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Local thunderjhowePi Wednesday and probably Thursday, gentle winds, mostly southerly. Highest temperature yesterday, 83 de grees lowest, 76 degrees. WEST FLORIDA Mt'ST FEED ITSELF! VOL. XX.NO. 214. PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, .WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 1, 1917. PRICE 5 CENTS. GREAT SISH BY THE ALLIES! REFUGE FDR IERK COSTLY THE SLACKER TB THEEIEI Both French and English County Heavily in the Latest Offensive. take teritory Enemy held since belgian invasion So Determined Were At- i tackers That They Passed Obiectives Assigned Them for Capture. ASSOCIATED PRESS SUMMARY. The end of the first day in the great British and French offensive in Flanders found all entente plans had been carried out. The French are holding two lines of captured Ger man trenches. The British held three, in addition to ten more villages and more than 3,500 prisoners. So de termined were the attacking forces that frequently they passed objectives which had been assigned for their capture, and taking other terrain. Casualties of the allies are relative ly slight. The Germans suffered heavily in killed and wounded. The majority of position taken by allie3 had been in possessioa of the Teu tons since the invasion of Belgium. The French attack resulted in the capture of Steenstraste, and was .DUflhed. beyond, two miles and a half. The British deepest wedge is two miles- In, East Galicia the Russians con tinue to give battle to the Teutonic llies. Several positions were re jtaken by the Russians. Russians also 'attempted to make a stand in Weston Bukowina, but were compelled to evacuate the positions. ASSAULT BY ALLIES PLEASES WASHINGTON Washington, July 31. The allies assault on the German flank made a profound impression here because In the judgment of many America offi cers, it was directed against the most vulnerable point on the entire Ger man front. The complete success for the allies will be an immediate an swer to the U-boat warfare. Some observers here are inclined to believe that unless the drive is supplemented by naval co-operation, with a landing behind the present German front, a complete success must not be expect ed. Possibilities of a new offensive has produced the suggestion thnf if the allied front be extended to the Dutch front, The Netherlands might join the allies- SENTENCE FAMILY TO DIE ON UNPROVEN CHARGE London, July 31. An Amsterdam dispatch says German authorities at Liege, Belgium, arrested, tried and sentenced to death within three days, a Liege merchant, named Groneret, his wife and two daughters on an unproved charge of espionage. 1 ENORMITY OF TASK OF AMERICAN ENGINEERS Washington, July 31. The enor jrnity and variety of the task confront ing American army engineers in nexk , ing the expeditionary force in France a single unit, independent of French and British aid. was emphasized b7 the office of the chief of army en gineers. Not only must miles or rail roads, bridges, roads, wharves an! piers be constructed, but lumber must be cut from French forests by a regi ment of trained foresters. Under ground electric power House must be established to supply current to the trenches. Scores of wells must be drilled for miles and water pipes laid. FIND" ANTHRAX GERMS ON COURT PLASTY Binghampton, N- Y., July 31. Government agents have announced that experts have discovered what is believed to be anthrax germs on court plaster sold here by a vendor. They have issued a warning. REJECTED MEN IN CAMPS I. Washington, July 31. Seventeen ' thousand men at the officers' training , camps who do not receive commis sions or be selected for further train ing at the second series of camps, are to be offered appointments as non commissioned officers in the national army, with chances of promotion, and General Bliss, acting chief of staff, has issued a circular to, this effect. MARRIAGE IS1 Ruling to That Effect Made by General Crowder on Strength of Reports. WOMEN WHO JVIARRY MAY BE PROSECUTED Various Methods, Including Actual Suicide, Adopted to Escape Conscription. BT ASSOCIATED TRESS. Washington, July 31. Hasty mar riages made since July- 20, the date of the army draft drawing, in an ef fort to escape conscription will not be considered ground for discharge un less the wife is actually dependent on her husband- General Crowded made this ruling after reports freu many cities of marriage license bu teaus being besieged. Women who marry men merely to aid them to be slackers are liable to prosecution, he said. RECORD FOR MARRIAGES BROKEN IN NEW YORK New York, July 31. The record for marriages at the licenses bureau was broken when 164 ceremonies were performed today. The bridegroom in almost every instance was of military age. Two hundred and ninety-four licenses were issued. KILLS WIFE AND SELF TO ESCAPE THE DRAFT Nashville, Tenn., July SI William Tyson, a farmer, killed his wife and then committed suicide when he re ceived a summons from the local ex emption board to appear for the draft examination. USING HEART STIMULANT TO FOOL THE DOCTORS New York, July 31. Evidence that young men are plotting to evade con scription by the use of a heart stim ulant, which would cause their rejec tion by medical examiners, was laid before Francis Caffey, United States attorney, by Roscoe Conkling, deputy attorney general, representing the New York adjutant general. LEADER URGES NEGROES TO A BETTER SERVICE Newport News, Va., July 31. In an address to 2,000 negro dry dock employes, R. R. Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute, said they had an. opportunity to make them soldiers as well as those on 6hips and iii the trenches. R, A. GRAY ASSUMES DUTIES AT CAPITAL Pensacola! Journal Washington Bureau, Washington, July 31. R. A- Gray, of Gadsden county, Florida, arrived here today and took up his duties as secretary to Senator Park Trammell. He will succeed J. L. Kelley, of Ma rianna, who was caught by the draft and will join some branch of the army in a few days. Mr Kelley wiTTl several years clerk to Senator Nathan Bryan, and is one of the most popu lar young men about the capitol. The legion of friends he has made here will be mighty sorry to see him leav. Mr. Gray was private secretary to Senator Trammell part of the time he was governor. Until recently and for about a year, Mr. Gray was state auditor- AUTO STOLEN FROM A POINT ON PALAFOX ST. Auto No. 413, the property of E. W. Fowler, was stolen late Monday night from in front of the Isis theater and up to last night the car had not been recovered. The police had a re port that the car was last seen, occu pied by two men dressed in white, be ing driven at quite a rate of speed on Barrancas avenue, and orders were given to investigate the rumor and ascertain whether or not the machine had been deserted at some point in that part of the city. HOTTEST IN 16 YEARS IN PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia, July 31 With a maximum temperature of 101 de grees, today was the holiest in six teen years. The heat has caused eight kah in two days- CREW OF BARK CLARA HAD A RUN IN WITH SLINKER Capt. Schroeder, of the Norwegian barV Clara, who was here some months ago, on his fine vessel, and who has a large number of friends in Pensacola. lost his ship on the voyage from Buenos Ayres to Copenhagen and thence to Norway, according to reports contained in Norwegian news papers which have just reached here. A terrifying experience was suf fered by the skipper and crew when a German undersea boat suddenly ap peared and commanded that the vewel be vacated The first order was it the ship's papers be conveyed to tyej German vessel, and while Captain Schroeder and several members of the crew were obeying such instruc tions, the undersea boat commanded that the Clara be deserted. About this time, and while boats were being lowered, the enemy craft opened fire, almost killing the mate and several COME TD I AflOHiT L. H. WIER. REPRESENTING COMMISSION ON TRAINING CAMP ACTIVITIES, TO BOOST LOCAL PLANS. To assist in establishing amuse ment features in Pensacola for enlist ed men in both the army and' navy, L. H. Wier, representing the commis sion on training camp activities, ar rived in the city yesterday morning Mr. Wier stated that he was highly gratifiedto learn upon his arrival here thafa movement had already been started to provide some means for amusement for the enlisted men in training here, and that it had the sanction of the city commissioners. It is understood that the city com missioners have authorized plans drawn by Walker D. Willis for the various improvements planned, and that if bids are satisfactory, they will probably be made. Various organiza tions in the city have interested them selves rn the matter, and it has wide and generous support. Mr- Wier conferred with Marshal J. B. Perkins about the mover4it yesterday morning and the two called on Captain Jayne, at the aeronautic station. Mr. Wier stated that, if the plans were carried out and the tennis courts, skating rinks and domino tables provided for the men that the United States would appoint a secre tary to supervise the activities. EDITOR MAPOLES LOSES HIS PLANT IN BLAZE SPECIAL TO THE JOURXAU Crestview, July 31. The office building and entire plant of The County Journal was completely des troyed by fire tonight, the origin un known. At the present time the fire is still burning- The loss is partly covered by insurance. Over two hundred dollars worth of stationery, just printed pr.d ready for delivery, was destroyed- Wesley Slapoles of Milligan, is edi tor and owner. THE HEAT WAVE MAY CONTINUE FOR FEW DAYS Washington, July 31. Indications are the heat wEre, which has op pressed nearly every section of the country, will continue at least for a few days The only sections not cov ered by the heat is the northwest and Pacific slope. ROTARIANS HEAR TALKS ON LOCAL CONDITIONS At the regular meeting of the Ro tary Club yesterday, Chaplain Hunter, of Fort Barrancas, and R. R Jen nings, secretary of the Y. M. C. A., were guests of the club. Both made short talks. Chaplain Hunter had as his topic, Pensacola's relation to the war, and in opening his discussion outlined in a general way the present military situation- The relations of the various countries to the war were sketched, and finally the part the United States is playing in the great world drama. Continuing his discussion, he came to the local situation in Pensacola. and in Florida, and stated that none of of the great cantonments had been placed in this state probably because of the conditions of the stale. When Florida is cleaned up, and conditions made fit for training camps, th speaker stated that if it is uossibie that camps will be located at various points in the state. It is not too late, he said, as there are yet many aviation training camps to be established, and the cli mate of Florida has proved particu larly adapted to this work. Mr. Jennings next spoke to the club, using as liis topic the work of the Y. M. C- A. in relation to the enlisted sailors, who weie then working to launch the remaining life boat. The cabin was shot away, the boat wreck ed, and it was necessary to seek other means to get to safety. The Germans, just before the Clara was shot to pieces, boarded the sailing vessel, according to account, and car ried therefrom every article of value, brass and copper fittings, pipes, bells. rails, etc., being sought very ear-', nestly. Then, searching for plunder in other parts of the vessel, they turn ed everything upside down, taking every article and many papers of value. Among the documents were the papers of the mate, who would "ha" commanded a vessel of his own prob ably on the next trip out from Nor way. In addition to the papers, the sailors from the undersea boat scrap ped about an English sovereign which was in the mate's locker. SUGGESTS GUT VPU' "TT A T TXT C T." i f- k IV'tf ! RAILROAD COMPANY CONDI TIONALLY DENIED BY JUDGE SHEPPARD. Judge William B. Sheppard issued an order in the federal court yester day morning in the case of J. O. Tra vis vs. the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company, conditionally de nying an appeal by the defendant for a new trial. The condition is that the plaintiff, who was awarded $2,250 damages, refund to the ralT road $1,050, and unless this is com plied with before rule day in Sep tember, the order states the the mo tion for a new trial will be sustained- In a memorandum filed with the de cision, Judge Sheppard explains the reasons for authorizing th remit tance, and states that court are dis inclined to grant new trials, because it is to the public interest that litiga tion should end. Several reasons for the denial of a new trial are then en umerated, though it is stated that there is one ground in the motion that is entitled to serious consideration and that is that the damage award was too great and not justified by the evi dence In discussing this point, the mem orandum states that it was not sh. n bv t' testimony that the physical in- 1 juries were very severe and that the loss vi unie, uj me impairment, ui health, was not sufficient to justify the verdict. This, it is stated, was a matter for the jury to decide, but that in charging the jury, certain points may have been over emphasized, and that a smaller award, in the opinion of the court, is equitable. POSTPONE OPENING OF GYM TO SAILORS Owing to the fact that the commit tee in charge of the program at the yard and the local committee of the Knights of Columbus have not com pleted their arrangements, the regu lar opening of the gymnasium and rest room, which was set for Wednes day evening, has been postpoTi Notice" of the opening date will bo given in a few days as soon as all arrangements are completed. Mean while, soldiers and sailors who desire to visit the hall are cordially wel come. men of both branches of the service, with particular reference to Pensacola conditions. He stated that J. C. Secrest, who came here several weeks ago to as sume charge of the Y. M. C. A work at the training camps,' is now in At lanta, with the executive board for this district, discussing the arrange ment for the work. With the three separate fields of work m Pensacola, he stated, the problem is a difficult one, for buildings should be establish ed at the aeronautic station, Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas. At the present time, he stated, it is impossible to erect all three struc tures, and it is probable that the f itet building will be placed at the aero nautic station. One difficulty which was met in planning for the buildings, he said, was the extremely high bids submitted for the work, more than doubling the cost of the same work elsewhere. Arrangements have been made foe the work, Mr- Jennings said, and it is probable that contract will be awarded next Monday and the work started immediately. As soon as the first building is completed, others will follow, if satisfactory contracts can be made. IN JURY AWARD BALLOONISTS LAND IN MELON PATCH AND THE FARMER 'TREATS' It is not often that balloonists can choose their landing field, and if it were, it would be seldom that they found a watermelon patch to land in, but a party from the aeronautic station, experi menting with a "free" had that luck in a recent trial flight. The flight started, almost in the face of a thunderstorm which was brewing in the north, and a strong north wind on the earth's surface had set in and threatened to earn,' the craft out to sea. The pilots lightened the ballast and the balloon ascended above the lower strata of air, and encount ered a current above moving in land, opposite the surface cur rent. This, from the surface of the earth, made it appear that the craft was moving against the wind. Later, a landing was effected north of the city, in a watermelon patch, and the farmer cordially received his aerial visitors, and presented each with a luscious melon- CAVE-IN OF SAND BANK BREAKS LEG OF NEGRO AND CRUSHES ANOTHER MAN'S BODY BOTH j CONVICTS. ! Ed Mack, white, and "Florida Pap," colored, were seriously injured at the sand bank near Myrtle Grove, in dis trict No 3,when a wall of sand sud denly caved in. The negro, whose name is not known except that quoted above, had his leg broken, while the white man was bruised so seriously that when he reached here yesterday afternoon he appeared to be in great pain and the county physician was called to attend him. He was later re moved to the Pensacola Hospital. It appears that the men were dig ging in a ditch about seven feet deep when the bank gave way, in the fore noon, injuring the negro. The men, it was reported, were again sent into the ditch in the afternoon and Mack was the second man during the day to suffer injuries. Mack has had quite a career. Sent to serve a sentence of six months in camp No. 5, he made a getaway i cently, after he had been made one of the trusties Then, getting an ad ditional sentence for voluntary escape, he was sent to work at No. 3 camp, with the above-noted incident. FINE CUCUMBERS GROWN IN THE CITY! J. E. Sheppard, colored, who for many years has been employed at tTue Pensacola Gas Company's local head quarters, and who resides at No. 507 North Reus street, was one of the many who obtained a supply of the free seed which The Journal distrib uted several months ago, and last night brought to the office of this paper two cucumbers, the size of which was enough to attract attention immediately- One of these, nin inches in length weighed 1 1-2 pounds, while the other, scarcely seven inches i in length, weighed a fraction better than 1 1-4 pounds. "Shep" said that they were raised in a regular sand bed, with little fer tilizer, and they were the finest of the kind he had ever seen, an opinion coincided in by numbers of persons who saw them. He said he was going to pickle them for the winter. ATMORE MAY GET- SHOPS OF G. F. & A. I As Atmore has offered ample fa cilities to the G. F. & A. railroad for the shops which were contemplated for Pensacola, the property free from taxation and without cost to the road, it is considered possible that the shops may be placed there. It was "intended to erect the shops, at a cost of nearly $20,000 near the present terminals of the road in West Pensacola, but owing to objections by property owners in that vicinity, it is understood that the plans may be abandoned, and the work go to At tn ore It is stated that it has been practic ally impossible to obtain suitable site here, because of the exhorbitant prices desired for property. EIGHT DEATHS AND PROSTRATIONS IN N. Y New York, July 31. Eight deaths,; and one hundred and sixty-five pros- trations are reported tonight as the j toll of the intense heat wave. The . maximum temperature was ninety- i eight, the highest -1 six years. I 10 MEN ARE BADLY INJURED! i LOCAL BOARD ofe; GETS TD WORK First Steps Be That of Elim inating Numbers Which Do Not Apply Here. Tt HT A VP T T T AM OFFICIAL LIST ! Will Be a Week Before Everything Is in Readi ness for Drawing. As soon as the master list arrived 1 yesterday the local board started work eliminating numbers which do .lot ap ply to this county, and began to mt up the official list of men drawn in Escambia county and their order of liability. ; In compiling the list, the names: will be listed as before, with reference to precinct, and in numerical order, j according to the "serial" number as- signed before they were sent to Wash-. ington. Opposite each serial number will be placed the number correspond ing to the order of liability. For example: Serial number 258 ; was the first number drawn. It will j me in its numerical order on the list, ' but opposite it will be placed number ; "1" denoting that "258" is the first ' man liable for service.. Number "259" may have been the forty-first num- i ber drawn, and while it would follow ; "258' on the list, "41" will be placed 1 opposite, showing that "259" is the j forty-first man liable for service j This system is believed to he the; simplest possible, as all men are fa-j miliar with their "serial" nuyibers, ; but would have to look through per-; haps a thousand or more, if the num-! bers were arranged according to li- i ability. It has the further advantage j of being already arranged in s- cincts, and a man need look through but a comparative few numbers be-1 fore he has found his own, and at 1 the same time, ascertained his order : of liability. It will be about a week before ev- j erything is in readiness for the men 1 to appear for examination, aid due : notification by mail will be sent to each once in advance, allowing ample: time to appear. Slackers Be Rounded Up. j In an effort to round up all slack- ' ers before the final steps of the se lective draft are taken, SpeciaL A per Davis is working in Pensacola to fir,. I those who failed to register. The, movement to finJ the slackers is na tionwide and is fn hue with informa tion contained in Associated Press dispatches yesterday that all slack-; ers would be caught and made liable : for service. ' 1 Several cases are pending in Leon : county, and other places in the north - ' ern district of Florida, and Assistant United States District Attorney Hoff man wilJ leave Thursday to conduct prosecutions. BOY SCOUT TROOP TO ENJOY "EATf A combined social and V tss meeting of the boy scout troop will be held tonight, at the scout, rooms at 7:30 o'clock. All scouts must make a special effort to be there. Each scout is expected to bring a friends as a prospective scout. The social pro gram will include "eats." A pecial in vitation is given to all delinquent scouts who wish to renew their con nection with the scout troop. A good time is guaranteed The over-night hike will be pulled off Friday and Saturday . A delight ful camping place has been discovered at Myrtle Grove. Petai'-o? thi'hike will be discussed tonight. Any scout expecting to attend this meeting is requested to notify Scout master Williams at the Y. M. C. A , and advise whether he will be accom panied by a friends. RECRUIT STATION IN LOBBY THE ISIS Army and navy recruiting stations ' will be moved today to the Isis thea ter when the patriotic photoplay. "Womanhood, the Glory of a Nation." will be exhibited, in an effort to stimulate recruiting. Uniformed men will be in attendance at the stations, to give any information and to accept recruits. j No enlistments were recorded at : either the army or navy station yes- j terday, though Company I obtained three men late yesterday afternoon.' These were Clarence F. McNaii, An-j derson Herrin and Alver Rouse WW FINAL STEPS 1 II WAGER OF LOCAL B mm American and Bank of Com merce C o m b i n o in Strongest Institution. CAPITALIZED AT HALF A MILLION E. R. Malone Is President of Combined Interests, and C. W. Lamar, Cashier. Fir.al arrangements were mad? for the merging of the National Rank of Commerce into the American Na tional Bank at meetings o the share holders and directors of the two in stitutions yesterday and today, the combined institutions will open for husmoss in the American building, with K. R Malone, president-. A! I business will be tra-wactod in the American National Bank and all inquiries concerning papers and not.es will be answered there TTie ofneers of the new- American arc K. P. Ma lone. president; Morris Bear, vice president. J. IT McNeill, vice-president, J. W Malone, vice-president, C. W. Lamar, cashier; J. V. An drews assistant cashier, J- ?. Leon ard, assistant cashier. Max J. Hein bcrg, assistant cashier and J F. L Quina. assistant casier. .J. (' Hest er returns to the American Nation il as note custodian and telle:-, and Bryan D. Baker will also bf one of the tellers. The consolidated bank ha- i capita! of half a million dollars, and 1: merger gives to this section one of the strongest banks in the state. The directorate of the new bank is, com posed of some most prominent fig ures in business and financial circles of Pensacola and West Florida Mutually agreeable plans for the consolidation were made by the two boards f directors several weeks ago and tentative arrangement entered into. Yesterday saw the consumma tion of the plans shared by the two institutions and the larger bank launched on its business career National Bank Examiner, VY. T (iar field was present at the meeting yes sistance in carrying out the details of the merger- TWO STRANGERS RUN INTO A LOT OF TROUBLE Y. B. Kistr. id disorderly, and F K. Fmlay, .arged with disorderly conduct, both white men. who stated they lived in Santa Rosa county, drew down larcj bunches of trouble for themselves yesterday, ending up by emcring a boarding house near the site of the old depot, and Ki?er getting quite a drub b. r on complaint of the proprietor of te boarding hou; . They will fac tii : this morning. complaint was first received from a Mrs. AHbrooks. who also keeps a boarding house. It is claimed the .ir?i proposed t rent a room, f om the woman, and she at once reported them to the poli'e. B''fore off ii ers reached the rtene, however, the ir.cn had van ished. Later a second report about the same men was received frm t'ie Lewis house, where it was reporteT they had, while slightly ut-der the influent e of liquor, boldly er.ter'd the place and made themse've- so objec tionable that a male dfen;cr black ened the face of Riser, an! when he reached the station blood oozed free:;, from a wound in his face. STILL DISPUTING OVER THE FOOD BILL Washington, July 31 Af'er an other day of fruitless dispute -vr the food bill, and provision fur a congressional war expenditures com mittee, the conferees' recessed until tomorrow, whn another effort will be made for an agreement. Over night conferees planned to confer with the s: ate and housa leaders re garding a compromise- VOTE ON PROHIBITION AMENDMENT TODAY Washington, July 31. A vote on the resolution for a prohibition amendment to the constitut on will be taken by the senale tomorrow, and both wets and dry? claim enough votes to insure victory, though it U admitted it will be close.