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VOLUME VIII MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY. IDAHO THURSDAY. APRIL 3, 1919 NUMBER 159 LEFT BANK OE RHINE TO PARIS.—The Council of Four has virtually decided, according to informa tion from French sources, that the left bank of the Rhine be neutralized until Germany has paid the indemnities fixed by the peace conference. It in understood the French and Belgian troops will hold this territory. German Troops Moving Toward Frankfort. COBLENZ.—(A.P.)—German troops opposite Coblenz and Bridgehead be gan moving early Thursday toward Frankfort, where the Spartacan revolt has been causing disorder. British Belief Committees to Follow American Troops. LONDON.—The situation in the Murmansk region of northern Russia is causing the British military authorities considerable anxiety. It is an nounced today that the British relief committees will follow immediately the American troops that are now enroute to North Russia. Acquire Mexican Oil Concessions. NEW YORK.-—The Shell oil interests have acquired control of the Mexi can Eagle Oil company limited, and the Lord Cowdray property, with oil concessions in five states of Mexico, according to a cable message received here today at the New York offices of the latter concern. Railroad Administration Refuses New Scale Steel Prices. WASHINGTON.—The government's entire policy in undertaking to re vise and stabilize prices through the industrial board of the department of commerce has been reopened as a result of the conference yesterday over the railroad administration's refusal to accept the new scale of steel prices which was arranged by the board. WASHINGTON.—Secretary Daniels who presided at the conference of the cabinet officers and heads of the government purchasing agencies with the industrial board, said today that Chairman Peek of the board acted without authority in amending the statement of result so- as to make it appear that only the dispute with the railroad administration had been recommitted. Deemed Inadvisable'' to Introduce Alien Bill. SACRAMENTO.—The rules committee of the state senate today presented a report recommending that Senator Irman's request to introduce a bill prohibiting Japanese from leasing agricultural lands in California be denied, "because it was deemed inadvisable." Baker Says Senator Chamberlain Was Not "Helpful." WASHINGTON.—Commenting on what he termed "a very intemperate speech" by Senator Chamberlain, retiring chairman of the senate military committee which was delivered at Natchez, Miss., last night, in connection with the Ansell-Crawder court martial controversy, Secretary Baker said today in his three years as secretary of war he was unable to recall a single instance in which he had received any helpful suggestion from Senator Chamberlain or one which seemed intended to be helpful. Revolt in Abyssinia. ADDIS ABA, Abyssinia, Wednesday.—The grandson of King Johannes the Second, who died in 1889, has revolted, and declared himself king under the name of Theodore. The government has sent punitive expedition to suppress the rebellion. Japanese Cannot Acquire Land in Lower California. MEXICO CITY, Wednesday.—(A.P.)—"In lower California there are vari ous foreign enterprises, among which one or two Japanese which have been given concessions for the exploitation of certain natural resources in vari ous places, but none of them have been permitted or will be permitted to acquire tracts of land, because the constitution prohibits this definitely," is the statement of General Amado Acquirre who is secretary of agriculture and development. Leonard Wood Mentioned in "Distinguished Service" List. WASHINGTON.—The list of officers who have been awarded distinguished service medals for exceptionally meritorious service during the war which is issued by the war department today, includes the names of Major Gen erals Leonard Wood, Hugh L. Scott and John L. Morrison. Mexicans Working to Reestablish Constitution of 1857. NEW YORK.—General Aurelio Blanquet, the Mexican minister of war during the administration of President Victoriano Huerta, and described as second in command to General Feliz Diaz, who was recently reported as having undertaken revolutionary movement against President Carranza, has arrived safely in Mexico "after a very dangerous trip," according to the statement here today by Roberto Gayon, his secretary. The purpose of Blanquet's return, Gayon said, is to reorganize the Diaz forces, overthrow the Carranza government and reestablish the constitution of 1867, which he says Carranza repudiated, and to revoke the alleged confiscatory de crees of the present government. PARIS.—All chances of the victor collecting big rep ious arations from Germany are steadily waning, as the financial commission ers persistently fail to agree on a sum and are drifting toward naming a commission to fix reparations after peace and mention no amount or specification in the treaty. It is be lieved that Germany will be made to turn over a couple of hundred mil lion dollars from - its gold reserve to the Belgians and French in the dev astated regions and then at the end of the year after peace the allied commission will investigate German revenue and recommend the hm Germany must pay. powers The defects of this system are fully realized, but it is also realized that, there is slight chance of the al lied and associated powers getting together soon on any concerted pro gram regarding indemnities, and in asmuch as the world is crying for peace the "big four" are practically agreed it is better to end the war and fix reparations afterward than let financial problems hold up peace. Can Not Enforce Annual Payments. It can not be denied that there will be practically no way of en forcing Germany to pay yearly rep aration bills after peace is signed, as It is understood that neither Eng ... _ ,, land, America or France would em-| bark on another bloody and costly war merely to obtain cash. Further-, bound to have a bad effect on money) markets everywhere and cause po Htical tension while the financial commision is deliberating and ree- 1 ommendlng a sum that should be paid However, it seems the only solution of the problem which has been insurmountable for many months, and it can not be denied that time is a factor in reaching an agree ment regarding the peace treaty. If this course is followed it will be the first peace treaty ever drawn _ up where indemnities or reparations are not specifically mentioned, as heretofore the exact amount to be levied always has been incorporated In the treaty,. Certain opinion here holds that with Germany arrogant and not ad mitting defeat and steadily drifting toward bolshevism it will be impos sible ever to collect any sums be yond such cash payments as Belgium and northern France obtain from the German gold reserve, part of which has been already placed In a Brus sels bank for the payment of food bills. Confer at Conipeigne Yesterday. Melchier and Max Warburg are among the German financiers at Pont Saint Maxence to meet Davis. Lament and other allied financial experts today regarding the pay ment for the food being shipped to Germany by the allies. Both Mel chier and Warburg will be members of the German peace delegation, and it is expected they will remain at Chateau Plessis Villette, where they are now housed, until the rest of the German delegation arrives to receive the peace treaty at Versailles. Allied and German financiers will meet at Compaigne today for the first confer ence. The "big four" yesterday discussed reparations questions further and also the Saar basin problem, which is expected to be settled within a few days following the principle that the coal mines will be awarded to France, but the Saar valley will re main German owing to the fact that Teutons predominate among the in . . . , _ _,, '™ ubles whi . ch " ay th^French"^^ th f m V nes ' le , av '^ the French pow er £ ss 'wort the properties ..^Albert expected to see Pres lden WlI ™ n today, but the appoint ment c ° uld aot be made Yesterday °™ '° both being extremely busy with other affairs, ficials stationed at Danzig have rec habitants. Danzig Problem Pending. Danzig is still unsettled, Marshal Foch Is expected to settle the matter at a conference at Spa with the German general, Von Hammerstein. Reports received in Paris from Dan zig indicate that the German popula tion Is much excited over the possible landing- of Polish troops there, and It is feared riots and bloodshed may en sue. It is understood the allied of but oramended against having troops disembark there, and state would be safer to use other ports where the feeling does not run high. With the settlement of three questions—reparations, the Saar basin and Danzig—the peace treaty will be ready for drafting and of three obstacles only the first two serious hindrances, as it is under stood the allies are ready to abandon shipping the Polish divisions there following General Pilsudski's latest requests that supplies and munitions are more needed than anything else. It is, therefore, 'physically possible that the peace treaty will be ready be submitted to the Germans by April 15th. Polish REV. W. H. BRIDGE WILL NOT LEAVE MOSCOW Rev. W. H. Bridge, 'rector"of St. Mark's church in this city, plans take a three months' vacation this summer, which he and his family will spend on a visit to Scotland. They plan to leave Moscow at the close the University commencement. In this connection Rev. Bridge desires to correct a wrong impression which ap pears to have gotten abroad among hi£ acquaintances, to the effect that he intends to leave Moscow perman ently. He has requested The Star Mirror to state that he has not inten tion of leaving his work here, and ex pects to return to it at the close of the vacation period, nottwithstanding he has received a most flattering offer from Edinburg, Scotland, to occupy the pulpit in one of the best churches in that city. MOSCOW BOY SCOOT RECEIVES ACE MEDAL CLYDE ANDERSON REWARDED FOR SERVICE SELLING GOV ERNMENT W. S- S. Second class scout Clyde Anderson was honored at troop meeting last evening by receiving from the United States Government an ace medal for service in selling war saving stamps during the war. The medal was pre sented on behalf of the government by W. F. Morgareidge, chairman of the Victory Loan and war stamp drives. Mr. Morgareidge gave a stir ring address to the troop regarding the highest duties of the youth of the nation, and presented the ace medal with the words, "I present to you, Clyde Anderson, the medal upon the behalf of the United States Govern ment, the greatest and best govern ment in the world, in recognition of your services to that government dur ing the greatest war in history." Scout Anderson has also received a Liberty Loan medal and a war stamp achievement button from the govern ment and is in line to receive three palms to be added to his ace medal. This is a record of scout achievement which, we believe has not been equal ed in this county, if in this part of Idaho. Lieutenant W. V. Halverson was an honored visitor at the meeting, and gave the troop some very fine thoughts on the proper use of the uni form, and upon the value of proper organization. He also spoke briefly regarding his war time experiences and promised to give them at length at another meeting. The troop will take an over-supper hike next Thursday evening. The first division will leave at five-thirty in charge of the scoutmaster. Those who cannot start at this time, will meet at headquarters with assistant scoutmaster Paul Emerson to leave at six-thirty. A paper chase will be arranged for each division. p -, HANDSOME DRUG STORE GUTTED —FIRE STARTED IN THE BASEMENT The big drug store of Chastain's In corporated at Lewiston, was swept by fire at an early hour this morning and at 3 o'clock the firemen had made little headway in controlling the flames. The fire .started in the base D[ ID Borrowing Daylight ( WILL you LOAN ME, AN \ HOUR ? •'■E PAV VOO 0/»(R - WITH INTEREST , IN OCTOBER- , I n w y / n # ; l / V/ n 7/ % :®s; v • Wl PI Vi 0 ; äi ****** ^ it so ment and broke out in a number of places in the retail store. Burning chemicals made the work of the fire men difficult and dangerous and at 3 o'clock no estimate of the loss could be made but frequent explosions and the flooding of the retail store and basement are expected to complete the destruction of the stock nad fix tures that escape the flames. The stock carried by Chastain's In corporated would range from $-10,000 to $50.000. Furnishings and equip ment would easily invoice $25,000 and the prescription files dating back for more than 25 years are of inestimable value. The insurance carried would not exceed $50,000. The cause of the fire is a mystery but it is now believed that a fire was smouldering in the basement of the building during the greater part of yesterday but was possibly in the fur nace room or adjoining the basement occu<ji&d by Chastain's for storage, photo development and ice cream making. Members of the selling force in the drug store noted the odor of burning materials several times yes terday and several examinations of the basement were made. The firm had recently made large expenditures in general improvements and had organized large stock for a special sale that was to begin this morning. The drug store has been generallj - recognized as one of the most complete and one of the finest in the west. m SOLDIERS-SAILORS PER ASSISTED BY CHAMBER COM MERCE COMMITTEE—MEET ING HELD TUESDAY P. M. The committee on Returning Sol diers and Sailors, of the Chamber of Commerce, consisting of R. E. Neidig, C. E. Boone, Dr. Boyd, Rev. Briggs and Capt. Felkner, held a meeting yesterday afternoon at the office of the secretary. The matter of assisting the sol diers and sailors in perfecting a tem porary organization has already been formed with Don Robbins as commander. Owing to the flue ban the boys have not been able to get together and perfect their organization. Now that the flu is on the wane they have decided to hold a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce lunch room, across the street from the Hotel Mos cow on Saturday next at 2 p. m. The boys are very nxious to get together and perfect an organization which will be of dvantage to them socially, financially and be a service to their community and country. R. E. Neidig, chairman of the com mittee, and also chairman of the Red Cross, in speaking of such an organi zation urged its formation saying: "It will be of great service to the vet rans in innumerable ways, especially it will be a means of expression of their wishes in community activities, socially and politically and will also be a means of providing ways and means by which the Red Cross, the Federal Insurance Bureau, Employ ment Services and like agencies can co-operate in rendering assistance to their members when neded." Mr. Neidig requests that all sol diers desiring information in refer ence to insurance, bonuses, and delay in allotments or compensation be re ferred to L. F. Parsons, who is assist ing the chairman of Home Service Section of the Red Cross in rendering assistance to the returning men. 4 > 4-4'4*4 i 4'4'4 , 4' > F4*4-4 , 4'4*4 < 4 > 4* TO THE PUBLIC ? -, * 4* * 4* There will be a special meet- 4* 4* ing of the Chamber of Commerce 4* 4* at its rooms opposite the Hotel 4* 4* Moscow at 8:00 p. m., Friday, 4* •F April 4th, for the purpose of dis- 4* ■F cussing the desirability of re- ■F •F questing the city council to adopt 4* 4* the city manager plan of city 4* ■F government. All persons inter- 4> 4- ested are requested to attend. 4* J. S. HECKATHORN, 4* President. 4" + 4 > 4 l 4 , 4 , 4 l + F4 + 4 , + F4'4'FF + ♦ B» Prof. Geo. Isaman of Clarkston, son-in-law of Mrs. D. Gerlough, visit ed a short time in Moscow yesterday on his way to attend the Inland Em pire teachers association in Spokane. Prof. Isaman teaches in the high school at Clarkston. ICITy MANAGER PUN TO BE i I ! J | HIGHWAY DISTRICT WILL ISSUE $170,000 BONDS At the election held yesterday the question of issuing $170,000 bonds for road improvement work in the Genesee Highway district the propo sition carried by a large majority, the vote against the bonds being almost negligible. The vote was 291 for and only 22 against the bonds. The dis trict is to be congratulated on this practically unanimous verdict for im provement. on The Washington ' men arrived in high spirits after an interesting race between the Orizaba and Liberator from St. Nazalre. The Liberator, with 23 officers and 1146 men of the 363d infantry. mostly from California, started from the French port nearly a week ahead of the Orizaba, which carried two battalions and head quarters of the 364th California, and the 348th machine gun battalion, headquarters, medical supply com pany and ordnance detachments of the 361st from Washington. The men on the Orizaba had little hope of catching their comrades from the west on the Liberator, but there was great rejoicing when the liberator was seen at quarantine, and the troops from the northwest had the laugh on the ones from California when the Ori zaba won the race to Hoboken as the two vessels steamed neck and neck up the bay. Mayor Rolph of San Francisco went down the bay to greet the troops from his city on the lab era tor INLAND EMPIRE MEN U NEW YORK .ARRIVE OVERSEAS IN HIGH SPIR ITS AFTER BATE BETWEEN TRANSPORTS NEW YORK.—Hundreds of soldiers from Washington. Oregon and Idaho arrived yesterday among detachments from overseas totaling more than 20, 000 troops .the largest number to ar rive in a single day since signing of the armistice. , ■ era tor General McDonald hi Command. In command of the Orizaba's troops was Brigadier General John B. Mc Donald, headquarters 181st brigade infantry, who was graduated from West Point 43 years ago, and is an old Indian campaigner, veteran of the Spanish-American war and Filipino insurrection in 1901. He has been ordered to take command of the army base at the Presidio, California. General McDonald was with the 91st all through its severe fighting and he was generous in his praise of the national army men from the north west. The officers of the division were just as loud in their praise of the brigade commander. General Mc Donald was awarded the distin guished service cross, the British dis tinguished service medal and the Bel gian war cross. The following Idaho men, members of the famous 91st, are among the ar rivals at New Yo rk : Lieut. Lawrence E. O'Neall. Lewis ton: Private William M. Frank, Wal lace. Captain Harold H. Burton, Boise City, Idaho, regimental adjutant of the 361st, reeelved the Belgian croix de guerre for his bravery in action during the time the division was at tached to the allied army of libera tion under King Albert of Belgium, He was met at the pier by his father, Alfred E. Burton, dean of the Massa chusetts Institute of Technology. PARIS.—I cabled a fortnight ago respecting Lloyd George's insistence upon heavy reparation for Britain and that the amount be fixed in the treaty terms. This still is the ira mediate sticking point in the peace There are other ques p ■ DELAY BLAMED ON PREMIER LLOYD GEORGE 1S REPORTED TO INSIST ON HEAVY REPARATION FOR GREAT BRITAIN (By Chas. H. Crasty) proceedings, tions of far greater magnitude, par ticularly the guarantees of security for France, but much responsiblity for the present delay rests on Lloyd George. He is said to be practically alone in the British delegation in pressing the reparation claim to such extremes. He is making it a personal matter and his position is the out growth of campaign promises in the parliamentary elections. Our ccrdial relations with the Brit ish are unaffected but the Americans are surprised at the tenacity with which the great premier holds to a comparatively petty po'nt in the face recent grave developments. They are getting an Inside view of English politics that is far from edifying. Mrs. E. J. Armbrusten Is ill, suffer ing with neuralgia at Gritman's hos pital. She is reported as resting eas today. President Heckathorn of the cham ber of commerce has called a special meeting of the chamber for 8 o'clock Friday evening at the chamber opposite the Hotel Moscow. rooms The suggestion made for a city manager that appeared in the Star Mirror several days ago has caused considerable discussion among the business men and it was deemed de sirable that a meeting be held and the sentiment of the people ascertained. The following men when approached on the subject said: R. Hodgins—-Been in favor of it for several years. Present methods of handling community business out of date. We now elect men to give munity interest attention without compensation and at a sacrifice of their time and individual interests. Then kick and abuse them for the rifices made. Hire a business and let him run the city on modem business basis and pay him for taking the kicks and abuse which are a nec essary evil in city government. C. J. Hugo—Under our present plan our city affairs are everybody's business, which means that they nobody's business. Get a manager. C. A. Hagan—The city manager plan appeals to me. We are about to expend several thousands dollars in the construction of a septic tank. I believe a than his two years' salary on this one J°b alone. Harry Whittier—These is not a business man in town who would at tempt to run his individual business along the lines provided for city gov ernment. Fred Veatch.—Favor giving the P lan a trial. This is a time of recon struction and reorganization. Every community is planning to forge for ward - Moscow, to hold her own, must get busy. A city manager paid for . wou '" be a great help in plac lnf g, T 0S wrïi* the front, , , Willis. Heartily in favor of th e plan. Present form of city gov ernment develops towns in spasms and spots- Community should be de jelopeo aaa w hole and looking to its future. 1 his can not be done under ou ^P^? seI l t P lan -. "• , • Morgareidge. City manager a PP ea h> to me. Every community is "? J 36 ed upon to do its pat notic duty to our returning men, com sac man are manager can save more meet their needs of employment, as sist in taking care of the afflicted and their dependents. A city manager would assist greatly jn having these matters given proper attention. M. P. Miller.—A councilman or mayor under the present form of gov ernment can not afford to give city affairs the necessary attention. The success of a city manager would de pend on the man—a good business man could save, a poor one lose. H. Melgard.—The city manager plan has been found a great success in towns of all sizes. -im OUALEY BOYS OP WOULD CARRY FI HU ARMS AND ANNOY NEIGHBORS—OTHER COURT NEWS Three of the elder children of Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Qualey. who reside in the Little Potlatch neighborhood, had 1 a hearing in the probate court yes ! terday, on the complaint of some of the neighbors. The boys during the t > ear past at different times have had altercations with some of the neigh bors '. and at some of these occasions abusive language would be used and a threatening attitude of physical en counter. A great number of the neigh bors were present at the hearing and the testimony disclosed that the boys would carry fire-arms, of which they had quite a collection, two revolvers and five or six rifles. The latest difficulty was with a j neighbor, named Hatten, who one day was throwing out squirrel poison in his field, when the boys approached him and told him not to put out any more poison. And one of the boys hit Mr. Hatten over the arm on which he carried his bucket of poison, so that the poison was spilled on the ground and the Qualey boys then demanded that he collect the poison, linquent and upon the promise exacted from them in the presence of all the witnesses, never to give cause for complaint again, they were permitted to go on parole. Violation of the terms of parole will send the boys to the industrial training school. A complaint charging battery has been filed in the probate court by Rose B. Nelson against Andrew Wil mot of Kendrick. The Inland Hide & Junk company has filed an action in the probate court against H. Cohen, alias John Cohen, asking for judgment in the sum of $285 with interest and costs. Plaintiffs allege that they sold the de fendant horses, wagon and harness for $200 and also loaned him money. A writ of attachment was issued in the Judge Nelson adjudged the boys de case. In the district court an action for di vorce has been filed by Bange Dyer against Stella Dyer, charging cruel and inhuman treatment . F Say,Young Fellow with "Doug' Fairbanks at Orpheum tonight.