Rogue River courier. (Grants Pass, Or.) 19??-1918, November 27, 1916, DAILY EDITION, Image 1

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German and Austro-Hungar-
ian Troops Continue Steam
Roller Tactics, Capturing
Many Important Points
Berlin. vl Sayvlllr, Nov. 27.
Alexamlia has been ruptured from
th Roumanian In Walluvhla. accord
ing to toiltty'a official statement.
Oerman and Austro-Hungarlan
troops under Lleutenant-Ueneral
Krafft von Deliuenalngen, advancing
down both aldoa of the Alt valley
from th north, threw the enemy be
hind the Topologu sector, aald the
official report.
"Kaat of Tlgvenl," the statement
continued, "the Saxon regiment 1 H 2,
assisted by the Newmark Held artil
lery regiment 54, broke through hos
tile lines and captured from the
enemy 10 officer, 400 men and leven
machine guns,
"In the Vedea lector, both sides of
Alexandra have been reached and
Alexandra raptured. ' '
"from Turnu-Severln our troops
have pushed th remainder of the
- Koumaataaa la neOaoa group to
wards the southeast. There other of,
our forces blocked their way. The
defeated enemy, besides their san
guinary previous losses, lost here 2R
officers, 1,200 men, three rannon, 27
filled ammunition rarts and eight
hundred loaded vehicles.
'Trom the Danube ports between
Orsova and nustchuk up to date, six
ateamers and 80 tug boats hsve fall
en Inlo our hands, all filled with valu
able cargoes."
"The Danube army advances and
Roumanian resistance Is breaking,"
the statement concluded.
Petrograd, Nov, 27. The retreiit
Ing Roumanian army In western Wei
Inrhla la taking advantage of all the
natural festurea of that terrain to
resist the enemy advance, according
to the war office statement today.
Having crossed the Danube near
Slmnltxa, the Teutonic forces have
placed observation posts on the river
Vede, occupying positions between
Valenta and Rnsedeawade.
In the north Wallaehlan sone of
lighting the report detailed artillery
combats In the Tahla-llllsle and Pra
Tiovo valley roglons, also In the
Dragoslnvele sector. In the direction
of Swardlosa there were violent en
gagements. Bucharest, Nov. 27. Retirement
trom the Alt, and also from Topen
loss, a little eastward, was announced
In today's official statement.
Seattle, Nov. 27. With the largoat
Advance sale of seats ever recorded
hore, hopes of the .largest turnout In
history for the Thanksgiving' day
elash between the gridiron warriors
of the University or California and
the University or Washington were
ell on the way ta reiillzntlcin today.
' A mi vol nrl vert IhIiik stunt ha been
inaugurated here, The merchants of
the city hnve entered Into keen com
petition as regards decorating their
ahow. windows with footiball togs and
colors ef the opposing teams. The
business streets will scream "Foot-
bull" from every show window.
A lnrge block of seats hns been
reserved for California students and
Tootera. '. : ' - ' 1 '
Washington, Nov. 27. The Brll
h refusal to grant the new Austrian
ambassador, Count Tarnow-Tarnow-
sky, a safe conduct, surprised admin
istration officials today, though tbey
said this government could no nulli
ng about It,
The state department had merely
notified the alllesof his coming, with
out easing a sate conduct. The re
fusal to give this conduct Is regarded
in diplomatic usage as discourteous,
but not an affront which would in
volve any complications.
London, Nov. 27. News from Ger-
man sources caused a renewal of hope
nere loaay (hat Roumanla, after all,
may extnrate herself from the nr..
carious position In which her Walla
chlan forces have been placed iy
General von Kalkenhayn's concededly
brilliant strategic compalgn.
Of prime basis for this hoDalarii
the utter lack In all the German tun.
clal reports of any claims of Urge
captures of prisoners or war muni
tions. U the lloumanlan armv actu.
ally had been trapped bv the an.
circling movement around Orsova and
Tornn-Severtn. resetting overto Crai
ova. It was regarded as certain the
Henin official reports would hv.
chronicled big captures of men and
One other source of hooe wa tha
report from German correspondents
at von Kalkenhayn's headquarters
mat runner progress beyond the Alt
was delayed because of the conditions
of the roads. Doth of these blta of
new led military experts here to re
construct a story of an orderly re-
ireat or the Roumanian forces from
the angle on which two arms of the
Teutonic forces are now exerting
There was no disposition, however.
to disguise the fact that Roumanla
Is still perilously placed, if it were
summer weather, and If the terrain
were not rain-soaked or muddy from
half frosen slush, the crossing of the
Danube by the Teutonic forces, In an
effort to turn the flank of the Rou
manians, might prove successful. As
It Is their presence on Roumanian
soli constitutes an ever-nresent
Reports here say that a number of
allied aviators have reached Buchar
est. It Is believed also that Russia
has by this time poured heavy rein
forcements Into Roumanla, probably
Including a large number of cannon.
The greatest handicap which the
Roumanians have had was their lack
of aerial scouts to seek out and re
port the sort of encircling movements
which have formed the basis for von
Kalkenhayn's energetlo ' movements.
Their artillery also has been out
ranged by the German.
As near as can be estimated here,
from official statements on both sides,
the battle line In Roumanla now runs
approximately Trom the Transylva
nlan Alps north of Cum polling, oiith
westward to a point a little north of
Cnrtea do Arges, nod thence to the
Alt river, probably somewhere about
Romlcu-Valcu. 1
1 Following southward down the Alt,
the Roumanians apparently hold It to
a point slightly oast of Slntlna. Bast
ward again, this Una runs to a point
a little north of Alexandria. Here
the Roumanians are at grips with the
forces which crossed the Danube In
an effort to turn their flank.' Still
farther east, along the southern front,
Is Gulrgca.nrher gttempb has been
msdo to fort's a Crossing of the Dan
ube by the Bulgarian-German forces.
This point Is a bare forty miles due
south of BneWMt',:"
Commercial Club Members
at Lcncbeon Hear Discus
sion of Crop Improvement
and ot Fruit Marketing
Seventy-one Commercial club and
Invited guests sat down to the Mon
day luncheon today, and after the
dinner, prepared by the ladles of the
Methodist church, had been disposed
ot enjoyed a half hour filled to the
last minute -with entertaining and In
structive addresaes.
Prof. F. C. Relroers, of the south
ern Oregon experiment station at
Talent, spoke ot the work that was
being done for the cause of the horti
culturist and the agriculturist by the
station. He first called attention to
the value of the experiments in the
fertilisation of lands for alfalfa,
pointing to the saving In the coat of
fertiliser through the discovery ot the
fact that the soils ot the Rogue valley
needed sulphur more than any other
fertilising agent. Yields of alfalfa,
said Mr. Relmers, had been Increased
from SO to 1,000 per cent through
the application of a sulphur fertiliser,
Hie fertiliser being applied at a coat
of only It per acre.
Mf. Relmers also told of the ex
tensive work done In combatting the
pear blight In the valley, and finally
the finding of a variety ot foreign
pear stork that was absolutely blight
resistant. With the use of resistant
roots and trunk upon which to graft
the Bartlett and other pears that
were susceptible ot blight, he said
that the disease could be controlled
and eliminated.
Prof. Relmers was especially force
ful In his remarks upon the need for
Irrigation In the Rogue valley, and
he advised his audience to put forth
every effort to bring through to sue-;
cess the attempts now being made to j
(Continued on Pge 2)
By C. W. Ackerman.
Headquarters of Oeneral von Fal
kenhayn In the Transylvanlan Alps.
Nov. 24, via Berlin and Wireless to
8ay vllle. "Our task Is to destroy the
Roumanian army and that we are
doing as best we can."
So spoke General von Falkenhayn
today, his brow wrinkled, but his eyes
sparkling as ne sifDmtttea to ques
tions concerning the victorious pro
gress ot his troops against Roumanla.
' "Our flyers," he continued, "report
the Roumanian roads black with
people and wagons besrlng refugees,
floelng trom Little Wallachla toward
the Alt rivet That 1b the terrific
part of war. That soldiers should
suffer Is war, but that women and
children should be put to such nils-
... ll. ' ! t,IM Pnl If waa
Roumanla's choice. Roumanla play -
ed with lire too long and Is now act-
ting' burned.'' ; V
; ."How soon do you expect to get to
Bucharest?" the German field mar
shal was asked.
"Do we want Bucharest?" he re
sponded Immediately. "Kvery time
we take charge ot a city we have to
teed the population. We are not
bothered by that question we are
soMlers. Our 'task la to destroy the
Roumanian army, and that' we are
doing as best we can."
"May I ask another question, ex
cellency?" I ventured.
Believed That Mere German
Submarines Are in Ameri
can Waters for Wholesale
Raid on European Shipping
New York, Nov. 27. Wireless
flashes from British cruisers directed
to all entente ally shipping in Ameri
can waters, warning them to be on
the lookout for German submarines.
Intensified reports here today of Ger
man submarines nearlng the United
Slates, preparing for a wholesale raid
on shipping.'
The warning, which was first heard
from the cruiser Lancaster, advised
all ships to travel with fear lights and
to toe prepared for an Instant encoun
ter with a U boat The district in
cluded the water between 8able la
land and north of Bermuda, west of
60 degrees. .
A rumor also reached New York
that two submarines are among the
mall .islands near the New Hamp
shire coast. ' One ot these la said to
be the U-6S, the submersible which
sank Ave ships near Nantucket In
October. "
Among ships or the allies due to
arrive this week are the Laconi and
Pannonla, Cunardera, from Glasgow;
Lapland, a White Star liner, from
Liverpool, and the Duca d'Acosta,
from Genoa, and the British ship Ber
mudian, from Bermuda.
The American liners Kroonland
and Philadelphia, arriving here, pick
ed up the warning flashed by War
ships and the British station also. It
Is as follows:
"A. B. M. V. (Call for all British
merchant vessels).
"Government 'warning begins: Ger
man submarines may be ' met any
where In Atlantic, especially west -of
6Q d.BnM, WM, show no unnece..
gry ,gM Ayold M trade routM
and converging points."
The general's eyebrows moved up
and down, and his eyes looked out
sharply, as only vbn Falkenbayn's
eyes can do. He nodded assent.
"When will the Roumanian army
be destroyed T" I asked.
A tew officers standing nearby
smiled. But Falkenhayn looked
straight at his questioner as he said:
"Rain or snow, a railroad accident,
or most anything can destroy the best
made plans. I have been in this war
two and a halt years, and can say
the only certain thing about It Is
uncertainty. 1 am only certain of
one thing and that Is, that we Will
Seated across trom his excellency
was his chief of staff. Turning next
to him foe comment on the Rou
manian operations about Craiova, he
! ,lp",1on'J''l:
In this warfare cavalry goes for-
I ward like a snake over new territory
j with Its fangs out and waving in
I the air. When these fangs encounter
' an obstacle they are drawn Into the
snake's mouth. Then alter a white
the fangs re-appear and the snake
"At present, we are en route Into
Roumanla, following the advancing
German troops.",.. . ...
To nn observer here, It seems that
! von Falkenbayn's success In putting
! oft th- RfturaatflAQ nose which stuck
"ConManeg na page 5)
h Washington, Nov. 27. That "Wall
street" .wants the European war to
end, is the opinion ot certain diplo
mats here today.
' "Just a touch of timidity" over se
curities for vast loans, plus a grow
ling decrease In munitions contracts,
is said to be responsible for this In
creasing financial desire for peace.
The financiers are said to fear not
measureably yet, but sufficiently to
stir them that their loans may be
affected If Europe tries to pile up
more credit while destroying more
lives and property.
, This spirit was called the "Inspira
tion" for recent peace talk, notably In
New York, by a high official today. .
According to this official, those
holding the view that "Wall street is
showing reatlvenesa," claimed to see
encouragement in the recent state
ment In an Interview -with the Earl of
Derby, British ' unden-secretary of
war, that England waa willing to
listen to Germany's peace terms.
The present peace agitation, which
diplomats emphasised has Its source
In financial circles solely, will in
clude, according to plans, for Presi
dent Wilson, possibly In co-operation
with European neutrals, to call it
conference, not primarily to discuss
peace, but merely to define objects
for which each side In the great war
Is lighting.
The .proposals do not Include, sug
gestions, for. an armistice.. but diplo?
mats here (believe that It the sug
gestion Is carried through to the
point ot a conference ot neutrals, an
armistice would be entirely within
possibility's bounds.
. Med ford, Nov. , 27. Members of
the Rogue River Fish Protective asso
ciation In the meeting held In the
Medtord library Friday evening voted
unanimously for an unconditional
stand for the closing ot Rogue river
to commercial fishing. In this stand,
C. M. Thomas, newly-elected legis
lator, declared that he will make a
fight to the finish tor such a measure.
A compromise suggested wss the
limitation of commercial fishing to
the use ot drift nets, but this was
voted down and the slogan "no com
promise" adopted. A committee con
sisting ot Messrs. Thomas, Isaacs,
Daniels, Gottlieb and Ewlng was
named to draft the bill, circulate pe
titions and raise funds for the fight
and It the measure Is defeated to
arrange for presenting the matter to
the people by Initiative measure In
C. M. Thomas and Ralph Ewlng
were elected delegates to attend the
meeting of the State Sportmen's
league In Portland, December S
and 4.
-' T. E. Daniels and W. F. Isaacs will
also Ibe on hand to urge the closing
ot the river. Arrangements were also
made tor the presence ot a number
of local men at Salem In October
during discussion of the 1)111.
Other matters discussed and ap
proved by the meeting were for the
closing of the season on steelhead
from November 1 to April l,or pro
tecting Chlneno pheasants of the val
ley and to provide a closer deer law,
Inasmuch at game wardens state that
there are at present hundreds ot
barren does In the hills. Cutting the
fifteen days In August froiu .the open
season was suggested.
Funds for the fight for the closed
river will be raised by the sale ot
i(tt7 membership cards at from 1
to $25 each. . -
' Howard Hill and Mr. Meader, trult
growers, of Medtord, are spending
i'jeV.ay lu Uran'.a Tass on business.
villa still
Hamaci cf the Reids it
Grj crNsrtarn Kski"
Was b Prepress Tci:y
El Paso, Nor. 17. -That the at
tempted storming of Chihuahua City .
by an army or 4,000 VlUistaa under
personal command of Villa was still
In progress early today, waa the de
claration of United States department
agents here. They based their state
ments upon the action of the Mexi
can de facto government authorities
In sending every CarrantlsU soldier
available in northern Mexico to the
relief ot the beleaguered city. This
Is the fifth day of the battle for pot
session of Chihuahua City, the key to
northern Mexico. In spite of every
effort by de facto officials,' no word 6t
the fate of Oeneral Trevlno and his
garrison has leaked out since noon
Saturday. That Villa with bit force
Is still encircling the city I certain.
Losses In the first four days of th
fighting have been reported ' heavy.'
The streets of the city are said to be
filled with dead. ' It Is Impossible to
pick up the wounded because dt in
cessant firing. . Many buildings
throughout the city have been dam
aged by shell fire. i
With cavalry detachments on each
side of the railroad track guarding"
troop trains and artillery. Oeneral
Murgia Is hurrying north to save
Chihuahua City from capture by Vll
llstas, Mexican Consul General Garcia
announced early this forenoon at the
consulate here. Murgla's relief col
umn Is expected to strike Villa some
time today, if it has not already
clashed with the ibandlts, according
to Garcia. The number of men In th
column Is uncertain, but haa been set
at various times at from six to six
teen thousand. .
Reports were in circulation In
Juares today that General Trevlno. .
had withdrawn his forces to the north
ot Chihuahua City, hoping to draw
Villa Into the city while General '
Murgia approached from the south,
thus entrapping the bandit force. ,
Every Mexican de facto official in th
border town Issued denials ot these
reports, Consul Soriano Bravo stating
there was "no truth In the rumors," (
and declared he had a message via
OJInaga from Chihuahua City saying .
that fighting was still In progress
there and that Murgla's forces were
nearing the city..
Max Weber, fierman consul at
Juares, admitted today he Intended
to move to the American side ot th
Rio Grande, but explained that Ja
Intended taking this action not be
cause he fears a bandit attack upon
Juares, but In order that his daugh
ter might attend school In El Paso.
United States government agents
worklug here have learned that th
ammunition being used by Villa was
made In the United, States, ostensibly
tor Europe. It was shipped by boat
from New. England to the Gulf of
Mexico and smuggled across the Bio
Urande for the use ot Mexican de
facto troops.' Through a plot of dis
loyal Carranslsta officials, Villa cap
tured large quantities of cartridges
west ot Chihuahua City.
Redding. Cel., Nov. 27. James
McCourt, aged 56 years, was found
dead today on the trail 800 yards
from his cabin on Dog creek,' four
miles west of Delta. . There was V
bullet hole In his head and a revolver
by his side. It la believed that death
wss accidental. He . had recently
bonded his copper mine .for a larg
sum, anticipating th most prosperous
period of his life.