THE ASHEILLE CITIZEN THE WEATHER: FAIR. CITIZEN WANT ADS BRING RESULTS i j VOL. XXXIII, NO. 332. ASHEVILLE, N. O, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 20, 1917. PRICE FIVE CENTS BOMBARDMENT BY GUNS BRITISH BIG IS WIOSTJNTENSE Xnfantry Virtually Inactive Along Whole Weste ern Front. ROUMANIANS STILL ON THE OFFENSIVE SOLITARY RUBBER BAND IS ONLY ARTICLE FOUND IN MEANS' SAFE DEPOSIT BOX Box Forced Open With Drills In Hope That It Would Disclose Some of Miss ing Fortune of Mrs. King-Preparing to Re-open Inquest at Concord. Italians More Active on the Trentino Front More Prisoners Taken. Bombardment T British artH lery tne German lines In the Tpres sector. In Flanders, continued most In tense, bat there has teen no Infantry movement In force. An attack on larger scale than the usual dally raids probably Is Imminent Berlin apparently Is much exercised over the ever Increasing: volume of hells from the British big runs. From the Houtholst wood, northeast of Tpres. to the River Ijys. on the Belgo French border. Berlin reports, the British lire has been destructive. Increased to Dram Fire. Field Marshal Halgs artillery in creased its volume of shots to drum Are several times As on the front In Flandersand men have but held Artola there has been no major opera' tlon on the French portion of the western front At several points from the lAlsne valley to Lorraine, the French have made raids Into the Ger man defenses. Here too, the expend!' ture of ammunition Is great, especially on the Alsne front and northeast of Verdun, The Italians have been more active on the Trentino front, harassing; the enemy with raids and strong artillery fire. In a forward movement near Carzano, In the Sugana valley, east of Trent, the Italians captured 200 pris oners. Austro-Hungarlan attacks on the Balnslzza plateau continue, General Cadorna's them for no gains. Infantry Idle. While the Infantry has b'een virtual. ly Idle on the northern end of the Eastern front, the Roumanians con tinue their offensive In the mountain refftazt -"vla.'-'-A.ttafc' fenees so the Row. Jb captured a height. Berlin reports that the Roumanians at first successful were driven from the positions suffering casualties and los ing prisoners. The smallest number of British ves sels of more than 1,600 tons sunk in one week since last February is shown In the weekly statement from the British admiralty which reports the loss of eight of the large else. There is a decided Increase, however, in the smaller slsed ships twenty of these being lost through mines or sirbmar lnes, the second largest number since Germany intensified her submarine campaign. The total, twenty-eight, is the largest In- three months. In the previous week, the total losses were eighteen vessels, twelve of more than l,i 00 tons and six of vhe smaller size. The American steamer Platuria, of ,445 tons owned by the Standard Oil company has been torpedoed with the loss of her master and eight members of the crew. Forty-five survivors have been landed. The sinking of two Ger man submarines is reported unofficial ly from Norway. One was sent to the bottom by an armed merchant man and the other was accounted for by moan aestroyer. SENATE DF jUM VOTES FOR SEVERANCE Action Causes Gratification and Surprise at Ameri can Capital WILL HELP ALLIES. BUENOS AIRES. Sept 19. The Argentine senate by a vote of 28 to 1 today declared for the breaking off of relations 'with Germany. The resolution now goes ' to the chamber of deputies. There is strong public feeling In favor of its final pas- saga NEW YORK, Sept. 19. A solitary rubber band was the only article found m a national bank safe deposit box opened here today in the expectation that it would dis close some of the missing fortune of Mrs. Maude A. King, the wealthy widow mysteriously shot and killed at Con cord, N. 0. The box was opened today in the presence of repre sentatives from the district attorney's office, the police department and others. It was necessary to force it open by use of drills. Assistant District Attorney Dooling announced today he would go to Concord Friday taking with him the docu ments he has obtained here in the iving mystery tor use ot the North Carolina authorities. He said the case will not be presented to the grand jury here imtil after the re opened inquest at Concord. Too Busy Just Now TO RE-OPEN INQUEST. CONCORD, N. C, Sept. 19. Hayden Clement, of Salisbury, solicitor for the Fifteenth Judicial district, of which district this county is a part, spent several hours this afternoon in Concord making arrangements for the re-opening of the coroner's inquest into the death of Mrs. Maude A. King near this city on the night of August 29. Accompanying him was Clyde B. Ambrose, agent of the department of justice, who is on leave of absence to help Handle tne investigation. Inquest Public. Coroner C. L. Spears said tonight that the solicitor has decided that the inquest will be public, and the wit nesses will be examined by the coroner, his jury, and by me solicitor. Immediately after his arrival shortlv before o'clock Mr. Clement went into conference with Mrs. J Benton Foraker, who has been here for several davs. After talking with her for about an hour, the solicitor stated to reporters that the woman did not know anvtbinct 3X$PXm$ as he could so? GToseohti. near ocna, ascertain, and it was therefore not necessary to issue a subpoenae tor Her to appear at the inquest. Mrs. Foraker, accordingly left this city at 8:30 o'clock this evening en route to New York where she is to have a conference with District Attorney Swarm. She stated before leaving that it was ner intention to return here next Monday. inquest comes First. The order issued today by Federal Judge James E Boyd, at Greensboro, citing Gaston Bullock Means to BAKER ASKS IRE MILLIONS TO FIT UVIOUMK Mobilization of Men Carried Forward Smoothly and Without Hitch, : (CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO.) IT PHILADELPHIA LEADS TO Sensational Charges Made Following Death of Brave Officer. ALLEGE CORRUPTION. WASHINGTON GRATIFIED. WASHINGTON, Sept l.News that the Argentine senate had voted overwhelmingly to sever diplomatic relations with Germany was received In Washington tonight with gratifica tion and no little surprise. Officials had reoognlzed that recent disclosures concerning cablegrams sent to Berlin by the German minister at Buenos Aires through the Swedish foreign offloe had aggravated the sit uation brought about by Germany's sinking of Argentine ships, but it had been assumed that, with the German minister handed - his passports, no further official action would be taken pending receipt of Berlin's explana tion of the messagea Although it is understood the state department's purpose in making pub lic copies of the cablegrams was only to expose the German government's world-wide system of duplicity and intrigue, it is no secret that Argen tine's participation in the war would be welcomed. - Even the breaking off of relations. It is pointed out, would have a pow erful effect on public opinion in all South American countries where Ger man Influences are known to be strong, . PTTrr.ATVETT.mTTA, September 19. Charges that gunmen and fraudulent voters had been brought here to take part in a republican primary in the fifth ward followed the killing here to day of George A. Eppley, a policeman, who went to the rescue of James A. Carey, and J. H. Maurer, an assistant district attorney wnen attacits were made on them. The outbreak was said to be the culmination of a small riot last night at a republican club which resulted In six men being; sent to a hospital. - Carey, who had engaged against Isaac Deutsch in a bitter campaign for the republican nomination for council from the fifth ward, was mak ing the rounds of the polling places today when he was knocked down with a sand bag. At the same time an attack was made on Maurer. Policeman Eppley Intervened and was shot and killed. Jacob Mascla, of Jersey City, arrested on the charge of killing the policeman has confessed, in a written statement, the police say that he and ' nineteen others were brought here from New York and Jersey City to vote In the primary. 'Mascla denied that he shot Eppley, although the latter before he died identified (Mascla as his assailant John Costello, also of Jersey City, who was arrested charged with being an acces sory to the crime, admitted also ac cording to the police that he had been hired with other men to come here and take part in the primary.' The police gave out a statement from mm saying: "We were brought here Dy a man known as "Little Neck' to vote in the fifth ' ward. We were to vote for Deutsch." Both Mascla and Costello, the police said, wore a piece of white ribbon In their button holes and this the police said, was the distinguishing mark of alleged hired voters from other cities. Isador Stern, a member of the state legislature, telephoned Mayor Smith at the letter's cottage at Atlantic City charging that the police were respon sible for the disorders and urging him to return here. .. . , SOLDIERS REICH CAMP AT "md warm welcome at Camp Where Officers Work Late. HARD WORK AHEAD. (By Brian Bell.) COLUMBIA. S. C. Sent is mm night oil burned at Camp Jackson to. "". '"" iroin ooutn Carolina and North Carolina reported for thd Na- uunai army mustering officers worked long after midnight although Winn. was not expected to send troops until tomorrow, one man orrlv.H . ...... .u cuumy. Clarence Clyde Cole, of Lee county. North Carolina, was accorded the honor of being the first man of the second Increment to be examined. The seven men from Lee county were the first to report at the mustering officers' headquarters this morning at 8 o'clock. They ""'"'J """"u uui me men rrom the city of Columbia and those from Richland county in which Camp jauKson is located. A train of '"" eariy in tne afternoon brought men from seven South Caro lina counties and Shelby, Ruther- iroa ana nenaerson counties of North caroima. Karly tonight a train of ten coacnes Drought men from Rowan county, Concord, Marion, Morganton. Tavloravllla. Charlotte and Mecklenburg county. Another special train brought rep. resentatives of Anson, Gaston, Moore, Richmond, Union, Wake and Wilson counties. One hundred and sixty one men arrived from North Carniin shortly after midnight a special train at - noon tomorrow will bring 404 men front North Carolina, another special train of North Carolina troops is expected at 10 o'clock tomorrow night bringing 41 men and the last train for tomorrow is scheduled to reach Camp Jackson at midnight with sixty-four men on board. The. North Carolina men were among the most cheerful, men in camp today. They came in fine spirits singing as they left their trains and declaring that they are glad to begin the first lap of the training that will make them fit for service "over there." THE WEATHER. ' WASHINGTON, Sept !. Forecast tor North Carolina and Friday. STAR SPANGLED BANNER" IS HEARD FROM DRAFTED MEN AS THEY START ON FIRST LAP OF JOURNEY TOWARD FRANCE Great Demonstration Held on Pack Square Previous to Departure of Drafted Men For, Columbia Where They Will Enter Training Camp Addresses and Musical Selections Heard Gifts Presented Soldiers. More than isO Buncombe county drafted men sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" as they rode to the railroad station yesterday ' afternoon to begin the first lap of the Journey that may eventually land , them on the death strewn battlefield of the western front Snatches of ( the national anthem were heard from, each of the three large trolley cars, Carrying the iijen, as they sped jdewh. Btltmore and Aoutttelde avnUk"4r route to the- sta tion. Lusty cheers for Uncle Sam, equally hearty groans for the kaiser and his sattelltes and shouted invi tations hurled at friends along the way to "look us up If you ever oome down to Germany" served to enliven to a certain extent what under ordi nary conditions would have been a solemn and unusually quiet ride. Smiles were even seen on the face of one aged mother, who insisted on riding with her son to the station on the special can. No one except her self will ever know what emotions were struggling for liberty In that woman's breast, but she could not helD smile at the light-heartedness and spirit shown by her son and by his companions of tne selective con scription act. All along Btltmore ana soutnsiae avenue nags were streaming irom windows and business houses and peo ple on porches and from windows cheered the young soldiers as they passed. They were cheered in re turn. From the rear of the front car there had been hung a large Ameri can flag, put there by J. B. Mcintosh, caDtaln of the city men, ana wnicn floated merrily in the wind. Crowd at station. At the station the crowd was so great that the men experienced quite a little difficulty getting through to their special train, which was watting on a nearby track, with more than 00 other vounr men representing forty per cent of the draft quotas of several of the far western counties. These men were taking it easy in the day coaches and seemed glad that they were to be reinforced. James Edward Biggs, a former military instructor at Bingham school, and oaptaln of the contingent from the county, was lert wnen tne train pulled out of the station. He re mained behind until the last minute to check over his list witn ciern Lasater of the county board, and when ha mads a start for tne special, tne gates had been closed. Biggs and Dr. Dan B. Sevier went to mjimore m m letter's car and caught the special there. A wire had been forwarded to hold the train there to await the arrival of Biggs, but the automobile reached Mrs. Vanderbilt's town first. While older residents of the city and county were agreeably surprised at the fine looks and apparent physi cal fitness of the men leaving they were Intensely gratified at the spirit In which the departure was taken. There were many tears from the eyes of mothers and sisters, but as for the men, they joked about it just as though they were leaving on a picnic. "We'll go get the kaiser," said ?ne, "and then oome hack to see you oiks' Another extended a general invitation to take dinner with the sol diers at Columbia "Farewell" on Pack Square. The demonstration on Pack square that preceded the departure to the station, eclipsed anything of the kind ever attempted In Ashevllle. Fully eight thousand people deserted homes, business and dinners to gather around and pay a parting tribute to the young men who are to "help make tne world sate for democracy. passable as was Pack square in the immediate vicinity of the library. A squad of police officers under the per sonal supervision of Police Chief Lyerly kept the crowd In order. , Before the farewell exercises were begun, the drafted men cheered Chairman Powell, of the city board; Chairman Cogglns, of - the county board, and J. A. Nichols and Dr. Dan E. Sevier, of the two boards, all of whom made a few remarks, after roll call had been answered. Following these, the regular program was taken up. during which comfort kits were presented the -r-r;vv A choir of singers, assisted by an orchestra, furnished music from ,a stand to the. direct left of the library stepa All of the speeches were made from the stepa Kir. Powell's Address. In his remarks to the young' men. Chairman George 8. Powell, of the city board, said "At 6 o'olock yesterday afternoon you informally passed into the mili tary service of the United States. And now, having publicly answered ORDNANCE NEEDED . '. FOB NEW SOLDIERS Busy Days Ahead at Can tonments in All Parts of Country. ;vv-Hi WASHIVnTflV. Rant. 1 TJOill. mobilisation of the first major lncre- -ment of the national army was pro- - try. Secretary Baker, and the chief of the war denartment anneared be fore the senate anDronrlatlon commit tee to present requests for an addl tional $287,419,000 with " which to provide equipment for a total force) - or x.lOO.OOO men. ' .;... Ordnance Equipment. , .V . Included among the Items In the , ordnance -equipment 5 for the next svv.vuv men 01 tne national army, .al though the 100,000 or mors men on the move today toward the training .' cantonments are only half ot the first -call. Dispatches from all parts of the country Indicated that 'mobilisation was being carried forward smoothly and amid scenes of popular ; en thusiasm. -The national army men " ware given tremendous sendroff as they trooped -to their trains led oy the local board official Almost the entire forty-five per cent of the first ' call force of 687,000 men will be tin -der military control and training by Every essential for the health and comfort of the men had been pro ;; Vided for: They Will be fed and sheltered without difficulty and their , arms, uniforms and other war equip ment will be ready for them as rapid ly as they are ready to use It ; bust nays Ahead. i , - . , There are busy days ahead at the cantonments. '- Not only must the men be examined by military doctors and finally accepted for army service, but , tney must ne organized immediately into provisional companies for admin istrative purposes and to make poiwi- i bie their- final assignments to the in-. fantry, cavalry or artillery or to the special corps of the army. , The quali fications of each man are to, be noted and his ultimate duty as far as prao- tlcable will bear some relations to the - (Continued on page hree.) Everything passed off Just as It was to your second roll call, you are about planned, except the crowd and the to receive from your friends their enthusiasm. These surpassed all ex. pectatlons Despite the burning rays of a sun that was Just a little bit too warm for the average September day, hun dreds of people, many of them from the outlying districts began to gather on the square a full half hour before the city men, the first of the two con tingents appeared. Their arrival was greeted with cheers. More people Joined the throng and by the time the delegation from the county dtstriots reached the square, the crowd could be numbered in figures of four, The drafted men were at once the center of attention. Around them the crowd pressed close. Mothers and fathers elbowed their way through the mass to gain a position from which they could see their son all during the exercises that were to come. Those who had no sons re marked over and over again on the fine appearance of other people sons. And It was a fine looking bunch. The men from the county were noticeable and easy to distin guish because of the healthy coat of tan that lined their faces and the muscular hands. Those from the city, while they could not boast of the tan of their country brethren, had square shoulders and determined jaws and manly bearings, all of which are essentials in the making of the soldier. The crowd grew larger. Every window on the second floor of the library and of the Southern hotel was filled, as were those In other nearby buildings. Blltmore avenue was almost im- farewella and good wishes for your future. "The regulations require that we again caution you that it is your mili tary duty to obey the orders of the men designated to command you un til your arrival at Camp Jackson; though we have no fear that you will fall In your duty to your country or to yourselves. "You have been called Into the mil itary service under the selective service law, and are not conscripted or drafted in the sense in which these terms are generally used. Web ster defines drafted as selected, and selected as nicely chosen from the people at large. Conscription by lot is defined as taken without man's choice. So you are soldiers' of free dom nicely chosen from the people at large, without man's choice, and therefore represent the highest ideal of military service. "It will no doubt be of interest to you to know, that of the men who have answered to the city's call all are natives of North Carolina, except seven, and one of these Is from East Tennessee. 'The members of these boards, and those who have been associated with us in this work fael very closely to you, and we shall hold good thoughts for you every day, for your names are on the roll of honor, and we sincerely hope and believe that you will soon return to your homes, having fully measured up to the standard of sol dlers of freedom." Mr. Powell was heartily cheered by the men from both boards. He then CONFEREES ON WAR TAX BILL HALTS PROGRESS Filtering Out of Secret Conference News Causes . Worriment. SOME AMUSEMENT. (Continued on Page Three.) RECEIVE FOOD "KITS" 4 . - Arrangements Made to Send Supplies to Prisoners In Germany. . WASHINGTON, Sept !. Each American prisoner of war held in Germany will receive every two weeks through the American Red Cross oom mlttee In Switzerland three "food kits" containing from nine to ten ponds each. It was announced todsy that a food division of the surgeon generaTs office has prescribed a table of food each "kit" so that suf. flclent nutriment may be sent to take care of a prisoner until the next pack age arrives for him. in order to ruirill tse aesir 01 tarn- Hies to send food to relatives held prisoners, arrangements will be made later for boxes to be sent to Red Cross headquarters in Switzerland to be repacked there ana lorweraea to Germany. ; , The Oerman aumorrcjes nave agreed each American shall personally min.m. HMlM tnr hla "kit" At this Fair Thursday time 101 Americans are prisoners in warmanjt - EMPLOYES PLEDGE THEIR T Federal Employes Meet in Convention to Organize National Union. WASHINGTON, Sept 1. Federal employes in convention here to form a union adopted resolutions today pledging their unanimous support of the president and congress in the present crista Endorsement was given the Nolan minimum wage bill. Other resolu tions endorsed woman suffrage, the granting of equal pay to women do ing the work of men, legislation looking to a scientific and equitable reclassification of all government em ployes, a satisfactory retirement measure and the extension of free pubho education Into the higher schools. Tonight, the Washington local Fed- eral Employes union tendered a ban quet to the delegates, the speakers including Secretary WUana aszt ether departmental ofllrtsls , WITH AIDING THE ENEMY Number of Spaniards Are Placed in Jail as Result of Raid. A GULF PORT, Sept 19. Seizure of the American schooner Goldfields near this port and the subsequent ar rest of its' crew on charges of aiding the enemy was made by agents of the Federal government today, ft became known here tonight All members ot the crew, with the exception of the skipper, are said to oe Spaniards. According to reports the Vessel was suspected of supplying oil .to German submarines while en route from a southern European port to this port Ths ooldnelds ran aground on this port late last week. She was towed Into this harbor last Sunday, after which Federal agents, it was said, learned of her presence in American waters, A preliminary examination of the crew followed, the result of which was not disclosed. Late today formal charge of "aiding the ene- mv" was made asalnst the crew. The crew was eonnnea to tne ooun-1 ty jail here tonight, pending further 4BvesUgaUoa. , - WASHINGTON. Sept. 19. Wrangle between conferees en the war tax bill today over second class mall rates, excess profits and the fact that news of the secret conferences has been. filtering out halted progress so ma terially that a report to both nouses this week seemed doubtful. Refusal of senate conferees to approve finally the tentative agreement to aecept a limited zone system on second class) rates developed a situation that still was causing heated debate at ad journment tonight The house mem bers demand a general sons system. in accordance with the wishes of Sec . retary McAdoo and other admlnlstra- . tlon leaders, while the senate con ferees insist that there shall be no In- ; crease of more than a quarter of . a cent a pound In the present one eent rate. The excess profits section received ' little consideration during the day and that was far from encouraging. An expert, called before the committee at the request of senate leaders, as- , sailed both the senate and house pro posals as unworkable In their present ' form and suggested changes which in cluded creation of a board : of ad justers to see that fair play is given '. all persons and corporations, and the -authorisation of payments of the tax on an Installment plan, . t The "leak" feature of the . eon ferences Is causing some of the eon f ereea much worry and others an equal amount of amusement Reso- lutions pledging secrecy, solemnly , adopted at the outset of the eon ferences, have been strengthened so that any conferee who gives out tn- ;. formation regarding the deliberations now is subject to exclusion . from further conferences. ' . ". , : THE ASHEVILLE C11IZEN Circulation Yesterday City . ... . . . 4.527 J Suburban . . . . 4,742 Country . , . . . 1,715 Net paid . . .10.984 Service - . . 198 Unpaid . w . ' .106, . v.. ,- . : .Toul . . , . .11,288

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