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tox'r- i" ""'"sfSjjrtl a Today Winged Dynamite Shells? Germans Use New Ideas, dory for His Ancestors. Kaiser Hates England. i "German cannon bombarding Paris at seventy-f our-mile range." .Is it really a cannon of huge size sending a shell with incred ible velocity? Or Is It a device such as this newspaper has sug- fested a flying machine with no nman passenger, carrying a dynamite charge on wings as far as the sender chooses? If the Germans are using this device, the bombardment of Lon don would be as easy as that of Paris. With such a machine no flier's life is risked. The fuel automati cally fed to the flying engine takes the place of the powder charge and frightfully expensive cannon and steel shells. Such machines could carry each a thousand pounds of dynamite. They will surely be used eventu ally, if the war lasts. The question is, What nation will be. first to send explosives on wings in the new way, instead of shooting it out of cannon in the old way? How many Germans are driven into the grave in this latest Kaiser "drive"? The military experts estimate that at least two hundred thou sand must have been killed on the German side in forty-eight hours. A good deal of useful work could have been (".one by those two hundred thousand men, whose death has supplied the Kaiser and his six healthy, unwounded sons with interesting reading matter. Better news will come, it is to be hoped. The English are at their best in a losing fight. They are meeting the real German at tack. For Germany, unable to reach this country, is most bitter m her desire to hurt England. The Prussians have long ad mired, envied and hated "the Eng lish gentlemen." No higher com pliment could be paid the badly dressed Prussian than to tell him that he looked Ilka an Englishman. The English perhaps have de voted too much time to being "gentlemen." Social qualities do not count in war. The Prussian society person swaggering about the racetrack was a comical Eng lish imitation, in dress and man ner. But. aa the world has discover ed, he is a frightfully efficient ..thing in uniform. Wellington, so Chesterton says. thpugbt ' ha had disposed of Napoleon when he said, "Kapo leon is not a gentleman." It was lucky that Wellington met the Corsican when the bitter's digestion and nervous energy had been ruined, when Napoleon was hardly able to keep awake during battle. If he had met the real Napoleon of an earlier day the story would have been different The world wonders why Ger many mnlcps the expensive, bloody attack on well-fortified English lines, instead of attacking north ern Italy, insufficiently supplied with cannon. The answer is, perhaps, that this kind of war is a matter of cannon, number and weight of shells that are thrown. France and England are manu facturing br guns as rapidly aa possible. Germany has Jnst added to her supply the thousands of guns from Russia, and her own guns from the western front. It may have eemed wise to use all the weight ef thes cannon against the Eng lish line while cannon superiority Mmained with the Germans. From abroad comes sews dis couraging for all except the United States. Any man who is discouraged in this country de serves to take orders from some Prussian. The new weapons have been left to Germany. The allies have neg lected the flying machine, using it as an interesting toy, while the Germans have used the submarine for scientific murder and for Eng land's starvation. England and the allies have done the things already known, or have followed in the wake of Germany. America has trailed along, still farther in the wake advised by foreign, commissions, using appar ently little of her own inventive genius. But our country is this North American continent, not the west ern fringe of Europe. And Germany will not settle with theororld until she has set tled t th this continent. The are sixty-five millions of Gennt s plus a negligible collec tion of vassals that will make use ful Prussian helots for German fields, if Prussia comes maraud ing across the ocean. Here there are a hundred mil lions of Americans. It ought to take a long time for the All Highest to inflict His rule. His taxes, or His culture on this country. Everything stops in this world, except death, while the Prussian product of the Middle Ages car ries out his plans. To believe that those plans will succeed in the end would mean a poor opinion of the power that controls this earth and of the human race by which the earth is owned. As an old newspaper man truly says: "What's the use of talking about anything except the war? And what's the use of talking About thAU l WEATHER: Cloudy tonight and Monday. Probably rata Mondays alticatlr warmer fontebt. Temperature at 11 a. a. 45 degree. flte watataJfon Wm FINAL , EDITION NUMBER 10.477. WASHINGTON. SUNDAY EVENING. MABCH 24, 1918. PRICE TWO CENTS. Seventy Mile Gun Reported Located At St. Gobain Forest PARIS SHELLED AGAIN German Hordes Push on Big Drive Through British Lines Super-Gun Possible, But Doubtful, Says Maxim Hudson Maxim, noted inventor: - f "It may be true, but I doubt it." ', . "I do not deny, however, that it would be possible to make an enormous gun, especially for this purpose, which could throw a special projectile this distance by being fired at an extreme elevation. The cost of makT ing such a gun would be terrific, and the cost of firing it so great that it would be impractical in view of the lim ited damage it could do. The life of such an enormous gun necessarily would be brief. "I do not regard the news about the big gun half as important as what is going on at the battle line." Lester P. Barlow, of Philadelphia, inventor of the aerial torpedo and anti-submarine depth bomb: "The aerial torpedo is the most'terribly destructive engine of warfare that the world has ever seen." The'mechanism of the torpedo, it was said, Is sim ple, and those guarding the secret feared the Germans have hit upon the device. I REPORTED SHELLING OF PARIS DOUBTED LATEST2:30 P. M. NEW YORK, 2 P. M. The Evening Telegram prints the fol lowing cable from Paris: PARIS, March 24. The German "mon ster cannon,'' which has been bombarding Paris, has been located in the forest of St. Gobain, west of Laon, and seventy miles from the Paris city hall. The city is being shelled again. OMAN R S BAHER FIERCELY ON BRITISH BATTLE LINES BY WAR OFFICIALS ir The War Department announced today that its cables from abroad contained no confirmation of the reported bom bardment of Paris. A report sponsored by the Associated Press gave the information yesterday afternoon that the Germans had be gun firing on Paris with long range guns. The informa tion was supported by the statement that the news was official. No other news source cabled this information, the nearest approach being the cables carried-by all the news associations that airplanes had flown over the city and had dropped bombs. The Associated Press dispatches today reported the guns as having probably fired from 74 lt miles from Paris. The nearest reported approach of the German artillery to Paris is sixty-two miles distant from the city. General Peyton C. March, acting chief of staff, late vesterdav cabled to General Pershing for a report on the battle situation and on the reported "bombardment of Paris." The cable would have reached Paris about mid night in the French capital. Cable Paris For Confirmation. French officials at the embassy and mission were so dis turbed at the reports that Capt. Andre Tardieu, head of the French high commission, sent a cable to Paris for con firmation. President Wilson was at luncheon when the first bulle tin unofficially reporting an attack on Paris by artillery was received at the White House. An immediate request was made to the State, War, and Navy Departments for all in formation obtainable on the reported development, which was regarded as one of the most startling of the war, if true. Without Official Information. The heads of the several departments reported back that they were without official confirmation of the Paris report It was given as the official opinion of the artillery experts In the War Department that guns of sufficient size to send a shell from the nearest German approach to Paris would be impractical. Experts unite in saying that the Germans have no gun that can carry sixty-two miles. A projectile from such (ContlnuM oa pn;a 3, column 74 Cable to the French War Mission At noon today the French High Mission received a cable from Paris which said: ' "The English lines are hold ing energetically. Confidence at the front remains abso lutely jstrong. " - v t . No answer had been' received up to noon to Commissioner Tar dieu's cabled inquiry to Paris regarding the bombardment by Ger man long range guns of that city. "All we can say is that we don't believe it," was the only com ment issued by the French mission in regard to the report. Haig's Bulletin Today LONDON, March 24.-The following official bulletin from Field Marshal r Haig was given out this morning: . 'Positions are unchanged. The bat tle continues." Message From General Pershing on the Bombardment Is Being Decoded A dispatch from General Pershing, commander of United States troops in France, arrived at the War Department early this morning. It is believed to bear directly on the German drive and the reported bombardment of Paris. The message is now being decoded and probably will be made public today. American Staff Officers Estimate Battle Will Last Five Days Staff officers at the War Department digesting reports that came in at frequent intervals and poring over huge maps in the chief of stafPs office, estimated that five days of the frightful slaughter must continue before the issue of the struggle can be definitely determined. . In that space of time, staff officers calculate, the Germans -will lose two men for every one that is killed, wounded, or captured from the British ranks. TWENTY-SEVEN AIRPLANES DOWNED. Twenty-seven hostile airplanes were downed by the British yesterday.. Twenty of these descended out of control and three were shot down. Eight British machines are missing. Eight and a half tons of bombs were dropped on many positions during the day and fourteen tons at night. t , Berlin officially claims the capture of 25,000 prisoners, 400 cannon, and 300 ma chine guns. "ACCORDING TO PLANS." The Berlin Vossiches Zeitung, received in Amsterdam this evening, contained a dis patch from its correspondent on the west front declaring that all the German move ments occurred with "marvelous exactitude and according to the plans of the master who organized the attack." The correspondent says that the British are "defending their posi tions bravely," but that the British command "seems unequal to the attack." 'THE LAST EXERTION." Other. German newspapers call the battle "the last exertion. of strength before peace." They add that the German army leaders probably intend to "bleed the enemy to death' before the final attack. LONDON, March 24. The British lines are holding, x .-" . ' - ' Firmly entrenched ifi their previously prepared "battle positions," the Allied troops are today consistently repulsing the continued massed onslaughts hurled against their lines. "The battle continues. Our position unchanged," was the laconic message flashed to London today by General Haig. News dispatches from the front indi cate that at no point has Hmdenburg been able to penetrate either the British or French battle fronts. FURY OF BATTLE UNABATED Intense waves of enemy troops continued today to batter against the 'Allied line with unabated fury. On the Somme battlefield, Field Marshal Haig's forces in the south are meeting the heaviest blows the Germans have struck during the war. Heroic infantry engagements and artillery duels of almost incredible intensity are in progress along the Roisel Peronne route and on the approaches to the village of Ham. At this point the Germans have made their deepest thrust into the allied lines of that section. Heavy fighting is also reported along the Somme canal from Ham to Tergnier. British rear guards in the regions of Nurlu, Mory, Mer catel and Vitasse held their lines last night and early today against forces greatly superior numerically. BEND NORTH OF' MORY. The heaviest bend in the British lines. in the north is at Mory. This city is reported to have changed hands sev eral times in attacks and counter attacks. It is at the apex of a four-mile salient thrust into the allied lines. The German offensive is apparently centered on their effort to break through the allied lines southwest of St. Quentin. It is believed the enemy hope is to drive a wedge between the British and the French forces and to cross the Somme canal and proceed in the general direction of Compeigne. A supreme effort to cut the lines at this point is forecast. ADVANCE ON 20-MILE FRONT. Summarized accounts of the chief German, operations up to noon today indicate an advance over a front of ap proximately 20 miles. West of Cambrai the advance has been to a depth of from three to five miles. West of St. t