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THE BUATTLEBORO DAILY REFORMER. MOXDxVY, APRIL 15, 1918.
5 W TROOPS WN ALL-DAY BATTLE Repulse Two Attacks in Force in Toul Sector and Take 36 Prisoners ENEMY CASUALTIES REPORTED HEAVY but later retreated to their THRILLING SCENE Jiiie. Jiotiv pursued oy tne j toon Most Violent Bombardment Yet Known in the Region Germans Sought Re venge for Their Losses Earlier in the Week. ' WITH Till: AM ElMCAN ARMY IN ITtAM'K, April Lo by The Associated J'tens. Yesterday's battle was tin- fust fill ilny struggle in which the A 1 1 1 f i j r :i 1 1 troops hint- been engaged. Two (icr man attack, which wore delivered in force against tin- American positions northwest oC Toul, wort" repulsed witli heavy casualties to the enemy, includ ing r.U prisoners let't in the hands of ine Americans, nic .American losses were Might. The fighting began with one of the most vol'-nt bombardment ever laid lowu in that sector. Dining Thursday night the tlcrmtlns kept up harassing fire, throwing many pas shells into the American position. The first attach began at about o'clock in tlie morn ing, and was directed against the French troops on the left flank of the American forces in the Forest of Aprc inont. While ihis was going on the Anieii it u troops mail a counter attack on the (icrinau line, moving forward he himl a perfect curtain of fire. The nenty, driven out of his trenches, was forced to fight in the open. A deadly machine gun and automat ic ritle lire, was poured into the icr mans, who oll'ercd stubborn resistance I Do Sell Automobiles But I Can't Tell a at first second American troops. Desultory lighting continued for several hours. The Germans again attacked at 11 o'clock at a point further to the right. The American barrage fire cut them off, hut the German. olhccrs drove their men through the exploding shells until a few succeeded in penetrating the American front line. A counter attack which was immedi ately launched by the Americans ejected the enemy, driving him back to his positions. The struggle con tinued to sway back and forth for several hours. While the action was at its height the commander of an American ma chine sjun unit reported to his'chief that all the machine gun emplacements had been shot away, but that "every gun is working like hell." The attacks were made by the reor ganised remnant of So shock troops who lulled to reach the American it ions in their gigantic raid Wednesday. Five of the prisoners were Uhlans, and all of the men taken were carry ing haversacks well tilled, as if in pre nratiou for a protracted t-day in the American trenches, corroborating the stories told by prisoners taken on Wednesday, who said that the Ger mans had been ordered to penetrate the American third line at all costs. The American troops, although tired from nearly six days of infantry activ ity, went into their positions singing and i-M iessing their pleasure :it an op portunity to tight in the open, in pref trence to what they term "sewer lighting." The residents of villages behind the hues saw the Americans moving for ward, and shouted words of encourage ment to the truckloads of smiling men, who waed their caps and cheered heart ilv. French officers have again rnii.-cd the re ma ikable fighting quali ties and the courage of the American infantrymen and the splendid co-operation -hwii by the American artillerv. I None units of the art tilery were forced j for lone periods to work in gas masks. An artillery dud which was resumed last night continued with little inter ruption until late this morning. AS PLANES FIGHT BRATTLERORO LOCAL. Tile dunce (Md I An la-t will How ill tile be held temple. eetrie v. ire nf tin 'Cites ot riiiir.-ihi v Ked ( ros, evening in Twin Stall Lie A man asked me todav whether I ha(F:tr5iF-nTiv i ; cars in trade for the new! Premier with Magnetic Geari Shift. I couldn't tell a lie and had to tell him yes. He bought one because he said it was a "trade." You might think so, too. The men that owned them didn't want them, and I'm blowed if I do, so here are a few of them : Ga- hlectlie Co. on High street was broken tlds morning when a tree that was being cut down liii it. I We-tel A-he. vim had been sub-t hill ing a- jai.it r of the town building during the illne-- if If. K. Harris, ha, licen made Ipcrman-nt janitor by the selectman. Mr. Harri-'s heaitl utilities to be poor 'ami he ha- not b-en able to resume his ! dul ie-. I Mi-, looigc 1;. Ailing, who died in her I hone- in W e,-. Noithtieid. Mas--.. April ). 'alter an illne.- with pneumonia, formerly ,v. a- a r. -idetil of Hrattlelx.ro. She j leave- he-idc- her lut-band. two children. I !cnt !;. 7. and George, jr.. .". Th" fu- iieral rvice- were held 1 it West Vorth- 1 1 SuMMW V "a ft cm. 111, lii Mi4 'V heiie.-uxuv miiliftu llu,HM-Um took pltce ill tie We-t Northfitdd cemi Donald C. Kibfce Writes of German He- covering Control After Tumbling Some 5,000 Feet. The following is a copy of a letter re ceived by Miss Charlena Bemis from Donald C. Kibbe of Longmeadow, Mass., now with the medical department of the 104th regiment in France, dated ' In the Trenches, March t). 1918": "You will have to excuse the writing because I am perched on a log with a magazine for a table. Yon noticed, no doubt, that I have headed this letter Tn the Trenches.' Well, it is true. "I cannot tell you what sector we are holding, but we are in the front line and but a few hundred yards from the P.oche line. "It is wonderful what things I see here and when I get back to the good old 1. S. A. I'll tell you all about them. I am going to tell you of a few and trust the censor will pass them. "The weather is beautiful now, just as warm and nice as summer. There is much action in the air. Only this morn ing I watched a wonderful battle between two Hoehe planes and one French. The Frenchman went over the Boche lines and in an instant the two planes were after him. He tired many rounds of ammunition at both of them, but they were too much for him, and after won derful maneuvering he succeeded in get- tins' back with us with a few holes in the wings of his plane. 1 think the mo-t thrilling scene was yesterday. A French and German were having a light in the air. The German evi dentlv lost control of his plane and it came tumbling over and over towards the earth. He must have fallen .".H)0 feet and when not more than 300 feet from the ground he gained control of tin machine and went sailini; at a yreat rate back to his own line. As l sit outside ot my dugout t can j sec at least 2 aeroplanes Hying over head, livery 10 or l." minutes they are engaged in a battle. Last night they parsed over' here and probably were on their way to bombard Paris. We could not see, but the German plane has a very peculiar sound and is easily detected. "While I was at my supper tonight about 4 o'clock there were four big Ger man shells tired at our kitchen. We laid flat on the ground very quicklv. When they broke we could hear the shrapnel fly, but no harm was done. "It is a wonderful war and al-o very cruel. "A!miU !' o'clock last night the gas sig nal was given and we were obliged to wear our gas masks until the gas cloud had parsed. 1 he shell that the Germans send over to gas us is not a high explo sive one. It makes no noise when it ex- jplodes, but the contents of those shells are deadly. We nave a woiidertui masK which is good for many hours. "Well, I had ,uito an experience this morning. I was sent out on an inspection of feet. 1 had to go to all the front line posts and to the outposts, which arc out in No Man's hand between the (.ermau and American line-. I was forced to crawl in some places through the open where I was under observation prob- I ould tell vuii, but I will wait until I te The bu-im done in the oilice of the town clerk Saturday afternoon and ee niuu' in i--ning hunting and ti-hiny; ii-ccn-e- indicate- thai li-herme:i believe :u preparedm. regardless of wcalh-r lean see von. "I mu-t close now becau-e it is time for me to crawl into my dugout and get ready for the work that we may have tonight. Love to all. "DON." 1917 Hudson Super-Six (Two to select from) 1916 Packard Twelve 1916 Franklin Touring Car 1918 Ruick Six 7-Passenger 1917 Ruick Six Roadster 1917 Ruick Six o-Passenger Touring Car 1915 Ruick Four Touring Car 1917 National 7-Passenger 1917 Cadillac 7-Passenger 1916 Hudson Six-10 7-Pas senger 1911 Ruick, Model 37, Si-Passenger 1917 Dodge Touring Car 1917 Hupmobile Touring Car 1917 Grant Six Touring 1916 Chalmers Six-30 (Two to select from) 1917 Overland Roadster 1911 Overland Touring Car 1917 Premier Roadster (1-Passenger) (Two to select from) 1917 Premier Touring Car (Three to select from) 1917 Ruick Seven-Passenger ' You don't need to come in if you are afraid wc will chase you. Drop us a line and we will give you all the details and give you the rock bottom prices and terms. Of course if you insist we will stand back of any car we cell you. I can not guarantee we will save you any money, but we will save you lots of steps. arc Inning man rc-pon-c-"- to taxpayers to till out blank-. Saturday v.v.- an day. Sour member of li-ti r. Fred A. P.et terlev. I. Currier and .lolm I,. Howard, lerk. Carl S. Hopkins, will be at e ill the town building each dav oialil ion-. A large number of li wen- i--ned. the majority of them bie ttion 5 1 1 1 1 1 i I ami tishinir oevmit I wo Liii, rc-tdfiit combination and iwoi leu Te-idcnt ti-hii,g licenses were anions! tho-.e i -lied. The ;;-tcr- to their tiot'n a ;n en; . .t c oecia ily 1 u I lie board of Abia-a or the ll'.e elbee in the town building end uiiiil April Jo from S a. tn. to ." p. m.. and this evening ami Saturday evening from lo :t p. tn. . man's automobile ser ice between i '."m - IprciV ATP. MESSP.R JL Jfc. W m. T AAA A MM s M-M IN TRENCH WARFARE Writes Interesting Letter of His Experi ences and the Wonderful Sights at Night. .Mr-. Mary C. Messer received Friday an interesting letter from her mhi. Pri vate Ceorge b. Mes-cr of Company A, 101st machine gun battalion. Lieut. Ar nold l'ellett and Sergeant dohn -I. Car Irity of Krattleboro are with the same organization. I rtvate .iessn- wrote m France, March 11, l'.US. (.re.i;,e!d and lira 1 1 leboro. bv wav of part as tollow i Niithlield. began today. Automobiles! jv.-ill leave l-.a-t .Northfadd at S a. m.. i-x- Dear Mother: - jeept Sunday, Noithlield at S.lo, arriving j Have ju-t received your letters dated at '.recntichl at ! o clock. heaving j .Jan. IS. 14. S) and 2S. This is th? first Creeniield at II o'clock to go to Her-j letter I have written for s-cvcral weeks, mird-ton. Noithtieid and Hinsdale, arriv- :;ts we were in the trendies and I could ing at Ural t leboro at l..'!U o. in. Cetnrn- ' i,t write then. I ir.-t received two in. lag lea n g I! attlebwio at 1 I lFn-dal" an 1 Northlield. 'I':!. ami lal !i"Vtit;g of the .1. K, I llihh- ehi--. of the Maptist Bible - 1 home of Mr... A. 1,'. Stebbms oi !-trce;. vilh Iti li'.e'nbei- of the ela lent. I he lollow ing olheefs were elected: ! Pres.. Mi M. K. Ilorton: vice pres.. M;-; j D.-ila M. Sherman; -ce.. Mrs. A. U. Stcb ; hi-!-: I ;v;t .. Vt dames i'.ar.hvtdl: n i-i-laet tree-.. Mr.. Frances ( lark: en j t en.iinmeut cei.i., Mrs. George Wilder; j llo'.Kcr com.'. Mr.-. C. S. Hopkins; social ('"'Mi.. Mr-. V. I!, liaigh; sewing com.. j.Mi-. lino- White: -oeial com.. Mrs. ' t"orj.'e Hougiiion: devotional com., Mrs. Houghton & Simonds OT'. tfnTT i I I i l 'X fir ARE SOLD By HOUGH TON & SIMONDS Only exyrl 1" Betty Wales Dresses have a grace and snap all their own. They are simple, smart, distinctive. They give the youthful lines, so essential to the modern woman. More than this, they are splen didly made of the best quality in every detail down to the smallest snap. As a finishing touch, Kleinert's Gem Dress Shields are sewed in place, ready for wrear. We show a full" assortment of Betty Wales Dresses for prac tically every occasion. Smartly tailored serges, afternoon silks, two-material- combinations and social frocks. Even the bridal par ty can be outfitted with' snowy wedding and girlish bridesmaid's frocks. if mw 7S 1 roV 3 Cewvlu III! Ben- WJc Dnvaln Each Betty Wales Dress carries the Betty Wales label. Also a big, brown envelope with a gold seal containing the Btty Wales Gift Certificate. This certificate is exchangeable for any one of Margaret Warde's eight absorbing books about Betty Wales and her college friends, books that cost $1.25 each at book shops. But without the Gift Book, Betty Wales Dresses represent unusual values. Their purchase is a real economy in these days of careful buying when service vies with smartness with every patriotic woman. Even if you are not thinking at all of buying a dress, we extend you a cordial invitation to look over these new arrivals. You will enjoy seeing just what the new styles are and how unusually attractive are the Bettv Wales models. Betty Wales Serge Dresses Betty Wales Silk Dresses . . .$14.75 to $27.50 S16.50 to $32.50 Ji. I j 8,ttT OWi ii ib 4 4 1 It V , i'J "... -.-: i, i . - ; n .'. .-...' : ' 'A ..VrJ:t:.g:(.a.'S- rVf V..1-. --e ' -r. ? i i mm m i!' ! Ml i ; ; 1 ! ' Jil'iiift - - , i . . j ! I Mli.l:,i If 4P b C.py ?x i.t lyld Riy V w,f " I ;K fel ,ii:raii''fli'.p : .'A .MU'.:B Liil:.,:i,i;ii.:iil:il'!!'. !,)rftt:pl!M!t!ir!' OUR BIG CASH PURCHASE o tojlx.vcs. cue from you and one from Clara, ;and they were fine. 1 am pretty r-ure 1 Hull 'iiiii ricehing till the boes and letters. school There i- no need o worry about md Maide (getting all the imekages, as 1 think I re- I 4 ' St' 111 l somi ket-ji all right. The only candy we can buy here i- sweet chocolate. The pan cake th.uir, peanut butler and other things tasted tine, and those J(rt. nhout the only things that do tale good over here. Have sent some pictures ot myseit volt. I w i-n on over a not tier trim cake or eandv and send it. ( hoeolat WoUlll make s w ill Enables Us to Offer Regular $15 and $18. Suits for Men and Yotmg Men, at Sip" l;. w I Aver-. one fl.il ii -2 tl:, A r.s bc fa eis. 1 balls, thee table I'.ri'ok- of th heu's '. in : i t eaehcr. Ail-, Wlu left for the trenches 1 w. t hire's voit can 't; v at es ioi o 'en oiio -mailt caadv i tin tn pring fttival Siitiinhiy. Odd Fellows temple: including aprons for lied at 1 each (orders will the aprons), spring l!ow- popcorn and then parcel post v.fir cooku cream cones; opinge tree and uri'i ises. Adv. MONEY FOR SOLDIERS' RELATIVES. Information Available at Room in Fed eral Building Tuesdays. A law ha... been pa-sed at Wash in icp'iniig a man in tue annv or navv to pay to his wtte or chil- will give Vermont Auto Sales Corporation BARNEY E. MEAD. Pres. give part ot hi i;vcn. I ie- government aNo ttieni a family allowance while the man i- in service. Other near relatives have the rieht lo receive money from the gov ernment if they have heVn dependent on a man who is lighting for u-. The lioine Service section of the l'.rat t leboro i;d Cross has opened a room acre stun miorinat lot! lor me families! of enlisted men may be obtained. This room i- at the federal building and will be open from :i to ." o'clock every Tues day afternoon until further notice. benore ! put back in the ranks, as the ollicers do gig I not Use orderlies there. We went in for j jgg two stretches of about ten days each. We live in dugouts deep in the ground. some of them 4(1 or "' feet below ground li and able to hold thousands of men. When we were in the trenches we had two meals a dav. and when not lighting all we did was guard dutv. Most of our light ing was barrage work for the infantry. All of our lighting is done at night. We have had a few gas attacks, but with our masks on there is not much danger trom tliem. as every twdy is very caret ul. 1 never saw so manv rats or i such large ones as there are here. When the artillery tires you can hear the shell coming and have time to duck down so as to escape the shrapnel.' Aeroplane lights are very common ton '.here, and it is interesting to see an anti- ain raii gun nrrjig at an aeroplane, u e have not lost anyone in our company yet. it is some sigiit at night to see us! work with the artillery, aeroplanes, searchlights and rocket s all going oil' at I the same time. Friday we started a Special Sale of Men's Fine Suits which our clothing buyer bought from a New York manufacturer who was badly in need of ready cash. The suits are made up in Men's, Young Men's and Stout models, sizes 32 to 48, tailored, lined aud trimmed in a first class manner. The fabrics are worsteds, cassimeres and serges. In fact, these suits are among the biggest money-saving values we have ever offered, and are selling fast. Come in and select your new Spring suit at once, before our line, of sizes is broken. rpUMMERSTON. A It s to plan a ueep meet in ir of the lied Cross branch will be held at the home of 11. Harry Miller 1 uesitay alternooii. u is hoped that as many women as possible will Ire present. Mrs. W. Ihunett and Mis Elsie Clark have been appointed on the wom an's Liberty loan committee for the west side and Mis. E. H. Ihown for the east puit of O'y..townf Gooctiiow, Pearson Hunt Operators of 13 Cash Stores, American Building, Brattleboro I Alt v A v rVf $ $ ! -i i M pit! ill r Wil'ltlSiinMliSi: 62 Elliot St, lirjtt!eJorQlj ;ctttnc about time et oHyeuA'U:. W8W MB 4a i ;iitiiiiii:ii:ii!i!:iiH!ii.!iiiiii!i!:;!i:ii!B:;!iu!i; il3iiSiiaii!!iE