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ALWAYS ON THE JOB la It a British assault In FlSknderm, a new uprising In Russia, or a miners' strike In Montana,Mhe As sociated Press geta , the news when ft still is news. 1 E CHATT. EW STARTING IN BUSINESS The carrier or salesboy from whom you obtain The News 1 a young merchant. He buy ih paper from us and sells It to you. Tour patronage helps make a fu ture business man of hint. Chattanooga, 4 p.m. Washington, 5 p.m. London, 10 p.m.Paris, 10 p.m. Petrograd, 12 p.m. Tokio, 7 a.m. VOL. XXX. NO. 204 LATE EDITION CHATTANOOGA, TENN., PIUDAY. EVENING, MARCH 1, 1018. PRICE: THREE CENTS SfcenJ . TEN AMERICAN SOLDIERS CAPTURED BY GERMANS . , 1 i .'J'" SSS-sSBBas-ai MWaBMMBSlMMMSSBnMM Berlin Dispatch via London Tells of Army Head quarters Claim That United States Troop ers on French Front Have Been Taken Prisoners. Berlin, March 1 (via London). Ten Americans have been cap tured by the Germans near Cha viflnon on the French' front, army SWIFT RETALIATION METED ATTACKING ENEMY BATTERIES With the American Army In France, Feb. 28. (By the Associated Press.) Swift retribution has fallen upon the German batteries which this week bombarded the American trenehee northwest of Toul with gas shells. American heavy artillery concentrated its fire on the German minenwerfer batteries, for half, an hour today and pbliterated the position. Many direct hits with high explosive fchells were made by the American Runners. Timbers were thrown high In the air and explosions, probably of en emy ammunition and gas. resulted. The ground about the German bat teries was churned upside down and if there were any German soldiers there they certainly suffered death. Thus far six men have dlod from th effects of the German gas shells. More than eighty are in hospital, suffering from gas poisoning Most of the cases, however, are slight and only one man is reported to be in a grave con dition. Airplane Photos of Aid. , ' Airplane photographs aided the American gunners in their destructive lire against the German batteries. The photographs taken yesterday disclosed the exact location of the mtnenwerfers with the result that it did not take the sjunners long to even up tho score with the enemy. While the number of en emy shells falling within the American lines has decreased slightly in the past twenty-four hours, nevertheless the artillery fighting has been lively. While an empty American ammuni tion train-"was halted) at a place . called "Dead Man's pointa stray enefciy. shell dropped nearby and killed two men, two J-.orses which had run away, and ASKEDFRANCE FOR GUARANTEE "Germany Wanted Fortresses of Toul and Verdun as Pledge ;' of Neutrality. Paris, March 1. Just before the out break of ' the war Foreign Minister Pichon announced today, the then German chancellor, Dr. Von Beth- mann-Hollweu. tent word to Paris that if France decided to remain ndu tral Germany would require as a guar antee of hr neutrality the handing ever for the period of the war with Russia the French fortresses of Toul and Verdun. The foreign minister aaid that his statement, founded upon unimpeach able evidence,, proved that tho Ger mans deliberately rendered the war Inevitable. JAPANESE AMBASSADOR - LINGERS IN PETROGRAD I-Qntlon, Thursday, Keb. 28. Toklo advice forwarded in a Reuter dispatch from Shanghai say that the Japanese ambassador to Russia, Viscount Uchlda, has postponed his departure from Petrograd. It is believed, the dispatch says, that the Russian gov ernment has made a new proposal. Unofficial dispatches in the last two days have reported the departure of various diplomatic representatives from Petrograd and It has been as sumed they were leaving because of the approach of the German forces. ' No advices have been received regard ing any negotiations with the Russian government, upon the outcome of which depended the presence In Pctro grad of the Japanese minister. BRITISH SHIP ADRIFT; IS BROUGHT TO PORT An Atlantic Port, March 1. A Brit ish steamer which ca'd for help early in the week while helpless and adrift was brought here today by a govern- , ment vessel which picked her up oft the Nova Scotia coast. Naval authorities today awaited report from a patrol boat sent out Tuesday to the assisttnee of another steamer In distress from which .no , later advices had been received. TRHEE NEGROES LYNCHED BY MOB OF WHITE MEN Rayville, La, March 1. Three ne- groes. whose names were given ss Jim l-.i. nm ones and Will Powell, t , Mud nf white men , near TVIhl. La- In an i Mated section i of Richland parish last Tuesday, as the outgrowth of trouble letween whites snd negrdrs near Ielhl Sun dsy, -fn white farmer and s nerro were killed, according to reports re ceived here today. headquarters announced today. A few rjreneh prisoners also were taken from the hostile trenches by the German storming troops that made the raid. , wounded four men. In a certain town fcehind the front a German ahell exploded near the door leading to a telephone dugout, blocking the passageway. The operators in the dugout although in considerable danger, continued to work the line, at the same time calling for help. Sol diers were sent to the dugout and the passageway reopened. Kept Up Harassing Fire. ' The American artillery ha kept up a constant harassing ' and destructive Are Vm many vital enemy points, such as cross roads and towns. German working parties were dispersed ef fectively and once the 75's fired vigor ousiy on a numner or Germans in a first-line trench, quickly blowing in the entire trench system. Ground mist and rain have prevented free observation but the guns have the enemy targets so well registered that they have been able to work effectively, Late this afternoon the Germans at tempted to retaliate for the destruction of the minenwerfer batteries. They bombarded the American heavy artil lery with their biggest guns, but their shooting had little effect. American patrols were all over No Man's I,and last night but did not en counter any Germans. The American sector Is now an ocean of mud and constant work is necessary to keep the trenches, gun pits and dugouts free from water. Tak Advantage of Lew Visibility. From. . information " reaching the American lines, it is apparent the en emy is tattfng advantage of. the. low visibility to. do much work on Wi po. sitions. Many noises of kinds impos sible to suppress and other information make this certain. CONVOYED SHIP SUNK BY U-BOAT Now York, March 1. The Brit ish merchant steamship Tlherla, of 4,800 tons gross, owned by the An chor line, was sunk by a German submarine about Feb. 27, while bound for this port, according to Information received In shipping circles today. The crew was res cued. M00NEY TO HANG UNLESS GOVERNOR INTERVENES San Francisco, March 1. Thos. J. Mooney must hang as a result of conviction on a murder charge growing out of a bomb explosion 'hich killed ten persons here In 1916, unless executive clemency Intervenes, the state supreme court decided here today In denying his application for a new trial. The court decided there was no reversible error in the proceedings which led to Mooney's conviction and sentence to death. SON-IN-LAW OF CHICAGO BAKER HELD AS ALIEN Washington, March 1. Count Janus .Minotto, son-in-l;w of Ixmis Swift, the Chicago pucker, detained as an enemy alien, todny was ordered held for action by the attorney-general, but not ordered deported. URGE ADVISER NAMED ON NEGRO LABOR PROBLEM Washington. March 1. Appoint ment of an adviser on negro labor problems was recommended to the de partment of labor today by the labor advisory council. It was suggested that he might be either connected with the department or associated with one of the negro uplift organ izations, which recently urged Secre tary Wilson to provide a separate bu reau for the handling of negro labor problems. The advisory council said a separate bureau did not seem neces sary at the present time, but that the administration of the new work may le decided cit later. It is understood Secretary Wilson will choose a repre sentative negro to assume the duties of the new position. FAVOR EQUIPPING PRISON TO MANUFACTURE FABRICS Washington. March 1. The Sherley bill to equip the Atlanta penitentiary j f'T" Ji""" t,,H' V!" for manufacture of cotton fabrics to?Z fl, M n.. T T fi "ti i . . ... unit p frftfit rur Toul rfaTarfllnir c supply he government with cotton j .,, Th, rnr wJ,VXf ,Lt duck suitable for tents and canvas for i Jht. . r . ' , mail sacks and other government pur- """' m", r""1 "l ",re J""" 'ry -ommiueo to- dav by Wm. C. Filts. assistant to the attorney. general, and Francis II. Pue h:iy. federal suprnnf ndent of prisons. Albert K Scott, of the wsr Industries board, said lo.ooo.oni yards of cotton duck sre required bv the government for war purposes snd that the coun try's capacity is S.000,000 jsrds a year. JERSEY SWINGS BACK TO BOSSISM Wilson's. Own State Returns to Rule of Few Headed by Gov. Edge and David Baird. . REACTIONARIES IN CONTROL Not, However, Through Elec tion or Will of People. Executive to Blame. (By David Lawrence.) (Copyright, 1918, by New Ygrk Eve ning Post Company.) America is at war trying to make the world safe for democracy and the sup position is that the principles of lib eralism are implanted firmly enough at home to make us worry very little about domestio autocracy and bour bonitm. But right In front of our noses In President Wilson's own state. New Jer sey something has just happened which signifies a swing back, a retro gression, a return to reactlonarlsm and the rule of the few, to bossism and all the obnoxious practices which were repudiated by the people when they elected Woodrow Wilson governor in 1910. Eight' years" absence of tho most progressive magistrate the state of New Jersey ever had and the forces of reaction finally are on top, but not through an election, not through the will of the people, but through Gov. Edges appointment to the united Htates senate of an old-fashioned po lltlcal boss Hon. David Baird, of Camden county. So distasteful is the selection, even to republicans, that Senator Frcllng huysen, republican, of New Jersey, in a statement repudiates the published Intimation that he was consulted about the appointment beforehand. Denounced by Wilson. Mr. Balrd Is to New Jersey what Penrose is to Pennsylvania. Mr. Balrd is to the republican party what Jim Smith was to the democratic fold. Both Smith and Baird wore openly de nouncea by woodrow Wilson and as vehemently fought In his memorable restoration of the state from the hands of the bosses to liberal and progressive spokesmen. And that fight helped ma terially to' get Mr. Wilson national support. It made him president. Walter J. Edge, governor of New Jersey, dreamed a, dream of upward journeys In the political world. What one New Jersey governor had done, he thought, could be repeated. But what ever Mr. Edge. may have done. to give the tmpresslos of fflclenny harottrfora has been swept aside by his surrender to overweening ambition the thing that has so often poisoned clear-thinking and sincerity In public men. Many a man has steered a straight forward course, has even camouflaged by seeming to be nonpartisan, only to reveal by a sudden play thnt be was merely using his office to further his own political ends. Here are the facts: Gov. Edge ap points David Hsird a United States senator. Mr. Barld Is 78 years of age, too old to be a candidate to succeed himself.' And Gov. Edge In a public statement practically lets It be known that In the regular election next fall he will make the race himself. To en able him to do so, he must get a man who will surely retire, a msn with whom he can reach an understanding, and New Jerseyltes know how many political understandings have been Ralrd's since the days of the famous "board of guardians who ruled the state of New Jersey In high-handed self-sufficiency until, by an overwhelm ing vote, the people chose a college professor, a man untrained In politics, but with a personality that seemed to ring true, and gave him the reins of government. Breaking Down Safeguarda. And he put on the statute books legislation to safeguard tho people against further wrongdoing. Hut lit tle by little, by one political trick or another, by Jokers and ambiguous pro visions, Gov. Edge bus attempted to break down those safeguards until to day be Is putting through the legisla ture an amendment to the Geran act whereby the governor will have power to dictate the make-up of ell county election boards and through them will control 7,000 district election officers. All politicians in New Jersey will tell you privately that a candidate for united States senator at next Septem ber's primaries could hardly wish for a more efficient method of personal control. Furthermore, Mr. Balrd is ex pected to deliver south Jersey repub licans when Mr. Edge enters the re publican primaries for senator. The trade Is palpable. All this in the president's own state, which hod come to bo regarded as a progressive state. All this at a time when the cries of oppressed peoples for a voice In their government, for self-determlnntlon. for a freedom from the bondage of permanent srmaments and from doctrines of nil for militar ism's oligarchy and nothing for the tollers, Is causing an unprecedented upheaval the readjustment of the so cial order in the whole world. To think of lavld Baird as voting in the I'nlted States senate for the great state of New Jersey, ard when not voting to see htm sitting in com mittees where legislation for the con duct of democrscy's war Is hclnir dis cussedIs to think of Mark Ilanua back In harness again and sundry other persons who nauseated the re spectable elements I the republican party and gave cause for the original insurgent movement of a decade ago. AMERICANS ORDERED TO OBSERVE GAS RULES With the American Army In France. March 1. (By the Associated Press.)- rrg w()nln ,.,n,.k timea snd we,e warned that the aligM- est delay In getting them on m,glit mean druth. A few trior additions! rss rases de veloped today among the torn who many hours after the r shells t.sd exploded, went to wmk in the gas srea. here the fumes, like w ater, re niained In shell hik and other drpns sloos la the earth. APPEAL FOR 'UTMOST RESISTANCE TO HUNS London, March 1. A Rus sian wireless message gives the text of another proclama tion to all Russians, appealing foe- the utmost resistance to the Germans and ordering the food-producing provinces to immediately send as much food as possible to Petrograd and Moscow. The appeal says: "The capital of the revolu. tton will have to resist a long aiege, but it will not capitulate until the last moment - To this end it needs the utmost assist-, ance In regard to food. ', You must not permit the fctiiivatlon of revolutionary Petrol Id." - just one peace for rumania Rumors , Untrue ThajtV Tiny ' Country Was Seeking ten ience from Germany. Jaasy, Rumania (Tuesday), Feb, 26. An official note announcing 1 that Rumania has decided tj en tor into peace negotiations with the central powers, declares re. ports that Rumania will accept peace at ,any price, are untrue. The government. It is added, will only enter-; into negotiations If as-, sured that they .will be conducted on a basis acceptable In every res spect. Heretofore Austria has taken no part in the new advance into Russia which was begun after the peace ne gotiations were broken off. The ex planation was given that Germany was operating along the great Russian front and that Austria was guarding the Ukraine front. The Austrian pre mier, Dr. von SeytJIer, said last week that Austria was not participating in the military action which Germany had begun against Russia, and that Austria was at peace with Ukraine. This position was commented upon in some quarter sas indicating a rift be tween Germany and Austria, By reaching the Dnieper river the Germans have advanced to about the longitude of Petrograd. Schmerlnka Is 150 miles southwest of Kiev, with which it Is connected by rail. King Ferdinand, of Rumania, a prince of the honso of Hohensollorn, was denounced, as arencgana ry mm brother, Prince . William, of vHohen- in uecomoer. jwwwnwn 'um ftn vwon" of -HineMa)Pthietrat nowera was under way. Prince Will lain, who Is a general of Prussian in fantry, was in command or a part or the invading force. Prince William became a pretender to tho throne of Rumania at that time, Issuing a proc lamation at Craiova, declaring him self to be the rightful heir to the Ru manian throne. ' Prince William is 61 years or age. Ho renounced all rights of succession to the Rumanian th. ne In 1888, when his uncle. Prince Charles, was elected hereditary ruler of that country by its people. His second wife, whom he married In 1915, whs Princess Adel- gonde. of Bnvarla. He has a daughter and two sons, both the latter pcing Prussian Infantry officers. GERMAN PAPERS SAY HOBOKEN IS DESERTED New York, March 1. German news papers have intormaa tneir reaaers that New York city, for its protec tion, has girded itself with a barbed wire fence. 625 miles in length. The Germans also have been told that 60, 000 soldiers are guarding the port of New York; that rigorous measures have been taken in Chicago and else where and that Hoboken is deserted. Under the caption, "American War Fever," the Cologne Gaiette of Jan. 16, a copy ef which has been received in this city, publishes the following dispatch under an Amsterdam datai "It Is reported from New York that a barbed-win! fence of over 1.000 kilo metres In length has been drawn around the docks and. piers of New York. The gigantic: .'once encircles- the whole of New York snd also the adjoining cities of Brooklyn, Hoboken and Je.rsey City. No one Is allowed to pass through I tils fence without permission, especially no enemy alien. Port Terminals Guarded, "Fifty thousand soldiers have been detailed to guard the port terminals. Any person found loitering- In tho vi cinity of the hmbed-wlra fence Is immediately shot. All Germans, who either reside or work within the barbed-wire zone, must vacate . the district Immediately. ( "In Chicago alone, '3.000 Germans have been forevd to move out of tho harbor district. These rigorous regu lations have caused great excitement among the business men of the en tire country because they are com pelled to do without the German em ployes, if their places of business are near the dock. A delegation of mas ter butchers has vainly pleadel to an alleviation of these regulntlons. "The Germans, who, in Hoboken, had built up ft colony resembling a little piece of Germany have all been forced to leave. ?nd that port, which already had suffered heavily from the war, is now absolutely tlesei ted." Colder, Says Billy 'Possum. March 1, with bills and other tilings, la here; a lamb, forsooth, prossii ly tri fried mutton; I wonder what we'd done had this been meatless day; The bleating bi ped would be batrfd fo' sutt'n. Fair and slightly Saturday fair and ll",B m I The weather? -older tonight, colder. CONSE LEAVES PETROGRAD POST News of Departure Indicates Sudden Turn for. Worse in Russ Capital. NO WORD AS TO FRANCIS American Official Said to Have Gone Eastward to Vologda. 0' BRITISH AND FRENCH EMBASSIES DEPART, ' London, March 1. Tho Brit Ish and French embassies have left Petrograd, according to a telegram from the Russian of ftcial news sgenoy In Petro grad, and whioh bears no date. If, as Is Indicated from Stockholm, Ambassador Fran, els has left Petrograd. the de parture of tho British and French embassies takes from the bolshevlkl capital the rep resentatives of three most im tant entente countries. Str George W. Buchanan, the Brit ish ambassador to Russia, some weeks ago left Petro grad on a leave of absence. F. O. Llndley, the councillor of the embassy; has been rbarge d'affaires. The French smbsssadnr to Russia Is I4IU- rlce Palologue. Vologda, Russia (Thursday), Feb. 28. (By the Atioeiated Press.) Ths American and Japanese ambassadors arrived here today on a speoial train. Their trip was an uneventful one. 8tookholm, Thursday, Feb. 21 (By the Associated Press.) The American consul has left Petrograd, whore he remained after the embassy's depar ture, according to Information reaoh ing the American legation hero. The eonsulato has been tsken over by tho Norwegian ooniul. Loft on Night ef Fob. 27. Washington, March 1. The committee on public Information today, announced official advices fropi its representative In retro crad that Ambassador Francis nnd his staff, the American eon' siilate. the military miMslun and the Red Cross representatives all left Petrograd for Vologda on the night of Feb. 27. This bars report appears to Indicate that the situation In Petrograd has taken an unexpected turn for the worse In view of the fact that the 1st eat previous messages from the Hue alan capital said that the American consul would remain thoro after the departure of tho ambassador and his staff In oider to keep in touch with the American legation here snd with the state department. News agencies, the press and diplo mats hero are without any but. the most meaner dispatches from Petro grad in the last twenty-four hours. Tho Chinese nnd Siamese ministers, the Brazilian charge d'affaires ami the American Red Cross representatives have also arrived here. The ambas sadors are remaining In Vologda pend ing developments. Another train, which left Petrograd with portions of the embassies' stuffs, has arrived at Vlatka, 360 miles cast of Vologda, No Reference to Francis, Washington, Maroh 1. A dispatch frdm Stockholm to the state depart ment today announces the departure of tho Amsrican consul from Petro grad, but makes no mferenee to the departure of Ambassador Francis or the other diplomats. Tho latest dispatch from Amliassa dor Francis cuinn In today, havlnic been sent from Petrograd Feb. Zd. It said thn ambassador was planning to leave with some of the other legations and rn eaMtwt. ril. The dispatch from Stockholm tblH morning referring to the departure of American Consul Tredwell said he had gone to Vologda, to ths eastward. The advice cHine by cable from F.d gar (J. Hlsson, the committee's repre sentative In the Russian capital. Wilson's Address Circulated. Representative of the Information committee. It was said today, will re main In Petrograd for the present to carry on the educational and Informa tional work with which they are charged. Jjst reports show that the circulation of th president's address of Jan. ft Is practically completed throughout itussla. Tim total. It Is said, la over 4,0fi(),O'iO copies. Including separate printing snd distribution at Tlflls, Vladivostok, Odessa. Rostov, Omst and Chita, but not Including 1.(00,000 newspaper articles and an In- calculable amount of pattlal prlntlng I and edltorlMl comment which automat-I lleprrsrntatlves Hlttis, of Tennessee; Ically followed. lion-miis, of Michigan, democrat, and In addition It was said 1.100.000 mes. Ilsch. of Wisconsin, republican, repie sages printed In (iermnn went through sent the house conferees. Scn tturs the northern lines of the Crrmnn 1 HiiiUh. of Houth Carolina, and Pom army About roOO'ifl were successfully , erene. of Ohio, democrats, and Town, worked through the southern and cen-I " of Michigan, will represent the tral fronts laenale-. The two points In dispute are The committee also ld tUit C-r- ! "if ''" of government rntrol man snd Austrian prlso nera in ItussU t were provided with copies of the ad dress. STEAMER TORPEDOED BUT REMAINS AFLOAT An Atlantic Port. Mnh 1 Tbe flilti.li freight sleainship Maiihsttsn. of I. Out tons gross. ws torpedoed a. few weeks men, but renmlned aflosf. It was announced todsy by the owners. The vessel put buck to n Mulish port, discharged hrr caig'j and is te:r.g re paired. An American steamship which ar rived here today reported t hut tl Manhattan sank after being attacked by a L'-boat, 1 CORNELISON ASSUMES SAME OF MAYFIELl) Officers Claim He Had Paid $2,000 on House Val ued at $10,000 Woman's Sister Goes After . Children Property Attached. Jacksonville, Fla March 1. Officers connected with the Cornelison Case . say he ad aid $2,000 on house purchased for $10,000, balance to bo paid at expiration of option. Hi.d high-powered National automobile. Officers found In house, ranpatlnff- rifle. 11 omntln nlatol and B.lmfpiin. Cnrnalliuin was going under name of Mayfleld when flrst crrested, which Is name of worn v found In his company. Mrs. John 1 we, of Kdc tvllle, Ga., arrived' hero today on her way to Tltusvllle, FIa whore parties are being held. She, Is a dster of Mrs, Mayfleld and said she was going to get two children o! Mrs. Mayfleld. r ct Service Agent Winchester, of the department cf Jus, tlee, Jacksonville, returned from Tltusvllle today, where he went to servo civil papers on prisoners In order to take por. . jsVon of all property in action taken by the Southern Express company. Cornellson and Mrs. Mayfleld have engaged counsel to flf. ; white slavery charges. ADVANCE INTO RUSSIA BY GERMANS RESUMED 0' 0 HOSTILITIES TO CEASE WHEN TREATY IS SIGNED London, March 1. The Rus sian peace delegates at Brest Litovik were informed that hostilities would oeaie only when' tho peace treaty was signed, says a Russisn offioial statement reoeived tier today. Three days were allowed for tho negotiations, beginning to day. 0 : 0 Berlin, Maroh 1 (Via London). German troops, continuing their ad vance in Russia, have reached the Oneipor river, tho war effioe an nounces. Austro-Hungarlan troops have begun an advance into Ukraine over wide sectors north ef ths Pruth. Ths movement of Austro-Hungsrian troops, tho statement says, was bsgun In response to an appeal from Ukraine, The Germans also have reashad tho lino of Kiev-Shmorinks near Fattoff and Kasstin. ' .. London, March 1. Dispatches re oeived by ho Exohange Telegraph company filed in Petrograd at 0 p.m, Thursday Indicate that ths German advance into Russia hat been re sumed. A forward movement by the Invad ers of some thirty-five tulles beyond KING FERDINAND MUST STEP DOWN London, March 1. The. peace terms 'submitted to King Ferdi nand ef Rumania by Count Cier nln, the Austrian foreign minister, included the king's abdication in favor of his brother, Prince Wil liam, or ths taking of a referen dum in Rumania regarding his auocessor, according to a Berlin dispatch transmitted by the Ex chsnge Telegraph correspondent at Amsterdam today. FIVE MORE BODIES OF TUG'S VICTIMS FOUND WashliiKton. March I. live more bodies of men lout In the foundering of the nsvy tug Chero kee have been picked up by es srls and sent to the bospllnl si Cape May, N, J. Two of the bodies have not Jet been identi fied. Those Identified wer Jsines Hove, sennisii. Heading. I'm.; Itu dolph Frank Fibers, iUM7-terinas-ter, naval reserves, lirooklyn, N. V.; Frank Wargu, 111 email, Ilrldgcport, Conn. ADMINISTRATION BILL GOES TO CONFERENCE Washington. March 1. Thw admin istration bill for gotrrnment control of thn rullronds dining thn war went to cunrerence loony tor settlement of ton -fliclinir amendments made in the arn- at mi,! house. "'"- liiaKiua iy.rr aiiMll iw iririi i president or remain In commerce commission. the Interstate SEVEN COTTON MILLS OF BALTIM0RESHUTD0WN ' rtallliiior, Manh 1. To enforce n demand for a "I'M per c-nt. clos I shop." the majority of the 1. 000 of stles emplor.i at the cotton .tic . mills of the Mount Vernun-Wood'ui-v nulls, locorpotated. here, went " st'lkr toddy, a. t outing to tfie oni lendri. Seven mills we re ff.-. I. I The company is engaged on gmvn ment contracts for tentage. uniform i loth and other textile equipment for tbe army. Pelotsk, midway between Pvlnsk and Vitebsk, la reported In these advices, the Clernmn pushing on cVsplto the fact that the railway has. been blown up nnd (he stores of provisions In their way destroyed. Ociimm troopa are also reported to be moving slowly towards Lugn, from Pskov, at which place they are said tt) have concentrated a division of Infan try supported by cavalry and heavy and light artillery. The Germans likewise are declured to be moving on Heliesh, eighty mites northeast of Dvlnsk. Valuables Being Removed, London, March 1. Tho Russian counoll ef people's commissioners has decided to return to Petrogrsd, ssys an offioial Russian statement received here today. Tho removal of elements of the population valueless in the do (enie of the capital is being oontinued, however. Gold and other valuables continue to bo shipped away from tho city, the statement adds. No previous Indication that the pro- . pin's commissioners had', left Petri. first! hss bevn contained in tho Rus sian Advices. Thrso commlasloner. who comprise the Russian governing body under the bolshevik regime, have had their hradipiHrtrra at the Hmolny liiatllute In Pefrograd. Dispatches from' petrograd boating Monday's date reported thn removal of the military activities of the government to camp outside Petragrsd, but stated that the' commissioners tliemselVa were ex pected to remain at the Institute. NO CONCLUSION ONJAP PROPOSAL Washington, March 1. 'Japan's pro. posal for action in Siberia was taken up at today's cabinet meeting after It hod bean disousted between Secretary Lansing and Lord Rsading, ths Brit ish ambassador. It was understood no conclusions were finally reached, but that eschanges of opinion are go ing forward favorably. Amerioa's participation with Japan in auch an enterpree wae discussed at the cabinet meeting, but it was ssid, an opinion that Japan was bet tar equipped to go ahead quickly and take the necessary action alone, was wall supported. CONFEDERATE VETERANS TO GET RATES AS USUAL Washington. March 1. Ilreitor (leueral Mc doo hns decided that thn Confederate Veterans shall have special rules and no Inter ference of trun-p.i! i.i'.on to their reunion this summer at Tulsa, Okla., ami that the tiraitd Army of the llrpublic shell hive :ho Mini for Its meeting at Portland. Ore. llecausn of the congested Condi tion of the rallroAdn. and also aa a war mcaxtjrr. there was simi protatilllty tht transportation fa cilities and r.ite might be denied to special trains. The situation luta cleared, however, and is ei-M-cted to char fur'he- befoit the rrunlona are held, so Ihrector. Ceneral McAdoo decided today he could promise train facilities Snd SKHlrtl intra of I ecu', a n:l. NEGRO. AGED SIXTEEN, CHARGED WITH ASSAULT Aihiv.i!.-. V C. March 1. Willie Wllh.tm. a negru, giving his age as l yr.ra. ji tnis morning lurn.q over to the county authorities by the Ashe ville pulii deportment, charged wtth 1,-mpte.i assault on a young white woman on thn evening of Ivc. it last. ) ,.t outvote tne rity limit-.. The young woman this morning positively identi ne, th man as hrr aasaiUnt. 0 Solo Itor Swain has x t the case first on the docket and ths alleged Culprit will b placed on trial Monday morn ing In Mum oinie ounty superior COIIIt. A reward ef I! "0 raised bv city, county an J iilurni ft Asheville. was offered for the srreat and conviction and this money will be given to the p ain clothes men if Williams is cons victfd of Ui cnmo, ' ,