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VOL, XXXVIII MANNING, S. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 1918No2
ALIl[S ARE HOLDING -
NUNS AT E[VERY POINT
ALONG BATLE FRONT
I'eutons Unable to Cross Piave River
in Sufficient Numbers to Push
Back Italiuns 'Blocking Path
AUSTRIAN LOSSES HEAVY
'Fierce Fighting Continues All Along
the Piace River From the Moun
tain Passes to the Plains
The Austrian pincrs are not clos
ing up on Italy with the precision of
last October when they forced back
the Italian armies ., Gen. Cadorna
from the Julian Alps to the Piave riv
er and from 'the northern Italian re
gions almost to the plains of Vene
tia. In fact they do not seem to be
closing at all.
The upper jaw in the Venetian Alps
is stalled under the resistance of the
British, French and Italian forces, and
the other seems to lack the force 8
necessary to bring it across the Piave
river and push back the Italian troops
which are clogging the path.
In the Alps the Austrians have been
unable further to advance their lines
since their initial onslaught last week.
Everywhere from the Asiago plateau
sector eastward to the Piave river the
attacks have been quickly . repu sed.
Allied troops have' counter-attacked, c
regained lost terrain, inflicted heavy
casualties on the enemy and taken a
considerable number of prisoners.
All along the Piave 'river, from the
mountain passes through which the
torrent wends its way southward on.
its race to the Adriatic, fierce fighting
is going on, especially on the Montello
plateau, in the region of the famous
The -Itialian war ot'flee announces
that the enemy everywhere is being
-held along the Piave. On the crucial
sector of the Montello plateau, which
bars the way from the northeast to
the Venetian plains, the Italians have
strengthened their positions on the
northern edge of the plateau and re
pulsed two enemy attacks to advance
on- the northern border. Likewise to
the south near "Maserada -and Can
delu,'attempts by ,the Austrians to ef
fect new crossings of the Piave were
frustrated with heavy losses.
Vienna Report Varies
From Vienna comes a variant re
port. It does not concede to the Al
lies any gains of ground in the moun
tain region, saying that all their coun
ter attacks were repulsed. Concerning
the fighting along the Piave, it as
serts that the Austrians have gained
ground at numerous points and that
the battle is following its intended
course. Consolidations of the gains on
the southern wing, which runs from
Fossalta to Mestre are claimed.
In 'addition, the Austrian war office
says the number of prisoners in the
fighting has increased to 30,000 and
that 120 guns have been captured. The
prisoners taken by the Italians Mon
day at one point amounted to 1,350,
which would bring their total and
those of the Allies well in the neigh
borhood of 6,000.
Unofficial advices are to the effect
that the Austrians have thrown four
teen bridges across the Piave along
a front of about 14 1-2 miles between
the Zenson loop and the Coneglianio
railroad bridge, but the pontoons are
under the gunfire of the Italians.
The infantry operations on the bat
tle front in France continue virtually
at a 5tandstjll, but the Alied and Ger
man guns are roaring on various see
tors and it is not improbable that
fighting on a large scale will be re
sumed somewhere shortly. Along the
Ancre, south of Albert and west of
*Serre the British and Germans are en
gaged in mighty artihtey duels, while
spuited activity is noticeable along'
the French sectors near Montdidier
and the Aisne. The French continue
daily to regain ground taken from
.them in the recent German offensive
south of the Aisne and also to take
prisoners in their enterprises.
Several attempts by the Germans to
penetrate the American line in the
Marne sector have been smashed by
the American machine gun fire.
TREATMENT OF AMERICANS
Herlin Dispatch Declares Our Men
Amsterdam, June 17.-American
war prisonera are not being ill treated
in Germany, says a dispateh tele
graphed to Amsterdam by the semi
official Wolff bureau, of Berlin. Tfhe
prisopers, it is declared, are not uisea
as shbw objects to the German public,
anid are not subjected to insults and
the throwing of stones, which is "for
eign 'to the calm-tempered German
mind, which does not excite itself
anyhow over a few Americains in the
midst of so many thousands of war
prisoners o~f all nationn'itici.
Adequate food "on a scale corre
sponding to the present conditions in
Germany"s is not lacking in the camps
whore American prisoners are quar
84 IN IhUN PRISON CAMtPS
Washington, June 18.-An adlitional
list of eighty-fo'er Americans reported
in German prison camps by the Amer
lican Red Cross was announced to
*ilght by the War Department. Most
of the men named previously had boen
reported an missing by Gen. Pershingr.
SAY SU WAS SUNK
Oft TH[ VA. CAPES
'assengers Claim Story Was Told by
WORK OF AMERICAN SUB
3rew of American Ship Reports Sink
ing of U-Boat by Gunfire
An Atlantic Port, June 18.-A Ger
nan submarire and its entire crew
vas detroyed by an* Americn sub
nersible off the'Virginia coast several
lays ago, according to a report
irought here today by passengers
board an American steamship.
Officials of the vessel claim to have
een told the story of the submarine
'ombat by members of the victorious
merican undersea boat's crew.
The Amiericnn liner had put nio
he mouth of Chesapeake Bay for
varnings and there anchored near an
kmerican submarine tender along
ide which was moored the undersea
raft which was taking on provisions
md fuel,.officers of the vessel stated.
n interchange of wireless messages
ollowed in which the submarine crew
s reported to have told of its victory.
The U-boat was sighted while the
kmerican craft was patrolling with
mnly her periscope visible, 'according
o the story the American skipper is
illeged to have told. When within
-age a torpedo was released and
,wenty seconds later mierophones re
orded a terrific explosion, he was
uoted as saying. Rising to the sur
ace, the American submarine cir
-led about, on the lookout for su-rviv
ire, but oil coming to the surface was
he only trace found of the vanquished
-aider, narrators of the story said
.hey had been told.
Another by Gunfire
An Atlantic Port, June 18.--Merm
yers of the crew of an American ship
irriving here tolay report an en
;agement with a German submarir
>ff the Virginia capes yesterday. ;n
which the gunners were victors. The
-eport states that the American crew
nade t. clean hit and either sunk -the
mder-water craft or disabled her. The
hip was not damaged.
Navy Hasn't. Heard
Washington, June 18.-No word had
-eached the Navy Department today
>f the destruction of an enemy U-boat
)y,an Ameiean submarine, asra
ia 'by passengers arriving on a steam
rr at an Atlantic port. Constant firing
>f patrol boats and armed merchant
nen at any auspicious object on the
water has given rise to many such
eports during the past three weeks.
I I.TTER TO Mit. ERVIN
Hr. F. P. Ervin,
Superintendent Mannin- W:ater
Manning, S. C.
When I wrote you yestera&,g re
,arding analysis of water sample re
:eived fropi you on June 8th, I was
ao in receipt of your letter of June
1 which has just been delivered this
Your letter probably exphains the
:hanges in quality which have taken
.lace since our last analysis of some
me ago, and the presence of Nitrites
which was notedi in my letter cf yes
With regard to c.'r in water, we
hink it probable that this odor is due
o the growth of algae in your pres
me tank. Such growths frequently
>ccur in warm weather, and whereas
he algae do not produce any disease,
hey impart frequently disagreeable
olors, odors and tastes to the water.
rhe algae may be removed by treat
'nent with copper sulphate. If you
will send us a quart sample of 'the
water which has odor and water from
tour pressure tank, we shall examine
rame for algae and advise you as to
;he proper treatment for same.
With revrrd to cases of typhoid fe
,er, from the history that you give, it
sppears that the typhoid fever is like
y to be caused more from flies or
From water supp~lies other than your
uity water supply, as the recent bat
~erial analysis of your city water sup
~ly does not show any indications of
he presence of typhoi, organisms.
O'r report shows that your well is
185 feet deep, whereas it is not likely
~or a well of this depth to become con
aminated at its source, they have oc
asionally become contaminated thru
imperfections in the casings. One
1,800 ft. artesian wvell in Charleston
was contaminated through breaks in
~he city mains or from new sections oif
pine. The latter causes of contamn ina
ion, though infreqiuent, dlo arise unu
'ier certain pecubiar conditions and
'ire faritors to be taken into consid
As soon as we hear from you fur
her regardling odors in water we can
nyve you more definite information as
Very ,truly yours, . )
MICRCHANT CRUISER SUNK
sixteen Men Missing From Torpedoed
London, Junne 17.-The British arm
ad mercantile cruiser Patia (6,103
bons) was torpedoed and sunk by a
German submarine on June 13. ac
sordnig to an announcement made by
' rA ity tonight. One
>fficer and fiftteen nmen arie presumed
to have been drowned
Tne organization of the committees
that will push the sale of War Sav
ings Stamps in the county for the
next two weeks is completed and the
workers are beginning to send in en
couraging reports from different
farts of the county. This county has
been assessed $260,000 to be raised
within the next two weeks, and it is
going to require hard work on the part
of the committees un generous co
operation from all the people of the
county for the allotment to be sold.
The fact that no one person can buy
more than a thousand (rollars worth of
these stamps will make it necessary
for each person to do his share in or
d'r to sell the desired amount. Ilow
ever, Clarendon has responded to
every call that has been made aind the
workers are not rfriid of the out.-o~
in this case.
The county has leen orgai--el ac
cording to townships, each town.Jm::
having a chairman, ha has in t'r: ip
o;inted the members of his commit
tee. Following are the chairmten:
Santee, E. G. Stukes, R. W. Chew
ring, H. C. Cousa:.
St. Paul, C M. Mason.
Friendship, W. D. AlIen
St .James, Jeff M. Da i .
rarning, Charlton DuRant.
Sarorny Swamp, .1. McD. McFaddin.
FJOWNEY TO UNIFY SYSTEM
Appointed as Director of Quartermas
Washineton. June 18.-Appoint
nent of Col. George F. Downey as di
rector of quartermaster purchases
with supervision over methods an:1
policies of purchasing, was announced
today by Brig. Gen. R. E. Wood, act
ing quartermaster general. Col. Dowp
ey, who has been depot quarternas
ter here ,will direct the twelve pur
chasing and distributing zone offices
and supply depots recently and board
by the War Department.
The purpose of creating' the newof
fice, the announcement said, is to es
tablish a uniformity of system in the
purchasing and supply zone offices
that. will balance with the war pro
gram and the activities of the war in
"This coordination," Gen. Wood
said "is expected to utilize to the best
ladvantage the produclion of the coun
F'AVORS VOTES FOR WOMEN
aton Rouge, La., June 18.-The
!L].ouisiana, subiect t.i ratification by
the voters at the election next fall.
The vote was twenty-nine to eleven,
oae more than the constitutional two
thirds majority. The amendment
passed the House June 11 by a vote of
eighty to twenty-two.
The campaign for adoption of the
amendment was fetured by a message
from President Wilson to leaders of
both houses of the Legislature in
which he stated he "could not help re
garding the settlement of this ques
tio.n as of world-wide significance
rnd as affording a standard by which
to judge our present interest in th
complete establishment of democ
age of the State amendment presaged
defat of the federal suffrage amend
rent pending in the Legislature, anl
was a victory for State rights.
'MRS'. hI)A CAVELL
DIES IN ENGLANI)
Londlon. via Ottawa, JTune 1 8.-Mrs.
Ida Cavell, mother of the heroic nurse,
Edith Cavell, executed by the G;er
mans in Belgium, has dlied at her
h eHenley-onathe-Thames, ' at the
ag f81. She had been in failing
health since the dleath of her dlaugh
Senators Shouhl Use Their
Efforts to This End
"M~ir. E. I. Rearlon, secretary,
Sumter Chamber of Commerce,
Sumter, S. C'.
With refetrenlce to my conversation
wi~th you ,relative to marketing the
excess grain prod~ucedl in this County,
I feel that this is a matter of vital
importance to every farmer who has
comnpliedl with the request oif the Food
Administrators anid the Council of
Defense, and in consequence of same
heavily increasedl their acreages in
corn andl oats.
I have today four earloads of
threshed oats, put up in stndarnd bags
andl ready for immedliate shipment;
1also four carloads of baled oat-straw.
I have written to each of the three
CJamps in the State, and to the Camp
,at Augusta; also to the Chiefs of the
Forage Departments at Kansas City
and Chicago. They a;l advise that
they are not in the market for any
oats at this time. I undlerstandl that
you have written to those oficials also.
I do not think it exactly right for
teAdministration to urge us to plant
1 "ttn, W. I). Ep v . I
lit Zion, W. II. H aliaday.
Brewington. W. 'T. P. Sprott.
St. Marks, Henry II Stukes
Plowden's Mill, P it. Alderaina. 11.
M away. Wm. Johnsoal.
1'cuglar.. D. E. Turb~evillen.
Sandy Grove, Johnl it llnker.
:tim < i y, E. 13. Tn'li. '. l HIu,:
Calvary, E. C. Geddings, W. \ F).
Concord, It. A. Rienbo urg.
New Zion, J. H. I)utlose". W E.
The can'paign will be so coniuctt.e
that no one will be overlooked. the
committees in the !arious townships
heving planned to have every bus iwss
house and every hore . 'a their terri
tory visited At a m tii:r in Smr
merton Monday night IIon. Charlto- 1
I)uRant and Mr P. M. Rea, vice direct
or of the State, spoke and :otused a
great deal of enthusiasm l i.St en
couraging reports have -mie ih from 1
Summerton. At Alcolu the quota has '
already been reached -ad w-orkers I
there are now trying to d'oubl their 1
allotment. A big open air lmeeting
will be held at Paxville !'ridlav night,
and meetings are being planne-i for
other sections of the cou nty 'lurinyi
TIlREE PRISONERS ESCAPE
Break Through Floor of Comm isary
Columbia, .J1une I8.--Three pri-on
prs, two white and one colored. es
Ciped about noon today from the State
Penitentiary. They are:
Frank Griffith, sent up from Lox
angton County, April 23, 1910, for life
for the murder of a Mr. Roof on th
Clarence Davis, sent up from
Charleston County on June 11, 1914,
for 30 years for assault and battery
with intent to ravish. His sentence
vas later commuted to 10 years.
James Monroe, colored, sent up
from Dillon County, February 28,
1918, for fifteen months for larceny.
The men were at work in the com
missary department and did not have
on the regulation priaon stripes. They
escaped by sawing a hole in the loor
of the commissary anci getting down
into thc basement, where they broke
sary treasurer was out of the commis
a window and escaped. The commis
sary treasurer was out of the commis
sary for a while about the noon hour,
and it was during his absence that
they sawed the hole through the plank
An alarm was immcdiately turned
in by the treasurer upon his return to
the com mis ;.ry and the police and
veounty officials r.otified immediate
ly. Waning:; were also sent all ovw
the State, and a vigorous search for
ithe men instituted immediately.
Frank Griffith w-as convicted of the
nturlder of a nmina named roof. The
case was i ver. sensational one and
,very great in1.e-e;. ' entered in it be
cause o the prominence of Griffith
who is a brother of the former super
'intendent o the penitentiary. News
that he had edcaped today create,l
somewhat of a 1 ensation :n Lexington
County, vIhe -e he wv part icularlv
TRtOOl' TRAIN WRECKEDI
Waco, Texas, June 18.-Thirty-four
soldiers were injured, five probably
fatally ,near Selby, Texas, about fif
teen miles east of Waco, today when a
St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad
train oultwardl bound from Camp Me
Arhrws wrrecked while paing
over a wooden bridge.
The engineer and two firemen also
were probably fatally injured. The irn
juredl soldiers' names are being with
held by military authorities.
heavily in graiin unless they 'are will
ing L)n operate with us in the moar
keting of .<ane(.
If youz wvill compare the difference
in the amount (of equipment and
freight charges necessary to tranrs
port the grain for the four Camps
ab~ove referred to from the West, a.
eempared with that nec-essary' tosup
a mne ftrm South Carolina, you
will readily recognize the e*nonrmonus~
saving in eqinptlment anid freight to the
In Sumter County alone we have
over 100.000 bushels of oats and corn
for wvhicht there is nto imarket. I have
also written to all of the grain dealers
in the S! tr, but cannot get an offer
from tiny of them.'
I woulId be glad if you would take
this matter utp in the most vigotouts
manner p~osisble wvith the proper au
thorities at Washington and see if you
can not succeed in perfecting some
arrangement by which our surplus
p rain can be marketed at the campsl)
int this State. Please push this mat tr
vigorously andn advise me at your ear
l:etst convenience the results of your
(Signed) IH. J. McLAURIN, JR.
S[IAUGHI ERED iUNS
icked German Troops to Attack Xiv
AMERICANS TOO WATCHFUL
risoners State Huns Had Been Re
hearsing Behind Lines for
With the American Army in France,
unday, June 16.-In their attack on
ivray on the Toul sector today the
ermans hoped to enter the village
nd carry off a large number of pris
ners. but the alertness of the Aneri
in artillery observer, coipletely
verturned the enemy plan. Exam
nation of the Germans captured in
he fight disclosed that the enemy
ilanned the raid a wees in advance
Lnd that the 6O special troops who
ook part ,in it were rehearsed behind
he German lines.
The enemy plan way to send for
ard a large party without prepara
ory artiller; fire. This party was to
ake up a position near the Americana
)arbed wire and then send up a signal
ocket fo ra box barrage to cover Xiv
-ay village and the approaching comn
nunication trenches while the heavier
irtillerv was t'+ bombard the villages
n the rear.
Hun.' Plans Upset
A merican artillery observers saw a
arge number of Germans creeping
ibout in No Man':. Land and thinking
hey composed a large working party
he artillery signaled for a barrage.
The American artillery and machine
runs went into action immediately
nd before the enermy barrage could
ret started had inflicted heavy cas
ialties on the unprotected Germans in
No Man's Land and played havoc
vith the plans for the raid.
The original enemy 1:ran was for the
ittacking party to divide into three
sect ions and to enter Xivray from
:hree different dv'isions. Only-one see
Lion actually reached ne outskirts ot
the village, but only after it had been
:ut upbadly by the American barrage
lire. Of these only a small group got
into Xivray, where they were quickly
surrounded by the Americans and
either captured or killed. Eight pris
mers, including a lieutenant, rreain
.. in the American hands.
A merican. Casualties
A majority of the American casuai
lies, which do not include any missing,
resulted from the German artillery
Casualties among French civiliars
>ccurred when a German shell burst
near a church as a pocession of vil
lagers was emerging from mass.
Many of the French wounded were
:-ared for in American hospitals.
This afternoon the American artil
lery opened a retaliatory fire against
the area behind the German lines
wvhile the Germans, apparently an
;ered by the failre of the raid, boI
barded villages as far as eight miles
behind the American lines. The whole
foul sector i: now echoing to the
heaviest gunfire in many weeks.
TURK IAS ACCESS TO HAK t:
thence to Turkestan Where Cotton is
Moscow, Tuesday, June "1.-Turkey
having reached an understanding with
he leaders of the trans-Caucasian
listrict, there are indications that the
f)ttoman troops will not encounter
my further 1position in that secti -n
and may move freely toward the port
f Baku on the (Caspian sea.
The trans-Caucasian G;ove~rnmient
w'ith which Turkey treated ,fell to
pieces after the agreement was reach
d but the dismem~berted sections are
rriendlly to Turkey.
Once iat Haku tne Trs r o
pinion of observershehae(is
iccess to and acrossth Caia o
Turkestan arid could1rahtegc.
.otton stores there.
"AX ( EA N PI ATlE" IS
NOW MOT I10 AT ('AMP
Greenville, ,Iune 17.-Azs one feL
ture of a conservation caml)pahrin inow
in full swine: at Camp Sevier-, omany ofi
the regimental units are p~ost inSf
ruards beside (-ach garbage canm ambout
rrness time. Lheir dunties hein~g to take
t note or an 0 marti who em p es go. I
boil intot th' par aoe caii, .:t 'to re
po rt himt -o I commin0tand i pm oflfice'r.
"'A Cleani lamte'" is the mot to of t ini
phase of th(- moifvemn'. aind the inwn
hirowing away niothinig.
Thle conservaition ei nm'aai'n ii mi
biac.es the saving of clotini' piec-e.;
f .dluipie. and;,e~ otmwr articles
wiic 'ti-H or 'c-ilv Ih' t hr< wn
waLy. Hot tles, o11ldi ti n -i and S ai
bir articles :art being very ca refudy~
aved throng~i-~it theI( c-a' m antd Pae
regularly t urned in to the reeln.;
tiion denfartmen, wler - a whole sv,'i ..
bouse is devotred to the housme'r of
the reclaimed article's. Many cast of f
tarnments are repairesi, r. errenne and
A publicity camnaclgn, to urge the
n-ving of food, clothing, etc., has been
the distribution of circufars, postin.?
>f bulletins, etc. Jam sa D). Grist, for
r rly a newsnaner ivan of York, S. 0'.,
wvho was transferred to the quarter
master department from the Thirtieth
'tivisionl. has been put in chage of
thin feature of the .unrke
ARMY OFFIC[R ARRESTED
ON GRAFT CHARGE BY
Government's Pursuit of (ontr ut
GItEGORY REPORTS ON RAIl.
Lieut. Jas. C. Staley, Reserve Officer.
Arrested; Other Arrests
Washington. June 18.--The trail of
the government's pursuit of illegal
profiteers On war contracts today led
to the arrest in New York of Lieut.
.lames C. Staly, a reserve army of;
ceer, on a charge of accepting money
from the Truefit. Raincoat Company,
o New York, for a contract which he
promised to secure.
The arest was made by Department
of Justice agents who had followed
the officer during his inspection of the
plant of the raincoat company, whose
proprietors acted in cooperation with
the government to detect the fraud.
The secret agent arested him im
mediately after he was said to have
received a sum of money from Joshua
Rosenthal and Louis Werner, proprie
tors of the plant. It was charged that
he had told them that he would ex
pect more money as soon as they got
the contracts which they sought for
50,400 raincoats, costing nearly $250,
This was the first arrest of an army
(officer since the Department of Just
ice started its investigation into the
system by which contingent fee
agerts have made n iions by obtain
ing contracts for manufacturers who
were charged a commission. Other
arrests may follow soon.
Lieut. Staley is about 50 years cid.
le entered a training camp last sum
'mer and was commissioned in August.
Last December 11 he was appointed
an inspector in the quartermaster's
department. le has been stationed
in New York most of the time since
A fter being arested today Lieut.
Staley made a complete confession of
his part in the transaction, Depart
ment of Justice officials said, and
gave much valuable information which
I may lead to the detection of other
cases of fraud. Ile will be tried by: a
The shadow of complicity in the
extensive scheme by which comn:,
sion agents made millions out of gcv-.
ernment war orders by acting as mid
dIe men in obtaining contracts 'r
manufacturers, today extended an
scores of business mi-n and attorneys
in Washington, New York and Boston
and other cities, and even to a ft-c
secretaries of members of Congress.
These men, many of whom were ama
teurs in the game of soliciting war
.contracts, promised to use their influ
ence with government officials, arri
,officers or members of Congress 'o
assure the awarding of contracts to
special concerns, and in turn were to
receive compensation if the contriit.
A large proportion of these ca
.were not prompted by sinister motiw,
officials believe, and prosecutions w ill
not follow. Many others, however,
pear the result of carefully planrsd
plots to squeeze millions from er
Officials intimated that other
r -sts may be made soon in connect;n
with the charges on which four in
are now under indictment here---c".c
n-Piracv to violate federal laws for,
ding the subletting of contracts a
payment of contingent fees.
ALgints of the Department of J.
ice, Treasury and War and Navy Pc
partments we-re at work todhv on new
phases of the disclosures in Washimg
torn and elsewvhere, while a corps of
investigators, dIig-sted the ev idere
contained in the dotcumecnts.
Repiort to Cabinet
AtoreyGeneratl Gregory took m:.
Iatest inforimat ion inn tne raids too
Cabiinet meetinrg andt 'ainet mn
biers aind heads of all (xecut ive' depasn
mrents. miaking tontr acts rece-ivedi t&
A ttoire Gecn-iral's recommnendlat icr.
appr-oved by P'resident WilIso n, forn
sorting in futur co tntract s of a c-lau
idnding the conitracttor not to pay con
tingent fees nor emloly iddittle mm'
in negoitirating a war tirder.
A na lyzinig thIe reupt s on vest u.
day's raids, proivide a task which w t
take mOtre thani a wee(k, paritiularnl
si nce somie of t hi- evi-ence was ga t
i'r-d as far wi-st as Sari Franciscco.
No nialij of e it her manufi ac-tur-i:
ctincernis tor sspecd com amiss
a r'nts were- g i ve-i t ;.
SOne of the rinicipal arari~n-m
a f the inrqu iry' inow is tdirectedtI toi lir
ing wvhether an ar-my or navy ioffi-er
v-as sublje-ct toc sin ist 'ri iniflutnceu of I I
are n ts.
ucth to Assist
Bernardl Baruch, c-ha irman of the
t'war industries board, promniisedi his co
tiperationl todlay ini tferret ingi out any
C ses of frad r timprope~-~~tr ctnducet by
r'lyv officers in his dlepraitriet hav-intg
(-h1arge- of arr-anig ing contracts hi
tween the Wai- antd Nav~y D eplartment
All day today letter-s and telehgrams;
pordct intoi the D~epart mint of . instice
,from~ nmanufactur-ers who hatd been so
licited by commission agents. Some
manufacturers gave v'aluable infor
TIhese letters constitute! linly one of
the elements leading officials to be
lieve they have uncovered an even
.more extensive systemi of fraud andi
impropriety connected with war or
iers thn they and imagined.