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The Caldwell Watchman
VO L. ;) ('tOL ~i~1.,!, ., ll , I1l)4L~ ' 1 )l 1 ;, . I N . SINKS 6 SHIPS OFF U. S. COAST AMERICAN SHIP WAS STOPPED BUT ALLOWED TO PROCEED NANTUCKET HEARD FIRING. U. S. SHIPS MAKE RESCUES Presence of Submarines in Atlantic Lane of Travel Strikes Terror to Shipping and General Warning Is Sent Out. * Boston.-Two more steamers * * have been sunk. One was the * Dutch steamer Bloomersdijk and * * the other the Norwegian steam. * er Christian Knudsen. * Newport, R. I.-There is evi- * dence accepted seriously by * * Some naval men that two Ger * man sumarines are operating * off the coast. Boston.-A German submarine, sup posedly the U-53 which called at New port, torpedoed aid sank the British freight steamers Strathdene, Stephano and Kingston and torpedoed and crip pled the British freighter West Point off Nantucket. No loss of life was re ported. The submarine also held up the American freight steamer Kansan, but later allowed her to proceed. The crew of the steamer Strath dene, nearly all of them Lascars, were taken aboard the Nantucket lightship. The officers and men of the West Point took to their small boats after summoning assistance from shore. The uistress signals of the West Point were picked up by the govern ment radio station at Newport R. I. and immediately Rear Admiral Gleaves, commander of the destroyer flotilla of the American Atlantic fleet, ordered, virtually all of his ships to the rescue. The West Point gave 'er position as 50 miles southeast of Nan tucket, but the navy officials said that later reports indicated that the vessel was not more than 10 miles off shore. The weather was thick and it was ex pected that the crew would not be brought into Newport before midnight. The booming of the submarine's gunm, apparently fired in warning, was distinctly heard at Nantucket. But where the submbrsible was at the moment these reports were heard was pure speculiation. It was plain, however, that she had placed herself in the lane of passenger and freight traffic and terrorized shipping along the coast. Vessels Change Their Course. Immediately after the first distress signals of the West Point were sent broadcast, wireless messages were sent up and down the coast and far out to sea, warning every vessel that a German submarine was operating in the steamer lane. Every vessel equipped with wireless was told to make at top speed for the three mile zone and the commanders of mer chant vessels of the entente allies lost no time in shifting their course. Those that were following what is known as the outside course turned to the inside course that would bring them closer to American land. The passenger steamer Stephano, which plies regularly between New York and St Johns, N. F., was bound west and was due off Nantucket tomorrow morning. When her British com mander received his warning he was said to have shifted his course to bring his vessel within the inside lane. British consular officers along the New England coast who had been ad vised by the British embassy to warn British shipping against the U-53 upon her appearance at Newport, renewed their caution on learning that the sub marine had gone into action. Something like a panic possessed the minds of shippers in this city and at other ponts along the coast when the first reports of the torpedoing were received from the radio station. The stories regarding the U-53 which appeared in the Sunday papers had arouseu much speculation as to her mission, and the news that she had attacked British vessels traveled fast. Anxious inquiries were made at the Newport offices from seemingly al most everyone who had a friend on the water or owned a share of stock in a merchant bottom. Radio Stations Closed. The Fredericr VIII of the Scandina vian-American Line, which is bringing home the American ambassador to Germany, James W. Gerard, and Mrs. Gerard, was 600 miles east of New York at noon Sunday. Assurance that the ambassador and his wife were on a neutral vesselt was given to in aufring friends by the press. The radio stations which at first had given to the newwspapers the news of the torpeldoing and were slowly pg .her-ilg a:dditional facts, ,'erte sud! d' r ly r .clo: ( d to the press by an order fioni tlhe Navy l)epartmerit at Wash ;;:on. It wts explained tti h at every Sthing learned by the government sta tions must first be transmiitt d to thie Navy Department before being made public. Particulars of the attack, however. continuted to come from merchant vess-els to commercial wireless plants and through marine observers on shore. The t:-5:l which anchored for three h!ours in Newport harbor, while ('om mtander Ilans Rose sent ashore cor - respondenc.e from Germany for tl:e, Ge'rman ambassador, Count von Bern storff, and exch:anged official calls with Rear Admiral Gleaves and Rear Admiral Knight, commandant of the Narragansett Bay station, slipped out of the harbor and submerged just in side the three-mile limit. American Ship Not Molested. At daylight she turned up south east of Nantucket and got in the way of the American steamer Kansan of the American-Hawaiian Line, bound from New York for Genoa by way of Boston, with freight. The Wansan was flying the American flag. She was stopped by the submarine. As sured that the Kansan was an Ameri can owned vessel, the submarine later allowed her to proceed. Captain Smith of the Kansas re ported in a wireless message to the captain of the Nantucket Shoals light ship that he had been stopped. He said the submarine showed no colors, but from his meager description of the craft naval men were satisfied that it was the U-53. A half hour later the submarine en countered the Strathdene, command ed by Captain Wilson and under char ter by the French Line. A subse quent message from the Nantucket lightship stated that the Strathdene had been sunk and that the crew of 20 men were on the lightship. The steamer carried a crew of 34, so there was some doubt as to whether the lightship had picked them all up or had correctly reported. The Strath dene sailed from New York for Bor deaux. she was of 4,321 tons and 375 -teet in lcagth.. She was., built in Greenwich in 1900 and was owned in I Glasgow. Pursuing her hostile course, the I submarine next came up with the West Point, bound from London for Newport News. The fate of the Brit- I ish freighter was told in the follow ing wireless dispatch from her com mander, Captain Hayden, to the naval radio station: "British steamer West Point stop ped by submarine and fired upon: getting boat ready. Position 40:25 north, 69 west. Get cutter." West Point Was Sinking. Later messages gave further de tails. One stated that the steamer was being shelled by the submarine when the message was sent at 11:15 a. m. A third message said that the vessel was attacked at 10:45 o'clock 10 miles south of Nantucket. This message caqsed confusion regarding the exact position of the freighter. The steamer Kansan picked up the distress signals of the West Point and proceeded to her assistance. Then the Boston Navy Yard, at 1:30 o'clock, received a message from the Kansan stating that the West Point was sink ing and that the Kansan was going to her aid. The disabled vessel was then 55 miles distant and the Kansan was making 12 knots. Later a private dispatch added the information that the submarine, after stopping the West Point, ordered the crew into their small boats. The crew abandoned the ship, which was then torpedoed. It was in a sinking condition when last reported. Menatime the American line steam ship Philadelphia, which left few York for Liverpool, had gotten within the war zone and an S. O. S. wireless message was received by her com mander. He held his course for the east. During the day no word came from the British and French patrol vessels which have been watching the Atlan. tie coast, from which vessels of the entente allies with munitions of war have daily set out. A message was sent to Halifax asking for the press Information as to what was being done to protect British and French ship ping from the submarine. The reply came that the British commander in chief of the Halifax station, which is directing the patroling fleet, was con sidering whether any statement by him ras advisable. Many rumors were afloat, including one that a fleet of German subma. rines were off the coast. Another had it that the Germans had estab lished a submarine base on the Cana dian coast. Another bpeculation was that supply ships were co-operating with the U-53. Those who held to the latter opinion pointed out that the submarine, after ostensibly crossing the Atlantic unas sisted, arrived at Newport fully prov. I stoned for three monthlls and not re qulring fuel or so much as a jug of water. Samuel Prey, New England agent of the America n-'T'awnaiian st;:tmlship Company, whose steamer, the Kansan, - was halted hb a s~ubiarincl. said he had received no information from Capt. itm it tih (oncernlilg the incident. The Kansan, whcwh is uinder charter to the French Canada Litne, was ex Iected to arrive here, but changed her 1(course in response to distress calls from the steamer West oint. At 1 o'clock the Kansan notitified the Boston naivy yard that she was 5:; miles from the disabled steamer and expected to reach her in five hours, traveling at a speed of 12 knots. SThe Kansan left New York with a cargo of steel and was comning to Bos ton on her way to Genoa to take aboard a shipment of horses for the enntente allies. Within the immlnlediate zone of possible further operations by the U-53 are several trans-Atlantic steamships under registry of nations with which Germany is at war. Also the American line steamer Philadel phia, with passengers and freight from New York for Liverpool, is in the wa ters from which reports of a German submersible have come, and the Scan dinavian-American liner Frederick VIII is approaching that part of the coast, bound to New York from Copenhagen. I Many Allied Ships Near. Better known among the vessels, be cause of their registry and their pres ent positions to the submarine men ace, are the French liner Epagne, from Bordeaux for New York:; the Anchor liner Cameronia, bound to New York t from Glasgow and Liverpool, and the Cunarder Alaunia, only a few hours out from New York for Falmouth and London. Other vessels of lesser size were reported approximately in the same waters. Most of these steamships had re ceived by wireless word sent broad cast by radio stations to all vessels of the presence of the German submer sible of the New England coast. This was regarded as constituting orders to change courses. The result was in dicated in messages that this vessel or that was swinging in-shore to be re moved further from possible contacti with the submersible and to be w thin easy .speeding distance of the' mile zone of protection. - Francis P. Leay, the British consul here, was in constant touch with steamship officials, and on the strength of reports that the submarine had begun a, wholesale attempt to de stroy entente vessels, a code message was dispatched to the embassy at Washihgton setting forth the facts as far as obtainable. Consul Leay declined to make any statement. He explained that while press reports had chronicled the de parture of the U-53 from Newport, it was necessary to give British ships of ficial warning in order to safeguard them from attack. There was no doubt in the mind of those at the con sulate that the submarine had come to American waters to begin operating off the Atlantic coast, it was said, and every effort, therefore, was made to notify shippers of the possible dan ger. Shipping is Terrorized. When it became known early in the day that the American steamer Kan san had been halted much fear was ex pressed among steamship officials that the American steamer Kansanr had been halted much fear was ex pressed among steamship officials that the U-53 would be heard from in a few hours at the latest. Telephone messages forthwith were sent to agents of steamship lines here, and the consulate endeavored to get into communication with every mas ter of a British vessel along the coast. There was no attempt to dis guise or conceal the fact that ship ping had been terrorized by the daring performance of a German submarine so far from its home base. The British consul said he had no information as to the present where abouts of British patrol boats, al though he assumed that the vessels had been notified by wireless that the U-53 was a few miles off the coast. It was learned that the embassy's warn ing had been sent to Halifax, N. S., the naval base of the British ships operating in the North Atlantic, and to other points in the maritime prov inces. Whether any vessels had remained in port because of the submarine's presence could not be learned, but the warning was so general and reports of the attacks on the West Point and the Strathdene spread so rapidly, that maritine authorities admitted unusual precautions were being taken to re main out of the line of danger. Expand Signal Company. San Antonio, Tex.-pending a plan to expand the Missouri Signal Com pany into a battalion, the order for its return home from this station has been suspended by lieneral Funston. A Kansas Signal Company will go home instead MAY SEEK ACTION BY CONSENT BOARD BAILEY ORDERED TO PUT REPUB LICAN ELECTORS ON THE TICKET. t LIST OF NOMINEES FILED They Have Already Nominated Elec tors by Nomination Papers, Which Are On File in the Secretary of State's Office. t Baton Rouge.-- The contest board probably will be called upon to decide whether the Walter Cohen "Black and Tan" fac tion or the Hebert "Lily White" fac tion constitutes the Republican party in Louisiana, with the right to have the names of their moninees for pres lidential electors appear on the ticket bf the general election in November. The "Black and Tans" have filed with the secretary of state a list of nominees for electors chosen at a con rention of the faction held in New f:+rleans. They already have nominat led electors by nomination papers which are on file in the secretary or state's office, but the papers are said to lack the requisite numbers of sig natures. The calling of the convention was a safeguard adopted by the Cohen element. On a suit brought by the "Lily White" faction in the District Court at. Baton Rouge, Secretary of State Bailey was ordered by Judge Ellis to recognize the Republicans as a party iand to place the names of their nomi nees, chosen by convention, on the ticket. Both the "Lily Whites" and the "Black and Tans" have candidates ,o nominated on file in the office. Either side has seventy-two hours un d the law to file a contest. alter Cohen is expected to file test. The nominees of the Co -'tif0 ,are; .D. A. Linya, Or l s, and Emile Kuntz, Orleans; at large, Hugh Larre, Orleans, First Dis trlet; C. J. Bell, Orleans, Second dis trict; Frank LeBlanc, Iberia, Third; C. Ellerbe, Caddo, fourth; W. T. Ins ley, Richland, Fifth; Louis Rosenthal, St. Tammany, Sixth; F. F. Woolfley, Calcasieu, Seventh; W. L. Roach, Eighth. STATE HAPFENINGS. Bids were received by T. C. Whea don of the Rapides parish police jury for the purchase of $60,000 worth of bonds recently voted by the taxpay ers in Road District No. 8 for the pur pose of constructing graveled roads in the Bayou Rapides section of the parish. The bonds were sold to the Rapides Bank of Alexandria, which 'paid a premium of $503 with accrued interest, their bid being $60,503. The property of the late H. C. Drew of Lake Charles has been inventoried at $218,000 by O. S. Dolby and D. M. Foster, appraisers. The Bayou Chou pique Plantation, including the pump ~ing plant and canal and other proper ty in the Seventh parish ward is in ventoried at $164,700 Other real es tate in the parish, including Lake Charles and Vinton property, is ap praised at $27,000. Four cadets were dismissed from Louisiana State University for hazing, following complaints lodged with the authorties by the parents of two freslh men from Hammond. La. The dis missed students are E. W. Drackett, Morgan City; E. L. Butler, Liberty Hill; H. S. Genius, Campti, and G. D. McKnight, Colfax. All four are soph omores. The tabulation of the card reports ;shows that there were 184 bales of cotton, counting round as half bales, 'ginned in Grant parish from the crop of 1916 to prior to September 1, 1916, as compared with 12 bales ginned prior to September 1, 1915. This is an increase of 172 bales over the re port fgr the same time last year. A committee of New Orleans mari ners presented Capt. Nels Anderson of the Swedish bark Tana with a gold watch for what they termed his "he roic rescue on August 23 of members of the crew of the steamer Admiral Clark." Gifts also were presented to the fitrst mate and the steward of the Tana. Several large orange groves near Pointe a la Hache were sold to New Orleans fruit merchants in the past few days, who paid the growers cash for the crops on the trees, gathering the fruit themselves. The crop of the grove belonging to the Deer Range SPlanting Company sold for $1 net per box for all fruit on the trees. Petitions aslkiitr that the ordinance wtihe provide. for the purcha-e by the ci'y of Shroveport of the holdngs of the Shrev,-pert \VWatr,,'rks Com p;any ie rl'ferr.(dt to ti I pept for a ,piil;ar IVOlte w\\ere placfd in irculation throughoullt the town follo\ ing action of thye Si ri'velport. 'ate.r\\orks (cf Illlttee (' a meeting. TIIle (or iti itee also adlptd a resolut oil (exprt-essing as its sentiment that at the proper time the entire question of the opera tion of the old plant. to be acquired for $800,.00 and building a new one for $t05.000 shall be referred to the people for settlement at another ret erendumn elect ion. While it may appear that the de man(d for a referendum on the pur chase of the oil plant is in the nature of a protest against the council's ac tion it was very clearly demotnstrated that such is in trlluth not the ca-e. l'The people are committed to the ('Olrse followed by the council and the referendum is but a formality re' (luired by Dillon, Thompson & ('lay, s inunicipal bond experts of New York, r to whom the agreement to purerase the plant was submitted for their ap proval. The city has an opinion of the Louisiana Supreme ('ourt estab- ' lishing the validity of the bonds with which the purchase price is to be rais ed. but the bond experts are not con- f tent to rely on this one opinion and insist that the referendum he held in confirmation of the council's agree ment with the waterworks company. The question of demanding a refer- i endum on the plan to build an en- t tirely new pumping and treating plant was also brought up. Several were for putting petitions for a referendum t on this question into circulation with those for the submission of the pur chase ordinance but their arguments were overcome by the opposition voic ed by V. Grosiean, John Keel and oth ers. Western hotels will be Introduced to Louisiana yams and open kettle molasses and syrup by Harry D. Wil son of Baton Rouge, commissioner of agriculture. Mr. Wilson has deter mined upon a campaign to provide a market for these two crops and will address personal letters to hotel man agers and send them samples. Mr. Wilson says the Louisiana yam is far superior to the dry, stringy sweet po tat6 ,raised in the West, gwja he tij sure tie people of the West wil sooli be taking the surplus crop off the hands of the farmers of this state af ter the Louisiana potato is introduced. Asserting that the Shreveport Board of Health is not legally empowered to adopt ordinances, Attorney W. . Barnett, representing P. Vaky, charg ed with selling milk not up to health board standard, filed a brief in the city court questioning the constitu y tionality of the ordinance. Mr. Bar f nett told the court that this, he be lieved, was the first time in eighteen years that the law had been attacked. e The work of the 1915-1917 session e of the State Normal School at Natchi i toches has begun very auspiciously. a On account of crowded classes in English, history and mathematics, two additional teachers have had to Sbe employed for part time. The at. tendance at the end of the second week of the current session was 1,033, of whom 710 are in the normal depart ment and 323 in the training school. The first nonresident hunting li cense of the season was sold to Jo Sseph Leiter of Chicago, who arrived at Pointe a la Hache on a visit to his $30,000 hunting lodge nearing com pletion at Cubitts Gap, near the mouth of the river. Mr. Leiter will enjoy his first deer hunt on October 1. when the season opens, on his 4,000 acre game preserve. The Natchitoches city election de cided hereafter live stock will not be Spermitted to run at large in the city limits. This includes East Natchito Sches, the newly incorporated part lying across Cane river, as well as West Natchitoches. This settles a a question which has been agitated f twelve years, and which has been , voted on three times. , The business district of Sibley was d almost destroyed by a fire which origt I S nated in the J. T. Harvill building. SThe total loss was placed at $30,000 Among the buildings destroyed were the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacifice - Railway depot, the Harvill building I and store and the Ross hotel. The Louisiana Commission for the S Blind will conduct a booth at the Jet 1 ferson Parish Fair. Blind persons 0 will be seen making hammocks, bas e kets, chairs, etc. Demonstrations in typewriting in points also will be amohg the attractions of this booth. ' A warrant was served on H. B. A.p t gar of Monroe, follo Aing an indict h ment returned by the grand jury in g connection with the failure of the if Union National Bank. The bond was e fixed at $2,000 and was readily thr r nished when ten prominent citiaens volunteered their signatures. BERLIN IiUST KEEP FAITH WITH U. S. 'RESIDENT WILSON MAKES A STATEMENT RECARDING SUB MARINE WARFARE. IN TOUCH WITH EVENTS German Ambassador Delivers Personal Letter From Emperor Without Infor mation on Submarine Warfare Will Keep Her Promise. ILong Branch, N. J.- -I'resident Wil son announced as a result of the Ger mian sutlbtariin' attacks on ' esetls off l,e American coast that "the tGermlan government will be held to the com plete fulfillment of its promises to the government of the United States. lie added that he had no right now to question (;erniany's willingness to fulfill the promises. Just before Ambassador Bernstorff Scalled on the president Mr. Wilson issned the following statement: "This government will, of course, first inform itself as to all the facts that there may be no doubt or mistake as far as they are concerned. "The country may rest assured that the German government will be held to the complete fulfillment of its promise to the government of the United States. I have no right now to question its willingness to fulfill them." The ambassador came here to de liver a personal letter from the Ger man emperor on Polish relief. The president planned to discuss with him the attack on vessels off the American coast. Count von Bernstorff, following his I talk with President Wilson, declared . that from information in his posses sion all the attacks on vessels off the r American coast by German subnma rines had been conducted in accord -aj gtle with the. rules of civiliiAd war- . t Are..... e "Germany has premised to omduct r- her submarine warfare in accordance I. with the rules of cruiser warfare," the German ambassador said, "and Ger d many always keeps her promises." d After the ambassador's call, admin istration officials said that peace had not been discussed, but that the pres h ident had brought up the submarine e attacks off the Atlantic coast. It was stated that Cbunt von Bernstorff told ' the president he had no information from his government on the question, a but was certain that promises already . made would be kept. Sn word Fish Rams Launch. Galveston. Tex.-The United States engineering launch Neuces was ram med by a 15-foot swordfish while in Sthe intercoastal canal between Caney creek and the Brazos river. A big hole d was made in the Neuces below the wa ter line, but she was kept afloat. i. Regulations Withdrawn. Washington.-Great Britain has - I withdrawn regulations for the impor Station of cigar tobacco, which Ameri d can growers have declared would ruin o their business, and authorized imports Son the basis of those in 1913, 1914 h and 1915. S Branch Bank In Memphis. Memphis, Tenn.-T. C. Tupper, vice chairman of the St. Louis Federal Re serve bank, has opened a branch of - the St. Louis institution h~re for the e handling of cotton business. A siml Y lar braich of the St. Louis bank is - maintained at New Orleans. .5 Corporal Fatally Shot. a Laredo, Tex.--Corporal Leopold L. d Lovell of K Company, Second Maine T Infantry, stationed here, was shot and instantly killed as be walked from a store. Investigation has not shown Swho fired the shot. i. _ Kaiser To East Front. . Berlin.--It is officially announc'ed Sthat Emperor William has left for iTe Seastern front to visit the troops of g General von Linsingen, against wlom the principal Russian attack is being directed. * Embargo On Knit Cotton. SWashington.-Consul General Skin nei at London notified the Iepartmnent Sof Commerce that Great Britain has e extended the embargo against impor tations into the United Kingdom to in elude cotton knit goods. Franz Josef III Again. lLondon.--A report reaching Vie!,na from Genevra says that Emperor Fran Scis Joseph is confined to his bed with Sbronchitis and that his condition is causing anxiety.