. Ed and two Jeff's and myself got MCADQQ THANKS THIRD I. L. WORKERS TELEGRAM TO HEADQUARTERS OF NINTH DISTRICT EXPRESS THANKS TO WORKERS $1.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE through school on the 9th of March and Will and myself were sent up to the French front for observation. Ed was designed to go but through some mistake in orders he did not get to go. He was very disappointed but I guess it is just as well as "there was some fourth of July celebration." I can tell you, believe me, when I iirst heard a few tons of iron come over, my neck grew about 4 inches shorter but I soon got so I could hold my head as high as anyone. The French were very kind and showed us everything. The poor devils live pretty good anyway. It does not cost them near as ftuch to live as it does us, and their food is much better. They told me I was on a quiet front but it certainly seem ed anything but quiet to me. You all know I guess that our com pany was broken up—most of my fine men except the non-coms taken, away and given to the regulars. By George!—when they went I just cried, I could not help it. Oh it was a shame and now we are pretty near ly fitted up again but not such men as we had before. I have most of the Williston boys with me except Mendro, Shemorry, Marsh, George, Puffer, Burnham, Miles and Shikany. You bet your life I dare not say what I think about it, but the time may come. That old company of ours was (Continued on page 11) VETERAN WILL TELL ABOUT THE WORLD PRIVATE JOHN SCOTT, OLDEST VETERAN OF CANADIAN VOL UNTEERS WILL TELL OF WAR Private John Scott, one of the first ten soldiers to join in the tenth mili tary district in Canada, and the only one of the first ten left, will visit this city or\ the sixth of June and deliver a talk on war conditions and especial ly on prison life in Germany. The meeting will be held in the Armory on June 6th at eight thirty in the evening and an admission of fifty cents will be charged. One half of the receipts will go to the Y. M. C. A. and the other half to the British War Mission fund. Private Scott was a member of the Eighth Canadian battalion, hav ing enlisted in Winnipeg and except for a comrade who is a prisoner in Germany is the oldest volunteer in Canada. He claims that the Hun has exemplified his "kultur" by the frightfulness of his campaign in war torn Belgium and Poland. He says, little has been told, but the revela tions of those captured when all is known will make the inhuman atroci ties of the dark ages mild in com parison. He experienced for thirty months all the cruelties the Hun could devise. He tells a tragic story/ with many thrills. Scott was a prosperous Canadian farmer in the summer of 1914, hav ing been a veteran of the Boer war and had seen service in the British regular army. Immediately upon the declaration of war, he placed aside the plow and harrow, and left home and family for the trench. What he suffered is rare in the life of any man. He was slightly wound ed at Fleurbaix when the first tide of the Hun invasion was checked. lit three weeks he was fighting again. Two days later he was one of the first to be gassed, receiving five wounds in the same battle. Later he was cap tured and taken to the Hun prison camp where life for two and a half years was a nightmare which makes: a tale that rivals all fiction and gives a thought that will not be soon- foiv gotten by his hearers. "I can't fight them any more,"!sairf Private Scott today, "and I won't last long, but I will 'carry on' as long as I am able, and as I know my ef forts will bring comforts to those 'over there' I am satisfied to Jive over again those moments which IT thought and craved might be my last." 150 PER CENT OVER SUBSCRIBED Minneapolis, May 28. Official statement issued today says that the northern division has wired Wash ington officials claiming that North Dakota made the best showing of any state in the division in the Red Cross drive. The state's oversubscription being more than 150 per cent. I.'.'S *. -s« t' '""•C --Vl ws 1 A