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THE WESTE RN LIBERAL Vol AXXI No. 28 Lordsburg, New Mexico, Friday, June 21, 1918 SUBSCRIPTION, U M YBAB GERMAN ATROCITIES A Wounded Eyewitness Relate What He Saw, We do not llko repeating Gorman atrocities, but iust now Friday, Juno 28th wo arc asked by our govern ment to buy War Savings Stamps, and lest we should be lukewarm or in lifferent, about this, wc print this Btory from a soldier who fell a vic tim to German "kultur:: Hell has adopted German as the official tongue. This unusual and significant state ment was mado by Private W. E. Col linge, who spoke at the Red Cross rally at Liberty hall, El Paso, last week. Some of the things the veteran of Canada's "Fighting Seventh" said about the Germans follows give you just, an instance of the Ger man on the battlcfront. "Out in No Man's Land one day was lying n German colonel, sadly wounded. One of our lieutenants crept out to carry him into the suc coring arms of the Red Cross. As our oflkcr toiled with his burden across the shell-torn strip, this Ger man colonel drew a dagger from his clothing and stabbed our officer to( dcaih. Steel for Germans "Boys, take it from me there's only one fit field dressing for a Gcr man,t'and that is six inches of steel bayonet properly "and quickly applied. You can not trust a German, even though he is wounded. Why, they even shoot down the Red Cross stretcher-bearers, and to bomb a hos pital is their pet diversion. Take it from me I have been through thé mill the only good German soldier is a dead one. "We fought at Festubert for six 'The call came to the bovs in Can ada early in August, 1014, and did , days and six nights, with very little not fall on deaf cars. We did not to eat and less to drink, for our sup exactly know what the war was about, nlies had been cut off. That mattered , but we did know that our country little to us, for a soldier, when he was in trouble, and that was enough realizes ho is fighting for to iam the recruiting stations to suf focation within a few days. Soon wc started overseas and after a shor training, landed in France and Bel gium. Handles .Babies "In our march toward the battle land we got an idea of the manner ol beasti we were to fight. Picture, if you can, what was once a pretty country, fertile, prosperous and happy. Now it lay waste, shell-torn, Eoisoned, stripped as 'though the light of all Hell had been launched upon it. Picture the road we were marching on, lined with women, stu pefied by the greatness of the desola tion widows, mado so by a mad mon arch and, raising up their handles; arms, were babes. "Let me tell you, it was the sight of these wee tots, waving a blessing with their stumps, that first set oui blood to the boiling point. Wo knew not, nor cared little, what the política significance of the war wo knew The beast was fighting babies, and it waf up to us to defend them. Assault Women "But, miles brought us new horrors Countless, almost, arc the atrocities we found had been practiced or women. In one convent the German? had staked down seven of the nunt and violated them in unspeakable fashion, completing their dastardly work, by surrounding the bodies with the sacred candles from the altars We found these women, surrounded by the burned-out funeral candles, and then our race knew no bounds. "It was but a few hours ere wc had captured the men responsible for the terrible outrage, and let me tell you frankly, we did not hold them prisoners of wnr, nor did wc release them, but sent them (slowly, and with ceremony) to help swell the popula tion of Hell, which has lately adopted German as the otticiai tongue. Monuments to German Kultur "In a Belgian hospital, I saw a couple of thousand) trench ana uci gian girls, shattered, half-crazed, in fected awaiting the coming of babes forced unon them. I saw women, dis eased beyond repetition, their brcastf slashed, their minds tottering, monu men's to German kultur. "Thousands of boys we passed ir our march, marred, ruined by the en nmv in the camnaien of fri eh tf illness This was the warfare of 1014, and 1 am confident; that no annals of bar barism" ere civilization came, car show a counterpart. Tear Families Apart "In Bcltrium. I have read some ol the proclamations which for all time separated lamines rent apart Hus bands and wives, brothers and sisters sweethearts. I remember one. whicl ' ordered that all the males of a little Belgian citv should depart on a trair at 7 o'clock of a certain date. An hour later the females of the city should denart. Death was the pen alty for attempt to evade the order Here, with the scratch of a pen, Ger many had, forever perhaps, torn apart mothers from their babes, aired Bar ents from their children. Picture that condition in El Paso what would it mean to you? "Then came the battlefields, where we had an onnortunity to pay back in lead the ones responsible for the horrors wo had witnessed. I will women and babies, can fight on wind. "How does a man feel when he goes nto action? I can only answer for me man, myself. In a film, such as you dt before you in the cinema, came a licture of three girls back in Canada my sisters. I could see another pic ure, the bedside of my dying mother is she whispered to me. a tad: 'Elgin. take care of your sisters.' Around he necks ol my sisters were clasped he slimy arms of a Hun; I could see Heir appealing looks: in fancy. I I could hear their cries' for help. ?ight? Great God, men, I fought I ike a demon. Let me tell you, there , s no fear, there is no thought of con-1 lequences, for, ever before you is the ' lossib'ility of what might be, should 1 hose hounds of Hell ever invade our land. Make All Men Brothers "Christmas came to us in the irenches. It was not a Christmas of , :urkey and plum pudding, yet it bore .he feeling of peace and good will. ?ackagcs came to us from the loved mes nt home. What joy that (Jhnst- i nas gift brought. Standing a little I isidc. in our dugout, was a man who had just been released from jail a 'ew days bieore the can to arms naa -.omc in Canada. In a flash I had ipped the tags from one of my pack gcs from home, substituted his name ind passed it to him. A look of be- vildermcnt crossed "his-'faee.'Thei' ame the resolute mien of the man vho is making good. He believed iomeone back home had sent him a -ift. The next night he went out to ' icet his -God, but with a smile, for i te believed someone back home had -emembered him. I "Such is the comradeship of the ! ronches. Wo think not of ourselves, i -nit of our fcllowman. Why don't 'ou do that over here? "Let me irive vou Just a few words if warning. Do not trust your neigh- ! 'ior in the discussion of military af- "airs. Do not talk of war in public daces, not discuss the movement of i roops, for' the waiter at your elbow i nay be a German spy. Do y'ou real ze that Germany is expending from wo to three million dollars annually n her spy system in America ? Here s one. good rule on the movements of our loved one in khaki keép your Ijouth shut. Ofttimcs Germany knew nore of the movements of our troops nd reinforcements than wo did our. .elves. "Imperial Wilhelm's Workers" "Worse than the German spy in Vmericn, we have the I. W. W. Why lot give them their true title Im erial Wilhelm's Workers? Why nmnnrÍ7Li with thnm ? Give them the jood, old British and Canadian treat-1 ment, a meal and a bed that is. a neal of bullets and bed of lime. Re nembcr, you aro fighting a beast that has gone mad. Would you attempt to 'aptürc a mad dog alive? Then, why cmporizo with one of tho worst cne nies the allies are fighting today? "Fortunate, indeed, have the Cana iiani and British been in the men .vho led them. We believed our offi cers to be the acme of perfection ncn who would not Bend us where hey themselves would not go. You Americans have men of the same I stripe. Follow them follow them to the infernal regions if they direct, for , President Proclaims June28th as National Wür Savings Dayf Wftsliingtpri C, May 30, 1918. A Proclamation By the Vmidtnt of thf United States: This war is one of nations, not & armies, and all of our ono hundred million people must be economically and indus trially adjusted to war conditions if this nation is to play its full port in the conflict. The problbin before us is not pri marily a financial problem, but rathea problem of increased production of war essentials and the paving of the materials and the labor necessary for the support and equipment of our army and navy. Thoughtless expenflmm? of money for non essentials uses up the labor of men, the products of the farms, mines and factories, and overburdens transportation, all of which must be used to the utmost and at their best for war purposes. The great results which we seek" can be obtained only by the participation of every member oí "the nation, young and old, in a national concerted thrift .movement. 1 therefore urge that our people everywhere pledge themselves, as sug gested by the Secretary of the Treasury, to the practice of thrift, to serve the Government to their utmost in increasing production in all fields necessary to the winning of the war, to conserve food and fuel and useful materials of every kind, to devote their labor only to the most necessary tasks, and to buy only those things which are essential to individual health and efficiency, and that the people,'-as evidence of their loy alty, invest all that they can save in Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps. The securities issued by the Treasury De partment are so many of them within the reach of every one that the door of opportunity in this, matter is wide open to all of us. To practice thrift in peace times is a virtue and brings great benefit to the individual at all times; with the desperate need of the civilized world today for materials and labor with which to end the war, the practice of individual thrift is a patriotic duty and a necessity. I appeal to all who now own eithey Liberty Bonds or War Savings Stamps to continue to practice economy and thrift, and to appeal to all who do not own government securities to do likewise, and purchase them to tliOj extent of their means. The man who buys government securities transfers tho pur chasing power of his money to tho United States Goverumont until after this war, and to that same degrco doos not buy in competition with the Government..- I earnestly appeal to overy man woman, and child to .plcdKfUhejiiseljeson-.pr .bftfc-reU Jie Sofiinrojaajjy,, atanuy aim to Diiy as reguiariy as possiniy uie securuirs ui the government, and to do this as far as possible through membership in War Savings Societies. The 28th of .June ends this special period of enlistment in the great volunteer army of production and saving hero at home. May there ba none uncnlisted on that day. (Signed) WOODROW WILSON AKMY HONORS How Decorations for Won. Bravery Are they will be with you, every step of the way. "You nt home, can do your part. Help thcRed Cross. Dig down for the Liberty Loan, and any other or ganization which helps tho boys over there. Remember, victory will be yours eventually. The Germans marred me up a bit, but there is not a Canadian who would not go back no matter how badly he has been cut up and give his life to 'stay the march of the beasts of Berlin." FIRMS PENALIZED FOR VIOLA TIONS OF FOOD RULES Scores of firms throughout the United States have been penalized for violations of rules of the Food Ad ministration. In some cases licences to operate have been suspended; in others, contributions to the Y. M. C. A., Red Cross and other organizations have been accepted in lieu of suspen sion of license. Among the more numeVous viola tions are sales of flour without sub stitutes; refusal to accept delivery of foodstuffs previously ordered; oper ating without licenses; excess sa,lcs of sugar; carrying more than a nor mal thirty days' supply of sugar; failure to use the proper amount of flour substitute in bread making, and profiteering. ' RED CROSS To The Trade: In view of the fact that our government now requires unlimit- .i .,):- ;n m-rloofn nrriii.iifa tlia wnr rhorphv íMirríiilinc com. mercial credits, it has become necessary for us, under the prevail-1 ing unusual conditions to make a change in our terms all whole- j sale firms throughout the country are selling their merchandise on , .. . fni-ma TTnrloi fhpsn rMrnnmatnncpR wp. wish to announce to the trade that, commencing August 1, our terms will be STRICTLY CASH, . a We regret the necessity that compels us to make this change ' but believe you appreciate the fact that these abnormal conditions are beyond our control. In changing our terms to CASH we will be in a better position to sell goods cheaper and give you better service. We feel con fident we will have your full co-operation, thereby assisting the government in its work. THE EAGLE DRUG MERCANTILE CO.. By S. M. Chase, Manager. iVTHE ROBERTS & LEAHY JUEKUAJN T1L.1Ü UU., ( T).T A T nnlitf DtiaiHonf SURPRISE CROCERY CO., By F. H. Barela, STAR RROCRRY CO.. Bv J. Hill. THE ROBERTS & LEAHY MERCANTILE CO., By J. A, Leahy, President, Valedon.'N. M. A pleasant surprise party was given-last Saturday evening at the residence of Joe Olney by his daughter, Mis9 Bula, in fare well to her companion, Miss Helen Chase. About fifty young folks gothered for a merry leave taking of their, companion. Yankee Downs 5 Planes in One Day Paris, June 15. Sergeant David E. Putnam of Brooklyn, Mass., is reported to have downed five German planeB on June 10th. Three of Putnam's aerial victories now are of ficial and the other two are under investigation. This rec ord, if the, five victories are officially accredited, ' makes Putnam's total 13, supplanting Lieutenant Frank Baylies of of New Bedford, Mass., as the American ace of aces. . Mountain Division, Editor The Western Liberal, Lordsburg, N. M. Dear Sir: Tho second Red Cross war fum drive i "over the top," Your com munity made an excellent record The people of the state of New Mex ico liuve given over $JJ17,051.87. Tie people in the states in th Mountain division have given approxi mately 13,000,000. The loyal citizens of New Mcxic have once more demonstrated by thei universal and generous response t the appeal of the American Red Crop for funds that they have faith an. confidence in tho "army of mercy" be hind our boys in Frapce or whereve' they go. The great success of the second wa' fund drive could not have been ac complished without the splendid new stories and advertising space so gen erously donated by. your newspane and the other newspapers of No Mexico. Permit me to personally thank you us well as your local Red Cross com mittee and subscribers to the secon war fund, for tho generous und won dcrful co-operation so cheerful!; given. Very truly yours, L. C. PHIPPS, Chairman Red Cross Fund. Note: We want another letter lik this when the Thrift Stamp drive i over. Everybody get busy. Buj stamps or go to war. Editor. Men Registered 5unc 5th Below are tho names of thos who became 21 since the las' registration, and who are now eligible for military service un der the selective draft act; Lordsburg James Everett White, Jeddie D. Moore, J. Ar thur Rodgers. Cyrus L. Brdwn. Valedon Reyes Oonzales.Jose Munos, Natavidad Mejia, George Chester Wheelock. Hachita-Frank G. Witt. Vir gil Worthington, Virgil Nelson Padgett. Animas" Robert Clinton Rhodes, Paul Thompson, William Henry Conner. Rodeo Clayton S. Horton, Perry M. Lacy, Cone Young. We rend of the Medal of Honor be ing conferred on our soldiers in Franco; Wc read of the Distinguished service1 medal. What arc thoy? What ilo our boys do to get thefli? The Stars and Stripas, the oillcial nowspaper of tho American Expedi tionary Forces, tells us how these army honors may bo won: To deserve the Medal of Honor which Is an award for gallantry in nction-4-a soldier inubt perform some deed of most distinguished personal bravery and self-sacrifice, an uncom monly hazardous adventure conspicu ous enough to single him out above all his comrades, a deed so clearly above and beyond all call of duty that no one could justly blame him for leaving it undone. The Highest Valor As a guide for commanders wno may wish to recommend men for the Medal of Honor, some typical cases for which similar awards have been made in the armies of "our allies aro triven in the bulletin. Here arc two of them: Lieutenant took command of his own and another company when joth had suffered severely, and with ireat dash and success led them for ward in attack under heavy mnchine trun fire. Seeing the battalion on his ight held up by mnchine gun fire, he lead a platoon to its help. Then ho went on with onlv two men to a duo iut. Leaving the men on top, he en- crcd the dugout alone and brought up 1 Then he proceeded with his two men o another dugout which, with rifle utd machine gun fire and bombs, had seen holding up the attack. This lugout was reached and the crew was it'ner killed or captured and the ma hine gun taken. The lieutenant was then attacked rom another dugout by fifteen of the enemy under an officer, and ono of his men was killed and the other wounded. Undaunted still, Lieuten ant seized a rifle and shot no fewer than five of the enemy. Then, ising another as a shield, he forced most jf the survivors to surrender. ' Such was the quickness, courage ind resourcefulness of this young ofli er that he cleared several other dug iuts alone, or with one man, taking ir ill about fifty prisoners. He then .'ullv consolidated his nosition and íeavy. ' ciose-rangc sniping in brood 'nyliglit when all others had railed o do so. Private was a stretcher bearer, nd for three1 days and nights lie trove unceasingly to bring the vounded into safety, dressing them ind getting them food and water. He vorked in an area which was swept y shell, machine gun nnd rifle fire, nd several times he was knocked own and partially buried by enemy hells. He rescued a comrade who hnd been llndcd and was stumbling about head of their trench in full view of h cnemv. who were snining at him. le brought in another comrade under cavy sncu lire, ana on iniru ucca ion he brought in a wounded man under very heavy enemy lire of every lescrintion." Neither fire nor cx- austion deterred him from assisting n his humnne work. How D. S. C. Will Be Awarded Like the Medal of Honor, the D. S i) an award for gallantry in ac ión. It may bo won by any one who aay distinguish himself or herself ny xtraonlinary heroism in connection ith military operations against an trmcd enemy of the United Status. t may recognize any such dcd l-cr-ormed since April C, 1017, the lay iur country went to war with ier nany. It is for great gallantry -but lot quite great enough to deserc 111 Medal of Honor. As with the Medal of Honor, the lullctin illustrates the standard ni he D. S. C. with several c.isei, of vhlch two are given here: Lieutenant gave proof of un- lesitatipg devotion and energy by ending his platoon to 'the assault, npturing numerous prisoners and iresiding over tho organization of a aptured post in disregard of all dan ger. While charged with the support anu rotcction of a reconnaissance within ho enemy's lines. xample of calmness ouraL'á under' a A THRIFT STAMP HRIFT Stamps cost 26c. A card folder is prov i d e d 'with space for sixteen stamps and when it is full you have loaned ed the government a total of $4. This folder with 16 cents abditional is then exchanged for a War Savings Stamps, which the government cashes in 1923 for $5.00. The $4.16 grows by means of accumulat ing interest at 4 per cent to $5. No person is allowed to own more than $1,000 worth of War Savings Stamps, though ipdividual members of the same family may each own that amount. The government is one of the best creditors in the world, especially to those who lend it through the medium of a War Savings Stamp. It favors those who cannot afford to buy a bond in this way. If by reason of sickness or other un avoidable cause the owner of War Savings Stamps needs the money represented he can have it back, and what is more, he can have interest .for the time the government has has had it. There is no red tape. You present your War Savings Stamps to the post master ten days before you need the money, and you get it back with interest. No questions are asked. 800,000 American Troops Now in France troops nave ocen sene to r ranee and the government expects to have a million there by July 1st. This statement was made by General P. C. March, chief of staff, in Washington last'week. He summarizes the battle situa tion as it now stands with four distinct purposes of the great German offensive halted, but with its tinal battles still to coinc To meet this emergency, he add ed, only lack of shipping facili ities is limiting the rush of Amer ican troops to the fighting front. Their prompt engagement in tho struggle, he said, paramount necessity. The number of troops being transported is only limited by the capacity of the ships avail able, says the general. The 800,000 figure includes all branches of the service neces sary to make up a completo army, both combatant and non combatant units. General March unid the "ob vious object of the German ad vance ia, first, the'channcl ports, the capture of which would make it necessary for England, in shipping troops, to go further up the sea, slowing up and making the transportation more danger ous, and second, Paris, which is of great strategic importance to the people of France." General March would make no prediction as to when American he gave the best I aid might give the allies super icss. decision and I inritv nf ' nnmlii-R siirnin. The particularly intense !;, nnA nf m(Wimint nf machine gun fire. Wounded in this l"""'".,, " " C X VA iction, he refused to let himself bo viiuinj i .v,n.i,..n ii iiu vnnmtcd and remained in command I the west, he said, could not bo vcr his platoon. estimated, nor could a day bo Private , an automatic rincman (y, ... .on the a íes would have if great bravery, remained alone nt lis post during a hostile attack, fir ng continuously until his gun was iroken by a bullet. Having no weapon with which to csist further and his lieutenant hav ng been badly wounded by his side, he put the latter upon his back and arried him in the open over shell ilowed ground under a hpavy barrage ire to a first aid post. Ho i mined 1 Ucly rejoined the remainder oT his ompany still in uno. i v r ry Foley is now at marc slandrXanfornia. He writes that Jim Cross and Frank We- ron don have donned tho blue uñi- Bna ñ?m with thfi breezv trousers U8t mil nm linrnintr to fltcndv them-1 Jorms selves on the deck of a boat. 1 j Harr.v says: "The navy is tho..Jeiu' only life, and there is room for "lier; more,' tho "mastering superiority of numbers which eventually will be theirs. American military exporta are agreed that that the present German drive had been stopped at least, but its renewal, pos siblv with its force directed moro largely against positions held by Americans is expected. Tho emy's recent success was due loNfoly to new uses of gas. Tho it is said, will soon bo to cope with new forms of aWacl; una masKs now in not useful against somo f Gorman gas, particu- uatard gas. A special gaB for use against ar has been developed by emy. alliT nrl the