VOL. (i. NO.
BRATTLEBORO, VERMONT, MONDAY. EVENING, APRIL 15, 1918.
REPULSE SEVEN ATT
IN THE MERVILLE SECTOR
Germans Thrown Back Repeatedly by the British on the
Northern Battlef ront British During the Night Car
ry Out Successful Minor Operations and Get Prisoners
and Machine Guns.
VILLAGE OF NEUVE EGLISE FALLS
INTO AN GERMAN
THREE SOLD ERS
KILLED IN WRECK
Ten Seriously and 35 Slight
ly Injured on the Long
French Made a Successful Local Attack on Front Above
Montdidier Weekly Review from Washington States
That Turning Point of Battle Is Being Reached Teu
tons Fail in Great Purpose.
THREE CARS FELL
TO ARREST WOMEN.
Over 100 Germans and Austrians in
the Class of Enemy Aliens.
WASHINGTON", April 13. Many
German and Austrian women are
under surveillance by government
agents and will be arrested and in
terned as soon as President Wilson
signs the bill which includes women
in the class of enemy aliens. It was
said todav the number was more than
LIEUT. GAL1 IS
KILLED IN ACT ON
DISPUTE OVER FARM
Former Brattleboro Boy
Was in Greenfield, Mass.,
LONDON, April 15. Seven attacks by the Germans
in the Merville sector of the northern battlef ront have been j
repulsed by the British, who inflicted heavy losses, it is an-j
Jiuuiivcu uiiiviaiiv. inc uiitjou nciv iuov i.'tiAiv, unct. j middle of the
Southwest of Bailleul the Germans temporarily penetrated t racks, taking
the British positions, but were driven out by a counter at
tack. Successful minor operations were carried out by the
British during the night east of Robeco. Several machine
cuns and 150 prisoners were captured. Fighting took place
varly this jnorning south of the Somme in the neighbor
hood of Hangard. The British positions in this sector have
been improved and a number of prisoners have been taken.
Accident Is Believed to Have Been Due
to a Split Rail Governsient Officials
Refuse to Give Out Definite Information.
YORK. April 1.". Three sol-
10 seriously injured
PARIS, April 15. On the front above Montdidier
l he French made a successful local attack last night, tak
ing prisoners, the war office announces.
diers were killed
ar.d ?,7 slightly injured early today in
a wreck on. the Long Island railroad
near Central Islij. They were sta
tioned at Camp Upton. A ear near the
13-car train jumped the
; four others with it. The
believed to have been
split rail. It is reported
the injured soldiers died
of the derailed cars
over the embankment.
The hospital authorities, in refusing
to disclose the names of the -killed and
injured, said government officials had
taken charge of' the situation and hni
ordered that no information be given
Controversy Between Bert Mundell and
William Dow Latter Operated
Chesterfield Farm on Shares.
Attorney A. V. D. Piper, Eugene M.
Angier and K. II. lingers, sitting as a
hoard of arbitration Saturday afternoon
in the municipal court room, heard a part
of the dispute between 15ert Mundell of
Chesterfield, X. H., and William Dow over
conducting a farm on shares.
Mundell brought suit in New Hamp
shire against Dow, who had worked Mun
dell's farm on shares. After the suit
was brought an agreement was reached
to arbitrate the matter and the hearing
Saturday was the first one. A continu
ance of the hearing will be held next
Dow. it appeared from the evidence
submitted Saturday, undertook to work
Mundell's farm on shares. Dow had an
automobile which he used in working the
farm. He claims that he did considerable
work besides that of earing for the
crops, for which Mundell should pay him
as well as for tires and other accessories
of an automobile which were worn out or
damaged in the farm work.
Mundell cl aims that the crops were left
on the farm ar.d allowed to freeze and
has other claims against the man who did
the planting, hoeing and reaping.
Chae & Chase represent Mundell and
II. (!. & F. E. Barber appear for Dow.
SERGT. ECKELS TO
RETURN TO FRONT
LIBERTY BOND SALES
IN BRATTLEBORO $160,200
The local banks this morning re
ported a total sale of third Liberty
loan bonds amounting to $160,200,
divided as follows: . Brattleboro
Trust Co., -2.1 subscriptions for $30,
000; Peoples National, SO subscrip
tions for $68,500; Vermont National,
79 subscriptions for $61,700. These
figures include a subscription for
$40,000 made jointly through the
two national banks by the Vermont
Savings bank. The banks report that
while an encouraging number of
small subscriptions are coming in
the large ones are not numerous
enough to warrant any over-confidence
concerning the outcome of the
PUTNEY OVER TOP
IN SALE OF BONDS
Pledges Received at Close of
Patriotic Rally in
LIBERTY LOAN IS
FROM THIS TOWN
Was Gassed and Unable to See for Sev
eral Days Captain of His Company-
Is Saxtons River Boy, A. F. Locke,
Son of roster Locke.
Lieut John J. Calvin of Company L,
104th regiment, of Greenfield, Mass.,
lived in the house be
Brasor's and E. M. An-
Canal street, was
Total Reported at Washington $620,94,7,
550 New England Raises One
Fourth of Allotment.
WASHINGTON. April 15. Liberty
loan subscriptions tabulated today at the j
treasury showed a total of i()-J0)947,5.)0, i
which is 67 .000.000 more than was re
ported Saturday. This did not include the top " yesterday and earned the dis
rcports from the Minneapolis district, j tinction of being the first town in
Meeting Was Second Under Auspices of
Boy Scouts and Town Is Entitled to
Honor Flag First Town in County to
Meet Its Quota.
(Special to The Reformer.)
PUTNEY, April 15.
The town of Putnev went wav "over
action in France April 10.
is in the list of casualties
last night at Washington.
a telegram announcing his death
received this morniner by his
which started its campaign today.
BOSTON, April 1.3. In the first week
of the Liberty loan campaign the Boston
federal reserve district, comprising New
England, subscribed 808,390,000, or more
of 15 Blakes-1 tnan one-fourth of its allotment. This to-
employed as section ' noon today represf.ntcd 72,8a individual
Maine Kail-1 subscriptions. The Boston total was
; SI 9.938 ,000.
The report by states was: Massachus-
caused by a
that two of
SHE II AY STAYS WITH
with the r.r.msn aumy in
FRANCE, April 15, by The Aociatcd
Pre. The battle about Neuve Kli-e.
near the Belgian border, which has been
tensity that has marked it for days and
the British are pounding the Germans
Another assault on the Bailleul, four
ers ii Greenfield, Mass
was offered the position
retaken by the Gerniai.-. continued
rnge thu morning with the same
Centre Congregational Church
Tuesday, April 1, .V-O p. m. Meet
ing of the women of the parish in the
chapel, to be addressed by Miss Mary
Preston of Boston, one of the secretaries
of the Woman 's Board of Missions. Miss
Preston vill present the Conquest Cam
paign movement to conserve 1h fruits
of the jubilee. Every woman who can
be present should make every effort to
All who an to pive grabs f v the
Children' Fair hh askfd t' K't thi-m to
Mm. W. T. IbliRll by Wednesday.
miles we-t of Neuve Kglie. is expected
momentarily. The latent reports this
forenoon showed "that the British line
was being strongly held as a whole in
tins northern zone, and in some instances
has been considerably improved by coun
The British ia-t evening followed up
their success of Saturday, when they
pushed the Germans back from Kobcccj
on the Clarence river, Ijocal counter at
tacks delivered on the German positions
.',0t0 yards to the east of this town
were completely successful and the
enemy again was forced to fall back
Mimewhat. The British in the course of
the afternoon also pushed out several
posts north of the canal between the
La we and Clarence rivers. These opera
tions indicate that the defense of the
entente allied troops has htillencd.
Will Be Manager of Lawler Circuit of
Moving Picture Houses Local
Fred 0. Sheliiy. manager of the Em
pire theatre here owned bv Lawler Broth-
of manager of
Goldstein's vaudeville and moving picture
theatre, the Plaza, in Springfield, Mass.,
has decided to remain with the Lawler
Brothers and will be'come general man
ager of the Lawler circuit. The circuit
includes Athol, Greenfield. Millers Falls.
Turners Falls, Northtield and Brattle-
The Lawler theatre in Greenfield
large snows besides the moving
VICTORY IS NOW
SYNONYM FOR BREAD
TucHday, Apiil lii,
meeting of 'my Scouts,
Thursday, Apiil R at I
inn of th" Mission Ciiclv
Mason, -17 Main ktiect.
paper by Miss Mason.
' p. in
Red Men's Hall
M. W. A.
Tlmi sda .
Apiil H, X I' - Hernial
Brattleboro camp. No. 7l!X7,
, April IS Special meeting
of the Pocahontas Council, No. J.
Buincs of importance, lief reshmcnts.
I'anrcs will be held in Red Men's
liall every Saturday until further notice.
Following is a summary of the situa
tion announced late last night:
The entire allied line in Belgium and
France is holding firm.
Nowhere have the Germans been able,
notwithstanding the great numbers of
men hurled against it, especially that
part in Flanders where the British are
holding, to gain an inch of ground.
Odd Fellows' Temple
Monday, April 15. Regular meeting
of Wantastio,uet lodge. The first tie
gree will be conferred.
Tuesdav, April Hi. llobekah d:
stall ill ill.
Field Marshal Haig's order that 110 more
ground be ceded is being rigidlv com
I lied with, as is attested by the thou
sands of German dead now lying before
the British positions southwest of
pres, where it is the ambition of the j bom.
high German command to break through I books
anel envelop lied Marshal Hfiifr" nietnre business and thi Athol theatre
forces and gain an open highwav toward runs vaudeville in addition to the moving
i. 1 - i-i . , - 1 . . -. .... .... . .
uH!r.iigiisn cnannei. (pictures. .Mr. Miehay will have Ins
Northwest of St. Mihiel the American headquarters in Greenfield and will en
troops have been compelled to withstand gage someone to take charge of the Em
a series of persistent assaults, second in oire theatre in Brattleboro.
intensity only to those delivered by the
Germans against the British in Flanders.
And the honors at the end rested with
the Americans, who met the foe at
every style of lighting he offered and
decisively defeated him.
At Neuve Egliso. northwest of Arrnen
tieres, where the Germans are endeav
oring to drive their wedge in farther in
j order to turn thr Messines ridge and
outflank ores, the heaviest fighting has
taken place. Throughout Saturday night
and Sunday battles of a most obstinate
character took place, the Germans
throwing thousands of men into the at-
i 1.,. .1 . 1 .I
iick.s, noiw it usiaiKiinc ineir wastage in
killed or wounded. Several times the
villages changed hands.
Nowhere along the eight-mile front
where the Germans are trying to elrive
through between WulverghTm and
Meteren have the Germans met with
anything but repulse, and the price they
have paid for their attempts to oierce
the British line has been enormous. On
no sector have they been able to sur
mount the stone wall of the defence and.
for the moment at least, there seems to
bo Justification for the hope that the
turn in the tide of the battle is at hand.
Documents captured from German
prisoners show conclusively that the
great offensive of the Germans was
launched with the intention of separat
ing the British and French armies and
the crushing of the British.
brother, dames P. Galvin
lee street, who is
foreman bv the Boston &
Lieut. Gilv'ui was 2d lieutenant of
Company L and is the first officer of
the regiment to be kilW in action.
Tie was 'J" years old. "While in Brat
tleboro he was employed as a plumber
by Walter T. Moon'ey. His mother,
after becoming a widow, married Pat
rick Finn. The family came here from
Connecticut and bought the home 011
Seven years ago the family moved
to Greenfield, and abeuit a year later
John J. Galvin enlisted as a private in
Company L of the old 2d regiment.
While with this regiment on the Mexi
can border in 1JM6 he reached the rank
of 1st sergeant. When 2d Ljeut. Jacob
j Bechtold left the company a lew
j months ago to take a commission in
ithe regular army Sergt. Galvin was ap
I rointrd to fill the vacancy.
! Besides his mother and step-father,
I who now live in New Haven, Conn.,
and his brother in Brattleboro, Lieut,
i Galvin leaves three sisters in New
Haven. They are Miss May and Miss
Kate, nurses, and Miss Ann, a sten-
etts, $39,444,000: Connecticut, $12,206,000: j
Rhode Island, $7,206,000; Maine. ?4,C42,oOO: ;
Nw Hampshire, $2,875,000; Vermont, $2,-j
SEVEN DEER SHOT
FOR DOING DAMAGE
meeting and election
ham chapter, No. .'id,
4.;fl p. m. Supper,
ui'Ked to U present.
Wednesday. April 17
conclave of Beaiiseant
7. Busippst,: Annual
lion of olViccis. .
April 10. Annual
ot officers of Bing
O. E. S. Initiation
(j.Ij. All member
7.::o p. in Stated
meeting and e ice-
British Food Controller Says German
Offensive Has Food for Its
LONDON. April 15. "Victory is now '
a svnomm for bread in Germany" ele-
j clared Baron Khondda, food controller,
j in explaining to The Associated Press the
lirarini? 01 the German food proolem on
the offensive in the west.
"It is a tight not for Paris, but for
food," he added. After referring with
pleasure to the manner in which the
British nation had accepted food ration
ing Ivord Khondda said: 'America is as
one with ns and I can never speak too
warmly of the help she gives me so gen
erously in the matter of food supplies."
of chaste and simple designs are to
be seen here to the best advantage.
Rich in its simplicity, well made in
every particular, our furniture is a
delight to the eye and gives the as
surance of good se.vice. We have
many styles to choose from and we
know you will like our prices as well
as the furniture.
EMERSON & SON
Everything for Housekeeping
WASHINGTON, April 15. The turn
ing point in the battle on the western
front is being reached, says the war de
partment's review of the military situa
tion for the week ending April i.'5, pub
lisheel today. The review says:
"The Germans have scored a distinct
advantage which it would be unwise to
endeavor to belittle, yet they have
failed in their great purpose to achieve
victory in the field and will soon be
forced to resume their old tactics, seek
ing to gain limited objectives, striking
nrsr ax one poiur, men at anotner in
order to render the allied xiositions un
tenable and give themselves greater se
curitv. ' '
Overwhelmed by Selling Orders Prices
Break in a Sensational Manner
NKW YOKK, April 1. "5 Over
whelmed by a rush of selling orders,
largely from the South, cotton sus
tained another sensational break in
prices during the forenoon trading, to
ny. July contracts eiropped to y.4., a
decline of 130 points Horn the high
price of the morning. October broke
lL'iJ points, selling as low as 3.uo. tins
represented a loss of values of not less
than 4-V points, or over 2 1.50 a bale,
from the high point of the season early
EXPLOSION" KILLS WOMEN.
He was a member of Green
field council. Kniirhts of Columbus.
Ilis step-father. Mr. Finn, was Boston
&: Maine section foreman while here
and was succeeded by James P. Galvin.
I hi addition to Lieut. Galvin Com
pany L of Greenfield lost two other
men. Private Joseph Snyder, whose
home was in, Koxbury, was killed in ac
tion, and Private Howard P. Fitzgerald
of Montague died of wounds. In ad-,
dition several names of Company L :
men appear in the casualty list. Among
the severely wounded are Private John
Collins of Turners Falls. Private Ar
thur II. Glode of Koxbury, Private
Peter iovendowski of Greenfield. Pri-1
vnto William P. Kennie of Koxbury,'
Private Foster V. Bix of Windsor. Vt.
The' following were slightly wounded:
Corporal Joseph A. Lynch of Law
rence, Private George E. Connors eif
Lawrence, Private Karl I). Scott of
j Greenfield, Private Charles G. Wurden
of Greenfield, Cook John II. Johnston
of Greenfield, Private Colin L. Hadley
of Greenfield, Private James B. G. Val
;entine of Andover. Two privates in
,tho Northampton company were killed
and several men in the same command
Sergt. John J. Eckels, jr., of Hart
ford. Conn., son of Mr. and Mrs. John
J. Eckels of Brattleboro, is recovering
from his injuries in France. As stated
recently, Sergt. Eckels, who is a mem
ber of Company M, lOid regiment, was
classified as seriously injured in the
casualty list. The Eckels family re
ceived notice by telephone Saturday
evening from Miss Elizabeth O'Reilly
of Hartford, who is engaged to Sergt.
Eckels, that she had received a letter
from him stating that he was gassed
and that for a few dav-s he was blind-
Reported to County Warden Metcalf-
; Four Snot in Severance's Alfalfa
! Field in Rockingham.
Seven deer have been reported to
County Warden E. M. Metcalf up to
date as having been shot while doing
damage. J. W. Severance of Kock
; ingham shot four, two bucks and two
does, on March 2, claiming damage
to alfalfa. O. W. Follett of Town
shend shot a buck April 4 on a new
seeded clover piece. F. L. Adams of
Townshend shot a buck April G on a
clover piece. Dana H. Stafford of
Brattleboro shot a small doe April 13
in the act of trimming his small fruit
trees. All of these deer were shot be
fore they had done any great elamage,
the amount of damage being the least
at Severance's and the greatest at
THREATS ARE MADE
BY LABOR PARTY
Is Opposed to Irislj Conscription
May Refuse to Support the
j Windham county to oversubscribe its
' assigned share of the third Liberty
I The town was assigned the task of
J raising $10,032 and when a meeting
i held yesterday afternoon in the town
hall was over there were total pledges
of $11,200. And the best part of the
whole thing is that the limit has not
been reached yet.
A meetinsr was held here a week ago
Sunday under the auspices of the Boy
Scouts of Putney, who had been ac
tively interested in the work of seeing
that this town "went over." At that
time i'Jj.'oO had been subscribed. Dur
ing last week the Scouts secured
jdedges of $S00 more and employes of
tM Bradlev corporation subscribed
j Yesterday afternoon there was an
other meetinsr in the town hall, a con
Itinuation of that of the week before.
Horton D. Walker, ehairman of the
Windham county committee on the Lib
erty loan, II. E. Moffitt. C. L. Stickney,
Frederic C. Adams ami Miss Jessie L.
Hawley, all of Brattleboro. came here
to help the Boy Scouts put the town
in t'.ie honor list.
Mr. Adams sang the current stirring
war songs, accompanied by Miss Haw
ley. and the audience joined in the
choruses. The others in the party from
Brattleboro urged subscriptions to the
There was marked enthusiasm when
it was announced that the W. A. Cole
Paper Co. subscribed $5,000 for the
company and its employes,, and before
the meeting was over $1,100 had been
pledged by those present and a total
of $11,200 had been raised.
The two meetings were held under
the direction of the scoutmaster, Rev.
M. W. Russell. The one yesterday
opened with the singing of Star
Spangled Banner, followed by the flag
salute by the Boy Scouts and audience.
Then the addressee and singing of war
songs took place and the meeting: was
turned over to Mr. Sticknev. who kent
LONDON, ApriJ lo At the week's end 'the Scouts busy getting pledges for the
a serious state of affairs developed, af- j Liberty loan No. 3.
fecting the positiem of the Lloyd George j The result entitles the town to an
government, according to the paiiiamen-; honor flag, but the work does not sbop
tary correspondent of the Daily News. here. . The Boy Scouts will begin their
The labor party, he says, is opposed to house-to-house canvess April 27.
Irish conscription and the labor minis
ters are considering whether they can
support the government. If the govern
ment proposals are pressed, the corre
spondent adds, it is probable the lalwr
executives will call on the labor minis
ters to withdraw from the government.
COAL DROPS, BUT
ONLY AT THE MINES
RE V. J. F. VIRGIN
HOME RULE BILL.
committee 01 British Cabinet Now
Drafting Measure for Ireland.
LONDON, April 1.3. A committee of
the Uritisli cabinet is now drafting an
Irish home rule bill. The parliamentary
I correspondent of the Daily Telegraph
pays an Irish parliament and executive
ed. He said he was improving rapidly
and expected to get back into action
soon, also that he was sending a letter
home. Ilis brother, Frank Eckels, sec
retary of the Knights 'of Columbus
building at Camp McClellan, Anniston,
Ala., cabled to Paris Friday to learn
of Sergt. Eckels 's conditions.
The captain of Company M, in which
Sergt. Eckels is an officer, is Capt. A.
F. Locke, a native of Saxtons Kiver.
He has the honor of being the first
New England captain to lead his com
nanv to the German first, lino trenches
East Weymouth Home Badly Shattered (iu action. The company was recruited
Two Killed Instantly. from Torrington and Winsted, Conn.
lo. Mrs. E. C. Lloyu , , , .,..1
instantly kuicu, seriously wouuueu ur siim-
iv wounocu, most iv in one uaiue mat
Transportation and Handling Cnarges
Increase, so Retail Fice in Brat
tleboro Is the Same.
The drop of 30 cents a ton in the price
of coal which the local fuel committee
announced would take place April 15 oc
curred toilay, but it was at the mines in
stead of in Brattleboro. Transportation
has been advanced 1G cents a ton and the
cost of handling has gone up, so that the
total increases offset the decrease at the
mines, iienre me price to consumers is
the same. There is consolation in the
fact "that, conversely, the decrease at the
mines offsets the increases.
Leaves for Harrisburg, Pa., to Begin
Work as National Field Commis
sioner of Boy Scouts.
Kev. J. Fredrik Virgin, who became
pastor of St. Michael's Episcopal church
in epteinoer. JWlb, closed his pastorate
yesterday. lie did not preach a fare
well sermon, but in a sermon in the
morning in which the need of personal
religion anel spirituality were empha
sized he made incidental reference to
the closing of his pastorate.
Kev. Mr. Virgin left this morning for
New York, and tonight he will begin
a two-weeks' campaign in Harrisburg,
Pa., as one of the national field com
missioners of the Boy Scouts of Ameri
ca. Mrs. Virgin and children will remain
in Brattleboro at least through the. com
.mil Mrs. E. F. Marcnied were
killed by an explosion which badly damaged
their house in East Weymouth last night.
A daughter of Mrs. Lloyd, Mrs. E. M.
Mclntvre, was stunned but not seriously
injured. It is believed the explosion was
caused by illuminating gas. Mrs. Lloyd
and Mrs. Marqued had gone down cellar
with a lighted lamp to look for a leak in
water nine "lieu mere same a ueaieu-
will be established with full nowers ovr i ,. ,tor- nine when there came a deafen-
the internal legislation nnd nrfmir, . bv th eoncussion and burst into flames, j itiver,
tion and over direct taxation. Eeprc- Neighbors who rushed to the house
. . . . . , Ha 'climbed through a window and rescued
Bentation in the imperial parliament will X, MrTntvre, who lay stunned on the
was Oo years old
of St. Patrick's elay.
Capt. Locke is a Hartford man, be
ing transferred from Company F, 1st
regiment, Cannecticut National Guard.
He went to the Mexican border with
his company in 1910, and was there a
second lieutenant, being made captain
after his return from Nogales. His
father is Foster Locke of Saxtons
a retired tinsmith.
be retained in the form of a delegation I floor Mrs. Lloyd
of 42 Irish members. Mrs. Marqued 53.
West Northfield, Mass., April
and Mrs. George . Arling, 29, formerly
The Brattleboro High School Chorus
Under the Direction of Mr. Frank M. Cram
The Chimes of Normandy
Auditorium, Wednesday, April 17
AT 8.00 P. M.
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Germaine, Miss Dorothy L. Hubbard
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