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BURLINGTON, VERMONT, THURSDAY. MAY 2, 1918. NUMBER 44. GERMAN RESERVES HURRIEDJO FRONT Another Furious Drive by Von Amim's Army Is In Imme diate Prospect KAISER TAKES THE STUMP IU Beta Delivering Mnmboynnt Speeckei to 11 Li Troops Cleincitccnu Sara Allied Lin la Stable Associated Vrtt War KeTlew.) Having been defeated with enormous Josses In every phase of Uio fighting around Tpres, the Germans have attempt ed no further onslaughts. Junction pre vailed Wednesday beforo tho positions lield b; the British and French troops, especially those, In the hands of the Brit ish, which It hud been the ambition of the German to capture, separate the British niid French armies and open the way for a ru"h toward the channel port?. Since Monday what activity there has basn in this region as carried out by the BrltUh and French, both of whom have materially bclterrd their positions the French near Locre and the British at Meteren. On both sxctort Ground was captured and prisoners were taken Tho pause In the offensive, however, ap parently Is not to be taken as meaning the end of the German attempts to crack the Hilled lino. All along tho front the big puns are roaring and shells of all calibres lire ploughing the terrain and the areas far behind them, and fresh German re serves, to take the places of the thousands of men killed, wounded or made prisoner, nre being hurried to the front. Indeed, advices from the British front in Flanders are that another furious drive by von Arnlm Is In Immediate prospect. Emperor William haB, been at tho front delivering flamboyant speeches to tho troops In an endeavor to spur them on to victory. Meanwhllo British and French artil lerists are sending a veritable rain of shells on Mont Kemmel, the chief point of vantage gained by the Germans In the Ypres sector. Thus far the allied guns have held back all attempts by the enemy to reinforce his men on the hill, and the hill top Is likely soon to prove a death trap for Its captors. Nothing has yet been vouchsafed re garding the inter-allled war council which Is holding sessions at Versailles which are expected to bring forth mo mentous decisions. Bcpresentatlvcs of all the allies arc In attendance. Groat faith In the ability of General Foch and the allied commanders on the western front again has been expressed by M. Clemenceau, the French premier. Returning from a visit to tho front tho premier said he considered the line stable, and that as- a result of the steps taken by the various commanders It was out side the realm of Immediate danger. The fighting on all the other fronts, ex cept in Palestine and Mesopotamia, con tinues of a minor character. In both the latter theatres, however, the British have returned to the attack and gained Important successes over tho Turks. Progress has been made north of Bag dad along the Tigris river and In Pales tine several positions have been cap tured and prisoners taken. German newspapers have taken another tangent In their talk of peace. A Cologne journal asserts that Pope Benedict on "Whitsunday, May 19, will put forward concrete offers to mediate between the warring factions. Tho reported Intention of the Pope Is said to have had a sym pathetic reception in Berlin. There is no confirmation from any source that the Pontiff purposes again to offer his services in the direction of peace. JURY FAILED TO AGREE J. C. Atklna Tried for necklesaly Operating Cor nlille Under Influence of I.Iquor wnite River Junction, May l. J. c. Atkins of Hanover, N, H., charged with recklessly operating an automobile while under tho lnfluonce of intoxicat ing liquor, was released In J300 to-day after a Jury had failed to agree. Tho trial occupied all tho day In the North Windsor county municipal court, Judge A. G. Whitman of South Roy'alton presiding. COUNTY CHAIRMEN MEET IliTlatoiial Iteu Cross Malinger KlUoua e the Forllicom'.ns.- Drift raonipsnor, Aiay j A moetlnsr of the executlvo oemmlttoo of the Ver mont branch of tho Red Cross ar.d tho county chairman of the war rm-.d r.araralgn with James Jackson of Bos ton, divisional manager of the Red Cross, was held In the oTecutlvo of flees at the Stato House tIs nfternoon Attended by nearly all of tho persons who had been expected to come hero. Matters which come up In connection wltn the drive w,ore under discussion. Other speakers wore B. W. Stafford, campaign manager and Fred Monroe, business manager; considerable discus slon occurred an to different fundB. WANT TO GET TANK ttffo-rt Being to Secure One for War Meeting ln Blontpellrr Mny 10 Montpener, May l, Secretary J, G. Brown of the Vermont publlo safoty committee is making ever- effort to secure a tank for the exercises which will tako placo in Montpeller May 10, when several national speakers will discuss tho war and ths conditions In the country. He had hoped to be able to got the America, which hns seen service on the British war front, but ban found that tank Is in tho repair hop but the war department and the council of national defense are trying to secure another one If possible. If jne Is found available then it will iomt to Vermont. MICHIGAN BIDS BOOZE A LONG FAREWELL Detroit, Mich, April 80. Capacity husl ness In retail nouses dealing In package goods, famine prices for wines nnd whiskey in cafes and barrooms, and "no beer" signs'ln many of them marked the last day of the legal sale of liquor In De troit and Michigan to-day. The constitutional amendment making Michigan a prohibition Stnto become operative at midnight to-night. VERMONT'S HONOR ROLL IN THIRD LIBERTY LOAN Green Mountain State First to Get Quota in New England and With Exception of Delaware the First State East of Michigan The Red Letter Towns by Counties. These are the darkest daya for democ racy since the Llborty Bell in Philadel phia rang out tho announcement of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and her fate may now be determined by American reinforcements. It is greatly to be hoped th't every town In Vermont will do It: part In the distribution of Liberty bonds. The State's quota Is JG,600,000 and up to noon yesterday tho sun: of $7,734,400 had been reported subscribed. Tho following towns already havo reached their quota and are iijw a tho ho.ior roll: Addison county--Hancock. Mlddfcbury, MonktJn, Vcrgenncn, Wnltham and Whiting. Brldport, .Lincoln, N;w Haven, iShoroham, 'iVcybildge and Bristol Bcnnlngtcn county Arlington, Benning ton, Dorset, Manchester, Peru and Uhaftsbury, Rupert and Ueadsljoro. Caledonia county Burke, Kiiby, Lyn don, St. Johnsbury, Sutton. Wr.e-jlock, Harriet, Peacham nr.d Sncflleld. Chittenden county-Bolton, Burlington, Charlottn, Colchester, Esjox. Illnesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, Shclburne, St. George, Undcrhlll, Willis- ton and Wlnooskl. Essex county Brighton, Canaan, Con cord, Island Pond, Lunenburg and Maid stone. Franklin county Bakcrsflcld, Enosburg, Fairfax, Fairfield, Franklin, Georgia, Montgomery, Richford, Sheldon, St. Albans city, St. Albans town, Swanton, Flotcher and Hlghgate. Grand Isle county Alburg, Grand Isle, Isle La Motte, North Hero and South Hero. Lamoille county Belvldere, Cambridge, Johnson, Morrlstown, Morrlsvllle, Stowe and Watervllle. Orange county Bradford, Chelsea, Cor inth, Falrlee, Randolph, Strafford, Thet ford, Topsham, Tunbrldge and West Falrlee. . Orleans county Barton, Charleston, HAPPENINGS IN VT.; NEWS BY COUNTIES Addison County MIDDLEBURY Dr. Walter- J. White has received a commission as captain In the med ical reservo corps and ha been or dered to Camp Greenleaf, Fort Ogle thorpe, Ga. He will leave this week. Ho expects to be sent to France soon. Mr. White Is a graduate of the Uni versity of Vermont, 1899. He served In the war with Spain with the regular army hospital corps. He has practiced medicine hero for 17 years. There was a good attendance at the first of a scries of military whist parties given by the Mlddlebury Suffrage Study club at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Saunders Saturday evening. There wns a good attendance at the Dairymen's League meeting in Grange hall Satur day evening and matters concerning the stockholders were talked over and tho workings of the new company were explained to the members. Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Hunt, Jr., and daughter havo returned from Queen City Park, where they spent a few days at their summer home. Bishop A. C. A. Hall was In town Sunday and at tho morning ser vices nt St. Stephen's Church, he of ficiated at the communion service and at five o'clock preached In tho Mead Memorial Chapel at the college There were large audlances at both places to hear him. William Slmonds has re turned from Burlington, where ho went to visit his wife, who Is a patient at the Mary Fletcher hospital, having under gone an operation. The United States Civil Service Commission announces that open competatlre examinations will be held In Mlddlebury Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 25 The first will be for clerks, with a knowledge of stenography and typewriting, to fill positions In the various departments In Washington, D. C, and tha second for bookkeepers, typewrltcru and dark typewriters to fill positions In the var lou branches of the governmental scr- vlro !n New England. Men and women are eligible for the first examination and only mm for tho 3ccond. Those examinations will be held at the local post office and will be conducted by George W. Mead of the office force. The banns of marriage were announced Sunday at St. Mary's Church for tho first time between Alexander Aunchman and Miss Esther Hendricks, both of this village. Silas B. Hobbs has return ed from htB former home at Ellenburg, N. Y., where he was called 10 days ago by the Illness nnd death of his mother. Rnllln C. Heir of the Staso Milling company of Cautleton la visiting In this vicinity for a few days. The Misses Beulah and Edith Packard of St. Johns bury have returned after spending three weeks hero with friends. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goss and children of Florence are at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrn. Nelson A. Goss, for a few days. Two brothers, Frank and Ernest Goss, left Tuesday for Camp Devcno as part of the latest contingent of 41 men to go into service from AdtllBon county. I Col. Charles E. Youtt, who for a few months, has had rooms In tho Tupper block on Main street, has moved to the homo of his grandson William Tur ner, of College street, whero he will make his home. Moudey, market day, eggs brought 30 to 34 cents and butter 40. Tho funeral of Gustavus Smith who lost his life while fighting a brush fire late Saturday afternoon on his lot Just south of the village was held at his home Wednesday at 2:30 o'clock. William J. Wood has puchased from Isaac L. Rogers a house and lot on Court street and will take possession at once, Eugene Shambo has returnod from Brandon, where he has spent a few days on business. Mrs. Frank Hhnckett, Sr., has returned from the Fanny Allen hospital, where she under went an operation nnd Is doing as well as can bo expected. The 39 drafted men from Addison county mot nt the county court house Tuesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, where they got Instructions from Allan Calhoun, chair man of tho county board, and then they went to the Addison House, where they Coventry, Derby, Greensboro, Morgan, Newport, Orleans and Troy. Rutland county Benson, Brandon, Cas tlcton, Clarendon, Danby, Fair Haven, Mendon, Mtddlctown Spring. Mt. Tabor, Pawlet, Proctor. Rutland city, Wnlllng ford. Wells. West Rutland, Plttsford. Poultney, Rutland town and Tinmouth. Washington county East Montpeller, Mor.tpeller, Plalnflold Waltsfleld, Water bury, Barre city and Warren. Wlr.dham county Bellows Falls, Ja maica, Newfane, Putnoy, Townohend, Wilmington and Wostmltister. Windsor county Baltimore Barnard, Cavendish, Hartford, Hartland, Ludlow, Norwich. Pomfret, Proctoravllle, Reading, Royalton, SpringfloM, Stockbiidgv, White River Junction, Windsor, Woodstock nnd Sharon. Boston reports that Vermont Is the first State to get her quota in Now England and with the exception of Delaware, the first State east of Michigan. The following telegrams were sent out Saturday: TOBET TO DARLING. Manchester, N. H., April 27. 1918. Judge Chas. H. Darling, Burlington, Vt. Just heard Vermont gone over State allotment. Please accept hearty con gratulations from New Hampshire head quarters. We will follow you within 48 hours. CHARLES W. TOBEY, Chairman Liberty Loan Committee of New Hampshire. DARLING TO TOBEY. Burlington, April 27, 1918. Charles W. Tobey, Chairman Liberty Loan-Committee of New Hampshire, Manchester, N. H. Thank you for your telegram of con gratulations, and am pleased that New Hampshire and Vermont are traveling side by side, as usual. CHAS. H. DARLING. were given a dinner, after which they lined up In front of the Addison House, headed by the county board of selection, and marohed to tho depot, where they took the 12:13 train for Camp Devens. There was a large crowd at the depot to give them a farewell. The young men were put In charge of John D. Hamilton of Weybrldge as captain, assisted by Percy E. Bevlns of Springfield, Arthur Benedict of Cornwall and John B. Todd of Mlddlebury. The following are the young men: Ralph T. Brown, Mlddlebury; Paul A. Kidder, Mlddlebury; John D. Hamilton, Weybrldge; Randoll Conant, Salisbury; Arthur E. Benedict, Cornwall; Felix W. Roche, Burlington; Henry S. Benham, Salisbury; Donald J. Wilson, Bristol; Ernest Goss, Mlddlebury; Stanley G. Wltherell, Littleton, N. H.; Phillip D. Lawrence, Bristol; Harry M. Fitzgerald, Orwell; Kenneth W. Myrlck, Brldport; Meader Devoid, North Ferrlsburg; George H. Murray, North Stonnlngton, Conn.; John Forest, Mlddlebury; Leon E. Bald win, Mlddlebury; Rlx M. Williams, Gran ville; Chauncey Brown, Shoreham; Frank A. Shlverette, Starksboro; Percy E, Bevins, Springfield; Amos St. John, Springfield, Mass.; Wallace Kimball, Mid dlebury; Theron D. Bishop, Orwell; Howard L. Parker, Bristol; Robert G Sears, Greenfield, Mass.; Gordon Murray, Mlddlebury; James B. Turner, Bristol; Ernest Lablcr, Lowell, Mass.; Carl E. Clark, Bristol; Frank L. Goss, Mlddle bury; Raymond Yattaw, Vergennes; Paul K. Yattaw, Vergennes; Ernest L. FlUcn, Vergennes; John Bonomo, Vorgont-es; John Malll, Mlddlebury; Byron E. Ken r.cy, South Qrsftsburf Each wan given a lunch and provided with a Red Cross Kit from the Mlddlebury branch of tho organization. Edward nnd John B. Stanton of Hr.llowotl, Me., are In town on a wook's buslnosn visit. Dr. Charles Fori Lang worthy of the chemical division of the agricultural department at Washington started Monday night on his return to that cty after a hurried visit here to look after j hl3 pualnM8 ,nterest ln tno sectlon.-Mr. am1 MrB H Bnttor of E,m N ,,,., .',, .... . ,,' ' are visiting In town. Mr. and Mrs. Bon Jamln J. Wlmmett and daughter, Agnes. have returned to Florence after a visit here to Mrs. Wlmmett'u parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Dlllor, John Hammond Is moving r.ls family from the Allen houso on Court street to tho Bristol houco on the carne street. Mr and Mrs. J. A, Peck or Now York city are In town to visit the home of Mrs. Peck's parents, Mr. and Mrs Henry H, Browster. Loren Shaw has returned from Burlington, whero he has been to visit his mother, Mrs. Albert Shuw, who Is a patient at tho Mary Flot chcr hospital. Prof. Raymond McFarland has gone to Bellows Falls for a few days Mrs. Mary Josephine (Bingham) Bowdlsh died at tho home of her son, Edward, In weyoriuge aaiuraay morning, Sho wns 88 years old and Is survived by two daugh ters, Mrs. Carrie E. Bryant of Middle bury, Miss Martha 8. Bowdlsh of Cooley vine, Mass., and one son, Edward, with whom she lived; one brother, Chauncey uingnam or weyurmgo; also ono sister Mrs. Adeline Bird of Spokane, Wash., and oia Biuiiuviiiiureii. ine runerai was held at tho Congregational Church In weynriage Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock. Mrs. Bowdlsh was born In Corn wall June 16, 1830, and was the dauehtcr of Lucius and Lavlna (Rlford) Bingham. At me meeting or tne Ailddlebury Grange io oia, rnuay evening there was an nt, tendance of over 200 members nnd visitors At seven o'clock, supper was served In tneir large and commodious dlnlnir mum which was prettily decorated, as well as the main hall, with United States rimr and bunting. After tho supper, the regular uuniueBB Besnion was carried out, followed uy tne mini nun fourth iltcreps m class of 15 candidates. The degrees wore put on in a most After the degrees were conferred, State Lecturer O. L. Martin gnvo a talk, as well as the State master of tho Grange, Willis N. Cady. It was voted by the lodgo to purchase 200 worth of Liberty Loan (Comtlsued on Vage two.) SEA DISASTER OFF E COAST French Cruiser Rams and Sinks Steamship City of Athens In Early Morning 66 PEOPLE LOSE LIVES VesaH Sink So Quickly Hint Wireless Operator Is Able to Send Out Only One 8. O. S. Cnll An Atlantic Port, May 1. Sixty per sons lost their lives when tho steam- j ship City of Athens, bound from New York for Savannah, was rammed and sunk by a French cruiser oft the Dolawaro coast at one o'clock this morning. The missing Include ten men and two women who were passengers, sever, out of twenty four United States marines who were on board, fourteen out of twenty French sailors and thirty three members of the crew. Captain Forward, who was ono of those saved, was painfully injured and was grief stricken at tho loss of his Bhlp. He said he was proceeding at half speed about twenty miles off shore Bounding the usual fog signals, when the dim bulk of the cruiser loomed up through the mist and the crash fol lowed. Fortunately the sea was calm or many more lives might have been lost. ONLY ONE CALL FOR HELP. Both ships were carrying running lights because of the heavy fog, which hung over the sea. F. J. Doherty, the wireless operator, was able to send out only one "S. O. S." call after the warship's bow plunged Into the City of Athens side near the bow. There was no response to the appeal for aid and the vessel sank so quickly. Doherty had no opportunity to repeat the call. He Is believed to have been drowned at his post. MANY HEROIC DEEDS. Many heroic deeds were recounted to-night by the survivors. One of the heroes of the sea tragedy was Harry A. Kelley of New York, an oiler, who swam to an overturned lifeboat and dragged up on the bottom of it four persons who were struggling ln the sea. He held them there until they were taken off by a boat from the French cruiser. Captain Forward refused to make a statement concerning the length of time his vessel remained afloat after the collision. Members of the crew de clared. however that the City of Athens sank within four minutes. A great hole was torn In her side below the water line near the bow and she was carried down by her own momen tum as the water rushed In. PASSENGERS IN BERTHS. All the passengers and many of the crew were ln their berths when the bow of tho warship plunged Into the side of the 2,300 ton coastwise vessel. Fire broke out almost Immediately afterwards ln hold No. 1, but It had no bearing on the fate of the ship for the flames were quickly quenched by the rush of water which poured in. Captain J. Forward did his best to avert a panic nnd man the lifeboats. So quickly did the doomed vessel sink, however, that there was no time to get the boats away and many of those who perished were trapped ln their berths. CRUISER GIVES AID. Those of the passengers and crews who were able to reach the deck, all of them thinly clad and many without life pre servers, plunged Into the sea. The French cruiser launched lifeboats immediately after the crash and turned Its search' lights upon the waters in which men and women were struggling for their lives. Sixty-eight persons wore picked up and brought back to this port by tne war ship, which was not seriously damaged Tha following passengers are believed to have been lost: M. Green. Astoria, N. Y.; James J. Kas'l, Morrlstown, N. J.; Richard Bo-uelncr, Mobile, Ala.; Miss L. O. SUe. New York city: Jean Cadron. New York city; the Rev. J. P. Reynolds, New York city; Isaac. Dalzell, Patorson N. J.: Mrn. F. D. Holthan, Hyde Park, Mass.; Edward Clug, Savannah, Ga.; Gaw Donk. Brooklyn, N. Y.; R. A. Young, Brooklyn, N. Y. The following UnlteJ States marines were rerjorted drowned: F. R. Dixon, P. Van Hanegan, S. H. Tyngo, H. Rosenfeld, W. J. Mack. S. Gins berg and H. E. wetmore. The known survivors among th pas sensers aro as follows: Mrs. R. Harrison and baby, New York city; Dr. A. J. Kemp, New York city; Mrs. Richard Bonzelner, Mobile, Ala.; Alden McClaskle, New York city; Dr, E. L Brooks, Atlanta, Oa.; John Green, Patcrson, N. J.: J F. O'Brien, .Jr. Savannah. Ga.; Mrs. Eta Levy, Bridge port, Conn.; Mr. and Mrs. Gewahr and child, Brooklyn, N. Y.; D. H. McMillan, Port Royal, S. C. VESSEL BUILT IN 1911. Tho City of Athens was a vessel of 3,018 tons gross, register built In 1911 at Camden. N. J., for the Merchants' & Miners' Transportation Co. and wns for merly known as the Somerset. With a sister ship, the Suwanec, she was purchased by the Ocean Steamship torn pany last year and placed In tho New York. Savannah service, 'tne vessel re placed the City of Momphls formerly en gaged in tho same service and which was sunk by a German submarine March 17, 1910, while on a trans-Aiiantlc voyage. GERMAN INSTRUCTOR AT VASSAR ARRESTED Miss nichrnth Tried to Jnetlfy Lusltan- la'a Sinking nnd Inraalon of Ilrtgulm Poughkeepsle, N, Y., April 30. Miss Agathe Wllhelmlna Flchrath, Instructor of German at Vassar College, was to night taken Into custody by federal agents charged wlin circuiamiB pro-uermau nronaganda. Miss Rlchrath Is charged with Justifying tho sinking of tho Lusltanla on tho ground that It was lnnded with bullots "to kill our German fathers." She ulso Is charged with Justifying tho Invasion of Belgium. It has been known by tho federal agents that has had frequent meetings with Dr. Joseph Stulz nnd Helnrlch Boklsch, two I'ouglikccpslnns taken Into custody by tho fndoral ngents a week ago. "Agents of the department of Justlco have been gathering evidence against sev DELAWAR eral prominent i-ouguaaevsiaoH, SECRETARY BAKER PRESENT PLMi DOUBLE EXISTING ARMY TO UN. OF VERMONT Gen. Crowder Issues Call for 8,985 Draftees to Receive Mechanical Training Washington, May 1. A call fur 8,985 ad ditional draft men was Issued to-day by tho provost mnrshat general. They aro to be sent to 22 institutions scattered throughout the country for a two months' course of training in various mechanical studies, Tho men will bo mobilized May 16 with the exception of those from Virginia who will be called May 23. They will receive training as automobile mochnnlcs and chauffeurs, machinists, blacksmiths, elec tricians, radio operators, concrete work ers and telegraphers. They will be unas slgned until after tho completion of their courses. The call includes: New Jersey, 150; Brown University, R. I. New York 500, New York University, New York city. Vermont 363, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt. MAY COME TO VERMONT Men Sent Back Offered to State by Pershing to Tell of Our Participa tion In War Montpeller, May 1. The following tele gram has been received at the office of the Vermont Committee of Public Safety: "War department has released to this division for individual speaking tours for month of May GO American soldiers Just arrived in this country from active service In France and chosen by General Pershing to inform American people about our participation In war. How many can you use, how soon, and how long? Actual traveling expenses only expenses to you. Please wire." Secretary Joseph G. Brown suggests that any community desiring to obtain the services of any of the American soldiers referred to should make applica tion at once to the secretary of the Ver mont Committee of Public Safety, Mont peller, stating when such speakers are desired, In order that the necessary ar rangements can be made for these sol diers. NO CLUE TO MURDERER Believed Aged John Q. Hobart Wat Killed When Assailant Failed to Find A Much Money Am Expected Montpeller, May 1. But little developed to-day In the murder of John Q. Hobart, which occurred in Middlesex Monday night. No new arrests have been made other than John Duffy, John Swetzer nnd Garter Harrington, alics Germaine, who has been unable to tell a Btory which sounded reasonable to the officers. George Hobart and his wife arrived In Montpeller this morning from Springfield, Mass., and Mrs. Hobart gave some in formation which may be valuable. During the morning, they spent the time In com pany with Sheriff F. H. Tracy and In the afternoon went to Middlesex, where they made arrangements for the funeral which takes place from the Unitarian Church In Middlesex at two o'clock Thursday after noon. air. iiuuun, in many respects, was a generous man and recently when repairs were made on the church In Middlesex. It Is understood, gavo $400 'to the society to help ln the work. Many believe that the person who killed him did not intend to commit murder, but that he did not get as much money as he had expected to nnd and in making an attempt to secure Information froat Mr. Hobart committed tho crime. That It was a well-laid out plot Is indicated by tho lack of clues with which the officers havo to work. WINTER WHEAT CROP REPORTED DOING WELL Washington, May 1. Winter wheat made good progress In growth during the last week In all parts of the country, al though the crop was heading short In parts of California, nnd rain was needed In Washington and Oregon, the national weather and crop bulletin to-day an nounced, Under the good conditions that have prevailed tho department of agriculture's production forecast, to be issued May 8 and based on conditions existing to-day, Is expected to shuw a larger quantity than 560,000,000 bushels, forecast from April 1 conditions. MAN DRIVES 2,805 RIVETS IN 9 HOURS Qulncy, Mass., Mny 1. A riveting gang composed of threo husky Svrlans nt tho Fore river yard of the Both lehem Shipbuilding Corporation, to day claimed to have broken the world's record for riveting. This wns based COMING on tho pe rf or innnce ' o f Rl ve ter Charlea tho Americans displayed marked bravery. MulhanrwhoToe00,1 ee-ar- ho flrst lTJV bT ter Inch oll-tlght rivets in a nine hour1 Americans were engaged In the big bat stretch last night 1,0 wnlel1 nns been raB'nK 'n March The calloused hands of both the rlv-1 ; ") thfr ZZruZZ? ,11 eter and his holder-on were blld,v of praise for the manner In which they burned, ns tho tools heated up because of the rapid manipulation of the white hot rivets tossed by their heater hoy at an average rate of more than five a minute. The gang earned something llko $70 as a result of tho night's work. FIX PRICE ON HIDES. Washington, Mny 1. The price fly ing committee of tho war Industries board to-day fixed th emnxlmum price of the present ntocks of packed nnd country hides nt that prevailing April 21, this year. By thus stahllzlng the raw material market, officials think a reduction In the cost of shoes will be effocted. He Is Expected to Tell House Military Committee That War Department Believes It Can Clothe and Equip 3,200,000 Soldiers During Present Year as Well as Provide Transportation for Them 1,800,000 Men Now Immediately Available for Military Service in Class One These with Boys Who Have Become 21 Since Last Draft Will Make Total in Effectives, 2,500,000 Congress Will Probably Be Asked to Remove All Restrictions on Number of Troops to Be Raised with a View to Rushing Big Forces to France as Soon as Possible. Washington, May 1. Secretary Baker will carry to Congress to-morrow the army Increase program mapped out by President Wilson and his advisers ana based on the determination to win the war, If It takes the whole man power of the nation to do It. There are Indica tions that he will ask that all restrictions on the number of troops to be raised be removed and the government be author ized to mobilize as many men as It can ... . , , , , ... . . I equip, train and send to the battle front I In France. I When the war secretary appears beforo tho House military committee with sup plemental estimates for the army, he Is expected to disclose that the department has reason to believe It can handle during the present year at least double the existing force under arms of approxi mately 1,600,000 men. That would mean a total of 3,200,000 soldiers for whom clothing, equipment and transportation , are now in sight. snouia aaamonai facilities become available, however, It Is Indicated that President Wilson wishes to be able to call out more men with out delaying to seek authority. Evidence came to-day In various ways of the tremendous effort that now Is being made to send American armies Into the fight In such numbers and such time as to make victory certain. In the morning tho heads of the Shipping Board and the War Industries Board met with the war council composed of army offl- 1 ctals. Details of additional ships and supplies were gone Into, It Is understood, on the basis of the recent purveys of the situation. Later the President's war cabinet met with him at tho White House and went over the ground thoroughly. Secrctnry Baker remained more than an hour with tho President after the other members of the war cabinet had left. In the House. Chairman Dent of the military committee Introduced a bill that would authorize the mobilization and or ganization of 4,000,000 selective service men, instead of the 1,000,000 to which the government Is limited by the existing act. Mr. Dent said the measure was his own and ho had not' consulted the war department on It. Under the new classification scheme there are understood to be 1,800,000 Immediately available for actlvo mili tary service in class 1. That estimate Is based on the returns of numerous Btates and the law of averages. ' the 800,000 which the department, be lt excludes all men rated as fit only fore the German drive was launched, for limited special service all delln- had planned to call during the present quents, slated for Immediate induction year will have been called out ln two Into class 1, when apprehended, and all months time. AMERICANS AGAIN Uncle Sam's Troops Make Their Debut on Battle Field of Picardy WITH THE FRENCH ARMY IN FRANCE, May 1. A heavy German at tack launched yesterday against the Americans In tho vicinity of Vllllers-Brc-tonncaux was repulsed with heavy losses for the enemy. Tho German preliminary bombardment lasted two hours, nnd then the Infantry rushed forward, only to bo driven back leaving large numbers of dead on the ground ln front of the Amer ican lines. Tho German bombardment opened at live o'clock In the afternoon and was di rected especially against tho Americans, who were supported on the north and south by tho French. Tho flro was In tense, and at tho end of two hours tho German commander sent forwaard threo battalions of Infantry. There was hand-to-hand fighting all along tho line, as a result of which the enemy was thrust back, his dead and wounded lying on the groound in nil directions. Five prisoners remained In American hands. Tho struggle, which lasted a consider able time, was extremely violent and conducted themselves under trying cir cumstances, especially In view of the fact that they aro fighting at one of the most Tho American losses were rather severe CHICAGO HERALD SOLD. Chicago, May 1. The Chicago Herald, It was announced to-day has been sold to tho Illinois Printing & Publishing com pany and will be consolidated with tho Examiner. The transfer is to tnko place to-morrow night. The namo of tho paper will bo tho Herald and Kxnmlner, and Ar thur Brisbano Is to be editor. The Illinois Publishing compaany has published the Chicago Examiner, one of William 11. Uaarat'a papers for a number ot years, OUTCLASS HUNS WILL AY TO of the so called remedial cases, the men who will be fit for active servce after operations or medical treatment to cor rect minor physical defects. Behind that, also stands the men who have reached 21 years since the draft act was passed and who will be brought In under pending amendments. Pro bably the total of effectives In class 1 will prove to bo 2,500, 000 men when tho definite figures are available. This Is the first reservoir from which .till . " .'IV ACOC, ii uiii wuii;tl be drawn tQ fm the i T. i ,u. , armies. It Is conceivable that class 1 will be exhausted in time, but not that It would fall to furnish all the men, who can be shipped to France before Congress meets again. For this reason it Is regarded as probable that the question of Increasing age limits of the draft act or of drawing upon class 2 can bo deferred until Congress again whe p,ans for thc fut hayo been convenes. shaping up for presentation to Congress the war department has been pressing vigorously Its efforts to expedite the movement to France of men already under arms. Secretary of War Baker ap peared to-day before the conference of Shipping Board officials with ship owners and seamen's unions to urge prompt man ning of new ships. He told the conference that the accelerated movement of troops was going smoothly. The record of achievement during the last few weeks Is pointed to with pride by war department officials. Military precautions to forbid disclosure of the , rate at which the army Is being sent to the front, "but Mr. Baker will be able to give the House committee to-morrow some Interesting figures In this regard. In pressing forward the troops, the war department. It is learned, has abandoned Its previous policy of com pleting organization of a unit before it goes over. Under the new plan, regiments or larger units go forward on schedule even If they are short a considerable part of their full enlisted strength at the time. They will be filled up on the other side by drafts from replacement camps In this I country. The number of men scheduled to be called to the colors this month under the selective service act has been raised to 250,000. Last month 150,000 were mobilized. At this rate half of AGED RAILROAD WORKMAN KILLED Albert G. Jerry, 74, Meets In stant Death in C. V. Yard at St. Albans St. Albans, May 1. Albert George Jerry, aged 74 years, was killed while working on the cinder pit north ot the engine house of the Central Vermont railway, about 8:t0 o'clock this morning. Fires had Just been cleaned from engines Nos. 390 and 423 and the two had started for the round house. Engine No. 204 was standing on tho pit and tho hostler got on the engine, blew the whistle, and stnrted to back up. The englno had moved only three or four feet when the hostler saw a shovel fall from the pit. He stopped Immediately and found Jerry caught under the rear wheels of the tender. Dr. W. B. Arnold, health officer, gave permission for the removal of tho body. No ono actually witnessed tho accident, but It Is supposed thnt tho man was standing too close to tho rear corner ol tho engine when It wns backing up. A fellow workman, PeteV McLeod, had Just been talking with him and at Jerry's re quest had exchanged shovels with him. The body was taken to R, H. Mecornoy's undertaking parlors on Kingman street and from there this afternoon to Jerry's late homo on Lascello street, whero It Is expected the funeral services will' be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. George W. Smith ofllclatlng. Mr. Jerry Is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida (Kennlson) Jerry, and seven children, nlso by a brother, Peter Jerry of the lake j . born In i Mrs. Mcllndn Mitchell. Canada August 31, 1S43, but had lived in St. Albans several years. IMMIGRATION DECREASES. Washington, Mny 1. Immigration from Europe fell off one million during the Uni ted State's first year of tho war, accord ing to statistics made public to-day by the bureau of Immigration. 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