TODAY"5 4,600 SUBSCRIBERS (23,000 READERS) DAILY Only Circulation In Sal am Guar anteed by the Audit Bureau oX Circulationi FULL LEASED WIRE DISPATCHES SPECIAL WILLAMETTE VAL LEY NEWS BEE VICE Oii'gon: Tonight nd Wednesday fair west, fair and cooler Cant portion; gentle westerly winds. ri'Mv H - -vt & jrv iy let loilnjlo rouo FORTY-FIRST YEAR NO. 166 SALEM, OREGON, TUESDAY, JULY 16, 1918 PRICE TWO CENTS ON TRAINS AND NEWS STANDS FIVE CENTS l)t Ma. ft ft W il tojwmiiiiuiil mm are imverv mm OF BOATTLE Yankees Hold Surprisingly Large Section cf West I Front line. HANG BRIGADED . - WITH FRENCH TROOPS 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 streets. HUNS RECEIVE SERIOUS CHECK. 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 (Continued on page two) dry.- H9 Potato CAk-c 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. ii r A Of.', .vfO mm Dr FIGHT ARE Mm IN LIST Of PI LOSSES 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. J. 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, Texas. 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 ideal." Ironworkers 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. NEW WHEAT ARRIVES. 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. BRILLIANT AMERICAN ASSAULT DRIVES HUNS ACROSS MANRE RIVER 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 thrust. 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 fled. 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 itself. 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 bodies. 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 it. 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. DESTROYERS AND SEAPLANES. 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 stroyers. FORCE OF FIRST IMPACT. 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 Marne. ITALIAN PRISONERS ESCAPE 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. PRESIDENT TO SIGN WIRE BILL. 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. CASUALTY LIST CARRIES UNUSUAL MlQtflF NAMES 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 Ohio. Died of wounds: Sergeant F. E. Roderick, South Bend Itid. Corporal W. G. Storch, New York. Privatos D. Patterson, McConncsvillo. Ohio. 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, Pa. 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, Ore. 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. U. S. MARINES SOUNDING GAS ALARM f f A . - - .f i .. f J JL, J ! f. !!!: pw V' " ?. &f . it. 7, 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 WAR IN BRIEF. 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 ing: 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 staff. 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 mont. HOSPITA LBOMBARBED. 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 S i FOCH PREPARED TO MET DRIVES OF lllEflBORG German Objective Yet Uncer tain But Plans to Block It are Well Laid. SUCCESS ACHIEVED -OF LITTLE MOMENT 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. orated. It is estimated that between 50 and f" German divisions (between 600,000 and 700,000 men) took nut t,,ti, n- saitl.t. 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, ....... attacks. "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 out. "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 losses, "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.) " THE GERMAN STRENGTH. . 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.