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Generally fair tonight and Thurs day; not much change In temperature. AFTER buying all the bonds you can, don't Btop. See to it that your friend do likewise. THREE CENTS HOME EDITION TOPEKA, KANSAS, WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 9, 1918- PAGES 1 Is flU Id dLlllUUd I TOPEKA ON VERGE OF AN EPIDEMIC OFFICIALS FEAR Eighty-Two Cases Reported to City Health Department. The Red Cross May Open Emergency Hospital Here. CARDS PUf UP Pool Halls May Be Forced To Close in Short Time. AH Schools, Theaters Churches Are Closed. and Topeka stands on the verge of ft serious epidemic of Spanish influ enza. Reports of eighty-two cases now stand on the records in the office of Dr. H. L. Clark, city health officer. lp to midnight Tuesday the number of cases reported stood at fifty-two. This morning the telephones in the of-1 fices of the city health department scarcely stopped ( ringing. From the time the office opened this morning up to shortly after 11 o'clock there had been thirty more cases reported. The total now stands at eighty-two. Of these cases not all have been in vestigated and part have been turned in by suspicious neighbors, so that the total of real influenza may be slightly decreased. But three cases of those reported this morning arose at 323 Jefferson street. This is where Miss Mary Lannon died Monday of a com plication of Spanish influenza which turned into pneumonia as it does In almost-all cases where death results. It was, announced this afternoon that the Red Cross is looking for a building that can be used for an emer Kency hospital here and, thatHe. local organization is taking every possible step to be ready to render aid In case the epidemic reaches serious propor tions. Xurses who can be called upon ard equipment for the hospital where patients can Be kept isolated were be ing arranged for. i May Use Old K. of C. Hall. The hospital will probably bo lo cated in the old Knights of Columbus hall at the corner of Eighth and Quincy streets, altho the old Midland hotel building at Fourth and Quincy is also being considered. The local R.d Cross workers are already hard at work turning out pneumonia jackets, pajamas and bed clothes In preparation for the open ing of the hospital. Horaee L. Hall, in a statement this noon, declared that the American Red Cross society will stand behind the local authorities to the end of its resources. Hall said that he is instructed by headquarters to aid the local men in every possible way. HMl would make not statement In pard to a rumored call for the nurses trained by the home service section of the Red Cross in the recent confer ences. It is intimated, however, that the epidemic of influenza in Topeka and other parts of the country has so disrupted the nursing fraternity that it will be necessary to call on the home service workers for aid in the emer grnrv. While it is not stated officially that an epidemic is rampant in Topeka, authorities from the city, county and state regard with considerable gravity the situation which has developed in the last forty-eipht hours.. Post WnrniiiB Signs. A warning sign has been devised by the city health department, and is be ing placed on every house where in fluenza is found. The sign reads: KEEP OUT INFLUENZA HERE. All stricken with this disease must be ISOLATED until recovery. None but the nurse or attendant should enter the sick room. Children' from this house must not attend school or shows until all cases in the house have recovered. Adults showing no symptoms of Illness are not quarantined, but must not attend public gatherings or shows for five days after last ex posure. And on entering sick room should rover their nose and mouth with a gauze mask. TOPEKA HEALTH DEPT. No orders have been received here calling for the quarantine of other dwellers in houses sheltering a person ttricken with the disease.- No indica tions have yet been offered suggesting that this will be done, altho Doctor Clark says that if later developments prove its necessity this step will fol low. The governor of Missouri has issued an order closing everything- in his state. The order is practically the same as the one issued by doctor Clark for Topeka. At noon today all schools, theaters and churches in Topeka were closed offi cially. All conventions and public gatherings of more than twenty peo ple, which includes afternoon parties. card parties, dances and the efforts of loafers to settle the war in an after noon of discussion all come under the order placed in effect today, at noon, by Dr. H. L. Clark, city health officer. '' Bethany and Washburn colleges, the city schools, and parochial schools all come under the ban. Sen. William B Thompson will not speak at the city auditorium tonight, neither will any other speaker be given an opportunity to address a Topeka audience until the epidemic has been successfully stamped out. The order will be placed In effect at CLOSE UP STATE TO AVOID SPREAD . OF THE DISEASE This Action Slay Be Taken by Governor Cappen. ! Board of Health in an Import ant Conference Today. APPEARS llTsiXTY COUNTIES t Spreading Rapidly to All Farts of the State, k' - Several Cities Are Trying "To Hide the Real Facts. The state of Kansas may bet-closed tonight as far as any public meetings, parties, schools and churches arfe con cerned for at least a week. Dr. S- J. Crumbine, secretary of the board of health, asked for a conference with the governor this afternoon to present the facta of the influenza epidemic. Doctor Crumbine said he would ask for a state-wide closing order. "The epidemic is here," he said. "We cannot get away from it, so the thing to do is to take the most efr fective methods of slowing it down. The history of the disease shows that its virulence depends to a considerable extent upon the rapidity of transmis sion. If we can keep folks away from crowds, have them take precautions against the disease, we can extend the period of transmission so that the dis ease loses its virulence and becomes only a light cold and many are not infected who might take the disease. A general closing order is the most effective method of slowing down the disease." m L.,,1" a'" K KIT"6 disease Tias appeared in sixty f Epidemic In Sixty Counties Kansas counties already and is rapidly spreading ta other counties. There were 184 cases reported this morning to the state board of health, but these came only from scattered sections of the state. Several- cities are believed to be trying to hide the fact that the disease has appeared there and the state board of health Is preparing summary action against the health of ficers. . There are fifteen cities and a dozen counties where the closing orders have been issued hv rh. Inml health nffl. cials. The state order, if it is made, ' probably would cover a week, not more than ten days, and would reach every gathering of any nature In the state.' i TO TALK OVER PEACE Governor of Turkish Province Headed. for Athens for Conference. London. Oct. 9. A dispatch from i Athens, dated September 26, stated 1 that Rahmi Bey, governor of the Turkish province of Smyrna, was ex pected to arrive in Athens that night to discuss peace. Defection of Smyrna, the iriost Im portant Turkish province in Asia Minor, it is believed, would completely undermine Turkish resistance in that territory, permitting the armies1 of General Allenby and General MaVshall to move practically at will to the southern gateway of Constantinople. NEW TURK. LEADER Talaat Pasha Resigns and Tewflk Pasluv Takes Premier's Place. London, Oct. 9. Talaat Pasha, the Turkish premier, has resigned and has been succeeded by Tewfik PESha, former premier and ex-ambassador at London, according to advices received here. Enver Pasha, "ho minister of war, also has resigned. Nominated for Postmaster. Washington,' Oct. 9. The "following postmasters have been nominated for Kansas: Belpre Radla S. Brumfield, to suc ceed L. A. Hamner. Stafford Joseph W. Stivers, to suc ceed N. E. Reece. Waverly Alonzo Glass, reap pointed. Dexter Mary R. Hale, to succeed James R. Day. least for one week. If this time does ! not suffice, it will be kept in force un til the situation is within hand. ' Official Notice. The official notice as issued by Dr. Clark is as follows: i , ,i u - ,it in; , r ,",, or ram oi i citizens of Topeka may be better protected ; from an epidemic wiiicb now seriously All citizens, firms and corporations are reiuested to j.pjlst In combating this dis- n,?T-5jw"OI,oratl"B ln tbe enforcement of tins oruor. This order shall apply to all gatherings of more than twenty persons, eiceyt su.-h as may be considered a military necessity. and shall not apply to liberty loan cpm - mra meetings or to gatiiertnga of - Kel i ross workers for the purpose of prepar - '"g material for use by the army or In This order shall be effective after 12 .o'clock, noon, of Wednesday, October 0, rnd shall eontinit. until further notiee. - H. L.JLAI(K. City Health Jiffk-er. (Continued ou i'age Two.) ' : - . epidemic Influenza, also known na Spanish ! V,, v""V. ' -,i k influenza. Id Topeka. all public and prirate ! looking back -over the early sub achools. Sunday Reboots nmt ctiiiivht-s are I scnptions to the fourth loan Burrow hereby ordered closed, and all public ir:,th- I saw the name of the Capital Livestock erhifrs. donees, sbown and entertainments Insurance company and after it a sub ore nereby prohibited until further notice. scription of $20,000. This subscrip Kjf V"' t.h?,""l!a1.?f tU '"aesse may j tion wa8 made at a meeting of the be limited and the health and lives of the l K. , ,,, , !-,,. (LOAN DRIVE HERE VIRTUALLY OVER SUBSCRIBED NOW Only $335,750 Yet To Be Raised in County. Union Pacific, R. I. and Bell Co. Have Mot Reported. DO NOT STOP, BURROW SAYS Chairman Urges Everyone To Buy, More if Possible. Strong Arm Committees Are Out Working Today. THE BAROMETER Shawneo county quota $2,571,250 Subscribed to date. 1,935,500 To be subscribed ' 635,750 Santa Fc (unofficial) 300,000 To be. subscribed (unofficial) 335,750 With the Union Pacific'subscriptton, the Rook. Island subscription and the 'Bell Telephone subscription still to be reported it would seem that the Shaw neo county quota is already over the top. Total subscriptions reported Tuesday evening rolled up a figure of nearly two million dollars and this without counting in one dollar of the big Santa Fe shops and general office subscription. Topeka and Shawnee -county have earned their honor flags for the fourth liberty loan, and it is thought that Friday evening will see the four barred flag floating beside the three barred one from the court house flagpole. " v J. It Bnrmw. chairman Shawnee cnuntv liberty loan committee. He has won for Shawnee- county the four-barred honor nag of the fourth liberty loan as well as the throe barred flag for the third loan. In an appeal to the people of the city and county today, J. R. Burrow, chairman of the county liberty loan committee, urged that the people abate not their efforts in financing the loan- Many sections of the United States are falling snort oi tneir aiiov merits on account of the ravages of in fluenza, and Chairman Burrow said that it devolves on the sections where the disease is less prevalent to bring up the total for the nation. ' Strong Arm Committee Out. The" strong arm committees went to work in all districts of the city and county this morning, holding be fore them the needs of Pershing and the bqys at the front. Burrow has sounded the battle cry and the rally ing note. It is the duty of every man fo subscribe to the limit of his indi vidual ability regardless of the fact that the county quota is so nearly subscribed. Burrow urges every sub scriber to the fourth liberty loan to ask of his neighbor, "How many bonds have you bought?" If the neighbor says none, he should be influenced to come thru at once. If he has bought one or more and is able to make a heavier subscription, the urge should be placed just the same. The Thompson liberty loan meeting which was to have been held at the city auditorium th,is evening has been called off in compliance with the order of the city board of health pro hibiting gatherings of any sort until the fight against the inroads of Span ish Influenza has been won. At a meeting of the board of direc tors of the Central National bank Tuesday evening the Individual direc tors subscribed an even 1100,000 for bonds of the fourth liberty loan. This is not a subscription for the bank but is the total of the personal subscrip tions cf the directors of the institu tion. - State Money Invested. Burrow announced today that $150, 000 of the state school fund has been invested in fourth liberty loan bonds and accredited to apply on the Shaw- j company September 26. and the tub- The company is a purely Kansas con- I cern. all its officers and directors are . Kansans and nearly all of its business i . , '. .D ln ffu Thf gOI"y is I 3ust 18 "nths old. and Burrow felt that such- a substantial subscription ! from an infant .concern was worthy of 1 special mention, I The nresident The president of this1 company is J. C. Mohler. W. J. Miller is vice pres ident. Among the other directors are Clyde Miller, L, T. Hussey and R. J Kevnolds. The Kansas Reserve State bank went over its quota yesterday. AVOID CROWDS ' KEEP OUT DOORS -, EAT GOOD FOOD U. S. Pnbllc Health Service hint on how to guard against influenza. 1. In guarding against disease of all fc Kinds, it is Important tnat me pony i be kept strong and able to fightfftJ disease germs. This can be done ty having a prODer proportion of workv Play and rest, by keeping the toodyj well clothed, and by eating surrietentj wholesome and properly selected food. In connection with diet, it Is well to re--member that milk is one of the best all-around foods obtainable for Adults as well as children. So far as a dls4 ease like influenza Is concerned health authorities everywhere recognize' the very close relation between its spread and overcrowded homes. While it is not always possible, especially in times like the present, to avoid such over crowding, people should consider the health danger and make every effort to reduce the home overcrowding to a minimum. The value of fresh air thru open windows cannot be over empha sized. - -- v "' .Where crowding is unavoidable, as in street cars, care should be taken to. keep the face so turned as not to- in hale directly the air breathed out by another person. - 'r It is especially important to beware of the person who coughs or sneezes without covering his mouth and nose. It also follows that one should keep out of crowds and stuffy places as much as possible, keep homes, offices and workshops well aired, spend sonae time out of doors each day, .walk to work if at all practicable in short make every possible effort to breathe as much pure air as possible. . .. "Cover up 'each couirh and sneeze, , If you don't you'll spread disease." FLY OVER TOPEKA Scott Field Aviators .Will Drop Bombs on City. ? . Lieutenant Cogswell En Route Home on a Visit. . Regardless of the new 'Order- of the city board of health closing all pub lic meetings, Topeka will be party to a big liberty loan advertising stunt Thursday. A war plane is scheduled to arrive in Topeka Thursday morning sometime between - 10 o'clock and noon. The plane will leave Fort Leav enworth at 9:30 o'clock and fly from there direct to Topeka. Piloted by Lieut. D. B. Cogswell of Lincoln, and with Lieut. Edgar Willrich. in the ob server's seat, the war plane in exneet- ed to alight probably on Wasbbuh j otmpHB. r-:- ',.-....4 ... - - - , . f- - , v". - . jo According to telegraphic lnforma-j tlon reaching Topeka this morning the plane will circle the- city, dropping "liberty loan bombs" not bonds and doing flying stunts .calculated to give an astounded populace plenty of thrills. . Schedule of Flyers. ., . y The flyers will spend tomorrow night at Camp Funston, according to the schedule, which follows: Leave Scott field this morning. Arrive in Kansas City at 1 p. m. Thursday Leave for Fort Leaven worth. Arrive at Fort Leavenworth at 8:30 a. m. 1 - Leave at 10;30 a. ta. for Topeka. ' Leave Topeka at Z;S0 p. m. Arrive at Wamego at 3 o'clock. Arrive at Manhattan at 4 o'clock Arrive at Camp Funston at 6 o'clock. Friday Leave for Juncton City. Arrive at Junction City at 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Clay Center at 12 noon. Leave at z p. m. for Abilene. Spend night at Salina or Camp Fun-: ?lon. Saturday Start homeward flight. Arrive at Tescott at 11:30 a. m. Arrive at Lincoln at 1:30 p. m. Celebration at Lincoln. Lincoln, Kan., Oct. 9-Great pre parations are being made here for the homecoming reception of First Lieu tonant Ti Tt fnoowAl I n.;.. here for a visit with the home folks Saturday, October 12. The fact that Lieutenant Cogswell is scheduled as the first traveler to arrive here by air route, entitles him to this distinction on part of the people of his home town. The lieutenant started home today on a furlo. He will travel all the way from Scott Field, Belleville, 111., where he has been In training, in a highpow ered airplane, accompanied y Second Lieutenant Bdgar Willrich. The reason Lieutenant Cogswell obtained permis sion to make the trip homeby air was his car in which he and three other It was said by a high authority that that he will do liberty loan missionary passengers were riding skidded and (this "righting" was open to the in work en route. I turned over on the approach to a i terpretation of the return of Alsace to ; bridge seven miles south of here. France. Nil WFATHFR ' PH ANGF m w mm a ens I w I VI sksa . Temperature To Remain the Same for Ircsciif, Flora Announces. WEATHER FOUECAST FOR KANSAS: Generally fair tontplit and Thursday ; Dot much change fn temperature. TODAY'S TEMPERATURES. 7 o'clock...... B8ill -o'clock. S nVlnfllr t O 1 1 1- C 9 o'clock!.';." 59 1 o'clock!!!;! 10o'clock 60 2 o'clock 72 The wind at o'clock this afternoon was blowing miles an hour from the southeast. The temperature for the day averaged 5 degrees above normal. Weather of the same kind Topeka and Kansas have been experiencing ; in the eaud kv this new form I the least insincere. This was the view for the last few days will remain on "Jr- appears to be of officials today as they studied the (Continued on Page Two.! i tne isolation f the blaze, as pouring ' communication addressed by Presi- 7 " " ! water on it is literativ uridine fnoi tn i dent Wilson to the German chancellor, influ Victims at Manhattan. ! PBJ, " SaIccout ot th" chemical i Confronted by the strategy of Ger Manhattan. Kan., Oct. 9. The fu- of which the bombs are composed. man diplomacy, the president In the neral services for Mrs Gay Perry- a view of officials has countered with Seaton, wife of Capt. Roy A. Seaton. i CLOSE DUXLAP SCHOOL strategy Just as Marshal Foch has met head of the mechanical department of j I the military tactics of Hindenburg and the Kansas Agricultural college, and! infant child, will be held Friday af ternoon at 2:30 o clock at Manhattan. Captain Seaton and little son are sick with influenza in Washington, D.. C., and will be unnble to attend. PAPERS WAITED NOT FOR rVNOR nW1 rUR Li"Uft Washington, Oct. 9. An official dis patch from France today says that on Monday the newspapers of Vienna is sued without the consent of the cen- , sor, special editions announcing that i an armistice had been granted on all i fronts. OUTLOOK GLOOMY FOR LOAN TOD AY r Half Campaign Over and Totals . : Are Very Short. Officials Fear That the Loan i ;. Will Not Reach Goal. $1,650,000,000 SUBSCRIBED "Double the Third," Is Slogan of the Workers. Urge the People To Keep Step With Boys at Front. -: Washington, Oct. 9. A crisis Is fast approaching in the fourth liberty loan campaign. The goal of 16,000,000,000 may not be subscribed in the allotted -time, treasury officials today declared. The gloomiest prospects of any loan campaign faced officials today. Half of the campaign period is gone and only $1,650,000,000 has been raised. "Double the Third" is the slogan formulated by Secretary McAdoo to offset the dwindling number of sub scriptions. In a statement, the secre tary declared that if each subscriber would double his third loan subscrip tions the pledges would - total the Nfourth loan money. , continued discourasrlnsr renorts to 1 the treasury department forced offi cials to grope about for new means to awaken the nation. Telegrams ap pealing for continued efforts went out from the treasury today to all sections of the country. Bankers were urged to go personally among their customers and 'talk loan." State, county and city officials were urged to- keep step with the boys at the front. Compared with the third loan at the same stage of the campaign, the fourth is behind in actual money re turns. The Dallas district reports every county in the drought-stricken district of west Texas oversubscribed. Even Mexican laborers are buying bonds. A war exhiibt train In Taxes gathered pledges of more than a mil lion dollars in ten days. The slogan adopted in Texas is. "We will quit when Wilson tells us to and" not when the kaiser says so." CLOSE IN COUNTY Schools With More Than One Teacher To Suspend. Miss Jennings at Seabrook May Have Influenza. County School Superintendent Fred Seaman announced today that a re quest has been made that all schools in small towns in Shawnee county and all community schools be closed at once In order to prevent a spread of the influenza epidemic in the county. TheT request was made following a consul tation with the county physician. Dr. Stewart, and Seaman asserted that if the school authorities do not .comply and there is any outbreak, the request will be made an order. A teacher at the Seabrook school. Miss Jennings, became ill Tuesday and fit was reared today that she is a vic- tim of the disease. No other reports of outbreaks in county schools have been received, the superintendent said. The school authorities at Highland Park Seabrook, College Hill, Oakland and Shorey have announced that they will close tomorrow and It is expected thflt all will fin so hefnre th cIosa of rne nav The one-teacher schools will not be asked to close at present. Seaman said. - RIBS THRU A LUNG ' Auto Accident May .Prove Fatal to Dunlap Lad of 14. Council Grove. Kan.. Oct 9. Leslie Cornelius, the 14-year-old son of Mrs. Will Walters of Dunlap, was probably fatallv iniured Tuesdav night when i The boy s chest was crushed in and , t'ii ui jus luna was puni:iui;u uy j several ribs. The other passengers 1 .")7lT'2," J pital where it was said recovery was ' not exnected. NEW HUN FIRE BOMB 4 ; Airplane Can Carry 200 of Destructive ' Inflammable Type. . Paris, Oct. 9. The Germans during l'i"?,,?1 Lrwerk " JXZr, ? ! ab' b' S ihf I I if" Ith,. "j Lel .l'?gZ : 7lJL. Z 'l. l. ' Two Influenza Deaths In Thiw nv In One Family. Council Grove. Kan.. Oct. 9. Fol lowing two influenza deaths in three days at Dunlap, near here, the Dunlap schools have been closed.. , Arthur Lynn, who recently shipped a car of cattle to Kansas City, became ill upon his return and died Saturday. Mon day his brother, Robert Lynn, also died, and the infant of another brother and the mother of the two dead men Ir reported to have the disease So far no cases of Influenza have been reported in Council Grove and the authorities are taking every pre 1 caution to prevent an outbreak. Kte GERMAN WRITER DECLARES POLICY DANGEROUS ONE George Bernhard - Complains Lack in Speech of Max. Says He Neglected Alsace-Lorraine and Ru8S Talk. YANK SOLDIERS LIKE ANSWER London Says Wilson Answered as World Expected. , Strategy Is Met With 'Strategy, Says Washington Now. Amsterdam. Oct. 8. George Bern hard, the German political writer. writes for the- Vossische Zeitung of Berlin, says that Prince Maximilian's announcement in the reichstag that an armistice had been requested was re ceived in stony silence. , "Like ghosts, remembrances of for mer chancellors' speeches flitted thru the chamber, speeches invariably based on reports of victorious march of German troops," he says. Bern hard bitterly complains that Prince Maximilian neglected the opportunity to declare that Germany was ready to discuss with France the fate of Alsace-Lorraine and with (Russia, the question of border provinces. He says this omission confirms the view that the new government means to perpet uate the political conceptions of the government and declares that the con tinuation of this policy 1 extraordi narily dangerous. He concludes: "The government only puts its trust in the president and a kind fate." - Comment From London. " London-,' ct. ! "President Wilson answered as the whole world expect, ed," declared the. Express, the only London morning newspaper comment ing on the president's; query to Chan cellor Maximilian., "He pins the author, be he kaiser or Max, to one plain issue. It virtually is a challenge. If the Germans are sin cere in a desire for peace, let them withdraw" their armies to Germany be fore asking for it." . Borne Sees Interruption. Rome. Oct. 9. "From the wav the demand was formulated, it Is clear tnat the central empires are only aiming! at interruption of hostilities; to see whether a compromise peace is possible." declares the Messagero, in discussing Germany's armistice pro posal. "The demands have not perturbed public opinion, as the nation in con scious of its rights and calmly awaits aeveiopments ana guarantees making certain conditions acceptable before an armistice can be considered," says the Temps. - "The demand for an armistice doubtless is important, as betraying the end of the world war and ap- proacning arao a supreme attempt by Germany to avoid logical conse quences," the Milan Corriere Do La Sera says. Washington, Oct. 8. President Wil son will probably go before congress 1 to cast further light unon the nod. t nun jits iuuk in nis inniiirv rn rn rv. j man Prince Max as soon as the latter ! replies. It hofamA lrnrtwrn 4V. . 1. , n..vnim . " r. t 111. ,1C1U- dent's declaration for evacuation of occupied territories before an armis tice did not contemplate the evacua tion of Alsace. Instead it meant evacuation of invaded territories and the intention, as shown by the pres- ' Ident's fourteen peace terms, to leave th righting of the wrong done France, j to determination in the final peace i conference. just as French Kxpcctcd, Paris, Oct. 9. President Wilson's reply to the German armistice pro posal became known here today thru extra editions issued at noon. The first opinion expressed on the reply was "Just as we expected." Clever and Logical. London, Oct. 9. In diplomatic cir cles here President Wilson's reply to , the. Peace proposals of Prince Max! milian, the Imperial German chancel lor is regarded as clever and logical. I .ays Trap for Hnn. Washington. Oct. 9. By an adroit diplomatic move President Wilson has laid a trap ror the Cierman govern mental heads if the peace proposal I made bv Chancellor Maximilian was in ' Ludendorff with superior strategy. j president has left open the way to peace. . The president, by calling upon Prince Maximilian for Information as to whether he represents the Germ n military masters conducting the war or the whole German people, has com pelled the new chancellor and those associated with him to render to the world an explanation of their posi tion. Thru the communication sent the last hope of the German militar ists to point to the allies as waging a war of extermination is considered as havinar-been removed. (Continued oa Page Two.) YANKS WIDENING FRONT IN DRIVE EAST OF F.1EUSE Able To Bring Up More Troops Against Germans. Meuse Has Been a Menace to the American Front. SECOND DIVISION IN BATTLE Yank Troops Satisfied With Wilson's Peace Answer. Verdun Freed From the Ger man Yoke of War. New 'tork, Oct. 9. General Persh ing is widening his front north of Ver dun, in an effort to advance toward the Luxemberg border with an in creasing impetus. The Americana have lengthened their operations to the east of the Meuse and by doing so are now able to" bring up more troops and to concentrate a greater force against the Germans in the Argonne forest. Up to the present time the Meuse Tiver has been a consistent menace to Gen eral Pershing's right wing, as " the Argonne is a danger to his left. The twelve miles of frontage be tween these barriers has compelled the utmost care in the disposition of the American units and has seriously hampered the tactical operations. The Germans, on the east bank of the Meuse, are now being driven back ward for perhaps one-half the depth of the American front north of Ver dun.' The Meuse, therefore is at least in part an American possession instead of a German barrier. The continuation of pressure on the east side of the riv er will greatly assist the American movement to reach the Grandpre road wav. running thru the Argonne mas sif. More freedom of maneuver will be possible and there will be less need for caution in guarding against a Ger man attack on the American rlgnt, Evacuate the Argonne. The early evacuation of the Argonne has now become increasingly neces sary for the Germans. It has been forced on the attention of von Hinden burg by -this time that the Americans have a disquieting habit of suddenly rushing forward in advance of all pre vious tim records and gaining their objective with thousands of prisoners before the enemy ha completed his Lagndring-abou- a olut,jr, retire ment, uenerai rwnag le.maKirui such disposition tat his -forces to sug gest the possibility of just such a lurch into the Grandpre road. ' If that oc curs while the Germans still cling- to the southern part of the Argonne, none of them will ever get away. . Twice as Many Captives. London, Oct, 9. American losses In the Meuse and Argonne fighting yes terday were less than half the num ber of prisoners taken, according to battle front dispatches received here today. 1 General Pershing reported the num ber of prisoners taken by the Ameri cans at l.avu. . Second Division There. With the American forces in France, Oct. 9. It is now permissible to state that it was the second American di- vision which bore the brunt of the re cent hard fighting in the Champagne. This division took St, Etienne and the positions leading to that town and thus created the slight salient now projecting into the German line. The second American division con sists of Fifth and Sixth regiments of marines, the Ninth and Twenty-third infantry and the Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Nineteenth regiments of artil lery, Pershing's Official. . Washington, Oct. 9. American and French troops are steadily driving the enemy from the scene of the desper ate struggles for Verdun, General Pershing reported today in his com munique for yesterday announcing an advance on both sides of the Meuse and the capture of more than 3,000 prisoners during the day. He also re ported the capture of Gornay against stubborn fighting in the continued advance in the Argonne forest. Yanks Are Satisfied. With the American .Forces in France, Oct. 9. President Wilson's re- ply to the German peace proposal (Continued on Fage Two.) INFLU IN MISSOURI Governor Takes Drastic Closing Meas , n roe To Stop Epidemic. Jefferson City, Oct. 9. Governor Gardner today issued a proclamation urging that as far as possible public gatherings be dispensed with and on the first appearance of influenza In the community that schools be closed, and that people refrain from travel ing except ln cases of necessity. ON BATTLE FRONTS The Situation as It . Looks Today ln the War Zone. FROM THE NORTH SKA TO LF.NS The Belgians repulsed a German counter attack ln the nelcuborbood of Rnnlera. This whAle front continues comparatively atnb!lzd. VltOM LEKR TO LA FERK British, Americana and French renewed their attai-k ia the Cambral-nt Quentln region tbts morning-, extending the fighting front, north of Cambral, to a total width of thirty miles. Cambral. which has been dominat ed by the British for sereral day, baa been oof n pled by them. The French are attacking sooth of 8t. Qnentin. FROM LA FF.KE fO RHEIMS A great artillery battle is tinder way northwest of llnelma. probably as u preliminary to wip ing Aut the aalient south of Laon, which wonkl farther endanger the Germans in the Laon and t. Oobnin region. PROM KHKIil.H TO VERHCN The Franco-American attack- east of the Vleuxe haa reached a depth of nearly four mtlea 'at some points.- The attack is being made Ion a front of about seven miles. FROM VKItnTN TO KWITZEB.LA.KI This front continues quiet. DulViil mm ALLIES SENDING f FRENCH FRONTIER Hindenbiirg Line Lost From Cambral to St. Quentln. Forced From Cambral, Ger mans In Rearward March. ' ALLIES ARE SMASHING AHEAD General Haig's Men Drive Wedge Far Into Lines. Thousands of Prisoners Taken in Late Fighting. (By the Associated Press.) Forced from Cambral, one of the strong pillars of the Hindenburg sys tem, the Germans today are being driven back toward the French fron tier under the heavy onslaughts of the Third and Fourth British armies aid ed by American troops. Apparently the Germans now have I lost the Hindenburg line on the front from Cambral to ' St. Quentln. Field Marshal Haig resumed his attack again this morning and reports that rapid progress is being made on a front of more than thirty miles from northeast of Cambral to east of St. Quentln. As the German defense system in the center falls to the British and Americans, the French and Americana on the southern wall from Rhelms to the east of the Meuse are smashing their way northward, threatening the important Junctions of the railways running eastward from the broken St. Quentin-Cambrai line. East of the Hindenburg line, in the St. Quentln Cambral sector, the Germans are re ported to have no - prepared defenses until a line immediately east of the ' .sector is reached. East of this line, whiefc "would run thru Valenciennes, the Germans have the line of the Meuse. Capturing Cambral and break! ing thru the German defenses to the south, the British and Americans took more than 8,000 prisoners and a targe quantity of guns. Near Premont the Americans captured an entire German artillery position of three batteries. ' Before the advancing Anglo-American line lie the railway junctions of La Cateau, Bohain, Guise and Caudry. If the north and south railways are cut, German communication between the Laon massif and the Lille salient will be lost. . Haig's Men Advance. Field Marshal Haig has driven into I based on Cambral. Even if it does not grow larger this salient is a great menace to the Lille and Laon posi tions, it would seem within the pos sibilities of the next few days that the Germans will withdraw from the Laon massif, as the French and Americans on the east and the British and Amer icans on the north rapidly are out flanking it, German resistance Is . stiffening along the front east of Rhelms but not sufficient to stop the forward move ment of Generals Gourraud and Berthe lot. The Franco-American positions in Champagne and the Argonne to the Meuse have been improved by the successful French and American thrust east of the Meuse. The ad vance there frees the troops west of the Meuse. from the menace of Ger man artillery north of Verdun. In the operations on these sectors Tuesday the American troops took 3,000 pris oners and a number of guns. Along the Arnes the French took COO pris oners. Hnn ln Counter Attack. London, Oct 9. German tropps to. day are counter attacking very heav ' ily on the Suippe river front in the Champagne and the French have not' been abls to make very much progress. Great Confusion Sliows. With the Anglo-American Armies Near St. Quentln, Oct . There is great confusion within the enemy lines. On the front of the two British armies engaged, elements from no fewer than twenty-nine enemy divi sions have been identified along the 20 mile fighting line. Such concen tration of troops seems almost in. credible, until it is realized that some of these divisions have been engaged, almost continuously since August $, and are mere shadows of the old or. ganization. The ground over which the great battle has been fought is covered with, dead men and horses. Germans are buried under tons of earth ln collapsed dugouts. Only a few of the prisoners captured had heard of the Austro German plea for an armistice and, their ideas on the subject were ex tremely hazy. From all sources it is learned for a certainty no formidable wire barriers are ahead of the British and Americans until the Valenciennes line ia reached, and after that the line of the Meuse river. The Germans have started burning towns far east of the line on which they are now fighting. Maretz. be tween Clary and Bohain, is in flames. The Germans are being given no rest whatever, for in addition to the bar rages falling on them as they vainly try to stem the onrushlng British and Americans, other British guns are hammering the rear lines, paying espe cial attention to roada . As darkness fell Tuesday night the sky was dotted with British airplanes) hovering over the smoking and flam, ing battlefield, while others were oa their way to add to the general con (Coatinued on Tare Two.