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AMERICANS CAPTURE BRIEULLES;
GERMAN RETREAT IN PROSPECT Br the Associated Pica*. Aatrlena toore tie Donna Mt ?f the Tlllace of Brie all ea. m tkc west bask of the Xene, la yeater Cay's Ifkttic north of VeriMB. Ge*. Pmhlif, la am errata* na araniqne far Thursday, aaaoaaeea the rapture aad says artillery ar ias was lively ta the whole fraat inrliig the day. Sevea enemy airplanes were shot down, ah Aaterlraa marhlaes re tarn lag safely. Beablaf expedi tions described la press dispatches are officially reported. "WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY NORTHWEST OP VERDCN, Novem ber 1, 9:30 a-m.?Greatly Increased artillery Are by the American heavy and light batteries began this morn ing all along the front of the Ameri can 1st Army. Betirement in Prospect. There have been mAiy indications In the last few days that the Ger mans intend ?o retire as slowly and strategically as possible from their present positions, especially west of the .\!eus?, and possibly withdraw entirely from non-German soil. The vicinity of Metz will continue to be the pivot of this retiring movement because of its strategic importance. Much evidence of this intention on the part of the enemy is especialiy recognizable on the front of the American 2d Army in the Woevre. Deserters from the German lines and prisoners corroborate this informa tion and say that the German com mand is salving every bit of war material in the region and transport ing light and heavy guns into Ger man territory east of Metz. Even reports of artillery having been sent from the front east of St. Quentin to the Metz and Vosges regions have been received, and it Is believed the Germans have been tear ing up narrow-gauge railways on some sectors. Meanwhile the Germans are organ izing strong defense positions on the front of the 2d Army. They have made preparations for meeting at tacks of all kinds and special meas ures have been taken against a possi ble tank attack. The artillery has been echeloned at great depth and corps and divisional headquarters are being moved to the rear. ?, The theory is that the Germans In tend to hold stubbornly to this sector, while swinging backward on the north, pivoting on Metz. The Ger mans show great nervousness on the American front. Yankees Move Forward. WITH THE AMERICAN FORCES NORTHWEST OF VERDUN. October j 31 (7 p.m.).?Gen. Pershing's forces today occupied Bellejoyeuse farm and the southern edges of the Bois des Lioges. The Americans encountered but little machine gun opposition. The advance was in the nature of a line straightening operation. Otherwise the activity along the front today consisted principally oi reciprocal artillery firing and bomb j ing. American aviators this morning dropped bombs on Tailly and Barri court. where German troops were re ported to be concentrating. A num ber of fires and much destruction of military property were reported. German bombers were busy before daylight and they dropped about 100 bombs in the region of the Bois de Lannevoui, south of Vilosnes, on the Meuse. There was very little infantry action during the day. ALLIES TEAR MORE TERRITORY FROM GERMANS IN BELGIUM By the Associated Press. "WITH THE BRITISH ARMY IN KRANCE AND BELGIUM. October 31. ?Another big slice of Important ter ritory was torn from the enemy to day along a wide front in Belgium between Deynze on the north and Avelghen on the south by an allied force composed of Belgian, British. French and American troops* The American units were fighting with the French north of the British. Thq attack was launched at 5:30 o'clock this morning and by noon the British had jammed their way forward to a depth of some four thousand yards. On their left their allies were battling for the high ground between the Lys and Escaut rivers. Numerous towns and ham lets have been released by this drive, among them Bergwjk, Tlerghein, Anseghem and Winterken. Germans Told to Hold. The troops to the north earlier in the day wrenched away a considerable portion of the ridge system and were going ahead well. This ridge domi nated the city of Aiidt*nard, to the east. The attack -on this s.ector had been an obvious move by the allies since they had the (Sermana. shoved back against the waterways to the south. For this reason the German com mand had issued orders to their troops that they must hold here at al HUH BfWEN ON GERMANY FROM EAST British Fleet Hay Be on Way Through the Bar dandles. By the Associated Press. LONDON. November 1.?An allied attack on Germany from the east was foreshadowed by George Nicoll Barnes, member of the British war cabinet. In a speech last evening at the American Officers' Club in Lon don. The. armistice with Turkey might have been signed earlier, said Mr. Barnes, "but we held the Turks on a string." He explained that the allies were committed to a free Arab state, with Aleppo as the capital, and there was no hurry to fret the Turks out of the war until Aleppo was captured. Other places as necessary to the Arabs as Aleppo also must be sur rendered. The British have been assembling ships at the mouth of the Darda nelles for some time, and Mr. Barnes said he understood the vessels already had started through the straits. He concluded: "There now is nothing to prevent the fleet from going into the Black pea and up the Danube to Germany's back door, and if the Germans are going to defend their territory they must divide their remaining forces between the western front and the hack door, at which we shall soon be knocking." INFLUENZA'S DECLINE ! STEADILY CONTINUES Renewed assurance of the speed; disappearance of the influenza epi demic was found today by the Dis trict Commissioners and Health Offi cer William C. Fowler In the fact that the record for the twenty-four-hour period ending at noon today showed only eighteen deaths. This is a de crease of two over the previous days record. The steady, but small, decrease In the number of mortalities from the disease each day during the past sev eral days, as compared with a week ago. Is most gratifying to the health officials. Indicating, they say, that the force of the contagion is spent and the disease is becoming milder. However, Dr. Fowler warns against exposure to the contagion and asks that every citisen continue precautions j to prevent its recurrence. I There were 20S new cases of In fluenza reported this morning, a de crease of fourteen cases compared with the twenty-four-hour period ter minating yesterday at noon. HABBOBS HO AUEH ENEMIES. Swords Incorrectly Located One at 233 8th Street Southeast. TiMiiluee 23S 9th street southeast tHtas bo alien enemlesi according to a statement by Mrs. John T. Stew art. living at that number, today. PoHoe records yesterday showed that loMph Horaan, aa alleged Ger man and alien enemy, had bees ar costs. If they desired an armistice. It being represented that If they retired the allies would not want to abandon the fighting. The main resistance was made by machine gunners, most of whom were Prussians, although the hostile artillery replied vigorously to the allied barrage. The French, on the British left, bat tled their way forward to Anseghem chateau, where there was a German mortar battery position. The French were assisted by British tanks. Nine of these surrounded the battery and forced its surrender. The Germans were holding the sector in depth, with their troops dug in over widely scat tered areas. Machine gunners in par ticular made strenuous resistance at places. Several Hundred Prisoners. Several hundred prisoners had come j ! back by midafternoon alons the British front. These captives had learned Just before the attack that Austria had . capitulated and were much depressed. They seemed in normal physical condition. Last night the Germans again heav-I ily gassed villages along the front and many civilians were killed. At least thirty children were dying in j hospitals this morning- when the cor respondent visited the front. He saw many civilians being taken to the hospitals along the way. The Ger mans were perfectly aware that vil lages were filled with unprotected PeTh^"British improved their position along; the line of the Scheldt, near lOdomets, last night, CAPT. ANDRE TARDIEU JtETURNS TO THIS CITY French High Commissioner Recov ering From Illness?Pleased With Progress of Events. Enthused over the military situa tion on all the fronts, Capt. Andre Tardieu, French high commissioner to the United States, returned to this city this morning after an absence of six months. The high commissioner has been ill for some time, and is still suffering some Inconvenience, but is reported to be rapidly recovering. Capt. Tardieu. in addition to holding the office of high commissioner at Washington, is a member of the French cabinet. The high commis sioner works with the French ambas sador, but he is accredited to the peo ple of the United States rather than to the government. He will have much to do tn the commercial negotiations which precede and accompany the reconstruction era. Capt. Tardieu begged to be excused from giving a formal interview today, but it was said for him that he ap pears to be perfectly satisfied with the progress of events, both at Ver sailles and in the several battle areas. HUNS TO GET ONLY* MILITARY TERMS (Continued from First Page.) out of all obstacles rather than to raising them. On the eve of the meeting of the supreme war council the very atmos phere of Versailles is surcharged with the importance of pending events. The presence of numerous uniformed officials of the allied nations, with councilors, prime ministers and per sonages of blgh estate, lends to the scene a dignity which reflects the | nature of the colossal questions to be decided directing the destiny of the new order of world politics. I Automobiles glide over the asphalt and cobblestone streets of France's ancient seat of government, bearing tnorld figures; some carry the high est army staffs in dazzling uniforms, others bear naval chiefs in their black uniforms, variegated with gold stripes in profusion and patterned according to their country's orders, while now and then limousines with distin guished civilians rush by, claiming the right of way seemingly because of the high positions of the occupants in the world's affairs. Trianon Palace has been Isolated. The deliberations of the premiers, ministers and naval and military chiefs will be conducted amidst the quietude of a woodland dell, retain ed In all Its beauty by the French government since the days of Louis XIV, and used afterward by succes sive sovereigns, including Napoleon. JEeet In Historic Place. Trianon Palace, nestling in clusters of giant trees, surrounded by a picturesque park, and resplendent with flower gardens and serpentine walks, stands within the very shadow of the Louis XIV palace, in the north wing of which. In the "calsrie des . glaces,- Wllhelm I. grandfather of the present German emperor, and then King of Prussia, was proclaimed first German emperor in 1#n- .v . , To make more secure the Isolation of the palace for the conferences, all traffio In its direction will be stop ped. Guar's of French soldiers, Brit ish. Americans and Italians, stand on duty at various posts. When the council meets, the guard about the nalace will be considerably reinforc ed. so as to prevent the slightest possibility of any unauthorised per son approaching the grounds of the palace. Within a radius of many hundred yards the guards will patrol 2nd nobody will be allowed to pass wtoo la unable to produce the Beets xt takes a lot ef switching to set ii boys on the right track. FIRST WOMAN TRAFFIC POLICEMAN ON THE JOB IN WASHINGTON. Signed Armistice Permits Un impeded Passage of Allied Fleet to Black Sea. 4 LONDON AWAITS TEXT (Cablegram to Tit Evening Star and tkr Chicago Dally ??"? Copyright, 1918.) LOXDOX, November 1.?British negotiations with Turkey regard ing peace term* had been going on for two weelw before they were concluded yeaterday. The Turks instated that the parleya be ??r rounded with absolute ?eereey un til all the arrangement! had been made, thereby manifesting the same trust In their German allies aa did the Bulgars. The actual strength Of the former Russian Black sea fleet now In the hands of the Germans waa formally In vestigated and the British stipu lation that definite knowledge of the strength of the German gar rlaona manning the big guns guarding the Dardanelles should be obtained waa compiled with* LONDON, October 31.?Gen. Town shend. the British commander, cap tured at Kut-el-Amara. waa liberated several days ago by the Turks. Sir George Cave, the home secretary, an nounced in the house of-commons to day, in order to inform the British admiral in command in the Aegean that the Turkish government asked that negotiations be opened imme diately for an armistice. A reply was sent that if the Turk ish government sent fully accredited plenipotentiaries. Vice Admiral Cal thorp, the British commander, was empowered to inform them of the con ditions upon which the allies would agree to stop hostilities and could sign an armistice on these conditions in their behalf. Armistice Is Signed. The Turkish plenipotentiaries ar rived at Mudros. Island of Lemnos, early this week and an armistice was signed by Admiral Caithorp on be half of the allied governments last night. It is impossible as yet to publish the full terms of the armistice, bui they include the free passage of the allied fleets through the Bosporus to the Black sea, the occupation of forts on the Dardanelles and in the Bos porus necessary to secure the passage of the ships and the Immediate repa triation of allied prisoners of war. Turkey's definite proposals of peace followed the defeats sustained by her armies in Palestine and Mesopotamia and the collapse of Bulgaria, which left her open to attack on another frontier, and thi^s were not unexpect ed, although the Turk in making a bargain Is In the habit of waiting for the other side to make an offer. Allies to Be Informed. Great Britain, whose troops have taken a major part in the overthrow of the Ottoman forces, naturally Is most interested, but it is expected the proposals will be submitted to those allied nations who are at war with Turkey before a reply is sent. It Is expected, however, that the terms will be much on the lines of those given Bulgaria, which amount ed to unconditional surrender, leav ing territorial questions to the peace conference. WILL HOLD JOINT DEBATE. Tffaj La Guardia, Congress Nominee, to Heet Socialist Candidate. NEW YORK. November 1.?One of the picturesque incidents of the con gressional campaign In New York city will be a debate at Cooper Union tonight between Ma]. Flroello La Guardia, republican and democratic candidate for re-election from the fourteenth district, and Scott Near lng. his social'st opponent. Itaj. La Guardia, a member of the American Flying Corps, wbo has been awarded the Italian cross of war for valor while serving in that country, re cently returned to the United States on an official mission. Nearlng, an avowed pacifist, was Indicted on charges of obstructing the operation of the draft law. Student Aviator Binned to Death. MIAMI. Fla_ November 1.?wUmer H. Brlckley of Philadelphia, a student aviator at the Marine Corps aviation field here, waa burned to death yes terday when his airplane caught fire while he was high In the air perform ing evolutions. This Is the second fatal accident at the local field this month. The oauaa of the fire la not known. The young aviator waa alone In the machine. v Old Appropriation Continued. Fight for Rent Profiteering Law to Continue. The Senate today adopted a Joint resolution continuing for another month the old appropriation under the food production stimulatoin act for the Department of Agriculture. The emergency agricultural appro priation bill retained its old status, the Senate and House being, deadlock ed over the Pomerene rent profiteering amendment. Senator Hoke Smith made no effort to call up the conference re port on the bill today. Senator Smith said later that the fight to bring about rent-profiteering legislation, would be continued after the election. No Hurry About Bill. "There is no hurry about this emer gency agricultural appropriation bill." said Senator Smith, "now that we have continued the. old appropria tion for a month. It can be dealt with when the members of the Sen ate and House get back to Washing ton. "There are just two ways in which rent profiteering legislation for the District of Columbia can be obtained," he continued. "One is to have differ ent conferees appointed by the House and Senate from their District com mittees to work out a compromise <jr sopie plan from the Pomerene-John son bill. "The other' way is to put rent profiteering legislation on some other bill, as in the case of this emergency agricultural bill. The House might as well understand that this is the case and that the Senate will not send con ferees to confer with a man who has used the insulting language about the Senate that Representative Johnson of Kentucky has done. If the House will not permit legislation to be enacted, then there will be none." In the emergency agricultural appro priation bill is also the war-time pro hibition rider, and this is being held up along with the rest of the measure. It is expected that the prohibition sentiment in Congress will finally force the passage of the bill with or without the rent profiteering legislation at tached. Aim to Protect "War Workers. The Saulsbury resolution, designed to prevent profiteering in rents in the District of Coluinbia, becomes ineffec tive when the war ends. Members of Congress have this in mind and they do not intend, if there should be early peace, to permit landlords In Wash ington to raise rents as high as they may wish without any check upon them. Congress will, it is said, either continue the Saulsbury act, with pos sibly some amendments, for a definite period, or a general rent profiteering bill will,be put through. Members of Congress realize that the thousands of war workers who have been brought to Washington undoubtedly will have to remain here for many : months, possibly for a year or more, after the war is ended. GEMS HUG CIVILIANS OF FRANCt Males Capable of Carrying Arms and All Cattle An Bounded Up. By the Anoelttad Pren. y. ITH THE AMERICAN ARMT IN PRANCE, November 1.?The Germans now are removing the civil population In advance of the retreat of their ar mies from French soil. A document captured by American soldier* eon tains instructions for rounding up the male population capable of bearing arms, and all cattle. The document says that this hss been dm* only la part up to this time because the pas sive resistance of the population has reduced the forces at the disposal ?f the local commandants. AH division commanders an ordered hereafter to search each district sys tematically and to deliver under guard to the local commander all men between fourteen and sixty, together with all cattle. Concentration camps will be estab lished near the headquarters towns for the civilians who are to be re moved. The cattle will be taken to the nearest slaughter houses. The German order also provides that all horses must be taken, and concludes: "The purpose in view cannot be ac complished except by proceeding with out the slightest consideration.'* Never Judge the cook fa the kttebH by the cook book ia the library. Photograph* ahnrinc Mrs. Lwla N. Kins, wife of Capt. E. H. Kfaw, Army Medical Corps, who has beta assigned by Mai. Pnllnan to direct traffic at 7th and K streets. OFFICIAL WAR REPORTS. AMERICAN. October 31 (Evening).?North of Verdun our troops drove the enemy from the village of Brleulles on the west bank of the Meuse. Artillery fighting continues lively on the whole front throughout the day, reaching particular intensity between Aincre ?|lle and the Bois Bantheville. "uast night French bombing units attached to the 1st Army successfully raided Mezieres and Pos Terron and dropped nearly twelve tons of ex plosives on the important railway in that region. This morning our avi ators dropped three tons of bomba on the roads and dumps in the vicin ity of Tailly. Barricourt and Villera dovant-Dun, and machine-gunned enemy troops and convoys. In the course of the day seven enemy air planes were shot down. All our ma chines returned. _ October 31.?On the Verdun front there was heavy artillery and ma chine gun fire during the night on both sides of the Meuse. North of Grand Pre our troops advanced their line and occupied the Belle-Joyeuse farm. Yesterday our bombing units at tached to the first .and second armies carried out a number of successful raids, dropping six tons of explo sives on Barricourt, Bayonville and Longuyon. 1 BRITISH. November 1.?In successful minor enterprises carried out by small parties of our troops in the neighborhood of L,e Quesnoy yesterday we captured a number of prisoners. October 31.?The British 2d Army attacked this morning southwest of Audenrarde, capturing all its objec tives and 1,000 prisoners. Aerial.?There was intense activity yesterday over the whole of the front. Sixty-four enemy machines were destroyed and fifteen driven down. .. . Including two machines ^destroyed on the ground, the total of sixty-six German planes known to have been accounted for, without considering those driven down, establishes a rec ord for one day. This was accomplished with pro portionately small loss. Eighteen of our machines are missing. FRENCH. November 1.?During the night there were violent artillery actions in the region of Guise and west or St. Fergeoz. October 31.?During the course of the day very violent "engagements took place on the west slopes of the St. Fergeux plateau, which turned to our advantage and enabled us to take 120 additional prisoners. Aviation:* On October 80 aerial ob servers. in reconnoitering expedi tions, brought back Important re ports. Many fires were observed in the region of Marie and Montcornet. Seventeen enemy planes were brought down or seen to fall in a damaged condition, and one balloon was burned. Our bombing machines dropped 26.850 kilos of projectiles on the railway stations at LoHKuyon, Mezieres, Hir son. Dommary-Baroncourt, Spincourt, Launois, Chimay, Montcornet and Ver vins, as well as on cantonments and bivouacs In the region of Chaumont, Porcien and Montcornet. Belgian communication: The army groups in Flanders made slight prog ress along the Belgian front today, talcing prisoners. BELGIAN. October 31.?We are established on the west bank of the Canal de Deri vation da la Lya. We have taken Daalmen. ITALIAN. October SI.?The success of our arm* la assuming great prosortlons. The routed enemy Is retreating east of the Plave and can hardly withstand the close pressure of our troops on the mountain front. i In the Venetian plains and the Al pine foothills our armies are Ir resistibly directed on the objectives assigned to them. Hostile masses are thronging Into the mountain valleys or attempting to reach the crossings on the Tagliamento. Prisoners, guns, material, stores and depots almost intact are being left ir. our hands. Thfc 18th Army has completed it possession of the massif of Ceseme and la now lighting to carry the gorge of Quere. The 8th Army has captured the -9Bur between the Folllna basin and the Plave valley. We have occupied the defile of Ser ravalle and are advancing toward the high plain of Oanslglio and toward Pordenone. The 10th Army has brought its front to the Livanza. Czecho-Slovaks are in the action. In the Grappa region we renewed our attack this morning. We have carried Col Caprile, Col Bonatto, Aso lone. Monte Prassaolan. the Solaro sa lient and Monte Spinoncia. On the Asiago plateau the harassed enemy maintained aggressive Are. It has been ascertained that the prisoners taken exceed 50.000. More than 300 guns have been counted. GERMAN. October 31 (/light).?Hostile attacks from the Dutch frontier as far as the Scheldt broke down before our I?ys front. Between Deynze and the Scheldt the enemy, who at isolated points had penetrated our lines, was quickly stopped. On the Aisne heights northwest of Chateau Porcien violent French at tacks were repulsed. SAY BOOTiIgTRAOE YIELDS BIG PROFIT Police Report 281 Persons Yesterday Brought Liquor to City From Baltimore. Many alleged regular patrons ?f the "booze specials" operating between Baltimore and this city were in evi dence yesterday, according to the police. It was said that 281 persons, carrying "booze" in quantities of from one to five gallons, alighted from the special arriving at White House sta tion shortly before 2 o'clock. There were only twelve white persons on the train, and more than SO per cent of the others were women and girls. "Dealers" Heap Big Profit. Discussing the profits from bootleg whisky, a man who is familiar with the liquor trade said he supposed the liquor brought here from Baltimore by bootleggers- costs them about $20 a case, pluB $1.63 for ear fare, making a total of $21.63. Selling it at the rate of $4 a quart, the price they charge for it, gives them a net profit of $26.37, and many of them, he sug gested, seli several cases a day. Should they dispose of their stock at home by the drink, he said, the profits would be much greater. They probably get thirty drinks out of a quart, of whisky, he said, and more if they add a little water, and, it is said, they charge a flat price of 25 cents a drink. A bootlegger In the speakeasy business selling a case, of liquor a day. The Star's informant stated, would clear a profit of $98.37. "No wonder," he remarked, "that some of them can afford automobiles." Alleged Sale by 14-Tear-Old Boy. Sergt. Edward Curry and Policemen Winstead and Montgomery of the sixth precinct last night expressed surprise at the outcome of an effort to obtain evidence against David Sterling, col ored, an alleged bootlegger. David was not at home when the colored agent of the officer visited his house, but Clayton Sterling, his fourteen-year-old son, it is charged, accommodated him .with two half-pints at $1 each. The boy was arrested and eight foil quarts and one broken bottle of whisky were taken from the house. The father reached home about the time the po lice had taken possession of the liquor and was arrested. Charges of bootleg ging and violation of the military-zone regulation were prefened against him and he was locked up. Clayton was taken to the house of detention and charged with bootlegging. Sterling and his sod were not ready for trial today. It mallei a little what tt Is that m person who will fill your need. WOMAN TO DIRECT STREET TRAFFIC (Continued from First Page.) clared that Mrs. King: has the "traffic instinct," and handled traffic today with all the expertness of a veteran, and that within a few days she will be as "seasoned" on her job as the regular traffic men. Besides being the first traffic police woman, Mrs. King enjoys the distinc tion of being the first woman ever as signed to a police precinct in Wash ington. This morning, before assum ing her duties on the traffic stand, she presented to Capt. Flather of No. 1 precinct her papers transferring her from police headquarters to his com mand. She is a regular member of the force, and is in the grade of class 1. Mrs. King became a member of the police department September 10. it de veloped today. For a long while Maj. Raymond Pullman, superintendent of police, realized the necessity of putting women in police work in order to fill the vacancies made by men who have gone into the military service. Had Studied Traffic. It was decided to make the experi ment with a woman as traffic police man if one could be found with what the police call "traffic sense." Mrs. King was found to be peculiarly quali fied for the work- She has had con siderable experience in riding and driving and in handling automobiles. She has made a study of street traffic regulations. Her schooling In handling traffic in Washington was begun several weeks ago, with Lieut. Headley in charge. She made such rapid progress, it is declared, that she would have taken the traffic post two weeks ago- but for the influenza epidemic. Being the wife of an Army doctor and having had training as a nurse, she volunteered for the influenza work and was engaged in the cam paign against the disease until the ban was lifted. Capt. King, who is In France, was informed by Mrs. King of her desire to take the position as traffic policewoman and has approved of her* entering upon the duty as her part of the war work. Women Police Popular. Other cities, it is declared, have been putting on an increased number of policewomen during the last four or five years, but most of these wors en have been appointed'to investiga tion work, usually in connection with the welfare of young girls and chil dren. Mrs. King formerly was a school teacher in Delaware, later entering a nurses' training school and then going into probation work in Phila delphia. She recently resigned a posi tion in the ordnance department as administrative clerk in order to take up work with the police department, believing that in the department lies one of the best opportunities for women to do welfare work during the war period. Praised by Officials. Capt. Flather, Lieut. Headley and other officials spoke in enthusiastic terms of Mrs. King's first day at ac tive duty as a member of the traffic squad, and predicted that she will make an excellent record, ^nd that other women with good knowledge of traffic conditions here will come into the work. MEAT BLACKBOARDS UP Fair Price Announcements Being Posted for Public In formation. Profiteering In fresh meats In Wash ington, about which there has been considerable complaint, will be curbed, if not stopped, is the belief of the lo cal food administration, which put into effect today its plan requiring stores where meats are sold to display blackboards showing the various cuts of meat and with the daily price quo tations. Under this plan, which has been worked out by the administration aft er several months' investigation and consideration, the administration ex pects much relief to be brought to the Washington housewife. It is reticent in saying that the plan will directly renult in a reduction of the high pre vailing prices, but it is positive that it will be the effective means of stop ping the practice of gouging which has been indulged in. the administra tion says, by quite a number of local merchants. The delivery of these blackboards was started today, but it will take at least a week to complete the task, in asmuch as nearly one thousand of them are to be placed In the stores throughout the city. HO SMOKING OH CABS. Custom Started by Mma Epi demic Continued in Chicago. CHICAGO, November 1,?Smoking in the front vestibule of street cars, smoker cars on the elevated trains and even those on the suburban trains of the steam roads have been aban doned permanently. City Health Com missioner John Dill Robertson an nounced today. "The influenza epidemic started it. and we will finish it" the commis sioner said. "My Jurisdiction does not extend to the steam roads, but I am Informed they purpose abandonment of smoking ears. Why should we go back to the old days? Smokers them selves. for the moat part, approve the sew regulation." RECENT FAMES DUE 10 INFLUENZA Percy W. Tracy of Army Motors Division and Corp. r F. E. Neil Among Victims. Percy W. Tracy, formerly purchasing agent for the Premier Motor Car Com pany and lately with the motors divi sion, Quartermaster Corps, as super visor of the parts division, died at Emergency Hospital Wednesday after noon of pneumonia, fallowing: influ enza, contracted about two weeks ago. The body has been sent to his former home at Madison, Wis., where the funeral will be held Sunday or Mon day. Mr. Tracy was one of the best known of the younger men of the automobile industry. He was one of the statf of experts of the motors division, and was one of the first called to assiat the government in its production of stand ard motor vehicles for war purposes: He was one of the men who helped build the standard truck. He is survived by his father, his wife and a six-year-old son, Adams Tracy. Corp. Francis E. Neil. Corp. Francis Emmett Neil of this city, a member of the 6th Engineer Regiment, died at Camp Humphreys. Va., October 26 from pneumonia, fol lowing influenza, and was buried this 'morning from Immaculate Conception Church here. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Neil. 1226 12th street northwest. His mother reached the base hospital at Camp Humphreys too late to see her son alive. , Corp. Neil became ill following hin labors in caring for the influensa suf ferers at,the camp, whereby he him self contracted the disease. The young soldier, who was but twenty-six years old, was educated in the public schools here. He joined the negineers July 16 last. During his ill ness his regiment went overseas, but this fact was kept from him. Augustus R. Stanley. Augustus Robbins Stanley, pub licity manager for a branch of the ordnance department, died yesterday at his home, 1848 Ontario place, of pneumonia following influenza. The body has been sent to his former home, at Middleton, Conn., for inter ment. Mr. Stanley was thirty year* of age. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. A K. Stanley; his father. Dr. Stanley, for forty years superintendent of the Connecticut Genecal Hospital; his mother and a brother, Capt. Charles Stanley, now in France. Deaths From Influenza. Deaths reported from influenza in to noon today follow: Samuel Bernstein. 19 years. Waiter Reed Hospital; Leo F. Baker. 28 years. Providence Hospital; Charles H. Wea ver, 31 years, 211t> Champlain street northwest: Augustus R. Stanley, 3?? years, 1848 Ontario place northwest. George P. Grant, 38 years. Bright wood, D. C.: Belle Dyson, 52 years St. Elizabeth's Hospital; lAWrenci' Scruggs. 27 years, 2620 K street north west; Daisy llarcombe, 33 years, 122.". 1st street southeast; Estelle Delanp. 31 years, 1731 I street northwest: Percy W. Tracy. 41 years. Emergency Hospital: Barbara U Richmond, 28 years, 3028 O street northwest; Wal ter Oates, 38 years, Providence Hos pital: Olin R. Miller, 27 years, 1223 13th street northwest; Paul J. Simon ton, 24 years, Garfield Hospital; Ralph O. Hanks, 33 years, 1619 1st street northwest: Mallie Rinis, 53 years, 400 3d street northwest; Percy W. Tracy. 41 3Kars, Emergency Hospital, and Pauline Ruppertus, 31 years, Provi dence Hospital. GEORGE L DOUGLASS OF CHICAGO IS DEAD Son of X>ate Commissioner of Dis trict Practiced Law Here for Ten Tears. George L. Douglas or Chicago, fur ten years a practicing attorney of thla city, died October 20. He was Hie eoft of the late Commissioner John Douglass and a brother of Mrs. Hennr B. F. Macfarland and Mrs. Wllliata H. Strong of this city. Mr. Douglass was z graduate of Co lumbian, now George Washington University Law School, and practiced with special success before the United States Supreme Court. Attorney Gen eral Brewster sent him to Kanaaa an. assistant attorney general on the ?'star route" cases. He remained in Wichita, where he practiced from 1S*5 to 1895, meantime serving for fetar years in the Kansas legislature, wbtrv I he secured much important legial^> tion and served as speaker. In 1895 he went to Chicago, wfcefr> he practiced successfully until his re tirement on account of ill heMth. There, as here'and in Kansas, he waw prominent in civic service and philan thropic effort, as well as at the baf. He was especially effective in obtain ing the enactment of good legislation. He was particularly interested In* thr prevention of cruelty to children -and animals. He was president for a number ot years of the Anti-Cruelty Society Of Chicago. He was the principal founder of the Washington Humane Society, and was the author of the law to pro tect children in the District. He was a speaker of power and elo quence and in demand in national po litical campaigns of the republican par ty as well as before Congress and statu legislatures. Mr. Douglas was a mill of rare character which found expres sion In altruistic service that endearea him to all who knew him. He Is survived by three children. Job It W. Douglas and Mrs. Carlisle Crocker of Chicago, and Mrs. Frederick T. Thomas of Wilmington, Del., and thW slaters, Mrs. William McMurtrie of New Tork, Mrs. Henry B. F. Macfar land and Mrs. William N. Strong of this city. SENATOR FALL ISSUE READ INTO RECORD President Wilson's Message Oppos ing Re-Election and the Sena tor's Reply Are Included. > A message from President Wilson, opposing the re-election of Senator Fall' of New Mexico, republican, andj Senator Fall's reply were read into the Senate record today by Senator gmoot of Utah, acting minority leader/ Replying to a message from the co-' clalist candidate In New Mexico in quiring whether tie President gave his approval of Senator Fall's candidacy. President Wilson replied that Mr. Fi.li "has given such repeated evidence of his entire hostility to this administra tion that I would be ignoring Nc' whole course of action if 1 "did." J. Replying to this in a message U> the state republican commtn.ee. .^ei ator Fall said he has always st?u? by the Presdent. and that he woVld continue to do so so ;ong mm ttie live-?> tdent stood by the country, adding: "I will, however, support ao bol-v shtrik German psaoe, nor will the people.of thl* eoaatry allow mm a.