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THAT'S WORTH PRINTING IE Established A . D. 1790 Vol. Against A Very Bitter Resistance Towards St. Quentin and Cambrai Battle Line Extended Twelve Miles To Northward Germans Hurled From Forward Lines of Hindenburg Position Driven Back At All Points With Heavy Losses British Capture Forty Guns Yesterday Twenty-Three Regi ments Represented in Prisoners Taken. (By the Associated Press) British troops in desperate fighting are plunging farther Into the Hindenburg line north of St. Quentin, while west of Cambrai they have withstood vicious German counter attacks. The enemy is making every effort to retain his positions on the thirty mile front and to check the new Allied move which threatens St. Quentin and Cambrai. How serious was the menace to the security to the Hinden burg line by the British thrust northeast is shown by the strong counter attacks the Germans have thrown against the liritisn lines from Gousecourt to the Arras-Cambrai road thus extend ing the battle line nearly twelve miles to the northward. On the front attacked Wednesday the British are pushing ahead against bitter resistance, portant enemy defense lines. From Lempire to Pontruet, Germans have been hurled from denburg position. The British at Lempire are tour miles trom Le Catelet an important town while on a front of nearly six miles they are within one mile of the high road and the canal. On a short front west of St. Quentin the French are working steadily toward the town and are on the outskirts of Dallon, two miles from St. Quentin. German counter attacks at Tres cauW; and Moeuvres southwest anad west of Cambrai.; were pre ceded by an intense artillery bombardment which severed the British communicalinn lines. At both points the Germans were hurled back with heavy losses. The enemy entered the Brit ish trench at some points but was immediately overwhelmed. With the British Forces in France, Sept. 19 (By the As sociated Press) Field Marshal Ilaig's forces up to midnight last night had captured a total nf more than 8.000 Germans as the result of their drive of yesterday on the Cambrai front. Forty guns were captured by the British yesterday. In the 8,000 prisoners taken, twenty-three German regiments in eleven divisions were represented. London, Sept. 19 The British laat night made further progress in their drive into the Hindenburg line In thn St. Quentin region aimed at the en circlement of that town, according to Field Marshal Halg's official report. Tti a i .nntinnert advance nortn 01 ion- iruet they reached the outpost posi tions of the Hindenburg line. The Australians renewed their at tacks and carried the Hindenburg outposts. Many prisoners and some machine guns were taken by them. The town of Lempire was captured as was Gauche Wood. (I-emplre :3 four miles west of I.e Tatelet). The Germans later started a heavy -bombardment on the northern part of the battle front southwest of Cam brai, between Gouzeacourt and the Arras-Cambrai road. The fire was of extreme Intensity. HAS NO KNOWLEDG PEACE NOTE; Government Not In Receipt of Alleged Invitation to Peace Parleys Except From the Many Newspaper Reports. Rome, Wednesday, Sept. 18 The Italian government has no knowledge of the Austrian note inviting the belligerents to a conference except for the text of the document carried by the telegraphic agencies the semi-official Stefani News Agency announces. The government, however, is indi cated by the agency to be in no mood for opening such negotiations as are suggested by the unofficial text. If the text Is correct, says the Agency statement, the Italian govern ment points out that Austria's pro posals seek to create a semblance of peace negotiations without any real cons.ctency or the possibility of apo- litical outcome. The agency adds that recent declarations by the men at the head of the Austro-Hungarian and German governments, which bar any territorial concessions by the Cen tral powers and seek to make binding nd definite "the lnequltoui treaties of CXXVI SS? railway and canal three im which the British now hold, the the forward lines ol the Hin The enemy followed his bombard ment by a strong infantry attack on a wide front northward from the vi cinity of Trescault. He was com pletely repulsed at all points, with great losses. Paris, Sept. 19. French troops last night continued their progress in the region of St. Quentin and penetrated the German positions at Contestcourt, three miles southwest of St. Quentin. With the French Army in Plcardy, Wednesday. Sept. 18. ---(By The Asso ciated Fress.)- Evening. The troops of the French army unler Gen. De beney who pursued the Germans from the region of Montdldier, have, after . .. a X , "' "7- the region of St. Quentin in conjunc tion with the British. The French have advanced close to ITALY Brest-Lltovsk and Bucharest" mke the opening of any useful negotiations impossible. "The Entente nations and the United Stales," the statement con tinues, "have made known their terms for the essential basis of a just peace. On these points the Austrian note says not a word. The same re mark applies to the Italian aspira tions. "Until the Austrian government shows Itself to recognize its alms as well as the other general and particu lar obpjectives for which the Allies are Jointly fighting. Italy will continue to struggle for a lasting peace found ed on liberty and Justice. EOF SAYS U.thWuS BRIDGEPORT, Dallon, less than two miles from the western outskirts of St. Quentin. Here, on the Hindenbiwg line, every Inch of the ground is being disputed stoutly by the enemy. Apparently the Ger mans are determined to hold the pla teau, which lies west of St. Quentin, south of Francilly, east of Savy and north of Dallon. The Allied lines, howover, are eure- ly advancing toward the outskirts of St. Ouentin from the south, west and north. With the French Army in France, Wednesday, Sept. 18.---GeneraI Man- gin's army attacked along the front northeast of Solssons today and cap tured the Colombes farm in the pla teau east of Sancy and south of the point where the Chemin des Dames branches off from the road leading from Soissons to Laon: A strong counter attack led by Grenadiers of the Prussian Guard was repulsed by the French, who drove the enemy back of the road leading from the plateau of Ange Gardiene to the Colombes farm. This road is less than half a mile from the Chemin des Dames. This success drives deeper the wedge south of the Hindenburg posi tions in the St. Gohtin region and fa cilitates operations in the direction of Pinon. The fighting in this region has been most severe during the last few days. Prisoners now are complaining that they are frequently left in the front line to shift for themselves. Rarely do their officers stand by them when they are attacked, they say. It often happens that machine gun crews are ordered to hold positions and discover some time afterward that the troops behind them have abandoned the field. They attribute the concealment from them of the retreat of the infantry to the fear entertained by their officers that they migrhf le tempted to aban don their posts if they knew that they were to be sacrificed. London, Sept. 19, via Montreal. Correspondents at the front empha size the stiffening of the enemy re sistance, making yesterday's British advance all the more remarkable. An important feature of the ad vance is that the British have not merely passed their old line of March 21, but have attained their greatest Quentin canal, which virtually Is an Quenin canal, which virtually is an integral part of the Hindenburg line, runs three or four miles underground. This tunnel hegins near Bellicout and ends near the village of Le Catelet Lempire heights commanding the tunnel, now is largely in British hands, and the Germans at this point cannot hope to oppose the advance ot tanks by flooding the country. With the British Forces in France. Sept. 19. An assault delivered by the Australians at 11 o'clock last night in the center of the Vilieret sector forced the Germans back to strongly fortifiel defenses in the rear. Furious enemy counter attacks de livered at numerous places along the line late yesterday resulted in san guary fighting. In eveiy case the Germans were thrown back and their losses were exceedingly heavy. More than 300 prisoners Including 13 officers, were taken by the British. and trench mortars also were captur ed With the Amerluan Forces in Lor raine, Sept. 19 (By the Associated Press) Entrenched im the second lines of the Hindenburg system the Germans along the front southwest of Metx the employing wholly defensive tactics, carrying out a seemingly' per functory bombardment of the Ameri can line. Even challenged by Ameri can and French patrols are refused except where a conflict is inevitable. REPORT TURKS HAVE CAPTURED CITY OF BAKU Paris, Wednesday, Sept. IS Turk ish troops have taken Baku, according to a Basel dispatch quoting a tele gram from Constantinople under date of Sept. 17. It is pointed out by the Temps that the treaty of Brest-Lit-ovsk left Baku to the Russians, but that this does not prevent the Turks from continuing their advance. This report from Constantinople would seem to indicate the British have suffered a reverse in the Baku region. It was reported on Aug. 16 that British forces had entered Baku having reached that city from theirJ-make a slight withdrawal of one of base by the way of Persia. No fight- I their posts. Italian reconnoitering pa ing in the Baku region has been re-jtrols have captured an enemy post in ftjd recently. 'the Gabena valley. CONN.,FEIDAY,SEPTEMBER 20, 1918"'. n$S i " - TREASURER SHORT $32,000 IN HIS TRICT FUND C. S. Selleck of Norwalk Held in Bonds of $7,500 for Hearing Monday. OFFICER ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATION Further Examination of Books Being Made Short age May Increase. Norwalk, ' Sept. 19. As scrutiny of the accounts of C. S. Selleck, treasurer of the First Taxing IDstrict, now un der arrest charged with misappropria tion of funds in his charge, proceeds the apparent shortage has reached $32,000. Probably the examination will not be finished until tomorrow. Sel leck has been bailed in $7,500 and his case will come up before Judge Ne hemiah Candee on Sept. 23. The annual meetings of the three Taxing Districts were held last night hut the electors of the first district merely agreed to postponement for two weeks on a statement that there were no figures ready. In this connection it became known that Selleck told Fred S. Buckley, clerk of the district ,a week ago that owing to a shortage in his funds he was unable to prepare a report. Mr. Buckley informed the district com missioners and after a meeting they saw Selleck. As an outcome of that Interview an officer was sent to Sel leck's house yesterday and a warrant served. Selleck has Judge W. F. Tammany for counsel. Selleck as cashier of the Fairfield County National Bank approved his own accounts as the district treasurer. His 'bond is $12,000, held by the bank, the commissioners understand serves as Selleck's surely as treasurer. In examining Selleck's accounts It Is understood checks have been found by which Selleck drew district funds payable to Cash with checks, under stood in many instances to have been endorsed by William Benedict of No. 1 Elm Place, this city. Benedict is a broker in New York city. Selleck resigned from the bank six weeks ago, but no reason was given at the time for his action. FAVOR WILSON'S PEACE ARTICLES IN CONFERENCE London, Sept. 19 The Internation al Relations Committee of the Inter Allied Labor conference today made a report recommending that the con ference "subscribe to the fourteen points formulated by President Wil son, thus adopting a policy of clear ness and moderation as opposed to a policy dictated exclusively by changes on the war map." The committee report says the United States already has been able to reject the Austro-Hungarian pro posal for a conference of the belliger ents, and that the Allies should make clear the identity of their views by public and collective declarations of their aims and intentions. WILL OPPOSE INSANITY PLEA OF WIFE SLAYER New York, Sept. 19 Any attempt to have Charles E. Chapin, former city editor cf the New York Evening World, the self-confessed slayer of his wife, adjudged insane will meet with vigorous opposition from the dis trict attorney's office, it was announc ed after Chapin was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty through his counsel to an indictment for murder in the first degree. Chapin. himself, according to the prosecutSi claims he is sane and said he wante to go to the electric chair and pay the penalty for his crime. ITALIANS REPULSE AUSTRIAN THRUSTS Lonion, Wednesday, Sept. IS. Per sistent thrusts by the Austrians in the Seren valley, on the northern Italian front, were repulsed on Monday by the Italians, according to an official Italian wireless message received here. At one point, nowver, tne mes the Italians weer forced to sage says. WMEwmm, Serbians Pursuing B And Night; Advance With Speed, Unable To Count P LABOR CRISIS IN ANTHRACITE REGION OVER Washington, Sept. 19 Normal con ditions will prevail in the anthracite field by tomorrow, according to the Fuel Administration. "The critical labor situation in the anthracite coal mining districts has passed," said a representative of the administration. The men have re turned to work and will loyally await the decision of Fuel Administrator Garfield. "Of the 26 colleries that were af fected, virtually all are operating again. Advices to the Fuel Adminis tration Indicate normal conditions throughout the antharcite fields will obtain by Friday morning." SIXTY-THREE MERICANS IN PRISON CAMPS Washington, Sept. 19 The names of sixty-three American soldiers, held at German prison camps were an nounced today by the War Depart ment. Six officers, all lieutenants, are Included. They are: At Landshut: Robert F. Raymond, Boston, Mass. At Unknown camps: Arthur Louis Whiton, Nortonville, N. D. ; Guy D. Tibbetts. Bennington, N. H.; Albert B. Holbrook, Rockland, Me.; G. H. Kissel. New York City; ames V. Pola- ceck, Tipton, Iowa. The enlisted men include: At unknown camps: Fred G. Wadle, Philadelphia; John J. Collins, New Haven; Howard C. Perdeont, Law rence J. Hartle, Meyersdale, Pa. John E. Kestler. Baltimore; Clarence E. Perkins, Winchester, Mass.; An tonio Helenik, Philadelphia; Edward Voelmle, Philadelphia; Samuel Nar zaro, Branchville, Conn; John Hen derson, Rockland, Mass.; Edward J. Anderson, Philadelphia; Ralph Acosta, Philadelphia; Edward S. Gast- rock, Philadelphia; Edward W. Gor man, Bridgeport, Pa.; John D. Dom inick, Philadelphia; Raymond H. Gibbons, Dunmore, Pa.; Joe Griski vicz, Nanticoke, Pa.; Howard H. Gra ham, New Brighton, Pa.; Samuel Geonnotti, Philadelphia; C. J. Gaus, Johnstown, Pa.; Leo Clark. Meyers dale. Pa.; Earl B. Fisher, Berlin, Pa. At Limberg: Joseph Scarlata, Pitts burgh; James H. Greeley, Jr., Phila delphia. At Geissen: Lewis R. Lenhart, Somerfield, Pa. GRAND MASTERS" DAY. Hartford, Conn.. Sept. 19 Annual grand masters day is to be observed at the Masonic Home in Wallingford, Saturday next. A program of exer cises will be carried out in the afternoon. Vatican Unlikely To Act, Says Semi-Official Organ No . Need for Secret Conferences After Presi dent Vilson's Declaration. Rome, Wednesday, Sept 19 In a long article, which is taken as reflecting the views of Vatican officials, if not the Pope himself, the Correre di Italia, the semi-official organ of the Vatican, deeclares Austria should be more explicit in her declarations. "The old subterfuges that the nota undoubtedly carries show the desper ate need of peace," the article says. "There Is no need for secret-,confer-ences when President Wllsor and oth ers already have set forth the Allied conditions. There is no doubt that the note was inspired by Berlin. Witn the cannon of Hindenburg unsuccess ful, we will now see a return to the subletles of diplomacy. The note Is equivalent to a confession of military weakness. It is a sign that the fatal hour has begun for them when they must"submit to the allies' peace. SSSk New Series Vol. CXXVI No. 5630 ulgars Da Expected Enemy Will Retire to Improved Road to West Through Prilep Line Endangered West Toward Monastir and East to Vardar Reserves Thrown in Forced to Retreat With the Rest Complete Readjustment of Teuton Lines in Macedonia. (By The Associated Press) The Bulgarian retreat from the Serbo-Greek border is re ported to be in the nature of a flight and the enemy is burn ing stores and villages in his path. The Allies have . captured additional prisoners and war material which have not been counted, so fast has been their advance. A score or more of Serbian villages have been reconquer ed and the Bulgarians have been driven beyond Rasimbey, on the Cerna river, 15 miles southwest of Prilep, the immediate, objective. It is not unlikely the Bulgarians will continue their retire ment at least to the improved road to the west through Prilep. Already their loss of the important Sokol ridge endangers the line west toward Monastir and east to the Vardar. Should the Allies succeed in pressing the Bulgarians back to North of Prilep a complete readjustment of the Teuton lines in Mace donia and Albania from the Adriatic to Salonika would be in evitable. . The Allied troops now have advanaced more than 12 miles. New regiments thrown in by the Bulgarians have been forc ed to retreat with the others. The Bulgarians have been defeated completely, and the Serbian troops are pursuing them day and night. The Serbian and French troops have taken the towns o:( Topolets, Potshiishta, Beshishta, Melynitsa, Vitolishta and Ras imbey. They also have taken the height of Kuchkov Kamem. Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 18 Tonight's war office statement dealing with operations on the Macedonian front says: "Despite important reinforcements hastily brought for ward by the enemy, who defended his new positions stubborn ly the offensive of the Allied armies continued successfully on the 17th. All objectives fixed for the day were reached. At tacks devleoped on a front of about 35 kilometres and progress was made to a depth of 15 kilometres at certain points. SUB FIRES UPON NORWEGIAN BOAT Copenhagen, Sept. 19. The Norwe gian steamship Bjornstjerne-Bjorn-son, In the service of the Belgian re lief ' committee, has arrived at a Nor wegian port for repairs, having been fired upon by a GermaiJ submarine outside the war zone, according to the Berlingske Tidendele. CZECHOSLOVAKS HOLD SAMARA London, Sept. 19. Bolshevik forces are retreating on both the northern and southern fronts, according to a Stockholm despatch to the Daily Main. The Czechoslovaks still hold the city of Samara, which the Bolshevlki re cently claimed to have retaken, the despatch adds. STAT If in the year of 1916 they offered peace, now they ask it, the article continues, but in what spirit do they ask peace?" Rome Tuesday, Sept. 17 It was stated at the Vatican today, with ref- erence to tne subject or peace propos als that the preference of the Pope is to act in such a matter only when ask ed to do so by both parties. However, it was added, if a diplomatic repre sentation were received from one of the parties, inquiries would be made of the other party if it desired to re- ceive such a representation. 1QEE ALL THE NEWS THAT'S WORTH PRINTING v uch nsoners "Serbian troops "Serbian troops operating with French and Greek detachments, took after a violent assault 45 villages. In cluding Zovik and Stravina, and the heights of Polchlchte and Bechichte, north of the river Gradeshnitza, and the village of Gradeschitza, which was stubbornly defended- by the enemy who have orders to hold out at any cost. In the center they progressed, on the hill which Is situated near Ko ziak, advanced northeast of Kozial) and took a foothold on the hills oi Kuchlov. To the east they crossed the Perez and occupied the massif of To-, poles. The booty captured was con-; siderable. More than 50 cannon, ol which 20 were heavy pieces, fell Into our hands. The number of prisoners is increasing unceasingly. The Allied aviators dominated completely ovei the enemy and greatly aided in the battle by attacking enemy troops." American troops are engaged In" consolidating their new lines acros the base of the StTMihiel salient which was wiped out by them las week. The Germans are strengthening their lines in this sector. Now that the objectives of th Americans" drive have been reached, the storm center in eastern France may be shifted suddenly. This fac) when taken into consideration with the successful attack made by thi British and French along the St. Quentin front, shows that Marshal Foch has pinned down large bodiej of the enemy forces in widely separat. ed parts of the line. The German) are forced to heavily man their line from before Metz clear down through the Lorraine and Vosges sectors, while there always a very real threal at- his vital positions north of Loaij, The line from Rheims to Verdun al. ways presents itself as an invitinj field for an Allied offensive. ' ffect that the Bolshevik forces ar. retreatins on both the northern and southern fronts. On tjje north thej are being forced back by the Entent) . allied units, while the Czecho-Slovalt armies alone the Volga also are ad. vancing. It also is reported that tin Czecho-SIovaks have taken the cltj of Perm, and seem to be on the vergi of uniting the forces which hav been fighting in western Siberia witl those which have been, engaged i the valley of the Volga river in south eastern Russia. From Perm to Ka- san, where the Czecho-SIovaks are" known to be. is less than 200 miles.