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The Daily Star-Mirror
Former Emperor William, of Germany, is reported to have attempted to
kill himself this morning, but unfortunately was prevented from doing so.
Thomas R. Marshal, vice-president, presided today at the weekly cabinet
, meeting, acting upon the request of President Wilson that he do so. The re
quest was received by wireless.
Twenty six hundred American prisoners were released from German
prisons yesterday and several hundred more were released today and will
be sent to join their comrades from whom they were separated during the
hardest part of the fighting.
Coblenz, Germany, is today under martial law, with the American soldiers
in complete command of the situation. The municipal authorities are co
operating with them.
President Wilson is reported to have sent a wireless message to German
officials in reply to an invitation to visit Germany, declining the invitation
until Germany "shows by long years of repentance for her crimes, that she
is sincere."
The American army of occupation in Germany has reached the Rhine river
and is taking up permanent positions to hold the territory until the final
peace treaty is signed.
cThe cable and telegraphic reports received today follow:
Former Kaiser Attempts Suicide.
LONDON.—William Hohenzollern ,former German emperor, has attempted
suicide following a period of mental depression, according to the Leipsic
Tageblatt, quoted in a Copenhagen dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph
company. The former emperor's retinue who prevented the suicide received
a wound, it is said.
Wilson Tells Germans "Where to Head In."
PARIS.—According to a wireless dispatch from the George Washington,
says Marcel Hutin, in the Echo de Paris, President Wilson, when informed
Premier Ebert and Foreign Secretary Haase, of the Berlin government, and
Premier Eisner, of Bavaria,, are about to make an effort to get him to
visit Germany, replied:
"Only by long years of repentance can Germany atone for her crimes and
show her sincerity. No true American can think of visiting Germany unless
forced to do so by strict official obligations. That is to say I decline in
advance to consider any suggestion of this kind."
American Prisoners Are Released.
BERLIN, Monday.—(By Associated Press.)—Twenty-six hundred Ameri
can prisoners of war interned in Camp Rastatt left there yesterday and today
for Switzerland. Two hundred other Americans who have been scattered in
various German camps are leaving via Holland and Denmark. It is expected
the last Americans will be out of German camps by the middle of the week.
President Sees Sham Submarine Battle.
sociated Press.)—President Wilson stood on the bridge of the George Wash
ington this afternoon and saw United States destroyers stage a thrilling
demonstration of repulsing a submarine raid. The George Washington
will pass into the Azores tomorrow morning and turn northward on the last
leg of the voyage. There will be no stop at the Azores.
Marshal Acting President Today.
WASHINGTON.—Vice-president Marshal was asked by President Wilson
in a wireless message today to preside at the usual Tuesday cabinet meeting
at the White House.
Mr. Marshal took the chair when the cabinet assembled later in the day
and explained that he acted informally and unofficially in deference to the
desires of the president and cabinet members.
"War Cabinet" May Attend Conference.
WASHINGTON.—The industrial members of President Wilson's "war
cabinet" which met at the White House every Wednesday during the United
States' participation in the war, will join President Wilson as a unit in Paris
and act as his advisor to the peace conference in Europe in economic and
industrial reconstruction problems affecting the world's peace.
Americans Policing Coblenz.
COBLENZ, Sunday.—(By Associated Press.)—Coblenz is tonight under
complete military control of Americans with the municipal authorities co
American Forces Reach the Rhine.
WASHINGTON.—American army of occupation marching into Germany
has reached the Rhine from Rolandeseck to Brohl. General Pershing re
ported this under last night's date.
American Soldiers Reach New York.
NEW YORK.—Bringing 2,450 American soldiers the British transport, Em
press of Britain, arrived here today after a stormy voyage. (The Empress
is many days overdue and there was much uneasiness about her until it was
learned that she had put in at Azores to escape a fearful storm and had
remained until it abated.)
Seven Loaded Transports Coming.
WASHINGTON.—The sailing of seven additional transports with 52 of
ficers and 3,000 men was announced today by the war department. Six sailed
December 6 and the other a day later.
On Monday next there will be set up
three booths for the receiving of mem
bership dues of one dollar each for the
annual roll. call of the American Red
Cross, These booths will be located in
the postoffice, in'Veatch Realty com
pany's office on Main street, and at the
university. The public is earnestly urged
to renew membership on the first day of
the drive.
The demands made upon the Red Cross
next year will be enormous,
erican Red Cross is about to embark
upon undertakings vast in scope and
sacred in purpose. The obligations to
millions of soldiers and sailors, and the
deepended obligations to all the allies
will call next year for tremendous en
ergy, broad wisdom, profound humanity,
and a great sum of money with which
to carry on the humanitarian work that
has been planned. The spiritual aspect
of the American Red Cross should be
manifest this year as never before, and
it can be made manifest only through
the most spontaneous and complete re
to Christmas roll call.
The Am
Moscow and Latah county are counted
ready now to help the nation reach the
goal of universal membership. Every
American in this county is invited to be
member of the Red Cross during
come a
• *> the week preceding Christmas.
The American people have a chance
to make to the year 1919 a Christmas
gift of the first magnitude if they will,
through joining the Red Cross Christ
roll call at this Yule-tide season,
proclaim to the world their moral and
" spiritual support of the achievement of
freedom for the human race.
It will be stimulating and thrilling to
American citizens to have a part in ma
king that Christmas gift to the universe,
and the slogan of universal membership
will catch the heart and imagination of
the American public.
SPOKANE.—Speckled trout from the
state hatcheries will be on sale today at
8 cents a pound at the municipal stand
in the Westlake public market. Word
was received yesterday by Commissioner
Fleming from State Fish Commissioner
Darwin saying that the fish had been
shipped to arrive today in Spokane.
Salmon from coast hatcheries is still be
ing sold at 10 cents a pound. A pian
for selling jack rabbits from the Big
Bend is also under consideration, Com
missioner Fleming stated.
Dutch Roil Belgians.
PARIS. — There is much feeling
against Holland in Belgium because of
the attitude of the Dutch government in
permitting armed German soldiers to
pass through the Dutch province of Lim
burg, according to a dispatch from Brus
The Belgians are said to be indignant
that Belgian automobiles interned in
Holland were used by the Dutch author
ities in carrying the former German
crown prince and his suite when he fled
to Holland.
Has Fifteen Children.
An error was made in the report pub-
lished in The Sta-Mirror a few days ago
about the baby born to Mr. and Mrs.
B. P. Luvaas. The statement was made
that the child was the fourteenth born
to the couple. This is an error and
robbed them of one child. The baby
born last week is the fifteenth and four-
teen of them are living.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mclntire and son,
of Galata, Mont., are visiting Mrs.
Mclntire 's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.
W. Van de Vanter of Joel.
CHICAGO.—Extensive changes in the
average hog prices at various livestock
centers has been undertaken by the
United States food administration stabil
ization and control committee. At a
committee meeting I CM here today it
was announced that the average price at
Pittsburgh, for example, hereafter will
be $17.65, as against $17.80, the prevailing
price lately.
Stop Chicago Shipments.
WASHINGTON. — The railroad ad
ministration today authorized an em
bargo on hog shipments to the United
stock yards at Chicago until Thursday,
until which time the supply on hand and
in transit will keep them busy.
BERLIN.—The clash between gov
ernment troops and the followers of
the Spartacus or radical group re
sulted in from 12 to 16 persons being
killed, according to various reports.
The number of wounded is not expect
ed to exceed 50. Severel girls who
were passengers on a streetcar were
among those killed.
It appears that the audience from
one of the three meetings of desert
ers from the army was marching
northward in Chaussee strasse to join
the audience from a meeting held in a
hall further north. The Fusilier
Guards were drawn up at the inter
section of Invaliden strasse, and the
commander warned the people to dis
perse. The marchers were crying,
"Forward, the soldiers won't shoot
their comrades." The marchers tried
to pierce the line whereupon the or
der to fire was given. Besides the
wounded several were badly hurt
rushing through broken show win
dows seeking cover.
Storm Editorial Rooms.
A group of soldiers stormed the
editorial rooms of Karl Liebknecht's
newspaper and attempted to destroy
the plant. Frustrated in their raid on
the newspaper office by government
orders, the soldiers then attempted to
arrest the members of the executive
committee of the soldiers and work
men's council, the soldiers apparently
laboring under the misapprehension
the government to make the arrests.
This occurred at the same hour as
the clash between the government
troops and the Spartacus insurgents.
The executive committee was holding
a meeting in the former Prussian
house of deputies. The chamber was
invaded by the armed forces and a de
mand for the surrender of the council
of 28 in the name of the Ebert-Haase
government. People's Commissioner
Barth, who also is a member of the
committee, faced the invaders with a
challenge for their authority.
Detain Insurgent Leaders.
Meanwhile inquiry was made at
government headquarters and result
ed in the detention of the leaders
of the insurgent forces who
armed with hand weapons and flame
throwers, for the purpose of estab
lishing responsibility for the at
tempted revolution. It developed that
the men had been invited by unat
tached officers to meet at a given,
hour at the Brandenberg gate for the
purpose of raiding and overthrowing
the soldiers' and workmen's commit
tee, as such action, they were told,
was demanded in the interests of the
Ebert-Haase government, and fur
thermore, that it was certain to meet
with public approval.
The raid proved a complete fiasco,
as did also a similar attempt an hour
later, which apparently was planned
by Dr. Liebknecht's followers, as it
announced at their meeting.
LEWISTON, Idaho.—While return
ing from a football game at Moscow
Saturday evening an automobile
driven by Kenneth Beach and carry
ing Homer Lipps, Joe Whitcomb, Sam
Skillern, Miss Stella Hendershot, Miss
Grace Vogelson and Miss Elizabeth
Skellern, went off the grade at the
top of the Lewiston hill and turned
over twice. The occupants escaped
without serious injury.
The accident was caused by fog,
which caused Mr. Beach to miscalcu-
late the turn.
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Mac Bailey Coming Home.
Howard David has received a letter
from Mr. Mac Bailey, well known in
Moscow, who says he expects to be home
for Christmas dinner. Mr. Bailey is
with a machine gun company and was
ready to sail for France two days before
the armistice was signed, when the order
was countermanded and the company
was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia.
Dr, Dodd is "Overseas."
The Star-Mirror today received one of
the official cards issued by the war de
partment for Americans who are sent
across the ocean. The card says : "The
ship on which I sailed has arrived safely
It is signed by Dr. John A.
Dodd, well-known Moscow' physician,
who has been sent to base hospital No.
100 .
K. T. Myklebust of Troy was in
Moscow yesterday. He reports his
and Ms brother's family all recover
ing from the influenza.
The question of what shall be done to
stop the influenza is agitating the people
of the entire United States. The sug
gestion often made that the quarantine
has been worked "backwards" and that,
instead of closing schools and all public
gatherings, the cases of influenza should
be quarantined in the homes has fre
quently been made, but has not been
accepted any place. If it were smallpox,
or any other contageous disease that
were raging and taking hundreds of thou
sands. of lives, the business houses and
public meetings would not be closed, but
those having the disease would be quar
antined in their homes. The following
suggestion by the Rev. W. H. Bridge,
rector of St. Mark's Episcopal church, is
a timely one and is worth considering.
It follows :
"Moscow. Idaho. Monday night.
"Dea Sir : Is it too late in the day to
suggest, what to many people is obvious
common sense, in this 'flu' treatment—
namely, the quarantining of the houses
in which a case is developed? Is there
not at least a little sense in the sugges
tion that the whole blessed household
should be placarded? Easier and saner,
surely to shut up the few who have it
or are in necessary contact with it, than
the masses who haven't got it. Seems
That this method has proved success
ful in other places is shown by the fol
lowing dispatch from Great Falls, Mont.,
where the number of new cases dropped
from 100 to 1, daily, in less than a week
after the quarantine of the afflicted
homes began. The story is told in the
following Associated Press dispatch ;
"GREAT FALLS, Mont.—One week
ago yesterday the city board of health
and a committee from the Merchants'
club and the Merchants' association join
ed with the county board and planned
a campaign to check the influenza. There
were about 100 cases being reported daily
by the doctors then. Today there was
just one case of influenza reported and
every doctor was heard from. The plan
adopted was to quarantine every case at
the source, placard the house and keep
the case in i>ntil released by a physician's
order. Physicians were required to give
the address of every case. The slump
started and Friday the number fell to
20 with one today."
Close Whitman County Schools.
PULLMAN, Wash.—All the schools
of Whitman county will close tomorrow
and remain closed until the influenza
situation is under complete control.
Orders to this effect were issued this
afternoon by the county school superin
tendent following a conference with the
state superintendent. The pupils will he
apprised of the order tomorrow morning
and wdll be immediately dismissed.
The influenza situation in Pullman,
while still menacing, is not considered
alarming, but the orders of the county
superintendent will be followed to the
Health Officer Issues Order.
COLFAX, Wash,—Due to the increase
in the number of influenza cases all
schools of Whitman county have been
ordered closed indefinitely by County
Physician R. J. Skaife.
Kititas County (Wash.) Closed.
ELLENSBURG. Wash.—All schools,
éhurches, dances, poolrooms, card tables,
theaters, all places of amusement and all
social gatherings in Kittitas county were
closed at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon
by the county board of health. The rea
for the action is because of the
breaking out of scarlet fever and small
pox, as well as the number of cases of
The exact number of cases of any one
of the diseases is not known, as Dr. H. J.
Felch, county physician, stated that the
doctors had not time to report cases, as
they were working night and day caring
for the sick.
Three cases of scarlet fever are report
ed, two in the Kittitas schools and one
in Denmark district, the latter patient
being stricken in school, exposing many
of the patients. The two in Kittitas had
been in regular attendance when they
were taken ill.
There are three or four cases of small
pox in Ellensburg, and the influenza has
never been so prevalent, according to
Dr. Felch.
There are more cases by far than when
the county was quarantined previously.
A number of these are serious. There
are many who have urged closing the
schools before this and others have op
posed it. but the seriousness of the situa
tion made the county health board take
action when scarlet fever was reported.
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The school children of district No. 42
on Little Bear ridge, near Troy, in the
midst of the "bean belt." have devised
a novel method of assisting the Red
Cross or charity. During recess and
noon the children go into the bean fields
near the school house and pick up beans
that shattered out when the crop was
harvested. They have already gathered
15 pounds and want to give them to
charity or to the Red Cross. They offer
them to "any needy widow or family"
or to the Red Cross. The children ex
pect to keep up the work until snow
comes or the beans are all gathered.
Picking up beans in the stubble, one bean
at a time, is tedious work, but the chil
dren enjoy it. T. F. Kablcr is the teach
er of this school.
GREEN RIVER, Wyoming, ♦
+ 1:47 p. m.—James Woodson, a +
♦ negro, was taken from the jail
+ here this afternoon by a mob of 4
4* 500 men, mostly railroad em- 4"
4* ployes, and lynched.
4* The negro, this morning; shot 4*
4* and killed a railroad switchman +
♦ and wounded another man.
Railroad men heard the negro 4*
4« make an insulting remark about 4*
4* a white woman employed in the ♦
4- station restaurant and a fight 4»
4 1 ensued.
The advertising and publicity cam
paign for the fourth Liberty loan was
the greatest ever put on in a single month
in the west, according to a compilation
just made from reports of state chairmen
of the seven states of the Twelfth Fed
eral Reserve district. The record dis
tribution of the loryi is considered large
ly one of the results of this comprehen
sive campaign, as well as the total sub
scription which is practically double that
of any former loan.
In addition to oversubscribing the dis
trict quota by IS per cent, citizens of the
Twelfth district contributed more than
a half million dollars to put through the
advertising campaign planned by George
A. Van Smith, manager of publicity for
the second, third and fourth loans. With
this money more than 5.000 advertising
pages were paid for in the newspapers
of the district. These pages were sent
out in mat or plate form by the San
Francisco office.
The preference of newspapers and
committees of the district for advertising
copy prepared by the general publicity
committee in San Francisco over copy
prepared by national headquarters is
shown by the use of three and one-half
times as many pages of district copy as
national copy. Both displays were sub
mitted on the same basis.
According to the reports. President
Wilson is shown to be the best ad writer
or the most popular subject. Full pages
carrying his Liberty loan statement were
used more times than any other adver
tisement. The President Abraham Lin
coln page was second. This copy carried
a likeness of the immortal Lincoln with
the phrase "That these dead shall not
have died in vain," and the drawing
showed Americans at a Hun barb-wire
entanglement. Copy making use of the
Stars and Stripes was third in popular
ity, while the prize winner of the dis
trict advertising contest was fourth.
Atrocity copy was sixth.
San Francisco newspapers are believed
to have given the loan more publicity
than any city of the district and Van
Smith feels assured that the record of
21,550 inches has.not been exceeded by
any city in the United States in propor
tion to size or the number of newspapers.
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The attractive cut just above is a
reproduction of the Red Cross Christ
mas seals which will be issued f»ee
this year to every person who an
swers to the Christmas roll call by
paying the dollar membership fee.
Ten of these very pretty and signifi
cant seals will be given out with every
Red Cross receipt and every Red
Cross button,
asked to paste the seals on the backs
of letters and on Christmas packages
in order to carry everywhere the gos
pel of the fight to be waged against
After it was discovered by army
and navy statistics that literally hun
dreds of thousands of young men are
afflicted with the great white plague,
the Red Cross decided to undertake
as pne of its principal tasks this year,
tha'Stamping out of the disease which
annually unfits for life so large a part
of America's greatest resources—her
young rrfen.
Heretofore the seals have been
sold independently of the Red Cross
gets the seals fr«e when they join
the summons to the great comrade
ship of the Red Cross Christmas roll
call for universal membership.
The members are
This year the public
LEWISTON. — James Simmons, aa
elderly and one-armed resident of the
sandbar section, is at the St. Joseph hos
pital suffering from serious wounds in
flicted by a knife and brick in the hands
of George F. Ruh, an insane man, who
was shot by the officers when he at
tacked O. Urban, a bystander, with a,
knife when he leaped from the Simmons
cabin window after the building had been
surrounded by the officers. Ruh is at
the St. Joseph hospital with a bullet
through his body, the bullet having
entered the right side near the center of
the body and passed to the back and out
of the body on the left side. Both Sim
mons and Ruh were attended by Dr. J. B.
Morris, who stated both men had a fair
chance of recovery, but the extent of the
wounds cannot be fully determined for
36 hours.
Ruh resided in a cabin about 75 feet
from the Simmons home. He appeared
at the Simmons home about 6 o'clock
last night and asked Simmons to pre
pare a cup of coffee, stating he was
willing to pay for the service. Simmons
replied he would gladly prepare the cof
fee but would accept no payment. Ruh
then made the murderous attack with a
large butcher knife.
Chief of Police James R. Lydon was
called to the Simmons home about 6
o'clock in the evening, the report reach
ing the police station being that an in
sane man had attempted to kill Simmons.
Chief Lydon was accompanied by John
Wilks and when he reached the Sim
mons place he knocked on the door while
Mr. Wilks stood near a window. A
voice from the inside invited Chief Ly
don to step in and he was opening the
door when Mr. Wilks looked through
the window and saw Ruth standing be
hind the door with an upraised butcher
knife. The invitation to enter had been
extended by Simmons, who was lying on
the floor, and Wilks saw Ruh stamp
upon Simmons' head before he took his
position behind the door with the up
raised knife. Mr. Wilks called to Chief
Lydon to look out, as there was a man
behind the door with an upraised knife.
Chief Lydon then took a position to
watch the door and windows and sent
Mr. Wilks to summon assistance. Fire
Chief Pierstorf first appeared and when
the situation was surveyed, he summon
ed assistance from the sheriff's office
and Deputies John Gertje and Harry
Lydon responded.
The windows were then broken in and
Ruh was ordered to surrender at the
point of a gun, but he looked blankly at
the officer and remained in a crouching
position on a chair with the butcher knife
held with both hands. The officers spent
fully thirty minutes in endeavoring to
attract the attention of Ruh to one win
dow while others could enter from be
hind. but their efforts were unsuccessful.
Harry Lydon then attempted to enter a
window, when with a rush Ruh leaped
past him and ran around the cabin with
the officers in pursuit. Ruh had reached
a point about forty feet from the cabin
when he encountered Urban and made
two slashes at Urban's throat when the
officers arrived. He was grasping Ur
ban about the shoulders with the knife
raised high in the air when the officers
fired and Ruh reeled and fell.
Ruh talked quite freely with Dr. Mor
ris at the hospital but did not appear to
have any recollection of having been in
any trouble. He said he and Simmons
had not had trouble, that he hardly knew
Simmons but had seen him several times.
He said he did not know that he had
assaulted Simmons.
Dr. W. M. Hatfield, local osteopath,
who has been doing a great deal of work
in the influenza epidemic, claims to have
not lost a case under his treatment and
to have had many cases since the epi
demic struck Moscow. Dr. Hatfield
showed the writer a report of an osteo
path physician in Chicago who has treat
ed 106 cases of influenza and 27 cases
of pneumonia during the epidemic there,
without a single death. Dr. Hatfield,
like every other doctor in Moscow, has
been working hard since the influenza
first struck Moscow. Few will ever
know of the great work done by Moscow
physicians in this trying period.
Dr. J. J. Herrington returned today
from Kendrick where he has had charge
of the influenza situation during the ill
ness of Dr. Rothwell, the local physician,
who is getting better and is now able to
sit up a little while at a time. Dr.
Herrington had so«ic eases here that
needed his attention came up this
forenoon, but will go ftsric to Kendrick
tonight. He expects to be there a week
or 10 days, until Dr. Rothwell gets able
to care for his patients, w'hen Dr. Her
rington will return to Moscow to remain
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Congress to Investigate.
Investigations of
the National Security league of New
York and similar organizations and their
alleged charges affecting the loyalty of
members of congress made during the
last political campaign, was ordered to
day by the house without a record vote.
Seven representatives were named by
Speaker Clark to conduct the inquiry.

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