The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, April 02, 1918, Page 1, Image 1

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Mm-! "' ITH ,1l.tUXO, 3 !' WAhUM. OKKKOSj TUttWAY MOKXIXO, At'lUIi 2, 1918 . , . T1UCK FIVE CEXTt j'' .
Battalion of 'Germans Wiped
Oat in Daring Attempt to
Cross River; 906 Slain,
100 Taken Prisoner ;
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Oa Eleventh Day of Battle,
Hans Meet Solid aH of
c Allied Troops 1
FRANCE, March 31. A daririe at
tempt ty tbe Cemians to cross the
Oi today and form a' .bridgehead
' i' rmittfnK- a? future advances was
r 11 frustrated by the French. One
dt the famous etorm battalions suc
r.cded fn getting over near Chauny,
tut never returned. 4 It was almost
ntirely annlhtfated. There remained
only about J00 unwonnded hienT
whom the French took prisoner..;
. ; Nearly Vail - the bridges woaslnp
; tie Olse Itave - been; destroyed and
the French hold.ntroSig positions on
toe southern bank, while all fords
are covered by artillery ;
'Many' Attack Frutraftel.
-. More to the north, -In the-region
of Moreuil, the Germans for the mo
ment, at least, appf-ar to Jiave re-
Bounced their general attacks and re
torted to local actions. Two of these
were extremely ;'olent between Mar-
' celcava and the Somme. They came
ifainst the sternest resistance from
tba French who repulsed them after
I very Severe fighting. Other attacks
occurred on the rigAt bank of the
Somme about the same period of the
, day and these alsa met with failure.
Sanguinary engagements In which
r the combatants again came to close
fighting and individual combats took
place abdut the Lassignay : sector.
' Here the French ' field artillery
eanghtthe advancing German col-
I tnins under a -tempest of shells!
which drove them back, but: only
after the ground was strewn with
fcrindreds of bodies.
At Plemont, two German divisions
which had received strict orders to
execute an Advance whatever the
cost and ra(nure a height, found
themselves confi'onted by a French
division which would not .give way
' before the f wry of the German at
tack. For a moment the Frencn
ere forced back,' but took breath
f and came at the enemy agaln.with
V ' such a rush' that the Germans were
driven from the height, leaving 700
prisoners, including twenty officers,
lathe hands of the French.
If un Meet- KH1 WaH.
: At no period of the war has the
flfhting been so fierce. TheJ Ger
mans intended at any cost toreaeh
. . and destroy the railroad communica
tion at Amiens connecting the north
, tad south. Today, the eleventh day
of the battle, they find before them
a solid wall of allied troops, which
daily Is becoming firmer, as artillery
( Is advancing from all directions to
opport the Infantry whlcli has stood
the entire shock up to the present.
A word must be said for the allied
; ariators. who from the "beginning of
the battle have worked Incecsantly;
taking the plate of cavalry for recon
naissance and often descending to an
S al tit ode of a hundred feet or less to
attack with' machine guns the ad
vancing Infantry. Their daring
eemed to have, an almost paralyz-
'n effect, on the German foot: sol
diers., but often when the airmen
- returned to the airdromes to obtain
more ammunition, their ralrplanoa
were found to lie riddled with bnl
, lets.; It appears that certain of the
'v, German forces possess, many tanks.
C M so far they ave been utilized
erjr little A capture order shows
that five of them were placed at
the disposalof one division, while
prisoners declare that a large nnm-
' er Of tanks have, been' constructed
lnce last' fall. These vehicles com
prise small tanks, ten tons- in' weight
: and : eight meters long, four wide
and lour high, with a speed of from
eTen to fifteen kilometers. They
ar arrtied with cannon and machine
'"ns, as well " as" flame, projectors.
Thejr'are- provided -with i ..doors and
pertures which can be hermetically
ciosed.'ao as to allow them to pass
through; gas clouds. . ,
A rraoretl Cm rn Vsel.
-It is. believed that the Germans
intend to' use Jhese tanks to follow
tJir,t waves of Infantry and deal
with the. resistance on the center.-
The allies, -during their retreat,
"ale frequent if e of armoj-ed motor
rs fitted with machine guns to
, r,T taeir pursuers. One' of? these.
hlch came in close contact with
enemy throughout a whole day.
s ditched. The occupants left the
,?f nd endeavored to pull the Tna
rfn..0ut of tne-mud under a severe
: "e rire- A machine was lifted out
na used arainst the enemy Until It
jammed. Then the gunner seized a
I; f'red while his comrades
continued to work nutll' they righted
xa car. whuii . v ' j ,
rtlng when, the Germans
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City Treasurer Rice Has De
linquency Certificates
!-.;. Ready to Issue
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Opportunity to Bond Remains
Until Certificates Are
Made Out
i An attempt, which failed, was In
itiated at the meeting of the city
council last night for reconsidera
tion of the resolution thu
last previous session to begin fore
closure proceedings against property
owners who have been delinquent In
theirstreet assessments for not less
than five years and who'have not pe
titioned the council to bond. In mav
Ing to reconsider. Alderman McClel
land made the argument that many
of the. propertv owners have been
j laced in straightened clrenmstanceu
1S war conditions and that their
failure to pay is not by reason of
unwillingness but because of circum
stance's. The alderman succeeded In enlfst-
tng some support, but not enough to
carry his motion, which was voted
down five to four. Five members
"Acre absent. , j.
1 Antagonism T Shown.
Those who opposed the motion
showed that leniency has already
been shown, and that while every
opportunity has been given the prop
erty owners to bond, they have paid
no attention to the opportunity. In
dicating that their attitude Is an an
tagonistic on.. Mavor Keyes anii
Alderman Unruh declared that more
then 7.1. per cent of those who arj
affected by the resolution are . well
able,; to pay, and much blame Was
hc-aped upon certain wealthy men
whose refusal to pay Is holding ba'ik
numerous other property holders.
Forms of the certificates of de'in
iniency are now In the hands of City
Treasurer Rice and he Is ready to
Issue them. Up to the time they are
Issued the property holders affected
fctill hTrre-Hie opportunity-
Hot when they are Issued It will ba
too late to bond.' Mavor Keyes urg
ed all publicity'possible so that none
of the affected persons would be ig
norant of the action that Is beln?
taken. , .f ,::
"My reason for moving to reconsld
i r,' 'said Alderman McCleelland. U
that at this particular- time the ac
tion will- work a hardship &a many
people. In the lasat two weeks I have
talked with manv who , are apxlous
to pay, but who by force of., cfrctfm cannot pay. I would, have
this action of foreclosure put .off a
ear or two. or until the war Is over.
I make this motion as a war meas
ure. I have In mind some widows
who have sons in -France. They ari
delinquent, and the foreclosure will
hit them. The city, would lose noth-J
IBs by rescinding its action because
it hasliens upon their property
which cannot be sold In that condi
tion." ' j
Roberts was ready on his feet In
opposition to McClelland. ."
tlty la Ijjnoreil.
"I- think Alderman McClelland's
heart is In the right place, bfit he Is
on the wrong track," said Roberts.
"The . Instructions to the city attor
ney are to start foreclosure proceed
ings against,, those who have not
bended. A lot of them have had ev
ery opportunity to bond and have
paid no attention to the opportunity.
Much' leniency-has. been shown Onl?,
those, who are delinquent for fiva
years or more ire bit, and we must
get at them." r -
Alderman Dard supported McClel
land, but was In ffavor of getting -action
against some o the wealthy
toen who have been fighting the city.
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Hop Growers to Raise Vege
tables for New Evaporat
ing Concern .
INKPKSDENCE. Or.. April 1.
fKpe-'ii.l lo The Statesman)-! A largo
plant. ti b erected; b7 llorst Ilron.
fcr.the '.rat.ora'tion of vegetables and
fruit, is practlcally assured for In
dependerte.. Solicitors, working uh
icr he direction of busf ness men,
hae nisned up sufficient acreage to
rrake it almost certain that llorst
!iros. will be guaranteed the amount
aslced foi.
: The hop kilns on the HorBtfs ranch,
the largest hop ranch In the world,
ill be dismantled and the build
iEgs converted Into fruit and vege
table -c-vapbrators. ' -
Since tbe decline of the hop Indus
try several experiments have been
tried with varied Success. Last sea
son much of the former hop acreage
was planted, to beans, and many
acres vrere put 1A sugar beet,s.
1 The foil on the Independence and
fluena Vlsta bottoms is excellent for
growing 'fruits and vegetables and
the growers, are confident the new
project vrilj succeed.
Official Announcement of
American Participation
. Made in Paris Newspapers
Greeted With Cheers
London Hears Large Ameri
can Force Has Been Made
(By Th Aavciatfd Pre)
FRANCE. Aprkl 1., Definite official
announcement! that American Troops
actually V.'Il f ght side bv sid with
the French and British in Northern
France reached the American troop.-v
tonight In Paris newspapers, It was
greeted with cheering. The -men who
win tri arc envied by the rest of the
American forces. 1
A they passed bv on the roada
they were speeded on their .way with
cries as " eat 'em up" and "Gee, yon
fellows are" In luck!'. 1 i -
Trooi Onlereil to I'icardy.
Orders to proceed toward the
plains of pjcardy were received from
the French high command three days
ago, but until it was officially an
nounced no mention could be made
of it.
(III! The Airnlated Prr)
FRANCE, April 1. The -niuddv
roads were again today jam,nied wlih
Americans on the move.; In some,
cases they wereinarcblng)ln double
lines, tokfng tip the road from jslde
to side. For obvious rasons lit is inad
vlsahl to disclose where the troops
are going, , where-they are comlns
from or v-n thedirections In which
the movements are being, made. It
may be. many days, however, before
the United. States will know. It Js
ihmt tb.ifirst.awwB
corr.e with th report of the.: Ameri
can forces In ''action, but when tBat
may be fs another spbject which cin
not be Clscnssed.
All Anxious to Ffeht.
Whenever it is, it Is certain that
the troops will give a good account
of 'themselves, for they, are husky,
hardy, trained and completely equip
pd apd on their toes for a clash with
the enemy.' 'If this clash should be
in the open the troops will like It all
tlie better for they say; "That's
our earne." -
All are determined tKa;et In the
fight if irffsible. The cbrfeftandent
saw men In march, limping along
but lefuslng to. dropout for fear
that they might be left behind. If
there was a single straggler in the
long marching lines today he had
hidden! himself. .
WASHINGTON. April 1. In the
absence of reports from Oeneral Per
shin? showing the disposition made
of American troons by General Foch
supreme commander, of the allied
and American armies, officials here
were -watching the French and urn
tsh rtatements closely tonight for the
first word that will show the Amerl
cans to be at the battle front In Pic-
ardyl It Is probable that nof only
the first fiws of the activities of
lershing's men In their new status
will come In this way, but that for
come time French communiques wt'.l
give the American people their on,y
ipformatlon-on the subfect.
, llejiortu Are IelayeI.
Report- from both Generals Per
shing and Bliss on the progress of
the great battle ar much delayed.
Messag3 tonight told of th situation
on Saturday and Sunday. At that
time Oi-nenjl Pershing saw consid
erable Inorrtrement in rondUlons for
the allied prmies and the battle line
In the vital sector from Montdidier
irtA'nvnn.'M he outlined ft, .has. not
been substantially alterd f bV swbse
onent engagements. nothBtds were
digging in he said. Tfortljt-of Mont
didier the situation wasless clear.
TVrth KWe Entrenching.'
Official were oarticularlv InJer
e?ted In French official reports last
tight that the Germans were, die
rirg In along a par of this hard
fousht lin at the apex of their offen
Blve wedge. Tha would indicate an
admission that they do not antici
pate being able to burst thj-ongh be
tween tfce French and British ar
mies ps thev set out, to do. No fur
ther discuEPion of this report had
come at a ate hour., except Genral
Prshini's report Jhat both sides were
entrenchinj. .. . .
" General Pershing's dispatch to
nlcht indicated thaV thebattlellneut
to the evening of March 31. south of
the Komrae, was as follows:
1 llame I, Marcelcave, An hereon rt,
Hansard. Demuin, Moreuil. Ma-lly":
RalnevaU cauvillersj Grlyeshes, Can
Henv. Fontaine, Mesnuil, ; La Mon
chel, Koelot, Orvlllers. Blernaut anl
along the Oise to aBrisis.
Tire Forres TPrtlcloHte.
LONDON. Anril An official an
nenncement issued here tonihgt
a result
of 7 commnnicaupn'!
have passed between the
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Great Masses of Troops Are
u Concentrating for Gigan-
V tic Struggle
British Use Opportunity to
, Strengthen Weak Spots
in Defense
OTTAWA, April 1. --Renter's cor
respondent at itritish headquarters
In Trance, telegraphing this evening
Bays: - - . " - . .
"The enemy, movements and fight
ing of the last twenty-four hours in
dicate the development of an attempt
to work towards Amiens, down to
Ancre valley, and also from the
southwest. Great masses of troops
continue to concentrate in the region
of Albert, and fighting is progressing
toward Villers. H ret ton and Reux.
Th enemy is finding- serious diffi
culties in transport work, owing to
the ceaseless 'destructive activity of
our airmen, and also owing to short
age of animals, and Is. bringing ip
his artillery comparatively slow.
Meanwhile he Is largely employing
trench mortars i '
"Trench nidrtars, however, have a
very" limited range and req-nlre enor
mous quantities of ammunition,
which Is very bulky.; v r I
North Somme Is Center.
"Australian troops now are ap
pearing in the thick of the fighting
and doing magnificently. Despite
tbe southwardly trend of the battle,
the greatest weight f enemy dlvl
sons remains nortfc of the Somme.
"Alcaptured document now. reveals
that the enemy expected to reach
the Somme the first day of the of
fensive. .. ,
"Up to 3 ok:IoCTj this afternoon no
fresh Infantry aV kks tof Impprtance
bad been repojei against the Brit
ish, although- thie Inemy artillery was
very active. .' A
. "The delayed, resumption oflrand
operatlopsMs of ''oreme importance
to na. pluiMnljiammities continual
ly to strengthen the weakest spots
and improve the- defense works."
Machine Guns Effective.
In recounting the. fighting Sunday,
the correspondent says:
-"Our armored cars did magnifi
cent work during the recent .fight
ing frequently dispersing bodies of
the-enemy by machine gun fire and
adding heavily to his. enormous cas
ualty list, which has yet to be-pre
sented to the German, people.
$The more one hears of the Ger
man failure at Arras; the mom magj
nificent the resistance Is revealed, as
having been. Storms, of divisions
came oyer, every man carrying r.ix
days' rations and an extra pair of
twots. They, evidently meant to
stay, and a very heavy proportion of
them will, for all time. i ;;:
"The repulse of , the OermaWyas
sault Sunday between Lassigny and
Montdidier was the severest blow the
enemy has suffered since the begin
ning of th offensive. Dense aggre
gations of men marched .up to as
sault by battalions nad literally
melted away under the fire of'tlie
French 75s. Moreuil was recaptured
by French and Canadian soldiers
charging togethej.
"Our artillery Is opposing an ef
fectual barrier to the German mass
iittacks. Hitherto, as the battle
shifted northward, we,- like the Ger
mans, had-been obliged to fight with
the support of our field K'ins only. ;
;ow thelx-lnch and heavier pieces
are arriving and. working terrible
havoc among the enemy's attacking
columns,) which have no ' means of
Pfotffctioin against shells of these
calibers, i '
"Describing Friday's, battle in this
sector, eye witnesses say the British
infantry fire worked terrible d-?-truction
among the Germans who
advanced to the attack; division
division In dense waves, during twenty-four
hours The ftiry pr the
fighting was indescribable. Aviators
who hovered overhead say it looked
like a stormy sea in -iich wave aft
er wave of infuriated men crept-up
and rolled back In disorder. -Vil
lages were conquered and reconquer
ed again and again,. .
"Batteries of 75s were brought inr
to action a few minutes after de
training at stations on the battle
field. Sometimes- enemy column
advancing to the assault stopped and
broke under ottr "rifle fire and ma
chine gun fire. The commands, of
officers trying to rllr their ,met
could be heard from' our lines."
"The fighting for Moreuil lasted a
whole day. The Canadians inter
mingle'd with their French, comrades
and fought like lions to keep the
place. It was twice captured by the
Franco-Canadians, and twice lost. In
the end the khaki and horizon blue
had the better of It, and the village,
which was the' nearest point to
Amiens, the enemy hadvreached, and
a point particularly .coveted by the.
German staff, remained fn our hands.
At Plemont a single division in a
furious charge broke he resistance
of two German divisions,, recapturing-the
whoje of the Important posi
tion and taking prisoner. 700 Ger
mans. 1 -. ' ?' ; '
"Along this line our troops feel.
as they fiil along the ,Oise line, that
they have tbe situation In hand and
that the enemy must try elsewhere."
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Business to Be at Standstill
for Hour Next Saturday and
Governor May Proclaim
Holiday ! ' ,
Boy Scouts and Cadets to Dis
tribute "Liberty Bells"
Around Town -!
The third liberty loan drive will
begin on Saturday next,; April 6.
On tbat day Salem will vibrate
from center to circumference with
the grand announcement. . '
l-.very whistle: in the city, will ueJ
a liberty whistle and every bell a
liberty bell. All will uound the news
of Oregon patriotism In a peal that
will be heard and felt by the Im
perial throne of Germany.
The governor; will proclaim the
even and authorize its thorough ob
servance Dy toe patriotic populace.
tireat J'araue I'lanned.
The greatest parade ever staged In
the city will take-place from 1 to 2
o'clock in which the military schools,
lodges and all civic -bodies and citl
zens will participate.
All this and more' much niote. Is
rapidly being planned by enthusi
astic committees and the lack of a
single detail will not be from want
of determination of those authorized
to handle the worn
The object Isi to awaken the. city
to tbe great sighilicance of thethlrd
liberty loan In a burst of the same
enthusiastic fervor which has per-'
petuated the Fourth of July In the
hearts' of Americans.
Jiuslne4 Will Stop.
All business will be suspended for
the honr making' the parade 1 to 2 p.
m. except by those who deem their
private business; of greater .Import
ance than their; personal participa
tion In the work of arousing the peo
ple to the significance of winning
the war.
The plans under way include every
body In the city and while noef fort
will be spared incompleting arrange'-
ments.i personal initiative will prove
th spirit that will awaken Salem and
that will eventually win the war..
Patton Arranging Feature.
E. Cooke Patton is head of the
"special features" department of the
committee and will be delighted to
receive notice of plans which any
persons, groups or organizations
will propose and arrange to 'lend
order to tbe day's demonstrations.
He has many workers busy, each
his own special affaiis and hence all
suggestions should be accompanied
by hands and hearts to carry them
out in the big parade.
The people wfll'f ind awaiting them
at their front doors on .Saturday
morning a reminder that the day Is
at hand for opening tbe third liber
ty loan drive. Insuring this feature
are the Salem cadets and boy scouts
who will assemble in the small hours
Of Saturday morning to place the
on the doorknobs before the aver
age citizen is awake. If any should
hear the nocturnal tread of scout or
cadet let him rest serene that his
home Is not being entered by prowl
ers but Is under the evident protec
tion of Young American soldiers who
are lending their efforts to arose
him to similar acts of duty toward
the sale of liberty bonds.
Proniftt Iteitponse Vrgetl.
The foregoing are in general, the
plans of the publicity committee,
which met yesterday. Details will be
given from day to day. Individuals
(Continued on page 6)
WASHINGTON, April l.r-Twenty-f
I ve. casualties among, the American
expeditionary forces' were reported
today as follows:
. Killed in action Private William
Died of 'wounds Private Edward
i- Died of disease Privates Pearson
Round, George Fitzsimmons, Jesse E.
Stinchcomb, Frances Wells.
'Slightly wounded First Lieuten
ant George E: Boyd, Sergeanto Joseph
Petrush, Corporal Milton WJJlard,
Wagoner Frank Lucey, Private Hq
mer (Ayler, Harold F. Buchbtnder,
Howard IL Crum, Moses Fischef,
Frauds J. Calvin, Zed ,S. Honak'er,
Samuel W. Kopp, Clifford L?dford,
Lonjiie R., Rouse, 'Harlee G. Sraithi
Troy A. Tarwater, John K. TJrban,
Fred Warnasch.-'
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Petitions Boost Rigdon y
for Mayoralty Nomination
-Indications yesterday were, ac
cording to reports reaching the city
hall, that Frank S. Ward jcandldate
for mayor, would Jiave' opposition by
the entrance-of W. f, Rigdon Into
the race for the nomination. It was
skid, that Petitlos'vwere -being cir
culate in Mr. Rigdon's behalf yester
day. Mr. Rigdon was fori several
years. & member of, the city council,
and he is the father of, L. T. Itlgdon,
one of the present. aldermen. , .
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Anti-ConscriptionistsV pistol
Fire Is Answered by
Machine Guns
Mob Hurls Bricks From House
Many Soldiers Fall in
Attack -
QUEBEC, April 1, Notwithstand
ing warnings from the military that
the rioting in "Quebec would be put
down with a stern hand, and urgent
appeals, to the people not to repeat
the .disorder of the last three days,
crowds assembled. In several parts of
the down town section of Quebec to
ri i ght and bad to be broken up by
Toronto infantiy and dragoons.
A number of sdldiers were .Injured
In the fighting and .many rioters.
- were arrested
Early tonight fldiers were order
ed from barracks and stationed in
different paits'of the city. The up
per section of the .town was cut off
from St. Rochs, where the" disorderly
element reside, by a le or troops.
Armand Lavergne, the Nationalist
leader, was expected to address a
meeting In Jacques Cartler square,
but respected the military edict ban
ning such, assemblies. A large crowd
was on hand, however, and the riot
ing began soon after the soldiers
were posted. Bricks were "thrown
from house tops and revolver shots
were fired from alleyways.
The cavalry repeatedly charged the
mob with drawn swords, but the
moment the troopers' back were
turned, tbe crowd returned. Seven
rioters were arretted.
About 100 yards away, near the
Canadian Pacific j station, ' the sold
iers were greeted byv a mob with a,
fusillade of "revolver shots, bricks
and ice. Several soldiers fell In this
attack, slightly injured, and the
troops received orders to fire a num
ber of shots over the heads of the
As the evening
advanced, a dense
fog settled down and the rioters, as
sembled in doorways and fired at
random down the streets. The sold
iers answered. the shots, ..whenever
they could locate the source,, but
this method of dealing with ' the
snipers failed to stop the shooting,
so machine guns iwere fired in the
direction of the revolver shots.
Four , civilians were killed and
four civilians and la number of sold
iers were wounded: in fighting which
occurred. - I
One, hundred men charged with
rioting, were arrested.
The, fighting between tbe .military
and antl-conscrlpttonlsts lasted fromJ.but there seems to be no decided ad-
8:30 o'clock this morning until mid
night, the rioters.! firing revolvers
haphazard from doorways and be
hind snowbanks and the military an
swering as best they could through
the thick fog with machine guns.
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Two German Reservists
$, Are Held at Engehe
EUGENE. Or., April 1. Max Joan
Andreas Lang of Kan Francisco and
Edward Hing of Sacramento. Cal..
alien enemies, arej In the county ja'l
here awaiting the arrival of federal
officers: "The men were both regis
tered in Sacramento and secured per
mits1 March 25 to leave there to visit
neighboring' California, count!??..
hey were arrested near Irving,
north of , Eugene.! and told- Sheriff
Elkins.' when, taken into custody,
that they weie .on! their Way to C003
Bay to' work lh the timber.
A federal officer who arrived here
this afternoon stated that the pris
oners were German reservists anl
.voul l be interned at once..
PARIS, April 1-Four persons
were lUlletl and nine wounded to
day ty hells fired bj- the long-range
German cannon.
Mary Pick ford Subscribes
$100,000 for Liberty Loan
. -'
a telegram received today ny Jams
K. Lynch, governor of the Twelfth
Federal . Reserve bank, . Mary Pick
ford., motion, picture actress, an
nouxfed that che had subscribed
JltO.OOft for the-third liberty loan.
Mr..Lyncl, in a' reply thanking her,
sa'd it was the first subscription re-
potd to -him on the new loan. J
British Steamer Tithonas
Is Torpedoed by Submarine
LONDON. April L The British
armed boarding steamer Tithonas
was torpedoed and sunk by a German
submarine March 2 8. 'according to an
official statement Issued by the ad
miralty One 'mercantile officer and
three with naval rating were lost.
Teutons Fail to Renew Grand
-Offensive Against British
Front; Fighting Centers on
Extreme Western Edge of
1 Battle Zone
' . ji; ;- . ..
Huns Concentrating Troops in
Region of Albert; Rains
Promise to Be of Aid to AI
lied Cause f t i
FRANCK- Aprfl lHear ekies and
Meal fighting weather had up till '
noon failed to draw the Oernians oat
for further ftghtln tn their offensive. '
aalnt the . British front. .Little
fighting of imHrtanre bad been re-.
Krtel nort h of the Komirie while be
low that river In the vital section
of Moreuil the ftltaatloa apperet
much the same last night. .Tlte
probabilities are that the enemy wm.
not ready for anther biff attacks,
north of the Komnie, although th
fact that lie still has the majority
Of hN available division there pre
sages farther activity and it may
come at any time. ! ; J - V
There are at present sometbinff c
like forty divisions In the battle zone
north of the river, and about 37 en- !
gaged In the straggle farther south, v
Ten of these hare been used against V
the British and the rest axainst tbe
French armies. - h
The ... German jran are not all
brought forward as yet and the ene- v
my gunfire has been comparatively ,
light along the zone of advance.
(By The Ataoeiated Pre) 1 ,
While the advance of the German
armies in PIcardy has come almost
to a halt, there has been savage fight
ing on the extreme western edge, of
the battle eone. Encounters, In
which large forcesxhave been engag- "4
eo,' nave occurred north of Atoreull,
vantage gained by the Teutonics In
vaders. ' They- claim to have taken
heights and to; have carried a wood
ii advance of their! line near More
uil, but the British say they have
driven back 1 the enemy from posi
tions; they bate occupied elsewhere
In this sector. ; '
The French line further south
have stood firm against savage as
saults, especially in . the region or
Montdidier and eastward, of tha
place "along a part of the line w hich
was subjected to a terrific strain for
two days late last week. In a num
ber o sectors the French hive surged
forward and ; taken hard-earned
ground from the Germans and have
established their line solidly .along
the Oise river. ' H .
The expected allied counter-offensive
has not yet come, but the Ger
mans who are reported to be en
trenchlngalong the French front, ev
idently expect It there!
Rain Delays j Advance,
Rain is delaying tike German ad
vance along the British and' French
line. .- Wet weather, jj if continued,
would Be of Infinite Value to tbe al
lies, who are moving their forces and
supplies over solid eai-th Instead of
ground which' has. been churned Into
a condition where evek-y step is be-
set by difficulties.
The chief German efforts apparent
ly have been in the region of Moreuil
and Albert. Around! these places.
there has . been, stern
the Germans hurling
fighting wlt
their fighting
rtieh at the allied lines In serried
ranks, which have been mowed down
by artillery, machine and rifle fire.
Tfieffort tn the Mdjreufl region Is
considered as being ain attempt to
reach ! the Paria-Amiens railroad,
which is four or five miles distant.
The. beginning of April, a month
whose dates are wrlttefl) large on the ,
pages of American history,. finds, the
soldiers of the United IBtateg hasten
ing to take their places In .the tone
of fiercest fighting. There have
been American tHQpsj Involved In
the struggle In Phkrcty since the
morning of March 23 but General
Pershing now Is leading more than '
100,000 of his men. but how many
is as yet not known to a point as
signed to them by General Foch, the
leader of the allied forces In France.
These men may even now be In the
battle line, and Amerlc awaits hews
f rQm them with confidence that they
will compare well with! the veterans,
of France and Great Britain.
German Staff Discontented.
A report; from General "Persh'lng
tothe war department states that the
situatfon along the battle line Is 1m- . '
proved. He did not !j give any In-
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