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VOL. XXIV. NO. 98.
WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 1 7, 1 91 6
PRICE FIVE CEN1S
Coitact Let For Buildin
The following telegram came from Congressn .
that Wilmington would likely be chosen for build
"It is Now an Established Fact That Wilmingtor
by United States Shipping Board That Steel Ships
"l H. L. Godwin this afternoon confirming the dispatches earlier in the day
; steel ships:
7 ill Get Another Shipyard. Senator Simmons and I Were Told This Morning
ould Be Built There Upon A Large Scale. Contracts Have Already Been
Signed For Construction of 12 Large Steel Ships 31,600 Tons Each. The Yard Will Belong to the Government and Ships
Will Be Built Under Government Directions. All This Will Be Permanent. I Congratulate Wilmington and North Carolina."
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enacpn dv rtavanc-
RETIREMEN DN LARGE
SCALE NOT EXPECTED
Believed That British Will Be
Able to Hold Their Lines
0 0 PASHA MET
DEATH AT HANDS
OF FIRING SQUAD
Int act, Even Though Fore-! Paid Extreme Penalty For Be-
ed to Give Way At Points.
ing a Traitor to His
With-"the pre's ' salient' "In South
western Belgium menaced by the con
tinned advance of the Germans online
lys batflefront immediately to the
Sou'h, the British have begun to
withdraw from this -advanced line-.
1 ,-y's official report from Field
Marshal Haigrs headquarters an
ncunces what is at least a partial
withdrawal from the Ypres sector.
The Eritish forward positions East of j
VpTf-s have been given up and a new
Uno to the West occupied. The with
drawal was carried out in perfect or
; ; v ; hout enemy interference. . Ap
parently the retrograde movement is
I -voting on the Wytschaete sector,
wiierp London today reports a suc
re?.ful counter attack carried out
upon the Germans who yesterday cap
tired the town of Wytschaete, near
the highest point of the Easterly
-Me.sines ridge and who . presumably
pushed out somewhat beyond the
town. They are unofficially reported,
indeed, as having advanced to St.
Eloi, a mile and a half North of
Wytschaete, two miles West of Holle
beke, and about six miles directly
South of Ypres.
St. Eloi is on the old battle line as
it existed before the British began
their offensive last year, taking Mes
ines ridge and later pushing on and
zraduaily absorbing all of the Pass
"hendaele ridge, the continuation of
the spur to the Northeast.
This may be an indication that the
British retirement is
LOST HIS ATTITUDE
Went to His Place Without a
Struggle and Fell With Sev
eral Bullets In His Head.
Paris, April 171 Standing before a
firing squad in the forest of Vin
cennes early today, Paul Bolo Pasha,
condemned traitor, lost entirely the
attitude of indifference he had main
tained subsequent to and during his
trial. When the order to fire was
given, the rifles spoke and Bolo
crumpled up with several bullets In
Escorted fry several guards, Bolo
left the Sante prison 45 minutes be
fore his . execution. After leaving the
automobile at Vincennes, he listened
to the exhortation of a prison chap
ain. Then his eyes were bandaged
nd he went without a struggle to his
place before the firing squad.
"So much the better; I am delight
ed," Bolo exclaimed when awakened
this morning by Commandant Julian,
of the third court martial, who told
him that the hour of expiation had
to the line of i arrived. These were the only words
except lur imiruu-
withdrawal would include the aban-l w l" k ,
donment of the entire Passchendaeleibody a silk lace handkerchief which
rep-inn n c- -nmli oo Vi MaaidTiDfi rirl r'P he placed on his chest and give it
area, from the greater part of which
hey have been driven in the present
battle. It would leave the town of
Ypres, however, still In British hands.
There seems no danger at present
f a retirement on any such larger
Rcale than this on the Northern end of
Franco-Belgian line as the result
f'f the recent German successes. The
iin as a whole appears likely to
hoM as long as the railway commu
nications supporting it are intact. Ap
parently the security of these commu
nications has been provided for by
ftp massing of large forces in the
Northwesterly sector of the Lys bat-,
The German objective here, .as has
Jeen. frequently pointed out, is Haze
rouck, the important railroad junc
tion about four miles . beyond the
point of the farthest advance West
ward, near Nieppe wood, six miles
Southwest of Bailleul. A British coun
ter attack last night indicated the
length of the British line in his vi
tal sector. It resulted, in the driving
f tlip Germans from the town of
Iptpren, a mile and a half West of
Baiiieui, which they had entered.
Tbe Germans are still hammering
fte British lino North of Bailleul,
h'le i the Northwest they are re
Ported to be close to Mount Kemmel,
he towering height which dominates
the situation in this sector. , The
British now seem able to deal with
Jhem along the Bailleul-Wytschaete
llnp, however, and the srepulse of re-
Continued on Page Seven).
to his brother, Monsignor. Bolo.
The condemned man went, to his
execution in a new suit of clothes
brought to the prison by his brother,
and wearing whtte gloves.
Before stepping forth from the pri
son, Bolo asked to be permitted to
partake of communion.
Before the execution the form an
intermit at Vincennes was gone
through and then the- body was turn
ed ver to Bolo's family.
When Bolo was taken to the office
to 'go through the formalities of his
removal from prison for the execu
tion he refused to sign the register.
The officer insisted, upon which Bolo
cried in an authoritative tone: "It is
I who command here; no one has any
thing to impose upon me, I think."
The chaplain, after the execution,
found lying over Bolo's heart, two
embroidered handkerchiefs, which
had been pierced by the bullets. One
was given to Bolo's brother and the
other to his widow.
Sentenced for Speechmaking.
Christiania, April 17. M. TranmeS,
leader of the Socialists of the Left,
was sentenced to 60 days' imprison
ment at Trondhjem today for makin.
provocative speeches. He was also
charged inciting the workers to
follow xample of the Bolskimi
In Russia and form workmen's and
soldiers' councils. The imprisonment
of the Socialist leader probably may
lead : fc?
r,)r troubles thrqugfcct
AS THE SUCCESSOR
OF COUNT CZERNIN
The Austrian Minister of Fi
nance Is Appointed For-
WAS MORE FRIENDLY
However, His Views May
Have Since Undergone a
Change He Handled
Amsterdam, April 17. Baron Buriita
has been appointed Austro-Hungarian
foreign minister in succession to
Count Czernin, according to a Vienna
Baron Burian, in taking the foreign
ministry, retains his portfolio as min
ister of finance.
WILMINGTON LOOKS TO BE A WINNER
Washington, April 17 Recommendation against the
establishment of a new steel ship yard at Charleston, S. C,
has been made to the Shipping Beard by its investigating
experts and legal department after an investigation which
was said to have disclosed almost insuperable difficulties
which would have to be overcome in the location of a yard
Several other sites for the proposed yard are under con
sideration, the most suitable one apparently being at Wil
mington, N. C.
The ground available for building the yard at Charles
ton was across the river from the city proper, without rail
way or power connection with the city. It would hava
been necessary to build 35 miles of railway, expensive
dock terminals, and to have extended power lines a long
distance at great expense. There also was a doubt as to
whether sufficient power could have been obtained for the
use of the yard.
Prices asked for the ground sought for the yard were
exorbitant in the opinion of the experts who investigated
Baron Stephen Burian von Rajecz
was minister of foreign affairs from
September 15, 1914, to December 23,
1916, when he was succeeded by
Count Czernin, whose place he now
takes. Baron Burian has been Austro-Hungarian
finance minister since
Count Czernin has been in the for
eign office. Baron Burian took the
Dlace of Count Berchtold as fnroism
minister in 1914 and he was the au-j OF VIRGINIA IS 'DEAD
thor of the notes to the United States!
on the case of the Italian steamship
Ancona, sunk in the Mediterranean
with the loss of American lives in
the fall of 1915.
CAROLINA SHIPBUILDING COMPANY
(By George H. Manning)
Washington, April 17. The United States Shipping
Board signed a contract today with the Carolina Shipbuild
ing Company for the construction of 12 fabricated steel
ships of 9,600 tons each to be built at Wilmington, N. C
"The work of constructing the yard is to be commenced
as soon as possible," Congressman Godwin said. The yard
is to be built by the company and to be owned by the Gov
ernment. The Carolina Shipbuilding Company will act
as the direct agent of the Government in building the
ships. It is understood that this company had undertaken
the building of ships at Charleston The work there is to be
abandoned and the construction done at Wilmington, N.
C. Senator Simmons and Congressman Godwin went to
the Shipping Board today with agents of the Carolina Ship
building Company and the contract for Wilmington was
signed in their presence.
The enormous undertaking is entirely in addition to
concrete ships to be built at Wilmington and contemplates
about three times as much work as the concrete shipbuild
CALLS ON PEOPLE
TO SUPPORT ARMY
MAN POWER BILL
Declares Conscription Is the
Only Fair Method Fo Rais-
Declares That the American
Soldier Has Made Good
In France .
BODY MUST SUSTAIN '
THE GOOD RIGHT ARM.
Secretary Says He Found thet
Boys Well In Every Re-i
spect Secured Informa-?;
tion He Wants.
Declares Sentiment In Amer
ica Favors Conscription
Provided There Is Self-Government
REPRESENTATIVE JONES BATTLE RAGING IN
Reports Received This Morn
ing Show a Total of $93 1
1 560,050 Subscribed
London, April 17. The British at
dusk Tuesday, says a Reuter dispatch
from the British headquarters in
France, were advancing in the neigh
borhood of Wytschaete south of Ypres
Representative Jones was not only and were reported again to be hold-
the dean of the Virginia delegation ; ing the ground which they had lost
in Congress, but the dean of the Dem- j there.
The battle in Flanders is raging to-
Washington, April 17. Represents- j
tive Jones, of Virginia, died here to- ,
day from the effects of a stroke of
I paralysis suffered more than a week
ocratic side of tne .ouse. or i
continuous terms of practically 28
years, he had represented the First
District of Virginia in the House, out
ranking every other member for con
tinuous service and ranking next to
former Speaker Cannon, whose 21
terms in Congress has broken all rec
ords. He was 69 years old.
Washington, April 17. Subscrip
tions to the Liberty Loan as shown
in reports to the Treasury today now
total $931,156,050. The first day's
business brought in approximately
Reports to headquarters today told
of a great ood of subscriptions from
of a great flood of subscriptions from
Atlanta which started its campaign
Monday noon had rolled up subscrip
tions of $2,500,000 before work start
ed today. The Mississippi Womau's
Committee has harvested $2,402,000,
and encouraging reports are received
also from the Georgia Woman's Com
mittee. From the platform of one of
the war exhibit trains touring the
South, $150,000 bonds were sold yes
Negroes in Southern Georgia were
reported today to be buying bonds
generously, many of them securing
Birmingham, Ala., April 17. The
preliminary hearing of William A.
Denson, prominent Birmingham attor
ney, arrested April 11 on charges of
disloyalty which had been set for to
day, has been postponed until April
Hamilton, Ont., April 17 Cadet B.
Bonynge, of New Jersey, was instant
ly killed and his pilot was seriously
hurt in an airplane accident a mile
from Beamsville aviation camp today.
London, April 17. The greater
part of Wytschaete and probably
all of it is in the hands of the
British, Major General Maurice,
cTilef director of military opera
tions at the War Office announced
day with incredible intensity, tele
graphed the correspondent of Reuters
limited, at the British army headquar
ters, in France. As far as the latest
reports enable the correspondent to
judge, the battle is going in favor of
the British. Notwithstanding the des
perate attacks of the Germans they
have gained no further ground since
Tuesday morning and apparently
they have lost some.
Big Cargo of Sugar.
An Atlantic Port, April 17. Nearly
4,000,000 pounds of sugar, said to be
a record cargo from Cuba, arrived
here today on an American steam
ship. The vessel's captain said great
quantities of sugar are at Cuban ports
awaiting cargo, space. It is under
stood here that some of the Dutch
vessels recently requisitioned by the
government will be used for its trans
portation. Fire at Greenville, ,S. C.
Greenville, S. C, April 17 Fire of
unknown origin destroyed Armstrong's
pharmacy, Wharton's dry goods store
and DeMulder' art studio early to
day, entailing an estimated damage
of $50,000, practically covered by In
London, Tuesday, April 16. In dis
cussing the man power bill in the
House of Commons, Premier Lloyd
George asked whether conscription in
Ireland was to be the government's
only answer tq the report of the most
remarkable convention ever held in
Ireland. Such an answer would be
regarded as unsatisfactory not only
in Ireland, but in England, he said.
If there was trouble in Ireland aris
ing from, refusal to legislate after the
only conscription was offered, any re
sistance in Ireland would meet with
sympathy here, which would paralyze
the effort to enforce conscription in
The Premier referred especially to
the attitude of the Labor party, add
ing: "It is useless to put this bill on
the statute book unless we intend to
enforce it, and it is useless to try to
enforce it unless behind the covera
ment there is a feeling that Treland
has been justly treated. Moreover,
Ireland is not the only country to be
"As to America, the opinion reach
ing the government is that sentiment
.'Washington, April 17. Secretary f
Bafcer back from a Beven weeks trip
roj -isnrope, today called on the Amer
icatr1 p'etfpje f or. renewed support oi
the war. The Secretary expected to
see President Wilson some time dur
ing the day to report on his obserra
tions abroad. j
"The American soldier has mad'
good In France," Secretary Baker to-j
day assured newspaper men, whaf'
met him at the War Department!
"The French and British authorities;
are uniform in their praise of thx
courage, endurance and soldierlj
qualities of our men. (
"The big thing for America to d.
Is -to support the war, support it fin
ancially and with firm belief. The
right arm of America is In France '
It is bared and ready to strike. The , .
rest of the body is here In the United
States and it must support the arm. r
This support should include subscrip
tion to the Liberty loans as well" as '
moral support of high confidence " , : V
The condition of the American
troops, the Secretary said, is excel-
lent. They all are .well physically;' .
and "well in every other way." Their '
spirits are high, their behavior ad
mirable and their relations with th ' -
French and British cordial and sym.'
pathetic, he said.,
"One rarely meets an American sol- ,
dier in France who does not smile
and wave his hat," Mr. Baker said., 1-3
"The only sad Americans there are
those who fear they may have to i :
come home before the joo is done.'
"The information I went to get, t :
Sol, Mr. Baker said. His trip, h ;
in America supports the bill, provic, , said, would bring a closer and morr
self government is ottered Ireland, it understanding co-operation between V
is vital to us at the moment that
America is coming to our aid through
the most remarkable decision ever
taken by any executive. President
Wilson's decision was not without
difficulty, but it was the only way
America could render practical assist
ance in this battle.
"In these circumstances America is
entitled to expect from the British
government though they could not
ask any government to carry out do
mestic legislation that they would
smooth these difficulties and at any
rate, not increase them. I amxeertain!
nothing would help more at the
the Was- Department and the Army.'
As for the Secretary himself, he feels
that he is now equipped with thr
means of Judging and appreciating
the kind of co-operation needed.
"The American, British, French and
Italian armies are filled with this tre
mendous spirit and the civilian pop-?
ulations show the same feeling," - hi)
said. "Every one is quite confident
of the outcome I would say that the
general sentiment is one of inspired"
bo rar a? tne worR or our owl
forces is concerned, it gives one thftX
ent juncture to secure the full meas- . z
ure of American assistance than the!nes u spefdy accomplishment No
determination of the British parlia- ifcrB of being observed and -
ment to tender to Ireland her own ,er are no limitations on labor A
parliament" ' glimpse of the tremendous extent of
Parliament's use of the terms -of- the American supply facilities, coni
fer" and "tender" evoked Irritated munications, warehouses and numer
cries from the Irish benches. jous schools for men and officers Te-
Premier Lloyd-George said he was:minds one of a gigantic bee hive fill-
afraid it was impossible to argue jed with energetic men."
with those who refused to believe it ai Secretary Baker said he had been -
matter for congratulation that though i interested to note the extraordinary:
an army of 5,000,000 had retired from
the alliance the two or three nations
that remained had been able to put
up such a fight as they had until the
great American republic came in.
Replying to Sir Edward Carson's
criticisms, the Premier said that if
it had been merely a matter of a year
or two possibly no grave conse
quences would have arisen for Ire-
(Continued on !Page Seven).
extent to which American newspa-i
pers carry the war news. European
newspapers, he said, were immeasur
ably behind those of this country In It
that respect. t
Mr. baker declined to discuss th '
situation on the West front. He said
the situation had been aptly covere'J
by Premier Lloyd George when h , .
stated that alternate periods of cheer-;
fulnss and anxiety must be endured
for some time to come. ... , -.