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Food Administration Orders Breweries of Nation Closed December 1; "Dry" Rid IT Passes Senate
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No. 199 14 PAGES Dal l?aer ?h u e omc ed a, a Hf rosbur^ 888 HARRISBURG, PA.. SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 7, 1918. ON VK .V™ ii mSh i ,'7- Kss
Almost 115 Per Cent, of Amer
ican Troops Brigaded Willi
Haig and Foch Forces Have
Been Withdrawn
Situation on Western Front
Is More Satisfactory Than
It litis Been in Months, Sen
ate Committee Hears
By Associated Press
\\ usliingion, Sept. 7. Organiza
tion of the first American tield army
in Franco is progressing so rapidly
that General March told members of
the Senate military committee to
day neurlv 95 per cent, of the Amer
ican troops brigaded with the British
and French have been withdrawn
and are being assembled tit a point
he did not designate.
The situation on the western
front. General March told the com
mittee, is more satisfactory 'his
morning than it has been in months.
Good progress is being made, he said,
and the outlook is very bright.
At no point along the front where
the present battle is raging are the
Allies more than twelve miles fiom
the Hindenburg line, while upon the
upper part this line has been pierced
by the British troops.
The committee was told that there
now are between 90,000 and 100,000
American troops with the Britisn
Because of the gradual withdrawal
of American trbpps which h9ve been
brigaded witli French and British
forces, the Senators said they wqro
told only or.e division—the 32nd—
now is engaged in the present bat
"General Itetrcut," Says March
Characterizing the German retro
grade movement as a "general re
treat," on a hundred mile front
from Arras to hear Rheirns, General
[Continued on Page 12.]
Mrs. Lyman D. Gilbert Is
Named Y.W.C.A.Chairman
Mrs. By man D. Gilbert, Harris
burg, president of the Harrisburg
i hapter, American Red Cross, has
been named as chairman for Penn
sylvania of the Blue Triangle cam
paign in Pennsylvania—a campaign
for $170,500,000, to be conducted
during the week of November 11.
The fund will be apportioned among
seven organizations The Young
Women's Christian Association, the
Young Men's Christian Association,
the National Catholic War Council,
the Jewish Welfare Board, the
American Library Association, the
War Camp Community and the Sal
vation Army. Tn this fund the
Young Women's Christian Associa
tion has been apportioned the sum
of $15,000,000.
The blue triangle will be used as
the official insignia for the cam
paign, the greatest war drive ever
held in America. President Wilson
gave his endorsement this week to
the campaign.
Miss Ellen Walter, Erie, will be
state organizer. A flying wedge of
trained speakers will be sent to all
the cities and towns of the state to
outline the work carried on by the
. W. C. A. for the women of
For lliirrlnlinru antl vicinityi Fnlr
to-night mill Sunday; slightly
warmer Sunilny.
For Eastern I'rnnsylrnnla i Fair
to-nlglit| Sunday fair anil some
whut warmer; gentle to mod
erate north to east winds.
The main river will remain near
ly stationary.
General Conditions
It Is 2 to 14 degrees cooler In the
Atlantic anil Gulf States.
Temperature; 8 a. m., .18.
River Stage; 8 a. m„ 3.8 feet above
low-water mark.
Yesterday's Weather
Highest temperature, 117.
I.owest temperature,' 88.
Mean temperature, 112.
Normal temperature, 08.
Federal Fuel Administrator Meek Knew All About Order
For Fuel; Visited His Offiee and the Order Was Passed
Upon; Shipment Sent ('.are of S. S. Shelter, of Duncan
lion, in Regular Procedure; Hickok Sags Man Who
Rugs No. 2 Buckwheat Coal Performs Patriotic Service
William Jennings did not violate
the Federal fuel regulations.
Evidence produced to-day by J.
Q. Handshaw, representative of the
lianna Coal Company, completely
vindicates Mr. Jennings, chairman of
the Dauphin Committee National De
fense and Public Safety, of charges
spread broadcast by the Harrisburg
Patriot that he had violated the fed
eral fuel regulations in purchasing a
quantity of No. 2 Buckwheat coal
for use at his country home near
Duncannon. Mr. Handshaw made
this statement:
"Early in the spring, Mr. Jen
nings, to whom tlic lianna Coal
Company for many years had
sold buckwheat coal, eanie to me
with an order for about one
third the amount of this coal
which he usually bought. I told
him that while tlic government
hud made no price regulation of
buckwheat coal 1 would much
sooner tliut the order lie shipped
In care of a local dealer. To tills
he agreed, and suggested S. S.
Shelter, a reputable coal dealer
of Duiieannon. Before placing
the order with my compuny, be
ing in Duncuiiiioii, 1 took up the
matter with Mr. Slieller. Mr.
Shelter said that in view of tin:
fact there was no regulation
oil No. 2 Buckwheat coal, and
that no person hi Duiieannoii,
except Mr. Jennings, ever bought
huckwhcut coal of tliut grade,
he was sutislied to receive the
"Sometime later Mr. Meek,
the Fuel Administrator of l'erry
County with Ills wife, called at
my olliee in Harrisburg in Fed
eral Fuel Administrator Hickok's
automobile, having been sent to
me by Mr. Hiekok with regurd
to fuel supply in Perry county,
During the discussion 1 then took
up with Mr. Meek Mr. Jennings'
order. Mr. Meek tllen said to me
that lie was not interested in
this grade of buckwheat coul,
since it was not within the fed
eral price regulation, and that
the order might go through. 1
explained to him at the time
that tile order would be shipped
in the regulation manner, in the
care of Mr. Slieller.
"I then forwarded the order
and the records on lile show that
tile .shipment was made care of
S. 8. Slieller, Duncamioii, Pa.,
P. 11. 11., and was delivered to
William Jennings and paid for.
"The company and Mr. Jen
nings, having more tlian com
plied with uny fuel regulations
then in existence ,or since put In
force, have nothing to regret,
this is ail there is to it."
Mr. Jennings' Statement
Verifying the statement that he
had taken the utmost precaution in
the matter of ordering the coal, and
had complied with the requirements,
Mr. Jennings to-day said:
"Early in the spring I wanted to
get my winter supply of buckwheat
coal arranged for. 1 understood there
were no restrictions, but 1 wanted to
be sure and being informed that there
was then no fuel administrator for
Perry county, 1 asked Ross Hickok,
the administrator here. 1 stated the
kind of coal I wanted, and he in
formed me there were no restrictions
whatsoever on the purchase of that
grade. 1 then went ahead and order
ed it.'*
Mr. Jennings was then asked: "When
did you give the order?"
In reply, lie said, "1 ordered it im
This was in the early springtime,
before regulations of any sort relat
ing to 1918 supplies had been promul
gated by the government.
Mr. Hiekok Verities
Mr. Hickok, local Federal Fuel Ad
ministrator, verified this statement
by Mr. Jennings and John P. Guyer,
local Coal Investigator, said that he
was present when Mr. Jennings made
the inquiry of Mr. Hickok, and that
Mr. Jenqings went from the ofHce
with tie understanding that he could
place his order, and that by buying
No. 2 buckwheat coal, he was per
forming a patriotic service by using
fuel of a kind that the ordinary stove
or furnace will not burn.
Confirming this understanding of
Mr. Jennings Administrator Hickok
said this morning:
"1 would regard it as a .patriotic
service for anyone who can use No.
2 buckwheat coal to do so, inasmuch
as it is not under Federal control or
Mr. Meek, the Perry County Fuel
Administrator said tills morning to
a Telegraph representative, that he
is "very much put out by the public
ity given tlrts investigation, before a
final conclusion had been reached In
tlie case." He further said that he I
had not been able to get in personal
touch with Mr Jennings. )
At Its Olil Tricks
As usual, the subsidized morning 1
McCormiek mouthpiece endeavors to
camouflage its real motive behind a
screen of gasoline smoke. Its record
of mlsrept esentution and abuse In
this community is understood among
all clusse' of people. Orfe after n- I
other the victims of its mendacity
have been pilloried and, of course,
the Telegraph is no exception. Its
paid hirelings have boasted that the
"Telegraph would be put out of busi
ness" and every means known to
the sort of warfare which it adopts
have been employed to embarrass the
Telegraph without avail, including
the starting of an evening edition.
Mr. Jennings is the latest innocent
victim of its malevolence and be
cause lie has not kowtowed may ex
plain tlijp infamous attack upon him.
Assuming a self-righteous and holy
attitude at all times the' morning
organ has never hesitated to belittle
those who happen to differ with its
alleged policies or favor its am
bitious owner. Mudslinging is its
chief delight and it has vainly im
agined that fear instead of disgust
was the inevitable emotion of those
who happen to be the objects of its
Probably no newspaper has ever
done a community which it pretends
to serve more real harm than the
Harrisburg Patriot. It has destroy
ed community spirit in many cases,
and is to-day a positive menace to
the development of the city. Its tac
tics are those of the cuttietish and
its insincerity and hypocrisy are
matters of frequent comment. Sel
fishness and personal spleen dic
tate its policies. Masquerading as
a paper "of the people" it is knotvn
that its chief owner is endeavoring
to promote his political aspirations by
exploiting the workingman after
years of personal opposition to or
ganized labor. After years of con
troversy the McCormiek papers were
compelled to recognize the Typo
graphical Union a year or two ago.
Its constant effort is to discredit
those who decline to adopt its sugges
tions. In view of the experience of Ex-
Mayor J. William Bowman, one must
wonder whether Mr. Jennings like
wise offended the subsidized news
paper organs by withholding adver
tising from their .columns.
There still rankles in the mind of
the chief owner of the community
scold his ignominious defeat for gov
ernor and the humiliating repudiation
of his candidacy by his own county,
city and home ward.
Mr. Jennings is this week maligned
through no fault of his own and with
out regard to his patriotic services
and personal and family sacrifices.
Who will be the next?
Mitchell Plans to Send Hen
drix to Mound; Mays
For Boston
Chicago, Sept. 7. —The curtain
was to be lowered on baseball in
Chicago for the duration of the war
with the third game of the world
series between the Boston Red Sox
and the Chicago Cubs, who faced
each other on even terms to-day,
each team having scored one vic
tory. To-night the teams will en
train for Boston, where the remain
ing games of the championship
series will be played.
With renewed confidence over
their 3-to-l victory yesterday, the
Cubs went into to-day's game deter
mined to add to their laurels, and
Manager Mitchell said he probably
would send Hendrix in to face the
Red Sox.
Manager Barrow and his Ameri
can Reague champions were equally
confident. He planned to assign
Mays to the task of turning the
tide against the Cubs. Fair and
warmer weather and the half-holi
day wore expected to bring out a
record crowd here.
"I had hoped that we would be
able to make baseball's contribution
to war charities more than $25,000,"
said August Herrmann, chairman
of the National Baseball Commis
sion, to-day, "but judging from re
ceipts of the first two games, it is
quite possible we shall not be able
to touch the $20,000 mark. How
ever, I look for capacity attendance
in Boston, which may make up the
The probable batting order fol
Hooper, rf. Flack, rf.
Shean, 2b. llollocher, ss.
Strunk, cf. Mann, lb.
Whiteman, if. Paskert, cf.
Mclnnis, lb. Merkle, lb.
Scott, ss. Pick, 2b.
Thomas, 3b. IJeal, 3b.
Agnew, c Killefer., c.
Mays, p Hendrix, p.
New Forces Brought Up West
of Fismes With Germans
Along Canal Parallel to
River; Big Guns Set in Play
German Machine Guns De
fend Retreating Army Point
by Point; Enemy Divisions
Yield Dearly-Bought Gains
By Associated Press
With the American Army on the
Aisne Front, Sept. 7.—Additional
forces and supplies were brought up
by both the Americans and French
during last night and early to-day the
Franco-American line was again ad
vanced. The allied artillery of both
heavy and small calibers is being
used to tear holes in the enemy lines.
Cross Koad Under Fire
The new forces were brought up
along the Aisne to the west of
Fismes where the Germans are en
trenched along' the canal parallel to
the river. The big guns behind the
Franco-American line were set in
play upon formations far to the rear,
while every cross road was subjected
to a punishing fire.
The Franco-American line continu
ed to close slowly but with unerring
certainty about the German left flank
that had clung to the sector to the
west of Rhetms. Particularly de
termined resistance wns displayed by
the enemy remaining at the point
in the angle made by the line swing
ing upward towards the Aisne. The
Germans used their artillery late on
Friday with ail possible vigor, and
their machine gun crews defended
the retreating army point by point.
Nevertheless the lines of both the
French and the Americans were ad
vanced early to-day.
Hun Divisions Hound For Aisne
Early reports brought into head
quarters indicate that the German
divisions in this sector are as cer
tainly bound for the Aisne as those
already across that river further to
the west, but that they are determin
ed to exact as big a price as possible
before yielding the territory which
has already cost them so much to
The German artillery was active
along the river front, throwing an
enormous volume of high explosive,
shrapnel and gas shells into the
lines that were constantly harassing
Foch Plan Is to Prevent Hun
From Stopping to Fight
From Trenches
By Associated Press
Washington, Sept. 7.—The hour
when General Pershing's army will be
thrown into the battle is rapidly ap
proaching, in the opinion of many
officers ana officials at the War De
Developments yesterday indicated
to these observers that the German
withdrawal was Hearing the point
when Marshal Foch would make
use of every available weapon to
prevent the enemy from making a
[Continued on Pago 12.]
Fair Weather to Start
and End Coming Week
Washington, Sept. 7.—Weather pre
dictions for the week beginning Mon
day, issued by the Weather Bureau
to-day are: North and Middle Atlan
tic states: Fair, warmer beginning
of week; showers and somewhat cool
er by middle of week followed by
fair weather and nearly normal tem
peratures thereafter.
By Associated I'rcss
Paris, Sept 7. (Havas)—
A treaty of alliance has been
concluded between Germany
and Finland under which the j
entire manpower of Finland !
is put at Germany's disposal, j
according to a dispatch to the j
Matin from Copenhagen.
Brothers Fall Fighting
in France; One Is Killed
Killed in Action Wounded in France
Private John E. Westfall, sonof Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Westfall.
Mechanicsburg, R. D., was killed in action in France on August 10,
according to official word received from the War Department Wednes
day. His brother and comrade-in-arms, Frank Westfall, was wounded
and is in a hospital. The degree of his wound is undetermined.
The Westfall brothers were members of the One Hundred and
Twelfth Infantry, Twenty-eighth Division. Many I-larrisburg and Dau
phin county boys are in this division. Private Westfall enlisted June,
1917, and was widely known. He was employed at the Steelton plant
of the Bethlehem Steel Company.
Besides his parents. Private Westfall is survived by one sister,
Mrs. Paul Rider, Shiremanstown; four brothers, William, of Philadel
phia: Frank, his wounded brother; Raymond and Lloyd, at home.
Twenty-five Per Cent, of Company D, 112 th, Slightly Gassed
a Few Seriously, While Taking Part in Big Drive;
Nicknamed "Bayonet Division"
That Company D, o*i the 112 th in
fantry, made up largely of men of
Company I), Eighth Regiment of the
old Pennsylvania National Guard,
most of whom reside in Harrisburg,
played an important part in the
drive between Soissons and Rheiins
and has done much to accelerate the
movement of the Hun toward the
German border, is related in a letter,
tilled with thrilling episodes, writ
ten by Leroy E. ltife to his mother,
Mrs. William H. Rife, 1001 North
Seventeenth street.
But the company has not escaped
unscathed. In fact more than twen
ty-live per cent, of the men of the
company were injured in the advance
against the Germans. No less than
' seventy men of the company were
j injured on one day of the attack,
I August 9, and including some Har
) risburgers.
1 So vigorous and so deadly was the
I attack of the company on the Ger
] mans with their bayonets that they
have been assigned another uick-
Patients Taken to Nearby
Caves When Enemy
Attaek Begins
With the American Army in
France, Sept. 7. —'German aviators
scored two direct hits on Wednesday
night on the large "Red Cross" be
tween the wings of the French-
American hospital southwest of
Soissons. There were no casualties,
[Continued on Page 12.]
Bion C. Welker Is
Chossn For Special
Artillery School
Bion C. Welker, formerly city ed
itor of the Telegraph, member of
Battery F, 311 th Field Artillery, now
in France, has been assigned to an
Artillery School for Specialists. 1-Ie
is now under tuition there. The[
school is situated in a delightful part
of France. Mr. Welker hopes soon to
get back to his regiment, which is I
now undergoing training previous toj
taking up active service.
name, having been dubbed after their
attack on August 9 during their
storming of the German line, the
"Bayonet Division."
Back For a Rest
Extracts from Rife's letter, dated
August 10 follow:
"Well, X suppose you have been
thinking all kinds of things have
happened to me because 1 have not
[Continued on Page 9.]
Five More Local Boys
Wounded in Desperate
Fight Along French Front
Five names are included in the
early casualties to-day, only one of
which is a death. Abrarn Martin,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Mar
tin, 25 1 Crescent street, is in a'base
hospital as a result of being in
[Continued on Page 9.]
Food Administrator Also Pro
hibits Buying Grain
For Beer
Washington, Sept. 7.—Acting un
der the sanction of President Wil- j
son, and in accordance with an j
agreement entered into with the
fuel and railroad administrations j
and the war industries board, the '
food administration last night
dered all brewing operations in the
United States to cease on December
1 until further notice.
Orders were also issued prohibit
ing the purchase of any unmalted
grains for brewing purposes, and It:
was announced that regulations for |
carrying out the order will be Issued
The action, which came suddenly,
was made necessary. Food Adminis
trator Hoover's announcement said,
because of the increased war strain
on fuel, transportation and labor
and a material reduction In the sup- j
[Continued on Page 12.]
Retreating German Army Falling Back
Faster and Faster With British,
French and Americans in
Determined Pursuit
By dissociated Press
London, Sept. 7.—British progress
on virtually the whole battle front from
Havrincourt wood to the river Aisne
continued this morning with rather
greater rapidity than had been
Accelerating the flight of the retreating Ger
mans the British, French and American armies
gained important new ground last night and to
day along the entire front from the Aisne to ths
west of Cambrai.
In the northern part of the front the British have pushed fur
[Continued on rage 10.]
| | With the British A lttifcs in France—The German <*• n'j
j ; tirenient continues throughout the whole area to the 3
; west of-Cdinbrai and St Queniin and tlie British advance ,Sg
guards in the jpqnie generally bt t ween Cambtai and 9
| Pjtfonhe are dose to the Hindertbyrg line. Numerous fires 3
; > lit ill ore burning and many more explosions have occurred <2s
; | as !"f '/ ~..i 1
: ; Washl | Regret Kative Ffss, of Ohio, the ncw>
I j ch.i '• .• of !:•- pub! cOmmiitce, for- 1
;; . Ms''i- . :rv, > cor gress in * |
| November,. •"Uep - j hi. lis," said Mr. "Fess, "will 3
:j; not only pfosectltion of the war, but will 3
i be. a guarantee against compromise,' and, therefore an 8-
jjj iiv. h'• c peace S
||i . Indianapolis—The Right Rev. Francis STas Clutard, 8 ,
I bishop of the Indianapolis diocese of the Roman Catholic 8
||: Church, died here to d4J -after a lingering illness. |
;|; Washington—As a result of the adoption by the |
| j Senate of the emergency agricultural appropriation bill", I
II with its '.'dry" legislative rider and an announcement by ft
S*the food administration.that President Wilson would cxer- ai
j; cise his war-time authority to prohibit the manufacture of n
|| beer after December ), nation wide prohibition was a step 3
|: nearer to day. a
|l Chamb^rsburg—Theodore Crist, a member of Com v
*:• j!
|; pany C,*112 Infantry and a Sonqf Adam Crifit 0f.42u East jj
Quern street, has been killed in action in France, accord- jj
I iug to a.telegram received-from the War Department. 11
! ! The Chambrrsburg soldier .was killed on August 9. lie
|j; was a private and had taken part in the earlier fierce ]H
j ' fighting against the Germans. ||
;|| Boston —A capacity crowd of more than 30,000 for,
ill the first game of the world series at Feirway Park next f! 1
. . I;
•j; Monday teas precitjc-i tc- i•• y Secretary Layre: i|
Mnttliew \v, Juno, MartlnxburK. W. Vn-, and Mlnale 1.. Knba, ; .
Hngeratown, Md.t Chrnli-r L. Ilarhulil and Clara H. Sniyaer, Me- ;
ohnnlnhurK, H. I)„ 3. Mnrko Drnxrnovlc anal .liiltn Brda, Steeltoni ;
Oren W. Rrrnnemnn and Hnnnnb S. Klchcllicrirer. *lilil(inhnr*i |
J. Frank Matalnaer. I.ower Allen tonnnbiii. Cantherlnnd count,-. tl
nnd Annie G. Nnnale. Slrrltom David M. Wirt and Snrn 1.. Decker, t
j llnrrlabarkt Georxe M. Knamlnger nnd Kernlce A. lllttlnK, Mar, a- {
j; vine. . jjj

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