The Tacoma Times from Tacoma, Washington on January 2, 1918 · Page 1
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WEATHER FORECAST Tonight and Thursday rain. Courtmartial Sentences Pidd to Life Imprisonment WIFE'S TRIAL LATER Private George Pidd, who slugged and seriously Injured lanwi'l-ii'«• Beri|iilnt, Tacoma bus driver, two weeks ago on the road to I »in|i bewla, was sentenced by owirta-marl.lnl Wednesday to life imprisonment in disciplinary barracks, dishonorable disclaarge from the army, ihul forfcit-ure of all pay and allowance*. The sentence was approved by Brig. Gen. Foltz. Pidd was led to altig the driver thru a desire for money to support his wife, according to his story. Mrs. Pidd was riding In the bus at the t'me of tlie assault. She left for Portland Immediately, and was arrested there. She has been cbargeil with complicity in the crime, and will be tried In the superior court. Pidd took $10 from Berquist. The slugged driver Is still in a serious condition. He is conscious a large part of the time but ha-* lost all memory of faces, not even being able to recognize his wife. OLD TAX CASE HOODOO AGAIN Caught by bin own testimony was Morris lledonski, respondent in the army post suit Wednesday. Two years ago a number of taxpayers of the outlying districts brought suit against the county to have their taxes lowered. Redonskl at that time testified, it is claimed, that his land was the poorest in the state of Washington and was worth practically rvnlliing He said It required two days to plow one acre of land because it was so rocky. He also said that it took seven acres of that land to support one sheep. In the army post suit he is asking $1600 for about 300 acres. When called to the stand Wednesday morning he claimed his land was very valuable. When confronted with the affidavit to which it is claimed he swore ln the previous suit he said he never said such things and that Jf he did he did not say them on a witness stand. If he was on the stand he did not know it, he said. CUTS BEARD TO HELP WIN WAR «l nlla-.l Pitas I i-K.ril Wire.) LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2.—One of the greatest sacrifices of the war was announced today when Edward Gregory, Civil war veteran, agreed to cut off his whiskers and suggested other vets do likewise to raise money for the Red Cross. Sign Here, Mr. Food Slacker TO THE UNITED STATES FOOD ADMINISTRATION WAS II IN 1,1 Oh, D. C. This certifies that I —— . . —. a citizen of the United Stales ? residing at — *—'-- ,— : Street, City or Town - ■..» -.County of — — .— State of New York, wish to record my protest against the practice of Meatless and Wheatleas day. as recommended by your administration, that I am not in favor of the conservation of foods of any kind or in any way for the use of the United States Soldiers or our Allies in Europe, although I realize that food may win the war. And further that on the _______.'___, day of ---- 191 the ,__, Ha-lal «*r Waa..i..i located at _______ , retused to nerve me Meat or "Wheat Bread when ordered until I signed this card releasing its management from all responsibility for violating the pledge given to the United States Food Administration.' • W im ess: Sinned: r (Special to* The Times.) on your diet. WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 2.— This card, which originated Are you a food alacker? Do you with New York hotelkeepers, has insist on having beef, pork or been a most effective means of mutton on "meatless" days, and persuading guests who insisted on tine white bread on "wheatleas" meat and wheat on prescribed days? days, to eat something else. If io, you should be glad to Any patron who nows demands sign the accompanying card cer- his beefsteak and white bread tlfying your independence of the regularly may have lt if hs sign* restriction.! Food Administrator this card. .* Hoover has asked you to impose But few sign. The Tacoma Times \^ ww^v^v^^^^^^^^w^^^^wi^»^^A<w^w»>ataw^^^^t'^^ tto_wttoi_Wo_\\ttoto>ototot__moeot_tpt__ooWpfio_f*^wtmotmtoeoi.^^ 126 c A MONTH. THE ONLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER IN TAOOMA. lo A COPT.! njaj-_nii-iii.ii-iLr_-.ai_.jin ii ii , , m .>r_n-aa-*aa~ai ,r„*i,ir-r. . a. aa'annnra--—- --------a..-----------.- a>.a - . ■--.-. ■....-... ,-,-,--'IAUJ..IA, WA-SLiLNUTON. Wl .1 >M Si l,\ V. .1 \M \\i\ _'. l'H> Hoover Makes Answer il itlird Preaa Leased Wire.) WASHINGTON, D. ('., Jan. 2. — Herbert Hoover today answered criticisms of his food administration when he testified before the cenate sugar probe committee. High food prices he attributed partly to greatly Increased per capital gold circulation and sudden conversion of thousands of. men from producers to consum-1 ers only. Senator Reed, chairman of the committee and violent critic of Hoover, turned over cross-examination to Senator Lodge when the hearing began. Reed devoted his time to chewing gum and looking bored. laodge opened up on high prices u-t the outset. The first clash of the hearing came when Lodge sought to go into Hoover's testimony last May before the senate agricultural committee. Hoover didn't want to discuss this testimony. "It was given ln executive session," he said. "You stated at that time that there would be a sugar shortage In October?" asked Lodge. (Senate "laeak." "I said tbe available sugar in tbe United States would be exhausted by October, but 1 said It in executive session," said Hoover. "Had I understood my testimony would be made public I should not have been able to speak so frankly. I had no desire to spread such an alarming statement." Hoover said that when he found there had been a "leak" from the senate committee, he wrote Senator Gore, chairman of the committee, protesting against the making public of portions of the Hoover statement. "The giving out of the statement means an immediate increase of a cent a pound in sugar prices," Hoover wrote Gore. "Just why didn't you want this statement given out when you later gave Interviews stating it was desirable to create an Imaginative alarm to aid saving?" asked Lodge. "I didn't want to create this Imaginative alarm with regard to a hypothetical condition which might occur with regard to sugar," replied Hoover. "I did want to create it with regard to the whole food situation, so the people would conserve all foods." "It was proper to tell the people of the country that a world shortage was looming up and that the allies would have to go sugarless unless we saved," said Hoover warmly. RAID FARM HOUSES al'aalaa-d P-ra—a I.r.ar. Wlr.l DUBLIN, Jan. 2. —A party of men wearing disguises raided farm houses at Galway, confiscating arms and ammunition, according to reports received here today. PEACE PARLEY HALTS! Ilnln.l Preaa 1 a-n-a-rt Wire. I LONDON, Jan. 2. —The Russian bolshevik! are making preparations for defense against Oarmany and have broken off the peuco negotiations because of the Ger-1 mans' refusal to withdraw their troops from Poland and other oo] cupled sections of Russia, according to a sens itioniil «li-'|.,.ii'!i printed in Ulie Utitly Is'ews today from its Petrograd correspondent, : Arthur Ransonie. "1 have reliable Information regarding the breaking off of peace negotiations, which establishes the honesty of the bolshevik! purpose," his dispatch asserted. "The central powers made a more detailed statement of their terms than whicli has been puulished, including therein a demand that Herman garrisons be retained at Higa, Libau and other strategic points. "The Russians were uncompromisingly against this. "The Germans asked for time ln which to consider this refusal by the Russians and also begged that thin stage of the negotiations be not published. The Russians refused this plea aud left Brest- I-itovak. "Red guards are now being sent to reinforce the front and ether preparations are being made for defense." Taunt Germans on Junkerdom Demand (Tutted rrraa l.nixrcl Wire.) PKTROGRAD, Jan. 2. — The Brest-Lltovak peace conrerenee broke u-p with the Kusslan delegates taunting the German conferees en the demands of Junkerdom, according to returning bolsbevlkl members today. The Germans, it was said, expressed their willingness to evacuate all of white Russia, but an■nounced flat refusal to withdraw from Riga, Lilian or other of the big cities, except in the event of a general peace. ..The scheme, as the Russians saw it, was for the Germans to keep great bodies of tropos in these sections until, as provided under other sections of the proposed agreement, tho people in those territories had voted on their future government. Under such a German system of garrisoning the Russians felt there would be entirely too much German Influence exerted on the voters. The Russian members declared openly their astonishment that* even Prussian junkers had the audacity to make such a proposition, taunting the German delegates with the reminder they would have a hard time explaining it to their own democrats. WARMEST OF JANUARYDAYS Did you all enjoy the recordbreaker yesterday? According to the weather man New Year's day was the warmest day that bus ever been recorded for a January here. The temperature reached 63 in the afternoon. TO BE EXECUTED; ASKS EXEMPTION . (United Press Leased Wire.) SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 2. — Young Hlng, prisoner In San Qiientiiii prison, will claim exemption from the army draft on.the ground that he will be executed for -.mrder before he can become a soldier. COINS MELTED UP BT SPECULATORS IDallee Praaa l.a-*»«-_ tYlra-.i ROME, Jan. 2.—No more silver coins are being used ln Italy, lt was discovered local and foreign speculators were melting them up and re-selling the metal at a good profit. TODAY'S CLEARINGS Clearings- ...$' 887,169.84 Balances ......... 101,648.28 Transactions .. 2,889,844.38 "Me Und Allahr Above, the latest photograph of William Hohenzollern. Tho kaiser Is shown here portraying the role of the Sultan of Turkey. He is dressed in the Turkish field marshal's uniform. You have the kaiser's word for it that the "Me und Gott" alliance he boasts of so frequently. Is stronger than ever. He said in fill Christmas speech to the Becond Germany army that he had found he could "absolutely rely" upon tlie Lord of Creation. So now, it would seem that he has turned to the task of "lining up Allah." The pho/ograph was made on the kaiser's recent visit to the Ottoman capital. Note the Turkish rugs and hangings—"atmosphere" for tbe "Me und Allah" business, mebby. U. S. Prisoners Are Slain? (TJnltcal Preaa laCaaeal Wire.) WITH THE AMERICAN ARM. IN FRANCE, Jan. it. —What is the fate of seven missing American soldiers of Hie 12 taken prisoner by the Germans in their trench raid of Novemlier Mt Thousands of Americans over the American zone were left to draw their own conclusions today on whether the Boches had murdered seven helpless captives. The matter was called to every soldiers' attention in an official division bulletin circulated today. Palestine Advance Is Jolt to Prussianism BY J. W. T. MASON. (Written for the I'nited Press.) NEW YORRK, Jan. 2.—German reports of a large reorganised army under command of Gen. yon Fulkenhayn preparing to, block the British advance in Palestine are discredited by the continuance of Gen. Allenby's forward movement north of Jerusalem. It is becoming apparent that the kaiser Is being driven to making extravagant promises to the Turku which he cannot carry out. •» General Allenby's procedure since the capture of Jerusaleih has shown a large degree of caution, but at ths same time the uninterrupted activity of the British army demonstrates that there The art'cle sets forth these facts: In the November raid the Boches took 12 prisoners. Later an illustrated German paper printed photographs of ths first American prisoners, surrounded by a taunting crowd in Berlin—AND THE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWED ONLY FIVE PRISONERS. The bulletin makes no suggestion as to the fate of the missing seven but tew officials are hopeful that they are yet alive. A certain famous major general commenting to the United Press Is no Intention of the allies' Palestine offensive being halted. Necessity for making some display of military vigor in Palestine, however, is becoming increasingly insistant for the kaiser if the Pan-Germans are to retain any post-war influences at Constantinople. Nevertheless, the need for strengthening the German lines ln France and Belgium Is even more imperative in view of . America's rapidly looming power along the western line. The kaiser has hsd to make his choice between using troops released from Russia either for helping Turkey or bolstering his western front. He has chosen the latter alternative. Gsn. yon Falkenhayn's gigantic ' force to reconquer ths Holy *t^**^o**em*^_mt***9***m*+**.i'^^m**t*^oe*9 VOL. XV. NO. 11 today on the German atroo'tles, declared: "The Huns' mistreatment of prisoners is one of the most frightful chapters of the war. The Americans must be warned and must lie prepared to sell their lives at the highest price; to fight to death, even, in the face of overwhelming numbers.'" The traditional good humor of the American soldiers was transformed into bitter rage when they today read bulletins atiiiouiicing the German plans to treat future American prisoners as "persons of no Intelligence" and to place them under unusual hardships. Land and restore Turkey's prestige is mythical. The Christmas and New Year orations of the kaiser appear as sadly bombastic in relationship to the new collapse of pan-German ambitions ln the Holy Land. Every mile of additional progress Gen. Alli'iiiiv now makes is one more blow to the kaiser's mltteleuropa dream. The continued Palestine offensive of the allies, tho attracting little attention, must nevertheless cause new despair to Prussian militarism. COP CHASES THIEF; SOLDIER NABS HIM (United Press Leased Wire.) OTOCKTON, Jan. 2.—Policeman Thomas Green found a bur-" glar in his bedro >m and chased him, clad only ln a nightie. A soldier on guard st a manufacturing plant arrested Green when he was unable to Show his copper's star. f\_m.______. *^' _____e____W\ ______________ c s ■ V IIV I H Ten EDITION ENVOYS URGE NATION HURRY ARMY ACROSS! (Uaited Preaa laeaaed Wire.) WASHINGTON, D. C , Jan. 2. American fighting forces must be dispatched to Europe, "with the least possible delay incident to training and equipment," Col. House's mission to the allied countries has recommended to Secretary of State Lansing. Speed and systematic co ordination in shipbuilding are likewise primary requisites, while unity of effort —military, naval and economic—between the United States and the allies is essential, according to the other two prime recommendations. The full l«"Xt of these recomm«>niliitlons follows: 1 Thai the United States exert all their Influence to secure entire unity of effort, military, naval and economic, between tliemselvef anil tiie countries associated with them In the war. 2 Inasmuch as the successful termination of the war by ths United Siaic and the nllles can lie greatly hastened by ths extension of tlie United States nliipptng program, that the goverar ment and the people of the I'nltcd Statni bend every effort toward accomplishing thin result by a l ystemati«- co-ordination of tho re>sourees of men and material. 3 That the righting force, of the United States lie ili pahhed to Kurope with the least possible delay incident to training and equipment." The recommendations for co-ordination In the shipping programs emphasizes more srongly than ever the urgent appeal of the allies for more ships, more speed In building them and less bickering and attention to detaila. Summary of Col. House's report to Lansing shows that tbe apodal ■Mir mission "succeeded In Its purpose of reaching * defitjlte work- Ing plan for the prosecution of the war." In making public the summary, the 'tale departmsnt expresses Its gratification at the result because of the mutual helpful spirit manifested and because the plans outlined "will greatly Increase tire effectiveiu'HH of the efrorts now being put forth by the i'nltsd States and the allies ln the conflict against Germany, Austria and Hungary. STEEL PLANT SURE THING, SAYS STRUVE I M'allral I'm. I.m.rd Wire.) SEATTLE, Jan. 2.—Within 90 days work will be started on a 125,000,000 steel plant to lie constructed on the Sound between Seattle and Tacoma, is the announcement of F. 11. Struve, president of the Seattle National bank, who returned yesterday from a six weeks' trip ln the east, where he has assisted in projecting the enterprise. The plant will be ln operation Sweaters by the Thousand Red Cross headquarters at Camp Lewis will receive 1 7,500 sweaters some time during the next week for distribution among the soldiers, It was announced Wednesday. Already 10,500 sweaters have been received and distributed. CHOKES TO DEATH OVER HIS OWN JOKE <l »lla-rt Pr+aa l.ru.a-aJ Wire.l WILKESBARRE, Pa., Jan. 2.— Thomas Gubutless laughed over one of his jokes at the supper table last night and choked to death on a piece of meat. Thieves Get $14 Burglars entered the Grand Union Tea Co.'s store, 736 St. Helens aye., Tuesday night and stol ■ $13.94 from a cash register. Nothing else In the store was disturbed. YES, BUT WHAT ABOUT BABIES? (By Cnltrd Press.) KANKAKEE, HI.. Jen. 2. —Milk dealers here hays been afflicted with an epidemic of orphan oats. , When ths price of milk recently mcc raised two' cents a quart several cßti»ns declared they could not afford to fssd their sets. So they left their tabbies on the dealers' doorsteps. One lnherfted eight eemt in c single night — — — — — — — In a year, Struve declared. From 1,200 to 1,500 acres of land will be required. Backers of the project are Willlam H. Crocker, president of tha Crocker National bank of San Francisco; Herbert Fleischacker, president of the Anglo-London and Paris bank of San Francisco; 8. F. B. Morse, San Francisco capitalist and manufacturer, and Bert L. Thane, general manager of the Gastlneau Mining Co., of Alaska. ■TALKOTttE Greetings, are your cn> cuses up? < "You people who have had experience with eggs, do you think ' there should be a coiner on them?"— Hastings (Neb.) Democrat. It would be convenient. An egg cup would not be needed. Still, we can get along with the o. f. round kind. WE CANT FIGURE IT OUT. The Torkelson twin brothers . were home Sunday visiting their respective parents.—Piano (111.) News. "I seek the butcher's, ask 'Horn, much is fish?' The price he names makes It some fancy dish. Lamb, beef, veal, pork, whale steaks all skyward go. And, to make matters worse, 1 have no dough." ♦ _——-a She May Be the Tooter Wit* Tooted the rtmbe awl Who Tstored Two Tooters to Too*. Miss Frances Oliver le tootsrlsg c elass.—Onawe (la.) Pete cret

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