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COL HOUSE IS BACK
LEADER OF MISSION TO PARIB AND LONDON SAYS ALL'ES ARE UNITED. PEACE WAS NOT DISCUSSED Declares Nothing Was Done by Ameri ca’s Representatives That Waa Binding—Visited Front With Persl :ng. New York, Dec. 18. —Col E. M* House, who headed the United State* delegates to the Interallied conference held In Paris, arrived here on Satur day. He thus summed up the result of the conference: “The work was satisfactorily done. The mission was a great success. “The representatives agreed on everything. They got together on eco nomic and industrial conditions, em bargo, finance and food. "Nothing was done by America’s representatives that was binding. It is up to this country to decide whether the plans will be acceptable. The whole matter depends on the president. “We never discussed peace. No mention of peace was made." Colonel House will go to Washington at once to report to the president. “The whole work of the conference took just thirty days,” said Colonel House. "Two weeks were spent in Paris and two weeks in Versailles. There were three sittings of the con ference. We cut out practically all en tertainments, as our mission was one of business. "The interallied conference should be called the priority board. It was at the conference that the supreme war council was proposed. This was held at Versailles. The prime ministers of Great Britain, France and Italy at tended it, each mil a military repre sentative. This country was represent ed by General Bliss and myself. “The men who went with me to the interallied conference In an industrial connection took a load off me. They discussed matters with which I w-as not conversant. Alone, my visit would have been futile. "The men selected for the mission from this country were perfectly fa jnidar with the situation and were ready to take up every point. “General Bliss made a fine impres sion over there; so did Admiral Ben son. I saw a good deal of Vice Ad miral Sims—a fine fellow, well liked. He has the respect of everybody. “War aims, as far as this country is concerned, were not touched upon; at least, I would not discuss them.” Colonel House then told of a visit he made to the front. “I went to the front ten days ago with General Pershing,” he said. “The general has a very difficult task and he is doing it well. The Americans at the front are In good shape.” THRIFT IS VICTORY RECIPE A. Vanderlip Says Business Must Not Compete With the Government. Chicago, Dec. 14.—Frank A. Vander lip, national director of the United States w r ar savings campaign, has aroused Chicago and other cities in which he has spoken during the last few days, to a perfect frenzy for thrift. The idea he inculcates is not that the thrifty should hoard, but should save and lend to government their money, first because the government needs the money for a successful pros ecution of the war, and secondly be cause the government needs, even worse, the lnhor employed In making the articles that the people demand— the luxuries and the thoughtless little things that they are better off without, but which form a large part of the manufacturing industry of the United States. “We must make the people see that It Is not the money they give, but the money they refrain from spending otherwise, that is the great help. We must make the boy see, for example, that If he buys a baseball he Is using rubber that might go into an ambu lance tire. He Is using leather that might go into a soldier’s boot. He is using labor, he is using shop room. He is directly taking away from th government the means to quickly and thoroughly equip the army. He will consider whether he cannot wait for that baseball. "1 am not going to propose anything that will WTeek business. I am not proposing receivers for the manufac turers of nonessentials. Let us make this war lesson as clear as possible, and we will still have a great busi ness In luxuries, a disturbingly great business In luxuries, because labor never before was so fully employed at such high wages." H. C. Barnabee, Actor, Dies. Boston, Dec. 17. —Henry Clay Barn nbee, fatuous comic opera comedian, died In a hospital here at the age of eighty-six years. For many years he was a member of the Bostonians. Mrs. Catt Suffrage Head. Washington, Dec. 18. —Business ses sions of the convention of the National Woman Suffrage association were brought to a close here with the re election of Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt as president. FTre Attacks Shipyard. Baltimore. Md.. Dec. IS. —The ship yard of Charles Rhoda & Sons com pany at Canton was threatened with destruction when the drydock, the tug Irene and a scow were badly damaged by fire. Bolshevikl Aided by Fleet. Petrogrnd. Dec. 15.—The Black sea battle fleet is co-operating with the bolshevikl forces in the fighting at BostofT, according to dispatches receiv ed here. The warship Kolhida Is firing on the Cossacks at Novo Tcherkask. St. Paul Strike Called Off. Washington, Dec. 15. —George W. Lawson, secretary of the Minnesota Stale Federation of Labor. telegraphed the strikers in St. Paul and lis to return to work In view of the order for a federal Investigation. Senate to Probe Sugar and Fuel. Washington. Dec. 14. —Senate inves tigatlon of the fuel and sugar short ages In various sections of the country will be considered by a subcommittee of five and. Chairman Reed plans, will begin within a few days. Escaping Gas Kills Three. Chicago. Dec. 14. —Frank J. Kusack. bts wife and Mrs. Hanorn Madagan. hi* mother-in-law. were found asphyxi ated bv gas in their home at 2SIS Fifty ninth avenue. Neighbors smelling gaa entered the home. SCORNS PEACE TALK LLOYD GEORGE SAYS IF RUSBIA DROPS OUT AMERICA WILL MORE THAN FILL PLACE. ALLIES ON WAY TO VICTORY Declares Overtures to Germany Would 5* Betrayal of the People’s Trust —United States Decisive Factor. London, Dec. 17. —“If this Is the worst moment It Is because Russia has stepped out and America is only prepared to come in. Every hour that passes will see the gap formed by the retirement of the Russians filled by the valiant sons of the great republic. Ger many knows It and Austria knows it, hence the desperate efforts that they are making to force the issue before America Is ready. They will not suc ceed.” This was the concluding statement of Premier David Lloyd George In an address on Friday at the dinner of the Grey’s Inn Benchers (a lawyer’s club). The premier also said: “It is because I am firmly convinced that, despite some untoward events, despite discouraging appearances, we are making steady progress toward the goal that I believe peace overtures to Prussia at the very moment the Prussian is drunk with boastfulness would be a betrayal of the people’s trust, the great trust with which my colleagues and myself have been charged.” If Russia persists In her present pol icy, the premier pointed out, the with drawal by the enemy from the east of a third of his troops must release hundreds of thousands of men end masses of material to attack Great Britain, France and Italy. “It would be folly,” he added, “to underrate the danger; equal folly to exaggerate it, and the greatest folly of all not to face it. “If the Russian democracy has de cided to abandon the struggle against military autocracy, the American de mocracy Is taking it up.” Germany’s victories were embla zoned to the world, the premier said, but her troubles did not appear In bulletins. Something was known of them, however. The deadly grip of the British navy Was having its effect, and the valor of the troops was making an impres sion which would tell in the end. “I warn the nation to watch the man who thinks there is a half-way house between victory and defeat,” the premier admonished. “There are men who think you can end the war now by some sort of what they call peace —by setting up a league of nations. That is the right policy after victory; without victory it would be a farce.” CONQUEST AND KULTUR Let it be the task then of our diplomacy so to shuttle the cards that we may be attacked by France, for then there would be reasonable prospect that Russia for a time would remain neu tral. . . . We must not hope to bring about this attack by waiting passively. Neither France nor Russia nor England need to attack in order to furth er their interests. So long as we shrink from attack, they can force us to submit to their will by diplomacy, as the upshot of the Moroccan negotiation shows. If we wish to bring about an attack by our opponents we must Initiate an active policy, which, without attacking France, will so prejudice her in terests or those of England that both those states would feel themselves compelled to attack us. Opportunities for such pro cedure are offered both in Af rica and In Europe.—Bernhardi, Germany and the Next War (1911). FIRST U. S. SHOT AT AUSTRIA Representative Tlnkham of Boston Fires First American Shell From Italian Front. Italian Army Headquarters, Dec. 14. —The first American shot of the war against Austria was fired Wednesday when Representative Tlnkham of Bos ton pulled the string of a 1.49 milli meter gun, hurling a shell across to the Austrian lines. Means Found Not Guilty. Concord, N. C., Dec. 18.—Gaston B. Means was ucqultted here of a charge of slaying Mrs. Maude A. King, the wealthy New York and Chicago widow. The jury deliberated a little over fifteen hours. Count Luxburg Rumored Insane. Buenos Aires, Dec. 18.—Rumors that Count Luxburg, former German minis ter to Argentina, and famous for his phrase, “spurles versenkt,” was insane, were circulated when it became known he had been sent to a sanitarium. Use Women as Ticket Agents. Omaha, Neb., Dec. 18.—That their male ticket agents may be relieved from usual duties and replace men who went to the armies, the Union Pacific railroad placed woman ticket agents at many ticket offices. Thirty Lake Ships Icebound. Detroit, Mich., Dec. 17.—The fleet of 80 or more down-bound lake freight ers which passed out of the Detroit river after being icebound since Sat urday. is lying fast in heavy ice in Lake Erie. Swiss Name New President. Berne, Dec. 17. —Felix Calonder. vice president of the republic and head of the department of the Inte rior. was elected president of S'lt leriand for 1918. He received 178 votes. Rob La Grange State Bank. Chicago, Dec. 15. —Four automobile bandit* held up the La Grange State bank and robhed it of $40,000. After robbing the bank the bandits escaped and a squad of police has been sent out to search for them. Webb Export Bill Passes. Washington. Dec. 15.—The Webb ex port bill to legalize combinations of American exporters in promoting their foreign commerce was passed by the senate 51 to 1L It now goes to con fere nee. ~~ DRAFT CANDIDATES LEADIN CANADA Returns From Election Show War Coalition Winning. 95 UNIONISTS ARE ELECTED Vic*ory for Premier Sir Borden Would Give Him Power to Enforce Con scription A 'i —Opposed by oir Laurier. Toronto. Dec. 18.—A summary of the election results in the Dominion follows: Government candidates elect ed, 95; opposition, 69; to be heard from, 67; deferred, 4. The Toronto Globe, reporting on the parliamentary election held through out Canada, says: "At 9:05 the unionists had 100, the antis 75. The unionists will have a majority.” Returns from Toronto, Hamilton, London and other districts In which the war Is strongly supported, indi cate that the government received overwhelming support. Conscription the Issue. The election, while nominally for the control of parliament, was really a ref erendum on conscription. The unionists, under the leadership of Sir Robert Borden, passed a con scription act but could not enforce it in the face of an opposing minority, known as the anticonscription liber als and nationalists, under the leader ship of Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Messrs. Bourasa and Lavergne. On the decision today rested the fate of the union government and, In effect, the further participation of Canada in the war. If returned to power, the unionists stand pledged to enforce selective service and thereby expand the ranks of the Canadians overseas. / Army Law Attacked. Against conscription, and In spirit opposed to Canada’s participation in the war, the nationalists-Laurier-lib erals are pledged, In the event of vic tory, to shelve the present army law and set into motion the slow-moving machinery for a “referendum.” The contention of the unionists was that the present election presented the Issue and that their defeat meant an end to conscription, virtually an end to volunteer enlistment, and therefore practically an end to Canada’s partici pation in the war. It is estimated that there are 1,250,- 000 male domestic votes, 300,000 over seas soldier votes and probably 500,000 women who are permitted to vote through relationship with soldiers In service. COAL FOR HOUSEHOLDERS Garfield Gives Administrators of Illi nois and Kansas Authority to Commandeer Fuel. Washington, Dec. 18. —The state fuel administrators of Illinois and Kansas were given authority by Fuel Adminis trator Garfield to commandeer coal con signed to nonessentlal Industries and turn it over to householders who are suffering for want of fuel. It was stated that similar authority will prob ably be extended to the fuel adminis trator of New York. RELIEF SHIP GETS IMMUNITY German Government Grants Safe- Conduct to Nieuw Amsterdam to Dutch Port. Washington, Dec. 18.—The German government has given safe conduct to the Dutch liner Nieuw Amsterdam and the steamer has left Halifax for Rot terdam. In accordance with the agree ment with the war trade board the ship will discharge Its cargo In the Dutch port and return to this country at once. It carries 10,000 tons of grain for Belgian relief. GOETHALS IS OFFERED POST Builder of Panama Canal Can Have the Position of Quarter master General Washington, Dec. 18.—Rearrange ment of some of the high command In the war drpartment was indicated by the detachment of officers for the war council. It became known that Major General Goethals, builder of the Pana ma canal, has been offered the post of quartermaster general to succeed Ma r General Sharp* SCRAPS Good ink is now made from toad stools by a French scientist. Henry Haag's Sunday school class of boys, at Fern Creek. Ky., whose ages range from ten to fourteen, mem orized in one week 165 verses of scrip ture. The most humorous book on garden ing is “My Summer in a Garden,” by Charles Dudley Warner, with an intro duction by Henry Ward Beecher, first published in 1870. Silver coins being scarce in Hondu ras, that country is to reopen its mint, which has been closed a long time, and melt up and reduce in fineness 250.000 pesos, which will then make 500,000 pesos. Anew high record for one day's earnings in halibut fishing has been made by the American schooner Direc tor. Captain Soriano, out of Prince Ru pert. The former record, held by this vessel, was $30.70 per man per day. On the trip ending September 11. when the catch was marketed, the figures were advanced to $43.57 a day for each man. BROKEN REST RUSSIANS SEE PEACE BELIEVE ARMISTICE WILL END WAR ON EAST FRONT. Kaiser Removes Troops Before Agree ment for Truce Is Signed—Strike at Moscow. London, Dec. 18. —The predominant facts as regards the Russian situation at the moment is the signing of an armistice, which Is announced officially at the capitals of all the countries con cerned. According to special dispatches from Petrograd, every one there be lieves that a permanent peace between Russia and the central powers will re sult. Correspondents in general treat as negligible the undertaking of Germany and her allies not to withdraw troops from the eastern front. A Petrograd dispatch to the Times says large masses of Germans already have been removed, and that probably the Ger man command has transferred all it purposes to employ elsewhere, so that its plans are not likely to be deranged seriously. The reported suicide during the armistice negotiations at Brost-Lltovsk of the Russian General Skatons ap parently has made a considerable im pression at Petrograd, although the Russian national commissaries are si lent in regard to it. The situation in southern Russia contlues to be obscure and news is fragmentary and contradictory. Com munication by rail and wire with Ros tov, in the Don Cossack territory, where fighting has occurred. Is report ed to have been stopped. Fighting iir the neighborhood of Kharkov is report ed in a dispatch to the Daily Mail. The latest returns from the elections to the constituent assembly, as sup plied by the bolshevlki, show that of 237 delegates 85 are bolshevik!, 115 social revolutionists, 10 constitutional democrats and the others scattering. A strike at Moscow began on Sun day. Petrograd, Dec. 18. —The terms of the Russo-German armistice, according to a statement issued here, obligate no transference of troops until January 14 (January 1, Russian); no increase of troops on the frontier or the islands in Moon sound, or a regrouping of forces. The Germans are not to concentrate troops between the Black sea and the Baltic east of the fifteenth degree of longitude east of Greenwich. Intercourse between the troops may be allowed from sunrise to sunset. Berlin. Dec. 18.—An armistice agree ment between the bolshevlki govern ment in Russia and the Teutonic al lies was signed at Brest-Lltovsk Sat urday, according to an official com munication Issued on Sunday. The armistice becomes effective at noon Monday and is to remain in force un til January 14. A provision In the vroistlce agree ment Is that peace negotiations are to begin Immediately after the signing of the armistice. SAYS BRYAN NOT “FIRED” President Wilson Says Resignation of Former Secretary of State Was at Hio Request. Washington, Dec. 18. —Prompted by implications contained in a book that has come to his attention. President Wilson specifically denied that the res ignation of William J. Bryan as secre tory Of state was at the request of the president. In a letter addressed to the former secretary, made public at the White House, the president further made it clear that he did not believe Bryan’s conversations with former Austrian Ambassador Dumba were responsible for the misinterpretation placed upon the first Lusitania note In Berlin. WILSON DELAYS RAIL ACTION President Will Make No Further Move Until Congress Reconvenes After the Holidays. Washington, Dec.' 18.—President Wilson will make no further move in the railr id situation until congress reconvenes after the Christmas holi days. It was authoritatively stated that he probably will take his plan for the solution to congress Immediately after the holidays. m Author Takes War Bride. Louisville. Ky., Dec. 18.—Cleves Kinkead, a first lieutenant of infantry at Camp Grant, was married in Toledo to Miss Kathleen Patch of Shelhurn, Miss., and has taken his bride to Rock ford, 111. Kinkead, a playwright, is the author of “Common Clay.” If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it? Geological survey statistics show that 75.167.672 gross tons of Iron ore were mined *in the United States lasi year, the greatest amount on record, au increase of more than 16.600,000 tons from the previous year. On April 12. 1889. the first vedelia wore allowed to escape from a tent in an orchard in Southern California. In two years this lady bird had cleaned 1 tLe trees of the devastating icerya or cushiony cotton scale. The success of a recent auction sale in furs in St. Louis, where the sales for five days totaled $3,353,429, makes that city more than ever confident that . it has become the capital of the world's fur trade. St. Louis owed much 1 of her early development to the trade In furs. to The amount of more than | 150,OCX* tons has been taken in boats down the Ohio river, from the mines on the Kanawha river, to Cincinnati and vicinity by the aid of artificial rises in the river, produced by draw ing water from the pools formed by the damk above Huntington, W. Ya. WAUSAU PILOT DRY 0. S. BILL PASSEDJY HOUSE Prohibition Amendment Wins 282 to 128. WILL HAVE TO GO TO SENATE Resolution Provides That Amendment Must Be Ratified by Necessary Number of States Within Seven Years. \\ ashington, Dec. 18. —The resolution to submit to the states a national pro hibition amendment to the federal con stitution was adopted by the house. ith a vote of two-thirds required for its approval the vote of the house announced by Speaker Clark was 282 to 128, or 25 more than required. A wild demonstration took place in the house. W. J. Bryan appeared on the floor and took a seat with Repre sentative Webb as corecipient of con gratulations. An amendment by Representative Lea of California, providing that pro hibition provisions should not apply to light wines and beer was rejected by a rising vote of 232 to 107. What Dry Amendment Provides. The resolution for a dry amendment to the federal constitution adopted by the lower house of congress provides that the amendment must be ratified by the necessary number of states within seven years. The senate already has adopted a similar resolution, but specifies that it must be ratified within six years. Only an agreement as to the number of years now is, necessary to put the question before the states, 36 states must ratify the amendment. Twenty-seven states already are dry. A motion to concur in the change will be made in the senate today but if one member objects action will have to go over until after the holidays. Hear From “Back Home.” Congressmen emerged from under veritable waves of telegrams from “back home” when they came into the house chamber to vote. The galleries were packed with enthusiasts on both sides of the question who had come prepared for a field day. There was much conferring among the generals on the floor as the debate got under way, with the time equally divided be tween the two sides. Representative Gard of Ohio, leading the opposition, declared the amendment proposed an invasion of 'the police power of the states and threatened the unanimiity of the American people in winning the war. Only about half the membership was on the floor at the convening time, but the galleries were jammed. There was a good deal of sparring over con trol of the time for debate, which was arranged by equal division. The debate began, amid a round of applause from the Democratic side, by Chairman Webb of the judiciary com mittee. The great body of Americans he con tended want to leave the whole matter just as it is now. No Union Label on Whisky. Representative Cooper of Ohio, for the amendment, told the house: “You look into a hat band or a coat to see if it bears a union label, but you can look in vain into the whisky bottle for a union label.” Representative Dyer of Missouri, op posing it, declared the issue nothing more or les than whether congress shall stand by “Dinwiddie and the An ti-Saloon league who think more of this issue of the wet and the dry than they do of the issue of whether America or Germany shall win this great war.” As the debate ran on Representative Barkley of Kentucky, one of the prohi bition leaders, claimed that a complete canvass of the state delegations indi cated adoption of the resolution by a margin of fifteen votes over the neces sary two-thirds. William J. Bryan passed part of the day in the house. Dozens of members made short speeches, going over the familiar ground on which champions of both sides have fought their battles in the halls of congress for many years. The only new argument introduced was the war issue. WILL CORRECT WAR TAX LAW Inconsistencies to Be Eliminated by Congress, But No General Re vision Coming. . Washington, Dec. 18.—There will be no general reconsideration of the war tax bill at this session of congress, Chairman Simmons of the finance com mittee announced during an attack on the measure by various Republican senators. He declared the bill was not perfect and added that to correct vari ous inconsistencies some legislation would be required. Legislation specifically to subject all federal officials except the president and members of the Supreme court to the excess profits tax was agreed upon by the house ways and means com mittee. There has been widespread criticism because the “occupational tax” of the war tax bill lays upon the income of professional and salaried men when they exceed 86.000 a tax of 8 per cent In addition to the regular Income tax, but exempted members of congress. A bill to reduce salaries of senators and representatives from $7,500 to $5,- 000 during the war was introduced hj Senator Kenyon of lowa. Cupid Makes Early Call. An American professor who has spent his life investigating and has eollecttxl the evidence of 1,703 young people, declares that both sexes start being wounded by Cupid's darts at the age of three and that a woman's love reaches maturity at twenty-two and a man’s at twenty-four. Silent Applause. Many a vaudeville actress seems to think she’s a big thing because she sings through her nose, like an ele phant.—Exchange. Every Dollar Working. “What I resents,” said Meandeiing Mike, “is these men dat has more money dan dey knows what to do wid” “Well,” replied Plodding Pete, “you needn’t worry furder. Sence de war broke out, der ain’t no such person.” The Food Campaign. • He —Now, Helen, be sure you look out for the proper amount of calories In the food. She —Why, Henry, do you think they season better Lhaa safe or onions! VOTE ON RESOLUTION DEMOCRATS AGAINST. Blackmon, Bruckner, Buchanan, Caldwell, Campbell (Pa.), Cantrill, C’a rew. Church, Coady, Crossier, Dale (N. Y.), Dent, Dewalt, Dies, Dominick, Dooling, Doremus, Dupre, Eugan, Es topinal, Fitzgerald, Flynn, Gallagher, Gf and, Garner (Tex.), Gordon, Gray (Ala.), Griffin, Hamill, Hardy, Heflin, Huddleston, Hulbert, Igoe, Key (O.), Lazaro, Lea (Cal.), Lesher, Liuthicuin, Lonergan, McAndrews, McLemore, Ma her, Mansfield, Oliver (N. Y.); O’Shaughnessy, Overmyer, Phelan, Pout, Riordan, Rouse (Ky.), Sabath, Sherte.v, Sherwood, Slayden, Small, Charles B. Smith, Thomas F. Smith, Steele, Sullivan. Talbott, Van Dyke, Welty, Wilson, Wilson (Tex.): total, 64. REPUBLICANS AGAINST. Bacharach. Britten, Cary, Chandler (N. Y.),Clnrk (Pa.), Classon, Crago, Davidson, Davis, Drukker, Dyer, Ed monds, Benjamin L. Fairchild, Francis, Freeman, Gilleti, Glynn. Graham (Pa.), Gray (N. J.), Greene (Mass.), Greene (Vt.) Heaton, Haskell. Hull (la.). Juul, Kahn. Kennedy (R. I.) Lehlbach, Long worth. Lufkin, McArthur, Madden, Mc- Laughlin (Pa.), Magee, Meeker, Mer rett, Moore fPa.), Morin. Mudd. Nich ols (Mich.), Nolan, Parker (N. J ), Por ter, Ramsey, Roberts, Rodenberg, San ford, Scott (Pa.), Siegel. Snyder, Staf ford. Swift. Templeton, Tilson, Vare, Voight (Wis.), Wqldow, Walsh, Ward. Watson (Pa.), Winslow (Mass.); total, 62. INDEPENDENTS AGAINST. London (Soc.), Martin (Prog.); to tal, 2. PAIRS OF ABSENTEES. Stephens (Neb) and Neeley (W. Va.) for amendment with Gallivan (Mass.) against it; Goodwin (Ark.) and Miller (Wash.) for amendment with Tague (Mass.) against it; Taylor (Colo.) and George W. Fairchild for amendment, with Curry (Cal.) against it. U. S. FLYER IN FOE’S PRISON Lieut. H. B. Willis, in Letter to Par ents, Says He Is Well Treated by the Germans. Newton, Mass., Dec. 18.—The first direct communication from Lieut. Har old B. Willis of the Lafayette Esca drille, who disappeared while flying over the German lines August 18, was received by his parents here. “My last flight was -some distance within the lints,” he wrote. “One of the boys in front of me attacked and I was able to put away my assailant, but was immediately jumped on by two others, later by a third. To avoid being riddled from the rear, I had to turn and engage. “Almost immediately my motor was hit. I landed 20 kilometers in the rear. An adversary landed beside ine and proved very correct and sympathetic. They took me to lunch and later to the rear. The treatment since continues correct. “Am with splendid French officers. Am studying German. Doing "sketch ing and woodcarving.” The letter was three and a half months on the way. TEUTONS ARE DRIVEN BACK Austro-Germans Forced to Withdraw After Hot Fight in Italy—British Troops in Battle. Rome. Dec. 18. Austro-German forces which attacked the Italian lines on the northern front from the direc tion of San Marino, were driven back, in disorder, the war office announced. In the Col Corille region the Italians attacked and then were counter-at tacked. Finally the enemy had to withdraw to the positions from which he started. Berlin, Dec. 18. —British troops on the Italian front launched an attack against the Austro-Germans lines, south of Monte Fontana Secvca, but it broke down before the Teuton posi tions, the German war office announced today. Rome, Dec. 18.—There was little in fantry fighting on the front between the Brenta and Piave, and one hostile attack was checked, the official state ment from the war office says. There was much artillery fighting on the northern front. GERMANS SINK ELEVEN SHIPS Teutons Attack British Convoy and Destroy Six Merchantmen, One De stroyer and Four Sweepers. London, Dec. 18. —One British and five neutral merchantmen, a British de stroyer and four mine sweepers have been sunk In the North sea by German naval forces. The losses resulted from an attack on a convoy from Scotland to Norway, the admim f v announced. COL HOUSE IN WASHINGTON Head of U. S. Mission to Europe An. rives at Capital and Reports to President. Washington, Dec. 18.—Col. E. M. House, back from Europe, where he attended the great Inter-allied war con ference as head of the American mis sion, came to Washington late and drove directly to the White House to make a personal report to President Wilson. Passes Annapolis Bill. Washington, Dec. 18. —The adminis tration bill to increase the number of cadets at the Annapolis Naval aoademy was passed by the house without de bate and now goes to th" senate. Meat Babies Enough Trouble. The oldest daughter, age seven, ol a family of five, was asked by her mother if she didn’t wunt a nice Lsbj doll for her birthday present, and knowing all the care she had of thf smaller children, she replied: “No thank you; I have enough meat ba bies.” Measured While You Wait. Resembling the familiar weighing machines is a coin-in-the-slot affair for public places for measuring a person’* height and registering it on a dial. When Love Is Young. “You are a fairy.” “In that case,” said the pretty girL -suppose I grant you 'bree wishes.” “One wish will be enough. All I want in the world is you. Obsolete Accomplishment “An education is never wasted. “I don’t know about that I know a man who put in a large section of his life learning to mix fancy drinks. It is said that the Philippines could , supply luO.OOO soldiers. RED TAPE HOLDS UP WMPPLIES Maj. Gen. Crozier Again Before Senate Body. AGAINST M;w ORGANIZATION Declares Orders for More Than $1,500,- 000,000 of War Supplies Have Been Placed— Have Better System Now. Washington, Dec. 18.—Inquirv Into delays in supplying the arm:' with guns and the curtailment of funds rec ommended by the ordnance buenu for that purpose was taken up in open session by the senate militar commit tee after a two days’ examination of Mnjor General Crozier behind closed doors. General Crozier has to and the com mittee that while congress has been generous with funds the appropria tions recommended by the general staff invariably were reduced by civilian executives and the reduction of ord nance was chargeable to executive ac tion. Blames Congress .jr Red Tape. i( General Crozier declared there was entirely too much red tape” about getting money. IVhile an emergency appropriation request for a lump ap propriation of $2,932,537,000 was made by the war department April s—n day before war was declared. It was .Tune before congress made appropriations under the estimates. But you had millions of dollars left of appropriations made before,” inter rupted Chairman Chamberlain. “I have not been entirely satisfied with any ex planation made of this matter. For Instance, you had money appropriated for machine guns and you haven’t the guns .vet. We appropriated for smnll arms, and you spent the money for pistols instead of rifles.” “We were far shorter of pistols than rifles.” General Crozier answered, “and we are not going to he slowed up in this war in the slightest degree on ac count of rifles.” Thinks Answer Unsatisfactory. “I don’t think the country will be satisfied with that explanation.” Sena tor Chamberlain insisted. “We need rifles for target practice and training purposes and in the field.” How prospective appropriations by congress were anticipated was recited by General Crozier. For instance, he said orders were placed for 9,000.000 rounds of ammunition early last spring before any funds were available. He detailed how many new factories that had never before made gun forgings were given large contracts, to Increase ordnance production. “We have placed orders of more than $1,500,000,000 since the war be gan,” General Crozier explained, citing the magnitude of operations. “That is more than 50 per cent over the en tire government’s expenses for any year since the Spanish war.” Opposes New Organization. Senator Wadsworth asked whether the government should have an officer or department similar to England’s minister of munitions. “My belief is that the better way is to enlarge and strengthen existing or ganizations, rather than create new ones,” General Crozier replied. “Quick er results have been obtained here than by the British organization." Senator Hitchcock said that it seemed there was an unusual length of time between appropriations and deliveries and asked whether the war department had considered any “speed ing up” plane, “We thiriK, and I think the country thinks, that there has been too much delay, too much red tape, too much cir cumlocution in the department,” said Senator Hitchcock. “Has any effort been made to shorten up the proc esses?” “Yes, a great deal of red tape has been eliminated,” said General Cro zier. CAPTAIN BLUE IS SENTENCED Loss of 10 Numbers Imposed Because of Grounding of Dreadnaught in Home Waters. Washington, Dec. 18. —Capt. Victor Blue, who commanded an American super-dreadnaught which recently ran aground in home waters, was sen tenced by court-martial to loss of 20 numbers, but Admiral Mayo, com mander of the Atlantic fleet, recom mended that it be reduced to ten. Cap tain Blue, one of the best-known younger officers In the navy, is under review for promotion by the board now in session to recommend some new admiral s. HOUSE FOILS INTERVIEWERS British Reporters Fail to Induce the American Envoy to Talk Con cerning His Mission. London. Dec. 18.—Emphasizing the taciturnity of E. M. House, head of the American mission to the Interallied war conference, an English newspaper describes him as a man who “would go so far as to admit it was raining if there was no one within earshot.” This comment evidently was evoked by the efforts to newspaper men to Interview Mr. House concerning his mission, while he was In London. Meat Babies Enough Trouble. The oldest daughter, age seven, of a family of five, was asked by her mother if she didn’t waut a nice baby doh for her birthday present, and, knowing all the care she had of the smaller children, she replied: “No, thank you; I have enough meat ba bies.” Measured While You Wait. Resembling the familiar weighing machines Is a coin-in-the-slot affair for public places for measuring a person’s height and registering it on a dial. When Love Is Young. “You are a fairy.” “In that case” said the pretty girl, “suppose I grant you three wishes.” “One wish will be enough. Ail I want in the world is you.” Obsolete Accomplishment “An education is never wasted.” “1 don’t know about that I kuow a man who put in a large section of his life learning to mix fancy drinks.” It is Bald that the Philippines coold supply 100,000 soldiers. MARKETS lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllllllll Milwaukee, Dec. 18, 1917. Butter —Creamery, extra, 48}4@49c; prints, 49@’j0c; firsts, 43@45c; sec onds, 38@41c; process, 39@40c; daily, fancy, "c. Cheese American, full cream, twins, 2314@24c; daisies, 24 1 /&@2sc; Young Americas, 25 26c; long horns, 26@26 l Ac; brick, fancy, 28@ 29c. Eggs—Current receipts, fresh as to quality 45@47c; dirties, seconds, 24@ 25c; checks, 23@24e. Live Poultry Fowls, fancy, 16c; is>osters, old, 15@151£c; spring chick ens, Corn—No. 3 yellow, 1.60® 1.65. Oats —No. 3 white, 77@78c; stand ard, 76@77c; No. 4 white, 75@76c. Rye—No. 2. email@example.com; No. 3, 1.79® 1.82. Barley Choice, Wisconsin and Eastern lowa, 1.59 @1.60; Minnesota, Western lowa and Dakota, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hay Choice timothy, email@example.com; No. 1 timothy. firstname.lastname@example.org; No. 2 tim othy, email@example.com; rye straw, 10.50@ 11.50. Potatoes Minnesota or Wisconsin, red or white stock, on track, sacked, firstname.lastname@example.org; homegrown, out of store, email@example.com. Hogs—Prime heavy butchers, 16.16 @16.35; fair to prime light, 15.25® 15.70; pigs, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cattle Steers, email@example.com; feed ers, firstname.lastname@example.org; cows, email@example.com; heif ers, firstname.lastname@example.org; calves, email@example.com. Minneapolis, Dec. 18, 1917. Corn—No. 3 yellow, firstname.lastname@example.org. Oats—No. 3 white, 73@74c. Rye—l.B2@l.B3. F1ax—email@example.com. Grain, Provisions, Etc. Chicago, Dec. 17 Open- High- Low- Clos- Com— ing. est. est. ing. Dec 1.25 1.25 1.244 124% Jn 1-21%-% 1.21%-% 1.50%-% 1.30-21 U May 1.19-18% ' 1.194 1.18%-% 1.19% Oats— Jan 75% .75% .73% .73% D ®c 74%-75 .75% .74% .74% May U%-72 .72% .71% .71% Mar 73 .73% .72% .72% FLOUR—Spring wheat, special brands. In Jute. $10.40 per bbl.: hard spring wheat patents. 95 per cent grade. In Jute, $10.40; straight. In export bags, $10.30; first clears. $9.70; fancy clears, winter wheat patents, In Jute, $10.10; standard soft winter wheat patents. $9 90. In Jute; fancy hard wlntet wheat patents. $10.30. In jute; standard hard winter wheat patents, SIO.OO, In Jute) first clears $9.80. In Jute: seconds clears. In Jute, $8.8009.30: new white rye, $9 26; new dark rye, $8.75. HAY—Choice timothy, $28.00029.00; No. | *27.00028.00; standard. $25 50026 50; No. I and light clover mixed. $25.00026.00; No. 8 “ed top and grassy mixed. $22.00024 00; clover and heavy clover mixed. $22 00® *'6.00; threshed timothy $15.00018.00. LIVE POULTRY-Turkeys, 26c; fowls, 17022 c; roosters. 16%c; spring chickens, 20c; ducks, 20022 c: geese. 16020 c. POTATOES—Wisconsin, white, $1.7001 9$ per 100 lbs.; Minnesota early Ohlos, $1.70® 1.85 per 100 lbs. BTTTTFR—Creamery, extras, 49c: extra firsts, 48@48%c: firsts, 42046%c; seconds. 88 040%c: centralized, 59090 score, 46%047c; *8 score. 45@46%c; storaee, extras. 43%® 43%c: 894?90 score. 42%043%e; 87088 score. 41%042c: ladles. 36%037 c; psneess, 88%@ 39c; pecking stock, 32%@33%c. EGOS—Fresh firsts 51053 c; ordinary first, 14049 c: miscellaneous lots, cases Included, <4®slc; cases returned, 43050 c; checks, -andled. 26®27e: dirties, storage, candled. 91(®R3c; extras, R6(fJ67o; refrigerator stocks, 36%Hf37%e: country storage. 33036 c. CATTLE—Good to choice steers. sl2 00® 15.75; yearlings, good to choice, $9.00014.50; range steers, $0.50013.50; stoc ers and feeders $7.75010.00; good to choice cows. $7.0008.75; good to choice heifers, $7.00® 9.50: fair to good cows. $7 0008.00; canners, 25 0006.00: cutters, $6.0006.50: bologna bulls 34.0007.65: butcher bulls. $7.757210 25; heavy "alve $8.50*812.00: veal calves. $14.50016.00. HOGS— Prime light butchers. $16.10016.26; fair to fancy lights. *16.00016.15; medium weight butchers, 2000240 lbs., $16.10016.35: heavv weight butchers, 2400400 lbs., sl6 11 @16.40; choice heavy packing, $15.50015.90; rough heavy packing. $1K.firstname.lastname@example.org; rough heavy packing, $15.25016.80: pigs, fair te good, sl2 email@example.com; stags. $16.00016.75. SHEEP—Good to choice wethers. $lO 00 @13.00; good to choice ewes. $10.00011.75; yearling*. $12.50014.50; western lambs, good to choice. $16.00017.00; native lambs, good to choice, $16.25016 90; feeding lambs, $16.00 @17.00; goats, $6.00(08.00. Buffalo, N. Y., Dee. IT. CATTLE—Receipts, 1,700; Irregular; prime steers, $13.00015.00; shipping steers. $11.50013.60; butchers. $9.50012.25; yearlings, $11.50013.25; heifers. $7.00011.50; town, $4 00 010.25: bulls. $6.7509.75; stockers and feed ers, $6.50010.60; fresh cows and springers, steady: SSO 000140.00. CALVES— Receipts, 400; steady; $7,000 17.50. yjOGS—Receipts, 8.0C0; slow; heavy, $17.25017.35; mixed, $17.00017.25; Yorkers, $1700017.15: light Yorkers and pigs, $16,000 16.23; roughs. $15.75016.00; stags, $13,000 14.50. SHEEP AND LAMBS—Receipts, 2,000; active and strong; lambs, $1300019.25; yearlings. $12.00016.50; wethers, $12.60013.00; ewes. $6.00012 00; mixed sheep. $12.26@12J0l Washington—The postoffice appro priation bill, aggregating $333,000,000 including $1,200,000 for censorship of foreign mails and without and appro priation for pneumatic tube service in New York, Boston or elsewhere, was passed by the house Camp Dix—lt is “Sergeant" King dom Gould. The young millionaire, who joined the national army, has been promoted and made division in terpreter. Washington—The president, has ap pointed Joseph S. Giudice, Schleisin gerville, Wis., to be explosives in spector of Wisconsin. Gary—The United States Steel cor poration will, in a few days begin work on a large forge plant for filling of war orders. The plant will contain the largest group of blast furnaces in the country. Lisbon—Funchal, capital of Madeira, has been bombarded by a German sub marine. Forty shells were fired, kill ing or wounding a number of persons and damaging several buildings. Paris—ln the week ending Dec. 8 only one French steamship of more than 1,600 tons was sunk by German submarines. None under that ton nage was lost. Washington—The war trade board has announced that it appears (Aat the following names were included in the enemy trading list by error: D. G. W. Aimers, Manaos, Brazil; La Razon, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Berne, Switzerland —Felix Calonder, vice-president of the republic and head of the department of the interior has been elected president of Switzerland for 1918. Louisville—Collection by the state of Kentucky, without a contest, of ap proximately $2,000,000 in inheritance taxes on the estate of the late Mrs. Robert Worth Bingham was indicated. Mount Carmel, Pa.—ln order to try to force down the high food prices asked by farmers at Mount Carmel, women have organized a union and set a schedule of prices on potatoes and other farm products, which they will force the farmers to adopt or refuse to buy of them hereafter Washington— To meet the rapidly in creasing war demand for labor, anew system of labor exchanges, to be known as the war emergency employ ment service, is being organized by th* Industrial service section of the coun cil of national defense.