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Jan. 16, 1919
BARONESS HUARD AT RIALTO TONIGHT
Baron and Baroness Huard arrived from Portland last evening. They are keenly alive to the interests and the development of the west and predict that the Pacific coast will be the coming population center of the United States. In speaking of the agricultural interests of France they revealed the source of the wealth of the nation when they said that an acre of ground annually produces $1,000. One year in ten will be a failure and two years of the ten will be mediocre, but the other seven will produce as stated. The French know their soil and its possibilities and work out their problems in their own way — a way in which the American tractors and implements would prove out of place.
The 600,000 German prisoners which are now held in France will be most efficiently used in the work of reconstruction; roads and ground will rapidly be put in shape. France lacks the youth and two generations will be required to bring the nation back to its former state of development. One of her greatest present needs is timber and many of her noble trees are being sacrificed. Her African possessions are rich in timber but for the present labor and transportation are the problems which prevent its use.
The French are essentially an artistic nation and early in the war Baron Huard was one of a group of prominent artists to commemorate with his brush and water colors, the great struggle, and sketches of the destruction of bridges, cathedrals and historic spots , which have since been rebuilt, are now preserved and form a part of the archives of France.
Baron Huard takes just pride in the fact that France conducted the struggle along noble, heroic and true lines, not stooping at any time to take advantage of the enemy by unfair means.
Both Baron and Baroness Huard have most pleasing personality and the opportunity to hear the baronsess’ story at the Rialto tonight should not be overlooked by any one.
FREAKISH WEATHER FOR WEEK PAST
Freakish weather has been the order in the valley for a week past frequently threatening the arrival of the long delayed and longed for good rains that are so badly needed. In the past few days there has been more wind than is usually experienced in an entire season. About midnight last night the wind again arose and continued all night, at times reaching 30 miles an hour, and it was still blowing this forenoon. At 10 a.m. is was blowing at a 20 miles an hour gait.
There were showers also during the night but up to 8 a.m. today the rainfall was only .02 of an inch. A peculiar feature of the past 24 hours weather is that the maximum temperature of last night, 48 degrees, was higher than during the day, Wednesday, when it was 45 degrees. This has only happened once before during the winter season. The barometer was low this forenoon and still falling, which presaged stormy weather ahead.
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