Today ? Partly cloudy, probably
showers in the morning. Tomorrow
Fair; gentle south winds. Highest
temperature yesterday, 79; lowest, 63.
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person who has not seen one. Make
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and help save paper
WASHINGTON. D. C. TKIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1918.
ON F ( F NT '? ??"?"??a? ??< ??
\Sn XZt \_/.aC.r?l 1 p.,.,,,, Tsar? < , ...
YANKS CUT 5-MILE GASH IN ENEMY'S LINE
TAKING PANNES, THIAUCOURT, COMBRES;
SECTOR OF HINDENBURG LINE CAPTURED
Strip Between Havnncourt
Wood and Canal du Nord
Falls to Haig.
1,000 CaiPTIVES ?,????
Prisoners Rounded Up as
British Push Within 7
Miles of Cambrai. .
London. Sept. 12.?The British
today captured the sector of the
Hindenburg line between the Canal
du Nord and Havrincourt, Field
Marshal Haig announced io bit
Havnncourt, ? little more than
seven miles southwest of Cambrai.
Trescault, seven and one-half miles
southwest of Cambrai, and Moeuv
res. seven miles due west of Cam
brai, all were captured, with 1,000
prisoners. Progress also was made
east of Gouzeaucourt, northwest
of Le Catelet.
On the northern front the Brit
ish advanced south of La Bassee
Canal and northwest of Armen
The statement in full follows:
"Our operations in the Havrin
court sector were continued with
s. tcess this morning in spite of :
"Engli-h troops attacked and j
raptured Trescault and the old
British trench lines to the east
1 ?nd north of it.
"Oil their righf, New Zealand j
' troops made progress cast of |
Gouzeaucourt Wood, o\crcomingl
the obstinate res.is.ta.nce, ?ri. a Ger
man Jaeger division.
1 "At Havrincourt the Sixty-sec
fcord division, which carried the
^kllage on November ?, ??G7, at
Bcked for a second time over the
Blame ground and with like suc
' "Other English troops attacked
across the Canal-du-Nord north of
Havrincourt. After sharp fighting
our troops captured- the village, to
gether with the section of the
Hindenburg line between the vil
lage and the canal.
"North of the Bapaume-Cambrai
road. Lancashire troops completed
the capture of Moeuvres, also
after sharp lighting.
"About 1.000 prisoners have
been taken by us in these opera
"On the northern portion of
t ?ur front further progress has
oeen made by us today south of
La Bassce Canal ^tid northwest
DOUGLAS ROBINSON DEAD.
Brother-in-law of Col. Roosevelt Is
Victim of Sudden Illness.
Albany. ?" Y. Sept. 15?Douglas
Robinson, brother-in-law of Col.
Theodore Roosevelt and one of the
leading realty Heures of New York
CSaatsT, died suddenly In a hospital at
Amsterdam thl? afternoon. He had
complained of rains on a train
while enroute to his country home
at Herkimer and left the train to
ro to the hospital on the advice of
TWO ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM.
'nmates Depart from Hospital With
out Leaving a Trace.
Two men escaped from St. Elis
abeth's yesterday, neither leaving a
They are Frank Miller, white, 50
years old. ? feet 10 inches In
height, smooth face, wearing dark
rlothes and a dark hat, and Herman
lUnkin. white. 29 years of age, 0
feet tail, wearing sailor pants ind
?fill Record German Savogry.
Jr&ris, Sept. 12.?The Krench gov
?sment ba? resolved to confide to
M international committee. on ?
Ir 'all the Entente Powers wilt!
? represented, the task of authen- I
Ucating all violations of the law of
Latlon.? of ?vhlcaa the Germans have
Wen. guilty on the western front,
say? the Echo de Paris. ?
Tw? Aviatori Killed ia Canada.
Qrisjiaby. ont.. Sept. l??Second
IJeut. R. L. Jacks, pilot, an American.
??? Angeles, and Cadet H. W. Boss
Held, passenger, of McOreiror. Mani
toba, were killed tn an airplane scel
lent at Beamsvirie today.
|| Report Ctar's F*m,Jv Murdered
I UndoB. Sept. 12 ?"The Daily Ex
?#-????' ?ays It wa.? unquestionable
?Information that the former Em
I pre?? of Ru?.-ia and her four daugh
I ters hav? bien murdered by ???
53,083 IN D. C.
Exceeds Estimate of G?n.
Crowder by 9,383
Wr^HINGTON IS FIRST
Local Boards Duplicate Feat
of 1917 by Reporting
20.000 MORE THAN LAST YEAR
Total of New Regi: ration Shows
Big Increase Over the
Washington went soaring over
the estimates of the Provost Mar
shal General's office when 53,083
Washingtonians signed registration
cards here yesterday. The number
estimated by Gen. Crowder for the
District at 43,700 was exceeded
by 9,383. The total is approxi
mately 20,000 more than register
ed in this city last year.
The following figures show the
numbers estimated by the Provost
Marshal General's oifiee for the
registration in the ?/a.iou* local
boards of Washington and the
number that actually registered
Total .?.TOO 53.0?
Flrat ta? Report. '
Washington not only exceeded the
estimates but was the first unit to
report its result to the office of the
Provost Marshal General. It not
only beat all other jurisdictions,
which means Staues and large cities,
but It was ahead of any local board
I in reporting to the War Depart
"If the whole nation sticks to the
pace that was set by the National
Capital today, the Kaiser a"nd hill
hordes are beaten to a finish," said
Commissioner Louis Br?wiil?w ih
announcing the figures lajst njght.
In being the first city to report,
the wishes and desires ot the local
draft officials were fulfilled. Ever
since the announcement of the date
of registration the local authorities
have been working on plans to se
cure this happy result. Every Dis
trict board in the country has been
endeavoring to brat Washington, as
this city was the first to report in
the 1517 registration.
Amidst the hurry and bustle of
the auditor's office In the District
Building everyone was waiting with
baited breath for the returns from
local board No. 10, which was the
last of the local boards to report.
Finally the chairman of the board
rushed into the office and. after a
hurried conference with Maj. D. J.
Donavan. they both In company with
Commissioner Brownlow went into
an anteroom. Maj. Donavan. after
a great deal of trouble, got the War
Department on the phone and made
his report at exactly 10:45 p. m.
Then the question which has been
uppermost in the minds of draft
authorities for weeks was put to the
voice on the other end of the phone.
The tense expression on the face of
Maj. Donavan relaxed and a broad
smile covered his face. The major
turned to Commissioner Brownlow
and told him the good news that the
District led all other cities.
Commissioner Brownlow went Into
the room in which the auditor's force
was working, summarising the details
of the registration and announced the !
winning of the race. A great cheer
burst from the workers who were
bent over desks covered with yellow
Iaocal Board No. 1. with headquar
ters at Franklin School. Is given cred
it fer registering the greatest num
ber. 5,8? men. Board No. 8, came
next with 5.788 registrants.
In the race to be the first local
board to report. No. 3 won, with Nos.
% and s following closely.
Hun.Irr.I- at ??? h ,.? Ih'.li .. ..
Early yesterday morning, hundreds
of Washingtonians eager to register
sathered at the doors of the school
houses which had been appointed, as
the proper places. Although the
boards were not to start work until
7 o'clock- local draft board officials
on arriving at their offices found long
linea of men waiting for them. Some
of the men reached the boards as
early as 6 o'clock and by 7. nearly
every school house had at least 100
prospective registrants in line.
Despite the fact that the peorle of
Washington are noted for the fact
cu.vn.vuBD ?J? i-Aor two.
MORE INFORMATION FOR THE ENEMY
Today is the fifty-eighth birthday anniversary of Gen. John J. Pershing, in command
of the American armies in France. One hundred aad fifteen million Americans believe in
Gen. Pershing, are supporting him with their money, resources and life with the confidence
that he will lead our soldiers to victory.
As proof that this confidence is warranted, Gen. Pershing yesterday led his men
through your lines for five miles and took 6,000 of your soldiers prisoners. Our troop?
are smashing their way across your frontier.
Yesterday 13,000,000 American patriots were added to uor man-power reservoir by
voluntarily registering for military service. We have 1,600,000 soldiers in France, and
by next year this number will have been in:reased to 4,000,000.
America's Hero---58 Years Old Today
Virgin Island Establishment
Deeded Over to United
States by Palmer.
A camouflaged German naval base
on the Virgin Islands, in the harbor
of St. Thomas, once ostensibly 'own
ed by the Hamburg-American Una
and fictitiously transferred from Its
German ownership just before Amer
ica declared war, has been seized by
the alien property custodian.
It will not be operated as other '
seized property German owned is
operated, by the custodian, but will
be turned over by deed to the United
States for use as the nucleus for an
American naval base.
For many years the Hamburg
American Line has been subsidized
by the German government, and for
many years it had in the harbor ot
St. Thomas, Danish West Indies,
known as the Virgin Islands since
the United States purchased them in
January, 1917. a large marine es
tablishment. It consists of a large
acreage, buildinrrs, piers, warehouses,
great water tanks and cisterns, light
ers, motor boats, loading parapher
nalia and coaling facilities.
Coauidcred Naval Bur.
That this equipment was consid
ered by theT5erm?m government as a
naval base Is shown by the fact that
the principal building, commanding
the harbor. Is of re-enforced con
crete, and the plaza fronting It i
said to have an eight-foot founds
He Couldn't Film
They Ran So Fast
An Atlantic Port, Sept. 12?A
motion picture camera' operator,
who attempts to grind out official
pictures of American soldiers ad
vancing against the foe. needs
speedier legs than those of Louis
Francis Brown, a war photog
rapher who has arrived here on
a British liner. Mr. Brown tried
to film the Americans as they
went yelling into action at Cha
teau Thierry. Here is what he
had to say about it today:
"I lost some mlRhty good pic
tures. I'm sorry to say it, but I
dimply could not keep up with the
:ion of concrete, suitable for big gun
A fictitious sale of this property
was made by the business agent of
the Hamburg-American' Line, who
was also German consul, to the com
pany's attorney shortly after the
American purchase of the islands
and just before America declared
war on Germany. By thig it was
evidently hoped to ?ave the base
But A. Mitchell Palmer, Alien
Property Custodian, detected the sub
terfuge. It is revealed in a statement
from his office last nlsht and forced
the company's attorney, a Danish
citizen, to sign over a deed to the
Custodian's department. Mr. Palmer.
instead of operating the property as
a commercial venture or converting
It by sale, will deed it to the United
States, and the President will take it
ever for the Navy and Customs ser
NEW LAW WILL
House to Pass Bill Favored
by McAdoo to Aid New
Th*1 bill desired by Secretary Mc
Adoo to exempt from taxation a por
tion of the income from liberty loan
bonde was reported to the House yes
terday by Chairman Kitchin with th?
unanimous endorsement of tbe Wav?
and Mean? Committee. It will b^
taken UP today and passed by the
| House, the debate on the $8,000,000,00?
revenue bill being laid asi-!e tem
I pora ri! y to give the bond t :emptlon
I bill speedy consideration.
The committee made no substantial
changes ik the bill, and it is in prac
tically the form in which it was sent
to the committee by Secretary Mc
Adoo. The tlt,e. of the measure Is
'Supplement to Second liberty Loan
Act." At a brief session of the com
mittee all the provisions of the meas
ure wore gone over and explained by
Assistant Secretary of the Treasmy
I-effingwell, who supported the Posi
tion taken by Secretary McAdoo thet
the legislation is necessary toSnsuro
the popularity and success of the
fourth liberty bond issue.
I)tae to HlRk Income Tax.
It was explained to the committee
that the present exemption from In
come and excess profits taxes on lib
erty bonds up to $5,000 In value M
satisfactory because the 'rates are
small; the, raising of the normal rato
to 12 per cent and the imposition o[
ihe high excess profits and war prof
its rates by the pending revenue bill
CONTUSI. fcl> ON i'AGS FOUB,
Pershing's Men Using Pincers on German Salient
Along Line East and North of St. Mihiel.
Rapid Progress Made..
DOMMARTIN-LA-MONTAGNE REACHED AS
NET IS DRAWN TIGHTER AROUND GOAL
Thiaucourt, Pannes and Nonnsard Held by Advancing ?Army
Under Gen. Pershing as Tanks and Airplanes Push
Over Top in Terrific Pincer Movement.
Paris, Sept. 12.?A gash five miles deep had been cut into the Ger
man line east of St. Mihiel hy the Americans at an early hour thi*
Combres, ten miles north of St. Mihiel. has fallen to the Ameri
cans in their forward sweep on the northern side of the St. Mihiel
salient, according to a front dispatch just received here.
The Americans also have reached Dommartin - la - Montagne,
nearly two miles east of their starting line.
French patrols are reported in the outskirts of St. Mihiel.
Thiaucourt, Pannes and Xonnsard are in American hands. Thiau
court lies a little less than sixteen miles to the northeast of St. Mihiel.
Xonnsard and Pannes lie ten and twelve miles east of St. Mihiel, re
Six thousand prisoners had been taken by the -Americans alone
up to early this evening. Between them the French and Americans
took about 10,000 prisoners in the first day of ?\? otjensive.
. - GERMANS FACE GRAVE MENACE.
The five-mile advance of the Americans in this region presents a grave flanking menace
to the whole German St. Mihiel salient. Gen. Pershing's object appears to be to cut straight
through to the north and thus cui off ^he whole salient. Progress north of St. Mihiel, eastward.
would converge with the movement at Thiaucourt.
What 1? in progress," therefore, is one of the greatest pincer movements of the war.
Under direct command of Gen. Pershing the first American army in France at dawn to
day launched a powerful drive, in conjunction with the French, over a totaJ front of forty miles,
comprising the famous St. Mihiel salient. Metz, the great German fortress, appears to be the
ultimate object of the offensive. The front attacked at the same time forms the extreme left
of the German vertical line from the North Sea to Lorraine.
Viewpoint Now Switches
Entirely Because of
U. S. Aid.
By JOH\ I? BALDE1STOX.
London, Sept. 12.?Striking testi
mony regarding the attitude ol Brit
ish labor toward the war is contained
in a statement obtained from th*1
American Socialist Misston now re
turning to the United States after a
two months* tour of the allied coun
This statement Is signed by A. M.
Simons, chairman of the American
Socialist Mission; Charles Kdward
Russell, l^ewls Kopetin and Alexan
der Howat. It reads:
"On our visit to the Derby con
gress we found an entirely different
spirit among the pacifist element than
when we passed through L*ondon in
the first weeks of July.
"At that time they al! assured us
there was no hope of victory, that
the trenches would be In the same
place five, and even twenty-five year*
from now, and that sooner or later
the war must end with a compromise
peace by negotiation.
"Now all agree that they were mis
taken, that American aid has h-p-en
far greater than they thought it pos
sible, and that allied victory now vu
only a question of time.
"Among the rank and file we found
a feeling **>f distrust of such leaders
who saw events only long after they
had been visible to every one else.
"When we came, an international
socialist congress was generally de
manded and expected to take place
early this autumn. Now It Is s^ner
al!y admitted that such a conference
would not be possible in the near
"Tuthermore. the demand for It now
has become little more than an aca
demic question, urged by leaders who
dislike to see their whole program
'They cling to this idea of a Con
gress as a sort of remnant of their
position, hoping to use tt to save
their faces from complete contempt.
"We, therefore, are greatly en
couraged by the result of our mis
sion. We can carry back to the
American workers the word of the
great mass of the socialists and or
ganizefl workers in the allied nations
that they are ready to join their
comrades in the United States In ae
curlng the defpat of autocracy and the
establishment et a democratic i-e&ee. '
HUNDRED TANKS LEAD ASSAULT.
A fleet of 100 tanks, manned by Americans, led th? as
At an early hour this morning ten villages had already
fallen to the Americans and they had advanced several kilo
The attack is taking place, roughly, between the Meus?
and Moselle rivers.
Four hours of terrific artillery bombardment preceded th?
first infantry waves, which leaped over the top at 5 o'clock.
The weather could not be more favorable for a large
The Americans attacked on a twelve-mile front east of St.
Mihiel and on a eight-mile front to the east of that town, while
the French, on the western side of the salient, are driving for
ward on a line of twenty miles.
AIRPLANES AID YANK FORCES.
An unprecedented number of airplane* it aiding the attacker?.
Dense smoke screens helped the advancing tankt.
The nearest point of the attack to Metz is live milet i*outh of
Pagny-sur-Moselle, whjch lies twelve milet from Metz. American ?artil
lery has set the town afire.
Prisoners were filing to the rear ?oon after the ?tart of the
Dispatches from the front agree that the drive took the Germant
French correspondents in their dispatches speak in glowing termi
of the magnificent fighting spirit manifested by the Americans.
Three hourt after the inception of the attack the Americani
were reported to have taken the German first line at several points.
HUN NAVAL OFFICERS "American? Are Fighting,'
SEE U-BOAT FAILURE Berlin Reports.
-? I Berlin. Sept. It (via London).
Neutral Press Breaks Bad News Between the lieu?? and Voiaell??.
I French and American? attacked It
? the 8t. Mihiel bend." ?ay? tonlfht'i
| war office bulletin, addine:
6.000 German Soldier?
Taken by American*.
With the First American Armr 1?
France. Sert. It?Early thl? an-enini
the American? had captured *.0??
nrlsonenv The total taken by them
?nd the French 1? believed to be ?.
The French (tormed Menteee (?esren
mile? etut of St. Mihieli
It appear? that the German? have
withdrawn their bt? calibre run? u
the north of th? line SI Mihiel
Wolnvtl)? rwclini1*? liea t~ av'ta
?cat ot ft. MihlaU.
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