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The Daily Star-Mirror
What is believed to be a further attempt to carry out the "May Day Bomb
Plot" in which more than a score of deadly bombs were mailed at New York
to prominent men who had incurred the wrath of bolshevlsts, anarchists and
I. W., was made last night. Two lives were lost, but none of those for
wh«p the bombs were intended were injured. It is believed one of the
anarchists was killed by the premature explosion of the bomb he was carry
ing and a watchman in a New York building was killed. The attempts were
made in 10 widely scattered cities. The home of A. Mitchell Palmer, United
States attorney general, was badly wrecked but none of the occupants were
After the Anarchists Today.
WASHINGTON.—(By the Associated Pres..)—Department of justice
agents and police throughout the country are today hunting an organized
band of anarchists who iast night launched what they called an attempt to
overthrow the government by assassination, with high explosives, govern
ment officials and prominent men opposed to the spread of organized law
Explosions occurred in Washington, Pittsburgh. Cleveland, Newtonville,
Mass., Boston, Philadelphia, Paterson, N. J., and New York.
None of the men for whom the bombs were intended were hurt, but
watchman in New York was killed and several persons injured and buildings
wrecked and in Washington one of the plotters was himself blown to pieces
by the infernal machine intended for Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer,
which exploded prematurely. The dead anarchist's head was found on the
roof of a house over a block from the scene of the explosion. His body was
blown into atoms.
Believe Anarchist Identified.
The police inspectors, early today, believed they had identified the man.
blown to pieces last night in an effort to kill Attorney General A. Mitchell
Palmer, with a bomb, as an anarchist from Philadelphia. It is also said they
are confident a nation-wide plot against the lives of government officials,
and prominent business men had been laid in that city. The full list of cities
in which explosions occurred are New York, Washington, Cleveland, Pitts
burgh. two in Philadelphia, two in Boston, Paterson, N. J„ and Newtonville,
16,000 PERSONS
The following very interesting let
ter by Hon. Burton L. French of Mos
cow. describing his return to Amer
ica on the former German ship, the
"Vaterland" now the American trans
port, Leviathan, has just been re
ceived. Mr. French had started to
write it when called west to speak for
the Victory loan and did not get it
finished until he returned to Wash
ington. It is full of interesting facts
about our soldier boys on board ship.
The letter follows;
On board the Leviathan, app reach
ing New York, April 26, 1919.
To the Editor, The Star-Mirror:
This letter will bring to a close the
series of letters that I have written
you since I left New York on March.
15th for the war zone and my one
regret is that I have not been able
to indicate more clearly the conditions
that I have seen so that those condi
tions will vividly appear to the read
AVe left Brest, France, for home on
Friday, one week ago. Our ship is
carrying home more than 12,000 of our
solider boys made up chiefly of the
Rainbow Division, and there are some
thing like 40 Idaho boys on board.
The soldiers together with the crew
of the ship and a limited number of
passengers bring the total on board up
to approximately' 16.000 people.
spite of the mammoth proportions of
the Leviathan, the ship is crowded
but everybody is happy. They are go
ing home and crowded as they may be,
our soldier boys are about the happl-!
est group of people one could wish
to fia(J
Something Doing Every Minute.
Aside from the time they spend in
their bunks, our boys are on deck, and
now it is a wrestling match that en
gages their attention now a couple
of boys are the center of a circle- and
bv the boxing gloves are determining
w'hich one Is master; now an Idaho
boy from Idaho county is tbe centdr
of a group, as with a rope he demon
strates his abilitv to lasso anybody
or anything in sight and perform
such stunts as are perfectly familiar
to the cowboy and that are the result
of shears of training; and now again
the boys are lined up with their tin
plates, tin cups, and knives and forks.
and are marching to the "eats" that
are very good and yet that will in no
way compare with the good things
that the mothers will set before them
when they return home.
The Pathetic Side.
In the shell-shock ward, there are
80 soldier boys. My heart goes out
to these poor fellows who have given
more even than life itself in many in
stances, for some of them maybe will
be forever bereft of that reason that
alone makes life.
In the tuberculosis ward, there are
150 soldier hoys,—boys who went
away from home in perfect health end
yet who must bear this blight during
the rest of their lives. One poor bey
from Wallace is in this ward.
Again, we see the large number of
boys who have lost an arm or leg
or who are otherwise injured and
who with crutches or canes with dif
ficulty move about the decks.
• All these things suggest the enorm
sacrifice that our young soldiers
called upon to make for their
Our Soldier Dead.
More than 50,000 American boys
were killed in battle or died of wounds.
Another 50,000 died of disease; and
many of these latter in Europe. All
of those who died of wounds and many
of those who were victims of dis
ease are buried in foreign graves.
Shall their bodies be brought home?
That is the question that is being ask
ed me in letters and by many people
whom I meet. In brief, let me say
that it will be the policy of our gov
ernment to bring home the bodies of
our dead to the extent that the rel
atives of those who have fallen de
sire that the bodies be returned home
for burial.
The graves are being marked with
greatest care, charts and records are
benig faithfully kept in Europe. In
Chaumont, I checked up on this ques
tion and General Moseley assured me
that he was confident that the rec
ords and the marking of the graves
were so carefully done that practical
ly every soldier would be accounted
for. I believe that this is true.
Will our people desire that our sol
dier dead be returned?
them will. On the othre hand, others
will prefer to follow the lead of Col
onel Roosevelt who, when the great
sacrifice was asked of him by the
Many of
I g>vmg up of his son advised the war
department that he believed the tree
should lie where it fell" and so his
! f on will make sacred forever a grajve
in France.
It may be interesting tor me to say
that already cemeteries are being
planned for the American dead in
Prance and in other countries where
our soldiers fought, and it is my judg
ment that the nations in whoso soil
our dead lie will take the same pride
in caring for the cemeteries, of our
dead that we take in honoring the
memory of soldiers of foreign coun
tries who in the great war of the Rev
olution came to our shores and sacri
ficed their lives.
,. ....
A Moating Mine
is hard to have a thrill after the
cause for the thrill has entirely passed
'away. As we entered New Aork we
were advised for the first t.me that on
Tuesday last, we had a narrow escape
from one of the floating mines that
had found its way into the regular
trail of ships across the Atlantic,
The Leviathan was notified of the
Boating mine by wireless by a ship
that had passed it the day before. The
course of our ship was changed some
what but in spite of this tact as for
tune would have it, our ships course
was precisely in line with the mine
when suddenly Commander Cunning
ham. was on watch with numerous
other officers and members of the
ship's crew, noticed it and was able
to give the signal that turned the
course of our ship suddenly and help
ed us to pass by in safety,
It is not even wise to shoot a float
ing mine unless it m at considerable
distance from the ship. Again with
the sixteen thousand people on board
and with eighty shell-shock victims,
I 1 was out of the question for t m
Leviathan to attempt to have a little
sport, so that ship s officers showed
that they could keep a secret by omit
ting to let the passengers indulge
themselves In a thrill until we were
fast approaching our own shores,
Could Not See All Idaho Soldiers,
One of the deep degrets of Repre
sentative Smith and myself is that we
could not have seen all of our Idaho
boys who were in Europe,
hard to see as many of them as possi
hie and at every stopping place would
work out lists of Idaho groups so far
as the records would indicate. We
also took with us memoranda showing
the location of as many of our sol
diers as possible,
We were so persistent in hunting
out Idahd boys that we were "kidded"
by our colleagues on the trip who
wanted to know if we thought that
one but Idaho soldiers were in Eu
rope, and if the Idaho boys had alone
won the war. We came back at both
propositions by the assurance that we
could readily be convinced of either
We tried
That the Bolsheviki have lost Petrograd, the former Russian capital,
the first ii/portant place taken by Trotzky and Lenine and their followers,
the cheering news that comes today and shows the continued decreases of
holshevist influence in poor old Russia.
Sweden and Denmark both refuse to assist in the blockade of Germany
in case she refuses to sign the peace terms, but point out that their help
is not necessary to make the blockade effective.
It is reported that the council of four are seriously considering two
changes to be made in the terms given to Germany but nothing official
given out today.
Say Petrograd Has Been Captured.
COPENHAGEN.—(By the Associated Press.)—Esthonian and Finnish
troops have taken Petrograd, according to an unconfirmed telegram from
Vardoe to the National Titende.
Make Two Changes in Peace Terms.
PARIS.—Two changes in the German peace terms, one territorial, and
the other financial, are being considered by the council of four, it became
known today.
Refuse to Boycott Germany.
PARIS.—Sweden and Denmark have notified the conference they will
not join a blockade of Germany in the event that Germany refuses to sign
the peace treaty. They state the blockade can be made effective without
them violating their neutrality.
Senator Lodge Springs New Charge Again Wilson.
WASHINGTON.—Senator Lodge, chairman of the foreign relations com
mittee. told the senate today he has seen in the hands of New York busings
interests a^ copy of the treaty with Germany, which had been given out by the
American representatives at Paris but withheld by the state department from
the senate.
and that the records would show that
our boys were in Europe and that
they were on every battle front, that
they were where the fighting was the
thickest, that they gave their share
in dead and wounded, that they match
ed the bravest in bravery, that in
fact they had a part and a great part
in winning the world war.
Yet in spite of everything we could
do, we were compelled to leave with
out seeing all our boys. We were a
group of eleven members of congress
and we were acting on a program that
had been worked out and that we had
to keep with fair fidelity. Time and
again we would be disappointed in
reaching a place to find that our boys
had been shifted to a place through
which we had just passed, and again,
we would receive letters from boys
from places that we had visited won
dering why we could not have seen
them, when if we had only known, or
if the records had been more satisfac
torily arranged, or had we known ev
en more of the geography of the coun
try, we could have arranged to see
As it was, we did see Idaho boys
everywhere in the regions of Brest,
Tours, Gievres,
Le Mans,
Chaumont, Treves, Coblenz, London,
and other places and our deep regret
raised is the announcement'
The senate committee today
That railroad freight rates must again be
of Director General Hines to congress today,
went on record as favoring the immediate return' of the telephone systems
to the owners and to continue the existing rates for 60 days.
The senate also went on record as in favor of immediately restoring
the power to make freight and passenger rates to the interstate commerce
Want Telephones Returned.
WASHINGTON.—A favorable report on the bill of Senator Kellogg, re
publican, of Minnesota, for the immediate return of the telephone and tele
graph systems to private ownership, was ordered today by the senate inter
committee after the measure had been amended to continue
state commerce
existing telephone rates for 6U days after final action by congress,
committee's report was unanimous.
Want Rate Making Power Restored.
-(By the Associated Press.)—The senate interstate com
merce committee by unanimous vote today ordered favorably lepoited tiie
bill by Chairman Cummings restoring immediately the interstate commerce
AVASHINGTÖN. —"Only by increased rates can government controlled
railroads meet operating expenses," Director General Hines told the house
He said he is opposed to any increase now,
commission's rate -making powers.
Wants to Raise Railroad Rates Again.
appropriations committee today.
however because it might advance the cost of necessities of life.

Waiting at the ( Church) Station

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is that we could not have seen all our
soldier boys so that we could have
greeted them personally and told
them how proud we are of their rec
ord and at least have received from
them further facts touching the life
that has been theirs while in uniform.
As One Sailor Sees His Duty.
On shipboard, Mr. Smith and I got
acquainted with all the Idaho boys
we could meet and among them was
a boy from near St. Maries, whom
cannot fail to mention. All our boys
want to go home and this young man
was no exception, but he said to me,
"Much as I want to go back to Ida
ho, I shall not ask to go. I volunteer
ed for service and was assigned to the
navy and as I look around on this
ship and see. 12,000 soldiers returning
who have seen harder work than
as I see 80 shell-shocked victims, as
1 see 150 boys in the tuberculosis
ward, as I see the many wounded and
many going around on their crutches,
and realize the many thousands who
were killed, I feel that I have done
nothing for I have escaped unharm
ed." And said this young man, "I
propose to remain in the service un
til the last boy shall be brought
I was proud of this young man and
his name is Norman O'Donnell of St,
Maries, Idaho.
Approach to New York.
We are now approaching New York
harbor. A little while ago. we saw
to our left what looked like a bank
of clouds lying on the horizon. Our
boys acclaimed it as laud and sure
enough it was. It was the coast of
New Jersey, and then on our right
was Long Island, and then as' we
drew near, the Statue of Liberty, then
the tall buildings of New York. "There
she is!" "There's little old New York."
"Oh. you Goddess!" "She looks mighty
good to me." "Well, in another week,
I'll be home." These were the re
marks, and then the boys would
cheer and then they would sing, and
then bands would play. Baggage of
all kinds was brought on deck and
everybody was rigid and tense and
filled with expectation.
Then the story went around that the
boys were to be kept on ship until
the next day; then they were told
that their friends who had come to
New York to see them would not be
permitted on the ship. Then again,
it was being noised about that the
Rainbow Division would make a tour
of 36 states before being discharged
and parade in all the big cities, I
suppose there was little basis for
these stories and where they originat
ed I never could find out, but they
and others like them, and then their
refutation would alternately bring sad
ness and joy to the thousands of boys
who wanted nothing quite so badly
in this world as to be home.
Then as we approached the harbor,
we became part of a great fleet of
ships, some of them entering New
York, some of them leaving, some of
them bound for Europe, some for Bos
ton on the north, or for a southern
port, and all of them glad to salute
the ship that was bringing home our
soldier boys, or rather, I should say,
salute the boys themselves.
We passed slowly through the outer
harbor. The people on the ships we
met saluted our boys, cheered them,
and received chers in response, bands
and received cheers in response, bands
temporaneous program in which eve
rybody joined and,—yet not everybody.
Here by me was a soldier whose father
and mother had both died since he
entered the service; hqre was an
other boys whose young wife had been
the one to go and not he who had
taken all the risks of awful warfare,
and still others whose heart stories I
were to return were compelled to
face a sorrow that meant so much.
And then we approached the har
bor of New York that is really the
Hudson river. Here was the tall
Woolworth building on the right: here
was the Battery and its entire length
was given over to a tremendous
crowd, it seemed, of people who pos-1
sibly individually had no interest and j
yet who spontaneously were cheering (
and waving at our boys who respond
ed with the same good will.
It was a sight altogether that I
shall never forget. River and harbor
craft of all kinds were whistling, or
had bands playing, and people every
where were extending such a welcome
to oui' boys as 1 never before had
seen. I am glad I saw this part of our
trip and the welcome that was extend
ed to our soldier boys then is the
same welcome that exists in the hearts
of all our people.
Yours very truly.
WINNIPEG.—Strike sympathizers
who have made three parades to the
provincaal parliament since Friday
j and who yesterday announced a sim
| Rar demonstration for today, changed
I theirminds shortly before noon. A
I small parade proceeded to Victoria :
park for a mass meeting and several 1
leaders went to parliament for a per- I
sonal interview with Premier Morris, j
Vancouver Falls Down
VANCOUVER, B. C.—Although a i
general strike was called for 11 a. m. ]
today, at noon it is reported the only
workers on strike were the seamen
of the British Columbia coastwise
vessels, workers in five shipyards and
union longshoremen and employes of
the Northern iron works.
Police Reject Offer
WINNEPEG,—At a mass meeting
this morning the policemen's union
unanimously voted not to sign the
modified terms contained in the ulti
matum presented by the police com
mission providing police must not par
ticipate in a sympathetic strike. A
resolution was passed to support the
constituted authority at all times in
maintaining law and order.
Alis* Lyla Harsh of the Gamma Phi
Betas, gave a week end party at her
home in Deary to the Marguerite
Yingst, Elenor Ferris, Bernice Hard
ing and Nellie Cornelius. The young
ladies entertained are students from
southern Idaho at the university, and
while in Deary had the novelty of vis
iting Mr. Harsh's logging camp and
enjoying a real "lumber-jack dinner.
The greatest convention of live
wires ever held in north Idaho will
open here tomorrow when the cham
bers of commerce of the leading towns
of the 10 northern Idaho counties
meet here in annual convention. Mos
cow was selected as the place for
holding this big convention owing to
its central location, splendid hotel
accommodations and the fact that the
University of Idaho is here. It is up
to the citizens of Moscow to take
care of the hundreds of visitors who
will be the city's guests for two days.
The chamber of commerce today took
action to care for the visitors and will
make a house to house canvass for
rooms, if it is found necessary.
The guests will begin to arrive this
evCTiing. Those from Boise and other
south Idaho points will reach Mos
cow at 5. o'clock. Others will arrive
by automobile and train tomorrow
forenoon. Lewiston promises to send
100. Coeur d'Alene, Rathdrum, Sand
point, Bonners Perry, Wallace, Kel
logg, Orangeville, Vollmer, Ilo, Nez
perce, Orofino, Genesee,
and other points will send delega
tions. Some of these delegations
will be large. It is expected the to
tal number of visitors will run well
into the hundreds. Spokane will send
a number of men here to take part in
the convention and deliver addresses.
In addition the names on the regular
program Mr. Powell of the Powell
Sanders Company, will be here to
speak on the Poindexter bill and the
intermountain freight rates. Follow
ing is the program as arranged for the
two days and evenings. There will
be additions to this later.
Wednesday, Jnne 4, 1:30 P. 4L
Welcome— J. S. Heckathorn. Presi
dent Moscow Chamber of Commerce.
Agriculture as a State Asset—Miles
Response— Dr. .1. B. Morris, Presi
dent North Idaho Chamber of Com
Appointment of Committees.
State and Federal
North Idaho—Wm. J. Hall, Commis
sioner of Public Works.
Cooperation of Highway Districts—
Eugene Cox, I^wiston, Idaho.
The Mining Industry of North Ida
ho—Jerome J. Day, President Idaho
Mining Association.
The State Bureau of Mines and Geol
Dean F. A. Thomson, University
of Idaho.
Inspection of University of Idaho.
7:30 p.
i I
Agricultural Legislation—George F.
Wee ks President of Coeur d'Alene
cha mber of Commerce,
The jj> e( jeral Government and the
Agricultural Industry—Dean E.
The Live Stock Industry — G. M.
'-\vilson, President of Washington
state ljive stock Association,
University of Idaho.
Thursday, June 5, 9 A. 4L
The Lumber Industry of North Ida
ho—T. J. Humbird, President Clear
water Timber Company.
The Marketing
Cut-Over Lands—A.
latch, Idaho.
Thé Federal Government and the
Lumbering Industry— Dean F. G. Mill
er, University of Idaho.
Extraordinary Conditions in Public
Utilities as Created by the
and Utilization of
W. Laird, Pot
War-—A. L. Freehafer of Public Util
ities Commission.
1:30 p. m.—
Labor and its Distribution in Ida
ho— E. H. Hash I crook. Acting Federal
Director. U. S. Employment Service.
The Newspaper and the Publishing
Industry—Hon. George
Sandpoint, Idaho.
Banking and Its Relation to Other
Industries—George AVateman, Kam
iah, Idaho.
Education and
President E. H. Lindley, University
of Idaho.
Reports of Committees.
Election of Officers.
6:30 p. m.—
Banquet by Moscow
R. Barker,
Chamber of
Friday, June 6. 9:'J») A. 4L
Automobile trip to Lewiston via the
Lewiston Highway.
"jimmie" McPherson coming
Serg. James ("Jimmie") McPher
son, who is in service at the Presi
dio, has just wired his acceptance of
the secretaryship of the University
Y. M. C. A to Professor J. G. El
dridge, Dean of the University fac
Serg. McPherson has had a wide
experience in executive work of all
kinds. He was graduated from Den
nison College and acted as "Y" sec
retary at the University of Oregon
before his enlistment.
Two years service in the army,
working in ihe surgeon's office at the
Presidio and lecturing to the men
in the camps on social hygiene has
given Serg. McPherson experience in
working with men that' will be of value
to him in his new position.
"Serg. McPherson seems to be a
fine type of gentleman." according to ;
(Continued on page three.)

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