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OOGA NEW
LATE
EDITION
VOL. XXX.' NO. .154
CHATTANOOGA, TEMN., WEDNESDAY EVKN IN G, JAJSUARY 2, 1918
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WOULDOU
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NFORCEMENT
OF
BOLSHEVIKI BREAK
OFF NEGOTIATIONS
Germans Obliged to Nail Their Lips, With, For
mula Put Forward by Socialists Russian
Revolution Cannot Accept Conditions
V To Retain Poland or Lithuania.
London, Jan. 2. Peace negotiations at Brest-Litovsk have
been broken off by the bolshevik government, owing to the German
attitude Is regard to Poland and Lithuania and the enemy's pro
posal that garrisons be retained at Libau, Riga, and elsewhere, ac
cording to a telegram from the Petrograd correspondent of the
Daily News, appearing in a late edition of that paper today.
The dispatch quotes an article from the bolshevik -newspaper
Izvestia, discussing "the new phase in the peace negotiations.'' The
article say's that, owing to pressure from below, the Germans have
been obliged to soil their lips with the formula put forward by the
socialists at the beginning of the war, but the German imperialists
would not be imperialists if they did. not try to take back in fact
what, with gritted teeth, they yielded in words.
"The Russian revolution cannot accept their conditions to re
tain Poland and Lithuania. Just you try it, gentlemen," says the
Izvestia.
This is the line, the correspondent
of the Daily News adds, that proba
bly will be taken at a general, meet
ing: tonight (Tuesday )to consider the
report of the Russian peace delegates.
The ' bolshevik aim, he adds, is a
world revolution of peace on their own
terms which they think will discredit
the imperialists generally.
The correspondent continues: '
"And, if in .the long; run, Russia is
. driven to conclude a separate peace
on any other terms, I prophesy that
Hie Russian signatories' to such 4
,l.facei'wi!l not b IxdsbevikUbUi jmern
f Vers .of opposition political parties."
Negotiations for a general peace at
Brest Litovsk were adjourned Dec. 25
until '. Jan. 4.- Since then at Brest
LltovBk and in Petrograd representa
tives of Russia and the central pow
ers have been discussing informally
points to 'be settled in the event ot
a peace agreement being reached. Pro
visional agreement has been reached
on ome points, but the Russian pro
posals regarding occupied territories
were not received with favor, appar
ently, by the Germans. A report
from Amsterdam on Dec. 31 said that
xr. Von Kuehlmann, the German for
eign secretary, would appear before
the foreign committee of the German
bundesrath on Wednesday to explain
the status of the Russian negotiations.
DEMAND RETURN OF TRIPOLI.
London. Jnn. 2. Weltman l'avlo
vitch. a nonbolshevik member of the
Russian- delegation to Hrest-Llvotsk,
according to an Exchange Telegraph
dispatch from Petrogrnd, says that the
German attitude in regard to the free
ing of occupied Russian territories de
pends entirely on the relationship of
. the bolshevik, government with the
Ukraine and the Cossacks. He adds
that if the entente allies refuse to ne
gotiate' a general peace Germany will
not consider her declarations to the
bolsheviki binding.
Germany's fundamental war aims,
M. Pavlovitch added. Is to create an
economic union stretching from Hum
4 burfr to the Persian gulf. The repre
sentatives of Bulgari aand Turkey, the
Russian delegate said, are most obsti
nate regarding concessions nnd he be
lieves their altitude will hamper
further negotiations.
M. Pavlovitch think Germany will
. demand the evacuation of Mesopota
mia, Arabia and Palestine for the free
tug of Belgium and occupied French
territory, and, If the successes of the
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central powers In Italy continue also
will demand the return of Tripoli.
NEW DECLARATIONS. -
, London, Jan. 2. The central powers
within the next ten days will make
new declarations, regarding Germany's
peace conditions, a dispatch from
Geneva to the Dally Express Quotes
the Munich Nachrichten as saying. - It
is added that modifications may be in
troduced owing to the attitude of the
entente powers.
UNCOMPROMISING ATTITUDE.
London, Jan. 2. The Daily News
correspondent says that considerable
numbers of red guards are belnft.sen.a'
to reiiirorce the front and other rep-TTT? 771? I ?-- 'S 8
r.tmn for defend or. belnir made. ' 10 without, Interruption.
a rat Ions for defense are being made.
It is not clear from the dispatch of
the Daily News correspondent when
the meeting which is said to have re
sulted in the breaking off of peace ne
Botintions was held and there Is a
possibility that the report refers, to
an alleged rupture of negotiations
several days ago when the discussions
were adjourned.
"I have private and reliable Infor
mation with regard to the breaking
off of the. peace negotiations, which
establishes beyond doubt the honesty
of purpose of the bolsheviki," says the
correspondent, whose dispatch Is
dated Tuesday. "The central powers
proceeded to make a more detailed
statement of terms, from which It ap
peared that they considered Poland,
Lithuunin, Courland, etc., had already
denned themselves. They further based
their demand on the statement of the
ULkraine that it would not recognize
peace negotiations at which It was
not officially represented. They de
manded that they should keep garri
sons at Riga, Libau and other strate
gic points.
"The Russian delegation, acting on
unequivocal Instructions from the bol
shevik authorities, took an uncompro
mising attitude. They said self-definition
was impossible until the last
German soldier had left the country.
Further, they jeered the Germans,
asking what they proposed to do. They
asked whethe they intended to take
Petrograd and feed 3.000,000 starving
folk, or to disarm a revolufconary
country in which every workman had
a rifle. They also asked what the Ger
mans proposed to say to their own
democracy, which protested a couple
of months ago against the proposed
annexation of Poland and Lithuania,
They remarked that they were sur
prised that even the Prussian Junkers
had such audacity.
"The Germans asked time for con
sideration and begged that this stage
of the negotiations should not be pub
lished. The Russians refused to allow
this and left Brest-Litovsk."
The Petrograd correspondent of the
Daily News says the Russians demand
that all soclaliststMmprisoned In Ger
many be released immediately. Count
Von Mirbach, head of the German po
liti.al delegation in Petrograd, replied
that this was a political question and
that the delegation was only empow
ered to deal with technical matters.
The correspondent reports that the
Russians insisted, however, and that
Count Von Mirbach agreed to trans
mit the demand to the German gov
ernment. The delegation, adds the correspond
ent, will probably he embarrassed by
the further demand that large num
bers of civilians who had been taken
to Germany and forced to labor be re
leased. ,
"GARY PLAN" DROPPED ,
FROM NEW YORK SCHOOLS
New York, -Jan. S. Elimination of
the so-called -"Gary plan" from the
public school system of New York city
was o rdered by Mayor Hylan In ad
dressing the seven members of the
new board of education which today
assumed their dutiees. He said the
Gary plan was "Imported" by the pre
vious administration and became a po
litical issue "because holders of po
litical office sought by use of the pow
ers of their brief authority and by
control of the funds of the city to dic
tate school policies."
LITTLE ACTIVITY NOTED '
ASIDE FROM ARTILLERY
Berlin, Jan. J. (Vis, London.) Aside
from heavy artillery firing at points
on the, Franco-Belgian and Italian
fronts, little activity in any war thea
ter is disclosed by today's official com- I
munlcation. .
0-
GEN.
PETAIN'S NEW
YEAR'S MESSAGE
Paris, Jan. 2. In a New
. Year's order of the day Gen.
Petaln, French commander-in-chief,
nays to his troops:
"Officers, subalterns, soldiers,
1918 is here. The struggle
' must continue. The fate of
France requires It, Be patient,
be persistent.
"In the attack, as In the de-
you have shown your
Each time you have
. worth.
attacked the enemy has retired.
Each time he has attempted
to break through you have
stopped him. It will be the
name tomorrow.
"The default of the Russians
has not shaken your faith. I
take this occasion to assure
J!?" iVl? co-operation -
the United States is hecorr
more powerful every day' e v"-'
are firmly determined
as long as necessary . ,
peace for your ch rJ" i ve
cause you know t Vy jViosj
who are most J( aVV' call"
for peace, thos- t .re most
persistent fix t V " Editions of
peace.
"I salute your 'flags and In
addressing to you my most af
fectionate wishes for 1918 I
express to you once again my
pride in commanding you and
my full confidence in the fu
ture.
FREEZE RETARDS
WORK 1NFRANCE
Additional Hardships Fall to
Lot of Soldiers Transpor
. tation Handicaped.
Paris, Jan.-2.--Another heavy fall of
snow in eastern and central France
and in the Vosges has greatly In
creased trans)ortation difficulties. Ly
ons, with zero temperature, almost un
heard of there, is snowbound. The
Lyons-Mediterranean line has, can
celed "a considerable number of trains,
and the few still running are hours
late. St Etlenne, In the heart of the
great iromvorklr.g district of central
Fiance,' is under three feet of snow,
and the railroads. In the region are
blocked., ' " '-
Paris and northern France, .'curi
ously enough, are far more favored as
regards'- both V temperature and snow
thasi central and so them Franca, and
PROBABLE GERMAN
DRIVE STILL PENDS
Gen. Maurice Declares Troops
Are Being Diverted From
East for Lunge.
London, Jan. 2,-w-The probability of
Germany now taking a vigorous offen
sive attitude on the western front was
pointed out by Maj.-Gen. F. B. Mau
rice, chief director of military opera-'
tions at the war office, in his- weekly
talk to the Associated Press today.
There was two factors that con
tributed to this probability, the gen
eral said, the first being the steady
flow of German reinforcements from
the eastern front, and the second the
fact that the American forces were
not yet ready to take any considera
ble part in the operations.
The public should be prepared. Gen.
Maurice said, for some losses of both
ground and men if the Germans at
tempt really determined offensive op
erations. They would not, however,
be able to inflict any such losses on
the allies as the latter had inflicted on
the Germans during the last year, he
declared.
army'orders SHOW ' .
NUMEROUS CHANGES
. Washington, Jan. 2. Army orders
today show numerous changes in the
assignments of general officers. MaJ.
Gen. James Parker, formerly com
manding ,the Thirty-second division
at Camp McArthur. Waco, Tex., goes
to command the Eighty-fifth division
at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Mich.:
Brig.-Gen. William G. Haan, formerly
commanding the Fifty-seventh field
artillery brigade, takes command of
the Thirty-second division.
The orders contain also the formal
assignment of Maj.-Gen. Charles H.
Muir to command the Fifth division,
regulars, at Camp Logan, Houston,
Tex. s
ADVENTISTS TO GIVE
HELP TO ARMENIANS
Washington, Jan. 2. Help for the
Armenian and Syrian people, many of
whom have died for want of food and
clothing, will be given in Seventh-day
Ad vent Us t churches throughout the
United States and Canada In a special
offering Saturday, Jan. 12. The for
eign mission board Of the church has
issued an urgent appeal from its head
quarters at Tacoma Park. Md., saying
a terrible toll of death has come to
those nationalities from starvation.
JUDGE KEITH, VETERAN,
DIES AT RICHMOND
Richmond. Va, Jan. 2. Judge Jas.
Keith, 71 years old. former president
of the supreme court of appeals of
Virginia, a Confederate veteran who
served in the Ctvti war as a memoer
of the famous Black Horse cavalry,
and at one time a member of the leg
islature, died today at his home here.
TEXAS QUARANTINING
AGAINST PINK WEEVIL
Houston. Tex.. Jan. 2". Quarantine of
three counties and part of four others
to eradicate pink boll worm pest
was decided upon here today. Fred
Davis, of the state agriculture commit
tee, announced. i -. I
COLHOUSESAYS
RUSH TROOPS TO
FRENCH FRONT
Recommendation of American
Delegates on' Returning From
Inter-Allied War Council.
. POOLING WAR 3 RESOURCES
Supreme War Council Designed
as Next Move.
Plans Worked Out. for United
States to Visualize Prob.
lem of Food Control. ,
Washington, Jan. ; 2. Amerioan
troops are to be rushed. to Europe in
as large and as constant a stream as
it humanly possible. '. Ths allied na
tions will so arrange their shipping as
to provide ths ' necessary transport.
Ths merchant ship building program
mutt be rushed. There is to be closer
co-operation of all ths eobelligerents
to present a singls and united front to
German autocracy, jv The part of. the
United States has been clfarly defined
and arrangements mads i to ' carry it
out. ' , '; ;
These are the principal retultt. at
they affect America, of the recent in
terallied wir council in Pans, . an
nounced today for ths first time by
ths state department. ",' ,
These recommendation, made by the
American delegates,' ef whom Col. E.
M. House, President Wilton's 'personal
representative, was the head, "are the
retult of the great council of heada of
all ths co-belligerents.
Constant and speedy dispatch of
American troops to tpe- European bat
tlefront is the principal recommenda
tion made to the government by the
American delegates who recently re
turned from the Interallied War coun
cil at Parts. ' . '.Va '.A '
biillfUii-prtsviui ' fefctisep .io Apera-
tioiK-witn tne co-Deuigerents are tna
other principal recommendations.
This was disclosed today by the
state department, which made public
a bummary of the result of the con
ference, i
The principal recommendations of
the Arnerican delegates headed by Col.
E. M. House as President Wilson's
personal representative are: ,
"That the United States exert all
their Influence to secure the entire
unity of effort, "military, naval a ul
economic, between themselves and the
countries associated with them in the
war.
"Inasmuch as the successful termi
nation of the war by the United StateH
and the allies can be greatly hastened
by the extension of the United States
shipping program, that the govern
ment and the people of the United
States bend every effort toward ac
complishing this result by a systematic
co-ordination of resources of men and
materials.
"That the fighting; forces of the
United States be dispatched to Europe
with the least possible delay, inci
dent to training and equipment."
Report Filed by Col. House. 1
The following statement the depart
ment made public in connection with
li , commendations:
it review of the report filed with
the department of state by Col. House,
the head of the special war mission
which visited Great Britain and
France in November, shows that it suc
ceeded in its purpose of reaching a
definite working plan for the prosecut
ion of the war through co-operation of
the governments represented at the
conferences held In Paris In the vari
ous fields of activity, and through
marshaling the resources of the na
tions at war with the central powers
and co-ordinating their uses under
a common authority, thus avoiding the
waste and uncertainties that arise
from independent action.
"A summary of the results accom
plished at their conferences and of
the recommendations made by the
American mission will Indicate the
value of the work done and the prac
tical methods which were considered
oy tne conferences and wnicn are
recommended In the report."
"The results of the conferences, as
shown In the report, are most gratfy-
ing to this government, first because
thev indicate that the conferences were
j inspired by the desire to be mutually
helpful, and, second, because the
agreements which were reached, when
In full operation, will greatly increase
the effectiveness of the efforts now be
ing put forth by the United States and
the allies In the conflict against Ger
many and Austria-Hungary. .
A definite plan was formed for more
active utilization of American naval
forces and an agreement was made
with the British admiralty to effect
certain plans for anti-submarine war
fare. Through a new interallied organiza
tion for co-ordinating shipping re
sources, arrangements have been made
SNOW, SAYS BILLY 'POSSUM
Good night: I'm
all a-flurry; I pal
pi tate within.
What could that
shake and Dare
and crash At dawn
this mom-ing been?
I have but one so
lution That might
help In any way
Spontaneous com
bustion of those
New Tear's things
we say.
The weather t
Conditions favor-
ble for snow to-
lght Thursday
II . n
r j
fair and moderate.
BAR0NESS 20LLNER
GETS HABEAS CORPUS
Knoxvillt, ' Jan. 2. Baroness
lone Zollner today tiled with
Judge L. T. Hanford, of the
United States district court
here, a petition for relcaae upon
a writ of habeas ccrpus. The
petition will be heard In Knox
vllle within the next twenty
days. .Meanwhile the woman
is held in jail in Chattanooga,
where she was arrested about
three weks ago. She is ctharged
with being guilty of a violation
of the espionage net. In her
petition sine admits that Lieut.
J. W. Spauldlng boarded with
her In Annapolis and that an
affidavit was executed by him,
in which "foolish" language
was used as descriptive of the
insanitary condition of the
building, in substantiation of
her representations to the lund
lord,' Tlils paper hnd been re
garded by officials t:s suspi
cious. She udmltted that she
and Spauldlng had A c-odo of a
few words, which ho was to use
in inditatlng Wo port from
which he would sail, should he
go overseas, nnd he would add
the word "lovingly" if he could
see her at that point.
Ijist week the baroness was
held to fedarnl court on the es
pionage charge. Lieut. Spauld
lng: is Rt Fort Ogleihorpe. He
was in the baroness" room at
the time of her arrest.
SOUTH TO LOSE
HALF RAILROAD
SERVICE SOON
May Divert Engines and Cars
to East to Relieve Serious
Congestion There..
(Sneclal to The News.)
Washington, Jan. 3. Removal of lo
comotives from the Southern railway
system, the Nashville, Chattanooga &
St. Louis railway and other lines
touching1 Chattanooga was forecast
here today as a result of a readjust
ment of railroad equipment by Secre
tary McAdoo with a plan to extend re
lief, to eastern states which are 4a the
grip of a fuel famine. ' -
Locomotives and cars may be di
verted shortly from all southern ter
minals and sent to New York, New
England territory and eastern Ohio to
relieve shortages in those seotionn.
Curtailment of passenger service
between Chattanooga and the east is
looked for In the program of retrench
ments which Secretary McAdoo is un
dertaking. Officials said today the
service might be cut n half between
the south and eastern cities. Such an
arrangement would leave only the fast
est trains on the Southern railway
from Chattanooga to points east.
That the selection of Secretary Mc
Adoo as director-general of the rail
roads was a pleasilng appointment to
Tennesseans is reflected in the state
menta of the state delegation in con
gress and those vlxltiiig hrre.
McKtllar Indorses McAdoo.
Particularly pleased with the ap
pointment of Mr. McAdoo was Senator
McKellar. He declared thut Sei'retaiv
McAdoo, although already burdened by
war tasks, will work a change In the
general transportation system that will
be gratifying to his state.
"Secretary McAdoo was the right
man for director-general of the rail
roads," declared Senator .lcKellar.
"He will institute such reforms that
the roads will never go back to private
ownership."
SEVEN DEATHS ARE
REPORTED BY PERSHING
Washington. Jan. 2. Seven deaths
were reported today by Gen. Pershing.
They included 'rivate Ester Kd wards,
stevedore regiment, spinal meningitis,
brother ClirT Edwards. 2612 E Alley,
liirmingham, Ala.; and Private Henry
Threet, stevedore, pneumonia, sister
Lucy Threet, Salem, Ala.
TWELVE INCHES OF
SNOW IN VIRGINIA
Roanoke, Va., Jan. 2. Snow which
began falling early today had reached
a depth (new fall) of twelve Inches
at 3 n.m. and was still falling. The
'ground has not been clear of snow
here since early Llecf mber, and several
inches already was on the grouna.
Fuel shortage, which hnd begun . to
cause concern, was relieved today
when state and locrl fuel authorities
took over twenty-five cars en route to
other points to be distributed through
Osiers. N. D. Maher, president of the
N. & W.. placed at the disposal of the
fuel commission two motor trucks "to
be used day nnd night" until urgent
needs are filled.
MANY WOR MEASURES
Boston. Jan. 2. The Massachusetts
legislature convened today for Its an
nual session with the prospect of hav
ing to consider many measures con
nected with the war.
to devote "the greatest amount of ton
nage possible for the transportation of
American troops."
The contribution of the United
Slates t a pooling of war resources
was agreed upon. The arrangement
guarantees full equipment of every
kind will be available to all American
forces sent to Europe during 1918.
Arrangements were made to , have
the United States participate In mili
tary deliberations of a supreme war
council "as a step toward efficient and
centralized unity of control of mili
tary operations."
Pooling of Interest.
Plans also were worked out where
by, in order to permit the United
States to visualize the problem of food
control at home. Great Britain. France
and Italy agreed to put In legalized
(Continued on Page Five.)
OUSTER BILL FILED
AGAINST NICK BUSH
Charged With Failure to En force Law During . Eecent
Strikes Actjon on Relation of Atty.-Gen. Thomp
sonManufacturers and Business Men
Are Behind the Suit.
The long predicted haa occurred.
Upon the relation of the state's attorney-general, Frank M.
Thompson, ouster proceedings were instituted in Chanellor W, B.
Garvin's court against Sheriff Nick P. Bush at 3 p.m. today. The
attorney-general is assisted by W. B. Miller, and the bill is exclu-
sively upon the state's relation, the ten citizens' clause not . being
brought into play. j
The bill is voluminous, setting out numerous complaints and
charges against the sheriff's administration. The meat in the ac
count, however, is directed squarely at the sheriff's position in con
nection with the recent street carmen's and textile strike
It is charged that the sheriff misdemeaned himself In office
and is guilty chiefly of acts of omission, failing to enforce the law
and absenting himself when most needed in the recent rioting and
general strike disorders. .
Though little is known of what interests besides the state are be
hind tie present action, Mr. Miller has been employed by private
individuals who are anxious to sustain the charge and secure the .
sheriff's removal.
Up until 4 o'clock Judge Garvin had taken no action on the
bill. In the event the sherilT is successfully removed, the coroner,
Jack O'Donohue would fill the vacancy until the next election.
J. H. Wilson and Gaston C. Raoul were of a committee of about
sixty-five which represented certain manufacturers and business men
in bringing this action.
MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSION
SHOCKS CITY "AT MWU
A tremendous explosion that shook
residences and buildings in Chatta
nooga and surrounding section for a
distance of sixty miles occurred about
6 o'clock Wednesday morning.
Preceding the mysterious, report a
bright light made the sky lurid and ob
literated the shades of darkness or
potiibly a minute.
The light wai high overhead and
traveled southward at a rapid rate.
Person who saw it were filled with
wonder and, while racking their brains
in ah effort to arrive at some explana
tion of its presence in the heavena,
were startled by the basso detonation
that followed. The report lasted but
an instant before its echo died; the
light vanished and darkness again set
tled down, only to be filter! and later
blotted out by the raya of the dawn.
The probable solution, backed by
word from Washington, is that a me-
teor, hurrying onward through apace, .
shed its glare over the earth and later
ran amuck on some mountainside south
of here and exploded.
Investigation revealed that muni
tion plants and government induatriei
in this entire territory were not
harmed, and theories that one of theie
places had been blow up were set at
naught.
When it developed that the explosion
did not occur in Chattanooga, towns
in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama
were communicated with in an effort
to trace the report, but the information
thus obtained failed to throw any light
on the mystery.
The bright light and then the 'ex
plosion aroused residents of Ooltewah
and Daisy. Out at Ryall Springs, Wor
ley and in that section the general cu
siosity was rampant. Trenton, Ga.;
La Fayette, High Point, Menlo and
Rosaville, all Georgia towns, and Val
ley Head, Ala forty-two miles from
here, felt the terrific shock and the ball
of light caused the people to wonder.
'With the minds of humanity dwell
ing upon the serious business of war
and the problems arising In connec
tion with the terrible conflict. It was
quite naturally thought by many that
a German airplane had dropped a mis
sile of death as It traveled through
the clouds or that some plant had
been demolished by (lernian sympa
thizers. Then, too, the thought arose that
there might have been trouble at Fort
Oglethorpe, but communication with
the army post brought forth the infor
mation that all was well with Uncle
Sam's forces there and nothing star
tling had happened.
An operator at the Read house. ,ln
describing the phenomenon, said that
she heard a roaring sound, then came
a flash of light which was first pink,
then green, and that when the light
died away an explosion occurred.
What was It?
What caused It?
W here did It occur?
Was it at Ooltewah?
Was anybody killed?
These and numerous other questions
were asked by the curious and prac
tically everybody In this whole stction
was curious in their efforts to get
some line on the unusual Incident
Telephones rang and neighbors dis
cussed the explosion and the flash of
light that preceded It. and expressed
thcir variouj opinions; housewives
stopped their daily tasks to lnquiie
of Mrs. or Miss So and So what had
happened ; business men discussed the
matter and ollices of the newspapers
were deluged with inquiries.
At press time for The News Wednes
day afternoon the explosion was still
unexplained.
Eager for Explanation.'
Probably no occurrence In Chatta
nooga in many years has aroused as
much curiosity as did the explosion
of Wednesday morning. -!
Hright and early telephone calls be
gan' coming in to The News office In
regard to the detonation, and the call
ers were eager to know what It was,
what caused it, where it took place
and whether it could have been a Ger
man bomb.
It was frequently Inquired If the ex
plosion did not occur at Fort Ogle
thorpe, where thousands of Uncle
Sam's khaki-clad men are In train
ing for a shot at Kaiser Bill. . i
Not Powder Mill.
A large powder mill is located at
Ooltewah and reports were that th
.explosion took place in that town, but
wr,
en Ooltewah was called the now-
der mill was found to be nnharmort
but the shock that caused Chattanoo-f
gans to wonder had the same effect
there.
Residents of Ooltewah were first at
tracted by a bright light; then came
a tremendous report that shook housa
and caused windows to rattle. Tliun
der and lightening were attributed as
tho cause of the phenomenon.
Heard for Miles. '
The little town of Daisy was alv"
disturbed by the report ami the t;-iit
light was seen there.
The explosion was not heard t
Cleveland and Cppperhill.
When the army post was called it
was stated at the other end of the
line that no unusual noise had been
heard.
Rossville, Ga,, felt the force of the
shock, and tho the flash of light was
seen by residents of that place.
Telephone communication with La
Fayette, Ga., developed that what ap
peared to be a meteor passed over the
town ubout 6 o'clock, traveling; south
ward. Shortly after the large ball of
light was seen, a loud report broke the,
quietude of the morning, and tho
thoug-ht spraig Into a few minds that
a German bomb had been dropped
from the skies.
The report was heard at High Point,
Ga., onAhe line of the Tennessee, Ala-
bama & Georgia railway.
Posaioly Near Menlo.
At Menlo and Summerville the same
terrific shock wna felt, and It was
stated that it came from the section
northwest of these places.
Ktsidenti of the section east of Mis
sionary ridge, including Ryall Springs
anrt Worley, plainly heard the explo
sion and saw the llghi '.ha preceded
It The flaan was of sumelort rrighi
noss to Illuminate houses, and one
Worley resident said he thought it
wo an automobile light.
Ffople residing on Sand mountain
In the vicinity of Valley Head, Ala.,
nme Into that town Wednesday
morning Inquiring what the explosion
w,4 Thpv felt the force of the far.
and so did residents of Valley Htad.
who alo saw the liht and wondered
wli.at it ul! meant The Alabama town
is forty-two mile distant from Chat- .
taneog:i.
Inqulrv at stations along the A. O.
S.. the C N. O. T. P. and Knoxvllln
divisions of the Southern railway
'ail"d to throw Siny light on the mr -erioiis
noise. The report na? not
heard in Oakdale: neither did it dis-
turb IUimiugtuuu. Ala,

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