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One British Machine Victor
in Thrilling Air '
American Lieutenant Tells of
., Seven-Hour Struggle Over
North Sea
Special Cable to Evening Public Ledger
CoHiriolt. ISIS, bu Xeic York Times Co.
London, June 19.
The story of the nlr fight which re
sulted In the Internment -of lieutenant
.T. A. Eaton In Holland, of which some
details havo been given from The
Hague, has been received from Lieuten
ant K, B. Keyes, the only other Amer
ican engaged In It. lie was first gun
layer In the machine In which Lieuten
ant O , an Englishman, was one of
the pilots. Five British machines .-ere
flying off the Dutch coast, but near Ter
schelllng the one Eaton was In had to
.descend to the water. Fifteen minutes
later five German planes were seen ap
proaching. Then Keyes says:
"Lieutenant G was tented near
the wheel. His duty was to kneel,
with his eyes above the cowl, and direct
the pilot. I was In the front cockpit
with one gun and 400 rounds of ammu
nition. In 'the stern coclcpit the en
gineer and wireless ratings were to han
dle three guns.
"We took battle formation and went
forward to meet the enemy machines,
and when almost within range they
turned and ran away from us. We had
chased these planes to keep away from
the disabled machine."
Mttarked by Fifteen rianes
Keyes then described how the Brit
ish squadron drove off the Germans
twice and goes on:
-"Suddenly wo discovered that n large
number of hostile planes were starting
toward us. not high In the nlr, but very
close to the water. Ten machines were
In this group, but they were joined in a
few minutes by five more. The scouts
were painted black and the two-seaters
green, and seemed very hard to pick up.
We swung Into battle foimatlon and
aimed for the middle of the fleet. When
we were nearly In range four planes on
the port side and five on the stnrboard
side were close to our level. Two planes
iJiosea mrectiy beneath us, shoot'ng up- j
ward. The firing was Inrcesniit fmin
the beginning nnd the air seemed blue
with tracer smoke. The Germans U3ed
i-ipiosive ouilets,
Once I looked around and noticed
inat J.ieutenant G was in a btoon
ine poeltlon, with his head and one nrm
hanging down as If reaching for some
thing. I had seen him In this posture
earlier in the day, and so thought noth
ing of It. All this I noticed In the
fraction of a second, for I had to con
tlnuo firing. A few minutes la,ter 1
turned around once more and found,
with a shock, that Lieutenant G .
was In the same position. It was then
'that the first Inkling of the truth dawned
on me. By bending lower T found his
head was lying In a pool of blood.
Fpnclit Keren Germans
"From this time on I have no clear
Idea of Just what our maneuvering was.
Evidently we put up n running fight,
steering east and then circling. Sud
denly I found our machine had been
cut off from tho formation and we were
surrounded by seven enemy seaplanes.
TCe-' ought for ten miles or so until we
Breve the seven Germans off. One of
hem was driven down out of control
and made a very poor landing. An-
othcr was badly hit, sideslipped and
.crashed In flames from a height of 2000
feet. All were severely punished.
"During the last few minuses of the
fight our, engine had been popping too
frequently, and soon the engineer came
forward to say that the port engine
petrol pipe had broken. By this tlmo
1 had laid out Lieutenant G in the
wireless cockpit, cleaned up tho second
ptlot'ajscat and taken !t mypelf.
, ''The engagement had lasted about
hi an hour. We descended to the
tSL at 4:45- n- m- tcn miles north-ti'-Wiflf
Vlneland. Tjicre I loosened
Ms tenant O 's ciyihlng, made hH
position easier and fert for his heart,
which I was sure was beating1 feebly.
Then we rose and sighted two of our
own planes. We picked them tip, swung
Into formation and laid our course for
55. -At 7:10 we sighted land, and twenty
minutes after we were resting .in front
of, the slipway. We at once summoned
medical aid, but found that nothing
could be done for Lieutenant G .
Dead Austr ians
Choke Defiles
CMitfnnei from Tan On
and complete the march of Invasion from
th 'north.
Austria's hopes and alms are reflected
very atrtklnfly In an order of the day
dated June 14," compiled from Field Mar-
ah&l Boreovic'a- nroelamattnn nnrt olroi. anout "an nationalities ot uw auuo
nai .uoreoncB proclamation .and clrcu- ,,,,-.,. np0nie-a armv reiolclne n
latea among tne troops or tne third regl-
tnent over Commander Mltteregger's
nature. A copy has just fallen In Italian
fund. ItTuns aa follows:
"Prom the Adlgo to the Adriatic the
Austrian army descends into .the field
asalnit Italy. Al the forces' and 'all the
material of the moparcy are for tho first
time massed aralnst one single enemy,
aa the outcome of preparations begun
many months ago. Tomorrow the Ital
ian 'command will learn this tremendous
news from the mouths of our guns. The
entire Italian front will be atacked, and
to free himself from our Iron grip, which
will encircle' his whole front, the enemy
would be obliged to engage reserves far
vaster than those at hie disposal.
"From trench warfare we shall pass to
thatpf movement, and shall occupy a
country abounding in victuals and stores
of, every kind. Iefus therefore press
forward resolutely toward the city of
Verona, where a century ago the august
founder of our regiment stood victor
against the combined armies of France
and Italy."
' Jfevertheless, after forty-eight hours
of fighting' the enemy still Is held upon
his first lines.
The battle ls raging as fiercely as
wer along a 10t)-mlle front. Reports
yesterday from" various , sectors denote
that the enemy la opposing stout re
actions to Allied counter-attacks on the
Aslago table and around Monte Grappa,
but that Alplna bar-iers pemaln sub
stantially Intact.
'The British forces have- regained all
the positions they held on the eve ot
lia hnttlA. TheTFrench contingent moth.
;(0 east ojfcAslago on Turclo road have re
";, , captutHRpnar In a bayonet charge
v. and KgiM;"VVen the Austrlans back far
"beyontSglr starting point. Counter
C ttacklli.j'at Cornone our Allies stopped
effectual" tne enemy s flash toward
;Valstagna and fook BOO prisoners. Fenl-
jon, ana aium-iuu iiiuuiuhiiib, uvcriouKing
the Brenta valley, which the enemy
'overwhelmed In his first onrush, have
' . ?atso been retaken at the point of the
I pfs rcayonej, whil -vv jinciuucra anu Tony
Hi -FI"htlns; of the most heroic nature
p jJVln rr '" the "Grappa region, which
' 'ia,aow..loo.;ed upon by Italians as a
,(WrM mpunta:i anu site ot, tne altars of
. f linn liv jiuavt ait. loaa
opauy Beverp.,, afv,,
-r ..Aai.
Feats of Alpini Almost Superhuman Battle Covers
Ninety-threc-Milc Line Foe Continues
Terrific Bombardment
Special Cable to Evening Public Ledger enables them to aceomp'lsh miraculous
Capurtoht; istt, bu Kew Vorfc i'lta Co. I feats. They come dashing out of their
Kalian Army Headquarters Juno 19. , d"Buts shouting fiercely as though re-
mi.. ,.... , , , ... ... ' Jolclng In at last being enabled again
..c tmtue is rB.nB ."K te w.iu.e -
.c,1Sui ui uiu iruni, Hum mc innu( nicy come forward with their bayonets
plateau of Aslago to the lower Plavc. ' Axed nnd with such determination In
As had lone been expected, the enc.,,,c,lr CJes . tlmt. tl,c CM"m' ,owl' rc
my. greatest pressure Is ooct.rr.ng in Jr'n"," wh.rS.nTho
tne mountains, for If lie succeeded in
breaking through the chain of Alps It '
ICllllJ ... ...11. J. I !. .
..uu.u Micnii n. niiuuioniu ui mt ... ...j Italians tne helgnts wnicn nan been
fighting on the Plavc to prevent their momentarily lot.
being caught In the rear. I The Australns. who In a few points
The Austrluns are employing such succeeded In crossing the Plavc, nre bc
a large amount of gases that the , inff ,,ar,, prsed nmi mBt)e the target
whole battlellnc is enveloped in dense. f deadly machine-gun fire. Out off
Unpenetrable clouds. V ortunately, a from the mn, bod . of -thc,r nrmy, lhey
heavy rain Is still falling In that re- Bre surfern(c frgntfu, i08,C9
Blon. which lessens to some extent the The Austrana continu to rain down
? i, t? BasC3, ... i uno" thc Italian lines a most terrific
.T, e ,.ia"a"S. a,le, nK,JtlnB. "ewely nre. mercilessly bombarding nil the
and with great dash, glad to get at , ffma vlllaKCS behlnd ,he ,,,avo nnCi es.
JL? J ?, Y .af.tfr SJma.1.,y montl?s ot peclally Trevlsco. the leadlpg town of
forced Inactivity and with an Intense the pro.,nce of the-"Bame nalne. which
. i :,Ksal" l"? J"""" y """'has been almost reduced to 'ruins. In
crated by the enemy's invasion. lt8 center suare ,, f tam,ing as a
Maintains Deadly !"lro
ThejAustrlans are keeping the Hal
lans under deadly fire, especially aim
ing at their second lines, to prevent
the arrival of re-enforcements. This
bombardment has small effect In the
mountains, as owing to the limited
number of men one c.in employ nt
one time these are able to protect
themselves In dugouts excavated In
the solid rock.
Snow, which W still iving on the
mountains, is neapea up into 1 immense '
.....ui.uo u, u.o uumuitruuicni. iwuun mIes, and thc latcr tne . .voyon, lWcn
troops, clothed In wblte overalls to t. mnes
prevent their being seen against the Although the bombardment Is con
whiteness, have now slowly advanced I tnulnB a , thc u lnost ,.
nVtln ,land-t0-handf tense nt the two extremities of the
t 3', ., , ., , curve-shaped front, with the evident In-
muitfJ ?,.tlM rai? V?6, WOr n.cc1?m'"," of the Austrian command to ap
?lfi J k1C EnKlsh "a . UttVan ' Ply Plncer tactic to try to force the
nvi!- ,rS tS Hb0V P!;alSe- nlyl"?, l0W ! whole Italian army to retire. So far
'LLm'S " troops they have . e ,R aJm 'socm ke tmt of
M rtf m.ds? ttLiJS. M 2 last autumn, to bo to gain the plains
V ?.L?J, ?il: JririPU.V.e.n g B? ,,hel along the valleys of the rivers Brenta
Austrlans In aerial combats and bring- ,,,. , r.,,i .t., n . .1.,.. 1,
Ing down In twelve hours many enemy f''o,,' ,? " 1 ?f Sw ! ", 1
planes, while also collecting Invaluable , ls ,dff!"U !"",?, "het ,cr. ,,he
miiitnr,. if..mo.i fru t 11.1. positions nttacked are the real ohjec-
and French contingents co-ooerate '
and French contingents co-onerate
with the Italians In perfect accord and
a splendid spirit of camaraderie.
All of Austria's cannon and her
Picked troops nre ranged on the Ital- wni,m" .,? urew'n anu M"nn- , ,
Ian front. General Borovlc, command-j The Italian supreme command, bow
ing the Austrian operations, hns made cxcr- "as taken all possible measures
the most minute selection of the units ,
Umployed or. this front, but ho Is con- j
fronted with the most determined and
daring troops, after more than a half
year of preparations. who are rpadv
to undergo any sacrifice to bar the I
path of the enemy. '
Alplnl still Undaunted
Kspeclally, the Alpini are ns un
daunted as ever. In fact, they seem
animated by a superhuman power that
Continued from I'Hte One
withdrawn from the struggle because
they were reduced to a few thousand.
"The failure .of the enemy to reach
his objectives and his terrible losses
havo had a profound effect upon the
morale of tho. attacking soldiers.
"Captured ofllcers were unanimous In
the verdict that the offensive had
The official statement from Home last
night reports that the Itr.llans made
soino gains on the northern edge of the
Montcllo region and strengthened their
position as far as Casascrena, on tho
river. An Intense struggle is In progress
all the way from Fossalta to Capo Kile.
The number of prisoners taken by the
Italians was 1550, making 5000 In all.
The'Vlcnna makes few claims of definite
advances, but asserts that the number
of prisoners tpken has risen to 20,000.
Special Cable to Evening Public Ledger
Copyright, 1018, by Xew York Times Co.
. Amlerlm. June 19.
The Austrian offensive leaves the Ger
man press cold and largely unconcernejl.
Only one solitary German new-Bpaper
of ojl those to hand. Including today's
Rhlneland journals, has any comment
on it. Ap news, the offensive is .treated
as a matter-of third or fourth rate Im
portance, and fo far only one German
war correspondent has provided a story
of the fighting.
It Is the Cologne Gazette, which dis
tinguished Itself by having the only war
correspondent's message. The corre
spondent paraphrases the officla.1 Ausi
trlan communlquo and leaves out all
reference to the ground which had to
be given up. lie waxes enthusiastic
kihJ gattle andi on the Command cf the
sIg-ry0UnK Kaiser, who always remains In
tho mldHt nf his fighting troops, achiev
ing great successes and giving of their
best In the strugglo against a mortal
The Volkszeltung s comment has none
of that purple-patched enthusiasm and
does not vlonder "that seme of the
ground gained In the offensive had to
be given up
Berlin, June 19. Tuesday's German
War Office communication follows:
The enemy's artillery fire has in
creased to great intensity on
isolated sectors in Flanders, on boh
sides of the Lys and between Arras
and Albert. Toward midnight,
ofter violent outbursts of firing, the
enemy attacked southwest of Albert.
He was repulsed and left prisoners
in our hands.
Southwest of Noyon and south ot
the Alsne the artillery activity was
revived during the evening. Par
tial advances of the enemy north
of he Alsne and- northwest 'of
Chateau were repulsed.
Vienna, June 19,
An Austrian official statement says
the Austrlans have reached? the Fossetta
Canal on the lower Piave,
(The Fossetta Canal, about eight miles
in length, runs southvvestward from the
Iliver Piave at Fossalta to the River
Slle, which It meeto at Porte Grand!,
ten miles from Venice. The point on the
canal reached by the Austrlans might
be anywhere from ten to eighteen miles
northeast of the Queen City of the Adri
atic.) The number of prisoners taken by the
Austro-Hungarlans In the drive on the
Italian front has been Irrreased to 30,
000. The guns captured number 120,
The text of the official report follows;
"On both sides ot the River Brenta
the enemy constantly renewed his vain
attacks asalnst our jiewpoaKkraa.. -.,"
,""--TCe "w- r 4
Sf "
to Krapplo .,, ,cr hcrcdtnry enemy, j
Italians are paat masters. The valor,
of these troops has secured for the
... . .' . . . ......
threat the monument erected to recall
the "freedom from the Austrian yoke"
after the war of 18G6.
Xlnrty-ttirrr-Mlle Ilnltlellne
The fight Is assuming the character'
of a gigantic battle, owing to the exten-i
slon of the battlefront, which reaches
ninety-three miles, from the mountains
to the Adriatic, n greater distance than
any front line In Krance, where the
German offensive against Amiens was on
a front of forty miles; the Champaign
ofrenMve. where the front was thirty-one
t,ves of. lhf .enem' T 1: diversions
to masK ineir true intention, wnicn
might be an offensive along Lake Garda,
their aim being to feach tho plains
for an' eventuality, while It ls a pleas
urc , t0 se ,wlt" wllat doggedncss of
ai"r" l"f " wp are iiKiuing.
Tne situation Is most hopeful. The
c"ey '; be'"B kPt In check nil along
tne ,lne- wh,,e both "t the front and at
home tjie people realize the gravity of
uie iiuur uiiu i nut Mtcruic:s must ne
made, also the possibility of having, for
strategical reasons, slightly to give way ;
but every one Is facing events calmly,
undaunted nnd sure of ultimate victory
Increased to 30,000. We have, captured
120 guns.' The booty In mine throwers
and machine guns, ns well as other war
material, has not yet been counted.
"Tho battlo Is following Its course.
The army of General Frelherr von
Wurm has gained ground at numerous
points. Its fcouth wing, fighting stub
bornly, has reached the Fossetta Canal.
"Colonel General Archduke Jospph has
consolidated his forces In the Mcntello
region. Italian counter-attacks broke
down. In the three days of fighting seventy-three
guns. Including many ot
heavy caliber, were captured In this re
Parln, June 1!. The French War
Olllce announcement Inst night said:
The ahlllery activity was quite spir
ited northwest of Montdldler and at
various points between Montdldler and
the Alsne.
We carried out this morning a local
attack houth of Yalsery which per
mitted us to Improve our positions;
we captured about 100 prisoners and
somo machine guns.
U.S. Nol Coming Into War,
Jn Already, Says Bonar Laiv
A. Bonar Ijtvv, British Chancel
lor of the Exchequer, announced
the' war situation before the House
of Commons as follows:
Thc German scheme to use up the
Allied- reserve before the arrival of
the' American troops has failed.
America Is not coming into tho war,
but is in the war.
After three days of attack the
Austrian offensive has not secured
the objectives hoped for on tho
first day, .
The Allies have had to ph c much
ground, but not one of tho enemy's
strategic- points has been attained.
Tho initiative for the Austrian of
fensive apparently came from Ber
lin. Shipping figures which will be
published this week will show that
ship construction for the first time
since thq submarine warfare began
is exccedlng'tho destruction of ships
by U-boats.
The number of American troops
pouring Into France has reached a
figure which a few months ago
would have been thought impos
sible. Funds for Officers
In the u. 8. Army and Navy and vlth
Red Cross or Y. M, C. A.
Th Safest Way
To carry funds is by TraTlr Lattars of Cradlt
which w Istua trmm of eommUileat
To send fund la by Mall or Cable Transfer
which may ba snada through us.
Brown Brothers & Ca
Internal Consequences Seri
ous if Offensive Fails,
Says, Maurice
TASK ntT HIA7 IS HAIHv'" the case. It will havo n direct bear
JA31V UI' UlAj J HAItU ing upon the situation In Krance. ns it
. ! will make It liss likely that Austilan
I'ormfr Dircctur Grnral of the rtrltlsh
Special Cable, to Evening Public Ledger
Cauvrioht lOlf, bu .Vri Vol.- 7 lilies Co. j
Ijonrion, June 1?. i
Vnnble to vvlthstnnd any longer the
pressure from Germany, Austria bus i
launched the offensive which has been
expected for s,ome
weeks past, it is,
for her a desperate
gamble, ns It It
falls to obtain any ,
real measure of'
success the conse
quences In the in-
terlor of the coun-
try. which U feel-
Ing the strain of
war more than'
any other nnd Is1
racked with Indus- i
llnl I l 11 tt li I a u
must be most seii-'
ous. The battle'
just begun it, nalv
Tr n V tlinrar.trn
l.n.. .... .....I.I...
uatu lui-icivuur I
The Italian posi
tion has through-;
otlt the war been
strategically very
dlfilcult, for it lies
in ft front w-ittonl
............ v.,. m; nut in uj in viiis anil
on the south by tho Adriatic. General
imiiuan mi viia .n...i. i... .1. ... . 1
Cadorna's offensives were from the
first directed to pushing out ahead of
this salient in the direction of Trieste,
but he was all the time hampered
by having to watch Very closely the
mountain front, where nn enemy sue-
T,i n " .'"j" ""T? ).J1,
...u..... ...... , ...... ,n.c vii Iillllll-IIIULU
vvitlidiavval of his battlefront. This Is I
Mountain Front .Most Important '
It is, therefore, to the mountain
VVIIV tie Austr .ins In Mnv tint nt.i .:,..', ,,J,'V"..:, :;.." i " " " i "iri, an inuicdre l iiruagu "ei hium
tacked on the Aslago front anTWhH K Monlello. Kgli Im full., rlpc.uli mento e quanda avverr.V.
the German success of laHt.October i.EiJ' J .li Mil I'lavc. ma furono tail. La 'he le truppe amerlc.ine saranno in
near Tolmlnn ira n .lltntf ,.,,,.. , , '. .! . . ... nostra artlirllprla n' slata nirllinliir. viato In Italia dlvcnne ctrtczza nel I
the Italian nrmy and compellod It o vVo f-.cto," Tie remarks tint t e're "" 'me ir" lc f,,r'e oMill I'lgglo ,11 oggl quando I'Aniba.c.
irlvo tin nt nnro nil tho to,-it.... i. tw i-l-toia. lie lemarKs tn.it lucre . , , ,... ,,., ..... I atore llallano. Conte Mncchl dl Cel
:.r ,..;: : .i ean ue no Uoum mac in me rccoiu ..,, .:.v. -::-,-:,,- -,.t ...r -,.;:;;- , io,-o , i.iii,' u niniriimotit..
; nan guinea in mrce j cars of hard
! fighting.
oT".' '!.nl,e !,0i,.l",S!."",!.-!"ost,'n'- Clemenceau went so far ns to
i3-nm..in i., ti. . 'vustriiinj say that tile Irctich were outnum- loro sfmzl slit frnutc del Plavc. senza
Sncmv'alnn , peralt.o fare aleun progiesso. I.a e-
cltheV side f tho Brenta nn n fLn,' "n,,t there ca" bo " doubt that.'oonda fase della ImttaglLi e" eccezlonal
of ' t"entv miles cxtwdhlir rrSm 7hi ,Rk,,,B ,ho front as " wholp'" vays , ,ne!" ''n- v ,psla '" "on,e c'
western edge of As iago "BtMartm 'Vf, I M. Hert-nger. "we are not appreciably ' stnta stablllta dagll austriacl limgo II
Monte arappa.Tlioobj?ctT '" "T' to ,tl,e ""; i '- rso de' pla' tllnl con-
tack was to secure the Issues to t bo Ta,fe" "'together, we have about t tlnuano a teslstere erolcaniente all'as
plalns by way of 'the Brenta and Aslcii l ",n0(),n00 lroons S"iiist the enemy's , salto dl ilodlci dlvisionl, die costunte
Valleys. Hud it been successful It I f.000.000." mento rlcolmano I vuotl con le rlseivo
would have forced our allies to fall e enemy was superior In concentrate tr.t Siiscgana e Conegliano.
back from tlie Piave. in circumstance I """lbers. the Senator remarks, was I.a inass.t dl attacco tra Montcllo ed II
of greatest difficulty, for a distance of nt the points he selected for attack. I Piave comprende ventliinqun illvlslonl
fifty miles across the Brenta. to a I Seven million s-oldler.s stretched out1 In piitna llnea ed otto illvlslonl in
longer and less secure line behind the I "lontr n front of 1200 or 1400 miles ; rlserva.
Astlco and to nbiiiidon Venice, nml.wlll always be Inferior to 7.000.000 lllsiiltii cho to forzo ininlegate rinl-
1'ndua to the enemy
The news which comes In ot com
plete failure of the attack in the moun
tains Is, therefore, of the very highest
Importance, and wo may rejoice that
the British army In Italy has played
so conspicuous n part in tho repulse of
the enemy on this vital front.
The Aslago plateau, where our men
have been fighting, consists of an Urea
of rough, gently rolling downland.
about seven miles liiwldth by three
in depth, completer? encircled by
mountains, and Is of great Importance,
because It is better provided with ap
proaches on the Austrian side than any
other area of similar extent on tho
mountain front, while the open down
land naturally nllowti of much greater
freedom ot movement (ban Is possible
among the peaks l and precipices
through which the ret of the Alpine
front runs.
i:fTnrt There Anticipated
As tho Allied line runs along the south
ern edge of the plateau, where It begins READING HOY WAR VICTIM
to merge In the last range of mountains I
between the enemy nnd the plains which I .. "
begin only six miles behind the front 1 William C. Ritzman, 19 cars Old,
trenches, and a successful attack would j Killeil at Clialeau-Tl.ierry
take tho enemy straight into the Astlco i
Valley, thus turning at one blow the1 Heading, Pa., June 19. -The War Do-
!t"wnnf annirT T' i "imzln'a'or n'ern WU?M
It was alwavs anticipated that tho en-,-lty. of thc death of their eon. Pm-ato
emy would hero make a great effort, William Rltxman, who vv.i Killed In
Lord Cavan and his troop? have every the terrific righting which marked tho
reason to bo riroud tlut Hipv si,ot,i advance of the American arinv on Cha-
have been given this post of honor and
have held It win, ,.nm, .1 . ,
.. ...... ..".,,... ... ..... , ii.n.
with the
co-operation of the
gunners on their left, to whose timely
assistance the British commander pays
warm tribute.
In the little less vital sectors of the
Brenta Valley nnd of the mountains of
Asolono and Grappa to the east of It the
Italians have been equally successful
and wo have, therefore, good reason
to believe that tho mountain front U
A direct attack across the Plavc could
not, Jn anj event, yield the Austrlans
the prizes they would obtain by a suc
cess further to the north.
Here the worst that could happen Is
that Italians would bo foiced back on t
successive lines of defense, which cover
their communications directly agalns'
attack from the east Thc Austria,
efforts on the Piave appear to havo
fallen Into two parts. Thc most north
erly ls against the Important Montello
ridge, which was occupied and organ
ized for defense by our troops when they
first went Into the front line. The sec
ond and southerly attack Is against the
lower Piave, on a wide front from Ponte
di Piave to Muslle. That Is, they arc
striking along and between two main
lines of railway, leading one to Trevlso
and the other to'Mestre.
Austrian Prncrein Innlcnlflrant
The Austrlans have succeeded In
crossing the Piave at the foot of Mon
tello and near both railway lines, but
their progress so far on tho right bank
of tho river is insignificant and threat
ens no serious danger.
Altogether the first news from the
battlefield, which is most encouraging,
and Enlisted Men
SiMj1 sk TriC?
have been received of the complete re-
covcry from the disaster of last autumn
nrr fully Justin?l.
Wr have, ns yet, no Incllcatlon ot the
strength In which the Austrian- at
tacks have been delivered, anil It will
I be of great Interest to learn whether
I any considerable number of divisions
. have been brought across from Humanla
I and rtussla. From the length of front
j attacked nnd the fact that divisions.
I apparently -In considerable numbers,
were brought up at the last moment on
! the German mojel, It looks ns If this
I niignt nave iiappruin, anil it it proves 10
ttoops can be used to flee mort- Ger
man divisions In the caBt for operations
on the main western front
EACH HAS 7,000,000
Totals About Equal, but Con-
cc m r;u i on ior jiiacK vivcs
Local Superiority
Special Cable to Evening Public Ledger
Cowr,B,.f. ,0m. b!l xtxe York Time, Co.
TiirN. June 10.
The question whether the Allies are
really suffering from numerical Infc-
r'or"' on tho French front continues -
to engage a good deal of attention pi; Cf: T. ,,..:: !.: - ...:
here, especially In parliaments-, clr.'" Dforzi IciltoniCI Real N aill
where the matter Is being dis
cussed with exceptional Interqst. The
subject was brought Into special prom
inence owing to the emphasis appar
ently laid on this aspect of the strug
gle by Premier Clemenceau in his re
cent statement to the chamber.
It Is evident from the Interpretation
given tt the Premier's remarks that
ho was very generally misunderstood.
Most people. Including many newspa
per writers, appear to have 'confound
ed two distinct factors one concern
ing the number of effectives in a local
sector of a given offensive nnd the
i other the total number f Allied rf-
Active, " compared with those of the
German drives the Allies were stir- :,"'':"",
prised by the enemy notably at thc ;,,' ',,J,'t ,,,
Chemln-des-Dames nt parts of tlio" lr'K"i
I finnl ii-lini-n tltm ti nri iisit n Il Infn.
I i-lni- In nnmhm-u in tho Gormnna. Pro.
secretly concentrated on decisive scc -
tors of attack.
"Let us linvc confidence," ho con-
eluded. "Our high command will
adapt our equality of numbers to dell-
nlte hiiperlority of maneuver.
Lieut. McKcv. Red Cross Worker.
Killed on Pinvc
Itnnie. June 19. Lieutenant Edward
Michael MeKey, of New York, was killed
by the esploslon of n shell on the Piave
battlellnc while in command of a rolling
Lieutenant McKey pas a palntP'r. lie
came to Italy last December, and was
the first canteen commander sent Into
the field by the American Ited Cross In
Italy. Previously ho had tendered dis
tinguished services with the ambulance
field service In France, where he had
won the French war cross.
teau-Thlerry on June J Rltxman wan
nineteen year. old and was a member
. .,- ...na.n .n.!lil,.T'L ..
of General Pershing's regular, having
enlisted on April 17. 1917. Ills brother.
George Ritzman, went In France with
an artillery regiment In February.
A Very Special Sale of
Beaded and Embroidered
I Wrepe Dresses x
'I ' In Navy Blue 41 J A 7C S
And All Leading
Summer Shades
Yes, the popular georgette erepc
dresses that are so scaice are
hero at Hirseh's aplenty.
New Lingerie
Lace trimmed, em
broidered, tucked or
frilled front effects In
many styles.
200 New Silk and Wash
DRESSES $49.75
Values up to $10.00
In silk taffetas and satins,
also voiles In plain colors and
stripes and net,' Sixes up to 44.
Women's and Misses'
1 In ramie linens and Gabardines.
Summer colorings,. r-
..W....,.T -v. j -v .
- -.
' r1'"-'--lVjri.l.' J, ry XJXj 1 rXijU
Murines in Hoal Cross Manic and Find Teutons Asleep in
Cellar Unit Faces Well-Known Tenth
Landwchr Regiment
Ullli llie .mrrlciirn on the .Vlsrnp,
Juno 1!).
One rraiico-Amcrlcaii unit on thla
front 'under an American commander
faces the well-know u Tenth I.andwrhr
u-Blnient. It wuh istnbllshc.l Inn daring
pat ml raid by American marines.
A inptaln nnd seven men crept down
to the water's edge near Hie town oT
Chat level (seven miles east of Chateau
Thiol 1. v 1111 the south bank ot the Manic,
and directly opposite Jaiilgonnc). In
the datkness they crossed to the op
posite s'de In a boat. As they piled out
on the bank they cncouuteied a couple
of sentries who Med without offering
iclstance, although Hit iiatiol's unh
weapons weie. the captains pistol and
the mens knives
The Americana uislicd Into the town
dalle Kroichc Annate
Published nnd tHxtrltiiltod Under
rnnMiT No. .tit
Auihnrlreil In the net nf otolir n.
K17. on Hie at the Pustofticc ot Plilla
deliihla ti
lly order of the President.
A S. HOItt.r.SO.V
Postmaster Genei.-ii.
Itoina, 1!) kIuciio
I'oco primn tlclla inezzanollc I'onorc- I
ole Orlando, trovamlosl alia Canicra ,
del Doputati, ha ilicliiurato: "II neniin,
rerrhle poiizloni e tenllnaia
ItnniR, 1? prhiBiio
rono ncr falllto ucirarcu dcllo tnon -
tagne gll austriacl hanno concentrate i
i I'Austrla In questn nffenslva conslMono
dl 92 dlvlsionl,-SO dl faiiterlii o 12 dl
cavallerla approsi'Imatlvaniento dl un
I mlllone dl iinoinlnl c dl 7300 cannon! dl
tuttl I calibri
Lcio il teto del romunlrato ufflcialo
puhbllcato, iori, dal Minlstero della
Guerra In Roma:
"La tiolcnza della battaglia o' alquan
In dlmlnulta lungo il fronte dalle
moiitagno, ma C numentatn lungo II
Piave. La Terz.t Arinat.t ha resistlto al
poderosi sforzl complutl dal nemlco
durante l.t glornata ill leri. Ques sul
fronte da Mni-ered.i a Candelu ha rln
novato i tentatlvl ill nprlrsl una via
HUll.t riva destru del flume, mn e" tato
sangulnosamente resplnto. D.t Fo'wnlta
a Capo Slle la Iotta furlot-a c' senza
"Nel linilte nordico del Montcllo rnf;
forzanimo la nostra occupazlone hu".
flume, come pure a Cahsasercnn.
"Nel pomerlgglo II nemlco lanclo due
attacchl dal s-allciito nordebt II primo
fu arrestatu verso orlentc dl una
llnea a nord-est dl G Invent. II stcourto
fu arrcstato Immcdlatemente a pud della
strada ferrata Scauro-Sant'Andrw.
Nella reglono di Monte Grappa respln
gemino gll attacchl nemlcl ed effettu
ammo con Mirce&so una Incursione che
frulto' clicii 10" prlglonlerl.
"All.t fine della Vnlle del Brenta c
nd eht dell.t Vnlle Frcnzela I colpl
nemlcl furono proutamente nrreMnli
Sul margtno orlemale dell-Altiplnno dl
Aslago le nostro truppe spazwironn il
nemlco press-o Itazzea Plzzo e dalle
allure a Mid dl Safso catturando circa
300 prlglonlerl.
"Nostri ripartl c contingent! francos!,
In un poderoso attacco, guadagnarono
roniiuua la sua pressione itinao n j
And what a wealth of styles
wnnt a range of various trimming effects and em
bellishments. Tiuly more charming frocl.s were never possible
before at $18.75. SIK'ONI) FI.OOK
$1.50 Wash
Gabardines, repps
and novelty wat.lt
materials. Pocket
and button trimmed.
$ 75
t,. ? vi2;. !-i oJ
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5 ....
and found five Germans asleep in a
cellar. They dragged them out n.vd
rushed them to the boat. Three of the
bodies were rowed across.
Ill the meantime the alarm bad spread
and the Germans sent lip rockets. A
number of Germans fired at the boat
and it was pulled for the American side
IJesplto this fire, which Increased ns
more Germans rushed down to the shore,
the Jioat put back for the two remaining
bocho prisoners and the two Americans
guarding them.
After the prisoners and their captors
bad jumped, the boat started for the
American side again. As It ncared the
shore It struck some submerged object
and capsized. All of the occupants were
mere were dozens or volunteers ror
1 this venture. Those who were chosen
swore solemnly that they would not be
I captuied.
terieno nello rpcronc dl Costalunga e,
.atturarono alcuni prlglonlerl.
' Koinildablli attacchl ncmlcl si altcr
nano con I nostri contrattncchl. Al '
prlnciplo delta vlgorosa avanzata furono '
r-clllnpptiill dlln Hiitr;i reclvtmivf, nil
airestatl da azlonl controfftnslve. l.a
loiia ru sotpea soltanto nurante la
scoria uotte. I.e valorose truppe delle
nostie nrmnie lurono strenuamente pro
vate, ma II nemlco 11011 fu abile ill
numeninie la csigua proronuita ueiia
stilcia ill terreno rntto la quale si
svoKero I combat.lmentl per quattro
"u numeio nci prigiomeii rimasti nene
notre maul e,1 dl lBKO.
... . ..!-... ..-.. i.,
I iiuiii iiiiiiiijii iiiMniii:difiil vuiiLinu-
aim a parteclparo eflleaccmente alia
' battaglia. nonoxtante la forte ploggta.
"Xumerosl nrlslonlerl furono cUturatl
dagll inglcsi."
Wii.lilnKlon, I). IS glugno.
Tiuppe coinbdttentl nmerlcane niran-
no invl.ite (uanto ,nrlma al fronte Itall-1
llip.irtlniento ilclla Guerra
nncora prsnto. per ragonl mill-
della '
Guerra per conferlrc col S-cretai ;lo
..tntnn.1.. I r.a oo.,.b1.,.e. l.oltn r.nn-
I lentil iiu ic i.wc tuimiuvi . i it tit vun-
frrenza u dire s luao delle truppe nmt
I "cano iu aiscuaso run umiiasciaiore.
SSI?50 '' SS22l,,,,.u.l".,,c. n'f.aWK
inierlc.ino sarebbero state Invlate In
Italia rgll rlspose die l'unlta dl s-copo (
degll Alleatl porta ill cons-eguenza clie
"il tutto le frontl vl siann elemeutl dl
tutta le arml alleate. Kgll soggluiihe
cm- al f i onto Itnllano vl snno elemenll
fiancesl ed ItiKieN e qulndl un certo
nuinero ill roldatl amerlcanl. nnc'ie esl
guo, servlra' a dlmostrare l'unlta' degli
fcoiiI delle nnzlonl Alleate
ami. ni.L il
I I'
Swift & Company
Has Grown
The fact that a busi
ness organization has
grown steadily for forty
years proves that it has
kept continually meet
ing a vital business
It must have kept "fit"
or it could not have
stood the strain of ever-
shifting conditions.
Swift & Company has
been trained in the school ,
of experience.
Every day of its forty '
years of service has solved
isuiue new
value to its
h,very year has proved
its ability to learn 'By
experience, and .to um
j1 1
xnis Knowieage ror
benefit of
whom it deals. ?
r Year Book of
inatructiv ftttta
Addrew Swift
Union Stock Yard, 4
k '.t.
rwu ,i
. ' r s
Scores American Trcatr
Prisoners as Told by C
tivc Officer V7
, .... :.. :$
special l.aulc to hvenwg ruolic 1
Corirloht, 191, bu Xew York Tim
The tlngne, June
The Colognu Gazette, after
that America declares herself "ta'j
not only a democratic country, but', I
I land of humanity, asserts that, unj
tunatcly, Germans arc learning to kM
this humanity, and that even wln
America was Intrusted with the care, rtf
German war prisoners In Hussla RUHK , '
neglect was shown besides a lackejiflss
Know icnge 01 cunumun-. iv. conunufsrs '
"At present tne treatment 01 uernwH ;-M
prisoners, who nre almost entlrelr ',
men, besides the lack of knowledgi'jtj '
conditions shown, Is another 'mission 'of
humanity.' Hut the way in which tJMl',
accompiisncu again snows tne America
1 1.1,, nf tnimanltv."
The paper quotes
a letter from',? 1 1
German officer, which s.iys that the prt-& ''s
oners are getting no money and the, of-,
fleers only the same food as the mni
that It Is not even possible for thm'v;'
to get a cigar or cigarette; that'ho-
leave is gr.intea, even on parole,? -,
that walks are not permitted. Thls'lA':
ter was written last winter. ' JmB
I 5.
Bodies Spent S1200
Equipment of Ambulance UnitMi J
. . . . . ,i'w- t
V, :'"""V.r'' '.,.'. "-",veo2,,n'11
J?'" "- ' Sag.-.
I thirty-eighth mnual State K'ncampmwK1
":v. ""ni m', uirector or j'ouee.jj. J
referred to the work the women of Praiv' 'J
' sylvanla are doing In tho war nni 3
' ..- .,. ,,,,, . "' , , ., " wfcijvl
tl,?I"orkT i1, "?r.f.?," ,a l". otT WW
Mrs. Laura
Uullock. of
I State president.
'berahln was Incroncoil ,iitri,.rr ,i, IJZa.
rpimttm ti.n, ,1.. w.. ..
., "-"--,
ami more thru $1200 was spent toward
outflttlng an ambulance unit for servle'!--In
France .,
Custnin.lllnrl C. crl '.
- -..-- "nura m oiocm I
for Stout Women
-iinde with ,,tra fullnM
;t the nnkle and ball H
font. The !! .-
- "lunv uesutnea
tiu rsira wiatn
noticeable. Sizes 4
.IS Styles in St,
Wiltlm n. EE. El
AfVOrlNl $5,$5.$0and.i
Tliusii ri-ti tt
. VKI1 A. I?.4
IT ttfin iiEBaaM J. . .t'lM
stoiik oNT.T aaniirara njm '
Closed Tnendnr and Thursday Ets. SSJ'
Vi '
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nrnnirrn cit
. $ '
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those wit
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