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THE FARMER: SEPTEMBER 13, 191S .V British Cross Canal Forces Encircle lam Fire of Enemy's Big Guns lingGermans Make Strenuous Efforts to Get Artillery Behind Hindenburg Line Entente Forces Capture More court Wood North of Somme Huns Fire Thousands of Gas Shells British Reach Crest of Important Ridge at London, Sept. 6 1 p. m. British troops captured today Neuve Chapelle and Bussy. Between the Somme and the Oise French troops have cap tured Blockhalais, known as the Outrecourt Massif, which is within three miles of Ghauney. The important feature of this morning's news is that the Canal du Nord has been crossed by the British on the whole front except from Havrincourt to the river Scarpe and that the French and British have obtained a footing on the eastern side of the whole water lino down to Ham. The Entente allied forces now are about four miles from Ham and they still are making progress. Along the whole front from its southern extremity to the Bapaume-Cambrai road the fire of the enemy's big guns is dwindling. This indicates that the Germans are making stren uous efforts to get their artillery behind the Hindenburg line. The British have captured more posts around Havrincourt wood. In many places north of the Sensee river the Germans are firing thousands of gas shells indiscriminately. The Germans launched three counter attacks against hill 63 in the Lys salient. Two were repulsed and once the British fell back to the north of the hill for a moment. Farther north the British have reached the crest of the Important ridge north east of Wulverghem. London, Sept. 6 Advancing east of the river Somme to the south of Peronne. the British have captured the villages of St. Christ Brlest and Le Mesnil Bruntel, Field Marshal Haig reported in his official statement today. Several prisoners were taken by the advancing troops. On the Flanders front the British are established in portions of the old German front line east of Neuve Chapelle, and in the old British line in the Fauquissart sector. The British also have advanced northwest of Armentieres. North of Peronne British forces are PERSHING STATE ARMY HAS PLENTY OF AEROPLANES Washington, Sept. 6 Confidential messages from Gen. Pershing and other reports from France Indicate the American army now is supplied with sufficient aeroplanes of all kinds to protect its men in battle. Gen. March, chief of staff, gave this in formation to members of the House military committee today at their weekly conference at the War depart ment. Transportation of United States troops in France has been highly or ganized by CqI. Samuel M. Felton, who has returned home and reported that the situation 1b eminently satis factory, Gen. March told the commit tee. DUTCH MINISTER TOLDTO PROTEST AGAINST SINKINGS The Hague, Sept. 6. The Dutch : minister in Berlin has been instructed to protest against the destruction by German submarines of vessels within what is designated as the barred cone, and against the sinking of seven patch fishing vessels on August 24. The minister also has instructions to protest against the fact that the skippers of the fishing vessels were forced to sign a declaration the con tents of which were unknown to them. The minister also will make a request for the goods taken from the fishing vessels. HAYWOOD'S SECRETARY J. W. Wilson Positively Identified As Connected With Eomb Outrage Sister of Convicted Officer of I. W. W. Also in Custody Today. Chicago, Sept. 6 In a statement today Michael F. Sulli van, assistant state attorney, declared that John W. Wilson. arrested last night, had been been implicated in planting the bomb in the Chicago federal building. Explosion of (he bomb killed four persons and re sulted in seriously injuring a score of others. Chicago, Sept. 6. John W. (Shorty) Wilson, a. leader of the I. W. W., and Mrs. Minnie Wymann sister of Wil liam D. Haywood, convicted secretary treasurer of the I. W. W. were taken Into custody early today In a raid made on a West Side house in con- i section with the bomb explosion in the federal building on Wednesday, re sulting In the death of four persons and the injury of more than 30 oth- i era. J 71 Keeping wiin a. plan lu huo guard ail Important public buildings double guards were placed about the city hall, county building and Jail las; night. Wilson Is a member of the I. W. W. and is believed to have been private secretary to William D. Haywood, gen eral secretary-treasurer. Along Front is Dwind Posts Around Havrin- Wulerghem. in possession of the town of Bessu and are in the immediate vicinity of Templeaux la Fosse, Nurlu and Equancourt. Australian troops have crossed the river Somme on a wide front to the' south of Peronne. British troops have captured the towns of St. Christ, Brie, Le Mesnil Doingt and Athies and now are ad vancing to the east of those places. West of La Bassee the British have reached Canteleux and are pushing toward Violaines. Many fires are- rag ing and explosions are occurring over ;lie whole area from which the Ger mans are retreating. FIVE AMERICANS ARE DECORATED BY THE BRITISH With the British Army in France, Sept. 6. (By the Associated Press.) Five Americans have been decorated with British honors for conspicuous gallantry in action on the British front. They are: Lieut. Han Francis Bonnalle of San Francisco, and Lieut. Glenn Duvey Ranson, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cor poral John Johnston and Privates Lawrence Bartley Collier and Rob ert Hurley Hall. SUB SINKS BOAT, 5 OF CREW LOST Washington.Sept. 6. The Navy De partment was informed today that the American steamer Lake Owens had been sunk by a submarine. Five mem bers of the civilian crew are reported lost. The steamer, an army cargo carrier of 2,308 tons, was sent down by gun fire in foreign waters Sept. 3. All Vnembers of the naval guard were saved and only one, Chief Boatswain's 'Mate H. W. Lincoln, is reported slight ly injured. IN MISRCHANT MARINE. Boston, Mass., Sept. 6. Today's list of men accepted by the United States Shipping Board, after final physical examination at Boston, for enrollment on its Merchant Marine training ships included Edward F. Abererombie, of 478 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. positively identified as having In his announcement Mr. Sullivan said Wilson had -been identified by four persons as the man seen run ning away from the entrance to th federal building shortly before the bomb exploded. He was described as "the man with a black fedora hat who ran from the building, leaped into a black automobile and was whirled away." Detectives who questioned Wilson said he admitted that he was employ ed as a bookkeeper 'by the I. W. W. and that he spent the greater part of Wednesday in the federal building whither he went, he said, to arrange for the transfer of Haywood to the of fice of the federal prosecutor so tha Haywood might attend to some prl vate business affairs. He denied any connection with th explosion. ' ; ; " ARMY OFFICERS SEIZE WIRELESS APPARATUS near U. 1. C. PLANT Set of Wireless Instruments, Telescope, and Fire Arms Taken in Raid by Intelligence Men of Army Important Arrests Expected. Army Intelligence agents following up the discovery of the powerful wireless plant near the U. M. G. plant in Seaview avenue yesterday today came upon another set of wireless in struments in another house and also came across a powerful marine telescope and some firearms. Important arrests are expected at any hour and it was hinted the trail will lead to unexpected and influ ential quarters. Government agents were mum as to the details of the discoveries they have made and will not reveal any facts concerning the disciphering of the various codes found in the first raid upon the home of Charles Mudry. They axe however, confident they hav discovered one of the mediums oi communication between enemy forces. Papers, found when the radio sta tion was seized led the federal agents on a trip out of town today and it is quite probable that a chain of sim ilar wilreless plants will be seized along the sea coast. All doubts as to the sending capacity of the instru ments seized were dispelled this morn ing by the discovery of more batteries which if hooked onto the instruments would give them a sending power of some 500 or 600 miles. Federal agents would not discuss the subject in any detail today but in an swer to inquiries said that it is quite possible the instruments taken in the MER1CANS CLOSELY PURSUING CROWN PRINCE ACROSS RIVER AISNE ON THIRTY MILE FRONT Teutons Suffer Staggering Blows in Flanders, Along Canal du Nord and Along Front Between Soissons and Rheims Allies Closing in on La Fere and St. Quentin Chauny Reported Evacuated Forty Eight Enemy Aeros Brought Down U. S. Men Reach Canal to Ailette River. London, Sept. 6. The Germans are in full retreat along the 30-mile front from Clamecy, north of Soissons, to the western approaches of Rheims. Between the Vesle and the Aisne they are closely pursued .by the Americans. The latter already have reached the Aisne in the river angle east of Sois sons. The bulk of the Crown Prince's forces axe now back across the Aisne. In their pursuit the Americans are encountering stubborn rear-guard re sistance, consisting mainly of machine gun nests. Franco-American forces late yester day were reported south of Vailly-. sur-Aisne, eight miles northeast of Soissons, and two and a half miles south of the elopes of the Chemin-des-Dames. Late battlefront dispatches report General Berthelot's Rheims army to have been swung into action. The Vesle-Aisne retreat may presently af fect the German Champagne army. The summit of the dominating pla teau north of the Vesle is in Ameri can hands. Meanwhile the French and British are breaking down the German stop gap line east of the Canal-du-Nord and the Somme. The French aire driving hard and fast, on Le Fere and St. Quentin, while the British are swooping down from the northwest upon the river bulwark in the German main defences, at the same time maintaining their pressure toward Cambral and Douai. In Flan ders the British and American forces have made further progress. Chauny, the last important town be fore La Fere is reached, is said to have been abandoned by the Teu tons. It lies half way between Xoyon and La Fere. Further north, east of Nesle, the French have made new crossings of the Canal-du-Norde and are now only two miles northwest of Ham at one point and four miles southeast of Ham at another. Thirty-nine German machines were brought down by the British yester day, the War Office announced last night. The British themselves lost 15 machines. Nine hostile balloons were sent down in names. Twenty-three tons of bombs were dropped on Ger man targets. The French and Americans have crossed the plateau north of the Vesle and have reached the ravines leading RROW ESCAPE FROM DEATH OF MRS. DOUGLAS Hair Caught In Gasoline Engine and Scalp Torn I From Head In Wheels Friday, Sept. 6 Mrs. George A. Douglas, of 70S Howard avenue, temporarily living near Stepney Depot, was severely in jured yesterday morning when her hair caught in the wheel of a gasoline ongine and the entire scalp almost orn trom ner neaa. sne is resting omfortahly today at the Bridgeport hospital and according to the " doc raids formed part of a system of wireless communication by which U Boats at sea were kept informed not only as to the movements of troop ships and war vessels, out as to the various activities abound naval bases and the workings of the munition plants. The discovery of the plants in Bridgeport has caused a flurry up and down the coast on both sides of Long Island Sound, and it would not be a surprising fact to the government men if other plants were discovered in the vicinity of New London and Provi dence. All the firearms taken in. the raid today were fully loaded and were of a make which showed they were meant to be used with deadly effect. The two wireless plants seize are now in possession of the Army Intel ligence Bureau as well as all paper telescopes and firearms. The dence taken will according to the fed eral authorities, be the means of the richest hauls of Hun agents in the history of spy hunting around Bridgeport. to the Aisne. Our farthest advance patrols are re ported to have reached the south bank of the canal. The Fifth Prus sian Guards are resisting on the line Monrival-Romain. On both sides of Peronne, east of the Somme and the Canal-du-Nord, the British' are approaching the high ground between Athies and Nurlu, Field Marshal Haig announced in his bulletin last night. Further headway was made by the British north of Equancourt, north east of Peronne. South of Marquion (six and a half miles northwest of Cambrai) the British have reached the east bank of the Canal-du-Nord. In Flanders the British-American lines were advanced southeast of Nieppe and northeast of Wulverghen. The Canal-du-'Norde and' the adja cent waterways are the scene of the main fighting on the British battle- front. The enemy made a stubborn stand there, but his desperate effort to check the British push to. Douai and Ctmbrai availed him nothing. He had massed machine guns in great number and a powerful array of artillery on the eastern bank of the canal, but the advancing khaki columns defied the fire and crossed the canal at several points, capruring vilages and strong salients on the en emy's side of the canal. The German losses in this region have been heavy. English and New Zealand! divisions captured Ruyaulcourt, on the east side, and in close-quarter fighting drove the cmeny from the northwest ern conrer of Havruncourt Woods, a broad forest, Just north of Metz-en-Couture. The Germans are strongly en trenched in these woods, which 'bris tle with machine guns. English and New Zealand units a litth to the south cleared out the enemy from the west side of the canal, while the units above have reached the water's edge opposite emlcourt and Boursies. English troops operating south of the Havrincourt Woods then crossed the Tortille river and the Canal-du-Nord, entering Mananeourt and Etri cmurt. Should Hevrincourt be carried the British would be within sight of the main Hendenburg defence works. The prisoners taken since Sept. 1 number 17,000. The British First Army has captured 60 guns within the last three days. tors is out of danger. It appears Mrs. Douglas had washed her hair yesterday morning and went to the basement of her home with her tresses hanging loosely about her shoulders. While examining a gaso line motor which was used to pump the water for the house and outbuild ings her hair became entangled in the wheels and she would have 'been kill ed had it not been for the promptness with which William Curtis, an employ stopped the machine with his bare hands. It was some time before the hair and torn scalp of the injured woman could be disentangled from th'e ma chine and Curtis commandeered an other machine and raced after the au to carrying Mrs. Douglas to the hos pital. Both machines arrived at the hospital at about the same time. The torn scalp was grafted back by Dr. Phillip W.-.Bill. Now if some Of the people that- Jeer at Henry Ford will like him turn over their profits to the eovernment, they - ' can say what they please. Efforts of Americans to Keep Up With German Re treat Makes It Necessary HUNS ARE RAPIDLY LEAVING THE VESLE Great Stores of Supplies and Ammunition Left Behind - in Their Haste. With the American Forces on the Aisne Front, Thursday, Sept. 5 (By the Associated Press) In their endeavor to keep up with the Germans who are retreating beyond the river Aisne the Americans have or ganized automobile machine gun detachments with three men to each car. More than 30 cars were operated north of the Vesle river early today. The outfit had supplies of food and equipment to enable them to keep after the Germans for days. From the Vesle northward over the plateau the Germans were burning everything they could not move north ward or that might be of use to the French and Americans. Between the Marne and the Vesle the Germans had left great stores of supplies and ammunition because of their hasty withdrawal. The Germans had tried to destroy small bridges. Engineers quickly re paired the roads. Nothing of military value was found. The plauteau for every few miles was dotted with frames of German aerodromes from some of which the Americans say German raiders who bomb Paris operated. The canvas coverings for the hang ars were taken by the Germans when they retired and the wooden frames were so damaged by shells that they virtually are worthless. Before the advancing Americans in the desolate valley of the Vesle be tween Bazoches and Fismette the Ger mans burned the freight cars along the railroad and twisted skeletons of the cars are standing on the tracks. The trees along the roadway between Bazoches and Fismette had been cut down by German saws and by German shells. The stone houses in Fismette have shell holes in their sides and roofs and some were smashed by Ger man bombers who tried to drive out the Americans. NEW POLICY FOR SHIPBUILDING IN EASTERNSTATES Method of Confining Each Yard to Special Type of Vessel Is Planned. Philadelphia, Sept. 6. The Emer gency Fleet Corporation through Di rector General Charles M. Schwab and Vice President Charles Piez, is work ing out a new ship building policy whereby each Eastern shipyard will confine itself to the construction of one type of vessel. "It ought to in recase ship production next year by several hundred thousand tons." said Mr. Schwab. "It will place Eastern yards on the same footing as those of the West. It also will help to im prove the distribution of steel and in crease the production of each yard.' The present contracts will- be al lowed to run to completion but every new agreement will be for one design of ship for each specific plant. FORCE WORKERS TO ACCEPT THE LABOR AWARDS Matter Now Under Consid eration By War Depart ment Officials Washington, Sept. . Steps to en force the acceptance by employes of the munition factories in Bridgeport, Conn., of the recent award of the war labor board are under consideration by the secretary of war. In making this announcement last night, the wax department said the secretary had taken the matter up with the war la bor board as the result of an appeal by the ordnance department, con tracts let which are being delayed by strikes in the plants. An interpretive statement by Otto M. Eidlitz, supplementing his award as umpire in the Bridgeport munition workers' wage controversy, it was an nounced yesterday by the war labor board, was expected to result in the return to work of 6,000 machinists now striking because of dissatisfac tion over the award. The statement says workers aire not barred from classification Into groups as the machinists believed and that such classification may be obtained by collective bargainlng-with local boards. Mr. ESdlitz made his statement at the request of Secretary Baker, He makes it clear that the workers are expected t)o stay at their posts under present conditions only until their differences can be permanently ad justed!. ' GERMANS REMOVED - FROM NOYON Paris, Sept. 6 Gen. Humbert's ar my is making steady progress ikI has succeeded in completely removing the German menace- from Noyon. French Closing In On Bastion Of St. Gobain TeUing Progress Made By French and Americans Along Southern Front Before Old Hinden burg Positions Enemy Armies Still in Re treat in North Chemin des Dames Line Seems Virtually Outflanked Marshal Haig's Troops Are Pressing in Upon Armentieres and -Their Thrust Threatens Bille. Continuing their pressure along the front from Rheims to( Ypres the Allied forces are pushing back the Germans on vir tually this entire 150 mile line. . Telling progress has been made in particular by the French and Americans along the southern part of the front. The French are before the old Hindenburg positions along a con siderable stretch in this sector, where they are closing in on, the bastion of St. Gobain, the keystone of the German defen system in the west. Farther north the enemy armies still are in retreat before the French and the British, who are capturing town, after town as they make rapid strides toward the line from which the Germans attacked in their offensive of last March. Ham is al most within the Allied grasp and Chauny is seriously threat ened. The Americans have moved up along the Aisne line, reach ing the ground immediately south of the river. The Germans north of the stream appear inclined to halt temporarily but there seems to be no question that they will be speedily forced to resume their backward march and not halt it again until their old line at the Chemin des Dames is reached. Paris, Sept. 6, 3:35 p. m. Gen. Debeny's army is steadily advancing in the direction of Ham, which has been completely encircled. Gen. Mangin's troops now are in sight of Laon,, having reached positions within 10 miles of that city. Gen. Berthelot's soldiers have reached the Aisne on a large front. Through the continued French pro gress on the German right flank north of the Aisne, however, even the Chemin des Dames line seems virtu ally outflanked and the retirement may not stop short of the Ailette. The campaign for CambfI has halted as far as the push on the di rect line for the city is concerned, but the advances which the Anglo-French forces are making southward along the line. are calculated to work nota bly toward the success of the main drive. The Somme and the Canal du Nord water barriers have been passed in this sector and the German stand back of the canal in the north may be rendered futile, as the enemy left flank on the canal line at Havrincourt is menaced by the drive farther south. On the Flanders front the British pressure seems likely to drive the Germans farther than they appar ently had intended going in their re tirement. Field Marshal Haig's troops are pressing in upon Armentieres both from the north and the south and their thrust seems likely soon to be regarded as theratening Lille, the great manufacturing centre of north ern France, southwest of Armentieres. In this sector the British are mov ing east from Neuve Chapelle and have pushed at several points beyond the old German line. Paris, Sept. 6, 12:80 p. m.- Gen. Humbert's army is making steady pro- USTRIANS REPORTED TO BE SHORT OF F00 Paris, Sept. 5 Hundreds of starv ing Austrians in the capital city of Vienna recently surrounded a train on which a party of Rumanians were traveling to France and begged pit eously for bread, according to the Eu- ! manians who have now arrived here. The party asking for food gathered about the train in the Hitzing quarter of Vienna where some of the most well-to-do people of Vienna live, said Captain R. Rosetti of the Rumanian army. They told the Rumanians that turnips, beets and potatoes constitute almost the only ftod of a large part of the population of Austria. There were more than 300 men, women and children in the party that surrounded the train, said Colonel Ro setti, and almost everyone expressed horror at the continuance of the war and bitterly reproached Germany for the desperate plight in which they found themselves. Their faces were pinched and pale and showed unmistakably that they had borne intense privations and suf-: fering. Several among the number declared there must be soon he a widespread revolution in Austria if steps were not taken to feed the popu lation. Colonel Rossettl offered one of those who sought help 10 crowns. The money was declined in the ground that no food could be bought for it The Austrian, who in peace times, was a prosperous storekeeper, pleaded for bread for his children, whom he said had nothing to eat for three weeks except turnips and beets. The German colonel in charge of the train was so annoyed at the cries of the hungry crowd, that he gave orders to have the train moved for ward at once to another part of the city. All passengers on the train had to submit to a rigid search by the Aus trian authorities no one wan permitted to carry a single scrap of paper. Madame Titelescu, and several other women passengers, were temporarily deprived of all their clothing and a minute examination made of their pWons for the purpose of detecting any secret Information they might bs carrying from Rumania to France. m Keystone press today In the region of Guiscard, and Ham. Advices from the battle front Bay the town of Ham virtually has been taken hy the French forces. With the French Army in E'rance, Thursday, Sept. 5 (By the Associated Press) The retreat of the Germans, provoked in the first instance by their second defeat on the Marne, is con tinued and extended In order to re lease enough divisions 10 form a ma neuvering mass and regain a liberty of action of which Marshal Foch's brilliant operations deprived them. Calculations based on .the most ac--curate information available show that the Germans have lost 1,100,000 men since March 21. Of this total about 500,000 were killed, permanent ly disabled or taken prisoners leaving about 600,000 recuperable in four or five months. Their rerorves dwin dled during the same ume to about the same extent, which means that the reinforcements brought from Russi?, were used up. Th American army in France ney.V spring will alone exceed the whole fighting strength of the German army, but in the meantime divisions releas ed by the shortening of the line, if the retreat is effected successfully and with a half million men recurepated from the wounded and 400,000 men of the 1920 class now completing train ing, will constitute a maneuvering ax my with which Gen. Ludendorff may be tempted to habard another stroke INTERNATIONAL EGG CONTEST During 43rd week of the laying con test of Storrs the birds laid 3,609 eggs or a yield of 51.6 per cent., which is 47 more than last week and 281 ahead of the corresponding week last year. Of the 1,000 birds competing, 229 failed to lay an egg during the week, or in other words there were that many slackers. Besides winning the week with 56 eggs the Oregons are now 15 eggs ahead of last year's leading pen of the same date. Pen S, owned by Richard Allen, Pittsfleld, Mass., and pen 87 entered by Oak Hill estate, Uniontown, Pa., were tied for second place with a production of 53 egga each. Pen 78, owned by E. A. Bal lard, Chestnut Hill, Pa., was a close third with 52 eggs, while Hollywood' Farm's birds were an equally close fourth with 51 eggs. Now that the agricultural fairs and poultry shows are beginning the question of egg exhibits is worth while considering. Exhibits of all kinds to encourage and develop a better, mora standarized grade of animals or pro ducts. The standard egg exhibit is a plate of one dozen. Uniformity of shape, size and color; weight; texture of shell; and the condition of the egg in reference to its freshness, are the main points to be considered in se lecting a dozen show eggs. Most of tl.e points are external but the judge . has a right to, and should, break one egg in each dozen to determine its freshness. Though the standard market weight of a dozen eggs is 24. ounces, eggs weighing 28 ounces are preferred in the show room. BAKER ORDERS CLASS 1 MEN TO ACTIVE SERVICE Washington, Saai. . Secretary Baker has ordered the chief of each bureau In the war departmont to re place by Dec. sr all men within the draft ages who wouM be classified In class 1 mow assigned to duty In Wash ington or in war department branohes elsewhere, with men physically dia- qualified for general military eervloa.