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Alternative Defense Establishing Back of Main
Hindenburg Bulwark Lost. Threatening
Entire German Front.
Retreat Endangered Along Its
Entire Length by New
Squeeze Movement
Telling progress was made by the
allies today in the great battle on the
western front when Canadian and
English troops pierced the Drocourt
Quent switch of the Hindenburg line,
otherwise known as thtf Wotan line.
It was upon this alternative line
established back of the main Hinden­
burg line each of Arras that the Ger­
man commandant was depending to
hold off the allies from €ambra*l.
Break in on Two-Mile Front.
In their advance the btitish broke
into the German positions back of
the switch line on a two-mile front.
They reached the outskirts of Sagni
court, about two miles northeast of
Queant according to advices, and
further north are reported to have
penetrated Dury, more than two miles
east of the Wotan line.
Far reaching results may follow to­
day's advance which began with a
plunge early this morning by the Can­
adians and English south of the
Scarpe river. If the allied gains can
be held, the Hindenburg line would
appear to be completely outflanked on
fjfrjftorthein end.
Franco-Yanks Threaten.
threat is being doubly main
through the Franco-American
north of Soissons, continued
st night. Progress was madf?
Petain's forces jn the wood
oucy-le-Chateau, and on the
ier south. It is here that the
pressing in on the Bastion
Ap.llER.iobain, defending Layon, the
wages, bulwark of the Hindenburg
fronts between the flanks
WANTttHsh made further progress, not-
at the northern end. They are
reported at Beugny nearly four m/es
northeast of Bapjaume. and they have
taken the town of Moreuil, further
north of thir area. The Germans hold­
ing point at Le Transloy, 'between Ba­
paume and Transloy is in danger of
being taken.
The Germans are still on the back­
ward track in Flanders. The British
are keeping closely after the enemy.
They have reached the Lys. east of
Estaire, and have captured Xeuve
Eglise, near the edge of the Messines
Ridge, south of Kernel.
11V w. s.
1919 PRICE
President Wilson by Proclama­
tion Fixed That Basis for
Washington, D. C., Sept. 2.—By proc­
lamation issued today, President Wil­
son set $2,20 per bushel as the mini­
mum guaranteed by the government
1919 wheat crop. A disinter­
ested commission, the president stat­
ed, will 'be appointed next spring to
see if the increases in farm supplies
will justify an increase in that price.
$2.21 1-2 at Minneapolis.
The proclamation fixes as reason­
able guaranty prices for No. 1 north­
ern spring wheat and its equivalent
at Minneapolis at $2.21 1-2.
Possibility of peace before the mid­
dle of 120 was indicated in a mempr
andum written by the president and
accompanying the proclamation as a
factor for determining the price for
tie 1919 wheat crop.
jUY w. S. J,
Fargo, Sept. 2.—The Opera block
at Casselton, N. D., was destroyed by
fire Sunday morning of unknown ori­
gin. Assistance was asked of the
Fargo department, but the request was
cancelled before the company's tie
tor *. *. s.
F«ir men, all over fifty years
«W, enlisted in Bismarck dtfring I
Mm. last week for service in Uncle I
tan't army. One of their number,
F. Briscoe, sold a Half-section of I
land and invested the proceeds in I
nfeorty bends. He will serve I
Uncle Sam as an expert auto me
chanic. Imer Wilson goes in as
I bookkeeper, and W. W. Ridgeway I
I of Hurdsfeld enters the commia
sary department. William Boyd of
I Manning, the fourth of the quar
tette. enlists as an auto mechanic.
All are substantial, well-known 1
citizens of central North Dakota,
and they are very enthusiastic ov
er the opportunity offered them to
serve their country.
•. ..
Clouds Will Not Interfere With
Observance of Labor Day
This Afternoon
Exerything Cleared Will Go Di­
rect to Red Cross—Program
Begins at 2
"If the boys over there in the
trenches can keep on fighting in spite
of rain and storm and mud, 1 guess it
will not hurt us to pull otf our cele­
bration even if the weather isn't as
favorable as it might be, and you may
announce that unless it is raining tor­
rents, our Labor day program will be
given at the Capitol athletic park this
afternoon as scheduled,' said Frank
iUilhollan of the trades and labor as­
sembly this morning.
Ordinarily Labor day is blessed with
fair weather. Because this day has
proved an exception, the Bismarck
trades unionists do not intend to be
cheated of their one big holiday of the
year, and they will be on hand at 2
o'clock this afternoon to entertain
their guests as originally announced.
The program at the Capitol athletic
park will open at 2 o'clock with a con­
cert by the Elks' band. Addresses by
Hon. John N. Hagan, commissioner of
agriculture and labor, and Rev H.. C.
Postletjiwaite, pastor of the First
Presbyterian church, will follow, and
then an interesting series of athletic
events, including the annual Labor
day baseball game, will be offered.
At a meeting of the trades and labor
assembly Sunday evening it was
agreed that all expenses incident to
the celebration (be pro-rated among
the various unions having membership
in this body, and every penny that is
taken in at the park tbis afternoon
will go direct to the Red Cross. Sev.
eral substantial donations for the ben­
efit of the Red Cross already have
been received, and the laborites hope
to realize a very substantial sum.
-Buy w. s.—
Capt. Frayne Baker Makes Quick
Trip Across—Lieut.-Col.
Quain is There
Capt. I. P. Baker has been advised
of the safe arrival in France of his
son, Capt. Frayne Baker of the quar­
termaster corps. Capt. fliker, who
had been stationed on the Mexican
border for 15 months, was home for
a brief furlough during the summer,
leaving Bismarck for the Atlantic
coast less than a month ago.
Among other Bismarck fighters re­
cently arrived in France is Lieut.-Col.
E. P. Quain, commanding a base hos­
pital unit, largely compose of Bis­
marck surgeons, physicians and nurs­
es. G. C. Wachter has received advice
that his son, Eugene Wacht-ar has ar­
rived in England.
-•UY W. 5.
Thirteen Survivors of Crew of 37
Reach Canadian Port on Oil
A Canadian Atlantic Port, Sept.. 2.—
The British steamer Eschrick, 4,151
tons, bound from Bordeaux to Mon­
treal. was torpedoed on the night of
August 16 when about 500 miles oft
the French coast. Thirteen survivors
of the crew of 37 have arrived fiere on
an oil tanker, which picked them up.
An engineer and fireman are believed
to have been killed when the torpedo
struck the engineroom.
The survivors were afloat in their
lifeboats for three days 'before the
oil tanker came along.
St. Johns. N'. F.. Sept. 2.—Twenty
men from the fishing schooner Elsie
Porter, of Lunnenburg, Nova Scotia,
and five from the schooner Potentate,
of LaHaven. landed here today, and
reported that their vessels were sunk
by a German submarine last Friday.
The captain of the Porter was held
prisoner on the submarine.
»ET W. S. S
The Burleigh county commission is
in monthly session at the court house,
transacting routine business.
This is the Day. a
The Hour.
The Year.
The Age.
We are climbing to the peak of our
hopes ,our dreams and our goal lies
but a lttlie way ahead of us.
Human eyes have never seen the
\vorld as we shall see it when once
we scale the summit. Human feei
have never trodden that high. Human
justice has never been so widely flow­
ing as it will be when we come to
this goal of ours. Human liberty
has never touched as many souls as
it will. Human love has never been
as deep nor as broad.
This peak lies but a little way ahead
of us.
Beyond it stretches the endless val­
ley of peace, honor, freedom, and all
that makes this globe a worth while
place i\i whilst to be born, to live, and
to die.
But first we must scale the peak.
No height upon the mountain's side
is high enough.
Nothing that lies beyond is ours un
tif we have attained tne peak.
That peak is victory.
It is decisive, final, everlasting de­
feat of the Huns.
To be achieved in battle over there
and in effort over here.
We all must climb, every last man,
woman and child of us.
Those brave soldiers of ours—our
best and finest Ijoys—cannot do all
our climbing.. They cannot pull us up
to this peak of human ambition if we
hold back.
They are fighting over there in
such a hell of shell as man has never
known. They go courageously, glori­
ously to heroic death. They come
out of battle torn, crippled, blinded,
shattered of body, stronger of soul.
A million and a half are there. Oth­
er millions will go to strengthen the
arm which is driving to its lair the
Beast of Berlin. And still more mil­
lions will "go," even as they stay
here at home. They will go in spirit,
in effort, in work. Without these the
peak of victory,^ and all which that
contain?, would recede, further and
further from us.
They must climb together—the sol­
dier over there and the worker over
here. One cannot lag behind. Both
have the same goal to attain. Both
will suffer in the same agony of de­
feat if we do not reach the peak.
And they ARE climbing together.
Workman and soldier—OXE FIGHT­
ING FORCE, incomparable, unde
featable, irresistible!
That is the secret of America's suc­
cess. That is why the United tatesS
has been able to come so rapidly and
so overwhelmingly to the front when
the sword of the Hun flashed threat­
eningly near the throat of democ­
racy. That is why the "feeble"' little
American army' has grown and is
continuing to grow so alarmingly
strong that the despots of Potsdam
quake in their boots and would give
their stolen loot to ward off the blow
that is falling and cannot be turned
Americans are working as Veil as
they are fighting.
American labor having sent a part
of itself over there to fight, is work-
Workers Will Produce
(Chairman, United Statep. Shipping
I am indeed glad of the opportunity
whic his presented by this particular
Labor Day to extend to all classes or
workers my sincere thanks and appre­
ciation for what they have done and
also to ask them to continue in }heir
unsparing efforts, to the end that the
greatest shipbuilding program ever
known may be put through on record
time. ,.
The men in the industrial plants are
performing an absolutely necessary
and patriotic service which will per­
haps go further towards ending the
present conflict than any bther ser­
vice other than actual fighting at the
front. The men that put in a full
day six days in the week on essential
industrial pursuits are just as much
patriots as the soldiers in uniforms.
The wonderJul record #ihlaunching
nearly 100 shlpg on -nldependence
Day is only one example-of Such co­
operation and shows what our Ameri­
can labor can do when inspired by
patriotic enthusiasm and a willing­
ness to put everything aside for the
good of the common cause. This per­
formance should act as an inspiration
to all branches of ndustry. and I am
am sure our industrial workers will
were undreamed of in the
continue to produce results which
were undreamed of in the past.
My particular duty is to see that the
greatest possible ship tonnage is pro­
duced this year in order that men.
food and munitions may be carried to
the front where the battle for the safe­
guarding of self-government is being
waged and, with the assistance and
encouragement of my friends and of
the workmen themselves, the job will
be carried "over the top."
ing harder, longer, more efficiently
to make up the difference. It is doing
better it is increasing its load.
And because we are all in the war
together—worker and soldier—and in
it to our last dollar, our last drop of
blood, our last ounce of energy WE
We are nearing the peak. We will
arrive, soldier and worker together.
Then, indeed, this will be our DAY—
the day of victory with honor and
Let us all try a bit harder to do a
bit more that we
Smaller Paper War Measure For Time
In order to effect a fifteen per cent reduction in print
paper ordered by Trade Commission, it will be. necessary
for The Tribune occasionally to issue a four page paper.
This probably will not be necessary after October 1, when
the mailing list and city carrier list is revised.
The Tribune proposes to comply strictly with the gov­
ernment regulations and assist in the reduction of newsprint.
A four page paper twice a week for the next few weeks will
easily effect a i5 per cent reduction.
It is hoped that -the readers will bear with a four-page
edition occasionally until our print reduction is within the
government requirements.
This is a war measure pure and simple and is not to be
construed as a permanent arrangement.
not falter in
the. great adventure upon which this
nation has set out—to establish free­
dom. for all. forever, upon the proud
summit of decisive victory, from
which our eyes may behold the pleas­
ing valley of permanent peace.
The worker is fighting the Hun in
mine and mill, factory and field, shop
and office, in railroad yard and freight
shed. He is climbing to the peak of
victory as he stands before the roar­
ing red flame-of the blast furnace as
he pours flowing metal into cannon
mold as he digs in the darkened pen
far underground for the coal the in­
dustries of war must have as he
plows land, harvests crops, saws lum­
ber. drives trucks, cuts cloth, gins
cotton, fires engines, rivets ships, fills
shells as he does anything which
brings American soldiers over there
nearer the retreating trail of Hun foot­
Yes, in truth, he fights who toils.
He's every inch a soldier, is the Am­
erican working man—AXD THAT IN­
He fights with machine, lathe, plow
handles, with whatever implement of
war in his hands, and he fights as
courageously if that is a pneumatic
rivet driver as if it were a machine
gun. The fruit of his labor is as im­
portant. It is as ljrge a factor in
oriqglng us to the peak of victory.
He is a soldier—is the worker. He
has earned the right to stand hand
in hand with the man in uniform, the
man with a gun. and say:
"We will win!"
They will win. We will win. The
indomitable spirit which has woven
itself into our hearts and souls can­
not be beaten. It cannot be stilled
It MUiST ascend to the summit of hu­
man hopes. And that is the victory
we are striving for.
W hen this is done, as done it must
be. the veterans of this war will num­
ber within their ranks, mechanic, la­
borer, miner, farmer, engineer fire­
man puddles, riveter steel worker—•
VERY WORKER who helped to win.
They are earning that place now.
Their brothers in uniforms will be
the first to give the veterans of war
industries a place of honor side by
side with them who fought with guns.
Xo one better than the soldier in
the trench the sailor on the battle­
ship, knows how futile would be their
effort, how sure their defeat if that
strong arod valiant arm of American
labor were not back of them—work­
ing, striving, sustaining. It is true
The soldier in the trenches little fears
the enemy as long as he knows his
people back home are standing by him
heart and soul.
And we ARE standing by him!
fc,very true and loyal worker in all
these states is with him, for he is our
boy—and America- boy—and we wii
win WITH him.
Commissions Awarded Flicker
tail Octette in Fourth Camp
Dodge School
Washington. D. C., Sept. 2.—Eight
North Dakota soldiers graduated from
the fourth officers' training school at
Camp Dodge, la., with commissions
as second lieutenants. All of the 239
successful candidates in this school
are from the northwest, and the en­
tire number is assigned to the in­
Xorth Dakota's graduate officers
Paul W. Crawford. Cooperstown.
Alvin L. Derby. Bathgate.
Albert A. Hemp, Valley City.
John M. Johnson, Upham.
Fred A. Kramer. Fargo.
John J. Laemmle, Ashley.
Fred A. Maser. Jr.. Dickinson.
Henry S. Snore, Minnewaukan.
-BUY W. S. S.-
Lynn Sperry. one of the Missouri
valley's most successful native born
farmers, has some oats which are
making as high as 60 imshels to the
acre. His wheat is running all th'j
way from five bushels to 23 bushels
to the acre. A Red Cross acre which
had been badly beaten down by rain,
hail and wind, and -which had to be
harvested by hand, yielded 11 bushels
of food wheat.
With the British Army in Flanders, Sunday, Sept. 1.—rln their
first fighting in Belgium, the Americans captured Voormezelle and
several strong German positions in that vicinity. On their entrance
in Voormezelle they found the shell fire had been so intense'/•hat
hardly one brick was left standing upon another.
As the Americans advanced, the German rear guard ope* I
with their machine guns, but these were quickly silenced.
Elsewhere in the vicinity the Americans advanced their li
Counter attacks by the Germans resulted in their gaining little m«
than a slight foothold which in every case was quickly loosened.
some places the Germans did not even get a foothold.
There has been especially heavy fighting in the whirlpool of
the battle around Bullecourt. and Hendecourt, where the British are
holding positions almost resting against the Drocourt-Queant or
Wotan line.
It is believed that Bullecourt itself has thrice been lost and wori
in the past two days.
First the British were in the town, and then the Germans. Wlflle
one side had the control the machine gunners and bombers from the
other would filter in and get the positions, and then the place would
become most active. From ruin to ruin, through cellars and old
trenches, the fighting hits continued and all of the time almost the
same tactics were being followed in the country surrounding. In
the language of the British soldier, it has been a '"dog fight" here
for two days.
Just now it appears that Bullecourt and ITandecourt are agarin
in the British hands and hiding places and dugouts are being mopped
up. Fighting has been going on in the villages of Esooust, St. Mein,
and Longattc, and these places also are in possession of the British.
The ground in front of the British line throughout this region
is piled with German dead.
The enemy seems to have removed virtually everything he had
in Pennine, for he realized that the town surely must come into
British hands soon, but nevertheless there was fighting there before
the town was captured.
Paris, Sept. 2.—The allied forces of the eastern front have
taken a total of 128,302 prisoners, since July 15th, it was an­
nounced in an official statement today. In the same period 2,069
guns, 1,734 mine throwers and 13,783 machine guns were cap-'
Paris, Sept. 2.—On the French front, 75,900 prisoners and 700
guns, have been captured by the French since July 18th, it is an­
nounced today.
London, Sept. 2.—An attack was launched this morning by
Canadian and English troops in the important sector south of the
Scarpe in the Arras region. The war office announces good prog­
ress was being made.
London, Sept. 2.—The core of the whole battle now is between
the Scarpe river and Bapaume and it is here that the Germans
are really fighting. In this sector, the Germans are fighting well
to keep the allies off their great line of defense that winds along
the most favorable ridges from St. Quentin to Drocourt. London,
Manchester and Liverpool troops are operating here while to the
south the Canadians are fighting fierce battle against stubborn
London, Sept. 2.—The Australians who captured Mont St.
Quentin with 1,500 prisoners, and thereby made the fall of Per
onne inevitable, accomplished the feat within an hour and with a
loss to themselves of only 25 men, according to the Daily Mail's
correspondent at British headquarters in France. The correspon­
dent says that the better part of three German divisions crumbled
to pieces before one Australian division.
The capture of Peronne, according to the correspondent,*
should turn the enemy's present line and hasten his retreat. He
now has in this southern quarter only one good position to hold
before he reaches the Hindenburg line from St. Quentin northward.
London, Sept. 2.—La Transloy, the important point on the
line between Bapaume and Peronne where the Germans have been
holding stubbornly has been considered today as virtually in Brit­
ish hands. They have captured Villers-la-Foulax to the north
and La Transloy now is outflanked on both sides.
The capture of Moreuil, northeast of Bapaume, was reported
this morning. Between 3,000 and 4,000 prisoners taken by the
Australians in the vicinity of Peronne yesterday.
Amsterdam, Sept. 2.—An announcement by the Bolsheviki
government to the effect that 5,000 revolutionaries who have been
arrested and sentenced to death will be executed if the revolution­
ary party conducts fresh intrigues against the Soviet government,
is quoted in a dispatch to the Vossische Zeitung. Other dispatches
to the same newspaper state that all roads leading to Kremlin and
the main streets of Moscow are occupied by troops. The inhabi­
tants keep indoors fearing fresh disturbances. Moscow, the dis­
patch say, appears deserted.
Amsterdam. Sept. "J.—According to dispatches received here to­
day from the eial Russian telegraph agency, Xicolai Lenine, the
Premier, who was shot Friday night by a Russian female revolu­
tionist and who was reported to have succumbed to his wounds, is
out of danger.
Paris, Sept. 2.—The allies are keeping up the battle in the
face of increasing resistance by the enemy, and they have ad­
vanced the fighting to include a front of some 125 miles from
Ypres to Soissons. This is more than well informed observers
had hoped for. Peronne has fallen and with it the last chance of
the enemy for holding strong positions along the Somme.
While important features are being performed along the main
battle line, General Mangin continues to forge ahead, adding to
the enemy's losses. General Mangin's success is not only due to
valor of his troops, but in the skill he has shown in maneuvering
London, Sept. 2.—The British have penetrated the the vitally i|
important Drocourt-Queant stretches of the Hindenburg line, ac
cording to reports from the battle front this afternoon. They
have reached the western edge of Cagnicourt, about two miles
northeast of Queant.
A large number of prisoners were taken in this forward push
against extreme stubborn enemy resistance.
The British advance along the Cambria-Bapaume road is
continuing. On this road, the British are approaching the village
of Beugny, nearly four miles northeast of Bapaume but it to not
yet definitely reported captured. & ....... |r
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