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ARMISTICE OFFER NOT BIG SURPRISE (Continued from First Page ) spar of the Krlemhilde trench sys tera. near Gesnes. Franco-American troops, driving northward aga.nst Vouiiers, are within less than fle miles of that Im portant German base. 'Bnemy long-range guns covering Ve-uxiers. which had been installed i near Sugny and between St. Etienne iM Semide, are being hastily with drawn. The Germans ere reported to be evacuating the entire Moronvllliers greVe. TJeneral Debeney Is tightening his crib on the OIsc region, south of SB Quentln. and ts Increasing his pressure against the northern de fenses of Laon and the St. Gobain mfMsif. AMERICANS PIERCE KRMILDE LINE eWlTH THE AMERICAN ARMY XpWrHWEST- OF VERDUN. Oct. 6. American forces have penetrated the famous Krlemhilde line, entering a spur trench. 'Enemy divisions totaling a million men. are massed between the Ar genne forest and the Meuse, opposing the advance of the Americans up the rlTer. which threatens the most vital German lines of communication. 'In the Aire valley, where the Americans are menacing the Grand Pre region, the crown prince has been unsparing of his troops In furious counter attacks. . jTbe line was pierced In the Gernes region, and the American advance seriously threatens the hold of the Germans In that, sector. ..(Gernes Is about Ave miles north west of Montfaucon. where the Amer icans have engaged in heavy fighting, meeting with the most stubborn re sistance.) toHADVANCE I 7 MILES IN NORTH LONDON. Oct. C The British ;ino. irr-the Flanders fighting now runs along the railway from Armentlerrs south to Marqullles. and thence to the Haute Deule canaL British troops have advanced almost seven miles at some points In their drive In the Armentleres-Liens sector. Many messages received here Indi cate that the Germans are preparing lor the Immediate evacuation of Laon, La Fere, Rlbemont, and the dgftrlcts behind St Quentln and Cam fcll. Towns' In this district are be lnj stripped of everything usable. ghe Germans are expected to make apletermlned stand behind the Haute Djiule canal to protect Lille and the manufacturing area. 9'orth of St. Quentln the British a$) gradually widening the breach in tal German lines. The enemy Is re suming desperately In this sector. F YOU BROKE and could not jet them duplicated WHAT WOULD YOU DO? jgr they longer than we have "It is considered prompt service to turn out a simple spherical lens in two weeks, be cause more frequently the patient waits from six to eight weeks." You Cannot Do Your Full Duty to Your Country Without Good Eyesight Your efficiency is dependent on your ability to see well. Your health and com fort demand that you see without strain. If your present prescription is more than twelve months old they may be improved upon. SAVE YOUR EYES from the over strain of overtime work. The Government has requested the discontinuance of all solid gold frames. GET AN EXTRA PAIR NOW While you can preferably those with the invisible shell rims that protect against breakage. DR. RAXON'S SERVICE combines a satisfactory prescription by thorough eye examination and glasses that are comfortable and be coming. Special Prices This Week "QUI and See." B r D Bwama . flifkfl Wiii ' Exda-are Optical Dept b viii i . iiu b un ii . i ,,n j wntK i jm r.'iMi - ; jr--" v vw -'.iir- Tr' i vr ,-- " -" " v,-v m tvo -" poor. -non.E5 i - nr-r w -ro c- mmr . p I L L(CapTTtht. Illl, Chios Trthens). j . AUSTRIAN BORDER REACHED BY ALLIES! LONDON, Oct 6. The allies on tho Balkan front have reached the frontier of Austria-Hungary, accord ing to Information received here to night It was reported the Serbs had reached the old frontier of Ser bia and Turkey by way of Vranla. The allies advanced by way of Novlbazar to the border of Bosnia, a former Turkish province that was taken by the Austrlans from Turkey to form part of the southern frontier of Austria, ROME. Oct C Continuing their pursuit of the retreating Austrlans In Albania, Italian troops have reached the LJusna-KavaJa-Pololven road In their advance on Elbasson, the Italian war office reports. Surrender of Bulgarians on the Italian portion of the Balkan front has begun. More than 7,400 have laid down their arms. Local operations were reported In various sectors of the Italian front "In Albania we are continuing our l. - At.. .......... .1... ... PUTBUILS Ul IIIC CI1CIIIJ, IMC Will-. munlaue said. "Beyond the fLJusna-' Kavaja-Pololven road, on the way1 to ! Elbassan, we came In touch with the enemy's rear guard. "Thursday the surrender of Bul garians facing our positions on the Monastir-Kloevo road began. One hundred and ninety-one officers. 7.C1S men, 8 guns. 70 machine guns, and S bomb throwers were taken. "In the Tonale area, southeast of PantaercavllTe, a detachment sur prised and destroyed a small enemy post The few survivors were cap tured. At Dossocaslna a hostile as sault patrol, approaching our posi tion, was driven back with hand tdmb8. "On the Asiago plateau. British troops, after an artillery bombard ment, broke Into the enemy's defen sive positions and took 150 prisoners. Including four officers. They cap tured three machine guns. "North of Grappa, the enemy, un der protection of an Intense bombard ment attacked at the head of the Stlzzon valley and at Mont Sulorolo. They were repulsed everywhere, ex cept at Malgavalpez. where they gained a foothold in an advance post They suffered heavy losses." Back the Fighting Men Tilth The Fighting Loan. YOUR GLASSES The American Associa tion of Wholesale Opticians has notified me that some lenses are unobtainable and rriar "flv Trtr" -urrir have been at war much S" RAXON9S9 G . I. n. W. Registered Optometrist SERBS TURN BOCHE ATTACK INTO ROUT LONDON, Oct C Fighting has again broken out In the Balkans. German and Austro-Hungarlan troops attacked the Serbs, but were repulsed and pursued toward the old Turco-Serblan boundary, the Serbian war office announced today. One Jwndred prisoners were cap- turea. m HUNS SEND PEOPLE OUT OF LORRAINE GENEVA. Oct.. 6. Forty villages In Alsace-Lorraine are being evacu ated, according to the Democrat In habitants of Murhausen, Colmar. Alt kirch and Ferrette have been ordered to be ready to leave on a moment's notice. GERMANY DENIES AMERICAN GAINS BERLIN, via London. Oct 6. Strong American assaults between the Argonne and the Meuse failed, the German war office states. Allies attacks In the Champagne and north of St Quentln were re pulsed. "Between the Argonne .. and the Meuse continued American assaults with strong forces failed," the state ment said. "North of St Quentln and in the Champagne enemy attacks were repulsed." The day statement reported fur ther retirement In Flanders, a slight French success north of St Quentln. and repulse of a Franco-Italian at- iacK in me -.nemin-des-Dames re gion. "Against our new lines the enemy has followed by way of Bols Grenler. Fournes. and Wlngles, and has crossed the railway east of Lens," said the statement "North of St Quentln the Frenci gained a footing in Lesslns and Mor coart We recaptured Lesslns. "Between the Ailette and the Alsne a united Franco-Italian attack against the ridges and declivities of the Chemin-des-Dames collapsed." IONGOFBMANS WINNING VICTORY The greatest battle fought on Bel gian soil since the beginning of the war Is now developing under the su preme command of King Albert de clare French official cables received here. Supported on the right by General Plummer's second British army, and on his left by the French. Klnir Al bert has met with success from the first attack. German lines were DroKen on a front runnlnir from nii mude to Tpres, and the attack then spread northward and nouthward. The importance of the Belgian ad vance lies in its threat on Lille and th bringing under fire of the im portant rail line brtwren Roulers and Ostend. The line from Thouron to Gh.nt also U Ferlounly threatened, and should the Germanx ln. rnntni of it they will have to evacuate the Pelgian seacoaRt as far north as Ostend. If they are forced to fall back they must make a considerable retirement to find positions of any great defensive value. TEACHERS KEEP BUSY Kven though the Spanish Influenza ha closed the public schools, the 17.000 teachers have found plenty of war work to do. Today 2.000 have, signed at the Lib erty loan headquarters on II street and are engaged as Liberty bond saleswomen, follcltor.-, and canvass era fur the big Sunday house-to-house ca nvntrs Think of Many Things, Do One BURNST Gold sliver aad naUm PurrBs.ta """ "" "" E Ei (Continued from first Page.) polntment of Prince Max. an op ponent of the Pan-German. That Germany Is trying to make the best bargain possible before complete military defeat comes, is the interpretation placed upon this latest step in the German" peace of fensive. HOLLAND ASKED BY FOE TO AID PEACE Austria some time since. wanteAJo have a meeting place in-. Holland for a peace conference. This was the sole Information forthcoming here last night with 'respect Ho Teuton press reports that Holland had been asked to assist in arranging a peace conference. r The feeler to Holland mnent a meet' ing place came at a time when Aus tria put forth her "nonblnding" peace session note. Nothing ever came of It, because President Wilson promptly scotched the peace effort by a quick rejection. State Department advice yester day showed that Germany has print ed only portions of President' Wilson's last speech on war alms, the censor having given It out only in frag ments. Government authorities doubt that Holland will lend ber-'goc-d offices ts furtherance of Teuton peace moves. though it Is considered a foregone conclusion that Germany will make new and desperate moves for peace before snow flies. ENGLAND TO REED ONLY DIRECT PLEA LONDON. Oct 8. Great Britain has communicated to the Turkish government that no overtures will be accepted from them except, direct and official proposals. It was learned from en official source. The decision of Great Britain was reached. It was stated, after many semi-official peace feelers from. the Ottoman empire had been communi cated to the British and other allied governments. The British government made it plain to Turkey, it is said, that official overtures which don't contain def inite proposals will be as unwelcome as the semi-official "feelers." Secret steps are being taken by pro-ally elements in Turkey to over throw the Young Turks and end the war, according to well-informed diplomats here. Unofficial feelers reaching London are the first visible result of this activity, it Is said. Direct appeals for peace will follow .the overthrow of the Pro-German Knver Bey and his pro-German colleagues, diplomats believe. UJDENDORFF WILL QUIT, IS REPORT LONDON. Oct . Reports that Gen eral Ludendorff, known as the "brains of the German army." is to resign and that the Germans are to evacuate their great bastion at Laon and other Im portant points In France have been received here. The rumor that Ludendorff is to re sign came from Budapest A Central News dispatch from Am sterdam said: "Many messages ars being received Indicating that the Germans Man the Immediate evacuation pf Laon. La Fere, and Rlbemont and Immediately ehlnd the fit quentin-camnrar front By Purchasing a Liberty Bond; f.r Xaaetseip ,,,, J Pi MAX OFFERS AH AT N This ground Is being stripped of everythlng-of military value." LONDON, Oct. 6. Although no of ficial announcement has been made of Austria-Hungary's new peace drive. v f ' -. .. ! the circumstantial reports of such a move, received through neutral channels, are generally accepted as authentic. Austria-Hungary's latest bid for peace Is reported to hare taken the F PARKER-BRIDGET COMPANY Co-operating With the Commissioners of Washington to Curb the Spread of Spanish Influenza Will Indefinitely Postpone The House Which Was Announced, to Take Place Monday the 7th 'T'HE store will open as usual at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m., during which time we will proceed along our regular business course. The extensive changes and innovations we have made to keep pace with wide-awake, progressive Washington are in place, and at your leisure you can come in and see the store in its new dress, which makes it beautiful, practical and capable of giving quick, efficient service. The Avenue form of a request that Holland Invite all belligerents to a "non-committal' conference at The Hague. The Dutch government has carried out this re quest, according to the Vienna corres pondent of the Berlin Tageblatt Warming' .y at Ninth Prince Maxmillan took office as Ira. perlal chancellor of German mursaay, succeeding Count von Hert llag. At the same time it was an nounced that he would address the Reichstag Saturday, setting forth the alms of the German government and the future International policy. It is possible that the offer of an armistice was contained In this speech. Count Maxmillan was known as a German with liberal tendencies, al though French statesmen hailed his appointment as further evidence that the militarists were still In control at Berlin. This v.lew was offset to some extent by news from Amsterdam that two Socialists had been taken Inte the German ministry as- secretaries without portfolio. The report that Germany had asked for an armistice, thus following the action of Bulgaria, did not come at a complete surprise, as It had been announced on Friday that the new German chancellor was In conference with the Kaiser and the Austrian ambassador in Berlin and cthat the cltr was buzzing with nirtn .-a "peace talk." Germany and her allies have ini fered an unbroken chain of defeat! on all of the battle fronts since th middle of July. While the Allies were beating the Germans back on the western battle front, the British were forging ahead In Turkey and thu Rrltfah. Fwnrh Ttaltan- c-i. and Greeks were putting Bulgaria eat or Business in me liaiKans. .- - V- ' ' '. sV w. . ;-