* VOLUME XVIII. NO. 69. NEWPORT, ARKANSAS MONDAY, JULY 15, 1918. PRICE FIVE CENTS
Hun Thrust At Americans Is Failure
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(By The Asssociated Press.)
With the American Army on the Marne, 1:40 p. m-, July
15.—Reports from Vaux this afternoon indicate that the Amer
icans have advanced their line approximately seven hundred
yards in that region, in the face of a determined enemy attack,
but subsequently withdrew to original lines for strategic reas
(By The Asssociated Press.)
With the American Army on the Marne, 11:15 a. m., July
15.—The Americans have delivered a counter-attack against the
Germans in the Vaux region, driving off the enemy.
It is reported the American lines have been ad van''
several hundred yards, and it is now clear that the German at
tack in the Vaux region has completely broke down under Ameri
Further sharp fighting is is likely to develop at this or
any time, however.
Word received here show3 the enemy has also launched
an attack east of Rheims, but on the sectors of that front oil
which the Americans are fightiig side by side with the French,
positions are reported to still be intact
(By The Asssociated Press.)
With the American Army on the Marne, July 15.— The
Germans launched a violent attack this morning against Amer
ican positions west of Chateau-Thierry. The attack came after
a heavy bombardment with high explosives and gas shells
throughout the night.
The Americans sought shelter wherever available, but
when the enemy infantry appeared they swarmed out wearing
gas masks, and met the attackers with a rain of machine gun
Latest reports say the Americans are handling the enc- J
my well and are maintaining their positions.
Desperate fighting continues
Heavy shells from German guns are falling far behind the
actual battle area, many projectiles having fallen as far as the
city of Vaux, twenty-five miles from Chateau-Thierry.
The whole line in both directions of the town of Vaux,
where the German attack is especially violent, is dense with
smoke and gas fur as. While the roar of the cannonade is punc
tuated in a few intermissions with the terrific din of machine
guns hnd rifle, the fire wnich seemed of the hottest character is
in Vaux itself.
In their attack the Germans threw many bridges across
the Marne river over which they are passing under a withering
German progress is being stayed by machine gun fire.
The operation at Vaux appears to have been a feint, for
the Germans soon extended their attack all along the Marne,
where they are being gallantly opposed by the Americans and
The frist crossing of the Marne was made at Peak river.
American troops stationed there fought and died where they
stood. Others of American troops withdrew strategically as
enemy attacked from the east of Chateau-Thierry, where the
Germans are making additionalcrossings.
Shortly before noon an American regiment launched a
counter-attack in the region of Conde, where the Germans ap
peared to have been eliminated from the river salient.
The town of Conde probably is Conde en Brie, which is
about three and three-quarter miles south of the Marne.
t (By The Asssociated Press.)
f Paris, July 15.—It was officially announced that the
Germans attacked this morning on the front between Chateau
Thierry and Main De Massiges- The French are meeting the
shock of the enemy attack with energy.
The battle continues on a front of approximately fifty
London, July 15.—Feeling in London on the situation
following the German attack in France is that the developments
H are quite satisfactory.
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ty judge, who is one of the assessors
cf Road District No. 2, was in the
city Monday morning preparing to
begin the work of assessing the land
values adjacent to the district. The
other two assessors are C. W. Watson
of Newport and R. C. Roy of Beede
District No. 2 is one of the biggest
road projects yet undertaken in Jack
son county, or even in this section of
the state. When completed the high
way will be more than fifty miles
long. It will extend from Newport
east to Stegall, north to Grubbs,
thence south to the old Melville place
and on to Bowen’s Ridge across Cache
river to Eight MiTe and Beedeville,
thence on to the steel bridge across
Cache river again.
As soon as the assessments are
made, the work of selling the bonds
Jackson county, it is believed, is
leading all Arkansas counties in road
building. There is nothing that tends
to develop a country more than good
roads, and Jackson county will soon
occupy a more important place on the
map of progress. *
-BUY W. S. S.
At a public meeting at Walnut
Ridge one day lately 106 Lawrence
county farmers who have never before
grown wheat pledged themselves to
plant that crop this fall, and 63 oth
ers, who grew wheat this year, prom
ised to do so again.
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Americans and British Occupy Northern Russia
CAPTURED BY AMERICANS AT SEICHEPREY
and let Germany crush France the big
statute of Lafayette at Washington
would have crumbled down like sand
in a few years. The French girls will
cry out, “look at those American boys,
they stand like a stone wall—long live
the American liberty boys!”
Some of the German prisoners said
the Crown Prince planned to take
dinner in Paris the Fourth of July.
If he does we will give him a good
square meal and the biggest celebra
tion he ever remembers seeing.
Thank God that the spirit of Stone
wall Jackson, Grant and Sherman
and Lafayette still lives in the Amer-1
ican army and thank God we have |
George Washington, the 2nd, in the \
president’s chair today, by the name I
of Woodrow Wilson.
It will soon be a year since I joined 1
Co. E at Newport and if I knew then
nrliof T riAnr T M1 cmtr nM T i
send me, I’ll go; I am only a mere
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I -BUY W. S. S.
Men Who Tried to Evade the Draft
Were Awed by Soldiers and In
Fear of Machine Guns.
Searcy, July 14.—Awed and cowed
by the presence of overwhelming
forces of soldiery, hot on their trail,
and the machine guns which they be
lieved still stationed at the Atkinson
home, Jim Blakeley and his two broth
ers, Jess and Lum, and young John
Penrod, members of the Atkinson j
gang of draft resisters, who have |
been fleeing before troops and posses
since Shnday, June 7, came into head
quarters of the Searcy-Judsonia
Home Guard at Rosebud early this
morning and were taken to Searcy
and gave themselves up to Captain
Gustaferson, commandihg officer of
the company, who has been on the
trail since last Sunday. Tom Atkin
son and his son, Bliss, were said by j
members of the gang to be on their |
way to their home with the intention,
of giving themselves up to Cleburne |
county officers after they had seen,
“We might have stood off the!
posse,” one of the gang said, “but we
couldn’t go against the soldiers, and
with the machine guns against us we
knew we didn’t have a chance.”
Members of the gang tell contra
dictory stories about Tom Atkinson’s
wound, some saying that it is serious,
and one declaring that he did not
even know that the leader had been
shot. Both Tom Atkinson and his
son, Bliss, were in the first battle at
their home, when young Porter Hazel
wood was killed Sunday morning.
Atkinson is 60 years old and was ac
knowledged leader of the gang, and
Bliss Atkinson is below military age
nnrl was nnt snhiect. to the draft. All
three of the Blakeley boys and young
Penrod are classed as deserters for
their failure to respond to the draft
Old Ike Penrod was one of the first
sympathizers picked up and brought
into Heber Springs when the soldier
citizen dragnet was swept through
the woods early in the chase, and
“Mother” Blakeley, mother of the
Blakeley boys, was one of the women
brought in from the danger zone by
the soldiers when the region was
cleared for battle.
It is certain that Tom Atkinson is
wounded, despite contradictory state
ments made by members of the gang,
because he is traveling very slowly.
He was not expected to reach his
home before some time tonight.
Th four members of the gang who
came into Rosebud and surrendered
were carrying their ammunition, but
said that they had thrown their rifles
and revolvers in a creek. Two revolv
ers were found later in a tree, how
ever, after their hiding place had been
revealed by a mepiber of the gang.
Associated Press Dispatch.
London, July 15.— The immediate
objective of the Germans, it is be
lieved here, probably is to delach
Rhims by attacking on both sides of
it and capturing the hills which would
protect their right flank on a further
Associated Press Dispatch. ;
London, July 15.— American and
British troops have occupied the whole
Murman coast in northern Russia,
says a Moscow dispatch to the Cen
tral News Agency. After occupying
Kern on the White sea coast, the dis
rratch adds, the American and British
forces advanced toward Toroki
-BUY W. S. S.
Eleven Year Old Lad Is Beaten Se- '
Severely By Coachwhip Snake
While On Hi* Way to SchoeL
Webster defines a coachwhip snake
as being a long, slender, harmleM . '
reptile, found in the southern part of ||
the United States.
Clifford Perrin, the 11-year-old jj
son of Van Perrin, who resides at ^
Dawson’s Mill, on White river, south- ^
west of Auvergne, says Webster
not know what he was talking about
when he put that in the big book. ,
Clifford concurs Webster's opinion .: ,]
as to the snake’s length, slendernssd|l|
and place of habitation, but doq$lN!jf|
that the coachwhip is harmless. To* J
prove that the snake is anything bufc . ;
harmless, Clifford showed a repre
sentative of the Independent his bac\
Monday morning, on which are nAipjl
marks, blue spots and stripes that cut fjgl
beneath the hide. These wounds were c -S
received during a fight which the biaftfjii|
bad with a snake.
Clifford started to school Monday T
morning and came upon a coachwhip ,
snake in his path. He picked up
stick and started to attack the snake, .
when the latter in turn showed fight. J
The snake made its way to the boy^aS'- •'
ankle, and wrapped itself about the
ankle three times, the reptile’s head
lying fast against the lad’s instep, jS
The snake then proceeded to lift ita \'M
body in the air and rain blows aeroes , -v
the lad’s back. Blow after blow was.
struck, until finally young Perrin d
was able to jerk loose from the snake $
and run away.
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These doughboys are wearing German hats and are displaying other
souvenirs captured by the Americans when they routed the Germans at the
battle of Seicheprey. Among the other trophies in the picture may be seen a
gun, gas mask, wire cutter and canteen.
Czecho Slovaks Are Reported to Have
Captured City of Kazan, 430
Miles From Moscow.
Associated Press Dispatch
London, July 15.—The Copenhagen
correspondent to the Exchange Tele
graph says reports are current in
Moscow that the Czecho Slovaks have
captured the city of Kazan, 430 miles
east of Moscow'. Bolsheviki troops
are reported to have offered desper
-BUY W. S. S.
Associated Press Dispatch.
Washington, July 15.—Army cas
ualties show killed in action, one;
died of wounds, seven; disease, sev
en; accident and other causes, one;
wounded severely, twenty-eight;
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TELLS OF LIFE
The following interesting letter
from a Jackson county boy has been
received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
| E. J. Brock, who live on Route One:
France, June 20, 1918.
' Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Brock,
Newport, Ark., Route One.
Dear Father annd Mother:
As I haven’t written in fifteen or
twenty days I will just drop a few
, lines to let you know I am well at
present. I am in the F. Hospital, but
; just stopped in for a few days’ rest.
! Expect to be out again killing '“Bosh”
(Germans) in a few days. I have al
ready had some trench experience
and came out without a scratch.
The Germans say the bullets from
the American guns come across No
' Man’s Land, sounding like a message
from hell. If we could call up old St.
Peter and get Lafayette over the long
j distance and tell him we were ready
| to pay the debt we owe to him and to
France, I am sure he would come to
cur rescue; but if we had kept still
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