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WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1918?SIXTEEN PAGES.
ONE OF WAR'S GREATEST BATTLES IS RAGING
OF UNITED STATES,
SAYS ENVOY BRUM
Visiting Foreign Minister
Finds Moment Opportune
for Safeguarding Liberty.
GIVEN GREAT STIMULUS
Moral Co-Operation of Republics of
New World at Present Crisis
Cements Friendly Relations.
Profound International political Im
portance attaches to the visit to this
country of Dr. Baitasar Brum, minis
ter of foreign affairs of Uruguay, who
today is calling upon President Wilson
and Secretary of State Lansing. Dr.
Brum is the guest of the nation, and
with his staff is receiving military and
The government of Uruguay took
part in the movement for pan-Ameri
* can solidarity in the western hemi
sphere. It was largely through Dr.
Brum's advice and efforts that Uru-1
guay In June, 1017, abandoned a posi
tion of neutrality and adopted the now
famous decree of solidarity which is
receiving the moral sanction and ad
herence of South American govern
Under this policy the grievance of
one nation in the American group,
when a great principle is at stake
involving huniiin rights and the lib
erty of peoples, should be the common
grievance of all, and moral support
should be rendered, even though there
be no actual participation as belliger
Opportune for Liberty.
"We believe." said Dr. Brum, today,
"that the United States entered the
war at the most opportune moment
for the welfare of the liberty of the
world and to combat the brutalizing
aims of the autocratic military gov
ernment of Germany.
/?Uruguay is in sympathy with the
objects of the United Statea and did
not take a position of neutrality to
the disadvantage of the United Sta&e?
in its fight for the principles of liberty
and justice that are cherished by all
the South American peoples.
"The people of Uruguay have feelings
of warm friendship and high regard
for the United States at this time. My
visit to this country has no more im
portant object than to express the
sentiment and sympathy of my own
"Pan-American solidarity has re
ceived renewed stimulus as a result
of the moral co-operation of the gov
ernments of the states of the north
ern and southern continents in the
war against Germany. Our experi
ence now leads us toward cement
ing closer relations among all the
countries on this hemisphere.
Argentina Assures Support.
"As a practical illustration of the
value of the principle of solidarity. I
will mention the case of the relations
between my country and the Argen
tine Republic. At one time we had
reason to fear that a large German
?olony would attack Uruguay. We
asked the Argentine government if it
would permit us to purchase muni
tions and supplies in Argentina in
event of war.
"President Irigoyen of the Argentine
Republic replied that not only would
he furnish materials, but wouid come
to the assistance of Uruguay if we I
should be attacked. As can be seen
this is a new confirmation of the fact
that American solidarity has a strone
foundation in Argentina.
"This principle of solidarity now pre- I
\ ails to a general degree in South Amer
ica. not only among the nations which I
have declared war. but among the na
tions which have not severed relations I
with Germany." !
Official Visits Exchanged.
Dr. Brum and his staff, occupying the !
Gist Blair residence on Pennsylvania
avenue, were visited this forenoon by
officials of the government. At 1-45
o'clock Dr. Brym made a formal call
upon Secretary Lansing, and at 2 o'clock
by him was escorted to the White House
to pay a visit to thq President.
Dr. Brum and his mission will be en
tertained at several official dinners while
in Washington. The party will be taken
to Mount Vernon, will visit the Naval
Academy at Annapolis and the Military
Academy at West Point, and if it is Dr
Brum's pleasure he may go to some of
the larger cities.
GERMAN EMPBESS III.
Kaiser Has left Battle Front to Be
at Wife's Bedside.
AMSTERDAM. August 23?Empress
Augusta Victoria of Germany is in at
Castle Wilhelmshohe. Hesse-Cassel,
the Lokal Anzeiger of Berlin says!
owing to overstrain from her war re
lief work. Physicians In attendance
promise her full recovery within a
Emperor William, who h?s been al
most uninterruptedly in the field
since the spring offensive, has left
main headquarters for Wilhelmshohe,
especially as "the empress' sons are
prevented by their service obligations
from attending at their mother's bed
NOT THE ATTITUDE OF AT.T.TTS
London News Statement Garbled by
LONDON". August 22.?rDr. W. S.
Solf, the German secretary of state
for the colonies, has aroused com
ment by the London Evening News
by his discussion of .the attitude of
the allies toward Germany, in the
address he made yesterday. He de
clared that the Evenng News had
said that Germany "must be destroy
ed by bloody and irreparable defeats
on the battlefield."
"The Evening News points out that
-vha: it actually said was 'Nothing
of Germany is to be left in France or
Belgium save the bones of German
Indicated That People De
mand Settlement on Presi
dent Wilson's Plan.
'UPRISING NOT UNLIKELY
BY DAVID LAWIIEXCE.
(Copyright. 191J*. by the New York Erenins
Emperors William and Charles ma> j
confab and decide on a "solution" of I
the Polish question, but information
that has reached here in the various j
ways that reliable news is gotten out |
of the domain controlled by the cen
tral powers would seem to indicate
that the only settlement which the
Polish people will sanction is that pro- l
posed by President "Wilson himself.
In other words, the Poles are stir- |
ring up enough trouble for Germany ]
nowadays to cause the two emperors
to take the matter in hand personally,
and the prospects are that along with j
the Czecho-Slovaks the Polish desire
for nationality will in a short time
have worried the overburdened mili-1
tary staffs at Berlin and Vienna to no j
j small extent. For there are veiled
threats of insurrection in the speeches J
of the Polish deputies, both in the]
German and Austrian parliaments,
! which means that if Germany is con- j
templating the dispatch of troops ir.to
| Russia to head off the Czecho-Slovaks
and allied forces she must first be
| sure that her armies can go through
; Poland unharassed. ,
It means also that all the Poles
who can do so, both those still in
Poland and those scattered in various
parts of Russia, will rally around the
allied forces and the Csecho-Slovak
expeditions. And the example of two
oppressed peoples may have an im
portant effect upon the other races
held in subjugation so long by the|
Justifies President's Strategy.
The Czecho-Slovak movement has
justified President Wilson's strategy
in appealing to the peoples of all
countries instead of their govern-,
ments. and especially In stating and:
restating with explicitness Just what
the democratic war aims of the allies |
mean in concrete terms for the small
nations struggling (or autonomy and |
independence. , . ,
The creation of a Polish army in I
France has been valuable in giving)
the Poles a symbol of their national- t
Ity, but it is not detracting from the |
splendid work which the small con
tingent is doing at the front to say
that by and large a greater strategic
value inures to the allies from the
brave opposition of Polish leaders
now living in Poland to the govern
ments of the central powers. In the
German reichstae. for Instance. Dep
uty Korfanty. a Pole from Silesia, has
repeatedly announced that he stands
as the representative of the Polish
nation, and in the Austrian relchsrath
a number of Polish deputies have an
nounced that the only solution which
I will meet the desires of the
people is a settlement based on the
declaration cf President Wilson,
which provides for a united and
pendent Poland with access to the
SeEven more important is the f*c* that
such Poles in the Austrian parliament
who have been inclined in past emer
gencies to trade the Polish <l"e8'io" 1??][
i royal favor have been warned by their
constituents that they will have no pa
tience with such maneuvers. Ifcputy
Jaworski. formerly president of the Su
preme National Committee ^ ^aliciA.
a Polish organization which derived its
orientation from Austrian
been advised, for example, by his con
stituents that be must resign his post or
abandon his rfrmpathetic attitude to
ward the Austrian "solution of the
Issue Up in Both Parliaments.
In the parliaments of both Austria
and Gefmany the Polish deputies have
not hesitated to oppose and obstruct the
plans of the respective governments. In
! Germany they voted to a man against
the military bills, and have been fight
ing against budgets and cabinet* In
Vienna there also has been a wonderful
chance Even the Polish Parliamentary
Club, which handles Polish affairs in
the Austrian reichsrath and which has
been inclined to yield to the coddling
of the Austrian government, shows signs
of heeding the wishes of the people back
home, who irt mass meetings have de
nounced the so-called Austrian solution
that would make Poland a part of the
Austrian empire and establish a triple
monarchy or personal union of rulers.
German strategy aims at the crea
tion of some form of government for
Poland to which Berlin hopes the
Polish people will give their support,
so that at the peace congress the
claim can be made that the Polish
question already is settled and there
fore does not call for discussion. To
that end the German supporters ir tbe
Polish state council are endeavoring
to make the present council of regency
a permanent body. By statutes and
laws these men are trying to tie Po
land hand and foot to the central
powers. The nationalists, known as
bi-partisans, are. on the other hatod,
confining the activities of the council
and the regency to mere preparatory
work for the creation of~an independ
ent Polish state and the preservation
of the Polish question for considera
tion at the general peace conference
Ithat ends this war. While the Ger
man supporters have a slight ma
jority, the bi-partisans have a more
skilful organization. They put for
ward a different speaker as each de
Deputy's Bold Declaration.
Recently this honor fell to Deputy
Swiezynski, whose speech has just
been smuggled through the German
censorship. He boldly declared:
"The council of state has not the
right to enter into a discussion of
the political policies of the Polish
nation, for it has but one purpose
to prepare the way for a general
convention. At a time when the
whole world accepts the Polish ques
tion as an international affair and
regards the demands of Poland as
just and their realisation as a con
dition of the new political order,
based on justice and liberty; at the
moment when the echoes ring of the
solemn declarations at Versailles,
nothing is being done-on Polish soil
to show that they who have the
power do prove their promises with
acts. It is the more difficult to un
derstand the declaration of a gov
ernment which opposes the recogni
tion of the wishes of the Polish na
tion and at the same time claims
that it is backed by the will of the
?The declaration of November 5,
creating a state out of the conquered
territory, has not offered the solu
^Continued Seventh Fact.}
FOUR ARE KILLED.
19 MED ON
Depth Bomb Prematurely Ex
Williamson a Victim.
AMONG THOSE HURT
Accident oil United States Ship on
August 17 Beported to Havy
a >r?-;?? "$?
18 i? i"" ?I
COMMANDER WILLIAM PRICE
WILLIAMSON, V. S. S.
Explosion of a depth charge, on
board the U. S. S. Orizaba at sea on
August 17 killed Lieut. Commander
William Price Williamson and three
enlisted men, and wounded Com
mander R. D. White and eighteen
A report on the accident reaching
the Navy Department today shows
that Lieut. Commander Williamson,
who was executive officer, was killed
instantly, and that Commander White,;
the commanding officer, had his jaw
broken and a knee-cap fractured. The
sailors who lost their lives were: j
Samuel T. Lambert, oiler. Riverside.
N. J.; Frank J. Mayer, baker, Cincin-'
nati. Ohio, and Arthur K. Baird,
seaman, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Commander White's report says an
hour and a half after the explosion a
submarine was sighted astern, and
that the ship's guns were manned and
ready to Are immediately in spite of
the fact that half of the after gun
crew had been hurt.
Son of Navy Pioneer
and Civil War Hero
Lieut. Commander William Price
Williamson, killed aboard the Orizaba,
was a son of the late Rear Admiral
Thom Williamson, a pioneer officer of
the Navy. Rear Admiral Williamson
served on the.' staff of Admiral Far
ragut in the civil war. He died last
Commander Williamson has a
brother, Thom Williamson, jr., pay
master in the Navy, now serving.,on a
transport. The young officer also is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Florence
Williamson; his mother and four sis
ters: Miss Lulie Williamson, Miss
Anne Williamson, Mrs. Herbert Wil
son of Pittsburgh and Mrs. Carvel
Word Received in Washington,
Word of the death of the com
mander was received last night by
Miss Lulie Williamson at the Wash
ington residence. 1701 K street. His
mother is spending the summer in
Commander Williamson was born
at Norfolk. August 10. 1884, his fath
er being stationed at the Norfolk
navy yard at the time. He spent his,
boyhood in Washington, and was
graduated at Western High School.
He entered the Naval Academy as a
midshipman in 1903, and being among
the leaders o? Ms class was grad
uated in 1906. He was made an en
sign in 1908 and in 1910 received the
grade of Junior lieutenant.
In 1914 he was made a full lieu
tenant. He served as inspector of
ordnance in the naval magazine at
Alongapo. Philippines, in 1916, where
he remained until he was ordered
aboard the Orisaba with the rank of
His wife was formerly Miss Flor
ence Beam, and is now living at 280
Madison avenue. New York.
TO HEAR I.W.W. PLEA MOJIDAY
Judge Landis to Pas* Upon Motion
for Hew Trial.
CHICAGO. August 23.?Federal
Judge Landis has announced that h?f
will hear arguments next Monday
morning on the motion for a new
trial for the 100 I. W. W. leaders re
cently found guilty of conspiracy to
interfere with the government's con
duct of the war.
Counsel for the I. W. W. have sig
nified their intention of appealing the
CHICAGO'S POLICE CHIEF DIES.
CHICAGO. August 23.?Herman F.
Schuettler, chief of police of Chicago,
died in a hospital, where he'had been
a patient for some months. Death re
sulted from a complication of dis
Schuettler, who was born in 18C1,
was one of the best known police of
ficers In. the United States,
300 ARE HANGED
BY RED GUARDS
Czecho-Slovaks Are Victims.
Germans Defeat Russian
ALLIES MEET REVERSE
By the Associated Press.
AMSTERDAM. August 21.?RuMiMi
red guards, after the capture of Sim
birsk. on the Volga, according to a
Moscow dispatch to the Hamburg
Nachrichten. publicly hanged in the
market place 300 Czecho-Slovak pris
oners. The hangings, it is declared,
were a reprisal for "atrocities" com
mitted in the town during its occu
pation by the Czechs.
Gen. Petapoff. commander-in-chief
of the red guard army in the Mur
mansk region, is a prisoner in the
hands of the allies, says a Petrograd
dispatch to the Weser Zeitung of
Bremen. He was caught by peasants
while attempting to flee southward
and handed over to the British.
German forces were victorious over
a force of 1.200 Russian insurgents,
well equipped with artillery- and com
manded by Gen. Rebenko. near Krem
entchug. according to a Kiev dispatch
to the Vossi8che Zeitung of Berlin. In
a second encounter, which occurred
near Poltava, sixty-four miles north
east of Krementchug. the revolution
aries lost 800 men killed and the Ger
mans took six machine guns and other
equipment. The survivors of the rev
olutionary band fled, but their retreat
was cut off by the pursuing Germans.
Allies Forced Back.
LONDON. August 23.?Allied troops
on the Ussuri river front, north of
Vladivostok, outnumbered by the
enemy, have been forced to with
draw after heavy fighting, says a
dispatch to the Daily Mail from Har
bin dated Wednesday.
British and French troops were en
gaged in the battle, but the British
brunt of the fighting fell on the Cos
sack and Czecho-Slovak troops. Jap
anese units aided in the retirement.
Bolshevik monitors, operating on
Lake Hangka. are harassing the al
lied left and have detained additional
Czech forces. Commands are being
given the belsheviki in German.
The Ussuri river forms the eastern
boundary of Manchuria.
German Agents Call Strikes.
VLADIVOSTOK, Sunday, August
18.?German agents, of which Vladi
vostok is full, have made futile ef
fort to hamper the unloading of
transports. Twice they have called
(Continued on Seventh Page.)
"Washington Ken in Bloo and Gray
Division Ovsrseas"?A full psge of
local officers who are leading their
men against the Huns in France.
"War Camp Community Serrice"?
What this organisation is doing in ths
"Bars and There"?A page of photo
graphs of man and women in unusual
occupationa relating to ths war.
Latest Snapshots From the
Another page of Washington Soys
Who Are Doing Their Bit.
BIUK1 FIELD i
IS TO BEENLARKD|
Bigger and Better Aviation
Plant for Training and
An allotment of $M)3,S50 for Im
proving: aijd extending Boiling: Field,
Anacostia, D. C., has been approved
by the assistant secretary of war.
This field, on the left bank of the
Eastern branch of the Potomac river, J
is being enlarged for the aero Da- j
trol and protection of Washington.!
as well as to meet the training needs j
of the air service officers "In Wash
The flying field will be enlarged, an I
additional hangar will be erected, and j
quarters for twenty-three officers and !
154 enlisted men provided. A balloon j
station with captive and free balloons i
will be located north of the fiying j
A small radio telegraph station, to,
be used in communicating with air- j
planes in flight, will be one of the
features of the field.
TRAINING OF AVIATORS
PROGRESSES, SAYS KENLY
General Returning- From Pacific
Forests and Flying Fields
Brings Cheering Beport.
Rapid advance in the training of
aviators in this country by the divi
sion of military aeronautics was de
scribed today by Maj. Gen. W. L.
Kenly, director of the division, who
has returned -from a trip to the Pacific
coast, visiting the spruce and fir coun
try, and later all the flying and bal
loon fields on the coast.
"The division is speeding up the
training of fliers and the schools are
responding splendidly to the calls al
ready made," said Gen. Kenly, "and it
is the intention of the division to pro
duce whatever number of aviators is
The general declares America offers
the best training grounds for fliers,
not excepting France and England.
Training schools are now being
grouped In districts so that the cadet
fliers may pass from ground, primary
and advance instructions without leav
j ing the locality, and when the final
?est is passed, they are ready to leave
i for France.
He said squadrons and brigades of
fliers will be formed here as the
l classes graduate, to be sent overseas
| to take the air at the front in the
| formation in which they have been
FIVE GERMAN TOWNS
BOMBARDED BY ALLIES
LONDON, Ausrust 23.?Five Impor
tant towns In Germany and five hos
tile airdromes were heavily' bom
barded by British' aerial squadrons
on the night of August 21-22, accord
ing to an official statement Issued to
!<Jay by the British air ministry.
Ullltary objectives at Frankfort and
Cologne, the statement adds, were
heavily attacked and good results were
540 TONS OF GASOLINE
ON A BURNING BARGE
PARIS, August 23.?Fire broke out
last night'on a barge containing 640
tons of gasoline belonging to the
American expeditionary forces. The
conflagration has burned continuously
for fourteen hours, intermittent ex
plosions being followed by cloiids of
smoke. The fire* has attracted the at
tention of large crowds of Parisians.
HOOVER BACK FROM EUROPE.
U. S. Food Administrator Arrived
at Hew York Today.
NEW YORK, August 28.?Herbert
C. Hoover. United 8tates food admin
istrator, returned today from his trip j
OIILV WAR BUILDING
Labor Board Proposes Per
mits Be Limited to Essen
MAY RULE ON HOUSING
[ Building operations, except those
?considered a war necessity, may be
broufht to * complete halt In the Dis
Request has been served on the
Commissioners by the war labor
[board of the District that no permits
be granted at this time for the build
ing or remodeling of structures other
than those for essential war work.
"This action is imperative," the
board has Informed the Commission
ers, "due to the shortage of common
labor in the District of Columbia."
This, probably the most drastic
war suggestion that has come official
ly to the local government, will call
i for an immediate decision as to
whether the construction and repair
lof dwellings is to be considered es
| sential war work in view of the
I acute housing situation here.
Commissioners to Consider.
The Commissioners will consider the
| request at board session today. If it
i is held to apply to dwellings and so
respected, the housing situation ad
mittedly will become worse. The of
fice of the building inspector, one of
the busiest cogs in the District gov
ernment machinery, will face a
period of comparative quiet.
There is little doubt but that the
Commissioners will ask for an inter
pretation of the request and recom
mend that construction and repair of
dwellings be classed as a war neces
An adverse decision by the board
on this point not only would affect
seriously the general situation as to
housing facilities, but it would em
barrass the Commissioners* program
for improving the living conditions
of alley dwellers.
When the suspension of the alley
law was ordered, so that 8,000 dwell
ers in the alleys would not be forced
to look for new homes at a time
when the supply was not equal to the
demand, the District board for con
demnati6n of insanitary buildings
served notices for the repair of many
alley structures. If this work should
be interrupted by a strict interpreta
tion of the community war labor
board's request many alley homes
will become uninhabitable in a short
Bequest Adds to Problems.
The board's request presents but one
of many difficult problems now con
fronting the Commissioners. Labor
shortage is making operation of those
departments which look after the
health and comfort of the publis daily
more difficult. That a crisis is ap
proaching is admitted.
Supply of labor in the engineer de
partment is about 50 per cent below
normal. New street work practically
is at a standstill, but little repair
work on streets is being done and it
is with the greatest difficulty that the
functions of the street cleaning de
partment, the garbage and refuse dis
posal services and the sewerage and
water departments are being main
Unless these particular functions,
which affect directly the health, com
fort and safety of the public, are held
to be essential war work and deferred
classifications given to the employes
of the departments the new draft
will hit the engineer branch of the
District to such an extent that opera
tion and maintenance of vital depart
ments may become impossible. With
the supply of labor already 50 per
cent below aormal; the depleted force
now at work will be reduced at least
50 per cent, say officials of the de
partment, unless deferred classifica
tions are given to draft eligibles en
gaged In this Important work.
Means to Offset.
Three means of meeting the labor
shortage situation are being considered
by the Commissioners. One is to re
dace all operations to minimum basis
consistent with the public necessity. This
would mean cutting out all new street
work and improvements of every kind
not absolutely required. A second plan
ta to seek the assistance of the War
TfiSSSB on Second* PageJ.
IS FACING DISASTER
AS HAIG DRIVES ON
British Capture Important
Towns From Below Somme
FRENCH STEADILY GAINING
IN OISE-AILETTE REGION
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, August 23.?A battle is raging today in
France on one of the widest fronts of the war. It ex
tends for about fifty miles north from Soissons. Every
where, according to news received here this afternoon
from the battle front, the battle has been going success
fully for the entente allies.
The British third army has gained more than a mile
on a front of more than seven miles.
The British fourth army has gained more than two
miles on a front of seven miles.
The fourth army has taken more than 1,500 prisoners
today. The third army captured more than 500 Germans
in the town of Goniecourt alone.
Poiry - Becquerelle, Boyelles, Hamelincourt and
Gomiecourt are now held by the British third army, ac
cording to a report. The British are pushing their attack
toward the southeast from Gomiecourt in the direction of
TOWNS AND PRISONERS TAKEN.
By the Associated Press.
WITH THE BRITISH ARMIES IN FRANCE,
August 23.?British troops this morning are reported to
have captured ChiegnoUes and Herleville, south of the
Somme river. More than a thousand prisoners were taken
in this operation, which eliminates the ben<J in the line.
The town of Meaulte, southeast of Albert, fell early in
the British drive. The British troops pressing on here are
crossing the Bray-Albert road. Happy Valley, to the north
of Bray, was taken by Field Marshal Haig's troops after
Field Marshal Haig's forces also are reported to have
taken Boyelles and Boiry Becquerelle and to be still push
ing forward. They are piling up prisoners and guns.
The British have reached Gommecourt, which is con
sidered to be the chief point of the German defensive po
Three German battalion headquarters have been taken
in the locality of Happy Valle. Additional guns also have
fallen into the hands of the British.
South of Gommecourt the British this morning were
attacking and pushing forward all along the line.
A battle has developed which seems to be one of the
greatest of the war.
A number of fresh new Germans have been identified.
They were rushed up in the hope of saving something
from the disaster which threatens the whole German army
on this front.
In the fighting south of the River Somme the British
have extended their line on a front of more than five miles,
pushing into the German defenses at the greatest depth
for about two miles.
The latest report from the battle line says that the
British are reaching out in the direction of Tara Hill,
which is a thousand yards beyond Albert.
Field Marshal Haig's men are killing great numbers
of Germans and are making steady progress everywhere,
in spite of resistance from the enemy, who, if he retreats,
acknowledges that he is beaten and if he stays and fights
it out is bound to suffer the heaviest casualties.
By the Associated Press.
British and German armies are locked in a mighty battle to
day over a twenty-five-mile front from Lihons, six miles south
of the Somme river, to the Cojeul river, southwest of Arras.
This combat, which began with the British attack against the
enemy positions east of the Ancre river on Wednesday, now has
spread into one of the greatest battles of the allied offensive in
Picardy. It is officially reported from London that the British
are making progress at some points and that German attacks east
of Beaucourt, at about the middle of the battle front, were re
The British apparently still are on the aggressive along the
French troops have occupied the southern banks of the Oise
and the Ailette between Sempigny, south of Noyon, to the rail
road bridge west of Coucy-le-Chateau.
South of Coucy-le-Chateau they have reached the outskirts
of Guny and Pont St. Mard. This progress brings them still
farther toward the rear of the German forces holding the hills
north of Soissons and within three miles of the German positions
north of Chemin des Dames, as they stood before the offensive of
British Gain in Great Battle;
Advance Line in Flanders
The British troops are making
progress at a number of points, the
statement says, and adds that two
enemy attacks east of Beaucourt were
repulsed during: the night.
On the Lys front, the statement
says, the British line was slightly ad
vanced east of L#e Touret, northwest
of Neuf Berquin and east of Outter
By the Associated
IiONDON, August 23.?A battle is
being fought on the line between
Lihons, south of the Somme, to the
Cojoul river, south of Arras, a front
of more than twenty-five miles, ac
cording to the official statement is
sued at the wax: office todaZr