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for Farm -Volunteers
(By Addison C. Thomas.)
11 for Tolanteera should be made at once
least one million men for the fields and
on farms for them to plow as soon as the
oat of the ground.
more urgent necessity for men and land
before existed and I hope never will exj
in and it never will if our patriotic men.
for the tranches, but lit for. the fields,
respond to the call of hungry humanity,
rhaps millions of starving children.
the men of America refuse to respond to
r's call, conscript them, such service to
ue until the war is over, but not a day
The rich men must first respond to
Sail for acres that their lands may produce
s country can supply an abundance or
for our people at home and our 30ns in
e and all our allies.
le production of food is perhaps more es-
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,1 now xnan mei icr tne troncnes ana am-
ition for them. Time is food for a starv-
fSgKworld, and men must be on the land or
Iwfjg firing lines as soon a, the frost is out of
' rfj3FKe allwise Creator has decreed the seed time
iXue Harvest, men, wuiubh auu uvyu juuuiu
ining now in the ULe of every :iece of
machinery, especially the plow and the
tractor. Training places should be secured
diately in every la-ge city in this nation,
3 the people can be "-Med in the use of
and dairy machinery, as our boys are be-
Ltralned to use the gun, Women should
how to milk a cow and perform other
duties that will assist the farmer's wife,
for his wife is alike essential as assist-
for the farmer.
e war vwill only be won by the harvest
poleon said, "An army travels on its
;" Our fields must not only produce food
the stomachs of our soldiers, but we must
Aftvtfle with the French who shared their army
tumiits with our forefathers and who shed
tlfflr blood unselfishly for freedom.
rm training encampments, or farm schools,
e men can learn the art and the business
farming, like cantonments are provided to
date men in the fighting business, should be
blished throughout the land where the rudi-
s of farm work can be taught until spring
es, and then send them to the land and they
1 know how to shoot straight with the plow
the hoe, as our boys are learning to shoot
the cantonments. The farmer needs experi-
ed and trained help and these men should
sent to the farmer with a "letter of recom-
very grain-laden train and food car should
'given the right of way "over every other- train
car; when destination is reached, they should
unloaded before any and all other freight
newspaper reports, as well as from the indica
tions which hare come from you, It is quite
clear that there is a condition of disorganiza
tion as well is of negligence at Hog Island.
By taking hold of conditions with a strong
hand I am convinced that you will bo able to
bring about more careful and economical man
agement If there have been irregularities of
any kind, punishment must bo meted out to tho
offender, and J am requesting the attorney
general to assign one of his assistants to aid
you in this investigation.
The whole question of tho management of
affairs at Hog Island is now before tho senate
and. I felt that you would want to know that
in my opinion we should await the judgment of
the committee before committing ourselves to
any program of action. Of course, wo may find
it necessary to cancel the present contract en
tirely. If in this connection you have any sug
gestions to offer I will be very glad to have
them. Yours, very truly,
EDWARD N. HURLEY,
MANY A MOTHER, FATJLKU AND SWKKTF
HEART WILL THANK GOD FOR
THE Y. tit. C. A.
HOTELS AND PROHIBITION
"Quincy, Mass., -Feb. 8, 1918. To the Man
ager, Grove Park Hotel, Ashevllle, N. C. Dear
Sir: Hotels in Massachusetts are considering tho
attitude which they should hold toward the
question of ratification or the National Prohibl
"Yoflr experience will be of great value. Will
you kindly favor us with a brief statement re
garding the effects of prohibition In your vicin
ity, with special reference to the hotel bus'ness?
"Tlfanklng you in advance for any favor, we
are. "Very truly yours,
"QUINCY. REAL ESTATE TRUST,
"D. King, Treasurer."
To which the Grove Park Hotel replied:
"Asbeville, N. C, Feb. IK, 1918. Mr. D.
K'ng, Treas., Quincv Real Estate Trust, Quincv,
Mass, Dear Sir: We have never handled li
quors in any way at Grove Park Inn, regardless
of prohibitory laws, nor do we ever expect to.
We are operating the hotel for the highest class
tourists known to the science, as you will see
bv the enclosed list of a few of our prom'nent
guests, and we do not find that any of thorn
require us to have a saloon in conjunction with
our hotel business in order to make them com
fortable. "We hope all the hotels will reach some such
a conclusion sooner or later, and with best
wishes, beg to remain,
"Very slnvrelv yours.
"GROVE PARK INN."-
RESIDENT CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO
HOG ISLAND SHIP CONTRACTS
Hie White House. Washington-. Fob. 13, 1918.
SMy Dear Mr. Attorney General: Mr. Hurley,
the shipp'ng board, ha, called my attention
seme very serious facts which have recently
hi developed with Tegard to contracts made
.-nnncction with the shinbuildinc nrocram
ith the company operatirf: at Hog Island.
iey are so serious indeed that I do not think
can let them be taken care of merely by
bun disclosure and discussion. I would be
rv much obliK-ed if you would have some
custWDrthy perso. in your department get into
insultation with Mr. Hurley about the whole
latter with a view to instituting criminal
roccss in case the fucts. justify it.
Cordially and sincerely yours,
Ion. T. W. Gregory,
The Attorney General.
5HAIRMAN HURLEY TO ADMIRAL BOWLES
February 12, 19"18. Rear Admiral ' Francis
i T.rTu-ra ARsisiunt General Manager. Emer
gency Fleet Corporation," 136 South 16th St.,
Philadelphia, Pa. My near Aamirai: i-rom me
TlieYe was a military parade in New York
laRt'week at which tho government's represent
ative'' in the reviewing stand was .Tosenhus Dan
iels; "tne secretary of the navy. The New Yc-k
Tirns made this an occasion for remarking un
on t$ strange case of Mr. Daniels and his de
partment. "There has not been a reflection 'on the sea
service since a state of war w'th Germany was
rieclaed," says the Times. "Secretary Daniels."
it arlds. "has claimed unprecedented achieve
ments for the navy department, but not one of
them has been challenged . . . Mr. Daniels is
now known as one of the most competent mem
bers of the cabinet. . . . Naval officers no long-
. er talk -about his temperamental unfitness for
the post and smUe at his hobbfes. He has won
favor in all ranks." There are people who ask,
savs The Times, "Is this the Josephus Daniels
whom everybody was abusing two years ago for
The case of Secretary Daniels is the most re
markable instance of "reversal of form" that we
can recall. 'Newspaper readers remember well
enough the bitterness and the persistency of the
attacks centering upon Daniels up to a year
ago. From even so responsible a weekly as Col
lier's one gained the impression that the navy
was going to pot under Daniels. If wo remem
ber correctly, that genial publication, Life, is
sued a "Secretary Daniels" number, the general
purport of which was that Daniels was profes
sionally a failure and personally a buffoon. Good
words for Daniels were nowhere in the United
It was early obvious this far west that Dan
iels had made enemies to his credit. His dis
missal of liquor from the navy made the liquor
(Copyright: 1917: By John T. McCutcheon.)
From The Pittsburgh Post.
interests furious. His efforts to infuse democ
racy into the naval servil gained the opposition,
of what some critics call the "naval ring." Ho
was In frequent clash with the steel interests
and succeeded in beating down the price of ar
mor plate, which most of the time in the past
had been so high as to be a national scandal.
But- oven those Americans who felt kindly' to ;
DanielB because- of h's brrfvlng such powerful,.
Interests as these must have suspected in their
hearts that, with all his good points, he must
be something of a weakling. Else why should
responsible periodicals and noted naval critics
be saying so with such confidence and persist
ency? The war comes, and after a year of it not a"
chirp against Daniels. The navy has vindicated
itsolf at every test. Its building program has
gone forward successfully. Its supply system
has been above complaint. The blows that
formerly beat upon Daniels are now falling on
other shoulders. When before has a national
official, after such buffetlngs, such unpopularity,
been so strikingly vindicated and so fully re
turned to public confidence? The case of Dan
iels is calculated to make,-men humble in the!r
judgments of other .men. Nebraska State
TEXAS LEGISLATURE rflVITES MR. BRYAN
Senate Chamber, Austin,, Texas; Feb. 27, 1918.
Hon. F. O. Fuller, Speakqi- of the House of Rep
resentatives. Sir: I am directed by the senate to inform the
house that the senate has passed the following;
Concurrent Resolution No. 2, Inviting the Hon.
William Jennings Bryan to address the legisla
' RALPH SOAPE,
Secretary of the Senate.
INVITING THE HON. W. J. BRYAN TO AD
DRESS THE LEGISLATURE
The Speaker laid before the house, for con-,
sideration at this time, the following resolu
tion: S. C. R. No. 2, inviting Hon. W. J. Bryan to
address the legislature.
Whereas, The Hon. William Jennings Bryan,
illustrious democratic leader and distinguished
American, will be in Texas soon and has dates
to speak at Denton and Fort Worth on March
5 and G respectively; therefore, be It
Resolved by the senate of Texas, the house
of representatives concurring, That the Hon.
William Jennings Bryan be Invited to address
the legislature in joint session at such time and
on such subject as mayfsult him.
The resolution was read second time and wai
(Speaker in the dhair.)
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