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THE SUN, SATURDAY, JULY 20, 1918.
been mad to refrain from mentioning the Americans since the campaign In the German newspapers belittling the Amer icans as fighters, whether In largo num bers or small. Chnmpnicnr Front Srrtirr, The French havo no further anxiety In regard to the front In the Champagne, AMERICAN ADVANCE IDEALLY ORGANIZED Where Americans and French Continue to Press Offensive Against the Germans Attiirk Moves I'crfoctly All Along: Thicrry-Solssnns Hnttlc Lino. It should be noted, however, that only a very small part of the reserves of Prince nupprecht on the Somma and Ypres fronts havo been Mnt to the Crown Prince's assistance, and It Is believed here, that the German strategy will take the form of launching, a big attack ENEMY IS BEEXFOKCED against the llrltlsh front In those districts. i J 1 7?yy - !T""'"rr It Is possible, on the other hand, and Is regarded as probable by some experts here, that Oen. Foch will anticipate such a move by the Germans and begin a great counter attack on tin Somme front very soon, utilizing the British and American troops, who are chafing more or less under their Inaction. Likely to Strike I5lr.evrb.ere. Looking at the problem from the Ger man point of view. It would seem Im probable that an excellent strategist like Gn. Ludendorff will "throw good money after bad" and continue his fu tile attempts' on the Marno and Cham pagne fronts, but, keeping sufficient troops there to prevent disaster, ha Is more likely to concentrato every avail able man pn some other sector. The German failure on the Marne Is likely,- In the Ilritleh view, to accelerate an enemy blow against another part of the Allies' front, which logically would be the Urltlsh sectors. However, the Germans have used up a large part of their reserve divisions; therefore, the next blow will be less serious. At the same time It Is pointed out here that the Allies are not out of the wood yet and that the successes of the present week, while most encouraging, are as yet not decisive. GEN. MAN GIN SEEKS CONTROL OF ROADS Possession Will Imperil Ger man Hold on the Marne. Iptclal Cable Dttpatek to The Sex from tht London Txmtt. Copirloht. mi; all rights riienei, Paric July It. The ultimate objec tives of the French and Americans now carrying out their offensive between Bolssons and Chateau Thierry are the roads motor and rail running north and south between the Alsne" and the llarpe. Immediately north of Oulchy Cha teau lies a highland constituting a water shed between the two rivers. The coun try on each side of this watershed Is cut by Innumerable streams, which flow easily down the soft undulations, with here and there u sharper valley, espe cially along the Ourcq, which feeds the Marne. Gen. Msngln's counter attack started In the fringes of Villera-CotUrets forest, which in peace time was u charming sylvan glen north of the Ourcq, The country Is comparatively clear of thickly wooded areas, nd has many good roads. It is such n country, in fact, that would lei)d Itself admirably to the employment of mobile artillery and tanks South of the Ourcq the country Is much more cm up by (.mall stream?, and by big roads and railways, but the whole country follows more or less the undula tions of the main road from Soissons to Chateau Thierry, which, rising kharply from the Marne, drops down again sud denly Into the alley of theOuroq, then rises slightly through the gentle hills until it drops suddenly into the steep valley of the Alsne at Soissons, which has, Immediately to tlio southwest, a Ktries of plateaus known k's Montsgnts de,l'urls. These, with the correspond'-' lug- plateau, MimUitnc- de Khelrns on the southeast, dominate the town. The hlggrst French advitnce from a (strategical point of view was made ut the nottheru extremity. In the direction of Soissons the plateau immediately dominating the town Horn the southwest was carried. Along the lino between Soissons and Chateau Thierry markrd by Ylerxy, Villera Noroy, Marliy, Iluutf- fanes. ISelUau Wood and liourekclits the Allien penetrated so deeply that the French were enabled to employ their cavalry. If the Flench get to Solsrons the SoU-aons-C'hntenu Thleny salient will become untenable to the Germans; but. the French ura well schooled In the fluctu ating fortune uf war, and while they are prepared to believe In miracles since the Hist battle of the Marne they are willing to- let belief follow In the foot steps of accomplishment. Nevertheless the most moderate anil cautious critics see, in the success with which the Germans have been brought to a standstill east of Ilhelms anil along the Marne, and In the brilliant advance of the French and Americans under Oen. Mangln ample proof that the Allies are able to discontinue the practice of ac cepting strategical dictation fiom tre enemy. DRIVE FOR CHALONS DEFINITELY ENDED Due to Stand of Gen. Gouraud in Champagne. frfia' Inhlt Jlttpmrh tn Tics !! Copinoht. 19H; all rhj.t rum ri. Paiiib, July 1 a. Although nil the re sults of Gen. Koch's great offeiitivc can not now lie prcd.cted, one thing nlrcmb certain I th.it the ma.n plan of the Germans, whUli was to break the Cham pagne frwnt and rapture Chalons, on the Marne, has collapsed completely. , Gen Gouraud's army has spoiled the eneaix s scheme. Til's was accomplished not only by the valor of the troops but sUo by the lemarkahle fashion In which Gen. tiuurnud organized his defences, In another sector of the luttlelleld south of the Maine where the. Germans liuve won small patches of land lending In the direction of ICperuay the mint fu rious IK it.ns Kis been in progress, A simflir i-tiugglc has been In progress on the Italian pct .r below llhelms on the eaetem i .le of the Gennan salient Ttere lite .iormans have attacked with perullm feim.ty. their battle ciy being re-ttge f r the AuMi-liin defeat In Italv. The results so far have exceeded the most mnsulne oxpcriut'ons. .Numerous attacks uth tanks and gas woro broken by the resistance of the Italians, nnd a little later an Italian counter attack rMited the cnemv on the Ardre and In the outskirts of I'ourcy. The lose.- of the HermiuiH have been enormous. They have thrown their men Into Ihu struggle with the saipe reck, lessness as In the battles, of .March 21 and tile il-iys Immediately thereafter Many of the recently reorganised regl merits which wern plseumwileil to. gether from runn-ints of other regl. jments that In the last four months of fliihllii.t hkd been reduced in some cnes to as few as twenty-llvo men have rgam been dlsorg inlzud and scattered by the flu- of the Allies' guns. French l.nlior Indnrm.H Wilson. Pahis, July 19 The Congress of the General Confederation of Labor adopted last night, after a long mid animated discussion by a vote of 90S to 233, n lesolutlon approving the adoption by !h leaders of the confederation of the peace principles enunciated by President WIN ". ! ' I lt$iA&& " "' 1 ' " V ' ' 'fcyiilrSfi X .sfitei .v. yy ,, x i-v yyiSWl : , 0 : . VifcpflBL 1SMmey, ; ! lLrie . 0. JpRENCH and American troops, continuing their advance on the western side of the German salient that extends below the Marne, made ad ditional gains yesterday, advancing in a general way about two miles and capturing additional villages. On the eastern side of the wedge the OFFICIAL REPORTS LONDON, July to. Following are the official reports of the fighting in France: FRENCH (NIGHT) The battle begun yesterday between. the Aisno and tha iflirno continued all daywith extreme violence, the enemy raacting along the whole line- with large reserves in an at tempt to stay our progress. Despite his efforts we continued our advance over the greater part of the front. On the left we maintained' the plateau southwest of Soissons and in the rcsion of Chaudun. In the centre our advance exceeded three kilometers nt certain points along the line of Vaux-Castille, Villers-Helon and Noroy-sur-Ourcq. On the right our troops oc cupied after bitter fighting the plateau northwest of Monneg and the height north of Courchamps and advanced beyond Torcy. The number of prisoners counted up to the present exceeds 17,000, including two Colonels with their chiefs of staff. We have captured more than 360 cannon, including one battery of 210s. FRENCH (DAY) Between the Aisne and the Marne our troops, surmounting the resistance of the enemy, which was in creased by the arrival of new reserves, realized sensible progress at the close of yesterday. The number of prisoners counted is being augmented. The battle continues with violence along the whole front. Ve3t of Rheims and south of the .Marne our troops yesterday, by a vigorous attack, retook Montvoisin and threw the enemy out of the outskirts of Oeuilly. To tho north of the Marne we have made progress in the Roi Wood and the Courton Wood and carried our line a kilometer to the westward. Further north the Italians have taken Moulin d'Ardre and con quered ground in the region of Bouilly., In the course of these actions the French have captured four cannon, thirty machine guns and 400 prisoners. Betwocn Montdidier and Noyon and also In the Woevre region in raids ogninst tho German lines we captured 100 prisoners, GERMAN (NIGHT) On the battlefield between tho Aisne and the Marne a fresh attempt by the French to break through our linos failed with heavy lo?ses to the enemy, GERMAN (DAY) The battlo has blazed up again between tho Aisne and tho Marne. There the French have begun their long expected counter offensive. By the employment of extremely strong squadrons of tanks they1 succeeded ut first in penetrating by surprise into our front infantry and artillery lines at isolated points and in pressing back our line. Afterward our line divisions, together with reserves which has been held in readiness, frustrated the enemy from breaking through, Toward middny French attacks on tho line southwest from Sois sons to Ncuilly and northwest of Chateau Thierry were defeated. In the afternoon very strong partial attacks of the enemy on the whole of the front of attack broke down against our new line. Enemy columns which were endeavoring to reach the battlefield were the objectives of our successful battle planes. On tho front south of tho Marne tho French, since their failures of July 10-17, have only directed partial attacks southeast of Marcuil, which were repulsed. Between the Marne and Rheims und cast of Rheims tho fighting activity has been confined to local opera tions. Enemy attacks in the Bois du Roi and on both sides of Pourcy broke down. We have captured prisoners in successful attacks northwest of Troesnes, on the Suippes and on both sides of Perthes. The num ber of prisoners brought in sinco the 15th exceeds 20,000. BRITISH (NIGHT) By a successful minor operation carried out by us this morning in the Baillcul sector Scottish troops cap tured tho village of Mcteren, gaining all their objectives and taking over 300 prisoners, with a number of machine guns. Under cover of this operation, Australian troops pushed their line forward a short distance south of Meteren and captured more than eighty prisoners nnd ten machine guns. We also obtnincd a few prisoners during the day in raids and patrol encounters in the Nicppe Forest Fcctor. BRITISH (DAY) Hostile raids were driven off during the night in the Villcrs-Bretonneux and Morlancourt sectors. We car ried out successful raids in the neighborhood of Bucquoy, Wlllerval and Locre nnd captured a few prisoners. V , OF THE BATTLE Italians and the French forced back the Germans at the points where they were narrowing the smaller salient about Rheims, with the idea of forcing the evacuation of that city, and advanced their own lines near Nanteuil and Pourcy nearly a mile to the west. The heaviest fighting of the day occurred on the plateau south of GERMANS RALLYING TO CHECK ATTACK Kiieiny Believed to Have Twen ty Divisions Back of the Lines. II y (ilSllAM) C.tMPIIHI.I,, Special CalU .Dttpatch to The Six from the London Timtt. Copirlglit. tail; all rlohtt rttrrttd. With the Krkncii Ah my, July 19. To-day, after a qulst night, tlis ntrmana are bringing up heavy reenforccments land much heavy flshtlne Is expected. Although a great many prisoners have j been taken and much war material rap- tured it mutt be borne In mind that the Jermans have many reserve dl- vision In this sector, probably as many as twenty , kept there, no doubt, to meet nil (jun Islv any counter nttack that might develop i in Ihplr fllltlUH ohll thu Murno nffan. I slva was In progress. Thee reserves hae already begun to enter the line, and for a time they held the French back There has been furl- i ous hand to hand fighting, particularly In the neighborhood of Kolssons, on the I southwestern plateau, und between VII ! lers tlelon,, Noroy and the Ourcq. Tho I latter struggle continued through the night. French Holding; Jr (Jalnlne. This mornlna the French were either holding their ground or advancing at rerlaln points nlong the front. Clearly, I liuwever, ii is me pari or pruoence 10 , be prepared for u vigorous reaction on uir pun ui mr enemy, euncr nrre or I elsewhere, liy to-morrow, or even nt I the close of to-day, the enemy probably . j will have hH maximum resisting strength , marshalled In defence. I Altnou'jn tsr battle so far has been In our favor we aie not yet our of the woods. AuMliltiir INialhla In Onm. .Since open warfare began anything sermi. possible, even u surprise attack on a big scale. S.ucc the war begun there huKn't been an thing so complete i on either side, or an thing so extended, as eatcrdav's suinrlse attack bv the ' French and Americans, which caught 1 the enemy unawares. At many points officers were snooilng In their beds, and at others the righting men up early were setting out to har- i vest thu crops of rye. I .Shortly before the attack began a Oi rmau officer, taken pi (sorter on the Miiinc. was asked by some une (quite j innocently) If he wasn't afraid there j uould be un attack on the Herman right i Hunk while the Mjrne battle was In ' pi ogress? I "Afraid ?" ho asked, "Ceitalnly nut. , Why should we bo ufraldV We have ' positive information that Foch has l ' leady used up all of his reserves, so there xxreldn't be any men I'jft t at tack The bluw caught the enemy napping , because there was nothing In the way of artillery preparation to announce the at-1 tack. Among the ulllod forces there was nu nuuwit'iiK" iiiai inn iiuui'K was planned, Only a few ofllcers outside of the higher command knew that It even was contemplated. The rank and tile, t otllcors nr.d men and this Includes many ntlU'eta of very high rank did not know the plum until they received or- ilers to advance, ! One Iliinilreil IIIk (tuns Tit Urn, . When the advinres uie up measured t w II be found, ofllcers believe, that ' ho tenltory gained Is equal In aiea last offensive after long weeks of prep - . - " - " .""t. i sratlon, Not less thm u hundred big guns have been taken. Yesterday I talked with Gen. Uc goutte, commanding the southern army, nnd found him well pleased with whnt had been Accomplished. Opposition on this part of the ctor has been mora stubborn than ut most other points. Uehlnd Chouy, called lloulvson Ue ("resnes. the eilRe of VII-lers-Cottent forest was still strongly held by enemy machine sun detach ments nt 10 o'clock. In order not to delay the general advance the French troops were ordered to march past It north nnd south, and when In this way It was practically surrounded a unit of American Infantry who never be fore hud been under fire was ordered to clean It up. When they had fin ished the Job they brought back twenty nine prisoners, all thut was left alive of the garrison In the same district u body of Hoops ! In crossing the lllver Savlerec, which nuwr, miiii me uunq hi troesnes, waueu through, hresst deep, under heavy ar tillery tire, singing choruses at they floundered across. In the early morning the slty wan rray und there was a certain iimount of fog, which at first hampered tho work of the tlrmen, but the fog soon cleared away and by seven the airmen were en Rnged In reporting the various stages of the advance, whlrh in this southern sector was the quickest. In th centre, south of I 'a any en Vulols, wheio the enemy soon wan driven from the pla teaus north and soufh of the villager, '"" Tl" . eulll ITOnt. tho troops nero pressing toward the Cnvnlry Hnvr Thelrt'linnce, Early In the day the Infantry, thanks to the cavalry in'companylng them, had reached and passed their objective The employment of tanks and the secrecy of the mnnieuvrc was aided by u piece of good fortune In the storm which came up in the nlghl. The tanks Imp. pened to be charging up with petrol and moving, torwurd their stations Just when the noise of the thunder was loudest and they were able to go on their way unheard. As regards the cavalry, they havo come Into their own. In other words they are lighting on horseback for al most tho flrsl Unit slnca tlu e:irK iIuvm f the war, and the spectacle they presented as they rode eastward along the valleys debouching from the forest whs u sight for sore eyes. on body of them Is lenorted to havo been seen by our airmen nt 2 o'clock fighting in the streets of a village to far beyond our original front, and the lines Inld down In Inst night's com munique, that I refrain from giving Its name, ulthough 1 believe that later communiques will prove that my In formation Is correct Hut without going so far ulicld, the gains certainly realized were good ''lo"Kh' On the French right evetythlng went tike clockwork Hy ! o'clock torcy, nussaires, uourcimmps ami i.icy ' Kurill llll hart tivftn tiiki'.n t'u'r .'niinfnr attacks by Herman leserves, one from northeast and one from eatt of the vil lages, had been repulsed. Vlnii Vlllrim-s Arc 'In Ken, t-wih... n r. i.. .r.'wh. n,.. ii. .,., , . I everywhere met the ame success, und 1 w Ithout mentioning any more names nu merous villages were taken. It Is enough j to suy that along the wholo fiout there ' was u solid advance averaging at least 1 two or three miles in depth. ' North of the Ourcq, in (Sen Mnngln's i sector, the French troops showed the I same dash nnd irallantrv. liiul tha untn. satisfactory piogrrss was made. In the neighborhood of Soissons the plateaus southwest of Chuudun. overlooking the town, have been occunlrd. and-also the Montagns do Purls tuid Deny le Hec. tn miter ny cavalry. 11 is oovinus inai mis great coup do is bound to Interfere seilously with the main has materially chanced the. sltua- , (lei man drive on tho Murne. Tlio ricr tlon and must have a serious!) depress- man troupi there are in a pre.-arlous I Ins effect upon the (leimaus. On tho position, with only a narrow strip of ' French It has hud the effect of cham- . ten Itory. und that upder a constant and ' fiagne on n man who Is very tired, liven 'harassing (Ire from Flench and Ameil i thu sausage bullooni overlooking the 'an guns enumv s lln. hiit.m In tt;ti. c aiv...-.. look, They had moved forward Instead of back, nnd In my fancy there was an expression of triumph In their pose, but pennies mat was nernum. i e.ii i . ii wcii? un mil -winning siae. In the attack ut dawn yesterday the men leaped forward from the trenches the InHanl their barrage began to fall In front of them and nut little oppoat tlon, the Germans evidently thinking the noise made by the allied guns was mere ly a conltnuatlon of tht thunderstorm and overlooking Soissons', where the Germans, having brought up large rcenforcements, made a desperate attempt to drive out the' French and Americans, who held the position, the key to Soissons. They failed com pletely. The fall of Soissons into the hands of the troops of the Allies 'is regarded as Imminent. BRILLIANT PANORAMA SEEN IN BACK YARD OF BATTLE Continual ovor, was always forward. Aftor riw Iimir of flshtlng all tlio American staffs wore on territory .which only that imirnins had ItolmimM to the enemy. At one Maff hcnilciuarlprs v cotuitoil more than 1,500 prisoners from nine (llflVrunt rt'irimi'iits. Aiiumtr ilieni were a dozen or more officers, the i J'jKhe-t In lank belli;; a .Major, who, Ills uniform, was thought liy our men lilted ai lie jmismmI to the rear. Hundred" of machine Held kuiis and whole li.itterlei of 77s and even larger puis were captured liy our men. I am not nttenipdng to say how ninny prisoners were captured along the whole front, its vu, uf course uld not see them all, hut if they cnuie hack as numerously from other parts of the Hue as they did hi those sections I saw the total hag will aggregate many thousands, one of the officers connected with our Intelligence department told tne It would reiptiro three days to question the prisoners. After visiting maiiof our headquarters staffs I went through several of the little towns and villages that were captured In the advance. Many of the houses hud been well stocked with various supplies, chlelly with lieer, It seemed, us though the (iefuiuus had expected to remain There a considerable time. Some of the American wounded to whom I talked emphatically detiv stories we have heard to the effect that the Cerman will not light anil that he yells Kamerad at the llrst opportunity. These men tuld me the Certnniis they eiicothitered fought until there was no more ammunition for their machine guns or until the French and Americans were at their thnmls with bayonets. "I wish," said one wounded doughboy, "that some of those who think the Itis'lie won't light would come over here and try It themselves." lie added that there weie cowards nniong the (iermniis as among all other races, hut It would he unfair to our soldiers to belittle men who had been In battle four years and who. In addition to a willingness to fight, possessed an expert knowledge of lighting. A Major who stood near nodded approval. A study of I ho terrain shows thai new roads were built and others widened in preparation for the attack, thus revealing the painstaking care with which the allied high command worked out plans for the offensive. So far nil (ieimnii counter attacks have been easily beaten off and the great battle continues in our favor. uhii.li had raged in furious fashion nil through the night Too much hope should not be built upon tile fact that our men nave mad n good Initial udvnncc, as It Is known that the enemy's forward positions hctn been held but lightly. It remains a fact, how ever, that our uttack was over a lurge front, und that fi out protects the enemy s HuiJi, g.lng It uu Importance which we ma) be ccit.iln the (lermaii higher command would not undervalue. Mliicl.. Srlf-siipportliiK." It will be recalled that the ullled local attacks between the .Marne und the I Alsne ulmost "went off theinaolven" dur. lug June and the uaily part of July, u fact which mn be attributed to the clr cum.siance that the enemy was ciy busy preparing his Mama offensive. I l.i" n e i .iiem was engaged else- where a whole series of Fiench counter I hl",w" "' ""I '"i onwren i"c I Jlarm' ' " apparentb with only slight opposition The attacks were invariably successful. H'ttlng back the (lei man line an appreciable distance, A few day ago 1 was talking to a Flench (ifiicrnl who hud been most Intimately connected with these French attacks, and he remirked that they weie carrion by their own weight If such tactics were successful on a small scule there was' no reason to suppos-e they wouldn't work out equally well on a largei plan, a view that evl Henllv bun bp.n ucfAiit.H hv fit.. i.'.m.i. (ieneral Htaff. At any tate the new allied offensive ' It CAtls tllv ivmilil mil lit. II..,.- It ceitalnly "" I" u awkward position If they wre forced to move h ick to the north h""1 of M"a situation that " m u'litseiy. Kliigr Alfonso Hnrs H lleliilniis, Mapkiii, July 19 - Intervention by King Alfonso I as brought reprieves to. eight llelgians condemned to death by a German court at Ilrussels, This ' an nouncement Is made by the foreign Office. row First Vugr, from the newne.-s ami splendor of to be a Ceuerul. lie was roundly GERMANS DISGUISED IN FRENCH UNIFORMS Attempts to Deceive Amer icans in Champagne. Washington, July l!i. (ien. Per shing's 11-x.rt for lesterdaj confirms press statement of the .umplctu suit-ess of yesterday's attacks between the Alsne and the Marne by combined Atneilcan French forces. The despatch fol- ; low: American troops, cooperating with the Fiunch In an attack on the en emj's positions between the AIfiic nnd the Marne, penetrated his lines to ft depth of several mile, capturing many prisoners nnd gens Gen. Pershing's supplementary report detailing earlier opratlomi rinds- On the night of July i:, to m 'a ptHtoon of our troops operating eust of llhelms was nttitke.I by a raiding party of twenty-one Germans. Our men went over the tup to inert theni and killed the entire jiurty with the bayonet without lovs to them-elves. One of our regiments In this smie region reports that u pnrly of (Jer mans with French helmets nnd coats attempted to penetrate one of our trenches. The lender sucusedod In apjirouchlng our machine gunnir, posted at this point, saying tlpu he wns French. When within a short di. tnnre of the gun, the German throw n grernde wlilih wounded our gunner The gunner'H teammule relied the ,tun turntd It on the Germans and put tht-tn to Might. Another of our legltnt-nts m thn .aim. loiallty reports Ihr.t an oltli-er In Finch helmet and coul apjiroai lied an outpo.n guard saying t)Mt , In high g buck a detail-meat nf Fien. !i from further front and rrquested the guard not to lire. Tb, detachment proved lo he Germans in French hel. inets "and coats. .c .Un FmIIs In Flr,. Amstibuam, July 19. A Zeppelin fell In flames at the German frontier near Dalhelm on Monday evenlne. h nm. llenlanncne Couianr announces to-day. TroojiH From North Trying to Snvo (Ionium Coin miniit'ntioiiK. Bv the Amne;ated Prrtt, With tub Ahehican army Hetw-kch the Aisne ano tub Mahsk. July Fi The Franco-American troops made an advance late this afternoon on 'h fiolssons-Chsteau Thierry front, tneiag. Ing about two kilometers (about a mils and a quarter). Vicious Clerman ma chine gun fire nouthwest of Soissons hampered tho advanco for only a hort period. In the same section the Oermnns at tempted to use tanks ngalnst the Anur lenns. but a hot fire, soon compelled th tanks to retreat. The advance began with a hnrrare opening at 6:30 o'clock. Tanks uer sent In toy the Allies to assist the In fantry and machine gunners, and th Germans endeavored to stem the tMs with a heavy shell fire. Attack Well Oritnnlrrd. The advance was one of thu best or ganized the Allies ever nt tempted, (ho system working wonderfully well from one end of tho lino to the other The machine gun defence of the (iermani wns feeble nnd was quickly silenced the flcrmans falling back upon their rear defences. Southwest of Soissons the !rmn repeatedly altempted to reach the Allies' big guns. The Oerman firing rontmtipd until long after dark, but the. French and American guns responded In kind and gave fall protection to the allied forces as they advanced along the line. Several tow ns, were enptured. Heavy rcenforcements were rushed up from the north by the Oerman com mand In n despernto effort to head off the hard fighting .Allies, whose rapid advance would, If continued, sever thi Oermnn lines of communication. Rrrmnns Still Smith of Miimr, There are still strong German forcss south of the, Marne. In the course of the night the Arnu. enns took several villages nnd ear,y thli morning they madn further pi ogre is The Amcrleins contlnus to hold ill plateau southwest of Soissons, where th Germnnn made their first organized counter attack yesterday. This attack soon broke down, however, ns soon as the American artillery got Into action This was one or the fiercest struggle In connection with the Franco-American offensive. The battle raged southwest of Soissons for some time. It result! In the Germans falling back llnallj un der the rain of the heavy gunfire of the Americans. Rprmnn Flril llrforr Attack. Que of the villages taken by the Americans last night wns Vlent. sli miles south of SoIbhoiik. Village- tn th north and south of this also were taken in the carrying out of this plan to htralghteu the entire line on th Solsuons-Chateau Thierry front. No resistance was encountered at Vlerzj or In the neighboring villages taken. At two villages on the southern por tion of the tine tlio hands of tho clocks had been slopped by shell (Ire at 4 t6 o'clock, Indicating .the time tho A.liei had started their bombardment on Thursday morning. One of the greatest surprise" for th Americans In thn opening of the offen sive win the (light of the Germans he fore thn attack. The Americans, ninny of whom were going Into uctlon for ihe first time, were prepared fully for a stiff fight, and as the houis wonl on with out a German counter blow th"y begin to wonder when the enemy would re taliate. Among the slightly wounded men tn tho Amerlcun dressing station was one lad who left a Chicago school to Join the army. This youth had been wounded In the leg soon after the start of the nt tack. and his chief worry seemed to be that hli comrades who had gons on would four he had been killed. AMERICAN FIGHTING WINS FRENCH PRAISE And This Before Marne Aisne Attack Began. Hy (. Ahsocutttii l'rt! "With tiik Ami:iiu av Aiimv in' Fr.AVCi July IS idelajril) -With nightfall ot the fourth day of the battle east at west of Itheims a feeling of contldei pervade the allied llnea. After etgh" hours of nssault along lines of his ' eelfctlon the enemy's offenshe seen i u has failed. He Is still behind the ' i lives net for the first da h ,i" 1 Furthermore, his gains during the ' .Iterations weie considerably - I than tho.'c of any of hi prevln .- ' n I slve." during the present yea? While the American foicn en. the preseut.tiattle Is small in i ' 'n with the total ullled strength n said that It Is greater than ri patlng In u battle since tin- and the conduct of the mi n . . the commendation of the I'-.-hive performed the pail n- tlu'iu with steadlue&s, couia;.' i To u huge portion of t.ie t thine four dat have b"i '' 11 leal fighting. Itrpnrts fi" n - ' lliifs Indicate a great ilea ' ' " wnrf.ii' some spoulaneo'i'- - I tlons Leing undertaki u w ' i' i" lltnlniiry but rage, and it i. of this character that the m .- n an have won the prnlsi- nf th. I"ie- -h The tone of Thursday's ..Ml. ..' r. and likewise the suci cs of Hi.' . . 'tr attneks begun rail-, to-d.n v 'I'cted the Flinch and Xnir i ii ' 1 with high i-ontideiiie m in. c Ihe sreat enemy offensii w'i. n 1 ! Iielii'ed not nnl, to h nt llvelj checked but in ut .-a-' . r meaMire thioun hack j The Amrilniu linnhpori l.'Mi t ' j Hons nnd of the h.ii.pitul sen m ork j lug smnothlv and I'dlcientl) I'-'i ''' ( line the coi resimndeut en. . 1 1 1 . 1 . 1 ' ; biihuii eM and trucks tilled w: a i..' ' known us hitting cases wlc. .i ' .hail li.cn attrniiul to at tin- ul.i ' ' dressing stations Thise ti I w-ny to the rial, and fit ip.. n-.! ! passage tlii j forced tn 'hi- I j gfoups "f German prisonei.s b. - " I c'rli'd to the pens PRUSSIANS BAR LICHN0WSKY. A in Im wn i it r Willi lllniiird t.iwiim u .t for Wnr Is (lnrlril li I .- t . A.MSTrltllAXI, ,lll I'l I'l'il., , I.' nnwsky, Germ in Aiuh.ths.,doi n. I, don lit the outlmak i.r 111.- war dlsclosiiies atlrlbutlng ri sionjbil . (iermany for Ihe hiinglng on of thi diet brought h.iii Into disfaoi at '" lias l.-eii permai'mtlj exrlulct -membership In the Prussian ll.n.s. ' Lords, according to the Dues. .( .Vrirht'lrnfrn. A minority voted for temporary r ilon.