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NEWS ITEMS FROM ALL OVER KANSAS Happenings of More or Less Interest Gathered From Many Sources. PLAii A STATE RESERVE BANK Kansas Bankers' Association to Ask Legislature to Create Institution Similar to Federal System. A Kansas reserve bank similar in many respects to the Federal Reserve Bank system, but applicable only to the state banks of Kansas, will be pro posed to the next legislature by the Kansas State Bankers' Asociation. Walter Wilson, state bank commis sioner, said recently that a special com mittee had been named by the asso ciation to work out the plans and draft the law for the bank. There are over seven hundred of the one thou sand state banks in Kansas with a capital so small that they cannot join the federal reserve system and are often handicapped in securing money for local business or in providing in vestments for their own funds. This is especially true this year when East ern Kansas banks have plenty of money, while Western Kansas banks are big borrowers. The state reserve bank will be purely a bank for bank ers, not doing a commercial business, but handling the business of the small state banks. Complaints have been made to Sec retary J. C. Mohler of the state board of agriculture that grain buyers in certain localities are trying to take advantage of the farmer because of the grain embargo, established at Kansas City by the railroad adminis tration. These complaints state that farmers, upon bringing their wheat to market, are told that there is prac tically no market for wheat because it cannot be shipped to Kansas City. But the dealers offer to take it at a cut price. One farmer wrote Secre tary Mohler that rather than haul his wheat back to the farm and unload it he sold to a miller for $1.60 a bushel. Miss Georgia Turner of near Gard ner was killed recently when a motor car in which she was riding skidded on an oiled road near Olathe, and she was thrown from the rear seat. Ske was with a party returning from a dance at Spring Hill, and though the car turned over, none of the other oc cupants was injured. Miss Turner was the teacher at Highland school and was the daughter of Mrs. Laicinda Turner' and a niece of W. P. Turner, county commissioner. She was 20 years old. The thirty-first annual meeting of the Kansas Firemen's Association closed at Lawrence recently. George Obenland of Clay Center, the young es,t man to be selected as president of the association in its history, was elected to that office. T. E. Skinner of Osborne was elected vice presi dent; J. J. Hammett of St. John was elected second vice president, and K. D. Foyle of Wamego was' elected sec retary. George Mohrbacker was - re elected treasurer of the association. Mrs. S. O. Coblentz of Elmdale was killed instantly and her 18-year-old daughter injured severely when the car in which they were motoring turned turtle eight miles south of Council Grove. Mr. Coblenz and son, Wesley, escaped injury, while the driver, Mr. Snodgrass, was bruised se verely. The party was motoring to Alta Vista, and the driver lost con trol. Lieut, Lloyd O. Beaton of Baldwin was killed in action in Lorraine on August 30, according to word received ther6. Lieutenant Beaton resigned a position with the Associated Press at Kansas City to attend the officers training camp where he secured his commission. Previous to joining the Associated Press he was employed as a reporter in Kansas City. He was a graduate of Baker University. Following the resignation of the as sistant weather observer at Topeka, it was announced by S. D. Flora, state meteorologist, that two young women, Miss Helen Claypool and Miss Alta Puett, had been employed to take charge of the work. This is the first time women have been employed as weather observers in Kansas, it is til 4. The new $40,000 community house erected at Junction City with funds subscribed by the Rotary clubs of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma has been accepted by the local committee in charge and a formal opening will be held early in October. Ike Saunders, trustee of Louisburg Township and candidate for district clerk on the Democratic ticket at In dependence, committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. It is aid he was despondent because of domestic difficulties. He was 45 years old. . At a special election held in Abi lene a 20-year extension in" its fran chise was voted the Riverside Light, Power and Gas Company by a vote of 469 to 63. The company furnishes . electric current to thirty-two towns. ' Atchison business men are elated over their success in securing a stu dent army training corps for Midland College at Atchison. Word has been received that a corps for Midland Col lege has been approved by the Wa Department and a United States to begin instruction. Lieut A. J. Sauer has arrived at Baldwin to assume charge of the S. A. T C. at Baker University. He will start Inducting men into the v corps immediately. x If Kansas and Midwest manufac turers in general do not get together and go after war business they wil be denied essentials, with the result that scores of industries in this state will be forced to close their doors. This was the message brought back by Earl Akers, cashier of the Kansas Reserve Bank of Topeka, from Wash ington, where he had a conference with the officials in charge of the distribution of essentials to manufac turers. Akers was told if Western manufacturers collectively would go after war contracts they could get enough to keep their factories run ning, but co-operation is considered necessary because the contracts are larger than the average Western man ufacturer could take care of single handed. The government war Industries board has put highway construction on a strict war basis in this state, and has laid down a certain routine where by contractors may apply" for the necessary government approval to complete the jobs. This is to be done through the state highway commis sion. But a number of partly com pleted paving jobs, especially in cities in the southeastern part of the state, are tied up indefinitely, according to Secretary Markham of the state high way commission, because the govern ment has not yet sent to the highway board the blanks or questionnaires designed for the contractors, cities, counties or townships to fill out in making application for the goveVa ment's approval. The annual convention of the Kan sas Motion Picture Exhibitors League will be held in Hutchinson on October 21 and 22. The plans are all made for the presence here during the con vention of a number of motion picture actresses of national reputation. A ball, at which the stars will appear, will be the concluding number on the program. An interesting feature will be a contest in impersonation of movie stars, in which any girl in the state will be eligible. Exhibitors froia all over the state are expected to find candidates for this contest and bring them to the convention. Penalties for feeding wheat to hogs have been assessed in two instances recently by the Kansas food adminis tration. At Winfield, Thomas Turn stall was penalized $10 He had accept ed wheat from farmers in payment of debts and fed the wheat to his hogs. W. WPatterson, a farmer of Bushong, was penalized $25 for feeding wheat to live stock and for failing to rake wp windrows in his wheat field. The money was paid to the Red Cross in each instance. The barbarities of the German in vaders of France have been brought home to this community vividly. Two orphan French children,- victims of the German atrocities, who have been adopted by Leon O. Becker of New ton, have arrived here to make their home with the Beckers. The children have both hands cut off and are other wise marked by the almost unbeliev able cruelties which the promoters of German "kultur" perpetrated on non combatantc of northern France. Maj. Alvarado M. Fuller has receiv ed telegraphic orders from the adju tant general at Washington, promo ting him to be a colonel in the regu lar army. Colonel Fuller entered the service as a, private, Troop B, 2d Cavalry, at Omaha, January 1, 1870. He was promoted to be a major and retired January 19, 1907, and was im mediately detailed on active duty with the Kansas National Guard. Word has been received at Neode sha from Ross Bowles, superintendent of a lead and zinc company in St. Louis, that his son, Lieut. Martin Bowles, was killed in action in France, J September 3. Lieutenant Bowles was a Neodesha boy, having gone from there to the officers' training camp at Camp Funston. Mis3 Marcelle Arbiorean and Miss Marie Bernard, sent from France by the French government to be educated in Baker University, have arrived. The French government is sending 130 girls to America to be educated. Four are being sent to Kansas schools, two coming to Baker and the other two going to Washburn. The power plant of the Lebo Light and Power Company burned recently. This plant furnished power for the elevator and the city's lighting sys tem. Arrangements probably will b made -to have a line run from Emporia to furnish the town with electricity. The Beloit High School building was destroyed by fire recently. The loss will be $100,000 or more with in surance of $25,000. The fire started in the physics room on the second floor, but the cause Is unkonwn. Miss Lillian Silver, 20 years old, of Salina, died the other night from in juries received when she was pinned under a motor car which ran off the end of a culvert and turned over. Theodore Roosevelt will be in Wich ita October 20 as guest of the Inter national Wheat Show, according to E. F. Mclntyre, general manager of the exposition. He said a message was received from Colonel Roosevelt, ac cepting an invitation to speak on the Liberty Loan. A F. Miller of Greeley has been notified that his son, William Miller, is missing in action in France. This is the second son he has lost in bat tle, his son, Charles P. Miller, having been killed in action July 15. . Although the organization . of the Loyalty League at Newton was start ed recently, it already has enlisted more than 900 members. Officers have been elected as follows: The Rev. J. E. Henshaw, president; John C. Ely, vice president; Earl Jett, sec retary. At the organization meeting a committee of five, to be known as the "vigilance committee," was named. Victor Murdock of Kansas has been nominated by President Wilson for another term as a member of the Fed eral Trade Commission. ALLIES CONTINUE VARIOUS DRIVES Enemy Forces Have Been Bad ly Defeated in Palestine and Macedonia. FRENCH HAVE TAKEIi PBILEP Bulgar-German Troops Lose Strong Strategic Point North of Monas tir Close to St. Quentin. Washington, Sept 25. In both Macedonia and Palestine the Entente Allied forces are giving the already badly beaten Bulgarians, Germans and Turks no rest, while in France the British and French are continuing to draw their net more closely about St. Quentin and the remaining elements of the Hindenburg line in this imme diate region. In Macedonia the situation of the Bulgarians and Germans daily grows more critical as the Allied forces steadily maintain their pressure against them. In Turkey the latest operations of the British and Arab tribesmen friendly to the Allied cause seemingly forecast the complete destruction or capture of the Ottoman troops in Palestine on both sides of the River Jordan. St. Quentin, through the latest ad vices of the British and French, is all but enveloped, and to the north the strong enemy line protecting Cambrai has been further encroached upon by Field Marshal Haig's men. Allies Press Forward. All along the 100-mile front in Macedonia, from the region north of Monastir to Lake Doiran, the entire Entente armies, have pressed further forward against the demoralized' Bul garians and Germans, whose rein forcements have not been able to stif fen the line for a face about. North of Monastir the important strategic position of Prilep has been occupied, thus giving control of the numerous roads radiating from it to the French cavalry; in the center the Serbians have pushed their wedge fur ther in between the enemy's western and eastern armies, while on the ex treme eastern flank the British and Greeks have advanced along both sides of the Vardar to a depth averag ing about ten miles over a front of twenty miles. Keep in Touch With Enemy. Nowhere are the Entente command ers permitting the Bulgarians and Germans to lose contact with the ad vancing troops, who are harassing them vigorously. So badly has the hundred miles been penetrated or battered that im mediate dire calamity seemingly faces the enemy units and the retreat is greatly hastened unless the "enemy is fleet enough of foot to outdistance the Allies on the wings of the drive and reconstitute his front to the north with Its center .resting possibly on Uskub or thereabouts. Even if such a maneuver is possible, doubtless it will be necessary for the enemy to straighten his line westward through Albania to the Adriatic sea. Allies Gain on All Fronts. Washington, Sept 24. Disaster has overtaken the Teuton over all fields. In Palestine the Turks are all but absolutely crushed; in Macedonia the Entente forces are harrying their foes and threatening them with similar dis aster; in France the British and French troops slowly but surely are eating their way into the vitals of the German defensive positions, the col lapse of which would result in impor tant changes all along the- Western battle front, and in Eastern Siberia the Japanese have made additional strides forward in the process of re claiming that territory for the Rus sians. . In all the theaters of war the En tente Allies have the initiative in their hands and are pressing their advan tage rigorously. The Germans and their allies nowhere are able to do more than stand on the defensive. And in Palestine and Macedonia their efforts in this respect have proved sorry ones. Turks Suffer Heavy Losses. From north of Jerusalem to the Sea of Galilee in the territory lying be tween the River Jordan and the Medi terranean Sea, the Ottoman forces have been caught by the swift drive of the British armies and virtually an nihilated. Added to the heavy cas ualties suffered by the Turks, thou sands of them were made prisoner and many more are wandering bewil dered, without leaders, in the hills, eventually to be brought in to swell the great total. At last accounts more than twenty-five thousand of the sul tan's soldiers and 260 guns and large quantities of war stores were in Brit ish hands. America Has Silver Bullet. Chicago,. Sept. 25. Three hundred billion dollars can be raised by the United States if necessary, in the opinion of 3,500 bankers gathered at the forty-fourth annual convention of the American Bankers Association. In Trenches 3 Years; Killed by Motor. Chicago; Sept 25. After spending three years in the trenches with the Canadfftn Expeditionary Forces, Sergt Joseph H. Stokes, on leave from the Canadian Army, was killed by a motor car here last night Loan Shark Left iyA Million. New York, Sept 25. Daniel H. Tol man, known from coast to coast as "king of the loan sharks," left an es tate of $7,259,344, according to an ap praisal filed 'here today. The assets comprise chiefly notes for amounts running as high as $300,000. Germany to Give Ships to Spain. London, Sept 25. The Times 1 earns from Son Sebastian that. Germany has offered to hand over to Spain seven German ships interned in Spanish ports. To add to the demoralization of th Turkish morale, .Allied aviators are carrying out successful bombing raids against Constantinople. Cut Bulgarian Communications. Over a front of eighty -miles in Southern Serbia, from Monastir to Lake Doiran, the Entente troops are vigorously assailing the Bulgarians and Germans. Already In the swift drive in the center a great spearhead has been pushed across the Istib Prilep Road, seyering communications between the Bulgarian army northeast of Monastir and that in the Lake Doi ran region. Unofficial reports are to j the effect that the Serbs have taken j between nine thousand and ten thou sand prisoners and 120 guns. Capture 18,000 Turks. London, Sept 23. British troops in their drive north throughout Palestine already have counted 18,000 Turkish prisoners and have collected 120 guns, besides four airplanes and a large j Quantity of uncounted transports, ac cording to an official statement given out this evening by the British war office. " This means the virtual annihilation of the Ottoman forces in this region. The British losses were surprisingly slight considering the importance of the advance. Here in less than four days the Brit ish have swept forward in the center between the .Jordan river and taken famous Nazareth, while their wings closed round in a swift enveloping movement and nipped within the maw of the great pincer all the Ottoman forces In the coastal sector, the plain of Sharon, the hill region in the cen ter and also the western Jordan valley. SET TOTAL OF LIBERTY LOAN The Amount, Probably Six Billions, Was Not Announced Interest Rate Per Cent Washington, Sept. 24. All terms of I the Fourth Liberty Loan except the j size and the maturity were announced today by the Treasury. The amount probably near 6 billion dollars, was decided on, but announcement was withheld. The interest rate will be 44 per cent, the same as that of the Third Liberty Loan. Bonds will be dated October 24, five days after the close of the subscription period, and the first interest payment will be made next April 15, and will be for the 173 days intervening. Thereafter, semi annual payments will be made October 15 and April 15. On a $50 bond the first interest coupon will be ' worth $1.01, on $100, $2.02, and higher multi ples accordingly. Both coupon and registered bonds will be issued in denominations of $50. $100, $500, $1,000. $5,000 and $10, 000. The $50,000 and $100,000 bonds will be registered only. V U. S. WILL CONTROL COTTON Federal Government to Distribute the Staple While the Price Fixing Probe Is Under Way. Washington, Sept 24. First steps looking to the fixing of prices for stan dard grades of raw cotton were taken today by the government in the nam ing of two committees, one to investi gate the entire cotton situation and the other to control during the period of this inquiry the distribution of cot ton by purchasing all of the x staple needed by the United States and the Allie sat prices to be approved by the President Thomas W. Page, vice-chairman of the tariff commission, is chairman of the committee of inquiry, and Charles J. Brand of the Department of Agri culture is chairman of the purchasing committee. The shortage for the coal year now amounts to 13,624,000 net tons and makes necessary during the remain der of the coal year a daily production of 2,038,000 tons, or 2 per cent more than the average daily production to date. OUTPUT OF COAL SHOWS GAIN But a Big Shortage for the Year Still Exists, Federal Fuel Admin istration Reports. Washington, Sept 23. Production of both bituminous and anthracite coal increased during the week ending Sep tember 14. An announcement today by the Fuel Administration, placed bi tuminous production at 12,692,000 net tons, an increase of 13.2 per cent over the preceding week, and anthracite production is estimated at 2,088,000 net tons, an increase of 29.1 per cent over the week before. SLAVS MURDER AMERICANS Amsterdam, Sept 23. The Russian People's Commissary at Vologda, ac--cording to the Petrograd correspon dent of the Hamburg Nachrichten, has urged on the population of the entire Vologda Province the moat ruthless persecution of British subjects and French and American citizens. Stops Malting for Beer. Washington, Sept 23. Malting of grain for the purpose of brewing beer or near beer is prohibited by an order issued today by the food administra tion. The order is effective Immedi ately. i Twelve Accidentally Killed. Washington, Sept 23. Twelve deaths from airplane accidents at army aviation fields throughout the country during the week ended September 14 are reported in a summary issued by the war department To Get Honor Pennants. Washington, Sept 23. Industrial honor pennants, a new development in Liberty loan campaigning, will be awarded to all establishments which show that 75 per cent of their em ployes harre subscribed to the Fourth Liberty loan. . Jews Plan New Welfare Huts. New York, Sept 23. The Jewish welfare board announced today it had authorized the erection of twenty-seven new huts in "military cantonments throughout the United States. THE INFLUENZA IS SPREADING FAST Public Health Service Making Strenuous Efforts to Check the Disaase. CONFERENCE AT WASHINGTON War and Navy Departments and Red Cross Discuss Relief Measures 5,324 New Cases. Washington, Sept 26. Spanish in fluenza has spread over the country so rapidly that officials of the public health service, the War and Navy de partments and the Red Cross con ferred today on measures to help local communities in combatting the di sease. Calls for assistance already have been received from several cities and in one Instance, Wilmington, N. C, the public health service hospital was opened for treatment of persons suffering with the disease. Considering Drastic Steps. Surgeon General Rupert Blue of the public health service said tonight that latest reports showed that the malady made its appearance in twenty-six states from the Atlantic - to the Pa cific. The disease is epidemic in New England, where it first made its ap pearance, and officials in that section are considering drastic steps to curb its spread, including the prevention of public gatherings. Influenza has appeared on the Pa cific coast in Washington and Cali fornia, but is not yet epidemic there. It also has been reported in Minnesota and Iowa. East of the Mississippi, however, there are few states where it has not been found. The Disease Is Spreading. The disease continued to spread to day in army camps, 5,324 new cases being reported to the officers of the surgeon general of the army up to noon. No new camps were added to the list and it was announced that there are fifteen camps and stations free from influenza. The total reported from the camps today was the largest in any one day and brought the total for all camps to 29,002 cases. The number of pneu monia cases reported among the sol diers since the outbreak of the influ enza epidemic September 13, is 2,313, and the number of deaths since that date is 530, with 155 reported today. For the first time since the out break the number of new cases re ported from Camp Devens, Mass., was lower than the number reported from another camp. The new cases at Camp Devens numbered 399, making the total 11,715. Hoboken reported the greatest number, 1,025. This, however, included several camps and depots. ARCHBISHOP IRELAND DEAD Overwork In Patriotic Activities Brought on Breakdown of Aged Prelate of Catholic Church. St Paul, Sept 26. Archbishop John Ireland of the St Paul diocese of the Roman Catholic Church died at 3:55 o'clock yesterday morning after an ill ness of heart disease and stomach trouble. The archbishop was in frail health for a year. Last winter he went to Florida. When he returned, early in the spring, he suffered a breakdown, and for several days was at the point of death. After his physicians had practically abandoned Lope for his re covery he grew better and almost im mediately after he was able to leave his bed he celebrated solemn high mass at the cathedral. Archbishop Ireland recently cele brated his eightieth birthday. Shortly afterwards he suffered a second re lapse within sir months, and his con dition soon became grave. NO PEACE TRAPS FOR LABOR French Leaders Are Told by Gomper That American Workers Desire Clean Cut Victory. Paris, Sept 26. Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, told more than a score of French labor leaders, representing every phase of workmen's activities in France, that American labor is de termined to carry the war on to a vic torious finish. He declared America's working men will "see it through, whatever may be the cost" Gompers said there will be no listen ing to any peace propositions and no peace talk "until It's over. From many of the French leaders the Gompers delegation received the assurance that France's labor will stand with America and maintain a home front until victory has been won by arms, turning deaf ears to peace trap lures. May Fix Price of Hogs. Washington, Sept 26. Guarantee to farmers of a minimum price of $15.50 a hundred pounds for hogs during the war is recommended by tha national agricultural advisory committee in a report submitted 'today to the Food Administration. Canada's War Toll, 115,806. Ottawa, Sept 26. The- net losses In the overseas military forces of Canada in England and France up to August 1 were 115,806 officers, noncommission ed officers and men. Berlin Admits Allied Raids. Amsterdam, Sept 26. Forty-seven air raids were made on German towns In the month of August according to an official statement issued at Ber lin. This statement says Beventy-nine persons were killed and 113 injured In the raids. " ... A Swedish Gunboat Sunk. Copenhagen, Sept 26 The Swedish gunboat Geinheild has been sunk by striking a German mine in the Skager Rak with the loss of the chief officer and eighteen Ea. X Major Lambert Head I of Medical Association J t X fl . ) I! B ) Alaj. Alexander Lambert, a New York physician, who was elected head of the American Medical association after one of the most spirited contests ever held. HOUSE VOTES FOR DRY NATION Prohibition Rider to Agricultural Bill Adopted by Big Majority All Amendments Defeated. Washington, Sept 24 National pro hibition, effective next July 1 for the period of the war, was approved to night by the House, which adopted, 171 to 34, the Senate prohibition rider to the 12 million dollar Emergency Agricultural Appropriation bilL The measure now will jj sent to confer ence for adjustment of differences be tween the two houses on appropria tion items. All efforts to amend the legislation were defeated. A proposal by Repre sentative Kahn of California, Repub lican, to extend the effective date for prohibiting the sale of wine and beer to December 31, 1919, was defeated, 112 to 52, as was one by Representa tive Beshlin of Pennsylvania, Demo crat to change the date for stopping the manufacture of beei and wine from next May 1 to December 1, 1313. After voting in the committee of the whole to accept an amendment permitting the importation of wine until next May 1, the House later re versed its decision, and by a vote of 121 to 59 retained the original Senate provision that importation of winti must cease when the measure be comes effective upon its signature by the President The. amendment was approved by the House agricultural committee to meet an objection by the governments of France, Italy, Spain and PortugaL Debate over the bill, brought out the wet and the dry champions. California grape growers, who pro duce 33 per cent of the domestic wine, will be unable to liquidate their busi ness before wine sales are prohibited next July, said Mr. Kami. He said sales of habit forming drugs are in creasing in prohibition territory and complained that the present law does not stop the sale of medicines con taining large amounts cf alcohol and drugs. A plea for prohibition wa3 made by Representative Rainey of Illinois, Democratic member of the ways and means committee, who declared the committee had reached the conclusion that the government can be conduct ed without the revenue received from the liquor traffic. The 1 million drug users in the United Slates have developed to a greater extent in the immediate neighborhood of saloons, Mr Rainey declared He praised the Anti-Saloon League for its part in fur thering the prohibition movement Joseph Pulitzer Joins Navy. Chicago, Sept 21. Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the St Louis Post-Dispatch and director of the New York World Corporation, has been enrolled in the aviation training school- at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, it be came known today. CONDENSED NEYS ITEMS Trapped by the police in a two-story brick dwelling at Kansas City, Ros coe Lancaster held more than 100 po licemen at bay for two hours while a crowd of about 5,000 persons gathered and watched the progress of a gun battle that ended only when Lancaster was mortally wounded and three mem bers of the besieging force were put out of. action by bullets. Undesirable aliens are being de ported from the Mexican state of Sina loa, according to an official telegram received at Nogalez, Ariz. United States Senator Thomas P. Gore was not Invited to address the Democratic state convention at Okla homa City. Senator Gore at one time was on the floor of the convention. He came, he said, at the invitation of the chairman of the Democratic state campaign committee. Renewed attempts have been made to assassinate members of the Soviet government In Russia, and as a re-; suit there will be fresh measures in reprisal, says a Moscow dispatch re ceived at Amsterdam. Declaring that production of petro leum has reached a critical stags and that the future supply is threatened by the proposed war tax on petroleum producers, Henry L. Doherty, chairman of the taxation committee of the Na tional Petroleum War Service Com mission, has appealed for a further re vision of the tax. Three officers and twenty-seven cf the crew of the American steamer Buena Ventura have arrived &t Coron na, Spain. Three boats with sixty-four cf the crew are Elss'sg. PREPARING FOR DRAFT DRAWING Lottery to Determine Order of Calling New Registrants to be Held Soon. TO CALL 19-36 GLASS FIRST Generar Crowder Expects Total Erv rollment to Exceed Estimates Nearly All States Have Reported. Washington, Sept 25w The national lottery, which, in a measure, will de termine the order of the calling ol the 13,000,000 men between IS and 45 years of age who registered Sep tember 12, probably will not be held before next week. Officials had hoped to fix a date late this week, but this plan is under stood to have been abandoned in or der that additional time may be given local beards to correct any errors made in assigning serial numbers to the registrants. Since men between 19 and 36 are to be the first called to the colors, the drawing will have less effect upon de termining the order of the call than did that for the nearly 1.000,000 men. who turned 21 before lasi June 5. Or der numbers for all the 13,000,000 men will be drawn, but youths of 18 and men between 36 and 45 will not be classified until the boards have given classification to all the men between 19 and Z6, who are the first to receive their Questionnaires. In the mean time many of the 19 to 36 classes will have been inducted into service Reports received today by Provost Marshal General Crowder from near ly all states indicated that satisfac tory progress is being made by local boards in attaching serial numbers to the registration cards, but in one or two instances mistakes by local boards have made necessary the re numbering of the cards for all regis trants under their jurisdiction. No date for the drawing can be fixed un til this work is completed and the serial numbers posted, and while this may be done this week, it is under stood that General Crowder will al low several days for the discovery of any errors before holding the draw ing. Only five states have now to report the totals of the registration Unless their returns show sharp decreases under the official estimate, the total registration will exceed the original estimate of 12,778,000. FOR RELIEF OF TEN MILLION Herbert C. Hoover Announces Plans to Feed People in German Occupied Territory. Washington, Sept 25. Ten million inhabitants of the German-occupied positions of Prance and Belgium will be supplied with food during the next twelve months by the commission for the relief in Belgium, according to announcement today by Herbert Hoover, chairman. The carrying out of this program will mean the ex penditure of approximately 2 SO mil ion dollars, which will be supplied through the extension of credit to France and Belgium to cover pur chases of foodstuffs in the United States. To transport the needed foodstuffs, in addition to the fleet of vessels con trolled by the relief commission, the United States and Allied governments, Chairman Hoover announced, have placed at the disposal of the commis sion two hundred thousand tons oi shipping recently obtained from the Swedish government WANTS ARMY SENT TO ITALY Italian Press Emphasizes the Impon tance of American Aid at the Present Time There. Washington, Sept 25. A telegram from Rome, received in a diplomatic quarter, states that the Italian press emphasizes the Importance of the an nouncement that the advisability of sending an American Army to Italy has been laid before President Wilson- The Messaggere, according to this dispatch, asserjts that generous American participation in the war fare against Austria-Hungary would not only have military value, but the highest political significance. Administration officials here have made no announcement relating to tha probability of further American Army participation in Italy, although tha matter is known to have been under consideration for some time. Ameri can troops in limited number were sent to Italy several months ago from France by General Pershing. British Bomb Metz Region. London, Sept 24. Machines of the British independent air force dropped nearly sixteen tons of bombs on Ger man airdromes and on blast furnaces In the Metz region on Saturday night, It was officially announced today. One Plant Has Made 1 Million Rifles. Washington, Sept 24. Josephu3 Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, left here this morning to deliver a speech, this -afternoon at the Eddystone plant, a ear Philadelphia, in honor of its com pletion of 1 million rifles in a year. Marshall In Burning Hotel. Washington, Sept 24. Fire early this morning damaged the New Wil lard Hotel and sent the thousand cr more guests hurrying to the street in scanty attire. In the hotel were Vice President Marshall, several senators and other government offlcials. i Fourth Loan Payment 10 Per Cent. Washington, Sept 24. Ten per cent cf the fourth Liberty Loan subscrip tions will be required in application la stead of 5 per cent as past Ioan3, tie Treasury announced today.