ANNUAL RACE MEET EDITION GILLIAM COUNTY'S OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER Number 5 Friday, Hay 31, 1)18 5c on the Street t FRENCH HOLDING FAST AT SOISSONS Are Holding Western Part of City; Germans Attempt Flanking Movement. United I'rrm Paris, May 31. By a severe attack in the Ailette river region between the Conoyle Chateau and the Oiariver, the Germans have definitely cunBu!idatej their Alane and Picardy fronts, nc-, fording to the announcement of the war office this morn in sr. Ap parently this attack watt an at tempt to flank the Allied forces below Noyon and swing behind them, forcing them to withdraw or be cut ofT. It was frustrated, however, by t!ie stubborn resist ance offered by the French in their slow withdrawal from Blerancourt and Epagny. The fighting here was furious. Epagny is six miles northwest of Soisaons and Blerancourt is five miles northwest of Epagny and eight miles southeast of Noyon. In the center the Germans advanced lightly toward the Marne but on the left the French are still hold ing , the western outskirts of Soissons. On the right the French counter attacked fiercely and cap tured Thillois which is two miles west of Rheims. GUNFIRE, EXPLOSIONS HEARD IN BELGIUM United Prow RamsgaU-, Enuiand, May 31. Excessively heavy gunfire was heard here for five hours last night, sounding in direction of Belgium. Several terrific ex plosions were also heard and each was accompanied by a great flare. (Ramsgate is directly across the English channel from Belgium and about thirty miles from Calais. No further reports on developments there have been secured.) Mrs. W. A... Graves underwent a erious operation yesterday at the local hospital 1 The operation appears to have been entirely successful and Mrs. Graves is doing nicely. HUNS FORGET COMPACT AND BOMB HOSPITALS UatMd Piom With the Americans in Picardy, May 31. Although the booties had obtained immunity for Ger man towns during Corpus Chris tie through the intervention of the Vatican, they evidently figur ed (hat the agreement was a one sided affair for German aviators attacked three hospitals behind the American linen on Corpus Christie eve, dropping many bombs. Their machines Bwooped low enough so they used their machine guns also. BRITISH PEOPLE SHOW OPTOMISM United I'rau London, May 31. Thanks to the stubborness of the resistance offered by the Allied force Tri heroically defending every inch; of ground and maintaining the, closest co operation between the Franco and British troops, the German thrusc toward Paris has undoubtedly been checked even if not' definitely stopped. The Allied troops in retiring did so very slowly and in the most ex cellent order. The reserves are supporting in good shape. The developments of the past 24 hours brilliantly demonstrate the value of a supreme allied com mander. The British press and public is more optomistic today than a.iy time since Monday. Not one criticism of the French retirement has been heard any where. The overwhelming nurn ber used by the Germans is ap preciated as is also the superior ity, gallantry and coolheadedneis of the allied defenders. POPE EXPRESSES DEEP SYMPATHY FOR RHEIMS Uolud Ptm Rome, May 31. Cardinal Lucon wired the Pope that he was preparing to leave the be sieged city of Rheims. ' The Pope replying immediately, told the Cardinal that he shared the sufferings of the people of Rheims and expressed the greatest sym pathy for them. HUN SHELL HITS PARIS CHURCH; 18CASUALTIES Voltad Pmm . Paris, May 31. Eighteen cas ualties resulted yesterday when a German long range shell struck a church during tie Corpus Christie ceremonies. This bom bardment was carried outinppite of the fact that it had been agreed not to attack any city out ride of the war zone during Corpus Christie. AMERICANS WASTE NO AMMUNITION ON HUNS , United Prm . ' By Frank J. Taylor . U. P. Staff Correspondent with the American Army in Lorraine, May 31. American officers who have examined the bodies of dead German soldiers report that practically each one had been shot through the head, or heart, clearly demonstrating the quality of American marksmanship.' MORE MEN LEAVE THIS MORNING FOR SERVICE Fourteen more Gilliam county men mobilized this' morning for service in "the United . States army. They art Howard Rice. W. E. Dun lap, Claud Rickard, Earl Rickard, J. V. Edwards, Roy Holland, G. W, Caldwell,.. Isaac Cooper) H. R. Stephens, A.iL. Chapman, Gordon Hall,'. A. ,N. Taylor, R. F. Cunningham .and. B. H. Payne. The first t-ight left Condon .this morning on the train, the next four named will join the party at Portland, Cun ningham went from Spokane arid Payne mobilized in , Tennessee, The local party was in charge of Howard Rice. Fifteen men from. Wheeler county, also left this morniu with the local party and all will go direct to Fort McDowell, Cal ifornia, to enter service in the Coast Artillery. ' Miss Mary Ogilvy of Clem is in Condon to attend the races. Sheriff Kelsay of Wheeler county is in Condon today. GERMANS DESIRE CATHEDRAL CITY Direct Attacks Failed and Foe Will Probably Start to Encircle City. United Prau By Henry Wood U. P. Staff Correspondent with the French Armies, May 31. It is evident that the Germans are determined to capture Rheims, but their every attempt in this direction has been held up. Else where the enemy plans to carry out a wide encircling movement and particularly to the southeast, hoping to thus surround the city and torce its evacuation by the Allied forces. In this movement the Germans are expected to in crease their pressure between Brouiilet and Janvy with the in tention of breaking through along the Andre river. HUNS BOMB RED CROSS HOSPITAL United Pra British Front, May 31.-Ger-man airmen, on Corpus Christie day, again bombed British hos pitals far behind the lines, killing women, nurses, doctors and pa tients and firing buildings. The enemy dropped flares which re vealed the; buildings and then ,dropped many huge bombs. One i bomb scored direct hit on i a large hospital which prominent ly'displqyed a large Red Cross sign. The building was wrecked at.d many are atiti pinned under neath the wreckage. ' The British front is quiet with the exception of the neTer-ceas-ing artillery action- A Red Cross auction will be held this evening at 7 o'clock on the street in '. front of. Bock's meat market and Fair's grocery. Among other articles to be auc tioned are some beautiful quilts and some fine plants which have Tomorrow at the race track the sheep will be sold at auction and also some chickens, a gander and several other donations.