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We Can Help You Help Yourself GUARANTY STATE DANK. Of Ardraors. Not Too Largs for Small Business. A Newspaper of Character FULL LEASED WIRE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA. TUESDAY, JULY 2, 1918. VOL. 25. NO. 268. SIX PAGES TODAY SERVICE With SAFETY GUARANTY STATE BANK. Of Ardmor. Not Too Small for Lars Business. f Yanks Capture Vaux With 275 Prisoners (By The Associated Tress.) With the American Forces on the Marne Front, July 2. in a. brilliant operation, after hard fighting, the American troops on this front last night captured the village of Vaux. together with a large slice of the Paris highway, west of Chateau Thierry, and two patches of wooded land. The Americans took 275 German prisoners, including five officers, and captured a quantity of machine guns and other equipment. In the Vaux region of the Ameri cans took the Germans completely by surprise. Most of the prisoners were taken out of cellars and dug outs. How many Germans were killed, of course ,is unknown, but from the number of dead in plain view, at various places, the total must have been considerable. GERMAN BLOW Improves Allied Line. Paris, July 2. In an operation on the Marne front, carried out last night west of Chateau-Thierry by French and American troops in co operation, the allied line was im proved, the war office announced to day. More than .300 prisoners, includ ing five officers, were captured in this action. The success has resulted in an improvement in the allied line be tween hill 204 and the vicinity of Vaux. The French carried out raids on the front between Montdidier and Noyon and eastward of Rheims in which prisoners were taken. Ger man raiders were driven off by the French fire near Bellow and in up per Alsace. Pershing Reports "Quiet Day." Washington, July 2. Another quiet day along the American fronts was reported by General Pershing today in a communique for vester- day, sent before the successful op erations last night west of Chateau Thierry described in press dispatch. An American aviator shot down an enemy machine in the Toul sec tor. The capture of 33 prisoners, in cluding one officer, within the space of twenty minuteV in the Picardy sector, in the region of Chateau Jen lis, on June 29, at 11 a. m., was men tioned. The American party pene trated the German lines and took the enemy completely by surprise. suiting in the re-conquest of Monte di Val Bella, Col del Rosso and Col di Chelo had for their objects the widening of the Italian front west of the Brenta and the driving of the enemy from the .positions he cap tured last Christmas, lost to tr Jf Austrians again June 15. The Italian losses were it compared to those sustaine f the Austrians. This was due .t en tirely to the violence a- .curacy of the Italian and allu artillery fire. Under cover of this fire the infantry was able to take the enemy positions without much opposition and to dig in at once. The Aus trian artillery return fire has been severe, some shells reaching the plains behind the lines and destroy ing houses centuris old. Trees 150 yars old on Monte Melago have been torn up. The attack on Col del Rosso be gan Sunday morning, shortly before noon. The Italians took the height from the third Kdelweis division, which formerly fought under Fm peror Charles. The division suffered severely. Italian airplanes showered bombs while the Bersaglieri exacted a heavy toll in hand-to-hand fight ing. Many of the Bersaglieri wore their red fatigue caps during the battle. STILL WITHELD FRENCH AND BRITISH TO RE CAPTURE SMALL PIECES OF TERRAIN. tBICANS ARE READY When Huns Attack They Probably Will Find Yankee Army Corps Aiding in Barring; Their Way Westward German Military Tar gets Bombarded. WEATHER FORECAST WHOSE OFFENSIVE IS THIS? GERMANS ATTACK BRITISH NORTH OF THE SOMME London, July 2. German troops last night, after a strong bombard ment, attacked to the northwest of Albert, north of the Somme, in an attempt to regain the positions lost to the British Sunday night. The enemy succeeded in gaining a foot ing in one of the British trenches, the war office announced, but else where were repulsed with with loss. Czecho-Slovak Troops Active in Taking of Monte di Val Bella. (By The Associated Press.) Italian Army Headquarters, July 1. Czecho-Slovak troops distin guished themselves in the capture of Monte di Val Bella by the Ital ians, Among a number of Aus trian prisoners captured by a com pany of Czechs was a brother of one of the men in the victorious com pany. Thev soon established their identity and a joyful reunion took place. One of the questions asked of the newlv-found brothers bv the prisoners was this : "Whose offensive is this? The Italians seem to be doing all the fighting." For Ardmore and vicinity: To night and Wednesday, fair. Oklahoma: Tonight and Wednes day, fair. East and West Texas : Tonight and Wednesday, generally fair. Local Temperature Maximum temperature yesterday was 95 degrees, minimum last night was 66 degrees. Precipitation. Rainfall at 7 o'clock this morn ing was 1.50 inches. HUN HAS A FINE 'THIRD LARGEST COTTON CROP EVER PLAN FOR POLAND GROWN PREDICTED BY FEDERAL REPORT FRONTIERS WILL BE FIXED BY GERMANY ARMY RE STRICTED TO 90,000. BELGIAN STEAMER Britons Take Prisoners. London. July 2. German troops last night attempted to raid the British lines at points north of the Somme, near l.ens. and on the Flan ders front, but were repulsed, the war office announced today. Brit ish troops took prisoners in patrol encounters. SUNK By U-BOAT Chilier Sent Down By Shellfire From German Submarine June 2125 Survivors Picked Up. WIDENING ITALIAN FRONT Under Cover of Fire Infantry Took Enemy Positions With Little Opposition. (By The Associated Press.) Italian Army Headquarters, Mon day, July 1. The local actions re- ASWELL RESOLUTION TRANSFERRED TO HOUSE MILITARY COMMITTEE Favorable Report Is Expected On Measure Giving President Con trol of Wire Companies. Washington, July Z.W hile three cabinet officers were before the house commerce committee today advocating the Aswrll icsolution. empowering the president to take over telegraph, telephone, cable and radio systems, the house took jur isdiction over the measure from that committee and vested it in the mili tary committee. There was no discussion and only a viva voce vote when Kepreesnu- tie Gordon, or Ohio, moved that jurisdiction be transferred because the measure was urged as a military necessity. Member of the military committee said later they were not opposed to the resolution and un doubtedly would report it lavor ably. Secretaries Baker and Daniels and Postmaster General Burleson appeared before the commerce com rnittee in support of the resolution. In the meantime the house mili tary committee proceeded to con sider a measure introduced by Rep resentative Lunn of New York sim ilar to the Aswell bill discussed by the cabinet officers, but specifically empowering the president to oper ate the communication systems "subject to those conditions of law, so far as applicable, which are en forced as to the Mean railroads, while under federal control." Washington, July 2. The Bel gian steamer Chilier was sunk 1,400 miles off the Atlantic coast on June 21, the navy department today an nounced. Twenty-five survivors were picked up by a sailing vessel on June 27. The following statement was is sued: "The navy department is in formed that the Belgian steamship Chilier was sunk by shellfire from a German submarine about 1.4U0 miles at sea from the Atlantic coast on June 21. Twentv-five survivors were rescued on June 27 by a sail ing vessel. First information was received last night. The Chilier was a ship of 2,946 gross tons." The Chilier was sent down in mid ocean three days after the British transport Dwinsk was torpedoed 700 miles from the American coast. It is thought probable here (hat both vessels were victims of a German submarine or submarines returning to base after raiding off the L'nited States. (By The Associated Press.) dermanys expected blow against the western front is still withheld. Meanwhile, the British and French continue to recapture small pieces of terrain in local actions. On the mountain front, west of the Brenta, the Italians have extended their suc cess by the capture of two more heights. Activity behind the enemy lines is reported to be on a greater scale than last week, but the Germans have not even made strong attempts to take the ground recaptured by the allies in the successful nibbling actions of the past ten days. The latest gains by the British have been on the important sector between Arras and the Somme, while the French are active between the Aisne and the Marne. Allied Airmen Harass Hun. Allied airmen are harassing the area behind the German lines with increasing violence . Aerial combats have been numerous and French and British airmen have brought down, or sent down out of control, 53 German machines and destroyed eight captive balloons. Railway junctions, airdromes and other mil itary targets have been bombed heavily while British airmen keep up their bombardment of the dis trict around Metz and eastward to ward the Rhine. Mannheim again has been attacked. The Germans repeated their attempts to raid Paris Monday night, but met with no suc cess. When the Germans attack they probably will find an American army corps aiding in barring their way westward. It is believed that the first American corps has been com pleted. Three divisions are in the line from northwest of Montdidier to east of Chateau-Thierry on the Marne. Berlin reports the repulse of all French and British thrusts. A great portion of the German official report of Monday is given over to a re capitulation of the number of pris oners captured since March 21. It is claimed that Germans have taken 191.454 allied prisoners. Cannon taken are reported as 2.475 and the number of machine guns as 15,024. Austrians Suffer Severely. General Diaz strengthened appre ciably his position between Asiago ! rated. and the Brenta in the operations of Saturdav and Mondav, in which Mont di Val Bella, Col del Rosso and Col di Chelo were taken. The Austrians suffered severely from the Italian and allied artillery fire and lost 2,000 prisoners. The Italian losses are reported as slight, owing to the accuracy of the supporting artillery. Strong enemy counter-at tacks against Monte di al Bella were checked by the Italians. Vier na admits the loss of Monte di Val Bella and Col del Kosso and says the Austrians withdrew to their for mer positions. Czecho-Slovak troops took part in the capture of Monte di Val Bella almost simultaneously with the an nouncement that France and Great BRITISH WILL E FOURTH BELL OF ST. PAUL'S, LONDON, WILL RING AS ON GREAT BRITISH HOLIDAYS. London, Julv 2. Preparations for the celebration of the Fourth of July thoughout Kngland have virtually been completed. In London, the bell of St. Paul's will be rung as on the great British holidays, while the of ficial observation of the day will be centered in a mass meeting at Cen trall Hall, Westminster, where it is planned to launch a scheme for an American memorial, probably in the form of a statute of Washington to be placed near the houses of parlia ment. After the baseball gtmo, at which the king will pitch out the first ball, there will be numerous dinners. Five hundred or more American soldiers will be brought to London for the celebration, and there also will be formal celebrations at all the Amer ican camps, for celebration of which not only the American, but the Brit ish soldiers located nearby will be given a holiday. At Sheffield accommodations have been prepared for 50,000 per sons at the army-navy baseball game and the field athletics between British and American units. There also will be a special ob servance of the day in every hos pital in Great Britain, in which there are American soldiers or sail ors. The American Ked Cross will distribute American flags, packages of cigarets and tobacco and a per sonal letter of greeting to each pa tient and there will be special holi day meals. Convalescent Amer icans will be taken to the nearest American camp to witness the cele bration there. IN EORCE FIFTY YEARS For Half Century Polish People Must Make Economic Conces sions to Central Powers, on Prin ciple of Being Favored Nation. London, July 2. The principal features of the German solution of the Polish question, which are ap proved by all the central powers, are published in the Abend Zeitung of Augsburg, Germany, says an F.x change Telegraph dispatch from Zurich, The conditions are: "The frontiers will be fixed by the German high command, according to military necessities. "The Polish army will be restrict ed to 90,000. "For fifty years Poland must make most favorable economic conces sions to the central powers on the principle of the most favored nation. "Publication of German, Austrian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Turkish papers must be allowed. "In any locality where there are ten German children a German school will be opened." Provision, the news adds, also is made for an elective monarchy. The German conditions will be incorporated in the constitution which cannot be modified without the approval of the central powers. POTEAU BOY IS REPORTED MISSING France Will Celebrate. Paris. July 2. All France is mak ing special efforts to properly cele brate the Fourth of July. At Ven dome, the birthplace of Rocham beau, leader of the French troops in the American revolution, and at .Nancy, the dav will be commemo- At Brest, President Wil son s name will be given to the Place du Champ de Bataille, largest square in the city. Washington, July 2. Twenty-six missing in action, including Second Lieut. Thomas W. Ashley, of Deer field, Mass., were reported today in a second marine corps casualty list. Two died of wounds and one wound ed severely also were reported. Southerners in the list included Missing in action: Private Mont Bennett, Poteau, Okla. Washington, July 2. A huge cot ton crop is in prospect this year, the department of agriculture today forecasting the production at 15, 325,000 equivalent 500 pound bales. A crop of that size would be the third largest ever grown. The con dition of the crop on June 25, was 85.8 per cent of a normal, or 3.5 per cent better than on May 25 and 6 per cent higher than the ten-year average. The area in cultivation was, on June 25, 37.073.tXW acres. The acre age this year comes close to the rec ord and 's exceeded only by that of 1913. Cotton production last vear was 11.300,254 bales; in 1916 it was 11. 449.930; in 1915 it was 11,191,820, and in 1914, it was 16,134,930 bales, the largest crop ever grown. The condition of the crop on May 25 this year was 82.3 per cent of a normal and on June 25 last year it was 70.3, while the ten-year June 25 average condition is 79.8 per cent. The acreage in cultivation a year ago was 34,925,000 acres and that picked was 33,634.000 acres. The area picked in 1916, was 34,985.000 acres, and the largest acreage picked in anv vear was that of 1913, when it was 37.089,000. The forecast of production an nounced today was based on the condition of the plant June 25, and allows 1 per cent acreage abandon ment. The final outturn of the crop will be above or below the quantity forecast as conditions here after are better or worse than av erage conditions High Price Brought Large Acreage. In a statement accompanying the report the department of agricul ture says: "The high prices prevailing in the spriii"; encouraged the farmer all over the cotton producing states to plant as much cotton as was pos sible. The principal drawback has been the shortage of farm labor. Because of the necessity of draft ing men into the military service of the country there has been a scarcity of farm help throughout the sea son. The war industries have called many men also. Nevertheless, the farmer and his family, including women and children, have worked harder than ever before. Saturday holidays have been generally abol ished and farm laborers are putting in more hours per day than here tofore. Labor saving devices have been introduced to a considerable extent and the farmer has general ly increased his cotton acreage and at the same time has planted more feed and food crops than usual. "The season has been generally favorable for farm work, but for which act it would have been im possible with the labor available to work' the acreage planted and at this time there is comparatively no abandoned cotton acreage. In the older boll weevil districts, farmers are getting back into cotton. Por tions of the west have been too dry for cotton, especially in western Texas, where there is a decrease ;n acreage." Condition By States Follows. State Acreage Con'n Virginia 51.000 85 North Carolina ...1.600.000 South Carolina Georgia Florida ------ Alabama Mississippi 3.264.000 Louisiana 1.553.000 .2.995.000 - 5.432.01 K) . 167.000 .2.622,000 Texas Ark.msas . I eniicssce Missouri . ( )klalioma California Arizona .. All others ..11,910,000 ..-2,922.000 ... 926.000 ... 158.000 ...3.161.000 ... 194.0IK) -.. 92,00(1 ... 17,000 91 S3 X0 79 84 90 xr 31 91 94 93 90 93 "6 WORK OR FIGHT RULE DOES NOT AFFECT MEN OUTSIDE OF DRAFT AG1! COMPLAIN OF FIRE SWEEPS KARTAL. ON SEA OF MARMOSA the (Continued on Page 2.) No Marine Strides In Period of the War Senate Votes To Annul Charter of The German-American Alliance Washington, July 2. Without a word of discussion or a recorded vote the senate today adopted the resolution of Senator King of L'tah annulling the federal charter of the national German-American Alliance. The resolution now goes to the house. CHAMPION COMES OUT FOR DISTRICT JUDGE Amsterdam, July 2. In a fire a Kartal, on the Sea of Marmosa, nea Constantinople, on Friday, . 30( houses and 35 shops were destroyed the Berlin Vossiche reports. One church and three schools also were burned. American Troops in Canada. Washington, July 2. Secretary Baker has disclosed that som American troops, from western camps, are moving eastward through Canada. Washington. July 2. Commentin ;( on the new work or fight, rcgula j tions. winch went into ettect ye terday. Provost Marshal Genera Crowder emphasized today that th order does not affect men outsid of draft age. Several communities apparently have confused it with anti-loafer laws in some states. HOLINESS MEETING Permanent Government Ownership of Wire Companies Advocated Washington. July 2. Permanent ownership and operation of tele graph and telephone lines was ad vocated by Secretary Daniels and Postmaster General Burleson said if the systems were as efficiently con ducted by the government as the postal service now is, they never would go back to private ownership. 234 Are Missing From British Hospital Ship; Victims of Hun U-Boat MAYOR AND POLICE ARE IM PORTUNED TO ABATE NUISANCE. London, July 2. A Teuton sub marine sank the British hospital ship Llandovery Castle 116 miles southwest of Fastnet on June 27, Washington. July 2. Strikes are prohibited for the period of the war under an agreement reached between the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, the Ameri can Steamship Association, and the Shipping Board, an announcement today said. Union members failing to submit grievances to the board for settle ment will become subject to discip line by the Beneficial Association. Overtime payment for all work done on watch at sea, except that necessary for the immediate safety of the vessels, was granted the union. The ruling is one of the most important of numerous far reaching concessions granted by the board, doing awav with the ancient privilege accorded mates of calling men during their rest hours to any task they might find or devise, without extra pav. Such work now will be compensated at the rate of time and a half. An adjucation of "rule 14." one of the eight differences submitted to the board by unions and the steamship company, was announced today as follows: - 'In the interest of uninterrupted and rapid operation of vessels dur ing the war, all grievances or cases arising from the non-observance of these rules should at once be re ported to the shipping board for adjustment, this provision to hold only durilng the period of the war. A violation of these rules on the part of a member of this association shall be considered conduct unbe coming a member and such a mem ber shall be subect to the penalty prescribed by the by-laws. Overtime pay also will be given engineers kept on board ship at night in port, when such work is necessary for the safety of the ves sel. Work not necessary for the ship's safety will be paid for at double rates under similar circum stances. It was ordered that the time and half rate be 70 cents an hour and the rouble rate SI. Other demands allowed were $2 a day subsistence for chief engi neers and $1.50 a day for assistant engineers and the payment of wages and suitable transportation back to the point where articles originally were signed in the event a ship is sold. To the Voters of the Eighth Judicial I thf Eritish admiralty announces, District, Comprised of Carter and Love Counties : It has been ccnerallv understood by my friends that 1 would offer as a candidate for your district judge, and I have delayed my announce ment on account of the conditions confronting our people at this time. As you are aware. 1 am Carter County's chairman of the War Sav ings Stamps campaign, and I was more interested in helping to "put Carter County over the top" than I was in furthering my interest a a candidate. 1 feel that we have been amply rewarded for our untiring ef forts and that the patriotic people of Carter County are to be congrat ulated upon receiving a telegram from headquarters that Carter County was the first county in Ok lahoma to exceed its quota. 1 am, at this time, engaged in holding the regular term of county court at Wilson, Okla., and when I have discharged my duties imposed upon me by the oath of my office I would be glad to personally place my candidacy before you. and if you see fit to elect me to this high office I will assure you that I will only have two purposes in view: one is to help win the war. and the other is to enforce the law without fear or favor, as it is written in the statutes. The people of this district know me, and know that I will appreciate their votes and influence in mr be- halt THOS. W. CHAM PI OS. (Political advertising.) The Llandovery Castle was home ward bound ffom Canada. She carried 258 persons. This total in cluded 80 Canadian army medical men and 14 female nurses. One boat containing 24 surviv ors so far has reached port. The admiralty statement follows: "About 10:30 o'clock on June 27. 116 miles south of Fastnet the hos pital ship Llandovery Castle wai torpedoed by an enemy submarine and sank in about ten minutes. She was homeward bound from Can ada and therefore there were no sick or wounded on board, but her crew consisted of 164 officers and men and she carried 80 Canadian army medicals and 14 temale nurses. Of this total of 258, only one boat containing 24 survivors has so far reached port. Search is still being made and there is a bare possibility that others may yet be found. "It is to he noted that in this, as indeed in all other instances, the German submarine had a perfect right to stop and search the hos pital ship under the Hague con vention, but she preferred to tor pedo the Llandovery Castle." The Llandovery Castle is 11.050 tons gross and was built at Glas gow in 1914 for the Union Castle mail steamer service. The vessel, was 500 feet long. 63 feet beam and 37 feet deep. Sinking of Hospital Ship Is Deliberate Policy of Germans London, July 2. That the sink ing of the hospital ship is a delib erate policy on the part of the Germans now is placed beyond all doubt by the torpedoing of the British hospital ship Llandovery Castle, the newspapers say. in the editorial comment today. "In the presence of such unspeak able infamv, deliberately repeated," says the Daily Chronicle, "it is i waste of breath to reiterate the ab horrence which everybody with a spark of civilized sense must feet. But we would invite the German people to ask themselves what is the use of their statesmen appeal ing like Foreign Secertary von Kuehlmann. to be credited with 'probity and honor' while crimes so odious, dishonorable and unasham ed, continue to be carried out bv the orders of their government." The excuse for the attack on the Llandovery Castle, says the Daily Mail, was a lie, and the German officer who told it did not believe it himself when he said to the cap tion, "You are carrying eight Amer ican flight officers." If there had been a particle of truth in the charge, the newspaprr adds, the submarine captain had Ojly to stop the ' Mndovery Castle, seize the eight o .icers and take them to Germany as proof of allied guilt in using hospital ships for transports. A religious congregation general ly known as Holiness people, hold meetings every night at a house on South Washington street and much complaint about the noise thev make is coming to the mayor and police every day. Two men were at the police station this morning insisting that the noise be stopped. The meetings continue until laU houre. sometimes until early morn ing, and their singing and shouting can be heard several blocks away. The chief of police admonished them to stop the noise. They ceas ed for a time but took it up again at 3 o'clock in the morning. One policeman said he was there recent ly at midnight when three of their members were laid olt. apparently in a trance. Some of them claim to have the divine power of healing, and last night one of them told th? audience that if there were any present who were ill or afflicted, they should come forward and be cured. When Mayor Roberts was asked today about stopping the noise these people make at all hours of the night, he said he did not know what to do with people who claim to be exercising their right of re ligious freedom, but thai he would go today and see the woman who is the leader and find if there is not some way of abating what the neighbors very generally pronounce a nuisance. There are people living in the vicinity of their meeting place who say that sleeping is out of the question while these meet ings are in progress. LIONS' ICE AND MILK FUND FOR CHILDREN OF POOR IS GROWING The need for funds for ice and milk is most urgent and all who have a tender spot in their hearts for the little poor children are urg ed to make their contribution at once to Cecil B. Williams at the Exchange National Bank, who is treasurer nf the fund started by the Lions Club at its luncheon last week. The following contributions have been received: J. G. Gentry $ 1.00 Cecil Williams - 10.00 A friend 2.00 J. D. Hamilton 2.00 Total $15X0 60 or 70 Killed In British Plant Explosion London, July 2 An explosion oc curred in the national shell filling factory, in the midlands, Monday night, it was officially announced today. Between 60 and 70 persons lost their lives.