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BACK UP OUR BRAVE BOYS WHO ARE HOLDING THE LINE AGAINST THE MENACING HUN
The- Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 48. NO. 27. ! OMAHA, FRIDAY MORNING, JULY 19. 1918. " '' ' n,rn In
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AMERICANS CAPTURE 4000
PRISONERS IN OPERATIONS
TO WEST OF SOISSONS
Magnificent Counter Attack Between Rivers Aisne
and Marne, Complete Surprise for Boche; Ad
vance Believed to Have Put End to Ger
man Offensive Against Rheims
' Paris, July 18. Stubborn German resistance at Cour
ichamps, northwest of Chateau Thierry, has been broken by the
French, says the Havas correspondent at the front. Eighteen
irimf and nuhierous machines were captured by the French
By Associated Press.
London, July 18. French troops have gained the
ravine at the River Crise, running into Soissons, on a five-mile
front down to the east of Buzancy, which means a maximum ad
vance at this point of five miles, according to news received in
Americans operating in the region west of Soissons, the
dispatches add, have taken 4,000 prisoners, 30 guns and much
other material which has not yet been estimated.
Up till. 1 o'clock this afternoon French troops had captured
the heights overlooking Fontenoy, on the extreme left and had
progressed to Mont de Paris, within a mile of the city of Soissons.-
Americans Continue Advance
Beyond Town of Vierrzy.
- An American division, co-operating with the French troops
in their counter attack today, have captured the town of
Vierrzy, about six miles south of Soissons, and have advanced
three miles beyond the town, the advices said. s
i. South of Vierrzy, on the heights north of the River Ourcq
valley the Germans hastily counter, attacked and the situation
at that point still is obscure. ". ' ' ' ' ,
vr-T- The French are on the outskirts of Chouy and Neuilly-St.
Front and from there to Belleau Wood. The average depth
of the advance is about three miles.
- " ; East of Rheims the allies have captured Prunay.
The great counter attack in which the French and Ameri
can troops are participating between the Aisne and the Marne
on a 28-mile front has succeeded extremely well, according
to the latest advices received here tonight and the situation
ioxr many reasons is considered extremely promising.
Action Surprise to Germans;
Enemy Artlilery Reaction Weak.
;Owing to the fact that there was no artillery preparation
the action was a complete surprise for the Boche, arid the enemy
artillery reaction was very weak. On the other hand, the French
counter battery Work was exceedingly effective. Enemy avia
tors entered into the action and attempted to impede the ad
vance, using their machine guna at a low altitude.
Results Expeced To Be Valuable.
Notwithstanding this, the counter
attack was noteworhy for the reason
that the French accomplished a great
ideal more than was achieved by the
German , drive on both siJes of
Rheims. The length of the front
ever which an advance was made was
practically the same, and the French
and Americans working together ad
vanced in six hours virtually double
the distance covered by the Germans
In three days.
So far as is known at present the
unction 1 line between Soissons and
)ulchy Le Chateau and also the
junction line between Soissons and
Fismes are under direct observation
and fire from the new French posi
tions on the Crise ravine. These two
are he only lines by which the Ger
mans in this salient between Soissons
and Rheims can be supplied. It is
possible, however, that the Germans
may have succeeded in connecting
up their lines i n another way.
The French counter is regarded
her? as one of the most brilliant
pieces of work in the war, and it is
believed that the results will prove
extremely valuable, as the French
have chained fost important strat-,
eglc positions. '
Airmen Use Machine
Guns on Troops Below
Paris, July 18. Colonel Thom
asson, a military writer, describ
ing the air fighting,-says:
"It was on Monday and Tuesday,
when the Germans were forced to
abandon moving troops and muni
tions by night, that the allied avia
tors did their most spectacular
work. A great flock of more than
200 wentout Monday, the Ameri
cans flying the lowest, the French
next and the British the highest
When they reached an important
highway the American commander
dived. Every American followed,
then the French and then the
"Every machine emptied its guns
into miles of wagons and the fields
to which the Germans scuttled.
"Time and time again the Ameri
cans returned for ammunition.
Some of them made five flights in
a single day."
Former President Given Most
Enthusiastic: Reception by
; New York G. 0. P.
Saratoga Springs, July 18. The
movement to bring about the nom
ination of Colonel Roosevelt for
governor of New York by the re
publicans took definite form late
tonight after the session of the state
convention when Attorney Gen.
Merton E. Lewis, chief rival of
Governor Whitman, issued a state
ment announcing he would with
draw if the colonel would become
Coincidently a round robin was
circulated by the anti-Whitman
faction of the party headed by
William Barnes, urging the colonel
to enter the primaries. In a short
time it had received several hun
By Associated Press.
Saratoga Springs, N. Y., July 18.
Theodore Roosevelt delivered a stir
ring patriotic address before the re
publican state convention here today.
He did not. however, either publicly
or privately discuss state politics.
Although he was given a most en
thusiastic reception, no attempt was
made to stampede the convention into
nominating him for" governor.
Ihe tact that the colonel haa de
clined to talk on state issues be-
(Continned on Fac Five, Column One.)
HUNS SINK 1
EDWARD A. RUMEL Y
Man Who Bought the New York Mail for the Kaiser
"(Copyright, 1311, V. 1. and Canada, tha W. T. Herald Oa. All righta reserved.)"
A aerica of article ' aketchlnc the
carter of Dr. Edward A. Eumely, who
baa been arrested on a charge of hav
ing bought the New- York Evening Mail
with money furnished by the German
government and of having used It for
German propaganda.) t
By FRANK STOCKB RIDGE
'(Former Managing Editor of the Evening
V , . MaU.) ' "
Young Rumely had not been back
. n America more than a, few months
before he set on foot his first venture
in the introduction of German kultur
into his native land. This was the
Establishment of a school for boys
which had for , its principle . apd
avowed purpose, the training of rich
men's sons to become masters of. men
and lords of the land.
In N Germany he hid seen and
studied at first hand the most highly
socialized natron on. the face of the
globe. He had seen a country with
every acre of tillable land under cul
tivation; a nation ruled by a govern-'
ing class of landed proprietors whos"
yast estates were tilled for them b
patient peasants and toiling tenant
farmers. America had no such class
f junkers. - There were schools in
Jplenry to teadh the trades and train
poys into artisans, but there were nc
schools designed to "take " the bov
destined to inherit the control of big
business and manufacturing enter
terprises and teach him how to be
tome a ruler of workmen.
Dr. Rumely conceived a school that
yrould take these boys from 8 years
pit upward and by a combination of
scholastic and manual education fit
them to understand the fundamentals
of industry and agriculture while at
the same time preparing for entrance
to the university.
Aimed at Landed Aristocracy.
"These are the boys who will be
the. rulers of America in the next
generation," he said to me, the first
time I visited his school. "The fu
ture welfare of America depends upon
their fitness to rule and direct the
destinies of the nation."
The school was started in 1907 at
La Porte. An able young educator,
Patrick H. Riordan, was employed as
Dr. Rumley's chief assistant and the
institution grew and flourished. Many
wealthy men enrolled their sons as
students and the boys liked the school
and its methods. It was opt ln?
fore it became necessary for the insti
tution to move into larger (fuartels
and the doctor purchased a tract of
several hundred acres of farm and
vood!and surrounding a beautiful lit
tle lake near the village of Rolling
Prairie, a few miles east of La Porte.
Here the construction of school build
ings on a huge scale by the boys
themselves was undertaken. Trees
were cut down in the forests sur
rounding the lake and great school
buildings, dormitories and other
structures built inrustic fashion out
of the rough logs.
Names School "Interlaken."
To the school .thus built Dr. Rirme
ly gave the German name of "Inter
la" . . ' -
Very early in the history of the In
terlaken school marked differences of
opinion and point of view developed
between Dr. Rumely and Mr. Riordan,
resulting eventually m the latter s
withdrawal-and the establishment of
a school of his own in New York
state. With Mr. Riordan's departure
Dr. Rumely-ftmnd no further oppose
tiotv to the execution of the education,
al ideas and methods he had brought
from Germany and those which he
Great attention was paid to the
physical development of the boys. The
lake furnished an ideal swimming pool
and the boys were taught and en
couraged to swim, to row and fish,
and in winter to skate. I sat on the
bank of the lake one summer after
noon, with Dr.- Rumely watching a
group of his pupils swimming and
diving and running-along the shore,
while the doctor commented on the
grace and beauty of their naked
bodies glistering in the sunshine.
Extolled German Physical Ideals.
"'One of the most hopeful things
about Germany," h: said, "ivthe way
the young men of wealth -;nd family
are going in for physical development
They are not doing this as the Eng
lish do, merely for the sake of sport,
or to make themselves pleasing and
attractive to women, but in the spirit
of the ancient Greeks, realizing that
the rulers of the perfect state must be
themselves perfectly developed."
The boys at Interlaken did all of
(Continued on fag Five, Column Xwo.)
American Steamer Westover.
Torpedoed on Way to Eu
rope: Ten of Navy Crew
of 92 Missing.
Washington, July 18. The Ameri
can steamer Westover an army supply
ship manned by navy men, was tor
pedoed and sunk in the war zone
July 11 while bound to Europe, the
Navy department was advised tonight
by Vice Admiral Sims. Ten officers
and men of the crew of 92 are missing.
Assistant Paymaster Robert Her
bert Halstead, Lansing, Mich.
Ensign Ralph Dillingham Caldwell,
Chief Machinist Mate Frank Wil
lard Hollo way, Washington, D. C.
Seamen: James Brown Estis, Hart
Austin CJyde Wilson, Muncie, Ind.
Fireman: Bryan Deal, London, Ind.
Harvey Harrison, Noblesvillc, Ind.
Edward Lewis Griffin, Baltimore.
Mess Attendant John Cole. Bret-
Water Tender Wilfred Joseph Se
rey, Ashland, Ky.
t2 Survivors Rescued.
No details were given Tn the Navy
department's announcement and the
circumstances under which 82 offi
cers and men of the crew, were res--cued
are not" known. ,1 Nor was there
any announcement as to whether the
submarine was sighted and fired upon
by, the squad of armed guards on the
The Westover was of 4,270 net
tonnage and was last reported at an
Atlantic port on May 27. It came
from the Pacific coast, having sailed
from Tacoma and Seattle April 12. It
was 410 feet long and 54 feet broad.
London, July 18. A French steam
ee has been attacked and sunk by a
U-boat, according to Reuter's. The
crew succeeded in getting away from
the ship in two boats but both of
them were rammed by the under wa
ter craft. There was only one sur
vivor of the disaster, who was in the
water for fourteen hours.
By Pershing for
Deeds of Bravery
With the American Army in Lor
raine, July 18. General Pershing has
awarded the Distinguished .Service
Crpss to Lieut Walter R. Flannery
of Pittsburgh, who swam the Marne
under heavy fire on the night of
June 3 and brought back wounded
soldiers who had escaped from their
German captors, but who were un
able to get across the river. For
this rescue Lieutenant Flannery-recently
received the French war cross.
Distinguished Service Crosses have
also been awarded by General Persh
ing to Lieut. Joseph T. Brown. Seret.
James Hyde and Corp. Henry Wil-
lara tor gallant conduct in Uelleau
wood and to Sergt. Charles Cunning
ham tor driving off an enemv raid
in Alsace after be had been wounded.
Omahan Recognizes Nephew
In Naval Picture in The Bee
George Coleman of Omaha recog
nized his nephew in a naval sporting
picture in Bee of Thursday. No
names were given in the picture en
titled "Boxing Match Aboard one of
the Battleships in Foreign Waters",
not even the name of the battleship
was given. Mr. Coleman immediately
recognized Henry Laurer, his nephew,
in the forground of the picture, whose
home is at 3526 North 27th street.
Young Laurer enlisted in the navy
from Omaha two years ago. He is
now at sea on the Melville. He was
popular in Omaha and identified with
local sporting events.
YANKEE TROOPS IN RUSH
CARRY ALL BEFORE THEM;
CAVALRY NOW IN ACTION
Troops Dash Forward
With Great Fervor
By Associated Press.
On The French front in France,
July 18. When the allies' attack
began afnoon today the Germans
were surprised and offered slight
resistance in the advanced lines,
many immediately throwing up
their arms and shouting "kam
erad." The barrage fire preceded the
waves of infantry but one of the
heaviest storms of this year
drowned the noise of the shells.
Most of the Germans had taken
shelter in the dugouts from the
deluge and the entente allied
troops were among them with
grenades and bayonets before
they had time to turn around.
Many prisoners are coming in.
The entente allied troops are
displaying the utmost fervor in
the attack, their desire being to
strike a strong blow in return for
the recent German assault.
It is the first occasion this year
that the entente allies have coun
ter attacked on such a big front.
Their operation directly affects
the position of the German west
ern flank and probably will cause
the German crown prince to hurry
some of his reserves to the scene
of the fighting from the Marne
and Champagne where yeerday
and today everything was quiet.
Plateau Dominating Soissons on Southwest Occupied in
Dash Along Front of 28 Miles, Which Penetrates Ger
man Lines to a Depth of Six Miles; Large
Number of Guns Captured .
Daniels Plans Speeding Up
Construction of Destroyers
Washington, July 18. Further
speeding up of destroyer construction
was discussed today at a conference
between Secretary Daniels and repre
sentatives of the shipbuilding in n
panies. Spokesmen of the Pacific and
Atlantic coast plants were present..
Bell in New York City
Hall Peals for Victory
New York. July 18. The bell in
the city hall tower was ordered
rung by mayor Hylan for 15 min
utes this afternoon in celebration
of the victprious American ad
vance on the French front.
French General Tells (How
Poilus and American Dough
boys Changed Course of
German Offensive. ;
By Wilbur Forrest.
(Copyrlcht, 1918, b;' Tne Tribune ,A(M'n.)
With the French Armies. July 18.
(Special Cable to the N. Y. Tribune
and Omaha Bee.) I have been with
General Gourand's marvelous army
which, stretched across the plains of
Champagne east of Rheims met the
tremendous shock of some 25 enemy
divisions and stopped the Germans
almost in their tracks with tremend
ous losses. I was at the city of
Chalons on the Marne st the same
hour the German "steam roller" had
planned to enter the city, but the only
Germans I saw were prisoners. The
"steam roller" had failed to roll, and
on a 35 kilometer front to the north
at that . moment the gruesome piles
ef enemy dead told another story.
"We had a fine day" were General
Gourand's first words to the New
York Tribune correspondent after an
introduction. Then, in simple phrases
the man to whom the credit goes
for changing the entire course of
the present stage of the enemy's
great final 'drive told how wonderfully
the Poilus, between Fort De La
Pompelle and Maine De Massiges,
aided in one small portion of the line
by American doughboys, stopped the
Ataff officer illustrated on a greaft
map graphically, showing numbers
and positions of allied and enemy
divisions at the beginning of the
battle, where on it was easy to see
that the allies again were overwhelm
ingly outnumbered. More than 25
German divisions was the Boche line
up. "Observers were ordered to watch
the enemy and flash back his move
ment," said the officer. "At 11 o'clock,
a full hour beforeffle German artillery
commenced firing, our big guns
opened on troops concentrating be
(Contlnued on Face Five, Column Five.)
His Son Quentin May
Have Landed Unhurt
New York, July 18. Quentin
Roosevelt, reported missing after an
aerial engagement over the German
lines, probably landed unhurt and is
now a prisoner in the hands of the
fGcrmans, according to a cable mess
age received tonight by his father.
Col. Theodore Roosevelt.
Colonel Roosevelt ' said, on his ar
rival tonight from Saratoga, that he
had just received from his son-in-law.
Surgeon Major Richard Derby, who
is now in Paris, a cablegram which
read: , ;
"Companion aviator confident Quen
tin landed unhurt."
. By Associated Press. ' ( ,
Paris, July 18. More than 20 villages have been recap '
tured by the French and American troops in the offensive be
gun this morning, according to the war office announcement to
night, which reports also the occupation ot the plateau domi
nating Soissons on the southwest. ' ; ,
The statement says:
"After having broken the German offensive on the Cham
pagne and Rheims mountain fronts on the 15th, 16th and 17th,
the French troops, in conjunction with American forces at-,
tacked the German positions on the 18th between the Aisne
and the Marne on a front of 45 kilometers (approximately 28
miles.) The front comprises Ambleny, Longpont, Troesnes
and IjJouresches. .
Plateau Dominating Soissons
and Chaudun Region Reached.
"We have made an important advance into the enemy
lines and have reached the plateau dominating Soissons on the
southwest and the region of Chaudun. . ' ; '
"Between Villers-Helon and Noroy-Sur-Ourcq, violent en
gagements have been in progress. South of the Ourcq, our
troops have gone beyond the general line of Marizy Saint Gen
evieve, Hautevsnes and Belleau. : " v . r V . ' :
"More than 20 villages have been retaken hy the admir
able dash of the Franco-American troops, , in. which several ,
thousand, prisoners, and Infportant warmaterials were .taken.!',.
Americans Push ForwarcLRapidlyj
Cavalry .Brought Into Action, vu .- f -rx j V - . rl
With the A mericah Army in France July .18, The Ameri
can troops had carried all before them by late in, the afternoon
and had proceeded so fast that cavalry was thrown into the
action. All the American headquarters., staffs1 tonight were
well inside the territory which the Germans held this morning.
The allies have reached roughly, the line of Belleau, Cour
champs, Chouy, Villers-Helon, Chaudun and the heights domi
nating. Soissons.' , ( j ' ' ' : j
French cavalry has crossed beyond, the; Soissons-Chateau
Thierry road to openings made by the Franco-American forces.
The greatest progress made up to latest reports was about
10 kilometers, or a little over six miles. ; . , ; v ,
Americans Fight With Fury; .;v...w -':ri:r f'; .
Nothing Can Stop Them. - v ,
After passing the third objective set for. the operations of
the morning, the Americans in co-operation .with the French
south of Soissons,1 launched a second powerful' attack at noon;
Showing the effect of splendid training, the ' American
troops went forward swiftly and fought with fury. Nojthing
seemed to stop them, especially in the region of Soissons and
to the south of that city. Light and heavy pieces were moved
up as the troops advancedand soon aftef each barrage ended,
shells from the American guns were deluging the enemy's rear
areas, playing havoc with his forces, whether those in retreat,
or reserves endeavoring to come up.
It was open warfare with all the attending excitement
and through the gaps made by heavy guns and infantry,' the
French cavalry dashed, beating down those in their path. Ter
rific losses were inflicted at all points on the enemy." The
tanks did all that was expected of them. The great lumbering
engines rolled along in front of the -infantry, driving the Ger
mans before them with streams of bullets and clearing away
many obstructions that had escaped the artillery. . , ,
Huns Bring Reinforcements.
Kaiserin Breaks Down
On Visit to a Crowded
Hospital in Strassburg
Geneva, Switzerland, July 18.
The German empress, accompanied
by Prince Joachim, has been visit
ing the hospitals In the Rhine
towns "since Sunday, says a dis
patch from Strassburg by way of
Basel. The hospitals are said to be
crowded with wounded, mostly
'Prussian soldiers from the zone of
the German offensive along the
Marne. Bavarian and Saxon wound
ed are being sent into the interior.
The empress is reported to have
broken down and wept st seeing
so many wounded at Strassburg.
Large new wings, the advices say,
are being added to the hospitals at
Cologne and Mannheim. In the
meantime the Wolff bureau, the
German semi-official news agency,
continues to announce that the Ger
man losses have been insignificant.
Neglect Charge Against
Officers of River Boat
Washington, July 18. "Unskilled
navigation and neglect" are charged
against the captain and pilot of the
steamer Columbia in a preliminary re
port to Secretary Redfield by the
iccal inspectors on. the Illinois river
disaster, which caused the loss of
nearly 100 lives. . ,
Trial of the two men on ' the
charges before the district board
automatically ,will follow. The maxi
mum punishment is revocation of
The enemy early began to bring u.
strong reinforcements. Fresh troops
have appeared at various points and .
a heavy counter attack jvill probably
have to be withstood'. "
On the line south of Soissons the
American troops carried all their ob- '
jectives in the second attacks with .
the same energy as the first, everi
proceeding further than had been .
expected. . ; ;
The enemy was routed and for -the '.
most part fled, before the American J
advance, abandoning even light guns
and ammunition. Only here and
there along the line was strong re-
sistance offered and at these points
the Germans were attacked with rifle
and bayonet, before which. they re
treated steadily. .
So far has the attack progressed
that tonight the enemy in the vicini
ty of the Chateau Thierry is con
sidered to be in a somewhat danger- '
ous position one twhere he will have ;
to act quickly. i
Americans Receive Thanks. . ,
The American troops, including
those " returning, bandaged; are in
high spirits. The Amerio.ns have
received warm expressions of thanks
from the French commanders...
The American troops up to noon
just south of Soissons had captured
3,300 prisoners. Fifty cannon had
been counted and thousands of ma- ;
chine guns. . " ' ' "; '
Northwest of Chateau Thierry the
Americans captured large numbers of '
prisoners and an equally important
quantity of munitions ' and - stores. . 7
The captures south of Soissons in
the way of stores were immense and
included some airplanes y which., the .
enemy was unable . to remove, so
swiftly did the storming troops sweep '
through. Many prisoners and many
guns still remain to be. counted,.. ,
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