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mEATHER FORECAST for Generally fair, slightly tonight and Friday. JT Is assumed that the kaiser didn't witness recent battles thru the wind shield of his car. TOPEKA,- KANSAS, THURSDAY EVENING, AUGUST 15,. 1918 TWENTY PAGES THREE CENTS HQ.R EDITION ENEMY ALIENS IN kWSTOLOSE RIGHT IN VOTING! GERMAN TROOPS RETREAT AGAIN IN LYS SALIENT 73,000 PRISONERS ANDIJOOC'ANNON TAKEN IN 30 DAYS RABBIT HUNTING IN FRANCE FINAL ALLIES TO DEAL DECISIVE BLOW NEXT SUMMER? Leaders Believe 4,000,000 Tanks Can Walk Thru. America Plans 3,000,000 Men In France by June. FORCE ISSUE ON WEST FRONT Men 18 to 45 Will Go to France Before xt Summer. Immediate Extension of Draft "eeessary to Victory. Washington, "Aug. IS. In report ing the administration man power bill extending draft ages today. Chairman Chamberlain disclosed to the senate that General March had told the mili tary committee it was up to the Unit ed States to put enough men in. France to win the war on the western front and had expressed the belief that four million Americans under one com mander could go thru the German lines whenever they pleased. 3, OOt), (100 in France Next June. The report' also revealed that the new American war program calls for eighty divisions, or something over three million men, in France by June next year, with eighteen more divi sions in training at home then. Men 18 to 45 to Cd at Once. All of the men called for active service under the proposed new draft naes IS to 45 General March told the committee would be in France by next June, according to the program. Secretary Baker informed the com mittee, the report said, that the presi dent's policy called for concentration of American forces on the western front, including Italy, and that "the theory of the fighting in the future is that we must force the issue and win on the western .front." Kxtension for Quick Victory. Immediate extension of the draft ages was declared by the army repre sentatives to be im perative in order that the United States may throwits full strength in the struggle and win. If the draft ages are fixed r-t from 18 to 45, General March said, the sys tem of volunteer enlistment in the United States army automatically dis appears. In his report Chairman Chamber lain quoted extensively from testi mony before the committee by Sec retary Baker. Jeneral March and Prnvost Marshal General Crowder. "The United States government," General March is quoted as saying, has been asked by her allies to em bark upon a program so large that it was necessary very carefully to ascer tain whether we could go thru with it or mt and one of the features of this enlarged i 'opram was providing men. The desire of the administration is to establish limits both maximum and minimnm, which will accomplish this prnrrram and at the same time disor ganize the industries of the country as little as possible. Ol)jee Is To Shorten War. "The policy of the war department is to put the maximum number of men in France with the idea of shortening the war. We found from figures furnished by the provost marshal general that we could embark on a program of 80 divisions in France by June SO. 1919, with 18 divisions ct home. These divisions consist roughly of 40,000 men to a division. "After prolonged study of the avail able manpewer of the Unitea- States, the- provost marshal general showed that 1t wa necessary to drop to 18 "years of --&e and go to 45 in order to get the men to carry it thru. All the men obtained under the proposed change in the draft law approxi mately 2. SCO. 000 we expect to have in France by June SO. 1919." Men 18 to 20 Best Soldiers. General March told" the committee that 1 was unqualifiedly in favor of having the army composed of as many young men as possible. Young men between 18 and 20, he said, not only do no, have many encumbrances but th-y are better fit phvsicallv. The president," said General March, resuming his statement, "has finally announced that the American military policy from "this time on is centered on the western front and we have declined to be diverted from that one thing. The war department has now adopted this as a policy and It is the policy of the United States that the military program is to be centered in France. Only Way to Whip Huns. "The purpose of -America is to fur nish enough man power to whip the Germans from now on. The only way that Germany can be whipped is . by America going Into (his thing wiU her whole strength." "Then America has got to put enough men over there to whip Ger many?' asked Senator Kirby. "That is it in a nutshell." General March replied. "It Is up to us to. win the war and we can win it. How long it will take will depend exactly upon what we do. If we drag along, with his thing and put a small force over there we will be playing Germany's (Continued on Pnge Two.) Is Record of Allied Drives Since Jnly 15. Germans Withdraw Their Lines North of Albert. IS PART OF A GENERAL PLAN? Germans Seem to Be Seeking Stronger Defensive Positions. Observers Expect 3few Drive Soon at Some Other Point. Paris, Aug. 15. Including 10,000 Germans taken by General Humbert in the operations which are still de veloping, prisoners captured on the western front since July 15, total 73,000 and 1,700 guns have been seized by the allies, the Echo Ee Paris estimated today. Retire North of Albert. (By the Associated Press.) Allied success in Picardy apparently has compelled the Germans to realign their positions between Albert and Arras.- Enemy troops have begun a retirement on a five-mile front, but complete details of the movements are lacking. Between the Ancre and the Oise the fighting is still confined to local ac tions at various points. The British and French have Improved their pos .tions slightly north of the Somme, northwest of Roye, south of Lassigny and along the Oise. Enemy troops have shown no disposition u counter attack elsewhere nd have confined their retaliatory efforts to artillery bombardr tents. Retire to Stronger Positions. The extent of the German with drawal north of Albert is not-et clear ly defined and its effect upon the situation as a whole is problematical. Field Marshal Haig announces the enemy has left his forward positions at Beaumont Hamel, Serre, Puisieux-Au-Mont and Bucquoy, These are in the Hebuterne sector where the Ger mans were stopped in their offensive of March 21. Many vain efforts were made by the Germans to reach the. heights around Hebuterne, as their positions in this sector were dominated by the British guns. Should the Ger man lines be moved back any great depth, the line south to Albert and thence to the Somme would be af fected. Likewise the line northward to the Scarpe might havi to be read Justed It is not unlikely the move ment here is similar in purpose to the recent withdrawals in the Lys salient and is part of a German plan to get Into as strong positions as possible on the entire front, Tpres to Rheims. British Make Some Progress. North of Somme. Australian troops have improved their positions be tween Bray and Etienhm, reaching the western outskirts of Bray, one of the main tastions of the line south from Albert. East of Parvillers. north west of Roye, the British have made progress oward the Chaulnes-Roye railroad. Lassigny still holds out. The French, however, continue their pressure and are now a little more than a mile south of the town. German resist ance is strong, the enemy counter at tacking repeatedly on the hills and on the woods of the plateau region there. French Take Ribeconrt. On the western bank of the Oise slightly more than six miles south of Noyon. the French have occupied Ribecourt. The town itself is on the lowland but the French also hold the heights to the west and northwest which were part of the defensive sys tem for Curscamp forest east of the Oise and Thiescourt wood, south of Lassigny. While the French have not broken the Roye-Lassigny-Noyon lines it is still far from being saved to the Germans and a French advance of even less than a mile would throw it out of balance. Four weeks ago today Marshal Foch took the initiative on the western side of the Marne salient and a week ago the French and British hit the Ger man lines east and southeast of Amiens. In the four weeks the allies have reclaimed nearly 1,800 square miles of territory, improved their positions to the detriment of the enemy, freed the important" railways rimning east and north from Paris, and unofficially have captured 73,000 prisoners and 1,700 guns. These are the physical gains; the future holds the others. Many army officers in Washington expect that a new drive shortly wiil be made against the enemy. Flanders or the area between the Oise and Sois sons are believed to be the most likely fields of action. Along the Vesle the French and Americans -are being subjected to bombardments from German airmen as weH as from, enemy guns. There has been no Infantry action. In Lor raine American patrols have brought back prisoners from the enemy trenches. Allied airmen Tuesday put out of action 43 German machines, 21 of which were destroyed. sorrYIantTight Roosevelt's Only Regret Is That He Cannot Be With His Sons. Paris. Aug. 15. Colonel Roose velt's answer to condolences extended by President Pofncare on the death of Lieut. Quentin Roosevelt is publish by the newspapers: "My .only regret," the colonel wrote. "Is that I am unable to fight beside my sons." Chine Borrows from Japan. Tokio, Auf,. 13. The Chinese cabi net has decided to name its new bank issue "gold notes" and proposes to borrow 2O,00C.0O0 yen (about $10,000, 000) from Japan according to Peking dispatches to the Kokusai. RAsrrs ' '' ZEGKS IN RUSSIA UNEQUIPPED AND NEED HELP BADLY Those West of Lake Baikal Are Cut Off From Fellows. It Is Impossible to Learn W hat Is Happening. jap troopsnowSn the way? It Is Believed They Have En tered In Force. Could Help Quickly Via Port Arthur and Harbin. London, Aug. 15. The Czecho slovaks in Siberia are in a dangerous position and are liable to be cut off altogether says the correspondent of Times at Vladivostok. Only a fraction of those between the Volga in Lake Baikal are armed and all are deficient in every sort of equipment. Cut Off From the East. They are cut off from the far east and it is impossible to learn what is happening to them. The correspon dent says there is much apprehension concerning them in Vladivostok and adds: "The Czechs here are pathetically anxious to push west and assist their brothers. They are contemplating desperate measure in order to reach them but their force is ridiculously small compared o their opponents while they lack most auxiliary equip ment and are deficient even in the es sentials. If it is the allied intention to hold the rear while the Czechs do the fighting General Dieterich's small force might well be annihilated, but it is inconceivable that the allies will refrain from active co-operation, and that co-operation must be on a larger scale than hitherto contemplated." Allied Action Must Be Hastened. In an editorial the Times emphasizes the urgency of hastening allied action It says that the Czechs have been driv en back from the Ussuri front and also have suffered reverses in eastern Russian. It is imperative, the Times declares, to send help to western Si beria thru Harbin, whence, it says Lake Baikal ought to be reached in moderate strength within a reasonable time. Japa Already In. Washington, Aug. 15. Guarded in timations are given in well informed official quarters here that the Japan ese government already has antici pated the need for speedy assistance to the Czecho Slovaks in Western Si beria, who have been almost cut off from communication with their breth ren who constituted the advance guard of the army which has arrived in the neighborhood of Vladivostok. Knowing the limited capacity of the Siberian railroad in eastern extremi ties to transport considerable military forces and supplies with speed and realizing the danger of interruption of such traffic by hostile Bolsheviki and German-officered elements along the road in that part of Siberia, it is un derstood the Japanese general staff has planned to strike directly at Lake Baikal, the most important center of action on the Siberian railroad. Go By Way of Harbin. To accomplish this, while the first expeditionary forces which may be landing at Vladivostok headed by General Otani is operating from there a considerable number of Japanese troops already in Manchuria and along the' line of the railroad running north ward from Darien, formerly Port Arthur, are in a position to be speedily dispatched to Harbin whence they can be forwarded westward to Lake Baikal, or can be diverted eastwardly to open up the section of the Siberian railroad terminating at Vladivostok, For military reasons it is impossible to even hint at the number of troops that might be available for Buch ser vice, but it is recalled that in an ad dress delivered last week. Premier Terauchi stated Japan was prepared to employ a much larger force than had been originally contemplated in Silieria if it should be necessary to check the activities of the Austro German prisoners and the elements under their control. HE IS A PRISONER Lieut. Clarkson Mfllspaugh of Topeka Taken by Huns. Wounded and - Captured In Action in France July 22. Lieutenant Clarkson Millspaugh, of Topeka, is wounded and a prisoner in Hunland. The word announcing this fate for Lieutenant Millspaugh was received in Topeka Wednesday night by Mrs. F. R. Millspaugh. Capt. Chauncey Dewey, son-in-law of Mrs. Millspaugh, signed the cablegram bringing the news. ' J ... Lieutenant Millspaugh was attached to the 102 infantry at the time of his capture by the Huns. He received his lieutenancy at the second officers' training camp at Fort Sharidan. He was in Topeka on a leave at Christmas time, and left here the day after the holiday. He arrived safely In France January 27. Lieut. Clarkson Millspaugh. Lieutenant Millspaugh went over the top with his company ' for the third time the day he was wounded in ac tion and taken prisoner. Captain Dewey in his cable said that Mills paugh was taken prisoner July 22. Mrs. F. R. Millspaugh, the lieuten ant's mother, received a letter dated July 20, in which he announced that he was in fine fettle and was going over the top the next day. He said in the letter that he would cable home as soon rs the action was finished. On account of the fact that no cable had been received from him after the receipt of the letter Mrs. Millspaugh has been worried a great deal, and was unabl.- to stand an Interview to day. Lieutenant Millspaugh Is a son of the late Bishop Millspaugh of the Episcopal diocese of Kansas. NEW HUN NAVY HEAD Admiral Von Ca nolle Succeeded By Vice Admiral Behnki. Amsterdam, Aug. 15. Vice Adirdral Behnki has been appointed to succeed Admiral von Cipelle, as German min ister of marine, according to the Weser Zeiturrg. Vice Admiral Behncke succeeds Ad miral von Capelle in the office of state secretary to the admiralty or minister of marine as the office is customarily designated. Admiral von Capelle took over the ministry of marine in March, 1916, succeeding Admiral von JQTirpltz. There have been recent reports of von '"apelle's impending retirement, dis patches from Berlin on August 6, de claring that his resignation might be expected soon. A few days previously A mirai von uoitzendorl retired as head of the German admiralty staff. Shortly after he had made an apology for the failure of the German sub marines to sink American transports. PROTEST TO MEXICO TJ. S. and 3 -tain Join In Action on Petroleum Trx Case. Washington, Aug.- 15. The United States and Great Britain have Joined in a diplomatic protest to th" Mexican vernment against the oil land de crees of Preside.it Carranza. which it Pis contended amount practically to confiscation. ' S3. lnY TOPEKA STARTS IT School Board May Let Down Marriage Bars. Allow Wives of Soldiers Teach in Schools Here. to Topeka, today, according to senti ment expressed by members of the school board, will lead the cities In the United States in repealing an old iron clad rule barrinaanarried women from teaching in tho public schools. In the last few months many appli cations have been made to -the school authorities for places on the school teaching staff by married women women married to soldiers. But these applications have been rejected owing to the rule that has applied here. Now that the draft rules require a man to state the ability of' his wife to earn a living in case he is called to the colors, it is openly expressed here that Topeka should not hang back and rest on tradition when there is opportunity to aid soldiers' wives and furnish more men to the United States fighting forces. May Apply Over Country. The Topeka move may be country wide. A letter recently was written to Comsissioner of Education Claxton in Washington by a Topeka teacher in which she made the following appeal: "As you know, most of the large cities will not employ married women as teachers in the high schools. As you1 also know, the war department has placed in class -1' all men whose wives were educated to earn a living. Many of thesb women were teachers in the larger high schools. ' These po sitions are now closed to os and we must teach in a small town several subjects in which we are indifferently prepared, at a small wage all be cause we have husbands who are giv ing themselves in answer to their country's call. Is this fair? Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kansas, To peka, Kansas, and many other cities have courteously returned all applica tions saying they employ no married women." As a result, from Washington today comes the following word of advice from Commissioner Claxton: "Re peal of the rule barring married teachers from our schools." SHIPS TO BRING SUGAR 100,000 Tons of Dutch Vessels Now - Idle Will Soon Go to Work. Washington, Au .15. Forty Dutch ships totaling approximately 100.000 tons now idle m Dutch West Indian ports are expected to be released to bring sugar, tin, quinine and other commodities to the United States as the result of an Informal modus' vi viendi effected by the war trade board thru Charge d'Affaires de Beaufort, of the Dutch legation. IN AUGUST 26 DRAFT Thirty-two Men in Shawnee County Draft Call This Month. A list of the registrants who are in line to fill Shawnee county's quota of tnirty-two men in the draft call of August 26 was made public this morn ing by the county draft board. These men are in line and all eligible to be called, but the official notices have not been mailed and there may be some cnanges before the men leave for Fort Riley, it was pointed out by T. D. Gra ham, secretary. . The names follow: Louis Carl Zlrkte. ronte 24. Topeka. Tbomas H. Whiteman. Silver Lake. Lester VT. Whitlock. Topeka. Saronel Hnrwirx. -oute 27. Topeka. Albert L. Brooke. 1103 Kldge. Oleo Burton. Anbnrn. William M. Morris. Richland. Eugene HoUornn, aonte 5. Topeka. Ralph B. Kimball, f. Topeka. Howard C. Edwards. 1 Kellam. Glenn B. Baldwin. 5 Forest. Walter Oshorn. Wlllard. J .-.raps R. Freddy. 151 Arter. John TV'. Heard. Twenty-ninth and Massa chusetts. Seldon L. Heskett. Berrvton. Gene J. Nettleton, Wakarnsa. Raymond R. Neiswender, route a. Topeka. Merle Monasmllb. route 7, Topeka. John D. Anderson, ronte 11. Topeka. Guy Anderson. 14X WInfleld. Nathan Anno, route 1 Topeka. Carl D. Gntsrhall. Renville. Jess B. Bundy. Anbnrn Hobart C Van Horn, ronte 1. Topeka.' John M. Myers. Station B. eoute 27. Selrton H. Xllgore. Jr.. ronte 1. Topeka. Elmer Biindr. rute 7, Topeka. Hoy Flohrschntz. Temmpeh. Claude B. Sneller Ilo-avllle. . Francis R. llt.Iiell. Anbnrn. Elgin I. Cox. Tecnmseh. Everett F. Reser, Topeka. iSCOW GIVEN UP BY TROOPS OF BOLSHEVIKI Soviet Troops Begin Evacua tion of Russian Capital. Gold Reserve Removed From Kremlin to Secret Place. FOLLOWS FLIGHT OF LEADERS Armed Peasants Are Reported Marching on Petrograd. Soviet of That City Said to Have Fled to Kronstadt. Amsterdam, Aug. IB. Soviet troops have begun to evacuate Moscow. The gold reserves which hat been in the basement of the Kremlin already have been removed to an unknown place. Dispatches received in London Monday reporting that Premier Le nine and War Minister Trotzky had fled to the naval base at Kronstadt added tHa.t aH the governments also would be reraeved there, "he flight of Lenine and Trotzky was said to be due to the threats by the Social Revo lutionists of the Left that they were about to bring a relgf of terror there. Whether the Soviet troops were forced to depart from Moscow is not clear, but the loss of the cty to the Soviet government undoubtedly will be a serious blow to their cause. Moscow, the ancient capital of Rus sia was made the Soviet capital in March. The Lenine government fled there from Petrograd. toward which the German troops were marching. It has been reported within the past few days that the Germans had re newed their march toward Petrograd. Czecho-Slov(.k troops have been re ported In force along the Volga, about 500 miles east of Moscow. London, Aug. 16. The Soviet gov ernment has issued a proclamation declaring that the. Russian republic is in danger, according to telegrams from Helsingfors received in Stock holm and quoted by the correspondent of the Times there. The Petrograd Soviet has removed to Kronstadt, ow ing to the insecurity of the city. Bands of armed peasants ' are reported .marching on Petrograd from sur rounding districts. They declare they are starving and that the Red Guards have stolen all their food. Dissatisfaction with the Soviets is said to prevail everywhere in Russia. NEWLAB0R officers Kansas Federation Names Pittsburg Man as President and Organizer. Fort Scott, Kan.. Aug. 15. The Kansas Federation of Labor, In session here today, elected the following of ficers: President and organizer, W. B. Freeman, Pittsburg. First vice president, J. A. Woulf, Kansas City, Kan. Second vice president. L. 'A.. Creed, Wichita. Third vice president. James Geere. Hutchinson. Secretary-treasurer. William Fow 1 .-, Girard. Member legislative committee, Fred W. Felton, Topeka., Sergeant at arms, J. L. Miller. Kan sas City. Kiin. Fraternal delegate to the Missouri State Federation of Labor, Miss Zola Bryant, Fort Scott. The next convention will be held In Arkansas City. A man named Brown of Topeka was a candidate for president, but be was defeated by a 2 to 1 vote. alasTpoorpershing Names of Everybody in Illinois Boy - tag V. S. S. Will Be Sent to Him. Chicago. Aug. 15. "Pershing week" opened here today. Names of Illinois people purchasing war savings certificates this week will be Inscribed on an honor roll to be sent the Ameri can leader. Attorney General Brings Suit ! to Keep Them From Polls, j Also Will Oust One Allen Can-' dldate From a Ticket. MORE THAN 100 IN TOPEKA City'- Clerk Covin Will , Be Ordered to Remove Names. Keep All Out of Office and With out Influence Here. Troubles for 7,000 enemy alien voters in Kansas broke lose today when S. M. Brewster, attorney general, prepared suits tending to keep them away from the polls in November. Then Brewster added good measure by filing mandamus proceedings against the county fclerk of Pottawatomie county to keep the name of W. 5". Grutzmacker also ' nemy alien oi f the November ballots as Republican i candidate for probate judge. Two separate and distinct actions , are to be filed by tl.e attorney general. Both are in the nature of mandamus proceedings before the state supreme court. Immediate action will be sought that time may be given for ad justment of election machinery. One suit will be filed against Ci'y Clerk Covell of Topeka in an effort to strike "rem the registration rolls of the city the names of all enemy aliens. While the suit will ask for relief in Topeka only, the nature of the suit is state-wide. According to records in the office of O. T. Wood, United States marshal, 10C enemy aliens have reg istered with the go-ernment In thi3 city. The - ale registration for the state is 3,200 and the ft male registration now being tabulated, will probably bring the state total to 6, BOO or 7,000. Taken F-on Rolls. Names of all 'enemy aliens will be stricken f-om registration rolls ani deprived ft right to vote In this state if the supreme court upholds the posi tion of Attorney General Brewster. The suits affect pet-sons born in Ger many or Austria-H-.i gary. ' who have not completed naturalization as Amer ican citizens and secured final papers. The suit to determine the issue will be directed only asrainst the city clerk of Topeka, but will 1 e stite-wlde in its effect. In directing a suit against the county clerk of Pottawatomie county, the. attorney general launches a move ment which has for its purpose the keeping of all enemy aliens out of public office in this state. The suit against the Pottawatomie county clerk is to compel him to order the printing of the general election ballot without the name of W. F. Grutz macker, the Republican nominee for probate judge. Grutzmacker is hold ing the office of probate judge at this time and was renomlr ated in the recent primaries. ' Should the supreme court order Grutzmacker's name eliminated from the general election ballot, action might then follow to remove the present official from office. Brew ster, though, has made no statement concerning any plan which he may en- tertain for removal of Grutzmacker before the end of his present term, His suit in the supreme court will merely seek to prevent the placing of his name on the ballot. LIVING COSTS UP Increase Of 132 Per Cent Since Beginning of 1911. Conclusion Is Result of Investi gation by French Government. I Paris, Aug. 15. From the first ' quarter of 1911 to the second quarter of 1918. the cost of living rose pro - gressiveiy iaz per cent, -mis is oasea on thirteen main commodities inves tigated by Minister of Labor Colliard. HOT SPELL BROKEN UP We May Not Feel It Now But Cooler Weather Is Coming. ' WEATHER FORECAST FOR KAKKAH: Generally fair tonight aad Friday. Slight ly warmer In northeast portion. Today's Temperatures. 7 o'clock 71 11 o'clock 84 12 o'clock 88 S o'clock 74 9 o'clock 77 10 o'clock 80 1 o'clock 90 2 o'clock 93 The wind at 2 o'clock was blowing eight miles an hour from the south, ""he temperature for the day averages 5 degrees above normal. Meteorologist Flora offers the wel come tidings that the Bermuda high centered over Florida is slowly break ing up. The worst of the hot spell is over. Cooler weather will result, but will not be felt at once. General rains fell In the east and northwest portions of the state in the last twenty-four hou: a. Topeka re ceived .47 of an inch. Oketo, where l.SS of an inch fell, and Wheaton, which reported1 1. 35 of an inch, re ceived the greatest amount of rain In the state. The lowest temperature -in the last twenty-four hours was 70 at ( o'clock this morning. Tonight the lowest tem peratore will he around 76. (CooUcned on Page Two.) Normal Conditions in Cuba. Havana, Wednesday, Aug. 15. In a special decree issued tonight Presi dent Menocal re-established constitu tional guarantees thruout Cuba. They were suspended on July 13, 117. The president also Issued a state ment guaranteeing the purity of the elections next November and the pro tection of all voters. Drop Back Two Miles on a Sine Mile Front. Enemy Manpower Is Rapidly Diminishing. 'OKLY 15 RESERVE DIVISIONS Doubtful If Germans Can De- liver Another Attack. Amiens Cathedral Has Again Been Opened. London. Aug. IB., (3:T p. . The Germans have withdrawn one to two miles on a nine mile front, at the western edge of the Flanders salient, 'according to information received this afternoon. Vieu-Berquin. three miles north of Merville. as evacuated during the withdrawal. The number of German infantry men is said to be far below normal strength and their total manpower la ranirllv diminishing. Thirty-five enemy divisions (420,000 men) are now employed on the riaig front and only 15 reserve divisions (192.000 men) remain. It is re garded as uoubtful if the Germans can possibly undertake another offensive this year. i Take All of Lassigny Massif. London, Aug. IB (4 p. m.). The French have captured all the high ground on the Lassigny massif (heights) and are working down the j north and eastern sides that a fur ther retirement or tne enemy in m sector is probable, according to ad vices received here this afternoon. French Worm In. Paris, Aug. 15 (4:05 p. m.). The French are continuing their inflltra- ' tinr, nf th. German ftnfiitlnna In tha Oise valley, north and east of Ribe court. Their outposts are established in the borders of Pimprez (a mile east of Ribecourt) and Dresllncourt (a mile north). They have also reached the southern part of Ourscamps for est (extending from Pimprez to with in two miles of Noyon). German artillery is heavily gassing Lassigny grove (a mile southwest of tho village.) Re-Open Amiens Cathedral. With the British Armies in France, ' Aug. 15.--The German withdrawal toward Bapaume (ten miles northeast of Albert and four miles east of the Ancre.) apparently is still under way. The boches have their back toward the Amie-.j cathedral, which today was re-de mated. It had been unused, locked ' up and protected with sand bags, since the civilian evacuation rf Amiens in March. The re-opening co incides with the great Feast of the Assumption. On Defensive in Air. The Germans are still on the defen sive in the air as well as on the ground. This is due largely to their inability to replace losses. An airman taken prisoner admits these are very high much higher than the reports indi cate. He says he knows of cases of suppression of losses, while a captur ed report, replying to the complaint that German airmen do not aid them when allied nlanes are attacking from low altitudes, says the infantry must remember that on account of the lim j ited number of fighting planes these have to be used where they will do the most good, which is in carrying out re connaissances. Nevertheless, one sees very few German planes in the rear areas, com pared with the large numbers of our ' machines seen crossing the enemy's lines, headed east. I The weather for the vast few days . has been superb in the battle zone. jniiuu 1 1! r: uciumti ligMicis ocelli lu ue (marking time, the airmen seem neith er to eat or sleep. . They are giving the Germans a very ; .thin time. A RETREAT NEXT? j Germans Place Retreat Special- ist in Charge on Somme. Von Boehn Conducted Retire ment From the Marne. Paris, Aug. 15, Havas. General j Hans von Boehn, the German "retreat Knwialist" Via. hnRnnnlntMl tn V. supreme German command on the Somme front. The newspapers be lieve that this change in German com mand is highly significant. The Ger man withdrawal north of Albert la I looked upon as the first application i of his tactics. j General Boehn and his former com ! mand. the German Eighth army stood I the brunt of the allied pressure on the Marne salient previously to the with drawal to the north of the Vesle. The German troops engaged in the fighting east and southeast of Amiens have been under the command of Generals von Der Marwits and von Hutier and in the army group of Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria- MEN TO LAWRENCE Twelve Topefcans Leave Today to Take '" Special Training. The following Topeka men left to day for Lawrence where they will Of given special training: Boerd Ko. t. , , Harry Arrid E. Anderson, 10S2 Lane. Leon Bernard Garvin, 1121 Harrison. Franklin Benjamin Miller. 131H Folk. Cbarles Levin Birt, 215 Kant Elereath. James Gabby Allison. 124 Oar. George Bin men stock. 1022 Madlwta. Ora Ferris Godfrey. 1935 Van Btirtn. Chester Arlington Nelson. 721 Brooks, Board Ka. t. James F. Sterick. 510 North Kansas At Robert George Gross, 211 Tyler. Harrv W. Soderberg. Jantlnn Clfv. Walter H. Blpetoe, 400 West Third.