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Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. XLVI NO. 87.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 27, 1916 TEN PAGES.
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Charles W. Fairbanks Declares
it Will Vanish Before the
Sun When War Is
WAS PURELY ACCIDENTAL
Says it Was Made Possible by
a Cataclysm in Political
CLAIMED AS TROPHIES
Charles W. Fairbanks, former vice
president and present republican can
didate for the office, addressed two
Omaha audiences yesterday.
He spoke at the Commercial club
before an assemblage of business men
at noon, and in the evemng at 8
o'clock he addressed a mass meeting
in the Auditorium.
W. F. Gurley presided ovr the eve
ning meeting and introduced the
speaker. Mr. Fairbanks left with his
party 'at 12:20 o'clock this morning
for Colorado, where He will continue
Before the evening meeting at the
Auditorium he was the guest of honor
at a dinner at the Hotel Rome. It was
informal, with no speaking. If was
just a way of getting a dozen or more
local republican in 'close touch with
the vici presidential candidate. The
guests were State Chairman E. D.
Beach, former Senator Joseph Mil
lard, former Senator Nbrris Brown,
Byron G. Barbank, Gould Dietz, R. B.
Howell, W: F. Gurley, Victor Rose
water, Frank S .Howell and Harry S.(
. . Enthusiasm Shown.
Nearly 2,000 persons had gathered
ax tne Auditorium ior some umc uc
fore Mf. Fairbanks and his party ar
rived from the hotel where a dozen
republicans entertained him at a little
dinner. When Wt F. Gurley intro
duced Mr. Fairbanks as the "next vice
president of the United States" all in
the house rose to their feet and
cheered enthusiastically for several
Frank 5. Howell, chairman of the
Douglas county republican committee,
introduced W F. Gurley as presiding
officer of the evening. . Mr. Gurley
in his characteristic eloquence made a
oolitical speech of his own. He de
clared he had failed Wo hear anyone
thus far claim the present prosperity
due to the democratic administration.
Suppose, he said, that the demo
cratic congress had adjourned for
srnnd the 1st dav oKAucuSt. 1914. does
anyone suppose that we Would not
have had the same prosperity at tms
time? This is a war prosperity. The
gold that is now crowded in our
vaults has been paid for by bullets
' Trade with Europe's Cateps.
''We are enjoying a large trade, to
be sure, but is it a trade with the na
tions of the world? No, it is a trading
with the camps ot fcurope. Me de
clared there were enough independ
ently thinking voters in the country
to elect Hughes and fair banks.
Among those on the platform were:
W. F. Gurley, Ben Baker, Walter Jar
dine, Frank Shotwell, Victor Rose
water, F. S. Howell, John Lee Web
ster, R. B. Howell, Rome Miller, W.
GvUre, T. J. lyfcGuir'e, Charles Elgut
ter, Dr. Harry A. Foster and a score
of Others. 1 1
The audience was made up almost
entirely of voters, there being, very
few women in the house.
Problems Are Grave
"We are confronted," said Mr. Fair
banks in his speech at the Auditorium,
"with graver problems than have
taxed the judgment of the American
people since the day9 of Abraham
Lincoln. We have not lost the ca
pacity of self-government; we are as.
true to the highest ana Dest traditions
of America as those who preceded us.
I wish to address my observations to
men of all politicat faith, for I have
always been a believer that the great
heart of the American people is true
and loyal to our best traditions of the
republic; we do not all look upon pub
lic questions from the same. angle;
(Continued on Par Two, Column One.)
For Nebraska Unsettled, with probably
Temperature at Omah Yesterday.
5 a. m. 67
6 a. m 6fi
1 a. m H
8 a m 66
10 a, m 71
11 a. m 72
18 m 75
1 p. m 73
2 p. m 74
8 p. m 77
4 p. m 67
& p. m 66
6 p. m 63
7 p. in 62
5 p. m. ......... 62
Comparative Local Record.
1916. 1915.1914. 1913.
HUhesf yesterday .. 77 72 7'6 67
Lowest yesterday .... 63 6S 61 40
Mean temperature ... 70 64 ' 64 64
Precipitation 16 .24 .00 .00
Temperature and precipitation departures
from the normal:
Normal temperature 62
Kxress for th day .... g
Total excess since March 1 274
Normal precipitation 08 Inch
Excess for the day 07 inch
Total rainfall since March 1 14.16 Inches
Deficiency since March 1 .. . .10.37 inches
Deficiency cor. period, 11(1..',, .19 Inch
Deficiency cor. period, 1914...... 3.81 inches
. Keports from Stations at 1 P. M.
Station and State Temp Hlth- Rafn-
ot Weather. 7 p. m' fall. fall.
Cheynne, clear . 62 64 .00
Davenport, part cloddy. 74 83 .08
Denver, clear 70 74 .0
Dea Moines, cloudy 68 80 T
Podge City, part cloudy. 74 84 .00
Lander, cloudy ., 68 66 . .00
North Platte, pL cloudy 62 70 .00
Omaha, cloudy , .. 2 v 77 .16
Pueblo, clear 72 76 .00
Halt Lake City, clear... 60 60 .00
Santa Fe, clear 64 70 .00
Sioux City, cloudy 60 M ,22
Valentine, cloudy 52 60 .00
T indicates trace or precipitation.
L. A. WELSH, Meteorologist.
Fairbanks Has Busy Day in Omaha;
Vice President Candidate Live Wire
Talks Before Commercial Club,
Opens Carnival and Ad-'
dresses Big Crowd at
"The conflagration in Europe has
been brought 'about by ' ignorance,
neglect or sinister design" said
former Vice President Fairbanks in
his talk to the Commercial club at
noon. "In the years' past somebody
made a mistake in Europe; we do not
know who is to be credited with the
responsibility for the greatest strife
among mankind in the history of the
world. We look upon the bloody spec
tacle with a sense of horror.
"If we can draw no other lesson from
it, we can certainly draw this, and that
is that governments are not secure
against the possibilities of overthrow,
no matter how long they have endured
or how secure they are in the opinions
Mr. Fairbanks said he realized that
the proprieties or the occasion made
it necessary for him to refrain from
political utterances at the public af
fairs luncheon tendered in his honor
at the club rooms. "But I trust," he
said, "that a word or two of politics
in the broadest sense may not offend
the most delicate sensibilities,
Our Civic Duty.
"One thing that Impresses me more
and more as the years pass is the im
portance of the full, faithful and loyal
discharge of our civic duty. Too many
of our countrymen view with more or
less indifference the discharge of their
"We are engaged in the task of na
tion building. It is a-gigantic under
taking, and challenges our wisest
judgment. Our nation is what we
make it. It thrives not upon ignor
ance. It does not attain successful
proportions by mere accident; it is
wrought out by intelligent service and
sacrifice. In the -final analysis we get
out of our public institutions what we
put into them. We cannot enjoy lib
erty without making our sacrifices
full and fair upon the altar of liberty.
there is one great tact that we
must bear in mind and that is the
fabric of our government thus far ad
vanced is not beyond the reach of the
peril ot change. Change is one of
the laws of nature. It adheres in the
institutions of men and throunhout
the physical world about us. History
is filled with the stories of the bloody
destruction of governments. Europe
TWICE AT TOLEDO
Workmen Attempt to Heckle
Him During His Criticism
of Adamson ,Act.
CHEERS FROM THE CROWD
foledo, O., Sept. 26. Charles E.
Hughes faced two audiences here to
day, one at a theater, which cheered
him repeatedly, another in the open
air at a large automobile plant com
posed of workmen off for the noon
hour. number of the latter sought,
to heckle the nominee and cheered for
Wilson. There were alscrmany cheers
for Hughes. .
Mr. Hughes spoke on the Adamsqn
law in his open-air speech. He reiter
ated his declaration that he "would
never surrender to force," and repeat
ed his assertion that the measure was
not an eight-hour law, but a wage law.
The audience listened quietly at
first and cheered points made by the
"What about the Danbury hatters?"
shouted a man on the edge of the
crowd. There were many street noises
from passing traffic, and apparently
Mr, Hughes did notihear. Toward the
end of his speech other workmen took
up the question: "What about the
Danbury hatters?" shouted many. ,
. There was much other noise and
voices. Mr. Hughes did not answer
Aiter the meeting he said he had not
heard the question.
"How about the unions in the fac
tory here," shouted another man.
Mr. Hughes replied that he favor
ed unions, and was (iheered.
As the nominee neared the end of
his address there was a growing
volume of Wilson cheers sprinkled
here and there with uncomplimen-
l.rv r.fa.n.o TU. U..l
.iv vuiiimucu, nuncvti, Willi a
smile on his face and amidst freauent
applause, to discuss the Adamson
law, declaring that labor, least of -all,
could afford to surrender the prin
ciple of arbitration.
The nominee repeated his attack
on the administration for the Adam
son law in his address at the theater.
He was vigorously applauded. He
also declared for the protection of
"The path of proper preparedness.
the path of maintaining justly and
firmly of American rights, is not the
path that leads to war," he said. "It
is the path of security. The path
way of peace is to announce Ameri
can rights in advance and have the
world understand exactly what we
think and what we are prepared to
Man Held Month
Chicago, Sept. 26.-Edward R. West.
vice president of the C. D. Gregg Tea
and Coffee company of New York and
Chicago, admitted today that he was
the "A. R. Wesley" who was trapped
in a New York hotel with "Alice Wil
liams" by representatives of the In
ternational band of Mann-act black
mailers, now held by federal author
ities. After being taken prisoner to
Chicago he was mulcted of $15,000 on
the strength of a fake federal warrant
, CHARLES W. FAIRBANKS.
offers the most graphic illustration of
this potential fact at this moment."
Breakfast Private Car.
' Mr. Fairbanks and party arrived at
8 o'clock in their private car. They
took breakfast in the car, and were
then brought by the local committee
to the Hotel Rome, where Mr. Fair
banks was the personal guest of
Rome Millet, , - ,
The Fairbanks party was met at the
train by a local committee of no less
than fifty men, including such leading
republicans as E. D. Beach, chairman
of 'the republican-estate, committee;
F. S. Howell,chairman of the Doug
las county committee, Harry S. Byrne,
president of the McKinley club;
Victor Rosewater, editor of The Bee;
W. F. Gurley, Byron G. Burbank,
Senator Norris Brown, and others.
At the Commercial club luncheon
Mr. Fairbanks was introduced by Sen
ator Norris Brown. ' -
NET INCOME GROWS
Figures : from Annual Report
Show Increase of Over Fifty
Per Cent in "Year. .
ITS INVESTMENTS LARGER
New Yorl Sept. 26. A gain of
50.14 per cent in net income is re
ported by the Southern Pacific com
pany in its detailed report for the fis
cal year ended June 30 last, that item
increasing from $20,570,319 to $30,
885,254. . .
The gross income increased from
$49,647,992 to $60,393,006, an increase
of 21.64 per cent, and net revenue from
railway operations increased from
$42,111,833 to $55,250,570, a gain of
31.20 per1 cent.
The Southern Pacific company was
materially benefitted by the heavy
travel to the San Francisco exposi
tion and derived additional income
from its holdings of stock in other
railroads, as well as various other
properties, including the Associated
Oil company of California.
The company's investments of
$689,916,652 show an increase of $16,
922,999 over the previous year, these
including stocks, bonds and notes. Its
current liabilities of $19,388,707 are
but slightly increased over the pre
Its gross earnings of $152,594,228
are the, largest in the history ot the
company surpassing the previous
record ot wi by $y,919,M.j and a
gain over t915 of $22,828,553.
Closing of Canal Helps.
In his review of the year's opera
tions. Chairman Julius Kruttschnitt
"The interruption of steamship
service through the Panama canal
since September 18, 1915, has mini
mized sea competition and has re
stored to your company's lines the
freight which had been diverted from
it by frequent steamship . service
through the Panama canal during the
previous year and by the low rates
then prevailing. Nearly all the steam
ers which had ooerated throueh the
canal found more profitable employ
ment in consequence ot the increased
demand for steamship tonnage owing
to the European war, and they have
not been restored to regular service
between Atlantic arid Pacific ports
sinoe the reopening of the canal.
Upon the 'return of normal condi
tions, however, it may safely be as
sumed that the intense competition
of the steamship lines wilt be en
Mr. and Mrs. Redman
Have Golden Wedding
St. Edward, Neb., Sept. 26. (Spe
ciaQ Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Redman of
this place celebrated their golden wed
ding at their home in this city Satur
day. They were married in Hancock
county, Indiana, on September 23,
1866, and moved to Nebraska a few
years later, coming to St. Edward in
1901. Mrs. Redman was 70 years of
age in May and is in poor health. Mr.
Redman is a veteran, of the civil war,
having served in Company K, Twenty-fifth
Indiana infantry. He will be
70 next month. They have four chil
dren Mrs. J. M. Schreckengast of Al
bion, F. M. Redman of Genoa. I. 15.
Redman of Treynor, la., and Mrs. R-l
t. Creamer of Henderson, la1., and
OPEN AND FALL
FESTIVAL IS ON
Former Vice President Oh'
W. Fairbanks Buys"?
Ticket and the &
Opens for Business.
GROUNDS IN A NEW PLACE
Located Around Spot Where
"Billy" Sunday Had His
Tabernacle Last Fall.
VISITORS COMING IN EARLY
Ak-Sar-Ben jubilee, Fifteenth
and Capitol Avenue, September
26 to October 7.
Industrial parade, 2 p. m., Octo
Shakespeare electrical pageant,
8 p. m., October 4.
Nebraska semi-centennial- his
torical parade, 2 p. m.,' October 5.
President Wilson to speak here
Coronation ball at Den, 8 p. m.,
Masked ball at Den, 8 p. m., Oc
National swine show, Octdber 2
Week of Wonderful Windows,
September 27 to 30.
Douglas county fair, October 2
Kite-flying contest, September 30.
A gentleman from Indiana was the
fifst person (to purchase a( ticket of
aumission to ine ceieoratea jumiee
grounds of King Ak-Sar-Ben yester
day, when the- gates of Quivera's
frolicking place were thrown open to
start Omaha's famous ten-day fall
But those loyal subjects of the
great monarch for whom the jubilee
grounds have been planned and ar
ranged felt no jealousy because an in
habitant of a hostile state won the
distinction of .purchasing the first
ticket. In fact, they felt rather
pleased, rather flattered. For the
gentleman from Indiana was the Hon.
Charles W. Fairbanks, former vice
president of these great United States
of America and the distinguished
running mate of Charles Evans
First Cash Customer, ,
When Mr. Fairbanks arrived Jn
Omaha "'he lmmeoNately made it
known that he intended to be the first
cash customer at the jubilee grounds.
That honor and glory were to be his
and no pressure of speaking engage
ments or political conferences or any
thing else could detain him. So
when the gates to the jubilee grounds
were thrown open the distinguished
guest from Indiana, surrounded by a
coterie of Ak-Sar-Ben governors, was
right on the job io be the first man at
the ticket window,
The jubilee grounds are at a new
location this year. The entrance is
at Fifteenth street and Capitol ave
nue. 1 hat the Ak-Sar-Ben governors
in choosing this location made a wise
move was clearly manifest to visitors
to the grounds this afternoon. The
layout of the ground is such that
there is plenty of room fcr the im
mense crowds expected to congregate
within the enclosure, even on the
parade days, when .25,000 and 30,000
investigate the wonders of the Ak-
All Attractions Ready.
Those Omahans who have hesitated
to attend the carnivals on thi nrlv
days in the past for fear that .all of
uic attractions were not quite ready,
need have no such apprehension this
Miear. tor, when the gates opened
everything was in readiness. Every
tent had been Ditched, everv arenrrv
set had been placed, every barker was
tuneu up ior tne grind, the diving girls
were ready and prepared to plunge
into tne pool, tne dare-devil motorist
who somersaults in'the air had his
machine ready for his flight through
the air, the Oriental beauties were
ready to respond to the first note of
the clarinet, the smallest mother in
the world had donned her party dress
and gathered her "babies" around her,
everything was ready. The Wortham
shows believe in preparedness and
they were prepared when the turn
stiles began to click.
No Confetti This Year.
An improved atmosphere about the
jubilee grounds was instantly noticed
by early visitors. The shrill shrieks
of the noisy urchins who; perched on
three barrels stationed at intervals
along the center ot the pike, called
out the sale of confetti, were missing.
And it was a pleasant absence. There
will be rro confetti any day during the
jubilee this year, the Ak-Sar-Ben
governors have placed it on the taboo
That the Ak-Sar-Ben festivities arc
here are evidenced by increased activ
ities at-the railroad stations. Incoming
trains brought an unusually large
number of people into the city. Out-of-town
visitors are coming earlier
this year because Ak-Sar-Ben has
more to offer and it will take the full
ten days to take in all the sights and
added attractions. The railroads ex
pect to bring many more thousand
visitors to Omaha this year than ever
Put Five Hundred
Villistas to Death
At Chihuahua City
-El Paso, Tirx Sept. 26. Whole
sale executions are taking place in
Chihuahua City following the Villa
attack, it was announced at military
headquarters hers, today. Five hun
dred Villa adherents have been ex
ecuted since the fight, the report to
General Bell, jr., states, and many
other prisoners have been taken.
PRETTY GIRLS PICKETING NEW YORK'S TRACTION
LINES This picture shows two of the thousands of young
women doing picket duty, in an effort to persuade the public
not to patronize the roads affected by the strike. Many of
the young women wear sashes labelled "Don't Be. Scab."
VILLA IS MOVING
Report to General Indicates
Bandit is Preparing So At
tack American Force,
SKIRMISH NEAR RAILROAD
Field Headquarters, Mexico, Sept.
26. (Via Radio to Columbus, N. M.)
Pancho Villa and his bandit com
mand are moving northward toward
the American expeditionary force, ac
cording to reports teceived today at
field headquarters from a 'source
which is described as being very re
liable. Villa is reported to have
crossed the Northwestern railroad at
San Andres, forty-five miles south
west of Chihuahua City, where a
slight skirmish is said to have oc
curred between Villistas and Carranza
Villa Not at Chihuahua.
Washington, Sept. 26. Confiden
tial advices, it was announced today
at the State department, show that
Villa was not present during the Hi
dalgo day fighting at Chihuahua City,
that no arms were captured by the
bandits, and that there were no de
sertions from the Carjanza garrison.
Secretary Lansing said the dis
patches bore out statements by Eliseo
Arredondo, Mexican ambassador
designate, regarding the affair.. The
source of the department's informa
tion was not disclosed.
Representations have been made by
the State department to the Carranza
government in behalf of Burton Wil
son, president of the American club
of Mexico City, who was arrested and
reported threatened with deportation.
A cablegram to the Navy depart
ment today from Captain Burrage,
commanding the battleship Nebraska
at Vera Cruz, reported all quietvthere.
Eliseo Arredondo, the Mexican am
bassador designate, conferred with
Secretary Lansing today and later
made public a summarized account of
the Chihuahua fight, based on dis
patches from General Carranza, For
eign Minister Agailar and General
Trevino, the Chihuahua commander:
"The attacking party," the state
ment said, "remained only a few hours
in possession of the penitentiary and
federal palace, before General Tre
vino disposed his forces and en
veloped it. It is calculated that only
one-third of the bandits escaped, the
remainder being either killed, wound
ed or captured. ' "
Letter Written by Girl
Fairbury, Neb., Sept. 26. (Special.)
The preliminary hearing of Bert
Roland, charged with kidnaping Miss
Mary Groathouse, daughter of John
Groathouse, near Reynolds, in this
county, was held in county court and
resulted in a dismissal of the case. The
defendant lives in this city and be
came infatuated with the young
Groathouse girl, who is 15 years of
age. They elopJd from Reynolds and
went to Rulo, Neb.' In the investiga
tion, Miss Groathouse admitted that
she wrote Roland a letter and asked
him to elope, which was sufficient to
exonerate the defendant. The girl
was returned to her home near Rey
nolds. Kearney County Fair
Being Held in Minden
Minden, Neb., Sept. 26. (Special.)
The Kearney County Agricultural
association is holding its annual fair,
together with the fall festival within
the city of Minden. This is an inno
vation from previous years, as the
fair has always been held on the fair
grounds adjacent to Minden. The fair
grounds are now under litigation, a
mortgagee having commenced fore
closure, two judgment creditors try
ing to sell and the county of Kearney
trvina to enforce its. lieu.
DEAL WITH STRIKE
Governor Whitman Will Con
sult City Members as to Ad
visabilityof Extra Session. ,
260,000 AGREE TO QUIT
i New York, .Sept. 25. Governor
Whitman lias promised to meet here
this afternooii a committee represent
ing members of the state legislature
from Manhattan and the Bronx to
hear .their request for a Special session
of the legislature to "deal with the
situation" resulting from threats of a
general suspension of work Wednes
day morning in sympathy with the
striking car men. No-method of deal
ing with the proposed strike was set
forth by the committee, but it was
pointed out the power of the public
service commission was Inadequate.
' Hugh Frayne, an officer Of the Am
erican Federation of Labor, and one
of the directors of the strike move
ment claimed today that assurances
had been received by the labor lead
efs that 260,000 organized workers
will qmt work tomorrow morning.
A committee of the general officers
of the national and international
unions have quarters here and repre
sentatives of the Central labor unions,
trade councils and local unions will
meet Wednesday morning to or
ganize and extend the suspension of
work. Means of supplying financial
support to strikers and plans for hold
ing demonstrations will be considered.
The building trade councils of Man
hattan and the Bronx representing
about 83,000 workers have postponed
their response to the call tor a sus
Disorders again broke out during
the early hours today. According to
the police, a dozen elevated trains
were bombarded with sticks 1 and
stones thrown from roof tops by strik
ers and sympathizers, .three persons
were injured by flying glass when
the windows of a Third avenue ele
vated train were shattered by missiles.
Two arrests were made. One of the
men in custody is charged with having.
a revolver in nis possession.
Greek Chief of
London, Sept. 26. General Con
stantino Moschopoulos, chief of the
staff of the Greek army, has resigned,
according to a Reuter's dispatch from
General Moschopoulos commanded
the Greek forces at Saloniki at the
time of the landing of the Anglo
French expeditionary force. He or
dered the troops under his command
to salute French and British officers
and was generally reported to be
friendly to the cause of the allies. In
August General Moschopoulos was
appointed chief of staff and in a state
ment given to the press expressed
the hope that he could strengthen
the good relations between Greece
and the entente, powers. "I think I
can be a precious advocate of the en
tente," he said.
Wilson Will Speak
At Chicago Oct. 19
Chicago. Sept. 26. President' Wil
son will speak in Chicago on October
19, it was announced at the demo
cratic western headquarters here to
day, following receipt of a mc.iage
from Shad v Lawn N. 1., summer
home of the president, by United
Stater, Senator Thomas' I. Waish. in
charge of I lie local headquartem. The
president will speak. under the aus
pices of a non-political organization,
Senator Walsh said.
ALLIES NOW HOLD
ALL OFTHE TOWN
British and French Make Com.
bined Attack on Point
Blocking Advance on
. the. West.
TEUTONS ARE MOVING OUT
Victory of Entente Achieved at
End of Series of Fights
Costly in Time and Men.
FIGHTING NEAR VERDUN
i BULLETIN. ' j
Paris, Sept. 26. The town of Com
bles Is entirely In the hands of ths
Anglo-French forces. This is an
nounced in the official statement
from the war office tonight,, which
adds that the battle north of the
Somme is proceeding in favor of the
entente allies. The French also have
advanced farther north of Fregicourt, -
Along the Bethune road the French
have gained additional ground. A vast .
stock of munitions and provisions ,
were captured in Combles, the state- :
ment says, and the town was found
filled with German dead. Elsewhere
along the front in France there has .
been intermittent cannonading.
Berlin, Sept. 26. (By Wireless to
Sayville.) Successes were achieved '
by the Anglo-French forces, on the ;
Somme last night to the east of Eau- :
court L'Abbaye, north of Flers, says ,
the official statement issued by the
German army headquarters today. The
conquest of the Tillages on the line
of Gueudeco'urt and Bouchavesnes,
the statement adds, must ,be recog
London, Sept. 26. The British
have entered Combles on the Somme
front, the war office announced today,
and are overcoming the resistance of
the Germans. - i
, More than 1,500 prisoners taken in
the righting of the last twenty-four ,
hours have already been counted and
a large amount of war n.atcrial has
been captured. The announcement
follows:; . - ,
"Yesterday's operations were en
tirely successful. The preparation
and execution of 'the attack by the
artillery and infantry and the co-
operation between them were in all
respects admirable. . More .than 1,500
prisoners already -have passed '
through the collecting stations and
more are arriving. Much war ma-.
teriat has been captured, but .the '
amount cannot yet be estimated.
- "Further progress has been msd4
during the night and this morning, ,
A strong redoubt which had held out
between Les Boehufs and Gueude
court now has been captured, and the,
garrison made prisoners.
- "Our troops entered Combles from
the west and are overcoming the en- -emy's
resistance. There the enemy's
losses were very severe." , .;
French Penetrate Cemetery.
Paris, Sept. 26. Continuing their
offensive north of the Somme the
French last night captured all the ,
village of Fregicourt and penetrated .
the Combles cemetery.
Violent counter attacks were made
by the Germans last night on the
Verdun front between Thiaumont '
works and'Fleury. These assaults'
were checked by the French artillery
and rifle fire. - !
Battle Lasts All Night '
Fighting continued all night north '
of the Somme, the Germans making ;
desperate effortjs to stem the tide
which is engulfing ComLles. Accord
ing to 'latest advices reaching Paris,.'
the allies have so far succeeded in
clinging to their gains and have even
improved thiir positions slightly. ,
From the south of Morval, held by
the British, to the French positions
south of Fregicourt, a distance of only
about 1,800 yards, was the only part j
of the loop around Combles which it .
remained to close. That is now prac- ,
tically accomplished since the fire of
the English and French crosses, and
the situation of the Germans in ,
Combles is worse than precarious, in,
the view of the allied officers.
Valuable ai Defensive Point.
Combles, a town of some 2,000
population before the war, had been
rendered of small strategic importance
to the allies by their long continued
encircling movement. It has been of
notable value to the Germans, how-,
ever, because as long as they clung to
it the French-British freedom of ac
tion in pushing their offensive num
bers toward Bapaume and Peronne,
on either side of it, was hampered.
Turned into a strongly fortified po
sition by German defensive ingenuity,
it has persistently held fast like a
rock in the course of a turbulent
stream that has bad to be blasted
loose before the channel was fully
This process has only been accom
plished by long continued, severe and
costly effort on the part of the allies.
Driving in from the south, the French
successively swept Murepas, Leforest
and finaly reached Fregicourt, a mile
east of Combles. More slowly, but
(Continued on Pnse Throe, Column FIto.) .
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