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S P[CARDY ANOTH[R VERDUN?
Washington, -While believing that
fighting 'f the most desperate nature
will continue for weeks in the present
locality of the conflict of the west
ern front, allied officers on duty here
are convinced that the battle of Pi
cardy spells another Verdun for the
American staff officers admit that
there is grave menace to Amiens and
the Amien.s-Paris railroad in the
present position of the German arm
ies. Rut they declare their faith in
the. ability of the allied forces to re
peut the wvords and the deedsl that
savedl \ erdun-"they shall not pass."
The successful British counter at
tack ini the Albert region, in which
over a hiundlredl prisoners were cap
turedI and the hend fighting and small
-successe*s ef the Germ-ms on the left
bank ,of the O'se about. Chauny andi
.8arisis. reportedl today s dlispatch to
Washington &.re regard 'd as but a
part of the !iendulum-like struge.ei
that ,will go on until the G;ermnhk
striking power is utt erly exhaustedi.
The at tack oni the French posi .(ns
appeared the rmist rormidable the
Ge.rman~s have ;.0 rlert:aneen in se P,.'
days. it is poi nt ed out, however hi
ut this point the Fr'ench can give u
Co the at tac ks, t akintg tol of (;s'rnii i
lives 5:r'i ene;:' Io'ot iof ground t (5 s
the British didh in the great retreat L
thenir prieseiit Positions.
3Vost Critical P'oint of Line
M4Wi'ers here reganl the most criti
eat poin't of the tirm as that just sout h
of tille. /'omm e, where the Germans
are nearest- -only two miles away
to the l'aris-A miens railroad. llut
i; thus point the Ger~mans themselves
ar'' ini a tactical piositioni worse thani
Amiost. anyi' othir on the whole battle
'Their adlvan(edl posit ions at this
pin it ar reported'~ i o ccl be.p itweent the
Avre rivea amid the railway embank
mient. 'They arte expo,-edf to grilling
gunfire, and if at tackedl would he in
ani almtiost nlopeiless wond ition for de
"he poss ibilit ies of a F"rench retre'at
south of t he Oise are lirniitedl by the
point at which the hattle line ('rosses
that streamt. It is tiot believed here
hat ruhe F'renich wvill givYe mIore' ground
thtan that. To do( so would dleprivye
themi of the most favorable posint for
* couniter-attack wh irn some (lay is
exrerited to bite deep ito the G;ermancr
plank between Noyon and Montdidier,
forcing the rout of the armuies and the
ca1pure of suipp)lies which Germany
has hurried up across the miudfields
troi fier- foremost western line before
The time of this counter-offensive
as well as any measures for the relief
.f' partions of the allied line subjected
to (ernan pressure lies in the hands
of (Gen .Foch. It is believed that he
wil! niot throw in his army of maneu
ver to help in a defensive action un
less the need is desperate. lie will, it
is believed, save this army, of which
the Americans form such a considler
able part for the offense
Confidence in the artuation as a
whole is notably strengthening here
by recent advices as to the amnlitude
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of gen. Fech's powers. The Au3rian
drive still ilenaces Italy. Advices re
ccved by the talian embassy here to
day tell of continuing concentrations
of Austrian forces. The Italians be
lieve that a blow will be launched at
their lines as soon as the weather in
the mountains at its western end per
imts the free movement of troops and
But the Italian confidence is par
ticularly high that there will be no re
petition of the Isonzo disaster. The
close coordination of the allied armies
with those of Italy, brought about
through the extension of Gen. Foch's
I powers, has made such an event im
I possible1, the Italians believe. Trhey de
clare, that if Gen. Foch should de
termmne that Italy wal have to meet
the Austrian assault alone, Italy will
do so. If, on the other hand, his in..
formation indlicates that they will need
some of their own reserves placed
under Gen. Foch's dlisposal in Frnace,
they will got them promptly. They be
lieve that under the new scheme of
command they wvill get further rein
forcements of French or British troops
with equal promptness.
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JIapani's prop~osalI to enter Siberia in
the inte*rests of the Al lies is arousing
much discussion in the public press,
and with reason, for 'a r Eastern (de
v'elopmtents in the great wvar are bound
o have far-reaching effect~s in future
international relations. .Japan's
spokesmen in this country, and the
generous-m)inded, Point to her Siberi
an plans as not only a justifiable
me(ans of self-protection, but as an
earnest of her sincerit~y in wishing to
do her bit in the wvar. Tlhose familiar
with Japan's re!ordl of dealing with
her Far Eastern neighbors and her
four years' history as an ally are not
so sanguine. With her well-trained
army, her efficient navy, andI the
wealth which the war has heaped in
to her lap, .Japan may have reason to
style herself the guardian of peace in
the Far East; she may rightly protest
the advance of the enemy into contig
uous territory if that advance prom
ises to prove a menace to her own
safety and the prosperity of her fu
ture trade. There is every reason why
.Japan should be aroused by the situa
tion; but there is grave question as to
the wisdom either of her entering Si
beria alone, or entering siberia at all.
It is a rather curious fact and sig
nificant to Chinese minds, that in all
the agitation over intervention In Si
beria in the interests of self-.defencE
ability to deliver power,
ssion with as little trou
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China, also in close geographical pro
ninquity and therefore just as endan
gered as Japan, has not bece neonsult
ed in intervention plans. She has, how
ever, taken the initiative in planning
possible action should the consensus
of opinion decree that intervention is
advisable and stands ready to do her
part with the other powers. But this
does not alter the fact that her very.
real interest has not been recognized. I
Even should Japan act as England's
ally and not in the interests of the co
belligerents as a whole her action
might be ascribed to selfish motives
not only by China but by many fair
Add to the reason of contiguity the
fact that that hone of contention, the
Siberian railway, lies in Chinese terri
tory between Manchuli and the East,
and that China holds the fee simple of
this railway under the terms of the
Chinese Ea2 tern Rail way agreement
betw,a nl Cina and Russia andl wi! I re
cover entire I oueS('ion wvithin a few
years, and it seems obvious that Clhi
na's mnterest in this territory must he
greater thaun that of JIapan. The ter
ritory involved in Japan's immediate
planis, the Okhotsk, the Amiur district
and eastern Siheria as a whole is a
rich region of mililons of acres of soil
mines, of few inhabitants and eqiuable
climate. There is no dIoubt that JIa
pan's prop~osedl campaign, whether in
nocent motives of self-aggrandlize-.
merit or not, wouldl be regardled with
The Iliarvin Hlome D~emonstration
Club held its regular monthly meeting
I'uesday afternoon, A pril 2nd, at the
hionme of Mrs. J. B. Brogdon.
Visitors are alwa-ys welcome andi we
weire glad to have MIiss Mattie Gail -
lard of Manning with us at this meet
There were not as many members
present as we would liked to have had
as the date of the meeting wvas not
The meeting was called to order by
the Piresident, Mrs. .J. B. Brogdon. Af
ter singing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee,
and God Bless (our Men," we had the
Lord's prayer in consert. The roll call
was respond(edl to with quotations. The
minutes of the last meeting were read
The meeting was then turned over
to Miss Richardson. She told us about
F'ield Day and asked each member of
the Club to be present and take pakt
in the parade. She said it was to b)e
a Patriotic Meeting and asked that we
have as many F'lags as possible.
We were then asked to the (lining
room andl Miss Katherine Richardson
gave us a very interesting andl in
structive lesson from the bulletin,
"What Shall I Eat?" Quite a num
ber of foodls representing the differ
ent food essentials were on the table.
Trhese we divided into groups repre
senting Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins,
Mineral Matter and Water.
We were dismissed to meet on May
Mrs. E. D. Hedge,.Sen.
TO PUSH BUILDING OF
RED CROSS HOUSES
Home Service Work For Army Camps
Stressed In Conference At Divi.
A' very important conference touch.
ing the work of the American Red
Cross in the army camps of the-South.
ern Division was held in Atlanta a few
days ago. There were present not
only Col. W. L. Peel, Difisign Manag
er; C. 13. Bidwell, Associate Manager,.
and Z. Bennett Phelps, Division Direc
tor of the Bureau of Military Relief, to
gether with a number of the Red Cross
Field Directors and Assistant Field
Directors from the camps, but
also, W. Frank Persons, Director Gen
eral of Civilian Relief; Henry S.
Thompson, National Director of the
Bureau of Camp Service, and Charles
E. Fox, Assistant Director of Camp
Service in charge of construction.
A number of important matters
were discussed, among them being the
personnel in the training camps, the
building and manning of the Red Cross
houses for convalescents in the camps,
and the appointment of directors for
these houses, instructions regarding
hospital information service, and the
relation of the Home Service depart
r'nt to the department of Military
Relief and the importance of Home
Service to the men in the training
camps and in the trenches, which
latter was talken up with the field di
rectors by Mr. Persons.
The volume of Home Service work
to be done necessitates the appoint
ment of an associate fiel- director in
charge of home service wuo will work
with the regular field director in the
camp. There will also be a Home Ser
vice director on every transport that
carries American troops to France, so
that every soldier who leaves family
or business worries behind may have
someone to whom to turn for help and
advice. The problem of keeping up
the morale of the army by making
them understand that their families
are well looked after while they are
away as well as that of helping to
maintain a normal standard of living
in the families where the men are
away belongs to the Home Service or
Civilian Relief Department.
"At the time of the Napoleonic
campaigns," said Mr. Persons, "it was
estimated that the morale of the army
was more important than ammunition
in the ratio of 3 to 1. In the present
war, one of the greatest English gen
erals has estimated the ratio as 9 to
1. Home Service is more important
to the United States troops than to
thiose of England and France, because
the French and English soldiers have
two weeks' leave every 90 days, can
return to their homes and look after
their most pressing business affairs
for themselves. But the American
soldier who goes to France will prob
ably stay in France until the end of -
the war, and it is only through the
Home Service Department of the Red "
Cross that his mind can be relieved
from all worry concerning affairs at
home so that his entire attention can
be concentrated on soldiering."
Many illustrations of the value of .
Home Service in the training canps
of this country were given by the
Field Directors, and the duties of the
men in charge of this branch of the
Henry S. Thompson, national direc
tor of the Bureau of Camp Service,
spoke on the duties of the military
field directors in the camps and their
relation to the Home Service Directors
in the same camps.
The building of the Red Cross
houses in 40 army camps in this couna
try was then tajken up by Charles IE.
Fox, assistant director of Camp Ser.
vice in charge of construction, and the
purpose of these houses was explain
ed to the Fild Directors and assist
ants who were present. Quarters and
a place of amusement will be provided
in these houses for convalescent sol
diers who are well enough t~o leave the
hospitals and yet not well enough to
return to active duty, as well as ac
commodations for the families of men
who are ill enough to make it neces
sary to send for their relatives, It is
being lianned that a large part of the
furniture for these houses shall be
made by the older boys in the
Junior Red Cross auxiliaries.
The construction in the camps
of the Sout hern Division will be a l
pervisedi by John R. Dillon of Atlanm-i,
of the firm of Morgan & Dilion, archi.
tects, who has volunteered his ser.
vices to the Southern division for any
sort of architectural work.3
Men traIned in work similar to thait
of the Home Service depar'tmnnt are
wanted at once for work in the carmps "
andi on the transports. All applications ..
in this divIsion should be made to~
Joseph C. Logan, Director of Civilian
Field Directors and Assistant Pield1
Director-s present at the confe'rence
wetrc TI. T. [Flagler, S. A. Darrach, Dr.
Josiah Morse, hLanning liarvey, W. R1
Carr, William C. Denny, ii. M. Voor.
hees, J. Loaring Clark, H1. A. Field,
William S. Moor-e, J. C. Williams, and
Mt-s. ('har-les A. Sheldon, Sr.
JUNIOR RED CROSS TAKES
OVER ARMY OF RELIEF
Harvey D. Gibson, General Managet
of the Arnerican Red Cross, announced
this week that the Junior Red Cross
organization has endorsed and taken
over the Children of America Army of
Relief, and that henceforward the
work of this latter organization will
be carried on by the Junior Red Cross
The transfer of funds took place on
March 2nd, $ '0,000 being given over
to the Junior Rled C ross to be (deveted
to child welfare work abroad, and the
Army of Relief will cease to solicit
funds. All Army of Relief member,
are now eligible for membership in
Junior Rled Cross auxiliaries, and y4
Chapter School committees are author e
ized to incorporate them in school,
that are Dot already enrolledi as Junior
units or to incorporate All Army of Re.
lief meibers in their territory as a
single Junior Anuriliar-.
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