Newspaper Page Text
THE ARIZONA REPUBLICAN
AN INDEPENDENT PROGRESSIVE JOURNAL TWENTY-NINTH YEAR 8 PAGES PHOENIX, ARIZONA, MONDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 18, 1918 8 PAGES VOL. XXIX., NO. 179 I N 1 SECTOB THAT IS CREDITED WITH II ALL Pershing Given Orders to Cut Line Most Difficult Undertaking On West Front Overcomes Ter rific Obstacles Breaks Through Fighting "Like Hell" Up to Last Minute Hail! Here's To The "Order of Gold Star NOTABLE PEDPLE Republican A. P. Leased Wire OMAHA, Neb, Nov. 17. Fifty Omahans organized today the Or der of the Gold Star, members of which may be fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters or wives of Amer icans who died in the armed serv ice of the United States or its co belligerents. Officers of the na tional council are Rev. T. J. Mac kay, originator of the order, pres ident; Colonel J..M. Bannister, vice president; E. J. Hatch, secre tary treasurer, all of Omaha. After incorporation, the order is to be broadened to a national scope. The purpose is to perpetuate the honor of Americans who died in the war against Germany. o I'AUIS. Nov. 17. (By the Associated Press.) uut of the confusion and daze cii' I he crowding military events on the wr.strru I'uttle line since late in Sep tember, when buttle followed battle, until from Flanders to Verdun there w;i:i oeaseless fiction, it is now per missible to outline to ;v certain extent tlie part pl.iyed by the American ar mies in the final decisive battle of the war, which ended with the arrnis lice of last Monday. .Military reasons heretofore have prevented actuating the accomplish ments of the Americans, except in a most general manner. The dispatches troni the field have necessarily been fragmentary and possibly were over shadowed by the more dramatic opera lions over the historic battle fronts IC the west. Hut it now may be stated that 21 American divisions, totalling more than i.'jIVOOO American combat troops, participated in the action beginning September J6, known variously as the Battle of the Argonne and the Battle 'if the Mouse, but which history may i nil Sedan the battle that brought Germany to her knees and, as far as human foresight goes, ended the world's bloodiest and costliest war. Metz-Argonne the Crux In order to understand the military situation which made the Argonne operations the crux of the war, it is necessary 1o r-o back to the reduction i.f the SI. Miluel salient, in the middle uf September. This brilliant Ameri can accomplishment is still fresh in history. It cut off at one stroke a menacing enemy projection toward Verdun and weakened the enemy's defensive by threatening Metz, one of Germany's two greatest advance rail way centers for distributing troops ami supplied along the Medy-Sedan line. Metz also was the pivot on which I be enemy swung through Belgium into France, and therefore obviously it was the pivot on which his retire ment must hinge. The Argonne, the next step below here, threatened the great railway arteries running west 1 rom Metz. With the conclusion of the St. Mi Wel action, the steady inflow of Amer ican forces caused a displacement of power as between the allied and Ger man armies. Thus it no longer was necessary to pursue a policy of reduc ing a RaJient or nibbling at it. The American troops had shown what they could do. Assigned Difficult Task A broader poliey of -general attack along the entire line was then adopted and the bich command called on Gen eral Pershing to take the Argonne sector, admittedly one of the most dif fieult of the whole front. The broken terrain, the topography and the lack of roads made a problem difficult to describe. Germany had in four years fortified it to the last degree of mili tary skill, with superb roads, both rail and motor, connecting up to the rear positions and bases. The outstanding feature of the Ar conne forest is a long chain of hills running north and south, covered with H dense growth of trees, and under growth, making an advance difficult :nd offering superb defensive qualities. Virtually no roads exist in the forest, except for a few transversal passes tunning east and west. The soil is such that the least rain converts it into ;i slippery, miry mess. In other words the physical condition is such that the line of attack for an advancing army is limited to valleys, chief among which is that of the Aire river. Pershinq Told to "Cut It" From the edge of the forest, where she resistance was viciously strong, the 'neniv possessed innumerable flanking positions. Hut beyond this difficult re cion. lay the Mont Medy-Sedan line, which was recently captured. A Ger man order described it as "our life ar tcrv." It represented one-half of the llrman rail supply on the western front. It meant death if cut. The high command told Pershing to cut it. The lAmerioan first army was put in motion from St. Mihiel. In nine davs. it was on the Argonne line, ready for an attempt, the failure of (Continued on Page Two) o SEEKING NEGRO IB m KILLING IHI Ml ATTEND NOTABLE MO SERVICE Republican A. P. Leased Wre At midnight the 'worst of the trouble seemed over and the police expected to have the situation in hand by the time troops from Ra leigh and Charlotte reach here early tomorrow. WINSTON SALEM. N. C, Nov. 17. At least two persons are known to have been killed and probably a score of others injured, several seriously, in a riot here tonight which resulted from the efforts of a mob of several thous and men to storm the city jail and lynch a negro accused of shooting J. E. Childress and Sheriff Flynt, and at tacking Mrs. Childress last night. Tonight firing still was going on in different parts of the city, the mob fin ally having been broken into smalls groups. Efforts of the home guard and the police to restore order were un- I availing even at that time and Gover- j nor Bickett was asked to intervene. He ordered home guards here from Greensboro and arranged to have a company of regular soldiers sent from Camp Polk, near Raleigh. The known dead are Rachael Levi, a bystander, shot through the lungs, and Robert Young, fireman, who was shot. The total number of injured was not known. Start Again at Night The mob first formed this afternoon and stormed the Jail. Three shots were fired and three negroes, accused of shooting the two men and attacking Mrs. Childress, were seriously wounded. A white prisoner also was hit in the arm by a bullet. The police cleared the crowd out of the building and the mayor called out the home guards. Quiet prevailed for a time, but at night the mob Jiad re formed and started marching to the jail, several thousands strong, after breaking open hardware stores and seizing revolvers and . shotguns. The mayor sought to address the crowd but could not be heard. When the mob broke from the jail, firemen turned water on them, but the rioters forced their way into the prison. They did not find the negro they sought and leaving the jail, they grad ually dispersed. The death toll In the riot here to night which followed efforts of a mob to storm the city jail and lynch a ne gro prisoner, had been increased at midnight to five a girl spectator, a city lireman and three negroes. The police believe a detailed search tomor row will show at least seven killed. Upward of a score are believed to have been Inlured. five or six seriously. They are mostly white persons and In clude two members of the home guards. Executive, Vice President, Supreme Court, Cabinet, Ambassadors and Other Officers Present At Great Function Republican A. P. Leased Vire WASHINGTON, Nov. 17. President Wilson, vice President Marshall, mem bers of the cabinet and supreme court, other government officials and the am bassadors and ministers of the allied nations attended a special victory and thanksgiving' service this evening at the Bethlehem Chapel of the Episcopal Cathedral. The service was conducted by the Right Rev. Alfred Harding, D. D bishop of Washington, and disting uished clergymen present included the Right Rev. Daniel S. Tuttle. presiding bishop of the American church, and Right Rev. Frank Moltin, bishop coad jutor of Ohio. Flags of the United States and the allied nations flanked each side of the altar and formed Uie only decoration. Soon after the president and Mrs. Wilson entered the chapel the chanting of the processional hymn reached the congregation from a distant part of the building, all present joining in the words as the procession of clergy and cnoir ooys, neadea by a Doy bearing a cross and another holding aloft an American flag, entered the chapel and (Continued on Page Two) Yarn Given By Red Cross Is Aid To Escape Republican A. P. Leased Wire BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 17. Fred George, alias Gruber, and Harry Hinton. es capedfrom the Idaho penitentiary Sun- caped from the Idaho penitentiary Sun- with the aid of a 25-foot rope braided from yafn furnished the inmates by the Red Cross, for knitting sweaters for soldiers. George is under a life sentence for murder and Hinton a 15 year sentence for robbery. They have not been captured. ALL MANNER OF RUMORS COMING FROM HOLLAND lira IS Mil FfflLlHNH Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Nov. 17. The re cent epidemic of influenza in the Unit ed States caused more deaths in two months than occurred among the American expeditionary forces, from all causes, from the time the first unit landed, in France until . hostilities ceased. This announcement today by the cen sus bureau was based on unofficial estimates of the total casualties among the overseas forces, and reports from 46 cities having a combined population of 23,000,000, which showed 82,306 deaths from influenza and pneumonia from September 9 to November 9. "Total casualties in the American expeditionary forces," said the an nouncement, "have recently been unof ficially estimated at 100,000. On the basis of the number thus reported, it may be assumed that the deaths from all causes, including disease and acci dents, are probably less than 45 per cent, and may not be more than 40 per cent of the total casualties. On this assumption the loss of life in the American expeditionary forces to date Republican A. P. Leased Wire (NOTE Telegraphic dispatches Saturday night indicated that the Holland congress was to have met yesterday to discuss and decide several important social and dem , ocratic questions. Until 3 o'clock this morning, no information con cerning this meeting had been in cluded in the news from Europe-Editor.) LONDON, Saturday, Nov. 16. . Authoritative dispatches received from Holland today show that the situation in that country has con siderably improved. The disturbances and excitement have not died out completely, but the situation is well in hand. The queen drove out Thursday in an . open carriage. She was cheered and received everywhere with re spect. Previously the latest information from Holland was contained in a Central News dispatch from The Hague dated Wednesday. This was to the effect that soldiers had been posted to guard all public buildings and government offices. Cavalry ' was patrolling the streets of The Hague and forces also were assem bled in Amsterdam, where demon; . strations have taken place. Have Rioting on Friday LONDON, Nov. 16, (Saturday.) A dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph from Amsterdam says an attempt by socialists to rescue friends from a mili tary prison Friday failed, and that four persons were killed and 14 injured in street fighting. The dispatch adds that as trades unions in the provincial cities refused to join the revolutionary movement, it is believed the revolution collapsed. CIVHNG! RIGID P E mm OTHER CHARLOTTE. X. C. Nov. 17. A special train carrying 175 soldiers from Camp Greene, near here, left late to night for Winston Salem, where they are to assist in restoring order. The soldiers were ordered out by Colonel A. C. Macomb, commanding the camp, at the request of Mayor Gorrell of Winston Salem. o Late Foreign News LONDON, Nov. 17. The former Ger man empress and the wife of the former German crown prince will leave tor Holland in a tew days on a special train, provided by the workmen and soldiers' council, according to reports received at Copenhagen by the corre spondent of the Exchange Telegraph company. BUfcNDS Alncs, Nov. Tf. After a special cabinet meeting today Presi dent Irigoyen announced he had de cided to accept the resignation of Dr. Romulo Naon, Argentine ambassador to the United States. w joice. ASILLXGTOX, Nov. 17. President Wilson in a proclamation today desig nated Thursday, November 28 as Thanksgiving Day and said this year the American people have special and moving cause to be grateful and rc Complete victorv, he said, has brought not onlv peace, but the confident promise of a new day as well, in which "justice shall replace force and jealous in- The proclamation follows: "By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation "It has long been our custom to turn in the autumn' of the year in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His inany blessings' and mercies to us as a na tion. This year we have special and moving cause to be grateful and to rejoice. God has in His good pleasure given us peace. It has not come as a mere cessation of arms, a mere relief from the strain and tragedy of war. It has come as a great triumph of right. Complete victory has brought us, not peace alone but the con fident promise of a new day as well, in which justice shall replace force and jealous intrigue among the nations. Our gallant armies have! participated in a triumph which is not marred or stained by another purpose of selfish aggression. In a righteous cause they have won immortal glory and have nobly served their' nation hr serving mankind. God has indeed been gracious. "We have cause for such re joicing as revives and strengthens in us all the best traditions of our national his tory. A new day shines about us, in which our hearts take new courage and look forward with new hope to new and greater duties. "While we render thanks for these things let us not forget to seek the divine guidance in the performance of those duties, and divine mercy and forgiveness for all errors of act or purpose, and pray that in all that we do Ave shall strengthen the tics of friendship and mutual respect, upon which we must assist to build the new structure of peace and good will among the nations. "Wherefore, I, Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday the twenty eighth day of November next, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer, and invite the people throughout the land to cease upon that day from their ordinary occupations, and in their several homes and places of worship to render thanks to God, the ruler of nations. "In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. "Done in the District of Columbia this sixteenth day of November, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and eighteen, and of the independence of the United States of America the one hundred and fortv-third. "ROBEKT LANSING, "Secretary of State "WOODROW WILSON, "By the President. STOCKHOLM, Nov. 17. Reports from Helsingforr say bread fleur it exhausted. The situation is said to be desperate. LONDON. Saturday, Nov. 11. Field Marshal llaig published the following telegram in a special order of the day: "From General Pershing, November 11: "My Dear Marshal: Please accept my hearty greetings and congratula tions and those of the American expe ditionary forces, which we send you and the armies under your command on this day. It has Indeed been an honor for the American troops to fight beside your British veterans in the war against the tyranny of militarism. The new associations we have formed will be cherished forever." "From Field Marshal Haig, Novem ber 13: "I am greatly touched by the kind message you have been good enough to send to us. The whole British army joins me in sending o'ur heartiest thanks and greetings to you and the American forces In France, who so greatly contributed to the present suc cessful issue. We shall ever remem ber the heroism of your troops in dan gers and difficulties which we shared In common in the recent great battle. and we heartily reciprocate the feeling you express that our relations may be developed and continued through all time. Field Marshal Haig also issued simi lar cordial telegrams exchanged with Colonel House., LONDON. Saturday, Nov. 16. The British government is arranging for the departure to the United States of a number of German vessels for the purpose of bringing to' Germany food stuffs which the allies will permit Ger many to receive. COPENHAGEN. Nov. 17. Admiral von Tirpitx, former minister of the German navy and the man who was chiefly responsible for Germany's in tensive submarine campaign, fled to Switzerland immediately after the rev olution in Germany broke out, says the Frankfort Gazette. STOCKHOLM, Saturday, Nov. 16. (By the Associated Press). The Ger man armored coast defense vessel Beo wulf arrived late last night in the northern Stockholm archipelago. The vessel will be interned. Other vessels of the German Baltic fleet are expected to arrive in Swedish waters. COPENHAGEN, Nov. 17. The Ger man government expects to hold elec tions for a national convention in Jan uary, says a Berlin dispatch received here. COPENHAGEN, Nov. 17- Dr. Otto has been appointed Austrian foreign minister, according te a dispatch re ceived here. Nairn's Letter BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 17, Dr. Naon's resignation as ambassador to the United States is considered one of several slaps at President Irigoyen's policy, and the president's position is asserted in some quar ter te be so difficult he may resign. The controversy has reached such a stage that Vice President Luna has made the announcement that if President Irigoyen resigns, Luna will not accept the presidency. It was generally rumored tonight that the president's resignation was dis cussed at the special cabinet meet--inb this afternoon. Although the foreign office' re mains silent concerning the resigna tion of Dr. Naon, the ambassador's friends today published the text of the ambassador's letter, giving up his post. The letter says Argentina's neutrality makes the ambassador's position at Washington impossible, as he has always striven to main tain a pro-ally attitude. Dr. Naon adds his position has been a most difficult one since the publication of the telegram of von Luxburg, the German minister. He says also he strongly favors a pan-Americanism, which calls for closer relations be tween Argentina and America. The newspapers applaud ' Dr. Naon's resignation saying that he has always favored the entente al lied cause, which was net approved by President Irigoyen. is about 40.000 or 45,000." The total of deaths due to the in fluenza epidemic in this country is not known, the announcement said, as only the 4 cities for which figures were given, report vital statistics to the census bureau. The greatest mortality due to the epidemic. In proportion to population, was 7.5 per 1,000 in Phila delphia, and the next greatest, 6.7 per thousand, was reorted from Baltimore. Frisco To Open Up SAN FRANCISCO. Nov. 17. Span ish influenza has been eradicated from San Francisco and the wearing of gauze masks will be discontinued next Thursday, Dr. William G. Hassler, city health officer, announced tonight. The aters and churches which were closed a month ago were reopened yesterday and todav. The epidemic caused 1969 deaths here. v o BRITISH SHIP SINKING FIRST PEACE NEWS FROM VIE SE YANKEE CRUSADERS BEGIN HI IH Engineers Precede Them and Artillery Covers Them at Every Angle Move in Impressive Column Formation Every Man on the Alert for Instant Fighting No Chances Taken Sol diers Look Forward to New Adven tures With Enthusiam. I BOY SHALL LIE WHERE FIE LEFT I HIM PARIS, Nov. 17. 8:55 p.m. The American third army has been des ignated as "the army of oceupa--tion?" It will be under the imme diate direction of General Pershing, the commander-in-chief, who will be in command of the American positions in occupied territory. ROOSEVELT NEW YORK, Nov. 17. Colonel Roosevelt today authorized the an nouncement that he and Mrs. Roosevelt would visit the grave of their son, Lieutenant Q u e,n t i n Roosevelt, in France at the spot where he fell after his airplane had been shot down by the Germans. Colonel Roosevelt made public a protest he sent to General March, chief of staff of the United States army, against the planned removal of his son's body to this country. General March consented that Lieutenant Roosevelt's body should remain in the grave in which it was buried by the Germans, and instructed General Pershing te carry out Colonel Roosevelt's wishes. In his letter to General March, Colonel Roosevelt referred to the report that the American dead would be taken home after the war, and continued : "Mrs. Roosevelt and I wish to en ter a most respectful but most em phatic protest against the proposed course, so far as our son, Quentin, is concerned. We have always be " lieved that: '"Where the tree falls, " 'There let it lie.' "We know that many good per sons feel entirely different, but to us it is painful and harrowing, long after death, to move the poor boy from which the soul has fled. We greatly prefer that Quentin shall continue to lie on the spot where he fell in battle and where the foe man buried him. "After the war is over, Mrs. Roosevelt and I intend to visit the grave and then to have a small stone put up, saying it is put up by us, but not disturbing what has already been erected to his memory by his friends and American com rades in arms." o LONDON, Saturday, Nov. 16. Confirmation has been received here that Germans are pillaging or destroying property in the suburbs of Brussels. Although the move ment is in no sense revolutionary, it is regarded probable that allied military steps will be necessary to enforce the armistice. Advices received in London to day say that the entry of the Bel gian king and queen into Brussels has been postponed. ORbETTI WILD TALE AT REST I5U.5.F ITS SOLDIER SDNS? NEW YORK, Nov. 17-With only three days left to work, the United War Work campaign com mittee faced tonight the necessity of raising $124,999,050 to provide the seven war relief organizations with the $250,000,000 they need to keep the American army and navy happy until demobilization. Official subscriptions tonight to talled $125,000,050, or approximate ly 74 per cent of the original $170, 500.000 asked, but nothing short of a fifty per cent over-subscription, will satisfy the officials, they de clared. On the basis of the original sum asked, 26 states have reported themselves "over the top," a few of these having passed the 50 percent oversubscription mark asked of all states. The eastern states continued to lag, however. Total subscriptions of the vari ous army departments were re ported as follows: Eastern, $42,590,402; northeast ern, $13,751,045; central, $47,417, 438; southeastern, $7,115,055; southern, $6,542,408; western, $6,-675,542. WAR TIME DRY BILL SETTLED THIS WEEK WITH THE AMERICAN ARMY IX FRANCE, Nov. 17, 7:30 a. m. (By the Associated Press). General Pershing's forces moved forward early today in territory just abandoned by the Ger man troops. On the old line between Mouzon and Thiaucourt. lying from the region of Sedan, Gravelotte the forts south of Metz, the troops had ben sta tioned to await orders for the advance and at 5:30 o'clock this morning the patrols marched out, not in line of battle, but in columns along the high roads, which are only slightly impaired. The first steps of the Americans into regions so lately controlled by Ger many were not spectacular. The men were keyed up and keen for the new adventure, as on the day of the sign ing of the armistice, there were com paratively no demonstrative manifes tations of their enthusiasm. Many of the men had been newly uniformed, and all of them were "pol ished" as though for inspection. The men appeared eager for the word to go forward. The relatively small units that are moving forward as advance guards were sent to the line before daylight. The night had been cold, and the mud that yet marks the roads was slightly frozen. The men shivered as they rested by the roadside. Ready for Instant Battle When the command finally was given for the advance, the elements who were to push forward, in some cases miles apart on the long line be tween the extreme left and right, moved off into the mists that appear always 10 shroud tfiis part of the country, and disappeared. For the first time since the Ameri cans had been ordered to advance into enemy-held territory, there was assur ance that they would encounter no hostility. The intelligence department, which has never ceased to function, had accurately reported that the Ger mans were carrying out their agree ment of evacuation. No chances were taken, however. The engineers were the second unit to press forward, and they carefully be gan their work of looking out for mines and tainted water. Every ob stacle was tested before it was moved, in order to find out if it masked ex plosives. For some time the Germans have shown a spirit of co-operation in informing the Americans where mines were located and in themselves de stroying them. Men Heavily Covered It was some time after the engineers move3 forward before the heavier col umns took the roads. The entire army finally was moving, and moving along the lines of peace days. But it was in such order that it might quickly be transformed into battle array. Every brigade was covered by a regiment of 77s, the heavier artillery following closely behind. The flanks of the ad vancing columns were well protected. It has been impressed on officers and men alike that this is an operation un der an armistice; that war still ex ists and that the possibility remains that at any time it may be necessary for them to play their part with the same grimness of the past year. Fraternization, not only with the German soldiers who may be found either as stragglers or voluntary pris oners, but with the civilian population has been sternly forbidden. Looting and even souvenir hunting also have been forbidden the Americans. It has ben plainly impressed upon the men that property is inviolate and that those persons with whom they come in contact must be regarded as enemies. ST. JOHN'S, N. B., Nov. 17. A radio message received here today from the British steamer Sascapedia,' -of the Federal line, said she was in a sinking, condition off Cape Race. No further particulars were given. It was thought here the ship was damaged in the hur ricane which swept this coast the last 24 hours. o ANNOUNCE SPAIN'S MINISTRY MADRID, Nov. 17. (By the Associ ated Press) The new ministry pre sided over by Marquis de Alhucemas has been sworn in as follows: President of the council of ministers and minister of public works. Marquis De Alhucemas; interior, Luis Silvela; war. General Berenger: navy, Jose Chacon: justice, Senor Bergads; edu cation, Senor Burele; finance, Duke of Alba; foreign affairs, Count Atvaro De Romano nes; food, Seaoc Garnica, VIENNA. Nov. 17 .(via Geneva) The Associated Press correspondent passing through Autsrian territory in the wake of the army retreating from Italy, finds order everywhere. There is a disposition on the part of the sol diers and the population to forget the war. Their hopes everywhere are pinned to President Wilson, who they expect to come quickly to their assis tance with provisions. It is on this con dition solely that it is possible to main tain order. There is much exaggeration in the rumors of violence between the new republics of the former empire. The correspondent is able to circulate free ly by train or through the streets with out finding any evidence of violence or fires. The stories of violence in Gratz, Lint and elsewhere appear false. The retreat of the Austrian army was made in good order, with the exception of some incidents in a city of Jugo slavs, where there was a too hasty at tempt to disarm the soldiers. Vienna appears full of life. The the aters are open and the only fear is that want will continue, food having been refused by Hungary, Czecho-Slavs and Jugo-Slavs. It is claimed that Austria cannot continue without bread. It is chiefly bread that is Jacking. Food conditions in Germany are said to be better than here, , Republican A. P. Leased Wire WASHINGTON, Nov. 17. Adjourn ment of congress sine die a dav or two before the third and last session of the sixty-fifth congress begins. De cember 2, will depend largely on whether the senate finance committee can report the reduced war revenue bill before December 2, and on the speed with which unfinished business is cleared up. New work connected with the conversion of the country from a war to a peace basis also may prove a factor. This week the sen ate plans to dispose of the national "war time" prohibition bill by elim inating the rent profiteering amend ment, which the house has refused to accept and which has delayed final enactment of the measure many weeks. The bill comes up tomorrow, and with this rider withdrawn it will go to the president. Prohobition advocates "are confident that he will approve the measure, which would prohibit the sale of any intoxicating liquors from next July 1 until the American army is demobilized. in the house, the three days no business" recesses are to continue this week, but when the December t.essior.3 begin, the house Is expected to take trp me new problems of Belgians Reach Antwerp WITH THE ALLIED ARMIES IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM, Nov. 17. (By the Associated Press) The allied armies have begun their march toward Germany. The Belgian forces have al ready occupied Antwerp, which was evacuated by the enemy on Friday and immediately taken over. Brussels was expected to be free of German soldiers today. The official announcement of the ad vance of the allied armies says: "General Plumer's second army and General Rawlinson's fourth army to day commenced their advance, in ac cordance with the terms of the armis tice, in conjunction with the allied ar mies. "At the end of the day's march our advanced troops had reached the ap proximate line of Oerfontaine, Fry", Pieton, La Louviere. Soignies, Eng hien and south of Ninove." French Occupy Towns PARIS, Nov. 17. French troops have occupied Mulhausen, Sedan, the Grave lotte forts south of Metz, Munster and Altkirch, according to the French offi cial communication issued this evening. tloo. Hun Troops Disarmed COPENHAGEN, Nov. 17. The tier man field marshal, von Mackensen. recotujtrro- j who has been operating in Rumania, 1 'srrmd. jftsterday. j,t Debreczin, aim.