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Russian Guns Are Turned
On Positions Held By
Followers of Kerensky
By Soldiers In Revolt
Petrograd, September 11.—(10 a. m.)—General
Korniloff s march toward Petrograd continues.
According to a statement circulated at the Winter
palace ,er V this morning and which is repeated
in today’s newspapers, but which has not been of
ficially tonfirmed or denied, the first collision be
tween the troops and the government forces also
have taken place, the followers of Korniloff hav
ing begun hostilities by bombarding government
positions with heavy guns.
Situation Serious,
Says Kerensky In
Formal Statement
Petrogratt, Monday, September 10.—In
answer to a request, Premier Kerensky
has matte the following statement to The
Associated Pre3S for transmission to the
American people:
"In.view of the fact that the cabinet
<ii sitting uninterruptedly discussing
measures, the premature announcement
of which is impossible, I arn obliged to
withhold a general statement until later,
when conditions and prospects may be
clearer than now. You may neverthe
less announce the following:
"The situation with respect to the con
flict betwen the provisional government
and the revolting commander-in-chief is
more serious than we earlier contem
. lilatrd. and it is impoStihlfe predict
w hat, developments may ensue in the next
few hours. But as regards the funda
Alabamians Will Be
Formed In Separate
National Army Brigade
Little Kock, September 11.—(Special.)—A separate brigade
will be formed of Alabama men in the 87th division here, Major
Joyce, assistant chief of staff to Major General Sturgis, com
manding officer of the division, said today. The present plan is
to form three brigades to be composed exclusively of Alabama
men of Arkansas men and of Louisiana men. The Mississip
pians will be formed into separate and technical units such as
supply and ammunition trains, engineers’ regiments, signal
corps and separate infantry regiments. The division will con
tain a fourth brigade, the depot brigade, which will be used to
,3supply men to the other organizations, and this will be com
I posed of men of the entire area, Major Joyce said. Of the other
> three brigades, two will be infantry and one artillery. It has
{ not yet been decided which states will furnish the artillery and
which the infantry.
Washington, September 11,—Three out
standing points of difference will exist
between Senate and House conferees on
the war tax bill when they begin their
work, probably tomorow. They are on
the income, excel* profits and second-class
• niail matter sections.
Democratic Deader Kitchin announced
tonight that he woyld ask unanimous
jl Consent tomorrow to sent) the bill to con
17 ference, and none of the republican men
( bers indicated that they would object.
Tho Senate already has named the con
j 1'[ am pleased with the outlook for an
► agreement,” Representative Kitchins said
tonight. “There are many Just and good
changes In the Senate bill to which 1
heartily subscribe."
We Will Go RighFThrough
That German Line, Say
Officers Back From France
. An Atlantic Tort, September U.
Seven United States army officers pro
moted to majors or lieutenant colonels,
returned here today on a French
steamship from the American training
camp In France to take commands tn
the national army and teach the new
men the modern methods of warfare.
r“We will go right through that Ger
man line." said a lieutenant colonel in
answer to a question as to the con
ditioh of the troops in tho American
expeditionary force. IThe morale of the
American tioops warn 'wonderful," the
officer declared.
Washington, September 11.—At the Rus
sian embassy here this evening it was
stated that no cable messages had been
received there from Petrograd since Mon
day morning.
‘‘We are abgolutgW in the dark concern
ing what Is taHing4>lace and are depend
ent on the press for information,” said
one of the secretaries. Asked whether
the report that Premier Kerensky had
been murdered could be tfonftrjjied, he re
plied :
‘‘We have lecetved the report from Swe
den, but v.e know nothing about It.”
Summary of fhe News
GEN ERA I. news
1—General Kornlloff 1m marching on
to Petrograd. 4
One aubmarlne la aunk when at
tack la made oa fleet of mer
chant ahtpa.
Alnhaminaa to be formed Into Sep
arate national army brigade.
Second death In Alnbama’a “Rain
bow” regiment.
3—Summary of the aewe from all war
3— News of Reaaemer.
5—Barrett aaya votera are going to
Judge Ward on Mo record.
Heflin returna from Teana.
City la wlthont coal tar public
Rnnn to nrfdrr-- loon| Hotarlana.
4— Editorial comment.
it—Society and Dolly DalrympM.
8— Sporta.
9— MaAeta.
! mental position there is no doubt. The
! fundamental position is that the Petro
grad supreme government is absolutely
unanimous in favor of all decisive meas
ures which we have prepared and are
preparing against the present attempt
by a military rebel in alliance with the
reactionary elements of the country to
exploit the fatherland's internal troubles
in order to effect a counter-revolution,
with the design of robbing the Russian
peoples of their hard won liberties.
“So much for the government. Re
garding the nation, I declare that I have
no doubt whatever that the mass of the
population is behind the government in
its new fight for freedom, and, that be
ing so, f have no doubt whatever about
the triumph onr cause. In whit tri
umph 1 have absolute and unqualified
Just a Litt1" Touch of Fall In the Air This Morning
7"^/^ 0>*=-/cr
Private Bloodsworth of Do
than Is Victim of Pneu
monia—The Coming of
Baker Is Awaited
New York Herald Service
Camp Mills, Garden City,
L. I., September 11.—(Spe
cial.)—With/ the probable
arrival at Camp Mills tomor
row of the One Hundred and
Sixtieth Iowa infantry,
formerly the Third Iowa,
and later in the week hos
pital detachments from Col
orado and Michigan * the
Rainbow division will be
Just when Newton C. Baker, the
Secretary of War, and prominent
members of Congress will arrive to
inspect Camp Mills was not known
at divisional headquarters tonight.
The presence of the Secretary of War
will be one of the principal events of
the entire life of the camp and will
probably be after the regimental
drills are completed, within a week
or ten days.
Private William Bloodsworth of
Company G, One Hundred and Sixty
seventh Alabama infantry, died today
in the camp hospital ot pneumonia.
He contracted a severe cold while the
regiment was coming north from the
Mexican border, where it hadfieen for
a year. The regiment landed at Cpinp
Mills in a pouring rain and all the
men were drenched. Private Blood
worth’s home is at Dothan. A mill ■
tary funeral will be held In Hemp
stead on Thursday and the body sent
Funeral services for Private Charles
Fletcher, another pneumonia victim of
the same regiment, were held with full
military honors at Hempstead today.
All the 2S0 officers and men of this
company and the full regimental band
were In attendance.
New York Detectives Will
Aid Carolina Authorities
in Probing King Killing
Concord, N. C.. September 11.—Detec
tives sent by District Attorney Swann of
New York are expected here tomorrow
to co-operate with loca^ authorities to
determine whether or not there arc
grounds for reopening the case of^the
fatal shooting of Mrs. Maude A. King
near here on August 29.
It was announced tonight that V. £.
McDuffie, attorney /for Mis. Anna I*
Robinson, mother of Mrs. King, will
arrive at Salisbury tomorrow for a
conference with Solicitor Hayden
Clement. Two brothers of Mrs. King
arc expected to reach Salisbury with
Korrdloff Must
Be Quick to
Win In Russia
No Matter Who is Victor, Officials ih Washington
Believe New Slav Government Will Be
Strengthened, as Nation Needs Now “One
Man Rule” More Than Anthing Else
Washington, September 11.—Whether Russia faces anarchy
and a reign of terror as the fruit of General Korniloff’s revolt
against Premier Kerensky’s provisional government, depends
largely, in the opinion of officials and diplomats here, on the
<?«eed with which the situation develops.
If Hie deposed commander-in-chief, now reported marching on Petrograd
with troops personally loyal to him, makes a spectacular show of strength
within the next few days, it is believed strong political influences, now secret
ly wavering in allegiance to the government, may swirtg over, give him a
preponderance of authority and pave the way for a powerful dictatorship.
If Premier Kerensky, on tne otner
hand, is able to hold fast to the support
of enough of the various political groups
on whose attitude the allegiance of the
army depends, he may crush the revolt
quickly, adopt some of the strict discip
linary rules advocated by the Korniloff
element, and weld the democratic forces
into a stronger instrument to light Ger
The complete ascendancy of either Ke
rensky or Korniloff t^ould satisfy most
persons here most interested in Russia's
well being. It is the middle situation,
the conflict which would make Russians,
kill Russians, which they fear and which,
judging by today's unofficial dispatches,
seems entirely possible. Civil war then
might lead to either separate peace with
Germany or restoration of the monarchy
with its inevitable train of evil conse
Out of the haze of the Russian sit
uation as reported unofficially today of
ficials developed the impression that the
provisional government probably would
count on ihe support of the navy, a
large part of ihe army, particularly in
the Interior, railway employes and indus
trial workers. Korniloff probably ex
pects the backing of a strong element
of military leaders.. Duma members, the
Intellectual classes, the Cossacks and
other considerable professional fighting
elements of the army. In addition- it'ia
probable he would lie openly supported
by the commercial interests, and the
social democratic political group as soon
as he shows strength.
Prominent Business Man
of Columbus, Miss., Kills
Himself yi His Store
Columbus, Miss., September 11—(Special)
George II. Ezell, president of the Ezell
Clothing company, committed suicide to
duy by shooting himself through the head.
Mr.,' EzeU killed himself at his place of
business, No. 112 South Market street.
I he body was found by Ids partner, 3. T.
i'hampnevs, whb whs out at the time.
Worry over business troubles is given
as Ihe cause of the suicide. •
ilr. Ezell was 55 years oil. and Is sur
vived by his widow and four children,
lie was a native of Pickens county, Ala
bama. but had been residing in Columbus
more thab a quarter of a century.
Four Members of German
Language Publication Are
Now Under Arrest in
Philadelphia, September 11.-—Four mem
bers of the staff of tire Philadelphia Tage
blatt, whose offices were raided yester
day by government agents, now are un
der arrest and the remaining two for
whom warrants have been issued will ap
pear in time for hearing on Thursday.
All are charged with violating the espion
age act through the publication of articles
alleged to be inimical to the Interests of
the United States.
Louis Werner, editor in chief, and
Waldimar Alfredo, an editorial writer,
surrendered to the federal authorities to
day and were held in $10,000 bail each.
Peter Schaefer, president of the com
pany which publishes the Tageblatt, and
Paul Vogel, treasurer, the other two men
wanted, are in Cincinnati attending a
meeting of editors, it was said, and their
counsel promised they would be hero
Thursday. The men arrested yesterday
are Dr. Martin L»arkow„ managing edi
tor, and Herman Lemke, business man
ager. .
Agents or the department of justice re
ported that other articles seized included
a number of letters from a United
States senator from a western state. The
contents of the letters were not re
Interned German Diea
Chattanooga,-Tenn., Septemoer 11.—Ivarl
Graph warrant officer, one of the in
terned German sailors from the Prinz
Kitel Friedrich, courtned at Fort Ogle
thorpe, died late yesterday afternoon of
fever. This is the first death to occur
among the German prisoners since their
confinement. •
One Submarine Sent
Down In Battle
With Merchantmen
Convoyed Fleet Meets Enemy U-Boats Off Coast
of France, and Two Vessels Are’Lost—Navy
Department Quickly Corrects Error in
Report— Only Meagre Details Are
Received in Washington
Washington. September 11.—A typographical error in trans
cribing a statement for the press today from an official report
to the navy department made it appear that six German sub
marines probably had been sunk off the French coast when
they attacked a fleet of merchantmen, including at least one
American vessel. The facts are, so far as known tonight, that
one submarine was destroyed and two of the steamers went
down. A corrected statement was issued by Secretary Daniels
as soon as the error was discovered.
The department has only a meagre account of the fight and additional details
have been asked for by cable. The report came from ttve American tanker
Westwego, through Paris, the vessel apparently having reached a French port
after the fight. The names and nationality of the two ships lost were not
The Westwego was en route to Eu
rope and from the fact that she was
cruising in company with other mer
chant craft, navy officers assumed that
the fleet was under convoy of naval ves
sels, probably of American destroyers.
The tanker reported September 8, the
fight having occurred September 5. The
brief statement received from Paris said
that six submarines had made massed
attack on the merchant flotilla; that
two of the steamers were lost, and that
one of the submarines probably was
The Westwego is an armed vessel, but
there was nothing in the message to
indicate whether the other ships were
In preparing for the press in the bu
reau of operations of the navy depart
ment a statement of the contents of
the dispatch it was written that “all'
of the six submarines probably had been
lost. Later on checking: over the me.«
sagef and the statement issued to the
press it was found that the word wajs
“one” in the dispatch.
Officials were interested in particulars
of the fight since if the vessels were
under convoy, as i£ supposed, and either
of the two steamers lost were American,
the first convoyed American merchant
craft has fallen victim to the subma
The fact that the submarines attacked
the merchant fleet in such force led to
the conclusion that the German com
mander erroneously thought he had to
deal with troops, transports or with
army supply ships.
Martindale, “Banker,”
Was a “Piker” In the
Game of Stealing
Washington, September 11.—Comptroller Williams issued a statement to
night asserting investigation had disclosed that the late J. B. Martindale, presi- ,
dent of the Chemical National bank of New York, who died in July, 1917, was
an embezzeler and forger to the extent of about $,'100,000. The amount was
taken, the comptroller announced, from the account of a wealthy depositor
! and the bank has arranged to make good the entire sum.
Capital and surplus of the bank, Mr.
Williams announced, were not impaired in
the slightest degree by the alleged opera
I lions of Martindale. The statement says.
| “Investigations recently made show that
J. B. Martindale, the late president of
the Chemical National bank of New York,
who died in July, 1917, was an embezzler
and forger to the extent of about $300,
00!). lie had been president of the bank
since December. 1910, and prior to that had
been for a numbers of years its vice
j president.”
The loss will not impair in the slightest
degree the capital and surplus of the
Chemical bank, which amounts at this
time to $10,000,000, but will be charged out
of its “undivided profits,” which at the
present time amount to over $1,30),000,
after charging of the $300,000.
The suspicions of the bank's officers
w ere aroused while Martindale was ab
sent from the bank, ill in a hospital,
shortly before his death, and tine em
bezzlement was discovered as a result of
an inquiry instituted by Vice Presifient
1'witchell, who was recently elected presi
dent of the bank to succeed Martindale.
The money was not stolen directly from
the bank, but was obtained by manipulat
ing the deposit account of a vveaftihy de
j positor for whom Martindale acted as
financial adviser and trusted agent, l'nder
President Martlndale's instructions the
statements of this depositor's account
were Tendered by the bank periodically to
Martindale, instead of direct to the de
positor, and Martindale then manipulated
and changed them bhfore submitting them
to the depositor.
The method by 'Which Martindale ob
tained most of the money was by with
drawing money from the depositor’s ac
count. either through a forged check or
by a “debit slip" signed by himself as
president. Jle would present these checks
for $3900 or $10,000, or whatever the amount
mnght be, to the bank teller personally,
explaining that the depositor had asked
him to drgw this money from the ac
count for a donation to some hospital, so
that the name of the donor might not
be known, or that the depositor desired
the matter handled In this manner ror
some other plausible reason and he would
then appropriate cash so withdrawn to
his own uses.
In explaining to the depositor at the
end of each month these withdrawals,
! Martlndale's pfan was to inform the un
• suspecting depositor that he had placed
the sums so withdrawn from the Chemical
L-anlc to the depositor's credit in a certain
trust company in New York city, one of
which deposit or passbooks he had ob
tained and in which book he would enter
In bis own handwriting as deposits with
the trust company the amounts of money
which he had withdrawn from the Chemi
cal National bank through the means of
the forged checks or debit slips.
He also forged the depositor'; name to
certain demand notes to the extent of
about $$0,000, which amount he also got
from the Chemical bank and personally
appropriated. <
The aggregate amount of the forged
notes placed in the Chemical bank and
the false credits shown on the deposit or
passbook of the truqj company was about
"Such embezzlement# and forgeries
would have been practically impossible
had they not been perpetrated by an ot
ficer of the bank in whom the directors
and junior officers reposed implicit con
"The Chemical bank has arranged to
make good to the depositor the entire
amount thus embezzled.
"The national bank examiner of New
York has practically completed his regu
lar semi-annual examination of the
Chemical National bank and has re
ported to the comptroller's office that the
bank is in fine condition. More than a
year ago the comptroller's office, In call
ing upon national banks to furnish a list
of employes who had been allowed no
vacations in five years, said:
" Because most men are physically and
mentally in shape to perform their duties
most efficiently when they have the bene
fit of a yearly vacation and because of
other obvious advantages, Including the
better opportunity afforded of having im
partial check made of the books and ac
counts cf all employes while on vacation,
besides the training given understudies
and assistants, the comptroller commends
the granting of a vacation period to all
hank employes each year.'
“The experience of the Chemical Na
tion bank lend fresh emphasis to his
recommendation and it is hoped It will be
heeded by the banks."
London, September 11.—Leut. Douglae
Malcolm, who was being tried for the
murder of Anton Baumburg, a peusdo
count, was today found not guilty by a
jury at the Old Bailey police court. The
case, which' has been characterized as a
dream of passion, was the first to be tried
here in which the unwritten law was the
sole defense.
A coroner’s jury had returned a verdict
of “Justifiable homicide,” after hearing
Lieutenant Malcolm's plea that he had
killed Baumburg 'in defense of his wife's
honor. The case was one of the most
I sensational seen in London in many
! years.
Sandwich. Mass.. September 11.—Presi
dent and Mrs. Wilson, who are cruising
on tile presidential yacht Mayflower, re
ceived an ovation on their way through!
the Cape Cod canal today. Word of their
presence spread quickly as soon as the
yacht entered the canal and at Bourne
dale and Sagamore school children stood
on the banks waving flags and singing
while crowds lined the waterway cheer
ing. The Piesident waved his greetings
and appeared to enjoy the trip. At
Bournedalc a reception committee sent
a basket of flftwers on board the May
flower for Mrs. Wilson.

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