RE ADVISE GOVERNMENTS
*OT TO REJECT PEACE
(By United Prwi),
WASHINGTON. ? Qenftany is
ready to lay her peace cards on the
table. The Teutonic ^peace sugges
tions have all been forwarded to .the
. allies with the VnltedT States acting
aa offlclal messenger. The allied rep
resentatives. it was announced today,
advised their governments not to
tnm down flatly the. peace profsrs
without a discussion or explanation,
lest such a move alienate the oplH
U?. of the neutral nations. ?
The above facts aro the outstand
ing developments In the peace situa
tion ec.iar -as Waehingtop ir. con
cerned. They made the administra
tion feel tonight that the entire prob
lem is up to the Entente Allies, for
the present at least.
Officials believe that "with- the ball
started rolling," "the wedge of dip
lomacy" will wldln and that . the
counsel of tho allied diplomats here
will help serve the purpose of pro
moting peso* talk, laying the basis
for deter and actual peace negotia
tions.. ? '?? .
Ambassador Bernstorff. calling on
Secretary Lansing, haa learned that
the Utfted States will not supple
ment Germany's profers with any
word of her own, but Germany is*
manifestly heartened by the fact that
the lAilted States will not strut her
self out from possible later offering
of he* good services to both sides.
Allied Officials DecUre^They Cannot
Mai With Ocrauy Under
Present GontroL (, j - . J
(By United Preaal
WASHINGTON. ? "The Egtentd
A 111m cannot mike peace with Ger
many In the present form and under
present control." This statement
was iftade Satarday by two allied
ambaMadorn. It ni explained lrf
detail by an embassy oOolal as fol
?What the allies want la not so
mufch a re-arrangement o I the hoon
dartae.aa they do tha establishment
of a paaoa which will not ha a mere
trttoa and will allow the nations to
reduce their armaments. Apy pea ei
with Germany uadcr the present au
SOKML n BEKDIUE
? ? MKSI Of N. C..HW
Thomas O. McCoy, of AAevUte, la
Charted With Belnf 1? With
(By United Press)
WASHINGTON. ? Thomas C. He
Coy. of Ashevllle, N. Cv. ooe of Che
"hlger u?~ Federal' revenue- then;
has been convicted at Jacksonville.
Fla., on the charge of being Impli
cated In the national whiskey fraud
conspiracy and trill btt taken to Tori
Smith, Ark., for trial at the June
term of conrt for the alleged part he
played in that whiskey fraud scan
dal. J. H. Burger, former revenue
collector, will be tried on a similar
charge at Fort 8mlth.
Government officials stated today
that McCoy's conviction is an Im
portant step in their efforts to get
the men ."higher up" ltt the conspir
acy. The big problem that has beer
confronting the government men 1;
that of obtaining facta to take the
place of the confession made Vy Knox
Booth, who suddenly died at Kem~
phis a year ago. Guy Hartman, who
was arrested upon his return to this,
country from Mexl(<6, has also con
fessed, according to officials.
A moet practical Christmas pres
ent; and one that will give general
delight to the ohildren. Is being of
fered absolutely free by I. H: Morris'
atore tomorrow morning. * 1
Mr. Morris has purchased fifty car
pet sweepers, miniature in dosign,
but perfect in workmanship. They
pick up lint and dust and are en
tirely practical. While they retail
for lirty cents apiece, Mr. Morris in
tends offering them free to the first
fifty children, who come Into hie
pUpf of business tomorrow morning,
uqponpanled by an adult. There are
"no' strings tied to this offer" and
no one Is under obligations- to pur
chase anything. But aa the supply
is rather limited, those parents who
desire to get one of these sweopcrr
ior their children are urged to .do so
as oarly as possible.
? number of residents from the
rural districts of the county, who
were la the eit y Saturday. stated that
they Intended coming io Washington
on Christmas day In order to be Jlf $*
eat st the program that ia r
rendered, st the Community Clirlstr
mas tree. r> ; . "1; . ' 3?
From present Indications ttriPMN
parent that a large purober of mq
pi* from different parte of
V yjvlll be here'for the blf event and
the* will undoubtedly brfof their
children with them. It it exjftcfed
that two thousand persons will wit
ness the program and Ue presonta
tlon of gifts to the ehlhiron.
More mosey Is needed to make tlfe
jbtrs Mi already contributed to the
J Christmas tree fund are urged to do
isd m early as possible.
IMPORTANT HA1LWAY JUNCTION
IS TAKEN FROM THE FORCES
OF THE DH FACTO
SUPPLIES BE? CUT Off ,
(By United Press)
EL. PASO. ? Proceeding swiftly
southward, tho Villistas have cap
tured the Important city of Jlwlim.
according to-advlces received "here by
mining companies. The occupation
of both Jlmlnes and Santa Rosalia by
the bandits severs the only lines of
supplies and ammunitions for Car
ransa'Q army of the north.
The tpwn of Jlmine* is an impor
tant railway Junction. It is reported
that the capture was effected without
?jreat resistance on the part of he
Garranza garrison In the city. The
yuuiiM attuned ti.o n ,*n
aides and njany of the Carranxistas
were taken prisoners.,. Violent fight
ing occurred In the streets of the
city before it was finally captured.
I L H. MORRIS ? HEADQUARTERS
1 FOR CHRISTMAS C.OOD6.
CITY CURLS FAILURES.
LONDON. ? Eighty, frivolous city
girls are the world's greatest fail
ures as farm hands. The pretty
maidens in calico frocks whose
photos have filled the British pictor
ial magazines for mopths are almost!
useless when U comes to actual work.
This Is the. verdict of the Wiltshire
war agricultural committee which
nndertook the taBk of training city
tfrls to get back, to the land.
I. H. MORRIS? THE STORE TO
nUY TOUR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
^ ? . *
Usher* here Baturdai
rore the fffc^eral Jri
against a "paper tn
make a direct ?m
Qeneral Qpegorj- fa
relief ofth? t>r*?0!
newspaper print avi
decision was mcfcid
nounced that the t
continue Its inreettfj
the publishers pre^
B. Varaer, of KortW
that they, wpnt n?s<
of the commiaBJaau
dene? to warraaVf]
aDefed trust. . ~
A co-operative ftfcnsprtnt paper |
factory, to combat Jla; p^eeent high
prices will be ect^lahsd In North
Carolina if present p^ns materialise.
H- B. Varner 1b lea^ng the light of
the sontbeni publishers before the
Material Trade Conjfclsfllon and R.
Waver, of the Dnrtikm 8an, stated
that they had. the aaaarance of ample
capital to back tie project;
"We feel ?ore with, the capital we
hare on bepd," WeaV^r said Saturday
nights Te're all kdft* of the right
kind of timber that ytc need and can
get it reasonably enough to sen news
print at a good projjt .and still cnt
lower t)ian the rulMkjts prices that
the paper truat^.fihirglng. Natur
slty, the plant wfli bit** chiefly for
the-fcageflt pt ssu1l1%'J ubH?h*r*
SEVERE STORM ON
NBJW YORK. ? One of the worst
mow storms that this section of the
Atlantic coast baa ore r known, ac
companied by ft gale that lashed ships
in the lanes of mountainous waves,
grounding two vessels and holding
others back for a day, wore Itself
Tha army transport. Summer,
.ashore on Barnegat since Monday,
will probably be saved. The Norwe
gian steamer, Juno, ashore since this
morning, will probably bet taken off
Little Bgg harbor shoal at the high
***? ? X
OBSERVER IS ;
Fire Broke Oat In Urgo Printing
Boom Yesterday Afternoon.
ham Is 950.000.
(By Unltsd Press).
CHARLOTTE, N. C. ? Fire Satur
day afternoon practically destroyed
the Observer Printing House and ser- i
'lonsly damaged the plant and offices
I of the Charlotte Observer. The loss
exceeds IW.OOO. The Observer was
Issued last night from the plant of
the Charlotte News.
Bill Dnpra, Prominent Farmer,
Sertoli* ly Wounded hm Result
(By Eastern Press)
.T KINGTON. ? Ben- Faulkner, white,
this afternoon shot tfnd seriously ln
lured BIH Dupre,.** -prominent fsr
mer of Lenoir county. Ik* shooting
occurred In front of the Central ware
house and is said to have been the
result of a heated altercation be
tween the two men. The bullet en
tered Dupre's body Immediately
above the hoart and lodged In his
left Shoulder. He wjp taken to the
hospital and while his woundB are
serious, they will not necessarily
Faulkner was arrested In the of
fice of the Central warehouse. When
It was found out thst Dupre would
live, he was released under a 9600
bond to guarantee his re-appearance
WOMEN 8T1CEL WORKERS.
I 8HEFFIELD. ? Women cranedrlv
ers are employed In the steel works
hers. They wear masculine dress of
| chocolate brown with blue trim
Local Merchant Buys Up
Entire Edition Of Paper
Tht? edition of the Dally Nero, tb?r
first Sunday paper to be published In
Washington with a complete -press
servlcdi is due to the progreastveness
of I. H. Morris, one of the prominent
EfiMiftlfejlBifc ' -il
- Mr. Morris tame into the Dally*
News office about *4 week ago and
that he whnt?d to buy out a?
entlr* Issue at the paper. . He re
que nic (J a (Special' toieqraph aews sni&|
vice aita *ave Instructions .to makd
the issue just as bright and, nevnrf
as We _ V ; ... j ?'
" Mr. Morris further stateftjbiaft M
iras his testation to bring his large I
stock of ChrlsWhts m^rch*4iso to
f! public la a most forcible manner.
"I want the people ot WsshlngtoA
and Beaufort county to know that T
hafe prepared for tTrera the largest
stoelf of Christmas goods that V have
ever had to-ofT-r them," bp remarked;
"I also want to give theaa * Sunday.
morning; paper, with oamplete tele
graphic reports, to elixir them: that I
Appreciate their patronage And am
willing to do aomethlng to Return, i
believe the/ will eajoy reading a pa
>?r of thia kind of Sundaylmornlng."
?. : Mr' Uarr rKmerti tire 'bwi
carried out toth? lottos Hi^vJr<ir
,U?W.nt. .?M th?
say thrt laaaft, eotaethlng eat of the
order to bring the attention of the
people to hi* merchandise during the
lMt weok of Christmas shopping. As
there are 1,600 copies of this paper
issued.and as they are being sent out
all over this and adjoining counties,
there la little doubt but that he will
enjoy a record-breaking buslnens'
during the ddmlng week.
"If I didn't have tho goods." stat
ed Mr. Morris. "I couldn't afford to'
'Advertise on this scale. But I know
[that 1 hare the claaa of merchandise
jfchat will appeal to the buying public '
at tkla particular tlB*"
V "<Jfrpl' of thla papor will alao be
'sent to the leading dry-goods Jour-'
ttafe in the country and these will
undoubtedly give considerable spam
Milling their readers of Mr. Morris'
sggreMtve plan of advertising. In
thin manner, Washington will get
rensldereble publicity of a most fav
4pipp)yir:r- ' : . ,
GERMAN FORCES ARE
HURLED BACK ALONG
THE WESTERN ERWT
VIGOROUS FIGHTING IS HOW IN PROGRESS. CUT OMP
VJIIX HAS BEEN CAPTURED Bt WE
VIOLENT ACTION ON AIL
(By United Prees)
LONDON. ? Peace talk may be un
der discussion In the European cap
itals tonight, but the roar of battle
roeounda on every front. 8eldom
has there been such a unanimity In j
the reports from all the fronts In de
tailing bitter and unrelenting war
fare. the kind that was never ex
pected to continue In the winter snow
and cold. It seems as though every
bolligerent Is bolstering Its own Ideas
of peace by force of might.
Germany is endeavoring to show
that lts plea for peace came through
strength, and not through weakness.
The allies are returning their defiant
rejection of proffered peace by hurl
ing forward their massed troops.
Vordun holds the center of Inter
est In all the battle news. Called to
the higher command over all of tho
French armies In the west. General
Nivello celebrated his appointment
by a strolt 6' of arms which detailed
dispatches tonight gradually led to
tho conviction here that it was an
?von greater coup than France's ef-j
forta of October 24, when she hurled
the Germans from Fort Douamont
and Fort Vaux.
The British are also
violent artillery duel
in Flanders. On the
perate rear-guard actlantf* Warded
the retirement north dT UjftTftassian
and Rumanian forces in flfptt x>f the
Teutonic Invaders of
PARIS. ? The captui* -M Besoa
vaux was announced rtpyp
as the latest victory of* tfcd ftuiiBh
offensive north of Verdiurito the Ini
tial advance of the first t4vr struck
at the German lines. - ;^-x
The fortlflcations aroqpd Beson
vaux fell Into the hands oPtfe* preach
after a vigorous dash. OHelal state
ments indicate that the Fr??ch offen
slve north of Verdun ha?t>een re
sumed with added violence Tester
day's dispatches told of tfee capture
of German works defending, the cLty.
By the capture of the town Kaeir, the
French have now advanced approxi
mately eight miles from the^otrtsklrU
I of Verdun ffud have extended their
: positions since the assault'togan to
j a depth of moro than thrjse-jqpoi in
I this particular direction.
Ml WORKING HEN III SW
TO CO ON STOKE MOM
(By United Prees)
MADRID, Spain. ? A natlon-wldo
strike will become effective on Mon
day to voice the protest of the work
Ingraen against the dearth or food
Men la all lines of wvWMr* 1Mb
ed In the strike. Comfit]
the poorer classes are I
extremely critical. All
crops were short,
being charged and m
DEPORTED BELGIANS USE '
SENT BACK TO BfECIUM
(By United Prcaa)
BERLIX. ? Goruumy ha* al
ready pot xi mod from ilx to neven
handtrd iMgliuii, whom she had
transported from Bclfflnra b?*
rniwe of th? mistake In rlusi
flrntlon whereby they had been
Incorrectly dmlpiktMl m "tin
I JAPAN AFTER I8LANDA.
THE HAGUE. ? "If Japan gets
Java and Sumatra from Holland as
j at present. the 100,000 emigrants In
' the United States can be recalled,
! bo America will also be satisfied,"
1 says the Japanese ex-minister and
publicist, Yusaburo Takekoshl. In his
t The article la a demand that Japan
take advantage of the present favor
able Juncture' to annex the Nether
lands East Indies.
This Information WQp g&im
out exclusively to the United
Frcwe Hntanlajr night, fhe cor
rupt . governments In a ^ravnher
of Ilolgtan cltlce in in>
rieiirahle political oppopprt* b*.
ln? railroaded te this ipaMf.
IN HONOR OF MISSSMMI
Mra. Henry Brldfem?4 land Mr*.
8. L. Brocks enteruiaaf 8ati*<lay
afternoon at a dfllpthtfaj bridge
luncheon, which wit glvm at Una.
Brldicamaa'a home on m,ajt Hoapnd
street. The event was ta hetasr of
Mlaa Catharine Small. .
The (mm* wu beau (i MUX decor
ated, annaatlve of the amroachlaa
holiday* Roily and ml?q?rtoe anS
ent flowora formed the priMtoal
meana of decoration, (lea Cltaa*
beth Warren made high wore The
card tttmyloit waa followed by * three,
rotirae Innrheon Bach o! JIM (vesta