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TISED IN THE TRIBUNE IS GUARANTEED First to Last?the Truth: Editorials QfrVomu WEATHER Fair to-day and to-morrow; moderate variable winds, becoming southwest and west. Advertisements rull Report on Par? ?5 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 1918 ? * ? * TWO CENTS 5In Great er New York and ( within commuting distance THRKE CENT? Elsewhere La Follette's Man Leading In Wisconsin Returns of 35 of 71 Counties Show Thompson Ahead in Senatorial Primary But Republican Race Is Very Close Joseph E. Davies Wins Democratic Nomination by Great Majority : MILWAUKEE. March 19. Return? ?ve_ up to midnight from the Se?? orial primary election in Wisconsin ,.__>? failed to change materially the citions of candidates on the face of ?at earlier ligure?. With about thirty -, of the state's seventy-one counties Wrd from. James Thompson. La Fol ^ candidate, was leading Irvine L. unroot, a strong advocate of Presi? dent Wilson's war aims, by about 500 ates for the Republican nomination. The namination on the Democratic Ofket of Joi eph E. Davies. foinier Fed rtal Trude Commissioner, over Dr. ?:hirles McCarthy, by an eve:whelming ntjority stemed assured. Beth are, itrong supporters of President Wilson's -tr plans. Late to-night little had been heard from the so-called Germai counties bordering on Lake Michigan, .where Thompson was expected to poll a heavy ute. His supporters said returns from those districts would swell his lead ?rbstantialiy. Small Vote for Berger Former representative Viccor Berger, who is no.v under indictment fr ? alleged violation of the espionage a.t. as the anoppo?jd Socialist candidate polled 4niy a smu'l vote, returns indicated. "The Milwaukee Sentinel," which sapported Lenroot, late to-night with ",i per cent of the vote to be heard from, estimated that Lenroot would ?me down to Milwaukee with 5,000 to | NMW? votes over Thompson. It was pointed out. however, that it may be ?iy? before the result is known. Germans Aid Thompso . ??Washington County, settled by Ger B.r.5. is ordinarily closely contested ?breen Democrats and Republicans. The county disregarded these party ?JB to-day and Lenroot was swamped. ? *?ne vote for Berger was 534. as com? pared with a Socialist ballot of only 59 s: the last previous election. Senator La Follette was repudiated by ?: own precinct, the township of Madison. Dane County, which voted S7> for Lenroot. against 471 for Thompson, '.he Senator's candidate. , Berger is polling a light vote, but this is no indication that he will not be in the running in the election itself, if the reported trade between the La Fol? lette and Socialist forces goes through. This deal was that the Socialists in case Thompson was defeated in the primary ?ere to support Charles Crownhart. UPollette candidate, for the Supreme Cwrt, and the La Follette forces to ???ort Berger for the Senate. Mr. Davies lost no time in beginning '?campaign for election, April 2, to SUthe place made vacant by Senator ral 0. Hunting's death. In a state wit he declared "Wisconsin's repu? lsion for loyalty still hangs in the ?anee.'' "The natioT doubts Wisconsin, not *?a_se A the acts of any one of '?* public men, but because of the ?? of many of her public men," said ?statement. "It is a doubt that can ??removed by clear, unequivocal ex atesion of the loyal sentiment of ( ?sconsin registered at the polls. It i,<?be removed by nothing else. Condemns Aliens' Plot? in State Alien force?, sometimes hidden, *2?Q bold and impudent in their open ^Ws. have boon at work in Wisconsin -or many year^ seeking to weaken and Mderrnme the Americanism of her P*?l>!e. They have been well organized, *k, ;n a systematic manner they have ??nen to c-rhiove their purposes. r**7 have tamed and wielded large PWers. This is the reason why so ??j public men of the state have bSk n tneir rfut-y *? America dur & tne last throe years and longer. *ey nave bowed to alien power. They W* ?en hesitant and cowardly. . Je in Wisconsin are face to face g? another duty. That duty is to m an?! crush the foes within. We *W? ?rra?p the fact. that the forces gift mari?. Russia helpless as a shorn ***Wr? and which almost succeeded in ^*"n>f Daly have long been at Work ??? United States. At the present **. with the country at war, they are ***? active, not less active, than they ?r^beior?-. If they should succeed V 4? ?Ml Valent we fight them resolutely j*? in danger that they will succeed ?^enca v.-,;i 5arc the same fate .'?ft ha* overtaken Russia. The aim V-^rmariy'i agents and agitators and 2*J**ar-<'??*-?? hero is to divide and do wt America, ft i* a fate that we ^nchly <ie?.-rve if we remain blind *"*pa?.i!ive. it ,,, our ,|uly t0 hunt out f?"Tt,Vl'' ai? who preach sedition." f-, \%tT "-id if elected he would ask *?it?d State? Senate to pass a "^ration directing the President to ???*n tr.e warring countries to an iW armistice and peace con *r**i) hil'\w'''i'"i 'fork tot the with ftjtf;, , American troops and have ^y^ protect thi?, country against pos '?? ?nration, ?emoeraf? Expect Wilson Will Support Davies ?ASHINOTO.V, March V.l.- Indica ^ '?'' night that Joseph K. Davie? fttr iv? ,u" '''-mocratic nomination ***ja \? 'lUl"' H"1**-? from Wis 4t Si.?' U i * '"" ilf"'"unc<;rnent from ^B?,??'r"" W,?**" ""?M throw iXvaH "'W'?* Uhind Mr. Davies. **?**?.? U\ ??'"'? government'? war *W? _?^t ' '"'tntt?tXff, announce **?aizn '""'iUi t/<: th,! '**u* in th* *?? Announce Capture , ** Town? E??t of Erzerum **i ?*?!.'*' SUr"h Vl> A Turkinh offi ]_*%???"'"???><? "r, ,UWA Munday ?ay?: t%^,fi ''' "7^('i"d KounKo, and flN? ?f VI' ""'"''' "il"?- *"'J ?forth t / *furum 'Turkii?h Arm*iH*j." A Thirst for Thrift He slapped his quarter clown on the booth top. "Gimme a whiskey!" Mrs. H. S. Collins, in charge of the war savings booth in the United Cigar Store in the Flatiron Euilding, ripped off one thrift stamp from a sheet, handed it to him and slipped a quarter into the money drawer. x "Gimme another!" And down came another twenty-five-cer.t piece. "You see, it's this way," the man explained, as he pasted his stamps on an almost filled thrift card. "Every time I feel like having a drink, and that's mighty often, I hustle in here and buy a stamp in? stead, and then I always buy a second one for having had the will power to buy the first one instead of a drink. See? So long; I'll be in again soon." Teacher Loves Germany, Faces Loss of Place Miss Pignol Said to Have Admitted Pro-Prussian Sentiments * Dismissal from the city's service is the probable penalty Miss Gertrude A. M. Pignol, an instructor in German at j the Manual Training High School, of I Brooklyn, will pay for her pro-Prussian ' i attitude when the Board of Education ; acts on her case the latter part of this week. Protests against her pacific and \ pro-German sentiments have been made to the Board of Education by Dr. Horace M. Snyder, principal of the school, and many of the instructors and pupils. Following a rigid investi? gation, the case was turned over to Gus? tave Straubenmuller, acting Citv School Superintendent. "If we were at war with M*ico or any other country Miss Pignol would be accepted as a teacher," said Dr. Snyder last night, ''but her war atti- ! tude is such that her presence in an American school is intolerable. She speaks her pro-German opinions freely; she quite frankly declares that sjic loves Germany, and that the Prussians are not fighting a war of aggression. She says that the people of the United States are against the war. Not only ? has Miss Pignol refused to subscribe , to Liberty bonds and to buy Thrift I ! stamps, but she has refused to urge I the pupils to buy them. Other Teachers Against Her "Miss Pignol is not the person to ; teach the kind of patriotism we be j lieve in." continued Dr. Snyder, "and ! the attitude of the other teachers is ' very pronounced against her. Three months ago I gave Miss Pignol a leave ' i of absence, with the hope that her war ? ! attitude would change. She. returned ; to the school last Friday morning, but i ; her views were the same as ever. She : i was not at school yesterday or to-day; ; she has not been suspended?that is, for the Board of Education to do. "Miss Pignol has taught at my school ; ; for a number of years. She is a very '?? good instructress and an honest and I I truthful woman, but we cannot tolerate ! her German-loving attitude." Miss Pignol is a middie-aged woman. ' She was born in Berlin, but has lived for a long time in the United States. Secret Service agents questioned her a? to her pro-German activities. While they are convinced that she is pro-Ger? man, they were satisfied that she is not connected with any anti-American activities. Miss Pignol could not be found at i her home, 40 South Portland Avenue, ; Brooklyn, last night. It v/as explained -that she was visiting friends and would not be home until this morning. "A clear case of divided allegiance," said Dr. John S. Tildsley, assistant | superintendent of high schools of New ' York City. "While professing love for ! America Miss Pignol is decidedly pro ? German. We questioned her carefully : yesterday, and her statements were of such a nature as to convince us that ' rhe is. German in many of her views, ? and not the person to teach true Amer? ican patriotism. She freely admitted I that she did not think America should . be at war with Germany." In a statement to an afternoon paper Miss Pignol is quoted as saying that , her attitude is as pro-American as it ? is pro-German. She declares, accord? ing to her statement, that she finds it 1 difficult to defend both countries, and ; does not consider that her love for ' Germany is treason to the United i States'. She declared that she told i Secret Service men who asked her if I she was interfering with the prosecu ] tion of the war by the United States, ; that such behavior on her part would ; be indecent. Miss Pignol in her statement admit? ted that she had said the United States is not a democracy. She said thr.t Americans have been denied the rights provided by the Constitution, and that there is no free opinion, speech or ' press. She declared that she believes i in a war of real defence, but did not buy Liberty bonds or thrift stamps be '? cause she could not do so conscien? tiously. j In her interview, given to the af ; ternoon paper, Miss Pignol is quoted as ?aying that it would require great effort and self-repression for her to conduct a class in citizenship each I week. However, she declared, she : would feel capable of teaching the ! "democratic virtues." ?-.-> New Loan Will Not Exceed Five Billions WASHINGTON, March 19. A treas? ury announcement of government re? ceipts and expenditures to-day indi cated that the next Liberty Loan would be between $4,000,000,000 and $5,000, 000,000, less than had been calculated a? necessary on the basis of estimated expenditure? of government depart? ment? and loans to Allies. Outstanding feature* of these figures 'a? unofficially analyzed were that war '. coats ar? not increasing from month i to month as had been expected arjd i that ordinary expensen and loans to Allie? be for? the end of the fttical ' year, June 30, probably will not be ' much over $4,000,000,000. To thi? must be added the necessary outlay of about |3,lt>6,000,000 to re ideern certificate? of indebtedness now ' < ut?tarid?ng and maturing before Jun :.o, $000,000,000 for a railroad adminis : trating revolving fund, $500,00,000 for ?? the government's cap?tol in the War Finance Corporation, whose creation 18 j expected noon, ?nd $000,000,000 to pro vide ? current working balance at the i <;nd of the year. These would make H ! lot?) of tH,nM,,?W,<><)<> needed between now and June eO, France to Get Band of Spies Trapped Here Mme. Storch, Baron De Beville and Mrs. Nix Fac? ing Deportation Mme. Despina Davidovitch Storch the accomplished leader of a German spy band in the United States, and hci associates were yesterday ordered do ; ported to France after Charles F. Dc Woody, local head of the bureau oJ investigation of the Department of Justice, received from Washingtor Presidential warrants calling for theii delivery to the French authorities. Mme. Storch, Baron Henri de Bevilh Assembly Kills Referendum On Dry Issue Prohibitionists Give Up Hope of Passing the Resolution ? j Senate May Act on Measure To-day Hot Debate Marks Action in Lower House ; Drys to Fight On [Staff Correspondence] ALBANY, March 19.-- Realizing that i they had no chance of persuading th? Assembly to defeat a referendum or ! the Federal bone dry amendment anc substitute the original Hill-McNat resolution ratifying the amendment the drys to-day, under the leadershii of Senator William H. Hill, of Broome j and Walter S. McNab, of Schenectady | had the lower house postpone actiot ; indefinitely on the referendum. Th< i Assembly gladly voted to relieve itsel 1 of the responsibility by a vote of 111 to 35. "This was the only action to take,' ; said Senator Hill to The Tribune cor respondent. "We couldn't put ove i ratification in the Assembly to-day, bu there may be a chance a little later I Our plan is to try to report out to Wilson Calls Meeting of His War Cabinet' First Step in Coordinating Industry To Be Taken To-day Central Agency Is Sorely Needed President May Plan Body Like That Urged in the Senate By C. W. Gilbert WASHINGTON, March 19. Presi? dent Wilson has called a conference to? morrow at the White House of all the hends of the various boards and com ; missions which have to do with the in? dustrial side of the war. Those who will take part will be B. ' M. Baruch, chairman of the War In? dustries Board; W. G. McAdoo, Di 1 rector of Transportation; E. M. Hur? ley, chairman of the Shipping. Board; Herbert Hoover, Food Administrator; 1 Dr. H. A. Gartield, Fuel Administrator, ? and Vance McCormick, chairman of the ; War Trade Board. Such a conference, if held regularly, 1 would be able to survey the whole field HOLLAND CLAIMS THAT THE ALLIES HAVE PUT HER IN A VERY EMBARRASSING POSITION \ and Mrs. Nix, the woman of German ! birth who worked with the band? were : removed to Ellis Island, while Count i Robert de Cl?irmont, the other mem? ber of the quartet, wa.s closely guard I ed in his apartment at 44 West Fifty I eighth Street, where he is ill. More Arrests Expected More arrests are looked for by the i Federal officials in the Hindu plot to I free India, which was revealed by the | arrest on Monday of Sailendra Nath Ghose, a Hindu, and Agnes Smerley, his i American girl companion, %vho were ! the leading spirits in the proposed up ? rising. The Federal authorities yes - terday made further search of the j papers found in the Hindu's shop at i 156 Waverley Place. These papers gave i detailed imormution as to the plans of , the plotters. Additional light was thrown on the : amazing and romantic career of Mme. i Storch yesterday, when government ! agents told of the great difficulty en j countered in their examination of the I woman and her subsequent arrest. She is a thorough business woman and kept accurate accounts of all ex ! penditures made by her since the be? ginning of tho European war. Nothing '? was left out of this list which was evi? dently prepared ?for submission to j aprendes interested in every detail. ) It wad estimated by Charles De Woody j thnt she has spent in the neighborhood i Continued on Last Page ' morrow in the Senate my resolution ! ratifying the amendment, and if it passes there to send it over to the As? sembly as a Senate message." Hut Senator Hill was not overhopeful that the drys could command ufficient strength in the Senate even to report it out. The drys are relying on the ora? tory and ? argument which Senator George B. Wellington, of Rensselacr, is ; expected to produce to-morrow when , he moves the discharge of the commit | tee more than on anything else. And ? unless the Senate acts favorably on the ? bone-dry resolution to-morrow ratifica j tion by the Legislature probably is ? dead. Tho wets in the Senate were in con ! ferenco late to-night devising a plan ! to forestall the drys to-morrow. The , plan favoied by the majority of those : in the conference was to report out the Hill resolution ratifying the Fed? eral amendment so amended as to sub? mit the question to the people. This is what happened in the As? sembly. It gave the wabbling legisla I tors from dry districts an opportunity ; to play with the wets and have some | sort of excuse when they returned to ' their homes. And if the plan is car? ried out in the Senate it will not only ? have a similar effect but will prevent! ! a test vote from being taken on the ratification resolution. ; The message of the Governor, which I , was Hent to the Assembly last night, ; indirectly urging ratification, will weigh I less with the Senate than the As 1 Hcmbly, it is believed. In the lower | house its chief effect was to rile the l Republican members, many of them Continued on Last Page of production and shipment of war ma? terials, and would be able to adjust one to the other, so that we should not have the situation which exists now of ma? terials piling up that cannot be shipped, or of the production of essentials held up for want of fuel or of some raw ma- j terial needed from abroad for which no I means of transportation exists. No one pretends to know whether j the conference is to be a regular part ; of the war machinery or whether it is ! called only for to-morrow. But it is '< clear that the President is trying to i provide organizations to do the things for which the Senate" Military Affairs i Committee said a munitions ministry : and a war cabinet would have to be ! created. War Industries Board ? A Munitions Ministry The reorganized War Industries Board, when the President gives it power, will undoubtedly be in sub? stance a munitions ministry. Prob? ably it will be entirely satisfactory to the Senators who were insisting upon the creation of a munitions ministry. They will not care what it is called so long as it can do the things which, in their opinion, no one is doing now. The conference may contain the germ of the organization he means to call | Continued an Next Page Allies Plan Decisive Blow ? With Massed Reserve Force; U. S. Guns Drive Foe Back War Council Devises a New Method of Offensive Attack by Teutons Is Not Expected Italian Front May Be the Scene of Entente Operations Ilt.v The Associated Press) WASHINGTON, March 19.?The key to the 1?U8 riddle of the Western bat? tle front is in the hands of the Su? preme War Council at Versailles. Decision as to the time and place of a major offensive by the Allies rests with that body, It also directly con? trols, officers here believe, a new weapon forged during the winter with which to make effective its plans of grand strategy. That weapon is be? lieved to lie in a pooling of the army reserves of all the Allies' armies, per? mitting overwhelming concentrations at selected points of attack. American observers now are con? vinced the German high command plans a defensive camnaign and that the long talked of drive on Paris or the Channel ports has been abandoned. The initiative, according to this view, lests with the Allied and American for?as. Communiqu?s are being scanned closely for the first indication of any offensive operations mapped out at Versailles. Controls Great Force The Supreme Council was created under the urgent insistence of Presi? dent Wilson for aggressive action this year, based or. coordinated plans and under the direction of a single agency. The exact scope of the council's author? ity has never been disclosed. It was said both by Premier Lloyd George and by Lord Curzon. however, in explain? ing the status of the British Imperial General Staff and the commander in the field, Sir Douglas Haig, that cer? tain British forces had been assigned to the council's control. Decision by the War Council, officers here believe, as to the field where these and similar forces from other armies are to be concentrated will show where Allied blows at the German defences are designed to fall. If there is to be no German drive, as the War Depart? ment predicted yesterday in its weekly war review, the council will not be forced to hold its reserves for defen? sive purposes, and can devote this new agency to attempts to smash weak points in the German line. Italian Front May Be Scene Opinion as to the sectors offering the best opportunity for Allied assaults varies widely here. There is substan? tial agreement, however, that the Ital? ian front may in fact become the main theatre of war this year. Austro-Ger man concentrations and possible offen? sives on that front, also noted by the ; weekly war summary, may represent the recognition of this view by the German High Command. In any event, even though the Su-! preme Council might have decided to - make the effort to break through in ! Italy, it is believed the first moves in the game would be played in France j and Flanders. Drives with all the ap- ! pearance of being the real offensives would undoubtedly accompany or pre cede the main thrust. The pooled Allied reserves, under di? rection of the Supremo Council, would make possible a campaign of such nature, designed to keep the German command perplexed as to which assault would he driven home. In that posi? tion adequate German forces of select ed troops would necessarily be held I ready to support cither line, and they | must be held somewhere in Germany, with ready transportation available in i either direction. Question of Handling Reserve The theory of pooled general re? serves under command of the Supreme War Council has already appeared in the British press to some extent as the explanation of what has been said in Parliament. The practical question of how such a grand reserve may be handled ap? lic?is to army officers as the most in? teresting question of the day. Mobili? zation of a ne^v inter-Allied army of attack does not seem feasible, it is said. It is pointed out, however, that the report of Sir Douglas Haig on operations in 1917 shows that his scheme of operations was upset to some extent when he was compelled to take over an additional section of the French front, freeing a large French army for participations in the French offensives of that year. This suggests that a similar practice might, be adopted for obtaining an army of attack on any front. How Scheme Would Work If the assi'.ult were to be made in Flanders the French or Belgian re? serves could take over trenches now held by the British, except on the sec? tor of operations. British troops thus released would be available for pur? poses of attack with their comrades in ?that sector. If additional reserves were necessary General Pershing might expand his front on the right flank, whfie he is now gradually taking over the American sector. The French troops released then could be shifted to the French left flank where it con? nected with the British line and be readily employed as a part of the at? tacking force. Such operations would involve no intermixing of transport and supply lines. It is conceivable to army officers that the armies sent to support Italy in her time of peril are included in the forces now under direct control of the Supreme War Council. Certainly, it is pointed out, they are not in a position to be supervised by Generals Haig and Retain. Easter Train Hervir? l?i Atlantic City. Far complete train service. 10 Atlantic t'lty durlrtg Eaater period, ?si? Ticket Agents Pennsylvania Hallrnuil tor Special Kimur Tlinu Table.?Advt, Hindenburg Opens The Publicity Drive LONDON, March 19. ?The heads of the German army have invited a number of neutral correspondents to be present at the German offensive on the West? ern front, the Exchange Telegraph correspondent at Copenhagen re? ports. The correspondents, it is stated, will leave for the front on Wednes? day. Say Wilson Won't Block Japan's Plan Tokio Reports Morris Made Our Position on Siberia Clear 1 (By a Japanese Correspondent) , ' SAN FRANCISCO, March 19.?The ! British and French ambassadors at | Tokio, as representatives of the Entente ! Allies, have formally requested Japan ? to take all measures essential for the I protection of Allied interests in Sibe i ria, says a cable dispatch from Tokio I to a Japanese newspaper here. ! At the same time, the dispatch con? tinues, the American Ambassador, Bo land S. Morris, formally declared the United States did not oppose the dis? patch of a Japanese expedition into Siberia. Owing to the critical condition of the Siberian situation the Emperor has re? turned to Tokio from the Hayama Pal? ace. Prince Yamagata, Marquis Matsu gata, Saionji, Okuma and other elder i statesmen have all bean received by his majesty. Premier Terauchi and the rest of the Cabinet ministers, as well | as the leaders of both the army and navy, have also been granted audi? ences. German Prisoners In Siberia Win BolshevikVs Battle LONDON1, March 19.- Two thousand aimed German prisoners enabled the Bolsheviki to defeat the non-Bolsheviki in the fight at Blagovieshtchensk, capi? tal of Amur Province, Siberia, last Tuesday, according to a semi-official statement i.ssued in Tokio Sunday, and transmitted by Reuter. A Tokio dispatch, dated Sunday, for-j warded by the Exchange Telegraph i correspondent at Peking, represents the | plight of Japanese subjects in the dis? turbed zone in Eastern Siberia as serious. Their lives are in jeopar.ly and a boycott has been declared against, them, it is asserted, while those who j fall into the hands of the Maximalists : are plundered or subjected to even ; worse '.reatment. Three Billions Asked For Air Programme Lack of an adequate financial appro? priation is crippling the United States aero service and rendering impos- j 6ible the development of an aviation I programme such as is required for the proper prosecution of the war, I according to a statement made yes- ! terday by the executive committee of j the Aero Club. "We find we are doing only one-fifth ! of what we should do," the committee i announced, following a special meeting ' at the clubhouse, 297 Madison Avenue, j yesterday. "The main reason is that j there are no funds with which to do | more. The government aeronautic or- j ganization to-day is unable to go I further, because it lacks'funds." The government's present aircraft building programme was made at a time when Italy was victorious and ! Russia still energetically fighting, the j statement continued. The $640,000,000 appropriation made by Congress for ! aircraft work, it pointed out, repre sented the "rock bottom cost" for the smallest plan that could be made to meet the situation successfully as it existed at that time. "The Italian reverses and the Rus? sian colapse," the statement proceeds, "created new conditions to meet which we should have immediately tripled our aircraft programme. "The plans were made puolic in part when the War Department published the fact that the estimate, included pay of 11.941 aviation officers and 153, jMtj enlisted men for the aviation sec? tion of the signal corps. As it takes ar average of two aeroplane? to train each aviator and a minimum of six aeroplanes tc keep him fight.ng for a year as well as a spare moto- for every motor used, there would be required 80,000 aeroplanes and twice that num? ber of nio>.ors. "To carry out this programme would take an appropriation of about ! $3,000,000.000, or about five times the amount the authorities have had to work with. The Aero Club of Amer? ica officials went over these figures with different government officials, and they agreed that such a pro? gramme is necessary, and they felt that Congress would give the neces? sary appropriations soon after con? vening. This has not yet been done, and the government aeronautic or? ganization's hands are tied until Congress allows further appropria? tions. Provided ample funds are a lowed? the situation can be saved even at this late hour, and the pro? duction of aircraft, motors and equip? ment quadrupled in the coming few months there being a substantial foundation to build on." American Observers Report First Line Trenches Abandoned Bombs Dropped on Works Near Metz Our Artillery Shells Towns Near Front, Using Gas and Explosives ! By Tlie Associated Preml WITH THE AMERICAN ARM* INT FRANCE, March 18.-American artil? lery on the Toul front to-day bom? barded towns within the enemy linos. On several occasions considerable, numbers of gas shells wore used. Tho gunners also dropped projectiles on German trenches. Some shell?-, hit in the town of Essey and others in Mont sec. An American patrol between Reu? nieres Wood and Jury Wood (between Seichepre'y and Flirey) encountered an enemy patrol early this morning. For an hpur and a half the American patrol tried to make some of the enemy prisoner, but without result, although a number of fights with pistols and rifles occurred as the Germans retire?!, jumping from tree to tree. American snipers made a number of lucky shots to-day and Germans were seen to fall. American Wires Tapped Again Th.? telephone wires within tho American lines were tapped again i during the night, not far from* where the patrol encounter occurred. Tho ; enemy artillery fired a number of gas sbjells at our lines. | The weather last night and to-day was well suited for aerial work and much was accomplished. American anti-aircra'ft guns drove off at least six enemy airplanes, while others crossed the lines at such a height that they were out of range. La;st night airplanes from the rear j of the American lines crossed over to the German zone. Soon after many ex? plosions and flashes were heard and seen in the direction of Metz. American 'planes discovered during the night that the Germans are strengthening their second lino. It is known that the first line in many places virtually has been abandoned. It is believed that the accurate Ameri? can artillery fire has had something to do with this. Shatter Enemy .Mine Throwers It is now permissible to announce that American artillery in the Lune ville sector has located and blown up a battery of mine throwers, one of which a few days ago obtained a direct hit or. a dugout in which were a num? ber of American soldiers, most of them of Irish descent. The battery had been causing a great deal of trouble for several days, and the Americans were determined to put it out of action. It was located after considerable trouble, and the artillery concentrated high explosives on it. A patrol of twenty-four men, half Americans and half French, last night went into the German lines from an isolated portion of the sector. It com? pleted its mission of reconnoissance, bringing back the desired information. The patrol had a short skirmish, but obtained no prisoners. Not Like Home, Say Irish Yesterday (St. Patrick's Day) Irish? men of a certain regiment serving in the Luneville sector held an appro? priate celebration. Tbe men had en? tertained hopes' that something would develop which would enable them to lay low or capture some Germans by way of celebration, but nothing out of the ordinary happened. Last year on St. Patrick's Day these men held their celebration in-, and yesterday the remark most frequently heard was something like this: "Well, this day last year I was strolling down-. Now I am strolling down the narrow way of duckboards, in the mud." Yesterday extraordinary activity de? veloped in the Chemin-des-Dames sec? tor, where some troops from New Eng? land are in training. The enemy be? gan a gas bombardment late Saturday night and continued it until yesterday. A vigorous reply was made by both American and French batteries, which gave the Germans about four times as much as they sent over. Massachu? setts troops bore the brunt of a por? tion of the bombardment. Six thou? sand shells wore fired yesterday from he sector in which the Americans aro stationed, a huge proportion of them being gas shells. Americans Get War Crosses Citation of three mozo American soldiers, carrying with it the French War Cross, was announced at Ameri? can army headquarters to-day, while on the Luneville sector six officers, six sergeants and two privates were receiving the War Cross at an impres o ceremony juat back of the fighting line. The men decorated near Luneville to-day were Colonel Douglas MacAr thur, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Tinly, Major William J. Donovan, Cat> tain Thomas Handy, Lieutenant W. Arthur Cunningham, Detroit; Lieuten? ant Oscar Buck, New York; Sergeant S. G. Russell, New York; Sergeant Abraham Blaustein. New York; Pri? vate Charles Jones, New York; Ser? geant William Moore, New York; Ser? geant Daniel O'Conncll, New York; Sergeant Carl Kahn, New York; Ser? geant William Bailey, New York, and Private James Quickley, New York. All the sergeants and privates as? sisted Major Donovan on March 7 and 8 in aiding a new unit in withstand? ing a German bombardment. Licuten