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Twin Fall Times Brery issue of The Times con vains big bargains in the classi fied columns. Every issue of the Times con tains big bargains in its classi fied columns. ▼OL. XII—NO. 85. TWIN FALLS, IDAHO. TUESDAY, JULY 31. 1917 COAL FAMINE IMMINENT IN TWIN FAllu's^F.OPLF DO NOT ACT UNANli^LY AT ONCE No Fuel for Storage and Not Enough for Threshing-Threshers Urged to Install Straw Burners Immediately by Coal Dealer—Advice Given That People All Write to Utilities Com mission and State War Council to Get D. & R. G. to Put Embargo on Through Freight. T — A "l nless the owners of threshing machines install straw burners at once the grain on the Twin Falls tract will not be threshed this fall through lack of fuel. _ "If a cold snap should come now, conditions on the tract would be infinitely worse than at the worst period last winter a year ago we bad 6000 tons of coal in storage for the winter and then run short; today, although we ordered 10,0«« tons for storage, we haven't a ton on hand for that purpose. "We have a promise of coal for threshing purposes, but it is com ing in slowly. Down on the coast, they excuse the luck of cars to haul products on the ground that flic cars are being used to haul coal to Idaho. It is evident that this explanation isn't a good one, for we are not getting the coal. "Wyoming cannot supply ns, and the only solution of the ques I i Î I ! \ I I ■ tion Is to get everyone to write individually to the state public utilities commission and to the war council and stir the commercial club up to act, as well as every other public body, to insist that they urge on the Interstate commerce commission the absolute necessity of requiring the Denver & Rio Grande to place an embargo on all through freight until the pressing necessities of the people of southern Idaho shall he supplied. There is plenty of coal to be had and this remedy will se cure it. Everybody in city and country is vitally Interested." I I I I t I ♦ The above quotations represent the •pinion of some of the coal dealers of (his city, and as the Times reporter was unable to see all of them, the names of those Interviewed are omit ted. The opinion of these men is that the situation is serious or liable to become so. The man who said that his company had 6000 tons last year in storage declared that coal was coming in steadily right along then, whereas it comes in slowly now. although some is received here from day to day, but not enough all told to supply thresh ers, hence he urged the necessity of the installation of straw burners. It is stated that two tons of straw will supply the largest engine and that the idea that it is necessary to burn up all the straw In order to thresh ♦ he wheat Is erroneous. He stated, however, that should the D. & R. G. be required to place the embargo on through freight, the situation would be greatly relieved In a very short , time and would eventually be com pletely cured. He said that last year, while they ordered 8000 tons of coal they got but 6000 and because other dealers got only about the same pro portion of their orders filled the town was on the verge of a coal famine tor a long time. This year they ordered early and increased their order by 200t tons, but, as far as the storage was concerned, they got only prom ises. Six thousand tons means 200 Nears, and as other dealers are at least yretty nearly as short relatively, con sidering the size of their orders, tho situation, as he painted it, is black. He insisted strenuously on the necessity of everyone and every organization taking the matter up at once with the state public utilities commission and the war council, and not leaving it for somebody else to do it. He insisted Wyoming could not supply the needs •f the tract. In support of the contention that action must be taken and that the so lution offered is the correct one. the dealer produced the following letter, sent July 25, by the Cameron Coal company, the Independent Coal & Coke company, the Spring Canyon Coal company and the Standard Coal company to the interstate commerce commission .and to Daniel Willard, chairman, and Fairfax Harrison, sec retary of the railroad war board council of national defense at Wash ington: An alarming shortage of fuel is impending in Utah and the Pacific coast states dependent upon the coal mines of Utah for their supply. A fuel famine of unprecedented magni tude is nearly upon us and will fol low unless quick and radical action is taken at once to avert the calamity. The coal mines of Utah are wholly dependent upon the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad company tor trans portation facilities. is in a deplorable physical This railroad company and financial condition. Owing to its condition it has not been able to give the mines more than about 60 per cent service. Its operations have been further embarrassed recently by the "breaking of a large irrigation reser voir, the waters from which washed large section of its double away track and many bridges between Col ton and Helper. Utah, causing a com plete suspension of all traffic for about three weeks. It is now operat img but a single track and it will be several weeks before it is able to serve the coal mines more than thirty-five or forty per cent of their require The shortage of power and cars on the Denver and Rio Grande, the clos ing of ail operations at the mines be of the flood conditions mention ed and the congestion of through freight business beyond its physical capacity to handle the same is par alyzing the coal mining industries of this state and Is rapidly destroying . in.;. labor organizations which under dlnary conditions are very difficult to maintain. f The domestic consumers, the mines saelters, sugar factories and steam threshing outfits dependent upon the • A ! coal mines of Utah, for fuel are de manding coal which we are unable to furnish. Some of these industries are contributing to the government supply of copper, lead and other metals and are threatened with and will unless afforded relief, be closed down for the want of fuel. In the face of threaten ed disaster, the management of the Denver and Rio Grande railroad per sists in accepting through freight in such volume that it is unable to furn ish transportation facilities to the coal mines of Utah, and other industries served exclusively by it. We urge as the only feasible rem edy to avoid the impending catastro phe that the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad company be required to es tablish at once an embargo against all through freight until it is able to serve the coal mines of Utah, and other local industries wholly depend ent upon it. The report of earnings of the Den ver and Rio Grande railroad show that it receives a greater revenue per ten per mile on coal than on all other freight business combined. Therefore, such an embargo would increase its revenue and lower its cost of opera tion. We request your immediate as sistance in this matter and seek your advice in the premises. Slackers Raided on Trying to Marry (International News Service) NEW YORK. July 31.—Federal mar shals today raided five hundred men of military age who were trying to get marriage licenses, presumably to avoid the draft. The marshals bar red all exits and examined the men. All who were unable to show registra tion cards, or convince the officers that they were not of military age were detained. L.aFollette Denounces Embargo as Barbarous (International News Service) MADISON. WIS., July 31—Senator LaFollette in a signed article in his magazine today declared that the food embargo established by America will dnve Norway, Sweden. Denmark, Hol land and Switzerland into the war on the side of Germany. He denounces the embargo as "a barbarous man date of this Christian government to small, defenseless nations." Unsinkable Ships to be Built by Board (International News Service) WASHINGTON, July 31.—The ship building board is considering con tracts tor the construction of a fleet of practically unsinkable cargo ves sels. The ships will be a modification of tank steamers. A torpedo would open a gap in the side but not sink them. ARBITRATE CAR STRIKE (International News Service) SEATTLE, July 31.—A conference of President Sazzuola of the Washing ton university, H. G. Bradlee, of the traction company, and James Duncan, the labor representative, with a view of settling the car strike by arbitra tion is being held. Strike breakers are here to attempt to break the strike but have not been used. MICHIGAN GOVERNOR TO USE TROOPS ON L W. W. LANSING, July 31. — Governor Sleeper will use guardsmen to stop industrial disturbances on the upper peninsula. THE S. A. TRADE GERMANY GETS READY TO SEEK ORGANIZATION FORMED IN SOUTHERN CONTINENT TO PUSH BUSINESS THERE Hope to Lay Founda tion for Campaign _ I I Circulars Tell of Advantages to be Derived From Connection I With the German Association. John W. While, Jr. (International News Service) BUENOS AIRES, July 31 — circular letter translated below lias been circulated ' extensively in this The I city: "Recently there has been formed in Germany a vast organization entitled 'The German Economic Federation for Central, South America and Antilles,' to torment export commerce when peace is declared tion Atlantic, in all the • Spanish-American countries. "With it will be affiliated the un dermentioned associations already in existence, viz: '' Argen tine-Germany. "Brazil-Germany. "The Hamburg Export Union and the great German steamship compan Its fields of ac he on this side of the will ies. "A newspaper will be published in Spanish and Portuguese to supply all information, scientific, banking and commercial, to the Spanish-American countries, and an annual publication which will give publicity to every thing related to the commerce in those countries. "In Berlin a club will be instituted, to which we will admit all the busi and other travellers from ness men the Americas. "With peace will commence a great maritime activity. Germany is in the position of being able to place at once in active service her steamers, and will have the same tonnage at sea as she should not recover the steamers which are prisoners in enemy porta. The shipping constructed during is approximately equal to that which has been captured or destroyed. before the war, even although war "The annual subscription will be ad libitûm from each subscriber, but not less than ; "Marks; 120 annual subscriptions, from firms. "Marks: 25 admittance fee, from firms "Marks: 30 annual subscriptions from individuals. "Marks: 10 admittance fee, from individuals. "I invite you to become a member of the federation, and to that effect I permit myself to enclose a subscrip tion form, begging you to return same with your remarks." The newspapers have been menting at great length upon Ger many's after war trade plans, pears that these aim at even rigidly systematic organizations of in com It ap more dustry, and that it is intended to abolish almost entirely freedom in export business, thought to terests of the nation that exporta tion should be controlled by commit tees in each industry, one regulation being that no foreign country shall be supplied with German goods, un less it is willing to send back raw material in return. In this connection it is interesting to note the Central European policy of Prussia. All the countries of Eu rope and near Asia, from Scandinavia to east, and Italy and Spain on the west, have in the past generation be come more and more dependent on German supplies. Some of them are embarrassed during the war by the partial Interruption. Such a policy probably could be used to advantage individual It is be necessary to the in in obtaining hides and wool from Ar gentina and Uruguay, and nitrate from Chill. Buhl Woman Shot by Her Grandson Little Boy Did Not Know That His Grandfather's Gun Was Loaded and Wounded Mrs. 8. A- Dickey. Mrs. S. A. Dickey, who lives about a mile from Buhl was shot and badly wounded Sunday evening by her lit tle grandson, with a gun which he "did not know was loaded." Mrs. Cassia Howard, a daughter of Mrs. Dickey, came to her home to visit Sun day, bringing her little grandsons with her. As Mrp. Dickey stepped in to the door, the little by grabbed his grandfather's gun and said "lookout, grandma, or I'll shoot you." He then pulled the trigger, sending a load of shot Into Mrs- Dickey's side- It is thought that the wounds will not prove fatal. PROHIBITION VOTK TOMORROW WASHINGTON.—The fight for na tion-wide prohibition by constitution al amendment opened in the senate Monday under unanimous consent agreement to take a final vote Wed nesday. The date was purely perfunc tory, with but a few senators In their seats and a small number of specta tors in the gallarles. I STATE WILL INTERVENE IN THE SALMON TRACT CASE Attorney General Walters Holds That Public I terest Is Involved Because of the Connection of the State of Idaho With the Original Contracts —Years of Effort Ends by Move of Legal De n partment Acting on Resolution to Take Any Necessary and Proper Step Settlers Must Have Attorney of Their Own. After due consideration of (he presentation by a committee representing i the Salmon settlers of the fact that the state liad an interest in construction * ,lf ' Salmon tract contracts, owing to the connection which it had in the sale of the lands and the letting of such contracts. Attorney General W. A. Walters yesterday notified the committee that the state would Intervene in the case of (he Twin Falls Salmon Hiver I,and Si Water company against A. E. Caldwell, et ai» pending in the United States circuit court, in regard to which a decision was recently handed down. The settlers are the plaintiffs in the ease, but when it was carried up, they became defcmlants-in-error in the court of appeals, lienee the title reads as if they were defendants. The attorney general makes it clear that he believes that since the state was identified with the letting of the contracts it had an interest in their construction, lie has been considering (he matter for some time in all its aspects. At the time that the committee visited him. lie stated plainly that this was the point upon which the question of state intervention would have to be derided. He asked for a copy of the complaint in flic case and has evi dently gone over the papers carefully. Owing to the death of Attorney O. Longlcy. of tills oily, who represented the settlers. Attorney General Walters calls attention to the fact that the settlers should have an attorney selected to represent their private interests in the ease. The entrance of the slate into the ease comes at the end of years of pe titioning by Salmon settlers. Every attorney general previously elected de clined to act, or to advise that such action be taken. No land board up 1« the present one has indicated » desire to take any step legally necessary to allow the intervention of the slate. The present land board some months ago passed a resolution authorizing the attorney general to take such steps ns might be legal and advisable to protect the rights of the state. The action of Attorney General Walters is the result of this and of the conclusion which he reached after a study of the papers and the law. The committee which visited Boise some time ago. and which at the time refused to state fully the object of their visit, consisted of W. E. Mlkesell, F. F. Hertz, W. B. Amsbnry, .1. E. White, H. M. Sims, W. E. Sanger, ('. H. Robbins and J. C. Beatty. . ... The settlers express the hope that this step will lead to a Dual adjust ment of differences which have proven detrimental to their interests and those of the bondholders. One of the members of the Settlers' association yesterday called the attention of a Times reporter to an advertisement of Frank P Ward, a bond dealer of 15 Broad street. New York, wherein he ot tered to sell Twin Falls-Salmon River Land & Water bonds at nine cents on the dollar or buy them at four cents as Indicating that the bonds were not in anv great demand. The company declares that it desires the final adjust ment of all questions quite us much as the settlers do, though whether sat isfled with the intervention of the state or not Is another question. GERMAN PEACE IS INITIAL OF A NEW WAR" u FOREIGN MINISTER BALFOUR REPLIES TO CHANCELLOR IN THE COMMONS Thought Austria Might Make Separate Peace British and French Renew Attack German Lines and Take Many Prisioners—Russians Are Driven Back Five Miles. on (International News Service) LONDON. July 31—Foreign Minister before the Balfour today declared house of commons that peace with Germany at present would only be the initial chapter of a new war- An indicates the analysis of the war trend of English activities forthcoming conference of the allies this fall. Some of the discussion In the house of commons was directed at Austria, giving the impression that the dual monarchy was not so tightly bound to Germany, that peace would not be considered, pressed here is that German peace in the The opinion ex talk is intended to delay the prepara tions of the United States tack of the German chancellor, which he accused that country of en tering into a secret treaty with Rus sia before the revolution by which France was to extend her boundaries, should the entente win, is resented The at in here The British and French have open ed a terrific joint offensive on the western front following a week of vio lent cannonading, vanced north of the Lys river and captured all their objectives. Many prisoners were captured. The Ger man guns were unable to withstand the attack. The advance still con tinues. The British ad PARIS, July 31—The French ad vanced today north of the Aisne river on a 1500 yard front. It was officially announced that successful fighting centered around La Roye, Espines. Chevregny and Chemin des Dames. GENEVA, July 31—German troop« today crossed the Zbrusz river five miles into Russian territory, accord ing to a Berlin dispatch. BRITISH MAKE SUDDEN DASH —WIN A VICTORY LONDON, July 31—The British this afternoon captured the village of La Bassee, driving out the defenders with a sudden dash. BALFOUR NOT U.S. SPOKESMAN SAYS F.L POLK ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE AVERS NO OTHER NATION SPEAKS FOR US President Wins Fight For Food Dictator Will Veto Bill If Committee on Conduct of War Should be Pro vided for—General Crowder Pleased With Recruiting. (International News Service) WASHINGTON, July 31—That Fore ign Minister Balfour did not speak for the United States in his address be fore the house of commons today, was the statement made by Assistant Sec retary oi State Polk this afternoon. He said that no other country had a right to say what America would do. Confidential information reaching the government confirms the previous an nouncements that the financial condi tion of Germany is waning. The gold reserve of the Teuton powers is rap idly shrinking. The senate finance committee has added new taxes aggregating $313,000. 000 to the revenue bill, bringing the total close to $2,000,000,000. New ad ditional taxes are levied on corpora tions, incomes and liquor. It was authoritatively stated today that President Wilson would veto the pure food bill, if it included a pro vision creating a committee on the conduct of the war. The conferees have agreed on the plan of having only one man for food dictator, as the president desires. Provost General Crowder said to day that Americans were responding splendidly to the draft and that the report that large numbers were claim ing exemptions was without founda tion. Recruiting for the regular army is the heaviest since the war broke, 27,500 joining yesterday. INTENSE HEAT IS FELT IN THE EAST (International News Service) CHICAGO. July 31—The number of deaths during the four day hot spell reached nineteen at neon today. NEW YORK, July 31—Indications arc that the temperature of ninety-five degrees in the shade, which was re corded yesterday afternoon wfll be ex ceeded today. WASHINGTON, July 31—The hot test day of the year Is predicted to day. The east and central west are sweltering EVERGREEN HIGHWAY ASSOCIATION A ROUTE THROUGHOUT THE GREAT YEAR-ROUND NORTHWEST Pathfinders Visit Twin Falls The Military, Commercial and Social Necessities Can Only be Met by a Route of This Kind. South Idaho in general and Twin Falls and contiguous towns east and west in particular have been visited by the representatives of an immense highway proposition—no less than a feasible all-the-year route from Brit ish Columbia through Washington, Oregon. Idaho, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico to the western seaboard at Los Angeles—an international highway, if you please. To this end the Evergreen Highway association has been formed and its purpose advanced by an appropriation of $112,500 made last winter by the legislatures of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and a path finding tour was organized by its offi cers. This party started from Vic toria. British Columbia, July 16, and after visiting various Idaho cities, in cluding Nampa, where a largo and en thusiastic meeting was held last Fri day, and Boise, they arrived in Twin Falls last evening. The pathtinding party consisted of the president of the association, Mr. B. F. Hill, of Walla Walla, Wash.; its secretary. A. J. Elrod, Pasco. Wash.; Hon. J. M. Howell, secretary of state, Washington; the state highway com missioner, camera men, press corre spondents, etc. President Hill was called home from Boise, and at this part of the trip the party also includ ed Mr. G. C. Scharf, division engineer Idaho highway commission: Mr. E. A. Bremm, of Pocatello; Chadwick Ayres, representing the Animated Education al Film company, of Seattle, and W. E. Hudson, the Pathe camera man. The party was met at Bliss about noon yesterday by cars from Twin Falls carrying the county commis sioners, Mr. Wilson, of Kimberly, Mr. A L. Swim and a TIMES representa tive; also by Mr. Weaver's car from Filer and two or three cars from Buhl with Messrs. Peck, Green and other business men. The entire party, ex cept the camera men, who were look ing for scenery along the Snake, mo tored to Gooding, where lunch was had and a meeting held; and thence to Twin Falls—a part coming via Je rome, Shoshone and the falls, and the others via Bliss, Hagerman Val ley, Buhl and Filer. Reaching here rather late in the evening, a rousing and well attended meeting was nevertheless held at the rooms of the Commercial club. This was presided over by Mr. D. M. Den ton, chairman of the club's good roads committee, and was addressed by Sec retary Elrod and Capt. Howells of the pathfinders, by Engineer Scharf, by Messrs. Armstrong and Anderson of Jerome and Messrs. Swim, Brecken ritige, and Commissioner Moore, of Twin Falls. Time and space forbid any attempt to follow the speakers severally. The message brought by the pathfinders— and it was an important one—related chiefly to the immense advantage of an inviting route for tourists upon the proposed lines and the impossibility of securing it except through co-op eration—the active and Intelligent co operation of adjacent counties and states. The proposed route will join the grand sea-board trail and thus constitute a part of a great military highway—the need for which is es pecially seen just now. It will also invite a tourist travel to which people arc apt to be foolishly indifferent. Sixty per cent of the so-called tour ists that come through the northwest arc people from the middle west in search of a location; they all serve as advertisers for any attractive local ity, and collectively, they leave a mint of money along their route—a feature that California long since appreciated and spent millions to encourage by good roads. Tourists in the west and northwest arc actually spending seven hundred millions per annum, of which California is now taking a full third. Idaho is especially interested in the route here proposed, not only because it will tie together the northern and southern parts of the state but also because it is sure to become one of the most famous in the world. Following the general meeting a conference was held of the road com mittee with a delegation from Jerome. This delegation was interested in se curing improvement of the road from Twin Falls to Hailey. Lincoln pro poses as part of its work to expend $1500 on the Timmerman cutoff which shortens the road fifteen miles be tween this city and Hailey. They wanted co-operation to secure money, it possible, from the federal and state funds. Every dollar so obtained will necesitate the expenditure of two dol lars more locally, and it is felt that this will result in getting much road built. The local committee promised the closest co-operation and will take up the matter at once.