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OOMPERS FOR COMPULSORY
TRAINING JF VOLUNTARY SYSTEM FAILS. Washington, March 15. Samuel Gompers, president of tlie- American Federation of Labor, today declared he is in favor of compulsory training and service, either military and in . dustrial, provided voluntary service is proved a failure. "We must have service," he told the United Press. "It should be vo luntary. There must be no compul sory service enforced until every op portunity is given to prove voluntary service ineffective. "Though not forgetting the pres ent situation, we must still talk in terms of peace. The great confer ence here, however, pledged labors service to the country 'in any form whatever.' "But, at the same time the resolu tion specially declares the govern ment 'must recognize the organized movements as the agency through which it must co-operate with wage earners.' "On the other hand, labor believes voluntary service should be given more of a trial. The voluntary idea has not yet been given sufficient trial to warrant immediate adoption of a policy of compulsory service. "There is a lot of difference be tween training manual and physioaty tnat is voluntarily entered mto ana encouraged by propaganda and' ed ucation, and that of compulsion." BRITISH AT BAPAUME'S GATES GERMANS STIFFEN DEFENSE- London, March 15. British troops are making advance to very gates of Bapaume in face of blinding down pour of rain a sea of mud. Military experts estimated they must be fight ing before last line German defenses of city. Field Marshal Haig's report last night placed them within a few hundred yards of these positions. Dispatches from front insisted that German retirement was stiffening and that for most -jartr what was started as a pursuit by British has now developed into British offensive, enemy only leaving his positions un der terrific score of British guns. o o MARRIED MAN GETS ONE YEAR . FOR AFFAIR WITH GIRL Following a stirring 'arraignment ( by Ass't State's Att'y Z. H. Kadow, Arthur R. Nadelhoffer, a married man of Elgin, who preyed on Frances Beeker, 20, 4826 N. Oakley blvd., was sentenced to the house of correction for one year by Judge Fisher today. Nadelhoffer obtained the con fidence of the girl by representing himself as a single man. After a clash with the girl's father, in which he threatened the old man with a knife, Nadelhoffer and the girl dis appeared. They were arrested later at the Westminster hotel, 1216 N. Clark. The complaint against 'Na delhoffer was signed by Frank Beek er, the girl's brother. o o NAVY DEP'T DISSATISFIED WjTH BIDS ON WARSHIPS Washington, March 15. Dissatis faction with recent bids offered by American shipbuilders for naval ves sels has virtually caused the navy department to decide to construct four of its five battle cruisers on a cost basis, plus a 10 per cent profit to the private builders. The fifth cruiser will be constructed in a gov ernment yard. o o AMERICAN STEAMER SUNK Boston, March 15. Furness-Withy & Co., steamship agents., received ad vices today that the steamship Sag amore, bound for Liverpool, has been sunk. The company stated that noi.' word regarding the conditions of the sinking had been received. The Sagamore left Boston for Liv erpool on. Feb. 21 and was due to ar rive in England March 7. Her car go consisted of grain, foodstuffs and general supplies, mostly consigned to the British government, but no. munitions were on board '