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THE MOHAVE COUNTY MINER AND OUK MINERAL WEALTH, KAYFRDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1D18.
I' VGF. THREE FAIR FOOD PRICES As Fixed By Food Adiministration KINGMAN, Saturday Nov. 23, 1918 The following official quotations are the maximum retail prices that may be charged for the foodstuffs nam ed, as fixed by Kingman Fair Price Committee of the Food Administration Owing to fluctuations of the market on butter and eggs, the above price on these items is neither minimum or maximum. Victory Flour 1-8 bbl. bag (24 pounds) 'f. $1.75 Wheat flour, per 1-8 bbl. bag (24 lbs.) 1.70 to 1.75 Wheat flour (bulk), per lb 07 Barley flour, per 1-8 bbl. bag (24 lbs.) 1.95 Barley flour (bulk), per lb , 08 1-2 Rice flour (bulk), per lb 12 Cornmeal (bulk), per lb , 08 Corn flour (bulk), per lb 08 Victory bread (price per loaf), 16 oz 13 Victory bread (twin loaf), 24 ounces i Oatmeal or rolled oats (bulk) per pound 10 to .11 Rice, unbroken, standard quality, per lb 12 to 17 Sugar, granulated (bulk) per pound 09 1-2 Sugar, granulated (bulk), per lb 11 Beans (navy) per pound 17 1-2 Potatoes (white or Irish), per lb 04 to 4 Onions, per lb '. 04 to .04 1-2 Raisins (seeded), per 16-oz. pkg 15 Prunes (60-70's), per lb 15 Canned tomatoes (standard grodo), (No. 2 can) 18 Canned corn (standard grzt ., per 20 ounce (No. 2) can 15 Canned peas (standard grade), per 20-oz. (No. 2) can 18 to .22 Canned Salmon (tall pink Alaska), per 16 oz. (No. 1) can 22 to .25 Canned salmon tall red Alaska), per 16-oz. No. 1) can 30 Eavaporated milk (unsweetened, per 6-oz can .p8 Evaporated milk (unsweetened), per 16-oz. can 17 Butter, per lb to 68 70 Eggs (fresh ranch), per doz 92 Cheese (New York or local), per lb 40 to .45 Lard (pure leaf in tins) per 3 pound pail 1.0S to 1.10 Lard substitute in tins, per 6 pound pail 2.00 Bacon (not sliced), standard grade, per lb 55 Bacon (sliced), (fancy grade), (Swifts Prem.) per lb .70 Bam (smoked), standard, per lb. (whole) .43 3-4 s Ham (smoked), fancy .grade, per lb. Prem. whole 44 3-4 Bacon, (Premium) not sliced 61 to 63 Hound Steak, per lb r .35 to .40 On charges made for any articles here listed in excess of the list price should be reported to County Food Administrator Stewart. Ao Uncle Seem, Save .Wool THE F. THOMAS PARISIAN DYEING and CLEANING WORKS 27-33 Tenth Street Sin FruuUoo m tPYERsm 3 Toilet Articles yjs immsOTWH;s for the bath and dressing table you will always find pure and high grade at Watkins. Our. fine soaps suit the most delicate skins, and our creams and lotions for sunburn, tan and freckles are soothing and efficacious. For the babies our powders are a delight when bought at Watkins'. H. H. WATKINS THE NEW HOTEL BEALE KINGMAN, ARIZONA FINEST HOTEL IN NORTHERN ARIZONA New and modern in every respect. Fireproof build ing. Rooms single or on suite, with or without bath. Hot and cold water in every room. Steam heat. Large sample rooms. Rates $1.00 and Up THOMAS DEVINE Proprietor Contractors and Builders Small jobs or large ones receive the same prompt and careful attention. GRUNINGER & SON Phone Blue 175 Kingman, Arizona FORMER CHLORIDE HAN WRITjSJROM FRANCE Clyde Glenn, formerly of Chloride, Arizona, writes: "I have been here some weeks enjoying the best of health, eating three big meals a day and sleeping with a bull yearling, only I sleep up in the hay mow, for we are billeted in a small village of French farmers well back of the fir ing line, putting in most of every day except Sunday, drilling and getting ready to land the Hun a finishing blow. This is a very pretty part of France, well dotted with small villages supported by small farms. There is no extensive farming, all seem to have small herds of daily cattle and sell their milk to a cheese factory. They also raise grapes and make wine which sells for forty-two centra quart and that is the only thing besides milk that sells for anywhere near as cheap as we buy them at home- Any timo anyone tells you that an Ameri can dollar will buy five times as much here as it will at home, you can be sure they haven't been over here. Why some things are twice as high, for instance eggs are eighty four cents and all other produce is equally as high, grapes are twenty cents a pound. Most of the people in this vicinity who have anythingto sell "see an Ameri can coming." We see none of the style and friv olity in this section that we have heard so much about. I am having an awful time learning to speak French. The only amusement we have we make ourselves, excepting the Y. M. C A. and they have a "movie" for us twice a week. One night last week a sextette 'of American Indies and gentlemen came over and sang a number of late songs for us. Harry Adler was with them with a fine bunch of jokes. We have half of every Saturday and all of every Sunday on which to play games and do our writing. We play baseball, football, medicineball and other field sports. There are no elec tric liriits here so we have to use candles for light at night- Reading matter is very scarce. The "Y" gets a few American made magazines and we get a few copies of the Paris edi tion of the New York Herald, which carries on the average of one column of American News, the rest of its four pages being given over to war news and French advertising. We have had several days of rain since we have been on this side and Wo big white frosts." NURSES STILL NEEDED WOIDEDJICK SOLDIERS Phoenix, Arizona, Nov. More than 10,000 nurses are needed at once for jthe army nurse corps, and 25,000 more will be needed before June 1st, ac cording to information received from Washington this week by the Arizona divison of the Woman's Committee of the Council of National Defense. The popular impression that no more nurses are needed for service in mili tary hospitals is absolutely wrong. Nurses are needed, and needed bad ly, and Arizona is being called upon to supply as ,many nurses as can be spared for this work. A recent sur vey of Arizona sliowed a comparativ ely large number of graduate nurses in this state, many of whom had not as yet offered their services for mili tary hospital work.' This is not be lieved to be Que to any iacK oi pat riotism, but rather to the fact that the urgent need for more nurses has not been brought home to them. Graduate nurses should apply to the State Committee, Red Cross Nursing Service, Box 285, Phoenix, Arizo.ia, and women wishing to enroll in the U- S. Student Nurse Reserve should personally consult, or write to the nearest recruiting officer in their county for application blanks and should state their age and education when atmlying. The recruiting offi- 1 cer for Mohave County in the drive to I enroll 10,000 nurses for army hospi tals before January 1st is Mrs. R. G. McDougall of Kingman, Arizona. No transportation is furnished to student nurses from their homes to the hospitals to which they are as signed. The Surgeon General also offers to married women between the ages of 21 and 40, who are not eligible for army or civil hospital schools of nursing, an opportunity for service as hospital assistants in the military hospitals to which convalescent, sick and wounded .soldiers are to be sent. All appli cants for this service should write for information and blanks to Miss An nie W- Goodrich, Dean, Army School of Nursing, Office of Surgeon Gener al, Washington, D. C. ALL WE LACK IS ALCOHOL A remedy for pneumonia has been sent out from the office of the Sur geon General of the U. S. at Washing ton, D. C, which is said to be an ab solute cure. Here is what the gov ernment advises: Saturate a ball of cotton as large as a one inch marble with spirits of alcohol. Add three drops of chloro form lo each ball of cotton. Place it between the patient's teeth. Let the patient inhale the fumes for fif teen minutes, then rest fifteen minutes and repeat the operation as directed twenty-four times. The result will be that the lungs will expand to their normal condition. In 24 hours the pa tient is out of danger. Change cot ton often. It ought to be changed twice in fifteen minutes. The above recipe is a good one, but where will the inhabitants of a dry section obtain the alcohol with which to saturate the ball of cotton? ? ? ? ? WHAT BECOMES OF THE SILVER PRODUCED Miner Want Ads Bring Results. Try. Miner Want Ads Bring Results. Try. Ask your bank for gold these war days and you'll find it about as easy to obtain as platinum, palladium, irid ium which aren't obtainable at all and for which the government is pay ing prices running from $105 an ounce to $175. Ajid though you can still obtain sil ver, the fact remains that in propor tion to the demand especially for the foreign trade silver is becoming, if not absolutely scarce relatively, rare as the rarest metal. Is the day coming when silver, too, will become shy and disappear in the invisible "sink" that absorbs precious metals in times of war? Silver at $1 plus an ounce, which used to cost 58 to CO cents is a far -more startling phenomenon than coffee at 26 cents, which used to be 14 cents a pound. For the silver production of the world is a very limited quantity, and except in a few rare silver camps, like Co balt or Slocan in the early days, sil ver comes chiefly as a by-product of other metals. We talked in the early days of the war of money as "silver bullets". Are we coming to "paper bullets?" For the war has reversed every eco nomic theory the world has ever held, and the free coinage of silver today would no more relieve the acute de mand for silver coin than the free coinage of mud- The demand for sil ver coin in one country' alone, India, exceeds for a single year the entire world production of silver. The demand for silver is exactly like a great reservoir of water with half a dozen inflowing pipes and an unknown number of leaks in the bot tom. All we see is that the surface level of the water keeps sinking fast er than the flow comes in. We find one hole and stop the leak. Up "comes ,the water level; but before the world .financiers have had a chance to soap their hands with satisfaction, down the water level goes again. That is where the whole world is with silver just now just where King 'Canute was when he found he could -not command the flux and reflux of ithe odean tides. Time was, less than two centuries ago, when the proud silversmiths of London met in pompous satins and wigs behind closed doors and set the price of silver for the whole world They were succeeded by the silver 'brokers of London; but the war was barely two years old when the whole beautiful scheme of the past sprang a leak. Silver began leaking away through other pipes than London through France, through Mexico,, through China, through the Philip pines, through India and through New York and San Francisco to India. Stop guages were jammed on in the shape of government regulations by France, by England, by Mexico, by the United States, by India, but they were jammed on too late. Not all the man made regulations can stop the tide, any more than Canute could com mand the sea. India's demands alone could drain the world of silver. Take a few disconnected facts. .Within a few months the American government melted down 100,000,000 silver dollars for export to India, China, and Japan. Immediately afterward the treasury fixed the maximum price of silver at $l-01Ms. It then announced that ex port licenses for silver would be grant ed only on condition that the maxi mum price was not exceeded. This was to stop the speculators, who had been buying silver at $1 and reselling it at $1.08'and $1.07. As the govern ment pays only $1 an ounce its pro fit is IVi cents, which covers the ex penses of melting and recoining. France tried to stop the leak by de monetizing silver. When 15,000,000 mall nickel and silver coins were struck off by France with only 67 per cent value in real silver they vanished within a week of issue as if by magic Who or what sucked them up so fur tively that the Fench government did not know the nev coins had disappear ed until there literally was not one in circulation. Was it hoarding by peo ple afraid of the war's after effects, or had some broker for a foreign agent secretely bought the coins up? The financiers do not know. American silver dollars may not be carried out of the country to an ex tent exceeding $200 for each traveller. The story is told of thirty-seven Un ited States coinage presses this sum mer being unable to turn off silver dimes as fast as the commercial de mand for those dimes. You may use silver to buy bullets, but you can't use silver in bullets. Why did trade sud denly need so many more dimes? So fast was silver leaking away from Mexico to Japan and China and India that Mexico, too, clapped on an embargo. It was a typical Carranza embargo those who exported silver must reimport 25 per cent of the value 'of the silver in gold within ten days; heads I win, tails you lose; a Car ranza edict true to form, whichever way the metal market goes in war. The greatest store of unused silver in the world was 350,000,000 ounces bought in the '90s by the United Stat es treasury at a price described as a "song" the song being 58 to 68 cents- -it was to permit the melting and ex porting of this silver that the Pitt man act was possible in April, 1918. Snce the outbreak of the great war silver has gone up in price from 60 cents to $1 plus. Why? Several reasons arc given. Here they arc: Owing to the war silver mining, like all other mining of precious met als, is declining. When you examine it there is very little fact beneath this explanation. The silver production of the world for 1916 was 175,933,024 ounces. In 1915 and in 1914 it was more than 182,000,000 ounces which seems to show there has been a de cline. But wait! From 1908 to 1913 Give Thanks That we havje Won the War But don't forget one of the Greatest Les sons it hasl;aught us THRIFT Facing a World Famine our need of Conserving and Saving is greater to day than ever before. If the World is to be fed we must practice Rigid Econ omy. DON'T STOP SAVING SAVE FOOD SAVE MONEY Arizona Central Bank Chloride Kingman Oatman silver production went as low as 78, 000,000 ounces and never once exceed ed 162,000,000 ounces, but the dimes didn't disappear nor did the price jump to $1-08. Another explanation is that owing to the disappearance of gold as coin there has been an increased demand for the use of silver, but in the old pre-war days how often was gold real ly used as coin? About as often as $500 bills. We knew it was there if ,we wanted it, but we didn't bother us ing it. Then an explanation is given of the explanaton. The nations haying em bargoed gold for foreign trade, the in creased demand comes for silver, but this explanation likewise sets so much bunk. True, gold is chiefly used for foreign trade and the various govern ments have forbidden the exportation of gold, except with special license, but the very, same governments have also forbidden the exportation of sil ver except under special license, so the real explanation of silver almost doub ling in price narrows down to two questions whichno man can answer, bluff he never so wisely: Are the people privately hoarding silver coins ? Or has the price doubled because of open and secret buying of silver for the countries of the Orient, chiefly India? No one can answer the first ques tion, for hoarding is too furtive to be traced, but the action of the govern ments in Mexico and in France would seem to indicate that both authorities are apprehensive of secret hoarding also of secret agents lor loreign pow ers buying up the hoards at a price above the minted face value. But that does not explain the ab sorption of American dimes, and it would take a powerful lot of proof to convince sane people that the Ameri can imblic has taken to salting away silver dimes in old stocking toes and unused teaDots..i Still the cardinal fant remains dimes here and small er coins in France were, absorbed as if bv magic. What a theme for a new O- Henry secret agents gathering up coins, melting coins into bars in some secret cellar and then smuggling the bars to an India or a Germany! Much stranger things have happen ed in the present war and it may be that while we are sniffing along spy trails that are two years old and dead cold, another spider is weaving a warp and a woof around the silver coin of the allies against the day of reckon ing when indemnities must be paid. Consider for a moment; with the silver production of the world down to 175,000,000 ounces plus, worth. $1 an ounce plus, it wouldn't be much of a trick for a country that has spent bribe funds by hundreds of millons to absorb the slver coinage ot the worm. The silver coinage from the mints of all the world from 1885 to 1915 does not total $5,000,000,000 and what are billions in this war? If Germany could by hook or crook, secret agent or plot, absorb the ??, 000,000,000 of gold coined since 1885 and the less than $5,000,000,000 of sil ver, she could pretty nearly put the world on a paper money basis, when indemnities would not be so hard to pay. They could be paid in paper "scraps of paper" and the paper could be exchanged for trade, and the trick of absorbing the allies' coin cur rencv would be a burglar's jimmy to force open the world's doors of future trade with Germany. The idea is re commended to the novelists and dram atists who are still following old spy trails. But the absorption of silver by India was alarming and grave enough with out recourse to fiction. That story, too, will some day be told, a story of fact, not fiction, with secret interna tional plotters enough to put the wild est novelist to shame; plots that reached from assassinations in Van couver and San Francisco to Bombay and Calcutta- Five years ago, a year before the war, I investigated and told something of almost $2,000,000 of rev olutionary funds sent from Vancouver and San Francisco to India. That was two years before the British sec ret agent was shot down in the court room of Vancouver. In fact, I may now acknowledge, it was the imperial secret agent who gave me the facts, for which he afterward paid with his life. It will be recalled how last spring, when it was declared in the house of commons that Great Britain had 7, 000,000 men under arms, a shock of surprise came to the people who think below the surface of things when they learned that 1,000,000 of those 7,000, 000 were under arms in the far east. Why? To counteract the revolution ary propoganda manipulated by Ger many, chiefly from headquarters in San Francisco. Always India has been "a sink" of precious metals, de manding payment for exports in gold or silver, at once withdrawing the coin from circulation, either to hide and hoard it or melt and beat up the coin into bangles and jewels and ornaments. And now the war brought conditions to India that literally sea match to gunpowder- The general population of India jwill not use paper currency but India's exports are essential to the winning of the war. India has jute and hemp and wheat, and India has cheap labor. Ordinarily India buys about $90, 000,000 more than she sells, but lacjc of tonnage has cut off her imports and increased prices have swollen heiex ports. The allies owed India $360, 000,000 forvar purchases, and India would not accept payment except in coin. How easy for enemy propogan da to fan factional unrest to revolu tion if there had been any delay in the payment of that coin! It was the place where the changes of money might have become the dictators of i. second Russia, but where was that great mass of coin coming from? Only one source of silver had been left undrained in the ,wh6l6 'world those silver dollars piled-up 'dead and unused in the United States treasury. Even before the Pittman'act permitted the melting and exportation of these, private purchases had sent the price of silver up 50 per cent. For the ten years preceding 1908 India had ab sorbed and "sunk" or lost to circula-. lation $135,000,000 of gold more than a quarter of the world's yearly pro duction of gold- For the ten years-after 1908, that is to 1918, India had absorbed and "sunk" $440,000,000 of gold, or more than the world's production of gold for one year. By 1917 the dangers to shipping by way of London had become so great that coin was going to India by way of New York and San Francisco, and the brokers of London were powerless to stem the flow. Russiaand China also were buyers of silver here. The dominance of the London brokers in, precious metals had passed forever, one single purchase of silver to the extent of $20,000,000 was supposed to have gone to India by way of Canada, and what had begun as a trickle be came a flood. ,By the end of 1917 India was draw ing three-fourths of all the silver pro duced in the world. Silver had to be supplied to India to avert a financial panic and perhaps a revolution- The world had produced about 175,000,000 ounces of silver and India needed immediately $200,000,000 worth and later $150,000,000 more, so the United States treasury dollars were melted and exported. But before that a curious situation had arisen as to the rupee. The pre mium was so great on metal that the silver in the rupee was worth more than the face value of the minted ru pee, so rupees were being melted up and going out of collection. A law was passed in India making it a penal offense to melt or export coin. Sil ver cannot now be shipped to India except by purchase of the government. But this is not the whole story of the advantages of silver in the war. We are now paying France our army disbursements in silver- With India requiring $175,000,000 more in silver than is produced in a year and France taking payment for our army purchas es in silver, it is not surprising that silver has doubled in price. The free coinage of all the silver in the world would not satisfy today's demand on silver. Shot through with the blood of millions of men is the (Continued on Page 7)