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NUMBER 10.189.
Paris Admiralty Announces Arrival of War Ves
sels Which Convoyed Big Transport Laden
With Army Supplies.
PARIS, June 7. American warships have arrived and are
now anchored in a French harbor, an official statement said
Le Matin announced that the war vessels convoyed from
the United States a great transport laden with wheat
Dispatches from a French port declare the American ves
sels were accorded a tremendously enthusiastic reception. Here
in Paris ajl newspapers rejoiced in this latest and visible evi
dence of American aid to
American aid to France-
Official permission Is granted today
to announce that great preparations
are In progress for the distribution
of American troops whenever they
shall arrive. Camps have been sur
veyed and assigned, aviation parks
laid out and complete details mapped
out for General Pershing's expedition
at whatever time in the future It
may reach French solL
Collier Reaches Port With Cargo of
Secretary of the Navy Daniels an
nounced today the safe arlvaal at a
French port of the United States
naval collier Jupiter, laden with
cargo of 10,500 tons of wheat and
others food supplies.
The announcement by the Secretary
followed the receipt here of press
dispatches stating that the .French
admlrality had Issued at Paris a state
ment saying that American "war
ships" had arrived In'Feneh waters.
BoWthe name of the port and the
data when the vessel sailed for France
are withheld.
, The Jupiter la the first vessel of
any navy ever equipped with electric
engles, and Is regarded as one of the
best equipped vessels of her kind In
any fleet. Oil burning engines gen
erate the electric power which drives
the propellers, and so simple Is the
controlling device that the ships can
be operated as easily as an electric
car. She hax a speed of eighteen
knots, and for that reason can out
distance any German submarine.
Regardless of that fact, however,
considerable relief was expressed at
the Navy Department over the news
of her arrival.
Many Persons Reported Killed in
Petrograd Harbor Accident.
LONDON. June 7 A great explo
sion and fire, as the result of an ac
cident In the harbor, occurred at
Petrograd Tuesday, according to en
Exchange Telegraph wspatch today
from Copenhagen.
It was stated a huge quantity of ex
plosives recently received from Eng
land suddenly blew up.
Many persons were reported killed.
Sinn Fein Refusal to Share In Irish
Convention Reported.
LONDON". June 7. The strictest se
crecy Is maintained about the forth
coming convention of Irishmen to set
tle the Irish trouble. The latest re
ports assert that Sinn Fein flatly re
fuses to participate, while the Na
tlonallsts say they will hold the run
vention without Sinn Fein, If neccs
The latest report is that Lord Don
oughmore will be chairman of tl.e
TO arm'hqme guards
House Votes for the Distribution of
Unused Rifles.
A bill permitting the distribution
of Government rifles, not needed for
army use, to home guard organtza
tlons throughout the country was
passed by the House today.
SEA planes in new raid
British Aviators Bomb Aerodome at
Nleuw Munster.
LONDON. June 7. British sea planes
carried out another successful bombing
expedition yesterday over the German
aerodrome at Nleuw Munster. an admir
alty statement announced.
"One shed was hit and bombs fell
closi to two machines and the aero
drome." the report declared. "Our bamb
Ing machines were attacked on their re
turn, but were not hurt."
Navy Department Giies Facts, Fol
lowing Lead of Paris.
The American steamer Silver Shell,
of Wilmington. Del., Is, the first ves
sel under the United States flag of
ficially reported as probable victor
In a fight with a German submarine.
The Navy Department announced
today that the Silver Shell probably
sank a U-boat after a battle lasting
an hour and a half In tha Mediter
ranean sea on May 50.
An .official announcement at the
Navy Department yesterday gave de
tails of the battle. In which sixty
shots were exchanged, but withheld
the vessel's name. Upon receipt of
a Paris dispatch today stating that
the American ship Silver Shell had
battled with a submarine, and that
the U-boat disappeared after a long
tight, the department announced that
the unnamed vessel In Its original
statement was the Silver Shell.
Reports from the Navy Department
from members of the Silver Shell gun
crew confirmed the statement In the
consular message of yesterday, and
cleared any lingering doubt as to the
authenticity of the story.
William J. Clark of New Tork, chief
turret captain from the dreadnaught
Arkansas, was In charge of the Silver
Shell gun crew. Secretary Daniels
commended Clark's work highly to
day. He pointed out Clark had come
up from the enlisted ranks and was
worthy of high honors, and said that
promotion is under consideration.
Toll Will Never Be as Heavy Again,
Italian Mission Thinks.
Germany's submarine warfare
reached Its climax last month In the
opinion today of the Italian war mis
sion. "Never again will the toll of ships
sunk reach the alarming figures reg
istered early in May." members of
the mission say. They believe, how
ever, that the present lull In sub
marine activities will not last long.
"Just now," they declared, "the Ger
mans are undoubtedly building new
submarines snd making ready for a
renewal of the campaign."
Prince Undine, who is HI at the
Lelter mansion, will not start with
the mission on Its entire trip through
the South and West. He will Join the
mission, however, before It reaches
New York. Ills condition is improv
ing dally.
Recent reverses at Jamiano do not
alarm the Italian statesmen.
"The big battles of the campaign
are et to come when assaults are
made on the strongly fortified moun
tain positions around Hermada, which
protects the road to Vienna," they
said. They added that In the eighteen
day offensive Austrian Tosses have
been 20,000 men.
Enlists as Ambulance Driver for
.Service In France.
C Barry, twenty-six. of New York,
son of MaJ. Gen. Thomas H. Barry,
commander of the Central Department
of the army, enlisted here yesterday
as a.prlvate In the United States Am
bulance Corps.
He will 'drive an ambulance In one
of the first units that will be sent to
Barry, when asked why he prefer
red to serve as a private when he
might have better opportunity, re-piled-
"If I could not get on by my own
efforts I would be of little gwod. I
don't Intend to do any wire-pulling."
British Commander Reports
Satisfactory Progress.
Delivers New Blow Near Ypres on
Belgian Soil.
LONDON, June 7. Field Marshal
Halg'a resumed offensive swept for
ward victoriously early today over a
front of nine miles In the Messlnes
WytscKaete s'ector.
"Everywhere we captured our first
objectives," the British commander-in-chief
"Further progress was reported
satisfactory on the whole front. A
number of prisoners are reported al
ready reaching collecting stations."
Of the fighting In the section where
the big gains were made. General
Halg reported:
"We attacked at 1:10 this morning
German positions on the Memlnes
Wytchaete ridge, on a front of nine
miles, and everywhere captured our
first objective."
Fighting- Near Ypres.
The .desslnes-Wytchaete is located
In the small triangle of Belgium Just
below Ypres, which remains In Brit
ish hands. Save for raiding sallies
and occasional artillery fire,- this par
ticular sector has been quiet for
nearly a year. During the last two
days the British became almost con
tinuous raiders In this section and' by
day and night British artillery roared
an almost continuous bombardment.
Probably the Germans figured the
raids were to obtain Information as
to the forces opposing the British
there and the artillery preparatory to
ah ' assault. But General Halg
"crossed" them by hitting a tre
mendous blow yesterday far to the
south around Lens. He kept the ac
tion in this resumed offensive going
furiously all day yesterday, and then
suddenly early this morning deliv
ered the biggest blow of all In the
Messlnes-Wytchaete sector.
Offensive In Fall Blast.
Front dlspstches today indicated
complete success In the secondary
but Initial move, marking the com
plete resumption of the British of
fensive around Greenland hill.' Here
all objectives were gained by the
British attack and the enemy swept
from the western slope of the height.
The advance waa over a front of
about a mile.
Until today the British offensive
starting coincident with the German
"strategic retreat" early In April had
been stayed for over twenty days.
There were Isolated struggles bark
and forth, but no mass attacks such
as those with which Halg pounded
the Germans.
German Assault Near St. Quentln
Breaks Down.
PARIS. June 7. An enemy attack
over a front of 660 j arris northwest of
St. Quentln was broken down In' the
French barrage fires, today's official re
port asserted. The Germans v. ere forced
back to their own lines, badly punished.
North of Chemin fles Dames the war
office reported mutual artillery firing.
Waste Lives In Futile Attacks on
Italians In Last Few Days.
ROME, June 7. Furious but futile
counter attacks by the Aufftrlans have
cost them 5.000 In casualties In the
past Ave das, a'ccordlnff to semi -official
estimates today.
At no place have they succeeded In
dentin? the line which the Italian
offensive has pushed forward toward
Officials estimate that at least 100.
000 Austrlans participated In the
counter-offensive of the past three
da) a.
Biggest Ever Ordered by U. S., Indi
cating Size of New Submarine.
PHILADELPHIA. June 7. The Klec
tric Storage flattery Company, of this
city, has been awarded additional con
tracts by the United States Govern
ment for storage batteries aggregat
ing more than Sl.000.000 The plant
Is operating day and night on the
Government work.
Among the orders Just received Is
one for a storage battery that will
weigh ISO tons. This I the biggest
storage battery ever ordered by the
Government, and Indlcatrs the large
size of the new submarine In which
it will be placed.
S3.0O to Getly.bnrg. Pn., nnd return
Bsltlmore & Ohio R. R. Special train
from Union Station 7:00 a, tu, June 8th.
Original Documents Taken From
Petrograd Foreign Office.
AMSTERDAM (via London). June 7.
The Hamburger Fremdenblatt. a copy
of which has been received here, pub
lishes a Stockhold report, which ts al
leged to have emanated from Russian
sources, that the original treaties be
tween Russian and western powers
which were concluded here since 1913
have disappeared from the retrograd
foreign office.
The rumor connects the disappearance
of the treaties with "recent mysterious
burglaries at the foreign office and In
foreign embassies In the Russian cap
ital." Moran Shows
Former President of Chamber of Commerce Said
Consolidation of Civic Forces Would Crys-
talize Public Opinion in Capital.
There is no city in the United States that needs its civic
and commercial forces organized under a central head so much
as the city of Washington, according to P. T. Moran, a former
president of the Chamber of Commerce, and one of the public
spirited men of the community. Where a city has self-govern
ment, he says, the administration re-
fleets the views of a majority of the
United public opinion can get ac
tion quickly and effectively. In such
a city there Js far less need of a com
mercial -organization that can truth
fully speak or act for the people'lhan
In. a city where the citizens are not
Mr. Mersft strongly Indorses -the
movo.to .appoint an Independent c nv
mlttee that shall draw up a definite
plan of organisation and submit It to
the three organizations which are
contemplated In the merger.
Plan Merger Committee
Plans are now being made to get
the committee together. So fa its
membership Is tentative, but it will
be a nucleus to build up a larger body,
which will handle the proposition of
a merger until the question Is settled
one way or the other.
The statement made yesterday by
It- P. Andrews, president of the He
tall Merchants' Association, that he
waa strongly In favor of the plan of
having one organization, gave a tre
mendous boost to the merger Idea.
Each day, according to reports being
received by men heading the move
ment, the idea is gaining favor, and
there Is a feeling of confldt ire that
the Idea will ultimately be carried out
as it has been In practically every
large city In the country.
"There Is no people In the entire
country that believes more in the ef
fectiveness of organization than the
people of Washington," said Mr.
Moran. when asked for his views on
the merger. He has been suggested
as one of the members of the merger
committee. "This Is shown by the
fact that there are probably more or
ganizations of a local nature in Wash
ington than any other city of Its size
In the entire country. The city
overorganlzed. and at the same time
ineffectively organized.
Mast Speak for City.
"We have no organization that ran
speak for Washington. They can only
speak for their own membership, and
In many caaea they can't do that
because many men belong to several
organizations purporting to have dif
ferent views on public questions. Ac
tion by one. of our organizations
often means no more than the views
of a half dozen men on the board of
directors. Is It any wonder that Con
gress gives our delegations so little
consideration? Is It any wonder that
we do not accomplish more with
Congress? Is It any wonder that our
city Is not stronger In a commercial,
financial, and Industrial way?
"I hae always thought that If we
could go before Congress In a united
wsy, with a proposition which was
backed by the city, and put up by
strong men, we would not only gain
the utmost respect but the chances
are we would obtain whatever within
rtason we asked for.
"It is somewhat a puzzle to me that
the consolidation plan does not sweep
the city with enthustosm. We are at
a perilous time In the history of our
country. Etery city snoum nave us
men organized in the most efficient
way organized so that they could
act, quickly, and decisively.
Charles 11 Burroughs, elected to
foncrees to succeed Iste Congressman
Sulloway of New Hampshire, today i
took his oath of office and waa made
a member of the Bouse. I
Found in Philadelphia That Many
Were Given Away.
PHILADELPHIA, June 7-lnforma-tlon
reached United States Attorney
Kane today that hundreds, and per
haps thousands, of the blank blue
cards, which, when properly attested,
were given as certificates to those
who registered for the draft yester
day, had been scattered about the city
by careless registrars. In many In
stances they were presented as
souvenirs to friends of the registrars.
Government officials here agree
that this laxity has opened the way
for widespread forgery of the cer
tificates by any who seek to dodge
conscription. ,
Need of Merger
19-Year-01d Girl in Critical Con
tfttioii Assailant Held. .
. The tornadoes are killing a lot of
people out West."
"Tea. and I wish one would kill me."
Within fifteen minutes after she ex
pressed such a wish their morning. Miss
Charlotte Porter, nineteen years old. was
shot down In front of 210 Eighth street
southeast, and Is now In the Casualty
Hospital In a critical condition. Mrs.
Porter Washington Burns, twenty-three
years old. who accuses Miss Porter of
having been too much In the company
of Mr. Burns, her husband. Is at No. S
police station charged with the shooting.
Miss Porter has for several months
been boarding at 4 Eighth street
southeast, and Mrs. Burns lives with
her husband at 303 K street south
east. The events leading up to the
shooting began when the girl was
employed as a soda fountain clerk
three months ago at a drug store
where Burns works as a clerk.
Mrs. I. E. Catterton. with whom
Miss Porter boarded, said today that
the girl had frequently gone out with
Burns, but had believed he was di
vorced. A few days ago, she said,
the two went to Great Falls Jogether.
"For several days Charlotte seemed
very much depressed, and I know she
slept very little last night," said Mrs.
Catterton. "She was still despondent
this morning, and when I made a re
mark about the number of deaths
caused by tornadoes she replied she
(Continual on Fifth rage.)
Other Recruits Are George Wash
Ington, Grant, and Julius Caesar.
Adding one more name to the list
of versatile fighting men, St Peter
became a member of the United States
marine corps today. St. reter,
whose modern prefix happens to be
Leroy William, dropped In from Chi
cago to enlist, and Is said to be
ph)s!cal!y perfect with the exception
of a slight Injury to his left leg.
caused by a fall.
Other recruits, u'ho promise to be
exiellent warriors If names count for
an thing, are George Washington.
Grant. Sheridan. Sherman. Tomm
Atkins, Jesse James and Julius
Caesar, who halls from Brooklyn, Is
so oung that It was necessary to get
his mother's consent before he could
enlist In the marine corps. Iesp!te
his extremo uth. Julius may yet
prove to be "The noblest Roman of
them all."
Called "Godfather of American
Army" In Seml-Offlelal Note.
PARIS. June 7. Marshal Joffre Is
called "the Godfather of the American
army" In a semi-official note This note
sas the marshal had a conference with,
American military chief at which all
his Ideas for the nrsanlzatlnn of the
mw American armies were accepted
The note add. ihat the proenm for
Marshal Jofl re's collaboration with the
Amtrkan military authorities already
has been completed.
War Dept to Announce- Oc
cupations Within Limit
Government Fill Not Demoralize
Departments by Conscription.
"Indispensable persons In all need
ful occupations will be exempted from
conscription," the war ueparimeni.
announced today. Definite directions
will be given by the President and
the Secretary of War, It was explain
ed, as to what occupations are need
ful and within what limits workers
in them are to be considered by the
exemption board as exemptable.
These directions by President Wil
son and Secretary Baker will cover
the cases of the tnousanas oi gov
ernment workers In Washington who
are to be exempted from conscription
on the theory that tnelr services can
be best utilized by the Government
by continuing their present work
rather than to permit conscription to
demoralize the clerical forces In the
Government departments by calling
officials and clerks to arms.
JCo Xew Tteturna In.
Up to noon today no returns of reg
istration had been received In ad
dition to the eight States which re
ported last night. Two States ex
ceeded the census estimate, Pennsyl
vania by 70,000, and Vermont by more
than 1,000. Final returns from the
District gave 32.247 as the total regis
tration, two-thirds of which number
claimed exemption.
Large Increases of registration are
expected In the next few day owing
to the .policy announced by the
War Department of waiving tempo
rarily the penalizing clause of the
conscription act to give slackers an
eleventh hour opportunity to register.
Provost Marshal General Crowder
said today that while the actual re
cording had been practically finished
In a single day, the arrangements and
copying of the cards, their separation
Into appropriate groups, the publica
tion of lists, and the garnering In of
the late registrations will consume a
week or ten days.
Maehlnerr of Conscription.
"When this Is all done." General
Crowder said, "regulations govern
ing the Jurisdiction of the local
boards will be Issued and the ma
chinery will then be ready to pro
ceed to the drawing which will result
In a determination of the order In
which registered- men will be ex
amined for the purpose of their selec
tion for military or Industrial ser
vice. When this ts done it Is expect
ed the War Department will be able
to make a definite call for men and
the quotas necessary to fill the first
rail will be assigned to the varloca
Fight Fifteen Air Battles in France
in Two Weeks.
PARIS, June 7 Lieut William
Thaw, of Pittsburgh, and Adjt Raoul
Lufberry. of New York, the two
"aces" In the Lafajetto esadrllle.
with Sergt Willis Havlland. of Min
neapolis, of the same air squadron,
were formally cited In official orders
today for bravery In recent air com
Lats. The war office declared the Amerl-
canv In the Lafayette escadrllle as a
whole ha I fought fifteen air battles
In the last two weeks, with the fol
lowing flyers mentioned by name:
Lufberry. five combats; Havlland.
two; Corp. Walter Lnvell. of Concord,
Mass. two; Corp. Thomas Hewitt, of
New York, two; Corp. Kenneth Morr,
or Alaska, two.
M4drolt and Courageous.
Thaw. Lufberry, Havlland, and
Sergt, Charles Johnson, of St. Louis.
were said to have downed pianos 11
recent fighting.
Lieutenant Thaw has Juit returned
to the front after recovering from a
gra,ve wound. The official 'Italian
says of him:
"He has never ceased to give an
example of courage to all. He gath
ered information at a low altitude
over the enemy lines, resulting In our
preventing a surprise attaik."
Lufberry, Havlland. ami Johnson
were warmly complimented as "adroit
and courageous" pilots.
X3.00 to Clettyshurg. ra-Rnri return.
Piltlmore & Ohio. June 7. 8. and 9. Stop
it Kedsvllle for Antletam Battlefield
Valu for return until 11th. Special
from Union Station at 7:00 a. m.. 8th.
Soldiers of Today, With G. A. R. Also in Line,
Take Part in Pageant Over Which Fly Old
Glory and Stars and Bars.
Along Pennsylvania avenue, where marched the con
quering armies of Grant and Sherman in May, 1865, what
is left of the army of Lee and the Confederacy paraded to
day. It was the parade of the first Confederate reunion held
north of the Potomac and for the first time an honorary
escort of Union veterans marched with the men they fought
fifty-odd years ago.
Let the story be told in a letter which one of the old
Confederates might send to his wife back home tonight:
Washington, Jane 7, 1917.
My Dear: They told me I wMftooifeebleto march With my company
today. So they gave me a seat a-OT3jjfnra where President Wilson and
members of his Cabinet stood to rejiew uc I saw it all from there,
though my heart -was in the ranks.
The day dawned gloomily and
the bands began to play and the men steed at attention the sun cama
through and brightened the spirits and the uniforms of those who marched.
Last night there was a terrific thnneJe? storm like the one that preceded
our. retreat from Gettysburg.
Feels Benediction ef tee.
Somehow I felt that Lee looked down in benediction upon the scenes
in the streets of the National Capital tic' I felt that the spirit of the
magnanimous Grant was there in the rvwwijjg stand; that Sheridan and
hishorse stood near the Court ef Heiofr, -.d that the ghosts of Jackson,
Forrest, Stuart, and Pickett were wjjjtl-e-r old commands.
For this reunion 5a different njfjRsr. We have no -North jtwLSonta
today. The naUorA-a unKed'xaSjoft is t .rar again, and the old men
who trod Pennsylvania avenue were. ifoliowH by young men in khaki who
soon will go to European battleEeJrts lo offer sacrificial blood for the
liberties that are ours.
And so it was well that veterans of thv Blue marched with veterans
of the Gray, and that behind them carae! their sons and grandsons of tha
army of 1917. w
If .reunions are held it is to revivnemories, to strengthen comrade
ship, to answer roll calls that grow shorter each year.
Strange AndlThrfflUg Contrast
It was a strange and thrilling"" conmtst this mingling of the genera
tions in the line of march this morning. Enfeebled men, some of them en
their last march; the maids and matrons of honor, representative of the
aristocracy and the beauty of the South; veterans of the G, A. R. who had
no hate for the Stars and Bars; United States cavalrymen, reflecting tha
spirit of modern warfare; the cadets of high schools and military institutes,
of the age that some were when they went to war in the sixties; civic as
sociations formed to do honor to the old soldier within the gates; national
guardsmen, the country's second line of defense; "regulars" from Fort
Slyer, anc finally 2,600 student officers, stepping briskly with the increased
cadence of modern marches; and bands, many bands, with music that set
jaded nerves tingling and madeongs heart beat faster.
They played the old tunes and the new these bauds, led by the most
noted of them all, the Marine Band, with its members in redrested coats
and silver instruments reflecting the glory of the day.
Music Stirs Memories.
How the music stirred me and those about me; how it quickened tha
footsteps of aged men who passed in review! How memories crowded one
upon the other and marched us out of the present into the long. ago. Again
I saw Pickett charge at Gettysburg- I pictured Stonewall Jackson, called
the "right arm of Lee," as he fell at Chancel lorsville. Lee's farewell ad
dress to his broken army, with its face turned toward the dsolated South.
echoed once more in reddening ears.
One might see Stuart and Forrest as they led their courageous cav
alrymen into charges that no latter-day warriors will ever excel. Long
street, Gordon, Bee, and Bartow, Albert Sidney Johnston, Hill and Gar
nett they all marched before us as though they were in life today.
About a hundred of Forrest's old cavalrymen were here. Far down
the street one caught the colors of yellow trimmings upon the familiar uni
forms. Some were bent over, with eyes toward the ground. Others stood
erect, looking ahead at the flags that waved over the line of parade which
stretched toward the west and the coming sunset.
On Toward the Sunset.
Thus did the bystander and the marcher find the contrast the eventful
day through fighters of the '60's parading slowly to the western end of
life's highway, fighters of today falling briskly in behind to take vacant
places in the battle of tomorrow-
No Southern city could have given the survivors of the Confederate
armies a more touching greeting than they received today. Uncounted
thousands stood along the streets of the country's Capital and cheered men.
who fought bravely for what they believed to be a just cause.
The tragedy for then it was regarded as a tragedy by them that'
they lost was forgotten today by veterans and spetcators alike as the flag
of the United States fluttered beside the Stars and Bars and told the story
of what was and what is.
No camp came by without its plaudits; no commander rode past with-1
out being compelled to doff his hat as men and women of this and other
generations acclaimed valor as they saw it and had heard of it; no maid or
matron of honor can go home without the recollection of great outbursts
of applause that attested the hospitality and the sympathy of Washington
and its visitors.
Most Colorful Parade.
It is probable that no parade of the United Confederate Veterans has
been more colorful than this. From the windows and the roofs of practi
cally every building, from the Peace Monument to the White House- there
hung the flags of a common country. The very lampposts along the route
were topped with Old Glory. Miniature parasols of red, white, and blue
bobbed here and there as the thousands cheered. Automobiles and floats.
bedecked with the national colors, moved slowly in parade formation or
darted to the sight and left of the lines.
Except for the standardbearers of the Confederacy most of the ven
erable men who marched carried the flag of his country. It was symbolical
tew otouds threatened, but Just before
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