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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN, PORTLAND,. AUGUST 11, 1918.
FRENCH HIT HUNS
FOB SIX-MILE GAIN
SMASHING ALLIED FORCES RIP FURTHER INTO HUN LINES FROM ALBERT TO THE OISE RIVER,
EVER PRESSING ON IN VICTORIOUS DRIVE.
The Very Newest Idea in a
i . row1
Battle Line Thrust Ahead in
Mondidier Sector on 20-.
8000 PRISONERS TAKEN
Two Hundred Guns Also Captured
la Three Days' Fighting; Rail
road Feeding Foe's Front
Is Made Useless.
(Continued From First Pags.)
eame period exceeds 8000. Among I
the enormous materials abandoned byl
the enemy we have counted up to the J
present time 200 guns.
"Eastern .front, Aug. 9. In Albania I
there have been patrol encounters that
yielded us some prisoners. Our avia
tors have bombarded enemy encamp
ments in the region of Pogradek and
British aviators have dropped bombs
on the railroads in the region of
WITH THE FRENCH ARMY IN
FRANCE. Aug. 10. (By the Associated
Press.) The Germans at Montdidier
are caught between the jaws of a vise.
Converging attacks from the north
yesterday and from the south this
morning had succeeded in virtually en
circling Ure town.
Railway Made Useless.
They had also rendered useless to
the Germans the Montdidier-Chaulnea
railway, which was the only line feed
ing the front at the bottom of the
Montdidier pocket. TheTorces remain
ing there were in danger of not getting
out without heavy losses.
The supplies taken during the past
two days have been so large that It
has not been possible to make an In
ventory of them as yet. It Included
an enormous number or shells or an
calibers and arms of all description.
Bfvemeat Is iraexpeeted.
' The attack extended to the eastward
this morning, giving an unexpected
development in the French participa
tion in the battle. The wounded men
coming back from the front are ra
diant with enthusiasm, shouting to
their comrades, "the Boche is on the
The French have captured 21 can
non since last night, including six
eight-inch guns at La Neuville-Sur-Ressons.
The Germans had moved the
most of their heavy guns to the rear
and defended their positions, at Mont
didier principally with machine guns.
French Have Old Dash.
, In this new battle of the Somme the
French are showing that after four
years of war they have lost none of
their dash and courage. They have
also proved that the Germans are not
always able to plead surprise as an
excuse for defeat. The French suc
cesses north of Montdidier were par
tially due to surprise, but the Germans
were aware of the impending attack
south of the town. They were de
feated just the same.
Attacking at ( o'clock last evening,
the French - troops conquered the
heights of Assainvlllers and Rube
court in two hours. This morning they
struck along the line down the front
through the region of Mery, southeast
of Montdidier. and moved their line
ahead more than four miles, taking
Faverolles by storm.
Advaaee 3i early Five Miles.
The French attacked this morning In
the sector of Montdidier, .between
Courcelles-Epayelles and the Mats.
There was no artillery preparation be
fore the attack.
The Germans were on the alert but
were completely overwhelmed by the
suddenness of the attack. By 8 o'clock
tanks were in Ressons-Sur-Matz. and by
11 o'clock the French had taken Morte
mer, Curvilly and Marqueglise. At
some points the advance was nearly 6
The dash of the French troops was
splendid. Their first objective was so
quickly taken that the hour of attack
on the second objective had to be advanced.
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Selld Black I.lne Represeata Battle Freat af Friday IVIsrht. I.lne Marked by Crosses Shows Allied Advance In Yes
terday's Early Advance With Knack Smashing; Past Montdidier. Dotted L.lne Is Front Prior to Start of Allies'
Drive on Taarsday. Doable Llae Is Front as Indicated by Latest Dispatches.
news received shortly after noon to
day. Montdidier Behind French Lines.
The French line at that hour ran
through Faverolles, Piennes, Roll. Cu
villy, Ressons-sur-Metz and Vignemont.
This line puts Montdidier behind the
By 9 o'clock this morning Montdidier
had been surrounded. Only a small
number of Germans with machine guns
were then inside the town.
PARIS. Aug. 10. The retrograde
movement of the Germans is being ac
celerated by the favorable progress of
the new attack south of Montdidier.
The retreat of Von Hutier's army is
showing traces of utmost haste. Much
war material is being left behind. The
German rear guards are fighting des
perately. - "
Retreat Cot Off.
Von Hutier's retreat from Montdidier.
was cut off when the French captured
Faverolles. The German position along
the Montdidler-Royeroad is precari
The movements of General Debeney's
army ha.e been ligh.ning-lrke and re
sulted In the taking of prisoners to the
number of several thousand.
The German retirement Is under
heavy pressure. Behind Von Hutier la
a country that offers little opportunity
for the formation of a defensive line
for an army in full retreat.
For the present it seems that the
Germans will be compelled to retire
from the whole territory which they
gained at such a cost in their March
Germans Streaming Back
Somme River Again.
CHAULNES, KEY, IN PERIL
TV1TH THE FRENCH ARMT IN
FRANCE, Aug. 10. r-.ras.) French
patrols are in Chaulnes. the principal
railway center of the Germans west
of the Somme River. Many thousands
of prisoners were taken when Mont
didier was cap.ured.
LONDON. Aug. 19. Jlondldler fell
to the French first army which had
been operating south of Montdidier ac
cording to the British War Office an
nouncement tonight. Many prisoners
and great quantities of material were
taken by the French.
Xnmber of Prisoners larreases.
The general line reached by the allies
In the Albert-Montdidier eector now
runs from LIhons to Fresnoy7les-Roye,
Llgnieres and Conchy-fesPots. The
statement added that the number of
prisoners was Increased.
The text of the communication fol
"The attack launched yesterday even
ing, in accordance with the allied plan
of operations on our right by the
French first army south of Montdidier
was developed by our allies this morn
ing with complete success. Enveloped
from the north and from the southeast
Montdidier fell into the hands of the
British before midday, together with
many prisoners and great quantities of
"During the remainder of the day the
advance of the French first army con-
imuea wun ine co-operation of the
KEEP FOE GOING MARCH
'Continued From First Pag-e.
French force, commanded by Field Mar
shal Halg. attacked on a front of
20 miles east of Amiens. This ter
rain Is flat, almost level, and while
some time ago there were small clumps
of woods, all of those undoubtedly had
been leveled long ago by .artillery fire,
so we can count that country as prac
tically level with very little natural
Impediment to an advance. There are
a few valleys perpendicular to the
front of our advancing armies. Instead
of parallel U It, ao that the advancing
troops can go right through the val
Salient Pushed la Eight Miles.
"The enemy were apparently taken
by surprise and made no essential re
sistance in the center, confining their
strong resistance to the flanks. Hit
ting the big salient on a 13-mile
front, we pushed it in an average of
eight miles, and reduced it from an
outer salient to an inner valient. That
gives us a salient somewhat corre
sponding to the Marne salient and
places the enemy again in a bad post
tlon. The advance of the British and
French at this point comes up so that
they are getting Into control, or threat
ening the railroad line of communlca
tlons, which at that point run up from
the Montdidier sector to Chaulnes.
"On the Flanders salient the enemy
on August 9 was withdrawing on th
southern sector of the salient south of
Merville, and the British occupied that
Loss Would Force Foe to Make Long,
Perilous March East Lines in
Picardy Stripped for
(Continued From, First Pare.) '
French armv on It. rirti j .,. territory. The general effect of these
win of the British fourth movements is straightening out of the
sing hard upon the retreating German
troops south of LIhons. the British
troops have overcome the enemy's re
sistance and made substantial progress.
"The general line reached by the al
lied troops now runs virtually north
and south from LIhons to Fresnoy-les-Roye,
Lignieres and Conchy-les-Pots.
The number of prisoners was increased."
WITH THE FRENCH -ARMT IN
FRANCE, Aug. 10. (Havas.) The at
tack launched by the French south of
Montdidier this morning was an exact
r'productlon of the maneuver which
Brought about the recapture of Chateau
Thierry on July 21.
Town Almost 'Snrreaaded.
General Debeney struck the Ger
mans from Ayencourt southeastwardly
and succeeded in carrying our front
to a point three kilometers east of
Montdidier. At that time tl. French
front extended from Faverolles to As
salnvlllers. Montdidier thus was sur
rounded on the west, south and east.
LONDON. Aug. 10. French troops at
tacked at 4 o'clock this morning on the
line between Montdidier and the River
Olse on" a front of approximately 1
miles, and at 10 A. M. had scored an
advance o four miles,- according to
Answering a question as to. the 42d
Division's record. General March said:
Rainbows "Go and Get 'Em."
"The Rainbow Division had its com
bat training In the Lorraine sector
north of Luneville. It left that posi
tton to arrive east of Rhelms, where
on July 25 it helped break the
main German attack. When the
French-American counter offensive
was launched on the Marne salient the
division appeared there shortly in re
lief of other units. Our reports indl
cate the following:
"In eight days of battle the 42d Divi
sion has forced the passage of the
Ourcq, taken prisoners from six enemy
divisions, met. routed, decimated a
crack division of the Prussian guards.
a bavarian aivision ana one otner divi
sion, and driven back the enemy's
lines for It kilometers."
Pioneer Jurist Dies.
KEARNT, Neb, Aug. 10. Judge
Francis G. Hamer, an Associate Justice
of the Nabraska Supreme Court, died
here this evening following a brief ill
ness. He was one of the pioneer mem
bers of the Nebraska bar and was 75
years old. Judge Hamer was a candi
date for renomination at the primaries
to be held this month.
and made it almost impossible as an
avenue of escape.
In the center the Germans are re
ported to be in full retreat. Allied
airmen have seen roads filled vdtb
German motor lorries and have been
active In bombing these lines of trans
port. The bridges of the Somme River
south of Peronne are under fire, and
the one at Peronne Is reported to have
been broken. This will throw new
complications in the German high com
mand's task of extricating its shattered
armies from the field where they have
Lines In Flenrdy Stripped.
It now appears that the German lines
In Picardy must have been etripped
when Crown Prince Rupprecht sent
troops to the rescue of the German
Crown Prince's armies south of the
Aisne three weeks ago. Paris news
papers remark on the fact that the
captives taken are, for the most part
rather old. and it Is said that they are
members of reserve divisions.
Crown Prince Rupprecht is known t
have a large number of splendid troops,
which will probably be thrown lnte
battle at once. So far only two of
these divisions have come In contact
with the allies, but they have been
unable to check the onward rush of the
victorious armies of Halg and Debeney.
Number of Prisoners Heavy.
The number of prisoners captured
durlns; the first three days of the offen
sive Is very large. It is hinted at Paris
that it exceeds by far the figure given
out In the official statements.
Two divisional headquarters, with
their staffs, are said to have been tak
en. The guns and war materials lost by
the enemy constitute a very heavy
Since the American forces occupied
Fismette, the northern suburb ot
Fisrhes, on the Velse, there have been
no reports of further attacks in that
region. It is believed, however, that
the allies there are gathering them
selves for a new assault which may
have Its effect on - the great battle
going on farther north.
Although there have been rumors ot
heavy fighting south of Arras, there
has been no confirmation yet. Nothing
is known of the situation In Flanders,
where on Friday the Germans are re
ported to be withdrawing from theii
advanced positions. . .
MRS. SKEFFINGTON EXILED
Widow of Dublin Rebel Deported
From Kingstown, Ireland.
LONDON. Aug. 10 Mrs. F. Sheehy
Skeffington was deported from Kings
town, Ireland, Friday night. She was
in charge of two prison wardresses.
Mrs. Skeffington visited the United
States and was permitted to return to
England on condition that she would
not go to Ireland. She arrived in Dub
lin, however, on August 3, having
eluded the authorities, and she was ar
rested there Thursday.
Her husband was killed during the
Dublin revolt in 191.
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Germans Try to Drive U.
Forces From Vesle.
FIGHT AT FISMETTE HOT
Enemy Begins With Airplane As
sault, Follows With Artillery.
Huns Using Glass Ball
WITH THE .AMERICAN ARMT ON
THE VESLE FRONT. Aug. 10. (By the
Associated Press. In attempting to
dislodge the French and the Americans
from positions north of the Vesle River
on both side of Fismes, the Germans
launched repeated counter-attacks,
which began just before dark Friday
night and continued until Saturday
morning. . There was desperate fight
ing in the region of Fismette, where
the German attacks were repulsed by
the Americans, who were clinging to
the outskirts of the village.
In the region of Bazoches the Ger
mans made several vicious attacks, but
the allies successfully fought them off.
The Germans began with airplane at
tacks, the aviators attempting to bomb
infantrymen north of the Vesle and
bridges over which other troops were
passing. French and American anti
aircraft guns, however, beat off the
Just after dark the Germans launched
an artillery attack which steadily in
creased in volume until nearly daylight.
when the Franco-Americans counter
attacked with such force that the Ger-1
mans were forced to lessen the volume
of their fire.
During the night the Germans at
tacked Fismette three times and once
after daylight Saturday.
From the region southeast of Braisne
to Fismes the Franco-Americans put
own such a terrific barrage that the
Germans were stopped.
Saturday morning the Teutons start
ed another attack along the same line,
but heavy artillery quickly checked
this assault. The enemy used much
gas in attempting to dislodge the Amer
icans from Fismette. ' Infantrymen
plentifully supplied with machine guns
also made futile attacks.
The Americans discovered Saturday
that the Germans In counter-attacking
Friday night and Saturday morning
used "glass ball" shrapnel containing
stones of a marble shape, some of them
a half inch, in diameter and others
three-fifths of an inch. American of
ficers said that this was their first
acquaintance with shrapnel of this
A peculiar wound Inflicted on an
American soldier led to the discovery
that the Germans were using glass
missiles. The French and the Ameri
cans made a search of the district
along the Vesle and found one unex-
ploded shell. It has been turned over
to the ordnance experts for exami
The Americans took a few prisoners
at Fismette as a result of hand-to-hand
encounters. After a second German
night attack the Americans retaliated
and penetrated the German lines a
short distance. They reached one of
the enemy's first-aid field stations and
took prisoner several wounded Ger
mans. The Americans then returned to their
semi-circular positions at Fismette and
resisted all attempts of the enemy to
dislodge them. The Germans put their
heaviest artillery into operation Satur
day, but the big guns of the allies re
turned the fire with interest.
The skies cleared this afternoon, and
as a result there was much aerial
proceeds. $45.45, was given to the local
Red Cross. More than 150 people at
tended the affair and the evening was
Merry 3Iaidens Give Dance.
ILWACO, Wash., Aug. 10. (Special.)
Ilwaco put another nail in the
Kaiser's coffin August 7, when "Five
Merry Maidens" gave a Red Cross
dance at the Work Temple. The net
LETTER IS UNDELIVERED
Whereabouts of Mother of Edward
Aikens Is Sought.
"Where is Mrs. Jeremiah Smith,
mother of Edmund Aikens?" is a ques
tion Barclay Acheson, service secre
tary of the Portland Y. M. C. A. would
like to have answered. He has a let
ter for her from her son, written from
a point in England and saying, among
other things, "write as soon as you
get this, for it may be the last you will
ever receive from your son."
Young Aikens had forgotten the de
tailed address of his mother, hence she
cannot be found by the postoffice
authorities, who sent the letter to the
only name corresponding to that of
the mother. The family at that num- .
ber turned the letter back to Secretary
Joseph Flyer Commissioned.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Aug. 10. A. Irving French, of
Joseph. Or., has been commissioned
Second Lieutenant in the Air Service,
after training at Call Field, Texas
" - iff
Evangelist A. J. Lsnkln, of Van
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The evangelist was one of the main
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Meetings commence on Sunrisv.
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