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Sorting Up Day
$11,833 Worth of New
FURS· One-third Less
Clear Saving of $3,994 on Muffs,
Scarfs and Stoles
New purchase from a furrier who has been a large
regular contributor to our stocks this season. Saturday's
sale prices are one-third less than we have been selling furs
of equal quality from the same maker. Quantities vary
from one to 20 pieces of a kind.
Taupe wolf β c a r f s, 913.60, ι Black lynx muffs. 915. >22.59;
$16.50, $21. $25. ! scarfs, $21.
Black fox scarfs, $16 50. $25, Black cat lynx scarfs. $16;
$35, $40; muffs, $27.50 : muffs. $15.
Red fox scarfs, $10; muffs, ι Civet cat muffs. $7.60; stoles,
$12 50. j $14.
Gray fox scarfs, $8.50; muffs, Natural raccoon scarfs, $10.50,
$10.50. ι $13.50; muffs, $9.50, $13.50,
Natural skunk muffs, $12.50, $16 50
5 25. $27 50; scarfs. $13.50. Blended muskrat muffs, $S.50
M>>lesktn muffs, $24 Hudson seal (dyed muskrat)
Taupe squirrel muffs, $12.50; muffs, $12. $14.50; crapes, $24,
cape. $20; stole, $25. | $32.50.
Natural squirrel muffs, $15;
stoles, $30.
Natural lynx muffs, $30; scarfs,
Natural nutria muffs, $10.
Natural beaver collars. $12.
Down-Stairs Store, Old Uldg.
Women's Warm Fur Cloth and
Plush Coats—$18.50
For the woman who cannot afford a fur coat, this is her
opportunity. Eleven models—two of which are plain and fancy
plush. Others of warm pile fabrics Imitating: fur. Some have
deep cape collars of plush. One with large collar, deep cuffs and
band at bottom of plush. Belted models, mostly fully cut. Black
only, $18.50.
150 Women's Coats at $10
Earlier prices h.iv« been considerably higher. Wool velour,
wool plush, burelia, kersey—some with fur collars.
• Women's few-of-kind Dresses, $7.75
Earlier prices were $12.75 and $14.75; twelve models of serge
—mostly navy.
Women's extra-size Dresses, $12.75
Our original prices were $15 to 129.50; serge and silk; many
styles. Down-Stairs Store. Old Building.
We are now clearing our
Misses' Coats at $7.50, $14.75, $17.50
Prices have been $12.75 to $27.50
At $7.50—Coats of cheviot, basket weave and velour coatings.
At $14.75—Coats of wool velours and heavy coatings; many have
fur collars.
At $17.50—Coats of light weight and heavy wool velours, broad
cloth and plush; plain and fur-trimmed; majority are fully lined,
some with silk.
Fixes 14 to 20 years. Down-Stairs Store, Old Building.
Just out of their boxes
Misses' Silk Frocks at $9.75
We have just sold many dresses of this grade at $12.75
Frocks with the bustle effect ruffles.
Frocks with Empire bodices and bib fronts.
Frocks with surplice bodices.
Altogether five attractive models in
Taffeta—navy blue, .and, gray, rote and Copenhagen blue.
bome of the frocks have Georgette crepe sleeves.
Sizes 14 to 20 years. Down-Stairs Store, Old Building.
"Sorting Up"
300 Silk Blouses to Go at $2.25
Have Been $2.95 to $3.95
One or a few of a model.
Some of them are slightly mussed.
Georgette crepe blouses in white, flesh color and suit shades.
Ciepe de chine blouses In white and flesh color.
Down-Stairs Store, Old Building.
specially-priced Groups
of Children's SHOES
High-cut shoes for small girls and boys—sizes 6 to 8,
$2.50; sizes 8/3 to W'/3, $2.75.
Tan calfskin shoes for large slrls (refpilar length button style);
sizes 3 to 4 V4. $2.50.
High-cut storm boots with two buckles and thick soles;
sizes up to 13^4, $3; sizes 1 to 5, $4. Lower-cut style, with
out buckles, $2.25 and $2.75.
Women's Black Shoes
Reduced to $2.65
Our $3, $3.50 and $4.90 grades
Down-Stairs Store, New Building.
Men's Winter SUITS
New Year Offering
a, $18.50
Whatever a man's choice from this collection, he is
sure to make a good one—for the majority of the suits
have sold in our stocks this season at higher prices.
Young Men
will find this an opportunity of particular interest to
them, for in addition to the regulation sack coat style
there are suits with pinch and belted backs, with patch
and slant pockets. Materials vary, too—worsteds,
cheviots, tweeds, cassimeres, flannels.
Broadway corner liightii.
200 DERBIES at $2
$S and $3.50 derbies, classed aa "seconds" by the maker,
because they do not measure up to certain exacting specifications.
Black only- tlie last we expect to be able to get at this price tlii*
seuHon. Broadway corner fcijçlith.
Men's SHOES, $3.75
Our $1.00 grade of smart-looking tan shoes, made over Knj·
llsh last Similar model In patent leather, $2.90 pair.
At $4.90—soft kidskin shoes, made on last with rounded toe.
Down-Stairs Store, New Building.
Cftlled to the Door and Wounded by
Two Unknown Negroes.
Trenton. Dec. 27.—frank Brings, a j
fumer near Talleytown, l'a., la In a
eerious condition at St. Francis' llo<»
pltal here, suffering from four bullet
wounds Inflicted hy two negroes who
went to hU house evidently for the
purpose of robbery. They knocked at
Dhfg»' àoft, •nd when it* «gciied It
Uipy asked mm where they could se
cure employment. Before he could
answer tliem they drew revolvers and
ihot him.
The Pennsylvania state police nre
teekliig the assailants. Members of
ι he department went to u farmhouse
near by to make Inquiries, and an
occupant whose name f-otild not be
learned, apparently fearing an attacv,
opened ftre on thera, but without In
juring them. It 1* reported here that
uie person who tired the «hot has
bum arrested,
Explorer "Lost" Since Laet May
Arrive· at Fort Yukon, Alaeka.
Vilhjalmur Stofanssen, the Arctic ex
plorer, last heard from In a letter re
ceived In March, 193 6, has arrived -with
his party at Fort. Yukon, according to
word received by the Canadian Navy De
partment. Stefanssen, head of the Cana
dian Arctic expedition, has been In th#
far north since 1913 and lately there was
some anxiety as to his safety. Fort Yu
kon is an Alaskan trading post on the
Arctic circle and the great bend of the I
Yukon river, In about longitude 145 de
grees 20 minutes west. j
Gives Germans Two Days in
Which to Accept or Reject
Bolsheviki Peace Terms.
Starts From Berlin for Ruaalan Capi
tal, but May Go to Dvlnak Inatead.
Extremlat Rule Tottera—Opposition
Growing Everywhere—Talk of Meet
ing Terrorism With Bomba.
London, Dec. — The Russians
hare given the Germans 48 hours in
which to accept or reject the Russian
peace proposals, says an unofficial re
port from Petrograd. It 1b added that
the report has not been verified.
An earlier report had stated that
the Ilusso-Uenuan peace negotiailons,
which were to have been resumed on
Monday, had again been postponed.
First a day's delay was asked by the
German commissioners, said an Ex
change Telegraph dispatch from Pet
rograd, to give the Germans further
time to formulate their reply to the
Russian terms, and then a further
postponement until January 24 was
Berlin advices received at Amster
dam that a commission provided for
in the Russo-German armistice agree
ment to consider an exchange of civil
ians and incapacitated war prisoners
had started for Petrograd.
A dispatch from Petrograd says the
delegation, which is headed by Count
von Murbach, former German minister
to Greece, and includes a number of
officials of the foreign and war minis
tries, had decided to go to Dvinsk in
stead of the Russian capital. The
cause was given as a fear lest the vis
It to Petrograd be misinterpreted.
Chaos Rules in Ruisla.
London, Dec. 27.—Dispatches from
Petrograd unanimously declare that
the power of the Bolshevlkl govern
ment Is almost ended. The revolt
against Lenlne, Trotzky & Co. Is grow
ing, and they are finding that the very
methods by which they were enabled
to demobilize the armies at the front
are now their chlefest source of weak
The situation as It appears from
dispatches Is that Germany, having
succeeded In dispersing the Russian
armies and demoralizing the morale
of that nation, Is not at heart for
peace. They have adjourned the peace
conference at Brest-I„ltovsk until Jan
uary 24 on the ground that the Ger
man delegates must consult their gov
ernment before they will be able to
answer the terms proposed by the Itus
slang. In the meantime they are com
mitted to nothing and may undertake
any military maneuver they decide
There is little or no food in Petro
grad, due to the fact that the Cossacks
still hold the main grain supply, while
at various stations along the railroads
the peasants stop any food trains that
may come along and loot them, send
ing them into the capital empty.
There Is social chaos. The police
have been abolished along with the
courts. There Is robbery and looting
everywnere and drunkenness le on the
increase. All stores of alcohol ure
looted wherever found and distributed
anion: the mobs.
Engineer Killed Accidentally; Thr··
Men Succumb to Disease.
Washington, Dec. " —The accident
al death of an engineer and three
deaths from natural cnuses among the
American expeditionary forces here
were announced by the War Depart
ment as follows :
Corp. Leonard Ford, tabor Com
pany, December 24, pneumonia ; Hou
ma. I.a.
Private Harry I.ute, Infantry, De
cember 23, pneumonia ; Columbus,
Private . D. Steele, Stevedore Bat
talion, December 24, bronchitis ; Pul
ton, Miss.
Private Andrew Aubuchoo, Engi
neers, December 22, accidentally
killed ; Bonne Terre, Mo.
WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 28.—
The Roosevelt plot to drive Secretary
Baker out of the cabinet, will very
likely die a-bornln'.
That It was a plot la Indicated
plainly enough by the sequence In
First a congressional Investigation
of the war department was started.
General Crozier's testimony showed
that there had been delay in getting
guns of one kind or another for the
army. Then Roosevelt broke loose
with his editorial attack on Baker
and the administration. The Kansas
City Star followed up with a declara
tion that "Baker must go." Right on
the heels of that came Washington
correspondence to the Philadelphia
North American attempting to show
Baker up as the obstructionist at the
war department.
Both papers were leading support
ers of Roosevelt In 1912 and 1916.
In the meantime Medill McCor
mlck, congressman-at-large from Illi
nois, hurried himself before the in
vestigation committee to tell what he
thcVght he found out on his recent
trip to Europe. McCormick is one of
the owners of the Chicago Tribune,
and is ambitious to be electod to the
United States senate from Illinois. He
was a Progressive In 1912 and a regu
lar Republican In 1916.
The man who will make the plot
and plotters ridiculous is Secretary
Baker himself. Ho is courting full
Investigation and having heads of de
partments in the war office make
public all the trouble there is—such
as the report of General Gorgas on
sickiipss in campe, ei<\
But when the Investigators get
through with the mistakes and mis
haps and get to the actual accom
plishment, another picture will be
While It Is true that machine guns
already made were offered by manu
facturers and the department said it
"wasn't Interested," the truth Is that
the guns were old style—some made
for Russia. And the department
didn't want these, wouldn't try them,
and "wasn't Interested" in Junk.
It has appeared In the testimony
already that the machine gun finally
adopted Is the best made anywhere—
the Browning gun.
But the matter goes back of that
When Northcliffo came over here
representing the British government
his whole cry was "give us ships,
more ships and still more ships." He
said they had man-power enough and
didn't expect an American army in
side of olghteen months. The allies
wanted ships, food and fuel ahead of
Everything depended upon ships.
And the government based its trans
portation of Holdlers and supplies on
the shipping situation. It knew how
fast It could send soldiers across, and
has worked according to schedule.
There came a time when there was
a hurry-up call for an American army
—and ahead of the request of the
allies previously made through their
representatives in this country. That
was when the French morale was be
lieved to be low, and it was believed
nothing would strengthen that moralo
so much as the appearance of .an
American army in France. Then
I'orshing and his army of seasoned
regulars—who had been seasoned on
! the border *nd In Mexico—were ι
hurried across. Their appearance did [
the work. French and British morale '
perked up.
Since that time men have been go- I
ing over Just as rapidly as the ship
pins situation would pormlt—and
they wore supplied and equipped as ;
fast as they could be transported. ι
But Baker never backed up In his
determination—announced early in
the game—that American soldiers
would not go on the firing Une In
France until thoroughly trained, sea- j
so η ed and fit to fight.
Those who are over there have con
tinued their training and seasoning In
France. They arr "ully equipped and
supplied—and BaKer has taken every
possible precaution to protect, so far
as Is humanly possible, their health
and their chances to come back home
when the war is won.
The real reason Secretary Baker
refused to let Roosevelt go to France
in command of an American army
was not political. He didn't question
either Roosevelt's patriotism or his
sincerity. But Baker felt that he was
personally responsible for the fullest
possible protection of every American I
soldier boy who went to France. He
didn't want their lives risked In spec
tacular but misguided and unmilitary
exploits of heroism. He determined j
that they would go over there in
charge of the very best and most ex
perienced leaders in the army. So
General Pershing was tho first com
mander sent to Europe. Political
generals will stay at home.
None of the delays In getting either
rifles or machine guns has Interfered
with the original program. No Amer- |
lean army was expected to go on the
firing line before the spring of 1918.
The allies didn't expect It, and didn't,
ask for It. Everything will be done j
according to scneauie—everything
our soldiers need will be oil hand In
abundance before It Is needed. Tliey
will have the best rifles, the best ma
chine guns, the best munitions, the
j beat clothing:, the best food and the
I best generalship the war department
can get.
The relatives and friends of our
soldiers In France should not per
mit politicians to frighten them. The
truth will all come out, and It will
prove that our secretary of war has
refused to be budged an inch by po
litical pressure from his understand
ing of his duty to the American eol
dler abroad.
The present flurry is a political nlot
that has been hatching for months.
It is being hatched by newspapers
and politicians that seek to promote
the political fortunes of Theodore
Roosevelt and the military fortunes
of Roosevelt's army pet and personal
friend, General Leonard Wood—who,
incidentally, was reception candidate
for the Republican presidential nomi
nation in 1916.
The game Is to try to besmirch
Baker, to drive him from the cabinet,
and to force President Wilson to form
' a coalition cabinet, with Roosevelt, or
I somebody he picks, as secretary of
Iwar, and with General Leonard Wood
at the head of the army.
It is not backed or supported by
, such Republicans as Ex-President
Taft and Judge Hughes. It is a plot
of the wing of the Progressive party
which, under the leadership of Per
kins and Roosevelt, betrayed the real
Progressives in 1916. 1
Third Annual Convention to be
Held in Trenton January 3 and
4—Ten Broeck on Program.
81/ SprctaI CorresoonOenl.
TRENTON, Dec. 28.—The Call ha«
been Issued for the third annual con
vention of the New Jersey State League
of Municipalities to be held In this
city on January 3 and 4. The head
quarters will be in the Municipal
Building and it is expected that some
of the sessions will be held In the
State House. The first session will be
on tlie morning of January 3 at 11
o'clock in tlie Commission Chamber at
the Municipal Building, according to
the program, and Mayor Frederick W.
Donnelly, of this city, president of the
league, will ipreside. At 12:30 there
will be a luncheon conference In the
Trenton House with Mayor George N.
Seger, of Passaic, presiding. The gen.
eral subject for discussion at this time
will be "The Most Important Accom
plishment of My City in 1917." There
will be a roll call and three minute
speech by each delegate.
With Mayor Leighton Calkins, ol
Plainfield, in the chair the first after
noon session will be devoted to th(
subject "Municipalities and the War.'
At this time former Mayor Thomas L
Raymond will speak on "The Relation
of the New Jersey State League ol
Municipalities to the New Jersey State
Council of Defense." The mayor is tin
chairman of the State Council. Gover.
nor Edge is scheduled to address th(
delegates on "Municipalities Durlnf
the War," and Colvln B. Brown, of th<
United States Chamber of Commerce
Washington, D. C., will talk on "Com
munlty Organization for War." Thl:
will be followed by a general dlecusslor
lead by Mayors Charles F. Glllen
Newark, Patrick It. Griflln, Hobokei
and Victor Mravlag, Elizabeth.
Others who are scheduled to par
ticipate in the two days confercnct
are: Mayor Frank Hague, Jersey City;
President W. H. S. Demarest, of Rut
gers; Librarian Howard Hughes, Fre«
Public Library, Trenton: Mayor Har
ry Bacharac.h, Atlantic City; George
L. Record, Jersey City; Mayor Johr
F. Ten Broeck, Perth Amboy; Mayoi
C. E. F. Hetrick, Aabury Park; State
Purchasing Agent Edward E. Gross
cup; Assemblyman Arthur N. Pier
son, of Union County; City Commis
I sioners Albert Beyer, Atlantic City
'and James F. Gannon, Jr., Jersej
I City.
Bv TTriti'A Pream
1 WASHINGTON, Dec. 28:—One o;
four Mexican cattle thieves who mur
dered lite 8harr>e and Clarenci
Sellers, Americana, near Pied ras Ne
gras has been executed and th<
others have been rounded up, accord
in*· to State Department advice· to
14,337 Members to Date—
Expect to Reach 14,500
When Returns Are In.
"Perth Amboy's youngest Red
Cross member," Is the title claim
ed for little Miss Ruth Elizabeth
Hope, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene Hope, of 09 Jefferson
street, who was made a member
of the organization when two
hours old. The baby was born at
noon yesterday and two hours
later lier membership had been
secured by Airs. Hiram Ward, of
9 3 Fayette street, a worker on
Rev. W. H. Bawden's team.
General Chairman Albert Leon, of
the Red Cross campaign executive
committee, announced this morning
that a full report of the campaign
here for members will be made on
Monday, following a meeting of the
chairman of the local Red Cross chap
ter and members of the executive
The last authentic report to be re
ceived placed the number of members
secured here in the week's drive at
14,387. That report was made on
Monday night and although the Inten
sive campaign came to a close at that
time, it was decided to continue until
the end of the week, enrolling stations
being established at six stores In this
It Is expected that the 14,500 mark
will be reached when the final reports
are made public and some even be
lieve that the total will show 16,000
new members. The number secured
up to Monday night, however, was
sufficient to carry Perth Amboy far
"over the top" with about β,000 to
spare over the number allotted her.
Mr. Leon's report Is being looked
for expectantly by all who worked
and are Interested In the recent cam
paign which was one of the most
I successful ever conducted here.
They All Agreed.
"My dear friends," said the hoates*
when all her guests had assembled, "I
am delighted Indeed to have you here.
I want everybody to have a perfectly
good time, and I am going to do what
ever I can to make the evening a suc
cess. I have tried to think of eome
kind of a program that would please
everybody, but I find It a difficult thing
to do, ao I am going to ask you to help
' me out of my trouble. We can talk
about the war and thus hare a lovely
time, with a few fights Incidentally
perhaps, or my daughter, Penelope will
recite for you. Which shall It bel"
Prolonged about· of "War I"
(Continued from page 1.)
action of the legislature will place
them in office, not as a de facto board,
but as a legally constituted body.
The conference of leaders of both
parties held at New Brunswick last
night developed nothing definite in the
line of action. It is understood that
both partiee made certain suggestions
ind offered tentative plans for a com
promise, but no real plan was adopted
to be used as the final solution of the
problem which has political leaders on
their ears with excitement and pertur
One plan submitted by the Republl
:ans is said to have been that the Dem
ocrats allow the new board to step
In on the condition that they retain
County Collector Burt until May;
bounty Engineer Alvln B. Fox for one
■ear, and County Sealer of Weiglits and
Measures Nathan Robbins for one
rear, but the Democrats turned α deaf
■ar to the proposal.
Following the recommendation that
they hold over in office, it is believed
that at their meeting this afternoon
:he present hoard will decido on that
plan as approved by certain party lead
>rs In the county. There Is an appar
ent difference of opinion among the
Democratic leaders, certain of them ι
idvlsing that the board retire, while '
he others advise against that course. |
If the Republican board does take |
jffice January 1, it is understood that
:hey will not clean out all of the Dem
ocratic office holders, at least not at
;he present time, but will allow the
present Incumbents to retain their of
fices, until such time, as there Is a
iefinito and final clcn iig up of tho!
muddle which tho affairs are in. ι
(Continued from page 1.) I
Decision to await classification of
all men before making another for
mal call was reached because of the
need for special classes of service.
Ctowiier announced that "very soon"
there will be a call for technical
workers and high specialized regis
State Officials Notified
by Special Correspondent
Trenton, Doc. 28.—By the terms of
a telegram from General Crowder at
Washington, made public today by
the adjutant general's department
here today, the remaining forty per
cent, of New Jersey's quota under the
first draft, about 8,000 men, will not
be called beforo February 15, and
then probably only as the second
draft begins to operate. "For the sake
of composing the public mind and for
the convenience of registrant, this
information ought to be given wide
dissemination," said the message.
The telegram says that wmle a
board should promptly fill up vacan
cies made by deficients In previous
calls, the result of this decisions will
be to give the benefit of the new
classification under the second draft
to all men whose order in the first
draft placed them in the deferred
place. It is stated, also, that calls
will bo made very shortly for some
men of technical and expert training
along certain lines.
The annual Christmas cantata of
the Simpson M. E. church Sunday
school was rendered last night in the
lecture room of the church. One
of the largest audiences that was
ever crowded Into the lecture room
was unanimous In Its praise of
what is considered the most success
ful affair ever attempted by the
children of the school.
A large platform had been erected
for the occasion on which the prin
cipal characters and chorus choir
were seated. Over sixty children were
on the platform at one time. The
cantata which wa« entitled "Santa's
Surpise," was largely musical and told
in song and story how Santa Claue,
who intended to surprise the children,
had the tables turned upon him and
was surprised by them.
I. W. Yarnall made an Ideal Santa
Claus and was exceedingly popular
among the small children. Solos that
were enthusiastically received were
sung by Santa Claus, Harold West
cott, Huyler Romand, Ruth Ware
and others. There was also a trio by
Irma Hilsdorf ,Ruth Ware and Jean
nette Fairfield. The primary depart
ment of the school woe represented
by the Icicle Boys, the Dolly Girls
and the Fairies.
The success of the affair was due to
the work of the efficient committee
under the direction of Miss Marina
Graae. Music was furnished by the
school orchestra under the direction
of Daniel Veber.
San Salvador Council, No. 299,
Knights of Columbus is making- prep
arations to take, part in tho campaign
for funds to support tho work of the
organization at the various camps In
this country where members are sta
tioned and at the cantonment in
Franco. The care of the chaplains in
the service of the army must be look
ed after and a proportion of the funds
will go toward their maintenance.
The committee in charge of collect
ing funds here will meet at K. of C.
hall Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock
to outline the work that Is before
The campaign will begin on Mon
day, January 24, and will continue for
one week. Grand Knight John J.
Qulnn of the council expects in this
manner to secure a large sum for the
found in this city among the mem
bers of the council and St. Mary's
The local draft board today sent
out questionnaires, the order numbers
of which are between 3,026 and 3,300.
These will be due back within seven
Just as the last of the question
naires was being filled out last night
I nt City Hall, a fuse blew out, leav
ing the entire City Hall in darkness,
[ until gas could be lighted. City
Electrician Franke repaired the dam
age within a short time.
The Jewish History Class will not
meet tonight because Mr. Klmel is un
able to be present.
The Sons of Judea at their neit
meeting will be given ten questions to
answer pertaining to the Boy's Brigade
and Zionism. These questions have to
be answered In two weeks.
The Hove of Zlon will hold a meet
ing Sunday morning from 11 to 1
o'clock at the Bnei Zion Institute.
The hike which wu held yesterday
was a great succeas and many more
aoeh attaint will be held Id the futur·.
Young Ohio Lieutenant Who
Was With British, Relates
Some Experiences.
(United Press Staff Correspondent.)
IN FRANCE, Dec. 28.—One American
sergeant, apparently, was lost when
the Germans pushed back General
Bjnf's troops around Cambarl, ac
cording to unofficial reports reaching
here today. He is classified as missing.
One other American officer, a lieuten
ant, returned to his unit with his
American forces today after an unfor
gettable period with the British at
Cambarl. He hasn't yet ceased thank
ing his lucky stars that lie escaped the
German onrush.
"It was as quiet as walking to church
Sundny morning In the way of going
forward," he told the United Press,
speaking of just before Byng's push
was started. "But coming back, well,
Providence guided me across the coun
try and away from the Cambrai row,
that's all that saved me."
The young Ohio lieutenant was one
of many American medical officers
loaned to the British and Just back
today in his billet. Sitting in the tiny
room of an ancient French house
where he Is billeted he told Ills story.
"This is better than a dugout," ho
remarked, glancing around with satis
faction at his comfortable quarters.
Il « UCUCl CÏOU umu tuu Λΐ««ιν.ν··~ ■«· Ο
lhie. It's great to sleep in a hod again
after Langcmarck and Cambari.
Langemarck was bloody, tout Cambrai
was «Imply unforgetable. Wo went
over the top in perfect quiet. A few
rifle cracks, but otherwise there was no
sound except footsteps and the rattllnK
of equipment. I walked slowly across
the weed-grown fields considerably be
hind the advance maze.
"There wasn't much flighting, the
Boches were too surprised, and there
wasn't much chance for resistance.
We got established and I started an
advance dressing station, tout there
were very few casualties.
"The next morning the Bochcs laid
down a heavy bombardment lasting
about an hour. Then they stopped
and the sector was quiet all day long.
The next day they (lid the same stunt.
Also the day following, and then we
began to think every morning incom
plete without a dose of shelling.
"Finally, one morning, after the
usual bombardment, the Boches
came over. It seemed as though all
Germany was coming into our little
sector. Troops holding It were over
whelmingly outnumbered. They fell
back fighting hard. Our ambulance
section waited until it was apparent
the Boches were likely to reach our
post when we fell back.
"I wasn't acquainted with the ter
ritory and started out blindly. In tond
insr to make a short cut across the
shell cratered field. First I headed
for the Cambrai road, but I was
afraid of moving my general direc
tion and changed my plans. It was
a good thing I didn't follow the road.
I learned afterward it was heavily
shelled and that lots of follows fol
lowing it were cut off, killed or cap
"KinaLly I reached a point bohlnd
the line and saw British reserves
mailing up. Hours later we heard
the Brltsh had captured the enemy."
Cut Red Tape, Says Commiit
teemen in Probing Cause*
of the Shortage.
Washington, Den '%—Aroused by
reports of shortages of winter cloth
ing in national army camps, the Senate
Miiltury Affairs Committee, lu resum
ing Its Investigation into army condi
tions, adopted α resolution requesting
the Secretary of War Immediately to
ascertalu conditions by wire, and sup
ply deficient troops and suspend de
partmental routine If necessary, by
direct purchases from sources near the
The resolution offered by Senator
McKellar of Tennessee declares that
"upon unquestioned proof" there is a
shortage of at least 20,000 overcoats
and 47,000 woolen blouses In nine No
tional Army cantonments.
Its adoption followed the testimony
last week of Quartermaster (leneral
Sharpe, who admitted shortage of w'n
ter equipment in some camps, but said
all necessary supplies have been
shipped and would be soon received.
The principal overcoat shortages In
the National Army camps reported to
Senator McKellar were at Camps Shel
by and Beauregard, which were said
to l>e deficient 8.000 and 11,140, re
spectively. Shortages in blouses were
at the following can.,is: Shelby, 5 000;
Kearny, 13,900; Dix, 3,200; Jackson,
12,000 (estimated) ; Custer, 4,500, and
Renuregard. 3,400.
MaJ. Gen. John F. O'Ryan, com
mander of the New York Guardsmen
Spartanburg, comprising the Twen
ty-seventh Division, testified before
the committee. He said the men of
bis command were not adequately
equipped for foreign service. Out of
it shipment of 7,000 overcoats received
at the camp for the New Yorkers, he
said, 4,000 had to be returned because
they would not fit. Similar difficulties
Lave been encountered with shoes, he
! Naming Alaska
The name Alaska 1· an English cor·
ruptlon of perversion of Alayekea, a·
It was called by the aboriginal inhab
itants of the Aleutian islands, lying
to the westward, observes a geograph
ical magazine. When the Russians
first came to one of the Aleutian
Islands, they were told that a vast
country lay to the eastward, and that
Its name was Alayeksa. The Aleuts
called their own Island Nagnn Alay
eksa, meaning the land lying near
Alayeksa. By a process of Russian
izing and Anglicising Alayeksa becam·
Alaska, and Nagun-Alayeksa became
Unalaska. The original Aleutian word
Alayeksa meant "the great country,"
a· the Inhabitants of scattered Islands
would naturally consider a vast con
tinental region of varied resources aaA
beautiful scenery as Alayeksa or Ala··,
ka has since prorsdto

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