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FALL CELEBRATION ALL THIS WEEK VOL. 123. NO. 84. AT ?•#.- Opponent is Crashed and About to Fall to r?v.--v- Pieces '$?. iCE IB ', Kir?y-''•\--:Xr Nation Was Willing to Dlacusa the Ending of the War, Tw» Months Ago, Except ing France.v.., Carl W. Ackerman, United Press Staff Correspondent.] THE HAGUE, Sept 17.—(By malL) The Dutch government only two tontbs ago sounded the European iUgeomt* «a the prospects of peace,. ie United Fran was informed today, (very belligerent, except France, ex ressed a willingness to enter an ln irmal discussion. France's reply was such a fiery re sal that one person who learned its mtents described it as "almost an ttimatum." [A Rome dispatch to the United yesterday carried the first in itiation that Holland had been put ng out peace feelers. Thte dispatch ated that the allies had Informed olland that peace overtures at this me would be construed as a pro erman move.] Dutch officials not only have re uned their attempt at peace nego ations, but they are now convinced lat the end of the war Is a long ay off. The one positive indication that ieace is impossible at present, is the ride difference of opinion Of opposing lides regarding the situation in the anks of the other. In the past few ays I have been to Copenhagen, Ber jn, The Hague and Rotterdam. The Irst impression obtained by a trav eler is the wide chasm between the intending parties. Copenhagen, which Is tremendously ati-German, believed that Germany about to fall to pieces. There are unreRt» lle starvation, lack of loMiers 'n Germany. The people of Copenhagen and also residents of The if k®Ueve the allied offensive on In Russia and Oalicia JM Hungary is having great success, tw,Jcan't understand why the much jUied of "revolution" in Germany j"®™1 begin. No one pays any at tention to the German viotories in Kuaanla. in Berlin there is some "R»"«on. some pessimism, but the •jw in the ability of the army to out has not been shaken. Every ta Germany keeps maps of the. w* fronts and watches tBe pro-" of the fighting closely. The •P» have amazing faith in Von uoenburg. Interest centers in ensen's offensive in Ruma- The Berlin troops em- the shortage of Brit tonnage. They declare food *s have advanced as much in Eng j« as in Berlin. France, Berllners has exhausted her reserves ®"®r army is weakening dally 'We than any other army. streets of Berlin. Frankfort, mm! and a11 l®rS® German cities "fll of rumors refuting the oft (Continued on page S.) and Gable Messages Dis appear or Held up By the British Censor, ^Wted Press Leased Wire Service.] °0' Oct. 7.—Officers of the |iitnms Manufacturers' association, 3JiB5 some of the biggest export 12 OT.the united Sattes, are prepar- ng a, formal protest to the state de at Washington, charging in \W£S tr*" J/-« #3 NO MOVE TO EHD THE WAR Away., rXA* TWO Both Sides Think the *.V- &FW-K CONFIDENT h'** s„ "V?* [The following mall dispatch from Hague declaring that all the bel irents except France were ready discuss peace two months ago, may significant in view of the new ice rumors. Early in the summer ie Italian censor passed a Rome dis pell to the United Press stating it it was the impression there that nee alone of all the belligerents not ready for peace.] [United Press Leased "Wire Service.] WASHINGTON, Oct 7.—Llkllhood of the United States government act ing as a prominent factor to bring peace to the warring powers of Burope is dwindling day by day according to general belief in official circles here. The..subject once more Is receiving diplomatic consideration on the eve of Ambassador Gerard's return to this country from Berlin, Count Von Bern storff's visit to the president at Shad ow Lawn next Monday and as a result of the president's continued utter ances on the subject of world's peace for the future. Two points are made by those who believe the United States will make no further move to end hostilities— and probably will be unable to aid in the readjustments between the Europ ean countries when Che war ends: First—Great Britain, through an in terview given the United Press by Lloyd Geqrge has plainly said "hands ofT—that any attempt by the United States to Intercede in behalf of peace would be regarded with hostlHty. 'Second—The political situation In the country has aroused to a marked degree partisan fefellhgB for one or the other of the warring sides. It has re sulted In stirring up a feeling abroad that the united States is not strictly neutral and as President Wilson re cently said in an address at Shadow Lawn, this feeling has reached a point where even diplomatic interference be tween this country and) foreign na tions will be seriously embarrassed un til after November 7, because foreign diplomats are waiting to see what will be the outcome of the election." Perhaps no expression by the presi dent in recent months has aroused so much conjecture here as that Omaha Thursday night when he said: "When we look forward to the years to come—I wish I could say the months to come—and to the end of this war, we want the world to know we are ready to lend our force to the preservation of peia'ce.'- This is regarded here as plainly in dicative the president feels the end of the war may be far off—and also that he feels the work of America will be to preserve the peace of the fu ture, not to intervene now. From those with the president, comes the word that he knows noth ing regarding a report that Ambassa dor Gerard is bringing with him to this country a request of the German government to intercede in behalf of peace. But there is a strong belief in official circles here that the presi dent will not make any further move either directly or Indirectly toward of fering his good offices, unless such plea is made openly by one or more of the belligerent nations. President Not Advised. fBy Kobert J. Bender, United Press Staff Correspondent.] ON BOARD PRESIDENT WIL SON'S TRAIN, Oct. 7.—President Wilson apparently knows nothing of the report that Ambassador Gerard now enroute to this country from his post In Berlin, brings with him a definite peace proposal from the Ger man government. No Overtures Received. [By Ed. L. Keen, United Press Staff Correspondent. LONDON, Oct. 7.—"We have re ceived no German peace overtures yet, but Mr. Lloyd-George, in his statement to the United Press, has (Continued on page 2) ILLINOIS BUSINESS MEN ARE ANGRY AT ENGLAND terference with malls and cable ser vice by Great Britain. Practically every Illinois Aim with foreign cus tomers reports interference and de lay In Its mail, officers say. The de lay la charged to the British censor ship. That England is secretly intimidat ing ship owners to prevent American trade with China, was charged by Thomas Londe, president of the American Industrial company. He said cable messages had disappeared }«i .twy^ \"r*f*$ :J,-,/5. -•:\-V-'^^,''-' 4,''jj1'''- ^'S'.r-'i' -wwrnr, -•$ T.*i"i" ,}"•$•'*'Y*-~&&h*4£ "W» Prospects of United States ^Making Efforts for Peace in Europe, Dwindling *'.r POINTS AGAINST England Has Plainly Said MHaiid% Off and Political Situa tion Here Also? Interferes. sevan weeka. 4* to 6 per cent tor loaaa. K:*..-r V3 ,/• 'J-" '.n... •,^ & .. -7*. PETBOOBAD, Oct. 7 LOST FIFTY Rumanian Crack Regiments Wiped Out and 111 Trained Troops Are Now .Fighting. ,.f .i & IN TBANSYLVANIA Two Decisive Defeats at the Hands of Falkenhayn, Have Almost ..... Wneoked the Army. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] BERLIN, Oct. 7.—The Rumanians have lost fifty thousand men in the last two weeks of fighting in Transyl vania, wnere they have suffered two in1 decisive defeats at the hands of Field Marshal Falkenbtiyn. Budapest dispatches today asserted that some of the crack Rumanian regiments have been entirely wiped out. Ill-trainod troops are now oppos ing Falkenhayn's victorious advance against the army that invaded Tran sylvania. Italians Take Hand. PARIS, Oct. 7.—Italian troops have taken the offensive in the Balkans in conjunction with the British, French and Serbs and are attacking in tfcfe region of Butkovo, east of the Var dar, it was officially announced today. On the alliod 16ft wing, the Serbs have pushed their advance guards forward into Velavoda vallye. French troops have occupied German posi tions. The Bulgarians directed strong counter-attacks against the British force that occupied Nevolen, but were repulsed. Another Invasion. LONDON, Oct. It—A fresh Ruma nian expedition has crossed the Danube into Bulgaria, said a wire less dispatch from Rome this after noon, reporting also that the Dobudja battle has been resumed with great violence. British Take VHIages. SALONIKA, Oct. 7.—The British have occupied the Macedonian vil lages of Agomah, Komarjan, Hiris tian, Kamila, Cuculuk and Ellshan, after repulsing Bulgarian counter-at tacks on Nevolene, it was officially announced today. ELECTROCUTED AT SING SING Man Who Killed Policeman, Paid the Penalty for Crime at Early Hour Today. [United Press Leased Wire Service] OSSININQ, N. Y.. Oct 7.--Despito auwaaty~Truat" the eleventh hour plea for a reprieve, president who signed by fifty prominent business N. Vail, of the American Telephone Four Percent Interest. [United Press Leased Wire Servlcfe] WASHINGTON, Otc. 7.—The feder al farm loan board, it was learned to day, has fixed on four per cent as the interest on farm loan bank bonds. This means that farmers who patron- KEOKUK, IOWA, SATURDAY, OCT. 7,1916 IS ALL American Citizen Killed sssr t—- Met Death in Air Raid On Bucharest Where He Was Noncombatant and N*^ral Spectator [United Press -An American on Bucharest, said dispatches received hei the state department. Rumania has ad the killing of non-combatants. xe Service] ,y, FROM' KIDNAPPERS 'Gong of Greeks Held Mine Manager for Two Days,. Asking Ransom of $15,000 HE KILLED ONE OF THEM Posses Are Now Scouring the Hills In an Effort to Run Others. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] DENVER, Colo., Oct. 7.—Posses of deputy sheriffs today are scouring the hills In the Oak creek district, for traces of the band of Greeks who kidnapped Robyn M. Perry, manager of the Oak Hill mines, held him two days for £15,000 ransom and then fled after Perry had escaped from his abductors. The body, of one Greek, shot and killed by Perry In a desperate battle, preceding the escape, was found last night a short distance from the cabin where Perry had been keM bound and gturged *g(mte two davs butWtowes ofthe ^hS! ?ent' ™krln* bandits have been found. First word of the kidnapping was contained in a special delivery letter to the young man's father, Samuel M. Perry, at Denver, .written in his son's hand, declaring he was held captive by a band of Greeks and de manding $15,000 ransom under pen alty of death. The elder Perry im mediately chartered a special train, obtained a body guard of detectives and started for Oak Creek with the money demanded. Before the train arrived at Oak Creek, word was received that the victim had escaped and reached a nearby ranch. The younger Perry is in a serious condition from exposure, hunger and brutal treatment MAN IN CASE IS WANTED Iowa Girl's Body Found on Shore of Lake Where She Had Taken Her Life. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] CHICAGO, Oct 7.—Police here are seeking "the man in the case" of the death of Miss Marie Gruenwald of Davenport, Iowa, whose body was found on tne store of Lake Michigan a few days ago. Examining physicians said she was soon to become a mother. Letters left by her indicate she had refused to marry the man responsible for her condition. "I hate him as I would a snake." Relatives from Davenport are expect ed to claim the body today. Says Sabin is Responsible. [United Press Leased Wire Service] NEW YORK, Oct 7—The Dow Jones ticker service today carried the following: "Boston—the Boston News bureau says financial people are entitled to know that President Sabin of the company was the I men, including President /Theodore rep0rters convey that and Telegraph Co., Thomas Bambrick trough Gerard and President Wil was electrocuted at Sing Sing at 6.55 a. m. today for the murder of George Dapping, New York policeman. summoned «ras killed in one of the Oierman ait raids American minister has wired a note to neutral powers protesting against and the some yesterday to anonymously to the public the Information o^rmany was seeking peace President Is Home. [United Press Leased Wire Service] LONG BRANCH, N. J., Oct 7.— President Wilson returned from his Omaha trip at 19:20 today. He will address a delegation of independent voters brought here under the aus pices Qf the Wood row Wilson pendent league at foar o'clock 'afternoon. Garrison at Juarez Ready to Surrender the Town to Villa's Gang When It Arrives. i.- MANY AK8E8TS MADE Villa Located West of Chihuahua City Where He is Filling His Ranks by Con scrlptlon. here and at Carranzista garrison at Juarez to. nlng. "buy off' the soldiers and surrender the town to revolutionists or Vlllistas. Many arrests have already been made and other suspects are under surveillance. A number of soldiers on customs guard at the International boundary have been arrested while on duty and disarmed. The plotters were said to have been negotiating with General Ynez Salazar, famous revolutionist, who was recently released from the prison at Chihuahua City by Villa and is United States government agents here have information that Villa is at Bustillos, about forty miles west of Chihuahua City, where he*ft filling his ranks by conscription when the na tives do not join voluntarily. Disciples of Christ DBS MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 7.—The city is already filling with the ad vance guard of delegates to the in ternational convention of the Dis ciles pf Christ, which opens here on Monday for a week's program full of speeches, inspirational meetings, re ligious study and business sessions. The report of progress in the so called "Men and Millions" movement is awaited with great interests The Disciples of Christ are engaged in this movement to raise $6,300,000 for promoting the activltes of their churches and educational institutions. Half of this amount is to go to the colleges and schools of the Dsclples of Christ and the other half for 500 new churches as well as missions among the Russians, Bulgarians, Poles, Bohemians and In the Orient. Will Vote for Wilson. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] N'BW YORK, Oct 7,—Rube Mar quard 1b for Wilson for president democratic headquarters announced today, as the Dodger twlrler prepared to hold the attention of millions of fans during a tense afternoon in Bos ton. "You bet Fm for Wilson,'* a state ment from the democrats quoted the Rube as saying, "and I feel as sure he will be elected as I am that the Brooklyn team will win the pennant." Fred Williams Dead. [United Press Leased Wir© Service] DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 7.—L. Fred Williams, 56, for many years one of the best known newspaper men In Michigan, died here today. For sev Inde-' eral years he has published **The this I American Elk." a national organ of I the a P. O. B. •PPPPSfl^'•f^W MILK STRIKE ABOUT ENDED Twelve Independent Concerns Give in to Demands of the Dairymen's League. ONE-THIRD OF SUPPLY Thq, Big Three Still -Holding Out,,But Action of Others Is Move Toward Peace. [United Press Leased Wire Service] •NEW YORK, Oct 7.—Twelve Inde pendent milk concerns handling one third of New York's milk supply, came to terms with representatives of the Dairymen's league early today, agreeing to pay forty-five cents ad vances a hundred weight for three months, with three months additional contract to follow, if Investigation •proves it just. The move brought the great milk strike near settlement. Bordens, Sheffield Farms and Mu tual-McDermott Dairy—the big three —have not agreed to the advance, al though Borden's approved a one month contract at the advanced price Thursday. SHIPS HIT IN THE FOG Steamer Sank in Fifteen .Min utes After Collision With '•'•t '.Excursion Soat. J'7" [United Press Leased Wire Service.] NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 7.—Reports of the exact magnitude of the disaster in Hampton Roads last night, in which the steamer City of Norfolk, loaded with excursionists, crashed headlong into the British tramp steamer Hawkhead, were awaited with anxiety here early today. The Hawkhead sank fifteen minutes after the collision. Although preliminary reports receivedliere relate no loss of [United Press Leased Wire Service] jjfei (ear is felt there may have been BL PASO, Texas, Oct. 7.—Secret ioas in transferring the passengers off of 0,6 Mexlcan detocto K°vern- the City of Norfolk to passing steam- Juarez' I «rs as an unasualiy dense fog was have discovered a plot hatched in the over the roads and a bad sea run- now commanding a detachment of the! tofore. bandit chief's followers. Carranzista The keynote was sounded by Arthur authorities at Juarez declare the plot I pratt, president of the association has been effectually frustrated. Prison Congress Opens. United Press.] American [By BUFFALO, N Y., Oct. 7.—Six hun dred men thoroughly experienced in criminology—.nost of them the keep ers of prisons all over Uncle Sam's domain, including Alaska and the Philippines—assembled here today in the congress of the American Prison association with the avowed purpose of making It less easy for good per sons to become criminals than here- and warden of the Utah state prison. He urged as the first step the pre vention of contact between hardened criminals and light offenders held in county jails pending trials. Governor Charles S. Whitman of New York welcomed the delegates on behalf of the state. Several visitors responded. The congress will adjourn Thurs day. Two Were Killed. [United Press Leased Wire Service] DANVILLB, Ind., Oct. 7.—Two were killed and one seriously hurt when a freight train on the Cincinnati. Indian apolis and Western railway, ran into an open switch at Maplewood today. The dead: G. R, Carpenter, Hume, 111. John Owen, Indianapolis. Sabin Sticks to It. NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—Charles H. Sabin, president of the Guaranty Trust company and authority for the state ment that Germany has decided to ask President Wilson to make overtures for peace, today reiterated through his secretary that he had learned this fact from unquestionable sources. WM THE WEATHEB Fair. Cooler Sunday. Local temp—7 p. m. 68 7 a. m. 61. i[NATIONAL GUARD RECRUITING HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL Service is to be Discontinued! on Orders From the Secretary of War. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] WASHINGTON, Oct 7.—Dissatis fied with recruiting of national guardsmen. .Secretary of War Baker today authorized commanding gener als of the army departments to dls- fetV- vi.-* ift- TEN PAGES Routed Mackenson's German Bulgarian-Turkish Army,£^g Capturing Villages and vv Heights. British raids on enemy trenches near Armentieres and Loos last night were successful. Shelled by Germans. GALVESTON, Texas, Oct. 7.—The Leyland line steamer Mercian which arrived here today reported being shelled by a German submarine near j, the coast of England. Captain C. J. Walker exhibited a cap, the visor of which had been split by a shell splin ter as he stood on the bridge. There' were no fatalities or material damage to the steamer which was saved by the appearance of British warships, German War Loan. BERLIN, (via wireless to Sayvllle, L. I.) Oct. 7.—Subscriptions to ths fifth German war loan total 10,519. 000,000 marks, about $207,500,000, ao cording to .n unofficial tabulation made today. This is but slightly be low the total raised for the fourth war loan last spring, 10,767,000,000 marks. Only the third war loan, when tne total was 12,160,000,000 marks, was much higher. Called on Hughes. [United Press Leased Wire Service.] MONT CLAIR, N. J., Oct. 7—Thfl fashionable village of Mont Clair call ed on Chas. E. Hughes and Mrs. Hughes at their hotel here today, Louis F. Dodd and Mrs. Dodd headed' a reception committee of twenty-five prominent citizens which consisted ol some five or six hundred callers and directed the reception. Hughes spoke briefly. The republican candidate today clo& -, ed his "workshop" in preparation for his next trip, starting Monday. It is understood in the speeches he has been working on he will reply to some of President Wilson's recent speeches and attack some of the president's re cent appointments. discretion. '"r^ vr''- «a -V 9 REPULSED WITH French Troop* on Weettrn Fi 'No Important Actions Durl"« $ l'. -I Night. W- sws1 [United Press Leased Wire Servlee.T a PETROGRAD, Oct 7.—Russian troops have won a victory over Mack- ., ensen's German-Bulgar-Turkish army in Dobradja, occupying the villages of Karabaka, and Besaul and also th#^| heights between It, was officially an-^vi nounced today. The enemy counter attacked, but was repulsed with loss. On the Austro-German front heavy fighting continues. The Russians re ji polled a strong German attempt to recapture a trench northwest of Dnb* now. On the Zlota Li pa, in the re*' glon of Shlballn, Potatory and Mach lshcauv, four enemy counter attacks were repqJled with heavy losses. In the Caucasus coastal region, Russian troops occupied fortifications at Petrakale. In Persia, Russian forces entered Kashan. •''.U. French Were Quiet. 'hi&4 PARIS, Oct 7.—There were no Im-. partaot actions on that part of the western front held by the French' last night, It was officially announced today. Bombing Attacks. LONDON, Oct. 7.—German bomb ing attacks against the new British' positions northeast of Eaucourt L'Abbaye were completely repulsed. General Haig reported thiB afternoon. -v 1 r' a inc decision was based on a recom mendation by the general staff. Re crulting has been disappointing. Great difficulty has been met in trying to fill up the national guards regimentr at the border or ready to leave for the border. The department had built an slve system of recruiting with reguf lar army officers and militia office if' co-operating. The stations, it war admitted, have not met expectations.