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MEADE COUNTY NEWS, MEADE, KANSAS.
AMERICAN AMBULANCES READY FOR WORK American ambulances Id France in front of an Infirmary reudy to leave for tbo front. ITALIAN FIRMS AIDED GERMANY Silk,' Cotton and Rubber Shipped to Enemy Through Switzerland. JLLOYD GEORGE IS BLAMED V Corpraband Trade Declared to Have Been Fostered by British Tariff Warnings Go Unheeded by , Italian Government Rome. The scandal resulting from the exposure of the part played by the Milanese SUk company In supply ing great quantities of silk waste to Germany Is spreading. The govern ment is now In possession of Indispu table evidence that not only silk waste but large quantities of cotton nnd rub ber have found tlielr way Into Ger many from Ituly since the war, form ing a material aid to the enemy In the manufacture of war materials. Signor Glrettl, the radical deputy, has published an article, in which he points out that not only Italy but nil the allies have been remiss lu con trolling exports to neutral countries, lie urged the Italian government in July, 1015, to prevent the export of silk to Germany, but It was not pro hibited until August, 1910, while the prohibition of silk exports to Switzer land did not come Into operation until October, 1010. As to the contraband trndo In silk, Signor Glrettl blames Lloyd George for having, through lack of actual Informa tion on the question, imposed restric tions on the Import of Italian silk Into England, thus providing the Italian Germanophlles with a splendid untl Brltlsh argument. It Is now certain thut besides silk waste enormous consignments of cot ton have been supplied to Germany from , Italy, where trading .with the enemy wus organized on such u vast scale that it Is inconceivable how so much time passed before It was de tected nnd repressed. Controlled by Germans. Judging from the number of silk and cotton merchants arrested In north Italy It is evident that both the silk and cotton Industries were practically under German control and that the greater part of the output of the prin cipal firms was sent to Ourmany and utilized in war industries there. Before the war about three hundred tons of silk waste were exported from Italy to Switzerland every year. In 1015 Italian silk exports to Switzer land Increased to about nine hundred GIRL SCOUT. DECORATED "7 t. " if! ,' 0 Jf to, I Ituth Colmnn, a sixteen-year-old Washington high school girl, has been decorated by Mrs. Wilson with a gold en eaglet the highest honor awarded by the girl ' scout organization. , Miss Colmnn is the third girl to receive this honor, the aqulrement of 22 proficiency badges being necessary to earn the poveted golden eaglet ( tons nnd In the following year to 5,200 tons. Although the Italian silk was exported to a neutral country, still Its ultimate destination was Germany, where It was needed In" the manufac ture of charges for artillery, airplane wlngg and airship envelopes. The trade continued until a few weeks ago. During the first 12 days of February 142 tons of raw silk, cotton nnd flax were sent to Germany via Switzerland. It has been snld that the silk waste spinning companies were enabled to trade with the enemy because nobody suspected that silk , waste eould be utilized by the Germans in war Indus tries, and in fact silk waste was ex ported to Germany not only from Italy but .from France as well. Warnings Unheeded. Strangely enough there were Intelli gent people who warned the govern ment and strlved to open the eyes of the under secretary of state of the ministry of finance, Signor Basllnl, who presided over the special commit tee that authorized exportation, thut silk woste was being used In Germany for war industries. Signor Pieealugu, who warned Signor Basllnl in April, 1910, was told that "It would be use less to forbid the exportation of silk waste as In nny case if the Germans FRENCH VALOR Victory of Pershing Men at Seen eprey May Become Historic. MANY DEEDS OF HEROISM Actions of Soldiers In Fight Fully in Accord With the Finest Ameri can Traditions One Kills Fifteen Huns. With the American Army in France. The shell-torn village of Selcheprey appears to be destined to hod a proud place In the story of American partici pation In the world wnr. As further details of the engagement there be come known there are disclosed deeds which are fully In accord with the finest American traditions. The correspondent is now permitted to tell of n few cases of Individual he roism, which will convey an Idea ns to the mettle of the men. One of thorn, David Griggs of East Hampton, Conn., passed through the enemy bar rage at least seven times to carry am munition to his hard-pressed com rades. Twice he was partly burled by earth upturned by shells fulling all around him, but he kept at his task. Griggs, who Is nineteen years old, Is so modest that he would not tell his story, but insisted on speaking of the bravery of others. Finally one of his comrades pointed him out and said : "That Is the bravest man in the regiment." Twice Blown Off Road. Raymond A. Ferris of Bedford, Mass., acting as a courier, wns blown off the road twice by the concussion of shells. Although stunned nnd near ly crazed by the Intensity of the gun fire, when he reached the point In the rear of the lines to which he was sent for ammunition, he carried out his orders. Then he asked for a re volver, snylng he wanted to go out and fight the Germans, but he faint ed from exhaustion. When he regain ed consciousness his first words were Inquiry whether his message hnd been delivered. Charles Slnkler, n Thlladelphln law yer, who Is now with the Red Cross, nnd was In the thick of the fighting, told the correspondent of two Ameri cans who, armed only with automatic pistols, charged an enemy machine gun, killed eight Germans nnd cap tured the gun. It Is also related that one Amertcnn sharpshooter killed 15 Germans. In a village a short distance behind the front line Gladys nnd Irene Mc Intyre, sisters, of Mount Vernon, N. T were deprived of It they would dis cover something else to replace It" Signor Basllnl In an Interview luter disclaimed all responsibility, but ad mitted Unit he wus related by mar Huge to the chuiruian ot the board of directors of the Silk Waste Spinning compuny, which traded most exten slvely with Germany. Signor lionucii8.su, a member of par liament, wus u prominent shareholder and member of the bourd of directors of the Silk Waste Spinning compuny, The Silk Waste Spinning compuny was one of the most flourishing con cerns in Italy und pructieally monopo lized the silk waste Industry. There Is every rousou to believe that contraband with Gernmny could not have been so well orguulzed if it hud not been a labor of love or at least of gratitude for previous financial assist ance given by Germany. Nearly every German Industrial concern in Italy had an Italian nunie and often an Italian purtner. When war broke out Italo- German Industrial concerns were transformed Into apparently essential ly Itullan firms. BROTHERS OVER THERE, GIRL TWINS WANT TO GO s ' " . New York. Lucille nnd Gene- ; vleve Baker, nineteen-year-old ; twins, of Brooklyn, are not sat- ; Isfied with having two brothers ; "over there." They presented ; themselves at the barge office ; with the request that they be enlisted In the coast guard. ' Lieut. L. C. Farwell explained that they were not using women to guard piers and warehouses Just yet. But the twins refused to consider themselves formally "rejected until similar assurances had been given by Captain Gar den, commanding officer. They left the office disappointed, but hopeful of going to France ns government telephone operators or stenographers. Students Quit German. Mnrtlnsburg, W. Va. Clean-cut Americanism Is preferable to a high school diploma for the seniors and Juniors of the Iledgesvllle high school. They flatly refuse to continue the study of German, despite the threats of the school authorities. Hogs Bring Big Price. Charleston, Miss. Forty-four heafli of pure-bred Duroc-Jersey hogs were recently sold here for $13,415, an aver age of $410 per head. PRAISE OF YANKS Sulvatlon Army representatives, dar ing the height of the engagement hand ed ont, coffee, chocolate, doughnuts, nnd much good cheer to the soldiers. They went on with their work while the shells were falling all around them and would not leave until at last they were ordered to do so. Now they are called "daughters of the regiment" At nnother point near the front a middle-aged, motherly woman, also of the Salvation Army, Is brnvlng the German shells to dispense comforts to the men. "I hnd to come to France," she said, "to find out what wonderful boys we raise In America." Unstinted praise for the valor and steadfastness of the American troops during the Gorman attack at Seiche prey Is given by the French troops on the same front. This admiration for the fighting qualities of his transnt lantlc comrades Is demonstrated In a report sent to the general command ing by the colonel of a French lnfan try regiment which took part In the Selcheprey engagement. "I visited Renneres wood after the counter-attack In which the position wns recaptured nnd examined the sit uation In detail," says the report. "Everywhere traces of hand-to-hand fighting show thnt the American sol dlers, despite two hours of heavy bom bardment by large caliber guns, de fended themselves valiantly. "In the vicinity between the front trenches nnd the communication trench connecting the Judy nnd Ren neres woods, two American machine gunners died fighting on their weap ons after covering the ground around with German dead. The enemy suf fered great losses, thanks to this he roic resistance. "Everywhere there are signs of Ger man wounded having been carried off, while many German bodies remain be cause the retiring enemy was unable to remove them. Numbers of the dead belong to German storming detach ments." Numerous hand-to-hand combats were fought In the course of this long struggle, from which the Americans found themselves obliged to retire to ward nightfall, but only after destroy ing their machine guns. In Selcheprey a sqund of Americans found several cases of grenades, with which they succeeded in putting up a terrific fight nnd holding out the entire day on the northern extremity of the village.- They refused to surrender when summoned to do so. , At the end of the fighting only nine of the original twenty-three were left. An American lieutenant !wlth -only six men patrolled 600 yards of the front during the entire day and main tained' Communication with the bat talions on his right and left. FRENCH PATROL BOAT PROTECTS lift Wrft: . -w ' iWfm ft in Li : ' W , y --.4 kW 4 Ml -fciiwfifif ififn n liiWrfTltris-iftnts'i filwi ii-ifri'it7"A'- V"J French gunboats have been armed fnns have been instrumental In driving off raiders attempting to destroy the of these boats with Its battery of antinircraft guns ready for action. HUGE GERMAN SUBMARINE STOPPING SPANISH LINER 9 '.v-v " vSuL? "TLiT ins This German submarine, one of the Spanish mall steamer Infanta Isabel Ave officers and 15 men of the crew upper Biruciure 01 uie apanisn steamer BADGES FOR VETERANS OF MEXICAN ROW - .MWiMir. - if.Tiv. - . - M..Wji.vwo:o. Here are the new Mexlcnn service badges, which are being distributed to the American veterans of the border brush. On the left Is the navy badge, both sides being shown, and on the right the army badge. FIRST AMERICAN-BUILT V f X 1 The first American-built tank, called the "America," Is the biggest ever constructed, and Is greatly superior In power to any other. It weighs 45 toa and is propelled by iteam. 1 4 with antiaircraft gu ns to protect the largest type employed bv the Teutons de Borbon off Cadiz. The submnrine Is were busy searching the detained ship. wnue tne search was in progress. - Aj TANK IS BIGGEST YET l "4? , rfjv 32 Sat- 1 4teT - ' THE AISNE CANAL a h in fc ?rs &ii Alsne canal fron.. enemv fivers. Thesa canal. The picture iihows the deck of one for lnno- shown circling about the steamer while' The photograph was made from the CATHOLIC BISHOP OF A. E. F. l a7 '-i 1 tela s & i r .4 - i mmmmm This Is the most recent photograph of Bishop Patrick J. Hayes of Netf York, who has been named bishop o the American army at the front 14 France by Pope Benedict. When Bishop Hayes goes to the front he will be extended every courtesy by Gen eral Pershing and the officers of thi expeditionary force. Although he haf been given no high army rank, fb war department welcomes his ap polntment and will provide hia with all the necessary credentials for hi work. He expects to visit the men at the front very soon. Germany to Grow Cotton. ! Germany nnd her nlliec ore underi taking to overcome their ftf,rtage ot cotton by developing production in BuU garla. Official dispatches recently said; the Bulgarian government has under, taken to place large blocks of suitabla land at the disposal of planters. The: principnl cultivation will be done In the lowlands and river border of thi Dobrudja and In the vicinity of AdrfJ nopla. j