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X TOLUME VIII MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY. IDAHO TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1919 NUMBER 109 WILL PROBE GREECE'S CLAIMS COPENHAGEN.—A majority of the government buildings in Koenigsburg, in East Prussia, have been seized by Spartacans from Berlin. The governor of East Prussia has declared a state of seige in the Thorn district and has instituted court martial. Will Investigate Venizelos' Charges. PARIS.—The supreme council at its meeting today agreed that the ques tions in the statement of Premier Venizelos, of Greece, concerning Greek territorial interests in the peace settlement should be referred to a com mission of experts whose duty it will be to make recommendations for a just settlement. Bolsheviki Wants Representation. PARIS.—The Russian Soviet government will "take all measures" to bring about an agreement with the entente, according to a wireless message from Moscow sent Sunday. The message complains that the Bolshevik authorities received no formal invitation to attend the Princes Island con ference. p This is Wilson's Busy Day. PARIS.—(By Associated Press.)—President Wilson has several appoint ments for today, including calls from representatives of the Bible Society, and visits from the republican congress who have arrived in Paris. He is determined, however, that nothing shall be permitted to obstruct the progress of the commission for the creation of the league of nations, of which he is chairman. A NEW PRIMARY LAW BELIEVED OUTLINE OF MEASURE THOUGHT TO BE FAVORED BY BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES BOISE.—As recently forecasted in this correspondence Idaho is in line for a direct primary law. It will not disturb the fundamental principle of popular action but will simplify the procedure and, it is believed, result in satisfactory selection of candi more dates and in less expense. The new measure has general ap proval of republicans and democrats alike, it being recognised, they de clare that there is a popular feeling that the present primary is unwieldly and totally unsatisfactory and that the public demands a change. The proposed law provides for coun ty primaries at which county tickets will be named by the various parties. At the same time delegates will be named to county conventions of the parties that will name delegates to the state conventions. Each party acts independently and has its own organization, and a party ie designated as an organization hav ing cast at the preceding elections for one of its candidates 10 per cent of vote cast for all the candi dates for that particular office. An -affiliation of voters to the number of five per cent of the total vote cast at the preceding general election also gives party standing. Independent tickets may be named by petition, 3000 bona fide being re quired for state or federal positions, 900 for district, 300 for county and 30 for precinct. Provisions being made for paying actual expenses of delegates to state convention. This provision is made so no delegate need be under obliga tions to any interest or candidate and so that no desirable man can refuse to go as a delegate because of his inability to pay the expenses of the trip to the state convention of his party. P-u TELEPHONE SHIED STRINGING NEW PLAN FOR CABLE TO CITY LIMIT IS BE ING WORKED OUT The Moscow Telephone & Telegraph . company is planning to spend between $6,000 and $6,000 in improvements of its system in Moscow this spring. Work will begin just as soon as weather conditions are favorable. The " improvements will furnish employ ment to a A. T. West, owner of the system, same down from Spokane last night, making the trip in his Dodge car and says the roads, while rough in some places, are remarkably good for this season of the year. Mr. West is in specting the local system and the toll lines and making estimates of the cost of the proposed improvements. These consist of a new cable to run out Van Buren street, connecting at the city limits. Two new leads will be constructed to the University of Idaho and other improvements in the system will be made. It is expected that the hearing the application of this company for permission to increase the rates charged on the rural lines from 25 - to 60 cents per month will come up before the public untilities commission ' soon. The company claims that it is unfair to the people of Moscow who pay from $1.26 to $2 per month for telephone service to continue the rate of 26 cents a month of rural tele phones when the work of connecting with these lines with their various "long and short rings" is much great ' er than that of connecting the city telephones and that a telephone is really of greater benefit to a farmer living several miles from town, than £0 the resident of a town or city. on A. J. GEHRETT TAKEN BY DEATH THIS MORNING r-—- .JüiT A. J. Gehrett, after an Illness of four months, died this morning at 9:15 at his home on North Asbury. Mr. Gehrett had lived in Idaho over 14 years, having moved here from Kansas. He farmed eight miles north east of Troy until he moved to Mos cow two years ago. Mr. Gehrett was past 68 years of age at the time of his death, leaves besides his wife, six children: Clyde Gehrett of Oklahoma, Mrs. Frank Crane of Pittsburgh, Kansas, Mrs. Sam Frei of Bovill, Tolbert Geh rett, north of Moscow, Mrs. Floyd Holstine of Troy and Miss Rllla of Moscow. The time of the funeral has not yet been announced as Mr. Gehrett's brothers in Indiana have not been beard from. He BASKET BALL GAME OREGON AGRICULTURAL COL LEGE AND UNIVERSITY MEET FOE GOOD CONTEST The Oregon Agricultural College basket ball five will arrive in Mos cow tomorrow afternoon to meet Ida ho in what will be one of the most in teresting games of the early season. W. S. C. on a trip to the coast last week defeated the Oregon Aggies on their own floor. Oregon comes to Moscow with a strong team which the W. S. C. play ers have said is one of the coming teams of the conference this season. To win from O. A. C. Wednesday and Thursday evenings means that the Idaho aggregation will still hold a record with no defeats, but to win with a good margin means that our university has the edge on the Wash ington State Agricultural College. Although somewhat weakened by the fact that Captain Howard Camp bell Is bothered with an injured shoulder the Idaho boys are hard to get around this season. The scoring trio, Moe, Hunter and Campbell, of the team is the one factor that makes victory seem likely. However, the defensive playing of Lindley, Roraig and Brigham measures that the vis itors must bring no "dark horses" along if they are to run up a lead in the scoring. Coach Bleamaster of the university gave his men a light practice Monday afternoon, resting them from the hard trip which they just took to Walla Walla, Wash., where they defeated Whitman college two games. This afternoon the practice will consist of a short but snappy practice game with the second team. The games to be played Wednes day and Thursday are called for 7:45 p. m. and will be played at the uni versity gymnasium. IRVIN S. COBB PASSED THROUGH MOSCOW TODAY Irvin S. Cobb passed through Mos cow today on the 12:22 passenger train on the Northern Pacific. He was seated in the day coach and when the incoming crowd approached the end of the car he began to gather up his belongings to hospitably share the chairs. He is a rotund medium sized man, of course, not so large as the cartoons portray him. He is of neither the blond or brunette complexion, but just the between type, with gray eyes. A reporter of the Lewiston Tribune stepped up to him inquiring, "Is this Mr. Cobb?" He calmly and without a smile said, "No," but was no doubt chuckling to himself as the reporter turned away disappointed. But when a Moscow woman said she was going to Lewiston to hear Mr. Cobb, the remark was made that "He'd be the life of the party." At this reference to his latest story, Mr. Cobb's eyes twinkled and the great writer's ident ity was known. ♦♦♦♦+♦+♦++++♦++♦+ + PRESIDENT WINS IN BIG ♦ NAVAL BUILDING PROGRAM * + + + ♦ WASHINGTON. — Insistence ♦ ♦ by President Wilson upon the ad- + + ministration policy of naval ex- ♦ + pansion led to the unanimous ap- ♦ ♦ proval given by the house naval ♦ ♦ committee to another three years ♦ ♦ construction program. This was + ♦ disclosed today by Chairman 4* ♦ Padgett, of the committee when + + the house began consideration of ♦ ♦ the $750,000,000 annual naval ap- ♦ ♦ ♦ propriation bill. AS. COMMON SENSE IS ASKED BY FRENCH IDAHO CONGRESSMAN WANTS RED TAPE CUT AND JUSTICE DONE COMMON PEOPLE WASHINGTON. — Congressman French spoke for 15 minutes in the house of representatives urging the passage of legislation that will pro vide that small claims arising against the government- through the different executive departments be disposed of and adjudicated by the cabinet offic ers presiding over the several de partments. He pointed out a star route mailj carrier in Idaho who has waited ten years for his pay—the department wanting to pay him but being unable to under the general law because of a flaw in his bond. He pointed out the case of a home steader on the Nez Perce reservation who was given a patent to land that had been patented to an Indian 20 years before, being told to move off after he had spent several thousands of dollars in improvements, had re duced the homestead to a beautiful, cultivated farm with fences, orchards, dwelling house and farm buildings, and without being aware from any public records that the land was not available for homestead entry until after patent had been Issued. Mr. French says it makes for Bol shevikism to permit such outrages un der the government against indi viduals and there ought to be a speedy way provided for the settlement of such claims. He related how the present congress has been unable to consider these claims because of important war busi ness and that, after all, it is unreason able that congress should assume to handle cases that are of such char acter that the heads of departments should decide them on their own re sponsibility. Mr. French has introduced a bill providing for the settlement of such claims by the heads of the several de partments and urges its passage for the following reasons: 1st. It would mean early settlement SEATTLE GENERAL STRIKE / SEATTLE.—Union labor leaders today continued their plans for a general sympathetic walk-out of all the Seattle members at 10 a. m. Thursday. People in Seattle generally seem to have abandoned all hope of a peaceful settlement of the strike dmands. Between 40,000 and 50,000 men and women will strike Thursday, union labor leaders asserted today, in addition to the 35,000 iron workers and ship builders who have been on strike since January 21. Light and Water Plants to Operate. SEATTLE.—Mayor Ole Hanson today declared that the city will operate the light and water plants, owned by the city. If the employes strike others will be employed, he said. Seattle also owns a part of the street car system and recently bought the remaining lines for $16,000,000. Bolshevism Reaches Chile. BUENOS AIRES, Monday.—Dispatches from Chile report an alarming situation at Antofagasta, where it is said the disorders have taken a de cidedly bolshevist turn. It is said that agitators are demanding the estab lishmen of a new government. The police are said to have captured docu ments showing a large list of business houses that are to be sacked and destroyed by the mob. Senate to Investigate Propaganda. WASHINGTON.—After extended and vigorous criticism by several sen ators of the alleged lawless propaganda, the senate today adopted a resolu tion extending powers to the senate committee investigating German propa ganda to inquire into other activities which it is charged sought to over throw the government. JO D Some Boy l — i 77} m % V % I iOOK I H0Wi m cH/Lp'Jr HA5* f 6R0WN W I »mi § % i « ' J i I ä. y, 1 % 600 PN 6 SS m i i i r : Wk W ; F 3 8 1 0 8 3 m z Yj ' V. Agir w w 1916 i m (is I S)j4 [,) 1«1 "r % or adjustment of claims. The govern ment owes this to the people. 2d. The claim would be settled by the department under which It arose and where all fadts are known. . „ , ,, , . , .. | P° rtant national legislation. 4th. It would mean an orderly way of disposing of claims. 3d. A claim that could be settled by the head of a department in one hour with all the facts before him should be so settled, and not be crowd ed upon congress where more than five hundred men are asked to con sidèr it and thereby push aside im 6th. It would prevent worthless clajnis from being hastily acted upon fayprably in the closing days of con gress and as riders upon important hi Mr. Freuen pointed out that years ago it is understood one claim was passed by congress three times—a thing that he says could never occur if the matter had been disposed of in the department where the claim arose. Congressman French presented to the house today memorial from the legislature of the state of Idaho on the life and character of Colonel Theodore Roosevelt. Also a memorial from the legisla ture of the state of Idaho recommend mending the passage of laws extending further federal aid to post roads in sparsely settled states. NINE TRANSPORTS BRING ♦ + MANY AMERICAN SOLDIERS WASHINGTON. — The departure from France of nine ships which will dock at New York, Philadelphia and Newport News within the next three weeks, with approximately 400 officers and 7200 men of the American army, was announced by the war department today." Communication Held Up. This paper is in receipt of a com munication signed "A Subscriber." It cannot be published until the writ er's identity is know. It is an infall able rule of all newspapers to pub lish no communication received an onymously. The rules of this paper are that all communications must be signed by the writer. There is noth ing in the communication of which the writer need feel ashamed. The com munication is held in the editorial room and if the writer will come in and sign it the article wll be pub lished.. ♦♦♦♦♦+♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ ♦ CONGRESS AWARDS MANY HONOR MEDALS ♦ + ♦ ■ WASHINGTON.—The award ♦ ♦ of congressional medals of honor, ♦ ♦ the highest military decorations ♦ ♦ to two officers and 19 enlisted + ♦ men of the army in France, was ♦ ♦ announced today by the war de- ♦ ♦ partaient. Only three medals had ♦ ♦ been awarded previously for + ♦ service in the great war. ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦++♦♦ MOSCOW MAY INSTALL ITS OWN ELECTRIC LIGRT PLANT 110»« IS FREE QUARANTINE RAISED IX LAST TWO CASES AND GENERAL BAN WILL BE LIFTED Moscow has not a single case of influenza today. Dr. W. A. Adair, city health officer, reports the quarantine raised in the last two cases and that, so far as the health officer knows, there is not a case of the disease in town. Dr. Adair fears that the dis ease may be brought here from other places if the town is thrown "wide open" and requests that visitors from outside towns, be requested to have health certificates if they come here to attend any public entertainment. Dr. Adair said: "Moscow is now free from influ enza, the last quarantine card was taken down a day or tvvQ ago. The last four cases were brought here by peo ple contracting the disease while out of town. In view of this fact and the danger of having visitors from other cities, it will be advisable for those wishing to Invite outsiders to dances to be given in Moscow, to ask their guests to secure a health certif icate dated the day they arrive, or the day of entertainment." I. W. W. THREATENS A MOSCOW CITIZEN HARRY STERN WARNED TO LEAVE THE EARTH BEFORE THE "TIME" COMES A letter characteristically I. W. W. and bolshevik, written, it is believed by a member of the 1. W. W. who are regarded as worse than "cooties" in Latah county, has been received by H. H. Stern, local plasterer and member of the American Federation of Labor who has been talking of try ing to organize a branch of the order jj ere Stern was employed as a special deputy sheriff here last spring when the I. W. W. threatened to raid Mos cow and secure the release of three of their number who were tried for criminal syndicalism. In this he in curred the enmity of the I. W. W. and the letter of warninsr «ent to him refers to him "welrinaf tin star a£d herrtW fofw 1 s Jlmin , Uomi n ! .. fe i 0W W °l kme l . lk ! dumb brutes and warns him to get out of ti e way when the time comes." of 6 18 ° fa off-and give the job of organizing the workingmen to a real man who can hold them when the üme comes. Mr. Stern is warn edto get out of the way and you bet-I ter be getting for the time , is at hand." The letter<4s signed A TIME KEEPER." It is written with a type writer and was mailed at Moscow. The letter is to be the subject of an investigation. The postal authorities will be asked to take the matter up and the county council of defense and the Latah County Protective associa tion is also to investigate. Mr. Stern has a strong suspicion as to the author of the letter and will submit his evidence to these organizations. The Latah County Protective as sociation is still in force and has a strong organization composed of farm ers, business and professional men and property owners of Moscow and Latah county. The organization was formed for the purpose of dealing with the I. W. W. when that organization was strong in this county. It rounded up about GO of the leaders, held them ! in stockade here for weeks and several of them were finally brought to trial ! for criminal syndicalism and given long terms in the penitentiary, When the trial of these was to have been held last spring the I. W. W. threatened to come to Moscow in force and posted circulars calling up on 2000 members to come to Moscow i for the trials. The Latah County Pro- ! tective association was reorganized and had arrangements all completed to handle any invasion by the I. W. W. but no invasion was made. The or ganization is secret and has signals and a complete working program. It will be asked to take up the investiga tion as rumors have been circulated here to the effect that the I. W. W. are planning an outbreak and the "Time" refers to the date for this out break. The association will be ready to meet any demonstration by the I. W. W. * * Verbal Contracts Validated. WASHINGTON.—In a partial agree ment reached today by the senate and house conferees on legislation for the validation and settlement of informal war contracts aggregating $2,750,000,-1 000 the senate managers yielded and struck from the bill their plan for an apellate commission to pass upon the awards of government officials, m. Telephone Meeting Called. A telephone meeting for all repre sentatives of the rural party lines are hereby notified that a meeting of said representatives is called for Friday, February 7, at 1 o'clock p. m., at the Farmers Union Hall. A full attendance is desired. GEO. SIEVERS. | Application by the Washington Water Power company, of Spokane, to raise rates on certain lines in Mos cow has been filed with the public utilities commission and will become effective on February 20, unless pro tested by the City of Moscow. The protest will be njade. The question came up at last night's session of the city council when M. C. Osborn, com mercial agent for the Washington Water Power company met with the city council to discuss the proposed increase in the rate charged for pump ing and power in Moscow. The city has a contract with the Washington Water Power company for city lights. It is now getting 171 street lights of 100 candle power for $2.26 per month and the contract for these does not expire until December, 1920. But there is no contract for power for the pumping station. The records show that in 1914 a verbal agreement was made whereby Mos cow was granted the same rate as per —for the pumping plant. The rate had been three cents per kilowat hour. The proposal now is to raise it to two cents, which would be an increase of 100 per cent. The city may decide to install an electric light plant of its own and a committee consisting of Councilmen Nisbet and Richardson was appointed last night to take the matter up and ascertain the probable cost and prob able income of such a plant. Mr. Nis bet said that the city is now paying about $1700 per year for pumping power and the proposed increase would make this about $3200 per year. Warren Truitt, mayor of Moscow, stated that the city will protest the proposed increase in rates and that City Attorney George G. Pickett has been instructed to prepare the pro test which will be filed with the public utilities commission. The filing of the protest will automatically stop the proposed increase which would otherwise go into effect on February 20, and will call for a hearing, when evidence will be submitted by both sides and the commission will accept or reject the application upon the evi dence shown. i V ,, _ _ , . , . . Çf^orn, commercial agent for bae Washington Water Power com pany, said: Our company submitted a statement of the proposed schedule before the. public untilities commis | 10 " at Bo^e, which will become ef v° n .February 20, unless pro tested by the. city of Moscow, pie P™P? s f d . residential and cooking schedul ® , ls , f. practical reduction. The commercial lighting rate ts unchanged and both rates are the same st y !e of rates in force in all towns in the state Of Washington, but Moscow gets a j t / th ^ n many Washington towns> the maximum being 11 cents kilowat hour in Mascow as against fg in Pul i man and Co flax. This power ra ^ e j s a | so a reduc tion of our present schedule . The pr0 p 0 sed schedule 23 is a decided redu ction as compared w j t b sc h e dule G, now in force, . , , Certain power consumers who have eiij°yed a rate made to them by the J ate 'J- Shields, foimer owner of tb ® Pl ant which were \ery discnm inat0,- y and unprofitable to the rom l ,an y> be asked t0 paj : a blgber F at ®- Since the \\ ashington W ater Water p ° wer con ? paa f, to ° k the . I>rop ' «Jf.®n January 1. 1913 the minimum bl1 ' J® 8 been . reduced from $1.a to $1 and themax.mum kilowat hour charge from . 15 , t0 12%.cents. The rate for municipal pumping was reduced ap Pfoximately uO pei S® 1 ,.,..® ® " pan Y 15 " ow ask '" K the lo ut r 1 j nl,ssloa to the sa ™ e t ™n Çow charged for municipal pumping ln otb ® r towns e ® g ™ n ' edby J£®, ™fnr S niï Pub 1C Sei ice co » - , . thi towns ser Y® d ' n , . . g . ». Y ™ m P'W, there being about 3° towns " number and hearings weie held in aH and the rates asked for were granted. "Every rate in the proposed sched u l® ' s a reduction from that charged hi all other places, but some special rates granted by the late M. J. Shields f° r Power which had never been dis turbed are corrected in the new rate asked for. Mr. Osborn gave some interesting figures on the amoount of business done, capital invested and returns re ceived from the Moscow plant of his company. He claims the investment here is approximately $450,000 and that in 1917 the company delivered to the substation here 1,946,800 kilowat hours of electric power upon which the revenue was $52,825. This yield ed the company an average of .0272 per kilowat hour with a maximum demand of 769 horse power which gave the company a revenue of $30.20 per horse power per annum, lowest rate per horse power given to any town in the Palouse country and is occasioned by the large amount "This is the of power used in the flour mill here, Investigations show that the more power used means a lower rate per - horse power on the average." Mr. Pickett, city attorney, began today the preparation of the answer and protest against the proposed rate which will be filed with the public utilities commission. Mr. Osborn left today for Pullman for a consultation with the company's local manager there and will go to Spokane this evening. The date of the hearing and place of holding it will be announced by the commission later. It will prob ably be held in Moscow.