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Consolidated Aug. 2,1
BATTLE fiOES OH.
GERMANS IN THE FIELD NOT AL
LOWED TO REST.
Along Whole Battle Line in France
British, French and American
.^pops Make Further Gains and
Reclaim Numerous Towns and Vil
lages.
Deserted by all her former allies;
her great military machine in the
process of destruction by the on
sloughts of the entente allied armies,
her dream of. world domination rude
ly dissipated, Germany begs for a ces
sation of hostilities notwithstanding
the hard terms she knows she must
pay.
Scarcely had the decision of the
supreme war council at Versailles
With regard to a cessation of hostili
ties with Germany been made public
than .Germany was speeding emissar
ies to Foch to learn what the com
mander in chief's terms are to be.
These representatives of Germany
were reported by unofficial London to
have reached the allied line.
Meantime in France and Flanders
the enemy forces are being given no
rest. Along the whole battle line in
France the British, French and
American troops have made further
material gains and reclaimed nu
merous towns and villages. Thou
sands more of Germans have been
taken prisoner on all the sectors un
der attack: Generally the enemy
forces are in slow retreat, but never
theless at some points they are offer
ing sharp resistance, particularly
against the Americans in the Meuse
River region and the French in the
old Argonne sector.
The latest gains of the British on
the western side of the battle front
have been productive of the capture
at. several towns of great importance,
the gaining of more territory * east
bf the Scheldt Canal where the Ca
nadians are on the attack and in the
taking of several railway junctions ol
high strategic value.
Along the Meuse the Americans
continue steadily to push forward and
at" last accounts were almost at the
gates of Sedan, dominating point on
the German line of communication
to the. east. Both 'east and west of
the' river the Germans have mater
ially stiffened their resistance against
the men from overseas, using large j
numbers of machine guns and gas in j
great quantities in an endeavor toi
impede their progress.
To the west of the American sec- ?
tdr the - Germans near Rethel are j
jrioTding a bridgehead to protect their,
retiring armies east and west. In do- I
tag so, however, they are forming;
a dangerous salient in which capture
is likely should the French break i
through. Numerous additional cross- !
ings of the Aisne have been made:
by the French. Altogether the sit-1
uateion of the German army is a crit- i
real one.
~ COUNT ON POLLOCK.
_^_ i
Believe New Senator From South:
Carolina and Gay of Louisiana Will'
; Support Suffrage Amendment,
- Washington, Nov. 6.?With changes!
in: the senate membership made by
yesterday's elections, women suffra-i
gists believe there is hope for adop- ?
tl?'n of the suffrage constitutional
amendment, which was defeated by j
the senate October 1, last, by two j
votes. Of the new senators taking
their seats immediately, two?Gay of j
L"?ui3iana succeeding Guion and Pol- j
lock of South Carolina succeeding.
Bo-net, are counted on to support the j
resolution their predecessors opoos- j
ed. Possibly after election change
of sentiment by; other senators also|
is hoped for by suffrage workers j
These favoring the resolution be-1
iieve further senate changes in the]
new congress are certain to develop!
the requisite two-thirds vote.
DIED FOR THE CAUSE.
Jas. D. Evans, of Bishopville, Killed
in Action.
Bishopville, Nov. 5.?County Su
pervisor C. T. Evans has received the:
following telegram from Adjt. Gen.!
Harris, of the war department:
"Deeply regret to inform you that
Private James D. Evans is officially j
reported as having been killod in ac- >
tion on September 30."
He was in 110th infantry. He was
23 years old and was a son of the!
late J. D. Evans, of-Spring Hill, a|
grandson of H. H. Evans, Sr., and a :
nephew of County Supervisor C. T. j
Evans, of this place. He leaves two i
brothers, H. H. Evans, Jr.. of Spring
Hill, and Ramon Evans, who is njwj
in. the United States navy, and two
sisters. Mrs. Ida May James, of Rem
ini. and Mrs. Lena Myers, of Hagood. j
He was a great favorite of oA
ur.cie, Mr. C. T. Evans. Just before he
was to depart from Camp Sevier for
France he left the camp wihout a
pass and came to see his uncle, say
ing then, that he would rather be
punished than to go to France with
out telling Mr. Evans good-bye.
HUNS BREAK WITH RUSSIA.
Demand Withdrawal of Russian Dip
lomats'in Germany.
Amsterdam, Nov. 6.?Germany has'
demanded the withdrawal of all Rus
sian representtaives in Germany, a
Berlin dispatch today announce:-. The
German representtaives in Russia, :t
is added, have been recalled.
An official report from Berlin say?:
"The Russian diplomatic represen
tatives will leave Berlin early today
by special train for Russia."
The discovery of Russian revolu
tionary propaganda pamphlets,
printed in German, in the baggage of
a courier of the Russian embassy at
Berlin, is probably the cause of the
breaking off of diplomatic relations
between Germany and the Russian j
Soviet government.
i?ed April, 1850.
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CAPTURE OF DUX ACCOMPLISH-!
ED IX BRILLLAXT ACTIOX.
Americans Used Grappling Iron to
j Scale Bare Walls of Canal and Wen
' a Great Victory.
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I With the American Forces on the
(Sedan front, Nov. 6.?4.30 p. m.? j
j (By the Associated Press).?Ameri-i
I can forces this afternoon were fighting ;
' within sight of Sedan, famous for the j
I great battle fought in the Franco- j
j German war in IS70.
i From the hills in the region ol I
Chemery and Maisoncelle, where the'
' Americans, according to last accounts,!
I were advancing despite stubborn re-!
; sistance, the buildings are in plain \
view, being about six miles away. -
j The crossing of the river Meuse i
i and the capture of the town of Dun :
j by the Americans, when its full de-j
j tails are known, will rank as one oi j
i the most gallant features of the en-1
! tire operations northwest of Verdun. I
I The troops who accomplished it will i
i be entitled to rank as heroes, for j
their work in militarily crossing the. i
: stream was a strategic move of un- j
j usual daring.
i The crossing involved .the forcing!
j of a way over the 160-foot river, a]
j half-mile-wide stretch of mud and a j
j 60-foot canal in the face of a fright- j
] ful enemy fire. It also involved swim-!
I ming by those who knew how and j
j the pulling of others over with ropes. I
Grappling irons were used to scale j
the sheer walls of the canal, along!
whi h machine gunners had beer: j
posted, under the fire of scores oi
I batteries from the hills adjoining,
j The order to cross the canal came
! at mid-afternoon Monday. The troops
j received their grim instructions un
j der sun which was shining for the
j first time in days. The men knew al
i most as well as their commanders the
I difficulty of the task and realized
how well nigh impossible its accom
; plishment would be. Yet they never
j doubted or hesitated.
{ The orders were to send over one
! brigade' first, and if it failed to send I
j another and others, one after the |
?? oth?r, if it became necessary. It wa:!
j with dash that the Americans tackled J
I the problem. Theoretically they had j
' the choice of crossing anywhere for!
j five miles. Actually they were lim- !
; ited to one point, where two-thirds j
I of a mile of. mud .lay between the riv
er itself, and the canal that roughly |
parallels the river.
; The Germans were too firmly en j
trenched at all other points. They \
had not protected themselves with j
trenches here only because they nev- j
er dreamed that the Americans would j
be so daring as to try to negotiate the \
passage. This was a short distance j
north of Brieulles.
All the swimmers of the first bri- j
gade were first singled out and put:
in the van. It was intended to at-1
tack in this way on the theory that !
the swimmers were less likely to be j
hit by the Germans owing to the i
fact that they would be nearly sub-!
merged. On the other hand they j
could carry with them ropes and oth- '
er paraphernalia for assisting non- j
swimmers across.
The building of pontoon bridge? j
was put. off until at least some Amer
lean elements had crossed the river. >,
Notwithstanding some losses and j
the fact that the swimmers could not|
defend themselves. many of them I
reached the east bank of the river
with lines which were drawn taut J
across the stream. Others floated cr>!
rafts and collapsible canvas boats.;
These men had less success than the
swimmers, because 'they we're bette? I
marks for the enemy's rifles and th? ?
boats could easily be sunk by bul" .si
even if their occupants were net . ?t. I
Close to where the swimmer.* i
crossed the engineers began to throw:
'over pontoon bridges and a tiny foot j
bridge. The pontoons were destroy-!
ed by the enemy, but the bridge re- j
mained intact and added materially j
to the constantly increasing numbers:
of men arriving on the west bank of;
the river. Soon after dark the firs^ j
bridge was across the first barrier and'
more men were ready to make th? ,
journey.
The second phase of the perilous;
undertaking then began?the cross- j
ing of the kilometre of mud stretch- J
ing between the river and the canal,
which though it was under a tremeh-:
dous enemy fire, was not held by in- i
fanntry. The Americans stumble'.":.
across the mud through the wither- j
ing fire. Their feet sank into the
mud and soon the pace of the men j
was slowed down to a laborious walk.]
Nevertheless they got through, even
if the task caused some depletion in j
their numbers. ?
The next phase constituted the j
crossing of the narrower but deeper
canal with its sheer sides and with j
the Germans almost at the very top
of the eastern edge. The swimmers j
again got into action and plunged!
through notwithstanding the enemy
fire and scrambled to the top. Here1
the men divided their attention in;
driving off the enemy, and helpingi
non-swimmers across by the same;
method used at the river. Tvoi
bridges finally were laid by the en-i
gineers, greatly facilitating crossings..;
These two bridges withstood attempts j
of the enemy to destroy th<-m and;
contributed largely to the sp^ed in
getting the American troops over.
When the swimmers reached the j
odffe of the canal they could not iar.'l :
without the aid of grappling hooks,
which had to be caught on to the
top of the wall edging the canal soi
that the swimmers could pull thorn-:
selves up by means of ropes. It
would have been a hard enough task
for men undisturbed by the enemy's
guns, but its accomplishment was al-J
most inconceivably difficult under!
the violent enemy fire.
In their retreat east of the Mensej
the Germans, according to reports,
reaching American headquarters are)
destroying property and cutting down,
od Fear not?Let an the endi Thon Ah
JMTER, S. 0., SAT?RD.
HIIHS LOSE 6HEHT.
SEND WIRELESS MESSAGE TO
BELGIAN COMMANDER.
They Will Withdraw From City and!
Bog That Allies Do Not Fire on Su- I
burbs. Giving Another Evidence oil
Tbeir Cowardice.
On Battle Front, Belgium, Tues
day Night, Nov. 6.?Wireless dis-j
patches were received this afternoon!
at the headquarters of General;
Beaurians from the Germans saying;
they had decided to abandon Ghent j
and asking the Belgians not to lire on j
the suburbs of the town where the!
white flag had been raised.
American troops from Ohio undo:
Gen. Farnsworth, played - Treat parij
in the relief of the city . j an attack
on Eecke Canal, which was taken by
storm yesterday.
KEEPING HUNS ON TIDE RUN.
i_
French Front is a Busy Place Today
With Whole Froce Chasing Ger
mans.
Paris, Nov. 7.?Along the entire
[French front the pursuit of the re
I tiring Germans was taken up agair.
! this morning, it was officially an
nounced. The French cavalry ha
gone into action on the right and it
pushing in the direction o' the
Meuse.
AT BELGIAN BORDER.
British are Pushing Germans Out of
France North of Valenciennes.
< London, Nov. 7.?The British arc
continuing their progress along the
Franco-Belgian battle line North
east of Valenciennes they have reach
jed the outskirts of Quievrain Crespin
I close to the Belgian border, it is of
! ficially announced.
! M?i?iSJ?KE SE???.
[VITALLY IMPORTANT POSITIO>
ON MEUSE OCCUPIED.
i Gen. Pershing's Army Has Cut Ger \
j man Communications Between Met: 1
and Armies in Belgium and North
ern France.
With Americans on Sedan Front, j
Nov. 7, 1.45?The Americans toda?
entered that part of Sedan that lier
on the west bank of the Meuse. Th?
bridge over which the retreating ene i
my fled has been destroyed and th
river valley flooded.
The ? principal German lateral line
of communication between the fort
-ess of Metz and Northern France
and Belgium are now either cut c:
unavailable for the enemy's use
Since November 1st the American j
have taken six thousand prisoner. I
and liberated two thousand civilians
PERSHING REI?ORTS GAINS.
Important Advances on Both Sides o
The Meuse.
Washington, Nov. 7.?Importan
advances by the American first arm:
yesterday on both sides of the Meus*
are reported by Gen. ?Pershing. Wes
of the river German positions were
taken but onl> after a bitter struggle
RETREATING ON 75-MILE FRON*
Allies in Pursuit Cross Franco-Bel
sian Frontier?Moratal Forest T:?.
ken
London, Nov. 5 (By the Associate
Press).?The Germans are retreatinr
on a 75-mile front from the rive
Scheldt to the river Aisne.
In the face of the German retrea
the situation changes so rapidly, hou*
by hour that it is impossible to giv
a definite idea of the allied advance
Roughly, the allies have crossed thr
Franco-Belgian frontier between Va
enciermes and Bavay, which is eigh
miles west of the fortress of Mau
berge. The allies are within tw
miles of Bavay. They have captured
the Mormal forest except the easterr
edge.
Then the line runs from Mareiilet
to the western edge of Nouvron for
est, two miles east of Guise, tw<
miles south of Marie and along th\
Serre front to Clermont river and then
in a straight line to Chateau P- -cien.
Owing to the bad weather e al
lied pursuit has lost touch with the
enemy's main body.
French troops have crossed the Ar
dennes canal on both sides of Leches
ne and have advanced for a distanc j
of about a mile.
The A nericans have forced th-: j
bridge head south of Dun, on the riv-1
er Meuse, but have not yet occupied !
Dun.
-?-_?
SEIZE GERMAN NAVY.
Sensational Report of Revolution at j
Kiel, German Naval Base.
London, Nov. 7.?The entire Ger-i
man navy and a part of Schleswig:: i
are in the hands of revolutionist? ac
cording to reports received at Copen-;
ha gen from Keil and transmitted by j
the Exchange Telegraph. j
trees along the roadways. Amor!-]
can aviators, reported today that]
the highway from Steriay northward!
to Olizy-sur-Chiers is blocked every!
few yards by trees across the road.;
The destruction begins just beyond
Stenay and extends northeast and
north for ten miles. The plight of.
the retreating Germans on the entire;
western frc t. is critical.
The Germans it is believed hav.-:
used all their reserves on the fron:
opposite the Americans, the last en
emy division in reserve on this see
tor having been thrown back in des
perate efforts to stem the American;
advance.
ns't at be thy Country'*. Thy tiod'o I
?.Y, NOVEMBER 9, 19]
PREMATURE PE?0E NEWS.
REPORT CIRCULATED THAT GER
MANS HAD SIGNED AR
MISTICE.
Officials in Washington Have Receiv
ed No News That Terms Have Been
Presented to German Envoys.
Washington, Nov. 7.?Navy cable
censors reported today that an un
official message had come through
from abroad announcing that the.
Germans had signed the armistice
terms delivered by Gen. Foch. No
authority is given for the statement.
Neither the American government
nor any of the allied embassies or
war missions had been advised even
that Gen. Foch had presented the ar
mitsice terms. It was assumed, how
ever, that the German envoys had
been conducted through the French
lines sometime during the day.
UNDER WHITE FLAG.
German Peace Envoys Will Reach
Headquarters Tonight.
By thp Associated Press.
Paris, Nov. 7, 3.35 P. M.?Four
German officers, bearing white flags,
it is announced officially, probably
will arrive at the headquarters oi
Marshall Foch Thursday night.
ARMISTICE NOT SIGNED.
Official Statement Authorized by Sec
retary Lansing.
By the Associated Press.
Washington, Nov. 7.?It was offi
cially announced here at 2.15 this af
ternoon that the Germans had not
signed the armistice terms.
Secretary of State Lansing author
ized the statement that the Germar
armistice delegation would not be
received by Marshall Foch until "
o'<?Iock this afternoon.
CM HUNS MAKE STAND ?
LINE OF MEUSE SEEMS IMPOS
SIBLE.
Believed That Germans Will be Un
able to Resist There for Extender.
Period.
With the French Forces on th
Aisne Front, Nov. 6, 2.30 P. M. (B>
the Associated Press).?The retrea.
of the Germans on the eastern win...
of the French battle front continue*.
all along the line today except a
Rethel. There the Germans an
holding a bridgehead to protec
:heir retirement towards Mezieres.
developments in the past 43 horn
seem to have made it impossible fo.
ihe Germans to utilize the line of the
Meuse, except for temporary resist
ance here and there to ease their re
treat to another position. With the
.\feuse turned by General Pershing'.
forces, the only solid line upon whici".
the Germans can fall back is th
Rhine.
The resistance of the enemy a'
Rethel while French trops hav-.
formed on a long front from the Ar
dennes Canal to La Cassinc on th.
oast and along the Ecly-Seraincout i
Road to the west has created anothe*
pocket which is seriously menaced o:;
both sides.
The French artillery is now able tc
command the important railroad
junction at Amagne-Lucquy from
where the Mezieres line branches ofi'
French patrols maintained contact
with the rear guards of the enemy
during the night and advance wa
resumed at dawn all along the line.
. A passage of the River Aisne wa
forced between Attigny and Rethe:
while further west a foothold wa:
gained on the north bank of the rive
at Barby.
A French engineering- corps work
ing under fire of the enemy artillerj
is throwing more bridges across the
Aisne and the Ardennes Canal.
CONVICTS ON WAR ftrORK.
West Virginia Has Plan to Utilize In
mates orf Prisons.
Charleston. W. Va., Nov. 6.?It is
likely that West Virginia will be one
of the first States to uti:ize her id]
convicts on essential war labor. At:
nouncement has been made by Chas
M. Browne, labor supervisor for the
railroad administration, that ma;
prisoners in Moundsville state peni
tentiary probably will be put on traci<
and other construction work .beirr
done by and for the government, per
mission to take convicts from their
cells for this purpose having beer;
granted by the Statt board of pub
lic works. There has been much agi
tation favorable to putting convicted
prisoners on work which is lagging
because of insufficient men to per
form it.
FOCH TO RECEIVE DELEGATES.
Notifies German Commander Hou
Delegates Shall Proceed.
London. Nov. 7.?Marshal- Foc^
has notified the German high com -
mand that if Germany's armistic^
delegation wishes to meet him it shall
advance to the French lines along the)
Chima3r, Founnies, Lacapelle and!
Guise roads. From the French our-j
posts the plenipotentiaries will be
conducted to the place decided upon <
for the interview. j
RIOTS TS HAMBURG.
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Huns Pra<*t:oe Frightfulness Amongst:
Thonisclves.
London. Nov. 7.?The Wolf Bureau
of Berlin announci-s that all wot1-,
had stopped .it Hamburg owin~ ;o n
slriko, and that undisciplined acts]
rind outrages were taking place. Sim-j
ilar occurrences are reported at j
Luebeck.
Mid Tnrtfc's."
THE TRUE
L8
j SEID WOULD PARLEY.
I ARMISTICE TERMS SOON IN
HANDS OF GERMANS.
Several Days May Elapse Before De
cision as to Acceptance or Rejection
is Made Known?Delegates Will,
Deliver Conditions to General Staff, j
I Washington, Nov. 6.?Armistice;
i terms prepared for Germany by the |
I supreme war council soon will be in:
; the hands c1 German emissaries now j
I on their way from Berlin to the wes- j
j tern front, but the time that must j
j elapse before there is a decision as to j
) their acceptance or rejection probab
ly will depend largely upon the pow- j
I er with which the German delegation j
has been clothed.
There is nothing here to indicate!
just what authority has been con-1
f erred upon these representatives of
the German government. The offi
cial announcement from Berlin via j
London today said. "A German dele
gation to conclude an armistice and
take up peace negotiations has left |
for the western front," but the lan
guage employed may or may not be
significant. J
Officials here have assumed thai
the German representatives after se
curing the terms from Marshal Foch
will transmit them by telegraph or
convey them personally to the Ger
man high command in the field for i\
is understood to be the purpose in the
present case, as was done with Aus
tria, Bulgaria, Turkey, to deal with
the armistice as purely a military is
sue between the military commands.
Should this procedure be followed,
it is regarded here as probable thai
several days may elapse while the
German general staff, now nominal
ly at least, subordinate to the civil
government, can consider the con
diticns laid down and reach a decis
ion. There can be no argument a~
to the terms, no matter how harsh
they may appear to the Germans
The only course left to Germany ir
to accept or reject them. Meantime
Marshal Foch is expected to continue
the pressure on the Teutonic armies
which now threatens their safety
along a 200 mile front.
No announcement has yet beer
made when the terms of the armis
cice will be made public. Their pub
lication very probably will be delay
ed until Germany has reached a de
I cision with regard to their accept
[ ance or rejection.
SMITH LEADS IN NEW YORK.
Democrat Seem to Have Defetacd
Whitman for Governor os? New
York.
New York, Nov. 6.?Alfred E
Smith, Democratic candidate fc<
governor, maintained a lead of 12,Ol)',
over Governor Whitman, his Repub
lican opponent, in the race for gov
ernor, late tonight with only 51 dis
tricts missing out of the total of 7,
2SO in the State. The districts lack
ing were in remote rural sections u;
j .State and although they are nor
I mally Republican, it seemed improb
: able that they could wipe out Smith'.
] advantage. The vote stood: Smith
987,242; Whitman 974.873.
While Governor Whitman spent
the day in conference with Repub
lican leaders, Smith went to Syra
cuse with several attorneys and ad
visers to discuss the situation witl
State Chairman Kellogg. It was evi
dent both party organizations wen
preparing x'or emergencies.
It seemed probable tonight tha*'
even if Smith maintained his smal
j lead on the face of the unofficial re
; turns the Republicans would -nor
I concede the defeat of Governor
Whitman until after the ballots had
been officially canvassed.
The Democrats in this city profess
ed confidence that their candidate'.
advantage would not be materialiy
reduced but asserted that even if it
was cut to a smaller figure he would
; have pulled through by the soldier
j vote.
The Republicans conceded the de
I feat of Lieut. Gov. Edward Schoeneck
j of Syracuse, who sought reelection.
ADMITS AMERICAN SUCCESS.
I Berlin Reports Pcrshing's Men Cross- j
ing the Meuse. j
j Berlin, v ia London, Nov. 6.?Ameri- j
I can troops yesterday advanced across j
the river Meuse south of Dun, under j
! a violent protective fire and pene- j
trated the woods and heights on the I
? east bank of the river between Mili> j
and Vilosnes, the German general i
j staff announced today,
j The Germans, the statement added.
I have been withdrawn from the front-, i
j betwee-i the Scheldt and the Oise, and
I between the Oise and the Meuse. i
The statement adds that between*
j the Sr heldt and the Oise the Germans j
[ have withdrawn and that Allied j
j troops yesterday in their attacks on ;
j that front stormed positions which;
j had been evacuated. The allied line j
i Tuesday evening was west of B.ivay j
I along the eastern edge of the Mormal;
[forest, east of Landrecies and east ofj
i Guise.
i I
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I SENATE IN DOUBT.
Republicans arc Not Yet Sure of Sen- j
ate Control.
Washington. Nov. 7.?Control of!
the senate is still in doubt this morn
ing on the face of the returns from j
three States where the contests con
tinue close. In the house the Repub-'
Mean majority was increased when
three seats from South Dakota were
conceded to them. Three seats are
still in doubt, in South Dakota. New
Mexico and Montana. The standin?:
of the house without these three seat
is: Republicans 236: Democrats
19"?. In the senate without th ?
doubful seats from Michigan. New
Mexico and Idaho the standing is: i
Republicans 47; Democrats, 46.
; SOCTBBON. EnaiHahed fans, >*???
VoLXLVII. No. 26.
BB?T?LiTY IN BELGIUM.
CIVILIAN POPULATION SHELLED
WITH GAS.
Heartrending Scenes Have Occur
red?People Having No Means of
Defense Against Gas.
Washington, Nov. 6.?German
forces in their retreat from Belgium
are bombarding defenseless towns,
using especially gas shells, and de
vastating the countryside, according
to an eye witness account made
public today by the Belgian legation.
"The Belgian government has been
informed," said the statement, "by a
reliable ey*e witness who follows
closely the operations at the "Belgian
front, that at the very moment that
the German government has ah
j nounced her protest against inhumane
acts and while Germany offers to
j stop aerial bombardments in the in
[ terior of the civil population of the
i occupied territory the Germans have
bombarded the villages and towrur
which they were obliged to abandon
during their retreat; they have used
especially gas shells for this purpose.
"Indescribably heartrending scenes
have occurred, the unfortunate pop
ulation having no gas masks or means
I of protection against these s death
spreading fumes.
A Belgian soldier entering Wyng
heme, his home town, found his wife
dying and his little daughter dead,
j victims of the poison gas, and his
home a heap of ruins. The cowxtry
all around Ghent., the rich and *beah
tiful cultivated fields and pastures,
the picturesque villages of Hans B?ke
Langheim, Nevele, Laethem, Saint
Martin and Tronchiennes present a
horrible sight of devastation and.
havoc. Not a church was spared
from destruction.
"Amongst the civilian population
hiding in the cellars there have .been
a great many deaths from gas?27 In
ihe village of Kansbeke alone. A por
tion of the population who had- fled
from their homes during the fighting
and bombardment found on their -
return mere ruins and debris?trees
had been cut down, houses ransack
ed, furniture smashed to pieces, fields
devastated.
"From these facts, one may apr
preciate how hypocritical are the hu
manitarian preparations and pro
testations of the' German govern
ment."
The legation also made public a
captured order of a Bavarian division,
commander as further evidence that
the Germans are robbing and loot
ing Belgium. The order says:
"Regretable as'is the situation of
the Belgian populace the question, of
supplies for our troops, heavily .en
gaged at the front, must remain >?or
us of paramount importance. Fox?
reason the last draft horse, the lasts^
I vehicle must be requisitioned and
f used to the greatest advantage. Com
manders of the various omits and men
must take into account that the at
titude of the population towards us
has been completely modified. Since
the situation has been altered one
must not expect to find in the Bel
gians the same docility that has char- ;
i acterized them through the past
I years of our warfare. They must be
[ considered strictly as the population
of an enemy state with which we are
at war. Therefore, it is particularly
forbidden to assist the civilian popu
lation in any way; military interests
alone should be considered. The
I products of the country must be
utilized solely in our own interest."
I SUBMERGED PONTOON BRIDGES.
Germans Devise New Scheme to
CJross Rivers and Escape Capture.
London, Oct. 25 (Correspondence)
?In their retreats across the rivers
In France, says the Dajily Express the
Germans saved a number of their
men by a new kind of pontoon.
This does not rest on the surface of
the water but is sufficiently submerg
ed to enable men to walk across with
out being floated off. This precaution
j exposes the troops far less to fire ef
I fects than if they walked across in
I full view in the ordinary way.
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i SPANISH CABINET RESIGNS.
King Alfonso Has Trouble in Keep
ing Men on the Job.
j Madrid, Nov. 7.?After a long ses
I si on of the chamber today Premier
Maura went to King Alfonso to sub
mit the resignation of the entire cab
inet.
REVOLT IN HAMBURG.
BSoody Fighting Going on in Streets
Today.
Copenhagen, Nov. 6.?A revolt has
broken out in Hamburg, and violent
fighting is in progress in the streets
of the city when the correspondent of
the Politiken at Hamburg sent the
dispatch.
? CURZON GOES TO FRANCE.
Member of British War Council
Leaves London on Official Business.
London. Nov. 6.?Earl Curzon, a
member of the British war council,
nas gone to the continent on official
business.
NAVY TO BE REPRESENTED.
Lord Weymess Will Take Part in The
Armistice Negotiations.
London. Nov. 7.?It is officially an
nounced that Sir Roslyn Weymess,
first sea lord of the admiralty will be
the British naval representative at
the armistice negotiations. >
Word From Br'er Williams.
When you think you istat de end oT
de road, don't riing up bekaze you find
dar's one mo' river ter cross. Dat's a
big compliment from Providence ter
de grit an' git dar what's in you.?*
Atlanta Constitution.

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