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I ?ERCh GERMAN ATTACK
NETS ONLY MINOR GAIN.
British Tenaciously Hold Ground Ex
cept at One Point; Teuton Lohncs
Heavy. kaledines Wins Rattles.
(War News for Wednesday.)
The Germans, Following their
heavy artillery preparations of recent
days, have attempted to drive a wedge
into the British line west of Cambrai,
hut although they used numerically
superior forces, their effort brought
them only a minor gain.
The attack, launched between Bulle
court and Qucr.nt, was similiar to that
adopted by Crown Prince Rupprecht's
troops when they pierced General
Byng's front southwest of Cambrai
nearly two weeks ago and caused a
retirement of the British on the sali
ent General Byng previously had driv
en toward Cambria. A like purpose
doubtless was invloved in the latest
offensive ,and for its execution huge
waves of Bavarians were thrown upon
the sector in an endeavor to over
power the defenders. The British,
however, held tenaciously to their
ground, except at one point, where
the enemy penetrated a front line po
As in their previous attempt to
wreck the Cambrai salient, the Ger
mans lost heavily in the enterprise,
the British mowing them down with
machine gun and rifle fire in the fight
ing, which lasted from dawn until I
o'clock in the afternoon. The spot
chosen for the attack was similar,
from n strategic standpoint, to that
near Gonnelieu, where the offensive
of a fortnight also began and, had it
succeeded, another retirement by the
British on the Cambrai sector prob
ably would have been necessary.
Notwithstanding their failure, the
Germans are keeping up an intensive
l ambardment of British and French
positions all along the western front
and daftly are receiving" additional re
inforcements in men and guns from
the eastern theater.
Snow is falling heavily in the moun
tains alonu: the northern Italian front,
and optimism prevails among the Ital
ians that this will aid them definitely
in holding the Austro-Germans hack
from the Italian plain. Amid the first
flurries of the storm on Tuesday the
enemy resumed his attack among the
hills and was rewarded by the capture
of several positions. Later, however,
the Italians in a counter-attack re
gained their lost terrain, after which
the artillery duels were resumed, but
with less strength than previously had
The Cossacks under General Kale
dines and the Bolsheviki forces are re
ported to have met in at least two
fights, with the counter- revolutionists
the victors in both. The engagements
occurred at Mohliev and at Tamano
vka, and the Bolsheviki losses are de
clared to have been heavy.
General Allenby, commander of the
British forces in Palestine, has entered
Jerusalem and taken over control of
the holy city. The populace greeted
the British commander cordially. In a
proclamation he told the inhabitants
that all sacred buildings and holy
places would be protected and main
tained. Meanwhile the British army
continues its successful operations in
P lestitv, having captured several ad
(1 ional positions from the Turks.
Twenty-one British merchantmen
were sunk by mines or submarines
lust week, as against 17 the previous
A resolution declaring that a state
of war existed between Austria-Hun
gary and* Cuba has been passed by the
Cuban house of representatives.
Miss Fanny Kate Kichardson, of this
city, and Mr. Rowland Pearce Parker,
of Selma, were married at 8 o'clock
yesterday morning at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. C. P. Spruill at 505 East
The marriage ceremony was con
ducted by Rev. Weston Bruner, pastor
of the Baptist Tabernacle. The bride
was attractively attired in a handsome
taupe chiffon broadcloth traveling suit
with hat to match. The parlor of the
Spruill home where the nuptials were
performed was beautifully decorated
with ferns, evergreens and potted
plants, candles throwing a soft glow
over the happy scene and the gather
ing of near friends and neighbors who
had been invited for the occasion.
The bride is a charming young lady
who has spent her life in Raleigh and
is highly esteemed by all who know
hor. For the past five years she has
made her home with her uncle, Mr.
C. P. Spruill. The groom holds an im
portant position with the Southern
Railway at Selma.
After the ceremony the bridal couple
left for a trip to Washington, Balti
more and Northern points. They will
make their home at Selmn. ? News and
The Captain of the Mont Blanc,
which was destroyed by a terrific ex
plosion last week, clai i)? that the
collision and explosion was caused by
the Captain of the Imo disregarding
Two .Million Dollars in
Fruits Saved to the State.
Mrs. Jane McKimmon, in charge of
the home economics division of the
state department of agriculture, finds
that during the season just closed
there were canned and dried in North
Carolina not less than two million
dollars worth of fruit and vegetables
that would otherwise have been lost.
Her figures are that there were can
ned and dried $2,192,507 of fruits and
vegetables, at a cost of about $548,
147, giving an estimated net profit of
$1,646,450. These are the figures from
the 60 organized counties and it is,
reasonably certain that the other 40
counties also did a splendid part in
this canning and drying conservation
Some idea of the volume of work
done in pressing the canning and dry- ^
ing campaign for the season by the
division is given in the fact that there
were 6,071 meetings of cannng clubs
held, attended by 282,808 persons.
Something like 44,000 letters were
written and 90,000 circulars of in
structions for canning and drying dis
tributed. The enrollment of the can
ning clubs was 14,064. The local '
agents are estimated to have caused
installation of 1,238 fireless cookers,
565 iceless refrigerators, 2,463 fly
traps, 439 systems of water works
and other general home improve
ments.- Raleigh Dispatch in Char
LIVE OAK NEWS.
School has been in session for one
month and is progressing nicely under
Misses Harwood and Bailey.
Last Friday night we had a com
munity meeting. We had Mr. A. M.
Johnson with us. He made a very
interesting and helpful talk. School
sold cream and candy and received a
Misses Ila Harwood, Myrtle Bailey
and Mr Thomas Scott attended service
at Thanksgiving Sunday.
The people were :iomewhat sur
prised at the marriage of Mr. Rim
Jones to Miss Ethel Bunn last Tues
day night. 1
Mr. R. P. Mirrit, of Pine Level, de
livered an excellent sermon at Live
Oak Sunday, in the absence of Mr.
Duncan, the pastor. 1
Much interest is being shown among
the boys in basket ball. They easily
raised .$5.00 towards getting a new '
The majority of the people are
killing hogs this week. Mr. G. L.
Scott killed one weighing 395 pounds. '
Honor Roll for First Month.
First Grade ? Myrtie Masson, Mil- '
<lred Binson, Mark Rollins, Ravens. 1
Johns, and Flossie Philips.
Third Grade ? Sarah Wall, Eliza
beth Sti rling and Walter Philips.
Fourth Grade ? Dock Rollings, Leon
ard Morris. *
Fifth Grade ? Hermon Rollings.
Sixth Grade ? Frank Morris.
Seventh Grado ? Thelma Rollings. !
Selma, N. C., Dec. 11. i
Federal Investigators To
Probe Food Hoarding, t
Washington, Dec. 11. ? Investiga
'ors of the Federal Trade commission '
?ft here tonight for various sections <
i f the country to begin an inquiry j
lireited by Commissioner Victor Mur- '
dock into reported speculation in food- '
ituffs which Food Administrator j
Hoover has complained are responsible 1
for shortage and high prices.
Destinations i f various agents were 1
1 pt s ret and nothing concerning ]
their activities will be made public t
until the commission isues subpoenas '
for suspected persons. Alleged of- j
fenders will be haled summarily be
fore the commission, an unprecedented j
step ,and ordered to stop any improper ?
Evidence of law-breaking, especi- (
ally of provisions of the food law will i
be turned over to the department of
justice nnd the food administration
for more severe action than the com
mission is empowered to take.
How Bag ley Was Rescued.
Lieutenant Commander David Worth
Bagley of the American torpedoboat
destroyer Jacob Jones, which was re
cently torpedoed by a German sub
marine was rescued by one of his
seamen, who afterwards died from in
juries and exposure.
The seaman with six other members
of the crew was swimming: toward a
raft when he bumped into a floating
object which he thought was a bun
dle -of clothes but which proved to be
Commander Barley with the fur col
lar of his great coat wrapped about
Barley appeared to be almost un
Although suffering intensely him
self from his injuries and the cold
water the seaman caught hold of the
Commander and with the assistance
of his shipmates, pulled him to the
raft, where he soon revived. The
seaman, however, succumbed a few
hours later and was buried at sea.
? News and Observer.
'MIRTH KN NEGROES HANGED.
They Were of the 24th Infantry.
Found t.uilty of Riot and Mutiny at
lIouHton Last AuKUHt. All on One
San Antonio, Tex., Dec. 11. ? A
trampled clearing in a lonely mesquite
thicket on the government reservation
here, except for the aches of two huge
bonfires, showed no signs tonight that
it was the execution place cf 13 negro 1
soldiers of the 24th infantry today.
The negroes, convicted of participat
ing in the riots at Houston, Tex.,
August 23, last, were hanged at one
minute before cunrise.
After dark last night motor trucks
carried the lumber for the scaffolds
and a company of engineers to the
clearing. The scaffolds were built by j
fire-light. Motor trucks shortly after (
5 o'clock this morning carried the
condemned negroes and the officers
and military guard to the place of
execution. The trucks later carried
the bodies to a place as indistinguish
able as the execution site where the
burial took place Then they hauled ,
hack to Fort Sam Houston every piece
of lumber used in the scaffold so that
the site was clear before formal an
nouncement of the executions had
been issued by the southern depart
The condemned negroes had known
of their fate since Sunday. Twelve of
them sought spiritual courtfcel of army
Y. M. C. A. workers. The 13th, whose
name has not been disclosed, gave no
inkling that he knew. Outwardly all
were stoical. They did not know the
date of the execution but last night
they were taken from the calvary
guardhouse where they have been
prisoners more than a month, and
placed in separate barracks.
GREEN'S AUGUST FLOWER
Has born used for all ailments that
are caused by a disordered stomach
and inactive liver, such as sick head
ache, constipation, sour stomach,
nervous indigestion, fermentation of
food, palpitation of the heart caused
by gases in the stomach. August
Flower is a gentle laxative, regulates
digestion both in stomach and intes
tines, cleans and sweetens the stom
ach and alimentary canal, stimulates
the liver to secrete the bile and im
purities from the blood. 25 and 75
cent bottles. Sold by Creech Drug
Co. ? Adv
S. T. HONEYCUTT,
H. G. GRAY,
J. H. ABELL,
>f the Johnston County Realty and
Auction Company, Smithfield, N? C.,
f you have farm lands or town lots
to sell for the High .Dollar.
NOTICE OF SALE.
North Carolina, Johnston County.
Hattic S. Narron, Administratrix,
Furner Boykin, Lizzie Boykin Ingram,
Former Wife of Turner Boykin.
Under and by virtue of authority
?ontained in the decree of the
Superior Court of Johnston County
?ntered in the above entitled action at
he Dcccmber term, 1917J of said
*ourt, the undersigned commissioner
A-ill offer for sale at public auction at
he court house door in the town of
Smithfield, N. ('., on Monday, January
L4, 1918, at 12 o'clock, M., for cash
o the highest bidder, the following
lescribcd tract or parcel of land in
J'Neals township, Johnston County,
uljoining the lands of C. I). Bailey,
Enly Boykin, and others, and bounded
is follows, to-wit:
Beginning at a stake in Enly Boy
tin's line, head of a pond; runs thence
E. to a stake in Blackberry Branch;
hence up said branch to a post oak;
hence N. to a pine, C. 1>. Bailey's oor
ler; thence N. to the head of Dark
Branch to Enly Boykin's corner;
hence along Enly Boykin's line to
;he beginning, containing 40 acres,
iiore or less. Reference is made to
Book Y No. 7, page 148, Registry of
lohnston County, and also to mortg
age deed executed by Enly Boykin
ind wife to John A. Narron, Atty.,
recorded in Book F No. 11, page 146.
The foregoing lands are subject to
"he life estate of Jacob Boykin. Other
wise the title is good.
This 14th dav of December, 1917.
F. H. BROOKS,
Under and by virtue of authority
contained in a decree of the Superior
Court of Johnston County, rendered
?t the April term, 1916, in the Civil
Action entitled H. D. Ellington and
wife, Ethel J. Ellington, against
Exum Johnson, as well as decree en
tered at the February term, 1917, of
:he Superior Court of Johnston Coun
ty in the same cause setting aside a
Former sale made by the undersigned
commissioners, the undersigned will
>ffer for sale at public auction at the
Court House door in the town of
Smithfield, N. C., on January 14, 1918,
it 12 o'clock M., for cash, the fol
lowing described tract or parcel of
Beginning at a large white oak in
the Jas. T. Wood division; thence I.
II. Johnson's corner and runs S. 87
E. 15.20 chains to a pine (dead);
thence S. 32 W. 14.50 chains to a
stake a corner of Lot No. 3; N. 87 W.
18.80 chains to a stake in line of Lot
N'o. 2 in said division: thence N. 3
E. 10.40 chains to a stake in A_. Gow
?r's line; thence 43 E. to the begin
ning, containing 26 acres, more or
Thjs Dec. 12. 1917.
JAS. A. WELLONS,
J. R. BARROUR,
Canadian W heat and Flour
Brought to L'nited States.
Since April of this year wheat
and wheat flour have been imported
in greatly increased quanities from
Canada. This is attributed practical
ly to the fact that on April 16, Canada
removed the duty on wheat imported
Into that country, which action auto
matically admitted Canadian wheat ,
free of duty into the United States
under the provisions of the tariff law
According to new statistics furnish
ed by the Ifcjreau of Foreign and Do- (
mestic Commerce, of the Department
of Commerce, 840,981 bushels of
wheat were imported from Canada
in September of this year, as com- j
pared with 3,209,607 bushels for the
whole nine months ended with Sep
For the nine months ended with
September of this year, we imported |
wheat from Canada to the extent of
21,490,269 bushels, over 14,000,000
bushels of which cam ein free after
April 10. The imports of wheat flour
during these nine months totaled 403,
270 barrels, of which, 297,695 barrels
came in free of duty. For the cor
responding nine months in 1916 the
total imports were 157,289 barrels
and in 1915 only 90,499 barrels.
This Canadian wheat and flour is
being received through every customs
district on the northern border from
the Atlantic to the Pacific, Buffalo
leading in September with 285,119
bushels and 51,596 barrels of flour,
followed by Duluth, Minnesota, and
Superior, Wisconsin, with 223,883
bushels of wheat and 15,761 barrels of
flour, iMchigan with 138,881 bushels
of wheat and 1,539 barrels of flour,
Ohio, with 114,096 bushels of wheat,
Minnesota with 12,145 bushels of
wheafc^and New York, Rochester, Ver
mont, Dakota, Montana, and Wash
ington with varying amounts. There
is also a noticeable movement of
Canadian flour to the West Coast. ?
A French report says that the Ger
mans have about 2,500 airplanes.
NOTICE OF SALE OF LAND.
That under and by virtue of a judg
ment of the Superior Court of John
ston County and State of North Caro
lina, entitled: R. C. Wallace, Admnis
trator of A. D. Wallace, deceased, vs.
Mrs. M. A. Wallace et als., the same
being number on the Special Pro
ceeding Docket, I will on Saturday,
December 29th, 1917, between the
hours of 12 m. and 1 o'clock, p. m., in
front of The First National Bank, in
the town of Selmn, North Carolina,
offer for sale, for cash, that certain
tract of land:
Adjoining the lands of Dr. J .B.
Person, W. B. Driver and others, and
containing between 18 and 20 acres.
To the highest bidder for Cash. This
f:>rm is within one mile of Selma,
North Carolina. Nearly all of the
land is cleared and under cultivation.
Anyone desiring to buy a farm, it
would be well to investigate this
This November 2T, 1917.
R. L RAY,
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mum cj$t lr.>>? on ha\;ngthe ' NfcWIWAIf
WARRANTED FOR ALL TlW!
Knuwn the wor.J over I >r?upcrv>r sewing quali.r
Not told under any other name.
f Hi Ntrt HOME. SEWING MACHINE CO., ORANGE. M?o
J. M. BEATY,
Smithtu-ld. N. C.
/Alio i ion Sole
On Thursday, December 20th, 1917, at 12 o'clock I will
sell to the highest bidder for cash or good notes three good
farm mules, one extra good driving and farm mare, one
full Jersey cow with young calf. (This is extra fine cow.
Will give six gallons milk and make two pounds butter per
day.) Also two extra fine three-year-old Berkshire* sows,
a number of nice open gilts, same breed, and several
shoats weighing from 60 to 100 pounds each. One lot of
about 25 Bilkmore strain Barred Plymouth Rock chick
ens, two farm wagons and harness, two buggies and har
ness, one stalk chopper, one weeder and all plows and
farming implements and household and kitchen furniture.
Sale on the premises, two miles west of Princeton, on
Remember I shall sell Rain or Shine.
C. N. PARKER
Princeton, N. C., Route No. 1.
The Best Christmas Gift
Best because it embodies the idea cf SERVICE ?
willing, able, continuous service, ar.d not
for a few years only, but for life.
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Immediate action by you will secure one of these beautiful sewing
machines for your home for Christmas.
For sale by
J M. BEATY
Smithfield, .... North Carolina
We have our Furniture space filled with the best bar- ?
gains in both prices and values, consisting of "all style? I
of Furniture from a 50-cent Kitchen Chair to the finest I
Parlor or Bed Room Suit. The Furniture is new, as most j|
of it has just reached the store. The prices are
OLD PRICES I
as we bought some of this Furniture most a year ago. \
It must go, and you will save some money if you will I
investigate the prices and quality of our line of Furni
ture, Mattresses Springs, Chairs, Rockers and Floor Cov
Smithfuld, N. C.
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