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VOL. VII. POINTE-A-LA-HACHE, LOUISIANA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER :8 1914., NO. 16. BATTLE IN FRANCE IS AT STANDSTILL COLD WEATHER, EXHAUSTION OF TROOPS STOP FIGHTING-SEND TROOPS EAST. c, ARTILLERY FIRE IS MILDER Allies Appear to Have Advantage in the Big Guns, But Art Not Taking the Offensive-Both Sides Need Rest. London.-The extreme cold weather and exhaustion of the troops have virtually brought the battle in Flan - ders to a standstill. A desultory ar tillery duel continues at some points along the wide front and there has ' been an occasional infantry attack, but for the last three days the fighting , has been mild compared with the .'fierceness of that which for more than a month preceded it. The Germans, it is evident, have sent their best troops to the eastern 'frontier and even in big guns the al lies appear to have the advantage. 'There are no signs, however, of an of Sfnsive on a large scale on the part of the allies, who doubtless are as bad ly in need of rest as their opponents. In fact, it, is stated that officers and -men who have borne the brunt of the fighting in the trenches are being giv i' a a short leave. This, together with the cancellation ; of the order for the removal of ship ~afIt-g from Dunkirk, is taken to indi r.date that the allies consider their po sitlons safe and that they do not con plate an Immediate forward move ' hibe French artillery plainly ip wear dowia the rival gun detachments. RIANS ARE CONFIDENT rile Says Numerical Superiority of uMslans Overcome-Claimn Rul. *elan. Have No R pervas . dtles here, indicates that the and the Russians b ve joined 1Mtitle along the whole front be the Warta and the Vistula riv 'while the Russians to the north of Vistula are reported to be falling 1K. `iGermany has great expectations erning the outcome near Lods," an official announcement handed the press: "It is generally taken granted that the gigantic Russian in spite of its great numerical ority, is seriously threatened by von. HRIndeqburg's ingenious strat andd his spirited offensive move 'ý. Russian defeat here may decide endire campaign in the east, as the siaewitliout reserves and lack .ain..•ilon and officers." ,CENTEROF INTEREST News Coniese Prom Petrograd or ln--4mpgortant Events Pending. iPo9lsed Center of Activities. doa.-C f Interest in the war centered on the battles In Po .As hais been the case heretofore gliortant events were impend iews ls eoming from either a Berian. It is known, how. 'Wpt the Germans are offering a ;ilIstanoe to the Russian ad Ia ihat Prrssias vamn Hhddablrg, comnmander German toops, and Grand Dtuke ao~nmtader.lnlhef of the two of the greatest strat tb wer imi produced, are ma t.irposions between the htfhe Warts, and a bfg battle Son the CoracowCrento. Sbetween Reussian and Au~ Sorces. Z IN BATTLE ZONE 8 PAiNtng l . Northen Prance Vo ItMountains 8Soldiers Wear Havy Clothes. ?reeslng weather has set In ua the length of the battle SFranc and Belgium, the ternm vf . Vytag between 25 and 28 above seo Fahrenheit. Snow speIrreally In Northerh France the Vgges Mountains and also S poMe4 by the government, Tepsi tfounr or. five times ih body. He also often weus e shirts, addaings an ra one to time as th4 temperature A fr to Capltulate, dispatch ro Raome says h.as offeed t espitu. t o condition tpha tt~eIs~et ENVER PASHA Enver Pasha, the war minister of Turkey, Is said to have the upper hand In the affairs of his country at present and is believed to be respon sible for the entry of Turkey into the European war as an ally of Germany. HARD FIGHT NEAR YPRES Artillery Battle Fought on Coast Fight Probably Precedes Infantry Attack by Germans. London.--The latest official commun ication regarding operations on west ern battlefields are much the same as those of preceding days. There has been fighting virtually all along the front, but without appreciable change in the situation. From the coast of Flanders to the River Lys, on the, Aii -JLelgian bor der, much of which has been flooded by the allies to cinder German attacks, there has been a' repetition on a some what .smaller scale of the bombard ment which the invaders invariably re sort oo in the hope of breaking down the allies' resistance before the infan t 4Y4ck nd Ain 4aolated, spots at tacks in force, but according to the French and British reports, all these have been repulsed. The Anglo-French forces which have been holding territory around Ypres again have been subjected to deter mined attacks, fresh German troops having attempted to force the allies out of their trenches. As was the case with the Prussian guard, the Germans who made the lat est effort appear to have taken the first line of trenches, but, like the guards, were compeller to give back the ground after holding it for a short time. Both sides, as shown by the casualty lists, are losng heavily, but the Ger mans, on the offensive, and so often enfiladed after success was nearly in their hands, are said to have suffered enormously. The French Zouaves,'who frequently have distinguished themselves by dash ing charges, have been utilized again to dislodge the Germans from a posi tion near Bixschoote over which there has been much fighting, and, accord ing to the French statement, they have again been successful. E. PRUSSIA CARNAGE HEAVY Sanguinary Engagements Mark the FIghting in East Prussia Where Russians Claim Advantage. Petrograd.-An official communica tion Issued by the Russian general headquarters says: "In East Prussia the enemy is fall ing back along -the whole front be tween Gumbinnen and Angerburg, while continuing to hold the passages in the Masurian Lakes. "On the front between the Vistula and Warta Rivers (in Russian Poland) the fighting continues, taking the char acter of 1..great battle. "There are important German forces in Galicia. We have reached the re gion of Dukla and the passage of Ujok." Berlin.--Whether the latest German victories in the east have stopped the Russian advance cannot yet be foretold, but German military officials say they undoubtedly have resulted in- giving the Germans an excellent strategic position and at the same time in increasing the difficulties of the enemy's situation. Steamer Carried Copper. London.-The Norwegian steamer Tyr las been detained at Glasgow, ac. cording to a dispatch to the Central News. The correspondent says 4,000 tons of copper ore, which is contra brand, were disovered hidden in the bottom of the steamer's holds. Governor of Warsaw Captured. London.-Among the Russian prison ers captured by the Germans in the battle of Katno irere the governor of area- and- his staff, saecorditg to a Byrlin telegram forwazfted to BReter's T peleram onpany from Amsterdam, Prhef. AIlid De Cantp. STOPS ACTIVITY OF HUGE BATTLE LINE ELEMENTS RESTRAIN WAR MA. CHINES IN FRANCE - SICK NESS STALKS ABROAD. FLOODS ALSO PROVE BAR Pneumonia Making Itself Felt in the Ranks of Both Armies-Paris An. nounces That There is Noth ing to Report. Paris.-The battle front in Flanders and in France from the sea to the Meuse is storm bound. What the two greatest war ma chines ever assembled in the history of the world have failed to accomplish 1 with their ultra-modern engines of de struction, the elements, in the phrase ology of the war office reports, f brought to a successful conclusion. r Both great armies are silenced. Rival battle lines which a week ago were great towers of strength waging a titanic struggle for the gain of a few hundred yards, only to lose j it again as the vanquished of the morning's conflict by a supreme ef fort became the victors with the com ing of night, remained two impotent masses. Great numbers were stricken - down before the fury of a terrific blizzard which leveled the trenches, enveloped the big guns and chilled the marrow in the bones of the fight ing men. Where a week ago singing bullets and shrieking shells bor6 the fearful s message of death, disease now stalks as the all-powerful and fear-inspiring enemy of foe and friend alike. Thousands of cases of pneumonia e have been reported from the front, and every train to the rear from the allie '!lr s, in Flanders and along the ( n E nu dhe Aisne bore great con tungeuts of officers and men invalided back by serious illness. The official report from Bordeaux states merely that there "is nothing notable to announce." This negative ly confirms the unofficial reports from The fron.it telling of the terrific effect of the blizzards. 'The report ordi narily contains the developments of the current day. NAVAL FIGHT IN BLACK SEA German Cruisers Goeben and Breslau Take Part-Fight lasts 40 Minutes --Goeben Damaged. Petrograd.-The cruiser Goeben of the Turkish navy was damaged by an explosion caused by a shell which struck her amidship during a naval battle with a division of the Russian Black Sea fleet and set afire, accord ing to an official report by the min istry of marine. The Goeben .fled into the fog and disappeared, still in flames, accompanied by the cruiser Breslau, says the report. The offical narrative of the encoun ter relates that a division of the Black bea fleet, which was returning from a cruise to Sebastopol, sighted, .25 Piles from the Bhersones light, a Turkish detachment of warships consisting of the Goeben and Breslau. The Russian ships, immediately up on sighting the two former German warships and recognizing them as the raiders whose activities brought Tur key into the war, drew up in battle order, bringing the Goeben and Bres lau to starboard. The Russian ships opened fire, fol lowing the motions of the flagship, the Admiral Evstafry. The ihitial salvo from the 12-inch battery of the flagship struck the Goeben amidship. An explosion was caused as a result of the .Avstafry's hits and the Goeben immediatply broke into flames on her port amidship. The Goeben was slow -to reply and as the range was close there could be seen on her decks scenes of great contusion. Other explosions followed on the Goeben. Still the reply of the Ger man cruiser was not effective. Evi dently the enemy's ships were not pre pared for action on such short notice. Finally the German gunners on both the preslan and- the Goeben got their big guns into action and opened with salvos against the flagship; which they seemed determined to disable. None of their shots was directed at the accompanying units of the Rus stan flqets, despite the fact that all the Russian warships were firing into the two Turks. The battle lastfed for 40 minutes, when of a sudden the Goeben veered off pand withdrew, disappearing in the fog. The Breslau followed. The Rus sian division took up the pursuit, but the speed of the enemy's ships was too great and the chase had to be given up. Cavalry Was Smashed. The Hague.-The Russian army in Poland maintains three times as many cavalrymen as the Germans. This cavalry aswarzred after the retreating Germane and when the Germans a.d detily 'stopped the Russian cavalry was dashed to ,pfeceS like mgtrating birds against a rook. h'.y ** *.·: > t rp II i S jaý i GENERAL VILLA New photograph of Gen. "Pancho" Villa, for which he posed in his private car at Zacatecas. NO CHANGE IN FLANDERS AlgerIan Troops Win Victory For Al. lies at Travy De-Val-Hand-to Hand Battle Fought. Paris.-Forces are gathering for do cisive events in Flanders. The big guns are at? it again, con ducting a bombardment of the allies.' positions from the German lines. The French and British sujs are repying in kind, with less vigor. Under cover of the, artillery activiq' both armies are moving troops with great rapidity and in great numbers. The movement is soithward, and it is believed the next great effort of the Germans will be made to the south of Ypres,. probably at Arntentieres. Aeri al scouts of both the Germans and al lies were extremey active all day, ac cording to unofficial reports from the front. The allies took possession of Tracy. le-Val several days ago and the Ger mans on Tuesday returned to the at tack with the intention of recapturing the town. So terrific was their initial onslaught that it carried them up to and over the first line of entrenchments. Spurred on by the success of this effort, they advanced rapidly on the village. The Algerian contingent, which had been called from the reserve to sup port the first line trenches when it was seen the French troops were about to be overwhelmed, passed the retiring French troops on the road. The latter were almost exhausted from the vigor of the fighting and the Algerians were fresh and their officers insisted that they be permitted to meet the second blow of the attackers. As the French fell back, fighting all the way, suddenly there was uncovered to the view of the oncoming Germans a solid front'of turbaned.Turcos. They fell on the Germans with blood-curdling yells and cut them with lead and steel. The fighting was terrific. The Turcos went down into them and fought them man to man until the German front was broken and shattered. Dead were scattered thick and many were tram pled under foot. The cross roads, which was a mass of tangled, lunging, parrying, gouging warriors, swaying backa nd forth in a desperate battle. Men of Africa and gray clad Prus sians struggle$ for over an hear at this point, until finally the fury of the Tur cos.' onslaught began to tell and the Germans beat a disorderly retreat. The Algerians pushed their advant age with renewed energy and drove the enemy well beyond the outer trenches, regaining every foot of the ground that had been lost. HURL SELVES AT ENEMY Czar's Men Are Fighting Desperately Near Soldau-Carry Positions Under Terrific Fire of German Guns. ,Petrograd.-The followinLg official communication, from kene al head quarters was issued here. I "Between the Vistula and the Warta our 'advance guards in the en gagement with the Germans,1who took1 the offensiye, fell back in the direc tion of Buoure. The enemy succeeded in gaining a footing in the 'region of Lentchitza (Lenczyca) and Orloff, throwing out advance guarls in the direction of Piontek. "In East Prussia our troops con tinue to make progress and fighting is going on near the Gumbinnan-An. gerburg ironr, which the enemy is de fending. Washington.-The State department issued another warning to Americans against unnecessary vipits to foreign countries involved in war, with a par. ticular caution to naturalized citizens to stay away from their native country orcountrtes with which they were aS Madrid-The news~papr PRelo Vasco of BilboatWates that iaaother~-erman 2centterrmortar lh blast,kUng ~j4,~~ NEWS OF THE STATE GO. HiALL WITNESS BEFORE PROBERS COMMISSION HAS BEEN CALLED TO MEET IN NEW ORLEANS NOVEMBER 30. West:rn ewspvaper Union News Service. New Orleans.-About twenty wit nesses will be summoned to appear be fore the state probe commission, when it meets here on November 30, to tes tify in the sale of the state serial bonds. Governor Hall will be placed on the stand. Members of the state board of liquidation, which includes Lieutenant-Governor T. C. Barret, At torney General it. G. Pleasant, State Treasurer Ledoux E. Smith, Auditor Paul Capdevielle, Speaker of the House L. E. Thomas and Secretary of State Alvin E. Hebert, will be sum. moned to testify as to the transac tion. "It will be a thorough investigation, and there might be some surprises in the facts brought out," said Senator Leon t. Smith, of Shreveport, who arrived at the Grunewald Friday. He is here for the supreme court. "I would like to know exactly what it costs to run the state of Louisiana," remarked Senator Smith. "I do not know just how much work it would re quire, or whether we will be able to get at it, but I believe the public would be interested in knowing just who and how many people are on the state pay roll, and what they get" PROTEST WAR TAX ON BEER Brewers Declare Government Gets Three Times the Revenue They Do. Westorm Newspaper Union News 'ervice. New Orleans.-What the speakers termed the injustice of the recently imposed war tax on beer and a gen eral discussion of the prohibition movements featured sessibns of the United States Brewers' Association convention here. The Board of Trus tees reported that the government by grace of the new tax now is getting three times the revenue from beer that the brewers get. The trustees also declared that dur ing the last half of 1913 beer sales decreased 2 1-2 per cent due, they said, to disturbed business condition. Dur ing July, August and September of this year the business decreased 10 per cent compared with the same pe riod the year previous. The trustees reported that a care ful investigation of. the industry in `this country is being made and infor mation obtained is to be used to com bat arguments in favor of national prohibition. Much attention will be given to the cost of enforcing such a law and its effect upon capital and labor. Certain Rates Are Justified. Washington.-The Interstate Caom merce Commission rules that the In creased class rates between Shreve port, La., and Texarkana, and the rates on beer, beer dsubstitutes and agricultural implements in carloads from Shreveport to Texarkans, as well as on candy in less than carloads from Texarkana to Shreveport, are justified, but authority to continue the rates between Shreveport and Texasr kana, which are lower than rates be tween intermediate points, is denied, effective December 15. WIII Plant 8trawberries. Alexandria - A large acreage of strawberries is to be planted this sea son by the Bohemian colony in the pine woods near here. The work is to be done under the supervision of H. C. Miller, an expert agriculturalist. Four hundred thousand plants have been secured from Tangipahoa parish and other plants are being secured from Glenmora, this parish. Is Returning From France. Donaldsonville.-A letter received here from Rev. J. M. T. Massardier, pastor of the local Catholic church, dated at St. Nazatre, Loire, France, October 27, conveys the information that Father Massardier intended to sail for Louisiana in a few days on the French steamer Caroline, and ex pected to arrive in New Orleans about the end of November. New Orleans Fire Loss. New Orleans.-At the meeting of the Fire Board . hief Pujol reported the total estimated fire loss for Octo ber to have been 142,651. Paid Homage to the Orange. New Orleans.-New Orleans paid royal homage to Louisiana's great fruit-the'orange-T'hursday. A street parade, starting at the Washington Ar tillery Hall and passing down St. Charles street into Canal, was the principal feattnure of the day. Gov. Hall, Commissioner of Agriculture idruner, Commissioner of Immigration Denechaud, MayoifBehriman and Com misjioners Lafaye, Newman and Ricks, were among the prominent per sonages rfldM4 in automobUfql . , "', IBAPTIST STATE CONVENTION HELD ) ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SUCCESSFUL GATHERINGS EVER HELD. Western Newspaper Union NZews Service. Monroe, La.-With the closing of the Louisiana Baptist convention Mon day afternoon ended the largest and most successful gathering of the Bap tists of this state in the history of the denomination. The next conven tion will be held at De Ridder, begin ing on Tuesday after the first Sunday in December, 1915. The report on women's work showed 171 active unions, 15 young women's auxiliaries, and 30 Sunbeam societies. During the year the women contrib uted $29,586.40 to various denomina tional interests. The report of the committee on pub lications indorsed the Baptist Chron icle as the official organ of Louisiana Baptists. The Home Field and the Foreign Mission Journal, organs of the boards representing home and for eign missions, were also indorsed. Rev. E. O. Ware, editor of the Bap tist Chronicle, spoke on the needs of that publication. It was decided to have "Chronicle Pay Up Day': on the second Sunday in December. The following recommendations were made for next year: Annual convention sermon, Rev. O. L. Powers; secretary of the State Board of Missions, Dr. G. H. Crutcher; trustee Southwestern Theological Seminary, Rev. R. P. Nahon; Orphan age Board, term expiring January 1, 1918, A. B. Cross, Crowley; A. M. Rives, Mansfield; O. B. Morton, Mon roe. Educational committee, expiring January 1, 1918, J. R. Edwards, Rus ton; I. .M Causey. Baton Rouge; 4. W. West, Bunkie; J. A. White, Alex andria; B. T. Lewis, Alexandria; A. T. Terry, New Orleans; J. S. Hern don, Oakdale. Executive Board, M. E. Dodd, L. E. Thomas, Glen Alford, Z. R. Lawhorn, W. P. Leany, C. C. Henderson, D. P. Eubanks of Shreveport, E. K. Shults, Ruston; O. L. Powers, Mansfle'd; L. D. Posey, Vivian; J. T. Elliott, Grand Cane; G. M. Harrell, Gisbland; Y. H. Farrington, Monroe. The other mem bers of the board are named by the association. Rev. A. W. Turner, superintendent of the Louisiana Anti-Saloon League, was then introduced and gave a re port on the work in this state during the past year. The report reviews temperance work in other states and in Louisiana during the past year. It says: "The idea that the liquor traf fic can be regulated or controlled is a delusion and a snare," and that the only consistent course for Baptists is continued opposition. The report pledges the convention support to the Louisiana Anti-Saloon League. President Cottingham was elected as the convention's delegate to the next meeting of the Southern Baptist oonvention. Among the resolutions adopted was one approving the movement to es tablish a Baptist sanitarium in Shreve port. Another resolution provided for the return of the Mount Lebanon Col lege property to the people of that community, as the convention is un able to maintain a school there as agreed on. A resolution was passed protesting against the proposed use of public funds to make the 100th anniversary of the battle of New Orleans a Catho lic celebration. The indiscriminate use of post-grad uate and honorary degrees was dis couraged by another resolution. A resolution was passed favoring the organization of the men for work as well as the wromen. Rock Drill Demonstration. Winnfleld.-The Pardee oil well being drilled near Winnfield by the Pardee Oil Company, of Cleveland, Ohio, has been the center of attraction during the last few days on account of the big demonstration contest be tween two well known manufacturers of rock drill bits. - Recently the drill ers in this well etruck some rock that appeared to be a little harder than any ever seen before. Several manu facturers of rock drills bits were ready and willing to extend their services and several attempts were made be fore It was dlcided which drill would do the work. Archbishop Brenk Improving. Chicago.-The condition of Arch bishop James Blenk of New Orleans, who is ill at St. Joseph's Hospital, is much improved. He is suffering from a complication of diseases. Louislanlan Dead in Guatemala. Washington.-News of the death last Saturday at Puerto Bari'os, Gua temala, of Roger P. Ames, American consular agent, was received by the State Department. Amas was a native of Loui;siana. TEST WELLS FOR OUACHITA PARISH OKLAHOMA-MISSOURI OIL COM PANY INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSITION. Westru Newspaper Union News Service. Monroe.-Arrangements have beet completed and contracts signed to put down at least three test wells in Ouachita parish. Back of the propo sition is the Oklahoma-Missouri Oil Company of Tulsa, Okla., in connec tion with local interests represented by Col. George Swartz and Judge Charles Schulze. The Oklahoma-Missouri Oil Com pany is represented here by Messrs. L. M. Emlet and U. D. Fortier of Tul sa, and J. D. Adams of San Antonio, Tex. Col. Swartz will direct'the drill ing operations, while Mr. Adams will have charge of the office and sale of stock. The contract for drilling has been awarded to Oscar Shank of Pine. Ville. The contract calls for the wells to be drilled to a depth of 3,500 feet unless oil or gas is found before. The first well to be drilled will he about twelve miles from Monroe, and work is expected to begin on or before the first of December, as the contrac tor is now getting his outfit ready for shipment. The Oklahoma-Missouri Oil Company will establish a branch here as a result of the extension of its field of operations. The Oklahoma Missouri Oil Company has under lease 17,000 acres of land, and is securing other leases as fast as possible. Mr. Emlet, one of the company ofil cials, expressed himself as being con fident of the final success of the ope. rations. "Geological surveys by government officials and reports of oil experts have convinced us there is an extensive oil pool in this vicinity," said Mr. Emlet, "and our company intends to make a thorough test of Its entire acreage. The indications are good and I be lieve oil or gas, or both, will be found at a depth of from 2,700 to 2, 800 feet. Three test wells will be put down, and we expect to have work going on the first one by the first of December. It is our intention to start drilling the second well by the first of January." New Orleans Banker Chosen, New Orleans.-New Orleans did not get the Federal Reserve Bank, but one of her bankers has been chosen cashier of the institution awarded to Atlanta. Governor McCord of the di rectors wired Monday to J. B. Pike, assistant cashier of the Hibernia Bahk and Trust Company, tendering him the post, and after consulting with his friends Mr. Pike telegraphed his so ceptance. Plaquemine Mills Reopened. Plakuemine.-The lumber plant ii the White Castle Lumber and Shidgle Company, Ltd., has inaugurated a new schedule, operating three days each week. The large lumber mill of the A. Wilbert's Sons Lumber and ShilR gle Company is now running on a fourz day schedule. The planning mill and; the shingle mill of this company wna the shingle mill of the Oaist Com pany have all been closed down. SCharged With Embezazlement New Orleans.-A great sensation de veloped in St. Charles parish Monday when Julius S. Funk, formerly presl, dent of the Bank of Paradis, now In the hands of the state bank examiner, and president of the Delta Lands Company, was arraigned on an infor mation signed by Bank Examiner Young, charging him with embezzle ment of funds belonging to the parish to the amount of $96,000. For Immigration Conference, Baton Rouge.-Mayor Grouchy has appointed a committee, consisting of George W. Garig, King H. Knox and Dr. W. H. Dairymple, to attend the immigration conference held in New Orleans Saturday to devise plans for obtaining Belgian farmers for the State. Raises Banner Potat6 Crop. Amite City.-A banner crop of sweet potatoes of the highest grade and fin est quality, many specimens of which weigh between 3 1-2 and 4 pounds, were raised this season by P. P. Mc. Michael, a progressive farmer of this section. The land on which the crop was grown has been under constant cultivation over 100 years. Bolivar Is Protesting. Kentwood.-The Brookview Co-Op.s rative Association has drafted a pro test to the proposed curtailment of the train service of the K. and E. Railroad in the vicinity of Bolivar, where quite a number of the purchas ers of the Brooks-Scanlon lands have established farms. Will Trade Only in Bonds. Now Orleans.-The New Orleans Stock Exchange opened Monday. Trad uing will be limited to bonds.