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jj 4 1 HE OGDKN STANDARD: OGDEN, UTAH, MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 1919.
1 -.ji Uemb: of the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Aiooclated lnn. The Associated Press i3 exclusively entitled to the U6e for republication of all news credited to It not otherwise credited in this paper and also tha . local news published herein. I FIRES IN OGDEN. Again The Standard directs attention to the large number of mys terious fires occurring in Ogden, and urges an investigation and a pub lic report. If the police department is not equal to the task the merchants and other organizations of the city should be called on to assist in going j to the bottom of the fires. Before more serious losses are suffered, the big men of Ogden should begin to outline a plan of action and see to it that vigorous work is performed in bringing thi incendiarsm to an end. So for the fires have been in isolated spots and weather conditions have not been favorable to a quick spread of the flames, but later, if j a fire gets well underway in the heart of our business district, with a I heavy canyon wind prevailing, a perilous situation will develop rapid-j ,M ly and a conflagration may follow. Let us not tiusl to luck, but proceed to guard against possible losses by encouraging repeated conferences and organized effort. It may be that we are unduly disturbed. Still whatever safeguards be taken will do no harm, and prcvcntic measures should prove worth jUT l while. I lb MAURICE'S ARTICLES ON THE WAR. In a scries of articles, Major General Sir Frederick Maurice main tains that the great victory over the Germans was attained through General Foch's surprise attacks, planned far in advance. We doubt the accuracy of this statement, first, because neither General Foch nor any of the allied commanders werr- masters of the situation up to the time- of the cornier attack of July 18, 1918' and the allied armies were being driven back, and further back. Finally, when the Germans created a sharp salient from Soissons to Chateau Thierry, after having formed a deeper, broader salient pointing toward Amiens, not onlv General Foch, but many writer: not connected with military establishments, saw an opening for a mighty counter blow. Foch deserves great credit for the energy and secrecy with which he gathered his forces along the west side of the salient from the Marne to the Aisne, but the dash and spirit put into that attack was in great part due to the presence of the Americans, and, after all, it was that irresistible forward moement that counted most. General Maurice has a habit of referring to the number of divi- sions Which were in action at different points. Why these military I I writers insist on a term so indefinite is not made evident. An American division at war strength numbered from 27,500 to j 47,500, while German and British divisions were reduced to as low as , 8000 men. One American division was equal to two or three Ger man divisions. One of the great contributing causes of the German break down, after the mighty allied offensive started, was the loss of equipment. One of the French staff makes this review of die German collapse : The German army, after three and a half months of re peated reverses, was enormously weakened in men and material, broken in spirit and absolutely incapable of recovering its strength. This lamentable condition of its forces was patent to the eyes of the German high command, to whom it was ob viously irremediable in face of an enemy that was fully resolved to take every advantage of the unceasing growth of its reserves, drawn from America, to keep up the struggle without the slight est thought of a truce. The discouragement of Germany sprang not only from her knowledge of her own desperate situation, but also from her realization of the situation of her adversary. The latter was bringing into action every day artillery lavishly furnished with munition and ery superior to her own. The allied aviation had won unquestioned supremacy in the air, and the German intelli gence service, whatever its shortcomings may have been, could not possibly have failed to become acquainted with the fact that at the beginning of November, the allies had reserves available to the equivalent of about eighty divisions, which number could only continue to increase. On October 3, 1918, Field Marshal von Hindenburg wrote to Prince Maximilian of Baden, who was then imperial chancellor, as follows: "Berlin, October 3, 1918. "To the Imperial chancellor: "The supreme commander of the army adheres to his request, formulated on Sunday- September 29, 1918, for an immediate offer of peace to our enemies. "In consequence of the collapse of the Macedonian front and of the diminution of our reserves for the western front which has resulted therefrom; in consequence, also, of the impossibility we find of making good the very serious losses that have been in flicted on us in the combats of the last few days, there no long er remains any hope so far as it is possible for a man to judge of compelling the enemy to make peace. "The enemy, on his part, is daily throwing fresh reserves into the struggle. Nevertheless, the Geiman army remains firm and is triumphantly repulsing all attacks. The situation, how ever, is becoming more cniical every day, and may force the high command to take decisions involving very serious conse quences. "Under these conditions it will be better to cease the strug gle, in order to avoid useless looses to the German people and their allies. Every day is costing us the lives of thousands of brave soldiers. (Signed) "HINDENBURG. Field Marshal." "TURN DOWN THE LIGHT. " These Were Roosovelt's Last Words. (By Dr. A. S. Condon.) "Turn down the light. A star of brig-hter rnv Will guide ray feet aright Through mystic solitudes of this strange way To where there is no night. "God save my country in this fearsome stress Of perils manifold ! Hoar Thou Thv ohildren's meanings of distress, nr mtv 'g hand withhold "Would T could tarry longer in 1 ho Keld Among neglected sheaves! Mv gleaners reap a more abundant yield Than Reason now perceives, "O. T .mi loath to ;jo ! The word of Harm Threatens the ihmno of Right! But now, as no 'or before, I lower my arm To Death) Turn down the light. Ogden. Utah. RIOTING IN LIVERPOOL. N'ows from England and other parts of r. irnpo should he studied by our pre. pie so as to avoid the pitfalls which are causing distress across the ocean There is restlessness, uneasiness and even hysteria. Chi-ir. (kit pfrio-X sC unrest, the American laborer must keep a mental bnlnnce. Here la a dispatch from Liverpool, telling of all night riots and alarming condii mns : LIVERPOOL, Aug T Liverpool is In the grip of Holliganism. For two nights the city has been given over to riot and pillage. Scores of shops have boon smashed and ri fled At one place along the lines of docks the gates were broken open, and the mob Btorined the huge food warehouse, carrying off stocks of bacon, ham, lard, sugar, rice and tinned stuffs. Intermittent looting has contin ued in various parts of the city throughout the day. Soldiers have been called out to protect proper ty, but m most eases the rioters offered no resistance and ran when the troops arrived. There has been a raid on a sugar factory, and there was an amazing scene in the Vaux Hall district when the mob smashed their way into a beer bottling and looted it Men, women and hr made their way into the Sin. bj and emerged loaded up wtih bottles of hor and stoat. The3e wero opened and consumed in the roadway, th empty bot tles being smashed on .the gran ite Bt reels, which were a mass of broken glass. Oiher rioters came out with 'cases of stout and beer, which they carried away. Barrels of beer were rolled into the main thoroughfare and broached in the open. The crowd drank and danced in the road. Scenes of that kind are disgraceful and injure the cause of the masses. Generally these disturbances are due to false leadership on the part of the working classes. Men who have no sincere attachment to labor unions, oft en worm their way into thop organi zations and, becoming radicals, lead QOMPERS PLEADS FOR GREATER j LAB ORRIQHTS ! AMSTERDAM, Friday, Aug 1 (BtI ' the Associated Press) Samuel bom pers. president nf the American Fed oration of Labor and head of wjM American council to the lntcrnaUoniSff trades union federation In session heie, pleaded for greate- rights for 3 bor today. His address followed thl report ol a committee which said ll could not accept the charter givpn bor in the peace treat: as a full eiT3 preesion of the workers' demands M r ( Jomp' i drmundi d thai ahJ should noi bo n ;un1of aa an artjria of commerce. He urged also that J seamen's act be enacted to pern 'or to ' o- w r..n ihev wore i o ', II, plcided for thti equalit) of women an: m-n and th abolition of voluntary sc-niccs. German d legates dlspM. d Mr Gmm pcrs urgunv nt. which, they said, mad il ippear Europ' 1 I - r- .ini.-.ns were tgej Conservative They demanded that ttm workei ti ra r--.i'ixation of twH Berne conference's program, includin; Ihe regulation ol rloidrcn'.-; educatlojl women's labor, -horiei hours, SundM rest and he ip i ; ion or home ,n j duslriefl , W A. Appl n. Mi.- new prfirifnt of the organization. 10K corr pnn. here thai r ,h unfortunate that the Germ m hould have !irupn tO que :on tho 'leel-i; ; ion of Hr-rr nbacl on Germany's war rcsnoal Bibillt s . which, v h n r ceptod b Hum Legjcn and 1 1 1 1 Huber, had broken down ma iv. barriers and had 'opene2 II the way to i eeonr ilia'.ion." j N "Partial n-pudiat mi nf ih.vc stateJ l 'i' "" " nimed'. 1 .. USplclOU a : ' " hat (jwj man wa Insincere," therinloniiBtgto ThisT3 ! ihe time for union men to throw J I lae lead nd seek counsel from tat I quiet, con home owning mtm I bera of their organizations. j K p awry i : om .irike as loJ I as po ildo and it;: t lo the rondtaQ, pr jsure o( Hie justice of vour del r I man da to bring results quite as coofl as would come from striking. j t 00 1 I Read the Clarified Ad ' K Read the Classified Ads. , h .j I 11 BETTEH TIMES . 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