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The Daily Star-Mirror
With the announcement of the kill
ing of Socialist Leader Liebknecht in
the streets of Berlin, it may be assum
ed that William Hohenzoliern, safely
ensconced in his Dutch castle, may
find some compensatory features in
having been forced to leave the Ger
man city in haste some weeks ago.
The expected has taken place, and
Premier Clemenceau has been unani
mously awarded the permanent pres
idency of the allied peace conference.
Although the dispatches stated that
President Wilson was scheduled to
take a complete rest after his Italian
trip, he seems to be keeping the cables
busy with directions and appoint
ments. His suggestions with reference
to the harbor strike will result in a
hearing in New York on Monday.
Socialist Leader Killed.
LONDON.—Dr. Karl Liebknecht,
Spartacan leader in Germany, is re
ported to have been killed during the
street fighting on Thursday evening
in Berlin, according to a Copenhagen
dispatch received in London today by
the Exchange Telegraph company.
German Cities Rioting.
COPENHAGEN—Very serious riot
ing occurred Friday in Dresden, Ham
burg, Augsburg, and Dusseldorf, ac
cording to reports received here to
day. The fighting was most severe
in Hamburg, and is still in progress
Russian Operations Told.
WASHINGTON.—General March to
day made public the report from the
military attache at Archangel on op
erations in northern Russia from De
cember to the early days of January.
The report indicates that the situa
tion is regarded as satisfactory both
from a military and a sanitary stand
point. He stated that he had had no
confirmation of the reports that Brit
ish forces are being withdrawn from
the Archangel sector.
French Dislike Bolshevists.
PARIS.—The British government
recently submitted to France a
sition involving an effort to obtain a
truce in Russia which, if successful,
would lead to the admission to the
conference, as delegates, members of
the Russian Soviet government, ac
cording to a statement made today by
Stephen Pichon, French foreign min
would be opposition on the part of the
French government to any plan by
which the government of Russian Bol
shevik! would be given any recog
Pichon declared that there
Roosevelt Will Filed.
MINEOLA, N. Y.—The will of Theo
dore Roosevelt, which was filed today,
divides a trust fund of $60,000 into
■equal shares for each of the children.
It bequeaths the wedding presents
of the first marriage to Alice Long
worth, and the residue of the estate
to the executors of the will in trust.
The executors are directed by the will
to apply the income of the estate for
the use of the widow, and authorizes
her to dispose of the principal of the
trust to the children, as she sees fit.
In the event of her failure to make
testamentary disposition of the princi
pal, it will all be shared by the sev
eral children.
While the value of the estate is
not disclosed, it is estimated it will
exceed $600,000.
President Wins Out
WASHINGTON.—Democratic mem
bers of the house rules committee to
day succeeded in reversing the prev
ious action of the committee. They
have ordered a report of the rule giv
ing immediate consideration of the bill
appropriating $100,000,000 for the re
lief of famine in European states.
This is in accordance with the request
cabled to this country a few days ago
by President Wilson.
New Director of Railroads.
LOS ANGELES.—Walter D. Hines,
assistant director general of rail
roads, was appointed director general
today by President Wilson, to succeed
William G. McAdoo, resigned. The
notice of the appointment, which was
cabled to the White House by Presi
dent Wilson, reached Secretary Mc
Adoo by a telegraphic dispatch last
night at Winslow, Arizona, as he was
en route to Los Angeles.
Marine Workers Amiable.
NEW YORK.—Officers of the ma
rine workers' affiliation announced
today that they stood ready to abide
by any ruling made by the war labor
board. This was their response to
President Wilson's cable requesting
immediate action in order that the
harbor strike might be summarily
Hearing on Monday.
WASHINGTON.—William Howard
Taft and Basil Manly, joint chairmen
of the war labor board, will resume
jurisdiction in the strike controversy,
at the request of the president. They
will hold a hearing in the city hall
of New York on Monday morning at
ten o'clock.
Violations of Pure Food Law.
SACRAMENTO, Cal.—Of the 1327
cases of alleged violation of state
pure food laws referred to the bu
reau of foods and drnçs during the
past two years convictions were ob
tained in 730 eases, 200 are awaiting
trial and 50 other persons accused
were allowed to go with reprimands.

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4" ship of 3,092 tons gross, and is 4»
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BOISE.—The entire livestock sâni
tary board resigned this morning,
The reasons were given in a letter
relative to the appointment of the
state veternarian, a matter which is
coming up at once. Likely choices
for state veternarian are Dr. Render
son of Idaho Falls, Dr. J. D. Adams
of Mpscow, or Dr. Sullivan, the hog
cholera expert, from Twin Falls. It
is believed that Dr. Adams will get
the place.
Two resolutions were introduced
during a brief session of the house
this morning. One was for a big pro
gram to furnish work for soldiers
and sailors. It was from the typo
graphical union of Boise and stated
that the return of the soldiers threat- j
ens industrial depression, urge that |
former positions be given to al the |
men, and then asked for a building
program_ of state and county roads
a *id public buildings. ;
The second resolution was from
■Ada , c ? un ^, c ®P ncl ' °t defense and
asked for jobs for the men from Ada
county. This was considered to be
a sort of forerunner of the bill which
will provide for the completion of
the state capitol.
House hill number one providing for
the appropriating of $75,000 for the
expenses of the session was passed
by the senate yesterday and signed
by the governor this morning. This
is the first completed piece of work
of the 16th session.
The house adjourned until 11 a. m.
on Monday. There was no session
of the senate today.
CHICAGO.—Denunciation of bol
shevism and insidious socialistic doc
trines marked numerous addresses to
day at the meeting of the republican
national committee here, several
speakers declaring that the election
of a republican president is all that
can save the country from evil days
in the future.
With women sitting in the councils
of the party for the first time in its
history, the day was a veritable love
feast, at which plans were laid and
campaign strategy discussed. Chair
man Will H. Hays established a pre
cedent by delivering a short prayer
before he called the meeting to order.
By far the largest and most impos
ing contribution so far made to the
Armenian and Syrian relief fund was
the free-will offering of the Methodist
church which was turned into the
fund today. Without holding meetings, j
and merely in response to some cards .
and envelopes distributed among a I
membership which has not been as
sembled for the past three months,
this large and very active organiza
tion collected and turned in the sum
of one hundred dollars to the pastor,
the Rev. Mr. H. O. Perry, chairman
of the drive.
The local banks report that yester
day and today several persons have
been in to pay their voluntary contri
butions to this meritorious cause.
AH of the churches will be pre
pared tomorrow to receive any dona
tions to the fund.
Paving in Kendrick.
At a regular meeting of the village
council held at the town hall last
/Tuesday evening, the final ordinance
creating Improvement District No. 2
was passed. This ordinance calls for
the paving of Main Street and several
side streets in accordance with the
petition handed to the council last
spring—Kendrick Gazette.
It will occasion disappointment to
( a good many people over the county
when they learn that, owing to the
danger of spreading influenza there
will be no sessions of the Farmers'
and Home-makers' week scheduled
for next month.
This decision was reached last
evening by the faculty of the college
of agriculture which was assembled
to consider the text of a message of
Dean Iddings on the subject. Dean
Iddings, who is now in Washington,
wired the department that, due to in
fluenza, Minnesota, Iowa, Montana,
Oregon and Utah had all decided that
it would not pay to take the risk in
volved in assembling the public at
this time.
He stated that President Bindley
and Director Fluharty shared his
opinion that it would be well for the
state of Idaho to follow the example
of these states. The government will
not send out the famous men who had
been announced for various programs,
and it would have been impossible, in
that case, to make the sessions as
attractive to the public as they would
have been had all the noted speakers
been on the platform,
In commenting upon the matter,
county agent leader Kjosness said
that he still hoped that it would be
possible to hold in Moscow some time
toward the end of this month, the an
nual conference of county agents and
extension workers from over the
"If we do arrange for this very
important meeting," said Mr. Kjos
ness, "we shall, of course, observe
every precaution. We will admit no
one to the meetings except the agents
and extension workers."
Successful Racing Circuit.
CLEVELAND, O.—In spite of the
war) the season of 1918 was one of
the most successful the Grande cir
cu it has ever known. It began at
North Randall, Cleveland, on July 8
an( j ended at Atlanta, Ga., on October
"It should be clearly understood
that the reason we are lifting or mod
ifying the quarantine," stated City
Health Officer Dr. W. A. Adair, "is
A careful survey of the influenza
situation was made by those present,
the improved condition of the com
munity with respect to influenza. Dur
ing the past week only three families
have been reported as having it. Of
these the patients in two are now en
tirely well again.
"The cautions observed by the pub
lic should not be diminished in any
degree. Unless people are careful we
shall have a return of the plague in a
worse form than ever, as Portland and
many other cities are having it right
The Influenza ban, > 1 _
slight modifications, has been lifted
hy the city officials,
Moscow will be an open town to
Tomorrow morning for the
time in several weeks, the wishes of
the local ministers will be granted,
and they will hold services at the
usual hours.
On Monday the school board will
.open the seventh and eighth grades,
and, if no spread of the disease oc
curs through this move, other grades
will be opened the following week.
The change in the quarantine reg
ulations was decided upon at a meet
ing held last night in the rooms of the
county council of defense, which was
attended by Chairman Parsons of the
defense council, Mayor Truitt, the
city and county health offiers, and Dr.
Boyd, representing the city council
health committee.
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The results of the physical exam
ination of students in the university
are gratifying in the extreme. Only
one student, a girl who came from
Spokane last night, shows any trace
of temperature enough above normal
to be regarded as a suspect.
The foregoing is the statement of
City Health Officer Dr. W. A. Adair,
who says that a splendid system for
conducting the examination was
evolved by Mr. Wodsedalek, which re
sulted in their disposing of more than
400 students in a signle half day.
The physicians who participated in
the examinations were Dr. Adair, Dr.
Clarke, Dr. Rae, and Dr. Stevenson.
They were assisted by Mr. Wodseda
lek, Miss Blomquist, Miss Bernadine
Adair, and a number of pre-medic
In view of the fact that the student
body is comprised of persons who
have come here recently from the sur
rounding towns where influenza pre
vails, the records of the physical test
are regarded as little short of
astounding .
The United States district employ
1 ment service office is in receipt of 12
new applications for jobs. Examiner
Parsons states that so far he has had
had no employers listed except the
potlatch Lumber company,
The positions desired on the new
list of applications are as follows:
One shoe salesman, one engineer.
one fireman, one mason, three farm
hands, two bookkeepers and three
lumber workers,
Only three cases had been reported
for the week, one of them being from
Pullman. It was decided that as the
' experiment in opening the high school
bad been entirely satisfactory, and as
the opening of the university with the
return of many students from all over
the state had been effected without the
appearance of a single case of influ
enza, the city could safely allow the
churches the privilege of public wor
ship, provided only adults attended
the services for church and Sunday
The university quarantine which has
confined students to the campus was
lifted this noon, and the students were
permitted to come down town to the
various stores, to do their delayed
To the delight of their many pat
rons who have felt deprived of their
chief source of entertainment, the
picture shows will be opened Mon
day night. Certain restrictions as to
seating will be in force,
halls will also be open next week.
No student of the 7th or 8 th grade
or of the high school is permitted to
go to any public gatherings. Dances
are still under the ban.
"The influenza quarantine has cost
the city school district of Moscow,"
stated President of the Board L. F.
Parsons, "not less than $20,000, con
sidering the wages paid and the over
head expense. If we are able to do
so, we shall keep the schools open
until July 1, in order to make up at
least some of the time lost. We hope
that the opening of the seventh and
eighth grades will be so little attend
ed by an outbreak of the disease that
we may go ahead and gradually open
other grades, week by week."
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♦ WASHINGTON.—Actual fig- *
+ ures to January 10 show that 4*
♦ 693,889 men have been discharg- +
4* ed from the American army, 4
♦ General March, chief of staff, •I*
+ said today. American troops 4*
♦ scheduled for demobilization 4*
4 1 reach the huge figure of 1,151^ 4
4* 000, including 96,000 men actual- 4*
4" ly returned from overseas.
Among the popular county officials
who have given the people of Latah
a most satisfactory period of service
is Judge Adrian Nelson, of the pro
bate court.
That Judge Adrian Nelson of the
probate court proposes to give effici
ent service during his term of office
is indicated by the interest he mani
fests in conducting his office. In or
der to give more prompt and effici
ent service, Mr. Nelson has changed
in many details the method employed
in the past in carrying on the work,
accomplishing saving of time and ac
curacy of information. He has re
indexed every estate in probate filed
in the office since the organization of
the county. The old system used was
the letter system of indexing, estates
being filed under the initial letters of
the alphabet, making it most diffi
cult, as the number of estates multi
plied, to ascertain their location. In
place of this every estate has been
numbered successively from number
one and by referring to the index
for the name of the estate the number
under which a given estate is filed is
found and the number of the filing
case instantly located.
No register of action of estates was
carried until 1896 and in order to ac
complish the reindexing it was neces
sary to search the probate minutes
for the business transacted prior to
and up till 1896. Judge Nelson has
now at hand a ready index covering
the period September 6 , 1888 to 1896.
Since September 6 , 1888 to the pres
ent time the record shows that 1264
estates have been handled. The num
erical system has been adopted also
in the handling of civil and criminal
actions and reindexing of those files
has also been done.
Mr. Nelson rounds out today a
continuous service at the court house
of more than sixteen years. In that
period he has had only one vacation,
namely in 1910 when he went as dele
gate to a synodical meeting of the
Augustana Synod at Rock Island, Ill.
He has served the county in an ap
pointive capacity until April 1917,
when he was appointed probate judge,
an elective office. At the time of his
appointment he served as deputy
clerk of the district court and retained
that position in addition to his office
of probate judge. At the last elec
tion he was elected probate judge and
will also fill by appointment the of
fice of deputy clerk of court for the
ensuing term of two years, commenc
ing Monday, January 13th.
Judge Nelson feels very grateful to
the people of Latah county for the
magnificent vote given him at the
election in November last by the
people of this county, and he does
not wish to seem ungrateful when
he expresses himself in favor of the
abolishment of the probate court in
the interest of greater economy and
the adoption of the superior court
system. This change can be brought
about only through the submission of
a constitutional amendment to be
voted on by the electors of the state.
Such amendment was submitted some
years ago and carried by a large ma
jority, the supreme court of the state
holding that the amendment had been
improperly submitted and thus de
feating the wish of the people.
Local Merchants Will Attend Meet
ings of Hardware and Imple
ment Dealers.
The annual convention of the Pa
cific northwest hardware and imple
ment dealers' association will be held
in Spokane next week. A number of
local merchant's will be in attendance.
C. L. Butterfield, president of the
firm of Butterfield and Elder, will
attend on Monday the session of the
insurance department of which he is
a director.
R. S. Butterfield will represent his
firm on Tuesday and succeeding days
at the general meetings.
Typhoid Fatalities Less.
SECRETARY, Cal.—Since 1916 the
rate at which typhoid deaths were
being reduced in California has been
lerated 200 per cent and a loss
to the state in vital capital of
$1,400,000 has been avoided.
platinum and molybdenite, have been
added to the list of metals produced
in paying quantities in Alaska, says a
review of Alaska mining in 1918 issued
by J. L. McPherson, secretary of the
Alaskan Bureau of the Seattle Cham
ber of Commerce.
Readers of the Star-Mirror will be
deeply interested in the communica
tion of Judge Warren Truitt relative
to the $96,000 land deal in regard to
which there has been much discussion
ever since the supreme court declared
the legislative act with reference to
the lands involved a violation of the
state constitution. In a recent issue
of this paper, Judge Truitt set forth
the injustice done by the act to the
people of the state, and his statement
was replied to by Former Director of
Farm Markets Bureau Harvey Allred,
whose lengthy letter appeared in the
contribution box of the Star-Mirror.
Editor, Star-Mirror, Moscow, Idaho.
The judge's reply to that follows:
Dear Sir: Mr. Harvey Allred,
speaker of the house of representa
tives of the fourteenth session of the
Idaho legislature, has recently given
to the Idaho press a letter criticising
my review of the act which attempted
to abrogate the constitution by giving
away the endowment state lands lo
cated in the Gem Irrigation District,
Owyhee county, Idaho, and which, by
a recent decision of the supreme court
was declared to be in conflict with
the constitution of Idaho and void.
It is not a cause for wonder that
Mr. Allred should attempt to justify
the legislature for enacting a law so
clearly unconstitutional, as no doubt
exists but the spacious reasoning of
the then speaker, which is apparent
in his communication to the press,
won the sympathy of the members;
especially as the bill provided that
the lands should be sold at public
auction as provided by law; and it is
but fair to presume that it was taken
for granted by the members that the
land board would sell the land as pro
vided by Sec. 8 , Article 9, of the con
stitution, limited by the direction of
Sec. 6 , Chapter 162, of the session
laws of 1915, (see page 359) "in such
manner as will secure the maximum
possible amount therefor;" but in
stead of complying with this business
like provision of the constitution, the
lands were advertised for sale in
tracts of 640 acres ,and that too in
a local paper with so limited a cir
culation that not one person out of
every thousand of even Idaho citizen
ship, knew that a sale was to be made.
I believe and the general public be
lieves, that the prime object in of
fering the land for sale in such large
tracts was to exclude bidders of limit
ed means, of whom there are thous
ands who would gladly accept the op
portunity of buying 40 acre _ tracts,
and paying many times the minimum
price at which it was planned to be
delivered to a municipal corporatibh.
Mr. Allred states that I was late in
voicing my disapproval of this trans
action, which is no doube true; for
the reason that I in common with
thousands did not know of either the
legislation or sale until our attention
was called to the matter by the re
cent decision of the supreme court.
While we are considering the ques
tion of delays, I would be grateful
to Mr. Allred if he would explain why
he has not, long since, acted upon
the information which he claims to
possess, that the appropriations made
by the 12th and 13th sessions of the
Idaho legislature, approximately $61,
202 , were illegally diverted, and were
not expended as the acts provided
"for the purpose of aiding in the
reclamation of state land," but merely
for the purpose of meeting a just
demand of the district.
Such diversian, if made as stated
by Mr. Allred, was most reprehensible
from the fact that the act of the 13th
session which donated the $46,492.07
for the purpose of reclaiming state
lands, provided as follows:
"Sec. 3. The governor, the state
land commissioner and a third person
to be selected by the two herein nam
ed, shall constitute a commission to
be known as the Gem Irrigation Dis
trict Commission."
same Act provides as follows:
"Sec. 4. Said commission shall
have charge of the expenditure of
said fund and, all moneys from said
fund shall be expended for the spe
cific purpose of supplying water for
the irrigation of the lands within
said district, such as the purchase of
electrical energy, supplies necessary
for the operation of the works of said
district, the payment of the wages
and salaries of the operatives, officers
and employees and such other items
of general maintenance incident to
the delivery of water as shall be ap
proved and ordered by such commis
sion: PROVIDED, 'That no part of
such fund shall be expended for pay
ment of outstanding warrants or of
indebtedness incurred prior to the
time of the enactment of this law.' "
I respectfully refer the present
governor, and the members of the
legislature now in session to Chapter
162 of the session laws of 1915, pages
368 and 369, and suggest that action
be taken to recover such money as
may have been unlawfully diverted by
the Gem Irrigation District commis
sion. Mr. Allred having been a quasi
member of the offending administra
tion may have knowledge of a part
of what he writes, and if so an in
vestigation is in order. I also predict
that an investigation will reveal that
notwithstanding the assertion of Mr.
Allred that the taxpayers have not
been required to the meet the ap
propriation of $96,670 illegally made
as a gift to the Gem Irrigation Dis
trict it will be found that such ap
propriation has been included in the
general tax levy and has been col
lected from the tax payers, and as I
suggested in my former letter on this
Sec. 4, of the
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