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18 HITS ON YARDS AT CONFLANS By the Associated Tress. WITH THE AMERICAN>ARMY IN FRANCE. August 16.?An American bombing: squadron, commanded by Lieut. Gundelach, dropped twenty bombs on the railway yards at Con, flans yesterday. Eighteen direct hits were observed in the center of the tracks in the east portion of the yard and two on the roundhouses. The squadron was pursued by elev en enemy planes, six of which were speedily left behind- One of the re maining five was hit by the Ameri can machine gunfire and forced to descend near Joinville. Lieut. Gunde lach was slightly wounded. The first battle began at a height of Ti.OOO meters over Flirey, on the Toul sector, when four American air men inet four enemy biplanes. 1-ieut. Stiles engaged one machine, which he followed down to a height of 2,000 meters, his bullets striking in the tuselape of the German machine. The * enemy finally fell in a nose dive. Lieut. Drew "Gets" One. The second victory fell to Lieut. Drew, who attacked a German climb ing toward him from behind Nore. Although his own plane was hit. he continued firintr until, at a level of *>00 meters, the German machine plunged to earth, leaving a trail of blue smoke. The victory was con firmed by the French. Lieut. Putnam was the winner in the third battle. Four enemy ma chines tried to attack him when they were set upon suddenly by four allied airmen. The Germans were forced to Putnam's level where he was able to drive one machine into a nose dive. The German shot down ward straightened out twice, but finally crashed to earth. Foe Retaliates With Gas. By the Associated Press. WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY ON THE VESLE FRONT. August 16.? The Germans launched a combined gas. artillery and air bombing attack upon the French and Americans upon the French and Americans ajong ing. This was in retaliation fo> a ibombing raid by American airmen upon bridges over the Aisne late Thursday. The German artillery continued shelling the cross roads south of the Vesle for hours, on the assumption that the French and Americans were bringing up troops. German aviators bombed the woods and villages south of the Vesle, apparently working In relays. A group of twelve American- avia tors participated In the raid on the Aisne bridges. ICarly Friday other American fliers went up and took photographs for the purpose of as certaining the effects of the bombs dropped. A great deal of traffic had been reported passing over the Aisne bridges, and the French and Ameri cans increased the fire of their heavy guns in an attempt to destroy as many bridges as possible. As a result of the reports of ob servers, the French and Americans laid down a box barrage during Thursday night on machine gun nests along the hills to the northwest of Fismes. Observers and patrols re ported Friday morning that twelve machine guns had been destroyed and every German gunner killed. The Aisne bridges bombed by the Americans were located between Pont Arcy and Gernicourt, a distance of about twelve miles. The same dis trict also is within range of the French and American heavy guns. The allies are desirous of harassing the enemy as much as possible owing to reports that large ammunition trains, southward bound have been sighted using the bridges. The northward traffic has consisted principally of infantrymen and trucks loaded with goods taken from houses in villages, according to reports by aerial observers and three Italians who escaped from the Germans and reached the American line. The Ital ians say they saw enormous ship ments of household material and simi lar articles and expressed the belief that the Germans had brought them from south of the Vesle during the retreat. The Italians before they reached the American lines hid during the day and traveled during the night. They told the American officers that the Ger mans were particularly active after dark when their troop movements were carried out and when also there was much traffic north and south. FRENCH TAKE MONOL1THE FARM; THREATEN FOE RETREAT TO NOYON B.t the Associated Pr?*ss. WITH THE FREXcft ARMY IN FRANCE, August 16.?The capture of Kcouvillon. which facilitated the tak ing of Kibecourt, has been followed by the occupation of the Monolithe farm, giving the third Army another grip on a vital position near Thies court and threatening the German line of retreat along the road to Noyon. There is evidence that the German reserves are no longer sufficient to maintain the defense and that drafts are being made on German troops holding other important sectors. The French division that took Kibecourt met there enemy troops which had been recently withdrawn from the Verdun front. They were old ac quaintances, the French division having been cited for gallant work in the defense of the fortress on the Meuse against these same Germans. The fall of Kibecourt followed close upon the capture of the heignt of An te val, which was attacked with such ardor that the enemy was beaten be fore he realised what was happen ing. One observer was caught in a tree from which he was regulating artillery Are. b The possession of Monolithe farm facilitates operations against the Loermont height, a mile and a quar ter to the northwest. This spur, in turn, dominates Plemont, which is the strongest enemy position in the LaSsignv Ma?sif. It alio overlooks the valley leading northwest to Las sign y. The hold of the enemy upon Lassigny is very precarious. When this flank breaks, the whole line rauit crumble. "WILL STAY ON LASSIGNY MASSIF UNTIL WE CO ON," SAYS HUMBERT Br the Associated Pr? .??. WITH THE FRENCH ARMY IN FRANCE, Thursday, August 15.?The commander of the French 3d Army, Gen. Humbert, on receiving: the cor respondents just after the German rush toward Compiegne had been stopped in June, said: "We hope to do better." Gen. Humbert talked to the corre spondents a grain today after the cap ture of Ribescourt. He modestly re frained from references to his pre viously expressed hopes, saying simply that he had got back on the Lassigny massif and would stay there until he went farther on. He described graphically the work of his men. The qperations of the third army which resulted in the wiping out of the Montdidier salient were subordi nate to the attack of Field Marshal Haig> forces north and south of the Somme. It was impossible for the third army to attack until the oper ations elsewhere had produced re sults, as there were serious terrain difficulties facing it. As soon as%the Germans began to give way Defore the combined French and British forces, the third army began to advance on August 10. 339 GERMAN MACHINES BESTED IN WEEK BY BRITISH, WHO LOSE 123 LONDON. Friday, August 16.?Meas ured by the number of machines en gaged. the intensity of the figging and the magnitude of the losses in inflicted on the enemy, the fighting in the air during the past week was the most formidable of the war. Some of the most severe conflicts occurred on August 8 is the sector between Albert and the Amiens-Roye road, where the German air forces were increased considerably shortly after the opening of the allied of fensive. The air fighting resulted in the destruction of forty-eight enemy machine, while seventeen others were driven down out of control. Fifty British machines did not re turn. WASHINGTON-VIRGINIA 1 ROAD RAISES WAGES An increase In pay amounting prac tically to 20 per cent has been grant ed by the Washington-Virginia Rail way Company to its motormen and conductors. This road operates from Washington to Mount Vernon and Fairfax. The increase will become effective September 1. According to the new scale, em ployes less than owe year in the service are raised from 32 to 40 cents an hour; men in their second year are raised from 33 to 41 cents; those in their third year from 34 to 42 cents; fourth year, 35 to 43 cents, and those men who have been employed five years or longer are raised from 38 to 44 cents an hour. Extra men will receive one-half pay from the time of reporting for work until excused for the day or assigned to their cars. KRONSTADT IS SEIZED BY GERMANS, PARIS HEARS / PARIS. August 17 (Havas Agency), fc?Reports are in circulation in Fin land that the Germans have seized the Russian naval port of Kronstadt, ac cording to a Stockholm dispatch to La Matin. Kronstadt is twenty miles west of Petrograd at the; eastern extremity! of the Gulf of Finland. It was the I principal fortress of Russia. Reports ! received through Germany early in the week were to the effect that Pre mier Lenlne and War Minister Trot zky had fied to Kronstadt from Mos cow. It was added that other de partments of the* soviet government also would go there. ATTEMPT IS MADE TO KILL PRESIDENT OF URUGUAY MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay. August 17. h?An attempt was made to assassi nate President Viera of Uruguay on Tuesday afternoon on rioting growing out oiL the. recent general strike, ac cording to an afternoon newspaper. The president, it says, was standing on a balcony when fired at, and the . frillingtnfrwgil Brtwagamfc. During the six succeeding days 185 enemy airplanes were destroyed and 89 driven down oht of control, making a total of 839 German machines for the week compared to 123 British air planes missing:. In the same period British bombing squadrons continually attacked enemy airdromes, railways and other mili tary objectives, dropping more than 320 tons of bombs and causing great damage. Low-flying scout machines raked the enemy's congested roads on retreat with machine gun fire, inflict ing many casualties. A notable feature of the aerial oper ations was the virtually continuous night and day bombing of the enemy bridges over the Somme. This greatly hampered the supply and reinforce ment of the German troops. The week's work also included a number of destructive raids Into Germany. JAPAN SENDING TROOPS TO MANCHURIAN BORDER By the Associated Press. TOKIO, Tuesday, August 13.?The government today issued a statement announcing that under the agreement with China, in view of the danger threatening the border of Manchuria, ! Japan was dispatching troops thence from Manchuria. j CONVICTED OF ABJTY FRAUDS. Miss Feder and Michael Polsk Tried to Bribe Federal Inspectors. NEW YORK. August IT.?Miss Isa bella Feder, vice president and gen eral manager of an equipment com pany here, and Michael Polsk, have been convicted of conspiracy to de fraud the government on Army con tracts. Bail was denied and they were sent to Jail to await sentence. Miss Feder obtained a contract from the government for 100,000 bar rack bags at 9 cents each, and sublet the contract for 8 cents. These bags were found to be defective and Mies Feder and Polsk tried to bribe fed eral inspectors to acoept them. DEMAND THE OLD BATE. Farmer* Protest Increased Freight Charges Allowed on Grain. Increased freight rates on corn, oats, rye and barley, granted by Director General McAdoo in his 25 per cent ad vance order of June 25 last, were at tacked today by the National Council of Farmeri* Co-operative Associations in a complaint filed with the Inter state Commerce Commission asking that the old rates be re-established. IT. 8. Band Showered With Flowers ANNECY, France. Ancust 16.?An American military band which had participated in the christening of Peak Wilson, near Chamonix. in honor of President Wilson, arrived here today. It was met at the station by the mayor and city officials and paraded the city, which was deco rated with Oass. The members of the * HARBOR OF VLADIVOSTOK. * Wliere the 27th limited State* Infantry from Manila haa landed to eo-opermto with other allied troop" In support of the Caeeho-Slovak force* in their ?Innle with the hoUhevlkl and armed Germ** and Aoatrlan prisoner*. (Photo by Loots Kdgar Browne.) ALLIES ON DVINA DRAW SOVIETS' FIRE First Connected Story Comes of Movements From Archangel. RUSS TOLD OF BETRAYAL By the Associated Press. ANSTKRDAM, A meant 17.?Ka snn. an Important city In the Vol ga region, has been snrrounded and is belair bombarded by soviet troops, according to a telegram from Moscow received by way of Berlin. The telegram states that a number of English and French have been placed onder arrest at Vologda. Civilians between the aires of eighteen and forty are be ing mobilised by the sovlets for the construction of trenches. Bolshevik troops advancing to ward Onega Bay have occupied Klrllov in the government of Nov gorod. east of Petrograd. It Is rc j?orted that violent lighting Is pro ceeding on the southern front in the direction of Tcherkask for ' possession of the Don railway bridges ? AMSTERDAM. August 16.?The first connected story on the advance of the entente forces southward from Archangel, northern Russia, is given in a special dispatch to the Dussel dorf Nachrichten from Stockholm. The dispatch, which is dated Au gust 14. says: Last Monday 6,000 entente troops, reinforced by-3,000 Russians, assem bled at Archangel, and the same night the order was given to pro ceed southeastward. Three thousand Russians embarked on eleven river steamers and a number of barges towed by tugs, the destination of which was Kotlas, on the Dvina river. The remainder of the troops marched along the Archangel-Volog da railway, with orders to halt at Trusanovskaya, seventy miles south of Archangel. Flotilla Is Fired On. The flotilla was first flred upon from both river banks near Kaktz kaya, and a half mile further on en countered a barricade of sunken boats, which impeded further prog ress. Here the troops were compelled to land to await fresh orders. Nor did the land troops reach their goal. They encountered their first re sistance by the soviet troops at the point where the Log river bisects the railway. The entente forces halted here. This movement seemed a feint, and the main operation apparently is on the Dvina river. "Monday night there arrived at Solombolsk, near Archangel, four transports from which an American contingent was transferred directly to barges in the mouth of the river with out touching at Archangel. "Admiral Kemp (British) on Mon day issued a proclamation to the Rus sians saying that the Moscow rulers had betrayed Russia to the kaiser, who now was sending troops to destroy the liberty gained by the expenditure of so much blood." 236 Officers Shot. AMSTERDAM. August 17.?Out of 1.000 officers arrested at Moscow and Petrograd because of counter revolu tionary tendencies, 236 have been summarily shot, according to Moscow advices to the Kreuz Zeitung of Berlin. Tchaikowsky Forms Government. LONDON, August 16, British Wire iless Service.?"The government of Northern Russia" has been formed with M. Tchaikowsky as president and minister of foreign affairs. The other members of the government include socialists of various parties. The political program of the gov : ernment which has Just been issued contains the following clauses: "First the recreation of Russian democratic power: second, the re-es-. tablishment of local government on a as is of universal suffrage; third, the recreation of the Russian national, army and a Renewal of the war on the j eastern front; fourth, the expulsion of the German invaders and other en emies of Russia to be carried out with the aid of and in co-operation with the entente allies. Officials to Leave Moscow. STOCKHOLM, August 16.?The Fin nish news bureau at Helsingfors says it has received a report from Petro grad that measures have been taken for the speedy transference of the state bank and other state depart ments from Moscow. Private freight and passenger traffic on the railways has been suspended. Bolshevists Arrest Socialists. COPENHAGEN, August 16.?Forty of the most prominent representatives of the Russian socialist party have been arrested by the bolsheviki, says a telegram to the Social Demokraten from socialists in Russia. It Is said it is feared the men will be sent to death because they had planned to summon a conference of all Russian workers. Soviets Seize IT. 8. Propaganda. AMSTERDAM August 16.?The semi-official news agency at Vienna says it has received a telegram from Moscow to the effect that the soviet ! government has -seized several hun dredweights of American nropaganda literature "purporting to explain America's policy and to assure Russia of America's friendship." OTTAWA, August 17,?The censor I announces that copies of a booklet en titled "Russia. Poland and Ukraine,"1 will not be. allowed to enter The booklet was written by Dr. Wl T fltaggfc i?4 MMWWI OFFICIAL WAR REPORTS. BBITISH. August 17.?The pressure of our troops north of the Roye road and north of the Ancre continued and progress has been made by us in both sectors. In the neighborhood of Vieux Ber quin our patrols had sharp fighting yesterday and further encounters took place during last night. Our troops made progress in this sector and in the neighborhood of Merris and have talcen prisoners. The hostile artillery has shown con siderable activity about Mount Bange and Scherpenberg and in the vicinity of Zillebeke lake. August 36 (Night).?Yesterday ^even ing the enemy launched a strong counter attack against our new po sitions at Damery. His troops were everywhere repulsed with great loss, leaving over 250 prisoners and a num ber of machine guns in our hands.* Today our advanced troops in this locality have pushed forward in co operation with the French and have made substantial progress in the di rection of Fresnoy-les-Roye and Fransart. We have taken a few pris oners. On the remainder of the British front there is nothing to report except artillery activity on both sides in different sectors. Aerial activities?On August 15 the number of combats was not great. Four hostile machines were destroyed by our airmen and two German ob servation balloons were shot down in flames. Five hostile machines were driven down out of control. One of our airplanes is missing. Much reoonnolssance work and a good deal of observation for artillery fire was successfully accomplished during the day. The total weight of bombs dropped by us in the course of the twenty-four hours amounted to twenty-two and one-half tons. Two German airdromes were heavily at tacked, as well as several of the enemy dumps and railway connec tions. All our night bombing machines returned safely Aerial (Night). During the period of August 8 to 15 royal air force contingents work ing with the navy have carried out a large number of bombing raids on military objectives with good results. In all approximately sixty tons of bombs have been dropped on the Zee brugge and Ostend docks, the Vars senaere airdrome, the La Brugoise works, the docks at Bruges and on Blaankenberg and Middelkerke, as well as on many enemy batteries and billets. As a result of the attack on the Varssenaere airdrome six ma chines that were lined up were set on Are and a fire started among the hangars on both sides of the air drome. Two Gotha hangars were hit and one demolished. Large petrol dumps also were set on Are. Fires were observed burning three hours later. On the 11th, as previously reported, a German airship waa sighted in the North sea and attacked by one of our machines. After a short engagement the enemy airship fell in flames from a great height. Enemy shipping also has been attacked successfully and a di rect hit was observed on a hostile destroyer, after which other vessels closed aVound the damaged sjiip. On the return Journey when about eight milea^from the scene a big explosion was seen to occur. During the engagements that have taken place sixteen enemy .machines and one captive balloon were de stroyed and fifteen machines driven down out of control. Three of our machircs failed to return. In home waters during the same period continuous anti-submarine and anti-hostile aircraft patrols have been maintained by seaplanes, airplanes and airships. Submarines have been sighted and attacked and mints lo c-i ted and destroyed. All our ma chines have returned. Ukrainian National Council at Jersey City. N. J. % Diplomats Not Held in Russia. LONDON, August 17.?Statements that entente diplomatic and consular agenta have not received authorisa tion to leave Russia are denied in a Russian wireless message received here. The Russian government, it is added, is awaiting a reply from Ger many to the request that safe con duct be given agents wishing to leave Russia by way of Petrograd and Stockholm. Russia has proposed that British agents be free to leave Russia if sim ilar facilities are given to Ambassa dor Litvinoff and other Russian offi cials in England. Similarly, mem bers of the French mission will be given such facilities if Russians in France are permitted to leave for Russia, together with three members of the International Red Cross and three members of the Russian Red Cross. Czech Fighters Cheered. By the Associated Pre*. HARBIN, Monday, August 12.?One thousand Csechs on their way to Join Gen. Semenoff arrived here today and were given sn enthusiastic reception, in which the allied consuls and mem bers of the American railway com mission took part. After speeches and the singing of the Csech national hymn, the Csechs marched through the streets, followed by cheering crowds. They received many gifts of food. On the journey from Vladivostok they were everywhere hailed as the deliverers of the country. Aid to Bolshevik! Opposed. STOCKHOLM. August 17.?German intervention in.Russia to assist the bolshevik government is strongly op posed by the Germsnia of Berlin, which is in close touch with Chan cellor von Hertling.' The newspaper declares that Germany's sole interest in Russia Jies in the restoration of orderly conditions. <Jermany. there fore. haa been friendly to the soviet government. Continuing, the Germa nia says: "But if we should intervene to up hold the soviets or any other govern ment we could not possibly succeed, inasmuch as the decision in this mat ter is the Russian people's own affair." Berlin newspapers of all shades of opinion express themselves as oppos ing intervention in favor of the bol FRENCH. August 16,?During the day our troop* by a aeries of local attacks have repulsed the enemy, in spite or his resistance, in the region west of RNorth of the Avre, in conjunction with Canadians we have advanced our lines on the front of Qoyencourt, St. Mard-les-Triot and Laucourt. South of the Avre we penetrated far into the I^oges wood. Army of the east, August. 15? in Albania east of Porogans the enemy renewed for the third time attacks which our troops repulsed* In the region of Gramsi the enemy suffered severe losses in the course of fruitless ! reconnoltering. In spite of bad weather British 1 aviators have bombed enemy organ ization and concentration points in the I Struma valley. Aviation?On August 15 our crews downed or put out of action twenty i three enemy airplanes. Thursday I night our bombing squardrons made i several expeditions behind the battle I xone and dropped more than fourteen tons of explosives on railroad stations at Xesle and St. Quintin and on ' bivouacs at Champion and Guiscard, I where several fires were observed. I Other expeditions flew over the I valley of the Aisne and the region east j of it and obtained excellent results. I Four tons of explosives were dropped | ! on the railroad station at Thionville i and on the region of Mezleres and I Charleville. A total of 25% tons was used. August 17.?In the region west of Roye there was heavy artillery activ ity during the night. South of the Avre French troops continued to make progress in the Bois des Loges and reached the east ern outskirts of the wood. Between the Matz and the Oise we repulsed two heavy enemy attacks against Monolithe and Carhoy farms and maintained our positions. Northwest of Rheim^s an enemy raid near L?a Neuvillette was without re sults. ITALIAN. August 16.?In the Tonale region enemy reactions against our advanced I positions were repulsed. On Wednes day night, on the Piave southwest of | Grave di Papadopoli, three hostile at 1 tacks against our garrison were I driven back, with losses. | Four hostile airplanes and a cap tive balloon have been brought down. AUSTRIAN. r August 16.?Italian attacks against the Morozzo positions failed. Other | wise the day was quiet on the Tonale sector. On Monte Clmone the enemy storm ing troops were repulsed. j GERMAN. I August 16?Day.?There have been I forefleld engagements at Kemrael and I near Vleux Berquin. Strong enemy 1 thrusts south of the Lys. near Ayette I and north of the Ancre, were re pulsed. ^ , West of Roye and southwest of NoyQn there was a vigorous artillery engagement, which was followed by enemy attacks on both sides of the Avre against Lassigny and on the heights west of the Olse South of Thiescourt the Attiche farm remained in the enemy's hands. Otherwise we drove back his attacks I before our fighting positions, partly by counter attacks. The enemy suf fered heavy losses In the fighting for Lassi*ny. Here he vainly stormed our line six times, and after ten hours of bitter fighting was driven back into the positions from which he started. On the Veal? the artillery activity increased during the evening and re mained lively throughout the night. Yesterday we shot down twenty four enemy airplanes. Night.?On both sides of the Avre strong enemy attacks failed with heavy losses. TANK CHARGED BEYOND 1 LIMITS OF MAP AND STOPPED FOR NEW ONE By the Canadian Press. WITH THE CANADIAN FORCES IN FRANCE, Friday. August 16. ?All ranks of the Canadian force freely admit the great part played in the victory by the imperial tanks operating under the commander of the Canadian foraea They have done wonders in overwhelming the enemy trench system, breaking up macMne gun nests, and even coming to grip? j with oonoealed enemy batteries. '] Among them, too, occasionally crop j out the humors of war that alone I make It endurable. . One tank was standing on Thurs day laat week at the limit of its objective. "Why the devil don't you go on? Tou are badly needed ahead," cried an excited staff officer as he gal loped up. "No petrol and no paper, sir," was "?Vhat'on earth do you need P? psr for?' queried the officer. "We have run right through our map and want a new one for the molt part," was the explanation. Bribery Charged in Chicago. CHICAGO, August 17.?The city councllmen have been subpoenaed to appear before the grand iury In an Investigation of bribery charges re sulting from the passage Monday of a traction ordinance which provided for municipal operation, but not own ership ot surface and elevated street '^daeSy* Hoyne. state's .attorney, h*? charged that bribes of from 11.000 to (5,000 were offered alderaen for their rotes favoring the ordinance. TT. S. Flier Kitting Since July 15. Br tin Awocitted Pnn. WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IN FRANCE, Thursday, August 15.? Lieut Henry G. Maclure of Newton, ftrmm has been missing sine* July 1U. He was operating a pursuit ma chine to company with others, pro tecting observing planes, when he became detached from his squadron ?nftjanUhea?. ?? i.r i i)ii' Port of Trans-Siberian Rail road Captured by Aid of People's Army. CONSUL HARRIS CABLES Capture of Irkutsk, the important Lake Baikal port of the Trans siberian railroad, by the Czecho slovak*, aided by the Siberian peo ple's array, on July 7 is announoed in a belated dispatch from American Consul Harris at Irkutsk, dated July 21 and received today at the State | Department. American Consul General Poole at Moscow, who recently burned his code book and turned the consulate over to the Swedish consular officers, notified the State Department In a cablegram received today that be In tended to remain in Moscow to as sist the British and French consular officers there, who are in great per- I sonal danger. Entente Citizens Released. The consul general reported that with the aid of the Swedish repre sentative he had succeeded in secur ing the release of several hundred en 'e"t? . cit'?ns, chiefly British and JI.JL '?.?,ho wer? arrested by the bolshsviki and held as hostages for north Inember? Imprisoned in the . Harris reported through the American charge de affaires at Pe king. He had not been heard from ?,winer 10 ,he lemor condition of the lines of com munication and the presence at Ir J?r?e* of red euards and German and Austrian prisoners. Railway Open From Irkutsk. The railway to Samara is open, ac- ' cording to Consul HUrris, from Ir- j kutsk, but is not open through to The, Czech commander, he1 -*as ~aa Ju,y 10 lost 250 killed and 1,200 wounded. I These advices also report the tablishment of the new Siberian gov- i he.ad<iuarters at Omsk, ^?re. the People and the govern- I ,have repudiated the Brest-Li n Xf treaty and declared their deter- i PS ?n to.fl*ht the Germans. ah Americans are reported safe. Japanese Consul leaves Moscow. Consul General Poole reported that the Japanese consul has left Moscow Sw?r of safe induct and Mr. Pooie said he, too, might have left alone with similar promise but that , ? hi* duty required him to remain. The Japanese representa make a complete report of conditions in Moscow to the allied na tions. Members of the International Red Cross. Including several Americans, are doing excellent work in Moscow the consul general reports, and are re ceiving adequate protection at present. J,h=y a" g,r/a'ly fs'isted by members of the Y. M. C. A., who are also af forded protection. Prom Finnish News Bureau reports transmitted through Sweden the State Department heard today that the soviet government Is making hasty preparations to move state banks and other Institutions from Moscow. For this reason, it was stated, all private S^owTa'd ?edn ggg. tr"Bc trom SENATOR THOMAS' VIEW OF W0RK-0R-FIGHT RULE Senator Thomas of Colorado and ? Samuel Gompers have had some cor respondence over the "work-or-flght" provision of the new man-power bill. This is Senator Thomas' explanation of his position: ? * think that, man to man, you will agree that if your son is drafted and sent to the front, and my sen is 1 remain in a factory because en gaged in a useful occupation, my son owes to your son and the country the duty of working to the highest de ^JSSSPSSte with h?al*h and the general laws of employment. If he has a grievance it should be cared for by the industrial board, pending which his work should continue. If my son refuses under these circumsUncw tS work for a consecutive number' of ? IXs' w S* 8*?*rinff down production and perhaps increasing you?son's PKriI^awd Prolonging the war ho should be held to have waived hin front."' and the V YAKIMA PROJECT PLANS. Government to Expend $150,000 on Irrigation Improvement. Important Improvements are to bn made by the reclamation service In the Yakima irrigation district in Washington state. Secretary Lane an nounced today that a contract has been made by the government where by JlSp.000. or as much of that sum as necessary, is to be expended in the enlargement and betterment of the Tleton main canal and distribution Byjjtem of the Yakima project. prov,de? w?ter for the aer??e? ian4 *pproxtoately **,??#; Motor Car Stolen. . police are looking for the au tomobile of Dr. J. w. Mankin of J3U 11th street, which was stolen last n^ght from In front of the National Troater. The machine, which is of ggfassenger type, bears IX CTtag TORPEDO HITSTANK SHIP OFF HAnERAS Mirlo, British Craft, Ablaze; Burning Fuel Scattered Far; Nine Missing. Bjr the Associated Pre*. BEAUFORT, N. C., August 17.?The British tank steamship Mirlo was tor pedoed by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras last night, and accord ing to reports reaching here today nine members of her crew were drowned. All the other members of the Mirlo crew were saved by coast guards and have been brought safely to shore. They said the torpedo stride the ves sel amidships and that soon afterward the cargo of gasoline exploded, setting fire to the ship and compelling all to jump for their lives. Rescue by Coast Guard. As the Mirlo was torpedoed only a few miles off shore, the crew from coast guard station No. 17S reached the scene in a short time and picked up the survivors. All except nine men were accounted for. The surface of the sea for Ave miles around was cov ered with burning oil. It is presumed that the Mirlo sank, although reports received here did not say so definitely. Cause Not Made Clear. Reports to the Navy Department to day did not make clear the cause of the destruction of the British oil steamer Mirlo, which caught fire after a gasoline explosion yesterday after noon near Cape Hatteras, N. C. Nine men of the crew were listed as miss ing after the survivors had been tolled ofT, following their rescue by coast guards. According to the Navy's informa tion, no submarine was sighted, but it was possible that a torpedo hit the ship, causing the explosion of gaso line, with which the vessel was loaded. In the opinion of naval officers, the submarine would not have showed it self before the attack because the Mirlo was armed. Ask Additional Details. More complete details have been re quested from the commandant of the sixth naval district, at Charleston, S. C., through whom the reports were received from the captain of the coast guard station where the men were landed. Advisory Bodies Prepare to Make Reports?Teachers Offer Services. Advisory committees on the regis tration under the extended selective service law, appointed by the central j committee, of which Maj. D. J. Dono van is chairman, began their meetings today in preparation for making pre liminary reports to the central com mittee next week. M. O. Chance, chairman of the com mittee on the registration of out-of town registrants and also of the com mittee on advising registrants where they must register, held meetings of both those committees today at the post office. The public school teachers of the District have again offered their serv ices to aid in the registration of men subject to the draft. They have re sponded to a call made by Supt. Thurston of the public schools for volunteers. Those who are in V.'ash ington on registration day will serve where desired, it was said. The registration day was criginally set tentatively for September 5. This date probably will be abandoned and a later day set. ASKS FOR AN ADVANCE. Traffic Committee Would Increase Freight Hate on Vegetables. The southern freight traffic'commit tee of the railroad administration, by Randall Clifton of Atlanta, its chair man, today asked an increase rate of 44 cents a hundredweight on applea, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, pota toes and turnips shipped from stations on the Chesapeake Western Railway to Augusta, Ga-. and Charleston and Columbia, S. C. The Chesapeake Western is not un der federal control. The purpose of the application, it is explained, is to make its rates on these commodities the same as on federal controlled lines in that territory. TO AVOID INFLUENZA. People Advised Not to Sis* "Ex cept Through Handkerchief." NEW YORK, August 17.?Persons who want to avoid the Spanish influ enza or the common garden variety of the same disease have been warned by the New York city department of health not to kiss "except through a handkerchief." While advising osculatory restraint Health Commissioner Copeiand an nounced that investigatiou has failed to show any signs of the Spanish af fliction aboard the Norwegian steam ship which arrived recently with many suspected oases. Asserting that it was simply "influenza" without the fever, headaches, delirium and nervous dis orders associated with the Spanish va riety, he said that every precaution would be taken to prevent the spread of the disease. This task has been as signed Dr. Lsouis I. Harris, director of the bureau of preventable diseases, fifty physicians and 200 nurses. Prime Mercantile Paper. NEW YORK, August 17.?Mercantile paper, 6; sterling sixty-day bills, 4.71; commercial sixty-day bills on banks, 4.78: commercial sixty-day bills, 4.71%; demand, 4.7660; cables, 4.7660; francs, demand, S.SSM; cables, C.64 H: guilders, demand, 50V; cables,. 51%; lira, dema.nd, 7.51; cables, 7.50; rubles, demand, 1SH; cables, 14 nominal. Mexican dollars, 77; government bonds, strong; railroad bonds, irregular. Hut Hegister August 84. All male persons who have become twenty-one years old since June 5, 1918, and on or be fore. August 24, 1918, must reg ister on August 24, 1919. These men should consult lo cai draft boards as to how and where they should register. hpihishhpihs^ ALLIES' BEEF PRICE MfOfDl Army and Navy Also Getting Rate Which Contrasts With High Cost Here. PACKERS IN CONFERENCE Prices at which beef will he ??1(1 to the. Army and Navy and for shipment to the allied countries are about 6<1 per cent below the prices the average housekeeper in Washington Is re quired to pay. These prices, as agreed upon follow ing a conference between packers and food administration officials and at tended by officers of the service, ranee from 21% cents a pound for lighter weight cattle to 23% cents a pound for the heavier grade. These price* are based on grades satisfactory to the authorised Inspectors, chilled and unwrapped, and are for September de liveries. General Situation. 1 At this conference the general meat situation was discussed. WBSPrvation programs were canvassed *nd "jj*; measures were suggested to take care of the beef coming into the J^rketa^ a result of drought in southern and southwestern states. The food administration in announc ing these prices stated that ra:?f live stock arc? now receiving **?ep tional profits, probably higher than at any time since the civil war. During a part of last winter and earl? feeders of cattle- were less ^fortunate and suffered a loss upon their feeding ventures. However, cattle feeders Mho held their stock until late sf?ring made a profit, but it has remained for the stock raisers who are now marketing cattle of a size and qualtty to be ac ceptable for government usa to reap unusual profit. To Utilize Light Cattle. To utilize cattle below 473 pound* in weight, the minimum now bein<j supplied on Army specifications, house wives and proprietors of nubile eat ing places are asked by the food ad ministration to buy cuts from lighter weight stock and to vrgc that meat markets of the country secure a supply of beef from these lighter cattle. F. M. ISAAC, DRAFTED MAN, IS UNDER ARREST Former Assistant Cashier of Ana costia Bank Charged With #7,000 Shortage in Accounts. Franklin M. Isaac, twenty-eight years old, for twelve years assistant cashier of the Anacostia Bank, and for several months a private in the Na tional Army, is under arrest at Mont gomery, Ala., on a charge of being short in his accounts at the bank. Isaac, who was drafted into the Army several months ago, was sent to Camp Sheridan, Ala., for train.ni Following his departure from the city, it is stated, his books at the banK were audited. As a result of this a warrant was sworn out for hie ar rest oh a charge of being s^P?t in his accounts to the amount of Ac cording to Inspector Grant, chief of detectives, the alleged shortage is said to be approximately $.,000. Detective Fred Corn well went to Camp Sheridan, following the issu ance of the warrant, and telegraphed to Inspector Grant last night that Isaac had been arrested. He is to, leave today for Washington \*ith *#At the bank none of the officials would discuss the case. DYNAMITE GLYCERIN PRICES ARE SETTLED * _ Figure! for Allied Governments and Domestic Consumers Are Determined Upon. By joint agreement between offi cials of the food administration, and makers of soap and candles prices at which dynamite glycerin? is to be furnished to the allied government, ind to domestic consumers during the remainder of 1918 have been settled. Allied requirements, estimated at 7,000 long tons, will be furnished at 60 cents a pound In August and Sep tember: 58 cents in October and No vember; and 56 cents In December. These prices include shipment in drums and the dividing of deliveries into thirds. Sales to domestic consumers will t>? made on the same basis and it is suggested that they accept the same deliveries, as nearly as possible. The price agreement was witered into for the manufacturers by a soap and candle war committee which held its first meeting at the food adminis tration, June 1. This committee was ap pointed by th? trade and 1U personnel Sidney1 M. Colgate of Colgate & Co.. Kew York chairman; Samuel S. Pels of Fels & Co "Philadelphia; W. E. *c cil ot Procter &Gambl^C^nclnnan. Winfam Waltke * Co.. St. Uouis; N. W Dalton of Peet Brothers Manufac turinjc Company. Kansas City; Sidney Kirkman of Kirkman &? Son. Brook ,,' ? j George B Wilson of the Globe Cincinnati, ex-offlclo ClThe committee and food adminis tration recommend that all soap mak er? who manufacture soap _ftr- than 1 per cent of glycerin take Sens at once to reduce it to that per centage Glycerin Is especially in de at present in Great Britain and "JlVe it is used to make cor d*te a smokeless powder, and In Can ada'for explosives. _ BEIXIGEBEHTS "WOT BEADY" Swedish Premier Says His Nation Will Hot Mediate for Feaoe. LONDON. August 16?According to a Copenhagen dispatch to the Ex change Telegraph Company, Prof. Eden, the Swedish premier, replying to a deputation from the Swedish ?r ganiaatlon of Good Templars, who asked whether one of the neutral states could take the initiative re garding peace negotiations, said that as there was no reason to believe that the belligerents were willing to con sider mediation Sweden could not commence negotiation*. Sweden, the premier added. ?as fol lowing the present developmenta-wlth great interest, and was al the disposi tion of the warring powers fhould any tor mediation be expreaeed.