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I 4. Hies Cut German Connecting Link y B
LONDON, Oct. 15. American troops on patrol,
crossed the Selle river in the neighborhood of St. Souplet,
south of Le Cateau, yesterday and took thirty prisoners, Field!
Marshal Haig announced in an official report today.
lONDON, Oct. 15.- Serbian forces advancing north of
r Nish on Sunday captured on a large front all the heights
whickdominate both banks of the Morava river, according to
an official announcement made here today.
n&RIS, Oct. 1 5. French troops have made an important
advance toward the town of Rethel and have captured the
, town of Nanteuil-sur-Aisne, two and one-half miles west of
Rethel, says the war office statement today.
In. the Argonne the French have reached the Aisne west
of Grand Pre and have captured the villages of Olzy and
Terms. Nearly 800 prisoners were taken in this region. .
South of the Serre the French also have made marked
progress. The towns of Remies, Barentoncel and Monceau-le-Wast
have been taken.
V. LONDON, Oct. J.,5.crJ3elgianr-troops .are. on, J:heouU;
skirtsof rVlenin and are within two miles of Courtrai.
The Allies also are in effective artillery range of the rail
way irom Lille to Thourout 03' way of Courtrai. This means
that the Allies dominate the connecting link between the Ger
man roops around Lille and those in the Ostend sector.
LONDON, Oct. 15. Several of Germany's largest tor
pedo, boats recently left Zeebrugge, one of the German naval
bases! on the Belgian coast during , a stormy night, according
to a Dutch frontier message forwarded from Amsterdam on
Monday to the Central News agency.
TheLGerman warships were filled to their capacity with
soldieifc'Jtnd proceeded for Germany. The Germans also are
1 repoi-c! to be evacuating Ostend.
S ; i
VERDUN,- Oct. 15, noon, by The Associated Press. Tanks
wdfe brought into action by the Americans to break a way
through the enemy wire entanglements west of Romagne.
( Despite German resistance the progress of the Americans,
early reports said, was satisfactory today.
The Germans apparently were ready to contest the
ground as stubbornly as they did yesterday. The enemy ar-
tille.y was being used freely to hold the Americans but the
YarJcee gunners were doing much to break down the Ger
man resistance.
(By the Associated Press.)
Kteping step with the American op
erations east of the Argonne, the
Freqch are moving forward west o'
the .forest. West of Grand Pre Gcr
trail Gouraud has moved north of th
S , Aisne and taken the towns of Olizy
andTermes, straightening out a bulge
in tpe allied line.
Between the Argonncand the Meuse
Ihf. Americans are battling forward to
day'i through the German wire entan
glements. Tanks have been brought
up, (especially in the region west of
Rorrlagne. As on Monday, the Ger
1 nurs are resisting stubbornly, but sat
jj isfsjtory progress is being made.
F. (By The Associated Proas)
tj& IiAiFlanders, and from the Oise to
I , thetfeuse, the allied troops continue
, thcPl vigorous blows for important
jj ! sal-. As the French, press on in the
il UoV-Aisne region, the allied offen
f sivelln Belgium and the American op-
Ieratfons west of the Meuse are being
nmeved today with success.
, Slashing their way through the net-tfork-pf
railways in western Flanders,
tho Belgian, French and British forces
: underJKing Albert are now within two
1 niilcsiof the important rail center of
1 Courtmi. The allies also dominate
I with iheir guns the railroad running
from Lille to the Belgian coast by way
j of Cturtrai and thus hamper, if they
H oave jot cut off, all communication be
tween Ostend and Lille.
I The German resistance in Flanders
it appears to be only for the purposo of
I aelayhg the allies until the evacua
l tion or Belgium can be completed. The
J emyis reported to be evneuuting
I Jstenu and to be sending large boat
1 loads ct troops away from the coastal
1 region,
ft Between the Oise and the Argonne
l. lea Fre'tch, are pressing tho enemy
'," bard ani giving him little chance to
, "S In, jjt. or tho Oise the French,
m I
are within a half mile of the Serre
along most of Its length and have ad
vanced between five and six miles
'rom Laon. Even the Aisno is fast
ping lost to tho enemy as a means of
fense. The French now threaten
.elhel, having captured Nanteuil-sur-Aisne,
two and one-half miles west of
Rethel and about the same distance
east of Chateau Porcein.
Belgians Advance Five Miles.
LONDON, Oct 14. The text of the
official statement issued at the war
office tonight, relative to the offensive
In Belgium, follows:
"The Flanders group of armies
under tho king of Belgium attacked at
5:35 o'clock this morning. The Second
British army advanced about four and
one-half miles In the direction of
Courtrai, capturing the important vil
lages of Ledeghem and Moorsellc and
reaching the northern outskirts of
"The Belgian army also advanced
nearly five miles toward Thourout and
captured the villages of Rumbeke,
Iseghem, Cortemarck and Handzem.
Roulers Occupied by French.
"The French army attacked with
British, troops on both flanks and oc
cupied Roulers as well as tho villages
of Dcvron, Hooglode, Gits and St. Jo-J
soph. They also captured the plateaux 1
of Gits, Hooglcde and Gibhete. The '
prisoners counted exceed 8000. Thirty
three hundred were taken by the Bel
gians, 2500 by the French and 2200 by
the British. The exact number of guns
taken is unknown but six complete
batteries with their teams were cap
tured just as they were about to with
draw. "The British, Belgian and French
nvlators played a great part in the
battle attacking enemy emplacements
and troops with machine guns. British
monitors also aided materially in tho
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Over 600 Discovered
and Many Hundreds
Many Deaths Among
.Indians-Some Take
Refuge in Lake.
DULUTH, Minn., OcL 15 More
than 600 bodies of victims of the for
est fires that raged in this vicinity
Saturday and Sunday hSve been re
covered. It is the opinion of rescue
parties that other hundreds are yet
to be found.
The search of the ruins started to
day from Moose Lake, Cloquet and
Duluth. before daybreak.
During the night thoe detailed to
clear the roads and rebuild bridges
covered miles of territory which has
been untouched be rescue workers
and searching parties and sent to re
lief 'stations many truckloads of badly
burned, half starved settlers who were
found wandering aimlessly.
Many of the bodies brought in today
bore indication that death was caused
by exposure and lack of food, rather
than from burns. Many bodies were!
found in the outlying districts with
heads and hands swathed in rude ban
dages, indicating tnat tneir lives might
have been saved had help reached
them soon after the fire passed.
The first rescue party into the Fond
du lac Indian reservation brought re
ports of many deaths among the In
diaus. Some, however, saved them
selves by taking refuge in lakes and
streams until the fire passed.
In the opinion of Adjutant-General
W. F. Rhino, who is directing the res
cue work, it will be at least two and
possibly four more days before the
work of locating and bringing in bod
ies is complete.
Parties of veterinarians wore sent
from hero today in an effort to save
some- of the livestock which is wan
dering through the burned districts.
So far as the forest fire is concerned
there is little likelihood of further
damage. Pockets are reported to be
burning today in isolated districts. If
the wind holds from the south, fire
fighters say, immediate danger is
passed but a soaking rain will be re
quired before the menace is entirely
removed. '
Insurance Companies Lose- Heavily
CHICAGO, Oct. 15 Property dam
uge caused by the forest fires in Min
nesota amounts to $75,000,000 and the
Insurance losses will total $25,000,000
according to computations made by in
surance men here, it was announced
today. Their estimate does not in
clude the standing timber and the un
insured property. It' is the consensus
In insurance circles that the losses to
insurance companies is tho heaviest
since the San Francisco fire.
Christmas Packages
Go to Siberia
Before Oct. 25
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 Christ
mas packages for American soldiers In
Siberia should be in the mails before
October 25, the war department today
announced. Each package should bear
besides the soldier's name and regi
ment, the words "American Expedi
tionary Forces in Siberia," and should
not weigh more than seven pounds.
More than one package may be sent
each soldier if desired.
j WASHINGTON, Oct. 15. It was Field Marsha! voa Hindenbnrg himself and not the sap-. f
posedly pacifist premier, Prince Maximilian, who caused the German government to accept :
President Wilson s peace terms and seek an armistice, according to advices which reached Wash-JM
inffton today through official sources by way of a neutral country. ?H
Another Upset in Ger
man Politics Is
New Foreign Minister
Solf May Succeed
LONDON, Oct. 15. Dispatches from
Holland report there is a probability
of another turnover in the German
chancellor. The Berlin National Zelt
ung prints a report of a discussion by
j an inter-party committee of the letter
Prince Maximilian wrote to Prince
Alexander of Hohenlohe, which show
ed a markedly different attitude in po
litical affairs from that proposed in
his relchstag address. I
Tho 'committee, according to the
newspaper, recognized that the situa
tion rendered Prince Maximilian's re
tention in office doubtful. The fact that
rumors are current in certain circles in i
Berlin that Prince Maximilian's retire
ment is inevitable also is reported in
tho National Zeitung.
Rotterdam reports to the Telegraph
that Prince Max's probable successor
will be Dr. W. S. Solf, the new foreign
minister, or Philipp Scheidemann, sec
retary of state without pprtfolio. The
correspondent attributes this developf
ment to the "imminent abdication of
the kaiser," which he says the kaiser
wished to announce two months ago
but was dissuaded by the empress and
others '
The text of ' the- letter referred to
above showed that Prince Maximilian
was reactionary in his political atti
tude and that he was at that time,
January 12, 1918, a firm supporter of,
the German royal family.
Painful Impression in Austria.
BASEL, Oct. 15. America's failure
to respond to the Austrian peace note
lias produced a painful impression 'in J
Austria, according to Vienna dispatch
es. The public is asking if President
Wilson is not indicating sentiment lit
tle favorable toward the Austrian
WASHINGTON. Oct. 15. Persistent
efforts, having their origin in Berlin,
have been made to get the churches of
both neutral and belligerent countries
to call a conference which practically
would be a- peace conference. Whilo
the movement received much support
in Sweden, Holland and Switzerland,
it had not met with favor in the en
tente countries.
Dr. Charles S. MacFarland, general
secretary of the Federal Council of
Churches of Christ in America, in
quired into tho matter on his recent
trip to Europe and his report was
made public hero today by the federal
The federal council did not reply to
the Invitation awaiting the result of
Dr. MacFarland's inquiry. His report
says that "nothing should be allowed
to bring any weakening influence to
bear among our moral and spiritual
forces in defeating the unscrupulous,
vain glorious, utterly untrustworthy
power which the churches of Germany
are clearly supporting AVilh undivided
Coast Batteries Not Fir-i
ing Probably Been
Blowing Up Materials
and Burning towns
as They Go.
BELGIUM, Oct. 14. Enemy resistance
in Flanders which at first appeared
to be exceedingly heavy, is reported to
have been broken. After the British,
French and Belgian advance today
there were indications that the enemy
was withdrawing the remainder of his
material from the coast of Belgium.
Reports were slow coming in but
most significant of all the features of
the battle was the fact that the Ger
man coast batteries were not firing.
Coast Guns Withdrawn.
The artillery reacted heavily south
of Roulers after the allied attack was
launched, but north of the city this
fire was' very slight, indicating that
the German guns had been withdrawn.
The German rear guards -were over
come and further north the enemy re
sistance finally grew lighter as tho
assault progressed. Among the pris
oners was a complete regimental. staff
and a battalion commander.
The cnemy has begun blowing up
material which he could not remove
and the torch is being applied to the
toi ns. There have been four explo
sions near Beerst.
Only a thin enemy barrage was en
countered by the British during their
attnek. South of Lichtervelde the Brit
ish have driven well to the east. They
have passed through Roulers and are
Jstill advancing. They are also operat
ing quite a distance east of tho main
Roulers road.
j British Receive Wilson Note.
LONDON. Oct. 15. The text of
President Wilson's reply to the Ger
man peace offer, received through
press channels, was placed in Ihc
hands of Hie members of the British
government early this morning. The
council mot shortly after 11 o'clock lo
consider the president's response. j
Raiding Near Lille.
LONDON, Oct 15. Raiding opera
tions on several portions of the Brit
ish front, notably near Sainghin-en-Weppes.
southwest of Lille, are re
ported vby Field Marshal Haig in his
official statement today. Prisoners
were taken by tho British parties.
AMSTERDAM, Oct. 15. The Ger
man government has proposed to
France that in common with her nl
lies, France undertake to refrain from
bombarding the large towns of north
ern France and enter into an agree
ment with Gormany to permit, at any
rate, a portion of the population of
Valenciennes to pass into the French
lines, says an olllclal statement from.
The German government in making
this proposal represented itself as un
able to prevent, the eastward flight of
the population of Valenciennes, owing
to their fears that the allies would
b.6mbard the town. The proposal was
mado through the Swiss government.
Founders at Hoboken
Pier Cause a
" Mystery: '" '
Troops on Guard and De-
tails Denied En
quirers, HOBOKEN, N. J., Oct. 15 Shortly
before the American troop transport
America, formerly the German trans -Atlantic
passenger steamship America,
was about to sail today for Europe
with soldiers and supplies, the vessel
foundered nt her pier here.
In the early morning darkness whilo
the troops aboard were sleeping the
America settled with her keel in tho
mud, leaving only three of her eight
decks together with parts of her fun
nels above water. j
So far as is .known up to noon there
was no loss x( life. Earlier reports
were that benveen thirty and forty of j
the crew had perished after being
trapped in the boiler room.
Troops were placed on guard out
side the pier nnd details regarding the
sinking were denied to inquirers. The
cause of the accident remained a mys
tery even to navy department officials.
A theory expressed in some quarters
that water poured into the holds as a
result of uncompleted repairs appar
ently did not conform with the .fact
that the ship was ready to weigh an
chor today for a foreign port.
It was learned that a gang of ma
chinists was at work at the time the
vessel settled and it was suggested
that one of their men inadverently
opened a sea-cock under the impres
sion that he was closing It.
The submerged America next to the
largest of the government's transports, i
was within sight of persons crossing
the lower Hudson river on ferry boats.
The America of 22,022 tons gross,
has a capacity for carrying 8;000 troops
and a crow of 1,200 men. Of the
troops, it was said that only 200 or 300
were on board at the time. All the
coal had been plnced in the bunkers
except a small portion to have been
loaded today.
Inasmuch as all the troops are re-1
ported to have escaped, it was believed
the vessel sank slowly.
HOBOKEN, N. J., Oct. 15. The (
American transport America sank at
her pier here this morning. She was
reported to have troops on board and
although details were withheld by the
authorities it was reported that about
thirty or forty of the crew were
drowned in the boiler room.
All the troops were reported to have
been taken off safely. The cause of the
sinking was unknown but it was said
that the Bhip was undergoing interior
repairs that may have had in some
way (o do with tho entrance of water
into her hold.
The transport was formerly the, big
Hamburg-American line passenger
ship Amerika. She registers 22,G2G tons
gross. She was taken over here when
tho United States entered the war. The
vessel was C69 feet long and was built
in 1905v With a navy crew on board the
ship has been in the service of the
army as a troop transport.
Tho sinking occurred at 5 o'clock
Autocracy Must Go Con
sidered First Condi- NB
tion of Peace. H
Wilson's Denunciation jH
of Wanton Destruction
Meets Approbation. J I
' n
LONDON, Oct 15. The German au-
tocracy must go is tho bending placed
over President's Wilson reply to the p
German peace note by the Liberal j
Star, .which like most of the Liberal L
newspapers considers this one of tho , a
first conditions of peace with the cen-
tral powers.
A condition in the reply which ia j 1
given great display by the newspapers ,
is that which asks for guarantees for J W !
the maintenance of the present mill- 7 ' ij
tary supremacy of the allied armies. I h
Satisfaction is expressed with Presi j h H
dent Wilson's reference to tho contin- J
ued sinkings by German submarines k jj H
and the "wanton destruction" in occu- h H
pied territory while his decision that - p IH
the conditions of an armistice must bo S
left to the military advisers of the' en- V H
tente appears to agree with the phraso ; H
so often quoteb In the newspapers j j;
during the last few days "leave it to 1 I I
Foch." i i
WASHINGTON, OqL 15. President
Wilson's reply to Germany, cndlngvA ji H
talk of an armistice until the Germans Ll H
are ready to surrender and finally i H
closing the door to peace negotiations v H
with kaiser ism, was on the cables to- t H
day, if It actually had not arrived at H
Berne. Only a few hours shbuld be re- ji H
quired for its delivery at Berne JJ H
through the Swiss foreign office. H
Atmosphere Is Cleared. H
The feeling is apparent in Washing- t
ton that tho atmosphere is clearer f
than before Prince Maximilian camo J)
forward with his peace drive; that the 1 H
purposes of the United States and tho l
allies are more than ever clearly stat- to !
ed and that the powers in Berlin and ; E
the German peogle now must see tho j i
futility of further attempts to avert j 1
defeat by compromise. M H
Word From Turkey Awaited. flH
So far the president had dealt only 'T'H
with the proposal of the German gov- ' L
eminent leaving unanswered similar w
pleas for peace from Austria-Hungary
and Turkey. There is no Judication
that the allies of Germany will hear R
from him until the dominant factor 3
in the central alliance makes another .
move unless one or both of them in . jj
the meantime should plead anew, seek- . rtr u
ing surrender independent of Ger- gil
many. Turkey already virtually is out r
of the war and a separate appeal from If
the re-organized government at Con- M
stantinople is looked for momentarily. SB
this morning while most of the troops I n
were still in their berths. In their hur-
ried escape from the ship to tho' pier j.
most of them had no. time to don thfcir j p
clothes. , 'rv. 'I I
Tho Red Cross was called on for as- jg H
slslance and soon trucks filled with Kj
blankets, clothing and food also ar- . Ms
rlvcd at tho pier for distribution hj
among, tho shivering soldiers, ffl
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