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Twin Falls Times LET OUR PRESS SERVICE KEEP YOU INFORMED. Sub scribe to the Times Today. YOUR AU PLf> "H CIRCU LATION WILL "OU f *tr \ RESULTS •V ''<■ » :v-_ VOL. XIII. NO. 9. TWIN FALLS, IDAHO. Tl'KSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1917. FACTS ON THE WHEAT AND FLOUR QUERY I CHARGE THAT MILL AND ELEVATOR MAKE DOUBLE PROFIT DISPROVED Food Control Law Is Strictly Adhered To Wheat Bought and Handled at Six Cents Per Bushel Profit and Flour Made and Sold on Strict ly 25c Per Barrel Margin. Governor Capper, of Kansas, has recently made public a letter written by himself to Food Administrator Hoover complaining rather bitterly of the continued high price of flour and bread as compared with that of wheat—the latter fixed by the govern ment. In this letter the governor says; "There can be no defense of a system that takes profit away from the producer through government au thority and yet fails to give the con sumer the benefit of the saving"—to which every fair-minded person will say. "Amen!" A little inquiry devel oped the fact that very many people on this tract were not only in sympa thy with the axiom above quoted, but were feeling that the local market, where wheat storage and milling are combined, had been and was profiting in just that way at their expense. In the strict line of its duty as a news purveyor and truth teller, the TIMES offers the following statement of the actual facts in the case, locally —derived, of course, from the eleva tor company's people, but of such character as to be easily disproved, if incorrect; and such disproval of any alleged fact herein given is not only invited but challenged by them; Beginning with the purchase of wheat, all no doubt understand that the governmentally fixed basis of $2.15 for No. 2, soft, the grade marketed here, less thirty cents freight and six cents for allowed profit—which must also cover all expense of handling and is subject to a one per cent tax, es tablishes the local market price of $1.79 per bushel. The mere statement of these well known facts must settle the question of inordinate profit, so far as the.unground wheat is concern But a considerable part of this wheat is ground here and sold and shipped as flour—and these appear to be the transactions that are plastered with interrogation points and looked upon with suspicion. So let us see >about the flour business, so far as it relates to a concern that buys the wheat and makes and sells the flour. It is perfectly certain that the gov ernmental regulations with regard to milling profit allowed are just as plain and definite as those relating to pur chase. The mill is allowed as its en tire and only profit twenty-five cents each barrel of flour and fifty of bran and These ed. n pon cents upon each ton shorts—no more, no less! profits very naturally do not attach to each individual barrel and ton ; they can and must be realized as an aver age upon the entire output during the season. For Instance: The Twin Falls Mill & Elevator company recently sold the government fifteen thousand barrexs of flour at a price, delivered at Galveston, Texas, which only left net profit of ten cents per barrel to the mill. So that the average must be maintained by better prices on smaller shipments nearer home. But how does the government and how can the public, know whether these regulations are complied with? Well, in the first place, the company mast make to the food control com a ( Continued on page 8) Episcopalians Offer Use of Their Hall Necessary To Save The Crop From with the Mill Give It For Storage For Spuds Destruction. Following a conference omniittee in charge Saturday Rev . Franck, pastor of the Ascension Episcopal church announced that the congregation would be glad to allow I lie use of all the storage room avail able in the Parish hall basement and elsewhere, which would not interfere with its use, for the saving of the crops. The committee was prompted to take action by Hie necessities the people who have large crops and nowhere to put them- The patriotism displayed has caused much favorable comment. Would Make Peace With Two Enemies 'an -Germanist Lender Wants and 6 — General Kriedeidch A. J. von Bernhard!, writ iner in the Y'osslsehe Zeitung, urges «oparate peace offer to Russia and Itsly. aeeordlug to dispatches reach ing lien* today from Berlin. Groat Separate Peace YVlth Russia Italy. (I. N. S. Leased Wire) AMSTERDAM, Nov. " o Bit; ANTI-ROAD BOND GUN SPIKED BY HOOVER Hon. Herbert Hoover, Pood Administrator. Washington, I). Hear Sir: We have called an election on for Million Hollar Bond is sue for permanent roads, and the needs of the government Is lieinu used by some in opposing this much needed improvement. We are annually wasting more than the interest on these bonds in an effort to maintain dirt roads and fail. We have large sugar fac- ! tory, hut owing to road Condi- | (ions it is impossible to haul the beets further than three miles. | Good roads would double area I and add largely to nation's sugar ! supply and enable ns to move our bountiful exops at seasonable per iods and go far to relieve the car j shortage. Construction material would be largely loral. Your approval will insure elee «. E. CARLSON, I Chairman County Commissioners. Washington, H. C. 7:2."» p. nu, Nov. 1917 tlon. I O. E. ('arisen. Chairman County Com. Twin Fulls, Idaho Sincerely hope that you will lie j able to carry election for the bond Issue intended for périmai - | ent roads, as ail Improvements of this class tend for general better | ment in any community; and par- 1 1 Uciilarly for efficient transporta- ! j Hon, which is one of the prob I lonis wc face in our endeavor to 1 I reduce Hie cost between the pro I ducer and consumer HERBERT HOOVER -o o Great Meet of Allies in Rome British and French Premiers With Military Experts on Way to Italian Capital—Great Fight Pending (I. N. S. Leased Wire) LONDON. Nov. 5—What is believed will be one of the most momentous conferences held by representatives of the allied governments has been call ed in Rome. The premiers of Great Britain and France, Lloyd George and Paul Pain leve each accompanied by military ex perts, already are on their way to the Italian capital. The conference is expected to re sult in a great Auglo-French-Italian drive against the Teuton armies that have invaded Italy- It has been an nounced before that the French and British . reinforcements have been rushed to General Cadorna's aid. The allied premiers are expected to learn how else France and England can help the Italians and to aid in arriv ing at a plan that will work for con certed action against the Teuton arm ies on all fronts. Little actual fighting was reported from the Italian front today. The last Italian war office statement reported an enemy attack from a new point. The Italian outposts in the Daone and Giumell valleys near Lake Gardai in the Trentino were subjected to sever al assaults. All of these were repuls ed after severe fighting, the war office states. Along the Tagliamento river the ar tillery on both sides has been very active. Indications continue to pile up that the battle along the Venetian plains, which is impending, will be the great est of all time. Both sides are rushing reinforce ments by the thousands to the scene. Hints have fallen from authoritative sources that the allies see in the Teu tonic Invasion of Italy a chance to make the Venetian plains the battle ground for the big and decisive blow of the war. City Council Has Cl „„i C! 3-Xira session On account of the absence of Coun cilman A. !.. Swim from the city and the fact that Councilman E. J. Ostran would he .-way last night, the j city council held a short special ses js<on Saturday afternoon. Allowances amounting to $14.500 were made to ; Contractor C. H. Helmer of the side Bills were allowed. dor walk contracts. j Ordinance granting the right to run icars in on three b'oeks on Shoshone I street, at an angle of forty-five degrees | was passed. The semi-annual reports of the city and treasurer were read I and approved. The question of certain j Insurance provisions for the city were ] referred to City Attorney Davies, of, request for Increased pay for firemen 'was referred to the proper conimit j tee. | _ BUHL AND TWIN FALLS FRIDAY —A STIFF GAME PREDICTED Next Friday the purple and white v.-ill battle the Buhl aggregation on Lincoln field. With Halley and Tho j metz hack In the game the prospects [ look brighter than early last week. Captain FMx, Pereboom, 1. g-, Bailey. 1. t., Mickelwait, c., Thometz. r. Carter, r. t., Strong, r. e., Davis, 1. Glasgow, f. b., Lavender, r- h„ are ex | pected to start the game for Twin a j Falls. Van Tassel. Moomaw, Watson, to Hasenberg and Fletcher are strong contenders for positions on tile first ; rquad. Joint Funeral for Accident Victims Services for W. T- Puckett and Haugh- ! ter-in-Law Held At Methodist Church j Tills Afternoon. The funeral of W. T. Puckett, of Berger, and Mrs. W. L. Puckett, of | Shoshone, who were killed In the auto 1 accident as they came down Shoshone i grade on the other side of the river I Saturday, was held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church, In this city and was conducted by Rev. C. L. Bent, the pastor. W. L. Puckett, who was seriously injured, is now out of danger and will soon be able to get around. W. T. Puckett was one of the pio neers of the Twin Falls tract, to which he came with his family ten years ago and was well and favorably known to the people here. He was born in Des Moines. Iowa, 67 years ago. and is survived by his wife and nine children. The children are: Mrs. P. C. Hill, of Berger; R. E. Puck ett, of Burley; Ed. Puckett, of Wen dell ; W. L. Puckett, of Shoshone ; Mrs. Gus. Wisshack, of Twin Falls; Mrs Ray Dudley, of Buhl ; Mrs. T. K. Trout, of Filer and Mrs, Fisher, of Greeley, Colorado: Mrs. C. B. Blades of Twin Falls. All but the last named are pres ent at the funeral. Mrs. W. L. Puckett was a sister of P. C. Hill and was twenty-six years old. She left no children. W. L. Puckett, who is now recover ing says that In coming down the grade they stopped because of a horse and buggy In front. He got out and cranked the car to start it up again and then suggested to his father that the car be backed up. while he step ped around and Into the car. The old gentleman put his foot on the wrong lever and instead of going back the car swept over the back landing on two rocks, between which the younger man was thrown. He rolled down the hill as far as the car did. His father was apparently instantly killed. Russian Minister Resents Accusation Vigorous Denial of Statement That Verkhovsky Wanted German Peace Made By Government. Cl. N. S. Leased Wire) PETROGRAD, Nov. 6 Verkhovsky, war minister, has pro posed at a secret session of the coun cil of the republic to conclude a sep arate peace with Germany, according to a charge printed in The Common Cause, a newspaper published by Vladivos Bourtzeff, historian and rev olutionary leader. The article has created a great sen sation and has deeply stirred political circles. Former Minister Scobeleff, chairman of the foreign relations committee of the Council of The Republic and Sen mensky, chairman of the national council both vigorously denounced the charge. They declared that no such proposal was made by the war min ister. Bourtzoff's paper has been sup pressed as a result of printing the charge. Bourtzoff is a widely known revo lutionary leader in Russia. His reve lations about the Russian secret po lice made it infamous. He is known as a staunch supporter of the allies. General LONDON, Nov. 6—General Verkhov sky has been relieved of his post as minister of war in Russia, according to word from Petrograd today, reason was assigned for his removal. No Coburn-Butler Recital Thursday High School Auditorium Secured And Large Attendance Is Assured For The Concert. The high school auditorium has been secured for the Coburn-Butler recital Thursday night and the big gest kind of entertainment is antici pated, owing to the popularity of the famous local musicians taking part. a large crowd is assured not merely f rom Twin Falls but from all parts of 1 the county. The following is the program: Sonnte D Major. .Haydn .Chopin .Chopin j Etude Op 10 No. 12. I Ballade Gm Op. 23. Mr. Coburn Pilgrim's Song .Tschalkowski Blow. Blow, Thou Winter Wind. . ..Sargeant Mr. Butler .Paderewski .Cadman Minuet. . Pompadours Fan . Caprice Espagnol . Moszkowski Mr. Coburn .Coburn .Hawley . Kreisler Red Rose . Bedouin Ixive Song. 1915 Cradle Song Mr. Butler Rhapsodie No. 12. .Liszt Mr. Coburn Suspicious Acts Makes Ship Delay Tikndv.il Man Makes Mysterious Sig nals and Is Arrested—Departure Postponed. (I. N. S, Leased Wire) AN ATLANTIC PORT, Nov. 5—The departure of a troop ship for France has been deferred for several days, federal authorities announced today, because of the discovery of a man act ing suspiciously in the crow's nest. A thorough examination of the boat will he made before she is permitted to sail- The man who is under arrest refuses to talk. He is believed to a machinist. AMERICA AND JAPAN ANNOUNCE A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING All Points of Difference Adjusted—Integrity of China and the Open Door Pledged by Both— Arrangements for Systematic Naval Co-opera tion During War With Germany Worked Out by Experts—Secretary Lansing Makes Public Details of Understanding. WASHINGTON, Nov. 0.—Here in a statement on the policy of the ernments with respect 'to China, affirmed by Viscount Tshii. special "The governments • * » recognize special relations between * United States recognizes that creates » * China. "The territorial sovereignty of impaired and the 1'nited States has anese government * * * has trade of other nations or to disregard granted by China in treaties with "The governments o deny in any way the independence or declare they always adhere to the "They mutually declare they any government of any special rigifts the independence or territorial • # * o -o InqKirtant elections being held today : New York state—Constitutional amendment giving full suffrage to women. Attorney General. Two associate judges, court of appeals. Ohio—Referendum on presiden tial suffrage hill. State wide prohibition. Massachusetts—Governor and other state officers. Representative in sixth district. A'irginia—Governor and other state officers. Maryland—Legislature and the state controller. New Jersey—Legislature. Connecticut-—Representative in fourth district Municipal elections are being held In scores of cities through out the country, among them be New York. -o o Dandy Dan Dies Doing Daily Duty Veteran Fire Department Horse is Shot As Result of Accident Caused By Alarm Over Burning Automobile. The fire alarm that brought out the Twin Falls fire department yes terday afternoon called Dan, the de partment's veteran dappled prey horse, for the last time. The combination cart with Dan on the right came east on Shoshone and started to make the turn to go up north Main. Driver Kelsey cut the corner with the long truck but Dan refused to take the rein quickly enough and the weight of the cart forced the horse into the curb, where ho fell and broke his left hind leg in two places above the ankle, served to stop the truck or else the horse might have been forced through the window of the Skeels-Wiley drug store. An attempt was made immediately to chloroform the animal but in his struggles the horse got to his feet and was led hobbling to a nearby al ley where he was dispatched with two bullets Chief Carlson stated that the truck was not going fast when the accident happened, and that Driver Kelsey had always had considerable trouble in making him take the rein. The alarm was sounded on account of the ignition of J. E. White's car in front of the Moon Construction com pany headquarters on Main and Third avenue west, from a backfire, car blazed up and caused some ex citement. Dr. W. E. Aaron ran across the street with a "Pyrene" tube and extinguished the flames in a moment, but while doing so somebody sent in an alarm to the department. The fall The AIRPLANE SABOTAGE PRACTICALLY' STOPPED WASHINGTON, Nov. 6—Organized sabotage to restrict the output of Pa cific coast spruce forests and thereby cripple the aeroplane program of the United States has been curbed. This statement was made by officials of the aircraft production board this af ternoon. workers for several weeks threatened seriously to hamper the airplane pro gram. Activities of the I. W W. | KANSAS COAL MINES TO RESUME OPERATIONS WASHINGTON, Nov. 6—Resump tion of work in all Kansas coal mines is regarded by F*uel Administrator Garfield as certain and every effort will be made to continue their opera tion at capacity. RESUME YVORK STRIKERS QUINCY. Mass.. Nov. 6—As the re sult of a telegraphic appeal from Franklin D. Roosevelt, assistant sec retory of the navy, the 4 . 000 striker at the big Four River shipbuilding plant voted to call the strike off and returned to work today. are tin* outstanding expressions United States and Japanese gov written by Secretary Lansing and Japanese ambassador: that territorial propinquity countries and, consequently, 'the Japan has special interests in China, nevertheless, remains un every confidence * * * "the commercial rights heretofore other powers. the Jap to discriminate against the desire they have any purpose to infringe territorial integrity of China and 'they principle of the 'open door.' are opposed to the acquisition by or privileges that would affect integrity of China." WASHINGTON. Nov. 6—Japan and the United States have re-affirmed their determination to preserve the "open door" in China. Japan is prepared to do everything in her power to promote "the suppres sion of Prussian militarism and both nations have checked 'a feeling of sus picion,' according to practically iden tical notes exchanged between Vis count Ishii and Secretary of State Robert Lansing, supplemented by a statement by the latter, all of which was made public here today. The clear and definite understand ing between the United States and Japan that both shall oppose the "ac quisition by any government of anv special rights or privileges that would affect the independence or territor ial integrity of China or that would deny to the subjects or citizens of any country the full enjoyment of equal opportunity in the commerce and in dustry of China." grows out of the visit of the special diplomatic mis sion of which Viscount Ishii was the head, to Washington, standing is affirmed in notes exchang ed between the two statesmen and This under bearing the date of November 2. Japan's earnest desire "to co-operate in every practical way" in the war against Germany is announced by Secretary Lansing, who states that 1 complete and under satisfactory standing upon the matter of naval co operation in the Pacific for the pur pose of obtaining the common object against Germany and her allies have been reached between the representa tive of the imperial Japanese navy, who is attached to the special mission of Japan, and the representative of the United States navy." Details of the scheme of co-opera tion, Mr. Lansing says, it would be inexpedient to disclose. Secretary Lansing's note to Viscount Ishii declares that in order to silence mischievous reports, it seems expedi ent publicly to proclaim the desires and intentions of the United States and Japan; that both nations recog nize that "territorial propinquity cre ates special relations," and that the United States recognizes Japan's spec ial interests in China and particularly in those sections contiguous to Japan; but that the United States "has every confidence in the repeated assurances of the imperial Japanese government that while geographical position gives Japan such special interests they have no desire to discriminate against the trade of other nations or to disregard the commercial rights heretofore granted by China in treaties with other powers." Mr. Lansing asserts that both na tions deny all intention to "infringe in any way the independence or the territorial integrity of China and af firm adherence to the principle of the so-called 'open door' or equal oppor tunity for commerce and industry in China." Viscount Ishii, acknowledging Sec retary Lansing's note, affirms the po . . , sition of his government in language identical with that employed by the secretary of state, stating that he does so "under authorization of my govern ment." Mr. Lansing in his supplementary statement says that there has been growing up between the Japanese and American people "a feeling of sus , , , picion -which 'if unchecked promised to develop a serious situation. He declares that this suspicion had attained such proportions that leglti mate commercial and industrial enter prises without ulterior motive were presumed to have political significance with the result that opposition those enterprises were aroused in the other country. He says that the campaign of false hood had long been "adroitly and se cretly carried on by Germans whose government. as a part of its foreign policy desired especially so to alien ate this country and Japan." Mr. Lansing declares that Viscount Ishii and his colleagues have "accom pllshed a great change of opinion and that "they have cleared the diplomatic atmosphere the suspicion which had been so care fully spread by our enemies and misguided and over zealous people --j this country," (Continued on page 8) ROMANS RETIRE AGAIN BEFORE TEUTONIC FOE TAGLIAMENTO LINE ABAN DONED BY GENERAL CA DORNA WHO FALLS BACK Battle Expected at the River Plave America Rushes Supplies to Italy General Haig Again Takes Up Aggressive and Makes Good Gains From Germans. International News Service Summary Rome and Berlin official war state ments this afternoon made it certain that General Cadorna's Italian will not make along the Tagliamento river, as was expected. Berlin claims that the Italians are retreating all along the river from the mountains to the sea. The Italian war office admits that General Ca dorna's forces were compelled to withdraw before the Teutons In the mountainous area along the Taglia mento river. It is believed now- that the Italian commander Is slowly withdrawing his forces with the intention of making a stand on the Plave river, which is ap proximately forty miles back of the Tagliamento. It has been pointed out that the Plave affords a stronger line of defense as it extends farther into the mountains than the Tagliamento and that It is nearer the permanent Italian bases. On the western front General Haig has struck again in the neighborhood of Passchendaele. The war office re ports that satisfactory progress is be ing made. army a determined stand HOME, Nov. 6-—Portions of the mountainous area along the Taglia mento river have been evacuated by the Italian forces In order to establish a battle line, the war office announced. The enemy pushed toward the mid dle and lower courses along the Tag liamento river, the announcement said. The mountainous area mentioned is that part where the foothills skirt the Tagliamento river, leading almost due south from the Garnie Alps. The German thrust southward would indicate the enemy is attempting a flanking movement in that direction as well as from the north. The sector referred to in the retreat undoubtedly means the Pinzano region. BERLIN, Nov. 6—The Germans have won the Tagliamento line, the war of fice announced today. The Italian army is retreating be tween the mountains and the sea, the announcement adds, treat extends from the Fella river as far as Colbricon and north to the Bug ana valley, a front of about 93 miles, the war office claims. The line of re WASHINGTON, Nov. 6—Thousands of tons of coal, wheat and other sup plies are being rushed today to the relief of Italy in some of the ships which were commandeered by this government and placed in the ser vice of the Italian government. Five of these large cargo ships are now on their way. which are to be chartered to the Ital ians under arrangements completed by the shipping board are being made ready to sail. All of the ships so designated will be In service by the last of November, shipping board officials announced to day. 1 Twenty more ships. LONDON. Nov. 6.—Preparations of a proposal for a preliminary peace con 1 ference at Berne in December by the I central powers were hinted at in dis | patches today from Amsterdam. 1 Two representatives for each bel ! ilgerent is the German plan, accord ling to the dispatch. The rumor has it that formal an nounceme nt of the move will be made ; - n ^ be re j c hstag some time this month | by Chancellor Hertling. General Haig's latest drive is be lieved to be a continuation of his ] plan to smash through to Roulers. one 1 of the German's chief railway centers |i nFlanders. If the British succeed in ! 'battering their way into that strong hold they will be ln a position to at tempt a drive to force the Germans to ovacua t e Ostend and Zeebrugge, their submarine bases, aro known to have been planning for ; montbs to ,i riV e on these bases for , j and to British troops have been at the edge ! of p a89C hendaele for a week. General The British I Haig has been making brief "local" at In ;his sector for some time and bas be en steadily pressing forward, I 0n , v a ntt!e of the important Pass chenda i e r *dge still remains in Ger i raan hands. ' _ j : WASHINGTON, Nov. 6. Turks and in ; Bulgarians are assisting the Teutons , In their Invasion of Italy, of ; Fresh arrivals on the Italian front jot Austrian. German. Turkish and Bul by 1 Parian troops with large quantities of in ; material and artillery are reported in official dispatches from Rome this af temoon.