Daily capital journal. (Salem, Or.) 1903-1919, July 16, 1918, Image 1

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Only Circulation In Sal am Guar
anteed by the Audit Bureau oX
Oii'gon: Tonight
nd Wednesday
fair west, fair
and cooler Cant
portion; gentle
westerly winds.
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Yankees Hold Surprisingly
Large Section cf West
I Front line.
iGermans Still Apparently
Hope to be Able to Reach
i French Capital
By Webb Miller.
Paris, July 16. American troops are
participating on a huge scale in their
first battle of great importance. Sol
diers of the United States are holding
surprising largo portion of the Hue
along which the Gorman hordes are en
deavoring to break through to Paris.
Against those troops, who are brigad
ed with French units in groat part, the
German high command is hurling a con
siderable portion of the remaining fresh
reserves, which hitherto had not boon
tliB series of hammer smashes
which have been directed against the
wTSstern front. The Uerman general
staff has been hoarding those for tho
l.qfr. flinir.
These Gormans apparently aw using
the familiar nutcracker tactics in ai
fmTitimr to ninch off Kheims. They
are exerting powerful pressuro on the
Chalons-Suippe road, wiiere uuaions
an important railroad center is tne oo
General Ludondorff, it is reckoned
here, possesses 650,000 men in this entire
- area, which are to be used here ex
clusively unless the Germans fail to gain
an. initial success, when it is believed
they will bo shifted elsewhere.
Tho nresont battle tends to show that
the Germans have not yet given up their
ambitious hopes or reaching rans, al
though some military critics contend tlie
irviin drive is vet tn come on the Brit
ish front. These critics maintain the
attack is merely a feint intended to
draw t.ff the allied reserves from th.9
section whore the main attack is to be
delivered. '
Parisians have no" doubt as to the
outcome of the raging conflict. They
ar.o continuing the celebration of Bastil
le day, with flags fluttering gaily' from
the buildings and crowds thronging the
boulevards. The sidewalks are crowded
with American, French and British mA
flinrs. o-ailv flirtinfir with the eirls.
1 O v' i
Meanwhile, the threatening rumbie of
the guns participating in the great con
flict is audible on the more quiet side
By J. W. T. Mason.
(United Press War Expert.)
New York, July 16. Von Hindenburg
has received the most serious check of
the year and has failed to draw General
FocU's reserves away from the defenses
cf Paris and the channel ports to the
eastern Bide of tho Aisne-Marne wedge
Borne slight German gains have been
registered but the inability of Von
1 Hindenburg to advance at crucial points
has been particularly noticeable in the
three sectors held by American troops.
North of Chateau-Thierry, south of tho
Marne opposite the Jaulgonne bend, and
east of Rheims, are the principal sectors
where decisive checks have been admin
istered to Von Hindenburg. In each
ease American participation in the
fighting was the decisive influence.
To tho cast of the American area
south of the Marne, the Germans have
extended their front slightly, but the
effect of this purely local success has
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A young girl with a natural finish
attracted attention on th' streets here
t'day. Some families need a tent wors'n
they seed a home.
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Forty Two L in Action
and Ten Died of Wounds
Today's Report.
Washington, July 16. Marino cas
ualties reported today totalled eighty
eight, divided as follows:
Killed in action. 42; died of wounds
10; severely wounded, 18; missing in
action, 18.
Killed in action:
Sergeants D. E. Donahue, South Bos
ton, Mass.
R. W. Ish. present address unknown.
C. C, Kite, Philadelphia, Pa. .
Corporals H. Grollman, Newark, N.
H. Hillix, Fredonia, Kan.
G. W. Klapp. Newark, N. J.
J. W. Korskey, Grand Rapids, Mich.
J. Napp, Philadelphia, Pa.
E. A. Neil, San Antonio, Texas.
J. Semian, Taylor, Pa.
P. Bidders, Yardville N. JJ.
B. F. Turner, Waco, Texas.
Drummer J. A. Overland, Camden,
N. J.
Privates H. Bcmberg, Chicago.
P. G. Glandin, Amherst, N. H.
J. B. Brown, Lynchburg, Va.
E. L. Bucheister, Chicago.
W E. Burton, Kansas City. Mo.
G. E. Cleveland, East Grecnwich.R.I.
J. D. Dougherty St. Louis, Mo.
G- E. Duclo, Cascade, Colo.
Hugh Fackrell, Aldridgc, Idaho.
R. C. Kientlor, Cypress, 111.
H. J. Hagan, St. Louis, Mo.
A. J. Higgins, Ennice, N C.
D. C. Hortton, Litchfield, Minn.
T. II. Joyce. South Boston, Mass.
R. C. KKientler, Cypress, 111.
C. E. Marcus, Tyrone, Mo.
G. E. Minord, Pitcairn, Pa.
L. C. Nelson Brockton.. Mass.
E. D. Quinn, Buffalo, N. Y.
Walter Rosenspire, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Harry Robinson, Philadelphia.
Van Rensselaer, Skidomre. Brooklyn,
N. Y. -
C. H. Slider, Davis, W. Va.
H. C. Snyder, Clarksburg, W. Va.
W J. Spearing, Philadelphia. Pa.
R. S. Spencer, Batavia, N. .Y.
E. Wallace, Fremont, Wis.
S. Weller, Milwaukee, WiWs.
Sergeant Major W. J. Geary, Wash
ington, D. C.
Died of wounds received in action:
Sergeants S. D. Barber, Rockport,
Fred Belcher, PeEll, ash.
Corporal B. E. Amer, Americus, Kan,
President Poincare
Compliments Americans
Washington, July 16".American troops
"are already giving on the battle
fields striking evidenco of their mili
tary ability," President Painearo to
day cabled President Wilson in answer
to the latter 's Fourth of July address.
The massage follows:
"The Fourth national holiday, fol
lowing the American Independence
Day. has afforded the two peoples en
other occasion to bind their sentiments
and hopes. The message you were
pleased to send to me in, honor of the
Fourteenth of July has reached the
heart of France. Once more Paris has
acclaimed General Pershing's magnifi
cent troops which are already giving
on the Inttlcfields such striking evi
dence of their grand military quality.
"The great memories that united our
two countries are drawing from the
war we are waging together a strength
and vividness that nothing can inv
pair. Right and liberty have obliterat
ed snaco and the ocean to bring even
nations in the splendor of the same
Will Return to Work
Oakland, Cal., July 16. Striking
ironworkers in three big shipyards here
were expected to return to work late
today or tomorrow. A mass meeting in
the city auditorium behind closed doors
was reported to bo considering sue
gestions of the United States media
tor that the men resume work pend
ing settlement of their grievances.
Meanwhile, the strike was augmented
when nearly 2300 shipyard laborers
went on strike today in sympathy with
the ironworkers. Tho laborers an
nounced that they will resume' work
only wn;n the ironworkers do.
Work cn ships in the Bethlehem,
Hanlon and Moore yards was practic
ally yat'a standstill today. .
A large percentage of the strikers
were said to favor returning to work
immediately. Mortimer Fleischhacker,
war labor board representative, as
sured them that all of their claims for
retroactive pay for re-classifified work
ers will receive prompt attention.
Portland, Ore., July 16. The first ear
load of new crop wheat arrived today
It was Turkey red from Arlington, av
eraging sixty pounds to the bushel. This
is said to indicate an unusually good
crop, and is the result of better crop
srtather during the past few days.
Falling Back Steadily Until
Prepared Crushing Coun
ter Attack Was De
livered By S. Ferguson.
(United Pr.ess Staff Correspondent.)
With The Americans On The Maine,
July 16, (8 a. m.) Thrown back ac
ross the Marne by the brilliant Ameri
can counter-attack, the Germans had
not renewed their infantry assaults up
to -the hour of cabling today.
The sky was .overcast and it was rain
ing intermittently. The artillery duel
which continued all night, was still rag
ing. There was considerable aerial ac
tivity despite unfavorable weather and
great quantities of bombs were dropped
on the rear areas of both armies.
The American counter attack which
cleared the river bend of the enemy,
resulted in tho taking of between 1,000
and 1500 prisoners, including a complete
brigade staff.
Failure of the enemy to renew his at
tacks may be significant as infantry ao
tions usually start before six o'clock.
The Americans even brought trench
mortars into play. The range at times
was so short that the heavy projectiles
often cut through a score of men before
exploding. One of our mortar gun out
fits, operating iu gas masks for six
hours, wiped out five German battal
ions (probably 2,50 men.)
bonie of the rushes carried into the
American lines, and bayonets, clubbed
rilles and lists were substituted for bul
lets. But these temporary successes on
ly resulted in the Americans taking a
few prisoners. The prisoners wore com
paratively lew, too, as a boche, in this
heat of the melee had to shout ' karner-
ad" mighty quick to beat a bayonet
The bochos sent over an escadrille of
30 airplanes to attack the Americans
with a machine gunfire while flying
low. Uur doughboys turned their auto
matics rifles skyward and actuully shot
down one of tho enemy machines. The
others wore so badly strafed that they
The fighting was almost continuous
throughout the day, but toward evening
the Germans thoroughly whipped for
the time being called off their infantry
and nettled down to an artillery duel
that was a battlo of some magnitude in
The German attack on the Marne be
gan yesterday at 3 a. m. Initial at
tempts of the enemy to bridgo the river
were frustrated by American artillery
and machine gun fire.
As the boche fire was concentrated
ou American positions in the bend of
the river our men gradually fell back in
perfect order and the Germans succeed
ed in throwing six pontoons across. 1
Following the cleverest dictates of
starategy, the American retirement con
tinued until our men reached the base
of the salient created by the bend of
the river. There they halted at 10
o'clock and resisted all efforts of the
boche s to dislodge them.
Coolly, despite the hariassing fire, the
officors began preparing for a counter
attack. Shortly after noon it began.
Slowly and methodically, as though exe
cuting some training maneuver, the Am
ericans pressed forward. Their advanco
was irresistible. They drove the Ger
mans back more than tw0 kilometers (a
mile and a quarter) before there was
any slackening of the attack. When it
did halt, it was voluntary.
The counter attack was resumed after
a brief pause. This time the American
assault was conducted with an almost
unbelievable ferocity. The bodies were
caught up in the cyclonic rush apd
great numbers of them were hurled bod
ily into the river.
Co-operation of the Ameriacn artil
lerymen and machine gunners was per.
feet. The gunners, firing from far in
the rear, dropped shells on the enemy's
pontoons with the ureatest accuracy
When the bochos reached the river bank
they were compelled to plunge in and
many of them were (frowned. Others
were caught in the rain of shells anr1
machine gun bullets and the stream was
soon thickly dotted with shattered
In some places the Germans elung
doggedly to the south bank. American
officers sent back word last night, how
over, that they expected to drive these
boches back across before morning. It
is reported, but not confirmed, that this
was accomplished.
The battle was one of the most re
markable of the war. For ten hours the
intense shelling by guns of all cali
bres continued. Everything within for
ty kilometers (25 mileB) of the front
was shelled, while the front lines and
organizations immediately in the rear
were subjected to the fiercest deluge
of gas shells and high explosives.
When the Germans attacked a creep
ing barrage five kilometers (more than
three miles) deep swept over the Ameri
can and French lines. Behind this cur
tain of fire the boehes crossed the river.
In addition to throwing over pon
toons, canvas boats and rafts, each
holding a score of men, were sent out
from the concealment of the wooded
banks, their occupants! poling them ac
ross. The boches looked like gnomes
while crossing the river, beine forced
to wear gas masks, owing to the violen
ce of thier own gasing.
Numerous stories are told of indi
vidual bravery of the Americans. One
artillery outfit maintained such a con
stant rapid fire that it ran short of
ammunition. Volunteers were called for
to go three miles over a road, every Inch
of which was swept by shell fire. Every
man volunteered. The necessary number
was picked. They drove their horses:
dragging the bumping cassons, at a gal
lop through shell bursts. Several hor
ses were killed. Returning, more horses
were killed.
The number of horses was so reduced
that the men were forced to substituto
themselves. They would leap off, cut
loose the mangled bodies of the faithful
animals, then grasp the traces and ran
along beside the remaining horses. When
this strange calvacade half men, half
animal arrived at the battery, the men
serving the guns paused long enough
in their deadly work to cheer their cni
rades. j
Sergeant Fred Brown and Oscar Wil
cox returned to the American lines late
yesterday afternoon with eight prison
ers. They had been captured themselves
and disarmed. But, watching for an op
portunity they overpowered their guards
picking up a squad of boches on the
way back.
Documents and maps takon from other
prisoners showed that the enemy reach
ed none of his planned objectives be
tween Chateau-Thierry and Dormans. A
full enemy division when they were
thrown across the path of the German
advance on Paris in June, and stopped
Another remarkable phase of the bat
tle was tho lack of aerial observation
in the middle of the day. While the
weather wag fairly ctear early in the
day, the sky soon became heavily cloud
ed and few airplanes were up when the
Americans' countor attacked around
noon. There were two sharp showers
late in the afternoon, after which the
sky again became clear. Airplanes
then began to swarm in great flocks
and scores of allied bombing planes
crossed the lines and bombed bridges
and all German organizations from the
front to the rear.
Strange sights were observed behind
the allied lines. Mingling in the roads
with the rushing traffic of war were
French women and children, who sat
atop two-wheeled wagons, fleeing from
newly shelled homes. Americans and
French flags, put in celebration of Bas
tille day, were Btill displayed every
where in the rearmost villages. Women
and children took the American flags
from their windows and waved them
as American ambulances passed.
In tho hospitals, not far from the
front, American doctors and nurses
untiringly, despito tho fact that they
were under almost constant fire from
tho enemy's long range guns.
Rome, July 16. Destroyers and sea
planes rsi.dorcd valuablo assistance to
the Farnce-Italian advance in Alban
ia, -semi-official anriuneemients here
today stiited.
Destroyers bombarded the coast in
the neighborhood of Cape Samans and
at the mouth of the Semeni river, de
stroying the enemy defenses and dis
persing tho garrison. Severe losses were
inflicted. The work of the seaplanes
was co-operative with that of the de
Paris, Ji ly-16. Between Rheims and
Chateau-Thierry, Gormans penetrated
Franco-American positions to a depth
of ten kilometers (about six miles), ac
cording o the Petit Journal here to
day. The attacking forces paid the
price of great losses as they crossed
tho Marne.
This advance, the dispatch to tho
newspaper adds, might have been dan
gerous, but the Americans- on the
French kit counter attacked wiUi su
perb dash and retook the ground,
throwing the Germans back across the
Rome, July 16. Three hundred pris
oners who e-aeaped from a Hungarian
concentration camp into Rumania, were
given the heartiest welcome accord
ing to dTspatches reaching here.
Among the men escaping was an ar
my priest, who was stark naked. He
clothed himself with a bishop's robe,
which wis purchased for 800 froncs.
Washington, July 16. President Wil
son is expected to sign the wire control
resolution lato today or tomorrow and
announcement that direetion of tha na
tion's lines is to be in the hands of
Postmaster General Burleson is expected
to follow.
A friend suggests that if the kaiser
and his six sons are wise they will buy
a few Liberty bonds and lay them a3ide
against an unreighny day.
General Pershing Reports
One Hundred and Two
Fourteen Killed in
' Actiin.
Washington, July" 16, General Per
shing reported 102 casualties, divided
as follows:
Killod in action 14; died of wounds
8; died of disease, 3; died of accident
and other causes, 1: wounded severely
53; missing in action, 22; prisoners, 1.
Killed in action:
Sergeants J. W. Hanley, Newark, N.
. J. Mannis, Centerville, N. Y.
Corporals F. II. Collings, Edmond, Okla.
D. A. Fuller, Geraldine, Mont.
F. H. Raidt, Wellston, Okla.
Privates Louis Bruno, Syracuse, N. Y
F. J. Fagan, Washington, D. C.
A. E. Hutchinson, Gregory, 8. D.
i 8. Knowlton, Bradley, Me.
E. T. Many, Newburgh, N. Y.
A. Mensuratii, Praci, Italy.
M. Runconieh, Ossdro, Austria.
G. Turcottc, Fall River, Mass.
Vernon Wymer, North Baltimore
Died of wounds:
Sergeant F. E. Roderick, South Bend
Corporal W. G. Storch, New York.
Privatos D. Patterson, McConncsvillo.
E. C. Rocha, Los Angeles, Cal.
T. A. Smith, Zephyr, Texas. ,
L. E. Smith, Pincvillo, La.
C. F. Snyder, Continental, Ohio.
A. E. Winslow, Rocklond, Mo.
Died of disease:
Privates L. llamton. Mathews, S. C.
R. Perry, Cushing, Okla.
B. M. Bponsky, Bukerton, Pa.
Died from accident and other causes:
Private M. J. Ward, Philadelphia,
Wounded severely included:
Sorgeants G. D. Grigsby, Lookcba
Okla. "
L. M. Gaudren, Bushton, Kan.
L. Huebner, Bushton, Kan.
H. II. Miller, Raymond, 111.
K. V. Wost, Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
Privates F. R. Davidson, Salt Lake
City, Utah.
F. H. Frankeberger, Parsons, Kans.
P. I. Penteli, Warren, Ohio. .
W. M. Thome, Detroit, Mich.
J. A. Troy, East St. LoBis, 111.
H. W. Welch, Chelsea, Mich.
Missing inaction included:
Sergeants R. D. Studebnker, Robert,
John Schwartz, Louisville, Ky.
Corporals M. L. Anderson, Womels
dorf , Pa.
H. E. Chambers, Des Moineo, Iowa.
A. T. Rowley, Pleasant Hill, 111.
J. E. Smith, Lyons, Iowa.
Privates E. R. Beard, Rector, Ark.
V. Gaudinn; Oakland, Cal.
J. W. Griffitts, Charleston, W. Va.
- O, H. Jones, Lyons, Mich,
C. M. Law, Rolette, N. D.
F. W. McEnnny, Vancouver, Wash.
J. A. Melunis", Eau Claire, Wis.
J. D. Matchett, Glcnwood, Iowa.
H. G. Niouliaus, Grand Rapids, Mich.
H. F. Fererrt, Pittsburg, Pa.
L. Sabatinno, Ambler, Pa. .
C. Skillicom, Chicngo.
W. Skrouski, Wheeling, W. Va.
TT. Steele, Chnmito, Knn.
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A German gas attack is being launched and this American Marine is sounding
the alarm so thai1, our boys may be prepared to meet the poisonous fumes with
their masks on.
The new German drive the fifth
phase of the enemy 'a west front offen
sive was checked within a few hours.
Starting at daybreak yesterday, the
Germans' advance m stopped at mid
day. From then on the allies apparently
assumed the initiative on man parts of
the fifty-mile front, pushing the enemy
back by counter attack.
Completely halted in their initial
rush, the German command called off its
infantry in the evening and the attacks
had not been renewed np to 10 o'clock
this morning. A composite report of
yesterday's fighting shows the follow
The Americans holding the allied left
wing threw the Germans back across te
Marne after th enemy had advanced
about tnree miles south of the river.
Between 1000 and 1500 Germans west
capturen, including an entire brigade
Farther to the left, a minor German
attack was met by the Americans west
of Chateau-Thierry and completely re
pulsed. .
Another secondary enemy operation
still farther to the left, in the Ourcq
river region, was stopped by French ar
tillery fire.
....On the allied right wing another Am
erican force (probably to the northeast
ward of Uurlus) broke up wave after
wave of German infantry and refused
to yield an inch ot territory.
Along the Marne, to the right of the
Americans, ..between ..Passy-Sur-Marne
and Mareuil-Xe-Port a front of about
eight mileB the Germans evidently pro
gressed as far as St. Agnan and La Cha-pelle-Monthodon,
four miles south of
the river and still maintain a large por
tion of their gains.
Between the Marne and Rheims, the
enemy advanced an average deirth of
three miles from Chattillon-Sur-Mania
northeastward to Bligny, penetrating
uie villages or Velval and Pourcv.
East of Rheims the Germans pro
gressed on two sectors. Between Prnnay
seven miles southeast of Rheims, and
the Suippe river, 16 miles east of
Rheims, they advanced to Prosnes, a
penetration of four miles. Further
eastward the Germans advanced to
Souaia and Petretns-Les-HurUiss a pen
etration of two miles.
The only phase of the German at
tack that can be regarded as having
accomplished any degree of Biiccess is
the progress of tie ''nut-cracker" at
Rheims. The advance to tlit east and
west of the city now places Rhelm at
the tip of a salient 12 miles across its
base and eight miles deep.
Epernay. described by some authori
ties as the immediate geographical ob
jective of the German drive is on the
south bank of the Marne fourteen miles
south of Rheims and twenty five miles
east of ChateauThierry.
In driving the Germans back across
the Marne yesterday afternoon the Am-
I ericans cleared the enemy entirely from
the south bank recapturing the towns
of Fossoy Mezy Crezancy and Courte
Taris, July 36.' German air raiders
last night bombed an American Red
Cross hospital at Jouy. hilling two men
and injuring nino persons, including
miss Jane Jeffrey.
The hobpital was fJl of wounded
and operations were proceeding when
tho attack becan. I'hvsicians and nur
ses never halted theirf work. Three
tents wore destroyed.
East (f Chalons Red Cross workers
searched all ni;ht long for wounded
any many wore sent back to the hos
pitals. inn i inrfxm ; ; -. X
German Objective Yet Uncer
tain But Plans to Block
It are Well Laid.
London Newspapers Differ la
ineir Upmions Ihey Ex
press Regarding It
By Ed. L. Keen,
(United Press Staff Correspondent.)
London, July 16, Tho fifth phase of
the Gorman offensive which began early
yesterday in an attack on a, fifty milt
front, extending from Cliati
eastward beyond Rheims, appears to be
supreme ciivt to nreaK through anu
defeat as lnrgu a portion of the French
army as possible, without any definite
geographical objective.
This was the majority opinion of ex
pert military men tiidnv. alth
aueliorities maintained that the drive
was an etrort to uso up French rcsorvej
from the north, nrennrf.nrv tn rnnnuniN
of the attack ou Amions. Still othel
critics saw id the drive au effort to
widen the base for future nttnol.. m.
Paris, with reduction of tho Rheims sal
ient nna capture of that city as a 'pari
of his plan.
All are agreed that General Foch has
his plans completely laid out for meot
ig any move the Germans may make.
Tho mornifg papers are decidedly op
timistic and express satisfaction with
tho result so far. They are puzzled
however, as to whether yesterday's bat
tle was the main attack. So far as has
been learned, no British havn ve mrH.
It is estimated that between 50 and
f" German divisions (between 600,000
and 700,000 men) took nut t,,ti, n-
The Germans, It was lesi?cd from an
authoriative" source, advaued three
nines on a tour mile front botwecn Boh
val and Pourey.
BetWCn FOSSOV Ami .Tnnlirnn'nn ' IV.
enemy advanced a mile beyon'l the
maniB. Uni8 is where the Americans
drove them back across th0 river Fos
'oy is four miles nnut ,f n,..
Thierry and Jaulgonno is tho same dig.
uuicu nonneast or r'ossoy.) Betwoon
Bligny and Troissv. thn .....
ted slightly mora tha a niilo. (Troiss
IB M 41,A ,.,.,,11. 1 1 A ... .... '
ouuui uuiik or the jwarne, two
miles northeast of Dormaus while H.!g
ny is twelve miles northoast of Trolssy
in the direction of Rheims. This would
indicate that the Germans succeeded in '
proKiessinir o a Iflmiln r,,.,t
Uiuteau-Tluorry and iKhiems, separated
mo seciors oy a live milo strip
alon tho Mimiu between Jaulgonne ana
Dormaus. The greatest penotration, ob
viously was about mid way between
Dormaus and Itheims Tt ;0 i,k..
the Germans penetrated tho villago of
Prnnay, (southeast of Rhoims) and also
advanced a half miln in ti, ,nu...
Souain, but were driven Wlr t, .......
"Compared with their initial succes
ses in previous efforts, thn n,.r,.,.i
present aelikvmeiits are relatively ij
considerable." the Dnllv
- kj uv. If (-
If this were tho mafn attack, it il
reasonable to believe it is parried."
The Times believoa i)tn (Mud 4a ma
paratory to an advance on Paris and is
confidant Rheims will bo nbln- fn
"Tho most encouraging featuro of to
day's fiuhtintr was thn tmrlian -
tor attack,'? the Sketch doclured.
Andrew Bonar Law. chancellm, nf tht
exchequer, speaking in tho house of com
mons nine night sain:
"South of the Mame, tho Aiucricaat
in a brilliant counter attack took a
thousand prisoners.
' 'East of Rhcimn thu pihmiiv :'
been completely checked with sever
"West of Rheims the Germans, o a
front of 35 kilometers (nearly 22 miles)
penetrated an average depth of four to
five kilometers (from two and a half t
three miles.) "
London, July 16. The Germans are
employing from 30 to 55 divisions
(from .160,000 to 420,000 men) in their
great offensive, according to battle
front advices received hero this after
noon. This is nearly one division (12,-
000 men) attacking on each mile of
tne fighting line.
To the east of Rheims many German
tanks havo been knocked out of ae-
tion by French and American artil
lery. Their wrecks strew the ground.
The whole line holds in its fighting
positions, Nowhere has the enemy been
able to cut through.