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A Quality Newipaper for the Homo B fW T ^ much change In Mmperatura. * Horthem West Virginia's Greatest Newspaper ? '; '? ESTABLISHED 1868. today's news today FAIRMONT, WEST VIRGINIA. TUESDAY EVENING, MARCH 20, 1917. member associated press. PRICE THREE CENTS ' ' '? ?? ' w ... ... ..... ? I _ll'aj i PREPA si 51.1M HE TQ1II r- * Reserves Released by Movement Expected to be Employed Soon NEW DRIVE FOR CALAIS? French Experts Sure Some Important Counter Offensive is Plan Trench troops pushing hard on the rear of retreating Germans are today within striking distance of the "Hinj denburg line" the supposed goal of the I retiring forces. The mile stones on this lino are the historic towns of | Lille and Cambrel. St, Quentin, Laon ' and La Fere. The troops of General Neville were i pushing toward St. Quentin yesterday at a rate almost unprecedented in the preaent world war and had reachod a ^ point within five miles of the city. ^ Unless some unheralded factor has " entered into the situation the French have by this time either entered St. I' Quentin or tho German retreat has h baited. Sr In tho meantime to the north the | British are doggedly pushing forward I toward Cambrai and are apparently within striking distanco of that town | the heart of the Lille La Fere lino | and famous since days of the llomnns. L" The british are advancing more slowly than the French but nothing either | in the official reports from Paris or r London or in the unofficial stories ol newspaper correspondents at the front | indicate that either army has yet come in contact with main German forces. French military observers estimate I that German retirement already has ly released 160,000 to 200,000 troops who are available for a long predicted I .counter offensive to be launched gainst allied lines at some speculative ?; youu. Tho ParlB newpapers regard some J, such move on the part of von Hlndenburg as almost certain, and discuss the possibility of another tremendous effort to smash away through to Caf lals. In the meantime the only indlca tion of German attempt to assume the initiative is in apparently sporadic ' fighting In the Champagne district and on the Verdun front. Nothing developed in either of these directions to indicate an offensive on l\ a scale great enough to offset the senJL satlonal evacuation of a thousand or 7t [more square miles in Plcardy. 1 STM^S IN f SEMI-CENTENNIAL I \ Interesting Program Ar ki ranged for Normal School Celebration Plans for the student-faculty program of the Semi Centennial Celebration of the Fairmont State Normal school to be held at the Normal audi; torlum on April 5. 6, and 7 have been practically completed. The subject for the program Is the "School Spirit." This program will be given on the f afternoon of Thursday, April 6 at 2:30 1 o'clock and will bo an interesting event. r The program as outlined Is as follows: "History of the School." Miss Ruth d Morris of the Freshman class; talks 1 by members of the Faculty, first "The Professinal Spirit," Prof. J. F. Shreve; second, "Tho Academic Spirit, Prof. M. K. Turner. Talks by members of the student body: first, "The Student Spirit," L. D. Patterson of the Short Course senior class; second, "The Athletic Spirit," Harry Watklns, Ju nlor Normal ciass; mira, ?me social Spirit," Miss Oeorgla Gregg, Senior Normal class; fourth, "The Class Spirit" Leo Salvattl, Junior Academic olass. Poem written In honor of the occasion, Miss Merle Sharps, Sophomore class; prophecy, W. P. Bridges of the Senior Academic class. The musical numbers for the program have not as yet been selected. On Thursday evening at eight o'clock Chancellor Samuel B. McCor( mlck of tho University of Pittsburgh . will deliver the address. This address I will conclude the centennial celebraJ j tlon and the day following the dedlcatlon of the building will take place In jt' the morning and In the afternoon the IW sessions of the Monongahela Valley Round Table will begin concluding I with Saturday morning Besston. The alumni of the BChool will partake of a banquet at six o'clock on I j; Thursday evening. f- , 4 ' i RING N VED10 01 BEEN 1 BE BE1BEATIBE The German Rei ? ? W ?3F?. ? 0 S 10 Map of the front in northern France the area to which the bit; German retire] dicatcs the front on July 1 before tne lino Indicates the front on Friday bel'oro mcnt. Broken line of trianitle Indicate) retirement. Line of alternate dots and from yesterday's retirement Arrows it and allied advance. The British have oi French Noyon and Ncsle. The two armi the Germans are believed to be retirini Cambral, St. Quentin and La Fere. itsfmi paw paw bonds: a t( X"W * dir* II rremiums as mgn as ^6,mo ? Were Offered for 6 Them. n d Blda on the paving bonds authorized n recently for Paw Paw district wore v opened by the court this afternoon, v five banking companies being repre- ? sented by bids and representatives. * The opening of the bids was not com- " pleted before three o'clock and itn- 11 mediately thereafter an advisory com- J3 mlttee met with the couuty court to confer on the bids. A: press time this committee was still in session. Those bidding and the bids were: a For June delivery: Sidney Spitzer and ? Company, premium of $2,508. Field o Richards and Company, premium of t $1683. Cummlng, Pruden and Com- r pany, premium $1327. Otis and Com- o I pany, premium of $125. Breed Elliot P and Harrison, dsicount of $7,600. h For April dating: Otis and Company, t premium of $3375. Breed Elliot and Harrison, premium of $2585. Field Richards and Company, premium of v $2540. Sidney Spitzer and Company, t premium $2508. Cummings, Prudon d aud Company, premium of $1327. li According to the bond men who are II Irresent In tho city, it would be very t inadvisable for the county court to let I the I'aw Paw bonds today, since they . declare that by coihbtning the Lincoln J and Paw Paw Issue, the attractiveness of more than a million dollars worth | of bonds would be very attractive and some very good bids would be secured. It Is not known however, what action the committee will take. , The advisory committee Is made c up of the following Paw Paw citizens: e Dr. George R. Miller, S. W. Swlgor, j Jno. H. BurnB, Chas. A. Phllllppl, J. q A, McCoy, E. J. Parker S. C. Straight, b W. R. Clayton, J. D. Arnett, CuBter t Satterfleld and Will G. Morgan. b You Going to Have j ejfliro.aakw-.tffrty -;i* I'if ilMjjjiMli" i f T "nI i IAVY Fl ABANDONED ' treat in France * '&M* - - l 1 t from Arras to the'Aisne at Solssons. * aient lias now spread. Black line In- f Sommo offonslve began. Broken ? the Germans began their retire i the front as a result of Saturday's * dashes indicates the line resulting t ldlrat-i direction of German retreat ecupied Pcronnc and Chaulnes, the J es join at Nesle. The line to which c ; runs from north to south through 1 \ 1 t -i 1 City Hall Notes I Fred Haney. who has been sojourn- a eg in Florida during the winter weeks ent a fine specimen of baby alligator I a the fire department bringing the j r umber of pets in that establishment 1 p to 10. there being two goldfish, sev-1 1 ii dogs and one 'gator. 1 a The city street and water depart- 1 tents will be called upon this week to * evlse means to protect the embank- v tent at First and Walnut streets > ihich during the rains of a week ago ' ,-as washed out taking with It a polo 1 t the Bell Telephone company and ( everal pieces ot the sewer line there. a 'he street dpartment will first lay the E avcment at that point one foot high- 6 r so that all drains will bo toward c he Christian church side of the street. 1 e E The State Department of Health has , sked Water Commissioner Ira L. 0 Imith to fill four bottles with samples t t Fairmont's water supply. Ono ot hese bottles will be filled from the B Ivor before tho chlorine treatment, f ne after the chlorine has been ap lied, one after the water supply has ecn aereated at the reservoir and be other at a faucet In the city. Tom Russo, the street department workman who happened to find a pisol on tho bride In the course of his uties and who was arrested for hav f ng same when approached by a po- d Iceman Is out on *1.000 bond to be u rlcd tonight before Justice Conaway. b p Fairmont Police \ Ask for More Pay \ a A commltte of the city police met vlth the Board of Affairs In star I hamber aesslon this morning and ask- c id for an Increase In salary. The c loard looked favorably upon the re- 1 uest ada dlclded that should matters a e arranged around the Intricacies of c he budget the salary Increase would a ie allowed. a a Garden of Your OR MM HUGE PRODI PLANTS Joth Hope and Philadelphia Great By-Product In This Two gTeat producer gas plants, caable of producing an aggregate of 70 llllion cubic feet of gas per day, and ach the first unit of gigantic plants ,'hlch are expected to rank wltb the irgest in the country, have been uthorlzcd by the Hope Natural Oas lompany and the Philadelphia Comany. The Hope plant is to be built t Hastings. Wetzel county, and the 'hiladelpliia Company plant either beween Fairmont and Clarksburg or bewoeu Fairmont and Mannlngton. The Hope plant at Hastings Is steady under construction and is exected to be finished In a few months. raws pi utn in nun . v.tu UIUII, "UWUJ I Uiconci ifterwards Identified as King and Shaver, came down the street beilnd Chrlstner and ono of the men King) struck him, knocked him down nd then beat him unmercifully while iliavor looked on. After the men had ;one Mrs. Chrlstner came and assistid her husband to his feet. Accordng to Mrs. Poleskel, Chrlstner then laid, "I go home, get gun and kill ihaver." Mrs. Poleskel did not again lee Chrlstner until after the killing .nd she said that as he passed her louse he said, "He's finished." Harry Shaw cross examined the witless but unable to bring out any new eatures. Cheodore Heuring to Be Buried Tomorrow The body of Theodore Huering, a ormer resident of this city, whose leath occurred at Monaca, Pa., on Satirday following Injuries received while lelplng to fight a fire In a chemical ilant at that place, accompanied by lis wife, who was called there by his leath. arrived here last evening anu rare taken to his late home on Gason avenue. Several relatives and rlonds accompanied the body here .180. The funeral Is announced to tabu dace Wednesday morning at nino >'clock from St. Peter's Catholic :hureh and Interment will be maue n Holy Cross cemetery by Carpentet ind Ford. The Knights of Columbus, if which organization the deceased was l member, will attend the funeral In i body. Own This Year? I LnULU Ull llllnL FOR i TODAY After 200 Jurors had been drawn beore a petite Jury could be selected or the trial of the case, the trial of foy Chrlstner was finally started la 'lrcult court this morning and late his afternoon the fight of opposing ounsel was waging about evidence nd witnesses. The defendent, repesented by Attorney Scott Lowo and lurry Sraw. was tho center of all ?cb in 11 u/uik luuia nucio two uunred or more of his friends, and curtut people from the street, wero seatd. Tile Jurors who were finally selectid as eligible to sit on the case are: V. T. Wadsworth, T. Wellington Ariclt, Lloyd Tetrlck, A. Ward Blnns. idgar, L. Tennant. A. H. Osborne, leu Satterfleld, J. O. Ppe, Jameg-W. >>an. D. C. Jones. Okey L. Stanley ind Charles S. McDougall. Before his Jury could be secured an addiional drawing of fifty was made last Ight. This morning the prosecuting atornev outlined the case of the state nd laid out the grounds upon which le will endeavor to prove Chrlstner tiilty of the murder of Buckeye Shavr. The gun with which Shaver was hot was one of the interesting oxitbits which the prosecutor raadet l number of witnesses will be called oth by the stato and the defense. The defense In Its address to the ury. made by Attorney Scott, will ndeavor to prove that the act wherely Chrlstner took the life of Shaver, ras committee by the defendent beievlng It to be self-defense. King, he buddy of Shaver and who ac:nowledged In preliminary hearings liat he had beaten the defendent Ihristner and. while Chrlstner was ying on the ground, had kicked him n his face with ills heavy shoes, will irobably be one of the most importnt witnesses. Mrs. Poleskel, a Polish woman livng near Chrlstner, was the first wittoss for the state. She testified to taving witnessed the fight between ling and Chrlstner, or rather the bentng of Chrlstner at the hands of King, nd said that Chrlstner was standing n front of her house drunk, playing vith a dog and Binging to himself L'hnti lain mnn wlinm TDntnnLnl Stato Normal will begin tomorrow morning when school will close at 11:30 In the morning and resume work one week later, Tuesday, March 27. Many of the students will take advantage of the spring recess for a visit to their homes throughout the stato. With few exceptions the members of the faculty will remain at their posts using the time for preliminary plans for the re-openlng of the school on next Tuesday In arranging schedules, etc. The teaching force of the Normal will not be agumented this term though the student body will be Increased by approximately 100 now students. New classes will be organized but these will bo taken caro of by the present faculty. BREAKING IT TO CARRANZA. WASHINGTON, D. C? March 20.? The note to General Carranza declines his proposal for neutral action to bring peace to Europe by cutting off exports of supplies to belligerents was made public today at the State department. Better Read the G< lili*' I'llti T v'i-11-ifl'r'tlli fllifllfi i (fr iVi-W^* - IR ONI JCER GAS TO BE BUILT i Companies Make Plans for Stations to be Built District. The Philadelphia company hopes to have Its plant completed Inside a year. The gas from both plants will be piped to Pittsburgh and there either used pure or mixed with tho natural gas supply of that city. The announcement of the plans of. these two companies is the first verification of tho reports concerning tho use to which they would put the immense areas of Pittsburgh coal purchased here and in near by counties in the past two or three years. The coal will be converted Into producer gas In great by-product plants, which by(Continued on page two! IhISF DEAL EVER MADE 11 WEST VIRGINIA Meetings of stockholders of the Mo- \ nongahela Valley Traction Company and tho Kanawha Traction and KIe> trie Company, for the purpose of authorizing the taking over of the latter company by the former, In accordance with agreements made hv tho directors, will be held soon. Tliore is no doubt but that st- ckholders of both companies will fnvor the consolidation j and It Is expected that these details' will be completed In little more than a raomn In addition to the sixty miles of railway owned by the Kanawha county, the transfer includes tn9 power plant which has a capacity of 11 250 kilowatts dally and supplies light to the towns of Williamson," Beverly and Lowell, Ohio, besides I'atkersburg and all of Marietta with 'he exception of the street lightning system. Besides the central powe plant of tlio company a smaller plant Is located at Lowell. The central station plant is one of the most mod) i in the country and was recently completed at a cost^ of more than hall a million dollars. j The Kanawha Traction and Electric company was organized in I'.llb and was a consolidation of the Parker.ilurg and Marietta Interurban Company and the Muskingum Traction Company. Besides those traction Interests the company owns and operates the Marietta and Williamson toll bridge across the Ohio. The deal which was completed yesterday afternoon was the largest and most Important traction transaction ever made In West Virginia. The authorized capital stock of tho Parkersburg company In common and preferred stock Is three million dollars. There is outstanding at the present. time. $1,078,500 of the proferred stock and $1,100,000 of the common stock. The payment for the company will be made by issuing to the present stockholders of the Kanawha Traction and Electric company, stocks of the Monongahela Valley Traction Company In the same denominations. SPRING RECESS AT NORMAL TOMORROW About 100 New Students Expected for the Spring Term. ! TTin onrlnir rprnsQ rtf Ilia TTolrmrmt rHE U-l NAVY WILL Nil SUNS FROM SI WITH SHALL! I Naval Academy Ha Graduate Two Hi Provide Offici PRES. U1 Important Announcement Is the Cabinet Meeting 1 .. Not Advance < (By Assocla WASHINGTON, March 21 proclamation President Wilsi or tomorrow that a state of ited States and Germany the definitely for forceful action t ship lanes of German submar Sixty submarine chasers, 1! dered from the New York n about two months and bids fc the Navy Department tomori The navy academy was or< class March 29 and the Junic j 374 more junior officers may It was thought the Presidi nouncement after today's cat As has been the case sinci knowledged that a state of w the United States and Germs speculation on the precise act: plates but there is no official Calling of Congress in extr day first chosen for its assen | among the probabilities, but President Wilson has finally hand there were some indicat sion would not be advanced, out the policy of armed neutr being hurried in the Navy d< I of their execution range ever with the British and French f i out of the shipping lanes. DUKE f(ia WOMEN 10 ilHttE OtVl Will Do Shore Duty and Relieve Men for Active Service. Washington, d. c? March 20.? Secretary Daniels toduy ordered naval commandants at shore stations and all recruiting officers to bo prepared to enlist women In the actual naval service In case of an emergency. ino juage auvocate general has ruled that women can bo enlisted under the laws regulating recruiting. | While It Is not Intended to place wo-1 men aboard ships, thoy may bo utll-1 (zed for shore duty In connection with : coast defense woik. Grades corro-j sponding to tbe yeoman class will be given to those qualifying as stenog raphers, typists or similar posltlous. By filling the positions on shore with women, the department expects In time of emergency to relieve tbe men for fleet service and sea duty. Penny Lunches at the Fleming School The penny lunch system was inaugurated yesterday in the Fleming school and a large number ot pupils partook of cooklos and milk at the lunch hour. The system which waa! put into effect in the Miller school last | week is meeting with success and yes-' terday 295 childron were served at! the lunch period. The Home Econom- j ics department of the Woman's club Inaugurated the idea of the penny j I lunches In the local schools. The ays-; 1 tem will be tried out for a period of six weeks and if found practical will be j continued indefinitely and establish-, | ed in other schools of the city. < irden Article on Pc BOATS NT Hi HUB LANES % I P" AW WA iw m\iais i is Been Ordered to ighest Classes to ers for Them MAKE STATEMENT Looked for at Conclusion o( Today?Probably WiU Congress Call. $9 ted Press.) H )?Without waiting for thd jDn is expected to issue today war exists between the Un* Government today prepared ;o clear trans Atlantic steam* ines and to protect the coast 10 foot speedy craft, were or* avy yard to be completed in ir 200 more will be opened by row. iered to graduate the senior ir class in September so that be available speedily. ;nt might make some an- S )inet meeting. - j|S e all official Washington ac- itm ar practically exists between my there is a wide range of ion President Wilson contemground for any forecast. Sr| a session before April 16, the nbly still continues foremost there are no indications that y'| decided on it. On the other ;ions that the date of the sesPreparations for carrying ality to its fullest degree are apartment. The possibilities i to active cooperation at sea ji leets to clean the submarines ;JI;( iiiW" 1 DEBATE SUBJECT % Other Arrangements for the Silver Wreath Contest (Ip This Year. g| Contestants for the annual lnten society contest for possession of thl Sliver Wreath have licon chosen bj the Lyceum and Mozart Literary so js cletles of the Fairmont Normal school and the subject for the debate select cd. The contest as usual will talc! iSfm place during Commencement week, the exact date to be announced later XgK Thls^ contest Is considered the cul mlna'tlng event of the entire week ol commencement and attracts number! of the alumni here each year. The subject which will be debated will he, "Resolved, That the United States should exercise a dominating Influence In the Carrtbean Sea." How the societies will divide on the questlon has not yet been decided. The contestants who will battle . for the possession of the wreath foi the Lycuem society are: Oration, L. C. "$&; Furbee; recitation, Miss Grace Ott; . dphntn Pronlr For the Mozart aoclety the following r will try for the silver trophy: Oration, J. Herbert Lively; recitation* Miss I.aura Bradley; debate, L. C. : MINE OPERATORS MEET. COLUMBUS. March 20.?Coal open ators of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana and Illinois, met here today to pass on : he recent request of Ohio United Mine Workers for Increased wages. SThc Ohio operators decline to consider the request until the -matter Is presented to the operators of the four states as mine workers now are employed under a four-state agreement.