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4t i ii i i ii iii, [i i ii i i i r , , . ,,, THE SAGUACHE CRESCENT (Only Raper published in the County Seat) CHAS. W OGDEN: EDITOR'AND PUBLISHER Published every Thursday at Saguache, the county seat of Saguacbe County, in the famous San Luis Valley of Colorado. Entered at the post office at Sag~lache, Colorado, as second class mail matter. SUBSCRIPTION RATES $2.00 TttE YEAR IN ADVANCE Each of our subscr~e~ Will find the date to which his or her subscription is paid, as shown by our books, printed on the paper or wrapper, following the name of the subscriber. If there is an error in the date we would be pleased to have our attention called to the fact. OFFICIAL CItY AND COUNTY PAPF_A:t Has for Bugs After all, it may be that ,-ome use c,n be found 6,r the gas America was preparing to turn lops, on the enemy if he had turn- ed down the armestice proposal. Experts ,)f the department ,f agriculture believe a gas that was guaranteed to kill H,Jns may prove equally deadly to boll weevils, pink boll worms, caterpillars and other pests. They are going to try it on them. If it works, the ,esult will be an ,mexpected compensation for one of ,he worst horr, rs,,f wa fare. To make the fumes that fil ed thousands of g, raves in France contribute to the welfare of the livi,g will be an achievemeut w. rthy of Americ; n resourcefulness.--Denver News. Jeffersonian Simplicity iiii i ", hen President Wilson first ran for the presidency in 1912, the platform upon ~,hich he was elect, d declared to, "a return t,, simplicity and economy befitting a Democratic administration." There was entirely too much Hub d,,b at the White House, so to speak, and it was costing as mu,h to r,,n the governme,t a )ear as it t, ow costs to run it a couple of weeks. President Wilson and his "entourage" went to Europe as the exclusive occupants of a huge vessel witr~ a crew .t twelve hun- dred. Hero are a few of 1he accompaniments: A fam,.us hotel chef and twenty-four culinary assi4ants. Two brass hands of forty pieces, and Gebrge Creel. A convoy of battleships and destroyers. An escort of airplanes and dirigibles into and out of harbors. h selected corps of telegraphers. A large corp~ of College professors, p,ditical ec!~pomists, etc.-- W ashington Republican The Seattle Idea The strike at Seattle is as disquieting as it, is astounding. Un- ion labor has stood firmly for the right of collective barzaining. Now a section of union labor, having entered into a certa,n bar- gain to work in tbe shi, yards at a cart,in wage, f,~r a certain time, repudiates its own contract with the shi,yards and the ~overnment. It is an announcement that union labor, in maki,,g a contract cannot he compelled, by moral power or by law, to carry it out. tt is a declaration that union labor tess,yes the privilege and right, when it makes a bargain, to withdraw from it at will. Quite clearly if labor generally yields to the demand of radi- calism, it is an end of uni,)nism--the unionism which has made great gains durin~ the pasl~ several years and which has found ac- ceptance of its principles, or man~ o them, by employers and pub= lic. It is a grave crisis f.r the public. It is a graver crisi, for la- b,~r itself. Shall the Seattle tail of radicalism and r,volution wag the great animal of labor throughout Ihe nation? Help for lrrigalion Accordinz to the .,tats bureau of immigration there are 155,- 823 acres of agricultural lands in the state under i,riga, ion sys- tems that are being farmed. It is also st:Aed by the same authori- ty that there are ,574.288 acres under irrigation systems that are incomplete and without water facilities "a, present.." These thin~s are worthy the serious //on~ideration of the state legislature. If that body can do something to straighten the irri- gation mix-,,p in the state, it will be forgiven much. A bill by Senator "robin is befbre the body, inte,,ded to get rid of accre im,s and to put wortt, y sys,ems on their feet. The report of the immigration board is a p(,tent argument for the passage of a relief measure. In the past Col..redo as a govenm}ent has been crimi.allv negligent in its attitude t,,ward irrig~ion. It has permitted feather- rained schemes and purel.~ fal& schemes to go before the public and it is paying som of the p '||ahias. Sound projects have suff,-red f,-m the bad ones. Two steps shoulA be taken at, ,his session, on~, ,o make certain agafl;st a recurren,.e; two, to give a' measure of relief to worthy pr je,.ts.--Denver Ne,,s. A Water Commissioner ii i City people do not hear much of a water commissio.er. In the farming disf, ri,:ts, however, he is an important pers,,nage. He is in a way a lord of c,eatiqn. A competent, active, h,mest com- miss,oner is a b.on and a t)lossinz to men. lie can do a whole I,,t to make or untaake a water district and the oceupanls thereof. If he has the judicial faculty ne can untangle many a tangle that ( th~rwise m,ght lead to bh)odshed and cer,a,nly 'o. itigation. He can distribut~ the water, in a dry sea~on to the test advantage with,ut too much stickling oval priorities. The state executive appoints the water co,nmissioners of the state. There are quite a nnmber of them. and as in the past con- stituted, they make a powerful p .litical machine. Why the re, yarner should be b,,thered with tLis we do not know. It is a job for the state engineer. The governor appoints the latter a,,d should hold him rest,on~ible for tile full eondu,~t of thP office, 1he most important part of which is irrigation. The counties pay the commissioners, hlut water districts d,, not con form to county boundary lines atways and so the matter should go up to ,he state engineer. And the state engineer's office, including divisional irrigation e,,ginee~s and water commissioners, should be beyond questiod on the merit system. The ,tats engineer's office is an ex, ert institution w~th continuous work to perform. It nught to be kept from free from partisa,,ship and the state political ma- chine. Appointees of the office, including water c,,m,nissioner% would do ~o much better work if ~hey were freed from machine in- flueat~.--Deaver ~ew~. i i|i i ii fiovernment by Law vs fiovernment by Men "F,,ndamentally there are two scho Is of political rho,,ght in the United Sta~e% one (:ompo,ed ,,f pe~)ple who believe i,i ~ove,'n- ment I)y law and the otiler of wople ~l)o believe in gov, rnn,ent by men. In ,hecl.ss of people who believe in ~over|,men, t,v m~-n, we fi.d ~he adw)cates ,,f autoc a,'y, a;id ,he [. W W. The advo,.ates of auto, r,,cy in,.lu,% not only thos~ pers,,ns ~n W)vern- m~ntal positions wh, assume t,, place, their ,,wn j, dginpnt and whims above thp In, , but a%, those few lead rs Of ind,stry on the one hand and those fe,, leaders of organized lahnr on the other who set out to achieve their selfish ends because they have the power and in disregard of the rights and welfare of the rest of the people of the coun, ry. "lhe amtrchist, otherwise known as the I. W. W. o, B,,I- shevik, is an advncate of 'direct. acti,m'-that i.~, the enforcement of bis own indivi&,al opinion and desire regardless of the will of the majority. The advocate of 'direct action' is not always iden'i- fled with the I. W. W. organization, f,,r he sometimes gets into offi,.ial p~)sltion and proceeds with his 'direct ache,,' principles in the enf,)rc-ment of his individ,ml will r-gar, lless of the will of the peep e as expre,s~d in form of law. N man who has b.,en ob- serving has Failed to recognize acts performed by g,)~erume ,t ()ffic- ials in tile last few months bt;aring all the characteristics of 'di- rect acti,,n.' It is true that they did not drive spikes in saw logs or put emery dust in the lubricating oil of mills, but they none the less effectively set. their owu personal judgment ab,,ve the spirit ii not the letter of the law, to the injury of property rights just as valuable and just as sa,'red as the property right in a saw mill nr a, iron working plant. "It m~tkes little difference what, hedge a mau may ,,'ear upon his coat or what title he may ,squire or assume, if he is a .. liever in 'direct action/ he is i, nil essential respects an anarchist a~,d an I W.W. "Fortunately for the future of the American r, puh[ic, the Bo~.shevists are relatively few. The great mass of 'he American people are law h)ving and law ahid,ng. They re,.ognize that o,r governmental system is n.t perfect a,d that many ills remaiu to be removed, but they believe in going about curing of ills in an orderly, lawful, sane and intelligent manner. They deplore 'di- rection' as certain to lead to greater injustices than a policy of be~/ring with ills we have until a rem.dy ,.an be fonud and admi ,- iste,ed- "'l)irect action' in the seizure and partial destruction or in- . jury of property, or iuterests tiler,in, bus been excused upon the plea that it was ne,.e~sary as a war measure, but the more the-peo- ple ()f the country study the fac,s the more they are coming to realize that the explanation is an excuse rath,r than a reason. ttaving made kn,,wn their condemnation of 'direct ac