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THE SUN MONDAY, . OCTOBER 21, 1918. ft - ft. kept' up Its pleas for l peace. But now that Germany Jian uo- Government cecded In obtaining rcpllen from (he f President by this method of apparently pleading for mercy the Herman Govern ment tdiows an Inclination to regard the exchange! as negotiations entered Into between the German Government and tTi United' States Government relative to 'a peace reached by proposition nnd counter proposition until around of mu f tual understanding I found. The Nonldcuttche .Alleffemetne Ztitung, , official organ of the Imperial Gqverti ment. refers to "negotlstltons which l'resldcnt Wilson has helped nlonj und extended" land Mm semi-official Cologne Oattttc now speaks of ponce not en 1 forced by might. Germany thus appears ' to be raptdlly taking the position that It has simply entered Into a dlsvustfbn or debato with President Wilson concerning ' terms "reached by equals where the tjues " Hon of what Germany will or will not permit is quite as Important ns any terms Its adversaries might wish to l;.i Pose. The Rtate Department has ho official f- knowledge concerning the German note said to lie in preparation or on Its way here. There Is reason to believe that there Is n wide divergence of views In Germany as to what the German reply should be. .but tlio State' Department has nothing official to even indicate that a reply has been framed. HTjiAntwhllA I., I 1 . . - describe the note ns "conciliatory." but jj uiuiuiie mm u win contain arguments mm counter proposmona one version Is that Germany will agree to stop sub marine warfare at onco except within the limits allowed by International law. Another version Is that Germany will de cline to restrict U-boat warfare on the ground that this Is n matter which must 0 settled at the armistice. Several versions stato that Germany Will dispute the charges of Inhumane actions. There seems to be a general agreement from all sides that Germany will evacuate Belgium, her agreement In this respect being materially helped along1 by Sir Douglas Hale's forces. 1 LABOR WANTS SEAT AT THE PEACE TABLE ' British Government to Be '. Ashed to State Its View. Special Cable Despatch to Tun Srs. Copyright, IMS: all righu reterved. , London, Oct. 20. Hjlttsh labor prob . ably will be represented at the peace I conference Cither by George N. Barnes, who is a member of the British War ' Cabinet, or by J. C. dynes, tlio Minister t of Food. The latter would have the I backing; of a majority of the BrltUh I people, while Barnes holds alio the con- fldence of a grea't'inajortty of the trade unionists. The Labor party intends to ark the I Government to make a definite state ment of Its attitude toward labor's ic- quest, for representation at the peace I conference. They regard, such a state. ; ment as. Important In view of tlio com , Ing election. The Yorkshire Post say; , 'The matter already has been dls r CUiaed with the l'rime Minister and it r!J stated that the Government has ,f adODted th nHndnlA nf rllr. ..w. l scntatlon of labor organisations In any j peace negotiations that may take place, j "There is no agreement that any person tne labor leaders may choose would have a .seat In the conference. Itamsay MacDonald, for example, cbuld hardly be accepted by' the Government ns me spokesman of labor under any 4 circumstances. A final decision will be 1 reached only after consultation with the ). allied Governments. ) "The French Government is inclined ttp concede the principle with the same . - reservation aa the British -Government. TiThls probably Is true also or the United (lutes, although the American Federa tion of Labor has not .out f (invard a. ' demand for1 specfal rtpreeentallve: " The Prime Minister's perstfOTTvTew is that thf men now representing labor in the Government have the best right to speak for labor In the determination of peace." BOLSHEVfK CHIEFS STUDY FLYING ART Treasury Heads Particularly Keen About Aviation. Special Cable Veepatch to Tar Scif. Copyright. ltl: all rigktt ruined. London, Oct. 20. The Bolshevlkl, es pecially the leaders whose activities per mit them access to the treasury chests ofHhe Government, are learning to fly. The airplane apparently appeals to them a cafe means, all things considered in iiussla, ror escape and also as a vehi cle for the transport of gold and valu ables when In a hurry. The airplane became a popular means of transport and flight following- the successful venture of M. Stejane, former commissary chief of the Bolshevik army. He requisitioned an airplane and f &,. 800,000 and waved a goodby to his Dlun- . dered country as he took the air. Forthwith the demands for airplane grew apace with the Bolshevik chiefs and the under chiefs. Leon Trotsky, the War Minister, who recently was accused "by Premier Lenlne with having conspired against him, ordered airplanes stationed at the Kremlin in Moscow, the Trotsky headquarters. Thus if It becomes necea-, aary for Trotzky to leave suddenly, he will have the machine at his office for the sudden getaway. By the Ai$ociited I'rtet. AncilANati., Oct. 18 (delayed). The Government in northern Russia again has been reorganised and the supremo power again conferred on Nicholas Tschalkovsky. Col. Duroff will retain his position as Governor-feneial and military commander In the rvglou of the north. The new Cabinet mcetn with the gen ral approval of the allied diplomatic 'corps here. SPANISH SHIP TORPEDOED. leisure of German Vessal Ileportrd as rtrprinnl. Madrid, Oct. 20. The ste.imahlp Mania, which has been requisitioned by the' Spanish Government, has been tor pedoed by a German submarine, the Hpoca pays. The steamship was used in transporting phosphates to Hpaln. ' Bilbao, .Spain, Oct. 20. The German Consul here has handed over to the Upanlsh authorities the German steam ship ISurlphla. The Spanish colors have bet 11 )fgted 0:1 the' vessel. The transfer of a German steamship to Spain by the German Consul nt Jill ban probably Is In keeping with tho recent agreement by which Hpaln Is to get German xlilp- interned in Spain In exchange for Spanish shlpt sunk by Ger man iubmailnex. SMOKES TO CAPTIVES VIA AIR. Atlntora Will Drop Pnt'knur Over llnrmy 1, 1 11 1- for 1'. h. Mm. Uy Hit .iuoeluteil I'rrr,. With tiik Amfrican Anwv in Kisanck, Oct 20 --Ain'Tlcnn me planning to mpply AnieiU-aii all men now prisoners In Germany vvllh cigarettes by drop, ping pji-knre over tnc nwiny line ut ieltul.tr liiiiiwiK iiddreid to Individ ua!b known in he in the various prls&n tnmps A i:nd lim nctlved at avUtlon ' ninrtcrc fni UdhI .Mail J-' Wins low or lliver Ko-mt Ml aiklng the mom-;, uiiimit tu nnd lilm t-lgarftles "i s'joh uu possible. POSITION OF THE THREE MAIN LINES OF DEFENCE WHERE THE GERMANS HAVE BEEN PREPARING TO MAKE THEIR LAST STAND IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM . : , i : : ' "Z i J I KQULCRS yg-'Tj ftfig WTO HOLLAND W W Vi J')l?mA EkussELs yK6y gEFORE and s"ince the Germans began their last "peace offentive" they were working frantically to prepare lines of defence in the rear of their present positions upon which they will fall back successively aB they give way before the Allies. They have been pressed so hard, however, that' the Allies, already are practically at the first line, the sofcalled Hunding line, and have breached it in several places. BRITISH CLOSING IN ON VALENCIENNES Continued jrom First Payc. places where the pressure of the allied pursuit might easily transform them Into Toltits of great menaco to the German retreat. Where they arc hold-' lug they are holding stubbornly. -Any Idea of n straggling receding line Is quite Incorrect. On wide Factors their has been little appreciable movement tor some days past. These are the fectqrs In which the principal lighting Is taking place. , . The retreat is limited to certain defi nite routes which the Allies have stead ily narrowed down. The enemy, has massed his forces athwart the Hanks of thpse routes, and behind the battle lines his legions are tramping eastward. The enemy's northward llank has been uncovered by the occupation of the coast. On the right, with three British armies pressing- on and the French con tracting the enemy front across St Oo bain Massif the strategic position is fratwht with Imminent possibilities. This la wfcy to ie Bouth of Doual the Allies are confronted with the strongest re sistance in men and guns which the Germans are able still to mas OFFICIAL REPORTS OF. THE FIGHTING Belgians Reach the Dutch Frontier Near Sluis. London. Oct. 10. Following are the official reports of operations in France and Belgium, as issued by the several warorflcos: IIIIITINII (KIUHT) Having com pleted the capture of the villages In the river valley and driven the enemy from the town golesmes, our troops fought their way forwnrd up tho slopes east of tho Sella and have es tablished themselves tin the high ground overlooking the valley of the Harries Itlver. Determined opposition ai encoun tered, especially In the vicinity of Kolesmes and at. the village of St. Python. This opposition was over come after hard flghtlnrf and a num ber of local counter attacks were re pulsed. As a result of this operation, which was carried out In a heavy rain, we captured over 2,000 prisoners and some guns. Further north our advanced troops ore reported to he within two miles of Tournal and also to be In touch with the enemy enst of the general line of Denaln. Hois del Kcluscttes, Lamias, Mouchln and Marquln. lllllTlSH 1)AY) At an enrly hour this morning our troops attneked the enemy's positions on the lino of the Hello Itlver north of Le Catcau and haw troskcd the river despite connld bralile opposition. Further north tho advance continued yesterday afternoon and lust evening. Our troops completed the capture of Penalu and have reached the general line of Jlaveluy-Wandlgnles-Hamage-llrlllon-Heuvry. The enemy's resist ance Is Increasing on this front. FJIKNCH (NIOHT) I)eplto the bad weather we have extended our po sitions between the Olse and the Serro. To the east ofVerneull wn have crossed the Chautrud Ilrook and gained footing" on tho crestn to the west of Grandlup. All our gains have been maintained notwithstanding violent counter attacks. Kast of Vouzlers we reached the outskirts of the village of Perron nnd advanced In the region of Landovcs nnd Falabie, capturing about twenty cannon, HIKXCII (I) AY) Late yesterday the Germans launched two violent i-ounter attacks between the Serre and tlio Alsne, one In the region of Vcr ncull and the -other north of Bt, Ger malnmont. ltoth were repulsed by the French, who look prisoners. Durlnjr tho night the Germans re acted with lively artillery and ma chin gun tire' at different points on the front. 1IJ;L(IJAX The offensive opera tions "or the (trmtes'ln Flariilcrs under the command of Gen. Irlo contlnOTtt" during Sunday. After attempting to oppose our advance 011 the west bank of tlio Lys River and tho Bruges Ca nal from Etploo to the Dutch frontier, the Germans were obliged to retreat along the whole front. The Uelgian army Is standing along the canal with Its left resting on the Dutch frontier. Tho French army in Belgium has, not only driven beyond tho Lya the enemy rear guards, but has even, not. withstanding the inundations caused by th Germans, crowed that rlter, establishing two bridgehead', one be tween Gramme and Peteghem and the other at Oyghem. The Second lirltuh army, overcom ing lolcnt enemy resistance nnd diffi cult communications, crossed the I.ys along Its whole front and ha reached on the right the western ouUklrts of Pecq. in the Valley of the Scheldt. The front of this army passes through a line west of Tecq, the outskirts of Dottlpnles, east of Ttolllghem, Vlchte and "W'ielsbeke It has taken since October 14 16,509 prisoners and cap tuied ICS suns. HKIOIAJf (NIGHT) -Kast of Cour tral violent fighting continues. On both sides of Solesmes nnd Le Cateau en emy attacks on a brnnd front failed. Supcessfuf'partlal engagements took place In the Serro sector and on the heights west of tha Alsne. Hast of Vouzicrs enemy attacks were repulsed. GKltMAX (PAY) In Flanders. In continuation of the operations an nounced Friday, ne evacuated Bruges. Thlelt nnd Courtral nnd have occupied new positions, before which lively fore field engagements have taken place. In the evening the enemy uas southeast of gluls, on the Belgian Dutch fron tier. ' West of Mnldeghem and Creel, near PoeUel and Mnrokeghen. norlheant of Courtral. ho partly pressed for ward over the Lys Itlvor. South of Courtral ho reached tho Courtral-Tournal road nnd has fol lowed on both sides of Doual as far as past of the line of Orchles-Marchl-tr.iien. On the battle front between I.o Cute.it, and the Oise there was a lull yesterday. At our new lines on tho Sambre-Oise Canal and on the Olso we are -In fighting contact with the enemy. The Serre nnd Houchn sector was throughout the day tns object of strong enemy attacks. Tho enemy, who advanced to attack on the north ern bank of tho berre, was repulsed by our firp and in hand to hand fight ing. On the Laon-Marle road the enemy gained a foothold on small por tions nf our postlons. On both sides of the Souche lowland he was repulsed ufter violent fighting. Also 011 tin- northern bank of tho Atxno tho enemy uttackod after strong artillery activity and drovo back somewhat our advanced posts north cast of Bt. Germain Mont. On the Alsne front botweon Attlgny and Ollzy the enemy's fighting activity Increased, On both sides of Vouzlers he etab- llshed himself on tho heights on the eastern bank or the Alsne. VALENCIENNES LINE "VIRTUALLY TURNED Enemy May Be Compelled to Fall Back to the Meuse. , By the Auociatid Tift. With thh Allied Ahuikh in Fjianck AND Beloium, Oct. 20. The British army contlrTUed Its attick to-day In con Junction with the Belgians to tha north. The combined forces fought their way to the east of fitace Ghcm and rnached Mlchtc. lying northeast of Courtral, and are still pushing on Raridoni. - Tho Anglo-Belgians are also north east of Scerlyck, Spructe and atratto. The Meuse line, which comes next to the east, is much stronger. The third line follows practically the German frontier, jumping over Luxemburg; it is dominated by Coblenz and bears that name. The fourth line, which is the real defence of Germany and by far the strongest of all, runs along the Rhine. On the map the dotted line shows the maximum pene tration achieved by the Germans, which was just before Tho third army In Its attack had cap tured by early afternoon nearly 1,000 prlfoners. While the Btlgtaiis. Krencn and Brit ish were driving the Germans rapidly to the eatt In the direction of Ghent, which is being approached both from the Vest and the southwest, the British Third Army, attacking at 2 o'clock thltf mornlcc. smashed Its way eastward to the south of Valenciennes. The success of this operation, which this evening seems assured, means the turning of the Valeaclennen line and endangers all the German forces northward to Flanders and southward to the Olre Canal, be hind -which Ihf Germans have begun to retreat from other British forces and the Americans. Tills thrust Will serve to upset the known -German plan of trying to hold the line oast of the Scheldt, to which the enemy Is retlrlrg hastily from wliat once was the Lille valient. It Is condilercd fiulte possible that the Germans will try to make several Mic ceefive stands lb Belgium, and ono line of resistance undoubtedly will comprise Antwerp, Brussels and Namur, on which much jvork Is being done. At the same time It Is -worth noting that tho Germans are laboring frantically In the preparation of a defensive line on their own frontier, especially In tha' neighborhood of Alx-la-Chanelle and 1 l,lire. The operation of the Third Army was characterized by most severe fighting, for the Germans realized the Importance of trying to delay the British here South of Le Cateau the British and Americans are continuing their successes of .the last two days. American patrol. pushing out from the Mazlnghlen area, ihave reached tho banks of the Olie Canal. The German artillery In this 1 region has been qulto active, and many town. Including Bazuel, have been heav ily shelled North of Courtral the British Second Army Is across' tho Lys Itlver at several places and making good progress, whllo the First Army has croswd the Sella River, near Haspres and Saulzolr and continued driving. From In front of Denaln this army Is pushing frontally for Valenciennes, a movement which Is In cooperation with j the Third Army's attack southward. Tho Germans arc showing plainly I their Intentions by removing and de stroying machinery of cotton mills nnd similar Industrial works they ap parently have the Idea of stifling French i competition in the future. In the loot- 1 Ing of private hounes they have dls-' played their customary fondness for 1 such things its clocks, sllverwflre and j family ornaments. Kven crucifixes have been taken from tlio homes of tho poorer classes. ENEMY HITS BACK ON FRENCH FRONT Begins Serious Defence of the Hunding Line. By the Attocialnl Piti. With thi: Fiikncii Armt jn FIiance. Oct. 20.--Operations along the battlo fiijnt of the French armies in the past twenty-rour hours linve been charac terized by tho active reaction of thn ' enemy, who shelled tho French lines! and rear areas furiously with gas nnd nigh explosives, while bis lnfanti-v debouching from the Hunding position. launcneu snarp counter attacks on the front of Verneull-Fny le Sec and further east In tho region nf Hill U6, northeast of St. Germalnmont, both of which were rppulecd. Just before dawn tho Germans began Deliiionicos Restaurant 531 Fifth Ave. Exquisite Cuisine 2 the battle of the Marne in September, 1914. The solid line is the rjresent battle front and the lighter lines above and to the right of it are mans which are named on the map. Proeress made yesterday at various points on the bat tie front is indicated dotted and the heavy an Intense bombardment In the region or Nanteull-ur-Alsne, while the attacks were lenewed eat of Vcrncull at 7 o'clock. Gen. Debeney's forces continued their advance early this morning north of Lucy, along tho left bank of IK 0.-c. The Indications are that the en emy's line fron the Olse to the Alsne Is strongly hold. Drenching rains throue.hotit the nigh and morning made observation ex tremely difficult and Interfered consid erably with offensive qperallons. DANES WOULD TEST TITLE TO SCHLESWIG Say " Plebiscite Promised Never Was Taken. AiisTKitDAM. Oct. 20. -Dcnm&ik, ac cording to news agency telegram-" to the Dutch prera, has fnt a note to Ger many suggesting that certain terms of the treaties executed between tho two countries from 1860 to 1S70 should be carried out. The VatUrlaml points out that Article V. of the tieaty of 1864, which ceded tho Dukedoms of tlchleswIg-HoUteln and Lauenburg to Prussia, provided for a plebiscite In .SchUawig to decide whether the Inhabitants would prefer allegiance to Qermany or to Denmark. This nro- 1 vision, It declared, never has been cur dled out. N I'nder tho title Schleswlc-Holsteln" the A'orft Gennnii Gazette says: "The Scandinavian" press, especially the Dan leh press, has lately given much space to the (mention of northern Schlaswlg. Mttemptlng tu have that question con sidered of such a nature as to make a discussion possible nt tho peace con feience, nnd seemingly wishing to sub mit to the judgment of our adversaries a question 'which concerns Germany alone. "On the nart of ono nf Its neutral and very friendly neighbors such a line of conduct does not sjnipllfy the situation." 1L Altmatt & (En. . 7,0 Yards Fame Dress Satfin in more than forty of the fashionably shades, will be placed on sale to-ilay (Monday) at the extraordinarily reduced price of i $2.9 per yard which is less than one-half the regular selling price t V I 34tii M? 35ilj Btmts 2fcm $nrk the three defence lines of the Ger by the small areas between 'the black line. ALLIED TROOPS DRIVE ON TOWARD DANUBE Kniajevatz, Near Bulgarian Border, Wrested From Foe I'Ahis, Oct. 20. The allied advance northward toward the Danube continues without slackening. A statement from the French War Office last night re ported the occupation of Kniajevatz, twenty-five miles northeast of Nlsh and near the Bulgarian border. Along the Morava, Serbian tioops have reached Trstenlk, west of Kruchevatz. The statement reads : On October 17 and IS the allied troops made ntw progress toward the north. On the right Franco-Serbian forces occupied Kniajevatz and are marching on Zaietchar. In the centre the Serbian troops forced the Bovan defile north of Alekslnatx and captured two mountain cannon. Afterward they advanced toward Sokobanja. West of Kruchevatz our advanced elemsnts have reached Trstenlk.on the south bank of the Morava. In the region north of Norlpazar. the enemy, pur sued by our troops. Is retiring toward Krallevo. London, Oct. 20. A Serbian official statement Issued Saturday says: On the 17th the Serbians captured Sokobanja. On the 18th we continued the advance on the whole front. FRENCH TO URGE IRISH DRAFT. Field Marshal May Quit If Ones. (Inn la Not Settled. Dum.IS, Oct 20. Field Marshal French, Lord Lieutenant and Governor General of -Ireland, has gone to London to submit bis views to tUe Cabinet on the Government's failure to enforce con scription In Ireland It Is understood that he will resign If a satisfactory arrangement Is not reached. GERMANS-PREPARE" POWERFUL DEFENCE Hund.iijr Line to Which They Arc Itctlriiifff Is 70 JUIcs Shorter. By the AHoeiated rrttt. Events of the last three mouths. Is- I volvlnsr the ebb of the German tide of Invasion In France and Belgium: have ! emphasized the Importance of tho Ger man defensive systems5 which have been prepared by the foe for Just the emer gency which now confronts him.. Tlie allied world Is now studying the war maps to "determine how far tho present German retirement may bo expected to continue, and what the ICntento armies may expect when they reach the front where tho Germans will stand at bay. Thearman defensive lines resemble, to use a slmor a Uco with three piain. branches. Tho trunk of this "treo" has' Its root at tho Swiss frontier, nnd con tinues north as far as Met, where It divides Into two branches. The westerly branch runs to the northwest as far as the Meuse River, where It separates, one "limb" crossing tha Meuse and running westward, 'after which It sweeps to the north on a lorg curve. The otner roi lows the Meuso down as far aB Namur. whence It runs to Brussels and Antwerp nnd thenco to the Dutch frontier. First Mnc Alrendr I'ntenalileT The branch that crosses the Meuse 1? the first that mut be brpken by the Al lies. In fact, recent British und Belgian victories in Belgian Flanders seem to have tendered a lagc part of this line untenable as a permanent defsnsiv po sition. This tine croues tho Meure at Dun, goes through the Argonne forest and then follows the Alsne River aa far as Bethel, where It tums north and passes near Guise 'and Soleimes. It continue northward past Valenciennes and reaches the Scheldt nt Conde. It runs along the Scheldt past Tournal and Ghent, where It turns to the eastward and reaches Antwerp. This Is the "Hunding line." The second line, known aa thn "line of the Meuse," Is established on the east I bank of the Mturo River northward from Dun. It panes .Sedan and Me zleres and enters Belgium Just to the soutlfwe-t of Dlnaut. At Namur it leaves the river and runs to BruweK continuing on to Antwerp, where It Joins the "Hunding line" and continues on to tho, Dutch frontier. Tho third line Iw the original defence r.cne along the German frontier, south or Metz. It Li centred around the thirty seven permanent forts about Strassburp. it runs over the nigh and precipltou hills on tho Vosges Mountains and Is several miles deep. Mot Stronxly Protected. .At Metz tha Germans have constructed (wenty-clght great forts which are so located as to command all approaches and at the same time capable of con cern ratine their fire on any one foil which happens to be entered by the Allies. Northwest of Metz Is the great Iron field of Brley. Tho Importance of this Iron deposit has compelled the Germans to convert the whole country there Into a veritable fortress. Thin line runs along the boundary between France and Germany, bending to the northeast until It reaches the Luxemburg line. If this belt should be pierced the Ger mans may fall back to tha Banrbriiecken and Kslserslautern regions, which are Interspersed by rivers nnd high wooded hllln. which lend themselves admirably to defensive operations. sEsst of Luxemburg, it Is leported. the Germans have devoted a great deal of time nnd labor to the construction of permanent fortifications. The country along the Belgian frontier between Luxemburg nnd Holland Is dominated by Coblenz. which Marshal Foch considers the key to Ocrmsny. In this area is Bonn, a fortress of tho first class , Cologne, which Is protected by a broad belt of entrenchments, and a series of strongholds running along the western side of the Rhine until that river passes Into Holland. ' Should the three lines mentioned be broken, or It the Allies should break thrown between Metz and he Swiss frontier, the Germans would be com pelled to fall back Into Germany piopcr or to the south, to ciosh tho Rhine. This historic river is really the western moat of the Teutonic cattle. Its v hole eastern bank is stronglv fortlftrd and THE STORY OF O 191 Towing Freight MUCH of the river freight in western Canada is towed by man power, though in some localities the light, draft power boat can be used. Ten Indians can tow a seven-ton scow about twenty-five miles a day. At the time the Police Road was built from Peace River to the Yukon, Revillon Freres had the con tract for supplying food for the Northwest Mounted Police engaged in the construction work. The large quantity of provisions required for this contract was all brought in by man power. WkvillonJre. Fifth Avenue would be capable" of n protrarttd fenco. This line of resistance bogim, Lahr and runs down tho Rhine t,ineJi!'1 Ofehburg. Rastatt, where Anieik-.it, prisoners of war aro quartered . Kuris ruh, Mannheim, Darmstadt. Wi,. linden, Bendorf, Kntk, Dcnnburr anJ Wese! I.lnr Seventy Mle' Shorter, In their retirement from their premt positions the Germans will he able i0 shorten their lines materially and i,u, Increaso the number of men avalUb for reslr'mco along their new- fi-'imi The Ifuudlno- line Is nbout seventy rr.viej shorter than the Hlndcnbiirg .vitm which Is now but a memory. The irit tf the Meuse would shorten the frjr twenty miles more, while the Germm, If they should retlto to their own fro, tier, would be able to still shorten r,. front by thirty-five miles. Ths shortening of thi llne w-r. ,e of tremendous Importance In futuie t,pf, tlons by tho Allies. It would n1.1v,. Ui, to n large degrco for the hea- lisf', Inflicted upon the German- during ii,, campaign of the past suinmei- ami c o them man power that would e formidable barrier an allied aditir Tho Meuse, the .Alsne and the smi cit rivers and tha canals of Belgium In il, vicinity of Brusse.ls and Antwerp alw wlll'be valuable a'djuncts In the mid wi nt defensive fighting by the Germans. With ths development of the tank ai an offensive weapon a river as a firct defenco line odds trmendousl in h, strength of a position. AMERICANS NEVER GIVE UP, FOE FINDS German Confidential Report Pays Tribute to U. S. Troops. By the Auociatei rrett With um Hi-.ituu Armv in- Khi . Oct. 20. What the Germans tlilnU " American soldiers with n few siu- . marks regarding the St. M hie! , . tlons Is disclosed In a confident.;! iim ment signed by the Chief lntelntn, ,. Officer of the ISth Gerni.tn A run. has been captured by Amerl-an.t ttij.i'.i, on tlio British- front. The document prefaces a d.f. i-tn, of tha St. Mlhicl attack li.v adm ; n that the number of Atnern.iis servo on that occutslon was unkniw It then takes up the 'dhrledons wlm-li , . rlcd out the assault. It tin 1 , focond and Forty-second aie ti-ie.i tack divisions: thn Fourth ami Tkc elxth aro fighting dlvHons vv,n al ready had proved their quali'.le In h . on other parts of the front The l',;-h Klghty-tilnth and Nineteenth a c 'in scribed as divisions never Idem n. n battle but with some good exnenn r the line, and fin Thlrty-fourf.i a. n rs. serve. The document then disei:sse 1 -e . tails of the operations, .idniiit-rg when the Americans reached V .in, "ur the entire St. Mlhlel tal ent was up. dered untenable and tlierefoie r . nation was ordered and the rcirrat n rled nut according tu plan. A little further on the orrler t, was distributed generalh Uirousho'" the German army and war conpi(ler-.i e' a confidential nature. hn iliis to m ' the American soldier: "He obviously la vcr.v miicn n --a.il of being taken prisoner. H de'en-u iv-n. self violently to the last agan danger and does not surrender This seems to be the result of propaganda il Hiring cruel treatment If i-o- rails to German hands. 'The American is expert in ' mil, : machine guns, Is firm on Hie def" 1 j and develops a strong pown -f ... pittance from his very mnmi-ci 1 . chine guns The hearing ' ' 1 fantrv Indlciiee slight mln.r- e The artlllci- was nt Its bcf .is lan,-, as It remained at IIS original ro '' during preparation for hti .iit.i i methods of fire were gnml I 1111 quick In getting on oppoitune ia this apparently being due to ti.r in 'i employment nf technical l-i . e Within a minimum period tl.' cans -were able to furnifi a 1. rected Are. "Liaison between the Infantr and ir. tlllery was perfect. When infant -i Into machine gun neatt- it imrjci: a r -fell back ar.d a new nrtilleiy irc,v tlon from accompanying tu ten." lowed very promptly. "A large number of tan. vf - a' sembled for attack. Inn iu' 1 " number came at us. a l.i.gc 1 f.i maxses already had achieved c 1 end." A sentence in tho docu a- 1 -.1 -general It should be noted i' V c ' quite honorable he d-ie- . stretcher bearers." RE VILLON FURS rreres TKnU IMI at 53rd Street v tsf-aa - . f .