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FRENCH vnn BACK NEARLY AL General Nivelle is Now Man of the Hour in Paris. , SMASH SIX MILE Ell! > Eighty Guns and 9,000 Pi isI oners are Taken in Des perate Encounter. (By Associated Press) ' PAHIS, Dec. IB.?The number ol r guns taken from Germans in general Nlvellc's victory on Verrlun front at counted up to present Is SO. accord ing to latest report reaching hero. As his last act boiore assuming tlu chief command of French armies 01 the western front. General Nivellt smashed Ccrman lines east of Meust along a front of six miles. The victory advanced the French position twi ' miles and they arc now within a shori distance of where Germans stood ai the outset of the great Verdun drive L The military authorities ue-icriuc.. I the victory as complete and crusunic and carried out without a hitch. Since ins last great siriso when tin blood soared ru.ns of Fort vaux an . Douauniuut led once more in.o nana, of Verdun defenders General iNiieilt has been ciuielty preparing to push bis advantage by an attack on lurget scale. Men and guns have been as sembled, shells piled and everything I was in readiness for the moment whei \f the General should see his opportunity I Then the blow tell iikc a Ihundei |i bolt. A torrilic artillery preparatioi flattened German detenses then tbt L gains wero elevated and through a cur "I tain of steel behind which the inian 9 try from every trench from Poppei Q hill to beyond Damioup dashed for ) ward on the enemy, still stunned by ' the bombardment. In places the Germans gallantly strove to hold their ground but Gen eral Nivelle disposition were so wel made that they were generally power less to stem oven momentarily ihe tide One after another Vacherauville anil Louvemont villages Chambrette tarn: and the Hardaumont and Mesonvaui works fell without defenders havint tlipe to carry away either guns or ma tetlals, and prisoners began to stream steadily rearward to pens prepared foi their reception. Tke weather according to hitherto i notions was all against offensive. 1 was wet and misty and French oftlc era believed that this fact undoubted ly led Germans to miscalculate tlu probability of attacks. The wet wea ther diunot prevent aviators also from rendortiE valuable aid to the attar, and theiFservices are believed to have had an important bearing on the lac. that the fVencli forces were singularity small. The largp number of prisoners, uc cording to latest advices, nearly 8,000 I Is an indication of the surprise nature L of the onset The news of victory w was received in Paris with enthusiasm F as a welcome relief to the giooomy tid ' logs from Kutnania. General Kivvllu Is the man of the l hour. His latest achievement justi ties his hcolce as commander in -cliiot and augurs well for the future. The French plan of attack was drawn up by General N'ivelle with concutrence of General retain who at the time was nis superior oingcer. The assault proper was left to Gen oral Mangin. It was made up by live divisions or dose to luo.ooo men. Six Million for Bell Employees. . ^ NEW YORK, Dec. 16. ? Au extra ' cash payment exceeding 56,000,090 will be distributed to certain classes ol employees In the companies couipris ing the Bell telephone system to aid them in meeting the present abnormal living conditions, it was announced here by Theodore N. Vail, president of the American Telephone and Tele graph company. A statement issued by Jlr. Vail said in part: employees who have been !n the service for over one year, and who are receiving $3,000 or less a year, will receive the equivalent of three weeks' pay, while those of the same class who have been in the service for over three months, but less thnn one year, will receive the equivalent of two weeks' pay. 6 SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS IN FRO IIVH WHS ' If MS' w.iikiemi; DIES LECTURING ! f Noted Psychologist is Strick nn nn loco I??*-?T)l?i \,II UII viana liuwui i iai" | 'I form. I ^ 'Prof, imo K i.tfBCRCT i j CAMBRIDGE, Mass.. Doc. 16.? Hugo I i J Hunsterberg. prolessor of Psychology | vi narvuru university, uieu suddenly ; 5 today while lecturing betore a class | at ftadclilTe college. Prof. Munster. berg was seized with w.lat appeared ' -i to be a faiting spell on the lecture plat-' J form. Soern of the young women members of his class, of whom there were HO. i went to his side and then called on . C ollege Physic I , Dr. Jewett. The lati ter reached the stricken teacher just d l before he expired. t i Prof. Munsterberw had delivered [ a i part of a lecture on elementary psy- j '* ; etiology. 11 ' Fire Works Are | 'I Prohibited this Year * .! Several calls have come to the West JVirginian office during the day ask- t . ing concerning the shooting of fire- j ! works on and before Christmas One ji ' prominent citizen said: "Shooting of r 1 fireworks on July fourth can be condoned but to do so during the Christmas season is sacriiigious." i One caller stated that there is a law J . | against the shooting of fireworks on | ! the streets and that the law should bo [ ! I enforced. ; Acting on this information the pc-j , ; lice department was asked as to what; ! they would do in the event anv one is r caught shooting fireworks (T.rirtmds ' , | eve or Christmas. The police will nr-,1 ! rest and liring before th. mayor any ; 1 one guilty of violating the ordinance j, , prohibiting the firing of any pyrete-h j i r.ics during the cclebri.tion of the Na- 1 i i tivlty i'' ? !1 Wheat Price Jumps j? Due to War News >' i ir (Bv As*nelnt<?tl CHICAGO, Dec. 10.?Tib advance in | value of wheat were scored today with a swiftness equal to that with which 11 prices of late had dropped. On a; r, wild rush to the buying since the mar- a ket went soaring lOtjc a bushel before j J i the rise was checked. General revers- j o al of opinion as to chances of quick j t slop to the war formed the sole reason j ? to advance. j a Want Police to i and Pay Fine t "I haven't got a cent, but T got: v chickens and you and the police can ; 1 sell my chickens to pay this fine.'' | Thus spoke Andrew MCiayton, prison-, j er, in police court this morning to i c Mayor Anthony Bowcn when the ' borgomaster lined him S."> tor being ? iound drunk on the streets. t "I don't want any chickens myself." ti said the mayor, "but perhaps some t of the police do." a Clayton, with one arn? cut off at the elbow, gray haired and weary, war, ,iu:i' ! c coming out of a state >f coma, superin 1 ducod by imbibing o* the cup that pit- s ficate8, the contents bring hard cider ; r, He got the cider at. home. j f i "What do you do for a living? ask-! e I ed the mayor. j i I "I work first here and then there, s NT IS Cwo Killed in Illinois Explosion iHOCK OF REFINING STATION BLAST IS FELT 15 MILES. f'v P'ojw) WOOD RIVER. 111., Dec. 16?Two Den were killed and several others njured in an explosion that wrecked he refining station of the Standard )il Company here this morning. The xplosion was followed by fire, which, or a time threatened ten largo tanks llled with oil. The shock was felt or 15 miles. IIGHI UK H FOOD SUSPENDED Railroads Take This Action Because of Traffic Congestion. fRv Associated Press) wasminutun, uec. Hi.? me ra- > ific Coast entire season's output of | Iriecl fruit, canned goods, wines, beans, j larley and other food will move east | mder prevailing freight rates notwith-, tanding authority given to the rail- j oads to advance them 10 cents per , oo barrels. Such a decision has bet n cached voluntarily by the Trans-con-! mental ranroad and communicated to he Interstate Commerce Commis. ion. The new treignt ru.es whcih were o go into cfiect December 30. will be in-peeled by the railroad's action till larch 1st. next, lly tUat time it is hougltt the entire product oi the orhards, vineyards and trues farms of nlilornla, Oregon and Washington or 1010 will have been uelivered in astern markets. Suspension of increased freight is lue, it is said, in lair measure to con-1 ;eat.on of traffic wli.cn has hampered ] lie free movement ot communities la- ; olved and delayed their tram porta- I ion eastward from two to six wceits. Ihe iiiovciucnt is at its Iteigut at p.. . int. Burned Woman Dies in Hospital Today Mrs. Anna Radio, wife of Mike Ralic, of Annabelle, who was hadlv mrned on Thursday evening when she ittempted to light a fire in a stove with leroseno oil, died at Fairmont Hosdtal No 3 this morning at throe I'clock as a result of the burns. The our year old son of the woman wha vas burned at the same time, died linrf lit oftnr tlin 'i noIrlnnt 4.V-T. X->J "HVl ?.?VK ?VVIUbllk. Following the accident the woman vas brought to this city and taiten to he hospital where it was seen that her ecovcry was impossible. She was lurneii ovet practically her entire lodv. The body was taken to Annaiclle today where interment will he cade. Mrs. Nancy Rice Dies on Pharoali's Run Mrs. Nancy Rice, aged about SO. widiw of WiWUiani Itlce, and a life long esldcnt of Monongalia county, died arly .ms morning at her home on .soil's run after an illness extendng over a period of several years, the is survived by one son, George tice, who made bis home with his lother. Her husband preceded her to he grave thirty-five years ago. The deceased was a well known reallent of that section. The funeral ar-! angcments have not been completed ' it this time. Undertaker R. L,. runlinghum has charge of the funeral nrangements. ?? RUSSIAN SREPULSE ADVANCE. PETROGRAD, Dec. 16?Russian roops have repulsed the Autro Gernau force which was attempting to dvance in the Oituz valley on the i .Ioldavian front of Rumania, the war iffice announced today. A successful lombardment of the Bulgarian Black lea coast bv the Russian war shirts is ' Iro reported. Sell Chickens \ or Cider Drunk rlierever $ can get work," said Clayon. The police Immediately got Lusy' nd started the commission merchant ab and tried to sell runic of Clayton's hi:'*out. so that thy cidet funics could ie kept out of the jaP They were inormed on all sidesil however, that no ine was In a mood for buying chickens his weather, it being, according to the uilkman, 1 degree below zero when ho chickens first announced their wakening. Those who were asked to buy the hickens did not care to get dragged ; rom the land of somnolence by the I hrjll call of chanticleer when tho aercury is a one below zero. There-1 ore Clayton went to Jail. His chickins stayed status quo and the police lave discovered that they are poor alesmen. ' d:\ -.V StfJ&k.lAjt'., ; i BROKI IS THIS THE NE^ Washington Bemi-otricial oplnk call for independent kingdoms in Ri of Albania under Austro-German am and Rumania to provide a juncture military protection of the Beriin-Bi This would give a German rout, all on territory of the central empir It is believed the Kaiser will ci and Montenegro, the greater part As to the fate of Serbia and Monte HI T0DA1 U. S. Circuit Court of Ap peals at Martinsburg Hears Argument. . tBy Ass?flat?I PrsaM MART lis jil ulfciSjV. Va? Dec. io.The Fairmont Charter case came u here today in the United Stales Cii cuit Court of Appeals before Judge i'ritchard. Woods and Dayton. Tb hearing was basod on the motion o certain Fairmont residents to bo mod parties of the defendant in the it] junction now in effect restraining tit City Board of Affairs of Fairmont fron proceeding with a special city eiecliot inado necessary under a second, nov cily charter passed by the state legis lature at its last regular session. Ai ilit' lime 01 me passing 01 ma charter, suits were nioagui w;. vunou Fairmont citizens in the state anu ice eral cc ,o protect their rights, t a case now pending was brought b; Thomas S. liuyunmd against the t it: Boar dof ..airs, lie alleged thai lie proposed new charter would depriv him of certain constitutional rights As a citizen of another state, he alleg ed in his ait unit he was ucpiiied ut der the proposed charter of certali rights. The United States Circui Court granted an injunction restrain ing tlic Board of Affairs from proceed Ing with the new election. The Republican city executive com ill it t co. composed of Frank It. Anio. A. S. Fleming, I.. M. Davis and M. H Morgan are now seeking to he mad parties of the defendant in 1 lie suii. 1 is also ashed no t the injunction ho die solt en and tin .aou ordered held Clarksburg Suffers From Gas Shortag( CLARKSBURG, Dec. 1G?'There wa suffering among the domestic user of natural gas in the Clarksburg dii trict today owing to a shortage caul ed by the cold wave despite the far that all factories wore suspendei The company which supplies the dli trict declared they wero fnrnlshln ail the Has that could be contained. ARTILLERY FIGHT IN BELGIUM. BERLIN, Dec. 1G?The Teuton! forces in Runtai:|i are continuin their advance all along the front, i is announced in today's war office rt port. 2010 more prisoners have bee brought in. In Dobrudja the Russians havxo r< tired. Violent artillery lighting occurre in Belgium yesterday it is announce officially. Southeast of Zlllebeke. th German troops advanced to the Se< ond British lino whoso defenders th statement said (led. On the Verdun front the Frene drove the German forces from ac vancod positions east of the Meuse. * CARPENTER CHILD BURNED. The tlire weeks old infant of Mi and Mrs. Wayne Carpenter died tlii morning at the home of her parent on East Park avenue after a brie illness. The funeral took place this aftei noon with interment in the Vlnceu cemetery by Undertakers Cnrpente and Ford. NEWSPAPER OFFICE BURNS. CHARLOTTE, N*. C., Dec. 16.?Firearly today did thousands of dollar worth of damage to the mechanics plant of the Charlotte Observer. Th loss Is coveted by insurance. ' j '. ' ... EN EAS r MAP OF EUROPE? 5 SA t> -.n is that Germany's peace terms will us clan Poland and LithuaiHa. restoration sp ices, and annexation of parts of Serbia ot Hungary and Bulgaria sufficient for s; dad railroad. e from the North Sea to the Persian gulf, es and their Balkan allies, in sent to the restoration of Belgium of Rumania, and a portion of Serbia, negro, however, there is some doubt. "iiiisir I AGAIN WRECKED - Llewellyn Plant Damaged $500,000 by Explosion and Fire. (Py Ah "orln ted Prf?-*) LOS AXciid..LS, Dec. 16. i'ire said P to havo resul ed from an e..plo-ion caused damaged estimated at SjUU, a in the plant o the Llewellyn Iron e works here today. An invo -.l a ion f fo determine the cause of the explosion e was started by police, i- .Tnhii .T MfVnmnva. fnriiipr tsorro e tary anil ire isurer o the lmernatiunai a ' Union of Bridge did Structar.ij lro;< >, j Workers, Is now serving a t once " in San Quentin penitentiary loi the i- j dynamiting 01' this plant in 1610, to I which he confessed, tj Allies Attitude I Creates Firm Market a NE WYORK. Dec. 16.?The rohable i | attitude of Ecnlentc allies toward the Germanic proposals as suggested by j. the ltussian Duma's firm stand and i, other over night events which served L to discourage the idea of early peace ^negotiations, prompted much short |. j covering during today's brief session. , Specialties made further recovery of h! 2 to u points with 25 for liethlehem , steel. Some of this advantage was j relinquished in dealings of second o! sour. ' MINERS' WAGERS BOOSTED CONNELLSV1LLE, Pa., Dec. 16 ? ' Notices posted at the II. C. Frick com pany plants in this vicinity yesterday ! evening announced that, effective toj day, the employes of the company will n receive a wage increijo of 10 per J cent. Twenty-live thousand men are affected, while 15.000 other persons, s employed by independent companies s which invariably follow the lead of the t-1 Frick company, will also likely ret j ceive increases. t This is Hie third increase granted 1.' the Flick employes this year, the first ?-] having been announced February 1, gjand the second May 8. HUGHES AGAIN CANDIDATE. ALBANY. N. Y., Dec. 16.?Chas. E. c Hughes has been named for ihc proslg deticy of the New York State Bar Aslt socialion by the nominating committee of that organization it was ann . 1... ?U.. P.aJ " Iiuuill'eu luuu> uj- iu*r auviciaij, ritu1 ' crick E. Wadltams, of this city. ( I ARNOLD FUNERAL TODAY ^; The funeral of Mrs. Lucy Arnold. | wife of Rev. C. H. Arnold, a colored 01 Batist reacher, whose death occur-' red on Wednesday at her home near 0 lodgment took place this afternoon at two o'clock. Interment followed in the l> Fairmont cemetery in ltcurge of Fit1'jdcrtaker Eli llusgruve. The Weather r. I !! ? ' -rufi est Virginia? 'f J ! n Fair tonight, not 1 jfe so cold. Sunday inlit 5 LjMCTL creasing cloud i( lstT fff*. ttoss; warmer t'olJ |dowM\j? Jfu \ lowed by snow. tltOO THAjAt jf( ij Local Readings. r Fi p' Ha"' 0b ? I Temperature at e Canr V a ? tn. today, it. s ' C wM \ - 3 Yesterday's weath1 rij&J ajmn *r' BD0W temper e l WW-* ??"?caig maximum, 125, mnnmuin, 4; precipation, .04. , . v.,'ro>V-. >. ... .. .. : , i -"r j. - iT OF I 1BEINSTOFF CMS I1H SEC. LAKSIIG I I i t Says That Germans Have Only Suggested Peace Discussion. NO TERMSTEF I PROPOSED i These Will Be ConsirWprl When Proposal to Talk is Accepted. i (By Associated Press) WASHINGTON*. Dec. 16.?Count I von Bernstorff, German ambassador. | conferred with Secretary I.anaing to- | day reeking information of the altitude of the Lniled States toward the peace J proposals of the Central powers to dL j cuss the general subject of peace from this government's viewpoint and to give any information Mr. Lansing might desire on the attitude of the i German government, i Ambassador Berstorft said after hie i visit with Lansing: "Wo did not discuss peace terms in | my way. I have not received any] formal terms, and the American government knows officially that no formal 'erms have been prqposed. All Germany has suggested is that the belligerents get together and talk. If : that proposal is acepted definite terms naturally will bo discussed hut till ion it will not be proper to mention them. My visit to the secretary was purely for general discussion." |EIG CHRISTMAS TDCC n UlATPnil MILL HI VVHIOUIl Jolly Comers Club Will Entertain 400 Children Dec. 22. A community Christmas tree for 400 children of Watson and Liarnsvillc is to be lighted at tiie Watson school next j Friday, December 11. The arrange uiouts for the big tree are being worked out under the auspices of the "Jolly i Comers" club and with the assistance of the teachers of the Watson school and the Welfare department of the Consolidation Coal compaqj. I A musical program of Christmas carols sung by tiie children of the | : Uarnsville and Watson schools wi'l be : given when the tree is lighted it 7't!0 J in the evening and following this cu j tertainment the gifts on the tree will be distributed The largo tree is ex-1 pected to bold something tor every j j child and interested parent that attends. All ol the employees o' the i company boih Me shaft and the j Watson mines have been invited it at! tend and a record breaking community | meeting is .-.ntieipaieii. Ilecorafious o' tut- tree >> c no done by the children and the ilgtbing effect will be obtain. I by the use c>i coined j electric lights The decorations are under the supervision of Mrs. Jessie i Davis, who is the chairman of the dec[ rating committee. Harry F. Hurl principal of he Wat-1 : son school, is the chairman at Hie program committee and has chaigo of the musical numbers ihat will be g'ven by i the children. Mrs Dora Toothman is chairman of the conimitli e on arrangements and Mrs John ltiggins is tlio president of the ?Hb that is holding thn tron \1fua .Inrilftn ami Miuu rrti lcr, of the Welfare department of the Consolidation company, will a'tend the affair. Committees Named at Charity Meeting j A legislative committee and a commit ee on finance and membership were named by the executive commit tee of the state conference of Chart; ties and Corrections held in this city | yesterday. Tito lirst named commit' tee tvill have the framing up of mafferportaining to legislation desi|ed by the organization and tite last named - committee will have charge of the raising of finances to carry out tlic legislative program and to wage a campaign to secure new members for the organization. The following committee on legislation was appointed by the president. Prof. E. H. Vichers. of Morgantown. who presided at the meeting yester day: E. H. Vickers. H. E. Fleslior, of j Pruntytown. and I>. Bristol, of Morgantown. On finance, Mrs. J. 0. Watson,. 'of this city, Mrs. F. 3. V/ad^^I, of' ; Huntington, Rahbi A. H. Silver, of., i Wheeling, and Miss Minnie Taylor, of i | Martingburg. 'JLvd/JH. Ai,-.- Yr IfrL'u. MEUSE BUI FO?R DEBREES AEOVE ZERO AT COLDEST HOUR Gas Company Shuts Off I Factories So City Will Not Suffer. MAYBEWARMTOMORROW I Coi l Operators Expecting Worse Car Shortage I From Weather. Perscu- who walked up Main street this morning or had any necceaslty tor going out of doors, knew that their noses were rold and that their ears were aching, but muny of them did not 1 eonsider that many things more important to the community than their ears and noses were affected by the .iiuic was noi a single factory in ,H Fairmont which uses gas, that operat- ifi * ed today. The gas company shut off ' all the manufucturtcs that tb edomistie supply might he uf.c.en: and ; hereby pr 'vent suffering o?: unit of 1 the cold. Approximately 2,000 men w ve thus tluown tut of work terapor- I arily and at kust a tlO.OOO money loss in wages and loss of business incurHad as the situation was this morning, it is reported as being" even wotjge 3 in neighboring cities and towns. In ? Clarksburg yesterday there was bo lit- i tle gas that even the homes could burn hut one stove at a time, in some instances it being reported that there I was not enough tire to cook meat. The factories hud been shut off for j| several days. . The coal mines of the Fairmont reg- , ; ion arc expecting to have their out I ut curtailed because of the furthej ft shoriare of cars, as a consec.^mca the dilliculty of moving heavy trains .^V during weutlier such as today add yesterday. in the southern part of the .'y date the supply of cars at the mine lias been cut a lull 2it per cent. The ' ' cut has been considerable in the Fairmont disirict although it is not believ- I ed tins percentage has boen reached. The Traction company was working . vj under difficult ins all day, but because H of the activity of the men and the cuielu! planning previous to the cold jl snsp, there was little or no delay on ineii tir.r.R i lie oliceman'a Job became an ar-.'oils one today, and some one member 01 ilie force v.as to be found at nearly any htur this morning stand |ig on a little patch of sunlight near the Moon- . X .an. t uy drug store where the wind >.'at not quite so raw and the temper..lure less severe than at any other glace on the block. 'ike weather man says the tempera-'* ture at eight o'clock this morning wag but n degrees above zero and that lasl night it actually went us low as-fc'Siiffi above. The gui .s ol the average Fair'- -3 mooters as lie stuck his head out this morning, was that it was about 455 1'. 1'. Hall, the weather man, persists , .v.V in callin-; snow, perclpituiion." There was ,o-i oi an inch \ it yesterday, The v.eu.uer cine, *i Pittsburgh, says . a that it v..I. not be - cold tonight and that mere will pj-. -ly be more snow. 1 Pitt Collegians Here Thursday One ol the strongest teams ever sent out lo represent the Pittsburgh ~ Collegians on a basketball floor will be seen in aetioii here next Thursday [I when this year's collegian team meets the local v. M. C. A. In their opening I'he I'ittsbuigh lineup will contain as torwurds Peek und McNutt. Peck [1 is the iormer star forward ol Pitt while McNuti was a member of the Allegheny college team. Deffenbaugb. also of Pitt, will play the center polllion here ..ml Campbell of Pitt Will<V 9 piny one of the guards. Heed, ol l-eiin State will be tl.e other guard. City Hall Notes 11 All departments ai the city hall era luukins tip their labor pay rolls tor ' the last payment to be made by tIE city this year. Also while working with the pen and pencil they are pre paring their statements to be mailed v,.? to the property owners In front ol whose premises the city paved the |j Repairs are being made again to the Monongahela river hridgo. This work will according 10 the street department, be the lart necessary on the j bridge this winter. In the spring the paving blocks will he put down and , 'I from that time on very little repair work Is expected on the structure.- A.Ajsjj Albert Kern, city clerk, is spending th? v-cek-eml in Morgan town.