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family Bible on the age 45 draft registration. YVKATIIKR FORECAST for Kansas; Generally fair; continued tonight and Sunday. HOME EDITION TOPEKA, KANSAS, SATURDAY EVENING, AUGUST 17, 1918 SIXTEEN PAGES FIVE CENTS ENEMY BELIEVED TO BE PREPARING TO RETIRE AGAIN German Laborers Are Keported Working on New Line. AUSTRIAN TROOPS TO JOIN GERMANY . ON FRENCH FRONT Ten or Fifteen Picked Divisions To Go There. 1,450,000 TROOPS HAVE BEEN SENT ACROSS ATLANTIC Department Plans ' To Have 3,800,000 by Jfext June. The 1,450,000 Include Those Sent to Russia, Siberia, Italy. WHOLE TOWN IS OUT ON HUNT FOR GERMAN "SPIES" Twelve Hundred People Try To Help Secret Service . CZECHS TAKE IRKUTSK IN THE BAIKAL REGION REPORTS MAKE ALLIED GENERALS SMILE Big Step Toward Relief Their Fellows in Russia. of HUNS GET READY TO RESTORF THE EASTERN FRONT Military Observers Say Ger many Foresees Change. Realizes She" Can "o Longer Depend on Reds. Position at Roye Is Rapidly Becoming Critical. ALLIED LINES TIGHTENING; With Roye Taken, Southern Part of Line Must Go. Americans oh Vesle River Undergo German Attacks. Paris, Aug. 17. The GerAians are planning to evacuate the Roye-Las-signy-Noyon salient says the Echo de Paris. It is indicated, the paper adds, that German pioneers and laborers are at work behind the German front lines on a new Hindenburg line. The German position in Roye is se rious. Not only are the allies a mile and one-quarter west of the town, but the roads leading out of it toward Peronne, Xesie and Noyon are under the fire of allied guns. Advance Yard by Yard. Paris, Aug. 17.- Almost yard by yard the French and British are pry lng their way between five vital points ; f H. r iy ime rentier- It is possible there will be no per- lng the enemy s hold on certain places ! sonal umon of the crowns of If ".H . precarious. . and Austrla but the kin- of Poland ls extreme southern corner of : certain to be an Austrian archduke, the battle front, the French already , the correspondent, who adds thai have shoved General von Boehn ove. ; the dfgcussion at German main head the edKe of the important Lassigny . lluarter3 had tho following basis: miles around. They are now pushing t slowly over the difficult country south- I vest of Lassipny which is cut up into : little hills and valleys that are Ideal for machine gun nests. Tightens Lines. Carefully and methodically Marshal X- k I. iikt.i. .k. .,.i.k.n.J r e" , 'Vs . . many make further declarations re- line around both Lassigny and Roye, ; Kardin Belgium, guaranteeing evacu cxcrting pressure on the horns of the !ation. rest0ration and indemnity. . rescent between Chaulnes and Roye, make a powerfui movement in the ltween Hove and Lassigny, and in direction of peace and that the Polish the center of both crescents. question be solved in a manner favor- Meanwhile he is aiming a thrust dt- aDie to Austrian wishes. re. ly between Lassigny and Ivoyon. Further north the crescent is less pro- 1 1 nounced. I "The advisers of the Austrain em- From their new positions the French : Peror, it is declared, emphasized that have under their guns Butte De Pie-1 the opposition of Austrian military mont. Bois De Reserve and Mont ; and public opinion to the transfer of Renaux. : tne troop to the western front was They also cover Noyon from the ; universal. Thfs opposition could only westward anif southwestward, wh;re-l be quieted if the government was as fore it seems but a matter of time be- ; sured of Polish support which could fore the Germans will be forced to i Vavate I.asingy th second of the bulwarks f the present line to go. Koye Menaced Seriously. (l!y the ABSortateil Press.) Roye. the central bastion oJ the Ger- man defense line from Peronne to ; Noyon. which has withstood allied : thrusts for nearly a week, is menaced seriously by advancing French, Brit-j ish and Canadian troops, and itsvfall j would appear to be a probability of j the next few hours. ! With the town in Mlied hands, the southern end of the German' line at least undoubtedly would have to re tire, altho the northe-n end thru Ohaulncs t" Peronne also would lie affected. The allies are now but s-ant .one and one-quarter miles west of the town, while they are pressing jasi- ward in the north and south. Push Enemy Pack. j AlonR a front of nearly nine miles; Washington. Aug. 17. A force of north and south of the Avre. which 50,ooo women necessary to care for flows thru Roye. the allies have o xur pushed back the enemy in stubborn an sick and wounded American sol fighting. The most notable advance : diers must be raised by July 1, next, ivss made on a front of three miles .n : Surgeon General Gorgas announced the center by French and Canadian today, troops who now are fighting on a line! ' thru Govencourt. St. Mard-Les-Trio ! Women with husbands fighting In and Laucourt. St. Wardis is west of , f rnca are permitted under new rules Rove and there are no villages in tne " ""-""" iiih. single intervening mile and a quarter. , wmn over a eligible also. Gen- i French troops on the south have fal Gorgas has arranged to Increase forced their wav almost thru the ! lne. supply of nurses by a system of Loges Wood which borders the Roye- ' lraml"5 which will ultimately make Lassigny road on the west. 1 omen entering as hospital assistants Likely to Outflank Line. ! Sr?Idi"htenh1"?s- , .. ., High school educations or -quiva- The wood is five miles directly , Ient are essential, it is stated. Wo south of Roye and it would appear men be t , t nur j ' OTi that a farther advance might' enable convalescent hospitals Tboth hire and the French to outflank both Roye and i in France. Lassigny and force the Germans to I . , readjust their lines eastward toward) PADDXII7H Vir-lnn JCoyon and probably beyond. North I UAnnANA YlhLUS of Goyencourt British forces, after! having repulsed an enemy attack on I Damery In which 250 prisoners were MotuI,cs Ta OH Production Pro captured, are pushing eastward with, tested by V. S and Britain French units toward Franzart and . Fresnoy-Les-Roye. j Washington, Aug. 17. The threat- Artillery activity continues on the , ened crisis in the relations of Mexico remaining sectors of the main battle 1 with the entente allies and the United front between the Ancre and the Oise. ' States apparently has been averted by The British on the northern end and ! a modification of the new Mexican oil the French on the southern maintain I tax decree by President Carranza. their newly gained positions and the i It was learned today that on Au enemy has shown no disposition to at- I gust 12 Carranza in effect cancelled tack. provisions of the decree of July 31 Berlin reports officially that allied I under which undeveloped . oil lands attacks on both sides of the Avre on j might be seized by the Mexican gov Friday tailed. ' ernment upon failure of their owners Germans Attack on Vesle. ! mak.e declarations and submit to 'American and French troops along J they "sanled as excessive taxa- Vt Vaala havA nnd erpnne sin atlsinlf in I rnhdChbomebSgrIav"atord Thisattack aviators who heavily bombed German bridges over the Aise and discovered enemy artillery and machine gun nests. Three German airplanes were brought down by American airmen Thursday. British and French air men on the same day put thirty-two enemy machines out of action, while Berlin reports the destruction of twenty-four allied airplanes. Italian troops In the Tonale region northwest of Lake Garda and along the south ern Piave have- withstood Austrian attacks against their new positions on these sectors. CONFERENCE POSTPONED? Swiss Reports Say Disensslon of Ex change of Prisoners Is Put Off. Parle, Aug 17. According to a re port from Geneva, to the Echo De Paris, the conference between Ameri can and German representatives in Switzerland to discuss the condition of prisoners of war has been postponed. Deal Probably Made at Kaisers' Conference. AUSTRIA IS GIVEN POLAND That and a Peace Offensive Are Price of Aid. Austrian Archduke Will Be King of Polish Nation. The Hague, Aug. 17. Germany has approved the suggestion made by Austria that an Austrian archduke may be made king of Poland, the Lo kal Anzeiger of Berlin says it under stands. Archduke Karl Stephen, it says, probably will be named. Germany Makes Concessions. London, Aug. 17. Germany has made concessions to Austria on the Polish question in consequence of the strong stand taken by Emperor Charles and the Austro-Hungarian government, according to information received by the correspondent of the Da Ma t Thp Ha Want Austrian Troops in France. "The Germans demanded that Aus- ; tria send to the western front from I ten to fifteen divisions of picked troops, confining themselves to the defensive on the Italian front. Emperor Charles and his advisers """" uciiiaiiua umLuer- ti-h ,, ,,.., ,v. ,,.. "J " ootamea oy securing from Ger many concessions on the account of Poland and If the public could be shown the German government had been Influenced in the direction of another strong effort to obtain Deace. Short of this Austria would not. send : tr-ops to the western front." ;n needed Force of 50,000 Must BeTtalsed by "ext Summer. : Will Be Used as Curses Both Here and in France. j G 0T TWO olIB MARINES President 'Polncare Is Told of Victories Jnst Achieved. Paris. Aug. 17. President Po'incare. after witnessing the debarkation from an American convey at a French port today, was told that two German sub marines had just been sunk. One was sunk by a French vessel and the other by the Americans. After the debarkation, Polncare visited American debarkation camps. ALLIES' ADVANCE ON FRONT SINCE JULY 18 London, Aug. 17. Since July 18 the allies have advanced from one to twenty-five miles along a 106 mile front," as follows: Sofssons-Rheims, 40 miles. Albert-Lassigny, 45 miles. North of Albert, 12 miles. I.ys salient. 9 miles. AMERICANS NOT SINGLED OUT Captured Yanks Treated Same as British and French. Heavy Casualties Must Be Ex pected From Battle.' Washington, Aug. 17. Total Amer ican troops in Europe anji en route now number 1,450,000, Chief of taff March is quoted as having told mem bers of the senate military committee today. It Is hoped to have 3,300,000 in Europe by June of next year, com mittee members said. A Speed with which American soldiers are being sent to Europe ls again on the increase, due to improved facili ties , Because of the high speed at tained earlier in the summer some de lays of transports for repairs have re cently been necessary. Includes Troops to Siberia and Italy. March said that the 1.450,000 Amer icans which have left this country to fight, include those to France, Siberia, Italy and Russia proper. In the future all figures of Ameri can expeditionary forces will include those sent to all parts of the world, March stated. High praise of American valor in action has been given by French com manders, March said. American Troops Praised. The second artillery brisa.de, which is a part of the second division, which operated at Chateau Thierry, received the praise of the Frencn. . : In the days of severe fighting which these troops experienced, their quali- j ties of energy, ability and devotion j won high respect of their French comrades, March said. i General March announced that Adjt. Gen. H. T. McCain, in recognitioa of his efficient work on this side, would be placed in command of the Tweuti; uiviaiuu at. auiu ycvcuai iuacaauii u setts. He will be succeeded by Brig. Gen. Peter Harris, who will be acting ad jutant general. Harris has shown great efficiency in handling the mus ter rolls, March said. The Eightieth division is now In training with the British in Flanders and the Eighty-second division' is holding a part of the line north of Toul. V The 320th FieM artillery has not yet been engaged in action. American troops in Italy have not been put into the fighting. $ Americans Not Singled Out. Reports that American prisoners in Germany have been singled out tor bad treatment were denied by March, who said that after careful investiga tion thru Spanish representatives, American prisoners had been found to be treated the same as those of otner allied nations. The men were Insnerted. . nnan- nounced by the Spanish representa-' tives, March said. When congress reconvenes a num- ber of brigadier generals will be lec- ommended for promotion to the -unk I of major general, March said. . Heavy Casualties to Come. Among those singled out for brll- j Hant work was Major General Dun-i ran who wa the first officer to re- can. who was tne tirst officer to re-, ceive the French croix . de guerre. Warning tnat neavy casualties are to be expected from the fighting was ! given when March declared that the 110th regiment of the Twenty-eighth division, containing many Pittsburgh men, had been in extremely heavy fighting, for over two weeks, and that V. ifi. JZU v.- rr 7 J?? be commensurate with the fighting. Only Local Fighting Now. The general fighting has become largely local within the last few days, March said. The Germans have been retreating gradually and consolidating their lines along the 1916-1917 front, and there has been little material change In the situation. , Resistance by the Germans has been stronger and allied attacks are more or less isolated. Oenerfll TWfarrh nnlntpH nut i trr- I the fourth time in the present offen sive, the Germans- have voluntarily given up lines, the last instance being part of a small sector near Al bert, which sector was evacuated vol untarily by the Germans and taken possession of by the British. SINK FRENCH CRUISER Submarines Get Old French War Ves- i eel Thirteen Men Missing. i Paris, Aug. 17. The old French cruiser Dupetit Thouars has been sunk by a German submarine, it is officially announced today. Thirteen of the crew are missing. American destroy ers rescued the remainder. The Dupetit Thouars was completed in Juljs, 1901, and had a displacement of 9,517 tons. Her normal comple ment was 540 men. She waj 452 feet long, had a beam of 63 2-3 feet and her length over all was 463. Her armament consisted of two 7.6 inchers. eight 6-4 inchers, three or four 3.9 inch, sixteen 3-pounders and two submerged torpedo tubes. She was listed as an armored cruiser. i TRAIN CREW KILLED . Freight Went Thru Bridge Weakened by Heavy Rains. Dubuque. Iowa. Aug. 17. Engineer, fireman -and a brakeman Were killed when an Illinois Central freight train went thru a bridge near Julien earlvldent todaj;. The bridge had been weakened by a heavy rain. Allied leaders discussing war news. These men have a right to feel happy, the way the battle agr.inst the Hun goes now. This French official photo shows an American oiiicer, no name given, at left; Lord- Balfour-, with his back turned and General , Haig and General Wilson (at extreme right) discussing the latest reports from the front. ' CASE TO THE JURY I. W. W. Trial Came to End Suddenly Today. ( Attorneys for Defense Made Ho Chleagof, Aug. V 17. The-. I. W.' W. case, which lasted more than three months, was given to the jury today. Attorney Frank K. Nebeker, for the government, concluded his argument in an hour and Attorney George F. Yanderveer. defense, surprised specta tors by making none at all. Nebeker devoted most of his time to summarizing his evidence, intended to prove 'the defendants guilty of ob structing the draft, fighting conscrip tion, discouraging 1 enlistments and j generally hampering war work. ; "Soft handed and hard faced," was j the mildest term he used in describing i the defendants. ( j The end of the case, which began April 1, came so suddenly that Fed I era! Judge Landia was caught unpre- pared. Court adjourned for an hour. while he prepared his instructions for tne 3urv- TFNTH DAY AX 11111 1 Ll1 11 wrx " 1 1 ' - ' Weather Forecast Calls for More - Sizzling Day Here. r ... WKATIIKR FORECAST FOR KANSAS f , tonight and Sunday; con tinned warm. Today's Temperatures. 7 o'clock 75 8 o'clock 78 9 o'clock 82 10 o'clock 86 11 o'clock. . 92 12 o'clock 94 The forecast for next week calls for en"y fai weather with normal temperature. The wind at 12 o'clock was blowing twelve miles an hour from the south. According to State Meteorologist S. D. Flora, the temperature may go to above 102 this afternoon. This j makes the tenth day in Topeka when the temperature has gone to 100. It is the longest continued hot spell in August, except in 1913, when the tem perature went to 100 for 18 succes sive days. Flora says that we will have two more days at least when the temperature will be close to 100. The 18 day record may be beaten, altho Topeka's ambitions along that line are lacking in enthusiasm. The highest temperature in the last twenty-four hours was 101 at 6 o'clock Friday evening and the lowest 75 at S o'clock this morning. The tempera ture for the period averaged four de- LIBERTY BONDS GO UP; The Threc-and-a-Halfs Bring Higher Than Ever Before. New York, Aug, 17. Active trad ing in liberty 3 per cent tax exemp tion bonds was the feature of the first hour's dealings on the stock exchange i toaay. xne Donas advance from yes- ; teraay s Closing price, 100.12 to 100.32 teh highest recorded price exceeding teh high record made last year by 2 points. The lowest price for the ihi thiB year was 97.20. During the last hoar the bonds sold up to 100.50 and closed at that price. FIRElT ATPRESiDENT Rioter Sent Bullet Jfear Chief Execu tive of Uruguay Republic. "Montevideo, Uruguay, Aug. 17. An attempt was made to assassinate Pres ident Vlera of Uruguay on Tuesday af ternoon during rioting growing out of the recent general strike, according to an afternoon newspaper. The presi- it says was standing on a hal- -cony- when fired at and the bullet (missed hint by a narrow margin. 33 EGAINED A' THIRD PIcardy Battle Won Back Large Part of Territory Lost in March Transports Xoir Make Quicker Time Across Atlantic - Washington,' Aug. 17.- General March informed the senate military committee today that there was no in dication of what will be the next move of the allies on the west front.. In the recent Picardy offensive the allies have regained -approximately one third of the territory the Germans took in their March drive together with approximately 40,000 prisoners. While the area regained is smaller than what had been previously lost, he said the allies succeeded In killing a large number of Germans and cap turing much ordnance, which 'is re garded nra most telling victory at this lime, iniormation snowing an im provement in the shipping situation also was given to the senators. Ships Speed lp. According to tables of the war coun cil the "turn-around" or round trip of transports has in some instances been reduced to nineteen days, altho the average. It was shown, is about twenty-eight days. For cargo ships the "turn-around" has been reduced to a hinimum of twenty-eight days, altho the general average is considerably gceater than that. Improvement in the health of the army not only in France, but in this country, was noted. General March would not talk fig ures on army plans outside of his statement regarding eighty divisions in France by next June. It was evident, however, that he has complete con fidence In the ability of the war de partment to execute its plans ahead of schedule. He had said previously that for purposes of calculation a division represented a total of 40,000 men. SUCCESSFUL AIR RAIDS American Fliers Made Eighteen Direct Hits Friday in liorraine. With the American -Armies in France, Aug. 17. American bombing planes scored eighteen direct hits on switching tracks.and two on a round house at Confians yesterday after noon. All returned safely, altho they were fired on continually by anti-aircraft guns and had several encounters with German airmen. During two air battles north of Toul, American airmen brought down three hostile planes yesterday. AW, WHAT'S THE USE! UVon.t FMept Thru a Handker- chief," Expert Advises. New York, Aug. 17. "Don't kiss, except thru a handkerchief," warned Health Commissioner Crpeland voday in a series of "Don'ts" contained in advice as how best to escape the Spanish influenza germs which have been discovered on incoming vessels. Here are some of the don'ts: Don't use the common, or roller towel. Don't use common drinking cups or eating utensils. Don't use paper cups that have al ready been used by others. Don't remain near persons who sneeze and cough. Don't, above all things, kiss. Object to Anto Busses. Chicago, Aug. 17. Residents of Chicago's "gold coast" today asked dissolution of an auto bus company operating on the rth side. The big I Amsterdam, Aug. 17. Out of 1,000 automobiles, "rumbling like tanks." I officers arrested at Moscow and Petro cut the delicate surface of Sheridan I grad because of counter revolutionary road and keep residents of the ex - clurive district . awake at night, the petition alleges. SEES THEIR FALL APPROACHING Some Predict Spectacular Move on Petrograd and Moscow. German Press Very Pessimistic on Future of Bolsheviki. Washington, Aug. 17. German in tention to break with the Bolsheviki and throw an army into Russia to combat the allied forces in the east was seen by entente diplomats in vari ous developments on the east front re ported here in official cables today. Withdrawal of German Ambassador von Mumm from Kiev is declared to indicate that the Germans intend to depend upon their military forces in the Ukrains to carry ,out the elabor ate program of levies on the wheat crops of southern Russia. , Next in Importance is the arrival from Moscow of the Bulgarian and Turkish ministers to Russia. Feeling against both of these diplomats is said to have been bad on account of Bul garian and Turkish violations of Rus sian territorial integrity and reports were that several attempts on the lives of both men were frustrated by the Bolsheviki. Depend on Military Force. The German ambassador to Russia and his staff at Pskoff are reported to be protected by heavy naval guards from German warships at Riga, only fifty miles away, and -are prepared to flee to safety on the ships at the least sign of an uprising. The opinion here is that the Ger mans realize that the Bolsheviki pow er has waned and that the' best course is to prepare for re-establishment of the eastern battle line as far witnin Russian territory as is possible. En tente military experts are Inclined to believe that the Germans, - when the allies demonstrate that they can : organize -Russia for the fight, will quickly prepare to make a stand on a line from Riga southward to Kharkov or the Dneiper river to the Black sea. Would Give Shorter Line. This line would be shorter than tie old German-Russian battle front. 'ind it wouud also protect Bulgaria I'om the east and hold Rumania practically under the domination of the central powers. A number of military men hold the view that Germany will make a spectacular sweep on Petrograd und also will seize Moscow. The German press is very pessimis tic concerning the Bolsheviki, accord ing to dispatches. Berlin papers ad mit the disappointment of beingunable to depend on Bolshevikist rule, which is declared to be in danger momen tarily, of oollapse. willardIs promoted Topeka Ensign in Navy Is Made a lieutenant In New York. Honor came to another Topekan in war service today when Ensign Fran cis Willard was promoted to rank of lieutenant. He has made four trips across the Atlantic since May in the convoy of big troop transports and has perhaps experienced as many genuine thrills as any Topekan in the war against Germany. Lieutenant Willard was stationed last winter at Pelham Bay and was commissioned in February as an en sign. Since May he has been ii. active transport service and knows the thrills which have come to the men 6t the naval service when they meet the sub marines on the high seas: Lieutenant Willard is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Willard. 1004 Topeka avenue. He is well known in Topeka and was a fo. ler Washburn football star.- CAPTURED A PLANE American Aviator Took Opponent's Machine Without Damaging It. With the Americari Armies in France, Aug. 17. Captain BiddJe of Philadelphia forced down a German crumpler plane at Nancy yesterday. The pilot was killed and the observer wounded but the machine was cap tured intact. Biddle received a personal lettei from General Pershing two months ago when he was shot down and land ed in No Man's Land, where he re mained more than & day and escaped under shell fire. American bombing planes again at tacked the railway yards at Dom-mary-Baroncourt, near Metz. Several tracks were observed to have been de stroyed. HOTTER NEXT WEEK Long Distance Forecast Will Not Pop ularize Weather Sen-ice. . t , Washington, Aug. 1 7. Weather predictions for the week beginning Monday, issued by the weather bureau today include Upper Mississippi and Lower Missouri valley. North portions fair, except showers first of week: rising temperature in east portion Monday. South portion generally fair, with temperature about normal. , . BOLSHEVIKI SHOOT 236 Out of 1.000 Officers Arrested That Many Were Executed. - i tendencies,- 2S6 have been summarily j shot according to Moscow advices to 1 the Kreaz Zeitung of Berlin. . Big Hunt Began With News of Wilson's Arrival. FEARED UPTURNED MUSTACHE Also the Man With Black Glasses Was Suspected. Short Man With Black' Hair " Was Under Cloud. Magnolia, Mass., Aug. 17. Twelve hundred persons are hunting German spies here today in an effort to help fifteen United States secret service men guard President Wilson. The size of the spy-catching force corre sponds exactly with the village's pop ulation. 600 residents and 600 sum mer visitors. . The spy-catchers are self-appointed detectives. : The big- nunt Degan at nreamasi time when it became generally known President Wilson has been resting here since Thursday. "I have suspected that man with the upturned mustache and the for eign accent for several days," said the man at the breakfast table. He had lived els;h't years In Berlin. "Yesterday he spoke about the pres ident being here and tried to get me to talk about him. You mark my words, that man is a spy looking for information." The man from Buffalo who had been telling how breakfast food is manufactured, remarked: "There might be something In it." and passed it along to the man sitting next to him, who told it to his wife. She told a friend on the veranda while the two were knitting socks for the soldiers. So the story was wlflspered about. Trailed Him from Station. The college professor from Cleve land and the broker from Syracuse trailed all the way from the railroad station a man with black sun-glasses and whiskers who arrived on the noon train. Their suspicions were conceded to be groundless, however, when the black-spectacled one erected a stand to sell American flags and buttons on tie street corner. A short man with black hair and eyes and an observant manner, at tracted unusual attention until a friend greeted him as fMr. Murphy." He proved to be Joseph Murphy, in charge of secret service men guarding the president. Rear Admiral Cary T. Grayson, naval aide and personal physician to the president, said today, the vacation is doing the president an immense amount of good and that he is in ex cellent health. HUN AGES LOST Thirteen of Germany's Leading Aviators Missing. Have Been Sacrificed in Fighting Since. July 1. the Washington, Aug. 17. Thirteen of Germany s leading aviators have been listed as missing in action since July 1, according to an official dispatch from France received here today. The aviators who have been thus listed and the number of allied machines wmon tney were credited with bring ing down are: Leo Wenhardt. 63: Menshkoff, 39; Bongartz and Buckler, S3 eacn: Billik, 41; Von Turchrek, 27; Kirchsteiner, 27; Wuesthoff. 26; Puet ter, 25; Winisch, Fredericks and Pipphardt, 21 each, and Reinhardt 20. The German high command, while sparing of planes, the dispatch says, has been most prodigal in the ex posure of pilots. JAPSRUSH troops Send Forces to Border or Manchuria ! on Account of Danger There. (By tbe Associated Press.) ' -Tokio, Tuesday, Aug. 13. The gov ernment today issued a statement an nouncing that under the agreement with China in view of the danger threatening the border of Manchuria Japan was dispatching troops thence. EXPLOSION KILLS 100 Shell Depot in Rumania Is Blown Lp by an Incendiary. Zurich, Aug. 17. An explosion in a shell depot at Vaslul, Rumania, killed more than one hundred persons and Injured 150, according to a dis patch received from Bucharest today. The explosion Js believed to have been incendiary. TALK UNIFIED COMMAND Germans and Austrians May Combine Forces Under One I reader. Zurich. Aug. 17. The advisability of one supreme command on all the central powers' front is now being discussed at German general head quarters, according to Neue Frele Press. NEW DRAFT REGISTRATION All male : persons who ' have reached their -21st birthday since June 6, 1913. and on or before August 24, 191 S,- must register on August 24. 1918. "These men should consult with local draft boards as to how and where they should register." Consul Poole Will Remain In Moscow for Present. GERMANS SEIZE KRONSTADT? Are Reported To Have Taken Russian Seaport. Place Where Lenine and Trots ky Went From Moscow. Washington, Aug. 17. Capture of Irkutsk the important Lake Baikal port of the Trans-Siberian railroad, by the Czecho-Slovaks, aided by the Si berian peoples' "army on July 7, is an nounced In a belated dispatch from American Consul Harris at Irkutsk dated July 22 and received today at the state department. Poolo to Stay in Moscow. American Consul General Pool at Moscow, who recently burned his coda book and turned the consulate over to the Swedish consul, notified the state department in a cablegram received today that he intended to remain in Moscow to assist the British and French consular officers there, who are in great personal danger. The consul general reported that with the aid of the Swedish repesen tative he had succeeded in securing the release of several hundred entente citizens, chiefly British and French, who were arrested by the Bolsheviki and held as hostages for Soviet mem bers Imprisoned in the north. Opens Communications. With the capture of Irkutsk railway communications westward to Samara have been opened, but the line thru to Moscow is still closed. Irkutsk was captured July 27 after a battle in which 250 of the Czecho slovaks were killed and 1,200 wounded. The state department advices which came from Consul Harris thru Peking, stated that the -new Siberian govern ment being organized had its head quarters at Omsk and would disre gard the Brest-Lltovsk treaty and fa vor war with Germany. All American in the region around Omsk and Irkutsk are safe. Rail Conditions Bad. Rail conditions are still bad from Irkutsk eastward and the Amur branch ls completely closed. Consul General Poole at Moscow re ports that the Japanese, consul gen eral left Moscow on August 9. Liberation of a large number of British and French hostages had been effected thru the work of Poole and other representatives, but ninety are still being held . prisoners altho their condition is much better than former ly. Representatives of the Y. M. C. A Red Cross and American financial In stitutions are still in Moscow, Poole reported. Hasty preparations are being made to move the state and government in stitutions from Moscow and privnt passenger and freight traffic is prac tically at a standstill. Paris, Aug. 17. Reports are in cir culation in Finland that the Germans have seized the Russian naval port of Kronstadt, according to a Stockholm dispatch to LaMatin. Kronstadt Is, twenty miles west of Petrograd at the eastern extremity of the Gulf of Finland. It was the prin cipal fortress of Russia. Reports re ceived thru Germany early In the week were to the effect that Premier Lenine and War Minister Trotzky bad fled to Kronstadt from Moscow. It was added that other departments of the Soviet government also would go there. BOMBARD KAZAX. Soviet Troops Claim to Have Csecbo- Slovaks Surrounded. Amsterdam. Aug. 17. Soviet forces have surrounded Kazan, held by the Czecho-Slovaks and are bombarding it, according to a dispatch from Mos cow today. . Another soviet army, advancing to ward Onega, where a new allied ex pedition has landed In northern Rus sia, has occupied Klrillowka. On the "southern front, (probably the Don region, where the Cossacks are advancing northward) there la violent fighting. Kazan is a city of about 175.000 pop ulation on the left bank of the Volga. 100 miles north of Simbirsk and 4 5V miles east of Moscow. SEIZE U. PROPAGANDA. Bolsheviki Try to Head Off F.d ora tion of People on American Aims. Amsterdam, Aug. 17. The semi-official news agency at Vienna says It has seized several hundred weight of American propaganda literature "pur porting to explain America's policy and to assure Russia of America's friendship." REDS PROMISE SAFE CONDUCT. Deny That Consular Agents Have Bern Refused Permission to Leave. London, Aug. 17. Statements that entente diplomatic and consular agents have not received authorization to leave Russia are denied in a Russian wifeless message received here. The Russian government, it is added, is awaiting a reply from Germany to the request that safe conducts be given agents wishing to leave Russia by way of Petrograd and Stockholm. . Thirty-five Men Called. Washington, Aug. 17. Provost Mar shal General Crowder issued a call today for 25 men for limited service In the military aeronautic division of the army from Illinois and Is from Missouri. The men will mobilize at Madison Barracks. Sarketts Harbor, New York, on August 29.