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VOL. XXVI, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY, OCT^?BErTieU^ -No742 Germany Accepts Terms of Peace Made by Wilson Full Text of the German Communication in Reply to Presi? dent Wilson's Inquiry. ??In reply t<> the questions of the President of the United SI Lee "f America the Gorman government hereby declares, the German government has accepted the terms laid down by Presi? dent Wilson in his address of January eighth and in his subsc uiiunt addresses on tlie foundation of n permanent peace of justice, i equontly its'object in entering into discussions would only be to agree upon practical details of the application of these terms. !:, Ciorman government believes that tho governments >>f the novrers associated with the g?vernincnl of the Pnited States also take the position taken by President Wilson in Iiis address. The lierinnn government in accordance with Austro-liungarian gov? ernment for the purpose of bringing about an armistice, declares itself ready to comply with the propositions of the President in rogard to the evacuation. The (ierinan government suggests I hut tin- President may occasion the meeting of a mixed commission for making the necessary arrangements concerning the evacuation. Tin1 present Gerninn government, which has undertaken the re? sponsibility for this step toward peace, has been formed by con? ferences and in agreement with the great majority of the lioich stttg. The chancellor, supported in all his actions by the will of this majority, speaks in tho name of tho Gentian government and of the German people.?Berlin, October P_', 1018. (Signed) SOl.P, Stab- Secretary Foreign Ollice." Germany and Austria Both Represented in New Reply to President Wilson. (lly tho Associated Press. | Germany tloclnrcs itself ready tu comply with the propositions of the President <>f the Uiiilcrl States with res pec I to the evac? uation of occupied territories and in this associates itself with Austria. Ilr. W. S. Solf, the newly ap? pointed foreign secretary, in re? plying to President Wilson's re? cent note accepts the terms laid down by President Wilson in his recent addresses "on the founda? tion of a permanent peace of justice.'' Future discussions, the reply asserts, would be for the purpose of agreeing lipon the application of these terms. The present Uoriuan govern? ment, it is further announced, assumes the responsibility for this stop towards peace and has the support uf the great majori? ty of the Peichstag. The Im? perial Chancellor, declares the note, speaks in the namo of the Herman government and of the 1 iertnaii people. The President of the Pnited Stales, it is suggested, may oc? casion the meeting of a mixed commission to make arrange? ments for the evacuations. Allies Are in Accord Opposed to Any Armistice Without Every Guarantee and President's Answer to Be Speedy and Positive. London, Oct. I I.? While cer tain developments are taking place, the Central News Agency >ays it learns, it can be said that tho British government will rcs ohltely oppose the granting of an armistice tu Germany unless absolute guarantees, both mili? tary and naval, are forth com? ing. Washington, Del. 11.?The official text of Germany's reply to President Wilson reached the Swiss legation here this morning, and the .swiss Charge, Frederick Ocdorlin, delivered it to the state Department without ??? ?tu metit. Uolonel House was in Secretary Lansing's ofljcc at t!n> time. In tin- meantime President Wilson hail called Secretaries Lansing, Baker and Daniels l<> the White House for a confer? ence. A few minutes later the liotc was in Hie hands of the Presi? dent. A State Department iries seliger took it tn the \Vhito House us soon ?s Secretary Lan? sing had read the document and found it did nut dill'cr from the wireless version. It developed that Counselor I'olk, of tho State Department, was at the British embassy in consultation with Uolvillo Bar? clay, counselor and charge in the absence of Lord Beading, and other officials of the em? bassy. Counselor folk's visit was CALL FOR NURSES The Red Cross is making an urgent ap? peal for nurses. Any woman who can help in the epidemic will please ring up 'phone 2 20 or 62. considered to be significantly connocted with the word from London that the British govern? ment is inclined lo oppose the granting of an armistice until complete guarantees of both a military and naval nature comes from (Sormauy. This development, reported in Associated Press dispatches from London, probably lias sonn- rela? tion to the announcement Satur? day that Great Britain, Franco and Italy were agreeing upon a common line of action. The President and Mr. Lansing had been considering the Her man communication since Satur? day night, when the unofficial text reached thciti. PRESIDENT SOUNDS DOOM OF KAISERISM Washington, (?ct. U. ? ProsL dent Wilson has answered Ger? many's peace proposal with a decision which not only fulfills the expectations of supporters of his diplomacy but also dis pels the fears of those who pre? dicted In; would substitute vie torios. at arms with defeats at diplomacy. No peace with Kaiscristn I Autocracy must go; no armistice can oven ho though) of while 1 Germany continues her atroci? ties on laud and sea ; one cannot he considered unless it is fully dictated by the allied t'OUHUUnd ers in tint Held in such terms as absolutely provide safeguards and guarantees that Germany's part will not bo a scrap of paper. This in a few words is the President's answer. If il does not bring a capitu? lation which may bo more than unconditional surrender allied diplomats and American officials; believe it may cause a revolu? tion in Germany. Boyond question it speaks for Peace Terms Laid Down by President The fourteen concrete peace proposals laid down by Pres! dent Wilson on January ti, \:>\--, began with the declaration that the days of private interest understanding)] are gone and thai covenants of peace must be reached in the open. Briefly sum inuri/.ed, the other points were: Absolute freedom of the seas in peace or war except as they may be closed by international action. Removal of economic barriers among nations associating themselves to maintain peace. Guarantees of the reduction of armaments to the lowest j point consistent with domestic safety. Impartial adjustment of colonial claims, based upon tho principle that the peoples concerned have equal rights with the Governments; Evacuation of nil Russian territory and opportunity for Rus? sia's political development. Evacuation of Belgium. Evacuation of French territory and righting of the Alsace. Lorraine wrong. Readjustment of Italy's frontiers along recognized lines of nationality. Free opportunity for autonomous development of the peoples of Austria-Hungary. Evacuation of Rumania, Serbia and Montenegro and guar? antees for all the Balkan States. Sovereignty for Turkey's portion of the Ottoman empire and autonomy for other nationalities. An independent Poland with access to the sea. A general association of nations for mutual guarantees of independence and territorial integrity to large and small states alike. The four terms mentioned in President Wilson's speech of February It are hh follows: First?That each purl of the iinal settlement must be based Upon the essential justice of that particular case and upon such adjustments as art; most likely to bring u peace that will bo per-; manont. Second?That tho peoples and provinces are not It) bo bar? tered about from sovereignty to sovereignty as if they were mere chattels and pawns in a game, even the great game, now forever discredited, of the balance of power; but that Third?Every territorial settlement involved in this wnr mtiBj, be made in the intnrest and for tho benefit of the popula? tions concerned, an(l not as a part of any mere adjustment or compromise of cluims amongst rival states; and Fourth?That all well defined national aspirations shall be accorded tho utmost satisfaction that can be accorded them without introducing new or perpetuating old elements of discord and antagonism that would be likely in time to break tho peace of Europe and consequently the world. the Entente Allies as well as the United States. The dispatch ot tho President's reply was followed by tho issue of tlii* format statement iii the White House by Secretary Tu? multy : "Tb<- government will con? tinue to send over 2011,000 then j w ith their supplies every month and there will he no relaxation of any kind.*' Germans in Retreat British and Americans Pour? ing Through Breach Be? tween St. Qucntin and Cambria. Pari?, Oct. ll.-?A quarter ofl a million Hermans now are in full retreat bi 'tween Oninbrla cud St. (Junnlin, with the allies hot at their heels, according to the hattlefrout reports that came in through the night, At some points the advance hits exceeded fifteen miles in the last two days. Thin forward movement of tho allies is regarded as the lirst step in tin' e;reat H''1"'1"1' retreat of the Germans which now seems inevitable, for it if doubtful whether (jdnorui Lu dendorff has such fortified posi? tions on the upper Oisii, and: Sutnbre canal as to permit him' effectively to resist tho exploit? ation of the victory of tho last two days on the allied side. The success in the Cambria St. Quentili section of the front was in a largo measure math possible by t h e splendid achievements of Oonernl (ion rand's men and tho Americans from Itheims to the Metisn. Ho cause a break in that part oi the front would have much worse consequences for tin enemy than anywhere eist?, the Germane concentrated most 61 their reserves there. Generali Gouruud hot only succeeded in holding them then' -in itself a valuable Borvico?but notwith standing the tliflicult country and tin? powerful artificial do fcuscs, bo has made, anil is continuing lo make, wonderful progress, thus enhancing the victory farther west. Yesterday General Gouraud's forces advanced still farther to? ward tho important junction of Vouziors, while the Americans ifiishod forward and joined tho Kreuch south of Grandpre, thus Completing the conquest of the Argonne forest. The result of Marshal Foclr's skillful strategy is that tho re? gion of I,aim and the St. Go bath massif has become so dangerous that the evacuation of this vast and important pock? et in the near future seems im peritive. In order to conserve paper the government has limited the usual fall output of novels Wo shall not object; Every one who reads tho news from uboard realizes that nowadays truth is far more interesting than fiction. One person in six throughout the nation subscribed for the Third Liberty Loan. Let us make it one in live for tho j Fourth Loan. Preparing to Combat With Influenza Epidemic On Sunday morning there was a joint mooting of members of the Town Council and citizens of the town, with .Mayor llorslcy acting as chairman, the purpose of which was to discuss the con? ditions existing ami expected todovolopna a result of the epidem? ic ?f Spanish inlluenza. According to Dr. Barn tiger, special health officer sont here to review the situation, we are due to have approximately 1700 cases of tho disease in this immediate locality, so it at once becomes apparent to every thinking person that drastic steps must be taken to prevent a further spread of the malady and an overwhelming mortality among those already sick. A Central Committee, composed of Mayor llorsley, Mr. Bliss and Mr. K. It. Atsover, was formed in which wus vested, by vote of the Town Council and Board of Health, almost unlimited au? thority in the matter of handling this most threatening situation. Special officers will be employed to enforce the ordinance always in existence itgaitisl spitting on the sidewalks, and to prevent the forming of crowd- on the streets; in the drug stores, postoOicc, or at any other point within the town limits. Under this Central Committee will be working the entire personnel of the Bed <'ro*s, 11s*> Associated Charities and (he Community League. The Bed Cross w ill have charge of all pub lie nursing, with Mis- Minnie l'o\, as Chairman of the committee. This committee will advise the Home Service Department of the Bed 1 I'Oss of the dillerenl needs of each case that comes under its care, and this depaitlueilt will confer with Mrs. K. I!. AlsoVer, acting for the A- ncialcd Charities, when clothing and drugs are needed, and w ith Mis. K. K. Taggnrt, representing the Commun? ity I - ague, when any destitute ease or family is in need of food. Il will perhaps be well to adviso the members of the Com? munity League now of the part they will be expected to p|a\ in tbi- work. The Ifood Committee, consisting of Mrs. Taggart, Mrs. Irvine and Mr-. Howard will from lime to time, ns the neces? sity arises, call on the various member- to help make ami distri? bute broth ami other foods for the sick, and if the epidemic as stiinev ti,,. proportion* expected of it; an emergency kitchen will be established in the Domestic Science room of the school build? ing w here any girl or woman will be given an opportunity to show jiisl how tar her patriotism extends. Tlie thr.lectors have promised to report all cases of milli? on/..i to the llotiie Service Department, where a record will be kept of every case, the best source of supply of nurse:) being among those who have recovered from the disease and thereby ob? tain- d immunity for a period of from two to four months. To all tho-e, both men and women, who have SO longed for tie- j 1 uiior ami glory ol service in l-'ranco, let us say that the ..p. port unity has bebjh brought home to you to show jusl how truly you .1 -ire to sacrifice Yourself on tie- altar of your country, and tbi you can do |iy lopping into the places ,,f the nurses who have guile three thousand mile-- from home to serve America on the hill 11 -tii-hls of l-'ranee. Let every woman who can volunteer for publ i- nursing in the .-ri-i- that is surely coining, und prove her? self worthy of tie- ? renter sacrifices or those noble ones abroad, to whom our danger would hardly seem a grievance. Volunteers' will be welcomed at the Home Service Depart? ment , 'phone 220. Buy More Bonds Washington, (let. 10.?Secro t ir\ McAcl?? today appealed to oveiy cilizoii tu double Iiis lontt Bulircriptian to match tho tichiovehihnlH of tho alliod arm ins in Frnlice "The brilliant victories of our British, American ami French forces yesterday^" said the Sec? retary, should impel overv pa trio'ic Amoriean iinmudintely to double his subscription to Liberty Bonds. ?' That is way to put tho Fourth Liberty Loan over quick? ly, and that is best way to strengthen the lighting power of these brave men who are moving with such irresistible ilu?h and success against the Huns. Let everyone double his subscription today, and let everyone who has not subscrib? ed make his subscription today. Don't put it otT. Let our boys and our comrades in the battle lino know that we are lighting with the same enthusiasm ami determination here as they are over ttiere, and more than all, we appreciate, as well as glory in, what they me doing, not by words, but by deeds." I Secretary Baker is in Franco studying; the aircraft question, He will uudoubtly lind that it presents an excellent (leid fur study. Looking hack at French fields the Germans see a flaming swords at the gate of their lost Paradise They will uovor en? ter again. The Fourth Liberty Loan. Tho campaign for tho Fourth Liberty Loan begun Sept mhor 28th ami closes Octobur ruh. I'hi' amount is fur six billion dollars, nod the American people, therofore, are called upon to raise a larger sum of money in it shorter length of time than over before, There is need, therofore, for prompt notion--prompt und ollicient vvorl; und prompt und liberal subscriptions; We have a groat inspiration for a great effort. Tito now/a front tlii) battle front inspires every American heart, ii'pt o ly with priili- and patriotism but with a great incentive to do his or her part. Thero is ho Shirk? ing, no shifting of the individu? al burden, tin sclfiishhoss by American soldiers in France; there should be none hore. Wo are both supporting tho same country and the same cause? our Army in one way, oursel? ves in another. Theirs is the harder part but at lent we can do our part iih promptly and loyally and efficiently as tboy do theirs. Hack tho Fighting Men with The Fighting Loan. A salient? When the Yanks have been in France a little longer ??there won't bo no such nnimilo." The news from aboard is cer? tainly encouraging, Hut it is not yet quite time to beat tho sheilds into plowshares and swords into pruning hooks. Men who usually rend novels have been rending quest ionurio instead. It is almost us long as a book and of enthralling in? terest. I