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4 ASHDOWJi UKOCERY CO.J X 1'lic Cheapest and Best 1 ^ X Place in Town to Buy X 1 - % Your Groceries.******* 2 JASIIDOIW GROCERY CO.+ River N ews. SEMI-WEEKLY X ASHDOWN GROCERY CO,* X You Save 5 I’er Cent + X if you buy for CASH % X from us..—Phone 1-t. J X ASHDOWN GROCERY CO.* GRAVES & GRAVES, Editors. ASHDOWN, LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, ARKANSAS. S, Y APRIL 1:3, 1918. VOLUME XX. NUMBER ! MORE THAN $^4,1.%0 SUBSCRIBED TO THIRD L 4^RTY LOAN IS CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE CAMPAIGN GROWING Hard to Keep Pace v. II *1 Work <>i Various Committees—Baaks Are Busy Taking Loans. Little River county lias gor.o oyer j the top by n. wide margin and Is still bitting up the pace. The county's quota is $100,250. The total subscrip tions according to available figures received by the nosv News lotais 144,— 150. Salas Director R. P. Lindsay, says the! 1‘. V<e retched $145,000, but the News has failed to get all the figures in order to give proper credit to the various communities. Mr. Lind say stated Thursday that the sales di vision hoped to bring the total up to $200,000 before the close of the cam- , pnign, which will ba on May 4. The Loan Organizetion expect.3 to get a ; big ever subscription in the nation and will take the full amount in order that the next loan may not come so soon. 1 According to the approximate fi gures' received before going to press the different communities are credited with the following amounts. A num- j her of these communities will be ere- ; elite! to Ashdown, especially the rn- J ra.l communities having no banks', but we are not placing them with the Ash down list at this time. * Approximate figures. Foreman . Ashdown . Ogden . Richmond . Arden . Cerro Gordo . Winthrop . AHone . Wilton . Steel’s Chapel . Elmore . Hicks . $52,000 50,000 7.000 10,200 2,500 2.000 5,400 2 000 7.000 2,700 2,250 1.000 Total.$114,150 Honor lloll. We are publishing an honor roll of those who have subscribed at Ashdown til rough the local banks and at Ogden, '"he Ashdown list was furnished ns by the oommittee without tlie amounts a they though". -t i.est to publish it that way. The News hoped to be able to give each subscriber credit for the amount subscribed: F. Li. Chauncy, Dan Phillips, Tom Fitzgerald, Robert Holman, A. B. Bishop, W. C. Wilson, W. A. Ander son, Wilbert Johnson, V. M. Crouch. Geo. Hunter, Mrs. C. E. Prior, Geo. Edwin Steel, Mrs. Mollie G. Fowlkes, B. S. Thrash, Boyd Melius, Walter Hinton, T. B. Fowlkes, A. C. Stephens, E. Metcalf. Albert Hinton, Jim Thrash, Mrs. O. Leslie, O. Leslie, U. L. Boyer, Mrs. G. A. Orton, W. J. Waldo, D. ,J. Morgan. Henry James, Ike Jackson, Merlon Henry, Miss Carrie Bearden, A. ,T. Bearden, J. Vv. Quarels, Wade Welch, G. B. Welch, Jno. Phillips. Geo. I!. Capp:. R. J. Welch, V. F. Welch, T. E. McCray. Mrs. Glen F. Walace, Glen F. Wallace, Jno. Carl stead, Jack Phi'lips, Clyde Head:, Mrs. Clyde Head, Hey Parker, Ed Wilson, A. S. Fellows, Ed Willson, W do Barber, J. It. But ler, W. S. Hooks, B. F. Miller. J. E. Davis, E. Ei. Grant, Joe Ford, R. S Davis, W. J. Perry, W. T. Davis, P>. S Thomas. J. M. Babcock, Ashdown Hardware Co., Tom Aubrey, Miss Ver na Attaway, Mrs. Dora Attaway, M. J. Attaway. Louis Armstrong, Jim Ad cock, E. L. Autrey, C. I. Bowles, A. C. Dell. W. E. Black, Mrs. Geo. Bri.nt, C. A. Bishop, A. J. Baskins, W. W. Bishop, P. O. Beck, D. P. Brewer, P. C. Butler, Joe Clcr. vcr, C. S.' Cobb D. B. Coulter, Jr., Challie Cook, Mathew Cook, Grover Cobb, A. A. Bonham Mrs. Ida M. Denning, E. M. Dillard, W. A PeLoney, IL. B. Panning, J. A. Davis, Mrs. Millie Eichoid Goo. Elliot, J. C. Finley, S. F. Fishback, Mrs. J. D. Free man, W. C. Finton, J. U. Fill-low. W. P. Goolsby, Adolph Goldsmith, O. T. Craves, Wm. llenny, •). C. H-a-ris, Mr?. A. M. Haynes. Mrs. I. W. l-Ioimes, Henry and Joyner Hardware Co., Mrs. L. ,T. Hudgens, J. I. Johnston, J. T. Jones, L. T. Jones, Writer Kersten, Miss Annie Kinswortby, Miss Sirena Kersten P. M. McCord, F. E. Lewis, W. T. Locke. E. W. Lydick, Willis Moore, Sam J. Meyer, J. P. Mrrsh, S. I. MMdlehrooks, Miss Blanche Norman, JeS GGuinn, Mrs. Eva S. Orton, O. M. Oliver, H. G. Preddy, H. D. Phillips, Mrs. R A. Phillips, J. 1,. Pickett, S. D. Phillips', PL P. Paslay, Dr. J. W. Ringgold, D. R. Rhodes. Claude Rowe, C. P. Smith. J. G. Sanderson, Mrs. Mat tie Sanderson, H. G. Sanderson, Geo. R. Steel, Wm. M. Sanderson, W. T. Sullivan, Sanderson <!> Orton, Abo Trammell, H. L. Tolend,. Miss Kath leen Tolard, P. G. Traylor. W. W. Thornton, W. T. Vest, Dudley Waldrop, Goo. Washington, We:'ey Washington, L. F. Wiieelis, Jas. H. Williams, Mrs. V. E. Waldrop, Mrs. Elsie White W. R. Ward, Met! odist Bible Ok a, Mrs. J. T. Cowling. Miss Rose Sanderson, June R. Morrell, Mrs. Lon Jones, Pres byterian Ladies Home Mission, George Button, J. T. Cher ning Woman.-. Home Mission Society, Willie liice, G. 1) Gathright, Miss Cor?. Wimberley, Ft. P I ind ay. J. S. Watkins, I. W. Holmes, D. H. Tompkins, M. M. Dr per, Dan Phillips, I. H. Phillips. A. J. /Jus-ell, Dr. W. W. York, Mrs. L. C. Locke, Miss Mary O. Locke, Frank M. Locke, T. B. (Continued on paige 2.) Mi NAVYii amc&JlLi. I “KAtSERISM MUST BE STAMPED OUT AND OUR BOVS RETURNED TO THEIR AMERICAN HOMES.” IJNTILTiil3 IS ACCOMPLISHKU 'VI!FI M ATT' "' of bank earnings an businos profits be comes secondpry. Business C3n—and mart—make sacrifices. Iu divijoals' have the conao responsibilities. Tb too must contribute Time and Treasure—giving of one, loaning of the .other—to the Nation! Put your Heart .anti Money into the fight against kaiser Bill. Come to this bank and make your signature on a Liberty Loan subscription blank. ARKANSAS STATE BANK Askdown, Arkansas i i SITUATION CRITICAL SAYS LLOYD GEORGE Vnd Britain is Called on for Further Sacrifices— When Battle Started Germany Had as Many Men as Allies. London, April 9.—Premier Lloyd George told the House of Commons to day when the battle on the Somme iront commenced the total strength of the German army on the West front w;s approximately equal to the total oi the entente allies. In the course of his speech the Brit ish premier said: “Wo hi:.vc now entered the most critical period of the war. There is lull in the storm but the hurricane is not yet over. The fate of the em pire of Europe and of liberty may de pend upon the ouccers with which the last German attack is resisted and counterer." Mr. Lloyd George said his manpow er proposal would involve : n extreme sacrifice by part of the popuVtion of Great Britain. 'Tina Cambrai battle, he said, was a very trival event when compared with the recent battle, and until the strain had relaxed it would be diffi cult to find out exactly what, had hap pened. The premier said the cabinet had taken every step to hurry reinforce ments. He said the numbers of guns and prisoners taken had been exag gerate-’! greatly by the Germans. The ministry of munitions, the pre mier added, had been able to replace the guns and there were substantial reserves left. He said the cabinet is confident the army would be equal to the next encounter. To Recall General (lough. Mr. Lloyd George said the cabinet had decided to recall General Gough, who was in command o the Fifth army, against which the Germans made their principal gains. L'ntil all the circumstance:' of hit retirement were known, however, it would be un fair to censure him. Having gained a first success, Mr. Lloyd Gcorge*went on, the enemy is preparing a greater attack end it would be a. fatal error to underesti mate the gravity of the prospect. In view of the critic;! period which had been reached, said the premier, the government purposed to submit to Parliament today cert in reccmmen : lions hi order to assist the country rr.d its allies. Ho regretted to say that these propoinvolved extreme tr.crifices on the part of large classes of the populotion and nothing would justify them except the most extreme necessity and the fact t!.‘. t the nation i; fighting for all that is csro.itial and most sacred to the national life. (aiiicnh Situation Once The Gcrnv'.Tif' attache! with 08 di visions (approximately 1,160.000 men) the premier told the House. They I were relying on the idea th t tlie al lies had n^ united command and ex rected to divide the French anti llrit ish armies. At one time of the tattle the sif uation war critical. TTo enemy broke through between the Third and Fi!!h armies. The situation was retrieved by the magnificent conduct of the troop:, which retired but were not routed. — W.S.S - STONE VICTIM OK i’AllAl.YSfS t hr ivim n Foreign Hclntlons Commit* fco is in Serious Condition. Washington, Apr'I 10.—Senator Stone of Missouri, chairman of the for eign relations committee, was strirken with naralvsi- today while riding in a , street car cnroute to his ollice in the j capitol. 1 1 The Senator was removed to 'he !| Senate office building, where mtdical ' fysiotrnce was summoned and 1 ter was taken to It is homo. Tim attack affected the senator’ lcv't set,- he vrs about to fall wnon i ve other p.is.-engers on the car ra-jght j him. I A physician who made a hasty ex j-initiation of the senator has declared while his condition was serious it was not critical. -W.S.S. To the Knitters. Please do not get impatient over the j knitting. Yarn waa ordered weeks ago, but it has not. arrived. Just ns 'soon as it comes in you will be notified. Our last shipment was tiie best of all. Altogether we have knit and shipped almost one thousand ar ticles.—Supt. of Knitting. MS CARRY OUT A KEW DESPERATE OFFENSIVE j Enemy Nowhere Able to Break Through, Lines Merely Bend ing Back Under Heavy Pressure. Washington, Ape i sectors o the new 20-mile battle line a few deep salients having been driven by the enemy, but in the process tiro Germans nowhere have been able to break through, the line merely bend ing back under the great pressure. Particularly deep are the wedges west of Armentieres and northwest of La li.ssee—salient; which seem to make certain the evacuation by the British of Armentieres end to threaten seri ously important railway junction of Bethune. i British .positions s outh west of Ar- j mentieres lying between the rivers Lys and Doube, north of Armentieres along the five-mile front, between the Ploegsterut wood and the Wytschaete Mesuin.es ridge have been pressed back by the Germans East of LaBassco. Givenchy Hill, the key to Bethune. has bean tenaciously he’d by the British and the town of Givenchy retaken, while to the north in the region of Ypres, the enemy's attacks; against the high ground about the Messines ridge, everywhere have bec.i decisively r pulsd. » British 1!ecu|itine Gfivincliy. i The British in recapturing Given !<•! y m.de nearly a thousand German p: i. oner. The latest German official statement asserts that between Ar ! nientieres ad Estaires the Germans have crossed the Lys river and that north Anrenticres the British lines : on both side3 of Waasten-Warrenton ' have been penetrated. Six thousand I prisonersi and 100 guns are claimed j by the Germans in the fighting be lt ween Armentieres and the LaBassee |r rial. The famous Vimv ridge, won a year !; > by the Canadians, is receiving a ! p odigious visitation of shells from German batteries. Tile Canadians, l.o .'ever, with the usual complacency, e awaiting an infantry attack satis ! fiod: that they again ill be able to decisively defeat the enemy and hold Uhis important sector. Batik* South of Somme. While the battle in the north has been in progress the fighting south of the Somme, where the British are ..ligned against the Germans, has been !i ither subdue’. Mot s? however cr. | the sectors where the French and I Germans are disputing the occupancy 1 of terrain. Furious assaults and 'counter assaults have been going on j around Chaiinv, the village changing 111 nd; nv ny times. At last accounts j the French not alone held the vi'lage. but also the nearby cemetery. -w s.s. B1MTISH LOSE ONLY 4 SHU'S ] Toll of Submarines Next to Lowest Since (ampniirn Began. London, April 10,—The sinking of i British merchantmen by mines or snb ; marines last week reached the next i 1 west level of any week since Ger I many began her intensive submarine campaign early in 1017. Four vessels ! of more than 1 600 tons two of less I thrn 1,600 tons and two fishing j boats were sunk. j Tiie Admiralty statement acids: ["Vessels unsncessi’ull> attacked, 11 j including two previoi sly. Arrivals. 2,534; sailings, 2.403. Goth fisher men reported today were sunk dur ing the week ending March 30. The lowest record in sinkings for any week since Germany began her intensive submarine campaign was in the aggregate weight of tonnage sunk, th.e week of November 11, last. Then only one vessel of more than 1,600 tons and five vessels of less than 1,600 tons' were destroyed. -W.S.S. SAYS l. S. APPROVES Hits Not Protested Landing of Troops j lit Vludivostok to Britain. London, April 11.—The British gov eminent has no reason to suppose the American government does not ap prove of the landing of British and .Japanese forces at. Vladivostok, Lord ! Robert Cecil, parliamentary under j secretary for foreign affairs, snid in the House of Commons today, in re- , plying to a question. --w.s.s. A. P. Steel moved to his new home j on the west side this week, which was i recently occupied' by 1). P. Holmes. Mr. Holmes has moved to he Winkler house, which he has purchased and E. C. Payne lias moved to the house re cently vacated by A. D. DuLaney. BRITISH HOLD FIRM AT THE VITAL I POINTS Although Germans Gain Over Front Of :iO Miles—Armentieres Is Lost—Attacks Arc Terrific. New York, April 11. -Swinging his heaviest legions and mightiest guns far to the north of the Picardy battle i field, Field Marshal Vcyi liindenburg i now is diiving attack after attack < r.gainst the Britiiii lines between Ar ras and Ypres. Charging across the • level country behind a tempest of high explosive and gas shell ', the Ger mans have succeeded by terrific fight ing in penetrating the British de fenses at points over a front of near ly 20 miles' to a depth of almostsix miles south of Ypres. The loss of Armentieres is admitted by the British, but this was expected. | The enemy had driven in on both side3 ol the town ,r.nd holding out j longer by the British would have im perilled the whole line. So lar as t known, the withdrawal of the British forces from Armentieres was- orderly I and was only for the purpose of straightening out the line in the re- 1 gion where the German pressure is j the heaviest. Vital Points Hold. The British have stood firm at vi- j tal points along the line. Wytschaete is still held by Field Marshal Haig's men. who also maintain their grip on Me. sines ridge Lestrem, Ploegsteert and Plogsteert wood and Hollebeke. against which furious assaults have been made only to brerk down or be nullified by British counter-attacks. A terrific attack made against Holle teke and Wytetchaete was repulsed vith great loss to the Germans. This particular part of the battle line in the West has been the scene ol terrible lighting for nearly four i years. | Annentieres marked the farthest re tirement in this region of the French, | British and Belgians in August and I September, 1914. .lust north, near j Ypres, the Germans on April 22, 1915. i first loosed on the Canadian troops ! their poisoned gas and here, on De ! cembar 19, the same year, they drove hard at the thin line of Canadians in a desperate effort to reach Calais. I On both occasions the Canadian, beat j 'back the enemy and held their lines, j Nearby the British launched thei. , iccrnter offensive in February 1916, j I ., i wphgtcod furious attacks during ' April and May the same year. Drive in South Continues. The drive south of Ypres has de veloped into a major ope: ation, it would appear, and the Germans, using their mased attack system, are dis [ regarding their terrible losses. So irr they have g ined little of great tactical value. The high ground along the front is still held by the British force, and the retirements here and there have not as yet endangered the 1 in from Arras to the North Sea. While this battle is going on there is a lull in the struggle before Amiens. W.S.S. HMt.M HI) MM,SON Following is a letter from Ed Nel :.on. who formerly lived a' Ashdown, ! but who is now in the army: Fort Riley, Kansas, April 7, 1!>1S. i i Mr. Geo. R. Steel: Dear George: Guess you will be surprised to hear from mo. Am now a Sainmie.il ve teen here about two months. 1 en listed in the Medical Corps, like my work tine, although I have to work pretty hard. Have two lessons each day except Saturday and Sunday, don't have anything to do. The most of my work is physiology and Hygiene, ?o you see that’s pretty e :;y for me. Think 1 will be here about two months longer, believe I can finish by the 1st of dune am anxious to finish here so I can cross the POND. Sure would like to be over there now. George, is Mr. Harris there yet? Tell him to write me. Would like to hear from him. I am with the Evacuation HO'S pit31 No. 15. Tell everybody to write me. There are several thousand sol diers here, but still I get lonesome. Well, guess I will close for this time, hoping to hear from you rel soon. Your friend, E. Nelson. My address is Edward Nelson, Evac. Hosp. No. 15, j Fort Riley, Kansas. -W.S.S. PARIS AGAIN BOM HV RIGID Firing I of Hig German Gun Is Itesuni-1 ed After Interval. Paris, April 11.—The bombardment | of Paris by the German long range j gun was resumed this afternoon. UNITED STATES TROOPS REINFORCE THE ALLIES Neuter's Correspondent at British Headquarters in France Says I'. S. Soldiers Presence TV ill Soon He Felt. London, April 10.—American rein forcements have appeared in the Brit ish battle zone, says a dispatch from British headquarters in France to Reut er’s Limited. Their presence in the fighting line, the correspondent ad::, should soon be felt. The h. ttle which began yesterday morning between LjBasse and Fieur baix, the correspondent says, is con tinuing today with unabated violence. The artillery duel has exendeJ northward to Arras, while the Ger mans alto are attacking between Ar inentieres and Messines, on the Bel gian border. -'The enemy has brought into action a tremendous concentration of artil lery and is throwing in his infantry iu dense masses. The Germans, the writ er declares, plainly are making an other effort to break through the Brit ish positions. AV.S.S. Explanation of Liberty Bonds. When you buy a Liberty Bond you are not throwing away your money You are merely lending it to the Unit ed States Government. As long as the Government uses your money it will draw interest. The loan itself will be returned in ten years with in terest. 11 you want it back sooner, you can get it by selling your bond. N'o vault in all this wide world is as safe for your savings as Uncle Sam’s promise to pay your money back with per cent interest. So put your sav ings account into bonds. Bonds will help you to save your savings. What are the rench women doing for their country? They are tilling the soil that the men of their country may be fed while they are fighting for the victory. Will net the women of America lend money and a helping hand to their country that their own fighting men may be provided for while trying to win? The women of England from the highest to the humblest are work ing in munitions factories to make guns and shells for their soldiers. Will not the American women lend Uncle Sam to buy guns and munitions ior the American soldiers? The tas!?’ would be by far easier than that o'V the women of France. The safety for which the women of other countries are striving to hard to win was Ion;; ago for the women of America won by the sword of American men. The men of America ::re again listening to the bugle call ;;.nd marching to battle as their forefathers did, to preserve this same safety for the women and children of America. They are offer ing their lives ar a gift. Will you not offer your dollars? Are your dollars more precious than the life of your son? They are fighting in the trenches , living on hard-tack and water for not only days but weeks that American | homes may be saved trom the name destroying France. To save American 1 babies from the sword, that murdered infants of Poland. To save your fair American daughters from the herds that ravished'1 the women of Belgium, even as they feed through the streets. God forbid that we, as American wo men, shall ever come to such outrages. The American men are ny.king the su premo sacrifice, sacrificing their own blood that the American women may escape such brutality. Will we give our dollars not as a sacrifice but as a love to the government to help the defenders of our country and help fi nance the struggle to save American freedom? Not a gift but a loan is asked of you. Not a free loan, but a loan with interest. Will you withhold your money while men are shedding their blood? Buy a BOND for your self, one for the daughter the price may save. One for your boy too small to fight. Wear a Liberty Bond button for your countries sake. MRS. W. L. PERKINS, County Chairman. -w.s.s.- • BULLETIN ] Special to tlie News: Little Rock, April 11.—Loudon— British evacuated Ariucuticres last night. Violent lighting continues all along the front south from Yprcs enn ui. Several small towns captured by Germans retaken on counter attack. Heaviest German attack yet made on American troops was repulsed with heavy losses to enemy, mowed down by machine gun and rifle tire before reaching entanglements.