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WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 11, 1918.
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French Made Their Final Stand
Along Aronde River
MERY IS RECAPTURED
Huns Hurled Back As They
Drew Near -Banks of
BOCHES AT ANTOVAL
Battle in New Area Now , in
Critical Stage, As in the
Somme, Flanders and Aisne
Moving with steadiness, in spite of
the frightful losses inflicted upon
them, the Germans in their plunge
southward on the. line from Noyon to
jlontdidier, continue to gain here and
there in the center of the line, where
their greatest effort has been exerted
and where the French resistance
might have been expected to be most
stubborn. The enemy's greatest ad
vance is at Vigemont, six miles from
the line, as it stood last Saturday.
The French have launched counter
attacks on the left of their line, which
may be an indication that they have
reached the front where they will
make their final stand. V This line
seems to be along the Aronde river,
a small stream flowing west and
northwest from the Oise and roughly
paralleling the line of the advance. '
The Germans, according to the of
ficial statement issued by the French
vzt office, reached the "vicinity" of
This stream. This marked the limit
c? their advance,, however, and the
French immediately feiattacked and
cove the enemyie'toj'the line pass-
ithrougn Beiroy, south pi St. Maur,
ssh of Marqueglise4. and ?4 Vandell
rart. The vlllajfe'pMerjrtwesf '.fit
Sonday night. ' ."'
This part of the battle front, -ho w-
ever, apparently Is not the most men-
sdng-to the French. It is further east
that the Germans seem to be making
their most telling gains. Here, along
the right bank of the Oise, they have
reached Antoval, a village which lies
cn the crest of the hills above the
important town of Ribecourt, lying on
low flat lands west of the Oise. The
French admit that their "line of resist
ance to the west and south of Ribe
court" has been withdrawn in conse
quence. This movement has not resulted as
yet, according to reports, in the with
drawal of French lines east of the
Oise, from the Ourscamp and Carle
port forests , strong positions from
hich the French defended their posi
tions in the earlier attempts of the
Germans to cross the Oise south of
The battle in the new area may now
be considered as having definitely en
tered its critical stage, as in the
Somme, Flanders and Aisne combat3,
the third and fourth days of the of
fensive were most menacing to the
allies. It now seems certain that the
present German operations constitutes
a very serious blow at the allied lines
from the Oise to the Marne, as well
as threatening the level country be
hind the present battle lines. Before
thia can be reached, however, the Ger
mans may encounter even greater re
sistance than they have overcome
"nee their offensive began.
The only other operation of signifi
cance reported wa3 carried out by
Australians on the British front at
Moriancourt, east of Amiensfl. Here
e British advanced to a depth of
naif a mile over a front of a mile and
a half. More than 200 prisoners were
captured by the British.
Compared with the offensive of May
"between Rheims and Soissons, the
present German effort Is making
ogress more slowly. Apparently the
Jwman intention is to drive down the
;atz valley toward Estrees St. Denis
aaa then attempt to move westward
ana eastward and outflank the regions
Dout Clermont and Compeign. How-
"w. me allied positions is reported
as satisfactory despite the German
earns in the center.
on tf.anwhlle. the American marines
J? the sector northwest of Chateau
nierry, which protects that town and
Upv Cotterets, continue their at
intnc Monday' the marines advanced
third eau wood a distance 'of twc-
'ro.8 of a mile on a front of 600 yards.
th! norther edge of the wood is all
o uW er'la5ns to the Germans,
oniv th.eJBritish front there have been
ity n 3 normal artillery actlv
Wt ,mthe Ame"can sector north
crejLJ oul the artillery fire has in
t develoel infantr activity has
icouZr,0'ungarian troPa on the
"tuuntain front in Vnrti, tw i
carripi V u unnern ltaiy nave
Point. , surpnse attacks at several
wut ti, i L"B ouniai nrront and
'uu8 the lower TIott
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Nmed to Wait on
4 w onei tiase
NIX C CHAUTAUQUA
RotarianslSo Not Believe That
Wilmington Wants Re
LABOR GIVING TOOUBLE
Laundry Proprietor Thinks
That Too Many Picnics
Are Held Irregular
Naming of a committee to confer
with Colonel Chase, commandant at
Fort Caswell, In an effort to have ttye
order lifted that forbids week-end
visitation of the city by bodies of men
from the post and decision to keep
hands off as concerns the possible re
turn engagement of the Redpath Chau
tauqua together with a general dis
cussion of labor conditions were the
outstanding features of today's noon
bi-monthly meeting of the Rotary club,
held as usual in the form of a lunch
eon at the Y. M. C. A., and rather
poorly attended, the canvass ofj the
city In an effort to determine the num
ber of vacant rooms to rbe had, ex
plaining, the latter.
The question of interceding with
Colonel Chase in behalf of the soldiers
who werejjenled J$rly41ojflt
mgthe city in detachments spme two
months ago when Wilmington was told
that she was worse off morally than
any city in the south located In close
proximity to a troop concentration
point, was brought up by E. L. White,
and he was made chairman of the com
mittee that will wait on the fort com
mandant. Roger Moore and George
H. Hutaff are the other members of
the committee. It was further stated
that another committee, possibly from
the chamber of commerce, would go to
the fort tomorrow with the same ob
ject. In addressing the meeting Mr.
White stated that he had talked with
several non-commissioned officers,
who say frankly .that if the soldiers
are allowed to come to the" city that
they will answer for thei conduct If
allowed by the colonel to accompany
them with a small provost guard.
The club does not feel that it can
undertake to handle the Chautauqua,
the various members expressing them
selves as opposed to a return engage
ment on the grounds that the average
citizen has something else to think of
except Chautauqua. Others don't like
the proposition because the Chautau
qua is unwilling to assume any respon
sibility, insisting that others bear the
loss if there is any and yet is willing
to take all' the profits in event the
patronage is good. Because the club.
is not a lawfully formed body the
members would be obliged to shoul
der any losses that might be incurred
Individually and the members were
unwilling to undertake the proposition,
particularly since Wilmington had
shown conclusively that she does not
care for Chautauqua this latter
through five years of steady loss .in
putting it -on.
The labor question was discussed at
length, J. O. Hintorroprietor of the
city laundry, pointing out the hope
lessness of ecorts to keep labor, par
ticularly colored women, and others
shared his opinion. In stating, his
cape Mr. HInton stated that often citi
zens came to his place and asked to
Be ; such and such a negro woman with
the object of hiring her. He. bewailed
the many picnics the colored people
are engaging in on the sound, saying
that often white people were inconven
ienced on the beach cars because of
the overplus of negroes rdlng the cars
to and from the sound and he was in
clined to think the proposition agood
one for Rotary to ' take up. In an
swering him President Williams stated
that while Rotary's sympathies were
with him and others whp were having
trouble, he did not think that the club
could handle a proposition of this kind
but that additional laws' were needed.
. Others said it was impossible to hire
labor on the wharf for less than 35
and 40 cents an hour and that the men
when paid this price worked slowly
and accomplished less than half as
much as they did in the old days when
labor was to be ha for 15 centi.
George Galvin thought that the best
way to hire labor was to fire the man
or women employed the first time they
stayed away from work without an
excuse, saying that his was the policy
that had been adopted at the ship
yars.n other words if one has a job
one must work regularly in order to
keep it. r..iii
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Situation on the Line Between
. Montdidier and Noyon
With the French Army In France,
Monday, June 10. Undiminished se
verity marks the fighting between
Montdidier and Noyon. ,The situation
tonight is rather satisfactory for the
allies, whose obstinate resistance and
frequent counter-attacks have caused
great consternation" to the Germans,
enemy losses under the. direct fire of
the French artillery have been horri
ble. ' Every time the allies counter attack
they find the ground covered with
German dead. Throughout the day the
enemy threw his greatest pressure to
ward the center of the allied line in
an effort to gain as much ground as
possible southward in the direction of
Compeigne. Under the powerful push
of the continually reinforced enemy
columns the allies were forced to give
way a little, but they fought tenacious
ly for every inch of ground.
An epic struggle occurred in the vi
cinity of Plemont, where the small
garrison of dismounted cavalrymen
possibly may still hold out.
French soldiers who managed to get
through the German lines late yester
day declared that before they left the
Germans had deliverea terrinc as-
saults, all ' of which have been re
pulsed with heavy losses for the ene
my. Several small villages, including
Mery, Belloy and St. Masure changed
ownership a number of times, but this
evening were in German hands. At
no moment is it poslsble to say posi
tively that this or that place ts occu
pied by the enemyor the allies such
is the terrific nature of the conflict.
Ebbs and flows occur everywhere. On
the Belloy plateau fighting went on
continuously for several hours, en
tackling man in single combats.
The artillery is engaged more act-
Lively than in any battle in a long
while. The Germans have been able
to bring forward field guns in consid
erable number. The "French artillery
fire is most violent and very destruc
tive, especially when turned against
attacking enemy troops.' ,
TWo Killed by Bombardment.
Parts, June 11. The .long distance
bombardment of Paris was resumed
this morning. Two persons were kitt
ed and nine were wounded In .yester
day's bombardment, according to . the
Increase Tobacco Rates
Washington, June . 11. Railroads
were authorized today by the inter
state commerce commission to in
crease rates on. manufactured tobacco
from North Carolina to points in, the
middle west to conform with recent
Increases In rates from Virginia,
THE MACHINE HAS LOST ITS MOMENTUM.
& DESTROYERS ARE "OYER TEE
last night carried out ' an opera
tion in the region 'fast of Amiens
by which their line south of Mor
lancourt was advanced a half mile
on a front of a mile and a half,
the war office announced today.
Two hundred and , thirty-three
prisoners were taken.
, The statement reads:
"Last night another minor op
eration was undertaken with com
plete success by Australian troops
in the region' of Morlancourt. The
line south of the village has been
advanced to the depth of nearly
half a mile on a front of over a
mile and a half and 233 prisoners,
21 machin guns and a trench
mortar were captured by us."
Parish ' June 11. The German'
' drive between Montdidier and
Noyon continued unremittingly
last nlght, says today's official re
port. On their left the French
offered effective resistance. The
French recaptured the village of
The principal German effort was
directe dagainst the center. At
tacking wfth heavy forces, the
enemy drdve back the' French as
far as the region of the Arondo
river, but by a -brilliant counter
attack th"e French hurled back the
enemy alt along this front and. re
established their line south of Bel
loy at St. Maur, south of Marque
gliz, and at Van'Dolicourt."
On their right the French en
gaged indolent com at s with large
forces concentrated by the enemy
who wa sable togaln ground The
French withdrew their line to the
west and -south of Ribecourt
'The statement follows:
- Tjate yesterday; an din the night
the Germans continued to exert
pressure tn the direction of Es-trees-Sfc
Penis and Uibecourt.
"On our left our resistance ywas
effectived The Germans were 'able
: to capture neither Le 'Ployron nor
. Corcelles. The village of Mery
was re-captured by the French at
10 o'clock last night.
"The principal efforts of the
Germans was exerted along the
front of y Belloy and Marquellse. "
By a powerful attack delivered
with a greathiumber of effectives,
the enemy succeeded in driving
' back-the French to the vlclhity of
the Aronde river, but by a. magni
ficent return offensive French
troops hurled back the enemy all
along this front, re-establishing
their positions on a line south of
Belloy at St. Maure, south of Mar
quellse and at VandelicoarJ."
TO FURNISH 17,000
. Washington, June 11. Portol Rico
and Hawaii -were called on by Provost
Marshal General Crowder today to fur
nish 17 000 draft registrants for the
national army. L
Porto Rico- was asked to send on
June 20 and July 1, 12,468 men to
Camp. LasvCasas, .San. Juan. .Hawaii
was directed to send 4,336 to -Fort
Armstrong,11 Honolulu, n July l. v
MI m BE LOST IN
nlllLnlun OHIO II I LOU 11
Urges : Federation of Labor, to
Renew Efforts For War
Washington, June 11. Presiden
Wilson today telegraphed to the
American federation of labor and the
American alliance for 'labor and de
mocracy, in convention at St. Paul,
Minn., urging renewed efforts .- of . la
bor in support of the war program.
"The war can be lost in America as
well as on the -fields of France and
ill-considered orj unjustified interrup
tions of the essential labor of the coun
try may make it impossible to win it,"
said the president's telegram to Rob
ert Maisel, of the American ; alliance
for labor and democracy.
LADS IN CASUALTY LIST
Large Number From the South
Are Among the Killed
Washington, June 11. The army
casualty . .list, today contained 130
names, divided as follows:
Killed in action ... 26
Died of wounds ...... lv 3
Died , of accident and other, causes 3
Died of disease 7
Wounded severely K. 48
Woundedj degree undetermined 43
Officers named were:
Died of disease:. Lieut. Edward
Hines, Jr.,. Chicago.
. Wounded severely : Lieuts. Edmund
Corby, ' New- Yorkr and James J. Law-
rence, Atlanta, Ga.
Capt John T. Costello, Binhamton;
N. Y., previously reported severely
wounded, now reported slightly wound
ed. The list includes the following from
southern states: .
Killed in. action: Corp. Talmage W.
Gerrald, Galivant's Ferry S. C; Pri
vates Charles B. Hackney, Knoxville,
Tenn.; Edward C. Pitt, ' Rocky Mount,
N. C. ' -
Died from wounds received in ac
tion: Privates Louis Bass, Horatio,
Ark.;- Louis Erwin, ' Bethel, Tenn.;
Alex Miller, Raymond,. Miss.
Wounded severely: Corp. Gilbert
Ward, McDavid; Fla.; Privates John
W. Erwlni Cleveland Miss.; Van Bu
ren Hair, Elease, N." C; Charles G.
Hardee, LorisS. C; Henry W. Mor
row, 'Albemarlei N. C; Lee, E. Smith,
PinevflJe,- La.-; -Henry Snell; Birmine
ham, Ala;; Aylor R. Stone, Chestnut
Villages Captured As Advance
Pushes Its Way Slowly
PRICE PAID . VERY DEAR
The Resistance Being Offered
by French Past Few Days
Not Surpassed During
the Whole War
Paris, June 11. All" the advices
from the battlef ront show that the -en
emy is putting forth every possible ef
fort in his design to push toward
Paris, throwing division after divi
sion into the melting pot. So far as
he has succeeded In two days of fight
ing, In carrying forward his line at
the . maximum point of advance,, at
Vignemdnt, a distance of six miles. In
this he has been materially aided by
a considerable number of tanks which
the French artillery was at first un
able to demolish.
The en6my further succeeded in
widening the point of his wedge by
bringing up two - divisions of the
guards and two Bavarian divisions
borrowed from the army group of
Crown Prince Rupprecht These
troops captured the villages of Mery,
St. Maure and Belloy, giving him , a
plateau behind which he can mass
troops partly screened from observa
tion by the French.
If the danger to the French is in
losing ground that is valuable as room
in which to maneuver, the German
peril lies in the human wastage that is
in progress. The German army, as a
whole, has been engaged for the last
three months with slight facilities for
renewal. The balance seems to be
In favor of the French.
', The resistance that is being offered
by. the French forces.? In this battle
has jKot been surpassed for determlna-
mjtmgrprtfp .or dismoraatea cuirassiers
at. Plemont, where almost surround
ed, it' beat off 14 German attacks, con
tributed largely tb tbe checking of the.
German . advance.
In a summary, of the Paris news
paper comment on the battle the
Havas agency reiers to tne small prog
ress made by the Germans "yesterday
in comparison with the price they had
to pay. The Petit Journal observes
that after an extremely costly day for
them in the way of casualties, the
Germans realized smaller gains than
on the previous day.
"The divisions engaged melted away
as in a crucible," it Bays. L'Homme
Libre thinks that the results of the
second day's fighting seems &b favor
able as those achieved on the open
ing day of the attack, if the question
be considered from the point that one
of the principal allied aims is to de
stroy the maximum number of the
enemy troops engaged. The Echo De
Paris says that Generals Foch and Pe
tain know the enemy's limitations
how far "he can go and beyond which
positions he cannot advance further,
while the Matin argues that an offen
sive conducted at such a price cannot
be very long continued. .
Premier Clemenceau conferred with
several of the "generals at the front
yesterday and brought back with him,
it is declared, very assuring news of
the situation. The information which
he : gathered confirmed the reports of
the enormous losses being suffered by
Atlantic City, N. J., June 11. One
thousand prominent manufacturers of
New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Massachusetts, Connecticut and Dela
ware are to meet here tomorrow for a
war convention. The chief object of
the meeting will be to formulate a
program whereby the utmost co-operation
will be given to the government
tn the furnishing of war supplies.
Among ,the men of prominence
scheduled to address the gathering
ahe Gov. Samuel W. MoCall, of Mas
sachusetts; Senator Joseph S. Frellng
huysen, of New Jersey; Charles A.
Otis, of the war industries board, and
Louise Tracy, the English novelist,
now a member of the British war mis
sion to the United States.
May Increase Rates.
Washington, June 11: he Balti
more and Carolina Steamship company
was given permission today by the
Interstate commerce commission to
make increases ranging from 10 to 25
per. cent, in commodity rates on ship
ments between Baltimore and Charles
ton and Georgetown, S. C.
Level, Va.; John H. Tritt, Gastonia
Wounded in action (degree undeter
mined): ' Privates Jarvis W. Moore,
248 Roff Home avenue, M'acon, Ga.;
William C; Pope; Toccoa, Ga.; Mel
bourne J. Smith,' 565 Walnut street,
Macon Ga. .. . ,
w uson rvegrets tutuae. or ;w7:. .
is fNot Understooa m
WELCOME TO EUiFORS
Policv 'Based on PVihranift In--
CHAMPIONS OF WEAKER
America Will Be Mexico i Big
Brother Whether It Wants
Us or Not, Wilson" 3
Tells Them ' ' I
Havana, June ll.-r-PresIdenf Wilson.
per editors In Washington last Friday 'M, ; v
ico. His address, which Is nrinted in : : '
Ico. His address, whic his prated In .' . J; '
the morning newspapers here today, l?:')?
follows in part: .( . H,'-3;iH
I have never received a group ot "!'
men , who were more welcome . than w ; t
you, because it has been one of my dls-J, ' .
Mexican people did not more thor-1
oughly understand the attitude of the
United States toward Mexico. 1 thini.
I can assure you that that attitude is. ;
one of sincere friendship.
"The policy of jny administration to- 'i
ward Mexico was in every point pased
upon the principle that the internal - '
settlement of the afTairs- of Mexico.
was none of our business, that we hadv-;
no right to interfere with, or "dictate ., :1
to Mexico in any particular with re-;
gard to her- own affairs. When i
sent troops into Mexico our sinc-o
ueuire was nouiing eise man 10 assise
you to get rid of a man who was mak
ing the settlement of your affairs for.'.'y '''.ji
the time being impossible. We had no r':
desire to Use our troops for any other . i--
purpose and I was in hopes by assist- 1
ing in that way and thereupon yimme- a'
diately wiflftlrawlng I might give ub- ? '?v'
Stantial truth of assurance that I hai SKft
given yourtenneflt throng
dent Carranza. ' , "f
"At the resent, time it distresses u. -me
to learn that certain Influences, "
which I assume to be German in their .
origin, are trying to make a wrong
Impression throughout Mexico as to . ,
the purpose of the United States, lut;, v '
to give an absolutely untrue 'account , ; '
of things that happened. . T
. "We are the champions of those na- '
tlons which have not had the military ..
standing, who would be unable to : '
compete with the strongest nations in
the world and look forward with pride
to the time, when I hope win come
when we can give substantial evi- - ;
dence not only that we do not want t .
anything out of this war but we would 'i ,
ot accept anything out of it; that it Is
absolutely a case of dlisnterested ac .;. ''
tiout And if yon wil watch the atti- '
tude of our peopla you will see thatj ;
nothing stjrs them so deeply as the .
assurances that thi swar, so far as we j H
are concerned, is for Idealistic ob- - '
"Some time ago I proposed a sort :
of pan-American agreement. I had ,j
perceived that one of the difflcultie ,
of our past relalfonships ' with atin-.i
America was this: The famous Monroe I
Doctrine, was adopted without yaur t
consent and wlthcut the .consent ot
any of the Central American or South :
American states. We said: i
' 'We are going to be your big .
brother whether you want us to be or v
not', . : 'i
"We did not ask whether It was
agreeable to you that we should be .
your big brother. We said we are
going to be. Now that is all very well
as far as protecting you from aggres- -slon
from the other side of the. water
was concerned, but there was nothing
In It that protected you from aggros- ;
sion from' us, and I have repeatedly
seen an uneasy feeling on the part of
representatives of the states of ' Cen- ;
tral and South America ' that our self .'
appointed protection might be for dur
own benefit and our own Interests ad
not for the Interests of our neighbors.
So I have said 'Let us have a common
guarantee that all of us will sign a
declaration of political independence
and territorial integrity. Let us agree
that if any of us, the United States In-. ;
eluded, violates the political fade- v" U
pendence or territorial Integrity of
any of the others, all the others will .' '
Jump on her.' .
"Now that Is the kind of agreement "r
that will have to be the foundation of. T
the future life of the nations of the " 1:
world, gentlemen. ,
"The whole amily of nations will ':
have to guarantee to each nation shall -violate
Its political Independence or ;
its territorial Integrity. That a the f '
bass the only concevable basis for ::
the future peace of the world, and I y
must admit that I was anxious to !
have the states or the two countries '
of America show the way to the rest '-,
of the world as to how the to more, a li J
basis for,, peace. .' W
"Peace can only come by trust. If iX
you can once get a situation of trust t -then
you . have got a situation of -per-.
manent peace. Therefore- every ontf
of us owes.it, as a patriotic duty, to .
his own country, to plant the seeds of f .
trust and .of confidence Instead. of the'i
seeas or suspicion and a variety of ia-
terARt . f ,
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