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St. Quentin Continues
Serbs Menace Entire
Military News From All
Fronts This Week Con
TWENTY MILE FRONT
First Artillery Brigade of
First American Division
Washington, Sept. 21 Em
barkation of American soldiers
for all fronts .overseas has
passed the 1.500,000 mark,
General March announced. He
said military news during the
past week from all fronts has
been continuously good.
On the Lorraine front where Gen.
Pershing's First American army has
completed Its operation, the situation
has become stabilized, with the enemy
hurriedly perfecting a new line in
front of the Americans. This
stretches for 20 miles from Maizeray
to the Moselle at Vandieres. The
Americans now are ten miles from
Metz and an equal distance from
General March read a cablegram
citing a general order issued by Major
General H. L. Reed, commanding the
15th Scottish division, British army,
praising the First Artillery brigade of
the First American division (regulars)
for work In co-operation with the
Scots. The order said the 15th had
never received such perfect assist
ance in "taking over" operations al
though it was realized that the Amer
i lean division at that time must have
leen under severe strain and had
Buffered severe casualties.
Answering questions regarding
specific American units, General
March ald the 90th Division, Tejas
and Oklahoma troops, were in the
Vosges while the 63rd is in a training
eectov with the French.
No commander has yet been se
lected for the 18th Regular Division
which itlll Is in this country train
ing at Camp Travis, Texas. The 114th
Engineers, of the S9th Division, (Ar
kansas, Mississippi and Louisiana Na
tional Guard troops), has Just landed
French and British Continue Their Operations With Suc
cessForce Germans to Give Up Benay
In France the British and French continue with success
their operations looking towards the encircling of St. Quen
tin and the hreaking of the Hindenburg line between St. Quen
tin and Cambrai.
South of St. Quentin the French followed up the capture
of Essigny-le-Grand by forcing the Germans to give up Benay,
to the southeast, and by making progress to the north of the
ALLIES ARE BEFORE
an lain Defense
"There was activity by our own and
the enemy's artillery in the region of
the plateau north of the Aisne," ac
cording to today's war office reports.
The statement says:
"In Lorraine two attempts by the
Germans upon our posts at Arracourt
and Ancervillers (northeast of Lune
ville) were without result.
"Our progress east of Essigsy-le-Grand
has been accentuated and pris
oners have been taken. Artillery ac
tivity has been maintained in the re
gion of St. Quentin and north of the
Aisne. The day was calm on the rest
of the front.
"Eastern theatre, Sept. 19. In spite
o the vigorous resistance of the enemy
rear guards, the resistance of the en
my rear guards, the offensive of Cerna
an'd Vardar rivers, continued to pro
gress today. Allied cavalry have cap
tured the region of Polisko. Serbian
forces have gained a foothold on the
bank of the Cerna in the region of
'The Serbians . have started in ac
centuating their progress in the di
rection of Kpnoplshta, where they
have traversed particularly difficult
ground on the range of hills between
the Belashnitsa river and the Boshava.
French forces have taken Tushin and
have gained a foothold on the town of
"Because of difficult communica
tions over the vast amount of ground
covered by the operation, it Is not
possible as yet to estimate the number
E. S. Farmer, an officer of the
tTnitert States navy, filed a suit of
$1,000 damages in the common pleas
court today against Andrew Cziberre
of Norwalk. Papers in the action state
that on Aug. 30, 1918, E. E. Farmer
drove an automobile on the Boston
Post Road and encountered Cziberre,
also n a machine. Through the neg-
ligenco of Cziberre, the complaint
states both machines collided and
the C. S. officer received severe in
Juries, had his automobile completely
wrcked, and was hindered in his re
turn to New York where he was ex
pected to report on that day.
The suit is returnable for the Oc
tober term of court.
of prisoners taken, but it is known
that five thousand prisoners and 80
cannot have been captured.
"The offensive of the Greeks in
the Lake Doiran region, which has
marked by furious battles, continues
to progress.' Violent counter attacks
have been made In vain by Bulgarian
Turkish forces, along the line from
tha Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan
north of Jerusalem, appear to have
suffered a serious defeat at the hands
of the British and French armies and
their ali'es. the Arabs. If the situa
tion deveiops as favorably to the Al
lies as it Is indicated .by .the reports
of the opening phases of the fighting,
the Sultans forces may suffer disaster.
Attacking over a front 10 miles in
length, the Allies have virtually over
run the whole Tlrkish defensive sys
tem along the Mediterranean sea-
coast. Railroad Junctions have been
taken and cavalry Is. operating In the
rear of Turkish forces which are
holding the line to the eastward of
the front where the attack was
launched. These enemy units are pre
vented from retreating eastward by
the hostiilty of Hejas tribes beyond
the Jordan and they face a serious
problem in making their way back to
safety along the western bank of that
More than 3,000 prisoners have .been
captured by the Allies, who also have
taken great quantities of war materials.
Enemy's Losses So Great
Cannot Possibly Be
(By Associated Press.)
Before the Allies there now
stands the " great lines con
structed by the Germans dur
ing four years of warfare.
These are not simple trenches
but vast field fortifications
which stretch Trom the North
Sea, with few interruptions to
the Swiss frontier.
This general line of defensive posi
tions has become known as the Hin
denburg line, but to different sections
of it have been given names from the
old German epic of the Niebelungen
lied. Thus the , Wotan, Siegfired,
Brunhild and Kriemhild lines have
been mentioned in reports from the
front. They are carefully constructed
with all the science at the command
of the German general staff, and pre
sent a formidable barrier to further
allied attacks. i
Six months of the warfare "of mo
tion, however, has taught the Allies
that a trench is no stronger than the
troops that man it. In this fact lies
the hope of the entente nations. New
methods of attack, the employment
of "tanks' 'and a higher morale than
ever before in the history of the war
will be relied upon in the fighting to
break the enemy's defensive lines and
force new retreats.
Germany has lost her chance -to
force peace upon the Allies before
American armies enter the fight with
all their strength. This was her hope
in March. Loses of a serious nature
were suffered by the Allies during the
long battle but they have been made
doubly effective by the nuowuj
American legions. Germany's losses,
on the other hand cannot be made
good. Hopes blasted, crack divisions
broken up and seeming victories turn
ed into defeats have sapped the mor-
(Continued on Page Two)
Advancing on Front of Three Miles West of LeCatelet
With Object of Getting in Position For
Go Forward Nine Miles on
An Ever Widening
GAIN 20 MILES
Additional Villages Liber
ated and Many More
(By the Associated Press)
On a front of three miles the British today are smashing
into the German main defenses west of Le Catelet with the ob
ject of getting east of the section of the Scheldt canal between
St. Quentin and Cambrai. The canal is less than two miles
from the British lines east of Ehpy.
NEW EDITIONS . j
Washington, Sept. 21 New editions
of revised selective service regulations
issued today by Provost Marshal Gen
eral Crowder fix August 5 as the date
fromw hich the draft boards shall dis
from which the draft boards shall dis
tered on Sept. 12 as ground for ex
emption. Orders also were issued to draft
boards to cease accepting cards of be
lated registrant on Monday, thus al
lowing the attaching of serial num
bers to the registration to be com
pleted. The date for the order of call
drawing thus can be fixed by Gen
eral Crowder next week.
ENDS HIS WIFE
IS MARRIED TO
LAIS FOB CONTROL OF
THE SPANISH IHFLUENZi
.Health Officials, Hospitals, and Physicians in Conference
to Prevent Epidemic of New Disease
v'v, , in Bridgeport.
City health officials are making elaborate preparations to
combat a possible epidemic of Spanish influenza in Bridgeport
and a meeting has been called for this afternoon between the
c'ty's prominent physicians and hospital heads for the purpose
of making plans to minimize the danger as much as possible.
Frank Aurichio of New York
Traces Wife to Bridgeport
to Find Her a Bride.
BOMB CITY TODAY
AT SEASIDE PARK
Word was received this noon from
Hazelhurst Field, Mineola. L. I., that
all preparaUons for the flight of six
airplanes from the aviation field to
Bridgeport today had been complet
ed, and that the planes could be ex
pected promptly at 3 o'clock, when
they will circle the race track at Sea-
Bide park and drop 60,000 "bombs
on the people of the city. In the form
of cards bearing a "message from
the 'ront to the women of Bridge
port." The cards are all dated, and
probably many of them will be saved
s souvenirs. Flying conditions were
aid to be favorable, and a big crowd
vaa out early. The Wheeler and Wil
son band gave a concert beginning at
of the doctors in discussing
the matter today said: "It would not
do to put any victims of this scourge
in hospitals as it is highly infectious
and would spread to the other pa-'
tients in the hospital, but we are
thinking of turning over an entire iso
lation ward at Hillside home to-the
treatment of any cases should they
The city officials have already been
in touch with the authorities of oth
er cities and have now got a thorough
grasp of the method of treatment for
them alady as well as the results of
the campaigns waged against the
sickness in localities where it was
Superintendent of Public Charities j
Angus v. inorne, has formulated an
effective plan for the transportation
and Isolating of all cases of Spanish
influenza brought to the notice of the
health authorities and Dr. Joseph F.
Frank Aurichio of East lOSth street
and Second avenue. New York city
reported to the police last night that
his wife left him about nine months
ago and came to Bridgeport. He stat
ed that he begged her repeatedly to
return to his home, but she refused
to do so. He then came to Bridge
port and secured a posiUon at the
Remington Arms Co. He located his
wife and told her to come and live
with him and their eight year old
child. She refused, saying that she
had married another.
Aurichio then reported the matter
to the police and upon the batter be
ing investigated by Capt. E. O. Cronan
enter or the detective bureau, it was
discovered that the woman had mar
ried Dominick Mucherino, of 112
uiQnce street under the name of
The couple were married here by
Justice of the Pace Abe Geduldig
Marrh 7. 1918. Immediately after the
marriage Mucherino turned over
considerable amount of his property
to his bride and she now holds it in
Today it is expected she will be
taken into custody by the detectives
who have been assigned to the case
by Captain Cronan. Immediately she
is located she will be arrested and
charged with bigamy.
London, Sept. 21 Further steps
forward have been taken by the Brit
ish on the Flanders front, Field Mar
shal Haigs' statement today announce
the improvement of the British posi
tion west of Messines, to the south of
Tpres, where a strong point was cap
tured. Northwest of St. Quentin the Brit
ish continued the progress through
the main Hindenburg line, advancing
their front northwest of Bellenglise.
North of Gauche wood, west of Vil-lers-Guislain,
one of the British ad
vance positions was pressed, back
A British detachment of seven men
were surrounded. Their post was in
the northern part of the village and
they held it for two days during the
German occupation, inflicting losses
on the enemy. When the village was
retaken the entire party rejoined its
unit without loss.
The statement reads:
"On the occasion of the hostile at
tack on Moeuvres on Tuesday a cor
poral and six men of Highland Light
Infantry, forming the garrison of one
of our posts north of the village, were
surrounded an 4 believed to have been
captured. . During the two days which
the Germans were in occupation of
Moeuvres this party maintained Its
position with great gallantry and In
flictel many casualties. On the night
of Thursday and Friday when Moeu
vres were retaken by us, the whole
party regained its unit without loss.
"Yesterday fresh attacks against
our posts north of Moeuvres was re
pulsed. "Throughout the night the German
infantry made repeated and deter
mined .attacks with flame throwers
and bombs to drive In our positions
in this locality. All the attacks were
repulsed after hard fighting.
"This morning fighting recommenc
ed in the sector east of Epehy.
"We removed our position slightly
during the night west of Messines,
capturing a German strong point and
several prisoners. Progress was made
by us southeast of Tpres."
TO KEEP LABOR
Recruiting of Building Men
For Other Places Must Be
Stopped at Once.
OF ROBBING HER
Eleanor Minnick Sought By
Police on Accusation She
Took Liberty Bond.
Keegan of the Emergency hospital Is
sharply scrutinizing each of the hun
dreds of patients who come for treat
ment si that he may detect as soon
as possible any appearance of the ln-
fluenza In this city.
ASKS $2,000 FOR
BITE BY A DOG
Having been bitten by a large dog
owned by Mr. and Mrs. William S.
Finch of Norwalk a few months ago,
Lillian Robinson, also of that town
brought a suit of z,ooo damages
against the guardians of said dog, in
the Common Pleas court today.
The plaintiff alleges that she had
been bitten in the right hand and left
arm and received such injuries as to
make her unable to continue her daily
To the Officers and Members of Lo
cal Unions, Gentlemen:
I am authorized to convey to you
the following message and instruc-1
tions from the State Director of Labor
in reference to the serious depletion
of the building trades of Bridgeport
by outside parties. We quote from
Mr. Korper's instructions as follows:
'The matter of the recruiting of
labor in Bridgeport by outside parties
has been referred to me. I have tak
en the matter up to stop this recruit
ing of building tradesmen from
Bridgeport. Inform the local union
that these men must not be taken,
that they are badly needed in Bridge
port and no recruiting of labor should
be allowed, without the recommenda
tion and supervision of the State Di
rector who will consult on all mat
ters of this kind with the local Com
(Signed) Leo A. Korper.
In view of the above, this office con
siders any recruiting of labor, skilled
or unskilled, most unpatriotic and the
consequences, if allowed to continue,
will be disastorus to Bridgeport's in
terests. May we not count on jour
loyal assistance in this matter.
Community Labor Board
District No. 6,
Wr P. KIRK,
Chairman W. B. S.
The police are busy today looking
for Eleanor Minnick, who up to yes
terday Tesided at 580 Kossuth street,
at which address it is said she robbed
the apartment of Miss Eleanor Baron,
taking among other things a $100 Lib
erty Bond and $30 in cash, the prop
erty of Miss Baron.
Detective Jack Gerrity, who had
been assigned to the case 'by Captain
Cronan, early this morning succeeded
in locating and recovering the Lib
erty Bond 'for which Ferdinand J.
Foch, of 814 Noble avenue, had paid
the Minnick woman the sum of $92.
.According to the police the woman
has already left town, but they have
a very good description of her so that
it will be an easy matter for the au
thorities in any city she may go to to
pick her up and hold her for tha
NOTHING NEW IN
Both the discontented machinists
and the bewildered manufacturers are
utterly devoid of new features in the
labor situation today. Both sides are
apparently marking time until Mon
day when the War Labor Board heads
will arrive in Bridgeport and settle the
vexatious question for good.
(By The Associated Press)
Driving northward on an -ever-widening
front the Serb-X -ian
and French forces in cen
tral Macedonia now menace '
the entire Bulgarian position
fjom the Adriatic to Salonika.'
Serbian infantry is going';
rapidly toward the highway;
from Prilep to the Vardar river,
and eight mile " southward fT
parallel the road on a front of)''
more than 15 miles. y f
At Drogojel, north of which Ufo
cavalry are operating the Serbs ad
vanced 20 miles from the Sokol po
sitions. . ,
Additional villages have been lib
erated. A large number of prisoners
have been added to the 5 000 already
The Serbs are approaching the Var
dar river and the main railway south
from Uskub. The British and French
are continuing their attacks.
MRS. HAVENS TO
The report that Mrs. Elmer H. Ha
vens, of Clinfon avenue, wife of Col
onel Elmer H. Havens, president of
the Board of Education, has decide'd'
to enter a munition factory has been
officially announced and will be ac
cepted with surprise and interest
Society is taking the lead in the
doming call for women to enter mu
nition factories. Several women prom
inent in social circles of this city have
already answered the call, and it is
surprising to notice the enthusiasm
with which these women make their
The War Savings Stamps totals In
the city for yesterday were $28,113.40
and for the state $6S,382.17.
HOLD M'COY TO SEE
RESULT OF INJURIES
Harry McCoy of 1402 Vine street,
Scranton, Pa., arrested yesterday on a
charge of reckless driving and oper
ating a car without a driver's license,
was arraigned before the City Court
today and the case continued until
Sept. 28. by Judge Bartlett in bonds
of $5,000 pending the outcome of ths
injuries to Henry Knapp, 19; of Fair
field, who was knocked from a wagon
upon which he was driving by Mc
Coy's car, and now hovers between
life and death at St. Vincent's hos
Annette M. Murphy, of Brookfield,
filed a suit of $3,000 damages against
the Taylor & Buckingham concern of
New Milford, in the Superior Court today.
Plaintiff alleges that while she was
driving a horse and wagon from
Brookfield Center towards the Brook-
field Junction railroad station, and
was nearing the Van Hoesen Hotel, H.
C. Buckingham with three other men (
approached in an automobile that was
being driven in a careless manner. The
machine was behind her car and ran
into the rear of her wagon when she
slowed down near the hotel. As a
result from the collision, she fell to
she was bruised and injured in such a
way as to need the constant attention
of a physician. v
By a force of statue in such cases,
plaintiff claims $3,000, or treble dam
ages, or $1,000 at common law. The
action is returnable to the October
term of court.
London, Sept. 21 The Serbian"
troops east of Monister have advanced -more
than nine mjles In one direction
and are less than eight miles from
the main highway connecting Prilep
with the Vardar river.
. A Serbian official statement says a
great nomber of prisoners have been
captured and that the Allies have
taken Godiyak west of the Cernia and
15 miles southeast of Prilep.
Soldiers who have been forced to . .
enlist in the Bulgarian army during
the occupation of southern Siberia
are throwing away their arms and
joining the army of Llberaition.
The statement reads:
"Our indefatagble troops continued
to advance and have fought north
ward in one day more than nine miles.
The infantry has passed the line '
' The cavalry is north of this' line.
More than ten villages were liberated
in one day. In the bend of the Cerna .
we have taken the village of Godiyak.
Aviators continuously bombarded the
retreating troops and attacked them
with machine guns.
"We have taken a great number of
prisoners Including a lieutenant col-?
onel. Several guns are reported to '
have been captured, but the number
has not been ascertained, owing to
the speed of our advance.
- "The population is welcoming the
arrival of our troops with enthusiasm.
The soldiers of new Siberia who had '
been forced to enlist in the Bulgarian -army
are throwing away their gun"
and passing to our side.'
ETTE ATTACKS THE
Makes Bitter Criticism of Majority Party War Record,.
'Singling Out Speaker Clark and Chair
man Kitchin for Censure.
Washington, Sept. 21 Representative Gillette of Massa
chusetts, in a speech in the house today, attacked the war rec
ord of the Democratic majority, contrasting with it that of the
Republican minority. He said the election of a Republican
house this year would bring no encouragement to the party
"for he knows who have been his -fiercest foes and who he had"
most reason to fear.
CORONER IN DANBURY
Coroner John J. Phelan has gone
to Danbury to continue the hearing
concerning the death of Gemmel Stev
ens who was killed Instantly by an
automobile owned by S. L. Weed of
Norwalk' and driven by Mr. Weed's
chauffeur. The- boy was killed In
SUED FOR $3,000
The Connecticut, company is named
defendant in a suit of $3,000 damages
brought to the Superior court today
by John Hatgakes of this city as a
result of an accident that occurred
August 24 on corner Pembroke street
arid Barnum avenue.
Hatgakes claims that hew as driv
ing a Reo machine and while in the
act of crossing the tracks was hit by
a trolley belonging to the Connecticut
Co. His machine was destroyed and
he himself received a shock and se
vere injuries and lacerations of the
muscles. - He has been unable to re
port to work since the accident and
has been compelled to be under con
stant medical care., . .
Speaker Clark. Democratic leader
Kitchen and Chairman Dent of the
House Military Committe, were' sin.
gle'd out for comment on their atti
tude and Chairman Ferris of the Dem
ocratic Congregational Campaign com
mitte was accused of unfair criticism
of the Republican record for cam
"Would the support of the war
have been any less vigorous if a Re
publican had been speaker instead of
our honored Champ Clark, who oppos
ed the declaration of war and went
out of his way to defeat the draft?"
asked Mr. Gillette.
"Would the sinews of war have been
any ls amply or more sectionally
providd if a Republican had been at
been at the head of the Ways, and
Means commitee Instead of Mr. Kit
chen ? Would necessary war legisla
tion be retarded any more if a Repub
lican had ben chairman of the Mili
tary committee instead of Mr. Dent,
from whose hands the administration
program of the draft had to be taken
and carried through by a Republican?
And, so, I might proceed with the.
i other committees."