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SALEM, OREGON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1917
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ONLY CIVIL WAR
IN PROSPECT FOR
Scheme For Holding Constitu
ent Assembly Has Utterly
HALF MILLION FRESH
GERMAN FIGHTERS IN
IN WEST FRONT DRIVE
GROWS MOi? RUTHLESS
Cossack Revolt Is : arently
rail, browing k.tiug
London, Doc. 14. Rusisa Is in for a
protracted civil war, in the opinion of
Russian observers here today. '
The utter collapse of the scheme for
Iiolding a constituent assembly, report
ed in latest Petrograd dispatches, re
moved practically the last hope here
that the nation might work out its destiny-
by amicable adjustment of the var
ious political factions. Only a handful
of delegates to the assembly have ap
jieared in Petrograd. Few of the cadet
delegates are likely to attend, in view
of the formal announcement bv the Hnl.
fchevikl government that all adherents
tins political faith are 'enemies of
the people" subject to arrest.
The Bolslieviki are becoming more
ruthless in their efforts to retain power,
according to Petrograd advices, which
yesterday was a further factor in the!
belief here that few Russians in a bo-!
litieal faith antagonistic to the Trotsky
Lenine faction are likely to hazard
their lives by attending the assembly,
ncia in tne city which is the main
stronghold of Bolsheviki strength.
The Sossack reyolt today was appar
ently going strong. Utterly contradie
t irv reports we're received fivni tn! two
London, Dec. 14. We must expect
half a million fresh German fighters on
the west front and many more guns and
aircraft," declared Colonel Repiugton,
tho Times' military expert, in an article
today emphatically warning the nation
that Germany is preparing her Bupreme
military effort there.
"Owing to the Russians' disintegra-
clared, "the enemy is able to put lar
ger forces, than ; ever on the French
"There hag been much evidence al
ready of intensive transport of trqops
from the east. There are now 150 Ger
man divisions (2,250,000 men on the
west front and about 79 divisions (about
1,185,000 men) on the east.
"From tho latter number all. those
between 19 and 35 are being withdrawn
for service on the Franco-British front.
Perhaps-some complete divisions will
follow. It is possible, too, that Austro
Hungariaus will go to France.
"German headquarters has probably
decided there is no danger to be feared
from Russia for some time and that it
is important to nettle the western al
lies prior to Russia' recovery and tho
concentration of Americans in France.
"There is the greatest danger in the
next six mouths. The Central Powers,
beset bywaut and exhaustion of re
serves, may strike more quickly than we
"The long German defensive in the
west must be regarded as ended.
"Germany's reinforcements will com-
tion and the Italian defeats," he de-!pol France to use her claoses of 1918
and 1919 and to postpone any withdraw
al order. They will force use to provide
a steady stream of drafts for the com
ing year to increase our divisions afield.
"Britain needs at least a million' men
to maintain her existing forces during
"The allied forces in France are not
enough to promise a victory in ambi
tious offensives. Never has there been
the superiority in numbers necessary
to a victory.
"In sending so many troops to dis
tant theatres, wo have made bad use
of our troops. Reconsideration of dis
tant operations is necessary and press
ing. There are enough troops there to
turn the scale in France. It is unavail
ing to occupy Jerusalem and Bagdad
if wo are unsuccessful on the main
WAR CONDUCT IS
TO EE THOROUGH
House Falls In Line With Sen
ate and Will Conduct
ACTION OF CONGRESS
PEACE OFFER WILL
FOLLOW CLOSE UPON
!lf Delays Have Occurred At
tempt, vWiII Be Made to
Petrograd, Dec. 14. The Petrograd
official agency announced today:
"General Korniloff 's forces have
been beaten by the red guards and the
regulars. General Korniloff has fled. ' '
Fetrograd, Dec. 14. General Skalon
of the Russian staff committed suicide
under sensational circumstances today
just prior to assembling of the Russian
Herman armistice conferees, according
to a dispatch from Brest Litovsk.
Full details were withheld. It was
ptated, however, that the Russian army
ommander shot himself. The suicide ap
parently occurred at Germany army
LAUD TWO SAMMIES
Sergeant McDwif and Pri
vate McDonald Are Eulo
gized As Heroes
:lon. Dec. 14. London newsrm-
per today printed photographs of Ser.
jreant McDonnell and Private MacDon
a.!d, American pioneers, who were cap
tured at Cnmtorai by the Germans and
v-h0 escaped and rejoined . their unit
later. A picture was also printed show
ing Serjeants Mclsanes and Cairola,
who rought a wounded officer through
Pioneers" is the London classifi
cation for eugineer regiments. The sol
diers mentioned evidently were among
Hi" American army engineers who were
caught in the German drive around Gou
zeauconrt and who fought with the
.British in driving back the enemy.
PEACE MOVE MADE.
Y GREAT BRITAIN IS
THE GERMAN VERSION
That Is Statement Made Of
ficially by Berlin and Re
ceived in London Today
Amsterdam, Dec. 14. Britain not
Germany started the peace rcejers of
last September, recently mentioned by
BpWonr, Briti fowigp js'idsfeT, ac
cording to a German official statement
received here today.
The statement asserted that the Brit
ish "feeler" was a tentative one but
was never carried through to its con
clusion. Balfour's statement to the
house of commons early this week as
serted that a neutral government had
soundeil England for Germany on pos
sibilities of pence.
"At tho beginning of September, the
(German) government through neutrals
mediation, received an injuiry relating
to German war aims,'! the statement
said. "The communication was couched
in such form that it could certainly be
supposed that the inquirv was made
with the knowledge and sanction of
the British government. Moreover, the
circumstances attending the inquiry al
lowed the conclusion that most probably
the British cabinet was informed of the
step and that it was sanctioned at least
by the most important allies."
"The German government in prin
ciple was ready to answer the inquiry,"
the statement said. ' Two courses were
open an indirect or a direct reply.
"The decisive objection to the In
direct through a neutral, was that the
one-sided publication of the German at
titude might bind us to a policy with
out equivalent guarantee of the atti
tude of the enemy.
"A direct, verbal reply, through an
intermediary, appeared to be the most
opportune course. The trend of events,
however, forced the conviction that
nothing was being done by our oppon
ents to facilitate such a reply.
"Regarding the utterance of the
British government as to its readiness
to receive any communication, the first
news of this was in Foreign Minister
Balfour's statement in the house of
"Further steps were not taken on
the German side."
WELCOMED BY PRESIDENT
' Washington, Dec. 14 Pres
ident Wilson welcomes the
probe of his fonduet of the
war, it was stated at the white
house this afternoon. In the sen
ate's military investigation
and tho inquiry into naval af
fairs decided , upon by the
. house, the president thinks a
true spirit of democracy lies.
The administration is demo
cratic in fact as well as in
name, aud is glad to. give tho
public an insight into war af
fairs, was stated to be the
COUNTY OFFICERS IN
New Constitutional Amend
ment Regarding Elections
Portland, Or., Dec. 14. By an al
most unanimous vote it was decided
Thursday at a joint session of the Oro-
goji association of Taunty Judges and 'der the chairmanship of Representative
Commissioners, "the 'drcgori association Oliver. " . -
of District Attorneys and the Oregon L T.h! '"TL0"' lJ
association of County Clerks to ignoro t.ion. Srt.rv Daniels and all active
the constitutional amendment provid- j admirals right down the list will be
ing for joint city, state and county icalleti to testif'-
elections in all things except holding L A 1eeial i"8"011 siib-commit-.,
, ,. t "ululuSlee of seven members was appointed
the elections next year on the same 'as follows:
-ae- . Oliver. Alabama: Connolly, Kansas;
jVonable, Mississippi; Honsley, Missou-
britten, Illinois; incus, JNew xorK,
Washington, Dec. 14. The senate in
quisition into conduct of the war
spread to the house of reprscnta-tives
todav when the house naval committee
voted for a sweeping investigation of
Hearings of the committee investi
gating will commence immediately un-
Ar a ?7 1,ui!Uellet .np methods, Germany's submarines are
(United Press fetaff Correspondent) still taking a heavy toll of allied ship
London. Dec. 14. Germany's much pina- In th fil1 fi,n,., ii.
advertised forthcoming west i. out u... jjor credit for the strategy of the te
la her tirst preliminary to another cent successful a
peace offensive. I great many German trooDs partiei.mteH
She hopes to achieve a dent some- there. Russia has hon
where on the Franco-British Une. She out of the war more than couuter-oal-wants
to claim "invincibility" of her ancini Turkey's utter nniinn. Th,i.
j -i-wvo iu hid ui-mmu ueuiuu iu . ciuverivexeriea. duc nvtri im una .
steel them to the overwhelming sacri- les3 pressure, Germany is exhorting food
fices which must come when America and metal supplies from her neutral
throws her strength in the battle line. ' neighbors.
Bhe wants to buck up Austria-Hungary j The kaiser is at the zenith of his
o greater sacrifices against that uuy.! power. To save his autocracy he must
She wants to accelerate growth of pa-1 now in this moment of strength, try
cifist and "peace without a victory ".to save something from tho wreck that
sentiment in allied nations. Above all, inevitably is coming, by a peace made
she wants the war to cud before Am-j while Germany is strong,
erica's millions of men and of war ma- He knows President wiln r.rn.
chines can be arrayed against her and selytiug of the German people seekinir
wil.U7)wi!t..in.rUr 1, rt - K -1 11 i . 1 ' ,
v... ....wu....6v iu a cci-.iu urmg mem io tneir sen3cs and over-
tain German defeat. throw autocracy will gain with every
This is the view of observers here. 'day henceforth. He and his leaders know
It is based on well defined developments1 the Berlin-Bagdad scheme is gone with
of recent weeks in Germany. The kaiser : Turkey 's smash up. Ho knows with the
and his military chiefs can ill afford to allied and American shipbuilding plnus
muuouiiuD uj. auiuiert) wnujuiiu wun pcriection or ant. -submarine
must ue inrown 10 siaugnter in a west aevieos the Gorman U-boat is destined
lruni oiieusive, in me view nere or to play less and less a part in the war,
Germany s desperation. He knows his ambitious propaganda
A tremendous increase in Gorman seeking to disrunt Italv hm fnil..il timt
peace propaganda has been noted recent-1 a separate peace with the Russian Bol-
TO fffi VENICE
City of Nation's Pride Will Bz
Defended To Last Drcp
Germany today is at the summit of
her strength. With every hour from now
on it oozes away. At homo Chancellor
Hertling has apparently cemented pol
itical ruptures. On the seas, by speeding1
sheviki means nothing. Above all else.
realizes mat next spring perhaps, Amer
ica will have a great force of carefully
trained men on the fighting line; that
American aeroplanes will likely start
with the allied aviators to sweep Ger
many from the skies.
WILL BE PLAYING
INTO HATDS OF ALLIES
Claus Spreckcls Says Food European Expert Says Ilcid-
ectog Will find Western -Front
PLAINS ARE CONVERTED .
MO TRENCH LABYRINTH
News From War Frosts Ichj
Report Little BArticry
Duels la General
-Afainistratios Has Tied
Hands of Refiners
This provision of the amendment was
deemed self executing and now in
force, but it was the general opinion
that the other provisions requiring one
election board and the same precinct
boundaries are not in force until nfter
the state legislature and municipalities
have provided the machinery for carry
ing them out. .
Text of Adopted Resolution '
The resolution embodying the action
of the joint convention was worded as-follows:
Resolved, that section 14-a of tho
and Peters erf Maine.
Tho committee was given plenary
powers for a drastic probe.
Just what Tits been accomplished
with tho $1,500,000,000 the navy was
given to spend last year and what is
to be accomplished by the $1,000,000,
000 asked this year will be thorough
ly gone into.
The investigation will embrace in
quiries into naval . training stations,
their sugar consumption, England and that the Anglo-French battle front
France fifty percent; sugar has been is lmpreguablo to Teutonic assaults,
diverted to other countries right through DunS battles ia Flanders and
.l. it. tttofAa. thft American nuffar " uciiuuub icaicu mo ui-
t;;., mnnnv. known as the sugar lies western hue with largo Eupenqrity
Forecasts that the senate naval com-!1.,af t.u nine tenths of the out- " men and guns. They could not pass.
mittee soon will cooperate in tho gen'ipUt i'n this country. (The German troops on those occasions
eral naval investigation were made. jp ,f.n..if voti sugar today to run were superior in vigor and training to
Congressmen said the naval probe ! factory t" asked Senator Kenyon, the present Teutonic armies. They were
navy yards and all navy estaonsn-
constitution of Oregon requires tho nlellts equipment, ordnance and per
legislature and cities aud towns to,8onuel- ' , ..
enact supplementary legislation to car- ",ne 1101130 Vhe Plai to follow
i-i. tho ,,.,w;,ia n, j i I clnselv the fontstens of tho senate nul-
intn effect, urn! that, nnt-ii ....h r,-.i itarv 'committee in its sweeping arniy!u it,.;,i Urates: the American Sugar a Verdun the Germans tested the al
Washington, Dec. 14. Herbert Hoov-J By J. W. T. Mason
er's food administration was blamed byj (Written for the United rPess) '
Claus Spreckles today for the sugar. New York, Dec. 14. Any effort by
famine in the United States. j the Germans at tins time to d 'velop a
Testifying before the senate sugar- maJtr offensive along the western
coal investigating committee, Spreckles j,,rcnch wiu bo
leading independent, stated that the game.
food administration had tied the hands Reports that Von Hindenburg is con
of American refiners by an agreement templating such a move are too good
which prevents ,their getting sugar to to "e true- Should increasing unrest
rcfin(, . among the Germans at home, or an in-
Chairman Reed, early in today 'b hear- hope thtt tho Anglo-French lines
ing brought out the following facts: f e capablo of being shattered, drive
There is no world sugar shortage Germans into a western offensive,
this year's crop is larger than last . o uiougm, umcn nearer
year's; the food administration mad- -to the allies' winning point. If one
American refiners agree not to import pet has been demonstrated conclusive-1
other countries decreased y ui mo juuruu, n
By Henry Wood
(United States Staff Correspondent)
With the French Armies In Italy, Dec
14. Italy will defend Venice to th
last drop of her blood.
One neod only to talk to Italian sol
diers and see tho preparations for de
fense of tho ueen city of the seas to.
understand this. The traditional Ital
ian hatred of the Austrians has crystal
lized into a nation-wide determination
not to permit the city ugaiu to succumb
to Austrian domination.
The city itself is being converted into
an unapproachable island. It is eapable
now of standing an indefinite Btate of
siege. Aside from its natural lagoon
defenses, which encircle the city and
completely cut it off from contact witht
the mainland, the Venetian plains for
endless miles inland are being rapidly
converted into a veritable labyrinth of
defenses. The Italian soldiers are ready
cheerfully to sell their lives defending
overy inch of the city's approaches.
1 Venice is more majectio than ever.
The historic palaces lining the grand
I i i mv . it in -tt i
vauui arc cioseu. .luu piu.xs, 01 01, .aiar&s
is silent aud deserted. The canals are
are vacant of gondolas. The Bridge of
Sighs is inerossed by prisoners.
Two thirds of Venice's population has
departed but the pigeons around his
toric St. Mark's refuse absolutely to
abandon their beloved city. Hundreds
and hundreds strut all day proudly back
and forth on the piuzzo before the ca
thedral and the one third of the Ven
etian human population remaining at
tends mass daily and then religiously
keeps up the centuries-old custom of
feeding corn to theso flocks.
The tranquility of the pigeons' lives
is undisturbed except by the roar of
cannon on the Piave front eighteen
miles distant. Occasionally when that
duel of gunS reaches its maximum th
pigoons sense the air vibrations and
(Continued on page six.)
ure is provided by such legislative
bodies, elections held by the county
and such cities and towns cannot be
successfully held jointly pursuant to
the nrnvisinns nf snifl nninndmont ir.
that said amendment is not self exe-jas prompted not so, much by suspi-ow
ciou of conduct of affairs as through
the rapidly growi
tho very flower of the kaiser's empire.
"Resolved, that setting apart every
smalK incorporated city and town as
a separate precinct and changing the
Precinct bmimlaripa in tllA arirrr "itioa
tn correspond with the ward hn.inr1a,-;o. the shipping board
insuch cities involves needless expense ley will be summoned
and inconvenience to the votinir pub-
ue at me present lime.
MAY HAVE LOST LIFE
Prominent Young Man of
Washington, Benjamin Wei-
over the control
. ...If, rrhn 4 Al.. . .
i rn !, anrrar tins lieen inverted, ' w me umuihiiuuii m
ng determination .rij,on.PPitl(.9. We were anxious to'ilaudora and at Verdun is against a sup- nll ,1. U-U
country for a more open -m . th 'ic(1 but the food adminiritra- position that tho Germans can now vUllj uvvll IU I
both army and navy. l.'lv ' , ,! , . r,,f j,.rv ia break the western line to any import-
ion will include also,""11 "","... to 1 ant extent. If Von Hindenburir per- Paris. Div. 14 Lieutenant Ben.!-
and Chairman Hur-i n"1. TUU" ' .'..; Imv'suados the Austro-Huncarian kov- min Walcott, son of Mr. and Mrs,
. The present ship rerine. e in 11 , t eminent to give him troops for so des-i Charles D. Walcott of Washington, D
y department wrangle " , i ,i,;:,o. ' perate an adventure, so much the less. C fell in bis first air tight luesnay
of merchant ships i-h'i-""" ti will hie. .ham.. nf !! i.e. heemiw and it is feared was killed, according
inn iui muc uu uj'"b - - i
. . t. u i, i
uniy two votes were cast against "f't, "7 " f tl-c mnrar went to Canada,
Branded a False
London, Dee. 14. The German stab
ment that England initiated peace feel
ers in September is nbsnlutelv rntrne.
ijord Robert Cecil, minister of blocK
ade." declared this afternoon in hi3
weekly interview with the Unitlfd
"We have asked publicly what Ger
many's war aims are, but th"re hi
been no private inquiry ever addressed
to the Germans," Lord Cecil declare!
New Casualty List
Washington, Dee. 14. Today's cas
ualty list among the American expe
ditionary forces gave five deaths from
various causes as follows:
. T - . . ...
uraieiiaiii veorge Al. And.T- ' r f f 1
ton, Alexandria, Va., tubercular menin- ! t OmtT Ueiman tOnSUl
Sergeant Paul Jordan, Lavonia. Ga.,
injuries in motorcycle accident.
Private Harold Varner, marines, De
cember 9, pneumonia; emergency ad
dress not given.
Able Seaman .Tan II. Braafhart, TJ.
S. St Bcrwind, December 11, pneumo-
jua; rinergency Bdiiress not given.
...:iuru-e i i. apron, coast ar- todav. Von Etl
m narurai cans- Piti7en -.. . resident of Portland.
Agricnltural Agents Indorsed tions made to congress. HV. "1 ...L r mrnT.erted at today's
One nf the r.st Hioni wiu. ' -ine enure transport system win uu- ..... - . .,'. fcniin n.;m.n. io.
Mu.3..UIIa - . . t i. i',.r ia 11 ,mr pv. cill'jfi. cumi-I u.u.u,..
in the closing hours of the conference aorS "08e scrutiny, uincers or Am-. ,si-.-' ,,min:strV,;nn nmir-' pleto German man power as to make
of county judges and commissioner fausii is v,u ie u,uiuui t,u t,j ;iiPd at the outset that peace imperative for tho kaiser. Many
was that of employing county agricul- P of inefficiency and in- man Beed expl a.n 1 at tl more men normaUr, ar9 killed ia J.
tural agents. Tho diussion resulted in """ordination among seamen. , the ' eonmtti ouW decide operations. For the Germans to
the adoption of a vote of 18 to 16 of rhethL"?rwi7nesscs PC .develop an offensive in the west, there-
luuorsing tne employment v " I n i,;n lnm why tho food admin- i fore, would greatly add to their own
ui iiic&e acHl9 lo Biiniuiaie iooa pro- t . . . . . " . .
of the inferior fijjhtlng qualities of the 'to word received here today rrom ln
dual monarchy 's armies. front.
The prime objective of the allies is
duetion. The negative vote was not
significant of opposition to the em
ployment of agents, but irather ex
pressed the sentiment that it was a mat
ter for each individual county court
Another important action of the
county judges and commissioners was
the unanimous adoption of a resolu
tion recommending the postponement
of tho construction of expensive high-
V.' il V a finl ll r i ll ' Ifil ATDinl in ctinh '' -"
A rTPt;f Of! SITlfl RpTpaCoJiS' actual needs of traffic demanded,
micoiu ouu itcicaou nntil the cogt of material 8m, m
, W has reached more normal proportions.
Portland. Or., Dec 14 E. T. Von Juvenile Court not Considered
Etlmger, former acting German consul Owing to the fact that the associa
in Vancouver, B. C, was arrested as'tinn will moot twfnro th- a.
a tnr v fn.lnrfll ftfi-oT. iir.ru ll 11 a' n i . . n .....
,'- v . V- : , ,1 , 7, ; semuuug c tne next legislature no
released immediately afterward, the nwinti. ,,;,. ,-,.ii -
I t'uited States marshal s office stated j were proposed. It was voted. 'however.
that in all cases of transportation of
women or girls to state institutions a
t-s: sisier .i ra t'.ritiiror h i lav i ..-i. . . ..
gcr reamed the German consular post the annointment. nf theso wnma; nffi.
in rcrurn r n rna I nimn vmin. . i r.r-a . .....
. . ... .. .... ,eers was recommcnaetf to the various
by escaping internment in Canada. A bounty courts.
Canadian woman seeing him at a In- ; n-u . .v '
-- t , . , , . . j 11 1 uiucerB oi me association were
-NO Japanese cal TMtnnnltit nn.l nn tnnwn.-p lo . .
fm. .r;.t vi.j;...i, .i.. ..; .. t" " ..... reeiecrea as tojiows:
i"1 "v ai 1 ('cum, mi- Ami-rnau.no was an Amencsn. caused nis arrest
ci-risii! tftere informed the state depart-
NO JAPS AT VLADIVOSTOK.
Washington, Dec. 14.-
ment today. He confirmed reports ef Dark flonr drops CO
rioting there, hewrcver, and pointed to and its such good news
the need of troops in the city. keep it dark.
Rufus C. Kolman, Multnomah conn
ty, president; Judge F. S. Gnnnine.
tary and treasurer.
cents a barrel. Waseo county, vice president;
that we can't nolbrook, Multnomah county,
t Abe Martin
sic 5fc stc die sic sic sic sic sic sic sic sic sic sic
If th' average girl only had as muehi
backbone as she has wish bone she'd
be purty safe. A feller with long whis
kers hates t' carry a baby.
istration restricted importation of sugar
Keed read a statement made last May
bv Hoover that a serious sugar shortage
w"as imminent unless the "supply was
conserved. This statement made last
May estimated the sugar crop for 1910
17 would be 1,250,000 tons below that
of the preceding year.
"As a matter or tact, tne crop was
in exeeas of the year before, said
Spreckle- said refiners at first re
fused to rX--A the non-importation agree
ment, which included fixing of the price
to the public.
"We had fifteen meetings with the
food administration before the refiners
finally signed the agreement," said
Spreckles stated that George M.
Rolpli, the San Francisco sugar refiner,
who is one of three American members
of the international sugar committee
named by Hoover had contracted for
the entire output of Hawaii plantations.
"His price of 25 cents les3 a hundred
pounds than any price for imported
sugar gave Kolph an advantage of f !,
300,000 a year over us, his rivals, said
Thrift is the shortest cut to finan
cial contentment, and it will help in
Washington, Dec. 14. Lieutenant
Henjainin Walsott, believed killed in
bis first battle in the air after fellinfc
his German adversary, is the 21 year
old son cf Secretary Charles D. Wal
cott of the Smithsonian Institute here.
The United Press dispatches are the
first telling of specific engagements
: 1. AMnlnnn fli.H.a in PranM
were a failure, It would have a very , h haJ bpo prPviougry ,nn0une-
depressing effect upon German morale. if(, that the rnitp,, statPS aviators are
The Germans are now saying ue warcoopcrfttin(f with the allies,
has entered the stage where morale will yunj, Walcott, who is an America
win. Short of a decisive defeat, nnthmg 'avlator !ra,1.el.ffullv brrnight down his
could lower the German morale at this!n(1vprfmr on h;, fjt areinl encounter
: i. : . , f r..M - .. . . i . ,t .
At tho same time, 'if the offensive
time more than a major German cf fen
sive, come to naught and coupled with
heavy German casualties.
Spruce War Orders
D J I- M-i1..
Portland. Or., Dec. 14.
for manufacturers and users of spruce :an,i feet
were issued today by tlie ?pruce pro
ductiom division of the army signal
corps as aa aid to seeling up airplane
construction, and several drastic or
ders become effective immediately.
Sale of clear spruce to veneering
companies is prohibited, under threat
of federal action. Saw mills are order
ed to saw any spruce they have ready
for immediate use, government inter
ests taking precedence. Use of spruee
in the furniture industry is also for
bidden. Swat the flics that the cold weather
hasn't driven to hibernation.
While he was streaking it back to the
lines, however, three German machines
attacked him from the resr. His ma
chine was seen to fall.
Permission was granted the United
Press today also to announce that
Lieutenant Harold Wright of the Am
ericaa aviation service, on Thanksgir-
lns day destroyed a German sausage
War orders balloon. He swociped down five thous-
finng a stream of bullets at
the balliKm and utterly disregarding a
blaze of fire from German anti-aircraft
guns. One of his shots exploded the
gas in the German bag- Wright return
Young Walcott enlisted in the avia
tion service following his graduation
from Princeton University this year.
After a short peril of training in this
country, he went to France among tho
first American flyers to be sent to
the front to fini-h their training. For
a time he was with the Lafayette es
calriHe, it was stated at his father's
office here today. He won his com
mission as lieutenant ia August.