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Mail Tribune 100, Oct. 5, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Oct. 5, 1918


The best Liberty Loan advertisements ever written have been written by the kaiser and the German armies — they have been written in blood and in flame, at the point of the bayonet and at the cannon’s mouth — they have been written in the innocent blood of little children and in the red shambles of Louvain — they have been written on the charred embers of fair cities and on crumbling walls that stand as silent monuments to homes that are no more — they have been burned into the flesh of innocence and branded on the breasts of virtue — they have been written so indelibly on the face of the seas that the stain is still upon the waters that hushed the victim’s prayers — they have been written in the name of God but in the hand of Hell, in the guise of defense but in the cause of dominion, and they have rallied one hundred million Americans to the ensigns of freedom, sold three Liberty Loans, are about to sell a fourth, and will sell them indefinitely till the race is emancipated from the maw of militarism and the tyranny of autocracy.


Following a severe lecture given to him last night by United States District Attorney Haney, Rolph Bieberstadt, the young rancher arrested early this week because of having made seditious utterances, was released from the county jail by Mr. Haney’s orders and given his freedom.

As far as the government is concerned Andrew J. Vedder, the floating laborer arrested on the same charge, will also be a free man as soon as he has served out his 10 days jail sentence for carrying a concealed weapon. He also was bitterly arraigned for his treasonable talk of the past by Mr. Haney and warned against any repetition of it in the future.

The district attorney did not deem either case of sufficient importance to bring before a United States commissioner, especially as he doubts the sanity of Vedder and thinks Bieberstadt’s conduct was due more to ignorance than downright treason.


The official season closed at the Crater Lake national park on Oct. 1, 1918, but there is still more or less sporadic travel. The season has seen the heaviest travel on record, the official figures to Oct. 1 being as follows:

1917 — Total visitors, 11,211; total autos, 2,659

1918 — Total visitors, 12,378; total autos, 2,986

Gain for 1918 — Visitors, 1,167; autos, 327

There was comparatively little stage and railroad traffic the bulk being auto tourists.

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