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VOLUME IV. MOUNTAIN AIR, NEW MEXICO, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 1919 No. 1. WHAT IS THE AMERICAN LEGION? BENEFIT PROGRAM AT SCHOOL AUDITORIUM f'OYERNMEflT Will OPEN GENERAL STORES THEWi EST IS SN What Is the American Legion? It is the organization of Ameri can veterans of the World War. It is non-partisan and non-political. It is a civilian organization not military or militaristic. It makes no difference of rank and no distinctions between overseas men and men who did not get overseas. Who is eligible? Any soldier, sailor or marine who served honorably between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918. Are women eligible? Yes, those who were regularly enlisted or commissioned in the army, navy or marine corps. When was the Legion started $ It was first organized in Paris March 15 to 17, 1919, by a thou sand officers and men, delegates from all the units of the Ameri can Expeditionary Force to an organization meeting, Which adop ted a tentative constitution and selected the name "American Le gion." What has been done in Ameri ca regarding it? The action of the Paris meeting was confirmed and endorsed by a similar meeting held in St. Louis May 8 to 10, 1919, when the Le gion was formally recognized by the troops who served in the Uni ted States. Are the organizations in France and America separate? No. The Paris meeting appoin ted an Executive Committee of seventeen officers and men to rep resent the troops in France in the conduct of the Legion. The St. Louis meeting appointed a simi lar Committee of Seventeen.These two Executive Committees have amalgamated and are now the operating body of the Legion. When will the final step in the organization of the Legion take place? November 10, 'll (Armistice Day), and 12, at Minneapolis, Minn., when a great National Con vention will be held. Why were those dates selected? Tq celebrate the completion of the first year of peace, and be cause by that time practically all of the men of the A. E. F, will be at home and will have been able to participate in the election of their delegates to the Convention. What does this Constitution stand for? The preamble answers that question; it reads: "For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following pur poses: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred per cent. American ism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the (Jreat War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligations to tjic communily, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might ; to pro mote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity tie principles of jus tice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and santify our com radeship by our devotion to mu tual helpfulness. V Hov does the Legion govern i itspir?. " 1 ; The Constitution provides that the legislative body of the organi zation shall be a national conven, tion, to be held annually composed of deWates anil alter nates from each state, from the District of Columbia, and from : each territory and territorial pos session of the United States. . How is the rcgn organized? It is composed of State Branch- ( ps, flnd these in turn are made up . of Local Posts. ! What is a Local Post ? í The Constitution state that a Local Pont shall have a minimum membership of fifteen, No Post shall be received luto the Legion tumi u has received a darter. A, jj"1" l -3 i' iXf M & w ft : if iff $ ú Wtfy 4 : f wmmc ,a2 oSfe. Ml w WILL IT CAPTURE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION IN 1920? "Tho political ceu'.cr oí gravity in tbe nation tins sliiflcd to the Infes thai lie between the Mississippi Kiver and the Pacillc Coast." New York Tlinrs editorial. This opinion is typical of on Idea which Is rapidly spreading throughout the country. There Is a feeling that "tho West Is In the saddle for the presidential nomination in 1020." The fact thai lie West decided the last president in I election has made it a potent factor in future calculations. Moreover, the politicians know that In case the woman suffrage constitutional amendment does not become operative In time for the next national election there are, nevertheless, 1G states west ft the Mississippi which have already Riven their women the franchise, add ing an Increment of some six million Totes, which might easily turn the elec tion one way or the other. Hence, the Republican leaders of the East ns well as of the West are seriously consider ing whether It would not be good poli tics to take a Western candidate. 'jt ta significant that three of the irost generally talked about presiden tial possibilities for 1920 come from the Far West. They arc United Slates Senators Poindexter, Borah and, Jolin- The first mentioned, about whom, considerable discussion i now center ing, In from the stale of Washington. Though a native of Teniiesse'? and graduate of a Virginia rnlvcrsily, Poindfxter chose Iho Pacido ??nrtb west as his field for life work; opening a law practice in Walln Walla, Wash., 'n 1891. Litter he was Judge of I he su Post desiring u charter shall ap ply for it to the State Branch, and the charter will be issued, upon recommendation of this State Hranch,hy the National Executive Committee. No Post may be nam ed after any living person. How can 1 join the American Legion ? If there is a Local Post in your home town, your name and ad dress will be sent to the Post Com mandcr. If there is no Post in your home town, Start One. write your Slate Secretary for the nec essary particulars. The Slate See retay is Harrv Howard Dormán, Santa Fe, N. M. THE AMERICAN LEGION All war veterans of the late wan are urged to be present next Sun day afternoon at the High .Sel'0"' building, when a local post of iic American Legion will be organ. Izcd. There are (lite a few young men in this vicinity eligible to membership and a large number should he present at this meeting. The choosing of a iame for the Post will be of interest to all, and every one will want to have a voice in this matter. Don't forget the time and place and be sure to attend. The best burglar nowadays does not carry a " gun "he. has set of senilis, At least children and fools are human. Ari' you? . perior court, and uttracted much fa vorable attention by his Judicial abili ty. In 1908 Poindexter was elected as a representative from the state of Washington to the Sixty-first Congress. He soon became known as an able, pro gressive Republican. In the senate, to which he was elevated In 1910, he was a -staunch advocate of measures favor ing the control and restriction of big corporations, especially of the rail roads. He sought the conservation of all natural resources of the country, including water power, coal and oil lands. Before the war he stood strong ly for preparedness, and later ho vig orously supported all measures of tho administration for the protection of American rights. He advocated throw ing the whole power of the nation into t lie successful prosecution of the war. Mr. Poindexter believes that Bolshe vism and all other movements destruc tive of representative government and national spirit should lie strongly tak en in hand and that leaders in at tempts to overthrow our Institutions should be severely punished, lie Is opposed to any scheme for creating a hybrid government of the world where by Europe and Asia, In his opinion, would inevitably dominate this country and control its policies. Hiram Johnson, a'native of Califor nia," was gpvernor of the state before he was chosen senator. Ho is extreme ly popular in Hint commonwealth and will be strongly backed In his light for the Presidential nomination. .Johnson was successful, after a long si ruvgle, In ridding California of the domination of (he Soul hern Pacific. For years t lie political machine of the railway held the state within Its band, MOUNTAINAIR CHURCH LEFT TO BE SUPPLIED At the Annual Session of 1 bo New Mexico Conference of the Methodist Church, at Albuquer que, which closed Sunday night, the local church Avas left to be supplied with a pastor as soon a the presiding bishop. and the dis trict superintendent can find a competent man. The bishop has a pastor in view and hopes to be able to send him shortlv. BIRTHDAY PARTY Miss Dorothy Sellers entertain ed a number of her little friends last Sunday afternoon in honor of her eighth birthday. A good time was enjoyed by the young folks, wit (i refreshment. The guests la ft a number of tokens as remem. braiiees, UNVEILING OF MONUMENT On Stindiy afternoon, October 5th. at 2 o'clock will occur Hie unveiling of the Woodman Cir cle monument recently erected at the grave of Mrs. Catherine M. Krieger at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, north of Mountainair. All are in vited to be present, especially friends of Mrs. Krieger and fam'r? I.V. Mrs. Katie Ferguson state man ager of Albuquerque, will be here to deliver an address on the Or der. Mrs. H. C. Jones, drove Clerk. and without the sanction nnd support of lids great power candidates for slate or judicial olilccs could not be elected. Johnson, lirsl as counsel for interests opposing 1 lie railroad corpo ration and later as governor, waged a bitter and unreinifthig warfare against railroad domination. His final victory was a polent factor in his election to (he senate In 1010. Johnson is a Re publican, but generally regarded as one of the radical type. He has, like Poindexter, strongly opposed the League of Nations. Senator William E. Borah of Idaho does not differ greaily in (be degree of his achievements from the two othei westerners. Born in Wayne county, III., Borah was educaled In the com mon schools of that stale and a,t Can sas State University. Ho was admit ted to the bar in 1S!)() and devoted ,s time to legal practice until his election lo the senate in 1!(7. Borah Is one of the most active figures in the United St'Uos senate. His efforts largely have bee-, directed toward the proper de velopmeiit of Hie great natural re sources of the country, especially of the West. He is known as a progres sive Republican, fearless in fighting for what he believes lo lip right and like the others huludoit In tills presi dential group, lias opposed from the start the I.eagii(. of Nations covenant. From the 'Atlantic to the Pacific Coast is a long Jump for national poli tics to lake. However, all precedents both In business and politics, seem to be vanishing In I hese days of remark ahle.reail.iü.-i'nient-, and (lie old theory that a Prosideniinl candidate musi necessarily come from east of theMi.1 sissippi is no longer (enable. Auto Races I Five entries have been received j for the Auto races to be pujled i off during the fair-Oct. 1 and. 2. j The first race wi,U be to Moun. ! tainair and return, shirting at 10 jo 'clock Oct. 2nd on Main street j cross the Santa Fe tracks going ! south 2 miles turning west pass the old sheep ranch, then on an gling road about 5 miles south west, then west 5 miles, cross the viaduct into Mountainair. toy M'arn street, going 1 luVk; est and turn north. Then are several different roads which cars may travel returning, but must stay on the north side of the track coming into Willard from the north. Futrance fee will be $15 and will be divided; one half to the car making the best time, 35 per cent to the second and 15 per cent to the third. The second race will start at .'5 jp. m. going cast one mile, turn ing north to Estancia, turn west 'across the Central tracks to Main 'street, turning south and cone I - . . i i . i A I to Willaru on the west sfile ot ithe Central track. lOntrance fee $10 and divided same as first race. i The judges appointed are Sam 'lensou, KstHiicia, D. H. Womaek, I Mountainair, and F. A. Torres, iWillard. Ed Dickey was appoint ed treasurer and all entrance fees with make and horse power of ear entered should be sent to Mr. Dickey by Oct. 1st. GROWS GOOD SROOM CORN Last week N. L. Floyd brought us a sample of his broom corn, of which he grew about half an acre on his farm southeast of Moun- tainair. It has fine straw, nnd he tells us that he has grown it in an experimental way for sev eral years past, and always with good results. Of course he hasn't enough for shipment, but if there is a broom-maker n the country, there is enough straw to make a number of brooms. Mr. Floyd is of the opinión that this will be come a good paying crop, here and will grow more of it. He has a lot of nice home-grown seed. BUCKS "BUY NOW" ADVICE Attorney General Palmer said at Albany, N. Y., Wednesday that if the people over all the country would act forcibly against the "buy now" campaign, they would help materially in solving the pro blem of high prices. "It is a despicable thing," he said, "for merchants to urge you to buy now in anticipation of prices going higher when tliey know they will not." OBITUARY Mrs. M. A. Garrison, wife of W. D, Garrison was born in Ten nessee. February 4th, 1854; mov ed with her parents to Arkansas when a girl. She was married to W. D. Garrison August 8th, 1878. To this union there were nine chil dren born, six boys and three girls. Two of the boys died in infancy. The three girls, Mrs. Hodgin. Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Pruett live in New Mexico: also J. W. Garrison. One son lives in Arkansas, the other two in Okla homa. 1T1 Mrs. Garrison died September 16th, 1919, and was hurried in the Liberty Cemetery September 17th Rev. J. S. Whitlow had charge of the service. Three daughters and one son together with many friends laid her body to rest. Mrs. Garrison had lived a beau tiful Christian life for n:;:;:y years. A life that cheats death of its sting and tlie grave of victory. She had been in ill licaltli for many years which made her all the more ready to go. She was faithfully eared for by her husband, who did all in hu man power to make her life bright. All who knew Mrs. Garrison loved her and will miss her. A friend. CARD OF THANKS To those who so faithfully as sisted us in our bereavements and death of wife and mother we ex tend our heart felt thanks; and your faithful and loving acts will ever remain in our memory. W. I). Garrison, J. W. Garrison, A. E. Hodgins, Octavy Jones Elie Pruett, and other children who were not here. SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY Next Sunday has lf-cn named las Pally Day for the local Metho- dist Sunday School. During the summer a number of the members have been out of town and the at tendance has dropped off for one reason or anoher. Everyone who has at any time attended the school, and anyone who is not ' attending another Sunday School, is invited "and urged to come and help to make the school the best ev?r. c War Department will open ?ptembcr 25th in many of the - cities of the United States stores in which it will put c every household article d in its surplus of war ma These stores will not only lies over the counter, but ook and fill mail orders for tall of the new or unused commo dities included in their stocks which may be placed by the resi dents in all those communities of the United States, in which the , Department does not maintain a store. A price will be fixed on every commodity offered for sale in these retail stores. The price fixed upon a commodity will be the sale price for that article de livered to the home of the con sumer anywhere in the United States, provided delivery is made through the Parcels Post. In ad dition, the Government will in sure all packages valued at .two dollars or more sent through the Parcels Post wtih no additional expense to the purchaser. Under this plan there will be no discrimi nation in cost between the pur chaser who buys over the counter and the purchaser who acquires articles through mail orders. The United States has been di vided by the War Department in to several districts in each of which one of these retail stores will be located. A resident of a particular district, wh oorders by mail, will address his mail to the store located in the district in which he resides. Goods ordered by mail will be delivered by the War Department through the Par eels Post service. The War De partment will prepare catalogues quoting prices and enumerating the location of stores to which the residents of each of the several states should address their mail, orders. These catalogues will be made available to the public at each Post Office and Post Office Sub-station in the United States. The stock of each commodity, the surplus of which is sufficient ly large to justify such procedure, will be redistributed throughout the country and alloted to the selling centers on the basis of population of the territory sup plied by each particular store, thus assuring the residents of each state of their proper allot ment. In addition to the stocks of new and unused commodities, the War Department will put on sale in the retail stores a large supply of reclaimed and renovated goods. The renovated goods will be sold only over the counter. No mail orders for such goods will be ac cepted. This policy' has been de termined upon to prevent dis satisfaction on the part of pur- hasers. Embraced in the reclaimed stocks will be blankets, moleskin coats,summer and winter drawers, denim hats, foot leggins, bib and combination overalls, cotton and light wool stockings, summer and winter undershirts, meat cans, canteen cups, forks, knives and hoes. These reclaimed stocks. are all in good condition. The methods of renovating them had the ap proval of the Surgeon General of the Army, and each article was put in condition for reissue to the enlisted men of the Army. the War Department will an nounce in the near future the names of the cities in which the retail stores are to be established. and will make public, as soon as the catalogues can be provided, a list of tlie commodities to be of fered for sale in these stores and the prices at which they will be sold. Train up a. child in the way he should go and then keep your eye on him to see that he doesii't breajk training before he enters tli fight.