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TUESDAY IN THE WORLD WAR.
Great Drive by Allies on Wide Flan
ders Front. French and British
Strike Hard Blow. Carry Trenches
In Fierce Storm. Conditions on
Eastern Front Remain Practically
Unchanged, With Germans Still
Gaining in Galicia.
The great assault of the entente
allies, for which the big guns had
been preparing for three weeks in
bombardments of unprecedented vio
lence, has begun in Flanders along a
front of about 20 miles from the re
gion of Dixmude to south of Ypres
Starting with the first peep of day
the attack, which was carried out
jointly by French and British troops
? the Frenchmen holding the line
north of Boesinghe and the British
between that town and Warrenton ?
the end of the day's fighting found
that all the entente plans had been
The Frenchmen were holding two
lines of captured German trenches
and Field Marshal Haig's men three
lines, in addition to ten or more
towns and villages and more than
3,500 Germans made prisoner.
? Notwithstanding the fact that the
Teutons had massed almost countless
numbers of guns and numerous divis
ions of fresh men to hold back the
foreseen onslaught, and when the
battle broke threw both men and guns
into the fray, the British and French
carried out their operations with dash
and determination, indeed, at some
points, so determined were the at
tackers that frequently they passed
the objectives which had been assign
ed for their capture and pressed on
and took terrain that had not been
figured on for attainment.
The casualties of both the British
and French armies were relatively,
slight, considering the intensity of
the fighting on various sectors, while
the Germans in addition to their men
made prisoner, suffered heavily in
killed or wounded.
Although the latest reports are to
the effect that the Germans are
launching a heavy counterattack
against the allied line at the point
where the British and French forces
meet, statements from the front say
that the morale of the allies is splen
did while that of the Germans is far
below their normal.
A majority of the positions taken
by the allies had been in the posses
sion of the Teutons since they in
vaded Belgium. The French attack,
Which resulted in the capture of
Steenstraete. was pushed on beyond
that town and penetrated the German
lines to a depth of nearly two and a
half miles. The British placed their
deepest wedge into the line to a depth
of two miles.
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^v^ain tne r reiicii iruups uperuLing
along: the Aisne front have been able
to put down strong attacks by the
army of the German crown prince at
Hurteblse and Cerny and to asume
the offensive themselves and advance
their line along the entire front.
In East Galicia the Russians along
the Zbrocz river continued to give
battle to the Teutonic allies who have
crossed the stream and gained a foot
ing on Russian soil. At several points
enemy detachments have been forced
out of captured positions which have
been retaken by the Russians.
To the south the Russians have at
tempted to make a stand also in
Western Bukowina, but were com
pelled to evacuate positions along
the Cerhemoshe river and retreat
eastward. The town of Zale-Szczyky
and several other positions blocking
the road to Czemowitz, the capital of
Bukowina, have been evacuated by
On lflie Rumanian front and in the
wooded Carpathians the Germans
have gained more ground against the
joint armies of the Russians and Ru
manians, except in the Casin and
Putna Valley regions, where the
Russo-Rumanians still hold the upper
hand. ? Associated Press Summary.
Trouble For Slackers.
The first man up in New York for
an attempt to evade the draft law got ;
a year in prison. This is not very en
couraging to other similarly dispos- ;
ed, but even worse is coming. Fines '
will no doubt be added and the im
prisonment term lengthened if it is
f^und necessary to deal a little more
harshly with the slackers. ? Charlotte
AT THE CAPITAL OF BOON HILL.
Meeting In Progress at Free Will
Baptist Church. Mr. J. W. Perry
Recovering from a Fall. Tempera
ture Reached a Maximum of 101
Degrees Monday. Other Items of
Local and Personal Interest.
Princeton, Aug. 1. ? Miss Sallie
Bunn, from Pikeville, is visiting Miss
Miss Elen Eldridge, of Four Oaks,
is visiting Mrs. W. T. Edwards.
Miss Bettie Revel, of Kenly, is vis
iting Mrs. Waverly Edwards.
Mrs. Pat Ives, of Elizabeth City, is
spending a few days with Mrs. W. C.
Mrs. Jane Sanders has gone to Wil
mington to spend a few days with
her daughter, Mrs. Capt. Fennell.
Mrs. Ellen Hines, of Goldsboro, is
visiting relatives in town this week.
Mrs. J. B. Strachan is spending this
week with relatives in Rocky Mount.
Mr. and Mrs. Willie T. Mitchell, of
Durham, have been visiting their pa
rents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Whitley,
the past week.
Mr. Clifton Holt cut six thousand
pounds of millet from one-half acre
lot in town a few days ago.
Rev. Mr. Tippett, of Granville
County, is conducting a meeting at
the Free Will Baptist church. Much
interest is eing manifested and large
crowds are attending.
Mr. J. W. Perry has been partially
paralyzed for several months, and
Monday evening he fell while trying
to cross the street. He was carried
home and Dr. Eason called to his as
sistance. He is much beter and able to
sit up now.
Mrs. O. F. Pike and children have
gone to Norfolk to spend a week with
The thermometer registered 101 in
Princeton Monday evening and has
been 98 to 100 for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Holt and moth
er, Mrs. Delia Holt, and Miss Leona
Holt and Master Henry Holt went to
Raleigh Sunday morning to spend the
day. On the going trip Ed. says he
had some trip ? engine trouble one
time, two tire blowouts, and return
ing, gas gave out about six miles
from Smithfield. Everything happen
ed on ror.d several miles from town.
Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Hinton, Mr.
Nob Hinton and family went to Wil
son County to visit Mr. Norman
Hinton and wife this week. Mrs. Nor
man Hinton is very sick.
The approach to Howell's Little
River bridge, five miles north of
Princeton, has been left in very bad
condition by the authorities who had
about thirty feet of the bridge cut
off, and did not have proper embank
ment or approach built. It is a dan
gerous place for automobiles.
Selma, Aug. 1. ? On the evening of
July 29th, at the bride's home in
Selma, the lovely and accomplished
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A.
Mitchener, became the bride of Mr.
Thomas T. Covington, Jr., a promin
ent and popular business man of
Laurinburg. Only a few close rela
tives and friends of the contracting
parties were present. At the appoint
ed hour the strains of Lohengrin
skillfully rendered by Mrs. Billie
Bothel, sister of the bride, little Mas
ter Ernest Vick Deans, the bride's
nephew, entered bearing an open
prayer book, on which rested the
wedding ring, following him came
the groom on the arm of his best
man, Mr. Thomas J. Gill, Jr., of
Laurinburg. Then from an opposite
door came the bride, with Mrs. Thom
as J. Gill, Jr. Rev. Charles E. Ste
vens, cousin of the bride, performed
the ceremony in an earnest and im
pressive way, the low and tender
strains of the "Evening Star," from
the piano adding a sweeter touch to
the beautiful ceremony. The bride
wore a handsome coat suit of mid
night blue and never looked lovelier.
An added touch of interest was the
fact that Mr. and Mrs. Covington
had just that afternoon been attend
ants to Mr. and Mrs. Gill at their
marriage, which took place at three
o'clock, at the bride's home near Dur
ham. The young people left immedi
ately after the ceremony for a trip
necessarily short as both grooms are
among the first drawn for the army.
The following out-of-town guests
were present: Miss Annie Watson and
Mr. Archie Lauhoun, of Fayetteville;
Mrs. T. T. Covington and Mr. and
Mrs. Robert C. Covington and Mr.
Harry L. Everett, of Laurinburg.
WEDNESDAY IN THE BIG WAR.
Flanders Battlefield Turned Into !
Quagmire by Heavy Rain and AI- |
lied Drive is Halted. Time Spent in
Consolidating Positions Won Tues- 1
day. Russian Resistance Stiffens,
and Russo- Rumanians Keep Up
A torrential rainfall and the re
sultant turning of the battlefield, al
ready hard of negotiation as many
points, into a veritable quagmire, al
most halted offensive against the
Germans in Flanders. For the most
part, the day was spent by the Brit
ish and French troops in consolidat
ing positions won in Tuesday's spec
tacular drive or in putting down
strong German counter-attacks, made
in endeavors to wrest from their an
tagonists their former positions. At
two points near Ypres, the Germans,
using great masses of men, were
successful in their counter-attacks
against the British, but this advant
age was offset in the Zillebeke and
Yser canal sectors, where, respective
ly, the British and French troops ad
vanced their lines.
Meanwhile, the guns of the bellig
erents are continuing to roar all
along the entire front in reciprocal
bombardments preparatory to the re
commencement of the infantry battle
when the clouds lift and the railfall
The losses of the Teutons in the
fightihg thus far have been extremely
heavy the ground at various points
being covered with their dead, some
of the killed were school-boys and
seemingly unfitted physically for the
arduous trials the soldier in the pres
ent war must undergo. In addition,
the British alone have taken more
than 5,000 prisoners, 4,000 of them on
the Ypres salient.
On the southern end of the front
in the region of the Aisne and on the
Verdun sector, the Germans continue
to carry out offensive operations
against General Petain's armies. In
spite of their heavy bombardment
along the entire Aisne region, howev
er, the French in a vigorous counter
attack cast of Cerny again have made
progress and taken prisoners. On
the other hand, the Germans north
west of Verdun in an attack were
able to penetrate French first-line
trench elements in the region be
tween the Avocourt wood and Hill
Although the Austro-Germans con
tinue to press the Russians in Gali
cia and Bukowina, having taken fur
ther positions from them along the
Horodenka-Czernowitz railway and
north of the Dniester river, the Rus
sians southeast of Tarnopol in the
vicinity of Trembowla have taken the
offensive in an endeavor to prevent
the northern end of their line in Ga
licia from being pushed back far
ther toward the Russian frontier.
The Russians have been successful
in capturing one enemy vantage
On the northwestern frontier of
Rumania, the combined Russo-Ru
manian forces are keeping up their
advantage against the Austrians and
Germans. In their smash at the
enemy line between the Putna and
Casin valleys, they have penetrated
it to a depth of from ten to twelve
miles and captured ninety-eight jruns
and in the neighborhood of 4,500
The weekly British admiralty re
port of vessels sunk by mines or sub
marines shows a falling off of three
vessels in the category of .1,600 tons
and over as compared with the re
port of the previous week the fig
ures this week being eighteen as
against twenty-one last week. The
number of vessels less than 1,000
tons reported sunk is the same as
that of last week ? three. ? Associated
German prisoners at Ft. McPher
son, near Atlanta, Ga., will soon be
put to work paving and straightening
the old Sandtown road of that vicin
ity. The Government has agreed to
have the work done by the prisoners,
the county to furnish the material.
Under war regulations the Germans
must be paid for their work. Tired of
enforced idleness the prisoners arc
themselves anxious to begin.
Since the beginning of the Somme
offensive, last year, the Germans have
lost to the French and British armies
16"), 000 rank and file, 35,000 officers,
948 guns, heavy and field, 780 trench
mortars and 25,000 machine guns.
THURSDAY IN THE WOULD WAR.
Germans Try In Vain to Recover
l/ost Territory. British Artillery
and Infantry Fire Rake Advancing
Forces Mercilessly. Situation of
Russians on Eastern Front Grows
(Associated Press War Summary.)
While the rain and the morass have
served to hold the entente allied forc
es in leash, preventing a resumption
of the great offensive of Tuesday,
they have not been effective in keep
ing the Germans from throwing coun
ter-attacks with large forces of men
against several newly won sectors of
the front held by the British and
French troops nor in bringing about
a cessation of the violent artillery
duel along the entire line.
Crown Prince Rupprecht evidently
considers the British gain northeast
of Ypres the most important made in
Tuesday's battle for upon this territo
ry he has concentrated the strongest
of his counter-offensive operations in
an attempt to regain the lost ground.
His efforts have gone for naught, the
British artillery and infantry fire
raking the advancing forces merci
lessly, putting an end to the attacks
and adding materially to the already
heavy casualties the Germans have
There is no indication in either the
British or French official communica
tion just when their combined push
again will be started but it is possi
ble that at least a day of warm sun
shine will be necessary to dissipate
the quagmire so that the big allied
guns may be re-aligned and to permit
the airmen to relocate the positions
the enemy is holding.
Although the Teutonic allies are
still advancing against the Russians
in East Galicia, Bukowina and along
the Moldavia frontier, the allied of
fensive of the western front appar
ently is on the nerves of the German
Emperor, whose troops before have
had to face, and with great losses of
men and terrain, gigantic works by
the British and French covered by
countless pieces of modern artillery
of all calibres and ranges.
It is assumed that a war council of
the fight military and naval leaders
in Germany, called by Emperor Wil
liam to meet in Brussels, had as its
objective an analytical survey of the
offensive, which, if it is carried out
as planned by the allies, would prove
a menace to the German holdings in
Belgium and especially along the
Daily the situation of the Russians
on the eastern front grows increas
ingly acute. Across the Zbrocz river
in Russia, to the south between the
Dniester and the Pruth rivers, in Bu
kowina and in the Carpathians re
gion bordering Rumania the Russians
everywhere are steadily falling back.
So far have the operations of the
Teutonic allies been advanced in Bu
kowina that seemingly the little Aus
trian crown land soon again will be
returned to the Austrians. Numer
ous additional towns and vantage
points along: the front have been cap
tured by the Teutons. Berlin asserts
that from the Pruth to the eastern
foothills of the Kelemen mountains, a
distance of approximately a hundred
miles, the Russians are steadily giv
Advices reaching Petrograd from
the front are to the effect that a ret
rograde movement by the Russians
has been carried out 16 miles south
east of Riga, the important Russian
port and naval base on the Baltic.
Here the Germans have occupied the
Ukskull bridgehead, which the Rus
sians previously had evacuated.
Heat Kills Many in New York.
The news in this morning's News
and Observer shows that the heat in
New York City for the past three
days has been fearful. The New York
dispatch dated yesterday says:
Thundershowers and cooling breez
es late today brought relief from the
paralyzing heat which has tortured
New York for the last four days. The
lower temperature came too late to
avert another long list of deaths. The
board of health announced that 67
persons had been killed by the heat
today and there were hundreds of
prostrations. Dr. Charles F. Bolduan,
director of public health education,
declared that most of the 878 deaths
in the city since Sunday were caused
by the high temperature.
In addition to the victims in New
York City, Jersey City reported 12
deaths, Hoboken 5 and Jamaica 3.
STATE FARMERS CONVENTION.
Fifteenth Annual Session at the State
College August 28-30. Farm Wom
en's Convention to lie Held at
Raleigh, Aug. 1. ? Arrangements
are rapidly being completed for the
fifteenth annual Farmers' and Farm
Women's Convention, which will be
held at the State College of Agri
culture and Engineering, beginning
Tuesday morning, August 28th, at 8
o'clock and continuing until Thurs
day noon, August 30th. It is expected
that not less than 1,000 farmers and
farm women will attend the Conven
tion this year. The attendance last
year was more than 700.
The Convention, always a source
of inspiration and instruction and at
tended by earnest men and women
from all sections of the State, will
this year be more of a working prop
osition even than usual. Because of
the critical food situation throughout
the Nation and the world, the central
idea at the Convention will be fo9tl
production and conservation and the
farmers of the State from the Coast
al Plains to the Blue Ridge will have
an opportunity to learn by lecture and
demonstration the why and how of
the production of all food and feed
crops suitable for their respective
The mornings will be devoted to
sectional meetings for the men in
which actual class room instruction
and laboratory instructions will be
given. This is something of a depart
ure from the custom of the past but
will no doubt be worth much more to
those who come to the Convention to
learn. On the afternoons of Tuesday
and Wednesday there will be joint
sessions of the Men's and Women's
Convention at which time some of t.hc
best speakers obtainable will address
those present upon vital topics bear
ing directly upon the part of North
Carolina men and women and the pro
duction and conservation of food and
feed. The evening sessions will be
given over to one lecture, each ev
ening and to motion pictures.
The Convention this year will par
take considerably more of the nature
of a short course of agriculture and
live stock instruction than has been
the custom heretofore. The farmer
will be given an opportunity to get
authoritative information on any
farm problem and to witness actual
demonstrations in many instances.
There will be several sections going
all hours of the morning so that the
farmer will be able to get the infor
mation he desires on a particular sub
ject without listening to other sub
jects which might not interest him.
Among the subjects for instruction
and demonstration will be: Swine,
Iieef Cattle, Dairy Cattle and Poul
try, Seed Selection, Preparing Seed,
All the railroads are giving special
rates for the Cohvention good from
, August 26th to September 2nd. The
expense of the Convention to those
who attend will be very small ? the
college provides dormitory room
without charge and meals at a cost
of only 25 cents each. All who at
tend, however, will be required to
bring their own bed sheets, pillows,
towels and necessary toilet articles.
Not only the attendance but the
helpfulness of the Conventiort has
been increased yearly, and especially
because of the necessity for the very
best farming at this time, the officials
of the Convention are confident all
previous records will be smashed.
Meets Death in Well.
While cleaning out a well a few
days ago at Collettsville, ten miles
north of Lenoir, James Campbell met
with a peculiar accident from which
he died. The well was at the new
school, building and Campbell de-i
scended into the well to clean it out
and otherwise get it in good shape to
furnish drinking water for the school
children. After sending several tubs
of mud and other refuse matter found
in the well, the rope broke and a tub
heavily laden ^ ith mud and water fell
on Campbell. He was brought to the
surface and every attention given
him but he died early the following
morning. The unfortunate man leaves
a wife and several small children. ?
, Lenoir Correspondence Charlotte Ob
A report of the Department of Ag
riculture states that in the United
! States there are 204,381,000 domestic
animals, valued at |6, 002, 784, 000.
CLAYTON'S LIVE NEWS ITEMS.
Rev. Paul Gulley Conducting Services
at Baptist Church, Where a Revival
is Scheduled to begin Next Sunday
Conducted by Dr. Bruner, of Ral
eigh, and Mr. Edgar Lynch Will
be in Charge of the Music. Other
Locals and Personals of Interest.
Clayton, August 1. ? Miss Barbara
Gulley is spending this week in Lil
lington with her sister, Mrs. G. T.
Miss Eugenia Thomas is visiting
friends in Spring Hope.
Miss Mary Pitts, of Elk Hill, Va.,
spent the past week-end here.
Mrs. Herman Whitley and children
and Mrs. Jones and children returned
Monday from Hampton, Va., where
they have been for several weeks vis
iting their husband.
Mr. G. H. Johnson, of Enfield, was
here one day this week.
Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Smith and
Thurman, Jr., of Lillington, spent
Sunday here with their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. E. R. Gulley.
Mrs. E. L. Gulley and children, of
Portsmouth, Va., are here visiting
Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Williams.
Mrs. J. H. Austin and children,
Carmen Gattis, and Joe Ekie, are vis
iting Mrs. M. E. Gattis this week.
Rev. Paul Gulley, of Nashville, N.
C., is preaching for us at the Bap
tist church each night this week. Paul
is well known in Clayton and his
many friends are always glad to
hear each message for it is sure to be
something good. On next Sunday A~
M. a revival will begin ?t ?his church.
Dr. Bruner, of Raleigh, will haV?
charge of the preaching and Mr. Ed
gar Lynch will lead the music.
Mrs. W. H. Stallings, of Dunn, is
visiting Mrs. H. G. Pope this week.
Miss Alma Fisher left Wednesday
morning for her home at Gatesville,
after spending some time here with
m .. n nr u i_ ? t- ?
iur. i_t. wauon risner, wno is now
in training at Raleigh, spent a few
hours here Sunday night.
Miss Carra Parks, of Sanford, has
been spending some time with Mrs.
II. A. Page.
Misses Gladys White and Marga
rette Henry, of Anderson, S. C., are
here visiting friends.
Misses Martha and Hattie Lou
Ward, of Williamston, spent several
days last week with Mrs. J. W. Mayo.
Miss lone Richardson, of Kenly, is
spending some time here with her
sister, Mrs. Y. M. Holland.
Mr. Clifford Hamilton left last
Friday morning for Los Angeles, Cal.,
where he will go in training. He has
enlisted in the Aviation Corps. His
many friends regret to see him leave
Mr. W. H. McCullers and Exum
Ellis spent Wednesday morning in
Miss Alma Hall spent Tuesday in
The many friends of Miss Vivian
Dillon are glad to see her. She is
stopping for a few days with Mrs. E.
L. Hinton. She has been a member
of the school faculty for two years
and has been re-elected.
MANY FAILED TO REGISTER.
Nearly One Thousand Did Not Show
Up on June 5th. Total Registration
In North Carolina 201,016.
Nearly one thousand men have reg
istered in North Carolina under the
Selective Service since the general
registration on June 5, according to
figures compiled by the Adjutant
General's office and forwarded to
In the list, which- totals 984 are
found 508 whites and 474 colored reg
istrants. These represent supplemen
tary reports received from sixty-nine
counties, believed to be all in which
supplementary registrations occurr
These additions to the first total
registration of 200,032 brings North
Carolina's grand total to 201, 01G. ?
News and Observer.
Thrift In Johnston.
"Southern California hasn't any
thing on Johnston County," said
Supt. Frank M. Harper, of the Ral
eigh public schools, returning from
an automobile tour through that
county. "The soil is being cultivated
right up to the railroad tracks and
the public roads. I never saw such
evidence of thrift as I saw on the
farms of Johnston County." ? News