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HERTLING FAILED TO MAKE
BREACH BETWEEN ALLIES.
Pari? and London Officially Reject
Any Proffers of the Olive Branch. ?
Teuton Drive Continues ? Addition
al Russian Cities Captured ? Offen
sive in the West is Not Far off. A
Brief Account of War Activities
. (Associated Press War Summary) .
Imperial Chancellor Von Hertling
has failed to drive a wedge between
the entente allies by his reply to Pres
ident Wilson. The declaration that
German aggression in the east is not
intended for conquest has come at a
time when German acts belie the
words of the Chancellor and Paris and
London have officially rejected any
proffers of the olive branch that the
more hopeful of the people saw in the
acceptance in principle of the four
points enunciated by President Wil
son as the basis for peace negotia
Balfour Sounds Keynote.
Arthur J. Balfour, the British secre
tary for foreign affairs, sounded the
keynote of the entente allies when,
speaking at London, he said that until
German militarism was a thing of the
past and there came into existence a
court armed with executive powers
making the weak nations as safe as
the strong, the war miJst go cn. He
characterized Von Hertling's attitude
toward Belgium as unsatisfactory and
insisted that German practice does not
coincide with President Wilson's prop
Scheidemann Voices Protest.
Philipp Scheidmann, the German
socialist leader, has voiced the protest
of his party to the peace that is being
forced on Russia. In a debate in the
reichstag he said that Germany must
negotiate a peace by understanding
and that the independence of Belgium
must be secured. He says that the
Flemings and Walloons must settle
their own differences.
German Advance Continues.
While the German imperial govern
ment is trying to convince the world
of its disinterestedness in the future
of Russia, the advance of the Teuton
armies toward Petrograd still goes
on. It now appears there will be no
armistice on the Russian front until
peace is finally consummated. In
spite of the claim by the Bolsheviki
government that the Russians were
fighting hard for the city of Pskov,
the Germans have pushed far to the
eastward of that town.
Cities Are Captured.
It is rumored that the Teutons have
reached the city of Luga, midway be
tween Pskov and Petrograd. Bori
soff, 60 miles northwest of Minsk,
has been captured by the Germans.
The German official report says that
the Teuton troops in Ukrania have
reached CorostishefF, east of Zhitomir,
which brings the invaders within 50
miles of Kiev. The Russian troops
have refused to fight and those who
have not abjectly surrendered are
fleeing in a disorderly mob toward the
capital. If there is any resistance to
the German invasion it must ccme
from the peasants.
American troops have been sub
jected to a heavy mobbardmcnt of
gas shells from German batteries.
Three Americans are reported to have
died from the effects of gas and nine
others are said to have suffered
German Drive Probably Near.
There are not lacking indication
that the long-expected German drive
along the French and British fronts
is impending. Aerial activity of great
intensity is reported by the Germans
who claim to have brought down fif
teen entente ariplanes. At tho same
time the infantry is not idle and raids
have been attempted at widely sepa
rated parts in the past 24 hours. One
of these was an attack in considerable
force by the Germans against French
positions near the Butte du Mesnil,
which the American artillery assisted
in capturing recently. The other was
north of the Chemin des Dames,
where American troops are under
stood to be in training. Both assaults
were broken up by the prompt action
of the allied artillery.
British forces have repulsed a hos
tile attack near St. Quentin.
British Hospital Ship Sunk.
German "frightfulness" has again
been exemplified by the sinking of the
British hospital ship Glenart Castle.
According to the latest advices there
are 164 persons missing from the
ship, whi"h was fully lighted and car
[SERGT. BEVERIDGE AT BENSON.
? ? ?
Canadian Officer A\ho Has Seen Ser
vice Over There To Speak in llenson
Graded School Auditorium Monday
Night, March 4th.
The people of Benson and com
munity are to have a rare treat next
Monday night, March 4, when Ser
geant John D. Beveridge, the Irish
Canadian Officer will speak on life in
the army trenches in the land across
Sergeant Beveridge was in business
at Montreal, Canada, when the great
war began and at once volunteered
and went over. He was later wound
ed and sent back home. Recovering
he again volunteered and went back
to Europe where he saw some of the
fiercest fighting of the war. He was
at the second and third battles of
Ypres where he was wounded. He
was also wounded in the battles of
Hill Sixty, Messines, Armentieres,
and Braie. He was badly smashed up
in the great battle of the Somme. He
has seen all kinds of fighting and can
tell the folks who hear him about it.
Mr. Beveridge recently spoke in
Asheville. The Asheville Citizen
speaks in the highest terms of Beve
ridge as a telling speaker who makes
the awful scenes live before his audi
In a private letter from Prof. Ver
mont who heard him in Asheville, he
says that he sat and listened to Mr.
Beveridge for two hours and could
have listened to him two hours longer.
Listening to such men as Beveridge
and Fallon will help to arouse the
American people to a completer sense
of what the War Over There means.
A great crowd should hear Capt.
Fallon at Smithfield in the Opera
House Sunday night, and Sergeant
Beveridge at Benson in the school
auditorium Monday night.
PROF. GILES JOINS FORCES.
Member of State Hoard of Examiners
Offers His Services for Sixty Days
in War Savings Campaign.
News comes from Winston-Salem
that Prof. D. F. Giles, former County
Superintendent of Schools of Wake
County, and now member of the
State Board of School Examiners and
Institute Conductors, has tendered
his services to the War Savings Com
mittee for the next sixty days. In a
letter to Col. F. H. Fries, State Direc
tor, Prof. Giles says:
"Use me anywhere and for any
thing," said Mr. Giles, "for I must
do something for my country and I
believe this is the greatest work for
us all to do at this time. I have three
brothers in the war, one in France,
giving their services, and lives too, if
they are needed, and here I am to do
all I can do. Put me to work."
RED CROSS DRIVE MAY 6 TO 13.
Plan Will Be To Raise $100,000,000
Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 27. ? The
next Red Cross drive will take place
the week of May 6 to 13, and will be
to raise $100,000,000, according to a
telegram received here late today
from the National War Council of the
organization in Washington.
The telegram was received at the
local headquarters of the Red Cross
and said that J. I. Johnson, of St.
Louis, had been re-elected chairman
of the Southern Division.
ried the distinctive markings of the
hospital service when fired upon.
American torpedo boats assisted in
picking up the survivors.
Unrest in Ireland, which was be
lieved to be very serious, is now said
to be of little consequence. The cen
ters of the threatened uprising are re
ported in the west and south, but ar
rangements have been made to cope
with the situation. Sinn Feiners who
have been "hunper-striking" have
been released in a number of in
Defeat l'oles Ambition.
Negotiations looking to a union of
Lithuania and Saxony with Prince
Frederich Christian, son of the king
of Saxony, as king of the new state,
are said to be under way. The Polish
ambition to bring about a resumption
of the ancient union between their
country and Lithuania seems to be
doomed in the light of recent develop
During the past week 18 British
merchantmen were sunk by mines or
CAPTAIN FALLON IS COMING.
Famous English-Australian Officer to
Speak in Smithtield Opera House
Sunday Night at Eight O'clock.
Some Extracts Front Wilmngton
Star Showing the Impression He
Made in the City by the Sea.
Captain David Fallon, an officer
who saw service at Gallipoli, will
speak at the Smithfield Opera House
Sunday niglil at eight o'clock. He
was in Wilmington Tuesday night
where he spoke at the Academy of
Music. Hundreds were turned away
because the big hall would not hold
The following paragraphs from
Wednesday's Wilmington Star will
give an idea of how the Captain's
speech was received:
"An officer of Kitchener's 'contempt
ible little army,' with the marks of
his sacrifice upon him, stood last
night beforo such an audience at the
Academy of Music as Wilmington has
seldom seen before, and held them
gripped in the spell of his story,
moved to laughter, to tears, and to
heights of intense patriotic enthusi
asm, and the immense throng gave
Capt. David Fallon such a greeting as
has not before been extended a speak- i
etf in this city since war was de
clared. ? * *
"The soldier's address was a won
derful thing; but perhaps it was his
personality that caught the imagina
tion of the crowd. Hundreds of those
who were in the audience have sons,
or brothers, or sweethearts or friends
that have gone "over there" to do
their part in the struggle. But the
captain has come back. He has been
through all that the American boys
may suffer, and he is back. He is a
sort of embodiment of the hope that
fills every American heart that the
boys may come home again.
"Captain Fallon is Irish, which
means first that he has a sense of hu
mor and second that he is a fighter.
He was an instructor in the military
academy of Australia when the war
broke out in 1914. He was with the
first contingent of Australian troops
that came up from the end of the
world to take part in the struggle.
As every one knows, it was the Aus
tralians that paid with blood for the
mistake at Gallipoli. * ? * *
"After the abandonment of Galli
poli, with all but 40 of the 1,000 of
the Captain's battalion dead, he was
transferred to the still more terrible
realities of Belgium and northern
France. For an hour he told of the
things that he had seen and taken
part in in that stricken land. He
piled story on story of the atrocities
that he had seen. Stories of women
outraged, and their tongues cut out
that they would tell no story of the
shame that the Huns had worked
them; of infants murdered, of nuns
crucified on the doors of their con
vents because they sought to protect
their houses from the hand of the in
vader. * * * *
"His manner of speaking was direct
simple, forceful and spiced with
strong anathemas hurled with the
force of a terrific and righteous hate
that grewsome memories have im
bedded in the captain's mind. Some
of the audience were inclined to be
shocked at the plainness of his speak
ing at first, but it wore off, and
changed to wonder that he was so
temperate with such cause for em
BQNAR LAW SAYS THE WAR
WILL NOT END SOON.
London, Feb. 26. ? Andrew Bonar
Law, Chancellor of the Exchequer,
spoke confidently of the progress of
the war at a luncheon in the Aldwych
Club today which was presided over
by Lord NorthclifTe.
Mr. Bonar Law said it was obvious '
the war was not going to end soon.
"Germany's conduct in the Russian
negotiations," the Chancellor added,
"shows that she still is determined to
carry out the policy with which she ;
entered the war ? the conquest of
neighboring territories and peoples."
Typhoid fever seems to be "peter
ing out" in North Carolina if we are
to believe recent statistics compiled <
by the state vital statistics depart
ment and bureau of contagious dis
ease. In North Carolina 839 people
died from typhoid in 1914, 744 in
1915, and only 700 in 1916. The re- '
cords for 1917 are not quite complete, 1
but it is believed that last year will
not show over 600 deaths from this
EVENTS OF WEEK IN SELMA.
Red Cross Work Room Open Every
Wednesday Merchants Associa
tion Enjoys an Oyster Supper.
l>r. Mayerburg llack in Selma.
Rev. K. R. Lanier, of Durham, Ac
cepts Pastorate of Baptist Church.
Local and Personal Items.
Selma, N. C., Feb. 27.? Hon. James
H. Pou, of Raleigh, was here Monday
for a few hours on business.
Mr. Bud Bissett, a prominent farm
er from near Corinth, was here Mon
day for i. few hours.
Mr. W. E. Smith moved his family
to Wilson last week. Mr. Smith is
President of the Peoples, Bunk at
Mr. A. V. Driver has bought the
handsome home of Mr. W. E. Smith
on Railroad Street, and moved his
family there last week.
Messrs. J. D. Massey and C. A.
Corbett spent Monday in the Capital
City on business.
Lieut, Maurice Waddell, of Camp
Sevier, is home to spend a few days
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B.
Mr. W. L. Stancil spent Sunday in
Wilders township with friends.
Mr. B. H. Woodard and Miss Bertha
Woodard have moved here from Prin
ceton, and are making their home
with Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Wiggs on
Green Street. We welcome these
good people to our town.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mitchener
left last week to spend some time
with their son, Mr. A. M. Mitchener,
in Miami, Fla.
Mr. L. D. Debnam returned last
night from Spartanburg, S. C., where
he was called to the bedside of his
daughter, Mrs. A. S. Oliver, who was
seriously ill. Mr. Debnam reports
her condition very much improved.
Miss Bettie Edgerton has as her
house guest this week, Miss Maizee
Homburger, of Lexington, Pa., and
Miss Ada Ballentine, of Middlesex,
Dr. I. W. Mayerberg, aftcT six
months service at Camp Hancock,
Augusta, Ga., has returned home to
resume his practice. Dr. Mayerberg
has a host of friends here who wel
come him back home.
There was an interesting meeting
of the Red Cross Chapter and the As
sociated Charities at the Graded
School building, Monday night, with
a good attendance. These two organi
zations are working hard along their
separate lines, and many things are
being accomplished. The Red Cross
Work Room is open every Wednes
Mr. C. W. Stallings, who has been
in the employ of the Durham Life
Insurance Company here for some
time, has resigned his position, and
leaves today to accept the position of
Deputy Clerk of the Superior Court
at Durham, N. C.
Messrs. Thornton, Talton and Hill
are moving: their barber shop this
week, to Dr. Vick's old office next
door to the Selma Drug Co.
Mr. Tom Abdalla is in northern
markets this week, buying goods for
the firm of Abdalla-Vinson Company.
The Merchants Association had
their guest the other business men of
the town last Thursday night at an
oyster supper. A good crowd was
present, and various problems of in
terest to the town was discussed.
The addresses of Rev. C. K. Proctor,
and Supt. E. H. Hoser were especi
ally enjoyed, as was also the address
of Mr. N. E. Edgerton. Other meet
ings of a like nature will be held in
Rev. R. R. Lanier, of Durham, has
accepted the call as pastor of the
Baptist church here, and moved his
family here last Monday. They are
living in the house recently vacated
by Supt. Moser on Anderson Street.
Mr. J. W. Smith, of the Polenta
section, was here for a few hours last
Monday on business.
Rev. C. K. Proctor returned Sunday
from a preaching and speaking tour
in the southern part of the county.
Attorney W. W. Cole, of Smithfield,
was here yesterady and last night on
The State Food Administrator has
called attention to reports that Selma
merchants were violating the food
regulations as to the sale of flour.
An investigation by the local food ad
ministrator docs not show and evi
dence of this violation, and we arc in
clined to believe the report erroneous.
The merchants of Selma are patriotic,
law abiding citizens, and if there has
been any violations here, we think it
CAPT. FALLON TO SPEAK HERE.
Wounded English Officer Will Tell
North Carolinians Their Duty by
the War. "Will Speak in Smithfield
Next Sunday Night.
Captain David Fallon, an English
Australian Army Officer who has been
wounded fifteen times in battle and
who, though battle-scarred and with
right arm useless, is still fighting the
Kaiser in this country in his thrilling
talks and addresses, will be retained
one week more in North Carolina, till
March 9th, in the interest of the
War Savings stamps Campaign. The
towns which will have an opportunity
to hear Captain Fallon by the request
oi State Headquarters of the War
Savings Committee to the Federal
Directors at Washington to extend
his time of speaking in North Caro
lina one week longer, are to be con
Captain Fallon is the kind of speak
er that he was a fighter ? fearless and
uncompromising. He sends home to
all his hearers not only the thrilling
message of his experiences at the
front, but the conviction of what is
their duty as regards this war. He
makes it plain that life on the battle
field is not being sacrificed as a :port,
and it is not for those who are not do
ing their part at home that the boys
are giving their lives.
He says: "You talk of the war be
ing over in weeks or months; don't
think it. The Germans are terrible
fighters and they have prepared for
several more years of this war."
However, Captain Fallon says he be
lieves the war will end in 1920; that
is, if tho United States is of a mind
to get in and show them that it can be
done. "Germany doesn't yet know
that Americans can fight," he says,
"and you've got to show them."
Captain Fallon will speak in the
Opera House at Smithfield Sunday
night, March 3rd, beginning at eight
o'clock. His itinerary calls him to
speak at Dunn, Fayetteville, Sanford,
Southern Pines, Asheboro, Thomas
ville, Newton, Hickory and Asheville
CARTER'S CH VI'EL SCHOOL.
The people of our section were
much delighted to have Mr. Robert
L. Fitzgerald, banker at Micro, to
speak for us at the patriotic rally
Friday, February Jiind.
The school rendered a program,
after which Mr. Fitzgerald spoke. His
speech was principally on George
Washington ami LaFayette, recalling
their bravery and courage and there
by stirring our girls and boys to
nobler and higher ideals. He also
very ably explained War Savings and
Thrift Stamps, telling how he would
secure the stamps for us through the
The kind agd thoughtful ladies had
prepared an excellent dinner which
was served picnic style. It was with
genuine regret that we all departed.
The War Savings Campaign.
E. S. Parker, of Alamance County,
reports that live War Savings
speeches were made in every one of
the fifty-five schools of that county
on Washington's Birthday. Supt. L.
J. Bell has sent word to Col. Fries
that every pupil in the Rockingham
schools owns a Thrift Card.
Other counties reporting a speaker
on the subject of Thrift and Waf
Savings in every school in their coun
ty on the twenty-second are Wilson,
New Hanover and Buncombe. Mr.
T. F. Pettus, Chairman of Wilpon
County's War Savings Committee,
writes that seventy-two speeches on
"Thrift, Economy and Patriotism"
were made at the forty-one school
houses in that county on Friday.
Plant a garden and buy War Sav
was in ignorance, and not done wil
Mr. E. S. Moore, of Greenville, S.
C., Mrs. Edwin S. Moore, of Birming
ham, Ala., and Mrs. J. C. Scarbor
ough, of Raleigh, who have been visit
ing Mrs. R. J. Noble, left for their
respective homes last Monday.
Dr. R. J. Noble left Thursday night
for Charlotte, to attend a meeting of
the Oasis Temple, at which the Im
perial Potentates will be entertained.
It is rumored that several candidates
from Johnston County will bo there
to join the caravan in tts pilgrimage
over tho hot sands to Mecca.
FROM BOON HILL'S CAPITAL.
A Nine Year Old Roy Invents All His
Pennies in Thrift Stamps. Rev. J.
W. Alford Preaches Patriotic Ser
mon. Successful Pie Party at the
School BuildSng. New .Methodist
Pastor Preaches Good Sermon.
Princeton, N. C.t Feb.27 ? Mrs.
Arthur K. Eason, of Durham, is visit
ing her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. T.
Miss Rochell Hinton and Miss
Blanche Dixon, of Raleigto, visited
relatives and friends here Saturday
Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Massey and
daughter, Miss Odessa, from Wilson's
Mills, were visitors in town Sunday.
Rev. J. W. Alford, from Morehead
City, delivered an excellent sermon
to a full house at the memorial ser
vices in the Methodist church Sunday
morning. It was one of those soul
stirring, patriotic sermons, in which
he declared that there were only two
classes of citizens in this country to
day, and those were patriots and
traitors. He emphasized the fact that
all good people should be praying for
God to direct and guide our officers,
that our forces might be victorious in
the name of the Lord.
Prof. L. T. Royall, of Smithfield,
gave the children of the graded
school, and others present, a patriotic
talk on Friday evening, urging upon
them the necessity of buying Thrift
Stamps, and giving aid to our govern
One patriotic little boy, Henry
Holt, has been saving every penny
that he could make for five years. He
is only 9 years old and has never
spent a cent for candy or foolishly.
A few days ago he said he wanted
Uncle Sam to whip the Germans, and
he invested every cent he had,
amounting to eight dollars, in Thrift
Stamps. He says that he is going
to make every penny he can and buy
Thrift Stamps. Little Henry has a
brother on the U. S. S. Oklahoma.
Our people of Boon Hill township
have not yet realized that our govern
ment has entered the greatest war
the world has ever known. They
don't hear the cry for help. Our j
government wants every one to do '
his bit. If you are not in a position
to buy two Thrift Stamps, buy one,
every little counts. Thousands of our
boys are in France and thousands
more to go. They are depending
upon homefolks to feed them, and we
are now called upon to deny our
selves some of the necessities of life
in order that l^iey shall be fed and
Miss Bertha Woodard is visiting
relatives in Selma this week.
The pie party at the school house
Friday night was entirely satisfac
tory. There were pies for everybody.
Miss Odunis' pie sold for the highest
price, and those who got a taste of
this pie declared that it was delicious.
There were many other pies also that
were delicious, and the girls who made
them were just as sweet. Some of
the girls were a little disappointed
because the wrong boy got her pie.
One old married man bid off one de
licious pie, and the girl was so sorry
that she could not eat any at all. So
he eat the pie himself. Nearly forty
dollars was realized from the sale of
pies, and the large crowd of boys and
girls present seemed to have such a
nice time. It is pretty sure that there
will be another pie party some time
There were thirty bales of cotton
ginned here at the electric gin one
day this week and four turned away.
The Rev. E. C. Durham, the new
pastor at the Methodist church,- filled
his appointment here Sunday night. ?
Every one present seemed highly
pleased with him. He delivered a
strong sermon, introducing patriotic
appeals for a united effort from all
" Mrs. Ellen Eason, of Smithfield, is
visiting her son, Mr. Willie Eason.
A Feast At Kenly.
Ti.c Feast of Seven Tables will be
given Friday nic-ht, March 1st, begin
ning at I)r. J. C. Grady's home ? from
there ycu will be taken into six other
homes v here refreshments and music
will be furnished for the sum cf 50
This will be given under the aus
pices of the Red Cross and the pro
ceeds will go to that organization.
Everybody is invited and urged to
attend. It is guaranteed to be wcrth
while. ? X.