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VOL. XXIV. NO. 155.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 13! 1918.
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French Troops Halt March of
Germans West of Oise
Brilliant Counter Attack by
French Swept Huns Back
CHEERING ALLIED NEWS
Progress Near Soissons Too
SlowFor Germans Plan
to Cut in Behind Compeigne
Forest to Outflank French
German forces which succeeded in
crossing the Matz river, to the west
of the Oise, on the battlefront south
of Noyon, held their positions there
for a brief period. French troops,
counter attacking the enemy, have
burled him back to the north bank of
tie river and checked his advance to
ward Compeigne. The news from the
scene of the tremendous struggle as
told in official statements, showg that
on the field west of the Oise4he Ger
mans have come to a halt for the'pres-ent-aHeast.
The enemy has not renewed his at
tacks on the line from Courcelles to
Actheuil, where on Tuesday a bril
liant counter attack of the French
swept the invaders . back and re-ea-
ablished the French lines on. the pla
teau overlooking the centre of the
German position. This position is
Eost embarrassing to the Germans,
for it places many of, their most im
portant lines of communication under
ie direct fire of the French artillery.
Farther east, the Germans similarly
ire not continuedtheir advance to
rn! the Aronde rjter.
Tub crossing of th Matz river by.
oe Germans i-ueway. JUgt jCoasatnt
id a very serious threat to Compeigne.
It also tended to weaken the French
positions on the east side of the Oise
r.'"er. The French success in driving
tie enemy back across the Matz, there
fore, is cheering news for the allies.
Tie French are now strongly posted
oa the south bank of the Matz.
East of the Oise, the French have
withdrawn their lines south of the
Ourscamp and Carlepont forests, but
are protecting the Laigue forest along
a line which is very strong. This
change in the line was expected since
the Germans occupied Ribecourt on
the west bank of the Oise.
The attack on the front southwest
of Soissons is making ground but the
progress is apparently too slow for the
Germans to realize their plan to cut
in behind Compeigne forest and out
flank the French positons farther
north. In the fighting so far the Ger
mans have made less than a mile
along a front about three miles in ex
tent from south of Ambleny to St.-Pierre-Aigle.
The Germans realize, evidently, the
danger to them In the Chateau Thierry
sector near the Marne, and have made
a violent attack against the. line held
by the American troops northwest of
that city. The Americans have held
their ground and have repulsed the
enemy with heavy losses.
In the Flanders salient the British
a5d French have been active. The
former have Improved their positions
war Morris on the western angle of
the battle line there, while the French
have extended their lines near Ypres.
South of the Aisne the jGermans
have made some progress on the pia-
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JB UP EMPLOYES
Soldier Gags Clerks, Secures
$150, But Leaves Dia
monds in Window
Spartanburg, S. C, June 13. An un
nowu soldier this morning" entered
lhe pawn shop of R. Skalowski, on
ast Main street, in the heart of the
iness section, held up 'the two em
woyes at the point of a pistol, forced
ti h to handcuff the manager, then
ea and gagged the two clerks and
lei the safe. He secured $150 in
jj0ney and -at least one ring. Trays
u windows contained diamonds
rth at least $4,000, but the robber
dT not molest them,
claim .soldier entered the store and
aski t0 be a military policemna,
1Dg to See SnmPL h5nrtr.iTffa Whan
e handcuffs he suddenlv nro-
a Pistol and held up the clerks.
"me dozens of people were
mS along Main street. Military
Ce anrl ii .
Ml ROBS PAWNSHOP
PREPARED TO MAKE i
IS sm - OF HEROfSM GREAT SACRIFICES I
Village Was ,-ost Surround
ed, But French Held and
Drove Huns Off
With the French Army in France,
Wednesday, June 12. The defense of
Courcelles, oh the left wing of the bat
tles front by the French against at
tacks repeated day and night from
June 9 to June 11, makesa wonderful
story of heroism. '
The village whic his most impor
tant, owing to Its commanding posi
tion, was for 48 hours almost surround
ed by the; enemy, but the French held
on, and when a favorable opportunity
came, sortied and counter atacked, re
pulsing the Germans from the vicin
ity. The Germans tried every possible
ruse as-well as force to taxe the vil
lage. The growing crops on the fer
tile lands in. the vicinity were a source
of considerable trouble to the defend
ers, as the Germans could creep
throughyffem until they reached the
edge ofthe village. The enemy also
covered their helmets with clumps of
grass and weeds and crawled slowly
forward. They could not, however,
shake the determination of the French
to retain possession of the village.
The spirit of the offensive was so
high among the allied troops that
they continued their advance on the
left today despite the fatigue they had
undergone since the beginning of the
week.. Another batch of several hun
dred German prisoners wae brought in
together with numerous machine guns.
Paris, June 13. Gustave Herve, in
his newspaper, a Victoire, undertakes
to answer the question, which he says
reaches him from many readers, why
should the remainder of tjtfe western
front be inactive while the Germans
are making the greatest efforts and
why-should not the British make a
strong attack whic would relieve the
pressure on the French. '
The editor p'oints out that General
Foch, as generalissimo, disposes of all
the allied armies, British, American,
French, Italian Belgian and Portu
guese. If he does not move the Brit
ish' forces, it is contended, it may be
because there are still heavy concen
tration of German reserves before the
British front and that the front must
be hekr' solidly. General. Foch may
Lalso feel able with ' the French re
serves to defeat the race toward Paris.
Our generalissimo, M. Herve, con
cludes, '.'knows too well the vital im
portance, strategically and economical
ly, of the capital to leave it to the
mercy of any unfortunate chance."
NOT CHANGE RULES
ON COMPRESS COTTON
Washington, June 13. No drastic
changes in rules governing compres
sion of cotton will be made this year
by the railroad administration, it was
said today, despite urgent suggestion
of the war industries board that rules
be established requiring compression
to about 33 pounds per cubic foot.
A conference on the subject of cot
ton compression and transportation
with producers, ginners and manufac
turers will be held at Memphis June
26 by the railroad administration's cot
ton traffic advisory committee -with
Lincoln Green, vice-president of the
London, June 13. "A successful
daylight raid was carried out by us
yesterday southeast of Arras' says
today's war office report. "Heavy cas
ualties were inflicted upon the enemy.
One hostile trench mortar was brought
baoi to our lines and two others were
destroyed. During the night local op
erations weVe undertaken by us suc
cessfully southwest of Merris and
east of Dickebusch lake."
Health Conditions Better.
Washington, June 13- General
health conditions An army camps con
tinue satisfactory, . the surgeon gen
eral's report issued today said. A
slight increase in pneumonia and men
ingitis is noted with a decrease in
measles, scarlet fever and dysentery.
Deaths, for the week numbered 94,
aganst 113 the week before.
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(Owing to delay in the arrival of the
delegates, the Tri-State . Water and
Light association's annual convention
which was to hate opened ' at the
Oceanic hotel at Wrightsville Beach,
this afternoon, has been postponed un
Americans Ready For More
Than Brigading With Allies
SPIRIT OF WHOLE ARMY
Good Artillery Fire Cause of
Capture of 400 Prison
ers ly Marines
CUT OFF FROM ESCAPE
Germans Told to Avoid Being
Captured by Americans,
As They Would Suffer
London, June 13. The American
army is prepared," if necessary, to
make a greater sacrifice than that in
volved In the brigading of American
troops with the French and British,
declares the , correspondent of the
Daily Mail with the American forctfs
After recording constantly and deep
ly expressed regrets among the
American troops that more trained
Americans have not been available to
assist the French and the willingness
of the Americans to sacrifice them
selves if need be, the correspondent
"This Is the spirit of the whole
army. I have already seen how the
pcesident with, vevrea4Ineas,ill k
American troops with the French and
British. This was a great sacrifice,
greater, perhaps, than most people im
agine, but I understand that if the
eventff of the next few days and the
plans of the allies should so demand
the United States is prepared for an
even much greater sacrifice and of a
character much more dramtaic and
"I cannot give details and the nec
essity may by good fortune never
arise, but whatever, happens the allies
will always carry a feeling of , grati
tude for the magnificent spirit with
which the United States is playing
her part in the, war."
Good Artillery Fire.
With the American Army in France,
Wednesday, June 12. The excellence
of the American artillery Hre was
largely responsible for the capture by
American marines of approximately
400 prisoners in the fighting' whiich re
sulted in the clearing out of the Bel
leau wpod, northwest of Chateau
Thierry. - .
The Germans, who had been told to
avoid capture because the Americans
would torture them, started to' run af
ter the American machine gunners
had made the wood untenable, but the
artillery barrage was so perfect that
the Germans were cut off from escape.
Among the prisoners are six officers,
a major, a captain and four lieuten
ants. All were poorly clad and some
had pieces of bread tied to their uni
forms with striiig. The prisoners said
they were glad to be captured and sev
eral expressed a desire to go to the
United States after the war to live.
All of Germany's plans, they added,
called for ending the war next fall.
The prisoners were told, they said,
that among the Americans were many
The scarcity of officers in the Ger
man army is shown by the fact that
one of the prisoners, a first sergeant,,
commanded a company. He said this
was a common Jiiing now. All the
prisoners expressed admiration for the
fighting qualities of the Americans.
The barn in which the prisoners
were confined today in the rear of the
American lines held more prisoners of
war than the United States nas had In
one bulhiing at any time in ipore than
Comparative quiet prevailed,, along
the Marne sector today.
TYBEE ISLAND CLOSED
TO ALL ALIEN ENEMIES
Savannah, Ga., , June 13. Deputy
United. States Marshal J. Ben Wilson,
acting underMnstructions from the
United States marshal for the south
ern district of Georgia, today declared
hall of Tybee island ciosea to aiien ene
tfmiAH. This island, which is the site
of a summer resort, has been open to
these people in the past. It contains
Fort Screven, a government reserva
tion, and it is understood it -has re
cently become a ; more important At-
J lantfc -base than in-the past because
THE REASON CL&MENCEAU SAID: "WE ARE STAKING THE GAME
T UPON THE HELP OF AMERICA." .
LONG LIST OF SOUTHERN
Number -of North and South
(Carolina and Georgia
Washington, June 13. The army
casualty list today contained 168
names, divided as follow:
Killed in action 1
Died Of wounds 9
Died of accident and other causes 3
Died of airplane accident 1
Died of diseases 4
Wdunded severely 137
Wounded, degree undetermined ... 11
Missing in action 4
Killed in action: Lieutenant John
W. Rhoades, Payette, Ind.
Died of disease: Lieutenant' Jesse
M. Robinson, Washington, D. C.
Died of airplane: Lieutenant James
A. Bayne, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Severly wounded: Lieutenants Rich
ard A. Newhall, Minneapolis; John W.
Scott, Detroit, and Harold K. Simon,
Missing in action: Lieutenant Ray
mond C. Burky, Philadelphia.
The list Includes the .following
from southern states:
Died of wounds: .Private James
Smith, Sergent,- Ga.
Died of disease: Private A. R.
Wynn, Griffin, Ga.
Died of accident and other causes:
Private Wentz Parks, Madison, Gar.
Severly woundeH: Corporals Claude
W. Bauknight,' 7 West Mitchell St.,
Atlanta, Ga.; Joseph F. Cely, Easley,
S. C; Preston ; Collins, Dublin, Ga.;
.Herman F. Parker, Tuscaloosa, Ala.;
Mechanic Claude B. Robison, Athens,
Ala.: Privates Frederick C. 'Allen,
Portsmouth. Va.; Henry C. Burch,
Walstonburg, N. C; William -E
Burns, R. F. D No. 3, Greenville, S,
C: William B. Grubb, German town,
N. C; Morge iHayes, Starr, S. C; Rob
ert Hines. Greenville, Gal; Samuel M
Hodges, Concord, N. C.; Henry How
ell. Lucedale, Miss. ; Luther JD. little,
Montgomery. Ala.; Tommie Osborne,
Mantes, Miss.; LInzie R. Pate, Rock
ingham, N. C; Martin W. Porter? Hir
man. Ga.; David A. Register, Grace-
ville Fla.: Aaron Shell, Shell Creek,
Tenn.: John M. Shields, Dozier, Ala.;
Shellie B. Tucker, Columbus, Ga. ; Joe
Wagner. Denver, Fla.; Oakley D
Wilson. Lost Creek, Tenn.: William
Yawn, Three Rivers, Miss.
Oates Closes Fruit Dealer.
(Special to The Disnatch.)
FayettSville, N. C, Juue 13. David
Hairel, a local dealer in fruit and soft
drinkri. was today clpsed by Food Ad
ministrator John A. Oates for hoard
ing sugar for non-essential purposes
Harrel was made to close his place of
business for the ctay and return the.
Ooiyriciit : ' 191 8 : By John T. MtOatcboon.
TWO BIG AUSTRIAN
Exploit by Rizzo on Dalmatian
Coast Great Naval Battle
TORPEDOED AND LOSTi
Same Officer Who J Entered
Trieste and Sank Wien
in December, 1917
POLA RENDERED UNSAFE
Austria Has Lost Three of Her
Greatest Naval Units of
v Virbis Unites Type
Rome, June 13. "The splendid ex
ploit on the -Dalmatian coast is equiv
alent to a . great naval battle won,"
says the Idea Nazionale, commenting
on the achievement of Commander
Rizzo. The newspaper believes that
the two Austrian battleships torpedoed
by' the two torpedo boats under his
command were lost. '
Commander Rizzo is the same offi
cer who entered the port Of Trieste
and torpedoed the Austrian battle
ship Wien on December 9, 1917.
"This time," says the - newspaper
"some of the largest ships . jot the
Austrian fleet left Pola from which
they had never issued since .the be
ginning of the war, but which is now
considered unsafe, after the audacious
exploit of Commander Pellegrini, whp
succeeded in entering that harbor and
torpedoing a dreadnaught. ,
"The squadron, profiting by a moon
less nignt, was trying, perhaps, to
reach Sebenico or Cattaro, but could
not escape the close watch of Rizzo,
who was thus revenged for the infa
mous plots by which at the beginning
of the war the enemy succeeded (n
blowing up the Italian battleships
Benedetto Brin and Leonardo Da
Vinci. Thus Austria has lost alto
gether three of Her greatest naval
units of the Viribis Unitls type and
has only one left.
"The Austrian destroyers which
escorted the torpedoed dreadnaughts
opened terrific fire against the two
small Italian torpedo boats and pur
sued them, but without results."
A dispatoh received In Paris Wed
nesday from Basel, Switzerland, said
that official announcement had ' been
made in Vienna that the Austrian
battleship .Szent Istvan- had been tor-
GERMANISM FAST BEING
Action of Wilson Is Complete
Debacle, Says Volks
Washington, June 13. In the crush
ing out of Germanism in the United
States, the Koelnische Volks Zeitung
sees a disaster in a measure baalnciug
the Teutonic military success. An of
ficial dispatch from France today com
menting on pessimistic discussion in
the German press of events in. the
United States, quotes the Volks Zei
tung as follows:
- "Mr. Wilson hopes to succeed in
crushing the German ebsnfents. . He
will succeed. The German press is
already nearly crushed out of exist
ence in America. The greater part of
the German schools are closed. The
German associations- jare having to
strip themselves of all vestiges of
Germanism. It is a complete debacle.
"It is unnecessary, tcrhe pessimistic
to realize that the consequences of
our European victories are in a meas
ure balanced by the sum total of the
losses we have suffered in America.
All this could have been foreseen.
"Aff;erthe war Germans will no
longer be able to enter America, the
Hamburg-American ;and North Ger
man Lloyd lines are, entered in the
black book Shipbuilding yards and
offices have been sold with the prohi
bition of re-selling to Germany after
the war. The American press speaks
of forbidding Germans to buy ship
building yards. It will be the end of
German trans-Atlantic commerce.
"Besides tkese maritime forces, Ger
man estates representing millions of
dollars, stocks of copper, nickel, cot
ton, leather and chemical product have
been seized and used to fabricate
American war material."
BOARD REFUSES TO r
(Special to The Dispatch.)
Raleigh, June 13. Declaring that
it has no power to order a second pri
mary in the ,Abernethy contest for
congress against Dortch in the third
district, the state board of elections
this afternoon adjourned until June'
20, when it, will canvass the returns.
With two democrats and two republi
cans on the board today, Pass being
absent, it was impossible to agree that
the board cquld not go "behind the
returns." The return of Pass will
solve this embarrassment. .Aber
nethy's attorneys made terrific attacks
on ground of fraud.
Clarence Call, republican, held
against ,the opinion that abscond pri
mary, could not be ordered, but Free
man, republican, voted with Lamb, and
Claywell; democrats: Abernethy. has
more Affidavits en route alleging
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Army of 3,000,000 American
Soldiers Be Only Beginning
Will Be Admitted to Training
Camps For Lieutenants jp.
BIGGEST ALLIED ARMY,
Men Whose Wives Are Not
Dependent On Them For
Support Will Be placed ;
in First Glass
By FRANK P. MORSE. j
Washington, D. G., June-13. Amer
ica has settled down for a long war -
in which unlimited millions of Uhite4
States soldiers will prove" the deciding'
factor. This fact is made clear in the
public statements made by govern
ment officials this week and by the
announcement today by the war de- '
partment that civilians ' would be ad
mitted to the training camps for offi
cers. Washington government announced
last .summer that officers for the
American army-would, after the be
ginning of 1918, be -selected only from .
thte ranks of men actually in the serr-
ice. It was explained that enough
good leadership material for the wax
department's purposes culd be found
in the army itself and thus no further
opportunities would be -held : out; to
civilians who desired commissions
The expectations of the war depart
ment have been justified. A great
many officers are now being deyeloped
every month from the ranks. But;tb,e
process is not sufficiently rapid and
the available material is not entirely,
ample to meet the new plans. It was
confidently believed, a year ago that
an American army of 'three million
men- would be a sufficient United
States quota in the allied army. It
has become obvious that an . Ameri
can army of three million men will
prove merely a beginning of hia
country's military eft orts.
oirthe number o soldiers, the United ,
States would put into the flrlngiine
he gave a hint of the discussion that
was begun at that time, and which
has since been put into tangible
plans. The war department is now
working out all details of military ac-
tlvlty with the definite Idea that thU
country-eventually is to have the big
gest army in the allied force pitted1
against the German war machine.
American military experts realize
that the first step in a scheme to
build a big army is the development
of a correspondingly big corps of offi
cers. For that reason it. has now;
been announced" that civilian catidl-"
dates will be admitted to the fifth
training camps, which are soon to be
called. The only limitation on-applt"'
cations is that no men of draft age '
will be considered. Candidates for'
lieutenancies should be between 32 '
and 36 and those trying for captaincies
should be between 36 and 42 year
Graduates of these training camps,
which will, of course, house even more
candidates from army ranks than from
ciVil life, will be given early oppor
tunity to see actual service n France.1
(9U1M 9St3JfUO peftUflUOQ) ,
mm COMPANIES' 3
Labor Federation dn Record
Against Western Union
and Postal Operators
St. Paul, Minn., June 13. A resolu
tion asking President Wilson to take
over Immediate control of the West-.
ern Union and Postal Telegraph com- ;
panies in view of the possibility of a -strike
of union telegraphers was -adopted
today at the annual conven
tion of the American Federation of .
Labor. , " " ,
Another resolution calling upon the
federation to pledge its entire support :
to the telegraphers of Seattle, Waslu
who, according to the resolution, were '
discharged for Joining the union, was
voted down. It was pointed out that 5
a strict interpretation would result in .
a general strike all over the country.
Officers of the telegraph companies
and Postmaster General Burleson '
were attacked prior to adoption of the ; v .
resolutions. E. B. Perham, of St -' ?;
Louis, president of the Order of Rail .
road Telegraphers, charged that labor i
code messages were held up in tele ;
graph offices until they were decoded. ;'f
The attack on Postmaster GenerarJf ;i?
Burlesorf was made by Delegate Thorn- . ; i;
as'F. Fleharity of Washington.
The advisability of organizing? thou- - :
sands of new women workers who are , :
taking the places of men ,-was set
forth by three resolutions' offered by 4 h
the committee on resolutions 'and
on tfc youee are ai worjc
m tomorrow. . .-jj'-ki b&ui
the sea tragic. v-a:iu -a
LBeaoeq in me Aarxauc
JLfraud and Irregularities.
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