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Fr toaifht a! tomorrow.
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WASHINGTON, MONDAY EVENING, SEPT&MPBlSR 18, 1916,
PRICE ONE CENT.
ft' i ' r t
Navy Consulting Body to Con
sider Site for New Labora
. . tory.
OFFICERS FWOR THIS CITY
Several Members of General
Board Known to Approve
i Choice of Washington..,
The Navy civilian consulting board,
headed by Thomas A. Edison, will meet
at the Navy Department tomorrow to
consider a site for the tt.GOO.000 experi
mental laboratory, for which Washing
ton Is a candidate..
Secretary Daniels officially stated to
day that Washington haa not been elim
inated from consideration an a Mte for
The action of Secretary Daniels, at
the auffgcstldn Of Mr. Edison, in hav
ing Congress' strike out from the bill
the paragraph designating Washington
as the site, gave rise to feawi that the
Capital -would not be considered.
"I should have' aakrd Congress to
strike out of the bill the name of any
particular city," Secretary Daniels sold
today. "The matter la still open, and
Washington will be considered with
other suggested sites."
ii aeveiopca today that several mem
bers of the general board of. the Navy
are strongly In favor of locating thei
laboratory- in Washington.
Secretary Daniels will b host to mem
bers of the consulting board on a trip
gown the Potomac on the naval yacht
Dolphin tomorrow evening. The party
wJlT view naval target practlco off the
TO URGE ALEXANDRIA
AS ARMOR PLANT SITE
Congressman Carlin Arranges
Theclaims -of Alexandria , to the'
U.000,000 armor slate plant, authorized
In the .navy bill, Will be, heard by Sec
retary1 of the tfavy Vanlela at a special
hearing Friday morning. At the same
time Jersey City and tprobably a few
other cities may be heard.
Congressman Carlin arranged the
hearing for Alexandria when It was
found the naval board had not suffi
cient time at Us recent public hearing
to give the Virginia city the audience
its claims entitled it to.
Besides Congressman Carlin, other
"embers of the Alexandria committee
will present arguments for location of
the plant across the Potomao river be
low Washington, where It will be under
direct control of the Navy Department
and easy of access for ordnance offi
cials who will have charge of the Gov-,
ernmeht'a now manufacturing venture.
Alexandria boosters are prepared to
set forth arguments that their city
meets all the Government requirements
of facilities for manufacture and safety
from attack. A brief will be nled on
behalf of Alexandria,
Thomas Grant, secretary of the
Chamber of Commerce, is receiving
scores of letters from business and pro
fessional men of Washington congratu
lating tho Chamber on Its efforts to
obtain tho Federal armor plate plant
for the District. v
Many of the writers, according to
Mr. Grant, have pledged support to
the campaign and promised to bring
such Influence as thev miv nnHM t
have a slto In the District selected for
President Moran and Secretary. Grant
ae making a special canvas of mer
chants with a view to having all mer
cantile establishments of the city co
operate with the Chamber.
Simple Rites for
Body of Mrs. Howe Buried Beside
That of Husband at Co
lumbia, S. C.
COLUMBIA, S. C, Sept. 18.-Wlth
simple ceremony the funeral of Mrs.
Annie Howe, only sister of President
Wilson, was held at noon today.
In deference to the President's wishes,
no official cognizance was taken of the
occasion. Nevertheless, long lines of
people thronged the streets as the
funeral party made Its way from the
station to the , First Presbyterian
Church, and hundreds stood about the
edifice with heads uncovered. A brief
service was conducted by the pastor.
the Rev. A. W. Blackwood, assisted by
the Rev. Thornton Whaling, president
of Columbia Seminary.
Interment was'made In the family plot
at center of the church yard. The com
mittal service, brief and simple, was prl-
Mrs. Howe rests, besides the Dody
of har husband. Dr. George Howe.
known here as "The Beloved Physician
Bin route to the church several hun
dred automobiles fell Into line behind
those carrying the members of the
President's party, making the funeral
cortege almost an endless procession.
Five thousand people lined the streets
as they passed and as many more
surrounded the ohuroh and graveyard.
rrtrtnt Wilson will return at 8:15 to
night, going via Washington. He wnt
spend fifteen minutes in the Capital,
arriving at 8:60 tomorrow morning. He
will reach Shadow Lawn about 1 o'clock
Food Disorders in Vienna.
LONDON, Sept. IS. Food disorders
have broken out In Vienna, said a
Geneva dispatch to the Exchange Tele
Beef Is selling at XI a pound and
rice at IS a pound. There Is terrible
distress among families of working-
jnea, me aupauu aaaea.
U. $. Steel 108 3-8;
New Record Price
Figure Today 100 Points Higher
Than That of 1902
NEW YORK, Sept. 18,-Selllng at 10tH.
a new record price, United States Steel
today was up Just $100 a share above
the low record which the stock net dur
ing the panic of 1902. Today's quotation
represents an advance of $70 from the
Price at which the stock sold February
1,, 1915, just before the regular dividend
Steel advanced to 108M. and Maxwell
Motors common joined the record
makers, selling at 82tf. Rock Island ad
vanced IVi. to lWi. and Wabash was
strong. Bethlehem Steel opened at SS0.
Sales for the first hour were 383,000
IN TWELVE HOURS
Chief ofDivision of Militia Af
fairs'Passes Away at Home
Maj. Gen. Albert L. Mills, chief of
the division of mllltla affairs, died at
his home, 1KB K street at noon today
after an illness of less than twelve
hours. Death was due to pneumonia.
General Mills was chilled while mo
toring yesterday afternoon, and was
stricken during the night. His wife
and his daughter, Mrs. Laurson. wife of
Lieut. E. L. Laurson. of the Eleventh
Cavalry, were with him when he died.
General Mills was only recently pro
moted to the grade of major general.
He ad been chief of the division of
mllltla affairs and a member of the
general staff since September. 1912.
For two years previous he had been
president of the Army War College.
Overwork In connection with the
mobilization of mllltla. It Is thought,
was a contributory cause In Goneral
711118' sudden death.
Had Distinguished Record.
General Mills had a distinguished
record. In the army. He waa awarded
the. Congressional medal of honor
July 2: 1902. "for distinguished gal
lantry '.In action near Santiago, Cuba.
July J., 189b", Iff encouraging 'thun
near hlmvby his bravery and coolness
after being shot through the head
and entirely without flight."
nl addition to a wife and daughter
General Mills leaves a son, Lieut.
Chester Mills, Ninth United States
Cdvalry, stationed In the Philippines.
Native of New York.
General Mills, sixty-two years old,
was a native of New York. He was
a graduate of the United States Mili
tary Academy of the class of 1879.
He was assigned to duty with the
First United States Cavalry on his
graduation and served with that.
He soon developed Into an expert In
several special branches of military
work and waa assigned to special de
tails away from his regiment. He par
ticipated In the action against the
Crow Indians at the Crow Indian
Frojn the time of the last Indian out
break until the outbreak of the Span
ish war General Mills was mostly on
staff or detail duty In tho War Depart
ment or at West Point.
Adjutant General in Militia.
He was appointed a captain and as
sistant adjutant general of volunteers
at the outbreak of the war with
Spain and went to Cuba with the
firs expedition. He participated In
the battle of Las Gulsamas, at the
time of the landing of the troops, as
adjutant general of the cavalry di
vision In which the Bough Riders
After this fight he was recommended
by his brigade and division commanders
ror promotion. At tne nrst or me Dai
tle of San Juan he was of great assist
ance to the regimental and brigade of
ficers In encouraging troops to go to the
He was sent by his brigade com
mander to the front during the battle,
and there assisted In forming the troops
for a charge. He charged part of the
way with the troops, but was struck
down with a bullet through the head
which completely destroyed his sight
for the time being. Despite his wound
General Mills remained on the field, and
by his words of encouragement and per
sonal bravory urged the troops on.
NEW U. S. BATTLESHIP
TO BE U-BOAT PROOF
Superdreadnaught California Built
to Embody Lessons of War.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18,-LessQns
of the European war, especially those
taught by submailne and torpedo ot-
ck. have been so well analyzed py
United States naval constructors 'that
the new oil and electric superdread
naught California, which Is to be built
at the Mare Island Navy Yard, will be
able to make port In spite of numerous
and uerlous torpedo wounds, say navy
The 1.022 bluejackets who will man
the battleship unJer flfty-elitht officers,
however, probnbly will divide thlr ad
miration between this. Tier dozen 11-lnch
Suns, and some of tho many electrical
evlces, such as the electric potato
peeler In the galley, I he electrlc-drlven
Ice-cream freezer, or the electrical dish
washing machine,' with a capacity of
1,000 dshes per hour.
W. P. O'Connor Demands.
$15,000 for False Arrest
, Wellington P. O'Connor today brought
suit In the District Supreme Court to
recover $15,000 damages from Franks L.
Averlll and John E. Bowers.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants
were responsible for his false arrest
February 10 last. O'Connor declares he
was held In a police station for five
hours unlawfully. The petition was filed
ey Attorney u. a. uerry,
Philadelphia Woman Victim
'Spirited Away by Members
Tango Parlors, Hotels, and
Clubs Favorite Hunting
Grounds for Band.
CHICAGO, Sept. 18,-Kllnaplng
Government witness will be the prin
cipal charge against the members of
tho "Blackmail Trust" captured here
by Government, sleuths In a spectacular
raid, and who are alleged to have
cleaned up more than a quarter of a
million dollars from wealthy men and
women In New York, Philadelphia, At
lantic City, Chfcago, and other cities.
The tango parlors, hotels, and clubs of
New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlan
tic City, and other large cities are said to
have been the favorite hunting grounds
or mo Dana.
The members under arrest will be
arraigned tomorrow before the United
States Commissioner, and then taken to
'Philadelphia for trial ns tho principal
orremen were committed there. They
arc Helen Kvers. wlfo of George Irwin,
said to be director of the Rung; Henry
Russell. Edward Donahue, alina Doc
Donahue: Mrs. Frances Alien. Mrs. Ed
ward Donahue. Jimmy Christian, alias
W, J. Cross, and Georgo Bland.
Fifteen Known Victims.
There are fifteen known victims of
the swindling operation. Most of the
victims paid high for their Indiscre
tions. One man paid 110,000 In cash. A
woman paid 135,000. Another paid $10,000.
The smallest amount was obtained from
Mrs. Reglna A. Kllpper, of Philadelphia,
who gave up 8500.
It 1 Mrs. Kllpper's testimony that is
counted upon by the Government to
aend the gang .to the Federal peniten
tiary. Mrs. Kllpper was kidnaped and
spirited to Canada several weeks agu
by mmiHTr o th frmni Just Jw.foro
alio was to Appear as a witness against
one of their number who had been pre
viously arrested In an Eastern city.
The district attorney's office In Phlla
delnhla notified Mrs. KIlDDer over the
f telephone that she would be called upon
as a witness, and tnai a deputy unueo
States marshal would be sent to escort
her to the Federal building.
The wire to Mrs. Kllpper's home had
been tapped, and before the marahul ar
rived a man called, represented himself
as a deputy marshal, and asked her to
accompuny him to a train.
Mm. Kllpper awoke In Montreal,
where she wan detained under tho rep
resentation that she was being hold
there to prevent members of the gang
Business Man Snared.
A business mnn of New York, whose
name Is withheld, It Is said was allured
by a chorus girl who was a member of
the blackmailing sang. The business
men lavished money on her. Finally, at
her suggestion, ho took a trip with her
to Boston. Armed with a fictitious Fed
eral warrant, several of the hand de
scended Upon the business man in a
Boston hotel. Ho was planed under "ar
rest" for violation of the Mann act. The
arresting officer appeared to be a bona
Ildo agent of the Government.
A member of tho gang volunteered to
forget all about the afTalr for KO.OOO. The
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Man to Wear Ring
Urge Change in Marrirfge Cere
mony of the Episcopal Church
Would Eliminate "Obey,"
NEW YOItK, Sept. 18.-Clalmlng that
the wedding ring Is a symbolic relic cf
the servitude of woman, Miss Emma L
Richards, suffrage leader, wants the
woman to give the man a ring, when
tho new marriage service of the Epis
copal Church is completed.
Proposed elimination of the word
"obey" from the Episcopal Inarrlage
service .Is particularly gratifying to the
auffraftlsts. nnd they aro thoroughly In
aecoru wun ine new suuai wun tne ex
ception of the single ring,
STOCKMEN OF wiST
TRYING DIRECT SALES
MODESTO, Cal Sept. 18. A new fea
ture. of the Stanislaus live stock show
and' exposition here today Is a "live
stock sales day," when the County
Farmers' Union conducts a co-operatho
sale of choice butcher stock nnd the
county's ewlnebrcedera organlxatlon will
sell choice thoroughbred hogs.
All stock will be auctioned and pro
gressive breeders anxious to Improve
their cattle or swineherds will vie In the
bidding with representatives .if the city
butchering and pncklng estnlillslnnonlH,
who will thus save commissions usually
Killed Man Who Insisted
Upon His Drinking
BUFFALO, Wyo., Sept. 18. William
Hayes, a sheepherder, Is in the
county Jail because his prejudice
against Intoxicants was so strong he
snor. tester uiuaDough, a camp
tender, through the heart when the
latter attempted to force him to take
drink of whisky.
According to Hayes' story, Dllla
bough becamo Intoxicated nnd de
manded that he Join him In tho dis
posal of a bottle of -whisky. Hayes
refused, siylug he did not drink.
DIUabouRh demanded that he drink,
uiiuaiciiiiiK iu ueni mm up unless
he aia so. rearing; for his life, Hayes
ay, he Area, ,
French Swoop Down on Foe
In Armorm Planes; British
Arfnored Cars Rout Germans
I SQUADRON LEADS
Twenty Proteoted Aerps, Each
Carrying Three Guns, De
SETS PRECEDENT FOR WAR
New Plan Expected to Play Im
portant Part in Future Oper
ations at Front.
PARIS, Sept. U.-For the first time In
the history of the world, the French
used an aeroplane squadron to lead the
successful attack on the village of
Bouchavesnes, north of the Somme, It
was learned today.
Twenty fast armored aeroplanes, each
mounting three machine guns, one point
ing forward and two downward, charged
the German lines before the Fronch In
fantry left their trenches.
Fl)lng high above this charging air
column weio French aviation officers
who directed the attack several hun
dred feet below in much the same map
ner that an officer directs an Infantry
charge from a sheltered dug-out.
The French fliers swooped low over
the German lines as the artillery fire
lifted and raked the Oerman trenches
with a murderous fire. Prisoners re
port that this form of attack had a
remarkable effect upon the Germans
who had survived the artlllerylng and
were awaiting In their half-ruined
trenches the coming storms of French
It sent them flying In panic down com
municating trenches and in some In
stances -caud HVhlye-gJn ciitwf U
desert their posts.
As the French infantry came on with
a rush, the air chargers drove forward
to the second phase of their work. They
riew along the roads, turning their ma
chine guns on German reserves being
brought Into action along the roads
leading to Bouchavesnes.
This new use of aeroplanes proved so
successful that It Is expected to Play
a most Important part In future opera
tions of the war. British filers, appar
ently, used the same method success
fully In the British advance against the
Leaves New York With His Wife
for Energetic Tour in Seven
By PERRY ARNOLD.
NEW YORK, Sept. 18. Invigorated
by a five days' rest. Charles E.
Hughes left New York at 8 a. m. to
day on his second campaign tour,
and from now on will be on the road
almost constantly until election day.
Mrs. Hughes found at the last mo
ment that she could arrange her af
fairs so as to accompany her hus
band, and was with the candidate
when their train pulled out for what
will be one of the most energetic
campaigns ever attempted by a Presi
Hughes will .spread his doctrine of
Republicanism in Illinois, Wisconsin,
Ohio, InUlanai Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, and New York before he re
turns here September 2. The sched
ule 'calls for an average of fifteen
speeches a day.
The Husrhea party left In the car
"National," attached to a special
train. Tim untlra train was made un
of five cars, to care for the party of
thlrty-Ilve, including secretaries ana
newspaper men, , ... .
Durlnsr his trip the nominee will at
tend three State fairs and will wind
up his trip nt the Informal 8tate Re-
nuDiican convention bv ouibiukb.
Y., September 28.
Pennsy to Go to Detroit;
Will Spend $10,000,000
PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 18. The
PenBylvanla railroad wll spend 810,000,
000 to oxtrnd Us lines into Detroit, It
was announced by Samuel Itea, presi
dent of the system, today.
A direct connection with the city has
been under consideration for some
time, "but the recent unprecedented in
dustrial development there has been
such an to mrke this extension of the
Pennsylvania railroad service neces
sary," he said. "Passenger service will
be afforded by tho present terminals uf
tho Wabcrh and Pere Marquette rail
roals.'' New Schedule in Effect
On Florida Ave. Car Line
The new schedule on 'the Florida ave
nue line of the Capital Traction Com
pany went Into effect today. Cars leav
ing the Navy Yard circled the loop at
Seventh street and Florida avenue. In
I iu ai proceeamic " "
stead of proceeding to the wharves. Tha
change means an Increased headway or
lone minute on cars south of the Avenue,
mm m vrav
HUGHES PENS LAST
How a British Officer
Sees "Devil Cars"
"They knock down
matcHa ticks; they
through a wood."
"They cub up houses and put the
refuse under their bellies and
walk right over 'em.''-
"They take ditches like kanga
roos; they simply love shell cra
terslaugh at 'cm."
"They are like the ichthyosaurus,
the prehistoric monster."
Four Thousand Defacto Troops
on Way to Chihuahua City
to Pursue Banidts.
EL PABO, Sept. IS. Northern Mexico
was excited again today, as reports of
Villa's attack upon Chihuahua City
early Baturday spread throughout the
Four thousand de facto troops from
.Monterey are being rushod to Chi
huahua City and other points, while
two columns of cavalry are pursuing
the Heelng bandits toward Santa Clara
canyon, according to reports given out
by General Gonzales, Carranxa com
mander at Juarsx.
In Juarex troops are patrolling every
street In order to prevent an outbreak
of pro-Villa feeling.
Three Carranxa officers, who de
serted when the bandit attack on Chi
huahua commenced and rode north to
catch trnlti,. iirr'Vd In Bl'i'aso irly
catci train.. HrrPMl in K'"o inr i
today. According to their story, the '
Vl.uiu.tuck'ed the town in" two
columns, one mnrdilng straight to tne
penitentiary without a shot being fired
at them, the other column driving the
Carranxista soldiers before them to the
When It was seen that the penitenti
ary was doomed to fall, Carranxista of
ficers ran through the corridors, shoot
ing political prisoners, firing on them
through tho bars. About twenty were
killed In this imnner. Then the doora
wtrm broken down by th.- Vllllstaji. who
rushed In and rescued General ealazar.
General TreWno, carranxista com
mander, was shot by one of his own
men. these office declare, and about
cue third of the garrison mutlned, and
went over to the bandit tender.
Tho Vllllstan lost about 200 men, ac
cording to bet estimates while thr Car
ranxista losses were not unnounced, but
were said to be heavy.
Blamed on Vino
Officials Here Believe jgexican
National Highball Concoction
Vino and not Villa was responsible
for the Chihuahua City fighting, re
ported to have endod early Saturday
morning with .General Trevlno tri
umphant, according to belief expressed
bv armr officers and State DeDartment
f(!-i.t. !i,.. vm u xc.w. n..7aler " ihe official announcement
tlonal cocktail concoction.
Reports of yesterday and today from
Mexican civilian, sources are that 1,000
Vllllstas attacked Chihuahua City dur
ing celebration of Independence day
and were driven out after 600 had been
killed. Army officers and officials at
the State Department today Insisted
they have heard no word of a con
firmatory character regarding the
"battle." TJiay supplement this
statement by declaring that If an en
gagement of anywhere near the mag
nitude of that related had really oc
curred they certainly would have had
reports of it through official American
channels.. These officials emphasize
the fact that even official Mexican re
ports are lacking, although the battle
Is said to have taken place three day
The Mexican embassy said It had no
word of the battle.
FOUR KILLED AS
TRAIN HITS AUTO
Victims of Grade Crossing Acci
dent at Girard.
ERIE, Pa., Sept. 18. Four persons
were killed at the grade crossing of the
tracks of the New York Central rail
road north of Girard depot today, when
the fast mall train No. 35, westbound,
struck the automobile of Mrs. Percy
Sieger, of Pittsburgh.
Those killed were:
MRS. PERCY SIEGER, Pittsburgh,
wife of one of the members of the firm
of Sieger Bros.
MRS. K. SHIPMAN. .Pittsburgh, be
lieved to be the daughter of Mrs. Slegei.
MIBS MAUDE E. R. SHIPMAN,
thirteen, daughter of Mrs. K. Shlpman.
NEGRO cSlAUFFEUR, name un
known. British Navy Fliers
Shell German Aerodrome
LONDON, Sept. 18.-nrltlsh naval
aeroplanes successfully bombarded the
German aerodrome at St. Denis-West-rem,
In Belgium yesterday, the admir
alty announced today. One of the
fiyera was forced to land
where he was Interned,
SUCCESS of m
Stories of Exploits of Great
Fighting Machines on Every
Tongue in London.
CARS CRUSH DOWN HOUSES
Eye-Witnesses Describe Them
as More Like Prehistoric
Animals Than Mechanism.
LONDON", flept. IS. There Is but one
topic of conversation In London .to
daythe exploits of the new British
Stories of the huge, metal monsters-
more like some fearful prehistoric
beast than man's handiwork which
eat their way through trenches, over
houses, and into the fiercest gunfire
unscathed, are on every Up,
There were reports of the new ma
chine before, of course. "Heavily
armored motor machine guns of a new
style," was the way they have been de
scribed In official bulletins
But this picture is dimmed to Insig
nificance beside that drawn by soldiers
and correspondents unmuxxled at last
who have seen the dread machines
in actual operations on the Somme
"Like the Ichthyosaurus, the prehis
toric monster," one British officer at
the front called them.
"They knock down trees like match
sticks," he said; "they go clean through
a wood. They cut up houses and &nt
".VVJm ... rh 7. i,. TrfiiKh..
JJ?'k,',"h,L.v'r. f 1".. T&Jii'fe.rf&S
JKSi 2L lmp" ,ove ,heU
craters laugh at 'em.
Proof Against Bullets.
"They are proof against rifle bullets,
bombs, and shell splinters; they just
shrug their shoulders and pass on.
Nothing but a direct hit from a big
shell could hurt them."
When stories were " breathed
around about the new monsters tank
cars are their official name the only
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KILLED IN BATTLE
Eldest Son of British Prime
Minister One of Victims of
LONDON, Sept. 18. Kaymond Aa
qulth, son of the British prime min
ister, haa been killed, It was announced
He was the eldest son of the prime
" """" "."" "'""""V"
minister and a lieutenant In the Grcna-
said that he was killed Friday.
Premier Herbert Asqulth has five
sons. Three of them have seen service
since the beginning of the war and Ar
thur was wounded at the Dardanelles.
Raymond asqulth was recently In
France and It Is more than probable
that he was killed In the great'battle on
the Somme front) Friday when the Brit
ish resumed the offensive.
Bremen Now Due
Almost Any Hour
All New London on the Lookout
for Expected Sub
marine. NEW LONDON. Conn., Sept. U.-New
London was excited today both again
and yet expecting the German merchant
submarine Bremen to arrive at any time.
The tug T. A. Scott, Jr hired by the
Eastern Forwarding Company, put out
last night when reports were received of
a submersible being off Block island.
Tills, It Is understood, was one of the
American submarines maneuvering in
these waters, but employes of the tug
company said they believed the Bremen
was likely to appear at any time. No
allied warships are reported off New
When the soggy, chill fog lifted from
the Thames early today It failed to re
veal the Bremen out beyond Eastern
point, as waa expected. At 2 a. m. a
vessel humming like a submarine was
heard headed toward the sound beyond
the point. Reporters thought they sight
ed a tug with her, but the humming
ceased, all lights were extinguished, and
the fog was so thick the craft-could not
be picked up again. ,
Soon after 7 this morning three tugs
stgnaledout from beyond the edge of
tho lifting mists. One had a tow. The
submarlno hunters thought thev were
surely ir trlnle convpy for the Bremen,
tout It developed that one had nothing
more than a string of barges and the
others were without tow.
The Scott Company tugi which spent
last night nervously watching for the
Bremen, waa one of tha three.
Capture of Fresh German
Trenches Follows Fall of
Kaiser's Troops Make Desper
ate Effort to Regain Ground,
But Are Checked.
BERLIN, Sept. 18. German
troops hare abandoned Berny,
Deniecourt, and positions be
tween Barleuxand Vermando
Tiller to the French, it was offi
cially announced this afternoon.
LONDON, Sept. 18. British
troops began closing, in upon
Thiepval last night, after capturing
Mouquet farm, and took several
German trenches south of the vil
lage, General Haig reported this
West of the Mouquet farm, the
Germans, 'resisting desperately the
advance of the British pincers, en
tered a British trench, by a heavy
counter-attack, but were later
The Thiepval village position,
which has held up the progress of
the British left wing since the
Somme offensive began, July '1,
was made most precarious for thcr
Germans by the loss of the well
fortifled Mouquet farm yesterday.
North of Martinpuich, Haig's men
improved their position last night,
and east of Courcelette a minor
attack on enemy trenches was suc
cessful. VIOLENT BOMBARDMENT.
The Germans bombarded various parts
of the British line with great violence
last night, as If In preparation for a
Forty thousand Germans have been
killed, wounded or captured since the
Anglo-French allies resumed tho offen
sive on the Somme with battering blows
that bent back the Teuton lines.
The fighting continued last night both
north and south of the river with (he
greatest fury. The Germans were still
clinging desperately to tho village of
Denlcourt, under heavy French attack,
and making counter attacks against
Berny and Vermandolllers, lost to the
French yesterday afternoon.
North of the river British artillery
checked one German counter attack
after another with storms of shrapnel,
and at the same time opened a bom
bardment of Grandcourt and Le Sara,
on the two highways leading to Bap
aume. Great (Effect in Berlin.
The allied successes have had a most
profound effect In Berlin, according to
Hague dispatches today. The Germans
had beep led to believe that the Somme
drive had been halted by the Inability
of the British to capture tho Flcrs
Courcellete line and to break through
the German defenses around Thiepval.
The German papers aro now preparing
the public for the early evacuation of
both Peronne and Combles, and' pointing
out that a retirement on a wide front
may become necessary for strategic
The French shifted their attack south
of the Somme yesterday to warn the
Germans not to withdraw troops from
that sector to re-enforce the battered
lines north of the river. The assault
waa completely successful and deepened
the wedge In tho German line between
Peronne and Combles.
Savage German Counter Attacks
Are All Repulsed.
PARIB. Sent. 18. French troopa
completely surrounded the village of
Deniecourt, south of the somme, in
heavy fighting last night, It was off!
ftally announced today.
The Germans counter-attacked sav
agely on the whole front south dithe
.Somme, where the French scored Im
portant gains yesterday.
Three particularly violent attacks
were made east of the village of
Berny nnd south of Pentecourt, where
the French repulsed the onslaughts
and then made further progress, com.
pletlng the encircling movement. '
Twelve hundred prisoners nnd ten
mitrailleuses were taken.
According to prisoners of the Tenth
Ersatx division, the German losses In
fighting south of the Somme yester
day were enormous. Two divisions of
the Thirty-eighth battalion were al
most annihilated by the Fronch nrtll
lery fire that preceded the capture of
Berny and Vermandovlllers.
North of the Somme the French car
ried a German trench east of Clery
And repulsed counter-attacks,
M ON THiFPVAL
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