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< Get It From Times-Dispatch Information Bureau 1 ~ "t'lTf - * W" -pxgnmzq ?? ? ?? ?? : * ... For Auto Owners Guerrlich's Practical Talks in the Sunday T.-D. ?:STH YEAR. VOLUHK es NUMBER 218 RICHMOND, VA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 1918. ?TEN PAGES, r??? ?FAIR PRICE, TWO CENTS EVERY WARD VOTES FOR NEW CHARIER ABOLISHING BOARD Whole Community Shows Overwhelming Demand for Better City Government. VOTE FOR CHANGES IS MORE THAN THREE TO ONE Administrative Board Carries But Two Precincts in Entire City. NEW POWERS GIVEN MAYOR Will Have Appointment of Executive ? Officers and Preparation of Budget. New Charter Sweeps Every Ward in City Total For. Af?alnat. Vote. Clay 1,705 502 2,237 Jefferson 1,170 071 1,850 Lee 1,001 350 2,257 Hadlaon 1,330 305 1,001 T*tml 6,141 1,804 8,005 Of the $.005 votes counted In th?| election yesterday, 6,141 were cast to j abolish the Administrative Board, the; remaining 1.S64 being against the i adoption of the charter amendments, j This is one of the most overwhelming i victories ever recorded In the city j where any sort of a contest was antlcl-i pated. The vote Is more than three j to one in favor of the amendments. The! Ruccess of the campaign for better gov. j erntnent has been far greater than: even the most enthusiastic advocate! ever hoped for. liven Jefferson Ward, i which was regarded as the stronghold' of the Administrative Board, the home of Chairman John Hirschberg, went for the changes by 1,179 to 671, there j being a total of 1,850 votes counted in; the ward. Every prccinct In the wardj except the First was carried by the| charter changers. The First was for-! ty-five for the amendments to seventy-1 eight against them.. Madison Ward, siilih was also regarded as probably favorable to the Administrative Board, voted to abolish it in every prccinct but the Fourth, where the vote was fifty-three for the amendments and fifty-eight against them. Jn some of the precincts in Jefferson and Madison Wards the vote for the amendments uas more than fourteen times the' vote against thern. Lee and Clay Wards went for the amendments in every precinct and in an overwhelm ing fsshion. HOI'KS PEOPLE WILL ASSIST IN MAKING NEW PI,AN SUCCESS "I hope that the people will co-op?r ate to make the new charter a grand success and that they will not regret their action jf to-day,'* stated Johnf Hirschberg last night. Mr. Hirschbergj is chairman of the Administrative; Hoard. He did not express surprise: at the result; neither did he state that ] he feared as much. The First Precinct; in JefTerson Ward, however, voted | seventy-eight to forty-five in. favor of; retaining the Administrative Board and; d*fea:i!ig the proposed charter changes.; The Firs* is Mr. Mirschbergs home pre-! cinct. the only one in his ward that] >l:d not vote a majority for the amend- ] nu-nts. "Mr. Hawkins and 1 are naturally gratified," stated Mr. I>. R. Anderson, i ^x'fcutive secretary of the Richmond Civic Association, "at the. rplendld re sult of the charter election. We be lieve, as we have told the voters so many times in all sincerity, that it will mean a step foiward in the polit ical and governmental life of Rich mond. ?Next to delight in the happy re sult for Richmond we feel and wish to express gratitude for the able as sistance which we have received on all hands. We would mention with appreciation the co-operation of the directors and the nun bets of tho as sociation, (he aupi 'irt given by the j many generous citizens who have un-1 selfishly raised ant* contributed the) funds necessary for the campaign, the faithful work of many helpers In every part of the city an<' during tho elec tion. and the remarkable service of the newspapers. IONGRATULATESCOUNCIL ON SUCCESS OF ITS Wonic ?\Vo congratulate the City Council on the complete indorsement of its labors. We believe tho citizens will help to make the operation of the new plan a complete success, and hope that with its adoption there will come also o new interest in civic affairs, which will be an immense grain to the com n-unity." In Sixth Precinct of Lee Ward the vote was 168 for the amendments to ?.'! against them. The Sixth is Carlton McCarthy's home precinct, in Gintcr Park. Rut Henry Cohn, Superintendent of Street Cleaning, had better luck, carrying his precinct by tlve votes; while John Hirschberg carried his prc rinct by only thirty-three, the only two precincts carried by the Administrative Board. The main feature of the proposed amendments was the abolition of the Administrative Board. This step was tecommended by the board of experts paid $10,000 by the Civic Association of this city to come from New York here to make a survey of Richmond's muni cipal government and conditions. Tho expert#' report said that the board was created to All an Imaginary want, ana should be abolished at the earliest pos (Continued on I*ist Page.) Soldiers in France Want Real Literature Sent Then George H. Scllca, la mi article, which ipprnr* In tbla lime, fella ua that there la, amoni the boya In the trenrhea. a demand for books and moRiilnta of the better clnaa. The literary atandard of the men at the front la ua high, If not higher, than that of thoae who remain at houie. Traahy atnd baa Ita Tatar, and 10-rent ahoekera are appreciated more than maudlin love atortea, bat It la a mlatake to think that the aoldler la nverae to philosophy or hlgh-elaaa fiction. ZEPPELIN HER SHOT DM ON BRITISH CRRST Another Reported Damaged, and Whole Affair Proves Fiasco / of First Water. FIVE AIRSHIPS IN ATTEMPT British Flyers, Ever on the Alert, Meet Enemy Well Ont at Sea, and Battle in Air Begins?No Evidence of Bombs Dropped. [Br Anoclittd Preom.] LONDON, August 6.?The attempted raid by Cermnn Zeppelins on the east Anglian coast last night proved to be a oomplete fiasco, according to reports thus far received. British flyers, who are ever on the alert along the coast, were ready for the visitors, and met them well out at sea, bringing down one in flames, damaging a second and driving a third away. What happened to the other two airships In the squadron is not disclosed In the of ficial statement. The fact, however, that the report said "Zeppelins crossed the coast," Is ground for the presump tion that these did reach land. There Ib no evidence as yet that they dropped any bombs, and it is probable their crews were kept busy protecting their ? ships against pursuing British airmen, j The official statement relative to the i air raid reads: "Five enemy airships attempted to | cross the coast last night, but while ! Mill at sea were attacked by Royal Air j I'orce contingents, co-operating with j naval units. "Three were engaged in action, and one wa3 shot down in flames forty miles frpm the coast. Another was damaged, but probably succeeded In reaching Its base." GENERAL FOCH BECOMES A MARSHAL OF FRANCE Council of .Mlalatera Elevatea Allied ; Commander-in-Chief and Itonora Petnln. [By Associated Press.) PARIS. August 6.?The council of ministers has elevated General Ferdi nand Foch, commander-in-chief of the allied forces on the western front, to a marshal of France. The ministers also have conferred the military modal on General Petaln, commander-in-chief of the French , a.mics on the western front. In presenting the name of General Foch. Premier Clomenceau said: "At the hour when the enemy, by a formidable offensive on a front oT 100 | kilometers, counted on snatching the . derision and imposing a German peace upon us, General Foch and his ad mirable troops vanquished him. "Paris is not in danger, Solssons and | Chateau-Thierry have been reconquered | and more than 200 villages have been ! delivered. Thirty-five thousand prfs- j nncrs and 700 cannon have been cap- j tured, and the enemy's high hopes be- j fore the attack have been crushed. I The glorious allied armies have thrown 1 him from the banks of the Marne to the Aisne. Such are the results of the high command's strategy, superbly exe cuted by Incomparable commanders. The confidence placed by the republic and by all the allies in the conqueror of St. Gond, the Yser and the Somme, has been fully Justified." The awarding of the "Medaille Mill- ! taire" to General Petaln Is a distinction j rarely given to officers, the decoration ! generally being reserved for enlisted ; men. Marshal Joffre is one of the few ' officers who have received his honor. SUFFRAGETTES, ATTEMPTING DEMONSTRATION, ARRESTED Women Sought to Carry Oat Spftch. Making Program Against Alleged Delay |n Senate. I By Associated Press.] WASHINGTON, August 6.?Some fifty women, attempting to stage a woman's party demonstration against delay in the Senate in action on the woman suffrage amendment, were arrested by the police late to-day at Lafayette Square, opposite the White House The women, many of whom partici pated in the banner-carrying demon strations before the White House sev eral months ago, sought to -carry out a speech-making program without' permits from the police. The police appeared with patrol wagons just as Miss IJlanche Mcl'herson, of New York, began the first speech. There was little disorder, and the round-up was carried out almost before the crowd, which braved the excessive heat for the show, knew what was going on. All of the women were released on bail for appearance to-morrow after they had beon taken to A District ifo llco headquarters. Cnptnin Killed; Others Injured. ALEXANDRIA. LA., August 6.? Dur ing hand grenad? practice nt Camp Iteauregard to-day, Captain Arthur A. Dicttel, of the One Hundred and I<'our? teenth Engineers, was killed and three lieutenants, a sergeant and five pri vates wore slightly Injured. MAPP AND BLAND IN CLOSE CONTEST Counties Not Yet Heard From Will Decide First Dis trict Race. CARLIN AN EASY WINNER Carries Every County, Except Loudoun, Over Colonel E. B. White. Th? decision ? t the First District Congressional race rests with several counties returns from which were not available at a late hour last night, Ihe returns on their face Indicating a neck-and-neck race between Senator G. Walter Mapp, of Accomac, and the incumbent, S. Otis Bland, of Newport News, in yesterday's Democratic pri mary. Counties still to be heard from are | Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, Spotsylvania and parts of York and Warwick. Figures at hand indicate a lead for Mapp of approxi mately 475, but the friends of Con gressman Bland look for the counties to be heard from to pull him through. CAHLI1V CARRIES EVERY COUNTY BUT LOCDOCN Congressman C. C. Carlln claims re nomination in the Eighth District over Colonel E. B. White by a plurality ex ceeding 2,300. He has carried, appar ently, every county in his district ex cept Loudoun, the home county of Colo nel White, who received 475 plurality. , In a long-distance telephone conver- j sation. speaking from his home at ? Alexandria, Mr. Carlin was inclined to believe that his lead might run as j high as 2,800. j NEWPORT NEWS [Special to The Times-Dispatch.1 j NEWPORT NEWS. VA.. August G.? | S. Otis Bland, of this city, now filling i the unexpired term of the late William \ A. Jones as Congressman from the ? First District, to-day carried Newport j News In the Democratic primary for ; the long term by a plurality of 1.205. ; the total vote cast in the city being i 1.500. The vote in the city was: Bland, | 350; Goolrick, 110; Mapp. 23. and Hall, i 12. Incomplete returns from Warwick) County give Bland a clear plurality, j Goolrick getting a few votes. ELIZABETH CITY [Special to The Tlmes-Dlspatch. 1 HAMPTON, VA., August 6.?Eliza- j beth City County. Hampton and Phoe- : bus complete In the Democratic pri- j mary for Congressman in the First Dis- \ trict to-day voted as follows: Goolrick, : 322; Bland, 304: Mapp. 1S7; Hall. 16. Goolrick carried Hampton and Phoe- i 1 us by good-sized majorities, but Bland came up In the rural districts, with Mapp trailing third. NORTHUMBERLAND (Special to The Times-Dispatch.] HEATHS VI L.L.E. VA., August C ? Northumberland County, seven out of nine precincts heard from, give Gool- ' rick. 61; Bland. S5; Mapp, 147; Hall. 3.1 CONCEDES DEFEAT [Special to The Times-Dispatch.1 I FREDERICKSBURG. VA., August 6.1 ?At a late hour to-night Senator C. ' O'Conor Goolrick conceded his defeat ! In his candidacy for the Democratic I nomination for Congress, declaring that j indications pointed to the nomination i of Senator Mapp by a substantial p!u- j 'ality. Senator Goolrick conceded his ; defeat when he ascertained that the j anti-Mapp vote on the Northern Neck : had finally swung to Mr. Bland. CAROLINE [Special to The Times-Dispatch.1 BOWLING GIV5EN, VA., August 6.? With four precincts to hear from, Caro line County gave Ihe following vote in the First District congressional pri mary to-day: Mapp. lOfi; Bland. 4!* Goolrick, 178; Hall. 12. FREDERICKSBURG [Special to The Times-Dispatch.1 !? RLDERICKSBURG, VA., August fi. In the Democratic primary here to day to nominate a candidate for Con gress in the First District, C. O'Conor Goolrick received SCO votes; G. Walter1 Mapp ,51; S. Otis Bland. 5; H. Madison; Hall, J. At Brents Mills Precinct, in Spot sylvania County. Goolrick received 31 votes, Mapp. 5; Hall, 1. Travelers Rest Precinct gives C.ool nck 9; Mapp. 5; Hall, 2. Spotsylvania Courthouse gives Goolrick 19. Mapp. 12 Thornsburg Precinct. 10 majority for Goolrick. ACCOMAC i [Special to The Times-Dispatch.] ACCOM AC, VA.. August C.?Mapp's j I vote in Accomac with live preeints to i | hear from is 1,712; Bland, 6l!>; (iool rlck, Hall, 12. The precincts to hoar from will add 200 to Mapp's plurality. Northampton County, with all precincts heard from, except Hog Island, gives j I Mapp, 6D5; Bland. 142; tioolrick, 36; I Hail, 5. I ALEXANDRIA i (Special to The Times-Dispatch.] ALEXANDRIA, VA., August 6.? Representative Carlin was renominated for Congress from the Eighth District j by an estimated majority of from 2.200 ! to 2,500, according to incomplete re turns from every county in the dis trict. Carlin carried every crunty but Loudoun, the latter being the. county of 12. B. White, his opponent, and White carried that county by 457. The vote in Alexandria City was close to 1,500. The actual number counted was 1,431, of which Carlin re ceived 1,172; White 251; and Hanes, 8. In Alexandria County the vote was Cnrlln, 496; White, 184; Hancs, 26. Carlln'o majority in Alexapdria County and city over his two opponents was (Contlnud on Second Page.) I HOTTEST DAY IN CITY'S HISTORY Kiosk Thermometer in Capitol Square Crawls Up to 116 Degrees and Quits. OFFICIAL RECORD IS 107 Ambulances Kept Busy by Calls From ( Those Suffering From Prostration. Yesterday wm the hottest day In Richmond's history, according to official figures of the United States Weather Bureau, the official thermometer at the weather station in Chimborazo Park registering 107, while that In the kiosk In the Capitol Square, representing- the street temporature, climbed to 116. Both figures are entirely without precedent in the twenty-five years in which ac curate weather figures have been kept. Since the present Weather Bureau was organized here in 130S, only once in | August ha3 the thermometer at the ! official station gone over the 100 mark, i that having been on August 24, 1914, j when the record showed 101, yester- i day's official figure having exceeded ' that by six degrees. N?t only were all local records broken ; yesterday, but, according to the Weather Bureau, Richmond was yester day the hottest city in the United States. Washington came a close second, tho thermometer thcie pushing up to 106, and breaking all records for that swel tering city. Chicago reported a total of 102; Jacksonville, Fla., 06; Kansas City, 100; Norfolk, 98. and Pittsburgh. 104, while St. Louis had a maximum of 100. MAW PROSTRATIONS ARE DUE TO THE INTENSE HEAT Many prostrations from heat were re potted to the police, and the hospital j ambulances were kept busy yesterday ! and last night. Many business men found j it practically impossible to continue at ! their usual speed, and In factories work was generally lightened, if not sus pended altogether. Soft-drink places did a rushing business, many people congregating wherever iced beverages and electric fans could be depended on to make living tolerable. Others just simply knocked off for the day and let it go at that. In the election booths the judges and clerks sweltered ( through the unmerciful heat, listing t.hc voters and counting their ballots. "What's worrying me," said an In dividual in a panama suit, leaning de j Jectedly against the shady side of the I kiosk in the Capitol Square yesterday i afternoon, "is how to get across to ! I that next tree." The kiosk made history yesterday. At 4 o'clock it registered 116 degrees, and j the thermometer had gone out of busi ness at 110 degrees, and still the sun! beat down from a pitiless blue sky j as hard as flint, and the scorching heat waves beat up from the pave ments like the breath of furnace fires, and the city sweltered in the grip of the hottest day of the year?twenty six degrees above normal with tho' relative humidity at only 16, which ! gave the heat its peculiar scorching quality. ALL RECORDS BROKEN' AT THE WEATHER BUREAU The record at the kiosk is the aver age "street temperature." At the United States Weather Bureau on ChlmNorazo Hill, which is many feet above the city, the official record for high temperature broke pll previous records yesterday, passing the 100 mark between 11 and 12 o'clock. In the downtown districts thermometers registered as high as 110 degrees in the shade. Ten cases of heat prostrations as the result of the hottest day on record in Richmond was the official report of I hospitals in the city at 1:30 o'clock this morning. Dr. Joseph Hinchman, chicf interne of the Virginia Hospital, sup plied most of the names and treated most of the cases for heat prostrations yesterday. At 1:30 o'clock this morn ing he said that thirteen calls for heat prostrations had been received at the hospital, and that the ambulance was out on four more calls and that he would be unable to furnish a complete official report until this afternoon. Although most of the cases of heat prostrations were the result of the heat of the noonday and afternoon sun, Dr. Hinchman gave out a warning to the public against the prolific drinking of ice water after being almost over come by the heat. Late last night the ambulance was summoned to treat a number of cases of people who were suffering from cramps and who had been attacked with convulsions as a result of the careless drinking of Ice 1 water while in an overheated condition. LAIKiB M MIIKIt OK CASKS TIIBATBD nv 1'IIYSICIANS It would be almost Impossible to Kive a. detailed and complete record of nil the capes of people overcome by the heat and who were treated by private physicians or ambulances and then taken home. There was no attempt to keep a record of such cases. It is l.ccdless to say that the ambulancc surgeons of this city were overwork ed, while the large number of people oi the city were attempting to take things easy because of the intense heat from which there was no escape. frequent comment was that it is re n.arkable that the public ambulance surgeons themselves were not over come by the heat while busied in their treatment of cases of heat prostrations. All day long they worked ceaselessly to prevent fatalities and to allay the intense pains of u number of people overcome by the heat. C.- K. Kay. twenty-six years old, of S17 North Twenty-seventh Street, was overcome while working at the Rich mond branch of the American l.ocomo tiv? Works. The ambulance from the Virginift Hospital was summoned and Kay was treated and taken home. H? (Continued on L.?st Page.) " ALLIES BRING UP HEA VYAR TILLER Y ???? ? 1 - I One-Twenty-Three Ships of 631,944 Dead Weight Tons Launched in July WASHINGTON, Anfiut 0 With the lanncUas ol 123 Te??el?. tatal llnc 031,044 dead nelfbf ton*, and the delivery of forty -one others of 235,025 dead weight ton*, mew world shipbuilding recorda were estab lished In July by American ship yards, the Shipping Board to-night announced. The July laancblngs alone were greater than those of any single year In the past. In addition to the forty-one com pleted ships, the American merchant marine was further Increased by the delivery of two ateel vessels of 15^455 tons by Japanese yards, In accordance with the recent agree ment. Thlrty-sLx of the completed ves sels were of ateel with a dead weight tonnage of 217,025, and the other Ave were of wood, their dead weight tonnage being 18,000. The launching included sixty ??Tfn steel vmnelii of 433,2-14 dead irtlghl Unn llfty-three wood whip* of 157,700 dead nrlffbt tons, and three composite ships of 11,000 toan. The total tonnage launched thin year la 1,710,536, being divided by month* mm follow*: January, 88,507j rtbruary, 12,025) March. 172,011: April, 100,280 s May, 250,2411 June, 283,3221 July, 031,0-14. Since AoKDit, 1017, when the present ShlpplBg Doard began op erations, to August 1, last, thirty seven steel contract vessels of 245, 700 dead weight tons, and 210 requi sitioned vessels of 1,326,150 dead weight tons have been completed and placed In service. Almost half of this total tonnage was delivered during the last three months. launching the last four days In July Included six contract and sLx requisitioned steel steamships of an aggregate tonnage of 00,130, and | four wood ships of 14,000 tons. NEUI HEAT RECORDS MADE IN NORTHEASTERN STATES Thermometer Climbs Above 100 Mark In Washington, Baltimore, Harrlsbnrg, Detroit and Toledo. NO IMMEDIATE RELIEF LIKELY Small Chance That AVest Indian Hur ricane May Bring About Normal Temperature?Gerstncr Field Is Damaged by Storm. [By Associated Press.] WASHINGTON, August 6.?High tem peraturo records that have marked the limits wf heat waves during- all the period of official observation in the northeastern quarter of the United States were broken to-day. Washing ton and Baltimore, by Weather Bureau thermometers, experienced a tempera ture of 100 degrees, A point not even approached by the fcercury since 1881, and not reached then. In Detroit, Mich.; Ilarrlsburg, Pa., and Toledo, Ohio, with temperature^ of 101, new records were established, as did Scran ton. Pa., and Cleveland, which each of ficially registered 100. These were the findings of the instru ments ir. the Weather Bureau's mlna re'.s. Instruments set closer to the baking pavements of city streets every where showed the mercury amounting t ?? heights officially unbelievable and Impossible. On Pennsylvania Avenue, in the national capital, one of the Weather Bureau instruments, during the day, marked 114 degrees. Small hope for Immediate relief for the Eastern territory was seen to night by the weather experts. It was said, however, heat should slowly abate during the next two days over most of the area now affected. The hot wave owes its existence, Weather Bureau of ficials said, to an area of low barome tric pressure, which has been moving languidly from west to east across the continent, staying just a little north of the normal track, and suffering no com petition from other disturbances to the south. There was just a chance. It was said, that a West Indian hurricane, now de veloping along the Gulf coast and doing somfe damage in Louisiana and Texas, might cause sufficient disturbance to break the sway of the northern low, and change the air drifts, but in expert opinion the storm was too weak to ac complish the result. AVIATION FIELD Is DAMAGES I) IN LOUISIANA [By Associated Press.) HOUSTON, TEX., August 6.?That Gcrstner Field, a training camp for aviators, was badly damaged, and that property loss in and around Lake Charles. La., would amount to $1,000, 000 was the information conveyed to the general officcs of the Southern Pa cific, in Houston, late to-day by a con ductor of the lines, who made his way to Vinton from Lake Charles, and re ported from that place. HURRICANE ON TRACK OF HIGH IIAHOMETIOn RANGE [By Associate* Press.1 NEW ORLEANS, August 6.?Warn ings of a tropical disturbance, reported yesterday as probably entering the Gulf of Mexico, were ordered to-day by the local Weather Bureau for points along the Louisiana coast. The warn ings said the disturbance will cause strong northerly winds. Increasing to gale force during the next twenty four hours. DANVILLE OFFICIALLY REPORTS 107 DEGREES [By Associated Press ] DANVILLE, VA? August 6.?Th? highest temperature in years was re corded hero to-day. A government self-registering thermometer recorded a maximum of 107 and at sunset the temperature was 96. No prostrations wero roported. NUMEROUS PROSTRATIONS AT HOG ISLAND SHIPYARD [ By Associated Press. | PHILADELPHIA, August 6.?Intense heat coupled with a high percentage of humidity causcd more than 100 pros trations among the Hog Island ship yard workers, who are compelled to work In a broiling sup. About ono (Continued on Second Page.) COMMITTEE HEARS EXPERT ON EXCESS PROFITS PLUN Differences Between Ways and Means Body and Treasury De partment Sharply Defined. KTTCHIN ISSUES STATEMENT Declares British Plan, Proposed by Secretary McAdoo', Would Heavily Tax Small Corporations, but Not Large Ones. [By Associated Press.] WASHINGTON, August C.?DlfTer j.enccs between the House Ways and Means Committee and tax experts ofj the Treasury Department over the | method of levying excess profits taxes, to b? Inserted in the $8,000,000,000 war revenue bill now being framed, were considered to-day by the commit tee and Dr. T. S. Adams, chairman of the Treasury's excess profits advisory board. Chairman Kitchln, at the close of the session, announced that the commit tee probably would adopt an" alter native system of applying prewar prof its a? a basis where they would pro duce a greater revenue than the ex cess profits tax. He also said that the committee and Treasury would "get together" on the cxcess profits tax as soon as Secretary McAdoo has gone over the system tentatively adopted by the committee. The plan of superim posing a strictly war profits tax in ad dition to the excess profits tax did not develop much support in the committee to-day. The excess profits levy, upon which the Treasury and the committee differ, hinges largely on the matter of deduc tions to be allowed. The English j plan, for which the Treasury contends, I allows the deduction to be made by ] corporations to correspond to the amount of the profit in the prewar years 1911-1S. The effect is that a corporation making big profits before the war can deduct a corresponding amount from the income of the taxable year, and then be taxed only on the balance. The committee plan ignores j the prewar profits and allows dedtic- | tlons to all. corporations based on tho j invested capital. .The alternative plan to be substituted by the Treasury if the Treasury finds it will produce more revenue is based upon strictly war profits. Chairman Kitchln made this state ment to-night: "We read tho Income tax section of j the tentative bill at this morning's session and got down to tho deduc tions and credits, without taking any further action. Dr. Adams discussed the excess profits and alternative war profits plan at this afternoon's session. He takes the same view as the Treas ury Department as to having tho two methods. Their proposition Is for SO per cent tax on excess profits and they want the alternative plan with it. They want the excess profits rates as in the existing law and a real war profits tax as an alternative. We aro going to have an excess profits tax. We have already tentatively agreed to one. The majority of tho commit tee seems to want tho alternative plan too. "If we have a war profits and ex cess profits plan with the latter rates the same as in the present law. nine teenths of the corporations In this country will pay an Increased tax of from B0 per cent up to as high as 300 j to 400 per cent more than in 1517, j while one-tenth of the corporations of the country will pay no tax at all ! on their increased Income. This is be cause they were making practically as much before the war as they have ' been making during tho war. The , | committee wants the present law ex- j cess profits raised to equalize this sit- j nation. "We will probably take up the In- ' come tax to-morrow." Oruic Fiend Taken I.lfc. FOND DU LAC. WIS., August fi.-Af I ter being given permission to mend | some of her clothing; Mrs. Thomas | Dittman. thirty-eight, concealed a pair of scissors sho had been using and then committed suicide by cuttlns her throat while confined in the county jail. .She had be?n a victim of druga I and liquor. RAIN AND FLOOD HELP TO RETARD: ALLIED ADVANCE Huns Heavily Shell Ameri cans and French on North ern Bank of Vesle River. .BOMBARD SOUTHERN LINE OF RIVER TO NO PURPOSE United States Gunners Return Fire With Interest in Fismes tor. AT LEAST 35,000 PRISONERS Much Interest Attaches to Develop ments Between Montdidier and Rheims. [By Associated Press.! Conditions on the battle front along the Vesle River between Soiaaons and Rheims remain unchanged, and, rela tively speaking, there have been no dvelopments of outstanding: import ance on the line running from the re gion of Montdidier toward the English Channel. In both regions, however, thero is a tenseness which seems to forecast the approaching dawn of big events. ?> The bad weather?heavy rainfalls, the swollen rivers and the resultant wretched condition of the terrain with which the allied troops along the Vesle now have to contend, not to mention the necessity of Dringing up guns, am munition and supplies which were left far behind In the rapid advance doubtless la having more to do with the holding In leash of Marshal Foch's troops than the opposition tho Germans are throwing In their way. ' "v" Tho Germans have been shelling heavily the American and French sol diers who have made their way across to the northern bank of the Vesle or delivering heavy counterattacks against them, but everywhere they have met with a stone wall of resistance that has not permitted them to counter balance their losses of ground. ? ALLIES HOLD THEIR GKOU.VD EVERYWHERE They also have deluged tho south ern line of the stream with shells of all calibers, including gas projectiles, and even have brought their famous name-throwers Into play, but all to no purpose. The allies everywhere have j remained firm in the ground they have won. Hut the Germans have not been per mitted by the allies to have a monopoly of tho Initiative. Where they have thrown shells against the Americans in the Fismes sector, American mlssilea have been returned with added Inter est. This particular sector has been , a veritable inferno. Gas in large quan tities was released against the Amer | leans who, with their gas masks ad justed, were virtually unharmed by th? noxious fumes. A kindly switch in the wind at one time even turned back tho gas against the enemy. The French also have answered the Ger mans Ik, kind. ENEMY SUPPOSED TO BE MOVING TROOPS BACK During the hiatus in the fighting on tho Soissons-Rheims sector the Ger mans are believed to be moving their main bodies northward to the posi tions they have chosen for a stand, and doubtless the German Crown Prince is endeavoring hastily to reconstitute | as well as he may. witin the forces at [ his command, his badly shattered ar. mies. An Inkling: of what the Germans have lost In men made prisoner and puns captured'by the allies has become j public through an utterance of the i Frcnch Premier at a session of tho ministerial council at which General Koch was made ft marshal of France. "Thirty-five thousand prisoners and 700 cannon have been captured," de clared the Premier, who added that Paris no longer was in danger. that Soissons and Chateau-1 hierry had been reconquered and that 200 villages had been delivered through the formidable thrust of Koch's men through the Soissons-Rhelms salient. ItKAI.IGNMENT OK ENTIItE FRONT IK I'OSSini.E Much Interest attaches to the man euvers of the Germans and the French and British troops, with the latter of whom some Americans are believed to be brigaded, on the front running from Montdidier to the region around Ypres. I'ltltnately the operations here may have a strong bearing on those now in progress In the south, and, if th? allies keep up their successful thrufts and the Germans continue to w'thdraw, it will compel a realignment of the en tire battle front. The French north of Montdidier hav<? crossed the west side of the Avre Riv er botwecn Braches and Morlsel. Here a fairly deep penetration Into the Ger man line would become a direct men. ace to the junction point of the armies of the German Crown Prince tnd of Crown Prince Rupprecht. On both sides of Amlons, where th? Germans have given ground, they now are heav liy shelling British positions, using