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RENT THAT VACANT ROOM F o r f c a st • _— People looking for rooms turn to the mssified ads of the newspapers Forecast for Arkansas—Tuesday to see what is offered. An nd in the and Wednesday generally fair; warm BentlnePRccord is almost sure to er Wednesday, bring you a customer. VOLUME XXXIV. hot springs, Arkansas, Tuesday morning, may 1, 1917. number 295 Believed That Naval Lieu tenant and Several Mem bers of his Gun Crew Per ished. French Capture Several German For tified Trenches in the Region of Car nellet-Berlin Claims the British Lost 6,000 Men, While More Than 1,000 Were Made Prisoners. New York, April ;p». An American armed steamer, tlie oil tanker Vac uum, ha> been sent to the bottom b> a (icrman HUbmarliie, and it is feared |ihat an American naval lieutenant ami S' me of his gun crew of nine men perished in the disaster. The captain and Severn of the cn w f the Vacuum are known to have been drowned. While return ng to the I'nitcd States from a trip to Kurope the Vacuum en countered the submarine otT the coast of Ireland. Scant details of ;he sink ing are available, and it is not known whether the Americans were able to bring their guns into play or if th ve sol was t rped cd and sunk un warned. This is the second armed American vessel that has been sunk in the wav zone, the steamer Aztec having gone to the bottom April 1 as tlie result of an explosion. Whether she was the victim tit a torpedo or a mine lias not been definitely established. One member of the American naval crew on board the Artec was lost. The expected battle in the t'hani I pugne regi"ii <f France, fo lowing days of acute gun lire pa rat ion by the French forces, which was answered aim si shot for shot by the Germans, at last has brok* n. Seemingly synchronizing it with the somewhat lessened activity on the part of the British against the Germans on the Arras front, the French Monday, east ward from llheinis, launched an at tack over a front of about four miles from the south of Heine to the east of .Monte Cariiillet and captured sev eral tortified German trenches. delivered at midday, the offensiv was swift and sharp, and at its < u clusi* n tee French line had been driven forward into territory previous ly occupied by the enemy to depths raiiiring relatively from 100 to 1,000 yards. Kiniu taneously to the east ward a thrust by the French north east of Mont Haul ne ted them a gain of alsjut two-thirds of a mile end placed them virtually astride the Mon nvilliers Naur v road That the fighting ill this region lias not yet been brought to a conelu.si u is indicated by the official -taiement France's War Mission to Visit the West The Distinguished Frenchmen Go Directly From Washington to Chicago. ___ i Washington. April lu -Prawn's wai in u; I on will lean AA'ash'ngtou ! h r* dav on a tour ol eastern and middle western sta'e'. arranged to give Us member an opportunity to see us much of the country a- possible wituin i. limited time. Tile distinguialitii Frenchmen w ill go directly to Ch i ago Horn Washington and later w-dl visit Kansas City, Si. I.ooK Springfield. 111.: Philadelphia, New A'ork and llu ton. Members ot the 'mission, inducing R"tie Vivian), it> head. Marshal .loifre, hero of the Marne. Admiral ( iiocheprat, one of the foremost of ficers in tile 'French navy, and the .Marquis dc Chambrmi. descendant of General Lafayette, will travel on a special tram a Hit* guests ot the Unit etj State, government. T.lie. party will tile bide among others tho members of Rfars.ial Joffre's staff, bonded by Co! Jean Fabry, "the blue devil ol France, wlio says no i half American because lie lias ju American wooden leg, re* placing a limb shot away in action. Tiir Itinerary was determined upon :<:!er blind red* of iiivdatinns had been iiei ived by the mission from all sec ttnu- of the Utilted States. Some «aino' from cities on the Pacific coasi, and i!it',> as well u- many Olliers had to be duellued because the early pres ence in France of the leading mem tier is imperative and only* a -diorl time can, be spared 1 (tiring the tour conferences between representatives of the Undid States and members of the mission will be temporarily a us pended; the work to In resumed when the mission returns to the capital from Uoslon. Th • departure of the mission from Washington will mark t.lie end of Its stay as guests of the government in tile capital. AA’hon the 'members re t :i i they will ha'd' the status of high commissioners of France, here toe formal negotiations. The itinerary was arranged bv the state department, in conference with leading members of tho nil-sion and an official announcement of the be Ml - III till- tour issued ouig.it by th<> <>• .-a. i m* lit smjs t at "the program now hue been definite!) derided upon mid cannot lie changed. Il wa» necer ar> to arrange 111• - »■ heriule -o hat invitations could be accepted which were tlie most practicable.” Kxtraordiimr) precaution- to insure the safety of the parly while travel up have beeu taken. “11* cause of the responsibility that will attucu. to the government Mi ear ing for liio persons o the members of tin- commission,*’ (lie slat** depart ment announcement -ays, "it is expect *d tnat the times 01 tin *r arrival and dt p iri urc at different p aces and the routes b) which they arc to travel be tween know n points lie no, now mb bailed. "Tlie press and citiz* ns of the * ari mis titles which arc to bt* visited are roiiuesled lo refrain from indulging in f|*cculatiou on ilex* matter-- The pt-oiili officiitll) respou lilt lor tlit.ii entertainment in the various t itles i - I-*. visited arc off-ciall) nolili* l o that '.heir arrcngcitn.ists c-an lie made, but tint information will not Is for publi cation. The route.-, of their progress through tin- streets of the various cities and tlie program of their cn.ci lainmem c-m In- made public.” (Members of tin.* French 111,-sion from Hit* time of their departure from France have looked forward almost i, much to their forth coining lour as to Ho r vmi: lo the nation's capital. Sev eral of the military members had hoped lo visit Valley Forge, the scene i of the whiter encampment ot tlie revo lutionary army, but for various rea sons tire tour will not include that historic place. *1 to trip to ISpringfiel.I, III., will oe for tlie oapec'al purpo-c of visiting the tomb or Abraham Lincoln, admired anu revered by everv member of tli • mission. Some simple ceremony of homage and tribute very likely will be , arra nged. K'.aborat p uns for the eu eri a tu rn* nt of the tnisHion or,* being made I,n each of the cities they are to visit. of the Paris war office, which an nounces that artillery duels of violence are still going on. There also has been a continuation of the great artil lery activity from St. Quentin to the Oise and a one the ohemiu Pcs Dames, n< rtheast of Soissons. Little news concerning tlte situation along tlic front from Leu to Ht. Q icn tin. where the British for several weeks have made notable gains, has been vouchsafed in the latest olfr ial o. niinunieatlons. The London wat office Monday iiigliMnerelv mentioned the repulse of a German a tack east of Arras between Metichy le-Prcux and the Scarpe river. The Berlin com munication dismisses the Arras rector with the assertion that Monday saw I only an artillery engagement of vary [ ing nfensity. but it goes to consid erable extent into a description of the sanguinary engagements < f Saturday at Oppy. which, it is asserted, still re mains in German hands, and north of the Bvuai-Arras road. The British casualties in this fight ing are dec ared to have been more than 0,000, while more than l.uoo pris oners and 40 machines were captured and ten "tanks" were destroyed. The airmen of all the belligerents continue to carry out spectacular bat tles in the air and bomb-dropping exploits behind the fighting lines. Many gallant fighters on both sides have been brought to earth in aerial fights. Berlin claims for one of her fighting aviators a total of f-- aircraft shot down siuco the commencement of the war. -O-— CHICAGO MAYOR PLACED IN CLASS OF TRAITORS STINGING COMMUNICATION AD DRESSED TO MAYOR THOMP SON BY ASSISTANT COR PORATION COUNSEL. Chicago, \jir>l Ub— United Slate* District Attorney C'lyne tonight r*> fused to confirm or deny a report that a complaint made to li>ni about the action or Mayor W'Uliam Hale Th nip son in refusing to take the initiative n inviting tlie French commissioners to the Umtde States to U.iioago had been formally reported to Attorney Otural Gregory. It was made known at the mayor's office ‘ hat the chief c.\< ciMlve of the city would aid In en tertaining tile famo - Frenchmen when they visited Chicago in answer to tHi- invitation, ext‘‘ olid by the cdy ■ ooncil and Governor Frank O. Low ocu. It. »n sanli th.it the mayor's original contention was that lie had no olfiein! power to extend an invention aud thin a liead of the < tty that he v on Id do all ha could to make the V s'tol s welcome. The colindaiut fib d with Dis net A' i iruey rl.vno as, ried that t-hc mayor hud been disloyal to America hi time ol war by lending comfort to tue tnornies of the country in of.cruig what they regarded a- an affront to tlie official representatives of an a iy of the United States. During tite day 'Mayor Thompson re ceived a letter of resignation from Major .Iiihn V. Clinnhi of Hiv First II inois infantry, -wlio <|iiit his post as assistant corporation counsel, carry ing a -alary of $h,00d a yiur, because, he -ahi, h • could not 'reconcile ray duty to my (ountry with furitier con nection with the admimsirat on in view of tile attitude the mayor ha* taken with rsgard to the war.'' Major i.'liiml.i'.s letter of resignation said "We ate now at war with a foreign baton. Th*s declaration of war leave but one alternative for true Ameri cans. They nust be patriots. Any other attitude brands them a- traitors. "After reading your alleged criti cisms of tile federal authorities for urging the conscript law-, which a I tuitlioriiif.* agree is for the best m teie t suf the country, ami your studied discourtesy to the representa tive- of tin French nation. I deem if. my dutv as a soldier and citizen to tender my resignation to that efiect it once." TO DESTROY SUBMARINES. New York, April ?>n. -F. Alfons Bezel. formerly minister fr< ni Peru (<> it..- Uni ed Staten, told members of the Fifth Avenue Association at a "loyally luncheon" here today that a S uth American had invented a de vice to destroy submarines which had | been offereib'j'atuitouslv It the nav> department/afier British and Ameri can naval jtioards had examined i.’ and were ftmorabh impre: ed. The speaker | ncd all LatTi Americans desired X lmthat Seuth. Ontral and N'jfih American' 1 -uud as one in thisJ , n i JOFFRE WANTS .MORAL EFFECT » JUDGMENT OF THE FRENCH WAR MISSION AND AMERICAN ARMY GENERAL STAFF DIS AGREE. NECESSARY TO GIVE MEN TRAINING ON TRENCH SOIL Joffi'c Only Wants a Small Force Sent at the Present for the Influence It Would Have in France and on the Soldiers in the German Army. Washington, Apr! Hu. Wall tho judgment of the French war mission and tho American army general staff seemingly in conflict as to when | American troops should bo sent to I I 1 •iicr | articular iuterest attaches to a ( ai r ue at the White House to i.-.it between 1'resideht Wilson and Iteiie Viviani, bead of tho French mis sion. Decision rests with the president, through hU constitutional function as commander-in-chief or the United Flates army, it was generally as sumed that the views of the French o’, cals disclosed in .Marshal Jolfre’s state nteut yesterday advising that American forces be sent to tho battle :roni soon, were formally presented to .Mr. Wilson during the conference. ,\o information as to tliat di*cua sion was given out, however, and- no administration official would comment upon the statement of tho great I reach soldier. M pou that suhejet I have no coTn nu-nt to make,” was the reply with hu h Secretary linker met ml ques tion-. Tin re il<> question, howover, that the geiiTnl staff disapproves auy sug it lion t mi Vmericari forces tie sent abroad untd they arc fully trained ana «•<i■ U’ln-d tor tin- task before them with the ex-option of final touches to' tie c.wn behind the battle lines. Stripped ol all military pros and tons, tlie proposal made by -Marshal •loffri and apparently supported by all members 01 the French mission ,s udirstood here u:, providing that a mi,ul! force ol American troops, pos sibly a division numbering irom is,w)0 to turn be sent at the earliest nessible women to French soil for tlie sentimental effect ‘Is pre.-enee would have belli uiion the French and the liorm>ii’s. Admittedly no Amen can 'oree that w 11 bt avadah e for months could greatly influence the military situation hy force of aims. On one point there is complete rgreemetu between Mr. Joffre and the American officers. lioth believe mm any force sent to Franco, large or small, must be given additional train ing on French soil behind tna battle lines before >t should take its place it; the tr< itches. Since it is iii,. psychological effect (hat. is sought, troops with no more traili ng than the border hardened na tional guard units would serve the pur pose m the French \>ow. French of I i ev believe that with brief addition al training within sound of the gnus at tit ■ front - possibly five weeks of the intensive last tiroeiii which tlie French have learned is necessary be tore itoop go into a Uou—such men could iie made ready to take their places by the sides of the veteran French and llnli-h regiments FIRE BREAKS OUT IN PIMLICO RACE TRACK. Baltimore. Md., .May 1 (Tuesday*.— On he eve of the opening of the spring meet of the Maryland JTnoltey Club lire broke out at the I'iniFco race trai l early today and burned the slab es in eiMiied hi l)r. J S. Tyree s horses anil those of the Sage stables of New York. Fourteen valuable itorsi - perished, union? them being Don Moran mid Samara of the Tyree stables. Incendiarism Is suspected. It was announced that the meet will begin this afternoon. SPANELL BN STAND IN HIS OWN DEFENSE TELLS A SYMPATHETIC STORY WHICH BROUGHT TEARS TO EYES OF SOME OF JURY. COURT FOUND IT NECESSARY TO TAKE SHORT RECESS Tells 0f Being Attacked in the Auto mobile in Which He Had Invited Butler to Take a Ride—Charged That Butler Was Responsible for His Wife's Death. Co email, Texas, April Harry .1 Spanell, on trial here charged with killing Lieut.-Col. M <'. Bailer at A1 pine, Texas, duly mi, 1 t*lft, wa on the w’itnesH stand the greater part of to day’s session < f court, dramatically re telling the story of the sho tiing jn which Colonel Butler and Mrs. Cry stal: Holland Spanell, wife or the de fendant, lost their lives. The story brought tears to the eye- of a number of the jurors, caused women in the audience to weep, while attorneys and others gave way to emotion. When Spanell had finished his story, a short recess was taken to allow time for those in count to re gain their composure. After reciting events which led t the shooting, which took place in Spanell s automobile tin which Spanell, Ills wife and Butler were riding. Spanel: sobbed out when he frund hi wife dead. he. placed his plst -1 against his own head. Intending to "end it all, but the picture of baby" (the Spanell's only child), “came before me and seemed to say ‘Daddy, don't do it; I'm waiting for you.’ The next thing he remembered, ho said, T w as iu jail' ’’ Just prior to the shooting, Spanell said, he went upstairs in iho Holland hotel at Alpine and saw Butler hurry ing cut of a room. Ho entered the room and found Mrs. Spanell clinging to a doorknob, looking pale. She re fused to tell him w-hat had happened, but promised to do so when they reached home. Going down slairs, Spanell sa d, h, met Butler and iimtcd him iuto their au!om< bile. After driving a short distance, Spanell said, lie asked Butler what he had done upstairs. Butler replied, “We just went up there to wash our hands—Mrs. Spanell, Mrs. Butler and I.” Hocal iug a previous instance, lie said, iu which Butler had denied speaking to Mrs. Spanell, although he had promised not to do so. Spanell testified, he said: “I suppose if Mrs. Spanell was not here you'd deny you were up there at all?” Here, Spanell said, Mr-. Spanell in terposed something alxjut. being in sulted. Butler, he said, attempted to keep' Mrs. Spaue 1 from talking. “Butler, you aro a liar," Spanell testified he said, Butler replied if Mrs. Spanell was not present he would “choke those words down,” Spanell's throat, and then, witness said: “He hit me a blow on the buck of the head and pushed my head down on the steering wheel. 1 remembered my pish 1 in the pocket. < f the car and remember I got it. "Butler and I grappled for the pis tol, l knew if he got It away from me lie won d kill Cry stal and me, too." Spunell said Butler gradually got the pistol away from him. Ho then got a small pistol fro mhis pocket. •1 just heard one slior. but we wrestled acres-, the seat. I was try ing t. prctect myself and wife. Clouds and veils then came over me, I was thrown out against a fence. 1 saw' Butler struggling with Crystal. I fired right at Butler. 1 don't know how many times. He fe 1 out of the car I grubbed Crystal. She didn't say anything. I thought she was dead." Counsel a-ked witness if he whs shooting ai Hutler and him alone, or was trying to sho t his wife. “No, ti, d knows 1 was not trying to shoot Crystal.' He said he tmild md remit ilefiniii ly everylhing that occurred. “I was in a daze." After a short recess cross-examina tion was begun and had not been com pleted when court recessed until to ne rrow Questioned by State's Attorney Wright, Spanell denied that he was ever “drunk." defended his wife's character, and said ho "was not play jug crazy to get sympathy." "Did Hull t shoot, your wife?" asked Wright. ‘ He's responsible tor her death. 1 stil -ay lie killed her. Ho more than killed me.” -0 ROOSEVELT ANXIOUS TO GET IN ACTION i BELIEVES IT ADVISABLE TO SEND TROOPS TO FRANCE WITHOUT UNNECESSARY DELAY. New York, April un.—Col. Theodore J loose vet upon his return here from Chicago today declared he hoped, as -Marshal Joffre had urged, that. Un people in this country would realize the necessity for sending without de lay an American force to the French front. “To keep all our men hero in .in lug for a year and then try to send them over as one army would mean, in the first place, a discreditable failure to do our duty during this year, and, furthermore, that the army when sent would be Inefficient," asserted Cole tie! Roosevelt. lie added that til se ill congress who oppose the raising immediately of “some divisions of vounteers" for service "will be repudiating the ad vice of Marshal Joffre" and endeavor ing t<- make this a paper war (in which we make speeches and let other men do the fighting. --o - — POOLING BOXCARS. Chicago, April oft An order which in effect pools the boxcars- or all rail roads for national use in any direc tion was issued t day by the special railroad commission if the National -Council of Defense. It suspends an order of February 31 designed to expedite the return of empty ears to home lines. The new order is said to be of great importance as increasing the flexibility of freight transp. rta tion. \mm\m | FORTY STATES REPRESENTED AT THE CONFERENCE HELD IN WASHINGTON. MIDDLEMEN BLAMED FflH HIGH FRIGES Under the Proposed Bill the Govern ment Would Have the Right to Force Speculators to Turn Loo?e Food Products and to Charge Only Fair Prices. Washinglon, April 3<i.—The admin istration's food control legislation was uitroduced today in both houses of congress. In the house U.hairiuaii Lever of the agriculture committee offered a bill to give the agricultural department dl reet supervision of food production and distribution. The program was put before the -onate in a resolution by Senator Gore, chairman of the ecn cte committee. The measures proposed do not cover price fixing o- control of gram en tering into the martufactwe of liquors, noth these subjects will be dealt with in measures to be drawn later. Twenty-five million dollars is asked for the agricu'ture department’* use in administering the program. Thu legislation calls for on immediate sur vey- of the country's food resources and confers power upon the department to prevent speculation and price manipu lation. it would provide for equitable d sirihutlon and would suspend the law prohibiting the mixing of olfour. It vvuld e*‘abli.s..i and enforce standards for agricultural produces «ind for fer tlii7.ers. Vnder the measures asked, the sec retary of ugric-liure could, if the gov rrnuient. thought it necessary, license or operate any business of manufac ture, storage or distribution of food, food material* or seeds. >He could CONTINUED ON PAGE SEVEN German Writer Endorses Position 'of President Article is DeOoted to the Entry of the United States Into the War and Warns People. Copenhagen, April 30, via London.— Maximilian Harden, the German “en fant terrible.” publishes in the latest issue of 'Die Zukunft another daringly frank arllcio exposing to German readers the “shams, pretences and mistakes'' of their government's policy. The article is devoted to the entry of the l.'nited Stall's into the war, which He it Harden warns the people must be taken m st. seriously, from the moral side, as u symptom <f the weakness of Germany's appeal to the neutral world, and the failure of her foreign po icy, and because of the physical aspects of tho weight that America will ultimately bo uble to throw into the scale, lie declares that Germany's peaco overtures were put forward only as a bridge over which Germany could pass. to relent less submarine warfare, llerr Harden has •: niy words of praise for .President Wilson and his policy, and reveals a slighting opinion of l>r. A fred Zlmmermanu, which he did not conceal at the time of Zim mermanu's elevation to ministerial rank. Another article b*f Herr Harden culminates in an appeal to Germany to put the interior of her house iu j order and introduce democratic con ditions, which the writer says is the only sure lva.sis for future peace. Scarcely less noteworthy hau his scathing criticism of German diplo macy (but not thut of Count von Bernsterff, former ambassador to the l nited States, whose work ho praises), • s Herr Harden’s justification to Ger man readers of America’s attitude dur ing the war and his demolition, for example, of the favorite pan-German arguments that the United States was inspired solely by dollar-ohasing and looked upon war on-y as a source for enormous profits from muuitious sup plies. The United States, Herr Harden continues, could have continued to amass unmeasured riches, not from munition contracts, from which only a minute part of its income was de rived, but as a world’s source of supply. Instead, ho adds, the United States chose for an Ideal to eject a continuance of its profitable neutrality to load itself with a burden of ex penditures which no oIIiot country could safely bear. Those who would profit—-Harden tells his readers—can be sought nearer he me, In the ranks of those wanting to retain Belgium, the Griey iron district, Courand and Livonia.