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No. 202 14 PAGES ? h^ n X, HARRISBURG, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 12, 1918. j HOME EDITION
AMERICAN ARMY CRUSHES FOE
IN A TERRIFIC DRIVE FOR METZ
Tremendous Weight of First
Assault Carries Pershing's
Men Through for Gains
All Along the Line
. FRENCH AND AMERICAN GUNS
MASSED FOR THE BOMB A RDMENT
U. S. Fighting Men Eager For the Fray
Which Results in Large Gains as
Two Waves Press Huns Back
By Associated Press
American Forces on the Lorraine Front, Sept.
French and American forces this morning
launched an attack against the German positions
on both sides of the St. Mihiel salient.
The weather is fine. The attack made by the
French and the Americans was a most daring one
and so far has been successful.
Airplanes Work With Artillery
There has been a great concentration of Franco-
American artillery and Entente airplanes are
operating in large numbers.
The attack was preceded by a barrage lasting
The attack on the southern side of the St.
Mihiel salient was made along a distance of
The attack on the western side was on a front of
Americans Capture Hun Positions
At 9 o clock the Americans had progressed
generally along the line. Some prisoners were
taken at different parts of the sector. The first
wave of American troops met with little resistance
and at 8 o clock the second American wave was in
possession of several points of the German first
Germans Falling Back
The Germans now are falling back on each side of
the St. Mihiel salient.
Though undoubtedly suspicious of the intentions of
the Americans in this region, the Germans were unaware
at the time of the direction of the attack.
The American troops are all intensely eager and are
Drive For Metz Is Begun by Troops
of Pershing's Great American Army
America and French troops to-day began an offensive on a
twenty mile front in Lorraine, near the German border.
I he movement evidently is aimed primarily at the elimina
tion of the famous St. Mihiel salient, which for more than four
years lias projected into the Allied line southeast of Verdun.
Attacks on Both Sides
The attacks were launched on both sides of the salient—on a
twelve mile front on the south and an eight mile front on the
westerly side. Ihe assaults were progressing favorably at the
A barrage lasting several hours preceded the thrust. Heavy
concentrations of French and American artillery and airplanes
had been effected. 1 lie fire poured in upon the Germans from
the allied guns was a terrific one while the German reply on the
whole was weak.
Metz Is the Objective
1 he German citadel of Metz lies only some 15 miles to 'the
north east of Pont-a-Mousson at the easterly edge of the salient
under attack, and it seems not beyond probability that this may be
a furthe robjective of the offensive, should it develop favorably in
the crushing out or material reduction of the salient
1 he removal of this salient, in fact, would seem to be a neces
sity before any drive in great force into German territory on this
front were attempted, as otherwise the German forces to the
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COMMANDER OF U. S. ARMY /
GEN.JPEJJSHIKG. <S>s~ra*s,AziMML. '"'
IS SELECTED FOR
NEW WAR DUTY
Appointed to Executive Com
mittee For War Camp
William Jennings, chairman of the
Dauphin County Committee of Na
tional Defense and Public Safety, lias
received the following telegram from
George Wharton Pepper, of Philadel
phia, chairman of the State Commit
Your unselfish and successful
service In connection with all pa
triotic endeavors in your com
munity prompts me to ask your
assumption of further burdens by
accepting a place on the State
Executive Committee of the war
camp community rvice. May I
have your acceptance by -wire?
Mr. Jennings has accepted the ap
pointment and will give to this work
the same energetic attention which !
characterizes his other war activities, j
Buy Christmas Gift Each
Week; Merchants Advise
Buy one or two Christmas gifts
That is the advice of merchants)
who desiro to avoid the usual j
"Christmas rush" and to give their i
patrons better service.
There will not be sufficient labor!
at Christmas time to Increase the
store forces greatly. The late shop
per will suffer more than usual from
crowds and depleted stocks. Spend
>n little each week and make Christ
mas shopping easy for yourself, the
store and the store people, is the
advice of tile merchants.
FIGHTING MEN MADE
HAPPY BY "SMOKES"
Hurrisburg Telegraph Tobacco .Fund Filling Big Want on
the Firing Line; Civil War Picket Thanked; What the
Pennies of Eight Children Did
Cards of appreciation from Amer
ican "Hun Hunters" in France, oth
erwise known as members of the A.
E. F. who arc battling for the cause
of Democracy abroad with the aid of
shell, bayonet and tobacco, with the
accent not u little on the last named
"weapon," to their good friends in
Harrisburg who have gcnerbusly sent
them quantities of "makins" and
"tailor mades" through the "Our
Boys in France Tobacco Fund," con
tinue to pour into the Harrisburg
Telegraph. All tell tlio same story
of thanks for the tobucco with a
grateful comment on the timeliness
of its arrival because "smokes" thus
DEFEAT OF HUN
Only Heart Failure, on Part of
British Nation Can Pre
i By Associated I'ress
Manchester, Eng., Sept. 12.
, "Nothing but heart, failure on the
part of the British nation can pre
vent our achieving a real vijptory,"
said Premier Lloyd George speaking
to-day at Manchester.
The premier said the British cas
ualties in the last offensive in France
were one-fifth of what they were in
Premier Lloyd George said he was
for a league of nations and that in
fact a league already bus been be
gun. The British empire, he said, was
a league of free nations and that
the allied countries fighting the bat
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i Storerooms in Penn-Harris
Hotel Have Been Leased
j Dr. George A, Qorgas will occupy
J Storeroom No. 1 in the new million
j dollar Penn-Harris hotel with a drug
.) store, it was announced to-day by'
| Miller Brothers, real estate agents, !
j Who have charge of the rental. W. L. '
I f'orry, haberdasher, will occupy Room
• I No. 3. Rooms No. 4 and 5 will be oc
! cupled by the Cloos Company of New
York, who will sell ladies' ready-to
wear garments. The Cloos Company
, has a number of stores in nearby
cities. A cafeteria- will be installed
in Rooms No. 6 and' 7. The name of
- tlie occupant of Room No. 2 has not
been made public.
Car. aren't quite as plentiful as un
shot "Jerrys" on and behind the
battling lines of Europe.
"A Picket of the Civil War," a
HarrisburgYeieran of '6l. name un
known to us, who has been especial
ly prolific in subscribing to the fund
and automatically to the happiness
of the Yanks in France, has made
many friends In the A. E. F. judging
by the number of acknowledgements
for tobacco sent them through the
"My unknown friend," writes one
particularly grateful soldier who hud
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THOUSANDS ARE !
Kept Busy at 8011-1
DRAFT BOARDS ARE BUSY |
Men in County Districts En -'
roll Rapidly Following
Appeal to Be Early
"The registrars are at their posts j
This was the final word to poten-j
tkil draft registrants from Provost |
Marshal General Chowder last night, j
From V o'clock this morning until 9
o'clock this evening, the registrars]
will remain at their posts in fifty-!
three voting precincts in the city,
and seventy-one in the county, and
six draft board offices, registering the
The ror'-trars had not long to wait
this morning. The offices had hardly
opened at 7 o'clock when the van
guard of registrants who all day long
have kept the registrars busy, began
their march to the registration
The enrollment was heavy all!
morning. Especially downtown wherel
the registration offices are in the I
midst of the business section, the j
registration continued heavy through
out the morning, and probably will
all day and well into the evening.
Major Murdock, head of the state se
lective service headquarters, urged
as many of the registrants as possible I
to register before 5 o'clock. In spite
of a hearty desire on the part of
each registrant to co-operate as much
as possible, there are many who will
be unable to register until after
working hours this evening. For that
reason it is likely-that the registra
tion will continue heavy until the
closing hour at 9 o'clock.
If every man who registered for
service to-day would be taken for
military duty, it readily can be sben
that the industrial life ,of the city
I would be crippled. Every* industry,
1 every business and every profession
was heavily enrolled on the list of
draft registrants before the day had
| hardly begun. The, purpose of the
j enrollment, therefore, is to select
, from the essential workers those
! who can be spared for military serv
ice. Every registrant put himself at
the disposal <#tlie government, and
is awaiting his questionnaire, which
will determine his status as a pos
sible soldier of the field or behind
Only Enemies Exempt
Only enemy aliens, citizens of
' countries with which the United
I States is at wan are excused from
registering to-day. These are already
I registered as enemy aliens. All others
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Bethlehem Steel Co.
Called on to Answer
Nation's Wage Award
Washington, Sept. 12.—The Bethle- i
hem Steel Company has been called '
upon by the War Labor Board for an ]
immediate statement as to whether '
it will accept and put into full effect ' 1
the recent wage award of the board I
: in the controversy between the com
| pany and its employes. Upon receipt
of a reply, the board will give a hear
ing to representatives of the union
sheet metal workers who are here
threatening a strike next Monday of
ail their members east of the Missis
, While preparing to-day to hear '
representatives of the union sheet
metul workers threatening a general
I strike east of the Mississippi river 1
ion account of conditions at the Beth
| lehem Steel plant, the War Labor
Board received a message from the
! Bethlehem company which it is un
' derstood failed to meet a request for
! an immediate and full acceptance of
, the recent boards' wage award.
American Shoots Down
Three Enemy Machines
' By Associated Press
Willi tlie American Army in!
France, Wednesday, Sept. 11.—Three
German airplanes are believed to
have been shot down yesterday by
Lieutenant Jacques Swaab, of New
Yorft city. On his "return from a
flight over the lines he engaged and
shot down a Fokker machine. Con- .
tinuing his return flight he was at
tacked by a group of German planes
but shot, one down tn flames and
forced another down out of control.
McAdoo Is Expected to
Pass Through Late Today;
Director General of Railroads W.
G. McAdoo, is expected to pass
through the city late to-day on his
way to the Capital after making a
thorough inspection of the various
roads under his supervision in the
East and Middle West. The director
general is on his way from Altoona.
where he visited the largest machine
boi o of the Pennsylvania system.
He is to leave over the Western
Maryland for Washington.
AS YANKS FIGHT
I By Associated I'rcss
, Washington, Sept. 12.
WHILE American soidiers at
the front in France stood
, ready with French and Brit
isll forces for what may prove the
areatest battle of the war, thir
/tccn million other Americans
registered to-day for military
duty and gave the most inspiring
demonstration of patriotism in
the nation's history.
The work of mobilization, it
might be said, already is under
way. for district boards will select
men over 19 and below 37 to
comprise the big contingents in
cluded in the October draft calls.
This means that many available
soldiers will have only a few
weeks at home.
The drawing to fix the relative
•standing of thirteen million reg
istrants will not take place under
By Saturday night General
Crowder confidently expected to
have the exact figures showing
the total registration.
WITH ITS OLD
People Simply Not Answering
Patriotic Call of the
If all the old rubber in Harris
burg is represented by the meager
contribution thrown on the "seed
pile" at Third and Walnut streets
this morning then the city is In as
bad a way as Germany, where they
are reconverting the babies' tecthii.g
rings into useful war articles.
There certainly must he a rubber
famine in Harrlsburg!
The four Girl Scouts who were on
duty at Third and Walnut streets this
morning weren't overworked heaping
up the rubber.
"Ho, hum'" yawned one of them,.
"1 thought we'd have to work when
we got out here, but this is just the
pipiest little snap I ever had. I
thought from what I saw in the pa
pers that Hnvrisburg was just going
to roll over itself getting around
here with eld rubber—and there isr.'i
enough rubber junk in that pile to
pad a crutch with."
"No," said a little Girl Scout with
black curls, "you wouldn't exnetlv
say that Harris-burg is living up to its
reputation. 1 guess when it comes
to giving something that costs a lot
we're good, but when it comes to
giving something that we all have
a lot of that doesn't cost anything
we'rfe simply not there!"
I'ilc Grows Slowly
The old rubber pile was growing
slowly at noon There were a score
of auto tires, some bicycle tires and
a few hundred overshoes. Some old
rubber scraps made a sizable pile.
But the lfi,ooo families In Harris
burg simply weren't sending in rub
"What we'd like to see," said Mer
cer B. Tate, "is a profession of folks
from every part of the city coming
down here with auto and bike tires,
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Penbrook Citizen Enters
Suit For Slander; Asks
Damages in $5,000
Counsel for Reroy# A. Martz, Pen
brook, to-day tiled a damage suit in
the prothonotary's office against
Jacot) C. Reichert. also of that bor
ough. asking for $5,000, alleging that
the defendant made slanderous re
marks about Martz. According to the
statement filed with the suit Reichert
is alleged to have charged Martz
with being a "slacker" and commit
ting a serious offense. Martz denies
the charges.and claims hs reputation
has been injured to the extent of
REGISTER NOW |
YOUR PLEDGE TO j
BUY WAR STAMPS
jSs£TLend the U. S. Name
THE WEATHER] |
For Hitrrlsliurg nml vicinity!
Showers to-night; Friday nllglit
ly cooler und probably fair.
The Susquehanna river and all Its
brunches will probably remain
nearly stationary, except heavy
local showers amy cause some
streams to rise.
Temperaturei 8 a. at., (14.
Hlver Staget 8 it. in., 3.5 feet above
Highest temperature. 112.
I.owrst temperature, 4(1,
Mean temperature, 34.
Normal temperature, 00, ,
DIOCESE PL ANS
I Church Work Has Expanded!
Wonderfully in Fifty
FOUR BISHOPS SERVED
i Ceremonies Appropriate to (
I Day to Be Held in St.
! Springing from an unimportant
i member in 1868 and blossoming into
! a mighty unit of the Roman Cath
j olic Church, the Harrlsburg Dio
| cese, now a half century old, will i
i observe its golden jubilee unniver- j
. sary with appropriate ceremonies on j
j Sunday, September 29. They will be |
held in St. Patrick's Cathedral, the |
j mother church of the diocese,
j Preparations for the observance j
have progressed no further than j
j their preliminary stage us yet. They
| will receive an impetus after Mon
day night when the lit. Rev. Philip
II R. MeDevitt, Uishop of the Diocese. |
| will Appoint a committee to perfect I
j proper plans.
Bishop MeDevitt, the present head i
of the diocese, was consecrated to j
the position on September 21, 1916,'
and is the fourth man to be bisliopi
of the unit since its formation tifty
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FORMER SENATOR BLACKBURN DIES
Washington—Joseph' C. S. Blackburn, former senator
from Kentucky r -ent yrr -esj^fenTcbinmiaslonct
of the Lmgolß^M Commission died early to-day at
here. He. was stricken shortly after arising with
a recurrence of heart attacks from which he WTSS a chronic
sufferer. . .
HARRY M. BRETZ ARRESTED THIS AFTERNOON
Harrisburg—lf. ry M. Bret*, attorney under bail for
criminal ccurt on cbarge f eitibezikment, was arrested
this afternoon' in the county recorder's office by Con
stable William L. .Windsor, Jr., pn ?. charge of Larceny
by trick and fraud, preferred by Mrs. Catherine E. Miller,'
i 305 Green street. Bretz furnished $4OO bail for appear
ance at.a hearing on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at
the office of Alderman Hoverter. Mrs. Miller charges
stable William L.Wind'scn, Jr., on a charge of larceny'
against her proper y, that he gave her receipts fcr the
imney . but only paid $3OO of it on the debt.
WILSON SIGNS "DRY" RESOLUTION-
Washington President Wilson tor Ay signed the
joint resolution ; ssed by Congress empowering him to
esutiiish prohibition zones around shipyards, munition*
factories and other way industries.
Fsaxob'j sxsnviDOs wwhso .
Amsterdam—A pretest of the German Socialist party
against the Prussian "electoral reform comedy" and a
demand for the dissolution of the Prussian house of
lords is published by the Berlin Socialist newspaper Vor
AUSTRIA CLAIMS VICTORY
Vienna—A successful attack on Tomrorica ridge, in
Albania, gave us possession of the cnemy'i position at a
few points, say 6 to-day's Austrian war office statement.
SIP C-FORGE RFED DIES
London—Sir George Reed, former high? commissioner
foi Austrialia and member of Parliament for St .Georges,
died in London <o-day after prolonged illness.
' MARRIAGE LICENSES
Mlln Koiar anil SJ It In VIIIKMI, l.oehiel; ( luirlfM K. U aldct k,
Camp Meittle, ••nil P-irl Wiley Hatcr*to%*n. Mil.\ Walter W. Drtin
liauKh, HarrlMhurp; 11. D., No. 4. and \ era K. Il<*ker,
It. U.,No. It Kevin I*. I.eaeli mil Mary (•, tteynoldf*. l.ancaMter; Wil
liam AnderMoa, Wrl||htiivlllc, and Mary M. lltiKlieN, Ur!i.
WHOLE OF CZAR'S
IN TERROR REIGN
| Bolsheviks Plunge European
Russia Into State of
iTROTZKY MAKES THREAT
Says Moscow Will Be Burned
Before Surrender to Foes
By Associated Press
London, Sept 12.,—The Daily Ex
press claims to have unquestionable
information tnut the former Empress
iof Russia and her- four daughters
! have been murdered by Bolsheviki.
j The paper prints the following:
"The Express understands from a
I source which is beyond doubt that
I the Empress of Russia and her four
! daughters have been murdered by
! Bolsheviki. The whole immediate
j family of the late Czar has thus been
j "It is, further-understood thut tlio
Dowugi* Empress, who with her
I daughter and son-in-law, the Duko
jof Oldenburg, has been staying at
Yalta, was recently attacked by Red
I Guards, who sought to kill all three.
I Sailors of the Black Sea fleet intor
j vetted and fought the Red Guards.
| The four daughters of the former
Emperor and Empress of Russia
are: Grand Duches Olga, born in
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