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French Win FormidablePlaces;
Heavy Assaults /Under Way
Uikltt that the attack of the
Fr?efc aid Aaerlna farm la
K*mntag BBdrr tkc most hw
ablt condition*.
B.t tbe Associated Prem.
PARIS, September 27.?Successful
development of the French offensive
began yesterday in the Champagne is
reported today by the war office.
Over tke entire field of attack by
the French between the River Suippe
and the Argonne forest the formida
ble German positions of a depth of
more tbaa three miles -were brilliantly
The French have captured the
Butte de Mesnil. the Butte du Souain,
the Butte du Tahure and the villages
of Tahure. Ripont. Rouvroy. Cernay
en-Dorraois and Serron-Me&icourt.
More than 7.000 prisoners were
taken hy the French. The French
forces resumed their attaek this
morning, and. despite unfavorable
weather conditions, satisfactory prog
ress is being made.
Secretary of War Sees Drive;
Tanks Smash Foe Defenses
By the JLsscctatml Iw*.
day. September 26. 8:30 p.m.?Secretary I
of War Newton D. Baker witnessed
the beginning of the American drive ]
?tons front northwest of Verd in
this morning. At 3 o'clock, after the
?nemy positions hfd been bombarded
with high explosives and gas sheBs.
the American infantry advance*. |
Squadrons of tanks again formed
an effective partf of the attacking
force, especially in thu r.giow I
Chepty. These "land battleships"
moved up with the infantry, smash
ing dovi wire entanglements and
routing the enemy frotn machine gun
The work of the American airplanes
was one of the features of the com
bat/ An aerial barrier was maintained
over the line, preventing the enemy
from, observing the movements of
troops, in stfite of the fog, the air
men swooped low over the enemy's
trertclies and materially assisted the
advancing infantry.
Without a hitch and absolutely ac
cording to schedule, the entire line
*as moving tonight into positions
paralleling the line of attack.
by Smashing American Forces
Br the Awociafpfl'Ptr**.
September It, 1? p.m.?The American
troops took the Germans somewhat by
surprise by the speed of their attack
today and without giving the enemy
time ta recuperate they pushed him
eteadUy northward. This evening the
Americans between the Argonne and
the Meuse had reached Malancourt,
Montfaucon. Culsy. Dannevoux and
other towns along that line.
The example of intrepidity set by
the Pennsylvania, Kansas and Mis
eourl troops was followed by the
men in the other American units.
The opposition met with at Mont
faucon and Dannevoux and a few
other points indicated that the Ger
man resistance was becoming stronger
and it was apparent the enemy had
had time to place in position some of
the artillery withdrawn earlier in the
day. Later in the afternoon the Ger
man aerial activity increased, indicat
ing a determination to check what
had developed so rapidly into a sweep
Ing advance.
Work of Tanks Wins Praise. |
The work of the tanks which were
manned by French and Americans
brought praise from the staff offi
cers. The machines, however, were
unable to display their abilities to
the fullest extent because of the
boggy condition of the terrain. The !
ground had been softened by recent j
rains and as the country naturally j
is swampy, the terrain was found to
be too soft in many places. Many
tanks .became stalled in the mud. but {
they were nr>t damaged, as the in- !
fantry had driven the enemy well
A most spectacular feature of the
operation was the work of the aerial I
units. The aerial observers were able I
to accomplish little until the after
noon. but before the echoes of the
opening barrage had died away the
pursuit airplanes were over the Ger
man lines.
Aeros Sweep Down on Troops.
The clouds made It appear improb
able that there would be any great
display by the aviators and the fog
seemed to hide the enemy, but flying
at & height of less than 700 yards,
the airmen swept down on the Ger
man troops In the line and on the
roads. Wagon trains were attacked
and dead horses and debris blocked I
the path of those who shortly after
ward sought avenues of retreat.
As the skies cleared the observers
appeared witb their fighting escorts
and aided materially in correcting the
aim of the artillery which had never
ceased its vigorous harassing Are. Gas
shells were used plentifully by the
Americans in only a few instances,
but when they were used the work
was done effectively.
Heavy Gas Attack.
One of the places subjected to a
heavy gas attack was Vauquois. That
historic place was known to be well
fortified. There was reason to believe
that the Germans might utilise the
forty miles of subterranean passages
in the neighborhood. It was flooded
with gas clo^uds and then enveloped
by artillery flre. Gas also was used
against certain woods around -which i
the Americans afterward marched. in-H
stead of going directly through them, s
Information obtained only the day !
before the attack enabled the officers i
of the tank detachments to escape the I
traps constructed at several places j
and also the batteries of anti-tank
Captured Men Cheerful.
By midafternoon every division head
quarters began to look like a
prison camp. Groups of German pris
oners from a half dozen to 106 ap
peared at the headquarters at *i?ter
vals. After being lined up and ques
tioned they were sent on to the de
tention camps in the rear. For the
most part the captured men were
cheerful, some apparently were joy
Many of the prisoners were taken in
combat, but the greater part of them
had been forced to take cover under
the smothering barrage and had been
left behind by their retreating ?;:>rn
panions. With them it was a case of
'upraised hands. Several officers were
[captured, but in this battle, as i.i
previous engagements, the officers
twere well in the resfr when the retire
f ment began!
Every objective was made accord
ing to schedule and in some ^ cases
ahead of time. The first objective
was gained just forty minutes after
the Americans started. The French
on the left also kept up a swinging
Attack Expected Elsewhere.
Information reaching the intelli
gence office today indicated that the
Germans had expected the attack to
be made elsewhere.
Allied aviators continued busy
throughout the day behind the Ger
man lines, attacking various targets.
Several tons of explosives were drop
ped on the town of I>un-sur-Meuse.
Whether the Germans will make a
| stand near their present line is not
known, but it is not expected that
they can continue their retirement
without suffering terrible punishment.
The lines from which the Germans
were forced today were excellently
prepared, and it would have caused no
surprise had the enemy offered such
resistance as to make his withdrawal
a question of days instead of hours.
Across the valley of the Aire the
enemy had lines which had taken
months to prepare, but the American
artillery and infantry had forced the
Germans to abandon them within less
than three hours.
First Line Taken With Bush.
The first enemy line was taken with
a rush In a few minutes, the second
line offered greater resistance, and at
the third line the Germans put up a
fight that promised to delay the ad
vance. However, the progress of the
Americans was checked only briefly.
One ravine in the path ol* the attack
contained massed machine guns which
poured a hot fire into the advancing
troops, but without breaking the line.
During Wednesday evening and
early Thursday the enemy artillery
continued to shell the regions east and
west of Montzeville, but the fire quiet
ed down soon after the American bom
bardment began.
The American artillery had been so
carefully placed, according to plan,
that Wednesday night there was noth
ing for the artillerymen to do but to
wait for the "aero hour." A number
of long-range guns joined in the at
tack and from hidden positions hurled
a cross-fire into the positions behind
the German line.
German Forces Bottled Up
in Argonne Forest Region
Rt Or Associsfetl Prrss.
PARIS, September 27.?American
troop3 in their attack northwest of
Verdun appear to have attained all
and more than all they attempted.
The Americans were confronted by
the German 5th Army. This force
bad been diluted, which explains the
relatively small number of prisoners
The American advance, over most
difficult ground, amid woods, is look
ed upon here as a fine feat of arms.
Montfaucon. whose heavy silhouette
dominates the horlson, was passed by
the Americans and now is well with
in the newly conquered ground.
The Axgonne forest itself is "dead
<Continued from First Pare.)
?will handle the drawing will work
in three relays of one hour on and two
off In order that there may be no in
terruption in the drawing. Cots will
be nrottded tar those off duty, as well
as food. One officer, blindfolded, will
draw the numbers from the bowl.
Four others, receiving them from him
in rotation, will break open the con
tainers^ open up the slip containing
the serial number, and will call out
the nutnbers to the three officers
manning the tally sheets and to the
one who records the numbers on the
blackboard?. After a teller has called
out a number he passes it to another
officer who verifies it and strings it on
a thitt wire in the order in which it
had. been drawn. It is impossible
for any mistake to be made that can
not b? checked for correction."
^.egioitaim Beach Kansas City.
'KANSAS CITY, Mo.. September 17.?
Sttty members of the Foreign Legion
of France, oommandod by Capt. Mau
riee CbaaUcot do Oery. arrived hero
tlj^rgMag*ft>g? jKHrneetlott with the
ground" between the two attacking
fronts, but the capture by the Amer
icans of Montblatnville (on the east
ern outskirts of the forest) bottles up
the Germans holding the positions in
front of Pour de Paris. Germans
there now have the French in front
of them and the Americans at their
The Germans^ it is believed here,
have only one division in the Argonne.
This force now has no other means of
retreat but over the roush roads lead
ing northward through the woods.
"By taking Varennes and Montfau
con with m aeries of positions that
Gen. von Gallwitz considered so im
pregnable that he could not have been
, taken indispensable precautions."
says Marcel Hutin in the Echo de
Paris, "the Americans have given a
magnificent new edition of their vic
tory in the St, Mihiel saliont." s
Preparing Message of Condolence
on Death of Archbishop Ireland.
ROME. Thursday, September 2S.??
The first news of the death of Arch
bishop John Ireland reached the
Vatican today, and the deepest grief
was expressed by Pope Benedict The
holy father said it was hard to bear
the loss of such great churchmen as
Cardinal Farley and Archbishop Ire
land. both of whom were so necessary
at the present time. He is preparing
a special message of condolence on
the death ot Archbishop Ireland.
11 1 *
Patriotic War Workeg Entertain
Men From Walter Bead.
The Pa'riotio War Workers of the John
Wesley Methodist Church entertained
soldiers of Waiter Reed Military Hos
pital last evening at the church parlors.
Instrumental solos and addresses con
stituted the program, the main address
being delivered by 8?rgt. Frank ]f. Lis
ton. A response was made by Mrs. Julia
*Munben'of tfc* PWrft*lc War Waf
ers are receiving donations wltk^niefc
to purchase tobacco and candy Mr the
soldiers at the bavtta^ _
Ferocity of Yankee Attack
and Suddenness Daze Huns
By the Associated Pies*.
with tbs mnciK Ajurr on
b?r 2?.?The assumption of the gen
eral stall that the Germans had not
discovered the Intention of the Amer
ican* to attack vu proved by the
earlier phase* of the fighting. ? Ap
parently dazed by the suddenness and
ferocity of the artillery preparation,
the German artillery reaction was
slow in being registered. It never
recovered, its balance.
From the minute the American*
swarmed forward the inferiority of
the enemy resistance was marked. Ear
ly this morning the enemy had laid
down artillery fire calculated to cover
a local raid. That incident was quick
ly forgotten in 'he magnitude of the
operations that followed.
One division reports the capture of
twenty 77 guns and plentiful supplies
of ammunition. The. cheek on the
amount of booty has not yet been
taken, but every ,-eport indicates that
the amount of It will be large.
Officer prisoner* show that there
was much enemy perplexity as to the
exact point of attack, but say they
were aware that one was impending.
Bombardment Spectacular.
Last night's bombardment of the
German lines preparatory to the at
tack begun this morning was a mag*
aidoeut spectacle. It waa a cloudless
night and thousand* of guns, all Ortag
furiously, wreathed the hule In a
eeaseleea sparkle of flame, like my
riads of fireflies. For slix hours the
roar of the cannon, like the roll of a
giant drum, was unbroken.
The enemy 1* reported to have been
suspicious of an 'attack somewhere in
the Champagne: sector or toward JWey
and for the past ten days was watoh
lng this front closely. During the
forty-eight hours preceding the at
tack he had increased his reserves in
this region from four to twenty-three
Told to Hold Vauquoia.
Prussian guards defending Vau
quoia, there being three divisions in
the line and one In reserve, otrongly
resisted the advance of the American
troops early today. They were in
structed to hold the town at all costs.
By a general review of the fight
after man# hours it la evident that
the enemy in stubbornly retiring to
prepared Unas, to. .which all his heavy
artillery has been . withdrawn. This
waa the reason that his artillery re
action was inadequate during, the
early phas** of the battle.
The staff work of the African
Arms was tscellent. Continuous
touch was maintained between divi
sions and reports were received with
out delay. The transport of supplies
is working without a hitch.
Battle Is Largest Offensive
Yet Undertaken by Allies
By the AMBcUtr* Pw?.
PARIS. September 87.?Marshal
Foch launched his offensive by Fran
co-American forces yesterday on a
larger scale than any of his previous
offensive efforts. According to the
latest advices reaching Paris at the
time this dispatch was filed, early
this morning the attack was pro
gressing favorably all over the line.
The allied commander's new stroke
should, however, be viewed not as an i
isolated operation, even though it is
important in Itself, but in its relation
to the whole campaign. Viewed in
this way. the significance of the heavy
fighting that has taken place along
the outposts of the Hindenburg line
from Flanders to the Aisne becomes
* Purpose of Fighting.
This fighting was not. as a super
ficial observer might conclude, to
wrest from the enemy, by dogged of*
fort, villages of more er less im
portance. It was primarily intended
to force Gen. LudendorfC to Keep
heavy forces on that part of the front
and make it difficult for him to form a |
fresh strategic reserve, and while
keeping things moving along the
western Hindenburg V>aidi
loose another hurricane on either side
0Ashfo^rfhen struggle itself, it was a
particularly hard one on the Fren.h
half of the front. In this connection,
however, it should be remembered
that this was the first time since July
that the allies had heen confronted
with a line tteeply and strongly fort.
fled and composed of innumerable suc
^J^s^d saga
PARIS. September 27- ? Gabriele |
d'Annunzio, the Italian author-avia
tor, arrived in Paris this morning in
an airplane, flying from Italy across
the Alps. j
Argument on Former Hew Haven
R. R. Man's Plea Tomorrow.
PITTSFIELD. Mass.., September 27.
?Charles S. Mellen, former head of
the New York, New Haven and Hart
ford railroad, recently petitioned fori
justification in living apait from his
wife Katherine Mellen, and all the testi
mony in the case has been presented
in probate court here.
Mrs. Mellen did not take the stand
during the hearing and will not do so.
CouA was adjourned until tomorrow
morning, wheh arguments will be made.
Night Clerk in Cigar Store, CleTe-(
land, Is Strangled.
CLEVELAND. September 87.?Mr?.
Elsie Kleinbring, thirty-four, nieht
clerk in a cigar store and mother of
two children, was found brutally mur
dered early today in a field in the
eastern end of the city. A towel
wrapped tightly around her throat in
is ?k"
fne ^or a street car at a transfer
pofntf Her husband is employed at
night- ^
Elect Officer* and Set October 4 for
At an informal meeting of the
younger men the loeal bank* in |
the New Ebbitt last evening plana
were made for the formation of a
S?Officersbwere elected a?
ant treasurer, and P. Greeniear. ser
Seres?vi?e?of the season will start
i on the evening of ? October 4, when j
?he members will openaclubhouse on -
v ofrppt between 7th ana otn.
The name of the organization has
not been decided upon* j
ReT. W. F. C*aft? Says They
Would Increase Ontpnt 80 Per Cent
I Creation of dry rones around coal
mines would inoreaae the fuel OTtpnt
20 per cent. Rev, Wilbur F. CrafW Q*
Washington, superintendent of tM
international reform tour?^?
told the Senate oobwpwpoq stj^oom
mittee at a hearing in
the bill. Introduced by Senator jiw
of Montana, prohibiting tin sale of in'
toxuittni lU?or? within ? radius of
five miles of all coal mines. To In
crease the output that much, he ie
clared, would meet the deficiency that
"senator*Fletcher of*Florida, ti?ir
nf the committee, announced an
other meeting will be held tomorrow,
when he exacts a favorable r.pert on
the bill to b? ordered.
Leaves Estate to Her Sisters.
The win of Hlisabeth P. Hlcker,
dated Novtmbsr SI, JIM. oB*rf4'
ta4ay (?r probate. fjhs leiw JW
entire eeUte te her sUUra.^Annto^
and Sarah C. Hickey, who ???
named as eucuttTW
P"J.ected during four years of un
broken enemy occupation.
Enemy Caught Napping. |
Furthermore. while on the Amerlean
. Vthe attack the enemy ap
a *ve- en e??*ht napping,
fthe Americana appeared to have
taken a number of the strongest posi
tions out of hand, the "Germans must
have expected the attack west of the
Argonne. There was evidence of this
in the multiplicity of raids they had
ca?rl6?, "V? there within the week.
niF !> X' the operation was
*wl6?? out with consum
mate skill. Suspecting that the Ger
were likely to imitate .slavishly
pourauds trick by withdrawing
their advance defenses scouts were
!!t? n0ut a11 a,?"K the line before the
artillery preparation started. 'Their
reports showed that the French staff
had guessed right.
Found Enemy First line.
Consequently, shortly before mid
night qn the 35th, the French artillery
'?. d"ve' "?'? aH the Germans expect
ed, on empty ground, but on the first
"??"?? support positions, where
heavy reserves were masaing. The
gruns continued to pound away all
night, and when the signal tS^ove"
rtat ?? W*8 KiYen at 6 am- on Thurs
cation?ehn,,en?ys telePh<""c communi
~una ha<* been cut at many po'nts
The preparation was carried out in
a particularly adroit manner. ThS
mitT?""; )v?>ose official statement ad
mits that the preparation lasted elev
that treLe ?vi<iently convinced
Jf'1" attack would be confined to
the French section west of the Ar
faUrVheV'.hn only several hou^B
ii ? when the Americans began in
their turn, that the : enemy was lin
? T
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officers and men to tens of thnm
sands. There are, for instance, mSe
?<?c tiienT vjTirx;
I ouibreaUk ofwl'?.t08 before tho
Gen. Ireland's Notable Record.
But tfe selection of Gen. Ireland to
be surgeon general pf the Army will
[attract wide attention, for it brinm t?
the United States the man wh? Is
I largely responsible for the medical
organisation and hospital facil?t?es^f
I n ? American Expeditionary Force.
?oi V orshing took him along in July
I and soon after the arrival in
France designated him chief surgeon
of the American Army. Returning
I ?u, officers and observers of our
hospital organisation finite in ?ayin|
J that he is a 'remarkable executive and
CorLthen 8&,endid W?rk- ?' the Medfcal
Corps in the present fighting on the
I western front is due in large part to
Gen. Ireland s plans and activities ?
Before the war Gen. Ireland *? ??
assistant to Surgeon Generals O'Reilly
and Torney. and spent a number of
(years In Washington, so that he is
Lfamiliar with the work on this side
[But most valuable of all will be the
knowledge he will br|ng of co?ditions
j in France. The Medical Corps has thus
far not followed the pr&Uee of the
Infantry and artillery and other
branches of the service in sending
back regularly officers who havf
served in France, so that they miirht
instruct those on this side of the wa!
f'f?ve them the right pe&wS;
tive of the war. Gen. Ireland's ^
I pointment t? be the surgeon general
undoubtedly will mean the inaugura
I Corps? Policy for the Medical
Active and Vigorous Personality.
Gen. Ireland is fifty-one years old
and one of the most active and vig?
orous personalities m the Army, a
driver of the type of Gen. March Wjth
a knack for executive work. He
I graduated from the Detroit College
kr Jfed.'CJ?e.,in 1S,90 and the Jefferl?o
Medioal College in 18$1. He entered
the Army that year as an assistant
| surgeon and has been in the service
| ever since. He served In Cuba ? nH
ican^ar^nd6?^ 1,16 sP??lah*Ai9er,
ican war and wa# commended for his
work at the battle of Santiago,
He spent from 1>02 to l?l? =<, -
jwljt In the surgeon general's office
in Washington, and was made colonel
In May. HIT. when he was at j??,
S*m Houston. Tex., undeT^en
shlng. He was appointed brigadier
general in May, l?f?, and chief ?,,r
geqn of the American expeditionary
foreea on the return to the rnltln
States of Brig. Gen. Alfred B
Vrge Retention ot Oeq. Gorgn*.
There wore many who pressed for
the reappointment pf Gen. Gorgas
Many medical societies adopted reso
lutions to that effect, but it was
*l?w by the power* that be
to give the position to a younger
man. Goa- Oarmu having serred^I
Ih't"?' Furthermore it was felt
that Goo, Qorgas ougW net to bi
burdened at this time wit* the r.
sponslbilities of a big emef sueh as
{*? furgoan general's organisation
ha? become, and that he o^ "wo
& jjSsstSm m??t
ssa I
??!2!d1in# ^ *?' Uoa?h the
?gHwi ff til, wo?en
tar sale on the a<.epa
treat of tho Treasury,
Mr. Pitftnan Says Party!
Sought to Gain Politically
at Expense of Democrats.*
Charging that the democrats aup?
porting woman's suffrage hud been
tricked by the republicans into krtnc
ing the nCntt reeolutton up at this
time, with the promise that the re
publicans could deliver thirty-three |
votes, Senator Fittman ot Nevada to*
day hurled a figurative bomb into the |
Senate. t r- -
Senator.'Pittman declared that the
republicans had taken tfet* etepiri
order to gain political end* He claim
ed that the rewfclicaaa knew they
could not deliver thirty-throe votes j
for suffrage. hut only thirty-two.
This meant that the resolution would
be defeated and the blame would be j
put en the democratic party.
He said that the women in the suf
frage states in the west wohild then
enter the campaign against demo
cratic candidates for the Senate and
House, and that the republicans hoped
that they would gain control of the
Senate and the House, too.
Mr. Smoot Disclaims Deceit.
Senator Smoot of Utah, who has act-,
ed as one of tba leaders -for the euf
fragists on the republican aide, de
nied he had deceived any <ine or bad
promised to deliver thirty-throe re
publican votes.
There always was a doubt about one I
of these votes, he said, that of Senator I
Drew Of New Hampshire, who has
taken the place of the late Senator
Gallinger,? a suffrage supporter. It
has developed that Senator Drew will
not vote for woman suffrage.
Senator Pittm&n told the Senate that
woman leadera in the suffrage move
ment had been premised thirty-three
votes, and that they had gone to the
democrats and told them of this
promise, and that the democrats" had
been deceived into calling up the. reso
lution with that understanding.
Attacks Suffrage Senators
Senator Reed of Missouri, a violent
opponent of woman suffrage, attacked
in scathing language the suffrage
senators, both democratic and repub
lican, for placing themselves under "a
female boas."
He said that the cat is now. out of
the bag. referring to ti|e charges
made by Senator Pittman, and that it
is apparent that the women have ex
acted pledges of senators to vote,
when as a matter of fact a senator of
the United States should not vote un
til after full and free debate. He said
that the Senata had come to a pretty
pass when female lobbyists in the
Senate lobby could send for senators
and dictate to them when a measure
was to he voted upon.. .
Consider Williams' Anmfoyafe
After the debate had wn'i^ftwhiv
eral hours yesterday Senator:;:janes
of New Mexico, chairman of tii^Suf
frage committee, moved thiUt the
Senate go into executive session and
then adjourn until today: -
The Williams amendment, confin
ing the proposed woman suffrage to
white woman, was pending- when the
Senate adjourned. Senator Williams
obtained an order from the Senate
for a "yea and nay" vote on the
amendment before the Senate went
into executive Session. '
..Opponents of woman suffrage in
sisted that With the total member
ship of the Senate present the suf
fragist* could .cast only sixty-three
votes as against their thirty-three.
The suffragists must have sixty-four
votes to put the resolution throvtgh
by the necessary two->thiroe vote-.
They also insisted that there would
be no vote on the woman suffrage
reflation Saturday, if some of their
men had to be away that day.
Will Insist on Pull Senate.
"There will be no vote taken unless
there is a full Senate present," said
one of the opponents of the resolu
tion. "Saturday afternoon there is
always a light attendance of the Sen
ate. Therer is talk Of the suffragists
juggling pairs so as to give them a
two-thirds majority, which they real
ly have not got if the entire Senate
be present. They will And that other
people can juggle pairs, to*. jf they
try this."
Speeches were made for the suf
frage resolution yesterday afternoon
by Senators Jones of New Mexico,
McKellar of Tennessee, Thompson of
Kansas and Ranedell of Louisiana.
Senators who spoke in opposition
were ?Hardwick of Georgia, Guion of
Louisiana and Pomerene of Ohio. Mr.
Fomerene said that while he had sup
Sorted woman (suffrage in his state, it
ad been defeated there each time it
had come up, and he would oppose ths
resolution in the Senate feeling that
to do otherwise would be in opposi
tion to the wishes of his constituents.
Senator Williams of Mississippi ar
gued for his amendment confining the
vote to white women. Adopt it, ho
said, and two-thirds of the opposition
to the woman suffrage amendment
would cease.
Senator Frelinghuysen of New Jer
sey has offered an amendment propos
ing that the vote shall not be extend
ed to women who acquire American
citizenship merely by marrying Amer
ican men.
Ernest j* Thureton. superintendent of
schools, this afternoon notified all teach
er* in the public schools to observe
their pupils closely every morning to
determine if any of them havo heavy
qolda or other symptoms of influenza,
in all puspected cases the teacher l? in
structed to send' the child home and
notify the parents.
The order was sent opt upon recom
mendation of Health Officer Fowler and
will remain in operation until the epN
demio declines.
Two Ensigns Among Four Report*
ti by tbe Peputnuat.
Casualties were announced by the
Navy Department today as fellows:
Gnats* bouic J. pergen. New 0?f.
den, V. .and Gwumr Thomas U
I Murphy. Wilkinsbujw. Bfc, died in a
[hospital on September 15ae a result
of a seaplane accident which ooourred
that morning
Ensign Albert ]. Bate, New York,
died September l? of pneumonia at a
base hoepital in France.
* "in w. Rioe. seaman, fcew uneann
drowned from the United Mate*
steamship Osark en September II.
gnn Qtt? Mftoy Meatless Weeks.
AMSTERDAM, September 27.?
Mettles* wegltp wttl ooRtijue fa
. - ? r t|~ -- ? ?- ??
ittag -of ^Berlin e?y?
baa. been confirmed oOoiaQ?.
... : -V ?- ' L .
?j- themimkm: *<:?. ? ..V* .. v.v. vr-r-"
L .QBNEXA, September^ rrhmsdayY^-Ci^ewWniieav FteU
Marshal Date Alknckt of Warttamberg and Prime* Ifttphea of
iclim>?n Uppo were ia Mannheim last , week when British air
aaaaaaa mLImI 4ka jAn ? *?" ?
wn VW0N WO %I?y* *
. The rtyal party, according to the Democrate of Geneva, was
stayiag hi tiio royal palace and the emperor aad hi* SCafffiMvfly
Ining there twenty mimrtes. The
i faring a previous raM> bat hswiho
wammmrnm ? . ?
The royal party apeat last week in Alsace*Larraipet stopping
at the chief Rhine towns. Military hospitals generally were vmted
and public ceremonies were avoided.
The object of tba Visit, the newspaper adds, was to appease
the unrest and fear of the population owing to the approach to
the frontier of armies and the constant aerial bombing.
Announcement was pMda In London Sunday that British air>
men had attacked Mannheim Saturday, September 31.
teak refugota tho eeilar, remain!
S been d
was net hit as it had 1
aMebicuf;'v" J
September JC?fceetion :>?-r This
I mernin? ijwtjwmt- of ?er$$w ft?
first army attacked tfee enemy en .a,
front of twenty milesand penetrated
his line to an. avers*? depth g& seven
miles.. . "' ?
Pennsylvania, Kansas and Missouri
i troops, serving in Maj Gen. Liggett s
Corps, stormea Varennes, ? Montbrntn
YlUe. Vausuols and Chappy , after
stubborn resistance. Troops of other
corps crossing the Fprges brooK, cap
tured the Bow Se Forges and wrested
from the enemy the tqwps of tfaian*
court. Bethincaurt. Jfohtfaucon Cuisy,
N&ntillos, #&ept*????E, -tBeptsarges),
Danneoux and Gercourt-et-Drillan
eourt, The prisoners tttua.far r?port
ed number over MOO.
BxrcjsB. /v
September -ST.?At 6:20' o'clock this
morning our troops-, -attacked over 'a
wide front south of the Senses, river.
First reports indicate that. satisfac
tory progress is being mad& ?> ?
During the night successful lat?i
operations were carried oat; in the
neighborhood of Arleux, northwest
of La Bassee southwest of Fleur
baix. Our fine was advanced in these
localities and prisoners . captured. >
September ?$.-?Except, the encount
ers between raiding parties and pa
trols on different parts of- the front
in the course of which ? we captured
a few prisoners, there is nothing of
special interest to report " .
In the past few days the 1st ana
6th Divisions of the 9th Corps, under
command of Lieut. Qen. Sir ? W. P. I
Braithwa-ite, captured by -hard- fight*
ing, but at small cost, an mtrioate
system ?f trenches, stroiyr points,
woods and villages- northwest of St.
Quentin, with ever 1.S68,prisoners.
In these operations the enemy has
delivered many counter attacks in
strength, all or which have been re
pulsed by the troops concerned with
great gallantry and determination
September ., .S7.~-rThe. attack - by
French t?w?ps ip the Champagne de
veloped yesterday with success, From i
the Suippe'to tVO Argonne the first
German positions, a formidable .net
work of trenches and wire entangle
ments Of dept^ of more than five
kilometers which the enemy had hot
ceased to strengthen since i.flS4.were
brilliantly -eavied by. the French
troops on a front of afctut thirty-five
kilometers <mare tha1? twenty-one
miles). At certain points the French
passed beyond this Tine.
The Navarin farm, the' Butte du
Souain, the Butte du-Mont MureW the
Butte du Tahuro, the Butte du3*esiiii,
the vilages of Tahure. Ripont, Rouv
roy, Camay-en-Dormois'and Servon
Melzicourt, with organised points of
support artd stuhtfornjy defended by
the enemy, were conquered in hard
fighting on the first day of the hattie.
The numper Of prisoners thus far
counted is more than 7,000, of whom
JfM) are otBcers. - ?
In the course of the night the .enemy
attempted no reaction.
The attack was-"resumed this morn
ing and. despite bad weather, it is be
ing continued under satisfactory con
ditions- ?? ? ' .? ? ?
???-?- Aiwuiur. /
September ?6.?There have been ar
tillery,, duets of eetne intensity in the
Pasubie region, at Cima rfj-Yal Bella
and Col. Bel Rossi*, ^.nd Ijv trie area
along the Piave between M?wa
?nd Sabetto. ... - . ' '?
Snemy recennoiseanet parties were
drivfn back by MtrolK *t cur ad
vuoM' posts at Sierllto ana in the
Ornio valley. ? ?
September 27.?Our troepa yesterday
(Wednesday) captured the very im
portant point of JcJeli Kamen, north of
Demirkapu. On the same day we en
tered Ishrtib. We have taken Bogos
lovets hill. This morning (Thursday)
our cavalry, pursuing the enemy, en
tered Kochana- .
Our present live runs west of the
Ishttb Vales road. Fighting is in
progress before -Veles. ?
A great numbtr at additional Bul
garian and German prisoners and
enormous quantities of war material
have fatten into our hands.
September 25.?'The allies are pur*
suing the- enemy on the entire "front
between Monastir and Velea. Ptmw>
Greek detachments are marching tor
ward Prilep, which has been occupied
by the French.
Frenchi British and Greek troops al
ready are beyond Gtvgeli and a line
north of I*ke Polran. On the left
bank of the Vardar the British and
Greeks are pursuing the flecint enemy
toward Valandova.
September M.?In Champagne and
between the Argonne and the Maas
(German for Meuse) Franco-Ameri
can ' attacks have commenced on a
wide front after eleven hours of ar
tillery preparation. i
An enemy breakthrough has been
frustrated. The fight for our posi
tions continue*.
September 2# (day).?Forefleld en
gagements. occurred in the lowlands
of the X-.V8, to the north of La Bassee
canal and at Moeuvres.
! The enemy'p artillery fii>o yesterday
southeast of Bpehy and Bellieeurt
was followed only by partial advances
which were repulsed. Between the
Omignon brook and the gomme the
enemy continued his attacks- . Tlje
i first assault brojte down under the
concentrated Ore of our artillery apd
infantry. The main force of the fre
quently repeated attacks during the
morning 'was directed against the
height between Pontruet and Gricourt.
The enemy, temporarily obtained a
footing on the height, but we cap-,
tured/ it again through a counter at
tack. i
In the afternoon the French again
advanced in strong attacks between
Francilly. and the Homme, during
which small breaches were made- in
the position. Apart from this tho at
tacks were repulsed- Here in the IMt
two days we have taken 200 prison
ers; > ?" If.- 1 <"?' ?' ; V " .
In loijal enterprises north of Allp
mant. .between the Ailette aqd the
Aisne, we took prisoners. North of
Vailly partial enemy attaeks were1 re
East of the Moselle a partial attack
by tho enemy vas repulsed. Troops
of the 31st Landweht Brigade fight'
fng there captured fifty Frenchmen
and Americana in a counter' thrust,
September 26.?North of the Cerna
without being disturbed by the enemy,
our units retired in accordance with
plans Wii the Babiin range. Near Kriv
olak the enemy attacked with strong
forces. The fighting continues.
fContlnqeq. from Flrat Page.) .. ..
sources. an<i while It* accuracy a? to
the main f%Qt. <)f the offering of the
armistice cannot be doubted, it m^y
be questioned if it reflects accurately
the state of affairs in Bulgaria which
accompanied and followed tije offer.
The fact that counter measures have
been found necessary would appear to
indicate that the premier was support
ed in his apt by intern*) farces ud
the participation of which .would
make it seem that what amount* U> a
revolutionary movement is in prog
ress in the BulwlM -kingdom.
? * .
Whether this would necessarily affect
the dynasty may be doubtful, but the
meager advices so far received do not
warrant the drawing of de^nite con
At any rate, it seems that the disor
ganized state of affairs at Sofia points
either to the success of the armistice
move or.to the weakening of the Bul
garian morale to such an extent as to
make it doubtful if the Bulgarians
Will be able to put up a really effect
ive defense against the threatened in
vasion, of their-soil in force by the
?nt?nt? armies now sweeping the Bul
garian troops back in Serbia.
..... - - . ' -i . : ?
Ishtib Occupied by Serbians,
Who Have Advanced 55 Miles
By the AngcUt*! PntM.
Serbian troops at the apex of thead
vancing allied salient in Macedonia
have advanced more than flfty-flve
miles from their original pesitlonp.
The important base of Ishtib has been
occupied at?d the Serbs are fighting for
Veles. Northeast of Ishtib Serbian
cavalry in pressing rapidly towaftf the
Bulgarian border.
East of the Vardar and north Of
Doiran the allies are crossing rapidly
the hitherto supposedly impassable
mountain heights. The Se'rbs h?ve
got wen over the Qradets rang# ?nd
the French and Greeks are on ate
heights of the Belachit*a range.
British treops are marching an
Stxum.nit.sa, the Bulgarian base In this
region. Progress a.Jso is being main,
twined vest of the Vnrdar and near
Mornptir, while the energy troops on
the wings, especially in Albania, are
rapidly getting, late a dangerous
Capture Important Points.
kOUOON, September ST.^in the
successful continuance of their dpiye
northward the Serbians have catered
Ishtib end captured other Important
pelnts, ?y? the Serbian official static
went ef Thur?d?y.
A great number of additional ftBJ*
garians and Germane have bee it eaa?
tured by the Serbians, who also have
taken enermeue auantltiet el w*r
Serbian cavalry has entered Kocfuna.
twenty miles mrthfMt of Jshtib *1$
The Berblapa new are west of the
Ishtib-VelM road and have-captured the
height Of Bogosiovets, south of thereto.
North of Demnkapw. in the direction of
the Bulgarian border, the Serbs have
captured rtdg* ? ?# Kemen,
Vela* Alco Captured.
LONDON, September 28, 7:30 p.m. I by
the Awoelated Pre?),?Veles. tweaty
t sis
ether development which would pre
went the making of the victory a de
cisive one, the experts beliere that
the Bulgarians have suffered ?a heav?
tly In men an4 material that -fit i*
doubtful if the army will, be able
to recover without the aid frf the cen
tral powers, and that contingency
viewed as unlikely.
At any rate, the Serbians have re
gained the greater part of Serbian
Bulgers Demoralised.
The report* received today empha
Efi?ed the demoralisation of the Bul
garians, who are retreating in con
fusion. leaving behind an enormous
amount of materia}, and probably
many thousands, of prisoners, as the
allied troopp strain every energy to
get to UsKub and thereby make the
victory complete.
It is pointed out that the Bulgarian
army, estimated te aggregate 300.000
men, is in a very dangerous position,
but the victory will not be decisive,
in the opinion of .the military experts,
until Uskub, th? center of all the
epemy's communication lines is cap
tured. If that is accomplished it is
believed the victory wljl be numbered
among the few decisive ones of the
; Advance Hot Stemmed.
The renewed resistance of the BuU
garian rearguards and the arrival of
Qerman reinforcements in Macedonia
have not succeeded in stemming the
(SSV ?WMfc.'5SS?irsS
tyrino. th#s avoiding the Belaehist*
mountains, which it was feared might
bar its progress, while the Serbian
fpenetut QreeK ami British troops
routed the Bulgarians from either aide
Of the great salient, whieh now
stretches into Serbia.
10,000 Prisoners Taken.
PARIS. Thursday, September tl?
The allied troops in Vea^onia have
captured 'more than 10,000 prisoners,
says a. statement from .the. French
war office tonight. More th^j? 200
guns also have been taken,
the allied offensive in Jfaeedoni;
uvwv .- 4fce--mount?t> ranges MM
BtfMWrfik Tk* aUtecsant reMH
Miss Ruth Ralston Victim
Near Mariboro?Capt.
Kecney Hurtt r
One person wu kQM'iiA taoOer
seriously Injured when Kb ulioMMa
overturned on a rtmd near Jfniboro,
M<L. shortly After II o'clock tax;
nlibt j' *? -t'
Mtos Tjatk Ralston, twenty-thre- >
years old, of 1316 New Hampshire
avenue )?' dead and Capt. Perry U.
Keeney of the. same apartment hotyw
baa a iractur* of one JmS . - *
?IS iren? Beverly of 1200 - IMI
chusetts avenge. Lieut. A. Li Krrrfr
V?n of tho Columbia Gountry Clue
?nd Mrs. H. *?. Bane. Wife of Col- Banf.
V- 8. A-. who alio were in the rar. ??
taped injury, although badly shaken
? .????; ,jtfi
On. Vlatt YrUafe. ^ *
? j . ' ' ? - ? V " * ***i
The two, Army o?cert are ?? duly
in the office Of the Intelligence aerv
ice. 1330 F street. *nd Miss jaeverly
and ?? Miss Ralston were employed
tliere. ...
They metered out to- visit frtemda
at a point the other side of Marlboro
yesterday evening with Mrs. Bane as
chaperon and Were returning to "Wash
ington when the accident occurred.
Capt, Keeney was driving: the ma
chine at a moderate rate of speed,
it was said, when the wheels struck <a
pile ef sand at the side of. the road,
which caused the machine to skid
against .a tree and overturn.
Miss Ralston Pinned Down.
I1149 Ralston, who Vat on the front
eoat, waa pinned under the wm<fr
shield, and Oapt. Keener had one.Jeig
caught in the car. The others-telle
clear of the car. The soene of the ac
cident is -this side of Mariboro. near
the home ef the late Judge George.
Merviok. < ... "t
Mis* Ralston was a native of New
Tork city, and the body will be taken
there for burial. The young woman,
came here with relatives about six
months an to werk for the govern
ment. TJie accident was regarded a*
unavoidable and, so far as could fee
learned, no plans have been ma0e for
an inquest- - ... -?
(Continued from Jlrtit Page.),
surgeon general of the Army had re
ceived reports from a number *yt
camps and cantonments througtioni
the county. These s hp-wed that the if
were'H.71& new ce-ies, nattnelvdinp;
those reported yesterday* Thetotn!
nupnher.of oapea. induing tie fcarttsi
report at this morning, was
Camp Dlx led today with 1,04$ new
cftges, against 1,007 yesterday. Caxnp
Devens reported 140 X*w: eases, as
compared with 271 yesterday, aoHglit
falling off. Deaths at Dtg today to
taled thirty-six and at p?vens eight j
one. .... . . , " * *
In View of the faet that all but thir
teen of the large number of camps
throughout the country are experienc
ing the epidemic, Prpvest Marshal
General Crow4er was instructed last/
night by the general staff that the
call ? for 142,600- white regis1
scheduled for entratnment OotS
to li be e^pceied pending improve- I
ment in eamp conditions. 3jt ft# au- 1
turn of 1917 an order cancelling on-'
trainirient tvas' issued; T>ut this wan
due . to the unfinished conditio -of
some of the cantonments.
' lUgid
The military ponce of Ca(pp;Meftdt
have been ordered to see that the
quarantine order, is rigidly enforced.
These steps, it is pointed out,, are
taken to prevent a critical situation'
rather than to eembat one There
has been ho suspension of drills. ~
Two camps yesterday were Added tp
the number where influenza has mS.de
its appearance. They are Camp
Kearney in California and Camp Eus
tis in Virginia.'
The disease; sweeping through air
but thirteen of'the Army camps and
parently beyond control of Ioejd com
munities in many eastern sections
has caused a tremendous tle*Ui ratt
in the Army at home.
While the epidemic heretofore
been prevalent oh'>ur near the At
lantic seaboard, surgeon generat-'s
oWoe said it v^-y be expected to i?MP'
westward with a still greater it,
pnease Ws mortality in the next few
Charles F, Banning Held, Federal
Agents Hake Search far Othws
at nttibwgh. / *
By the AsaortBted Piece. ? % .
PITTSBURGH, September 2T?Al
leged by federal agents to be the di
recting head of German espionage and
propaganda work in western Penn
sylvania. Charles F. Banning, reputed
multimillionaire, was arrested at the
"fMifluesae. Club this afternoon on ,a
jetfer^f Warrant charging- violation of
the espionage act. Banning is a nat
uralised American citizen.
Coincident with the arreet ef Baii
ning. a ecoro of federal agents start
ed rounding up members of t%e Ger
man Club of -Pittsburgh, of whicK
Banning iff a member.' Aooontlnk to
United States Attorney Richard J,.
Crawford, many arrests are expected
to follow interrogation of the riub
Banning Is ehairmaa of the board of
directors of the Banning-Cooper Com
pany, pig iron and steel manufactur
ers, and is vice president ef the V. P.
Hueesner Company, an engineering A
concern. Kuert Huossner, president *
of the concern and business partner
of Banning, now is in the county Je-1,
held as a dangerous alien.
At the German Club Bannlng*s ad
dress, prior to his naturalisation in
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