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DAILY llOQVB RIVER COVIUEIt Till 1WDAY, DKCKMHEU I'J, 101. Published Daily Except Saturday E. VOORHIES, Pub. and Propr. Entered at poatoffloa, Grants Pass, Ore., m aacond clasa mall matter. . ADVERTISING RATES Display apace, per inch... 15c liOcal-pereonal column, per llpe-.10c Readers, per line '. .. So "M 7 DAILY COURIER By mall or carrier, per yearf6.09 oj mau or wrni ir sjiji js tT'"' Weekly oouRran By mall, per year ........-t ltS0 MEMBER OP, ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press Is excluslTely entitled to the use tor republication of aU newa dispatches credited to It or all otherwise credited In this paper and also the local newt pub lished herein. , . All rights of republication of spe cial dispatches herein are also leserrod. THURSDAY", DECEMBER 12, 1018. OREGOX WEATHER ' -f ; . f Rain In west; ' rain or snow f in east portion. Warmer tonight In the east: strong, southerly -f winds. 4 " More and Better Fruit PORT LIMON BANANAS SUNKIST ORANGES AND LEMONS FLORIDA GRAPE FRUIT i OREGON APPLES KINNEY & TRUAX GROCERY SOLDIERS AXD STCMPS . : i i ' . Many expedients have been Bug gested as to what Is the best thing we can do to make places lor the re turning soldierg and eailors. Re . claiming land by clearing stumps is strongly urged by some, while Irri gation and draining of swamp land is also suggested. To face the facts squarely and acknowledge the truth, everyone knows that there are not any more available public lands to give the returning soldiers; that is, land worth attempting ' to farm. There are some lands in the west that would make fine homesteads were it not for the fact that they are too remote for anyone except cattlemen and sheepmen to tackle. Should a farmer raise a crop on such land he would be unable to get it to market Reclaiming swamp land and plac ing other land that is reasonably close to good roadg and a shipping point under Irrigation, would be fine proposition for the soldiers who have been doing the fighting, for on such lands they could "make good." But no meaner punishment no greater injustice could be done our returning soldiers than to encour age and persuade them to attempt to make a living out of "stump land" the arguments of some college pro fessors and venders of - stump-pullers and dynamite to the contrary notwithstanding. Clearing stump-land is a back-breaking, tedious process and some thing a poor man will do well to pass up it is a rich man's game. Before a . poor soldier could get enough stump land cleared and pro ducing crops, lie would be old and tottering. However, his great-grandchildren might appreciate his efforts. We ought to think too much of our boys to expect them to pit their en ergies fighting i GO acres of infernal stumps that resist everything ex cept giant machinery and dynamite. Perish the thought. Give the boys irrigated land, or reclaimed swamp land, but don't sentence them to hard labor for life amWst a million stumps. Allowing for the restless and un settled frame of mind produced in many men by war, it is safe to pre- ' diet that the majority of them would rather-return to their old Jobs. At any rate, let us give them, a Bquare deal when they return. One of them is the influensa epi demic that has swept this country and has not yet finished its ravages. The victorious "Flu" is already credited with approximately 300,000 deaths in the United States, accord ing to reports, and the list may reach almost a half-million before the Invasion is ended. Our "Flu" casualties, or cases of Illness vary ing in degree, are vastly greater than all our war casualties, and more disastrous in effects than the wounds of our soldiery. It would have been humiliating. as well as saddening, to suffer so many deaths and' Injuries from an Invasion of the enemy. It should be hardly less humiliating to suffer them, as we have done, from an In vading epidemic. Contagious disease can be kept out of a country no less surely than an armed foe, if proper defensive measures are taken. It would seem that the ones most to blame for the rapid spread of the disease are the United States health officials and the war department These departments made but a weak effort to check the disease when snips irom Europe landed on our Atlantic seaboard. The disease first appeared in the eastern cities and was rapidly carried westward by the trains, spreading over the central states, and then hit the Pacific coast until now it covers the whole coun try like a blanket. There was sufficient warning; the disease carried off thousands, in Europe, yet our government was caught napping and the influenza broke through the government health guard like a Foch offensive against a thin skirmish line. It is asserted that on Goat Island near San Fran cisco, where 4,000 soldiers are sta tioned, not one case of Influenza ap peared. But on Goat Island disin fectants were used and incoming persons isolated for a certain period. The mothers of. the outraged daughters of 'Belgium lure crying aloud that the kaiser be tried tor his crimes. Let the court proceed. The kaiser says he prefers toj make no statements until his trial J i So the old rascal expects to be tried! Let's not disappoint him. ESTABLISH MODEL FARMS IN FRANCE JUST PBT OF DAILY GRIND Wounds and Death Mere Incident to American Soldier Whin Duty 8ounds Its Call. There were four of thorn, and their mission was to transport a machine gun to a wooded hilltop commanding the enemy lines. It was not very far to look at But they had to crawl the entire distance nndw Ore. All night long they crawled, except When they frote Into stillness under the light of fhtf star hells. Before they were hatjp waV JPSTi Jwj fi them w6re' wounded and, pad J work Cud way back to the UUS? ver jta Mm perilous ground. The other two kept do. The danger Increased aa they approached the top of the hill. Both of them were bleed In it from flesh bounds. Both w? spent with, the exertion of the fctkj as cent dragging their gun.. Tint their billy thought waa to do vW they had come to do. Just at dawn they round ed the toU If the hill. The first thing they saw were two German officers standing" with binoculars sweeping the American lines. Quick as thought without waiting to place their gun, one "Yank "held it while the other fired. The officers went down, and the enemy guns woke up. The two boys made rover with their gun and answered the , fire. Before the day had fairly broken. they had "cleaned out" the nest of ! enemy guns and bad their own gun ' advautageously placed, j This la Just an ordinary episode of I dally life at the front From a Red Cross Scrap Book. Books for Gifts A wll c!t4MHn iMMik In n direct monii of ntnkinu otliorn linppy. The "bout wllcr" in tli nrw fiction are "Tlio Wind of Uhiuieo," "A liiKhtr f tho Iml," "lr Mnbl," "The VtiHoy of the liuit. 4. ' In popular copyrlghtM nt 7fto tlio copy ar "'y IMrkV "Son of Tarauui," "JiiHt ItavM," "Tlio Firs Hundred Thousand,'? and fliany other for title t Demaray's Drug and Stationery Store A model farm has been established by the American Red Cross at Courbtt for It has beea found that farm work la one of the very best means of hasten ing the recovery of those men suffering from shell shock. On farm of 600 acre haa been laid out In the depart ment of Indre-et-LoIre that is planned and la to be managed after U meth ods pursued in our own great farming region of the West Since the farms will be worked al most entirely by the convalescent sol diers and those mad unfit for active service, th expense of maintalnanc 1 will b very little. Bat the saving of human life will be enormous. Aad every farmer In this Red Cross Roll CaU wlU be work among the mutilated soldiers In ! France. laaaat vtuioiuiu j sVV mm biptn in-; KjW?arYmr Button J instruction 1 Jrs.. in wf " Utility 6ift$ for .0)ri$tma$ Grants Pass Hardware Co. That was a solaj plexus blow to the Northwest when the wa board yesterday cancelled wooden ship building. The payroll brigade will diminish. RED CROSS SUPPLIES. The varied character of the supplies which the American Red Cross pro vides for American soldiers and sail ors Is shown In the following list of articles furnished In one recent month to our fighting men in Great Britain: 80,000 sweaters, 30,000 toothbrushes, 50,000 pairs of socks, 32,000 pounds of soap, 300,000 boxes of matches, 800 baseball outfits, 000 mouth organ, 144,000 packages of chewing gum, 6,000,000 cigarettes. For handling these supplies, the Red Cross has sev en warehouses in England and six In Ireland. At the Irish stations there are stores of clothing, first aid outfits and other necessaries to provide amply for any emergency which may arise through the torpedoing of ships carrying American soldiers or sailors. If necessary, 6,000 shipwrecked Amer icans could ba outfitted from head to foot at one time from these emergency depots. Advance arrangements have also been made for Mltetlng, housing and feeding ony number of men who might unexpectedly be landed at ports where there ore no British military camp. r ncem ent Printing that please-.;'- V. OLD AGE STARTS WITH YOUR KIDNEYS Science says that old age begins .The oil stimulates the kidney action with weakened kidneys and digestive and enable,, the organs to throw off organs- thn poisons wi.ich cause premature ThiB being true, it is easy to be-'old &v. -New life and htrenth in lleve that by keeping the kidneys and j crease as you continue the treatment, digestive organs cleansed and in pro-j When completely restored continue per working order old age can be de- .taking a capsule or two each day. ferred and life prolonged far be- I (I.iJ MEDAL Haarlem Oil Rapaulcs ytfnd that enjoyed by the average .will keep yo;i In health and vigor and person. . ;;r. ver.t a return to the Jlsease.' J-or over 2) years GOLD MEDAL i Ho not. Haarlem Oil has been relieving the ' t(!.,t. !iv. W(.akneMen nnrl illenhtlffv rlna nA- ' ' vancing years. It is a m.im'nrri ni.i. t0 'our "r'lgrost and get a box of I time home remedy and needs no In- IGOLD :;i liaarlpm oil (ap- jtroduction. GOLD MEDAL Haarlem sales. Money refunded it they do not jn is incuKBa in oaoriess, tasteless Help yon. Three Kisses. Hut remem- (.apsiues containing about 5 drops sbi-r to csk for the crisr'r.al lmnort-d each, rake them as you" would a COLD MKL.L bi-aiid. In sealed Pill, with a small swallow of water, packages. wait tin'-ll old ut:- or di- settled down for good. Go THE AMERICAN' DEFEAT If peace, no less than war, has her Victories, she also has her defeats. Owing to the very unsettled conditions, the Joy Theater will be closed for a part of each week until further notice. Beginning next Sunday, December 15, the theater will be open on Sun day, Friday and Saturday only. On Sunday we. will show a regular program pic ture at 10c and 20c. On Friday and Saturday a big special production at15c and 25c. We wish to assure our patrons that the quality of our pictures will nbt be changed even though the quantity has. Also we wish to say that we have provided for very practical ventilation and the theater is now as well ventilated as any pub lic building in Grants Pass. In addition to this we are fumigating the house every day. In short we are doing everything possible to ensure the safety and comfort of . Our patrons. W. . T. r.rccii, Troj t. II l.M.liii'j Grafts Pass & Crescett (ily Sf?ge Co. Big, Easy Riding Pierce Arrow Cars Office Old Observer Itlk. Corner Seventh um'l i Mrcfts t'lumi 1 elt.plioiie iltU-;..! :ui(l 10:' " Joy Theater Alma P. Wolke, Mgr.