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VOLUME XXXV.
Many
Mwm
WoAeirs Stoike
May Day Set for the General Strikes in the
Protest to Shortage of Food
STRICT CENSORSHIP ENACTED
(BY UNITED PRESS)
London, May 1. Half of all
the munition workers in the
Rhine province of Germany have
joined the general strike today
according to a special agency re:
port received here from the Ha
gue.
A tight German censorship cov
ered most of the developments of
today, May Day, which was the
date set for the great strike in
protest against food conditions.
UNKNOWN AEROPLANE
BOMBARDS ZEINKZEE
(BY UNITED PEESS)
The Hague, May 1. An aero
plane of unknown nationality on
Sunday night bombarded the
Dutch city of Zeinkee, near the
Belgium frontier killing - three
persons and damaging several
houses.
The. Hague, May 1. The Im-
perial Chancellor Hollwegg will
make a new peace offer in the
German Reichstag on Thursday
is announced' in the Berlin Tagg
blatt today. . ;
The Hague, May 1. For more
than a month rumors of another
peace feeler have been circulated
in Europe..
This has been construed to
mean that it-was used in the hope
of' counteracting the internal
strike situation in the Central
Powers.
WAR TABLOIDS
London, May 1. Final returns
in a nation wide census of horses
mules, cattle, sheep, nogs, and ag
ricultural instruments are due in
Great Britain today under a war
department order.
New York, Mayl. School tea
chers of New York are complet
ing today a census of all vacant
lots in Greater New York avail
able for use in the home garden
movement
Sheelton. Pa.. Mav 1. Ten per!
cent wage increase in Bethlehem
Steel company plants here, at
Sparrow's Point and' Lebanon
are effective today. They effect
several thousand : mimition work-
ers i
niversity will open a military i
training camp for students and
alumni at Dyker Park today as
t!le first step in a plan to add
courses in military tactics to 'the
regiilar university course. ; ,
Cleveland, . May 1. Labor has
finally attained its goal in Cleve
Jana six dollars a. day for eight.
Ws work. ' ,
&x hundred electrical workers
flowing a strike, signed a gra
dated wage: scale which today
glves them 75 cents an hour," or
Slx dollars a day. -: Two other
w& trades have signed "simil
age agreements. " -
Weather, repirt for Horth Carol
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AFTERNOON D AILY
Germany and Chili
Have Secret Treaty
Buenos Aires, May 1. Germany
and Chili negotiated a secret
treaty guaranteeing Germany a
; foot hold in South America in
1913 when .Prince Henry of Rus
sia visited Chili is the text " of the
article published in Revista by
Jose Molins, who is a nauthority
on South American relations.
It is declared that Chili is thus
powerless "to sympathize with
either the United, States or, Bra
zil in the; contentions now creat
ing so much stir in, the South
American republics. ;
TYPHUS IN GERMANY DUE
- TO MALNUTRITION '
Paris, May 1. Germany is
closing her frontier tight and sup
pressing newspapers because of
an epidemic of typhus now rag-
mg in many big industrial cen
ters according to belief express
ed by the Lausenne (Switzerland)
correspondent of L 'Information
today.
The epidemic is attributed to
mal nutrition. In many. German
cities, the dispatch asserts, whole
sections are overcome by the mal
ady. In consequence, it is de
clared that every street is guard
ed, and this is cited as an exam
ple o f the strict watch kept in
other cities.
HONOR ROLL ENLISTED MEN
Edgecombe County
Alex T. Sumerlin, of Maccles-
field. '
; William H. Brown, Pinetops.
Tarboro
.... m
Joe Bunn. .
James Battle.
Dudley Bryan.
Pitt County
Stephen E. Phelps, of Grimes-
land;
-William W. Moyle, of Farm?
vllle -
Halifax County
Thomas J. Carpenter, J.
W.
iuauaiu fliW1IU Ui
w. : j. j nrn j m tit :n
Rosemary.
John R. Williams, of Roanoke
Rapids
Leon T. Baker, of Littleton.
Samuel Riggan, of Enfield.
- Scotland Neck .
Mills' KitchinV
Joe House. -
Paul Fenner. ' '
Pete Shields. . x
Charles Taylor.
Thomas Hoggard.
t Otto . Williams. , . ,
CONSCRIPTION BILL AGAIN
REPORTED
. Washington, May 1; The. sel
ective j conscription; bill is re-introduced,
for "passage ,in the sen
ate this afternoon. , ;..
Fair, and cooler tonight, Wjesdajr W Moderate W to
SCOTLAND NECK, N. C, TUESDAY, WLAY, 1, 1917.
' 1 " S'
Police Unearth Plot
Wreck Morgan Office
(By UNITED PRESS)
New York, May 1. Details of
a plot to blow up an important
Wall street . office, presumably
that of J." P. Morgan's banking
house followed by . tWe tapping
of telegraph wires, the spreading
of false reports of President Wil
sons assassination and submarine
raids is revealed by the police to
day following the quest? 1 t ,
Wolff Hirsch, a former peV -
ficer in the German submarine
service.
PROBABLY NO JURY IN
THE VAWTER CASE
. (By UNITED PRESS)
Chris tiansburg, Va., May 1.
The indications are that the court
is having reat i difficulty in ob
taining a jury in the Vawter trial
today, and it is being talked that
a change of venue will be neces
sary. ' -- ::
Professor Vawter is called for
trial for the murder of Stockton
Heth, Jr., last March in the home
of Vawter at three o 'clock in the
morning, the ' ' unvjrriten law
being tKe proposed line of de
RUMOR MAKES THIS STRIKE
DAY IN GERMANY
V (BY UNITED PEESS)
London, May 1. rTodayr is the
day set by unconfirmed rumors
from several neutral sources, for
a general strike throughout Ger
many. Sporadic strikes in many
localities, which started with a
25 per cent cut in bread allow
ance, have hindered munitions
works for several weeks.
Now
roinclacl
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President Orders War and Navy Departments
r to Compile Regulations Today
IT AFFECTS PREJUDICAL NEWS
(BY UNITED PRESS)
Washington, May 1. T h e
French argument presented that
American troops, possibly the mi
litia, should be sent to France
within thenext six weeks, is hav
ing its effect at the White House
it is .generally believed.
.Officials - and members of the
cabinet, as well as those who sur
round the official family, are still
canny when the subject .-is men
tioned. " . "
Some are known- however to )
favor the : proposal while others
are now passively opposed where
once they were actively hostile.
. It is reported that the idea is
spreading in Congress.
"Washington, May 1.- The pres
ident today ordered by proclama
tion the first ironclad censorship,
V The . government today - placed,
censorship o nail cables telegraph
and telephones; applying, cabale
v
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: iULMftSftua S V Y TP :
TV
jii-
oending 1
roops to
Europe Big Question
(By UNITED .PRESS) '. .
; X Washington, May 1 The ques
tic&l. of --sending American troops
to the battle fields of Europe
Quickly remains the biggest arrangement-
yet to be settled be
tween the members of the War
commission, but it is expected to
be- settled within a few days,
though the apparent deadlock in
the senate over the final enact
ment of the selective conscrip
tion bill must first be gotten out
ofthe way. ; ,
MILITARY CENSUS IN NEW
- YORK TODAY
?J (By United Press) ' (f
Albany, N. Y. May 1. Eighty
seven questions will be asked of
New York Residents between the
ages of 16 and. 64 in the military
census which starts today
The questions will include list
ing" of ownership of automobiles,
launches, motorcycles, cattle and
othei stock, firearms and will col
leet? a vast -amount of data for
indt(s;trial mobilization. Thou
sands' of women have volunteered
tfaeif servicei for the work of the
COAL CARDS TO
PARIS
ISSUE IN
: - ;" r' The Germans are palpably ner
1. Coal cards will' vous fearing a British attack
Paris, May
shortly be inaugurated in "Paris
an official statement said.
COTTON MARKET
Open.
May 20.40
July '20.15
Oet. 19.34
Dec. 19.39
Jan. 19.42
High.
20.40
20.25
19.51
19.58
19.61
Low.
20.19
19.93
19.22
19.23
19.22
Close.
20.31
20.19
19.55
19.60
Local Market 19 5-8.
Cemsors
Hp
EsMMisEed.
propositions to all lines, but oper- Sunday I watched the heavy
ating against telegraphs and tele- j fighting about Oppy and souU
phones only along the Mexican ; t Gavrelle. There the Germans
border. - j attempted to retake trenches
The war and navy departments ;'which the British won early Sun
will compile regulations at once. ; jay morning.
The censorship applies chiefly i After three years of , warfare
to newspapers and press associa-; DetWeen forces hidden from each
tions, and also involves messages other behind trenches, the sight
on incoming and outgoing Ameri-' of COmbatants maneuvering in th.
can business concerns, and iridw open js m0st- spectacular.' On
uais.
v
The object is the prevention
of military : ihiormation reaching
! the enemy, the ; spreading of in-
formation .prejudicial to the, in-
terests of ;- the United States, or
information that would be of hiM
terest to Germany; the circula
tion of false reports, - or reports
prejnidieial to either the- military
operations or prejudicial re
lations with foreign powers.
N. E. winds..
. '
To Have
a
anase
The Conscription Bill
with Word "Emergency' for "W
WILL COVER
British Drive Puts
Germany Back a Year
.-By WM. PHILIP SIMMS
(United Press Staff Correspondent)
Vith the British Afield, May 1.
The British and German forces
alike took a "breathing' spell"
today, both being worn out.
Cut to piece's by their retreat
ing and reckless counter attacks
of the past few days, the German bill may now be construed as on
infant ry quieted down, r ly applying to Germany.
The British for their part set- ' - - '
tied down to artillery, their guns'
roaring in never ending chorus.
Qerinan cannon thundered in
derou xdioru& ;
rtnafrtirfi
-t MondayV:- Arlieu likewise was a
j German projectiles.
south of Oppy, and for this rea
son they continued to spray Oppy
and Cavreile line with shells.
With the British Armies Afield,
April 30. -The Scarpe is fast be-
J Prussians. '
j The slaughtered enemy lies
thick among the dandelions on
the valley's yellowing slopes.
In terms of losses the Scarpe
is' a year's defeat for the Ger
mans. With that part of Ziegfried
line known as the " Wotan front"
already melting away at the nor
thern end, and the Dricourt to
Quent system of German defen-
ees threatened, Hindenburg is
throwing division after, division
into the struggle, with orders to
hold at all costs.
As the British day by day bite
forward a bit here and a bit
there the Germans counter at-: hve heretoiore ail night restaur
( tack repeatedly. Always they ants and saloons of New YorkV
! come in close masses where Brit- i erstwhile Gay White Way at 1
ish guns reap , a horrible harvest
! in the open country.
Sunday I could clearly see stret
cher bearers on both sides carry
ing ba'ek Jhi3 wounded Under
shell fife.. ' . V
Beyond the -OppyGavr elle lines
over the. smoking battlefield Do
uai stood out in , sunlight. The
city hall, with its. magnificient
crenelated belfry and the.' huge
tower of St. Pierre' cathedral glis
tened in the light, dominating
the city like a woolworth.and the
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NUMBER 4.
Of
to Have Amendment
ar
OTHER NATIONS
; (By United Press)
Washington, May 1. That war
with other nations than Germany
may threaten the United States
is indicated when Senator Cham
berlain offered an amendment to
the conscription bill today and
asked to substitute the word "em
ergency" for the word "War"
wherever placed in the bill.
Senator Chamberlain said that
he ' had been informed by , the
judge advocate general that the
BELL SUCCEEDS WOOD AS
COMMANDER OF THE EAST
' ;
(By United Press) r
i. Major
General Leonard Wood was suc-
ceeded as commander of the de
partment of the East today by
Major General Franklin Bell who
has been commander of the de
partment of the West, with head
quarters at San Francisco. Wood
establishes the new department
of the South, with headquarters
ati Charleston, S. C.
The transfer which aroused a
storm of criticism on the part of
Wood's friends, fho charged
that the general's. criticism of
war department methods was the
reason for it, reverses a seven
year old incident. In 1910 Wood
succeeded Bell as chief of staff;
today Bell takes the more impor
tant post and Wood commands
a new and in popular opinion
Jess important post.
WAR CURTAILS BROADWAY
GAITIES TONIGHT
: .
i . (BY UNITED PRESS) ,
j New York, May 1. There will
be moaning it the bars of sixty
o'clock tonitrht. '
The sobering-shadow of war
will cut olf the gaities while the
night is yet young. By order of
Mayor Mitchel all all-night li
censes have been rescinded, ef
fective todaj-. "
Metropolitan tower of New York.
k That Hindenburg fears for. Do
uai, with its eight railways, is
certain.' ' :
; Accordingly he recently visit
ed this front and roundl v scored
his commanders -for falling back,
ordering theia td hold whatever
happened. ,
ri hus of his reserve . troops . a- '
vailable before the Franco Brit
offensive of this month, many
divisions have now been been
completely I knocked put. ami
whver plan he might have had
in iind lief ore these great '
es,f:he now must" modify. 1
Coverieg

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