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THE ENEMY PUSHES ATTACK.
German Field Marshal Driving At
tack After Attack Against British
Lines Between Arras and Ypres.
Loss of Armentieres Admitted By
British; U. S. Troops Not There.
Swinging his heaviest and mightest
guns far to the north of the Picardy
battlefield, Field Marshal von Hin
attack against the British lines be
attack against the British nlise be
tween Arras and Ypres. Charging
across the level country behind a tem
pest of high explosive and gas shells,
the Germans have succeeded by ter
rific fighting in penetrating the Brit
ish defences at points over a front of
nearly thirty miles to a depth of al
most six miles just to the south of
The loss of Armentieres is admit
ted by the British, but this was ex
pected from the trend of events in
that sector during the last few days.
The enemy had driven in on both
sides of the tow* and holding out
longer by the British would have im
perilled the whole line.
The British have stood firm at vital
points along the line. Wytschaete is
still held by Field Marshal Haig's
men, who also maintained their grip
on Messines Ridge, Lestrem, Ploegs
teert and Ploegsteert Wood and Hool
ebeke, against which furious assaults
have been launched only to break
down or be nuulified by British coun
ter-attacks. A terriffis attack made
against Hoolebek and Wytschaete was
completely repulsed with great loss to
The idrve south of Ypres has devel
oped into a major operation, it would
appear, and the Germans, using their
massed attack system, are not count
in the losses inflicted upon them in
their advance. So far they have gain
ed little of great tactical value. The
high ground along the front is stlli
held by the British forces and the re
tirements here and there have not as
yet endangered the integrity of the
line from Arras to the North Sea.
While this battle is going on, there is
a lull in the struggle before Amiens.
Since the announcement that Amer
ican troops had made their appear
ance in the sectors occupied by the
British, there has been nothing to
show that they ave actually entered
into the battle. ? Associated Press
Summary in today's News and Ob
Washing Guano Sacks.
In washing guano sacks it is not
necessary to take them to a wash tub
and scrub them like wearing apparel is
washed, but they should be placed on
the ground or on grass or straw just
before a rain and then let the rain
water do the work. Even soda sacks
may be washed this way. In the case
of soda sacks it might be necessary to
turn them over after the first rain
and let them get the advantage of a
second rain. Care should be taken not
to let sacks lie out too long or they
might mould and rot. But they can be
cleaned of guano or soda by rain water
and this will save considerable work
in washing them. If put out in one or
two rains the work will be done.
Every farm should have one or more
sack racks may be placed when emp
Liberty needs defenders. Defenders
who go forth to fight need help. Help
costs money ? heaps of money ? for
munitions, for food, for clothes, for
ships. Money, the symbol of effort, of
labor, of service, is a kind of seed, pro
duced by service and growing up in
more service. Thus this seed, scat
tered on the good ground of patrio
tism, spring1 to life in armies for the
defence of Liberty. Every patriot
must sow if he is to reap.v His planted
dollars flower in fighting men, in food
for fighting men, in transports to car
ry them to the lines where justico is
to be carved out of brute rock. Be an
earner of the seeds of Liberty .-nd a
planter of the dollars of devotion! ?
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN CLAYTON
Clayton, April 10.? Mr. Vaughan
Poole, who holds a position at Nor
folk, is spending a few days here with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Poole.
Mr. Garland Wall left Sunday af
ternoon for Camp Jackson after spend
ing a week here with relatives.
Mrs. Paul Brantley, of Wendell,
spent last week-end here, the guest of
Mrs. J. D. Barbour.
Mr. Ranson Penny spent last Sun
day in Raleigh with relatives.
Miss Atta Debnam spent last Sun
day in Selma.
l)r. T. A. Griffin has gone to Mich
igan for few days. He is to bring
back with him a new Buick which he
Mrs. Bennette Nooe returned a few
days ago from Charlotte where she
has been for some time visiting her
husband, Lieut. Nooe.
Mrs. J. H. Austin and children re
turned Sunday to their home at Four
Oaks, after spending sometime with
Mrs. M. E. Gattis.
Mr. Lawrencc Priddy, of New ^?rk,
has been here for several days visit
ing his sister, Mrs. C. W. Carter.
Last Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock
in the Baptist church, Miss Bertha
Carroll, State Secretary of the Bap
tist Woman's Missionary Union, ad
dressed the ladies of the town who
were interested in Missionary Work.
All who were present were benefited.
In the evening at 8:30 a special Mis
sionary program was rendered by the
Intermediate and Junior Departments
of the Baptist Sunday school.
Mrs. B. A. Hocutt returned this
week from Leaksville-Spray where she
has been visiting friends for some
Mr. Julian Anderson, of Raleigh,
was here Sunday visiting friends.
Mr. Edgar Lynch, a member of the
faculty of Buies Creek Academy, was
here for the past week-end visiting
his sister, Mrs. A. C. Hamby.
The commencement exercises of the
Powhatan school were held last 1* ri
day evening. Miss Duba Ellis who had
charge of the music department, ar
ranged a very interesting program. It
was greatly enjoyed by all present.
Several of our town people heard
the speech of Hon. William G. Mc
Adoo in Raleigh yesterday at 12
o'clock. His subject was the Third
Liberty Loan and was full of facts
from beginning to end. He told the
people in plain English what they
must do to help win the war. He came
through here on the noon train and
when he stepped off for a minute was
graciously greeted by Mr. C. W.
Home and others.
Mrs. W. F. Weathers returned Sun
day from Sanford where she has been
Mrs. J. H. Haynes, from Bain
bridge, Ga., and her daughter, Mrs.
S. P. Lewis, from Salemburg N. C.,
spent the week-end with Mrs. C. B.
"The Girl Who Dared," is the title
of the paly to be given in the audi
torium here Wednesday night April
17th. This is a bright musical comedy
presented with local talent under the
auspices of the Jesse T. Ellington
Chapter, Children of the Confederacy.
It is being directed by Miss Bessie
Burheimer, of Wilmington. Between
65 and 75 of our town people are in
this play included children, young peo
ple, old people, men and women. The
proceeds will go to the Clayton Red
Miss Helen Rogers spent last Sun
day in Rocky Mount.
Clayton leads the county in Liberty
Bonds and we have several members
of the Limit Club. ? W. S. S.
Tomorrow (Thursday) our high
school debating team goes to Chapel
Hill to contest for the Aycock Me
morial Cup. The contest comes off
Friday afternoon. The debaters are :
Affirmative ? Ransom Averett and
William Connor; Negative ? Eloiso
Turley and Mary Creech Williams. All
of these are seniors and we hope they
will come back home wearing a smile
Very few things the fanner buys
have advanced more than the sacks in
which he gets proods. When a ton of
guano is paid foi< alj least three dollars
of the money goes for sacks. Almost
any kind of sacks will cost now from
twenty to twenty-five cents each.
Guano sacks have to be stronger and
better than some other sacks, and of
course, cost more. All sacks sho?ld
be kept until needed. All good sacks
can be sold to advantage.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. SMITH.
Wife of Mr. J. B. Smith l'assed Away
in Petersburg Tuesday Afternoon.
Funeral Held Here Thursday
After an illness of only two days
Mrs. Sarah Smith, wife of Mr. J. B.
Smith, died in a hospital in Peters
burg, Va., Tuesday afternoon, April
9, at 4:30 o'clock. Mr. Smith has been
engaged on the construction work at
Camp Lee for the past several
months and sometime about the first
of the year Mrs. Smith went to live
with him in Petersburg. She had
not been in the best of health for the
past year or so, but she was in her
usual health up to last Sunday morn
ing when she was taken sick. Mon
day she was no better and on Mon
day afternoon, Mr. Smith notified
some of their children of her illness.
Their daughter, Miss Lula, who lives
in Smithfield, went to Petersburg
Monday night. The next day Mr.
Will H. Smith, of Selma, Mr. Bobbie
Smith, of Smithfield, and Dr. Whar
ton left on train No. 80, but before
they reached Petersburg, Mrs. Smith
died. She had been taken to the hos
pital Tuesday morning.
The remains were brought to
Smithfield on the afternoon train
Wednesday, acompanied by Mr. Smith
and his son, Mr. Will R. Smith, and
daughter, Miss Lula.
The funeral was held from the home
Thursday morning at 10:30, the ser
vices being conducted by Mrs. Smith's
pastor, Rev. A. S. Anderson. The
interment was made i? the new Oak
land Cemetery. The grave was literal
ly covered with beautiful flowers, a
silent token of the love and sympathy
of the friends of the deceased and her
family. The pall-bearers were J. H.
Easom, N. B. Grantham, J. D. Spiers,
J. D. Boyett, H. L. Skinner, C. A.
Creech, E. S. Edmundson and T. J.
The deceased, whose maiden name
was Sarah Selina Lee, was born Jan
uary 19, 1862, was in her 57th year.
She was the daughter of Gideon and
Mary Ann Lee. She was married in
April 1881, to Mr. J. B. Smith and to
them were born seven children, four
boys and three girls. All are living
and have reached manhood and wom
anhood. They are:
Mr. Will R. Smith, of Selma; Mrs.
J. L. Lee, of Meadow; Mr. J. Rufus
Smith, of Dunn; Mr. Allen S. Smith,
of Smithfield; Mrs. Robert E. Smith,
of Dunn; Miss Lula Smith and Mr.
Bobbie S. Smith, of Smithfield. All
of the children and their wives were
here to attend the funeral. Besides her
husband and 12 grandchildren, Mrs.
Smith leaves two half-brothers,
Messrs. J. S. and J. M. LawhoH, and
one half-sister, Mrs. Bright Bass.
The deceased was a good woman
and had for many years been a devot
ed member of the Presbyterian church
She was a good wife and loving moth
er, a faithful friend and kind neigh
bor, and lived such a life that all who
knew her felt the uplifting touch of a
sincere Christian woman. She will be
greatly missed in her home, her com
munity and her church. She has gone
on to receive the reward of the faith
JOHNSON CHAPEL NOTES.
The people in this section are busy
planting corn and some have planted
Messrs. Robert Parrish and Almond
Johnson went to Camp Jackson last
Friday to visit Mr. Parrish's brother,
Mr. James F. Parrish. They returned
We regret to note the illness of Mrs.
Jenkin3 Johnson. We hope for her a
Misses Alice and Annie Johnson
spent the week-end in Benson with
their grandmother who is quite sick.
Sunday School has been organized
at Johnson's Chapel Church. We hope
a good crowd will come out every Sun
day at ten o'clcck.
Master Glenn, the little son of Mr.
and Mrs. P. P. Allen, is seriously ill.
Hope he will soon be out again.
Mr. Ira Allen went to Smithfield
There will be amoving picture show
at Royall seme time in the near future,
(date **ill be announced later.) Let
everyone come out and enjoy the even
ing. Admission ten cents. ? Q. L.
The name of General Ferdinand
Foch, the head of all the Allied Ar
mies, is pronounced as though it
rhymed with "bosh."
NEWS OF THE WEEK IN SELMA.
Mr. Snnril Appointed Tax Lister For
Sflma Township. I lean- Up- Week
In Selma. State Explosive Inspect
or Visits Selma.
Selma, N. C., April 11.? Mr. M. C.
Winston went to Durham Monday on
Attorney E. J. Wellons, of Smith
was here Saturday on legal busi
Miss Viola Morgan went to Raleigh
Sunday to visit Mrs. Sallie Upchurch
* no is a patient in Rex Hospital.
Postmaster W. H. Etheredge is ill
"t his home on Anderson Street His
ds hope for him a speedy re
Mr. :>.nd Mrs. T. T. Covington, Jr.,
01 Laurinburg, spent the week-end
here with relatives.
Mr. Charlie Mitehiner, of Kinston,
is here this week the guest of his sis
ter, Mrs. W. C. P. Bethel.
Mr. L. D. Debnam and party re
turned Sunday from Charlotte where
he went to pet a consignment of Buick
automobiles, traffic conditions being
so congested that he ean not get them
shipped by freight.
Mr. Bennett Creech and Miss Hester
Mozmgo spent Sunday in Goldsboro
Misses Lillian Snipes, Julia Winston
Ashworth, Bertha Moser, and Elmore
Earp leave today for Chapel Hill
where they will represent the Selma
school in the debate tomorrow night.
1 r" ^ ? A. Strickland has rented the
building formerly occupied by the
Selma Chronicle on Railroad Street
and has opened up a cold drink and
Tne annual meeting of the Selma
Merchants Association will be held in
the Association's offices next Thurs
day night at 8:00 o'clock. This being
the annual meeting, the officers for the
the ensuing year will be elected, and
it is hoped that the entire member
ship will be present.
' y!'. L- 8taneil has been appoint
ed Tax Lister for Selma township, and
announces that he will be in his office
over Selma Supply Co. each day from
May 7th to May 27th for the purpose
of listing the taxes of the township.
I his week has been designated by
the Civic League as Clean-Up- Week
or Selma, and every citizen of the
own is asked to do his or her bit to
war* a making Selma a cleaner town
o live in. The weather so far this
week has been such that very little
progress has been made, and the cam
paign will probably be continued until
Hon. W. G. McAdoo, Secretary of
the Treasury made a ten minutes
speech to the citizens of Selma Tues
day afternoon from the rear platform
of his private car at the Union Sta
W, p ,Cre<uary McAd?? Was enro?te
from Raleigh to Wilmington, and his
No Tos3 aIta;hCd t0 S?Uthern lrain
no. 108. A fair sized crowd braved
the stinging wind and rain and were
" 'he. hear their diatin
Mr. P. n. Whitley spcnt Monday i?
Raleigh on business.
Mr. T. C. Henry, of Wilson, spent
night m SeIma' roturnin* Monday
Mr. D. A. McDonald, State Explo
sives Inspector, of Carthage, N. C
was in Selma today checking up the
'-ocal Explosives Licensing Agent
Mr. W. I. Standi. Mr. McDonald asks'
that mofo publicity be given the Ex
Plosives Licensing Law, which re
quires that every individual or cor
poration using dynamite, fuse, caps,
'lentonators, or any other kind of ex
plosives or their ingredients, shall pro
ure a license. There are six Licen
^inK' Agents in Johnston County
from whom license may be secured.
m C,ayton' Selma, Kcnly,
? mit -Seld, Four Oaks and Benson.
MR. COTTON AT ROCK HILL.
He Will Speak at School House Mon
day Night, April 15th.
There will be a speaking at Rock
Hill school house in Ingrams 1 own
ship on Monday night, April 15th.
Our linotype made us say in Tuesdr y's
Herald that it was Friday night, April
15th. The time is Monday night, April
15th. The speaker is Rev. S. A.
ton, and the suLject is the Rig War.
Mr.Cottoi; is a very enthusiastic
speaker and always has a .nessage
worth while when he addresses an au
LOWER JOHNSTON ITEMS.
The cold wetather has killed most
all the little garden plants through (
Rev. G. W .Rolins filled his regular
appointment at Calvary Baptist church
Miss Maggie Smith, from near
Maxton, N. C., is the guest of Mrs.
Mordcai Lee, this week.
Mr. George W. Wilson, fivm near
Shady Grove, spent Sunday at Dr.
Miss Esther Langdon, from near
Benson is spending several days with
M iss Mary Johnson.
Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Lee and fam
ily, from Peacocks X Roads, spent
Sunday at Mrs. L. D. Johnson's.
Miss Myrtle Barefoot spent Sunday
with Miss Ruby Smith near Oakland
Mr. Oscar Barefoot returned from
Fayettcville hospital Sunday where
he has been for several days for spec
Mr. Grrydon Johnson left several
days ago for Hot Spring, Arkansas,
and other points of interest for sight
Mr. Casper Jackson, and mother,
Mrs. J. E. Jackson, from Mt. Elem
church, spml Sunday at Mr. C. B.
Messrs. Shadman Warren and G. L.
Wilson, from near Shady Grove,
spent Sunday afternoon in this sec
Mr. John Kilby Tart was -at home
a short while last week from Camp
Jackson. He was called home 011 ac
count of the death of his grand-moth
er, Mrs. Winnie Tart.
Miss Merdie- Denning is visiting
friends and relatives at Dunn this
Misses Nolia and Marvin Matthews
of near Angier, recently spent sever
al days in Lower Johnston.
Quito a number of young people
in this community attended the pic
nic at Fuquay Springs, Easter Mon
Mr. Henry P. Johnson, made a busi
ness trip to Goldsboro last week.
Mr. Kilby Tart and Miss Laura
Esther Lee of this section greatly sur
prised the people in this community
when on last Sunday morning they
went to South Carolina and were
married. They later went to Columbia
where Mr. Tart is in training at
Camp Ja?kson. We wish them well.
Mrs. Winnie Tart died last Thurs
day morning at the home of her son,
Mr. A. D. Tart, and was buried Fri
day afternoon near there. She was
87 years and 24 days old. She lived a
noble life and bore a good name. She
was thought well of by all who knew
her, and will be greatly missed by all.
BENTON VILLE NEWS.
Mr. G. II. Massengill left Tuesday
for Camp Lee, Va., in answer to his
Messrs. Wellons and Wellons, of
Smilhfield, ere callers in this section
Tuesday on business.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Casey, of Mt.
Olive, spent the week end in our
burp with Mrs. Casey's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. M. Beasley.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Narrcn, of
Smithfield, spent Sunday in this sec
tion with Mrs. Narron's parents, Mr.
and Mrs* D. J. Williams.
Mr. W. B. Beasley, of Camp Jack
son, returned Sunday after spending
a week in this section with his pa
rents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Beasley.
Bert looks pood and says he is faring
The new bridge across Mill Creek
at the N. B. Toler place is completed
and passable. We understand this
is the best bridge across Mill Creek.
Last Thursday evening a severe
storm passed over a portion of this
part of the county doing considerable
damage to tjmber, houses and fences.
The wind was very high, and the long
est hail storm we ever witnessed last
ing something like twenty minutes,
and covering the ground, later which
the rain fell in torrents and is a good
many places the land is too wet to
plow at this writing.
Messrs. Norman Westbr^ok and
Conley Lnngston and Misses Flora
and Annie Lassiter motored to Gclds
boro Sunday to spend the day with
Mr. Lacy Lassiter, a nephew of the
Missas Lassiter. Mr. Lassiter is in the
U. S. N^vy and has made fourteen
trips across the Atlantic.
Bentonville, April 9th.
AT THE CAPITOL OF BANNER.
Death of Mr*. Eliza Hudson. Revenue
Officers Make a Kaid Near Benson
What a Ten-Year Old Boy Thought
of His Father's Patriotism. Other
Benson, April 11.? Mr. James W.
l.angdon, of Four Oaks, spent Sunday
here with relatives and friends.
Mr. Ernest Young, of Asheville,
was here Saturday and Sunday.
Messrs. M. T. Britt and G. W. Rol
lins were visitors to Raleigh Tues
day and Wednesday of this week.
Dr. Wilson, of Newton Grove, was
here Tuesday on business matters.
Mrs. R. C. Pool returned this week
from \V ilson where she has been for
several days treatment at a hospital.
( apt. J. W. Goodrich, who is in the
railroad hospital at Rocky Mount, is
reported as slowly improving.
Mrs. J. M. Sloan, of Broadway, died
suddenly at her home Monday. She
was a sister to our townsman, Mr. S.
I). Stone, and was about 40 years of
age. She left a husband and several
Mr. C. T. Johnson left the first of
the week for Baltimore where he is
taking his wife for treatment in Johns
Miss Martha Barbour, of Four
Oaks, was here for a few days re
cently on a visit to relatives.
Messrs. John W. Wood, Daniel
Wood and Mang Wood, of Meadow
township, are here today on business
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Hudson took
their little girl, Lettie Hudson, down
to Fayetteville this week to a hospital
for treatment for an injured leg.
Mr. J, G. Smith received a phone
message this week from Angier stat
ing that his son-in-law Mr. Randal
Overby was seriously sick with pneu
monia. He is reported better at this
Messrs. Ezra Parker, James Ray
nor and A. L. Barefoot went up to
Greensboro this week to attend the
republican convention there.
Mrs. J. G. Gagle and children ar
rived this week to spend a few days
with relatives and friends here.
Prof. L. T. Royall, of Smithfield,
was in town yesterday in the interest
of the public schools of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Rose and chil
dren spent Sunday with relatives in
Mr. and Mrs. Linnie Reaves, of Rae
ford, are in town this week with rela
tives for a short visit.
Mrs. B. A. Grant, of Goldsboro, ar
rived yesterday to visit her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. S. W. McLamb.
Mr. Edwin J. Clifton, of Elevation
township, spent Wednesday here with
his son, Mr. arson Clifton.
Mrs. J. F. Lee and daughter, Miss
Mary Lee, went down to Camp Jack
son and spent a few days recently
with Mrs. Lee's son, Paul, who is in
training at the camp.
Messrs. M. T. Britt, Ezra Parker,
Jim Raynor, Alonzo Parrish, W. H.
Massengill and J. R. Barbour, were
visitors to Smithfield today.
"If nobody has done any more for
the government than you have she
would not be able to fire a gun." This
is the statement of a 10-year old boy
of our town recently made to his fath
er when they were discussing the war
situation together. The father says
that when he thought the matter over
he arrived at the conclusion that his
son was correct in the statement and
that the boy had sized the situation
up as it really was. There was noth
ing left for the father to say other
than set an example by investing in
some Liberty Bonds.
Deputies George Moore, J. Will
Moore and Chief Henry made a raid
last Saturday and captured a still in
full blast a few miles below Benson.
1 hey also apprehended the operators
and gave them a hearing which is
set for trial next Saturday at Dunn.
Mrs. Eliza Hudson, mother of our
townsman, Mr. A. B. Hudson, died at
her home near here last Thursday
night and was buried Friday at the
city cemetery here. She had been in
poor health for some time and was
taken with pneumonia from which her
death resulted. She was about 63 years
old and was a consistent member of
the Primative Baptist church. She is
survived by five sons and three daugh
As there comes a warm sunbeam in
to every cottage window, so comes a
loveber.m of God's care and pity for
every separate need. ? Nathaniel