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SMERICA TO HAVE
WHEAT CROP WILL BE WORTH
OTHER YIELDS PROMISING
Value of Corn Crop May Reach $2,500,
000,000-White Potatoes Promise
to Exceed Their Former
Washington.-Three billion bushels
of corn, one and a half bilion liushels
of oats and a billion bushels (if wheat
are in prospect for this year's Amenri
can harvest. Record crops of rye,
white and sweet potatoes,. tobacro.
rice and hay also are predicted. Far
mers planted 310,546.000 acres. or 10,.
000,000 acres more than last year, to
their principal products.
The wheat crop, the greatest ever
grown in any country, will be worth
more than $1,000,000,000, while the
corn crop's value may reach $2,500,
Estimates of the principal crops, an
nounced by the Department of Agri.
culture, based on conditions of Au
gust 1, show that all crops will be
greater than last year. Wheat and
corn both showed improvement over
July conditions, though excessive
rains and cold weather in the cehtral
states interfered with threshing. Oats
also suffered in those states, but in
other sections the improvement more
than offset this.
Corn prospects increased almost
100,000,000 bushels, the principal gains
having been Illinois, 30,000,000 bush.
els; Kansas, 24,000,000: Oklahoma,
21,000,000; Nebraska, 15,000,000; Iowa,
14,000,000, and Texas, 10,000,000.
White potatoes promise to exceed
their former record production by
by 4,000,000 bushels. Other increases
over record crops indicated include
tobacco, 28,000,000 pounds; flax, 4,
200,000 bushels; hay, 2,400,000 tons,
and rye, 1,300,000 bushels. Corn pros
pects fell 206,000,000 bushels and oats
10,000,000 bushels below the records.
Say Peace Offered and Refused.
London.--Reuter's correspondent at
Petrograd transmits the following:
"The Bourse Gazette learns from an
unimpeachable source that the Ger
man emperor made an offer of peace
to Russia through the king of Den
mark. The answer sent to the king
stated that the question of peace ne
gotiations could not be raised at the
British Lose More Officers.
London.-Officers casualty lists from
July 19 to July 30 show that the Brit
ish army lost 115 killed, 236 wounded
and 14 missing, a total of 365. This
brings the aggregate officer loss since
the beginning of the war to 13,656, of
whom 4.176 are recorded dead, 8,305
wounded and 1,175 missing.
Texas Canal Opened.
Lake Charles, La.-The formal open
ing of the Lake Charles-to-Port Arthur
Texas, link in the intercoastal canal
project is being celebrated here with
a water carnival, athletic events and
speechmaking. The section of the
canal just completed connects the
Mermentau and Sabine Rivers and cost
approximately $2,000,000, which was
appropriated by Congress.
Officials Flee From City.
Cape Haitien, Haiti.-Government
officials who have been in this city
have fled to Fort Liberte. Revolution
ist troops are beginning to enter the
city, and marines have been landed
from the United States gunboat
Nashville to maintain order.
Nashville, Tenn., Has New Officials.
Nashville, Penn.-Judge Roebrt Ew
ing was elected mayor of Nashville
and J. O. Tankard city commissioner
to succeed Mayor Howse and City
Commissioner Robert Elliott, who
were recently suspended under the
Another Detail of Marines.
Philadelphia.-Orders were received
at the Philadelphia navy yard to send
900 additional marines to Port-au
Would Sell Boarder's Body.
Philadelphia.-The coroner of Phil
adelphia refused the request of a
boarding house mistress that she be
given the freak body of a former
boarder so that she could sell it to
the highest bidder and thus get back
money she had adanced the man.
L. D. BRANDEIS.
r Mr. Brandeis, presiding over the
' conve'ntion of American Zionist or
ganizations in l~oston, was hailed a t
the future leader of all Jews.
WARSAW IN HANDS
Of THE GERMANS
F RUSSIANS EVACUATE AFTER
1 STUBBORN DEFENSE OF THIRD
y LARGEST CITY IN EMPIRE.
London.--The Germans are in pos
t session of Warsaw, capital of Poland
and the third largest city in the Ru.i
sian empire. Bavarian troops en
tEred the city, having taken success- I
ively the Bilonie lines and the outer
and inner fortresses of the city, the
Russians fighting only rear guard ac
tions to allow their main army to es
While to the Bavarians, command
ed by Prince Leopold, has fallen the
honor of taking over Warsaw in the
name of the German emperor and His F
consort, who are expected to make
a state entry within a few days, the
real conquerors are the troops fight
ing under Field Marshal von Hinden
burg along the Narew river to the
northeast; to the Austro-Germans,
who crossed the Vistula south of the
city, and to the armies of the Aus
trian Archduke Joseph Ferdinand and
Field Marshal von Mackensen, which
are advancing northward between the
Vistula and Bug rivers.
The fall of Warsaw marks the cul
mination of the greatest sustained
movement of the European war. Three
times previously Teutonic armies have
been halted at its gates. Apparently
impregnable in the face of direct at.,
n tack, it was compelled to capitulate
t- before the sweep of a vast movement
d which threatened to encircle the capi
s tal Rnd with it the Russian armies en
e gaged in the campaign of which it
,f was the storm center. From the north,
5 northwest, west, south and southwest
the Austro-German forces have been
pressing upon the Polish capital in
their combined drive to force the Rus
sians out of Poland and if possible to
r break their offensive power for an in
r definite period.
Would Enlist Unemployed.
San Francisco.-Two plans were of
e fered as solutions of the unemploy
t ment problem at the United States
Department of Labor's first confer
ence on unemployment at the Pan
ama-Pacific Exposition, attended by
W. B. Wilson, secretary of labor. En
listment of the unemployed for brief
t periods in the army and navy was
! suggested by Ethelbert Stewart, chief
statistician of the Department of La
e bor, as a plan which would relieve
distress among workers and create a
reserve of trained men for national
Cotton Felt Effect of War.
r- New Orleans.-World consumption
e of American grown cotton during tho
r season ended July 31, amounted to 14,
y 134,000 bales, according to the New
o Orlens Cotton Exchange. During the
e preceding season consumption amount.
ed to 14,541,000 bales.
St. Louls.-Frank L. Johnson, assist
d ant cashier of the Mercantile National
& Bank, shot and killed himself in the
i- hank here.
Six Destroyers Planned.
Washington.-Plans for six big
I- cruiser destroyers, authorized by the
a last Congress, have been approved.
e They will be the first vessels influenc.
r ed in design by the war in Europe and
o naval information from abroad was
k closely scrutinized before the plans
MAKING EFFORT TO
HAMMOND CITIZENS PETITION
GOV. HALL FOR SPECIAL
THREE OFFICIALS INVOLVED
Mayor Charged With Incompetency
and Being a Party to Secret Pro
of Contract Charged.
Recall petitions have been filed with
Gov. ltall by citizens of Hammond ask
ing that a special election be called
to decide the question of removing
Mayor Skinner and the commission
council of that town, utider the provi.
sions of Act 2S6 of 1914.
The mayor is charged with incompe
tency, with "permitting the other two
commissioners to assume his preroga
tive and feebly acquiescing in their ac
tions" and with being a part to secret
T. R. Thames, commissioner of pub
lie finance, is charged in the petition
with failure to make a budget, misap
plication of public funds and with
making and ratifying illegal contracts
\%hich he kept secret.
Against George F. Smith, commis
R sioner of public streets and parks, the
charge of being a party to illegal and
secret contracts also is filed.
S STATE PARAGRAPHS. :
While returning from a game of ball
i- n Napoleonville, an automobile owned
and run by Norbert Cressionni of
e White Castle, and containing Tony Pe
corara, Nick Lodriguez, Hery Gaut
reaux, Louis Melancoln, turned over,
Sof the occupants weie painfully
e jured. The rest, by jumping out, es
e caped with but a few scratches. The
s accident took place when Cressionni
e attempted to throw away a cigarette
e and lost control of the machine.
1- The Teche Fair Association was or
e ganized in the rooms of the Chamber
of Commerce at New Iberia, the first
e fair to be held in New Iberia in Sep
tember. The objects are educational,
d to erncourage better farming and
II stock raisting, to create a spiritof emu
e lation among the Teche valley farm
ers. Exhibits are expected from all
1- over the state.
At Lake Charles the police jury de
cided to spend approximately $30,000
in surfacing some of the graveled
roads in the highway system with
tarvia concrete. The roads to be ad
vertised embrace the Calcasieu fake
highway, the Westlake Sulphur road
and the Chloe-lowa road.
It Prof. O. B. Staples resigned the
a principalship of Homer High School.
1 Prof. Staples has served as principal
Sof the school here for three years.
oProf. qtaples will engage in school
. work at Batons Rouge during the com
A committee is canvassing for sub
r- scriptions to the capital stock of the
r- Baton Rouge Park and Fair Associa
s tion, which is to purchase the Dough
r- erty-Babin tract on the north shore of
1- University lake.
1- Former Senator Percy of Mississip
f pi and a delegation from Washington
s County, Mississippi, will spend a day
f looking over the model roads of East
- Baton Rouge parish.
a J. yal Brock, district attorney, is
1 sued a statement in which he resent
ed charges made in the press recently
that crime had increased in St. Tam
James Irwin, 65 years old, living
i,- near Blanchard, La., was instantly
vi killed when he was struck by a north
ie bound Kansas City Southern freight
t- train, five miles north of Shreveport.
H. Willard of Bogaluaa, road super
it visor of Washington parish, tendered
al his resignation, stating that lack of
e co-operation by the police jury im
pelled him to take this action.
Women of the Mothers' Honor
ig Commission appeared before the city
re commission council of Bogalusa and
d. urged that a juvenile court be estab
g The cane crop which was very prom
SIsing in the White Castle section has
depreciated very much. owing to a
The strong arm of martial law let
fall the mailed fist with crushing force
on Jefferson parish law\leisný ss, and a
whole battery of the Washington Ar
tillery, working in fun! pla;0t(o!S, ;ut
ing on specific or(lers from ;(;vernr
Hall. raided Joseph 1!:* luid s notori IS
gambling den, just abot e the protec
It was a spectacuhl:r raid, and head
not the tip gone out in some imyster
ions way, and warned the gamblers at
their play, the soldiers drag-not would
have netted hundreds of prisoners, vir
tually all of them from New (rleans.
The soldiers were to leave on a spa C
cial train for the enctamp!1( nt at An.
niston, Ala, but the order of the gov
ernor. held them for other duty. and
in several coaches they slipped up thi
river front and made the dlescent just I
fifteen minutes after the order had
been given in the gambling den to
cease play and cash chips.
The monthly report of the New Or
leans Charity Organization Society for
July showed the necessity for an un-I
usual amouu of help for persons in
reed. Applications for aid were re
ceived from 543 families as compared
with 429 for July, 1914, which wais
considered at that tiitte an unusually
large numb!. Since January 1, 1915,
the superinendent stated, 4482 cases
of needy taUilies have been handled
by the soci~p, compared with 3,453
for the sape period in 1914.
The sendpi of undesirable citizens
from other eitles to New Orleans has
caused a igat deal of trouble, the
superintendit stated. lie said mayors
of other ciell have aided in this, and
shipped l8Up families from Missis
sippi, Alalla, Florida and Georgia
to New Orlans.
Pursuant, to a call by Moreauville
citizens, a~ieeting was held for the
purpose o ussitg the prospects of
peanut g lag and stock raising in
this and unding communities.
Tempora organization was effected
with C. C sin as chairman and A.
Pink Cou Ion secretary. The chair
appoint mittees from different
sections the parish to stimulate
peanut c in their respective com
muniti also to report at the next
meeti t pprvails as
ment of'such an indus
try also ihe feasibility of erecting
a fac in the vicinity of Moreau
Be4useof repeated complaints com
ing 1i about juvenile offenders, white
and black, Judge Ben C. Dawkins took
a hand in the question when he issued
orders for three young negroes to be
brought before him in the Monroe Ju
venile Court so that they may be
placed in the care of someone who
will put them to work on nearby plan
tations. Similar orders will follow di
recting the officers to bring the young
white boys to court with a view of
placing them in the State Training
School below the city.
Reciting that drilling for oil in the
bed of Red River would have a tenden
cy to interfere with the navigation of
that stream and that the oil and salt
water from the wells would render
Red River unfit for domestic use and
consumption, the board of directors of
the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
unanimously adopted resolutions pro
testing against permission being
granted ,to the lessees of the state by
the Secretary of War to drive piling
or sink piping in the river bed.
J. W. McWilliams of Monroe has
rece ed notice of his appointment as
state~ commander for the Sons of Con
federate Veterans. The appointment
was signed by Commander-in-Chief W.
N. Brandon of Little Rock, Ark., and
Adjutant General N. B. Forrest of
Memphis. This is the third time Mr.
McWilliams has been made state com
mender. He will take up the work
of reviving interest in the organiz
tion throughout the state.
Horace Edwards, who created a sen
satlon in Amite some months ago by
sawing his way out of jail there and
letting out other prisoners when he
made his escape, was arrested near
Ponchatoula, while attending church
services, and returned to Amite. Ed
wards lives in the east end of this
parish and was arrested last fall on a
charge of cattle stealing, and while
waiting for trial broke jail and since
then has been at large.
"Sleepy" Smith and Alfonso Bur
nell, two young boys about 12 years
old were caught robbing the Central
Savings Bank and Trust Company af
ter they had obtained about $10 in
currency and about $11 in stamps. The
two young bank *robbers gained en
trance through a rear opening by
climbing a water pipe.
W. U. Richardson was declared
nominee for delegate to the Constitu
tional Convehtion by the Bienville
Parish Democratic Executive Com
mittee. Richardsonis majority over
two opponents being thirty-three. The
nomination is equivalent to election.
TEXAS MEN BATTLE
FOURTEEN AMERICANS ATTACK
ED BY BAND ESTIMATED AT
SEVERAL OF OUTLAWS KILLED
Five Defenders Were Wounded-U. ,.
L Troops Ordered to Scene--Mexi
cans Reported Crossing Border
in Large Numbers.
Brnownsville, Tex.--l'ive Ai:ericaris
w ere wountled and se\eral .M1exicha:
killed in a pitched hattl, fought at tlih
Norias ranchhouse. about 10 miles
_ northwest of here.
Slourtteen ranchers were oarricadld d
in the house and stood off a band of P
· robably 200 Mexicans, according to P
Troop B, Third United States Cav
alry, was ordered to the scene. l
Ilidalge County reports that hun
dreds of Mexicans have been crossing
the border west of Brownsville in
groups of three and four, and that all
are traveling eastward, appurently to V
:'ome concentration point.
The main gang of the outlaws is
said to be carrying a \Mexican flag and'
marching to the roll of army drums.
Passenger trains in the vicinity
were running without headlights, but h
arecently the fear of a wreck led F
to the order for all service to be dis
continued until daylight.
Russians Misuse Jews.
Atlantic ('ity, N. J.--Members of t
the Executive Council of the B'nai c
B'rth, in session here. declared that l
t the conditions of the Jews in Russia
had not been Improved, notwithstand
ing reports of concessions at the be
g.inning of the European war. Speak
ers charged that Jews have been used
as shields by the Russian soldiers in
the trenches. It was decided to en
ter a protest with the State Depart.
ment at Washington if,t upon investi
gation, the charges are found to be
e Calls Bankers to Conference.
k Corpus Christi, Tex.-Joseph Hir
d isch, president of the Texas Bankers'
e Association, and Batham Adams, chair
' man of the Texas Bankers' Wartehouse
e Committee, have called a conference r
0 of the presidents of all Southern r
i- States' bankers' associations and dele
gates from the ctearing houre associa
tions of all Southern reserve cities
and cotton centers to be held in Gal- b
g veston August 14. It is planned to cr
ganize a concerted movement among c
all Southern bankers for the gradual h
e marketing of the coming cotton crop. d
Officers Find Dynamite Package.
It Fort Worth, Tex.-A package of dy
!r namite, securely wrapped in heavy t
d paper and containing, aside from the t
I explosives, a folded newspaper photo- t
ge raph of Frank Holt, who placed a
Sbomb in the national capital and as- *
Ssaiiant of J. P. Morgan, is puzzlinzg e
Y Tarrant county officials. The dyna- s
g mite package was found beneath the t
south approach of the Paddock via- ii
duct, the main thoroughfare between a
5 North and South Fort Worth. b
S Honor Mrs. Wilson's Memory.
It Rome, Ga.-Observance of the first
1. anniversary f Mrs. Woodrow Wil
d son's death was marked here by t
Iscores of children and adults placing l
r. flowers on her grave and by the hold- p
o' ing of memorial services under the c
k auspices of the Ellen Axson Wilson
.1emorial Association. A wreath of I
palms was received from President a
Wilson, and a large box of flowers t
came from the White House conserva- s
e Kaiser's Threat Aids Naturalization.
r Milwaukee, Wis.-The report that
the kaiser is to take steps to bring I
"- charges against Germans asrking in
is munition factories in the United
ai States that are supplying war muni
le tions to the allies has stimulated in
:e terest in naturalization, according to
employes of the naturalization divis
Sion of the clerk of courts office. t
Arkansan Causes Reform.
. Washington, D. C.-As the result of
In an announcement by the Treasury De
te partment that, beginning August 16, r
n- all shipments of money to national t
Sbanl;s and subtreasuries will be made a
by mail instead of express, the gov
ernment will save about $200,000 an
,d nually, which for 25 years or more
- has been going to express companies.
le T'rhe announcement is the result of a
. movement originally started six years c
er ago by Nathan B. Williams of Payette- 4
v rille, Ark.
Ri. JOHN J. LN L.
s I)r. John 1). aont; oft w: I 'l! d
Stats public hI'alti , 'v : the n1 ,
d directcr of public I:laLlth tf 11th 'hiiip
S pine, i"lalds and has d,.p t d por ( .t.
ERIE, PA., HARD
HIT BY CLOUDBURST
WATERS FROM BURSTED DAM
RUSH THROUGH HEART OF
Erie, Pa.-Erie has listed 27 dead
in the muile-long wrec;;iagc-stre~w uI
path through the heart of the city.
swept by the big flood.
Property loss is estimate l at $8.
000.000. Three hundred houses and
F0 store buildings were demolished
by the waters in Mill CrTeok, sent out
i of its bankl, by a cloudbur.s! and the
bursting of the Glenwood dani.
The city went into mour'ing when
it awoke to a realization of the extent
of the disaster. Relief funds were
started, charitable societies sent food
i and the city authorities opened
a many houses for those who had
ý- lost their own. Automobiles were
resting in tree tops, apparently un
damaged. One house was found cast
e on a hillside with a wall of the din
ing room missing and the table un
Cannot Stop Censorship.
Washington.-State Department of
ficials virtually have decided they are
powerless to secure relief from the
rigid censorship to which American
mail and cable messages passing
through the belligerent countries of
Europe are subjected. Appeals from
business houses which declared im
pairment of the cable service through
censorship had been a serious em
harrassment financially, moved the
department to investigate.
Fire on Battleship Spontaneous.
tion is believed by shipyard officials
to have caused the fire in the hold of
the battleship Oklahoma several
weeks ago at the plant of the New
Yolk Shipbuilding Company. Gov
ernment inspectors in charce of con
struction work are likewise assured
that there is no foundation for the
incendiary theory suggested when no
one could discover the origin of the
Mistake Own Vessel.
Berlin.-(By Wireless to Sayville.)
-Included in the items given out by
the Overseas News Agency is the fol
lowing: "The Greek newspaper Calri,
published at Athens, declares that re
cently a British torpedo boat de
stroyer, hiding in a small bay of Chios
Island, in the Aegean Sea, attacked
another British destroyer, having mis
taken the latter vessel for a German
Say Troops Will Disarm.
Washington.-Hopes for a peaceful
settlement of the disturbances in
Haiti were brightened by receipt of a
message from Rear Admiral Caperton,
commanding the American naval
forces at Port Au Prince and Cape
Haitlen, announcing that the troops
of General Bobo, leader of the sue
cessful revoltuion, would disarm on
their arrival at the capital.
Killed By Baseball.
SSt. Louis.-Edward Hafferkamp, 31
years old, a lawyer, died from hemon
rhage of the brain. lie was struck on
I the head by a pitched ball in a game
Places Health Before Vote.
SPortland, Ore.-To women health is
Smore important than the privilege of
a voting, declared Dr. Evelyn K. Bush
B of Louisville, Ky., at thle annual con
vention of the American Osteopathi.