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Winged Dynamite Shells?
Germans Use New Ideas,
dory for His Ancestors.
Kaiser Hates England.
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"What's the use of talking about
anything except the war? And
what's the use of talking About
thAU l
Cloudy tonight and
Monday. Probably rata
Mondays alticatlr warmer
fontebt. Temperature at
11 a. a. 45 degree.
flte watataJfon
NUMBER 10.477.
Seventy Mile Gun Reported Located At St. Gobain Forest
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.
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.
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
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
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 hostile airplanes were downed by the British yesterday.. Twenty of
these descended out of control and three were shot down. Eight British machines are
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.
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."
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
News dispatches from the front indi
cate that at no point has Hmdenburg
been able to penetrate either the British
or French battle fronts.
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.
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.
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.

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