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VOL. XXX. NO. 205
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., SATURDAY EVENING, MARCH 2, 1918.
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COUNTER-ATTACK
EJECTED ENEMY
FROM NEW POSTS
:
German Troops Carried Out
Raid on Wide. Front in
Northern France.
BRITISH RETURN THE BLOW
Spirited Activity in Progress at
j Many Points.
Norfolk Soldiers Bring Back
Prisoners Balds in Pass
- chendaele Sector.
London, March 2. German troops
carried out a raid on a wide front
against the Portuguese trenches in
northern Franc early this morning,
today's British war office statement
announces. A counter-attack ejected
the Germans and left the situation as
it was before the raid.
Several raiding' operations by the
German were conducted last night.
In one case near Harglcourt every
German who succeeded in reaching
the British trenches was either killed
or captured.
British troops took prisoners in raids
In the Armentieres region and near
Arleux-En-Gohelle. The statement
JNorfolk troops carried out a suc
cessful raid last night south of Ar
mentieres. They killed or took pris
oner a number of the enemy. Prison
ers were alno brought in by our pa
trols in the neighborhood of Arleux-En-Gohelle.
Several Raids Attempted.
"Raids were attempted by the enemy
during the night at several points.
Two hostile raiding parties succeeded
in entering our lines in the St. Quen
tin sector. A few of our men arj
missing. In a third raid attempted by
the enemy in the neighborhood of
Harglcourt a few of Tils troops also
succeeded in reaching our trenches,
where they were all killed or captured.
"After a heavy bombardment car
ried out early this morning on a wide
front from Neuvo Chapclie northward
a strong hostile raiding party at
tacked and entered Portuguese front
trenches in this area. The enemy was
promptly ejected by an immediate
counter-attack, which completely re
stored the situation. Other hostile
raids in the neighborhood of the
Tprec-Comtnes cannl Sfnd south of
Houtholst forest also were repulsed
with loss to the enemy. We captured
a few prisoners and a machine gun.
"The enemy's artillery has shown
considerable activity during the night
in connection with his raids and also
in the Passchendaele sector."
DENIES KNOWING OF .
NEUTRALITY BRIBE
Former Premier of Prance De
clares Ignorance of Report
ed German Conditions.
- Paris, March 2. Rene Viviani, who
was premier and foreign minister
when- th war began, and was at the
head of th French government for
more than a year thereafter, says in
an interview with the Petit Journal
that he knew nothing of the instruc
tions sent by the then German chan
cellor, Dr.. Von Bethmann-Hollweg, to
Baron Von Schosn, then German am
bassador at Paris, regarding th con
dition on which France, if she re
mained neutral in th war between
Germany and Russia, was to guaran
tee "her neutrality.
(In an address yesterday, the French
foreign minister, Stephen Plchon,
quoted the Instructions from Dr. Von
Bethmann-Hollweg that France would
be required to turn over the fortresses
of Toul and Verdun to Germany for
the duration of the .war with Russia
if she decided to remain neutnil).
"Needless to say, Karon Von Schoen
did not transmit the proposal to me,"
said M. Viviani. "He thus spared me
the humiliation of hearing of the dis
honorable bargain proposed and
spared himself the humiliation of
hearing my reply.
Now Appreciates Incident.
"These revelations enable mo now
the better to appreciate Haron Von
Schoen's attitude when he was in my
office on July 81, 1914. You will re
member that he asked me what would
be the course of France in case of a
conflict between Germany and Rus
sia. The question was a plain one and
undoubtedly the ambassador expected
me to make one of tvo answers by
which he would have profited. lie
doubtless thought that I wduld say:
"In that case, sir, it is war," In which
case he would walk out of my office,
imputing words of provocation to
France, or else that I. overwhelmed hy
the news he brought me. would be.
tray weakness so that h would be
encouraewd to make his dishonorable
proposal, which a representative of
France not only could not consider an
instant, hut could not even allow to
be made to him.
"What I did mv in answer to him
was 'France will be guided by her In
terests.' Von Sclioen had nothing
more to say." "
FOUR. TONS OF BOMBS
DROPPED BY BRITISH
London (Friday). March 1 The
following report of aerial activities
was given out tonight:
"Four tons of bombs were dropped
Thursday night on larg-e hostile air
dromes midwav between Tr.urnal and
Mors and on billets in the neighbor
hood of Iou. AH of our mat bine
returned.
RUSSIANS AND
EVACUATE ALAND ISLANDS
Town of Tcherkflet, Twenty-five Miles From
Helsingfors, Has Capitulated to Bolsheviki.
600 White Guards Made Prisoner.
London, March 2. A dispatch from the official Russian nawi agency
says that the town of Tcherkflet, twenty-five miles from Helsinfors, has
capitulated to the bolsheviki, 600 1 whit guards being taken prisoners. Red
guards defeated the white guards at Kerkala, on the Karis-Helsingfors line.
Dispatches from Stockholm say an agreement hat been mad under which
the Russian and Finnish troops will both evacuate the Aland islands, leav
ing the forts and war material in charge of the inhabitants and the Swedish
fore recently landed. The islands, it is added, ar henceforth t be con
sidered outside the area of hostilities. "
JOINS MOSCOW IN FIGHT
AGAINST SEPARATE PEACE
London, March 2. German forces
are moving on the town of Bolo
goie, on the Moscow-Petrograd
railroad, which place is the chief
, freight center for the feeding of
Petrograd, says a dispatch from
.Petrograd under date of Friday, '
received by the Exchange Tele
graph company. The German
' probably intend, the message adds,
thus to cut off supplies from Pe
trograd and to compel the capital
to capitulate by famine.
Large columns of German troops,
the correspondent says, are marching
towaYd Novosokollniki. Enemy forces
have occupied the station of Kllastlt
sla in their movement in the direction
of Petrograd.
Kiev "Liberated."
Berlin, March 2. (British admiralty,
per wireless press.) Th Russian
fortress of Kiev, on th Dnieper river,
in the Ukraine, has been "liberated,"
th German general staff announced
today.
Vologda, Russia, March 1. (By th
Associated Press.) Th irfterior of
Russia, following the example of Mos
cow, declares strongly against a sep
GERMAN VESSELS
STRIKE MINES
The Hagus, March 1 (Friday).
Several small German naval vessels
fan into mines today six miles off th
'island of Vlieland, in north Holland.
In th course of attempts of th Ger
man to save, the crews one boat got
into the surf and capsized. Five men
from this boat weri landed on 4h
island. i
According to the TIandclsblad heavy
gunfire was heard in this locality last
night.
London, March 2. An Amsterdam
dispatch to the Daily Mall says that
at 1 o'clock Friday morning a German
torpedoboat and two German mine
sweepers ran into mines off Vlieland
island and were blown up. A Germnn
vessel nearby lowered a boat to save
the crews, hut -the high sens made it
impossible to reach the crews of the
wrecked vessels and the boat drifted
to the island.
The dispatch Bays. It Is learned from
Ymuiden that a Dutch tishlng bon
also struck a mine, all on hoard being
lost.
EFFORT TO HAVE COOK'S
BOND REUDCED FAILS
Atlanta. Ga., March 2. An effort to
have the bond or .1. W. Gook. convicted
of attempted blackmail of Asa G.
Candler, millionaire mayor of Atlanta,
reduced from $3,000 to 12.000 failed
today when Solicitor-General John
Hoykin refused to connent to the re
duction. Cook remains in jail await
ing a hearing of his appeal for n pew
trial, set for March 16. Mrs. H. H.
Hirsch, Indicted Jointly with Cook, also
has refused new fitters of bond. It Is
said, and Intends to remain in Jail un
til her trial, tentatively set for
March 14.
MONTREAL IN GRIP OF
REFINED SUGAR FAMINE
Montreal. March 5. Montreal Is In
the grip of a refined sugar famine and
information received from reliable
sources is to the effect that conditions
are not likely to Improve much during
the next six or seven weeks. During
the past week even the big stores of
the city were compelled to tell their
rustomris that thev had not a pound
for sale and that the best they could
do was to let them have some of the
"yellow No. 1 sugar."
The reason given hy local dealers
for the scarcity here and many other
parts of Canada is "that they cannot
move the crop in Cuhn."
RAILROAD SUITS MAY
BE TRIED IN STATE COURT
I,ouisvllle. Kv, .March !. Gov
ernment cntrol of railroads does
not make It obligatory to try dam
age suits acainst transportation
systems In federal court, accord -inc
to a rullrg In T'nitei Pta'es
iis'rift cunt here todav hy Jud.Te
Walt" i Ktans. who held that state
tribunals hae Jurisdiction. The
ruling was said to b a precede 4.
FINNS TO
arate peace with Germany. Workmen'
and soldiers' counoil in many provin
cial centers are issueing mobilization
orders proclaiming a fight to the fin
ish in behalf of th revolution.
Declared for Holy War.
Vologda, Russia, March 1. An ex
ample of the tendency being shown In
interior Russia to follow the example
of Moscow and declare against a sep
arate peace with Germany and for a
fight to the limit for the revolution is
furnished by the action of the council
of soldiers' and workmen's delegates
at Penza, some 350 miles southeast of
Moscow. This council has declined to
approve the signing of a peace treaty
with the central, powers and has de
clared for a holy war. The council at
Narva, by a vote of 40 to 18, called for
general mobilization and agulnst a
separate peace.
General mobilization orders have
been Issued In Kazan province.
In these orders all the Soviets are
urged to tight Germany to the bitter
end. Similar action has been taken
by tho councils at Voronezh, In south
central Russia, and in other cities.
In Moscow the .Social Democrat, a
bolshevik organ, declared on Thurs
day:
"The Russian proletariat with all Its
strength must dismiss any thought of
a! disgraceful surrender of its alms
and must rise to the defense of the
revolution. To arms, either death or
Victory."
MANCHURIA TO BE
BASE OF ACTION
London, March 2. A diplomatic cor
respondent, presumably Japanese, dis
cussing in th Chronicle th object Ja
pan would have in taking action' in Si
beria, says that Manchuria would be
th base of the Japanese operations.
Vladivostok, he points out, is regarded
as sufficiently protected by th Japa
nese fleet. A compact force, this
writer considers, would probably be
dispatched to control the trans-Siberian
railroad, A point at least as far
in th interior as Irkutsk, he says,
would be the objective It may be as
sumed, as local action in Russian Man
churia is deemed inadequate.
Await U. S. Action.
London, March 2. While the Interest
of the press and the public continues
to be focussed upon Japan's posslblo
Intervention In Siberia, the statements
of her diplomatists here that she has
not made any specific proposal to that
end have Induced a tendency to dis
cuss more fully all aspects of the situ
ation and in view of previous compli
cation of the situation to await further
developments, especially the attitude
the United Sates may llnally adopt.
Meantime the commentators gener
ally continue to acquit Japan of any
idea of self aggrandizement and insist
that any action she may take event
ually will certainly be In the Interest of
all the allies and of Russia. The Times,
for Instance, says it cannot doubt that
the Japanese policy will be conceived
In the same spirit ot good faith and
loyalty with which she always has In
terpreted her obligations as an ally.
Intervention, the .newspaper adds,
presents obvious rifTTlctiltlcs but they
aro difficulties which good will and
frank discussion. It thinks, ought read
ily to overcome.
FEDERAL BOARD. OPPOSES
BANKS RAISING INTEREST
Considers It UUnfortunate That Banks
Should Take Such Action at
Present T.me.
Washington. March Gov. Hard
ing, of the federal reserve hoard. In
discussing the movement to Increase
interest rates on bank deposits, said:
"The teileial reserve ImhM regrets
exceedingly to learn of the disposition
evidenced by banks in various nectl'fl.s
of the country to increase rates of In
tercM a Homed on deposits. It is un
fortunate that any bank or group
banks should undertake, especially at
the present time, to Increase deposits
by offering unusual inducements In the
may of Interest, and It follows that anv
aggressive stepn bich may t-e taken
by any bank to Increaae its dejK.sifs at
the xiens of ofher banks will ilout.t
en r.e met bv protective measuies on
the part of banks whose business Is
subject to attack."
SEABOARD AIR LINE
OFFICER APPOINTED t
Washington. March I. Ft. f. Poi'
on ot .New YotV. w-crctjiti of th
Seaboard Air Line. h- len ai..irite I
assistant to John Skelton iliiams. I
director of finante fvt th lauioad ad- I
ministration.
FRENCH PAY TRIBUTE TO
FIRST WOUNDED SAMMY
la , l",T'..
The French government has erected
a monument lit honor of Lieut. D. Vere
H. Harden, Company C, signal corps,
Second field battalion, the first Amer
ican wounded in battle in France.
Tho monument which commends
Lieut. Harden for beavcry in action
was erected at the door of the dugout
he occupied the, day he was wounded.
Ben Boyce, of Indianapolis, son of
VV. D. Boyce, owner of the 13pyce news
papers, was with. Harden at the time
he was wounded. In a letter to his
father Boyce say In part:
"Lieut Harden hns been In .he army
fourteen years. Including five years In
foreign service, with trips to Alaska
and Panama as a wireless operator.
He In a fine-looking, clean-cut, clean
living man, who surely deserves pro
motion, when you think of the way we
are commissioning new men with lit
tle experience as captain, etc., at home.
It surely would be no more thnn right
to give men like Lieut Harden, with
the education, active service, expe
rience and other qualifications, a pro
motion. It would encourage the men
here.
"Lieut, Harden Is S5 yenrsolrt rtid
married. Mrs. Harden Is living with
her parents at Burlington, Vt., timing
the war."
TEUTONIC AGGRESSION
FAR FROM SATIATED
. (Asseciatsd Press Review)
Peace negotiations between Ger
many and the bolsheviki government
apparently fiave been broken off again.
Resumption of ihe German forward
movement and the fact that th Rus
sian peace emissaries have asked thst
a train under military guard be sent
to meet them near Pskov indicate that
Teutonio aggression has not yet been
satisfied.
The bolsheviki are making rftrcnuous
preparation to meet tho German ad
vance and Premier Lenlne Is sending
forth prochtnuittonB urging all Hus
slaus to save the revolution. Mosclw
and the Interior of KuhnIii havo de
clared agains. a separate peace and
the local CcffihtniirtfftT Interior arc
making ready to resist the invaders.
Belated dlsiuitches from Petrograd
say tho bolsheviki are destroying
strategic railways, bridges and roads
and are sending large forces to tho
fighting front. The Germans arc said
to be within eighty miles of J'ctrograd
on the southwest and are approaching
Orsha, on the same meridian of longi
tude as Petrograd and SO0 miles West
of Moscow. Vitebsk, seventy-five miles
north of Orsha, also la threatened,
Tn the Vkrhlno the advance of tho
Germans and Austrlans, who now have
Joined their ally In driving the bol
sheviki front the new republic, goes on
rapidly. Kiev, the elipltnl. which has
been In bolshevik control. Is In dnnger.
Vienna reports the surrender of 10,(100
Russians and the capture of much war
material and railway rolling stock.
American soldiers on the firing line
In France have met tho famous Ger
APPEAL HIS CASE
MOONEY WILL NOT
San Francisco, March 2. Coun
sel for Thomas J. Mooney will not
petition th stats supreme court to
reconsider its affirmation of the
dsath sentence against him for
participation in- a bomb explosion
her, but will appeal directly to
th governor for pardon Atty.
Maxwell McNutt, who directed
Mooney's defsnse, announced to
day. Washington. March 2. While all
government officials are extremely re
in, luni to comment unon a judicial ac
tum bv the mitintne court of Califor
nia In the Mooney case, It was plain
that many or litem were uisappounen
th,.! a tii.ii.' trial had not been granted.
In view of the "special Investigation by
the labor Investigation commission at
i.-,...i.i...,( Wilson's ncrsonal reauest
and because of the effect the Mooney
case was having In Kussla. The medi
ation commission expressed a good
deal of concern that the contest be.
ween Inlair ami capital in hmi i-ran-surround'',
I the Mooney trial.
-i.i.h hnm caused an effect In this
country and elsewhere much to be de
plored, ami hopca mat a new irini
might be granted.
Tt, resilient was Interested In the
rase because be whs told that Atner-
ca's action In Russia, tniglit be tnucn
.bi. trussed b r turned llusslans
who pointed t'. the Muiev rase to de
ride the Ang lican war aim of democ
racy. FAIR, SAYS BILLY 'POSSUM
'Twaa ever
thus frmn child
liood liouis I've
seen my fondest
l. pes ilnny; 1
in cr got a sln
fcV coin but It
km fast to fly
away: I inter'
earned an -kir
bui k. nor if"'t a
debt never
hoped to ee. but
shoes wear out
o r i n m r on
15
ill sQ"
iiHK n
stilt. '
Fair r'l
,i I mi'l trfkr- the blooming
j from me The vtcatMei?
!,,..! rate ! inpeiature tu-
night and slucday.
'
V f 11,11 "Mv 00
'f '""ii "oxnf
Lieut. Harden.
Abov, Frsnoh monument 'honoring
Harden.
man "shock troops" for ihe first time
and have outfought them. In two co
lors northwest of Toul and along tho
Chemln des Uitinca- tho Germans
failed In attempts to penetrate the po
sitions held by the Americans. The
fight northwest, of Toul resulted In a
desperate hand-to-hnnd struggle, Tho
Germans reached the American line
only to be driven back with heavy
losses. The dead were found In the
American trenches and many enemy
bodies were scattered over No Man's
Land. An American captain, a West
Point graduate of 1017, was killed In
a gallant exploit. When the Germans
reached tho American position he led
a parly out hrt front, of tho wire entan
glements and attacked the enemy irom
the roar ae they retreated. On th
other sector tho German were driven
back, but not until after they had cap
tured ten American prisoners. In both
attacks the enemy loft prisoners In
American hands.
The. French In Champagne havo been
hotly engaged with the Germans. After
being; repulsed In attacks southwest of
Hutte (lu Mesnll the enemy attacked
ruin nml obtained a fnotlnir In Iin.lt
of the position from which he
wits driven by the Frenrh more tnan
iwn n-nniia nin and which he had been
trying to regain since. The artillery
buttle on tn rnnmiwgne ireni nas
been of groat Intensity..
No decision has yet been reached ns
to Jspanese intervention In Siberia,
Negotiation between tho allied gov
cniiaonts tire proceeding. Atcordlng
to a Uindon report, Japan has been re
quested to do all that Is necessary to
guard allied Interests In the far east.
This has not been confirmed olTlrlally.
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EMBASSY DENIES LLOYD
GEORGE PAID VISIT
liondon, March 2.- Ambassa
dor l'ag departed from lon
don for the country early tlila
morning. The embassy au
thorised a denial of the slate
mept of the Dally News yes
terday that Premier Lloyd
George bad visited the em
bassy and had an Important
conference with Mr. Page.
The Pally News said It be
lieved Mr. Lloyd Gemge had
gone to the Ameilcatt em
bassy lo sen Mr. Pngn In coll.
nectlon with the project for
Intervention by .Japan In Hl-
berla.
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ORDERS ROUND
UP ENEMY ALIENS
Washington, March 2. A general
round up of alien disturbers in the
Pecifio northwest, spreading sabotage
and anarchy, was ordered today by the
department of labor. All aliens preach
ing these doctrines. Secretary Wilson
ruled, wh.ther they b mtmbsrs of
th I. W. W. or not, shall be confined
for deportation from the country.
In respniise lo a demand for the
w hoh sab- internment of some 3.000 I.
W. W. in the Pa i Iflc northwest. He.--rrtary
Wilton oidered that any alien
advrtcstitiK sabotage or anarchy be
deporteil. even tlmiiKh he tuny hate
loiumlllel no ovnt act, but tilled that
mere membership In the I. W. W.
would not be giound for deportation.
TEST OF NEW WIRELESS
STATION PROVES SUCCESS
Chris'iaim Priday. Man Ii 1 - A new
tireless station Just ete.t.. at Nta
Vsngir bus sii'-i re.li-d in ' omniiinl'-nt.
ing with Ameiban slat, ins dining
trials.
t-itatans. r is on an ini. t of the North
sea on the nest ro.ist of Ni.rw.iy and
l0 miles south of ltd get!. F ruin Sla
vaner Ihe tiesrot .mericaO soli l
Shout J. 2(W lull's.
AMERICANS SUFFER LOSS
AS HUNS RAID TRENCHES
iaaBMaswasisiMaMMaiMaaaBisM 1
East of Rheims Hessian Troops Force Their Way
, Into Fort Pompelle Crown Prince's Com
mand Makes Several Successful Raids.
Berlin, March 2. The statement fol
lows! "Army Group ef Princ Rupprecht
Th aotivity of th fighting was re
vived in a few sector In th evening.
W brought in prisoners as a result ef
raids nar Hollbk and south of 8t.
Quentin.
"Army Or'oup of the German Crown
Prince At tunny points we made suc
cessful raids. Knot of Hhelms Hesslun
troops forced their way into Fort Pom
pelle, which had been destroyed. North
west of Prosnes, Hhlnclund and West
phnllan troops penetrated far Into the
enemy's positions. Sections of trenches
southeast of Tahure, which had re
mained In Ihe the enemy hands since
the fighting of February, were cleared
by linden and Thuilnglan troops. On
the west bank of tho Mens Khenlsh
companies stormed the enemy's
trenches."
Berlin, March i (British admi
ralty, per wireless press.) In a
German attack noYthesst ef 8ei
ehsprey yesterday the American
suffered heavily and' lost twelve
prisoners, th war effio an
nounoes. Th Germans penetrated the
PROBLEM OF FAR
EAST PERPLEXES
Question of Japs' Participation
in the War Difficult One .
From Beginning.
(Vty David Lawrence.)
(Copyright. 191ft, by New York Eve
ning Post Company.)
Washington, March 2. 'Informal ex
changee ef views between the United
States, Japan and th allies are pro
ceeding concerning the situation
created for the far east by the Getman
advanoe in Russie.
It constitutes, on the whole, one of
the most delicate and at the sain time
perplexing problems thai have con
fronted tho allies since the war began,
for It may conceivably alter Ihe entire
relationship of L'nropn to the far east
em question and raise new Issue In
Hussla. '
Lord Heading has called on Secre
tary lmslng and. In a lengthy confer
ence, presumably outlined as much of
the llrlllsh view as could be expressed
at this time, and the ses-retary Imme
diately, went to the White House and
talked with President, Wilson,
It was stated that no decision had
been resc'ned. What this really means,
la that none of the powers feela audi
clently Informed to map out a pulley.
Must Trssd Cautiously.
Recent events require cautious
treading anyway, and with the whera
abouta even of the allied ambassadors
unknown, t.be regular channels on
which governments would tlnpend fur
advice are cut off, Kvnr since the be
ginning of the war the question of
Japanese participation has been a dif
ficult one for all parties concerned to
handle, Japan could not vet)' well
satisfy her public opinion without some
definite understanding of what the sac.
rlflces to b inmlu would lead to for
Japanese Interest,
The allies themselves wnnted Japa
nese help, the French being particu
larly anxious for It, but the price would
have been n diminution of tonnage In
the (inns-Atlatilh! trade.
America's entry in the war
solved th supply question and the
matter of troops, too. The next
time the situation was discussed
diplomatically was on the publica
tion of a thraat attributed to Brit
ish sources that if Kerensky mad
a separate peace th Japanese
would make war en Russia through
Siberia. This wsa vehemently de
nied in London and th story was
blamsd n German mischitf
makers.
Hut the Incident served to bring out
clearly that one way to antagonisa the
llusslans was to hold the club of Jitpa-
nese Intervention over their heads. The
same set of circumstances exist to
Some extent today.
Russia May Misunderstand.
The fear la that the Itusshin peoplo
will misunderstand anv Jnpnnrse or
Ameilcan Intervention In Siberia, and
will eharnclei lr.e It as selfish, particu
larly If the ostensible object Is to pro
tect military supplies.
Tim miration, then, resolves Itself
Into whether the loss by the allies of
liermany of all the munitions rot her at
Vladivostok or rn route on the Trans-
Hiliethni tallway la tnnrs or less than
the moral value of good feeling be.
tween the Ititaxlan people and the en
tente nations.
With the bolsheviki fighting l.er-
insny one day and making peace the
next, with no dellnlte knowledge at
hand a to uhat the I nua -Tiot ik v
got eminent Intends t do. and whether
II will last long enough to warrant the
allies In entering Siberia, regardless of
thr present government In Petrograd,
are all questions on which the allies
ought to be thoroughly Infuimeil tiefore
they make what nun' prots a iiionien
ous decision of Ihe war. And T' t they
are not Informed, and they wait uii.il
they know more about It.
Is Military Problem.
Jdpan Is anxious b m-tve quicklv If
there la any motii.c to be .tone. It Is
essentially a mihtsrv piol l.m
Can the Germane rsach Vladivostok
first and even build a submarine bas
thara for operations against American
Japanese iKipmg in the Pacific?
The Hisll'llitt that Germany could
entrench heiself on th Pacific coast
of tuoeiia and iu.ur.Uia a long line of
trenehee attacked, the n statement
says. East ef Rheims, the Ger
mans forced their way into Fert
Pompelle, which had been de
. streyed.
The announcement follows:
"Between the Meuse and the Mo
selle. Infantry, accompanied by pio
neers, penetrated the enemy trenehee
northeast of Selcheprey. Americans
who were manning the trenches suf
fered heavy casualties and lost twelve
prisoners."
The official French statement Of last
night said that at tt points on the
front Germans, especially trained for
raiding operations, attacked American
troops, and that the Americans every
where maintained their lines intact, In,
flirting heavy lueses on the enemy.
The attack northeast of Pelcheprey,
referred to by Herlln today, led to
heavy fighting, after which the ground
In front of the American trenches was
strewn with German dead. Three Ger
mans were captured,
A dispatch from a correspondent of
the Associated Press with the army
said It was doubtful whether the Gert .
mane captured any 'Americans, al
though two or three might have been
gathered up at a listening post
BATTLE ANEW ON
ITALIAN FRONT
Vlen "'alms Podplla Entered
for -tcndly Intervention,
Russians Surrendering.
Vienna, Maroh 1, via Lendon. The
text of today's war office statement en
military operations rsadsl
"An Italian advanoe west ef the
Brenta failed.
Mln response to repeated appeal by
the government and th populations,
whioh have been sspssielty pressing
during the last few 'days. Gen. Vfj
Boshm-Ermolli's troops ytsrdsy en
tered Podolie for friendly Intervention.
They have rosohed th line ef Neve
Sisliea-Chetin and Kameneti-Pedol-sky.
"Dotai lininnl advancing along the
railroads and Important roads have
been Instructed to re-calabllsh order
in the region through which they pass
and -to protect commercial HFUtee
needod for importation.
"So far, about 10,000 Russian have
laid down their arms, and considerable
quantities of ammunition, with Carte
and rolling stock, have bern salved."
A summary of the foregmng official
statement, resirtlng the beginning at
the Austro-Hungarian advance lota
Hues! and the capture of prisoners
and material, was telegraphed from
Vienna last night.
Rome Report Fighting.
Home, Friday, March 1, Heavy ar
tillery fighting on both sides of the
Hrenta river Is reported by the war
ofllce. The statement follows:
"tin both aides of Ihe llrruta the
enemy'a artillery was more active yes
terday. Our hstterlea directed ener
getic fire against It. and also concen
trated on enemy troops In the Val Man
Uirenso snd north of leta IteretU.
On the Aslago plateau our patrol
raptured a quantity of arm and mu
nition. At Ponte I.I Plate we Snellen
an automobile column. Near Nerve,
llrlllsh batterlea brought down an en
riny airship."
NEW MENINGITIS CASE .
DEVELOPS IN GREENVILLE
(beentllle. . (. March !. A new
case of meningitis nu nrirwuni,
Woodtow Wilson, a small while boy.
haa been atrtckrn with the disease.
FAeiv known precaution Is betnsf
taken against the spread of th dls
rum and th report which was cur
rent esteiday that thee waa a prob
ability of another uuaiantln waa ab.
solutrly unfounded, health officials
say, ' , '
This Is the third ca In the city,
the other two leln those of a whit
child In Hie same vicinity and of a
negro In another section of th city.
The health druirtment I making
close Investigations of each raa and
cultures'srr taken of every one known
to hate come In contact w It h the jslck
person. '
communication with Hertin I not taken
seriously hete, with the present dilapi
date,! condition of th trans-conti-nental
railroad.
Whst.tcr policy la reaolved. how
rtd, very probably will I formulated
after lull consultation between th
I mtrd State and th alllea. Japan, as
a niemtrr of the entente group, la ex
hibiting every desire to refrwln from
taking the Initiative or any step tttxt
might I considered by the othej allle
aa a, diplomatic einhatrassttif nt In future-
dealings with Itussta.
It la a critical decision of policy, not
l-eVauw of anv fear that th Japaoea
will I unwilling to return such terrl
loiy a they may acquire tn Siberia,
but le-ause of the genuine apprehen
sion that the allies my fore Russia
In th arms of tSernitny t a tim when
the Huaslan democracy ta helpless.
The rxpe. tation in some quarters
haa been that a counter revolutionary
movement would sooner or later uuet
Trotsky and lnine. Would the en
trance of Japanese assist or retard
auh a result Thrs are trouble
Utns for allied d.plotaacy.

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