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A. VOLUME VIII MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY, IDAHO FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 1919 NUMBER 148 FOCH SAYS THE RHINE MUST Things have been moving rapidly and sensation has followed sensation in Europe today. Marshal Foch, who led the allied armies to victory, is quoted as saying that unless the Rhine is made the boundary between Ger many and France the war will have been fought in vain. Italy threatens to withdraw from the peace conference unless she is given Fiume, in the original peace treaty. German sailors have resused to deliver German ships to the allies in compliance with the agreement recently made by which ships were to be surrendered in exchange for the privilege of buying food. Ten German submarines which were to be surrendered to the Allies have left Hamburg to be turned over to the allied command. The allied supreme council has demanded immediate cessation of hostili ties between the Ukranians and Poles and Germany has issued an official statement as to why she cannot continue negotiations with Poland. It is almost certain that the allies will demand $40,000,000,000 indemnity from Germany and this may be spread over a term of 40 years, in which case, with the interest, it would amount to more than $80,000,000,000. The stories brought by the cables today, follow: Foch Wants the Rhine the Frontier. PARIS.—(Havas.)—"The Rhine river is our only good line of defense. I do not demand annexation, but if we do not secure that military frontier This is the statement made by General \ } we will have fought in vain.' Foch, quoted in an interview in The Matin, today. Italy Delivers Ultimatum. PARIS.—(By Associated Press.)—The Italian delegation to the peace conference has unanimously decided to withdraw from the conference un less Fiume is assigned to Italy contemporaneously with the conclusion of peace. German Sailors Refuse to Deliver Ships. BERLIN, via Copenhagen.—The German steamers Bürgermeister von Melle and Bürgermeister Shroeder, scheduled to sail March 18, in accord with the agreement reached at Brussels between the German and ance interallied food commissions, have been prevented from leaving Hamburg owing to resolutions passed by seamen, refusing to operate ships demanded by the entente nations. Submarines Now On the Way. BASEL.—(Havas.)—Ten German submarines to be delivered to the en tente powers have left Hamburg, according to a dispatch received here. They are enroute to the point of delivery to the allied powers. Ukranians Must Be Good. PARIS.—(Havas.)—Carrying out its decision to take action for bring ing a cessation of hostilities between the Ukranians and Poles, the allied supreme council has sent a wireless message to General Paelenko, of the Polish forces, and another to General Rosenwadowsky, of the Ukranian army, enjoining both commanders to cause suspension of hostilities by their forces on the Lemburg frint, immediately. Germany Explains Some More. PARIS.—A semi-official German note explaining the reasons for break ing negotiations at Posen says it is impossible to reach an agreement es pecially regarding the presidency of the commission controlling the situa tion here. The Germans say they are considering the appointment of a president by Pope Benedict, while the entente nations desire a permanent interallied commission to name the president. The supreme council will consider measures today to bring about a cessation of hostilities in the province of Poland. German Austria to Play Lone Hand. LONDON.—German Austria, according to advices received here, quoting a Berlin newspaper, has expressed a desire for an independent representa tion at the peace conference, with Germany be postponed until the conclusion of the conference. Ask Germany to Pay $40,000,000,000 Indemnity. PARIS.—Further information regarding the conference here yesterday between Premiers Lloyd George, Clemenceau and President Wilson are available today. Concerning the reduction of the allied reparation claims against Germany to about $40,000,000,000, is was learned that one proposal was to spread it over a period of 40 years. On this basis the principal and interest will amount to $80,000,000,000 at the end of the period. The United States' view is that $12,000,000,000 is the utmost that can be ex Also desires that the question of its union pected. Neutrals Want Change in League of Nations. PARIS.—Among the amendments to the covenant of the league of nations suggested at the meeting yesterday are several that urged the acceptance in the number of secondary countries admitted to the executive council of fhei| league; reduction in armaments, control of munitions making are some of the changes suggested. The draft of clauses regarding freedom of transit to be inserted in the peace treaty considered today by the peace internations regime of ports, waterways, and railways. These clauses were presented by the British delegation. The meeting adjourned at 1 p. this afternoon. conference commission on the m. Luxemburg to Maintain Independence. PARIS.—(Havas)—The chamber of deputies of the Duchy of Luxemburg has voted unanimously to maintain the country's independence, and auton omy, according to a dispatch received here. SEWER CONTRACTS IRE NOT AWARDED COUNCIL ADJOURNED LAST NIGHT TO MEET MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 24TH The contract for the main work of extending Moscow's sewer system and installing a septic tank has not been let and the council has adjourn ed to meet Monday night, March 24, for the purpose of taking further ac tion . The contract for sand and gravel went to the Union Sand & Gravel company, of Spokane, whose j bid of 70 cents per cubic yard for washed sand; 76 cents for coarse and 66 cents for pea gravel was accepted. The bid of the International cement association was also accepted by a vote of four to one against and one absent and not voting. The council remained in adjourned session until a late hour last night discussing the relative merits of con crete and glazed and fired sewer pipe. The lowest bidder for the latter, which is the kind of pipe mentioned in the specifications, is the Moscow firm of Witter-Fisher company, and the only bid on concrete pipe was "C. H. Bullen, Secretary," whose bid was about $3,400 below the lowest bid for standard burned sewer pipe. After hearing the relative merits of the two pipes and a general discus sino with a large number of bidders for various contracts, and their friends, present, and then went into executive session and discussed the matter until a late hour without reaching a decision, it is hoped to reach a decision and let the contract at the meeting Monday night. NATIONAL GUARD COMPANY C TO BE MUSTERED OUT AND COMPANY FORMED UNDER NEW LLAW Company C, Idaho National Guards, organized a year ago next month when the I. W. W. threatened to come to Moscow to liberate sopie of their members in the county jail, is to be mustered out and a new company of national guards under the new law will be organized here and an armory built or provided by the state. This announcement was made by Adjutant General Albert H. Wilson, Who visit ed Moscow and had a talk with the officers and members of the company. It is planned for Adjutant General Wilson to return to Moscow and mus ter out the old company and muster in a new company under the new laws in about three weeks. It is hoped to get a number of the men who have seen service in the national army as members of the guards. Adjutant General Wilson explained that the new national guard compan ies will be governed by the law of June, 1916, and the officers and men will receive 26 per cent of 'the pay of men of similar rank in the regular army. Thus a private in the national guard will draw $7.50 per month, which is one-fourth of the pay of a private in the army. Company offi cers will draw one-fourth the pay of officers of the same rank in the army. In addition to this the state will provide an armory, equipment, uniforms, and everything needed to carry on the work. The men will be paid January 1 and July 1. Men must attend not less than 24 drills a year to qualify for pay, and the com pany must drill 48 times a year. Capt. G. P. Mix, of Company C, is anxious to have many young men in the new company which is to be organized next month, present company was organized last year many of the young men were in the army and there are many mem bers of the old company who are from 40 to 50 years old. These would be glad to drop out and have their places filled with younger men, and es pecially those who have had actual military experience. When the Mexican Bandits Killed. + + * * JUAREZ.— Felipe Martinez, 4* ♦ another famous Villa general, is ♦ 4* numbered among the dead found + 4* on the battlefield at Boquilla del 4* 4 1 Marquesote, according to an of- 4* 4* ficial military message received 4* + here today from General Zuazua, 4 1 4* concerning the battle Wednesday 4 1 4* which resulted in the routing of 4* 4* Martin Lopez's command and 4 1 4* the killing of Lopez, Holquin, 4* 4* Ramon Vega and Martinez, ac- 4 1 4- cording to Zuazua's dispatch 4* ♦ from La Ascension. 4* ♦ 4 , 4tt + + 444 , 44'44 , + 4 , t 4 1 6IBL AND MARRIED GOOPLE HELD IN JAIL STORIES OF DEPRAVITY AT POT LATCH TOLD TO LATAH COUNTY OFFICIALS 17, are held in the county jail on a charge of contributing to the delin-( quency of a minor, the Olson girl, who weighs about 180 pounds, being the minor in question. rjyt . ^ The two girls tell tales of shocking unbelievable. Gladys Olson, aged 16, was com mitted to the reform school by Judge Adrian Nelson, of the probate court, today, and James Mitchell, aged 20, and his wife, Blanche Mitchell, aged depravity Gladys Olson confesses to illicit re iations with 15 different persons, giv ing the names of each. They include men and boys at Moscow, Potlatch, Palouse and Spokane. James Mit chell, husband of the other defendant, is one of the men named and her story of this act is almost beyond be lief, but she told it in an unconcerned way as if talking of some event of no great importance. Mrs. Mitchell says she was a witness to this act whjch occurred in the home of the Mitchells at Potlatch. almost Mrs. Mitchell says she is 17 years old and was married here last April and that she told the county clerk she was 18 years old. They were married by Judge Barge. She con fesses to illicit relations with 12 men beside her husband and gives their names. She says she sanctioned and suggested the act of her husband with the Olson girl, for which she and her husband are held on the charge of contributing to the delin quency of a minor. The trio were taken at Potlatch, and four men were arrested and given a hearing there. John Nisbet, county attorney, does not know the names of the men, but says three of them pleaded guilty before a justice of the peace at Potlatch and paid fines ag gregating $350 and were discharged. He is undecided as to what action to take regarding the other whom the Olson girl confesses contributed to her delinquency, nor does he knew what should be done with Mitchell, who is a lumber jack, now only 20 years old, and his wife, who has con fessed her depravity. He has the names of 27 men whom these two girls say had contributed to their de linquency and if all are arrested there will be some sensations, it is - Chasing the Snakes Out of America S\i ... -tV/T >4 =r 4 . It NHL MOSCOW SOLDIER TELLS NEED OF HELP FRANK H. THOMAS RECITES FACTS THAT CAME UNDER HIS OBSERVATION To the people of Moscow and vicin ity who would probably care to give a little toward the relief of the Bel gium and French war orphans and yet are somewhat doubtful as to the necessity of. their gifts, I would like to say a few words. It was my lot to serve in Prance for a period of sixteen months, during which period saw a number of refugee camps and had my attention called to the condi tion of the refugees who were scat tered broadcast over the land. Of all the cases of poverty brot on by the. war, the one that touched me most was that of an old man, his sister, wife, and three little grand children. It was in November, 1917, during the rainy season, when the cold winds were driving the torrental rains over the low hills of central France, that an old gray-haired man, scarcely able to walk with the aid of a cane, asked me tremblingly for a sou. "Only one little sou, Monsieur l'Americaine, s'il vous plait." There were tears in his eyes. At that time a sou was not quite equivalent to a tenth of a cent in our American money. Well—he got the sou, and many more of them. The next day I saw his home and family. The home was a miserable little hovel built of odds and ends of discarded sheet iron roofing and bur lap. It was approximately two meters or less than seven feet square, and had no floor. There was no fire, for wood or coal was out of the question for them. They had four tattered blankets for bedding. They had no underclothes or stockings and their outer garments had been patched many times. The American soldiers rented a little home for these people and help ed them as long as we were in that camp. What they will do when the last American soldiers leave Nevers is a real problem. The older people were too old and feeble to do any but the lightest work and the child ren were too young. While at the American camp at Nevers I saw Belgian and refugees picking over the waste from the kitchens and mess halls in order to get food that they might live with out suffering the pangs of hunger. With very few exceptions these ref u P es were very scantily clad, and always, they were drenched thru from 1 the downpouring rams It rained every day we were at Nevers. ^ Perigueux I saw a camp of ref ugees v.&ere the housing conditions were , l0 better than the one described abovCj and where the re f ugees wen t to a large cinder dump to search for tiny bits of coal that might happen to be there. Many of these men and women were barefooted and none of them dressed with clothing warm enough to comfortably live thru the winter months. And so it is nearly any place you may happen to go in France. Most of the refugees have absolutely noth ing with which to start life over the devastated regions • again in where once they had their homes. The French nation and the people of France are striving heroically to solve the problem of taking care of the thousands of homeless, and are sac rificing much that their fellow coun trymen may not starve to death. The wages the peasant population receive for their, efforts are so small that it would take them years to replace even a part of what they have lost. The American soldier in Prance is doing much to relieve, the suffering of many of these unfortunate people and make life a little easier for them. The children of France and Belgium are going to miss their big American comrades when the boys all leave for home, and many of the little war or phans may go in want of things that our boys, in their generosity, made possible for. them to have. If there is any doubt as to whether things given by the people of this country are needed by those who were forced to seek refuge from the Hun Kultur, let them ask any man who has been overseas and who has had a chance to see these conditions at first hand. If that man has had the opportunity to observe the condition of the refugees, and has a heart, he can give but one answer.—"They need everything we can give them." FRANK H. THOMAS, Company B, 10th Engineers. ' TAXES ON TEN MILLION DOLIARS BUSINESS AM> GOVERNMENT TO DIVIDE CABLE USE LONDON.—(By Associated Press) — Cable agencies say the rights of the government departments to priority in use of the cables will be Immed- iately drastically reduced. The gov- ernment and nongovernment mes- sages will be sent alternate halt hours. ----!B4 BE HELD IN MOSCOW MOSCOW BUSINESS ME NARRANGE FOR GIANT CELEBRATION HERE JULY 4TII At meeting of the business men of this city called by J. H. Heckathorn, president of the chamber of com merce, and held at the U. S. Employ ment office, it was voted to hold a monster of a celebration on July 4th and at the same time to welcome home all Latah county soldiers and sailors. In discussing the question the senti ment of those present was unanimous ly in favor of the project. F. A. David, in speaking on the question said: "Let's have the biggest and best ever." C. A. Hagan said; "Go to it." C. B. Green pointed out that Mos cow had sent our soldier boys away with a glad hand and good wishes, that by July 4th the large majority would again be home. "Let's spare no expense in showing our apprecia tion to all the men of Latah county for the services given and the sacri fice made by them. Cal Smith of "The Togs" spoke along the same line as Mr. Green and urged that cheap entertainment be kept and to have a worth while, one that would be ap preciated by the soldiers and all the people of the county. R. Hodgins saidr "We should cele brate. The bigger the better so far as I am concerned." The matter was left in the hands of the trustees of the chamber with the understanding that immediate steps will be taken to get plans under way. The matter of holding a county fair was also up for discussion. It was the sense of the meeting that a fair should be held. It was voted that a joint meeting of the directors of the fair association and of the chamber of commerce be held at an early date and make a report to the chamber. A community house for the city was also considered and the directors of the chamber were instructed to in vestigate and submit plans of what can be done along this line. Dean Iddings of the university, call ed attention to the lack of suitable homes for rent in the city and the de mand therefor from those employed at the university and people coming here to send their young people to the university. J. H. Heckathorn presented the plans as worked out by the board of directors for carrying on the work of the chamber as reorganized. He point ed out that L. F. Parsons had been selected to act as secretary and in so doing it was the purpose of the di rectors to combine the community services now being done by the U. S. Employment service with that of the chamber and make a central point for all community service. Mr. Parsons said that the chamber of commerce should be dedicated to service. Should serve all interests; that the interest of the individual seeking a job was just as important as that of the individual of large fi nances. He asked that all persons seeking service and information be sent to him and that the chamber would endeavor to give the assistance desired or find ways or means of do ing so. He also tendered the use of the office for meeting of committees or other bodies interested in com munity work. The matter of the reorganization of the chamber of commerce was dis cussed to a very considerable extent and the hearty indorsement of those present was given to the efforts of the president, and the board of directors. The officers were instructed to budget the expenses of the chamber and the necessary finances for carry ing on the plans thereof and to ap-1 portion the same among the various | business interests of the city on a monthly payment plan and that the i membership committee be instructed | to solicit the support of all the busi nooc interests i j Turn to the Right. Among the important attractions that have been booked by Klaw and Erlanger for our city during the pres ent season, is that greatest of all New York comedy successes, "Turn to the Right." The company was held in New York until after the first flu epidemic and then left the metropolis in november for a tour of the larger New England cities. It will start west soon playing the larger Canad ian cities enroute to the Pacific coast, and will then make a hurried return in order to reach New York before May. Our city is specially for tunate in being included in the tour as we will have here identically the same cast and production down to the last peach tree, as made the play so great a success down east. That the farmers of Latah coun ty own much more than half of the taxable wealth of the county, and pay about one-fourth of all the taxes, is shown by the list of assessable prop erty in the county, now being com piled by the county auditor for the annual report which will be issued next month. This shows that Latah county had taxable property worth $19,906,982 in 1918, and that the farmers owned $10,722,622 of this amount. With a levy of 11.6 mills for county and state purposes the farmers will pay about $116,000 of the total of about $467,000 to be rais ed by taxation in the county, rate of 11.6 mills is for state and county. purposes and does not in clude school or road district taxes. Counting these the farmers of the county will pay close to one-half of the tax of the county, although they escape the higher taxes of the towns, villages and cities. Farm lands lead all other items in point of value, being placed at $8,276,318, to which is added grazing lands, owned by farmers, $610,966. Improvements on lands are valued at $637,463, making the grand total value of farm lands and improve ments in the county, $9,623,733. Horses are the next item in point of value, owned by the farmers, being assessed at $582,972, with cattle, val ued at $256,461, next in point of value. Farm implements are valued at $162, 265; mules at $22,180; sheep at $14,057; hogs at $32,867; other farm items listed total $109,415, making the grand total $10,722,622, as against $9,187,460 for all the other taxable property in the county. The other property includes rail roads, $$2,248,160; telegraph lines, $6,664; telephone lines, $27,790; elec tric lines, $237,296; private car com panies, $18,888; business and resi dence lots, $777,411; improvements thereon, $1,284,250; timber land, $2, 156,740; cut over and burned timber lands, $323,022; standing timber apart from the land, $301,310; mi The gratory livestock, owned outside the county but pastured within its bor ders, $20,996; improvements on gov ernment land and right of way, $24, 995; grist and flour mills, $13,600; lumber and saw logs, $759,816; saw and planing mills, $391,600; brick plants $10,500; furniture and fix tures, $62,065; warehouses and ele vators, $2,100; merchandise, $515, 646; libraries, tools and implements, $176,005; household goods, $341,315; bank stock, $199,193; miscellaneous, $81,998.—Total, $9,183,460. This is an increase over the as sessed valuation of all property in the county the previous year, of $104,627. Horses, sheep and hogs show a slight increase in value over the previous year, hogs showing nearly 50 per cent increase, while horses have in creased $104,328, or almost the total increase of all the property in the county. Two items that will probably cause comment are the flour and grist mills, valued at only $13,600 and elevators and warehouse of the entire county valued at only $2,100. There • are a number of warehouses at Gen esee, Moscow, Viola, Kendrick, Troy and Juliaetta, in addition to those on .the Washington, Idaho & Montana ^railroad with the score or more of .grain warehouses, valued at an av erage of less than $100 each (the total value of all elevators and ware houses being placed at but $2,100) will be a big surprise to tax payers of the county. There are two "cities" and five vil lages incorporated in Latah county, with a total taxable wealth of $3,024, • 224, of which Moscow has almost two ithirds, the taxable property in the city of Moscow being $1,940,124, on which a special levy of 20 mills is levied, and raises $28,802 in taxes. Genesee is the other "city" with tax able wealth of $273,309, and a city levy of 15 mills. The villages are Kendrick, Juliaetta and Troy, each with a 15 mills levy; Deary, with a levy of 11 mills and Bovill, with a levy of 20 mills. The population of Latah county is estimated at between 20,000 and 22, 000. In 1910 it was 18,818. Moscow, the largest town in the county, had 3,670 in habitants in 1910 and the population is now estimated at be tween 5,000 and 6,500. Potlatch is the second largest town in the coun ty but is not incorporated, the entire townsite and all the buildings being owned by the Potlatch Lumber com pany which has never incorporated the town and it has no city, village or town government. Incidentally it pays no village, town or city taxes, In round numbers the assessable wealth of the county is about $1000 for every man, woman and child in the county. As property is assessed at not to exceed one third of its cash value, the wealth of the county wall probably average close to $3,000 per capita. In the country districts the per capita wealth would be much greater and in the city or incorpor ated towns, is would be less. r Palace of Sweets Sold. W. F. My rick, recently from Grange ville, and E. C. Collins, who has just returned from the coast, have bought the Palace of Sweets from J. D. McIn tosh two years ago, since which time Mr. Myrlck formerly owned that place of business, but sold it to Mr. McIn tosh tow years ago. since which time he has been in business in Grange (ville. Mr. Collins was formerly inter ested in the hardware firm of Collins & Orland. The deal was made by C. H. Patton of the Metropolitan Realty company.