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Secretary of War Baker Gives Out Statement
Officially-American Regular Army and Na
tional Guard Proceedings as Planned—Success
Allies on All Lines.
Oct. 1—Complete'
and official confirmation that the new ;
British advance in the Ypres salient j
now threatens definitely the German j
communications upon the Belgian
forces to the entente on all fronts. The j
uutstanding feature of the recent en- j
gagements, the secretary asserts, is
"the wastage of the man power of the j
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coast came from Secretary of War
Baker today.
In line with his plan of issuing a
weekly official review of the general
situation the secretary today made
public his general analysis of the en
tire situation as affecting the various
movements. It emphasizes the fact
that the Initiative seems to have pass
ed entirely from the Austro-German
. , ......
The secretary also states that the |
national armies and national guard j
movements in this country are pro- i
ceedlng as planned. The text of his (
statement was as follows;
"The secretary of war authorized
the following statement, dealing with
military activities in Europe for the 1
week ending September 29;
"The Ypres salient continues
center of military interest along the
western front.
"The battle of Menin road,
promised to he one of the great hat- ;
ties of the war, is following its nor
d u> i
mal course. Last week we recorded :
the gains of the British in this sector,
In this week we must note the desper
ate attempts made by Germans to re
lake the lost positions.
"The Ostend-Lllle railway which in
a large measure feeds the German nav- •
al bases at Ostend and Zeebrugge, the
latter the home port of the German 1
submarine flotillas, now
their enemies was conclusively proved
during the engagements of the past
"The battle of Menin road, further
more, shows that the lighting stamina
in j
thls sector, the British captured 4.- |
848 prisoners, including 128 officers.
"Along the French front, particular
ly in the Aisne sector of Braye-Cerny- I
Hurtebise, artillery duels of Intense I
violence are reported.
"Beginning Sunday the constantly
Increasing violence of the attacks
reached a culmination on the 27th in- ;
high seas
comes within the range of the Brit
ish guns.
"The superiority of the British over
of the Germans is deteriorating, not
that the enemy did not display greater
skill and dogged determination in its
repeated counter attacks.
"During the recent operations
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slant when seven powerful onslaughts
by the picked 'storm battallions' of the
enemy endeavored vainly to regain the
lost objectives. The village of Zon
nebeke, the center of the conflict, is
now firmly held by the British.
"It is evident that the efforts of
the enemy in this sector are not ac
tuated entirely by the desire to regain
terrain of little more than tactical
value, nor must their persistent at
tacks be considered merely the normal
reaction of a modern field engage
ment, in which counter attack invari
ably follows upon attack, but rather
It is to be noted that the enemy real
i ze s fully the immense strategic 1m
portance of the broad thrust along the
Meuin road,
"Tliis new British advance in the
Ypres salient now definitely threatens
t , enemy . B line of communications
to the Belgian coast.
"The enemy attempted an attack tip
on the French outposts on the right
bank of the Meuse. This attack was
partially successful. • and certain Ger
portance were north of Verdun, where
the enemy made use of liquid fire in
an effort to record some distinct suc
cent engagements is the wastage of
the man power of the enemy,
"If we compare the combat front of
Verdun in 1916, held by 12 German
divisions, with the combat front along
the Aisne in 1917, held by 14 divisions,
both of practically the same length, it
is found that during the same period
of time, from May to September. 1916
and 1917, respectively, the enemy en
man units gained a foothold in the
French center where a violent combat
took place, which ended in the French
regaining the lost positions.
"Along the whole French front Ger
man storm contingents harrassed the
French lines, though their attacks
were everywhere repulsed.
"The operations of maximum im
"The outstanding feature of the re
gaged along the Verdun front 25 new
divisions last year; along the Aisne
35 divisions, this year.
"So great has the wastage of enemy
forces become, the time proved me
chanical means of the allies and the
perfection of their methods of com
hat, that Germans are obliged to main
line in the west, at least forty divis
principal battle front of the war. It
is strongly held by the enemy and his
defensive strength, while shaken, re
mains powerful. ,
"Emulating their German allies the
Austrians have made desperate efforts
to regain the ground which the Ital
ians have taken during their offensive
of the past few weeks.
"The Italians have now completed
the occupation of the entire Bainsizzai
plateau and are consolidating their
tain in reserve as a minimum guar
antee for the safety of their battle
"The western front thus remains the
positions there.
"Along the other sectors of the Ital
ian fronts in the Trentino and the
Julian Alps, the enemy made various
minor assaults, which were easily re
"News from Russia continues slight.
Further reinforcements of the enemy
forces are recorded in the Riga sec
tor, and indications are that the Ger
mans contemplate extending their
gains across the Dwina.
"The German offensive was halted
'after the capture of Riga, apparently
to resume the Roumanian campaign
with a view to completing the con
quest of Moldavia and if possible push
ing on into Bessarabia in order to
seize the rich grain and supplies
which are known to be stored there.
"No reports received indicate any
unusual activity along the Roumanian
front, where the situation remained
unchanged during the week.
"From Macedonia we have no news
The heat during the
of Importance,
past week has prevented much activ
"However, a raid by the combined
FVench and Albanian contingents, tiie
latter belonging to the forces of Essad
Pasha, carried out in the Skumbia
valley, should be mentioned.
"The mobilization of the national
guard in their camps is proceeding and
the reorganization of the divisions Is
taking place. This reorganization Is
necessitated by the conditions of the
present war and requires larger regi
ments and working machinery and
other units not typical heretofore.
Some misunderstanding of the reor
ganization has arisen ; but its pur
pose and military necessity are being
explained and the division command
ers are doing their utmost to preserve
the local associations and historic
memories of these state forces.
"The Assembling of the national
army in the cantonments has gone on
with smoothness and success. Equip
ment difficulties are not serious and
are being rapidly overcome. The most
obvious shortage is in rifles; hut an
adequate supply for all purposes will
soon be at hand and no delay in train
ing results from the shortage. All of
the oversea forces are adequately sup
LONDON, Oct. 1—After a lull of
nearly seven months on the Mesopo
tamian front the British are again up
on tile offensive against the Turks.
The fighting reported in today's dls
I patches from that zone was regarded
by military experts as the beginning
of the British autumn and winter cam
Already the British have advanced
more than sixty miles in a northwes
terly direction from Bagdad, the Turks
falling back and surrendering in great
One whole Turkish army, together
with its commander in chief, Ahmed
Bey, were caught by the brilliant man
euvers of General Maud, the British
commander in chief and compelled to
The German air raid made over Lou
don last night-—the fifth within a week
—was marked by thrilling battles
high in the clouds between British
and German aviators.
It was unofficially reported
today that at least one and perhaps
three of the German machines had
been shot down.
The eleven persons killed in the
raid on Saturday night brought the
total of fatalities from German air
raids over British soil up to 845. Not
counting the unsuccessful air efforts
against England 32 disastrous attacks
have been made since the war began.
1—So heavy were the
German losses on the west Flanders
front from September 20 to September
27 that ten German divisions (150,000
men) had to be withdrawn for com
plete reorganization, according to ad
vices from the correspondent of the
Petit Journal today.
Seven of the divisions were nearly
wiped out by British attacks, while
the losses of the other three were sus
tained in counter attacks.
On September 23, when 15,000 Ger
man troops attacked,
of the men were lost, it was declar
ed by' captured German officers.
The Germans have ordered the civ
ilian population to evacuate the vil
sixty per cent
lages of Roulers, Hoog Ledge and
Moorstedt, behind their front in Bel
Strike Committee
Leaves for West
Will Spend Two Months and Hopes To
Adjust All Questions Dividing Labor
and Capital.
(I. N. S. Leased Wire)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1—President
Wilson's special committee appointed
to seek adjustment of labor difficulties
that now are retarding work in war
industries, left Washington early to
day for the west on a two month's tour
of districts affected by strikes and
threatened tieups
The commission, headed by Secre
tary of Labor Wilson, first will direct
its energies toward settling the troub
les in the copper mines of Arizona and
will proceed direct to Phoenix. Con
ferences will be held there between
j operators of the Clifton and Morenci
j mining properties, and an effort will
be made to secure agreement on wage
Great Coal Strike
Settled Yesterday
Eighteen Thousand Workmen Return
As Result of Conference Held
Washington und Lexington.
(I- N. S. Leased Wire)
LEXINGTON, Ky.. Oct. 1—The
strike of 18,000 coal miners of Kentuc
ky and Tennessee was reported at
noon today to have been settled as a
result of conferences here and in
Washington, D. C.
Families of many of the miners who
have been on strike several weeks are
reported to be in a pitiful condition.
The miners killed in the riot be
tween strikers and sheriff's posse yes
terday were said today to he Grant
and Lother Shipman.
Luther Shipman was a leader of the
United Aline Workers. Miners are cir
culating a story that the two were
called to the door of their homes and
shot to death by the posse.
(International News Service)
Colo., Oct. 2—Occupying
a floor space of more than eight acres.
Denver has opened the largest sheep
sheds in the world. The only exer
cises dedicating the immense struc
ture was the turning in" of nearly
35,000 sheep into the pens on the up
per and lower decks.
The building is double decked, and
constructed so that other decks
be added if required. At present the
shed lias a capacity of 350.000 head
It is of solid concrete, reinforced by
steel; is 490 feet long and 380 feet
The structure cost $450,000.
Irigoyan to Call
S. A. Conference
['resident of Argentine Would Have
Southern Continent Act in Concert
in War.
(I. N. S. Leased Wire)
BUENOS AIRES, Oct. 1.—Argentina
today faces a long delay before Presi
dent Irigoyan takes any decisive ac
tion upon the congressional resolu
tion for a break with Germany.
In addressing a deputation that had
presented him with a petition demand
ing an immediate rupture with Ger
many President Irigoyan said he pro
posed calling a conference of the
South American nations to act in con
The president's policy as revealed
for the first time, is this:
"If Argentina enters the war she
should not do so on account of the
Luxburg incident alone, but on the
grounds of humanity and justice. Also
Argentina should not play any sub
sidiary role, but should
ounce of her man power and resources
into the prosecution of the most vig
orous military campaign possible.''
CHICAGO, Oct. 1—Twenty countri
es of South America will be in the
war on the side of the allies within
a year, according to John Barrett, di
rector of the Pan-American Union,
who is in Chicago today.
"Brazil, Bolivia, Panama, Uruguay,
Cuba and Costa Rico have essentially
broken off diplomatic relations with
Germany." Barrett said, "and Guate
mala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti and
the Dominican republic have practic
ally the same attitude,
now on the verge of severing relations
will carry with her Chili, Peru and
"Of the remaining five countries,
Venezuela, Columbia, Equador, Salva
dor and Mexico all lean strongly to
ward the United States and the allies."
House Adopts the
Conference Report
Leador Kitchen Explains At Length
j The Compromises Beached By The
Uon forces.
(I. N. S- Leased Wire)
WASHINGTON. Oct. 1—Without a
dissenting vote the house this after
noon adopted the conferees' report on
the $2,700,000,000 war revenue bill, af
ter several hours of explanation of its
various features.
Majority Leader Kitchen and others
spoke at length on the compromises
reached by the conferees and stated
that house conferees report was un
After the perfunctory reading of
the statement in the conference report
on the bill Majority Leader Kitchen
opened discussion on the bill by an
attac k on the newspapers of the coun
try' for exposing the details of the de
liberations of the conferees, supposed
to he secret.
Mr. Kitchen predicted that if the
* war lasted a year more war profits
taxes would have to be increased even
more. He explained at length the
compromise reached by the conferees.
of Draft Law Is Up
j Supreme Court Met Yesterday And
Will Consider Question lu a Few
I Bays.
(1. N. S. Leased Wire)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1—With a de
cision on the constitutionality of the
selective draft law one of the tasks
before it, the United States supreme
court, which has been in recess since
June, formally reconvened today. No
business was transacted, as the couFt,
following immemorial custom, ad
journed at once to enable Chief Jus
tice White and his associates to pay
their annual formal call upon the
Attorney General Gregory has let
it be known that he would move the
court on the first opportunity to ad
vance the cases involving the consti
tutionality of the draft law, and it is
believed the court will set them for a
very early hearing.
Villa Captures
Mexican Town
Smelted Gold and Silver—Grinding
Wheat Into Flour In the Mills—
Soldiers Hauling Grain.
(I. N. S. Leased Wire.)
EL PASO, Oct. 1—Francisco Villa,
with a force of 500 men, has captured
Rosario, Durango, and has taken full
charge of the operation of the flour
mills and a small smelter as well as
other industries there.
Villa is having his soldiers haul
thousands of bushels of grain from
Rio Florida to Rosario mills where it
is being made into flour. He also has
smelted a large quantity of gold and
silver bullion.
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