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THE WEATHOt Today?Fair; slighty cooler. T_ morrow ? F a i r ; gentle northwest winds Highest temperature yester day, 8.-; lowest, 52. REGISTER LL DE PATRIOTIC?ose newspaper. *-* efficiently. Wfaeo you have fin ished reading your copy ot The Washington Herald, hand it to some person who has not atea one. Make each copy do double duty in wartime and help save paper. NO. 4.338. WASHINGTON. D. G. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1918. ONE CENT ?? ?*"?__?_?p?? ??? ?? ?*_'.''i_ V___._N 1 Elarwaaer. Tw? _??!_ STORMY WEATHER CHECKS OPERATIONS ON WEST FRONT; GIBECOURT CAPTURED BOLSHEVIKI IN PACT TO JOIN WAR ON ALLIES Francis Wires Details of New Treaty with Germans. PAY HUGE INDEMNITY Soviet Stand Ignored in Entente's Plans to Aid Russia. Th? Bolshevik government has BKned another supplemental treaty With Germany providing for war on Che Allies. Thi? information cam? to th? State department yesterday in a message Prom Ambassador Francis at Arch angel. The substance of th? new treaty is as follows: If Russia fights th? Allies in the ?orth, Germany will gu?rante? that *o at lacle shall be made from or through Finland on Russia, and after tbe expulsion of th? Allied forces, Germany will further gu?rante? the ??curity of Russia's coast wls? and Ashing flatte. In addition. Ambassador Francis ? forwarded information regarding the ?n billion marks indemnity that Ger many has exacted from Russia. One billion of this amount i? to he paid hi goods from Ukraine, while the re mainder shall be in gold or paper. ?r German marks. ;*..??? Dai? Ciks*w?. The KoUhevik stand will not. In luv way. Interfere with the plana of thr allies for the rehabilitation I of R-.?Mia. The exact date of the ?lcnin? of th? new treaty is not known, nur 1? it definitely estab lished whether it wa* promulgated before or after the Soviet declara tion of a "state of defense" in Mos cow several weeks ago. The mis t.eatment and persecution of allied ?nvoys and diplomats began, how ever, shortly after the "state of de fense" was declared and reached its greatest latew_Mty at the time of th? attempted ?Q?sas_iination of L?nine. Because of events of the past few weeks in Russia, though, -and the realisation of the Bol_.hev.ki that tlicir chief hope of holding power laf- in a closer alliance with Ger many, the developments related yes terday hy Ambassador Francis have not been entirely unexpected. "War." said a high State Depart ment officiai yesterday afternoon, in ? xylanation of the message, "exists only between recognized states." Warfare 1 nr-r-nnliM. Triis placea the Bolsheviki In the position of having any actual declara tion of war unrecognised by the allied governments, although the latter would naturally adopt whatever meas ure? they deemed fit to oppose armed Polshevlsts or their adherent?. Kuropean Russia from now on will tpparently be cloaked with a veil of mystery, save for the occasional dis patches which may come from Am huas..dot* Francis and Consul General I'oole, ?ho is still at Moscow. Prac tically all means of communication ?vie in the hands of the Bolsheviki or the Germans, and those Americans, l.nglishmen and Frenchmen who late ly reached Sweden are thankful they escaped with their lives. Mr. Poole ln an advice to the State ?T-ep-irtment yesterday morning said :hat his fear of reprisals on Amer l cans caused him to send his staff I -.0 Sweden and also to turn over the ? tffairs of his office to the Norwegian ? jovernroent. ? ?., ..?,-., by Cabinet. The Russian situation is understood .o have been one of the main topics jmder discussion > esterday at the Cabinet meeting. .President Wilson ind the Cabinet officers were in ses non for two hours. There is no dis position, it was said, for the Presi |ent to announce the personnel of the economic mission he plans for Russia, nexmuch as its chief work would be ????formed In a partly pacified eoun :ry, and conditions in Russia today ire far from settled. Dispatches to the State Department from Vladivostok Indicate no mate rial change In the Eastern front. Tel egraphic communication between Irkutsk. Ekaterinburg; and Samara has been re-established, one message said, ?nd this was taken to mean that the last-named town was still ln the pos session of the CsechcK Slovak a The State Department. It was said. has no confirmation of the report that the Bolsheviki have threatened whole tale reprisals on allied citizens In the event that Lenlne succumbs to the wounds Inflicted on him In th? at tempt on his life. REDUCE STEEL ORDERS BY SPEED-UP METHOD -'-filled Order. Cut _Wn 124.759 Tons in August. ' N?w Tork. Sept. 1?.?Speed-up work by the United Statea Steel Corporation haa resulted in reduc ?? unfilled order?. A statement la med today, a? of August SI, ?how? .infilled order? were reduced during ?.uguat by 134,759 ton?. Th? un lll^ti arder? on Auguit SI were 8. 7M.04?. a? compared with S.-83.S01 >? July 31. and lfJ.407.04J on August t,\, HI 7. The unfilled orders et ~nd of pre-ioua month? of 1S18 ?re January. 9.477.SOS; February ? -?? i:i3; March. 9.016.40*3; Aprii ? ??- May. ?.JJ7,?2J, ?nd June, ? :*5??. "DRYS" NAME WHITMAN. Republican Candidate Indorsed by Prohibitionists. Albany. Ji. Y.. Sept. 10?Governor Whitman won the Prohibition party s nomination for governor at the pri? maries. Whitman beat Olln S. Bishop, or Utlea, regular Prohibition d?sign?e, 5,8411 to 5.60-J votes, with all counties In the State heard from except Ham ilton, where the normal Prohibition vote Is very scztalL CONSUMPTION TAXES URGED Levies on Food Essentials Favored bv Longworth and Hull. Consumption taxe? en coffee, ?usar, tea and other breakfast table necessities weir? urged upon tb? House yeeterday by Representativas Longworth of Ohio and Hull of Ten nessee, both of whom discussed the revenue bill. Mr. Hull differed from his Demo cratic colleagues on the Ways and Means committee in recommending customs taxes on these articles 01 general consumption. He said the imposition of such taxes would tend to a more equable system of war revenue legislation. ?These taxes are honest,'' he said, "and every dollar would go into the Treasury. They would not be seri ously felt by th? public and tbey would be as little burdensome upon the average householder as any form of taxation that might be de vised. Consumption taxes may be come necessary in order to supply part of the revenue needed for car rying on the war." Ka.lor?.-rf By (???nrth fc?*1 Mr. Longworth endorsed the con sumption ta.res as the only revenue tto nhich the government can turn to make up the deficit caused by the prohibition of the manufacture of beer. He gave to the House figures showing that if nation-wide pro hibition should become effective It would mean a loss of revenue of al most $2.000,000,000. He recommend I ed a duty of 7 cents a pounds on coffee, 23 cents a pound dh tea, 10 per cent on rubber. 20 per cent on wool, 15 per cent on hides and an extra cent on sugar. In discussing the probable effect of national prohibition. Mr. Long worth said: "No matter what our opinions may be as to the wisdom and justice of the case, let us not deceive ourselves nor the country as to the revenue as pect of the subject. We owe it to ourselves and to the country to speak frankly about the ultimate cost of prohibition. It is estimated that the 'taxes imposed in this bill on the eile of beverages containing alcohol will produce a revenue of ?$l,066.fi00,000. It . is obvious, however, that if thia source of revenue were destroyed completely | the loss would be considerable more 1 than fl,000.000,000. There would be the , inconte taxes from persons engaged in the industry, and the excess profits ' taxes, both of which sources are es ? timated to produce $400,000,000 moro. ' Then there would be the loes of revenue to various States, which would have to be made up by other taxes, so that Instead of the present bill being $8.000.000,000 It would be ? very little over $6,000,000,000." Mr. Longworth said that the coun try might well prepare Itself now for j the coming of absolute prohibition and begin to study ways and mean-? of providing the revenue which will have to be provided when the sale of all Intoxicants Is forbidden. Drawing a comparison between the six sons of the Kaiser and the four Roosevelt boys, Mr. Longworth said: "All feur sons of a former Presi dent have been at the real front. three of them married men with | children upon whom there was no possible legal obligation. One of ; them has perished gloriously upon | the field of battle, two have been | wounded, one so seriously trt?t he j has been Invalided home; the only ? one who has escaped Injury has ?been decorated for conspicuous gal ! lantry In action. A son of the only ! other living ex-President Is at the front." Mr. Hull expressed dissatisfaction with the excess profits feature of I the bill and in this he took the same position as Secretary McAdoo. who believes the rates are too high. The Senate Fnance committee to 'day listened to a discussion of the ? hill by Robert R. Reed, of New York, counsel for the Bankers* In vestment Association, and A. F. Thomas of Lynchburg, Va. 19 L W. W.'S INDICTED. Men of Sacramento Charged with Wholesale Destruction. | Sacramento, Cal.. Sept. 10.?A blanket I Indictment was returned, here today | by the Federal Grand Jury against nineteen alleged I. "W. W. member?. j charging them with the whotesale de I stnictlon? by fire of foodstuffs, fac tories, farm property, grain fields, hay and lumber camps and mills through ! out the State of California. Two . other counfs In the Indictment charge : violation of the espionage act by clr ' collating disloyal and seditious liter ature through the mails. Workman Cnnhed by Plate. Newark, N. J., Sept. 10? George Biakham, of this city, was Instantly killed at the plant of the Submarine Boat Corporation, Port Newark, when a large steel plate feil upon him. He wa? a dock ?MiUder and was at work under a traveling crane from which Uw t*H* -flPWa HSi ?eft ? VON HERTLING EXPECTED TO LEAVEOFFICE Leipzig Paper Declares Dr. Self Will Soon Suc ceed Him. PEACE CHIEFS TO FORE Reichstag "Bloc," Silent During Campaign, Stirs to Activity Amsterdam. Sept 10?Reports of the immineney of Count von Hert ling's resignation, first exclusively ? cabled to Universal Service on Aug ust 31, are becoming daily more in ? sistent I Today the Leipziger Tageblatt flat 1 ly says the Imperial Chancellor's Je j parture from office is to be expected as a certalnlty. The paper adds that Dr. Solf. the colonial secretary. Is slated to succeed Hertling, which is a repetition of previous reports. ? new bit of light is thrown upon the Impending political upheaval, however, by the Tageblatts predic tion that Dr. Mathias Erxberger, the Centrist leader, and Philip Scheide mann, chieftain of the Majority So cialists, are both to become minis ters. Fulfillment of that prediction would Indeed mean an epoch-making change. not only in the complexion of the ? Berlin government, but in the whole ? (?erman policy, observers here believe. ? It would mean the reappearance in the I offing of the Reichstag majority, of which Erxberger is the acknowledge?! ? leader. reeve Majority <t?l??. I This neh-hstag majority, it Is true.1 ? has been virtually non-existent since i I March 21, when the German super i offensive was launched. J ? For six months the "bloc," which in ? July of last year surprised the world , by an unheard-of assertion of will, ? culminating in the famous "peace I resolution," practically forced upon the ? Junkerist government, has been - obediently silent and silently obedient There was much talk early last ? spring about a contract between the ! "bloc*? and the Ludend^rffists, by ? wiiich the latter were to be allowed ! an absolutely free hand during the campaigning season. The militar ' ists, it was understood, had finally | managed to convince the Reichstag ] majority that the war could be won. Absolute Internal unity was stipu lated as the conditlo sine qua non, and the bloc went into the silences to let the "shining sword conquer peace." But since the Marne debacle things have been stirring in the camp of the liberals. Discipline is too much flesh and blood even with the most ardent opponents of Junk eriam to permit of a breach of con tract. The campaigning season .will run its course and things will con tinue tame until the armies go into winter quarters. But with typical premeditation Wilhelmstrasse, itself convinced et last that the "shining sword" must once more be sheathed without having shattered the enemy. Is pre paring for the great "come-down," for su.ch will be the creation of a government in which men like 8olf. Erxberger and Scheidemann have seats. There is every indication that the plan Is to kill two flies with one swat; to put up a "reform front" before the whole world, inviting friend and foe to behold the re markable liberal and progressive complexion of the new government and at the same time conciliate these parties at whose fury over a year of terrible slaughter?which they asserted lest year could be avoided? is approaching the bursting point SIMS LAUDS CONDUCT OF MT. VERNON CREW Praises Skill of Captain of Tor pedoed Transport. Vice Admiral Sims, in a dispatch received by the Navy Department, gives further particulars of the tor pedoing of the U. S. 8. Mount Ver non. A periscope was sighted 500 yards off?the starboard bow and the guns opened fire. At almost the same moment the torpedo struck the ship. It hit abreast the bulkhead, ? between boiler groups 3 and 4. Fire rooms 5, 6. 7 and 8 were flooded. The loss of so many lives?thirty five being killed?was due to the fact that the watch was bolng re lieved and there were many more men than ut?ua! in the fire rooms. Neither periscope nor submarine was sighted by the escorting de stroyers, but A number of depth charges were dropped at the point where the periscope was sighted by the Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon proceeded to port at a speed of fifteen knots, and is now docked for repairs. Vice Admiral Sims remarks on the "admirable conduct" of officers and crew, showing their thorough train ing for such an emerKcncy. and the "great skill and ability?' with which Capt. Dismukes handled the situa tion. Two Amtort Killed in Fall. Fort Worth, Tex., Sept. 10? I.leuts. A. B. Stephens??., of Bristol, Conn., und Walter ?3. Keeling, of Dallas. aviators, were killed today near the Canuthers Field when th* plane In ?? iiich they were flying crashed to the GERMAN CHIEFS CONFER. Von Hintz? and Von Hindenburg Discuti Chancellorship. London, Sept. 10.?Admiral von Hintae. the German Foreign Minister, went to German headquarter? la?t night to confer with Field Marshal von Hindenburg regarding a change in the chancellorship the Daily Ea pree? learn? from Ita Amsterdam cor respondent Hintze, th? dlapatch adds will also report the result? ?_ lata aaaan ferencee In Vienna. NAVY ACCEPTS U-BOAT STORY Secretary Daniels Believes Tanker Sank Submarine on Captain's Report. Secretary Daniel? and other official? of the Navy Department last night were Inclined to place credence In th? reported ?Inking of a German ?u_ marine by an oil tanker ln mid ocean September 5. The name of the tanker is the U. S. 8. Frank H. Buck. The belief of the Navy officials that the U-boat was destroyed is based on a ?ummary of a statement made by the captain of the Buck and tele phoned to the department. The cap tatn'a official report baa not yet been received. The efficiency and conduct of Chief Gunner's Mate Joseph Steffen?, 1". 8. ?., and the whole gun cr?w under hi? command l? commended by the captain of the Buck. Petaltl.? I -Herat ?tank. "1 am positive that we de?troye_ her. as ?h? ?ank almo?t immediate ly after the ?hot ?truck her." the captain reported. The U-boat'? end Is described a? having come to paes in thl? manner; "Before th? ?aie-narine could get out o? our ranga our t'.ventjr-rigb'h shot from the after gun apparently hit her ?tern. The twenty-ninth shot hit her Just forward of the conning tower, near and under the water-line. The bow Immediately shot up into the air very suddenly, then settled and went down out of sight, the ?tern making a half turn toward u? and then It disappeared." The text of the summary of th, captain's report, a? made public by the Navy Department follow? in part: "On September S. at !:.S a. m., an enemy submarine was sighted on tha starboard beam at 14.000 yard?. The submarine opened fire with two (i-inch guns. We anawered Are with forward gun. "We ?aw ?the shot fall about 400 yards short and Immediately swun;4 ?tern forward to submarine, using after gun. Our ?hots were very close to the submarine and the submarine's shrapnel was bursting very near to u?, .Tome of the piece? falling uj>op our deck mni.Vhips. We changad the course frequently which seemed t_ up set the submarine's aim and range. Aa soon a? the submarine saw cur range was equal ti her?, ?A? hauled away from is. Up to that lime she had been .losni in on i a. Saw Terrlde Exploites. "Upon shot striking the submarine we saw very closely a terrine ex plosion and black smoke, which en veloped the submarine. "The engagement lasted 2? minutes Some of the fragments of the ?ub '? marine fell on our deck and were I ?picked up by the quartermaster and chief gunner's mate. ! "The submarine Was about 300 feet ? long, of the early type of German ? submarines with high bow, and hnd two 6-inch guns close to the conning tower, fore and aft. She fired in salvos, using about elxty shots alto gether. She wa? camouflaged and flew no flag." POLLOCK WINS IN S. C. Cheraw Man Nominated in Second Senate Primary. Charleaton. S. C. Sept. 10.?Christie Benet. who was appointed by Gover nor Manning to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Till man. will vacate his ?eat shortly for W. P. Pollock, of Chernw. who was nominated in the second primary to day for the short term. Thomas H. Peeples was hi? opponent ? Senator Benet was eliminated in the first pri mary having polled fewer votes than one-third of the vote.? cast, two weeks ago. Congressman Sam Nichols if leading for the nomination ln t?? Fourth Congressional District. DRAFT GROUPS ARRANGED BY GEN. CROWDER First Call Group Boys Over Nineteen, Men Under Thirty-seven. RESERVE IS PROVIDED Boys of Eighteen and Men Over Thirty-seven for the Last Call. Eighteen year old boys and men 37 years and older, will not be called on the next nraft. They must regis ter on September 12 with all others between the ages of IS and 45, except those who have already registered, and men now in the service, but they will rtot immediately receive ques tionaires. nor be immediately classi ? fied. Il ia now the plan that they will ? not be called to the colora until I Class 1 of the group registering be tween the ages of 32 and 36 inclusive. i and 19 and 30 has been exhausted. j Then Class 1 of the older group and j the 18 year men will be called, but by that time the 18 year registrants will probably have passed 19 years. These facts were announced yes terday by Provost Marshal General Crowder. Tbe establishment of these two groups was decided on, first, to take the most effective man power available for fighting at once. nnd. ??econd, to speed the operations of the draft. Cite Causes Tmr Order. W.Uh a total registration expected of over ?,(WO.00ft men the task be \ fore the draft boards to complete j the registration and classification ? within the time before which men must be moving to training camps ? seemed wellnigh hopeless. Then the Oeoeral Staff was of, the opinion j that In the thirties the fighting i power of a man wanes rapidly. On both of these grounds a separ ation of the new registrants Into ! two general groups, without In any i way affecting the classification al | ready established seemed best. Just what man power they will ! produce is not exactly estimated. ? The previous figures on the estimat ed man power expected from the registration of men from 32 to 45 was 601.000. Boys of 18 to 20 in clusive were expected to supply about 3,000.000 soldiers. Withdraw ing the 18-year youths from this will materially reduce these figures. Just what further withdrawal from overseas movement will come from the students* training camps in the colleges Is not known as the plan Is not yet complete and final an nouncement la still withheld, there . beiqf disagreement of opinion be tween the Provost Marshall General, the General Staff and the colleges themselves. However, the outside number authorised for these camps is but 150.000 in 400 schools. Appeals to Employers. Gen. Crowder yesterday reiterat ed the necessity for making claims , for deferred classification. The ? registrant may make such a claim, his employer or business associate, or the locsl draft boerd may see the I necessity or the advisory board may 1 discover the necessity in going over the questionnaire and make the claim for him. but Gen. Crowder points out that It is Impossible for the lo cal bo-ards to burden themselves with the duty of searching all the questionnaires on this point. The Provost Marshal General makes an appeal to ?11 employers to search their forces and see just what men ere essential. They "should equip themselves with full information as to what extent their employes are affected by the lia bility of registrants to military service; the extent to which other influences of depletion have affect ed It (such as volunteering and transfer of labor to war or other more highly paid industries); the degree In which other methods of supply can relieve the depletion (such as the substitution of wom en) and they should lay these fnrts before the advisory boards so that those groups or individuals who are CONTINUE? ON PAGI THREI. FLY YOUR FLAG TOMORROW When 13,000,000 Patriots Will Answer ?AMERICA'S CALL TO ARMS Provost Marshal General Crowder says: "I want every flag flying and every band playing on Registration Day." IF THERE IS ANY DOUBT About registering reed THE WASHINGTON HERALD tomorrow. Thi? paper will publish a complete list of registration pre cincts, their boundaries and location of registration places, together with a large drawing clearly indicating every district.' THE WASHINGTON HERALD will be a complete registration guide containing much information which will clear up any confusion which might exist in your mind. Register Tomorrow Register Tomorrow / I -: FRENCH OCCUPY REMIGNY Make Further Gains in La Fere ? Flanking Movement. London. Sept. 11?(Wednesday*? The Morning Port learn? th? French have occupied Remigny, a little more than five mile? north west of La Fere, Cla_t_rea, *ix miles northweat of La Fere, Grand-Sereaucourt, a little more than rive mile? ?oathweat of St. Quentin, and made further gain? beyond the Crozat Canal ln their movement toward St. Quentin. GERMANS QUIT DOUAI. Important Base Reported Being Evacuated by Enemy. Amaterdam. Sept 10.?German war correspondent? report to their papers that Douai, the great baae In the Hindenburg line between Lille and Cambrai, ia being evacu ated by the German?. The bulk of tie civilian population already i? o.it of the town, th? correapond anta assert Yank to Talk Now with Guns, Baker Reports Pari?. Sept. 10.?Latest advice? from the battle-front appear In a particu larly optimistic light when coupled wlth the lignlficant statement made by Secretary of War Baker to tb? French presa today: ?This is time for deeds, not words." "If there's any talking now to be done, the aoldiera now have all the ?axy.?"? "laet them drive home their argu ments with bayonet and rifle, while tbe guns pr?vida? th? punetuatlon." The American war secretary'? dec laration leada (vmmentatoi. in th? I leading French organa to lb* _d_c1_? ? Ion tn?t Interesting development? are in ?tore at the front I Although Maurice Barrea, writing tn the Echo De Paria expre__|l the 'opinion that there will now be a mo [mentary lull In the allied offensive. ! news from the front late today ahowa the relentless French pressure contin ? uea despite the downpour, and tbat | St. Quentin and La Fera are imml ] nently menaceli. [ The French Pressura keepa on tha ! face of the most violent German re actions, a La Fere is reported outflanked ATTACKS DEBS ON ANTI-WAR CHARGE ?Socialist Faces Claims Against His Patriotism. Cleveland. Ohio. Sept. 10?U. 8. Dis trict Attorney Wort? today devoted ! ? practically all of hie efforts in the examination of* witnesses against Eugene V. Debs to prore that the Socialist leader, on trial for violation of the espionage act, supported and adhered to his party's anti-war pl_U form. Attorney Stedman, leading: counsel for the defense, repeatedly objected to the prosecution's line of question ing. He protested against admission of the anti-war proclamation and ; program, either as originally em ! bodied In the majority report of the j Socialists' St. Tours convention im ! mediately after the declaration of war ! by the I'nited States or as printed ?with the head of the party's referen I dum ballot to Socialist locals, j Judpe Westenhaver overruled coun 1 sel's objection. He permitted quea | tions and the reading of the plat j form to go into the record to show ? -"the state of mind and intent of | Debs at the time he made the Can ton, Ohio, speech" which resulted in his Indictment. ! Charles E. Ruthenburg, Cleveland I Socialist now undergoing a term of ! imprisonment at Canton for obetruct | ing the draft, was introduced ae a witness by the proeecution today to ] prove the adoption of the anti-war I platform at a convention held in St. Lrouls on April ?*,. 191?. NEW ZEALAND HEADS SAY VICTORY IS SURE Prime Minifter and Premier Now Acclaim Confidence. An Atlantic Port, Sept. M.-Prlme Minister W. F. Massey and former Premier Joseph Ward, Of New Zea land, arrived here today, en route for home after attending *?_r cabinet con ference? ln London. Mr. Ward ex pressed conviction that the war tide has definitely turned ahd that victory Is certain. He ?aid in part: "The* assistance of your country has been Invaluable and has greatly en couraged all of u?. While 1 would not say that the end haa come. It i? very definite that we have reached the turn. The faith of the English people stands firm, and America's co operation has Inspired our people. "The I'nited States haa done won der?. And I might also add that wonders have been done by the peo ple of the old country" ? nN?iTcARRIES DENVER Defeats Gunter in democratic Pri maries for Governor. Denver; Colo. Sept. 10?Incomplete returns from today'? primary election Indicate that Tom Tynan. Democrat. has carried Denver by 3,000 majority over Gov. Julius C. Gunter. Democrat, for the Democratic nomination for governor. F.eturns from the State also give Tynan a lead. Oliver H. Shoup. of Colorado Springe, i? leas ing Charles A. Balliti ? for the Re public?!, nomination tot governo*. Drenching Rain Halts Advance as British Creep on Toward Neuve Chapelle. FRENCH PUSH NEARER LA FERE German Communications With Doomed St. Quentin Under Heavy Franco Yank Fire. London, Sept. 10.?Torrenti?, rain? are drenching the pretta part of the battle front tonight It ii the ?nt really bad weather in weeks and hai impone*-! a temporary halt upon large-scale infantry operations. Only local fighting is reported by Field Marshal Haig in his night bulletin on th* battle in front of the Hindenburg line. It took place west of Conrea? court and Epehy, in the center of the BiillS line fronting the St Quentin-Cambrai sector. In Flanders the British moved their lines ahead slightly northwest of Neuve Chapelle and west of Armenberes. An unofficial report late today told of British patrols harmg reached Fresnoy-le-Petit, which lies slightly more than three mile* northwest of St. Quentin. The French made substantial progress just before the downooer started between St. Quentin and La Fere. All communications be tween these half-encircled bastions in the Hindenburg line are under terrific shellf?re from the French and American guns, and are virtually cut. HUMBERT CAPTURES FOUR ROUTES. In their converging movement on St Quentin Gen. Humbert'? French forces have captured the four principal routes leading to th? city from the south and west Tha heavy rain may stave off tie fall of La Fere a day or so. be* that the town is certain to fall before long is the verdict of all critics and front correspondents. The French semicircle is at some points less than a mile from the outskirts. The Germans are , pected to move back into the angle formeai by the Serre River and the Oise Canal and may make a definite stand there. In their ad vance half way between St. Qnentin and La Fere the French took Gibecourt seven miles south of St. Quentin, and brought their lines close to Essigny-le-Grand, four miles south of St Quentin, and Hinacourt, northeast of Gibecourt Local fighting west of Epehy and in Gouzcacourt was reportrd by Field Marshal Haig in his report tonight. Epehy is five miles west of Le Catelet. Gouzeacourt lies six miles northwest of Le Catelet. The two places are in the center of the British attacking front facing the Cambrai-le-Catelet-St Queo tia sector. The British made a sligtit advance northeast of Neuve Chapelle and also west of Armentieres (both on the Flanders front*). M'CORMICK CLAIMS ILLINOIS NOMINATION Republican Senate Victory Re mains in Dispute. Chicago. Sept. 10 ?Medili McCor mick tonight claimed the Republican nomination for V. S. Senator at to morrow's primaries, basine: hie pre diction on reports obtained by his campaigT. managers from all parts of Illinois. Backers of William Hale Thompson, mayor of Chicago, and Representative George E. Kos?, also I claim victory. The contest Is so close I that the result will probably not be I known until the last vote is counted. ' Dennis J. Egan. chief clerk of the | election commissioners office, esti-? mates ???,??? voters, including women. ! will attend the polling placea. The | unusual interest is expressed by the fact that there are KP0.0OO new regis trants this year. The loyalty Issue brought Into the campaign by Mayor Thompson, who in openly bidding for the German vote, is expected to bring people to the polls who never before partici pated in a primary contest Election experts now figure it will be McCormick. then Fose, with Thompson third. Up-state reports, however. Indicate a strong Thompson vote in many sections. On the Democratic side Senator James Hamilton Lewis, now in France is the certain nomine?. U. S. MISSION ARRIVES. To Devis?; to Help Agriculture in ?Algeria. Algiers. Sept. 10?The Amerlcsn mis sion, which has been designated to study conditions and devise means to ! help in the deveaojament of agricul- . turai production of Algeria, arrived ; here Sunday. All of the members of i the mission are specialists in dry ' farming and Irrigation, and will itudy the soil with the intention of promot- ? ing production of crops on the semi sterile high ground of Southern Al gerie. ADMITS PRINCE DEAD. German Agency Reports Albert of Saxe-Weimar Killed. Amsterdam, Sept. 10?Prince Al bert of Saxe-Welmar ba? been kill ed on th? "West front the officiai German Wolff? News Agecy an nounces. Latitarne Victims' Monument Madrid. Sept 10. - Mois?s Huerta Sianish sculptor, haa completed the model for a monument dedicated to the victims of the Lusitanla, which is to be erected on the seashore near Boston. The monument represents the earth drawing trom the sea bed the bodies of the torpedoed vessel? victima? L Haig Reper?? IVI.?.?er. Tase? The text of Field Marahal H?ir, nia.ht report follows: "Except for local fighting in the Epeh- and Gouxeaxaaacourt sector?, la which w? ?ecure. prttoner?. there la nothing of special importano? to re port of tbe battle front aoutb of UM River Scarpe. "On the Ly? front our patrol? baa made slight progreaa northeast of Neuve Chapelle and west of Armen tierea. "Stormy weather continue?." The French day communique read? a? follow?: "Eaat of the Croat canal, we bava taken Gibecourt and made ptogra*_? In the direction of Esslgny-le-Grand and Hinavcourt. "South of the Ailette w_ repulaed two counter-attack? in the region of Kanteutl-la - Foaae. "Enemy surprise attack? in the Ar gonne and Vosges wer? repulsed." Germans Had Planned to Spend Winter at Peronne. At The British Front, 6ept 10? Tb? crty of Peronne. recently capt-red by the British is not nearly a? badly ?'recked as Albert and Bapaume. 1 vielted th? ancient city?it datea from the time of Clovi? ??today It la surrounded with a moat of hill? diffi cult to take. There as er?vy evidence th?t tha German? had planned to apend tha winter there Their plan wa? ?hat tered suddenly by the British drive One of th' most Interritine alghta, when the . itish entered the town, w?? ?n eia ?rate German officer? club room, richlv decorated with arti ficial vine? and flower?. In thl? club building the Brlti??. found loot packed In case? labeled aa in Chateau-Thierry, including a ?mall organ taken from a church, ana golden ?ticks. The enemy unquestion ably intended retaining these and other article? a? ?poll? of war. There was evidence that much loot had been removed before the British came. The cathedral at Achlet-le-Graia* had been ?tripped of all ?seta'. In cluding the organ pipe? and tbe altar fixtures. Tbe floor? of that and other buildings bad been rippevl ?way and used b* the enemy foar lumber Pershing Reports Yanks Repulse Patrol Attack. The following ooir.r*iunique from tha headquartera of the American E? pedltionary Force?, reviewing >-?*at?*T? day'? operations, waa made publia laat night by the War Department/? ?'Section A?In the Woevre a hf-tila patrol, which at tucked one of oar out post?, we? repulaed. Elsewhere the day waa uneventful "_eartto_ B-Tbere 1? nothing to ra>? port tn thla aeclion " Bruiti. De-tTv-er So__. London, Sept M? A Brltleb **?? ?troyer waa aunk m a collision eaa September %. the admiralty announ<?eeJ late toda*. There were no casualtaa??, I