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RENT THAT VACANT ROOM People looking for rooms turn to the classified ads of the newspapers to see what is offered. An ad in the Bentinel-dtecord is almost suie to bring you a customer. THE ONLY NEWSPAPER IN HOT SPRINGS THAT RECEIVES THE FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT OVER LEASED WIRES WEAT HER J FORE® Forecast tor ArKansar fair and warmer; Friday f-" t ' VOLUME XXXIV, — NUMBER t HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, THURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 26, 1917. Naval Gunners on Mongolia Said to Have Made Clean Hit at 1,000 Yards. Captain Rice of the Mongolia Declared His Ship Was About to Be Attacked When He Opened Fire on the Sub marine-Periscope Was Seen to Be Shattered. lamdon April 25 1:10 p. iti -Cup tain Klee of the American steamship Mongolia, which ha- arrived at the British port, told the Ass ,< dated Press today that the Mongolia had fired the first sun of the war of the t'niied States and auuk-a German submarine. The navnl gunners on hoard made a clean hit at 1 .IKK) yards The peri scope was seen to he shattered. The submarine, Captain Kite -aid wus about to attack the great liner in British waters on April lit. He de dared there was absolutely no doubt that the C-boat was hit, and tha' there was every reasi n to believe it was destroyed. THE WAR IN BRIEFS Many thousands of German dead strew the battlefieds over which the British and Germans have been oiigug ed for the past three days in titanic str <KKles for mastery. 'wini British troops have made furth er pains south of the Soarpe river in their advance toward Cauihrai, and also have captured the hamlet of B1I hcm. east of the llavrincourt wood, which lies midway between Arras amt iSt. -Quentin Violent f glvting continues around hi on chy, where the British attacked three times, but were repulsed wiih heovy lossev, according to Berlin. In a eontiiMvation of the intensive air fighting 15 German airplanes have been forced down by British airmen, according to the ‘London war office, and six British machines are missing. Along the French front the artillery activity everywhere continues violent. Twice the German essayed infantry' attacks and were -topped by the French artillery. Heavy casualties were inflicted on the Germans in an effort to wrist the Hurtebise farm from Geueiul N'lvelle s force*. tin 'Belgium artillery duels continue. specially in the vicinity of pixmude. Cermun torpedo boa- debtrovers cany Wednesday morning shelled Dunkirk and s nk a French torpedo boat which engaged them. On the Carso platan of the Austro-! Italian theatre the Austrians south of (lori/.ki. delivered an attack agarnst Italian positions. The att ck was sue cressful at one point, where tliey suc ceeded hi recapturing a vantage po ut that had been previously taken from them by the Itulians. The concentra tion of troops in the Trentino region is being continued by the Austrians, probably preseging an early- offensive tliere. Meauwlrle the Austrian and Ita km artilleries are keeping; up the spirited duel- which has prevailed for several days past. There has been considerable activ ity by the Russian artillery in north woest Russ a. especially at Jaoobstadt and near Po-tav\ and aiso along the Zlorlioff-Turnopol. in Galicia. Further progress lias been made by the Brt'ish troops against the Turks in 'Mesopotamia, tlie Ottoman forces having been driven from the west, bank o! the Shott-Kl-Adhem to within a shor* distance from tin* junction of tlie river with the Tigris. The Turkish war office admits the retirement of the Turks to the north of Samara, sav ing lie movement was carried out aft er they hud inflicted heavy casualties on the British. I-urge captures of men gum. rifles, ammunition and other war stores have been made by Genera! Maude’s men in tludr drive again.-.t i the Turks. After several days of violent artil lery preparation the British troops in the l/oban lake sector of Mecedonia have delivered an attack against the Bulgarians on a two and a half mile from and, ac< orduig to the London war otf ci, advanced their line about 600 yards over a fr nt of one mile and put down counterattacks. To the cast they also were able to enter the enemy'.- trenches but could not hold them in 'lie face of counterattacks. Speaker Clark Opposes Selective Draft Bill Indications Are That the Measure Will Pass the House By a Good Majority. Washington. April -3.—Although (Speaker Clark took the floor In the house today anil aroused great enthus iasm among opponents of the admini stration army hill by . s vigorous de nunelatl n of the selective draft sys tem,. champion.- ot the measure still were confident tonight that it would pass not later than Saturday, virtual ly as approved by the president.. It was announced during the day that a po'l of the house mode by mii> porters of the bill disclosed a favor able majority of between f>0 and 7u. Its pas-age in the senate is consider ed assured, and unanimous consent to vote on tf there by Saturday will he sought tomorrow. Minor changes made in one house or the oilier probably will necessitate a coufeerene-e so that the bill i- not likely to become law for a week or more. Speaker Clark spoke for more than an hour. Most of vbe membership and many senators heard him plead in ■characteristic fashion that the volun teer system be tried again and declar ed that in the minds of the (ample ot Ills s ate (he' word "conscription" ls> i-Vsed with ‘convict." Applause Ire ipieiitly Interrupted him. Senator Reed. Vardanian and Sher man were the speakers on till fa senate ^ifie. All Hirer opposed the selective dralt and upheid the volunteer ey teni. 'Senator Heed spoke for nearly four hours and attacked the hill in al most every detail. Senator Vardanian sahl lie would never vote for conpuls i( n until lie had been shown that the volunteer system will not w rk. He critiri-ed the pending hill as anothr,r exhibition of the tendency to yet away from ilie principles of democracy. S motor Sherman dee ured that ho would not ‘abdicate lib power lor any chief mugi-irate. cabinet of war col lege." lie said'IKngluml for a thousand years had got along and fought her wars successfully without resort to conscription. The Illinois senator said the ‘ metro pclil'riil newspaper-.'’ wiilch were large ly responsible I r bringing on the war. bud not succeeded tery well hi bring ing in recruits. Ou April H, he said, there were more recruits m M uncle, Ind.. with ooo people, than in .New York with <1,0011,000. Chairman Chamberlain of the senate military committee wid present his re nin st to fix a time for voting tomor row and is hopeful it will he agreed to. He -aid tonight there wa> no indi cation that imany more long speeches would be made BALFOUR HAS THERE WILL BE NO ENTANGLING POLITICAL ALLIANCE OF U. S. WITH EUROPE. CO OPERATION TO CRUSH GERMAN MILITARY MENACE United States Is Not Expected to Abandon Its Traditional Policy and Enter Any Alliance, Secret or Pub lic, With the European Powers. ■Washington. April 2.1.—Complete un derstanding of America's attitude in the war—unreserved co-operation in the fight of democracy against the Berman military menace, without en tangling political alliances was ex pressed by Foreign Minister Balfour, head f the British war commission, In a statement, today to newspaper correspondents. "f am told." said .Mr Balfour, “that there are some doubting i rules who seem to think that the < liyect of. the missions of tlreat Britain and France* is to inveigle the 1'ntTCd States out of its traditional p1 licy and to entangle it in a formal alliance, secret or pub lic, with European powers. I cannot imagine any rumor with less founda tion. ncr can 1 imagine any p licy so utterly unnecessary. Our confidence in the assistance which we are going to get from this community is net based upon such considerations as those which arise out of formal treaties.” The foreign minister's statement was officially stated to have been made as a result < f h s conferences during the past few days with Presi dent Wilson and Secretary l-ansing. It was generally regarded as disposing finally of suggestions in some <|ttir tors that the United States might lie asked to sign a treat, not to make a separate peace. This was an eventful day for the British commissioners, marked by a hearty welcome to France's Illustrious war ccmmission and the delivery to Ambassador Springdtice of America’s first loan to the allies. J200.tM)d,ui>O, While the British visitors devoted most of the day to honoring the French mission, they found time to complete details of organizati n iu preparation f. r the joint conference soon to begin, now th.u tin- repre-enla tives <if France have arrived. Mr Balfour lunched today with the Italian ambassador, called on Secre tary .McAdo and was entertained at dinner at the British embassy, where a reception attended by the. diplomatic corps and high American officials foil wed. The foreign minister received tlie newspaper men during the day at the residence where he Is entertained ns the guest of the nation. 11 e appeared hearty and vigor us 11 -pile ol his l»P years. When the newspaper eorresp ml ents had been presented. 'Mr Half nr said in part: “tiontlenien. I am very Hindi obliged to you for e tiling here today and giv ing me the opportunity of expressing to you personally and through you to the great American public how very deeply we. w hi belong t > this com mission sent from Britain, value the kindness, the enthusiasm, the warmth of welcome which we have received in tills capital city of the United (States. “No man who has had the oppor tunity which I have eAjoyed in the last few days of seeingl hearing and talking to leading menders of your state can. for one nr mdtit, doubt the full determinant n < f the American people to throw themselVes into the greatest conflict'which li*s ever been waged in this world. "1 do not suppose that It is possiule for you to realize In concrete detail nil that war means to those who have1 been engaged in it fcr n< w two years uud a half. That is a feeling which' can only come by actual experience. We on the other side have been living in an atmosphere of war since August, 1914, and you cannot move about the streets, you cannot go about your daily business, even if your affairs be disassociated with the war itself, without having evidences of the war brought to your notice every moment. “I arrived here Sunday afternoon and went out in the evening after dark and I was struck by a somewhat un Usual feeling which, at the first mo ment, 1 did not analyze, and sud denly it came upon me that this was the first time for two years and a half or more in which I had seeu a properly lighted street. “Hut that is a small matter, and 1 ■ nly mention it because it happened to strike me as one of my earliest ex periences in this eiiy. “Of course, the more tragic side of war is never and cannot ever be ab sent from our minds I saw with great regret this morning's newspaper say ing that the son of .Mr. Bonar Law, our chancellor of the exchequer, was wounded and missing in some of the operations now going on in Palestine; and t instinctively cast my mind back to the losses of this war in all circles; but as an illustration it seems to me impressive. I went over the melancholy list ,aml if my memory serves me right, out of the small number of men cf cabinet rank who were serving the state when the war broke out in Au gu-t, ism, one has been killed in ac tion, four at least have host sons, and now Air. Bonar Law's sou is wounded and missing. “That s the sort of things that have happened in quite a small and narrow ly restricted class of men, but it la characteristic of what is happening throughout the whole country. “The condition of France in that respect is evidently even mure full of sorrow and tragedy than our own, be cause we bad not a great army, wo had but a small army when war broke out. whereas the French army was of the great continental type, was on a war footing and was fr til the very inception of military operations en-| gaged in sauguiuary conflict with the common enemy. '“We have today coming amongst us a mission from France. 1 doubt not indeed, I am fully convinced that they will receive a welcome not less warm, not less lieart-felt than that which you have so generously and encouragingly extended to us. That was and certainly will be Increased by the reflection that one member of the mission is Marshal Joffre, who will go down through all time as the general in command <f the allied frees at! one if the 'most critical moments in the world's history. "There tan he no doubt or question, ■ lintever that among the decisive »»e* -1 ties of the world the battle of the Marne was the most decisive. II was the turning point in the hisKry of mank nil. and I rejoice that tin hero] of tint’ event is today coming among us and will join us, the Britain nation, in laying before the people of the United Slates otir gratitude for the sympathy they have shown and are showing, and our warm confidence in the value < f the assistance which they are affording the allied cause. "fiontlemen, I do not believe that! the magnitude of that assistance can, by any possibility, be exaggerated. I am Kid that there are some doubting critics who seem to think that the object of the mission of France and Croat Britain to thin country is to in veigle the Vnit^d States out cf its traditional policy and entangle it In formal alliances, secret or public, with Kuropean powers. I cannot Imagine any rum-, r with less foundation, nor i an I imagine a policy so utterly UM fnecessary. “Our confidence in this assistance which we are going to get from this |e imminily is not bast'd upon such shallow considerations as those which arise out of formal treaties. No treaty could increase the undoubted confidence with which we look to the rutted States, who, having eorae into the war. are going t> ■ see the war through, if there is any certainty in human affairs, that is certain. “Tao years and a half have gone since the war began, and the great republic on this Ule of the Atlantic lias been watching witli deepening in ter- st (lie blood-stained drama going cn across the ocean, and I am well convinced that as each month has passed so has the conviction grown am ng you ihat after all it is no small or petty interest that is involved in this war. it is no struggle for so many square miles of territory, for some acquisition, some satisfaction of small cuNTisTiii' ivn r\nrc rcinVfT. FRENCH ARE GIVEN WARM COMMISSIONERS REACH WASH INGTON AND ARE HAILED AS ILLUSTROUS FRIEND BY PEOPLE. EVERYWHERE THE FRENCH TRI CUI.IIR IN EVIDENCE There Was a Genuine Feeling in the Extension of the Welcome Accorded the Representatives of France as They Stepped Off the Mayflower. W ashington, April 25.- The French war mission to the United States, headed by Rene Vivimii, minister of justice and vice, premier, and Marshal Joseph Jofl're, hero of the Marne and popular idol of tiie pe pie of France, was welcomed to 'Washington today with heart felt enthusiasm. Tonight, after being warmly greeted by American officials and hailed as illustrious friend U>y thousands (of people who lined the streets while they crossed the city, the commission ers are at the home of Henry White, former ambassador to France, as the guests of the United States govern ment. Tomorrow the leading members, M Viviani, Mar-hal Joffre and Admiral Choc he prat, will be received by Presi dent Wilson and later there will be preliminary conferences betweeu the representatives of the French and American military and naval chiefs. Before night the administration will have in its possession at least a l»r< ad outline of France’s view of Amerieau participation in the war. The leading members of the mis sion, oonflug up fr«m Hampton roads bboard the presidential yacht May flower, had their first view of the national capital from a point <n the Potomoc river below Alexandria, soon after Mount Vernon had been passed. As the Mayflower came abreast of the home of the first president the marine band played the ‘‘Star Spangled Banner," and the Frenchmen lined the rails with heads bared and stood at at tention. At Alexandria, rich in his-| forte memories, the commissioner saluted hundreds of people who lined the river front wharves, waving their hais and (cheering, while factory whistles shrieked out. a noisy wel come. The party was received at the navy yard by a group of American officials, headed by Secretary Pausing. The secretary led the ceremony by shaking hands first with iM. Viviani and .Mar shal Joffre. and then with the teller officers. The meeting was no mere perfunctory diplomatic affair. As the yacht’s hand played the “Marseillaise” and the marine guard on shore stood at attention, there was real warmth in the handshaking and the earnest ness of genuine feeling in the words [Of welcome. Once ashore the party qmcKiy en tered motor tars and drove across the city to tin residence where Its mem bers are to bo eutcrtaiufcd during iheir stay hero. Clerks in tin- government depart ments had been given permission to leave their desks to join in welcom ing the visit' rs. schools had been dis missed and residents from al! over Washington flocked to the streets. From and end of the city to the other there was enthusiastic cheering as the Frenchmen were recognized. Everywhere the French tri-color was In evidence. It was flying from the tops of buildings, from windows of 1 ffices and residences and front automobiles. Frequently it appeared in company with the Stars anti Stripes and the British Union .lack. Two tro ps of United States avalry acted as escort for the mission through the streets, and other regulars were stationed ala ut the White home. CONTI NURD ON PA Of? HRVRN GRAPHIC STORY OF BATTLE BETWEEN DESTROYERS British Rammed German and the Men Fought Hand to Hand With Cutlasses and Bayonets Battle Took Place in the Straits of Dover and Was Participated in By Six Germans and Two British Vessels—Fight Opened at 000 Yards and the Destroyers Closed in on Each Other. i .ond ii April -.1. Two Hritish de stroyers on patrol duty in the English channel off Hover on the night of April 20 cattle ujKtti a flotilla of six German destroyers and then ensued an enc uniter which will live long in the history of naval engagements. Ger man de.slrt vers were torped- ed and rammed; every gun aboard the corn batants was working, sweeping the decks and tearing gaps in the sides of the opposing craft. There was the locking together of a llritJ-h and a German destroyer and the men fought furiously in a hand-to-hand battle. German seamen of a rammed de stroyer < limbed aboard < tie of the ltritish beats and a midshipman fought them back with an automatic pistol They were killed or driven again into tile sea by Hritish Jackies who came to the midshipman’s aid. The Hritish destroyers were the Swift and the Hroke, and although they had received many wounds, they returned to port. The stcry of the engagement C' mpiled from the ac counts v f officers and men has been made public in the form of an official report. It is an exciting and graphic story of a boarding encounter with cutlasses and bayonets, recalling the days when wooden warships came to gether and the tnen fought on the decks. The British destroyer leaders Swift and Br.kc, on night patrol, were steaming on a westerly course. It was intensely dark, hut calm. The Swift sighted the enemy at film yards and the Ormans instantly opened fire There were six German destroyers, according to German prisoners. The Swift replied and tried to rum the leading enemy destroyer. She missed ramming, hut shot through the Ger man line unscathed and, turning neat ly, torpedoed another boat in the enemy line. Again the Swift, dashed at the. leader, which again eluded her and fled with the Swift in pursuit. Meantime the Broke had launched a torpedo at the second boat in the line, whleh hit the mark, and then opened fire with every possible gun. 'I he remaining German boats were stoking furiously for full speed. The Broke's commander swung round to port and rammed the third boat fair and square abreast the after funnel. Locked together thus the two boats fought a desperate hand-to-hand conflict. The Broke swept the enemy's decks at point blank range with every gun from main armament to pompom, Maxim, rifle and pistol. Two other German destroyers at tacked and poured a devastating fire on the Broke, whose foremost gun crews were reduced fr m lk to f> men. Midshipman Donald Gyles, although wounded !u the eye. kept all the fore most guns in action, he himself assist lug the depleted crews to lead. While lie was thus employed a number of frenzied Germans swarmed lip over the Broke's forecastle out of the ram med destroyer and. finding themselves amid the blinding flashes < f forecastle guns, swept aft in a shouting mob. The midshipman, amid the dead and wounded of his own gun crews and half blinded by blood, met the onset single-handed with an automatic pis tol. He was grappled by a German who tried to wrest the revolver away The German was promptly bayonetted by Seaman Ingleson. The remainder c f the Invaders, except two w ho feigned death, were driven over the side, the two being taken prisoner. Two minutes after ramming, thj Broke wrenched herself free aujl turned to ram the last of the three r«f malning German boats. She failed 1 this object, but In swinging around succeeded In hitting the beat’s con sort on the stem with u torpedo. Hotly engaged with these two fleeing de Hi r vers, the Broke attempted to fol low the Swill in the direction she wa^ last seen, but a shell struck the Broke s boiler room, disabling her main engines. The enemy then disappeared In the darkness. The ItToke, altering her course, headed in the direction of a destro.ver, which a few minutes later was seen to be heavily afire, and whose crew, on sighting the British destroyer, sent up shouts for mercy. The Bn ke steered slowly toward the German, regurdless of the danger from a possible explosion of tho maga zine, and the German seamen re doubled their sh uts of “save! save!” and then unexpectedly opened fire. The Broke- being out of control, was unable to maneuver to extricate herself, but silenced the treachery with Bur rounds; then to ensure her own safety torpedoed the Oermau amidships. Meanwhile the Swift continued he£ pursuit, but slight injuries which she received earlier in the action pre vented her from maintaining full speed, s she abandoned the chase and sought fresh quarry. Sighting the outline of a stationary destroyer from which shouts were heard, the Swift approached warily with her guns tru ned, to find that It was the destroyer which had already been rammed by the Broke. The Germans were bellowing “we surrender.” Fearing treachery, the Swift waited and presently the destroyer heeled o\er and sank stern first, the crew jumping Into the water. As no other enemy was visible and the action, which had lasted appar ently five minutes, appeared to be over, the Swift sw itched ou her search lights and lowered boats to rescue the swimmers. Those who remained of the crews of the Swift and the Broke after exchanging details of the action cheered each other until they we hoar.-e. , The British casualties aro^svfr'down as comparatively slight, a.ytTi the spirit ' f flu; wounded is Illustrated by the conduct of the Broke’s.’jelmsman, Sea man William BovMJeV’who, though hit four times by shell fragments, re mainecl at the wheel throughout the action and finally only betrayed the fact that ho was wounded by report ing to hi- captain, “I’m going off now, sir.” and fainted. A uuntber of the w unded only presented themselves in the sick bay the following day, one stoker giving the surgeon the in genuous excuse, “I was too busy, sir, clearing up the rubbish ou the stok ers' m08i dock.” BERNHARDT'S PHYSICIANS ARE MORE HOPEFUL Now York, April 2D.—Madame Sarah Uernhardt, the noted French actress, who Is dangerously 111 here, •'has made some progress every day since lust Sunday and her physicians arc more hopeful," said a bulletin is sued late t< night from the hospital where she Is a patient. -0 WAR HALTS CONVENTION. New York, April 2D.—The unnual convention of the National Electric Light Association, which was to have been held at Atlantic City ou June 1, has been changed to an executive ses sion only, which will be held in New York May 9 and 10. This change, it is explained, is due to the war.