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DAILY ROGUE RIVER COIIUKR
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THE 0M WATER O.lll
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xSjy Kinney & Truax
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11. 1018
4 . Unsettled, probably rain or
4 snow; moderate south to west
THE TWO ARMIES
Figures Just rdJ puollc by Major
General Maurice, the British military
writer, throw light on a much-lis
cussed matter the relative stninBtn
of the German and allied armies
during ' Foch's victorious campaign
It develops that the Germans were
really beaten without any such
"overwhelming superiority of num
feers" as they nave represented,' and
Foch turned the tide last summer
with an army much smaller than the
enemy's. t -
When the big German offensive
started last March, the strength of
all the armies engaged stood as fol
lows: If the Belgian army be rated
as one, the French army as 12
the British army 10 and the Amer
ican army a mere , making a total
of 25. The German army stood at
26. Subsequent gains from the east
raised this to 31 in May.
On July 18, when Foch launched
his offensive, the Belgian army re
mained about the same; the French
army had been reduced to 11 and
the British to 9 ; the American
army had risen to 3. That made the
allied total still 25. The German
army had up to that time declined
very little, making up Its battle
losses 'by new drafts, so that when
Foch delivered his blow it stood at
about 30, and was thus actually 20
per cent larger than the armies at
Foch took the initiative, however,
secure In the knowledge that the
rapid growth of the American army
would soon turn the scale. From
July 18 on, the German army declln
ed fast because It had to fight con
tinuously, almost everywhere, with
no reserves to make good its losses,
By November 11, when the fighting
ended, the allied armies remained at
about 25 units while the German
- army had sunk to 17.
It is interesting to learn that at
the close of hostilities, though we
had only begun to throw our weight
Into the struggle, the effective Amer-
lean army was 60 per cent as large as
the French and 75 per cent as large
as the British. By next summer it
would have exceeded either of them
the seaman's act and enter the field
for world commerce.
Shipmasters and ship owners and
men who have put their capital into
the shipping business and gave it up j
say It cannot be done.
Japan chuckles gleefully and sends
its commissions to notify us that we
must expect to meet them as com
petitors on the high seas.
England has coppered the situa
tion and starts her merchant marine
tor the trade of the world while we
are calmly advised to again try to
meet competition under the same re
strictions that wiped the American
flag off the seas before the war
Chairman Hurley says we will try
it under the LaFollette act and If
we fan, it will foe time enough to go
to congress for relief.
Instead of a merchant marine
built and equipped npon scientific
and economic principles we are to
again go In blindly and learn In the
dear school of suffering and ex
vnairman Huney or toe snipping
Jboard, says the Manufacturer, ' be
Sieves an American merchant marine
can be built up in spite of the LaFol-
lette seaman act. - '
He says let us build the ships,
man them according to the terms of
Grants Pass is on the threshold of
the future. Will It go forward or
backward T Placing the excellent
river bottom soil under irrigation
means a decided step forward; fail
ure to do so means that Grants Pass
will remain stationary while other
sections forge ahead. "Do It now
should be the watchword of the land
We Intended to write an editorial
about the "flu," but really, what's
the use? No one would believe it-
which makes us reflect:
Lives there a man
' Besides me and you,
Who does not know
How to stamp out
President Wilson says: "No true
American could think of visiting
Germany unless forced to do so by
strictly official obligations." That's
mighty good advice for Americans.
From the way Hearst and his gang
are being shown up, those who per
sist in boosting the Hearst publica
tions haven't much to be proud of in
.1(11 st Infantry Suffers Heavy Losacw
Ed. Cassldy of this city, has re
ceived the following letter from his
son, who belonged to headquarters
company of the 361 regiment in
France. The 361st Is said to have
gone into battle with 2.800 men, and
all but 800 were either killed or
wounded by the enemy.
My Dear Father:
Received a couple of your nice
long letters and will say that they
sure arrived at opportune times. We
had Just finished a nine day siege at
the front, and succeedd In pushing
'Frits" back about 10 miles and had
gone hack tor a rest when your first
letter was received. We were due
for a long rest, but only stayed for
a day and a halt and were sent back
for five days more and again our
regiment succeeded In putting the
Huns a few miles closer to Berlin.
We withdrew after being relieved,
and it was then I received your sec
ond letter where you gave me the
dickens for not writing.
There Is no Y. M C. A. In this
town and as I have no stationery, I
bummed this from a nice French
family, and am writing It from their
home. I Just finished a real break
fast, two eggs, fresh fried rabbit and
chocolate, and it sure was fine. Noth
ing ever tasted as good. We have
been on the hike for four days do
ing close to 45 miles and a real feed
made a new man out of me.
Am getting to be a tough old nnt.
and nothing phases me any more,
bullets, shrapnel, high explosives,
snipers, or machine gun fire cast no
terrors to me anymore, as I have
faced it all successfully so far. Once
a big six-Inch high explosive shrap
nel shell dropped three feet from
me It did not go off. If It had, it
would have been curtains tor me.
Have been covered with mud and
dirt from shells, and had a piece of
shrapnel bit my steel hat, but am
Now the reason I didn't write was
because I couldn't, as I have already
said. We were 17 days at the front,
and was two weeks biking and camp
ing out before we went in, and a man
can't write when he don't know
where he is going to eat or sleep.
I carried litters until my shoulders
were raw and my back nearly broke.
and during the whole campaign, I
sure carried my share of the wound
ed. There Is an A. E. F. order, pro-
Ashland is happy; her houses are
full and her people prosperous.
Hornbrook is Jubilant; her people
are full and her bartenders busy.
WERE ALL BUSY
Cold water 1ms many boneflelul
properties. Cities spend fortunes In
piping the sparkling xhlliirant to
their doors. To tho weitry plodder
In the desert it is more precious
than gold. It hng quieting effects
upon burning bulUlltixs. while its
soothing qualities upon the, Inside of
a whiskey-burned stomach are
vouched tor. And someone said
or else It Is somewhere written
that the time will come when cer
tain Individuals will pray aloud tor
one drop of this cooling fluid to place
on tholr parched tongue and pray
In vain, to all of which proves the
time Is approarhlng when cold water
will not be obtainable.
But like many other wholesome
substances, used In the wrong man
ner. cold water has a chilling, do
moralizing effect. Petty cavillers
sometimes congregate and automa
tically and often unaware of tholr
j procedure form "cold water clubs."
Membership dues nre nil. Most small
cities have such clubs our own city
may not be Immune, Although the
attendance at the meetings of these
Cold Water Clubs Is never large, It
Is often too large for the best lnter
t of the cltv. Each member Is
always equipped with a gaval com
monty called a big hammer. One
rap calls for another and Instantly
the anvil chorus produced by the t,
W. C. soothes the ruffled feelings of
every member present. (To become
a recognised member In high stand
ing, your feelings must always 1e
ruffled, and you must have that sat
Isfled feeling that you could run the
other fellow's business better than
he Is doing.)
No one Is Immune from an attack
from the C. W. C. and any two quali
fied members of the club can, In
about tour minutes, offset tne en
deavor of a regiment of optimists.
It you are an office-holder, merchant,
Judge, lawyer, preacher, doctor or
barber, you may be "rapped." You
may be depicted as a dead one; you
may run a "rotten Joint;" you may
not be endowed with any too many
brains, and In fact you may be too
crooked to hide behind a corkscrew.
If you are an editor, you may be all
of these things combined, and you
never did print anything "straight,0
nor put an Intelligent Idea Into your
AU of which reminds us that "a
brotherhood among men and na
tions'" Is yet somewhat remote It
seems that we are too human. An
editor does not know much about
the mercantile, hotel, drug, and
many other kinds of businesses, but
the average editor does know mat
a little more harmony and coopera
tion instead of so much cold wa
ter on the part of some people
.would helo elve their city a better
A Cold Water Club Is not prop!
tloim to the welfare of any city. If
you can't boost, at least don't knock
Knocking does not entirely kill the
other fellow's -business, and accom
plishes nothing further than to keep
you In a disgruntled state of mind.
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A machine which turns out over l.V) U. S. utivnl liiHlgiils lit uue time. It
takes two hours to complete them. Thin liuxlnens Is nn Important one, as the
Davy personnel Is now well ovsr BOO.000 men.
Notice Is hereby given that the
County Superintendent of Josephine
County will hold the regular exami
nation of applicants for State Certif
icates at the courthouse as follows:
Commencing Wednesday, Decem-
hibiting members of the band organ-1 ber 18 1918' 8t "O'tlocl1 and
ization from carrying litters, but this conunulnK nnl" aluroa
must have been an extreme emer
gency case, as we never drilled or
even prepared ourselves for such
Sure wish this was over, and all us
boys could go hack home and enjoy
life once more, but that will never
come till "Fritz" Is knocked "coo
coo" so let us hope that the day will
soon be here when our dreams will
mature, and the world is at ever-
A visitor to a small country town
lost his dog, an animal which he
nrlzed vprr much
Rushing to the office of the local 1t,n "eace' J,,8t " to write
newsDaner. he handed in an adver-
tlsement offering five dollars reward every oPPorne time
for the return of the dog.
Halt an hour later he thought he
would add to his advertisement the
words: "No questions asked." So
he hurried off to the office again.
When be got there the place was
empty save for a small boy, who
looked very sulky.
"Where's the staff?" asked, the
tourist, glancing round the deserted
"Out looking for your dog," was
the aggrieved retort.
Several boys were holding a confer
ence on the street corner. One boy
kept correcting anoUier's mistakes In
English until the offender suddenly
squared himself before bis critic snd
demanded, "Gee whiz I what Is vaca
tion for if a feller has to talk proper
all the timer .
orten papa and I'll write you
ever, your loving son.
SERGT. LAFE CASSIDY,
361st In ft. Band.,
American Ex. Forces, France.
The Tomato In History.
Edward Albes of the Pan-American
onion, In discussing the matter of the
tomato, said a number of years ago
that the word "tomato" seems to be
of Aztec origin, and given as "tomst!
by some authorities and as "txtomate"
by others. The word still persists In
some of the older Mexican town
names, as, for examples, "Tomatlan"
end Tomatepec." The weight of
opinion among historical botanists is
that the plant and culture for edible
purposes began In Peru, whence It
spread to other parts of tropical
America. It Is known that It was cul
tivated for Its fruit in the warm cli
mates of America centuries before
the coming of Columbus to this conr
her 21. 1918. at 4 o'clock p. m
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ship), Music, Drawing.
Physiology, Reading, Manual
Training, Composition, Domestic
Science, Methods In Reading, Course
of Study for Drawing, Methods in
Arithmetic, History of Education,
Psychology, Methods In Geography,
Mechanical Drawing, Domestic Art,
Course of Study for Domestic Art.
Grammar, Geography, Stenog
raphy, American literature, Physics,
Typewriting, Methods In Language,
Thesis for Primary Certificate.
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(Spelling), Physical Geography,
English Literature, Chemistry.
i Friday Afternoon
School Law, Geology, Algebra,
Rut n relay Forenoon
General History, Bookkeeping.
- Very truly yours,
ALICE M. BACON,
, County Superintendent.
Thirty thousand letters a week are
written by the Red Cross to the fam
ilies of soldiers, answering questions,
A well cliosen Ixmk ! it direct mean of making iMtiera liapy
The "bent delict" In llin new fiction are "The WimU of liaiire."
"A Daughter of the Land," 'Ihin Mnblc," "The Valley of the
In popular copyright at 7Sc the py "t'aPW lUcka,"
"Ron of Tanuui," "Jut David," "The Flint Hundred ThouMuil,"
anil many other for title at
Demaray s Drug and Stationery Store
Grants Pass Hardware Co.
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H. (biddings, Agent
Grants Pass & Crescent City Stage Co.
Big, Easy Riding Pierce Arrow Cars
Office Old Observer Blk. Corner Seventh and Q streets Phone 2A
Telephone 22K-J and 1 flit
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