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PRESIDENT WILL TAKE
DRAFTPLAN TO COUNTRY
IF CONCRESSMEN BALK
Opposition to Army
Plan Lessens Under
Pressure
SENATE TO REPORT
x HILL JCQJDA*.
House Delays Menac
ing Nation, Assert
Officials
MY CAPI /» attOAT.
(Btmff Corretpondent United Pr*»t )
WASHINGTON. April IS Rale
lag an array of rr*n In tm «>
j«ar« it th* n*i' step confronting
the nation
The great IT.fXV OfKVOOn bond I**"*
bill !• now vlrtuallv a la*
The'’ ifDit* military committee
was to report today th* ndralnlatra
tlon bill for volunteer* to All prc*
•at open gap* In the regular army
and national guard. this to bn fol
lowed by Kflwlbr draft
House opposition to selective draft
la believed to have been conaldera
bly chilled by word from President
Wllaon and Hecretary of War Halter
that the administration will not
hearken to an> general volunteer
plan but mu«t have aelectlve con
script lon and that soon
Aa In times past, White House
pr*w*ur* now promlaea to crumple
congress oppoaitlon Mernl-era who
heretofore have frankly declared
they feared to go "back for voter '
If they favored the conacrlptlon plan
have changed over nlgtlvt Many i
theae aatd they would support the
president regardless of political f »
turea If aurh oppoaitlon wtlll no n
area the bill, the adminiatration will
not healtat* so fake the namea and
rase* of the revolting Straight to
the public
That administration authorities
•re ttred of houae delay* 1a putting
It mildly. In fact, mllltarv men aa>
that the aucceaa of America in the
war la dally Jeopardlied by such pro
craatlnatjon In answer to thoae fa
•orlng volunteering, the adminlstra
lion haa pointed out that the prr*
•at hill provide* for upward* of Mb'
•00 volunteer* to bring the regular
hrmy and national guard to com
fclete strength
Once the army measure I* dl*
•owed of. government espionage and
other similar war measure* will be
taken up
While r-ongrea* proceed* wllh wai
laglalation. diplomat!' problem*, par
tieslirb the Rw*s in situation. *r»
receiving aciou* thought Method*
of solidify eg Hu**ian sentiment and
action again-- <;• ii.t in if and
peace ovc'ture* « l do ilitle*- bo
i»na of the chief topi* • of the Amerl
Mil Allied rommi**ioner*
|. W. I leH «l4fm mt the
V*rk RTSlrawpanr. »11l
the T*'tr- it *-<tt u f the imof an
Roci»t> ..f Meet *•*<•! Knglneera .»n
the hnatory of ih- aar .plan- l-ilda*
*v»ning In the loiriilt H*>ar<l of
Corn mere#
Men of Va**arbu*ett* who re
iponded to the «all to arm* in I*' 1 *
xe to gather todav ai Worcester
Hr rhe annual encampment of 'he
division of I nlted
Haaaish War Veteran*.
FIRST RONE
DRYIAttJS
THRU HOUSE
Damon Measure Ready
For Signature of
Governor
UNCHANGED FROM
SENATE DRAFT
Some Debate Precedes
Final Action By
Solons
nv TV L. CALNOy
(tffaff Correspondent Detroit Timet)
I«ANBING, Mich, April It The
Damon bone dry prohibition bill *u
passed by the house of represent*
live* yesterday afternoon Juat as it
canie from the senate. It uow goe*
to Gov Sleeper It has reached the
executive office ahead of the Wiley
bill, which Is the measure drawn up
by Anti-Saloon league attorneys to
cover the handling of liquor In Mich
ignn for the five exempted purposes
In the prohibition amendment adopt
ed by the people last November The
Wiley hill Is In conference because
of senate amendments to which the
house refused to agree.
An amendment to the Damon bill
was reported by the house liquor
committee It sought to have the
bill known a* the Damon McArthur
hill. Rep McArthur being tne father
of bone dry legislation in the house,
but his bill being held in the nenate
and the Damon hill passed ss a sub
stitute
Rep McArthur opposed the
amendment in a speech tinged with
bitterness He declared that Sena
tor Foster, chairman of the senate
liquor committee, had endeavored
all thru the session to dictate every
thing In the line of prohibition leg
lrlatlon.
•’I don't want my name on It,**
satd McArthur "If there la any
honoi ir it let it go to Senator Da
inon it l*n*t his bill, but it carries
his name ”
Me vrthur'i request was heeded
ad H er* was not s single vote for
the amendment to call the bill the
luimon-Me Art hut bill.
The “house then suspended the
rule* and put the Damon bill on Its
immediate passage
James W. Oermrd, American am
bassador to Germany before the
severance of diplomatic relations. Is
to tell of some of his experiences
in Merlin at a banquet to be given
in his honor in Boston tonight.
I erlleat Xrvtvel < bleece
XX ehnatt My. It "> p m. C. T Train
arrive* Chicago *lO • m Terminal*
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DETROIT TIMES
HER HUSBAND, WHO WON’T HAVE TO GO TO WAR NOW
BERNHARDT
OPERATED ON
Hope Held Out For Her Recov
ery Despite Advanced
A*e
NHW YORK. April IN (Special 1
-The condition of Mme Sarah
Bernhardt aas reported as "crlt
Ira!" at Mount Sinai hospital fodav,
following the operation performed
last ntghf. tn an effort to save her
life. Hope is st ill held for the
famous actress, recovery, but on ac
count of her advanced age she is
tn her seventv-thtrd vear it l* fear
ed she may not rally from the oprr
atlon.
FORD WAIVES
TRACTOR RIGHTS
Henry Ford ha* waived all patent
rights to his new trsrtor on request
of th* British government, which
contemplates commandeering facto
ries and making them by thousands
Government official* have seen them
tn operation In France Work is he
Lng ruahed on Ford s Dearborn trac
tor plant also, to enable farmers to
use them for thi* season’s crops
Two Negroes Discharged.
Two of the five Negroes arrested
In connection with charges of
smuggling opium from Windsor to
Detroit were discharged hy United
States Commissioner Hurd Tuesday
The nthor three were held to await
action of the grand Jur> Archie
Hot bill and Albert McGee are lt> Id
under Ixtnde of ea< h. and
Famu*l Vinegar und* * <i
The discharged men are Samuel
Holt and William Young
WEDNESDAY nIkP RI L 18, 1917.
AUSTRIAN
MINISTERS
QUIT POSTS
Retirement of German
Party Statesmen
Held Significant
LONDON Aprl. ig.—Reports
persisted here today that Aui
trla, Bulgaria and Turkey were
all angling for reparate peace
agreements with the Entente
thru secret emissaries Th
movs was said to center in
Switzerland. No confirmation
was obtainable here.
BERLIN, via London, April
18.—Resignation of the Austrian
minister of commerce Dr
Urban, and of Dr. Von Barn
reither, minister without port
folio, was announcad in Vienna
dispatches received here today.
Both are members of German
parties.
Great significance ma y be at
tached to these resignations,
since the ministers wore mem
bers of German oartice.
It ia possible that the German
I and Austrian censorship is con
cealing considerable anti Ger
man feeling in Austria and that
the resignations of two men be
longing to German political par
ties is duo to this causa.
ARGENTINE
SEIZES SHIPS
Ml (ierm.tn Veweltt "Taken In
Custody” By Gov
ernment
BUENOS AIRES. April IN. Ar
gentlne formally took all German
nierned ships "into custody” today
The oflltial explanation of the ac
i on was to prevent German err" <
from damaging their vessels.
Gfllcially the government has not
vet announced Its course on the
i tbmarining of the Monte Prote
gldo.
A formal statement Issued todi.y
pointed out that all casualties In
b.itnrday's rioting were foreigners
* \cept the policemen killed.
COUNCIL VOTES
$5,000 FOR SEEDS
The rounrll Tuesday night
f’> 000 with which to purchase seed
potatoes to carry nut the Pinrree
potato patch” plan, which is in
charge of a committee appointed by
the mayor The council action fol
lows an announcement of the com
mltteo that it could make no fur
ther progress unless tt had funds
'lore than 300 families to date have (
t.pplh'd for garden spate for *U«
r. miner.
Mai M, Smith. Mrirolt allmmet, mmd
I M I’atteesaa, fsossrl* »r*ail
nml Michigan cement inmpani of
flrtal*. a»e named a a «t*>fandan»a n
s suit foe jrauans damages Siad r
•*ht«*au«• H\ ur«cn »* XVell* at !
l*«*ard of ttade men Th* ■ »nit t«
The outgrowth of the transfer »if
ll'ii smi sorth of *i»rh 'n the Stef j
ting Portland omertt rnmpan\.
FRENCH, STEP NY STEP, SURE INTO
AiSNE DEFENSES, WHILE HAIG’S MEN
SMASH CLOSER TO DOOMED CAMBRAI
Nivelle Inflicts Terrible
losses On Ger
mans
TITAN BATTLE ON
>- - MG-MILE FRONT
French Overflow and
Surround Enemy
Fortresses
BY HESRY WOOD
(Staff Correa L’ntted Prctt )
WITH FRENCH ARMIES
IN THE FIELD. April I*.- All of
Germany'* hold on France wn
menaced today by tha world'* most
titanic offensive.
It is a struggle between Von Hin
denburg and the master strategists
of the Franco British staffs, on a
battle scale undreamed of before
France’s part in this greatest of
all drives was preceded by the
greatest bombardment in Its his
torr The artillery ro*r began Frl
day. Millions of shells hurled over
the lines daily Th* French marks
manship was so deadly that the
*lr*t German prisoners caught lr*
the infantry sweep forward de
ciared of their eompanlea of ;r»C
men the average that survived whs
only *0 each.
The sudden Frsncn British drhe
shattered Oerniany'r hopes to avoid
:\ spring offensive by retreating
The French onslaught now gath
1 ertng Its greatest momentum, com
j blned with advances begun by the
1 British, makes « continuous battle
line from IWxmtide to Rheim* It is
the battle of a Hundred Mile Front
Today the Frenrh ad'ance h»
tween Rheims snd Solsson* me n
sees the entire Germsn line, coupled
with the British attack on St. Q icn
tin and the advance of H»igstroo,>s
towards Cambrai and I<*ns
France's onslaugh’ is on too gi
ran’tc a seal* over this 100 mil '
(rent to permit anvonr to visualize
the titanic struggle in Its entirety
But from the crest of one hflf
• ne could see during one stage of
the great struggle an Incident that
strikingly reveals fh* Fr*nc’.j
strategy no less than the reasons
for the Germans’ tremendous losses
This one incident was France's sea.
in wresting one of the Germans'
i strongest defensive positions front
the enemy
The position consisted of a vil
lage surmounting a precipitous in
\lne, The hank of this ravine wa.i
honeycombed with caves hewn out
of solid stone, treacherously d> g
quarry excavation* end shafts Th*
Germans had stationed their ma
chine gun* there strongly fortified
i in the roc k which Frenc h artillery
could not pierce From the impreg
nable gimrr.es below the village th<
German infantry waited confidently
the expected frontal attack from
the French.
Two columns of French Infantry
•uddenlv h» gan an enrir* ling move
i no n* from the Tight and from the
efi Rvrrc mmemmi of these
forces *aa visihle to the naked eyn.
1 The soldiers advanced at almost
a strolling pace along the rummlt
of two converging ridges Their
t>odles were clearly silhouetted
again#' the sky.
Neither a veritable cloud of aheap
nel which hung low ovar thalr
heads nor high exploaire barrage*
nor gas sheila huuUred the alow,
measured advance of theae forces
for a single Instant.
Not until both theae columns
simultaneously approached the out
skirts of the village did the Ger
mans hidden in the quarry—ettLl
awaiting that frontal attack —real-
ize they bad been "outsHlndeo
burged "
Instantly they ruahed out their
machine guns in a desperate at
tempt to cover a retreat. But they
were too late French converging
columns met behind the village.
They cut off all retreat. The Ger
mans did not relish an attempt to
cut their way thru They hurried
and returned to the protection of
th* rock caves And the French
columns, Ignoring their existence
and learlng their ultimate rapture
to other troopa. swept on to the
east from the village, penetrating at
every stag deeper into the German
NAVYHUNTS
COAST FOR
SUBMARINE
Meet of Swift Vessels
On Watch For En
emy War-Craft
‘‘SMITH” ATTACK
ANIMATES CHASE
•WASHINGTON, April 18 —Grout
cruisers, destroyer* and patrol ships
of the United States navy were
combing the Atlantic todav for
trac** of th* German submarine
which yesterday fired a torpedo at
tlie U 8. Destroyer Smith, patrol
lng the coast off long Island and
submerged before the deatroyer’a
guns could search out and sink her
Ho far, no trace of th* Teuton war
craft has been reported
Actual appearance on this side of
the water if a (rwrman submarine
leads naval officers to expect raids
on rim*twise and transatlantic ship
ping within the near future
They are * onfldent, however, that
the defense plans worked out by
the navy will effectively prevent
anything like an extended campaign
of ruthlessness
Some losses, however, will be un
avoidable.
Th* storv of the attack on the
Smith was made public by the navy
d*pan ni* nt yesterday afternoon
The torpedo missed her hy If
yards.
NOON
IN DETROIT: ONI CENT.
British Lanes Now
Command Teuton
Supply Lines
* * , e*
PROGRESS MADE
ON ALL FRONTS
Operations Working
Out Without a
Flaw
By WILLIAM PHILLIP AIM MB
(Staff Correspond*?*? United Prom. I
WITH TbW BRITISH ARMIES
AFIELD, April lA—Capture*
by the British army ainoe April
9 In this greet push ruahatf the
vast total of 14,000 men and
227 guns today.
There are still more stream
ing back constantly from tha
front
Around Lena and At Quentin
Field Marshal Haig ia stretch
ing a tight nooaa—and Inert**,
ing the pressure every hour.
LONDON. April 18.—Field Mar*
■I al Haig’s grrafrat thrust today
was toward Gambrel
Capturr of th* vlllag* nf Vlllera
Gulslain nln* inllr» south of Cani
bral, was rrportrd hy the British
commander in chief Improvement
of the British position* around
l.agnirourt. about 'bn same 41*-
lance to the west of this pivotal
p.'in' In the Hlnderburg ltnn vtm
likewise ach!*v*d be said.
By capture of Vlller* Gulalatn.
n<rth*a*' of Epehy the British
have pushed anoth»r wail of atael
parallel to the artery of German
< i.mmunlcailons b*tw*m 'am bra I
and Rt Quentin IJk* Rmte
any, nil-ref. !,* Vergxilo and Mas
aemy all of which villag*a 11* to Ms#
south—Vlller# Uuialaln la approxi
mately two miles distant from the
Cambral St. Quentin high road. TTs*
British now parallel the high road
for a distance of 18 of the 32 mllea
between the two towns
Th* drive which enveloped Vfl
I>ts Gulslain was frr.ra the direction
of Rpehy. Haig reported. Indicating
pparently a definite plan to par
allel the Cambral S' Quentin line
hy British force* which may at any
Mm* str'k* suddenly aomawbart
a ong this 22 mile stretch.
In th* meantime Haig's laroak
report The laxgnlconrt poalMoo wv
nnproxed" mean* a blow struck al
ih* key city of Cambral from th«
west
"East of Fpehy tMe mornfn* we
progressed,’* the British comma*
r.er In chief reported ”Wa oajv
tured the village of Vlllera Ootalahx
Th* lagnuourt position was 1*»
proved ”
Mayors of leading cities Miraaart
the country have responded to the
Invitations extended Hy tha mayor*'
committee on national defense to awt
spart todav and t ere or row aa a*
tional rerruitina 4*ya.
Primtinrn —«W* vials aae> |||^dM|
»•* nspawaHHi^^K

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