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A QualVty New^r fer ] Vir^nias B^t *
s orcnnp jirfbt
Regard That Town as a Pos
sible German Gateway
to Amiens.
m- ? :
N German Losses Believed to
- on Annoll
"nave ivcauiicu mx
ing Proportion.
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TBjr Associated Press'*
IX FRANCE. March 27?The Germans
-last sight continued their fur-;
ions onslaught south-westward from
Ham against the allied defenses in
the Tegion of Roye and Xoyon. having
slowed down in their patent attempt
to cut -through the British lines further
north where such desperate resistance
was offered.
.Hard fighting occurred last night
about the town of Albert. Larre ?ne.
thy forces pushed forward toward t!"
place but at last accounts the British
jS were holding them valieniiy ror they
consider Albert a possible gateway to
Prom tho averase of casualties in
the various German units as given by
prisoners one arrives at the eonclu.
slon that the German emperor has
tost 50 per cent of these men since
he gave the signal for the advance.
The Germans have now reclaimed
virtually all the territory they held
at the beginning of tbe battle of the
Somme in 1316. At some places they
have not retaken all tbe old ground
n/.into thm,* have over
UUb Ob VbU?4 yvtMbw
stepped it somewhat.
The official British statement of
yesterday saiu: "It had been established:
that more than 70 German divisions
had been engaged in the battle."
The usual estimate of the present
strength of a German division is
13.000 men so that a loss- of 50 per;
cent, would mean casualties in excess
of 400.000 for the Germans in less than .
- ' "il; *'
Make Application Through
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Principal uoieoann ai
the High School.
Twenty-eight boys between the ages :
of 16 and 21 have been enrolled at the
high school in the Boys' Working Rer
.serve ot the United States govern-.
v'"rment, according to figures given out
|,S'-today by the principal of the school.
|v George H. Colebank.
- The United States government re
cently sent out a call to boys between
the ages of 16 and 21 to enlist in this j
Boys' Working Reserve for voluntary,
service on farms and in industries dur-'
teg the summer vacation. Tbe gov-;
v. 4i '
. eraznexxt is vorKing inroaga uie ;
pertinent of Labor. A director was !
named for each state in the union. '
. Secretary of State Houston G. Touns. I
' of 'Charleston, is state director and |
- ; he -has enlisted county superintend- i
>> eats of echools, principals of high and 1
V" graded schools and Snnday school su- i
; peiintendents as coworkers in enlist- i
tag these hoys.
- Several young men. former students
;V q? the high school, have enlisted in
jf>. the working reserve and have made
y~, -application through the high school.
-. 'la this connection Principal Colebank
flee#*" to state that any young man j
?3 between the ages of 16 and 21 who
;-..:tfe?ires to enlist in this service may j
do so by calling at the high school or
&g-o*lllUg over phone No. 283.
It to bettered the school will enroll j
anymore boys ss soon as the oat-1
tsr -to gtwma more publicity. The t
youmt men who have already enrolled
>?. ?!? enthusiastic over the work which !
g-tbey wUl Toluntanly do to help win
fej^HSTERDAM, March 27.?German
aSewspepers announce that General
KBadh31och von Blottnlts ,an infantry
HUtiJilis- commander in the German
| -army. was killed at the front on
Have Yoi
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V7I>1 vxrxxii.
Chief Aid to Hindenburg Cla
No One Can Fore
the A
I >r.y - - rcv- .-i
AMSTERDAM. March 27?A great .
battle has been fought and victory
has been won but nobody can foresee '
what will result from it." said Gen. i
von Ludendorff. chief aid to Field Mar ;
shal von HiDdcnburK in an interview ;
with the correspondent at the front
of the Tage Zcitung of Berlin.
The General praised the British for ;
their tentatious resistance and contln- :
I !
: Former Marine in Visit to
Monongah Glass Plant j
So States.
; Palmer 1>. Brong. a foreign re pre- j
i ....Tno Mnnoncah Glass com- i
| SCi. lan w? wv. - pauy,
stated last nigh- In a* he saw '
bright business prospects, foi Haiti
; This brilliancy in the business worm
' follows the numerous insurrections tu
; that country.
| "You tbink Mexico hail string or.
presidents.'* said Mr. Uroasr. "but just
! thin!: of Haiti having twenty-seVen
! presidents between 1'JOii and 191e. It J
appears that the majority of the tneu
. who assumed this ofice were first bent
t upon "getting theirs' and just as soon .
j as they succeeded in seizing the reve-!
! nue and custom receipts of the nation !
| dropped into oblivion in response to
: popular protest."
Mr. Crong is a reai red-blooded ;
; American and has served in Uncle i
Sam's navy and during the iusurrcc
j tions in Haiti was assigned. to latia
duty. "Hardships were many." said ;
Mr. Brong. "I lost fifty pounds in six j
days, when the jackics marched from
; Fort Liberty. Terrier Rouge to Plas- j
ancc a distance of 12S miles. These i
Sammies marched for six days with J
but one meal and no sleep and the j
expeditionary force also engaged in j
a fifteen bour battle. The soldiers j
left Terrier Rouge and then proceed-:
ed to St. Suezan. to Gran Riviere to i
Bahone and Fort Oipiti. where the fif-!
teen-hour battle was engaged in. This :
march was over mountains and the severity
of the service was keenly felt."
Mr. Brong. who hails from Kenosha, j
Wis., returned from this foreign ser- i
vice the other year, but on April 1 f
sails from New- York city for Haiti, i
where be will represent five big American
concerns, among these is the Mo- j
? riooe eomnnnv Of thlS CltV. !
UUUfsaU VI4UCQ VWUtlJUK.-. ~ - - ,
He left for Wisconsin last night.
Austrian Caught With;
14 Pints of Booze |
This afternoon John Vendel, an Aus-'
trian. was caught with a valise filled
with five quarts and four pints of [
whiskey as he alighted from the Penn- j
sylvania railroad train. The arrest;
was made by Deputy Sheriff Howard t
A. Adams and Constable Michaels. .
Vendel states that he came to Fair- j
moot from Masontown. Pa. He is j
being held for a hearing before Justice
Elks to Open New
Home Monday Eve.
Members of Fairmont Lodge of Elks ;
will formally open their new quarters j
in the Deveny building next Monday i
afternoon and evening when a reception
will be tendered at which the general
pnblic is invited to attend.
On Tuesday evening the lodge will
hold its first session in the new rooms.
A class of candidates will be initiated
and the newly elected officers will be
Will Stop Holding ~
Wheat on Farms j
WASHINGTON*. March 17. ? State
food administrator trill be encouraged
by the Food administration to requisition
summarily any stock of wheat
actually being boarded. A general order
to this effect has not yet been
promulgated but state administrators
have been advised that they have authority
to act.
i Noticed How Our I
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_ seat.. ,* > .v: N!Lj-Vli.a
ims Great Victory But Says
. see the Result of
ued: "The British believed they could
rely on the strength or machinery.
The employment of tanks and great
numbers of machine grme is typical of
their method* of warfare."
The German infantry*, the General
adds had only one nignts normal rm t
during the five or sis days of battle.
"In a battle like this, he remarked,
the Infantrymen must risk tbelr lives ,
cot only once but continuously from .
trench to trench " I
Soviet and Ukranian Troops
Unite to Defeat the
Germans. j
<By Associated P:r ss\
LOXDOX- March 27.?Odessa ha. ;
">een recaptured by the Soviet and i
'krainian troops after a bloody battle j
in which naval forces took part, ac- ;
< ording to a Moscow dispatch frost.
the semi-official Russian news agency. !
The German war office od March '
13 announced that Odessa had been)
entered by German troops. Tne preliminary
peace treaty between Flumania
and the Central powers con ained
a provision engaging Rumania
to support the transport of troops of
the Central powers through Moldavia
and Bessarabia to Odessa.
Semi-ornctai annouuccuicui ;
then made that Germany had obtained ;
a direct route by way or Russia tc.
Persia and Afghanistan.
long range gun
They Weigh 200 Pounds and
Carry Small Explosive j
(By Associated Pre?s>
PARTS. March 27?The calibre of!
the shells that are being fired into !
Paris by the German long range gun
is S.S inches and length of shell is 20
inches says VHomme Libre.
Premier Clemenceau's newspaper j
stares tne sueus weigxi ?w ^uuuuo auu )
contain les sthan 20 pounds of explo- .
sive. The shell is provided "with a
fuse protected by a threaded stopper ;
and has a diaphragm inside which di-;
vides the shells into two compart- ,
ments of unequal size. The two boles !
in the diaphragm afford communication
between the two pockets.
These facts are accepted as an ex-;
planation of the two explosions which j
on occasions have followed in quick
succession and which lead to the belief
that two guns were firing.
Mrs. William Nesbitt
Buried at Woodlawn
Funeral services over the body of
Mrs. William Xesbitt, of Sistersville,
were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock
at Christ church in this city conducted
by the Rev. Charles B&ird Mitchell,
rector of the church- The body arrived
here at one o'clock accompanied
by Mr. Xesbitt and members of the
family. The body was interred In
Woodlawn cemetery by Undertaker
Musgrave and Son. Mrs. Xesbitt is
survived by her husband and three
children. Mrs. H. H. Gray. R. S. and
\V. C. Nesbitt. Jr.. of ParRersburg.
David Twigg Dies
After Long Illness
Darld Trigg, a god 6S year? died
this morning at his home on Monroe
street after a long Illness. He had
been HI since last Jnly. He formerly
resided Id Ohio. He 1* sumvea oy
his wife and two Tonus sons. Clyde
and Charles, and several children by
another wife who reside in Ohio. Until
they are heard from funeral arrangements
which are In charge of
Undertaker Cunningham have not
been completed.
Vcmt Ad Departmeni
Coal Operators Believe
Road's Officials Have
Quit Trying:.
Regional Car Shortage NowClose
to Six Thousand
j _
The Fairmont district coal interests j
have been defeated in their drives
against the arch enemy?the Baltimore
and Ohio railroad . Bnt there is :
no disposition to consider a surren- :
der. Instead arrangements are al-,
ready uuder way for another drive.
"Uncle Dan" Howard, of Clarksburg, i
made the motion at the noon-day meeting
of the Fairmont Coal club that the .
Central West Virginia Operators As- :
sociatiou place an expert in the dis-;
tributing department of the Baltimore
and Ohio at Baltimore and that is the j
plan of campaign that is now on.
The Baltimore and Ohio has appar-;
ently convinced TV. G. McAdoo, direc-.
tor'general of railroads, that it is phys-;
Ically impossible to make up the re-;
gional car sbcrtnge of the Fairmont |
district. Daniel T\/!Jard, president of
the road, has been arguing that right |
along and it appears that the powers-1
tbat-be take his idea of the matter.I
a* a?'<\nr tKo evt,'.r?n"p hj)t; *v?n.
At this meeting of the defense or- '
sanitation on Friday plans -will also
he taken up with reference ot the big
demonstration to be held is this city
on April 6.
Youngstown Solons
Caught Taking Bribe
(Br Associated Freut ,
YOUNGSTOWN. 0? March 27.? ,
City Councilman William F. Mehlo
and William Davis, were arrested this
morning by County Detective Paul ;
Lyzen. charged with having accepted
a bribe of $1,000 in marked money
from W. W. Croft, a "detective posing
aa a director of the Workman's Transit ,
company, a newly organized corporation
seeking a franchise from the city
council. ? ? *
The money Croff declares was accepted
by the accused officials this
morning in a room of a local hotel and
according to police was found on them 1
following their arrest. ,
\ is Growing ? That L
4 ;
tinued to grow and is now something J
like 6.000 cars. i
It the cost ot hauling coal from the j
Fairmont district is so groat that it is ;
not really good business at this time ; ,
for the government to use Fairmont.
coal, then the coal operators have;
nothing to say. The concensus of opin-!
ion at this gathering as it developed ;
at previous gatherings is that the war;
must be won.
But coal operators are Dot satisfied
that such is the case. Coal operators
accept the statement so widely heralded
regarding the need of coal as a tact i
and are prepared to provide the coal, !
Having the kind of coal badly needed :
in war time the operators feel that it
ttnnfttrinfir fa lav rlAWTi at a
this critical time and therefore will j
start a new drive in an eudeavor to,
show the director general of railroads;
and the railroad and fuel administrations
that the Baltimore and Ohio railroad
is discriminating against the
Fairmont district for cold business
reasons?because tbey cannot supplycars
to all mines with present loco- '
motive power and if they fail to pro-'
vide cars to the Pittsburgh district the {
(Continued on page S.)
May Hire Secretary j
For War Work Here:
There will be a meeting of the Ma- ,
rion County Council of Defense in
the office rooms of the Chamber of
Commerce on Friday. Several important
matters are scheduled to come be- .
fore the meeting. At this tims the .
matter of hiring a paid secretary to
devote bis exclusive time to the defense
work will be considered.
A meeting of the executive committee
of the County Council of Defense
was held yesterday, at which time
the committee decided to make recommendation
that such action be
nAVw J?i
German Shells
Fell on Britons
Just Like Hail
(By Aaaoelat?4 Pnm)
LOXDOK. March 27.?Four train
nfficAr* and men
from the battle front in France
reached London last nisbt. As
they were being transferred to ambnlances
crowds cheered and threw
flowers. The wounded responded
smilingly to the greetings.
"What was it like," was asked
of one wounded man. "Ob Fritz
just rained shells on us like a hail
storm" was the reply.
Berlin Paper Talks About
Symbolical Representation
of U. S- Army.
' Br Associated Press*
AMSTERDAM. March 27. ?American
troops have taken part in counter
attacks against the German front near
La Fere writes the military correspondent
of the Vorwaerts. who says
the attacks were repulsed The correspondent
"Attacks ot combined allied forces
yesterday against the pivot of the
German attacking front near La Fere
were particularly heavy- These counter
attacks did not find us unprepared.
It testified to the superior foresight
of the German command that these
attacks in which American troops certainly
participated only symbolically
were not only beaten off but were
thrown back oo the Oisle canal by an
energetic blow."
PARIS. Marcb 27.?A French military
commentator -writing in reference
to the situation today says concerning
the Americans "at various
points on the front our allies are
bringing to the British their valiant
tVASHIXGTONT. March 27.?General
Pershing cabled the War department
today early he bad "nothing to report"
so far as the American troops
were concerned in the progress of the
battle on the Western front.
They Will be Held at Monongah,
Hutchinson and
Three patriotic rallies of unusual interest
will be held in Marios county
cm Friday evening- The meetings,
which are in charge of the Community
Councils of Defense in line with the
work of carrying the message of patriotism
throughout the country will
beheld at Monongah. Hutchinson and
The meeting at Monongah is in
charge of Mayor Thomas G. Price,
who is very enthusiastic in seeing that
Monocaah does not fall behind in do
lug her bit In any of the patriotic
work which may come np. Mrs. James
A. Meredith and Ira I*. Smith will go
to Monongah on Friday evening ana
will be the principal speakers.
At Hutchinson the community meeting
is in charge of Prof. R. C. Hardesty.
who has been a "lire wire" in getting
the people of that remote section
of the county lined up for work. The
people of Hutchinson who attend the
meeting will hear Mrs. N'. R- C. Morrow.
a member of the Normal school
faculty and' V. H. Dunlap.
The Montana meeting is in charge
of Dr. F. W. Hill. The meeting will be
addressed by Mrs. George DeBoIt and
Attorney Henry S. Lively.
The three patriotic rallies have been
arranged by the Community committee
of the Marlon County Council of
Defense. Speakers-were appointed by
Albert J. Kern of the Speakers' bpreau
of the County Council of Defense.
WASHINGTON", March 27.?Negotiations
for the transfer of 150.000 of
Japanese shipping to the United
States hare been completed on the basis
of two toss of steel plate for one
of dead weight ship capacity.
5 the Best Possible $
? ?????
i French War Office i
French Army is
It's Positions
I k.- ? -_ ? f - ? 1
?"? ' * * > frnn
J ltfe UDQ I
j Hindenburg line in the spring of 19:
I started their offensive.
Haig announced the Somtoe {41 t
and fighting was going on beyond it.
ian troops took part in a counter at
guns bombarding Paris at a distance
i (7) in the forest of St. Cobain.
fBv Associ;
LONDON, March 27?A
in the nifht against the new
Jomme. It was repulsed aft<
j lice announces.
In consequence of attac
: evening astride the Somme
; banks were forced back a sh
j hood of Bray.
The announcement folio
"As a result o? the enemy att
: astride the Somme out troops on botl
j a short distance in the neighborhood c
i the night, against our net lines south
vere fighting.
Further local fighting has taken
J bert. bnt th? situation on this part of
The Fren<
PAEIS, March 27?Las
was held up everywhere, ac
i raent of the war office toda;
j heavy losses, it adds, has be
| forts. The statement follow
Last eveninc and daring the n
heary losses, were compelled to reta
j '"'rench trooos defendins the sround fo
The French are holding a line rut
| Beavraignes north of LaSrgny In fro:
1 alonr the left bank of the Oise.
During the night the French i
! which attempted to approach their pos
LONDOX, March 27.?The zone of
open warfare is continuing to enlarge
as tli* entente rorces tail bacic iignting
under tie enormous wtfght of the
German numbers, say the Renters correspondent
at British headquarters in
hie dispatch today.
It is now clearly established, he
adds, that the present offensive is
the great effort of the Germans and
that it has not been ss successful as
they anticipated.
tign That They do t)
nded f 1
it nnniiT
1! oLIunl
rn i ipt iiiput
in Liwi nmni ?
\nnources That the 9
Firmly Holding' |1|
Everywhere _
L before the Germans retreated to tfas . . jJS
IT; (C) the front when the Germans |
Ivor has been crossed at several points- :~i'%,
The enemy has taken Ham .(5) Amor- . ;;||H
tack before Cbauney (6). One of the *.- '.?pS
of seventy-four miles is near Anixny heavy
attach was made early ~||
DI M Lib! I llliC 5>UUUi <71
;r severe fighting the war of- ;;|a|
ks 3*esterday afternoon and"'-''^
the British troops on botii . .;^?
ort distance in the neighbor* |
ack yesterday afternoon and eyenfaic^. , .
i hanks of tie river -were forced tack'" o >
t Era v. A heavy attack made sarty * ' >?&
of the Somme was repnlsed after '?
place also north and northeast of Ai- -1^
the batle front remains unchanged." " "31
t night the German- advance" 1
cording to the official state7.
The enemy, weakened'^
en obliged to slow up his ef-;^
n j. ^'vSJ^5^s8?8^H
ight the Germans, weakened bytheiir .
rd their efforts. The valiance* of the tM
ot by foot is beyond all praise: .
mins through L'Echelle. St. Aurin. alxd^^
it of the southern part of Xoyon.'jusdtoc^
epulaed strong rcconnoitertng peities'^
itiou northwest ot .soyon. NEW
YORK. March TL ? Ho
headquarters announced. todsypU?Big|
Jacob E. Altman bad confessed jtbutgi
he teas responsible for the Ore
caused the explosion tn the
warehouse in Jersey City yegtspfleysa
He said according to tbe police tut JwjCftg
started it accidentally.

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