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VOL. XXIV, NO. 8.
JOHN JEHUS! MS SHORTVISn HERE HAS BEEN TRAINING AVIATORS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS—LEI-T HERE FOR DAYTON, OHIO JoKn Jennison was home on a fur lough the first of the week and left yesterday for Dayton, Ohio, being ordered there instead of back to Texas. John has been at the Texas Aviation camps ever since he left here and is now a full fledged aviator. For the past six months he has been training others in the art of flying and relates many interesting exper iences. He Said that the first time he went up in a machine he did not realize they had left the ground un til they were up about two hundred JOHN JENNISON feet. When they started he said he got a hold of the machine and looked straight ahead. When he did happen to look down he said it looked pretty empty. John said the highest he had been up was a little over nine thousand height he said lie could see plainly what was on the ground. Everything of course look ed small. Our mailt street would only look about a foot wide from that height. Stunts in flying are taught them for they are very useful when in a fight with the Hun and the man who can pull all kinds of stunts has the better chance of winning. Dur ing one of his last flights he said he was up about forty five minutes and during about twenty minutes of that time he had the machine upside down awH was held in by his belt. This belt is about six inches wide and quite heavy. Asked about the Huns as com pared with the allied flyers he said the Huns of course had many fine flyers but that the allies had them beat. Old flyers from the front he said claimed that the Hun usually gave way first. For instance when an allied flyer saw a Hun he made direct for him and the Hun did the same. In order to avoid a crash one or the other would have to give way and nine times out of ten it would be the Hun. If, as happened once in a while, they found a Hun who wouldn't give way the allied flyer, who with his stunts, and training, could think quicker, could duck at the last second. John says he hopes to be able to have a crack at the Huns himself soon. He is in the pink'of condition and is looking fine. In speaking of the plan to fly machines across the Atlantic he said he thought it would be done and would live to have a chance of flying one across himself. I Large Crowd Help At Keltner Farm On Tuesday of this week about fifty Williston men and neighbors of W. W. Keltner helped him in tearing the ruins of his old barn apart and building a new one in its place. Mr. Keltner*s barn was recently destroy ed by the wind storm that swept this part of the country. Two sides and one end of the barn were not dam aged much being only blown oyer by the wind but the balance of :t was twisted badly out of shape and had to be taken apart. Most of the lum ber will be used over again and a barn erected on the site of the old one. Capt. Jeffrey Leaves For Examination Capt. E. W. Jeffrey received notice this week to take his physical exam ination for application to service. He left yesterday noon for Minot where he will take his examination before a U. S. Army Surgeon. Capt. Jeffrey has for some time past been trying to get into, active service again, hav ing been on the reserve officers list since his return from the border last ty xx Twenty Two Men In August Draft Twenty two men will be sent from Williams county this month to Camp Lewis, Washington. Men who are in class 1 are asked to volunteer on this draft and a five day period will be set aside probably between the 26th and 28th of the month. The reason the board is callingjfor volunteers at this time is to get the men that are able to go and that will not be taken from any farm labor where they are needed. If the quota is not filled voluntarily during this period the board will call on those who come next in number to leave. This is a splendid chance for some of the boys to get into the second larg est camp in the country and one that has beautiful surroundings and loca tion. ALEC WRITES FROM FRMGE •YANKS" HAVEN'T GOT START ED BUT ARE HANDING IT TO THE GERMANS Mr. George Rawitscher received a very interesting letter from his son Alec who is now in France helping the boys from U. S. A, in making the Kaiser and. his pack of Huns do the goose-step backwards. His letter is as follows: France, July 28. Dear Father and Mother: "I was talking to some German prisoners which had been captured while I was out fixing a telephone line, I asked the guard if I could talk to them, he said, 'certainly, go ahead.' The first thing I asked was what they thought of the war. They said they had enough and after we got to talk ing they were more than glad, they said to be captured. At first they were afraid to talk for they were told in Germany th»t when the American? capturedthem they shootthem. When I told them that they are perfectly safe here and are treated like any of us, only that they are prisoners of war, they were so full of joy that tears came to their eyes. No Smekes for Germans I gave them each a cigarette which they have not had for days. They also told me that they had nothing to eat for twenty-four hours. They did have a small piece of bread on them which some American soldier must have given them as they were passing it around each taking a bite. I also saw many other prisoners who I did not get a chance to talk with. Many of them did not seem over 15 or 16 years old. They all admitted that the Amer icans were too much for them. They say we are too strong but I guess they don't savey our way of fighting. A certain bunch of soldiers which we have here which I am unable to men tion are called the "Black Snakes and Dare Devils" by the Boche on account of their way of crawling whil* in bat tle. "If the soldiers in Germany only knew the truth the war would soon end, but they are told so muny false hoods by their leaders. On one oc casion they were told that their ad vance lines were in Paris. They must fight a hell of a lot before they set there, or as long as there is a breath of life in any of Uncle Sam's men. Dodging Big Shells I am doing nothing but telephoning these days as we are not using the telegraph instruments. I get it hot and heavy from Frit at times, when out on line work, but he has not got my number for I have learned how to dodge those big shells. We are giving them all that is coming to them. I would like to tell you more in detail, but it would never pass, so what is the use. "The Boche usually try to send a few large shells in our paths while we are at work. I never mind them in the least for I am used to them, of course, I have knocked on wood, for we never can tell which one has our initials on it. "We are certainly doing wonderful work, that is the Americans, up in this sector. Naturally we loose some men but no where in comparison with what Germany is losing and we have not yet got started to get the, (cen sored). Just think of what is going to happen when the Yanks do get st&rtcd July 12th—Just got back from the front line, of the most famous and active American Battle Fields in France. It certainly was some ex perience. I was up there five days and during that time I did not wash or sleep, there is no such words up there. Nothing more to write, will close with regard to all. With love, Alec. Alec Rawitscher, Hdqs. Co. 12th F. A. A. E. F. Williston Graphic Secretary of the Treasury W. G. McAdoo talked to a crowd of Willis ton people Monday from the rear steps of his car during the stop made by No. 2. He was on his way to Wash ington from Glacier Park where he and Mrs. McAdoo had been enjoying a vacation. He said that he was glad to meet and talk with the people of this dis trict. "I have heard about you folks and the splendid way in which you have responded to the loan drives in spite of short crops. The Kaiser made a great mistake when he forccd America into the war and I believe he is beginning to realize it by this time." When asked how long lie thought the war would last he said he did not know but if the boys' kept up the pace they were setting the huns just now he was sure it would end soon. "We are in a great war and for a great purpose. We are fighting for the freedom of the world and for the same principles that Christ set out to teach the world nearly two thou sand years ago. Williams County Natives See Lion The residents along Sand Creek a few miles west of Williston were startled Saturday by what they claim to be a real live African Hon wonder ing through their part of the coun try. Several calves belonging to the farmers in this neighborhood were killed by this wild beast and many of the people who were unfortunate in seeing the animal saw his foot prints on the ground over which he traveled. The news of the appear ance of the'beast soon reached Wil liston and a large crowd of gun artists departed to the jungle in search of large game but were forced to return empty handed as the lion was not to be found. Some of the farmers pass ed the opinion that it might have been a mountain lion or a Canadian lynx which have been known to travel this far from their native home in the mountains, while others think that it was an African lion which has escaped from some circus at some time or other. try! In Her intercourse with foreign nation* may She always be right. But our country, right or wrong.—Stephen Decatur. WILLISTON WILLIAMS COUNTY, NORTH DAKOTA, THURSDAY AUGUST 8, 1918. SECRETARY MCADOO HERE MONDAY GERMANS REPORTED PREPARING EOR BRITISH BY LAND AND SEA Artillery duels and patrol actions continue along the Vesle front while Allies and German make ready for future operations. Indications point to a resumption of lighting on this line within a few hours. Whether the German Crown Prince will attempt a definite stand between the Vesle and the Aisne is not yet clear, but it seems apparent that he is preparing for further efforts to check the Allie dadvance. His me dium calibre guns are bombing the Allied positions south of the Vesle intensely and he has been making strong efforts to dislodge the French and American troops holding bridgeheads on the north bank. All his attempts, however, have met with failure. It was to be expected that several days would elapse before the Allies could be prepared to renew their of fensive across the Vesle. The bad weather has hampered the move ment of guns and reinforcements as well as aerial scout work. Rain is re ported to have fallen again on the battle front Tuesday afternoon. German Losses When infantry fighting does re open in force it probably will mark a new phase in the year's campaign. The Marne pocket has been cleared w- mm..* May Strike With Navy And Army Against British Huns May Shorten Line More In France Losses In Marne Pocket Paris, Aug. 7—General Ludendorff is preparing to strike a blow against the British front on the extreme northern end of the line, and the plans are, according^ to the information reaching this city, is to use the Ger man fleet in co-operation with the land forces. The sources from which this information is obtained are well informed and the truth of the state ment is not questioned. The same source of information states that General Uudendorff is forced to make an immediate move' and to make some showing to offset the effects of the German defeat on the Marne. The German people are said to be impatient for the end. The Secretary said he was very sorry Mrs. McAdoo was not able to meet the ladies but that she had been suffering from a severe headache and was not up yet. Secretary McAdoo was presented with a bouquet of flowers by the •ommoi cml Club and the following letter of thanks was received by the Secretary: The Secretary of the Treasury Washington Kn route, Aug. 5, 1918. Williston Commercial Club, Williston N. P. Gentlemen: Mrs. McAdoo and I deeply appre ciate your courtesy and thoughtful ness in sendinsr us the beautiful flowers we received at Williston this morning. Please be assured of our appreciation. -I wish I could have had the pleas ure of meeting personally each and every member of the Commercial Clfcb. ^With all good wishes, I am Cordially yours, W. G. McAdoo. Farmers Assured Of Federal Aid St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 7.—Maximum acres for food production next year is assured by the act of President Wilson, in providing a $5,000,000 fund for. loans to farmers in drough strick en districts. President E. G. Quamme of ".the St. Paul district federal land bank declared on his return from Washington. President Quamme, who was in con ference with officials of the treasury anc| agricultural departments relative to the operation of the new loan plan, declared that the providing of such a fjjnd is vital to the northwest, par tWjoriy to North Dakota, where in the western section the recent drought was a severe blow. "Without such aid the crop acreage vital to the success of the war would not be possible next year President Quamme said. Just before leaving for Washington President Quamme visited Williams county and made a trip around the county to learn the conditions of the farmers in this sec tion. of the enemy and the Crown Prince is defeated. Premier Clemenceau announces that the German losses in cluded 35,000 prisoners and 700 guns. Interesting reports are received from Paris concerning the future plans of the German high command. Some observers there assert the Ger mans will strike the British front si multaneously with an attack by the German fleet on the British fleet. Another report is that the Germans will shorten their lines on the west ern front for the special purpose of gaining more manpower, from lack of which they are reported to be suf fering seriously. Intense bitterness has marked what little fighting there has been between Soissons and Rheims. The American forces in Fismes and north of the river have been subjected to heavy bombard ments from cannon and machine guns, but have held on. West of Fismes Tuesday a German battalion prepared to attack American bridge builders along the Vesle. The entire force was wiped out by American machine gunners. In' Picardy the Germans have struck back at the British who have been slowly improving their posi tions astride the Somme. South of Morlancourt the Germans have re covered the British advance trench lines along the Bray-Corbie road. Berlin says 100 prisoners were cap tured, but the fighting continues, London reports. British troops at the apex oi the German salient in Flanders, have pushed forward their outposts still farther on a front of 2,000 yards in the Pacaut wood. Prisoners were captured by the British. American troops in the Woevre have repulsed two German raids. On the remainder of the western front there has been no activity. Heavy artillery duels are in progress on the Italian mountain front an din Mace donia. Corporal A. C. Hill To Speak Saturday Corporal A. C. Hill of the Canadian Army and recently returned from the front will speak here on Saturday evening at 8 P. M. at the Armory. An admission charge of 25 cents will be made which will go to the Red Cross. Corporal Hill has made several talks in this state and from reports from the places where he has spoken they recommend him very highly* and proclaim him to be one of the best war talkers of* the day. The people of Williston are very fortunate in securing a man of this type and a large crowd is expected at the Armory on Saturday evening. His will give an outline of his ex periences over there and the condi tions that exist over there. DRAFT AGES TO BE FROM 18 T045 YRS SECRETARY BAKER SAYS THE CHANGE IS NECESSARY TO INSURE VICTORY Washington, August 3.—Draft ages of men from 18 to 45 years will be read to Congress in the bill embody ing the war department's new man power program which will be intro duced in both houses of Congress Monday and expedited by the com mittees with a view to prompt con sideration when regular sessions of the Senate and House are resumed late this month. After formally announcing the new draft ages today, Secretary Baker said all the possible combinations of age limits were carefully studied and it was found that in order to get the men into Class 1 for the program proposed, 18 to 45 was necessary. He said, however, that the bill as read to Congress, will contain a provision au thorizing the. president to call mien out of class one by classes according to age, so that it is found possible the men, between 18 and 19 will be called out later than the older men found eligible to class one. The war department program, the war secretary said, "is purely a mili tary one and cannot be called a con scription of labor although it natur ally will have the effect of putting at useful labor or in the army able bodied men within the /tge limits as they finally will be fixed by congress. In recommending this extension of the age limits, Mr. Baker continued, the department had it in mind simp ly to get for the army the number of men believed necessary to defeat Ger many. The secretary was not pre pared to say how many that would be, nor to give any estimate as to the proportion of males between the ages of 18 to 45, inclusive, who would be found eligible. In making up the list and classes, the same rules would be followed that had governed in the first draft with some exceptions from the first call of married men with depend ants and those engaged in essential industries. Mr. Baker gave it as his opinion that so far about 1,600,000 had been drafted out of class one from the existing list. Prices Fixed On Substitutes A Committee appointed by the County Food Administrator Edwin A. Palmer have submitted their prices that they have set for substitutes. These prices have been approved by E. F. Ladd of the Federal Food Ad ministration and go into effect at once. Consumers are requested to keep close watch on the prices charged them and report any over charge on the part of the merchants to the county food administration. The report and the prices fixed by the committee are as follows: Williston, N. D., July 22, 19-8. Hon. Edwin A. Palmer, Food Administrator for Williams Co. Williston,. North Dakota. Dear Sir: The undersigned committee, ap pointed by you July 11th, 1918, to be known as The Price Fixing Commit tee on substitutes, begs to submit its report as follows: Respectfully rec ommends that the retail dealers be allowed a gross margin of 'profit of fifteen per cent on said substitutes, said profit to be added to the whole sale cost, plus freight to destination, and drayage. That at the wholesale prices in ef fect on this date the following is a fair selling price of the articles men tioned, in the city of Williston, North Dakota. Yellow Corn Meal $ .06 White Corn Meal 06% Yellow Corn Flour 06 White Corn Flour 06% Rye Flour 06% $1.50 PER YEAR IN ADVANCE. EJ. MITES FROM FMICE INTERESTING LETTER TO FOLKS TELLS OF LIFE "OVER THERE" CANT SEE HOW HUNS CAN HOLD OUT On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Forces June 20th, 1918. Dear Folks: Well it's been a long time now since I've had a chance to write to you, but I hope you won't get wor ried or anything, as I am alright and feeling good. The reason I didn't write was that I didn't have any pa. per and couldn't get any. But to-day I got a little, so I thot I'd write and say I'm still O. K. I've got quite a. few of your letters, the commence ment invitation and everything you sent me for my birthday. That sure was good of you and I thank you very much for it all. I saved most of the chewing gum Bille sent me till my birthday, and then I sure chewed, and believe me, it sure tasted good, too. I wish I could tell you just where I was on my birthday, but, anyways, it wasn't a very healthy place. The H. S. Invitation you sent me is the only one I've received so far, and it sure is interesting. I looked over the names and I could only count five I thot I didn't know. Maybe I know them by sight though. Well I suppose you've got your garden all planted by this time and probably have used some of the stuff already. How is everybody around W.? hope you are all feeling well as usual There isn't much of anything I can say about ourselves. You most like ly know all the war news, most likely more than we do. so I can't saiy any thing about that. You have most, likely read about how our troops stopped and turned the drive on Paris, and you have, no doubt, heard' of some of their exploits. When I read of it, it sure makes me feel prouder than ever of our United States, and the only thing that I re-* gret is the fact that we were put on to a comparatively quiet front in stead of there. Can the "Dutchman" be so absolutely pig-headed that they can't forsee their early defeat, or why do they hold out so long? But it is our belief that they are on their last legs and that all this offensive is just about their real kick. As the British Premier said in a recent speech, "America is not coming, America haa come." And Heinie is well aware of the fact, for there are many indica tions that he does not care to go "over the top" against the American troops after the first time. Our battalion has distinguished itself in one or two small actions, but I never was lucky enough to be there. I don't know whether I ever told any of you of our new dance, the Trench Trot, with variations like the dutckbaoard shuffle, the dugout dive, etc. There's a lot of variations to this dance, but the one we care least far is the pick and shovel hobble. The :::c we like best of all is the chow polkai The Trench Trot* is quite strenuous dance, but an interesting and fast one. That name "Samifiies," you see so often, is no good, neither is "Bud dies," which I hate. Now, if you: must have a name for us, let it be "Yanks," short and snappy like we are to Heinie. We sure don't, act much like Buddies to the Hun, as: he has found out to his sorrow. Well, I guess I'll have to ring off for this time, hoping you didn't get worried because of my long silence and that you will write soon. With much love and many kisses, I am, Your son and brother, Edmund.. Pvt. E. H. Shemorry, Co. M. 26th. U. S. Inf. Reg., American E. F. RED CROSS MEETING There will be a Red Cross meeting northwest of Marmon August 18th for the purpose of organizing a Red Cross branch in that district. Four or five new branches have been or ganized through the country during the last month. Barley Flour 06" Graham Flour 07" Rolled Oats 08% Hominy 08 Rice Flour .14% Rice 13% Quaker Oats, 8 oz., per pkg. .31 N. B. Ludowese, Chairman, M. B. Jackson Jos. Wegley Fred Stevens M. A. Hegge, Dissenting. Committee. Approved for August. E. F. LADD, Federal Food Adm.