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)udm Wieti m U. St Sip Tbo Mrses
WEATHEn-CUudy UtiIbHIj prsbafcty rain.
P TO T ff X! fONB CENT In Greater New Tork and
tAVn) Hdon Count, N. J. TWO GENTS i
BRITISH, FRENCH AND ITALIANS GAIN;
RED CROSS NURSES KILLED
AS FAULTY SHELL IS FIRED
IN TARGET PRACTICE AT SEA
Fragments of Steel Hurled Among
Group of 400 Workers on Way to
France Third Nurse Severely
Wounded Ship Puts Back.
The explosion of a shell which had just been fired aboard an east
bound American steamship by a naval crew from a naval gun at target
practice on ilie Atlantic Ocean, killed two Red Cross nurses and wounded
another yesterday. The steamship returned to-day to an American port
flag at half mast and landed the bodies of the dead nurses and turned
Jhe wounded nurse over to a shore hospital.
Mrs. Edith Ayers, thirty-seven years old, of No. 2112 Sedgwick
Street, Chicago, a graduate of Cook County Hospital, and jVliss Helen
Burnett VVoods.'pf No. 1144 ShermaiVAvmic, Evinston, Ilta 'graduate
of the Illinois Training School for Nurses, were Instantly killed by the
explosion. Tlie injured nurse is Miss Emma Matzen of Chicago.
They were members of nod Crosaf
So Hospital Group No. 13, recruited
at Northwestern I'nlvcrr Uy, Chicago,
and consisting of lxty-flvo nurses,
twenty-five doctors and 153 ambu
lance drivers rind stretcher bearer,
bound for tteld nervlco In Franco.
Major Frederick Desley, professor of
surgery, Northwentrn Un.verslty,
was director in charge of the division,
nd he made the following statement
on the arrival of tho vessel to-day:
"Target practice aboard tho steam
ship on which we were passengers
was begun about 2 o'clock Sunday
after loon. All the nureos were on tho
upper deck, about midway of tho ship.
The Chief Olllrer anil I wero standing
with tho nurses and wo were all lean
In; over the rail watching the shots
from tho gun deck below.
WA8 STANDING BETWEEN THE
TWO WOMEN KILLED.
"Two thotc had been tired from b
forward pin. Then word rum that
a gun was to be tired on our Hide of
the fehlp -u gun mounted nft, l was
tandlng between Mrs. Ayers and
Mlso M'oods and Miss Matron was
to the I' ft of Mrs. Ayors.
"Simultaneously with the dis
charge of the gun the three
"Mias Wood collapsed into a
deck chair. No one else in the
vlelnlty.wss touched. Fragment
of the shell picked out these three
"All I can say Is that we were at
right ancles to the course of tho shell.
Thero la no accurate evidence to war
rant malting a positive statement an
to the exact cause of the accident.
That will be determined In an Inquiry
to be made by a Naval Hoard, I am
Informed, and that Inquiry will be
held as soon on porMbln In order to
avoid delaying the ship."
Major Btsley added that an in
formal Inquiry had been held aboard
tho vessel lasting until 1 o'clock this
morning and that all etatnments
made were taken down In aflldavlt
foYm. When asked an to tho nature
of the wounds which killed the nurses
GUN NOT INJURED, DECLARES
"We found pieces of a copper de
tonating cap in their wounds and on
the deck. The Navy Department will
doubtless be ablo to determine what
caused tho explosion. Tho gun was
not Injured and tho mcmbera of tho
gun crew did not know wlut had
happened until we conveyed wo'rd to
the officer In charge that one of the
shells had killed two women and In
jured a third.
"I have Just rocelved a telegram
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
OMVTY'S STEJUUZEU GK.U'IS JI'ICK.
tXTO'f, Jill rutoa St., N. Y,
BU Uw uwuj iMiiim 1 'W'tuui uij uniiarno,
I'bou 30Q1 Outt,
CsprrUht, NUT, by The rrm mbtUhtnf
Co. (The New York World).
LITTLE GIRL FAVORITE
Boat Club Members Work in
Vain to Restore Three-Year-Old
Littlo Virginia Peterson, a curly
haired youngster of three and a half
years, lost her life to-day when sho
fell overboard from a float anchored
at tho Claremont float Club, One
Hundred and Eighth Street and North
nivor, while she was -Ivlng a bath to
her Teddy Bear. Tte little girl and
her mother. Mrs. Mabel Peterson,
Ucd at the Boat Club, where Mrs.
Puerson was employed.
Virginia was known to all tho
yachtsmen along the river, for she
would stand on the float and wave
her hands to them as they went by.
Last week Mrs. Margaret McDonald
of the Boat Club presented to the
litllo girl a teddy bear.
To-day she was on the float when
the teddy bear slipped from her arms.
The child picked It up and toddled to
tho Bide of .the float, where ehe leaned
over. Intending to give It bath. Klin
loft her balanco and fell overboard.
Members from the club khouted to
Itobert Harris of No. ;oi Went Twen
ty.MMh Street, who was In a rowhoat
neurby. Ho dived and brought up
Virginia after sho hud sunk the sec
ond time and then swam with her to
tho float, where clubmembers frantic,
ally applied artificial respiration. Dr.
MIUs was called from Knickerbocker
Hospital and applied n pulmotor for
jlmost un hour In a vain effort to
rchuscltate the child.
LES DARCY NEAR DEATH.
Illood I'oUonlnir Itranlt Prom In.
ft-rlfi! 'loo th and Tnnill,
MBMrillfl, Trnn. May 21.Lra
Darcy, the Australian boxer, was barely
auve io-any, according to tils pliyklclan.
"He Is llk'ely to die at any moment.
but at tho samo time his wonderful
vltullty may pun Mm through." the
IlirryV condition Is due to an In
fected tooth and tonll trouble resulted
In blood pohonlng ipreadlng through
out hi system.
1 "Clrctdfition Hooka Open to AIL"
I EfL SECOND DIVISION FOR FRANCE,
ScSSS TAKING IN NEW YORK MILITIA, J(
Dentin cDccncn imth ouadc:
Lloyd George Calls for Imme
diate Convention to Deal
With New Proposal.
LOUDON, May 21. It was an
nounced by Premier Lloyd George In
the House of Commons to-day that
the Government proposed to sum
mon Immediately & convention of
representative Irishmen in Ireland to
submit to tho British Parliament a
constitution for tho future government
He stated to-day that tho chairman
of the convention will bo nominated
by tho Crown. Thero was a rumor
that It might bo tho Duke of Con
naught. "If a substantial agreement Is
reached regarding the character and
scopo of the constitution framed by
the convention," said the Premier,
"the' Government will take the neces
sary steps to cnihlo tho Imperial'
Parliament to glvo legislative effect
thereto. The. convention will bo held
behind closed doors."
Tho convention, said tho Premier,
would be representative of tho local
govornlng- bodies, the oburchrw, the
trade unions and commercial and
educatlnnul Interests and would In
clude Sinn l'elnrra. the delcgutes to
be chosen by the respective bodies.
John Hedmond, tho Nationalist
loader, speaking after tho Premier
had mado his announcement, eald
that for tho first tlmo In her history
Ireland has been linked virtually to
settlo u problem for herself.
"I take It for granted," ho added,
"that all sections of Irishmen will
feel It thilr duty to como In."
Four unsuccessful attempts, eald
Mr. Tledmond, had been made by
three successive Governments to
reach a ettloment, but tho present
proposal was entirely novel. Ireland
was asked herself td draft a consti
tution for her country. That proposal
carried with It the Implied obligation
that Great Britain would ho onlv too
glad to accept the decisions arrived
"I have tho sure hope." Mr. Hed
mond continued, "that the result of the
convention will be a blessed one for
Ireland and the Empire. With all my
heart I hope tho convention will be
animated by the true spirit of concilia
tion among Irishmen."
Mr. Redmond said they must not
shrink from a compromise, and if they
could obtain a substantial agreement
It would be worth all the heartburnings
and postponements of the last thirty
or rorty years.
Blr John Lonsdale, secretary and
whip of the Iriah l iuonist party,
raid In addressing the House that
the Ulster party would eubmlt tho
entire proposal to the people of Ul
ster and recommend Hi i-aroful con
sideration. He and his colleagues, he
declared, would not take iho respon
sibility for closing the doors upon
Karl Curxon made a Htatemmu In
the House of Iord vimilar to the
Premier's In tho House of Commons.
Ho said teh subject wa onu whloh
called for rostrulnt, moderation and
"It would be well," ho added, "If
on the prosnt occasion no attompt
wero mado to revive memories which
are charged with painful and some
times romorboful associations."
RAPS ANTI-DRAFT PLOTTERS.
J Hilar lii Turn Dcolnrrn Tlirm
l.lttlr Minrt nf Trnltorn.
DALLAS, Tex., May 21. Conpiracy
to oppose the enforcement of selective
crvlce is but little short of treason,
Federal District Judge Jnck. of the
Northern Texas Dlntrlct, charged the
grand Jury when he Impanelled It
Seven Indictment" charging con
spiracy to cippone the United Ktatra
Government in carrying out the pro
visions of the selective lee meas
ure, were returned by a grand Jury
ln.6an Angelo last week, und a further
sweeping Investigation was ordered
NEW YORK, MONDAY, MAY 21, 1917.
National Guardsmen Who Had
Hard Training at the Border
Are to Follow.
By Samuel M. Williams.
(Spedal tiUlt Cormpundtnt ot Th Xfratn
WASHINGTON, May 21. The first
division of regular troops already or
dered to Franco will bo reinforced by
a second division of regulars, to follow
as soon as It can bo rushed Into shape.
Iteport has been mado to tho War
Department that there are between
fifty and seventy-five thousand Na
tional Guardsmen In the service who
had hard training experience last
year on tho Mexican border, who cat;
bo made nearly as tit as the regulars
utter six weeks In southern training
camp. This Includes between 18,600
and 20.Q00 New Yorkers.
It Is estimated that by Oct. 1 the
United Htatcs can have 100,000 well
trained soldiers on the French front
without seriously draining Its de
fensive strength. Whether any but
tho two divisions of regulars will be
despatched HiIh year Is u question not
yet fully decided.
Whllo tho United States may be
weak Just at present In trained fight
ing men, compared to the vast urmlo
of England und France, this country
Is quickly marshalling divisions of
Industrial soldiers whoso work behind
the lines will bo of Incalcuablo value
to tho Allies, reinforcing thum whero
thoy are weakest.
In addition to tho regiments ot en
gineers now being formed, n second
army of experienced railway workers
was called for to-day to rebuild and I
opcrato tho transportation linen ot
Franco. Fairfax llurrlvon. President
of the Southern Railway und Chair
man of tho Ha 1 1 road Wur Board,
mude thin announcement to-day.
Ton thourund American railroad
men will bo organized Into nlno regi
ments, under command of an officer
of the rogular army engineer corps,
with experienced rallwuy officials In
subordinate command. Tho men will
be enlisted as soldiers, but their duly
will be Industrial.
Flvu regiments will he construction
organizations to rebuild the French
railways. Three regiments will bo
engineers and trainmen to operatu
the line. One regiment will be com
posed of shop men.
Plans are mado to prevent this
drain of 10,000 men from Interfering
with the operation of the already
heavily burdened American lines.
Train schedules are to bo reduced,
cutting out unnecessary sen-Ice, and
extra men are taken on to (lit the
vacated places. ,
A POUND FOR BEEF
The Inauguration of Two Meatless
Days a Week Causes a Rush
PARIS. May 21. With the Inaug
uratton of tho reglmo of two meat
less days a week beef went to olio
dollar a pound to-day, and vege
tables and fish followed tho upward
Tho rush for meat supplies to carry !
over until Wednesday swomped the
butchers, althoqgh they had laid in,
extra amounts. Thero was a good I
deal of crowding, and some sharp
talk was heard against rich buyers
who paid any price the dealers asked,
sending tho quotations too high for,
Reef on the hoof at the stockyards
was higher than last week, although
i wio receipts were larger. whole
salers appear to take the view thai
the new regulations will not reduce
, low oi llulu hi i u oiihi l
IS CROSSED BY
Local Officers Expect to Leave
as Draft Army Goes Into
. New Tork National Guard ex
pects to be In the trenches, on the
European battletront before next win.
tef flrt snowfall. It will go Into
action as tSa Sixth Tlvlslon. This 1
the prediction mado to-day by high
military authorities who base their
belief on a very significant announce
ment which baa Just npoarcd In the
Army und Navy Journal. Announce
ments In this publication aro regarc'sd
an semi-official by regular army of.
In commenting on the dlsp -n
f.i'.JN".tlorjl Guard generally. th,e
Araiy lyd Vavy Journal say:
AfJor it short stay at local armor
ies to permit tho receipt and dis
tribution of essential equipment the
Ouard will be sent to Divisional Can
tonment Camps. This will bo the
same that as soon as the National
Guard has been trained and with
drawn will house troops of the now
This means thero wilt be no delay
at Stale camps.
Tho deduction made from the fore
going announcement by both Na
tional Guard and regular army ofll
cers Is as follows:
Registration for the army which Is
to bo recruited by tho selective draft
system will take ptaco on June f.
According to Secretary of War llaker
tho "work of eliminating the undesir
ables from, a military standpoint und
otherwise properly assembling Ihosn
chosen will take nearly two months,
so that It will not bo possible until
Sept. I to begin sending tho con
scripts to the camps.
Meanwhile, tlm National Guard will
have had practically two months of
Intensive training at tlm camps they
aro to vacato for tho conscripts, In
asmuch ns no provision has boon
rondo cisowhoxo for the accommoda
tion ot tho National Guard when they
livo tho southeastern encampment,
well Informed olllcers havo concluded
that they will be tnt to Kuropu on
FOOD STRIKE AT BELLEVUE;
STAFF REFUSES TO EAT
Butter, Milk and Meat Cut Off,
Attaches Charge in Complaint
The high rout of living has h,t
pptlevue Hospital. Tor the Inst three
daMi the olllce Htaff, chauffeurs and
dopartmrnt heads have not been
sored butter, milk or meat. Ilr-ans
mid macaroni make up the main
course of luncheon. At supper a little
milk Is put In th" coffee.
The attaches rebelled to-day and
refused to at what was sorved. They
marched In a body to tho office of Dr.
George U'Hanlon, '.Medical Superin
tendent, and complained. Dr. O'Han
Ion said he had no Idea thoy were
being treated in tho manner do.
scribed and promised to speak to the
Vera Howard, the diotltlan, It was
.tatcd on Friday Inaugurated a plan
to feed the employees nt the rate of
twenty. two cents u. day, a cut of ten
This 1s what they got for breakfast
this morning: Cereal, coffee and
brend. Prior to Friday bacon and
eggs, milk, bread and 'butter and
coffee made up the meal.
For luncheon the staff had beans,
coffee, bread without butter and
chocolate pudding. The employees
eald they always had chops or steak
for luncheon, butter and all the milk
they wanted. The suppor last night
consisted of cold beans and ketchup,
coffee, broad and six strawberries
Clrcplntlon Books Open
worth $3,aoa,ODO. AND ARRAS
Son and Daughter Are Resid
uary Legatees Several
Bequests for Charity.
Tho wlU of Joseph H. Choate, filed
In the Surrogate's Court this after
noon, disposes ot an estate estimated
at 3.000,000. To hi widow Mr.
Choate left f 260,000 outright, 175.000
a year and the uso for life of his
homo In Manhattan and his country
residence In Stockbrldgo, Moss.
To Qeorgo O. H. Choate 1s left tho
Income of a trust fund of IS60.000
for life. ' Joseph 11. Choato Jr., a,
on, received MOO.OOO outright, und
his wife, Cora Oliver Choule. also
The four children 0f Joseph H.
Choate Jr. are beneficiaries to the ox.
lent ot ISO.OOO each,, to be given to
them at the ago of twenty-one. Mr.
ChoaXo'a three nieces, Margaret M,
.wary k, and Carollno Choato rccelvo
Mr. ChouUt left $10,000 to each of
the following! Stato Charities Aid
Association, New York Association for
the Ullnd. fit. Paul's Church, Stock
bridge; Stockbrldgo Library Associa
tion. Tho Legal Aid Society and tho
Womun'H Prison Aseoclutlon and
Home of tho City of New York.
TIki residue of tho estate Is divided
equally between his oon Joseph H. Jr.
and daughter, Mabel Choate.
MORE HONORS GIVEN
TO U. S, AIR FIGHTERS
War Cross and Paini Cm to John
son and Uaviland of the La
PARIS. May 21. Morn honors for
American aviators In tho Ijifayntto
Kncadrlllo wcrn anivmncnil thin after
noon In tlm Orders fur Iho li
Korgt. C. f Minion of Mt. Ixtulx
nnd Sergt. Willi Uaviland t Mlnnr-
upollb woro both annnhsl the War
Cross with u palm 4u mvgnltlon of
thu number of enemy inaolilui'ii Umy
have btought down.
Adjt. RaouJ Luf berry of New York,
tho only "nco" In the American fly
ing Hqundron. whh granted un nddl
tlonal palm to his war cross.
Charles II. Uolan of Iloston, ad
milled to tho Lafayetto Squadron
only last week, was granted twenty
one days' leavo In which to visit his
homo In Boston, where his mother Is
HnvllnnH lu lw.nii,..i. ....- ..1.1
and htm been a member of tho Bsca
drillo for nearly u your. Johnson Is
twenty-seven and Is a son of Col. 1.
O. Johnson, U. fe. A., retired
Dolan Is twenty. two years of ugc
ami h.iM been In training for sewr.il
months at Pun.
CLASH ON MlxiCAN BORDER.
I'nlleil .fnt- Tronii. In llnrmintrr,
Sni Mutt. Ilviiarlmriil,
WASHINGTON. Muy SI. -A clash
between American border troop und
Mexicans was reported otllclully to
the Stato Department to-day.
A group of tlllbuatera crowed to tho
American side near Nogulei. The)
were captured by Amerhan armj
men and Customs officers, lucludod
In thoso captured wer Gnurgc
IIolmcM, said to hn designated as an
Amorlcuu, and Manuel ionzaluM,
formerly secretary to Hlpnliio villa.
TAX ON AUTOS TO STAND.
Ilouir Itrject Priion In strlUr
If Oat ! Voir nf H,t to IN.
WASHINGTON. My 21. A pro.
by Itepresentatlvo Kellty of Mlr-liKHI
to itrle out of the war ta bill thi
6 per cent, tax on automobiles at the
factory was rejected In tlm Hons to-dn .
by a votH of 15 to 41
Dbvtc then btn on the Dwnma
amendment to levy the tax only on
mnufoturr earning more than 8 per
cint on their capital stock.
PR I OP. j K CKNT In OrUr .Vn t.ric nl
I lUdoos Coualr, . J. TWO CENTS I
IS ADMITTED BY GERMANS
Gen. Haig Follows Up His Offensive,
Begun Yesterday, While Nivelle
Strikes Heavily at Crown Prince;
Shelters Filled With Dead
MORE HEIGHTS TAKEN
IN ITALIAN ONRUSH
LONDON, May 21. British, Frcnrt) and Italian Armies, under
Haig, Nivelle and pdorna, continued tj&ay their smashing blows on
the Arras,. Laop, ChampagnenAkstrian fronts, lmpgrtan(.galns, arc
reported in every hattle',ind'lheir'ciaii"n3 are to a great et'enl confirmed"
by official reports from the Berlin War Office.
Haig continued the offensive begun' yesterflay with a gain on a mile
front on the road to Cambrai. He icported to-day the capture of a
German support trench behind the lliudenburg line. About ISO pris
oners were taken.
Paris announces that Nivcllc's new offensive began to-day and met
with tremendous success. Capture of several lines of German trenchM
in the Moronvilliers sector, on the northern slopes of Carnillet, with 800
prisoners, is reported.
The Rome War Office says Italian troops yesterday took a hill
between Palliova and Britovo in their offensive on the Julian front and
also extended their positions on the Vodicc.
TO FORCE CONTROL
OVER COAL SUPPLY
Federal Commission Tells of
Doctored Books Among Op
erators to Force Prices.
WABHINOTON, May Declnrlns
that coal mine operator ara charr
ing exorbitant pnc often evoral
tlmm tho cost of thftr production
the Fwlnral Trade ComroUMon to-day
urfM Centres to entabllsh control
by irovernmriitiU aurnolM tvhlch may
Thr Commission rtnclored that
conl opcrutorM have "dootoreil" tholr
hook, vant dlm'rr pinclrji bHnjr
found In th actual prlcnn nt the
mine ntnl tho recorded prleVit.
ICk'uliitlon of ro.il dlHtrlbutlnn
from the moulu of the mln to tho
ultimate 'onsumer wltli authority
to allot quantities of coal to various
cl.iurcn of consumer wan id no
There Is and has been an "'ample''
productive capacity of coal In tho
country, tho Commission declared.
Other than extortionate prlcu nxlnjc.
tho cominlMi'm blames failure of
rnllroadH to furtilHh tulllclent car
l;uo mid dlvemlon of roaatwlso nnd
hike shipping to ocean tratltc, as
prims luctorH in th ptenunt unpre
cedented IIIkIU of co.il prlc
lu addition to urRliiL- dra.it c Cav.
rnniHin regulations thu commltion
UKKCted remedial action to Improve
transportation r.v-llltte, pruservo the
labor Miipply and incrcusu storage
1111. VtOltl.ll TltiVl:i. 1IUHKAU
vtfu, I utiiirr iltor.ijl IlinMIDf
M U.I lU.w V V. t'lly
iU. rtwulloiil mi! oil. A.'., lit til
Central inl liiu'ui Aatrtcu
.uaiqaMq IIdu. Binui ftQd MM h..k
JT u3 nJibt lMitUwi' abecta tnd moaf
mki (or fl. TtVphca SmUmi tOCO, a4rt.
g KDITtOM g
' In Its announcement to-day
the B.rlin War Offiea admits
successes by the British and
Frtneh. It says the Germans ei
th Arras front maintained their
positions except In one demol
ished trench which was evacu
ated durln'o the British attack
Sunday on n eight and one-half
mile front. It says the French
yesterday obtained a foothold on
Mont Carnillet and on Mont Kelt,
but adds that the Germans
brouoht down fourteen Entente
airplanes on the western front.J
In bin report to tho British War
OOlce Gen. Half Baid:
"Our operation Jn the Hlnden
burc line between Bullecourt and
Fontaine. Lei. Crolslllea were con
tinued with micceas durlnr the
night. Our troons. who had cat.
rled a front trench In the Hlnden.
burs line yesterday mornlnr and
had repelled several counttr-at-tacka.
renewed the attack In the
nvnlnjr. t..d after hand-to-hand
flghtlnr captured a support trench
"Hostile counter-attacks were
ngaln beaten off wl !i heavy losses
to the enemy, ""'hose troopa were
en raced In tho open by our
massed artillery. A large number
of the enemy's dead were found
In tho captured positions. About
16,0 prisoners havo ao far been
taken by ua In these operations.
Two German divisions have been
engaged In tho fighting In this
neighborhood since yesterday
"We carried out successfully a
raid last night near Loos. Early
th mnrnli. - n ensmv party en
deavored to enter our trenches
southwest of MeHslnes, but was
PARIS. May 21.-Followlns is the
text of to.duy'a War Office report:
"On the Cheniln des T-unes the
artillery fighting continued dur
ing th night In the region
northwest of Itraye-en-LoonnoLi
and on tho front between Corny
and Hurtcblse. A German attack
near froldmont farm was checked
before thu enomy waj able to
reach our llnea, The enemy
undertook no further attack otter