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The Daily Star-Mirror
The former kaiser is shown to have been in a plot to return to Germany
and reclaim the throne, with the aid of von Mackensen and others of the
former war party, but the plot was nipped and the kaiser abdicated formally.
•His son declares he has surrendered none of his rights.
General Foch has given Germany 24 hours in which to deliver all of the
locomotives agreed to in the armistice terms under penalty of renewed
k hostilities.
The allied nations are awaiting the arrival of President Wilson before tak
ÉgUBlng definite steps to extradite William Hohenzollern for trial in England
lolland refused to ship anything to Germany in reprisal for Germany
pping shipments of coal to Holland.
Following are the cable and telegraphic dispatches received today:
Kaiser's Plot Nipped in the Bud.
LONDON.—-A plot to restore imperialism and secure the return of Em
peror William to the throne of Germany has been discovered in Berlin, ac
cording to an Amsterdam dispatch to the Express filed last Friday. The
chief backers of the scheme were Field Marshal von Mackensen, General von
Born, General Count Sixt von Armin. A large sum of money is said to
have been placed at their disposal by the leaders of the munitions makers.
The plot collapsed owing to the secret agents overhearing a telephone con
versation. (It is significant that the former emperor signed an official
abdication immediately after the discovery of this plot.)
Crown Prince Says He Has Not Quit.
COSTERLAND, Holland.—(By Associated Press.)—"I have not renounced
anything and I have not signed any document whatever." This is the dec
laration of the former German crown prince to a newspaper correspondent
here today.
Bolshevists Invade Norwegian Legation.
LONDON.—Bolshevists have entered the Norwegian legation at Petrograd
and removed documents belonging to Switzerland, whose interests were un
der Norway's protection, according to a Copenhagen dispatch to the Mail.
The-Norwegian minister protested vainly. Newspapers in Norway are de
manding that the relations with the Soviet government be broken.
Wilson to Help Decide Kaiser's Fate.
LONDON.—The British war cabinet and French and Italian representa
tives in London are in agreement as to the proposed punishment of William
Hohenzollern. They have decided to take no action until President Wilson
arrives, the News says. If Holland refuses extradition of the former em
peror without the consent of Germany, pressure will be brought to secure
this consent.
Foch Serves Ultimatum on Germany.
LONDON.—Marshal Foch has sent a new ultimatum to the German armis
tice delegates demanding that Germany surrender the rest of the locomotives
agreed to according to the Exchange Telegraph company's dispatch from
Copenhagen, transmitting advices from Berlin.
A Reuter's dispatch from Berlin today confirms the delivery of the ulti
matum. The time limit is 24 hours. This dispatch says that Mathias Erz
berger (member of the German armistice commission) has offered to deliver
all of the locomotives as soon as they are repaired. German newspapers,
the dispatch adds, say there is no hope of prolonging the armistice and it is
likely that the Allies will occupy Germany.
Diplomats in Berlin Want Protection.
■LONDON.—The diplomatic corps in Berlin has asked the German govern
ment for protection against anarchist propaganda of the Spartacus group
which is agitating for the general arming of the proletariat, according to
an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Amsterdam.
' American Prisoners in Germany Are Well.
WASHINGTON.—Twenty-three hundred American war prisoners at Camp
Rastatt, Germany, are reported "well organized, well clothed and morale
excellent," in a cablegram today to the American Red Cross from Lem C.
Levy, of the prisoners' relief section, who has just visited Rastatt.
Two Steamer Loads Are Coming Home.
WASHINGTON.—Two steamers, the Empress of Britain and the Adriatic,
left Liverpool yesterday for New York with returning American troops,
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the war department announced today. The Empress carried 76
10 nurses and 2389 men. The Adriatic carried 80 officers and 2208 men.
Baker Explains the Casualty Lists.
WASHINGTON.—Secretary Baker, appearing before the senate military
committee today to explain the delay in completing the publication of the
American casualties overseas, said though most of the unreported names
Senators were
of those slightly wounded, they would come by mail.
unable to understand why only something over 100,000 names have been
published when it has been officially announced that the casualties number
262.693. Secretary Baker said that every effort consistent with accuracy
had been made to prevent delay.
Holland to Boycott Germany.
LONDON.—The Dutch government has decided to stop all exports to Ger
many in retalliation for the stoppage of the export of German coal to Hol
land, according to an Exchange Telegraph dispatch from Amsterdam.
Establish New Hospitals Near Home For Wounded.
WASHINGTON.—Plans under which all wounded men returning from
France will go to hospitals within 300 miles of the homes of their nearest
relatives were announced today by the war department. To this end base
hospitals at training camps have been turned over to the surgeon general,
providing 76 hospitals with facilities for 104,231 men. Fifty thousand men
•expected to be sent to those institutions within the next four months.
The future of the lumber industry
k 3 exceedingly bright, western
products especially, will be in great
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prosperity of the Pacific northwest.
For more than four years there has
been a complete cessation of building
operations in all parts of.the world,
except the United States, and for
about two years there have been po
new construction or repairs in this
Naturally, the demand for lumber
is going to be insistent. France and
Belgium where formerly little lumber
was used in building, will call for
enormous quantities of it for hasty
rehabilitation of their war-devastated
regions. England and Italy also will
need lumber for rebuilding and re
pairs. With conditions as they are in
Russia it Will be necessary for the
United States to meet this demand
the limit'
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over-seas 6 transportation of our for
est nroducts will be available. Thus,
in the opinion of experienced men,
th« lumbering industry of our country
wd 1 makeTreat strides during the
next, few years. The labor problem
may vex for a few months but that
situation will be adequately handled.
The economic and political doctors
all agree that there is a great read
justment to take place following es
tablishment of peace and they have
various theories. The average Am
erican will take good care of himself
if he had a chance to work for good
. Mrs- Tony Grendahl died this morn
mg at 10:46 of influenza at her home
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Grendsiiil wes bom in loi/i in iVLin
î 168 ?^' zut has lived since & irlllood
m Moscow.
She leaves her husband and two
children, a son and a daughter, six
and four years of age; also her aged
father, A. A. Ere, of Moscow. She
i has three brothers living in Minnesota,
Mrs. Grendahl lost her mother
j about a month ago, which bereave
] ment she felt lamentably hard.
The funeral will occur tomorrow at
two o'clock at the residence. Rev.
Schmidt will conduct a short service
in the yard. Mr. Grendahl and little
children have both suffered from an
attack of influenza but are now
j slowly recovering.
WASHINGTON.-Po.tponemmt up
til after the peace conference °f aI1
questions regarding the forming of a
league of nations and sweeping cha g
in ancient international lines of freedom
-of the seas, was proposed in a resolution
i introduced today by Senator Knox of
Pennsylvania, republican, formerly sec
| retary of state.
A career of crime covering a nunfber
of years and many states was brought
to an abrupt end here today when Judge
Dietrich of the federal court sentenced
James F. Wall to serve three years in
the federal prison at McNeil's Island
upon his plea of guilty to a charge of
using the mails to defraud. There arc
many charges against Wall, according to
the testimony of John R. Fullenwider,
postoffice inspector, with headquarters
at Spokane, who told of alleged crimes
that Wall is charged with having com
mitted ranging from St. Paul to Spo
kane. Toppenish, Los Angeles and
Phoenix, Arizona. He was arrested at
Cincinnati and brought to Boise, where
he is alleged to have planned a jail break
which was frustrated.
The particular crime for which Wall
was sentenced today was defrauding the
Potlatch Lumber company out of $6.000
for an alleged forged deed to 160 acres
of land near Bovill, in this county. He
was indicted by the grand jury and, upon
the advice of his counsel. I. N. Smith,
of Wallace, expressed a desire to plead
guilty, accept sentence and begin serving
his term.
The land sold by Wall to the Potlatch
Lumber company was taken as a home
stead by Mrs. Elvira B. Carl, now of
Spokane, about 14 years ago. She made
final proof a number of years ago and
has been living in Spokane for the past
10 years. She and Wall were born and
reared in the same town. Glenwood City,
Wisconsin. She was county school sup
erintendent there and issued Wall his
first certificate to teach school. The evi
deuce shows that Wall was a graduate
of the University of Winsconsin, had
been admitted to practice law and had a
law office in Lewiston for several years
and later worked in an abstract office
in Spokane. He is alleged to have used
a number of aliases and to have had five
different notarial seals which were used
in completing the abstract and the forged
deed to the land. The evidence was
gathered by John R. Fullen wider, post
office inspector of Spokane, who traveled
long distances following the trail and
Mr. Fullenwider told an interesting storvl
of Walla's operations. '
When Wall had pleaded guilty Judge I
Dietrich asked Mr. Fullimvider to take
the witness stand and tell of the crime
for which Wall had been indicted. He
did so, detailing the efforts of Wall to
sell the land to the Potlatch Lumber
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and Phoenix, Arizona, where he had
JudV Dietrich ask?d" ifÄdnfthfa
other crimes that Wa« had rommitted
and the witness stated that he is w ante
at St. Paul, where the postoffice inspect
ors had a clear case against him.
The defendant had nothing to say. but
his attorney, T. N. Smith, of Moscow,
who had known him intimately at Lew
iston, reviewed the case and paid a high
tribute to Mr. Fullmwider, who he said
had given a correct account of the case.
He said that after he had talked with
Fullinwider he had advised his client to
plead guilty and had refused to make a
fight. He said the defendant had lost a
brother by death within the past three
weeks and a nephew had been killed in
battle at Argonne forest in France. He
pictured the defendant's mother, and his
wife and asked the court to deal as leni
ently as possible with his client and pre
dieted that he would reform when his
term expired and "yet make a man of
himself, for he has the ability."
Judge Dietrich said he could find no
extenuating circumstances for a man of
the ability and intelligence and oppor
tunity of the defendant to deliberately
plan and execute a crime which required
than two years to accomplish and
pointed out that he had tried to rob a
who had, been his friend. He
then sentenced Wall to three years at
McNeil's Island penitentiary. The court
said he would not hold against the de
fendant his attempted jail break at Boise
of which the court had cognizance and
he admonished the defendant, for the
sake of his mother, wife and other rela
tives to lead a straight life when he
serves his term.
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Mrs. John Grey, who lives on West
First street, received word by telegram
today that her father-in-law, J. W. Grey,
died at Laurel, Mont. Mr. Grey was 79
years of age and had lived in Moscow
from 1902 to 1913. He leaves two sons,
John Grey of Moscow, but who is in
France at present in Y. M. C. A. work,
Charles Grey of Canada, and two
daughters, Mrs. G. W. Blackorby of
Montana and Mrs. M. Fr Beatty, who
resides on the coast. Both daughters
were former residents of Moscow and
were well known here. The cause of
his death is not known. The body will
he brought to Moscow tomorrow.
SPOKANE.—An editor-farmer, one
who not only preaches the gospel of
intensive cultivation from his sanctum
but who actually spits on his hands
and grabs hold of the cultivator in
the field, is to be the principal speak
er at the northwest fruit growers
conference in Spokane, December 10
13. Such a speaker would be a most
unusual attraction at any gathering
but in this case even greater interest
attaches when it is known that the
editor will pass up hackneyed sub
jects and devote his talk to the busl
ness side of farming,
The speaker is John Y Beaty, of
Chicago, practical farmer fruit grow
an< I editor of System on the
Farm. He was reared on a farm,
manages a farm and never loses an
opportunity to secure information on
cost problems as applied to produc
tion and marketing. This mforma
tion he disseminates He shows prac
tical ways adopted by both large and
small fruit growers and farmers foi
waste, how they borrow, how they
n ? i f ^ f 4-u PV rln whv
$ {i £ 0W to swell their yearly
b^ard^s Louis B.°Magkf, president
f the Appalachian Corporation of
Tallulah ££ rk> Ge0 rgia. This is
fi ve million dollar concern which
manages the biggest orchard tract in
the south Mr Magid w m contrast
nr row j n g and marketing methods of
^ s ^ a ^- e w itTi those in the Pacific
nor thwest.
Dr E h. Lindley, president of the
University of Idaho, will be toast
mas ^ er a t the growers banquet,
The most important feature of the
conference will, of course, be a dis
cuss i on of the proposed uniform fed
era j grad ing ] aw and the changes it
wou ] d work in the Pacific northwest,
Sentiment seems about evenly divided
on the proposal. The subject will be
discussed throughout the sessions,
giving everyone an opportunity to be
beard during the three daÿs before
action is taken. This plan has been
adopted because it would be impos
s ible to hear all arguments on the
as t day, Friday, when the tentative
grades will come up to be voted upon,
A showing of hybrid seedling apples
bas been arranged by the horticultur
al department of the University of
Idaho and will be the first of its kind
in the northwest. The seedlings are
of known parentage and the first
fru'itings, representing some 300
crosses made from leading commer
cial varieties. The University main
tains one of the largest apple breed
ing projects in the United States, with
11,000 varieties of seedlings growing
on the experimental farm.
WASHINGTON. — (By Associated
Press.)—The president concluded his
address after speaking 42 minutes and
left the chamber amidst applause limited
to the democratic side. Interruptions of
the address for questions which had been
threatened by some republican members
of the house did not materialize.
Senator Poindexter sat on a front seat
while President Wilson read his address
to congress today. Not once did he ap
plaud or manifest approval. Apparently
the message did not make a hit with him.
Congressman Albert Johnson of Wash
ington was the only member present in
military uniform.
One of the pleasures of being an
employe of the government under
public ownership plans is that strikes
are forbidden.
Director General McAdoo warns the
telegraphers that under government
operation of telegraphs and tele
phones strikes must go.
He says:
for the government and no strike has
ever occurred against the govern
You are now working
(Except in shipyards, etc..
It was impossible to announce a de
cision of the war wage board on the
demands of the telegraphers and so
he asked them to wait.
The theory that government em
ployes cannot strike has not been
found true in other countries, as for
instance England and France.
President Wilson and Director Gen
eral McAdoo deserve commendation
for reprimanding threatening strikers
and the rule may be established.
It is a fact that postal employes I
and city, county and state and federal |
employes, or job-holders have never j
gone on strike.
Mrs. Howard Fenton and two cliil-1
dren passed through Moscow yesterday
their way from Kendrick to Port
That there has been a complete re
versal of conditions as they affect labor
and the demand for laborers in this
county as a result of the ending of the
war is the statement of L. F. Parsons,
county chairman of the Latah council of
defense, who is also at the head of the
government labor bureau. Mr. Parsons
has been laboring for several months to
secure help for farmers, lumber com
panies and others and has been unable to
supply the demand for laborers. He has
been assisted by County Agent O. S.
Fletcher, and together they compiled a
list of laborers needed for the farms of
this county and for the, other work that
is being carried on. The number of men
needed ran into thousands a few weeks
Now conditions are changed. Mr.
Parsons said :
would ask all who are in need of labor
ers file a list of their needs with
the federal employment bureau here.
There are many more laborers than jobs.
With the closing down of work in the
spruce division and the shipyards many
men arc being released. Many who went
from this section to the coast in search
of work expect to return. We expect to
have more men than we will have places
for and the government wants to give
the preference to the returning soldiers.
It is a duty to supply work for these men.
We wish every farmer or other employer
of labor who is in need of help or will
need help later, would file his needs with
us and we will arrange to supply the
help needed."
This condition also applies to students
of the University Of Idaho. About 500
who came here to attend the
We wish the press
young men
university as members of the students
army training corps, are thrown out of
employment by the new order of things.
These young men were paid $30 per
month and sustenance. They were fur
nished uniforms, had their meals and
their lodging paid for by the govern
ment. Now their pày is cut off and they
are thrown on their own
Many of- them desire to remain and com
plete the work of the school year, but
they cannot do it without help. Presi
dent Lindley of the university has asked
that all Moscow people who can give
these young men enough employment
outside of school hours to permit them
to remain in school to report to Burser
Francis Jenkins at his office and the
offers will be submitted to the young
'men who will have to have work in order
The application of the Moscow Tele
phone & Telegraph company for per
mission to iacrease its rates to city and
rural patrons was thrown out today by
the public utilities commission on the
grounds of insufficient evidence to jus
tify the increase. T. A. West, of Daven
port, who bought the system last spring
from T. A. Meeker, of Moscow, was the
applicant and the witness for the tele
phone company. The case was continued
until January 13 and Mr. West was given
permission to withdraw the present ap
plication without prejudice and file a
new application.
The applicant disclaimed that war con
ditions were responsible for the necessity
for increased rates, but claimed that the
revenues are insufficient to pay oper
ating expenses and a fair return on the
capital invested. The hearing was at
tended by scores of patrons from Mos
cow and surrounding country and was
full of interest. The members of the
commission present were George Erb
and A. L. Freehafer. The commission
ers left this afternoon for St. Maries,
where a hearing is to be held tomorrow
and go from there to Coeur d'Alene for
a hearing the following day.
The hearing brought out some very
interesting facts showing how the pres
ent management of the Telephone com
pany is paying but a very small portion
of the taxes paid for the same property
in previous years when it was owned by
T. A. Meeker, of Moscow.
Homer Estes, county auditor and re
corder, had the tax rolls for several
years showing that the telephone com
pany has been assessed on 94.4 miles of
line at $222 per mile, making a total of
$20,000 per year on which it paid taxes.
Mr, West claimed that his system is
worth $60,000 and wants revenue on
that sum, but the records show that since
he bought the plant the assessment has
been reduced to 90 miles and assessed at
only $40 per mile, making the total
assessment $3,600. Mr. West said he
had nothing to do with the reduction of
the assessment and knew nothing about
it. Mr. Estes, county auditor, had a tele
from Clarence Van Dusen. state
gram u^a
auditor saying that the reduction had
been made by the state board. but he did
Jl ot state wh >- Under the rcduct on th
Telephone company will pay $678.96 less
taxes per year than it has been paying
jn previous years, the assessment show
' n R 4.4 miles less of line and the assessed
lvalue being reduced from $222 to $40
per mile. Of this sum the city of Mos
cow will lose $324.32 annually as com
pared with the taxes paid to it by the
company under Mr. Meeker s manage
President Lindley says that
to remain,
a number of girl students also want
places where they can work for their
board in order to complete the school
Many students will be willing to
take employment mornings and evenings
and holidays for board and room and by
this means will be able to remain in
school. Unless some such arrangement
can be made a large number will have
to quit school and seek employment.
This is a radical change from condi
tions existing a month or more ago.
then impossible to secure students
for help in Moscow, for every one had
all tlie work that he could do. The 500
who were in the S. A. T. C. were en
gaged in military work when not em
ployed with their' other studies and there
was not an idle man in town. Already a
number of men who went to the coast
for work during the rush of shipbuild
ing or lumber operations in western
Washington and Oregon, are returning
because of the prospect of work shutting
down there or the fact that increased
cost of living made the work less profit
able than they had supposed it would be.
For the first time in many months there
few idle men here with -no work
are a
waiting for them.
Mr. Parsons says the sawmills and
logging camps will take many men and
that the needs of the lumber industry
will be supplied first. He anticipates no
difficulty in supplying all of the laborers
needed for the extensive lumber work
of Latah county and great activity in the
camps is expected, for there has not been
a time in the past two years when the
lumber industry has had all of the men
needed. ,,
It is believed there will be no immedi
ate reduction of wages due to the close
of the war, but the farm bureau of the
state will he asked by the farmers to
readjust wages and working hours on
the farms of Idaho for the coming sea
. for it is thought by farmers it will
not be necessary to pay the high wages
that prevailed last year, the highest ever
paid in the state for farm labor.
Agitation for better roads in Idaho
has been started as a result of the closing
of the war and the raising of the em
bargo on road building and the release
of labor. New roads are being surveyed
in this county and petitions asking for
the formation of new road districts are
being prepared and circulated for_ sig
na tu «s^Onenewjroad_district_whichJt
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