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Eightieth Division, Long at
Camp Lee, Located by
Official Statement.
NOW EXCEED 1,450,000 MEN
March Confident Able to Send 80
Divisions Across by June
30, 1919.
I remit (if-nornl Tolls of llis Admira
lion nf Scrvlms Keinlorrtl
l?y l". S. Soldiers.
( By A Prvs.h. J
WASHINGTON, August J 7.?The
I'.i'tlc now j.;oiiic on ill I'lcardy was1
;.al!y ? hara' li rized as the ? Jermari
i'' -' ? t to-day by Gep^ral March, chief
' " ? ff. in his .cml'.v?-fkly conference
with new.-paper men. at which he dls
-''1 tha; Amcri'-an troops embarked
??wTh?;aa now number more than 1.
i 1 .000.
General March sai<i the eightieth !>t
v. .on, ? mi posed of Virginiu and I'cnn
,.!'..tii j troops. was training with the
Hi.tinh :n l-'landers, ? hi;-' the Klgluy
? ? oiiil ImvisIdii, composed of Alabama.
. ir^. t and Tennesse. troops, was in
the battle line north of T<>ul. where
it arrived early in July. Keports do
Hi't show thr.l tilt- Kighty-s?ec?>nd L?i
vitdon hb . yet boon engage'.!, General
M a r-h t- .?!
Whli" he ma<le no predictions and
did not 'it j- the signfb ance of any
move . ? ih* U "lit, lipn'ral March t"<?r;
o<c.iai<':> to point out that the Gvr
mans ha\ e voluntarily surrendered
K round in !o . salients four separate
times slii'.e the I'icardy attack was
: lunched by General Koch. It was evi
dent ' :ut trif?c withdrawals, coupled
with the other information contained
In other official advices, has created
here the impression that : general
enemy retirement i.s to tie expected.
Taking up Amcrhan war plans Gen
eral March formally reiterated the pur
pose to get eighty divisions of troops
into France by June 3t?. 1319. Lus
cussing conditions with members of
the Senate Military Committee earlier
In the day. General March hjd said
there was a steady increase both In
numbers and efficiency in the transport
service. Insuring accelerated troop
?moors to am. kho.nts
The total embarkation of American
troop's now announced inc'".?le.s men
sent to Italy and Siberia as well as to
France. Hereafter total azures for
embarkations will include all expedi
tionary forces wherever sent.
General March would not talk figures
on army plans outside of his state
ment regarding eight divisions. It
was evident, however, that he has
complete confidence in the ability of
th?- War Department to execute its
plans ahead of schedule. He had
said previously that for purposes of
laiculation a division represented a
total of -10,000 men.
General March said otlicir.l reports
through the Spanish embassy give no
evidence that American prisoners in
? lermany are singled out for mistreat
ment. as has been reported. Very de
tailed reports, including the daily
menus, are received and show that tho
question of the treatment of prisoners
has largely become standardized.
On the Yesle front, where the Amer
ican troops are in line, only artillery
!:re and raids have been reported, Cen
tral .March said. He read a French
divisional order paying high tribute to
the valor and efllciency of the second
Artillery brigade of the Second Amer
ican Division, commanded by Briga
lih-r-General Bowley, which was at
ta he<l to the Twelfth Krench Infan
try after the infantry of its own divi
sion iiad been sent elsewhere.
The American artillery aided the
Kiench in two days of fierce fighting
;? t Chateau-Thierry, and' the French
commander expressed his thanks and
admiration for their bravery, energy
and devotion.
tieneral March announced that Ma
jor-General Henry 13. McCain, adjutant
general. as a reward for efficient work,
fad lieen assigned to command the
Twelfth Division now being organized
(.'amp Devens. Mass.
Brigadier-General Peter C. Harris
v. 11! be made acting adjutant-general.
Announcement was made that Major
tjfiierai George H. Duncan, one of the
American officers to win the French
War Cross for distinguished gallantry
in action, was being sent home for
!t rest. General March said the case
typical, and showed the tremen
dous strain under which both ofTlccrs
and men worked at the front. He In
dicatcd that a number of cases similar
??to that of General Duncan would fol
Answering a question, General March
? aid the losses of the One Hundred and
Tenth Regiment (Pennsylvania troops)
m the Twenty-eighth Division prob
niilv were proportionate to the heavy
lighting in which that division had
been engaged. He gave no figures,
j ut pointed out that the Twenty-eighth
had held the American center during
the crossing of the Ourcq and was
again in lino along the Vcsle, where
further sharp fighting hu?> occurred.
Announcement was made also that
Colonel John W. Heavey had been ap
pointed head of tho militia bureau,
Micceeding Major-General Josso Mcl.
Carter, who has taken command of
(Continued on Second Pago.")
Cavalry Gets' Chance
to Show Real Metal
Ml.VDO.N Aujtunt 17 The brll
llnnt nhnrc of the cavalry In (he re
rcnt nKhllne In dcacrlbcd by the
I ImcH' wnr currcnpondcnt. lie
*nyw i
"Hitherto, Ilie Ilrltl*h cavalry hnd
hod little rhunrc on tlie neitera
front, but In the recent advance
tlicy hnd Kreul "pport unit leu, and
nmdc the most 6f them. IJragoon
K'mrdR, lancer* nnd liimnarK ?ere
nil busy, and ulinued tlie Kreatrnl
"kill und dnrlnR. tin many occn
xlonn nhrn the dcfcn*e of vlllnKCM
??? found to be ntronsr for n dlrr?-t
attack, the cuvalry mune round
nnd rtiKlied the plnrrn from the
flnnk, taking; the astonished t,er
nilinM entirely by *urprlnc nnd hold
ing them until it tin* pond lb It- to
hand over the prlKoncrn, together
ulth their Inter positions, to the
In fnn( rj .
The number of prlKonern tnken by
ihe cavalry exceed* K,.Mio, nnd ainone
their capture* there in to be In
cluded n railway train nnd a lone
Run on a rnllway mount Inc.
The < nniidlan ca>airy nlno did
Mplendlil mirk.
S?-n a I or Lewis Defines .Nation's F'rtsl*
tion ftogarriinK Present War
?f IMnner Speech.
I* renrli oniclah Consider Statements
as Answer of Cnlted Slates lo
I-odors About to Come Krom Cen
tral Powers.
1 "A ft IS. August 17.?"France anrl the
world need never doubt that America's
position w in continue to lie 'every sac
rlllcc for liberty 110 compromise with
<!??:? pot ism ' "
Amid tremendous cheers. Senator
?lames Hamilton Lewis. of Illinois,
made this statement to-day. speaking
as ihe guest of honor at a dinner or
the Cercle Volney. one of the most ex
clusive clubs in Paris.
"I have been questioned by your
officials." said the Senator, "if Amer
ica will fight on should a prospect of
| <i peac?> arise that would be a com
; promise with the contentions upon
"vhlch America has insisted.
"France and the world must know
nnd understand that America did not
'?titer the war without measuring the
extent to which she must go in order
to establish the principles for which
tlie lives of her sons are given.
"America will continue to light for
justice and liberty of the nations with
never a thought of a compromise peace
that would leave Prussia equipped for
a return to the assault on the nations
that entered the struggle to prevent
Germany from demolishing France and
Senator Lewis highly eulogized Mar
shal Foch. Andre Tardleu and fleneral
I ershing.
His speech is accepted in French po
litical circles as a highly signiflcant
utterance, in vleur of the Senator's
< lose connection with President Wilson.
It is indeed regarded as America's an
swer. given in advance to the peace
feelers evidently about to come from
across the Rhine.
Senator Lewis inspected the Ameri
can front in the last few days and had
chats with many doughboys from Illi
Sprjtfnnt Joyce Kilmer, of 1fl.*>th HprI- ?
incnt, Whnsf Writing* Stirred thr
World, )lnkrn !<iirrlflrf.
IT.?Sergeant Joyce Kilmer, of the One'
Hundred and Sixty-fifth Regiment, the j
American poet whose burning- lines j
upon the I-usitania crimc stirred many '
thousands, has been killed on the bat- I
tlefield, it was learned at his home j
here to-day. He had made an enviable
name as a writer of verse and prose
when America entered the war.
He was married, and had four chil
dren, but conceived that duty called
him to the front. Enlisting: first in
the Seventh Uegimcnt, New fork, he
was soon transferred to the One Hun
dred and Sixty-fifth, in whose ranks
he fought when he made the supreme
sacrifice. He was a graduate of Co
lumbia University, and although but
twenty-eight at the time of his enlist
ment, had already become well known
by his writings and lecturing.
'I hi* Program Declared XfCfwary to
Provide * 10,000,000,000 Required
for War Operation*.
WASHINGTON, August 17.?Tenta
tive plans of the Treasury Department
provide for three big Liberty loan
campaigns within the nevt year, each
to raise $ii.000,000,000 or more, it was
learned to-day. The first will be from
September 28 to October 19, as has
been announced; the following is plan
ned for January or February, and the
third In May or June. This program
will be' necessary. It Is explained, to
provide, the $16,000,000,000 which of
ficials estimate will be requlredi to
finance war operations during the year,
in addition to the $8,000,000,000 which
may he provided by the new revenue
bill now boing drafted.
Are giving 100% service to business
all over the country. Kline Ivar Salcb
Co., 322 West Broad.
Important Port of Lake Baikal
Captured After Desper
ate Battle.
Encounter Regarded of Great
Value, as It Opens
WASHINGTON. A ukusi 17.?Official
ropor ? to Hi'- Stat- (?<??? .irtmcnl from
.Moscow. :.n Kurop< \:i :: p.. . and frotn
j Siberian points. indicate hut the Bo!
j shevik forces are !#?-in-- ?"..-fv:,.t??d both
in military :uni politi-i] strategy.
Irkutsk, Die import ant Lake Baikal
port on the Tr:?jijj-S;berian Railway.
:,'.va? c'-ptLT?.?! by t li?? 'ho-S"lova k
forces th? assistan .? <>f Siberian
troops on July " The Bolshevik army
made ? desperate stand and inflicted
losses on the c >.e h? --Slovaks of .'50
killed and 1.20O wounded, but in the
eri'i were completely r>>uted
The .success of 11?iv <-n otintT is re
garded as of great value, as it opens
the railroad communication between
1 Irkutsk and Samara to tii<- westward,!
where there are additional Czecho-Slo
vak force!?. One of the chief difficul
ties with which this army has ha<*
to contend has been the la k of com
The line from Irkutsk to Moscow Is
still closed, but The repo.ts are said
to show the next move will be to take
the stations held by the I olshevlkl.
and repair several bri c which have
been destroyed. In this work the Si
berian people are shown to be rally
ing to the assistance of the Czecho
The information reached the State
department via Peking from Consul
Harris at Irkutsk. The report an
nounced that the general political situ
ation throughout Russia was rapidly
Improving. The new all-Russian gov- .
ernment proclaimed from Archangel
some days ago has established head
| quarters at Omsk. Its announced pur
pose is to co-operate with the T'nited
States and the allies and oppose the
authority of the central empires.
Secretary of State Dansing also re
i ported having received a long message
i from Consul-General Poole at Moscow, (
I which came via Stockholm. Mr. Poole
t burned his codebook, turned the ar
1 fairs of the consulate over to the rep- 1
resentatives of Sweden, on August
5. and prepared to leave. Several of
the consular representatives of the
allies, including the oonsul-gener;\l of
I Japan, did start home, but Mr. Poole
subsequently elected to stay and work
for the release of the British. French
and Japanese citizens, who had been
thrown into prison by the Bolsheviki.
Through the efforts of the United
States consul, a number of th - prison
ers have been released and the condi
tion of ninety individuals still held by
the Russian authorities has been
greatly relieved, according to the re
All representatives of the Y. M. C. A.,
Red Cross and American financial in
stitutions are safe. Mr. Poole said the
Americans were planning to remain
in Moscow, and from this it is con
cluded at the State Department that
they are in no dang r of being mo
Moscow is said to be almost entirely .
in the hands of the social revolution
aries. as tiie Bolshevik authorities are
moving the governmental headquar
ters, including the state bank, as rap
idly as railroad comnnin cations will
A report that the Germans have
seized and occupied the Russian naval
base at Kronstadt was not mentioned
in Consul-General Poole's report, or
otherwise confirmed at thj State De
partment. Premier I.enine and War
Minister Trotzky recently removed
their headquarters from Moscow to
"I llf*i)tK Mm Who Work With Their
llnndn Morp Than Now,"
He Snyn.
STAMFORD, CONN.. August 17.? A
maimed thumb and other demands upon
his lime ended the career to-ilay as a
volunteer shipbuilder during his va
cation of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise,
founder and head of the Free Synagogue
of New York, and one of the foremost
Jewish workers in the world. Hold
ing up his bandaged thumb to-day, as
he was leaving the Luders shipyard,
having doffed his laborer's overalls, he
silenced the cheers of the men with
whom he had worked and said:
' Boys, may I not feel In all the
years to come that you will think of
nie as your friend? We cannot tell
what is go'lng to happen to any of us.
so if ever the occasion should arise
that you think you need a friend,
won't you come to me and let me feel
that you have come to regard number
186 as your friend?"
During his four weeks In overalls.
Dr. Wise had been simply No. 1S6.
"1 have always respected men who
work with their hand:: " said Dr. Wise.
"I respect them more to-day."
Police Juiitler ninmlinen Charge
. Agalnnt Itrnkemnn Accused of
Robbing Expren* Car. *
Special to The Times-Dispatch.1
STAUNTON, VA., August 17.?Police
Justice J. Harry May, this afternoon,
dismissed the ease against B. C. Oood
bar, the C. & O. brakeman charged
with entering, the express car and
binding Kxpress Messenger Marshall
and robbing the safe of {10,000 during
the night of July 29. No trace of the
money has been obtained.
Jury in Court of Judge Landis
Reaches Verdict in One
All Are Charged With Conspiring
to Disrupt the Nation's
War Program.
I Hy As.oncl.it,.,| j
ril.lfA.Jo, Auuust IT. rhundred
leaoer.s of iho Industrial \v?rk.rs .,r
?h? World were found ;t,
cltaiged in the indiotment," hy thi
juiy iifirr ono hour's dHihera
th.-ir trial for cons,,iracv ro
disrupt tho nat ion's war program' la t e
to-<lay. Arguments r..i tiow ,rja,
will be heard next week
The defenda n ts, Including William
I?. ( Rig Kill i Haywood, general
rctary-treasurer of tho I \v \\- r.t(,c
a maximum penalty of t wont v-se vo,?
years in prison and a JIG.OOO tine ,.arj,
Federal Judge K. M. i,andl?. i? his
charge to the jury, withdrew the fifth
and last count of the indlctm-nt. which
charged conspiracy to defraud through
the use of the postal service and espe
< .ally that section excluding from the,
malls enterprises in the nature or
schemes to defraud 1
The remaining four counts specifical
ly charge violation of the esplonago
act. the section of the criminal code
prohibiting interference with the civil
rights of citizens, the selective service
act and the conspiracy statute.
The close of tho case, which has boon
before the court for 13S days, was
sudden. Two minor witnesses testified
at the morning session, and; following
them. Frank K. Neboker. counsel fori
the government, began his closing ar
gument. (Then George F. Vanderveer. '
head of the defense staff, submitted
the case to the jury without a closing
In his closing argument. Attorney!
Xebeker said: "Vou have been engaged
i*i one of the most epoch-making trials
in the history of the country.
"The wisdom of the laws of tnis
country is not at issue. We obey the
decision of the highest court, and that
12 the only way mat a republic can
live. Anything that strikes at that is j
a dangerous thing.
"The wisdom of the decisions of the
courts of this country is not at issue. 1
"The industrial syf tem is not on
trial; this case is not against any in-'
torests of honest workingmen nor
against any patriotic labor organiza
tion. And no effort is being made bv,
the government to justify mob vio- ;
lence. the 13isbee deportation or other
lawless acts.
"At its very start, the I. W. \\ . struck
at the foundations of our government.
I s it not peculiar that In every State
of the Union these fellows got into
trouble? In a little town an ordinance j
13 passed. They come and violate it
and say they are going to violate it. j
"The documents issued by the de- .
fondants themselves are enough to con- ;
vict them. When you consider the
definitions made by the witnesses on
th< stand and compare them with what
they have written and the books they
authorized, the case of the government
is complete."
The jury deliberated one hour over,
the verdict. The verdict was read at '
r?:2.*i P. M. There was no demonstra
tion. and the defendants were returned
to their cells.
Seven of the Forty-One Survivors
l.nnded in Norfolk Are Serl
<>\is1t Injured.
(By Associated l'ress.l
XOHFOl.K, VA.. August 1".? Forty
one survivors of the British steamship
Mcrak, torpedoed off Hatteras yester
day. were landed here t y a government
vessel to-night. Seve . of them are.
so badly injured they were sent to a
hospital. Ten of the crew are missing.
Merak survivors to-night said that
1 the torpedo struck the vessel amid
ships and that soon afterward the
cargo gasoline exploded, setting
fire to the ship, compelMrig Ihom to
jump for their lives.
As the Merak was torpedoed only a
row miles off shore, the crew from
, coast guard station No. ITS reached
the scene, in a short time, and picked
till the survivors. All except ten men
were accounted for. The Mtrface of
tlie sea for live miles aroend was cov
ered wi ll burning gasoline.
It is presumed that the Merok sank,
although reports received here did not
say so definitely. '
Stale Fuel Coiiiiu Inn loner* Advised to
See Thnt N'ece*jinr>- Step* Are
Tnken I mined Intel)'.
I By Associated Press. |
WASHINGTON, August 17.?Street
railway companies of the United States
| were instructed in letters sent, out to
' day by the fuel administration to put
! into effect the "skip-stop" system on
j all lines by the end of September. Siate
j fuel administrators have been ordered
j to obtain the installation of the sys
tem by September 1.1 if possible.
Two million tons of coal annually
may be saved by national eliminatron
j of the practice of street-railway com
panies in stopping their cars at all
j street intersections and the substltu
1 tion of stops every two blocks or at
such Intervals, the fuel administration
| estimates.
About one-third of the traction sys
j tems of the country have adopted tins
new system.
Theater of Latest Operations on Somme Front
Wur Profits Taxes to Yield $2,000.*'
000,000 of the $8,OOO.OOO,
000 Total.
Committee Still Disagrees With Sec
retnry McAdoo and Other Ofticiah |
of Treasury Department Over Ex-!
eess Profits Rate.
WASHINGTON", AuKust 17.?Chair
man Kitchln ?.nnounccd nt the close:
o' to-day's session of the Ways and
.Means Committee that at last the IS,-j
000,000.000 figure has been reached In
the draft of the revenue hill which
the committee has tentatively adopt
ed. Of this sum it is estimated tnat!
the SO per cent tax on war profits
will yield 12.600.000.000. and the ex
cess profits tax. $600,000,000. or a to
tal of $3,000,000,000 from the profits at
corporations and organized business. !
The remainder of the total amount
of revenue will be raised by the tn
come and inheritance taxes, and the
special excise taxes on luxuries bev
erage;* and tobacco.
Chairman Kitchln's estimate was
made, however, in the face of the fact
that the committee is still in disagree-]
mont with Secretary McAdoo and other i
officials of the Treasury Department
in the matter of the "'excess profits
rates. The committee stubbornly re- !
fufes to yield to Secretary McAdoo's
recommendation that the rates on ex
cess profits should not be increased
above the figures in the present law.
It* calculation of the amount the bill
will raise is based upon higher rates
on .excess profits than will be accept
able to^ the Treasury and which are
likely to he modified to accord with
Secretary McAdoo's views.
The draft of the bill upon which
the $8,000,000,000 estimate was made
by 'Mr. Kitchin provides for an as- :
cessment of 40 per cent on all excess
profits between S per cent and 20 per
cent of the capitalization, and 60 per
cent on all above 20 per cent. The
deductions allowed are S per cent and
$:t,000. These are so far above the .
rates In the present law that it is 1
extremely doubtful if the Treasury i
will agree to them. i
\\ ell-Known Writer. Only Woman in
Advnnred Field llunpitnl. Dor.*
Wonderful Work.
NKW YOUK, August 17.? Mrs. Mauri
Radford Warren. the well-known
writer, entered Chateau-Thierry as a
volunteer nurse on the heels of the
American and French troops as they j
chased the Germans out of that strong
hold, it was announced in a cable
gram received by the Y. M. C. A. hero j
to-night. She was the only woman in !
the advanced field hospital which was I
quickly established there and worked
irdefatlgably among the wounded.
Itrrniiar of . Itn 1 f-llolldnt, (.rnrrnl
Crotvder Declares It Will Make
Help Avnltnblc.
WASHINGTON. August 17.?The na
tion's greatest draft registration will
be held on a Saturday. This announce
ment was made to-day by Provost -
Marshal-Genera I Crowder. Although
Congress has not yet passed the new i
man-power bill, the registration will
lt<! held on a Saturday because that !
day is a half-holiday and the assist- i
ancc of many persons for the regis
tiation may be had without disruption
of business.
JtttU Officer* Are Shot.
AMSTI'KIMM, August 17.?Of 1,00ft
ollicers arrested at Moscow and Pet
rograd on charges of countor-revohi
tionary plotting. 236 have been shot
at Kronstadt. according to advices
teaching here from Moscow.
Counsel for Women Not Permitted
to Sop Prisoners in .Jail
at Washington.
Mrs. W. II. AscoukIi Given Medical
Treatment, but Physician Thinks
Her lilness .Not Caused hy Refusal
to Eat.
WASHINGTON". August 17.?The
twenty-two suffragettes on hunger
strike in th" District Jail are 111. The
condition of one of tlietn Is so serious
that she was removea from custody
to-day, and is now in a private hos
pital. Reports of the condition of two
other members of the group, who were
kept from the hunger strike by their
associates because of their advanced
age conflict. At suffrage icadquarters
it is s;>.id they are also ill, but Super
intendent Zltikham, of the Jail, denies
The women are cut u 7 absolutely
from any outside communication. Mat
thew O'Brien, their attorney, aroused
by reports of their condition, sought
to see them to-day, but was refused
adm ission.
"We have certain rules here." said
Zinkham. These women are subject to
them just a., other prisoners. One
visitor a week is the general order.
When they have been here a week
each can have one 'isitor.
Mrs. W. B. Ascough became so ill
during tlie night that her fellow-pris
oners insisted she leave the Jail for
medical attention. Shi paid her tine
this morning and was brought to the
National Woman's party headquarters
by Superintendent Zlnkham and a
trained nurse. She was taken in an
ambulance from there to Dr. Cora
Smith Kins'i residence.
"1 found .Mrs. Ascough, who had been
in jail less than forty-eight hours,
weak and with subnormal tempera
ture," said I>r. King. "She reports that
a few hours'after entrance into Jail she
began to suffer with nausea and vomit
ing :.nd abdominal cramps. The symp
toms increased in severity. She is not
subject to such attacks.
"The symptoms ;'.re not in any way
those of starvation which would re
sult from their hunger strike, but might
result from the sewer gas. which they
report permeates the uiiding, or from
j lead poisoning in the water, or possi
; bly from the damp and chilly eells in
which they are held."
Twenty-Six Men Arc Hrportr I M1?mIiik
Wlien lluii Mine* Are lilt
II> llrllifth Cruft.
l.ON 1 >0.\\ August 17.?Two British
torpedo-boat destroyets were sunk by
mines on Thursday, the Admiralty an
nounced to-night. Twenty-six men are
missing. One died of wounds suffered
in the explosion.
British airmen hist right bombed
four German aerodromes an 1 two rail
Junctions, the Admiralty statement
adds. Owing to poor visibility obser
vation was difllcult and the damage
i jinsed by the attacks could not be de->,
I termined.
,lnpanr%e Force* I,and.
| Hy Associated Press.)
VLADIVOSTOK. Monday, August 12.
?Japanese forces have lauded and
joined the British and French The
allied contingents received ovations at
'many points-on their way to the front.
The British occupied the first line, and
sent out scouting parties.
Sink Two 11 ?? ii Submarine*.
BIII3ST. August 17.?Two German
I submarines have, just been sunk by,
American and French navr.l patrols.
This news was communicate)" to Presi
dent Poineare while he was visiting I
the ilocks here.
Is growing in favor daily. There's a I
reason. Bawling? 'Motors, 318 West
Orders Given for Movement
of Japanese Troops
to Manchuria.
: U. S. Soldiers Capture Village of
Frapelle, Five Miles
From St. Die.
Kronch Make Further Progress
North and South of
Avre River.
I By Associated Press.)
. The Americans m Lorraine have en
| |ly?ned an ordinarily quiescent sector
<y taking from the Germans the vil
lage of Frapeiie. five miles east of St
Hie. The action, which started with
the proportions of a raid in the early
hours Saturday morning. developed
into an organized attack under the
dash of the American troops immedi
ately .Ift0r ,hpy ,pft theJr trenches
The German losses evidently were
heavy in killed and wounded, and
prisoners also were taken by the Amer
| icn ns.
! Marshal Foeh has at last definitely
j connected up the battles of the Aisne
and the Somme. Announcement is
made that by h local attack the pla
teau north of Autreches, about ten
miles northwest of Soissons, has been
carried by the French, and that their
' ??cceas gives them a position domi
nating the region extending northward
toward the Olso River.
The attack, while it was local In
character, must have had plenty or
power behind it to carry the French
lines as far ahead as is indicated In
dispatches telling of the incident. The
French line from the Alsne to the
Oise has been inactive since early !t^
, July, and, at last reports, ran through
Autreches to Moulln-sous-Toutvent and
thence northwesterly through the
'"arlepont and Ourscamp forests to the
| Oise. If the whole plateau north of
Autreches has been taken from the
<.ormnns, the French have advanced
upward of a mile in that region.
When the Germans halted their re
trrat from the Marne salient and made
stand on the Alsne. it was assumed
that a blow northwest of Solssona
would be struck sooner or later, as a
success there would outflank the Ger
mans and compel their retreat to their
old lines north of the Chemln-des
Dames. which run along' the ridge
nrrth of the Alsne.
Then the Plcardy offensive began,
and the eyes of the world were fixed
<>n the allied progress east of the Avre
and A no re.
This drive has recently been almost
1 at a standstill. Only local actions have
been fought for the past four days
aiong the line established by the Ger
mans west of the Somme. Some of the
progress, especially along the southern
Fcctor of the line, has been important,
though hardly noticeable on a map,;
but the Germans are desperately de
fending every inch of the high ground
southwest of Xoyon and south of Las
signy. as well as the area around Roye.
The allied pressure is continuous and
heavy, however, and may eventually
break down the enemy resistance.
There are no indications that Marshal
Foeh will continue his pressure noth
west of Soissotis, but his tirst success
there may be exploited. It would not
bo surprising to see the fighting spread
between the Aisne and the Oise, for an
I allied victory in that region would
break the hinges of both tho Aisne and
\ Somme lines, and compel a German
retirement on both side, of the new
battle area. From So ssors to Rheims,
the allies, among them a considerable
American force, have been doing little
since tho Americans regained the'?r
positions at Fismette, across the Vcsle
from Fismes, after being driven back'
over tlie river by a furious assault by
tlie Germans. In the Flanders sector,
there have been no engagements of a
significant character.
The fighting in Russia has begun to
.i3.sume proportions which will attract
considerable attention, if present op
erations continue. The front is not
continuous, but it mt?y be said to be
; in the form of a crescent, extending
from Batuni, on the Caspian Sea. north
ward along the western foothills of
' the Urals and east of the Volga River.
; and then swinging more to the north
west until it reaches Onega Bay, an
, arm of the Arctic Ocean.
' Announcement is made from Tokyo
that the movement of Japanese troops
to the Mancluirian front has been or
] dored. It is probable thak these troops
: will be, or have been, landed at Port
I Arthur and moved northward toward
the Trans-Baikal country, where th*
Bolshevik! are in control.
I Hy .\.**nclat<-d Pres*. J
PARIS. August 17.?The French m&rio
further progress to-day north and
south of the Avre. havlnur taken 1,000
prisoners and numerous machine cunt

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