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TILLING WAR STORY
OF FLAME AND SHRAPNEL Writer Depicts the Attack in tlie (Jrrut Battle of the Sonune. MK.V AMi TIRK1) AM) WORN Vet They Are Always Heady to He turn hih! Take I |> the ltattle Aeainst Teutons to Make World Safe for Democracy. (International News nur<*au.) i In this article our special corres- ' pondent with the Itritlsh army in France records from '.lie lips oT com batants first-haml stories of the great battle now raging with unparalleled: fierceness ? The men who have come flown the line after passing through the fiery furnace look war woin and weary, but they are far from downhearted. It Is not yet possible 10 give full justice to the deeds of the units en gaged, but it may be said that the fa-j tnous fighting Fifty-first Division, which is made up mainly of Hgihland Terri- j torials, has taken part iti some of the hottest of the fighting It was from men of this division that I obtained some vivid accounts of the battle. It was an experience to be remem- j be red. said a corporal of the Black ; Watch. It was just like having hell and ail its flames lifted from below ground and flung on top of us. There was heavy gunfire along the whole front without a break, ami great shells were pounding the earth to powder, sending up a dense cloud of line dust. j and making il impossible for men to live in even the deepest of dugouts. Some of our lads were forced up to the top, and ran out to meet the. at tacking infantry coming on behind this terrible barrage It was not only the shell fire. There were gallons of liquid fir" continually spraying over us. and great clouds of evil-smelling h 1 a c k smoke to add to the horror of the <1 ?y The atmosphere reeked with brim- , stone. and we could not have 1' cm worff had we been confined in the ? worst chambers of hell. ? ?ii "f ;h< nioM striking features of 1 ? It, \ as thi- way the enemy* i * ? 11 smoke g.ts screens to cover '? '.!* ?" I from observation. Another v.i- i!n; ftn-u/.p 1 natur t the or.se t of the attacking infantry Then* was no slopping them. The man who sai'i that the fbrmans advanced m though they had I --hot ??ut from trench mortars and were vinahb lo stop themselves was no; < xaggeraiiiig The explanation was that the whole attack was well organized, and the iJcrmans saw to it that once the great mass of men got in motion turning back was impossible. It was much easier to go forward. Tite men behind kept pressing on tin heels of those in front, and so the great army was always kept on tin ; move. 1'JacIi battalion had its special staff of picked men with machine guns to shoot down tho.-o who attempted to turn back, and further behind also there was ,i heavy barrage from the big gun. deliberately aimed at straggler?: who d:d not keep tip the pace of advance limed bv headquarters. In the very nature of things we could '*ot have at any point of our line enough men to withstand these rushes The Highlanders of rpy regiment were the first to engage the enemy. We c'.id not see the advancing infantry unt:'! t|iev wero close to our first line. Our orders were to hold the front lim u:itil certain dispositions had been com plete- ii; '.ho roar. The orders wore -v., :;i..ugh obedience meant that three companies of Highlanders had to iiold on against as many battalions of '"Jermans. In the later stage of the fighting the ' Highlanders were caught between two! enfilading lire* through the enemy hav ing sc urc-d early success to our right and '"ft. Foil jwnig up this su. the \ i j n s tried to smash through bar <?? . - rt-tr. at. but against this ni"V?. cu- ii ur;h company was ordered into' act; ? :i. HK.MI.AMi I.AIIlJl|> ?M .\ Kit 1'I.I.N< II HI) 'Jur men knew that on their ability to ?oi'l oat ?J: :>-i not onlv '!.<? *afeiy and honor of th-;r comrades but of Hi -.v., ,r.. . . The fight s - ; \' The tr.m v . t U '? u; ii. i-cenr 'ii us again an .TJ& v f-rc thrown l>a<6k cac navonet lightilii i in j>lt ? but a? ,M<u:i? f. rni:ii p'j.MtJ'in u.?;. ifl in t!.^ tiK Oli ' Xt roi Kr ; i fi-? - r glanders sot but or, t 'I n- enemy not-.i ? hundreds of guns ral fortn. on our men s'ead.i; out. and , '? :"r-' ' rushing infi ? of a 1 d. and H; g '? - *d road ii!. a nd ' many n .i i . h. ? ?: I!iglilariders f.i ed a: out r" ni'-tt this n,-.v I, , n.i', !. >nipan , taking ;; ''8 ot a t< rribb cliai once . lb t in hi i cat "i: ? ?? ho iiiatof fighting ' n:.i< v. e i t bar.i figiiti ?1 ' :;r mc a w err en '?rJ. I' Hj: t t.j the death It was inch of the ? . a ad 11 v.m - lil t. in ? o: their f:.tcu< an! the r fc t o! ?..ng J:g '.'.iM against terrible od?s- tl.e .on p .v 'if ir battalion Mi: -, law < st.t.gn l? ' f ill prio lei;ti!;g o :r r? ar w as >d <ti to ,-ub mi' '' a t ? \ "T'i i A message came to that the enetnv weie i.'lvarn : i : . i to tli< rei.r. con ng a 1 :y ? ?? . ut o!f our retreat Ti v-r- w . tii! t ?ir-? t" inee' this m???.,?? oid i'm' r.vcny I jefi rreri ro in .i '? x- d :. ii i. ?>>> j;rt to tlie ? rv>.-> . .: : -f i ? ? e . ; . i They t.^ok .t- '? p- ? from w ?they kept up . .. .. re t! .t tin- enemy wer< flung be' k in . ? tu ai -j late that n.g^t o.- w ? draw.-1 wa.- c- - pleted. \?a nst >.?'ir new front l rii/. hurled his ma - j; uie> v\erf tnow.i <1 ,> n by the iiur.dred, the ground being Cfv.T'd with d?;ad. Sever" fighting was l.y tbf Highland I.lght I'.fa '? v. !i . put up such a fin<- liplit i'i M' r.. \ ;ia) . and v ln-ii a lUghlaiitbr wan*. t?. < ??intii'-ii'i to you a comrade as one w ? . is t x ceptionally brave, b? just . i" J'isi . with pride ringing in his voice- ".Jock's a rieht He's yin o' the Mory men " I was fortunate to meel "yin o" tli >lf ry tnen," i big strapping n-riteini wrrnif: home i s iri ,'iuinfries H< vias (it first unwilling to tell much of the fght for Mory. though he admitted that his battalion "had done no' sac bad In the fecht." The story which I suc ceeded in extracting from bin later is *s follows Two days before the fighting began wa were put Into rwtn'c trenches, ? long with the Scot.! Fusiliers and th< Jtoyal Scot? and Scottish Itifles. Word came trat certain Knglish battalions in j V??r> villas? bad been overwhelmed i l?y .x v.h'rjwind attack. and we wore ordered (o recapturc the village. We 1 ad\ .ir.cnl through a storm of shell fire, 'to lied the enemy si roup lv holding ? In vitiate and preparing for vigorous at I neks :v right and left of our original I lit e. iinu.Ki) t; 1:n>ia\s OUT OK TIIK VIM.AGK We charged without hesitation, and succeeded in gnininc a foot inn in the village. It was a precarious foothold ?ii thai, and it looked as though we were going to be thrown out any mo ment. Kurloun counterattacks were made five times in succession, and three of these succeeded in dinging us out. but our men hung on to the enemy like leeches, attacking again with great determination and flinging the lluns out In their.turn. The light continued until we succeeded in pressing borne the counterattack with such vigor that we hurled the whole of the Germans out of the village, and occupied it until j next day Muring the night we were bombard-j e?i by hundreds of big guns, and the' village was completely cnclrcled by ! enemy detachments. On the second day. after beating ofT ' repeated attacks, we got order to j withdraw, and in this we wero sup- ! ported by tho Fusiliers, who attacked the Huns investing the village, driving them back from otic corner, and cnab- | ling us to begin the retirement. All the way we wero harassed by the enemy, but never once did they suc ceed in breaking us. We fluug them back each time, and ; effected the withdrawal to our new J position without Ihe loss of a single j machine gun. When I left the bat-' taiiou was still lighting. Argyll*, Camerons, Scots. Guards, Gordons and Seafortlist have all played! a glorious part in this glorious rtyht 1 aitainst great odds. 1 cannot do more now than tell the story of the light of the Seaforths as it was to!d to me. Here it is: We were on the richt of the Fighting Fifty first Highland ??Terriers." whose t i ite .lie Germans found to be wor; -* than their bark, said a Seaforth man. We withstood the tirst shock of the iii:. s"'d Hun atta>k. and were doing ti ecl.v when something went wrong on nnotl:ei part f the 15?i?*. exposed our rank -tisii mens 'l:ig our rear . Throu^1. 11-?? ?? ??' then n i-ie the enemy poured in ? li picked troops and moved up ? ; i! artill< ry. In i v. ry shore time the highland ? rs were almost entirely surroun<5?'d W?? w e.'<- .ttt.i ! i! <>:t three pans of our positron by ??ni>:ny hordes, and under the fury of the lirs: onset were forced i t > gi.e ground our recovery, how over. was quick. We tiling the enemy t>.o-U again and held our position in face of repeattd attack-' fr<>tn four enemy battali >ns ?>f picked infantry. | 15y then a general withdrawal to a! stronger position had been decided on! as a direc* sequence to the enemy sue- j crss in th?- neighborhood. and the Se,-(- . forthsi \i ? .< selected for the post of! hon- r in covering the withdrawal. si \ i ii:tt<i; assai i. i k WITH It A I V OK SHHI.l.S We put out hoarls and hacks into the job and withstood six fierce attacks, no; t.? speak of the continual rain o:' shell lire on u-: and the concentrated fury of the li<|iiid (lame jets cast oter us by the Ilutis from a ilnzrn different points of their e.ttackinp front We were forced to pive ground at two dif ferent points, but the reserve com- i patties quickly counteratta ked and won back the lost ground. '1 he last attack v.as made by four battalions of fresh troops. wli*> threw themselves on thfl lieaforths with the fury of tiends, and by sheer weight of men succeeded in forcing our weary n.en to tiive way unce more Then the Germans came swarming ov? :? the captured ground, cheering loudly as they came. Our men braced themselves for e stern fight. They counterattacked and won back the position, which they held until word came that the withdrawal ; '?f the division to its new position had ! been effected. Then our greatest trial ' came, for ue had now to t'.ght our own way back through country swarming with German infantry flushed by their preliminary succes- and maddened by doses nf tlrinl; and ether. We fr.uulit our v. ay to a point wher. the order, "Kvery man for him-eif." was given, ami then all that was left of the line battalion made for the new lines. WOMEN RESPOND TO CALL AND WORK IN FACTORIES 11 ii \t One l.nrgr Plant In Connecticut Solved Hip; l.nbor Problem. N* 12 W HAVKX. CONN.. Jiine 16.? W'.iinen of the United Stales arc re sponding to the ca'.l for factory work ers as quickly and earnestly as the women of the allies, according to II i; M ies. chairman <if tlie section on industrial training for the war emerg ency of the <"ouncll id Ni'iionai l'c iei.se. "in New Haven," Mr. Miles >-t?ited. "the Winchester Repeating ,\r::is Company needed .j.OO'j more workers for war orders. The housing . it.iation was so sravc that the con - pany was doubtful about importing labor. Other manufacturers in the chy al-i needed more labor, so they de ? ?ided 'o make the matter a community ? ffair and seek the workers among th women of New Haven. "The women's clubs at once railed a meeting and told '.he audience of the urgent need for war workers. The response w.is so overwhelming that th. president of the Winchester company exclaimed, 'I was in trouble yester day. but nothing lir.e the trouble I am in to-night! Yesterday 1 wanted .r./?u men, but I didn't want them all at once!' "To see the women nt work in school and factory and note the:r earnestness, their sp'.ed and accuracy Is an in spiration. Manifest ly, any war can b'- won : f only enough surh workeir ire trained. To illustrate the quick- . Stewart Motor Trucks Why arc Stewart Motor Trucks pre ferred by the best business men? Se - oul display ad in Automobile Section of I hi:, paper. t STKWAHT MOTOIt SAI.F.S .(II,, I I in \\>M llrontl Street, Hl? iniO.M), \ IIK.IMA. Itnndnlph IU7II. RKO TIIK KIITII 1 l'K(.?rnirer, $ 12'?.%.00. IIEO TIIK MXTII ?-rii??enicer, SI5.S0.00. l'. O. II. Factorjr. KKANKI.IN MOTOR CO.. . IUmiI. 2IMI2. 2<J07 \V. Ilroad St. j MaxotireS A Tire Within ? .""r Tiro Solves V ,,r Tirr. Problem SAR CO| 1)20 Went Ilrond. g I iioss witn which tho women learn: | Our Ohio commltteo and others re cently inspected tho training school of I a recording nnd computing machine company. There thoy saw n stalwart woman operating a turret latho on difllcult work. 'Here Is a particularly capable worker?probably a teacher.' said an expert from one of the great est war factories In America. "How long have you been here?" he inquired. *1 came yesterday,' was the reply." LIVING CONDITIONS BAD .\cgr<?e* Mum He Cored l-'or If l>l?enae of White People In to Be Prevented. Thoughtful persons have recognized in the long-prevailing living conditions among a large proportion of the negro; population a menace to the public ? health. Not only must these condi tions b<4 improved out of a natural' and laudable humanitarian impulse, but if the white race is to protect ami preserve its own health, its members must take a more active, intimate and ' intelligent interest in the health and : living conditions of their colored neigh bors. Poorly housed, living in unspeakably : crowded conditions in the quarters set apart for them in the larger cities, not infrequently under-nourished, the negro falls a ready victim to tubcrcu- j losis under circums-t-nces which make him a most dangerous center of in-! fection. The negroes are the especial victims* of those terrible diseases in-| volving immorality, diseases which may be spread to innocent victims in ( many ways. The common practice in the South' of having tho family wash carried home by the colored washwoman and kept there the better part of the week at once suggests to in? thoughtful how v;tal a factor, in the. health of the white race, living and health condi tions among the yolored people may prove. Friends of the state Department of lleaUh are urging some general cam-' l-.tign f'jr systematic health work among th? negro population, and a sys tematic effort .it the same time against existing housing conditions at many places in Virginia. The Commonwealth ? il! help itself economically, indus trial';. ami in health, these good peo ple say. by payim; heed to this prob lem HOUSEWIVES TO MEET Iteg-islar Mr-.-tlng ?>f I.rrv^nc Will Hr Held Wednesday Mlprnoon. The regular mec Tig of the Rich mond Housewives' IjiMjue next Wed nesday promises to l?o one of unusual interest The meeting will be held at ?i o'clock in tl>f "Win the War Kitchen." at -'10 Kast Grace Street. Woman's Pro fesslonat Build ing, and Miss Laura Judd Bryant, of the personnel of the homo demonstration force for Rich mond, will give a canning demonstra tion for the members of the IIouso wives' League and others who are present. The meetings of the Housewives' Leaguo are always open meetlnKS. and any housekeeper In the city la wel comed. Guests of the Richmond House wives' League on this occasion will bo Miss Ella G. Agnew, of the extension division of ao State Agricultural Col lege; Miss Kllen Ann Reynolds. 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