! K40 Medford Mail Tribune M I Mil iliiaiiuiiiHrt M SECOND EDITION WEATHER t'lmHMeil, Probably ftnlri, Mrtt. M Mill, ill), Fofty-Mlh Tf. Oiilly TVnlli Tmr MEDFOIU) OHM ION, WI.DNKhDAV. MAHCIf H. 1010 NO. 208 GREAT GAINS BYGERMANS AT VERDUN Capture of French Position West of Meusc, Villages- of Forges . and Regncvllle, Heights of Rabcn and Ctimlcrcs Wood in German Posses sionFrench Retake Trenches Lost inChampagne Fighting Is Most -Severe. LONDON, March 8. The officinl Gorman account loilny of tho new ilrivo nt Verdun's defenses from tlio northwest shows Unit in their sweep-ill)- advance the troops of the crown prince enptuied more than seven square miles of territory, wehl of the Mouse from the French. In sweeping over this ground the Germans drove through Forges and ltegnevillc, capturing more tlian .'K100 prisoner anil ten cannon. ltcporting on their capturo of Fronos, in the Woevrc regions, the Gorman an nounce tlio taking of 700 additional prisoners. In the Woevrc district tlie Germans launched nu nttaek in the vicinity of Mnnhoulles, which Paris declares uas checked by the French ouituin of fire. A smi ii It on Verdun The nssnult on the fortress of Verdun is now being pressed with greatest vigor along the four mile front running from the north of Cum ioros, near the river, to Hahincourt, where tlio (ioniums already have pressed forwaid into the ('orboiiux Moods, between Dead Man t.nd Goose Hills, tlio commanding portions held by tho FrOneh ill thin hector. The Itussimi advance along the Jlmok fecn coast in Annonin is en abling the central Hussion army, well inlnnd, to keep up its onward march , from Krzonim toward Sivus. Home advices indicate that Italy lias determined to make every effort to retain possession of the Avlona section of Albania. Berlin Statement IJKULI.V, March S. Tlio capturo of a Kronen position wont of the Muiiho on both sldos of tho Korgoa brook below Uothlncoiirt, six kllomot era wlilo and three kilometers (loop, was anuouucod today by Gorman ar my headquarters. It wag also announced that tho II lagos of Korgos and Itognovillo tho heights of Habon and the Cumloros woods woro in Gorman possession. Tho capturo or .IS officers, 3277 men and ten cannon In officially reported- Irt the Woorro district tho French wore driven out of tho last houses thoy hold In the vlllauu of Krosnos. More than 700 prisoners were mado. 1'ronrli Itelako Trendies Paris. March 8, via London. In tho Chanfpagno the Froncli liavo re oapturod portions of tho trenches toil on March 0. according to tho official nnnouneoment made here today. Tho situation north of Verdun Is unchanged. No Infantry attacks woro mado last night, the announcement says. Artillery flatting contlnuos. Tho toxt of tho communication follews: "In tho Champagne district oast of MaUons do Champagne, we launch, ed an attack which placed us again In possession of tho section of trench es occupied by the onomy March 6. Wo took bS prisoner!, Including three officers and oapturod a ni.ichlno gun. (Continued on pags two.) FOR 8TAIE CONFERENCE SALKM, Or, Manh Delegates representing the state grange, and the Oregon draluage association ar-' rivad here today for the Irrigation, drainage and rural credits conference to be held here tomorrow. Seutl nisnt seemed to b enstallsiug among them in favor of having separate con stitMtianal amendments drafted on rural credits and on irrigation and dralHM. The delegates represent ing the Oregon drainage association will bold a meeting this afternoon. VERDUN BATTLE GROWS IN SIZE AND INTENSITY Second Effort to Take Stronghold on Larger Scale Than First Germans by Employing Masses of Men Without Counting Cost, Obtain Small Gains at Meuse. PAHIS, Mnroh 8. Tlio battle of Verdun developed both in intensity and in extent all day yesterday nnd is now raging along the lino from .Chephy, in the Argonne, to Frcsncs in the Woevrc, showing that the sec ond nttaek for the stronghold is to be in ltd o on a larger scale than tho first. So far, according to the re ports received here, the Germans, by employing masses of men without counting cost, obtained some slight gains both to the west of the Meuse and in the Woerc, whore they car ried Frcsncs after a fierce struggle. Icscrnto Figlitlug Desperate- fighting is ngnin gointf on on the left bank of the river. Fol lowing up the advantage of yesterday, thVi Genitalis, going around the foot of the sloM which sorted them as n mask, followed the railroad and en tered Kegnieville. From there they launched 15,000 men against Hill No. 'JO.'i, to the cast of Cole de l'Oic, and carried it. ' Thus they control the loop of the Meuse, within which Kegnieville is located. The French withdrew their right from within the loop and it now rests on the Meuse above Cumcries. This withdrawal from an advanced posi tion on tho left bank bedtime ncces snry, according to tho military ex perts, in order to maintain alignment with the positions on the right bank, and it would have been difficult to hold the advanced point which-the Germans had at the same time at tacked in tho front and flank, fiiiln n Footing Having thus obtained commanding positions on the heights which run from Jlcthineoiirt to Cote d l'Oie by the spur of I.e Mort Hommo and the woods of ('(irbeaux .'nd Cumieres, tho Germans without losing n moment's time hurled masses of infantry against these positions. They gained a footing in the Corbeaux woods, but elsewhere their attacks were repulsed with heavy hvssos. In this district centers at present the chief interest of the battle, and the result of the Gorman effort is awaited bv the French without fear, us they rolym the defensive power of their forces. NEW LEADS FOR G.O.P. INDIANAPOLIS, M.iroh S. With unofficial returns of yesterday primary in from almost halt of the procitibts, Harry S. TCow led this af tomoon in the race for tho repub lican nomination for United States senator and Former Congressman James P.. Watson it close second. James P. Goodrich led Warren T. MoHuy and Quinoy A. Myers in the race for tho republican gubernatorial nomination. John M. Adair, representative in emigres from the eighth district, h conceded b. ninnv leudeis to ao won the demoeratie nomination lor goenior over Lconurd 11. (lore. L WASHINGTON, March 8. -When the senate resumed debate on the Shield wnterpower bill today, Sena tor Shields unnouiieed he would seek to hold the body in continuous session until it reuehml a vote. Subs tor New-lands' amendment em hodrimr hi eoumission plan of deal ing with waterway of the country with annual appropriations of fl0, 000,000 fr teu year for gsneia water development improve- meilto. Wiik rt'ifcli'il witbmil a rnll Cfttl. NOMINA N FIN DEBATE PON SHIELDS BILLTODAY SIX STEEL HIS INDICTED TOR TRUST IN WAGES United State Steel Corporation and Five Other Concerns Accused by Ohio Grand Jury of Conspiracy to Fix Wages Youngstown Riot Is Probed and Officials Censured. . YOUNGSTOWN, O., Marcli 8. In dictments were returned today by the Mahoning county grand Jury against the United States Steel company, flvo other steel companies and K. H. Gary, executive of tho United States Steel company. The defendants arc charg ed with having formed a trust to fix the wages of common labor In violation of tho laws of Ohio. In addition to tho United States Stcol company tho following concerns were Indicted: The YouiigBtown Sheet and Tube. company, the Republic Iron And Steel company, tlie liner JIM steel com pany. Tho IndlctmontH followed a sweeping probo of the Hast Youngs town riots and labor troubles of Jan uary. Conspiracy Alleged Tho specific offense charged against the six steel concerns is that they conspired to keep tho wages of common labor nt tho same figure at the time of the strike at tho Re public Iron nnd Steol company and tho Youngstown Shoot and Tube com pany in January. Announcement wan mado by all these companies within two days time of ten per cent Increase in wages. This action In hold to bo due to an agreement. Tho Jury report sets forth that tho grand Jury was unable to fix any particular eailso fop the recent- Kast Youngstown riots. The roport charges that neither tho mayor nor any member of tho pollco force mado any effort what ever to disperse the mob. Mayor Cunningham Is criticised for not clos ing tho saloons of Fast Youngstown early on Friday morning nftor ho had received notice of tho temper of the mob. Took .Militia as Guards The roport cites tho fact that a guard at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube company who Is n mombor of tlio state militia, without legal au thorlty look ten members of tho Na tional Guard to the sheet and tube company's property to guard tho Bamc. It In alto stated that the guard appropriated stato ammuni tion. It Is net forth that tho action of the guard mado It Imposslblo for tho sheriff or tho captain of the inllltlu to mobilize militia men In ttmo of gravo public danger. Guards on tho sheet and tubo com pany brldgo who fired Into tho crowd assembled about the time office bo fore the rioting began ore censurod. The grand Jury, hhs the report, was unable to find that tho Influence of any" foreign government was re sponsible for tho riot. Tho alleged combination of manufacturers with tho Intent to keep down tho wages of common labor Is crlticlsod. Indictments also were returned against Mayor Cunningham and six coiincllmen of Kast Youngstown, charging them with being financially Interested In property purchased for village purposes. KL l'ASO, Texas. March 8 Ac credited but unconfirmed reports re ceived today by Genoral Gubrlol Ga vlra at Juarez, stato that two Amerl cans named Franllu and Wright, were killed today at Colonel I'echaco, by Villa bandits between Casus Grande and Janos, Chihuahua. The advices contained nothing as to tho wife and small son of Mr. Wright, who were reportod with the men at Colonel Pacheco. Guvlru declared the man, said to be Mormon ranchers residing watt of Casas Grandos, disregarded warn ings he had sent to all American res ident northwest of Chihuahua when he first learned or VHU movements to that section. o - ! 1 ABAS REPORTED N HEARTILY ENDORSE Who Tin civ L VOIE IN FAVOR OF CHICAGO, Marth 8. -Tabulation of the referendum vote of railroad employos on the quoation of whether their demand for air eight-hour day with time mid n half for overtime shall bo presented to. the railroads, was taken up today at n meeting of union officials. Tho piesent wage agreement expires March 31. The vote of the emnloyes has been 'Jit progress by mail two months and it is said more than 80 per cent of the nion have voted in favor of the eight-hour day with overtime. About 100,(100 railroad employes, including every road in tlio country, or .VJ8 different hues, nro involved in the present eontrovoray. The loud er nro said to be opposed to arbi trating their dil'teioneiii this your, although they vxpiuM the hope (hut n general strike which would tie up every xteiun rinlioud in the country will not bo neees-nry. Itailtoad ofticiuK have declared that the eight -hour dv and overtime demanded hv the employe would mean an increase in wages of approx imate! v 100.0011,(11)0 a onr, mid that this increase annt be grunted un der exiting conditions. PUBLIC HEARINGS ON WASHINGTON, Mnii-li 8. healings mi the imminntion of S u. jiranueis oi jo-ion ro lie es.ooi nte justice of the upromo eoutt weie terminated today by the judioiur sub-committee of the somite, The in quiry nun oeen in progress lor n month. Tho Mili-iommittoo gave no indication n to when it would report .to the judi'i.iiv "iiiiiuttee. EE IE PRISONERS OF VILLA rOM'MW s, M., M..nh 8 With three Annie .in cattlemen pre sumably held .n prisouci-,, Fran cisco Villa wu-. leported tmluv with between 'J00 and UOQ men at n (mint- on tie lloea Urumlp titer in Chi huahiM, fifteen miles we-t of Col umbus and tueut. seven miles soyth of the border. II if V . i I , fM mU&&F&$ Ire 'MSBakt wCls it EMPLOYES EOT OUR OA IHE PRESIDENT'S POLICY!" XwiiiIL 0- That llrirk? FAIItHANKS. Alaska, March S. Three soldiers woro killed and two seriously Injured In a fire early1 yes terday morning that destroyed tho main barracks and ammunition housos at Fort Gibson, occupied by company II, llth Infantry. Tho dead, Privates Herman Lund, Henry Minor, Curtis 11. Willis. Injured: Borgcunt Anthony Klvlnak, Private Grois Kel ly. Tho bodies of tlio doad woro re covered. Tho flro broke out lit tho upper story of the. barracks, close to tho bed occupied by Private Minor. Ser geant Klvlnak soverad an artery in his arm whllo brooking the glass In a window of the burrncks, and near ly bled to doath. Private Kelly fell to tho ground through nn open win dow, struck on his head, and wan picked up unconscious. The members of tho companv fought bravely against the flumes, although the temperature was fifteen degrees below sero and a g!o i ag ing. The pump houso was saved with grout difficulty. Tho oil was remov ed from the oil house before tho building was burned. Tho ammunition storo rooms were burned, with their contents. Fort Gibson Is situated at the i mouth of the Tununea river whjtih Is I a tributary of the Yukon. GILL RE-ELECTED SEME'S IVOR SKATTI.K, Wash., Mm eh 8. Tlie unuificiul majority of Mayor I In am L Gill over Anttin 15. Griffith in lyesteiday's election is 5073. The vote cant whs 3000 lifer thitti in the primary. The charter amendment for pref eiential voting appear to have been beateii, while the amendments olini- filiating ward boundaries and jilaeing cerium eiiy employes iiuuer tlie in dustrial insuianee net wore raiifiud. lu thw Port of Seattle vlMttion the pi-opositiouio transfer fundi alieudy on hand Aiu'd belt line along (be water irout and make other im provement received a majority, but probably not the teipiiud 60 per cent, THREE SOLDIERS PERISH IN FIRE AI FAIRBANKS1ASKA RAILROAD ASKS $10,000,000 FOR LANDS IN GRANT Southern Pacific Proposes to Con ijress to Relinquish All Claims in 0. & C. Grant Lands for $4.40 an Acre and Release of Perpetual Ob llfjatlon to Transport Troops Free, WASHINGTON', .March 8 Tho .Southern I'ueifiu railroad proposal to relinipiish all claim to lands of the Oregon & California hind Rrnnl for 10,000,000, if released of its perpetual obligation to transport American troops and property free of charge over that part of its lines covered in the hind grants, wore mado to the house public lauds oommittco today by J. P. Itlair, pjucrtil counsel of tho road. Mr. Hluir said tho company wna willing to compromise in litis way to avoid future litigation mid ihnt tho road now eluinied tho right to re move timber valued at upwuicls of $30,000,000 from the land grant por tion of its property. The company's proposal, tho com mittee was told, involved payment by the government on the basis of $1.10 an acre. Attorney General 'Gregory contends that the railroad is not en titled to more than $2.50 tin acre, with deductions for pust excess sales. S. A. I). Fitter spoko in behalf of persons located on those land grants to the milrond, who want prefcrcneo rights upheld in any legislation. He said ho hud contracts with them un der which ho could repurchase much of this land nt n nominal price, if they secured title. He will eonliuuo testimony tomorrow. E WASHINGTON, March 8. Sena tor Stone of Miouri, ehainnan of the foreign relations committee, de ohired in the senate today after n conference with President Wilson last night, "that so far from the president desiring to involve this country in this disastrous European war, bis supreme wish is to avoid that oalain- ity. "All through bis servieo as pi evi dent I have co-oHmtcd with him, and with nil my heart I wish to con tinue that co-operation, mid so I lmve concluded not to my anything at tiii juncture that might bu mis understood, especially in foreign cap ititls, and which might by any chance contribute to the diffioiiltios with uliieh the president.) beset. Suffic ient unto the day i the evil thereof." Ni;W YORK. .March . When in formed ot tho indictment lelumcd at YoungMowu agaitiat the United States Steel uoiporution and other Mecl-eurapunies and binelf, Judge J.liiert ll. Uan' toduv issued the Jol- loHing tatement : "Theie uio no fuels to jimtify the ndii-tmonU retuined bv the Mahon ing county giand jury agsiust the I luted btatus Steel oonmnttion or file t urnegie Steel company or anj otlicis; or. so tar .m I know, against an of Ihe eniiipdine-. The indict ments are an initiaite.'' E PRI &AI.KM. Or, Marth s Nine pen HutMary prisoners were paroled to day by Governor Junius Wlthyeombo. Among them was a woman, Stella Williams, convicted lu I'niatllla coun ty of robbery. T. V. Nugent Hint When J. Whitman, convicted in Lane county ot larceny and attempted as sault lespectivel), alio wsre puroled. IMS DESK IS TO AVERT WAR INDICTMENT OUTRAGESAYSGARY GERMANY SENDS NOTE ON POSITION Controversy Over Submarine War fare Reopened Asserts That the Blockade and Armed Ships Are as Illegal as Submarine Warfare and Will Live Up to Laws If Great Britain Does Not Violate Same Laws. WASHINGTON, .March 8. Tho Gorman government, In u memoran dum, hnndod today by Count Von Hernstorff to Sccrctnry Lansing, out lines in detail its position in regard to untied hiis, reviewH events lend ing up to its decision to torpedo with out winning all nmtcd merchantmen of its onentios, concedes tluit inter national law, ns nl present constitut ed, makes no provision for tho ttso of submarines, nnd espressos n will ingness to operate its submarines in accordance with international Inw prevailing prior to the war, on the condition that Qrcnt Ilrituin ' does not violate the sntno laws, llillaln Accuse! It is alleged that Great IlritHiu has taken advantage of tho contention, of tho United States that Ainericaim must be safe on defensively armed merchantmen to havo tltosu ships act offensively toward enemy Mibiuehi ibles. Tho memornndum contends tho ev idence appended to tho Into German announcement proves that Dritisli ships armed ostensibly, for defense have been histriioted to not, nnd hrtvo noted offensively and that they nro not peaceful tinders, ns the United States was assured they would be by Sir Cecil Spring IficO, tho Drilisb ambassador. Tho memorandum reiterates the protions declarations thnt subinn rino warfare was begun by Germany in reprisal for the announced inten tion of Great llritain to stuno tho eirilian ))opulutioit of the central em pires. KntimerutcH Ylolatlonf The memorandum refers to tho long-fetmiding friendship between tho United States and Germany, mid ex presses the hopo that the American people will, when familiar with tho explanations offered, appreciate tho position in whiuh Germany finds her self as a result of tho bloekade. IJy way of supporting the conten tion thnt Germany's reprisals nro justified, tho memorandum enumer ates various actions of Great Ilrituin which have operated against tho in terests of neutrals and their uitigous. These are cited to show that Great Itutuiu has M'olated international law, To .ustuin the German conten tions, it is pointed out that Germany agreed to abide by certuin tonus of the declaration of London, but that iiiUMinueh us Great Ilrituin bus not legulated her actions to coufonit with the terms ot the declaration Gennuny cannot be expected to agree to op. eiate under a code which Greut lint mn ili-reuard- ICAl PLANT AFTER EXPLOSION N1AOAKA FALLS, March S. Piro following nn explosion in tbe oJilor ato department of Ihe Niagara Kley. tro-Cheniical eompouy hero today, threatened to .ouiplato the destine,? tion of the plant begun last night hIkii bcuiuI explosions and tha ry siiltunt firei. indiotad damages eitiw muted at $U0,0Q0. The e.xjdosion was heard for wv-i end miles aronud and aerosa the Ni- agara eutaraet in CanuiUi, whero it caused u Iiwsly luobiimatiou of tbu militia guardbig Ihe froMtiar, Dr. Ileetor It. Carvatb, tnuumjer ot the coniMinv, i&autsl ft foruiul statu lueut today u)uig ihe pluut had bcu, "bombed." CHI AT NIAGARA BUNS mr ifi"iii','-VJ'