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VOL. XXIV. NO. 126.
WILMINGTON, NORTH OAROLINA.WEDNESDAY,;MAY 15,1918-
WILSON TO OPPOSE
INQUIRY INTO HO W
WAR IS CONDUCTED
A IAJLAj IN THE GERMAN OFFENSIVE
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nnmiro -niiniHiirin Tiinnirn tn innnrn f i
DUbntd DHblVYMtU IUi!1LU IU LUOOLO V
Says Martin Resolution is Vote
of Want of Confidence.
STOPPED ONCE BEFORE
Has No Objection to . Probe
Being Made Into Aircraft
LIKELY BE LIMITED
Sub Committee of Senate
Leaves Today to Inspect
Ordnance Plants of Beth-
lehem and Midvale.
Washington, May 15. In a letter
today to Senator Martin, of Virginia,
democratic leader in the senate,
President Wilson declared lie would
regard passage of the Chamberlain
resolution calling for an investiga
tion of aircraft ann other activities
as a "direct vote of want of confi
dence in the administration' and an
attempt by congress to take over the
conduct of the: war.
Senator Chamberlain indicated
that if the enate were to refuse "'to
pass an amended resolution giving
the military committee QUthority, he
would not attempt to press the army
The artillery fire is v reported by
Paris to have been violent last night
north of Montdidier, just-to the south
of this sector, where American troops
are holding a portion of the front.
The bombardment was severe also
along the southerly aide of the Mont
didier salient as tar east as .iMoyon
and the Germans attempted to attack
at one point on this lino DUt ; WjftrjB
nmrantlv chmecked. . ; , : ':
The London statement also indir
rated considerable activity try the
hostile artillery on the British por
tion on the Somme - frdnf ;in f the
Somme and Ancre valleys, while" this
t morning it increased 'in the-, legion
between-the Somme and. 11 a Ancre,
ietr Morlaffcoarfc where the: Acttrai-
ians recently have adejnot&lefcd-
ranees and' where yesterday :. they re
' pulsed a German effort: 'to riMatpturf
iae lost. mnna a. vt: "
On the Flanders Battlefront-' the
Germans likewise spedded up their
fire early today in the eKmmel ec
tor after having worked their, guns
moderately hard during the' iiight
on the southerly side of the Lys sal
ient, in the eBthune an dNleppe wood
The president informed Senator
Martin that he had no objection to
the most searching inquiry Into the
aircraft situation, but that he deemed
inadvisable at this time, any' investi
gation of the conduct of the war. At
the last session of congress his op
position to such an investigation put
an end to proposals that it be made.
It was believed that' the president's
attitude was due to the form in which
Senator Chamberlain, . of Oregon,
chairman of the senate military com
mittee, introduced the resolution. The
resolution "authorized and - directed
the committee to "inquire into and
report to the senate the progress of
aircraft production in the United
States, or into any other matters re
lating to the conduct of the war, by
or through the war department."
Objection to the wording of the
resolution was made yesterday by
several administration senators and
Also by Senator Thompson of Kansas,
chairman of the senate expenditures
committee, to which it was referred,
and -who conferred with the president
late yesterday. Senator Thompson
has insisted and members of the sen
ate military committee have agreed
to re-draft the resolution to authorize
the committee to inquire merely Into
army activities and not into general
conduct of the war or military strat
egy. The expenditures committee . met
today to re-draft the resolution. : Sen
ator Chamberlain and ethers of .the
military committer have declared
there was no objection to him limit
ing the scope of the rescfation to
army operations and havev disclaimed
any intentions of planning any gen
eral inquiry into "the conduct of the
The only investigations planned by
-he committee, which met today tp
PPoint sub-committees , to take
-harge, are into aviation, aircraft.
Patent licensing, ordnance production
d the quartermaster's bureau.
These inquiries are regarded by the
committee as continuations, divided
into separate branches of its recent
It has been reported, that some sen
ators favor restricting the commit
tee's inquiry to aviation alone.
The whole question of the scope of
the committee's inquiry was awaiting
consideration when the senate con
vened today, upon a report by the
expenditures committee of the re
used Chamberlain resolution. "
The sub-committee which will In-,
estigate ordnance production left
laay accompanied by 'ASSlstant Sec
retary nf Wan CtatMntno mid MdrtT
general Williams, acting Chief of ord-
""ce, to inspect the. Bethlehem anu
Midvale ordnance ' plants. . -"V
The sub-committee comprised Sen
ior Hitchcock, of Nebraska, chair
man, and Senators Fletcher, of Flor
: Beckham . ofr ; Kentucky ;Weeks,
I; Massachusetts, and Wadsworth, of
Pen and Ink Humorist
ed by I his Paper,
An arrangement was effecirutbday
between The Wilmington Disnateh
and The Chicago Tribune under , the
terms of which the John T. McCutch
eon cartoons will become a daily and
Sunday feature in The Dispatch. Mc
Cutcheon has just returned from a
vacation spent in his island home in
the West Indies group and' resumed
work on his inimitable pictorial com
ments on the news of the day. To
day his cartoons will begin to ap
pear in The Dispatch simultaneously
with their publication in The Chicago
In arranging for McCutcheon's ser
vices, The Dispatch has obtained the
best, as well as the most famous, car
toonist in the United States. Mc-
Cutcheon is ; without an equal, as a
legitimate American pen-and-ink hu
morist. For many years his delightful
comic drawings have been utilized by
the big magazines to illustrate George
Ade's famous "Fables in Slang." He
is at his best when he turrs his pen
to . current . news. There is comedy
and philosophy in the. McCutcheon
cartoons, but, best of all, they are
filled with the good old-fashioned
brand of Americanism that North
Carolinians like. In view of the fact
that Wilmington, the home of the
great shipyards, will play a big role
In the winning of the war, The Dis
patch feels the need of reflecting the
undiluted American patriotism that
will foe: the keynote of this city's rnu-r
nlcipal life during the vfcusy months
ahead..--r By adding the. -McCutcheon
cartoons to the Innumerable snew fea
tures that are being rapidly" Incorpo
rated into the attractions of iThe Dis?
patch,' this paper feels that It is per
forming a real duty. ;
f John T ..McQutcheon Is known to
all magazine readers. - His drawings
as imtXtmf$Uk "manage to
ten a stor ; in a ; picture aw many
saridwrds ftf6rebTer his Is aft ex
tremely, interesting . s personality. He
ha"traveled 1 all ; oyer ' the 1 world and
his ' drawings have been unique, but
eloquent stories of his adventures in
many lands. . .
A few months ago the. newspapers
of America chronicled the act that
McCutcheon had purchased "Treasure
Island" as a honeymoon home and a
place of abode for his bride and him
self whenever he could steal a. few
weeks rest from his arduous duties as
the ranking cartoonist and humorous
illustrator in the United States. He
has saved money all his life for the
definite purpose of acquiring the West
Indian island made famous by Robert
Louis Stevenson's masterpiece. When
his pet ambition was realized every
American who, as a boy or girl, had
reveled in the adventures with pi
rates on- Treasure Island, had shud
Leered -at the wickedness of Long John
Silver and had heard in their dreams
the monotonous "Pleces-of -Eight" iter
ated and" reiterated by . the pirate
chief's parrot, rejoiced at the news
that historic "Treasure Island" had
passed into the possession of a much
lora artist who Is as great a genius
in . his own field ,as, Stephenson was
as a writer.
The Dispatch . publishes the first
of the McCutcheon cartoons today and
will continue them thereafter, as a
dailv feature, except during. the pe
rlods when their creator feels he has
rnfid a few weeks' res and re
tires to his tropical home on "Treas
DR. JOHNSON FACES
MURDER CHARGE TODAY
Richmond. Va.. May 15. Dr. Lem
uel J. Johnson, a prominent young
dentist, of Middlesex, N. C., was
placed on trial today in the Hustings
court here on the charge of murder
ing his bride, Mrs. Alice Knight Jcttti-
son, on the night or. L?ecemDero,
Miss Mildred Taylor, chum- of the
dead eirl. who was 19 years old, and
Mrs. Benjamin Stutz, in whose home
the bride took a fatal dose of poison,
are among the principal witnesses for
Several witnesses are trrom North
Carolina .amone 'them being R. D.
Johnson, father of the accused man
It is expected all of today will be
consumed in the selection or a jury.
Twentv veniremen were summoned,
The court room was crowded before
the case was called,1 . a - large number
of women being present. ' ,
Miss Taylor Is expected to tell how
hannv Mrs. dJhnson t seemed before
takine the poison. In a'statement af
ter Mrs. Johnson's death-Miss Taylor
was auoted"as saying: ; ; X
"Alice remarked that she was the
happiest person on earth ..because she
was eoine .to oin Lemuel down in
North Carolina Christmas.'! , ;
RFGIIiiR a?SHR ' Tfl HFMFNT GERMANY '
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COUNCIL FEAMESS , DOINHPlUiS
May Permit Country People
tp Sell Produce From the
, v ; City Market.
session of city council was devoid of
features, all matters of Importance
being referred and only those of a
minor nature being disposed of. The
session was of short duration and
attended by all members excepting
Councilman McCaig. ?
The question of permitting country
pebple, bringing produce here on the
weekends for sale, to use a portion of
city market was referred for inves
tigation. The matter was brought to
council's attention by Councilman
Bradshaw, who stated that it was a
shame that these people should be
obliged to stand on the street corners
ip the rain when the market afforded
ample room for their operations.
There was some discussion of mov
ing the fish stalls back and permit
ting country hucksters to use the
shed adjoining the market, but final
action was not taken.
As regards lessees of stalls in the
market paying rent no action was
taken. The question came up
through a protest registered against
one occupant of the market who 4iad
been charged for water and who had
"kicked" against paying for what
others received without cost. Coun
cil was at first inclined to rule that
water would not be furnished free
unless the -contract specifically called
for it, but Councilman Hall objected
on the. grounds that regardless of
contract it would be unfair to furnish
one stall - with -water- and require the
other to pay. The matter will be
gone into thoroughly and disposed of
at the next meeting of the board, the
probability being that all will be re
quired to pay water rent. ' . ..t
; The board voted to pay Fireman
N.' H. Davis, .whowas out for a per
iod of two weeks because of illness
for the time he could not be at the
station. Mr. Davis was taken ill vis
iting in another" city and lost two
weeks. His name did not go on the
payroll for the latter half of that
month but he is to get this pay.
A petition, signed by several per
sons urged that council instruct City
Attorney Robert Ruark to appear be?
fore the corporation commission and
oppose the proposed increased rates
of the Tidewater Power company and
the Southern' Bell J Telephone and
The health budget, as ' adopted at
the Tuesday afternoon monthly meet
ing of the board of health was. pre
sented to council by Chairman Mc
Girt and County Health Officer Low.
It was referred to the finance com
mittee. . .- , .,.
Says Sheriff Was Prejudiced. .
Edwirdsville, Ill-Mar --Summoning
of jurors for the trial of 11
men charged , with the' murder of
Robert Paul Prager, enemy alien,
who was lynched at Collinsville April
5 was today taken out of the hands
of Sheriff Jenkins when Judge Bern
reuter, on motion of State's -Attorney
Streuber, declared he ..was . prejudiced
in favor of the defendants in selecting
veittreineiu ' :'-, - ... .
ts mm wm r ?
applied in 'prsonptp4t the
Shipbuilding conjpn Hhev&econd
hird;;rPr&63 .streets;, since
atj were xfpened oh Monday morning
and scores of families have listed
their spare rooms and boarding ac
commodations during the first three
days of the week. About 350 of the
applications for work have been made
in person and all callers were given
short interviews and permitted to file
their application in writing. There is
hardly a minute in the day that the
telephone bell is not pingling or some
individual conversing with the offi
cials in charge relative to employ
All the work in the office is being
systematized and every effort will be
made to put all applicants to work as
early as possible. Men are being em
ployed according to the manner in
which : they apply, absolutely no fa
voritism being shown. In other
words, fthe carpenter who lists his
application will be employed when a
carpenter is needed, according to the
place his . name occupies on the list
This shows clearly that it is imper
ative that all apply as early as pos
Listing of--rooming and boarding
accommodations . are also being . care
fully made with the object or placing
roomers and , boarders without incon
venience to either the roomer or the
party letting the room. - - - .
A call was made this morning on
the employment agency fprr a small
army of workmen who will! go down o
the jQb in the morning. This includes
a score or more carpenters and .vari
ous other tradesmen.
ARE ELECTED TODAY
'Atlanta, May 15. With the elec
tion of Dr.. F. N. Parker, Emory uni
versity; Kev, w. jm. Ainsworth, Sa
vannah, Ga., and Rev. H. M. Du
Bdse,; Nashville, Tenn., as bishops,
the general conference of the Metho
dist, Episcopal church, south, today
completed the personnel of the col
leg : of bishops for. the next quad-
rennlum. :Tne- ftevs. John -M. Moore,
W,.F. McMurry and U. V. W. Darl
ington.. were the bishops elected late
yesterday.; Announcement was made
that the .ordination of the "new bish
ops would take place Friday after
noon. ' - . . - ' ' . .
v bvM. Smith and Rev. A. J. La
mar, ootn or iNasnvuie, were re
elected publishing agents.
; In accordance with the y action of
the conference, the , bishops must
submit; the question of ; laity rights
for women ; and tne change in the
wordings of the ritual at the..first an
nual conference to .be heldafter , the
session.of . the-' general conference. A
resolution to that effct, presented by
the -Rev. M: T. How, of the Missouri
conference,4 was adopted. ,
The Rev.3 Fr M r Thomas, of -Louis
ville, Ky., was,t elected bopkeditor, to
succeed Dr. Du Bose, elevated to the
episcopac;j&-. r- - --:
THREE MORE BISHOPS
MccVNained or Pro-
-t4 Kaiser and Charles
' London, May 15-TIhe -Austrian and
German emperors" at: their meeting at
German great headquarters German
newspapers say, according to an. EX
change Telegraph dispatch from Co
penhagen, - selected monarchs f oi
Lithonia (Lithuania), Courlandy Es
thonia and Poland. .
London, May 14 The recente meet
ing of Emperor William of Germany
and Emperor Charles of Austria is of
absorbing interest to the British pub
lic. There are two viewpoints which
appear in the comment on the meet
ing, one as to . the Immediate result
of the conference and lie other as to
its future result, but both are of par
amount importance. The first is the
effect which the meeting is likely to
have' in military events, whether an
other great blow at Italy may be ex
pected to coincide with the dally ex
pected renewal of the onslaught atUenant James F. Crawford, Warsaw,
the Anglo-French front. Also, wheth
er Austria can be persuaded ' to ,send
troops to the western front to
strengthen German divisions.
The more distinct "outcome of the
meeting and its cementing of a po
litical and economic defensive alliance
loft' the central powers Is a realization
that eventually must be . faced the
materialization of the Mitteleuropa
policy and it is argued that if this is
accomplished the natural reply of the
entente nations would be the placing
in operation of the resolution . call
ing for economic pressure against
Germany, known as the Paris resolu
tion, because it is contended that only
by the strongest economic pressure
could the entente deal with the great
est unit of power ever known In the
IS INAUGURATED TODAY
Machines Start Today on First
Trips From Washington and
New York. ; "
Washington, May 15.-r Airplane mall
service between Washington and New
York went Into operation today when
the first mail carrier, piloted by'Lieu
tenant George L. Boyle: left. Po
tomac Park: for Philadelphia at 11:45
o'clock. President and Mrs. Wilson
witnessed! the initial start. -
Left New York.
New York, May 15. Airplane mail
service In the United States was in
augurated today when a government
airplane piloted, by Lieutenant Terrey
H.vWebb left Belmont Park ayil: 30
a.fin for Washington, with pouches
dtatatning ; some 44000l:letters, - -.
Push Forward Close to the
Paris -Aniens Railway.
NEW VANTAGE POINTS
Renewal of Hun Offensive on French Guns Break Up Con
Western Front Fails to vpys Behind Teuton Lines
HEAVY ARTILLERY FIRE
In Flanders Germans Speeded
Up Their Fire in Kemmel '
Sector While it Was In
creased on British Line.
The expected renewal of the Ger-
man offensive having failed to develop
the allies are continuing their tactics
of nticipatlng the thrust Dy reach-
Sf HUti50rvnrr v,antagf ,p2nts from
whicli the better to resis.t !t.
I The French were the aggressors in
line last operation of tnis kind, carriea
Lout .late yesterday. They pushed out
fiTOin their lines south of Hallles on J
tje Bomme front, their objective be-
to ia wood situated at about the point
Wnere the Germans had made their
furtherest westward advance and are l
Urithin a short distance of the Paris-1
l viv nao cuvlv.j ovoo i
Jood on the slopes west of the Avre
river, possession of which improves
considerably the allied defensive posi-
tion in this Important sector.
at night Their determined attack
was a failure, however, for, after
spirited fighting, the . French remain-
ed in entire control of their new po-
WUy .. TT fill tUVll 411 V) UVWAXAVU WIMM
more than three score prisoners.
'S MALTY LIST
inzht ' Southern' OOVS - Among
n.. J onfl WntrnHM in
ueaa ana. wounaea m
Washineton. Mav 15. The casualtv
list today contained 120 names, divid-
Killed In action . . .,
Died' of wounds . . .
Died of accident . .
Died of disease .. ..
Died of other causes
Wounded severely ..
Wounded . . . . . .
iff J . '
unicers namea were.
Captain Clarence. F. Jobson, Chi- pulsed further Austrian attempts to:
cago, and Lieutenants King Alexan- regain the summit of the height. .
der, Chambersburg, Pa.; Clarence M. Much interest is. displayed In al-l.
Archer, Saratoga Springs, N. Y.; Rob- Hej capitals as to the meeting bob
bins L. Conn, New York city; John tween the German and Austrian" em-'l
N. Dickerson, San Francisco, and perors and their diplomatic and mili-r:
George Howard, Rosendale, N. Y., tary assistants and especially in the'
wounded slightly; Captain George C. truth behind the apparently purpose-.
Freeland, Westville, Conn., and L,ieu-
N. Y., missing jn action.
The list includes:
, Died of disease: Corporal Robert
Carroll Muller, . Dickinson, Texas.
Died of other causes: Corporal Wll-
let T. Brightman, 917 South Perry
street; Montgomery, Ala.
Wounded slightly: Corporal Thorn-
as G. Speck, Livingston, Tenn.; Pri-
vates Sam Hosier, Waldo, Ark.; Jeff
Johnston, Mcintosh, "Ala. ; TKttfras C.
Seder, Ravenscroft, Tenn.
Missing In action: Private Sylyesterl
J. Clements, Geneva, Ala.; JefT D.
Qulnn, Glencoe, Ala.
IN CANNING NEXT WEEK
Demonstrations in canning are to
.ri -iifrM,V:Aw.iA t t I
county home agent, ?:and Misa Mary
Clifford Bennett, city agent, in the
rest rooms of the Housewives'
Tjeague Tuesday - andV Wednesday of
next week in order that the canninr
. , U
icvuiu uiauo iuia vuuui; last jf car
might be . broken tiring the coming.
weeks. On Thursday and Friday the
demonstrations wlil be repeated for
the colored women.
On Tuesday, morning at .10:30
o'clock demonstrations in the use of
wheat substitutsi wlll.be glvsn. At
1elly and preserves will be demen-
Pirated. Wednesday morning the hot
water process ; of canning In tin and
glass will be shown and on Wednes-
day afternoon the steam pressure
proces will be demontrated.
Bi-monthly. Meeting. I
The regular bi-monthly meeting of
the Rotary club;-postponed: from yes-
erday -was held-this afternoon at
tnvershell, the model farm of Hugh
MacRae, a- short d stanc? beyond
uasue Jtiayne. mf aaaition. 10 uo-
xanans many Dusiness men oj: ue
p.itxr vcrA nrArit a cnimmfa . nf Mf 1
MacRae. . Luncheon was served at
1:30, o'clock .and a . number of ad-
dresses were made by various per
sons. -Machines, carrying Rotarians
and others.' left the city hall at 11
o'clock, the pafty returning ' late in
the afternoon.- w- -
Huns Penetrate British Lino V
But Later Driven OuU t?
NO INFANTRY ACTIVnY
AMERICAN ZONE QUIET
Artillery Firing Has Become
More Llvely n ItaKan Thea-
tre in Trentino and From
Lake Garda to Piave.
In ; Flanders and Picardy there ari
ml no indications that the Germans .
are ready to "resume infantry opera-
tions on a large scale. Local enemy
attacks, probably for the purpose oi
u positions ia;
"l aitaca nave Deen re-
pulsed north of Kemmel and south of
Qn thQ southern battleneld
German affort was .made on a front of .
e mile near Morlancpurt, between
the Somme and Ancre rivers, bttt"
was - not pushed stronrly. The enenfV
Mjj,, initial coo.... i
Jrater the British lines at one point...
Deiug repuisecu elsewhere. A countef.
attack by Australian troops fully re-"
stored the British positions. The at-
Je on HU1 V adjoining,
elements . The Germans gained the'j;
hill, which dominates the surround"
ing region, but Field Marshal . Haljr
rerts they were repulsed Anally
Almost a week has gone by since" :
the Germans displayed any marked
infantry activity and while the a i 'j
tacks north of Kemmel and south of" .
Albert apparently were not in greajP"-!
strength, they were made against the
vital sectors of . the two .'German :v Ji;
driven salients and wherf the enemy ; 1
probably, will, launch his next, heavy , :
attempt or attempts, v it ; not- un- 1 K-
kerjr:.th attacks "were 'adttaV
certain , the result of the German al
"ry nre, wnicn ; continues exceed .mf
irw. xinuwt .-. .: v -f
Considerable activity is reposed vtO?P
in the region of Montdidier. .'where . : J
oe going on Denind the German .lines . . . i
Americans hold a part of the al-:
lied lines. French batteries hare
broken up German' troop concentra-
tions and convoys around Montdidier "
as well as near. Noyon, The artillery."
fire along the American zones in Pi- :
cardy , and northwest of Toul has""
been below normal. . '
In the, ItaUan theatre the artillery"
firing is more lively, especially in the"
from Lake Garda to the Piave. ItaF
v-r UMU VA, VMV UiVltUMMU ilVUH, ,
,an tpnn. unna r!nrn k,
ly vaguely official statements on Its:
results. That a more, firm. allianceV
between the two countries has been .
cemenjted is certain and It is believed "X
Austria-Hungary has been forced to...
make up for her delinquencies as .a - '
ally of Germany by getting deeper - -:,
into the power of the stronger na-
tion. Developments in the near fu-v
ture, it is felt, probably will show ;-r
whether. Emperor Charles has been -
compelled to renew the offensive .
against Italy or to send large nunVf f
uers Oi ms (roups iu uiu iue euttuon-
ed Germans on" the western front.
The emperors, according to -Geiv -man
newspapers, picked out rulers ..
for Poland and the occupied portions "
of Northern Russia, including Cour-V
land and Esthonla.. The names of : :
those appointed to reign over those
r,aptT a dUHnkA
border states Is not discloed.
Colonel Watterson Improving.
Louisville, Ky., May 15. Reports
that Colonel .- Henry Watterson, who
h - ooanttv underwent an abdominal on-
. w w J . y t
eratlOU, lleUl . BlUltiieu. iciajiso ailVi ."-, V
was in a critical condition, were de-.. j
nied here today. It was said that Mr. ,
Watterson's progress toward recovery
tad nQt diminished dnd'. that . it' was
4 he will be able to leave' wlthla :
10 days. ' .
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Big Damage by Fire, j: :
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Vancouver, B. C May 15. FWng. . s
starting in the boiler room of the J,
Coughlln and Sons shipyards here ear-
y toaay, aw aamage esumaiea ai.t-ir
bvv.wv.' une nreman was uuea aaa ;
several injured ' .- , r, , X..:
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- r Officers ;R-Eleeted. . .
Hot Springs, Arki May 15. With-
out a dissenting ote the general Of- '
flcer8 0f the Southern Baptist conven- .
tion were re-elected at this morning! r:
Washington,.. May 15, Presldsnt;
Wilson has "asked Charles E. Hughes
to . assist 'Attorney Xleneral Gregory
In. Investigating. the. aircraft .situation. '
j Mr. Hughes has replied that he will be
loaa to assist-
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