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v JOHNSON CETY COMET Thirty -Third Year. JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE, THURSDAY. APFIL 26, 1917. Whole Number 1712 nibmariee Down -j Sends First Shot of War HI SUBMARINE SUNK BY 1 Mil STEIEfj SHOT IS FIRED AT ONE '11101- SAND YARDS 1ST STEAMSHIP MONGOL! GUNNERS WORK PRAISED GUN THAT DOES WORK HAD BEEN NAMER THEODORE ROOSEVELT London, April 25. Captain Rice, of the American Steamship Mongolia, which has arrived at a British port, told the Associated Press today that the Mongolia had fired the first gun of the war for the United States and sunk a German submarine. The periscope was sighted dead ahead on the last afternoon of the voyage. The captain gave the order for full speed ahead with .the inten tion of ramming the submarine. The periscope disappeared and a few minptes later reappeared on the ship's broadside. The gunners fired hitting the periscope squarely and throwing up a mountain of water. Captain Rice outlined the incident with modesty, but could not quite con- ceal the pride he felt in the achieve- ment of his ship. He paid a high trib ' . . , . , , . ute to the gunners and especially to the manner in which they were han dled by the officer who directed the firing of the telling shot. "For five days and nights," said Captain Rice, "I have not had my clothes off and we kept a. 'big force of lookouts on duty all the time. It ..was 5:20 o'clock in the afternoon on the 19th that we sighted the submar ine, ujlie,; officer cojiimandjBg-..tlie-Sitrtnerg'was with" me on the bridge where In fact we had been the most of the time throughout the voyagp. j There was a haze over the sea at the time. We had just taken a sounding, . for we were getting near shallow water and were looking at the lead when the first mate cried: There's a submarine off the port , bow. ."We were going at full speed ahead and two minutes after we first sight ed the U-boat it emerged again about 1,000 yards off. Its intention probab ly had been to catch us broadside on, but when 1t appeared we had the stern I gun trained full on it. "The lieutenant gave the command and the big guns boomed. We saw the periscope shattered and the shell and the submarine disappeared. "I assure you we did not stop to re connoiter after the incident, but steam ed away at full speed, for it was not improbable that , there was another submarine about. The one I got un doubtedly had been lying on the bot tom at this spot waiting for the ship and came up when she heard our pro- pellors. I Immediately sent a wire less message stating that a submar ine had been seen. "The gunners had named the guns on board the Mongolia and the one which got the submarine was called Theodore Roosevelt; so Teddy fired the firs gun of the war after all." Captain Rice recalled that he canu from Allston Mass., and that the en counter with the submarine occurred on the date when the Bay State was celebrating the anniversary of the bat tie of Lexington. The Mongolia was going at full speed and was a long distance away when the spray and foam subsided, but from the bridge the officers ob served the spot through their glasses and they are confident the submarine was sunk. For Election to be Held in Johnson CUy, Tenii, on Saturday May 5, 1917. First Ward Officer, W. D. Boring; judges F. M. Lewis. H. R. Farrott, N. D. Shell; Clerks. Ralph H. Pouder, Sam Fureell. ' Second Ward Officer, F. B. St. John; judges, C. L, Marshall. -Paul B. Carr, J. Stanley Barlow; Clerks, H. W. Johnson, Oscar M. Fair. This April 24th 1917. J. R. Worley, Chairman, P. II. Wofford, Secretary, It. C. Thomas, Commissioners of Election, Washing ton County, Tennessee. IS HAS DESPERATE CHASE WITH GERMAN SHIP OFF THE BRAZILIAN COAST New York, April 23. An American steamship was chased for five miles by the German sea raider Seeadler off the coast of Brazil April 12, ac cording to the captain of the vessel which reached this port today. The Seeadler, previously reported by the victims of her raids on their arrival at Rio Janeiro, Was formerly the American bark Pass of Balmaha, in which the Germans had fitted gaso line motors. Tho captain of the steamship which is engaged in the South American trade, said the raider was sihgted at G o'clock in the morning, bearing down on him at a point 33 miles north of tha equator, and between 200 and 300 miles off the coast. The pursuer, he said, put on all. speed, making about 13 knots an hour. As this was slightly less than his own vessel's speed, he was able to throw her off after a desperate chase. Ai.!,.-..,.i . j.- t j Although within range, the raider AiA .lt nttmtlf . . . c. ... nrv III. IMJ (Illll 11IIO had Norwelgan flags painted on her side, he said, and mounted two guns, apparently of eight inch calibre. This Is the first report of the operations of the Seeadler since crews from ships she sank reached Rio Janeiro March til. THREE KILLED Birmingham, Ala., April 24. Three powder workers met death today when an explosion of black powder occured in the Coalburg plant of the Aetna Explosives Company. 12 miles north of here. Cause of the blast has not been determined tonight. An investi gation is in progress. The explosion demolished a small power press building in which the three victiins were working. IF FIRST TENNESSEE Nashville, April 25. Col. Harry Ber ry, of the First Tennessee regiment, announces that he expects to have the entire regiment In camp at Bell Meade by Friday. He issued an or der yesterday afternoon for the sani ;ary detachment to leave Memphis Tuesday night. This corps will assist n the physical examinations of re cruits, beginning Wednesday morning Examination of the Nashville recruits will begin Tuesday morning at 8 clock at the armory. Col. Berry iaid he thought this would be com peted in time for all of the Nashville batallion to be in camp by Wednes day. " . The sanitary detachment ordered 'rom Memphis is under the command of Maj. Dunavant and includes medi cal officers. CHARGED WITH RECRUITING SOLD.ERS TO FIGHT l S. Waco, Tex., April 23. After hear ing testimony today United States Commissioner McCormick fixed a, bond of $10,000 for John Schronk, wealthy farmer, charged with re cruiting soldiers to eugage in armed hostility against the United States. Schronk is 74 years old and has lived in this country for sixteen years. He has applied for naturalization pa pers. Earl Jones who is in Memorial hospital with an attack of pneumon'a is reported to be rapidly improving. RICHARD 110YLE KILLED London, April 23. Richard Bernard I Boyle, seventh earl of Shannon, has! been killed in action. He was a lieu ) tenant of the Royal Fusileers. t mum m IS CELEBRATED STARS AND STRIPES UNFURLED FROM EIFFEL TOWER MONDAY FORTY THOUSAND AMERICAN FLAGS ARE HANDED OCT GRATIS HY COMMITTEE Paris April 22. The Stars and Stripes were flung to the breeze from Eiffel tower at 2 o'clock this after noon and saluted by twenty-one guns. This marked the opening of the cere monies .of "United States Day" in Paris. The French trl-colors and the Star Spangled Banner were at the name hour unfurled together from the residence of Wm. G. Sharp, the Amer ican ambassador, in the Avenue d'Eylau, from the American embassy from the city hall and from other municipal government buildings. It was great day for the Red, White and Blue. Over all the capital street venders did a thriving trade in the colors of both allies, while 40,000 Americari'flags, handed out gratis by the committee, were waved by the peo pie who thronged the vicinity of the manifestations. While cannon boomed in honor of the American colors floating from the lop of Eiffel tower and aviators, fly ing over the spot, waived both French and American flags, the Star Spangl ed Banner was sung by Mile. Nina May of the opera comque, and the "Mar seillaise" by Jean Note of the opera. Ambassador Sharp and his escort were received at 3 o'clock at the city hallby tne"iiiembers of the municipal council, by Marcel Delanney, perfect of the Seine; E. Laurent, perfect of police; Premier Ribot, Georges Des plas, minister of public works; Jules A. Stcug, minister of public instruc tion; Capt. Andre Tardieu high com missioner to the United States, and other distinguished persons. Sharp Is Welcomed Andrien Mithouard. president of the municipal council of Paris, in a speec welcomed Ambassador Sharp, who re sponded briefly, acknowledging the honors paid to the United States by the people of Paris. The speech was greeted with great applause. A plaquette representing "Liberty Enlighting the World," after the stat ue of Bartholdi, protected by Amer ican eagle, was presented to Ambas sador Sharp as a memento of the occasion. j SEVERELY INJURED Freeling, Va., April 25. Edward Pyle, foreman on the Currier lumber works was seriously if not fatally hurt by a wrecking dummy on the narrow gauge road, near Norland. Sev eral severe gashes were sustained about the head, and it is thought the man suffered a fracture of the skull. He was taken to a hospital at Jen kins Ky. GERM ANT'S METHODS DECEIVING HER PEOPLE Attribute to ..England ..Designs That Were Never Entertained ' London, April 24. A war office statement issued tonight says: "The GiUmau official statement re ceived by wirless today afforded a remarkable instance of the methods the enemy is now adopting to ex plain away his defeat and encourage the German people. These methods consist in attributin to us designs we have never entertained, then proving that they have failed com pletely. "Neither on the 9th of April nor on the 23rd dtd we attempt to break through the German lines in the sense conveyed in the German corn- nninication. The objects in each I rase was limited. On both occasions gained the objects assigned to lb attacking troops." D. R. Beeson. who has fccen In Er- win for a few days, has returned to the ctty. U ft- 1 IS TAKEN BP DATA IS GIVEN COMMITTEE HY SECRETARY HOUSTON AND OTHERS ' ASKS FOR FULL CONTROL THE SECRETARY CAN EE REAL REASON FOR BCSHEL WHEAT,' NO Washington, April 26.--Congress took up the food problem-In public hearings by the senate agriculture committee at which SecretayHouston set forth the administration's foood control program. . At the same time the Federal Trade Commission, directed by t President Wilson to investieate with- the Ami - cultural Department the-j causes of high food prices, asked 'ml State Governors to send remesenta. ives to ' Washington April 30 for a-conference i 1 on state co-operation in theUnquiryJ Before appearing at the f committee hearing Secretary ' Houstin put his plans before the heads of kive of the B country's big farmers' organizations and received assurance of fi.nnort for any measures the government contem nlates for Keltine a firmer exasn on! fond i.rmliictinn and HiatriWinn Tho farmers' representatives promised even to give their endorsement to i,it.i.,f ;,.i . power to fix maximum and minimum prices in emergency. C "; To Mobilize !ioja As its part in he jgovernment's plans the Department 6t Labor an nounced that it had undertaken the .,..,.... .jm.i.j out the country as active farm fnr tho B,,mmr tn nr.,i.tim United States boys' working reserve. Iln 1.tic. ...in i, j; ,j , Washington Before Committee Appearing with Secretary Houston before the Senate committee were the' representatives of the farmers' organ- izations. Mr. Houston answered ques- tionB about food supplies, high prices and proposals for minimum and max- r: ! t I . . it. Ml II 111 ICC UAlllg i?i&iuiruii. lie said the Department of Agriculture acked machinery to obtain an accu- ate estimate of the country's food supply now and needs legislation to' provide it. Aside from the wheat and potato j crops there had been no indicated nonage oi srap.e rooastuirs, tne sec- j rttti actui. x iic imiviuii ut-cua iui 11a normal domestic requirements about 640,000,000 bushels of wheat a year. That amount he said, was about this year's crop. Last year the nation had 'carry over" of about 170,000,000 bushels of wheat. From July 1 last until March 1 last the amount export ed was about 130,000,000 bushels. With all these facts in mind, the sec retary said it was hard to determine the cause for 12.32 wheat. The secretary said he had no accu rate estimate of the grain going into alcohol except that its value last year was $145,000,000. The Department of Labor's boy mobilization plan con templates the establishment of enroll ing stations in every city in the country. Boys from 15 to 19 years old would be organized in squads un-, ler proper supervision and with ad- equate equipments would camp on farms wherever their services were needed during the season. "it is planned to enroll boys who enn he used to dvftntafre wherover ' there may be a .shortage of labor, es' pecially in agriculture." said a La bor Department announcement. IN CONTEMPT CASE Washington, April 25. The SU- preme court decided that the last house of representatives did not have the authority to punish United States District Attorney Marshall for al I leged contempt Marshall was ex empted fro mfurther proceedings. Now let us put a gold lining in the of Field Axtllery, New Mexico Na war cloud which hangs over the En- tional Guard, today were .ordered tentc. Men and money for the cause 1' freedom! Courier Journal. TWO .HOSPITAL VESSELS SUNK FIFTEEN GERMANS .. WOODED AMONG THOSE MISSING FROM BRITISH SHIPS TORPEDOED BV II U-BOAT ONE OF BOATS WAS NOT DISTING UISHED FOR RED CROSS PURPOSES London, April 26. The British hos- pital ships Donegal and Lanfrance, with many wounded aboard, having been torpedoed without warning. They were sunk on April 17. Of those on j the Donegal twenty-nine wounded 1 n,en and twelve of the c,ew miss- ' in' The Lanfrance carried German ! w"nded as well as British. Of those aboaid nineteen British and fifteen uernians are neiievea to have per- ished. I '1' k .. A 'l. .. .. 1 I m . V. T71 1 ' ,1K - me excuequer, ) AJ. ... T T i """ aw ""nouncea on 1 Apr" 19 m tne Hollse of Commons ' ll,at the,e ha1 recently been further ' ,os8es of B, itisn hspital ships, which I iirnnlrl ..,.l,i:nl,AJ m 1 41. . 1 ""u,u "c ! secretary of the Admiralty issued the fo11owinS statement: -,w """ unin n tne evening Of April 17 the sl"hiis Donegal and Lanfrance, ' whi,e transporting wounded to Brit- in pons, were torpeaoea witnout warning. The Donegal carried slightly wounded cases all British Of these twenty-nine men, as well, as twelve of the crew are missing, and are presumed to have 'been drowned "The Lanfrance, in addition to 234 wounded British officers and men, . . ... .iinraiwM T I meaicai personnel or iiuy-two ,owing are mifing and are Plumed i to have been drowned: Two wounded Eritisn officers eleven wounded Brit- ol"er ranKS' one noal A,,ny I Medical Corps staff, five of the crew f. wnllnrip, 0prman offirprfi anH tpn .j,i tv, ,, hllndred and fiftv.lwn woim(1. cd German prisoners werc re8cued by . n,.itish natrnl Bt thp immin(,nt , , . , t,.D,i,i I . i.ii. ui i i ii k i..v iii. iv. m v.. nn iv.iiiiv vi. I 0 j rrVip Lanfrance was a vessel of 6,287 tons gross. She -was 418 feet in length and was built in 1907. Her nu-tifprs hofriro tho war wero the ()oth steamship company of Liver- pool. Tho Donegal registered 1,997 tons gross, She was built at Greenock ,n J904 and wag 331 f t j The fast owned the steamer before she ,Qu n h ih r,,.),iC), A,l. miralty. BELEIVE OFFICIALS HAVE UPPER Washington, April 26. The situa tion hehin dthe German lines fought as it is with far more tremendous possibilities than those presented by any battle remains dubious and un certain. lne mue news lnal indies aKrbb the German frontier indicates that the authorities have gained the upper hand ver the strikers by the drastic method of militarizing the munition industry and forcing strike leaders into the fighting ranks, is too early and information Is too meager to say whether these stern measures of repression have definitely crushed the startling storm of discontent which has 6wept over the German empire. The only news from Austria in some days Is to the effect that the pan-German leaders have emerged as victors In the strug gle for eontrol of the government This news is vague, however, and comes by a roundabout route. Relia ble Information as to conditions in ' ... - j .... u.. - .t..1....l uie uuui iiiuuiuviiy la bubuuucij itun- ing. SEW MEXICO GUARDS CALLED INTO SERVICE Washington, April 25. The Fir6t Regiment of Infantry and Battery A into the Federal service for purposes 1' police protection.- GREAT BRITAIN THE FIRST SHE K nn of iifi NICHOLS JOINS DENT IN CHAM PION VOLUNTEER PLAN Washington, April 25. With both houses of congress debating the War Arnvy Bill today it became more than ever apparent that there is no fight ever whether a great army shall be raised, the only question being what strength can be mustered by oppo nents of the Administration's selec tive draft plan. In the senate passage of the Gen eral Staff Bill virtually without change is regarded as certain; on the house side the president's supporters also are confident of cuccess, through the contest there w ill be bitter. Dis cussion in the senate may continue until Saturday, but the house, under a tentative agreement for eighteen hours of debate, probably will be ready to vote by Thursday. Most of the speeches in the house were in favor of the Administration plans, after Representative Dent, chairman of the Military Committee had made an opening statement ear- nestly supporting the bill as amended by his committee to authorize calls for volunteers, with provision for ap- plying the draft only if the volunteer system fails. Representative Kahn, of California, ranking republican of the committee, appeared in the unique position of spoksman for the president and leader of the Administration forces. BESTED FOR GOVERNOR Bluff City, Tenn., April 25. J Parks Worley for Governor of Tennessee. That was a slogan of a most re markable ovation given the senator upon his return from his legislative duties .here tonight. More than one thousand people his neighbors and scores of constituents from all sec tions of Sullivan county met Urn at the train, escorted him to his home and gave him warm welcome. Mrs. Worley, who accompanied him, shared in the honors, bowing and smiling her appreciation to the assembling throng. The home coming was an auspicious occasion. It was one that will be re membered long in Sullivan county. It was unique in the political history of this section. It was an occasion not often duplicated in the nation. Welcomed A handsome bouquet of flowers was presented to Senator and Mrs. Worley by John H. Anderson at the close ol the ceremonies. Following the speech making an informal reception was held, during which Senator and Mrs. Worley shook hands with hundreds ol the people gathered for the occasion. The Bluff City band i furnished music for the occasion. TURKISH GOVERNMENT BREAKS WITH AMERICA Official Notice Reaches ..Washington Many Americans in That Counfy Washington, April 23. Official no tificatio nof the Turkish government breaking off diplomatic relation! with the United States was received today by the State Department in t dispatch from American Ministei Stovall at Berne, Switzerland. The communication came from G Cornell Tarler, secretary of the Amer ican legation at Constantinople, act ing for Ambassador Elkus, who is 111 It was sent to the American legatior at Berne and forwarded from there t Secretary Lansing. AMERICAN EXPORTS LARGE . DESPITE SUBMARINES Washington, April' 26. Despite Ger many's submarine campaign, Ameri can exports for March reached value of more than $551,000,000 which is more than ever before ex cept 1 astJanuary, of $270,000,000 set a new record for this country. TO RECEIVE I N IS HANKER TO THE AMOUNT OF 200,00(VHM. MORE TO FOLLOW ASSIST OTHER NATIONS ITALY WILL PROBABLY GET THE NEXT LOAN IS IN GREAT NEED Washington. April 25 The United States today stepped into the Great Britain's former role of banker for the allies with a fcoo.OOO.ooo loan to Great Britain herself and the promise of other speedy financial relief to Italy, France and Russia. The British loan was notable as the first made by the American gov ernment since its entrance into the war, and for the clerity with which it was negotiated, less than 24 hours after t)M $7,0no,oon,000 finance meas ure had become a law. The loans to follow will be placed where the money is needed the most Whether Great Britain, Italy, France, Russia or Belgium is to get the next loan had not been decided tonight. All except Belgium have pre- , sented their applications for relief, j The next loan will hardly wait for , the bond issue, but probably will be ! made upon the proceeds of another subscription to Treasury Certificates of indebtedness as In the case of the loan made yesterday. There yet re mains 150,000,000 of the $250,000,000 subscribed to the first offering of certificates. Should' there arise need for quick financing for Italy or any other Entente government it was said tonight that, this sum could be made available without loss of time. The $200,000,000 furnished today is said authoritively to be only in the nature of preliminary financing of Great Britain to enable her to meet payments due, or about to fall due for munitions and other supplies pur chased in the United States. The American government will step beyond the pale of major powers to lend a helping hand to Belgium, if Belgium wants the aid. Belgium has indicated informally that she would appreciate financial aid. TAKE WAR BONDS Birmingham Ala., April 24.JThe city of Birmingham today made ap plication for $100,000 worth of the new iovernment war bonds. Mayor Geo ge B. Ward wired Governor Harding jf the Reserve Board, , saying that Birmingham wishes the honor of be ng the first municipal in the Union to respond to the government's ap peal. GOVERNOR RTE FAVORS THE SELECTIVE DRAFT Nashville, Tenn., April 24. Gov. Rye today declared himself in favor of se lective draft. "I am for it with all .ny heart," said the governor. "No man !s more jealous of Tennessee's title jf volunteer state than I am, but that itle was earned at a time when we had people of the volunteer type. Times have changed." WAR REVENUE HILL GOES TO PRESIDENT Washington, April 23. The $7,000 KtO.ooo war revenue bill was perfected in congress today and sent to Presi dent Wilson for his signature. SENATOR SMITH WANTS FREIGHT RATES INVESTIGATED Washington, ' April 25. Senator Hoke 'Smith Introduced a resolution requesting the interstate commerce commission to suspend and Investiga gate the fifteen per cent general frei ght rate Increase asked by the rail roads. The resolution to have the senate Interstate commerce commit tee and not the commission investigate.