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J. H. CHAPMAN, Editor. Entered aa second-class matter at the postoffice Os Winslow, Arizona, under Act of Congress of March 1. 1879. Published every Friday. Sub cription, $2.00 per year. Friday, - - February 1, 1918. The Secretary of War. President Wilson has made the mistake of all politicians when he injects his personality into the debate in Congress on the question of creating a board of munitions and a war council, and insisting there must be no inter ference in the present arrange ments of leaving all this to the war department, and Secretary Baker. The passage of these important measures is in no wise a reflection on Mr. Baker, except insofar as he may have a con sciousness of his short-comings in the work that has been put upon him by the entrance of the United States into the war. In times of peace the position of Secretary of War in the Presi dent’s cabinet, is little more than a social position in the official family, with most of the work being done by assistants and military aids. Mr. Baker was a successful attorney in Ohio when he was called to the portfolio on the resignation of Mr. Garrison, who was not a pacifist in those days before the November elec tions in 1916, when everything about the administration centered on the shibboleth to “keep us out of war.” Mr. Baker was emi nently qualified by education and pacific sentiments to fill the posi tion of Secretary when he as sumed the place, at a time when the whole country was given to understand that this country was not going to engage in war, and his only duties was to add lustre to official life in Washing ton, and be an advisor to the President. Since that day con ditions have changed—we are in the war to the limit of the na tion's power, and the war depart ment is the vital center on which the success of our arms depend, and Mr. Baker finds himself in efficient and . lacking in military knowledge so essential to put the fighting forces in a condition of preparedness. It is conceded he has done the best he could with such knowledge as he pos sesses, but this is not the time to be training a Secretary of War* as to his duties, and the only sensible and speedy way out of the dilemma is to divide the responsibility by creating a war council and munitions board. This will relieve Mr. Baker of all the duties with which he is in no wise familiar or competent to discharge, and still leave him in his official position with all its social prestige, and as a learned and polished member of the ad ministration family. In this crisis President Wilson should be seeking all the assist ance of men of experience he can get to help bring this war to a successful and speedy close, and it is no time to inject politics into the game by insisting that his appointees, however ineffi cient, must be continued in pow er and control. Senator Bill, Stone of Missouri, who is more interested in the fu ture success of the democratic party than he is in the nation's stability in this war, must re alize by now what a gimlet he is, Even the members of his own party, and democratic editors all over the land are repudiating his dirty political mess stirred up in the Senate, and are urging re publicans to ignore him, as not being a representative of democ racy, but rather a cheap dema gogue and discredit politician. Stone and LaFollette should start a party of their own, and invite to its membership the pro-Ger mans and I. W. W’s. who are anxious to have the war prove a failure. . "£• 9 Ai* 1 The patriotic mothers of this country are willing to give their sons to fight for their country, but they are not enthusiastic to offer them as martyrs to die in camps from preventable diseases and gross inattention and incom petency; At the outbreak of the civil war members of Congress who were not in sympathy with the war had the courage and man hood to resign their seats and go home. They were statesmen, and men with high ideals, who would sacrifice their positions of honor rather than surrender their principles. Bill Stone is not in that class. He is a cheap politi cal demagogue, serving the Ger man brewing masters of Mis souri, and retains his seat in Congress the better to serve them and harass the government in its preparations for war. In the early stages of the Spanish American war the em balmed beef scandal was brought to light, and although the then Secretary of War Alger was in no wise connected with it, his resig nation was accepted by President McKinley, because the President took the view that his Secretary of War ought to have known what was going on, and his fail ure to keep advised showed a proper lack of efficiency in the department. That was states manship, where the safety of the army was put above partisan politics. The recent investiga tion by the Senate committee disclosed that many deaths in the training camps were due to the lack of proper care and insuffi cient clothing, and the crowding of too many men in the quarters provided, but President Wilson does not seem inclined to ask Secretary of War Baker to re sign, or that the duties be divided to prevent a repetition of these calamities. Rather he is insist ent that Baker shall continue as Secretary, even though ineffi cient, and the senators who dis agree with the President are branded as unpatriotic and dis loyal. Director General McAdoo has issued his orders that all salaried railroad lobbyists be cut from the pay roll, also the army of attorneys with their free trans portation; useless literary asso ciations maintained for adver tising and political purposes, and other useless but expensive bu reaus. It is estimated these re forms will save several million dollars a year. McAdoo is now threatening to take a crack at the top-heavy boards of directors of the railroads next, and pry these stall-fed parasites loose from their easy graft on the railroad earnings. An investiga tion of the actual value of most of these boards of directors will no doubt reveal that they hold their places through favoritism, and are of no practical assistance to the roads. They are simply grafters filching the honest earn ings of the roads from the small stock-holders, and put in most of their time preparing statistics to prove the roads must have in creased freight rates to earn reasonable dividends, and with increased dividends they increase their graft, or divert the money into channels where they can personally derive the benefits. In many cases the directors are simply the representatives of fi nancial institutions who have in vested in the road's securities, know nothing of the scientific operations of railroads, and have insisted on being on the direc torate to get inside information to help them in their stock-gam bling operations on the stock exchange. Thus, instead of be ing of any assistance to the rail road, the stock-holders, or the public, they are an actual men ace to its successful operation, and are drawing down princely salaries for their perfidy. Mr. McAdoo should appoint one set of experienced railroad men to act as the directors of all the properties during the time the roads are under government con trol, and clean out all the present crowd. We understand an effort has been made by Gov. Hunt to get the members of the legislature to take a patriotic view of hold ing a brief special session with out pay, for the purpose of pass ing a bill to grant our soldier boys the right to vote in the field. It would take about a week’s time to pass the bill, but it seems the brand of patriotism of Ari zona’s legislature is measured by dollars and cents. It would please them mightily if Governor Hunt called a regular session where the members could draw their regular per diem and perquisites, and they would draw the session out to six months if possible to get into the treasury up to their elbows, but to give freely of their service for patriotic principle, nix! We are pleased to know that our Senator Mattox is one of the men who is ready to give freely his service at anytime the Governor calls, but there are so few Senator Mattox’s on the roll of members. In the investigation being made into the meat packing trust, it has been discovered by corre spondence found that the secre tary of the National Cattle Grow ers’ Association, was keeping the packers informed of the inside work being done by the associa tion to dissolve the trust and release themselves from its grip. If this was the first case of the kind where the secretary be trayed the trust of his organiza tion we might be surprised. When organizations are formed having for its object the com batting of some evil the organiz ers want abated, did you ever notice how keen some fellow is always to be the secretary and keeper of the records without regard to the salary the job pays? Well, he is the fellow who wants the position to assemble the in formation and peddle it out to the enemy for a valuable con sideration, and it usually is per fectly safe, because the people who buy the information have to keep mum in order to keep the channel open. Without any knowledge of the facts we ven ture the assertion that the secre tary of the national cattle grow ers’ association has not a dollar invested in cattle, and why should a man with no financial interest in the industry be continued in office year after year? Senator Chamberlain, of Ore gon, was the man who led the fight to pass all the war legisla tion demanded by President Wil son during the last session of Congress, and was looked upon as the spokesman of the admini stration. He is the man who now says the war department as at present organized is totally inefficient, and has introduced a bill creating a war council. His work in the last session is all forgotten, and he is now charged with a lack of loyalty to the ad ministration; and Senator Bill Stone, who never supported a single measure to put the United States on a war footing, and antagonized all the efforts of Senator Chamberlain in his mag nificent work to aid President Wilson, has been delegated to administer chastisement to the Oregon senator for disloyalty. Senator Chamberlain is a demo crat, but he belongs to that large body of democrats who in the present crisis forget partisan politics, and are giving all their energy and ability to bring the war to a speedy, victorious close. Bill Stone is nothing but a demo cratic ward-heeler, who has been elevated to a position of honor by the aid of German brewers’ money and influence, and he has no conception of statesmanship, and is a disgrace to the honor able body where he claims mem bers ni p. • Notice to Our Customers. ! 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