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VOLUME VIII MOSCOW, LATAH COUNTY. IDAHO THURSDAY, APRIL 10. 1919 NUMBER 165 I The situation in Europe is still in a precarious condition and causes grave apprehension. President Wilson has ordered his ship, the George Wash tngton, to France at an early date and it is said he has virtually issued an ultimatum that unless European countries stop haggling over division of spoils and the acquisition of territory from concquered countries, he will return to the United States, call a special session of congress, make a sep arate peace with Germany and leave Europe to fight it out. This ulti matum has had a sobering effect and the allied representatives show a disposition to "get down to business." Reports today are more encouraging and show that President Wilson's firm stand is having a good effect. The stories brought from Europe by the cables today follow: Wilson's Methods Making Progress. WASHINGTON.—President Wilson is hammering ahead and has made good progress is his negotiations at Paris, according to advices received at the White House today, made but advices received seemed to cause considerable satisfaction in of ficial circles. It is not stated just what progress has been Calls Attention to Grave Danger. PARIS.—The supreme council today adopted a resolution calling attention of the associated governments to the extreme gravity and of the urgency present economic situation in Europe, an official announcement says. Violent Fighting in Hungary Reported. LONDON.—Violent fighting has occurred between the Hungarians and Czechs at Urgar, near the Moravian-Hungarian border, says a Central News dispatch from Amsterdam today. One hundred and fifty Hungarians were killed and the Czechs also had considerable losses. New Soviet Government Announced. IX)NDON.—Proclamation of a new soviet government in Salzburg, Ger man-Austria, is reported in an Amsterdam dispatch today to the Central News agency. Salzburg is near the Bavarian border. Germans Volunteer for Communist Army. LONDON.—Twelve hundred German Austrian volunteers for the Hungar ian Communist army have arrived at Budapest from Vienna, under the mand of Austrian Communist leaders Roth and Ziegel, an Exchange Tele graph company's dispatch from Budapest says. More Austrians are ex pected to join the general enlistment for the Hungarian red army which ■will commence Sunday. com German Troops Capture Essen. BERLIN, Wednesday.—(By Associated Press.)—Government troops reported to have entered Essen and occupied the Krupp plant, which, cording to previous reports, had been seized by the strikers. Russian and Bavarian Soviets Join Hands. are ac BERLIN , Wednesday.—(Associated Press.)—Diplomatic relations have been established between Russian and Bavarian soviet governments, cording to Zwelfeuhrblatt. • ac Citizens Strike Against Soviet Government. COPENHAGEN.—Kissingen dispatches report that citizens and officials of Wurzgurg, 30 miles southwest, have struck against the Bavarian soviet republic and the town is now in the hands of government troops. Heavy fighting against Spartacan forces occurred when the government troops stormed the royal palace and captured the railway station, but the fortress of Marienburg, across the river from Wurzburg, surrendered without op position. > DOMES FROM THE SECOND WARD REPORT OF TUESDAY EVENINGS CAUCUS IN THAT WARD IS GIVEN IN FULL Minutes of a meeting held in the West ward, city of Moscow, on April 8th, 1919, for the purpose of electing delegates to the convention to be held in the county court house on April 10th, 1919, whose duty it shall be the nomination of candidates for the various city offices to be voted on at the coming city election. Meeting called to order by Mr. Barge. A. B. Mclntire nominated for per manent chairman. Chris Hagan nominated for perma nent chairman. Mr. Hagan withdrawing his name, Mr. Mclntire was elected by acclama tion. Mr. Mclntire taking the chair nominations were asked for secretary with the following nominations: Mr. B. C. Rowe and Mr. W. G. Barge. Mr. Barge withdrawing and there be ing no further nominations Rowe was elected by acclamation. The nomination of candidates to act as delegates to the city convention to be held in the county court house April 10th, was then taken up and the following were the nominees, in the order named; Dr. Clarke, Chris Hagan, W. G. Barge, A. B. Mclntire, Prof. Vincent, Ray Carter, L. E. Brooks, J. Pierce, Chas. Summerfield, Burton C. Rowe, W. A. Van Tilborg, Dr. Leitch, W. D. Roth, G. C. Hallam. Moved by Van Tilborg and sec onded by Brooks the nominations be closed, there being no remarks the motion carried. Moved by Barge, seconded by Roth "that the nominees be declared dele gates to the nominating convention to be held at the county court house on April 10th, next and that the sec retary cast the ballot." There being no remarks the motion carried. The secretary then taking the floor declared the nominees as named to be the duly elected delegates to the nom inating convention to be held at the county court house on April 10th, 1919, as representatives of the West ward in the city of Moscow, in an swer to the mayor's call. Moved that we proceed to select councilmen for the West ward to be recommended for nomination at the convention. Remarks were made on the above by several and after a second the motion carried. Mr. Geo. Richardson and Mr. W. H. Connor the present members were nominated to be the first choice and after remarks by several present, there being no further nominations, Mr. Richardson and Mr. Connor were duly elected. Nominations were then asked for second choice, Mr. J. R. Collins re ceiving the nomination; there being no other nominations Mr. Collins was duly elected. Remarks were then made by At torney G. G. Pickett on the business managers form of government for the city of Moscow, and having the mayor and councilmen place the matter be fore the people of the city by ballot at the coming city election. After remarks by several present the following motion was made by Hagan, "that the sense of this meet ing be that the mayor and council submit the question of business man ager to the vote of the people at the coming cit ond there the motion carried. Moved that the names of the elected delegates be certified to by the secre tary and chairman to the secretary y election." After a sec being no further remarks of the nominating convention. Mo tion carried. Motion to adjourn carried. We hereby certify the names of the nominees as delegates from the West ward as mentioned in these minutes are correct to the best of our know ledge and belief. A. B. McINTIRE, Chairman. Burton C. Rowe, Secretary. P ■ SUNDAY SCHOOL LATAH COUNTY CONVENTION WILL OPEN IN CHRISTIAN CHURCH TOMORROW The annual convention of the Latah County Sunday Schools will open in the Christian church at 10 o'clock to morrow (Friday) morning and there will be three sessions, at 10, 2, and 8 o'clock. Many delegates are ex pected to be here from every Sunday school in the county. The associa tion embraces all of the Sunday schools of the Protestant churches. A large attendance is expected. The sessions will be open to Moscow peo ple regardless of whether they are delegates. It is desired to have Mos cow homes thrown open for the en tertainment of the visitors. E. C. Knapp, of Spokane, Jhead of Sunday school work for all of the In land Empire, will be here and will assist in the work. Mr. Knapp is an enthusiastic worker and a charming speaker and his talks will be full of interest. The detailed program has not yet been worked out, but the first thing will be the opening address by Rev. J. Quincy Biggs, of the Christian church, and a bible study discussion. Dean J. G. Eldridge is president ând Mrs. A. J. Darr is secretary of the Latah county association. -Hi Ross Davis of the navy has been visiting his cousins in Moscow, Mrs. Hamlett and Miss Nellie Reed.. Mr. Davis in three years of service has made 12 trips to France. GZECHO-SOLVflKIA HAS SUFFERED MUCH NEW REPUBLIC. IN TERRIBLE STRAITS WHEN UNITED STATES SENT RELIEF PARIS.—(Correspondency of The American Press.)—Utter misery, starvation and despair prevailed in the new republic of Czecho-Slovakia before the allied governments began to ship food supplies to that coun try in the latter part of February. It is not known here whether this situation has been relieved to any large extent but large shipments of flour, milk and other supplies have since been forwarded to Prague and additional foodstuffs were inTrest awaiting transportation to the Czecho-Slovaks. An appeal by Dr. Alice G. Mazaryk, daughter of President Masaryk, and head of the Czecho-Slovak Red Cross, written on February 20, pictures the conditions in her country as a ter rible American, British and f rible one. American, British and French authorities are endeavoring to respond. , It is stated that, unless help arriv ed quickly, amillion children under six years old were doomed to die; that 2,000,000 children up to 14 years were weak from underfeeding and that the mortality among the old and feeble was appahng. Separated from the alied territories on three sides by Germany and Aus tria, the Czecho-Slovak republic was, even before it's birth, ruthlessly and systematically denuded by the Aus trians of all foodstuffs and supplies. When hostilities * were suspended, there was in Czecho-Slovakia no corn, meat, dlothing or medidines. The scanty weekly ration of a pound of flour to each person in Prague, the capital, ceased on February 20. Two thirds of the cattle and pigs of the country already have been slaughter ed and the lack of fat is extreme. The supply of milk was only one-thir tieth of normal. More than 80 per SIBERIA WANT TO COME ROME Almost a revolt of American soldiers in Siberia is reported in today's press dispatches. The soldiers who enlisted to fight Germany are discon tented with conditions in northern Russia and demand that they be returned to their homes. This feeling is augmented and heightened by certain politi cal agencies in congress who have been trying to stir up dissatisfaction because the soldiers are kept in northern Russia. The cables bring the fol lowing stories of the disturbed conditions where our boys are fighting Bol sheviki in northern Russia; Near Mutiny of Soldiers Reported. ARCHANGEL, Wednesday.—(By Associated Press.)—A company of Am erican troops recently showed some hesitation in returning to the fighting front south of Archangel, after declaring they entered the war to fight Germany and we are not at war with the Bolsheviki. The regimental com mander, in a speech, said they are fighting a desperate defensive battle and appealed to them to stick it out. The company then left for the front. Official Report Same as Associated Press. WASHINGTON.—The official report to the war department of the dis content among American troops in northern Russia, is understood to con tain about the same facts as given by the Associated Press dispatches. It is said there is nothing to show that the American officers at Archangel regard the situation as serious. Advocate Bringing the American Boys Home. ARCHANGEL.—In view of the situation developed among the American troops at Archangel, official circles are impressed with the necessity of promptly relieving the American soldiers in northern Russia. The soldiers have interpreted the Washington statement that they will be relieved at the earliest moment, to mean not later than June 1. California Again Baiting Japan. SACRAMENTO.—A decision to not press to an immediate vote the re port of the senate rules committee denying him permission to introduce a bill preventing Japanese leasing agricultural lands in California, was reach ed by Senator Inman in the midst of debate on his demand for a record vote, following the reading of a cablegram from Secretary Lansing say Tn view of the present situation in international affairs at Paris it ing; would be extremely unfortunate to have bills of this kind introduced and pressed at present." Rioting in Korea Continues. PEKING.—(By Associated Press.)—Over 20 Korean demonstrations oc curred in the vicinity of Soul on March 27, according to the Korean Daily News, copies of which have arrived here. The paper said the Japanese soldiers had attacked the crowds with guns, swords and bayonets and many Koreans had been killed. 0 The Three Ages of Man Hpiil —— ^-QOÖLlCEHse 1 8 *prb, QCEffl flijcH I 7 X ■ ' . MUCH ?j i 1 bl 0 , y j a ? I I I 1 I SlIiÄj Bag ggflggt» cent of the babies of Prague were rachitic, More than half of the patients in the children's hospital died of consump tion. consumptive. anaemic or In the mining districts the position as reported here, is still worse. At Kladno, 116 of the 166 babies born in 1918 died of consumption. Births throughout the country have decreas ed one-half and deaths have increased 50 per cent. Almshouses, rqaternity hospitals and other charitable institutions can no longer feed their inmates. Nine teen percent of the infants under one year in Pilsen, the formerly flourish ing city of breweries, and arsenal workers died last year from lack nutrition. Prices of household com modities have risen 700 to 800 per cent while wages have increased 200 to 300 percent. Clothing costs ten times more than formerly and sewing Cotton is 100 times dearer than be fore the war. These reports show that Professor Thomas G. Masaryk, the first president of the new Czecho slovak republnc, who went from New York last winter to assume his duties, faces a herculean task. Writing to Lady Murial Paget on February 19, the president's daughter told/ her, "father said he hoped you would come. Do come and help us." Lady Paget has obtained from the French government, 10 trucks which the American Red Cross has filled with medical supplies for the Czecho slovaks, and plans to take to Bohemia 20 tons of rice. Recent information however, states that freight traffic to Bohemia is disorganized and the fear is expressed that the Austrian threat, "if we are to lose Bohemia, we shall ose her as a corpse," may be come a terrible reality. pa J MOSCOW COUPLE UNITED IN MARRIAGE AT COLFAX Word has been received that Will Nolan and Bessie Strohm were mar ried Saturday at -Colfax. These are Moscow young people. Miss Strohm being the daughter of L. Strohm, south of Moscow and Will Nolan, the son of James Nolan of Moscow. Mr. and Mrs. Nolan will make their home near Farmington, where Mr. Nolan has rented a farm belonging to his fa ther. j | FINANCIAL CONDITION OF Frank Gale, whose boyhood was spent in and near Moscow, returned today after an absence of three years, half of which was spent in the avia of)tion service and 13 months of this FRANK GALE, SOLDIER, RETURNS TO MOSCOW He was with the first in France. American aviation department to en ter the great war and the last one to quit, being in the midst of the fight ing when the armistice was signed on November 11. show that he was with the American His discharge papers forces at the front in the Toul sector, May 31 to June 10, 1918; in the Cham pagne campaign, July 15 to 18; in the Aisne-Marne offensive. July 18 to Au gust 6; on the Alsnie-Ooise front, Au gust 18 to 30: in the St. Mihlel sec tor, September 12 to 16, when the great offensive was on; at Verdun. Septem ber 29 to October 10, and in the Meuse Argonne battles from October 15 to November 11, the date of the armis tice. "We were the first aviation corps in and the last one out," said Mr. Gale, who declares that in 40,000 miles of travel since leaving Moscow three years ago he saw no country that looked as good to him as "the good old Palouse." He will be here several days and may decide to return to Moscow "for keeps." GERMAN OFFICER HIDES IN JUNGLE RÖMANTIC STORY FROM AUS TRALIA TELLS OF NOVEL EXPERIENCE OF DESERTER SIDNEY, Australia.—(Correspon dence of th(e Associated Press.)— Konrad Detzler, a German army engi neer who had been hiding in the New Guinea jungle four years or since the beginning of the war has come back to civilization and now is in an intern ment camp in Australia. Detzler's story is on a par with other romantic incidents of the war as it affected the South Sea. Detzler holds a captain's commis sion. When the war began he was surveying the boundary line between the then Kaiser Wilhelmland or Ger man New Guinea, and Papua, or Brit ish New Guniea. He decamped into the bush. This was a risky act, for the bushmen prefer human flesh above all other kinds. When an Aus tralian force occupied Kaiser Wil helmland, Detzler was overlooked. For more than four years Detzler lived in the bush near Mismis. He had a shotgun but it was not long be fore he ran out of cartridges. There after he lived on yams, tare and kau (a variety of sweet potato) incommon with the natives, and upon birds and animals which he caught by means of snares. Several times the Australians searched for him but Detzler man aged to alude them. He might have stayed indefinitely in the jungle, but missionaries told the Papuans of the armistice and they in turn told him. Thereupon he surrendered to thenear est Australian officer. While living throughout the war at Mismis, Deta ler wore only a lava lava (native kilt.) The result is that he is almost as brown as a Papuan. He now wears a German uniform. *1 SHIP YARDS OF GREAT LAKES BUSY ENORMOUS NUMBER OF SHIPS TURNED OUT AND MANY .. CONTRACTS FOR YEAR CLEVELAND, Ohio.—The ship yards of the Great Lakes have been steadily turning out steamers for the Emergence Fleet Corporation during the mild winter and when the canals between Lake Eria and Montreal open soon after April 15, there will be a rush of down-bound vessels. Orders call for the delivery of more than 260 steamers in 1919. It is esti mated that 100 vessels building for salt water service wil be ready to leave for the coast whe navigation opens. The American Shipbuilding Com pany, with several yards on the lakes, has orders for 111 steamers, 45 of which wil be ready to sail at the open ing. The boats are being turned out at Suqerior, South Chicago, Detroit, Lorain,Cleveland and Buffalo. Contracts for 44 steamers, many of which wil be ready soon, are held by the Great Lakes Engineering Works. Saginaw and Manïtowac alslo wjll have a number of vessels ready when navigation opens. It will be late in the season before all the shipyards finish their con T tracts with the Emergency Fleet Cor poration. Yards at Toledo, Duluth Two Farms Sold. Two land deals are reported this week in Latah county. W. B. Ken nedy of Big Bear Ridge sold to Axel Pearson, 160 acres for $10,500. L. M. Kerns, in the northern part of the county, sold 160 acres on the Palouse river to John Lee Wheeler for $12, 400. City Clerk J. R. Strong has given out a statement showing the financial condition of the city of Moscow, which will be of interest to the voters and tax-payers at this time, when an elec tion is about to be held. The state ment is made at the reqest of a num ber of tax papers who want to know how the city stands and there having been no report published for many months, the voters felt that they are entitled to know the city's condition before the next election. Strong's statement follows: Moscow, Idaho, April 10, 1919. Editor, Star-Mirror: A rumor seems to have gained cur rency that Moscow is in a very bad way financially, that a considerable amount of city warrants are out standing upon which interest is be ing paid, that no provisions have been made for paying the municipal bonds Judge when they become due, that reckless expenditures were being made, that the remedy for all these complica tions would be cured by a change of system . Just how a proper diagnosis could be made of the case without as much as feeling the patient's pulse is not obvious, but in order to correct some of the erroneous statements which are being circulated, the writer would like to submit a little Moscow history as to its financial affairs. At the beginning of the B. T. Byrns' administration the first Tues day in May, 1909, the bonded indebt edness of the city of Moscow was $64,000, of which $66,000 was due. No provisions having been made for the payment of these obligations, it became necessary tç içfund the same which was done, at a reduced rate of interest, to run 20 years with a 10. year privilege. In 1914 a sinking fund was included in the annual appropria tion and a levy made for the purpose of paying off and retiring said bonds. The fund at this time amounts to $21,008.27 and in Nov., 1920, at which time, 10 years will have expired, and approximately one-half of the re funded issue may be called and re tired. < There was also at the beginning of said administration a warrant in debtedness amounting in round num bers to the sum of $27,000. This has long since been paid, more than one half of it being taken care of dur ing the first sixteen months • of the Byrns' administration. At the present time, there is no warrant indebtedness and the treas ury shows balances in the several funds as follows: Salary fund . Water fund . General fund . Cemetery fund . Light fund . Library fund . Contingent fund . Warrant redemption fund. . Sinking fund .. Street and bridge . ..,.... Interest . Fire . Park . School fund . $ 47.88 • 16,676.05 11,289.64 1,122.30 78.16 489.54 166.68 992.47 21,008.27 78.01 4,386.24 761.15 359.20 120.00 Total $57,574.69 From the above table it would ap pear that the city finances are in a pretty healthy condition, and that each succeeding administration since and including that of Mr. Byrns, have been and have no carefully considered the needs of the city, and in anticipation have been providing for future emergencies. Respectfully submitted, J. R. STRONG, City Clerk. — pa PROF. PH, SOULEN ON HIGH SCHOOLS HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCA TION TOURS NORTH IDAHO AND MAKES REPORT "High school in the northern part of the state are planning to graduate their seniors in May and June despite the fact that the flu epidemic closed all schools nearly two months last fall." This is the report of Prof. Ph. Soulen, who has returned from an inspection tour of several high schools. Professor Soulen adds that already there is a reaction showing itself, oc casioned by the exodus of men teach ers from public schools. This reac tion is noticeable in the repeated de mand for men teachers and the very substantial increase in salaries paid to them. In speaking of four high schools which he visited, Professor Soulen said: "There were only four men teachers in these schools, not includ ing superintendents." In connection with this phase of the Idaho school problem. Professor Soul en said that recently his office had received two letters of inquiry from school boards of high schools in Mon tana asking for teachers. One high school wants four teachers and offers salaries ranging from $1200 to $1800 a year. On Wednesday of last week Prof. Soulen discussed the subject of the "Hight School Curriculum" before the students and teaching bodies of St Maries' high school. Thrusday after noon he met with the trustees and talked on the matters of finance and school organization.