The Smithfield herald. (Smithfield, Johnston Co., N.C.) 188?-current, June 12, 1917, Page 2, Image 2
GERMANS FAIL l> lilt. ATTACK Try Vainly to He-Capture the Mes nine* Positions Although Fresh Troops Ar? llnrled Aginst the Carefully Planned Defense of the British. Their Line Still Intact. German* Ixwe 7,000 Prisoner)* and Many Gun* Since Thursday. In addition to losing more than 7,000 prisoners in the British drive and thw subsequent fighting since Thursday morning, the Germans lost a largw number of guns, machine funn and trench mortars. Both offi cial and unofficial dispatches show that th? Germans made efforts of the most determined sort on Friday night to reinstate themselves in the Mts sincs salient from which the British drove them in Thursday's memorable attack. General Plumer's operations had been too well plunned and executed, however, and his men were too ready and well placed in their new positions for the German front carried out by fresh troops in Messines though it was, to have any measures of succcss. The British brought up their Artillery with extraordinary promptitude and although they had to fight the Ger mans a hard battle along the six mile front of the attack, they held their line intact and inflicted frightful losses upon General von Arnim's troops. Meanwhile, the British command ?r-in-ehief put his troops in other ?ectors of the front into effective ac tion and carrici out an operation that was much more than a mere raid in force along the line from LaBasseu to well south of Lens. These moves seem to presage a speedy at tempt to clean up the situation around thw Ix-ns coal district to which thw Germans have been cling ing for several weeks past under ( iminent likelihood of being forced UUl. Reports from the Measincs battle ?rea show that mere than thirty tuns wero taken from the Germans in tho British attack, while many ( others were buried in the debris caus ed by the terrific bombardment and mine explosions and havo not yet been unearthed. Tho German accounts of Friday night's fighting on tho new battle line east of Messines represent it as due to further Hritish attempts to ad vance, which the German troops ?topped. The Italians have indicated that they are more than half expecting an Austrian offensive in the Trenti no, made possible by the bringing of Austrian troops in large numbers from tho Russian front. There is no indication of any such contemplated attack as yet, the reports announc ing only normal activities in the Tren tino. The Austriuns arc still contest ing the ground occupied by the Ital ians in their notable thrust for Triest, and attacked several times Friday night, chiefly in the region north of Gorizia. The Italians beat off all these assaults. There has been little military activ ity along the Russian front. ? Associ- ^ ated Press Summary for Saturday. COTTON PRICES SOAK UPWARD. More New Hijrh Records Established, With July Delivery on 23-Cent Itasis. Whether or not cotton prices will go to 25 cents or above it, as intimat ed in some quarters, is a question, but the prospect seems" less remote after the week's striking movements. Bearing in mind the recent expe rience, almost anything may con ceivably happen, and not a few peo ple insist that even at 23.08 cents for July and about 22% cents for December and January the crest of the market has not yet been witness ed. These record figures were reached in Friday's session, and though the familiar reaction occurred when profits were token, the list ended ma terially higher than it did last Sat; urday. The extreme fluctuation was fully 125 points in July and an av erage of 130 points in the other ac tive -deliveries, and in comparison with the low levels of last week the changes have been considerably great er. The further upturn in the late trading came after some speculators had shown a disposition to proceed more cautiously on the long side, and was chiefly explained by urgent cov ering by those who had sold short earlier. It was stated in these columns when the official report was issued on June 1st that the condition figures of 69.5 per cent were surprising to many in terests, and some people now seem to take if for granted that such a poor showing makes a small yield a cer tainty. This is a matter which time alone will definitely determine, and the recuperative powers of cotton are not to be disregarded; yet it is clear to everyone that the crop has started under a decided handicap and n con siderable stretch of good weather will I gain the ground lost from the ope? be needed to enable the plant to re ing of the t><?son. Since the date cov ered l?y the Government'# return, May 25, the outlook has becom? more promising in most section* and fur ther improvement may conceivably follow; but at present it is tho rather general impression that the crop will provo inadequate, and this belief chiefly explains thy reccnt striking rise of prices. Not all of the buying has been speculative, for tho trade demand has attracted attention and there is a good deal of talk of an abnormally large domestic consump tion during the coming season. Yet there remains the question of ex ports, and belatpd official returns of shipments are plainly disappointing. Thus, tho outgo in April, was 250, f>00 bales smaller than in April, 1916, though for the ten months ended with April an increase of about 430,000 bales is disclosed. ? Dun's Review. WHEAT CROP WILL BE SHORT. The Government Forecast Says There Will be Sixteen .Million BuHhels Produced More Than Lawt Year; Hut In Itelow Normal. Rye to He Record Crop. Washington, June 8. ? America's 1917 wheat crop, as forecast today by the Department of Agriculture will fall far below normal despite a pros pect for a more than ordinary yield of sprint; wheat. A total yield estimated nt 656,000, 000 bushels will give the country 16, 000,000 more bushels than last year's crop, but with the heavy demands from abroad and virtually no reserve store, it will not meet war needs un less th? country practices the moit rigid economy. The department forecast a spring crop of 288,000,000 bushels, a big yield, but estimates of winter wheat production give a crop of only 373, 1)00,000 bushels. 7, 000, 000 more than was forecast from the May condition, but still far from the normal yield. Herbert C. Hoover, who will be food administrator under the food control Bill pending in Congress, es timates the allies' needs this year at 1,000,000,000 bushels of grain, most >f it to come from the United States and Canada. The short wheat crop means this country will have to cut tH wheat consumption if it exports *ny wheat, since the United States tself normally uses more than 600, )00,000 bushels. At the beginning of 11*16, there were 164,000,000 bushels >n hend carried over from the pre vious year's record crop. Some relief is seen in the better showing this year in the forecast of "ye, which will be a record crop; oats ind barley. A large corn crop also indoubtcdiy will be grown. Winter wheat last fall was planted m one of the largest acreages ever recorded but severe winter conditions ?aused almost one-third of the area o be rbandoned. The April forecast i\as only 430,000,000 bushels. May's forecast showed a reduction of 64, J00.000 bushels. Today's forecast, rnsed on June 1, conditions showed improvement of 7,000,000 bushels iver May with a total of 373,000,000 bushels. The final out turn may be above or below that figure. Spring wheat, the June report shows, was planted on an area almost ?s large as that of 1915, when a re ford crop of 352,000,000 bushels was irrown. The condition of that crop on June 1 was almost two points below the 10 year average, indicating a production of only 283,000,000 bushels. With favorable growing conditions the production may reach greater proportions by harvest time. Indications are for a crop of oats third in size in the country's history, and for a crop of rye exceeding the record by 4,000,000 bushels. Fonville-Ragsdale. Fuquay Springs, Juno 7. ? The most brilliant social event of the season was the marriage this after noon at 6:30, at the Baptist Church, of Miss Lena Rugsdale, accomplished daughter of Mr. and .Mrs. E. J. Rags dale, of Fuquay Springs, to Mr. L). R. Fonville, of Burlington. The church building was elaborate ly decorrted for the occasion, and presented a scene of unusual beauty. The ccr< mony was performed by Rev. Or. J. O. Atkinson, of Elon College. Miss Emily Young, of Dunn, N. C., sang "Because," followed by "At Dawning," Miss Jennie Atkinson presiding at the piano. Miss Young was in splendid voice and charmed her hearers. Correct. A master, after giving some les sons on physical force asked: "Now, hoys, can any of you tell me what, force it is that move people along the street ? " He was greatly surprised and the class highly amused at receiving from one of the boys the unexpected an swer: "Please, sir, the police force." ? Pearson's Weekly, London. WOMEN OF STATE PLEOGE SUPPORT TO CO-OPERATE WITH 8TATE DEPARTMENT TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND FIRES. STEP IN RIGHT BtBfCTfBN CommtMioner Young TeHe Womwi Awful Fire Watts Will Be Greatly Reduced. At the annual convention ef tha North Carolina Federation of Wo man'* Clubs held at Durham during the An*t week In May the unanimous support of the organization was pledg ed to tha work of tha North Carolina Insurance department in tire and acci dent preventien. This action follow ed an addrose by Conimlasioner James R. Young in which he outttned the ?lans for the department along the Jinea of fire and accident prevention and toid of the grea?t need of co-opera tion on the part of ail civic orpaniza Hons in every town and city in the State and especially the co-operation of the women's organizations. Commisnloner Young expressed him self as highly gratiAed at the assur an< -w of support given him and atated that he considered the action of the federation a step In the right direction and orw whleh Is sure to bring splendid results <o tie citizens and property owners of North Carolina. A rsrluutUm of the awful Are waulo In thia country, Commissioner Young aays, can only l>e brought about along educatleaoJ Hnes aid through the ce <4>f?rt?tiou ufvd MKMtaruie of citizens vrtio art* Jnat bagknnlujc to realize the reupoiarltAMy that ree>ts on their sJioukleni he< mm of caaeleasnesa or the hiah of ordinary precaution. Every ftre is paid for toy all the peaple, Mr. Youug says. Insurance la collected from uil and paid to htm who has a fire; hence the roan who has a fire Intentionally or unintentionally takes money from hie neighbors. Every week in this country Are de stroys 1,600 dwellings. 140 apart ment buildings. 26 hotels, 12 schools, 10 churches, 3 large department stores, 3 hoapkais. 3 Jails, 3 theaters, 3 pubUc halls and 2 colleges. Eight thousand persons rre rendered home less and nine persons are burned to dnath every day in the year in the United States. Reasonable oare and precaution would have prevented a vast majority of these Area and aocldents and the Federation of Woman's Clubs in the state are to be commended for the position they have taken In the Are prevention mmpalgn. FCR A SAFE AND SANE FOURTH OF JULY The North Carolina Insurance De partment has iseued a call to citizens, to merchants and to city and town officials in warning against the care less use and in faot fne use In any manner of Are work* in the celebra tion of Independence Day, July 4. The use of Are works in this celeSration In North Carolina in the past has not been extensive but there seems to have been a tendency in receat years to make more use of them. This dis play when handled by the most expe rienced person is dangerous and in the hands of inexperienced people and of children Is a menace to both life and property. Insurance Commissioner Young in a recent statement said: "In this year when every effort looks to conservation and prepared ness it seems to me that the people of North Carolina ought to refrain en- J tlrely from the use of fireworks. The kind of patriotism North Carolina and America needs this year is ? not the kind that burns money uselessly and endangers property and especially property where foodstuffs are stored. The patriotism that will count now is j the kind that makes for self denial and j the conservation of every energy. The kind that looks to the bending of every efTort which lend support to the government in the war of unknown extent upon which it has entered. "I hope that every city official In , North Carolina will see to it that no flrew<orks are sold or used for the oalebratlon of the Fourth of July. And the sure way to do this Is to pass ordi nances forbidding their sale. It Is a time now when every . precaution j should be observed to prevent tires. And the handling of fireworks, how ever ?areful may be the operator, is hazardous to life and property." Most smokers would indignantly re ?ent the charge that they are not "food citizens" but the burden of \ proof would seem to be on them In light of (iguive prepared by Wilbur E Mallalieu, Gotierml Manager National Board of Firo Underwriters, on the causes of fire* !n the United States for the year 1915, which show a total fire loe* of $4,505,963. attributable to carelessness. ? Michigan Fire Marsh alls Bulletin. DADDTS EVENING ftIRT M CU />y MM<rGEAH,\M.BOSjER OLD-WIFE DUCKS. "The Old-Wife," suiil Daddy, "is the faintly name given to Mr. und Mrs. I>jjiK-tttllt'(J Sea OiKk." "Ob, KraclooH J" <uW'i Nick, "what a very ftinny tuuiif !" "Do they like their name, Dad dyV' a*k??d Nancy. "I Imagine so," Mild Daddy, "as they always sewn to be happy and they can really AlnK quite nicely which i s more than most ducks can do. They Ar? Fine Divers. "They are also sometimes called the Old-IJilly family, the South-southerly, Old-lnjuu, Old-Squuw and Old-Molly family." "I never heard of so many names for one family In my life," said Nick. "And all such very funny names, too," said Nancy. "They have black bills with orange tips, and their feathers are black and white mixed with red and silver gray. In the winter they have not the great long tall feathers which they have in the summer time." "Altogether they sound very strange," said Nancy. "They are not Just like the usual kinds of ducks we see, it is true," said Daddy. "Are we going to have a story about them?" asked the children together. "If you like," said Daddy, "for I have a story to tell you." "Hurrah !" shouted the children, so Daddy began. "Now Mr. and Mrs. Old-Wife could live extremely well. In fact they were quite expert which means very good indeed. " 'Let's give a diving contest,' said Mrs. Old-Wife, 'the children really need some exercise.' ? They do Indeed,' agreed Mr. Old Wife. So they gathered together all the Old-Wjlfe family of ducks and they started lii at once with their diving competition. They were such wonder ful divers that if seemed as if all would win the prize. For they had a prize of goodies to eat which Mrs. Old Wife had selected herself for the win ner. Mr. Old- Wife was going to give the prize and make a speech. And then they were to sing a little song. "The diving kept on and from the splashes and excitement It certainly looked as if they were all having a splendid time, and as If the djving party were a great success. " 'It looks as though no one would win,' said Mrs. Old-Wife. " 'It does look that way,' said Mr. Old-Wife. 'But someone must win. That is certain. Two can't come out evenly as I have my speech all ar ranged.' " 'Of course, I understand,' said Mrs. Old-Wife. 'You can't change your speech for anyone ? and they mustn't come out evenly. How long did you spend over it, my dear?' " 'A long time,' sighed Mr. Old-Wife. 'And In it I pretend that I am making it up on the spur of the moment. It would never do if I said something about one winner if there were two when I am making believe that I didn't write my speech all out on my mud pad with my quill pen which the Sea Gnomes gave me for Christmas.' " 'Well, we'll have to decide It some way, for the speech is the most im portant tinny, i know that, for I've made speeches myself before the other Mrs. Old - Wife families at the meetings where we discuss how our children should he edu cated ? whether they should have flu* r*?irnlnr kpji Mr. Old- Wife ZZ~ , _ . . method nil the Seemed Surprised. Ume op whether a little inland water method would be good now and again. And I always write my speech ahead. If the truth were, known ? almost all creatures do. It's Just pretense that they're made up all of a sudden. We pretend to he sur prised if we are asked to make a speech ? but we're not. Goodness no ! We'd be far more surprised if we were not asked ! "But just then, as luck would ha\e it, the older ducks began to grow tired and at last one duck seemed to be making the finest dives of all. " 'Time's up,' shouted Mr. Old- Wife. 'And now I will give the prize.' " 'Speech, speech,' shouted the other ducks. Mr. Old-Wife seemed to be greatly surprised, and he began by saying he didn't at all kuowi what to say ? but he did, as we know, for he had learned it all off by heart. But they all loved the speech and the prize was appreciated. And before the party broke up, they all sang some songs." One Definition. "Teacher, what docs income meant"' "I believe you know, if you would just think. Now see If you caunot give a sentence using the word correctly."" "The boy opened the door and In come a caK" ? Exchange. LIBERTY LOAN FIGURES GIVEN. Not On? of Twelve Bank District* Hat* Subscribi-d To Its Minimum Allotment. New York Makes Most I a>orable Showing. San Francisco Is Lagging Furthest Behind; In Richmond District Only 35 Per Cent of Maximum Allotment Sub scribed. Last Day for Subscriptions Falls on Flag Day. Washington, June 10. ? Totals of subscriptions to the Liberty Loan ag gregating $1,300,000,000, as announc ed Friday by Secretary McAdoo, were made public tonight by the Treasury Department, showing that not one of the twelve Federal Reserve districts has subscribed to its minimum allot ment, although New York, with the most fr.vorabl? showing, has nearly reached the minimum. In some instances the amount of subscriptions from Federal Reserve districts has fallen to less than one third of the allotments. The figures made public tonight are based upon actual subscriptions forwarded to the reserve banks. They follow: New York ? Subscriptions, $588, 000,000; allotment, $G00, 000,000 to $750,000,000. Boston ? Subscriptions, $135,000, 000; allotment, $240,000,000 to $300, 000,000. Philadelphia ? Subscriptions, $01, 000,000; allotment, $100,000,000 to $175,000,000. Richmond ? Subscriptions, $35,000, 000; allotment, $80,000,000 to $100, 000,000. Atlanta ? Subscriptions, $22,000, 000; allotment, $60,000,000 to $75, 000,000. Chicago ? Subscriptions, $138,000, 000; allotment, $260,000,000 to $325, 000,000. Clevclrnd ? Subscriptions, $153, 000,000; allotment, $180,000,000 to $225,000,000. St. Louis ? Subscriptions, $27,000, 000; allotment, $80,000,000 to $100, 000,000. Minneapolis ? Subscriptions, $50, 000,000; allotment, $80,000,000 to $100,000,000. Kansas City ? Subscriptions, $34, 000,000; allotment, $100,000,000 to $125,000,000. Dallas ? Subscriptions, $20,000,000; allotments, $40,000,000 to $50,000,000. San Francisco ? Subscriptions $37, 000,000; allotment $140,000,000 to $175,000,000. The figures include subscriptions which had been received through all agencies including the banks, by Fed eral reserve banks, at time Secretary McAdoo made his announcement. For Johnston County Soldiers. The following paragraph of inter est to Johnston County people is tak en from an account of the proceed ings of the Veterans Reunion at Washington last week: "Mrs. James Henry Parker, of New York, has informed Col. W. B. Fort, of Pikeville, that the James Henry Parker Chapter of the U. D. C. of New York, desires to furnish the Johnston County soldiers who go to France with kits of safety razors and other toilet articles needed in the trenches. "Col. Fort has taken the matter up with the War Department and will make the proper arrangements to have the gift accepted." LLOYI) GEORGE HEARS BLAST AT 130-MILE DISTANCE London, June 7. ? The tremendous blasts of 1,000,000 pounds of explo sives that opened the British attack on Wytschaete bend were heard by David Lloyd George, the British pre mier, who was staying for the night at hie residence, Walton Heath. The plans for the attack had been long maturing, and when the preparations were perfected the premier was ac quainted with the exact hour it was intended to open it. Accordingly, on retiring last night Lloyd George gave orders to be call ed at 3 o'clock this morning on the chance of being able \o hear the ex plosions. The premier and other mem bers of his household clcarly heard the tremendous detonations, as also did persons at the premier's official residence in London, who supposed they were the sounds of heavy guns until later they learned from the dis patcher that they came from the ex plosion of mines. From London to the region where the British mines were exploded along the German front the distance ranges from 130 to 140 miles. How It Is. "Not a regular reformer," replied Senator Sorghum. "A regular re former doesn't have to run for office and depend on a salary. He can make all kinds of money merely by getting out before a crowd and tell ing people they'd better be pood." ? Washington Star. South Dakota's 1916 products were valued at $267,222,000. Of this sum $36,515,100 was for wheat alone. 25 Cent Books At Special Prices For the Next Few Days We Will Sell Any Book in the List Be low for 20 Cents; Any 3 Hook* for 50 Cents; Any 7 Book* for $1.00. The Boy Scouts with the Motion Picture Players. The Boy Scouts of the Flying Squad ron. A Fool for Love. Wallingford, by Chester. Trolley Folly, by Phillips. The Motormaniacs, by Osborne. Chimes from a Jester's Bell. .The Princess Elopes. Four in Family. The Fifth String, by Sousa. Eccentric Mr. Clark. Four Years of Fighting. Flower Fables, by Alcott. Camping Out, by Stephens. Pretty Polly Pemberton. A Modern Cinderella, by Alcott. Bertha's Christmas Vision. Wood's Natural History. The Water Babies, by Kingsley. Greek Heroes, by Kingsley. Coming Back with the Spitball. Poor Boys' Chances, by John Hab berton. The Young Editor. Frank's Campaign, by Alger. The Boy Scouts with the Geological Survey. 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The Boy Allies with the Flying Squadron. The Boy Allies with the Terror of the Seas. The Boy Allies at Liege. The Boy Allies with the Cossacks. Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Turkey. The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battle fields. The Boy Scouts with the Allies in France. The Boy Scouts at the Panutna Pacific Exposition. The Boy Scouts on ?turgeon Island. THE HERALD OFFICE, Smithfield, N. C. READ "LLOYD GEORGE, THE Man and His Story," price one do lar. An interesting story of the life of one who has risen from lowly beginnings to the chief place in the government of one of the greatest nations in the world. Herald Office.