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The Daily Star-Mirror
PARIS.—Having disposed of the
Russian question for the time being,
, the supreme council of the peace con
gress today is giving its principal at
tention to the vital object of its work,
the forming of a-league of nations.
This question now promises to vir
tually command the undivided atten
tion of the delegates until such time
as their action regarding the Russian
problem begins to show results in one
way or another. As the delegates
appointed to investigate and report
upon the Russian question are not ex
pected to reach Marmora Islands be
fore February 16th, it means that the
whole attention of the peace congress
will now be directed toward the for
mation of the league of nations until
the time of President Wilson's return
to America.
Make Up Joint Allied Commissions.
PARIS.—With replies from the
various factions in Austria to its pro
f posai for a conference being awaited,
the supreme council of the peace con
ference met at 10:30 today. In the
meantime joint allied commissions are
being made up. The personnel of
these commissions have not yet been
" announced. All members of the coun
cil were present when the meeting
began this morning.
Wilson to Meet Swiss President.
, PARIS. — President Wilson and
President Ador of Switzerland have
arranged for a meeting tomorrow
evening at 7:30. President Ador, who
arrived here from Berne, Switzerland
today, will also confer with President
Poincaire and Premier Clemenceau of
France, and possibly Premier Lloyd
George of England, while in the city,
and before he meets President Wilson,
Majority Socialists Have 164 Plurality
BASEL, Switzerland. — Reports
from all of the twenty-seven election
districts of Germany, returning the
' full number of 421 members of the
national assembly, show that the Ma
jority socialistst have a plurality in
the assembly of 164 votes. The next
strongest party in the assembly will
have a membership of 88, according to
• these returns. These represent the
Christian People's party, formerly
known as the "Centrists."
Russian Elements Will Support
PARIS. — Representatives of the
various Russian governments now in
Paris met today with Sergius Sazan
off, the former Russian minister of
foreign affairs, who is now represent
- ing the Omsk government in the same
capacity. The meeting was held for
the purpose of discussing the decision
of the supreme council of the peace
conference to send a commission to
the Princes Islands to meet the repre
sentatives of the various Russian ele
• without exception decided to urge up
on their friends in Russian to support
the movement for the proposed con
ference at the Princes Islands.
Italians Accused of Hauling Down
American Flag.
WASHINGTON.—According to a
report made public here today by the
official information bureau of the
kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slov
enes, a Serbo-Croatian vessel flying
the American flag and possessing a
navigation license issued by the Am
naval commander in the Adri
atic, was seized at Jelsa on the 16th
of January by Italian forces who haul
ed down the American flag and car
ried off the ship under the Italian
The Russian represenatives
Bolshevik Surrender Reported.
LONDON. — The Bolshevik forces
who recently made an attack on the
American position in northern Rus
sia have been defeated, according to
late dispatch, which also reports
that a large part of the Bolshevik
forces have surrendered. It is fur
ther reported that a very large num
ber of peasants in that portion of
Russia, controlled by the Bolshevik
• forces, have revolted.
Louis F. Swift Makes Denial.
WASHINGTON.—Testifying before
the house committee on interstate and
foreign commerce, Louis F. Swift,
president of the Swift meat packing
company, today entered a series of
denials to the statements concerning
the packing industry emanating from
the Federal Trade Commission. He
further asserted that the legislation
proposed in the Simms and Kendrick
bills now before congress would com
pletely cripple the packing house in
dustry of the United States.
Another Transport Starts for Home.
WASHINGTON. — The transport
Martha Washington has embarked
from France carrying 2,400 returning
troops, including 250 sick and wound
ed soldiers. The Martha Washington
is expected to reach her destination
at Newport News on the 28th of this
Bolshevists to Surrender Petrograd.
- LONDON.—Leon Trotzky, the Rus
minister of war, has ordered
Zinovieff, the Bolshevik governor of
Petrograd, to surrender the city
peaceably in case of an attack by the
* northern Russian forces.
Stock Dividends Not Taxable.
NEW YORK.—United States Dis
trict Judge Julius M. Mayer, in a test
case brought before him, today de
cided that stock dividends are not
subject to the federal income tax law
of 1916.
BOISE.—That the sportsmen of the
tration measure centralizing depart
11 T u . measuie centralizing uepaii
ments is assured by action already ta
ken by a number of men who love the
fishing and hunting game.
The terms of the bill provide for the
collection of the fish and game funds
and putting them into the general
fund. Then appropriations would be
made for the- fish and game depart -1
ment by the legislature. j
According to sportsmen there would
be a desperate time getting sufficient :
money out of the legislature to take
care of the real needs of the depart
They claim this has been tried be
fore. About 10 per cent of the legis
lators are nimrods. They would vote
to appropriate needed monies but the '
others would be continually fighting
the amounts asked.
"Leave the money the way it is,"
said one of the enthusiastic hunters of
Boise today. "We pay the money in
and we are entitled to its use In the
game department."
It is known that Speaker Kiger is
interesting himself In the case of the
sportsmen and that the new game
warden, Otto M. Jones, sides with him.
What the results will be cannot, of
course, be forecasted, but certain it
Is that the Isaac Walton's of Idaho,
as well as the shooting enthusiasts
will "die hard" if die they must.
BOISE.—A sharp debate resulted
yesterday when Senator Witty of Ban
nock county titled with President pro
tern Whitcomb on the provisions of.
Senate bill No. 16 which makes gambl
Ing places a nuisance.
So decided were the opinions ex
pressed by the two solons that mem
bers mark this exchange of words as
the first fire of the session.
The debate occupied the senate,
when In committee of the whole, un
til considerably past noon and then
was unfinished. A motion to adjourn
until Wednesday forenoon, broke up
the affair.
The measure would make it the
duty of the prosecuting attorney to
bring a suit in equity against a place
harboring any gambling as a nuis
ance and join as defendants anyone
having any connection with the prem
ises or their use as a gambling place,
and if the court finds liability under
the act to enjoin them.
Senator Witty stated on the floor
that he was aiming at some of the
"Oriental dives" in his home county.
He also said that the bill was pat
terned after the present liquor law
and said he thought that Senator
Whitcomb knew this,
position was that there was no cause
In equity in the situation,
again come up before the committee
The bill
BOISE.—In the debate yesterday
over the recommendation in the Idaho
senate before the committee of the
whole, of the measure by Senator
Seever allowing 10 per cent of the
assessed valuation of cities and towns
to be bonded, the author of the bill
stated that most towns were assessed
for only 40 per cent, or there about, of
their actual cash value.
It was Senator Thrailkill of Ada
county, who "called" the man from J
Twin Falls. When pressed for the
name of the county which actually
did assess for full cash value, Senator
Thrailkill modestly answered, "Ada."
Senator Seever explained his remark
by saying, property has so raised in
value In most Idaho counties in the
past few years that it was impossible
to raise the assessed valuation in its
actual proportion.
Corporation to Increase Commerce.
MEXICO CITY.—Twelve freighters
of 4,000 tons each will be bought by
the proposed Latin-American Inter
national Commercial Alliance, if the
plans announced are put into effect.
The project presented by Jose A.
Lavalle, commercial delegate from
Peru, which has been approved by
the Mexican government anil which
will, if approved by enough other
Latin-American governments, result
in the formation of an international
corporation to increase commerce be
tween the countries forming the cor
poration, is said to be on the verge of
consumation. The Tehauntepe rail
way, now completely controlled by
the Mexican government, will figure
as the keynote of the proposed com
mercial structure.
Mexican General Uses Airplanes.
MEXICO CITY.—General Candido
Aguilar, chief of military operations
in the gulf regions, is using airplanes
with success in his campaign against
the rebels, especially in the state of
Vera Cruz. Not only are the aviators
doing valuable reconnaoisance work,
but one recently dropped bombs on a
party of bandits who believed them
selves safely ensconced on the top of a
mountain near Orizaba.
The committee appointed by L, F.
Parsons, U. S. Employment Agent, to
assist in and take charge of obtaining
employment for returning soldiers
held their first meeting at Mr. Par
son's office Wednesday.
They organized by electing F. A.
David chairman and J S. Heckathorn
secretary and treasurer. Several Ideas
were presented and discussed as to the
best way of handling this problem,
n was pointed out that the federal
fore decided by the committee that
thin „ : h „ t thov .
t ne best thing that they could do for
immediate results was to support this
P^lic improvement plan.
There has sprung up among the
farmers in this community a big de
mand for better roads. Petitions for
aew "Jsuway districts have already
been filed with the county commis
sl , one E, s . and oth f, r . s are bei . ng circulât
The committee unanimously en
"orsed the forming of highway dis
tnct f- A committee consisting of T.
A - Meeker, Ben Bush and A. S. Lyon
was appointed to assist in organizing
Highway District No. 2. The chair
™ an and secretary were instructed to
®j v . e fbeir assistance to any one de
siring information regarding the form
ins of highway districts. As the work
of this committee will cover the en
tire county, it will be necessary to get
in touch with other communities and
it was sugested that the number of
the committee be enlarged and addi
tiqnal members appointed represent
i n & aI l partf of the county. This will
be taken up in the near future,
Other public work will be consid
ered and the committee will be glad to
have suggestions from the press or
other public spirited citizens as to
th eir ideas to promoting this work,
Organize Colonies In Mexico.
MEXICO CITY.—A project for the
division of national lands of Mexico
among small farmers and ranchers is
expected to be presented by President
Carranza to the present session of the
congress. It is proposed to
organize agricultural colonies with
state support and supervision in the
states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Chi
apas and Chihuahua. The plan In
volves the development of irrigation
projects Which already have been pro
posed by the department of develop
ment and to comprise conservation of
natural resources.
The outline of a new series of laws
to govern the relations between m
ployers and the employed and to limit
the working day to eight hours has
been submitted to the representatives
in congress. The proposed laws are
intended also to protect the wage of
workmen, provide hygenic surround
ings for workers, compensation for in
dustrial accidents, protection of wom
en employees .and arbitration of in
dustrial disputes.
Ravages of Influenza in South Africa.
CAPE TOWN.—It is authoritatively
stated here that the epidemic of in
fluenza in South Africa has resulted
in a financial loss to the leading in
surance companies of approximately
$7,500,000. One insurance manager
said it was a startling fact that in
the course of a few weeks the epi
demic had cost the companies more
than they had been called upon to
pay for all of their war risks.
Oil Statistics.
LONDON.—The world's production
of natural oil last year was estimated
at more than 60,000,000 tons in a
statement made by Dr. F. Perkin in
an address delivered recently before
the Institution of Petroleum Tech
nologists. This would be an increase
of 10,000,000 tons over the production
of 1913, he said.
Kill the Dogs.
A number of people who are rais
in grabbits, have recently lost their
rabbits by the ravages of dogs at
night. It seems too bad that dogs
that would be guilty of such depre
dations are not kept chained at night
by their owners.
Keeping the Home Fires Burning
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25 TO 50 CENTS PER $100 TAX
BOISE.—Two road measures were
introduced in the senate this morning
by Nelson of Kootenai county. One
of these measures raises the maxi
mum tax levy from 25 cents per one
hundred dollars of assessable prop
erty to 50 cents, while the other
measure gives the county commis
sioners the power to repair and keep
in repair trunk roads in the county
whenever the highway commission has
been notified and does not take
^hartmie^the^cost* of* such renairine
the highway commission.
The placing of memorials in each,
, ^ in honor of the
. made the sunreme sacri
fi ? ce ?n the late war il the D^rDose of
, ; ntro ^ ure u ; n + b e house todav
, thirtv-three of its members. The
wou j d cre ate a commission of
members to be appointed bv the
„ overnor and ^ se rve without pay
° hose duty it wou id be to pick a suit
ab j e memor ] a i j n eac h county. The
a j go carr j es an appropriation of
one thousand dollars to defray the
cost of the memor i a l in each county,
the counties being required to pay an
e „ ua i amount. .
A countv division enabling- act made
equal amount. .
A county division enabling act made
its appearance in the house today. It
is similar to the measure before the
legislature two years ago and which
failed to pass at that time.
failed to pass at that time. It pro
vides that sixty-five per cent of the
voters of the district to be created
into a new county must sign their
names to a petition before an elec
tion can be held on the question.
REPORT OF 1011918
Miss Ruth Broman, former treasur
er of Latah county, who retired from
that office on the 13th of this month,
reported the 1918 taxes paid into the
county treasury tip to January 4, 1919,
as follows:
Personal property taxes....$ 17,383.35
State and county taxes.... 252,098.24
Paving and sewer taxes in
This leaves approximately $110,000
of the 1918 taxes to be collected in the
second half of the year. Of the state
and county taxes the amount already
paid in is equal to about two-thirds
of the total from that source, which
is about the usual proportion of such
collections, the law making it option
al with the taxpayer to pay only one- ;
half of his taxes before the first Mon
day in January, or all as he elects. |
The amount of delinquent taxes is i
unusually large, due in a measure to
the Inland Empire Railway company
passing into the hands of a receiver
and also to the failure of the Wash
ington Water Power company to pay,
Its taxes on account of alleged .un
just assessment by the public utilities ;
committee, and the power company is :
expected to take the matter Into court;
for final adjudication. !
The county has no outstanding in- ;
debtedness and the levies are intend
ed to be made just large enough to (
meet the current expenses of the year, -
with no extra monies accumulating |
in the various county funds In excess
of probably a few hundred dollars to
Delinquent taxes
the credit of the school districts of
the county.
England Appropriates Money for
LONDON.—Announcement is made
here that the government has set
aside $50,000,000 to be used in road i
building and in the reconstruction of
bridges allowed to fall into decay dur
ing the war. It is estimated that 2,500
miles of roads will be constructed,
and that the work will give employ
ment to fully 100,000 men, many of ;
whom will be discharged soldiers. !
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Letcher, agricultural agent for Latah
lh " lie u - a Dacar,n "' 01
The nitrate will be sold under the
authority of the food control act and
subsequent legislation relating there
to - The price will be $81.00 a ton,
free on board cars at loading point
or P° rt - Farmers are to pay in addi
tion freight to their shipping points,
How to Obtain Nitrate.
Applications for a part of the ni
träte bought by the government will
be received only from actual farmers
or owners or holders of farms for
us e on their land, and may be made
through County Agent Fletcher,
No money will be required with the
Notice has been given to O. S.
Agriculture will sell at cost a supply
of nitrate of soda to farmers in Latah
application but upon notice from the
authorized representative of the de
partaient of agriculture, farmers who
have signed applications must deposit
with a local bank, association, or In
dividual, designated by the secretary
of agriculture to act as the farmer's
agent for that purpose, money to cov
er the cost of the fertilizer except the
freight charge. In practically every
case the money will be paid to a coun
ty nitrate distributor designated by
the department of agriculture. Nitrate
will be shipped to distributors on sight
draft with bill of lading attached. Dis
tributors will pay drafts, take up the
bills of lading, collect money from
farmers and distribute nitrate to farm
ers. If any farmer in Latah county is
interested in buying a quantity of this
fertilizer, he should get into commun
ication with the county agent at once.
The Italians arrested at Potlatch
f or violations of the liquor laws and
brought to Moscow yesterday by
Sheriff Woody and his deputy,
Charles Summerfield, had their
disposed of in the district court as
follows, today:
In the case of State vs. Jim Mon
tana, the defendant waived his pre
liminary hearing and requested to be
permitted to enter his plea in the
district court. Information was filed
charging with having intoxcating
liquor in his possession, and he en
tered a plea of guilty, and his fine
was assessed at thirty days in jail
and $400 fine.
In the case of State vs. Toni Raponi,
the same action was taken as in the
case against Jim Montana. Defend
ant in this case being committed to
the county jail for thirty days and
directed to pay a fine of $400.
In the case of the third man, Mike
Petrogalli, arrested as a result of the
raid, a charge was filed in the pro
bate court against him. The prelim
inary hearing was held this afternoon,
with A. L. Morgan appearing for him.
The state introduced evidence to sus
tain the charge. The defendant of
fered no evidence and was held to
answer in the district court. His bond
was fixed in the sum of $500 in cash.
It is understood that the defendant is
preparing to furnish the cash bond,
Humphrey Case Disposed Of.
The case of the state against Will
jam Humphrey, charged with a viola
tion of the liquor laws, was disposed
0 f by the district court today,
fines imposed aggregated $500, which
wa s paid by the defendant.
in the matter of extending accommo
dation to returning soldiers by ar
Free Cab Service to Returning Sol
It was a most praiseworthy action
the executive commiittee of the Mos
cow Chamber of Commerce has taken
ranging free cab service within the
city limits. Each of the two cab com
panies in the city have been instruct
ed to extend this courtesy to return
ing soldiers, who need only give their
name and address to secure such serv
ice. These names will be reported to
the committee which has been author
ized to reimburse the cab men for
services thus rendered. This will also
serve to keep an accurate check on
the soldiers returning to their homes
in M'bsé'ôw and vicinity by securing
their names for prompt publication in
The Daily Star-Mirror so that all of
their friends may be informed of their
safe arrival home.
Minors Fined for Frequenting Pool
Two young men of minor age, Ted
Kitley and Eugene O'Conner were
taken before Police Judge Strong,
charged with frequenting billiard
halls, contrary to the law regarding
such cases. They were fined $10 and
costs, which amounted to $15 each.
PARIS.—(By the Associated Press)
—Led by President Wilson, the su
preme council of the great powers
today moved to unite the factions
of distracted Russia and bring them
into the peace congress.
They unanimously adopted a prop-,
osition brought forward by President
Wilson, asking all the Russian fac
tions, including the bolshevists, to
meet the allied and associated govern
ments at Princes Islands in the sea of
Marmora, on February 15, the con
tending factions meantime declaring a
truce and suspending all military op
The joint commission of the associ
ated governments will be announced
as soon as the Russian faction accept
the proposal which will be communi
cated to them by wireless tonight.
The Russian commission will proceed
to the meeting place, probaoly by
warship, by way of the Black Sea and
the Bosporus.
General John J. Pershing, the Am
erican commander in chief, has been
called to Paris, and it is expected
that he will be the military member
of the American representation on the
joint commission.
Aside from the importance of the
conclusions reached it was especially
notable as being the first time that
the voice of the United States had
taken the direction in the concert of
European powers on the most seri
ous question now presented. There
was added significance in the fact
that an American president in person
had taken leadership in the council
made up chiefly of European states
men and had pointed to a way which
they had unanimously adopted.
The final result came after three
days of continuous discussion of
Russia which did not crystallize until
the final hours, when President Wil
son presented in writing the plan he
had elaborated.
There was little opposition and this
was based mainly on doubts as to
whether the proposition would be ac
In reply it was pointed out that the
contending factions were well nigh at
the end of their resources and that
least to a combined appeal to the as
sociated powers.
Besides the definite proposal as
given in the communique, the joint
commission of the associated powers
will lay down four conditions indispen
sable in bringing about an adjust
ment: First, peace at all points; sec
ond, removal of all economic barriers
which restrain the free circulation or
exchange of food and commodities be
tween the factional zones and the out
side world; third, general elections
representative basis, and fourth,
adequate arrangement for the
payment of debts.
Even if eventually the proposal is
not accepted, members of the council
expressed the view that their proposi
tion was before the world and that it
would pave the way for such other
their own action had
on a
measures as
brought about.
The Princes islands were chosen for
the eventful meeting because they
are outside the zone of any of the
They are also
contending factions,
allied headquarters, and are not open
to be obnoxious to any of the fac
tions as would other points havftig
better facilities for the meeting.
February 16 was designated as the
time for the meeting so as to give
time for representatives to come from,
the remotest sections of Siberia and
other distant localities.
Beside the decisive action taken
with regard to Russia the council to
day also provided a joint commission
of two each from the United States,
Great Britain, France and Italy to
proceed immediately to Danzig and
Warsaw for consideration of the entire
military, economic and political situa
tion of Poland. _
A plenary meeting of the full con
ference was announced for next Sat
urday, when the plans of President
Wilson and David Lloyd George, the
British prime minister, dealing with a
league of nations will be the first or
der of business. .
Today's action on Russia and Po
land, however, goes into effect with
out presentation to the full confer
, and is taken as the action of
the great powers. .
Statement on Russian Policy.
TV'*' tell text of the official com
munication issued by the supreme
council tms afternoon reads;
"The president of the United States,
the prime ministers and the foreign
ministers of the allied and associated
powers and the Japanese representa
tives met at the Quai d'Orsay between
3 and 5:30 this afternoon and ap
proved the proposal of President Wil
which reads as follows:
The single object the presenta
tives of the associated powers have
had in mind in their discussions of
the course they should pursue with re
gard to Russia, has been to help the
Russian people, not to hinder them or
to interfere in any manner with their
right to settle their own affairs in
their own way.
"They regard the Russian people as
their friends, not their enemies, and
are willing to help them in any way
they are willing to be helped. It is
clear to them that the troubles and
distrust of the Russian people will
steadily increase, hunger and priva
tion of every kind become widespread
and more and more impossible to re
lieve unless order is restored and
normal condition once more created,
and they are seeking some way in
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