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y F..VTHKR FORECAST for Kansas:
Generally fair tonight, Friday
and Saturday. . ,
OERLIN says th Yanks ran. You
bet they did They had to, to
keep up with I he Hun.
TOPEKA, .KANSAS, THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 25, 1918-EIGHT PAGES
ADVANCE 3 MILES
ON 12 MILE FRONT
IN PAST TV0 DAYS
Slow but Steady Gain on West
of Harne Salient.
Kaiser Has Reached the Down,
ward Curre of Manpower.
All German Divisions Have
Fought Twice, Some 8 Times.
"STRIKE NOW AND COUNTER ATTACKS
EARN BLESSINGS TO CHECK ALLIED
of mm EFFECT
OF BIG RETREAT
Hang' Desperately to Marne Sa
lient at Terrible Cost.
OF THE KAISER"
Message of Loyal English La
bor to Munitions Workers.
French Troops Within Three
Miles of Fere-En-Tardenois.
British Reported To Haye
Driven In From East.
Is Opinion of London Paper on
Position of Hun Troops.
American Troops Hare Been
Pushing Ahead Rapidly.
French Headquarters In Francs,
July 25 (via Ottawa) French troops
are now within three miles of the
town of Fere-En-Tardenois which Is
the meeting point of eight roads. It
is the center of the German commun
ica;?ons in this region.
The town is being heavily shelled
daily and bombed by entente allied air
Hun Armies Caught?
London) July 25. The Pall Mall
Gazette says that rumors are current
that British troops have made a great
advance in the direction of Fismes,
about midway between Rheims and
It is also reported that French
forces have advanced on another part
of the Aisne-Marne salient and that
the armies of the crown prince have
been placed in position out of which
extrication seems to be impossible, - .
American Advance Speeds Up.
(By tiie Associated Press.)
With the American Army on the
Marne Front. July 25 (1:30 p. m..
Franco-American troops this morning
advanced their lines north of the river
Marne more steadily. The Germans
continued their retreating movement
to the northward.
The French and Americans also
made gains on other parts of the fifty
five miles of the battle front. The
Germans viciously resisted in a ma
jority of cases.
Less Attention to Machine Gun Nests.
The entente allied forces in the
North Chateau Thierry, are paying
less attention to running down ma
chine gun nests and are advancing
their whole line; small detachments
being left to clean up the enemy ma
chine gun crews.
Closing In on Hun Base.
Paris, July 25 (4:03 p. m.). French
and American troops are closing in
on the important German strategic
base of Fere-En-Tardenois from two
sides. While the allied artillery and
airmen are subjecting the enemy to a
terrific bombardment, the infantry Is
advancing eastward and northward
toward the city, slowly overcoming
the enemy defense.
The capture of Epieds has enabled
the French and Americans to pene
trate to the center of Fere-forest (five
miles directly south of Fere-En-Tardenois).
A strategic enemy mass, estimated
at twenty divisions (240,000 men), is
expected soon to aid in a counter
Germans Counter Attack Heavily.
(By the Associated Tress.)
With the French Army in France,
July 25. The Germans desperately
counter attacked all around the semi
circle of the Marne salient today. They
met the most powerful resistance from
the French, the Americans and the
British. There were a few fluctuations
in the line but the allies held well,
responding in the most vigorous man
ner to every attempt of the enemy to
Fresh troops were thrown in by the
allies to meet the enemy blow. On
both wings of the salient the artillery
duel Was of the most violent character,
as the Germans had concentrated most
of their guns on their flanks.
MAY WEAR GOLD STAR
IMnn for Rlack Arm Band With Gold
Star for Lost Yanks Approved.
Washington, July 25. Relatives of
men lost in the great war may wear a
black band with a gold star for each
President Wilson today endorsed
adoption of the insignia to be worn on
the left arm. The band will be three
inches wide and the stars may be made
of either gold metal or cloth. The
badge will not bo patented nor com
mercialized, the council of national de
fense announced today.
MILLIONS FOR SOLDIERS
' hlcttiro Philanthropist Would Edu
cate Soldiers and Their Children.
Chic o, July 25. A fund of $2,--'.00,000.
the gift of L. W. Noves, Chi
ago philanthropist, was at the dis
posal of Chicago university today. The
endowment was made for the educa--iom
of the American soldiers and
'heir children. Mr Noyes said the
fu . as provided to express his
"gratitude to those who ventured the
supremo sacrifice of life for their
country and the freedom of man-kind.
Forward Movement Is a Serious
Threat to Germans.
TRY TO KEEP THE EXIT OPEN
Teuton Reserves Used To Pre
vent Closing of Jaws.
Have Great Difficulty In Feed
ing Troops in Pocket.
London, July 25. On the western
front of the Soissons-Rheima salient
tho allied forces have advanced to an
average depth of three miles on a
twelve mile front during the past two
There were no new developments
this morning in the battle area, ac
cording to advices from the field of
the fighting received In London up
to noon. The situation was considered
quite satisfactory for th allies.
Draw Nine Divisions From East.
London, July 25. Nine divisions
of -reserves of the army of Crown
Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and
from the eastern end of the line have
been rushed to the aid of the German
crown prince between Soissons and
Rheims, but, says Reuter's corre
spondent with the American troops in
France, the G' mans may 'hesitate to
push more troops into the already
crowded salient, seeing the difficulty
they have of feeding those already
Concentrate ui Keeping Exit Open.
German resistance on the southern
sectors of the salient has been re
duced to a mere shell, it is added, and
the enemy doubtless is concentrating
efforts on keeping open the northern
outlets of the salient.
The allied drive toward Oulchy-Le-Chateau
not only threatened the enemy
communications at Fere-En-Tardenois
but is a serious threat for the German
troops around Epieds whose line of re
treat would pass thru Fere.
Gave Vp Territory Yesterday.
(Night by the Associated Press.)
With the American army on the
Aisne Marne front, Wednesday, July
24. With their lines of communica
tion reduced by operations on their
flanks and their rear north 'of ' the
Marne being constantly punished the
Germans have been forced to give up
more territory. The French and
American troops rested some distance
in advance of the points where they
started this morning.
The German retirement under pres
sure is believed to indicate that Gen
eral Son Boehm, the commander of
the armies within the salient has had
enough punishment to convince him
of the advisability of taking new po
sitions. AID FOR CZECHS
American Red Cross Rushes
Supplies to Vladivostok.
Action at Request of Daniels
Many Wounded There.
Washington, July 25. Hospital sup
plies, ambulances, medical personnel
and necessary funds for the care of
the wounded, Czecho-Slovak troops
who have been engaged with Russian
Red guards and former German and
Austrian prisoners near Vladivostok
have been rushed to the Siberian port
by the American Red Cross.
The urgent needs of the situation
were brouf ht to the attention of the
Red Cross by Secretary Daniels, who
reported tiia'. an American warship
was caring for eighty-three wounded,
but the facilities of trie vessel were
wholly inadequate for the rapidly in
creasing number of wounded.
Provision Made for Immediate Needs.
Dr. B. Turler, head of St. Lukes
hospital at Tokio. was requested to
hasten to Vladivostok with necessary
hospital supplies and personnel and
assume chargo of the work. Pending
his arrival. Chas. I. Preston, an
American merchant at Vladivostok,
took charge of the- Immediate relief
needs, and was authorized to draw on
the Red Cross for $10,000.
Relief for Russian refugees, some
800 of who i have fled before the ad
vancing forces of German and Aus
trian prisoners opposing General
Semeroff, also has oeen provided,
Charles K. Moser, American consul
at Harbin, having been authorized to
draw on the Rod Cross for $5,000.
Benedint Sends Rev. Joseph PetrcHi.
m- Now In the Philippines.
Rome. Wednesday, July 21. Pope
Benedict has appointed the Most Rev
erend Joseph Petrelli apostolic dele
gate to the Philippine Islands n.s pa
pal nuncio to China.
Announcement was made reveral
weeks ago that the Chinese govern
ment had entered into diplomatic ela
tions with the Holy See.
Rome,' July 25.--SIgnor Cortez, con
victed of being a member of a hand
of swindlers who obtained six million
lir from the Banca Liziale. has een
sentenced to nine years and ' two
months' imprisonment and a fine of
8.600 francs imposed. Former Mag
istrate Colaw-a. also convicted. s
sentenced to eight vears. Other mem
bers of the band were sentenced to
from one to seven years.
THIS YEAR HARD STRAIN ON HUN
German Command Still Has
Some Reserve Divisions.
But Many Units in Them Hare
Been Sorely Tried Already.
London, July 25. The reports show
that the German high command has
thus far engaged sixty-four divisions
(768,000 men) in the present battle,
representative of groups of the Ger
man armies from Flanders to Alsace.
The sixty-four divisions are nearly a
third of the available German army.
The conclusion is drawn that the
enemy is being hard put to it for re
serves, altho Crown Prince Rupprecht
of Bavaria on the northern front still
has plenty of reserve divisions.
In authoritative circles here the view
is expressed that Germany has reached
what might be called the downward
curve in her man power. This applies
to Prince Rupprecht's army as well as
to the rest of the German army and
it explains why Prinoe Rupprecht is
not inclined to take the offensive.
. Not a Sadden Drop.
This drop in German man power is
not a sudden occurrence. It has been
known to the allied military authori
ties for some time. The infantry units
have been weakened by the with
drawal of storm troops and by heavy
German Strc:.th Sorely Tried.
(By tbe Associated Press.)
With the French Army in France,
July 25. Greater efforts than ever
before have been exacted this year by
German army chiefs from the troops
'under their command. Compared with
last year when the fighting was very
severe, all their divisions have been
called upon to make at least a double
effort. The correspondent is able to
demonstrate the terrific nature of the
task thrown upon the German soldiers
by the desire of the German emperor
to crush the French and their armies
before American troops arrived in sufficient-numbers
-to turn the balance.
Had 2,000,000 Last Tear. '
During last year the Germans pos
sessed on their western front between
160' and 170 divisions (presumably
about 2,000,000 men). The most of
these were engaged twice and some
three times during the entire twelve
months, . having in the meantime been
Verdun used 20 divisions; the
Somme 25; the Aisne and Chemin Des
Dames fighting 80; Flanders 130;
Cambral 25" and minor operations 90,
making altogether 370 divisional en
gagements. This Year 1,500,000.
Owing to the defection of the Rtis
sians from the allies, the Germans
have been able to place 210 divisions
(presumably 2,600,000 men) on the
western front this year. From Janu
ary to July 24, a little more than six
months, these divisions have been en
gaged about 430 times, so that each
has been thrown into battle at least
twice during the half year. With
operations becoming more frequent
this proportion is rapidly increasing.
When the present battle began the
Germans had twenty-eight divisions on
that portion of the field westward
from Rheims as far as Chateau Thier
ry. Now the front has been widened
by the allied attack from the latter
city to the Aisne and the Germans
have hurried more forces into the
line, "bringing the total now engaged
on this part of the front to over forty
and placing a considerable strain upon
the enemy's reserves.
Still Have Some Reserve Divisions.
They still hav3 reserve divisions con
centrated at some places behind their
lines, but many units comprising these
division' have been so. ely tried -lis
year and it Is questionable whether
they are all sufficiently recuperated to
participate in a new attack should the
Gen ian staff decide to order one to
retrieve the crown prince.
French Officials Confident. .
Paris. July 25. The army commit
tee has received very favorable re
ports from members with the armies
in the field on the operations now o-
lng on. tene .tcenouit, presiaent or
the committee, thus sums up -he ob
"The powerful German offensive
i-i-epared in secret for more than a
month and led by more than ifty di
visions was in a few days, tlmost a
few hours, broken up and then vic
toriously swept back. It is t. the
peerless valor of the French soldiers
and their American, British and Ital
ian comrades and to the science of the
military chiefs who proved unques
tionable masters in the conception ai.d
execution of the operation that these
results are due.
A "decisive turn in the War.
""""-lis certainly marks a decisive
turn in the war justifying ..he pro
found satisfaction and the great hopes
felt by the army committee."
WHAT! NO RAIN!
Nothing Wet tn Sight to Mar sirens
7 o'clock 75
8 o'clock 78
9 o'clock ' 80
TO o'clock 83
The temperature for the day aver
ages eight degrees above normal. The
wind at 2 o'clock this afternoon was
Mowing 10 miles an hour from .the
Narure'3 trme honored custom of
sending rain on circus day will ap
parently be laid aside this year per
haps on accourt of the war. The .ore
cast calls for generally fair and slight-
GERMANS DOHT LIKE SAWED orrslcrr truns
REDS JOIN HUNS?
Bolshevikl Reported To Be at
War With Allies.
Declare Troops on Murman
Coast Is Act of War.
Amsterdam, July 25. The Russian
Bolshevik government, says a dispatch
from Moscow to the Lokai Anzeiger of
Berlin, considers the action taken by
the entente powers in landing troops
on the Murman coast as tantamount
to a declaration of war. The Bolshevik
government, the newspaper dispatches
adds, has announced that it will take
counter measures accordingly.
Bolshevik! Retreat in Siberia.
Amsterdam, July 25. The Bol
shevik! have abandoned Orenburg and
a new government has been formed
in the Urals, despatches today from
Moscow stated. The government is
under the leadership of General
Intervention Discussed by Wilson.
Washington, July 25. President
Wilson had a lengthy conference with
Acting Secretary Polk today at the
state department. It was understood
the Japanese reply to the American
proposals for extending military aid to
Russia thtu Siberia was discussed, al
tho officials declined to say whether
the reply had been received.
HAS HINDE GUESSING
Foch's Quick Strategy Hake German
Commanders Kervo s.
- -. JT J, W. T. MASON. - -"
New York.' July' 25. Desperate
counter attacks by the Germans at
the southeast corner of the Alsne
Marne salient, the farthest point re
moved from their central eupply sta
tion at Fere-En-Tardenois, indicate
Von Hindenburg's fear that his Marne
forces are in danger of being crumpled
by a surprise blow which Foch might
launch ln the Dormant sector.
Normally, the principal attention of
the German general staff at this time
should be centered on protection of
the railway between Fismes and Fere-En-Tardenois,
along which the troops
in the Aisne-Marne salient are pass
ing. The Franco-Americans are now
within five miles of Fere-En-Tardenois,
whose capture would be a mat
ter of serious concern for the Ger
mans. Instead, however, of using what ini
tiative he still possesses for the de
fense of Fere-En-Tardendis, von Hin
denburg last night struck a blow near
Dormans, where there has been no
serious fighting since the present se
ries of Franco-American assaults be
gan, Move To Feel Out Situation.
It is scarcely conceivable that the
Germans are developing a new offen
sive toward Epernay. The Dormans
stroke is essentially a defensive meas
ure, designed to safeguard the Ger
mans in the southern area ' of the
But such an expenditure of German
manpower in this comparatively quiet
district would not be made while the
grave issues are still undecided at
Fere-En-Tardenois, unless the Ger
mans feared Foch was setting a new
trap for tnem. The existence of so
restless a mental attitude on the part
of Hohanzollern militarists is highly
tavoraoie tor the allies. A confused
hesitancy is becoming noticeable in
the Germans' plans, a new respect is
being shown for the strategic genius
of .Foch and the fighting ability of
tne Americans. Von Hlndenburg has
begun to guess wildly. The German
people in turn ir.y soon begin to dis
trust the scientific efficiency of the
Kaiser s war machine.
SHIPPING MORE FOOD
IX.-ing Fiscal Year Just Ended Food
Exports Increased Tremendously.
Washington, July 25. Tremendous
increases in the shipments of food
abroad were the outstanding features
o. the country's foreign trade in the
fiscal year ending June 30. Detailed
figures announced today by the de
partment of commerce showed that
jsh ments of breadstuff s in the fiscal
year 1918 were worth $833,309,485 as
compared with $588,983,454 in the
preceeding year andNthat meat and
dairy products were valued at $678.
848,942 as compared with $403,192,279.
BRITISH HONOR' AMERICAN
Lieut. Commander Receives Distin
guished Service Order.
London. July 25. Lieut. Command
er A. C Carpenter of the American
destroyer Fanning received the dis
tinguished service order from King
George at a private Investiture at
Buckingham palace today. .
The Fanning in th lieutenant com
mander's charge, has been prominent
in the anti-submarine operations.
The des-o5er Fanning sank a Ger
man suhma.-ine last fall and took the
first IT-boat prisoners credited to the
ATTACKS 0. S. SUB
Armed Allied Ship Mistook It
for Hnn TT-Boat.
Boat Only Slightly Damaged
Towed to Port.
Washington, July 26. Mistaken,
evidently, for the German submarine
which has been operating off the
north Atlantic coast, an American sub
marine of the latest type was fired
upen and" slightly damaged by an
armed vessel in New England waters
last Tuesday. No one aboard the sub
marine was Injured and the craft has
reached port safely.
The navy department's announce
ment today did not reveal the identity
or nationality of the armed vessel, but
it was understood that it was an al
lied transport. Unofficial reports were
that the submarine had been running
submerged and en me to the surface
near the armed ship. The latter open
ed fire and had scored one hit before
the American craft made known its
Identity. The shell penetrated the
outer shell of the submarine, but did
' The - only offioial details were con
tained in this statement by the navy
"The naval department is informed
that a . United States submarine was
fired on by mistake by an armed mer
chant vessel on July 28 off the
American coast. One shell penetrated
the outer hull of the submarine but
did not explode. No material injury
Was done, only a small section of shell
plating being damaged. No one aboard
waa injured and the submarine pro
ceeded to. her, base under-her own
ppwer,' " ;
i Had the shell exploded after enter
ing the rute. hull it was said, the
submarine probably would have been
destroyed, -'.i it was, the inner hull
evidently was not damaged, and
the submarine will be ready. for service
as soon as the damaged outer iiull
plating can be replaced.
This was the first incident of its
kind to occur in- American waters,
so far as has been announced, but it
was not -he firet since the United
States entered the war. Last October
the American gunboat Nashville, while
on patrol duty in the Mediterranean,
fired upon an Italian submarine which
failed to promptly answer signals for
identification. One man aboard the
submarine was killed but the vessel
Lieut.' Commander Ernest Fried
erick, commanding the Nashville, was
ordered reduced thirty numbers in
grade by the naval court which tried
him, and tho sentence was approved
by Secretary Daniels, despite the fact
that .the, Italian government officially
interfered in behalf of the officer and
the court recommended clemency, and
also that t' e officer be commended for
T0PEKAN "GOES WEST
Lester Kettering, 201 The Drive. Was
Killed In France July .
The name of Lester Kettering of
Topeka has been added to the na
tion's roll-of honor. A telegram has
Just been received by his brother, E. J..
Kettering, 201 The Drive, announcing
that his death occurred July 9.- The
wire was from Adjutant General Mc
Cain, Washington. D. C. and read:
"Deeply 1-egret to inform you that it
is officially reported that Pvt. Lester
E. Kettering, field artillery, died of
accidental gunshot wound July 9."
ine aeaa soiaier nas a sister. Miss
Eva Kettering, living in yopeka, and
a sister. Miss Sylvia Ketterin. in
Washington, D. C. Charles V. Ketter
ing, of Miltonvale. a brother, is in
the army, and the brother, E. J. Ket
tering, of Topeka. Lester Kettering
would have been 24 years old In Au
gust. He was born in Lecompton, and
before entering the army, he was a
college student in Tork, Neb., prepar
ing to enter missionary work.
TO TURN ON ifALY
Military Attache Thinks Runs Will
Strike Soon In Mountains.
Washington. July 25. Stunned by
the smashing defeat of their plans in
France, the Teutons are believed about
to strike back in Italy.
Maj. Gen. Emilio Guglielmotti.
Italian military attache here, believes
the boche will try this means of stop
ping Italians from going to the west
front and will also try thus to cover
up at hon - the fiasco of the Rheims
General Guglielmott! asserts the
blow is most likely to come in the
mountain front because the Austrian
forces. in his section were the least
affected by the rout along the Piave.
Austrians Fled Hastily.
Rome. Jul 25. During the Alban
ian debacle, the Austi-ians abandoned
practically the whole of their field ar
tillery, an. in one day fled twenty
five miles over the roadless moun
tains, a di.-t atch from Valona declared
r.ro,, . m I . .t A A ....!.... Ijlu-
. .iui.il. ... ... nuowiau duiuici r
deserted : id hid in the hills, where
they were hunted down and massa
cred by Albanian bands. .
Newspapers frankly discuss the
Immense Stores In Pocket a
ALLIED GAINS EXCEED HOPES
Hare Accomplished More Than
They First Intended.
Even if Hons Should Hold Now
Victory Wonld Be Great.
Paris. July 25. Germany's despera
tion in ruthlessly sacrificing her man
power, time and material, by throw
ing in division after division to be
chewed up on the Soissons-Rhelms
front is due - four reasons:
First The allied smashes around
the ring encircling the Germans are
giving the former the Initiative at a
moment v. hen it disrupts the carefully
laid summer campaign which Luden
dorff promised would bring victory
Second Foch is using up the Ger
mans' time, which is vitally important
Dare Not Admit Retreat.
" Third The German militarist so
encouraged the public with the idea
of taking Paris that they dare not ad
mit by retreating that their chance is
Trying; to Save Immense Stores.
Fourth Ludendorff accumulated
vsat quantities of material within the
Soissons-Rhelms pocket for future
operations which he is trying to save
by throwing in fresh divisions.
Even were the allies to be stopped
now, they have accomplished far more
than they intended when they started
their counter blow.
Ludendorf Must Revise Plans.
Meanwhile, the French, Americans
and British are methodically pushing
on, meter by meter, kilometer by kilo
meter while Ludendorff is putting in
divisions from other parts of the .line,
which had figured in the Germans
plans for the coming weeks. The
enemy must now reconstruct his
whole plan of campaign if he would
recapture the initiative. The despera
tion of the Germans is illustrated at
Hill 193,. where the Americans re
pulsed eleven attacks In one day and
took nine hundred prisoners.
HUNS MAX LAUNCH OFFENSIVE
Hope to Rcga'n Initiative and Offset
Moral Effect of Marne Retreat. -
Paris, July 25. More reserves are
being thrown into the battle by the
Ger ans, according to the latest ad
vices reaching Paris, but these were
unable to prevent the allies from mak
ing appreciable gains Wednesday.
The impbrtant point of Oulchy-Le-Chateau
slowly but surely Is being
surrounded. If the Germans lose it,
it will be impossible for them to hang
on to Fere-En-Tardenois.
Military observers here are con
vinced that General Ludendorff will
shortly launch a counter offensive
His objects will be first, to clear the
front between Soissons and Rheims;
second, to lessen the demoralizing ef
fect of a projected retreat to the
Vesle, and third, to have Germany re
gain the initatlve.
Consequently it Is to his advantage
to hold the present battle as long as
possible even at the expense of his
treasured reserves so as to keep the
French occupied and give him time
to prepare another blow.
SHIPPING LOSS DOWN
Is Less Than Half That for Same
Month of Last Tear.
London, July 26. The . losses of
British and allied shipping due to
enemy action or marine risk for the
month of June totaled 275,629 gross
tons, this being the lowest record for
any month since September, 1916.
The British losses totaled 161,062 tons
and allied and neutral losses 114.567.
, The above figures were announced
by the admiralty. The statement
I shows for June a drop in the world's
sinkings of 81,90a tons, as compared
with May; 37,876 tons as compared
with April, and 125,834 as compared
with March of the present year. Com
pared with June of last year, the fall
ing off is 437,092 tons.
The decrease in purely British ton
nage is 64,627 tons, as compared with
the May figures; 7,005 tons as com
pared with April and 63,604, as com
pared with March of the present year,
and 271,333 as compared with June
of last year.
Brazil Strikes at Financial End of
German Propaganda There.
Rio De Janiero, July 25. The Bra
zilian government today struck at the
financial end of German propaganda
in Brazil by order liquidation of three
German banks here, which had 1 een
t" . center of German activities.
The banks taken over were me Al
lemao Trans-Atlantic company, cap
italized at 40,000,000 marks; the BVs
lianische Bank Fur Deutschland. 23.
000,000 marks and the Deutsche Su
dar.iericanische, 20.000.000 marks.
Liquidation of the banks is believed
to be the immediate forerunner of
general uprooting of German interests.
AUSTRIANS TRY AGAIN
Von Hussarek Failed to Form Cabinet
Baron Eras las Will Now Try.
Paris. July ?5. Baron ' Max von
Hussarek, having failed to form a new
Austrian cabinet. Emperor Karl has I decision today in the matter cf alter
in visted Baron Erasmas von Handel, : ing the work or fight order as It af-
j former minister of the interior to un-
t uerraKe Tne lass, a iburicn oispatcn
GoTernment Promises To In
vestigate Conditions in Plants.
200,000 OUT IN THE STRIKE
Cabinet Says All Strikers Will
Be Sent to Trenches.
Return to Work Only Way To
Escape Military Service.
London, July 25. The trade union
advisory committee met this morning
and requested the government to set
up a committee of inquiry composed
of representatives of the government
of the employers and of the trade
unions concerned to Inquire into the
cause of the munitions strike. The
Must Work or Fight.
London, July 25. The BrUlsh war
cabinet has decided that if the muni
tions strike continues the strikers of
military a3e will be drafted promptly
into the army, acco.ding to an unof
ficial statement printed in some of the
morning newspapers. George H.
Roberts, minister of labor, gave a hint
to this effect in a speech in London
Wednesday when he declared that no
young men had a 'right to exemption
from military service except on the
ground they were doing work more
valuable than fighting.
London, July 25. The trades union
advisory mmittee, following a con
ference today with government of
ficials. adviseC the striking munitions
workers to resume work, the official
press bureau announced.
London, July 25. Two hundred
thousand munition workers in Eng
land were Idle today as the result of
strikes in Coventry and Birmingham.
In Coventry IS, 00" have joined the
ranks of those who have laid down
their tools and in Birmingham 65.000
have walked out. Electricians were
included in the strikers in the latter
city, forcing the plants to shut down,
which has thrown 150,000 out of em
ployment. Upon the result of today's confer
ences between representatives of the
government and the union men, de
pend resolutions of more than-100,000
other workers to quit their tanks.
Winston Churchill will be representa
tive of the government in tbe confer
ence. It is understood the war cabinet has
taken the position that inasmuch as
the strike Is a direct blow at the gov
emment, plans will be laid at once to
TAKES OWN LIFE
John E. Holmes Commits Sui
cide at State Hospital.
He Hung Himself With Sheet
From Window Sill.
John E. Holmes, 74 years old. com
mitted suicide by hanging at the State
hospital early this morning. He was
formerly a carpenter living at 1252
Lane street. He leaves a widow and
four children who live at the old
j Holmes hung himself to the winJow
sill of his bedroom with a bed sheet.
Coroner Marcotte said this morning
that the window sill is about five feet
'above the bed. It seems that Hol.nes
fastened the sheet to the window sill.
then tied It cround his own neck,
jumped off the bed and hung there
against the wall until he died of stran
gulation. He was committed to the State ..os
pital March 27, and Doctor Marcotte
said this morning that his commit
ment papers show that he had threat
ened suicide on at least one orevtous
occasion. Doctor Marcotte said today
that no inquest would be held as there
is no possibility of doubt that the case
MISS CLARK TO BE WAR BRIBE
Famous Movie Actress Is Engaged to
Lieut. H. Palmerston Williams.
New Tork, July 25. Miss Marguer
ite Clark, motion picture actr.;ss, to
day confirmed the report that he was
engaged to marry Lieut. H. Palmer
ston Williams of New Orleans. The
date has not yet been set and will de
pend on how soon Lieutenant Wil
liams is ordered abroad.
Result of Liberty Loan Campaign.
The romance which brnueht ahnnt
I the engagement, according to Miss
-iarn. Degan wnne she was-touring
in the country in the interest of the
third liberty loan.
While in New Orleans she met Lieut
Harry Palmerston Williams, who also
was working for the loan. Later he
came to New York and the announce
ment of their engagement rnu th
, Miss -Clark's apartment In Central
Park West here was liberally decor
ated with photographs today, pre
dominating among them the likeness
of (eutenant Williams.
MAY FINISH SEASON
Secretary Baker Expected . to Delay
Taking of Baseball Players.
Washington. July 25. Secretary
Baker expected to hand Jown his
feets baseb-tll. It was anticipated the
to tne end of the present season.
ADVANCE ARE VAIN
Lost Ground Quickly Eegalned
by Foch's Troops.
Situation Reported Obscure Be
tween Aisne and Onrcq.
RETIREMENT WELL UNDER WAY
Experts Look forHun Counter
Probably Would Fall Against
British Held Lines.
(By tbs Associated Press.)
German rear guards have again
hurled themselves at the pursuing al
lied forces on the north bank of the
Marne. Before the momentum of their
blow the allies were obliged to with
draw from the little wood to the north
of the town of Treloup and were forced
back out of the village of Chasslns a
little further east.
The success of the Germans, was,
however short lived for they were im
mediately driven back by a renewed
attack by the allies.
Northward, along the line toward
Soissons and to the northeast toward
Rheims, there have been heavy bom
bardments, but no infantry fighting
Retirement Wen Cnder Way.
As the days of heavy fighting con
tinued on the battlefield north of the
Marne, it become increasingly appar
ent that the German retirement Is well
under way. This withdrawal is appar
ently being conducted in an orderly if
not deliberate manner, being covered
by such rear guard actions as that
reported at Treloup and Chasslns.
A study of the map of the region
where the struggle is going on, shows
that along the line from Jaulgonne
northwest to Oulchy-Le-Chateau, Just
north of the Ourco. or even farther.
the allies have pressed ahead during
the past two days. As nearly as the
location of the contending forces can
be determined at present the Germans
have been forced back or have re
tired over much of this line a distance
of nearly three miles since Tuesday.
Situation Obscure North of Ourcq.
North of the Ourcq river the situa
tion is obscure owing to the lack of de
tails given out thru official reports or
! however, that for the moment the line
from Soissons southward to the
I Ourcq has reached a state of equili
I brium and the deadlock between the
offensive of the allies and the defense
of the Germans will probably continue
until the former bring up sufficient
troops to break the line at some vital
point. The progress south of the
Ourcq has placed in jeopardy the vil
lage of Fere-En-Tardenois, one of the
most important German bases in this
region. At one point. French and
Americans were almost directly south
of this place.
Critics Expect Counter Offensive.
Military critics in Paris Incline to
the view that General Ludendorff, the
German commander,- will probably
launch a new attack on some other
sector of the front in an effort to gain
a local success to gloss over his failure
at the Marne. It seems to be agreed
that the logical point to expect such
a German attack is somewhere along
the British-held line.
The British in the meantime have
not been idle. They have Improved
; their positions In the Hebuteren sec-
tors and repulsed raids along the
AnueiiM i rurtL iu cue soum. 1 ne
enemy artillery has been active at
Arras and Lens, vital points of the
The French have carried out a raid
ing operation south of Montdidier and
have captured prisoners.
Wilson Drives Democratic Candidate
From Race With Charge Disloyalty.
San Antonio, Tex., July 25.- James
L. Slayden, for th last twenty-two
years representative in congress for
the Fourteenth distirct and candidate
for renomination in th Democratic
primaries Saturday next, has with
drawn from the race following publi
cation yesterday afternoon of a tele
gram from President Wilson.
The telegram was addressed to a
publisher here and said:
"Your letter received. The admin
istration as between candidates equally
loyal never takes part, but in the light
of Mr. Slayden's record, no one can
claim he has given support to the ad
ministration." A. P. Barrett and Carlos Bee still
remain "in the race.
"The president of t,he United State
has said in a telegram to a local news-
per that I have not supported the
uuiiiiriisiniiiun, nliq Diayaen B state
ment. "No mr tter ho v. false the state
ments made to the president that pro
cured this telegram, my continued .
candidacy for congress, in view of it,
will appear to put me In opposition to
tl.ose charged with the prosecution of
the war. I, therefore, announc my
withdrawal from the race for con
gress." HUNS ARE REAL PEEVED
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Saw Prisoners I Jed to Them About
About Foch's Approaching OffenslYe.
Amsterdam, July 5. The Germans
are indignant because allied prisoners
deceived them by declaring General
Foch had no Intention of starting
Commenting on the allied offensive,
the Cologne Gazette says:
"In manv respects, it was a surpris.
owing to the misconception caused by
prroners statements that the en tent
had no Intention of attacking' on this
front and owing. to the mass employ
ment of tanks, approaching under
cover of corn fields" - -