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rent that vacant room wrAT!'IkicAST People looking for rooms turn to (hr classified ads of tliu newspapers to t:ee what Is offered. Au ad iu the Forecast for Arkansas — Tuesday Sentinel-Record is almost sure to cloudy, probably local showers in east bring you a customer, THE ONLY NEWSPAPER IN HOT SPRINGS THAT RECEIVES THE FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT OVER LEASED WIRES K°we5n2d.£ °T P°r* VOLUME XXXIV. __ HOT SPR1NGS( ARKANSAS, TUESD AY MORNING, MAY 22, 1917. NUMBER 313 Dynamite Was Resorted to in An Effort to Stop the Fire and Scoresof Houses Were Blown Up. Seventy-Five Blocks Were Devastated and the Loss is Estimated at Between Two and Three Million Dollars—At lanta Announces She Will Not Need Outside Help. Atlanta, Oa. May 1*1 I .1 r, thaf •tarted in an obscure negro ec uii of the It yat Decatur stne just 1,1 i of port street this afternoon, burueil several bp cks > f stual bouses clean jumped over five low brick building and a r> w of small shacks and swept on unobstructed uu> 1 it reached the better residence s»* tions. and tonight at S o'clock was two blink beyond Ponce tic I asm avenue and not under control. The fire fighters, w i in eluded hundreds of soldiers, tonight were ajded by an abatement of the wind, but by no mean- had mas ered the flames, whbli many feared would not be conquered until they burned themse vas out at the edge of i*ied wont park, a large open space iu the northeastern section of the city TiiotoMtmiK or p»'-* os tonight were homeless and are being fed and quai tered .n public buildings by the lted <Yo» and a committee , f Atlanta men Apinrixlniatcly 7.r> blocks were devastated, but the arira cannot be correctly estimated by blinks, as after the fight at Ponce do n aventu the Haines skirted that thoroughfare on the south side of the street f r s me distance. The lows at 8 o’clock was estimated at from H’.fHfO.bOO to 8,l,0ov.mm. but persons familiar with real estate values stated that any cstiraa o a' th s time was nothing more than g'les. work. The flames did not at ta< k the more exclusive residence sc Hons, nut a large part of tin devasta te n was in neighborhoods i mpo-ed largely of homes ranging In value fr m Iiv.Vmi t<, fi. noo. Scores of pretty homes Hi a com parat ive y now soot Ion of the city to night were being blown up with dyn.i mile Id stop tile fire, hut four h tin of Hi work had not resulted in much sucre s. The o tifiagra lon was eat in." up Ininie afler home, ni re slowly than In the afternoon, when driven lr a high wind, hut moving forward re leiitlcssly. The dynamiting began *t Houle |\at<t Place at about 1 o'clo* k. bul the ! lighters soon were driven tuo k two I ! 1 ks o P nee i|c Lem avenue, where the greate-t effort wa- made. Aided In the wide avenue and the slowly-dying wind, so diers, f.rcracu ami innate citizens blew up blocks of houses Once or twice a home on the mrih side of the street would < a>ch fire, but for almost two hours those sporadic < utbreuks were top ped Later, h wever, the flumes gained a foothold across the street, swept on a block to Vedo way and moved on m a northeasterly direction Between Kdgewood avenue and lie atur street at the star! of the fire, the flames »unfilled themselves to the section between Boulevard and Hill ard street. At Hklgew oil they [mined vit*.f*ard as tar as Prospect Place in spo's. wiping out a block now and then. Practically the entire sec tion txiundcd by Hilliard street on Iho west, Prospect Place in the east, Kdecwood avenue on the south ami North avenue on the north, was laid w ante. On Ns rfli avenue. North .la ks n street became the western boundary and w th a slight change in the wind the fire moved steadily oil in a north easterly direction. It never got nearer Peuchtree street, the main thorough fare of the city, than seven hi cks. al though at times a momentary change of wind threatened in that direction Firemen had lacti fighting a small blaze in the leg Vlanta cotton ware house, where a gre.M des i military supplies are > ton d, and at the same t me six resnlen < - it Wist end were burning when the alarm came n front the PccHtUi street box. As many as could - spared were sent to this sc. ,mil tail I is doubtful if the entire department count have checked the flame- that, driven b> a high wind. ■ airly at< up the small houses upon which ruin had n 't fallen in many days. Th-- blaze started in the Skinner Storage Company's plant, which is a! Two Nurses Killed on Armed Merchantman Were TWo Hundred Feet From Gun Which Was Firing at a Target. i New York, May HI An expl1 siun d'uln practice firing I « -un on an American armed uiercliuiuunin ut 1.1 Sunday afternoon caused the deaths of Mrs iKdHh Ayers and Mi-* tlclen lliirni'tt Wood of Chicago. American ltpd Cross nuo-es, bound for war duly in Kranee, and Injuries to Miss T.'Tiitna Mat/.en, another nurse, of Colunibu-. Neb. The steamship, only one day * ut front New York, returned here t flay and u naval Investigation is underway to determine the cause of the a* e • (1* n!. I noffieisl reports were that a tie teethe ahull wiu- responsible T lie n"<uint had it that the shell exp oded . Prematurely after leaving the gun. mother that a breach explosion oc curnd. , It was learned, however, 'that the k OpillI n of those < n board the ship 1V/C i competent to judge was that the I 4|f' ' 1 was in,- defect M e. bat that n • unexplainable manner a portion ,,e structure of the cartridge had i diverted from Us course boom orwig fin Iron. The shell itself hit the murk, it was said. >mt fragments of iirnss apparently iron) the metal dine ilia- separates the p wder charge from the she! were picked out >1 iho flesh of the three women The gun itself a I 7 iin li was not damaged, according to the accounts One of the two women killed wus struck in the heart anil the other in ihe head They siood •-’<)!) feet away from the gun. They were members of the base hospital No. 17. ,\laj- r l-’rederi' k Healey pn lessor of surgery in Northwestern university, commander of the unit, declared the ;.ii,i crew was not aware that anybody had been killed until so informed, which seems to dispose of the theory that i was a breech explosion Major Healey said that ihe morale of ihe nurses and surgeons alter the accident and since was splendid M s Mat (ten received prompt and skil ful at tent Kn and :■ aid to lx recovery at ihe New York navy card hospital, where slm was taken on the arrival of ihe step most surrounded by small frame bouses. When i lie f amps had jumped urrc-s Hdgewo il avenue and were being driven with incredible rapidity toward the better sections cf the dt> a gen eral call for aid went out. Fire de partments at Chattanooga, Macon, An-u-ta, N'ewnau. (la, Marietia, (la, and Griffin, (la., were asked to send aid Fort McPherson was called tipi u for ai! the men that could be spared, business houses were asked to send trucks to haul extra hose and any the- supplies, and private automo biles w-ere offered by the score. 'I he . >00 men in the officers' re serve corps aud most of the members* of ills FTth. Georgia guardsmen were sent in fr m the fort and entered into tin work lustily, as many of them were working to save their ow n homes or dwellings of re stives. New spaper men sent into the area telephoned akng with other report*- that their own homes in many instances liad been destroyed. Vagaries of the wind caused great, alarm in sections that afterward proved safe, and tonight for blocks on all sides of the area of destruction household go* ds were piled in every conceivable pla> e. These were guard ed in most cases by soldiers w ho were also pressed In all ktuds of work. Several hundred buckets were rushed to Ponce de Leon avenue when the fire centered there. Much soldier wa*-* supplied with cue, and as a tiny blaze started on a roof these men were rushed to it. lit was by such de tailed nielli- (Is as these that checked the daze at the avenue for so long a t ine. The presence of the soldiers U re ting traffic, guarding household good, and keeping people from the danecr /one gave almost the appear ance of martial law. As far as had been reported tonight good order was maintained everywhere ami there were n attempt! at looting. Tonight several blazes could be seen In the northeastern section of the city, but they were being quick..' handled, and acres of what formerly boro beautiful homes laid waste by dynamite a< ted <u- a safeguard against further general devastation. Tonight the city is virtually under martial law administered by hundreds of soldiers who have been training a; Fort McPherson, or national guards men in camp here, acting under tin (IrecUon » f Pol. Charles It. Noves, l S A , who officially is under the guid ance of the chief of police. Thousands of home ees persons to night were being fed and housed in the Auditorium armory, the negr Odd Fellows ball and in hundreds ol private homes. The most. <f them aved only what they could carry, a liou» '’hold goods piled up n the l.eets iti advance of the flames were devoured in the rush of the cottflagra Mill. I For six hours dynamite was re sorted to and it fina iy won the fight, fire-fighting apparatus ►cut from other t ties was of some aid <tiid will be of nn re, as acre after acre of smoldering ruins tonight await water to make them safe. Only one death had been retried tonight. Mrs. 1 lodges died of shock after her home burned. Sixty injured persons were taken to hospital*-, but it was reported none was seriously hurt. In a statement to the Associated Press V night Mayor Asa <1. Candler stated that he had fully investigated the reports that the lire was of an incendiary origin. • There is nothing wliaten * ts eup port the theory." -Mayor Candler said. The fact that three fires were burn ing ut practically the same time, it is believed, lent strength to the in cendiary reports ■ Atlanta greatly appreciates offers of aid that already have come, but we call handle the relief situation without ii," Mayor Asa t*. t andler said tonight in a statement to the Associated IT1*-s. .Mayor Cand er also declared that Atlanta could take care of its home less a ml that while the many offers * I outside helii were appreciated, that It would lie unneeessry to take advan tage of them. All officials agreed that a great deal of relief work would have to lie done tomorrow. Many people tonight were being emporarily eared for w hp w ere expected to ask aid tomorrow. An emergency fund ws started tonight, and it was announced that a meeting would be held tomorrow to further the re ief work. The small numbers of casualties re port d tonight were regarded by i+*‘d Cross and Aharity workers as mio ot lb** ruo.t ■uusual leatures of the im uiense f ’/ Sums sixty person, had con a ex minted for t night as haviug been takJh to 1 pita ■* 1 < uH J m 1 IRELAND III SETTLE HER OWN AFFAIRS BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO CALL A CONVENTION OF IRISHMEN TO FRAME A CONSTITUTION. TO INCLUDE ALL SECTIONS,'. CREEDS AND FACTIONS Old Animosities Arc Lacking in the Dis. cussion of the Question in Both Houses—Selection of a Chairman Promised to Be a Hard Job. London, May 21.- For the first time in 'modern history the destinies of Ire land are to be placed lu the hands ot me Ji hnieii alone. The British prime mm tei, David LlyodOeorge, an nouiict d to the house of commons to day tliat tine government w'dl call u convention ot lrisltmeu to frame a con stitution for Ire lend and if Irishmen are able to agree upon any cheme for tho administration uf tikem country, wi'u au-eolpf to’enaig it into '\egtsla t*on without delay. All sections, parties, < reeds wnd factions, with clergymen and laymen as wed as politic ians and even revolutionists of the Sinn Keiu ot it- y, wdl bo invited to got together. if Hi's final attempt isuecerds, a po lUii'al miracle will have been accom plished. There is no great optimism apiiaront respecting the success of the plan, for Ulster stands where site hos alway s stood. (Sir Jumai Lonsdale, whip uf the Irish unionists, predicted tho same old deadlock, declaring that Ul ster would not be driven into a home title parliament and predicting that Du- nationalists will not couseni to the exclusion of six Ulser counties. But if tin- aHempt.s fad, the failure will deprive the ancient, charge triai J< 11:i Bull' creator isloud is the “op pie,- ■ or1 of much ot its force, and it i- pointed on- that Ireland could hard ly be nailed before r lie European peace touference a another Poland, while Amerlui and the colonies can no longer rc-protulh tfreat Britain with having ueg:ected to set her own house m or itot ii houses of ixtrlliillieut discussed Ireland today uit.li hardly a npple ru he old animosities and ft nils dis tru ing their harmony. "‘The patient, must admiinlster to nimself," 'su'd Mr. l,lo>d-tiuorge. A loteuortliy feature of discussion was tn agreement Bhat, politicians must ylHy a secondary part to the .men from it her walks of life. The premier spe cified the nationalist tactions of Whlcu Idhn Redmond and William O'Brien ire the leaders, the l ister uii'onists, he (southern unionists and tlio Sinn Seiners as tlm political bodies which diould he represented in tlio conven ion, hut said tliut the government con sidered it most, impor’ant tiiiiat repre ■i tiiatives of le al governing bodies, lie churches, trades unions and eom nercia , educational interests should itarticipa tv. Mr. Redmond agreed in ill s policy tud the veteran home ruler even ot ered to obligate himself in the in u res - of harmony. But the house lefused loudly to accept h‘s offer. Kveu laird Bansdow uv. who ha.- been .barged by some ulBiu the wreckage d Mr. I loy d-iieurge s previous work if reconciliation, told the lords that lie road to home rule hud been srav ided too far for turning back aud re ferred to the importance of failing Hie lask Hi those w ho are our friends in America. “ The conception of the convention for ill Ireland finds toi Us inspiration the making of the union of South Vfrica after the Boer war, when tile British i.nd the Uidcaiiders, whose cnuiHy iheii certuui y equaled liiai of the Irish fa tinn-. were able to thra> Ih out a const Ru" ion Kor the position of chairman of the convention a colonial tniglit wield trotig influence for tier nwuiv, and Baron Shaugluiessy, presi u«at of the -Canadian Pacific Railroad ('ompauv. wlio was born m the l ulled Mates o, Irish parents, is mentioned, as also ero ex Premier Asquith end Lord IKmouighmoro, w1ito have specie.! laleuU for a position requiring large Parliamentary experience uud tnucli diplomacy. 'It is e>peoted that iihe selec ion., for the membership of the convention w ill be made within a week. The sessions will he behind dosed doors, for which the premier oiled n. precedents it ho framing of tiio ^institu tions of the United States Canada and the Union of South Africa. But the exclusion of reporters wtbten John Red nvond, Sir Edward Carson and William O’Brien with itdveir followers and poe s’bly some of the leaders of last year’s revolution and Catholic priests with Presbytei ian-8 and Church of Ireland clergymen are assembled as a deliber ate body under llie same roof will draw the curtain before the mo t re markable political drama in In h an nals. NEARLY ALL FACTIONS IN IRE LAND PLEASED WITH PRO POSED CONVENTION. Dublin, May 21.—The proposed con vention is .warm y welcomed by ainto > all sections of the nationalists. Mr. ‘Redmond's speech accurately repr. seats the view of his supporters in the Irish party. The constitutional nationals!s who are now- opposed to that party and who have marked their temporary dissatisfaction by voting for Sinn Fein candidates are equally in favor of the convention. Count Plunkett and other extremists repudiate the convention as a trap, hut there is reason to believe that Sinn Fein leaden- now in jail disap prove of their conduct on the move ment so that they do not represent the real body of extremists. The unionists express delight at the convention. They are strongly op posed to the partition ePlreland w hich wou d isolate them, and are anxi. us for an opportunity to make claims for spnctal treat menu which *o far have not been definitely formulated. The real crux of the situation is to be found in northeast Ulster. -- o— GOVERNMENT MAKES ALLOTMENT OF BONDS EACH CITY TO BE AWARDED A SUM TO ABOUT 6 PER CENT OF ITS BANKING RESOURCES. ■Washington, IMay 21.—‘Definite allot ments of Liberty lx>uds have been pieced tentatively, It was revealed to day by the treasury department, posite names of chief cities of tne country varying from a few million dol lars up ito approximately $750,00,000 In the case of New York. Those allot ments represent the sum Wtikfli tu the opinion of treasury officials should he subscribed l>y the population of the various cities. Thcyi were obtained by compulations Involving the tola', resoinre** of all hanks of the city, na tional and state, trust companies and private institutions, and make liberal allowances for failure of any one com munity to take its full quota of the bonds. Allotments have been computed by federal reserve districts, anil (the cen tral headquarters of each section of the country w ill he the federal reserve bank or the district. Inasmuch as the itotal resources of all financial Institutions 1n the country are placed at approximately $35,000. 000,000, it was estimated tflio firs of fering of bonds -would remilt. In Ohio contribution by the public of a sum equal to about <5 per cent of the total banking resources of the countrj Tim big subscription. It was policed out. however, -will not resutft In a di-muni tion of bunk resources to this extent, as the proceeds will bo re-deposited ito a large extent in the financial institu tions through which subscript ions w ill find their wax ,to the federal reserve banks and the treasury. CONFEREES FAIL TO AGREE ON ESPIONAGE BILL /Wash-ug ton, iMuy 21. Another naz of vigorous argument on the espionage bill by- senate and house conferees was fruitless today and the conference ad jaunted until ’Wednesday. Provision* Still iii dispute include tilie newspaper censorship, export embargo and searen warrant legislation and the Beat ion au thorizing urn* of the army und mix; to prevent interference with foreign com merce. House republicans will caucus 'omor row on the attitude to be taken toward the senate's censor-hip amendment. There was strong opposition from -'lie republican side to the administration s censorship pan wfak-u the bill xxas be lore the house. CALM FOLLOWS SUCCESS OF IOL BRITISH FORCES Famous Hindenburg Line With Except ion of Two Thousand Yards Now in British Hands __ x Italians Keep Up Their Offensive Against the Austrians in an Effort to Reach Triest. All Fighting Along the Russian Battle Front Seems to Have Come to a Standstill. _ New York, 'May 2L - -Another of the per.oils (ii comparative < aim that have always followed attainment by tho British troops of their immediate ob jectives has fallen over the entire fighting front between Arras and Queanl. Here the British now are resting unhampered by the Germans, except t’.v artillery fighting on various sectors, consolidating their lhiew and making ready for another p.-ungc to ward the Drocourt-Cjneani sve.tch i ue. as they rest the British are steered In the possess ')'• of a ; of lit famous Himieuburg due e.v.ipt a Is ut ^ lino yards t it direct!'. we. i ■" Builecourt, where another heavy • at tie must be fo.tgh> before the enemy tan he dislodged and sent eastward Likewise along the southern end of Hie line held by Hie French Monday passed in comparative quiel except in Champagne, where the Germans iiomiiarded heavily the trenches taken from them by the French in Sunday's fighting near Moronvillers. Neither side launched an infantry attic k dur nig the day. iJa the Austro-Itnlian theater the ' Austrians keep up un'ir heavy bom hardment in the Trentiuo sector, evi dently in an attempt to distract at tention of the Italians from the offen sive tliny are engaged ill from Tolnnno to the sea with their objective Triest, Austria's principal seaport on the Adriatic. The figh'ing si ill is furious m the latter region, with both the Italian and Am Irian war offices claiming successes for their respective forces. Vienna asserts that all Italian efforts to advance between Vodke and Baicaiio resulted in complete failure and not a foot of territory was gained. Near Monte Santo and on the Vodice the Italians penetrated Austrian posi tions, but later were repulsed with heavy losses, says Vienna. On the other hand the Italians claim the cap ture of a hill between Palliova and ;^y Hih \o and mi extension of * positions on tho Vodiee. jar On tiie front in Macedonia artillery duel*- continue at various points and? i lull'd infantry engagements are''*"’ taking place. There apparently lias been a return^* ui 'lie period of quiet on the line fro^W the Ha tic sea down into Rumania held^ by the Teutonic allies and the Rusk* siaiu- The fighting, which started the end of the week in the Volhyuianw fortress sector and in tho north the region of Milan, seemingly ended ^ almost 'with in* commencement. Air*'*' the official reports from this front119* sa\ there have been merely rifle fir... ing and scouting operations. -o ITALIAN COMMISSION BEACHES UNITE© STATE® Washingt* n. May 21.—The Ilallai war commission headed by Prince I dine, first cousin of King Victor Emmanuel, will arrive in Washington *' Wednesday at an hour to be an- l nounced later. ^ J" The fact that the commission had landed safely on this continent t>«* came known officially today throug)|| ; the State Department, ore of it* memi.ers, Enrico Arlotta, minister of transportation in the Italian cabinet, already js hero, and has had prelims’ nary conference*, with govornmeol officia s. I Arrangements foi receiving and en tertaining the visitors have been made by a departmental committee. The mission is coming on a visit of courtesy and to discuss with Ameri can officials, particularly e£><cperation in dealing with shipping and footJ problem*, and the adjustment of rates ! of exchange. -©-'—- - TAFT’S SON ENLISTS. * — J ! New Haven, Conn., ,\l«y 21.—Chart i* i I’ Taft, II., oil <4 fomroer Presideat Taft, <md a junior in Yale College, was enlisted for the artillery branch of the reg'dor army today. || ■ i .. IF YOU ARE LIABLE FOR : DRAFT READ THIS CLOSELY _ Briefly, hero is tho way the now army will be raised by soloitlou: All nun, regardless of race or nationality, who have attained their twcniy-iirst birthday, and who have not reached their thirty-first birthday by* Juno 5, must register in tlieir homo voting precincts on that date. If sick, they must register by proxy. If ab sent from the city, they must register ny mad. No man has the privilege of judg ing his « wn qualifications under this registration. Kven if you are certain you cannot perform mi itary duty, you nevertheless must register. Registrars have no authority to exempt anyone. They merely conduct tho registrat.on Ajiter this registration, the < ards will be gone over by a civil hoard Kxeniplhiis will lie made there. The causes for exemption include "those In a sal us with respect to peivona dependent upon them for support which renders their exclusion or dis ■ Itarge advisable." There will be a •ataril to which appeal may be made if anyone feels an injustice has been done him It is unlawful to fai to register if within the age limits, and it fe equally unlawful to register falsely if younger or Ider than the ages fixed. I’r bably several weeks will elapse before al the registration cards are gone over. At a proper time, those selected for military duty will bo uotifled directly I and ordered to report at a certain j place on a ccriuiu date. Secretary Baker has declared the men selected will nut lie called before September 1. Do not confuse, the rogiotrati'-n with the call for service. AI - r military ago must register: only one in ten, approx.matoly, mill be culled President Wilson is authorized to call 1.000,000 men for military duty l,y the selective system. Two calls are to be issued. 500,000 men at a time, in additiou, the president la authorized to call enough men to or ganize reserve batta ion* for forces at the front, so as to keep the flighting regiments at full strength This may mean hno.ooo more men If voluntary enlistments do not bring the regular army and the national guard to full war strength, the bill authorizes the president to complete she quota by (selective service system.