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Berlin is in the throes of a revolution and more than 100 have been killed
in the street fighting there. Sections of the ctiy have been beseiged. The
fighting began in Berlin Tuesday morning and has continued. Revolting
sailors seized the royal stables and adjoining squares and a pitched battle
has been raging there.
The revolt seems to be general and the German
government is faced with the problem of being without troops. This after
noon the mutinous sailors surrendered by hoisting the white flag, which
is one flag the Germans have learned how to
President Wilson is in London today, the guest of King George, and he
was given the grandest reception and ovation ever tendered a visitor
England. Today the stars and stripes are flying over London and America's
natoinal hymn is being sung by British subjects.
Congress is asked to pass a new law after repealing the law under which
the present national army was built up, in order to permit a standing army
of suitable proportions to be formed. It is feared that when the present
army is mustered out there will not be enough soldiers left to police the
Mexican border, where the government is evidently expecting serious trouble
General Pershing has designated 40,000 more men to come home from
Europe and they will be sent home at
Following are the telegraphic and cable dispatches received today:
100 Killed in Berlin Street Fighting.
LONDON.—Nearly 100 persons were killed in the street fighting which
began in Berlin early Tuesday morning, according to the latest Berlin reports
transmitted by the Copenhagen correspondent of the Exchange Telegraph
Republican guards tried several times to take the royal stables and ad
joining squares held by the revolting sailors but were repulsed.
Many soldiers belonging to the Berlin guard and a few republicans joined
the sailors, the Voerwarts reports. A large number of armed civilians are
continuing to join the sailors.
Two Regiments Join the Revolters.
LONDON.—The Alexander and Franzier regiments have openly joined the
revolting sailors in Berlin. It is predicted in advices sent from Berlin late
Christmas night that nearly the entire Berlin garrison will support them,
thus leaving the government without troops.
These advices, transmitted by the Copenhagen correspondent of the Ex
change Telegraph company, adds that large numbers of sailors are reported
to be coming from Kiel to join "their comrades in Berlin.
Seize Voerwarts Printing Office.
BERLIN, Wednesday.—(By Associated Press.)—The editorial rooms and
publishing plant of the socialist Voerwarts were seized and occupied at 10
o'clock tonight by members of the Spartacus group.
Mutinous Sailors Surrender.
LONDON.—The mutinous sailors who have been holding out in the red
palace in Berlin, have hoisted the white flag and have been allowed to leave
under guard, according to advices from Berlin by the Amsterdam corre
spondent of the Exchange Telegraph company. This dispatch says the
government troops now occupy the palace and the royal stables.
President Wilson is Guest of England.
LONDON.—President and Mrs. Wilson are here in Buckingham palace
this afternoon, after the journey from Calais to London, during which they
were accorded all of the honors ever given royalty.
Never had a royal progress, except in those great national ceremonials,
excited such interest here as the first state visit of an American president.
As the president, accompanied bjr King George, left Charing Cross sta
tion, crowds jamming the streets broke into prolonged cheers. At the same
time guns began to thunder a salute and dozens of airplanes soared over
head. Bells and chimes all over the city pealed a welcome. The president
uncovered throughout the drive to the palace to acknowledge the cheers.
Neutral Nations Will Not Take Part.
It is reported that
PARIS.—-Allied representatives have decided that neutral nations will not
be admitted to the peace conference, according to newspapers here. These
nations may address their claims to the belligerents and such claims will be
referred to a special body of the peace conference,
neutrals will participate in the deliberations incident to the formation of
a league of nations.
Need Legislation to Form New Army.
WASHINGTON.—Immediate legislation authorizing resumption of vol
untary enlistment in the army and to repeal the provisions of the selective
service act limiting enlistments to the period of the war, were urged today
by Secretary of War Baker in a letter to Chairman Dent, of the house mili
tary committee. Without such legislation, the secretary said, the army,
after peace is finally ratified, will not have enough forces to perform its
military duties, including the policing of the Mexican border.
Pershing Will Send 40,000 More Men Home.
WASHINGTON.—Lists of units of the expeditionary forces assigned for
early convoy home were cabled today by General Pershing. They comprise
600 officers and nearly 40,000 men and include the 44th, 60th, and 64th coast
artillery regiments and the 49th and 331st infantry.
American Warships Returning Home.
NEW YORK.—Led by the super-dreadnaught Arizona and 10 great battle
ships in command of Admiral Henry T. Mayo, the vanguard of America's
victory fleet in European waters, steamed majestically up New York harbor
today in review before Secretary of the Navy Daniels.
The magnificent fighting ships were greeted with a tumultous reception
the harbor and along the coast. Thousands of persons lined the shore
and cheered vociferously while every whistle and siren added to the welcome.
The ships reached Ambrose channel yesterday afternoon and rode at anchor
of the last
Mrs. Fred Theriault, who has lived
Alaska over two years, and returned
last week to Moscow, says the ther
mometer at Anchorage, where she lived,
Fas registered 40 degrees below zero,
but it is such a dry cold it is not dis
agreeable, unless a wind is blowing.
Anchorage has numbered about 5000
Inhabitants, but most of the population
has returned to the , states, so now
thefe are not more than 800 in the city
and most of them are with the Alaskan
Engineering Commission of the rail
The coal mines and other mines are
doing very little work this winter. To
reach Seward from' Anchorage, 114
* miles by train, was slow progress since
,< the ice had to be picked and shoveled
out in front of the engine. Probably 100
men were employed at this task. Last
' winter only dog trains made the trip.
At Seward a terrific wind was blowing
so that noses and fingers were frozen
while walking only a few blocks. It
, took almost two weeks to make the trip
by boat from Seward to Seattle and the
inside passage was taken, that is be
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tween the mainland and islands.
Probably half of the 800 residents of
Anchorage have had influenza and
there were about 30 deaths.
Mr. Theriault, who was chief clerk
in the transportation department of the
railroad,, was ill about two weeks with
influenza and pneumonia. He was taken
ill while at work and immediately hur
ried to the hospital, but pneumonia fol
lowed and he died November 29.
Mrs. Theriault returned with the body
and he was buried at Spokane, Decem
ber 21st.
The natives, many of whom live
around Anchorage, were very suscepti
ble to influenza, whole tribes being
wiped out, although the Red Cross hos
pital tried to take care of them.
The associated charities have remem
bered many individual families this
Christmas and sent a fine big box of
presents to the Lewiston home contain
ing 22 pairs of new shoes, a pair for
each child in the home and a lot of new
toys for the children, besides candy, nut?
and oranges. On account of the hard
times caused by the influenza epidemic,
the home felt it could not afford to give
the children the usual Christmas pres
ents, so our association remembered
The old folks at the county home
were sent candy, nuts, oranges, pipes,
tobacco, handkerchiefs, stockings and
warm capes. These were all done up
in pretty "Christmasy" packages to car
ry the spirit of the season.
SAN FRANCISCO.—Carter Glass,
the new secretary of the treasury,
in a telegram to Governor James K.
Lynch of the Twelfth Federal Re
serve district announces that expendi
tures of the government during the
fiscal year beginning July 1, 1918, and
including December 16, 1918, exceed
ed nine billion six hundred million
dollars and that expenditures in the
month of November were nearly $2,
000,000,000. In the current month of
December up to and including De
cember 16 expenditures exceeded $1,
000,000,000. It is estimated that the
total expenditures of the fiscal year
will be $18,000,000,000.
Secretary Glass favors short ma
turities for the Fifth liberty loan and
announces that the treasury depart
ment will continue the sale of .war
savings stamps and certificates in a
most energetic manner.
The complete telegram to Governor
Lynch follows:
"In assuming the office of secre
tary of the treasury, I desire to say a
few words to the American people,
and particularly to the splendid or
ganization of men and woma, whose
unselfish labors, under the leadership
of my great predecessor, have made
the story of our war finance one of
the most glorious chapters in the his
tory of America's part in the war.
'-Millions of Americans have con
tnbuted in the most vital, tangible
and necessary way to the winning of
the war. 1 hey have loaned their do -
!ars to their country with no small
sacrifice of personal comfort and en
joyment, and have given largely of
personal effoit and sei\ice. Foi all
time we have disproved the slander
that Americans are a money-loving
People, incapable of rising above ma
tenahstic things. In the eighteen
short months of the war American
people subscribed for eighteen billion
dollars of Liberty bonds and war sav
"The banking institutions and the
people of the country financed the
requirements of the war in antici
pation of the Liberty cans and of
the taxes for the fiscal ended
June 30, 1918, by the purchase of a
total of $12,500,000,000 of treasury cer
tificates of indebtedness, all of which
has been retired or provided for ont
of taxes or bond issues at the time
the armistice was signed.
"The expenditures of the govern
ment, excluding transactions in the
principal of the public debt, during
the current fiscal year beginning July
1, 1918, to and including December
16, 1918, exceeded $9,600,000,000. Ex
penditures in the month of November
nearly equalled $2,000,000,000 and in
the current month of December, to
and including December 16, exceeded
one billion dollars.
"The proceeds of the Fourth Lib
erty loan so far received have all been
spent, and the remaining installments
payable on subscriptions to that loan
will be needed to meet maturing
treasury certificates of indebtedness
issued in anticipation of that loan,
and as yet unpaid. Since the armis
tice was signed, Secretary McAdoo
has estimated that the cash outgo
from the treasury during the current
fiscal year ending June 30, 1919, will
amount to $18,000,000,000 and much
more than half of that amount has
already been expended in the five and
one half months which have elapsed.
The treaty of peace has not yet been
signed, nor any part of our army
demobilized. Production of war ma
terials and supplies had reached the
peak at the time the armistice was
signed and the bills incurred during
that period of maximum production
must be paid.
"The treasury must issue another
large loan before the end of the fiscal
year and I am entirely in accord with
the policy already outlined that this
loan should take the form of bonds
of short maturities.
"It is vitally important that the
treasury should continue in a most
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Peace on Earth
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•b Deary, one of the liveliest and 4*
4* most patriotic towns in northern 4»
4* Idaho, is going strong on war 4»
4* savings stamps and will have her 4*
4* full quota when the year closes. 4*
4" Today the postmaster at Deary 4*
4» ordered $2,500 worth of the 4»
4* stamps for "immediate delivery" 4*
4» he said and Judge Morgareidge 4>
4* got 500 of them out on the first 4*
4* mail to Deary, which point they +
4* will reach tomorrow. It is be- 4*
4« lieved every town in Latah 4 1
4* county will be over the top in 4*
4* war savings stamp sales this 4»
4« week, unless Moscow should be 4«
4 1 the exception. Genesee, which +
4* raised her quota last week, con- 4*
4* tinues to make large sales of 4*
+ the stamps every day.
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The quest ion is new and Mr. French
j not M able to say ^ hat be th
de fi n i t e outcome, but he had pointed
out the possibil l ties alon ^ th % line
to the de ^ artments .
Captain Wm. E. Lee, of Moscow,
i dah< £ was admitted to practice before
tbe SU p rem e court of the United
States ^oday upon motion of Con
gresS m an Burton L. French.
Dr Aurelia H Reinhart, presi
dent of Mills College, is spending a
few d in Wash ington. Dr. Rein
hart wi fj be reme mbe?ed as a member
of the facu i ty a t the University of
Idaho and also at the Lewiston state
norn . al schooL Mills College is lo
cate 3 t Oakland, California, and is
one f the leadipg . wome n's colleges
of the United states,
WASHINGTON, D. C.—Congress
man Burton L. French has up with
, the war department and also the de
partment of agriculture the question
of turning the immense stores of
powder that were assembled prior to
the close of the war into the very
profitable use of blowing up stumps
in. clearing cut-over timber lands.
receipts today 800 head with a strong
market at following quotations; Prime
steers, $12.00-13.00; good to choice
steers, $11.00-12.00; medium to good
steers, $10.00-11.00; fair to medium
steers, $7.50-8.50; choice cows and
heifers, $9.00-9.75; medium to good
cows and, heifers, $7.50-8.50; fair to
medium cows and heifers, $6.60-7.50;
canners, $3.75-5.00; bulls, $6.00-8.00;
calves, $9.00-12.00; stockers and feed
ers, $7.00-9.00.
The hog receipts today amount to
6000 head, market is strong at fol
lowing; quotations:
$16.85-17.25; medium mixed, $16.50
16.85; rough heavies, $14.75-16.00;
pigs, $14.00-15.00; bulk $16.85.
With a moderate run of sheep and
lambs today of only 300 head the
market remains steady at following
quotations: Prime lambs, $12.00-13.00;
fair to medium lambs, $9.00-11.00;
yearlings, $10.00-11.50; wethers $9.00
10.00^ ewes, $6.00-8.00.
common to fair
Prime mixed,
Sam Hall, of the post office force,
is again at work today, having entire
ly recovered from a slight attack of
influenza. There were seven members
of Mr. Hall's family down with the
disease at one time, but they have all

Charles Harreman, a native of Eng
land and subject of Canada, who was
arrested a week ago on a charge of in
sanity, was discharged today by Judge
Adrian Nelson of the probate court,
after having been held in the jail a week.
Judge Nelson decided the man is not
insane, or had recovered from his men
tal delusions and he was released with
the understanding that he leave town.
The man was employed by the Mark
P. Miller Milling company of Moscow,
and claims to have hurt his back while
working in the mill. He has had influ
enza and after his recovery claimed to
be a doctor and went about Moscow,
calling at private homes and demanding
to take the temperature of the women.
His strange actions have been under
the surveillance of the police force for
six weeks. It is charged that he was
in the habit of getting a lot of boys
around him and then frightening them
by making threats. He claimed to be a
detective and tried to "throw a scare"
into a number of the S. A. T. C. men
here. It is believed by many that he is
unbalanced mentally.
The man is said to be a giant in size,
standing six feet and four inches in
height, and has a powerful frame. The
police foroe will feel relieved if he
leaves town as he is said to have agreed
to do. So far as known he has no rel
atives here.
Miss Helen Marie Patten, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Patten, became
the wife of Douglas Wood Miller of
Appleton, Wisconsin, yesterday. The
wedding took place at the Patten
home, 217 N. Polk street, at high
noon on Christmas day. The Rev.
Wayne S. Snoddy, pastor of the Pres
byterian church of Moscow officiated
•at the service. The bride was at
tended by Miss Norma Dow, and the
groom by Mr. H. W. Hulbert. Miss
Margaret Swartwood played the wed
The decorations were
immediate family and close
Mr. Miller
Pauw University and a member of
the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. The
young couple left Moscow yesterday
afternoon for their wedding trip after
which they will make their home at
Appleton, Wisconsin, where Mr. Mil
ler is a member of the faculty of
Lawrence University.
Each :
ding march,
appropriate to the Christmas season.
A four course wedding breakfast was
served immediately following the
ceremony. The guests were those of
friends of the bride. Mrs. Miller is
a graduate of the University of Idaho
and for the past two years has been
a member of the university faculty
as an instructor in English and Ger
man. She is a member of the Kappa
Kappa Gamma sorority,
is also well known here, having been
a member of the university faculty
last year. He is a graduate of De
The bride was the recipient of num
erous farewell courtesies before her
departure for Appleton, Wis.
A feature of the dinner which the
Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority gave
in her honor was a Christmas tree
loaded with kitchen utensils,
donor wrote an original poem to^call
attention to the special good points
of her gift.
Mrs. E .E. Crandall, an aunt, gave
a dinner Tuesday evening to the im
mediate relatives.
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Ernest Weeks, Lawrence Warnecke
and John Hites were arrested by the
police and charged with disorderly
conduct. They all entered pleas of
guilty and Judge J. R. Strong, of the
police court, fined Weeks and War
necke $30 each and Hites $75. Hites
and Weeks paid their fines and War
necke was released upon recommenda
tion of the city attorney, with a sus
pended sentence, pending good be
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4* TO FIX 1919 WHEAT
WASHINGTON.— Legislation 4
♦ to make effective the wheat price 4"
4* guaranteed for the 1919 wheat 4«
4» crop and at the same time .safe- 4«
4» guard the government against 4*
4* losses, was recommended to con- 4^
4> gress today by the, department 4«
♦ of agriculture and the food ad- +
4* ministration. 4*
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The following communication by
Judge Warren Truitt, mayor of Mos
cow, in regard to the recent decision,
of the supreme court which saved
Idaho $96,000, will be read with in
terest by all. Judge Truitt's very
able article throws much light on this
question about which too little is
known by the average tax payer. His
letter should be read carefully . It
To the Star-Mirror:
Gentlemen: Now that the biennial
election is over, and the newly elected
officers are soon to be installed,
may without being accused of parti
sanship, or mudslinging, review some
of the acts of the administration soon
to retire. It is but proper that their
delinquincies, if such there be, should
be exposed as a warning to their suc
cessors, both legislative and
tive, and as a reminder that the Idaho
constitution, which each and every
elective officer is sworn to support,
is still a live wire, as evidenced by a
recent decision of the supreme court
of the State of Idaho in the case of
the Gem Irrigation District, respond
ent, vs. Clarence Van Deusen, as state
auditor, by which decision an approp
riation of $96,670.00 made by the last
session of the Idaho legislature, and
approved by Governor Alexander
March 20, 1917, was declared uncon
stitutional and void,
goes farther than the matter of $96,
670.00, preventing as it does the giv
ing away to a favored few or more
than 9000 acres of the state lands,
susceptible of making homes for a
large number of returning men who
have been fighting for their state and
nation on the battle fields in France.
This decision
A brief review of this glaring at
tempt to override the provisions of
the Idaho constitution will, now that
politics are not involved, be o* gen
eral interest to the public.
The state of Idaho owns, of endow
ment lands, in Owyhee county, within
the Gem Irrigation district approxi
mately 9670 acres of valuable land,
for the reclamation of which the
twelfth session of the Idaho legisla
ture appropriated $14,770.28, and the
thirteenth session appropriated an ad
ditional $46,432.07, making a total
cash expenditure of $61,202.35, be
sides which a large tract of said land
was brought under cultivation as a
penitentiary farm by convict labor.
This land could not be sold under the
Idaho Admission Act for less than
ten dollars per acre; the meaning of
which limitation undoubtedly was that
that state, through its various insti
tutions would be benefitted to that
) amount, but to avoid the increase tn
' value which was the natural result
( of the expenditure for reclamation
: purposes of $61,202.35, and the im
! provement of the penitentiary farm, a
special bill was introduced, passed
both houses and received the approval
of the governor on March 14th, 1917.
(See Session Laws Fourteenth Ses
sion, Chapter 40, page 90.) By the
passage of this act the way was paved
to provide for the sale of the state
lands in the Gem Irrigation district
at the minimum price of $10 per acre,
without reference to the money ex
pended by the state in reclaiming the
same. Six days later March 20th,
1917, House Bill No. 381 became a
law by the approval of the governor.
(See Session Laws Fourteenth Ses
sion, Chapter 73, page 235.) By this
act it was proposed to levy a tax' upon
i the taxpayers of Idaho for the benefit
I of a municipal corporation known as
the "Gem Irrigation District" in di
J rect violation of Sec. 6, Article 7, of
I the constitution of Idaho, which pro
f vides as follows: Sec. 6, "The legis
shall not impose taxes for the pur
pose of any county, city, town or
other municipal corporation, but may
by law invest in the corporate authori
ties thereof, respectively, the power
to assess and collect taxes for all pur
poses of such corporation."
It seems evident that the state land
in the "Gem Irrigation District" was
appraised by some person or persons
without visiting the same, from the
fact that the appropriation was
$96,670, while the acreage to be con
veyed was approximately 9667 acres;
and the further fact that no appraiser
of state land would have the temerity
to appraise the penitentiary farm at
$10.00 per acre, while other improved
tracts were equally as valuable, yet
it was all appraised at the minimum
price of $10.00 per acre.
Sec. 8, Artilce IX of the constitu
tion provides as follows: "It shall be
the duty of the state board of land
commissioners to provide for the lo
cation, protection, sale or rental of
all the lands heretofore, or which may
hereafter be granted to the state by
the general government under such
regulations as may be subscribed by
law, and in such manner as will se
cure the maximum possible amount
Was the above provision of the con
stitution carried out in selling the
state lands within the Gem Irrigation
District? No person can truthfully
answer in the affirmative. The land
was advertised to be sold in 640
tracts, with the apparent object of
preventing home seekers with limited
means from bidding. Of course the
members of the land board, as well as
many members of the legislature who
voted for this measure knew that it
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