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RED LAKE NEWS
A newspaper devoted to the interest* of the Bed Late Chippewa Indians. MONTHLY. SEPT. 1. O JULY 15 Subscription ?5c a year Entered as second class matter September 1,1912, at the postoffice at Red Lake, Minn., under the act of March 3,1879. Address all communications to BED LAKE NEWS, Bed Lake, Minn. We certainly glory in the patriotism of those young men who have enlisted from Red Lake, es pecially do we feel that the Red Lake Indians and employees have been honored by the voluntary en listment of Joseph Sumner, John Sumner and John Needham. These young Indians, while not affect ed by draft laws, were the first to answer the call of their native country. Duty called and heroism answered the call. If our pride of these young men is unbounded, our opinion of those among us who hide behind the screen of being wards of the Government, and not subject to military service is mighty uncomplimentary. We have in mind two young men, members of the Red Lake tribe, who could serve their country in a splendid man ner as (blacksmiths. These men have had a spe cial training in Ford's factory, yet they seem to lack the back bone and grit to do their bit. There are others. The most of our readers won't need any introduction. Be sure and attend the meeting at the Agency ffice Saturday evening to consider organizing a Home Guard. Plant every foot of tillable soil, was the cry in 1917, and we are going to holler it louder and Btronger in 1918. Mr. 0. L. Breckner, Principal of the Cross Lake School, forwarded to Mrs. Bertha E. Dickens, local Secretary of the American Red Cross, 525.00 for a life membership. Mr. Breckner has responded to the Liberty Loan and is an all around booster lor the U. S. S. More than four years experience in an effort to minimize the use of liquor among Indians has persuaded me that they advance more rapidly and prosper more certainly when they are sober. It has been my observation that merchants and those who trade with Indians have enjoyed prosperity in proportion as the liquor traffic among them has "been suppressed that crime and disorder have been reduced to a minimum when we have been successful in eliminating the bootlegger that health conditions have been improved, social standards raised, and betterments generally* ef fected not otherwise obtainable where the sale of liquor prevails.Commissioner Cato Sells. St. Mary's School reports that the first enter tainment for the benefit of the Red Cross netted $30.40, the second $16.10, making a total of $46.50. Material has been procured and the Ju nior Red Cross workers are busy as bees, making the needles fly. One evening last week they en joyed a knitting contest, Eliza Sumner coming out first and Florence Sayers second. Appropriate ex ercises and a sleigh ride added much to the mirth and merriment of celebration George Washington's birthday. The financial searchlight of the S Govern ment s now being turned on the War Savings and Thrift campaign. ComjnUiee^--hay-e--b^Ha-ppointed and the eam-~ paign is well under way. Each county is under the supervision of a county chairman, appointed by A. Rogers, state director. The chairman in turn appoints committtees, executive, advisory, publicity, etc. This thrift stamp cajmpaign will accomplish wonderful results if greeted by the people with the same hearty response which was given to the Liberty Loan. The sale of these stamps affords the people of Minnesota another great opportunity to attest their loyalty to their government and prove to the people of America that Minnesota is not a state to sit iback and let others finance the war. War savings stamps come within the financial reach of everybody. Where it requires fifty dol lars to buy a Liberty Bond, it requires $4.13 to purchase a War Savings Stamp and 25c to buy a Thrift Stamp. With the purchase of the first War Savings Stamp you are presented with a War Savings Cer tificate. Lick the stamp, place it on the certifi cate and you have helped lick the Kaiser. When you buy the first thrift stamp you are given a thrift card| Put these together and keep adding 25c thrift stamps until the card is filled with 16 25c stamps. Then it can be exchanged the Chief of Aviation Volunteer Department, Wash difference between $4.00 and the price of a War Savings Stamp. The War Savings Stamps which sell for $4.12 are redeemable in cash, but a thrift stamp is not. It is pointed out /by the Treasury Department that Thrift Stamps are not made redeemable in cash for the reason that these stamps are simply in tended as a convenient method for the small sa vers to accumulate enough to purchase War Sav ings Stamps, which bear interest and are redeema ble in cash. In addition, to provide for redemp tion of these thrift stamps would involve such an amount of detailed accounting and labor and ex pense as to impair the practability of their use. In fact, they would be more trouble and expense to the Government possibly than they are worth. It is the purpose of the Government to raise two billion dollars within the year by the sale of these stamps. Thus it can be seen what an important part these "Baby Bonds" are playing in the finan cing of the war. It is needless to urge the people of Minnesota to respond to this call. The way is clear and this campaign will result in another great achieve ment for the North Star State, if given the same support which was accorded the Liberty Loan. 0ITR H0N0S ROLL John Needham, Co. D, 10th U. S. Infantry, Rock Island. Illinois. Stanley Johnson, Battery "E," 62nd Regt, C. A. C, Presidio of San Francisco, Cal. Miss Mabel Bright, Army Nursing Corps, Jeffer son Barracks, Mo. William H. Hashbarger, Co. "A," 352nd Inf., Camp Dodge. John B. McGillis, Headquarters Co., 349th Inf., Camp Dodge. John Mike Roy, Camp Dodge. Dr. Leo L. Elliott, American Expeditionary Forces, New York City. Dr. L. G. Neal, American Expeditionary Forces, New York City. Dr. Richmond P. Favour, the last address was somewhere in the south. John Sumner, Rock Island, III. Joseph Sumner, last heard from on his way across. THE FAREWELL RECEPTION In honor of the departing employees, a farewell supper and reception was given on Friday eve ning, February 22. It proved to be quite a suc cess, covers being placed for about seventy guests, most of whom were employees and visitors at the Agency. Mr. Dickens, as toastmaster, kept the pot boiling with his usual witty remarks and was amply rewarded by the repartee of the speakers called upon. A bit of dancing was enjoyed after the supper, the guests dispersing at an early hour, declaring they had all had a splendid time. It was indeed an occasion for pleasant future mem ories of those in whose honor it was tendered. The following names of industrious Indians will be found on our pay roll for freighting this win ter: Chas. Smith, Joseph Mason, Chas. Beaulieu, William Beaulieu, James Beaulieu, Joseph Beau lieu, Augustus Stand, William Lussier, Antoine Roy, Alex Gillespie, Frank Defoe, Bazil Lawrence, John English, John Frenchman, William Prentice. Our record of births and deaths for January and February show five births and nine deaths. RED LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL The Little Citizens' club met in the school room February 6 and the following program was pre sented: Flag saluteSchool. Recitation-*-Frank Blakeslee. "Simple Life"Maggie Cook. "Star Spangled Banner"School. "Our Men"Harriet Dickens. "Fuel"Ruth Goddard. "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean"-School. "His Home and His Country"Addison God dard. "Our Colors"School. "A Pledge"Rene Cook. Current events. "America"School. A Junior Red Cross auxiliary is being organized in the school and the children are knitting hard to finish their blanket. The boys and girls of the boarding school have knit forty-one squares for tha blanket so only a dozen more are needed. Consid erable material has been sent in for bags* tray cloths and pillow slips which will keep all busy for awhile. Mr. Stewart and Miss Westhoff visited the school February 20. Miss Westhoff examined the eyes, ears and throats of the children who were present. Nearly half of the children were absent on account of colds. Mr. Stewart gave an interesting talk on Junior Red Cross work. All the members of the school were sorry to have Ada and Frank Blakeslee leave, but hope that they will enjoy their new home. BUY A THRIFT STAMP. 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