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North Carolina Fair tonight and
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OL. XXIII, NO. 331.
Bent Toward Reliev
Injured and Feeding
HEAVY SNOW STORM
AIDS FIRE FIGHTING
F lames Still Rage in Many Sec
tions of City Disaster
Caused by Explosion of 4,
000 Tons Trinitrotuluol.
(T'.r Apsooiatpd Press)
Halifax. X. S., Dec. 7. Stunned by,
t!h niasniture of the disaster which '
h-, iivpi whclmed the "Garrison City- '
liy thc Sea." tlie people of Halifax to- ,
day nenr all their energies to reliev
: z r 1 :;irr(!, feedinr: the sry, '
-!:: !t(":ntc the homeless and gathc.'-.
A heavy snowstorm set in early to
day ard while this in a measure im-
rl tb.p work of relief and rescue, it i
erv-d to aid the firemen m fighting:
the Hames which still burned fiercely
in many places among the ruins in
the devastated district.
Reports from the improvised
liicrrues and hospitals, church,
nnH nrivntp rpsidpnrps sppm-
-d t.. bear out last night's estimate
at least 000 lives were lost
uh r the Belgian steamship Imo
V.'ed with the French munitions
steamer Monte Blanc, causing the de -
of 4.000 tons of trinitrotul-1
one of the most powerful explo-
iv-- manufftrtured. Help from out
ale began to ach the stricken cit1- (
i , . 7 , nn-ooci mffiPQl OTlf
food supplies arrived" on special trains
from Truro and Windsow, N. S., and
from Monton N B
Other' trains were reported on th -
wav and were expected to reach, he-e
darinv the dav. The special train
sent from Boston by direction of Gov
ernor MoCa'1. of Massachusetts, will
arrive this r vning.
All business is suspended and the
schools are closed while the inhabi
tants enerallv are turning their at-
reTv e-i to relief work. Soldiers and J
sailors, including seamen from an
Americ?". warship, w-hich rushed to
the t.ovt who nit. received word of the
rlisa-rer. are patrolling the stricken j
district and aiding in the rescue
Su oulderin? ruins, and piles of de
Vris v' demolished houses continue
o rivn ;:n their dead victims of yester
day's explosion aboard the French
Line munitions laden steamship
-UnnK Bl:nc, following a collision in
the Narrows of Halifax harbor with
The Belgian steamer Imo in such
numbers as to surpass any disaster
on t'ni- continent in recent years.
Es-ir.io.tos of the number of dead at
-,f,iM) or more appeared to be borne
;:r by rhe rapidly filling morgues and
inrif',!-:n:f numbers of deaths report
ed tio!, hospitals, private homes,
'linrch. . rnd schools where hundreds
tie I' :"' ' d inn ?'"o bein? cared for by
'heir more fortunate townsmen and
TCcmhei-s of relief parties from near
by c:t;.-. The exact number of dead,
it :!j.p-r.rrd certain today, might nev
(ontinuoQ or". Page? Six).
HEARTS BEAT FAST
BILE HARR1 RICH
PERFORMS IN AIR
J '-:!. ; Turned Away as Daring
Mar: Literally Flirted With
TO -EE GEVEN TONIGHT
Aci; on Roof of Trust
Proved One 01
rhrilHng Ever Seen in
'i ' ' v -mis of several hundred peo
hrr taster last, night as they
.h i llirry Rich in his acrobatic
'' :'''.: r-,vr oji the trapeze erected
;i" 1 or the- Trust Building. It
' i! j-ii-i:'. rnd majority c
' t '-onr waited from half
1 to ;. few minutes after
1 to witr. the performance, and
:i ci'.i'.linrc wait in the cold .wind
' hlow nj) the street from across
ri"r. But the cola and impa
v.imp wiped away in forgetful
s R-u'r. daring acts sent the
' -.ii!Min!i through the veins of
( :- r.(l u doubt it was the most
i!i:n.T performance that has been
Operations in Northern Italy
Similar to Those Six Weeks
ASIAGO BATTLE MAY
BE ITALY$ VERDUN
Italians Are Making a Most
Gallant Resistance to the
Z ' vperior Enemy Austric
(By Associated Press.)
Italian Headquarters in Northern
Italy, Thursday, Dec. 6. The big op
eration which the enemy is attempt-
in in th North
is virtually a repe-
LlLluIi Ul lIlti luiuius uiuiemem uc ca-
col-iecutetl S1X weels a- in the Sreat ot"
j tensive above Gorizia. At that time
!ne broke through the upper end of
the line and thus endangered the low-.
yi U"J- 1UI' 1& Lue. SRUdUUii;
lich is being repeated today
The Austro-German attack on Mel-j
LW iU i. XJlllt UiiCLlO JiUCB iA tLlO.Lt
i A 1 -- J3P j.1 1" XI A. T
region, but if the 'enemy could pierce j
I through and drive his way southwards
'onto the plains, it might place him;
on the left flank of the Piave lines I
:jnuch as the Duke of Aosta had his1
i:i:iu .iuv cuc"'.
on his left flank.
It. is this quite as much as the fron- 4
tal attack that is receiving considera- J
tion. The line east of Asiago prob- v
ably is "stronger today than before the iJ
retirement yesterday, as it is now a
Formerly it was like a long inver-
ed letter U with the Italians on the '
inside of the U and the enemy on the
It has been established that while
Field Marshal Conrad von Hetzendorf
5 HirortinfT tht rtinvpniPTit Gpnpral
von Krobatin's forces also are co - oper -
ating. In addition to the superiority,
in numbers, the Austro-Germcns are; 4
takins advantage of the backward 4
season and are striking before the,
mniitii n in isnnws imnplp onerations '
The weather this year happens to be
favorable to the enemy. The snow is
only a few inches deep, whereas in
December, the snow usually reaches '
a depth of from four to 10 feet. One
such snow fall now would be worth di-1
visions. Gray skies today indicated
snow, but the fall was light.
Austrian prisoners taken in the last
few days say that the release of Rus-
10 days ago. Austria took the initia
tive in this without waiting for Russia
to release Austrian prisoners. Each
Continued on Page Three).
witnessed in Wilmington. With
strong searchlight playing full upon trains.
his green clad figure every movement From Boston, a medical base hos
of Rich was distinctly visible and hag been ordered t0 Halifax with
many throats were choked by fastly
beating hearts as he literally flirted a full corps, of surgeons and nurses
with death. A trapeze act is a trapeze whose work will be supplemented by
act, and usually that tells the whole that of an organized body of social
story. Wilmington people have seen workers The train from New York
thUeVShr oanTass td will not arrive there before midday to
circus. But this last night was dif- morrow.
ferent. 1 The report received by the Navy
The framework supporting the apartment that perhaps 5,000 had
trapeze on which Rich performed ris- ,ren killed, also was received by the
es about 35 feet above the roof of the Rtri Cross from its representatives in
building. Erected just on the edge Bo. ton, who had received it from the
of the building facing Front street, mililary commandant there,
braced bv poles to the rear and guy
wires on the sides, from the se.et .i
r,nt thr whole that adds to the
apparent' dangerousness of the per-, ,
fnrmance Thentherearenonets.no (By Associated Press). , '
safety devices of any sort, just noth- Berlin Dec. 7 (via Lonaon).-Four
in but blank space from the high thousan ! more 'Italians have been
ton to the ha'rdness of the asphalt captured in the new Austro-German
ravine below in ca,?e a miscalcula- offensive , on the Northern front,
tinn or a false move should .send the bringing the total up to 15,000, ac
daring man hurtling through the -air cording to t-any's official- communt
for a drop of 140 feet. cation, .
The act itself was better than usu- Monte Sisemol was captured by.
" ' (Continued on Page Five). . storm, the statement says. .
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA,
The Man'l ! 1 111
Seek With 1 "j111 life P
on top of Trust Building. pi
4 f '4 4
RUMANIA JOINS RUSSIANS.
(By Associated Press).
Jassy, Rumania. Thursday,
Dec. 6. It has been decided that
Rumanian troops shall associate
themselves with the Russians in
the proposed armistice, though
v the Rumanians have rejected ev-
v ery attempt at iraternizaiion,
says an official announcement
4 made here today.
4' Hostilities were suspended to-
day on the whole tront. j
4 .4. 4. 4. 4. ;
- -t '"apeP
R j C Rushes Special Re-
lief Trains to Scene of
I (By Associated
I Washington. Dec. 7.
ifor despatching a third relief train at
11 n m tnrtav from New York to car-!
vy supplies and a&sistance to Halifax,
Were made by the Red Cross. - Rail
way officials are assisting and will J
push the train through as fast as pos
sible. i John F. Moore will be in charge of
the Red Cross relief work in Halifax.
Surgeons and nurses are being rushed
to the scene of devastation in three
FULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE
FRIDAY, AFTERN OON,
1 wo Invitations Lxtended, the
T7avn Cam'tal Rn Dnlv
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North Carolina Conference
Concurs in Suggestion of
Western Conference and
Suggests Trinity College
(Special to the Dispatch)
Greenville, N. C, Dec. 7 -The
j North Carolina Conference of the
I Methodist church in session here, this
morning selected Goldsboro as the
place for the 1918 meeting, that city's
invitation securing more support than
the invitation of Benson,.
The third day of the conference was
opened by singing the old hymn,
"Come Ye Who Love the lord," which
Bishop Chandler himself raised. He
then read the seventeenth chapter of
Matthew. Rev. L. E. Thompson led
the prayer. In the Bishop's remarks
he spoke of the danger of being over
anxious for our own rights. "If we
always get what we think our rights
are, we are apt to infringe upon the
rights of others. The Master surren
dered all His rights, even the right to
live, and admonished the preachers to
have higher ideals than their rights.
The salvation of men is of more im
portance than the rights of any man."
By order of yesterday's session, 10
o'clock was the hour for the selection
of a place of meeting next year. At
that time Rev. A. D. Wilcox gave the
Conference a very cordial invitation to
meet in St. Paul's chGrch in Goldsboro,
Rev. J. T. Stanford put Benson in nom
ination. Goldsboro was selected.
The following resolution was pass
ed: "In keeping with the action of
the Western. North Carolina Confer
Continued on Page Eight).
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(By George Manning).
Washington, D. C, Dec
4' Daniel A. McDonald, of Carthage, 4f
41 was nominated by President Wil-
4" son today to be explosives in- 4
spector for North Carolina. He 4
will have charge of the issuance
of all licenses for handling ex- !
plosives which must be obtained 41
by all desiring to handle explos-
ives in any way.
S TO BE
ARMED MO READY
j Last Week's Experience Has
- Brought Steps to Prevent a
(By Associated Press. 1
With the American Army in France,
Dec 7. Engineer organizations in the
American army hereafter, it was rec
oifimehded today, shall be armed and
ready for battle on all occasions when
they are anywhere near the fighting
line. The recommendation, which is
certain to be adopted, was made as a
result of the predicament in which en
gineers found themselves when they
became involved in a German attack
on the British ff ont last week.
That time they were forced to take
up .weapons abandoned by dead and
. Jt is felt certain that a number of
the 18 railway engineers reported
missing in the casualty list, fell dur
ing the engagement with 'the Germans
but there is no way of ascertaining
AMERICAN AIRMEN WOUND
(By Associated Press).
Washington, Dec. 7. American
J airmen fighting the German
i planes on the Western front have 41
v suffered their first casualty. Two
4 men, a corporal and a private'
were today reported wounded.
4? , No report of the engagement in
4' which the Americans were wound- 4
ed was forwarded. They are:
Corporal Walter A. Warren, "fr.'and made more, capable of strong dv
sister, Mrs iaa imin, ,juj smitn
street, Dublin, Ga. '
Private Edward F. Ebsen, fath-
er, George H. Ebsen, Buffalo, Mo.
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GASTON B. MEANS
Defendant , Begins Second
Day's Testimony in Concord
VALIDITY OF NEW
WILL BROUGHT UP
Alleged Second Will Likely to
Prolong the Trial Letters
Read Means Admitted
t . . , , i cast his vote. ' v
(By Associated Press.) : .
Concord, N. C, Dec. 7. Gaston. B. j Meanwrhile there was every indica-.
Means on the stand in his own de- tion that the resolution would Tss In-. .
Zense in his trial on charge of the mur- the House with only one dissenting
1er of Mrs. Maude A. King, continued vote Representative London, Social
on direct examination today to ex- ist. Members were so sure of it thati v.
?lain letters which he had written to they deserted the chamber in droves
his wife, to Afton Means and others to escape the speech-making and. .'reV
last July, and which the State had pre ' turn later for the voting. ' 1
rented as evidence of duplicity on the, After the House acts, the two reso 1
defendant's part in dealing with Mrs. lutiohs will be reconciled or one sub
King. These letters were written stituted for the other. ,
oon after the arrival of Mrs. King, ' The declaration of war on $ Austria - '
'4rs Robinsov-hpmthiand- Mrs-s
vlacrv C JNfelvini at Ash evil 1g. from
letters and telegrams referring to a the Foreign Affairs committee, came
party on Chesapeake Bay, Maude up for debate and passage, which was
'flying the track," etc., had reference expected before nightfall. . . j
to a joke which he and Mrs. Means I In the Senate, the Foreign Relations - j
had with Mrs. King about a certain committee's report of its own War res-
foreigner she had seen in New York, olution came up with a request for ' J
Washington and Asheville and in unanimous consent for immediate con- : "f
whom she was deeply interested. jsideration.
He explained that his caution' The two resolutions must be con- '
against his wife, and baby riding in the jsolidate; or one must displace the 5 V
Fiat car around Asheville was based j other 4n the final action of Congress.,
solely on the ground that it was a cariHow this would be accomplished had J I
not adopted to mountain roads and j not fully developed .when both Houses 0 .; '
that the chauffeur had never driven a began working. ' ' 1
car 'except in very level country. Thej -Debate on the Austrian War resolu- '.
witness told this morning of having
at Mrs. King's direction employed ex-:
pensive handwriting experts and law-
yers to endeavor to secure the proba- tion. '
tion of "last will" of James C. King,! Chairman Stone, of the Senate For-
knownf the "second will." This ev- eign Relations committee, today pre
idence was presented, counsel explain-j sented the Senate War resolution :
ed, to account for certain expenditures against the Austria-Hungary and mov
of Mrs. King's money made by Means, ed its immediate adoption.
Clashes over admission of various J Besides the reasons that Austria' is
papers, finding of certain papers want-.Germany's active ally and as such has
ed and the reading of letters, etc., ' committed warlike acts against the
made progress this morning slow. United States, Senator Stone declared
; there was the further reason that In- r
Armistice Agreement. lasmuch as Italy, France and Belgium. '
Petrograd, Dec. 6. The text of the comprised one battle front, American' '
armistice agreement between the Six-'troops might at any time be facing Y
ty-seventh Russian Infantry Division AHistrians. ('(
and the Thirty-first German Division , Senator Stone "made no reference to N
is printed by The Pravda. It does not Turkish or Bulgarian relations. - - J .
contain a word concerning the non-; Senator ' Lodge, of Massachusetts, -transference
of German troops to oth- ranking Republican on the Foreign Re
er. fronts. 1 (Continued on Page . Three)
Retirement Was Carried Out
Without Knowledge of the
FIGHTING IN ITALY
Austro-Germans; Make Vio
lent Assaults But as Yet
Have Not Broken Through
the Italian Line .
German wedges driven into the sa
lient before rCambrai have compelled
the British to evacuate exposed points
and flie'y have given up to the Ger
mans . several villages west of Cam:
brai'as well as the Bourlon wood. The
retirement . was carried out so quietly
that the Germans continued to shell
th3 empty positions tor several hours.
The British Mne has been shortened
ifense by, the retirement. .
l Berlin, in its latest report, claims the
1 pecupation ot Marcoing, about four
jiles southwest of Cambrai. Minor
German attacks south of Bourlon w6od
,and near La -Vacauerie have been re-
PRICE FIVE CENTS;
! The Vote Was 74 to 0 Sen
I ' ator LaFollette Was Not :
HOUSE EXPECTED TO
DO NEARLY AS WELL
Only Representative Gordon;
Socialist, is Counted in Op-
' position Senate Used Lit-
tie Time in Debate V
(Try Associated Press.) -.
(By Associated Press.) " - a '
Washington, Dec. 7. With less than -an
hour's debate, the Senate today
passed the resolution declaring war.
on Austria-Hungary. J- f.
The resolution was adopted bjr the.
Senate unanimously, 74 to 0. Sena
tors Gronna, of Dakota, Norris, Of Ne- -.i; -braska,
and Varda'man, of Mississippi, y.
who voted against the German. war
declaration, supported the resolution.--Senator
LaFollette, of Wisconsin, left
during the speech-making and. did not V '
es of Coneress
In. the House ' of Representatives
tion began shortly after the Senate
convened, unanimous consent being
secured for its immediate considera
? 1 1 11 ::;
,pulsed by the British. ,
Violent fighting continues on the
Northern Italian , front between Asiago -and
the Brenta river where, the Austro
.Germans made gains Wednesday,, but r
have, not yet been able to break the
Italian, line. The Italians, inflicting
gradually to prepared ' positions, ' and
gave up MontevFeor and , Monte Cas :
elgomberto. . '
On the western end -of the line, the
Austro-German attempts to encircle
the Meietta position and cut it off were y
defeated. Along the' Brents,? east of
Morite Badenecche and Monte Tondar-' '
ecar, lost Wednesday to the enemy, the - ,;
Italians repulsed with heavy loss i a
determined effort to break through.","'
While German airmen were, attempt- i -a
raid on London, British aviator .
penetrated "the enemy aerial defense
on the Western Front and dropped
any bombs on towns and factories in ,
Germany, and airdromes in Belgium. ,. -Jn.
the raid over East England, the .
Germany , lost two machines and .the 1
botobs they dropped caused slight cas- -
ualtiss-seyen killed ; and' 21 injured.
(Calais JFrance, was raided the same
nightrbut there were no casualties
.While the. Russian 'soldiers oa a,-'
j-reat section of the. Eastern front havo
,ahd near La Vacquerie have been re-; , ' Continued on Page Eight). ''
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