Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, November 05, 1918, Page 6, Image 6

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German Main Retreat Line
South Cut by Pershing.
More Than. 5000 ol Foe Taken in
Monday's I'iglit and an Equal
Number in Baltic of Sunday.
11:30 P. M. (By the Associated Press.)
The American troops late this after
noon advanced their lines both east
and west, occupying? Laneuville, di
rectly opposite SLenay, and taking Les
Grandes Armoises, on the left. The
line is now within nine miles of Sedan
and the Stenay gap has been closed.
The latter is one of the main lines of
retreat for the German southern armies.
Montmedy was bombed by a squad
ron of 45 planes, which were protected
by 100 pursuit planes, this afternoon.
Excellent results were obtained on the
heavy enemy traffic behind the line.
THE SEDAN FRONT, Nov. 4, 6 P. M.
(By the Associated Press.) The Ger
man resistance encountered by the
American troops on virtually all parts
of the front was the feature of the
fiphtinfr today. The opposition was
especially stubborn on the rlsrht and
left flanks, where the enemy brought
up reinforcements and defended him
self with machine guns and artillery.
Yank Left Gains Dogsedly.
The American left wing pushed for
ward slowly but doggedly. The Ameri
cans occupied Verrieres and Oches. The
right wing worked its way down the
River Meuse and reached a line between
Beaufort and Beauclaire and north of
Halles and Wiseppe.
This flank met with the most stub
born resistance from the enemy, who
fought bitterly to prevent encroach
ment on the Important town of Stenay.
American troops in mass made no
effort to cross the River Meuse. Pa
trols encountered heavy machine gun
and artillery fire at every attempt.
They remained at nightfall upon the
west bank.
Hun Reinforcement Taken.
The center moved so fast that theyi
took prisoners German reinforcements'
coming to aid their comrades in the
front lines.
THE SEDAN FRONT, Nov. 4. (By the
Associated Press.) In the face of stub
born opposition the Americans took
and held firmly the wooden heights
south of Beaumont, the last German
stronghold west of the Meuse. The
advance today carried the lines for
ward for an average gain of over three
The forces on the heights are now
only about seven and one-half miles
from Carigan on the Mezieres-Metz
railroad and about nine miles from
Sedan, bringing both places within
range of the allied eh ell fire.
The Americans continued to take
their toll of prisoners today in the
wake of the retreating Germans. The
number captured early today was well
above 5000.
Korty Villages raptured.
Almost 40 villages were occupied by
the Americans in the territory recon
quered from the Germans.
More than 5000 prisoners were cap
tured Sunday by the Americans in this
sector. The number of guns and other
booty is steadily growing.
The work today may be said to have
been complete. It was the principal
phase of the American operation since
the neck of the German lateral com
munications between the armies to the
north and west was narrowed to the
strangling point.
The attacking forces to the right and
left advanced with less speed than at
the center, where an American divi
sion crashed through despite the most
stubborn opposition offered by the
Germans Bince the beginning of the
The apex of the line was driven to
the heights, which are vital, affording
dominating positions for the artillery.
Boche Retreat to Continue.
Patrols went into and beyond the
town itself, but its possession is un
necessary as long as the hills are held
by the Americans. TTie Germans can-
Dandruff causes a feverish Irritation
tf the scalp, the hair roots shrink,
loosen and then the hair comes out fast.
To stop falling hair at once and rid the
scalp of every particle of dandruff, get
a small bottle of Danderine at any drug
store for a few cents, pour a little in
your hand and rub wen into the scalp.
After several applications all dandruff
disappears and the hair stops coming
out. Adv.
Look, Mother! Is Tongue Coated,
Breath Hot and Stom
ach Sour?
Harmless "Fruit Laxative" Best
to Clean Tender Liver
; and Bowels.
Mothers can rest easy after giving
"California Syrup of Figs." because in
a. few hours all the clogged-up waste,
our bile and fermenting food gently
moves out of the bowels, and you have
a well, piayful child again. Children
simply will not take the time from play
to empty their bowels, and they bo
come tightly packed, liver geta alug
ISish and stomach disordered.
When cross, feverish, restless, see If
tongue Is coated, titer, give thia deli
cious "fruit laxative." Children love it,
and it cannot causa injury. No differ
ence what ails your Utile one if full
of cold.- or a sore throat, diarrhoea,
btomach-aclie, bad breath, remember, a
gentle "Inside cleansing" should always
be the first treatment given. Full di
rections for babies, children of ail agea
and grown-ups ara printed- on each
Beware of counterfeit fig syrups. Ask
your druggist for a bottle of
California tyrup of Figs," then loot:
carefully and see that it is mads by
the "California Fig tyrup Company."
s e make no smaller sue. Hand baclc
with contempt any other fig syrup,
not fight over the terrain north-northeast
because of the lack 'of communi
cating lines there. They must fall back
as soon as the American artillery
breaks up the remaining railroads.
'even if the main lines from Sedan to
J Metz are not smashed first.
The military authorities were over
joyed with the results of the day's
fighting, declaring that it may even
spell'the end of the present operation
and that any others to the, north, west
ward; or directly eastward would con
stitute entirely new operations.
American troops pushing northward
toward Sedan early last night had
reached Sommauthe, five miles north of
Buzancy and 13 miles south of Sedan.
The center of the advancing line is
held by troops from New York, Mary
land and West Virginia- To the right
and left of them are regulars and
troops from New Tork, New Jersey,
the District of Columbia, Texas, Okla
homa. Kansas, Missouri, Colorado and
New Mexico.
Foe Troops Sana Fighting.
From the left flank to the right there
are evidences that the German officers
are trying 40 hold their men to the
task, but reports from different sources
agree that difficulties have arisen which
the Germans have found impossible to
East of the Mtuse from north of
Remoiville, where the roads are choked
with retreating Germans, to north of
Stenay, on the east bank of the river,
where the railway yards are filled with
troop trains leaving for the rear, the
Germans are falling back. (From Re
moiville to Stenay is about 8-t miles.)
The artillery fire from the hills behind
the German lines seems to indicate the
reluctance of those in command to yield
to the evident desire of the men in the
line to withdraw. ,
Tanks Move in Trucks,
Equal activity is displayed behind
the American lines, but it is of oppo
site character. Far to the rear the
roads are filled not only with slowly
moving convoys, but with truck trains
filled with troops being rushed for
ward to support those who, in some
cases in trucks, are keeping up the
fast pace. set by the retiring Germans.
The American losses have been as
tonishingly light, compared with the
size of the operation. There has been
righting by the enemy, but of a half
hearted sort, except in a few cases
where, for brief intervals, strong
stands were made by little garrisons
left behind.
One of these was at Parricourt,
which was occupied Just after 4 o'clock
Sunday morning, the southern edge of
the village having been taken Satur
day night. The distance between the
Americans and the Germans was less
than 300 yards. Ordered to advance,
the Americans plunged down the
streets with fixed bayonets, shooting
as they went. The Germans stood their
ground only for a few moments. It
was a bloody interval.. Only a few of
the Germans escaped.
Germans Heavily Bombed.
Scores of small fights occurred In
the woods and ravines between enemy
machine-gun crews and the advancing
Americans. Throughout Sunday the
American artillery heavily bombed the
German lines along the entire front.
The American intelligence officers
have learned that the confusion in the
enemy army is increasing almost hour
ly. Apparently the liaison between the
various units has been badly broken.
It is learned that high officers of the
lower staff held a meeting last night,
which was attended by many of the
field officers, to discuss the situation,
the seriousness of which was undis
puted. Where the Germans will be able to
bring their retreat to a halt is entirely
speculative! Although the army at the
front shows extraordinary demoraliza
tion, it still is functioning with
enough discipline to indicate the pos
sibility of its steadying down.
IT. S. Boys Press Advantage.
Meanwhile the Americans are press
ing their advantage with dash and vim.
FRANCE. Nov. 4. (By the Associated
Press.) The operation which the
Franco-American forces are engaged
In carrying out north of the Argonne
Forests now has resulted in definitely
closing the Stenay gap, one of the main
lines of retreat for the German South
ern armies.
FRANCE. 2:30 P. M.. Nov. 4. (By the
Associated Press.) French troops at
tacked successfully again this morning
on both wings of their battle front.
They moved northward In conjunction
with the Americans to Lechene, Les
Petites Armoisf.s and Verrieres, north
of the Argonne. On- their left they are
pressing eastward in the region of
Canal Is Crossed Early.
The Sambre-Oise Canal, which a
prisoner said the German troops had
been ordered to defend at all costs, was
crossed by General Debeney's men, who
attacked at 5:30 o'clock.
This operation was developing and
progressing favorably at the last ac
counts. The Franco-American advance west
of the Meuse gradually Is cutting the
roads over which enemy troops may re
treat to the frontiers of Luxemburg and
The railroad from Mezleres to Mont
medy also has been cut by the fire of
the allied guns, which means that there
is no direct line of communication with
Germany for the enemy troops in
France west of the Meuse and that
hereafter they must pass through Lux
emburg and Belgium.
Indications are that the Germans
have accelerated their retreat toward
the frontiers of those two countries
Bince yesterday ' morning.
LONDON, Nov. 4. (By the Associated
Press.) American troops west of the
Meuse are now within 10 miles of the
Thionville-Montmedy-Mezieres - Hirzon
railway, the main German communica
tion line. The breaking of this line
would mean that the German armies in
the north would have to depend on the
I.icge-Namur-Charleroi line, while the
German armies south of the Ardennes
would have to depend on receiving
their supplies through Luxemburg.
WASHINGTON. Nov. 4. The Amer
ican First Army, continuing its advance
northwest of Verdun, extended the at
tack today to the cast bank of the
Meuse. General Pershing reported that
all towns on the west bank of the
river south of Halles have been cap
tured. '
Woods Are (nptv. d.
The statement follows:
"Headquarters American Expedition
ary Forces, Nov. 4. (Morning.) Car
rying our attack further into the en
emy's territory today, our troops have
passed through the Bois de Belval and
1 hi, j''j "1"" via ' t a uii jxuu ara on
the heifrhtx two kilometers Rnnth nf
Beaumont. Farther to the west we arc
approaching Verrieres. All of the
towns situated on the west bank of the
Meuse south of Halles are now in our
hands. This morning our attack was
extended to the east bank of the Meuse,
where it is progressing favorably."
In his communique for Sunday even
ing General Pershing said that th
first American Army had captured
dominating heights from the Germans
northwest of Verdun and brought un
der the fire of its heavy guns the im
portant railroads of Montmedy, Lon-
uyon and Conflans.
General Pershing also reported an
advance for the first Army of 12 miles
on an eight-mile front in three days.
Prisoners, captured numbered more
than 5000 and guns more than 100. In
the action have been regulars and Na
tional Army troops from Texas. Okla
homa. Kansas. Missouri, Colorado. New
Mexico. New York, New Jersey, Mary
land. West Virginia. Virginia and the
District of Columbia.
Pathetic Dramas Mark Home
coming of Soldiers.
War Correspondent Describes Viv
idly Scenes Enacted on Scc
. ond Lines in France.
FLANDERS. Nov. 4. (By the Asso
ciated Press.) Dramas involving the
individual element are piling up along
the frqfit these days and bring home
forcibly what the world war really
means to the hundreds of thousands of
civilians directly or indirectly con
cerned. It was the correspondent's
privilege to take a small part In one
of these dramas in the Valenciennes
The correspondent was motoring
along the highway leading to the re
cently freed, city of Denain when a
French officer beside the road asked
for a ride. As soon as the car started
he leaned out and began to Inspect the
surroundings eagerly. Occasionally he
would wave to civilians and shout
Asked if he lived In the vicinity, the
officer said that is home was in
Denain, where four years ago he left
his wife to Join the colors. Just after
his departure his first child, a daugh
ter, was born. Then came the German
occupation, cutting off his loved ones.
Now he was going back after these
long years to his wife and the baby he
had never seen. He was visibly
wrought up to the highest pitch, as
well he might be. It was quite possi
ble he might find his family dead or
gone and his home in ruins.
Old Home Is Abandoned.
Denain had been the center of a bat
tle that had cost civilian lives. Neither
the of ficer nor correspondent mentioned
this fact, but undoubtedly both were
thinking of it as the car sped over the
shell-shattered road. Entering the city
the officer directed the correspondent
toward his home, through streets show
ing the cruel marks of the Invader's
hate. Turning into his street the first
house was in ruins. He gave a nervous
start but said nothing. A few doors
further on was his home and the car
stopped across the street from it. The
officer climbed out slowly and with an
effort, his. eyes fixed on the place.
There were no signs of life. The win
dows were shuttered and on the door
was a sign showing that the German
officers had been living there. Cross
ing the street, the officer pulled the
bell with shaking hand. No one an
swered. He-backed away Ilk a man in
a trance and leaned against the car.
Suddenly the door opened and an
aged woman servant appeared in an
swer to the bell. She was leading by
the hand a beautiful baby girl with
golden curls. The officer took one step
toward the child and then halted,
lie was a stranger to his own flesh
and blood. The child hid behind the
skirts of the nurse in fright.
Happy Couple Reunited.
The horizon blue uniform of Franco
meant nothing to this tot. The half
blind eyes of the old nurse had recog
nized her master and she held out her
hands to him. repeating 'Monsieur,
Monsieur!" in ecstasy. He crossed the
road and grasped her hands, but the
baby drew back still further.
A door opened at the end of a long
hall and a comely young matron came
through to see what was going on.
When halfway down the hall she caught
Bight of her husband. She stopped, her
hand flew to her breast and she
swayed for a second as though about
to fall. With a cry of Joy she hurled
herself Into his arms.
The correspondent's car was already
moving away, for outsiders were not
needed to complete the scene. And
thus they were left, the nurse beaming
on the happy couple and the curly
headed youngster looking with .round,
troubled eyes at this strange man who
had appropriated her mother so com
pletely without a word.
JleacJ The prcgomaii classified ads.
Express Employes Ask Increase.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4. Express em
ployes, including messengers, clerks,
drivers, freight handlers and porters
today filed a complaint with the War
Labor Board against the American
Railway Express Company asking for
advances in wages, shorter working
hours, the right of collective bargain
ing and better working conditions.
Jtbout 125.000 men are affected.
(arid a score of
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For Senator, Thirteenth Senatorial District
Multnomah County To Fill Vacancy in
Term Ending First Monday in . January, -1921,
Caused by the Resignation of Senator
Conrad P. Olson - VOTE FOR ONE
X DAY, I. N.
For Senator, Thirteenth Senatorial District
Multnomah County To Fill Vacancy in
Term Ending First Monday in January,
1921, Caused by the Resignation of Senator
Conrad P. Olson VOTE FOR ONE
X DAY, I. N.
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An Experienced Legislator and
One of Portland's Pioneer Business
men, Patriotic, Able, Fearless,
Forceful, Energetic
For Senator, Thirteenth Senatorial District
Multnomah County To Fill Vacancy in
Term Ending: First Monday in January,
1921, Caused by the Resignation of Senator
Conrad P. Olson VOTE FOR ONE
X DAY, I. N.
For Senator, Thirteenth Senatorial District
Multnomah County To Fill Vacancy in
Term Ending First Monday in January,
1921, Caused by the Resignation of Senator
Conrad P. Olson . VOTE FOR ONE
X DAY, I. N.
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W. D. Fenton, Attorney
J. N. Casey, Powers Furniture Co.
Dan J. Malarkey, Attorney
A. F. Biles, Central Door & Lum
ber Co.
Henry Hahn, Wadhams & Co.
W. R. MacKenzie, Certified Public
Thos. J. Mahoney, Vice-President
Portland Cattle Loan Co.
C. E.Grelle, Independent Foundry
John W. Kelly, Journalist
W. L. Boise, Attorney .
Chas. Deyette, Marsh all -Wells
Hardware Co.
Frank P. Russell, Portland Ma
chinery Co.
Mrs. G. J. Frankel
Max Fleischner, Fleischner
Maver Co.
M. L. Kline, M. L. Kline & Co.
Mrs. Helen Jackson Banghart
John E. Wolff, Phoenix Iron Works
Plowden Stott, Attorney
Frank Kiernan, Real Estate
Mrs. Joseph F. Kelly
Frank H. Ransom, Eastern &
Western Lumber Co.
H. D. Kilham, Kilham Stationery
Herbert Holman, American
Transportation Co. '
Mrs. E. T. Richton
B. B. Beekman, Attorney
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Miss Polly French
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