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"The Start and Stripes
aha Daily
VOL. 48-NO. 69. Zfff&ttitt & ' OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 6, 1918. tSSS. 5' TWO CENTS
Fair and warmer Friday and
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Winning Run Scored From First Base on Balls Allowed
by Vaughn, followed by Two Sharp Singles by
Whiteman and Mclnnis; Cubs Miss Two
Good Openings and Fail to Score.
c.i luitlimit a orotest. Ihere
was no cheering (luring the contest,
nor was there anything like the usual
umpire baiting.
Ump Eats Peanuts..
"Hank" O'Day of the National
league, who officiated behind the
plate was caught munching a bag of
peanuts after the game.
"We were not roasted once during
the game by players or spectators,
Today's attendance was precisely
19 274 Rain caused postponement ot
the first game scheduled for yester
day Today the downpour had ceased
and the grounds were comparatively
dry The sun showed .fitfully and
U-Jre was a stiff, chill bree .from
the north. No seats were occupied in
the upper tier of the second floor of
the grand stand, and the right sec
tion of the stand was ( Tactically
nnpty. In the left section there
, were manv vacant chairs. A number
Df boxes also were without occupants,
and in the bleachers the three lower
rows alf around the field were vacant.
General Public Absent.
War taxes, the high cost of living,
-urtailed railroad service at advanced
prices, the weather, the curtailed sea
son, and over all, the shadow of the
war were said to account for the in
difference of the public. The dyed-m-the-wool
fans were there, but not the
general public. '
' The left field bleacher space usually
i;,-pn nirpr to the virtues of a cer
tain chewing gum admonished the
crowd to "keep the glow in old
"glory," and the right field space com
manded "buy war savings stamps and
do it now." At intervals six airplanes
from the war exposition on the lake
front reminded the spectators that
baseball is not an essential industry.
Even the brass band was cut down
to a war basis of twelve pieces and Jt
attracted most attention when it
played the "Star Spangled Banner.
On this occasion players and audience
stood respectfully, Fred Thomas
among them. Thomas, third baseman
for Boston, was in the Red Sox uni
form bv grace of a fourteen days fur
lough from the Great Lakes1 Naval
training station. He stood at the
rigid salute of the Jackies while the
hymn was played.
Speculators Lose Out.
One thrill was granted the crowd
aside from the game and that was
what must have happened to the as
pirations of the ticket speculators.
They had unlimited seats which they
attempted to sell at double and even
' Even the electric score board failed
. to rise to the occasion. Spectators
' were reminded by innumerable hawk
jers that "You can't tell the players
without a score card," but purchasers
not familiar with the game found
they could not anyway, for that por-
(Continued on I'nge g, tolumn 1).
Terny-Sorney Capture
By Yankees is Called
Brilliant Operation
Paris. Sept. S.-La Liberie, under
the heading. "A Heroic Charge, pays
v tribute to the Americans It says:
'The taking of Terny-Sorny by the
. mericans was a particularly brilliant
operation executed by our allies with
wonderful dash. The unit which made
this stroke had never been under hre,
having passed only a few -weeks in a
comparatively calm sector, but on its
rflebut it hurled itself against a divi
sion of imperial guards and beat it.
'These sturdv youths from Texas
habituated to prairie life tracked the
brc'ie like wild beasts; they swept vil
lages and nests of machine gunners
and charged with bayonets at batter
ies of 105s. killing those serving the
batterv and capturing the guns.
"Twice an officer of the French gen.
rral staff had to interfere to modify
their ardor, fearing that they might
overstep the mark. Even the French
zouaves, who are an embodiment of
our aggressive fighting, were aston
i?hed at such daring."
Chicago, Sept. 5. One of the smallest crowds which ever
turned out for a world's series opening game saw Boston defeat
Chicago, 1 to 0, today.
The battle was between Jim Vaughn and Babe Kutta.
These two giants fought it out all the way and although
Ruth allowed six hits to his opponent's five in an errorless game,
the "break" went to the invaders. -
The effect of the war was every-?
local, saw the home ream uiup u.c. mmwf a lA
IU 41 AmtKIUAno
Graphic Stories of Individual
Heroism and Daring Told in
Commander's Cryptic
Washington, Sept. 5. Graphic
stories of the individual heroism and
daring of 41 American officers and
men fighting in France are told in
cryptie citations by General Persh
ing in awarding them distinguished
service crosses. The citations were
received tonight at the War depart
ment as a tlelayed section of Gen
eral Pershing's communique for
One of the men decorated was a
private of infantry who was attacked
by 11 Germans when he entered a
cellar at Vaux July 1 to install a tele
phone. He killed two of the enemy
and took the other nine prisoner. A
corporal of infantry cleared out a
farm house near Villers-sur-Fere
July 28 singe handed, killing four
Germans, capturing one and polding
the house by himself until support
A sergeant of infantry, after rush
ing ahead of his line near Sergy July
28 was so badly wounded that he
could not stand. Ten Germans of
the Prussian guard attacked him. He
arose to his knees, shot five of them
and the others fled.
In another case a private of infan
try on July 28 near Villers-sur-Fere
saw six Germans about to take pris
oner his corporal who had been se
verely wounded. He called a com
rade, advanced on the Germans, killed
two of them, took the other four pris
oner and carried the corporal to the
American lines.
A machine gun sergeant brought
down two German airplanes which
were sweeping an American trench
with machine gun fire. Despite the
rain of enemy bullets, the sergeant
turned his own machine gun cn the
planes and riddled the uoper one un
til it collapsed. In falling it struck
the lower one, causing it to crash to
Several officers of the infantry and
marines were cited for leading their
commands when wounded, for pass
ing through the enemy lines seeking
information and for other acts of
daring. A chaplain and a cook also
were decorated for bravery and cool
ness in attending wounded men under
Berlin Report Belittles
Day's Fighting Activities
Berlin, Sept. 5. "The fighting ac
tivity was restricted today to minor
engagements in the area fronting our
new positions," says the War office
communication issued tonight.
Free Use of Torch Indicates
Enemy's Intention to Aban
don Hindenburg Line
With the British Army in France,
Sept. 5. The effects of the recent
British successes are hourly becom
ing more apparent. The enemy is
steadily, but surely going back. Suc
cessive minor victories in Flanders,
the application of sustained pressure
in the battle zone south of the Scarpe,
the exploitation of the advances north
of Feronne and the steady bombard-
ment from the British cannon are all
i helping the general movement.
I The foe's retirement is being mart
ed by the usual destruction, for fires
j and explosions are reported from
I vaious sections, especially the area
I in front of the Hindenburg line from
! the Bapaume-Cambrai line south
, ward, where the torch seems to have
i been freely used.
It looks as if the Germans here
were going behind the line, with
its great system of concrete dugouts
and defenses. They are tibt in the
habit of destroying where they man
to stay and, besides, the crushing de
feat they suffered when the Drocourt-
(Jueant line was smashed makes this
ground excedingly difficult, if not
dangerous to hold.
Defending Somme Crossings.
On the banks of the Somme, south
of Peronne, the enemy is manning his
machine guns and trench mortars
strongy and firing heavily on the
crossings and their approaches, ap
parently fearing a British attempt
to cross.
At the same time the suburbs on
the southeastern outskirts of Pe
ronne, where the German machine
gunners have also been holding out
desperately, have been cleared of the
enemy, so that the position of the
Germans on the east bank of the
Somme is becoming increasingly pre
Aong the banks of the Canal du
Nord in the region north and south
of Inchy-en-Artois, strong German
reinforcements have come up, and
they are holding on the Somme
places, especially back of Moeuvres,
the western spoil-bank, with immense
numbers of machine guns. As yet
they have not been really attacked
by the British m any force. It is
not at all unlikely, however, that the
Germans will try to consolidate their
line in this locality with the Hinden
burg line at some point further south
Enemy's Weakness Apparent.
It was through a somewhat analo
gous situation that the Drocourt
Queant switch line was established
after the enemy was forced back from
the original Hindenburg line in front
of Arras. The old Hindenburg line
itself does not run straight north and
south. . To the south of the Drocourt
battle area it swerves sharply to the
east and then tails off southeastward.
(Continued oa Pace Two, Column Four)
Count Von Hertling
Resigns as Imperial
German Chancellor
London, Sept. 5. Count George
F. von Hertling, the imperial Ger.
man chancellor, has resigned, giv
ing bad health as the cause for his
retirement, according to the Gene
va correspondent of the Daily Ex
press, quoting a dispatch received
in Geneva from Munich, Bavaria.
Allied Forces Advance
In Ussuri River Valley
Tokio, Thursday, Aug., 5. Report,
ing .he military operations of the en
tente allied forces Siberia an of
ficial statement issued by the Japan
ese - office today says:
"The right column of our t. ops,
pursuing the enemy beyond the
Uyeraya river, halted on August 26 at
Medoujiya, ten miles east c." Simakoff.
Our left column occupied the emi
nence north of Simakoff. Our center,
reaching Simakoff, stopped there.
"Our troops were nearly in the same
formation on Augu.t 27. On that day
they were engaged in reconnaissance
passing the bridge and making other
"Our cavalry and a detachment of
General Kalminoff's forces are ad
vancing north through the Ussuri
river valley."
tfequest for Facts Follows De
bate in Senate in Which
Action of Federal Au
thorities Is Scored.
New York, Sept. 5. It was an
nounced shortly before midnight that
Charles F. Dewoody, chief of the
Department of Justice's bureau of
investigation, had called off all slack
er raids in New York and nearby
communities at 8 o'clock tonight.
Washington, Sept. S. President
Wilson today asked Attorney Gen
eral Gregory to report to him all the
conditions and circumstances sur
rounding the so-called "slacker
roundup" in New York this week,
in which some 40,000 men were taken
into, custody by agents of the De
partment of Justice, the miitary intelligence-
and soldiers and sailors.
The president's request followed
a two-hours' debate in the senate
today in which the action of the fed
eral authorities was severely criti
cizedj particularly by Senators Cham
berlain, chairman of the military com
mittee; Johnson of California, Sher
man of Illinois, and Calder of New
Investigation Proposed.
Investigation by the senate military
committee of the raids was proposed
in a resolution introduced by Senator
Smoot of Utah. Upon objection by
Senator Kirby of Arkansas, consid
eration of the resolution went over
until tomorrow.
Senator Poindexter of Washington
defended the authorities, declaring
he was glad to see slackers caught
and expressing the opinion that ac
counts of hardships upon innocent
men had been greatly exaggerated.
Senator Bennet of South Carolina
said he was authorized to state
that the provost marshal general's
office had nothing to do with them.
senator Chamberlain declared there
was no legal authority for the arrests.
He said, while he despised the so-
called "slacker," nevertheless they
should be reached by due process of
Senator Johnson said the round-up
(Continued on Page Two, Column Two.)
Captain Belvidere
Brooks Is Killed by
Shell Near Fismes1
Retreat fastened and Rear
Guard Harassed by Amer
icans and French Occu
pying Plateau.
By Associated Press.
With the American Army on
the Aisne Front, Sept. 5. With the
exception of a few machine gun de
tachments left to sacrifice themselves
in an effort to cover the retreat, the
Germans were on the north side of
the Aisne tonight.
The American and French troops,
H'ho have followed closely on the
heels of the enemy since the evacu
ation of the Vesle village began, were
still in oact, harassing the rear
guard and hastening the movement of
the whoe force. Long before night
fall the Americans had worked their
way down into the lowlands towards
the Aisne off the plateau from which
they had been able to look over the
next valley at the cathedral towers
in Laon.
It is at that point where is located
the heart of the present German op
erations. Laon is a great communi
cation center.
Retiring to Old Lines.
The retirement of the Germans to
positions north of the . Aisne is re
garded as only preliminary to their
reoccupation of their old lines of de
fense along the Chemin Des Dames.
With their recrossing of the Aisne
the second phase of the retreat from
the Marne is ended.
In the first they were driven,, back
mile by rmle and desperate fighting
marked almost every bit of the ter
(Continued on Page Two, Column Fire..)
Rapid Progress Made by Americans and French From
Soissohs Eastward Toward Rheims; Thirty Villages
Reclaimed ; Haig's Troops Make Germans Taste
Bitter Defeat on Numerous Sectors.
By Associated Press.
The French and Americans are fast driving the Germans
out of their positions in southern Picardy and in the sector be
tween the Vesle and Aisne rivers. So rapid has been the
progress ctf the allies the French in Picardy and the Ameri
cana and French from Soissons eastward toward Rheims that
the retirement of the enemy has the appearance of the be
ginning almost of a rout.
. Meanwhile Field Marshal Hai In
the north, from Peronne to Ypre.
Passage Effected After Sharp
Engagement in Which Ger
mans Contest Every
Foot of Ground. .
Wattles at Capital
To Meet Hoover and
s.i r it l
Uther rood Leaders
Washington D. C, Sept 5.
(Special Telegram.) Gurdon
W. Wattles, food administrator
for Nebraska with A. C. Lau,
assistant administrator, are in Wash
ington to attend a conference of food
administrators of the various states
and to hear a comprehensive review
of the food situation in Europe from
Mr. Hoover, who has just returned
from a trip to the allied countries on
an international food mission.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward M. Burgess
and Mrs. C. T. Kountze are in Wash
ington for a short visit.
Myles Standish, president of the
Apprurity Spark Plug company of
Omaha, and O. T. Lindstrom are in
the city.
Bert Murphy, of the Murphy
O'Brien company of Omaha, is in
Washington to offer the services of
his plant to the aircraft production
With the American Army in
France, Sept. 5. Capt. Belvidere
Brooks, son of a former general man
ager ot the Western Union .tele
graph company, was killed August
22, by a shell durrng a German at
tack west of Fismes. Captain Brooks
was standing at the entrance of an
immense cave south of the Vesle
formerly occupied by the Germans,
and was watching the effects of shells
when they struck.
Uncle Sam Is Spending
$40,416 Every Minute
Washington, Sept. 5. Govern
ment expenses in August were at
the rate of more than $40,446 a
minute, reaching the enormous to
tal of 91,805,518,000 and exceeding
by more than $200 000,000, the high
est previous monthly record of ex
pense since the war began. Of
the total $1,524,901,000 went for the
upkeep of the army and navy, ship
and airplane construction and other
direct war expenses.
Six Hundred Airplanes
Destroyed or Disabled
By British; Cost 216
London. Sept. 5. Four hundred
enemy airplanes have been destroyed
and 200 disabled since the commence
ment of the offensive on August 8,
according to an official statement on
aerial operations tonight. Sixty-one
hostile balloons were destroyed and
911 tons of bombs were dropped on
various targets.
Two hundred and sixteen British
machines are missing.
Explorer Stefansson Starts
From Dawson for Vancouver
Dawson, Y. T., Sept. 5. Explorer
Vilhjalmur Stefansson left Dawson
last night for Vancouver and Esqui
mau to report to the naval command
er at the latter place regarding the
last five years of the Canadian gov
ernment expedition north. He will
also follow this report with one to the
ministry at Ottawa.
W'iih the French Armies in the
Field, .5ept. 5. General Humbert's
men crossed the Somme at Epanan
conrt during the night, occupying sev
eral points on the east bank. Fur
ther south the advance continued
today with greater facility than yes
terday. The passage of the Somme
was effected after a series of sharp
engagements in which the German
mountain troops contested every foot
of ground.
Hidden among the bullrushes and in
the hollows and , reed beds of the
brancres of the river, the Huns were
able to use their quick firera effect
ively, compelling the pursuers to slow
up their progress. General Humbert's
men built foot bridges under the
enemy s hre. lhe hrst bridges
were destroyed, together with their
builders, but other merr gallantly re
placed those killed and facing a gall
ing fire continued until pontoons
and foot bridges were thrown across
the stream.
Acts of Heroism.
This work afforded numerous oc
casions tor acts ot great heroism.
Among these acts may be mentioned
that of a French soldier, who, .not
withstanding the fact that the river
was under the fire of German sharp
shooters, undertook the task of swim
(Continued on Tag Two, Column Three.)
House Passes Power
Bill With Provision
Opposed by President
Washington, Sept 5. The adminis
tration water power leasing bill was
passed late today by the bouse after
leaders had tailed in a second attempt
to amend it so as to carry out the
wishes of President Wilson that a
"fair value" instead of the amount of
the "net investment" should be paid
by the federal or municipal govern
ments in taking over power plants at
(he end of the 50-year lease periods.
Kaiser Sends Regrets to
Lenine Because of Shooting
London, ept. 5. The Berlin Na
tional Zeitung, a copy of which has
been received hcje, says the German
government communicated its regret
to M. Joffe, the Russian ambassador
to Germany, immediately it learned
of the attempt on the life of Premier
British Wireless Press.
London, Sept. 5. Although the
British government does not intend to
adopt the practice of giving proof of
official utterances made by its minis
ters, it has been thought desirable to
print in tomorrow's newspapers the
names of the commanding officers of
150 German submarines which have
been disposed of in order to sub
stantiate the statement of Premier
Lloyd George in the House of Com
mons that "at . least 130 of these ocean
pests have been destroyed."
The statement to be published to
morrow does not include the names of
officers commanding Austrian subma
rines put out of action. ;
.A majority of the 150 officers men
tioned are dead. Some of them, are
prisoners of war, and a few ari in
terned in neutral countries whereithey
took refuge.
Kapitan-Lieutenant Schweigerjwho,
while in command of the U-2(J tor
pedoed the Lusitania in MayTl9l5.
The U-20 was lost on the Danish
coast in 1916, but Schweiger survived
and was in command of the U-80,
which was lost with all hands in Sep
tember, 1917.
Kapitan Lt. Paul Wagenfuker, who
sank the steamer Belgian Prince
July 31, 1917, and drowned 40 of the
crew, whom he had ordered to line
up on the- submarine's deck when
the U-boat was about to submurge.
Ilis subniarfne, the U-44, was sunk
with all hands, about a fortnight ago.
Kapitan Lt. Rudolph Schmiritler
torpedoed the steamer Arabic in Au
gust, 1915.
The statement says it is significant
that the authors of particularly
atrocious crimes have expiated them
speedily after their commission. It
says the names of such men are care
fuily noted by the British admiralty
and that special endeavors are made
to bring their active careers swiftly
to an end. Several commanders, ivt
is added, have escaped retribution by
finding refuge in shore appointment.
Others on List.
Prominent among those named as
having estaped retribution, but whom
the British navy has on its lists, are,
according to the statement, Korvet
ten Kapitan Max Falentiener, who
was responsible for many sinkings
of vessels, among them " the Nor
wegian steamer Magdaa, the Spanish
steamer Pena Castillo, the Italian
steamer Ancono and the British
steamer Persia; Kapitan Lt. Wilhelm
Werner, for the sinking of hospital
ships; and Korvetten Kapitan Frei
heer von Forstner, who when in com
mand of the U-28, sand the British
steamers Falaba and Aguila.
has been almost as busily engaged
with his troops in carrying out suc
cessful maneuvers which are onlyjjp
a slightly less degree of rapidity fo
ing the Germans everywhere to give
ground. Haig's men again have made i '
tae Germans taste bitter defeat o il
numerous sectors and the end of the"
punishment for them seems not yet in v
Thirty Villages Reclaimed. -
Jn the latest fighting in the region
extending from the old Noyon sector
to Soissons the French have re
claimed thirty villages from the Ger
mans; have crossed the Somme canal
at several points and are standing on
ly a short distance from the important ,
junction of Ham. -with its roifcs leidi
mg to- at viuentin. ana -lA'cwv.
. On the south they have made lur
ther crossings of the Ailette rive
and are fast skirting the great wood
ed region which acts as a barrier t
direct attach on Lion, thedetrj
Des Dames and the western Av I
defenses of the enemy. Seemingly J
the present rate of progress this bar
rier shortly will have been overcome
and indeed the entire salient north
west of Soissons obliterated. Already
the French south of Fresnes on the
fringe of the high forest of Coucy,
have penetrated the old Hindenburg
line. ,
All behind the lines northeast of
Novon arreat conflagrations are to be
seen, particularly around Jussy and,
La Fere, which apparently indicates
that the Germans intend to fall back
as fast as they can to the old German
lines running southeastward from St.
, Hard os Enemy's. Heels.
The French and Americans are hard
after the Germans between the Vesle
river and the Aisne and for more than
eight miles, extending from Conde to
Viel-Arcy, they have driven the ene-
my across the Aisne and are standing
on the southern bank of the river.
Eastward toward Rheims, almost up
to the gates of the cathedral cirf, the
German line is falling back north
ward. At the anchor point of the
line in the vicinity of Rheims, how
ever, the Germans seem to be hold
ing, evidently realizing that a retro
grade movement here would necessi
tate a straightening of their line per
haps as far eastward as Verdun.
In the initial maneuver to the re
treat along the Vesle front the Ameri
cans and French captured both Ba
zoches and Fismette. From Bazoches
they moved six miles northward to
Viel-Arcy, while from Fismette they
have penetrated more than three miles
northward to Barbonval, which is only
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a mue more man a miie loum ot uie
Aisne. ' ,. .
Driving Toward CambraL
In Flanders the British have taken
the town of Ploegsteert and positions
southwest of Messines and northeast
of Wulverghem and repulsed stapnjr
counter . attacks launched agams
Southeast of Arras.aH the wa
down the line to the south df th
Somme below Peronne. the Britis
have dug more deeply into the ent
my s front on various sectors, especi
ally toward Cambrai. nd immediately
north and south of Peronne. in the
latter region having driven in the ene
my's rear guards for considerable dis
tances. -
The Germans have been violently
bombarding the Americans at Fra
pelle. on the eastern end of the battla
front in Lorraine, but have attemped
no infantry attacks. - More than 3.000
i shells,, many of them gas projectiles.
nave oeen sent into the American lui
Bomb Explosion Comment
' Chicago, Sept 5. An editoriat
published by the Chicago Evening
Pos.t today, insinuating, it is charged,
that the speeches of Mayor William
Hate Thompson., candidate for , the
republican nomination for . United
States senator from Illinois, jmay have
urcn inairecny responsioie lor . the
explosion of the bomb in the federal
building vesterday, led the mayor ta
file a $500,000 libel suit against O
newspaper late today.
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